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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010



Major industrial
unrest forecast

Union chief says govt
must change attitude
towards workers

MASSIVE industrial unrest
is forecast in the country’s
public service within the next
year if the government does-
mt change its attitude toward
the “nation’s working popu-
lation,” Bahamas Public Ser-
vices Union President John
Pinder told The Tribune yes-
terday.

Mr Pinder, who also serves
as president of the largest
umbrella union in the coun-
try, the National Congress of
‘Trade Unions, said he can no
longer ask for calm and

patience from his members
because the government is
asking Bahamians to sacrifice
too much.

“T think it’s past that stage.
I think people have been
patient. This government is
not labour friendly. It is not
sympathetic toward the work-
ing population of this coun-
try and it has to show some
level of sympathy toward the
public service who has to push
the government’s agenda,” he

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Anger as legal appeals
put hangings on hold

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE hanging of murderers on death row
has been paralysed by legal appeals spurring
activists to call for swift justice and the execu-

tion of convicted killers.

Minister of National Security Tommy Turn-

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Prison in Fox Hill have active court proceedings.

Maxo Tido is appealing his conviction and sentencing before
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Adventists marked the 60th
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TEN Bahamians, alleged to be straw vendors,
were arrested by airport officials in New York,
according to unconfirmed reports reaching The
Tribune late last night.

It was reported that the Bahamians were in
possession of illegal counterfeit items and once

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By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

THREE patrol craft and an air-
craft from the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force continue their search
today for Drexel Clarke, the third

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Plane crashes

in South Bimini

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia. net

THE condition of the six Amer-
icans and one Bahamian aboard an
aircraft that crashed in South Bimi-
ni yesterday could not be con-
firmed up to press time.

Preliminary reports indicate the
Piper PA-31 aircraft was totally
destroyed, however, civil aviation
officials confirmed to The Tribune
last night that no fatalities were
reported.

Shortly before 3 pm, the aircraft
— bound for Ft Lauderdale — expe-
rienced problems after take off.

It was explained that when the
plane left the runway, its baggage
door flew open and at that time
the pilot turned the plane around
with the intention of landing.

However, for reasons unknown
at this time, once landed the plane
left the runway, crashed into near-
by bushes and caught fire.

Investigations into the plane
crash are continuing.

Speculation
that Chinese
criminals may
work on Baha

Mar ‘baseless’

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia. net

SPECULATION that thou-
sands of Chinese criminals will be
brought in to build Baha Mar have
been called baseless allegations by
the Embassy of the People’s
Republic of China in Nassau.

Concerns raised in the local
press suggested the Chinese gov-
ernment has chosen convicts from
its overcrowded prisons to work
on foreign projects and may do the
same when they bring in 8,150
workers to construct Baha Mar.

Editorial writers called on gov-
ernment to exercise due diligence
in vetting their work permits if the
foreign labour is approved as con-

SEE page nine

PM OPENS $7 MILLION
CONVENTION FACILITY

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham was in
Grand Bahama on Friday for the
official opening of Canal House,
a new $7 million convention
facility at Pelican Bay Resort.

Mr Ingraham was given the
task of smashing a conch shell
with a mallet to officially open
the nearly 40,000 sq ft state-of -
the-art four-storey building at
Port Lucaya.

Some of the VIP guests includ-
ed Frank Watson, former deputy
prime minister, Housing and

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Four armed robberies and —
Stabbing over the weekend

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

POLICE arrested four
persons over the weekend
following widespread inci-
dents of daytime armed
robbery and stabbing in the
capital.

The majority of the crim-
inal activity occurred on
Saturday, with four armed
robberies and one stabbing
incident. Police reported
another stabbing occurred
on Sunday.

A female Twin Brothers
employee was the week-
end’s first victim. She was
robbed at gun point shortly
after midnight on Saturday
while at the restaurant’s
Boyd Road location.

A masked man, wearing
dark clothing, robbed the
employee of her handbag
which contained the com-
pany’s deposit and then fled
the scene.

It was reported that a 28-
year-old Carmichael Road
man is assisting police with
their investigations.

Police are also question-
ing an 18-year-old and a 21-
year-old in connection with
another armed robbery,
which took place around
5.30 am. It was alleged that
two men — one armed with
a handgun — robbed a man
at gunpoint at Baillou Hill
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termined amount of cash.
They fled on foot into the
Cambridge Lane area.

The weekend’s first stab-
bing occurred at 10 am.
Police were called to Com-
monwealth Boulevard, Eliz-
abeth Estates. It was
alleged that an argument
between two relatives
resulted in a man being
stabbed in his back and
neck. The man was taken
to hospital by ambulance
for treatment and was later
discharged.

A 26-year-old woman
was taken in for questioning
in connection with this inci-
dent.

An hour later, off West
Bay Street on Hampshire
Street, it was reported that
a woman was held up at
gunpoint just outside of her
home. The gunman is
reported to have
approached the woman just
as she arrived home and
demanded the key to her
vehicle, a 2005 Honda with
the license plate number
96331. The man, armed
with a handgun and wear-
ing a striped shirt and short
trousers, fled the area, trav-
elling in a westerly direc-
tion.

The second stabbing
took place at Millie’s Bar
on Bay Street, early Sun-
day morning. An employ-
ee of the bar was reported-
ly stabbed multiple times
following an altercation
with a group of men. The
man was taken to hospital
by emergency medical ser-
vices. His condition was
unknown up to press time.

Police are investigating
all incidents and request all
informed persons to contact
them at the Central Detec-
tive Unit at 502 9991, at the
Police Emergency Room at
919 or on Crime Stoppers,
328-TIPS.

LOCAL NEWS

COB union unhappy
with $500 lump sum

THE UNION of Tertiary
Educators of The Bahamas
have made public their dis-
content with the $500 lump
sum offered by arbitrators
of their new industrial
agreement with the College
of the Bahamas.

In a press statement yes-
terday, the union described
the sum — which would be
the only increase received
by faculty over the course
of their four-year agreement
— as an “egregious wrong”
and “an insult to the profes-
sional faculty of the Col-
lege.”

The statement read:
“After a long, tedious and
distressing process of nego-
tiations and conciliation,
UTEB engaged in a good-
faith arbitration process,
with all reasonable expec-
tations that the issues of
remuneration would be
resolved through the same
honourable and integral
process that all other issues
considered during the arbi-

tration process were
resolved.”
Agreement

Since August, when an
end to the nearly two year
struggle for a new industrial
agreement was thought to
be “closer than ever before”
by external arbitrators, the
union has expressed their
dissatisfaction with the
financial package — or lack
thereof — presented by the
College of the Bahamas.

The union maintained
that without a forensic audit,
figures provided to arbitra-
tors “did not present a clear
and honest picture of COB’s
financial position” and the
statement questioned how
arbitrators calculated the
lump sum.



COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS: The Union of Tertiary Educators are unhappy with the $500 lump sum offer.

It was also argued that
despite the limiting eco-
nomic conditions, other
unions currently engaged in
negotiations with the gov-
ernment have been guaran-
teed increases more than
triple what was offered to
them.

Public support and inter-
est for both parties has
waned throughout the
lengthy dispute, with many
arguing the consequences
for students. Political fig-
ures, community leaders and
the college's own student
union urged the parties to
"get together" and seek a
timely resolution — even if
it meant accepting the pack-
age and suspending an
increase until the next
agreement.

In response to an editor-
ial in The Tribune, which
explored this sentiment, the

union statement read:
“Many of us are also poor,
struggling Bahamians. Every
day, we live in this same
Bahamas where the govern-
ment — without shame or
hesitation — continue to
increase NIB deductions,
gas, BEC, and Road Traffic
rates, and school fees and
grocery prices for our chil-
dren and families continue
to increase as well.

Faculty

“Yet this Editor, in her
blind support of this gov-
ernment, expects Faculty
salaries to remain stagnant
while she perpetuates the
myth created by the COB
administration that the Fac-
ulty were making unrealistic
salary demands when in fact
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increase. Despite UTEB
clearing up that misconcep-
tion in a press release many
months ago, for whatever
personal reason, the Editor
persists in maintaining these
inflated and manipulated
figures.”

The statement continued:
“After four years of no
increases — part of which
were in ‘good’ times, the
Industrial Agreement that
holds us to higher standards
going forward must reflect
an increase in the salaries of
Faculty members at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas.

“The arbitrators would
acknowledge that this was
their agreed responsibility.
They need to do what they
know — in their own person-
al sense of right and wrong —
is right to correct this egre-
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priest robbed

By AVA
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporter
aturnquest@
tribunemedia.net

A PLAIN clothed
assistant priest was
among four people
held at gunpoint over
the weekend, his
assailant believed by
him to be no older
than 23 years old.

The clergyman from
St George’s Anglican
Church, who wished to
remain anonymous,
was held up in the
parking lot of Scotia-
bank’s Palmdale
branch sometime after
7pm on Saturday.

The armed thug was
said to have worn a
gray hat and dark
clothing when he
approached the assis-
tant priest who had
just returned from the
ATM and was about
to leave the parking
lot.

The clergyman said:
“T was leaving Scotia-
bank when a young
man came out of
nowhere brandishing a
very small handgun
saying ‘give me every-
thing you have.’ So I
turned over my wallet,
Blackberry, and my
keys. He said ‘all you
have?’ and I said ‘yes’
and then he took off.
The whole thing
couldn’t have been
more than 10 min-
utes.”

The gunman was
reported to have fled
the area on foot head-
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ATTENDING SERVICE: Presidential candidate for the Bahamas Union of Teachers’ Elections set for Tuesday,
September 21, Frances Friend, Secretary General hopeful Villadale Bain, Treasurer and Area Vice President for
Grand Bahama, candidates Karen Butler and Meoshe Basden-Curtis respectively, attend service at All Saints Angli-
can Church, Nassau, this past week to pray for a safe, peaceful, and successful campaign.

WITH the Bahamas Union Of Teachers Elec-
tions set for Tuesday, Presidential candidate,
Frances Friend and her team are confident of
victory.

According to Friend, teachers throughout
the country during her campaign want change.
"Educators nationwide know that they deserve
better service and representation for the $52.50
cents they pay every month as union dues,” said
Friend. “Despite last minute desperation to con-
fuse teachers about my willingness to live in Nas-

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and Karen Butler, two highly qualified candi-
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tively, are not a part of the FRIEND FATHER
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credibility, and integrity of the BUT," she said.

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By DENISE MAYCOCK
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dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Quinton Lar-
oda, BUT area vice president,
promises to ensure that plans
are implemented to improve
the quality of life for union
members in the Grand Bahama
District.

Laroda is being contested by
shop steward Meoshe Curtis.
He feels that he is the best can-
didate with more experience at
a time when the union is
preparing to negotiate a new
contract with the government.

“T am the only candidate who
has the requisite training in col-
lective bargaining and contract
negotiation to take on the
biggest challenge that we are
going to soon face,” he said.

Mr Laroda said he intends

to introduce a pension plan,
death benefit, and Christmas
voucher for teachers.

“When I came in the union
two years ago these were some
of the plans that were on the
drawing board,” he said.

Mr Laroda said plans are
also underway to construct two
new buildings for the union in
Grand Bahama.

The area vice president stat-
ed that the he has been able
solve many grievances without
industrial action.

He also believes that he has
been able to foster solidarity
among the membership.

“T have been very responsive
to the needs of members...and
under my leadership something
unique has happened that has
not happened before; every sin-
gle member feels like we are a
family here,” Laroda said.

MP hits out over impending
broadcasting corporation layoffs

GOLDEN Gates MP Shane Gibson, criticised govern-
ment for the impending lay off of employees of the Broad-
casting Corporation of the Bahamas.

Mr Gibson, who was once president of ZNS’s union, the
Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union, said
the decision of the Broadcasting Corporation of The
Bahamas to lay off 93 people at this time is both heartless

and insensitive.

“What is this Government thinking of? In the middle of
the worst recession in the history of our country, brought on
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ing lot some thirty
minutes later, his car
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ingly untouched.

In the past, the
assistant priest said,
he’d always avoided
performing these type
of transactions at night
and also noted Scotia-
bank’s Palmdale
branch was always
“poorly lit.”

He added: “This is
the first time I’ve
come to the ATM at
night. You know they
always tell you be
careful of your sur-
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HARBOUR
PROJECT:
Public Works
and Trans-
port Minister
Neko Grant
(centre)
chats with
contractors
and sub-con-
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| inspection of
bollards a
part of the
Nassau
Harbour Port
Improvement
Project on
September
16.

Nassau Harbour
Port improvement
project completed

PUBLIC WORKS and
Transport Minister Neko C
Grant officially presented
the new Nassau Harbour
Port to cruise ship partners,
and colleague Ministers,
Minister of Tourism Sena-
tor Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace and Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux dur-
ing a contract close-out cer-
emony on September 16 at
the British Colonial Hilton.

On April 2, 2009, a $44
million contract was signed
with Boskalis International
BV to dredge the Nassau
Harbour.

The general scope of
work included dredging 1.9
million cubic yards of mate-
rial from Nassau Harbour
and the installation of three
mooring dolphins, cause-
ways and ladders at Prince
George Wharf and exten-
sion of the western end of
Arawak Cay by 1,000 ft.

The harbour project was
carried out to accommodate
the new mega Royal
Caribbean’s “Oasis of the
Seas”, which made its maid-
en voyage to Nassau on
December 11, 2009.

The ceremony also
included a short presenta-
tion by Frans Thomassen,
Project manager for
Boskalis International, brief

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remarks by Senator Van-
derpool-Wallace and a ques-
tion and answer period.

Following the presenta-
tion, Ministry officials, rep-
resentatives of the contrac-
tors and media personnel
inspected Arawak Cay and
the areas where the bollards
were installed.

Vessels

“The decision to dredge
the harbour was based in
part on the need to keep
abreast of changes in the
cruise industry where new
Genesis class vessels have
been introduced by the
major cruise lines,” said Mr
Grant.

“In response, the Gov-
ernment proceeded with the
enhancement of the Har-
bour’s capacity by dredging
to accommodate the new
mega cruise ships.”

He also noted that the
refurbishment and replace-
ment of bollards at Prince
George Dock, although sep-
arate and apart from the

dredging contract, was
undertaken at the same
time. The refurbishment and
replacement cost $2.3 mil-
lion.

Mr Grant said the refur-
bishment of bollards and
dredging works have been
completed along with the
installation of new bollards
at pier 3.

However, works on piers
1 and 2 are in the final stages
of completion.

He thanked Boskalis,
Cox and SHAL Consultants
Group for their support in
the design, tender and con-
tract supervision of the
dredging project.

He also acknowledged
the staff of his Ministry,
including Colin Higgs, per-
manent secretary; John Can-
ton, director of Public
Works; former deputy direc-
tor Gordon Major, Robert
Garraway, project officer
and staff of other Govern-
ment agencies who con-
tributed to the advancement
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for Sir Gerald Cash award

ing outstanding teaching pro-
fessionals throughout the
Bahamas.

Gregory Bethel, Fidelity
Bank president, whose institu-
tion is making a major contri-
bution to the initiative said at
the press conference:

deserving educators at Gov-
ernment House with $1,000
each and the prestigious honour
of being inducted into the Sir
Gerald Cash NDTA Hall of
Fame.

“Our partners for the 2010
Sir Gerald Cash NDTA’s are
advocates for education and

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believe that this platform will
allow us to highlight those indi-
viduals who go above and
beyond the call of duty in our
nation’s classrooms.”

Said Bahamas Union of
Teachers president Belinda
Wilson:

“T am pleased that a corpo-
rate sponsor has paused to rec-
ognize the great work that
teacher’s perform daily
throughout this country. I have
encouraged teachers, parents
and members of the communi-
ty to nominate teachers for this

“In 2009, we awarded eight

award.”

Downtown Nassau Partnership
to create database of stakeholders

THE Downtown Nassau Partnership and
the Bahamas National Geographic Informa-
tion System Centre is scheduled to begin the
Downtown Data Collection Project. This ini-
tiative, to begin today, seeks to create a single
database of all businesses, services, buildings
and stakeholders in the downtown communi-
ty while providing information on the mix and
make up of elements in the city.

“The information we seek to collect is the
type of information that every city needs to
have, in a format that will allow the DNP to
communicate effectively with the downtown
community and further drive the revitaliza-
tion of Bay Street,” said Vaughn Roberts,
Managing Director of the DNP.

“We encourage all stakeholders to partici-
pate in this valuable exercise as the benefits
will be long term.”

During a three-week period, teams will go
door-to-door and visit stakeholders between
Nassau and Mackey Streets to facilitate in the
collection process. This effort maintains the
DNP’s commitment in fostering partnerships
with both private company and public depart-
ment to facilitate its goals.

The DNP is co-chaired by Tourism Director
General Vernice Walkine and businessman
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idential debate ever Saturday, a
sparsely attended event that
was short on detailed responses
from the candidates and dis-
rupted by multiple power
blackouts, according to Associ-
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vised debate held at a restau-
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sphere's most impoverished
and least developed country has
received only a trickle of the
$5.3 billion pledged in interna-
tional aid.

Candidate Gerard Blot asked
for a minute of silence for
quake victims before his open-
ing remarks, and he encouraged
Haitians overseas to become

more involved in helping
rebuild.

Sen. Jean Hector Anacacis
said he would try to revive the
National Guard and create a
secret service agency that
would bolster security and cre-
ate a safer environment for for-
eign investors.

Pastor Jean Chavannes
Jeune said he wanted a gov-
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010, PAGE 7





Making the World Trade
Organisation democratic
insight

WORLD VIEW

By SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a Consul-
tant and former Ambas-
sador to the WTO).

THE World Trade
Organization (WTO) held
its fifth public forum in
Geneva over three days
beginning September 15.
It has become a kind of
international bazaar in
which every conceivable
idea on trade and devel-
opment is discussed for-
mally and informally by
representatives of virtual-
ly every government in the
world and more Non-Gov-
ernmental Organizations
(NGOs) than can be easily
counted.

A great deal of talk
takes place without too
much follow-up action.

But, maybe that’s the
point. People who talk to
each other aren’t warring,
so long may the talk con-
tinue.

That’s not to say that
good ideas don’t emerge
from this overcrowded
market place. They do.
But many perish shortly
after they are unveiled,
usually because represen-
tatives of a powerful gov-
ernment or group of gov-
ernments regard them as
a threat to their interest,
and quickly kill them off.

I was in Geneva for a
Writers’ Conference ona
book on negotiations in
the WTO for which I am
contributing a chapter.
All the writers are from
what used to be called the
“third world,” a descrip-
tion seldom used these
days, not because we have
miraculously graduated
into some better world,
but because other descrip-
tions suit the agenda of
those who dictate the form
of discourse on the global
economy. Far better, in
their view, to describe
poor countries as “emerg-
ing” or “developing”
whether or not they are
really emerging or devel-
oping.

The purpose of the
book, which has been
commissioned by a pro-
gressive organization
called CUTS Internation-
al, is to tell the story of the
many aspects of WTO
negotiations from the
point of view of negotia-
tors from developing
countries.

When it is published, it
should make fascinating
reading. It will break new
ground in presenting the
personal knowledge and
experiences of the writers
who were either in the
trenches of the negotia-
tions or were marginalized
from the “inner sanctum”
in which only the rich and
powerful nations enjoy
belonger’s rights, and into
which they invite only
those they wish to suborn
in order to stich-up deals.

Of the many features of
the WTO which point to
the need for reform, this

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the consensus decision-making
body that it should be.”



insider trading — in what
has come to be called “the
green room”-— is among
the worst. No democrati-
cally managed organiza-
tion should continue a
process which so blatantly
excludes from decision-
making the weak, poor,
small, and vulnerable
nations which — as it hap-
pens — make up the major-
ity of the world’s coun-
tries.

That it has continued so
long is entirely the fault of
the majority of govern-
ments that allow it to hap-
pen without tangible and
meaningful protest, such
as packing their bags and
going home leaving the
“green room” insiders to
deal only with themselves,
and returning only when
there is a table at which
representatives of all par-
ties sit as equals.

But, that would call for
two things — courage and
solidarity, two very scarce
commodities among “third
world” governments these
days. National interests
have changed, some argue,
and in pursuing these
interests following a “third
world” strategy is not pro-
ductive.

It is worth, noting, how-
ever, that a “developed
countries” strategy has
never altered. The world’s
industrialized nations con-
tinue to cling to their
councils and to exploit
their advantages. For
instance, the creation of
the G20 (the industrialized
nations and the larger and
wealthier developed coun-
tries) has not overshad-
owed — let alone eliminat-
ed — the G7 (the industri-
alized nations alone) who
continue to devise and
coordinate their own glob-
al positions.

Against this back-
ground, I was surprised to
hear Pascal Lamy, the
Director-General of the
WTO, say at the opening
of this year’s Public
Forum, almost boastfully,
that while the G20 has sig-
nalled the requirement for
institutional reform of
some international orga-
nizations, “the WTO was
not amongst them.”

Lamy went on to say:

“That governance battle
has already been fought in
the trade sphere, and the
outcome is a fairly democ-
ratic institution where the
voice of the small cannot
be ignored.”

I have no doubt that
Lamy believes what he
says, but his belief — how-
ever sincere and fervent —
does not make his state-
ment right. The gover-
nance of the WTO is still
an open sore. Despite
Lamy’s personal efforts,
the organisation still
reflects the preponderance
of power by the industri-
alised nations and the
marginalization of poor,
small, and vulnerable
countries.

“No board, no quotas.
One member, one vote, is
the background rule
against which the WTO
forges its consensus”,
Lamy declared. Oh, were
that to be entirely true,
what a far better world
would mankind inhabit
than the one we endure
today.

Sure, there is technical-
ly no board and no quo-



SIR RONALD SANDERS

tas, but every representa-
tive of a small or poor
nation knows that decision
making is still the preserve
of a few nations whose
economic power allows
them to arrogate to them-
selves the right to dictate
agendas and outcomes.
The WTO is very far from
the consensus decision-
making body that it should
be. It is still not yet even
the “fairly democratic
institution” that Lamy
believes it to be.

Those who defend the
“green room” process do
so on the basis that it is
impossible to negotiate
agreements with over 150
countries at the same
table. There is truth in
that. But it is equally true
that representatives of
like-minded groups of
these countries can gath-
er on sectorial issues that
are important to them
such as agriculture or ser-
vices. This way their voic-
es will be heard during the

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over their views.

Against this back-
ground, it is good for
developing countries — and
small and vulnerable coun-
tries in particular — that
the Bahamas is now nego-
tiating the terms of its
accession to full member-
ship of the WTO. No
country can now afford to
stay out of an organisation
whose rules govern world
trade, and every country
should want a say in the
rules of the game it has to

play.

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The Bahamas will
strengthen the voice of
small and vulnerable coun-
tries, who if they act with
courage and in solidarity
with themselves and oth-
er like-minded developing
nations, can negotiate
meaningful recognition
and fair and flexible treat-
ment for their people - in
other words, try to make
the WTO truly democrat-
ic.

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Anger as legal appeals put hangings on hold

FROM page one

dom.

While Godfrey Sawyer,
Wilfred McPhee, Edwin
Bauld Jr, Frank Pinder and
Renaldo Bonaby have all
lodged proceedings at the
Court of Appeal in Nassau.

Although no executions
can commence until legal
proceedings are complete,
Minister of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest
released a public statement
to reassure the public the
law will continue to be
upheld.

However, the inaction

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sparked outrage from
activists who want Mr Turn-
quest to send a serious mes-
sage to criminals as the
crime rate continues to soar.

Worker’s Party leader
Rodney Moncur said hun-
dreds of young Bahamian
men who have killed or who
are willing to kill need to
be discouraged through
enforcement of the death
penalty.

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crime taking place almost
daily is a result of the fail-
ure of the FNM government
to successfully implement
the law,” Mr Moncur said.

“Mr Turnquest wishes to
reassure us that the law is
carried out, but that is not
sufficient for us when you
take into consideration the
condemned man has been
able to outsmart the state.”

He called for the death
warrant to be read to mur-
derers as soon as they are
convicted by a court so they
may immediately launch
their appeal to speed up the
appeals process.

The political activist then

went further by pushing for
executions to be televised
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one who may be tempted to
kill.

“In this society it is not
one, two or three young
men who would kill or are
willing to kill, it’s hun-
dreds,” Mr Moncur said.

“We need to put that fear
in the hearts of every citi-
zen.”

Anti-crime campaigner
Bishop Simeon Hall has laid
blame on the slow judicial
process.

He said: “If the axion
‘justice delayed is justice
denied’ is to be lifted from
thin paper to thick action,

MP hits out over impending
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FROM page three

cel and its budget of tax and pain,
the government is now leading the
way in laying people off,” he said.

The MP said that it is of particu-
lar concern that the entire North-
ern Service of the Corporation

stands to be closed.

“That would be a slap in the face
to the Grand Bahama, Abaco,
Bimini and Berry Islands commu-
nities. I cannot see how five FNM
Members of Parliament can sit idly
by and say nothing in the face of

this,” he said.

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then those in the adminis-
tration and judiciary,
charged with dispensing jus-
tice, must do much more to
cause our courts to work
more swiftly and efficient-
ly.

“Tt is the slowness of our
courts that has contributed
to hundreds of Bahamians
living on the edge of quiet
desperation.

“It seems the more
lawyers that are called to
the Bar the slower the
wheels of justice turn.”

Lawyer and human rights
advocate Paul Moss, a sup-
porter of the death penal-
ty, agreed the court system
needs to function more effi-
ciently.

He also wants the
Bahamas to break away
from the Privy Council as
the highest Court of Appeal
as he argues justice can only
be granted at home.

“Abolitionists of the
death penalty are always
against it because they look
at a third world country like
the Bahamas where nothing
seems to be investigated
properly and believe it
would be wrong for con-

demned killers to be
hanged,” he said.

“IT am sure many of the
people on death row are not
really the actual culprits,
many of these people are
innocent people, poor peo-
ple who may be represented
by a court appointed lawyer
and lack the resources that
may be required.

“T think they should have
their day in court and have
their appeals heard.

“But we have to speed up
the system and part of that
is to make sure the admin-
istration of justice is in our
jurisdiction.

“Tt cannot be outsourced
to the Privy Council and
certainly not to the
Caribbean Court of Justice,
that makes no sense.”

Advocates of the death
penalty are invited to join
Mr Moncur and families of
the murdered for a pro-
hanging march calling for
the execution of convicted
killers.

The march on Monday,
October 11, will start at
9.30am in the City Market
parking lot on the corner of
Village and Wulff Roads.

Bahamian ‘straw vendors’
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FROM page one

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may work on Baha Mar ‘baseless’

FROM page one

cerns stemmed from an article
published in a Canadian news-
paper, The Globe and Mail,
which reported that China
“has devised a novel strategy
to relieve pressure on its over-
crowded prisons: Use convicts
as labourers on overseas pro-
jects in the developing world.”
It gave as example projects in
Sri Lanka, the Maldives and
Africa where Chinese labour
was used.

But the suggestion that The
People’s Republic of China
may use the $2.6 billion Baha
Mar project to export crimi-
nals to the Bahamas provoked
a clear clarification of the facts
from the Chinese embassy.

Liu Liqun, second secre-
tary and press officer at the
Embassy of the People’s
Republic of China, said that
the allegations are unfound-
ed.

“The Chinese Embassy ful-
ly respects each and every
view expressed surrounding
the Baha Mar project,” he
stated.

“However, such groundless
accusations, which insult not
only China, but also those
countries having cooperation

with us, go beyond tolerance.”

Mr Liqun said that the Chi-
nese contractors who have
been working tirelessly on the
Bahamas National Stadium
project, “are disciplined and
diligent, winning full respect
and high praises from the
Bahamian society.”

PLP MP Fred Mitchell sug-
gested the reason for specu-
lation over the integrity of
Chinese workers could stem
from the FNM government’s
failure to be clear with the
public on the issue.

He said: “The government
is not exercising any leader-
ship with this project and I
think it’s deliberate because
they want to scuttle the pro-
ject and that lets in specula-
tion about this or that.

“I think some of the criti-
cism has been exaggerated,
but each view should be seri-
ously considered by the
authorities to see whether or
not it is possible to deal with
the concerns.

“However they seem to

have the country flailing
around wildly without any
sense of direction.”

A labour resolution tabled
by Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham in the House of
Assembly has paved the way
for the approval of work per-
mits for the 8,150 Chinese
workers and parliamentarians
are expected to debate and
vote on the resolution this
Wednesday or Thursday.

The ratio of foreign work-
ers to Bahamian employees at
Baha Mar is expected to be
71 per cent foreign to 29 per
cent Bahamian during the
construction phase as agreed
in the partnership deal
between Baha Mar, the China
Export-Import Bank and Chi-
na State Construction.

Mr Mitchell said the antic-
ipated parliamentary vote is
ludicrous as it is the govern-
ment’s responsibility to decide
whether the Chinese employ-
ees should be permitted to
work at Baha Mar or not.

“What business is it of ours

Major industrial unrest ‘forecast’

FROM page one

said.

Mr Pinder leaves for Gene-
va, Switzerland, today to
attend a meeting of the [LO
and to help fashion new reg-
ulations for maritime work-
ers and promises that when
he returns to the country “it
won't be business as usual.”

“T foresee a lot of industri-
al action within the next year,
especially if the government
plans to sit at the table with
the BPSU and offer nothing.
They have stripped public ser-
vants of their increments
while providing them for
teachers. They claim that the
teachers had the increments
in their contract but we have
performance clauses in ours,”
he said.

On his return from Geneva,
Mr Pinder said that he will be
taking legal action against the
government for breach of
contract based on the fact that
government will not be living
up to the obligations implicit
within the performance
clause.

“They expect us to perform
up to their standard with no
expectation of promotion or
increments and then tell us
‘thank God you have a job’,”
the union president said.

He expressed a deep disap-
pointment in Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham and said
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thought that (Mr Ingraham)
would have been the best per-
son to take us out of the eco-
nomic slump we are in, but
he is asking workers to sacri-
fice too much and he is doing
too much at this time. Infla-
tion is rising but salaries are
not; so all you are doing is
pushing people back toward
the poverty line,” Mr Pinder
said.

The BPSU currently has
before the prime minister a
proposal for a new five year
contract, which Mr Pinder
said was recently changed to a
three year contract at the
request of Mr Ingraham.

In addition, there will be
a new public service act that
will be brought to parliament,
which Mr Pinder said will be
yet another point of con-
tention between the adminis-
tration and the public service.

“We met him half way on
(the contract) and we’re still
waiting to negotiate that.
Then there is the new public
services act which I had to beg
and plead to see a copy of and
if government thinks that the
union is going to sit back and
watch that legislation be
brought before parliament
without sitting at the table
with us they have another
thing coming,” he said.

Mr Pinder said that the
union has an annual general

meeting in October. After this
meeting the union president
said he will sensitize the pub-
lic service as to what actions
the union plans to take on
their behalf.

“The government is mak-
ing a lot of ill-advised deci-
sions. We know that the
world is in an economic crisis
but the prime minister is
putting too much of a burden
on the Bahamian people at
one time. We have increases
in taxes, increases in the light
bills, the water bills, down-
sizing at BTC, down-sizing at
the BCB, the massive road
works which increases peo-
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ister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing, and
Deputy House Speaker
Kwasi Thompson.

The Grand Bahama
Youth Choir, under the
direction of Kevin Tomlin-
son, provided an awesome
cultural musical perfor-
mance for invited guests.

One of the meeting
rooms was transformed into

PM opens $7 million convention facility

a disco, and another into
media/movie room.

Art work by Bahamian
artist Antonius Roberts was
prominently featured on
the walls of Canal House.

Prime Minister Ingraham
said government was very
pleased that the owners of
the Pelican Bay Resort
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“T want to thank the
owners and operators...for
your continued investment
and interest in our coun-
try,” he said.

Construction began on
the new facility in 2009. It
represents a “serious invest-
ment” for Pelican Bay,
which is owned by Sundt
AS, a private investment
company based in Norway.

Under the slogan “Meet
Happy,” and a new “Happy
Pelican” logo, Canal House
features five meeting
rooms, a breakfast restau-
rant, and office space.

The big meeting space
on the fourth and fifth lev-
els have wrap-around bal-
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the ocean.

The ground floor consists
of administrative offices.

Magnus Alnebeck, man-
aging director/general man-
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meeting facility have incor-
porated Danish architecture
details, which makes it very
appealing.

“It is some of the best
design...and people who
come here will always
admire these buildings,” he
said.

Mr Ingraham described
the (Pelican Bay) resort in
Freeport and the compa-
ny’s other resorts in Den-
mark and Brussels as “first
class” service resort prop-
erties.

