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PAGE 16, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011

THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS





ENVIRONMENT Minister Earl

Deveaux stands in front of the Parlia-

ment building and listens with con-
cern to a witness's accounts of the
early morning Valentine's Day fire.

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THE devastation which
resulted from last week’s
inferno that raged through
Betty K Agencies and
destroyed a number of oth-
er buildings and businesses
may soon become a down-
town waterfront green
space.

Environment Minister
Earl Deveaux said: “The
Betty K shipping operation
was scheduled to move to
Arawak Cay in May. It was
an historic building and
one of our oldest buildings,
however it’s now going to
be a green field and we will
have to determine in con-
sultation with them what is
the best and most appro-
priate use for it.

“There was some consid-
eration given previously to
(government) acquiring the
property. I’m not sure if

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that will happen now. Once
the place is cleared and the
shipping is moved, we have
more options as to what
happens downtown.”

The fire department
worked to save the struc-
tures on the block from
collapsing, so that com-
bustibles within the debris
could be safely removed
after the blaze was extin-
guished.

“This was a huge fire and
an intense fire. Fortunate-
ly, they were able to keep
it as confined as they could.
The Fire Marshall investi-
gated and found that the
fire started in the tele-
phone box,” said Mr
Deveaux.

The reference was to a
faulty telephone electrical
box in the C Trevor Kelly
building.

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PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham and members of his Cabinet and security team assess the impact
of the downtown fire to historic Bay Street.

“Once the Fire Depart-
ment seized control of the
environment, they assessed
the damage of the sur-
rounding buildings. You
may have noticed they
were putting lots of water
on the surrounding build-
ings to be sure there was
no structural impairment
to the integrity of those
buildings, and then they
could meticulously remove
the debris,” he said.

Mr Deveaux reassured
the public that the emer-
gency team dispatched
from his Ministry and
National Security had
secured an emergency plan
to save Bay Street.

“Having now gotten the
Betty K building under
control, and securing the
other buildings, they would
start completing the job of
demolishing,” said Dr
Deveaux.

“Unlike the Straw Mar-



ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Earl
Deveaux and Commander
Patrick McNeil, Port Depart-
ment, speak with the press at
the site of the dock fire.

ket fire, the fire trucks
were pumping water from
the ocean, the Defence
Force vessel was supplying

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Pindling Airport Fire
Authority was there.

“They were able to
mobilise significant
resources to help preserve
and protect the surround-
ing buildings.”

A compromise, after
careful negotiations, is
expected to preserve the
downtown waterfront
dock’s place in Bahamian
history.

“One of the first things
the prime minister directed
when he came on site was
to ask that as many pic-
tures as possible be taken
of the building, so that we
could preserve the memory
of it in photos,” said Dr
Deveaux.

The fire has altered the
original plans to use the
dock and building as the
cornerstone of the histori-
cal revitalisation of down-
town Bay Street.

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i likely” not achieve 2.5 per

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

SANDALS chairman,
Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, has
plans to develop the Emer-
ald Bay Resort’s 150-slip

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Marina ~=Bahamas set to miss
2.5% growth forecast

Former finance minister predicts economy will ‘be flat’ in 2011

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas will “most

? cent economic growth pro-
} jections for 2011, a former
: finance minister yesterday
? telling Tribune Business it
: would “be flat”, due to rising
i energy and food prices that
i have been further exacer-
? bated by the unrest spread-

deepwater marina into a hub i
: East.

that will benefit Exuma,
although he admitted that
talks with the Roker's Point
landowners over necessary
upgrades had not been suc-
cessful.

Expanding the existing
marina into a commercial
centre akin to Atlantis'
Marina Village is "vital" to
Emerald Bay and George-
town, but the massive
undertaking will cost mil-
lions, said Mr Stewart. Inital
plans for upgrades to the
marina include restaurants,
bars and a water park, he
added.

SEE page 4B

City Markets
eyes 24-hour

shop moves

* Slashes two-thirds of
company vehicle fuel
costs, and cuts shrinkage
from 7% to 3%

* Says most sales growth
came from 9pm-12am
and 4am-6am periods

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

City Markets is eyeing
the introduction of 24-hour
shopping at its three Grand
Bahama stores following
the initiative’s success in
Nassau, Tribune Business
was told yesterday. The
supermarket chain added
that it had slashed compa-
ny vehicle fuel costs by
two-thirds, and dropped
shrinkage from 7 per cent
to 3 per cent since majority
ownership changed hands.

Mark Finlayson, principal
of Trans-Island Traders,
which acquired the control-
ling 78 per cent interest in
operating parent Bahamas

SEE page 7B

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,

ing throughout the Middle

James Smith, former min-

i ister of state for finance in
i the 2002-2007 Christie
: administration, told this
i newspaper that that the



JAMES SMITH

Bahamas would do well to
hit 2 per cent gross domestic
product (GDP) growth in
2011, given the “dark clouds
on the horizon for the rest
of the year”.
Explaining

that the

Bahamas and rest of the
world economy “has to be
on some pins and needles”,
given that speculators and
hedge funds would likely use
the Middle East unrest to
send oil prices even higher,
Mr Smith said the key prob-
lem was that energy prices -
and, to a lesser extent, food
prices - linked into every
economic activity.

Warning “that this does
not augur well for the
Bahamas” in the short-term,
Mr Smith said the major
issue was the extent to which

SEE page 3B

| SANDALS HITS 807 OCCUPANCY AT EMERALD BAY

: By TANEKA THOMPSON
: Tribune Staff Reporter
: tthompson@tribunemedia.net

SANDALS Emerald Bay

: Resort will not fall prey to
? the challenges other all-
? inclusive resorts on Family
? Islands have buckled under,

i its
? 'Butch'

chairman, Gordon
Stewart, has

: pledged, predicting that by
? April the property will be
i "the best hotel around".

A year after opening the

re-branded 500-acre prop-

Grand Bahama

: dals officials note that Emer-

erty in January 2010, San-

i ald Bay is going strong with
i an 80 per cent occupancy
i rate - some 83 per cent of
} rooms were filled on Tues-
i day - and bookings are look-
i ing up for the spring. Exec-
? utives also boast that its
: wedding service is "a hit",
i with the nuptial ceremonies
? doubling in the last year and
i expected to grow.

The property is set to add

} another 66 rooms - increas-
i ing its room inventory by a
? third to 249 - throughrefur-
i bishment of an existing

structure.

Renovations

? should start soon, with the
? hotel's architect receiving
? approval from Town Plan-
i ning this week for the
? expansion.

Asked to respond to pub-

? lic commentary that cast
: doubt on the sustainability
: of the luxury property, Mr
? Stewart said: “I don't hear it.

"Sandals just happens to

: be the most successful chain
i in the Caribbean. The first
? hotel we had in Jamaica,
? everybody condemned it,
i [saying] it wasn't good. It
? wasn't going to be success-
? ful, people wouldn't like it,
: [that guests] were in jail lit-
i erally. I never see anybody
i pay to go to jail.”

He touted Sandals' suc-

cess within the region, which
: he contends will soon be



; duplicated at Emerald Bay.

"We've had the best Jan-

? uary we've ever had. This
: hotel is just starting to come
i into its own, and Nassau
? took a bit of a beating, but
? outside of that our hotels
i were full. Now Nassau is
i full. In other parts of the
? Caribbean, September is
? very difficult. September in
i Nassau is great,” Mr Stewart
i Said.

"Today, the Caribbean is

? dominated with all-inclu-
: sives. Seventeen years in a
? row we've won the [award
? for] the world's best all-
? inclusive chain. So all of the
i people that are comment-
i ing, it doesn't seem to work

SEE page 7B

* Says 30-40% of Exuma workforce employed
at resort, with average occupancies for 2011

set to hit 83%

* Stewart pledges resort will be ‘best hotel

around’ by April



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in 12% sales
rise per week

* Week-over-week top line growth rate slows to
4% in last five weeks, but still trending up

* Firm will not return to profit until fiscal 2012,
due for need to balance sheet clean up

* ‘Material spike in expenses’ due to restructure
* ‘80%’ of way back to regaining market share

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

City Markets has enjoyed an average sales growth rate
per week of 12 per cent since its new majority owner
took control in early November, Tribune Business was
told yesterday, with the supermarket chain expected to
return to profitability in its 2012 financial year.

Philip Kemp, chief financial officer at City Markets’
operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets, told this news-
paper that while the week-over-week sales growth rate
had slowed to 4 per cent over the last five weeks, the gro-
cery store chain was “80 per cent of the way” to fully
recapturing its market share and continuing to experience

SEE page 5B



HARAJCHI JNR LOSES $2.4 MILLION
“STRIKE-OUT’ ON SUISSE SECURITY

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Court of Appeal has dis-
missed efforts by Mohammed
Harajchi’s son, Michel, to throw
out an action brought against
him by Suisse Security Bank &
Trust’s liquidator, alleging that
he breached his fiduciary duty
and the law by transferring $2.5
million of depositors funds to
an International Business Com-
pany (IBC) he controlled. He
has been given until end-Feb-
ruary 2011 to file a defence.

Michel Harajchi had argued
that the action brought by Ray-
mond Winder, Deloitte &

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By SIMON COOPER

G G No Man is an Island”,

said John Donne, the

English poet born in

1572, who believed that
everything is connected.

I sometimes wonder whether
Bahamians are equally aware of
how what happens elsewhere
affects us on our lovely chain of
islands.

Certainly, recent seismic events
taught us how far and fast tsunamis
travel.

Yet, as a nation, did we prepare
sufficiently for the aftershocks of
the American housing crisis that
more than rippled through us?

Within living memory we were
still a nation of farmer and shop-
keepers, enjoying life within a self-
sustaining economy.

Tourism and the arrival of cruise
ships changed this forever, as did
the appearance of international
corporations eager to take advan-
tage of our natural assets.

Our government, inspired by the
arrival of new wealth, adopted
incentives to encourage further
foreign investment, while main-
taining one of the most tax-friend-
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This works fine when the econ-
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and multinationals have spare cap-
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tures in tiny states such as ours.
The reverse happens, though,
when times get tough and they

retreat to mainland bases to
recoup their strength.

When that happens jobs are lost
directly and indirectly, too, as the
nation has to look within itself to
find new strength.

In times like this, smaller neigh-
bourhood businesses are the key to
kick-starting an economy again.
This is because they are battle-test-
ed, know local conditions well and
are flexible in a way that only pri-
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Their key to success is a blend of
sticking to what works while
preparing to catch the waves of
future growth.

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systems, and watch cash flows like
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With measures like these in
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Bahamas will have their sails well
trimmed and ready to catch trade-
winds returning to the Caribbean.
In the absence of these firms, many
jobs would not exist, and the
Bahamian authorities must do
everything to support them
through troubled times.

Moreover, each and every one of
us must encourage them by buying
local, on the basis that they do
everything they can to provide the
best deals.

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sory Council. the world,

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(Bahamas) partner, Kendrick be asked
K. Christie, and forensic KENDRICK to partici-
accountant John Bain, prin- K. CHRISTIE pate in
cipal of John S. Bain, char- , quarterly

tered forensic accountants.
He is also vice-president of
the ACFE Bahamas chapter.

The ACFE is a leading
fraud fighting organisation,
consisting of 55,000 members,
and is a provider of anti-fraud
training and education. Advi-

member surveys, speak at
ACFE events, write or review
course materials, provide
industry case studies and
assist in professional devel-
opment activities.

Mr Christie said the
appointment will allow him

to help companies in the
Bahamas and the Caribbean
fight fraud, including finan-
cial statement fraud, corrup-
tion and inventory theft.

He said the ACFE was a
world-class leader in anti-
fraud measures, and is
pleased that a local chapter
has been formed in the
Bahamas.

Mr Bain added that he
aimed to shape the ACFE’s
future course materials, sem-
inars, workshops and prod-
ucts, while participating in the
organisation’s reviews, sur-
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BORCO deal
oncludes with
340 million
Vopak stake

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The 100 per cent acquisi-
tion of the Bahamas Oil
Refining Company (BORCO)
has been completed by New
York Stock Exchange
(NYSE) listed Buckeye Part-
ners, which bought the
remaining 20 per cent equity
stake from Vopak for $340
million.

Together with the $1.36 bil-
lion acquisition of First
Reserve’s 80 per cent interest
for $1.36 billion, Buckeye
Partners has spent $1.7 billion
on the purchase price alone.
As partial consideration for
Vopak's interest, Buckeye
issued 1,095,722 of its Class B
units and 620,861 of its LP
units to Vopak.

"We have been working
with Vopak to transition
BORCO operations to Buck-
eye, and are pleased with the
integration efforts to date,"
said Forrest E. Wylie, Buck-
eye's chairman and chief exec-
utive. "We continue to be
excited about the significant
growth opportunities and geo-

graphic diversification that
BORCO offers Buckeye, both
of which further our efforts to
provide steady and growing
distributions to our unithold-
ers."

Reiterating BORCO's
attraction for it, Buckeye Part-
ners said: "No other interna-
tional commercial storage ter-
minal enjoys BORCO's prox-
imity to the US demand and
supply centres, as well as its
scale and comprehensive ser-
vice offerings.

Terminal

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

"The terminal has 21.6 mil-
lion barrels of storage capaci-
ty with deepwater access up
to 91 feet, and the ability to
berth the largest tankers in
the world.

"Located only 80 miles
from southern Florida and 920
miles from New York Har-
bour, BORCO is strategically
located to act as a hub in facil-







blending operations."

And Buckeye Partners

"We believe that | have more than a one-to-one effect,” Mr
BORCO's customer demand i : :
is well in excess of its current- | Prices. “You have to look at in the context of
ly available capacity. BORCO :

has received strong indications : 1S Still causing reduced national income.”

for contract renewals from :

current customers, and there is | Gampening effect on growth prospects”,

a significant backlog of / eSpecially since a Bahamas Hotel Associa-

demand from additional : tion (BHA) survey had revealed that two-

? thirds of Bahamian hotels incurred a net

added:

potential customers.

“In addition, BORCO has

received significant interest } increase their already high cost base, erod-

from existing and new cus- / ing profit opportunities and causing the hotel
tomers for the increased stor- : industry - the largest private sector employ-
age capacity expected to be ; ef - to re-hire at a much slower rate than oth-
constructed at the terminal | lwise.
over the next two to three }
years. "We believe the BOR- }
CoO acquisition will support } ment could revive the Bahamian economy in
future regional and interna- : the short-term, Mr Smith said that while
tional growth opportunities. }
There are potential synergies }
with our existing assets in the }
continental US and our newly i
acquired refined products ter-
minal in Yabucoa, Puerto }
as well as other }

Caribbean market opportuni- }

Rico,

ties."

Gov't says up to 10 pct

JOELLE TESSLER,
AP Technology Writer
WASHINGTON

As many as one in 10 Amer-
icans can't get Internet con-
nections that are fast enough
for common online activities
such as watching video or tele-
conferencing, and two thirds of
schools have broadband con-
nections that are too slow to
meet their needs. Those are
some of the conclusions from
the Commerce Department as
it unveiled a detailed, interac-
tive online map showing what
types of high-speed Internet
connections are available — or
missing — in every last corner
of the country.

The national broadband
map, which was mandated by
the 2009 economic stimulus bill,
went live Thursday at
http://Awww.broadbandmap.gov
with both lofty aspirations and
utilitarian goals. Government
officials hope the map will help
guide policymakers,
researchers, public interest
groups and telecommunications
companies as they seek to
bridge the digital divide in even
the most remote reaches of the
USS. They also hope the map
will serve as a valuable tool for
consumers who just want to
find out what local broadband
options are available where
they live.

Consumers can type an
address into the map and pull
up a list of the local broadband
providers, along with details
about the types of high-speed
connections they offer — such
as cable modem service, fiber-
optic links or wireless access —
and just how fast those connec-
tions are. The map also includes
crowd-sourcing features that
ask consumers to contribute
their own knowledge to the
database. They can, for
instance, confirm that they are
getting the Internet speeds the
map says they should be get-
ting or let the map know if a
local broadband provider is
missing from the neighborhood
list.

In addition, the map allows
users to run all sorts of com-
parisons — ranking counties
across a state by the fastest
broadband speeds or allowing

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in US lack good Internet



(AP Photo/Andy Duback) :
KEYED UP: In this Jan. 22, 2011 photo, Valerie Houde fills her wood :
stove while waiting for a dial-up Internet connection in East Burke, Vt. :
Bolstered by billions in federal stimulus money, the effort to expand :
broadband Internet access to rural areas has parallels to the electri- :

fication of rural Appalachia in the 1930s.

consumers to look up where
their own county ranks nation-
ally, for instance. And it can
produce snapshots of an entire
community that could be useful
for local economic developers
or real estate agents — showing
what percent of a county has
access to particular types of
broadband technologies or how
many schools and hospitals in a
community have ultra-fast links.
It also allows users to compare
broadband data with local
demographics such as income
and poverty levels.

Among the map's key find-
ings:

— Between 5 percent and 10
percent of Americans lack
access to broadband access that
is fast enough to handle down-
loads of some Web pages, pho-
tos and video or simple video
conferencing services

— Two-thirds of schools sur-
veyed have Internet connec-
tions that are slower than 25
megabits per second — well
below the 50- to 100-megabit
connections that state educa-
tion technology directors say
are needed to serve roughly
1,000 students

— Only 4 percent of libraries
have connection speeds that are
faster than 25 megabits

— Only 36 percent of Amer-
icans have access to wireless
connections that are fast
enough to be considered fourth
generation, with download
speeds of at least 6 megabits
per second, although 95 per-
cent of Americans have access

to third-generation wireless ser- }
vice. "There are still too many }
people and community institu- ;
tions lacking the level of broad- }
band service needed to fully }
participate in the Internet econ- }
said Lawrence E. Strick- }
ling, head of the National }
Telecommunications and Infor- }
mation Administration, the arm }
of the Commerce Department }
that is overseeing the mapping :

omy, "

project.

Last year, the Federal Com- }
Commission }
released a national broadband
plan that set a goal of connect- }
ing 100 million U.S. households }
to broadband connections of }
100 megabits per second — at }
least 20 times faster than many }
home connections now — by }
2020. One thing the map makes }
clear is that many Americans }
today do not have access to }
such cutting-edge, "future- }
proof" networks, said Tom :
Koutsky, chief policy counsel }
for Connected Nation, a non- }
profit that did the mapping }
work in 13 states and territo- }
ries. Even among Americans :

munications

who subscribe to broadband,

he said, the map shows an :
emerging divide between those }
who have the ultra-high-speed }
connections — often delivered }
over fiber-optic lines — that }
are needed to watch video and }
handle other bandwidth-hun- }
gry applications, and those }

stuck with more basic services,

such as digital subscriber line ;
access, which may be too slow

for tomorrow's Internet.

ALITY om CO TT So

Po SCR Kaun

FROM page 1B

energy prices impacted both travel costs and
: the confidence/disposable income of US
? consumers.

“That will have a dampening effect on

: the slight recovery being seen in the US,
: and will have a deleterious effect on the
: Bahamian economy,” Mr Smith told Tri-
: bune Business. “I’m not happy to see that
: happening.

Pointing out that gas prices in the

Bahamas were now above $4.60, and in the
: US at $3.25 per gallon, Mr Smith said this

itating international logistics : would impact the disposable income of all

for bulk-build, break-bulk and : : nN |
? workers such as taxi and jitney drivers.

commuters, not to mention transportation

“We import our inflation. For us, it will
Smith said of the rise in energy and food
very high unemployment numbers, which

All this, he explained, “could have a

loss. Rising energy prices would further

Explaining that only a revival of stopover
arrivals and increased hotel industry employ-



the start of the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project
would cushion the blow, its benefits in the
first year would largely be confined to the
construction sector.

“I would have to say it would soften the
blow,” Mr Smith said of Baha Mar. “You
have to bear in mind this is a construction
project. There is an extensive mobilisation
period, and the benefits will be confined to
the construction sector initially in prepara-
tion, site demolition and trucking. That
could take months.

Truckers

“The truckers will be very happy, but the
likes of carpenters, skilled and semi-skilled,
will have to wait until it passes the founda-
tions, and construction only accounts for 10
per cent of GDP anyway. Our main problem
is getting people back into the private sector
and working.”

He added: “In the medium-term it’s not
looking too good. I’d expect to continue to
have high unemployment, and what that
implies for the economy, including a grow-
ing fiscal deficit.”

Mr Smith said it was “most likely” that the
Bahamas would not hit the 2.5 per cent
growth projected for 2011 by the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund (IMF), the Govern-
ment and other agencies, especially since
the US, Europe and China were growing
more slowly than anticipated.

“T think it’s going to be flat,” Mr Smith
said of 2011 Bahamian economic growth.
“It'll be good if we hit 2 per cent, but there
are dark clouds on the horizon for the rest of
the year.”

BAHA MAR

Career Opportunit

Baha Mar Ltd. seeks to hire a talented Environmental Monitor to join its

dynamic team.

The suet applicant will be responsible for:
Review and management of the Owner’s Environmental Policy
e Review and comment on Contractor Environmental Plan submittals
and monitor implementation. Construction experience evaluating and

monitoring:

oO Construction work zone, staging areas, exclusion fencing, and
protection of environmental resources.

Dewatering plans
Noise Control plans
Dust Control plans

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Hazardous material control plans

Spill prevention control and countermeasure plans

Soil Management plans and spoils (contaminated) disposition
Demolition Debris plans

Evaluation of contractor methods to ensure compliance with
Environmental Management Plans (EMP) and any other environmental

standards

Oversight of all works on the project that have been identified as
having a potential for significant environmental impact

Preparation of environmental reports for submission

Participation in meetings to provide updates and insight on
environmental-related activities

Site monitoring and preparation of monitoring reports

Creation of a register of significant environmental issues and impacts
Identification of environmental competence training needs, development
of a training program for the project and delivery of the training
program to relevant staff and construction workers

Development of a communications strategy which will include reporting

formats and protocols

Conducting any environmental audits required for the project
Oversight of project components once they are operational

The qualifications required for the position as Environmental Monitor shall

include:

e Applicant must be a Bahamian citizen or be eligible to work in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas
e Bachelor's degree in environmental science, engineering or a related

technical degree.

Minimum five (5) years experience including three (3) years of
construction environmental monitoring (preferred). Strong
communication and writing skills with ability to handle complex issues.
Preferred experience in utilities construction.

Demonstrated knowledge of environmental laws including but not

limited to;

¢ The Environmental Health Act

e Conservation and Protection of the Physical Environment of The
Bahamas Act and the Declaration of Protected Trees Order

e The Wild Birds and Plant Protection Acts

e The Fisheries Resources Act

e The Bahamas National Trust Act
e Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Act

e The Public Works Act

e Advanced mathematical, science and analytical abilities.
e Effective written and oral communication skills.

Please forward your curriculum vitae (resume) via e-mail to hr@bahamar.com
no later than February 25, 2011. All responses will be held in the strictest
confidence. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.







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THE TRIBUNE



Harajchi Jnr loses $2.4 million [TWIT
‘strike-out’ on Suisse Security TCS Ui

FROM page 1B

Harajchis and their associates, should be
struck out because “no cause of action”
against him was disclosed in the pleadings.

He and his attorneys, Jennifer and
Jairam Mangra, alleged that because he
was neither a director nor a shareholder
of Suisse Security Bank & Trust, as alleged
by the liquidator, he could not have
breached his fiduciary duty to the bank’s
clients as claimed, with all other allega-
tions falling away.

Yet Appeal Justice Newman, writing the
judgment on the court’s behalf, said that
since the statement of claim alleged that
Michel Harajchi and his father, together
with three others, were also involved in
Suisse Security’s affairs as “directors, man-
agers or shareholders”, it had to be inter-
preted that he was a manager.

And, the Court of Appeal noted, it was
also alleged that he was the sole beneficial
ownet/principal shareholder, and direc-
tor/chief operating officer, of Suisse Secu-
rity Investments (SST), one of two Bahami-
an-domiciled IBCs that were used by the
Harajchis to “facilitate and conduct Suisse
Security Bank & Trust’s banking opera-
tions”.

Justice Newman said Mr Winder’s plead-
ings alleged that Michel Harajchi, acting
as a Manager, participated in Suisse Secu-
rity Bank & Trust’s affairs, in concert with
his father and Christopher Lunn, chairman
and managing director respectively, in such
“a way which enabled him in company with
others to use his own company, SSI”.

Noting Mr Winder’s allegation that SSI
had received some $2.412 million in Suisse
Security Bank & Trust depositors’ money,
which was subsequently transferred out of
the Bahamas once the bank had been put
into liquidation, the Court of Appeal

NOTICE

recorded the liquidator’s statement of
claim.

This read: “The defendants, in breach
of their fiduciary duties, unlawfully direct-
ed or caused depositors of Suisse Security
Bank & Trust to transfer their funds to
SSI’s bank accounts at Barclays PLC.

“Between the period.... and February
2001, the defendants in breach of their fidu-
ciary duties, transferred, deposited or
caused to ‘be transferred and deposited
various bank deposits of Suisse Security
Bank & Trust’s customers.”?

Mr Winder, the Court of Appeal noted,
was alleging that the $2.412 million trans-
ferred to SSI were Suisse Security Bank &
Trust’s assets, held for the bank’s benefit
and used in its operations.

Funds

These funds, it is claimed, were not being
used for the purpose the bank held them
for.

“The plaintiff company [the bank], in
liquidation, is asserting that about $2.5 mil-
lion was unlawfully, wrongfully transferred
to a bank account in the name of SSI, a
company wholly controlled by [Michel
Harajchi],” the Court of Appeal said.

“What does that give rise to? It gives
rise to a question as to the circumstances in
which the plaintiff’s money has been
received into the account of [Mr Harajchi]
or a company controlled by him.

“As it happens, the liquidator is doing his
best to find out how this money got into
SSI’s account, but he has not had much
success because nobody has responded to
his requests for information.”

The Court of Appeal went on to describe
Mr Winder’s allegation that the $2.5 mil-
lion’s transfer to SSI was “made improperly
and invalidly”, constituting “a misfeasance

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000

No. 45 of 2000

and breach of trust”, was “a perfectly com-
prehensible and sensible plea” based on
the facts.

Adding that “it could well be a breach of
trust”, the Court of Appeal said Michel
Harajchi would have become a constructive
trustee if he received those funds in breach
of trust.

Mr Winder had also alleged that Michel
Harajchi and his fellow defendants had
converted these funds to their own use and
retained them, depriving Suisse Security
Bank & Trust, which had suffered dam-
age.

Noting that the statement of claim had
been served on the defendants in May 2008,
more than two-and-a-half years ago, the
Court of Appeal said the sooner Michel
Harajchi serves his defence, provides doc-
uments and shows how the funds came into
SSI’s account, “the better”.

“At this stage, to be spending court time
arguing about a pleading which manifestly
discloses a cause of action is, in my judg-
ment, a waste of time and quite wrong.
This matter should proceed to trial, and it
should proceed to pleadings without delay,”
Justice Newman ruled.

The Suisse Security liquidation has
dragged on now for more than a decade,
and remains a ‘black mark’ against the
Bahamas’ reputation as ‘blue chip’ financial
services jurisdiction because depositor
funds have not been recovered.

The Harajchis appealed against the
bank’s licence revocation all the way to the
Privy Council, losing at all three stages.

Apart from Michel Harajchi, the defen-
dants in the action brought by Mr Winder
include his father; Sonja Harajchi; Mr Lunn,
also a former Central Bank of the Bahamas
bank inspector; and attorney Derek Ryan,
who is continuing to fight for the PLP’s
Kennedy nomination at the next general
election.

ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY SIX) LIMITED

NOTICE





FROM page 1B

Roker's Point is adjacent to Emerald Bay, with the former
owning a channel that Sandals needs to traverse in order to
facilitate the marina upgrades.

"The marina is very important to the whole of this devel-
opment and to Georgetown. It's vital for the Exumas
because it's a magnificent marina that was badly designed,
so the entrance. . .is dangerous, it's right out on the reef, so
there's no protection. So we're going to have to find a new
entrance.

"The trouble with it, it's expensive and where we need to
cut through to get in, there's a channel. The land belongs to
some other people," Mr Stewart said during an interview at
the Emerald Bay property this week.

As for discussions with Roker's Point’s owners, Mr Stew-
art said while they have been fruitless he is sure the two par-
ties will come to a mutually beneficial solution.

Entrance

"He's my junior partner. He doesn't really know it yet, but
he needs an entrance, too.

“We've approached the people that own the land (about)
what we need to go through, and so far we have not been
successful, but we will be successful because it's too impor-
tant for the region,” he added.

Mr Stewart revealed why Sandals Resorts International
withdrew its bid to buy neighbouring property Grand Isle
Villas on the eve of closing.

He explained that Sandals is focused on developing the
newly-acquired Emerald Bay into one of the best hotels in
the region.

"We were interested in buying it (Grand Isle) but we
decided not to because we want to concentrate on here," said
the hotel mogul.

The Jamaican-headquartered all-inclusive resort chain
unexpectedly pulled out of the deal $110 million deal in
November, 2010.

LEGAL NOTICE

OLDENDORFF EXPRESS LINES LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, 2000, (No. 45
of 2000), GLENTHORNE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, is
in dissolution.
CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC. is the liquidator and
can be contacted at 60 Market Square, Belize City, Belize.
All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, address and particulars of their
debts or claims to the liquidator before 18th March, 2011

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‘| Continental Liquidators Inc.
Liquidator

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION (ALGERIA) LIMITED

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of
EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION (ALGERIA) LIMITED

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION ALBANIA LIMITED

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of
EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION ALBANIA LIMITED

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of
ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY SIX) LIMITED

EXXONMOBIL BRAZIL
SANTOS EAST) LIMITED

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of
EXXONMOBIL BRAZIL
(SANTOS EAST) LIMITED

ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY EIGHT) LIMITED

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray

Liquidator of
ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY EIGHT) LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the winding-up for
Oldendorff Express Lines Ltd. has been completed.

Dated the 17" day of February, 2011

Craig A. (Tony) Gomez
Liquidator

ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY SEVEN) LIMITED

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray

Liquidator of
ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY SEVEN) LIMITED

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION COLOMBIA

(PACIFIC COAST) LIMITED
NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of
EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION COLOMBIA
(PACIFIC COAST) LIMITED



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THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 , PAGE 5B





City Markets in 12%
sales rise per week

FROM page 1B

positive trends.

“Compared to last year,
we're still catching up,” Mr
Kemp told Tribune Busi-
ness. “We're still experienc-
ing an average sales growth
rate per week, from the time
we took over, of about 12
per cent.

“The last five weeks have
been 4 per cent, so it’s
slowed down, but we’re still
trending upwards. We sce
glimpses of encouragement
where, for one or two days,
we’re exceeding last year’s
sales.”

Mr Kemp pointed to sales
figures from last Sunday,
February 13, as evidence
that on some days City Mar-
kets was surpassing year-
over-year comparisons from
early 2010, the period before
its former ownership and
operating partner, Trinida-
dian conglomerate Neal &
Massey, effectively pulled
the plug in terms of finan-
cial and inventory support,
and decided to sell.

Better

“We did better than the
previous Sunday in the same
period last year,” Mr Kemp
explained.

“There was a 4 per cent
increase over that same day
last year. That’s not bad con-
sidering where we came
from.

“What’s dragging us is
Freeport. We’ve seen some
life at Eight Mile Rock with
the Government food
stamps coming back, but our
Lucaya store continues to
lag more than any other
store.

“ The downtown Freeport
store, too, has some good
days, but it’s still lagging
behind.”

Mr Kemp, together with
Mark Finlayson, principal of
Trans-Island Traders, which
acquired the 78 per cent
majority ownership in City
Markets from the ill-fated
BSL Holdings group for $1,
attributed Freeport’s woes



MARK FINLAYSON

to their current focus on
Nassau, and the absence of a
marketing/advertising cam-
paign to woo customers
back.

“Our focus has been so
much on Nassau, we’ve not
paid Freeport the attention,”
Mr Kemp admitted.

“Our marketing has been
negligible in Grand Bahama,
and we’re moving to fix that
in the near-term... Within
the next couple of weeks we
should start to see the kind
of improvements that we’ve
seen on Nassau in Grand
Bahama.”

Mr Finlayson added that
the Eight Mile Rock store
had come back strongly, on
some days exceeding 2010
sales comparisons, while the
downtown Freeport outlet
was “almost on par with last
year”.

“Lucaya is where we’re
having our issues,” he told
Tribune Business.

“Lucaya was the second
largest store in the chain,
and we still have not been
able to quite crack that one
yet. From what we’ve seen,
it’s really a matter of adver-
tising.”

Grand Bahama con-
sumers had informed City
Markets’ management they
were unaware the store had
been fully restocked with
inventory, having not visited
them since
November/December 2010.

And, with the increased
competition from new
entrants such as Butler’s
Food World and Save Mor,

ATTENTION...

TO: ALL CIVIL SERVANTS!!!

(Not presently members of Public Workers’
Co-operative Credit Union Limited)

Mr Finlayson acknowl-
edged: “It’s hard when the
consumers have changed
over to the competition to
get them back, but we’re
prepared to do the work.”

Due to the need to rescue
City Markets from the finan-
cial state Trans-Island
Traders found it in, Mr
Kemp told Tribune Busi-
ness: “There has been a
material spike in expenses
as we restructure the com-
pany to create a platform to
move forward.

Challenge

“The challenge is to fin-
ish the restructuring stage
and get sales to provide sup-
port to that infrastructure.
In the short-term you will
see expenses go up relative
to what they were a few
weeks ago.”

The City Markets chief
financial officer added that
the new ownership incurred
“a lot of maintenance costs”
in fixing the supermarket
chain’s poor refrigeration
systems.

Looking at City Markets’
overall financial perfor-
mance, Mr Kemp said it was
management’s “expecta-

tion” that the company
would return to profitability
in the year-ending at end-
June 2012.

He added that the current
financial year, which ends in
the same month in 2011,
would involve “a lot of
cleaning up issues”, such as
write-offs and changes in
accounting treatments.

While Bahamas Super-
markets generated $8.995
million net income for the
first half of fiscal 2011,
thanks to the one-off infu-
sion of some $15.453 million
in ‘extraordinary income’,
due to the previous owners
paying off the Royal Bank
of Canada debt, Mr Kemp
said: “From an operational
standpoint, we do not expect
any significant improvement
overall.

“For the following fiscal
year you will definitely see
some improvement in the
bottom line, and we will do
everything we can to start
2012 with a set of clean
books.

“The company at its very
lowest may have lost $50-
$60 million in sales, and
we're probably 80 per cent
of the way back to recaptur-
ing our market share.”

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Co-operative Credit Union Limited, in Nassau or
Freeport, with any amount of money, between
$100.00 and $5,000.00, and you could be approved
for DOUBLE that amount, pending receipt of:

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which begins Monday, February 21, 2011,
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PUBLIC WORKERS’ CO-OPERATIVE
CREDIT UNION LIMITED
Nassau (323-6594) Freeport (351-7129)
“The Family Credit Union”

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT 2010/CLE/qui/239
Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or
lot of land containing, by admeasurements, six
thousand (6,000) square feet or thereabouts being
known and described as Lot #1291 of Golden Gates
Estates Section Two Addition situate in the Western
District of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

AND
IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Rosemary Hart
NOTICE

Take notice that ROSEMARY HART of the
Southern District of the Island of New Providence
The Bahamas has filed a Petition pursuant to the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959, in respect of the following
property:-

Lot #1291 of Golden Gates Estates Section
Two Addition situate in the Western District of the
Island of New Providence, The Bahamas which
said Subdivision is situate on the northern side
of Mulatto Place 300 ft. Northeasterly from Cedar
Way and approximately 589 ft. Southeasterly from
Carmichael Road. The lot is measured as being
bounded Westwardly by Lot 1290 of the said
subdivision and running 100 ft.; northwardly by a Lot
1280 and running 60 ft.; eastwardly by a lot 1292
running thereon 100 ft.; and southwardly by a public
road reservation known as Mulatto Place running
thereon 60 ft. This lot is shown on a plan now filed in
eee of Lands and Surveys as Plan 5142

The Petition of ROSEMARY HART claims that she
has held possession of the said hereditaments for
the last thirty (80) years and that accordingly no
dower or other right affects her title to the same; and
further that there are no charges, encumbrances, or
monetary liens attached to the said hereditaments
which affects her title to the land. AND FURTHER
TAKE NOTICE that Rosemary Hart, the Petitioner,
has presented a Petition to the Supreme Court to
have her title to the land investigated determined
and declared under the quieting titles act 1959
(Ch.357) Statute Laws of the Bahamas.

Copies of the plan filed in relation to this action may
be inspected during the normal office hours at the
following places situated within the Island of New
Providence, The Bahamas:

Registry of the Supreme Court located 2" Floor of
the Ansbacher House, East Street (North)

Department of Lands & Survey located East Bay
Street and The Chambers of Hanna Johnson
& Co. located Hawkins Hill on its Eastern Side.
(Travelling north it is the 7 structure after passing
ie Department of Immigration’s (Additional) Parking

ot.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having
dower or right to dower or any adverse claim or a
claim not recognized in the said Petition shall on
or before Friday, March 11%, A.D., 2011 file in the
Supreme Court Registry located 2% Floor of the
Ansbacher House, East Street (North) and serve on
the Petitioner, through her Attorneys a statement of
his or her claim in the prescribed form verified by an
Affidavit filed therewith. Failure of any such person
to file and serve a statement of his or her claim on

or before Friday, March 18", 2011 shall operate as a
bar to such claim.

Dated this 28" day of January, A.D., 2011

This Notice is published by Order of the Court dated
November 25", A.D., 2010 by His Lordship Sir
Michael Barnett and is published at the instance of
the Petitioner’s Attorneys Messrs. Hanna Johnson
& Co. whose Chambers are located Hawkins Hill

(North), New Providence, The Bahamas and may be
contacted at (242)-325-6159 or (242)-325-6165.





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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2010
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/00346
Common Law & Equity Division

IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT picce parcel or
tract of lands situate between the Settlements of We-
myss Bight and Millers on the Island of Eleuthera
one of the Island of the Commonwealth of The Ba-
hamas comprising part of a tract of land known as the
“Bowles Tract” and a part of a tract of land known
as the “Millers Tract” through which runs the Main
Public Road and together containing 2,086.24 acres
more or less and bounded NORTHWARDLY by a
tract of land granted to James Kelly and known as
Gibson Tract EASTWARDLY by the Sea at High Wa-
ter Mark SOUTHWARDLY by a portion of the said
“Millers Tract” and WESTWARDLY by the Main
Public Road and by the Creek and Exuma Sound
which aforesaid parcel of land has such position shape
and dimensions as are shown on the plan recorded in
the Department of Lands and Surveys as No. 957EL.

AND
IN THE MATTER of the Quieting of Titles Act, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER of The Petition of Eleuthera
Properties Limited
NOTICE OF PETITION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Eleuthera
Properties Limited, a company registered under the
laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and
carrying on business within the said Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, is applying to the Supreme Court
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to have
their title investigated determined and declared un-
der the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 (Ch. 393) in re-
spect of the land hereafter described, that is to say:

“ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of lands situate
between the Settlements of Wemyss Bight and Mill-
ers on the Island of Eleuthera one of the Island of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas comprising
part of a tract of land known as the “Bowles Tract”
and a part of a tract of land known as the “Millers
Tract” through which runs the Main Public Road
and together containing 2,086.24 acres more or less
and bounded NORTHWARDLY by a tract of land
granted to James Kelly and known as Gibson Tract
EASTWARDLY by the Sea at High Water Mark
SOUTHWARDLY by a portion of the said “Mill-
ers Tract” and WESTWARDLY by the Main Pub-
lic Road and by the Creek and Exuma Sound which
aforesaid parcel of land has such position shape and
dimensions as are shown on the plan recorded in the
Department of Lands and Surveys as No. 957EL”

AND TAKE NOTICE that copies of the Petition
and the Plan of the said land may be inspected dur-
ing normal office hours at the following places:

i. Supreme Court Registry, Ansbacher House,
East Street North, New Providence, The
Bahamas.

Sharon Wilson & Co., Chambers, East
Shirley Street, Highland Terrace, New
Providence, The Bahamas.

The Administrator’s Office, Rock Sound,
Eleuthera, The Bahamas.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that any person
having dower or right to dower, an adverse claim
or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or
before the 18th day of April A.D., 2011 file in the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petition or their at-
torney an Adverse Claim in the prescribed form sup-
ported by Affidavit.

FAILURE OF ANY PERSON to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before 18th April, A.D., 2011
date will operate as a bar to such claim.

Dated this 14th day of February A.D., 2011

Sharon Wilson & Co.
Chambers, Delvest House
Fast Shirley Street, Highland Terrace
Nassau, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

BHE







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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 7B



Sandals hits 80 per cent

occupancy at Emerald Bay

: Supermarkets last November, said the majority of the com-

ings, ran into financial difficulties which : pany’s subsequent sales growth had resulted from the 24-

forced the property to go into admin- } hour shopping move.

istration and led to the lay-off of 400 :

FROM page 1B

the way they thought.”

"By April we'll be the best hotel
around,” proclaimed Mr Stewart, who
conceded that the property has gone
through its expected "teething" phase
during the first months of operation.

Hotel manager Patrick Drake said
in-house marketing and brand recog-
nition is driving loyal Sandals’ guests to
check out the new resort.

"We are seeing a pick-up. I mean,
obviously, the rates suffer a little a bit,
but we definitely are projecting to end
up with about 80 per cent [occupan-
cy] for the year,” Mr Drake said.

“Nassau is strong, stronger than us,
because again the name brand, name
recognition, but about 30 per cent of
our guests now are returning guests to

a Sandals property, so people are
experimenting with it because they
realise it's new. Traditionally, when
you open up a new hotel people usually
wait a couple of years to see the
reviews. With a Sandals, returning
guests are going to see it”.

The upgraded property boasts the
largest zero-entry pool in the
Caribbean, beach dining at restaurant
Barefoot by the Sea, an authentic Irish
pub, butler service, croquet lawn,
weekly Junkanoo parade, a champi-
onship Greg Norman golf course and a
host of land and water sports.

The hotel also opened the doors of a
new Junkanoo lounge last December,
and will open pastry shop Cafe de Paris
next month.

Sandals purchased the 500-acre
resort property in 2009 after former
owners, Emerald Bay Resort Hold-

Bahamian workers.

Exuma's population, both directly and

indirectly.

reopened", and the Club Med in San

of Commerce president, said the all-

down" effect to local businesses.

G20 to wrestle over balancing global economy



INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

GREG KELLER,
AP Business Writer
PARIS

After stalemate in Seoul,
progress in Paris is far from
guaranteed as finance officials
from around the world meet
for new talks on steadying the
world economy.

Host Christine Lagarde, the
French finance minister, has
the difficult task of picking up
the pieces of last November's
Group of 20 summit of heads
of state, which ended in Seoul
without any meaningful
agreement on how to defuse
long-standing tensions over
trade and currency imbal-
ances.

Finding the right tools to
measure these imbalances —
which many economists say
contributed to the world’s
financial meltdown — is the
primary goal of this week-
end's Group of 20 meeting,
Lagarde says.

"What we want to achieve
Friday and Saturday is to
identify a list of indicators,
measuring tools, that will
allow us to identify imbal-
ances, then the causes of these
imbalances, so that we can
propose methods to coordi-
nate our economic policies,"
Lagarde said this week ahead
of the first meeting of
France's year-long G-20 pres-
idency.

Lagarde said the current
system, in which "China saves
and exports, Europe con-
sumes, the U.S. borrows and
consumes," is "probably not a
good model."

The list of the indicators
being discussed includes coun-
tries’ trade deficits or sur-
pluses, budget deficits and
levels of debt. Inflation and
national savings rates are also

likely to be considered as part
of the range of possible indi-
cators.

Officials will not even get
to the more difficult question
of setting thresholds for these
indicators. "That's the next
step," Lagarde said. Finance
ministers will meet several
more times this year before
France's G-20 presidency cul-
minates with a heads of state
summit in Cannes in Novem-
ber.

The even more controver-
sial question of how to
enforce any threshholds that
leaders eventually sign up to
is yet further off the agenda.
"Name and shame" policies
like those used in the fight
against international tax
havens would be one, albeit
toothless, possibility.

Agreement on which indi-
cators to take into account,
would be seen as a minor vic-
tory in France's year-long
campaign to use its G-20 pres-
idency to push changes to
international monetary sys-



(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon )
MAKING A POINT: French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde gestures
during a press conference in Paris, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. A G20 Eco-
nomic Summit will take place in Paris next Friday and Saturday.

tem, in which surplus coun-
tries often pile up reserves in
the form of U.S. dollars.

"Even achieving that would
be significant because at the
moment they seem to be
quite some way apart on the
question of what measures to
include and how to specify the
variables that are going to be
monitored closely," said
Stephen Lewis, chief econo-
mist at Monument Securities
in London.

U.S. Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner and Fed-
eral Reserve Chairman Ben
Bernanke will meet counter-















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2.70 Bahamas Waste
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9.62 Cable Bahamas
2.36 Colina Holdings

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0.97 AML. Foods Limited

9.67 Bahamas Property Fund
4.42 Bank of Bahamas

global recession in 70 years.

The problem is that the

rane falas: ae ise : this, and are looking to buy out of Florida, California and
ways because of course coun- | work with different people to get ahead of the curve,” Mr
tries will argue that the struc- : Finlayson said, adding that suppliers had been putting up “a
ture of their economy varies lot of red flags” about future price rises, although the future

and what may be a sustain- } MMpact was unknown.

able deficit for one country :

may not be sustainable for : fast rate,” he added. “It’s going to have an impact on us and

? every time people’s pockets are not strong, produce is one

another," Lewis said.

Embarassingly for host :
France, it's own efforts to tar- ;
? last, and Mr Finlayson said: “If prices overall go a lot high-
? er, no matter where you go, people tend to cut back on
? produce.”
before the meeting's kickoff. :

get deficit reduction were
slammed by the country's top
audit body on Thursday, just

The government's budget

tax cuts, and that "ample"

targets.

Another obstacle to agree- }

ment this weekend is the wide ; COMPany vehicles,” Mr Finlayson said. “We've cut it down

variation in how the G-20's { t0 4 third of what it was. We've eliminated quite a few com-

members have rebounded } Paty vehicles.

from the meltdown. Devel- : , ; : 3 :
oping economies such as Chi- } has come down incredibly.” Pilferage is the internal theft of
na, Brazil and India are roar- }

? doing inventory accruing were still doing this based on last

ing ahead even as Europe

plods ahead fitfully, while the :
United States’ jobless recov- i
: year.

ery falls somewhere in
between.

"The momentum is seeping
away from the G-20," Lewis
said.

ROYAL FIDELITY

honey an Werk

City Markets eyes 24-hour
Grand Bahama shop moves

FROM page 1B

“There’s two periods - the 9pm to 12am, and 4am to 6am.

: I know for sure that our growth, the majority of it, has

It is estimated that Emerald Bay : come between the hours of 9pm and 6am,” Mr Finlayson

employs about 30 to 40 per cent of } told Tribune Business. “That’s where the majority of the

? business has come from, and accounted for most of our

? sales growth. I didn’t expect that, and no one on our team

In December 2010, former Prime | thought it would cause that much growth. But it’s really

Minister Perry Christie said there was : beena great success.

a history of challenges with all-inclusive i

resorts in the Family Islands. He noted ? cessful for us in Nassau, and it would be really good to do

the failed all-inclusive Club Med in # that in Freeport. The 24 hours has been so successful here,

Eleuthera, which "closed and never } we will probably look at doing it in Freeport and see whether
I ? that could spark some sales.”

Salvador, which closed and reopened
with the assistance of the Government. : not start in Grand Bahama before the end of February,
Floyd Armbrister, Exuma Chamber ; when the three new general managers for each of its

( [ den : ? stores there arrived on the island. One is Jen Dames, cur-
inclusive formula limits the "trickle ? rent general manager at the Rosetta Street store in Nas-

: sau, and Mr Finlayson said their role was to focus on cus-
: tomer service and getting people into the stores, while the

? store director focused on operations and inventory.

“We'll see what happens in Freeport. It’s been very suc-

Mr Finlayson said 24-hour shopping would probably

The Trans-Island Traders and City Markets principal

explained to Tribune Business that the 9pm-12am time slot
? had allowed, for instance, mothers to leave their children at

parts from Britain, China, home in bed with the father while she went shopping.

Russia as well as the heads of }

the International Monetary } °°SS; with women taking advantage of shopping hours before

Fund. World Bank and the : they went walking, and men coming in afterwards.
European Central Bank. But . . 2 : ; > :
the C.20's grand ambition of } 19 Mexico, California and Florida, which have impacted
entrenching "strong, sustain- i ! ; :
able and balanced" economic } impact City Markets’ near-term cost of sales, as with other
growth may come undone by i
the widening divergences in }

their paths out of the worst }

Morning walkers had made the 4-6am time slot a suc-

Elsewhere, Mr Finlayson acknowledged that the freezes
the supply and availability of green produce, were likely to

Bahamas-based supermarket chains.

Sourcing

“We’ve been doing some local sourcing in anticipation of

“Our produce groceries are growing, and growing at a very

of those areas where things get tight.”
Consumers tend to cut meat and canned good purchases

Meanwhile, City Markets had “brought in a lot of high-

? powered people to make sure we turn the ship around”

watchdog said France's deficit ; from a management perspective, pushing up salary costs.

was aggravated last year by However, a hiring freeze placed at store level had helped to
f ded Gf thet contain this line item, and while no forced redundancies had
reforms are needed it the ¢ taken place the workforce had reduced through ‘natural
country is to achieve its own attrition’

“We found there’s a lot of wastage relating to fuel in

“We are focused very hard on hard on pilferage, and that
stock, and Mr Finlayson said the company had found its staff

year’s numbers.
“Push those numbers out and it’s not even close to last

“It was 7 per cent [pilferage and spoilage combined], and

now it’s down to the 3 per cent mark,” Mr Finlayson said. “A
? lot of that happened with spoilage from the two stores that

: closed.
"There was certainly move-
ment in 2008-2009, but now } soing even lower. We've had instances where we’ve caught

that the global economy } people stealing, and because we have a good relationship

phen toe on8 Hee on ? with the police, they’ve been prosecuted. We believe that will
and’ jor many on le 4" | discourage pilferage going forward.”
members prosperity seems }

assured, why would they want }

“The pilferage side is well down, and we anticipate it

And he added: “Overall, we’re just watching every

to prejudice that by bringing oe an item to ene sure expenses ie below where
in radical changes," Lewis } they were last year, and we get out as much as we can.

said.

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BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:

WEDNESDAY, 17 FEBURARY 2011

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,481.69 | CHG 0.05 | %CHG 0.00/] YTD -17.82 | YTD % -1.19

FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%
WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

1.04
10.63
4.42
0.18
2.70
2.1F
10.21
2.40

5.40 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.85
1.63 Consolidated Vvater BDRs 2.08

1.40 Doctor's Hospital
5.47 Famguard
7.23 Finco

1.40
5.47
6.51

Previous Close Today's Close

8.77 FirstCaribbean Bank 9.39

NOTICE is hereby given that ROSNA JONASSAINT : 1100 Fecel Sie 00

Focol Class B Preference 1.00
5.00. ICD Utilities 7.40

of PINEWOOD GARDENS, is applying to the Minister 0. 9.82 JS. Johnson (382
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/ ;

naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 11"
day of February, 2011 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

52wk-Hi__5S2wk-Low. Security
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029)

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

Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Symbol
BAH29
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13.
FBB1IS

Symbol Bid @

ABDAB 30.13

Div $ Pre
@,123 8.5
0.013 leer
0.153 28.9
-0.877 N/M
0.168 16.1
0.016 135.6
1.050 o.7
0.781 3.1
0.488 14.0
0.111 19.2
0.107 13.1
0.357 15.3
0.287 22.7
0.494 19.0
0.452 13.3
0.000 N/M
0.012 616.7
0.859 11.4
1.207 8.3

Change Daily Vol. EPS $
1.04 0.00
10.63 0.00
4.42 0,00
0.18 0,00.
2.70 0,00
2.1% 0,00.
10.214 0,00.
2.40 0,00.
6.85 0,00
2.13 0.05
1.40 0.00.
5.47 0.00.
6.51 0.00.
2.39 0.00
6.00 0.00.
1.00 0.00
7.40 0.00.
9.82 0.00
10.00 0.00

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)
Last Sale

Change Interest
99.46 0.00 6.95%

100.00 0.00 7%

100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%

100.00 0.00 7%

100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%

Daily Vol. Maturity
20 November 2029
19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013

29 May 2015

RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)
Ask ®
Bahamas Supermarkets 5.01 6.01
RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.55
CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)
31.59
RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.55

Div & Pre
0.000
0.000

Last Pir
14.00

Daily \&oi1. EPS$
-2.945

0.001

0.000
0.000

29.00 4.540

0.002

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

Fund Name NAY

CPFAL Bond Fund 1.5179
CPFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2.9527
CPFAL Money Market Fund 1.5837
Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 2.7049
13.4164
114.3684
106.5528
1.1465
1.1185
1.1491

1.4076
2.8300
1.5141
2.8522
13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund
101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund
99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ISLET FLORESTAL of
Kemp Road, Nassau, Bahamas, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should not
be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 11 DAY of February 2011
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O.
Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

1.0000
1.0000
1.0000
9.1005 Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 1

Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 2

Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 3

Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund - Equities Sub Fund

9.7950
10.0000
10.6417

9.1708
10.1266
4.8105 8.4510
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

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

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

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

Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume

Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

(SS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

(S1) - S-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

YTD%
5.51%
0.18%
0.61%
-0.56%
0.44%
9.98%
4.75%
5.20%
4.73%
5.35%

4.85%
-1.20%

1.27%
0.72%
MARKET TERMS
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price



NAV 3MTH
1.498004
2.918697
1.564030

NAV GMTH
1.475244
2.910084
1.545071

Last 12 Months %
6.90%
31-Jan-11
11-Feb-1141
31-Jan-11
31-Jan-11
30-Jun-10
30-Sep-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10

1.61%
4.59%
-15.54%
-0.10%
12.49%
7.18%

109.392860
100.779540

107.570619
105.776543
5.20%
4.73%
5.35%
5.45% 30-Nov-10
0.50% 30-Nov-10

31-Jan-11
31-Jan-11

1.27%
9.95%

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

ASk $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

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

N/M - Not Meaningful

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

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NES
Oil rises on

more Middle
East unrest

NEW YORK

Benchmark crude settled
higher Thursday as protests
rocked some Middle East
nations and concerns grew
about oil supply disruptions.

West Texas Intermediate
crude for March delivery rose
$1.37 to settle at $86.36 a barrel
on the New York Mercantile
Exchange.

In London, Brent crude fell
$1.19 to settle at $102.59 a bar-
rel on the ICE Futures
exchange, as some traders took
profits after recent gains.

