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Tribune Staff Reporter
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THE Attorney General last
night dismissed suggestions
his Office was considering
abandoning the pending retri-
al of former PLP senator
Pleasant Bridgewater and ex-
ambulance driver Tarino
Lightbourne on charges relat-
ing to the alleged extortion
attempt on US actor John
Travolta.

Contrary to reports in the

Attorney General’s Office
may be set to drop the case
against Lightbourne and
Bridgewater, by entering a
nolle prosequi — a declaration
that the prosecution is to be
discontinued — Attorney
General John Delaney said
this is not a consideration as
far as he is concerned.

“T don’t know where they
would have gotten that from,”
said Mr Delaney of the

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Claim that man shot dead was

to become prosecution witness

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

POLICE last night refused to comment on suggestions that
a Fox Hill man who was shot dead and his three-month-old
daughter seriously wounded, was about to become a prosecu-
tion witness.

This comes as The Tribune confirmed yesterday that Ray-
mond Bastian, 35, who was killed during a drive-by shooting on

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Police identify
the year’s 65th
murder victim

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE body riddled with bul-
lets and dumped in Lady Slip-
per Avenue has been identi-
fied by police and classified
as the country’s 65th murder
this year.

Police are appealing for
help from the public to help
solve the murder of Nassau
Village resident Harrison
Stubbs, 41, who was shot sev-
eral times and found dead in
the street on Sunday night.

Assistant Commissioner of
Police Glenn Miller said

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FAMILY’ S GRIEF: The cnt recorded its 26th traffic fatality of the year yesterday as Olando Jason Daxon, 23, a resident of St Vincent Avenue in
Elizabeth Estates, died when his car hit a tree, just east of the Prince Charles Shopping Centre. Police, pictured above, restrain the victim’s brother

at the scene.

Massive hurricane
approaches, tropical

storm watch issued

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

GUSTY winds and rain are projected to
affect the south and north eastern islands of
The Bahamas by tonight and into tomorrow
after Hurricane Earl grew into a category four
storm.

Meanwhile, the north and north eastern
islands and east-facing beaches in particular
have been singled out as likely to be impacted
by large waves and potentially dangerous rip
currents.

These developments came about as the
Government issued a tropical storm watch
for the southeastern Bahamas yesterday after-
noon, meaning that tropical storm conditions
could affect that area within 48 hours.

Accuweather meteorologist Brian Edwards
said the very large size of the storm, with trop-
ical storm force winds extending out almost
175 miles from the centre, would mean that

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Govt suspends

consideration

process for oil
exploration

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT has sus-
pended the consideration
process for all oil exploration
and drilling applications until
the country has stringent envi-
ronmental protocols in place
to mitigate against a cata-
strophic oil well leak.

According to Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux, the
new stipulation comes in
response to British Petrole-
um's (BP) devastating oil leak
in the Gulf of Mexico — which
threatened fragile marine
ecosystems and fishing indus-

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LOCAL NEWS



Family grief-stricken after
young man dies in car crash

The 26th traffic
fatality of year

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

Wedding Anniversary:
Si our wonder ‘ful parents

A NASSAU family was
stricken with grief yesterday
morning when their young
relative died of injuries sus-
tained in a serious traffic acci-
dent.

Olando Jason Daxon, 23, a
resident of St Vincent Avenue
in Elizabeth Estates, was trav-
elling west on Prince Charles
Drive when he lost control of
his 1999 green Honda Accord.

His car ran into a tree on
the southern side of the street,
just east of the Prince Charles
Shopping Centre.

Mr Daxon, a hotel worker,
was the youngest of five boys.
His death is the country’s 26th
traffic fatality for the year.

Family members and
friends gathered at the scene
of the accident, some becom-
ing physically overwhelmed
by his sudden death. Mr Dax-
on was said to have been on
his way to pick up his young
daughter for pre-school.

This week marks the return
of students to school from
summer vacation, which is
expected to dramatically
increase traffic congestion in
the capital. Traffic police are
asking the public to make an
effort to leave home earlier to
allow themselves enough time
to arrive at their destination
punctually and safely.

Superintendent Carolyn
Bowe, officer-in-charge of the
Traffic Division, confirmed
that an additional 17 motorcy-
clists hit the streets yesterday
morning, bringing the total of
traffic officers on patrol to 34.

She explained that the
increase was due in part to
public demand for more traf-
fic officers on the streets in
the capital.

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PLP youth arm: Statement on
PENA U a RBM UI e Rta UI

PROGRESSIVE Young Liberals chairman
Aarone Sargent confirmed last night that a
statement purporting to be on behalf of the
PYL regarding homosexual teachers in schools
was not authorised.

Mr Sargent said the statement, which
attacked Bishop Simeon Hall’s call for gay
and bisexual teachers to be banned from pub-
lic schools, was sent by a subordinate and was
not consistent with the position of the PYL, the
youth arm of the Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP).

Mr Sargent said his organisation understands
Bishop Hall’s “moral commitment” to the
country and the context in which his state-
ment was issued.

“We stand by his statement in terms of ban-
ning predators from the nation’s schools,
whether they be heterosexual or homosexuals.
It is the country’s obligation to protect its
youth, and the PYL stands behind this 100
per cent.

“We always lend our support to any area
that supports or empowers the youth — espe-
cially when it comes to education,” Mr Sargent
said.

Bishop Hall issued a statement last week
calling on the Ministry of Education to ban
all “homosexuals, lesbians, and heterosexual
predators” from the nation’s classrooms ahead
of the opening of the new school year.

In the statement, Bishop Hall said the min-



istry should “assure” the public that these
“deviants” will not be allowed into the nation's
classrooms.

“It is incredulous that some incidences of
sexual abuse could exist in some schools with-
out someone making an outcry. It is my hum-
ble opinion that the Ministry of Education
could be liable if it allows known sexual
deviants to remain in the nation's classrooms.
You don’t put ‘the fox to tend the chickens’,”
Bishop Hall said.

“Parents themselves must do more and
recognise that theirs is the responsibility to
protect their children. Some parents know-
ingly prostitute the innocence of their chil-
dren for a couple of dollars,” he added.

Human rights activist and local artist Erin
Greene said the issue of someone’s sexuality
has absolutely nothing to do with child safety.

Ms Greene said she shares Bishop Hall’s
concern about sexual predators in schools, but
to blame homosexuals for the “gross and hor-
rendous” mismanagement of the problem by
the Ministry of Education is “ludicrous.”

“What we need to do is re-evaluate the sys-
tem by which we evaluate our teachers. It has
nothing to do with gay or straight. I, too, am
concerned about the safety of our children.
The problem doesn’t lie with gay or straight, it
lies with the lack of accountability in the Min-
istry of Education,” she said.

The Bahamas takes part in session involving
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq

THE United States

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lished good co-operation with



Embassy hosted a live con-
ference call with Michael
Corbin, US Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State for Iraq,
yesterday. The Bahamas,
Mexico and Brazil participat-
ed in the session.

Mr Corbin spoke from the
State Department in Wash-
ington, DC, about the end of
combat operations for US sol-
diers in Iraq, which officially
took place yesterday in com-
pliance with the mandate of
President Barack Obama,
who announced when he took
office in January 2009 that the
US would end its combat mis-
sion in Iraq on August 31 of
this year.

Less than 50,000 US troops
will remain in Iraqi until the
end of 2011 to perform limit-
ed counterterrorism opera-
tions as directed by the Iraqi
government; conduct training
of Iraqi security forces; and

interests, according to Mr
Corbin.

Asked whether the United
States had learned anything
from its military presence in
Iraqi to help bridge cultural
divides at home, Mr Corbin
said: “I think there is a greater
understanding of the com-
plexity of the Middle East
from our long presence in
Traq.

Bridges

“What I would point to as a
civilian diplomat at the State
Department is how we built
bridges with the Pentagon and
worked on military civilian
co-operation to better handle
these types of worldwide
crises as we go around the
world and look at future trou-
ble spots.

“T think we have estab-

the military; our provincial
reconstruction teams are an
example of that. But I also
think there is a greater under-
standing of complex societies
and how we need to all work
together to address the dif-
ferent aspects of those soci-
eties as we go forward. As to
the domestic repercussions, I
think it will take many years
to see how this Iraqi experi-
ence will reflect in the US.”

The US war in Iraq began
in 2003 with the invasion
aimed at toppling former dic-
tator Saddam Hussein.

More than 4,400 US sol-
diers have lost their lives and
almost 32,000 US personnel
have been wounded, accord-
ing to some sources, which
place the cost of the war at
$750 billion.

Studies place Iraqi casual-
ties at between 100,000 and
600,000.

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LOCAL NEWS



‘Brave’ Davis
raps Ministry
as school fails



CRYING SHAME:
Philip ‘Brave’ Davis

PLP DEPUTY Leader
Philip ‘Brave’ Davis cried
shame on the Ministry of
Education for failing to
open the Old Bight High
School in Cat Island on
time yesterday.

According to Mr Davis,
a shortage of teachers and
incomplete school repairs
were to blame for the
delay.

“In spite of the govern-
ment and Minister of Edu-
cation’s ongoing public
relations exercise, the chil-
dren of south Cat Island
were forced to stay home
and miss valuable school
time today.

“Tam advised that the
school is in disrepair with
school repairs having start-
ed only one week ago.

“This is totally unaccept-
able and a slap in the face
of the children of Cat
Island.

“The government was
aware for months of the
need to get the school in
order for this new academ-
ic year,” he said.

Repairs

By all accounts, the
PLP’s deputy leader said,
the repairs will remain
ongoing for “some time”.

“All children of the
Bahamas deserve to go to
school in a safe environ-
ment.

“In fact, Old Bight and
south Cat Island is overdue
for a new high school.

“Additionally, Iam
advised that there is a seri-
ous shortage of teachers at
the Old Bight High School.
Up to this past weekend,
the school needed an addi-
tional eight teachers to
meet basic education
requirements and to effec-
tively provide the standard
and quality of education
that Cat Islanders deserve.
Such a critical shortage is
deplorable. The children of
Cat Island, Rum Cay and
San Salvador deserve bet-
ter,” he charged.

Mr Davis said he has
been informed by the resi-
dents of Rum Cay that
there is also a lack of
teachers at the Rum Cay
All Age School.

Principal

“There was only a princi-
pal in place today.

“The principal expected
teachers this morning but
no one arrived.

“The school requires at
least two assistant teachers
to be fully staffed.

“On the first day of
school there was none.
This cannot be right.

“Timplore the govern-
ment as a matter of
urgency to address these
teacher shortages.

“This is no time for pub-
lic relations exercises but
rather ensuring that our
children return to school
and that there are suffi-
cient teachers in place.

“The children of Cat
Island, Rum Cay and San
Salvador have been victims
of government neglect for
far too long and cannot
afford to be left behind.
After all, they are Bahami-
ans too,” he said.

Police continue search for answers about Cuban’s escape

Officers who guarded cell of
bom onine! escaped prisoner face probe

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

HARBOUR Island officers
who guarded the cell of prison-
er Avelino Avila Tomas will be
investigated as police continue
to search for answers about the
Cuban Spanish Wells resident’s
escape last weekend.

Spanish Wells residents say it
would have been impossible for
Avila to break out of the jail
cell alone as no man could fit
through the single barred win-
dow. They say the only way out
would be the front door.

Assistant Commissioner of
Police Glenn Miller confirmed
yesterday that officers who
were guarding the North
Eleuthera jail cell will be ques-
tioned as part of the ongoing
investigation.

Chief Inspector Roston Moss

FIRE DAMAGE: Cuban Avelino Avila Tomas was taken into custody



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after this barge was torched causing thousands of dollars worth of

damage.

took charge of operations in
Harbour Island in February to
combat crime in one of the
world’s most sought-after
tourist destinations.

Mr Miller said: “The matter
is being investigated and of
course an investigation of the
police officers is a part of that
investigation.”

A nationwide manhunt was
launched after Avila disap-
peared from the Harbour
Island station some time after
1ipm on Sunday, September
22, and he was still on the run
as The Tribune went to press
last night.

Officers arrested Avila in
connection with a suspected

Airline passengers warned about
illegal charter flights ‘danger’

Lives are at risk, say aviation authorities

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

AIRLINE passengers are
in “cahoots” with operators
of illegal charter flight ser-
vices according to industry
players, who say the practice
occurs “blatantly” in the face
of authorities.

Aviation authorities are
urging passengers to stop par-
ticipating in the “dangerous”
flights, warning that their lives
are at risk.

Some politicians are have
even been guilty of complici-
ty in the past, according to
one pilot, who said candidates
have taken advantage of the
cheaper services during elec-
tion time.

“Tt is a serious issue. You
have some hackers down
there that don’t have a pilot’s
licence, but have been flying
for how long. The level of cor-
ruption stirs it up and keeps it
afloat. The persons who get
away with it have some kind
of connections to be able to
get away with it for so long. It
happens blatantly every day
in the face of the authorities,”
said the pilot.

“Hacking” is a problem as
old as the aviation industry in
the Bahamas, said another
pilot. It refers to the practice
of operating charter services
without the proper licenses or
permits. He said several
established Bahamian pilots
started out hacking.

“Not all aircraft or pilots
are Aircraft Operator Cer-
tificate (AOC) holders. The
aircraft may be certified as
air-worthy, but that doesn’t
mean the person is approved
to do a charter flight. Every-
body can fly their private
plane, but not everybody can
fly for commercial purposes.
There is a process you have to
go through for certification,”
said Hubert Adderley, direc-
tor of Flight Standards

“There is nothing I can do
to stop a person flying his
cousin to Andros. If he wants
to fly those people and charge
them $100, once he collects
money for that flight he is
charging someone for a ser-
vice, and if he is unauthorised
that is a violation of the regu-
lations,” said Mr Adderley.

Byron Ferguson, president
of the Bahamian Pilots
Alliance, said the problem is
real, but “it is a government
issue the authorities need to
regulate”.

Aviation safety inspector
Delvin Major said the prob-
lems with oversight and
enforcement are not the result
of corruption among officials.

“Our hands are tied
because a lot of the times the
passengers are in cahoots,” he
said.

Inspector Major said pilots
brief passengers “well in
advance” about what to say
if an inspector comes to ask
questions, and they arrange
for payment at the destina-
tion point.

“We at Flight Standards
have been doing ramp checks,
heightened surveillance. The
problem we run into is that



“Our hands are
tied because a lot of
the times the pas-
sengers are in
cahoots.”

Aviation safety inspector
Delvin Major

when we go to approach the
pilots and the passengers they
will say, “This is my boy, my
family, we are catching a ride’.
The passengers are in collu-
sion with the pilots, so it
makes our job difficult,” he
said.

Flights by hackers are
cheaper because they do not
pay commercial liability insur-
ance, do not spend money on
approved maintenance pro-
grammes for their aircraft, do
not spend money on pilot
training programmes, and are
not held to the same stan-
dards, said Inspector Major.

Commercial insurance for
five-seater aircraft could cost
$15,000 per year; maintenance
could cost about $80,000 per
year; and pilot training could
cost $15,000 per year, accord-
ing to one established pilot.
“There are a lot of fees
involved,” he said, including
terminal fees, passenger facil-
ity charges and security fees.

“Tt is very unsafe and it is
not worth it to put your fami-



ly or yourself at risk to save
$20 or $30,” said Inspector
Major.

He said passengers usually
come clean only after an acci-
dent happens.

Two recent accidents
involved aircraft that were not
licensed to operate charters —
one of them the twin engine
aircraft that crashed on Bimi-
niin May, in which two peo-
ple died.

“That was not an autho-
rised charter operation. I am
not saying the pilot was oper-
ating a charter flight, but he
was not one of the regulated
authorisied charter opera-
tors,” said Inspector Major.

The offence of hacking
does not carry criminal penal-
ties, which is something the
authorities would like to
change.

“Tf we can prove that a pas-
senger paid for the flight,
there are a lot of civil penal-
ties we can levy against the
pilots.

“We would suggest to the
government to make it a crim-
inal offence. Haul these guys
in to court, seize their planes,”
said Inspector Major.

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arson attack on a Complete
Marine Services barge which
had been chartered by Avila’s
former employer Island Block
and Concrete to ship construc-
tion materials and equipment
to a worksite in Exuma.

Fire erupted on the boat,
docked in Spanish Wells har-
bour, at around 3am on Satur-
day, September 21.

It is estimated to have caused
$200,000 to $300,000 worth of
damage to the equipment
loaded onboard.

Police confronted Avila at
his Spanish Wells home that
afternoon and confiscated two
licensed shotguns belonging to
the Cuban as they took him
into custody for questioning.

Avila has lived on the two-
mile-long island with his wife
Melisa, formerly Pinder, for
almost a decade, and is well
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around 1,500 residents. Mrs
Pinder was taken into custody
by around 10 police officers
who confronted her at The
Islander Shop in Spanish Wells
where she works on Tuesday
last week.

She was questioned at the
Governor’s Harbour police sta-
tion on mainland Eleuthera for
around 24 hours before she was
released without charge.

Police officers from New
Providence were sent out to
Eleuthera to assist with the
investigation last week. These
investigations are still ongoing,
Mr Miller said.

Any information which may
assist the police should be
reported as a matter of urgency
by calling the emergency line
on 919, the Central Detective
Unit (CDU) on 502-9991 or
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There are no fees to enter govt schools

ALTHOUGH Education Minister
Desmond Bannister has announced on
many occasions — the latest being on July
29 — that no fees are charged for entry
into a public school, another complaint
came to The Tribune yesterday. The cir-
cumstances surrounding that complaint
leads us to believe that politics has now
entered the arena.

Political activist Rodney Moncur called
our office to “tip” us off that he had two
students who had been denied registra-
tion because their parents could not pay
the registration fee. He was going to take
them to the school to be registered. He
suggested that The Tribune might want
to send a photographer to record the prob-
lems they were going to face.

The photographer was assigned. When
the photographer arrived he saw Mr Mon-
cur with a mother, two children and their
aunt. The aunt took the older child to be
registered at the senior high school. She
encountered no registration problems.
The mother dealt with the younger child at
the junior school. She told staff that her
child had previously been refused regis-
tration. She then had a private meeting
with a school representative after which
her child was registered without a prob-
lem. So what was the problem and where
was the story?

It turns out that earlier in the summer
the mother had gone to the school to reg-
ister her 11 year old. She was told about
the “registration” fee — a one time fee
covering six years that included insurance.
The $130 fee would give a child round-the-
clock insurance coverage, whether in or
out of school, for as long as they were stu-
dents. It was a good deal that no parent
could afford to miss. But there were par-
ents who could not afford such an offer.
The teachers were sending those parents
to Social Services for assistance. However,
fee or no fee — insurance or no insur-
ance — no child would be denied entrance
to any government school.

What this mother understood of that
conversation at that time is not known.
However, she is supposed to have told
the school’s representative that she did
not have all of the money at that time,
but would return. She did not register her
child. Nor did she return.

Apparently, she was expecting a certain
sum of money which did not come
through. Instead of going back to the
school to explain her financial position,
she went to Mr Moncur. What Mr Moncur



understood of her story is not known, but
there are those who believe he saw a polit-
ical opportunity and was “meddling.”

Anyway, Mr Moncur — mother, aunt,
and two children — went to the school
yesterday, prepared for rejection and an
argument. They got neither.

On leaving the school Mr Moncur told
a Tribune reporter that the mother had
vowed that if anyone at the school were
“mean” to her child as a result of the rum-
pus caused yesterday morning “she’d
come and close the school down.”

Sometimes we believe the main prob-
lem with today’s children are their par-
ents.

Anyway, when our photographer
returned he told “the desk” that the story
was not what The Tribune had been led to
believe. He did not think there was an
issue and, although he went around taking
photographs, he did not know why he was
there. He certainly was not impressed by
the mother’s behaviour.

On an earlier occasion when Mr Mon-
cur had a previous issue with students not
being registered and had gone to the gov-
ernment school to complain, he was told
there would not be a problem. We under-
stand that he even met with Minister Ban-
nister when the fees policy was fully
explained to him. However, it is under-
stood that a week after that conversation
no attempt had yet been made by either
Mr Moncur or the parents to register those
children. We just assume that they were
eventually registered.

Fully armed with the information about
school fees from no less a person than
Minister Bannister himself, we would have
expected Mr Moncur to help parents who
had doubts or were confused over the
matter.

Certainly knowing the procedure we
would not have expected him to go to the
school to create a “news” scene over
something that was no longer newsworthy.
Teachers have enough problems trying to
accommodate young people into over-
crowded schools. They certainly should
not have to be burdened with non-issues
with political overtones.

We believe there would be fewer con-
frontational and angry young people in
this country if parents and politicians did
not keep the confrontational kettle on a
constant boil.

If Bahamians want a more harmonious
country there has to be more leadership by
example.



Why wouldn’t
investors be

interested in
Baha Mar?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Neil Hartnell’s article in
Your Business Section, Thurs-
day, August 26, if Scotia and
the Loan Syndicate were to
pull the plug and foreclose I
say investors will come — if
Baha Mar project has any
economic and investment sub-
stance, you can bet suitors will
come with their cheque books
or why should we waste all
this time on Baha Mar?

We’ve heard some crazy
things on Baha Mar recently,
but to suggest other investors
would not be interested beats

LETTERS

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all. Why wouldn’t investors
be interested?

Editor: Remember the old
maxim in Real Estate? Loca-
tion - Location and Location.

Actually for The Bahamas
long term from the construc-
tion angle and the employee
operational side, that just
might be the best choice of
all the alternatives, so that we

can get a really solid and sus-
tainable project.

Prime MInister Ingraham
always questioned the relia-
bility of some of the parties
connected with this project —
has he changed is mind?

Yes, we have the Chinese
offering a loan which has
probably a page and a half of
conditions — what’s to stop a
future purchaser coming in
with cash and do a deal?

ABRAHAM MOSS,
Nassau,
August 26, 2010.

There is a long history of inept

government involvement in farming

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Recently the energetic Minister for Agri-
culture announced a $42 million Five Year
Plan to stimulate food production, roughly 8
million per year.

Considering that the annual estimates for
the years 2002 — 2009 averaged about 3 million
per year the increase to $8 million is a huge
leap.

In earlier years Mr. Pierre Dupuch as the
Hon. Minister of Agriculture took interest in
banana production.

The strategy then was to support banana
growing with high tariffs on imported bananas
as protectionist policy for the farmers to
encourage more production.

No one doubts that Mr. Dupuch made a
concerted effort but in spite of the high tariffs
on the imports the local growers were unable
to supply the market with edible fruit at prices
equal to or below that of the imports.

The above is an example of government
funding with good intentions but when judged
on the results turned out to be a failure.

Mr. Cartwright’s good intentions fit Dr.
Milton Friedman’s description of private and
public enterprise:

“If you start a programme that is a failure
and you are in the private market, the only way
you can keep it going is by digging into your
own pocket. That is your bottom line.

“However, if you are in the government,
you have another recourse.

“With perfectly good intentions and good
will nobody likes to say ‘I was wrong’ when

The term ‘Catholic’

you can say, ‘oh, the only reason it is a failure
is because we haven't done enough.’”

It sure looks like government has decided
more money for agriculture is the solution.

The Ministry’s objective is to “stimulate”
food production with more money to bring
the country “nearer to food security”.

In spite of no evidence of a food shortage or
the likelihood of one in the future, money is
taken today from taxpayer’s pockets where
there is a real shortage of that commodity.

Trying to fulfil a utopian vision of self-sus-
taining food production has unseen conse-
quences.

For example, the money to expand the gov-
ernment programme is taken from Mr. Tax-
payer who had saved up for a new suit. The
other loser is the little tailor not hired to make
the suit.

There is a long history of inept government
involvement in farming.

The grand schemes hatched in parliament
have a way of fizzling out and there is nothing
in the history of farming in the Bahamas to
suggest that this one will be any different.

President Reagan described wasteful spend-
ing this way:

“Sometimes I think that government fits
that old-fashioned definition of a baby: An
alimentary canal with an appetite at one end
and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

JOAN THOMPSON
President,

The Nassau Institute.
August 28 2010.

and what it means

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I found the letter by
“Catholic” to be very infor-
mative. However, his signing
of the letter with “Catholic”
would be permissible if he
had left out that an aspect of
his ministry was his ability to
forgive sins. I would have no
problem with anything in his
letter if he had signed his
name “Roman Catholic”,
because that denomination
gives their priests the author-
ity to forgive sins. His use of
the term “Catholic” means

Christian and if you call your-
self Christian, it means that
only Jesus Christ has the
authority and ability to for-
give sins. Being of the Protes-
tant persuasion it is very dif-
ficult for me to read this “mis-
representation” in a local
paper and not respond. The
1992 Vatican articles are very
clear on what the Eucharist
represents and I have no
problem with what another
religion thinks, stands for or
practices, but history records
that the Protestants, Reform-
ers and anyone who disagreed

paid the ultimate price for
their views.

This letter will probably
result in all of the rhetoric
about why religion is so divi-
sive, but there are some things
that will never connect in this
life or the next, and the
revealed word of God setting
the guidelines for life and lib-
erty versus an earthly organi-
sation reinterpreting and set-
ting the guidelines for Scrip-
ture is one of them.

EDWARD

HUTCHESON

Nassau,

August 24, 2010.

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Grand Bahama cruise ferry traffic up 36 per cent

Dramatic upswing in stopover visitors brings revenue increase

CRUISE ferry traffic to
Grand Bahama is up 36 per
cent in the first seven months
of 2010 compared to the same
period of 2009, and a dramat-
ic UpsWing in stopover visi-
tors from the ferries has
brought greater revenue to
the island, according to the
latest statistics.

For the year so far, the
stopover visitors from the
cruise ferries have generated
well over $5 million in rev-
enue for Grand Bahama
resorts.

Much of the increase in
cruise ferry traffic can be
attributed to the decision by
Bahamas Celebration to
end its Fort Lauderdale to
Nassau itinerary in March
in favour of calls to
Freeport from West Palm
Beach, tourism officials
said.

In addition, Discovery
Cruise Lines out of Fort
Lauderdale changed their
product offering and ramped
up their marketing activity,

resulting in significant growth
for them.

So far, Discovery Cruise
Lines and Bahamas Celebra-
tion passengers have account-
ed for 69,123 room nights on
Grand Bahama this year.

David Johnson, deputy
director general of the Min-
istry of Tourism and Aviation,
pointed out that the increase
was realised throughout the
cruise ferry industry in Grand
Bahama.

Growth

“The numbers show that
Discovery Cruise Lines over
the same period registered a
substantial growth even when
we take away the April wind-
fall because they hardly oper-
ated in April of 2009 due to
severe mechanical difficul-
ties,” Mr Johnson said.

“For May/June of this year,

they attracted 39 per cent
more traffic.”

Substantial numbers of
cruise passengers are staying
overnight on Grand Bahama,
contributing handsomely to
the spending on the island,
according to Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation tallies.

In a single sailing on a par-
ticular day, the Bahamas Cel-
ebration registered over 700
stopover visitors out of 1,200
passengers, Mr Johnson said.

In many ways, this is incre-
mental revenue for the
island’s principal resorts, he
said.

Terrance Roberts, director
for Business Development in
the Ministry of Tourism, said
large and small business oper-
ators in Grand Bahama have
been noticing increases in
their revenue due to the
upswing in cruise ferry traf-
fic. Taxi drivers, water sports
operators and various vendors

are among the Bahamians
who have been tapping into
the increased business, he
said.

This direct spending is in
addition to the $20 per pas-
senger departure tax paid to
the government.

Michael Weber, general
manager of the Radisson and
Reef Village at Our Lucaya,
said the increased numbers of
cruise ferry passengers have
made all the difference in
business this year.

“They have made an
impact this year versus last
year without question,” he
said. “We have increased on
both sides — Discovery Cruise
Lines and Bahamas Celebra-
tion. It’s been a double bang
for us.”

Mr Weber said Our Lucaya
has been working with both
cruise ferry operations.

“As a good partner, they
have been involved with joint

MINISTRY ENCOURAGES INCREASE IN MUTTON PRODUCTION



THE Ministry of Agricul-
ture said it wants to “substan-
tially increase” the production
of Bahamian mutton.

With this in mind, a series of
workshops have been
launched to identify and
address the needs and con-
cerns of mutton producers.

“This exercise will lead to
an appreciable and sustainable
increase in mutton production
over the next several years,”
said Agriculture Minister Lar-
ry Cartwright.

A decline has been noted in
Bahamian mutton production
over the last few years, he said
— despite “a constantly grow-
ing” demand for it.

“The share of the market
that has not been supplied by
Bahamian producers has nat-
urally been supplied by
imported meat, which, in 2009,
amounted to some $5 million,”
he said.

Mr Cartwright was speak-
ing at a workshop on Small
Ruminant Production at the
Food and Safety Technology
Lab on August 26.

The Inter-American Insti-
tute for Co-operation in Agri-
culture identified the consul-
tants who visited the Bahamas
for the occasion.

Mr Cartwright underscored
the “serious problem to live-
stock” posed by stray dogs.

Parliament recently passed
the Animal Protection and
Control Act, which, among
other things, establishes ani-
mal control units to be
manned by wardens with pow-

ers to restrain and impound
animals that might be preying
on sheep and goats, Mr
Cartwright said.

“Much work has to be done
in improving livestock pro-
duction in general and ensur-
ing in particular that there is a
substantial increase in the pro-
duction of local goat and sheep
over the next five years,” he
said.

The new workshops will
review issues facing livestock
producers and propose pro-
grammes to reverse the nega-
tive trend in Bahamian mut-
ton production.

They also seek to have cre-
ated a viable industry capable
of providing a meaningful lev-
el of income and an accept-
able standard of living for pro-
ducers, the minister said.

“At the same time, valuable
foreign exchange would be

WORKSHOP SPEECH: Minister of Agriculture and Marine
Resources Larry Cartwright, speaking at the New Providence
Workshop on Small Ruminant Production. Also pictured are

ICA Bahamas representative Dr Marikis Alvarez (right) and
permanent secretary Cresswell Sturrup.

saved and job opportunities
created not only in production
but also in marketing,” said
Mr Cartwright.

“At the end of the work-
shops participants will have
obtained the kind of knowl-
edge that should result in high-
er levels of income for farmers
and improved quality of mut-
ton for consumers.”

This initiative dovetails with
the ministry’s embryo trans-
plant programme, started in

“The success of the embryo
transplant project in introduc-
ing improved characteristics
into the local genetic pool will
depend to a large extent on
the general improved hus-
bandry practices that farmers
will have to adopt,” he said.
“These are the practices these
workshops are intended to
impart.”

Atlantis to convert
ballroom into a
basketball court

US men’s college teams are set for competition

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

ATLANTIS is spending
more than half a million dol-
lars converting a ballroom
into a basketball court as it
moves to build its reputa-
tion as a major sports
tourism player in the global
hotel industry.

The first game to take
place at the hotel’s court has
already been scheduled for
December 18 and will see
Virginia Tech, Mississippi
State and two other men’s
college basketball teams pit-
ted against each other in the

so-called “Battle at
Atlantis.”

The National Collegiate
Athletic Association

(NCAA)-regulation court,
which is being set up in what
previously housed one of the
hotel’s ballrooms, will seat
up to 4,500 people.

The hotel’s executives and
the Ministry of Tourism pro-
ject huge potential in the
sports tourism market to act
as draw for tourists to the
Bahamas and a boon for
hotel occupancy rates, while
creating another memorable
experience for visitors who

may come for the more tra-
ditional sun, sand and sea.

The move comes as
Atlantis continues to make a
name for itself as a venue
for other kinds of special
events like the high-profile
pop concerts that it has been
putting on its calendar over
the last two years as a way to
draw guests in lean eco-
nomic times.

Meanwhile, the potential
for the basketball games to
be televised further provides
the chance — like that
offered by Bahamas and
Atlantis’ hosting of the Miss
Universe pageant in 2009 —
for the resort’s facilities to
be displayed “in millions of
households,” notes Atlantis
CEO George Markantonis.

The hotel chief told the
USA Today newspaper that
the hotel has also been
approached by an NBA bas-
ketball team who would like



to bring games to the
resort’s court.

According to the newspa-
per, Atlantis is now lobbying
the NCAA on behalf of The
Bahamas for permission to
host official NCAA games
next year.

Minister of Tourism Vin-
cent Vanderpool Wallace
said of that effort: “This is so
significant.

“We think it’s going to
move us more broadly to get
more sports teams to come
here.”

Atlantis plans to sell
weekend packages starting
at $149 a night for the “Bat-
tle at Atlantis”. The hotel
room will come with two
tickets to both games and
require a two-night mini-
mum stay at the resort.
Additional tickets will be
sold for between $20 to $35
each, according to USA
Today.

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to boost revenue.

“The healthy rise in busi-
ness is obvious with just a
quick walk through the Our
Lucaya property,” Mr Weber
said. He said the bustling
activity has put resort employ-
ees on a more steady eco-
nomic footing than in the pre-
vious year. Many resort staff
were working only one or two
days per week last year while
this year they are enjoying
four and five-day work weeks.

Vendors

Mr Weber said vendors and
other business operators on
Grand Bahama should be
thankful for the improved
financial position.

“Tf they look back and com-





pare, they should be very
grateful and appreciate what
we have,” he said. “This place
is hopping.”

Nako Brice, a taxi driver
and tour operator, has also
taken notice of the increased
business from the cruise port.
Now that more visitors are
coming in, Mr Brice said the
island must work to develop
more activities and attractions
to occupy them.

In addition to the increased
traffic from Discovery Cruise
Lines and the Celebration, Mr
Brice has seen a jump in the
number of passengers arriv-
ing aboard Carnival Cruise
Lines as well.

Between January and July,
Carnival moved from 163,299
passenger arrivals to 263,071 —
an increase of 61 percent.

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PROMOTING RELIGOUS TOURISM: (left to right) Linville Johnson of the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, religious campaign manager Ish-
mael Lightbourne, Bishop Simeon Hall, Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace and Rev Timothy Stewart.

, Fe FOLLOWING the elec- region. Members of the local the mid-winter board meet- _ they have makes us all very

; tion of two Bahamians to Baptist community said they ing in January 2012 in Nas- proud to be Bahamians.
Greed cvae cori cacnens eov cua: ia top posts within the US- see the new posts as an _ sau, and possibly the annual “T tell people many times
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ey Baptist Convention Bahamas to be awarded at as well, when 3,000 to 5,000 — one special occasion — when
bs (PNBC), it is hoped that the least one of the major gath- members are expected to I see Bahamians achieve.
- Bahamas will host major erings of the PNBC,acon- attend. There is nothing that makes

nd Baptist conferences in the vention of African-Ameri- “This achievement is not me prouder,” he said.
jm Economical and convenient, these easy-to-use near future, bringing thou- can Baptists emphasising for me but for the entire The PNBC began in 1961
Ae ec er sands of visitors to the coun- civil rights and social justice international constituency,” as a movement which
protection from heat and rain, and help prevent try. with millions of members Rev Stewart said. reflected the religious, social
mh ea Rev Timothy Stewart, worldwide. and political climate of the
pastor of Bethel Baptist With respect to the pro- Improve time.

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be el vice-president of the PNBC _ Rev Stewart, even before his

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of the PNBC. Its mission
was to transform the tradi-
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Baptist Convention as well
as society as a whole.

The PNBC now comprises
over 2.5 million members —
1.5 million in the US and
over on million around the
globe.

sions, 500 to 1,000 pastors
and leaders of PNBC trav-
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the convention’s agenda and
the annual convention which
is held each year in August,
according to church officials.

Rev Stewart said he is
already in discussions with
the leadership team to host

Aviation Vincent Vander-
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Rev Stewart and Bishop
Hall on their achievements.

“This is the story of two
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‘Broadway Baby’ concert with
Dalia Feldman and friends

Performance
of classic
songs from
her new CD

LOCAL stage performer
Dalia Feldman will be host-
ing a special concert for the
release of her new album
featuring Broadway tunes to
benefit the Grand Bahama
Performing Arts Society.

Ms Feldman founded the
Society in 2008 to support
local performing arts stu-
dents.

The concert will be held
on September 25 at 8pm at
the Regency Theatre in
Freeport.

Ms Feldman will perform
songs from the new CD,
including classic tunes from
“Cats”, “The King and I’,
“Phantom of The Opera”,
“Thoroughly Modern Mil-
lie”, “My Fair Lady”, and
other popular long-running
Broadway shows.

Diverse

Sharing the stage will be
local guest artists plus the
international singer, com-
poser and writer Robert
Edwin, whose diverse career
has seen him performing in
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A CELEBRATION: To celebrate her album’s release, a special concert will be held on September 25 at
the Regency Theatre. Dalia Feldman will perform songs from the new CD featuring Broadway tunes.
Proceeds will benefit the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society.

Hall, with jazz legend Duke
Ellington, in NBC Christ-
mas specials, and with opera
star Jerome Hines.

Mr Edwin also has exten-
sive teaching credentials and
will be conducting a master
voice workshop for local stu-
dents on September 26

together with Ms Feldman,
who was his student for sev-
en years while growing up
in New Jersey.

Ms Feldman said the con-
cert will be like coming
home for her in many ways
— by celebrating her long-
time love of Broadway, by

helping the next generation
explore their theatrical tal-
ents, and by making musi-
cal magic on her own birth-
day. The concert, “Broad-
way Baby”, is presented by
the Freeport Players Guild
and the Grand Bahama Per-
forming Arts Society.

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THE Bahamas Electrici-
ty Corporation issued a
statement to clarify the
computed fuel charge
applied to July consump-
tion on customers’ bills.

Contrary to the article in
The Nassau Guardian, said
a spokesman for the Cor-
poration, — “BEC over-
charges Customers 17 per
cent” — which said that
the impact of the billing,
attributable to the inclu-
sion of a7 per cent stamp
tax charge in the fuel
charge computation, is of
the order of 4 per cent.
BEC was not billed stamp
tax and ought not to have
charged stamp tax on its
July fuel imports.

BEC’s bills comprise two
components — a base rate
and a fuel charge. The base
rate, following introduc-
tion of the new tariff, is
somewhat less than the
fuel charge.

A7 per cent stamp tax
and 10 per cent customs
duty was applied to the
BEC fuel charge calcula-
tion.

The application of a 10
per cent customs duty
resulted in an impact of
approximately 5 per cent
on the overall bill, which
resulted in an increased
customer overall bill of
approximately 9 per cent.

BEC was granted a tax
holiday and was not billed
Customs Duty and Stamp
tax on fuel import, fora
two-year period.

Exemption

This exemption expired
on June 30, 2010. As of
July 1, 2010 Government
introduced a 10 per cent
levy on BEC fuel imports.
This was applied to cus-
tomer’s bills.

“As you, our valued cus-
tomers were not given
advance notice of the
introduction of the 10 per
cent levy, BEC intends to
make an adjustment to cus-
tomer’s August bills that
will have the impact of
reducing July bills by about
9 per cent, that is, the total
overall impact of the Cus-
toms Duty and stamp tax
that was charged.

As the 10 per cent cus-
toms duty constitutes a
portion of our fuel costs
under the new Tariff, the
Corporation is entitled to
recover this costs.

“As this is a cost that
BEC cannot afford to

absorb, application has
been made to Government
to postpone the implemen-
tation of the 10 per cent
duty until appropriate
communication has taken

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eda NEWS



Cuban migrants floating off Florida sent home

MIAMI Guard plane spotted 19 Cuban migrants
about 30 miles north of Mariel, Cuba, on
Wednesday and directed a cutter to them.
Also on Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Bor-
shores, according to Associated Press. der Protection plane spotted four migrants

The migrants were interdicted at seain aboard a raft about 17 miles east of Sands
three separate incidents last week. Cut.

The Coast Guard says two migrants were All the migrants received food, water, shel-
spotted Friday floating on a plastic foam raft ter and medical care aboard Coast Guard
about 8 miles east of Islamorada. A Coast _ vessels.

THE U.S. Coast Guard has returned to
Cuba 25 migrants found floating off Florida

MINISTRY OF FINANCE — GN 1090

NOTICE

The Ministry of Finance invites Tenders for Customs Officers
Uniforms for the year 2010/2011.

The items to be supplied are as follows:

1, Uniform Shirts — White (Long Sleeves)
2. Uniform Shirts — (White (Short Sleeves)
3. Female Pants — Black

4. Female Skirts — Black

5. Male Pants — Black

6, Male Shoes — Black

7, Female Shoes — Black

8. Work Pants — Navy

9. Works Shirts — Navy

Tenders should be addressed to:
Financial Secretary

Ministry of Finance

Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Building
Cable Beach

Nassau, The Bahamas Government

Sealed envelopes are to be clearly marked “Tenders for Customs
Uniforms” should be submitted by September 20" 2010.

All uniform pants and skirts must be Tailor-made. Specification of
the quantity and quality for uniforms may be collected at Custom

House, Thompson Boulevard, Monday through Friday between the
hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All rights are reserved to reject any

or all tenders.

Financial Secretary (Acting)

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Corporal Christina King assists students at the Bartlett Hill Primary School cross the
street during their first day back to school. Police on Grand Bahama were present throughout the island,
especially in the school zones to ensure smooth traffic flow and that students had a safe day back to school.

GB police out in force as
students go back to school

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Police on
Grand Bahama were out on the
streets in full force early Mon-
day morning as thousands of
students headed back to the
classrooms.

Senior Assistant Commis-
sioner Quinn McCartney and
many senior officers were over-
seeing traffic flows in the various
school zones, particularly at the
primary schools here on the
island.

Police officers also distributed
flyers to parents with helpful tips
on road safety and important
reminders for children, including
the proper way to cross the
street, and never to accept rides
or talk with strangers.

Sandra Edgecombe, Superin-
tendent for primary schools,
reported that the first day of
school went well at the major
schools in Freeport.

There are 12 primary schools
in the Grand Bahama District.

Ms Edgecombe visited the
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area, including the Walker Park-
er Primary, Freeport Primary,
Maurice Moore Primary, and
Hugh Campbell Primary.

“There were no major prob-
lems reported and at the schools
I visited they were all fully
staffed and ready to go.”

“T have never seen such
excitement from parents and
students.

“The kids were all in proper
uniforms with their bags filled
with books,” she said.

Most of the schools held a
brief assembly/orientation for
students and their parents.

Although Ms Edgecombe
was unable to visit all of the
schools on the island, especially
those in west and east Grand
Bahama, she placed telephone
calls to the principals and admin-
istrators.

She reported that student
attendance was not as expected
at some of the schools.

“The schools in the east and
west are smaller in number
and... in some cases they
haven’t seen all of their children
come in today, but we expect
attendance to improve on Tues-



day when they have a full day of
school,” she explained.

Barbara Thompson, principal
of Freeport Primary, said that
many students did not show up
for school.

“The first day went well, but
we did not have very many stu-
dents in today so I don’t know if
parents were aware that all stu-
dents are to report today,” she
said.

Although she did not have an
official count, it is estimated that
around 300 students came out
on Monday.

An administrator at the Lewis
Yard Primary also reported low
attendance.

“A lot of people thought that
only new students should have
come today, so all of the stu-
dents did not come in, but all of
our teachers, staff, and adminis-
trators were here,” she said.

Student orientation and atten-
dance at the two high schools —
Jack Hayward and St George
High Schools — are usually done
in phases, with the ninth graders
reporting on Monday, tenth
graders on Tuesday, juniors and
seniors on Wednesday.

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TRAINING SESSION: Pharmacists learn about the software ahead of

the National Prescription Drug Plan.

Software training
sessions for drug
plan pharmacists

LAST week, National
Prescription Drug Plan
representatives and con-
sultants of the Advanced
Integrated Systems (AIS)
of Jamaica held a number
of training sessions for
pharmacists and frontline
workers from public and
private pharmacies to fur-
ther familiarise them with
the Pro Health software
programme that will be
used for processing and
adjudication of claims for
the Drug Plan in the
Bahamas.

The sessions were led
by Drug Plan project
manager Dr Stanley Lalta
and Larren Pieart, cus-
tomer service support
manager for AIS.

Comfortable

While most attendees
had already been exposed
to the software, Dr Lalta
explained that the pur-
pose of the additional ses-
sions was to ensure that
the pharmacists would be
completely comfortable
with the programme when
the National Prescription
Drug Plan is launched.

“We wanted to provide

some additional training
to pharmacists and front-
line workers so that they
can easily manage the
claims processing system
and they can readily dis-
pense medication to mem-
bers of drug plan,” Mr
Lalta said.

Mr Pieart explained
that once an ACE Rx
Card is swiped at a phar-
macy the software allows
for real time online adju-
dication and processing of
claims in five to eight sec-
onds,

He said the software
has been widely used in
Jamaica for 10 years with
Jamaica’s National Health
Fund and processes claims
for more than 400 partici-
pating pharmacies of the
Fund as well as other
health insurance compa-
nies in Jamaica.

He also said the online
system will help to miti-
gate against the possibili-
ty of fraud that is more
common with manual sys-
tems.

The National Prescrip-
tion Drug Plan is current-
ly in the final stages of
testing before the immi-
nent launch of Phase I.

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LOCAL NEWS



Travolta
retrial will
go ahead

FROM page one

Bahama Journal’s report on
the matter, which attributed
the claim to “high level
sources” in the Attorney
General’s Office.

“(To enter a) nolle
prosequl is an act that can
only be exercised by
myself and the Attorney
General’s Office and I am
not presently seized with
any basis for proceeding
in that regard. As far as
the Attorney General’s
Office is concerned, the
(retrial) action will pro-
ceed.”

A retrial of Ms Bridge-
water and Mr Light-
bourne is set for Monday,
September 6. It was
ordered by Senior Justice
Anita Allen following the
close of the previous trial
after an announcement by
PLP MP Picewell Forbes
at a political convention
that Ms Bridgewater was
a “free woman” caused
concern that there had
been outside communica-
tion from the jury room.
Jurors were still deliber-
ating at the time Mr
Forbes made the
announcement.