“T was very pleased that
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“We are very pleased in
government that your com-
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in Freeport, Grand
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ham.

He noted that Pelican
Bay is considered one of
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even during this most
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Grand Bahama.

“T have no doubt that
your reputation as a quiet,
courteous and well appoint-
ed resort has much to do
with the significant repeat
business that you enjoy,”
Mr Ingraham said.

Mr Ingraham said Canal
House is an ideal location
for small conferences and
meetings.

He thanked the staff and
management for the excel-
lent service they provide to
guests at the resort.

The 182-room Pelican
Bay resort offers 89 water-
side rooms and 93 water-
side state rooms. There are
three swimming pools,
Jacuzzi, and Sabor Restau-
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Fletcher McIntosh and James Edgecombe, FES Construction and
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in Freeport, on Saturday.

The 65,000 sq.ft. complex
will primarily accommodate
The Bahamas Customs
Department and the Immi-
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located in the new complex,
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the singer inspecting the
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Ian Thomas, described by
Banton's manager as an old
friend of the singer who resur-
faced shortly before the arrest,
pleaded guilty Wednesday to
conspiracy to posses with
intent to distribute five kilo-
grams or more of cocaine. He
now faces up to life in prison.

The third man, James Mack,
has signed an affidavit stating
that he never met Banton
before his arrest, and that the
singer did not know about the
money or a gun that were in
Mack's car during the drug
deal. Mack plans to plead
guilty to the drug conspiracy
charge and a weapons charge,
according to a plea agreement
filed Wednesday. He also faces
up to life in prison on each
charge.

Both men agreed to testify
for the prosecution as part of
their plea agreements. Ban-
ton's attorney has requested
Mack as a witness as well,
according to court documents.

Banton's team will try to
prove the singer, who rose
from the slums of Kingston to
massive success in the 1990s,
was a victim of entrapment.
Banton's attorney, David
Markus, has said in court that
the confidential informant has
been paid $3.3 million for
working with law enforcement
over several years, including
more than $35,000 in Banton's
case. The informant met Ban-
ton, whose real name is Mark
Myrie, in first class on a flight
from Spain to Miami at the
end of Banton's European
tour last summer.

Banton's team contends that
it was the informant who
raised the idea of the cocaine
deal with Banton.

Banton's arrest derailed
plans to tour Japan after a
tumultuous U.S. tour for his
Grammy-nominated 2009
album, "Rasta Got Soul."
Shows in several cities were
canceled because of protests
over violent, homophobic
lyrics from early in Banton's
career as a brash dancehall
singer.

His manager, Tracii McGre-
gor, has dismissed the contro-
versy, saying those lyrics were
written in response to a boy's
rape in Jamaica, no longer rep-
resent Banton's subsequently
more traditional reggae music
and do not reflect his Rasta-
farian beliefs.

In 2003, a marijuana case in
Jamaica resulted in a fine for
Banton. The following year,
he was acquitted on charges
in Jamaica that he participated
in the beating of six gay men.

He alludes to those prob-
lems — and his current case,
though he doesn't refer to it
specifically — in the liner
notes to "Before the Dawn."
He includes a note written in
June from the Pinellas County
jail urging fans to “stand firm
through our adversities” and
to "try life.”

"Never before could I attest
to the trauma experienced by
others," Banton wrote, "but
my current situation brings the
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By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

Although Baha Mar offi-
cials had “no new update”
on the progress of talks
with Scotiabank to resolve
the impasse over the lat-
ter’s $200 million syndicat-
ed loan, sources familiar
with the talks said both
sides had last week indicat-
ed a willingness to compro-
mise and were attempting
to finalise an agreement
before Wednesday’s Par-
liamentary date.

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parties told Tribune Busi-
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principals, the Lyford Cay-
based Izmirlian family, and
the bank’s Toronto head
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were prepared to ‘meet in
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that the latter was reluc-
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to see if they can finalise

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‘Probiahily weeks’
hefore insurance
concerns solved

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas General
Insurance Association’s
(BGIA) chairman has told
Tribune Business it “will
probably be weeks” before
the sector and Insurance
Commission resolve all the
concerns associated with the
new Insurance Act and reg-
ulations, although both sides
want discussions to be com-
pleted as rapidly as possible.

While the Commission
had extended the deadline
for Compliance with the Act
and regulations for one year,
until September 30, 2011,
Tim Ingraham told Tribune
Business that the industry
and regulator did “not want
to take a year to thrash it
out”.

Confirming that talks
between the two sides were
ongoing, Mr Ingraham said
that among the main issues
being discussed were the
proposed solvency require-
ments and associated asset
discounting.

“We had a meeting with
them last week, and are con-
tinuing to discuss a number
of issues,” the BGIA chair-
man told Tribune Business.
“We’re just hashing them
through; there’s no resolu-
tion to most of them. We

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Intent letter for
key CLICO asset

i Insolvent insurer’s liquidator says ‘negotiations proceeding well
with financially capable buyer’ over sale of property accounting for
63% of assets, and moving ‘in direction of contract’

i Again urges US courts to give him until November 1 to reorganise
major asset, and avoid ‘auction fire sale’
i Real estate valued at $120m three years ago, compared to $55m
purchase price, thus making asset worth ‘tens of millions of dollars’
of funds from Bahamian insurer

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Doctors still eyeing 40-50k sq ft growth

EYEING EXPANSION: The Doctors Hospital plans to expand its Collins Avenue facilities.

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Doctors Hospital Health
Systems (DHHS) is still eye-
ing a 40,00-50,000 square foot
expansion of its existing
Collins Avenue facilities, its
chief executive has told Tri-
bune Business, with the com-
pany under ‘no pressure’ to
sell its Blake Road-based
Western Medical Plaza facili-
ty.
Charles Sealy said the
BISX-listed healthcare
provider was still in the “plan-
ning phase” for the proposed
expansion, with the execution
depending on both the econ-
omy - its turnaround and like-
ly growth - and cost tag
attached to the construction.

“We’re looking at probably
an additional 40,00-50,000
square feet,” Mr Sealy told
Tribune Business. “We con-
tinue the planning phase. It’s
part of the model for when
the economy turns around. It
is short-term positioning for
when the turnaround ensures
the economy can sustain such
growth.”

Telling Tribune Business
that the architect’s plans were
on his desk as he spoke to this
newspaper, Mr Sealy added
that Doctors Hospital contin-
ued to assess potential sale
and lease options for its West-
ern Medical Plaza site on
Blake Road, although he hint-
ed that it might make sense
for the company to retain it if
the $2.6 billion Baha Mar pro-
ject took off.

Referring to the “night-
mare” previous Western
Medical Plaza suitors had
encountered in attempting to
win government approvals for
their purchase, Mr Sealy said:
“Selling is an option. The
good thing about it is that

SEE page 4B

MStill investigating flow

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CLICO (Bahamas) liq-
uidator has received a Letter
of Intent from a party inter-
ested in acquiring the multi-
million dollar Florida real
estate development that
accounts for 63 per cent of
the insolvent insurer’s assets,
as he urges the US courts
not to remove that projec-
ts Chapter 11 bankruptcy
protection and force it to be
sold at a ‘fire sale’ auction.

Craig A. ‘Tony’ Gomez,
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accountant and partner, in
a September 11, 2010, filing
with the southern Florida
district’s bankruptcy court,
called on it to maintain the
545-acre Wellington Pre-
serve project’s protection
from its creditors given that
negotiations with interested
purchaser “appear to be
moving in the direction of a
contract”.

Mr Gomez and his attor-
neys have been ordered to
appear before the US court

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* Moves on $4.244m purchase option investment to
acquire 100% of IndiGo Networks parent, with
regulator approval only potential obstacle

* Positions Cable/SRG to offer full package of
converged communications and ‘Triple Play’, plus
90 directly against BIC in fixed-line voice with
ready-made customer base

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Cable Bahamas has confirmed it has exercised its
$4.243 million purchase option to acquire 100 per cent of
rival telecoms operator Systems Resource Group (SRG),
parent of IndiGo Networks, thus positioning itself to
instantly compete with the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC) in the residential fixed-line voice
market when that sector is liberalised in the next few
months.

A statement from the BISX-listed utility provider,
released late on Friday, confirmed that Cable Bahamas
had moved to acquire 100 per cent of SRG’s share capi-
tal via the option it first took out six years ago, the deal
now only awaiting approval from communications sector
regulator, the Utilities Regulatory & Competition
Authority (URCA).

Anthony Butler, Cable Bahamas president and chief
executive, declined to give details on both the purchase
price paid and the kind of boost SRG would give to the

SEE page 6B



‘Crazy’ Customs duties
harming medical costs

ical tourism destination
could reduce the cost of
healthcare supplies, describ-
ing as “crazy” the amount
of Customs duties levied on
imported equipment.
Charles Sealy said the cost
of medical supplies and
equipment elevated the cost
of installing and setting-up

By NEIL HARTNELL ;

Tribune Business Editor Doctors Hospital a
. believes it can ‘sustain

Doctors Hospital Health se

Systems’ chief executive told dividend payments,

Tribune Business that he :

hoped the increasing interest despite sharp

in the Bahamas as a med- drop in profits

the hospital’s MRI unit from
an initial budget of $1.1 mil-
lion to $2.7 million when
everything was completed.
“There’s ways to reduce
costs, and reduce the cost to

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By ROYALFIDELITY
CAPITAL MARKETS

It was a slow week of trading in the
Bahamian stock market. Investors traded
in four out of the 24 listed securities, with
two decliners and the other stocks remaining
unchanged.

EQUITY MARKET

A total of 5,503 shares changed hands,
representing a decline of 17,178 shares com-
pared to the previous week's trading vol-
ume of 22,681 shares.

Commonwealth Bank (CBL) was the vol-
ume leader and big decliner last week, trad-
ing a volume of 3,703 shares to see its share
price close down by $0.41 at $6.28.

Finance Corporation of the Bahamas
(FIN) followed CBL, trading 1,000 shares to
see its stock close down by $0.30 at $8.50.

BOND MARKET
No notes traded in the Bahamian bond
market last week.

COMPANY NEWS

Earnings Releases:

Doctors Hospital Healthcare Systems
(DHS) released its unaudited financial
results for the quarter ending July 31, 2010.
DHS reported a net income of $164,000 for
the quarter, a decline of $1.6 million or 91
per cent compared to the $1.7 million report-
ed during the same period in 2009.





















Total revenues were down by $1.6 mil-
lion or 14 per cent due to a reduction in net
patient service revenue quarter-over-quar-
ter.

Management attributed this decline to the
downturn in the economy, and indicated
they remain vigilant in managing resources.

Total expenses remained flat at $10.1 mil-
lion in comparison to the reporting period in
the prior year.

Earnings per share for the quarter stood at
ae compared to $0.17 in 2009, a decline of

0.15.

Total assets and liabilities stood at $30.6
million and $2.8 million at July 31, 2010,
compared to $30 million and $3 million
respectively at DHHS's year end January
31, 2010.

Dividends Notes:

Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared
a dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on
September 30, 2010, to all ordinary share-
holders of record date September 15, 2010.

Cable Bahamas (CAB) has declared a
dividend of $0.08 per share, payable on Sep-
tember 30, 2010, to all ordinary shareholders
of record date September 15, 2010.

Doctors Hospital Healthcare Systems
(DHS) has declared a dividend of $0.02 per
share, payable on September 30, 2010, to
all ordinary shareholders of record date Sep-
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el of the existing capital requirements will
restrict the ability of local insurers to com-
pete in the region and will lead to higher con-
sumer prices.

"The requirement to seek approval for the
use of a more appropriate discount factor for
many of these ‘other assets’ will be a huge
business interruption for the industry, will con-
sume significant resources of the Commission,
without yielding significant benefits.”

The BGIA letter instead proposed that
rather than a 100 per cent discount, mutual
fund shares receive only a 15 per cent dis-
count if they were in a fund recognised by the
Securities Commission. Otherwise, a 25 per
cent discount should be applied.

Corporate bonds were recommended for
an 8 per cent discount if they were held in a
company listed on a recognised exchange, 12
per cent otherwise; with the same requirement
for preference shares - a 15 per cent discount
if held in a listed company on a recognised
exchange, 20 per cent if not.

The BGIA letter also warned that a 100 per
cent discount on investments in ordinary shares
of private companies was "excessive in the
vast majority of circumstances", and should
be reduced to 25 per cent.

Meanwhile, Mr Ingraham told Tribune Busi-
ness that the Insurance Commission was lis-
tening to what the BGIA and wider industry
had to say, and the sector in turn was “learning
some of the rationale behind what was put
forward”.

The Insurance Commission, too, was “learn-
ing from us why some of the things have con-
sequences beyond the immediate conse-
quences”.

“It’s going to take a while,” Mr Ingraham
said on resolving the industry’s concerns. “We
don’t want to take a year to thrash it out. We
want it resolved as quickly as possible, so that
we have a clear, definitive set of guidelines

"The industry is of the view that a 100 per ii a en
cent discount is inappropriate for the a Acknowledging that it was important to
whelming majority of such investments..... avoid a repeat of the CLICO (Bahamas) col-
__ The BGIA instead proposed discounts more lapse and have “strong, stable companies”,
in line with Canadian regulatory requirements, — yy, Ingraham added that it was “equally impor-
and warned of the Insurance Commission's

: i : tant to make sure we have the right regulations
proposed asset discounts: "The excessive lev- far the local environment”.

have more meetings planned, and will con-
tinue to talk to them.

“Nothing much is really agreed. It’s just dis-
cussions on the basic things, concerns we have.
It will probably be weeks before we start get-
ting them resolved. The biggest thing was get-
ting the date pushed back, and getting them to
look at certain things to do with the regula-
tions. It’ll take a bit of time.”

Asked what the key issues were, Mr Ingra-
ham told this newspaper: “Things like the sol-
vency requirements we’re focusing on. It’s a lot
of practical issues, some to do with agencies
and that kind of thing.

“One of the main things for us is solvency,
asset discounting. We feel it is critical to get
that right, as it could have some unintended
consequences if we don’t.”

An August 13, 2010, letter sent to Lennox
McCartney, the Insurance Superintendent,
and Zhivargo Laing, the minister of state for
finance, which was sent by the Bahamas Gen-
eral Insurance Association (BGIA), expressed
particular concerns over the ‘risk-rating’ of
insurers’ balance sheet assets for purposes of
capitalisation and solvency margin calcula-
tions. When such calculations are made, dif-
ferent classes of assets are ‘discounted’ accord-
ing to the perceived risk attached to them
(whether the asset holder will recover 100 per
cent of their investment/value), and the BGIA
letter argued that the discounts assigned in
the Insurance Act's regulations were "extreme-
ly punitive” in comparison to other regulatory
regimes and rating agency requirements.

"In particular, corporate bonds, mutual fund
and preference shares are inappropriately
lumped into ‘other assets’, and receive a 100
per cent discount unless approved for a lower
discount by the Commission,” the BGIA letter
said.





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Five (5) finalists have been
announced by the Bahamas
Financial Services Board
(BFSB) as candidates for the
2010 Financial Services Stu-
dent of the Year.

These are:

7 D’Andra Letitia
Greenslade - BBA, Account-
ing

* D’Andra Ashley Johnson
- AA, Law & Criminal Jus-
tice

* Edmund Terran Bain -
BBA, Accounting

* Kaymore D. Bethel - AA,
Law & Criminal Justice

* Tonia A.A. Turnquest -
BBA, Accounting

Candidates were selected
from the 2010 Graduating
Class of the College of the
Bahamas (COB).



Tonia A.A. Turnquest

The student award, now in
its eighth year, is sponsored
in collaboration with COB,
the Professional Industry
Association Working Group
and the Central Bank of the
Bahamas.

Its objective is to recognise
an outstanding graduating stu-
dent from within COB’s
School of Business.

The criterion for initial
selection is a GPA of 3.5 or
above, with additional criteria
also including COB and com-
munity involvement, an inter-
view by an industry panel to
assess comportment and eco-
nomic savvy, and a written
submission.

This year, the students
wrote essays on Leadership
Skills.

The student award pro-
gramme is a part of BFSB’s
ongoing Financial Centre
Focus (FCF) programme,
which seeks to integrate the
industry with the wider com-
munity through a series of ini-
tiatives.

PM opens resort's
convention centre

OFFICIAL OPENING:
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham is pictured
breaking the ceremoni-
al conch shell to mark
the official opening of
the Pelican Bay Hotel's
new 40,000 square foot
convention facility,
Canal House.

The ceremony was held
on Friday, September
17, 2010 at the
Freeport, Grand
Bahama property.

BIS PHOTOS:
Sharon Turner

) VIEWING: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham views

| one of the various native artistic displays fea-
tured in the Pelican Bay Hotel's new convention
facility, Canal House, as resort general manager
Magnus Alnebeck (right) looks on. Mr Ingraham
officially opened the facility at a ceremony held Fri-
day, September 17, 2010 in Freeport.

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BFSB’s chief executive and
executive director, Wendy
Warren, said an essential part
of the FCF’s overall objective
is to attract and maintain
qualified professionals to the
sector.

“In this regard”, she says,
“particular attention is placed
on highlighting the impor-
tance of quality human
resources to the industry, and
also profiling outstanding
individuals through the
awards programmes.”

The 2010 FSI Student of
the Year will be announced
at BFSB’s FSI Excellence
Awards Ceremony on Octo-
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FROM page 1B

this Thursday to show why the Chapter
11 protection, which currently protects
Wellington Preserve from its creditors
attempting to enforce multi-million
dollar claims against it, should be main-
tained until he submits a plan for the
property’s restructuring.

Extending that protection is vital to
the interests of CLICO (Bahamas) pol-
icyholders and Bahamian creditors,
since it will maximise the sums recov-
ered from Wellington Preserve’s sale
and accrue to their benefit, settling a
significant percentage of their claim
against the insolvent insurer.

Mr Gomez has attempted to extend
Wellington Preserve’s bankruptcy pro-
tection once before, but the courts
denied this on a technicality, finding
that not all interested parties had been
served in time.

Now, in his latest application, he is
asking the south Florida district bank-
ruptcy court to give him until Novem-
ber 1, 2010, to submit his plan for reor-
ganising Wellington Preserve and its
affairs.

Mr Gomez and his attorneys con-
firmed that the initial purchaser he and
his US real estate broker, Diane Jenk-
ins, had lined up, the Hines Group,
had walked away from Wellington Pre-
serve, their filing noting that “an initial
contract for sale was terminated by the
contract purchaser at the end of its due
diligence period”.

“Since then, the property has been
actively marketed and Gomez, through
Diane Jenkins, the designated broker,
is in active negotiations for the sale of
the property,” they told the US court.

“Since this motion was first submit-
ted, Gomez has received a Letter of
Intent from one of the groups with
whom he and the broker have been
negotiating, and the negotiations
appear to be moving in the direction of
a contract.

“The proposal would require com-



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While negotiations

are proceeding
well with the potential
purchaser, which repre-
sents that it is financial-
ly capable, the prospec-
tive purchaser still
needs its due diligence,
and a large, complex
negotiations takes time.”



pletion of the amended plan, which
has been in progress; good title;
approval of this court and other normal
concerns as prerequisites for sale.

“While negotiations are proceeding
well with the potential purchaser,
which represents that it is financially
capable, the prospective purchaser still
needs its due diligence, and a large,
complex negotiations takes time.”

Mr Gomez added that in the inter-
ests of CLICO (Bahamas) creditors,
he did not want Wellington Preserve
“forced to auction at a relatively ‘fire
sale price’”.

The interested party was not identi-
fied by the court documents, and Mr
Gomez is still ‘gagged’ by the Bahami-
an Supreme Court from speaking pub-
licly. While CLICO (Bahamas) poli-
cyholders and creditors should take
some encouragement from the Letter
of Intent’s receipt, as it indicates seri-
ous buyers are out there, it is by no
means a ‘done deal’, and Mr Gomez
will still want to see them put up ‘hard
money’ in the form of a deposit and,
eventually, the full price.

Again emphasising how critical it
was to a successful CLICO (Bahamas)
liquidation that Wellington Preserve’s
sales price be maximised, Mr Gomez
and his attorneys described how $73

million was lent by the insolvent insur-
er through its affiliate, CLICO Enter-
prises, to Wellington Preserve. Some
$10 million worth of capitalisation was
also thrown into the mix.

Describing again how CLICO
(Bahamas) was used as a ‘cash cow’
by its Trinidadian parent and the lat-
ter’s head, Lawrence Duprey, to
finance real estate developments, Mr
Gomez said he “continues to pursue
his investigation with respect to accu-
rately accounting for the source of, and
uses of the money, which the books
indicate flowed through [Wellington
Preserve]”.

And, explaining the rationale for the
reorganisation extension, Mr Gomez
said: “The property consists of
improved lots - that is, a subdivision
plan has been approved; roads are in;
utilities are in; drainage is in; and
approvals have been obtained by the
necessary governmental agencies,
including the South Florida Water
Management District with respect to
the project/

“Presently under development is an
amended plan which would reserve
approximately 60 acres more or less
in the centre of the parcel for the con-
struction of equestrian amenities, such
as a show barn, clubhouse display rings
and the like.”

But he added: “The property is
presently encumbered by outstanding
and unpaid real estate taxes; a judg-
ment for about $1.5 million, a certified
copy of which was recorded during the
preference period; and minor mechan-
ic’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 purchased for $55 million in 2004.
The estimated ‘as built’ sellout for the
lots was over $120 million three years
ago. As is, even in the economy of
today, the property is worth tens of
millions of dollars - enormously in
excess of the encumberances.”

Doctors still eyeing
40-50k sq ft growth

FROM page 1B

we’re not in a position to be
forced to do anything. We’re
following up on a couple of
lease options and a couple of
sale options.”

Obtaining the necessary
government approvals had
“been part of the nightmare
for people who had an inter-
est” in acquiring Western
Medical Plaza in the past, and

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executive added that “with
Baha Mar on the table, one
has to question whether you
want to” dispose of such an
asset, especially since it no
longer acts as a drag on the
company’s balance sheet and
earnings.

Doctors Hospital saw its
net income for the 2011 sec-
ond quarter, which ended on
July 31, 2010, fall by $1.6 mil-
lion or 91 per cent to
$164,000, largely due to a 14
per cent or $1.6 million fall in
total revenues. That, in turn,
was induced by a decline in
patient service revenues,
which fell from $11.579 mil-
lion in the 2009 comparative

period to $9.92 million this
time around.

Mr Sealy told Tribune Busi-
ness that the declines were
directly related to the health
of the wider Bahamian econ-
omy, as increased unemploy-
ment had resulted in two
things - a reduction in the
number of Bahamians cov-
ered by health insurance, and
an increasing tendency on the
part of patients to minimise
costs by only using the pri-
vate hospital when essential.

“We’re talking about
decreased activity on the in-
patient side,” Mr Sealy said.
“We kind of budgeted for
this, given what was happen-
ing in the economy, and peo-

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decision by patients not to
engage the hospital unless
they really have to.”

He indicated that these
trends were born out by the
fact that Princess Margaret
Hospital, the public health
services provider, was seeing
increased patient activity.

Doctors Hospital, antici-
pating that this scenario
would continue for the fore-
seeable future, had focused
on expense and cost control
strategies, keeping total
expenses flat at $10.113 mil-
lion for the 2011 second quar-
ter, as compared to $10.115
million last year.

Still, Mr Sealy said Doctors
Hospital felt it was “taking
one step forward and then
something else jumps out at
you”, such as the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation
(BEC) basic tariff increase.
He added that the company
was unable, like others, to lay-
off staff in any significant
numbers due to the need to
cope with any unanticipated
spike in care demand, mean-
ing that salaries needed to be
treated as fixed, rather than
variable, costs.

Standards also needed to
be maintained, now that Doc-
tors Hospital had become the

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achieve Joint Commission
International (JCI) accredita-
tion.

“No one in business is able
to give you a warm, fuzzy feel-
ing that this [recession] will
be over in a year or 18
months,” Mr Sealy told Tri-
bune Business. “It will be
more of the same. I can’t see
it changing a whole lot. It’s
going to be business as usual
for six to nine months.”

He predicted that when the
Bahamian economy turned
around, it was likely to follow
the US in enjoying a relative-
ly jobless recovery at first.
This would not be good news
for Doctors Hospital, given
that few workers were being
added to company health
insurance plans, or were able
to afford their own.

“Unless we increase the
base of the insured, we will
not see a whole lot of change
occur in the market,” Mr
Sealy said.

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Mar’s $200m loan

FROM page 1B

this thing. I believe that
concessions have been
made by Izmirlian, in
terms of more cash, and
Scotiabank has made some
concessions.”

Tribune Business was last
week told that Scotiabank
was about to appoint
receivers for Baha Mar’s
existing Cable Beach
Resorts, due to the default-
ed loan, but sources with
both the developer and Sco-
tiabank denied that this was
about to happen, or even
being contemplated.

Robert Sands, Baha Mar's
senior vice-president of
external and governmental
affairs, told Tribune Busi-
ness he had nothing to add
beyond last week’s com-
ments, when he said: “Meet-
ings have been taking place
between the parties, and
meetings are still in progress.
It's the utmost priority for
all of us."

One of the pre-conditions
for Baha Mar's Chinese
financing partner, the Chi-
na Export-Import Bank, to
release $2.45 billion in debt
financing to fund the pro-
ject is the resolution of the
Scotiabank syndicate's loan.
The Chinese want this to be
resolved, because unless that
loan's security on several
real estate parcels at Cable
Beach - including the exist-



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ing Sheraton and Wyndham
resorts - is lifted, they will
be unable to use the same
as collateral for their loans.

A ‘debt-for-equity’ swap
is being actively discussed
by both parties.

Sources familiar with the
talks, who requested
anonymity, told Tribune
Business that Baha Mar/the
Izmirlians had initially
offered to pay $75 million
in cash to Scotiabank as an
upfront, part-payment of the
loan, with the remaining
debt - around $130 million -
to be converted into an equi-
ty stake that the bank would
hold in the Cable Beach
redevelopment.

However, Scotiabank was
said to be seeking a greater
upfront cash payment worth
$110 million, sources told
Tribune Business, putting
the two sides some $35 mil-
lion apart.

Scotiabank wants a
greater portion of the debt,
estimated to be around $205

million, paid in cash, due to
the fact that as a conserva-
tive lender it will have to
write down the value of the
equity stake (loan) on its
balance sheet, and is taking
a gamble that Baha Mar and
its Chinese partners will be
able to deliver the $2.6 bil-
lion project and profitable
returns on it.

The bank, ultimately, has
to protect its own interests
through adhering to pru-
dential banking norms, plus
those of its depositors and
the wider Bahamian bank-
ing system, given the sum
extended to Baha Mar.

China State Construction
has obtained a $1.919 billion
construction contract to
build the core of Baha Mar,
featuring six hotels with
3,500 rooms, a 100,000
square foot casino, 200,000
square feet of convention
facilities, and a 20-acre
beach and pool experience.

Some 1,200 Bahamians
are projected to be engaged
in construction at Baha Mar,
including the $75 million
West Bay Street re-routing;
$30 million Commercial Vil-
lage and ‘back of house’ on
Gladstone Road; $10 mil-
lion of earthwork, irrigation
and landscaping on the new
golf course; and $20 million
of construction on the golf
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Cable executes on SRG buyout

FROM page 1B

company’s revenues and
profits, other than to say: “It
will be a good investment
for the shareholders of
Cable Bahamas. The expan-
sion that comes from it will
be excellent for Cable
Bahamas.”

An indication of the trans-
action’s value comes from
Cable Bahamas’ 2009 year-
end balance sheet, which
carries as a $4.424 million
investment what is described
as a “purchase option which,
under certain conditions,
allows the company to
acquire a portion or all of
the outstanding shares in a
licensed telecommunications
operator”. That operator, as
previously revealed by Tri-
bune Business, is SRG.

The deal, provided it is
approved by URCA, will

merge SRG’s fixed-line
licence with Cable Bahamas’
already-strong market posi-
tion in Internet, cable TV
and data, thus giving the
combined entity a formida-
ble ‘Triple Play’ proposal -
backed by Cable’s fibre
optic infrastructure - that
will enable it to go ‘head-to-
head’ with a privatised BTC
for Bahamian telecoms mar-
ket dominance.

With BTC’s privatisation,
and potential sale to Cable
& Wireless, possibly immi-
nent, given that the Gov-
ernment wants to complete
any deal by year-end, Cable
Bahamas’ move to consum-
mate its SRG alliance comes
as no surprise, since it leaves
the company perfectly posi-
tioned to exploit any oppor-
tunities arising from liberal-
isation.

The timing is also likely

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‘The Government is bringing in tele-
coms expertise, looking at mergers,
and both ourselves and SRG because
of this merger, although not of the
size of BTC and its strategic partner,
will benefit the Bahamian consumer.’



to coincide with Cable
Bahamas believing it has
satisfied the conditions stip-
ulated by URCA before it
will be permitted to enter
other markets, namely
achieving accounting sepa-
ration and the ‘unbundling’
of its Internet and cable TV
offerings. “We would antic-
ipate that will be complete
in short order,” the Cable
Bahamas president said.
Mr Butler also told Tri-
bune Business that
SRG/IndiGo would contin-
ue to operate from its exist-
ing Collins Avenue head-
quarters as a 100 per cent
owned Cable Bahamas sub-
sidiary, and said the merger

would benefit both Bahami-
an business and residential
consumers by enhancing ser-
vice, improving products
and lowering prices.

“The operations will
remain independent,” he
said. “SRG would continue
as a Subsidiary, but at arm’s
length from Cable
Bahamas.”

Asked whether there
would be any impact upon
employment levels at both
companies as a result of the
merger, Mr Butler indicat-
ed there would be no nega-
tive impacts, and that there
might even be and expan-
sion in staffing.

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BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,525.29 | CHG -0.04 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -40.09 | YTD % -2.56
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.600 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%
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1.26 1.00
10.75 9.67
6.18 4.50
10.58 0.18
13.49 3.15
2.14
9.62
2.50
5.40
1.90

AML Foods Limited 1.07
Bahamas Property Fund 10.63
Bank of Bahamas 4.90
Benchmark 0.18
Bahamas Waste 3.15
Fidelity Bank 2.17
Cable Bahamas 10.77
Colina Holdings 2.50
Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.69
Consolidated Water BDRs 1.76

2.15
12.50
2.84
7.00
3.65
2.55
6.99
10.20

1.60
5.94
8.50
11.40 8.77
seat 3.75
1.00 1.00
5.59

10.50
10.00

Doctor's Hospital 1.90
Famguard 6.07
Finco 8.80
FirstCaripbean Bank 9.74
Focol (S) 5.46
Focol Class B Preference 1.00
5.00
9.92
10.00

ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate

5.59
9.92
10.00

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5S2wk-Hi 52wk-Low
99.46 99.46
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

Security
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029)
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Symbol
BAH29
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Last Sale

Change
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99.46
100.00
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100.00
100.00

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RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)

S20 k-th: 5S2wk-lLow Symbol Bid ®
10.06 5.01 Bahamas Supermarkets 5.01
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.35

Ask ®

Last Price
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0.55

Daily Wo.

0.40

CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)

41.00
10.55

29.00 ABDAB
0.40 RND Holdings

30.13
0.45

31.59

29.00

0.55 0.55

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

S52wk-Hi
1.4904
2.9265
1.5502
13.2025
13.6388
109.3929

52wk-Low
1.4005

NAY

1.4904
2.9115
1.5502
2.8624
13.4286
109.3929
100.1833
1.1272
1.0948
1.1275

Eund Name
CFAL Bond Fund

2.8266 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund

1.4920 CFAL Money Market Fund

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

93.1998 CFAL Global Equity Fund

1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
1.0000. FG Financial Growth Fund

1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund

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

105.7795
1.1223
1.0917
1.1198
9.5955
9.5955

11.2361 10.0000



stment Fund Principal
10.3734
10.0000 9.1708 Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 3

Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund - Equities Sub Fund

9.1708

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3.43%
2.51%
3.37%

2.71%
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-8.29%
-1.74%

NAV 3MTH
1.475244
2.926483
1.533976

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0.23%
3.91%
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7.60%
3.56%
5.28%
6.10%
5.64%

107.570620
105.779543

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3.38%

-8.29%
11.58%

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Div $ P/E Yield
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0.013 0.200 817.7 1.88%
0.598 0.260 8.2 5.31%
-0.877 0.000 N/M 0.00%
0.168 0.090 18.8 2.86%
0.016 0.040 135.6 1.84%
1.212 0.300 8.9 2.79%
0.781 0.040 3.2 1.60%
0.422 0.230 15.9 3.44%
0.114 0.052 15.5 3.02%
0.627 0.110 3.0 5.79%
-0.003 0.240 N/M 3.95%
0.287 0.520 30.7 5.91%
0.720 0.350 13.5 3.59%
0.366 0.170 14.9 3.11%
0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
0.012 0.240 465.8 4.29%
0.883 0.640 11.2 6.45%
0.355 0.800 28.2 8.00%
Interest Maturity
6.95% 20 November 2029
7% 19 October 2017
Prime + 1.75% 19 October 2022
7% 30 May 2013

29 May 2015

EPS $
-2.945
0.001

Div & P/E
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0.000 256.6

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0.00%
0.00%

4.540
0.002

0.000
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9.03
261.90

0.00%
0.00%

NAV 6MTH
1.452500
2.906205
1.518097

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to be in growth mode for the
immediate future. What we
feel is that we’re currently
supporting different prod-
ucts, and the merged entity
will be in growing mode for
the foreseeable future,” Mr
Butler said. “But, hopefully,
there will be operational
synergies and efficiencies,
benefits that will be passed
on to the consumer.”