On Thursday, troops and
tanks descended on demon-
strators in the capital of the

Persian Gulf state of Bahrain.
There were reports of a number
of dead and injured.

Bahrain is not a major oil-
producing country, but it is
strategically important to the
USS. as home to the Navy's Sth
Fleet. There have also been
anti-government protests in
Iran, Algeria, Jordan and Libya
following the ouster of regimes
in Tunisia and Egypt. Iran is
the world's fourth-largest oil
producer. Algeria and Libya
are also important crude sup-
pliers. "There's a lot of traders
concerned about what's going
on in the Middle East and
North Africa," said Mike
Zarembski, senior commodity

Suez at the city of Suez, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.

analyst at brokerage Option-
sXpress Inc. He said uncertain-
ty about the Middle East head-
ing into a three-day holiday
weekend in the U.S. also con-
tributed to higher prices for
benchmark WTI crude.
Recent unrest in the Middle
East has had a bigger impact
on prices for Brent crude than
WIT. Brent is the benchmark
price for North Sea oil produc-
tion, and it is used as a refer-

ence price for oil produced in
other areas, such as Africa and
South America. Production
interruptions also have helped
keep Brent above $100 a barrel
since the end of January.

WITT hasn't been much high-
er the $92 a barrel during the
same time. Prices have been
weighed down by a glut of
inventory at Cushing, Okla-
homa, the delivery point for oil
contracts traded on the New



all of it to refineries.

higher food and gas costs.



STOCKS HIGHER: Traders of crude oil and natural gas react dur-
ing early trading at the New York Mercantile Exchange on Mon-
day, Jan. 31, 2011.

NEW YORK

Stocks finished higher Thursday after a strong
manufacturing report overshadowed a bigger than
expected rise in the number of people applying
for unemployment benefits.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said
its index of manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic
region nearly doubled between January and Feb-
ruary. The surge in manufacturing was enough to
offset a Labor Department report that applica-
tions for unemployment benefits rose 25,000 from
the previous week.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29.97
points, or 0.3 percent, to 12,318.1. The Dow has
been rising steadily this month, with only three
down days in February. For the month, it's already
up 3.6 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index

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Fraser denies allegations
and says his office is
‘home away from home’

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

BISHOP Randy Fraser
admitted yesterday he had sex
in his church office, but
claimed it was with his wife
and not a young girl he had
agreed to counsel.

Prosecutors have accused
Fraser, 53, of abusing his posi-
tion of trust and having a sex-
ual relationship with a 16-
year-old girl between July
2005 and February 2006.

The complainant alleges
she and Fraser, pastor of Pil-
grim Baptist Temple, St
James Road, had sex numer-
ous times in his church office
before Sunday morning ser-
vices and before bible stud-
ies on Wednesday nights.

Fraser has dismissed the
allegations as “fabrications
and blatant lies.”



























According to the evidence,
Fraser’s semen was found on
the rug in his office.

Yesterday, he told the
court: “My office is my office.
My office is also dubbed my
home away from home.

“T have a wife and we
would be intimate, it’s my
office.”

Fraser explained that when
the electricity would go off at
his home, he, his wife and
their two daughters would go
to his church office where
there is a generator.

When questioned by his
attorney, Jairam Mangra, as
to whether he ever had sex
with the complainant in his
office, Fraser replied: “Nev-
er, never, never.”

Fraser stated he never told
the complainant about his and
his wife’s sex life.

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BAY ST FIRE
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PHONE BOX’

THE government con-
firmed yesterday that the fire
that ravaged an historic Bay
Street block on Monday prob-
ably started in a faulty tele-
phone electrical box in the C
Trevor Kelly building.

In announcing that the area
may soon be converted into a
downtown waterfront green
space yesterday, Minister of
Environment Earl Deveaux
said the Fire Marshall has
concluded his investigation
and found that the fire started
“in the telephone box” in the

building, which housed Bet-
ty K Agencies shipping oper-
ation for many years.

The fire has altered the
original plans to utilise the
dock and building as the cor-
nerstone of the planned revi-
talisation of Bay Street, but
Mr Deveaux said the pro-
posed green space would still
preserve the dock’s place in
Bahamian history.

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acy. The production also featured a musical interlude by Kent ‘Christian Massive” Johnson (right).

DR ANDRE ROLLINS EXPLAINS TO RALLY
CROWD WHY HE JOINED THE PLP

EDUCATORS PRAISED FOR VIGILANCE IN
EXPOSING MAN WHO POSED AS TEACHER

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT: Education
Minister Desmond Bannis-
ter commended education
officials, teachers and par-
ents for their vigilance in
exposing a man who posed
as a primary school teacher.

The minister urged educa-
tors throughout the country
to continue to be vigilant of
people who prey on children

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man, and now member of
the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty Dr Andre Rollins, ignit-
ed the crowd at the PLP
mass rally in Elizabeth on
Wednesday night.

Lashing out at the gov-
ernment and Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham, Dr
Rollins gave an impas-
sioned speech to the party
faithful and explained to
those gathered his reasons
for finally joining the PLP
after months of delibera-
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Defiance in

the face of

devastating
fire loss



EYESORE: The blaze tore through roofs.

By JESSICA ROBERTSON
Online Editor

jrobertson@tribunemedia. net

On Monday morning, Dr
Wendy Stuart could only lie in
bed and wait on word from oth-
ers about the fate of her Bay
Street store.

She was unable to rush to see
for herself as she was bedrid-
den due to a recent fall.

Botani Bath, the small bou-
tique store from which she sold
her handmade soaps and other
Bahamian-made arts and crafts,
was situated in the middle of
the block of buildings that was
on fire.

By late afternoon it was clear
that the fire had completely
destroyed the soap manufac-
turing plant and all its equip-
ment and supplies in the rear
of the storefront, and smoke

and water from the firefighters’
efforts had made her store and
just about all the merchandise
inside it unsalvageable.

“My realtor called me
around nine in the morning and
said ‘there’s a fire downtown.’ I
was like ‘Oh great.’ But there
was nothing I could do. I was
sitting there with a brace on my
knee, couldn’t get down my
stairs and I’m hearing what’s
going on. I was following the
updates on Tribune242.com.
Surprisingly I was calm. I wasn’t
worried because there was
nothing I could do,” she recalls

The devastating fire started
early Monday morning in an
office at the historic Betty K
Agencies building situated on
the northern side of the block
east of East Street.

By Wednesday, the shipping
company had managed to relo-

cate its offices and secure facil-
ities at the Arawak Cay dock
to facilitate the arrival of a boat
laden with goods on Thursday.

Smaller businesses like
Botani Bath will take a lot
longer to recover from the fire.

Invested

In addition to the loss of
most of the store’s retail inven-
tory and fixtures, which she
estimated were worth thou-
sands of dollars, Dr Stuart, 45,
said over the past seven years
since she first started the soap
making business, she has invest-
ed about $100,000 in equip-
ment, supplies and packaging
materials.

Business had been slow on
Bay Street and she said the
irony was that she had spent
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“T had just gotten five new
wholesale accounts and I was
so excited.

“It’s just so funny that Mon-
day morning I got up to go
down there to fill those orders
and this is what happened on
Monday,” she says, keeping a
smile on her face.

Dr Stuart is surprisingly
upbeat considering Monday’s
fire is just one more in a string
of devastating setbacks over the
past 13 months that would
break the spirit of many peo-
ple.

In January, 2010, just two
weeks after she opened the
Botani Bath store and relocated
her soap manufacturing plant
to the Bay Street location, she
was diagnosed with Lou
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diagnosed with mercury and
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In June, Dr Stuart’s illness
forced her to stop practising
dentistry, leaving her without
her main source of income. The
single mother of two young
boys ages 12 and 8 has strug-
gled to survive financially.

“I didn’t have insurance on
the store because you know,
things have always been so
tight.

“Every time I spoke with my
insurance agent about getting
it, [just didn’t have the money.
Especially after I had to stop
doing dentistry, some months
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staff or rent. The ironic thing
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block of buildings that was on
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Botani Bath face a long struggle
to recover from the fire.

Jessica Robertson

motion this new game plan to
focus on wholesale business and
the amount I was getting from
the pre-orders would have been
enough to get us through and
give me a decent salary. That’s
why I was so excited Monday
morning,” she explains.

When the orders came in she
even had to borrow money
from her mother to purchase
the materials needed to fill
them.

“T told her if I could fill these
orders I could pay her right
back and we’d have some mon-
ey flowing. I ordered the sup-
plies and just was excited to get
in Monday morning because
now we had some real business
and I didn’t have to depend on
the walk-in traffic, which was
so slow lately.”

As for whether she intends
to rebuild the soap making
business, she says “it’s my pas-
sion. It made me happy and
that’s why in the beginning it
was a labour of love.”

The customers who placed
those much needed wholesale
orders have already told her
they will be patient and wait
until she can fill them. In terms
of getting up and going again,
Dr Stuart says she’s going to
have to start small like she did
when she first launched her
business.

Rather than feel sorry for
herself, Dr Stuart has focused
her energy since the fire on try-
ing to find work for her now
unemployed staff.

Botani Bath had two full
time and one part time employ-
ees.

“T’ve been calling friends
who have businesses to see if
they have any jobs available.
My staff has been really good.
They’re honest and I’ve been
so lucky just to have the great-
est staff in the world and I want
to try to find them jobs. I can’t
have my staff waiting on me to
bounce back, because I really
don’t know how long it will
take and they need to be work-
ing,” she says

As she speaks, Dr Stuart
remains upbeat and her infec-
tious smile is ever present. That
is until she starts talking about
how her various setbacks are
affecting her children. That’s
when she starts choking up.

“[’m not feeling sorry for
myself, ’m not having a ner-
vous break down, I’m not
stressing over finances even
though my finances are a com-
plete mess, but my kids are
being affected and that’s the
only thing that hurts me,” she
says, “the afternoon of the fire
they were so worried and kept
asking ‘what are we going to
do Mom?’ I told them they
we'll be fine and we will.

“This is one more thing, but
I’m going to get through this.
We all need to realise that we
can overcome anything no mat-
ter how bad things look.”

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LOCAL NEWS



Slave-owner descendants
in land ownership battle

Hundreds of acres in New Providence at centre of claim

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE black descendants of
slave-owner Isaac Baillou, an
eighteenth century Loyalist
who settled in the Bahamas, are
battling to legitimise their claim
to ownership of hundreds of
acres of land in New Provi-
dence.

Euclid Baillou said he was
unable to confirm the family’s
claim to land at the site of the
shanty town called Government
Yard.

However, he said, the family
did own more than 300 acres
of land off Blue Hill Road
south,

He said the government had
confiscated a large portion of
the land — more than 100 acres
— without compensating the
family.

His cousin Everet Baillou, a
former preacher suffering from
prostate cancer, was recently in
the news when information
emerged that Emamay Burns,
an associate acting on his
behalf, had collected money
from Haitian residents squat-
ting on disputed land.

“We already had plans to sell
the Haitians the land, to build a
low cost housing community.
That is what we planned to do.
That is why we told them every
year give us $500 that would go
towards road, light. We planned
to develop that part for a Hait-
jan community, fish fry, mar-
ket. We sit down. I discussed
the plan with him. He knows
everything. We wanted to have
a decent Haitian community,”
said Ms Burns.

Bishop Ross Davis of Gold-
en Gates World Outreach Min-
istries facilitated the collection
of the money, under the belief
that Ms Burns produced “doc-
uments” showing ownership.
Ms Burns said Bishop Davis
did not want a fee for collecting
the money.

However, Brensil Rolle, Gar-
den Hills MP and Parliamen-
tary Secretary in the Ministry of
Housing, said the land is owned
by the Ministry of Housing and
he is not aware of “any other
papers that could be charac-
terised as legitimate papers.”

Father Vilfort Roland of the
Queen of Peace Parish, a
Catholic church on Fire Trail
Road attended by many
Haitians, said he met with Ms
Burns to see the land “docu-
ments” on behalf of his Hait-
ian parishioners. He said the
document produced was an affi-
davit — “One affidavit that was
the only document,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ms Burns told
The Tribune that she has the
land title and the Baillou Will.

Newborn baby found
abandoned ‘resting
comfortably’ at PM

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

THE newborn baby girl
found abandoned at an
apartment building on
Rosetta Street Tuesday
evening is reported to be
resting comfortably at
Princess Margaret Hospital.

This is the second case of
infant abandonment in the
past week.

Public relations manager
for the hospital, Thelma
Rolle, said the baby arrived
at PMH early yesterday
morning.

“The baby is healthy and
in good condition,” said Ms
Rolle.

She said the two-day-old
infant will soon be put in the
care of Social Services.

Over the weekend, anoth-
er baby girl was found aban-
doned in an empty building
on Bayshore Road in Eight
Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.

Police said that based on
evidence found at the scene,
it would seem the mother
had just given birth to the
infant before abandoning
her.

Grand Bahama police
launched a search for the
mother, who turned herself
in shortly after. Police say
the investigation is continu-
ing.

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The Ministry of Housing is
proceeding with plans to trans-
form the land into a new sub-
division, known temporarily as
Fire Trail.

Ms Burns claims the family
owns 280 acres in Pride Estates,
including the land at the site of
Government Yard. She claims
the family owns another 300
acres behind Super Value on
Carmichael Road, as well as
other smaller plots near Mal-
colm Allotment or Village
Park.

Willed

Mr Euclid Baillou said the
land was willed from Mr Isaac
Baillou to the descendants of a
“Sarah Bowe,” who was a black
woman working for Mr Isaac
as a maid.

“He willed the land to our
grandmother, Sarah Bowe. She
was his maid. He had three chil-
dren with his wife and all of
them died. He had three chil-
dren with Sarah Bowe: two
boys and one girl. He willed the
land to Sarah Bowe and her
descendants. He said they
should go to school and learn to
read and write. That is where
our father got it from,” said Mr
Euclid.

The Baillou family is spread
across the Bahamas, in islands
like New Providence, Andros,
and Abaco. Historian Gail

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Saunders notes there was a
plantation on Big Wood Cay in
Central Andros owned by Isaac
Baillou. In “Islanders in the
Stream,” she records a story
about three male slaves who
absconded from the plantation
in 1794 headed for Cuba in a
14-foot boat.

In his study of the Royal
Gazette and Bahama Advertis-
er of the Loyalist period, Paul C
Aranha noted that Isaac Bail-
lou was a “frequent advertis-
er” offering rewards for run-
away Slaves, particularly from
his Baillou Hills plantation.

The family has a turbulent
history with attorneys and their
land deals. Ms Burns implicated
two disbarred attorneys and
another who is wanted by the
police as being responsible for
their land woes.

One attorney, who repre-
sented the family for 17 years,
according to Ms Burns, “was
the one that messed us up.”
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alleged, “took a piece of the
property and built a duplex for
his sweetheart.” That attorney
is currently wanted by the
police in connection with a theft
complaint from a
church.

The Commercial
Crimes Section of
the Central Detec-
tive Unit is investi-
gating the alleged
theft of more than
$200,000 from a
church on Farring-
ton Road. Officers
said there were no
official complaints
against the attorney
in connection with
the Baillou family.

MP Mr Rolle has advised the
family to contact the Office of
the Prime Minister to clarify
the land matter. Ms Burns said
the family plans to do just that.
She vowed that the Baillou
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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

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The Bahamas’ changing value system

WE HAVE had several calls about our
editorial of February 11, which for the first
time revealed the name of an anonymous
letter writer, whose identity excited political
circles in 1962, but for 49 years remained a
mystery. Today, few people would be inter-
ested in our mystery man, but in the political
turmoil of the sixties, a British editor was
threatened with prison for refusing to reveal
his identity.

However, with the death of Paul Bower
on January 24, memories of those few days
in the Magistrate’s Court in October, 1963
came flooding back. For several years spec-
ulation continued about the letter writer.
Today, when it no longer matters, and few
would care, we realised that we were now
the last living person who knows the letter’s
author. For the sake of history we revealed
it in this column on February 11.

The calls that we have received as a result
of that column, were not about the mystery
writer, now unmasked, but about the fate
of Paul Bower when he refused to give the
court the writer’s name. No, he did not go to
prison as threatened by Magistrate John
Bailey, who when off the bench was one of
his best friends.

The case ended suddenly when the
Guardian owners decided to pay the plain-
tiffs’ damages, and rescue their man from the
edge of the cliff. Magistrate Bailey had
refused the Guardian leave to appeal his
decision of name or prison.

Mr Bower, who was Guardian editor
from 1958 to August 1962 (two months
before the case came to court in October),
asked the magistrate: “What would happen
should I refuse (to reveal the writer’s
name)?”

“You would be in contempt,” the Irish
magistrate replied.

“What would be the consequences?” Mr
Bower pressed. “A fine or a prison sen-
tence,” the magistrate shot back.

“Ten days in Her Majesty’s prison!” LB
Johnson, one of the six PLP plaintiffs,
demanded loudly. This exchange was fol-
lowed by a luncheon adjournment. By the
afternoon the case was over, Mr Bower had
missed the arrow, the plaintiffs had their
damages, and letter writer Bert Cambridge
was still a mystery man.

Guardian lawyer James Liddell had
argued that not only was the plaintiffs’ com-
plaints vexatious, but that what was being
complained of before the court was the let-

ter and its content, not the identity of the
writer. But the plaintiffs were not buying
that argument, nor was the magistrate. In a
few weeks time there would be a general
election, which the PLP were confident of
winning — in fact they lost. Racism was a
heavy card being played at the time, and
the six PLP plaintiffs — all lawyers — wanted
to know which white man would dare ques-
tion their integrity in an anonymous letter.
What they did not know was that the writer
was, like themselves, a black man, a former
politician, whose character Mr Bower had
described in glowing terms in court. Several
of the plaintiffs were Bert Cambridge’s
friends. In fact he had given music lessons to
one of them. Bert Cambridge’s Orchestra
was the hottest band in town in the twenties
and thirties, and music was his career.

But what we find most interesting is the
change over the years in public values. In
those days it was seldom that one sued a
newspaper for defamation, and anything
over £100 in damages was certainly unheard
of. And so for “An Open Letter to Mr Paul
Adderley,” published in The Guardian on
August 21, 1962 the six lawyers — Paul
Adderley, Loftus Roker, Lynden Pindling,
AD Hanna, LB Johnson and Orville Turn-
quest — each asked for £100 for the damage
perceived to have been done to their repu-
tations, plus costs, which in those days would
have been minimal.

However, thanks to the influence over
the years of America’s legal system where it
almost pays to do oneself an injury in a pub-
lic place and walk away with millions award-
ed by the courts, Bahamians have adjusted
their opinion of their own worth.

In 1962, Orville Turnquest who became
the Bahamas’ Governor General, was not
bloated up with his own importance. He
obviously felt well compensated with £100
for the slight he had felt was committed
against him. If he had known that it was his
old piano teacher, he probably would have
slapped him on the back, had a good laugh
and they would have gone off to make music
together.

However, today we see some of these
complaints, many of them vexatious, and
the value — starting in the thousands that
persons put on their own worth and we won-
der where they are coming from.

In every way and in every segment of life
the Bahamian’s value system has certainly
changed.

Be The First And Reserve Yours Toc

In defence of
democratic
process

EDITOR, The Tribune.

On the Editorial page of
The Nassau Guardian Thurs-
day, 14th February edition,
appeared a letter to the Edi-
tor under the caption
“Branville McCartney is
Bahamian Sarah Palin” by a
writer under the pseudonym
grateful to Mr Ingraham.

First of all dear grateful
one, let me say that you
should have found some oth-
er way of showing your grati-
tude to Mr Ingraham for
whatever favour or favours
that he may have bestowed
upon or given you. To com-
pare a young, vibrant, ener-
getic and intelligent up and
coming Bahamian political
star with the likes of Sarah
Palin is denigrating and disin-
genuous of anyone claiming
to be a Bahamian. I am only
presuming that you are, but I
could be wrong.

For over two weeks now
since Mr McCartney made
the remark that Mr Ingraham
has or shows no compassion,
a number of persons have
been writing to the press con-
demning and taking him,
McCartney to task for his
remarks. This young man is
simply exercising his consti-
tutional rights not only as a
citizen; but an elected repre-
sentative of a constituency in
a democratic society. You
dear miss or mister grateful,
would be surprised to know
how many of us out here in
John Q public, including me,
are in full agreement with
McCartney and give him
credit for his testicular forti-
tude.

You and others, in dis-
agreeing with McCartney,
which is your constitutional

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right in the democratic
process, went on record as
saying that the paying of elec-
tricity bills, cash handouts to
straw vendors, hiring people
to sit down under trees hold-
ing garbage bags and watch-
ing a few more raking leaves
on the side of the road, the
paying out of millions of NIB
monies to thousands of per-
sons, many of whom only buy
grass and rum, and paying
lawyers to represent persons
committing criminal offences
in a foreign country are acts
of compassion, if you are say-
ing that that is good news,
then here are some bad news.

Mr Ingraham is, first and
foremost a politician and if I
may say so a good one. He
was trained by a master politi-
cian, Lynden Oscar Pindling.

All that money that was so
generously given away was
not Mr Ingraham’s own to
give, it is the people’s money
and at some time in the not
too distant future he has to
give account for his steward-
ship. One cannot, willy-nilly,
give away or misuse public
funds without proper author-
ity there is a process that must
be followed according to law.
Did it ever occur to you, dear
grateful and others that what
you perceived to be acts of
compassion could have really
been acts of vote-catching?
To say that McCartney was
only grandstanding while in
charge of immigration, is com-
plete rubbish. I was floating
around in this archipelago

long before party politics, par-
ty government, majority rule
and all the other trappings
that we now enjoy, So I am
now telling you, dear grate-
ful, that there has been one
and only one other minister
of immigration that did a bet-
ter job than Branville
McCartney and that was Lof-
tus Roker who like McCart-
ney, did not have to depend
on Haitian votes.

Branville McCartney, like
any other member of the Free
National Movement, has the
God-given right not only to
aspire to the leadership of the
party, but to fight through the
legal process of the party to
attain it. Ingraham did not
have to fight to become
leader of the FNM, it was
handed to him by the then
leader Cecil Wallace-Whit-
field who was also co-founder
of the party. Cecil, who
sought my advice on the mat-
ter six weeks before his
demise, (I was the other co-
founder) had his reasons that
were many and real, for mak-
ing the choice, but that does
not mean that Ingraham must
do likewise. As long as he is at
the top he is the main target
for all and sundry that has
ambitions in aspiring for the
top of the ladder. I say to
Branville, ignore the critics,
keep focus on your goal, put
first, your trust in God and
keep faith with yourself. Put
not your trust in princes for
they shall deceive you and be
assured that what is out there
for you, you will get.

ERRINGTON

W I WATKINS
Nassau,

February 14, 2011.

One suspects Branville McCartney's
days as an FNM are numbered

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Reading The Nassau Guardian’s headline
on February 2, 2011 “PM lacks compassion,”
supposedly uttered by FNM representative
for Bamboo Town Branville McCartney leads
one to believe that his days as an FNM are

numbered.

To make such an asinine statement in an
upcoming election year when all FNMs should
be close knit and ready for battle displays that
this individual is all about himself.

During these tough economic times when
Bahamians were losing their jobs and not able
to pay their bills the PM sought fit to introduce
unemployment benefit payments through the

ments and their lights immediately turned on
and Mr McCartney says he has no compas-

sion!

“Compassion” as explained in the dictionary
is showing sympathetic pity and concern for
the suffering of others.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham knows

first hand about hard times as he has stated

National Insurance Board, and free medica-

tion.

BEC customers whose lights were cut off
for non-payment were allowed to pay in instal-

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Mr McCartney continues to rant and rave
with negative talk about the FNM and its lead-
ership but he always closes by saying he sup-
ports the FNM and its leader. I wonder.

Yes, the FNM will have its challenges just
like the PLP, but when it is all said and done
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



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Cable and Wireless Com-
munications says that cor-
porate social responsibility
will be a cornerstone of its
approach if successful in
purchasing 51 per cent of the
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company.

In a statement issued yes-
terday, the company said it
has a “strong and proud his-
tory” of community part-
nerships, working in the
region through its LIME
business.

A spokesperson said:
“The vision for our LIME
business is to always work
to improve life in the region.
As such one of our early pri-
orities is to extend BTC
community spending to
reflect its regional share of
CSR investment. This is just
one of the benefits of BTC
joining the Cable and Wire-
less Communications fami-
ly.”
He added: “Our approach
will be to seek focused
investment into parts of the
community — whether that
be in New Providence or
other family islands —- where
it can have most benefit.

“We have worked with
many community organisa-
tions over a long period,
which has helped them to
develop. We also have a
strong tradition of getting
teams into the community
as often time and energy can
be as valuable an investment
as money.”

Following the Haiti earth-

quake last year, LIME col-
leagues and customers raised
J$23 million through a
fundraising telethon broad-
cast on 28 television and
cable channels.

A LIME team member
also joined the International
Telecoms Union group who
went to restore communica-
tion links in the country.

The statement said that in
Grand Cayman, LIME is
seeking to “greatly increase”
the ability of young people
to access the internet.

“This is being achieved by
establishing free internet
services in all the local
libraries and schools, plus
several hot spots around the
island. In addition, LIME
has developed an after
school programme for pri-
mary age students with aca-
demic and social challenges,
providing the necessary
high-speed broad-band
access. This is being rolled
out across the Caribbean.

“In Jamaica LIME organ-
ised a massive Back to
School event in 2010, includ-
ing a music concert, amuse-
ment park, a health and den-
tistry information ground
and a resource centre. There
was something of everything
— from free hair cuts to free
immunisations,” it said.

The statement said sport
sponsorship is another area
of focus for the company,
and noted its sponsorship of
the Carifta Games last year
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ter and more reliable phone ser-
vice said Sandals owner Gor-
don 'Butch' Stewart, adding that
the debate surrounding Cable
and Wireless’ purchase of BTC
has become too political, and
threatens to overshadow the
benefits from impending
telecommunications competi-
tion.

"The Bahamas’ phone sys-
tem, we all deserve much bet-
ter," said the tourism mogul
during an interview at his Emer-
ald Bay on Great Exuma. "I
think the whole Batelco thing
has become political. When that

happens you have trouble see-
ing the good or the bad, the way
to go."

Last month his son, Sandals
CEO Adam Stuart, called
C&W "a valuable partner."

Experiences

"The hospitality industry
expects and deserves the best
in communication services — our
guests look forward to commu-
nicating back home to share
their experiences and demand
speed, reliability and stability,”
said the younger Mr Stewart.

"It's an important part of the
guest experience. LIME has
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have been able to improve the
efficiencies of the Sandals group
and provide greater service to
our guests because of LIME. I
expect to see LIME do great
things for BTC, and especially
for the hospitality industry in
the Bahamas, and believe they
have the right track record for
the job," he said.

When asked why his son pub-
licly backed C& W's takeover
of BTC, Mr Stewart speculat-
ed it was just positive public
relations.

"Adam has friends in Cable
and Wireless and I think they
asked if he would say something
nice about Cable and Wireless
which he did. He wasn't doing it
from a political point of view. I
think Adam was basically saying

77 persons detained from Haitian Village are repatriated

THE Immigration department
announced that it has repatriated 77 per-
sons detained in a Haitian Village near
Fox Hill during a night-time raid that
sparked allegations of brutality.

The group arrested in the raid, which
took place two weeks ago, was among a
total of 93 Haitians sent to Port-au-
Prince on Tuesday, the rest having been
apprehended during a series of road
blocks and searches.

The department said that nine more

persons were apprehended during these
exercises, but were found to hold proper
status and were therefore released.

Also apprehended were three
Jamaicans, one Guyanese immigrant and
one Filipino.

On Thursday of last week, another 19
Haitians were apprehended and com-
mitted to the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre after they could not show
satisfactory proof of their immigration
status, the statement said.

Following the Fox Hill raid, Haitian
Ambassador Louis Harold Joseph said
his office had been informed that a num-
ber of persons were mistreated by offi-
cials and members of the Haitian-
Bahamian community told The Tribune
people were beaten unnecessarily as men
and women were apprehended.

The department responded to this yes-
terday, saying it invited persons who
claimed aggressive behaviour and phys-
ical abuse at the hands of Immigration

officers to write and sign depositions in
support of their allegations — “However,
they refused to do so. Their concerns
were nonetheless noted.”

Immigration officials have repatriated
a total of 467 Haitians so far this year.

The department urged persons resid-
ing and working in the Bahamas illegal-
ly “to desist forthwith” and gave an
assurance to the public of its “commit-
ment to professionalism and ideals of
the highest when apprehending persons.”

PERFORMANCE,

- Bahamians ‘deserve
better phone service’

that it will be a much better ser-
vice.”

Earlier this month, govern-
ment concluded its agreement
to sell 51 per cent of its shares in
the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company to regional
provider Cable and Wireless
amid protests from union lead-
ers and the official opposition.

Agreement

URCA, the communications
regulatory body, must review
the agreement and parliament
must approve the sale.

"After that, the government
will move in parliament, the Pri-
vatisation Bill, the Amendment
to the Communications Act and
the minor amendments to the
Utilities Regulation Act. We
expect that the transaction will
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year,” Prime Minister Hubert
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What lies ahead for Branville
McCartney after PM comments?
YOUNG Man's VIEW

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

OVER the last few weeks,
Bamboo Town MP Branville
McCartney has been a one-
man news cycle, with his
recent comments—which
referred to Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham as lacking
compassion, asserted that the
Free National Movement will
face challenges going into the
next general election and also
declared that the government
seemed to not “connect to”
and were not “listening to”
the people—taising a few eye-
brows.

Indeed, Bran McCartney
has evolved into perhaps one
of the most dynamic young
politicians to emerge in recent
years, however—since his res-
ignation and recent com-
ments—in some quarters it is
felt that his political career is
fading fast whilst others
believe that it’s just burgeon-
ing and he’s displaying much-
desired gumption to fellow
politicos. During his tenure
as Minister of State for Immi-
gration, the much-celebrated
McCartney won over the
hearts of many Bahamians
with his approach as a hard-
nosed, hands-on anti-illegal
immigration minister. It is
thought that Mr McCartney
catered to the populous rage
over illegal immigration!

That said, was Mr McCart-
ney’s recent remarks demon-
strative of his standing-up for
his beliefs and a likely pre-
cursor to him hitting the eject
button and leaving the FNM?
Were his comments merely
attention-seeking rhetoric,
particularly in this age of iden-
tity politics? Or, was it sim-
ply an expression of his gen-
uine feelings on the inner
workings of his party/govern-

ea

ment and his true impression
of the Prime Minister and the
national state-of-affairs?

In the wake of the former
state minister’s comments,
will the ground be loosened
under Mr McCartney? Has
Bahamian politics matured
enough where politicians can
take chafing from someone
on the same side of the polit-
ical divide?

Frankly, there are politi-
cians and members of the
public who have told me that
in their view, Mr McCartney’s
political stock may be depre-
ciating from self-inflicted
wounds. However, there are
others who articulate their
new found “respect” for the
Bamboo Town MP for speak-
ing what many believe was his
conscience.

Moreover, in political cir-
cles, there has been chatter
of Mr McCartney leaving the
FNM to lead the National
Development Party (NDP)
or, that in the lead up to gen-
eral elections, to join an enti-
ty known as the Party of Inde-
pendents, which—whilst yet
to materialize (at least pub-
licly)—-will purportedly fea-
ture candidates such as
McCartney and former South
Andros MP Whitney Bastian.

Frankly, in the wake of Dr
Andre Rollins’ abandonment
of the NDP, one wonders —
in the face of the speculation
and allegations of Mr McCart-
ney joining that grouping and
ascending to the helm of the
party—whether such a move
would be politically prudent
or merely political suicide. It
appears that Dr Rollins—the

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NDP’s candidate in last year’s
by-election in Elizabeth—lost
confidence in the political
vehicle that he co-founded
and thereby decided, in
Lebron James’ (NBA player)
fashion, to “take his talents”
to the PLP. Honestly, whilst
some would say that Dr
Rollins seemingly took on an
opportunistic deportment, his
departure from the NDP does
not bode well for the fledg-
ling party, particularly since
he was the face of the organi-
zation.

Although Mr McCartney
has proven himself as an
exceptional MP in Bamboo
Town, his political fortune
seems uncertain. If Bran
McCartney leaves the FNM,
will that result in a seismic
crack in their electoral
machinery?

Indeed, the FNM should
not wish to enter a general
election cycle giving-off the
impression that the organiza-
tion is devouring itself. There
is no need to creep around
the issue—both the FNM and
Branville McCartney need to
determine if he will be the
party’s standard bearer or if
he’s running as an indepen-
dent or otherwise. It would
be unimaginable, possibly
injurious to the party, if the
FNM did not give Mr
McCartney—one of its
strongest candidates—the nod
in what’s setting up to be a
tough election year.

Whether he desires such a
response or not is unknown,
however any attempt to
forcibly banish Mr McCart-
ney to the political wilder-

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DYNAMIC: Branville McCartney

ness—as many people feel
would happen—would be a
mammoth misjudgment and
used as a campaign ploy
against the FNM by opposing
political entities, could insult
the voting public and, more-
over, will catapult the MP into
a much higher political
stratosphere.

Indeed, the Prime Minister
is a shrewd politician and, as
such, there has been no
ridiculous overreaction on his
part in response to any of Mr
McCartney’s moves—from
his resignation to his recent
comments.

That said, if Bran McCart-
ney becomes an indepen-
dent—a true independent—
he’s likely to still attract many
marginal, non-ideological and
independent-minded voters—
a class of voters that’s rapidly
expanding with today’s
younger, more educated elec-
torate.

Among the wider populace,
there remains a jingoistic ado-
ration of the MP. Moreover,
Mr McCartney has a large
FNM following and FNMs
have, in the past, shown them-
selves willing to vote inde-
pendent if they feel that the
party didn’t do the right thing.
However, Mr McCartney—in
the minds of voters—will have
a dilemma if he joins another
party and thereby returns to
the electorate—after one
term—with another “label”
attached.

Indeed, there are some seg-
ments of the Bahamian elec-
torate—across the spec-
trum—who are politically
immature and cannot think
independently of the party to
whom they have pledged alle-
giance, sticking to labels
instead of looking at the

integrity and quality of a can-
didate.

The reality is that, as it
relates to the PLP and the
FNM, for every Laura in the
PLP there is a Harem in the
FNM!

Considering precedent
(Tennyson Wells’ 2002 victo-
ry) and the current construct
of Bamboo Town, if Bran
McCartney runs as an inde-
pendent, he could win the
constituency. Frankly,
McCartney has also not
reached the point of being
labeled as a “disgruntled
FNM” and that bodes well for
his chances. Furthermore, in a
constituency like Bamboo
Town, I’m not sure if the con-
stituents would be willing to
have the FNM unceremoni-
ously dump another candidate
on them because the current
representative went against
the grain and/or is perceived
as not being a “yes man.”

That said, in the current
political climate, Bran
McCartney’s chances of
becoming FNM leader are
next to none. Party leadership
is not based upon what the
masses feel, but instead upon
the hierarchical structure and
the constitution of a party
and, quite honestly, it’s not
uncommon for the masses to
feel differently from the deci-
sion-makers within a party—
this being illustrated in the
FNM’s electoral defeat in
2002, when the internal
machinery of the organization
didn’t conceptually under-
stand or appreciate what the
masses were thinking. While I
am not suggesting that the
masses are clamouring for the
Bamboo Town MP to
become leader, I’m pointing
out observably flawed
processes with both of the
major parties that, in such a
bubble-like atmosphere, can
hardly gauge the political
temperature of the masses.
As it stands, if Bran McCart-
ney remains an FNM and
seeks to become a future
leadership contender, he
needs to start enlisting the
support of party delegates and
council members—a support
system that he presently does-
nt appear to have!

I’ve found Bran McCartney
to be an affable, down-to-
earth chap whose drive and
youthful vigour is refreshing.
In what appears to be a brutal
election year, Mr McCartney
must, in his political calculus,
ensure that before any moves
or spur of the moment deci-
sions, he doesn’t portray him-
self as an over zealous hot-
shot, but rather treks the path
of a difference-making, uni-

fying politician who has
inspired throngs of Bahami-
ans and has demonstrated an
ideal work ethic in his Bam-
boo Town constituency. As
far as the FNM should be
concerned, right now the best
approach is to offer Mr
McCartney a nomination
whilst letting his fate remain
in his own hands!

THE BCPOU
AND BTC’s SALE

There are some utterances
and incidents that occur that
are nothing short of classless
and knuckleheaded. Of late,
Bahamas Communications
and Public Officers Union
(BCPOU) President Bernard
Evans’ remarks have not only
given off predictably negative
vibes, but have also been irre-
sponsible.

The public has become
weary of what appears to be
cringe-inducing bloviating and
reckless statements.

Frankly, it appears that the
union is fighting a losing bat-
tle, desperate for an applause
line from the wider popu-
lace—an applause line that
will never happen since many
Bahamians are seeking more
efficient services, cheaper
rates, fewer dropped calls and
themselves are looking for-
ward to the sale of BTC to
fulfil these desires.

Mr Evans’ “small Egypt”
comment—associating
impending union action with
the protests (some violent)
for democratic change in
Egypt which recently led to
the ouster of dictator and
President of 30 years Hosni
Mubarak—appeared be an
illustration of terminal foot-
in-mouth disease.

One can understand what
Mr Evans is attempting to do,
but his delivery of his mes-
sage in such an arrogant, out-
rageous and immature man-
ner is turning many Bahami-
ans off.

Whilst I understand the
notion that unions and gov-
ernments have been histori-
cal adversaries and that the
unions play an important role
in the national framework by
fight for better remuneration
and working conditions for
workers, I still hold the belief
that the BCPOU could launch
valid inquiries about aspects
of the sale without seeming
out of touch or resorting, in
any way, to seemingly encour-
aging waves of unrest.

Once all is said and done, I
am curious as to whether
there’s a political gift—a nom-
ination or promises of politi-
cal appointments—for the
union leader/s?

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THE Bahamas bade
farewell to Hu Dingxian,
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Republic of China, after three
years of historic achievements
in bilateral relations.

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette hailed these
accomplishments during a
farewell reception in honour
of Ambassador Hu on
Wednesday night.

Ambassador Hu _ was
appointed on April 2, 2008.
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and service passports.

An Investment Promotion
and Protection Agreement
(IPPA) and a Tax Informa-
tion Exchange Agreement
(TIEA) were also concluded.

On Ambassador Hu’s
watch, 13 Bahamians received
scholarships to study in China,
many Bahamians benefitted
from seminars and workshops
in varied fields in China, and
Bahamians were able to train
at home through the Confu-
cius Classroom at the College
of the Bahamas.

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motion of the 2010 Canton

an official visit to China.

“Thus, the great geograph-
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eral relations,” Mr Symonette
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dent with the arrival of the
first Chinese tourists under
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~ Educators praised for vigilance in
man who posed as teacher

BISHOP HAD SEX
IN CHURCH ‘WITH
WIFE, NOT GIRL’

FROM page one

The complainant also alleged she
and the bishop had sex in the master
bedroom of his house. Fraser told the
court that statement was also a lie.

He recalled that the police came to
his home but did not test for semen in
his master bedroom.

“They performed testing in my old-
est daughter’s room, which was
strange,” Fraser said.

The bishop also refuted the allega-
tion that he had attempted to have the
complainant watch a pornographic
movie. He acknowledged that police
found a pornographic video at his
home.

“We did not even know we had it
until they found it,” Fraser told the
court.

He explained that police retrieved
the video from a box in his oldest
daughter’s bedroom. Fraser denied
watching pornographic films, but said
he could not say whether the tape
belonged to him or not.

Under cross-examination by prose-
cutor Franklyn Williams, Fraser
denied he had lengthy telephone con-
versations with the complainant and
further denied having phone sex with
her.

Fraser admitted to “chatting” with
the girl online. He told the court his
wife knew he was counselling the girl
and had no objections.

He admitted that at that time he did
not think it was prudent to counsel the
girl with another minister or his wife
present, claiming he had done it
before with many others. He admitted
however that in retrospect, it would
have been prudent for him to have
done so.

Fraser admitted he knew of the sex
scandals involving popular ministers
such as Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bak-
er.

While Fraser acknowledged he is a
trained counsellor, he admitted that he
did not know whether the Full Gospel
Baptist Fellowship, to which his
church belongs, has guidelines for
counselling.

The case continues.

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FROM page one

in schools.

“Grand Bahama has had a very
terrible experience that we ought
to learn from, and we are to do
everything we can to protect chil-
dren,” Mr Bannister told The Tri-
bune while in Grand Bahama yes-
terday.

On Wednesday, a man was con-
victed in the Magistrate’s Court
after pretending to be a teacher at
Walter Parker Primary.

Leroy Deleveaux, 22, pleaded
guilty to charges of falsely pre-
tending to be a public officer and
uttering a forged document. He
was jailed for three months and
fined $1,000 or six months in
prison.

The alarm was raised by a con-
cerned parent who exposed Dele-
veaux as an impostor. The parent
also claimed he lived an alternative
lifestyle.

Deleveaux, who had been con-
ducting extra-curricular activities
with young male students, was
unable to produce paperwork
regarding his status at the school
after being confronted by educa-
tion officials on January 4.

Mr Bannister praised District
School Superintendent Julian
Anderson and teachers at the
school.

He said Deleveaux was in pos-
session of a forged letter that gave
him the authority to be on the
school campus.

“T want to just say thanks to
School Supt Julian Anderson and
our teachers who were able to find
out that this man was an impos-
tor, and I commend them.

“We also have to be vigilant
about persons who have their own
reasons, whatever those reasons
are, to be near to other people’s
children.

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we are to do everything we can to
protect children.

“And so, I am grateful to Mr
Anderson for his vigilance, and the
teachers and parents who worked
together to find out about this man
and get him before the courts and
punished quickly,” said Mr Ban-
nister.

The Minister also commended
those who came forward and
exposed Eight Mile Rock High
School teacher Andre Birbal.

Birbal, a 48-year-old art teacher,
was convicted in the Supreme

LEROY DELEVEAUX pleaded guilty to charges of falsely pretending to be a public officer and uttering a forged document.

Court on January 26 after being
found guilty of having unnatural
sexual intercourse with two of his
students at the school. He was sen-
tenced to 35 years in prison.

Asked whether he was happy
that Birbal was behind bars, Mr
Bannister said: “It is not a matter
of being happy. I read the tran-
script of that trial and I have spo-
ken to those young men, and there
is a part of their lives that was tak-
en away from them forever by
someone who was thoughtless and
uncaring.

“Tt is a part of their lives, their

innocence they will never get back.
It is not something I would wish
on any child.

“And to those persons who
finally found out and brought it
out to the open, and those persons
who persevered until Birbal was
brought back to the country and
tried in a court of law before a jury
of his peers, I want to just give
them the highest commendation
and thanks, and say to teachers
that we have to continue to be vig-
ilant that among us we do not have
those who would prey on chil-
dren.”

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LOCAL NEWS

2011 E Clement Bethel National
Arts Festival is announced

THE Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture has
announced that the 2011 E
Clement Bethel National Arts
Festival is scheduled to begin
March 1 at the Lucaya Con-
vention Centre in Freeport,
Grand Bahama.

According to a statement
issued yesterday, the Festival’s
Grand Bahama adjudications
will run until March 11. New
Providence will follow, starting
on March 14, and running
through March 25.

Beginning in April, the
statement added, adjudications
will begin in the other Family
Islands. Abaco will lead this
list on April 4, ending with
Inagua later in the year.

In Grand Bahama, drama
and music adjudications run
March 1-11, dance adjudica-
tions run March 5-7, 11 and
arts and crafts adjudications
are on June 3.

In New Providence dance
adjudications run February 28
— March 4, music and drama
adjudications run March 14 —
25, and arts and crafts adjudi-
cations are on June, 1.

Entries are now being
received from New Providence
and Grand Bahama. Entries
will be received until Febru-
ary 18, in both locations.

The following are the 2011
dates for the Family Islands:

¢ Abaco, April 4-8

¢ Eleuthera, Harbour and
Current Islands, April 11 - 14

¢ Ragged Island, April 15

¢ Mangrove Cay, Andros,
April 18

¢ Moore’s Island, Abaco,
April 19

¢ South Andros, May 5

¢ Rum Cay, May 6

e Farmer’s Cay, May 17

¢ Black Point, May 17

¢ Bimini, May 9

¢ Long Island, May 10-11

¢ San Salvador, May 12

¢ Berry Islands, May 18 -19

¢ Cat Island, May 20, 2011

¢ Crooked Island, 24

¢ Long Cay, 25

¢ Acklins, May 26

e¢ Exuma, May 27 — 28

e North and Central
Andros, May 30 - 31

¢ Mayaguana, June 1

¢ Inagua, June | and 2

The statement noted that
dates are subject to change
and if there are any further
questions, interested persons
may contact Keva Cartwright
at 502-0632 or 502-0600.

The Department of Youth
also identified the adjudica-
tors for this year’s festival.

The choral and instrumental
music adjudicator will be

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2010 FESTIVAL: School children perform during last year’s event.

Helen Peloquin. Ms Peloquin
graduated from the Conser-
vatoire de Musique de Mon-
treal Canada in 1974, with
honours. The Conservatoire
is a Performing School simi-
lar to Juliard in New York or
McGill University in Ontario,
Canada.

The curriculum included
harmony, solfege, choir, cham-
ber orchestra, music arrange-
ment, analysis, and multiple
performance. She studied with
Isabelle Nef in Annecy,
France in 1974 and was a per-
forming artist from 1975 -1995
and a cellist for the Ottawa
Chamber Ensemble in 1989.

She was also a Cellist for the
Auckland Symphony Orches-
tra in New Zealand. Presently,
she is principal cellist, librari-
an, tutor, webmaster and sec-
retary for the Bahamas
National Symphony Orches-
tra.

She is also the founder of
Strings n’ Tings and co-
founder of the Nassau Cham-
ber Ensemble, in 2009.

Lawrence Carroll returns as
dance adjudicator and he
began his dance training with
the New Breed Dancers in
Nassau. Later, he travelled to
Toronto, Canada, to advance
his studies at Ryerson Univer-
sity, where he studied Theatre
Arts and graduated with hon-
ours.

He studied classical ballet
with the Royal Academy of
Dance and modern and
national dance with the Impe-

rial Society of Teachers of
Dancing.

After graduating from Ryer-
son University, he began
teaching at the National
Dance School and later went
to A F Adderley, C C Sweet-
ing and D W Davis schools,
among others.

Mr Carroll has represented
the Bahamas at many regional
and international festivals
throughout the years, includ-
ing Commonwealth Arts Fes-
tival (Edmonton, Canada),
CARIFESTA Barbados,
CARIFESTA Jamaica, and
CARIFESTA Cuba.

He was also a part of Min-
istry of Tourism promotional
tours to Chicago, Detroit,
Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.

James Catalyn also returns
to the festival as drama adju-
dicator. Mr Catalyn studied
drama at De’ Paul University
in Chicago, Illinois and gradu-
ated with honours. He has had
the good fortune to adjudicate
in many different venues
throughout the years, the
statement said.

He is the winner of numer-
ous awards including the
Chamber of Commerce Dis-
tinguished Citizen Award; the
International Rotary’s Paul
Harris Fellows Award; the
Delta Sigma Sorority
(Bahamas) Performing Arts
Award; the Meta Award for
Lifetime Achievement in the
Arts; and the Ist Identity
Artist Award, among many
others.



“Bahamian culture has been
brought to the forefront by the
prolific writings of Mr Catalyn
whose works have been per-
formed on stage, radio and
throughout the islands of the

Bahamas. James and his
friends have also represented
the Bahamas internationally
in New Zealand, Trinidad, and
Bermuda and at the United
Nations in New York City,”
the statement said.

It added that his insistence
that Bahamians speak
“Bahamianese” has made
many more aware of the beau-
ty and uniqueness of Bahami-
an dialect, and in his writings
and performances, he accen-
tuates the beauty of our lan-
guage, while encouraging us
to be proud of this aspect of
our culture.

The arts and crafts adjudi-
cator is Kishshan Munroe.
Born in Nassau, the statement
said Mr Munroe is “the prod-
uct of a social, cultural, and
historic continuum of artists
in a region where the tradition
of art-making is expressed
through its many layers of var-
ied and complex histories”.

Antonius Roberts is one of
his early mentors.

He received his first degree
from the Savannah College of
Arts and Design, where he
double majored in painting
and visual effects and com-
pleted his undergraduate



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DRAMA ADJUDICATOR:
James Catalyn

degree with honours.

Mr Munroe went on to fur-
ther his studies at his alma
mater on a graduate fellow-
ship and finished, again, with
honours.

His works have been exhib-
ited both in the Caribbean and
the United states and are
included in many public and
private collections.

He is also the recipient of
numerous awards and acco-
lades including grants from the
Endowment of the Arts
(Bahamas), The Governor’s
Choice Award (Bahamas) and
the Combined Merit Fellow-
ship at the Savannah College
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& Peter Street. Officiating will be Rev.
Kendal Mackey, assisted by Rev.
Susanna Mackey. Interment follows in
Old Trail Cemetery, Abundant Life Road.

Left to cherish his memories are: Two Daughters: Tamika Butler
Liscombe and Cherylee Butler; Five (5) Grandchildren: Andralique,
Tharojanaye, Teajah, Lajaye and Lloyd Liscombe Jr.; One (1) Step
Granddaughter: Alessa Liscombe; One (1) Son-in-law: Andrew
Lloyd Liscombe; Four (4) Brothers: Heman Nixon of Waterford
Eleuthera, Samuel, Alexander and William Butler; Four (4) Sisters:
Luella Watkins, Pecola Mackey, Francina Watson and Kathleen
Butler; Two (2) Sisters-in-law: Tun Nixon and Karina Butler; One
(1) Brother—in-law: Leonard Mackey; Seventeen (17) Nephews
including: Rudolph, Anthony, William Butler Jr., Bernard and
Alexander Butler Jr., Marvin Watson, Lewis and Nelson Mackey
and Tyrone Thurston; Twenty-four (24) Nieces including: Karen
Simmons, Raquel and Julia Butler, Terrylene Dean, Diane Pratt,
Sharon Sherman, Debbie Estime, Curley McKinney, Jean Rolle,
Marion Strachan, Welma Petty, Wendy Laroda, Lillian Knowles
and Katherine McPhee; Forty-seven (47) Grand Nieces and
Nephews and a host of other relatives and friends including: Herman
Rolle and family, Terrance Bullard and family, Ramonda Black
and family, Emily Rolle and family, Trudy Nixon and family,
Fannymae Smith and family, Eartha Pyfrom and family, Eugenie
Moss and family, Gladys Lightfoot and family, Angeline Pierre
and family, Iva Johnson and family, Wendy Rolle and family,
Tanishka Taylor and family, Mario & Nicola Taylor and family,
Kingdom Tire Shop Nassau Village, Rev. Victor Cooper and The
New Bethany Baptist Church family, The family of Shaw Temple
A.M.E. Zion Church, the entire Key West Street, Soldier Road
and Nassau Village families, and a host of other relatives and
friends too numerous to mention.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Newbold
Brothers Chapel, Palmetto Avenue & Acklins Street off Market
and East Streets on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday
at the church from 10:00 a.m., until service.

JOYEUSE
THERVIL, 57

of Eleuthera Close and formerly of
Haiti, who died on February 9th, 2011,
will be held on Sunday, February 20th,
2011, at 2:00 p.m., at United Alliance
Church, Watlings Street. Officiating
will be Pastor Aleonce Bazile, assisted
by other Ministers of the gospel.
Interment follows in Old Trail
Cemetery, Soldier Road.

Cherished memories will remain in the hearts of her husband: Jean
Claude Thervil; two sons: Jouvins Thervil and Jean Bernard Thervil;
two daughters: Herline Thervil and Merlande Thervil; adopted
daughter: Joanne Thervil; stepsons: Emmanuel Maxi Thervil and
Jean Mark Louis; stepdaughters: Sylvina Thervil and Claudette
Louis; grandsons: Jean Bernard Thervil Jr., Willbens J. Thervil,
Calib Calixte, Joshua B. Thervil and Eljino Thervil; granddaughters:
Aaliyah A. Thervil, Jounika Thervil and Rose Berland Calixte;
mother: Pamela Petitgue Donassain; father: Christian Donassain
(deceased); brothers: Rev. Jacob Donassain and Rev. Eclesias
Donatien; sisters: Elizabeth Donassain and Jean Jacques Felicie;
son-in-law: Ive Bobo; daughters-in-law: Madame Jouvens Thervil
and Eliotte Yordie Thervil; uncles: Ifossa Altis Donassain and
Eliphene Terveus; aunt: Madame Telcius Silhomme; nephews:
Daniel Deramo, Ezekiel Donassain, Jacklin Donassaint, Maxeme
Donassain, Markison Donassain, Metty Chael Donassain and
Keniel Donassain; nieces: Doteline Donassain, Ketia Donassain,
Beky Donassain, Mariel Donassain, Miralda Donassain and Ermite
Donassain; cousins: Tison Telisma, Elsin, Vone, Petitgue, Harry,
Vana, Roselene, Daugter, Sonise, Maxiana, Dieula Miselus, Rosiane
Louis Cadet, Madame Isaac Louis, Osanie Clotilde, Silhomme,
Lussienne, Francine, Merard, Vladimir, Tenson Merard and Pierre
Celimarc; sisters-in-law: Luciene Alcine, Nesta Similien Alianne
Thervil, Madame Roge, Jannet Thervil, Odet and Atma Jeneve,
Madame Jacob and Madame Eclesias Donassain; brothers-in-law:
Lucien Similien Etsa Famale, Jean Ronald Similien and family
Smith and Ceneck Thervil, Morange and Odernier; friends including:
Janet, Sylvia, Vanessa, Tiya, Dieula, Jetta, Herla, Ruth, Wincy,
Harris, Midas, Wilner, Jimmy, Herode, Madame Viller Bissainte,
Villard, Linda and United Alliance Church family.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Newbold
Brothers Chapel, Palmetto Avenue & Acklins Street off Market
and East Streets on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday
at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.



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LOCAL NEWS

Dr Andre Rollins
explains to rally

crowd why he
joined the PLP

FROM page one

Bahamians can do the job.’

“Where do you think he
came up with that idea?
The messages being sent
by the FNM are that
Bahamians can’t build
roads; we can’t operate a
telephone company; we
can’t own a greater stake
in our economy; we can’t
find a Bahamian qualified
to lead the College of the
Bahamas or critical gov-
ernment departments and
entities.

“Tam surprised they still
think that a Bahamian can
be Prime Minister,” Dr
Rollins remarked.

The former Elizabeth
candidate continued, stat-
ing that this FNM adminis-
tration has insulted and
demeaned the pride of the
Bahamian people, and in
seeking to justify the sale
of BTC “they have shame-
lessly attacked the compe-
tence and intelligence of
Bahamian professionals,



NEW PLP MEMBER:
Dr Andre Rollins

former president a failure.”