Some reports in the US
tabloid media, which were
also reiterated in the
Bahama Journal report,
have suggested that Mr
Travolta no longer wishes
to testify for the prosecu-
tion in the case, with this
forming a basis for the
matter to be dropped.

Mr Travolta testified in
the first trial, which took
place in the Supreme
Court last September. His
wife, Kelly Preston, is
now expecting another
child, and speculation is
that this may have tem-
pered his interest in pur-
suing the extortion case,
which relates to the death
of his 16-year-old son,
Jett, at the family’s vaca-
tion home on Grand
Bahama in January 2009.

Yesterday Mr Tra-
volta’s attorney, Michael
Perkins, issued the fol-
lowing statement to The
Tribune regarding queries
about Mr Travolta’s posi-
tion on the retrial and his
involvement in it.

“The pending extortion
prosecution in the
Bahamas is under the
authority of the Office of
the Director of Public
Prosecutions and is at this
time set for trial on Sep-
tember 6, 2010. In as
much as Mr Travolta and
members of his staff
remain listed by that
office as witnesses, it
would be inappropriate to
make further comment
regarding that matter at
this time.”

This statement remains
unchanged from an earli-
er one issued by Mr
Perkins to the media on
January 28, 2010, but for
the exclusion in the latest
communication of one
sentence that appeared in
the former.

That sentence read:
“The Travolta family
remains committed to full
cooperation with all law
enforcement and prosecu-
tion authorities in both
the Bahamas and the
United States.”

Nonetheless, attorney
for Ms Bridgewater,
Wayne Munroe, also told
this newspaper yesterday
that he has received no
information “to indicate
that the trial is not going
ahead.”

“T have to prepare for
the trial,” said Mr
Munroe.

He added that whether
or not Mr Travolta wants
to testify in the trial “has
nothing to do with me.”

“That’s his concern.
Whether he does or not,
the Crown (represented
by the Attorney Gener-
al’s Office) has the final
decision as to what hap-
pens.”

Asked about what
impact any decision on
behalf of Mr Travolta to
not appear for the prose-
cution might have on the
case being made by the
prosecution, Mr Munroe
said: “I don’t think they
have a case even if he
comes.”

Police identify year’s
65th murder victim

FROM page one

detectives believe Mr Stubbs was
shot in a car passing through the
area just after 9pm and then
dumped in Lady Slipper Avenue in
Garden Hill Estates off Soldier
Road.

Residents told police they heard
gunshots in the area shortly before
a car was seen speeding away from
the place where Mr Stubbs’ body
lay, Mr Miller said.

But police have not yet been
given a detailed description of the
car or any information about who
may have been driving it and how
many people were in it.

Detectives are also asking wit-
nesses to come forward with any
information that may help them
catch the killer.

Mr Miller said: “We are still in
the midst of inquiries, and we are
appealling to persons in the area
to come forward with informa-
tion.”

Any information which may
assist police investigations should
be reported on 919, the Central
Detective Unit (CDU) on 502-
9991, or call Crime Stoppers
anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477).

CRIME SCENE: The body is removed from the scene on Sunday night.

Felipé Major/Tribune staff



Massive hurricane approaches,
tropical storm watch issued

FROM page one

these islands could feel strong
winds as the hurricane “tracks
parallel” to the north and
northeastern islands over the
next two days.

The centre of circulation
for the storm should pass
150 miles to the north east of
The Bahamas, said the
weather forecaster.

“T don’t think we’ll see a
direct impact but it’s close
enough that some portions
of The Bahamas could see
tropical storm force wind
gusts and outer rain bands.
Most likely that would be
felt in the north, north east-
ern islands once we head
into Tuesday night and dur-
ing the day Wednesday.

“The other big thing is
that as the centre of circu-
lation is forecasted to pass
a good deal north of The
Bahamas you are going to
see some high surf, large
waves and dangerous rip
currents. That should start
to increase dramatically on

Tuesday and during the day
Wednesday. In the north,
north eastern islands, east-
facing beaches and shores
could see wave heights of up
to eight to 12 feet in some
locations and dangerous rip
currents, so they’ll need to
take precautions there.”

At 5pm yesterday after-
noon, Hurricane Earl was
located at latitude 19.3 north
and longitude 64.7 west,
about 110 miles north east
of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It

was characterised by maxi-
mum sustained winds of 135
miles pr hour and was trav-
elling west northwest at 15
miles per hour.

The hurricane yesterday
battered small islands in the
northeastern Caribbean,
including Antigua and Bar-
buda, Anguilla and St
Maarten with heavy winds
and rain, despite not mak-
ing landfall. Cruise ships
were diverted in some of
these areas, and flights can-

celled.

It is now projected to
make landfall along the east-
ern coast of the United
States later in the week.

Meanwhile, a tropical
depression hovering in the
Atlantic behind Hurricane
Earl formed into tropical
storm Fiona yesterday after-
noon. It was positioned at
around 900 miles east of the
lesser Antilles at around
Spm eastern standard time.

“We see that continuing

FROM page one

tries — and the large volume of oil exploration
applications inundating the government.

"The Ministry of the Environment has sus-
pended consideration of all applications for
oil exploration and drillings in the waters of the
Bahamas. The ministry seeks, by this decision,
to maintain and safeguard an unpolluted
marine environment for the Bahamas notwith-
standing the potential financial benefits of oil
explorations,” said a statement released by Dr
Deveaux yesterday.

The release added that all existing licenses
will be reviewed to ascertain any legal entitle-
ment for renewal.

"We are not seeking to interfere with any
existing licenses and the people who have
licenses know of the policy. The recent events
showed us that (a) oil if it is to be found, will
likely be in the marine environment and (b) we
want to maintain an unpolluted environment.

"And so before we explore for oil we want to
have the most stringent environmental proto-
cols in place,” said Mr Deveaux when asked to
clarify this point yesterday.

BPC Ltd recently partnered with Norwe-
gian oil heavyweight Statoil to search for oil in
some 2.5 million acres in Cay Sal Bank and
hold five licenses for oil exploration. The gov-
ernment has not issued any licenses for oil
drilling in Bahamian waters.

Environment Permanent Secretary Ronald
Thompson said that while the ministry has yet
to draft the necessary safety protocols, gov-
ernment will frame its future policies around
existing ones from other countries.

Oil exploration

"We haven't drafted any but there are ones
that are in existence in other places where oil is
current being harvested or explored. We will in
short order review all of those and come up
with what we think will be the best (policies) for
the Bahamas," said Mr Thompson.

Deepwater Horizon's oil rig exploded on
April 20, killing 11 workers, and leaking an
estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil from BP's
underwater well.

Yesterday's statement said that calamity
underscored the need for precautions.

"Given recent events involving oil explo-
ration and the efforts to prevent pollution, this
prudent safeguard is essential to preserving
the most vital natural resource of the Bahamas
—its environment," said the statement.

Speaking to The Tribune, Mr Deveaux said
more stringent protocols could have prevented
BP's disaster. "Everything we learned about BP
suggests that there were a few mishaps that
could have been avoided," he said.

In May, Dr Deveaux said it would be
"impractical and unreasonable" for the
Bahamas to shy away from oil exploration or
drilling as a consequence of the environmen-
tally devastating oil leak off the coast of the US
state of Louisiana.

"The world is not going to shy away from oil
because of this accident. This is not the first or
the last," he said at the time.

He also said earlier that proper management
of resources would be vital to any oil discovery
in Bahamian waters.

STORM APPROACH: The top of a palm

tree lays on the road after being blown off by
winds caused by the approaching Hurricane

Earl in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday. (AP)

to track west, maybe on sim-
ilar track to Earl, affecting
the north Leeward islands.
That would take it through
about Wednesday night into
Thursday. Once we get to
that stage the models are all
over the place, some mod-
eling says it is going to con-
tinue tracking westward
affecting portions of The
Bahamas, others have it
curving to the north and out
to sea. It will be interesting.
We will have to see how the



atmosphere recovers after
Hurricane Earl,” said Mr
Edwards.

The Royal Bahamas
Defence Force issued a
statement yesterday after-
noon announcing that leave
for all members has been
cancelled “as a standard pre-
caution to this year’s active
hurricane season.” It called
on all personnel to return to
their workstations so that
officers can be briefed on
the plans for the season.

Claim that man shot
dead was to become
prosecution witness

FROM page one

Abundant Life Road on Saturday night, was out on bail
accused of a 2008 attempted armed robbery.

Sources close to the family claim the motive for the
shooting was to prevent Bastian from testifying against
certain persons at a criminal trial.

While the police are keeping silent on the matter, his
attorney Romona Farquharson rejected this interpreta-

tion.

At press time last night, Bastian’s daughter was still in a
serious, but “stable” condition.
Police said they were following some leads into the mur-

der.

“We have a team of officers out now investigating the
matter and there are some leads that they are following,”
said ASP Leon Bethell, head of the Central Detective

Unit.

Bastian was in the passenger seat of a Honda Accord dri-
ven by his girlfriend when a car pulled up beside them and
opened fire. Bastian sustained multiple gunshot wounds to
his upper body, and his three-month-old daughter sus-
tained a gunshot wound to the head.

His girlfriend, who was still on maternity leave, escaped
unscathed and drove to the parking lot of Solomon’s Super
Centre where she sought assistance.

The attempted armed robbery charge against Bastian
has now been dropped due to his death.

He had also reportedly been questioned by police in
relation to a murder earlier this year, but was released.

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CLICO (Bahamas) liquida-
tor yesterday endured a further
minor set-back in his asset hunt
when the US courts granted a
protective order that drastical-
ly restricts the type of docu-
ments an American law firm
must hand over to him.

Craig A. 'Tony’ Gomez, the
Baker Tilly Gomez accountant
and partner, had been attempt-
ing to obtain records on 77
companies and persons he
believes are connected to the
insolvent life and health insur-
er’s Trinidadian boss, Lawrence
Duprey, as he continues his
recovery bid on behalf of the
firm’s Bahamian policyholders
and creditors.

However, the US law firm,
Hunt & Gross, and a related
entity, HCRM Corporation,
were able to successfully peti-
tion the US Bankruptcy Court
in south Florida to grant them
an interim protective order
restricting the type of docu-
ments they must hand over to
Mr Gomez and his attorneys.

The court found “good
cause” to grant the protective
order, which restricts the docu-
ments that must be produced
to fund transfers involving CLI-
CO (Bahamas) assets only.
And the only management,
shareholder and operating
agreement records that have to
be produced relate solely to

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CLICO asset hunt
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ASSET HUNT: Craig A Gomez

entities in which CLICO
(Bahamas) has a beneficial
ownership interest.

The protective order remains
in place until September 9,
2010, unless Mr Gomez and
Hunt & Gross can settle their
respective differences.

Describing Mr Gomez's
request on behalf of CLICO
(Bahamas) as "overly broad",
Hunt & Gross alleged that the
liquidator wanted "wholesale
disclosure of documents relat-
ing to transfers and ownership
of the business activities of 77
persons and entities, without
regard to whether the business
activities, transfer or ownership
or management structures have
any relevance to [CLICO

SEE page 3B

Business dream a reality
through ‘co-operation’

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

A CULTURAL consortium
has come to downtown Nassau,
with arts, food and fashion the
main focus of the Cultural
Gallery and Studio, a compa-
ny built with sweat equity anda
little ingenuity.

Partners Gina Smith and
Chevette Williamson had long
held the idea of a cultural store
downtown, but had zero capital
to turn it into reality.

When they thought of build-
ing the company as a co-opera-
tive instead, with numerous
small investors nestled under
one roof, they struck gold.

According to Ms Williamson,
there are four co-operative
members who manage a pletho-
ra of merchandise options pro-
duced by Bahamians from
across the country. “There was
a cry from the tourists and the
locals that there was not any-
where you could purchase
Bahamian crafts,” she said

“There was no place central-
ly located to purchase [authen-
tic Bahamian] gift items, and
there was no parking.

“You come to the Bahamas
to learn about the people and
the culture, and that was not
available to them.”

And so Third Eye Artworks
and Collectibles, Cultureware,

Eyes Bahamian and Bijoux du
Belle were opened on Bay
Street directly across from the
old Royal Bank of Canada on
Bay Street and Victoria
Avenue.

Third Eye exhibits the works
of new and developing artists
of all ages, with fine art pho-
tographs, polymer clay turtle
designs and pencil drawings.

Cultureware offers locally-
designed and produced ceram-
ics, while Bijoux houses hand-
made pieces by Bahamian jew-
ellery designer, Chevy’s Acces-
sories. And Eyes Bahamian has
collections of clothing produced
by several different Bahamian
designers.

“We thought about buying
from other artisans, said Ms
Williamson. “But we said: ‘Let
me partner with other persons
to accomplish that vision’.

“So we came togther as a co-
op and we collaborated togeth-
er - four of us, but individually
as companies. With the straw
section, it seems as if it’s just
one person with only one style
of straw work, but the area is a
consignment area, so a number
of artists bring in their prod-
ucts.”

Ms Williamson said the store
was about the indigenous feel
of the Bahamas, and they have
brought in cuisine in the form

SEE page 3B

$60m capital demand
‘never seen before’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Bahamian capital markets
will venture into the unknown
during the 2010 second half
when an estimated $60 million
worth of corporate debt offer-
ings come to market within the space of two
to three months, a leading investment bank-
ing executive yesterday saying he “never
seen this number of placements come to
market in such a short period of time”.

With the potential $60-$65 million Burns
House/Commonwealth Brewery initial pub-
lic offering (IPO) also hoping to get away by
November 2010, a collective $120 million-
plus could be sought from the Bahamian
capital markets before year-end, and Michael
Anderson, RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank &
Trust’s president, told Tribune Business he
was unsure whether there was enough
investor appetite to consume all equity and
debt offerings.

“T don’t know,” he told this newspaper,
when asked whether there was enough
investor appetite and surplus capital to
ensure that the potential $60 million worth of
debt offerings, let alone the Burns House
IPO, were fully subscribed.

“T don’t think we’ve ever seen this number
of placements come to market in such a
short period of time,” Mr Anderson told
Tribune Business, adding that the last sig-
nificant offerings had been the $40 million
Cable Bahamas preference share placement
last year to finance the Columbus Commu-
nications buyout.

FOCOL Holdings also placed $10 million
in preference shares earlier this year, while

* Leading investment banker
unsure whether enough appetite
for debt offerings coming to
market, as Bahamas ‘never seen’
so many in two to three months

* Warns that competition means
issuers may have to pay more
for capital due to competition,
in terms of higher interest rate

Cable Bahamas recently refinanced an
already-existing $10 million preference share
issue in recent months. Yet Mr Anderson
said the Bahamian capital markets had prob-
ably experienced nothing like what was
anticipated to happen between now and
November, with numerous issuers all coming
to market seeking capital - preference shares
and bonds - at the same time.

Apart from Sunshine Holdings’ $10 mil-
lion corporate bond issue that was unveiled
yesterday (see other article on Page 1B),
Tribune Business also understands that
among the likely issuers is the College of
the Bahamas, which is seeking to place an
bond issue to refinance a Royal Bank of
Canada credit line that was primarily used to
finance construction of its Grand Bahama
campus.

“There’s no doubt there’s liquidity in the
market, but if there’s $60 million that’s a

SEE page 3B





City Markets eyes GB food store exit

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CITY Markets was yester-
day said by multiple grocery
industry sources to be in nego-
tiations with Grand Bahama
food store, Sawyer’s Fresh Mar-
ket, to allow the latter to take
over its Eight Mile Rock-based
food store.

Neither company would con-
firm nor deny that the deal was
in process when contacted by
Tribune Business, although it
appeared to be something of
an ‘open secret’ in the Bahami-
an food retail and wholesale
industry, not to mention Grand
Bahama, with multiple sources
confirming their knowledge of
the talks.

Struggling supermarket chain said by multiple food
industry sources to be in talks to exit Eight Mile
Rock store via Sawyer’s Fresh Market take over

One contact said: “Sawyer’s
are taking over Eight Mile
Rock. It was told it was going to
happen, and it was sort of like a
done deal.”

And another confirmed:
“Sawyer’s is going to be taking
it on. It’s supposed to be before
the end of the year.” One
source told Tribune Business
that Sawyer’s executives had
been spotted at City Markets’
Eight Mile Rock store, taking
measurements and assessing
what new equipment what
needed.

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its former Tonique Williams-
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year, the road re-routing in that
area having made it virtually
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City Markets’ shrinkage three times sector norm

¢ Due to production problems that
cut off the turn part of this article in
Monday’s newspaper, Tribune
Business reprints it in full today

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

TROUBLED supermarket
chain City Markets is continu-
ing to incur “substantial” costs
as a result of inventory ‘shrink’
levels that are running three
times’ ahead of international
industry norms, the company’s
chief executive has warned.

Adding that some jobs
among the company’s 700-
strong workforce may be affect-
ed as the company bids to
return to profitability by con-
trolling and managing its oper-
ating costs, Derek Winford
described inventory shrinkage -
the loss of product to theft,
spoiling and other factors
before it hits the shelves - as a

“daunting problem” facing City
Markets.

“We know that ‘shrink’
should be in the range of 2 per
cent or lower, but our ‘shrink’
size is about 6 per cent of sales.
The cost to the company is sub-
stantial,” Mr Winford told Tri-
bune Business in an e-mail.

“We have instituted much
stricter inventory and financial
controls, and are hopeful that
this financial drain will be sub-
stantially reduced. Additional-
ly, we have put in place an
incentive programme for our
employees which has been well
received.”

Dispelling the rumours and
speculation swirling around the
company, Mr Winford said:
“The demise of City Markets
is not imminent. The com-
pany, just like many others
enterprises, locally and
internationally, is having to
fight through hardships cre-
ated by the meltdown of

world economies and the
impact upon all business sec-
tors in the Bahamas.

“In addition to the difficulties
caused by a poor economy, the
company suffered a series of
serious maintenance problems
with refrigeration in a number
of stores. I am now pleased to
say that the problems have
been corrected and we are back
to normal. Further, to restore
customer confidence in our
business we are about to
embark upon an impressive
promotional campaign.

“On the question of the sta-
tus of jobs for our employees,
we have no immediate plans
for reducing the workforce.
However, as we continue to
manage and control our oper-

ating costs, some employees
may be affected.”

In a brief conversation with
Tribune Business, Mr Winford
added: “We’re doing OK.
We’re holding our own. The
rumours don’t help, because
people talk. We need help from
the Bahamian public.”

Speculation about City Mar-
kets’ future has been a constant
theme following a dreadful
series of financial years from
the company from 2008
onwards, in which it has lost
more than $28 million.

City Markets’ net losses for
the year to March 31, 2010,
increased by 35.4 per cent year-
over-year to $6.578 million, as
opposed to a $4.844 million net
loss for the same period last

year.

That translated into a $1.43
loss per share, compared to a
$1.06 per share loss in fiscal
2009, with the $6.578 million
loss for the first nine months
exceeding Bahamas Supermar-
kets’ $6.069 million loss for the
previous full year.

Much of City Markets’ finan-
cial woes related to the sharp
decline in its top-line net sales,
which fell by 18.5 per cent in
the nine months to March 31,
2010. The drop, from $93.059
million a year ago to $76.022
million this year, indicates it
may still be losing market share
in a food retailing industry that
has become increasingly com-
petitive via new entrants such
as Robin Hood and Phil's Food

Services.

The only crumbs of comfort
for City Markets were that the
sales decline seemed to have
slowed. For the quarter to
March 31, they were only down
15.4 per cent at $22.627 million,
as opposed to $26.756 million in
the year before period.

This was an improvement
upon the 2010 first half, when
sales were off 19.5 per cent -
standing at $53.395 million
compared to $66.303 million
the year before. While some of
the sales decline was doubtless
due to the recession, the fig-
ures also indicated that City
Markets is struggling to win
back customers who may have
deserted it during its 2008-2009
travails.

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$60m capital demand ‘never seen before’

Business dream
a Peality through
‘co-operation’

FROM page 1B

of bush tea and authentic
Bahamian treats, such as pota-
to bread, tarts and benny cake.

They have also incorporated
wi-fi into the building as an
added bonus for dining patrons,
and have plans to host a read-
ing for local and visiting chil-
dren on Saturdays.

“Saturdays will be a kids cor-
ner, at a set time, so they can
come and listen to old stories
and riddles, and obtain infor-
mation about the people and
the culture of the Bahamas,”
said Ms Williamson.

“This is all about network-
ing and helping others to suc-
ceed. It’s about helping other
artists and entrepreneurs to
help their dream come true.”

FROM page 1B

huge amount to invest in secu-
rities,” Mr Anderson said. “As
far as I can remember, we’ve
never had so many come to
market in such a short period of
time, two to three months. It’s
all coming to market at the
same time.”

One effect, he added, may
be that some issuers have to
pay more for their cost of capi-
tal by offering a higher inter-
est rate to attract potential
investors away from rival offer-
ings. As a result, current inter-
est rates on preference
share/bond offerings, varying
between 7.25 per cent and 7.5
per cent, might have to rise.

“There has to be some recog-
nition of pricing of securities,”
Mr Anderson told Tribune
Business, “because investors
are going to be looking at other
offerings out there. If people
bring out offerings that are

more risky, or are perceived to
be more risky, you have to pay
more for it.

“You may have to price the
offering higher to get the thing
sold. People coming to market
are going to have to recognise
that if they’re going to get it
sold, they will have to pay more
because of the competition
from other issuers.”

Issues

Mr Anderson’s comments,
and the imminent new issues,
come against a backdrop of
modest recovery in the Bahami-
an equity and capital markets,
as indicated by the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange’s (BISX) 2010 half-
year report.

The BISX market, which has
a total capitalisation of $2.915
billion, saw trading volumes
and values increase for the six
months to June 30, 2010, even

stripping out the impact from
the $80 million trade of
5,954,600 Cable Bahamas
shares as part of the Columbus
Communications buyout.

Removing this transaction
resulted in $13.438 million
worth of shares, some 2.125 mil-
lion in number, trading in the
January-June 2010 period, com-
pared to $8.72 million worth of
shares, numbering 1,655,638,
trading in the same period in
2009. “For the three month
period from April 1, 2010, to
June 30, 2010, 1,406,070 shares
traded for a value of $8.017 mil-
lion,” BISX said. “This com-
pares to the April 1, 2009, to
June 30, 2009, period where
1,037,301 shares traded for a
value of $5.365 million. This
represents an increase of 49.4
per cent in share value traded,
and an increase in 35.6 per cent
in share volume traded in 2010
compared to 2009.

“For the six month period

CLICO asset hunt hits a roadblock

FROM page 1B

Bahamas] insolvency proceedings in the
Bahamas".

This is the second legal set-back from
the US courts to hit Mr Gomez and the
CLICO (Bahamas) liquidation within the
space of a week, the same court having
rejected on a technicality his plea for a 90-
day extension to the deadline for him to
reorganise the affairs of the property rep-
resenting 63 per cent of the insolvent insur-
er's assets.

The US District Bankruptcy court for
south Florida rejected the plea by finding
that neither he nor his US attorneys pro-
vided adequate notice of the hearing on
his plea to interested parties.

Tribune Business previously reported
that Mr Gomez wanted more time to com-
plete Wellington Preserve's sale to a new
buyer, the potential deal with initial front
runner, the Hines Group, having fallen
through.

In his August 10, 2010, filing with the
US courts, Mr Gomez and his attorneys
said they placed Wellington Preserve in
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the
Hines Group deal collapsed, as CLICO
(Bahamas) main asset - as previously
revealed by Tribune Business - needed to
be protected from a $1.5 million judgment

enue Service (IRS).

Pleading for more time to reorganise
Wellington Preserve's affairs via a 90-day
extension, Mr Gomez argued that the US
court would be justified in granting this
because the upscale real estate develop-
ment's multi-million dollar worth was far
greater than the judgment and other cred-
itors' claims against it.

Mr Gomez, who is both president and
director of Wellington Preserve Corpora-
tion, said in his court filing: "The property
is presently encumbered by outstanding
and unpaid real estate taxes; a judgment for
approximately $1.5 million, a certified copy
of which was recorded during the prefer-
ence period; and minor mechanic's liens
claims totalling less than $50,000.

"In this very unusual case, there is no
mortgage. The entire parcel, before some
lots were subdivided and sold, was pur-
chased for $55 million in 2004. The esti-
mated ‘as built’ sellout for the lots was over
$120 million. As is, even in the economy of
today, the property is worth tens of mil-
lions of dollars - enormously in excess of
the encumberances."

This underpinned the extension ratio-
nale, and Mr Gomez said: "While negotia-
tions are proceeding well with a potential
purchaser, which represents that it has

and improvement costs, the prospective
purchaser still needs to obtain financing in
place for the balance of the purchase price."

Given this development, Mr Gomez said
he "does not wish to see the property
forced to auction at a relatively ‘fire sale’
price” by its creditors, as this would reduce
considerably any sums he is ultimately able
to recover for CLICO (Bahamas) Bahami-
an creditors and policyholders. A ‘fire sale’
of Wellington Preserve would leave them
even worse off, almost 18 months after the
insurer was placed into liquidation.

In his filing with the US courts, Mr
Gomez said some $73 million passed from
CLICO (Bahamas) into Wellington Pre-
serve via CLICO Enterprises, the Bahami-
an-domiciled entity that was 100 per cent
owned by the former. These funds were
loaned to the Florida-based real estate
development, "over and above some $10
million of capitalisation”.

As a result, the CLICO (Bahamas) lig-
uidator took another swipe at the insol-
vent insurer's mastermind, Lawrence
Duprey, head of downfallen Trinidadian
financial conglomerate, CL Financial, stat-
ing: "CLICO (Bahamas) was an insurance
company which apparently was used as a
‘cash cow' by those in control to, among
other things, divert money into real estate
investments in south Florida and else-

entered against it and numerous other cred-
itors, who include the US Internal Rev-

raised substantial funding for a down pay-
ment, as well as its carrying, operational

where."

‘Sun shines’ for incubation via $10m offering

FROM page 1B

by CFAL, marked the first
occasion that the group had
gone to the wider Bahamian
capital markets for financing,
instead of holding one-on-one
discussions with interested insti-
tutional investors.

He indicated that Sunshine
Holdings, which has diverse
holdings and businesses spread
across the Bahamian economy,
might use a portion of the cap-
ital raised to help finance the
business plans/ventures of the
numerous entrepreneurs that
regularly approached the group
for capital and other forms of
assistance.

Confirming that Sunshine
Holdings was indeed seeking
to raise $10 million via the pri-
vate placement of corporate
bonds, Mr Wilson told Tribune
Business: “We were
approached by some people
who asked if they could be a
part of what we’re doing, and
we said we will go out and see
what the market thinks.

“We have, over the years,
placed a lot of corporate bonds
with institutions, and at this
point in time a number of large
banks and insurance companies
hold our corporate bonds.

“Previously, we had direct

discussions with institutional
investors interested in our
offerings. This is the first time
we’ve gone about it this way.
This is the first time we’ve
allowed one of the corporate
finance houses to introduce us
to the local capital markets, and
we will see what they say. We'll
see where it leads.”

Mr Wilson told Tribune
Business that Sunshine Hold-
ings had “so many gross oppor-
tunities” coming to it that it was
looking at becoming an “incu-
bator” for start-up Bahamian
companies and entrepreneurs.

Funds

He indicated that some of
the funds raised would be used
for this purpose, with Sunshine
Holdings aiming to show the
private sector could do better
than the public sector, in the
shape of the Bahamas Devel-
opment Bank and government-
sponsored venture capital, in
this area.

“As a private company, peo-
ple come to us all the time with
proposals. They think we have
some knowledge about busi-
ness,” Mr Wilson told Tribune
Business. “We have a bit of an
opportunity to be an incubator
for business. There are a lot of

businesspeople out there who
today can benefit from the
credibility of the Sunshine
Boys, who have been doing this
for over 40 years.”

Pointing to the “couple of
million dollars” that Sunshine
Holdings had invested last year
in a venture proposed by a
group of Bahamian entrepre-
neurs, Mr Wilson said: “That’s
an example of being an incu-
bator for business.

“Depending on how this cap-
ital market thing goes, it has
the potential to transform the
incubation of businesses and to
do in the private sector what
has not worked in the public
sector, through the Bahamas
Development Bank and the
Bahamas Entrepreneurial Ven-
ture Fund. We have the oppor-
tunity to do this through the
private sector.”

And he added: ‘People come
to us. There’s never a month
where some person somewhere,
a would-be entrepreneur, does
not come to us with some cred-

itable idea. “Some do not make
sense, but some are creditable.
They are not just looking for
capital, but also credibility. If
we back it, they are able to
attract other investors.”

Sunshine Holdings’ $10 mil-
lion corporate bond offering is
a private placement, not a pub-
lic offering, targeting only select
institutional and high-net worth
investors, plus their advisers.
Therefore, the public should
not seek to subscribe for the
bonds.

Although a private compa-
ny, Mr Wilson said Sunshine
Holdings, as a group, had decid-
ed to behave “more and more”
as if it was a public company,
adhering to corporate gover-
nance, transparency, account-
ability standards and pruden-
tial norms as if it was a listed
entity.

Sunshine Holdings’ interests
include Arawak Homes, Sun-
shine Insurance Brokers &
Agents, RoyalStar Assurance
and FOCOL Holdings.

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Pioneer’s Way

ending June 30, 2010, exclud-
ing the Cable Bahamas trans-
action, the average daily trading
volume was 17,078 shares,
which equalled an average dai-
ly trading value of $108,619.

“During this six month peri-
od, April 2010 saw the highest
average daily trading volume
and value with 48,775 shares
and $283,409 trading, respec-
tively. By comparison, the six-
month period ended June 30,
2010, saw an average daily trad-
ing volume of 13,201 shares,
which equalled an average dai-
ly trading value of $69,459.”

BISX’s top five volume
leaders were:

Cable Bahamas - 6,093,983
(75.4 per cent of total)

Commonwealth Bank -
652,416 (8.1 per cent)

FOCOL - 352,773 (4.4 per
cent)

Colina Holdings - 180,129
(2.2 per cent)

Doctors Hospital - 147,357
(1.8 per cent)

BISX’s five leaders in
share value traded were:

Cable Bahamas - $ 83.184
million (89.1 per cent of total)

Fidelity Bank Bahamas bond
15 - $ 1.752 million (1.9 per
cent)

FOCOL - $1.719 million (1.8
per cent)

Commonwealth Bank - $
1.575 million (1.7 per cent)

Bahamas Waste - $ 1.408 mil-
lion (1.5 per cent)

City Markets eyes GB food store exit

FROM page 1B

Business about the potential
deal, Sandy Sawyer, proprietor
of Sawyer’s Fresh Market,
replied: “Unfortunately, I can’t
comment on that.” He directed
this newspaper to speak with
Derek Winford, City Markets’
chief executive.

And, when contacted, Mr
Winford responded: “It’s all
rumours. There’s so many
things flying about about who’s
buying, who’s selling.”

City Markets’ management
team and the company’s con-
trolling shareholder, Trinidadi-
an conglomerate Neal & Massy,
are thought to be assessing
numerous strategies in a bid to
turnaround the ailing super-
market chain, which has sus-
tained consistent heavy losses
under earlier
management/operating part-
ners following its $54 million
buyout from Winn-Dixie in
summer 2006.

Informed sources told Tri-
bune Business that even in the
good times under Winn-Dixie,
the Eight Mile Rock store’s
profitability was frequently
marginal, and as the poorest
performer it was the weak link
in the City Markets chain.

“Tt makes perfect sense to
me,” one source said of the
Eight Mile Rock exit strategy.
“The store’s not in the great-
est location, it’s a small market
out there and it will feel the

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

IN THE SUPREME COURT

pinch earlier than the other
stores.”

As City Markets, and its
Bahamas Supermarkets parent,
own no real estate, all the stores
being leased, it seems likely that
any deal with Sawyer’s would
involve the latter taking over
the existing lease, and retain-
ing the inventory and staff.

However, a complete exit
from Grand Bahama is not on
the cards. City Markets’ two
other stores in downtown
Freeport and at Lucaya, apart
from being key sales drivers,
also have as their landlord the
Butler family, who are key
investors in the chain’s 78 per
cent majority shareholder, BSL
Holdings.

Mr Winford told Tribune
Business earlier this year that
City Markets’ Grand Bahama
stores - especially downtown
Freeport and Lucaya - were
continuing to act as a drag on
the company’s overall sales per-
formance.

While sales in Nassau were
less than 9 per cent down on
2009 comparatives, Grand
Bahama sales were down 20
per cent.

Mr Winford told Tribune
Business at the time that City
Markets was focused on cost
cutting and increased efficien-
cies at its Nassau head office
and warehouse in the first
instance, with attention likely
to switch to its store portfolio at
a later date.

2010

Cle/qui/

Common Law & Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF all that piece parcel or lot of land
being Lot Number Thirteen (13) in Block Number ninety-
one (91) on a plan of Grants Town being Map Number 03-50
and running on the WEST seventy (70) feet on the SOUTH
running thereon ninety (90) on the EAST running thereon
eighty-five (85) feet on the public road and on the NORTH
Eighty (80) situate in the Island of New Providence one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

AND
IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Anna Veronica
Colebrooke Hutcheson Lewis under the Quieting Titles Act,

1959

NOTICE

The Quieting Titles Act 1959

The Petition of Anna Veronica Colebrooke Hutcheson Lewis
of the Western District of the Island of New Providence

aforesaid in respect of

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot Number
Thirteen (2) in Block Number ninety-one (91) on a plan of
Grants Town being Map Number 03-50 and running on the
WEST seventy (70) feet on the SOUTH running thereon
ninety (90) on the EAST running thereon eighty-five (85)
feet on the public road and on the NORTH Eighty (80)
situate in the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Anna Veronica Colebrooke Hutcheson Lewis claims to
be the owner in fee simple in possession of the said land
free from encumbrances and has made an application to
the Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
under section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have her
title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to
be granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions
of the said Act.

};PHOENIX

Notice of

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Of the Shareholders and Agenda

A plan of the said land may be inspected during normal
officer hours in the following places:-

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court in the said City
of Nassau in the Island of New Providence

(b) The Chambers of Lennox Paton, Counsel &
Attorneys-at-Law, Chambers, Fort Nassau Centre, Nassau,
Bahamas.

Gregory C. Neil, M.D.
Cosmetic Surgery
Reconstructive Surgery
Surgery of the Hand
The regularly scheduled
Plastic Surgery Clinic will be held in
Freeport on Wednesday Ist, September and
on Wednesday 20th, October, 2010
10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Dr. Horsfall Office

Please call (242) 356-3189 (Nassau Clinic)
(242) 351-7580 (Freeport Clinic)

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of
Sharcholders of Phoonie Four, Inc. will be held on Tuesday,
September 23. 2010 at oloo Hotels and Resorts, bocabed at

135, Chaussee do Bruxeties, 1310 Le Hulpe in Brussels, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having an

Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before the 15" day of October, A.D. 2010 file in the
undersigned a statement of her claim in the prescribed form,
verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any
such person to file and serve a statement of his claim on or
before the said 15% day of October, A.D. 2010 will operate
as a bar to such claim.

Regheiration will coenmence al 1030 in anticipation of @
hao start. The agenda for the mecting is as folbows:

AGENDA

Opening Statement tram the Chairman
BOQISRC Litigation Update

Assot Semmary

Roviow of D008 Avedited Financial Staboments
Roewlow of 2010 Net Asset Valin

Cabh Position and Projection for 2010 and 2011
Share Purchage Offer

Review of Reeolutions

Future Plane

a. Closing Statement

Dated this 27" day of August, 2010

To schedule or confirm appointment

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Plastic Surgery

RAQUEL L. WILSON
Lennox Paton
Counsel & Attorneys-at-Law
Chambers
Fort Nassau Centre
Nassau, The Bahamas

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Dated the 27th day of Augeret 2010,

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

HEN it comes

to embarrassing

health issues,

doctors have

seen and heard
it all. But the fear of speaking
up in the doctor’s office may
lead many people to suffer in
silence.

Even though some embarrassing
health problems are hard to talk
about, Dr Myles Poitier, MD, CCFP
at the Cable Beach Medical Clinic
strongly advises patients to abstain
from self treatments and see their
family doctors.

“No matter how small a person
might think their issue is, they should
still see a general practitioner because
there are certain things that must be
ruled out. People should never be
ashamed to talk to their doctors
about anything. It is the role of their

What people
want to
know about
common
health
complaints
but are too
embarrassed
to ask their
doctors

GP to make sure their patients are
comfortable enough to talk about
anything with them,” Dr Poitier told
Tribune Health.

Dr Poitier gave possible causes of
some of the most common embar-
rassing health issues. However this,
he said, does not and should not
replace a visit to a family doctor.

¢ Sexual Dysfunction

“Men are more embarrassed than
woman are when it comes to this
issue. Men sometimes complain about
not being able get an erection,” Dr
Poitier said.

Erectile dysfunction can be a side
effect of taking some drugs or psy-
chological conditions can be a factor.
For instance, stress, depression, or
worrying. “People should also make
sure they are interested and attracted
to their partner,” he said.

Dr Poitier added that sexual dys-
function is not something that people
should try to diagnose themselves.
He said things like hypertension, dia-
betes and other disorders must be

EMBARRASSING: Many patients suffer in silence because they
are afraid to discuss embarrasing health issues wiith their doctor.

ruled out,” he said.

¢ Premature Ejaculation

“Premature ejaculation is not easy
to treat. This is sometimes caused if a
person has not had sexual relations
in a while. Premature orgasm also can
also be caused by too much excite-
ment.”

Because it is difficult to treat pre-
mature ejaculation some people are
referred to sex therapist and sex coun-
seling to correct the problem he said.

* Genital Rash

Genital rashes are symptoms of a
number of sexually transmitted dis-
eases. Therefore persons should not
take this issue lightly. “Of course a
person must be examined to rule out
certain diseases. We will ask the
patient about his or her sexual histo-
ry. We will ask them how many peo-
ple they have been involved with
because diseases must be ruled out,”
Dr Poitier explained.

He also said fungal infections from
the heat can cause genital rashes.
“Women who use tampons or sani-
tary shields may experience rashes
on their genitals. Lice, ticks, scabies,
can also be causes of genitals rashes,”
he said.

Dr Poitier said if a person is com-
fortable that the rash they have is
consistent with a previous condition
then and only then they can self treat.
“Unless they are sure this is some-
thing they had before they can treat
themselves,” he explained.

¢« Razor Bumps/
Ingrown Hair on genitals

Razor bumps and ingrown hairs in
the pubic region are two other embar-
rassing common health issues expe-
rienced by both men and women.
They are painful and unsightly. Dr
Poitier said they are not a major
cause for concern but urge people to
see their doctor so they can get the
proper medication to treat it. “In
some cases ingrown hairs can get out
of hand and turn into an abscess.”

¢ Vaginal Secretions

Vaginal secretions are part of the
menstrual cycle of a woman. Usually
during the ovulation period women
will notice that they have vaginal
secretions. “Vaginal secretions is nor-
mal. If there is no odour with it and it
is a faint discharge then everything is
normal. If however, the discharge has
a strong odour then women should be
concerned,” he said.

¢ Bad Breath

“A person does not necessarily
have to come into the doctor for this.
Certain foods one eats and dental
problems can cause bad breath. They
should go to a dentist to make sure it
is not a cavity that is causing the bad
breath,” said Dr Poitier.

¢ Uncontrollable Flatulence

“A change of diet can cause uncon-
trollable flatulence to occur. Some
people know that if they change their
diet to lactose they flatulate more.”

He said if uncontrollable flatulence
is accompanied by abdominal bloat-
ing or pain and persist for a few days
it can be a sign of something more
serious.



(CY LOVING RELATIONSHIPS

Abusive Love

AS WE meander down the road
towards our final destination, we con-
tinue in our quest to understand the
many twists and turns of love. We start
life with pure and unblemished images
of our future love and life. A life filled
with joy, happiness and the eternal
promise of hope.

We feel secure in our memories of
being suckled on our mother's breast,
and the milky smell of her skin. With
closed eyes, we sense that feeling of
being protected and cherished. Then,
once in a while we experience picture
perfect recall of being the centre of
attention and everyone's favourite
playmate. Our hearts feel full and life
feels good. Is it possible for life to con-
tinue on in such rosy optimism? Or is
it inevitable that our hopefulness will
be dashed at different stages of life?

For some people, no matter how
hard they try; they cannot draw on
any warm memories. For those who
can actually recall, and have not
blocked out the painful past, child-
hood only conjures up feelings of
emptiness. Feelings of a deep hollow-
ness that insist on sucking you back
into that place of loneliness. A child-
hood where you feel you had little to



no supervision. In fact, you learnt by
trial and error, and survived by either
taking the tough knocks or dodging
the curve balls. Cohabiting with fam-
ily who showed a coldness and lack
of caring were all you knew, and
thought was normal. It was only when
you stood beside a parent and child
who interacted with each other in such
a shockingly contrasting manner, that
you were shaken into a new reality.
Normalcy for some is completely
foreign to another. Early exposure to
sex can make a young mind mature
beyond their years. Basic instincts of
this feels good’ and ‘this must be love’
take deep root and are hard to cut
free. Advanced sexual techniques
place them in the head of the class of
experience and competency. Sexually

self-confidant mannerisms take hold,
or at least can be drawn on at short
notice, and messages are relayed at
lightening speed. They then become
highly sought after by older predators
and a cycle of repeat behaviour begins.

Once we take the time to listen to
and learn where people have come
from, then we can live in their shoes
for a while. We begin to understand
why they seem to be instinctively
drawn to certain types of people. Love
maps are almost tattooed into our sub-
conscious. Even as we become aware
of our own weaknesses, it may seem
impossible to ‘teach an old dog new
tricks'. But with a conscious decision,
or professional help, it is possible to
hold back and be more cautious
before investing heavily in a new rela-
tionship.

That may work well for those who
plan and try to make conscious choic-
es in life. For others, life just seems to
‘happen’ and they often find them-
selves heavily attached to someone
who may not be good for them.
Before they know it, marriage and
children come along and suddenly
they realise there is no ‘quick way
out’.

For many the relationship revolves
around ‘put downs’, 'quick come
backs or put downs’, jealousy, irrita-
ble and explosive behaviour. Describ-
ing their partners as classic 'Dr Jekyll
and Mr Hyde’ personalities seem to

illustrate them perfectly. Public per-
sona versus private becomes the
norm.

Why people stay in such unhealthy
relationships is always a mystery for
those who would never tolerate such
behaviour. 'Tolerate' is the key word
because what we are used to is what
we believe is normal. Unfortunate-
ly, tolerance levels usually start to
escalate and behaviour moves from
verbal to physical. Let us not forget
sexual abuse thrown in the mix. How
many times does a wife have to suc-
cumb to sexual intercourse, just to
prevent an anger outburst?

As dysfunctional as this may seem,
abusive love still feels like love to
those involved. Love is such an
abstract concept and is directly influ-
enced by our early values. All the
more reason that as parents we pay
attention to our actions, and reactions
of our children. How we act today,
directly affects their tomorrow.

eMaggie Bain is an individual and cou-
ples relationship therapist. She is a reg-
istered nurse and a certified clinical sex
therapist.

Listen to ‘Love on the Rock’ with Mag-
gie Bain every Thursday 5pm-6pm on
Island FM 102.9.

For appointments call 364-7230, e-
mail relatebahamas@yahoo.com or visit
www.relatebahamas.blogspot.com.

—
(Gyic01soUTONS

Think feet first
- teachers!



TODAY, we continue
with our 'Back-to- School’
theme by focusing on
teachers. Teachers are
among the group of people
who are on their feet more
than four hours per day,
and many teachers con-
stantly complain of aches in
their feet, ankles, knees,
lower back and shoulders.
What you wear on your
feet often contributes to the
majority of these problems.

In today's fashion con-
scious world, while it is
important for female teach-
ers to look their very best
by complementing that per-
fect outfit with a cute pair
of high heel shoes, or for
male teachers trendy look-
ing shoes, it is absolutely
necessary to note that these
magnificent creations often
lead to foot pain at the end
of the day. While this is
quite understandable, I
would recommend that you
follow these simple tips to
get away with looking your
best while feeling great on
your feet:

1. WOMEN, try to choose
shoes with a reasonable heel
height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Look
for shoes that provide ample
toe room (beware of pointed
toe styles) and contain a back
strap or enclosed back. The
same holds true for men with
the exception of heel height.

2. IF YOU are having trouble
achieving the appropriate fit
with shoes you already own,
take them to a local specialty
footwear store or Pedorthic
facility who may be able to
modify your shoes to better fit
your feet.

3. PURCHASE a slim arch
support/orthortic that your
shoe can accommodate. Spe-
cialty footwear stores and
Pedorthic facilities have
options that will fit almost any
shoe. Orthortics are especially
designed to reduce discomfort
associated by high heeled
shoes and sandals.

In summary, it is impor-
tant to note that while high
heels are not the best for
your feet, you can take
measures to minimise some
of the symptoms associated
from wearing high heels,
such as pain in the back of
the legs (and long term,
shortening of the calf mus-
cles!), ball of the foot pain,
pain under the arch and
heel. A lower heel height,
properly fitted and a sup-
portive shoe combined with
an accommodative orthot-
ic/arch supports will put
your feet in balance, and in
turn improve the alignment
of the rest of your body.
Teachers take steps to think
on your feet pain free and
feel great in the classroom!

e Bernadette D. Gibson, a
Board Certified & licensed
Pedorthist, is the proprietor of
Foot Solutions, a health and
wellness franchise that focus-
es on foot care and proper
shoe fit, located in the Sandy-
port Plaza, Nassau.