The Cable/SRG combina-
tion will now be able to
compete directly with BTC
on fixed-line residential
voice when full liberalisa-
tion takes place, and Mr
Butler said: “Historically,
whenever there is competi-
tion between us [BTC and
Cable], the consumer bene-
fits on service and value.

“It’s timely with what’s
going on. The Government
is bringing in telecoms
expertise, looking at merg-
ers, and both ourselves and
SRG because of this merger,
although not of the size of
BTC and its strategic part-
ner, will benefit the Bahami-
an consumer.

“It’s a merged entity, 100
per cent Bahamian owned.
The agreement has been
there since 2004. URCA has
to approve it, and we hope
that it will be given a fair
and reasonable response.”

The only entity not happy
with a Cable/SRG merger is
likely to be BTC. Some may
also be concerned that the
tie-up could reduce the pur-
chase price Cable & Wire-
less will be prepared to pay
for majority control in BTC,
likely to be 51 per cent, giv-
en that it will face instant
strong competition upon
taking over.

Indeed, Cable Bahamas’
purchase option can be
traced back to 2003 and
2004, when the former
Christie government was
attempting to privatise BTC.
SRG was awarded its
licence to compete with
BTC in the fixed-line mar-
ket at the same time, and
attempted to raise $7 mil-
lion from Bahamian
investors in a private place-
ment to finance the build-
out of its network infra-
structure.

Yet URCA’s predecessor,
the Public Utilities Com-
mission (PUC), acting under
what many suspected was
pressure from the then-PLP
government, changed the
‘rules of the game’ in rela-
tion to leasing interconnec-
tion circuits when SRG was
in the middle of its capital

raising. This forced SRG to
return the raised funds to
the investors, since its busi-
ness model and financial
projections had been thrown
out of whack. To prevent
the new operator from
becoming ‘stillborn’, it was
Cable Bahamas _ that
financed the build-out of
SRG’s network in return for
the purchase option.

And Cable Bahamas’
desire to consummate the
relationship and make SRG
its telecoms arm was also
behind the $85 million buy-
out of its former controlling
shareholder, the Canadian-
owned Columbus Commu-
nications.

As previously revealed by
Tribune Business, Cable
Bahamas tried to execute
the purchase option back in
late 2007, just after the
Ingraham administration
returned to office.

It was able to block the
transaction because of
Cable’s foreign ownership
component in the shape of
Columbus, denying the nec-
essary Investments Board
approvals and Central Bank
exchange control approval.

This was one of the rea-
sons that prompted Colum-
bus to exit, and without its
presence, the Government
is now no longer able to
block the transaction.

Only URCA approval is
required, and this could well
be a test case for how truly
independent of government
the new regulator is.

“This transaction heralds
a new dawn for SRG“, said
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny,
president of SRG, “empow-
ering the company and its
employees to continue our
history of innovation for the
benefit of the consumer, and
ultimately the Bahamian
economy”.

“This is an historic time
for Bahamians and Cable
Bahamas”, said Mr Butler,
“and this merger is a criti-
cal step in developing the
company into one that can
provide our customers with
the product and services that
they deserve and have been
asking for.”

SRG’s shareholders at the
time of the 2004 private
placement included busi-
nessman Frank Crothers;
accountant Gregory Cleare;
Scotiabank (Bahamas) man-
aging director Barry Mal-
colm; and Dr David Allen.
A Tribune affiliate also
holds a small stake in SRG.

‘Crazy’ Customs duties
harming medical costs

FROM page 1B

the Bahamian public,” Mr Sealy said, adding that given the
ever-intensifying competition from other countries seek-
ing to grab a share of the medical tourism pie could provide
extra impetus to “reduce the cost of care” in the Bahamas.

While medical tourism was a “supplement, not a niche” for
Doctors Hospital, Mr Sealy said the industry’s develop-
ment would be benefit the Bahamas overall. His company’s
international accreditation by the Joint Commission Inter-
national (JCD, the first hospital in the Caribbean to achieve
such status, would also benefit the wider economy and
encourage persons to travel to the Bahamas for care given
that they could take comfort from the attainment of global

standards.

Mr Sealy said it was also incumbent, though, on Doctors
Hospital to “make the Bahamian population aware” of the
first-class facilities it could make available locally, publish-
ing data to back its case and educate locals.

The Doctors Hospital chief executive added that the
BISX-listed healthcare provider also anticipated other “spin-
offs and consultancies” from its JCI accreditation.

Meanwhile, Mr Sealy said that despite Doctors Hospital’s
reduced net income for the 2011 second quarter and half-
year, it believed it could “sustain” dividend payments to
shareholders, and was determined to reward investors for
their patience and confidence in the company during a long
period in the mid-2000s when they saw no return on their

capital.

He added that the payment of a $0.02 per share divi-
dend, set for September 23, 2010, was “a good gesture” on

the company’s part.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS



Emerging markets offer
growth — and fishmeal



INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

MATTHEW CRAFT,
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK

You can boil down the
appeal of emerging markets for
investors to three words:
growth, debt and fishmeal,
according to Associated Press.

For more than a decade,
industrializing countries like
Brazil and China have drawn
investors seeking to ride their
rapid economic growth. Now,
money managers are looking
to places that feed these emerg-
ing giants — like Peru, the
world's top source for fishmeal,
a key ingredient in animal
feeds.

Since the financial crisis hit
two years ago, cash has flooded
into the developing world from
those seeking better returns
and safety. Unlike the U.S. and
other developed countries
whose governments borrowed
heavily for stimulus spending,
countries in South America and
Asia have smaller debt burdens
along with higher bond yields.

So far, investors’ bets in
developing countries have paid
off. The MSCI emerging mar-
ket stock index posted a 78 per-
cent gain for 2009 and is up 3.8
percent this year. Funds that
invest in emerging-market
bonds returned 32 percent last
year. This year, JPMorgan's
emerging market bond index
has gained 7.4 percent on price

terms alone. Ask Francisco
Alzuru, a money manager at
Hansberger Global Associates,
to explain the popularity of
emerging markets and he'll tell
you about fishmeal. It's essen-
tially anchovy powder.
Anchovies are hauled from the
Pacific and mashed into a flour,
which is then turned into feed
for hogs and fish in China.

To Alzuru and investors like
him, fishmeal represents
increasing trade within the
developing world and econom-
ic expansion beyond the so-
called BRICs - Brazil, Russia,
India and China. Those four
emerging-market stars still
claim the bulk of investors’
funds, but Peru, Turkey and
others have seen a surge in
cash.

"You see a growth and con-
sumption story in these coun-
tries just like you're seeing in
the BRICs," Alzuru said.

Peru's economy, for instance,
has grown at an annual rate

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above seven percent, a "China-
type speed," fueled by exports
of copper, textiles and fishmeal
to Asia. That economic growth
has given individual Peruvians
higher incomes and more mon-
ey to spend.

"You see an enormous con-
sumption boom," Alzuru said.
And the rise in spending has
helped launch companies cater-
ing to Peruvian consumers.

In the 1990s, emerging-mar-
ket investments were a great
way to lose money. The Asian
financial crisis, Russia's debt
default and other events
crushed many investors.

The stigma from those crises
has largely disappeared. Brad
Durham, managing director at
fund tracker EPFR Global, said
it's remarkable how quickly
attitudes have changed, a shift
he sees reflected in the num-
bers. Durham said that in a typ-
ical year over the past decade
investors might have dropped
$15 billion into emerging-mar-

f the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.

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ket stocks and $9 billion into
emerging-market bonds.

Contrast that with the haul
for emerging-market funds so
far this year: $40 billion into
stocks and a record $25.6 bil-
lion into bonds. Last year,
investors put a record $83.3 bil-
lion into emerging-market stock
funds. "The idea that emerging
markets are a risky asset has
started to unravel," Durham
said. Judging by the flow of
cash, investors seem to fear
USS. stocks. EPFR's data shows
they've pulled $23.4 billion
from U.S. equity funds this
year.

Financial turmoil in the Unit-
ed States and Europe has
helped make developing coun-
tries alluring to investors wor-
ried about another Greek debt
crisis. Taken together, the
world's advanced countries
have debt levels above 90 per-
cent of gross domestic product,
according to the International
Monetary Fund. The IMF,

which counts Treasury bonds
held in the Social Security fund,
expects the U.S. government to
top that mark by the end of this
year. The tally for developing
countries is 38 percent and
shrinking, according to the
IMF. Many economists and
investors believe higher debt
levels will stunt growth. High-
profile fund managers like Bill
Gross at the bond giant Pacific
Investment Management Com-
pany argue that the United
States and Europe will be
weighed down with sluggish
spending and high unemploy-
ment for years to come, like
Japan has been. That only adds
to the appeal of fast-growing
countries in Asia and South
America.

The IMF forecasts that the
United States and other
advanced economies will col-
lectively expand 2.5 percent this
year and the next. Its forecast
for developing countries: 6.3
percent and 6.5 percent.

"This is part of the global
marketplace that is actually
growing with real economic
activity,” said Lupin Rahman, a
vice president of portfolio man-
agement at Pimco. And it's not
all thanks to China. Pimco
expects emerging markets
excluding China to post 5.5 per-
cent annual growth this year.
She points to a rise in growth
and consumer demand from
Colombia, Panama and Peru.

Plenty of risks remain.

"Anything that hurts global
trade hurts the developing
world," Rahman said.

One danger, she said, is
anger in Congress about the
value of China's currency. A
tariff on Chinese goods would
also pinch Indonesia, for exam-
ple, because it exports wood
and coal to China.

But the developing world has
started to wean itself off the
American consumer, selling its
wares to China as well as to its
own growing middle class.

"This is no longer a story for
20 years from now," Rahman
said. “It's a story that's hap-
pening right now.

Gambling industry
pushing ahead in
New England

STEPHEN SINGER,
AP Business Writer
HARTFORD, Connecticut

The gambling industry is
looking to New England as its
latest prospect for legalized
casinos, pitching for legislation
with claims of new jobs and
more state revenue that could
boost a weak economy.

BNP Media, an industry
media company, and the
research firm Spectrum Gam-
ing Group are sponsoring the
first New England Gaming
Summit. The conference, being
held Monday and Tuesday at
Mohegan Sun in Uncasville,
Conn., is intended to bring
together state lawmakers, busi-
ness executives, lawyers, indus-
try analysts and others to net-
work and take a measure of
prospects for casinos in the
region. "It will be kind of an
information dump on gaming,"
said Charles Anderer, group
publisher of BNP Media Gam-
ing Group. "We'd like to put
out as much information on the
market as possible."

Failed

The failed effort in Massa-
chusetts this year to permit casi-
no gambling was one reason
organizers turned to New Eng-
land for the conference, Ander-
er said.

"There's still a lot of legisla-
tive uncertainty there, but deal-
ing with gaming regionally
makes a lot of sense," he said.

The weak economy, howev-
er, has depressed consumer
spending, adding another prob-
lem for the industry as it seeks
to expand.

"One of my first questions is
that this is the new normal for
the economy, but what's the
new normal for gaming?"
Anderer said. "Is it being mod-
ified or defined downward?"

Two Indian-run casinos,
Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods,
operate in Connecticut. In
Rhode Island, home to slot par-
lors Twin River and Newport
Grand, the General Assembly
this year approved legislation
authorizing a voter referendum
in November on casino gam-
bling, but Gov. Don Carcieri
vetoed the bill and lawmakers
did not reconvene to try an
override.

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JOHN STREET, P.O. BOX GT-2935, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
20" day of September, 2010 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation

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The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites
Tenders for the services described below:

Bidders are required to collact packages fram the
Corporation's Administrative Office, Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Contact Ms. Charlene Smith at telephone 302-1158

Submissions should be marked as follows:

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Tenders are to be addressed to:
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Deadline for delivery ta BEC:
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The Corporation reserves the night to accept
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For all inquires regarding the tenders and site visits, contact
Mr. Wayne Farquharson at telephone 302-1216

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by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
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The Supplementary Tender Document, which includes
instruction to the Tenderers along with other relevant
information, can be collected from the Bahamas
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from Monday 20% September, 2010 from 9 am — 5 pm.

A Tender must be submitted in duplicated in a sealed
envelope or package identified as “Supplementary
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and addressed to:

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Third Terrace, West Centerville
P.O. Box N-8200
Nassau, The Bahamas

Electronic and hard copies must be received at the
above address on or before 5pm Friday, October
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rree helicopter ride

Sparks public outcry

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

nvironment Minister
Earl Deveaux
emerged from the
Aga Khan’s helicopter
in Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, to attend a Friends of the
Environment event with the exhila-
rated grin of an excited schoolboy.

Having taken up Karim Aga
Khan IV’s offer to travel in the 12-
seater AB-139 instead of chartering
a flight, Dr Deveaux, his wife, and
two friends, were able to ride in the
lap of luxury at their convenience,
and the Minister would not be late
for a land assessment of Bell Island
in Exuma the next day.

But as the Aga Khan is the own-
er of Bell Island who put the devel-
opment plans in Dr Deveaux’s lap,
the childlike excitement on the Min-
ister’s face, and the front page of
The Tribune last week, masked a
darker reality.

The extension of such generosity
by this enigmatic Persian prince
exposed both himself and the Min-
ister to ridicule and speculation over
the process of planning applications
and approvals.

And when the development is in
an area as sensitive area as the Exu-
ma Cays Land and Sea Park, it is
bound to stir the kind of public
debate that hit the airwaves last
week.

The 176 square mile park is a jew-
el of the Bahamas and the world as
the oldest protected area of its kind,
established in 1958, and a flourishing
no-take marine reserve guarded by
the Bahamas National Trust (BNT).

The Aga Khan bought the island
north of Conch Cut and 17 miles
north of Black Point last year and
has plans to dredge 8.8 acres of sand
from the seabed so he can pull into a
newly carved marina on his 150ft
yacht.

He also wants the supply barge to
be accommodated at a 100ft dock,
and have slips for 20 vessels in a 67-
acre yacht basin excavated in the
existing salt pond, as well as roads
across the island.

An Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) on the project
was completed by Turrell, Hall and
Associates Inc in March, and passed
on to the BNT for further input.

But until The Tribune published
details of the plans last week, not a
word had been mentioned in the
public domain.

The developer had paid for the
EIA, the Ministry selected the
marine and environmental consul-
tants to do it, and the Trust to con-
tribute to the discussion.

All of the correct protocols were
in place and the procedures were
duly followed, so processes could
tick along smoothly, and the devel-
opers could quietly move in.

The public were not asked for



ENVIRONMENT Minister Earl Deveaux’s ride in developer Karim Aga Khan

IV’s helicopter sparks public scrutiny of the process of planning applications
and land approvals, and exposes them to criticism. But sharing the power of
choice in a transparent planning process, which welcomes public consultation,
would eradicate that speculation in principle and practice. INSIGHT reports...



ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Earl Deveaux with Aga Khan’s helicopter in the background.

their opinion because frankly what
they think is irrelevant when Bell
Island belongs to the Aga Khan, and
it is his right to “renovate” it, just
as other owners of private islands
also have the right to enhance their
personal pieces of the country —
including those in the area of the
park.

Even the BNT has little say in
the matter, according to a statement
released by the board last week.

However, it is precisely this top-
down approach that raises questions
about the possibility for corruption

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in our planning and development
process.

Especially when a billionaire such
as the Aga Khan is in a position to
woo a Minister in his AB139, and
donate $1 million to the BNT. No
one is suggesting that this is what
happened in this case, but still the
perception is there.

Dr Deveaux said: “I do not think
a helicopter ride could buy me and I
don’t think it could alter my opin-
ion.”

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than one helicopter ride to buy him,
or he cannot be corrupted.

Tam inclined to believe the latter,
which is why I think he was dignified
in tendering his resignation, which
the Prime Minister refused.

But a less noble man in his posi-
tion surely would not have done the
same.

As the Minister himself asserted,
he is quite accustomed to travelling
in the planes, boats and automobiles
of wealthy developers, and being
wined and dined at their expense,
but he does not let this affect his

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judgment of planning applications.

He asserted he had travelled to
Ginn Sur Mer's Old Bahama Bay
development on the Ginn’s boat,
and saw Baker’s Bay from the devel-
oper’s jet, as I noted how all of the
developments he listed in his argu-
ment have been approved.

Whether or not he is corrupt-
ible, he is vulnerable to speculation
of corruption, and that is reason
enough for a major change to be
introduced and introduced now.

PLP MP Fred Mitchell suggested
Cabinet ministers and government
departments are provided with their
own fleet of air and watercraft to
transport them to far-flung sites
across the islands on time, avoiding
safety issues, or perceived cosiness
with developers.

However, Freeport attorney Fred
Smith, QC, advocates a change of
the law.

He has been pushing for an Envi-
ronmental Protection Act, and a
Freedom of Information Act, to
establish an independent Environ-
mental Protection Agency that
would facilitate EIAs, provide access
to planning applications, and ensure
there is full and proper public con-
sultation over all plans submitted to
the Ministry.

Such a system would protect
everyone’s best interests as residents,
businesses, Non-Governmental
Organisations (NGOs) and all other
interested parties would be involved
in the debate long before the dig-
gers break ground.

As the lawyer representing
Responsible Development for Aba-
co (RDA) in the request for a Judi-
cial Review seeking to stop work at
the $105 million Wilson City power
plant, Mr Smith showed how BEC
had gone ahead with clearing land,
paving roads and building the power
plant before they even had all the
necessary building permits in place.

Although Supreme Court Justice
Hartman Longley dismissed the
Abaconian’s request on Thursday,
he at least acknowledged they had
genuine reason for complaint.

The public was not aware of the
power plant plans until work started,
and when BEC finally agreed to
hold a public meeting on the matter
it served little purpose other than a
place for hundreds of angry Abaco-
nians to vent their anger over being

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so left out of the critical devel-
opment of their island.

In that case, as with almost
every other, communities
were disregarded in the plan-
ning process from the begin-
ning, as plans received or con-
ceived of by government
departments are assessed and
approved from the top down,
leaving the people demor-
alised and devoid of power.

A modified Local Govern-
ment Act and Environmen-
tal Protection Act would
allow communities to plan
developments five, 10 or 20
years in the future, and create
a sustainable model that ben-
efits everyone.

Town councils would have
more power to draw up bye-
laws for their unique commu-
nities, impose local taxes to
fund local projects and rep-
resent the community in
national discussions about the
development of their island.

“That’s what’s called
decentralisation and democ-
racy,” Mr Smith said.

“And in our geographical-
ly fractured nation devolution
of power is so necessary.

“Tt will help the Bahamas
develop its marine and land
resources in a sustainable
manner.

“Because it may be that
the people in Exuma have
some idea about whether the
Aga Khan should be able to
proceed.”

But when it comes to
development in the Bahamas,
“the rule of the people”
defined by democracy is far
from the process of granting
planning approval.

We leave such matters in
the hands of Ministers and
wealthy developers, and when
projects are approved, we are
only left to speculate over
what really happened.

“The current construct
lends itself to conflicts, not
necessarily intentional or
intended, but it just does,”
said Mr Smith.

“And that’s why I have
been promoting a more trans-
parent and accountable
process, an objective process,
which protects the Trust, pro-
tects the Minister, and pro-
tects the government agen-
cies from the kind of criticism
that can be made against
them in this case.”

Sharing the power of
choice in a transparent plan-
ning process, which welcomes
public consultation, would

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eradicate that speculation not
only in principle, but also in
practice.

Planning meetings were
the bread and butter of the
local newspaper I worked at
in East London, England, as
development plans ricocheted
through the communities
causing a stir for all who live
and work nearby.

Residents and business
owners were invited to view
plans for around six weeks
before they came to the local
government council planning
committee where they were
debated in a lively public
meeting that often continued
until the early hours of the
morning as everyone was
invited to have their say.

Each interested person was
invited to speak for three min-
utes about why a Victorian
family home should not be
converted into flats, why there
should not be another gener-
ic block of flats built on what
little green land they had left,
or why the next door neigh-
bour should not be allowed
to extend their home into
their own back garden or onto
a third floor.

And as the plans were con-
sidered from all angles, when
they were finally rejected or
approved, those in protest at
least felt they had been heard.

Development affects
everybody, and it is a con-
tentious issue in any commu-
nity, but even more so in land-
starved areas such as London,
or ecologically precious areas
in the sought after islands of
the Bahamas.

Some areas need to be pre-
served for their environmen-
tal benefits, as in the national
parks, and some need to be
developed to create jobs and
keep the economy afloat.

But there is only so much
land to share; and in a demo-
cratic society, the people
should really at least appear
to have a say in what gets
done.

“Tf we had an Environ-
mental Protection Act and a
Freedom of Information Act,
we would at least have a mea-
sure of comfort that people
can’t sneak in the back door
and start depleting our
resources,” Mr Smith said.

“T remain sceptical of pri-
vate developers approaching
the government quietly and
the government and Cabinet
quietly approving in principle
or signing Heads of Agree-
ment or making other non-





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disclosed arrangements with
private developers before the
public becomes aware of it.

“This is a continued recipe
for disaster.

“This is what caused all of
the controversy in Baker’s
Bay, Bimini and all other
places in the Bahamas, includ-
ing the Ginn project in Grand
Bahama.

“T am also told there are
several projects planned for
East End that lies deep with-
in the bosoms of the Cabinet
and none of the citizens of
Grand Bahama have any idea
of what is being planned for
our island communities

“Tf the Environmental Pro-
tection Agency could be iso-
lated from political influence
by the Cabinet or ruling party,
you would have some kind of
check and balance from the
kind of incestuous inflection
which exists when private
developers make their clan-
destine approaches to gov-
ernment for approval in prin-
ciple, because once approved
in principle, then every gov-
ernment agency simply has to
rubber stamp whatever is
made.

“You don’t just do an EIA
to rubber stamp a project.

“Because the developers,
like a cancer, are going to eat
up every pleasant and unique
environment that we have
unless we manage it.

“And the only way to man-
age it is for all vested interests
to be a part of considering
what’s happening.”

The change would mean it
is not just the Minister and
his staff deciding whether the
Aga Khan can put a develop-
ment in the national park, and
the issue of him flying around
in his helicopter would not
arise, because he would not
be in that position.

There would instead be
independent environmental
and planning agencies, not
beholden to the executive,
making the decisions.

And if such agencies are
not established in a new leg-
islative framework soon, the
Bahama islands and the
resources we all share will
gradually disappear in a
method that is beyond our
control, as those who can
afford it break off pieces of
our finite islands for them-
selves and leave the Bahami-
an people with fractured frag-
ments of their country and no
explanation about what hap-
pened, and where it all went.



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INSIGHT



Igor nears Bermuda as
Category 1 hurricane

By JASON BRONIS

Associated Press Writer

HAMILTON, Bermuda
(AP) — Fierce waves pound-
ed the breakwaters and shores
of Bermuda on Sunday,
straining yacht moorings and
battering oceanfront hotels as
Hurricane Igor lashed the
wealthy British enclave.

Bermudians battened down
their homes in pelting rain to
wait out Igor, a Category 1
hurricane with maximum sus-
tained winds of 80 mph (130
kph). Some storm-seasoned
islanders ventured outside to
gawk at the 15-foot (5-meter)
surf or to triple-tie boat moor-
ings even as officials warned
them to stay indoors.

"We are urging residents to
please go home and stay in
until it is all over,” said gov-
ernment spokeswoman Bev-
erle Lottimore.

Those who did venture out-
side were met with howling
winds, and gusts of hurricane
force were reported by mid-
day. Flooding was reported
in low-lying areas and streets
in downtown Hamilton, the
capital, were covered in sev-
eral inches of water and lit-
tered with tree branches and
other debris.

Igor's eye was expected to
pass over or very close to
Bermuda late Sunday, accord-
ing to the U.S. National Hur-
ricane Center in Miami. But
with hurricane-force winds
extending up to 90 miles (150
kilometers) from the storm's
eye, even a near-miss could
cause substantial damage.

The storm was expected to
veer northeast — away from
the United States — after
passing Bermuda. But fore-
casters said it would contin-
ue causing high surf and
strong rip currents along the
USS. eastern seaboard.

Most tourists hopped on
flights home before the air-
port closed Saturday after-
noon, but Elaine and Brian
LaFleur of New Bedford,
Massachusetts, said they actu-
ally changed the date of their
flight so they would make it to
Bermuda in advance of Igor.
They wanted a new experi-
ence for their 28th trip to the
island.

"We've done everything
else on this island, but we've
never experienced a hurri-
cane," said Elaine LaFleur,
62.

The couple's original itin-
erary had them arriving Sun-
day but they flew in Friday.

Brian LeFleur, 66, said the



WAVE ACTION: Waves crash onto the beach at John Smith's Bay in Smith's Parish as Hurricane Igor approaches in Bermuda Saturday. National Hurricane Center in Miami said
tropical storm winds will start battering Bermuda Saturday night, with the hurricane expected to pass near Bermuda early Monday.

couple was staying busy
indoors playing games on
their iPad. He had hoped to
watch Sunday football but the
cable television at their hotel
in downtown Hamilton lost
its signal.

Bermuda's power utility
said at least 6,100 residents
were without electricity.

Some Bermudians were
optimistic that a weakened
Igor, which was downgraded
to a Category 1 hurricane
overnight, would spare the
Atlantic territory serious
damage.

"We prayed that the storm
would be downgraded, and it
looks like our prayers have
been answered," said Fred
Swan, a 52-year-old teacher.

But as the hurricane bore
down, most islanders hun-
kered down in their homes
and listened to the howling
winds and cracking thunder
outside.

School principal Marion
Dyer, 47, said she holed up
with her 8-year-old daughter
and two others after losing
power around dawn, when
Igor's outer bands began
severely whipping Bermuda.

"Now and again we get
bursts of wild wind which
sends the rain in all direc-
tions,” Dyer wrote in an e-
mail to an AP reporter. "We
have heard several rolls of
thunder which are becoming
more frequent."

Premier Ewart Brown said
islanders "have been forced
to recognize that the ocean is
not so vast and Bermuda not
so unique as to be separated
from the awesome power of
nature."

Some islanders checked
into resorts to ride out the
storm. At the Fairmont
Hamilton Princess hotel near
the capital's downtown, about
half of the 410 rooms were

occupied, said Jonathan
Crellin, the hotel's general
manager.

"The hotel is locked down
tight and ready to take Igor
when he arrives in full,"
Crellin said from the hotel,
which like most buildings in
the territory is built of solid
concrete.

High surf kicked up by the
storm has already swept two
people out to sea in Puerto
Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands, far to the south.

By late afternoon Sunday,
Igor was steaming north at 15
mph (24 kph), according to
the U.S. hurricane center.

Forecasters said the storm
could drop 6 to 9 inches (15 to
23 centimeters) of rain over
Bermuda and cause signifi-
cant coastal flooding.

Steve Gibbons and five rel-
atives ventured out on foot to
Somerset Bridge, where high
winds whipped the sea over

Mexico marks 25th
anniversary of ‘85 quake

By MARK STEVENSON
Associated Press Writer

MEXICO CITY (AP) —
In solemn ceremonies and
Roman Catholic masses,
Mexico City commemorated
the 25th anniversary Sunday
of an 8.1-magnitude earth-
quake that killed as many as
10,000 people and sparked an
outpouring of civic action that
many say helped lead the
nation to democracy.

At the downtown square
where the Hotel Regis top-
pled in 1985, a line of ambu-
lances and patrol cars marked
the moment by turning on
their sirens; the hotel was nev-
er rebuilt, and the square is
now known as Solidarity
Park.

But it was all silence at the
humble monument erected at
the site of the collapsed Nue-
vo Leon apartment building,
where hundreds died. An
elderly woman lit votive can-
dles for her dead children,
and survivors placed colorful
floral wreaths at the low
benches built in a circle
around the site.

Cuauhtemoc Abarca, 53,
who at the time was a neigh-
borhood leader for residents
of the Tlatelolco housing
complex, recalled hearing the



SALUTE: Mexico's President Felipe Calderon salutes during a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of
the 1985 Mexico's earthquake in Mexico City on Sunday. The 8.1-magnitude earthquake killed as many
as 10,000 and left thousands homeless.

sound of shattering glass as
the earth shook violently.

"T turned toward the Nuevo
Leon and I saw that it was
collapsing, first like a sand-
wich, and then twisting and
falling,” said Abarca. "I saw
but couldn't believe it, and
then a cloud of dust went up.”

After the quake, as gov-
ernment officials, army troops
and police dithered — seem-
ingly unprepared for the dis-
aster and more interested in

cordoning off collapsed build-
ings than in searching for sur-
vivors — neighbors organized
rescue teams to pull victims
from the rubble.

Abarca, who went on to a
career as a community activist
and helped in relief efforts for
Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake
that killed as many as 300,000,
said the activism awakened
by the Mexico City quake is
still alive. "There is more par-
ticipation in general, in a lot

(AP Photo)

of aspects,” he said. "But the
government has dedicated
itself to dispersing it, creating
smoke screens, to act as if it
was listening."

Mexico's early declarations
that it did not need interna-
tional aid is thought by many
to have contributed to the
eventual downfall of the long-
ruling Institutional Revolu-
tionary Party, which lost the
presidency in 2000 for the first
time in seven decades.

the bridge and made it diffi-
cult to stand up straight.

"Later on, we'll be inside
hunkered down," Gibbons
said while bracing himself
against the gusting wind.

Hotel cancellations were
reported across Bermuda,
popular with tourists for its
pink sand beaches and with
businesspeople as an offshore
financial haven.

A causeway linking the
main island with St. George's
parish was closed, along with
the L.F. Wade International
Airport. Officials said schools
would be closed Monday and
Tuesday, and a local newspa-
per canceled its Monday edi-
tion.

Bermuda's building codes
specify that homes must be
built with walls at least eight
inches thick, and be able to
withstand 150 mph (241 kph)
gusts and sustained winds of
110 mph (177 kph). Some




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power and phone lines are
underground.

In Mexico on Sunday, offi-
cials raised to 12 the death
toll from Hurricane Karl,
which made landfall on Mex-
ico's Gulf Coast on Friday
and soaked Veracruz, Puebla
and Tabasco states in the
south-central part of the
country.

At least 30,000 people were
displaced by flooding and
landslides in Veracruz alone,
according to a report from the
Civil Protection agency.

Gov. Fidel Herrera said 125
municipalities were in a state
of emergency. Far out in the
Atlantic, Tropical Storm Julia
was weakening and not
expected to threaten land.

e Associated Press writers
Elizabeth Roberts in Hamil-
ton, Bermuda, and Miguel
Angel Hernandez in Ver-
acruz, Mexico, contributed to
this report.

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Blown-out
BP well finally
killed at the
bottom of Gulf

By HARRY R. WEBER,
Associated Press Writer

THE well is dead. Finally.

A permanent cement plug
sealed BP's well nearly 2.5
miles below the sea floor in
the Gulf of Mexico, five ago-
nizing months after an explo-
sion sank a drilling rig and
led to the worst offshore oil
spill in U.S. history.

Retired Coast Guard
Adm. Thad Allen, the fed-
eral government's point man
on the disaster, said Sunday
BP's well "is effectively
dead" and posed no further
threat to the Gulf. Allen said
a pressure test to ensure the
cement plug would hold was
completed at 5:54 a.m. CDT.

The gusher was contained
in mid-July after a tempo-
rary cap was successfully fit-
ted atop the well. Mud and
cement were later pushed
down through the top of the
well, allowing the cap to be
removed.