“In appointing Queen’s
Counsels they made a con-
scious decision not to hon-
our a man who has a dis-
tinguished record of pub-
lic advocacy. In the process
they sought to destroy the
credibility and hard-earned

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CHRISTINE MAUDA
DAMES SIMMS
“Mama”, 81
of Murphy Town, Abaco and formerly
of Bluff Point, Abaco, will be held on
Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 1:30p.m.
Church: Change Ministries International,
Murphy Town, Abaco. Officiating: Senior
Pastor Reverend Christopher Dean.
Assisted by: Reverend Everette Strachan
and Reverend Leroy Thompson.
Interment: Murphy Town Public
Cemetery, Murphy Town, Abaco.



Left to ponder her cherished memories

are her five sons: Donald, Sherwood Sr.,
John, Cyril and Jonathan Simms; nine daughters: Eulamae Gomez, Christine
Dean, Susanne Knowles, Jacqueline Johnson, Gelita Lewis, Yvonne Rolle,
Edith, Florina and Marilyn Simms; one sister: Evangelist Marilyn Ingraham;
three sisters-in-law: Vernell Davis, Marjorie McDonald and Bernice Simms;
four daughters-in-law: Jennive, Leta, Agatha and Linda Simms; seven sons-
in-law: Venable Gomez, Rev. Christopher Dean, Joseph Knowles, Franklin
Johnson, Jonathan Parker, Set. 1836 Alphonso Lewis Jr, and Timothy Rolle;
three adopted children: Rustin McKenzie, Carollee Wilson and Sherry
Robertson; sixty six grandchildren: Joann Martin, Patricia Dawkins, Oscar,
Barry, Harriet and Greg Gomez, Paula Cartwright, Gaylene Brice, Charlene
McDonald, Donette Kelley, Nikki, Deon, Marco, Jerrod, Donovan, Ericka
and McGerrette Simms, John Albury, Katie Jacques, Tyfiney Williams, Jessica
McKinney, Antonia Williams, Bernadette Hepburn, Sherwood Simms Jr.,
Tasha Mills, Paul, Megeon and Keffee Simms, Kenneth Cornish, Elder
Shandlene Grant, Jonette Munroe, Elton McKenzie, Nikki McDonald, Delvern
Simms, Carla Parker, Lashunda Aranha, Geoffrey Rutter, Hilary Reckley,
Jeremy Simms, Temeka Curry, Sherique Dill, Chenika, Chantell and Cyril
Simms Jr., Randy and Jason Lavarity, Chervin Stuart, Lachrissa Scriven,
Corderro and Trudy Dean, Sabrina Rolle, Josette Knowles, Bianca, Trevain,
Felicity, Jonathan Jr., and Abraham Simms, Franklin Jr., Cosma and Charisma
Johnson, Alkesha, Alphonso III and Gabriel Lewis, Tavonya, Deandra and
Kayla Rolle; twenty one grandsons-in-law: James Martin Sr., Lennie Dawkins,
Kevin Cartwright, Melchizedek Brice Sr., Keith McDonald Sr., Jason Kelley,
Robinson Jacques, Nevillo Williams, Edwin McKinney, Arthur Williams,
David Hepburn, Trevor Mills, Bishop Ricardo Grant, Shawn Munroe, Andray
Parker, Anthon Aranha, Brian Reckley, Carlington Stuart II, Tony Scriven
Sr., Jowelle Dill, and George Rolle; nine grand daughters-in-law: Karen,
Shevia and Nicky Gomez, Tracy Albury, Demris McKenzie, Tasha, Leona,
Kimberly and Erma Simms; seventy eight great grandchildren: James Jr., Jody
and Myles Martin, Keith McDonald, Cicely, Aleisha, Amelia, Greg Jr.,
Gabrielle and Isaiah Gomez, Tabitha Cartwright, Melchizedek and Rachel
Brice, Lapetra Moss, Marcus, Stephon, Charles, Karon, Michelle and Deann
Simms, Robinnique and Reacheal Jacques, Makeva, Marco Jr., Jvaughntrae,
Donata, Jamia, Makia and McGarrette Simms Jr., Nevello Williams Jr., Taruis
Williams, Edwin McKinney Jr., Keanna Nicolas, Adrian, Nivins, Akia, Shantell,
Randlo, Dean Jr., Rashard, Jason, Garitnique, Keno, Sasha, Alicia and
Olympia Simms, Silas Cartwright, Shyla, Shavanda and Alyssia Simms,
Kenisha, Sheoka, Riviana, Kenmanetti and Raheem Cornish, Shawn Munroe
Jr, Dekell McKenzie, Cara Woodside, Kemeron Simms, Matthew, Anjudde
and Carleisha Parker, Deneisha, Delvern Jr., Davoughn and Shameka Simms,
Ashley and Breunna Aranha, Geoffrey Jr. and Karethra Simms, Chloe Reckley,
Shaquante Simms, Reniah and Reniqua Curry, Carlington [V and Camani
Stuart, Tony Jr. and Lauren Scriven; two great great grandchildren; sixteen
nieces: Cyprianna, Rosie, Bridget, Donna, Christine, Denna, Brenda, Elizabeth,
Barbra, Debbie, Rosie, Tamara, Amanda, Edith, Tiny and Lois; eleven
nephews: Vincent, Billy, Dudley, Cubel Jr., Shervin, Nixon, William, John,
Rev. Alonza Dawkins, Rufus Martin and Howard Roberts; eight godchildren:
Joseph Davis, Cynthia Curry, Iva Duncombe, Wanda Russell, Melvease Davis,
Edward Curry, Mervin Reckley and Karen Antonio; numerous grand nieces
and nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends including; Edith
Clarke and family, Willamae Dawkins and family, Ismae Dawkins and family,
Ronald and Rosemary Swain and family, William and Louise Swain and family,
Edward Sawyer and family, Leansa Hanna and family, Edgebert Tinker,
Joshua Tinker, Shirley Newton, Don Bootle and family, Astrid Stratton, Ivy
Russell, Gurth Russell, Barbra Reckley, the Bootle family, Greta Strachan,
Rev. Kenneth Knowles and family, Lealond Simms and family, Joyce Bootle,
Ester Hepburn, Colin Swain, Lena Ferguson, Dolly Pinder and family, Kenneth
Davis, Tommy Dames, Loretta Stuart, Hamon Davis and the Davis family of
Moores Island, Cetal Curry, Henry Darville, Leah Humes, Nurse Cynthia
Murphy, Robert McKinney, Lula and Loreen Burrows, Dr. Swarna and the
staff of the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic, Ambulance Department,
Edison Key and family, Hudson, Valarie, Sylvera, Simms Minnie and Herbert
Key, Rev. Preston Knowles and family, Rev. Alan Mills and family, Flora
Lowe, Gertrude Dawkins, Estin Sawyer, Rev. Nixon Simms and family, Sterlin
Missick, Sylvia Swain, Ada Guillaume, Firstina Swain and family, Zion Baptist
Cathedral family, Victory Tabernacle, Bethany Gospel Chapel, Change
Ministries International, Strong Tower Community Church and all Churches
of the Murphy Town and Dundas Town Communities.

FRIENDS MAY PAY THEIR RESPECTS AT ROCK OF AGES FUNERAL
CHAPEL ON WULFF ROAD & PINEDALE ON FRIDAY FROM 12
NOON UNTIL 6:00P.M., ON SATURDAY AT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH,
IN MURPHY TOWN, ABACO FROM 35:00P.M. TO 10:00P.M. AND ON
SUNDAY AT CHANGE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL FROM 11:00
A.M. UNTIL SERVICE TIME.



respected men with proven
track records -— Leon
Williams and Maurice
Glinton - and made them
into political whipping boys
in order to advance their
sinister political agendas.
If this is what they think of
distinguished sons of the
soil, imagine what they
think about us?

“Mr Ingraham lashed out
at Bernard Evans for refus-
ing to accept a letter invit-
ing him to meet with the
Prime Minister, but where
was the Prime Minister’s
caring sensitivity when he
refused to formally meet
with the business owners
who complained that their
businesses were being
adversely impacted by the
prolonged works along the
Baillou Hill Road corri-
dor? His message to them
was simple: Their busi-
nesses weren’t worth help-
ing, or in some cases even
saving.

“What kind of papa
would treat his family so
poorly and with so much
contempt? You know in
this region’s political his-
tory, papa is a dirty word.
‘Papa Doc’ of Haiti also
showed contempt and a
complete lack of respect
for his people. You think
Mr Ingraham knew what
he was doing when he said
to call him papa? A real
daddy doesn’t raise his
children to believe less in
themselves. My daddy nev-
er taught me to doubt
myself or that I wasn’t
good enough to do some-
thing. My daddy didn’t
raise me like dat! He raised
me to believe that with
hard work I could become
anything I wanted to be.
Hubert Ingraham ain’t my
daddy! Hubert Ingraham
ain’t my papa! Is he
yours?” Dr Rollins asked.

“Speaking of hearts, do
you know that when Mr
Ingraham left the PLP, he
was forming a new political
party called the Heart Par-
ty. They even had the heart
symbol to show how much
love they had for the
Bahamian people. Tell me,
you think Hubert Alexan-
der Ingraham still has a
heart?

“You think he still has
love for the Bahamian peo-
ple? Even Branville
McCartney said publicly
that Mr Ingraham doesn’t
have a heart! I hear that’s
why they were in sucha
rush to bring in Dr
(Duane) Sands — because
they needed a really good
heart surgeon to help Mr
Ingraham find his heart,”
Dr Rollins quipped.

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BASEBALL
ELEUTHERA
BASEBALL

LEAGUE

¢ THE Eleuthera Junior
Baseball League kicked
off its 2011 season on Sat-
urday in Rock Sound with
the Rock Sound Team B,
coached by Lincoln
Young, pulling off a 5-4
victory over Team B,
coached by Larry Forbes.

The winning pitcher was
Ricardo Sands with eight
strike outs and the losing
pitcher was Ashton MclIn-
tosh, whp had 11 strike
outs. Ezra Petty Jr. had a
three-run homer with
three RBI for the winners,
while Tyler Leary had a
two-run double with two
RBI in the loss.

Play will continue this
Saturday in Rock Sound.
Allinterested team from
other settlements are
requested to contact presi-
dent Larry Forbes at 322-
2021, or at e-mail:
lucayan525@coralwave.co
m.

BASKETBALL
NPBA RESULTS

¢ TWO games were
played Wednesday night
at the CI Gibson Gymna-
sium as the New Provi-
dence Basketball Associa-
tion resumed play after
taking a break for the sec-
ond annual Law Enforce-
ment Basketball Tourna-
ment.

In the first game, the
Real Real Deal Shockers

SEE page 12



Mark Knowles

Knowles anti
Mertinak prevail
over Brazilian duo

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

IT was a match that could
have gone either way.

But in the end, Mark
Knowles and his Slovenian
partner Michal Mertinak pre-
vailed with a come-from-behind
3-6, 6-3, 14-12 decision over the
Brazilian team of Marcelo Melo
and Bruno Soares.

Knowles and Mertinak, the
number three seeded team,
were broken twice at 2-2 and
5-3 as the unseeded team of
Melo and Soares went on to
take the first set.

In the second set, Knowles
and Mertinak got the only
break at 3-1 and both teams
served out the set.

Then in the super tie-break-
er, Melo and Soares managed
to get the first lead at 1-0 and
the two teams traded the lead
until they were tied twice at 11-
11 and 12-12. But Knowles and
Mertinak held and broke to
take the final two points, the
set and the match.

The match lasted one hour,
17 minutes and 52 seconds.

Melo and Soares had five
aces, compared to just two by
Knowles and Mertinak and
while both teams were evened
at 2-2 in double faults, the Israel

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2011

Vanderpool-Wallace
off to fast start at SEC

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

ARIANNA Vanderpool-Wallace got off
to a fast start at the 2011 Southeastern Con-
ference (SEC) Swimming Championships for
the Auburn University Tigers.

The junior turned in a sensational perfor-
mance in posting the fastest qualifying time in
the women’s 50 metres freestyle in the pre-
liminaries at the Stephen C. O’Connell Cen-
ter at the University of Florida.

She posted the fastest time in the nation in
the event, breaking a SEC and Auburn record
in clocking 21.8 seconds heading into the final
that was contested last night.

“TI wanted to swim as fast as I could, but I
wasn’t expecting that,” Vanderpool-Wallace
was quoted as saying on her school’s web-
site. “My goal was to go 21.8 and to go even
faster is a great feeling.”

Vanderpool-Wallace, who turns 21 on
March 4, was well ahead of the rest of the
field. Her nearest rival was Florida’s junior
Sarah Bateman, who did 22.00.

Fresh of her historic 50 free bronze medal
at the FINA World Shortcourse Champi-
onships in Dubai in December, Vanderpool-
Wallace is the lone Bahamian competing at
the meet that will conclude on Saturday.

Posts fastest qualifying
time in women’s 50
metres freestyle



She will also contest the 100 free where
she is also seeded at No.1 and the 100 fly
where she is the No.2 seed.

Also this weekend, McKayla Lightbourn
and Ashley Butler are both competing at the
Women’s AAC Championships that is being
held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lightbourn, s freshman at Florida State,
was 18th over in the preliminaries of the 200
individual medley in 2:02.79. She just missed
out of the consolation final that saw Kristin
Polley, one of her team-mates, take the 16th
and final spot in 2:02.75.

Christi Wixted, a freshman at Duke, was
17th in 2:02.77.

The meet wraps up on Saturday.

And at the 2011 MIAC Swimming Cham-
pionships at the University of Minnesota,
Armando Moss, a freshman at St. John’s Uni-
versity, qualified for the final of the men’s
50 freestyle. He clocked 21.22 to improve on
his seed time of 21.59 for fourth overall.

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Tribune Sports year end
basketball all-star awards

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia. net

WITH the Hugh Campbell basketball season just days
away and both leagues in New Providencecompleted or
near completion, the Tribune releases its end of year

awards for the 2010-11 season.

UTES OU GUUS SSIUCE UL

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Kenneth Pratt (R.M Bailey Pacers)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Khristin Francis (C.1 Gibson Rattlers)
COACH OF THE YEAR - Nigel Ingraham (R.M Bailey Pacers)

POC OOH HEHEHE EEE H EE HE HOE HEHHEH HEHEHE HEHEHE HEHEHE H EHH EE HEHE NEE

ALL GSSSA TEAM >

STARTERS

GABBI LAURENT

POSITION: Power Forward/Center
SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting

NBA COMPARISON: Amare Stoudamire

STRENGTHS: Strength, athleticism and work ethic come to
mind when you think of Laurent. Never takes a play off,
plays at only one speed and gives his all on every posses-
sion. Plays the game with amazing toughness, and doesn't
shy away from contact in the paint. Runs the floor well for
a big man and has an excellent jumpshot out to 18 feet.
Excellent speed and agility in the open floor...Leadership
qualities stood out as he remained involved in every aspect
of the team even before a decision was made on his eligi-

bility.

RASHAD INGRAHAM
POSITION: Shooting Guard
SCHOOL: CI Gibson

NBA COMPARISON: Joe Johnson

STRENGTHS: Excellent all-around scorer. Good outside
shooter with range out to three point. Creates well off the
dribble with terrific ball handling ability. Strong one-on-
one skills, has a nose for scoring. Good at slashing to the

basket and finishing, particularly in traffic.

KENNETH PRATT
POSITION: Guard/Forward
SCHOOL: R.M Bailey

NBA COMPARISON: Dwayne Wade

STRENGTHS: Pratt has all the tools you look for in a star
player and fits the description of your classic wing player.
Extremely quick when maneuvering in the lane and has an
uncanny ability to finish despite contact and with his leap-
ing ability is able to rise above traffic around the rim. Flu-
ent motion on his jump shot, and hits with great consisten-
cy with ability to spot up from short but excels driving to
the basket. Quickness, awareness and long wingspan come
into play defensively as well, as he is a terrific off-ball and
help defender consistently playing passing lanes with great
success. Can quickly move from the weak-side to ball-side,
and uses those his high leaping abilities to block shots.

DANIEL LEWIS

POSITION: Forward/Center
SCHOOL: R.M Bailey

NBA COMPARISON: Blake Griffin

STRENGTHS: Off the charts athlete. When he has the abliity
to, dunks everything with power to finish with authority.
Strength, athleticism and work ethic make him a dominant
rebounder. Highlight reel dunks overshadow his ability to

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Major heating to
Eleuthera to form
hew boxing club

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WHILE he’s not scheduled
to return to the ring until the
end of April, Meacher ‘Pain’
Major is heading to Eleuthera
this weekend to help form
another amateur boxing club.

Accompanied by Kato
‘Red Lion’ Ferguson, Major
will be in Hatchet Bay as
guest of the 11th Company of
the Boys Brigade with the
view of forming the second
Pan American Caribbean
Boxing Organization
(PACBO) club outside of
New Providence.

“We’re excited for more
than one reason,” said Ricar-
do Dean Sr, Leutenant of the
11th Company, who will host
Major and Ferguson. “So we
are really excited.

“Number one, the young-
sters here in Hatchet Bay are
anxious to do things. We’ve
been playing baseball with
them and teaching them soft-
ball and basketball. Now box-
ing is another step in the
game of self development.”

As one of the top profes-
sional fighters in the country
for the past decade, Dean Sr.
said they have been impressed
with his rise from a youngster
in the amateur ranks to the
point where he’s highly accal-
imed on the international
scene.

“He has attained some
recognition around the world,
so we are excited,” Dean Sr.
reiterated. “We know that he
will bring a lot of exposure to
the sport.”

While in Hatchet Bay,
Major and Ferguson will hold
a session on Saturday at 10
a.m. at the Bay Fest Park for
the parents before he provide
the Boys Brigade with tips on
how to set up their amateur
club.

The day will cart off with
Major and Ferguson provid-
ing tips for the youngsters
between the ages of 10-18,
who are interested in getting
involved in the sport.

“We are going to set up the
club and then determine how
we are going to operater it,”
Dean Sr. said. “Once we
know what all is involved,
then we will work on getting
the equipment and a boxing

gym.”
Jerome “Twin’ Butterfield

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TRIBUNE SPORTS



Organisers still anticipate excitement for
2011 Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic

201] HUGH CAMPBELL
BASKETBALL CLASSIC POOLS

HERE’S a look at the teams and the pools for the
annual Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic that kicks off on
Monday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium:

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

DESPITE the fact that
many of the Grand Bahama
teams have decided to skip
the trip here, organisers are
still anticipating an exciting
2011 Hugh Campbell Bas-
ketball Classic.

The classic, now in its
year, will begin on Monday
at the Kendal Isaacs Gym-
nasium and comes on the
heels on the exciting climax
to both the Government
Secondary Schools Sports
Association and Bahamas
Association of Independent
Secondary Schools” best-of-
three championship series.

While the RM Bailey Pac-
ers emerged as the GSSSA
champions with a thrilling
win over the CC Sweeting
Cobras, the BAISS could be
completed today with the St.
John’s Giants holding a 1-0
lead over the three-time
defending champions West-
minster Diplomats.

The four teams are all
entered in the prestigious
week-long double elimina-

tion tournament that will
also feature five other teams
from the GSSSA and seven
from the private schools,
including the BAISS and the
Bahamas Scholastic Associ-
ation.

From the GSSSA, the
other teams are the CR
Walker Knights, CI Gibson
Rattlers, Dame Doris John-
son Mystic Marlins, Anatol
Timberwolves and CV
Bethel Stingrays.

The other BAISS schools
are the Queen’s College
Comets, the Jordan Prince
William Falcons, the
Kingsway Academy Saints
and the St. Anne’s Blue-
waves.

Representing the BSA,
which has put its post-sea-
son on hold until the com-
pletion of the tournament,
are the Galilee Academy,
Telios Cherubim and the Mt.
Carmel Cavaliers.

Although schools have
Grand Bahama had indicat-
ed that they were going to
boycott the tournament this
year, both the Sunland
Stingers and the Eight Mile
Rock Bluewaves are

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entered.

They will be joined by the
out of town quests from
Agape High (Abaco), North
Andros, Gateway Academy
(Bimini) and Eleuthera’s
North Eleuthera High and
Preston Albury High.

Last year, the Tabernacle
Falcons, coached by Norris
Bain, took their sixth title
back to Grand Bahama
when they repeated with a
slim 81-80 decision over CC
Sweeting.

The Cobras, coached by
Mario Bowleg, went into
another close encounter in
the GSSSA final before they
relinquished their title on
Wednesday night to the Pac-
ers, coached by Nigel Ingra-
ham.

Daniel Lewis canned an
uncontested fading buzzer-
beating jumper to help RM
Bailey rebound from a 15-
point deficit with a 78-76
decision to cart off the GSS-
SA title.

In game one of the BAISS
final, it also came down to
the winding seconds as
Kristoff Wood sealed a base
line three-pointer with 1.3

seconds left on the clock for
an 81-79 victory for the
Giants.

With the decision, St.
John’s, coached by Cher-
covie Wells, handed West-
minster their first loss in the
BAISS in four years. Now
the question is: Can the
Diplomats, coached by Geno
Bullard, come back and win
their fourth straight title?

With the Falcons not
entered this year, the tour-
nament could come down to
another showdown between
New Providence and Grand
Bahama, or it could be an
all-New Providence match-
up, particularly a private ver-
sus government schools.

The Bluejays, coached by
Quintin ‘Three Ounce’ Hall,
were in town over the Christ-
mas holiday and they played
a keenly contested final in
the Providence Basketball
Club tournament where they
lost 82-77 to the Cobras.

There has never been a
final between a New Provi-
dence government and pri-
vate school. But with teams
such as Tabernacle and the
Jack Hayward Wildcats not



POOL1

RM Bailey

Kingsway Academy

Mt. Carmel Preperatory
Academy

Eight Mile Rock

CV Bethel

Preston Albury

POOL 2
Westminster Academy
North Andros
Sunland Baptist
Gateway Academy
Doris Johnson

Anatol

entered this year, that could
be a possibility or a rematch
of the GSSSA final between
the Cobras and the Pacers.
Whatever the outcome,

POOL 3

CC Sweeting

St. Anne’s College
Galilee Academy
Queen’s College
CR Walker

St. John’s College

POOL 4

Telios Academy
Jordan Prince Williams
Agape (Abaco)

CI Gibson

North Eleuthera

this year’s tournament could
be quite interesting without
all of the Grand Bahama
teams coming to town to
compete.



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Ultra Pure Water chosen as
official water for Bahamas Open

THE countdown is on,
and organisers of the
Bahamas Open are fever-
ishly working to get as many
local companies involved in
this first time ever event in
the Bahamas.

Ultra Pure Water, which
is a division of BAPAK Ltd,

was chosen to be the Official
Water after several meet-
ings with the company.
“We lacked the confi-
dence and passion that they
seem to have for their
water,” said Tournament
Chairman, Ty Olander. “We
are satisfied that we chosed

the right water company.”
In addition to being the
only Water sold over the
nine days of the tournament,
Ultra Pure will be the water
that the players drink, as the
company donated dozens of
cases to the tournament.
“We're happy to be



involved with such a historic
event, as we are looking for-
ward to this association
every year,” said Suzanne
Eneas, Marketing Director
of BAPAK.

“We’re confident that this
will be a successful event
and the Bahamas will be
awarded this opportunity for
years to come.”

The first ever Bahamas
Open, an ITF sanctioned
Professional Women’s Ten-
nis Tournament which is
open to the top 100 in the
world will take place March
12th, with the Qualifiers at

the National Tennis Center
at the Queen Elizabeth
Sports Center.

Some Official companies
of the Bahamas Open like
Atlantis and Bahamasair
have put together special
packages for guests compa-
ny to the Bahamas just for
this historic event.

Excitement is in the air as
the Bahamas awaits the
arrival of these top pro
women players in the world.
Anyone wishing more infor-
mation can log on to the
tournament’s website:
www.thebahamasopen.com.



Major

FROM page 11

and ‘Suger Boy’ Campbell, two
former boxers, are expected to
spearhead the club once it is
set up. At present there are at
least 45 boys involved in the
brigade and Dean Sr. said they
intended to get all of them
involved in the boxing club.

Major, who last fought on
August 28 when he won a third
round TKO over Jamar Saun-
ders in Virginia Beach Con-
vention Center, said he was
looking forward to making the
trek to Eleuthera.

“T want to give the almighty
God thanks for giving me the
opportunity to travel to anoth-
er island to set up a boxing

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club,” said Major, who last year
established the first one in
Bimini with my trainer Nat
Knowles.

“Me and Kato Ferguson are
traveling to Hatchet Bay this
weekend, so I want to thank
the people down there for giv-
ing us this opportunity. We are
looking forward to branching
off to as many islands, but we
will take it one island at a
time.”

Based on his availability out-
side of his pro career, Major
said he intended to ensure that
PACBO had a presence in as
many islands as possible as
mandated by the organisation
headed by Fred Sturrup.

“We've been to Bimini twice
and they are looking good, so
we’re going to go back over
there sometime soon whenev-

er I’m back home to ensure
that they are keeping up with
their commitment to keep the
club going.”

Major, the Bahamas direc-
tor for PACBO, thanked the
Amateur Boxing Federation
of the Bahamas for allowing
them to put the programme
together.

In the meantime, Major said
he was waiting on the call from
his manager Nick Carone to
inform him of exactly when he
will return to the ring to fight
again at the end of April in
New York.

“Once I get all of the details
worked out, I will head back to
training camp,” Major said.
“But right now, I’m working
out every day in the gym (at
the Nassau Stadium) and ’m
just waiting to compete again.”



Meacher Major

Sports Notes

FROM page 11

knocked off the Phil’s
Rockets 107-103. Ian
‘Wire’ Pinder scored a
side high 27 points in the
win and Relando
Pritchard matched that in
the loss.

In the feature game, the
Police Crimestoppers con-
tinued their hot streak
from winning the Law
Enforcement title to
trounce the College of the
Bahamas Caribs 113-106.
Jimmy Mackey had a
game high 28 points and
Vernon Stubbs added 12
in the win. Dion Mcphee
had 27 in the loss.

Vanderpool-Wallace
FROM page 11

The first three finishers
were Erik Klontz, a sopho-
more at Carleton in 21.00, fol-
lowed by Michael Hoelter-
hoff, a sophomore at St.
Thomas in 21.09 and Ben
Henrickson, a freshman at St.
Thomas in 21.13.

The final was scheduled for
last night.

Next week, Alicia Light-
bourne will be competing for
Harvard University at the Ivy
League Championships in
Princeton, New Jersey, while
Ariel Weech will be swim-
ming for the University of
Nebraska Cornhuskers at the
Big 12 Conference Champi-
onships in Austin, Texas and
Jenna Chaplin will be com-
peting at the Mountain Pacif-
ic Sports Federation Swim-
ming Championships.

Knowles
FROM page 11

team had a 72-54 percentage in
first serves.

The difference came in the
first serve points won as
Knowles and Mertinak posted
27-of-33 for an 82% compared
to their opponent’s 30-of-42 for

0,

And in the second serve
points won, Knowles and
Mertinak went 16-of-28 for
57% to Melo and Soares’ 9-
of-16 for 56%. Knowles and
Mertinak didn’t get any of
their two break points saved,
but their opponents completed
1-of-3 for 33%.

Both teams were evenly
matched at 9-9 in service
games played.

Knowles was unavailable for
comments, but they are now
into the semifinal of their sec-
ond consecutive tournament
in the four that they have
played so far for the year.

They are still waiting to see
who their opponents will be,
including top seeds Max
Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor,
who had to play their quarter-
final match last night.

Knowles, 39, and Mertinak,
31, were coming off their 6-4,
6-4 win over the Israel team of
Jonathan Erlich and Andy
Ram in the first round on
Wednesday.

Last week, Knowles and
Mertinak were the top seeds at
the SAP Open in San Juan,
California where they got
knocked out in the semifinal
by the team of Alejandro Fal-
la and Xavier Malisse 4-6, 7-5,
10-4.

Knowles and Mertinak
opened the year by losing in
the second round in the first
two tournaments they played
last month in Australia, includ-
ing the first Grand Slam at the
Australian Open.

They are currently ranked
at number 21 on the ATP
computer ranking.





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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 13







VAN HUTCHINSON

SPORTS

MARAKO LUNDY

Tribune Sports year end
basketball all-star awards

FROM page 11

score in other aspects of the game.
Can score when he faces the bas-
Ket and uses the dribble to get to
the rim, His mid-range shot has
shown excellent improvement
between his last two seasons and is
now a three point threat.

ANGELO LOCKHART
POSITION: Point Guard

SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting

NBA COMPARISON: Derrick Rose
STRENGTHS: Size, speed and ath-
leticism to be an impact player
anytime he's on the floor. Gets to
the basket easier than most guards
and is able to consistently finish
above the rim, both in transition
and in traffic Going full speed he is
faster than anyone else on the
court, but he is also very comfort-
able handling the ball as he is
weaving through defenders... In
one on one situations, he is almost
impossible to stop because of his
great first step and the variety of
moves that he uses off the dribble
... Consistently gets into the lane,
and is very good at finding team-
mates when the help defense
rotates.

RESERVES

PATRICK DAVIS

POSITION: Shooting Guard/Point
Guard

SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting

NBA COMPARISON: Monta Ellis
STRENGTHS: Can play both guard
positions, but better suited off the
ball as a scorer rather than creating
for others. Lighting quick in the
open court and finishes in traffic

ROOSEVELT WHYLLY
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting

NBA COMPARISON: Chris Bosh
STRENGTHS: Good jump shot as a
junior but added new moves to his
repertoire in his junior season...
Ball handling is very good for a
forward , and is a quality rebound-
er with the ability to rip down a
board and go coast to coast. Long
arms make him a good shot block-
er and rebounder and an ability to
make three pointer makes him a

difficult matchup for most bigs.

D'SHON TAYLOR

POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: R.M Bailey

NBA COMPARISON: Josh Smith
STRENGTHS: High flying player
who finishes above the rim and has
a reliable jumpshot...Not afraid of
contact and likes to mix it up with
inside guys and crash the board.
Often takes the ball at the high
post and creates his own shot or
assists others. Strong court sense,
rarely in a rush or forcing the issue.

PRINCE BRAYNEN
POSITION: Guard/Forward
SCHOOL: C.R Walker

NBA COMPARISON: Tyreke Evans
STRENGTHS: Has proven that he is
able to play as a lead guard, but his
natural position seems to be as a
shooting guard or small forward,
where he can still be a facilitator,
but can look to score more often
..Plays at a fast pace all the time
with the ability to create on the fly
... Puts constant sure on the oppos-
ing team with his aggressive style
and drives to the basket, unguard-
able one on one... His vision and
passing are extremely advanced,
and he’s shown that he can be a
reliable distributor.

LOURAWLS NAIRN
POSITION: Guard

SCHOOL: C.R Walker

NBA COMPARISON: O J Mayo
STRENGTHS: Has a knack for get-
ting in traffic and drawing contact,
and gets to the line more times per
game than most guards in the
country. He has an extra gear
which allows him to turn the cor-
ner or to explode by defenders in
the open court and create fast
break opportunities on his own.
Not afraid to break zones with his
three point shot and hits with rela-
tive consistency.

NAJEE LIGHTBOURNE
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: Anatol Rodgers

NBA COMPARISON: Luol Deng
STRENGTHS: Great versatility and a
tremendous feel for the game.
Extremely smooth with the ball in
his hands and has ballhandling of a
guard put low post game of a for-
ward which allows him to get to

the basket. Draws a lot of fouls on
drives due to his aggressiveness
Has confidence with the ball in his
hands and leadership skills grew
tremendously as the top scorer for
a young program.

BAHAMAS ASSOCIATION OF

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MVP - Marako Lundy (Westmin-
ster College Diplomats)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Anwar Neil-
ly - (St. John's College Giants)
COACH OF THE YEAR - Geno
Bullard - (Westminster College
Diplomats)

ALL BAISS TEAM 9

STARTERS

ANTHONY PRATT
POSITION: Center/Forward
SCHOOL: SAC

NBA COMPARISON: Brook Lopez
STRENGTHS: Comfortable operat-
ing from the high post, either
shooting midrange shot, or utiliz-
ing his quickness and putting the
ball on the floor to get to the
hoop.. aggressive and tough under
the rim despite his slight frame...
Very long and athletic player with
excellent frame, plus leaping and
slashing ability ... It's very difficult
to guard him due to his size and
ability to play inside/outside

THOMAS MACKEY
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: Westminster College

NBA COMPARISON: Shawn Marion
STRENGTHS: World class leaper
which allows him to play much big-
ger than his actual size. Does the
bulk of his work around the rim,
consistently out jumping bigger
defenders for rebounds and upper
body strength allows him to finish
baskets after contact occurs.

Solid shot blocker thanks to his
timing and great anticipation skills.
Attacks the basket with aggression
and power. Has developed a back
the basket game, often operating
out of the high post.

KEIRAN MORTIMER
POSITION: Guard/Forward
SCHOOL: St. John's College
NBA COMPARISON: Paul Pierce

ANWAR NEILLY

STRENGTHS: One of the most con-
sistent shooters in the country, bar
none. Not the most athletic player
on the floor but has a knack for
scoring in bunches. High basketball
1.Q with the ability to draw fouls
and knocks down his free throws
consistently once he gets to the line.
Highly efficient offensive game, can
score from anywhere from the low
post to beyond three point range.

MARAKO LUNDY

SCHOOL: Westminster College
POSITION: Guard/Forward

NBA COMPARISON: Kevin Durant
STRENGTHS: Wingspan, mobility,
quickness, and leaping ability
places him above most of his peers
with regards to his scoring ability .
Excellent feel for the game and
confidence allow him to make the
offensive end of the floor seem
effortless ...Has the ability to catch
and shoot off screens with ease, off
the dribble or spotting up beyond
three point range. Excellent
rebounder and shot blocker with
ability to intensify his game on
both ends of the floor when he
feels the need to. Explosive scorer
who can dominate a game.

PICARD SCAVELLA
POSITION: Guard

SCHOOL: Bahamas Academy

NBA COMPARISON: Stephen Curry
STRENGTHS: Quick release on his
jump shot means he needs little
time to get his shot off, particularly
off screens. Moves well without the
ball, using an assortment of cuts
and fakes to get open and also
works well off of picks and screens
where he is superb off the catch
and shoot.

Possesses legit three point range.
Big time competitor who wants the
ball in crunchtime. Has become a
great team leader who has learned
how to lead by example and scores
most of his points in second half.

RESERVES

ANWAR NEILLY

POSITION: Shooting Guard/Point
Guard

SCHOOL: St. John's College

NBA COMPARISON: Deron Williams
STRENGTHS: Can play both guard
positions, but better suited off the
ball as a scorer rather than creating
for others. Lighting quick in the
open court and finishes in traffic

KRISTOFF WOOD
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: St John's College

NBA COMPARISON: Michael
Beasle

STRENGTHS: Versatile frontcourt
player with the ability to put the

ball on the floor on the perimeter
and score in the paint. Better than
average rebounder for his size,
good compliment to a star player
who has a knack for getting clutch
baskets and rebounds.

AUSTIN HANNA

POSITION: Point Guard

SCHOOL: Jordan Prince William
NBA COMPARISON: Tony Parker
Strengths: One of the few players
at this level that can control the
game without scoring a single bas-
Ket. Speed and instincts on the
defensive end of the floor are out-
standing.

Has ability to penetrate seem-
ingly at will and finishes exception-
ally well at the basket. Willing
passer who looks to set up team-
mates either on drive to the basket
or through running the halfcourt
offensive set. Fastest player on the
court in most situations.

DELROY GRANDISON
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: Westminster College
NBA COMPARISON: Javale McGee
STRENGTHS: Shows good mobility
running the court. Tough nosed
player who fights hard every game.
Does an excellent job of obtaining
space in the post where he gets
many offensive rebounds and easy
scores. Shooting touch and soft
hands enable him to convert most
opportunities in the paint

VAN HUTCHINSON
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: Westminster College
NBA COMPARISON: Lamar Odom
STRENGTHS: Can create mismatch-
es all over the floor with his size
and point guard skills. Can take
bigger guys off the dribble and
post up smaller players. Able to
play the finesse game as well as
score in the post

JABARI WILMOTT
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: St Augustine's College
NBA COMPARISON: Tyrus Thomas
STRENGTHS: Quick and elusive
when maneuvering in traffic, long
arms, huge wingspan, and tremen-
dous leaping abilities allows him to
rise above traffic around the rim.
Developing a more consistent
jump shot, and gets nice elevation
to create a strong mid-range game
that will only get better.

Quick first step enables him to cre-
ate space between him and his
defender. Missed much of the sea-
son due to injury but should
rebound for a strong season next
year. Excellent rebounder with
persistent nature on the offensive
glass.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 15



Bahrain official: demonstration

crackd

MANAMA, Bahrain
Associated Press

TROOPS and tanks locked
down the capital of this tiny
Gulf kingdom after riot police
swinging clubs and firing tear
gas smashed into demonstra-
tors, many of them sleeping, in
a pre-dawn assault Thursday
that uprooted their protest
camp demanding political
change. Medical officials said
four people were killed.

Hours after the attack on
Manama's main Pearl Square,
the military announced a ban
on gatherings, saying on state
TV that it had "key parts" of
the capital under its control.

Foreign Minister Khalid Al
Khalifa justified the crackdown
as necessary because the
demonstrators were "polariz-
ing the country and" pushing it
to the "brink of the sectarian
abyss."

Speaking to reporters after
meeting with his Gulf counter-
parts, he also said the violence
was "regrettable."

After several days of hold-
ing back, the island nation's
Sunni rulers unleashed a heavy
crackdown, trying to stamp out
the first anti-government
upheaval to reach the Arab
states of the Gulf since the
uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
In the surprise assault, police
tore down protesters’ tents,
beating men and women inside
and blasting some with shotgun
sprays of birdshot.

It was a sign of how deeply
the Sunni monarchy — and
other Arab regimes in the Gulf
— fear the repercussions of a
prolonged wave of protests, led
by members of the country's
Shiite majority but also joined
by growing numbers of discon-
tented Sunnis.

Tiny Bahrain is a pillar of
Washington's military frame-
work in the region. It hosts the
USS. Navy's 5th Fleet, a criti-
cal counterbalance to Iran.
Bahrain's rulers and their Arab
allies depict any sign of unrest
among their Shiite populations
as a move by neighboring Shi-
ite-majority Iran to expand its
clout in the region.

But the assault may only fur-
ther enrage protesters, who
before the attack had called for
large rallies Friday. In the wake
of the bloodshed, angry demon-
strators chanted "the regime
must go," and burned pictures
of King Hamad bin Isa Al
Khalifa outside the emergency
ward at Salmaniya Medical
Complex, the main hospital.

"We are even angrier now.
They think they can clamp
down on us, but they have
made us angrier," Makki Abu
Taki, whose son was killed in
the assault, shouted in the hos-
pital morgue. "We will take to
the streets in larger numbers
and honor our martyrs. The
time for Al Khalifa has ended."

The Obama administration
expressed alarm over the vio-
lent crackdown. Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton
called Bahrain's foreign minis-
ter to register Washington's
"deep concern" and urge
restraint. Similar criticism came
from Britain and the European
Union.

Human Rights Watch called
on Bahraini authorities to order
security forces to stop attacks
on peaceful protesters and
investigate the deaths.

Salmaniya hospital was
thrown into chaos by a stream
of dozens of wounded from
Pearl Square, brought in by
ambulances and private cars.
At least one of the dead was
peppered with bloody holes
from pellets fired from police
shotguns. Nurses rushed in men
and women on stretchers, their
heads bleeding, arms in casts,
faces bruised. At the entrance,
women wrapped in black robes
embraced each other and wept.

The capital Manama was
effectively shut down Thurs-
day. For the first time in the
crisis, tanks rolled into the
streets and military checkpoints
were set up as army patrols cir-
culated. The Interior Ministry
warned Bahrainis to stay off
the streets. Banks and other
key institutions did not open,
and workers stayed home,
unable or to afraid to pass
through checkpoints to get to
their jobs.

Barbed wire and police cars
with flashing blue lights encir-
cled Pearl Square, the site of
anti-government rallies since
Monday. The square was
turned into a field of flattened
tents and the strewn belongings



,* ,

BAHRAINI SOLDIERS in tanks and armored vehicles stand ready
yesterday, Feb. 17, 2011, near a main highway west of the capital of

Manama, Bahrain. (AP)

of the protesters who had
camped there — pieces of
clothing and boxes of food.

Banners lay trampled on the
ground, littered with broken
glass, tear gas canisters and
debris. A body covered in a
white sheet lay in a pool of
blood on the side of a road
nearby.

Demonstrators had been
camping out for days around
the landmark square's 300-foot
(90-meter) monument featur-
ing a giant pearl, a testament
to the island's pearl-diving past.

The protesters’ demands
have two main objectives: force
the ruling Sunni monarchy to
give up its control over top gov-
ernment posts and all critical
decisions, and address deep
grievances held by the coun-
try's majority Shiites who make
up 70 percent of Bahrain's

500,000 citizens but claim they
face systematic discrimination
and poverty and are effectively
blocked from key roles in pub-
lic service and the military.
Shiites have clashed with
police before in protests over
their complaints. But the grow-
ing numbers of Sunnis joining
the latest protests have come
as a surprise to authorities, said
Simon Henderson, a Gulf spe-
cialist at the Washington Insti-
tute for Near East Policy.
"The Sunnis seem to increas-
ingly dislike what is a very
paternalistic government," he
said, adding that the crackdown
was "symptomatic" of Gulf
nations’ response to crises. "As
far as the Gulf rulers are con-
cerned there's only one proper
way with this and that is: be
tough and be tough early.”
The assault came early

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February 2011, 11:00 a.m. At Freeport
Gospel Chapel, Officiating will be Sr.
Pastor Hartley Thompson and other
ministers of the Gospel. Cremation will

follow.

Left to cherish his memories are: One
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Uncles: Sr. Pastor Hartley Thompson,
Joseph Young, Anthony Nairn, Charles
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Thursday with little warning,
demonstrators said. Police sur-
rounded the square and then
quickly moved in. Some lined
up on a bridge overhead,
pumping down volleys of tear
gas, as others waded into the
camp, knocking down tents and
swinging truncheons at those
inside.

"We yelled, 'We are peace-
ful! Peaceful!'" said protester
Mahmoud Mansouri. “The
women and children were
attacked just like the rest of
us."

Dr. Sadek Al-Ikri, 44, said
he was tending to sick protest-
ers at a makeshift medical tent
in the square when the police
stormed in. He said he was tied
up and severely beaten, then
thrown on a bus with others.

"They were beating me so
hard I could no longer see.
There was so much blood run-
ning from my head," he said.
"IT was yelling, 'I'm a doctor.
I'm a doctor.’ But they didn't
stop."

He said the police beating
him spoke Urdu, the main lan-
guage of Pakistan. A pillar of
the protest demands is to end
the Sunni regime's practice of
giving citizenship to other Sun-
nis from around the region to
try to offset the demographic
strength of Shiites. Many of the
new Bahrainis are given secu-
rity posts.

AlLIkri said he and others on
the bus were left on a highway
overpass, but the beatings did-
n't stop. Eventually, the doctor
said he fainted but could hear
another police official say in
Arabic: "Stop beating him. He's
dead. We should just leave him
here.”

Many families were separat-
ed in the chaos. An Associated
Press photographer saw police
rounding up lost children and
taking them into vehicles.

own was ‘regrettable’

DEATH NOTICE

Dr. Keva M. Bethel, CMG died at Doctors
Hospital, Collins Avenue, Nassou, The Bahamas
on Tuesday, 15th February, 2011.

A Memorial Service will be held ot Christ Church
Cathedral, George Street, Nassau on Thursday,
24th February, 2011 ot 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Bethel is survived by her daughter,

Nicolette Bethel Burrows; her son, Edward Bethel;
o grandson, Jaxon Bethel; a son-in-law, Philip
Burrows; @ daughter-in-law, Tasha Bethel and
many other relatives ond many friends.



passed away on Sunday, February 13th peacefully at her home
surrounded by her family and friends after a short illness.

Fleur came to The Bohomas in 1953 with her father who had
been appointed as ADC to The Governor General, Lord Ranfurly.

A large port of her childhood was spent here and her love of the
ishands brought her beck in 1990 after many years in Europe.

In 1999 Fleur built her home in Islands At Old Fort and became
on active member of the community.

Her passion was photography and she became known for her
photos of Bahamian life, in particular, Family Island Regattas.

Fleur touched the lives of everyone she met and will be remem-
bered for her generosity and kindness.

Fleur leaves behind mony friends and family and her two be-

loved dogs. There will be no Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers

donations may be sent to The Ranfurly Home for Children atten-
tion Mr. Thomas Hackett.



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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.73FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND PLEASANT HIGH 80F LOW 70F By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net BISHOP Randy Fraser admitted yesterday he had sexi n his church office, but claimed it was with his wife and not a young girl he had agreed to counsel. P rosecutors have accused Fraser, 53, of abusing his position of trust and having a sexual relationship with a 16year-old girl between July 2005 and February 2006. The complainant alleges she and Fraser, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Temple, St James Road, had sex numer ous times in his church office before Sunday morning services and before bible studies on Wednesday nights. Fraser has dismissed the allegations as fabrications and blatant lies. According to the evidence, Frasers semen was found on the rug in his office. Y esterday, he told the court: My office is my office. My office is also dubbed my h ome away from home. I have a wife and we would be intimate, its myo ffice. Fraser explained that when the electricity would go off at his home, he, his wife and their two daughters would go to his church office where there is a generator. When questioned by his attorney, Jairam Mangra, as to whether he ever had sex with the complainant in his office, Fraser replied: Never, never, never. Fraser stated he never told the complainant about his and his wifes sex life. M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bishop had sex in church with wife, not girl Fraser denies allegations and says his office is home away from home BAY ST FIRE ST ARTED IN PHONE BOX S P O R T S SPORTSSTARTSONPAGE 11 Vanderpool-Wallace off to fast start at SEC THEBAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page eight THE government confirmed yesterday that the fire that ravaged an historic Bay Street block on Monday probably started in a faulty telephone electrical box in the C Trevor Kelly building. In announcing that the area may soon be converted into a downtown waterfront green space yesterday, Minister of Environment Earl Deveaux said the Fire Marshall has concluded his investigation and found that the fire started in the telephone box in the building, which housed Betty K Agencies shipping operation for many years. The fire has altered the original plans to utilise the dock and building as the cornerstone of the planned revitalisation of Bay Street, but Mr Deveaux said the pro posed green space would still preserve the docks place in Bahamian history. SEE PAGE 16 FOR FULL STORY ANDPAGETWO FOR MORE FIRE NEWS By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT: Education Minister Desmond Bannister commended education officials, teachers and parents for their vigilance in exposing a man who posed as a primary school teacher. The minister urged educa tors throughout the country to continue to be vigilant of people who prey on children FORMER NDP chairman, and now member of the Progressive Liberal Par ty Dr Andre Rollins, ignited the crowd at the PLP mass rally in Elizabeth on Wednesday night. Lashing out at the government and Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham, Dr Rollins gave an impas sioned speech to the party faithful and explained to those gathered his reasons for finally joining the PLP after months of delibera tion. One of the most compelling factors that led me to join the PLP is the dam age that I believe the FNM is doing to the psyche of the Can-Do Bahamian spirit that was ushered in by independence. A member of the public, commenting on the sale of BTC on the show My Five Cents, said that BTC should be sold to Cable and Wireless (C&W words: I dont think SHOWTIME: Lynn Ms Daisy Davis performs for education officials at the National Centre for the Performing Arts yesterday. Daisys Dynamite Productions presented a theatrical performance Hope To Cope, which aims to combat youth violence, sexual promiscuity and illiter acy. The production also featured a musical interlude by Kent Christian Massive Johnson (right HOPE T OCOPE SHOWISANEDUCATION TIM CLARKE/TRIBUNE STAFF EDUCATORS PRAISED FOR VIGILANCE IN EXPOSING MAN WHO POSED AS TEACHER SEE page eight SEE page 10 PRAISE: Desmond Bannister DR ANDRE ROLLINS EXPLAINS TO RALLY CROWD WHY HE JOINED THE PLP

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By JESSICA ROBERTSON Online Editor j robertson@tribunemedia.net On Monday morning, Dr Wendy Stuart could only lie inbed and wait on word from oth e rs about the fate of her Bay Street store. S he was unable to rush to see for herself as she was bedridd en due to a recent fall. Botani Bath, the small boutique store from which she sold her handmade soaps and other Bahamian-made arts and crafts, was situated in the middle of the block of buildings that wason fire. By late afternoon it was clear t hat the fire had completely destroyed the soap manufacturing plant and all its equipment and supplies in the rearof the storefront, and smoke and water from the firefighters efforts had made her store and just about all the merchandise inside it unsalvageable. My realtor called me around nine in the morning and s aid theres a fire downtown. I was like Oh great. But there w as nothing I could do. I was sitting there with a brace on my knee, couldnt get down my stairs and Im hearing whats going on. I was following the u pdates on Tribune242.com. Surprisingly I was calm. I wasnt w orried because there was nothing I could do, she recalls T he devastating fire started early Monday morning in an office at the historic Betty K Agencies building situated on the northern side of the block east of East Street. By Wednesday, the shipping c ompany had managed to relo cate its offices and secure facil ities at the Arawak Cay dock to facilitate the arrival of a boat laden with goods on Thursday. S maller businesses like Botani Bath will take a lot l onger to recover from the fire. Invested In addition to the loss of most of the stores retail inventory and fixtures, which she estimated were worth thou s ands of dollars, Dr Stuart, 45, said over the past seven years s ince she first started the soap making business, she has investe d about $100,000 in equipment, supplies and packaging m aterials. Business had been slow on Bay Street and she said the irony was that she had spent December and January focusing on building the wholesale side of the business. I had just gotten five new wholesale accounts and I was s o excited. Its just so funny that Mond ay morning I got up to go down there to fill those orders a nd this is what happened on Monday, she says, keeping a smile on her face. Dr Stuart is surprisingly upbeat considering Mondays f ire is just one more in a string of devastating setbacks over the p ast 13 months that would break the spirit of many peop le. In January, 2010, just two weeks after she opened the Botani Bath store and relocated her soap manufacturing plant to the Bay Street location, she was diagnosed with Lou G ehrigs disease, a disorder that causes muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body. Since then, she has also been diagnosed with mercury and l ead poisoning and celiac disease. I n June, Dr Stuarts illness forced her to stop practising d entistry, leaving her without her main source of income. The single mother of two young boys ages 12 and 8 has struggled to survive financially. I didnt have insurance on the store because you know, t hings have always been so tight. Every time I spoke with my insurance agent about getting it, I just didnt have the money. Especially after I had to stop doing dentistry, some monthsI had to decide whether to pay staff or rent. The ironic thing w as that I had just put into motion this new game plan to focus on wholesale business and the amount I was getting from the pre-orders would have been e nough to get us through and give me a decent salary. Thats w hy I was so excited Monday morning, she explains. W hen the orders came in she even had to borrow money from her mother to purchase the materials needed to fill them. I told her if I could fill these orders I could pay her right b ack and wed have some mon ey flowing. I ordered the supp lies and just was excited to get in Monday morning because now we had some real business and I didnt have to depend on the walk-in traffic, which was so slow lately. As for whether she intends t o rebuild the soap making business, she says its my pas s ion. It made me happy and thats why in the beginning it w as a labour of love. The customers who placed those much needed wholesale orders have already told her they will be patient and waitu ntil she can fill them. In terms of getting up and going again, Dr Stuart says shes going to have to start small like she did when she first launched her business. Rather than feel sorry for herself, Dr Stuart has focused her energy since the fire on trying to find work for her now unemployed staff. Botani Bath had two full time and one part time employees. Ive been calling friends who have businesses to see if they have any jobs available. My staff has been really good. Theyre honest and Ive been so lucky just to have the great est staff in the world and I want to try to find them jobs. I cant have my staff waiting on me to bounce back, because I really dont know how long it will take and they need to be working, she says As she speaks, Dr Stuart remains upbeat and her infec tious smile is ever present. That is until she starts talking about how her various setbacks are affecting her children. Thats when she starts choking up. Im not feeling sorry for myself, Im not having a nervous break down, Im not stressing over finances even though my finances are a complete mess, but my kids are being affected and thats the only thing that hurts me, she says, the afternoon of the fire they were so worried and kept asking what are we going to do Mom? I told them they well be fine and we will. This is one more thing, but Im going to get through this. We all need to realise that we can overcome anything no matter how bad things look. n SEE PAGE 16 LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Defiance in the face of devastating fire loss DAMAGED: Businesses like Botani Bath face a long struggle to recover from the fire. FIREAFTERMATH: Botani Bath was situated in the middle of the b lock of buildings that was on f ire. M M O O N N D D A A Y Y S S D D O O W W N N T T O O W W N N B B L L A A Z Z E E W W A A S S O O N N E E M M O O R R E E S S E E T T B B A A C C K K I I N N A A D D I I F F F F I I C C U U L L T T 1 1 3 3 M M O O N N T T H H S S F F O O R R D D R R . W W E E N N D D Y Y S S T T U U A A R R T T EYESORE: The blaze tore through roofs. PHOTOS: Jessica Robertson