"The views expressed are
those of the author and does
not necessarily represent
those of Foot Solutions Incor-
porated or any of its sub-
sidiary and/or affiliated com-
panies. Please direct any
questions or comments to
nassau@footsolutions.com or
327-FEET (3338).

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(CY JOINING HANDS FOR HEATH

Preconception Hea

¢ Women between the age of 18 and 35
are at the prime of their reproductive
years. Whilst many women may face
reproductive challenges such as infertili-
ty, most will become pregnant at some
point, once sexually active. The outcome
of pregnancy is determined long before
the point of conception. Therefore the
health of women in this age range is a
priority concern for health care providers
in the Maternal and Child Health Services
of the Bahamas. In this article, Gina Dean
SNO, and Coordinator of the Maternal
and Child Health Programme share on
the importance of Preconception Health
in the population.)

What is Preconception Health
(PCH)?

Preconception health refers to the
health of women of reproductive (or
childbearing) age when they are in a
non-pregnant state. This includes ado-
lescents and women, before they
become pregnant for the first time, as
well as women who are between preg-
nancies.

Why is there a need to focus on
PCH?

We need to focus on PCH because
of the strong and important link
between the health status of a woman
before she becomes pregnant, and her
health status and that of her baby, dur-
ing pregnancy, during childbirth and
during the (postpartum) period just
after she had her baby. The better a
woman's health is before she becomes
pregnant, the healthier she and her
baby are likely to be after she gives
birth.

What is PCH care and what is the

main goal of PCH care?
Preconception health care is the edu-

cational, promotional and preventive

(Coy GREEN SCENE

health services provided to women
before conception (that is, before
becoming pregnant). The main goal is
to improve a woman's health before
conception (before a first or subse-
quent pregnancy). The objective of
PCH care is to identify factors (dis-
eases, infection, ‘risky’ health behav-
iours) associated with negative preg-
nancy outcomes (deformity, miscar-
riages, low birth weight etc) so that
they can be modified through clinical
interventions (treatment) and behav-
ioural changes.

Who are the target groups for the
promotion of PCH?

The target group for PCH is all
women of reproductive age. That is,
females from menarche to menopause,
who are capable of having children,
even if they do not intend to get preg-
nant (11 - 50 years). Although females
are our primary focus, PCH services
also target males; recognising that men
are partners and key contributors in
reproduction.

What are some of the risk factors for
poor pregnancy outcomes among
women and infants?

Risk factors for poor pregnancy
outcomes include:
¢ Medical conditions such as dia-
betes, hypertension, obesity, sickle
cell disease (partners who are both
carriers of the sickle cell trait should
seek counseling before conception),
sexually transmitted infections, vita-
min and mineral deficiencies (folic
acid deficiency is especially impor-
tant), periodontal disease
¢ Poor pregnancy history such as
repeated premature labour and spon-
taneous abortions, previous miscar-
riages, death of baby soon after birth
or before the age of two and previous

low birth weight infants.

¢ Lifestyle behaviours such as smok-
ing/illicit drugs, over use of alcohol,
and poor nutritional intake

¢ Psychosocial risks such as abusive
relationships (physical, sexual or
mental), and poor housing conditions
¢ Environmental exposures such as
exposure to passive tobacco smoke,
chemicals, lead, and radiation

¢ Social, economic and physical risks
associated with adolescent pregnancy
¢ Age related factors such as the
increased risk of chromosomal prob-
lems for older women. Advancing
age also increases risk of hyperten-
sion and diabetes in pregnancy.

What can women do to improve
their PCH?

¢ Take a proactive approach to your
reproductive health. Have a plan;
decide whether you want to have
children, when you want to have chil-
dren, and whether you are physically,
mentally and economically prepared
for children. Make the necessary
changes in your life that is needed
based on your answers to these ques-
tions so that your reproductive health
will go in the direction you would
like.

¢ Be aware of your health status and
the risk factors that might be present
or contribute to poor pregnancy out-
comes and make the necessary
changes early.

¢ Begin or continue to have regular
preventive health visits with your
doctor

¢ Have a pre-pregnancy check-up
once deciding to get pregnant.

What should women expect during a
PCH visit?

Preventive visits should be a part of
your routine yearly check-up or pri-

Conditioning the soil

ur Bahamian soil is
() in geological
terms and there is not a

lot of it. Any help we can give
to improve or condition the
soil will be rewarded by
increased plant production.

The Bahamas is a mountainous
country but the mountains are
below the sea and their tops are
flat and composed of oolitic lime-
stone, which is highly alkaline. The
problem with alkaline soil is its
reluctance to allow mineral salts to
be in the right state to be absorbed
by plant roots. This phenomenon is
called ‘tying up’ and means that
fertilisers applied to highly alka-
line soil are unable to be used effi-
ciently by plants.

Native plants in The Bahamas
are adapted to alkaline soil and

many exotics have a wide toler-
ance that permits them to grow
well here. Many others, however,
preter acid soil and barely survive.
One good example is ixora. Plant-
ed straight into the ground ixora
will soon show signs of stress and
the leaves will suffer from chlorosis.

Flowering will be reluctant and
the whole vitality of the plant will
be debilitated. Ixora needs help
and that comes from conditioning
the soil.

Alkaline soil can be treated with
sulphur in the form of powder, or
flowers of sulphur. If sulphur is
worked into the soil around shrubs
it can reduce alkalinity substan-
tially and allow better absorption
of fertiliser.

Another remedy is to apply
Sequestrene 138-Fe, a specialised

chelated iron that acts as a catalyst
and promotes the absorption of
mineral salts. This remedy is
expensive but only a little
Sequestrene is required for each
treatment.

The applications of sulphur and
chelated iron are temporary and
the treatment must be ongoing.
The best and more permanent way
to condition the soil is to add rot-
ted material that we generally refer
to as compost.

I know as soon as many readers
come across the word compost
they will sigh and turn the page.
Compost is a bugbear to many gar-
deners because the old fashioned
ways of making it were time con-
suming and laborious, not to men-
tion smelly.

These days you can buy a tum-





BEING PREPARED: Preconception health includes adolescents and women,
before they become pregnant for the first time, as well as women who are

between pregnancies.

mary care visit. This visit should include
disease screening, and should seek to
address the majority of your personal
health care needs as well as address
any existing health problems. It will
also include risk assessment, repro-
ductive history tracking, medication
being taken, nutritional pattern, mon-
itoring of folic acid intake, weight man-
agement, substance use, vaccinations,
family planning methods, and all social
and mental health concerns, including
support networks, domestic violence
and housing. These are all important to
a healthy reproductive life.

Where can women go to access PCH
services?
PCH services can be accessed wher-

ever individuals receive their primary
health care services. This includes all
community health clinics on New Prov-
idence and the Family Islands, as well
as private primary health centres. Most
health care facilities do not generally
include the term pre-pregnancy or pre-
conception health in their list of ser-
vices but all of the components of PCH
are available at most of these facilities.
Ask for the service at your next visit.

¢ For more information on preconception
care and other topics on women and
family health contact the Maternal and
Child Health Secretariat of the Depart-
ment of Public Health at telephone num-
bers 502-4883 or 502-4778.

By Gardener Jack

GOOD SOIL: The use of compost to condition soil
leads to healthy vegetables and flowering shrubs.



bler-type composter that gives you
workable compost in a month.
Even simpler, you can add your
composting materials directly to
the soil.

Have a small bucket by the back
door and fill it with kitchen veg-
etable trimmings, coffee grounds
and used paper towels — as long
as they have not been used to mop
up oil. Dig a hole in your veg-
etable garden as deep as you can
and put your waste inside and refill
the hole. Water it and mark the
position with a stick, then work on
your next bucketful.

Here in the subtropics organic
material breaks down very quickly.
Within a few weeks your fortified
holes will contain a rudimentary
form of compost that your vegeta-
bles will enjoy.

Ideally a compost is composed of
green or nitrogen matter mixed
with brown or carbon matter in
the ratio of 3-1, though experi-

enced gardeners will argue at
length over their own favourite
ratio.

Green nitrogen matter includes
fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee
grounds, tea bags, eggshells, green
plant material, peanut shells, hair,
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Expecting?
How to look

your best

By ARA

t's no secret that

pregnancy does not

always bring out

one's inner glamour

girl. As your waist-
line and bust balloon, it's
easy to lose all sense of
fashion and hide in baggy
sweats, oversized button
downs, or even your hus-
band's jeans.

Amy Tara Koch, trend expert
and author of "BUMP IT UP:
Transforming Your Pregnancy
Into the Ultimate Style State-
ment," demonstrates that a
baby bump does not translate
into losing one's fashion identi-
ty. In fact, Koch shows moms
easy tips and tricks to transform
a handful of basics into dozens
of maternity looks. The trick?
Accessorising, layering and
rotating key silhouettes per
trimester.

"Maximum style, minimal
maternity,” advises Koch. "You
don't need to invest your child's
college tuition on a full-blown
maternity wardrobe. Style is
about mixing and matching
compelling accent pieces.
"BUMP IT UP’ shows moms
how a handful of basics can
yield dozens of jaw dropping
preggo ensembles.”

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ing top designers, Koch has
helped translate some of the
top trends for new or soon-to-
be moms from the runway to
the "realway":

e EMBRACE YOUR WAIST: Sil-
houettes remain in the spotlight,
so when the notion of zipping
your pants becomes comical,
use an elasticised band. The
soft, seamless stretchy band
miraculously sheaths unzip-
pered, rolled to the hips pants,
helping extend the lifespan of
jeans, trousers and skirts. A
lightweight, thigh length top
romantically draped over the
band "camouflages" your hand-
iwork.

¢ GO WITH THE FLOW: Don't
pack up the floaty, easy-to-wear
shift dresses from your first
trimester when your stomach
balloons. Instead sport them as
tunics. Just add leggings, kitten
heels or a heeled wedge.

¢ SHOE IT UP: A heel visually
lengthens your silhouette and
balances out your tummy-
enhanced proportion. You
don't need 5-inch Carrie Brad-
shaw stilettos, but, height will
balance out the bulge, elongate
your body and add that soup-
con of glamour that transforms
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belts can also be worn as lariat

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that provides shape and sup-
port is a lingerie must-have to
accentuate and support your
curves as your body continues
to change before, during and
after pregnancy. Pick up seam-
less microfiber undies and bras
which are comfortable and per-
fect under dresses.
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sleekify your wardrobe, say
goodbye to clunky, unattractive
diaper bags. Pampers has
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chic, high performance diaper,
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Max. Not only are they Pam-
pers driest diaper ever as they
help lock in wetness, but they
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before which means mom can
carry more within less space ,so
grab a chic diaper clutch.
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is the ultimate pick me up so
use it strategically on face and
body and it will nip the "you
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By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

FEW years ago I

watched a seemingly

romantic love story

on Lifetime. My

emory of the movie

is a bit blurred, however I do
recall the movie being centered
around lies, deception, and
betrayal.

In the movie a woman falls in love
with a man who seemed to be the
“perfect” gentleman. He was
smoother than the sensual timbre of
jazz. He was wealthy, he had charisma,
he was sensitive, not to mention
attractive and skilled at making the
woman believe she was the only one
that made his eyes twinkle.

After a few years of dating, the
woman found out the man who she
fell head over heels for was married.
Her heart shattered into a million
pieces.

Four women weighed in on this sit-
uation and told Tribune Woman how
this ordeal would affect their lives.
Two of the women said in the end a
situation like this could only spawn

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the most undesirable results.

“T would be so devastated espe-
cially if we were in a long term rela-
tionship. I would confront his wife for
one and let her know everything that
has been going on and probably end
all relations or connections with him,”
said Lakia Brown.

Dirty Deed

She said his dirty deed would be
exposed to everyone she came into
contact with. “I would bad mouth him
to the world. Everyone who knows
him would know what he did to me,
the pastor, the people in the church,
the people at the bar, the people
around the corner, his family, my fam-
ily and everyone. He will be exposed,”
she said.

Ms Brown said although it would
hurt her she will do her best to get
over him.

“T would rather hurt myself and end
the relationship with him as oppose to
allowing him to hurt me. It is not like
me to break up a home whether it be
a happy home or if it is a home that is
filled with problems. People are slick
and sly and know just how to hide big
details of their life,” she said.

; Marika Rolle is



TUESDAY, AUGUST 31,

more concerned about her reputation
than her feelings.

“T can't be seen dating a married
man and [’ll try not to bring his wife
into the situation to avoid hurting her.
But if I see he’s doing for more by
saying he wants to be with the both of
us, [ll be forced to inform his wife of
his stupidity,” she said.

“The simple thing to do would be to
leave. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds.
When you actually fall in love with a
person its extremely hard to auto-
matically stop thinking about them. I
would try to slowly phase him out of
my life. I would have to be determined
to let him go. And as time passes I
will call him less and start dating oth-
er men to help with this process.”

Compromise

If wealth is involved, it would in
some way influence Allea Brown’s
decision making.

“Tf he is very wealthy and has a lot of
money and I am working at a job that
is only paying minimum wage hell- yes
Iam staying with him. But if I have a
good job whereas I can support myself
maybe not,” Ms Brown explained.

“A situation like this can set some-
one off. I would feel so dirty and end



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up doing something I might regret
because I have some serious anger
issues. The entire relationship was a
waste of time.”

Jacklyn Frazer said if a man ever
does something like that to her he can
pretend he never knew her. “I would
cut him off. The sin of fornication is
already enough, not to mention with a
married man. Also, ’m far too valu-
able for him just to play around with, if
he loves me I would expect a sincere
and genuine commitment, that being
marriage, if not he could just leave.”

For the men and women who engage
extramarital affairs, Ms Frazer gave a
little advice.

“T don’t feel its my place to judge,
however personally I think its wrong.
But then again you never know the
situation surrounding the affair. Some
men are so conniving and manipula-
tive, she could be the victim.

I would tell the person continuing
the relationship not to get their hopes
up for anything more than an affair
and to try and figure out their self
worth and go from there. I would tell
the man to stop being greedy! Be man
enough to make a sound and
honest commitment
to one woman,”
she said.



“T would rather hurt
myself and end the
relationship with
him as oppose to
allowing hinttto hurt
me. It is not like me
to break up a hor
whether it be a Rap-
py home or if itis a
home that is filled

with problems.”

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TOUGH ROAD: Jena Mackey on stage during the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships in Tampa on
July 17, where she finished 16th out of a field of 28 competitors in the Open women’s division.



Youth Olympics:
Athletes return
home from
Singapore...

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vena Mackey's
road to the top
Peally rough

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

he is the first

Bahamian female

bodybuilder to

achieve profession-

al status. But for
Jena Mackey, the road to the
top has been a very difficult
one.

On July 17, Mackey compet-
ed at the 2010 IFBB Pro Body-
building Weekly Champi-
onships in Tampa, Florida,
where she finished 16th out of a
field of 28 competitors in the
Open women’s bodybuilding
division.

Mackey, who received her
pro card in 2007 when she won
the Central American and
Caribbean Bodybuilding
Championships, said it’s defi-
nitely much different from the
amateur ranks.

“It’s really rough. You have
to continue going back to the
drawing board and try to fig-

First Bahamian pro
female bodybuilder
reflects on her status

ure out what the judges are
looking for,” Mackey said.

“Most of the girls have been
there like five to seven years
and so they have the experi-
ence. So it’s really tough.”

In toughness, Mackey said
she wasn’t just referring to her
diet and preparation for an
event. She was referring to
actually going on stage and
competing against the 28 com-
petitors as she did in July.

“You don’t know what the
judges are looking for and you
do this show every year,” said
Mackey, who competed last
year in the show for the first
time and ended up 12th overall.

“Most of the times, the
judges are familiar with the girls
who keep coming back. But for
me, having done it for just the
second time, the judges were
not quite familiar with me.”

The former national team
soccer player said as she looks
ahead to the future, she will
definitely have to concentrate
on developing more mass.

“T was dense, but my legs still
had a problem,” she pointed
out. “It’s getting better every
time I do my show. I’m seeing
the improvement. But there
was always something lacking.”

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SPORTS

TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 11



Welcome

home!

THE Bahamas’ “newest and
youngest” Olympians returned
home with renewed interest of
improving in their sports after
spending the past two weeks
at the inaugural Youth
Olympics in Singapore.

The athletes, accompanied
by the majority of the team
officials, were welcomed home
on Saturday in the VIP
Lounge of the Lynden Pindling
International Airport by exec-
utives from the Bahamas

Olympic Committee.

They got two medals in
track and field from Tynia
Gaither and Rashad Brown,
two of the eight athletes that
competed, along with the two
swimmers and one judo com-
petitor.

BOC president Wellington
Miller thanked the athletes for
representing the Bahamas with
“pride, grace, dignity and suc-
cess” at the history-making
event.



HISTORY MAKERS: Members of the first 2010 Youth Olympic team pose above with executives of the Bahamas
Olympic Committee on their return home from Singapore at Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Photos by Kermit Taylor

SPORTS

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SOFTBALL
MEN’S NATIONAL
TEAM PRACTICE



THE Bahamas Softball
Federation is scheduled to
hold open workout sessions
for the men’s national soft-
ball team, starting 7:30pm
Wednesday at the Bankers
Field, Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex.

The workout sessions will
be under the supervision of
head coach Godfrey ‘Gully’
Burnside and coaches Erin
Adderley, Martin ‘Pork’



BAAA president Mike Sands (far right) shares a moment with Tynia
Gaither, the double medallist at the first Youth Olympic Games, as she is

interviewed by press members.

JUDO competitor Cynthia Rahming (left) poses above
with BOC’s secretary general Dianne Miller.

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Gaither (right) with their medals.

Burrows and Leroy Thomp-
son.

BASKETBALL
SUMMER OF
THUNDER

THE Bahamas Basketball
Federation is slated to con-
tinue its ‘Summer of Thun-
der’ College Scrimmages
Wednesday night at Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium.

Ohio University, who
played their opening game
on Monday night against the
defending New Providence
Basketball Association
champions Commonwealth
Bank Giants, are set to take
on the Bahamas All-Star
team at 7:30pm.

NPSA gearing up for All-Star weekend

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE New Providence Softball
Association (NPSA) is gearing up for
a festival weekend at the Banker’s
Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

It’s the All-Star Classic scheduled
for Saturday night when the NPSA is
expected to showcase the majority of
its bright young talent assembled in
the league.

Additionally, the NPSA is also
scheduled to stage a pre-All-Star game
6:30pm Friday in a match-up of the
legends against the executives.

That game, according to president
Loretta Maycock, is the NPSA’s way
of giving the younger athletes an
opportunity to see some of the future
stars in action.

“The legends team will consist of
players like Anthony ‘Boozie’ Rolle,
Anthony ‘Boots’ Weech, Lionel ‘Tron-
man’ Symonette and Fred ‘Papa’
Smith, who are always at the park,”
Maycock said.

Maycock is expected to lead the

executive team that features Neressa
Seymour, Cyril Smith, Jean ‘Bubbles’
Minus, Renee ‘Sunshine’ Davis and
Tommy Stubbs.

As for Saturday’s All-Star game,
Maycock said they decided to focus
more attention on the surplus of young
players in the league, coupled with
some of the veteran players.

“It was very difficult picking the
men because a lot of the younger play-
ers are not batting as well as the
younger females,” Maycock said.

“But I expect for all those selected
to come out and play in the All-Star
game. We expect that it will be a lot of
fun.”

One of the women’s All-Star teams
will be named in honour or Jeannie
Minus, the fourth vice president of the
league. The other will be named after
Linda Ford, an accomplished former
pitcher in the league.

As for the men, the NPSA will hon-
our the late Tyrone ‘Ron, Figure’
Wood by naming the teams after him.
The other will be named after Rev
Dencil Clarke, a former long-time
teammate of Wood. The teams are

comprised of the following:

Jeannie Minus Ladies All-Stars

Starters

Pitcher - Marvel Miller (Wildcats);
catcher - Christrine Jenoure (Opera-
tors); first base - Vernie Curry (Wild-
cats); second base - Vonetta Nairn
(Sharks); third base - Shavette Taylor
(Brackettes) and shortstop - Zella
Symonette (Brackettes).

Left field - Lathera Brown (Opera-
tors); right field - Krystal Delancy
(Brackettes) and center field - Can-
dice Smith (Wildcats).

Substitutes - Trika Munroe (Sharks);
Crystal Taylor (Scorpions); Shonette
Symonette (Sharks); Lashana Gittens
(Scorpions); Dorothy Marshall (Oper-
ators); Garnette Curry (Brackettes);
Sheria Woodside (Sharks) and Celo
Symonette (Sharks).

Manager - Anthony Bullard (Wild-
cats). Coach - Mario Ford (Operators).

Linda Ford Ladies All-Stars

Starters

Pitcher - Desiree Coakley (Opera-
tors); catrcher - Dornette Edwards

(Wildcats); first base - Michelle
Thompson (Operators); second base -
Vanrica Roise (Brackettes); third base
- Jeanette Hilton (Wildcats) and short-
stop - Christine Edmunds (Wildcats).

Substitutes

Dawn Sears (Sharks); Natasha Paul
(Scorpions); Thela Johnson (Sharks);
Shirley Stubbs (Scorpions); Britteny
Clarke (Operators); Katrell Dorsett
(Brackettes); Stephanie Goodridge
(Wildcats) and Kendra Humes (Oper-
ators).

Manager - Stephen ‘Bishop’ Bene-
by. Coach - Cyril Smith (Brackettes).

Ron Wood Men’s All-Stars

Starters

Greg Burrows Jr. (Freedom Farm);
Van Johnson (Truckers); Jemeko
Sands (Freedom Farm); Ramon Storr
(Truckers); Clayton Bowles (Outlaws);
Philip Farquharson (New Breed);
Romero Armbrister (Del Sol); Martin
Burrows Jr. (New Breed) and Keiron
Munrow (Dorin United).

Substitutes

Roscoe Thompson (Outlaws); Julian
Collie (Truckers); Bruce Mackey

(Outlaws); Khalid Curry (Buccaneers);
Darren Stevens (Dorin United);
Leonard Ferguson (Dorsey Park);
Peval Storr (Dorsey Park) and Dwight
Butler (Del Sol). Manager - Philip
Rolle (Commando Security). Coach -
Godfrey Burnside (Freedom Farm).

Dencil Clarke Men’s All-Stars

Starters

Devaughn Wong (Freedom Farm);
Garfield Bethel (New Breed); Darren
Bowleg (Dorsey Park); Ken Wood
(New Breed); Lamar Watkins (Buc-
caneers); Stephen Brown (Truckers);
Adrian Pinder (Outlaws); Eugene
Pratt (New Breed) and Alcott Forbes
(Dorin United).

Substitutes

Tori Rolle (Dorsey Park); Lavaughn
Ferguson (New Breed); Ray Strachan
(Del Sol); Javon Dorsett (Dorsey
Park); D’Kyle Rolle (Mighty Mitts);
Garret Strachan (Dorsey Park);
Demont Charlow (T&C Outlaws) and
Rudy Fox (Dorsey Park).

Manager - Erin Adderley (Dorin
United). Coach - Martin Burrows Sr -
New Breed.

As a pro bodybuilder, Jena Mackey's road to the top ‘really rough’

FROM page 12

After working with pro male
bodybuilder Joel Stubbs for
about 21 and-a-half years when
she earned her pro card, Mack-
ey is now back with Stephen
Robinson, whom she worked
with for seven years as an ama-
teur.

“This is her third year as a
professional bodybuilder, com-
peting against some of the top
women in the world,” Robin-
son said. “Based on the 23
women she competed against,
she came in 16th, which I think
was a great feat.

“For the most part, I think
it’s all about her personal
development where she wants
to get into that top 10, then the
top five and eventually the Ms



ON FORM: Jena Mackey (far right) competes at the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships in Tampa, where she finished 16th out of a field of 28 competitors.

which featured the CAC win-

Olympia. I think every year
that she goes and competes, it’s
all about her improving on her
physique.”

Having spent the past six
months training her, Robinson
said he saw the improvement
Mackey made, particularly with
her legs, which complemented
her back and arms that she
always prides herself on.

In preparation for next year,



Mackey said she hopes to go
away to train for at least three
weeks prior to her first show.
Her goal is to compete in at
least two shows and eventually
qualify for Ms Olympia.

“For now, I’m still in the
gym trying to stay in shape,”
she said. “I’m not trying to wait
until next year to try and get
in shape because it will be too
hard.

“That’s double work to put
in when I can just cruise
through and I can properly diet
and train. I really want to be
ready next year. I’m just wait-
ing on the schedule to come
out so that I can know when I
will be competing.”

Robinson said he plans on
putting Mackey in an early
show in February or March and
then come back to compete

again in Tampa in July.

In the meantime, Mackey
said the Bahamas Governmen-
t’s subvention has enabled her
to stay focused in training. But
she’s hoping that she can get a
little more support because it’s
costly to maintain her status as
a pro.

“Bodybuilding is not a five
or six month sport,” Robinson
stated. “She will have to dedi-

cate herself year round in order
to prepare for Ms Olympia or
to get into that top 10. It all
boils down to money. When
you reach the level she and Joel
are competing now, you need
sponsors behind you for sup-
plements, your meals, travel
and everything else that goes
into preparing for a world class
event.”

For the Tampa show alone,

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ner from Trinidad & Tobago
in 2008 and the winner from
Aruba in 2009, Robinson said
Mackey spent about $2,500 for
the weekend.

But on an average, over the
last three months to prepare
for a show of that calibre,
Robinson said Mackey could
incur expenses totalling at least
$6,000.

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US survives test, holds on to edge Brazil 70-68

By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer

ISTANBUL (AP) — The
shot bounced off the back rim,
then the front, then finally fell
out.

With that, the United States
walked off the court with a vic-
tory, and another warning: A
world championship won't
come easily for this young team
if it comes at all.

The Americans survived
their first tough test in Turkey,
edging Brazil 70-68 on Mon-
day when Leandro Barbosa's
shot rattled out at the buzzer.

"This game right here was
an eye opener,” U.S. guard
Derrick Rose said.

Kevin Durant scored 27
points and Chauncey Billups
added 15 for the Americans (3-
0), who essentially clinched
Group B with the victory. But
they have bigger goals than a
group championship, trying to
end a 16-year U.S. drought in
this event.

This U.S. team has to do
without Kobe Bryant, LeBron
James and all the other play-
ers who led the Americans to
the gold medal in the 2008
Olympics, and those guys nev-
er needed breaks at the buzzer.

"We know that teams are
really coming in here to try to
win this tournament and we're
here to do the same," said
Rose, the only other US. play-
er in double figures with 11
points.

After the Americans trailed
most of the first 2Q quarters,
Lamar Odom's dunk with 7:14
left put them ahead 64-62. But
they couldn't build on the lead
during a tense final few min-
utes, and Brazil had two
chances to send the game to
overtime.

Following a miss by Billups,
Brazil got the ball and Marcelo
Huertas was fouled on a drive
to the basket with 3.5 seconds
remaining. He missed the first
free throw and then the second

Past
an

By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Tennis Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Once
you reach a certain age, birth-
days tend to make you reflect
on your own mortality. They
also, in the case of a profes-
sional athlete such as Andy
Roddick, tend to prompt ques-
tions about the state of your
career.

Roddick turned 28 on Mon-
day, Day 1 of this year's US.
Open, and after beating
Stephane Robert of France 6-3,
6-2, 6-2, the ninth-seeded
American was asked what sig-
nificance he attributes to his
age.

In typical Roddick fashion,
he injected his reply with some
humor.

"Obviously, I know I'm
probably closer to the finish
than I am to the start," he said.
"But ... it's a number. I'm bare-
ly older than I was yesterday."

Well, yes, that's true. He
also, however, is seven years
older than he was when he won
his lone Grand Slam title at the
2003 U.S. Open. There's a
reminder of that accomplish-



CHALKS: USA’S Rudy Gay puts up a shot as Brazil's Alex Garcia defends during the preliminary round of the World Championship Monday.

intentionally, tracking it down
in the corner and firing it
underneath to Barbosa, who
lofted a shot over Kevin Love,
only to have it bounce off the
back and front of the rim.

"T thought it was going to in,
but it's OK," Barbosa said. "I
think we did a great job, it was
a great game. I don't think the
USA knew that we could cause
problems for them and we did
it."

Barbosa finished with 14
points after a strong start for
Brazil (2-1). Marcus Vinicius
scored 16, and Tiago Splitter
had 13 points and 10 rebounds
while battling foul trouble in
the second half.

With NBA big men Nene,
Anderson Varejao and Split-
ter, Brazil was considered one
of the teams with enough size
to topple the undersized Amer-
icans. Nene had to pull out with
an injury and Varejao sat out
again while continuing to rest a
sprained right ankle, so the
Brazilians turned to a speed
game to lead for much of the
game.

They just couldn't finish the
upset, leaving the Americans
needing only a victory over
Iran or Tunisia, the bottom two
teams in Group B, or another
Brazil loss to earn the top seed
from the group and three full
days off before meeting the No.

4 seed from Group A on Sept.
6.

The Americans have plenty
to work on before worrying
about that, after needing a huge
night from Durant and 31 min-
utes from Billups, the old man
of the team at 33 who had their
only basket in the final 6:50.

"T knew that in the first half
that this was going to be a
fourth-quarter game, a last two-
or three-minute game, and I
was preparing myself to just be
ready," Billups said.

Nowhere was the difference
between this team and its pre-
decessor more apparent than
in the matchup with Barbosa.
When the teams last met, in

(AP Photo)

their 2007 Olympic qualifier,
Barbosa entered as the tourna-
ment's leading scorer before
Bryant led a defensive effort
that held him to four points on
1-of-7 shooting in an easy US.
win.

There's no defenders like
Bryant here, and Barbosa took
advantage in the first quarter
by making two 3-pointers and
scoring eight points. Brazil
made 12 of its first 16 shots in
the period and its first four 3-
pointers, streaks that were
snapped when Barbosa was just
short on a half-court heave at
the buzzer, leaving them with a
28-22 lead.

Brazil extended its lead to

eight early in the second quar-
ter and was still up seven mid-
way through the period, but
with Splitter on the bench with
two fouls, and Barbosa and
Alex Garcia joining him, the
Americans cut it to one a cou-
ple of times.

Splitter's dunk sent the
Brazilians to the half with a 46-
43 advantage.

The Americans finally
grabbed the lead midway
through the third, extending it
to 61-55 after consecutive bas-
kets by Durant. Barbosa scored
the final four points of the peri-
od, though, and pulled Brazil
within two heading to the
fourth.

The crowd grew solidly
behind the underdogs, cheer-
ing loudly for Brazil baskets
and booing loudly when a small
"U-S-A!" chant broke out in
the fourth.

Brazil is coached by Ruben
Magnano, who guided Argenti-
na to victories over the U.S. in
the 2002 worlds and 2004
Olympics, when the Argentines
won gold. He nearly authored
another upset, as players on
both teams thought Barbosa's
shot was going in.

"T had Durant right in front
of me, I couldn't see," Huertas
said. "I was in the corner but I
saw the ball tipped on both
sides of the rim and went out. It
was a big disappointment."

USS. coach Mike Krzyzewski
used his reserves liberally in
the first two games, but gave
much longer runs to the starters
Monday after the backups were
ineffective during their first
stints.

Billups, who played in the
2007 victory over Brazil,
thought it was good for his
young teammates to have a
close game so soon.

"We came out victorious, but
for the young guys, just know
how thin of a line it is. Posses-
sions, turnovers, things like that
that we talk about,” he said.
"Now they can see it.”

Open champs Roddick,
Clijsters win on Day

ment every time Roddick
returns to Flushing Meadows:
His spot in the locker room
bears a special plate with his
name and the year he was the
champion, a bit of recognition
he referred to as "the little deal
on your locker that says you're
special."

Kim Clijsters is "special,"
too. The Belgian won the US.
Open each of the last two times
she entered, in 2005 and 2009,
and she stretched her winning
streak in New York to 15
matches Monday despite a
brief blip.

The No. 2-seeded Clijsters
began her title defense with a 6-
0, 7-5 victory over 104th-ranked
Greta Arn of Hungary. It was
an afternoon of mostly straight-
forward results, although two-
time French Open runner-up
Robin Soderling was stretched
to five sets before edging 214th-
ranked qualifier Andreas
Haider-Maurer, who pounded
34 aces.

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rero, while No. 27 Fernando
Gonzalez quit in the third set of
his match against Ivan Dodig
because of a knee injury.

Women moving into the sec-
ond round included surprise
2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist
Melanie Oudin, French Open
champion Francesca Schiavone,
French Open runner-up Sam
Stosur, two-time major finalist
Elena Dementieva, No. 10 Vic-
toria Azarenka, No. 13 Mari-
on Bartoli, No. 16 Shahar Peer,
and No. 24 Daniela Hantucho-
va, who beat former No. 1
Dinara Safina 6-3, 6-4.

Venus Williams, a two-time
champion in New York, and
Roger Federer, who counts five
US. Opens among his record
16 Grand Slam titles, were
scheduled to play in the night
session.

After rolling through the first
set against Arn, Clijsters trailed
4-0 in the second. Arn eventu-
ally served for that set at 5-4.
But Clijsters broke serve there,
and again in the match's final
game.

As for how she found her-
self in that hole to begin the
second set, Clijsters explained:
"Wasn't aggressive enough.
Didn't step in enough when I
had to. I think she started going
for a little bit more, playing a
little bit more with some risks,
and she kind of put me under
pressure a little bit, where it
should have been the other way
around.”

At last year's U.S. Open, Cli-
jsters became the first wild-card
entrant to win a women's sin-
gles title at any Grand Slam
tournament. Coming off a 2Q-
year break from the game, dur-
ing which she got married and
had a baby, Clijsters was play-
ing in only her third tourna-
ment of her comeback, and first
major event.

"Other players kind of didn't
really know what to expect,"
Clijsters said.

That isn't going to be the
case these days for her, of
course. Nor can Oudin catch
anyone off guard anymore.

A year ago, Oudin was only
17. She came to New York
ranked 70th, and without a U.S.
Open win on her resume.

"I've grown up a lot,” Oudin
said after reeling off the last
nine games in a 6-3, 6-0 victory
over 143rd-ranked Olga
Savchuk. "I mean, I think I'm
actually more like a profes-
sional instead of just a junior.
Even though now that I'm 18, I



ANDY RODDICK of the US signs autographs for fans after he beat Stephane Robert of France during the first
round of the US Open tournament in New York on Monday. Roddick won the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on his 28th
birthday.

feel like I'm a legal adult now.
So I guess that's a good thing."

Roddick has a decade on
her, but the years haven't
slowed his serve much: He was
topping 130 mph Monday.

It's been an up-and-down
year for Roddick, who recently
discovered he had a mild case
of mononucleosis. He was
under doctor's orders to limit
his physical activity, but he said

he feels a lot better now than
he did a month or so ago.

"It's going the right way,” he
said. "To be honest, once you
decide to play, I think you
throw all the excuses and
everything else out the window.
If I decide to play, then it’s up
to me to give 100 percent of
what I have. So it's not some-
thing I really want to discuss
too much from this point for-

(AP Photo)

ward."

As many memories of 2003
that flood Roddick's mind
whenever he's on the USS.
Open grounds, he also recalls
his run to the 2006 final at
Flushing Meadows.

"I was in a rough kind of
career transition that summer,"
he recalled. "You guys were
trying to kick me out at 23."

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THE Attorney General last
night dismissed suggestions
his Office was considering
abandoning the pending retri-
al of former PLP senator
Pleasant Bridgewater and ex-
ambulance driver Tarino
Lightbourne on charges relat-
ing to the alleged extortion
attempt on US actor John
Travolta.

Contrary to reports in the

Attorney General’s Office
may be set to drop the case
against Lightbourne and
Bridgewater, by entering a
nolle prosequi — a declaration
that the prosecution is to be
discontinued — Attorney
General John Delaney said
this is not a consideration as
far as he is concerned.

“T don’t know where they
would have gotten that from,”
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Claim that man shot dead was

to become prosecution witness

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

POLICE last night refused to comment on suggestions that
a Fox Hill man who was shot dead and his three-month-old
daughter seriously wounded, was about to become a prosecu-
tion witness.

This comes as The Tribune confirmed yesterday that Ray-
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murder victim

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
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THE body riddled with bul-
lets and dumped in Lady Slip-
per Avenue has been identi-
fied by police and classified
as the country’s 65th murder
this year.

Police are appealing for
help from the public to help
solve the murder of Nassau
Village resident Harrison
Stubbs, 41, who was shot sev-
eral times and found dead in
the street on Sunday night.

Assistant Commissioner of
Police Glenn Miller said

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FAMILY’ S GRIEF: The cnt recorded its 26th traffic fatality of the year yesterday as Olando Jason Daxon, 23, a resident of St Vincent Avenue in
Elizabeth Estates, died when his car hit a tree, just east of the Prince Charles Shopping Centre. Police, pictured above, restrain the victim’s brother

at the scene.

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storm watch issued

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
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GUSTY winds and rain are projected to
affect the south and north eastern islands of
The Bahamas by tonight and into tomorrow
after Hurricane Earl grew into a category four
storm.

Meanwhile, the north and north eastern
islands and east-facing beaches in particular
have been singled out as likely to be impacted
by large waves and potentially dangerous rip
currents.

These developments came about as the
Government issued a tropical storm watch
for the southeastern Bahamas yesterday after-
noon, meaning that tropical storm conditions
could affect that area within 48 hours.

Accuweather meteorologist Brian Edwards
said the very large size of the storm, with trop-
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process for all oil exploration
and drilling applications until
the country has stringent envi-
ronmental protocols in place
to mitigate against a cata-
strophic oil well leak.

According to Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux, the
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LOCAL NEWS



Family grief-stricken after
young man dies in car crash

The 26th traffic
fatality of year

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

Wedding Anniversary:
Si our wonder ‘ful parents

A NASSAU family was
stricken with grief yesterday
morning when their young
relative died of injuries sus-
tained in a serious traffic acci-
dent.

Olando Jason Daxon, 23, a
resident of St Vincent Avenue
in Elizabeth Estates, was trav-
elling west on Prince Charles
Drive when he lost control of
his 1999 green Honda Accord.

His car ran into a tree on
the southern side of the street,
just east of the Prince Charles
Shopping Centre.

Mr Daxon, a hotel worker,
was the youngest of five boys.
His death is the country’s 26th
traffic fatality for the year.

Family members and
friends gathered at the scene
of the accident, some becom-
ing physically overwhelmed
by his sudden death. Mr Dax-
on was said to have been on
his way to pick up his young
daughter for pre-school.

This week marks the return
of students to school from
summer vacation, which is
expected to dramatically
increase traffic congestion in
the capital. Traffic police are
asking the public to make an
effort to leave home earlier to
allow themselves enough time
to arrive at their destination
punctually and safely.

Superintendent Carolyn
Bowe, officer-in-charge of the
Traffic Division, confirmed
that an additional 17 motorcy-
clists hit the streets yesterday
morning, bringing the total of
traffic officers on patrol to 34.

She explained that the
increase was due in part to
public demand for more traf-
fic officers on the streets in
the capital.

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PLP youth arm: Statement on
PENA U a RBM UI e Rta UI

PROGRESSIVE Young Liberals chairman
Aarone Sargent confirmed last night that a
statement purporting to be on behalf of the
PYL regarding homosexual teachers in schools
was not authorised.

Mr Sargent said the statement, which
attacked Bishop Simeon Hall’s call for gay
and bisexual teachers to be banned from pub-
lic schools, was sent by a subordinate and was
not consistent with the position of the PYL, the
youth arm of the Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP).

Mr Sargent said his organisation understands
Bishop Hall’s “moral commitment” to the
country and the context in which his state-
ment was issued.

“We stand by his statement in terms of ban-
ning predators from the nation’s schools,
whether they be heterosexual or homosexuals.
It is the country’s obligation to protect its
youth, and the PYL stands behind this 100
per cent.

“We always lend our support to any area
that supports or empowers the youth — espe-
cially when it comes to education,” Mr Sargent
said.

Bishop Hall issued a statement last week
calling on the Ministry of Education to ban
all “homosexuals, lesbians, and heterosexual
predators” from the nation’s classrooms ahead
of the opening of the new school year.

In the statement, Bishop Hall said the min-



istry should “assure” the public that these
“deviants” will not be allowed into the nation's
classrooms.

“It is incredulous that some incidences of
sexual abuse could exist in some schools with-
out someone making an outcry. It is my hum-
ble opinion that the Ministry of Education
could be liable if it allows known sexual
deviants to remain in the nation's classrooms.
You don’t put ‘the fox to tend the chickens’,”
Bishop Hall said.

“Parents themselves must do more and
recognise that theirs is the responsibility to
protect their children. Some parents know-
ingly prostitute the innocence of their chil-
dren for a couple of dollars,” he added.

Human rights activist and local artist Erin
Greene said the issue of someone’s sexuality
has absolutely nothing to do with child safety.

Ms Greene said she shares Bishop Hall’s
concern about sexual predators in schools, but
to blame homosexuals for the “gross and hor-
rendous” mismanagement of the problem by
the Ministry of Education is “ludicrous.”

“What we need to do is re-evaluate the sys-
tem by which we evaluate our teachers. It has
nothing to do with gay or straight. I, too, am
concerned about the safety of our children.
The problem doesn’t lie with gay or straight, it
lies with the lack of accountability in the Min-
istry of Education,” she said.

The Bahamas takes part in session involving
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq

THE United States

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Embassy hosted a live con-
ference call with Michael
Corbin, US Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State for Iraq,
yesterday. The Bahamas,
Mexico and Brazil participat-
ed in the session.

Mr Corbin spoke from the
State Department in Wash-
ington, DC, about the end of
combat operations for US sol-
diers in Iraq, which officially
took place yesterday in com-
pliance with the mandate of
President Barack Obama,
who announced when he took
office in January 2009 that the
US would end its combat mis-
sion in Iraq on August 31 of
this year.

Less than 50,000 US troops
will remain in Iraqi until the
end of 2011 to perform limit-
ed counterterrorism opera-
tions as directed by the Iraqi
government; conduct training
of Iraqi security forces; and

interests, according to Mr
Corbin.

Asked whether the United
States had learned anything
from its military presence in
Iraqi to help bridge cultural
divides at home, Mr Corbin
said: “I think there is a greater
understanding of the com-
plexity of the Middle East
from our long presence in
Traq.

Bridges

“What I would point to as a
civilian diplomat at the State
Department is how we built
bridges with the Pentagon and
worked on military civilian
co-operation to better handle
these types of worldwide
crises as we go around the
world and look at future trou-
ble spots.

“T think we have estab-

the military; our provincial
reconstruction teams are an
example of that. But I also
think there is a greater under-
standing of complex societies
and how we need to all work
together to address the dif-
ferent aspects of those soci-
eties as we go forward. As to
the domestic repercussions, I
think it will take many years
to see how this Iraqi experi-
ence will reflect in the US.”

The US war in Iraq began
in 2003 with the invasion
aimed at toppling former dic-
tator Saddam Hussein.

More than 4,400 US sol-
diers have lost their lives and
almost 32,000 US personnel
have been wounded, accord-
ing to some sources, which
place the cost of the war at
$750 billion.

Studies place Iraqi casual-
ties at between 100,000 and
600,000.

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‘Brave’ Davis
raps Ministry
as school fails



CRYING SHAME:
Philip ‘Brave’ Davis

PLP DEPUTY Leader
Philip ‘Brave’ Davis cried
shame on the Ministry of
Education for failing to
open the Old Bight High
School in Cat Island on
time yesterday.

According to Mr Davis,
a shortage of teachers and
incomplete school repairs
were to blame for the
delay.

“In spite of the govern-
ment and Minister of Edu-
cation’s ongoing public
relations exercise, the chil-
dren of south Cat Island
were forced to stay home
and miss valuable school
time today.

“Tam advised that the
school is in disrepair with
school repairs having start-
ed only one week ago.

“This is totally unaccept-
able and a slap in the face
of the children of Cat
Island.

“The government was
aware for months of the
need to get the school in
order for this new academ-
ic year,” he said.

Repairs

By all accounts, the
PLP’s deputy leader said,
the repairs will remain
ongoing for “some time”.

“All children of the
Bahamas deserve to go to
school in a safe environ-
ment.

“In fact, Old Bight and
south Cat Island is overdue
for a new high school.

“Additionally, Iam
advised that there is a seri-
ous shortage of teachers at
the Old Bight High School.
Up to this past weekend,
the school needed an addi-
tional eight teachers to
meet basic education
requirements and to effec-
tively provide the standard
and quality of education
that Cat Islanders deserve.
Such a critical shortage is
deplorable. The children of
Cat Island, Rum Cay and
San Salvador deserve bet-
ter,” he charged.

Mr Davis said he has
been informed by the resi-
dents of Rum Cay that
there is also a lack of
teachers at the Rum Cay
All Age School.

Principal

“There was only a princi-
pal in place today.

“The principal expected
teachers this morning but
no one arrived.

“The school requires at
least two assistant teachers
to be fully staffed.

“On the first day of
school there was none.
This cannot be right.

“Timplore the govern-
ment as a matter of
urgency to address these
teacher shortages.

“This is no time for pub-
lic relations exercises but
rather ensuring that our
children return to school
and that there are suffi-
cient teachers in place.

“The children of Cat
Island, Rum Cay and San
Salvador have been victims
of government neglect for
far too long and cannot
afford to be left behind.
After all, they are Bahami-
ans too,” he said.

Police continue search for answers about Cuban’s escape

Officers who guarded cell of
bom onine! escaped prisoner face probe

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

HARBOUR Island officers
who guarded the cell of prison-
er Avelino Avila Tomas will be
investigated as police continue
to search for answers about the
Cuban Spanish Wells resident’s
escape last weekend.