But the well could not be
declared dead until a relief
well was drilled so that the
ruptured well could be sealed
from the bottom, ensuring it
never causes a problem
again. The relief well inter-
sected the blown-out well
Thursday, and crews started
pumping in the cement on
Friday.

The April 20 blast killed
11 workers, and 206 million
gallons of oil spewed.

The disaster caused an
environmental and econom-
ic nightmare for people who
live, work and play along
hundreds of miles of Gulf
shoreline from Florida to
Texas. It also spurred civil
and criminal investigations,
cost gaffe-prone BP chief
Tony Hayward his job, and
brought increased govern-
mental scrutiny of the oil and
gas industry, including a cost-

ly moratorium on deepwater
offshore drilling that is still
in place.

Gulf residents will be feel-
ing the pain for years to
come. There is still plenty of
oil in the water, and some
continues to wash up on
shore. Many people are still
struggling to make ends meet
with some waters still closed
to fishing. Shrimpers who are
allowed to fish are finding it
difficult to sell their catch
because of the perception —
largely from people outside
the region — that the
seafood is not safe to eat.
Tourism along the Gulf has
taken a hit.

The disaster also has taken
a toll on the once mighty oil
giant BP PLC. The British
company's stock price took a
nosedive after the explosion,
though it has recovered
somewhat. Its image as a
steward of the environment
was Stained and its stated
commitment to safety was
challenged. Owners of BP-
branded gas stations in the
USS. were hit with lost sales,
as customers protested at the
pump.

And on the financial side:
BP has already shelled out
$9.5 billion in cleanup costs,
and the company has
promised to set aside anoth-
er $20 billion for a victims
compensation fund. The
company could face tens of
billions of dollars more in
government fines and legal
costs from hundreds of pend-
ing lawsuits.

BP took some of the
blame for the Gulf oil disas-
ter in an internal report
issued earlier this month,




collapse. (AP)

IN THIS May 6, 2010 file photo, the contain-
ment vessel is lowered into the Gulf of Mex-
ico at the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig



























THIS APRIL 21, 2010 file photo shows the
Deepwater Horizon oil rig burning after an explo-
sion in the Gulf of Mexico, off the southeast
tip of Louisiana. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad
Allen, the federal government's point man on the
disaster, said Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, BP's well
"is effectively dead.” A permanent cement plug
sealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea
floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing
months after an explosion sank a drilling rig
and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. his-
tory. (AP)

acknowledging among other
things that its workers misin-
terpreted a key pressure test
of the well. But in a possible
preview of its legal strategy, it
also pointed the finger at its
partners on the doomed rig.
BP was a majority owner
of the well that blew out, and
it was leasing the rig that
exploded from owner
Transocean Ltd.









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INSIGHT



‘Serious concern’
over ‘fraud’ at the

Afghan elections

KABUL, Afghanistan

THE main Afghan elec-
tion observer group said
Sunday it had serious con-
cerns about the legitimacy
of this weekend's parlia-
mentary vote because of
reported fraud, even as Pres-
ident Hamid Karzai com-
mended the balloting as a
solid success, according to
Associated Press.

The conflicting statements
underscored the difficulty of
determining the credibility
of the vote also hit by mili-
tant attacks that hurt the
turnout. Afghan officials
started gathering and tallying
results Sunday in a process
that could take weeks if not
months to complete.

The country’s internation-
al backers offered praise for
those who voted Saturday
despite bomb and rocket
attacks, and voiced hoped
for a democratic result. A
repeat of the pervasive fraud
that tainted a presidential
election a year ago would
only erode further the stand-
ing of Karzai administration
— both at home and abroad
— as it struggles against a
Taliban insurgency.

While the first vote counts
are due to be made public
in a few days time, full pre-
liminary results are not
expected until early Octo-
ber, and then there will be
weeks of fraud investigations
before winners are officially
announced for the 249 par-
liamentary seats, which were
contested by about 2,500
candidates.

The election commission
has said it hopes to release
final results by the end of
October. But there are like-
ly to be a host of fraud com-
plaints in each province —
which could drag the process
on even beyond that target
date. The resolution of last
year's vote took months.

On Sunday, the indepen-
dent Free and Fair Elections
Foundation of Afghanistan
said it "has serious concerns
about the quality of elec-
tions," given the insecurity
and numerous complaints of
fraud. FEFA deployed
about 7,000 people around
the country, making it the
largest observer of the par-
liamentary vote. Many inter-
national observer groups
scaled back their operations
from last year because of
security concerns.

At least 21 civilians and
nine police officers were
killed during the voting,
according to the election
commission and the Interi-
or Ministry, amid dozens of
bombings and rocket attacks.
In addition, two pollworkers
were kidnapped in northern
Balkh province and their
bodies were discovered Sun-
day, Afghan election com-
mission chairman Fazel
Ahmad Manawi told
reporters.

The election commission
has yet to provide an overall
turnout figure but it appears
to have been lower than last
year. The commission said
Sunday that at least 4 mil-
lion people voted — at least
24 percent of the country's
17 million registered voters
— though they were still
waiting for reports from
some voting centers. Nearly
6 million ballots were cast
last year, though the wide-
spread ballot-box stuffing
means it was difficult to
know how many people
actually voted.

Throughout Saturday's
balloting, complaints that
anti-fraud measures were
being ignored or weren't
working poured in from
across the country. People
said the indelible ink that is
supposed to stain voters’ fin-
gers for 72 hours could be
washed off.

In some polling stations,
observers said poll workers
were letting people vote with

AFGHAN ELECTION workers stack ballot boxes at Afghanistan's Inde-
pendent Election Commission in Herat on Sunday Sept. 19, 2010. Afghan
election observers said they had serious concerns about the legitimacy of
Saturday's parliamentary balloting as officials began Sunday to tally the
results in a process that could take months. (AP)

obviously fake voter cards.

"Ballot stuffing was seen
to varying extents in most
provinces, as were proxy vot-
ing and underage voting,"
FEFA said.

Yet Karzai issued a state-
ment Sunday calling the vote
an all-round success.

"President Karzai con-
gratulates the nation of
Afghanistan on its success-
ful parliamentary election,”
the statement said. "This has
been another positive step
in strengthening democracy
in our country."

He went on to call on the
country's anti-fraud watch-
dog to thoroughly investi-
gate all fraud complaints.

The head of the U.N. mis-
sion in Afghanistan, Staffan
de Mistura, stressed how dif-
ficult it is to hold an election
in a war zone like
Afghanistan and said the
Afghan government should
be praised for managing to
get people out to vote at all.

"It's almost a miracle to
have an election in these cir-
cumstances," de Mistura
said.

However, he said it was
too early to determine
whether the vote was a suc-
cess, and cautioned that the
combination of a low
turnout in some areas and
fraud allegations could
threaten the results.

"That may be a toxic com-
bination," de Mistura said.

The head of U.S.-based
observer group Democracy
International said the tally-
ing and fraud-investigation
process will be key to deter-
mining the election's validity.

"Right now is a pretty crit-
ical time," Jed Ober said.
"They will be following up
on claims and verifying
them. So much remains to
be seen."

Last year's presidential
vote was so tainted by ballot-
box stuffing and rejiggered
tallies — much to Karzai's
benefit — that nearly a third
of his votes were thrown out.

If Afghans don't accept
the results of the vote, it
could have a profound effect
both inside the country and
with Afghanistan's interna-
tional backers, who have
140,000 troops in the country
and have spent billions try-
ing to shore up Karzai's
administration.

Abdullah Abdullah, the
runner-up to Karzai in the
2009 poll, has suggested
there could be unrest if vot-
ers feel disenfranchised, and
that candidates installed
despite accusations of fraud-
ulent voting could lead to a
rubber-stamp parliament in
the hands of the govern-
ment.

However, an election per-
ceived as legitimate could go
some way to building public
faith in a democratic system
which has struggled to take
root since the hardline Tal-
iban regime was ousted in a
U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
The election drew a wide
array of candidates, and at
least in key urban centers,
campaigning was vigorous
and citizens on Saturday
voiced resolve in voting
despite the threat of militant
attack.

Violence continued on
Sunday, with three rockets
fired a meeting of senior offi-
cials in southern Kandahar
province which was intended
to rally support against the
Taliban. The closest landed
about 40 meters (45 yards)
away from the meeting in
Arghandab district, attended
by the provincial governor
and Karzai's brother Ahmad
Wali Karzai, who chairs the
provincial council. No one
was hurt.

In the north, an insur-








A SMALL boy peeks from behind the poster of an election candidate as posters are dismantled a day after parliamentary election in Kabul,

Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. (AP)

A SHOPKEEPER bites into tape
to fasten posters of the candi-
date of his choice contesting
ahead of the parliamentary
election, on the outer wall of
his small shop in Kabul,
Afghanistan.

gent rocket attack killed six
children in Ali Abad dis-
trict of Kunduz province,
the Interior Ministry said
without providing further
details.

Meanwhile, NATO forces
said they killed seven insur-
gents in an attack Saturday
targeting a Taliban com-
mander at a village com-
pound in volatile Nangarhar
province in the east.

Ghafor Khan, the district
police spokesman, said five
people were killed and two
wounded in the attack.

He said investigators
were determining whether
the casualties were insur-
gents or civilians. NATO
said its initial reporting was
that no civilians were killed
or hurt.

Afghan officials have
repeatedly warned that civil-
ian casualties undermine
anti-insurgency efforts.

NATO said three of its
service members died in
attacks in Afghanistan on
Saturday.

Two died in a bomb attack
in the south and another in
an insurgent attack in the
north.

Their nationalities were
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INSIGHT



US woman
held in Iran
for a year
arrives in US |

NEW YORK (AP) — An
American woman who was
held in Iran for more than
13 months and accused of
espionage said Sunday that
she and two men detained
with her never spied or com-
mitted any crime, calling
their arrest "a huge misun-
derstanding."

Sarah Shourd underscored
her gratitude at being
released but said she felt only
"one-third free" because her
fiance, Shane Bauer, and
their friend Josh Fattal
remain in Tehran's notori-
ous Evin Prison.

"This is not the time to cel-
ebrate," Shourd, 32, said in
prepared remarks for a New
York news conference. "The
only thing that enabled me
to cross the gulf from prison
to freedom alone was the
knowledge that Shane and
Josh wanted with all their
hearts for my suffering to
end."

Shourd traveled to New
York after arriving Sunday
morning at Dulles Interna-

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tional Airport near Wash-
ington on a flight from
Dubai, United Arab Emi-
rates, accompanied by her
mother and an uncle.

Meanwhile, Iranian Presi-
dent Mahmoud Ahmadine-
jad arrived in New York
Sunday to attend the U.N.
General Assembly. He later
met with U.N. Secretary-
General Ban Ki-moon to dis-
cuss developments in Iraq,
Afghanistan and the Middle
East as well as efforts to
resolve the dispute over
Iran's nuclear program, the
U.N. spokesperson's office
said.

Ahmadinejad called
Shourd's release "a huge
humanitarian gesture” in an
interview on ABC televi-
sion's "This Week with
Christiane Amanpour." He
called on the U.S. to release
eight Iranians being detained
after arrests he said were ille-
gal.

Shourd thanked Iranians
and Ahmadinejad in a care-
fully scripted return that

spoke to the continuing deli-
cacy of her situation. Iran has
issued espionage-related
indictments against her,
Bauer and Fattal; the indict-
ments could bring trials for
the two men and proceed-
ings in absentia for Shourd.

But she stressed their inno-
cence in a case that has
added to the roster of ten-
sions between the U.S. and
Iran.

The three were detained
in July 2009 after Iranian offi-
cials said they intentionally
crossed the country's border
from Iraq. Echoing accounts
their familics have given in
their absence, Shourd said
Sunday that the three had
been hiking in a popular
tourist area — near a water-
fall in Iraq's Kurdistan region
— and had no idea the bor-
der was nearby.

"If we were indeed near
the Iraq-Iran border, that
border was entirely
unmarked and indistinguish-
able," she said.

"Shane and Josh do not



SARAH SHOURD makes a statement at the VIP Lounge of Muscat sinnatt before she flies out of Muscat,
Oman, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. The American woman released from Iran after more than 13 months in
custody began her journey back to the United States on Saturday after asking her supporters to "extend
your prayers’ to her fiance and another American man who remain in Tehran accused of spying. The three
Americans were detained in July 2009 along the Iraqi border. Iran has issued espionage-related indictments,
which could bring trials for the two men and proceedings in absentia for Shourd. (AP)

deserve to be in prison one
day longer than I was," she
said. "We committed no
crime and we are not spies.
We in no way intended any
harm to the Iranian govern-
ment or its people and
believe a huge misunder-
standing led to our arrest and
prolonged detention."

Shourd's mother has said
her daughter had health
problems including a breast
lump and precancerous cer-
vical cells. Shourd said Sun-
day that doctors in Oman,
where she went immediately
after her release, had deter-
mined she was physically
well.

Officials in Oman — an
ally of both Iran and the
United States — mediated a
$500,000 bail for Shourd that

satisfied Iranian authorities
and apparently did not vio-
late U.S. economic sanctions
against Iran. The source of
the bail payment has not
been disclosed.

She left Oman Saturday
for Dubai, United Arab Emi-
rates, and took a commercial
flight from there to Dulles
because planes to New York
were already full of passen-
gers flying in for the General
Assembly meeting, the fam-
ilies said.

Shourd and Bauer had
been living together in Dam-
ascus, Syria, where Bauer
was working as a freelance
journalist and Shourd as an
English teacher. Fattal, an
environmental activist and a
fellow graduate of the Uni-
versity of California at

Berkeley, came to visit them
last July, and the three went
hiking.

"My hope is that by learn-
ing who we are and how we
came to be in this diverse and
fascinating region of the
world directly from my lips, it
will help clear up any doubts
and end Shane and Josh's
detention," Shourd said.

She added that she hoped
their experience would pro-
vide “an opportunity for
Americans and Iranians to
realize that an improved rela-
tionship would be in the best
interest of all people."

Ahmadinejad gave no
specifics in his interview with
Amanpour about whether
Bauer and Fattal might also
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PAGE 13 & 14 © International sports news

SPORTS
INBRIEF

SOFTBALL
NPSA FIXTURE

THE New Providence
Softball Association
(NPSA) is scheduled to
complete regular season
action this weekend at the
Banker’s Field, Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex,
with the following games
on tap:

Tonight’s schedule

7pm — Dorin United
Hitmen vs Del Sol
Arawaks (M)

8:30pm — John’s Bucca-
neers vs Dorsey Park Boyz
(M)

Tuesday’s schedule

7pm — T&C Express
Outlaws vs Freedom Farm
Horsemen (M)

8:30pm — Dorin United
Hitmen vs Y-II Shipping
New Breed (M)

Wednesday’s schedule

7pm — Sigma Brackettes
vs Bommer G. Operators
) een

8:30pm — Mighty Mitts
vs Del Sol Arawaks (M)

SOFTBALL
KERZNER
INTERNATIONAL

PLAY in the Kerzner
International Departmen-
tal Softball League is slat-
ed to open today at the
Banker’s Field with a dou-
ble header on tap.

In the 10am opener, the
Casino Big Dogs are set
to take on the Messa Grill.
The feature game at noon
will be between Ocean
Club and Banquet.

There are a total of 11
teams participating in the
league. They will play out
of two pools in a round
robin format with games
being played on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays.

SOFTBALL
BSC REV CARROLL
CLASSIC

THE Baptist Sports
Council is scheduled to
kick off the Rev Anthony
Carroll Softball Classic
Saturday at the Banker’s
Field.

Opening day is expected
to feature a showdown
between the defending
champions and the run-
ners-up in the men, co-ed
and 19-and-under divi-
sions. There will also be a
brief opening ceremony.

In the opening game at
10 am, defending champi-
on Macedonia Baptist are
to face runners-up Tem-
ple Fellowship in the 19-
and-under division. That
will be followed by the
opening ceremonies.

At 11:30 am, the second
game is expected to be
played with defending
champion Golden Gates
taking on runners-up
Macedonia in the co-ed
division.

And in the feature con-
test at 12:30 pm, defend-
ing champions Transfigu-
ration are set to battle run-
ners-up Macedonia Bap-
tist in the men’s division.

This year’s classic is
being held in honour of
the Rev Anthony Carroll,
the new president of the
Bahamas National Baptist
Missionary and Educa-
tional Convention and the
pastor of Antioch Native
Baptist Church.

So far, there are a total
of nine teams entered in
the men’s division, eight
in the co-ed division and
five in the 19-and-under
division.

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New Breed holds on for 13-12 decision over Freedom Farm

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Y-II Shipping New Breed
found out that in order to get to the
next level - the championship - they
have to know how to hold onto their
lead.

Leading 9-1 with a chance to stop
the Freedom Farm Horsemen via the
seven-run rule, New Breed watched as
their lead was diminished and they
had to end up playing the full seven
innings.

In the end, however, Y-II Shipping

was able to hold on for a 13-12 deci-
sion over Freedom Farm in the men’s
feature contest on Saturday night at
the Banker’s Field, Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex.

Coach Anthony ‘Hot Dog’ Pierce,
who has been around the game long
enough as a player to see some of
these types of games, said it was a
good learning experience for their
young team, managed by Martin
‘Pork’ Burrows.

“Most of the guys are sort of young
and most of the time they sort of lose
their composure and they just sit down
and relax after scoring so many runs,”

said Pierce, who was on the opposite
end of the field against his former
long-time manager Godfrey ‘Gully’
Burnside.

“But like I always tell you, ‘you
have to play seven innings, not four or
three or six, whenever the stoppage
comes. The game is for seven innings
and you have to expect to play that
much every night.”

The game was played between the
third and fourth place teams in the
men’s standings as they get set for the
playoffs that is scheduled to start on
Thursday.

Nothing changed in the positions at

the end of the game as New Breed
stayed in third at 12-3, while the
Stingrays continue to hold onto fourth
at 9-6.

Both teams are slated to play their
final regular season games Tuesday. In
the 7pm opener, Freedom Farm is set
to face the T&C Express Outlaws and
Y-II Shipping the Dorin United Hit-
men in the 8:30pm feature contest.

Dorin United, managed by Erin
Adderley, blew their chance to con-
tend for the pennant after they
dropped a 14-9 decision to the John’s

SEE NEXT page

Macedonia wins cycling classic

THE Baptist Sports Coun-
cil hosted its 2010 Barron
Musgrove/Roy Colebrooke
Cycling Classic on Saturday
at the National Cycling Track,
Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
plex.

The classic was won by
Macedonia Baptist Church,
followed by Golden Gates
Native Baptist and Team
Warriors, headed by Barron
Musgrove, rounded out the
top three. Individual results
in the age group categories
are as follows:

10-and-under boys

Russorn Strachan (Mace-
donia); Felix Neely (Team
Warriors); Ashton Webb
(Golden Gates)

10-and-under girls

Remilda Thompson (Mace-
donia); Tatyana Musgrove
(Southside Christian Acade-
my); Melvinique Strachan
(Macedonia)



CYCLE ACTION: Branisha Thompson and Brittany Stubbs, both from Macedonia Baptist, compete in the

under-15 girls division.

15-and-under boys

Anthony Colebrooke
(Team Warriors); Justin Min-
nis (Team Warriors); Petron
Lightbourne (Team War-



PLAQUE PRESENTATION: BSC’s assistant director Joanne Webb
presents a plaque to Barron Musgrove and one to Roy Colebrook in
his absence.

riors)
15-and-under girls
Anthinence Simmons

(Team Warriors); Brittany
Stubbs (Macedonia); Bran-
isha Thompson (Macedonia)

19-and-under boys

Ishan Rolle (Macedonia);
Lamar Saunders (Macedo-
nia); Craig Mortimer (Mace-
donia)

19-and-under girls

Ariel Webb (Golden Gates
Native); Harrinique Smith
(Macedonia); Chante Gibson
(Macedonia)

Open men

Brent Stubbs (Macedonia);
Brian Capron (Macedonia);
Ian Webb (Golden Gates)

Open women

Nicola Major (golden
Gates); Lauriette Hinsey
(Golden Gates); Candice
Webb (Golden Gates)

During the awards cere-

mony, BSC’s assistant direc-
tor Deaconness Joanne
Webb, presented a plaque to
Barron Musgrove and anoth-
er to Roy Colebrooke for
their patronage of the classic.

The BSC honoured the
New Providence Cycling
Association president and the
Bahamas Cycling Federation
president respectively for the
tremendous role they have
played over the years in the
cycling circle.

Cycling is just one of the
three sporting events left on
the BSC calendar.

This Saturday, the BSC is
scheduled to kick off the Rev
Anthony Carroll Softball
Classic and on Saturday,
October 30, the Rev Eller-
ston Smith Track and Field
Classic is all set to take place.

The Volleyball Classic is
scheduled for December.



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THE WINNERS: Some members of Macedonia Baptist Church flank BSC’s assistant director Joanne Webb as they are presented with their

winning trophy.



CHRISNELL COOPER

BOC awards
judo coaching
scholarship

WHEN Chrisnell Cooper
took a judo class at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas in Jan-
uary, 2008, she had no idea
that this would lead to world
travel as well as a scholar-
ship to study for four
months in Hungary.

She has been awarded a
scholarship by the Bahamas
Olympic Committee to
study judo coaching at Sem-
melweis University in
Budapest, Hungary.

After passing the COB
judo class with an A, Chris-
nell became a junior coach
for Federation Affiliate All-
Star Family Center, focusing
on preschool and primary
school development.

She also joined the nation-
al team, practicing 20 hours
a week while at COB. She
represented the Bahamas at
the World Cup in Brazil and
at the Pan American Cham-
pionships in Miami.

"When I was younger I
enjoyed wrestling with my
cousins. Judo has afforded
me many opportunities that
would have been virtually
impossible and it has helped
me to shape my character,
dig deeper and discover new
things about myself,” said
Cooper.

"Tam from a large family
of four sisters and five
brothers, so I could not
afford to study abroad on
my own. I am grateful to the
Bahamas Olympic Commit-
tee and the Bahamas Judo
Federation who have had
the confidence in me. I look
forward to giving back when
T return and advancing the
sport of judo in the
Bahamas."

Anyone seeking more
information on the Bahamas
Judo Federation can contact
the Federation at the Head-
quarters All Star Family
Center, Joe Farrington
Road, or call 364-6773 or
visit the website at
www.bahamasjudo.com

Boxing club gears up for L Garth Wright Golden Gloves

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER hosting a success-
ful Wellington ‘Sonny Boy’
Rahming Silver Gloves Box-
ing Show, Champion Ama-
teur Boxing Club is now gear-
ing up for the 16th L Garth
Wright Golden Gloves Box-
ing Show.

And co-ordinator Ray
Minus Jr says the format will
be slightly different as they
will host a four-weekend
showdown between teams
from Inagua, the YMCA
Freeport Boxing Club, the
Arthur Missick Freeport Box-
ing Club, the Bahamas Youth
Sporting Club, the
Carmichael Boxing Club and
the Lion-Heart Boxing Club.

“We had a very, very excit-
ing Sonny Boy Rahming Sil-
ver Gloves. We did four
weeks of that,” Minus Jr
pointed out. “That kind of
inspired me to organise the L
Garth Wright Tournament in
that same way.

“This time, we are a lot
more prepared. We have
organised ourselves and have
contacted all of the other
clubs in the Bahamas to par-
ticipate.”

The L Garth Wright Gold-
en Glove Tournament is
scheduled to kick off 6pm Sat-
urday at the First Class Box-
ing Square on Wulff Road.

It will feature a four-mem-
ber team coming in from
Inagua. They will compete
against Minus’ Champion
Boxing Club and_ the

Bahamas Youth Sporting
Club, headed by Leonard
‘Boston Blackie’ Miller.

The second week on Octo-
ber 2 will be the battle of the
local clubs with Carmichael
Boxing Club, the Lion-Heart
Boxing Club and the Cham-
pion Boxing Club in the spot-
light.

During the third weekend,
the Bahamas Youth Sporting
Club will be competing again,
along with the visiting YMCA
Freeport Boxing Club from
Grand Bahama.

The final weekend will
close out on Saturday with the
Arthur Missick Boxing Club
from Grand Bahama coming
in and joining the Carmichael
Boxing Club.

“This will give the boys a
wealth of experience in the

country,” said Minus Jr, indi-
cating that they intend to
stage at least 70 or more fights
over the month-long show.

Each weekend, Minus Jr
said awards will be present-
ed to the Best Fight of the
night, the Most Improved
Boxer, the MVP of the Night
and the L Garth Wright
Award.

Minus Jr said the Inagua
contingent is very excited
about the show and they have
indicated that they would like
to compete in all of the week-
end shows.

“We already have the infor-
mation on the boxers and we
are looking forward to hosting
them,” Minus Jr said. “The
YMCA will be coming down
on different weekends from
the Arthur Missick Boxing

Club. So they should also
bring a lot of excitement to
the tournament.

“We want to showcase
everybody and really, really
bring boxing together and get
everybody involved in this
tournament. This tournament
is the leading tournament in
the country. It has been going
on for 16 years and the Sonny
Boy Rahming Tournament
has set the pace in keeping
this tournament at a high lev-
el.”

At the end of the four
weekends, Minus Jr said they
will put on a final event to
determine the overall cham-
pions in all of the divisions
contested as they try to show-
case the best that the
Bahamas has to offer at a
national level.

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INTERNATIONAL SPORTS



Man U tops
Liverpool, 3-2

By ROB HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LONDON (AP) — A hat
trick from Dimitar Berbatov
gave Manchester United a 3-
2 victory over Liverpool,
while Premier League leader
Chelsea extended its perfect
start to the season by routing
Blackpool 4-0 on Sunday.

United threw away a two-
goal lead in the second half
when Steven Gerrard scored
two goals in six minutes for
Liverpool, but Berbatov's
third in the 84th minute
sealed the three points.

Chelsea took just two min-
utes to go in front against
Blackpool. After Salomon
Kalou's tap-in, Florent Mal-
ouda scored twice and Didier
Drogba netted with a deflect-
ed strike.

Chelsea has a four-point
lead at the top of the stand-
ings over Arsenal and Man-
chester United, while Man-
chester City is fourth after
beating Wigan 2-0 on Sunday.

The first goal of the day
came after 42 minutes at Old
Trafford, with Berbatov nod-
ding home Ryan Giggs’ cor-
ner at the near post. Berba-
tov, who has faced intense
criticism over his form since
joining United two years ago,
scored a stunning second in
the 59th.

Berbatov's good work was
undone in that six-minute
spell starting in the 64th.

United's Jonny Evans
lunged in on Fernando Torres
as the striker cut into the
penalty area, resulting in a
Liverpool penalty. Gerrard
made good on the shot.

Six minutes later, John
O'Shea was fortunate not to
be sent off when he dragged
Torres to the ground just out-
side the penalty area. Gerrard
found the corner of United's
goal with precision to equalize
from his free kick.

United had thrown away a
two-goal lead for the second
successive weekend, having
drawn 3-3 at Everton in its
previous match. But Berba-
tov rose to meet O'Shea's
cross to secure the three
points and complete his hat
trick.

Chelsea had no such prob-
lems disposing of Blackpool.
After just two minutes at
Stamford Bridge, Drogba's



BALL FIGHT: Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov (right) fights
for the ball against Liverpool's Martin Skrtel during their English
Premier League match at Old Trafford Stadium in England.

(AP Photo)

corner was flicked on by
Branislav Ivanovic and Kalou
supplied the finish at the far
post. Chelsea then doubled
its lead when Kalou put Drog-
ba clear and Malouda fired
home.

The third goal came when
Ashley Cole fed Drogba,
whose shot was deflected in.

Another simple Chelsea
move sliced Blackpool open
in the 41st to make it 4-0.
Drogba’'s ball over the top to
Kalou was perfect and he
crossed for Malouda to fire
into the bottom corner.

Celtic’s perfect start

GLASGOW, Scotland
(AP) — Celtic came from
behind to beat Kilmarnock 2-
1 and maintain its perfect start
to the Scottish Premier
League season on Sunday.

The victory ensured Celtic
matched Glasgow rival
Rangers by winning a fifth
match.

Messi injured in

Barcelona's 2-1 victory

at Atletico Madrid

MADRID (AP) — Lionel
Messi was carried off with a
serious ankle injury after the
Argentina forward and Ger-
ard Pique scored in Barcelon-
a's 2-1 victory at Atletico
Madrid.

Messi celebrated the 10th
anniversary of his arrival to
Barcelona with a 13th-minute
opener, before Raul Garcia
headed home an equalizer for
the hosts in the 25th. Pique
calmly controlled a corner
kick inside the Atletico area
to score the winner.

Messi exited on a stretcher
during stoppage time as the
Spanish champion won at the
Vicente Calderon stadium for
the first time since the 2006-
'07 season.

Valencia leads the league
with nine points after beating
Hercules, which had previ-
ously defeated Barcelona 2-
1.

Eto’o scores two as

Inter Milan rallies to

beat Palermo 2-1

ROME (AP) — Samuel
Eto'o scored twice and five-
time defending champion
Inter Milan rallied to beat
Palermo 2-1 and return to the
top of the Serie A standings.

With seven points, Inter
shares the Italian league lead
with newly promoted Cese-
na, which beat Lecce 1-0
despite having to play with 10
men due to a referee's error.

Juventus beat last-place
Udinese 4-0 with goals from
Leonardo Bonucci, Fabio
Quagliarella, Claudio Marchi-
sio and Vincenzo Iaquinta.
AS Roma remained winless
after allowing two late scores
from Marco Di Vaio in a 2-2
draw with Bologna.

Chievo Verona's perfect
start was snapped with a 1-0
loss to Brescia, with Alessan-
dro Diamanti — who played
for West Ham last season —
scoring from a free kick in the
30th.

Luca Toni converted a
penalty for his first goal since
joining Genoa but Cristian
Zaccardo scored a second-
half equalizer for a 1-1 draw
at Parma. Bari and Cagliari
drew 0-0.

New Breed holds on for 13-12

decision over Freedom Farm



FROM page 12

Buccaneers Friday night.

Although they still have
two more games remaining -
tonight against the Del Sol
Arawaks and Tuesday against
Y-II Shipping - the best the
Hitmen could do is finish in a
two-way tie for first place with
the defending champions
Commando Security Truck-
ers.

If they do, the Truckers
would be awarded the regular
season title by virtue of the
least runs scored on their
head-to-head match-up with
the Hitmen after they split
their double header.

As for the women’s divi-
sion, the defending champi-
ons Pineapple Air Wildcats
also clinched the pennant with
a stunning 14-0 whitewashing
of the Bommer G Operators
on Friday night.

Here’s a summary of the
games played over the week-
end:

New Breed 13,

Horsemen 12

Freedom Farm got the bet-
ter of the fourth inning when
they came up with nine runs
to eventually tie the score at
10-10 in the bottom of the
frame.

But it was Y-II Shipping
that got the final laugh when
they broke a 12-12 tie in the
top of the seventh on Angelo
Butler’s run-producing
ground out that knocked in
Eugene Pratt with the win-
ning run.

Pratt, the winning pitcher
on an eight-hitter with five
strike outs, led off the rally
with a walk and got all the
way to third on a bunt single
from Lavaughn Ferguson

before Butler knocked him
in.

Butler ended up with a 2-
for-4 night, driving in three
runs and scoring twice, while
Garfield Bethel was 2-for-3
with a two-run blast and a
two-run triple and Jordan
Gibson was 2-for-4 with a
RBI and a run scored.

Ryan Major and Avery
Rolle combined for 10 hits,
the first eight credited to
Major in his start. Major and
Rolle had two and one strike
out respectively.

Ivan ‘Showtime’ Francis
was 2-for-5 with two runs
scored, Greg Burrows Jr had
a triple and scored three times
and Devaughn Wong was 1-
for-4 with two RBI and a run
scored.

Lady Sharks 14,

Scorpions 1

Thela Johnson and Keisha
Pratt, both with two hits, had
back-to-back solo in-the-park
home runs in the first of two
five-run innings that enabled
Proper Care to blow the game
open.

They scored four and three
respectively and were joined
by Vonetta Nairn, who had
just one hit, but crossed the
home plate three times as the
Lady Sharks connected on 13
hits off loser Lashanna Git-
tens.

Alex Taylor went the dis-
tance for the win on a two-
hitter and six strike outs. She
gave up the only run on the
fourth when Vashenie Lewis
led off with a walk, stole sec-
ond and came home on a wild
pitch.

Wildcats 14, Operators 0

Marvelle Miller continued
her MVP pitching perfor-
mance with a three-hitter,

walking one and striking out
five as the Pineapple Air
clinched the pennant on Fri-
day.