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By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE black descendants of s lave-owner Isaac Baillou, an eighteenth century Loyalist w ho settled in the Bahamas, are battling to legitimise their claim to ownership of hundreds of acres of land in New Providence. E uclid Baillou said he was unable to confirm the familys claim to land at the site of the shanty town called GovernmentY ard. However, he said, the family d id own more than 300 acres of land off Blue Hill Road south. H e said the government had c onfiscated a large portion of t he land more than 100 acres without compensating the family. His cousin Everet Baillou, a former preacher suffering from prostate cancer, was recently in the news when information e merged that Emamay Burns, a n associate acting on his behalf, had collected money f rom Haitian residents squatting on disputed land. We already had plans to sell the Haitians the land, to build a low cost housing community. That is what we planned to do. That is why we told them every year give us $500 that would go towards road, light. We plannedt o develop that part for a Hait i an community, fish fry, mar k et. We sit down. I discussed the plan with him. He knows everything. We wanted to havea decent Haitian community, said Ms Burns. Bishop Ross Davis of Golden Gates World Outreach Mini stries facilitated the collection o f the money, under the belief t hat Ms Burns produced documents showing ownership. M s Burns said Bishop Davis did not want a fee for collecting the money. However, Brensil Rolle, Gar den Hills MP and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Housing, said the land is owned by the Ministry of Housing and he is not aware of any otherp apers that could be charact erised as legitimate papers. Father Vilfort Roland of the Queen of Peace Parish, a Catholic church on Fire Trail Road attended by many Haitians, said he met with Ms Burns to see the land docu ments on behalf of his Hait i an parishioners. He said the document produced was an affi-d avit One affidavit that was t he only document, he said. Meanwhile, Ms Burns told TheTribune that she has the land title and the Baillou Will. The Ministry of Housing is proceeding with plans to transform the land into a new sub-d ivision, known temporarily as Fire Trail. Ms Burns claims the family o wns 280 acres in Pride Estates, including the land at the site ofG overnment Yard. She claims the family owns another 300 acres behind Super Value on C armichael Road a s well as other smaller plots near Malc olm Allotment or Village Park. Willed Mr Euclid Baillou said the land was willed from Mr Isaac Baillou to the descendants of a Sarah Bowe, who was a black w oman working for Mr Isaac as a maid. He willed the land to our g randmother, Sarah Bowe. She w as his maid. He had three child ren with his wife and all of them died. He had three children with Sarah Bowe: two boys and one girl. He willed the l and to Sarah Bowe and her descendants. He said they should go to school and learn to read and write. That is where our father got it from, said MrE uclid. The Baillou family is spread across the Bahamas, in islands like New Providence, Andros, a nd Abaco. Historian Gail Saunders notes there was a plantation on Big Wood Cay in Central Andros owned by Isaac B aillou. In Islanders in the Stream, she records a story about three male slaves who absconded from the plantation in 1794 headed for Cuba in a 14-foot boat. In his study of the Royal Gazette and Bahama Advertiser of the Loyalist period, Paul C Aranha noted that Isaac Bail-l ou was a frequent advertise r offering rewards for runaway slaves, particularly from his Baillou Hills plantation. The family has a turbulent history with attorneys and their land deals. Ms Burns implicated two disbarred attorneys anda nother who is wanted by the p olice as being responsible for their land woes. One attorney, who represented the family for 17 years, a ccording to Ms Burns, was the one that messed us up. Another attorney, Ms Burns alleged, took a piece of the property and built a duplex for his sweetheart. That attorney i s currently wanted by the police in connection with a theft complaint from a church. The Commercial C rimes Section of the Central Detective Unit is investigating the alleged t heft of more than $200,000 from a church on Farrington Road. Officers said there were noo fficial complaints against the attorney in connection with the Baillou family. MP Mr Rolle has advised the f amily to contact the Office of the Prime Minister to clarify t he land matter. Ms Burns said the family plans to do just that. She vowed that the Baillou family will get the land. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Slave-owner descendants in land ownership battle By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net THE newborn baby girl found abandoned at an apartment building on Rosetta Street Tuesday evening is reported to be resting comfortably at Princess Margaret Hospital. This is the second case of infant abandonment in the past week. Public relations manager for the hospital, Thelma Rolle, said the baby arrived at PMH early yesterday morning. The baby is healthy and in good condition, said Ms Rolle. She said the two-day-old infant will soon be put in the care of Social Services. Over the weekend, another baby girl was found abandoned in an empty building on Bayshore Road in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama. Police said that based on evidence found at the scene, it would seem the mother had just given birth to the infant before abandoning her. Grand Bahama police launched a search for the mother, who turned herself in shortly after. Police say the investigation is continuing. Newborn baby found abandoned r esting comfortably at PMH FACILITATOR: Bishop Ross Davis, of Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries, who facilitated the collection of the money from Haitians living on land claimed by the descendants o f slave-owner Isaac B aillou. Hundreds of acres in New Providence at centre of claim

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EDITOR, The Tribune. On the Editorial page of The Nassau Guardian Thursday, 14th February edition, appeared a letter to the Editor under the caption Branville McCartney is Bahamian Sarah Palin by a writer under the pseudonym grateful to Mr Ingraham. First of all dear grateful one, let me say that you should have found some other way of showing your gratitude to Mr Ingraham for whatever favour or favours that he may have bestowed upon or given you. To compare a young, vibrant, energetic and intelligent up and coming Bahamian political star with the likes of Sarah Palin is denigrating and disin genuous of anyone claiming to be a Bahamian. I am only presuming that you are, but I could be wrong. F or over two weeks now since Mr McCartney made the remark that Mr Ingraham has or shows no compassion, a number of persons have been writing to the press con demning and taking him, McCartney to task for his remarks. This young man is simply exercising his consti tutional rights not only as a citizen; but an elected repre sentative of a constituency in a democratic society. You dear miss or mister grateful, would be surprised to know how many of us out here in John Q public, including me, are in full agreement with McCartney and give him credit for his testicular forti tude. Y ou and others, in dis agreeing with McCartney, which is your constitutional right in the democratic process, went on record as saying that the paying of electricity bills, cash handouts to straw vendors, hiring people to sit down under trees holding garbage bags and watching a few more raking leaves on the side of the road, the paying out of millions of NIB monies to thousands of persons, many of whom only buy grass and rum, and paying lawyers to represent persons committing criminal offences in a foreign country are acts of compassion, if you are saying that that is good news, then here are some bad news. Mr Ingraham is, first and f oremost a politician and if I may say so a good one. He was trained by a master politician, Lynden Oscar Pindling. A ll that money that was so generously given away was not Mr Ingrahams own to give, it is the peoples money and at some time in the not too distant future he has to give account for his stewardship. One cannot, willy-nilly, give away or misuse public funds without proper authority there is a process that must be followed according to law. Did it ever occur to you, dear grateful and others that what you perceived to be acts of compassion could have really been acts of vote-catching? To say that McCartney was only grandstanding while in charge of immigration, is com plete rubbish. I was floating around in this archipelago long before party politics, party government, majority rule and all the other trappings that we now enjoy, So I am now telling you, dear grateful, that there has been one and only one other minister of immigration that did a better job than Branville McCartney and that was Loftus Roker who like McCartney, did not have to dependo n Haitian votes. Branville McCartney, like any other member of the Free National Movement, has the God-given right not only to a spire to the leadership of the party, but to fight through the legal process of the party to attain it. Ingraham did not have to fight to become l eader of the FNM, it was handed to him by the then leader Cecil Wallace-Whitfield who was also co-founder of the party. Cecil, who s ought my advice on the matter six weeks before his demise, (I was the other cofounder) had his reasons that were many and real, for mak i ng the choice, but that does not mean that Ingraham must do likewise. As long as he is att he top he is the main target for all and sundry that has ambitions in aspiring for the top of the ladder. I say to Branville, ignore the critics,k eep focus on your goal, put first, your trust in God and keep faith with yourself. Put n ot your trust in princes for they shall deceive you and bea ssured that what is out there for you, you will get. ERRINGTON W I WATKINS Nassau, February 14, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 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 T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WE HAVE had several calls about our e ditorial of February 11, which for the first time revealed the name of an anonymous letter writer, whose identity excited political circles in 1962, but for 49 years remained a mystery. Today, few people would be inter-e sted in our mystery man, but in the political turmoil of the sixties, a British editor wast hreatened with prison for refusing to reveal his identity. H owever, with the death of Paul Bower on January 24, memories of those few days in the Magistrates Court in October, 1963 came flooding back. For several years speculation continued about the letter writer. T oday, when it no longer matters, and few would care, we realised that we were nowt he last living person who knows the letters author. For the sake of history we revealed i t in this column on February 11. The calls that we have received as a result of that column, were not about the mystery writer, now unmasked, but about the fate of Paul Bower when he refused to give the c ourt the writers name. No, he did not go to prison as threatened by Magistrate JohnB ailey, who when off the bench was one of his best friends. T he case ended suddenly when the Guardian owners decided to pay the plaintiffs damages, and rescue their man from the edge of the cliff. Magistrate Bailey had refused the Guardian leave to appeal his decision of name or prison. Mr Bower, who was Guardian editor f rom 1958 to August 1962 (two months before the case came to court in October), a sked the magistrate: What would happen should I refuse (to reveal the writers name)? You would be in contempt, the Irish magistrate replied. What would be the consequences? Mr Bower pressed. A fine or a prison sen t ence, the magistrate shot back. Ten days in Her Majestys prison! LB J ohnson, one of the six PLP plaintiffs, demanded loudly. This exchange was followed by a luncheon adjournment. By the afternoon the case was over, Mr Bower had missed the arrow, the plaintiffs had their damages, and letter writer Bert Cambridge was still a mystery man. G uardian lawyer James Liddell had argued that not only was the plaintiffs comp laints vexatious, but that what was being complained of before the court was the letter and its content, not the identity of the w riter. But the plaintiffs were not buying that argument, nor was the magistrate. In a few weeks time there would be a general election, which the PLP were confident of winning in fact they lost. Racism was ah eavy card being played at the time, and the six PLP plaintiffs all lawyers wantedt o know which white man would dare question their integrity in an anonymous letter. W hat they did not know was that the writer was, like themselves, a black man, a former politician, whose character Mr Bower had described in glowing terms in court. Several of the plaintiffs were Bert Cambridges f riends. In fact he had given music lessons to one of them. Bert Cambridges Orchestraw as the hottest band in town in the twenties and thirties, and music was his career. B ut what we find most interesting is the change over the years in public values. In those days it was seldom that one sued a newspaper for defamation, and anything over in damages was certainly unheard o f. And so for An Open Letter to Mr Paul Adderley, published in The Guardian onA ugust 21, 1962 the six lawyers Paul Adderley, Loftus Roker, Lynden Pindling, A D Hanna, LB Johnson and Orville Turnquest each asked for for the damage perceived to have been done to their reputations, plus costs, which in those days would have been minimal. However, thanks to the influence over the years of Americas legal system where it a lmost pays to do oneself an injury in a public place and walk away with millions award e d by the courts, Bahamians have adjusted their opinion of their own worth. In 1962, Orville Turnquest who became the Bahamas Governor General, was not bloated up with his own importance. He obviously felt well compensated with for the slight he had felt was committed a gainst him. If he had known that it was his old piano teacher, he probably would have s lapped him on the back, had a good laugh and they would have gone off to make music together. However, today we see some of these complaints, many of them vexatious, and the value starting in the thousands that persons put on their own worth and we won d er where they are coming from. In every way and in every segment of life t he Bahamians value system has certainly changed. In defence of democratic process LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net The Bahamas changing value system E DITOR, The Tribune. Reading The Nassau Guardians headline on February 2, 2011 PM lacks compassion, supposedly uttered by FNM representative for Bamboo Town Branville McCartney leads one to believe that his days as an FNM are numbered. To make such an asinine statement in an upcoming election year when all FNMs should be close knit and ready for battle displays that this individual is all about himself. During these tough economic times when Bahamians were losing their jobs and not able to pay their bills the PM sought fit to introduce unemployment benefit payments through the National Insurance Board, and free medication. BEC customers whose lights were cut off for non-payment were allowed to pay in instalm ents and their lights immediately turned on a nd Mr McCartney says he has no compas sion! Compassion as explained in the dictionary is showing sympathetic pity and concern for the suffering of others. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham knows first hand about hard times as he has stated over and repeatedly. Mr McCartney continues to rant and rave with negative talk about the FNM and its leadership but he always closes by saying he supports the FNM and its leader. I wonder. Yes, the FNM will have its challenges just like the PLP, but when it is all said and done the outcome will favour the FNM. WCAB Nassau, February 2, 2011. One suspects Branville McCartney s days as an FNM are numbered

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By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net BAHAMIANS deserve better and more reliable phone service said Sandals owner Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, adding that the debate surrounding Cable and Wireless' purchase of BTC has become too political, and threatens to overshadow the benefits from impending telecommunications competition. "The Bahamas' phone system, we all deserve much better," said the tourism mogul during an interview at his Emerald Bay on Great Exuma. "I think the whole Batelco thing has become political. When that happens you have trouble seeing the good or the bad, the way to go." Last month his son, Sandals CEO Adam Stuart, calledC &W "a valuable partner." Experiences "The hospitality industry expects and deserves the best in communication services our guests look forward to communicating back home to share their experiences and demand speed, reliability and stability," said the younger Mr Stewart. "It's an important part of the guest experience. LIME has been a valuable partner to Sandals across the Caribbean we have been able to improve the efficiencies of the Sandals group and provide greater service to our guests because of LIME. I expect to see LIME do greatt hings for BTC, and especially for the hospitality industry in the Bahamas, and believe they have the right track record for the job," he said. When asked why his son publicly backed C&W's takeover of BTC, Mr Stewart speculated it was just positive public relations. Adam has friends in Cable and Wireless and I think they a sked if he would say something nice about Cable and Wireless which he did. He wasn't doing it from a political point of view. I think Adam was basically saying that it will be a much better service. Earlier this month, government concluded its agreement to sell 51 per cent of its shares int he Bahamas Telecommunications Company to regional provider Cable and Wireless amid protests from union leaders and the official opposition. Agreement URCA, the communications regulatory body, must review the agreement and parliament must approve the sale. "After that, the government will move in parliament, the Privatisation Bill, the Amendment to the Communications Act and the minor amendments to the Utilities Regulation Act. We expect that the transaction will be finalised on April 4 of this year," Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said earlier this month. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Immigration department announced that it has repatriated 77 persons detained in a Haitian Village near Fox Hill during a night-time raid that sparked allegations of brutality. The group arrested in the raid, which took place two weeks ago, was among at otal of 93 Haitians sent to Port-auPrince on Tuesday, the rest having been apprehended during a series of road blocks and searches. The department said that nine more persons were apprehended during these exercises, but were found to hold proper status and were therefore released. Also apprehended were three Jamaicans, one Guyanese immigrant and one Filipino. On Thursday of last week, another 19 H aitians were apprehended and com mitted to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre after they could not show satisfactory proof of their immigration status, the statement said. Following the Fox Hill raid, Haitian Ambassador Louis Harold Joseph said his office had been informed that a number of persons were mistreated by officials and members of the HaitianBahamian community told The Tribune people were beaten unnecessarily as men a nd women were apprehended. The department responded to this yesterday, saying it invited persons who claimed aggressive behaviour and physical abuse at the hands of Immigration officers to write and sign depositions in support of their allegations However, they refused to do so. Their concerns were nonetheless noted. Immigration officials have repatriated a total of 467 Haitians so far this year. The department urged persons resid i ng and working in the Bahamas illegal ly to desist forthwith and gave an assurance to the public of its commitment to professionalism and ideals of the highest when apprehending persons. 77 persons detained from Haitian Village are repatriated Cable and Wireless Communications says that corporate social responsibility will be a cornerstone of its approach if successful in purchasing 51 per cent of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company. In a statement issued yesterday, the company said it has a strong and proud history of community partnerships, working in the region through its LIME business. A spokesperson said: The vision for our LIME business is to always work to improve life in the region. As such one of our early priorities is to extend BTC community spending to reflect its regional share of CSR investment. This is just one of the benefits of BTC joining the Cable and Wireless Communications family. He added: Our approach will be to seek focused investment into parts of the community whether that be in New Providence or other family islands where it can have most benefit. We have worked with many community organisations over a long period, which has helped them to develop. We also have a strong tradition of getting teams into the community as often time and energy can be as valuable an investment as money. Following the Haiti earthquake last year, LIME colleagues and customers raised J$23 million through a fundraising telethon broadcast on 28 television and cable channels. A LIME team member also joined the International Telecoms Union group who went to restore communication links in the country. The statement said that in Grand Cayman, LIME is seeking to greatly increase the ability of young people to access the internet. This is being achieved by establishing free internet services in all the local libraries and schools, plus several hot spots around the island. In addition, LIME has developed an after school programme for primary age students with academic and social challenges, providing the necessary high-speed broad-band access. This is being rolled out across the Caribbean. In Jamaica LIME organ ised a massive Back to School event in 2010, including a music concert, amusement park, a health and dentistry information ground and a resource centre. There was something of everything from free hair cuts to free immunisations, it said. The statement said sport sponsorship is another area of focus for the company, and noted its sponsorship of the Carifta Games last year to the tune of $200,000. Bahamians deserve better phone service CABLE AND WIRELESS PLEDGES TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY ABOVE: A view of the Caribbean's largest zero entry pool at Sandals Emerald Bay. LEFT: Sandals Resorts International Owner Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, Sandals Emerald Bay General Manager Jeremy Mutton, and Manager Patrick Drake

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By ADRIAN GIBSON ajbahama@hotmail.com OVER the last few weeks, Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney has been a oneman news cycle, with hisr ecent commentswhich r eferred to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham as lacking compassion, asserted that the Free National Movement will face challenges going into the next general election and also declared that the governments eemed to not connect to and were not listening to the peopleraising a few eyebrows. I ndeed, Bran McCartney h as evolved into perhaps one o f the most dynamic young politicians to emerge in recent y ears, howeversince his resignation and recent commentsin some quarters it isf elt that his political career is f ading fast whilst others believe that its just burgeoning and hes displaying muchdesired gumption to fellow p oliticos. During his tenure as Minister of State for Immi g ration, the much-celebrated McCartney won over the hearts of many Bahamians with his approach as a hardnosed, hands-on anti-illegal i mmigration minister. It is thought that Mr McCartney c atered to the populous rage over illegal immigration! That said, was Mr McCartn eys recent remarks demonstrative of his standing-up forh is beliefs and a likely prec ursor to him hitting the eject b utton and leaving the FNM? W ere his comments merely attention-seeking rhetoric, p articularly in this age of iden tity politics? Or, was it simply an expression of his genuine feelings on the inner w orkings of his party/govern ment and his true impression of the Prime Minister and the national state-of-affairs? In the wake of the former state ministers comments,w ill the ground be loosened under Mr McCartney? Has Bahamian politics matured enough where politicians can take chafing from someone on the same side of the political divide? Frankly, there are politic ians and members of the p ublic who have told me that in their view, Mr McCartneys p olitical stock may be depreciating from self-inflicted wounds. However, there are others who articulate their new found respect for theB amboo Town MP for speaking what many believe was his conscience. M oreover, in political circles, there has been chatter of Mr McCartney leaving the F NM to lead the National D evelopment Party (NDP or, that in the lead up to gen eral elections, to join an entit y known as the Party of Independents, whichwhilst yet to materialize (at least pub-l icly)will purportedly feat ure candidates such as M cCartney and former South Andros MP Whitney Bastian. F rankly, in the wake of Dr Andre Rollins abandonment of the NDP, one wonders i n the face of the speculation and allegations of Mr McCart ney joining that grouping and a scending to the helm of the partywhether such a move would be politically prudent or merely political suicide. It a ppears that Dr Rollinsthe NDPs candidate in last years by-election in Elizabethlost confidence in the political vehicle that he co-founded and thereby decided, inL ebron James (NBA player fashion,to take his talents to the PLP. Honestly, whilst some would say that Dr Rollins seemingly took on an opportunistic deportment, his departure from the NDP does not bode well for the fledg-l ing party, particularly since h e was the face of the organization. A lthough Mr McCartney has proven himself as an exceptional MP in Bamboo Town, his political fortune seems uncertain. If BranM cCartney leaves the FNM, will that result in a seismic crack in their electoralm achinery? Indeed, the FNM should not wish to enter a general e lection cycle giving-off the i mpression that the organization is devouring itself. There is no need to creep aroundt he issueboth the FNM and Branville McCartney need to determine if he will be thep artys standard bearer or if h es running as an independ ent or otherwise. It would be unimaginable, possibly i njurious to the party, if the FNM did not give Mr McCartneyone of itss trongest candidatesthe nod in whats setting up to be a tough election year. W hether he desires such a response or not is unknown, however any attempt to forcibly banish Mr McCart n ey to the political wildern essas many people feel would happenwould be a mammoth misjudgment andu sed as a campaign ploy against the FNM by opposing p olitical entities, could insult t he voting public and, moreover, will catapult the MP into a much higher political stratosphere. Indeed, the Prime Minister is a shrewd politician and, as such, there has been nor idiculous overreaction on his part in response to any of Mr M cCartneys movesfrom his resignation to his recent comments. That said, if Bran McCartney becomes an independenta true independent hes likely to still attract many marginal, non-ideological andi ndependent-minded voters a class of voters thats rapidly expanding with todays y ounger, more educated elec torate. Among the wider populace, t here remains a jingoistic ador ation of the MP. Moreover, Mr McCartney has a large FNM following and FNMsh ave, in the past, shown themselves willing to vote inde pendent if they feel that the p arty didnt do the right thing. However, Mr McCartneyin the minds of voterswill have a dilemma if he joins another p arty and thereby returns to the electorateafter one termwith another label a ttached. Indeed, there are some segments of the Bahamian elec torateacross the spec-t rumwho are politically immature and cannot think independently of the party tow hom they have pledged allegiance, sticking to labels instead of looking at the integrity and quality of a candidate. The reality is that, as it relates to the PLP and the FNM, for every Laura in the P LP there is a Harem in the FNM! Considering precedent (Tennyson Wells 2002 victory) and the current construct of Bamboo Town, if Bran McCartney runs as an indep endent, he could win the constituency. Frankly, McCartney has also not reached the point of being labeled as a disgruntled FNM and that bodes well for his chances. Furthermore, in a c onstituency like Bamboo Town, Im not sure if the cons tituents would be willing to have the FNM unceremoniously dump another candidateo n them because the current representative went against t he grain and/or is perceived as not being a yes man. That said, in the current political climate, Bran M cCartneys chances of b ecoming FNM leader are next to none. Party leadership is not based upon what them asses feel, but instead upon the hierarchical structure and the constitution of a party a nd, quite honestly, its not u ncommon for the masses to feel differently from the deci sion-makers within a party t his being illustrated in the FNMs electoral defeat in 2002, when the internalm achinery of the organization d idnt conceptually understand or appreciate what the m asses were thinking. While I a m not suggesting that the masses are clamouring for the Bamboo Town MP tob ecome leader, Im pointing out observably flawed processes with both of the m ajor parties that, in such a bubble-like atmosphere, can hardly gauge the political temperature of the masses. A s it stands, if Bran McCartney remains an FNM and seeks to become a futurel eadership contender, he needs to start enlisting the support of party delegates andc ouncil membersa support system that he presently doesnt appear to have! Ive found Bran McCartney t o be an affable, down-toearth chap whose drive and youthful vigour is refreshing. In what appears to be a brutal election year, Mr McCartney must, in his political calculus, ensure that before any moveso r spur of the moment decisions, he doesnt portray himself as an over zealous hot s hot, but rather treks the path of a difference-making, unifying politician who has inspired throngs of Bahamians and has demonstrated an ideal work ethic in his Bamboo Town constituency. As f ar as the FNM should be concerned, right now the best approach is to offer Mr McCartney a nomination whilst letting his fate remain in his own hands! T HE BCPOU AND BTCs SALE There are some utterances and incidents that occur that are nothing short of classless and knuckleheaded. Of late, Bahamas Communications a nd Public Officers Union (BCPOU E vans remarks have not only given off predictably negative vibes, but have also been irre-s ponsible. The public has become w eary of what appears to be cringe-inducing bloviating and reckless statements. Frankly, it appears that the u nion is fighting a losing batt le, desperate for an applause line from the wider populacean applause line thatw ill never happen since many Bahamians are seeking more efficient services, cheaper r ates, fewer dropped calls and t hemselves are looking forward to the sale of BTC to fulfil these desires. M r Evans small Egypt commentassociating impending union action witht he protests (some violent f or democratic change in Egypt which recently led to t he ouster of dictator and P resident of 30 years Hosni Mubarakappeared be an illustration of terminal foot-i n-mouth disease. One can understand what Mr Evans is attempting to do, b ut his delivery of his message in such an arrogant, out rageous and immature manner is turning many Bahami a ns off. Whilst I understand the notion that unions and gov-e rnments have been historical adversaries and that the unions play an important rolei n the national framework by fight for better remuneration and working conditions for workers, I still hold the belieft hat the BCPOU could launch valid inquiries about aspects of the sale without seeming out of touch or resorting, in any way, to seemingly encouraging waves of unrest. Once all is said and done, I a m curious as to whether theres a political gifta nomination or promises of politi c al appointmentsfor the union leader/s? P AGE 6, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CUSTOMER NOTICEScotiabank (Bahamas that with recent enhancements to our service network all Merchant Customers have been upgraded to the Scotiabank VX510 POS terminals for credit card processing services. These new terminals provide enhanced levels of security and ensure easy upload of the newest operation features offered by Credit Card Companies and facilitate ongoing upgrades for the processing of transactions. All new features being rolled out by the Credit Card Companies will be fully functional on these new terminals. Some of Scotiabanks card services are available exclusively on these new terminals (ie.Debit/Credit cards). These services on the Scotia Network are no longer available through the Tripoint Terminals. Your current Merchant Services Agreement with Scotiabank remains unchanged. Should you have any questions/concerns regarding the new terminals and the features we invite you to contact us at 242-356-1647 or by email at bsbsc.merchantsupport@scotiabank.com. What lies ahead for Branville McCartney after PM comments? Y OUNG M AN S V IEW ADRIANGIBSON D YNAMIC: B ranville McCartney

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JOB VACANCY Cable Bahamas Ltd. Nassau Bahamas Robinson Rd. at Marathon www.cablebahamas.com Company is seeking qualied IP Network Consultants. The successful candidates must have a solid technical background as well as strong leadership skills working within a team environment and providing daily operational leadership. Individuals will be accountable for the delivery of an ecient and eective operation, developing and reviewing existing processes to Industry Best Practice while providing direction and guidance on tool and system development ensuring the ability to maintain a highly available and reliable network. Candidates must have broad, high-level knowledge of the telecommunication and IT industry and the ability to use experience and technical judgment to reach conclusions in the face of limited and/or uncertain data. Technical Skill Requirements Candidates must have previous working experience with protocol analyzers, network management and IP related diagnostic tools and administrative systems. In addition, experience within the Cable Service Provider environment supporting DOCSIS cable modem technologies, packetcable and VoIP technologies and familiarity with HFC infrastructure and general RF principles. Candidates must demonstrated, broad conceptual skills, short and long term planning skills, research and analytical skills, strong technical abilities, process improvement, and network/service/call centre orientation required along with the ability to integrate numerous activities while working across divisions and/or functional areas. The successful candidates will be those having experience working with the following key vendors, Alcatel, Arris, Cisco, Extreme, Juniper and Redback Minimum educational background should include an equivalent combination of education and experience in progressively more responsible positions. Interested candidates should submit detailed resumes to: richard.adderley@cablebahamas.com by Friday, February 18, 2011 .IP Network Consultants THE Bahamas bade f arewell to Hu Dingxian, Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China, after three years of historic achievements in bilateral relations. D eputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs B rent Symonette hailed these a ccomplishments during a farewell reception in honour of Ambassador Hu on Wednesday night. A mbassador Hu was a ppointed on April 2, 2008. The Bahamas appointed its f irst resident Ambassador to the Peoples Republic of China on July 14, 2008. Relations It is hard to believe that almost three years havep assed since you first joined us. I say this because we have seen such a significant enhancement of the relations b etween the Bahamas and China, Mr Symonette said. Among those achievements a re: the building of the multipurpose Thomas A Robinson Stadium, the completion ofl ocal road infrastructure proj ects, agricultural projects, the agreement for the Baha Mar project, support in educationa nd construction of the new Chinese Embassy. Several agreements dealing w ith agricultural, economic and technical co-operation have been signed, as was a visa abolition arrangement for h olders of diplomatic, official and service passports. A n Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA tion Exchange Agreement (TIEA O n Ambassador Hus watch, 13 Bahamians received s cholarships to study in China, m any Bahamians benefitted from seminars and workshops in varied fields in China, and Bahamians were able to train a t home through the Confuc ius Classroom at the College of the Bahamas. I n conjunction with the promotion of the 2010 Canton Trade Fair, the BahamasC hamber of Commerce and t he Chinese Foreign Trade Centre signed a trade coo peration agreement in Sep tember 2010. There was a significant meeting on May 10, 2010 t he Fourth Round of the Chi na-Caribbean Ministerial Consultations during which f oreign ministers of Caribbean countries with diplomatic relations with Chi-n a, dialogued with the Chin ese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs on matters of mutual interest. I n February 2009, the Vice Premier of the State Council visited the Bahamas. H e was followed in Sep tember of that year by the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National P eoples Congress, and in October 2010, Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham made an official visit to China. Thus, the great geographical distance between our two countries has not impeded our progress towards closer bilateral relations, Mr Symonette s aid, adding that this was evident with the arrival of the f irst Chinese tourists under t he Joint Bahamas-China Approved Destination Status Programme. He acknowledged that the excellence of the ambass adors tour of duty was exemplified when he visited t he Family Islands and reported on the potential for further development of theB ahamas. Positive The impact of your tenure, a s you embodied and epito mised the breadth and depth of the capabilities and focus of your great nation, will have p ositive, lasting reverbera tions economically, educationally, developmentally, cult urally and yes, even motiva tionally. It is our hope that the m utually beneficial nature of o ur relations will have recip rocal, positive impact, Mr Symonette said. A mbassador Hu said the closer relations represent a win-win situation for both c ountries. He said that the bilateral agreements laid a solid foundation for the relationship to f urther deepen. Chinese Ambassador leaves noted achievements in Bahamas DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette, left, presents a gift to Hu Dingxian, Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China. K ris Ingraham / BIS

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L OCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T he complainant also alleged she and the bishop had sex in the master bedroom of his house. Fraser told the court that statement was also a lie. He recalled that the police came to h is home but did not test for semen in h is master bedroom. They performed testing in my oldest daughters room, which was strange, Fraser said. The bishop also refuted the allegation that he had attempted to have thec omplainant watch a pornographic m ovie. He acknowledged that police found a pornographic video at his home. We did not even know we had it until they found it, Fraser told the court. He explained that police retrieved the video from a box in his oldestd aughters bedroom. Fraser denied watching pornographic films, but said he could not say whether the tape b elonged to him or not. Under cross-examination by prosecutor Franklyn Williams, Fraser d enied he had lengthy telephone conv ersations with the complainant and further denied having phone sex with her. Fraser admitted to chatting with the girl online. He told the court his wife knew he was counselling the girl a nd had no objections. H e admitted that at that time he did not think it was prudent to counsel the girl with another minister or his wife p resent, claiming he had done it before with many others. He admittedh owever that in retrospect, it would h ave been prudent for him to have d one so. Fraser admitted he knew of the sex scandals involving popular ministers s uch as Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Baker. While Fraser acknowledged he is a trained counsellor, he admitted that he d id not know whether the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship, to which his church belongs, has guidelines forc ounselling. The case continues. in schools. Grand Bahama has had a very t errible experience that we ought to learn from, and we are to do everything we can to protect children, Mr Bannister told The Tribune while in Grand Bahama yesterday. On Wednesday, a man was conv icted in the Magistrates Court after pretending to be a teacher at Walter Parker Primary. Leroy Deleveaux, 22, pleaded guilty to charges of falsely pre-t ending to be a public officer and u ttering a forged document. He was jailed for three months and f ined $1,000 or six months in p rison. The alarm was raised by a conc erned parent who exposed Deleveaux as an impostor. The parent also claimed he lived an alternativel ifestyle. D eleveaux, who had been conducting extra-curricular activities with young male students, was u nable to produce paperwork r egarding his status at the school after being confronted by educat ion officials on January 4. Mr Bannister praised District School Superintendent Julian Anderson and teachers at the school. H e said Deleveaux was in poss ession of a forged letter that gave h im the authority to be on the school campus. I want to just say thanks to S chool Supt Julian Anderson and our teachers who were able to findo ut that this man was an impost or, and I commend them. We also have to be vigilant about persons who have their own reasons, whatever those reasons a re, to be near to other peoples children. Grand Bahama has had a very t errible experience, not with an i mpostor, but a terrible experience that we ought to learn from, and w e are to do everything we can to p rotect children. And so, I am grateful to Mr Anderson for his vigilance, and the t eachers and parents who worked together to find out about this man and get him before the courts and punished quickly, said Mr Ban n ister. The Minister also commended those who came forward ande xposed Eight Mile Rock High School teacher Andre Birbal. Birbal, a 48-year-old art teacher, w as convicted in the Supreme Court on January 26 after being f ound guilty of having unnatural s exual intercourse with two of his students at the school. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison. A sked whether he was happy that Birbal was behind bars, Mr Bannister said: It is not a matter of being happy. I read the tran s cript of that trial and I have spo ken to those young men, and there is a part of their lives that was tak-e n away from them forever by someone who was thoughtless and uncaring. It is a part of their lives, their innocence they will never get back. I t is not something I would wish o n any child. And to those persons who finally found out and brought it o ut to the open, and those persons who persevered until Birbal was brought back to the country and tried in a court of law before a jury o f his peers, I want to just give them the highest commendation and thanks, and say to teacherst hat we have to continue to be vigilant that among us we do not have those who would prey on chil-d ren. BISHOP HAD SEX IN CHURCH WITH WIFE, NOT GIRL FROM page one Educators praised for vigilance in exposing man who posed as teacher FROM page one LEROY DELEVEAUX pleaded guilty to charges of falsely pretending to be a public officer and uttering a forged document.

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THE Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has announced that the 2011 E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival is scheduled to begin March 1 at the Lucaya Convention Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama. According to a statement issued yesterday, the Festivals Grand Bahama adjudications will run until March 11. New Providence will follow, starting on March 14, and running through March 25. Beginning in April, the statement added, adjudications will begin in the other Family Islands. Abaco will lead this list on April 4, ending with Inagua later in the year. In Grand Bahama, drama and music adjudications run March 1-11, dance adjudications run March 5-7, 11 and arts and crafts adjudications are on June 3. In New Providence dance adjudications run February 28 March 4, music and drama a djudications run March 14 25, and arts and crafts adjudications are on June, 1. Entries are now being received from New Providence and Grand Bahama. Entries will be received until Febru ary 18, in both locations. The following are the 2011 dates for the Family Islands: Abaco, April 4 8 Eleuthera, Harbour and Current Islands, April 11 14 Ragged Island, April 15 Mangrove Cay, Andros, April 18 Moores Island, Abaco, April 19 South Andros, May 5 Rum Cay, May 6 Farmers Cay, May 17 Black Point, May 17 Bimini, May 9 Long Island, May 10 11 San Salvador, May 12 Berry Islands, May 18 Cat Island, May 20, 2011 Crooked Island, 24 Long Cay, 25 Acklins, May 26 Exuma, May 27 28 North and Central A ndros, May 30 31 Mayaguana, June 1 Inagua, June 1 and 2 The statement noted that dates are subject to change and if there are any further questions, interested personsmay contact Keva Cartwright at 502-0632 or 502-0600. T he Department of Youth also identified the adjudicators for this years festival. The choral and instrumental music adjudicator will be Helen Peloquin. Ms Peloquin graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal Canada in 1974, with honours. The Conservatoire is a Performing School similar to Juliard in New York or M cGill University in Ontario, Canada. The curriculum included harmony, solfege, choir, chamber orchestra, music arrangement, analysis, and multiple performance. She studied with Isabelle Nef in Annecy, France in 1974 and was a perf orming artist from 1975 and a cellist for the Ottawa Chamber Ensemble in 1989. She was also a Cellist for the Auckland Symphony Orches tra in New Zealand. Presently, she is principal cellist, librari an, tutor, webmaster and secretary for the BahamasN ational Symphony Orchestra. She is also the founder of Strings n Tings and cofounder of the Nassau Cham ber Ensemble, in 2009. Lawrence Carroll returns as dance adjudicator and he began his dance training witht he New Breed Dancers in Nassau. Later, he travelled to Toronto, Canada, to advance his studies at Ryerson Univer sity, where he studied Theatre Arts and graduated with hon ours. He studied classical ballet with the Royal Academy ofD ance and modern and national dance with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. After graduating from Ryerson University, he began teaching at the National Dance School and later went to A F Adderley, C C Sweeti ng and D W Davis schools, among others. Mr Carroll has represented the Bahamas at many regional and international festivals throughout the years, including Commonwealth Arts Festival (Edmonton, Canada CARIFESTA Barbados, C ARIFESTA Jamaica, and CARIFESTA Cuba. He was also a part of Ministry of Tourism promotional tours to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. James Catalyn also returns to the festival as drama adjudicator. Mr Catalyn studiedd rama at De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois and graduated with honours. He has had the good fortune to adjudicate in many different venues throughout the years, the statement said. He is the winner of numer ous awards including theC hamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award; the International Rotarys Paul Harris Fellows Award; the Delta Sigma Sorority (Bahamas Award; the Meta Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts; and the 1st IdentityA rtist Award, among many others. Bahamian culture has been brought to the forefront by the prolific writings of Mr Catalyn whose works have been per formed on stage, radio and throughout the islands of the Bahamas. James and his friends have also represented the Bahamas internationally in New Zealand, Trinidad, and Bermuda and at the United Nations in New York City, the statement said. It added that his insistence that Bahamians speak Bahamianese has made many more aware of the beauty and uniqueness of Bahamian dialect, and in his writings and performances, he accentuates the beauty of our language, while encouraging us to be proud of this aspect of our culture. The arts and crafts adjudicator is Kishshan Munroe. Born in Nassau, the statement said Mr Munroe is the product of a social, cultural, and historic continuum of artists in a region where the tradition of art-making is expressed through its many layers of varied and complex histories. Antonius Roberts is one of his early mentors. H e received his first degree from the Savannah College of Arts and Design, where he double majored in painting and visual effects and completed his undergraduate degree with honours. Mr Munroe went on to further his studies at his alma mater on a graduate fellowship and finished, again, with honours. 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B ahamians can do the job. Where do you think he came up with that idea? The messages being sent by the FNM are that Bahamians cant build roads; we cant operate a telephone company; we c ant own a greater stake in our economy; we cant find a Bahamian qualified t o lead the College of the Bahamas or critical gove rnment departments and entities. I am surprised they still t hink that a Bahamian can be Prime Minister, Dr R ollins remarked. The former Elizabeth candidate continued, stati ng that this FNM administration has insulted and d emeaned the pride of the Bahamian people, and in seeking to justify the saleo f BTC they have shamelessly attacked the compet ence and intelligence of Bahamian professionals, s pecifically calling BTCs former president a failure. In appointing Queens C ounsels they made a con scious decision not to hon-o ur a man who has a dist inguished record of pub l ic advocacy. In the process they sought to destroy the credibility and hard-earned reputations of these r espected men with proven t rack records Leon W illiams and Maurice G linton and made them i nto political whipping boys i n order to advance their sinister political agendas. If this is what they think of distinguished sons of the soil, imagine what they think about us? Mr Ingraham lashed out a t Bernard Evans for refusi ng to accept a letter inviting him to meet with the P rime Minister, but where w as the Prime Ministers c aring sensitivity when he refused to formally meet with the business ownersw ho complained that their businesses were being adversely impacted by the prolonged works along the Baillou Hill Road corridor? His message to them was simple: Their busin esses werent worth helpi ng, or in some cases even s aving. What kind of papa w ould treat his family so p oorly and with so much contempt? You know in this regions political his-t ory, papa is a dirty word. Papa Doc of Haiti also showed contempt and a complete lack of respectf or his people. You think Mr Ingraham knew what he was doing when he said to call him papa? A reald addy doesnt raise his children to believe less in themselves. My daddy nev er taught me to doubt m yself or that I wasnt good enough to do some thing. My daddy didnt r aise me like dat! He raised m e to believe that with hard work I could become anything I wanted to be. Hubert Ingraham aint myd addy! Hubert Ingraham aint my papa! Is he yours? Dr Rollins asked. Speaking of hearts, do y ou know that when Mr Ingraham left the PLP, he was forming a new political party called the Heart Party. They even had the heart symbol to show how much love they had for the Bahamian people. Tell me, you think Hubert Alexander Ingraham still has a heart? You think he still has love for the Bahamian peo ple? Even Branville McCartney said publicly that Mr Ingraham doesnt have a heart! I hear thats why they were in such a rush to bring in Dr (Duane they needed a really good heart surgeon to help Mr Ingraham find his heart, Dr Rollins quipped. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Dr Andre Rollins explains to rally crowd why he joined the PLP FROM page one NEWPLPMEMBER: D r Andre Rollins Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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F R I D A Y F E B R U A R Y 1 8 2 0 1 1 T H E T R I B U N E P A G E 1 1 T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDE Inter national sports news By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net W HILE he 's n ot sc h ed ul ed to return to the ring until the end of April, Meacher Pain' Ma j o r is h e a d in g t o E l e u th e ra t h i s w e e k e n d t o h e l p f o r m a not he r a ma teu r b ox ing c l ub. A c c o m p a n i e d b y K a t o Red Lion' Ferguson, Major w i l l b e i n H a t c h e t B a y a s g ue st of the 11 th C om pa ny o f t h e B o y s B r i g a d e w i t h t h e vi ew o f f o r mi ng t h e s eco n d P a n A m e r i c a n C a r i b b e a n B o x i n g O r g a n i z a t i o n ( P A C B O ) c l u b o u t s i d e o f New Providence. W e r e e x c i t e d f o r m o r e than one rea s o n," s a id Ric ardo De an Sr, Le uten ant of the 11 t h Com pany, who will host Major and Ferguson. "So we are really excited. "Nu mber on e, the youngsters here in Hatc het Bay a r e anxious t o do things. We've b e e n p l a y i n g b a s e b a l l w i t h the m a nd teac hing th em softb al l a n d ba sk e tb al l. N ow bo x i n g i s a n o t h e r s t e p i n t h e game of self development." A s on e of the to p prof essional fighters in the country for the past decade, Dean Sr. s a i d t h e y h a v e b e e n i m p r e s se d w ith h is rise fro m a yo un gste r in t he amat eur ran ks t o th e p oin t wh ere he 's hi gh ly a c c al i m e d o n t h e i n t e r n a t i o n a l scene. H e h a s a t t a i n e d s o m e re c o g ni ti o n a rou n d th e w o rl d, so we are excited," Dean Sr. rei terate d. "W e kno w that he w ill bring a l ot o f e xpo s u r e to the sport." W h i l e i n H a t c h e t B a y Ma jo r a n d Fe rgu son w i ll h old a s es s io n o n S atu r da y at 1 0 a.m. at the Bay Fest Park for th e pa re nts b efo re h e pro vi de th e B oy s B rig a de w it h tip s on how to set up their amateur club. T he day will cart off wit h Major and Ferguson provid i n g t i p s f o r t h e y o u n g s t e r s b e t w e e n t h e a g e s o f 1 01 8 who are interested in getting involved in the sport. "W e a re go in g to se t up t he c lub and the n d etermi ne how we are going to operater it," D e a n S r s a i d O n c e w e k n o w w h a t a l l i s i n v o l v e d then we will work on getting the equipment and a boxing gym." Jero me T win' B ut terfi e l d By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net WITH the Hugh Campbell basketball season just days away and both leagues in New Providencecompleted or near completion, the Tribune releases its end of year awards for the 2010-11 season. G O VE R NM E NT SE C O ND AR Y SC HO O LS S PO RTS AS SO C I A T I O N MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Kenneth Pratt (R.M Bailey Pacers) ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Khristin Francis (C.I Gibson Rattlers) COACH OF THE YEAR Nigel Ingraham (R.M Bailey Pacers) ALL GS SSA T EAM ST ART ER S GABBI LAURENT POSITION: Power Forward/Center SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting NBA COMPARISON: Amare Stoudamire STRENGTHS: Strength, athleticism and work ethic come to mind when you think of Laurent. Never takes a play off, plays at only one speed and gives his all on every possession. Plays the game with amazing toughness, and doesn't shy away from contact in the paint. Runs the floor well for a big man and has an excellent jumpshot out to 18 feet. Excellent speed and agility in the open floor...Leadership qualities stood out as he remained involved in every aspect of the team even before a decision was made on his eligibility. RASHAD INGRAHAM POSITION: Shooting Guard SCHOOL: CI Gibson NBA COMPARISON: Joe Johnson STRENGTHS: Excellent all-around scorer. Good outside shooter with range out to three point. Creates well off the dribble with terrific ball handling ability. Strong one-onone skills, has a nose for scoring. Good at slashing to the basket and finishing, particularly in traffic. KENNETH PRATT POSITION: Guard/Forward SCHOOL: R.M Bailey NBA COMPARISON: Dwayne Wade STRENGTHS: Pratt has all the tools you look for in a star player and fits the description of your classic wing player. Extremely quick when maneuvering in the lane and has an uncanny ability to finish despite contact and with his leaping ability is able to rise above traffic around the rim. Fluent motion on his jump shot, and hits with great consistency with ability to spot up from short but excels driving to the basket. Quickness, awareness and long wingspan come into play defensively as well, as he is a terrific off-ball and help defender consistently playing passing lanes with great success. Can quickly move from the weak-side to ball-side, and uses those his high leaping abilities to block shots. DANIEL LEWIS POSITION: Forward/Center SCHOOL: R.M Bailey NBA COMPARISON: Blake Griffin STRENGTHS: Off the charts athlete. When he has the abliity to, dunks everything with power to finish with authority. Strength, athleticism and work ethic make him a dominant rebounder. Highlight reel dunks overshadow his ability to Tribune Sports year end basketball all-star awards By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net ARI ANNA Vand erpoo l-Wallace g o t off to a fast start at the 2011 Southeastern Con f ere n ce (SE C ) Sw im mi ng C ha mp io nsh ip s fo r the Auburn University Tigers. The junior turned in a sensational perfor m a n c e i n p o sti n g t he f as te st qu a li f y in g t i me i n the women's 50 metres freestyle in the pre limi nar ie s at t he Stephe n C O 'Connell Ce nter at the University of Florida. She p osted the fa s t est t ime in the n ation i n t h e e v e n t br e a k i n g a SE C a n d A u b u r n r e c o r d i n c l o c ki n g 2 1 8 se c o n ds h e a di n g i nt o t he fi n a l that was contested last night. "I wanted to swim as fast as I could, but I w asn't expe cting that, V ande r pool -Wall ace w as quoted as s ay in g on her school's w ebsite. "My goal was to go 21.8 and to go even faster is a great feeling." V a n d e r p o o l W a l l a c e w h o t u r n s 2 1 o n March 4, was well ahead of the rest of the field. Her nearest rival was Florida's junior Sarah Bateman, who did 22.00. Fresh of her historic 50 free bronze medal at t h e F I N A Wo r l d S h o r t co u r s e C ha m p ion s h ips in Duba i in D ec embe r Va nderpoo lWallace is the lone Bahamian competing at the meet that will conclude on Saturday. S he will a ls o cont est th e 100 fr ee wher e s he i s a ls o s eed ed a t No .1 an d t he 10 0 fl y where she is the No.2 seed. Als o this wee kend, McKa yla Lightbour n a nd As h ley B utle r a r e b oth co mpeti ng at the W omen' s AAC C hampio ns hi ps that is b eing held in Atlanta, Georgia. L ight bour n, s f res hman at F lor ida Stat e, was 18th over in the preliminaries of the 200 indiv idual m edley in 2:02. 79. She jus t miss ed out of the consolation final that saw Kristin Polley, one of her team-mates, take the 16th and final spot in 2:02.75. Christi Wixted, a freshman at Duke, was 17th in 2:02.77. The meet wraps up on Saturday. And at the 2011 MIAC Swimming Cham pi o ns h i ps a t t h e U n iv er s i t y o f M i n ne s ot a A rm a nd o M os s, a f re sh m an a t S t. J oh n 's U n i ve r sit y, qualif ied f or the final of th e men's 50 free s tyle He cloc ked 21.2 2 t o improve on his seed time of 21.59 for fourth overall. BASEBALL ELEUTHERA BASEBALL LEAGUE THE Eleu ther a J un i o r Bas eball League kic ked o ff its 2011 seas on o n Satu rday in Ro ck S ou nd with th e R oc k So und Team B, c oac hed b y Lin co l n Y oun g, p ull in g o ff a 5-4 vic tor y o ver Team B c oac hed b y Lar ry F orb es. The winnin g p i t ch er was R icar do San ds w i th eigh t s trike ou ts and th e los ing p i tc her was Ash ton M cI nto sh, whp h ad 11 s trike o uts. Ez ra Pett y J r. had a th ree-r un ho mer with th ree RB I for th e w i n ner s, wh il e Tyler Leary ha d a two -ru n dou ble with two R BI in the los s. Play will c on ti n ue this S aturd ay in R oc k So und All in teres ted team fr om o ther set tl emen ts are r eques ted to c onta ct pr esid ent Larry F or bes at 3222021, or at e-mail : l u c a y a n 5 2 5 @ c o r a l w a v e c o m BASKETBALL NPBA RESULTS T WO g ame s we r e p la ye d W ed n es d ay ni gh t a t t he C I G ib s on G ymn a s iu m a s th e N e w P r ov id en c e Ba s k et ba ll A s so c i at io n r e s um ed p lay af te r t ak in g a b re ak f o r t h e s ec o n d an n ua l La w En f or c e me n t B as k et b all To u rn a m e n t In t h e f ir st ga me th e R e al R e al Dea l S h oc k e r s By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net IT wa s a m atc h tha t cou ld h ave g o n e ei t h er w ay. B u t i n t h e e n d M a r k K n o w l e s a n d h i s S l o v e n i a n p ar tn er M i ch al M er ti n ak p r ev a i l e d w i t h a c o m e f r o m b e h i n d 3 6, 6 3, 1 412 d ec i s i o n o v e r t h e B r a z i l i a n t e a m o f M a r c e l o M e l o an d B ru n o S o ar es K n o wl e s a n d M er t in a k t h e n u m b e r t h r e e s e e de d t e a m we re b r o ke n tw ic e at 22 an d 5 -3 a s the unse e de d t e am of Melo a n d Soare s we nt o n to t ak e t h e fi r st se t. I n th e seco n d set K no w les a n d M e r t i n a k g o t t h e o n l y bre a k a t 3 -1 and both tea m s se rve d o u t t h e se t. T h en i n t h e s u p er ti eb r eak er M e lo an d S o a res man ag ed t o g et t h e f ir st l ead at 10 an d t h e t wo t ea ms tr ad ed t h e le ad u n t i l t h e y w er e t i e d t w i c e at 1 111 a n d 12 12 B u t K n o w l e s an d Me r t ina k h e ld a nd b ro ke to tak e th e fin al two p oi nt s, th e se t an d t h e ma tc h T h e ma tc h l as te d o n e h o u r 17 mi n u t es an d 52 s eco n d s Me l o a nd Soa r e s h a d f iv e ace s, co mp a red t o j u st tw o b y K no w l e s a n d Me r t i na k a n d wh il e b o th t eam s w er e eve n ed a t 2 2 i n d o u b l e f a u l t s t h e I s r a e l spor ts NOTES Knowles and Mertinak pr evail over Brazilian duo Mark Knowles Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace SEE page 12 SEE page 12 SEE page 12 SEE page 13 SEE page 12 Major heading to Eleuthera to form new boxing club V a n d e r p o o l W a l l a c e o f f t o f a s t s t a r t a t S E C P osts f astest qualifying time in w omen' s 50 metr es freestyle KENNETH PRATT KEIRAN MORTIMER ANTHONY SCORES 38 IN WIN OVER BUCKS SEE STORY ON PG 13