Spanish Wells residents say it
would have been impossible for
Avila to break out of the jail
cell alone as no man could fit
through the single barred win-
dow. They say the only way out
would be the front door.

Assistant Commissioner of
Police Glenn Miller confirmed
yesterday that officers who
were guarding the North
Eleuthera jail cell will be ques-
tioned as part of the ongoing
investigation.

Chief Inspector Roston Moss

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after this barge was torched causing thousands of dollars worth of

damage.

took charge of operations in
Harbour Island in February to
combat crime in one of the
world’s most sought-after
tourist destinations.

Mr Miller said: “The matter
is being investigated and of
course an investigation of the
police officers is a part of that
investigation.”

A nationwide manhunt was
launched after Avila disap-
peared from the Harbour
Island station some time after
1ipm on Sunday, September
22, and he was still on the run
as The Tribune went to press
last night.

Officers arrested Avila in
connection with a suspected

Airline passengers warned about
illegal charter flights ‘danger’

Lives are at risk, say aviation authorities

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

AIRLINE passengers are
in “cahoots” with operators
of illegal charter flight ser-
vices according to industry
players, who say the practice
occurs “blatantly” in the face
of authorities.

Aviation authorities are
urging passengers to stop par-
ticipating in the “dangerous”
flights, warning that their lives
are at risk.

Some politicians are have
even been guilty of complici-
ty in the past, according to
one pilot, who said candidates
have taken advantage of the
cheaper services during elec-
tion time.

“Tt is a serious issue. You
have some hackers down
there that don’t have a pilot’s
licence, but have been flying
for how long. The level of cor-
ruption stirs it up and keeps it
afloat. The persons who get
away with it have some kind
of connections to be able to
get away with it for so long. It
happens blatantly every day
in the face of the authorities,”
said the pilot.

“Hacking” is a problem as
old as the aviation industry in
the Bahamas, said another
pilot. It refers to the practice
of operating charter services
without the proper licenses or
permits. He said several
established Bahamian pilots
started out hacking.

“Not all aircraft or pilots
are Aircraft Operator Cer-
tificate (AOC) holders. The
aircraft may be certified as
air-worthy, but that doesn’t
mean the person is approved
to do a charter flight. Every-
body can fly their private
plane, but not everybody can
fly for commercial purposes.
There is a process you have to
go through for certification,”
said Hubert Adderley, direc-
tor of Flight Standards

“There is nothing I can do
to stop a person flying his
cousin to Andros. If he wants
to fly those people and charge
them $100, once he collects
money for that flight he is
charging someone for a ser-
vice, and if he is unauthorised
that is a violation of the regu-
lations,” said Mr Adderley.

Byron Ferguson, president
of the Bahamian Pilots
Alliance, said the problem is
real, but “it is a government
issue the authorities need to
regulate”.

Aviation safety inspector
Delvin Major said the prob-
lems with oversight and
enforcement are not the result
of corruption among officials.

“Our hands are tied
because a lot of the times the
passengers are in cahoots,” he
said.

Inspector Major said pilots
brief passengers “well in
advance” about what to say
if an inspector comes to ask
questions, and they arrange
for payment at the destina-
tion point.

“We at Flight Standards
have been doing ramp checks,
heightened surveillance. The
problem we run into is that



“Our hands are
tied because a lot of
the times the pas-
sengers are in
cahoots.”

Aviation safety inspector
Delvin Major

when we go to approach the
pilots and the passengers they
will say, “This is my boy, my
family, we are catching a ride’.
The passengers are in collu-
sion with the pilots, so it
makes our job difficult,” he
said.

Flights by hackers are
cheaper because they do not
pay commercial liability insur-
ance, do not spend money on
approved maintenance pro-
grammes for their aircraft, do
not spend money on pilot
training programmes, and are
not held to the same stan-
dards, said Inspector Major.

Commercial insurance for
five-seater aircraft could cost
$15,000 per year; maintenance
could cost about $80,000 per
year; and pilot training could
cost $15,000 per year, accord-
ing to one established pilot.
“There are a lot of fees
involved,” he said, including
terminal fees, passenger facil-
ity charges and security fees.

“Tt is very unsafe and it is
not worth it to put your fami-



ly or yourself at risk to save
$20 or $30,” said Inspector
Major.

He said passengers usually
come clean only after an acci-
dent happens.

Two recent accidents
involved aircraft that were not
licensed to operate charters —
one of them the twin engine
aircraft that crashed on Bimi-
niin May, in which two peo-
ple died.

“That was not an autho-
rised charter operation. I am
not saying the pilot was oper-
ating a charter flight, but he
was not one of the regulated
authorisied charter opera-
tors,” said Inspector Major.

The offence of hacking
does not carry criminal penal-
ties, which is something the
authorities would like to
change.

“Tf we can prove that a pas-
senger paid for the flight,
there are a lot of civil penal-
ties we can levy against the
pilots.

“We would suggest to the
government to make it a crim-
inal offence. Haul these guys
in to court, seize their planes,”
said Inspector Major.

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tion materials and equipment
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Fire erupted on the boat,
docked in Spanish Wells har-
bour, at around 3am on Satur-
day, September 21.

It is estimated to have caused
$200,000 to $300,000 worth of
damage to the equipment
loaded onboard.

Police confronted Avila at
his Spanish Wells home that
afternoon and confiscated two
licensed shotguns belonging to
the Cuban as they took him
into custody for questioning.

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There are no fees to enter govt schools

ALTHOUGH Education Minister
Desmond Bannister has announced on
many occasions — the latest being on July
29 — that no fees are charged for entry
into a public school, another complaint
came to The Tribune yesterday. The cir-
cumstances surrounding that complaint
leads us to believe that politics has now
entered the arena.

Political activist Rodney Moncur called
our office to “tip” us off that he had two
students who had been denied registra-
tion because their parents could not pay
the registration fee. He was going to take
them to the school to be registered. He
suggested that The Tribune might want
to send a photographer to record the prob-
lems they were going to face.

The photographer was assigned. When
the photographer arrived he saw Mr Mon-
cur with a mother, two children and their
aunt. The aunt took the older child to be
registered at the senior high school. She
encountered no registration problems.
The mother dealt with the younger child at
the junior school. She told staff that her
child had previously been refused regis-
tration. She then had a private meeting
with a school representative after which
her child was registered without a prob-
lem. So what was the problem and where
was the story?

It turns out that earlier in the summer
the mother had gone to the school to reg-
ister her 11 year old. She was told about
the “registration” fee — a one time fee
covering six years that included insurance.
The $130 fee would give a child round-the-
clock insurance coverage, whether in or
out of school, for as long as they were stu-
dents. It was a good deal that no parent
could afford to miss. But there were par-
ents who could not afford such an offer.
The teachers were sending those parents
to Social Services for assistance. However,
fee or no fee — insurance or no insur-
ance — no child would be denied entrance
to any government school.

What this mother understood of that
conversation at that time is not known.
However, she is supposed to have told
the school’s representative that she did
not have all of the money at that time,
but would return. She did not register her
child. Nor did she return.

Apparently, she was expecting a certain
sum of money which did not come
through. Instead of going back to the
school to explain her financial position,
she went to Mr Moncur. What Mr Moncur



understood of her story is not known, but
there are those who believe he saw a polit-
ical opportunity and was “meddling.”

Anyway, Mr Moncur — mother, aunt,
and two children — went to the school
yesterday, prepared for rejection and an
argument. They got neither.

On leaving the school Mr Moncur told
a Tribune reporter that the mother had
vowed that if anyone at the school were
“mean” to her child as a result of the rum-
pus caused yesterday morning “she’d
come and close the school down.”

Sometimes we believe the main prob-
lem with today’s children are their par-
ents.

Anyway, when our photographer
returned he told “the desk” that the story
was not what The Tribune had been led to
believe. He did not think there was an
issue and, although he went around taking
photographs, he did not know why he was
there. He certainly was not impressed by
the mother’s behaviour.

On an earlier occasion when Mr Mon-
cur had a previous issue with students not
being registered and had gone to the gov-
ernment school to complain, he was told
there would not be a problem. We under-
stand that he even met with Minister Ban-
nister when the fees policy was fully
explained to him. However, it is under-
stood that a week after that conversation
no attempt had yet been made by either
Mr Moncur or the parents to register those
children. We just assume that they were
eventually registered.

Fully armed with the information about
school fees from no less a person than
Minister Bannister himself, we would have
expected Mr Moncur to help parents who
had doubts or were confused over the
matter.

Certainly knowing the procedure we
would not have expected him to go to the
school to create a “news” scene over
something that was no longer newsworthy.
Teachers have enough problems trying to
accommodate young people into over-
crowded schools. They certainly should
not have to be burdened with non-issues
with political overtones.

We believe there would be fewer con-
frontational and angry young people in
this country if parents and politicians did
not keep the confrontational kettle on a
constant boil.

If Bahamians want a more harmonious
country there has to be more leadership by
example.



Why wouldn’t
investors be

interested in
Baha Mar?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Neil Hartnell’s article in
Your Business Section, Thurs-
day, August 26, if Scotia and
the Loan Syndicate were to
pull the plug and foreclose I
say investors will come — if
Baha Mar project has any
economic and investment sub-
stance, you can bet suitors will
come with their cheque books
or why should we waste all
this time on Baha Mar?

We’ve heard some crazy
things on Baha Mar recently,
but to suggest other investors
would not be interested beats

LETTERS

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all. Why wouldn’t investors
be interested?

Editor: Remember the old
maxim in Real Estate? Loca-
tion - Location and Location.

Actually for The Bahamas
long term from the construc-
tion angle and the employee
operational side, that just
might be the best choice of
all the alternatives, so that we

can get a really solid and sus-
tainable project.

Prime MInister Ingraham
always questioned the relia-
bility of some of the parties
connected with this project —
has he changed is mind?

Yes, we have the Chinese
offering a loan which has
probably a page and a half of
conditions — what’s to stop a
future purchaser coming in
with cash and do a deal?

ABRAHAM MOSS,
Nassau,
August 26, 2010.

There is a long history of inept

government involvement in farming

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Recently the energetic Minister for Agri-
culture announced a $42 million Five Year
Plan to stimulate food production, roughly 8
million per year.

Considering that the annual estimates for
the years 2002 — 2009 averaged about 3 million
per year the increase to $8 million is a huge
leap.

In earlier years Mr. Pierre Dupuch as the
Hon. Minister of Agriculture took interest in
banana production.

The strategy then was to support banana
growing with high tariffs on imported bananas
as protectionist policy for the farmers to
encourage more production.

No one doubts that Mr. Dupuch made a
concerted effort but in spite of the high tariffs
on the imports the local growers were unable
to supply the market with edible fruit at prices
equal to or below that of the imports.

The above is an example of government
funding with good intentions but when judged
on the results turned out to be a failure.

Mr. Cartwright’s good intentions fit Dr.
Milton Friedman’s description of private and
public enterprise:

“If you start a programme that is a failure
and you are in the private market, the only way
you can keep it going is by digging into your
own pocket. That is your bottom line.

“However, if you are in the government,
you have another recourse.

“With perfectly good intentions and good
will nobody likes to say ‘I was wrong’ when

The term ‘Catholic’

you can say, ‘oh, the only reason it is a failure
is because we haven't done enough.’”

It sure looks like government has decided
more money for agriculture is the solution.

The Ministry’s objective is to “stimulate”
food production with more money to bring
the country “nearer to food security”.

In spite of no evidence of a food shortage or
the likelihood of one in the future, money is
taken today from taxpayer’s pockets where
there is a real shortage of that commodity.

Trying to fulfil a utopian vision of self-sus-
taining food production has unseen conse-
quences.

For example, the money to expand the gov-
ernment programme is taken from Mr. Tax-
payer who had saved up for a new suit. The
other loser is the little tailor not hired to make
the suit.

There is a long history of inept government
involvement in farming.

The grand schemes hatched in parliament
have a way of fizzling out and there is nothing
in the history of farming in the Bahamas to
suggest that this one will be any different.

President Reagan described wasteful spend-
ing this way:

“Sometimes I think that government fits
that old-fashioned definition of a baby: An
alimentary canal with an appetite at one end
and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

JOAN THOMPSON
President,

The Nassau Institute.
August 28 2010.

and what it means

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I found the letter by
“Catholic” to be very infor-
mative. However, his signing
of the letter with “Catholic”
would be permissible if he
had left out that an aspect of
his ministry was his ability to
forgive sins. I would have no
problem with anything in his
letter if he had signed his
name “Roman Catholic”,
because that denomination
gives their priests the author-
ity to forgive sins. His use of
the term “Catholic” means

Christian and if you call your-
self Christian, it means that
only Jesus Christ has the
authority and ability to for-
give sins. Being of the Protes-
tant persuasion it is very dif-
ficult for me to read this “mis-
representation” in a local
paper and not respond. The
1992 Vatican articles are very
clear on what the Eucharist
represents and I have no
problem with what another
religion thinks, stands for or
practices, but history records
that the Protestants, Reform-
ers and anyone who disagreed

paid the ultimate price for
their views.

This letter will probably
result in all of the rhetoric
about why religion is so divi-
sive, but there are some things
that will never connect in this
life or the next, and the
revealed word of God setting
the guidelines for life and lib-
erty versus an earthly organi-
sation reinterpreting and set-
ting the guidelines for Scrip-
ture is one of them.

EDWARD

HUTCHESON

Nassau,

August 24, 2010.

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Grand Bahama cruise ferry traffic up 36 per cent

Dramatic upswing in stopover visitors brings revenue increase

CRUISE ferry traffic to
Grand Bahama is up 36 per
cent in the first seven months
of 2010 compared to the same
period of 2009, and a dramat-
ic UpsWing in stopover visi-
tors from the ferries has
brought greater revenue to
the island, according to the
latest statistics.

For the year so far, the
stopover visitors from the
cruise ferries have generated
well over $5 million in rev-
enue for Grand Bahama
resorts.

Much of the increase in
cruise ferry traffic can be
attributed to the decision by
Bahamas Celebration to
end its Fort Lauderdale to
Nassau itinerary in March
in favour of calls to
Freeport from West Palm
Beach, tourism officials
said.

In addition, Discovery
Cruise Lines out of Fort
Lauderdale changed their
product offering and ramped
up their marketing activity,

resulting in significant growth
for them.

So far, Discovery Cruise
Lines and Bahamas Celebra-
tion passengers have account-
ed for 69,123 room nights on
Grand Bahama this year.

David Johnson, deputy
director general of the Min-
istry of Tourism and Aviation,
pointed out that the increase
was realised throughout the
cruise ferry industry in Grand
Bahama.

Growth

“The numbers show that
Discovery Cruise Lines over
the same period registered a
substantial growth even when
we take away the April wind-
fall because they hardly oper-
ated in April of 2009 due to
severe mechanical difficul-
ties,” Mr Johnson said.

“For May/June of this year,

they attracted 39 per cent
more traffic.”

Substantial numbers of
cruise passengers are staying
overnight on Grand Bahama,
contributing handsomely to
the spending on the island,
according to Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation tallies.

In a single sailing on a par-
ticular day, the Bahamas Cel-
ebration registered over 700
stopover visitors out of 1,200
passengers, Mr Johnson said.

In many ways, this is incre-
mental revenue for the
island’s principal resorts, he
said.

Terrance Roberts, director
for Business Development in
the Ministry of Tourism, said
large and small business oper-
ators in Grand Bahama have
been noticing increases in
their revenue due to the
upswing in cruise ferry traf-
fic. Taxi drivers, water sports
operators and various vendors

are among the Bahamians
who have been tapping into
the increased business, he
said.

This direct spending is in
addition to the $20 per pas-
senger departure tax paid to
the government.

Michael Weber, general
manager of the Radisson and
Reef Village at Our Lucaya,
said the increased numbers of
cruise ferry passengers have
made all the difference in
business this year.

“They have made an
impact this year versus last
year without question,” he
said. “We have increased on
both sides — Discovery Cruise
Lines and Bahamas Celebra-
tion. It’s been a double bang
for us.”

Mr Weber said Our Lucaya
has been working with both
cruise ferry operations.

“As a good partner, they
have been involved with joint

MINISTRY ENCOURAGES INCREASE IN MUTTON PRODUCTION



THE Ministry of Agricul-
ture said it wants to “substan-
tially increase” the production
of Bahamian mutton.

With this in mind, a series of
workshops have been
launched to identify and
address the needs and con-
cerns of mutton producers.

“This exercise will lead to
an appreciable and sustainable
increase in mutton production
over the next several years,”
said Agriculture Minister Lar-
ry Cartwright.

A decline has been noted in
Bahamian mutton production
over the last few years, he said
— despite “a constantly grow-
ing” demand for it.

“The share of the market
that has not been supplied by
Bahamian producers has nat-
urally been supplied by
imported meat, which, in 2009,
amounted to some $5 million,”
he said.

Mr Cartwright was speak-
ing at a workshop on Small
Ruminant Production at the
Food and Safety Technology
Lab on August 26.

The Inter-American Insti-
tute for Co-operation in Agri-
culture identified the consul-
tants who visited the Bahamas
for the occasion.

Mr Cartwright underscored
the “serious problem to live-
stock” posed by stray dogs.

Parliament recently passed
the Animal Protection and
Control Act, which, among
other things, establishes ani-
mal control units to be
manned by wardens with pow-

ers to restrain and impound
animals that might be preying
on sheep and goats, Mr
Cartwright said.

“Much work has to be done
in improving livestock pro-
duction in general and ensur-
ing in particular that there is a
substantial increase in the pro-
duction of local goat and sheep
over the next five years,” he
said.

The new workshops will
review issues facing livestock
producers and propose pro-
grammes to reverse the nega-
tive trend in Bahamian mut-
ton production.

They also seek to have cre-
ated a viable industry capable
of providing a meaningful lev-
el of income and an accept-
able standard of living for pro-
ducers, the minister said.

“At the same time, valuable
foreign exchange would be

WORKSHOP SPEECH: Minister of Agriculture and Marine
Resources Larry Cartwright, speaking at the New Providence
Workshop on Small Ruminant Production. Also pictured are

ICA Bahamas representative Dr Marikis Alvarez (right) and
permanent secretary Cresswell Sturrup.

saved and job opportunities
created not only in production
but also in marketing,” said
Mr Cartwright.

“At the end of the work-
shops participants will have
obtained the kind of knowl-
edge that should result in high-
er levels of income for farmers
and improved quality of mut-
ton for consumers.”

This initiative dovetails with
the ministry’s embryo trans-
plant programme, started in

“The success of the embryo
transplant project in introduc-
ing improved characteristics
into the local genetic pool will
depend to a large extent on
the general improved hus-
bandry practices that farmers
will have to adopt,” he said.
“These are the practices these
workshops are intended to
impart.”

Atlantis to convert
ballroom into a
basketball court

US men’s college teams are set for competition

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

ATLANTIS is spending
more than half a million dol-
lars converting a ballroom
into a basketball court as it
moves to build its reputa-
tion as a major sports
tourism player in the global
hotel industry.

The first game to take
place at the hotel’s court has
already been scheduled for
December 18 and will see
Virginia Tech, Mississippi
State and two other men’s
college basketball teams pit-
ted against each other in the

so-called “Battle at
Atlantis.”

The National Collegiate
Athletic Association

(NCAA)-regulation court,
which is being set up in what
previously housed one of the
hotel’s ballrooms, will seat
up to 4,500 people.

The hotel’s executives and
the Ministry of Tourism pro-
ject huge potential in the
sports tourism market to act
as draw for tourists to the
Bahamas and a boon for
hotel occupancy rates, while
creating another memorable
experience for visitors who

may come for the more tra-
ditional sun, sand and sea.

The move comes as
Atlantis continues to make a
name for itself as a venue
for other kinds of special
events like the high-profile
pop concerts that it has been
putting on its calendar over
the last two years as a way to
draw guests in lean eco-
nomic times.

Meanwhile, the potential
for the basketball games to
be televised further provides
the chance — like that
offered by Bahamas and
Atlantis’ hosting of the Miss
Universe pageant in 2009 —
for the resort’s facilities to
be displayed “in millions of
households,” notes Atlantis
CEO George Markantonis.

The hotel chief told the
USA Today newspaper that
the hotel has also been
approached by an NBA bas-
ketball team who would like



to bring games to the
resort’s court.

According to the newspa-
per, Atlantis is now lobbying
the NCAA on behalf of The
Bahamas for permission to
host official NCAA games
next year.

Minister of Tourism Vin-
cent Vanderpool Wallace
said of that effort: “This is so
significant.

“We think it’s going to
move us more broadly to get
more sports teams to come
here.”

Atlantis plans to sell
weekend packages starting
at $149 a night for the “Bat-
tle at Atlantis”. The hotel
room will come with two
tickets to both games and
require a two-night mini-
mum stay at the resort.
Additional tickets will be
sold for between $20 to $35
each, according to USA
Today.

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promotions that have helped
to boost revenue.

“The healthy rise in busi-
ness is obvious with just a
quick walk through the Our
Lucaya property,” Mr Weber
said. He said the bustling
activity has put resort employ-
ees on a more steady eco-
nomic footing than in the pre-
vious year. Many resort staff
were working only one or two
days per week last year while
this year they are enjoying
four and five-day work weeks.

Vendors

Mr Weber said vendors and
other business operators on
Grand Bahama should be
thankful for the improved
financial position.

“Tf they look back and com-





pare, they should be very
grateful and appreciate what
we have,” he said. “This place
is hopping.”

Nako Brice, a taxi driver
and tour operator, has also
taken notice of the increased
business from the cruise port.
Now that more visitors are
coming in, Mr Brice said the
island must work to develop
more activities and attractions
to occupy them.

In addition to the increased
traffic from Discovery Cruise
Lines and the Celebration, Mr
Brice has seen a jump in the
number of passengers arriv-
ing aboard Carnival Cruise
Lines as well.

Between January and July,
Carnival moved from 163,299
passenger arrivals to 263,071 —
an increase of 61 percent.

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PROMOTING RELIGOUS TOURISM: (left to right) Linville Johnson of the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, religious campaign manager Ish-
mael Lightbourne, Bishop Simeon Hall, Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace and Rev Timothy Stewart.

, Fe FOLLOWING the elec- region. Members of the local the mid-winter board meet- _ they have makes us all very

; tion of two Bahamians to Baptist community said they ing in January 2012 in Nas- proud to be Bahamians.
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bs (PNBC), it is hoped that the least one of the major gath- members are expected to I see Bahamians achieve.
- Bahamas will host major erings of the PNBC,acon- attend. There is nothing that makes

nd Baptist conferences in the vention of African-Ameri- “This achievement is not me prouder,” he said.
jm Economical and convenient, these easy-to-use near future, bringing thou- can Baptists emphasising for me but for the entire The PNBC began in 1961
Ae ec er sands of visitors to the coun- civil rights and social justice international constituency,” as a movement which
protection from heat and rain, and help prevent try. with millions of members Rev Stewart said. reflected the religious, social
mh ea Rev Timothy Stewart, worldwide. and political climate of the
pastor of Bethel Baptist With respect to the pro- Improve time.

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be el vice-president of the PNBC _ Rev Stewart, even before his

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of the PNBC. Its mission
was to transform the tradi-
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Baptist Convention as well
as society as a whole.

The PNBC now comprises
over 2.5 million members —
1.5 million in the US and
over on million around the
globe.

sions, 500 to 1,000 pastors
and leaders of PNBC trav-
elled to the Bahamas to plan
the convention’s agenda and
the annual convention which
is held each year in August,
according to church officials.

Rev Stewart said he is
already in discussions with
the leadership team to host

Aviation Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace congratulated
Rev Stewart and Bishop
Hall on their achievements.

“This is the story of two
Bahamians who decided
that they have the power
and capacity to compete on
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‘Broadway Baby’ concert with
Dalia Feldman and friends

Performance
of classic
songs from
her new CD

LOCAL stage performer
Dalia Feldman will be host-
ing a special concert for the
release of her new album
featuring Broadway tunes to
benefit the Grand Bahama
Performing Arts Society.

Ms Feldman founded the
Society in 2008 to support
local performing arts stu-
dents.

The concert will be held
on September 25 at 8pm at
the Regency Theatre in
Freeport.

Ms Feldman will perform
songs from the new CD,
including classic tunes from
“Cats”, “The King and I’,
“Phantom of The Opera”,
“Thoroughly Modern Mil-
lie”, “My Fair Lady”, and
other popular long-running
Broadway shows.

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Sharing the stage will be
local guest artists plus the
international singer, com-
poser and writer Robert
Edwin, whose diverse career
has seen him performing in
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A CELEBRATION: To celebrate her album’s release, a special concert will be held on September 25 at
the Regency Theatre. Dalia Feldman will perform songs from the new CD featuring Broadway tunes.
Proceeds will benefit the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society.

Hall, with jazz legend Duke
Ellington, in NBC Christ-
mas specials, and with opera
star Jerome Hines.

Mr Edwin also has exten-
sive teaching credentials and
will be conducting a master
voice workshop for local stu-
dents on September 26

together with Ms Feldman,
who was his student for sev-
en years while growing up
in New Jersey.

Ms Feldman said the con-
cert will be like coming
home for her in many ways
— by celebrating her long-
time love of Broadway, by

helping the next generation
explore their theatrical tal-
ents, and by making musi-
cal magic on her own birth-
day. The concert, “Broad-
way Baby”, is presented by
the Freeport Players Guild
and the Grand Bahama Per-
forming Arts Society.

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ty Corporation issued a
statement to clarify the
computed fuel charge
applied to July consump-
tion on customers’ bills.

Contrary to the article in
The Nassau Guardian, said
a spokesman for the Cor-
poration, — “BEC over-
charges Customers 17 per
cent” — which said that
the impact of the billing,
attributable to the inclu-
sion of a7 per cent stamp
tax charge in the fuel
charge computation, is of
the order of 4 per cent.
BEC was not billed stamp
tax and ought not to have
charged stamp tax on its
July fuel imports.

BEC’s bills comprise two
components — a base rate
and a fuel charge. The base
rate, following introduc-
tion of the new tariff, is
somewhat less than the
fuel charge.

A7 per cent stamp tax
and 10 per cent customs
duty was applied to the
BEC fuel charge calcula-
tion.

The application of a 10
per cent customs duty
resulted in an impact of
approximately 5 per cent
on the overall bill, which
resulted in an increased
customer overall bill of
approximately 9 per cent.

BEC was granted a tax
holiday and was not billed
Customs Duty and Stamp
tax on fuel import, fora
two-year period.

Exemption

This exemption expired
on June 30, 2010. As of
July 1, 2010 Government
introduced a 10 per cent
levy on BEC fuel imports.
This was applied to cus-
tomer’s bills.

“As you, our valued cus-
tomers were not given
advance notice of the
introduction of the 10 per
cent levy, BEC intends to
make an adjustment to cus-
tomer’s August bills that
will have the impact of
reducing July bills by about
9 per cent, that is, the total
overall impact of the Cus-
toms Duty and stamp tax
that was charged.

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toms duty constitutes a
portion of our fuel costs
under the new Tariff, the
Corporation is entitled to
recover this costs.

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BEC cannot afford to

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been made to Government
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duty until appropriate
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Cuban migrants floating off Florida sent home

MIAMI Guard plane spotted 19 Cuban migrants
about 30 miles north of Mariel, Cuba, on
Wednesday and directed a cutter to them.
Also on Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Bor-
shores, according to Associated Press. der Protection plane spotted four migrants

The migrants were interdicted at seain aboard a raft about 17 miles east of Sands
three separate incidents last week. Cut.

The Coast Guard says two migrants were All the migrants received food, water, shel-
spotted Friday floating on a plastic foam raft ter and medical care aboard Coast Guard
about 8 miles east of Islamorada. A Coast _ vessels.

THE U.S. Coast Guard has returned to
Cuba 25 migrants found floating off Florida

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street during their first day back to school. Police on Grand Bahama were present throughout the island,
especially in the school zones to ensure smooth traffic flow and that students had a safe day back to school.

GB police out in force as
students go back to school

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Police on
Grand Bahama were out on the
streets in full force early Mon-
day morning as thousands of
students headed back to the
classrooms.

Senior Assistant Commis-
sioner Quinn McCartney and
many senior officers were over-
seeing traffic flows in the various
school zones, particularly at the
primary schools here on the
island.

Police officers also distributed
flyers to parents with helpful tips
on road safety and important
reminders for children, including
the proper way to cross the
street, and never to accept rides
or talk with strangers.

Sandra Edgecombe, Superin-
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reported that the first day of
school went well at the major
schools in Freeport.

There are 12 primary schools
in the Grand Bahama District.

Ms Edgecombe visited the
four big schools in the Freeport

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area, including the Walker Park-
er Primary, Freeport Primary,
Maurice Moore Primary, and
Hugh Campbell Primary.

“There were no major prob-
lems reported and at the schools
I visited they were all fully
staffed and ready to go.”

“T have never seen such
excitement from parents and
students.

“The kids were all in proper
uniforms with their bags filled
with books,” she said.

Most of the schools held a
brief assembly/orientation for
students and their parents.

Although Ms Edgecombe
was unable to visit all of the
schools on the island, especially
those in west and east Grand
Bahama, she placed telephone
calls to the principals and admin-
istrators.

She reported that student
attendance was not as expected
at some of the schools.

“The schools in the east and
west are smaller in number
and... in some cases they
haven’t seen all of their children
come in today, but we expect
attendance to improve on Tues-



day when they have a full day of
school,” she explained.

Barbara Thompson, principal
of Freeport Primary, said that
many students did not show up
for school.

“The first day went well, but
we did not have very many stu-
dents in today so I don’t know if
parents were aware that all stu-
dents are to report today,” she
said.

Although she did not have an
official count, it is estimated that
around 300 students came out
on Monday.

An administrator at the Lewis
Yard Primary also reported low
attendance.

“A lot of people thought that
only new students should have
come today, so all of the stu-
dents did not come in, but all of
our teachers, staff, and adminis-
trators were here,” she said.

Student orientation and atten-
dance at the two high schools —
Jack Hayward and St George
High Schools — are usually done
in phases, with the ninth graders
reporting on Monday, tenth
graders on Tuesday, juniors and
seniors on Wednesday.

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TRAINING SESSION: Pharmacists learn about the software ahead of

the National Prescription Drug Plan.

Software training
sessions for drug
plan pharmacists

LAST week, National
Prescription Drug Plan
representatives and con-
sultants of the Advanced
Integrated Systems (AIS)
of Jamaica held a number
of training sessions for
pharmacists and frontline
workers from public and
private pharmacies to fur-
ther familiarise them with
the Pro Health software
programme that will be
used for processing and
adjudication of claims for
the Drug Plan in the
Bahamas.

The sessions were led
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and Larren Pieart, cus-
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macy the software allows
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onds,

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Jamaica for 10 years with
Jamaica’s National Health
Fund and processes claims
for more than 400 partici-
pating pharmacies of the
Fund as well as other
health insurance compa-
nies in Jamaica.

He also said the online
system will help to miti-
gate against the possibili-
ty of fraud that is more
common with manual sys-
tems.

The National Prescrip-
tion Drug Plan is current-
ly in the final stages of
testing before the immi-
nent launch of Phase I.

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Travolta
retrial will
go ahead

FROM page one

Bahama Journal’s report on
the matter, which attributed
the claim to “high level
sources” in the Attorney
General’s Office.

“(To enter a) nolle
prosequl is an act that can
only be exercised by
myself and the Attorney
General’s Office and I am
not presently seized with
any basis for proceeding
in that regard. As far as
the Attorney General’s
Office is concerned, the
(retrial) action will pro-
ceed.”

A retrial of Ms Bridge-
water and Mr Light-
bourne is set for Monday,
September 6. It was
ordered by Senior Justice
Anita Allen following the
close of the previous trial
after an announcement by
PLP MP Picewell Forbes
at a political convention
that Ms Bridgewater was
a “free woman” caused
concern that there had
been outside communica-
tion from the jury room.
Jurors were still deliber-
ating at the time Mr
Forbes made the
announcement.

Some reports in the US
tabloid media, which were
also reiterated in the
Bahama Journal report,
have suggested that Mr
Travolta no longer wishes
to testify for the prosecu-
tion in the case, with this
forming a basis for the
matter to be dropped.

Mr Travolta testified in
the first trial, which took
place in the Supreme
Court last September. His
wife, Kelly Preston, is
now expecting another
child, and speculation is
that this may have tem-
pered his interest in pur-
suing the extortion case,
which relates to the death
of his 16-year-old son,
Jett, at the family’s vaca-
tion home on Grand
Bahama in January 2009.

Yesterday Mr Tra-
volta’s attorney, Michael
Perkins, issued the fol-
lowing statement to The
Tribune regarding queries
about Mr Travolta’s posi-
tion on the retrial and his
involvement in it.

“The pending extortion
prosecution in the
Bahamas is under the
authority of the Office of
the Director of Public
Prosecutions and is at this
time set for trial on Sep-
tember 6, 2010. In as
much as Mr Travolta and
members of his staff
remain listed by that
office as witnesses, it
would be inappropriate to
make further comment
regarding that matter at
this time.”

This statement remains
unchanged from an earli-
er one issued by Mr
Perkins to the media on
January 28, 2010, but for
the exclusion in the latest
communication of one
sentence that appeared in
the former.

That sentence read:
“The Travolta family
remains committed to full
cooperation with all law
enforcement and prosecu-
tion authorities in both
the Bahamas and the
United States.”

Nonetheless, attorney
for Ms Bridgewater,
Wayne Munroe, also told
this newspaper yesterday
that he has received no
information “to indicate
that the trial is not going
ahead.”

“T have to prepare for
the trial,” said Mr
Munroe.

He added that whether
or not Mr Travolta wants
to testify in the trial “has
nothing to do with me.”

“That’s his concern.
Whether he does or not,
the Crown (represented
by the Attorney Gener-
al’s Office) has the final
decision as to what hap-
pens.”

Asked about what
impact any decision on
behalf of Mr Travolta to
not appear for the prose-
cution might have on the
case being made by the
prosecution, Mr Munroe
said: “I don’t think they
have a case even if he
comes.”

Police identify year’s
65th murder victim

FROM page one

detectives believe Mr Stubbs was
shot in a car passing through the
area just after 9pm and then
dumped in Lady Slipper Avenue in
Garden Hill Estates off Soldier
Road.

Residents told police they heard
gunshots in the area shortly before
a car was seen speeding away from
the place where Mr Stubbs’ body
lay, Mr Miller said.

But police have not yet been
given a detailed description of the
car or any information about who
may have been driving it and how
many people were in it.

Detectives are also asking wit-
nesses to come forward with any
information that may help them
catch the killer.

Mr Miller said: “We are still in
the midst of inquiries, and we are
appealling to persons in the area
to come forward with informa-
tion.”

Any information which may
assist police investigations should
be reported on 919, the Central
Detective Unit (CDU) on 502-
9991, or call Crime Stoppers
anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477).

CRIME SCENE: The body is removed from the scene on Sunday night.

Felipé Major/Tribune staff



Massive hurricane approaches,
tropical storm watch issued

FROM page one

these islands could feel strong
winds as the hurricane “tracks
parallel” to the north and
northeastern islands over the
next two days.

The centre of circulation
for the storm should pass
150 miles to the north east of
The Bahamas, said the
weather forecaster.

“T don’t think we’ll see a
direct impact but it’s close
enough that some portions
of The Bahamas could see
tropical storm force wind
gusts and outer rain bands.
Most likely that would be
felt in the north, north east-
ern islands once we head
into Tuesday night and dur-
ing the day Wednesday.

“The other big thing is
that as the centre of circu-
lation is forecasted to pass
a good deal north of The
Bahamas you are going to
see some high surf, large
waves and dangerous rip
currents. That should start
to increase dramatically on

Tuesday and during the day
Wednesday. In the north,
north eastern islands, east-
facing beaches and shores
could see wave heights of up
to eight to 12 feet in some
locations and dangerous rip
currents, so they’ll need to
take precautions there.”

At 5pm yesterday after-
noon, Hurricane Earl was
located at latitude 19.3 north
and longitude 64.7 west,
about 110 miles north east
of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It

was characterised by maxi-
mum sustained winds of 135
miles pr hour and was trav-
elling west northwest at 15
miles per hour.

The hurricane yesterday
battered small islands in the
northeastern Caribbean,
including Antigua and Bar-
buda, Anguilla and St
Maarten with heavy winds
and rain, despite not mak-
ing landfall. Cruise ships
were diverted in some of
these areas, and flights can-

celled.

It is now projected to
make landfall along the east-
ern coast of the United
States later in the week.

Meanwhile, a tropical
depression hovering in the
Atlantic behind Hurricane
Earl formed into tropical
storm Fiona yesterday after-
noon. It was positioned at
around 900 miles east of the
lesser Antilles at around
Spm eastern standard time.

“We see that continuing

FROM page one

tries — and the large volume of oil exploration
applications inundating the government.

"The Ministry of the Environment has sus-
pended consideration of all applications for
oil exploration and drillings in the waters of the
Bahamas. The ministry seeks, by this decision,
to maintain and safeguard an unpolluted
marine environment for the Bahamas notwith-
standing the potential financial benefits of oil
explorations,” said a statement released by Dr
Deveaux yesterday.

The release added that all existing licenses
will be reviewed to ascertain any legal entitle-
ment for renewal.

"We are not seeking to interfere with any
existing licenses and the people who have
licenses know of the policy. The recent events
showed us that (a) oil if it is to be found, will
likely be in the marine environment and (b) we
want to maintain an unpolluted environment.

"And so before we explore for oil we want to
have the most stringent environmental proto-
cols in place,” said Mr Deveaux when asked to
clarify this point yesterday.

BPC Ltd recently partnered with Norwe-
gian oil heavyweight Statoil to search for oil in
some 2.5 million acres in Cay Sal Bank and
hold five licenses for oil exploration. The gov-
ernment has not issued any licenses for oil
drilling in Bahamian waters.

Environment Permanent Secretary Ronald
Thompson said that while the ministry has yet
to draft the necessary safety protocols, gov-
ernment will frame its future policies around
existing ones from other countries.

Oil exploration

"We haven't drafted any but there are ones
that are in existence in other places where oil is
current being harvested or explored. We will in
short order review all of those and come up
with what we think will be the best (policies) for
the Bahamas," said Mr Thompson.

Deepwater Horizon's oil rig exploded on
April 20, killing 11 workers, and leaking an
estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil from BP's
underwater well.

Yesterday's statement said that calamity
underscored the need for precautions.

"Given recent events involving oil explo-
ration and the efforts to prevent pollution, this
prudent safeguard is essential to preserving
the most vital natural resource of the Bahamas
—its environment," said the statement.

Speaking to The Tribune, Mr Deveaux said
more stringent protocols could have prevented
BP's disaster. "Everything we learned about BP
suggests that there were a few mishaps that
could have been avoided," he said.

In May, Dr Deveaux said it would be
"impractical and unreasonable" for the
Bahamas to shy away from oil exploration or
drilling as a consequence of the environmen-
tally devastating oil leak off the coast of the US
state of Louisiana.

"The world is not going to shy away from oil
because of this accident. This is not the first or
the last," he said at the time.

He also said earlier that proper management
of resources would be vital to any oil discovery
in Bahamian waters.

STORM APPROACH: The top of a palm

tree lays on the road after being blown off by
winds caused by the approaching Hurricane

Earl in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday. (AP)

to track west, maybe on sim-
ilar track to Earl, affecting
the north Leeward islands.
That would take it through
about Wednesday night into
Thursday. Once we get to
that stage the models are all
over the place, some mod-
eling says it is going to con-
tinue tracking westward
affecting portions of The
Bahamas, others have it
curving to the north and out
to sea. It will be interesting.
We will have to see how the



atmosphere recovers after
Hurricane Earl,” said Mr
Edwards.

The Royal Bahamas
Defence Force issued a
statement yesterday after-
noon announcing that leave
for all members has been
cancelled “as a standard pre-
caution to this year’s active
hurricane season.” It called
on all personnel to return to
their workstations so that
officers can be briefed on
the plans for the season.

Claim that man shot
dead was to become
prosecution witness

FROM page one

Abundant Life Road on Saturday night, was out on bail
accused of a 2008 attempted armed robbery.

Sources close to the family claim the motive for the
shooting was to prevent Bastian from testifying against
certain persons at a criminal trial.

While the police are keeping silent on the matter, his
attorney Romona Farquharson rejected this interpreta-

tion.

At press time last night, Bastian’s daughter was still in a
serious, but “stable” condition.
Police said they were following some leads into the mur-

der.

“We have a team of officers out now investigating the
matter and there are some leads that they are following,”
said ASP Leon Bethell, head of the Central Detective

Unit.

Bastian was in the passenger seat of a Honda Accord dri-
ven by his girlfriend when a car pulled up beside them and
opened fire. Bastian sustained multiple gunshot wounds to
his upper body, and his three-month-old daughter sus-
tained a gunshot wound to the head.

His girlfriend, who was still on maternity leave, escaped
unscathed and drove to the parking lot of Solomon’s Super
Centre where she sought assistance.

The attempted armed robbery charge against Bastian
has now been dropped due to his death.

He had also reportedly been questioned by police in
relation to a murder earlier this year, but was released.

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CLICO (Bahamas) liquida-
tor yesterday endured a further
minor set-back in his asset hunt
when the US courts granted a
protective order that drastical-
ly restricts the type of docu-
ments an American law firm
must hand over to him.

Craig A. 'Tony’ Gomez, the
Baker Tilly Gomez accountant
and partner, had been attempt-
ing to obtain records on 77
companies and persons he
believes are connected to the
insolvent life and health insur-
er’s Trinidadian boss, Lawrence
Duprey, as he continues his
recovery bid on behalf of the
firm’s Bahamian policyholders
and creditors.

However, the US law firm,
Hunt & Gross, and a related
entity, HCRM Corporation,
were able to successfully peti-
tion the US Bankruptcy Court
in south Florida to grant them
an interim protective order
restricting the type of docu-
ments they must hand over to
Mr Gomez and his attorneys.

The court found “good
cause” to grant the protective
order, which restricts the docu-
ments that must be produced
to fund transfers involving CLI-
CO (Bahamas) assets only.
And the only management,
shareholder and operating
agreement records that have to
be produced relate solely to

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ASSET HUNT: Craig A Gomez

entities in which CLICO
(Bahamas) has a beneficial
ownership interest.

The protective order remains
in place until September 9,
2010, unless Mr Gomez and
Hunt & Gross can settle their
respective differences.

Describing Mr Gomez's
request on behalf of CLICO
(Bahamas) as "overly broad",
Hunt & Gross alleged that the
liquidator wanted "wholesale
disclosure of documents relat-
ing to transfers and ownership
of the business activities of 77
persons and entities, without
regard to whether the business
activities, transfer or ownership
or management structures have
any relevance to [CLICO

SEE page 3B

Business dream a reality
through ‘co-operation’

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

A CULTURAL consortium
has come to downtown Nassau,
with arts, food and fashion the
main focus of the Cultural
Gallery and Studio, a compa-
ny built with sweat equity anda
little ingenuity.

Partners Gina Smith and
Chevette Williamson had long
held the idea of a cultural store
downtown, but had zero capital
to turn it into reality.

When they thought of build-
ing the company as a co-opera-
tive instead, with numerous
small investors nestled under
one roof, they struck gold.

According to Ms Williamson,
there are four co-operative
members who manage a pletho-
ra of merchandise options pro-
duced by Bahamians from
across the country. “There was
a cry from the tourists and the
locals that there was not any-
where you could purchase
Bahamian crafts,” she said

“There was no place central-
ly located to purchase [authen-
tic Bahamian] gift items, and
there was no parking.

“You come to the Bahamas
to learn about the people and
the culture, and that was not
available to them.”

And so Third Eye Artworks
and Collectibles, Cultureware,

Eyes Bahamian and Bijoux du
Belle were opened on Bay
Street directly across from the
old Royal Bank of Canada on
Bay Street and Victoria
Avenue.

Third Eye exhibits the works
of new and developing artists
of all ages, with fine art pho-
tographs, polymer clay turtle
designs and pencil drawings.

Cultureware offers locally-
designed and produced ceram-
ics, while Bijoux houses hand-
made pieces by Bahamian jew-
ellery designer, Chevy’s Acces-
sories. And Eyes Bahamian has
collections of clothing produced
by several different Bahamian
designers.

“We thought about buying
from other artisans, said Ms
Williamson. “But we said: ‘Let
me partner with other persons
to accomplish that vision’.

“So we came togther as a co-
op and we collaborated togeth-
er - four of us, but individually
as companies. With the straw
section, it seems as if it’s just
one person with only one style
of straw work, but the area is a
consignment area, so a number
of artists bring in their prod-
ucts.”

Ms Williamson said the store
was about the indigenous feel
of the Bahamas, and they have
brought in cuisine in the form

SEE page 3B

$60m capital demand
‘never seen before’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Bahamian capital markets
will venture into the unknown
during the 2010 second half
when an estimated $60 million
worth of corporate debt offer-
ings come to market within the space of two
to three months, a leading investment bank-
ing executive yesterday saying he “never
seen this number of placements come to
market in such a short period of time”.

With the potential $60-$65 million Burns
House/Commonwealth Brewery initial pub-
lic offering (IPO) also hoping to get away by
November 2010, a collective $120 million-
plus could be sought from the Bahamian
capital markets before year-end, and Michael
Anderson, RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank &
Trust’s president, told Tribune Business he
was unsure whether there was enough
investor appetite to consume all equity and
debt offerings.

“T don’t know,” he told this newspaper,
when asked whether there was enough
investor appetite and surplus capital to
ensure that the potential $60 million worth of
debt offerings, let alone the Burns House
IPO, were fully subscribed.