Miller also helped her own
cause by going 2-for-3 with
three RBI, scoring a run. Can-
dice Smith was 1-for-3 with a
RBI and two runs, Donnette
Edwards was a perfect 3-for-3
with a RBI and three runs
and Mary ‘Cruise’ Edge-
combe-Sweeting was also 3-
for-3 with three RBI and two
runs.

Desiree Coakley suffered
the loss after surrendering a
total of 13 hits and walking
just one.

Buccaneers 14, Hitmen 9

Although they are out of
the playoff picture, John’s
shattered Dorin United’s bid
for the pennant on Friday
night.

Culbert ‘Buster’ Evans led
the seventh-place Buccaneers
(4-11) to the upsetting victory
with 11 hits, two walks and
seven strike outs.

Nicholas Eldon had a per-
fect 4-for-4 night with two
RBI and a run scored, Caud-
ero Pinder was 2-for-4 with a
RBI, Marcellus Hall, who
struck out three times, was 1-
for-4 with a run and Angelo
Dillette was 1-for-2 with a
RBI and three runs scored in
the win.

Alcott Forbes came in relief
of starter Keiron Munroe to
pick up the loss after he fin-
ished the game with four hits,
three walks and five hits.

Munroe was 3-for-5 with
three RBI, scoring a run,
Forbes was 2-for-4 with a RBI
and two runs, Everette Neely
Jr was 2-for-2 with two RBI
and arun and William Delan-
cy was 2-for-5 with a run in
the loss.

France to play Serbia in
all-Euro Davis Cup final

LONDON (AP) — Serbia will host France
in an all-European Davis Cup final in Decem-
ber after the Serbs rallied to beat the Czech
Republic 3-2 on Sunday.

Serbia, which was trailing 2-1 after Satur-
day's doubles, was able to tie the best-of-five
series when Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas
Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday's first
match.

Janko Tipsarevic then secured Serbia's first
appearance in a Davis Cup final by beating
Radek Stepanek 6-0, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the decid-
ing match. France had already qualified for
the Dec. 3-5 final by taking an unassailable 3-
0 lead in Saturday's doubles. It completed a 5-
0 rout on Sunday.

United States 3, Colombia 1

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Mardy Fish
defeated Santiago Giraldo 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 8-
6 to give the United States an insurmountable
3-1 lead over Colombia in the Davis Cup.

Winning the playoff match on outdoor red
clay means the U.S. will remain in the World
Group, the top tier of the Davis Cup. Colom-
bia was trying to qualify for the first time.

Fish also became the first American to win
three times in a single Davis Cup match since
Pete Sampras in the 1995 final in Moscow.
Fish won in Friday's opening singles and
teamed up with John Isner to win the dou-
bles on Saturday.

Ryan Harrison was scheduled to play the
final match for the United States, but it would-
n't have affected the outcome and was can-
celed due to a late rainstorm.

Sweden 3, Italy 2

LIDKOPING, Sweden (AP) — Robin
Soderling and Simone Bolelli won in straight
sets to help Sweden defeat Italy 3-2 and remain
in the World Group

Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti chose
Bolelli over Potito Starace to face Soderling,
who won 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to preserve the victory.
Bolelli had defeated Soderling last spring.

India 3, Brazil 2

CHENNAT, India (AP) — Rohan Bopanna
defeated Ricardo Mello 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3 in the
final singles to complete a remarkable come-
back by India and keep its place in the World
Group. It was the first time that India, which
has been playing in the Davis Cup since 1921,
has come back to win a match after being 0-2
down.

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi started
the comeback by winning the doubles on Sat-
urday. Somdev Devvarman then made it 2-2 in
the first of the reverse singles with a 7-6(3) 4-
0 victory over Thomaz Bellucci, who conced-

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dration.

Kazakhstan 5,

Switzerland 0

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Playing in
its first Davis Cup playoff, Kazakhstan sur-
prised the Swiss to reach the World Group
over a team missing Roger Federer.

Andrey Golubev won all three of his match-
es without dropping a set. He defeated Michael
Lammer 6-3, 6-2, while Mikhail Kukushkin
beat Marco Chiudinelli 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday.

Romania 5, Ecuador 0

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Victor
Crivoi and Adrian Ungur finished off a sweep
for Romania, allowing it to rejoin the World
Group for the 16th time in its 68-year Davis
Cup history. Victor Hanescu and Adrian
Ungur won on Friday to start things off, then
Hanescu teamed with Horia Tecau to lock up
the match in doubles on Saturday.

Germany 5, South Africa 0

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Andreas
Beck and Izak van der Merwe won in straight
sets, and Flroia Mayer defeated Rik de Voest
to complete a Davis Cup rout for Germany.

South Africa was trying to return to the
World Group for the first time since 1998.

Austria 3, Israel 2

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Jurgen Melzer
and Martin Fischer helped Austria rally past
Israel and into the World Group for the Davis
Cup. Melzer defeated Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-0, 6-4,
while Fischer beat Harel Levy 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-
3 in the deciding singles match. The two teams
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Favre has 4 turnovers in
14-10 loss to Dolphins

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI
AP Sports Writer

CB Jenkins
knocked out of
Cowhoys game

With injury

ARLINGTON, Texas
(AP) — Cowboys cornerback
Mike Jenkins will have an
MRI on his right knee Mon-
day, though he believes every-
thing is OK.

Jenkins was hurt with about
5 minutes left in Dallas’ 27-
20 loss to the Chicago Bears
when he got tangled up with
receiver Johnny Knox trying
to block him. Jenkins
remained down on the side-
line after Devin Hester's 38-
yard catch to the Cowboys 3
that led to a touchdown on
the next play.

"He tried to block me and I
tried to throw him off," Jenk-
ins said. "We just collided
knees.”

After being tended to and
helped to his feet by medical
personnel, Jenkins was then
taken to the locker room on a
motorized cart. But he said
afterward he just had a “little
swelling” and was walking
around without any signifi-
cant problem.

"It's probably just a deep
bruise," he said.

Cowboys owner Jerry
Jones said the initial reports
on Jenkins were good.

"Tt examined well," Jones
said. "Now that doesn't mean
anything until we get him in
there (Monday)."

About 4 minutes before
Jenkins got hurt, Cowboys
tight end Jason Witten came
off the field after being
crushed between two defend-
ers and getting his head
slammed into the turf after
making a 23-yard catch.

"(Witten) got banged up to
where we had to hold him
out,” coach Wade Phillips said
after the game.

Jones said he didn't have a
report on Witten, who left the
locker room without speak-
ing to reporters.

Witten's catch got the Cow-
boys to the Chicago 31, but
they missed a field goal.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Brett Favre made the
decision, finally, to return for a 20th NFL season, he made
it clear from the start that duplicating last year's magic
with the Minnesota Vikings wasn't going to be easy.

Then again, he didn't think it was going to be THIS
hard.

Favre was intercepted three times and the Miami Dol-
phins defense stopped Adrian Peterson on fourth-and-
goal from the 1 to preserve a 14-10 victory over the Vikings
on Sunday.

After throwing two interceptions at the Metrodome all
of last season, Favre accounted for four turnovers in the
2010 home opener, with the other a fumble on a sack by
Cameron Wake in the end zone that Dolphins linebacker
Koa Misi recovered to give Miami a 14-0 lead in the third
quarter.

"It's just hard to repeat those type of numbers and sta-
tistics and it's hard to repeat wins,” Favre said of 2009, when
the Vikings went 9-0 at home and he threw 33 touchdowns
and seven interceptions to lead them to the NFC title
game.

The offense had trouble clicking at the start of last sea-
son too, but games against pushovers Cleveland and Detroit
helped the Vikings start 2-0. This year, with openers against
the New Orleans Saints and Dolphins, and with star receiv-
er Sidney Rice out with a hip injury and several other key
players missing big chunks of time in the preseason with ail-
ments, the Vikings have dug themselves quite a hole with
sloppy performances on offense.

"It was more what we didn't do than what they did, but
I give those guys credit," Favre said.

The 40-year-old Favre had his worst day as a Viking
with a 44.3 quarterback rating. Two of his interceptions
came at the Miami goal line. One came on a tipped ball and
another on what appeared to be miscommunication with
Bernard Berrian. But the end result is the same, the Vikings
are 0-2, with a game against the Detroit Lions before a
daunting post-bye schedule awaits.

"T don't think any of these guys are panicked," coach
Brad Childress said. "But I do feel like the urgency will def-
initely pick up."

This game was every bit the hard-nosed, grind-it-out
slugfest it was expected to be. The Vikings offense came
into the week out of sync in the passing game and promised
to feature Peterson more on the ground, which is where the
Dolphins have made their living since Tony Sparano took
over as coach.

Peterson rushed for 145 yards for the Vikings, who
forced two fumbles of their own, one that set up Peterson's
1-yard plunge to cut the deficit to 14-7 late in the third quar-
ter.

But Miami's defense never wavered, holding the Vikings
to a field goal in the fourth quarter and then getting the big
stop with the Vikings threatening to take the lead late in the
game.

On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Vontae Davis, Karlos
Dansby and a host of Dolphins burst through the Vikings
line and stuffed Peterson just short of the goal line. Favre
had one more crack at it when they got the ball back with
1:42 to play, but threw incomplete on fourth down at the
Dolphins 27 to end it.

"As long as we believe in ourselves we feel like we have
a chance to win a game when we go into it," Ronnie Brown
said. "We're coached that way each week. I think if we con-
tinue to go in and do that then the sky's the limit."

The Dolphins (2-0) set a defensive tone by deferring
instead of receiving after winning the coin toss. They
stopped the Vikings on fourth down at the Miami 26 on the
first possession when Randy Starks batted down Favre's
pass at the line.

"It was a great stand on the defensive side of the ball,"
Dansby said. "It was totally disrespect, and we showed
them today that we can play defense."

Chad Henne hit Brandon Marshall for a 46-yard pass on

INTERCEPTION: Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis, (21)
intercepts a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy
Harvin in second quarter of their game in MinneapolisSunday.

(AP Photo)

the next play, and Ricky Williams and Brown bulled their
way into the red zone with four wildcat plays. Henne hit
Brian Hartline for the TD and a 7-0 lead, and Miami's
offense was put on ice for the rest of the game.

The Vikings held the Dolphins to 226 yards of offense
and had the ball for almost 13 minutes longer than Miami.

But just like in the NFC title game loss to New Orleans
last year, turnovers were the difference.

Jason Allen had two interceptions and Davis picked
one off after Percy Harvin tipped the ball up in the air at
the goal line.

"When you play teams of this caliber and you make
those kind of plays in those situations, it validates what
you're trying to do,” said Sparano, whose Dolphins are 2-
0 for the first time since 2002. "I think our football team is
getting better in a lot of areas.”

Henne was 9 for 15 for 114 yards and Marshall had four
catches for 71 yards. Brown and Williams combined for 110
yards on 23 carries.

Visanthe Shiancoe had six catches for 86 yards.

"It's a 14-game season now and we're sitting at the bot-
tom of it,” Favre said. "What we do with it from here
remains to be seen. It won't be any easier.”



By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP)

Chiefs
improve
to 2-0

By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) —
Moments before the game's
climactic play, Kansas City
quarterback Matt Cassel
looked around the huddle and
saw only confidence in the
eyes of his excited teammates.

These Chiefs believe.

Two wins in one week has
changed them.

Brandon Flowers returned
an interception for a touch-
down, Ryan Soccup kicked
three field goals and Kansas
City running back Thomas
Jones vaulted for a late first
down on a fourth-down gam-
ble by coach Todd Haley, giv-
ing the Chiefs a 16-14 win over
the Cleveland Browns on Sun-
day.

A feeble four-win squad last
season, the Chiefs who also
knocked off AFC West cham-
pion San Diego on Monday
night, are 2-0 for the first time
since 2005.

“Two-and-0 in the NFL is
hard to do," said Jones, who
catapulted over the line to pick
up the game-clinching first
down with two minutes left.
"But we can't rest.”

Despite a short work week
to prepare for the Browns (0-
2), the Chiefs were able to
make just enough big plays to
squeak by. Last season,
Kansas City didn't get its sec-
ond win until Nov. 15.

"This win says a lot," Haley
said. "These guys are under-
standing what it is all about,
and that's becoming a team.
I'm not saying we're there yet,
but we stuck together and
won. This was a huge win to
come in to a hostile environ-
ment against a team that was
fighting. We started the
process last year and are con-
tinuing it.”

Kansas City also learned its
lessons from a 41-34 loss to
Cleveland last December,
when Browns running back
Jerome Harrison ran wild for
286 yards — third most in
NFL history — and Browns
return specialist Joshua Cribbs
returned two kickoffs for TDs.

Harrison was held to 33
yards on 16 carries, and the
Chiefs angled kicks away from
Cribbs, who did burn them for
a 65-yard TD reception from
Seneca Wallace.

Wallace started in place of
Jake Delhomme, who injured
his right ankle last week in his
debut for the Browns (0-2), a
17-14 loss at Tampa Bay. Wal-
lace finished 16 of 31 for 229
yards, but one of his attempts
in the second quarter was run
back for a TD by Flowers.

"It was a bad, bad decision
by me,” Wallace said. "I'll take
responsibility for that."

Vick shines in Eagles’
35-32 win over Lions

Michael Vick took advantage
of his first start at quarter-
back since 2006, looking like
the Pro Bowler he used to be
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month prison sentence for his
role in a dogfighting opera-
tion and spent last year as a
backup.

Vick said he reflects "all the
time” on his journey back
onto an NFL field.

"I thought about it this
morning on the bus ride
over,” he said softly. "It's
been a long road for me. It's
been tough. Throughout it all,
Thad to be resilient and over-
come a lot of adversity and
self-inflicted wounds."

The electrifying athlete was
21 of 34 — connecting with
nine teammates — for 284
yards with two TDs, ran for
37 yards and escaped losses
with the spin moves of a
dancer and speed of a sprint-
er.

"A lot of people doubted
him and said he wasn't able to
do this," said DeSean Jack-



MUSCLE FLEX: Philadelphia
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick
flexes his muscle while leaving
Ford Field after the game.

(AP Photo)

son, who caught four of Vick-
's passes for 135 yards and a
TD. "He's been able to prove
everybody wrong.”

LeSean McCoy gave the
Eagles (1-1) an 18-point lead
on his third score with 6:17
left, but they gave Detroit
comeback hopes.

The Lions (0-2) rallied to
pull within three points and
recovered an onside kick with
1:48 left, but turned the ball
over on downs without gain-
ing a yard.

"I'm proud to stand among
the players," coach Jim
Schwartz said. "This is a
tough team, a team that's
resilient, that fights through
a lot of situations."

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Major industrial
unrest forecast

Union chief says govt
must change attitude
towards workers

MASSIVE industrial unrest
is forecast in the country’s
public service within the next
year if the government does-
mt change its attitude toward
the “nation’s working popu-
lation,” Bahamas Public Ser-
vices Union President John
Pinder told The Tribune yes-
terday.

Mr Pinder, who also serves
as president of the largest
umbrella union in the coun-
try, the National Congress of
‘Trade Unions, said he can no
longer ask for calm and

patience from his members
because the government is
asking Bahamians to sacrifice
too much.

“T think it’s past that stage.
I think people have been
patient. This government is
not labour friendly. It is not
sympathetic toward the work-
ing population of this coun-
try and it has to show some
level of sympathy toward the
public service who has to push
the government’s agenda,” he

SEE page nine

Anger as legal appeals
put hangings on hold

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE hanging of murderers on death row
has been paralysed by legal appeals spurring
activists to call for swift justice and the execu-

tion of convicted killers.

Minister of National Security Tommy Turn-

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the streets on Sunday after-
noon as the Bahamas Con-
ference of Seventh-Day
Adventists marked the 60th
anniversary of Pathfinders
worldwide with a march
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BAHAMIAN TRAN VENDORS’
ARE ‘ARRESTED IN NEW YORK’

TEN Bahamians, alleged to be straw vendors,
were arrested by airport officials in New York,
according to unconfirmed reports reaching The
Tribune late last night.

It was reported that the Bahamians were in
possession of illegal counterfeit items and once

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Tribune Staff Reporter
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THREE patrol craft and an air-
craft from the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force continue their search
today for Drexel Clarke, the third

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Plane crashes

in South Bimini

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia. net

THE condition of the six Amer-
icans and one Bahamian aboard an
aircraft that crashed in South Bimi-
ni yesterday could not be con-
firmed up to press time.

Preliminary reports indicate the
Piper PA-31 aircraft was totally
destroyed, however, civil aviation
officials confirmed to The Tribune
last night that no fatalities were
reported.

Shortly before 3 pm, the aircraft
— bound for Ft Lauderdale — expe-
rienced problems after take off.

It was explained that when the
plane left the runway, its baggage
door flew open and at that time
the pilot turned the plane around
with the intention of landing.

However, for reasons unknown
at this time, once landed the plane
left the runway, crashed into near-
by bushes and caught fire.

Investigations into the plane
crash are continuing.

Speculation
that Chinese
criminals may
work on Baha

Mar ‘baseless’

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia. net

SPECULATION that thou-
sands of Chinese criminals will be
brought in to build Baha Mar have
been called baseless allegations by
the Embassy of the People’s
Republic of China in Nassau.

Concerns raised in the local
press suggested the Chinese gov-
ernment has chosen convicts from
its overcrowded prisons to work
on foreign projects and may do the
same when they bring in 8,150
workers to construct Baha Mar.

Editorial writers called on gov-
ernment to exercise due diligence
in vetting their work permits if the
foreign labour is approved as con-

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PM OPENS $7 MILLION
CONVENTION FACILITY

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham was in
Grand Bahama on Friday for the
official opening of Canal House,
a new $7 million convention
facility at Pelican Bay Resort.

Mr Ingraham was given the
task of smashing a conch shell
with a mallet to officially open
the nearly 40,000 sq ft state-of -
the-art four-storey building at
Port Lucaya.

Some of the VIP guests includ-
ed Frank Watson, former deputy
prime minister, Housing and

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Four armed robberies and —
Stabbing over the weekend

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

POLICE arrested four
persons over the weekend
following widespread inci-
dents of daytime armed
robbery and stabbing in the
capital.

The majority of the crim-
inal activity occurred on
Saturday, with four armed
robberies and one stabbing
incident. Police reported
another stabbing occurred
on Sunday.

A female Twin Brothers
employee was the week-
end’s first victim. She was
robbed at gun point shortly
after midnight on Saturday
while at the restaurant’s
Boyd Road location.

A masked man, wearing
dark clothing, robbed the
employee of her handbag
which contained the com-
pany’s deposit and then fled
the scene.

It was reported that a 28-
year-old Carmichael Road
man is assisting police with
their investigations.

Police are also question-
ing an 18-year-old and a 21-
year-old in connection with
another armed robbery,
which took place around
5.30 am. It was alleged that
two men — one armed with
a handgun — robbed a man
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termined amount of cash.
They fled on foot into the
Cambridge Lane area.

The weekend’s first stab-
bing occurred at 10 am.
Police were called to Com-
monwealth Boulevard, Eliz-
abeth Estates. It was
alleged that an argument
between two relatives
resulted in a man being
stabbed in his back and
neck. The man was taken
to hospital by ambulance
for treatment and was later
discharged.

A 26-year-old woman
was taken in for questioning
in connection with this inci-
dent.

An hour later, off West
Bay Street on Hampshire
Street, it was reported that
a woman was held up at
gunpoint just outside of her
home. The gunman is
reported to have
approached the woman just
as she arrived home and
demanded the key to her
vehicle, a 2005 Honda with
the license plate number
96331. The man, armed
with a handgun and wear-
ing a striped shirt and short
trousers, fled the area, trav-
elling in a westerly direc-
tion.

The second stabbing
took place at Millie’s Bar
on Bay Street, early Sun-
day morning. An employ-
ee of the bar was reported-
ly stabbed multiple times
following an altercation
with a group of men. The
man was taken to hospital
by emergency medical ser-
vices. His condition was
unknown up to press time.

Police are investigating
all incidents and request all
informed persons to contact
them at the Central Detec-
tive Unit at 502 9991, at the
Police Emergency Room at
919 or on Crime Stoppers,
328-TIPS.

LOCAL NEWS

COB union unhappy
with $500 lump sum

THE UNION of Tertiary
Educators of The Bahamas
have made public their dis-
content with the $500 lump
sum offered by arbitrators
of their new industrial
agreement with the College
of the Bahamas.

In a press statement yes-
terday, the union described
the sum — which would be
the only increase received
by faculty over the course
of their four-year agreement
— as an “egregious wrong”
and “an insult to the profes-
sional faculty of the Col-
lege.”

The statement read:
“After a long, tedious and
distressing process of nego-
tiations and conciliation,
UTEB engaged in a good-
faith arbitration process,
with all reasonable expec-
tations that the issues of
remuneration would be
resolved through the same
honourable and integral
process that all other issues
considered during the arbi-

tration process were
resolved.”
Agreement

Since August, when an
end to the nearly two year
struggle for a new industrial
agreement was thought to
be “closer than ever before”
by external arbitrators, the
union has expressed their
dissatisfaction with the
financial package — or lack
thereof — presented by the
College of the Bahamas.

The union maintained
that without a forensic audit,
figures provided to arbitra-
tors “did not present a clear
and honest picture of COB’s
financial position” and the
statement questioned how
arbitrators calculated the
lump sum.



COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS: The Union of Tertiary Educators are unhappy with the $500 lump sum offer.

It was also argued that
despite the limiting eco-
nomic conditions, other
unions currently engaged in
negotiations with the gov-
ernment have been guaran-
teed increases more than
triple what was offered to
them.

Public support and inter-
est for both parties has
waned throughout the
lengthy dispute, with many
arguing the consequences
for students. Political fig-
ures, community leaders and
the college's own student
union urged the parties to
"get together" and seek a
timely resolution — even if
it meant accepting the pack-
age and suspending an
increase until the next
agreement.

In response to an editor-
ial in The Tribune, which
explored this sentiment, the

union statement read:
“Many of us are also poor,
struggling Bahamians. Every
day, we live in this same
Bahamas where the govern-
ment — without shame or
hesitation — continue to
increase NIB deductions,
gas, BEC, and Road Traffic
rates, and school fees and
grocery prices for our chil-
dren and families continue
to increase as well.

Faculty

“Yet this Editor, in her
blind support of this gov-
ernment, expects Faculty
salaries to remain stagnant
while she perpetuates the
myth created by the COB
administration that the Fac-
ulty were making unrealistic
salary demands when in fact
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months ago, for whatever
personal reason, the Editor
persists in maintaining these
inflated and manipulated
figures.”

The statement continued:
“After four years of no
increases — part of which
were in ‘good’ times, the
Industrial Agreement that
holds us to higher standards
going forward must reflect
an increase in the salaries of
Faculty members at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas.

“The arbitrators would
acknowledge that this was
their agreed responsibility.
They need to do what they
know — in their own person-
al sense of right and wrong —
is right to correct this egre-
gious wrong.”

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By AVA
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporter
aturnquest@
tribunemedia.net

A PLAIN clothed
assistant priest was
among four people
held at gunpoint over
the weekend, his
assailant believed by
him to be no older
than 23 years old.

The clergyman from
St George’s Anglican
Church, who wished to
remain anonymous,
was held up in the
parking lot of Scotia-
bank’s Palmdale
branch sometime after
7pm on Saturday.

The armed thug was
said to have worn a
gray hat and dark
clothing when he
approached the assis-
tant priest who had
just returned from the
ATM and was about
to leave the parking
lot.

The clergyman said:
“T was leaving Scotia-
bank when a young
man came out of
nowhere brandishing a
very small handgun
saying ‘give me every-
thing you have.’ So I
turned over my wallet,
Blackberry, and my
keys. He said ‘all you
have?’ and I said ‘yes’
and then he took off.
The whole thing
couldn’t have been
more than 10 min-
utes.”

The gunman was
reported to have fled
the area on foot head-
ing east on Madeira



ATTENDING SERVICE: Presidential candidate for the Bahamas Union of Teachers’ Elections set for Tuesday,
September 21, Frances Friend, Secretary General hopeful Villadale Bain, Treasurer and Area Vice President for
Grand Bahama, candidates Karen Butler and Meoshe Basden-Curtis respectively, attend service at All Saints Angli-
can Church, Nassau, this past week to pray for a safe, peaceful, and successful campaign.

WITH the Bahamas Union Of Teachers Elec-
tions set for Tuesday, Presidential candidate,
Frances Friend and her team are confident of
victory.

According to Friend, teachers throughout
the country during her campaign want change.
"Educators nationwide know that they deserve
better service and representation for the $52.50
cents they pay every month as union dues,” said
Friend. “Despite last minute desperation to con-
fuse teachers about my willingness to live in Nas-

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sau, and efforts to suggest that Villadale Bain
and Karen Butler, two highly qualified candi-
dates for Secretary General and Treasurer respec-
tively, are not a part of the FRIEND FATHER
Team, we will prevail and restore the image,
credibility, and integrity of the BUT," she said.

Friend said members, educators throughout
the country, and by extension, the entire
Bahamas should hold her to her maiden release
and take note of her winning team members list-
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FREEPORT - Quinton Lar-
oda, BUT area vice president,
promises to ensure that plans
are implemented to improve
the quality of life for union
members in the Grand Bahama
District.

Laroda is being contested by
shop steward Meoshe Curtis.
He feels that he is the best can-
didate with more experience at
a time when the union is
preparing to negotiate a new
contract with the government.

“T am the only candidate who
has the requisite training in col-
lective bargaining and contract
negotiation to take on the
biggest challenge that we are
going to soon face,” he said.

Mr Laroda said he intends

to introduce a pension plan,
death benefit, and Christmas
voucher for teachers.

“When I came in the union
two years ago these were some
of the plans that were on the
drawing board,” he said.

Mr Laroda said plans are
also underway to construct two
new buildings for the union in
Grand Bahama.

The area vice president stat-
ed that the he has been able
solve many grievances without
industrial action.

He also believes that he has
been able to foster solidarity
among the membership.

“T have been very responsive
to the needs of members...and
under my leadership something
unique has happened that has
not happened before; every sin-
gle member feels like we are a
family here,” Laroda said.

MP hits out over impending
broadcasting corporation layoffs

GOLDEN Gates MP Shane Gibson, criticised govern-
ment for the impending lay off of employees of the Broad-
casting Corporation of the Bahamas.

Mr Gibson, who was once president of ZNS’s union, the
Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union, said
the decision of the Broadcasting Corporation of The
Bahamas to lay off 93 people at this time is both heartless

and insensitive.

“What is this Government thinking of? In the middle of
the worst recession in the history of our country, brought on
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In the past, the
assistant priest said,
he’d always avoided
performing these type
of transactions at night
and also noted Scotia-
bank’s Palmdale
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PROJECT:
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and Trans-
port Minister
Neko Grant
(centre)
chats with
contractors
and sub-con-
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| inspection of
bollards a
part of the
Nassau
Harbour Port
Improvement
Project on
September
16.

Nassau Harbour
Port improvement
project completed

PUBLIC WORKS and
Transport Minister Neko C
Grant officially presented
the new Nassau Harbour
Port to cruise ship partners,
and colleague Ministers,
Minister of Tourism Sena-
tor Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace and Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux dur-
ing a contract close-out cer-
emony on September 16 at
the British Colonial Hilton.

On April 2, 2009, a $44
million contract was signed
with Boskalis International
BV to dredge the Nassau
Harbour.

The general scope of
work included dredging 1.9
million cubic yards of mate-
rial from Nassau Harbour
and the installation of three
mooring dolphins, cause-
ways and ladders at Prince
George Wharf and exten-
sion of the western end of
Arawak Cay by 1,000 ft.

The harbour project was
carried out to accommodate
the new mega Royal
Caribbean’s “Oasis of the
Seas”, which made its maid-
en voyage to Nassau on
December 11, 2009.

The ceremony also
included a short presenta-
tion by Frans Thomassen,
Project manager for
Boskalis International, brief

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derpool-Wallace and a ques-
tion and answer period.

Following the presenta-
tion, Ministry officials, rep-
resentatives of the contrac-
tors and media personnel
inspected Arawak Cay and
the areas where the bollards
were installed.

Vessels

“The decision to dredge
the harbour was based in
part on the need to keep
abreast of changes in the
cruise industry where new
Genesis class vessels have
been introduced by the
major cruise lines,” said Mr
Grant.

“In response, the Gov-
ernment proceeded with the
enhancement of the Har-
bour’s capacity by dredging
to accommodate the new
mega cruise ships.”

He also noted that the
refurbishment and replace-
ment of bollards at Prince
George Dock, although sep-
arate and apart from the

dredging contract, was
undertaken at the same
time. The refurbishment and
replacement cost $2.3 mil-
lion.

Mr Grant said the refur-
bishment of bollards and
dredging works have been
completed along with the
installation of new bollards
at pier 3.

However, works on piers
1 and 2 are in the final stages
of completion.

He thanked Boskalis,
Cox and SHAL Consultants
Group for their support in
the design, tender and con-
tract supervision of the
dredging project.

He also acknowledged
the staff of his Ministry,
including Colin Higgs, per-
manent secretary; John Can-
ton, director of Public
Works; former deputy direc-
tor Gordon Major, Robert
Garraway, project officer
and staff of other Govern-
ment agencies who con-
tributed to the advancement
and successful completion
of the project.



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for Sir Gerald Cash award

ing outstanding teaching pro-
fessionals throughout the
Bahamas.

Gregory Bethel, Fidelity
Bank president, whose institu-
tion is making a major contri-
bution to the initiative said at
the press conference:

deserving educators at Gov-
ernment House with $1,000
each and the prestigious honour
of being inducted into the Sir
Gerald Cash NDTA Hall of
Fame.

“Our partners for the 2010
Sir Gerald Cash NDTA’s are
advocates for education and

Ministry searches
top 10 teachers

believe that this platform will
allow us to highlight those indi-
viduals who go above and
beyond the call of duty in our
nation’s classrooms.”

Said Bahamas Union of
Teachers president Belinda
Wilson:

“T am pleased that a corpo-
rate sponsor has paused to rec-
ognize the great work that
teacher’s perform daily
throughout this country. I have
encouraged teachers, parents
and members of the communi-
ty to nominate teachers for this

“In 2009, we awarded eight

award.”

Downtown Nassau Partnership
to create database of stakeholders

THE Downtown Nassau Partnership and
the Bahamas National Geographic Informa-
tion System Centre is scheduled to begin the
Downtown Data Collection Project. This ini-
tiative, to begin today, seeks to create a single
database of all businesses, services, buildings
and stakeholders in the downtown communi-
ty while providing information on the mix and
make up of elements in the city.

“The information we seek to collect is the
type of information that every city needs to
have, in a format that will allow the DNP to
communicate effectively with the downtown
community and further drive the revitaliza-
tion of Bay Street,” said Vaughn Roberts,
Managing Director of the DNP.

“We encourage all stakeholders to partici-
pate in this valuable exercise as the benefits
will be long term.”

During a three-week period, teams will go
door-to-door and visit stakeholders between
Nassau and Mackey Streets to facilitate in the
collection process. This effort maintains the
DNP’s commitment in fostering partnerships
with both private company and public depart-
ment to facilitate its goals.

The DNP is co-chaired by Tourism Director
General Vernice Walkine and businessman
Charles Klonaris. It is made up of an 11-mem-



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ber board representing a cross-section of senior
government officials, businesspersons and pro-
fessionals.

Few answers at presidential debate in Haiti

PETIONVILLE, Haiti

HAITI held its second pres-
idential debate ever Saturday, a
sparsely attended event that
was short on detailed responses
from the candidates and dis-
rupted by multiple power
blackouts, according to Associ-
ated Press.

During the two-hour tele-
vised debate held at a restau-
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many as 300,000 people and left
more than 1.5 million home-
less. The Western Hemi-
sphere's most impoverished
and least developed country has
received only a trickle of the
$5.3 billion pledged in interna-
tional aid.

Candidate Gerard Blot asked
for a minute of silence for
quake victims before his open-
ing remarks, and he encouraged
Haitians overseas to become

more involved in helping
rebuild.

Sen. Jean Hector Anacacis
said he would try to revive the
National Guard and create a
secret service agency that
would bolster security and cre-
ate a safer environment for for-
eign investors.

Pastor Jean Chavannes
Jeune said he wanted a gov-
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Making the World Trade
Organisation democratic
insight

WORLD VIEW

By SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a Consul-
tant and former Ambas-
sador to the WTO).

THE World Trade
Organization (WTO) held
its fifth public forum in
Geneva over three days
beginning September 15.
It has become a kind of
international bazaar in
which every conceivable
idea on trade and devel-
opment is discussed for-
mally and informally by
representatives of virtual-
ly every government in the
world and more Non-Gov-
ernmental Organizations
(NGOs) than can be easily
counted.