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SPORTS P AGE 12, FRIDA Y FEBRUAR Y 18, 201 1 TRIBUNE SPORTS T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net D E S P I T E t h e f a c t t h a t m any of t he Gr and Ba ham a te a ms hav e deci de d t o sk ip th e t ri p he re o rga ni se rs a re st il l ant i ci pat i ng a n ex cit i ng 20 11 Hu gh C amp bell Bas ke tb al l Cl a ssi c. T h e c l a s s i c n o w i n i t s year, will begin on Monday at the Kendal Isaacs Gym n a s i u m a n d c o m e s o n t h e heels on the exciting climax t o b o t h t h e G o v e r n m e n t S e c o n d a r y S c h o o ls S p o r t s A s s o c i a ti o n a n d B a h am a s Associ at ion of Inde pend ent Se co nda r y S cho ol s ' be st of three championship series. W h i l e t h e RM Ba i l e y Pa cers emerged as the GSSSA c h amp io ns wit h a t hr illin g win o ver th e C C Swee ting Co br a s, t he B A ISS co ul d be co m p l e t e d t o da y w i t h t h e S t John's Giants holding a 1-0 l e a d o v e r t h e t h r e e t i m e def endi ng c h am pions We stminster Diplomats. T h e f o u r t e a m s a r e a l l e n t e r ed i n t h e p r e s t ig io u s week -l o ng dou ble eliminat i o n t o u r n a m e n t t h a t w i l l a l so f e at u re f i v e ot h er t e a ms from the GSSSA and seven f r o m t h e p r i v a t e s c h o o l s i n c l u d i n g t h e B A I S S a nd t h e Bah am as Schol ast ic A ssoc i ation. F r o m t h e G S S S A t h e o t h e r t e a m s a r e t h e C R Walker Knights, CI Gibson Ratt l ers, Da me Dori s Johnson Mystic Marlins, Anatol T i m b e r w o l v e s a n d C V Bethel Stingrays. T h e other BAI SS sch ools a r e t h e Q u e e n s C o l l e g e Comets, the Jo rdan Pr i nc e W i l l i a m F a l c o n s t h e K ings way Ac ad emy S aint s a n d t h e S t A n n e s B l u e waves. R e p r e s e n t i n g t h e B S A wh i c h has put its p ostseason on hold unti l the completion of the tour nament, a r e t h e Ga l il ee A c ad e m y, T e l i o s C h e r u b i m a n d t h e Mt Carm el Cav al ie rs. A l t h o u g h s c h o o l s h a v e Gr and Baha ma ha d i ndi c a ted that t h e y we r e goi ng to boycot t t he tourna me nt t his y e a r b o t h t h e S u n l a n d Sti nge rs an d the Ei ght Mil e R o c k B l u e w a v e s a r e e n t e r e d T he y wi ll b e joi ne d b y t he o u t o f t o w n q u e s t s f r o m A g a pe H i g h (A b a co ), No r th An dros, G a te way A c a de my ( B i m i n i ) a n d E l e u t h e r a s N orth Eleuther a High an d Preston A lbury Hi gh. La st y e ar th e Ta be rn acl e Fal c on s, coached by Norri s B ain to o k th eir s ixt h tit le b a c k t o G r a n d B a h a m a when they repeate d wit h a sl im 81 -80 deci sion ov er CC S w e e t i n g The C ob ra s, c oac h ed b y M a r i o B o w l e g w e n t i n t o another close e n coun t er in t h e G S SS A f i n a l b e f o re t he y r e li n q u i s h e d t h e ir ti t le o n W e d n e s da y ni g h t t o t h e P a cer s, coache d by Ni ge l Ing rah a m Dan iel Lew is c an n ed a n unc ont ested fadi ng buz zerbea ti ng j umpe r to hel p RM Bail ey reboun d fro m a 15p o i n t d e f i c i t w i t h a 7 8 7 6 de ci si on t o ca rt of f t he G SSSA ti tl e. I n g a m e o ne o f t h e B A I SS fi n a l, i t al s o came down to t h e w i n d i n g s e c o n d s a s Kri st of f W ood se a le d a ba se lin e t hr ee -p oin te r wit h 1. 3 se conds l e ft on th e cl ock fo r a n 8 1 7 9 v i c t o r y f o r t h e G i a n t s W i t h t h e d e c i s i o n S t J o h n s c o a c h e d b y C h e r c ovi e W ells, handed We s tm i nst er th ei r fi rs t l oss i n t he BA ISS in fou r yea rs N o w t h e q u e s t i o n i s : C a n t h e D i p l o m a t s co a c h e d b y G e n o Bu ll a rd, com e back an d w i n t hei r f our th stra i gh t t i tl e ? W i t h t h e F a l c o n s n o t en tere d thi s ye ar, the tourna m e nt cou l d com e d ow n t o a not he r s how dow n b et we e n Ne w Pr ovi de nce a nd Gr an d Ba hama, o r it c ou ld b e an al l -New Provi dence m atchu p p a r t i cu l a rl y a p r i v a t e v e r sus go ve rnm en t sch ool s. The Bl ue ja y s, c o ache d by Q ui nt i n T h re e O u nce H a l l w e r e i n t o w n o v e r t h e C h r i s t m a s ho l i da y an d t he y p l a y e d a k eenly c ontes ted fi n al i n th e P ro vid e nc e Ba sk e tb all C l u b t o u r n a m e n t w h e r e t h e y l ost 82 77 to the Co bra s. T h er e h a s n e v e r b e en a f in al be t we en a Ne w Pr ovi de nc e gov ernm en t and pr iv at e schoo l Bu t wi th t ea m s such a s Ta be rna cl e an d t he Ja c k Ha y war d W il d c a t s not e nte re d thi s y ea r, th at cou l d be a pos si bi l it y or a re m at ch of t he GS SSA f i na l b et we e n t he C obra s a nd t he Pace rs. W h a t e v e r t h e o u t c o m e t hi s ye a r s t ou rn a m en t co u l d be q ui te i nt ere st i ng wi t hout a l l o f t h e G r a n d B a h a m a t e a m s c o m i n g t o t o w n t o c o m p e t e T H E c o u n t d o w n i s o n a n d o r g a n i s e r s o f t h e B a h am a s O p en a r e f e ve r i sh l y wo rk i n g t o g e t a s m a ny local c om p a nies i nvolv ed in this first time ever event in the Bahamas. Ultra Pure Water, which i s a d i v i si o n of BA PA K Lt d w a s ch o se n t o b e t h e O f f i ci a l W at e r a f t er s e v er a l m ee t ings with the company. W e l a c k e d t h e c o n f i dence and pa s si on that they s e e m t o h a v e f o r t h e i r w a t e r s a i d T o u r n a m e n t C ha i rm a n T y O l a n d e r. W e are satisfied that we chosed the right water company." In ad d itio n to b e in g th e o n l y W a t e r s o l d o v e r t h e n i n e d a y s o f t h e t o u r na m e n t Ul t ra Pure w il l be t he wa te r t ha t t he p l a ye r s d ri n k, as t he com pa ny dona te d d ozen s of cases to the tournament. W e r e h a p p y t o b e i nv o l ve d wi t h s uch a hi st or i c e ve n t, as we a re l o oki n g fo rw a r d t o t h i s a s s o c i a t i o n e ve ry ye ar s a id Su z an n e Eneas, Marketing Director of BAPAK. "W e re conf i de nt t ha t th i s w i l l b e a s u c c e s s f u l e v e n t a n d t h e B a h a m a s w i l l b e a w a r d e d t hi s op p o rt un i t y f o r years to come." T h e f i r s t e v e r B a h a m a s O p e n a n I T F s a n c t i o n e d Professi onal Wom en' s Tenn i s T o u r n a m e n t w h i c h i s open to the top 100 in the worl d wi ll ta ke pl ace M a rch 12th, with the Qualifiers at the National Tennis Center a t t h e Q u e e n E l i z a b e t h Sports Center. Some Official companies of the Bahamas Open li k e A t l a n t i s a n d B a h a m a s a i r h a v e p u t t o g e t h e r s p e c i a l packages for guests compa ny to the Bahamas just for this historic event. Exci tem en t i s i n the ai r a s t h e B a h a m a s a w a i t s t h e a r r i v a l o f t h e s e t o p p r o w om e n p l ay e rs i n t he w orl d A ny on e wi s hi n g mo re i n fo rm a t i o n c a n l o g o n t o t h e t o u r n a m e n t s w e b s i t e : w w w t h e b a h a m a s o p e n c o m Organisers still anticipate excitement for 2011 Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic H ERE 'S a l oo k a t t h e t ea ms a nd th e p o ol s fo r t he a n n u a l H u g h C a m pb e l l B a sk e t b a l l C l a s si c th a t ki c k s o f f o n Monday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium: 20 1 1 H U GH C AMPB ELL B A S KE T B A L L C L A S S IC P O O L S POOL 1 RM Bailey Kingsway Academy Mt. Carmel Preperatory Academy Eight Mile Rock CV Bethel Preston Albury POOL 2 Westminster Academy North Andros Sunland Baptist Gateway Academy Doris Johnson Anatol POOL 3 CC Sweeting St. Anne's College Galilee Academy Queen's College CR Walker St. John's College POOL 4 Telios Academy Jordan Prince Williams Agape (Abaco) CI Gibson North Eleuthera Ultra Pur e W ater chosen as official water for Bahamas Open FR OM L T O R: Gl en Rog e rs Pre s i de n t of BA PA K, E ve l y n Ro ge rs M an a ge r o f Ba pa k J e rry B ut le r, Ty O la n de r of B a ha m as Op en a nd Su zan n e E ne a s Ma rk e ti ng Dir ec t or o f B AP AK, bottlers of Ultra Water. T h e f i r s t t h r e e f i n i s h e r s we r e Er i k Kl o nt z, a s o ph om o re a t C ar le t o n i n 2 1 .0 0 fo l l o we d b y M i ch a e l Ho e l t e r h o f f a s o p h o m o r e a t S t T h o m a s i n 2 1 0 9 a n d B e n H en ric kso n, a fre shm an a t St. Thomas in 21.13. The f in al w a s sc he du le d fo r last night. N e x t w ee k A l i c i a L i g h t bourne will be competing for H arv a rd Uni v ersi ty a t the Ivy L e a g u e C h a m p i o n s h i p s i n Princeton, New Jersey, while A r i e l We e c h w i l l b e s w i m m i n g f o r t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f N ebra s k a Co r n huske r s at the Big 12 Confer ence Championships in Austin, Texas and Jen na Ch apl in wil l be co mpe ting a t the Moun tain Pa ci fi c Sp o r t s F ed er at i on S wi mming Championships. FROM page 11 V anderpool-W allace FROM page 11 Knowles FROM page 11 Sports Notes t e am h a d a 7 2 -5 4 p e r ce n t a ge i n f i rs t s erv es. Th e d i ff eren ce c ame i n t h e f i r s t s e r v e p o i n t s w o n a s K n o wl es a n d M e rt i n ak p o st ed 27 -o f 33 f o r an 82% c o mp ar ed t o t h ei r o p p o n e n t s 3 0o f 4 2 f o r 7 1 % A n d i n t h e s e c o n d s e r v e p o i n t s w o n K n o w l e s a n d M e r t in a k w e nt 1 6 o f 2 8 f or 5 7% to Me lo a nd So a re s' 9 of-1 6 for 56 %. Knowle s and M e r t i n a k d i d n t g e t a n y o f their two break points saved, b u t t h ei r o p p o n e n t s c o m p l e t ed 1-of-3 for 33%. B o t h t e a m s w e r e e v e n l y m a t c h e d a t 9 9 i n s e r v i c e games played. Kn o w l e s w as u n av ai l ab l e f o r comme nts, bu t th e y are now in to the sem i fin a l of th eir se cond c on s e cutiv e t o ur nam e nt i n t h e f o u r t h a t t h e y h a v e played so far for the year. They are still waiting to see who their opponents will be, i n c l u d i n g t o p s e e d s M a x M i r n y i a n d D a n i e l N e s t o r wh o had to p lay th eir q u arterfinal match last night. Kno wles, 39, an d M e r tin ak, 31, were coming off their 6-4, 6 4 w i n o v er t h e I s r a el t e am o f J o n a t h a n E r l i c h a n d A n d y R a m i n t h e f i r s t r o u n d o n Wednesday. L a s t w e e k K n o w l e s a n d M e r t i n a k w er e t h e t o p s ee d s at th e SA P O p e n i n Sa n Ju a n, C a l i f o r n i a w h e r e t h e y g o t knocked out in the semifinal b y th e te am of Alej a n dro Fall a an d X a vi er Mal is se 46, 7-5, 10-4. K n o w l e s a n d M e r t i n a k opened the year by losing in the second round in the first two tournaments they played l a s t m o n t h i n A u s t r al i a, i n cl u d i n g th e f ir st Gran d S l am at t h e Australian Open. The y are curre n tly r ank e d a t n u m b e r 2 1 o n t h e A T P computer ranking. k n oc k e d of f t h e P h il' s R o c k et s 107 -1 03 I an Wi re P in d er s c o r ed a s id e h ig h 27 po in t s i n t h e w in an d R ela n do P r it c ha r d mat c h ed t ha t i n th e lo s s. 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At p re se nt th er e a re at le ast 4 5 b oy s i nv ol ve d in t he b r i g a d e a n d D e a n S r s a i d t h e y i n t e n d ed t o g et a l l o f t h e m in v ol v e d i n th e b ox i ng c l ub Maj or w ho last fought on A u g u s t 2 8 w h e n h e w o n a t h i r d ro u nd TK O o v e r J a m a r S a u nders in Virgini a Bea ch Conven tio n Cent er s aid he was l o o k i n g f o rw a r d t o m a k i n g t h e tre k to E l e ut he ra I w a nt t o g i v e th e a l mi g h ty Go d th an k s fo r gi v in g me th e o p p o rt u n i t y t o t r a v e l t o a n o th er is la nd to s et u p a bo xin g c l u b s a i d M a j o r w h o l a s t y e a r e s t a b l i s h e d t h e f i r s t o n e i n Bi m in i wi t h my t r ai n er Na t K n o w l e s Me a n d K a t o F e r g u so n a re tr av e l in g to H a tc h et B a y th i s w ee k en d, so I w an t to t ha nk t he pe o p l e d ow n th e re fo r g iv i n g u s t h i s o p p o r t u n i t y W e a r e l oo ki ng fo rw a rd t o b ra nc h in g of f to a s m a ny isl a nd s, b ut w e w i l l t a k e i t o n e i s l a n d a t a t i m e B a s e d o n h i s a v a i l a b i l i t y o u t sid e o f hi s p ro c are e r, Ma jo r s a i d h e i n t e n d e d t o e n s u r e t h a t PA C B O h a d a p re se nc e i n a s m a ny i s l a n d s a s p o s s i b l e as m an d at e d by th e o rg an i sa ti on he a d ed by Fre d St urr up W e v e b e e n t o B i m i n i t w i c e a nd t he y a re lo ok i ng g o od so we 'r e going to go bac k ove r th e re so m et i me s oo n w he n e ver I'm bac k home to ensur e th a t th e y a re ke e p in g u p w i th th e ir c o m mi tm e nt to k e e p t he c l ub g o in g M aj o r, t he B a ha m as d i rec to r fo r P AC B O t ha n ke d t he Amateur Box ing Federation of the Ba ham as for all ow ing th em to put the pr ogr amme t o g e t h e r I n t h e m e a n t i m e M a j o r s a i d h e w a s w a i t i n g o n t h e c a l l f r o m his man age r N ick C arone to i n f or m h i m o f e x a c tl y w h e n h e w i ll r et ur n to t he ri ng t o f ig h t again at the end o f A pr il i n N e w Y o rk. 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SPORTS TRIBUNE SPOR TS FRIDA Y FEBRUAR Y 18, 201 1, P AGE 13 T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM score in other aspects of the game. Can score when he faces the basket and uses the dribble to get to the rim, His mid-range shot has shown excellent improvement between his last two seasons and is now a three point threat. ANGELO LOCKHART POSITION: Point Guard SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting NBA COMPARISON: Derrick Rose STRENGTHS: Size, speed and athleticism to be an impact player anytime he's on the floor. Gets to the basket easier than most guards and is able to consistently finish above the rim, both in transition and in traffic Going full speed he is faster than anyone else on the court, but he is also very comfortable handling the ball as he is weaving through defenders... In one on one situations, he is almost impossible to stop because of his great first step and the variety of moves that he uses off the dribble ... Consistently gets into the lane, and is very good at finding teammates when the help defense rotates. RESER VES PATRICK DAVIS POSITION: Shooting Guard/Point Guard SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting NBA COMPARISON: Monta Ellis STRENGTHS: Can play both guard positions, but better suited off the ball as a scorer rather than creating for others. Lighting quick in the open court and finishes in traffic ROOSEVELT WHYLLY POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting NBA COMPARISON: Chris Bosh STRENGTHS: Good jump shot as a junior but added new moves to his repertoire in his junior season... Ball handling is very good for a forward and is a quality rebound er with the ability to rip down a board and go coast to coast. Long arms make him a good shot blocker and rebounder and an ability to make three pointer makes him a difficult matchup for most bigs. D'SHON TAYLOR POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: R.M Bailey NBA COMPARISON: Josh Smith STRENGTHS: High flying player who finishes above the rim and has a reliable jumpshot...Not afraid of contact and likes to mix it up with inside guys and crash the board. Often takes the ball at the high post and creates his own shot or assists others. Strong court sense, rarely in a rush or forcing the issue. PRINCE BRAYNEN POSITION: Guard/Forward SCHOOL: C.R Walker NBA COMPARISON: Tyreke Evans STRENGTHS: Has proven that he is able to play as a lead guard, but his natural position seems to be as a shooting guard or small forward, where he can still be a facilitator, but can look to score more often ...Plays at a fast pace all the time with the ability to create on the fly ... Puts constant sure on the opposing team with his aggressive style and drives to the basket, unguardable one on one... His vision and passing are extremely advanced, and he's shown that he can be a reliable distributor. LOURAWLS NAIRN POSITION: Guard SCHOOL: C.R Walker NBA COMPARISON: O J Mayo STRENGTHS: Has a knack for getting in traffic and drawing contact, and gets to the line more times per game than most guards in the country. He has an extra gear which allows him to turn the corner or to explode by defenders in the open court and create fast break opportunities on his own. Not afraid to break zones with his three point shot and hits with relative consistency. NAJEE LIGHTBOURNE POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: Anatol Rodgers NBA COMPARISON: Luol Deng STRENGTHS: Great versatility and a tremendous feel for the game. Extremely smooth with the ball in his hands and has ballhandling of a guard put low post game of a forward which allows him to get to the basket. Draws a lot of fouls on drives due to his aggressiveness Has confidence with the ball in his hands and leadership skills grew tremendously as the top scorer for a young program. BA HA MA S AS SO CI A T IO N OF I N D E P E N D E N T S E C O ND AR Y S C H O O L S MVP Marako Lundy (Westminster College Diplomats) ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Anwar Neil ly (St. John's College Giants) COACH OF THE YEAR Geno Bullard (Westminster College Diplomats) ALL B AI SS TEAM ST A RTE RS ANTHONY PRATT POSITION: Center/Forward SCHOOL: SAC NBA COMPARISON: Brook Lopez STRENGTHS: Comfortable operating from the high post, either shooting midrange shot, or utilizing his quickness and putting the ball on the floor to get to the hoop.. aggressive and tough under the rim despite his slight frame... Very long and athletic player with excellent frame, plus leaping and slashing ability ... It's very difficult to guard him due to his size and ability to play inside/outside THOMAS MACKEY POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: Westminster College NBA COMPARISON: Shawn Marion STRENGTHS: World class leaper which allows him to play much bigger than his actual size. Does the bulk of his work around the rim, consistently out jumping bigger defenders for rebounds and upper body strength allows him to finish baskets after contact occurs. Solid shot blocker thanks to his timing and great anticipation skills. Attacks the basket with aggression and power. Has developed a back the basket game, often operating out of the high post. KEIRAN MORTIMER POSITION: Guard/Forward SCHOOL: St. John's College NBA COMPARISON: Paul Pierce STRENGTHS: On e of th e mo st c o nsiste nt sho ote rs i n the c o unt ry, b ar non e. N ot th e mo st a th le tic pla y er on th e flo or but ha s a kna c k for sco rin g in bu nc he s. Hi gh b ask et ba ll I.Q w it h t he a bi lit y to dra w fo uls an d kno c ks d ow n hi s fre e th row s co nsi sten tly onc e h e ge ts to the lin e. Hig hl y e ffic i en t o ffe nsi ve g am e ca n sco re fro m a ny w he re fro m the l ow post to b ey on d thre e po int ra ng e. MARAKO LUNDY SCHOOL: Westminster College POSITION: Guard/Forward NBA COMPARISON: Kevin Durant STRENGTHS: Wingspan, mobility, quickness, and leaping ability places him above most of his peers with regards to his scoring ability Excellent feel for the game and confidence allow him to make the offensive end of the floor seem effortless ...Has the ability to catch and shoot off screens with ease, off the dribble or spotting up beyond three point range. Excellent rebounder and shot blocker with ability to intensify his game on both ends of the floor when he feels the need to. Explosive scorer who can dominate a game. PICARD SCAVELLA POSITION: Guard SCHOOL: Bahamas Academy NBA COMPARISON: Stephen Curry STRENGTHS: Quick release on his jump shot means he needs little time to get his shot off, particularly off screens. Moves well without the ball, using an assortment of cuts and fakes to get open and also works well off of picks and screens where he is superb off the catch and shoot. Possesses legit three point range. Big time competitor who wants the ball in crunchtime. Has become a great team leader who has learned how to lead by example and scores most of his points in second half. RESERVE S ANWAR NEILLY POSITION: Shooting Guard/Point Guard SCHOOL: St. John's College NBA COMPARISON: Deron Williams STRENGTHS: Can play both guard positions, but better suited off the ball as a scorer rather than creating for others. Lighting quick in the open court and finishes in traffic KRISTOFF WOOD POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: St John's College NBA COMPARISON: Michael Beasley STRENGTHS: Versatile frontcourt player with the ability to put the ball on the floor on the perimeter and score in the paint. Better than average rebounder for his size, good compliment to a star player who has a knack for getting clutch baskets and rebounds. AUSTIN HANNA POSITION: Point Guard SCHOOL: Jordan Prince William NBA COMPARISON: Tony Parker Strengths: One of the few players at this level that can control the game without scoring a single basket. Speed and instincts on the defensive end of the floor are outstanding. Has ability to penetrate seemingly at will and finishes exceptionally well at the basket. Willing passer who looks to set up team mates either on drive to the basket or through running the halfcourt offensive set. Fastest player on the court in most situations. DELROY GRANDISON POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: Westminster College NBA COMPARISON: Javale McGee STRENGTHS: Shows good mobility running the court. Tough nosed player who fights hard every game. Does an excellent job of obtaining space in the post where he gets many offensive rebounds and easy scores. Shooting touch and soft hands enable him to convert most opportunities in the paint VAN HUTCHINSON POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: Westminster College NBA COMPARISON: Lamar Odom STRENGTHS: Can create mismatch es all over the floor with his size and point guard skills. Can take bigger guys off the dribble and post up smaller players. Able to play the finesse game as well as score in the post JABARI WILMOTT POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: St Augustine's College NBA COMPARISON: Tyrus Thomas STRENGTHS: Quick and elusive when maneuvering in traffic, long arms, huge wingspan, and tremendous leaping abilities allows him to rise above traffic around the rim. Developing a more consistent jump shot, and gets nice elevation to create a strong mid-range game that will only get better. Quick first step enables him to create space between him and his defender. Missed much of the season due to injury but should rebound for a strong season next year. Excellent rebounder with persistent nature on the offensive glass. T r i b u n e S p o r t s y e a r e n d b a s k e t b a l l a l l s t a r a w a r d s FROM page 11 VAN HUTCHINSON MARAKO LUNDY ANWAR NEILLY

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MANAMA, Bahrain Associated Press TROOPSand tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. Medical officials said four people were killed. Hours after the attack on Manama's main Pearl Square, the military announced a ban on gatherings, saying on state TV that it had "key parts" of the capital under its control. Foreign Minister Khalid Al Khalifa justified the crackdown as necessary because the demonstrators were "polarizing the country and" pushing it to the "brink of the sectarian abyss." Speaking to reporters after meeting with his Gulf counterparts, he also said the violence was "regrettable." After several days of holding back, the island nation's Sunni rulers unleashed a heavy crackdown, trying to stamp out the first anti-government upheaval to reach the Arab states of the Gulf since the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. In the surprise assault, police tore down protesters' tents, beating men and women inside and blasting some with shotgun sprays of birdshot. It was a sign of how deeply the Sunni monarchy and other Arab regimes in the Gulf fear the repercussions of a prolonged wave of protests, ledby members of the country's Shiite majority but also joinedby growing numbers of discontented Sunnis. Tiny Bahrain is a pillar of Washington's military frame work in the region. It hosts theU.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, a critical counterbalance to Iran. Bahrain's rulers and their Arab allies depict any sign of unrest among their Shiite populations as a move by neighboring Shiite-majority Iran to expand its clout in the region. But the assault may only fur ther enrage protesters, who before the attack had called for large rallies Friday. In the wakeof the bloodshed, angry demonstrators chanted "the regime must go," and burned pictures of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa outside the emergency ward at Salmaniya Medical Complex, the main hospital. "We are even angrier now. They think they can clamp down on us, but they have made us angrier," Makki Abu Taki, whose son was killed in the assault, shouted in the hospital morgue. "We will take to the streets in larger numbers and honor our martyrs. The time for Al Khalifa has ended." The Obama administration expressed alarm over the vio lent crackdown. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Bahrain's foreign minister to register Washington's "deep concern" and urge restraint. Similar criticism came from Britain and the European Union. Human Rights Watch called on Bahraini authorities to order security forces to stop attacks on peaceful protesters and investigate the deaths. Salmaniya hospital was thrown into chaos by a stream of dozens of wounded from Pearl Square, brought in by ambulances and private cars. At least one of the dead was peppered with bloody holes from pellets fired from police shotguns. Nurses rushed in men and women on stretchers, their heads bleeding, arms in casts, faces bruised. At the entrance, women wrapped in black robes embraced each other and wept. The capital Manama was effectively shut down Thursday. For the first time in the crisis, tanks rolled into the streets and military checkpoints were set up as army patrols cir culated. The Interior Ministry warned Bahrainis to stay off the streets. Banks and other key institutions did not open, and workers stayed home, unable or to afraid to pass through checkpoints to get to their jobs. Barbed wire and police cars with flashing blue lights encir cled Pearl Square, the site of anti-government rallies since Monday. The square was turned into a field of flattened tents and the strewn belongings o f the protesters who had camped there pieces of c lothing and boxes of food. Banners lay trampled on the ground, littered with broken glass, tear gas canisters and debris. A body covered in a white sheet lay in a pool of blood on the side of a roadn earby. Demonstrators had been c amping out for days around the landmark square's 300-foot (90-meter ing a giant pearl, a testament to the island's pearl-diving past. The protesters' demands have two main objectives: force the ruling Sunni monarchy to give up its control over top gove rnment posts and all critical decisions, and address deep grievances held by the coun try's majority Shiites who make up 70 percent of Bahrain's 5 00,000 citizens but claim they face systematic discrimination a nd poverty and are effectively blocked from key roles in public service and the military. Shiites have clashed with police before in protests over their complaints. But the growing numbers of Sunnis joiningt he latest protests have come as a surprise to authorities, said S imon Henderson, a Gulf specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "The Sunnis seem to increasingly dislike what is a very paternalistic government," he said, adding that the crackdown was "symptomatic" of Gulf nations' response to crises. "As f ar as the Gulf rulers are con cerned there's only one proper way with this and that is: be tough and be tough early." The assault came early Thursday with little warning, demonstrators said. Police surrounded the square and then quickly moved in. Some lined u p on a bridge overhead, pumping down volleys of tear gas, as others waded into the camp, knocking down tents and swinging truncheons at those inside. "We yelled, 'We are peaceful! Peaceful!'" said protester Mahmoud Mansouri. "Thew omen and children were attacked just like the rest of us." Dr. Sadek Al-Ikri, 44, said he was tending to sick protesters at a makeshift medical tent in the square when the police stormed in. He said he was tied up and severely beaten, thent hrown on a bus with others. "They were beating me so hard I could no longer see. There was so much blood running from my head," he said. "I was yelling, 'I'm a doctor. I'm a doctor.' But they didn't stop." H e said the police beating him spoke Urdu, the main lang uage of Pakistan. A pillar of the protest demands is to end the Sunni regime's practice of giving citizenship to other Sunnis from around the region to try to offset the demographic strength of Shiites. Many of then ew Bahrainis are given security posts. Al-Ikri said he and others on the bus were left on a highway overpass, but the beatings didn't stop. Eventually, the doctor said he fainted but could hear another police official say in Arabic: "Stop beating him. He's dead. We should just leave him here." Many families were separated in the chaos. An Associated Press photographer saw police rounding up lost children and taking them into vehicles. Hussein Abbas, 22, was awakened by a missed call on his cell phone from his wife, presumably trying to warn him a bout reports that police were preparing to move in. "Then all of a sudden the square was filled with tear gas clouds. Our women were screaming. ... What kind of ruler does this to his people? There were women and children with us!" A BC News said its correspondent, Miguel Marquez, was caught in the crowd and beaten by men with billy clubs, although he was not badly injured. The violence killed four people, said hospital officials, speaking on condition ofa nonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Bahrain's parliament minus opposition lawmakers who are staging a boycott met in emergency session. One pro-government member, Jamil a Salman, broke into tears. A leader of the Shiite opposition A bdul-Jalil Khalil said 18 lawmakers resigned to protest the killings. Hours before police moved in, the mood in the makeshift tent city was festive and confident. P eople sipped tea, ate donated food and smoked appleand grape-flavored tobacco from water pipes. The men and women mainly sat separately the women a sea of black in their traditional dress. Some youths wore the red-and-white Bahraini flag as a cape. While the protests began as a cry for the country's Sunni monarchy to loosen its grip, the uprising's demands have steadily grown bolder. Many protesters called for the government to provide more jobs and better housing, free all political detainees and abolish the system that offers Bahraini citizenship to Sunnis from around t he Middle East. Increasingly, protesters also chanted slogans to wipe away the entire ruling dynasty that has led Bahrain for more than 200 years and is firmly backed by the Sunni sheiks and monarchs across the Gulf. The stability of Bahrain's g overnment is seen as crucial by its other allies in the Gulf, who though they rarely say it in public see Bahrain's Shiite majority as the weak link in their unity against Iranian influence. Hard-liners in Iran have often expressed kinship ands upport for Bahrain's Shiites. But in Bahrain, the community staunchly denies being a tool of Tehran, saying their complaints are rooted in their country's unbalanced system. Although Bahrain is sand wiched between OPEC heavyw eights Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it has limited oil r esources and depends heavily on its role as a regional financial hub and playground for Saudis, who can drive over a causeway to enjoy Bahrain's Western-style bars, hotels and beaches. T he unrest could threaten the opening next month of Formula One racing, one of the centerpieces of Bahrain's claims for international prestige. The GP2 Asia Series race, due to start Friday on the same circuit used by Formula One, was called off at the request of the Bahrain Motorsport Federation "due to force majeure," race organizers announced Thursday. Social networking websites had been abuzz Wednesday INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bahrain official: demonstration crackdown was regrettable BAHRAINI SOLDIERS in tanks and armored vehicles stand ready yesterday, Feb. 17, 2011, near a main highway west of the capital of Manama, Bahrain. (AP

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T HE devastation which resulted from last weeks inferno that raged through Betty K Agencies and destroyed a number of other buildings and businesses may soon become a downt own waterfront green s pace. E nvironment Minister E arl Deveaux said: The B etty K shipping operation w as scheduled to move to Arawak Cay in May. It was an historic building and one of our oldest buildings, however its now going to be a green field and we will have to determine in cons ultation with them what is the best and most appropriate use for it. There was some conside ration given previously to ( government) acquiring the property. Im not sure if t hat will happen now. Once the place is cleared and the shipping is moved, we have more options as to what happens downtown. The fire department worked to save the struct ures on the block from c ollapsing, so that comb ustibles within the debris c ould be safely removed a fter the blaze was exting uished. This was a huge fire and an intense fire. Fortunate ly, they were able to keep it as confined as they could. The Fire Marshall investi gated and found that thef ire started in the telephone box, said Mr Deveaux. T he reference was to a f aulty telephone electrical b ox in the C Trevor Kelly building. Once the Fire Department seized control of the environment, they assessed t he damage of the surrounding buildings. Youm ay have noticed they w ere putting lots of water on the surrounding build ings to be sure there was no structural impairmentt o the integrity of those buildings, and then they could meticulously removet he debris, he said. Mr Deveaux reassured the public that the emer gency team dispatched f rom his Ministry and N ational Security had secured an emergency plan to save Bay Street. Having now gotten the Betty K building under control, and securing the other buildings, they woulds tart completing the job of demolishing, said Dr Deveaux. Unlike the Straw Mar ket fire, the fire trucks were pumping water from the ocean, the DefenceF orce vessel was supplying o ur support, the Lynden Pindling Airport Fire Authority was there. They were able to mobilise significantr esources to help preserve a nd protect the surrounding buildings. A compromise, after careful negotiations, ise xpected to preserve the downtown waterfront docks place in Bahamianh istory. One of the first things the prime minister directed when he came on site wast o ask that as many pic t ures as possible be taken of the building, so that we could preserve the memory of it in photos, said Dr Deveaux. The fire has altered the original plans to use thed ock and building as the cornerstone of the historical revitalisation of downtown Bay Street. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 16, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM GOVERNMENT NOTICEGN-1182 PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham and members of his Cabinet and security team assess the impact of the downtown fire to historic Bay Street. Gena Gibbs /BIS ENVIRONMENT Minister Earl Deveaux stands in front of the Parliament building and listens with concern to a witnesss accounts of the early morning Valentines Day fire. Burned downtown block may be transformed into historical green space DOWNTOWN buildings were severely damaged in the fire. ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Earl Deveaux and Commander P atrick McNeil, Port Department, speak with the press at the site of the dock fire.

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B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net S ANDALS Emerald Bay Resort will not fall prey to the challenges other all-i nclusive resorts on Family Islands have buckled under, i ts chairman, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, has pledged, predicting that byA pril the property will be "the best hotel around". A year after opening the re-branded 500-acre property in January 2010, San d als officials note that Emer ald Bay is going strong with an 80 per cent occupancy rate some 83 per cent of rooms were filled on Tues-d ay and bookings are look ing up for the spring. Exec utives also boast that its w edding service is "a hit", with the nuptial ceremonies doubling in the last year and expected to grow. The property is set to add another 66 rooms increas ing its room inventory by a third to 249 throughrefur bishment of an existing structure. Renovations should start soon, with the hotel's architect receiving approval from Town Planning this week for the expansion. Asked to respond to public commentary that cast doubt on the sustainability of the luxury property, Mr Stewart said: I don't hear it. "Sandals just happens to be the most successful chain in the Caribbean. The first hotel we had in Jamaica, everybody condemned it, [saying] it wasn't good. It wasn't going to be successful, people wouldn't like it, [that guests] were in jail lit erally. I never see anybody pay to go to jail. He touted Sandals' suc cess within the region, which he contends will soon be duplicated at Emerald Bay. "We've had the best January we've ever had. This hotel is just starting to come into its own, and Nassau took a bit of a beating, but outside of that our hotels were full. Now Nassau is full. In other parts of the Caribbean, September is very difficult. September in Nassau is great, Mr Stewart said. "Today, the Caribbean is dominated with all-inclusives. Seventeen years in a row we've won the [award for] the world's best allinclusive chain. So all of the people that are commenting, it doesn't seem to work SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.75 $4.75 $4.69 retirement planningheaded in the right direction? a stable income stream post-retirement guaranteed investment returns exible payout termsall of the above invest in an annuity A MBESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating call us today at (242396-1300 A SUBSIDIARY OFNASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I FINANCIAL CENTRE I CORPORATE CENTRE I www.famguardbahamas.com By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Court of Appeal has dismissed efforts by Mohammed Harajchis son, Michel, to throw out an action brought against him by Suisse Security Bank & T rusts liquidator, alleging that he breached his fiduciary duty a nd the law by transferring $2.5 million of depositors funds to an International Business Company (IBC has been given until end-February 2011 to file a defence. Michel Harajchi had argued t hat the action brought by Raymond Winder, Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas partner, who has been trying to recover $17.712 million in depositor funds allegedly spir i ted out of the Bahamas by the HARAJCHI JNR LOSES $2.4 MILLION TRIKE-OUT ON SUISSE SECURITY Court of Appeal denies attempt to throw out action brought by bank s liquidator for breaches of trust and fiduciary duty in decade-long saga SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor C ity Markets has enjoyed an average sales growth rate per week of 12 per cent since its new majority owner took control in early November, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with the supermarket chain expected to return to profitability in its 2012 financial year. P hilip Kemp, chief financial officer at City Markets operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets, told this newspaper that while the week-over-week sales growth rateh ad slowed to 4 per cent over the last five weeks, the grocery store chain was per cent of the way to fully recapturing its market share and continuing to experience City Markets in 12% sales rise per week Week-over-week top line growth rate slows to 4 % in last five weeks, but still trending up Firm will not return to profit until fiscal 2012, due for need to balance sheet clean up Material spike in expenses due to restructure % of way back to regaining market share SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor City Markets is eyeing the introduction of 24-hour shopping at its three Grand Bahama stores following the initiatives success in Nassau, Tribune Business was told yesterday. The supermarket chain added that it had slashed company vehicle fuel costs by two-thirds, and dropped shrinkage from 7 per cent to 3 per cent since majority ownership changed hands. Mark Finlayson, principal of Trans-Island Traders, which acquired the control ling 78 per cent interest in operating parent Bahamas City Markets eyes 24-hour Grand Bahama shop moves Slashes two-thirds of company vehicle fuel costs, and cuts shrinkage from 7% to 3% Says most sales growth came from 9pm-12am and 4am-6am periods SEE page 7B By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net SANDALS chairman, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, has plans to develop the Emerald Bay Resorts 150-slip deepwater marina into a hub that will benefit Exuma, although he admitted that talks with the Roker's Point landowners over necessary upgrades had not been successful. Expanding the existing marina into a commercial centre akin to Atlantis' Marina Village is "vital" to Emerald Bay and George town, but the massive undertaking will cost millions, said Mr Stewart. Inital plans for upgrades to the marina include restaurants, bars and a water park, he added. Marina expansion hits talks hold up Sandals confirms Grand Isle deal pull-out Says 30-40% of Exuma workforce employed at resort, with average occupancies for 2011 set to hit 83% Stewart pledges resort will be best hotel around by April SANDALS Emerald Bay Resort. SEE page 7B SANDALS HITS 80% OCCUPANCY AT EMERALD BAY SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas will most likely not achieve 2.5 perc ent economic growth projections for 2011, a former finance minister yesterdayt elling Tribune Business it would be flat, due to rising e nergy and food prices that have been further exacerbated by the unrest spread-i ng throughout the Middle East. J ames Smith, former minister of state for finance in the 2002-2007 Christiea dministration, told this newspaper that that the Bahamas would do well to h it 2 per cent gross domestic product (GDP 2011, given the dark cloudso n the horizon for the rest of the year. E xplaining that the B ahamas and rest of the world economy has to be o n some pins and needles, given that speculators and hedge funds would likely uset he Middle East unrest to send oil prices even higher, Mr Smith said the key prob-l em was that energy prices and, to a lesser extent, food p rices linked into every economic activity. Warning that this does n ot augur well for the Bahamas in the short-term, M r Smith said the major issue was the extent to which Bahamas set to miss 2.5% growth forecast F ormer finance minister predicts economy will be flat in 2011 S EE page 3B JAMES SMITH

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BUSINESS PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By SIMON COOPER No Man is an Island, said John Donne, the English poet born in 1572, who believed that everything is connected. I sometimes wonder whether Bahamians are equally aware of how what happens elsewhere affects us on our lovely chain of islands. Certainly, recent seismic events taught us how far and fast tsunamis travel. Yet, as a nation, did we prepare sufficiently for the aftershocks of the American housing crisis that more than rippled through us? Within living memory we were still a nation of farmer and shopkeepers, enjoying life within a selfsustaining economy. T ourism and the arrival of cruise s hips changed this forever, as did the appearance of international corporations eager to take advant age of our natural assets. O ur government, inspired by the arrival of new wealth, adopted i ncentives to encourage further f oreign investment, while maint aining one of the most tax-friendly systems in the world. This works fine when the economy is on the rise internationally,a nd multinationals have spare capital to plough into speculative vent ures in tiny states such as ours. The reverse happens, though, when times get tough and they retreat to mainland bases to recoup their strength. W hen that happens jobs are lost directly and indirectly, too, as the nation has to look within itself to f ind new strength. In times like this, smaller neighb ourhood businesses are the key to kick-starting an economy again. This is because they are battle-test-e d, know local conditions well and a re flexible in a way that only priv ately-owned businesses can be. Their key to success is a blend of s ticking to what works while preparing to catch the waves of future growth. Stairway to Success Scan the business environment. D evelop strategies, identify resources, put plans in place. Segment the market. Do surv eys, price accordingly and implement a marketing strategy Retain key staff, maintain morale, retrain and cross-traine mployees for future, more flexible roles Optimise inventories to hold only fast-moving goods and implem ent tight stock-control systems Implement cost-effective accounting and risk-management systems, and watch cash flows like a hawk. W ith measures like these in p lace, small businesses in the Bahamas will have their sails well trimmed and ready to catch tradewinds returning to the Caribbean. In the absence of these firms, many jobs would not exist, and the Bahamian authorities must do everything to support them through troubled times. Moreover, each and every one of us must encourage them by buyingl ocal, on the basis that they do e verything they can to provide the best deals. N B: Res Socius was founded by Simon Cooper in 2009, and is a Business Brokerage authorised byt he Bahamas Investment Authori ty. He has extensive private and public SME experience, and was formerly chief executive of a publicly traded investment company.H e was awarded an MBA with dist inction by Liverpool University in 2005. Contact him on 636-8831 or write to simon.cooper@ressocius.com. Small businesses key to economic revival Two leading Bahamian accountants have been selected by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE sory Council. They are Grant Thornton (Bahamas K. Christie, and forensic accountant John Bain, principal of John S. Bain, chartered forensic accountants. He is also vice-president of the ACFE Bahamas chapter. The ACFE is a leading fraud fighting organisation, consisting of 55,000 members, and is a provider of anti-fraud training and education. Advisory council members come from around the world, and may be asked to partici pate in quarterly member surveys, speak at ACFE events, write or review course materials, provide industry case studies and assist in professional development activities. Mr Christie said the appointment will allow him to help companies in the Bahamas and the Caribbean fight fraud, including financial statement fraud, corruption and inventory theft. He said the ACFE was a world-class leader in antifraud measures, and is pleased that a local chapter has been formed in the Bahamas. Mr Bain added that he aimed to shape the ACFEs future course materials, sem inars, workshops and products, while participating in the organisations reviews, sur veys and professional devel opment activities. Two Bahamians named to fraud bodys council SIMON COOPER JOHN BAIN KENDRICK K CHRISTIE

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B USINESS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM e nergy prices impacted both travel costs and the confidence/disposable income of US consumers. That will have a dampening effect on the slight recovery being seen in the US,a nd will have a deleterious effect on the B ahamian economy, Mr Smith told Trib une Business. Im not happy to see that happening. P ointing out that gas prices in the Bahamas were now above $4.60, and in the US at $3.25 per gallon, Mr Smith said thisw ould impact the disposable income of all commuters, not to mention transportation w orkers such as taxi and jitney drivers. We import our inflation. For us, it will have more than a one-to-one effect, MrS mith said of the rise in energy and food prices. You have to look at in the context of v ery high unemployment numbers, which is still causing reduced national income. All this, he explained, could have a d ampening effect on growth prospects, especially since a Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA thirds of Bahamian hotels incurred a net loss. Rising energy prices would furtheri ncrease their already high cost base, eroding profit opportunities and causing the hotel industry the largest private sector employ-e r to re-hire at a much slower rate than otherwise. E xplaining that only a revival of stopover arrivals and increased hotel industry employment could revive the Bahamian economy int he short-term, Mr Smith said that while the start of the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project would cushion the blow, its benefits in the first year would largely be confined to the construction sector. I would have to say it would soften the blow, Mr Smith said of Baha Mar. You have to bear in mind this is a construction p roject. There is an extensive mobilisation period, and the benefits will be confined to t he construction sector initially in preparat ion, site demolition and trucking. That could take months. Truckers The truckers will be very happy, but the likes of carpenters, skilled and semi-skilled, will have to wait until it passes the foundations, and construction only accounts for 10 per cent of GDP anyway. Our main problem is getting people back into the private sector a nd working. H e added: In the medium-term its not looking too good. Id expect to continue toh ave high unemployment, and what that implies for the economy, including a grow ing fiscal deficit. M r Smith said it was most likely that the Bahamas would not hit the 2.5 per cent growth projected for 2011 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF m ent and other agencies, especially since the US, Europe and China were growing more slowly than anticipated. I think its going to be flat, Mr Smith s aid of 2011 Bahamian economic growth. Itll be good if we hit 2 per cent, but there are dark clouds on the horizon for the rest of t he year. Bahamas set to miss 2.5% growth forecast By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The 100 per cent acquisition of the Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO has been completed by New York Stock Exchange (NYSE ners, which bought the remaining 20 per cent equity stake from Vopak for $340 million. Together with the $1.36 billion acquisition of First Reserves 80 per cent interest for $1.36 billion, Buckeye Partners has spent $1.7 billion on the purchase price alone. As partial consideration for Vopak's interest, Buckeye issued 1,095,722 of its Class B units and 620,861 of its LP units to Vopak. "We have been working with Vopak to transition BORCO operations to Buckeye, and are pleased with the integration efforts to date," said Forrest E. Wylie, Buckeye's chairman and chief executive. "We continue to be excited about the significant growth opportunities and geographic diversification that BORCO offers Buckeye, both of which further our efforts to provide steady and growing distributions to our unitholders." 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. Terminal "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 berth the largest tankers in the world. "Located only 80 miles from southern Florida and 920 miles from New York Har bour, BORCO is strategically located to act as a hub in facil itating international logistics for bulk-build, break-bulk and blending operations." And Buckeye Partners a dded: "We believe that BORCO's customer demand is well in excess of its currently available capacity. BORCO has received strong indications 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 c onstructed at the terminal over the next two to three years. "We believe the BORCO acquisition will support future regional and international growth opportunities. T here are potential synergies with our existing assets in the continental US and our newly acquired refined products ter minal in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, as well as other Caribbean market opportunities." BORCO deal concludes with $340 million Vopak stake JOELLE TESSLER, A P Technology Writer WASHINGTON As many as one in 10 Amer icans can't get Internet connections that are fast enough for common online activities s uch as watching video or teleconferencing, and two thirds of s chools have broadband connections that are too slow to m eet their needs. Those are some of the conclusions from the Commerce Department as it unveiled a detailed, interac tive online map showing what types of high-speed Internet connections are available or missing in every last corner of the country. The national broadband map, which was mandated by the 2009 economic stimulus bill, went live Thursday at http://www.broadbandmap.gov with both lofty aspirations and utilitarian goals. Government officials hope the map will help guide policymakers, researchers, public interest groups and telecommunications companies as they seek to bridge the digital divide in even the most remote reaches of the U.S. They also hope the map will serve as a valuable tool for consumers who just want to find out what local broadband options are available where they live. Consumers can type an address into the map and pull up a list of the local broadband providers, along with details about the types of high-speed connections they offer such as cable modem service, fiberoptic links or wireless access and just how fast those connections are. The map also includes crowd-sourcing features that ask consumers to contribute their own knowledge to the database. They can, for instance, confirm that they are getting the Internet speeds the map says they should be getting or let the map know if a local broadband provider is missing from the neighborhood list. In addition, the map allows users to run all sorts of comparisons ranking counties across a state by the fastest broadband speeds or allowing consumers to look up where their own county ranks nation ally, for instance. And it can produce snapshots of an entire community that could be useful for local economic developers or real estate agents showing what percent of a county has access to particular types of broadband technologies or how many schools and hospitals in a community have ultra-fast links. It also allows users to compare broadband data with local demographics such as income and poverty levels. Among the map's key findings: Between 5 percent and 10 percent of Americans lack access to broadband access that is fast enough to handle downloads of some Web pages, photos and video or simple video conferencing services Two-thirds of schools surveyed have Internet connections that are slower than 25 megabits per second well below the 50to 100-megabit connections that state education technology directors say are needed to serve roughly 1,000 students Only 4 percent of libraries have connection speeds that are faster than 25 megabits Only 36 percent of Americans have access to wireless connections that are fast enough to be considered fourth generation, with download speeds of at least 6 megabits per second, although 95 percent of Americans have access to third-generation wireless ser vice. "There are still too many people and community institutions lacking the level of broad band service needed to fully participate in the Internet economy," said Lawrence E. Strick ling, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the arm of the Commerce Department that is overseeing the mapping project. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission released a national broadband plan that set a goal of connecting 100 million U.S. households to broadband connections of 100 megabits per second at least 20 times faster than many home connections now by 2020. One thing the map makes clear is that many Americans today do not have access to such cutting-edge, "futureproof" networks, said Tom Koutsky, chief policy counsel for Connected Nation, a nonprofit that did the mapping work in 13 states and territories. Even among Americans who subscribe to broadband, he said, the map shows an emerging divide between those who have the ultra-high-speed connections often delivered over fiber-optic lines that are needed to watch video and handle other bandwidth-hungry applications, and those stuck with more basic services, such as digital subscriber line access, which may be too slow for tomorrow's Internet. Gov't says up to 10 pct in US lack good Internet (AP Photo/Andy Duback KEYEDUP: In this Jan. 22, 2011 photo, Valerie Houde fills her wood stove while waiting for a dial-up Internet connection in East Burke, Vt. Bolstered by billions in federal stimulus money, the effort to expand broadband Internet access to rural areas has parallels to the electrification of rural Appalachia in the 1930s. F ROM page 1B OVERSEAS NEWS

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H e and his attorneys, Jennifer and J airam Mangra, alleged that because he was neither a director nor a shareholder of Suisse Security Bank & Trust, as alleged by the liquidator, he could not have breached his fiduciary duty to the banks clients as claimed, with all other allegations falling away. Y et Appeal Justice Newman, writing the judgment on the courts behalf, said that since the statement of claim alleged that Michel Harajchi and his father, together with three others, were also involved in S uisse Securitys affairs as directors, mana gers or shareholders, it had to be interp reted that he was a manager. And, the Court of Appeal noted, it was also alleged that he was the sole beneficial owner/principal shareholder, and director/chief operating officer, of Suisse Secu-rity Investments (SSI an-domiciled IBCs that were used by theH arajchis to facilitate and conduct Suisse S ecurity Bank & Trusts banking operations. Justice Newman said Mr Winders pleadi ngs alleged that Michel Harajchi, acting a s a manager, participated in Suisse Security Bank & Trusts affairs, in concert with his father and Christopher Lunn, chairmana nd managing director respectively, in such way which enabled him in company with others to use his own company, SSI. N oting Mr Winders allegation that SSI h ad received some $2.412 million in Suisse Security Bank & Trust depositors money, w hich was subsequently transferred out of the Bahamas once the bank had been put into liquidation, the Court of Appeal recorded the liquidators statement of claim. This read: The defendants, in breach o f their fiduciary duties, unlawfully directed or caused depositors of Suisse SecurityB ank & Trust to transfer their funds to SSIs bank accounts at Barclays PLC. Between the period.... and February 2001, the defendants in breach of their fiduciary duties, transferred, deposited or caused to be transferred and deposited various bank deposits of Suisse Security Bank & Trusts customers.? Mr Winder, the Court of Appeal noted, w as alleging that the $2.412 million transferred to SSI were Suisse Security Bank & Trusts assets, held for the banks benefit and used in its operations. F unds These funds, it is claimed, were not being used for the purpose the bank held them for. The plaintiff company [the bank], in liquidation, is asserting that about $2.5 mill ion was unlawfully, wrongfully transferred to a bank account in the name of SSI, a company wholly controlled by [Michel Harajchi], the Court of Appeal said. What does that give rise to? It gives rise to a question as to the circumstances inw hich the plaintiffs money has been r eceived into the account of [Mr Harajchi] or a company controlled by him. As it happens, the liquidator is doing his best to find out how this money got into SSIs account, but he has not had much success because nobody has responded to his requests for information. T he Court of Appeal went on to describe M r Winders allegation that the $2.5 mill ions transfer to SSI was made improperly a nd invalidly, constituting a misfeasance and breach of trust, was a perfectly comprehensible and sensible plea based on the facts. Adding that it could well be a breach of trust, the Court of Appeal said Michel Harajchi would have become a constructive trustee if he received those funds in breach of trust. M r Winder had also alleged that Michel H arajchi and his fellow defendants had c onverted these funds to their own use and r etained them, depriving Suisse Security B ank & Trust, which had suffered damage. Noting that the statement of claim had been served on the defendants in May 2008, more than two-and-a-half years ago, the Court of Appeal said the sooner Michel Harajchi serves his defence, provides documents and shows how the funds came into SSIs account, the better. At this stage, to be spending court time arguing about a pleading which manifestly discloses a cause of action is, in my judgm ent, a waste of time and quite wrong. This matter should proceed to trial, and it should proceed to pleadings without delay, J ustice Newman ruled. The Suisse Security liquidation has dragged on now for more than a decade, and remains a black mark against the Bahamas reputation as blue chip financial services jurisdiction because depositor funds have not been recovered. T he Harajchis appealed against the banks licence revocation all the way to the Privy Council, losing at all three stages. Apart from Michel Harajchi, the defendants in the action brought by Mr Winder include his father; Sonja Harajchi; Mr Lunn, also a former Central Bank of the Bahamas b ank inspector; and attorney Derek Ryan, w ho is continuing to fight for the PLPs Kennedy nomination at the next general e lection. Harajchi Jnr loses $2.4 million strike-out on Suisse Security F ROM page 1B Roker's Point is adjacent to Emerald Bay, with the former owning a channel that Sandals needs to traverse in order to facilitate the marina upgrades. "The marina is very important to the whole of this development and to Georgetown. It's vital for the Exumas because it's a magnificent marina that was badly designed, so the entrance. .is dangerous, it's right out on the reef, so there's no protection. So we're going to have to find a new entrance. "The trouble with it, it's expensive and where we need to cut through to get in, there's a channel. The land belongs to some other people," Mr Stewart said during an interview at the Emerald Bay property this week. As for discussions with Roker's Points owners, Mr Stewart said while they have been fruitless he is sure the two parties will come to a mutually beneficial solution. Entrance "He's my junior partner. He doesn't really know it yet, but he needs an entrance, too. We've approached the people that own the land (about what we need to go through, and so far we have not been successful, but we will be successful because it's too important for the region, he added. Mr Stewart revealed why Sandals Resorts International withdrew its bid to buy neighbouring property Grand Isle Villas on the eve of closing. He explained that Sandals is focused on developing the newly-acquired Emerald Bay into one of the best hotels in the region. "We were interested in buying it (Grand Isle decided not to because we want to concentrate on here," said the hotel mogul. The Jamaican-headquartered all-inclusive resort chain unexpectedly pulled out of the deal $110 million deal in November, 2010. Marina expansion hits talks hold up F ROM page 1B