“T don’t think we’ve ever seen this number
of placements come to market in such a
short period of time,” Mr Anderson told
Tribune Business, adding that the last sig-
nificant offerings had been the $40 million
Cable Bahamas preference share placement
last year to finance the Columbus Commu-
nications buyout.

FOCOL Holdings also placed $10 million
in preference shares earlier this year, while

* Leading investment banker
unsure whether enough appetite
for debt offerings coming to
market, as Bahamas ‘never seen’
so many in two to three months

* Warns that competition means
issuers may have to pay more
for capital due to competition,
in terms of higher interest rate

Cable Bahamas recently refinanced an
already-existing $10 million preference share
issue in recent months. Yet Mr Anderson
said the Bahamian capital markets had prob-
ably experienced nothing like what was
anticipated to happen between now and
November, with numerous issuers all coming
to market seeking capital - preference shares
and bonds - at the same time.

Apart from Sunshine Holdings’ $10 mil-
lion corporate bond issue that was unveiled
yesterday (see other article on Page 1B),
Tribune Business also understands that
among the likely issuers is the College of
the Bahamas, which is seeking to place an
bond issue to refinance a Royal Bank of
Canada credit line that was primarily used to
finance construction of its Grand Bahama
campus.

“There’s no doubt there’s liquidity in the
market, but if there’s $60 million that’s a

SEE page 3B





City Markets eyes GB food store exit

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CITY Markets was yester-
day said by multiple grocery
industry sources to be in nego-
tiations with Grand Bahama
food store, Sawyer’s Fresh Mar-
ket, to allow the latter to take
over its Eight Mile Rock-based
food store.

Neither company would con-
firm nor deny that the deal was
in process when contacted by
Tribune Business, although it
appeared to be something of
an ‘open secret’ in the Bahami-
an food retail and wholesale
industry, not to mention Grand
Bahama, with multiple sources
confirming their knowledge of
the talks.

Struggling supermarket chain said by multiple food
industry sources to be in talks to exit Eight Mile
Rock store via Sawyer’s Fresh Market take over

One contact said: “Sawyer’s
are taking over Eight Mile
Rock. It was told it was going to
happen, and it was sort of like a
done deal.”

And another confirmed:
“Sawyer’s is going to be taking
it on. It’s supposed to be before
the end of the year.” One
source told Tribune Business
that Sawyer’s executives had
been spotted at City Markets’
Eight Mile Rock store, taking
measurements and assessing
what new equipment what
needed.

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Once a 12-store chain, it closed
its former Tonique Williams-
Darling Highway store last
year, the road re-routing in that
area having made it virtually
inaccessible to potential cus-
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

SUNSHINE Holdings has
for “the first time introduced
itself” to the Bahamian capital
markets with yesterday’s
unveiling of a private $10 mil-
lion corporate bond issue, its
chairman telling Tribune Busi-
ness “so many opportunities”
came before it, including act-
ing “as an incubator for busi-
ness”.

Franklyn Wilson said the pri-
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City Markets’ shrinkage three times sector norm

¢ Due to production problems that
cut off the turn part of this article in
Monday’s newspaper, Tribune
Business reprints it in full today

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

TROUBLED supermarket
chain City Markets is continu-
ing to incur “substantial” costs
as a result of inventory ‘shrink’
levels that are running three
times’ ahead of international
industry norms, the company’s
chief executive has warned.

Adding that some jobs
among the company’s 700-
strong workforce may be affect-
ed as the company bids to
return to profitability by con-
trolling and managing its oper-
ating costs, Derek Winford
described inventory shrinkage -
the loss of product to theft,
spoiling and other factors
before it hits the shelves - as a

“daunting problem” facing City
Markets.

“We know that ‘shrink’
should be in the range of 2 per
cent or lower, but our ‘shrink’
size is about 6 per cent of sales.
The cost to the company is sub-
stantial,” Mr Winford told Tri-
bune Business in an e-mail.

“We have instituted much
stricter inventory and financial
controls, and are hopeful that
this financial drain will be sub-
stantially reduced. Additional-
ly, we have put in place an
incentive programme for our
employees which has been well
received.”

Dispelling the rumours and
speculation swirling around the
company, Mr Winford said:
“The demise of City Markets
is not imminent. The com-
pany, just like many others
enterprises, locally and
internationally, is having to
fight through hardships cre-
ated by the meltdown of

world economies and the
impact upon all business sec-
tors in the Bahamas.

“In addition to the difficulties
caused by a poor economy, the
company suffered a series of
serious maintenance problems
with refrigeration in a number
of stores. I am now pleased to
say that the problems have
been corrected and we are back
to normal. Further, to restore
customer confidence in our
business we are about to
embark upon an impressive
promotional campaign.

“On the question of the sta-
tus of jobs for our employees,
we have no immediate plans
for reducing the workforce.
However, as we continue to
manage and control our oper-

ating costs, some employees
may be affected.”

In a brief conversation with
Tribune Business, Mr Winford
added: “We’re doing OK.
We’re holding our own. The
rumours don’t help, because
people talk. We need help from
the Bahamian public.”

Speculation about City Mar-
kets’ future has been a constant
theme following a dreadful
series of financial years from
the company from 2008
onwards, in which it has lost
more than $28 million.

City Markets’ net losses for
the year to March 31, 2010,
increased by 35.4 per cent year-
over-year to $6.578 million, as
opposed to a $4.844 million net
loss for the same period last

year.

That translated into a $1.43
loss per share, compared to a
$1.06 per share loss in fiscal
2009, with the $6.578 million
loss for the first nine months
exceeding Bahamas Supermar-
kets’ $6.069 million loss for the
previous full year.

Much of City Markets’ finan-
cial woes related to the sharp
decline in its top-line net sales,
which fell by 18.5 per cent in
the nine months to March 31,
2010. The drop, from $93.059
million a year ago to $76.022
million this year, indicates it
may still be losing market share
in a food retailing industry that
has become increasingly com-
petitive via new entrants such
as Robin Hood and Phil's Food

Services.

The only crumbs of comfort
for City Markets were that the
sales decline seemed to have
slowed. For the quarter to
March 31, they were only down
15.4 per cent at $22.627 million,
as opposed to $26.756 million in
the year before period.

This was an improvement
upon the 2010 first half, when
sales were off 19.5 per cent -
standing at $53.395 million
compared to $66.303 million
the year before. While some of
the sales decline was doubtless
due to the recession, the fig-
ures also indicated that City
Markets is struggling to win
back customers who may have
deserted it during its 2008-2009
travails.

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5 =
$60m capital demand ‘never seen before’

Business dream
a Peality through
‘co-operation’

FROM page 1B

of bush tea and authentic
Bahamian treats, such as pota-
to bread, tarts and benny cake.

They have also incorporated
wi-fi into the building as an
added bonus for dining patrons,
and have plans to host a read-
ing for local and visiting chil-
dren on Saturdays.

“Saturdays will be a kids cor-
ner, at a set time, so they can
come and listen to old stories
and riddles, and obtain infor-
mation about the people and
the culture of the Bahamas,”
said Ms Williamson.

“This is all about network-
ing and helping others to suc-
ceed. It’s about helping other
artists and entrepreneurs to
help their dream come true.”

FROM page 1B

huge amount to invest in secu-
rities,” Mr Anderson said. “As
far as I can remember, we’ve
never had so many come to
market in such a short period of
time, two to three months. It’s
all coming to market at the
same time.”

One effect, he added, may
be that some issuers have to
pay more for their cost of capi-
tal by offering a higher inter-
est rate to attract potential
investors away from rival offer-
ings. As a result, current inter-
est rates on preference
share/bond offerings, varying
between 7.25 per cent and 7.5
per cent, might have to rise.

“There has to be some recog-
nition of pricing of securities,”
Mr Anderson told Tribune
Business, “because investors
are going to be looking at other
offerings out there. If people
bring out offerings that are

more risky, or are perceived to
be more risky, you have to pay
more for it.

“You may have to price the
offering higher to get the thing
sold. People coming to market
are going to have to recognise
that if they’re going to get it
sold, they will have to pay more
because of the competition
from other issuers.”

Issues

Mr Anderson’s comments,
and the imminent new issues,
come against a backdrop of
modest recovery in the Bahami-
an equity and capital markets,
as indicated by the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange’s (BISX) 2010 half-
year report.

The BISX market, which has
a total capitalisation of $2.915
billion, saw trading volumes
and values increase for the six
months to June 30, 2010, even

stripping out the impact from
the $80 million trade of
5,954,600 Cable Bahamas
shares as part of the Columbus
Communications buyout.

Removing this transaction
resulted in $13.438 million
worth of shares, some 2.125 mil-
lion in number, trading in the
January-June 2010 period, com-
pared to $8.72 million worth of
shares, numbering 1,655,638,
trading in the same period in
2009. “For the three month
period from April 1, 2010, to
June 30, 2010, 1,406,070 shares
traded for a value of $8.017 mil-
lion,” BISX said. “This com-
pares to the April 1, 2009, to
June 30, 2009, period where
1,037,301 shares traded for a
value of $5.365 million. This
represents an increase of 49.4
per cent in share value traded,
and an increase in 35.6 per cent
in share volume traded in 2010
compared to 2009.

“For the six month period

CLICO asset hunt hits a roadblock

FROM page 1B

Bahamas] insolvency proceedings in the
Bahamas".

This is the second legal set-back from
the US courts to hit Mr Gomez and the
CLICO (Bahamas) liquidation within the
space of a week, the same court having
rejected on a technicality his plea for a 90-
day extension to the deadline for him to
reorganise the affairs of the property rep-
resenting 63 per cent of the insolvent insur-
er's assets.

The US District Bankruptcy court for
south Florida rejected the plea by finding
that neither he nor his US attorneys pro-
vided adequate notice of the hearing on
his plea to interested parties.

Tribune Business previously reported
that Mr Gomez wanted more time to com-
plete Wellington Preserve's sale to a new
buyer, the potential deal with initial front
runner, the Hines Group, having fallen
through.

In his August 10, 2010, filing with the
US courts, Mr Gomez and his attorneys
said they placed Wellington Preserve in
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the
Hines Group deal collapsed, as CLICO
(Bahamas) main asset - as previously
revealed by Tribune Business - needed to
be protected from a $1.5 million judgment

enue Service (IRS).

Pleading for more time to reorganise
Wellington Preserve's affairs via a 90-day
extension, Mr Gomez argued that the US
court would be justified in granting this
because the upscale real estate develop-
ment's multi-million dollar worth was far
greater than the judgment and other cred-
itors' claims against it.

Mr Gomez, who is both president and
director of Wellington Preserve Corpora-
tion, said in his court filing: "The property
is presently encumbered by outstanding
and unpaid real estate taxes; a judgment for
approximately $1.5 million, a certified copy
of which was recorded during the prefer-
ence period; and minor mechanic's liens
claims totalling less than $50,000.

"In this very unusual case, there is no
mortgage. The entire parcel, before some
lots were subdivided and sold, was pur-
chased for $55 million in 2004. The esti-
mated ‘as built’ sellout for the lots was over
$120 million. As is, even in the economy of
today, the property is worth tens of mil-
lions of dollars - enormously in excess of
the encumberances."

This underpinned the extension ratio-
nale, and Mr Gomez said: "While negotia-
tions are proceeding well with a potential
purchaser, which represents that it has

and improvement costs, the prospective
purchaser still needs to obtain financing in
place for the balance of the purchase price."

Given this development, Mr Gomez said
he "does not wish to see the property
forced to auction at a relatively ‘fire sale’
price” by its creditors, as this would reduce
considerably any sums he is ultimately able
to recover for CLICO (Bahamas) Bahami-
an creditors and policyholders. A ‘fire sale’
of Wellington Preserve would leave them
even worse off, almost 18 months after the
insurer was placed into liquidation.

In his filing with the US courts, Mr
Gomez said some $73 million passed from
CLICO (Bahamas) into Wellington Pre-
serve via CLICO Enterprises, the Bahami-
an-domiciled entity that was 100 per cent
owned by the former. These funds were
loaned to the Florida-based real estate
development, "over and above some $10
million of capitalisation”.

As a result, the CLICO (Bahamas) lig-
uidator took another swipe at the insol-
vent insurer's mastermind, Lawrence
Duprey, head of downfallen Trinidadian
financial conglomerate, CL Financial, stat-
ing: "CLICO (Bahamas) was an insurance
company which apparently was used as a
‘cash cow' by those in control to, among
other things, divert money into real estate
investments in south Florida and else-

entered against it and numerous other cred-
itors, who include the US Internal Rev-

raised substantial funding for a down pay-
ment, as well as its carrying, operational

where."

‘Sun shines’ for incubation via $10m offering

FROM page 1B

by CFAL, marked the first
occasion that the group had
gone to the wider Bahamian
capital markets for financing,
instead of holding one-on-one
discussions with interested insti-
tutional investors.

He indicated that Sunshine
Holdings, which has diverse
holdings and businesses spread
across the Bahamian economy,
might use a portion of the cap-
ital raised to help finance the
business plans/ventures of the
numerous entrepreneurs that
regularly approached the group
for capital and other forms of
assistance.

Confirming that Sunshine
Holdings was indeed seeking
to raise $10 million via the pri-
vate placement of corporate
bonds, Mr Wilson told Tribune
Business: “We were
approached by some people
who asked if they could be a
part of what we’re doing, and
we said we will go out and see
what the market thinks.

“We have, over the years,
placed a lot of corporate bonds
with institutions, and at this
point in time a number of large
banks and insurance companies
hold our corporate bonds.

“Previously, we had direct

discussions with institutional
investors interested in our
offerings. This is the first time
we’ve gone about it this way.
This is the first time we’ve
allowed one of the corporate
finance houses to introduce us
to the local capital markets, and
we will see what they say. We'll
see where it leads.”

Mr Wilson told Tribune
Business that Sunshine Hold-
ings had “so many gross oppor-
tunities” coming to it that it was
looking at becoming an “incu-
bator” for start-up Bahamian
companies and entrepreneurs.

Funds

He indicated that some of
the funds raised would be used
for this purpose, with Sunshine
Holdings aiming to show the
private sector could do better
than the public sector, in the
shape of the Bahamas Devel-
opment Bank and government-
sponsored venture capital, in
this area.

“As a private company, peo-
ple come to us all the time with
proposals. They think we have
some knowledge about busi-
ness,” Mr Wilson told Tribune
Business. “We have a bit of an
opportunity to be an incubator
for business. There are a lot of

businesspeople out there who
today can benefit from the
credibility of the Sunshine
Boys, who have been doing this
for over 40 years.”

Pointing to the “couple of
million dollars” that Sunshine
Holdings had invested last year
in a venture proposed by a
group of Bahamian entrepre-
neurs, Mr Wilson said: “That’s
an example of being an incu-
bator for business.

“Depending on how this cap-
ital market thing goes, it has
the potential to transform the
incubation of businesses and to
do in the private sector what
has not worked in the public
sector, through the Bahamas
Development Bank and the
Bahamas Entrepreneurial Ven-
ture Fund. We have the oppor-
tunity to do this through the
private sector.”

And he added: ‘People come
to us. There’s never a month
where some person somewhere,
a would-be entrepreneur, does
not come to us with some cred-

itable idea. “Some do not make
sense, but some are creditable.
They are not just looking for
capital, but also credibility. If
we back it, they are able to
attract other investors.”

Sunshine Holdings’ $10 mil-
lion corporate bond offering is
a private placement, not a pub-
lic offering, targeting only select
institutional and high-net worth
investors, plus their advisers.
Therefore, the public should
not seek to subscribe for the
bonds.

Although a private compa-
ny, Mr Wilson said Sunshine
Holdings, as a group, had decid-
ed to behave “more and more”
as if it was a public company,
adhering to corporate gover-
nance, transparency, account-
ability standards and pruden-
tial norms as if it was a listed
entity.

Sunshine Holdings’ interests
include Arawak Homes, Sun-
shine Insurance Brokers &
Agents, RoyalStar Assurance
and FOCOL Holdings.

Freeport Medical Clinic

Pioneer’s Way

ending June 30, 2010, exclud-
ing the Cable Bahamas trans-
action, the average daily trading
volume was 17,078 shares,
which equalled an average dai-
ly trading value of $108,619.

“During this six month peri-
od, April 2010 saw the highest
average daily trading volume
and value with 48,775 shares
and $283,409 trading, respec-
tively. By comparison, the six-
month period ended June 30,
2010, saw an average daily trad-
ing volume of 13,201 shares,
which equalled an average dai-
ly trading value of $69,459.”

BISX’s top five volume
leaders were:

Cable Bahamas - 6,093,983
(75.4 per cent of total)

Commonwealth Bank -
652,416 (8.1 per cent)

FOCOL - 352,773 (4.4 per
cent)

Colina Holdings - 180,129
(2.2 per cent)

Doctors Hospital - 147,357
(1.8 per cent)

BISX’s five leaders in
share value traded were:

Cable Bahamas - $ 83.184
million (89.1 per cent of total)

Fidelity Bank Bahamas bond
15 - $ 1.752 million (1.9 per
cent)

FOCOL - $1.719 million (1.8
per cent)

Commonwealth Bank - $
1.575 million (1.7 per cent)

Bahamas Waste - $ 1.408 mil-
lion (1.5 per cent)

City Markets eyes GB food store exit

FROM page 1B

Business about the potential
deal, Sandy Sawyer, proprietor
of Sawyer’s Fresh Market,
replied: “Unfortunately, I can’t
comment on that.” He directed
this newspaper to speak with
Derek Winford, City Markets’
chief executive.

And, when contacted, Mr
Winford responded: “It’s all
rumours. There’s so many
things flying about about who’s
buying, who’s selling.”

City Markets’ management
team and the company’s con-
trolling shareholder, Trinidadi-
an conglomerate Neal & Massy,
are thought to be assessing
numerous strategies in a bid to
turnaround the ailing super-
market chain, which has sus-
tained consistent heavy losses
under earlier
management/operating part-
ners following its $54 million
buyout from Winn-Dixie in
summer 2006.

Informed sources told Tri-
bune Business that even in the
good times under Winn-Dixie,
the Eight Mile Rock store’s
profitability was frequently
marginal, and as the poorest
performer it was the weak link
in the City Markets chain.

“Tt makes perfect sense to
me,” one source said of the
Eight Mile Rock exit strategy.
“The store’s not in the great-
est location, it’s a small market
out there and it will feel the

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

IN THE SUPREME COURT

pinch earlier than the other
stores.”

As City Markets, and its
Bahamas Supermarkets parent,
own no real estate, all the stores
being leased, it seems likely that
any deal with Sawyer’s would
involve the latter taking over
the existing lease, and retain-
ing the inventory and staff.

However, a complete exit
from Grand Bahama is not on
the cards. City Markets’ two
other stores in downtown
Freeport and at Lucaya, apart
from being key sales drivers,
also have as their landlord the
Butler family, who are key
investors in the chain’s 78 per
cent majority shareholder, BSL
Holdings.

Mr Winford told Tribune
Business earlier this year that
City Markets’ Grand Bahama
stores - especially downtown
Freeport and Lucaya - were
continuing to act as a drag on
the company’s overall sales per-
formance.

While sales in Nassau were
less than 9 per cent down on
2009 comparatives, Grand
Bahama sales were down 20
per cent.

Mr Winford told Tribune
Business at the time that City
Markets was focused on cost
cutting and increased efficien-
cies at its Nassau head office
and warehouse in the first
instance, with attention likely
to switch to its store portfolio at
a later date.

2010

Cle/qui/

Common Law & Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF all that piece parcel or lot of land
being Lot Number Thirteen (13) in Block Number ninety-
one (91) on a plan of Grants Town being Map Number 03-50
and running on the WEST seventy (70) feet on the SOUTH
running thereon ninety (90) on the EAST running thereon
eighty-five (85) feet on the public road and on the NORTH
Eighty (80) situate in the Island of New Providence one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

AND
IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Anna Veronica
Colebrooke Hutcheson Lewis under the Quieting Titles Act,

1959

NOTICE

The Quieting Titles Act 1959

The Petition of Anna Veronica Colebrooke Hutcheson Lewis
of the Western District of the Island of New Providence

aforesaid in respect of

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot Number
Thirteen (2) in Block Number ninety-one (91) on a plan of
Grants Town being Map Number 03-50 and running on the
WEST seventy (70) feet on the SOUTH running thereon
ninety (90) on the EAST running thereon eighty-five (85)
feet on the public road and on the NORTH Eighty (80)
situate in the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Anna Veronica Colebrooke Hutcheson Lewis claims to
be the owner in fee simple in possession of the said land
free from encumbrances and has made an application to
the Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
under section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have her
title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to
be granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions
of the said Act.

};PHOENIX

Notice of

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Of the Shareholders and Agenda

A plan of the said land may be inspected during normal
officer hours in the following places:-

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court in the said City
of Nassau in the Island of New Providence

(b) The Chambers of Lennox Paton, Counsel &
Attorneys-at-Law, Chambers, Fort Nassau Centre, Nassau,
Bahamas.

Gregory C. Neil, M.D.
Cosmetic Surgery
Reconstructive Surgery
Surgery of the Hand
The regularly scheduled
Plastic Surgery Clinic will be held in
Freeport on Wednesday Ist, September and
on Wednesday 20th, October, 2010
10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Dr. Horsfall Office

Please call (242) 356-3189 (Nassau Clinic)
(242) 351-7580 (Freeport Clinic)

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of
Sharcholders of Phoonie Four, Inc. will be held on Tuesday,
September 23. 2010 at oloo Hotels and Resorts, bocabed at

135, Chaussee do Bruxeties, 1310 Le Hulpe in Brussels, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having an

Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before the 15" day of October, A.D. 2010 file in the
undersigned a statement of her claim in the prescribed form,
verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any
such person to file and serve a statement of his claim on or
before the said 15% day of October, A.D. 2010 will operate
as a bar to such claim.

Regheiration will coenmence al 1030 in anticipation of @
hao start. The agenda for the mecting is as folbows:

AGENDA

Opening Statement tram the Chairman
BOQISRC Litigation Update

Assot Semmary

Roviow of D008 Avedited Financial Staboments
Roewlow of 2010 Net Asset Valin

Cabh Position and Projection for 2010 and 2011
Share Purchage Offer

Review of Reeolutions

Future Plane

a. Closing Statement

Dated this 27" day of August, 2010

To schedule or confirm appointment

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RAQUEL L. WILSON
Lennox Paton
Counsel & Attorneys-at-Law
Chambers
Fort Nassau Centre
Nassau, The Bahamas

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Dated the 27th day of Augeret 2010,

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

HEN it comes

to embarrassing

health issues,

doctors have

seen and heard
it all. But the fear of speaking
up in the doctor’s office may
lead many people to suffer in
silence.

Even though some embarrassing
health problems are hard to talk
about, Dr Myles Poitier, MD, CCFP
at the Cable Beach Medical Clinic
strongly advises patients to abstain
from self treatments and see their
family doctors.

“No matter how small a person
might think their issue is, they should
still see a general practitioner because
there are certain things that must be
ruled out. People should never be
ashamed to talk to their doctors
about anything. It is the role of their

What people
want to
know about
common
health
complaints
but are too
embarrassed
to ask their
doctors

GP to make sure their patients are
comfortable enough to talk about
anything with them,” Dr Poitier told
Tribune Health.

Dr Poitier gave possible causes of
some of the most common embar-
rassing health issues. However this,
he said, does not and should not
replace a visit to a family doctor.

¢ Sexual Dysfunction

“Men are more embarrassed than
woman are when it comes to this
issue. Men sometimes complain about
not being able get an erection,” Dr
Poitier said.

Erectile dysfunction can be a side
effect of taking some drugs or psy-
chological conditions can be a factor.
For instance, stress, depression, or
worrying. “People should also make
sure they are interested and attracted
to their partner,” he said.

Dr Poitier added that sexual dys-
function is not something that people
should try to diagnose themselves.
He said things like hypertension, dia-
betes and other disorders must be

EMBARRASSING: Many patients suffer in silence because they
are afraid to discuss embarrasing health issues wiith their doctor.

ruled out,” he said.

¢ Premature Ejaculation

“Premature ejaculation is not easy
to treat. This is sometimes caused if a
person has not had sexual relations
in a while. Premature orgasm also can
also be caused by too much excite-
ment.”

Because it is difficult to treat pre-
mature ejaculation some people are
referred to sex therapist and sex coun-
seling to correct the problem he said.

* Genital Rash

Genital rashes are symptoms of a
number of sexually transmitted dis-
eases. Therefore persons should not
take this issue lightly. “Of course a
person must be examined to rule out
certain diseases. We will ask the
patient about his or her sexual histo-
ry. We will ask them how many peo-
ple they have been involved with
because diseases must be ruled out,”
Dr Poitier explained.

He also said fungal infections from
the heat can cause genital rashes.
“Women who use tampons or sani-
tary shields may experience rashes
on their genitals. Lice, ticks, scabies,
can also be causes of genitals rashes,”
he said.

Dr Poitier said if a person is com-
fortable that the rash they have is
consistent with a previous condition
then and only then they can self treat.
“Unless they are sure this is some-
thing they had before they can treat
themselves,” he explained.

¢« Razor Bumps/
Ingrown Hair on genitals

Razor bumps and ingrown hairs in
the pubic region are two other embar-
rassing common health issues expe-
rienced by both men and women.
They are painful and unsightly. Dr
Poitier said they are not a major
cause for concern but urge people to
see their doctor so they can get the
proper medication to treat it. “In
some cases ingrown hairs can get out
of hand and turn into an abscess.”

¢ Vaginal Secretions

Vaginal secretions are part of the
menstrual cycle of a woman. Usually
during the ovulation period women
will notice that they have vaginal
secretions. “Vaginal secretions is nor-
mal. If there is no odour with it and it
is a faint discharge then everything is
normal. If however, the discharge has
a strong odour then women should be
concerned,” he said.

¢ Bad Breath

“A person does not necessarily
have to come into the doctor for this.
Certain foods one eats and dental
problems can cause bad breath. They
should go to a dentist to make sure it
is not a cavity that is causing the bad
breath,” said Dr Poitier.

¢ Uncontrollable Flatulence

“A change of diet can cause uncon-
trollable flatulence to occur. Some
people know that if they change their
diet to lactose they flatulate more.”

He said if uncontrollable flatulence
is accompanied by abdominal bloat-
ing or pain and persist for a few days
it can be a sign of something more
serious.



(CY LOVING RELATIONSHIPS

Abusive Love

AS WE meander down the road
towards our final destination, we con-
tinue in our quest to understand the
many twists and turns of love. We start
life with pure and unblemished images
of our future love and life. A life filled
with joy, happiness and the eternal
promise of hope.

We feel secure in our memories of
being suckled on our mother's breast,
and the milky smell of her skin. With
closed eyes, we sense that feeling of
being protected and cherished. Then,
once in a while we experience picture
perfect recall of being the centre of
attention and everyone's favourite
playmate. Our hearts feel full and life
feels good. Is it possible for life to con-
tinue on in such rosy optimism? Or is
it inevitable that our hopefulness will
be dashed at different stages of life?

For some people, no matter how
hard they try; they cannot draw on
any warm memories. For those who
can actually recall, and have not
blocked out the painful past, child-
hood only conjures up feelings of
emptiness. Feelings of a deep hollow-
ness that insist on sucking you back
into that place of loneliness. A child-
hood where you feel you had little to



no supervision. In fact, you learnt by
trial and error, and survived by either
taking the tough knocks or dodging
the curve balls. Cohabiting with fam-
ily who showed a coldness and lack
of caring were all you knew, and
thought was normal. It was only when
you stood beside a parent and child
who interacted with each other in such
a shockingly contrasting manner, that
you were shaken into a new reality.
Normalcy for some is completely
foreign to another. Early exposure to
sex can make a young mind mature
beyond their years. Basic instincts of
this feels good’ and ‘this must be love’
take deep root and are hard to cut
free. Advanced sexual techniques
place them in the head of the class of
experience and competency. Sexually

self-confidant mannerisms take hold,
or at least can be drawn on at short
notice, and messages are relayed at
lightening speed. They then become
highly sought after by older predators
and a cycle of repeat behaviour begins.

Once we take the time to listen to
and learn where people have come
from, then we can live in their shoes
for a while. We begin to understand
why they seem to be instinctively
drawn to certain types of people. Love
maps are almost tattooed into our sub-
conscious. Even as we become aware
of our own weaknesses, it may seem
impossible to ‘teach an old dog new
tricks'. But with a conscious decision,
or professional help, it is possible to
hold back and be more cautious
before investing heavily in a new rela-
tionship.

That may work well for those who
plan and try to make conscious choic-
es in life. For others, life just seems to
‘happen’ and they often find them-
selves heavily attached to someone
who may not be good for them.
Before they know it, marriage and
children come along and suddenly
they realise there is no ‘quick way
out’.

For many the relationship revolves
around ‘put downs’, 'quick come
backs or put downs’, jealousy, irrita-
ble and explosive behaviour. Describ-
ing their partners as classic 'Dr Jekyll
and Mr Hyde’ personalities seem to

illustrate them perfectly. Public per-
sona versus private becomes the
norm.

Why people stay in such unhealthy
relationships is always a mystery for
those who would never tolerate such
behaviour. 'Tolerate' is the key word
because what we are used to is what
we believe is normal. Unfortunate-
ly, tolerance levels usually start to
escalate and behaviour moves from
verbal to physical. Let us not forget
sexual abuse thrown in the mix. How
many times does a wife have to suc-
cumb to sexual intercourse, just to
prevent an anger outburst?

As dysfunctional as this may seem,
abusive love still feels like love to
those involved. Love is such an
abstract concept and is directly influ-
enced by our early values. All the
more reason that as parents we pay
attention to our actions, and reactions
of our children. How we act today,
directly affects their tomorrow.

eMaggie Bain is an individual and cou-
ples relationship therapist. She is a reg-
istered nurse and a certified clinical sex
therapist.

Listen to ‘Love on the Rock’ with Mag-
gie Bain every Thursday 5pm-6pm on
Island FM 102.9.

For appointments call 364-7230, e-
mail relatebahamas@yahoo.com or visit
www.relatebahamas.blogspot.com.

—
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Think feet first
- teachers!



TODAY, we continue
with our 'Back-to- School’
theme by focusing on
teachers. Teachers are
among the group of people
who are on their feet more
than four hours per day,
and many teachers con-
stantly complain of aches in
their feet, ankles, knees,
lower back and shoulders.
What you wear on your
feet often contributes to the
majority of these problems.

In today's fashion con-
scious world, while it is
important for female teach-
ers to look their very best
by complementing that per-
fect outfit with a cute pair
of high heel shoes, or for
male teachers trendy look-
ing shoes, it is absolutely
necessary to note that these
magnificent creations often
lead to foot pain at the end
of the day. While this is
quite understandable, I
would recommend that you
follow these simple tips to
get away with looking your
best while feeling great on
your feet:

1. WOMEN, try to choose
shoes with a reasonable heel
height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Look
for shoes that provide ample
toe room (beware of pointed
toe styles) and contain a back
strap or enclosed back. The
same holds true for men with
the exception of heel height.

2. IF YOU are having trouble
achieving the appropriate fit
with shoes you already own,
take them to a local specialty
footwear store or Pedorthic
facility who may be able to
modify your shoes to better fit
your feet.

3. PURCHASE a slim arch
support/orthortic that your
shoe can accommodate. Spe-
cialty footwear stores and
Pedorthic facilities have
options that will fit almost any
shoe. Orthortics are especially
designed to reduce discomfort
associated by high heeled
shoes and sandals.

In summary, it is impor-
tant to note that while high
heels are not the best for
your feet, you can take
measures to minimise some
of the symptoms associated
from wearing high heels,
such as pain in the back of
the legs (and long term,
shortening of the calf mus-
cles!), ball of the foot pain,
pain under the arch and
heel. A lower heel height,
properly fitted and a sup-
portive shoe combined with
an accommodative orthot-
ic/arch supports will put
your feet in balance, and in
turn improve the alignment
of the rest of your body.
Teachers take steps to think
on your feet pain free and
feel great in the classroom!

e Bernadette D. Gibson, a
Board Certified & licensed
Pedorthist, is the proprietor of
Foot Solutions, a health and
wellness franchise that focus-
es on foot care and proper
shoe fit, located in the Sandy-
port Plaza, Nassau.

"The views expressed are
those of the author and does
not necessarily represent
those of Foot Solutions Incor-
porated or any of its sub-
sidiary and/or affiliated com-
panies. Please direct any
questions or comments to
nassau@footsolutions.com or
327-FEET (3338).

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Preconception Hea

¢ Women between the age of 18 and 35
are at the prime of their reproductive
years. Whilst many women may face
reproductive challenges such as infertili-
ty, most will become pregnant at some
point, once sexually active. The outcome
of pregnancy is determined long before
the point of conception. Therefore the
health of women in this age range is a
priority concern for health care providers
in the Maternal and Child Health Services
of the Bahamas. In this article, Gina Dean
SNO, and Coordinator of the Maternal
and Child Health Programme share on
the importance of Preconception Health
in the population.)

What is Preconception Health
(PCH)?

Preconception health refers to the
health of women of reproductive (or
childbearing) age when they are in a
non-pregnant state. This includes ado-
lescents and women, before they
become pregnant for the first time, as
well as women who are between preg-
nancies.

Why is there a need to focus on
PCH?

We need to focus on PCH because
of the strong and important link
between the health status of a woman
before she becomes pregnant, and her
health status and that of her baby, dur-
ing pregnancy, during childbirth and
during the (postpartum) period just
after she had her baby. The better a
woman's health is before she becomes
pregnant, the healthier she and her
baby are likely to be after she gives
birth.

What is PCH care and what is the

main goal of PCH care?
Preconception health care is the edu-

cational, promotional and preventive

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health services provided to women
before conception (that is, before
becoming pregnant). The main goal is
to improve a woman's health before
conception (before a first or subse-
quent pregnancy). The objective of
PCH care is to identify factors (dis-
eases, infection, ‘risky’ health behav-
iours) associated with negative preg-
nancy outcomes (deformity, miscar-
riages, low birth weight etc) so that
they can be modified through clinical
interventions (treatment) and behav-
ioural changes.

Who are the target groups for the
promotion of PCH?

The target group for PCH is all
women of reproductive age. That is,
females from menarche to menopause,
who are capable of having children,
even if they do not intend to get preg-
nant (11 - 50 years). Although females
are our primary focus, PCH services
also target males; recognising that men
are partners and key contributors in
reproduction.

What are some of the risk factors for
poor pregnancy outcomes among
women and infants?

Risk factors for poor pregnancy
outcomes include:
¢ Medical conditions such as dia-
betes, hypertension, obesity, sickle
cell disease (partners who are both
carriers of the sickle cell trait should
seek counseling before conception),
sexually transmitted infections, vita-
min and mineral deficiencies (folic
acid deficiency is especially impor-
tant), periodontal disease
¢ Poor pregnancy history such as
repeated premature labour and spon-
taneous abortions, previous miscar-
riages, death of baby soon after birth
or before the age of two and previous

low birth weight infants.

¢ Lifestyle behaviours such as smok-
ing/illicit drugs, over use of alcohol,
and poor nutritional intake

¢ Psychosocial risks such as abusive
relationships (physical, sexual or
mental), and poor housing conditions
¢ Environmental exposures such as
exposure to passive tobacco smoke,
chemicals, lead, and radiation

¢ Social, economic and physical risks
associated with adolescent pregnancy
¢ Age related factors such as the
increased risk of chromosomal prob-
lems for older women. Advancing
age also increases risk of hyperten-
sion and diabetes in pregnancy.

What can women do to improve
their PCH?

¢ Take a proactive approach to your
reproductive health. Have a plan;
decide whether you want to have
children, when you want to have chil-
dren, and whether you are physically,
mentally and economically prepared
for children. Make the necessary
changes in your life that is needed
based on your answers to these ques-
tions so that your reproductive health
will go in the direction you would
like.

¢ Be aware of your health status and
the risk factors that might be present
or contribute to poor pregnancy out-
comes and make the necessary
changes early.

¢ Begin or continue to have regular
preventive health visits with your
doctor

¢ Have a pre-pregnancy check-up
once deciding to get pregnant.

What should women expect during a
PCH visit?

Preventive visits should be a part of
your routine yearly check-up or pri-

Conditioning the soil

ur Bahamian soil is
() in geological
terms and there is not a

lot of it. Any help we can give
to improve or condition the
soil will be rewarded by
increased plant production.

The Bahamas is a mountainous
country but the mountains are
below the sea and their tops are
flat and composed of oolitic lime-
stone, which is highly alkaline. The
problem with alkaline soil is its
reluctance to allow mineral salts to
be in the right state to be absorbed
by plant roots. This phenomenon is
called ‘tying up’ and means that
fertilisers applied to highly alka-
line soil are unable to be used effi-
ciently by plants.

Native plants in The Bahamas
are adapted to alkaline soil and

many exotics have a wide toler-
ance that permits them to grow
well here. Many others, however,
preter acid soil and barely survive.
One good example is ixora. Plant-
ed straight into the ground ixora
will soon show signs of stress and
the leaves will suffer from chlorosis.

Flowering will be reluctant and
the whole vitality of the plant will
be debilitated. Ixora needs help
and that comes from conditioning
the soil.

Alkaline soil can be treated with
sulphur in the form of powder, or
flowers of sulphur. If sulphur is
worked into the soil around shrubs
it can reduce alkalinity substan-
tially and allow better absorption
of fertiliser.

Another remedy is to apply
Sequestrene 138-Fe, a specialised

chelated iron that acts as a catalyst
and promotes the absorption of
mineral salts. This remedy is
expensive but only a little
Sequestrene is required for each
treatment.

The applications of sulphur and
chelated iron are temporary and
the treatment must be ongoing.
The best and more permanent way
to condition the soil is to add rot-
ted material that we generally refer
to as compost.

I know as soon as many readers
come across the word compost
they will sigh and turn the page.
Compost is a bugbear to many gar-
deners because the old fashioned
ways of making it were time con-
suming and laborious, not to men-
tion smelly.

These days you can buy a tum-





BEING PREPARED: Preconception health includes adolescents and women,
before they become pregnant for the first time, as well as women who are

between pregnancies.

mary care visit. This visit should include
disease screening, and should seek to
address the majority of your personal
health care needs as well as address
any existing health problems. It will
also include risk assessment, repro-
ductive history tracking, medication
being taken, nutritional pattern, mon-
itoring of folic acid intake, weight man-
agement, substance use, vaccinations,
family planning methods, and all social
and mental health concerns, including
support networks, domestic violence
and housing. These are all important to
a healthy reproductive life.

Where can women go to access PCH
services?
PCH services can be accessed wher-

ever individuals receive their primary
health care services. This includes all
community health clinics on New Prov-
idence and the Family Islands, as well
as private primary health centres. Most
health care facilities do not generally
include the term pre-pregnancy or pre-
conception health in their list of ser-
vices but all of the components of PCH
are available at most of these facilities.
Ask for the service at your next visit.

¢ For more information on preconception
care and other topics on women and
family health contact the Maternal and
Child Health Secretariat of the Depart-
ment of Public Health at telephone num-
bers 502-4883 or 502-4778.

By Gardener Jack

GOOD SOIL: The use of compost to condition soil
leads to healthy vegetables and flowering shrubs.



bler-type composter that gives you
workable compost in a month.
Even simpler, you can add your
composting materials directly to
the soil.

Have a small bucket by the back
door and fill it with kitchen veg-
etable trimmings, coffee grounds
and used paper towels — as long
as they have not been used to mop
up oil. Dig a hole in your veg-
etable garden as deep as you can
and put your waste inside and refill
the hole. Water it and mark the
position with a stick, then work on
your next bucketful.

Here in the subtropics organic
material breaks down very quickly.
Within a few weeks your fortified
holes will contain a rudimentary
form of compost that your vegeta-
bles will enjoy.

Ideally a compost is composed of
green or nitrogen matter mixed
with brown or carbon matter in
the ratio of 3-1, though experi-

enced gardeners will argue at
length over their own favourite
ratio.

Green nitrogen matter includes
fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee
grounds, tea bags, eggshells, green
plant material, peanut shells, hair,
grass clippings, and the shells of
all peas and beans.

Brown carbon matter includes
dry grass, sawdust, wood ashes,
nutshells, shredded newsprint (use
yesterday’s Tribune!), kitchen tow-
els, tissue paper, corncobs, and dry
leaves.

This form of composting is about
as easy as it gets. If you compost
your garden in this way on a regu-
lar basis you will eventually have a
vegetable garden that only needs
the occasional application of fer-
tiliser in order to produce the best
vegetables possible.

¢ gardenerjack@coralwave.com

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Expecting?
How to look

your best

By ARA

t's no secret that

pregnancy does not

always bring out

one's inner glamour

girl. As your waist-
line and bust balloon, it's
easy to lose all sense of
fashion and hide in baggy
sweats, oversized button
downs, or even your hus-
band's jeans.

Amy Tara Koch, trend expert
and author of "BUMP IT UP:
Transforming Your Pregnancy
Into the Ultimate Style State-
ment," demonstrates that a
baby bump does not translate
into losing one's fashion identi-
ty. In fact, Koch shows moms
easy tips and tricks to transform
a handful of basics into dozens
of maternity looks. The trick?
Accessorising, layering and
rotating key silhouettes per
trimester.

"Maximum style, minimal
maternity,” advises Koch. "You
don't need to invest your child's
college tuition on a full-blown
maternity wardrobe. Style is
about mixing and matching
compelling accent pieces.
"BUMP IT UP’ shows moms
how a handful of basics can
yield dozens of jaw dropping
preggo ensembles.”

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ing top designers, Koch has
helped translate some of the
top trends for new or soon-to-
be moms from the runway to
the "realway":

e EMBRACE YOUR WAIST: Sil-
houettes remain in the spotlight,
so when the notion of zipping
your pants becomes comical,
use an elasticised band. The
soft, seamless stretchy band
miraculously sheaths unzip-
pered, rolled to the hips pants,
helping extend the lifespan of
jeans, trousers and skirts. A
lightweight, thigh length top
romantically draped over the
band "camouflages" your hand-
iwork.

¢ GO WITH THE FLOW: Don't
pack up the floaty, easy-to-wear
shift dresses from your first
trimester when your stomach
balloons. Instead sport them as
tunics. Just add leggings, kitten
heels or a heeled wedge.

¢ SHOE IT UP: A heel visually
lengthens your silhouette and
balances out your tummy-
enhanced proportion. You
don't need 5-inch Carrie Brad-
shaw stilettos, but, height will
balance out the bulge, elongate
your body and add that soup-
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shimmering chain belts no
longer circle your girth, pop
them over your head for a
flashy looking necklace. Tie
belts can also be worn as lariat

¢ KEEP YOUR SHAPE: A bra
that provides shape and sup-
port is a lingerie must-have to
accentuate and support your
curves as your body continues
to change before, during and
after pregnancy. Pick up seam-
less microfiber undies and bras
which are comfortable and per-
fect under dresses.
¢ BID ADIEU TO BULK: As you
sleekify your wardrobe, say
goodbye to clunky, unattractive
diaper bags. Pampers has
recently introduced their new
chic, high performance diaper,
Pampers Cruisers with Dry
Max. Not only are they Pam-
pers driest diaper ever as they
help lock in wetness, but they
are 20 percent thinner than
before which means mom can
carry more within less space ,so
grab a chic diaper clutch.
¢ GET THAT GLOW: Self tanner
is the ultimate pick me up so
use it strategically on face and
body and it will nip the "you
look tired" comment in the bud.
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By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

FEW years ago I

watched a seemingly

romantic love story

on Lifetime. My

emory of the movie

is a bit blurred, however I do
recall the movie being centered
around lies, deception, and
betrayal.

In the movie a woman falls in love
with a man who seemed to be the
“perfect” gentleman. He was
smoother than the sensual timbre of
jazz. He was wealthy, he had charisma,
he was sensitive, not to mention
attractive and skilled at making the
woman believe she was the only one
that made his eyes twinkle.

After a few years of dating, the
woman found out the man who she
fell head over heels for was married.
Her heart shattered into a million
pieces.

Four women weighed in on this sit-
uation and told Tribune Woman how
this ordeal would affect their lives.
Two of the women said in the end a
situation like this could only spawn

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the most undesirable results.

“T would be so devastated espe-
cially if we were in a long term rela-
tionship. I would confront his wife for
one and let her know everything that
has been going on and probably end
all relations or connections with him,”
said Lakia Brown.

Dirty Deed

She said his dirty deed would be
exposed to everyone she came into
contact with. “I would bad mouth him
to the world. Everyone who knows
him would know what he did to me,
the pastor, the people in the church,
the people at the bar, the people
around the corner, his family, my fam-
ily and everyone. He will be exposed,”
she said.

Ms Brown said although it would
hurt her she will do her best to get
over him.

“T would rather hurt myself and end
the relationship with him as oppose to
allowing him to hurt me. It is not like
me to break up a home whether it be
a happy home or if it is a home that is
filled with problems. People are slick
and sly and know just how to hide big
details of their life,” she said.

; Marika Rolle is



TUESDAY, AUGUST 31,

more concerned about her reputation
than her feelings.

“T can't be seen dating a married
man and [’ll try not to bring his wife
into the situation to avoid hurting her.
But if I see he’s doing for more by
saying he wants to be with the both of
us, [ll be forced to inform his wife of
his stupidity,” she said.

“The simple thing to do would be to
leave. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds.
When you actually fall in love with a
person its extremely hard to auto-
matically stop thinking about them. I
would try to slowly phase him out of
my life. I would have to be determined
to let him go. And as time passes I
will call him less and start dating oth-
er men to help with this process.”

Compromise

If wealth is involved, it would in
some way influence Allea Brown’s
decision making.

“Tf he is very wealthy and has a lot of
money and I am working at a job that
is only paying minimum wage hell- yes
Iam staying with him. But if I have a
good job whereas I can support myself
maybe not,” Ms Brown explained.