A great deal of talk
takes place without too
much follow-up action.

But, maybe that’s the
point. People who talk to
each other aren’t warring,
so long may the talk con-
tinue.

That’s not to say that
good ideas don’t emerge
from this overcrowded
market place. They do.
But many perish shortly
after they are unveiled,
usually because represen-
tatives of a powerful gov-
ernment or group of gov-
ernments regard them as
a threat to their interest,
and quickly kill them off.

I was in Geneva for a
Writers’ Conference ona
book on negotiations in
the WTO for which I am
contributing a chapter.
All the writers are from
what used to be called the
“third world,” a descrip-
tion seldom used these
days, not because we have
miraculously graduated
into some better world,
but because other descrip-
tions suit the agenda of
those who dictate the form
of discourse on the global
economy. Far better, in
their view, to describe
poor countries as “emerg-
ing” or “developing”
whether or not they are
really emerging or devel-
oping.

The purpose of the
book, which has been
commissioned by a pro-
gressive organization
called CUTS Internation-
al, is to tell the story of the
many aspects of WTO
negotiations from the
point of view of negotia-
tors from developing
countries.

When it is published, it
should make fascinating
reading. It will break new
ground in presenting the
personal knowledge and
experiences of the writers
who were either in the
trenches of the negotia-
tions or were marginalized
from the “inner sanctum”
in which only the rich and
powerful nations enjoy
belonger’s rights, and into
which they invite only
those they wish to suborn
in order to stich-up deals.

Of the many features of
the WTO which point to
the need for reform, this

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“The WTO is very far from
the consensus decision-making
body that it should be.”



insider trading — in what
has come to be called “the
green room”-— is among
the worst. No democrati-
cally managed organiza-
tion should continue a
process which so blatantly
excludes from decision-
making the weak, poor,
small, and vulnerable
nations which — as it hap-
pens — make up the major-
ity of the world’s coun-
tries.

That it has continued so
long is entirely the fault of
the majority of govern-
ments that allow it to hap-
pen without tangible and
meaningful protest, such
as packing their bags and
going home leaving the
“green room” insiders to
deal only with themselves,
and returning only when
there is a table at which
representatives of all par-
ties sit as equals.

But, that would call for
two things — courage and
solidarity, two very scarce
commodities among “third
world” governments these
days. National interests
have changed, some argue,
and in pursuing these
interests following a “third
world” strategy is not pro-
ductive.

It is worth, noting, how-
ever, that a “developed
countries” strategy has
never altered. The world’s
industrialized nations con-
tinue to cling to their
councils and to exploit
their advantages. For
instance, the creation of
the G20 (the industrialized
nations and the larger and
wealthier developed coun-
tries) has not overshad-
owed — let alone eliminat-
ed — the G7 (the industri-
alized nations alone) who
continue to devise and
coordinate their own glob-
al positions.

Against this back-
ground, I was surprised to
hear Pascal Lamy, the
Director-General of the
WTO, say at the opening
of this year’s Public
Forum, almost boastfully,
that while the G20 has sig-
nalled the requirement for
institutional reform of
some international orga-
nizations, “the WTO was
not amongst them.”

Lamy went on to say:

“That governance battle
has already been fought in
the trade sphere, and the
outcome is a fairly democ-
ratic institution where the
voice of the small cannot
be ignored.”

I have no doubt that
Lamy believes what he
says, but his belief — how-
ever sincere and fervent —
does not make his state-
ment right. The gover-
nance of the WTO is still
an open sore. Despite
Lamy’s personal efforts,
the organisation still
reflects the preponderance
of power by the industri-
alised nations and the
marginalization of poor,
small, and vulnerable
countries.

“No board, no quotas.
One member, one vote, is
the background rule
against which the WTO
forges its consensus”,
Lamy declared. Oh, were
that to be entirely true,
what a far better world
would mankind inhabit
than the one we endure
today.

Sure, there is technical-
ly no board and no quo-



SIR RONALD SANDERS

tas, but every representa-
tive of a small or poor
nation knows that decision
making is still the preserve
of a few nations whose
economic power allows
them to arrogate to them-
selves the right to dictate
agendas and outcomes.
The WTO is very far from
the consensus decision-
making body that it should
be. It is still not yet even
the “fairly democratic
institution” that Lamy
believes it to be.

Those who defend the
“green room” process do
so on the basis that it is
impossible to negotiate
agreements with over 150
countries at the same
table. There is truth in
that. But it is equally true
that representatives of
like-minded groups of
these countries can gath-
er on sectorial issues that
are important to them
such as agriculture or ser-
vices. This way their voic-
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over their views.

Against this back-
ground, it is good for
developing countries — and
small and vulnerable coun-
tries in particular — that
the Bahamas is now nego-
tiating the terms of its
accession to full member-
ship of the WTO. No
country can now afford to
stay out of an organisation
whose rules govern world
trade, and every country
should want a say in the
rules of the game it has to

play.

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small and vulnerable coun-
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courage and in solidarity
with themselves and oth-
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nations, can negotiate
meaningful recognition
and fair and flexible treat-
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Anger as legal appeals put hangings on hold

FROM page one

dom.

While Godfrey Sawyer,
Wilfred McPhee, Edwin
Bauld Jr, Frank Pinder and
Renaldo Bonaby have all
lodged proceedings at the
Court of Appeal in Nassau.

Although no executions
can commence until legal
proceedings are complete,
Minister of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest
released a public statement
to reassure the public the
law will continue to be
upheld.

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activists who want Mr Turn-
quest to send a serious mes-
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crime rate continues to soar.

Worker’s Party leader
Rodney Moncur said hun-
dreds of young Bahamian
men who have killed or who
are willing to kill need to
be discouraged through
enforcement of the death
penalty.

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“The level of violence and
crime taking place almost
daily is a result of the fail-
ure of the FNM government
to successfully implement
the law,” Mr Moncur said.

“Mr Turnquest wishes to
reassure us that the law is
carried out, but that is not
sufficient for us when you
take into consideration the
condemned man has been
able to outsmart the state.”

He called for the death
warrant to be read to mur-
derers as soon as they are
convicted by a court so they
may immediately launch
their appeal to speed up the
appeals process.

The political activist then

went further by pushing for
executions to be televised
in an effort to frighten any-
one who may be tempted to
kill.

“In this society it is not
one, two or three young
men who would kill or are
willing to kill, it’s hun-
dreds,” Mr Moncur said.

“We need to put that fear
in the hearts of every citi-
zen.”

Anti-crime campaigner
Bishop Simeon Hall has laid
blame on the slow judicial
process.

He said: “If the axion
‘justice delayed is justice
denied’ is to be lifted from
thin paper to thick action,

MP hits out over impending
broadcasting corporation layoffs

FROM page three

cel and its budget of tax and pain,
the government is now leading the
way in laying people off,” he said.

The MP said that it is of particu-
lar concern that the entire North-
ern Service of the Corporation

stands to be closed.

“That would be a slap in the face
to the Grand Bahama, Abaco,
Bimini and Berry Islands commu-
nities. I cannot see how five FNM
Members of Parliament can sit idly
by and say nothing in the face of

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tration and judiciary,
charged with dispensing jus-
tice, must do much more to
cause our courts to work
more swiftly and efficient-
ly.

“Tt is the slowness of our
courts that has contributed
to hundreds of Bahamians
living on the edge of quiet
desperation.

“It seems the more
lawyers that are called to
the Bar the slower the
wheels of justice turn.”

Lawyer and human rights
advocate Paul Moss, a sup-
porter of the death penal-
ty, agreed the court system
needs to function more effi-
ciently.

He also wants the
Bahamas to break away
from the Privy Council as
the highest Court of Appeal
as he argues justice can only
be granted at home.

“Abolitionists of the
death penalty are always
against it because they look
at a third world country like
the Bahamas where nothing
seems to be investigated
properly and believe it
would be wrong for con-

demned killers to be
hanged,” he said.

“IT am sure many of the
people on death row are not
really the actual culprits,
many of these people are
innocent people, poor peo-
ple who may be represented
by a court appointed lawyer
and lack the resources that
may be required.

“T think they should have
their day in court and have
their appeals heard.

“But we have to speed up
the system and part of that
is to make sure the admin-
istration of justice is in our
jurisdiction.

“Tt cannot be outsourced
to the Privy Council and
certainly not to the
Caribbean Court of Justice,
that makes no sense.”

Advocates of the death
penalty are invited to join
Mr Moncur and families of
the murdered for a pro-
hanging march calling for
the execution of convicted
killers.

The march on Monday,
October 11, will start at
9.30am in the City Market
parking lot on the corner of
Village and Wulff Roads.

Bahamian ‘straw vendors’
are ‘arrested in New York’

FROM page one

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immigration met them at the departure gate.
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Speculation that Chinese criminals
may work on Baha Mar ‘baseless’

FROM page one

cerns stemmed from an article
published in a Canadian news-
paper, The Globe and Mail,
which reported that China
“has devised a novel strategy
to relieve pressure on its over-
crowded prisons: Use convicts
as labourers on overseas pro-
jects in the developing world.”
It gave as example projects in
Sri Lanka, the Maldives and
Africa where Chinese labour
was used.

But the suggestion that The
People’s Republic of China
may use the $2.6 billion Baha
Mar project to export crimi-
nals to the Bahamas provoked
a clear clarification of the facts
from the Chinese embassy.

Liu Liqun, second secre-
tary and press officer at the
Embassy of the People’s
Republic of China, said that
the allegations are unfound-
ed.

“The Chinese Embassy ful-
ly respects each and every
view expressed surrounding
the Baha Mar project,” he
stated.

“However, such groundless
accusations, which insult not
only China, but also those
countries having cooperation

with us, go beyond tolerance.”

Mr Liqun said that the Chi-
nese contractors who have
been working tirelessly on the
Bahamas National Stadium
project, “are disciplined and
diligent, winning full respect
and high praises from the
Bahamian society.”

PLP MP Fred Mitchell sug-
gested the reason for specu-
lation over the integrity of
Chinese workers could stem
from the FNM government’s
failure to be clear with the
public on the issue.

He said: “The government
is not exercising any leader-
ship with this project and I
think it’s deliberate because
they want to scuttle the pro-
ject and that lets in specula-
tion about this or that.

“I think some of the criti-
cism has been exaggerated,
but each view should be seri-
ously considered by the
authorities to see whether or
not it is possible to deal with
the concerns.

“However they seem to

have the country flailing
around wildly without any
sense of direction.”

A labour resolution tabled
by Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham in the House of
Assembly has paved the way
for the approval of work per-
mits for the 8,150 Chinese
workers and parliamentarians
are expected to debate and
vote on the resolution this
Wednesday or Thursday.

The ratio of foreign work-
ers to Bahamian employees at
Baha Mar is expected to be
71 per cent foreign to 29 per
cent Bahamian during the
construction phase as agreed
in the partnership deal
between Baha Mar, the China
Export-Import Bank and Chi-
na State Construction.

Mr Mitchell said the antic-
ipated parliamentary vote is
ludicrous as it is the govern-
ment’s responsibility to decide
whether the Chinese employ-
ees should be permitted to
work at Baha Mar or not.

“What business is it of ours

Major industrial unrest ‘forecast’

FROM page one

said.

Mr Pinder leaves for Gene-
va, Switzerland, today to
attend a meeting of the [LO
and to help fashion new reg-
ulations for maritime work-
ers and promises that when
he returns to the country “it
won't be business as usual.”

“T foresee a lot of industri-
al action within the next year,
especially if the government
plans to sit at the table with
the BPSU and offer nothing.
They have stripped public ser-
vants of their increments
while providing them for
teachers. They claim that the
teachers had the increments
in their contract but we have
performance clauses in ours,”
he said.

On his return from Geneva,
Mr Pinder said that he will be
taking legal action against the
government for breach of
contract based on the fact that
government will not be living
up to the obligations implicit
within the performance
clause.

“They expect us to perform
up to their standard with no
expectation of promotion or
increments and then tell us
‘thank God you have a job’,”
the union president said.

He expressed a deep disap-
pointment in Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham and said
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thought that (Mr Ingraham)
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son to take us out of the eco-
nomic slump we are in, but
he is asking workers to sacri-
fice too much and he is doing
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not; so all you are doing is
pushing people back toward
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said.

The BPSU currently has
before the prime minister a
proposal for a new five year
contract, which Mr Pinder
said was recently changed to a
three year contract at the
request of Mr Ingraham.

In addition, there will be
a new public service act that
will be brought to parliament,
which Mr Pinder said will be
yet another point of con-
tention between the adminis-
tration and the public service.

“We met him half way on
(the contract) and we’re still
waiting to negotiate that.
Then there is the new public
services act which I had to beg
and plead to see a copy of and
if government thinks that the
union is going to sit back and
watch that legislation be
brought before parliament
without sitting at the table
with us they have another
thing coming,” he said.

Mr Pinder said that the
union has an annual general

meeting in October. After this
meeting the union president
said he will sensitize the pub-
lic service as to what actions
the union plans to take on
their behalf.

“The government is mak-
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world is in an economic crisis
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“T want to thank the
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your continued investment
and interest in our coun-
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Construction began on
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represents a “serious invest-
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Under the slogan “Meet
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Bahama,” said Mr Ingra-
ham.

He noted that Pelican
Bay is considered one of
the “small treasures of The

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of Tourism.

“Tt has long been one of
my favourite resting points
when in Freeport, and I
have been pleased to see
you continue to succeed
even during this most
recent economic downturn
internationally and here in
Grand Bahama.

“T have no doubt that
your reputation as a quiet,
courteous and well appoint-
ed resort has much to do
with the significant repeat
business that you enjoy,”
Mr Ingraham said.

Mr Ingraham said Canal
House is an ideal location
for small conferences and
meetings.

He thanked the staff and
management for the excel-
lent service they provide to
guests at the resort.

The 182-room Pelican
Bay resort offers 89 water-
side rooms and 93 water-
side state rooms. There are
three swimming pools,
Jacuzzi, and Sabor Restau-
rant and Bar.

The property has
received high rating in
Expedia.com’s exclusive
Insiders’ Select List as one
of the best hotels in the
world, receiving the high-
est ranking in the Bahamas,
and in the Caribbean.

ABOVE RIGHT: Magnus
Alnebeck, General Manager of
the Pelican Bay Hotel, is pictured
at podium (bottom right) in front
of the resort's new convention
facility Canal House, which was
officially opened by the Prime
Minister.

RIGHT: Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham is pictured breaking the
ceremonial conch shell to mark
the official opening of the Pelican
Bay Hotel's new convention facili-
ty, Canal House. The ceremony
was held Friday, September 17,
2010 at the Freeport, Grand
Bahama property.

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AT CONSTRUCTION SITE: Pictured in discussion from left, at the con-
struction site of the government’s $18.3 million Administrative Com-
plex in Freeport are Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; contractors
Fletcher McIntosh and James Edgecombe, FES Construction and
project architect Donald Dean. Mr. Ingraham toured construction of

the facility on Saturday

PM and Minister tour
$18.38m Government
Administrative Complex

PRIME MINISTER
Hubert Ingraham, accom-
panied by Housing Minister
Kenneth Russell, toured
the $18.3 million Govern-
ment Administrative Com-
plex currently under con-
struction on the Mall Drive
in Freeport, on Saturday.

The 65,000 sq.ft. complex
will primarily accommodate
The Bahamas Customs
Department and the Immi-
gration Department.

The Ministry of Finance,
including the Data Pro-



cessing Unit, the Ministry
of Education and the Pass-
port Office will also be
located in the new complex,
slated for completion in
2011.

The project has created
over 250 construction jobs
on Grand Bahama, and
once completed, the addi-
tional office space available
to Government depart-
ments will considerably
enhance their ability to
deliver efficient, effective
service to the public.

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"Before the Dawn," Jamaican
reggae star Buju Banton crows
about standing strong, though
battered and bruised, in the
face of a gathering darkness.

The songs sound prophetic
— the four-time Grammy
nominee recorded them before
he was arrested on federal

cocaine charges last Decem-
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start Monday in Tampa — a
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release. He faces a possible life
sentence if convicted, accord-
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crime.

He worked on the album
with producers and engineers
over the phone from Tampa-
area jails, where the 37-year-
old has been held without bail
since the beginning of the year.

According to the indict-
ment, Banton and an associ-
ate negotiated with an infor-
mant to buy the cocaine.
Along with a third man, they
allegedly met with an under-
cover officer in Sarasota in
early December to buy the
drugs. The informant told
Drug Enforcement Adminis-
tration agents that he also saw
the singer inspecting the
cocaine.

Ian Thomas, described by
Banton's manager as an old
friend of the singer who resur-
faced shortly before the arrest,
pleaded guilty Wednesday to
conspiracy to posses with
intent to distribute five kilo-
grams or more of cocaine. He
now faces up to life in prison.

The third man, James Mack,
has signed an affidavit stating
that he never met Banton
before his arrest, and that the
singer did not know about the
money or a gun that were in
Mack's car during the drug
deal. Mack plans to plead
guilty to the drug conspiracy
charge and a weapons charge,
according to a plea agreement
filed Wednesday. He also faces
up to life in prison on each
charge.

Both men agreed to testify
for the prosecution as part of
their plea agreements. Ban-
ton's attorney has requested
Mack as a witness as well,
according to court documents.

Banton's team will try to
prove the singer, who rose
from the slums of Kingston to
massive success in the 1990s,
was a victim of entrapment.
Banton's attorney, David
Markus, has said in court that
the confidential informant has
been paid $3.3 million for
working with law enforcement
over several years, including
more than $35,000 in Banton's
case. The informant met Ban-
ton, whose real name is Mark
Myrie, in first class on a flight
from Spain to Miami at the
end of Banton's European
tour last summer.

Banton's team contends that
it was the informant who
raised the idea of the cocaine
deal with Banton.

Banton's arrest derailed
plans to tour Japan after a
tumultuous U.S. tour for his
Grammy-nominated 2009
album, "Rasta Got Soul."
Shows in several cities were
canceled because of protests
over violent, homophobic
lyrics from early in Banton's
career as a brash dancehall
singer.

His manager, Tracii McGre-
gor, has dismissed the contro-
versy, saying those lyrics were
written in response to a boy's
rape in Jamaica, no longer rep-
resent Banton's subsequently
more traditional reggae music
and do not reflect his Rasta-
farian beliefs.

In 2003, a marijuana case in
Jamaica resulted in a fine for
Banton. The following year,
he was acquitted on charges
in Jamaica that he participated
in the beating of six gay men.

He alludes to those prob-
lems — and his current case,
though he doesn't refer to it
specifically — in the liner
notes to "Before the Dawn."
He includes a note written in
June from the Pinellas County
jail urging fans to “stand firm
through our adversities” and
to "try life.”

"Never before could I attest
to the trauma experienced by
others," Banton wrote, "but
my current situation brings the
full perspective of what
bondage really means."

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‘Progress’ on
Bata Man's
$700m loan

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

Although Baha Mar offi-
cials had “no new update”
on the progress of talks
with Scotiabank to resolve
the impasse over the lat-
ter’s $200 million syndicat-
ed loan, sources familiar
with the talks said both
sides had last week indicat-
ed a willingness to compro-
mise and were attempting
to finalise an agreement
before Wednesday’s Par-
liamentary date.

Contacts close to the
parties told Tribune Busi-
ness that both Baha Mar’s
principals, the Lyford Cay-
based Izmirlian family, and
the bank’s Toronto head
office had indicated they
were prepared to ‘meet in
the middle’, the former
offering more cash up front
in a ‘debt for equity’ swap
that the latter was reluc-
tantly agreeing to.

“The chances of this
transaction happening are
much better than they
were this time last week,”
one source told Tribune
Business. “My understand-
ing is that they have
moved, and are now trying
to see if they can finalise

SEE page 5B

‘Probiahily weeks’
hefore insurance
concerns solved

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas General
Insurance Association’s
(BGIA) chairman has told
Tribune Business it “will
probably be weeks” before
the sector and Insurance
Commission resolve all the
concerns associated with the
new Insurance Act and reg-
ulations, although both sides
want discussions to be com-
pleted as rapidly as possible.

While the Commission
had extended the deadline
for Compliance with the Act
and regulations for one year,
until September 30, 2011,
Tim Ingraham told Tribune
Business that the industry
and regulator did “not want
to take a year to thrash it
out”.

Confirming that talks
between the two sides were
ongoing, Mr Ingraham said
that among the main issues
being discussed were the
proposed solvency require-
ments and associated asset
discounting.

“We had a meeting with
them last week, and are con-
tinuing to discuss a number
of issues,” the BGIA chair-
man told Tribune Business.
“We’re just hashing them
through; there’s no resolu-
tion to most of them. We

SEE page 2B

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party and The Tribune can not be held
tesponsible for errors and/or omission
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MONDAY,

SEPTEMBER 20,

Intent letter for
key CLICO asset

i Insolvent insurer’s liquidator says ‘negotiations proceeding well
with financially capable buyer’ over sale of property accounting for
63% of assets, and moving ‘in direction of contract’

i Again urges US courts to give him until November 1 to reorganise
major asset, and avoid ‘auction fire sale’
i Real estate valued at $120m three years ago, compared to $55m
purchase price, thus making asset worth ‘tens of millions of dollars’
of funds from Bahamian insurer

CRAIG GOMEZ

Doctors still eyeing 40-50k sq ft growth

EYEING EXPANSION: The Doctors Hospital plans to expand its Collins Avenue facilities.

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Doctors Hospital Health
Systems (DHHS) is still eye-
ing a 40,00-50,000 square foot
expansion of its existing
Collins Avenue facilities, its
chief executive has told Tri-
bune Business, with the com-
pany under ‘no pressure’ to
sell its Blake Road-based
Western Medical Plaza facili-
ty.
Charles Sealy said the
BISX-listed healthcare
provider was still in the “plan-
ning phase” for the proposed
expansion, with the execution
depending on both the econ-
omy - its turnaround and like-
ly growth - and cost tag
attached to the construction.

“We’re looking at probably
an additional 40,00-50,000
square feet,” Mr Sealy told
Tribune Business. “We con-
tinue the planning phase. It’s
part of the model for when
the economy turns around. It
is short-term positioning for
when the turnaround ensures
the economy can sustain such
growth.”

Telling Tribune Business
that the architect’s plans were
on his desk as he spoke to this
newspaper, Mr Sealy added
that Doctors Hospital contin-
ued to assess potential sale
and lease options for its West-
ern Medical Plaza site on
Blake Road, although he hint-
ed that it might make sense
for the company to retain it if
the $2.6 billion Baha Mar pro-
ject took off.

Referring to the “night-
mare” previous Western
Medical Plaza suitors had
encountered in attempting to
win government approvals for
their purchase, Mr Sealy said:
“Selling is an option. The
good thing about it is that

SEE page 4B

MStill investigating flow

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CLICO (Bahamas) liq-
uidator has received a Letter
of Intent from a party inter-
ested in acquiring the multi-
million dollar Florida real
estate development that
accounts for 63 per cent of
the insolvent insurer’s assets,
as he urges the US courts
not to remove that projec-
ts Chapter 11 bankruptcy
protection and force it to be
sold at a ‘fire sale’ auction.

Craig A. ‘Tony’ Gomez,
the Baker Tilly Gomez



accountant and partner, in
a September 11, 2010, filing
with the southern Florida
district’s bankruptcy court,
called on it to maintain the
545-acre Wellington Pre-
serve project’s protection
from its creditors given that
negotiations with interested
purchaser “appear to be
moving in the direction of a
contract”.

Mr Gomez and his attor-
neys have been ordered to
appear before the US court

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regulator approval only potential obstacle

* Positions Cable/SRG to offer full package of
converged communications and ‘Triple Play’, plus
90 directly against BIC in fixed-line voice with
ready-made customer base

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Cable Bahamas has confirmed it has exercised its
$4.243 million purchase option to acquire 100 per cent of
rival telecoms operator Systems Resource Group (SRG),
parent of IndiGo Networks, thus positioning itself to
instantly compete with the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC) in the residential fixed-line voice
market when that sector is liberalised in the next few
months.

A statement from the BISX-listed utility provider,
released late on Friday, confirmed that Cable Bahamas
had moved to acquire 100 per cent of SRG’s share capi-
tal via the option it first took out six years ago, the deal
now only awaiting approval from communications sector
regulator, the Utilities Regulatory & Competition
Authority (URCA).

Anthony Butler, Cable Bahamas president and chief
executive, declined to give details on both the purchase
price paid and the kind of boost SRG would give to the

SEE page 6B



‘Crazy’ Customs duties
harming medical costs

ical tourism destination
could reduce the cost of
healthcare supplies, describ-
ing as “crazy” the amount
of Customs duties levied on
imported equipment.
Charles Sealy said the cost
of medical supplies and
equipment elevated the cost
of installing and setting-up

By NEIL HARTNELL ;

Tribune Business Editor Doctors Hospital a
. believes it can ‘sustain

Doctors Hospital Health se

Systems’ chief executive told dividend payments,

Tribune Business that he :

hoped the increasing interest despite sharp

in the Bahamas as a med- drop in profits

the hospital’s MRI unit from
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lion to $2.7 million when
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By ROYALFIDELITY
CAPITAL MARKETS

It was a slow week of trading in the
Bahamian stock market. Investors traded
in four out of the 24 listed securities, with
two decliners and the other stocks remaining
unchanged.

EQUITY MARKET

A total of 5,503 shares changed hands,
representing a decline of 17,178 shares com-
pared to the previous week's trading vol-
ume of 22,681 shares.

Commonwealth Bank (CBL) was the vol-
ume leader and big decliner last week, trad-
ing a volume of 3,703 shares to see its share
price close down by $0.41 at $6.28.

Finance Corporation of the Bahamas
(FIN) followed CBL, trading 1,000 shares to
see its stock close down by $0.30 at $8.50.

BOND MARKET
No notes traded in the Bahamian bond
market last week.

COMPANY NEWS

Earnings Releases:

Doctors Hospital Healthcare Systems
(DHS) released its unaudited financial
results for the quarter ending July 31, 2010.
DHS reported a net income of $164,000 for
the quarter, a decline of $1.6 million or 91
per cent compared to the $1.7 million report-
ed during the same period in 2009.





















Total revenues were down by $1.6 mil-
lion or 14 per cent due to a reduction in net
patient service revenue quarter-over-quar-
ter.

Management attributed this decline to the
downturn in the economy, and indicated
they remain vigilant in managing resources.

Total expenses remained flat at $10.1 mil-
lion in comparison to the reporting period in
the prior year.

Earnings per share for the quarter stood at
ae compared to $0.17 in 2009, a decline of

0.15.

Total assets and liabilities stood at $30.6
million and $2.8 million at July 31, 2010,
compared to $30 million and $3 million
respectively at DHHS's year end January
31, 2010.

Dividends Notes:

Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared
a dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on
September 30, 2010, to all ordinary share-
holders of record date September 15, 2010.

Cable Bahamas (CAB) has declared a
dividend of $0.08 per share, payable on Sep-
tember 30, 2010, to all ordinary shareholders
of record date September 15, 2010.

Doctors Hospital Healthcare Systems
(DHS) has declared a dividend of $0.02 per
share, payable on September 30, 2010, to
all ordinary shareholders of record date Sep-
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Week ending 17.09.10

CLOSING
PRICE

WKLY PRICE VOLUME
VOLUME

YTD PRICE
CHANGE

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el of the existing capital requirements will
restrict the ability of local insurers to com-
pete in the region and will lead to higher con-
sumer prices.

"The requirement to seek approval for the
use of a more appropriate discount factor for
many of these ‘other assets’ will be a huge
business interruption for the industry, will con-
sume significant resources of the Commission,
without yielding significant benefits.”

The BGIA letter instead proposed that
rather than a 100 per cent discount, mutual
fund shares receive only a 15 per cent dis-
count if they were in a fund recognised by the
Securities Commission. Otherwise, a 25 per
cent discount should be applied.

Corporate bonds were recommended for
an 8 per cent discount if they were held in a
company listed on a recognised exchange, 12
per cent otherwise; with the same requirement
for preference shares - a 15 per cent discount
if held in a listed company on a recognised
exchange, 20 per cent if not.

The BGIA letter also warned that a 100 per
cent discount on investments in ordinary shares
of private companies was "excessive in the
vast majority of circumstances", and should
be reduced to 25 per cent.

Meanwhile, Mr Ingraham told Tribune Busi-
ness that the Insurance Commission was lis-
tening to what the BGIA and wider industry
had to say, and the sector in turn was “learning
some of the rationale behind what was put
forward”.

The Insurance Commission, too, was “learn-
ing from us why some of the things have con-
sequences beyond the immediate conse-
quences”.

“It’s going to take a while,” Mr Ingraham
said on resolving the industry’s concerns. “We
don’t want to take a year to thrash it out. We
want it resolved as quickly as possible, so that
we have a clear, definitive set of guidelines

"The industry is of the view that a 100 per ii a en
cent discount is inappropriate for the a Acknowledging that it was important to
whelming majority of such investments..... avoid a repeat of the CLICO (Bahamas) col-
__ The BGIA instead proposed discounts more lapse and have “strong, stable companies”,
in line with Canadian regulatory requirements, — yy, Ingraham added that it was “equally impor-
and warned of the Insurance Commission's

: i : tant to make sure we have the right regulations
proposed asset discounts: "The excessive lev- far the local environment”.

have more meetings planned, and will con-
tinue to talk to them.

“Nothing much is really agreed. It’s just dis-
cussions on the basic things, concerns we have.
It will probably be weeks before we start get-
ting them resolved. The biggest thing was get-
ting the date pushed back, and getting them to
look at certain things to do with the regula-
tions. It’ll take a bit of time.”

Asked what the key issues were, Mr Ingra-
ham told this newspaper: “Things like the sol-
vency requirements we’re focusing on. It’s a lot
of practical issues, some to do with agencies
and that kind of thing.

“One of the main things for us is solvency,
asset discounting. We feel it is critical to get
that right, as it could have some unintended
consequences if we don’t.”

An August 13, 2010, letter sent to Lennox
McCartney, the Insurance Superintendent,
and Zhivargo Laing, the minister of state for
finance, which was sent by the Bahamas Gen-
eral Insurance Association (BGIA), expressed
particular concerns over the ‘risk-rating’ of
insurers’ balance sheet assets for purposes of
capitalisation and solvency margin calcula-
tions. When such calculations are made, dif-
ferent classes of assets are ‘discounted’ accord-
ing to the perceived risk attached to them
(whether the asset holder will recover 100 per
cent of their investment/value), and the BGIA
letter argued that the discounts assigned in
the Insurance Act's regulations were "extreme-
ly punitive” in comparison to other regulatory
regimes and rating agency requirements.

"In particular, corporate bonds, mutual fund
and preference shares are inappropriately
lumped into ‘other assets’, and receive a 100
per cent discount unless approved for a lower
discount by the Commission,” the BGIA letter
said.


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(BFSB) as candidates for the
2010 Financial Services Stu-
dent of the Year.

These are:

7 D’Andra Letitia
Greenslade - BBA, Account-
ing

* D’Andra Ashley Johnson
- AA, Law & Criminal Jus-
tice

* Edmund Terran Bain -
BBA, Accounting

* Kaymore D. Bethel - AA,
Law & Criminal Justice

* Tonia A.A. Turnquest -
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Candidates were selected
from the 2010 Graduating
Class of the College of the
Bahamas (COB).



Tonia A.A. Turnquest

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the Professional Industry
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and the Central Bank of the
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Its objective is to recognise
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also including COB and com-
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submission.

This year, the students
wrote essays on Leadership
Skills.

The student award pro-
gramme is a part of BFSB’s
ongoing Financial Centre
Focus (FCF) programme,
which seeks to integrate the
industry with the wider com-
munity through a series of ini-
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executive director, Wendy
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of the FCF’s overall objective
is to attract and maintain
qualified professionals to the
sector.

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FROM page 1B

this Thursday to show why the Chapter
11 protection, which currently protects
Wellington Preserve from its creditors
attempting to enforce multi-million
dollar claims against it, should be main-
tained until he submits a plan for the
property’s restructuring.

Extending that protection is vital to
the interests of CLICO (Bahamas) pol-
icyholders and Bahamian creditors,
since it will maximise the sums recov-
ered from Wellington Preserve’s sale
and accrue to their benefit, settling a
significant percentage of their claim
against the insolvent insurer.

Mr Gomez has attempted to extend
Wellington Preserve’s bankruptcy pro-
tection once before, but the courts
denied this on a technicality, finding
that not all interested parties had been
served in time.