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positive trends. Compared to last year, w ere still catching up, Mr Kemp told Tribune Business. Were still experiencing an average sales growthr ate per week, from the time we took over, of about 12 p er cent. The last five weeks have been 4 per cent, so itss lowed down, but were still trending upwards. We see g limpses of encouragement where, for one or two days, were exceeding last yearss ales. Mr Kemp pointed to sales f igures from last Sunday, February 13, as evidence that on some days City Mar-k ets was surpassing yearover-year comparisons from early 2010, the period beforei ts former ownership and operating partner, Trinidad ian conglomerate Neal & Massey, effectively pulled the plug in terms of finan-c ial and inventory support, and decided to sell. Better We did better than the previous Sunday in the same p eriod last year, Mr Kemp explained. There was a 4 per cent i ncrease over that same day last year. Thats not bad considering where we came from. Whats dragging us is F reeport. Weve seen some life at Eight Mile Rock with the Government food stamps coming back, but our Lucaya store continues tol ag more than any other store. The downtown Freeport s tore, too, has some good days, but its still lagging b ehind. Mr Kemp, together with Mark Finlayson, principal ofT rans-Island Traders, which acquired the 78 per cent majority ownership in City Markets from the ill-fated BSL Holdings group for $1,a ttributed Freeports woes t o their current focus on Nassau, and the absence of a m arketing/advertising campaign to woo customers back. Our focus has been so much on Nassau, weve not p aid Freeport the attention, Mr Kemp admitted. Our marketing has been n egligible in Grand Bahama, and were moving to fix that in the near-term....... Withint he next couple of weeks we should start to see the kind o f improvements that weve seen on Nassau in Grand Bahama. M r Finlayson added that the Eight Mile Rock store h ad come back strongly, on some days exceeding 2010 sales comparisons, while thed owntown Freeport outlet was almost on par with last year. Lucaya is where were having our issues, he toldT ribune Business. Lucaya was the second largest store in the chain, and we still have not been able to quite crack that one yet. From what weve seen, i ts really a matter of adver tising. G rand Bahama con sumers had informed City Markets management theyw ere unaware the store had been fully restocked with inventory, having not visited them since November/December 2010. A nd, with the increased competition from new entrants such as Butlers Food World and Save Mor, Mr Finlayson acknowledged: Its hard when thec onsumers have changed over to the competition to get them back, but were p repared to do the work. D ue to the need to rescue City Markets from the financial state Trans-Island Traders found it in, MrK emp told Tribune Business: There has been a material spike in expenses as we restructure the com-p any to create a platform to move forward. Challenge The challenge is to fini sh the restructuring stage and get sales to provide support to that infrastructure. In the short-term you will see expenses go up relative to what they were a feww eeks ago. T he City Markets chief f inancial officer added that t he new ownership incurred a lot of maintenance costs i n fixing the supermarket chains poor refrigeration s ystems. Looking at City Markets overall financial perfor mance, Mr Kemp said it was m anagements expectation that the company w ould return to profitability i n the year-ending at endJune 2012. H e added that the current financial year, which ends in the same month in 2011, w ould involve a lot of cleaning up issues, such as w rite-offs and changes in a ccounting treatments. W hile Bahamas Superm arkets generated $8.995 m illion net income for the first half of fiscal 2011, thanks to the one-off infusion of some $15.453 million i n 'extraordinary income', due to the previous ownersp aying off the Royal Bank o f Canada debt, Mr Kemp said: From an operational standpoint, we do not expecta ny significant improvement overall. For the following fiscal y ear you will definitely see some improvement in the bottom line, and we will do everything we can to start 2012 with a set of clean b ooks. The company at its very lowest may have lost $50$60 million in sales, andw ere probably 80 per cent of the way back to recapturing our market share. 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GREG KELLER, AP Business Writer PARIS After stalemate in Seoul, progress in Paris is far from guaranteed as finance officials from around the world meet for new talks on steadying the world economy. Host Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister, has the difficult task of picking up the pieces of last November's Group of 20 summit of headsof state, which ended in Seoul without any meaningful agreement on how to defuse long-standing tensions over trade and currency imbal ances. Finding the right tools to measure these imbalances which many economists say contributed to the world's financial meltdown is the primary goal of this week-end's Group of 20 meeting, Lagarde says. "What we want to achieve Friday and Saturday is to identify a list of indicators, measuring tools, that will allow us to identify imbalances, then the causes of these imbalances, so that we can propose methods to coordinate our economic policies," Lagarde said this week ahead of the first meeting of France's year-long G-20 pres idency. Lagarde said the current system, in which "China saves and exports, Europe consumes, the U.S. borrows and consumes," is "probably not a good model." The list of the indicators being discussed includes coun tries' trade deficits or surpluses, budget deficits and levels of debt. Inflation and national savings rates are also likely to be considered as part of the range of possible indicators. Officials will not even get to the more difficult question of setting thresholds for these indicators. "That's the next step," Lagarde said. Finance ministers will meet several more times this year before France's G-20 presidency cul minates with a heads of state summit in Cannes in November. The even more controversial question of how to enforce any threshholds that leaders eventually sign up to is yet further off the agenda. "Name and shame" policies like those used in the fight against international tax havens would be one, albeit toothless, possibility. Agreement on which indicators to take into account, would be seen as a minor victory in France's year-long campaign to use its G-20 pres idency to push changes to international monetary sys tem, in which surplus coun tries often pile up reserves in the form of U.S. dollars. "Even achieving that would be significant because at the moment they seem to be quite some way apart on the question of what measures to include and how to specify the variables that are going to be monitored closely," said Stephen Lewis, chief economist at Monument Securities in London. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will meet counterparts from Britain, China, Russia as well as the heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the European Central Bank. But the G-20's grand ambition of entrenching "strong, sustain able and balanced" economic growth may come undone by the widening divergences in their paths out of the worst global recession in 70 years. The problem is that the indicators "are all quite controversial in their different ways because of course countries will argue that the structure of their economy varies and what may be a sustain able deficit for one country may not be sustainable for another," Lewis said. Embarassingly for host France, it's own efforts to target deficit reduction were slammed by the country's top audit body on Thursday, just before the meeting's kickoff. The government's budget watchdog said France's deficit was aggravated last year by tax cuts, and that "ample" reforms are needed if the country is to achieve its own targets. Another obstacle to agree ment this weekend is the wide variation in how the G-20's members have rebounded from the meltdown. Devel oping economies such as China, Brazil and India are roaring ahead even as Europe plods ahead fitfully, while the United States' jobless recov ery falls somewhere in between. "The momentum is seeping away from the G-20," Lewiss aid. "There was certainly movement in 2008-2009, but now that the global economy seems to be on a better track and for many of the G-20 members prosperity seems assured, why would they want to prejudice that by bringing in radical changes," Lewis said. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.260.97AML Foods Limited1.041.040.000.1230.0408.53.85% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.42Bank of Bahamas4.424.420.000.1530.10028.92.26% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.492.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04% 2.842.36Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.856.850.000.4880.26014.03.80% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs2.082.130.050.1110.04519.22.11% 2.551.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6.995.47Famguard5.475.470.000.3570.24015.34.39% 10.207.23Finco6.516.510.000.2870.00022.70.00% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 6.003.75Focol (S)6.006.000.000.4520.16013.32.67% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.405.00ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 10.509.82J. 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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Jan-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 31-Dec-10 31-Jan-11CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Nov-10 30-Sep-10 31-Jan-11 11-Feb-11 31-Jan-11MARKET TERMS31-Dec-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.910084 1.545071 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Dec-10 30-Nov-10 31-Jan-11 ,6/(7)/25(67$/RI .HPS5RDG1DVVDX%DKDPDV 5261$-21$66$,17 RI3,1(:22'*$5'(16 S upermarkets last November, said the majority of the companys subsequent sales growth had resulted from the 24hour shopping move. Theres two periods the 9pm to 12am, and 4am to 6am. I know for sure that our growth, the majority of it, has c ome between the hours of 9pm and 6am, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business. Thats where the majority of the business has come from, and accounted for most of our sales growth. I didnt expect that, and no one on our team thought it would cause that much growth. But its reallyb een a great success. Well see what happens in Freeport. Its been very successful for us in Nassau, and it would be really good to do that in Freeport. The 24 hours has been so successful here,w e will probably look at doing it in Freeport and see whether that could spark some sales. Mr Finlayson said 24-hour shopping would probably n ot start in Grand Bahama before the end of February, when the three new general managers for each of its s tores there arrived on the island. One is Jen Dames, current general manager at the Rosetta Street store in Nassau, and Mr Finlayson said their role was to focus on cus-t omer service and getting people into the stores, while the store director focused on operations and inventory. T he Trans-Island Traders and City Markets principal explained to Tribune Business that the 9pm-12am time slot had allowed, for instance, mothers to leave their children ath ome in bed with the father while she went shopping. Morning walkers had made the 4-6am time slot a succ ess, with women taking advantage of shopping hours before they went walking, and men coming in afterwards. Elsewhere, Mr Finlayson acknowledged that the freezes i n Mexico, California and Florida, which have impacted the supply and availability of green produce, were likely to impact City Markets near-term cost of sales, as with other Bahamas-based supermarket chains. Sourcing Weve been doing some local sourcing in anticipation of t his, and are looking to buy out of Florida, California and work with different people to get ahead of the curve, Mr Finlayson said, adding that suppliers had been putting up al ot of red flags about future price rises, although the future impact was unknown. Our produce groceries are growing, and growing at a very fast rate, he added. Its going to have an impact on us and every time peoples pockets are not strong, produce is oneo f those areas where things get tight. Consumers tend to cut meat and canned good purchases last, and Mr Finlayson said: If prices overall go a lot higher, no matter where you go, people tend to cut back on produce. M eanwhile, City Markets had brought in a lot of highpowered people to make sure we turn the ship around from a management perspective, pushing up salary costs. However, a hiring freeze placed at store level had helped to contain this line item, and while no forced redundancies hadt aken place the workforce had reduced through natural attrition. We found theres a lot of wastage relating to fuel in c ompany vehicles, Mr Finlayson said. Weve cut it down to a third of what it was. Weve eliminated quite a few com pany vehicles. We are focused very hard on hard on pilferage, and that has come down incredibly. Pilferage is the internal theft of stock, and Mr Finlayson said the company had found its staff doing inventory accruing were still doing this based on last years numbers. Push those numbers out and its not even close to last year. It was 7 per cent [pilferage and spoilage combined], and now its down to the 3 per cent mark, Mr Finlayson said. A lot of that happened with spoilage from the two stores that closed. The pilferage side is well down, and we anticipate it going even lower. Weve had instances where weve caught people stealing, and because we have a good relationship with the police, theyve been prosecuted. We believe that will discourage pilferage going forward. And he added: Overall, were just watching every expense line item to make sure expenses stay below where they were last year, and we get out as much as we can. City Markets eyes 24-hour Grand Bahama shop moves Sandals hits 80 per cent occupancy at Emerald Bay t he way they thought. "By April we'll be the best hotel around," proclaimed Mr Stewart, who conceded that the property has gone through its expected "teething" phased uring the first months of operation. Hotel manager Patrick Drake said in-house marketing and brand recognition is driving loyal Sandals' guests toc heck out the new resort. "We are seeing a pick-up. I mean, o bviously, the rates suffer a little a bit, but we definitely are projecting to end up with about 80 per cent [occupan-c y] for the year, Mr Drake said. Nassau is strong, stronger than us, b ecause again the name brand, name recognition, but about 30 per cent of our guests now are returning guests to a Sandals property, so people are experimenting with it because they realise it's new. Traditionally, when you open up a new hotel people usuallyw ait a couple of years to see the reviews. With a Sandals, returning guests are going to see it". The upgraded property boasts the largest zero-entry pool in theC aribbean, beach dining at restaurant Barefoot by the Sea, an authentic Irish pub, butler service, croquet lawn, weekly Junkanoo parade, a champi-o nship Greg Norman golf course and a host of land and water sports. The hotel also opened the doors of a n ew Junkanoo lounge last December, and will open pastry shop Cafe de Paris n ext month. Sandals purchased the 500-acre resort property in 2009 after formero wners, Emerald Bay Resort Holdings, ran into financial difficulties which forced the property to go into administration and led to the lay-off of 400 Bahamian workers. I t is estimated that Emerald Bay employs about 30 to 40 per cent of Exuma's population, both directly and indirectly. In December 2010, former Prime M inister Perry Christie said there was a history of challenges with all-inclusive resorts in the Family Islands. He noted the failed all-inclusive Club Med inE leuthera, which "closed and never reopened", and the Club Med in San Salvador, which closed and reopenedw ith the assistance of the Government. Floyd Armbrister, Exuma Chamber o f Commerce president, said the allinclusive formula limits the "trickle down" effect to local businesses. F ROM page 1B F ROM page 1B (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon MAKING A POINT: French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde gestures during a press conference in Paris, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. A G20 Economic Summit will take place in Paris next Friday and Saturday. G20 to wrestle over balancing global economy INTERN A TION AL BUSINESS

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BUSINESS PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM N EW YORK Benchmark crude settled higher Thursday as protests rocked some Middle East n ations and concerns grew about oil supply disruptions. West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery rose $ 1.37 to settle at $86.36 a barrel o n the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude fell $1.19 to settle at $102.59 a barr el on the ICE Futures exchange, as some traders took profits after recent gains. On Thursday, troops and t anks descended on demonstrators in the capital of the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain. There were reports of a number of dead and injured. B ahrain is not a major oilproducing country, but it is strategically important to the U.S. as home to the Navy's 5th F leet. There have also been anti-government protests in Iran, Algeria, Jordan and Libya following the ouster of regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. Iran ist he world's fourth-largest oil producer. Algeria and Libya are also important crude suppliers. "There's a lot of traders c oncerned about what's going on in the Middle East and North Africa," said Mike Zarembski, senior commodity a nalyst at brokerage OptionsXpress Inc. He said uncertainty about the Middle East heading into a three-day holiday weekend in the U.S. also con-t ributed to higher prices for benchmark WTI crude. Recent unrest in the Middle East has had a bigger impact o n prices for Brent crude than WTI. Brent is the benchmark price for North Sea oil production, and it is used as a refere nce price for oil produced in other areas, such as Africa and South America. Production interruptions also have helped keep Brent above $100 a barrels ince the end of January. WTI hasn't been much higher the $92 a barrel during the same time. Prices have been w eighed down by a glut of inventory at Cushing, Oklahoma, the delivery point for oil contracts traded on the New Y ork Mercantile Exchange. While more North American oil is being produced and delivered to the Cushing facility, existing pipelines can't delivera ll of it to refineries. Energy traders also dealt with a mixed bag of economic news. The U.S. government s aid that the consumer price index, or inflation rate, rose 0.4 percent last month because of higher food and gas costs. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti OILINCREASES: A cargo ship transits the Suez Canal en route from the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf of Suez at the city of Suez, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. STOCKSHIGHER: Traders of crude oil and natural gas react during early trading at the New York Mercantile Exchange on Mon day, Jan. 31, 2011. N EW YORK The U.S. dollar fell against the euro Thursday after a gove rnment report showed that U .S. consumer prices rose in January. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4 percent last month, theL abor Department said, as food and gas costs increased. Economists expect consumer prices, outside of food and energy, to i ncrease this year as more comp anies pass on their rising costs to consumers. The euro rose to $1.3604 late Thursday from $1.3567 late Wednesday. TheB ritish pound rose to $1.6174 from $1.6092 Wednesday. The dollar index, which compares the U.S. dollar against six c urrencies fell 0.28 percent T hursday. "Risk appetite is increasing and that is leading to some dollar selling," said Brian Dolan, chief currency strate-g ist at Forex.com. In other economic news Thursday, the Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators edged up 0.1 percent in January, the sevenths traight month of growth. Also weighing on the dollar, D olan said, was news that Iran was seeking permission to pass t wo navy vessels through the Suez Canal. Investors were concerned about a possible "confrontation" between Iran and Israel as the story continues tod evelop Thursday, Dolan said. In other trading Thursday, t he U.S. dollar fell to 83.33 Japanese yen from 83.56 yen W ednesday and fell to 0.9498 Swiss franc from 0.9592. The U .S. currency also dropped to 98.48 Canadian cents from 98.56 Canadian cents. Oil rises on more Middle East unrest DOLLAR FALLS AGAINST MAJOR CURRENCIES N EW YORK Stocks finished higher Thursday after a strong manufacturing report overshadowed a bigger than expected rise in the number of people applyingf or unemployment benefits. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said i ts index of manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic region nearly doubled between January and Febr uary. The surge in manufacturing was enough to offset a Labor Department report that applications for unemployment benefits rose 25,000 from the previous week. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29.97 p oints, or 0.3 percent, to 12,318.1. The Dow has been rising steadily this month, with only threed own days in February. For the month, it's already up 3.6 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index r ose 4, or 0.3 percent, to 1,340.43. The Nasdaq composite rose 6, or 0.2 percent, to 2,831.58. "The initial jobless claims data look disappointing," said Anthony Chan, chief economist at JPMorgan Private Wealth Management. "But from a longer-t erm perspective we're seeing a pickup in employment." C han said the most recent data appears bad compared to the previous week, when claims for u nemployment benefits fell to the lowest level since July 2008. But that was partly a result of winter weather in many parts of the country that closed government offices and kept people from applyingf or benefits. The government also reported that c onsumer prices in January were slightly higher than forecast, largely a result of rising food and gas prices. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4 per cent. 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ment building and listens with con-
cern to a witness's accounts of the
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Environment Minister
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Betty K shipping operation
was scheduled to move to
Arawak Cay in May. It was
an historic building and
one of our oldest buildings,
however it’s now going to
be a green field and we will
have to determine in con-
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the best and most appro-
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the place is cleared and the
shipping is moved, we have
more options as to what
happens downtown.”

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worked to save the struc-
tures on the block from
collapsing, so that com-
bustibles within the debris
could be safely removed
after the blaze was extin-
guished.

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an intense fire. Fortunate-
ly, they were able to keep
it as confined as they could.
The Fire Marshall investi-
gated and found that the
fire started in the tele-
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Deveaux.

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PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham and members of his Cabinet and security team assess the impact
of the downtown fire to historic Bay Street.

“Once the Fire Depart-
ment seized control of the
environment, they assessed
the damage of the sur-
rounding buildings. You
may have noticed they
were putting lots of water
on the surrounding build-
ings to be sure there was
no structural impairment
to the integrity of those
buildings, and then they
could meticulously remove
the debris,” he said.

Mr Deveaux reassured
the public that the emer-
gency team dispatched
from his Ministry and
National Security had
secured an emergency plan
to save Bay Street.

“Having now gotten the
Betty K building under
control, and securing the
other buildings, they would
start completing the job of
demolishing,” said Dr
Deveaux.

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“They were able to
mobilise significant
resources to help preserve
and protect the surround-
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A compromise, after
careful negotiations, is
expected to preserve the
downtown waterfront
dock’s place in Bahamian
history.

“One of the first things
the prime minister directed
when he came on site was
to ask that as many pic-
tures as possible be taken
of the building, so that we
could preserve the memory
of it in photos,” said Dr
Deveaux.

The fire has altered the
original plans to use the
dock and building as the
cornerstone of the histori-
cal revitalisation of down-
town Bay Street.

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By TANEKA THOMPSON
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tthompson@tribunemedia.net

SANDALS chairman,
Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, has
plans to develop the Emer-
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Former finance minister predicts economy will ‘be flat’ in 2011

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas will “most

? cent economic growth pro-
} jections for 2011, a former
: finance minister yesterday
? telling Tribune Business it
: would “be flat”, due to rising
i energy and food prices that
i have been further exacer-
? bated by the unrest spread-

deepwater marina into a hub i
: East.

that will benefit Exuma,
although he admitted that
talks with the Roker's Point
landowners over necessary
upgrades had not been suc-
cessful.

Expanding the existing
marina into a commercial
centre akin to Atlantis'
Marina Village is "vital" to
Emerald Bay and George-
town, but the massive
undertaking will cost mil-
lions, said Mr Stewart. Inital
plans for upgrades to the
marina include restaurants,
bars and a water park, he
added.

SEE page 4B

City Markets
eyes 24-hour

shop moves

* Slashes two-thirds of
company vehicle fuel
costs, and cuts shrinkage
from 7% to 3%

* Says most sales growth
came from 9pm-12am
and 4am-6am periods

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

City Markets is eyeing
the introduction of 24-hour
shopping at its three Grand
Bahama stores following
the initiative’s success in
Nassau, Tribune Business
was told yesterday. The
supermarket chain added
that it had slashed compa-
ny vehicle fuel costs by
two-thirds, and dropped
shrinkage from 7 per cent
to 3 per cent since majority
ownership changed hands.

Mark Finlayson, principal
of Trans-Island Traders,
which acquired the control-
ling 78 per cent interest in
operating parent Bahamas

SEE page 7B

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,

ing throughout the Middle

James Smith, former min-

i ister of state for finance in
i the 2002-2007 Christie
: administration, told this
i newspaper that that the



JAMES SMITH

Bahamas would do well to
hit 2 per cent gross domestic
product (GDP) growth in
2011, given the “dark clouds
on the horizon for the rest
of the year”.
Explaining

that the

Bahamas and rest of the
world economy “has to be
on some pins and needles”,
given that speculators and
hedge funds would likely use
the Middle East unrest to
send oil prices even higher,
Mr Smith said the key prob-
lem was that energy prices -
and, to a lesser extent, food
prices - linked into every
economic activity.

Warning “that this does
not augur well for the
Bahamas” in the short-term,
Mr Smith said the major
issue was the extent to which

SEE page 3B

| SANDALS HITS 807 OCCUPANCY AT EMERALD BAY

: By TANEKA THOMPSON
: Tribune Staff Reporter
: tthompson@tribunemedia.net

SANDALS Emerald Bay

: Resort will not fall prey to
? the challenges other all-
? inclusive resorts on Family
? Islands have buckled under,

i its
? 'Butch'

chairman, Gordon
Stewart, has

: pledged, predicting that by
? April the property will be
i "the best hotel around".

A year after opening the

re-branded 500-acre prop-

Grand Bahama

: dals officials note that Emer-

erty in January 2010, San-

i ald Bay is going strong with
i an 80 per cent occupancy
i rate - some 83 per cent of
} rooms were filled on Tues-
i day - and bookings are look-
i ing up for the spring. Exec-
? utives also boast that its
: wedding service is "a hit",
i with the nuptial ceremonies
? doubling in the last year and
i expected to grow.

The property is set to add

} another 66 rooms - increas-
i ing its room inventory by a
? third to 249 - throughrefur-
i bishment of an existing

structure.

Renovations

? should start soon, with the
? hotel's architect receiving
? approval from Town Plan-
i ning this week for the
? expansion.

Asked to respond to pub-

? lic commentary that cast
: doubt on the sustainability
: of the luxury property, Mr
? Stewart said: “I don't hear it.

"Sandals just happens to

: be the most successful chain
i in the Caribbean. The first
? hotel we had in Jamaica,
? everybody condemned it,
i [saying] it wasn't good. It
? wasn't going to be success-
? ful, people wouldn't like it,
: [that guests] were in jail lit-
i erally. I never see anybody
i pay to go to jail.”

He touted Sandals' suc-

cess within the region, which
: he contends will soon be



; duplicated at Emerald Bay.

"We've had the best Jan-

? uary we've ever had. This
: hotel is just starting to come
i into its own, and Nassau
? took a bit of a beating, but
? outside of that our hotels
i were full. Now Nassau is
i full. In other parts of the
? Caribbean, September is
? very difficult. September in
i Nassau is great,” Mr Stewart
i Said.

"Today, the Caribbean is

? dominated with all-inclu-
: sives. Seventeen years in a
? row we've won the [award
? for] the world's best all-
? inclusive chain. So all of the
i people that are comment-
i ing, it doesn't seem to work

SEE page 7B

* Says 30-40% of Exuma workforce employed
at resort, with average occupancies for 2011

set to hit 83%

* Stewart pledges resort will be ‘best hotel

around’ by April



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* ‘Material spike in expenses’ due to restructure
* ‘80%’ of way back to regaining market share

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

City Markets has enjoyed an average sales growth rate
per week of 12 per cent since its new majority owner
took control in early November, Tribune Business was
told yesterday, with the supermarket chain expected to
return to profitability in its 2012 financial year.

Philip Kemp, chief financial officer at City Markets’
operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets, told this news-
paper that while the week-over-week sales growth rate
had slowed to 4 per cent over the last five weeks, the gro-
cery store chain was “80 per cent of the way” to fully
recapturing its market share and continuing to experience

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The Court of Appeal has dis-
missed efforts by Mohammed
Harajchi’s son, Michel, to throw
out an action brought against
him by Suisse Security Bank &
Trust’s liquidator, alleging that
he breached his fiduciary duty
and the law by transferring $2.5
million of depositors funds to
an International Business Com-
pany (IBC) he controlled. He
has been given until end-Feb-
ruary 2011 to file a defence.

Michel Harajchi had argued
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mond Winder, Deloitte &

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K. Christie, and forensic KENDRICK to partici-
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tered forensic accountants.
He is also vice-president of
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cial statement fraud, corrup-
tion and inventory theft.

He said the ACFE was a
world-class leader in anti-
fraud measures, and is
pleased that a local chapter
has been formed in the
Bahamas.

Mr Bain added that he
aimed to shape the ACFE’s
future course materials, sem-
inars, workshops and prod-
ucts, while participating in the
organisation’s reviews, sur-
veys and professional devel-
opment activities.



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to 9:00 am February 20th.

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that the following Electronic Banking Services
will be unavailable during the time listed above
while we conduct routine maintenance.

The bank apologizes for this service interruption,

and for any inconvenience caused.

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Invites applications from suitable qualified persons for

the following position

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The successful applicant will be a professionally qualified
accountant or certified financial analyst with at least 10
years’ experience in the financial sector and a solid

foundation in business management. A proven acumen
for financial management including audit, preparation of
financial statements, investment analysis, budgetary
assessment and human resources is required. An

understanding of the application of information technology

to enhance productivity and the ability to work effectively

as the leader of a small team is vital.

The successful candidate will report to the President of

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of complex investment and private fiduciary arrangements.

The position offers an attractive compensation and benefits
package.

Applications may be delivered by hand or faxed to:

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BORCO deal
oncludes with
340 million
Vopak stake

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The 100 per cent acquisi-
tion of the Bahamas Oil
Refining Company (BORCO)
has been completed by New
York Stock Exchange
(NYSE) listed Buckeye Part-
ners, which bought the
remaining 20 per cent equity
stake from Vopak for $340
million.

Together with the $1.36 bil-
lion acquisition of First
Reserve’s 80 per cent interest
for $1.36 billion, Buckeye
Partners has spent $1.7 billion
on the purchase price alone.
As partial consideration for
Vopak's interest, Buckeye
issued 1,095,722 of its Class B
units and 620,861 of its LP
units to Vopak.

"We have been working
with Vopak to transition
BORCO operations to Buck-
eye, and are pleased with the
integration efforts to date,"
said Forrest E. Wylie, Buck-
eye's chairman and chief exec-
utive. "We continue to be
excited about the significant
growth opportunities and geo-

graphic diversification that
BORCO offers Buckeye, both
of which further our efforts to
provide steady and growing
distributions to our unithold-
ers."

Reiterating BORCO's
attraction for it, Buckeye Part-
ners said: "No other interna-
tional commercial storage ter-
minal enjoys BORCO's prox-
imity to the US demand and
supply centres, as well as its
scale and comprehensive ser-
vice offerings.

Terminal

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

"The terminal has 21.6 mil-
lion barrels of storage capaci-
ty with deepwater access up
to 91 feet, and the ability to
berth the largest tankers in
the world.

"Located only 80 miles
from southern Florida and 920
miles from New York Har-
bour, BORCO is strategically
located to act as a hub in facil-







blending operations."

And Buckeye Partners

"We believe that | have more than a one-to-one effect,” Mr
BORCO's customer demand i : :
is well in excess of its current- | Prices. “You have to look at in the context of
ly available capacity. BORCO :

has received strong indications : 1S Still causing reduced national income.”

for contract renewals from :

current customers, and there is | Gampening effect on growth prospects”,

a significant backlog of / eSpecially since a Bahamas Hotel Associa-

demand from additional : tion (BHA) survey had revealed that two-

? thirds of Bahamian hotels incurred a net

added:

potential customers.

“In addition, BORCO has

received significant interest } increase their already high cost base, erod-

from existing and new cus- / ing profit opportunities and causing the hotel
tomers for the increased stor- : industry - the largest private sector employ-
age capacity expected to be ; ef - to re-hire at a much slower rate than oth-
constructed at the terminal | lwise.
over the next two to three }
years. "We believe the BOR- }
CoO acquisition will support } ment could revive the Bahamian economy in
future regional and interna- : the short-term, Mr Smith said that while
tional growth opportunities. }
There are potential synergies }
with our existing assets in the }
continental US and our newly i
acquired refined products ter-
minal in Yabucoa, Puerto }
as well as other }

Caribbean market opportuni- }

Rico,

ties."

Gov't says up to 10 pct

JOELLE TESSLER,
AP Technology Writer
WASHINGTON

As many as one in 10 Amer-
icans can't get Internet con-
nections that are fast enough
for common online activities
such as watching video or tele-
conferencing, and two thirds of
schools have broadband con-
nections that are too slow to
meet their needs. Those are
some of the conclusions from
the Commerce Department as
it unveiled a detailed, interac-
tive online map showing what
types of high-speed Internet
connections are available — or
missing — in every last corner
of the country.

The national broadband
map, which was mandated by
the 2009 economic stimulus bill,
went live Thursday at
http://Awww.broadbandmap.gov
with both lofty aspirations and
utilitarian goals. Government
officials hope the map will help
guide policymakers,
researchers, public interest
groups and telecommunications
companies as they seek to
bridge the digital divide in even
the most remote reaches of the
USS. They also hope the map
will serve as a valuable tool for
consumers who just want to
find out what local broadband
options are available where
they live.

Consumers can type an
address into the map and pull
up a list of the local broadband
providers, along with details
about the types of high-speed
connections they offer — such
as cable modem service, fiber-
optic links or wireless access —
and just how fast those connec-
tions are. The map also includes
crowd-sourcing features that
ask consumers to contribute
their own knowledge to the
database. They can, for
instance, confirm that they are
getting the Internet speeds the
map says they should be get-
ting or let the map know if a
local broadband provider is
missing from the neighborhood
list.

In addition, the map allows
users to run all sorts of com-
parisons — ranking counties
across a state by the fastest
broadband speeds or allowing

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in US lack good Internet



(AP Photo/Andy Duback) :
KEYED UP: In this Jan. 22, 2011 photo, Valerie Houde fills her wood :
stove while waiting for a dial-up Internet connection in East Burke, Vt. :
Bolstered by billions in federal stimulus money, the effort to expand :
broadband Internet access to rural areas has parallels to the electri- :

fication of rural Appalachia in the 1930s.

consumers to look up where
their own county ranks nation-
ally, for instance. And it can
produce snapshots of an entire
community that could be useful
for local economic developers
or real estate agents — showing
what percent of a county has
access to particular types of
broadband technologies or how
many schools and hospitals in a
community have ultra-fast links.
It also allows users to compare
broadband data with local
demographics such as income
and poverty levels.

Among the map's key find-
ings:

— Between 5 percent and 10
percent of Americans lack
access to broadband access that
is fast enough to handle down-
loads of some Web pages, pho-
tos and video or simple video
conferencing services

— Two-thirds of schools sur-
veyed have Internet connec-
tions that are slower than 25
megabits per second — well
below the 50- to 100-megabit
connections that state educa-
tion technology directors say
are needed to serve roughly
1,000 students

— Only 4 percent of libraries
have connection speeds that are
faster than 25 megabits

— Only 36 percent of Amer-
icans have access to wireless
connections that are fast
enough to be considered fourth
generation, with download
speeds of at least 6 megabits
per second, although 95 per-
cent of Americans have access

to third-generation wireless ser- }
vice. "There are still too many }
people and community institu- ;
tions lacking the level of broad- }
band service needed to fully }
participate in the Internet econ- }
said Lawrence E. Strick- }
ling, head of the National }
Telecommunications and Infor- }
mation Administration, the arm }
of the Commerce Department }
that is overseeing the mapping :

omy, "

project.

Last year, the Federal Com- }
Commission }
released a national broadband
plan that set a goal of connect- }
ing 100 million U.S. households }
to broadband connections of }
100 megabits per second — at }
least 20 times faster than many }
home connections now — by }
2020. One thing the map makes }
clear is that many Americans }
today do not have access to }
such cutting-edge, "future- }
proof" networks, said Tom :
Koutsky, chief policy counsel }
for Connected Nation, a non- }
profit that did the mapping }
work in 13 states and territo- }
ries. Even among Americans :

munications

who subscribe to broadband,

he said, the map shows an :
emerging divide between those }
who have the ultra-high-speed }
connections — often delivered }
over fiber-optic lines — that }
are needed to watch video and }
handle other bandwidth-hun- }
gry applications, and those }

stuck with more basic services,

such as digital subscriber line ;
access, which may be too slow

for tomorrow's Internet.

ALITY om CO TT So

Po SCR Kaun

FROM page 1B

energy prices impacted both travel costs and
: the confidence/disposable income of US
? consumers.

“That will have a dampening effect on

: the slight recovery being seen in the US,
: and will have a deleterious effect on the
: Bahamian economy,” Mr Smith told Tri-
: bune Business. “I’m not happy to see that
: happening.

Pointing out that gas prices in the

Bahamas were now above $4.60, and in the
: US at $3.25 per gallon, Mr Smith said this

itating international logistics : would impact the disposable income of all

for bulk-build, break-bulk and : : nN |
? workers such as taxi and jitney drivers.

commuters, not to mention transportation

“We import our inflation. For us, it will
Smith said of the rise in energy and food
very high unemployment numbers, which

All this, he explained, “could have a

loss. Rising energy prices would further

Explaining that only a revival of stopover
arrivals and increased hotel industry employ-



the start of the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project
would cushion the blow, its benefits in the
first year would largely be confined to the
construction sector.

“I would have to say it would soften the
blow,” Mr Smith said of Baha Mar. “You
have to bear in mind this is a construction
project. There is an extensive mobilisation
period, and the benefits will be confined to
the construction sector initially in prepara-
tion, site demolition and trucking. That
could take months.

Truckers

“The truckers will be very happy, but the
likes of carpenters, skilled and semi-skilled,
will have to wait until it passes the founda-
tions, and construction only accounts for 10
per cent of GDP anyway. Our main problem
is getting people back into the private sector
and working.”

He added: “In the medium-term it’s not
looking too good. I’d expect to continue to
have high unemployment, and what that
implies for the economy, including a grow-
ing fiscal deficit.”

Mr Smith said it was “most likely” that the
Bahamas would not hit the 2.5 per cent
growth projected for 2011 by the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund (IMF), the Govern-
ment and other agencies, especially since
the US, Europe and China were growing
more slowly than anticipated.

“T think it’s going to be flat,” Mr Smith
said of 2011 Bahamian economic growth.
“It'll be good if we hit 2 per cent, but there
are dark clouds on the horizon for the rest of
the year.”

BAHA MAR

Career Opportunit

Baha Mar Ltd. seeks to hire a talented Environmental Monitor to join its

dynamic team.

The suet applicant will be responsible for:
Review and management of the Owner’s Environmental Policy
e Review and comment on Contractor Environmental Plan submittals
and monitor implementation. Construction experience evaluating and

monitoring:

oO Construction work zone, staging areas, exclusion fencing, and
protection of environmental resources.

Dewatering plans
Noise Control plans
Dust Control plans

oo0ooo0o0o

Hazardous material control plans

Spill prevention control and countermeasure plans

Soil Management plans and spoils (contaminated) disposition
Demolition Debris plans

Evaluation of contractor methods to ensure compliance with
Environmental Management Plans (EMP) and any other environmental

standards

Oversight of all works on the project that have been identified as
having a potential for significant environmental impact

Preparation of environmental reports for submission

Participation in meetings to provide updates and insight on
environmental-related activities

Site monitoring and preparation of monitoring reports

Creation of a register of significant environmental issues and impacts
Identification of environmental competence training needs, development
of a training program for the project and delivery of the training
program to relevant staff and construction workers

Development of a communications strategy which will include reporting

formats and protocols

Conducting any environmental audits required for the project
Oversight of project components once they are operational

The qualifications required for the position as Environmental Monitor shall

include:

e Applicant must be a Bahamian citizen or be eligible to work in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas
e Bachelor's degree in environmental science, engineering or a related

technical degree.

Minimum five (5) years experience including three (3) years of
construction environmental monitoring (preferred). Strong
communication and writing skills with ability to handle complex issues.
Preferred experience in utilities construction.

Demonstrated knowledge of environmental laws including but not

limited to;

¢ The Environmental Health Act

e Conservation and Protection of the Physical Environment of The
Bahamas Act and the Declaration of Protected Trees Order

e The Wild Birds and Plant Protection Acts

e The Fisheries Resources Act

e The Bahamas National Trust Act
e Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Act

e The Public Works Act

e Advanced mathematical, science and analytical abilities.
e Effective written and oral communication skills.

Please forward your curriculum vitae (resume) via e-mail to hr@bahamar.com
no later than February 25, 2011. All responses will be held in the strictest
confidence. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.




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THE TRIBUNE



Harajchi Jnr loses $2.4 million [TWIT
‘strike-out’ on Suisse Security TCS Ui

FROM page 1B

Harajchis and their associates, should be
struck out because “no cause of action”
against him was disclosed in the pleadings.

He and his attorneys, Jennifer and
Jairam Mangra, alleged that because he
was neither a director nor a shareholder
of Suisse Security Bank & Trust, as alleged
by the liquidator, he could not have
breached his fiduciary duty to the bank’s
clients as claimed, with all other allega-
tions falling away.

Yet Appeal Justice Newman, writing the
judgment on the court’s behalf, said that
since the statement of claim alleged that
Michel Harajchi and his father, together
with three others, were also involved in
Suisse Security’s affairs as “directors, man-
agers or shareholders”, it had to be inter-
preted that he was a manager.

And, the Court of Appeal noted, it was
also alleged that he was the sole beneficial
ownet/principal shareholder, and direc-
tor/chief operating officer, of Suisse Secu-
rity Investments (SST), one of two Bahami-
an-domiciled IBCs that were used by the
Harajchis to “facilitate and conduct Suisse
Security Bank & Trust’s banking opera-
tions”.

Justice Newman said Mr Winder’s plead-
ings alleged that Michel Harajchi, acting
as a Manager, participated in Suisse Secu-
rity Bank & Trust’s affairs, in concert with
his father and Christopher Lunn, chairman
and managing director respectively, in such
“a way which enabled him in company with
others to use his own company, SSI”.

Noting Mr Winder’s allegation that SSI
had received some $2.412 million in Suisse
Security Bank & Trust depositors’ money,
which was subsequently transferred out of
the Bahamas once the bank had been put
into liquidation, the Court of Appeal

NOTICE

recorded the liquidator’s statement of
claim.

This read: “The defendants, in breach
of their fiduciary duties, unlawfully direct-
ed or caused depositors of Suisse Security
Bank & Trust to transfer their funds to
SSI’s bank accounts at Barclays PLC.

“Between the period.... and February
2001, the defendants in breach of their fidu-
ciary duties, transferred, deposited or
caused to ‘be transferred and deposited
various bank deposits of Suisse Security
Bank & Trust’s customers.”?

Mr Winder, the Court of Appeal noted,
was alleging that the $2.412 million trans-
ferred to SSI were Suisse Security Bank &
Trust’s assets, held for the bank’s benefit
and used in its operations.

Funds

These funds, it is claimed, were not being
used for the purpose the bank held them
for.

“The plaintiff company [the bank], in
liquidation, is asserting that about $2.5 mil-
lion was unlawfully, wrongfully transferred
to a bank account in the name of SSI, a
company wholly controlled by [Michel
Harajchi],” the Court of Appeal said.

“What does that give rise to? It gives
rise to a question as to the circumstances in
which the plaintiff’s money has been
received into the account of [Mr Harajchi]
or a company controlled by him.

“As it happens, the liquidator is doing his
best to find out how this money got into
SSI’s account, but he has not had much
success because nobody has responded to
his requests for information.”

The Court of Appeal went on to describe
Mr Winder’s allegation that the $2.5 mil-
lion’s transfer to SSI was “made improperly
and invalidly”, constituting “a misfeasance

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000

No. 45 of 2000

and breach of trust”, was “a perfectly com-
prehensible and sensible plea” based on
the facts.

Adding that “it could well be a breach of
trust”, the Court of Appeal said Michel
Harajchi would have become a constructive
trustee if he received those funds in breach
of trust.

Mr Winder had also alleged that Michel
Harajchi and his fellow defendants had
converted these funds to their own use and
retained them, depriving Suisse Security
Bank & Trust, which had suffered dam-
age.

Noting that the statement of claim had
been served on the defendants in May 2008,
more than two-and-a-half years ago, the
Court of Appeal said the sooner Michel
Harajchi serves his defence, provides doc-
uments and shows how the funds came into
SSI’s account, “the better”.

“At this stage, to be spending court time
arguing about a pleading which manifestly
discloses a cause of action is, in my judg-
ment, a waste of time and quite wrong.
This matter should proceed to trial, and it
should proceed to pleadings without delay,”
Justice Newman ruled.

The Suisse Security liquidation has
dragged on now for more than a decade,
and remains a ‘black mark’ against the
Bahamas’ reputation as ‘blue chip’ financial
services jurisdiction because depositor
funds have not been recovered.

The Harajchis appealed against the
bank’s licence revocation all the way to the
Privy Council, losing at all three stages.

Apart from Michel Harajchi, the defen-
dants in the action brought by Mr Winder
include his father; Sonja Harajchi; Mr Lunn,
also a former Central Bank of the Bahamas
bank inspector; and attorney Derek Ryan,
who is continuing to fight for the PLP’s
Kennedy nomination at the next general
election.

ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY SIX) LIMITED

NOTICE





FROM page 1B

Roker's Point is adjacent to Emerald Bay, with the former
owning a channel that Sandals needs to traverse in order to
facilitate the marina upgrades.

"The marina is very important to the whole of this devel-
opment and to Georgetown. It's vital for the Exumas
because it's a magnificent marina that was badly designed,
so the entrance. . .is dangerous, it's right out on the reef, so
there's no protection. So we're going to have to find a new
entrance.

"The trouble with it, it's expensive and where we need to
cut through to get in, there's a channel. The land belongs to
some other people," Mr Stewart said during an interview at
the Emerald Bay property this week.

As for discussions with Roker's Point’s owners, Mr Stew-
art said while they have been fruitless he is sure the two par-
ties will come to a mutually beneficial solution.

Entrance

"He's my junior partner. He doesn't really know it yet, but
he needs an entrance, too.

“We've approached the people that own the land (about)
what we need to go through, and so far we have not been
successful, but we will be successful because it's too impor-
tant for the region,” he added.

Mr Stewart revealed why Sandals Resorts International
withdrew its bid to buy neighbouring property Grand Isle
Villas on the eve of closing.

He explained that Sandals is focused on developing the
newly-acquired Emerald Bay into one of the best hotels in
the region.

"We were interested in buying it (Grand Isle) but we
decided not to because we want to concentrate on here," said
the hotel mogul.

The Jamaican-headquartered all-inclusive resort chain
unexpectedly pulled out of the deal $110 million deal in
November, 2010.

LEGAL NOTICE

OLDENDORFF EXPRESS LINES LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, 2000, (No. 45
of 2000), GLENTHORNE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, is
in dissolution.
CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC. is the liquidator and
can be contacted at 60 Market Square, Belize City, Belize.
All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, address and particulars of their
debts or claims to the liquidator before 18th March, 2011

f

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ea
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Saf
‘| Continental Liquidators Inc.
Liquidator

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION (ALGERIA) LIMITED

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of
EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION (ALGERIA) LIMITED

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION ALBANIA LIMITED

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of
EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION ALBANIA LIMITED

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of
ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY SIX) LIMITED

EXXONMOBIL BRAZIL
SANTOS EAST) LIMITED

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of
EXXONMOBIL BRAZIL
(SANTOS EAST) LIMITED

ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY EIGHT) LIMITED

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray

Liquidator of
ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY EIGHT) LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the winding-up for
Oldendorff Express Lines Ltd. has been completed.

Dated the 17" day of February, 2011

Craig A. (Tony) Gomez
Liquidator

ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY SEVEN) LIMITED

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray

Liquidator of
ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK FORTY SEVEN) LIMITED

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION COLOMBIA

(PACIFIC COAST) LIMITED
NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 9th day
of December, A.D., 2010.

Dated the 17th day of February, A.D., 2011.

Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of
EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION COLOMBIA
(PACIFIC COAST) LIMITED



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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 , PAGE 5B





City Markets in 12%
sales rise per week

FROM page 1B

positive trends.

“Compared to last year,
we're still catching up,” Mr
Kemp told Tribune Busi-
ness. “We're still experienc-
ing an average sales growth
rate per week, from the time
we took over, of about 12
per cent.

“The last five weeks have
been 4 per cent, so it’s
slowed down, but we’re still
trending upwards. We sce
glimpses of encouragement
where, for one or two days,
we’re exceeding last year’s
sales.”

Mr Kemp pointed to sales
figures from last Sunday,
February 13, as evidence
that on some days City Mar-
kets was surpassing year-
over-year comparisons from
early 2010, the period before
its former ownership and
operating partner, Trinida-
dian conglomerate Neal &
Massey, effectively pulled
the plug in terms of finan-
cial and inventory support,
and decided to sell.

Better

“We did better than the
previous Sunday in the same
period last year,” Mr Kemp
explained.

“There was a 4 per cent
increase over that same day
last year. That’s not bad con-
sidering where we came
from.

“What’s dragging us is
Freeport. We’ve seen some
life at Eight Mile Rock with
the Government food
stamps coming back, but our
Lucaya store continues to
lag more than any other
store.

“ The downtown Freeport
store, too, has some good
days, but it’s still lagging
behind.”

Mr Kemp, together with
Mark Finlayson, principal of
Trans-Island Traders, which
acquired the 78 per cent
majority ownership in City
Markets from the ill-fated
BSL Holdings group for $1,
attributed Freeport’s woes



MARK FINLAYSON

to their current focus on
Nassau, and the absence of a
marketing/advertising cam-
paign to woo customers
back.

“Our focus has been so
much on Nassau, we’ve not
paid Freeport the attention,”
Mr Kemp admitted.

“Our marketing has been
negligible in Grand Bahama,
and we’re moving to fix that
in the near-term... Within
the next couple of weeks we
should start to see the kind
of improvements that we’ve
seen on Nassau in Grand
Bahama.”

Mr Finlayson added that
the Eight Mile Rock store
had come back strongly, on
some days exceeding 2010
sales comparisons, while the
downtown Freeport outlet
was “almost on par with last
year”.

“Lucaya is where we’re
having our issues,” he told
Tribune Business.

“Lucaya was the second
largest store in the chain,
and we still have not been
able to quite crack that one
yet. From what we’ve seen,
it’s really a matter of adver-
tising.”

Grand Bahama con-
sumers had informed City
Markets’ management they
were unaware the store had
been fully restocked with
inventory, having not visited
them since
November/December 2010.

And, with the increased
competition from new
entrants such as Butler’s
Food World and Save Mor,

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Mr Finlayson acknowl-
edged: “It’s hard when the
consumers have changed
over to the competition to
get them back, but we’re
prepared to do the work.”

Due to the need to rescue
City Markets from the finan-
cial state Trans-Island
Traders found it in, Mr
Kemp told Tribune Busi-
ness: “There has been a
material spike in expenses
as we restructure the com-
pany to create a platform to
move forward.

Challenge

“The challenge is to fin-
ish the restructuring stage
and get sales to provide sup-
port to that infrastructure.
In the short-term you will
see expenses go up relative
to what they were a few
weeks ago.”

The City Markets chief
financial officer added that
the new ownership incurred
“a lot of maintenance costs”
in fixing the supermarket
chain’s poor refrigeration
systems.

Looking at City Markets’
overall financial perfor-
mance, Mr Kemp said it was
management’s “expecta-

tion” that the company
would return to profitability
in the year-ending at end-
June 2012.

He added that the current
financial year, which ends in
the same month in 2011,
would involve “a lot of
cleaning up issues”, such as
write-offs and changes in
accounting treatments.

While Bahamas Super-
markets generated $8.995
million net income for the
first half of fiscal 2011,
thanks to the one-off infu-
sion of some $15.453 million
in ‘extraordinary income’,
due to the previous owners
paying off the Royal Bank
of Canada debt, Mr Kemp
said: “From an operational
standpoint, we do not expect
any significant improvement
overall.

“For the following fiscal
year you will definitely see
some improvement in the
bottom line, and we will do
everything we can to start
2012 with a set of clean
books.

“The company at its very
lowest may have lost $50-
$60 million in sales, and
we're probably 80 per cent
of the way back to recaptur-
ing our market share.”

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT 2010/CLE/qui/239
Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or
lot of land containing, by admeasurements, six
thousand (6,000) square feet or thereabouts being
known and described as Lot #1291 of Golden Gates
Estates Section Two Addition situate in the Western
District of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

AND
IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Rosemary Hart
NOTICE

Take notice that ROSEMARY HART of the
Southern District of the Island of New Providence
The Bahamas has filed a Petition pursuant to the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959, in respect of the following
property:-

Lot #1291 of Golden Gates Estates Section
Two Addition situate in the Western District of the
Island of New Providence, The Bahamas which
said Subdivision is situate on the northern side
of Mulatto Place 300 ft. Northeasterly from Cedar
Way and approximately 589 ft. Southeasterly from
Carmichael Road. The lot is measured as being
bounded Westwardly by Lot 1290 of the said
subdivision and running 100 ft.; northwardly by a Lot
1280 and running 60 ft.; eastwardly by a lot 1292
running thereon 100 ft.; and southwardly by a public
road reservation known as Mulatto Place running
thereon 60 ft. This lot is shown on a plan now filed in
eee of Lands and Surveys as Plan 5142

The Petition of ROSEMARY HART claims that she
has held possession of the said hereditaments for
the last thirty (80) years and that accordingly no
dower or other right affects her title to the same; and
further that there are no charges, encumbrances, or
monetary liens attached to the said hereditaments
which affects her title to the land. AND FURTHER
TAKE NOTICE that Rosemary Hart, the Petitioner,
has presented a Petition to the Supreme Court to
have her title to the land investigated determined
and declared under the quieting titles act 1959
(Ch.357) Statute Laws of the Bahamas.

Copies of the plan filed in relation to this action may
be inspected during the normal office hours at the
following places situated within the Island of New
Providence, The Bahamas:

Registry of the Supreme Court located 2" Floor of
the Ansbacher House, East Street (North)

Department of Lands & Survey located East Bay
Street and The Chambers of Hanna Johnson
& Co. located Hawkins Hill on its Eastern Side.
(Travelling north it is the 7 structure after passing
ie Department of Immigration’s (Additional) Parking

ot.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having
dower or right to dower or any adverse claim or a
claim not recognized in the said Petition shall on
or before Friday, March 11%, A.D., 2011 file in the
Supreme Court Registry located 2% Floor of the
Ansbacher House, East Street (North) and serve on
the Petitioner, through her Attorneys a statement of
his or her claim in the prescribed form verified by an
Affidavit filed therewith. Failure of any such person
to file and serve a statement of his or her claim on

or before Friday, March 18", 2011 shall operate as a
bar to such claim.

Dated this 28" day of January, A.D., 2011

This Notice is published by Order of the Court dated
November 25", A.D., 2010 by His Lordship Sir
Michael Barnett and is published at the instance of
the Petitioner’s Attorneys Messrs. Hanna Johnson
& Co. whose Chambers are located Hawkins Hill

(North), New Providence, The Bahamas and may be
contacted at (242)-325-6159 or (242)-325-6165.





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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2010
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/00346
Common Law & Equity Division

IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT picce parcel or
tract of lands situate between the Settlements of We-
myss Bight and Millers on the Island of Eleuthera
one of the Island of the Commonwealth of The Ba-
hamas comprising part of a tract of land known as the
“Bowles Tract” and a part of a tract of land known
as the “Millers Tract” through which runs the Main
Public Road and together containing 2,086.24 acres
more or less and bounded NORTHWARDLY by a
tract of land granted to James Kelly and known as
Gibson Tract EASTWARDLY by the Sea at High Wa-
ter Mark SOUTHWARDLY by a portion of the said
“Millers Tract” and WESTWARDLY by the Main
Public Road and by the Creek and Exuma Sound
which aforesaid parcel of land has such position shape
and dimensions as are shown on the plan recorded in
the Department of Lands and Surveys as No. 957EL.

AND
IN THE MATTER of the Quieting of Titles Act, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER of The Petition of Eleuthera
Properties Limited
NOTICE OF PETITION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Eleuthera
Properties Limited, a company registered under the
laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and
carrying on business within the said Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, is applying to the Supreme Court
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to have
their title investigated determined and declared un-
der the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 (Ch. 393) in re-
spect of the land hereafter described, that is to say:

“ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of lands situate
between the Settlements of Wemyss Bight and Mill-
ers on the Island of Eleuthera one of the Island of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas comprising
part of a tract of land known as the “Bowles Tract”
and a part of a tract of land known as the “Millers
Tract” through which runs the Main Public Road
and together containing 2,086.24 acres more or less
and bounded NORTHWARDLY by a tract of land
granted to James Kelly and known as Gibson Tract
EASTWARDLY by the Sea at High Water Mark
SOUTHWARDLY by a portion of the said “Mill-
ers Tract” and WESTWARDLY by the Main Pub-
lic Road and by the Creek and Exuma Sound which
aforesaid parcel of land has such position shape and
dimensions as are shown on the plan recorded in the
Department of Lands and Surveys as No. 957EL”

AND TAKE NOTICE that copies of the Petition
and the Plan of the said land may be inspected dur-
ing normal office hours at the following places:

i. Supreme Court Registry, Ansbacher House,
East Street North, New Providence, The
Bahamas.

Sharon Wilson & Co., Chambers, East
Shirley Street, Highland Terrace, New
Providence, The Bahamas.

The Administrator’s Office, Rock Sound,
Eleuthera, The Bahamas.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that any person
having dower or right to dower, an adverse claim
or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or
before the 18th day of April A.D., 2011 file in the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petition or their at-
torney an Adverse Claim in the prescribed form sup-
ported by Affidavit.

FAILURE OF ANY PERSON to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before 18th April, A.D., 2011
date will operate as a bar to such claim.

Dated this 14th day of February A.D., 2011

Sharon Wilson & Co.
Chambers, Delvest House
Fast Shirley Street, Highland Terrace
Nassau, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

BHE




THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 7B



Sandals hits 80 per cent

occupancy at Emerald Bay

: Supermarkets last November, said the majority of the com-

ings, ran into financial difficulties which : pany’s subsequent sales growth had resulted from the 24-

forced the property to go into admin- } hour shopping move.

istration and led to the lay-off of 400 :

FROM page 1B

the way they thought.”

"By April we'll be the best hotel
around,” proclaimed Mr Stewart, who
conceded that the property has gone
through its expected "teething" phase
during the first months of operation.

Hotel manager Patrick Drake said
in-house marketing and brand recog-
nition is driving loyal Sandals’ guests to
check out the new resort.

"We are seeing a pick-up. I mean,
obviously, the rates suffer a little a bit,
but we definitely are projecting to end
up with about 80 per cent [occupan-
cy] for the year,” Mr Drake said.

“Nassau is strong, stronger than us,
because again the name brand, name
recognition, but about 30 per cent of
our guests now are returning guests to

a Sandals property, so people are
experimenting with it because they
realise it's new. Traditionally, when
you open up a new hotel people usually
wait a couple of years to see the
reviews. With a Sandals, returning
guests are going to see it”.

The upgraded property boasts the
largest zero-entry pool in the
Caribbean, beach dining at restaurant
Barefoot by the Sea, an authentic Irish
pub, butler service, croquet lawn,
weekly Junkanoo parade, a champi-
onship Greg Norman golf course and a
host of land and water sports.

The hotel also opened the doors of a
new Junkanoo lounge last December,
and will open pastry shop Cafe de Paris
next month.

Sandals purchased the 500-acre
resort property in 2009 after former
owners, Emerald Bay Resort Hold-

Bahamian workers.

Exuma's population, both directly and

indirectly.

reopened", and the Club Med in San

of Commerce president, said the all-

down" effect to local businesses.

G20 to wrestle over balancing global economy



INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

GREG KELLER,
AP Business Writer
PARIS

After stalemate in Seoul,
progress in Paris is far from
guaranteed as finance officials
from around the world meet
for new talks on steadying the
world economy.

Host Christine Lagarde, the
French finance minister, has
the difficult task of picking up
the pieces of last November's
Group of 20 summit of heads
of state, which ended in Seoul
without any meaningful
agreement on how to defuse
long-standing tensions over
trade and currency imbal-
ances.

Finding the right tools to
measure these imbalances —
which many economists say
contributed to the world’s
financial meltdown — is the
primary goal of this week-
end's Group of 20 meeting,
Lagarde says.

"What we want to achieve
Friday and Saturday is to
identify a list of indicators,
measuring tools, that will
allow us to identify imbal-
ances, then the causes of these
imbalances, so that we can
propose methods to coordi-
nate our economic policies,"
Lagarde said this week ahead
of the first meeting of
France's year-long G-20 pres-
idency.

Lagarde said the current
system, in which "China saves
and exports, Europe con-
sumes, the U.S. borrows and
consumes," is "probably not a
good model."

The list of the indicators
being discussed includes coun-
tries’ trade deficits or sur-
pluses, budget deficits and
levels of debt. Inflation and
national savings rates are also

likely to be considered as part
of the range of possible indi-
cators.

Officials will not even get
to the more difficult question
of setting thresholds for these
indicators. "That's the next
step," Lagarde said. Finance
ministers will meet several
more times this year before
France's G-20 presidency cul-
minates with a heads of state
summit in Cannes in Novem-
ber.

The even more controver-
sial question of how to
enforce any threshholds that
leaders eventually sign up to
is yet further off the agenda.
"Name and shame" policies
like those used in the fight
against international tax
havens would be one, albeit
toothless, possibility.