“A situation like this can set some-
one off. I would feel so dirty and end



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up doing something I might regret
because I have some serious anger
issues. The entire relationship was a
waste of time.”

Jacklyn Frazer said if a man ever
does something like that to her he can
pretend he never knew her. “I would
cut him off. The sin of fornication is
already enough, not to mention with a
married man. Also, ’m far too valu-
able for him just to play around with, if
he loves me I would expect a sincere
and genuine commitment, that being
marriage, if not he could just leave.”

For the men and women who engage
extramarital affairs, Ms Frazer gave a
little advice.

“T don’t feel its my place to judge,
however personally I think its wrong.
But then again you never know the
situation surrounding the affair. Some
men are so conniving and manipula-
tive, she could be the victim.

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TOUGH ROAD: Jena Mackey on stage during the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships in Tampa on
July 17, where she finished 16th out of a field of 28 competitors in the Open women’s division.



Youth Olympics:
Athletes return
home from
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vena Mackey's
road to the top
Peally rough

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

he is the first

Bahamian female

bodybuilder to

achieve profession-

al status. But for
Jena Mackey, the road to the
top has been a very difficult
one.

On July 17, Mackey compet-
ed at the 2010 IFBB Pro Body-
building Weekly Champi-
onships in Tampa, Florida,
where she finished 16th out of a
field of 28 competitors in the
Open women’s bodybuilding
division.

Mackey, who received her
pro card in 2007 when she won
the Central American and
Caribbean Bodybuilding
Championships, said it’s defi-
nitely much different from the
amateur ranks.

“It’s really rough. You have
to continue going back to the
drawing board and try to fig-

First Bahamian pro
female bodybuilder
reflects on her status

ure out what the judges are
looking for,” Mackey said.

“Most of the girls have been
there like five to seven years
and so they have the experi-
ence. So it’s really tough.”

In toughness, Mackey said
she wasn’t just referring to her
diet and preparation for an
event. She was referring to
actually going on stage and
competing against the 28 com-
petitors as she did in July.

“You don’t know what the
judges are looking for and you
do this show every year,” said
Mackey, who competed last
year in the show for the first
time and ended up 12th overall.

“Most of the times, the
judges are familiar with the girls
who keep coming back. But for
me, having done it for just the
second time, the judges were
not quite familiar with me.”

The former national team
soccer player said as she looks
ahead to the future, she will
definitely have to concentrate
on developing more mass.

“T was dense, but my legs still
had a problem,” she pointed
out. “It’s getting better every
time I do my show. I’m seeing
the improvement. But there
was always something lacking.”

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Welcome

home!

THE Bahamas’ “newest and
youngest” Olympians returned
home with renewed interest of
improving in their sports after
spending the past two weeks
at the inaugural Youth
Olympics in Singapore.

The athletes, accompanied
by the majority of the team
officials, were welcomed home
on Saturday in the VIP
Lounge of the Lynden Pindling
International Airport by exec-
utives from the Bahamas

Olympic Committee.

They got two medals in
track and field from Tynia
Gaither and Rashad Brown,
two of the eight athletes that
competed, along with the two
swimmers and one judo com-
petitor.

BOC president Wellington
Miller thanked the athletes for
representing the Bahamas with
“pride, grace, dignity and suc-
cess” at the history-making
event.



HISTORY MAKERS: Members of the first 2010 Youth Olympic team pose above with executives of the Bahamas
Olympic Committee on their return home from Singapore at Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Photos by Kermit Taylor

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SOFTBALL
MEN’S NATIONAL
TEAM PRACTICE



THE Bahamas Softball
Federation is scheduled to
hold open workout sessions
for the men’s national soft-
ball team, starting 7:30pm
Wednesday at the Bankers
Field, Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex.

The workout sessions will
be under the supervision of
head coach Godfrey ‘Gully’
Burnside and coaches Erin
Adderley, Martin ‘Pork’



BAAA president Mike Sands (far right) shares a moment with Tynia
Gaither, the double medallist at the first Youth Olympic Games, as she is

interviewed by press members.

JUDO competitor Cynthia Rahming (left) poses above
with BOC’s secretary general Dianne Miller.

a



Gaither (right) with their medals.

Burrows and Leroy Thomp-
son.

BASKETBALL
SUMMER OF
THUNDER

THE Bahamas Basketball
Federation is slated to con-
tinue its ‘Summer of Thun-
der’ College Scrimmages
Wednesday night at Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium.

Ohio University, who
played their opening game
on Monday night against the
defending New Providence
Basketball Association
champions Commonwealth
Bank Giants, are set to take
on the Bahamas All-Star
team at 7:30pm.

NPSA gearing up for All-Star weekend

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE New Providence Softball
Association (NPSA) is gearing up for
a festival weekend at the Banker’s
Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

It’s the All-Star Classic scheduled
for Saturday night when the NPSA is
expected to showcase the majority of
its bright young talent assembled in
the league.

Additionally, the NPSA is also
scheduled to stage a pre-All-Star game
6:30pm Friday in a match-up of the
legends against the executives.

That game, according to president
Loretta Maycock, is the NPSA’s way
of giving the younger athletes an
opportunity to see some of the future
stars in action.

“The legends team will consist of
players like Anthony ‘Boozie’ Rolle,
Anthony ‘Boots’ Weech, Lionel ‘Tron-
man’ Symonette and Fred ‘Papa’
Smith, who are always at the park,”
Maycock said.

Maycock is expected to lead the

executive team that features Neressa
Seymour, Cyril Smith, Jean ‘Bubbles’
Minus, Renee ‘Sunshine’ Davis and
Tommy Stubbs.

As for Saturday’s All-Star game,
Maycock said they decided to focus
more attention on the surplus of young
players in the league, coupled with
some of the veteran players.

“It was very difficult picking the
men because a lot of the younger play-
ers are not batting as well as the
younger females,” Maycock said.

“But I expect for all those selected
to come out and play in the All-Star
game. We expect that it will be a lot of
fun.”

One of the women’s All-Star teams
will be named in honour or Jeannie
Minus, the fourth vice president of the
league. The other will be named after
Linda Ford, an accomplished former
pitcher in the league.

As for the men, the NPSA will hon-
our the late Tyrone ‘Ron, Figure’
Wood by naming the teams after him.
The other will be named after Rev
Dencil Clarke, a former long-time
teammate of Wood. The teams are

comprised of the following:

Jeannie Minus Ladies All-Stars

Starters

Pitcher - Marvel Miller (Wildcats);
catcher - Christrine Jenoure (Opera-
tors); first base - Vernie Curry (Wild-
cats); second base - Vonetta Nairn
(Sharks); third base - Shavette Taylor
(Brackettes) and shortstop - Zella
Symonette (Brackettes).

Left field - Lathera Brown (Opera-
tors); right field - Krystal Delancy
(Brackettes) and center field - Can-
dice Smith (Wildcats).

Substitutes - Trika Munroe (Sharks);
Crystal Taylor (Scorpions); Shonette
Symonette (Sharks); Lashana Gittens
(Scorpions); Dorothy Marshall (Oper-
ators); Garnette Curry (Brackettes);
Sheria Woodside (Sharks) and Celo
Symonette (Sharks).

Manager - Anthony Bullard (Wild-
cats). Coach - Mario Ford (Operators).

Linda Ford Ladies All-Stars

Starters

Pitcher - Desiree Coakley (Opera-
tors); catrcher - Dornette Edwards

(Wildcats); first base - Michelle
Thompson (Operators); second base -
Vanrica Roise (Brackettes); third base
- Jeanette Hilton (Wildcats) and short-
stop - Christine Edmunds (Wildcats).

Substitutes

Dawn Sears (Sharks); Natasha Paul
(Scorpions); Thela Johnson (Sharks);
Shirley Stubbs (Scorpions); Britteny
Clarke (Operators); Katrell Dorsett
(Brackettes); Stephanie Goodridge
(Wildcats) and Kendra Humes (Oper-
ators).

Manager - Stephen ‘Bishop’ Bene-
by. Coach - Cyril Smith (Brackettes).

Ron Wood Men’s All-Stars

Starters

Greg Burrows Jr. (Freedom Farm);
Van Johnson (Truckers); Jemeko
Sands (Freedom Farm); Ramon Storr
(Truckers); Clayton Bowles (Outlaws);
Philip Farquharson (New Breed);
Romero Armbrister (Del Sol); Martin
Burrows Jr. (New Breed) and Keiron
Munrow (Dorin United).

Substitutes

Roscoe Thompson (Outlaws); Julian
Collie (Truckers); Bruce Mackey

(Outlaws); Khalid Curry (Buccaneers);
Darren Stevens (Dorin United);
Leonard Ferguson (Dorsey Park);
Peval Storr (Dorsey Park) and Dwight
Butler (Del Sol). Manager - Philip
Rolle (Commando Security). Coach -
Godfrey Burnside (Freedom Farm).

Dencil Clarke Men’s All-Stars

Starters

Devaughn Wong (Freedom Farm);
Garfield Bethel (New Breed); Darren
Bowleg (Dorsey Park); Ken Wood
(New Breed); Lamar Watkins (Buc-
caneers); Stephen Brown (Truckers);
Adrian Pinder (Outlaws); Eugene
Pratt (New Breed) and Alcott Forbes
(Dorin United).

Substitutes

Tori Rolle (Dorsey Park); Lavaughn
Ferguson (New Breed); Ray Strachan
(Del Sol); Javon Dorsett (Dorsey
Park); D’Kyle Rolle (Mighty Mitts);
Garret Strachan (Dorsey Park);
Demont Charlow (T&C Outlaws) and
Rudy Fox (Dorsey Park).

Manager - Erin Adderley (Dorin
United). Coach - Martin Burrows Sr -
New Breed.

As a pro bodybuilder, Jena Mackey's road to the top ‘really rough’

FROM page 12

After working with pro male
bodybuilder Joel Stubbs for
about 21 and-a-half years when
she earned her pro card, Mack-
ey is now back with Stephen
Robinson, whom she worked
with for seven years as an ama-
teur.

“This is her third year as a
professional bodybuilder, com-
peting against some of the top
women in the world,” Robin-
son said. “Based on the 23
women she competed against,
she came in 16th, which I think
was a great feat.

“For the most part, I think
it’s all about her personal
development where she wants
to get into that top 10, then the
top five and eventually the Ms



ON FORM: Jena Mackey (far right) competes at the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships in Tampa, where she finished 16th out of a field of 28 competitors.

which featured the CAC win-

Olympia. I think every year
that she goes and competes, it’s
all about her improving on her
physique.”

Having spent the past six
months training her, Robinson
said he saw the improvement
Mackey made, particularly with
her legs, which complemented
her back and arms that she
always prides herself on.

In preparation for next year,



Mackey said she hopes to go
away to train for at least three
weeks prior to her first show.
Her goal is to compete in at
least two shows and eventually
qualify for Ms Olympia.

“For now, I’m still in the
gym trying to stay in shape,”
she said. “I’m not trying to wait
until next year to try and get
in shape because it will be too
hard.

“That’s double work to put
in when I can just cruise
through and I can properly diet
and train. I really want to be
ready next year. I’m just wait-
ing on the schedule to come
out so that I can know when I
will be competing.”

Robinson said he plans on
putting Mackey in an early
show in February or March and
then come back to compete

again in Tampa in July.

In the meantime, Mackey
said the Bahamas Governmen-
t’s subvention has enabled her
to stay focused in training. But
she’s hoping that she can get a
little more support because it’s
costly to maintain her status as
a pro.

“Bodybuilding is not a five
or six month sport,” Robinson
stated. “She will have to dedi-

cate herself year round in order
to prepare for Ms Olympia or
to get into that top 10. It all
boils down to money. When
you reach the level she and Joel
are competing now, you need
sponsors behind you for sup-
plements, your meals, travel
and everything else that goes
into preparing for a world class
event.”

For the Tampa show alone,

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ner from Trinidad & Tobago
in 2008 and the winner from
Aruba in 2009, Robinson said
Mackey spent about $2,500 for
the weekend.

But on an average, over the
last three months to prepare
for a show of that calibre,
Robinson said Mackey could
incur expenses totalling at least
$6,000.

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US survives test, holds on to edge Brazil 70-68

By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer

ISTANBUL (AP) — The
shot bounced off the back rim,
then the front, then finally fell
out.

With that, the United States
walked off the court with a vic-
tory, and another warning: A
world championship won't
come easily for this young team
if it comes at all.

The Americans survived
their first tough test in Turkey,
edging Brazil 70-68 on Mon-
day when Leandro Barbosa's
shot rattled out at the buzzer.

"This game right here was
an eye opener,” U.S. guard
Derrick Rose said.

Kevin Durant scored 27
points and Chauncey Billups
added 15 for the Americans (3-
0), who essentially clinched
Group B with the victory. But
they have bigger goals than a
group championship, trying to
end a 16-year U.S. drought in
this event.

This U.S. team has to do
without Kobe Bryant, LeBron
James and all the other play-
ers who led the Americans to
the gold medal in the 2008
Olympics, and those guys nev-
er needed breaks at the buzzer.

"We know that teams are
really coming in here to try to
win this tournament and we're
here to do the same," said
Rose, the only other US. play-
er in double figures with 11
points.

After the Americans trailed
most of the first 2Q quarters,
Lamar Odom's dunk with 7:14
left put them ahead 64-62. But
they couldn't build on the lead
during a tense final few min-
utes, and Brazil had two
chances to send the game to
overtime.

Following a miss by Billups,
Brazil got the ball and Marcelo
Huertas was fouled on a drive
to the basket with 3.5 seconds
remaining. He missed the first
free throw and then the second

Past
an

By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Tennis Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Once
you reach a certain age, birth-
days tend to make you reflect
on your own mortality. They
also, in the case of a profes-
sional athlete such as Andy
Roddick, tend to prompt ques-
tions about the state of your
career.

Roddick turned 28 on Mon-
day, Day 1 of this year's US.
Open, and after beating
Stephane Robert of France 6-3,
6-2, 6-2, the ninth-seeded
American was asked what sig-
nificance he attributes to his
age.

In typical Roddick fashion,
he injected his reply with some
humor.

"Obviously, I know I'm
probably closer to the finish
than I am to the start," he said.
"But ... it's a number. I'm bare-
ly older than I was yesterday."

Well, yes, that's true. He
also, however, is seven years
older than he was when he won
his lone Grand Slam title at the
2003 U.S. Open. There's a
reminder of that accomplish-



CHALKS: USA’S Rudy Gay puts up a shot as Brazil's Alex Garcia defends during the preliminary round of the World Championship Monday.

intentionally, tracking it down
in the corner and firing it
underneath to Barbosa, who
lofted a shot over Kevin Love,
only to have it bounce off the
back and front of the rim.

"T thought it was going to in,
but it's OK," Barbosa said. "I
think we did a great job, it was
a great game. I don't think the
USA knew that we could cause
problems for them and we did
it."

Barbosa finished with 14
points after a strong start for
Brazil (2-1). Marcus Vinicius
scored 16, and Tiago Splitter
had 13 points and 10 rebounds
while battling foul trouble in
the second half.

With NBA big men Nene,
Anderson Varejao and Split-
ter, Brazil was considered one
of the teams with enough size
to topple the undersized Amer-
icans. Nene had to pull out with
an injury and Varejao sat out
again while continuing to rest a
sprained right ankle, so the
Brazilians turned to a speed
game to lead for much of the
game.

They just couldn't finish the
upset, leaving the Americans
needing only a victory over
Iran or Tunisia, the bottom two
teams in Group B, or another
Brazil loss to earn the top seed
from the group and three full
days off before meeting the No.

4 seed from Group A on Sept.
6.

The Americans have plenty
to work on before worrying
about that, after needing a huge
night from Durant and 31 min-
utes from Billups, the old man
of the team at 33 who had their
only basket in the final 6:50.

"T knew that in the first half
that this was going to be a
fourth-quarter game, a last two-
or three-minute game, and I
was preparing myself to just be
ready," Billups said.

Nowhere was the difference
between this team and its pre-
decessor more apparent than
in the matchup with Barbosa.
When the teams last met, in

(AP Photo)

their 2007 Olympic qualifier,
Barbosa entered as the tourna-
ment's leading scorer before
Bryant led a defensive effort
that held him to four points on
1-of-7 shooting in an easy US.
win.

There's no defenders like
Bryant here, and Barbosa took
advantage in the first quarter
by making two 3-pointers and
scoring eight points. Brazil
made 12 of its first 16 shots in
the period and its first four 3-
pointers, streaks that were
snapped when Barbosa was just
short on a half-court heave at
the buzzer, leaving them with a
28-22 lead.

Brazil extended its lead to

eight early in the second quar-
ter and was still up seven mid-
way through the period, but
with Splitter on the bench with
two fouls, and Barbosa and
Alex Garcia joining him, the
Americans cut it to one a cou-
ple of times.

Splitter's dunk sent the
Brazilians to the half with a 46-
43 advantage.

The Americans finally
grabbed the lead midway
through the third, extending it
to 61-55 after consecutive bas-
kets by Durant. Barbosa scored
the final four points of the peri-
od, though, and pulled Brazil
within two heading to the
fourth.

The crowd grew solidly
behind the underdogs, cheer-
ing loudly for Brazil baskets
and booing loudly when a small
"U-S-A!" chant broke out in
the fourth.

Brazil is coached by Ruben
Magnano, who guided Argenti-
na to victories over the U.S. in
the 2002 worlds and 2004
Olympics, when the Argentines
won gold. He nearly authored
another upset, as players on
both teams thought Barbosa's
shot was going in.

"T had Durant right in front
of me, I couldn't see," Huertas
said. "I was in the corner but I
saw the ball tipped on both
sides of the rim and went out. It
was a big disappointment."

USS. coach Mike Krzyzewski
used his reserves liberally in
the first two games, but gave
much longer runs to the starters
Monday after the backups were
ineffective during their first
stints.

Billups, who played in the
2007 victory over Brazil,
thought it was good for his
young teammates to have a
close game so soon.

"We came out victorious, but
for the young guys, just know
how thin of a line it is. Posses-
sions, turnovers, things like that
that we talk about,” he said.
"Now they can see it.”

Open champs Roddick,
Clijsters win on Day

ment every time Roddick
returns to Flushing Meadows:
His spot in the locker room
bears a special plate with his
name and the year he was the
champion, a bit of recognition
he referred to as "the little deal
on your locker that says you're
special."

Kim Clijsters is "special,"
too. The Belgian won the US.
Open each of the last two times
she entered, in 2005 and 2009,
and she stretched her winning
streak in New York to 15
matches Monday despite a
brief blip.

The No. 2-seeded Clijsters
began her title defense with a 6-
0, 7-5 victory over 104th-ranked
Greta Arn of Hungary. It was
an afternoon of mostly straight-
forward results, although two-
time French Open runner-up
Robin Soderling was stretched
to five sets before edging 214th-
ranked qualifier Andreas
Haider-Maurer, who pounded
34 aces.

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rero, while No. 27 Fernando
Gonzalez quit in the third set of
his match against Ivan Dodig
because of a knee injury.

Women moving into the sec-
ond round included surprise
2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist
Melanie Oudin, French Open
champion Francesca Schiavone,
French Open runner-up Sam
Stosur, two-time major finalist
Elena Dementieva, No. 10 Vic-
toria Azarenka, No. 13 Mari-
on Bartoli, No. 16 Shahar Peer,
and No. 24 Daniela Hantucho-
va, who beat former No. 1
Dinara Safina 6-3, 6-4.

Venus Williams, a two-time
champion in New York, and
Roger Federer, who counts five
US. Opens among his record
16 Grand Slam titles, were
scheduled to play in the night
session.

After rolling through the first
set against Arn, Clijsters trailed
4-0 in the second. Arn eventu-
ally served for that set at 5-4.
But Clijsters broke serve there,
and again in the match's final
game.

As for how she found her-
self in that hole to begin the
second set, Clijsters explained:
"Wasn't aggressive enough.
Didn't step in enough when I
had to. I think she started going
for a little bit more, playing a
little bit more with some risks,
and she kind of put me under
pressure a little bit, where it
should have been the other way
around.”

At last year's U.S. Open, Cli-
jsters became the first wild-card
entrant to win a women's sin-
gles title at any Grand Slam
tournament. Coming off a 2Q-
year break from the game, dur-
ing which she got married and
had a baby, Clijsters was play-
ing in only her third tourna-
ment of her comeback, and first
major event.

"Other players kind of didn't
really know what to expect,"
Clijsters said.

That isn't going to be the
case these days for her, of
course. Nor can Oudin catch
anyone off guard anymore.

A year ago, Oudin was only
17. She came to New York
ranked 70th, and without a U.S.
Open win on her resume.

"I've grown up a lot,” Oudin
said after reeling off the last
nine games in a 6-3, 6-0 victory
over 143rd-ranked Olga
Savchuk. "I mean, I think I'm
actually more like a profes-
sional instead of just a junior.
Even though now that I'm 18, I



ANDY RODDICK of the US signs autographs for fans after he beat Stephane Robert of France during the first
round of the US Open tournament in New York on Monday. Roddick won the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on his 28th
birthday.

feel like I'm a legal adult now.
So I guess that's a good thing."

Roddick has a decade on
her, but the years haven't
slowed his serve much: He was
topping 130 mph Monday.

It's been an up-and-down
year for Roddick, who recently
discovered he had a mild case
of mononucleosis. He was
under doctor's orders to limit
his physical activity, but he said

he feels a lot better now than
he did a month or so ago.

"It's going the right way,” he
said. "To be honest, once you
decide to play, I think you
throw all the excuses and
everything else out the window.
If I decide to play, then it’s up
to me to give 100 percent of
what I have. So it's not some-
thing I really want to discuss
too much from this point for-

(AP Photo)

ward."

As many memories of 2003
that flood Roddick's mind
whenever he's on the USS.
Open grounds, he also recalls
his run to the 2006 final at
Flushing Meadows.

"I was in a rough kind of
career transition that summer,"
he recalled. "You guys were
trying to kick me out at 23."

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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.233TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, SHOWER HIGH 91F LOW 76F F E A T U R E S SEEWOMANSECTION Committed to a deception By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE Attorney General last night dismissed suggestions his Office was considering abandoning the pending retrial of former PLP senator Pleasant Bridgewater and exambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne on charges relating to the alleged extortion attempt on US actor John Travolta. Contrary to reports in the Bahama Journal that the Attorney Generals Office may be set to drop the case against Lightbourne and Bridgewater, by entering a nolle prosequi a declaration t hat the prosecution is to be discontinued Attorney General John Delaney said this is not a consideration as far as he is concerned. I dont know where they would have gotten that from, said Mr Delaney of the AGdismisses reports that extortion case may be dropped The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST B AHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com www.fidelitygroup.comwithaFidelity FastTrack DebtConsolidationloan.Call 356.7764 > ofdebt fast! Travolta retrial will go ahead By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net THE body riddled with bullets and dumped in Lady Slipper Avenue has been identified by police and classified as the countrys 65th murder this year. Police are appealing for help from the public to help solve the murder of Nassau Village resident Harrison Stubbs, 41, who was shot several times and found dead in the street on Sunday night. Assistant Commissioner of Police Glenn Miller said Police identify the years 65th murder victim SEE page nine SEE page nine FAMILYS GRIEF: The country recorded its 26th traffic fatality of the year yesterday as Olando Jason Daxon, 23, a resident of St Vincent Avenue in Elizabeth Estates, died when his car hit a tree, just east of the Prince Charles Shopping Centre. Police, pictured above, restrain the victims brother at the scene. SEEPAGE TWO By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net GOVERNMENT has suspended the consideration process for all oil exploration and drilling applications until the country has stringent envi ronmental protocols in place to mitigate against a catastrophic oil well leak. According to Environment Minister Earl Deveaux, the new stipulation comes in response to British Petroleum's (BP in the Gulf of Mexico which threatened fragile marine ecosystems and fishing indusGovt suspends consideration pr ocess f or oil exploration SEE page nine By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net POLICE last night refused to comment on suggestions that a Fox Hill man who was shot dead and his three-month-old daughter seriously wounded, was about to become a prosecution witness. This comes as The Tribune confirmed yesterday that Raymond Bastian, 35, who was killed during a drive-by shooting on Claim that man shot dead was to become prosecution witness SEE page nine By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net GUSTY winds and rain are projected to affect the south and north eastern islands of The Bahamas by tonight and into tomorrow after Hurricane Earl grew into a category four storm. Meanwhile, the north and north eastern islands and east-facing beaches in particular have been singled out as likely to be impacted by large waves and potentially dangerous rip currents. These developments came about as the Government issued a tropical storm watch for the southeastern Bahamas yesterday afternoon, meaning that tropical storm conditions could affect that area within 48 hours. Accuweather meteorologist Brian Edwards said the very large size of the storm, with trop ical storm force winds extending out almost 175 miles from the centre, would mean that SEE page nine Massive hurricane approaches, tropical stor m watch issued NASSAU THE IMAGE at the top shows the projected path of Hurricane Earl. The image above shows the scale and intensity of the storm with the eye in red as it approaches Puerto Rico. EMOTIONSRUNHIGHAFTERTRAFFICFATALITY FOR THE LATEST NEWS ON HURRICANE EARL SEE WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM/WEATHER T IM CLARKE/TRIBUNE STAFF

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM P ROGRESSIVE Young Liberals chairman Aarone Sargent confirmed last night that a statement purporting to be on behalf of the PYL regarding homosexual teachers in schools was not authorised. Mr Sargent said the statement, which attacked Bishop Simeon Halls call for gay and bisexual teachers to be banned from public schools, was sent by a subordinate and was n ot consistent with the position of the PYL, the y outh arm of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP Mr Sargent said his organisation understands Bishop Halls moral commitment to the country and the context in which his statement was issued. We stand by his statement in terms of ban ning predators from the nations schools, whether they be heterosexual or homosexuals. It is the countrys obligation to protect its youth, and the PYL stands behind this 100 per cent. We always lend our support to any area that supports or empowers the youth especially when it comes to education, Mr Sargent said. Bishop Hall issued a statement last week calling on the Ministry of Education to ban all homosexuals, lesbians, and heterosexual predators from the nations classrooms ahead of the opening of the new school year. In the statement, Bishop Hall said the mini stry should assure the public that these deviants will not be allowed into the nation's classrooms. It is incredulous that some incidences of s exual abuse could exist in some schools without someone making an outcry. It is my humble opinion that the Ministry of Education could be liable if it allows known sexual d eviants to remain in the nation's classrooms. You dont put the fox to tend the chickens, Bishop Hall said. Parents themselves must do more and recognise that theirs is the responsibility to protect their children. Some parents know ingly prostitute the innocence of their chil dren for a couple of dollars, he added. Human rights activist and local artist Erin Greene said the issue of someones sexuality has absolutely nothing to do with child safety. Ms Greene said she shares Bishop Halls concern about sexual predators in schools, but to blame homosexuals for the gross and hor rendous mismanagement of the problem by the Ministry of Education is ludicrous. What we need to do is re-evaluate the system by which we evaluate our teachers. It has nothing to do with gay or straight. I, too, am concerned about the safety of our children. The problem doesnt lie with gay or straight, it lies with the lack of accountability in the Ministry of Education, she said. PLP youth arm: Statement on gay teachers not authorised THE United States Embassy hosted a live con ference call with Michael Corbin, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq, yesterday. The Bahamas, Mexico and Brazil participated in the session. Mr Corbin spoke from the State Department in Washington, DC, about the end of combat operations for US sol diers in Iraq, which officially took place yesterday in com pliance with the mandate of President Barack Obama, who announced when he took office in January 2009 that the US would end its combat mission in Iraq on August 31 of this year. Less than 50,000 US troops will remain in Iraqi until the end of 2011 to perform limit ed counterterrorism operations as directed by the Iraqi government; conduct training of Iraqi security forces; and provide security to protect US interests, according to Mr Corbin. Asked whether the United States had learned anything from its military presence in Iraqi to help bridge cultural divides at home, Mr Corbin said: I think there is a greater understanding of the com plexity of the Middle East from our long presence in Iraq. Bridges What I would point to as a civilian diplomat at the State Department is how we built bridges with the Pentagon and worked on military civilian co-operation to better handle these types of worldwide crises as we go around the world and look at future trouble spots. I think we have estab lished good co-operation with the military; our provincial reconstruction teams are an example of that. But I also think there is a greater understanding of complex societies and how we need to all work together to address the dif ferent aspects of those societies as we go forward. As to the domestic repercussions, I think it will take many years to see how this Iraqi experience will reflect in the US. The US war in Iraq began in 2003 with the invasion aimed at toppling former dic tator Saddam Hussein. More than 4,400 US soldiers have lost their lives and almost 32,000 US personnel have been wounded, accord ing to some sources, which place the cost of the war at $750 billion. Studies place Iraqi casual ties at between 100,000 and 600,000. The Bahamas takes part in session involving US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net A NASSAU family was stricken with grief yesterday morning when their young relative died of injuries sustained in a serious traffic accident. Olando Jason Daxon, 23, a resident of St Vincent Avenue in Elizabeth Estates, was travelling west on Prince Charles Drive when he lost control of his 1999 green Honda Accord. His car ran into a tree on the southern side of the street, just east of the Prince Charles Shopping Centre. Mr Daxon, a hotel worker, was the youngest of five boys. His death is the countrys 26th traffic fatality for the year. Family members and friends gathered at the scene of the accident, some becoming physically overwhelmed by his sudden death. Mr Daxon was said to have been on his way to pick up his young daughter for pre-school. This week marks the return of students to school from summer vacation, which is expected to dramatically increase traffic congestion in the capital. Traffic police are asking the public to make an effort to leave home earlier to allow themselves enough time to arrive at their destination punctually and safely. Superintendent Carolyn Bowe, officer-in-charge of the Traffic Division, confirmed that an additional 17 motorcy clists hit the streets yesterday morning, bringing the total of traffic officers on patrol to 34. She explained that the increase was due in part to public demand for more traf fic officers on the streets in the capital. Family grief-stricken after young man dies in car crash C RASHSCENE: T he green Honda Accord ran into a tree on the southern side of the street, just east of the Prince Charles Shopping Centre. TRAGIC: Olando Jason Daxon The 26th traffic fatality of year TRAGEDY: The body of the young man is removed from the scene. P HOTOS: Tim Clarke / Tribune staff

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B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net AIRLINE passengers are i n cahoots with operators of illegal charter flight serv ices according to industry players, who say the practice occurs blatantly in the face of authorities. A viation authorities are u rging passengers to stop par ticipating in the dangerous flights, warning that their livesa re at risk. Some politicians are have even been guilty of complici-t y in the past, according to one pilot, who said candidates have taken advantage of the cheaper services during elec t ion time. It is a serious issue. You have some hackers down t here that dont have a pilots licence, but have been flying for how long. The level of cor r uption stirs it up and keeps it a float. The persons who get away with it have some kind of connections to be able tog et away with it for so long. It happens blatantly every day in the face of the authorities, said the pilot. Hacking is a problem as old as the aviation industry in the Bahamas, said anotherp ilot. It refers to the practice o f operating charter services without the proper licenses or permits. He said several established Bahamian pilots started out hacking. Not all aircraft or pilots are Aircraft Operator Certificate (AOC aircraft may be certified as air-worthy, but that doesnt mean the person is approved to do a charter flight. Everybody can fly their private plane, but not everybody can fly for commercial purposes. There is a process you have to go through for certification, said Hubert Adderley, director of Flight Standards There is nothing I can do to stop a person flying his cousin to Andros. If he wants to fly those people and charge them $100, once he collects money for that flight he is charging someone for a service, and if he is unauthorised that is a violation of the regu lations, said Mr Adderley. Byron Ferguson, president of the Bahamian Pilots Alliance, said the problem is real, but it is a government issue the authorities need to regulate. Aviation safety inspector Delvin Major said the prob lems with oversight and enforcement are not the result of corruption among officials. Our hands are tied because a lot of the times the passengers are in cahoots, he said. Inspector Major said pilots brief passengers well in advance about what to say if an inspector comes to ask questions, and they arrange for payment at the destination point. We at Flight Standards have been doing ramp checks, heightened surveillance. The problem we run into is that when we go to approach the p ilots and the passengers they w ill say, This is my boy, my family, we are catching a ride. The passengers are in collu s ion with the pilots, so it makes our job difficult, he said. F lights by hackers are cheaper because they do not pay commercial liability insurance, do not spend money on a pproved maintenance pro grammes for their aircraft, do not spend money on pilot t raining programmes, and are not held to the same standards, said Inspector Major. Commercial insurance for f ive-seater aircraft could cost $15,000 per year; maintenance could cost about $80,000 pery ear; and pilot training could cost $15,000 per year, accord ing to one established pilot. There are a lot of fees i nvolved, he said, including terminal fees, passenger facility charges and security fees. It is very unsafe and it is not worth it to put your fami ly or yourself at risk to save $20 or $30, said Inspector Major. He said passengers usually come clean only after an accid ent happens. T wo recent accidents involved aircraft that were not licensed to operate charters o ne of them the twin engine aircraft that crashed on Bimini in May, in which two peo p le died. That was not an authorised charter operation. I amn ot saying the pilot was opera ting a charter flight, but he was not one of the regulated authorisied charter opera-t ors, said Inspector Major. T he offence of hacking does not carry criminal penal ties, which is something the authorities would like to change. If we can prove that a pas s enger paid for the flight, there are a lot of civil penalties we can levy against thep ilots. We would suggest to the government to make it a crim inal offence. Haul these guys i n to court, seize their planes, said Inspector Major. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PLP DEPUTY Leader Philip Brave Davis cried s hame on the Ministry of Education for failing to open the Old Bight High School in Cat Island on time yesterday. According to Mr Davis, a shortage of teachers and incomplete school repairs were to blame for the delay. In spite of the governm ent and Minister of Educ ations ongoing public r elations exercise, the child ren of south Cat Island were forced to stay home and miss valuable school time today. am advised that the school is in disrepair with school repairs having started only one week ago. This is totally unaccept a ble and a slap in the face of the children of Cat Island. The government was aware for months of the need to get the school in o rder for this new academic year, he said. Repair s B y all accounts, the PLPs deputy leader said, the repairs will remain ongoing for some time. All children of the Bahamas deserve to go to s chool in a safe environm ent. In fact, Old Bight and south Cat Island is overdue for a new high school. Additionally, I am advised that there is a serious shortage of teachers at the Old Bight High School. Up to this past weekend, the school needed an additional eight teachers to meet basic education requirements and to effectively provide the standard and quality of education that Cat Islanders deserve. Such a critical shortage is deplorable. The children of Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador deserve better, he charged. Mr Davis said he has been informed by the residents of Rum Cay that there is also a lack of teachers at the Rum Cay All Age School. Pr incipal There was only a principal in place today. The principal expected teachers this morning butno one arrived. The school requires at least two assistant teachers to be fully staffed. On the first day of school there was none. This cannot be right. I implore the government as a matter of urgency to address these teacher shortages. This is no time for pub lic relations exercises but rather ensuring that our children return to school and that there are sufficient teachers in place. The children of Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador have been victimsof government neglect for far too long and cannot afford to be left behind. After all, they are Bahamians too, he said. Brave Davis raps Ministry as school fails to open on time A A i i r r l l i i n n e e p p a a s s s s e e n n g g e e r r s s w w a a r r n n e e d d a a b b o o u u t t i i l l l l e e g g a a l l c c h h a a r r t t e e r r f f l l i i g g h h t t s s d d a a n n g g e e r r By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net HARBOUR Island officers who guarded the cell of prisoner Avelino Avila Tomas will be investigated as police continue to search for answers about the Cuban Spanish Wells residents escape last weekend. Spanish Wells residents say it would have been impossible for Avila to break out of the jail cell alone as no man could fit through the single barred window. They say the only way out would be the front door. Assistant Commissioner of Police Glenn Miller confirmed yesterday that officers who were guarding the North Eleuthera jail cell will be ques tioned as part of the ongoing investigation. Chief Inspector Roston Moss took charge of operations in Harbour Island in February to combat crime in one of the worlds most sought-after tourist destinations. Mr Miller said: The matter is being investigated and of course an investigation of the police officers is a part of that investigation. A nationwide manhunt was launched after Avila disappeared from the Harbour Island station some time after 11pm on Sunday, September 22, and he was still on the run as The Tribune went to press last night. Officers arrested Avila in connection with a suspected a rson attack on a Complete Marine Services barge which had been chartered by Avilas former employer Island Block and Concrete to ship construction materials and equipment to a worksite in Exuma. Fire erupted on the boat, docked in Spanish Wells harbour, at around 3am on Saturday, September 21. It is estimated to have caused $200,000 to $300,000 worth of damage to the equipment loaded onboard. Police confronted Avila at his Spanish Wells home that afternoon and confiscated two licensed shotguns belonging to the Cuban as they took him into custody for questioning. Avila has lived on the twomile-long island with his wife Melisa, formerly Pinder, for almost a decade, and is well known in the community of a round 1,500 residents. Mrs Pinder was taken into custody by around 10 police officers who confronted her at The Islander Shop in Spanish Wells where she works on Tuesday last week. She was questioned at the Governors Harbour police station on mainland Eleuthera for around 24 hours before she was released without charge. Police officers from New Providence were sent out to Eleuthera to assist with the investigation last week. These investigations are still ongoing, Mr Miller said. Any information which may assist the police should be reported as a matter of urgency by calling the emergency line on 919, the Central Detective Unit (CDU Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 Officers who guarded cell of escaped prisoner face probe F IREDAMAGE: C uban Avelino Avila Tomas was taken into custody after this barge was torched causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. CRYINGSHAME: Philip Brave Davis Police continue search for answers about Cubans escape Lives are at risk, say aviation authorities Our hands are t ied because a lot of the times the pass engers are in c ahoots. A viation safety inspector Delvin Major

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I found the letter by Catholic to be very informative. However, his signing of the letter with Catholic would be permissible if he had left out that an aspect of his ministry was his ability to forgive sins. I would have no problem with anything in his letter if he had signed his name Roman Catholic, because that denomination gives their priests the authority to forgive sins. His use of the term Catholic means Christian and if you call your self Christian, it means that only Jesus Christ has the authority and ability to forgive sins. Being of the Protes tant persuasion it is very dif ficult for me to read this misrepresentation in a local paper and not respond. The 1992 Vatican articles are very clear on what the Eucharist represents and I have no problem with what another religion thinks, stands for or practices, but history records that the Protestants, Reform ers and anyone who disagreed paid the ultimate price for their views. This letter will probably result in all of the rhetoric about why religion is so divi sive, but there are some things that will never connect in this life or the next, and the revealed word of God setting the guidelines for life and liberty versus an earthly organisation reinterpreting and setting the guidelines for Scripture is one of them. EDWARD HUTCHESON Nassau, August 24, 2010. (Catholic as defined by Cassells dictionary means: 1. universal, general, comprehensive. 2. liberal, large-hearted, tolerant. 3. (Catholic or relating to the Church of Rome, Roman Catholic. 4. (Catholic whole Christian Church. 5. (Catholic Ages, of or relating to the Western or Latin Church. 6. (Catholic Anglican Church as claiming continuity from the old, undivided Christian Church. 7. Catholic, not heretical, etc. Ed). EDITOR, The Tribune. Neil Hartnells article in Y our Business Section, Thursday, August 26, if Scotia and the Loan Syndicate were to pull the plug and foreclose I say investors will come if Baha Mar project has any e conomic and investment substance, you can bet suitors will come with their cheque books or why should we waste all this time on Baha Mar? Weve heard some crazy things on Baha Mar recently, b ut to suggest other investors would not be interested beats all. Why wouldnt investors be interested? Editor: Remember the old maxim in Real Estate? Location Location and Location. Actually for The Bahamas long term from the construct ion angle and the employee o perational side, that just m ight be the best choice of a ll the alternatives, so that we can get a really solid and sustainable project. Prime MInister Ingraham a lways questioned the reliability of some of the parties connected with this project has he changed is mind? Yes, we have the Chinese offering a loan which has p robably a page and a half of conditions whats to stop a future purchaser coming in with cash and do a deal? ABRAHAM MOSS, Nassau, A ugust 26, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm ALTHOUGH Education Minister D esmond Bannister has announced on m any occasions the latest being on July 2 9 that no fees are charged for entry into a public school, another complaint came to The Tribune yesterday. The cir-c umstances surrounding that complaint leads us to believe that politics has nowe ntered the arena. P olitical activist Rodney Moncur called o ur office to tip us off that he had two students who had been denied registration because their parents could not pay t he registration fee. He was going to take them to the school to be registered. He suggested that The Tribune might wantt o send a photographer to record the probl ems they were going to face. The photographer was assigned. When the photographer arrived he saw Mr Mon-c ur with a mother, two children and their aunt. The aunt took the older child to be registered at the senior high school. She e ncountered no registration problems. The mother dealt with the younger child at the junior school. She told staff that her child had previously been refused regis t ration. She then had a private meeting with a school representative after which her child was registered without a prob lem. So what was the problem and wherewas the story? It turns out that earlier in the summer t he mother had gone to the school to reg ister her 11 year old. She was told about the registration fee a one time fee c overing six years that included insurance. The $130 fee would give a child round-theclock insurance coverage, whether in or out of school, for as long as they were students. It was a good deal that no parent could afford to miss. But there were par ents who could not afford such an offer. T he teachers were sending those parents to Social Services for assistance. However, fee or no fee insurance or no insurance no child would be denied entrance to any government school. What this mother understood of that conversation at that time is not known. However, she is supposed to have told the schools representative that she did not have all of the money at that time, but would return. She did not register her child. Nor did she return. Apparently, she was expecting a certain sum of money which did not come through. Instead of going back to the school to explain her financial position, she went to Mr Moncur. What Mr Moncur understood of her story is not known, but t here are those who believe he saw a politi cal opportunity and was meddling. A nyway, Mr Moncur mother, aunt, and two children went to the school yesterday, prepared for rejection and ana rgument. They got neither. On leaving the school Mr Moncur told a Tribune reporter that the mother had v owed that if anyone at the school were mean to her child as a result of the rumpus caused yesterday morning shed come and close the school down. S ometimes we believe the main prob lem with todays children are their parents. A nyway, when our photographer r eturned he told the desk that the story was not what The Tribune had been led to believe. He did not think there was ani ssue and, although he went around taking photographs, he did not know why he was there. He certainly was not impressed by t he mothers behaviour. On an earlier occasion when Mr Moncur had a previous issue with students not being registered and had gone to the gov e rnment school to complain, he was told there would not be a problem. We understand that he even met with Minister Ban nister when the fees policy was fully explained to him. However, it is understood that a week after that conversationn o attempt had yet been made by either Mr Moncur or the parents to register those children. We just assume that they were e ventually registered. Fully armed with the information about school fees from no less a person than Minister Bannister himself, we would have expected Mr Moncur to help parents who had doubts or were confused over the matter. C ertainly knowing the procedure we would not have expected him to go to the school to create a news scene over something that was no longer newsworthy. Teachers have enough problems trying to accommodate young people into over crowded schools. They certainly should not have to be burdened with non-issues with political overtones. We believe there would be fewer confrontational and angry young people in this country if parents and politicians did not keep the confrontational kettle on a constant boil. If Bahamians want a more harmonious country there has to be more leadership by example. Why wouldnt investors be interested in Baha Mar? LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Ther e are no fees to enter govt schools #1 AUTO DEALER IN THE BAHAMAS Part of the Automall groupEAST SHIRLEY STREET 322-3775 325-3079Visit our showroom at Quality Auto Sales (Freeport) Ltd for similar deals, Queens Hwy, 352-6122 or Abaco Motor Mall, Don MacKay Blvd, 367-2916 www.automallbahamas.com F e a t u r e sB i g o nThe new Celerio features a super fuel efficient 1 litre engine, alloy wheels, dual SRS airbags, anti-lock break system, fog lamps, A/C with pollen filter, audio CD system with auxiliary, power windows, 12 volt interior accessory socket, rear 50/50 folding seats, full-size spare tire and ventilated break disc.The Celerio offers low fuel consumption together with an enjoyable driving experience and a high level of safety. F F F F F V a l u eB i g o n V B S a f e t yB i g o n E DITOR, The Tribune. Recently the energetic Minister for Agric ulture announced a $42 million Five Year Plan to stimulate food production, roughly 8 million per year. C onsidering that the annual estimates for t he years 2002 2009 averaged about 3 million p er year the increase to $8 million is a huge leap. I n earlier years Mr. Pierre Dupuch as the Hon. Minister of Agriculture took interest in banana production. T he strategy then was to support banana growing with high tariffs on imported bananas as protectionist policy for the farmers toe ncourage more production. No one doubts that Mr. Dupuch made a concerted effort but in spite of the high tariffs on the imports the local growers were unablet o supply the market with edible fruit at prices equal to or below that of the imports. The above is an example of government f unding with good intentions but when judged on the results turned out to be a failure. Mr. Cartwrights good intentions fit Dr. M ilton Friedmans description of private and p ublic enterprise: If you start a programme that is a failure and you are in the private market, the only wayy ou can keep it going is by digging into your own pocket. That is your bottom line. However, if you are in the government, you have another recourse. With perfectly good intentions and good will nobody likes to say I was wrong when y ou can say, oh, the only reason it is a failure is because we haven't done enough It sure looks like government has decided m ore money for agriculture is the solution. The Ministrys objective is to stimulate food production with more money to bring t he country nearer to food security. I n spite of no evidence of a food shortage or t he likelihood of one in the future, money is taken today from taxpayers pockets where t here is a real shortage of that commodity. Trying to fulfil a utopian vision of self-sustaining food production has unseen conseq uences. For example, the money to expand the gov ernment programme is taken from Mr. Tax p ayer who had saved up for a new suit. The other loser is the little tailor not hired to make the suit. There is a long history of inept government i nvolvement in farming. The grand schemes hatched in parliament have a way of fizzling out and there is nothing i n the history of farming in the Bahamas to suggest that this one will be any different. President Reagan described wasteful spendi ng this way: Sometimes I think that government fits that old-fashioned definition of a baby: An alimentary canal with an appetite at one enda nd no sense of responsibility at the other. JOAN THOMPSON President, T he Nassau Institute. August 28 2010. There is a long history of inept government involvement in farming The term Catholic and what it means EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Priestly celibacy has a biblical foundation The Tribune, August 20, 2010 THE huge numbers men tioned in the letter may be difficult to match. Nevertheless, there are quite a few Protestant clergy who also have a lot of young who could rightfully call them Father. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, August 21, 2010. Quite a few Protestant cler gy have young who could call them Father