Now, in his latest application, he is
asking the south Florida district bank-
ruptcy court to give him until Novem-
ber 1, 2010, to submit his plan for reor-
ganising Wellington Preserve and its
affairs.

Mr Gomez and his attorneys con-
firmed that the initial purchaser he and
his US real estate broker, Diane Jenk-
ins, had lined up, the Hines Group,
had walked away from Wellington Pre-
serve, their filing noting that “an initial
contract for sale was terminated by the
contract purchaser at the end of its due
diligence period”.

“Since then, the property has been
actively marketed and Gomez, through
Diane Jenkins, the designated broker,
is in active negotiations for the sale of
the property,” they told the US court.

“Since this motion was first submit-
ted, Gomez has received a Letter of
Intent from one of the groups with
whom he and the broker have been
negotiating, and the negotiations
appear to be moving in the direction of
a contract.

“The proposal would require com-



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While negotiations

are proceeding
well with the potential
purchaser, which repre-
sents that it is financial-
ly capable, the prospec-
tive purchaser still
needs its due diligence,
and a large, complex
negotiations takes time.”



pletion of the amended plan, which
has been in progress; good title;
approval of this court and other normal
concerns as prerequisites for sale.

“While negotiations are proceeding
well with the potential purchaser,
which represents that it is financially
capable, the prospective purchaser still
needs its due diligence, and a large,
complex negotiations takes time.”

Mr Gomez added that in the inter-
ests of CLICO (Bahamas) creditors,
he did not want Wellington Preserve
“forced to auction at a relatively ‘fire
sale price’”.

The interested party was not identi-
fied by the court documents, and Mr
Gomez is still ‘gagged’ by the Bahami-
an Supreme Court from speaking pub-
licly. While CLICO (Bahamas) poli-
cyholders and creditors should take
some encouragement from the Letter
of Intent’s receipt, as it indicates seri-
ous buyers are out there, it is by no
means a ‘done deal’, and Mr Gomez
will still want to see them put up ‘hard
money’ in the form of a deposit and,
eventually, the full price.

Again emphasising how critical it
was to a successful CLICO (Bahamas)
liquidation that Wellington Preserve’s
sales price be maximised, Mr Gomez
and his attorneys described how $73

million was lent by the insolvent insur-
er through its affiliate, CLICO Enter-
prises, to Wellington Preserve. Some
$10 million worth of capitalisation was
also thrown into the mix.

Describing again how CLICO
(Bahamas) was used as a ‘cash cow’
by its Trinidadian parent and the lat-
ter’s head, Lawrence Duprey, to
finance real estate developments, Mr
Gomez said he “continues to pursue
his investigation with respect to accu-
rately accounting for the source of, and
uses of the money, which the books
indicate flowed through [Wellington
Preserve]”.

And, explaining the rationale for the
reorganisation extension, Mr Gomez
said: “The property consists of
improved lots - that is, a subdivision
plan has been approved; roads are in;
utilities are in; drainage is in; and
approvals have been obtained by the
necessary governmental agencies,
including the South Florida Water
Management District with respect to
the project/

“Presently under development is an
amended plan which would reserve
approximately 60 acres more or less
in the centre of the parcel for the con-
struction of equestrian amenities, such
as a show barn, clubhouse display rings
and the like.”

But he added: “The property is
presently encumbered by outstanding
and unpaid real estate taxes; a judg-
ment for about $1.5 million, a certified
copy of which was recorded during the
preference period; and minor mechan-
ic’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 purchased for $55 million in 2004.
The estimated ‘as built’ sellout for the
lots was over $120 million three years
ago. As is, even in the economy of
today, the property is worth tens of
millions of dollars - enormously in
excess of the encumberances.”

Doctors still eyeing
40-50k sq ft growth

FROM page 1B

we’re not in a position to be
forced to do anything. We’re
following up on a couple of
lease options and a couple of
sale options.”

Obtaining the necessary
government approvals had
“been part of the nightmare
for people who had an inter-
est” in acquiring Western
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Baha Mar on the table, one
has to question whether you
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longer acts as a drag on the
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Doctors Hospital saw its
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cope with any unanticipated
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ing that this [recession] will
be over in a year or 18
months,” Mr Sealy told Tri-
bune Business. “It will be
more of the same. I can’t see
it changing a whole lot. It’s
going to be business as usual
for six to nine months.”

He predicted that when the
Bahamian economy turned
around, it was likely to follow
the US in enjoying a relative-
ly jobless recovery at first.
This would not be good news
for Doctors Hospital, given
that few workers were being
added to company health
insurance plans, or were able
to afford their own.

“Unless we increase the
base of the insured, we will
not see a whole lot of change
occur in the market,” Mr
Sealy said.

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Mar’s $200m loan

FROM page 1B

this thing. I believe that
concessions have been
made by Izmirlian, in
terms of more cash, and
Scotiabank has made some
concessions.”

Tribune Business was last
week told that Scotiabank
was about to appoint
receivers for Baha Mar’s
existing Cable Beach
Resorts, due to the default-
ed loan, but sources with
both the developer and Sco-
tiabank denied that this was
about to happen, or even
being contemplated.

Robert Sands, Baha Mar's
senior vice-president of
external and governmental
affairs, told Tribune Busi-
ness he had nothing to add
beyond last week’s com-
ments, when he said: “Meet-
ings have been taking place
between the parties, and
meetings are still in progress.
It's the utmost priority for
all of us."

One of the pre-conditions
for Baha Mar's Chinese
financing partner, the Chi-
na Export-Import Bank, to
release $2.45 billion in debt
financing to fund the pro-
ject is the resolution of the
Scotiabank syndicate's loan.
The Chinese want this to be
resolved, because unless that
loan's security on several
real estate parcels at Cable
Beach - including the exist-



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ing Sheraton and Wyndham
resorts - is lifted, they will
be unable to use the same
as collateral for their loans.

A ‘debt-for-equity’ swap
is being actively discussed
by both parties.

Sources familiar with the
talks, who requested
anonymity, told Tribune
Business that Baha Mar/the
Izmirlians had initially
offered to pay $75 million
in cash to Scotiabank as an
upfront, part-payment of the
loan, with the remaining
debt - around $130 million -
to be converted into an equi-
ty stake that the bank would
hold in the Cable Beach
redevelopment.

However, Scotiabank was
said to be seeking a greater
upfront cash payment worth
$110 million, sources told
Tribune Business, putting
the two sides some $35 mil-
lion apart.

Scotiabank wants a
greater portion of the debt,
estimated to be around $205

million, paid in cash, due to
the fact that as a conserva-
tive lender it will have to
write down the value of the
equity stake (loan) on its
balance sheet, and is taking
a gamble that Baha Mar and
its Chinese partners will be
able to deliver the $2.6 bil-
lion project and profitable
returns on it.

The bank, ultimately, has
to protect its own interests
through adhering to pru-
dential banking norms, plus
those of its depositors and
the wider Bahamian bank-
ing system, given the sum
extended to Baha Mar.

China State Construction
has obtained a $1.919 billion
construction contract to
build the core of Baha Mar,
featuring six hotels with
3,500 rooms, a 100,000
square foot casino, 200,000
square feet of convention
facilities, and a 20-acre
beach and pool experience.

Some 1,200 Bahamians
are projected to be engaged
in construction at Baha Mar,
including the $75 million
West Bay Street re-routing;
$30 million Commercial Vil-
lage and ‘back of house’ on
Gladstone Road; $10 mil-
lion of earthwork, irrigation
and landscaping on the new
golf course; and $20 million
of construction on the golf
clubhouse, and buildings
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Cable executes on SRG buyout

FROM page 1B

company’s revenues and
profits, other than to say: “It
will be a good investment
for the shareholders of
Cable Bahamas. The expan-
sion that comes from it will
be excellent for Cable
Bahamas.”

An indication of the trans-
action’s value comes from
Cable Bahamas’ 2009 year-
end balance sheet, which
carries as a $4.424 million
investment what is described
as a “purchase option which,
under certain conditions,
allows the company to
acquire a portion or all of
the outstanding shares in a
licensed telecommunications
operator”. That operator, as
previously revealed by Tri-
bune Business, is SRG.

The deal, provided it is
approved by URCA, will

merge SRG’s fixed-line
licence with Cable Bahamas’
already-strong market posi-
tion in Internet, cable TV
and data, thus giving the
combined entity a formida-
ble ‘Triple Play’ proposal -
backed by Cable’s fibre
optic infrastructure - that
will enable it to go ‘head-to-
head’ with a privatised BTC
for Bahamian telecoms mar-
ket dominance.

With BTC’s privatisation,
and potential sale to Cable
& Wireless, possibly immi-
nent, given that the Gov-
ernment wants to complete
any deal by year-end, Cable
Bahamas’ move to consum-
mate its SRG alliance comes
as no surprise, since it leaves
the company perfectly posi-
tioned to exploit any oppor-
tunities arising from liberal-
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2009/CLE/gen/00407

IN THE SUPREME COURT

Common Law and Equity Division

BETWEEN

BAHAMAS DEVELOPMENT BANK

Plaintiff

AND
MICAH ROBERTS

Defendant

TO: MICAH ROBERTS

TAKE NOTICE that:

1. An action has been commenced against you
by the Bahamas Development Bank in the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas by Writ of Summons filed on the
17th day of March, A.D., 2009 being Action
No. 2009/CLE/gen/00407, wherein the
Plaintiff’s claim is for the principal sum of
$28,815.25 and $14,908.62 being interest
due under a demand loan dated the 22nd

January, 2002.

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of Summons in the said action be effected on
you by virtue of this advertisement.

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the publication of this advertisement inclusive
of the day of such publication, acknowledge
service of the said Wri by filing a
Memorandum of Appearance at the Registry
of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher House, East
Street North, Nassau, The Bahamas and by
serving the said Memorandum of Appearance
on the Attorneys whose name and address
appear below, otherwise Judgment may be

entered against you.

Dated the 15th day of September A.D., 2010

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‘The Government is bringing in tele-
coms expertise, looking at mergers,
and both ourselves and SRG because
of this merger, although not of the
size of BTC and its strategic partner,
will benefit the Bahamian consumer.’



to coincide with Cable
Bahamas believing it has
satisfied the conditions stip-
ulated by URCA before it
will be permitted to enter
other markets, namely
achieving accounting sepa-
ration and the ‘unbundling’
of its Internet and cable TV
offerings. “We would antic-
ipate that will be complete
in short order,” the Cable
Bahamas president said.
Mr Butler also told Tri-
bune Business that
SRG/IndiGo would contin-
ue to operate from its exist-
ing Collins Avenue head-
quarters as a 100 per cent
owned Cable Bahamas sub-
sidiary, and said the merger

would benefit both Bahami-
an business and residential
consumers by enhancing ser-
vice, improving products
and lowering prices.

“The operations will
remain independent,” he
said. “SRG would continue
as a Subsidiary, but at arm’s
length from Cable
Bahamas.”

Asked whether there
would be any impact upon
employment levels at both
companies as a result of the
merger, Mr Butler indicat-
ed there would be no nega-
tive impacts, and that there
might even be and expan-
sion in staffing.

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to be in growth mode for the
immediate future. What we
feel is that we’re currently
supporting different prod-
ucts, and the merged entity
will be in growing mode for
the foreseeable future,” Mr
Butler said. “But, hopefully,
there will be operational
synergies and efficiencies,
benefits that will be passed
on to the consumer.”

The Cable/SRG combina-
tion will now be able to
compete directly with BTC
on fixed-line residential
voice when full liberalisa-
tion takes place, and Mr
Butler said: “Historically,
whenever there is competi-
tion between us [BTC and
Cable], the consumer bene-
fits on service and value.

“It’s timely with what’s
going on. The Government
is bringing in telecoms
expertise, looking at merg-
ers, and both ourselves and
SRG because of this merger,
although not of the size of
BTC and its strategic part-
ner, will benefit the Bahami-
an consumer.

“It’s a merged entity, 100
per cent Bahamian owned.
The agreement has been
there since 2004. URCA has
to approve it, and we hope
that it will be given a fair
and reasonable response.”

The only entity not happy
with a Cable/SRG merger is
likely to be BTC. Some may
also be concerned that the
tie-up could reduce the pur-
chase price Cable & Wire-
less will be prepared to pay
for majority control in BTC,
likely to be 51 per cent, giv-
en that it will face instant
strong competition upon
taking over.

Indeed, Cable Bahamas’
purchase option can be
traced back to 2003 and
2004, when the former
Christie government was
attempting to privatise BTC.
SRG was awarded its
licence to compete with
BTC in the fixed-line mar-
ket at the same time, and
attempted to raise $7 mil-
lion from Bahamian
investors in a private place-
ment to finance the build-
out of its network infra-
structure.

Yet URCA’s predecessor,
the Public Utilities Com-
mission (PUC), acting under
what many suspected was
pressure from the then-PLP
government, changed the
‘rules of the game’ in rela-
tion to leasing interconnec-
tion circuits when SRG was
in the middle of its capital

raising. This forced SRG to
return the raised funds to
the investors, since its busi-
ness model and financial
projections had been thrown
out of whack. To prevent
the new operator from
becoming ‘stillborn’, it was
Cable Bahamas _ that
financed the build-out of
SRG’s network in return for
the purchase option.

And Cable Bahamas’
desire to consummate the
relationship and make SRG
its telecoms arm was also
behind the $85 million buy-
out of its former controlling
shareholder, the Canadian-
owned Columbus Commu-
nications.

As previously revealed by
Tribune Business, Cable
Bahamas tried to execute
the purchase option back in
late 2007, just after the
Ingraham administration
returned to office.

It was able to block the
transaction because of
Cable’s foreign ownership
component in the shape of
Columbus, denying the nec-
essary Investments Board
approvals and Central Bank
exchange control approval.

This was one of the rea-
sons that prompted Colum-
bus to exit, and without its
presence, the Government
is now no longer able to
block the transaction.

Only URCA approval is
required, and this could well
be a test case for how truly
independent of government
the new regulator is.

“This transaction heralds
a new dawn for SRG“, said
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny,
president of SRG, “empow-
ering the company and its
employees to continue our
history of innovation for the
benefit of the consumer, and
ultimately the Bahamian
economy”.

“This is an historic time
for Bahamians and Cable
Bahamas”, said Mr Butler,
“and this merger is a criti-
cal step in developing the
company into one that can
provide our customers with
the product and services that
they deserve and have been
asking for.”

SRG’s shareholders at the
time of the 2004 private
placement included busi-
nessman Frank Crothers;
accountant Gregory Cleare;
Scotiabank (Bahamas) man-
aging director Barry Mal-
colm; and Dr David Allen.
A Tribune affiliate also
holds a small stake in SRG.

‘Crazy’ Customs duties
harming medical costs

FROM page 1B

the Bahamian public,” Mr Sealy said, adding that given the
ever-intensifying competition from other countries seek-
ing to grab a share of the medical tourism pie could provide
extra impetus to “reduce the cost of care” in the Bahamas.

While medical tourism was a “supplement, not a niche” for
Doctors Hospital, Mr Sealy said the industry’s develop-
ment would be benefit the Bahamas overall. His company’s
international accreditation by the Joint Commission Inter-
national (JCD, the first hospital in the Caribbean to achieve
such status, would also benefit the wider economy and
encourage persons to travel to the Bahamas for care given
that they could take comfort from the attainment of global

standards.

Mr Sealy said it was also incumbent, though, on Doctors
Hospital to “make the Bahamian population aware” of the
first-class facilities it could make available locally, publish-
ing data to back its case and educate locals.

The Doctors Hospital chief executive added that the
BISX-listed healthcare provider also anticipated other “spin-
offs and consultancies” from its JCI accreditation.

Meanwhile, Mr Sealy said that despite Doctors Hospital’s
reduced net income for the 2011 second quarter and half-
year, it believed it could “sustain” dividend payments to
shareholders, and was determined to reward investors for
their patience and confidence in the company during a long
period in the mid-2000s when they saw no return on their

capital.

He added that the payment of a $0.02 per share divi-
dend, set for September 23, 2010, was “a good gesture” on

the company’s part.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010, PAGE 7B



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS



Emerging markets offer
growth — and fishmeal



INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

MATTHEW CRAFT,
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK

You can boil down the
appeal of emerging markets for
investors to three words:
growth, debt and fishmeal,
according to Associated Press.

For more than a decade,
industrializing countries like
Brazil and China have drawn
investors seeking to ride their
rapid economic growth. Now,
money managers are looking
to places that feed these emerg-
ing giants — like Peru, the
world's top source for fishmeal,
a key ingredient in animal
feeds.

Since the financial crisis hit
two years ago, cash has flooded
into the developing world from
those seeking better returns
and safety. Unlike the U.S. and
other developed countries
whose governments borrowed
heavily for stimulus spending,
countries in South America and
Asia have smaller debt burdens
along with higher bond yields.

So far, investors’ bets in
developing countries have paid
off. The MSCI emerging mar-
ket stock index posted a 78 per-
cent gain for 2009 and is up 3.8
percent this year. Funds that
invest in emerging-market
bonds returned 32 percent last
year. This year, JPMorgan's
emerging market bond index
has gained 7.4 percent on price

terms alone. Ask Francisco
Alzuru, a money manager at
Hansberger Global Associates,
to explain the popularity of
emerging markets and he'll tell
you about fishmeal. It's essen-
tially anchovy powder.
Anchovies are hauled from the
Pacific and mashed into a flour,
which is then turned into feed
for hogs and fish in China.

To Alzuru and investors like
him, fishmeal represents
increasing trade within the
developing world and econom-
ic expansion beyond the so-
called BRICs - Brazil, Russia,
India and China. Those four
emerging-market stars still
claim the bulk of investors’
funds, but Peru, Turkey and
others have seen a surge in
cash.

"You see a growth and con-
sumption story in these coun-
tries just like you're seeing in
the BRICs," Alzuru said.

Peru's economy, for instance,
has grown at an annual rate

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above seven percent, a "China-
type speed," fueled by exports
of copper, textiles and fishmeal
to Asia. That economic growth
has given individual Peruvians
higher incomes and more mon-
ey to spend.

"You see an enormous con-
sumption boom," Alzuru said.
And the rise in spending has
helped launch companies cater-
ing to Peruvian consumers.

In the 1990s, emerging-mar-
ket investments were a great
way to lose money. The Asian
financial crisis, Russia's debt
default and other events
crushed many investors.

The stigma from those crises
has largely disappeared. Brad
Durham, managing director at
fund tracker EPFR Global, said
it's remarkable how quickly
attitudes have changed, a shift
he sees reflected in the num-
bers. Durham said that in a typ-
ical year over the past decade
investors might have dropped
$15 billion into emerging-mar-

f the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.

RICHARD DREW/AP Photo



ket stocks and $9 billion into
emerging-market bonds.

Contrast that with the haul
for emerging-market funds so
far this year: $40 billion into
stocks and a record $25.6 bil-
lion into bonds. Last year,
investors put a record $83.3 bil-
lion into emerging-market stock
funds. "The idea that emerging
markets are a risky asset has
started to unravel," Durham
said. Judging by the flow of
cash, investors seem to fear
USS. stocks. EPFR's data shows
they've pulled $23.4 billion
from U.S. equity funds this
year.

Financial turmoil in the Unit-
ed States and Europe has
helped make developing coun-
tries alluring to investors wor-
ried about another Greek debt
crisis. Taken together, the
world's advanced countries
have debt levels above 90 per-
cent of gross domestic product,
according to the International
Monetary Fund. The IMF,

which counts Treasury bonds
held in the Social Security fund,
expects the U.S. government to
top that mark by the end of this
year. The tally for developing
countries is 38 percent and
shrinking, according to the
IMF. Many economists and
investors believe higher debt
levels will stunt growth. High-
profile fund managers like Bill
Gross at the bond giant Pacific
Investment Management Com-
pany argue that the United
States and Europe will be
weighed down with sluggish
spending and high unemploy-
ment for years to come, like
Japan has been. That only adds
to the appeal of fast-growing
countries in Asia and South
America.

The IMF forecasts that the
United States and other
advanced economies will col-
lectively expand 2.5 percent this
year and the next. Its forecast
for developing countries: 6.3
percent and 6.5 percent.

"This is part of the global
marketplace that is actually
growing with real economic
activity,” said Lupin Rahman, a
vice president of portfolio man-
agement at Pimco. And it's not
all thanks to China. Pimco
expects emerging markets
excluding China to post 5.5 per-
cent annual growth this year.
She points to a rise in growth
and consumer demand from
Colombia, Panama and Peru.

Plenty of risks remain.

"Anything that hurts global
trade hurts the developing
world," Rahman said.

One danger, she said, is
anger in Congress about the
value of China's currency. A
tariff on Chinese goods would
also pinch Indonesia, for exam-
ple, because it exports wood
and coal to China.

But the developing world has
started to wean itself off the
American consumer, selling its
wares to China as well as to its
own growing middle class.

"This is no longer a story for
20 years from now," Rahman
said. “It's a story that's hap-
pening right now.

Gambling industry
pushing ahead in
New England

STEPHEN SINGER,
AP Business Writer
HARTFORD, Connecticut

The gambling industry is
looking to New England as its
latest prospect for legalized
casinos, pitching for legislation
with claims of new jobs and
more state revenue that could
boost a weak economy.

BNP Media, an industry
media company, and the
research firm Spectrum Gam-
ing Group are sponsoring the
first New England Gaming
Summit. The conference, being
held Monday and Tuesday at
Mohegan Sun in Uncasville,
Conn., is intended to bring
together state lawmakers, busi-
ness executives, lawyers, indus-
try analysts and others to net-
work and take a measure of
prospects for casinos in the
region. "It will be kind of an
information dump on gaming,"
said Charles Anderer, group
publisher of BNP Media Gam-
ing Group. "We'd like to put
out as much information on the
market as possible."

Failed

The failed effort in Massa-
chusetts this year to permit casi-
no gambling was one reason
organizers turned to New Eng-
land for the conference, Ander-
er said.

"There's still a lot of legisla-
tive uncertainty there, but deal-
ing with gaming regionally
makes a lot of sense," he said.

The weak economy, howev-
er, has depressed consumer
spending, adding another prob-
lem for the industry as it seeks
to expand.

"One of my first questions is
that this is the new normal for
the economy, but what's the
new normal for gaming?"
Anderer said. "Is it being mod-
ified or defined downward?"

Two Indian-run casinos,
Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods,
operate in Connecticut. In
Rhode Island, home to slot par-
lors Twin River and Newport
Grand, the General Assembly
this year approved legislation
authorizing a voter referendum
in November on casino gam-
bling, but Gov. Don Carcieri
vetoed the bill and lawmakers
did not reconvene to try an
override.

MUU

NOTICE is hereby given that MATIAS FLORVIL of
JOHN STREET, P.O. BOX GT-2935, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
20" day of September, 2010 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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rree helicopter ride

Sparks public outcry

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

nvironment Minister
Earl Deveaux
emerged from the
Aga Khan’s helicopter
in Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, to attend a Friends of the
Environment event with the exhila-
rated grin of an excited schoolboy.

Having taken up Karim Aga
Khan IV’s offer to travel in the 12-
seater AB-139 instead of chartering
a flight, Dr Deveaux, his wife, and
two friends, were able to ride in the
lap of luxury at their convenience,
and the Minister would not be late
for a land assessment of Bell Island
in Exuma the next day.

But as the Aga Khan is the own-
er of Bell Island who put the devel-
opment plans in Dr Deveaux’s lap,
the childlike excitement on the Min-
ister’s face, and the front page of
The Tribune last week, masked a
darker reality.

The extension of such generosity
by this enigmatic Persian prince
exposed both himself and the Min-
ister to ridicule and speculation over
the process of planning applications
and approvals.

And when the development is in
an area as sensitive area as the Exu-
ma Cays Land and Sea Park, it is
bound to stir the kind of public
debate that hit the airwaves last
week.

The 176 square mile park is a jew-
el of the Bahamas and the world as
the oldest protected area of its kind,
established in 1958, and a flourishing
no-take marine reserve guarded by
the Bahamas National Trust (BNT).

The Aga Khan bought the island
north of Conch Cut and 17 miles
north of Black Point last year and
has plans to dredge 8.8 acres of sand
from the seabed so he can pull into a
newly carved marina on his 150ft
yacht.

He also wants the supply barge to
be accommodated at a 100ft dock,
and have slips for 20 vessels in a 67-
acre yacht basin excavated in the
existing salt pond, as well as roads
across the island.

An Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) on the project
was completed by Turrell, Hall and
Associates Inc in March, and passed
on to the BNT for further input.

But until The Tribune published
details of the plans last week, not a
word had been mentioned in the
public domain.

The developer had paid for the
EIA, the Ministry selected the
marine and environmental consul-
tants to do it, and the Trust to con-
tribute to the discussion.

All of the correct protocols were
in place and the procedures were
duly followed, so processes could
tick along smoothly, and the devel-
opers could quietly move in.

The public were not asked for



ENVIRONMENT Minister Earl Deveaux’s ride in developer Karim Aga Khan

IV’s helicopter sparks public scrutiny of the process of planning applications
and land approvals, and exposes them to criticism. But sharing the power of
choice in a transparent planning process, which welcomes public consultation,
would eradicate that speculation in principle and practice. INSIGHT reports...



ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Earl Deveaux with Aga Khan’s helicopter in the background.

their opinion because frankly what
they think is irrelevant when Bell
Island belongs to the Aga Khan, and
it is his right to “renovate” it, just
as other owners of private islands
also have the right to enhance their
personal pieces of the country —
including those in the area of the
park.

Even the BNT has little say in
the matter, according to a statement
released by the board last week.

However, it is precisely this top-
down approach that raises questions
about the possibility for corruption

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process.

Especially when a billionaire such
as the Aga Khan is in a position to
woo a Minister in his AB139, and
donate $1 million to the BNT. No
one is suggesting that this is what
happened in this case, but still the
perception is there.

Dr Deveaux said: “I do not think
a helicopter ride could buy me and I
don’t think it could alter my opin-
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than one helicopter ride to buy him,
or he cannot be corrupted.

Tam inclined to believe the latter,
which is why I think he was dignified
in tendering his resignation, which
the Prime Minister refused.

But a less noble man in his posi-
tion surely would not have done the
same.

As the Minister himself asserted,
he is quite accustomed to travelling
in the planes, boats and automobiles
of wealthy developers, and being
wined and dined at their expense,
but he does not let this affect his

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judgment of planning applications.

He asserted he had travelled to
Ginn Sur Mer's Old Bahama Bay
development on the Ginn’s boat,
and saw Baker’s Bay from the devel-
oper’s jet, as I noted how all of the
developments he listed in his argu-
ment have been approved.

Whether or not he is corrupt-
ible, he is vulnerable to speculation
of corruption, and that is reason
enough for a major change to be
introduced and introduced now.

PLP MP Fred Mitchell suggested
Cabinet ministers and government
departments are provided with their
own fleet of air and watercraft to
transport them to far-flung sites
across the islands on time, avoiding
safety issues, or perceived cosiness
with developers.

However, Freeport attorney Fred
Smith, QC, advocates a change of
the law.

He has been pushing for an Envi-
ronmental Protection Act, and a
Freedom of Information Act, to
establish an independent Environ-
mental Protection Agency that
would facilitate EIAs, provide access
to planning applications, and ensure
there is full and proper public con-
sultation over all plans submitted to
the Ministry.

Such a system would protect
everyone’s best interests as residents,
businesses, Non-Governmental
Organisations (NGOs) and all other
interested parties would be involved
in the debate long before the dig-
gers break ground.

As the lawyer representing
Responsible Development for Aba-
co (RDA) in the request for a Judi-
cial Review seeking to stop work at
the $105 million Wilson City power
plant, Mr Smith showed how BEC
had gone ahead with clearing land,
paving roads and building the power
plant before they even had all the
necessary building permits in place.

Although Supreme Court Justice
Hartman Longley dismissed the
Abaconian’s request on Thursday,
he at least acknowledged they had
genuine reason for complaint.

The public was not aware of the
power plant plans until work started,
and when BEC finally agreed to
hold a public meeting on the matter
it served little purpose other than a
place for hundreds of angry Abaco-
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so left out of the critical devel-
opment of their island.

In that case, as with almost
every other, communities
were disregarded in the plan-
ning process from the begin-
ning, as plans received or con-
ceived of by government
departments are assessed and
approved from the top down,
leaving the people demor-
alised and devoid of power.

A modified Local Govern-
ment Act and Environmen-
tal Protection Act would
allow communities to plan
developments five, 10 or 20
years in the future, and create
a sustainable model that ben-
efits everyone.

Town councils would have
more power to draw up bye-
laws for their unique commu-
nities, impose local taxes to
fund local projects and rep-
resent the community in
national discussions about the
development of their island.

“That’s what’s called
decentralisation and democ-
racy,” Mr Smith said.

“And in our geographical-
ly fractured nation devolution
of power is so necessary.

“Tt will help the Bahamas
develop its marine and land
resources in a sustainable
manner.

“Because it may be that
the people in Exuma have
some idea about whether the
Aga Khan should be able to
proceed.”

But when it comes to
development in the Bahamas,
“the rule of the people”
defined by democracy is far
from the process of granting
planning approval.

We leave such matters in
the hands of Ministers and
wealthy developers, and when
projects are approved, we are
only left to speculate over
what really happened.

“The current construct
lends itself to conflicts, not
necessarily intentional or
intended, but it just does,”
said Mr Smith.

“And that’s why I have
been promoting a more trans-
parent and accountable
process, an objective process,
which protects the Trust, pro-
tects the Minister, and pro-
tects the government agen-
cies from the kind of criticism
that can be made against
them in this case.”

Sharing the power of
choice in a transparent plan-
ning process, which welcomes
public consultation, would

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eradicate that speculation not
only in principle, but also in
practice.

Planning meetings were
the bread and butter of the
local newspaper I worked at
in East London, England, as
development plans ricocheted
through the communities
causing a stir for all who live
and work nearby.

Residents and business
owners were invited to view
plans for around six weeks
before they came to the local
government council planning
committee where they were
debated in a lively public
meeting that often continued
until the early hours of the
morning as everyone was
invited to have their say.

Each interested person was
invited to speak for three min-
utes about why a Victorian
family home should not be
converted into flats, why there
should not be another gener-
ic block of flats built on what
little green land they had left,
or why the next door neigh-
bour should not be allowed
to extend their home into
their own back garden or onto
a third floor.

And as the plans were con-
sidered from all angles, when
they were finally rejected or
approved, those in protest at
least felt they had been heard.

Development affects
everybody, and it is a con-
tentious issue in any commu-
nity, but even more so in land-
starved areas such as London,
or ecologically precious areas
in the sought after islands of
the Bahamas.

Some areas need to be pre-
served for their environmen-
tal benefits, as in the national
parks, and some need to be
developed to create jobs and
keep the economy afloat.

But there is only so much
land to share; and in a demo-
cratic society, the people
should really at least appear
to have a say in what gets
done.

“Tf we had an Environ-
mental Protection Act and a
Freedom of Information Act,
we would at least have a mea-
sure of comfort that people
can’t sneak in the back door
and start depleting our
resources,” Mr Smith said.

“T remain sceptical of pri-
vate developers approaching
the government quietly and
the government and Cabinet
quietly approving in principle
or signing Heads of Agree-
ment or making other non-





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disclosed arrangements with
private developers before the
public becomes aware of it.

“This is a continued recipe
for disaster.

“This is what caused all of
the controversy in Baker’s
Bay, Bimini and all other
places in the Bahamas, includ-
ing the Ginn project in Grand
Bahama.

“T am also told there are
several projects planned for
East End that lies deep with-
in the bosoms of the Cabinet
and none of the citizens of
Grand Bahama have any idea
of what is being planned for
our island communities

“Tf the Environmental Pro-
tection Agency could be iso-
lated from political influence
by the Cabinet or ruling party,
you would have some kind of
check and balance from the
kind of incestuous inflection
which exists when private
developers make their clan-
destine approaches to gov-
ernment for approval in prin-
ciple, because once approved
in principle, then every gov-
ernment agency simply has to
rubber stamp whatever is
made.

“You don’t just do an EIA
to rubber stamp a project.

“Because the developers,
like a cancer, are going to eat
up every pleasant and unique
environment that we have
unless we manage it.

“And the only way to man-
age it is for all vested interests
to be a part of considering
what’s happening.”

The change would mean it
is not just the Minister and
his staff deciding whether the
Aga Khan can put a develop-
ment in the national park, and
the issue of him flying around
in his helicopter would not
arise, because he would not
be in that position.

There would instead be
independent environmental
and planning agencies, not
beholden to the executive,
making the decisions.