Agreement on which indi-
cators to take into account,
would be seen as a minor vic-
tory in France's year-long
campaign to use its G-20 pres-
idency to push changes to
international monetary sys-



(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon )
MAKING A POINT: French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde gestures
during a press conference in Paris, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. A G20 Eco-
nomic Summit will take place in Paris next Friday and Saturday.

tem, in which surplus coun-
tries often pile up reserves in
the form of U.S. dollars.

"Even achieving that would
be significant because at the
moment they seem to be
quite some way apart on the
question of what measures to
include and how to specify the
variables that are going to be
monitored closely," said
Stephen Lewis, chief econo-
mist at Monument Securities
in London.

U.S. Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner and Fed-
eral Reserve Chairman Ben
Bernanke will meet counter-















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global recession in 70 years.

The problem is that the

rane falas: ae ise : this, and are looking to buy out of Florida, California and
ways because of course coun- | work with different people to get ahead of the curve,” Mr
tries will argue that the struc- : Finlayson said, adding that suppliers had been putting up “a
ture of their economy varies lot of red flags” about future price rises, although the future

and what may be a sustain- } MMpact was unknown.

able deficit for one country :

may not be sustainable for : fast rate,” he added. “It’s going to have an impact on us and

? every time people’s pockets are not strong, produce is one

another," Lewis said.

Embarassingly for host :
France, it's own efforts to tar- ;
? last, and Mr Finlayson said: “If prices overall go a lot high-
? er, no matter where you go, people tend to cut back on
? produce.”
before the meeting's kickoff. :

get deficit reduction were
slammed by the country's top
audit body on Thursday, just

The government's budget

tax cuts, and that "ample"

targets.

Another obstacle to agree- }

ment this weekend is the wide ; COMPany vehicles,” Mr Finlayson said. “We've cut it down

variation in how the G-20's { t0 4 third of what it was. We've eliminated quite a few com-

members have rebounded } Paty vehicles.

from the meltdown. Devel- : , ; : 3 :
oping economies such as Chi- } has come down incredibly.” Pilferage is the internal theft of
na, Brazil and India are roar- }

? doing inventory accruing were still doing this based on last

ing ahead even as Europe

plods ahead fitfully, while the :
United States’ jobless recov- i
: year.

ery falls somewhere in
between.

"The momentum is seeping
away from the G-20," Lewis
said.

ROYAL FIDELITY

honey an Werk

City Markets eyes 24-hour
Grand Bahama shop moves

FROM page 1B

“There’s two periods - the 9pm to 12am, and 4am to 6am.

: I know for sure that our growth, the majority of it, has

It is estimated that Emerald Bay : come between the hours of 9pm and 6am,” Mr Finlayson

employs about 30 to 40 per cent of } told Tribune Business. “That’s where the majority of the

? business has come from, and accounted for most of our

? sales growth. I didn’t expect that, and no one on our team

In December 2010, former Prime | thought it would cause that much growth. But it’s really

Minister Perry Christie said there was : beena great success.

a history of challenges with all-inclusive i

resorts in the Family Islands. He noted ? cessful for us in Nassau, and it would be really good to do

the failed all-inclusive Club Med in # that in Freeport. The 24 hours has been so successful here,

Eleuthera, which "closed and never } we will probably look at doing it in Freeport and see whether
I ? that could spark some sales.”

Salvador, which closed and reopened
with the assistance of the Government. : not start in Grand Bahama before the end of February,
Floyd Armbrister, Exuma Chamber ; when the three new general managers for each of its

( [ den : ? stores there arrived on the island. One is Jen Dames, cur-
inclusive formula limits the "trickle ? rent general manager at the Rosetta Street store in Nas-

: sau, and Mr Finlayson said their role was to focus on cus-
: tomer service and getting people into the stores, while the

? store director focused on operations and inventory.

“We'll see what happens in Freeport. It’s been very suc-

Mr Finlayson said 24-hour shopping would probably

The Trans-Island Traders and City Markets principal

explained to Tribune Business that the 9pm-12am time slot
? had allowed, for instance, mothers to leave their children at

parts from Britain, China, home in bed with the father while she went shopping.

Russia as well as the heads of }

the International Monetary } °°SS; with women taking advantage of shopping hours before

Fund. World Bank and the : they went walking, and men coming in afterwards.
European Central Bank. But . . 2 : ; > :
the C.20's grand ambition of } 19 Mexico, California and Florida, which have impacted
entrenching "strong, sustain- i ! ; :
able and balanced" economic } impact City Markets’ near-term cost of sales, as with other
growth may come undone by i
the widening divergences in }

their paths out of the worst }

Morning walkers had made the 4-6am time slot a suc-

Elsewhere, Mr Finlayson acknowledged that the freezes
the supply and availability of green produce, were likely to

Bahamas-based supermarket chains.

Sourcing

“We’ve been doing some local sourcing in anticipation of

“Our produce groceries are growing, and growing at a very

of those areas where things get tight.”
Consumers tend to cut meat and canned good purchases

Meanwhile, City Markets had “brought in a lot of high-

? powered people to make sure we turn the ship around”

watchdog said France's deficit ; from a management perspective, pushing up salary costs.

was aggravated last year by However, a hiring freeze placed at store level had helped to
f ded Gf thet contain this line item, and while no forced redundancies had
reforms are needed it the ¢ taken place the workforce had reduced through ‘natural
country is to achieve its own attrition’

“We found there’s a lot of wastage relating to fuel in

“We are focused very hard on hard on pilferage, and that
stock, and Mr Finlayson said the company had found its staff

year’s numbers.
“Push those numbers out and it’s not even close to last

“It was 7 per cent [pilferage and spoilage combined], and

now it’s down to the 3 per cent mark,” Mr Finlayson said. “A
? lot of that happened with spoilage from the two stores that

: closed.
"There was certainly move-
ment in 2008-2009, but now } soing even lower. We've had instances where we’ve caught

that the global economy } people stealing, and because we have a good relationship

phen toe on8 Hee on ? with the police, they’ve been prosecuted. We believe that will
and’ jor many on le 4" | discourage pilferage going forward.”
members prosperity seems }

assured, why would they want }

“The pilferage side is well down, and we anticipate it

And he added: “Overall, we’re just watching every

to prejudice that by bringing oe an item to ene sure expenses ie below where
in radical changes," Lewis } they were last year, and we get out as much as we can.

said.

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105.776543
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5.35%
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NES
Oil rises on

more Middle
East unrest

NEW YORK

Benchmark crude settled
higher Thursday as protests
rocked some Middle East
nations and concerns grew
about oil supply disruptions.

West Texas Intermediate
crude for March delivery rose
$1.37 to settle at $86.36 a barrel
on the New York Mercantile
Exchange.

In London, Brent crude fell
$1.19 to settle at $102.59 a bar-
rel on the ICE Futures
exchange, as some traders took
profits after recent gains.

On Thursday, troops and
tanks descended on demon-
strators in the capital of the

Persian Gulf state of Bahrain.
There were reports of a number
of dead and injured.

Bahrain is not a major oil-
producing country, but it is
strategically important to the
USS. as home to the Navy's Sth
Fleet. There have also been
anti-government protests in
Iran, Algeria, Jordan and Libya
following the ouster of regimes
in Tunisia and Egypt. Iran is
the world's fourth-largest oil
producer. Algeria and Libya
are also important crude sup-
pliers. "There's a lot of traders
concerned about what's going
on in the Middle East and
North Africa," said Mike
Zarembski, senior commodity

Suez at the city of Suez, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.

analyst at brokerage Option-
sXpress Inc. He said uncertain-
ty about the Middle East head-
ing into a three-day holiday
weekend in the U.S. also con-
tributed to higher prices for
benchmark WTI crude.
Recent unrest in the Middle
East has had a bigger impact
on prices for Brent crude than
WIT. Brent is the benchmark
price for North Sea oil produc-
tion, and it is used as a refer-

ence price for oil produced in
other areas, such as Africa and
South America. Production
interruptions also have helped
keep Brent above $100 a barrel
since the end of January.

WITT hasn't been much high-
er the $92 a barrel during the
same time. Prices have been
weighed down by a glut of
inventory at Cushing, Okla-
homa, the delivery point for oil
contracts traded on the New



all of it to refineries.

higher food and gas costs.



STOCKS HIGHER: Traders of crude oil and natural gas react dur-
ing early trading at the New York Mercantile Exchange on Mon-
day, Jan. 31, 2011.

NEW YORK

Stocks finished higher Thursday after a strong
manufacturing report overshadowed a bigger than
expected rise in the number of people applying
for unemployment benefits.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said
its index of manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic
region nearly doubled between January and Feb-
ruary. The surge in manufacturing was enough to
offset a Labor Department report that applica-
tions for unemployment benefits rose 25,000 from
the previous week.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29.97
points, or 0.3 percent, to 12,318.1. The Dow has
been rising steadily this month, with only three
down days in February. For the month, it's already
up 3.6 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index

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ment."

Chan said the most recent data appears bad }
compared to the previous week, when claims for ;
unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level i
since July 2008. But that was partly a result of win- j
ter weather in many parts of the country that closed } the U.S. dollar fell to 83.33
government offices and kept people from applying :
for benefits. The government also reported that | Wednesday and fell to 0.9498
consumer prices in January were slightly higher :
than forecast, largely a result of rising food and gas :
prices. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4 per- }
? 98.56 Canadian cents.

cent.

DOLLAR FALLS
AGAINST MAJOR
CURRENCIES

|} NEW YORK

The USS. dollar fell against

i the euro Thursday after a gov-
i ernment report showed that
‘| : U.S. consumer prices rose in
+) : January.

The Consumer Price Index

rose 0.4 percent last month, the
J ? Labor Department said, as food
? and gas costs increased. Econ-

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? increase this year as more com-
i panies pass on their rising costs

York Mercantile Exch ange i to consumers. The euro rose to

While more North American }
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existing pipelines can't deliver ; peer Sonny

omists expect consumer prices,
outside of food and energy, to

$1.3604 late Thursday from

The dollar index, which com-

Energy traders also dealt : pares the U.S. dollar against six
with a mixed bag of economic i currencies fell 0.28 percent
news. The U.S. government Thursday. "Risk appelite: is
said that the consumer price } increasing and that is leading
index, or inflation rate, rose 0.4 } fosome dollar selling,” said Bri-
percent last month because of } 2 Dolan, chief currency strate-
i gist at Forex.com.

In other economic news

i Thursday, the Conference
i Board's index of leading eco-
? nomic indicators edged up 0.1
i percent in January, the seventh
rose 4, or 0.3 percent, to 1,340.43. The Nasdaq }
composite rose 6, or 0.2 percent, to 2,831.58. "The i
initial jobless claims data look disappointing," said i
Anthony Chan, chief economist at JPMorgan Pri- }
vate Wealth Management. "But from a longer- }
term perspective we're seeing a pickup in employ-
; cerned about a possible "con-

straight month of growth.
Also weighing on the dollar,
Dolan said, was news that Iran
was seeking permission to pass
two navy vessels through the
Suez Canal. Investors were con-

frontation” between Iran and
Israel as the story continues to
develop Thursday, Dolan said.

In other trading Thursday,

Japanese yen from 83.56 yen
Swiss franc from 0.9592. The

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Fraser denies allegations
and says his office is
‘home away from home’

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

BISHOP Randy Fraser
admitted yesterday he had sex
in his church office, but
claimed it was with his wife
and not a young girl he had
agreed to counsel.

Prosecutors have accused
Fraser, 53, of abusing his posi-
tion of trust and having a sex-
ual relationship with a 16-
year-old girl between July
2005 and February 2006.

The complainant alleges
she and Fraser, pastor of Pil-
grim Baptist Temple, St
James Road, had sex numer-
ous times in his church office
before Sunday morning ser-
vices and before bible stud-
ies on Wednesday nights.

Fraser has dismissed the
allegations as “fabrications
and blatant lies.”



























According to the evidence,
Fraser’s semen was found on
the rug in his office.

Yesterday, he told the
court: “My office is my office.
My office is also dubbed my
home away from home.

“T have a wife and we
would be intimate, it’s my
office.”

Fraser explained that when
the electricity would go off at
his home, he, his wife and
their two daughters would go
to his church office where
there is a generator.

When questioned by his
attorney, Jairam Mangra, as
to whether he ever had sex
with the complainant in his
office, Fraser replied: “Nev-
er, never, never.”

Fraser stated he never told
the complainant about his and
his wife’s sex life.

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BAY ST FIRE
ea
PHONE BOX’

THE government con-
firmed yesterday that the fire
that ravaged an historic Bay
Street block on Monday prob-
ably started in a faulty tele-
phone electrical box in the C
Trevor Kelly building.

In announcing that the area
may soon be converted into a
downtown waterfront green
space yesterday, Minister of
Environment Earl Deveaux
said the Fire Marshall has
concluded his investigation
and found that the fire started
“in the telephone box” in the

building, which housed Bet-
ty K Agencies shipping oper-
ation for many years.

The fire has altered the
original plans to utilise the
dock and building as the cor-
nerstone of the planned revi-
talisation of Bay Street, but
Mr Deveaux said the pro-
posed green space would still
preserve the dock’s place in
Bahamian history.

¢ SEE PAGE 16 FOR FULL
STORY AND PAGE TWO
FOR MORE FIRE NEWS



SHOWTIME: Lynn ‘Ms Daisy’ Davis performs for education officials at the National Centre for the Performing Arts yesterday. Daisy's Dyna-
mite Productions presented a theatrical performance ‘Hope To Cope’, which aims to combat youth violence, sexual promiscuity and illiter-
acy. The production also featured a musical interlude by Kent ‘Christian Massive” Johnson (right).

DR ANDRE ROLLINS EXPLAINS TO RALLY
CROWD WHY HE JOINED THE PLP

EDUCATORS PRAISED FOR VIGILANCE IN
EXPOSING MAN WHO POSED AS TEACHER

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT: Education
Minister Desmond Bannis-
ter commended education
officials, teachers and par-
ents for their vigilance in
exposing a man who posed
as a primary school teacher.

The minister urged educa-
tors throughout the country
to continue to be vigilant of
people who prey on children

SEE page eight



PRAISE: Desmond Bannister



FORMER NDP chair-
man, and now member of
the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty Dr Andre Rollins, ignit-
ed the crowd at the PLP
mass rally in Elizabeth on
Wednesday night.

Lashing out at the gov-
ernment and Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham, Dr
Rollins gave an impas-
sioned speech to the party
faithful and explained to
those gathered his reasons
for finally joining the PLP
after months of delibera-
tion.



“One of the most com-
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to join the PLP is the dam-
age that I believe the FNM
is doing to the psyche of the
‘Can-Do’ Bahamian spirit
that was ushered in by inde-
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the public, commenting on
the sale of BTC on the
show ‘My Five Cents’, said
that BTC should be sold to
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LOCAL NEWS

Defiance in

the face of

devastating
fire loss



EYESORE: The blaze tore through roofs.

By JESSICA ROBERTSON
Online Editor

jrobertson@tribunemedia. net

On Monday morning, Dr
Wendy Stuart could only lie in
bed and wait on word from oth-
ers about the fate of her Bay
Street store.

She was unable to rush to see
for herself as she was bedrid-
den due to a recent fall.

Botani Bath, the small bou-
tique store from which she sold
her handmade soaps and other
Bahamian-made arts and crafts,
was situated in the middle of
the block of buildings that was
on fire.

By late afternoon it was clear
that the fire had completely
destroyed the soap manufac-
turing plant and all its equip-
ment and supplies in the rear
of the storefront, and smoke

and water from the firefighters’
efforts had made her store and
just about all the merchandise
inside it unsalvageable.

“My realtor called me
around nine in the morning and
said ‘there’s a fire downtown.’ I
was like ‘Oh great.’ But there
was nothing I could do. I was
sitting there with a brace on my
knee, couldn’t get down my
stairs and I’m hearing what’s
going on. I was following the
updates on Tribune242.com.
Surprisingly I was calm. I wasn’t
worried because there was
nothing I could do,” she recalls

The devastating fire started
early Monday morning in an
office at the historic Betty K
Agencies building situated on
the northern side of the block
east of East Street.

By Wednesday, the shipping
company had managed to relo-

cate its offices and secure facil-
ities at the Arawak Cay dock
to facilitate the arrival of a boat
laden with goods on Thursday.

Smaller businesses like
Botani Bath will take a lot
longer to recover from the fire.

Invested

In addition to the loss of
most of the store’s retail inven-
tory and fixtures, which she
estimated were worth thou-
sands of dollars, Dr Stuart, 45,
said over the past seven years
since she first started the soap
making business, she has invest-
ed about $100,000 in equip-
ment, supplies and packaging
materials.

Business had been slow on
Bay Street and she said the
irony was that she had spent
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“T had just gotten five new
wholesale accounts and I was
so excited.

“It’s just so funny that Mon-
day morning I got up to go
down there to fill those orders
and this is what happened on
Monday,” she says, keeping a
smile on her face.

Dr Stuart is surprisingly
upbeat considering Monday’s
fire is just one more in a string
of devastating setbacks over the
past 13 months that would
break the spirit of many peo-
ple.

In January, 2010, just two
weeks after she opened the
Botani Bath store and relocated
her soap manufacturing plant
to the Bay Street location, she
was diagnosed with Lou
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atrophy throughout the body.

Since then, she has also been
diagnosed with mercury and
lead poisoning and celiac dis-
ease.

In June, Dr Stuart’s illness
forced her to stop practising
dentistry, leaving her without
her main source of income. The
single mother of two young
boys ages 12 and 8 has strug-
gled to survive financially.

“I didn’t have insurance on
the store because you know,
things have always been so
tight.

“Every time I spoke with my
insurance agent about getting
it, [just didn’t have the money.
Especially after I had to stop
doing dentistry, some months
Thad to decide whether to pay
staff or rent. The ironic thing
was that I had just put into

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was situated in the middle of the
block of buildings that was on
fire.

DAMAGED: Businesses like
Botani Bath face a long struggle
to recover from the fire.

Jessica Robertson

motion this new game plan to
focus on wholesale business and
the amount I was getting from
the pre-orders would have been
enough to get us through and
give me a decent salary. That’s
why I was so excited Monday
morning,” she explains.

When the orders came in she
even had to borrow money
from her mother to purchase
the materials needed to fill
them.

“T told her if I could fill these
orders I could pay her right
back and we’d have some mon-
ey flowing. I ordered the sup-
plies and just was excited to get
in Monday morning because
now we had some real business
and I didn’t have to depend on
the walk-in traffic, which was
so slow lately.”

As for whether she intends
to rebuild the soap making
business, she says “it’s my pas-
sion. It made me happy and
that’s why in the beginning it
was a labour of love.”

The customers who placed
those much needed wholesale
orders have already told her
they will be patient and wait
until she can fill them. In terms
of getting up and going again,
Dr Stuart says she’s going to
have to start small like she did
when she first launched her
business.

Rather than feel sorry for
herself, Dr Stuart has focused
her energy since the fire on try-
ing to find work for her now
unemployed staff.

Botani Bath had two full
time and one part time employ-
ees.

“T’ve been calling friends
who have businesses to see if
they have any jobs available.
My staff has been really good.
They’re honest and I’ve been
so lucky just to have the great-
est staff in the world and I want
to try to find them jobs. I can’t
have my staff waiting on me to
bounce back, because I really
don’t know how long it will
take and they need to be work-
ing,” she says

As she speaks, Dr Stuart
remains upbeat and her infec-
tious smile is ever present. That
is until she starts talking about
how her various setbacks are
affecting her children. That’s
when she starts choking up.

“[’m not feeling sorry for
myself, ’m not having a ner-
vous break down, I’m not
stressing over finances even
though my finances are a com-
plete mess, but my kids are
being affected and that’s the
only thing that hurts me,” she
says, “the afternoon of the fire
they were so worried and kept
asking ‘what are we going to
do Mom?’ I told them they
we'll be fine and we will.

“This is one more thing, but
I’m going to get through this.
We all need to realise that we
can overcome anything no mat-
ter how bad things look.”

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LOCAL NEWS



Slave-owner descendants
in land ownership battle

Hundreds of acres in New Providence at centre of claim

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE black descendants of
slave-owner Isaac Baillou, an
eighteenth century Loyalist
who settled in the Bahamas, are
battling to legitimise their claim
to ownership of hundreds of
acres of land in New Provi-
dence.

Euclid Baillou said he was
unable to confirm the family’s
claim to land at the site of the
shanty town called Government
Yard.

However, he said, the family
did own more than 300 acres
of land off Blue Hill Road
south,

He said the government had
confiscated a large portion of
the land — more than 100 acres
— without compensating the
family.

His cousin Everet Baillou, a
former preacher suffering from
prostate cancer, was recently in
the news when information
emerged that Emamay Burns,
an associate acting on his
behalf, had collected money
from Haitian residents squat-
ting on disputed land.

“We already had plans to sell
the Haitians the land, to build a
low cost housing community.
That is what we planned to do.
That is why we told them every
year give us $500 that would go
towards road, light. We planned
to develop that part for a Hait-
jan community, fish fry, mar-
ket. We sit down. I discussed
the plan with him. He knows
everything. We wanted to have
a decent Haitian community,”
said Ms Burns.

Bishop Ross Davis of Gold-
en Gates World Outreach Min-
istries facilitated the collection
of the money, under the belief
that Ms Burns produced “doc-
uments” showing ownership.
Ms Burns said Bishop Davis
did not want a fee for collecting
the money.

However, Brensil Rolle, Gar-
den Hills MP and Parliamen-
tary Secretary in the Ministry of
Housing, said the land is owned
by the Ministry of Housing and
he is not aware of “any other
papers that could be charac-
terised as legitimate papers.”

Father Vilfort Roland of the
Queen of Peace Parish, a
Catholic church on Fire Trail
Road attended by many
Haitians, said he met with Ms
Burns to see the land “docu-
ments” on behalf of his Hait-
ian parishioners. He said the
document produced was an affi-
davit — “One affidavit that was
the only document,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ms Burns told
The Tribune that she has the
land title and the Baillou Will.

Newborn baby found
abandoned ‘resting
comfortably’ at PM

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

THE newborn baby girl
found abandoned at an
apartment building on
Rosetta Street Tuesday
evening is reported to be
resting comfortably at
Princess Margaret Hospital.

This is the second case of
infant abandonment in the
past week.

Public relations manager
for the hospital, Thelma
Rolle, said the baby arrived
at PMH early yesterday
morning.

“The baby is healthy and
in good condition,” said Ms
Rolle.

She said the two-day-old
infant will soon be put in the
care of Social Services.

Over the weekend, anoth-
er baby girl was found aban-
doned in an empty building
on Bayshore Road in Eight
Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.

Police said that based on
evidence found at the scene,
it would seem the mother
had just given birth to the
infant before abandoning
her.

Grand Bahama police
launched a search for the
mother, who turned herself
in shortly after. Police say
the investigation is continu-
ing.

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The Ministry of Housing is
proceeding with plans to trans-
form the land into a new sub-
division, known temporarily as
Fire Trail.

Ms Burns claims the family
owns 280 acres in Pride Estates,
including the land at the site of
Government Yard. She claims
the family owns another 300
acres behind Super Value on
Carmichael Road, as well as
other smaller plots near Mal-
colm Allotment or Village
Park.

Willed

Mr Euclid Baillou said the
land was willed from Mr Isaac
Baillou to the descendants of a
“Sarah Bowe,” who was a black
woman working for Mr Isaac
as a maid.

“He willed the land to our
grandmother, Sarah Bowe. She
was his maid. He had three chil-
dren with his wife and all of
them died. He had three chil-
dren with Sarah Bowe: two
boys and one girl. He willed the
land to Sarah Bowe and her
descendants. He said they
should go to school and learn to
read and write. That is where
our father got it from,” said Mr
Euclid.

The Baillou family is spread
across the Bahamas, in islands
like New Providence, Andros,
and Abaco. Historian Gail

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plantation on Big Wood Cay in
Central Andros owned by Isaac
Baillou. In “Islanders in the
Stream,” she records a story
about three male slaves who
absconded from the plantation
in 1794 headed for Cuba in a
14-foot boat.

In his study of the Royal
Gazette and Bahama Advertis-
er of the Loyalist period, Paul C
Aranha noted that Isaac Bail-
lou was a “frequent advertis-
er” offering rewards for run-
away Slaves, particularly from
his Baillou Hills plantation.

The family has a turbulent
history with attorneys and their
land deals. Ms Burns implicated
two disbarred attorneys and
another who is wanted by the
police as being responsible for
their land woes.

One attorney, who repre-
sented the family for 17 years,
according to Ms Burns, “was
the one that messed us up.”
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property and built a duplex for
his sweetheart.” That attorney
is currently wanted by the
police in connection with a theft
complaint from a
church.

The Commercial
Crimes Section of
the Central Detec-
tive Unit is investi-
gating the alleged
theft of more than
$200,000 from a
church on Farring-
ton Road. Officers
said there were no
official complaints
against the attorney
in connection with
the Baillou family.

MP Mr Rolle has advised the
family to contact the Office of
the Prime Minister to clarify
the land matter. Ms Burns said
the family plans to do just that.
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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

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The Bahamas’ changing value system

WE HAVE had several calls about our
editorial of February 11, which for the first
time revealed the name of an anonymous
letter writer, whose identity excited political
circles in 1962, but for 49 years remained a
mystery. Today, few people would be inter-
ested in our mystery man, but in the political
turmoil of the sixties, a British editor was
threatened with prison for refusing to reveal
his identity.

However, with the death of Paul Bower
on January 24, memories of those few days
in the Magistrate’s Court in October, 1963
came flooding back. For several years spec-
ulation continued about the letter writer.
Today, when it no longer matters, and few
would care, we realised that we were now
the last living person who knows the letter’s
author. For the sake of history we revealed
it in this column on February 11.

The calls that we have received as a result
of that column, were not about the mystery
writer, now unmasked, but about the fate
of Paul Bower when he refused to give the
court the writer’s name. No, he did not go to
prison as threatened by Magistrate John
Bailey, who when off the bench was one of
his best friends.

The case ended suddenly when the
Guardian owners decided to pay the plain-
tiffs’ damages, and rescue their man from the
edge of the cliff. Magistrate Bailey had
refused the Guardian leave to appeal his
decision of name or prison.

Mr Bower, who was Guardian editor
from 1958 to August 1962 (two months
before the case came to court in October),
asked the magistrate: “What would happen
should I refuse (to reveal the writer’s
name)?”

“You would be in contempt,” the Irish
magistrate replied.

“What would be the consequences?” Mr
Bower pressed. “A fine or a prison sen-
tence,” the magistrate shot back.

“Ten days in Her Majesty’s prison!” LB
Johnson, one of the six PLP plaintiffs,
demanded loudly. This exchange was fol-
lowed by a luncheon adjournment. By the
afternoon the case was over, Mr Bower had
missed the arrow, the plaintiffs had their
damages, and letter writer Bert Cambridge
was still a mystery man.

Guardian lawyer James Liddell had
argued that not only was the plaintiffs’ com-
plaints vexatious, but that what was being
complained of before the court was the let-

ter and its content, not the identity of the
writer. But the plaintiffs were not buying
that argument, nor was the magistrate. In a
few weeks time there would be a general
election, which the PLP were confident of
winning — in fact they lost. Racism was a
heavy card being played at the time, and
the six PLP plaintiffs — all lawyers — wanted
to know which white man would dare ques-
tion their integrity in an anonymous letter.
What they did not know was that the writer
was, like themselves, a black man, a former
politician, whose character Mr Bower had
described in glowing terms in court. Several
of the plaintiffs were Bert Cambridge’s
friends. In fact he had given music lessons to
one of them. Bert Cambridge’s Orchestra
was the hottest band in town in the twenties
and thirties, and music was his career.

But what we find most interesting is the
change over the years in public values. In
those days it was seldom that one sued a
newspaper for defamation, and anything
over £100 in damages was certainly unheard
of. And so for “An Open Letter to Mr Paul
Adderley,” published in The Guardian on
August 21, 1962 the six lawyers — Paul
Adderley, Loftus Roker, Lynden Pindling,
AD Hanna, LB Johnson and Orville Turn-
quest — each asked for £100 for the damage
perceived to have been done to their repu-
tations, plus costs, which in those days would
have been minimal.

However, thanks to the influence over
the years of America’s legal system where it
almost pays to do oneself an injury in a pub-
lic place and walk away with millions award-
ed by the courts, Bahamians have adjusted
their opinion of their own worth.

In 1962, Orville Turnquest who became
the Bahamas’ Governor General, was not
bloated up with his own importance. He
obviously felt well compensated with £100
for the slight he had felt was committed
against him. If he had known that it was his
old piano teacher, he probably would have
slapped him on the back, had a good laugh
and they would have gone off to make music
together.

However, today we see some of these
complaints, many of them vexatious, and
the value — starting in the thousands that
persons put on their own worth and we won-
der where they are coming from.

In every way and in every segment of life
the Bahamian’s value system has certainly
changed.

Be The First And Reserve Yours Toc

In defence of
democratic
process

EDITOR, The Tribune.

On the Editorial page of
The Nassau Guardian Thurs-
day, 14th February edition,
appeared a letter to the Edi-
tor under the caption
“Branville McCartney is
Bahamian Sarah Palin” by a
writer under the pseudonym
grateful to Mr Ingraham.

First of all dear grateful
one, let me say that you
should have found some oth-
er way of showing your grati-
tude to Mr Ingraham for
whatever favour or favours
that he may have bestowed
upon or given you. To com-
pare a young, vibrant, ener-
getic and intelligent up and
coming Bahamian political
star with the likes of Sarah
Palin is denigrating and disin-
genuous of anyone claiming
to be a Bahamian. I am only
presuming that you are, but I
could be wrong.

For over two weeks now
since Mr McCartney made
the remark that Mr Ingraham
has or shows no compassion,
a number of persons have
been writing to the press con-
demning and taking him,
McCartney to task for his
remarks. This young man is
simply exercising his consti-
tutional rights not only as a
citizen; but an elected repre-
sentative of a constituency in
a democratic society. You
dear miss or mister grateful,
would be surprised to know
how many of us out here in
John Q public, including me,
are in full agreement with
McCartney and give him
credit for his testicular forti-
tude.

You and others, in dis-
agreeing with McCartney,
which is your constitutional

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right in the democratic
process, went on record as
saying that the paying of elec-
tricity bills, cash handouts to
straw vendors, hiring people
to sit down under trees hold-
ing garbage bags and watch-
ing a few more raking leaves
on the side of the road, the
paying out of millions of NIB
monies to thousands of per-
sons, many of whom only buy
grass and rum, and paying
lawyers to represent persons
committing criminal offences
in a foreign country are acts
of compassion, if you are say-
ing that that is good news,
then here are some bad news.

Mr Ingraham is, first and
foremost a politician and if I
may say so a good one. He
was trained by a master politi-
cian, Lynden Oscar Pindling.

All that money that was so
generously given away was
not Mr Ingraham’s own to
give, it is the people’s money
and at some time in the not
too distant future he has to
give account for his steward-
ship. One cannot, willy-nilly,
give away or misuse public
funds without proper author-
ity there is a process that must
be followed according to law.
Did it ever occur to you, dear
grateful and others that what
you perceived to be acts of
compassion could have really
been acts of vote-catching?
To say that McCartney was
only grandstanding while in
charge of immigration, is com-
plete rubbish. I was floating
around in this archipelago

long before party politics, par-
ty government, majority rule
and all the other trappings
that we now enjoy, So I am
now telling you, dear grate-
ful, that there has been one
and only one other minister
of immigration that did a bet-
ter job than Branville
McCartney and that was Lof-
tus Roker who like McCart-
ney, did not have to depend
on Haitian votes.

Branville McCartney, like
any other member of the Free
National Movement, has the
God-given right not only to
aspire to the leadership of the
party, but to fight through the
legal process of the party to
attain it. Ingraham did not
have to fight to become
leader of the FNM, it was
handed to him by the then
leader Cecil Wallace-Whit-
field who was also co-founder
of the party. Cecil, who
sought my advice on the mat-
ter six weeks before his
demise, (I was the other co-
founder) had his reasons that
were many and real, for mak-
ing the choice, but that does
not mean that Ingraham must
do likewise. As long as he is at
the top he is the main target
for all and sundry that has
ambitions in aspiring for the
top of the ladder. I say to
Branville, ignore the critics,
keep focus on your goal, put
first, your trust in God and
keep faith with yourself. Put
not your trust in princes for
they shall deceive you and be
assured that what is out there
for you, you will get.

ERRINGTON

W I WATKINS
Nassau,

February 14, 2011.

One suspects Branville McCartney's
days as an FNM are numbered

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Reading The Nassau Guardian’s headline
on February 2, 2011 “PM lacks compassion,”
supposedly uttered by FNM representative
for Bamboo Town Branville McCartney leads
one to believe that his days as an FNM are

numbered.

To make such an asinine statement in an
upcoming election year when all FNMs should
be close knit and ready for battle displays that
this individual is all about himself.

During these tough economic times when
Bahamians were losing their jobs and not able
to pay their bills the PM sought fit to introduce
unemployment benefit payments through the

ments and their lights immediately turned on
and Mr McCartney says he has no compas-

sion!

“Compassion” as explained in the dictionary
is showing sympathetic pity and concern for
the suffering of others.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham knows

first hand about hard times as he has stated

National Insurance Board, and free medica-

tion.

BEC customers whose lights were cut off
for non-payment were allowed to pay in instal-

WCAB
Nassau,

over and repeatedly.

Mr McCartney continues to rant and rave
with negative talk about the FNM and its lead-
ership but he always closes by saying he sup-
ports the FNM and its leader. I wonder.

Yes, the FNM will have its challenges just
like the PLP, but when it is all said and done
the outcome will favour the FNM.

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Cable and Wireless Com-
munications says that cor-
porate social responsibility
will be a cornerstone of its
approach if successful in
purchasing 51 per cent of the
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company.

In a statement issued yes-
terday, the company said it
has a “strong and proud his-
tory” of community part-
nerships, working in the
region through its LIME
business.

A spokesperson said:
“The vision for our LIME
business is to always work
to improve life in the region.
As such one of our early pri-
orities is to extend BTC
community spending to
reflect its regional share of
CSR investment. This is just
one of the benefits of BTC
joining the Cable and Wire-
less Communications fami-
ly.”
He added: “Our approach
will be to seek focused
investment into parts of the
community — whether that
be in New Providence or
other family islands —- where
it can have most benefit.

“We have worked with
many community organisa-
tions over a long period,
which has helped them to
develop. We also have a
strong tradition of getting
teams into the community
as often time and energy can
be as valuable an investment
as money.”

Following the Haiti earth-

quake last year, LIME col-
leagues and customers raised
J$23 million through a
fundraising telethon broad-
cast on 28 television and
cable channels.

A LIME team member
also joined the International
Telecoms Union group who
went to restore communica-
tion links in the country.

The statement said that in
Grand Cayman, LIME is
seeking to “greatly increase”
the ability of young people
to access the internet.

“This is being achieved by
establishing free internet
services in all the local
libraries and schools, plus
several hot spots around the
island. In addition, LIME
has developed an after
school programme for pri-
mary age students with aca-
demic and social challenges,
providing the necessary
high-speed broad-band
access. This is being rolled
out across the Caribbean.

“In Jamaica LIME organ-
ised a massive Back to
School event in 2010, includ-
ing a music concert, amuse-
ment park, a health and den-
tistry information ground
and a resource centre. There
was something of everything
— from free hair cuts to free
immunisations,” it said.

The statement said sport
sponsorship is another area
of focus for the company,
and noted its sponsorship of
the Carifta Games last year
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BAHAMIANS deserve bet-
ter and more reliable phone ser-
vice said Sandals owner Gor-
don 'Butch' Stewart, adding that
the debate surrounding Cable
and Wireless’ purchase of BTC
has become too political, and
threatens to overshadow the
benefits from impending
telecommunications competi-
tion.

"The Bahamas’ phone sys-
tem, we all deserve much bet-
ter," said the tourism mogul
during an interview at his Emer-
ald Bay on Great Exuma. "I
think the whole Batelco thing
has become political. When that

happens you have trouble see-
ing the good or the bad, the way
to go."

Last month his son, Sandals
CEO Adam Stuart, called
C&W "a valuable partner."

Experiences

"The hospitality industry
expects and deserves the best
in communication services — our
guests look forward to commu-
nicating back home to share
their experiences and demand
speed, reliability and stability,”
said the younger Mr Stewart.

"It's an important part of the
guest experience. LIME has
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and provide greater service to
our guests because of LIME. I
expect to see LIME do great
things for BTC, and especially
for the hospitality industry in
the Bahamas, and believe they
have the right track record for
the job," he said.

When asked why his son pub-
licly backed C& W's takeover
of BTC, Mr Stewart speculat-
ed it was just positive public
relations.

"Adam has friends in Cable
and Wireless and I think they
asked if he would say something
nice about Cable and Wireless
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77 persons detained from Haitian Village are repatriated

THE Immigration department
announced that it has repatriated 77 per-
sons detained in a Haitian Village near
Fox Hill during a night-time raid that
sparked allegations of brutality.

The group arrested in the raid, which
took place two weeks ago, was among a
total of 93 Haitians sent to Port-au-
Prince on Tuesday, the rest having been
apprehended during a series of road
blocks and searches.

The department said that nine more

persons were apprehended during these
exercises, but were found to hold proper
status and were therefore released.

Also apprehended were three
Jamaicans, one Guyanese immigrant and
one Filipino.

On Thursday of last week, another 19
Haitians were apprehended and com-
mitted to the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre after they could not show
satisfactory proof of their immigration
status, the statement said.

Following the Fox Hill raid, Haitian
Ambassador Louis Harold Joseph said
his office had been informed that a num-
ber of persons were mistreated by offi-
cials and members of the Haitian-
Bahamian community told The Tribune
people were beaten unnecessarily as men
and women were apprehended.

The department responded to this yes-
terday, saying it invited persons who
claimed aggressive behaviour and phys-
ical abuse at the hands of Immigration

officers to write and sign depositions in
support of their allegations — “However,
they refused to do so. Their concerns
were nonetheless noted.”

Immigration officials have repatriated
a total of 467 Haitians so far this year.

The department urged persons resid-
ing and working in the Bahamas illegal-
ly “to desist forthwith” and gave an
assurance to the public of its “commit-
ment to professionalism and ideals of
the highest when apprehending persons.”

PERFORMANCE,

- Bahamians ‘deserve
better phone service’

that it will be a much better ser-
vice.”

Earlier this month, govern-
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to sell 51 per cent of its shares in
the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company to regional
provider Cable and Wireless
amid protests from union lead-
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Agreement

URCA, the communications
regulatory body, must review
the agreement and parliament
must approve the sale.

"After that, the government
will move in parliament, the Pri-
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the minor amendments to the
Utilities Regulation Act. We
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What lies ahead for Branville
McCartney after PM comments?
YOUNG Man's VIEW

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

OVER the last few weeks,
Bamboo Town MP Branville
McCartney has been a one-
man news cycle, with his
recent comments—which
referred to Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham as lacking
compassion, asserted that the
Free National Movement will
face challenges going into the
next general election and also
declared that the government
seemed to not “connect to”
and were not “listening to”
the people—taising a few eye-
brows.

Indeed, Bran McCartney
has evolved into perhaps one
of the most dynamic young
politicians to emerge in recent
years, however—since his res-
ignation and recent com-
ments—in some quarters it is
felt that his political career is
fading fast whilst others
believe that it’s just burgeon-
ing and he’s displaying much-
desired gumption to fellow
politicos. During his tenure
as Minister of State for Immi-
gration, the much-celebrated
McCartney won over the
hearts of many Bahamians
with his approach as a hard-
nosed, hands-on anti-illegal
immigration minister. It is
thought that Mr McCartney
catered to the populous rage
over illegal immigration!

That said, was Mr McCart-
ney’s recent remarks demon-
strative of his standing-up for
his beliefs and a likely pre-
cursor to him hitting the eject
button and leaving the FNM?
Were his comments merely
attention-seeking rhetoric,
particularly in this age of iden-
tity politics? Or, was it sim-
ply an expression of his gen-
uine feelings on the inner
workings of his party/govern-

ea

ment and his true impression
of the Prime Minister and the
national state-of-affairs?

In the wake of the former
state minister’s comments,
will the ground be loosened
under Mr McCartney? Has
Bahamian politics matured
enough where politicians can
take chafing from someone
on the same side of the polit-
ical divide?

Frankly, there are politi-
cians and members of the
public who have told me that
in their view, Mr McCartney’s
political stock may be depre-
ciating from self-inflicted
wounds. However, there are
others who articulate their
new found “respect” for the
Bamboo Town MP for speak-
ing what many believe was his
conscience.

Moreover, in political cir-
cles, there has been chatter
of Mr McCartney leaving the
FNM to lead the National
Development Party (NDP)
or, that in the lead up to gen-
eral elections, to join an enti-
ty known as the Party of Inde-
pendents, which—whilst yet
to materialize (at least pub-
licly)—-will purportedly fea-
ture candidates such as
McCartney and former South
Andros MP Whitney Bastian.

Frankly, in the wake of Dr
Andre Rollins’ abandonment
of the NDP, one wonders —
in the face of the speculation
and allegations of Mr McCart-
ney joining that grouping and
ascending to the helm of the
party—whether such a move
would be politically prudent
or merely political suicide. It
appears that Dr Rollins—the

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NDP’s candidate in last year’s
by-election in Elizabeth—lost
confidence in the political
vehicle that he co-founded
and thereby decided, in
Lebron James’ (NBA player)
fashion, to “take his talents”
to the PLP. Honestly, whilst
some would say that Dr
Rollins seemingly took on an
opportunistic deportment, his
departure from the NDP does
not bode well for the fledg-
ling party, particularly since
he was the face of the organi-
zation.

Although Mr McCartney
has proven himself as an
exceptional MP in Bamboo
Town, his political fortune
seems uncertain. If Bran
McCartney leaves the FNM,
will that result in a seismic
crack in their electoral
machinery?

Indeed, the FNM should
not wish to enter a general
election cycle giving-off the
impression that the organiza-
tion is devouring itself. There
is no need to creep around
the issue—both the FNM and
Branville McCartney need to
determine if he will be the
party’s standard bearer or if
he’s running as an indepen-
dent or otherwise. It would
be unimaginable, possibly
injurious to the party, if the
FNM did not give Mr
McCartney—one of its
strongest candidates—the nod
in what’s setting up to be a
tough election year.

Whether he desires such a
response or not is unknown,
however any attempt to
forcibly banish Mr McCart-
ney to the political wilder-

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DYNAMIC: Branville McCartney

ness—as many people feel
would happen—would be a
mammoth misjudgment and
used as a campaign ploy
against the FNM by opposing
political entities, could insult
the voting public and, more-
over, will catapult the MP into
a much higher political
stratosphere.

Indeed, the Prime Minister
is a shrewd politician and, as
such, there has been no
ridiculous overreaction on his
part in response to any of Mr
McCartney’s moves—from
his resignation to his recent
comments.

That said, if Bran McCart-
ney becomes an indepen-
dent—a true independent—
he’s likely to still attract many
marginal, non-ideological and
independent-minded voters—
a class of voters that’s rapidly
expanding with today’s
younger, more educated elec-
torate.

Among the wider populace,
there remains a jingoistic ado-
ration of the MP. Moreover,
Mr McCartney has a large
FNM following and FNMs
have, in the past, shown them-
selves willing to vote inde-
pendent if they feel that the
party didn’t do the right thing.
However, Mr McCartney—in
the minds of voters—will have
a dilemma if he joins another
party and thereby returns to
the electorate—after one
term—with another “label”
attached.

Indeed, there are some seg-
ments of the Bahamian elec-
torate—across the spec-
trum—who are politically
immature and cannot think
independently of the party to
whom they have pledged alle-
giance, sticking to labels
instead of looking at the

integrity and quality of a can-
didate.

The reality is that, as it
relates to the PLP and the
FNM, for every Laura in the
PLP there is a Harem in the
FNM!

Considering precedent
(Tennyson Wells’ 2002 victo-
ry) and the current construct
of Bamboo Town, if Bran
McCartney runs as an inde-
pendent, he could win the
constituency. Frankly,
McCartney has also not
reached the point of being
labeled as a “disgruntled
FNM” and that bodes well for
his chances. Furthermore, in a
constituency like Bamboo
Town, I’m not sure if the con-
stituents would be willing to
have the FNM unceremoni-
ously dump another candidate
on them because the current
representative went against
the grain and/or is perceived
as not being a “yes man.”

That said, in the current
political climate, Bran
McCartney’s chances of
becoming FNM leader are
next to none. Party leadership
is not based upon what the
masses feel, but instead upon
the hierarchical structure and
the constitution of a party
and, quite honestly, it’s not
uncommon for the masses to
feel differently from the deci-
sion-makers within a party—
this being illustrated in the
FNM’s electoral defeat in
2002, when the internal
machinery of the organization
didn’t conceptually under-
stand or appreciate what the
masses were thinking. While I
am not suggesting that the
masses are clamouring for the
Bamboo Town MP to
become leader, I’m pointing
out observably flawed
processes with both of the
major parties that, in such a
bubble-like atmosphere, can
hardly gauge the political
temperature of the masses.
As it stands, if Bran McCart-
ney remains an FNM and
seeks to become a future
leadership contender, he
needs to start enlisting the
support of party delegates and
council members—a support
system that he presently does-
nt appear to have!

I’ve found Bran McCartney
to be an affable, down-to-
earth chap whose drive and
youthful vigour is refreshing.
In what appears to be a brutal
election year, Mr McCartney
must, in his political calculus,
ensure that before any moves
or spur of the moment deci-
sions, he doesn’t portray him-
self as an over zealous hot-
shot, but rather treks the path
of a difference-making, uni-

fying politician who has
inspired throngs of Bahami-
ans and has demonstrated an
ideal work ethic in his Bam-
boo Town constituency. As
far as the FNM should be
concerned, right now the best
approach is to offer Mr
McCartney a nomination
whilst letting his fate remain
in his own hands!

THE BCPOU
AND BTC’s SALE

There are some utterances
and incidents that occur that
are nothing short of classless
and knuckleheaded. Of late,
Bahamas Communications
and Public Officers Union
(BCPOU) President Bernard
Evans’ remarks have not only
given off predictably negative
vibes, but have also been irre-
sponsible.

The public has become
weary of what appears to be
cringe-inducing bloviating and
reckless statements.

Frankly, it appears that the
union is fighting a losing bat-
tle, desperate for an applause
line from the wider popu-
lace—an applause line that
will never happen since many
Bahamians are seeking more
efficient services, cheaper
rates, fewer dropped calls and
themselves are looking for-
ward to the sale of BTC to
fulfil these desires.

Mr Evans’ “small Egypt”
comment—associating
impending union action with
the protests (some violent)
for democratic change in
Egypt which recently led to
the ouster of dictator and
President of 30 years Hosni
Mubarak—appeared be an
illustration of terminal foot-
in-mouth disease.

One can understand what
Mr Evans is attempting to do,
but his delivery of his mes-
sage in such an arrogant, out-
rageous and immature man-
ner is turning many Bahami-
ans off.

Whilst I understand the
notion that unions and gov-
ernments have been histori-
cal adversaries and that the
unions play an important role
in the national framework by
fight for better remuneration
and working conditions for
workers, I still hold the belief
that the BCPOU could launch
valid inquiries about aspects
of the sale without seeming
out of touch or resorting, in
any way, to seemingly encour-
aging waves of unrest.

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am curious as to whether
there’s a political gift—a nom-
ination or promises of politi-
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THE Bahamas bade
farewell to Hu Dingxian,
Ambassador of the People’s
Republic of China, after three
years of historic achievements
in bilateral relations.

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette hailed these
accomplishments during a
farewell reception in honour
of Ambassador Hu on
Wednesday night.

Ambassador Hu _ was
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and service passports.

An Investment Promotion
and Protection Agreement
(IPPA) and a Tax Informa-
tion Exchange Agreement
(TIEA) were also concluded.

On Ambassador Hu’s
watch, 13 Bahamians received
scholarships to study in China,
many Bahamians benefitted
from seminars and workshops
in varied fields in China, and
Bahamians were able to train
at home through the Confu-
cius Classroom at the College
of the Bahamas.

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dent with the arrival of the
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~ Educators praised for vigilance in
man who posed as teacher

BISHOP HAD SEX
IN CHURCH ‘WITH
WIFE, NOT GIRL’

FROM page one

The complainant also alleged she
and the bishop had sex in the master
bedroom of his house. Fraser told the
court that statement was also a lie.

He recalled that the police came to
his home but did not test for semen in
his master bedroom.

“They performed testing in my old-
est daughter’s room, which was
strange,” Fraser said.

The bishop also refuted the allega-
tion that he had attempted to have the
complainant watch a pornographic
movie. He acknowledged that police
found a pornographic video at his
home.

“We did not even know we had it
until they found it,” Fraser told the
court.

He explained that police retrieved
the video from a box in his oldest
daughter’s bedroom. Fraser denied
watching pornographic films, but said
he could not say whether the tape
belonged to him or not.

Under cross-examination by prose-
cutor Franklyn Williams, Fraser
denied he had lengthy telephone con-
versations with the complainant and
further denied having phone sex with
her.

Fraser admitted to “chatting” with
the girl online. He told the court his
wife knew he was counselling the girl
and had no objections.

He admitted that at that time he did
not think it was prudent to counsel the
girl with another minister or his wife
present, claiming he had done it
before with many others. He admitted
however that in retrospect, it would
have been prudent for him to have
done so.

Fraser admitted he knew of the sex
scandals involving popular ministers
such as Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bak-
er.

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did not know whether the Full Gospel
Baptist Fellowship, to which his
church belongs, has guidelines for
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The case continues.

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- exposing

FROM page one

in schools.

“Grand Bahama has had a very
terrible experience that we ought
to learn from, and we are to do
everything we can to protect chil-
dren,” Mr Bannister told The Tri-
bune while in Grand Bahama yes-
terday.

On Wednesday, a man was con-
victed in the Magistrate’s Court
after pretending to be a teacher at
Walter Parker Primary.

Leroy Deleveaux, 22, pleaded
guilty to charges of falsely pre-
tending to be a public officer and
uttering a forged document. He
was jailed for three months and
fined $1,000 or six months in
prison.

The alarm was raised by a con-
cerned parent who exposed Dele-
veaux as an impostor. The parent
also claimed he lived an alternative
lifestyle.

Deleveaux, who had been con-
ducting extra-curricular activities
with young male students, was
unable to produce paperwork
regarding his status at the school
after being confronted by educa-
tion officials on January 4.

Mr Bannister praised District
School Superintendent Julian
Anderson and teachers at the
school.

He said Deleveaux was in pos-
session of a forged letter that gave
him the authority to be on the
school campus.

“T want to just say thanks to
School Supt Julian Anderson and
our teachers who were able to find
out that this man was an impos-
tor, and I commend them.

“We also have to be vigilant
about persons who have their own
reasons, whatever those reasons
are, to be near to other people’s
children.

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we are to do everything we can to
protect children.

“And so, I am grateful to Mr
Anderson for his vigilance, and the
teachers and parents who worked
together to find out about this man
and get him before the courts and
punished quickly,” said Mr Ban-
nister.

The Minister also commended
those who came forward and
exposed Eight Mile Rock High
School teacher Andre Birbal.

Birbal, a 48-year-old art teacher,
was convicted in the Supreme

LEROY DELEVEAUX pleaded guilty to charges of falsely pretending to be a public officer and uttering a forged document.

Court on January 26 after being
found guilty of having unnatural
sexual intercourse with two of his
students at the school. He was sen-
tenced to 35 years in prison.

Asked whether he was happy
that Birbal was behind bars, Mr
Bannister said: “It is not a matter
of being happy. I read the tran-
script of that trial and I have spo-
ken to those young men, and there
is a part of their lives that was tak-
en away from them forever by
someone who was thoughtless and
uncaring.

“Tt is a part of their lives, their

innocence they will never get back.
It is not something I would wish
on any child.

“And to those persons who
finally found out and brought it
out to the open, and those persons
who persevered until Birbal was
brought back to the country and
tried in a court of law before a jury
of his peers, I want to just give
them the highest commendation
and thanks, and say to teachers
that we have to continue to be vig-
ilant that among us we do not have
those who would prey on chil-
dren.”

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LOCAL NEWS

2011 E Clement Bethel National
Arts Festival is announced

THE Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture has
announced that the 2011 E
Clement Bethel National Arts
Festival is scheduled to begin
March 1 at the Lucaya Con-
vention Centre in Freeport,
Grand Bahama.

According to a statement
issued yesterday, the Festival’s
Grand Bahama adjudications
will run until March 11. New
Providence will follow, starting
on March 14, and running
through March 25.

Beginning in April, the
statement added, adjudications
will begin in the other Family
Islands. Abaco will lead this
list on April 4, ending with
Inagua later in the year.

In Grand Bahama, drama
and music adjudications run
March 1-11, dance adjudica-
tions run March 5-7, 11 and
arts and crafts adjudications
are on June 3.

In New Providence dance
adjudications run February 28
— March 4, music and drama
adjudications run March 14 —
25, and arts and crafts adjudi-
cations are on June, 1.

Entries are now being
received from New Providence
and Grand Bahama. Entries
will be received until Febru-
ary 18, in both locations.

The following are the 2011
dates for the Family Islands:

¢ Abaco, April 4-8

¢ Eleuthera, Harbour and
Current Islands, April 11 - 14

¢ Ragged Island, April 15

¢ Mangrove Cay, Andros,
April 18

¢ Moore’s Island, Abaco,
April 19

¢ South Andros, May 5

¢ Rum Cay, May 6

e Farmer’s Cay, May 17

¢ Black Point, May 17

¢ Bimini, May 9

¢ Long Island, May 10-11

¢ San Salvador, May 12

¢ Berry Islands, May 18 -19

¢ Cat Island, May 20, 2011

¢ Crooked Island, 24

¢ Long Cay, 25

¢ Acklins, May 26

e¢ Exuma, May 27 — 28

e North and Central
Andros, May 30 - 31

¢ Mayaguana, June 1

¢ Inagua, June | and 2

The statement noted that
dates are subject to change
and if there are any further
questions, interested persons
may contact Keva Cartwright
at 502-0632 or 502-0600.

The Department of Youth
also identified the adjudica-
tors for this year’s festival.

The choral and instrumental
music adjudicator will be

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2010 FESTIVAL: School children perform during last year’s event.

Helen Peloquin. Ms Peloquin
graduated from the Conser-
vatoire de Musique de Mon-
treal Canada in 1974, with
honours. The Conservatoire
is a Performing School simi-
lar to Juliard in New York or
McGill University in Ontario,
Canada.

The curriculum included
harmony, solfege, choir, cham-
ber orchestra, music arrange-
ment, analysis, and multiple
performance. She studied with
Isabelle Nef in Annecy,
France in 1974 and was a per-
forming artist from 1975 -1995
and a cellist for the Ottawa
Chamber Ensemble in 1989.