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T HE Ministry of Agriculture said it wants to substantially increase the productiono f Bahamian mutton. With this in mind, a series of workshops have been launched to identify and address the needs and concerns of mutton producers. This exercise will lead to a n appreciable and sustainable increase in mutton production over the next several years,s aid Agriculture Minister Larry Cartwright. A decline has been noted in B ahamian mutton production o ver the last few years, he said despite a constantly grow ing demand for it. The share of the market that has not been supplied by Bahamian producers has naturally been supplied by i mported meat, which, in 2009, amounted to some $5 million, he said. M r Cartwright was speak ing at a workshop on Small Ruminant Production at theF ood and Safety Technology L ab on August 26. The Inter-American Insti tute for Co-operation in Agri c ulture identified the consultants who visited the Bahamas for the occasion. M r Cartwright underscored the serious problem to livestock posed by stray dogs. P arliament recently passed the Animal Protection and Control Act, which, among other things, establishes ani-mal control units to be manned by wardens with powers to restrain and impound animals that might be preyingo n sheep and goats, Mr C artwright said. Much work has to be done in improving livestock pro-d uction in general and ensuring in particular that there is a substantial increase in the pro d uction of local goat and sheep over the next five years, he said. The new workshops will r eview issues facing livestock producers and propose pro grammes to reverse the negative trend in Bahamian mutton production. They also seek to have cre ated a viable industry capableo f providing a meaningful level of income and an acceptable standard of living for pro-d ucers, the minister said. At the same time, valuable foreign exchange would be saved and job opportunities created not only in productionb ut also in marketing, said M r Cartwright. At the end of the work shops participants will have o btained the kind of knowledge that should result in high er levels of income for farmers a nd improved quality of mut ton for consumers. This initiative dovetails with the ministrys embryo transp lant programme, started in 2008. The success of the embryo transplant project in introducing improved characteristics into the local genetic pool will depend to a large extent on t he general improved husbandry practices that farmers will have to adopt, he said. These are the practices these workshops are intended to impart. CRUISE ferry traffic to Grand Bahama is up 36 percent in the first seven months of 2010 compared to the same p eriod of 2009, and a dramati c upswing in stopover visit ors from the ferries has brought greater revenue to the island, according to the latest statistics. For the year so far, the s topover visitors from the cruise ferries have generated well over $5 million in revenue for Grand Bahama resorts. Much of the increase in cruise ferry traffic can bea ttributed to the decision by Bahamas Celebration to end its Fort Lauderdale to Nassau itinerary in March in favour of calls to Freeport from West Palm Beach, tourism officialss aid. In addition, Discovery C ruise Lines out of Fort Lauderdale changed their p roduct offering and ramped up their marketing activity, resulting in significant growth f or them. So far, Discovery Cruise Lines and Bahamas Celebration passengers have accounted for 69,123 room nights onG rand Bahama this year. David Johnson, deputy director general of the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, pointed out that the increase was realised throughout the cruise ferry industry in GrandB ahama. Growth The numbers show that Discovery Cruise Lines over the same period registered a substantial growth even when we take away the April windf all because they hardly operated in April of 2009 due to s evere mechanical difficulties, Mr Johnson said. For May/June of this year, they attracted 39 per cent m ore traffic. Substantial numbers of cruise passengers are staying overnight on Grand Bahama, contributing handsomely tot he spending on the island, according to Ministry of Tourism and Aviation tallies. In a single sailing on a particular day, the Bahamas Celebration registered over 700 stopover visitors out of 1,200p assengers, Mr Johnson said. In many ways, this is incremental revenue for the islands principal resorts, he said. Terrance Roberts, director for Business Development in t he Ministry of Tourism, said large and small business operators in Grand Bahama have been noticing increases int heir revenue due to the u pswing in cruise ferry traff ic. Taxi drivers, water sports o perators and various vendors are among the Bahamians w ho have been tapping into the increased business, he said. This direct spending is in addition to the $20 per pas-s enger departure tax paid to the government. Michael Weber, general manager of the Radisson and Reef Village at Our Lucaya, said the increased numbers of cruise ferry passengers havem ade all the difference in business this year. They have made an impact this year versus last year without question, he said. We have increased on both sides Discovery Cruise L ines and Bahamas Celebration. Its been a double bang for us. Mr Weber said Our Lucaya h as been working with both c ruise ferry operations. As a good partner, they h ave been involved with joint promotions that have helped t o boost revenue. The healthy rise in business is obvious with just a quick walk through the Our Lucaya property, Mr Webers aid. He said the bustling activity has put resort employees on a more steady economic footing than in the previous year. Many resort staff were working only one or two days per week last year whilet his year they are enjoying four and five-day work weeks. Vendors Mr Weber said vendors and other business operators on Grand Bahama should be thankful for the improved f inancial position. If they look back and compare, they should be very g rateful and appreciate what we have, he said. This place is hopping. Nako Brice, a taxi driver and tour operator, has alsot aken notice of the increased business from the cruise port. Now that more visitors are coming in, Mr Brice said the island must work to develop more activities and attractions to occupy them. I n addition to the increased traffic from Discovery Cruise Lines and the Celebration, Mr Brice has seen a jump in the number of passengers arriving aboard Carnival Cruise Lines as well. B etween January and July, Carnival moved from 163,299 passenger arrivals to 263,071 an increase of 61 percent. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net ATLANTIS is spending more than half a million dol lars converting a ballroom into a basketball court as it moves to build its reputation as a major sports tourism player in the global hotel industry. The first game to take place at the hotels court has already been scheduled for December 18 and will see Virginia Tech, Mississippi State and two other mens college basketball teams pit ted against each other in the so-called Battle at Atlantis. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA which is being set up in what previously housed one of the hotels ballrooms, will seat up to 4,500 people. The hotels executives and the Ministry of Tourism project huge potential in the sports tourism market to act as draw for tourists to the Bahamas and a boon for hotel occupancy rates, while creating another memorable experience for visitors who may come for the more tra ditional sun, sand and sea. The move comes as Atlantis continues to make a name for itself as a venue for other kinds of special events like the high-profile pop concerts that it has been putting on its calendar over the last two years as a way to draw guests in lean economic times. Meanwhile, the potential for the basketball games to be televised further provides the chance like that offered by Bahamas and Atlantis hosting of the Miss Universe pageant in 2009 for the resorts facilities to be displayed in millions of households, notes Atlantis CEO George Markantonis. The hotel chief told the USA Today newspaper that the hotel has also been approached by an NBA bas ketball team who would like to bring games to the resorts court. According to the newspaper, Atlantis is now lobbying the NCAA on behalf of The Bahamas for permission to host official NCAA games next year. Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool Wallace said of that effort: This is so significant. We think its going to move us more broadly to get more sports teams to come here. Atlantis plans to sell weekend packages starting at $149 a night for the Bat tle at Atlantis. The hotel room will come with two tickets to both games and require a two-night minimum stay at the resort. Additional tickets will be sold for between $20 to $35 each, according to USA Today. Grand Bahama cruise ferry traffic up 36 per cent Atlantis to convert ballroom into a basketball court USmens college teams are set for competition Dramatic upswing in stopover visitors brings revenue increase MINISTRY ENCOURAGES INCREASE IN MUTTON PRODUCTION WORKSHOPSPEECH: Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright, speaking at the New Providence Workshop on Small Ruminant Production. Also pictured are IICA Bahamas representative Dr Marikis Alvarez (right permanent secretary Cresswell Sturrup.

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F OLLOWING the elec tion of two Bahamians tot op posts within the USb ased Progressive National B aptist Convention (PNBC Bahamas will host majorB aptist conferences in the near future, bringing thousands of visitors to the coun try. Rev Timothy Stewart, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, was elected secondv ice-president of the PNBC the highest post ever attained within the conven tion by a Bahamian. A t the same time, Bishop Simeon Hall was elected vice-president of the PNBCs international r egion. Members of the local Baptist community said they s ee the new posts as an inside track for the B ahamas to be awarded at least one of the major gatherings of the PNBC, a con v ention of African-American Baptists emphasising civil rights and social justice with millions of members worldwide. With respect to the pro motion of religious tourism, R ev Stewart, even before his e lection, had been instrumental in causing the PNBC to convene mid-winterb oard meetings in Nassau in 1991 and 2004, and in Freeport in 2006. On each of these occa s ions, 500 to 1,000 pastors and leaders of PNBC travelled to the Bahamas to plan the conventions agenda andt he annual convention which is held each year in August, according to church officials. Rev Stewart said he is a lready in discussions with t he leadership team to host t he mid-winter board meet ing in January 2012 in Nas-s au, and possibly the annual c onvention in August 2014 a s well, when 3,000 to 5,000 members are expected to attend. This achievement is not for me but for the entire international constituency, Rev Stewart said. Improve H e promised to work to p romote religious tourism to the Bahamas and to improve conditions forB ahamians and all of the P NBC members around the world. Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vander p ool-Wallace congratulated Rev Stewart and Bishop Hall on their achievements. This is the story of two Bahamians who decided that they have the power and capacity to compete ona n international level and to be received in the way that t hey have makes us all very proud to be Bahamians. I tell people many times y ou will see me in tears on o ne special occasion when I see Bahamians achieve. There is nothing that makesm e prouder, he said. The PNBC began in 1961 as a movement which reflected the religious, social and political climate of the time. Its membership was made s tronger by such leaders as R ev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, who for many years was the champion for the civilr ights of African-Americans, and Rev Dr Gardener C Taylor, who later became one of the early presidentso f the PNBC. Its mission was to transform the traditional African-American Baptist Convention as wella s society as a whole. The PNBC now comprises over 2.5 million members 1.5 million in the US ando ver on million around the g lobe. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Hopes high of Bahamas hosting major Baptist conferences BIS Photo: Derek Smith PROMOTINGRELIGOUSTOURISM: (left to right m ael Lightbourne, Bishop Simeon Hall, Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace and Rev Timothy Stewart. Two Bahamians elected to top posts within US-based Progressive National Baptist Convention Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. 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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LOCAL stage performer D alia Feldman will be hosting a special concert for the r elease of her new album f eaturing Broadway tunes to b enefit the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society. M s Feldman founded the S ociety in 2008 to support local performing arts students. The concert will be held on September 25 at 8pm at the Regency Theatre in Freeport. M s Feldman will perform s ongs from the new CD, i ncluding classic tunes from Cats, The King and I, Phantom of The Opera, Thoroughly Modern Millie, My Fair Lady, and other popular long-running Broadway shows. Diverse S haring the stage will be local guest artists plus the international singer, comp oser and writer Robert Edwin, whose diverse career h as seen him performing in New York Citys Carnegie Hall, with jazz legend Duke Ellington, in NBC Christmas specials, and with opera star Jerome Hines. Mr Edwin also has extensive teaching credentials and w ill be conducting a master v oice workshop for local stud ents on September 26 together with Ms Feldman, who was his student for seven years while growing up in New Jersey. Ms Feldman said the concert will be like coming h ome for her in many ways by celebrating her longt ime love of Broadway, by helping the next generation explore their theatrical talents, and by making musical magic on her own birthday. The concert, Broadway Baby, is presented by t he Freeport Players Guild a nd the Grand Bahama Perf orming Arts Society. T H E Bahamas Electrici ty Corporation issued a s tatement to clarify the c omputed fuel charge applied to July consumption on customers bills. Contrary to the article in T he Nassau Guardian, said a spokesman for the Corporation, BEC overcharges Customers 17 per cent which said that the impact of the billing, attributable to the inclus ion of a 7 per cent stamp t ax charge in the fuel c harge computation, is of the order of 4 per cent. BEC was not billed stampt ax and ought not to have charged stamp tax on its July fuel imports. BECs bills comprise two components a base rate and a fuel charge. The base rate, following introduc tion of the new tariff, is somewhat less than the fuel charge. A 7 per cent stamp tax and 10 per cent customs duty was applied to the BEC fuel charge calculation. The application of a 10 per cent customs duty resulted in an impact of approximately 5 per cent on the overall bill, which resulted in an increased customer overall bill of approximately 9 per cent. BEC was granted a tax holiday and was not billed Customs Duty and Stamp tax on fuel import, for a two-year period. Exemption This exemption expired on June 30, 2010. As of July 1, 2010 Government introduced a 10 per cent levy on BEC fuel imports. This was applied to customers bills. As you, our valued cus tomers were not given advance notice of the introduction of the 10 per cent levy, BEC intends to make an adjustment to customers August bills that will have the impact of reducing July bills by about9 per cent, that is, the total overall impact of the Customs Duty and stamp tax that was charged. As the 10 per cent customs duty constitutes a portion of our fuel costs under the new Tariff, the Corporation is entitled to recover this costs. As this is a cost that BEC cannot afford to absorb, application has been made to Governmentt o postpone the implement ation of the 10 per cent duty until appropriate communication has taken place with you, our valued customers. We do apologise, said t he Corporation, and ask that you continue to lend us your support as we tran sition through this period. Customers are stronglyu rged to conserve energy c osts during these times by reducing unnecessary usage. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 7 Broadway Baby concert with Dalia Feldman and friends Bahamas Electricity Corporation explains billing adjustment Photo: Lyndah Wells A CELEBRATION: T o celebrate her albums release, a special concert will be held on September 25 at the Regency Theatre. Dalia Feldman will perform songs from the new CD featuring Broadway tunes. Proceeds will benefit the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society. Performance of classic songs from her new CD

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LAST week, National Prescription Drug Plan representatives and con sultants of the Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS of Jamaica held a number of training sessions for pharmacists and frontline workers from public and private pharmacies to further familiarise them with the Pro Health software programme that will be used for processing and adjudication of claims for the Drug Plan in the Bahamas. The sessions were led by Drug Plan project manager Dr Stanley Lalta and Larren Pieart, cus tomer service support manager for AIS. Comfortable While most attendees had already been exposed to the software, Dr Lalta explained that the purpose of the additional sessions was to ensure that the pharmacists would be completely comfortable with the programme when the National Prescription Drug Plan is launched. We wanted to provide some additional training to pharmacists and frontline workers so that they can easily manage the claims processing system and they can readily dis pense medication to members of drug plan, Mr Lalta said. Mr Pieart explained that once an ACE Rx Card is swiped at a phar macy the software allows for real time online adju dication and processing of claims in five to eight seconds. He said the software has been widely used in Jamaica for 10 years with Jamaicas National Health Fund and processes claims for more than 400 participating pharmacies of the Fund as well as other health insurance compa nies in Jamaica. He also said the online system will help to mitigate against the possibili ty of fraud that is more common with manual sys tems. The National Prescription Drug Plan is current ly in the final stages of testing before the imminent launch of Phase I. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Software training sessions for drug plan pharmacists TRAININGSESSION: Pharmacists learn about the software ahead of the National Prescription Drug Plan. T e r r a n c e S t r a c h a n / T C L MIAMI THEU.S. Coast Guard has returned to Cuba 25 migrants found floating off Florida shores, according to Associated Press. T he migrants were interdicted at sea in t hree separate incidents last week. The Coast Guard says two migrants were spotted Friday floating on a plastic foam raft about 8 miles east of Islamorada. A Coast Guard plane spotted 19 Cuban migrants about 30 miles north of Mariel, Cuba, on Wednesday and directed a cutter to them. Also on Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection plane spotted four migrants a board a raft about 17 miles east of Sands C ut. All the migrants received food, water, shelter and medical care aboard Coast Guard vessels. Cuban migrants floating off Florida sent home By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Police on Grand Bahama were out on the streets in full force early Monday morning as thousands of students headed back to the classrooms. Senior Assistant Commissioner Quinn McCartney and many senior officers were overseeing traffic flows in the various school zones, particularly at the primary schools here on the island. Police officers also distributed flyers to parents with helpful tips on road safety and important reminders for children, including the proper way to cross the street, and never to accept rides or talk with strangers. Sandra Edgecombe, Superintendent for primary schools, reported that the first day of school went well at the major schools in Freeport. There are 12 primary schools in the Grand Bahama District. Ms Edgecombe visited the four big schools in the Freeport area, including the Walker Parker Primary, Freeport Primary, Maurice Moore Primary, and Hugh Campbell Primary. There were no major problems reported and at the schools I visited they were all fully staffed and ready to go. I have never seen such excitement from parents and students. The kids were all in proper uniforms with their bags filled with books, she said. Most of the schools held a brief assembly/orientation for students and their parents. Although Ms Edgecombe was unable to visit all of the schools on the island, especially those in west and east Grand Bahama, she placed telephone calls to the principals and administrators. She reported that student attendance was not as expected at some of the schools. The schools in the east and west are smaller in number and in some cases they havent seen all of their children come in today, but we expect attendance to improve on Tuesday when they have a full day of school, she explained. Barbara Thompson, principal of Freeport Primary, said that many students did not show up for school. The first day went well, but we did not have very many students in today so I dont know if parents were aware that all stu dents are to report today, she said. Although she did not have an official count, it is estimated that around 300 students came out on Monday. An administrator at the Lewis Yard Primary also reported low attendance. A lot of people thought that only new students should have come today, so all of the students did not come in, but all of our teachers, staff, and administrators were here, she said. Student orientation and attendance at the two high schools Jack Hayward and St George High Schools are usually done in phases, with the ninth graders reporting on Monday, tenth graders on Tuesday, juniors and seniors on Wednesday. GBpolice out in force as students go back to school BACK TO SCHOOL :Corporal Christina King assists students at the Bartlett Hill Primary School cross the street during their first day back to school. Police on Grand Bahama were present throughout the island, especially in the school zones to ensure smooth traffic flow and that students had a safe day back to school. V a n d y k e H e p b u r n / B I S

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCALNEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bahama Journals report on the matter, which attributed t he claim to high level sources in the Attorney Generals Office. (To enter a prosequi is an act that can only be exercised by m yself and the Attorney G enerals Office and I am not presently seized with any basis for proceedingin that regard. As far as the Attorney GeneralsOffice is concerned, the ( retrial) action will proc eed. A retrial of Ms Bridgewater and Mr Lightbourne is set for Monday,S eptember 6. It was o rdered by Senior Justice Anita Allen following the c lose of the previous trial a fter an announcement by P LP MP Picewell Forbes a t a political convention that Ms Bridgewater was a free woman caused concern that there had been outside communica t ion from the jury room. Jurors were still delibera ting at the time Mr Forbes made the announcement. Some reports in the US tabloid media, which werea lso reiterated in the Bahama Journal report, have suggested that Mr Travolta no longer wishes to testify for the prosecution in the case, with this f orming a basis for the m atter to be dropped. Mr Travolta testified in the first trial, which tookp lace in the Supreme Court last September. His wife, Kelly Preston, is n ow expecting another child, and speculation is that this may have tem-p ered his interest in purs uing the extortion case, which relates to the death of his 16-year-old son, J ett, at the familys vacation home on Grand Bahama in January 2009. Y esterday Mr Tra voltas attorney, Michael Perkins, issued the following statement to The T ribune r egarding queries about Mr Travoltas position on the retrial and hisi nvolvement in it. The pending extortion prosecution in the Bahamas is under thea uthority of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and is at thist ime set for trial on Sep tember 6, 2010.In as much as Mr Travolta andm embers of his staff remain listed by that office as witnesses, it would be inappropriate to make further comment regarding that matter at this time. This statement remains unchanged from an earli er one issued by Mr Perkins to the media on January 28, 2010, but for the exclusion in the latest communication of one sentence that appeared in the former. That sentence read: The Travolta family remains committed to full cooperation with all law enforcement and prosecution authorities in both the Bahamas and the United States. Nonetheless, attorney for Ms Bridgewater,Wayne Munroe, also told this newspaper yesterday that he has received no information to indicate that the trial is not going ahead. have to prepare for the trial, said Mr Munroe. He added that whether or not Mr Travolta wants to testify in the trial has nothing to do with me. Thats his concern. Whether he does or not, the Crown (represented by the Attorney Gener als Office) has the final decision as to what hap pens. Asked about what impact any decision on behalf of Mr Travolta to not appear for the prosecution might have on the case being made by the prosecution, Mr Munroe said: I dont think they have a case even if he comes. Abundant Life Road on Saturday night, was out on bail accused of a 2008 attempted armed robbery. Sources close to the family claim the motive for the shooting was to prevent Bastian from testifying against certain persons at a criminal trial. While the police are keeping silent on the matter, his attorney Romona Farquharson rejected this interpreta tion. At press time last night, Bastians daughter was still in a serious, but stable condition. Police said they were following some leads into the murder. We have a team of officers out now investigating the matter and there are some leads that they are following, said ASP Leon Bethell, head of the Central Detective Unit. Bastian was in the passenger seat of a Honda Accord dri ven by his girlfriend when a car pulled up beside them and opened fire. Bastian sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, and his three-month-old daughter sus tained a gunshot wound to the head. His girlfriend, who was still on maternity leave, escaped unscathed and drove to the parking lot of Solomons Super Centre where she sought assistance. The attempted armed robbery charge against Bastian has now been dropped due to his death. Hehad also reportedly been questioned by police in relation to a murder earlier this year, but was released. these islands could feel strong winds as the hurricane tracks parallel to the north and n ortheastern islands over the next two days. T he centre of circulation for the storm should pass 150 miles to the north east of The Bahamas, said thew eather forecaster. I dont think well see a direct impact but its close enough that some portions of The Bahamas could see tropical storm force wind gusts and outer rain bands. M ost likely that would be felt in the north, north eastern islands once we head into Tuesday night and dur-i ng the day Wednesday. The other big thing is that as the centre of circu lation is forecasted to pass a good deal north of The Bahamas you are going to see some high surf, large waves and dangerous ripc urrents. That should start to increase dramatically on Tuesday and during the day Wednesday. In the north, north eastern islands, eastfacing beaches and shores could see wave heights of up to eight to 12 feet in some locations and dangerous rip currents, so theyll need to take precautions there. At 5pm yesterday afternoon, Hurricane Earl was located at latitude 19.3 north and longitude 64.7 west, about 110 miles north east of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was characterised by maxi mum sustained winds of 135 miles pr hour and was trav elling west northwest at 15 miles per hour. The hurricane yesterday battered small islands in the northeastern Caribbean, including Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and St Maarten with heavy winds and rain, despite not making landfall. Cruise ships were diverted in some of these areas, and flights cancelled. It is now projected to make landfall along the east ern coast of the United States later in the week. Meanwhile, a tropical depression hovering in the Atlantic behind Hurricane Earl formed into tropical storm Fiona yesterday after noon. It was positioned at around 900 miles east of the lesser Antilles at around 5pm eastern standard time. We see that continuing to track west, maybe on sim ilar track to Earl, affecting the north Leeward islands. That would take it through about Wednesday night into Thursday. Once we get to that stage the models are all over the place, some modeling says it is going to continue tracking westward affecting portions of The Bahamas, others have it curving to the north and out to sea. It will be interesting. We will have to see how the atmosphere recovers after Hurricane Earl, said Mr Edwards. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force issued a statement yesterday after noon announcing that leave for all members has been cancelled as a standard precaution to this years active hurricane season. It called on all personnel to return to their workstations so that officers can be briefed on the plans for the season. detectives believe Mr Stubbs was shot in a car passing through the area just after 9pm and thend umped in Lady Slipper Avenue in G arden Hill Estates off Soldier R oad. Residents told police they heard gunshots in the area shortly beforea car was seen speeding away from the place where Mr Stubbs bodyl ay, Mr Miller said. B ut police have not yet been given a detailed description of the car or any information about who may have been driving it and how many people were in it. D etectives are also asking witnesses to come forward with any information that may help themc atch the killer. Mr Miller said: We are still in the midst of inquiries, and we are a ppealling to persons in the area t o come forward with information. Any information which may a ssist police investigations should be reported on 919, the Central Detective Unit (CDU9 991, or call Crime Stoppers a nonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 tries and the large volume of oil exploration applications inundating the government. "The Ministry of the Environment has suspended consideration of all applications for oil exploration and drillings in the waters of the Bahamas. The ministry seeks, by this decision, to maintain and safeguard an unpolluted marine environment for the Bahamas notwith standing the potential financial benefits of oil explorations," said a statement released by Dr Deveaux yesterday. The release added that all existing licenses will be reviewed to ascertain any legal entitle ment for renewal. "We are not seeking to interfere with any existing licenses and the people who have licenses know of the policy. The recent events showed us that (a likely be in the marine environment and (b want to maintain an unpolluted environment. "And so before we explore for oil we want to have the most stringent environmental proto cols in place," said Mr Deveaux when asked to clarify this point yesterday. BPC Ltd recently partnered with Norwegian oil heavyweight Statoil to search for oil in some 2.5 million acres in Cay Sal Bank and hold five licenses for oil exploration. The government has not issued any licenses for oil drilling in Bahamian waters. Environment Permanent Secretary Ronald Thompson said that while the ministry has yet to draft the necessary safety protocols, government will frame its future policies around existing ones from other countries. "We haven't drafted any but there are ones that are in existence in other places where oil is current being harvested or explored. We will in short order review all of those and come up with what we think will be the best (policies the Bahamas," said Mr Thompson. Deepwater Horizon's oil rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers, and leaking an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil from BP's underwater well. Yesterday's statement said that calamity underscored the need for precautions. "Given recent events involving oil explo ration and the efforts to prevent pollution, this prudent safeguard is essential to preserving the most vital natural resource of the Bahamas its environment," said the statement. Speaking to The Tribune, Mr Deveaux said more stringent protocols could have prevented BP's disaster. "Everything we learned about BP suggests that there were a few mishaps that could have been avoided," he said. In May, Dr Deveaux said it would be "impractical and unreasonable" for the Bahamas to shy away from oil exploration or drilling as a consequence of the environmentally devastating oil leak off the coast of the US state of Louisiana. "The world is not going to shy away from oil because of this accident. This is not the first or the last," he said at the time. He also said earlier that proper management of resources would be vital to any oil discovery in Bahamian waters. Travolta retrial will go ahead FROM page one CRIMESCENE: The body is removed from the scene on Sunday night. F ROM page one Police identify years 65th murder victim Felip Major /Tribune staff Massive hurricane approaches, tropical storm watch issued S TORMAPPROACH: T he top of a palm tree lays on the road after being blown off by winds caused by the approaching Hurricane E arl in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday. (AP F ROM page one FROM page one Oil e xplor ation Claim that man shot dead w as to become pr osecution witness FROM page one

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By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CLICO (Bahamas tor yesterday endured a further minor set-back in his asset hunt when the US courts granted a protective order that drastically restricts the type of documents an American law firm must hand over to him. Craig A. 'Tony' Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, had been attempt ing to obtain records on 77 companies and persons he believes are connected to the insolvent life and health insurers Trinidadian boss, Lawrence Duprey, as he continues his recovery bid on behalf of the firms Bahamian policyholders and creditors. However, the US law firm, Hunt & Gross, and a related entity, HCRM Corporation, were able to successfully petition the US Bankruptcy Court in south Florida to grant them an interim protective order restricting the type of documents they must hand over to Mr Gomez and his attorneys. The court found good cause to grant the protective order, which restricts the documents that must be produced to fund transfers involving CLICO (Bahamas And the only management, shareholder and operating agreement records that have to be produced relate solely to entities in which CLICO ( Bahamas) has a beneficial ownership interest. The protective order remains i n place until September 9, 2010, unless Mr Gomez and Hunt & Gross can settle theirr espective differences. Describing Mr Gomez's request on behalf of CLICO ( Bahamas) as "overly broad", Hunt & Gross alleged that the liquidator wanted "wholesaled isclosure of documents relating to transfers and ownership of the business activities of 77 persons and entities, without regard to whether the business activities, transfer or ownership or management structures have any relevance to [CLICO By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor SUNSHINE Holdings has for the first time introduced itself to the Bahamian capital markets with yesterdays unveiling of a private $10 million corporate bond issue, its chairman telling Tribune Business so many opportunities came before it, including act ing as an incubator for business. 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Sun shines for incubation via $10m offering Sunshine Holdings for first time taps capital market via corporate bond placement Wilson indicates p roceeds may be used t o assist groups role as incubator for start-ups/entrepreneurs, doing better in the private sector what BDB and venture capital fund have attempted to do S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CITY Markets was yesterday said by multiple grocery industry sources to be in negotiations with Grand Bahama food store, Sawyers Fresh Market, to allow the latter to take over its Eight Mile Rock-based food store. Neither company would con firm nor deny that the deal was in process when contacted by Tribune Business, although it appeared to be something of an open secret in the Bahamian food retail and wholesale industry, not to mention Grand Bahama, with multiple sources confirming their knowledge of the talks. One contact said: Sawyers are taking over Eight Mile Rock. It was told it was going to happen, and it was sort of like a done deal. And another confirmed: Sawyers is going to be taking it on. Its supposed to be before the end of the year. One source told Tribune Business that Sawyers executives had been spotted at City Markets Eight Mile Rock store, taking measurements and assessingw hat new equipment what needed. It appears unlikely that the deal has closed yet, but if it does, it will reduce City Mar kets store portfolio to a total of 10 two in Grand Bahama, and the remaining eight in Nassau. Once a 12-store chain, it closed its former Tonique WilliamsDarling Highway store last year, the road re-routing in that area having made it virtually inaccessible to potential cus tomers. When contacted by Tribune City Markets eyes GB food store exit Struggling supermarket chain said by multiple food industry sources to be in talks to exit Eight Mile Rock store via Sawyers Fresh Market take over S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net A CULTURAL consortium has come to downtown Nassau, with arts, food and fashion the main focus of the Cultural Gallery and Studio, a compa ny built with sweat equity and a little ingenuity. Partners Gina Smith and Chevette Williamson had long held the idea of a cultural store downtown, but had zero capital to turn it into reality. When they thought of build ing the company as a co-operative instead, with numerous small investors nestled under one roof, they struck gold. According to Ms Williamson, there are four co-operative members who manage a pletho ra of merchandise options produced by Bahamians from across the country. There was a cry from the tourists and the locals that there was not anywhere you could purchase Bahamian crafts, she said There was no place centrally located to purchase [authentic Bahamian] gift items, and there was no parking. You come to the Bahamas to learn about the people and the culture, and that was not available to them. And so Third Eye Artworks and Collectibles, Cultureware, Eyes Bahamian and Bijoux du Belle were opened on Bay Street directly across from the old Royal Bank of Canada on Bay Street and Victoria Avenue. Third Eye exhibits the works of new and developing artists of all ages, with fine art pho tographs, polymer clay turtle designs and pencil drawings. Cultureware offers locallyd esigned and produced ceram ics, while Bijoux houses hand made pieces by Bahamian jew e llery designer, Chevys Acces sories. And Eyes Bahamian has collections of clothing produced by several different Bahamian designers. We thought about buying from other artisans, said Ms Williamson. But we said: Let me partner with other persons to accomplish that vision. So we came togther as a coop and we collaborated togeth er four of us, but individually as companies. With the straw section, it seems as if its just one person with only one style of straw work, but the area is a consignment area, so a number of artists bring in their prod ucts. Ms Williamson said the store was about the indigenous feel of the Bahamas, and they have brought in cuisine in the form Business dream a reality through co-operation S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B CLICO asset hunt hits a roadblock ASSET HUNT: Craig A Gomez By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Bahamian capital markets will venture into the unknown during the 2010 second half when an estimated $60 million worth of corporate debt offerings come to market within the space of two to three months, a leading investment banking executive yesterday saying he never seen this number of placements come to market in such a short period of time. With the potential $60-$65 million Burns House/Commonwealth Brewery initial public offering (IPO November 2010, a collective $120 millionplus could be sought from the Bahamian capital markets before year-end, and Michael Anderson, RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trusts president, told Tribune Business he was unsure whether there was enough investor appetite to consume all equity and debt offerings. I dont know, he told this newspaper, when asked whether there was enough investor appetite and surplus capital to ensure that the potential $60 million worth of debt offerings, let alone the Burns House IPO, were fully subscribed. I dont think weve ever seen this number of placements come to market in such a short period of time, Mr Anderson told Tribune Business, adding that the last significant offerings had been the $40 million Cable Bahamas preference share placement last year to finance the Columbus Commu nications buyout. FOCOL Holdings also placed $10 million in preference shares earlier this year, while Cable Bahamas recently refinanced an a lready-existing $10 million preference share issue in recent months. Yet Mr Anderson said the Bahamian capital markets had prob a bly experienced nothing like what was anticipated to happen between now and November, with numerous issuers all comingt o market seeking capital preference shares and bonds at the same time. Apart from Sunshine Holdings $10 mill ion corporate bond issue that was unveiled yesterday ( ( s s e e e e o o t t h h e e r r a a r r t t i i c c l l e e o o n n P P a a g g e e 1 1 B B ) ) Tribune Business also understands that among the likely issuers is the College of the Bahamas, which is seeking to place an bond issue to refinance a Royal Bank of Canada credit line that was primarily used to finance construction of its Grand Bahama campus. Theres no doubt theres liquidity in the market, but if theres $60 million thats a $60m capital demand never seen before Leading investment banker u nsure whether enough appetite for debt offerings coming to market, as Bahamas never seen so many in two to three months Warns that competition means issuers may have to pay more for capital due to competition, in terms of higher interest rate S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B

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Due to production problems that cut off the turn part of this article in Mondays newspaper, Tribune Business reprints it in full today By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor TROUBLED supermarket chain City Markets is continuing to incur substantial costs as a result of inventory shrink levels that are running three times ahead of international industry norms, the companys chief executive has warned. Adding that some jobs among the companys 700strong workforce may be affected as the company bids to return to profitability by controlling and managing its operating costs, Derek Winford described inventory shrinkage the loss of product to theft, spoiling and other factors before it hits the shelves as a daunting problem facing City Markets. We know that shrink should be in the range of 2 per cent or lower, but our shrink size is about 6 per cent of sales. The cost to the company is substantial, Mr Winford told Tribune Business in an e-mail. We have instituted much stricter inventory and financial controls, and are hopeful that this financial drain will be substantially reduced. Additionally, we have put in place an incentive programme for our employees which has been well received. Dispelling the rumours and speculation swirling around the c ompany, Mr Winford said: The demise of City Markets is not imminent. The comp any, just like many others enterprises, locally and internationally, is having tof ight through hardships created by the meltdown of world economies and the impact upon all business sectors in the Bahamas. In addition to the difficulties caused by a poor economy, the company suffered a series of serious maintenance problems with refrigeration in a number of stores. I am now pleased to say that the problems have been corrected and we are back to normal. Further, to restore customer confidence in our business we are about to embark upon an impressive promotional campaign. On the question of the status of jobs for our employees, we have no immediate plans for reducing the workforce. H owever, as we continue to manage and control our operating costs, some employees may be affected. In a brief conversation with Tribune Business, Mr Winford added: Were doing OK. Were holding our own. The rumours dont help, because people talk. We need help from the Bahamian public. Speculation about City Markets future has been a constant theme following a dreadful series of financial years from the company from 2008 onwards, in which it has lost more than $28 million. City Markets' net losses for the year to March 31, 2010, increased by 35.4 per cent yearover-year to $6.578 million, as o pposed to a $4.844 million net loss for the same period last year. That translated into a $1.43 loss per share, compared to a $1.06 per share loss in fiscal 2009, with the $6.578 million loss for the first nine months exceeding Bahamas Supermarkets' $6.069 million loss for the previous full year. Much of City Markets' financial woes related to the sharp decline in its top-line net sales, which fell by 18.5 per cent in the nine months to March 31, 2010. The drop, from $93.059 million a year ago to $76.022 million this year, indicates it may still be losing market share in a food retailing industry that has become increasingly comp etitive via new entrants such as Robin Hood and Phil's Food Services. The only crumbs of comfort for City Markets were that the sales decline seemed to have slowed. For the quarter to March 31, they were only down 15.4 per cent at $22.627 million, as opposed to $26.756 million in the year before period. This was an improvement upon the 2010 first half, when sales were off 19.5 per cent standing at $53.395 million compared to $66.303 million the year before. While some of the sales decline was doubtless due to the recession, the figures also indicated that City Markets is struggling to win back customers who may have d eserted it during its 2008-2009 travails. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RoyalFidelity Capital Markets I T WAS a slow week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. Investors traded in four out of the 24 listed securities, with one decliner and the other securities remaining unchanged. E E Q Q U U I I T T Y Y M M A A R R K K E E T T A total of 13,510 shares changed hands, representing an increase of 1,697 shares compared to the previous week's trading v olume of 11,813 shares. Commonwealth Bank (CBL volume leader last week, with 7,500 shares trading to see its stock price close unchanged at $6.72. Benchmark Bahamas (BBL lead decliner in the week, dropping by $0.02 on a volume of 3,000 shares to close at $0.18, a new 52-week low. B B O O N N D D M M A A R R K K E E T T N o notes traded in the Bahamian bond market last week. C C O O M M P P A A N N Y Y N N E E W W S S Earnings Releases: There were no earnings release from any of the listed companies last week. ROYAL FIDELITY MARKETWRAP International Markets F F O O R R E E X X R R a a t t e e s s W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e C C A A D D $ $ 0 .9511-0.32 G G B B P P 1.5523-0.14 E E U U R R 1.27390.19 C C o o m m m m o o d d i i t t i i e e s s W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e C C r r u u d d e e O O i i l l $76.873.89 G G o o l l d d $1,235.000.47 I I n n t t e e r r n n a a t t i i o o n n a a l l S S t t o o c c k k M M a a r r k k e e t t I I n n d d e e x x e e s s : : W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e D D J J I I A A 10,150.65-0.62 S S & & P P 5 5 0 0 0 0 1,064.59-0.66 N N A A S S D D A A Q Q 2,153.63-1.20 N N i i k k k k e e i i 8,991. 06 -2.05 The Bahamian Stock Market B B I I S S X X C C L L O O S S I I N N G G C C H H A A N N G G E E V V O O L L U U M M E E Y Y T T D D P P R R I I C C E E S S Y Y M M B B O O L L P P R R I I C C E E C C H H A A N N G G E E AML$1.04 $-0-11.11% BBL$0.18 -$0.023,000-71.43%B OB$5.00 $-0-15.25% BPF$10.63 $-0-1.02% BSL $5.01 $-0-50.20% BWL $ 3.15 $ -00.00% CAB$10.77$-07.92% CBL$6.72 $7,500-4.00% CHL$2.50 $-0-8.09% CIB$9.74 $-0-2.50% CWCB$1.94 -$0.020-31.93% DHS$1.90 $-2,010-25.49% FAM$6.07 $-0-6.47% FBB$2.17 $-0-8.44% FCC $0.27 $-00.00% FCL $5.01 $1,000 5.03% FCLB $1.00 $00.00% FIN $8.80 $-0-5.17% ICD $5.59 $-00.00% JSJ$9.95 $-00.00% PRE$10.00 $-00.00% City Markets shrinkage three times sector norm

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Business dream a reality through co-operation huge amount to invest in securities, Mr Anderson said. As far as I can remember, weve never had so many come to market in such a short period of time, two to three months. Its all coming to market at the same time. One effect, he added, may be that some issuers have to pay more for their cost of capital by offering a higher interest rate to attract potential investors away from rival offer-i ngs. As a result, current interest rates on preference share/bond offerings, varying b etween 7.25 per cent and 7.5 per cent, might have to rise. There has to be some recogn ition of pricing of securities, Mr Anderson told Tribune Business, because investorsa re going to be looking at other offerings out there. If people bring out offerings that are more risky, or are perceived to be more risky, you have to pay more for it. You may have to price the offering higher to get the thing sold. People coming to market are going to have to recognise that if theyre going to get it sold, they will have to pay more because of the competition from other issuers. Issues Mr Andersons comments, and the imminent new issues, come against a backdrop of modest recovery in the Bahamian equity and capital markets, as indicated by the Bahamas I nternational Securities Exchanges (BISX year report. T he BISX market, which has a total capitalisation of $2.915 billion, saw trading volumes a nd values increase for the six months to June 30, 2010, even stripping out the impact from the $80 million trade of 5,954,600 Cable Bahamas shares as part of the Columbus Communications buyout. Removing this transaction resulted in $13.438 million worth of shares, some 2.125 million in number, trading in the January-June 2010 period, compared to $8.72 million worth of shares, numbering 1,655,638, trading in the same period in 2009. For the three month period from April 1, 2010, to June 30, 2010, 1,406,070 shares traded for a value of $8.017 million, BISX said. This compares to the April 1, 2009, to June 30, 2009, period where 1 ,037,301 shares traded for a value of $5.365 million. This represents an increase of 49.4 p er cent in share value traded, and an increase in 35.6 per cent in share volume traded in 2010 c ompared to 2009. For the six month period ending June 30, 2010, excluding the Cable Bahamas transaction, the average daily trading volume was 17,078 shares, which equalled an average daily trading value of $108,619. During this six month period, April 2010 saw the highest average daily trading volume and value with 48,775 shares and $283,409 trading, respectively. By comparison, the sixmonth period ended June 30, 2010, saw an average daily trading volume of 13,201 shares, which equalled an average daily trading value of $69,459. B B I I S S X X s s t t o o p p f f i i v v e e v v o o l l u u m m e e l l e e a a d d e e r r s s w w e e r r e e : : Cable Bahamas 6,093,983 (75.4 per cent of total Commonwealth Bank 652,416 (8.1 per cent FOCOL 352,773 (4.4 per cent) Colina Holdings 180,129 (2.2 per cent Doctors Hospital 147,357 (1.8 per cent B B I I S S X X s s f f i i v v e e l l e e a a d d e e r r s s i i n n s s h h a a r r e e v v a a l l u u e e t t r r a a d d e e d d w w e e r r e e : : Cable Bahamas $ 83.184 million (89.1 per cent of total Fidelity Bank Bahamas bond 15 $ 1.752 million (1.9 per cent) FOCOL $1.719 million (1.8 per cent) Commonwealth Bank $ 1 .575 million (1.7 per cent Bahamas Waste $ 1.408 million (1.5 per cent Bahamas] insolvency proceedings in the Bahamas". T his is the second legal set-back from the US courts to hit Mr Gomez and the CLICO (Bahamas s pace of a week, the same court having rejected on a technicality his plea for a 90day extension to the deadline for him tor eorganise the affairs of the property representing 63 per cent of the insolvent insurer's assets. The US District Bankruptcy court for south Florida rejected the plea by finding that neither he nor his US attorneys pro vided adequate notice of the hearing on his plea to interested parties. Tribune Business previously reported that Mr Gomez wanted more time to com plete Wellington Preserve's sale to a new buyer, the potential deal with initial front runner, the Hines Group, having fallen through. In his August 10, 2010, filing with the US courts, Mr Gomez and his attorneys said they placed Wellington Preserve in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the Hines Group deal collapsed, as CLICO (Bahamas revealed by Tribune Business needed to be protected from a $1.5 million judgment entered against it and numerous other cred itors, who include the US Internal Rev enue Service (IRS Pleading for more time to reorganise Wellington Preserve's affairs via a 90-day extension, Mr Gomez argued that the US court would be justified in granting this because the upscale real estate develop ment's multi-million dollar worth was far greater than the judgment and other creditors' claims against it. Mr Gomez, who is both president and director of Wellington Preserve Corporat ion, said in his court filing: "The property is presently encumbered by outstanding and unpaid real estate taxes; a judgment fora pproximately $1.5 million, a certified copy of which was recorded during the prefer ence period; and minor mechanic's liensc laims totalling less than $50,000. "In this very unusual case, there is no mortgage. The entire parcel, before some l ots were subdivided and sold, was pur chased for $55 million in 2004. The esti mated 'as built' sellout for the lots was over $120 million. As is, even in the economy of today, the property is worth tens of millions of dollars enormously in excess of the encumberances." This underpinned the extension rationale, and Mr Gomez said: "While negotiations are proceeding well with a potential purchaser, which represents that it has raised substantial funding for a down payment, as well as its carrying, operational and improvement costs, the prospective purchaser still needs to obtain financing in place for the balance of the purchase price." Given this development, Mr Gomez said he "does not wish to see the property forced to auction at a relatively 'fire sale' price" by its creditors, as this would reduce considerably any sums he is ultimately able to recover for CLICO (Bahamas an creditors and policyholders. A 'fire sale' of Wellington Preserve would leave them e ven worse off, almost 18 months after the insurer was placed into liquidation. In his filing with the US courts, Mr G omez said some $73 million passed from CLICO (Bahamas serve via CLICO Enterprises, the Bahami-a n-domiciled entity that was 100 per cent owned by the former. These funds were loaned to the Florida-based real estate d evelopment, "over and above some $10 million of capitalisation". As a result, the CLICO (Bahamas uidator took another swipe at the insol vent insurer's mastermind, Lawrence Duprey, head of downfallen Trinidadian financial conglomerate, CL Financial, stating: "CLICO (Bahamas company which apparently was used as a 'cash cow' by those in control to, among other things, divert money into real estate investments in south Florida and elsewhere." by CFAL, marked the first occasion that the group had gone to the wider Bahamian capital markets for financing, instead of holding one-on-oned iscussions with interested institutional investors. He indicated that Sunshine H oldings, which has diverse holdings and businesses spread across the Bahamian economy,m ight use a portion of the capital raised to help finance the business plans/ventures of the numerous entrepreneurs that regularly approached the group for capital and other forms of assistance. Confirming that Sunshine Holdings was indeed seeking to raise $10 million via the private placement of corporate bonds, Mr Wilson told Tribune Business: We were approached by some people who asked if they could be a part of what were doing, and we said we will go out and see what the market thinks. We have, over the years, placed a lot of corporate bonds with institutions, and at this point in time a number of large banks and insurance companies hold our corporate bonds. Previously, we had direct discussions with institutional investors interested in our offerings. This is the first time weve gone about it this way. This is the first time weve allowed one of the corporate finance houses to introduce us to the local capital markets, and we will see what they say. Well see where it leads. Mr Wilson told Tribune B usiness that Sunshine Hold ings had so many gross oppor tunities coming to it that it wasl ooking at becoming an incu bator for start-up Bahamian companies and entrepreneurs. Funds He indicated that some of the funds raised would be used for this purpose, with Sunshine Holdings aiming to show the private sector could do better than the public sector, in the shape of the Bahamas Development Bank and governmentsponsored venture capital, in this area. As a private company, peo ple come to us all the time with proposals. They think we have some knowledge about business, Mr Wilson told Tribune Business. We have a bit of an opportunity to be an incubator for business. There are a lot of businesspeople out there who today can benefit from the credibility of the Sunshine Boys, who have been doing this for over 40 years. Pointing to the couple of million dollars that Sunshine Holdings had invested last year in a venture proposed by a group of Bahamian entrepre neurs, Mr Wilson said: Thatsa n example of being an incu bator for business. Depending on how this capi tal market thing goes, it has the potential to transform the incubation of businesses and to do in the private sector what has not worked in the public sector, through the Bahamas Development Bank and the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund. We have the oppor tunity to do this through the private sector. And he added: People come to us. Theres never a month where some person somewhere, a would-be entrepreneur, does not come to us with some cred itable idea. Some do not make sense, but some are creditable. They are not just looking for capital, but also credibility. If we back it, they are able to attract other investors. Sunshine Holdings $10 million corporate bond offering is a private placement, not a public offering, targeting only select institutional and high-net worthi nvestors, plus their advisers. Therefore, the public should not seek to subscribe for the b onds. Although a private compa ny, Mr Wilson said Sunshine Holdings, as a group, had decided to behave more and more as if it was a public company, adhering to corporate governance, transparency, accountability standards and pruden tial norms as if it was a listed entity. Sunshine Holdings interests include Arawak Homes, Sunshine Insurance Brokers & Agents, RoyalStar Assurance and FOCOL Holdings. 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He directed this newspaper to speak withD erek Winford, City Markets chief executive. And, when contacted, Mr W inford responded: Its all rumours. Theres so many things flying about about whos b uying, whos selling. City Markets management team and the companys con-t rolling shareholder, Trinidadian conglomerate Neal & Massy, are thought to be assessing n umerous strategies in a bid to turnaround the ailing super market chain, which has sus tained consistent heavy losses under earlier management/operating part ners following its $54 million buyout from Winn-Dixie in summer 2006. Informed sources told Tribune Business that even in the good times under Winn-Dixie, the Eight Mile Rock stores profitability was frequently marginal, and as the poorest performer it was the weak link in the City Markets chain. It makes perfect sense to me, one source said of the Eight Mile Rock exit strategy. The stores not in the greatest location, its a small market out there and it will feel the pinch earlier than the other s tores. As City Markets, and its Bahamas Supermarkets parent, o wn no real estate, all the stores being leased, it seems likely that any deal with Sawyers would involve the latter taking over the existing lease, and retaining the inventory and staff. However, a complete exit f rom Grand Bahama is not on the cards. City Markets two other stores in downtownF reeport and at Lucaya, apart from being key sales drivers, also have as their landlord theB utler family, who are key investors in the chains 78 per cent majority shareholder, BSL H oldings. Mr Winford told Tribune Business earlier this year thatC ity Markets Grand Bahama stores especially downtown Freeport and Lucaya were continuing to act as a drag on the companys overall sales performance. While sales in Nassau were less than 9 per cent down on 2009 comparatives, Grand Bahama sales were down 20 per cent. Mr Winford told Tribune Business at the time that City Markets was focused on cost cutting and increased efficiencies at its Nassau head office and warehouse in the first instance, with attention likely to switch to its store portfolio at a later date. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B of bush tea and authentic Bahamian treats, such as potato bread, tarts and benny cake. They have also incorporated wi-fi into the building as an added bonus for dining patrons, and have plans to host a reading for local and visiting children on Saturdays. Saturdays will be a kids corner, at a set time, so they can come and listen to old stories and riddles, and obtain inform ation about the people and the culture of the Bahamas, said Ms Williamson. This is all about networking and helping others to succeed. Its about helping other a rtists and entrepreneurs to help their dream come true. 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LOVING RELATIONSHIPS By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer W HEN it comes to embarrassing health issues, doctors have seen and heard it all. But the fear of speaking up in the doctors office may lead many people to suffer in silence. Even though some embarrassing health problems are hard to talk about, Dr Myles Poitier, MD, CCFP at the Cable Beach Medical Clinic strongly advises patients to abstain from self treatments and see their family doctors. No matter how small a person might think their issue is, they should still see a general practitioner because there are certain things that must be ruled out. People should never be ashamed to talk to their doctors about anything. It is the role of their GP to make sure their patients are comfortable enough to talk about anything with them, Dr Poitier told Tribune Health Dr Poitier gave possible causes of some of the most common embar rassing health issues. However this, he said, does not and should not replace a visit to a family doctor. Sexual Dysfunction Men are more embarrassed than woman are when it comes to this issue. Men sometimes complain about not being able get an erection, Dr Poitier said. Erectile dysfunction can be a side effect of taking some drugs or psychological conditions can be a factor. For instance, stress, depression, or worrying. People should also make sure they are interested and attracted to their partner, he said. Dr Poitier added that sexual dys function is not something that people should try to diagnose themselves. He said things like hypertension, diabetes and other disorders must be ruled out, he said. Premature Ejaculation Premature ejaculation is not easy to treat. This is sometimes caused if a person has not had sexual relations in a while. Premature orgasm also can also be caused by too much excite ment. Because it is difficult to treat pre mature ejaculation some people are referred to sex therapist and sex counseling to correct the problem he said. Genital Rash Genital rashes are symptoms of a number of sexually transmitted diseases. Therefore persons should not take this issue lightly. Of course a person must be examined to rule out certain diseases. We will ask the patient about his or her sexual history. We will ask them how many people they have been involved with because diseases must be ruled out, Dr Poitier explained. He also said fungal infections from the heat can cause genital rashes. Women who use tampons or sanitary shields may experience rashes on their genitals. Lice, ticks, scabies, can also be causes of genitals rashes, he said. Dr Poitier said if a person is comfortable that the rash they have is consistent with a previous condition then and only then they can self treat. Unless they are sure this is something they had before they can treat themselves, he explained. Razor Bumps/ Ingrown Hair on genitals Razor bumps and ingrown hairs in the pubic region are two other embar rassing common health issues experienced by both men and women. They are painful and unsightly. Dr Poitier said they are not a major cause for concern but urge people to see their doctor so they can get the proper medication to treat it. In some cases ingrown hairs can get out of hand and turn into an abscess. Vaginal Secretions Vaginal secretions are part of the menstrual cycle of a woman. Usually during the ovulation period womenw ill notice that they have vaginal secretions. Vaginal secretions is normal. If there is no odour with it and it is a faint discharge then everything is normal. If however, the discharge has a strong odour then women should be concerned, he said. Bad Breath A person does not necessarily have to come into the doctor for this. Certain foods one eats and dental problems can cause bad breath. They should go to a dentist to make sure it is not a cavity that is causing the bad breath, said Dr Poitier. Uncontrollable Flatulence A change of diet can cause uncontrollable flatulence to occur. Some people know that if they change their diet to lactose they flatulate more. He said if uncontrollable flatulence is accompanied by abdominal bloating or pain and persist for a few days it can be a sign of something more serious. FOOT SOLUTIONS AS WE meander down the road towards our final destination, we continue in our quest to understand the many twists and turns of love. We start life with pure and unblemished images of our future love and life. A life filled with joy, happiness and the eternal promise of hope. We feel secure in our memories of being suckled on our mother's breast, and the milky smell of her skin. With closed eyes, we sense that feeling of being protected and cherished. Then, once in a while we experience picture perfect recall of being the centre of attention and everyone's favourite playmate. Our hearts feel full and life feels good. Is it possible for life to continue on in such rosy optimism? Or is it inevitable that our hopefulness will be dashed at different stages of life? For some people, no matter how hard they try; they cannot draw on any warm memories. For those who can actually recall, and have not blocked out the painful past, child hood only conjures up feelings of emptiness. Feelings of a deep hollowness that insist on sucking you back into that place of loneliness. A childhood where you feel you had little to no supervision. In fact, you learnt by trial and error, and survived by either taking the tough knocks or dodging the curve balls. Cohabiting with fam ily who showed a coldness and lack of caring were all you knew, and thought was normal. It was only when you stood beside a parent and child who interacted with each other in such a shockingly contrasting manner, that you were shaken into a new reality. Normalcy for some is completely foreign to another. Early exposure to sex can make a young mind mature beyond their years. Basic instincts of 'this feels good' and 'this must be love' take deep root and are hard to cut free. Advanced sexual techniques place them in the head of the class of experience and competency. Sexually self-confidant mannerisms take hold, or at least can be drawn on at short notice, and messages are relayed at lightening speed. They then become highly sought after by older predators and a cycle of repeat behaviour begins. Once we take the time to listen to and learn where people have come from, then we can live in their shoes for a while. We begin to understand why they seem to be instinctively drawn to certain types of people. Love maps are almost tattooed into our subconscious. Even as we become aware of our own weaknesses, it may seem impossible to 'teach an old dog new tricks'. But with a conscious decision, or professional help, it is possible to hold back and be more cautious before investing heavily in a new relationship. That may work well for those who plan and try to make conscious choices in life. For others, life just seems to 'happen' and they often find themselves heavily attached to someone who may not be good for them. Before they know it, marriage and children come along and suddenly they realise there is no 'quick way out'. For many the relationship revolves around 'put downs', 'quick come backs or put downs', jealousy, irritable and explosive behaviour. Describing their partners as classic 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' personalities seem to illustrate them perfectly. Public persona versus private becomes the norm. Why people stay in such unhealthy relationships is always a mystery for those who would never tolerate such behaviour. 'Tolerate' is the key word because what we are used to is what we believe is normal. Unfortunately, tolerance levels usually start to escalate and behaviour moves from verbal to physical. Let us not forget sexual abuse thrown in the mix. How many times does a wife have to succumb to sexual intercourse, just to prevent an anger outburst? As dysfunctional as this may seem, abusive love still feels like love to those involved. Love is such an abstract concept and is directly influenced by our early values. All the more reason that as parents we pay attention to our actions, and reactions of our children. How we act today, directly affects their tomorrow. Maggie Bain is an individual and cou ples relationship therapist. She is a registered nurse and a certified clinical sex therapist. Listen to 'Love on the Rock' with Maggie Bain every Thursday 5pm-6pm on Island FM 102.9. For appointments call 364-7230, email relatebahamas@yahoo.com or visit www.relatebahamas.blogspot.com. C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM health B ODYANDMIND T h e T r i b u n e Abusive Love By MAGGIE BAIN TODAY,we continue w ith our 'Back-toSchool' theme by focusing on teachers. Teachers area mong the group of people who are on their feet more t han four hours per day, a nd many teachers constantly complain of aches in t heir feet, ankles, knees, lower back and shoulders. What you wear on your f eet often contributes to the majority of these problems. I n today's fashion cons cious world, while it is i mportant for female teach e rs to look their very best b y complementing that perf ect outfit with a cute pair of high heel shoes, or for male teachers trendy look-i ng shoes, it is absolutely necessary to note that these magnificent creations oftenl ead to foot pain at the end of the day. While this is quite understandable, I w ould recommend that you follow these simple tips to get away with looking yourb est while feeling great on y our feet: 1. WOMEN, try to choose shoes with a reasonable heel height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Lookf or shoes that provide ample toe room (beware of pointedt oe styles) and contain a back s trap or enclosed back. The same holds true for men with the exception of heel height. 2. IF YOU are having trouble achieving the appropriate fitw ith shoes you already own, take them to a local specialty footwear store or Pedorthic facility who may be able to modify your shoes to better fit y our feet. 3. PURCHASE a slim arch support/orthortic that your shoe can accommodate. Specialty footwear stores and Pedorthic facilities have options that will fit almost any shoe. Orthortics are especially designed to reduce discomfort associated by high heeled shoes and sandals. In summary, it is important to note that while high heels are not the best for your feet, you can take measures to minimise some of the symptoms associated from wearing high heels, such as pain in the back of the legs (and long term, shortening of the calf muscles!), ball of the foot pain, pain under the arch and heel. A lower heel height, properly fitted and a supportive shoe combined with an accommodative orthotic/arch supports will put your feet in balance, and in turn improve the alignment of the rest of your body. Teachers take steps to think on your feet pain free and feel great in the classroom! Bernadette D. Gibson, a Board Certified & licensed Pedorthist, is the proprietor of Foot Solutions, a health and wellness franchise that focus es on foot care and proper shoe fit, located in the Sandyport Plaza, Nassau. "The views expressed are those of the author and does not necessarily represent those of Foot Solutions Incor porated or any of its sub sidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct any questions or comments to nassau@footsolutions.com or 327-FEET (3338 Think feet first teachers! By BERNADETTE GIBSON uffering ilence S S IN What people w ant to know about commonh ealth complaints but are too embarrassed to ask their doctors E MBARRASSING: Many patients suffer in silence because they are afraid to discuss embarrasing health issues wiith their doctor.

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O ur Bahamian soil is young in geological terms and there is not a lot of it. Any help we can give to improve or condition the soil will be rewarded by increased plant production. The Bahamas is a mountainous country but the mountains are below the sea and their tops are flat and composed of oolitic limestone, which is highly alkaline. The problem with alkaline soil is its reluctance to allow mineral salts to be in the right state to be absorbed by plant roots. This phenomenon is called tying up and means that fertilisers applied to highly alkaline soil are unable to be used effi ciently by plants. Native plants in The Bahamas are adapted to alkaline soil and many exotics have a wide tolerance that permits them to grow well here. Many others, however, prefer acid soil and barely survive. One good example is ixora. Planted straight into the ground ixora will soon show signs of stress and the leaves will suffer from chlorosis. Flowering will be reluctant and the whole vitality of the plant will be debilitated. Ixora needs help and that comes from conditioning the soil. Alkaline soil can be treated with sulphur in the form of powder, or flowers of sulphur. If sulphur is worked into the soil around shrubs it can reduce alkalinity substantially and allow better absorption of fertiliser. Another remedy is to apply Sequestrene 138-Fe, a specialised chelated iron that acts as a catalyst and promotes the absorption of mineral salts. This remedy is expensive but only a little Sequestrene is required for each treatment. The applications of sulphur and chelated iron are temporary and the treatment must be ongoing. The best and more permanent way to condition the soil is to add rotted material that we generally refer to as compost. I know as soon as many readers come across the word compost they will sigh and turn the page. Compost is a bugbear to many gardeners because the old fashioned ways of making it were time con suming and laborious, not to mention smelly. These days you can buy a tum bler-type composter that gives you workable compost in a month. Even simpler, you can add your composting materials directly to the soil. Have a small bucket by the back door and fill it with kitchen vegetable trimmings, coffee grounds and used paper towels as long as they have not been used to mop up oil. Dig a hole in your vegetable garden as deep as you can and put your waste inside and refill the hole. Water it and mark the position with a stick, then work on your next bucketful. Here in the subtropics organic material breaks down very quickly. Within a few weeks your fortified holes will contain a rudimentary form of compost that your vegetables will enjoy. Ideally a compost is composed of green or nitrogen matter mixed with brown or carbon matter in the ratio of 3-1, though experienced gardeners will argue at length over their own favourite ratio. Green nitrogen matter includes fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, green plant material, peanut shells, hair, grass clippings, and the shells of all peas and beans. Brown carbon matter includes dry grass, sawdust, wood ashes, nutshells, shredded newsprint (use yesterdays Tribune!), kitchen towels, tissue paper, corncobs, and dry leaves. This form of composting is about as easy as it gets. If you compost your garden in this way on a regular basis you will eventually have a vegetable garden that only needs the occasional application of fertiliser in order to produce the best vegetables possible. gardenerjack@coralwave.com GREEN SCENE By Gardener Jack J OINING HANDS FOR HEALTH C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Women between the age of 18 and 35 are at the prime of their reproductive years. Whilst many women may face r eproductive challenges such as infertility, most will become pregnant at some p oint, once sexually active. The outcome of pregnancy is determined long before the point of conception. Therefore the health of women in this age range is a priority concern for health care providers i n the Maternal and Child Health Services of the Bahamas. In this article, Gina Dean SNO, and Coordinator of the Maternal and Child Health Programme share on the importance of Preconception Health i n the population.) What is Preconception Health ( PCH)? Preconception health refers to the health of women of reproductive (or childbearing) age when they are in a non-pregnant state. This includes ado-l escents and women, before they become pregnant for the first time, as well as women who are between pregn ancies. W hy is there a need to focus on PCH? W e need to focus on PCH because of the strong and important link b etween the health status of a woman b efore she becomes pregnant, and her h ealth status and that of her baby, during pregnancy, during childbirth and during the (postpartum after she had her baby. The better a w oman's health is before she becomes p regnant, the healthier she and her baby are likely to be after she gives birth. W hat is PCH care and what is the m ain goal of PCH care? P reconception health care is the edu cational, promotional and preventive health services provided to women b efore conception (that is, before becoming pregnant). The main goal is to improve a woman's health before conception (before a first or subsequent pregnancy). The objective of P CH care is to identify factors (diseases, infection, 'risky' health behavi ours) associated with negative pregnancy outcomes (deformity, miscarriages, low birth weight etc) so that they can be modified through clinical interventions (treatment i oural changes. Who are the target groups for the promotion of PCH? The target group for PCH is all w omen of reproductive age. That is, females from menarche to menopause, who are capable of having children, even if they do not intend to get pregnant (11 50 yearsa re our primary focus, PCH services also target males; recognising that men a re partners and key contributors in r eproduction. W hat are some of the risk factors for poor pregnancy outcomes among w omen and infants? Risk factors for poor pregnancy o utcomes include: Medical conditions such as diab etes, hypertension, obesity, sickle cell disease (partners who are both carriers of the sickle cell trait should seek counseling before conception), sexually transmitted infections, vita-m in and mineral deficiencies (folic acid deficiency is especially important), periodontal disease Poor pregnancy history such asr epeated premature labour and spont aneous abortions, previous miscar r iages, death of baby soon after birth or before the age of two and previous low birth weight infants. Lifestyle behaviours such as smoking/illicit drugs, over use of alcohol, and poor nutritional intake Psychosocial risks such as abusive relationships (physical, sexual or m ental), and poor housing conditions Environmental exposures such as e xposure to passive tobacco smoke, chemicals, lead, and radiation Social, economic and physical risks associated with adolescent pregnancy Age related factors such as the i ncreased risk of chromosomal problems for older women. Advancing age also increases risk of hypertension and diabetes in pregnancy. W hat can women do to improve their PCH? Take a proactive approach to your reproductive health. Have a plan; decide whether you want to havec hildren, when you want to have children, and whether you are physically, m entally and economically prepared f or children. Make the necessary changes in your life that is needed b ased on your answers to these questions so that your reproductive health w ill go in the direction you would like. Be aware of your health status and the risk factors that might be present o r contribute to poor pregnancy outcomes and make the necessary changes early. Begin or continue to have regular preventive health visits with yourd octor Have a pre-pregnancy check-up once deciding to get pregnant. W hat should women expect during a P CH visit? P reventive visits should be a part of your routine yearly check-up or primary care visit. This visit should include disease screening, and should seek to address the majority of your personal health care needs as well as address a ny existing health problems. It will also include risk assessment, reproductive history tracking, medication being taken, nutritional pattern, monitoring of folic acid intake, weight management, substance use, vaccinations, f amily planning methods, and all social and mental health concerns, including support networks, domestic violence and housing. These are all important toa healthy reproductive life. Where can women go to access PCH services? PCH services can be accessed wher ever individuals receive their primary health care services. This includes all community health clinics on New Prov idence and the Family Islands, as wella s private primary health centres. Most health care facilities do not generally include the term pre-pregnancy or preconception health in their list of services but all of the components of PCH are available at most of these facilities. A sk for the service at your next visit. For more information on preconception care and other topics on women and family health contact the Maternal and Child Health Secretariat of the Departm ent of Public Health at telephone num bers 502-4883 or 502-4778. Preconception Health Conditioning the soil BEING PREPARED: Preconception health includes adolescents and women, before they become pregnant for the first time, as well as women who are between pregnancies. GOOD SOIL: The use of compost to condition soil leads to healthy vegetables and flowering shrubs.

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C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ARA I t 's no secret that p regnancy does not always bring out one's inner glamour g irl. As your waistl ine and bust balloon, it's e asy to lose all sense of f ashion and hide in baggy sweats, oversized button d owns, or even your husband's jeans. A my Tara Koch, trend expert and author of "BUMP IT UP: Transforming Your Pregnancy Into the Ultimate Style Statement," demonstrates that a baby bump does not translate into losing one's fashion identity. In fact, Koch shows moms easy tips and tricks to transform a handful of basics into dozens of maternity looks. The trick? Accessorising, layering and rotating key silhouettes per trimester. "Maximum style, minimal maternity," advises Koch. "You don't need to invest your child's college tuition on a full-blown maternity wardrobe. Style is about mixing and matching compelling accent pieces. 'BUMP IT UP' shows moms how a handful of basics can yield dozens of jaw dropping preggo ensembles." After combing runways, trend reports and even consulting top designers, Koch has helped translate some of the top trends for new or soon-tobe moms from the runway to the "realway": EMBRACE YOUR WAIST: Silhouettes remain in the spotlight, so when the notion of zipping your pants becomes comical, use an elasticised band. The soft, seamless stretchy band miraculously sheaths unzippered, rolled to the hips pants, helping extend the lifespan of jeans, trousers and skirts. A lightweight, thigh length top romantically draped over the band "camouflages" your handiwork. GO WITH THE FLOW: Don't pack up the floaty, easy-to-wear shift dresses from your first trimester when your stomach balloons. Instead sport them as tunics. Just add leggings, kitten heels or a heeled wedge. SHOE IT UP: A heel visually lengthens your silhouette and balances out your tummyenhanced proportion. You don't need 5-inch Carrie Bradshaw stilettos, but, height will balance out the bulge, elongate your body and add that soupcon of glamour that transforms dumpy to diva. SUPER ACCESSORISE: When shimmering chain belts no longer circle your girth, pop them over your head for a flashy looking necklace. Tie belts can also be worn as lariat necklaces. KEEP YOUR SHAPE: A bra that provides shape and support is a lingerie must-have to a ccentuate and support your c urves as your body continues to change before, during and after pregnancy. Pick up seamless microfiber undies and bras which are comfortable and perfect under dresses. BID ADIEU TO BULK: As you sleekify your wardrobe, say goodbye to clunky, unattractive diaper bags. Pampers has recently introduced their new chic, high performance diaper, Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max. Not only are they Pampers driest diaper ever as they help lock in wetness, but they are 20 percent thinner than before which means mom can carry more within less space so grab a chic diaper clutch. GET THAT GLOW: Self tanner is the ultimate pick me up so use it strategically on face and body and it will nip the "you look tired" comment in the bud. Courtesy of ARAcontent Expecting? How to look your best TRENDY MOTHERS: Koch shows moms easy tips and tricks to transform a handful of basics into dozens of maternity looks.

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Committed Deception TO A C M Y K C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONB HEALTH: Body and mind T UESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 By JEFFARAH GIBSON T ribune Features Writer A F EW years ago I w atched a seemingly romantic love story on Lifetime. My memory of the movie is a bit blurred, however I dor ecall the movie being centered a round lies, deception, and b etrayal. In the movie a woman falls in love with a man who seemed to be the perfect gentleman. He was smoother than the sensual timbre of jazz. He was wealthy, he had charisma, he was sensitive, not to mention attractive and skilled at making the woman believe she was the only one that made his eyes twinkle. After a few years of dating, the woman found out the man who she fell head over heels for was married. Her heart shattered into a million pieces. Four women weighed in on this sit uation and told Tribune Woman how this ordeal would affect their lives. Two of the women said in the end a situation like this could only spawn the most undesirable results. I would be so devastated especially if we were in a long term relationship. I would confront his wife for one and let her know everything that has been going on and probably end all relations or connections with him, said Lakia Brown. Dirty Deed She said his dirty deed would be exposed to everyone she came into contact with. I would bad mouth him to the world. Everyone who knows him would know what he did to me, the pastor, the people in the church,t he people at the bar, the people around the corner, his family, my family and everyone. He will be exposed, she said. Ms Brown said although it would hurt her she will do her best to get over him. I would rather hurt myself and end the relationship with him as oppose to allowing him to hurt me. It is not like me to break up a home whether it be a happy home or if it is a home that is filled with problems. People are slick and sly and know just how to hide big details of their life, she said. Marika Rolle is more concerned about her reputation than her feelings. I can't be seen dating a married man and Ill try not to bring his wife into the situation to avoid hurting her. But if I see hes doing for more by saying he wants to be with the both of us, Ill be forced to inform his wife of his stupidity, she said. The simple thing to do would be to leave. But it isnt as easy as it sounds. When you actually fall in love with ap erson its extremely hard to autom atically stop thinking about them. I would try to slowly phase him out of my life. I would have to be determined to let him go. And as time passes I will call him less and start dating other men to help with this process. C ompromise If wealth is involved, it would in some way influence Allea Browns decision making. If he is very wealthy and has a lot of money and I am working at a job that is only paying minimum wage hellyes I am staying with him. But if I have a good job whereas I can support myself maybe not, Ms Brown explained. A situation like this can set some one off. I would feel so dirty and end up doing something I might regret because I have some serious anger issues. The entire relationship was a waste of time. Jacklyn Frazer said if a man ever does something like that to her he can pretend he never knew her. I would cut him off. The sin of fornication is already enough, not to mention with a married man. Also, Im far too valuable for him just to play around with, if he loves me I would expect a sincerea nd genuine commitment, that being m arriage, if not he could just leave. For the men and women who engage extramarital affairs, Ms Frazer gave a little advice. I dont feel its my place to judge, however personally I think its wrong. But then again you never know thes ituation surrounding the affair. Some men are so conniving and manipulative, she could be the victim. I would tell the person continuing the relationship not to get their hopes up for anything more than an affair and to try and figure out their self worth and go from there. I would tell the man to stop being greedy! Be man enough to make a sound and honest commitment to one woman, she said. What would you do if you found out your boyfriend was married? I would rather hurt myself and end the relationship with him as oppose to allowing him to hurt me. It is not like me to break up a home whether it be a happy home or if it is a home that is filled with problems. LAKIA BROWN

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C M Y K C M Y K TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 12 PAGE 10 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net S he is the first Bahamian female bodybuilder to achieve professional status. But for Jena Mackey, the road to the top has been a very difficult one. On July 17, Mackey competed at the 2010 IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships in Tampa, Florida, where she finished 16th out of a field of 28 competitors in the Open womens bodybuilding division. Mackey, who received her pro card in 2007 when she won the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships, said its defi nitely much different from the amateur ranks. Its really rough. You have to continue going back to the drawing board and try to fig ure out what the judges are looking for, Mackey said. Most of the girls have been there like five to seven years and so they have the experience. So its really tough. In toughness, Mackey said she wasnt just referring to her diet and preparation for an event. She was referring to actually going on stage and competing against the 28 com petitors as she did in July. You dont know what the judges are looking for and you do this show every year, said Mackey, who competed last year in the show for the first time and ended up 12th overall. Most of the times, the judges are familiar with the girls who keep coming back. But for me, having done it for just the second time, the judges were not quite familiar with me. The former national team soccer player said as she looks ahead to the future, she will definitely have to concentrate on developing more mass. I was dense, but my legs still had a problem, she pointed out. Its getting better every time I do my show. Im seeing the improvement. But there was always something lacking. Jena Mackeys road to the top really rough S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 TOUGH ROAD: Jena Mackey on stage during the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships in Tampa on July 17, where she finished 16th out of a field of 28 competitors in the Open womens division. First Bahamian pro female bodybuilder reflects on her status Youth Olympics: Athletes return home from Singapore... See page 11

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L M M E E N N S S N N A A T T I I O O N N A A L L T T E E A A M M P P R R A A C C T T I I C C E E THE Bahamas Softball Federation is scheduled to hold open workout sessions for the mens national softball team, starting 7:30pm Wednesday at the Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The workout sessions will be under the supervision of head coach Godfrey Gully Burnside and coaches Erin Adderley, Martin Pork Burrows and Leroy Thompson. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L S S U U M M M M E E R R O O F F T T H H U U N N D D E E R R THE Bahamas Basketball Federation is slated to continue its Summer of Thunder College Scrimmages Wednesday night at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. Ohio University, who played their opening game on Monday night against the defending New Providence Basketball Association champions Commonwealth Bank Giants, are set to take on the Bahamas All-Star team at 7:30pm. SPORTS IN BRIEF THE Bahamas newest and youngest Olympians returned home with renewed interest of improving in their sports after spending the past two weeks at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore. The athletes, accompanied by the majority of the team officials, were welcomed home on Saturday in the VIP Lounge of the Lynden Pindling International Airport by executives from the Bahamas Olympic Committee. They got two medals in track and field from Tynia Gaither and Rashad Brown, two of the eight athletes that competed, along with the two swimmers and one judo competitor. BOC president Wellington Miller thanked the athletes for representing the Bahamas with pride, grace, dignity and success at the history-making event. Welcome home! By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net THE New Providence Softball Association (NPSA a festival weekend at the Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Its the All-Star Classic scheduled for Saturday night when the NPSA ise xpected to showcase the majority of its bright young talent assembled in the league. Additionally, the NPSA is also scheduled to stage a pre-All-Star game 6:30pm Friday in a match-up of the legends against the executives. That game, according to president Loretta Maycock, is the NPSAs wayo f giving the younger athletes an opportunity to see some of the future stars in action. The legends team will consist of players like Anthony Boozie Rolle, Anthony Boots Weech, Lionel Iron man Symonette and Fred Papa Smith, who are always at the park, Maycock said. M aycock is expected to lead the executive team that features Neressa Seymour, Cyril Smith, Jean Bubbles Minus, Renee Sunshine Davis and Tommy Stubbs. As for Saturdays All-Star game, Maycock said they decided to focus more attention on the surplus of young players in the league, coupled with some of the veteran players. It was very difficult picking the men because a lot of the younger players are not batting as well as the younger females, Maycock said. But I expect for all those selected to come out and play in the All-Star game. We expect that it will be a lot of fun. One of the womens All-Star teams will be named in honour or Jeannie Minus, the fourth vice president of the league. The other will be named after Linda Ford, an accomplished former pitcher in the league. As for the men, the NPSA will hon our the late Tyrone Ron, Figure Wood by naming the teams after him. The other will be named after Rev Dencil Clarke, a former long-time teammate of Wood. The teams are comprised of the following: J J e e a a n n n n i i e e M M i i n n u u s s L L a a d d i i e e s s A A l l l l S S t t a a r r s s S S t t a a r r t t e e r r s s Pitcher Marvel Miller (Wildcats catcher Christrine Jenoure (Operators); first base Vernie Curry (Wildcats); second base Vonetta Nairn (Sharks (Brackettes Symonette (Brackettes Left field Lathera Brown (Operators); right field Krystal Delancy (Brackettes dice Smith (Wildcats S S u u b b s s t t i i t t u u t t e e s s Trika Munroe (Sharks Crystal Taylor (Scorpions Symonette (Sharks (Scorpions); Dorothy Marshall (Oper ators); Garnette Curry (Brackettes); Sheria Woodside (Sharks Symonette (Sharks Manager Anthony Bullard (Wildcats). Coach Mario Ford (Operators). L L i i n n d d a a F F o o r r d d L L a a d d i i e e s s A A l l l l S S t t a a r r s s S S t t a a r r t t e e r r s s Pitcher Desiree Coakley (Operators); catrcher Dornette Edwards (Wildcats Thompson (Operators Vanrica Roise (Brackettes Jeanette Hilton (Wildcats stop Christine Edmunds (Wildcats S S u u b b s s t t i i t t u u t t e e s s Dawn Sears (Sharks (ScorpionsSharks Shirley Stubbs (Scorpions Clarke (Operators (Brackettes (Wildcats) and Kendra Humes (Operators). Manager Stephen Bishop Bene by. Coach Cyril Smith (Brackettes R R o o n n W W o o o o d d M M e e n n s s A A l l l l S S t t a a r r s s S S t t a a r r t t e e r r s s Greg Burrows Jr. (Freedom Farm Van Johnson (Truckers Sands (Freedom Farm (TruckersOutlaws Philip Farquharson (New Breed Romero Armbrister (Del Sol Burrows Jr. (New Breed Munrow (Dorin United S S u u b b s s t t i i t t u u t t e e s s Roscoe Thompson (Outlaws Collie (Truckers (OutlawsBuccaneers Darren Stevens (Dorin United Leonard Ferguson (Dorsey Park Peval Storr (Dorsey Park Butler (Del Sol Rolle (Commando Security Godfrey Burnside (Freedom Farm D D e e n n c c i i l l C C l l a a r r k k e e M M e e n n s s A A l l l l S S t t a a r r s s S S t t a a r r t t e e r r s s Devaughn Wong (Freedom Farm Garfield Bethel (New Breed Bowleg (Dorsey Park (New Breed); Lamar Watkins (Buc caneers); Stephen Brown (Truckers); Adrian Pinder (Outlaws Pratt (New Breed (Dorin United S S u u b b s s t t i i t t u u t t e e s s Tori Rolle (Dorsey Park Ferguson (New Breed (Del Sol); Javon Dorsett (Dorsey Park); DKyle Rolle (Mighty Mitts); Garret Strachan (Dorsey Park Demont Charlow (T&C Outlaws Rudy Fox (Dorsey Park Manager Erin Adderley (Dorin United). Coach Martin Burrows Sr New Breed. NPSA gearing up for All-Star weekend HISTORY MAKERS: Members of the first 2010 Youth Olympic team pose above with executives of the Bahamas Olympic Committee on their return home from Singapore at Lynden Pindling International Airport. Photos by Kermit Taylor JUDO competitor Cynthia Rahming (left with BOCs secretary general Dianne Miller. GRAND Bahamian sprinters Rashad Brown and Tynia Gaither (right BAAA president Mike Sands (far right Gaither, the double medallist at the first Youth Olympic Games, as she is interviewed by press members. As a pr o bodybuilder Jena Mackeys road to the top really rough After working with pro male bodybuilder Joel Stubbs for about 21 and-a-half years when she earned her pro card, Mackey is now back with Stephen Robinson, whom she worked with for seven years as an ama teur. This is her third year as a professional bodybuilder, com peting against some of the top women in the world, Robin son said. Based on the 23 women she competed against, she came in 16th, which I think was a great feat. For the most part, I think its all about her personal development where she wants to get into that top 10, then the top five and eventually the Ms Olympia. I think every year that she goes and competes, its all about her improving on her physique. Having spent the past six months training her, Robinson said he saw the improvement Mackey made, particularly with her legs, which complemented her back and arms that she always prides herself on. In preparation for next year, Mackey said she hopes to go away to train for at least three weeks prior to her first show. Her goal is to compete in at least two shows and eventually qualify for Ms Olympia. For now, Im still in the gym trying to stay in shape, she said. Im not trying to wait until next year to try and get in shape because it will be too hard. Thats double work to put in when I can just cruise through and I can properly diet and train. I really want to be ready next year. Im just wait ing on the schedule to come out so that I can know when I will be competing. Robinson said he plans on putting Mackey in an early show in February or March and then come back to compete again in Tampa in July. In the meantime, Mackey said the Bahamas Governmen ts subvention has enabled her to stay focused in training. But shes hoping that she can get a little more support because its costly to maintain her status as a pro. Bodybuilding is not a five or six month sport, Robinson stated. She will have to dedicate herself year round in order to prepare for Ms Olympia or to get into that top 10. It all boils down to money. When you reach the level she and Joel are competing now, you need sponsors behind you for supplements, your meals, travel and everything else that goes into preparing for a world class event. For the Tampa show alone, which featured the CAC winner from Trinidad & Tobago in 2008 and the winner from Aruba in 2009, Robinson said Mackey spent about $2,500 for the weekend. But on an average, over the last three months to prepare for a show of that calibre, Robinson said Mackey could incur expenses totalling at least $6,000. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 ON FORM: Jena Mackey (far right

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B y HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP y ou reach a certain age, birth days tend to make you reflect on your own mortality. They also, in the case of a professional athlete such as Andy Roddick, tend to prompt questions about the state of your c areer. Roddick turned 28 on Monday, Day 1 of this year's U.S. Open, and after beating Stephane Robert of France 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, the ninth-seeded American was asked what sig nificance he attributes to his age. In typical Roddick fashion, he injected his reply with some humor. "Obviously, I know I'm probably closer to the finish than I am to the start," he said. "But ... it's a number. I'm bare ly older than I was yesterday." Well, yes, that's true. He also, however, is seven years older than he was when he won his lone Grand Slam title at the 2003 U.S. Open. There's a reminder of that accomplishment every time Roddick r eturns to Flushing Meadows: His spot in the locker room bears a special plate with his name and the year he was the champion, a bit of recognition he referred to as "the little deal on your locker that says you're special." Kim Clijsters is "special," too. The Belgian won the U.S. O pen each of the last two times she entered, in 2005 and 2009, and she stretched her winning streak in New York to 15 matches Monday despite a brief blip. The No. 2-seeded Clijsters began her title defense with a 60, 7-5 victory over 104th-ranked Greta Arn of Hungary. It was an afternoon of mostly straightforward results, although twotime French Open runner-up Robin Soderling was stretched to five sets before edging 214thranked qualifier Andreas Haider-Maurer, who pounded 34 aces. Other winners included No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko, No. 11 Marin Cilic, No. 13 Jurgen Melzer, No. 17 Gael Monfils and No. 22 Juan Carlos Fer rero, while No. 27 Fernando G onzalez quit in the third set of his match against Ivan Dodig because of a knee injury. Women moving into the second round included surprise 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin, French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, French Open runner-up Sam Stosur, two-time major finalist E lena Dementieva, No. 10 Vic toria Azarenka, No. 13 Marion Bartoli, No. 16 Shahar Peer, and No. 24 Daniela Hantucho va, who beat former No. 1 Dinara Safina 6-3, 6-4. Venus Williams, a two-time champion in New York, and Roger Federer, who counts five U.S. Opens among his record 16 Grand Slam titles, were scheduled to play in the night session. After rolling through the first set against Arn, Clijsters trailed 4-0 in the second. Arn eventu ally served for that set at 5-4. But Clijsters broke serve there, and again in the match's final game. As for how she found herself in that hole to begin the second set, Clijsters explained: "Wasn't aggressive enough. Didn't step in enough when I had to. I think she started going for a little bit more, playing a little bit more with some risks, and she kind of put me under pressure a little bit, where it should have been the other way around." At last year's U.S. Open, Clijsters became the first wild-card entrant to win a women's sin gles title at any Grand Slam tournament. Coming off a 2 year break from the game, dur ing which she got married and had a baby, Clijsters was playing in only her third tourna ment of her comeback, and first major event. "Other players kind of didn't really know what to expect," Clijsters said. That isn't going to be the case these days for her, of course. Nor can Oudin catch anyone off guard anymore. A year ago, Oudin was only 17. She came to New York ranked 70th, and without a U.S. Open win on her resume. "I've grown up a lot," Oudin said after reeling off the last nine games in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over 143rd-ranked Olga Savchuk. "I mean, I think I'm actually more like a profes sional instead of just a junior. Even though now that I'm 18, I feel like I'm a legal adult now. So I guess that's a good thing." Roddick has a decade on her, but the years haven't slowed his serve much: He was topping 130 mph Monday. It's been an up-and-down year for Roddick, who recently discovered he had a mild case of mononucleosis. He was under doctor's orders to limit his physical activity, but he said he feels a lot better now than he did a month or so ago. "It's going the right way," he said. "To be honest, once you decide to play, I think you throw all the excuses and everything else out the window. If I decide to play, then it's up to me to give 100 percent of what I have. So it's not something I really want to discuss too much from this point for ward." As many memories of 2003 that flood Roddick's mind whenever he's on the U.S. Open grounds, he also recalls his run to the 2006 final at Flushing Meadows. "I was in a rough kind of career transition that summer," he recalled. "You guys were trying to kick me out at 23." Age is just a number, right? By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer ISTANBUL (AP shot bounced off the back rim, then the front, then finally fell out. With that, the United States walked off the court with a victory, and another warning: A world championship won't come easily for this young team if it comes at all. The Americans survived their first tough test in Turkey, edging Brazil 70-68 on Monday when Leandro Barbosa's shot rattled out at the buzzer. "This game right here was an eye opener," U.S. guard Derrick Rose said. Kevin Durant scored 27 points and Chauncey Billups added 15 for the Americans (30), who essentially clinched Group B with the victory. But they have bigger goals than a group championship, trying to end a 16-year U.S. drought in this event. This U.S. team has to do without Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and all the other play ers who led the Americans to the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, and those guys never needed breaks at the buzzer. "We know that teams are really coming in here to try tow in this tournament and we're h ere to do the same," said Rose, the only other U.S. player in double figures with 11 points. After the Americans trailed most of the first 2 quarters, Lamar Odom's dunk with 7:14 left put them ahead 64-62. But they couldn't build on the lead during a tense final few minutes, and Brazil had two chances to send the game to overtime. Following a miss by Billups, Brazil got the ball and Marcelo Huertas was fouled on a drive t o the basket with 3.5 seconds r emaining. He missed the first free throw and then the second intentionally, tracking it down in the corner and firing it underneath to Barbosa, who lofted a shot over Kevin Love, only to have it bounce off the back and front of the rim. I thought it was going to in, but it's OK," Barbosa said. "I think we did a great job, it wasa great game. I don't think the USA knew that we could cause problems for them and we did it." B arbosa finished with 14 points after a strong start for Brazil (2-1 scored 16, and Tiago Splitter had 13 points and 10 rebounds while battling foul trouble in the second half. With NBA big men Nene, Anderson Varejao and Splitter, Brazil was considered one of the teams with enough size to topple the undersized Americans. Nene had to pull out with a n injury and Varejao sat out again while continuing to rest a sprained right ankle, so the Brazilians turned to a speed game to lead for much of the game. They just couldn't finish the u pset, leaving the Americans needing only a victory over Iran or Tunisia, the bottom two teams in Group B, or another Brazil loss to earn the top seed from the group and three full days off before meeting the No. 4 seed from Group A on Sept. 6. The Americans have plenty to work on before worrying about that, after needing a huge night from Durant and 31 minu tes from Billups, the old man of the team at 33 who had their only basket in the final 6:50. "I knew that in the first half that this was going to be a fourth-quarter game, a last twoor three-minute game, and I w as preparing myself to just be ready," Billups said. Nowhere was the difference between this team and its predecessor more apparent than in the matchup with Barbosa. When the teams last met, in their 2007 Olympic qualifier, Barbosa entered as the tournament's leading scorer before Bryant led a defensive effort that held him to four points on 1-of-7 shooting in an easy U.S. w in. There's no defenders like Bryant here, and Barbosa took advantage in the first quarter by making two 3-pointers and scoring eight points. Brazil made 12 of its first 16 shots in t he period and its first four 3pointers, streaks that were snapped when Barbosa was just short on a half-court heave at the buzzer, leaving them with a 28-22 lead. Brazil extended its lead to eight early in the second quarter and was still up seven midway through the period, but with Splitter on the bench with two fouls, and Barbosa and Alex Garcia joining him, the Americans cut it to one a couple of times. Splitter's dunk sent the Brazilians to the half with a 4643 advantage. The Americans finally grabbed the lead midway through the third, extending it to 61-55 after consecutive baskets by Durant. Barbosa scored t he final four points of the period, though, and pulled Brazil within two heading to the fourth. The crowd grew solidly behind the underdogs, cheering loudly for Brazil baskets a nd booing loudly when a small "U-S-A!" chant broke out in the fourth. Brazil is coached by Ruben Magnano, who guided Argentina to victories over the U.S. in the 2002 worlds and 2004 O lympics, when the Argentines w on gold. He nearly authored another upset, as players on both teams thought Barbosa's shot was going in. "I had Durant right in front of me, I couldn't see," Huertass aid. "I was in the corner but I saw the ball tipped on both s ides of the rim and went out. It was a big disappointment." U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski used his reserves liberally in the first two games, but gave much longer runs to the starters Monday after the backups were ineffective during their first s tints. Billups, who played in the 2007 victory over Brazil, thought it was good for his young teammates to have a close game so soon. "We came out victorious, but f or the young guys, just know how thin of a line it is. Possessions, turnovers, things like that that we talk about," he said. "Now they can see it." C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 10, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Past Open champs Roddick, and Clijsters win on Day 1 US survives test, holds on to edge Brazil 70-68 CHALKS: USAS Rudy Gay puts up a shot as Brazil's Alex Garcia defends during the preliminary round of the World Championship Monday. (AP Photo ANDY RODDICK of the US signs autographs for fans after he beat Stephane Robert of France during the first round of the US Open tournament in New York on Monday. Roddick won the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on his 28th birthday. (AP Photo