She was also a Cellist for the
Auckland Symphony Orches-
tra in New Zealand. Presently,
she is principal cellist, librari-
an, tutor, webmaster and sec-
retary for the Bahamas
National Symphony Orches-
tra.

She is also the founder of
Strings n’ Tings and co-
founder of the Nassau Cham-
ber Ensemble, in 2009.

Lawrence Carroll returns as
dance adjudicator and he
began his dance training with
the New Breed Dancers in
Nassau. Later, he travelled to
Toronto, Canada, to advance
his studies at Ryerson Univer-
sity, where he studied Theatre
Arts and graduated with hon-
ours.

He studied classical ballet
with the Royal Academy of
Dance and modern and
national dance with the Impe-

rial Society of Teachers of
Dancing.

After graduating from Ryer-
son University, he began
teaching at the National
Dance School and later went
to A F Adderley, C C Sweet-
ing and D W Davis schools,
among others.

Mr Carroll has represented
the Bahamas at many regional
and international festivals
throughout the years, includ-
ing Commonwealth Arts Fes-
tival (Edmonton, Canada),
CARIFESTA Barbados,
CARIFESTA Jamaica, and
CARIFESTA Cuba.

He was also a part of Min-
istry of Tourism promotional
tours to Chicago, Detroit,
Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.

James Catalyn also returns
to the festival as drama adju-
dicator. Mr Catalyn studied
drama at De’ Paul University
in Chicago, Illinois and gradu-
ated with honours. He has had
the good fortune to adjudicate
in many different venues
throughout the years, the
statement said.

He is the winner of numer-
ous awards including the
Chamber of Commerce Dis-
tinguished Citizen Award; the
International Rotary’s Paul
Harris Fellows Award; the
Delta Sigma Sorority
(Bahamas) Performing Arts
Award; the Meta Award for
Lifetime Achievement in the
Arts; and the Ist Identity
Artist Award, among many
others.



“Bahamian culture has been
brought to the forefront by the
prolific writings of Mr Catalyn
whose works have been per-
formed on stage, radio and
throughout the islands of the

Bahamas. James and his
friends have also represented
the Bahamas internationally
in New Zealand, Trinidad, and
Bermuda and at the United
Nations in New York City,”
the statement said.

It added that his insistence
that Bahamians speak
“Bahamianese” has made
many more aware of the beau-
ty and uniqueness of Bahami-
an dialect, and in his writings
and performances, he accen-
tuates the beauty of our lan-
guage, while encouraging us
to be proud of this aspect of
our culture.

The arts and crafts adjudi-
cator is Kishshan Munroe.
Born in Nassau, the statement
said Mr Munroe is “the prod-
uct of a social, cultural, and
historic continuum of artists
in a region where the tradition
of art-making is expressed
through its many layers of var-
ied and complex histories”.

Antonius Roberts is one of
his early mentors.

He received his first degree
from the Savannah College of
Arts and Design, where he
double majored in painting
and visual effects and com-
pleted his undergraduate



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DRAMA ADJUDICATOR:
James Catalyn

degree with honours.

Mr Munroe went on to fur-
ther his studies at his alma
mater on a graduate fellow-
ship and finished, again, with
honours.

His works have been exhib-
ited both in the Caribbean and
the United states and are
included in many public and
private collections.

He is also the recipient of
numerous awards and acco-
lades including grants from the
Endowment of the Arts
(Bahamas), The Governor’s
Choice Award (Bahamas) and
the Combined Merit Fellow-
ship at the Savannah College
of Art and Design.





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#10 Palmetto Avenue & Acklins Street
P.O. Box N-3572, Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 326-5773
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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR

EPHEUS JAMES
‘“*Ephie”
BUTLER, 60

of Soldier Road who died on February
7th, 2011, will be held on Saturday,
February 19th, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at
Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion African
Methodist Church. Baillou Hill Road
& Peter Street. Officiating will be Rev.
Kendal Mackey, assisted by Rev.
Susanna Mackey. Interment follows in
Old Trail Cemetery, Abundant Life Road.

Left to cherish his memories are: Two Daughters: Tamika Butler
Liscombe and Cherylee Butler; Five (5) Grandchildren: Andralique,
Tharojanaye, Teajah, Lajaye and Lloyd Liscombe Jr.; One (1) Step
Granddaughter: Alessa Liscombe; One (1) Son-in-law: Andrew
Lloyd Liscombe; Four (4) Brothers: Heman Nixon of Waterford
Eleuthera, Samuel, Alexander and William Butler; Four (4) Sisters:
Luella Watkins, Pecola Mackey, Francina Watson and Kathleen
Butler; Two (2) Sisters-in-law: Tun Nixon and Karina Butler; One
(1) Brother—in-law: Leonard Mackey; Seventeen (17) Nephews
including: Rudolph, Anthony, William Butler Jr., Bernard and
Alexander Butler Jr., Marvin Watson, Lewis and Nelson Mackey
and Tyrone Thurston; Twenty-four (24) Nieces including: Karen
Simmons, Raquel and Julia Butler, Terrylene Dean, Diane Pratt,
Sharon Sherman, Debbie Estime, Curley McKinney, Jean Rolle,
Marion Strachan, Welma Petty, Wendy Laroda, Lillian Knowles
and Katherine McPhee; Forty-seven (47) Grand Nieces and
Nephews and a host of other relatives and friends including: Herman
Rolle and family, Terrance Bullard and family, Ramonda Black
and family, Emily Rolle and family, Trudy Nixon and family,
Fannymae Smith and family, Eartha Pyfrom and family, Eugenie
Moss and family, Gladys Lightfoot and family, Angeline Pierre
and family, Iva Johnson and family, Wendy Rolle and family,
Tanishka Taylor and family, Mario & Nicola Taylor and family,
Kingdom Tire Shop Nassau Village, Rev. Victor Cooper and The
New Bethany Baptist Church family, The family of Shaw Temple
A.M.E. Zion Church, the entire Key West Street, Soldier Road
and Nassau Village families, and a host of other relatives and
friends too numerous to mention.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Newbold
Brothers Chapel, Palmetto Avenue & Acklins Street off Market
and East Streets on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday
at the church from 10:00 a.m., until service.

JOYEUSE
THERVIL, 57

of Eleuthera Close and formerly of
Haiti, who died on February 9th, 2011,
will be held on Sunday, February 20th,
2011, at 2:00 p.m., at United Alliance
Church, Watlings Street. Officiating
will be Pastor Aleonce Bazile, assisted
by other Ministers of the gospel.
Interment follows in Old Trail
Cemetery, Soldier Road.

Cherished memories will remain in the hearts of her husband: Jean
Claude Thervil; two sons: Jouvins Thervil and Jean Bernard Thervil;
two daughters: Herline Thervil and Merlande Thervil; adopted
daughter: Joanne Thervil; stepsons: Emmanuel Maxi Thervil and
Jean Mark Louis; stepdaughters: Sylvina Thervil and Claudette
Louis; grandsons: Jean Bernard Thervil Jr., Willbens J. Thervil,
Calib Calixte, Joshua B. Thervil and Eljino Thervil; granddaughters:
Aaliyah A. Thervil, Jounika Thervil and Rose Berland Calixte;
mother: Pamela Petitgue Donassain; father: Christian Donassain
(deceased); brothers: Rev. Jacob Donassain and Rev. Eclesias
Donatien; sisters: Elizabeth Donassain and Jean Jacques Felicie;
son-in-law: Ive Bobo; daughters-in-law: Madame Jouvens Thervil
and Eliotte Yordie Thervil; uncles: Ifossa Altis Donassain and
Eliphene Terveus; aunt: Madame Telcius Silhomme; nephews:
Daniel Deramo, Ezekiel Donassain, Jacklin Donassaint, Maxeme
Donassain, Markison Donassain, Metty Chael Donassain and
Keniel Donassain; nieces: Doteline Donassain, Ketia Donassain,
Beky Donassain, Mariel Donassain, Miralda Donassain and Ermite
Donassain; cousins: Tison Telisma, Elsin, Vone, Petitgue, Harry,
Vana, Roselene, Daugter, Sonise, Maxiana, Dieula Miselus, Rosiane
Louis Cadet, Madame Isaac Louis, Osanie Clotilde, Silhomme,
Lussienne, Francine, Merard, Vladimir, Tenson Merard and Pierre
Celimarc; sisters-in-law: Luciene Alcine, Nesta Similien Alianne
Thervil, Madame Roge, Jannet Thervil, Odet and Atma Jeneve,
Madame Jacob and Madame Eclesias Donassain; brothers-in-law:
Lucien Similien Etsa Famale, Jean Ronald Similien and family
Smith and Ceneck Thervil, Morange and Odernier; friends including:
Janet, Sylvia, Vanessa, Tiya, Dieula, Jetta, Herla, Ruth, Wincy,
Harris, Midas, Wilner, Jimmy, Herode, Madame Viller Bissainte,
Villard, Linda and United Alliance Church family.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Newbold
Brothers Chapel, Palmetto Avenue & Acklins Street off Market
and East Streets on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday
at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.



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LOCAL NEWS

Dr Andre Rollins
explains to rally

crowd why he
joined the PLP

FROM page one

Bahamians can do the job.’

“Where do you think he
came up with that idea?
The messages being sent
by the FNM are that
Bahamians can’t build
roads; we can’t operate a
telephone company; we
can’t own a greater stake
in our economy; we can’t
find a Bahamian qualified
to lead the College of the
Bahamas or critical gov-
ernment departments and
entities.

“Tam surprised they still
think that a Bahamian can
be Prime Minister,” Dr
Rollins remarked.

The former Elizabeth
candidate continued, stat-
ing that this FNM adminis-
tration has insulted and
demeaned the pride of the
Bahamian people, and in
seeking to justify the sale
of BTC “they have shame-
lessly attacked the compe-
tence and intelligence of
Bahamian professionals,



NEW PLP MEMBER:
Dr Andre Rollins

former president a failure.”

“In appointing Queen’s
Counsels they made a con-
scious decision not to hon-
our a man who has a dis-
tinguished record of pub-
lic advocacy. In the process
they sought to destroy the
credibility and hard-earned

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CHRISTINE MAUDA
DAMES SIMMS
“Mama”, 81
of Murphy Town, Abaco and formerly
of Bluff Point, Abaco, will be held on
Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 1:30p.m.
Church: Change Ministries International,
Murphy Town, Abaco. Officiating: Senior
Pastor Reverend Christopher Dean.
Assisted by: Reverend Everette Strachan
and Reverend Leroy Thompson.
Interment: Murphy Town Public
Cemetery, Murphy Town, Abaco.



Left to ponder her cherished memories

are her five sons: Donald, Sherwood Sr.,
John, Cyril and Jonathan Simms; nine daughters: Eulamae Gomez, Christine
Dean, Susanne Knowles, Jacqueline Johnson, Gelita Lewis, Yvonne Rolle,
Edith, Florina and Marilyn Simms; one sister: Evangelist Marilyn Ingraham;
three sisters-in-law: Vernell Davis, Marjorie McDonald and Bernice Simms;
four daughters-in-law: Jennive, Leta, Agatha and Linda Simms; seven sons-
in-law: Venable Gomez, Rev. Christopher Dean, Joseph Knowles, Franklin
Johnson, Jonathan Parker, Set. 1836 Alphonso Lewis Jr, and Timothy Rolle;
three adopted children: Rustin McKenzie, Carollee Wilson and Sherry
Robertson; sixty six grandchildren: Joann Martin, Patricia Dawkins, Oscar,
Barry, Harriet and Greg Gomez, Paula Cartwright, Gaylene Brice, Charlene
McDonald, Donette Kelley, Nikki, Deon, Marco, Jerrod, Donovan, Ericka
and McGerrette Simms, John Albury, Katie Jacques, Tyfiney Williams, Jessica
McKinney, Antonia Williams, Bernadette Hepburn, Sherwood Simms Jr.,
Tasha Mills, Paul, Megeon and Keffee Simms, Kenneth Cornish, Elder
Shandlene Grant, Jonette Munroe, Elton McKenzie, Nikki McDonald, Delvern
Simms, Carla Parker, Lashunda Aranha, Geoffrey Rutter, Hilary Reckley,
Jeremy Simms, Temeka Curry, Sherique Dill, Chenika, Chantell and Cyril
Simms Jr., Randy and Jason Lavarity, Chervin Stuart, Lachrissa Scriven,
Corderro and Trudy Dean, Sabrina Rolle, Josette Knowles, Bianca, Trevain,
Felicity, Jonathan Jr., and Abraham Simms, Franklin Jr., Cosma and Charisma
Johnson, Alkesha, Alphonso III and Gabriel Lewis, Tavonya, Deandra and
Kayla Rolle; twenty one grandsons-in-law: James Martin Sr., Lennie Dawkins,
Kevin Cartwright, Melchizedek Brice Sr., Keith McDonald Sr., Jason Kelley,
Robinson Jacques, Nevillo Williams, Edwin McKinney, Arthur Williams,
David Hepburn, Trevor Mills, Bishop Ricardo Grant, Shawn Munroe, Andray
Parker, Anthon Aranha, Brian Reckley, Carlington Stuart II, Tony Scriven
Sr., Jowelle Dill, and George Rolle; nine grand daughters-in-law: Karen,
Shevia and Nicky Gomez, Tracy Albury, Demris McKenzie, Tasha, Leona,
Kimberly and Erma Simms; seventy eight great grandchildren: James Jr., Jody
and Myles Martin, Keith McDonald, Cicely, Aleisha, Amelia, Greg Jr.,
Gabrielle and Isaiah Gomez, Tabitha Cartwright, Melchizedek and Rachel
Brice, Lapetra Moss, Marcus, Stephon, Charles, Karon, Michelle and Deann
Simms, Robinnique and Reacheal Jacques, Makeva, Marco Jr., Jvaughntrae,
Donata, Jamia, Makia and McGarrette Simms Jr., Nevello Williams Jr., Taruis
Williams, Edwin McKinney Jr., Keanna Nicolas, Adrian, Nivins, Akia, Shantell,
Randlo, Dean Jr., Rashard, Jason, Garitnique, Keno, Sasha, Alicia and
Olympia Simms, Silas Cartwright, Shyla, Shavanda and Alyssia Simms,
Kenisha, Sheoka, Riviana, Kenmanetti and Raheem Cornish, Shawn Munroe
Jr, Dekell McKenzie, Cara Woodside, Kemeron Simms, Matthew, Anjudde
and Carleisha Parker, Deneisha, Delvern Jr., Davoughn and Shameka Simms,
Ashley and Breunna Aranha, Geoffrey Jr. and Karethra Simms, Chloe Reckley,
Shaquante Simms, Reniah and Reniqua Curry, Carlington [V and Camani
Stuart, Tony Jr. and Lauren Scriven; two great great grandchildren; sixteen
nieces: Cyprianna, Rosie, Bridget, Donna, Christine, Denna, Brenda, Elizabeth,
Barbra, Debbie, Rosie, Tamara, Amanda, Edith, Tiny and Lois; eleven
nephews: Vincent, Billy, Dudley, Cubel Jr., Shervin, Nixon, William, John,
Rev. Alonza Dawkins, Rufus Martin and Howard Roberts; eight godchildren:
Joseph Davis, Cynthia Curry, Iva Duncombe, Wanda Russell, Melvease Davis,
Edward Curry, Mervin Reckley and Karen Antonio; numerous grand nieces
and nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends including; Edith
Clarke and family, Willamae Dawkins and family, Ismae Dawkins and family,
Ronald and Rosemary Swain and family, William and Louise Swain and family,
Edward Sawyer and family, Leansa Hanna and family, Edgebert Tinker,
Joshua Tinker, Shirley Newton, Don Bootle and family, Astrid Stratton, Ivy
Russell, Gurth Russell, Barbra Reckley, the Bootle family, Greta Strachan,
Rev. Kenneth Knowles and family, Lealond Simms and family, Joyce Bootle,
Ester Hepburn, Colin Swain, Lena Ferguson, Dolly Pinder and family, Kenneth
Davis, Tommy Dames, Loretta Stuart, Hamon Davis and the Davis family of
Moores Island, Cetal Curry, Henry Darville, Leah Humes, Nurse Cynthia
Murphy, Robert McKinney, Lula and Loreen Burrows, Dr. Swarna and the
staff of the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic, Ambulance Department,
Edison Key and family, Hudson, Valarie, Sylvera, Simms Minnie and Herbert
Key, Rev. Preston Knowles and family, Rev. Alan Mills and family, Flora
Lowe, Gertrude Dawkins, Estin Sawyer, Rev. Nixon Simms and family, Sterlin
Missick, Sylvia Swain, Ada Guillaume, Firstina Swain and family, Zion Baptist
Cathedral family, Victory Tabernacle, Bethany Gospel Chapel, Change
Ministries International, Strong Tower Community Church and all Churches
of the Murphy Town and Dundas Town Communities.

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respected men with proven
track records -— Leon
Williams and Maurice
Glinton - and made them
into political whipping boys
in order to advance their
sinister political agendas.
If this is what they think of
distinguished sons of the
soil, imagine what they
think about us?

“Mr Ingraham lashed out
at Bernard Evans for refus-
ing to accept a letter invit-
ing him to meet with the
Prime Minister, but where
was the Prime Minister’s
caring sensitivity when he
refused to formally meet
with the business owners
who complained that their
businesses were being
adversely impacted by the
prolonged works along the
Baillou Hill Road corri-
dor? His message to them
was simple: Their busi-
nesses weren’t worth help-
ing, or in some cases even
saving.

“What kind of papa
would treat his family so
poorly and with so much
contempt? You know in
this region’s political his-
tory, papa is a dirty word.
‘Papa Doc’ of Haiti also
showed contempt and a
complete lack of respect
for his people. You think
Mr Ingraham knew what
he was doing when he said
to call him papa? A real
daddy doesn’t raise his
children to believe less in
themselves. My daddy nev-
er taught me to doubt
myself or that I wasn’t
good enough to do some-
thing. My daddy didn’t
raise me like dat! He raised
me to believe that with
hard work I could become
anything I wanted to be.
Hubert Ingraham ain’t my
daddy! Hubert Ingraham
ain’t my papa! Is he
yours?” Dr Rollins asked.

“Speaking of hearts, do
you know that when Mr
Ingraham left the PLP, he
was forming a new political
party called the Heart Par-
ty. They even had the heart
symbol to show how much
love they had for the
Bahamian people. Tell me,
you think Hubert Alexan-
der Ingraham still has a
heart?

“You think he still has
love for the Bahamian peo-
ple? Even Branville
McCartney said publicly
that Mr Ingraham doesn’t
have a heart! I hear that’s
why they were in sucha
rush to bring in Dr
(Duane) Sands — because
they needed a really good
heart surgeon to help Mr
Ingraham find his heart,”
Dr Rollins quipped.

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BASEBALL
ELEUTHERA
BASEBALL

LEAGUE

¢ THE Eleuthera Junior
Baseball League kicked
off its 2011 season on Sat-
urday in Rock Sound with
the Rock Sound Team B,
coached by Lincoln
Young, pulling off a 5-4
victory over Team B,
coached by Larry Forbes.

The winning pitcher was
Ricardo Sands with eight
strike outs and the losing
pitcher was Ashton MclIn-
tosh, whp had 11 strike
outs. Ezra Petty Jr. had a
three-run homer with
three RBI for the winners,
while Tyler Leary had a
two-run double with two
RBI in the loss.

Play will continue this
Saturday in Rock Sound.
Allinterested team from
other settlements are
requested to contact presi-
dent Larry Forbes at 322-
2021, or at e-mail:
lucayan525@coralwave.co
m.

BASKETBALL
NPBA RESULTS

¢ TWO games were
played Wednesday night
at the CI Gibson Gymna-
sium as the New Provi-
dence Basketball Associa-
tion resumed play after
taking a break for the sec-
ond annual Law Enforce-
ment Basketball Tourna-
ment.

In the first game, the
Real Real Deal Shockers

SEE page 12



Mark Knowles

Knowles anti
Mertinak prevail
over Brazilian duo

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

IT was a match that could
have gone either way.

But in the end, Mark
Knowles and his Slovenian
partner Michal Mertinak pre-
vailed with a come-from-behind
3-6, 6-3, 14-12 decision over the
Brazilian team of Marcelo Melo
and Bruno Soares.

Knowles and Mertinak, the
number three seeded team,
were broken twice at 2-2 and
5-3 as the unseeded team of
Melo and Soares went on to
take the first set.

In the second set, Knowles
and Mertinak got the only
break at 3-1 and both teams
served out the set.

Then in the super tie-break-
er, Melo and Soares managed
to get the first lead at 1-0 and
the two teams traded the lead
until they were tied twice at 11-
11 and 12-12. But Knowles and
Mertinak held and broke to
take the final two points, the
set and the match.

The match lasted one hour,
17 minutes and 52 seconds.

Melo and Soares had five
aces, compared to just two by
Knowles and Mertinak and
while both teams were evened
at 2-2 in double faults, the Israel

SEE page 12

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2011

Vanderpool-Wallace
off to fast start at SEC

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

ARIANNA Vanderpool-Wallace got off
to a fast start at the 2011 Southeastern Con-
ference (SEC) Swimming Championships for
the Auburn University Tigers.

The junior turned in a sensational perfor-
mance in posting the fastest qualifying time in
the women’s 50 metres freestyle in the pre-
liminaries at the Stephen C. O’Connell Cen-
ter at the University of Florida.

She posted the fastest time in the nation in
the event, breaking a SEC and Auburn record
in clocking 21.8 seconds heading into the final
that was contested last night.

“TI wanted to swim as fast as I could, but I
wasn’t expecting that,” Vanderpool-Wallace
was quoted as saying on her school’s web-
site. “My goal was to go 21.8 and to go even
faster is a great feeling.”

Vanderpool-Wallace, who turns 21 on
March 4, was well ahead of the rest of the
field. Her nearest rival was Florida’s junior
Sarah Bateman, who did 22.00.

Fresh of her historic 50 free bronze medal
at the FINA World Shortcourse Champi-
onships in Dubai in December, Vanderpool-
Wallace is the lone Bahamian competing at
the meet that will conclude on Saturday.

Posts fastest qualifying
time in women’s 50
metres freestyle



She will also contest the 100 free where
she is also seeded at No.1 and the 100 fly
where she is the No.2 seed.

Also this weekend, McKayla Lightbourn
and Ashley Butler are both competing at the
Women’s AAC Championships that is being
held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lightbourn, s freshman at Florida State,
was 18th over in the preliminaries of the 200
individual medley in 2:02.79. She just missed
out of the consolation final that saw Kristin
Polley, one of her team-mates, take the 16th
and final spot in 2:02.75.

Christi Wixted, a freshman at Duke, was
17th in 2:02.77.

The meet wraps up on Saturday.

And at the 2011 MIAC Swimming Cham-
pionships at the University of Minnesota,
Armando Moss, a freshman at St. John’s Uni-
versity, qualified for the final of the men’s
50 freestyle. He clocked 21.22 to improve on
his seed time of 21.59 for fourth overall.

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Tribune Sports year end
basketball all-star awards

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia. net

WITH the Hugh Campbell basketball season just days
away and both leagues in New Providencecompleted or
near completion, the Tribune releases its end of year

awards for the 2010-11 season.

UTES OU GUUS SSIUCE UL

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Kenneth Pratt (R.M Bailey Pacers)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Khristin Francis (C.1 Gibson Rattlers)
COACH OF THE YEAR - Nigel Ingraham (R.M Bailey Pacers)

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STARTERS

GABBI LAURENT

POSITION: Power Forward/Center
SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting

NBA COMPARISON: Amare Stoudamire

STRENGTHS: Strength, athleticism and work ethic come to
mind when you think of Laurent. Never takes a play off,
plays at only one speed and gives his all on every posses-
sion. Plays the game with amazing toughness, and doesn't
shy away from contact in the paint. Runs the floor well for
a big man and has an excellent jumpshot out to 18 feet.
Excellent speed and agility in the open floor...Leadership
qualities stood out as he remained involved in every aspect
of the team even before a decision was made on his eligi-

bility.

RASHAD INGRAHAM
POSITION: Shooting Guard
SCHOOL: CI Gibson

NBA COMPARISON: Joe Johnson

STRENGTHS: Excellent all-around scorer. Good outside
shooter with range out to three point. Creates well off the
dribble with terrific ball handling ability. Strong one-on-
one skills, has a nose for scoring. Good at slashing to the

basket and finishing, particularly in traffic.

KENNETH PRATT
POSITION: Guard/Forward
SCHOOL: R.M Bailey

NBA COMPARISON: Dwayne Wade

STRENGTHS: Pratt has all the tools you look for in a star
player and fits the description of your classic wing player.
Extremely quick when maneuvering in the lane and has an
uncanny ability to finish despite contact and with his leap-
ing ability is able to rise above traffic around the rim. Flu-
ent motion on his jump shot, and hits with great consisten-
cy with ability to spot up from short but excels driving to
the basket. Quickness, awareness and long wingspan come
into play defensively as well, as he is a terrific off-ball and
help defender consistently playing passing lanes with great
success. Can quickly move from the weak-side to ball-side,
and uses those his high leaping abilities to block shots.

DANIEL LEWIS

POSITION: Forward/Center
SCHOOL: R.M Bailey

NBA COMPARISON: Blake Griffin

STRENGTHS: Off the charts athlete. When he has the abliity
to, dunks everything with power to finish with authority.
Strength, athleticism and work ethic make him a dominant
rebounder. Highlight reel dunks overshadow his ability to

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Major heating to
Eleuthera to form
hew boxing club

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WHILE he’s not scheduled
to return to the ring until the
end of April, Meacher ‘Pain’
Major is heading to Eleuthera
this weekend to help form
another amateur boxing club.

Accompanied by Kato
‘Red Lion’ Ferguson, Major
will be in Hatchet Bay as
guest of the 11th Company of
the Boys Brigade with the
view of forming the second
Pan American Caribbean
Boxing Organization
(PACBO) club outside of
New Providence.

“We’re excited for more
than one reason,” said Ricar-
do Dean Sr, Leutenant of the
11th Company, who will host
Major and Ferguson. “So we
are really excited.

“Number one, the young-
sters here in Hatchet Bay are
anxious to do things. We’ve
been playing baseball with
them and teaching them soft-
ball and basketball. Now box-
ing is another step in the
game of self development.”

As one of the top profes-
sional fighters in the country
for the past decade, Dean Sr.
said they have been impressed
with his rise from a youngster
in the amateur ranks to the
point where he’s highly accal-
imed on the international
scene.

“He has attained some
recognition around the world,
so we are excited,” Dean Sr.
reiterated. “We know that he
will bring a lot of exposure to
the sport.”

While in Hatchet Bay,
Major and Ferguson will hold
a session on Saturday at 10
a.m. at the Bay Fest Park for
the parents before he provide
the Boys Brigade with tips on
how to set up their amateur
club.

The day will cart off with
Major and Ferguson provid-
ing tips for the youngsters
between the ages of 10-18,
who are interested in getting
involved in the sport.

“We are going to set up the
club and then determine how
we are going to operater it,”
Dean Sr. said. “Once we
know what all is involved,
then we will work on getting
the equipment and a boxing

gym.”
Jerome “Twin’ Butterfield

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Organisers still anticipate excitement for
2011 Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic

201] HUGH CAMPBELL
BASKETBALL CLASSIC POOLS

HERE’S a look at the teams and the pools for the
annual Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic that kicks off on
Monday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium:

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

DESPITE the fact that
many of the Grand Bahama
teams have decided to skip
the trip here, organisers are
still anticipating an exciting
2011 Hugh Campbell Bas-
ketball Classic.

The classic, now in its
year, will begin on Monday
at the Kendal Isaacs Gym-
nasium and comes on the
heels on the exciting climax
to both the Government
Secondary Schools Sports
Association and Bahamas
Association of Independent
Secondary Schools” best-of-
three championship series.

While the RM Bailey Pac-
ers emerged as the GSSSA
champions with a thrilling
win over the CC Sweeting
Cobras, the BAISS could be
completed today with the St.
John’s Giants holding a 1-0
lead over the three-time
defending champions West-
minster Diplomats.

The four teams are all
entered in the prestigious
week-long double elimina-

tion tournament that will
also feature five other teams
from the GSSSA and seven
from the private schools,
including the BAISS and the
Bahamas Scholastic Associ-
ation.

From the GSSSA, the
other teams are the CR
Walker Knights, CI Gibson
Rattlers, Dame Doris John-
son Mystic Marlins, Anatol
Timberwolves and CV
Bethel Stingrays.

The other BAISS schools
are the Queen’s College
Comets, the Jordan Prince
William Falcons, the
Kingsway Academy Saints
and the St. Anne’s Blue-
waves.

Representing the BSA,
which has put its post-sea-
son on hold until the com-
pletion of the tournament,
are the Galilee Academy,
Telios Cherubim and the Mt.
Carmel Cavaliers.

Although schools have
Grand Bahama had indicat-
ed that they were going to
boycott the tournament this
year, both the Sunland
Stingers and the Eight Mile
Rock Bluewaves are

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entered.

They will be joined by the
out of town quests from
Agape High (Abaco), North
Andros, Gateway Academy
(Bimini) and Eleuthera’s
North Eleuthera High and
Preston Albury High.

Last year, the Tabernacle
Falcons, coached by Norris
Bain, took their sixth title
back to Grand Bahama
when they repeated with a
slim 81-80 decision over CC
Sweeting.

The Cobras, coached by
Mario Bowleg, went into
another close encounter in
the GSSSA final before they
relinquished their title on
Wednesday night to the Pac-
ers, coached by Nigel Ingra-
ham.

Daniel Lewis canned an
uncontested fading buzzer-
beating jumper to help RM
Bailey rebound from a 15-
point deficit with a 78-76
decision to cart off the GSS-
SA title.

In game one of the BAISS
final, it also came down to
the winding seconds as
Kristoff Wood sealed a base
line three-pointer with 1.3

seconds left on the clock for
an 81-79 victory for the
Giants.

With the decision, St.
John’s, coached by Cher-
covie Wells, handed West-
minster their first loss in the
BAISS in four years. Now
the question is: Can the
Diplomats, coached by Geno
Bullard, come back and win
their fourth straight title?

With the Falcons not
entered this year, the tour-
nament could come down to
another showdown between
New Providence and Grand
Bahama, or it could be an
all-New Providence match-
up, particularly a private ver-
sus government schools.

The Bluejays, coached by
Quintin ‘Three Ounce’ Hall,
were in town over the Christ-
mas holiday and they played
a keenly contested final in
the Providence Basketball
Club tournament where they
lost 82-77 to the Cobras.

There has never been a
final between a New Provi-
dence government and pri-
vate school. But with teams
such as Tabernacle and the
Jack Hayward Wildcats not



POOL1

RM Bailey

Kingsway Academy

Mt. Carmel Preperatory
Academy

Eight Mile Rock

CV Bethel

Preston Albury

POOL 2
Westminster Academy
North Andros
Sunland Baptist
Gateway Academy
Doris Johnson

Anatol

entered this year, that could
be a possibility or a rematch
of the GSSSA final between
the Cobras and the Pacers.
Whatever the outcome,

POOL 3

CC Sweeting

St. Anne’s College
Galilee Academy
Queen’s College
CR Walker

St. John’s College

POOL 4

Telios Academy
Jordan Prince Williams
Agape (Abaco)

CI Gibson

North Eleuthera

this year’s tournament could
be quite interesting without
all of the Grand Bahama
teams coming to town to
compete.



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Ultra Pure Water chosen as
official water for Bahamas Open

THE countdown is on,
and organisers of the
Bahamas Open are fever-
ishly working to get as many
local companies involved in
this first time ever event in
the Bahamas.

Ultra Pure Water, which
is a division of BAPAK Ltd,

was chosen to be the Official
Water after several meet-
ings with the company.
“We lacked the confi-
dence and passion that they
seem to have for their
water,” said Tournament
Chairman, Ty Olander. “We
are satisfied that we chosed

the right water company.”
In addition to being the
only Water sold over the
nine days of the tournament,
Ultra Pure will be the water
that the players drink, as the
company donated dozens of
cases to the tournament.
“We're happy to be



involved with such a historic
event, as we are looking for-
ward to this association
every year,” said Suzanne
Eneas, Marketing Director
of BAPAK.

“We’re confident that this
will be a successful event
and the Bahamas will be
awarded this opportunity for
years to come.”

The first ever Bahamas
Open, an ITF sanctioned
Professional Women’s Ten-
nis Tournament which is
open to the top 100 in the
world will take place March
12th, with the Qualifiers at

the National Tennis Center
at the Queen Elizabeth
Sports Center.

Some Official companies
of the Bahamas Open like
Atlantis and Bahamasair
have put together special
packages for guests compa-
ny to the Bahamas just for
this historic event.

Excitement is in the air as
the Bahamas awaits the
arrival of these top pro
women players in the world.
Anyone wishing more infor-
mation can log on to the
tournament’s website:
www.thebahamasopen.com.



Major

FROM page 11

and ‘Suger Boy’ Campbell, two
former boxers, are expected to
spearhead the club once it is
set up. At present there are at
least 45 boys involved in the
brigade and Dean Sr. said they
intended to get all of them
involved in the boxing club.

Major, who last fought on
August 28 when he won a third
round TKO over Jamar Saun-
ders in Virginia Beach Con-
vention Center, said he was
looking forward to making the
trek to Eleuthera.

“T want to give the almighty
God thanks for giving me the
opportunity to travel to anoth-
er island to set up a boxing

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club,” said Major, who last year
established the first one in
Bimini with my trainer Nat
Knowles.

“Me and Kato Ferguson are
traveling to Hatchet Bay this
weekend, so I want to thank
the people down there for giv-
ing us this opportunity. We are
looking forward to branching
off to as many islands, but we
will take it one island at a
time.”

Based on his availability out-
side of his pro career, Major
said he intended to ensure that
PACBO had a presence in as
many islands as possible as
mandated by the organisation
headed by Fred Sturrup.

“We've been to Bimini twice
and they are looking good, so
we’re going to go back over
there sometime soon whenev-

er I’m back home to ensure
that they are keeping up with
their commitment to keep the
club going.”

Major, the Bahamas direc-
tor for PACBO, thanked the
Amateur Boxing Federation
of the Bahamas for allowing
them to put the programme
together.

In the meantime, Major said
he was waiting on the call from
his manager Nick Carone to
inform him of exactly when he
will return to the ring to fight
again at the end of April in
New York.

“Once I get all of the details
worked out, I will head back to
training camp,” Major said.
“But right now, I’m working
out every day in the gym (at
the Nassau Stadium) and ’m
just waiting to compete again.”



Meacher Major

Sports Notes

FROM page 11

knocked off the Phil’s
Rockets 107-103. Ian
‘Wire’ Pinder scored a
side high 27 points in the
win and Relando
Pritchard matched that in
the loss.

In the feature game, the
Police Crimestoppers con-
tinued their hot streak
from winning the Law
Enforcement title to
trounce the College of the
Bahamas Caribs 113-106.
Jimmy Mackey had a
game high 28 points and
Vernon Stubbs added 12
in the win. Dion Mcphee
had 27 in the loss.

Vanderpool-Wallace
FROM page 11

The first three finishers
were Erik Klontz, a sopho-
more at Carleton in 21.00, fol-
lowed by Michael Hoelter-
hoff, a sophomore at St.
Thomas in 21.09 and Ben
Henrickson, a freshman at St.
Thomas in 21.13.

The final was scheduled for
last night.

Next week, Alicia Light-
bourne will be competing for
Harvard University at the Ivy
League Championships in
Princeton, New Jersey, while
Ariel Weech will be swim-
ming for the University of
Nebraska Cornhuskers at the
Big 12 Conference Champi-
onships in Austin, Texas and
Jenna Chaplin will be com-
peting at the Mountain Pacif-
ic Sports Federation Swim-
ming Championships.

Knowles
FROM page 11

team had a 72-54 percentage in
first serves.

The difference came in the
first serve points won as
Knowles and Mertinak posted
27-of-33 for an 82% compared
to their opponent’s 30-of-42 for

0,

And in the second serve
points won, Knowles and
Mertinak went 16-of-28 for
57% to Melo and Soares’ 9-
of-16 for 56%. Knowles and
Mertinak didn’t get any of
their two break points saved,
but their opponents completed
1-of-3 for 33%.

Both teams were evenly
matched at 9-9 in service
games played.

Knowles was unavailable for
comments, but they are now
into the semifinal of their sec-
ond consecutive tournament
in the four that they have
played so far for the year.

They are still waiting to see
who their opponents will be,
including top seeds Max
Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor,
who had to play their quarter-
final match last night.

Knowles, 39, and Mertinak,
31, were coming off their 6-4,
6-4 win over the Israel team of
Jonathan Erlich and Andy
Ram in the first round on
Wednesday.

Last week, Knowles and
Mertinak were the top seeds at
the SAP Open in San Juan,
California where they got
knocked out in the semifinal
by the team of Alejandro Fal-
la and Xavier Malisse 4-6, 7-5,
10-4.

Knowles and Mertinak
opened the year by losing in
the second round in the first
two tournaments they played
last month in Australia, includ-
ing the first Grand Slam at the
Australian Open.

They are currently ranked
at number 21 on the ATP
computer ranking.


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VAN HUTCHINSON

SPORTS

MARAKO LUNDY

Tribune Sports year end
basketball all-star awards

FROM page 11

score in other aspects of the game.
Can score when he faces the bas-
Ket and uses the dribble to get to
the rim, His mid-range shot has
shown excellent improvement
between his last two seasons and is
now a three point threat.

ANGELO LOCKHART
POSITION: Point Guard

SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting

NBA COMPARISON: Derrick Rose
STRENGTHS: Size, speed and ath-
leticism to be an impact player
anytime he's on the floor. Gets to
the basket easier than most guards
and is able to consistently finish
above the rim, both in transition
and in traffic Going full speed he is
faster than anyone else on the
court, but he is also very comfort-
able handling the ball as he is
weaving through defenders... In
one on one situations, he is almost
impossible to stop because of his
great first step and the variety of
moves that he uses off the dribble
... Consistently gets into the lane,
and is very good at finding team-
mates when the help defense
rotates.

RESERVES

PATRICK DAVIS

POSITION: Shooting Guard/Point
Guard

SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting

NBA COMPARISON: Monta Ellis
STRENGTHS: Can play both guard
positions, but better suited off the
ball as a scorer rather than creating
for others. Lighting quick in the
open court and finishes in traffic

ROOSEVELT WHYLLY
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting

NBA COMPARISON: Chris Bosh
STRENGTHS: Good jump shot as a
junior but added new moves to his
repertoire in his junior season...
Ball handling is very good for a
forward , and is a quality rebound-
er with the ability to rip down a
board and go coast to coast. Long
arms make him a good shot block-
er and rebounder and an ability to
make three pointer makes him a

difficult matchup for most bigs.

D'SHON TAYLOR

POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: R.M Bailey

NBA COMPARISON: Josh Smith
STRENGTHS: High flying player
who finishes above the rim and has
a reliable jumpshot...Not afraid of
contact and likes to mix it up with
inside guys and crash the board.
Often takes the ball at the high
post and creates his own shot or
assists others. Strong court sense,
rarely in a rush or forcing the issue.

PRINCE BRAYNEN
POSITION: Guard/Forward
SCHOOL: C.R Walker

NBA COMPARISON: Tyreke Evans
STRENGTHS: Has proven that he is
able to play as a lead guard, but his
natural position seems to be as a
shooting guard or small forward,
where he can still be a facilitator,
but can look to score more often
..Plays at a fast pace all the time
with the ability to create on the fly
... Puts constant sure on the oppos-
ing team with his aggressive style
and drives to the basket, unguard-
able one on one... His vision and
passing are extremely advanced,
and he’s shown that he can be a
reliable distributor.

LOURAWLS NAIRN
POSITION: Guard

SCHOOL: C.R Walker

NBA COMPARISON: O J Mayo
STRENGTHS: Has a knack for get-
ting in traffic and drawing contact,
and gets to the line more times per
game than most guards in the
country. He has an extra gear
which allows him to turn the cor-
ner or to explode by defenders in
the open court and create fast
break opportunities on his own.
Not afraid to break zones with his
three point shot and hits with rela-
tive consistency.

NAJEE LIGHTBOURNE
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: Anatol Rodgers

NBA COMPARISON: Luol Deng
STRENGTHS: Great versatility and a
tremendous feel for the game.
Extremely smooth with the ball in
his hands and has ballhandling of a
guard put low post game of a for-
ward which allows him to get to

the basket. Draws a lot of fouls on
drives due to his aggressiveness
Has confidence with the ball in his
hands and leadership skills grew
tremendously as the top scorer for
a young program.

BAHAMAS ASSOCIATION OF

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MVP - Marako Lundy (Westmin-
ster College Diplomats)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Anwar Neil-
ly - (St. John's College Giants)
COACH OF THE YEAR - Geno
Bullard - (Westminster College
Diplomats)

ALL BAISS TEAM 9

STARTERS

ANTHONY PRATT
POSITION: Center/Forward
SCHOOL: SAC

NBA COMPARISON: Brook Lopez
STRENGTHS: Comfortable operat-
ing from the high post, either
shooting midrange shot, or utiliz-
ing his quickness and putting the
ball on the floor to get to the
hoop.. aggressive and tough under
the rim despite his slight frame...
Very long and athletic player with
excellent frame, plus leaping and
slashing ability ... It's very difficult
to guard him due to his size and
ability to play inside/outside

THOMAS MACKEY
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: Westminster College

NBA COMPARISON: Shawn Marion
STRENGTHS: World class leaper
which allows him to play much big-
ger than his actual size. Does the
bulk of his work around the rim,
consistently out jumping bigger
defenders for rebounds and upper
body strength allows him to finish
baskets after contact occurs.

Solid shot blocker thanks to his
timing and great anticipation skills.
Attacks the basket with aggression
and power. Has developed a back
the basket game, often operating
out of the high post.

KEIRAN MORTIMER
POSITION: Guard/Forward
SCHOOL: St. John's College
NBA COMPARISON: Paul Pierce

ANWAR NEILLY

STRENGTHS: One of the most con-
sistent shooters in the country, bar
none. Not the most athletic player
on the floor but has a knack for
scoring in bunches. High basketball
1.Q with the ability to draw fouls
and knocks down his free throws
consistently once he gets to the line.
Highly efficient offensive game, can
score from anywhere from the low
post to beyond three point range.

MARAKO LUNDY

SCHOOL: Westminster College
POSITION: Guard/Forward

NBA COMPARISON: Kevin Durant
STRENGTHS: Wingspan, mobility,
quickness, and leaping ability
places him above most of his peers
with regards to his scoring ability .
Excellent feel for the game and
confidence allow him to make the
offensive end of the floor seem
effortless ...Has the ability to catch
and shoot off screens with ease, off
the dribble or spotting up beyond
three point range. Excellent
rebounder and shot blocker with
ability to intensify his game on
both ends of the floor when he
feels the need to. Explosive scorer
who can dominate a game.

PICARD SCAVELLA
POSITION: Guard

SCHOOL: Bahamas Academy

NBA COMPARISON: Stephen Curry
STRENGTHS: Quick release on his
jump shot means he needs little
time to get his shot off, particularly
off screens. Moves well without the
ball, using an assortment of cuts
and fakes to get open and also
works well off of picks and screens
where he is superb off the catch
and shoot.

Possesses legit three point range.
Big time competitor who wants the
ball in crunchtime. Has become a
great team leader who has learned
how to lead by example and scores
most of his points in second half.

RESERVES

ANWAR NEILLY

POSITION: Shooting Guard/Point
Guard

SCHOOL: St. John's College

NBA COMPARISON: Deron Williams
STRENGTHS: Can play both guard
positions, but better suited off the
ball as a scorer rather than creating
for others. Lighting quick in the
open court and finishes in traffic

KRISTOFF WOOD
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: St John's College

NBA COMPARISON: Michael
Beasle

STRENGTHS: Versatile frontcourt
player with the ability to put the

ball on the floor on the perimeter
and score in the paint. Better than
average rebounder for his size,
good compliment to a star player
who has a knack for getting clutch
baskets and rebounds.

AUSTIN HANNA

POSITION: Point Guard

SCHOOL: Jordan Prince William
NBA COMPARISON: Tony Parker
Strengths: One of the few players
at this level that can control the
game without scoring a single bas-
Ket. Speed and instincts on the
defensive end of the floor are out-
standing.

Has ability to penetrate seem-
ingly at will and finishes exception-
ally well at the basket. Willing
passer who looks to set up team-
mates either on drive to the basket
or through running the halfcourt
offensive set. Fastest player on the
court in most situations.

DELROY GRANDISON
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: Westminster College
NBA COMPARISON: Javale McGee
STRENGTHS: Shows good mobility
running the court. Tough nosed
player who fights hard every game.
Does an excellent job of obtaining
space in the post where he gets
many offensive rebounds and easy
scores. Shooting touch and soft
hands enable him to convert most
opportunities in the paint

VAN HUTCHINSON
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: Westminster College
NBA COMPARISON: Lamar Odom
STRENGTHS: Can create mismatch-
es all over the floor with his size
and point guard skills. Can take
bigger guys off the dribble and
post up smaller players. Able to
play the finesse game as well as
score in the post

JABARI WILMOTT
POSITION: Forward

SCHOOL: St Augustine's College
NBA COMPARISON: Tyrus Thomas
STRENGTHS: Quick and elusive
when maneuvering in traffic, long
arms, huge wingspan, and tremen-
dous leaping abilities allows him to
rise above traffic around the rim.
Developing a more consistent
jump shot, and gets nice elevation
to create a strong mid-range game
that will only get better.

Quick first step enables him to cre-
ate space between him and his
defender. Missed much of the sea-
son due to injury but should
rebound for a strong season next
year. Excellent rebounder with
persistent nature on the offensive
glass.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 15



Bahrain official: demonstration

crackd

MANAMA, Bahrain
Associated Press

TROOPS and tanks locked
down the capital of this tiny
Gulf kingdom after riot police
swinging clubs and firing tear
gas smashed into demonstra-
tors, many of them sleeping, in
a pre-dawn assault Thursday
that uprooted their protest
camp demanding political
change. Medical officials said
four people were killed.

Hours after the attack on
Manama's main Pearl Square,
the military announced a ban
on gatherings, saying on state
TV that it had "key parts" of
the capital under its control.

Foreign Minister Khalid Al
Khalifa justified the crackdown
as necessary because the
demonstrators were "polariz-
ing the country and" pushing it
to the "brink of the sectarian
abyss."

Speaking to reporters after
meeting with his Gulf counter-
parts, he also said the violence
was "regrettable."

After several days of hold-
ing back, the island nation's
Sunni rulers unleashed a heavy
crackdown, trying to stamp out
the first anti-government
upheaval to reach the Arab
states of the Gulf since the
uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
In the surprise assault, police
tore down protesters’ tents,
beating men and women inside
and blasting some with shotgun
sprays of birdshot.

It was a sign of how deeply
the Sunni monarchy — and
other Arab regimes in the Gulf
— fear the repercussions of a
prolonged wave of protests, led
by members of the country's
Shiite majority but also joined
by growing numbers of discon-
tented Sunnis.

Tiny Bahrain is a pillar of
Washington's military frame-
work in the region. It hosts the
USS. Navy's 5th Fleet, a criti-
cal counterbalance to Iran.
Bahrain's rulers and their Arab
allies depict any sign of unrest
among their Shiite populations
as a move by neighboring Shi-
ite-majority Iran to expand its
clout in the region.

But the assault may only fur-
ther enrage protesters, who
before the attack had called for
large rallies Friday. In the wake
of the bloodshed, angry demon-
strators chanted "the regime
must go," and burned pictures
of King Hamad bin Isa Al
Khalifa outside the emergency
ward at Salmaniya Medical
Complex, the main hospital.

"We are even angrier now.
They think they can clamp
down on us, but they have
made us angrier," Makki Abu
Taki, whose son was killed in
the assault, shouted in the hos-
pital morgue. "We will take to
the streets in larger numbers
and honor our martyrs. The
time for Al Khalifa has ended."

The Obama administration
expressed alarm over the vio-
lent crackdown. Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton
called Bahrain's foreign minis-
ter to register Washington's
"deep concern" and urge
restraint. Similar criticism came
from Britain and the European
Union.

Human Rights Watch called
on Bahraini authorities to order
security forces to stop attacks
on peaceful protesters and
investigate the deaths.

Salmaniya hospital was
thrown into chaos by a stream
of dozens of wounded from
Pearl Square, brought in by
ambulances and private cars.
At least one of the dead was
peppered with bloody holes
from pellets fired from police
shotguns. Nurses rushed in men
and women on stretchers, their
heads bleeding, arms in casts,
faces bruised. At the entrance,
women wrapped in black robes
embraced each other and wept.

The capital Manama was
effectively shut down Thurs-
day. For the first time in the
crisis, tanks rolled into the
streets and military checkpoints
were set up as army patrols cir-
culated. The Interior Ministry
warned Bahrainis to stay off
the streets. Banks and other
key institutions did not open,
and workers stayed home,
unable or to afraid to pass
through checkpoints to get to
their jobs.

Barbed wire and police cars
with flashing blue lights encir-
cled Pearl Square, the site of
anti-government rallies since
Monday. The square was
turned into a field of flattened
tents and the strewn belongings



,* ,

BAHRAINI SOLDIERS in tanks and armored vehicles stand ready
yesterday, Feb. 17, 2011, near a main highway west of the capital of

Manama, Bahrain. (AP)

of the protesters who had
camped there — pieces of
clothing and boxes of food.

Banners lay trampled on the
ground, littered with broken
glass, tear gas canisters and
debris. A body covered in a
white sheet lay in a pool of
blood on the side of a road
nearby.

Demonstrators had been
camping out for days around
the landmark square's 300-foot
(90-meter) monument featur-
ing a giant pearl, a testament
to the island's pearl-diving past.

The protesters’ demands
have two main objectives: force
the ruling Sunni monarchy to
give up its control over top gov-
ernment posts and all critical
decisions, and address deep
grievances held by the coun-
try's majority Shiites who make
up 70 percent of Bahrain's

500,000 citizens but claim they
face systematic discrimination
and poverty and are effectively
blocked from key roles in pub-
lic service and the military.
Shiites have clashed with
police before in protests over
their complaints. But the grow-
ing numbers of Sunnis joining
the latest protests have come
as a surprise to authorities, said
Simon Henderson, a Gulf spe-
cialist at the Washington Insti-
tute for Near East Policy.
"The Sunnis seem to increas-
ingly dislike what is a very
paternalistic government," he
said, adding that the crackdown
was "symptomatic" of Gulf
nations’ response to crises. "As
far as the Gulf rulers are con-
cerned there's only one proper
way with this and that is: be
tough and be tough early.”
The assault came early

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FUNERAL SERVICE FOR

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a resident of Coral
Harbor and formerly
of Freeport, Grand
Bahama, will be held
on Saturday, 26th

February 2011, 11:00 a.m. At Freeport
Gospel Chapel, Officiating will be Sr.
Pastor Hartley Thompson and other
ministers of the Gospel. Cremation will

follow.

Left to cherish his memories are: One
Sister: Challon Romer; One Niece:
Tavashna Romer; Two Nephews:
Donovan Cox Jr., Terrique Romer; Five
Uncles: Sr. Pastor Hartley Thompson,
Joseph Young, Anthony Nairn, Charles
Moss, and Roscoe Kemp; Five Aunts:
Sylvia Bodye, Maria Thompson, Monique
Kemp, Sandra Nairn, and Pearline Young;
One Brother-in-law: Terran Romer;
Special Thanks: Valerie Pratt, Veronica
Rolle, Madalene Dawkins and Theresa
Duncanson of the Residential Care
Establishment Licensing Authority, ICS
Bahamas and Success Training College
Nassau Campus and a host of other
relatives and friends too numerous to

mention.

Relatives and friends may pay their
respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home,
Robinson Road and First Street on
Tuesday, 22nd February, 2011 from 12:00
noon to 6:00 p.m. and at Yager Funeral
Home & Crematorium on Queen’s
Highway on Friday, 25th February from
12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. and at the church

from 10:00 a.m.

until service time.



Thursday with little warning,
demonstrators said. Police sur-
rounded the square and then
quickly moved in. Some lined
up on a bridge overhead,
pumping down volleys of tear
gas, as others waded into the
camp, knocking down tents and
swinging truncheons at those
inside.

"We yelled, 'We are peace-
ful! Peaceful!'" said protester
Mahmoud Mansouri. “The
women and children were
attacked just like the rest of
us."

Dr. Sadek Al-Ikri, 44, said
he was tending to sick protest-
ers at a makeshift medical tent
in the square when the police
stormed in. He said he was tied
up and severely beaten, then
thrown on a bus with others.

"They were beating me so
hard I could no longer see.
There was so much blood run-
ning from my head," he said.
"IT was yelling, 'I'm a doctor.
I'm a doctor.’ But they didn't
stop."

He said the police beating
him spoke Urdu, the main lan-
guage of Pakistan. A pillar of
the protest demands is to end
the Sunni regime's practice of
giving citizenship to other Sun-
nis from around the region to
try to offset the demographic
strength of Shiites. Many of the
new Bahrainis are given secu-
rity posts.

AlLIkri said he and others on
the bus were left on a highway
overpass, but the beatings did-
n't stop. Eventually, the doctor
said he fainted but could hear
another police official say in
Arabic: "Stop beating him. He's
dead. We should just leave him
here.”

Many families were separat-
ed in the chaos. An Associated
Press photographer saw police
rounding up lost children and
taking them into vehicles.

own was ‘regrettable’

DEATH NOTICE

Dr. Keva M. Bethel, CMG died at Doctors
Hospital, Collins Avenue, Nassou, The Bahamas
on Tuesday, 15th February, 2011.

A Memorial Service will be held ot Christ Church
Cathedral, George Street, Nassau on Thursday,
24th February, 2011 ot 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Bethel is survived by her daughter,

Nicolette Bethel Burrows; her son, Edward Bethel;
o grandson, Jaxon Bethel; a son-in-law, Philip
Burrows; @ daughter-in-law, Tasha Bethel and
many other relatives ond many friends.



passed away on Sunday, February 13th peacefully at her home
surrounded by her family and friends after a short illness.

Fleur came to The Bohomas in 1953 with her father who had
been appointed as ADC to The Governor General, Lord Ranfurly.

A large port of her childhood was spent here and her love of the
ishands brought her beck in 1990 after many years in Europe.

In 1999 Fleur built her home in Islands At Old Fort and became
on active member of the community.

Her passion was photography and she became known for her
photos of Bahamian life, in particular, Family Island Regattas.

Fleur touched the lives of everyone she met and will be remem-
bered for her generosity and kindness.

Fleur leaves behind mony friends and family and her two be-

loved dogs. There will be no Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers

donations may be sent to The Ranfurly Home for Children atten-
tion Mr. Thomas Hackett.



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