And if such agencies are
not established in a new leg-
islative framework soon, the
Bahama islands and the
resources we all share will
gradually disappear in a
method that is beyond our
control, as those who can
afford it break off pieces of
our finite islands for them-
selves and leave the Bahami-
an people with fractured frag-
ments of their country and no
explanation about what hap-
pened, and where it all went.
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INSIGHT



Igor nears Bermuda as
Category 1 hurricane

By JASON BRONIS

Associated Press Writer

HAMILTON, Bermuda
(AP) — Fierce waves pound-
ed the breakwaters and shores
of Bermuda on Sunday,
straining yacht moorings and
battering oceanfront hotels as
Hurricane Igor lashed the
wealthy British enclave.

Bermudians battened down
their homes in pelting rain to
wait out Igor, a Category 1
hurricane with maximum sus-
tained winds of 80 mph (130
kph). Some storm-seasoned
islanders ventured outside to
gawk at the 15-foot (5-meter)
surf or to triple-tie boat moor-
ings even as officials warned
them to stay indoors.

"We are urging residents to
please go home and stay in
until it is all over,” said gov-
ernment spokeswoman Bev-
erle Lottimore.

Those who did venture out-
side were met with howling
winds, and gusts of hurricane
force were reported by mid-
day. Flooding was reported
in low-lying areas and streets
in downtown Hamilton, the
capital, were covered in sev-
eral inches of water and lit-
tered with tree branches and
other debris.

Igor's eye was expected to
pass over or very close to
Bermuda late Sunday, accord-
ing to the U.S. National Hur-
ricane Center in Miami. But
with hurricane-force winds
extending up to 90 miles (150
kilometers) from the storm's
eye, even a near-miss could
cause substantial damage.

The storm was expected to
veer northeast — away from
the United States — after
passing Bermuda. But fore-
casters said it would contin-
ue causing high surf and
strong rip currents along the
USS. eastern seaboard.

Most tourists hopped on
flights home before the air-
port closed Saturday after-
noon, but Elaine and Brian
LaFleur of New Bedford,
Massachusetts, said they actu-
ally changed the date of their
flight so they would make it to
Bermuda in advance of Igor.
They wanted a new experi-
ence for their 28th trip to the
island.

"We've done everything
else on this island, but we've
never experienced a hurri-
cane," said Elaine LaFleur,
62.

The couple's original itin-
erary had them arriving Sun-
day but they flew in Friday.

Brian LeFleur, 66, said the



WAVE ACTION: Waves crash onto the beach at John Smith's Bay in Smith's Parish as Hurricane Igor approaches in Bermuda Saturday. National Hurricane Center in Miami said
tropical storm winds will start battering Bermuda Saturday night, with the hurricane expected to pass near Bermuda early Monday.

couple was staying busy
indoors playing games on
their iPad. He had hoped to
watch Sunday football but the
cable television at their hotel
in downtown Hamilton lost
its signal.

Bermuda's power utility
said at least 6,100 residents
were without electricity.

Some Bermudians were
optimistic that a weakened
Igor, which was downgraded
to a Category 1 hurricane
overnight, would spare the
Atlantic territory serious
damage.

"We prayed that the storm
would be downgraded, and it
looks like our prayers have
been answered," said Fred
Swan, a 52-year-old teacher.

But as the hurricane bore
down, most islanders hun-
kered down in their homes
and listened to the howling
winds and cracking thunder
outside.

School principal Marion
Dyer, 47, said she holed up
with her 8-year-old daughter
and two others after losing
power around dawn, when
Igor's outer bands began
severely whipping Bermuda.

"Now and again we get
bursts of wild wind which
sends the rain in all direc-
tions,” Dyer wrote in an e-
mail to an AP reporter. "We
have heard several rolls of
thunder which are becoming
more frequent."

Premier Ewart Brown said
islanders "have been forced
to recognize that the ocean is
not so vast and Bermuda not
so unique as to be separated
from the awesome power of
nature."

Some islanders checked
into resorts to ride out the
storm. At the Fairmont
Hamilton Princess hotel near
the capital's downtown, about
half of the 410 rooms were

occupied, said Jonathan
Crellin, the hotel's general
manager.

"The hotel is locked down
tight and ready to take Igor
when he arrives in full,"
Crellin said from the hotel,
which like most buildings in
the territory is built of solid
concrete.

High surf kicked up by the
storm has already swept two
people out to sea in Puerto
Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands, far to the south.

By late afternoon Sunday,
Igor was steaming north at 15
mph (24 kph), according to
the U.S. hurricane center.

Forecasters said the storm
could drop 6 to 9 inches (15 to
23 centimeters) of rain over
Bermuda and cause signifi-
cant coastal flooding.

Steve Gibbons and five rel-
atives ventured out on foot to
Somerset Bridge, where high
winds whipped the sea over

Mexico marks 25th
anniversary of ‘85 quake

By MARK STEVENSON
Associated Press Writer

MEXICO CITY (AP) —
In solemn ceremonies and
Roman Catholic masses,
Mexico City commemorated
the 25th anniversary Sunday
of an 8.1-magnitude earth-
quake that killed as many as
10,000 people and sparked an
outpouring of civic action that
many say helped lead the
nation to democracy.

At the downtown square
where the Hotel Regis top-
pled in 1985, a line of ambu-
lances and patrol cars marked
the moment by turning on
their sirens; the hotel was nev-
er rebuilt, and the square is
now known as Solidarity
Park.

But it was all silence at the
humble monument erected at
the site of the collapsed Nue-
vo Leon apartment building,
where hundreds died. An
elderly woman lit votive can-
dles for her dead children,
and survivors placed colorful
floral wreaths at the low
benches built in a circle
around the site.

Cuauhtemoc Abarca, 53,
who at the time was a neigh-
borhood leader for residents
of the Tlatelolco housing
complex, recalled hearing the



SALUTE: Mexico's President Felipe Calderon salutes during a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of
the 1985 Mexico's earthquake in Mexico City on Sunday. The 8.1-magnitude earthquake killed as many
as 10,000 and left thousands homeless.

sound of shattering glass as
the earth shook violently.

"T turned toward the Nuevo
Leon and I saw that it was
collapsing, first like a sand-
wich, and then twisting and
falling,” said Abarca. "I saw
but couldn't believe it, and
then a cloud of dust went up.”

After the quake, as gov-
ernment officials, army troops
and police dithered — seem-
ingly unprepared for the dis-
aster and more interested in

cordoning off collapsed build-
ings than in searching for sur-
vivors — neighbors organized
rescue teams to pull victims
from the rubble.

Abarca, who went on to a
career as a community activist
and helped in relief efforts for
Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake
that killed as many as 300,000,
said the activism awakened
by the Mexico City quake is
still alive. "There is more par-
ticipation in general, in a lot

(AP Photo)

of aspects,” he said. "But the
government has dedicated
itself to dispersing it, creating
smoke screens, to act as if it
was listening."

Mexico's early declarations
that it did not need interna-
tional aid is thought by many
to have contributed to the
eventual downfall of the long-
ruling Institutional Revolu-
tionary Party, which lost the
presidency in 2000 for the first
time in seven decades.

the bridge and made it diffi-
cult to stand up straight.

"Later on, we'll be inside
hunkered down," Gibbons
said while bracing himself
against the gusting wind.

Hotel cancellations were
reported across Bermuda,
popular with tourists for its
pink sand beaches and with
businesspeople as an offshore
financial haven.

A causeway linking the
main island with St. George's
parish was closed, along with
the L.F. Wade International
Airport. Officials said schools
would be closed Monday and
Tuesday, and a local newspa-
per canceled its Monday edi-
tion.

Bermuda's building codes
specify that homes must be
built with walls at least eight
inches thick, and be able to
withstand 150 mph (241 kph)
gusts and sustained winds of
110 mph (177 kph). Some




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power and phone lines are
underground.

In Mexico on Sunday, offi-
cials raised to 12 the death
toll from Hurricane Karl,
which made landfall on Mex-
ico's Gulf Coast on Friday
and soaked Veracruz, Puebla
and Tabasco states in the
south-central part of the
country.

At least 30,000 people were
displaced by flooding and
landslides in Veracruz alone,
according to a report from the
Civil Protection agency.

Gov. Fidel Herrera said 125
municipalities were in a state
of emergency. Far out in the
Atlantic, Tropical Storm Julia
was weakening and not
expected to threaten land.

e Associated Press writers
Elizabeth Roberts in Hamil-
ton, Bermuda, and Miguel
Angel Hernandez in Ver-
acruz, Mexico, contributed to
this report.

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Blown-out
BP well finally
killed at the
bottom of Gulf

By HARRY R. WEBER,
Associated Press Writer

THE well is dead. Finally.

A permanent cement plug
sealed BP's well nearly 2.5
miles below the sea floor in
the Gulf of Mexico, five ago-
nizing months after an explo-
sion sank a drilling rig and
led to the worst offshore oil
spill in U.S. history.

Retired Coast Guard
Adm. Thad Allen, the fed-
eral government's point man
on the disaster, said Sunday
BP's well "is effectively
dead" and posed no further
threat to the Gulf. Allen said
a pressure test to ensure the
cement plug would hold was
completed at 5:54 a.m. CDT.

The gusher was contained
in mid-July after a tempo-
rary cap was successfully fit-
ted atop the well. Mud and
cement were later pushed
down through the top of the
well, allowing the cap to be
removed.

But the well could not be
declared dead until a relief
well was drilled so that the
ruptured well could be sealed
from the bottom, ensuring it
never causes a problem
again. The relief well inter-
sected the blown-out well
Thursday, and crews started
pumping in the cement on
Friday.

The April 20 blast killed
11 workers, and 206 million
gallons of oil spewed.

The disaster caused an
environmental and econom-
ic nightmare for people who
live, work and play along
hundreds of miles of Gulf
shoreline from Florida to
Texas. It also spurred civil
and criminal investigations,
cost gaffe-prone BP chief
Tony Hayward his job, and
brought increased govern-
mental scrutiny of the oil and
gas industry, including a cost-

ly moratorium on deepwater
offshore drilling that is still
in place.

Gulf residents will be feel-
ing the pain for years to
come. There is still plenty of
oil in the water, and some
continues to wash up on
shore. Many people are still
struggling to make ends meet
with some waters still closed
to fishing. Shrimpers who are
allowed to fish are finding it
difficult to sell their catch
because of the perception —
largely from people outside
the region — that the
seafood is not safe to eat.
Tourism along the Gulf has
taken a hit.

The disaster also has taken
a toll on the once mighty oil
giant BP PLC. The British
company's stock price took a
nosedive after the explosion,
though it has recovered
somewhat. Its image as a
steward of the environment
was Stained and its stated
commitment to safety was
challenged. Owners of BP-
branded gas stations in the
USS. were hit with lost sales,
as customers protested at the
pump.

And on the financial side:
BP has already shelled out
$9.5 billion in cleanup costs,
and the company has
promised to set aside anoth-
er $20 billion for a victims
compensation fund. The
company could face tens of
billions of dollars more in
government fines and legal
costs from hundreds of pend-
ing lawsuits.

BP took some of the
blame for the Gulf oil disas-
ter in an internal report
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‘Serious concern’
over ‘fraud’ at the

Afghan elections

KABUL, Afghanistan

THE main Afghan elec-
tion observer group said
Sunday it had serious con-
cerns about the legitimacy
of this weekend's parlia-
mentary vote because of
reported fraud, even as Pres-
ident Hamid Karzai com-
mended the balloting as a
solid success, according to
Associated Press.

The conflicting statements
underscored the difficulty of
determining the credibility
of the vote also hit by mili-
tant attacks that hurt the
turnout. Afghan officials
started gathering and tallying
results Sunday in a process
that could take weeks if not
months to complete.

The country’s internation-
al backers offered praise for
those who voted Saturday
despite bomb and rocket
attacks, and voiced hoped
for a democratic result. A
repeat of the pervasive fraud
that tainted a presidential
election a year ago would
only erode further the stand-
ing of Karzai administration
— both at home and abroad
— as it struggles against a
Taliban insurgency.

While the first vote counts
are due to be made public
in a few days time, full pre-
liminary results are not
expected until early Octo-
ber, and then there will be
weeks of fraud investigations
before winners are officially
announced for the 249 par-
liamentary seats, which were
contested by about 2,500
candidates.

The election commission
has said it hopes to release
final results by the end of
October. But there are like-
ly to be a host of fraud com-
plaints in each province —
which could drag the process
on even beyond that target
date. The resolution of last
year's vote took months.

On Sunday, the indepen-
dent Free and Fair Elections
Foundation of Afghanistan
said it "has serious concerns
about the quality of elec-
tions," given the insecurity
and numerous complaints of
fraud. FEFA deployed
about 7,000 people around
the country, making it the
largest observer of the par-
liamentary vote. Many inter-
national observer groups
scaled back their operations
from last year because of
security concerns.

At least 21 civilians and
nine police officers were
killed during the voting,
according to the election
commission and the Interi-
or Ministry, amid dozens of
bombings and rocket attacks.
In addition, two pollworkers
were kidnapped in northern
Balkh province and their
bodies were discovered Sun-
day, Afghan election com-
mission chairman Fazel
Ahmad Manawi told
reporters.

The election commission
has yet to provide an overall
turnout figure but it appears
to have been lower than last
year. The commission said
Sunday that at least 4 mil-
lion people voted — at least
24 percent of the country's
17 million registered voters
— though they were still
waiting for reports from
some voting centers. Nearly
6 million ballots were cast
last year, though the wide-
spread ballot-box stuffing
means it was difficult to
know how many people
actually voted.

Throughout Saturday's
balloting, complaints that
anti-fraud measures were
being ignored or weren't
working poured in from
across the country. People
said the indelible ink that is
supposed to stain voters’ fin-
gers for 72 hours could be
washed off.

In some polling stations,
observers said poll workers
were letting people vote with

AFGHAN ELECTION workers stack ballot boxes at Afghanistan's Inde-
pendent Election Commission in Herat on Sunday Sept. 19, 2010. Afghan
election observers said they had serious concerns about the legitimacy of
Saturday's parliamentary balloting as officials began Sunday to tally the
results in a process that could take months. (AP)

obviously fake voter cards.

"Ballot stuffing was seen
to varying extents in most
provinces, as were proxy vot-
ing and underage voting,"
FEFA said.

Yet Karzai issued a state-
ment Sunday calling the vote
an all-round success.

"President Karzai con-
gratulates the nation of
Afghanistan on its success-
ful parliamentary election,”
the statement said. "This has
been another positive step
in strengthening democracy
in our country."

He went on to call on the
country's anti-fraud watch-
dog to thoroughly investi-
gate all fraud complaints.

The head of the U.N. mis-
sion in Afghanistan, Staffan
de Mistura, stressed how dif-
ficult it is to hold an election
in a war zone like
Afghanistan and said the
Afghan government should
be praised for managing to
get people out to vote at all.

"It's almost a miracle to
have an election in these cir-
cumstances," de Mistura
said.

However, he said it was
too early to determine
whether the vote was a suc-
cess, and cautioned that the
combination of a low
turnout in some areas and
fraud allegations could
threaten the results.

"That may be a toxic com-
bination," de Mistura said.

The head of U.S.-based
observer group Democracy
International said the tally-
ing and fraud-investigation
process will be key to deter-
mining the election's validity.

"Right now is a pretty crit-
ical time," Jed Ober said.
"They will be following up
on claims and verifying
them. So much remains to
be seen."

Last year's presidential
vote was so tainted by ballot-
box stuffing and rejiggered
tallies — much to Karzai's
benefit — that nearly a third
of his votes were thrown out.

If Afghans don't accept
the results of the vote, it
could have a profound effect
both inside the country and
with Afghanistan's interna-
tional backers, who have
140,000 troops in the country
and have spent billions try-
ing to shore up Karzai's
administration.

Abdullah Abdullah, the
runner-up to Karzai in the
2009 poll, has suggested
there could be unrest if vot-
ers feel disenfranchised, and
that candidates installed
despite accusations of fraud-
ulent voting could lead to a
rubber-stamp parliament in
the hands of the govern-
ment.

However, an election per-
ceived as legitimate could go
some way to building public
faith in a democratic system
which has struggled to take
root since the hardline Tal-
iban regime was ousted in a
U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
The election drew a wide
array of candidates, and at
least in key urban centers,
campaigning was vigorous
and citizens on Saturday
voiced resolve in voting
despite the threat of militant
attack.

Violence continued on
Sunday, with three rockets
fired a meeting of senior offi-
cials in southern Kandahar
province which was intended
to rally support against the
Taliban. The closest landed
about 40 meters (45 yards)
away from the meeting in
Arghandab district, attended
by the provincial governor
and Karzai's brother Ahmad
Wali Karzai, who chairs the
provincial council. No one
was hurt.

In the north, an insur-








A SMALL boy peeks from behind the poster of an election candidate as posters are dismantled a day after parliamentary election in Kabul,

Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. (AP)

A SHOPKEEPER bites into tape
to fasten posters of the candi-
date of his choice contesting
ahead of the parliamentary
election, on the outer wall of
his small shop in Kabul,
Afghanistan.

gent rocket attack killed six
children in Ali Abad dis-
trict of Kunduz province,
the Interior Ministry said
without providing further
details.

Meanwhile, NATO forces
said they killed seven insur-
gents in an attack Saturday
targeting a Taliban com-
mander at a village com-
pound in volatile Nangarhar
province in the east.

Ghafor Khan, the district
police spokesman, said five
people were killed and two
wounded in the attack.

He said investigators
were determining whether
the casualties were insur-
gents or civilians. NATO
said its initial reporting was
that no civilians were killed
or hurt.

Afghan officials have
repeatedly warned that civil-
ian casualties undermine
anti-insurgency efforts.

NATO said three of its
service members died in
attacks in Afghanistan on
Saturday.

Two died in a bomb attack
in the south and another in
an insurgent attack in the
north.

Their nationalities were
not disclosed.





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US woman
held in Iran
for a year
arrives in US |

NEW YORK (AP) — An
American woman who was
held in Iran for more than
13 months and accused of
espionage said Sunday that
she and two men detained
with her never spied or com-
mitted any crime, calling
their arrest "a huge misun-
derstanding."

Sarah Shourd underscored
her gratitude at being
released but said she felt only
"one-third free" because her
fiance, Shane Bauer, and
their friend Josh Fattal
remain in Tehran's notori-
ous Evin Prison.

"This is not the time to cel-
ebrate," Shourd, 32, said in
prepared remarks for a New
York news conference. "The
only thing that enabled me
to cross the gulf from prison
to freedom alone was the
knowledge that Shane and
Josh wanted with all their
hearts for my suffering to
end."

Shourd traveled to New
York after arriving Sunday
morning at Dulles Interna-

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tional Airport near Wash-
ington on a flight from
Dubai, United Arab Emi-
rates, accompanied by her
mother and an uncle.

Meanwhile, Iranian Presi-
dent Mahmoud Ahmadine-
jad arrived in New York
Sunday to attend the U.N.
General Assembly. He later
met with U.N. Secretary-
General Ban Ki-moon to dis-
cuss developments in Iraq,
Afghanistan and the Middle
East as well as efforts to
resolve the dispute over
Iran's nuclear program, the
U.N. spokesperson's office
said.

Ahmadinejad called
Shourd's release "a huge
humanitarian gesture” in an
interview on ABC televi-
sion's "This Week with
Christiane Amanpour." He
called on the U.S. to release
eight Iranians being detained
after arrests he said were ille-
gal.

Shourd thanked Iranians
and Ahmadinejad in a care-
fully scripted return that

spoke to the continuing deli-
cacy of her situation. Iran has
issued espionage-related
indictments against her,
Bauer and Fattal; the indict-
ments could bring trials for
the two men and proceed-
ings in absentia for Shourd.

But she stressed their inno-
cence in a case that has
added to the roster of ten-
sions between the U.S. and
Iran.

The three were detained
in July 2009 after Iranian offi-
cials said they intentionally
crossed the country's border
from Iraq. Echoing accounts
their familics have given in
their absence, Shourd said
Sunday that the three had
been hiking in a popular
tourist area — near a water-
fall in Iraq's Kurdistan region
— and had no idea the bor-
der was nearby.

"If we were indeed near
the Iraq-Iran border, that
border was entirely
unmarked and indistinguish-
able," she said.

"Shane and Josh do not



SARAH SHOURD makes a statement at the VIP Lounge of Muscat sinnatt before she flies out of Muscat,
Oman, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. The American woman released from Iran after more than 13 months in
custody began her journey back to the United States on Saturday after asking her supporters to "extend
your prayers’ to her fiance and another American man who remain in Tehran accused of spying. The three
Americans were detained in July 2009 along the Iraqi border. Iran has issued espionage-related indictments,
which could bring trials for the two men and proceedings in absentia for Shourd. (AP)

deserve to be in prison one
day longer than I was," she
said. "We committed no
crime and we are not spies.
We in no way intended any
harm to the Iranian govern-
ment or its people and
believe a huge misunder-
standing led to our arrest and
prolonged detention."

Shourd's mother has said
her daughter had health
problems including a breast
lump and precancerous cer-
vical cells. Shourd said Sun-
day that doctors in Oman,
where she went immediately
after her release, had deter-
mined she was physically
well.

Officials in Oman — an
ally of both Iran and the
United States — mediated a
$500,000 bail for Shourd that

satisfied Iranian authorities
and apparently did not vio-
late U.S. economic sanctions
against Iran. The source of
the bail payment has not
been disclosed.

She left Oman Saturday
for Dubai, United Arab Emi-
rates, and took a commercial
flight from there to Dulles
because planes to New York
were already full of passen-
gers flying in for the General
Assembly meeting, the fam-
ilies said.

Shourd and Bauer had
been living together in Dam-
ascus, Syria, where Bauer
was working as a freelance
journalist and Shourd as an
English teacher. Fattal, an
environmental activist and a
fellow graduate of the Uni-
versity of California at

Berkeley, came to visit them
last July, and the three went
hiking.

"My hope is that by learn-
ing who we are and how we
came to be in this diverse and
fascinating region of the
world directly from my lips, it
will help clear up any doubts
and end Shane and Josh's
detention," Shourd said.

She added that she hoped
their experience would pro-
vide “an opportunity for
Americans and Iranians to
realize that an improved rela-
tionship would be in the best
interest of all people."

Ahmadinejad gave no
specifics in his interview with
Amanpour about whether
Bauer and Fattal might also
be released, saying "the cas-
es have to be examined."

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SPORTS
INBRIEF

SOFTBALL
NPSA FIXTURE

THE New Providence
Softball Association
(NPSA) is scheduled to
complete regular season
action this weekend at the
Banker’s Field, Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex,
with the following games
on tap:

Tonight’s schedule

7pm — Dorin United
Hitmen vs Del Sol
Arawaks (M)

8:30pm — John’s Bucca-
neers vs Dorsey Park Boyz
(M)

Tuesday’s schedule

7pm — T&C Express
Outlaws vs Freedom Farm
Horsemen (M)

8:30pm — Dorin United
Hitmen vs Y-II Shipping
New Breed (M)

Wednesday’s schedule

7pm — Sigma Brackettes
vs Bommer G. Operators
) een

8:30pm — Mighty Mitts
vs Del Sol Arawaks (M)

SOFTBALL
KERZNER
INTERNATIONAL

PLAY in the Kerzner
International Departmen-
tal Softball League is slat-
ed to open today at the
Banker’s Field with a dou-
ble header on tap.

In the 10am opener, the
Casino Big Dogs are set
to take on the Messa Grill.
The feature game at noon
will be between Ocean
Club and Banquet.

There are a total of 11
teams participating in the
league. They will play out
of two pools in a round
robin format with games
being played on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays.

SOFTBALL
BSC REV CARROLL
CLASSIC

THE Baptist Sports
Council is scheduled to
kick off the Rev Anthony
Carroll Softball Classic
Saturday at the Banker’s
Field.

Opening day is expected
to feature a showdown
between the defending
champions and the run-
ners-up in the men, co-ed
and 19-and-under divi-
sions. There will also be a
brief opening ceremony.

In the opening game at
10 am, defending champi-
on Macedonia Baptist are
to face runners-up Tem-
ple Fellowship in the 19-
and-under division. That
will be followed by the
opening ceremonies.

At 11:30 am, the second
game is expected to be
played with defending
champion Golden Gates
taking on runners-up
Macedonia in the co-ed
division.

And in the feature con-
test at 12:30 pm, defend-
ing champions Transfigu-
ration are set to battle run-
ners-up Macedonia Bap-
tist in the men’s division.

This year’s classic is
being held in honour of
the Rev Anthony Carroll,
the new president of the
Bahamas National Baptist
Missionary and Educa-
tional Convention and the
pastor of Antioch Native
Baptist Church.

So far, there are a total
of nine teams entered in
the men’s division, eight
in the co-ed division and
five in the 19-and-under
division.

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New Breed holds on for 13-12 decision over Freedom Farm

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Y-II Shipping New Breed
found out that in order to get to the
next level - the championship - they
have to know how to hold onto their
lead.

Leading 9-1 with a chance to stop
the Freedom Farm Horsemen via the
seven-run rule, New Breed watched as
their lead was diminished and they
had to end up playing the full seven
innings.

In the end, however, Y-II Shipping

was able to hold on for a 13-12 deci-
sion over Freedom Farm in the men’s
feature contest on Saturday night at
the Banker’s Field, Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex.

Coach Anthony ‘Hot Dog’ Pierce,
who has been around the game long
enough as a player to see some of
these types of games, said it was a
good learning experience for their
young team, managed by Martin
‘Pork’ Burrows.

“Most of the guys are sort of young
and most of the time they sort of lose
their composure and they just sit down
and relax after scoring so many runs,”

said Pierce, who was on the opposite
end of the field against his former
long-time manager Godfrey ‘Gully’
Burnside.

“But like I always tell you, ‘you
have to play seven innings, not four or
three or six, whenever the stoppage
comes. The game is for seven innings
and you have to expect to play that
much every night.”

The game was played between the
third and fourth place teams in the
men’s standings as they get set for the
playoffs that is scheduled to start on
Thursday.

Nothing changed in the positions at

the end of the game as New Breed
stayed in third at 12-3, while the
Stingrays continue to hold onto fourth
at 9-6.

Both teams are slated to play their
final regular season games Tuesday. In
the 7pm opener, Freedom Farm is set
to face the T&C Express Outlaws and
Y-II Shipping the Dorin United Hit-
men in the 8:30pm feature contest.

Dorin United, managed by Erin
Adderley, blew their chance to con-
tend for the pennant after they
dropped a 14-9 decision to the John’s

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Macedonia wins cycling classic

THE Baptist Sports Coun-
cil hosted its 2010 Barron
Musgrove/Roy Colebrooke
Cycling Classic on Saturday
at the National Cycling Track,
Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
plex.

The classic was won by
Macedonia Baptist Church,
followed by Golden Gates
Native Baptist and Team
Warriors, headed by Barron
Musgrove, rounded out the
top three. Individual results
in the age group categories
are as follows:

10-and-under boys

Russorn Strachan (Mace-
donia); Felix Neely (Team
Warriors); Ashton Webb
(Golden Gates)

10-and-under girls

Remilda Thompson (Mace-
donia); Tatyana Musgrove
(Southside Christian Acade-
my); Melvinique Strachan
(Macedonia)



CYCLE ACTION: Branisha Thompson and Brittany Stubbs, both from Macedonia Baptist, compete in the

under-15 girls division.

15-and-under boys

Anthony Colebrooke
(Team Warriors); Justin Min-
nis (Team Warriors); Petron
Lightbourne (Team War-



PLAQUE PRESENTATION: BSC’s assistant director Joanne Webb
presents a plaque to Barron Musgrove and one to Roy Colebrook in
his absence.

riors)
15-and-under girls
Anthinence Simmons

(Team Warriors); Brittany
Stubbs (Macedonia); Bran-
isha Thompson (Macedonia)

19-and-under boys

Ishan Rolle (Macedonia);
Lamar Saunders (Macedo-
nia); Craig Mortimer (Mace-
donia)

19-and-under girls

Ariel Webb (Golden Gates
Native); Harrinique Smith
(Macedonia); Chante Gibson
(Macedonia)

Open men

Brent Stubbs (Macedonia);
Brian Capron (Macedonia);
Ian Webb (Golden Gates)

Open women

Nicola Major (golden
Gates); Lauriette Hinsey
(Golden Gates); Candice
Webb (Golden Gates)

During the awards cere-

mony, BSC’s assistant direc-
tor Deaconness Joanne
Webb, presented a plaque to
Barron Musgrove and anoth-
er to Roy Colebrooke for
their patronage of the classic.

The BSC honoured the
New Providence Cycling
Association president and the
Bahamas Cycling Federation
president respectively for the
tremendous role they have
played over the years in the
cycling circle.

Cycling is just one of the
three sporting events left on
the BSC calendar.

This Saturday, the BSC is
scheduled to kick off the Rev
Anthony Carroll Softball
Classic and on Saturday,
October 30, the Rev Eller-
ston Smith Track and Field
Classic is all set to take place.

The Volleyball Classic is
scheduled for December.



-f



THE WINNERS: Some members of Macedonia Baptist Church flank BSC’s assistant director Joanne Webb as they are presented with their

winning trophy.



CHRISNELL COOPER

BOC awards
judo coaching
scholarship

WHEN Chrisnell Cooper
took a judo class at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas in Jan-
uary, 2008, she had no idea
that this would lead to world
travel as well as a scholar-
ship to study for four
months in Hungary.

She has been awarded a
scholarship by the Bahamas
Olympic Committee to
study judo coaching at Sem-
melweis University in
Budapest, Hungary.

After passing the COB
judo class with an A, Chris-
nell became a junior coach
for Federation Affiliate All-
Star Family Center, focusing
on preschool and primary
school development.

She also joined the nation-
al team, practicing 20 hours
a week while at COB. She
represented the Bahamas at
the World Cup in Brazil and
at the Pan American Cham-
pionships in Miami.

"When I was younger I
enjoyed wrestling with my
cousins. Judo has afforded
me many opportunities that
would have been virtually
impossible and it has helped
me to shape my character,
dig deeper and discover new
things about myself,” said
Cooper.

"Tam from a large family
of four sisters and five
brothers, so I could not
afford to study abroad on
my own. I am grateful to the
Bahamas Olympic Commit-
tee and the Bahamas Judo
Federation who have had
the confidence in me. I look
forward to giving back when
T return and advancing the
sport of judo in the
Bahamas."

Anyone seeking more
information on the Bahamas
Judo Federation can contact
the Federation at the Head-
quarters All Star Family
Center, Joe Farrington
Road, or call 364-6773 or
visit the website at
www.bahamasjudo.com

Boxing club gears up for L Garth Wright Golden Gloves

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER hosting a success-
ful Wellington ‘Sonny Boy’
Rahming Silver Gloves Box-
ing Show, Champion Ama-
teur Boxing Club is now gear-
ing up for the 16th L Garth
Wright Golden Gloves Box-
ing Show.

And co-ordinator Ray
Minus Jr says the format will
be slightly different as they
will host a four-weekend
showdown between teams
from Inagua, the YMCA
Freeport Boxing Club, the
Arthur Missick Freeport Box-
ing Club, the Bahamas Youth
Sporting Club, the
Carmichael Boxing Club and
the Lion-Heart Boxing Club.

“We had a very, very excit-
ing Sonny Boy Rahming Sil-
ver Gloves. We did four
weeks of that,” Minus Jr
pointed out. “That kind of
inspired me to organise the L
Garth Wright Tournament in
that same way.

“This time, we are a lot
more prepared. We have
organised ourselves and have
contacted all of the other
clubs in the Bahamas to par-
ticipate.”

The L Garth Wright Gold-
en Glove Tournament is
scheduled to kick off 6pm Sat-
urday at the First Class Box-
ing Square on Wulff Road.

It will feature a four-mem-
ber team coming in from
Inagua. They will compete
against Minus’ Champion
Boxing Club and_ the

Bahamas Youth Sporting
Club, headed by Leonard
‘Boston Blackie’ Miller.

The second week on Octo-
ber 2 will be the battle of the
local clubs with Carmichael
Boxing Club, the Lion-Heart
Boxing Club and the Cham-
pion Boxing Club in the spot-
light.

During the third weekend,
the Bahamas Youth Sporting
Club will be competing again,
along with the visiting YMCA
Freeport Boxing Club from
Grand Bahama.

The final weekend will
close out on Saturday with the
Arthur Missick Boxing Club
from Grand Bahama coming
in and joining the Carmichael
Boxing Club.

“This will give the boys a
wealth of experience in the

country,” said Minus Jr, indi-
cating that they intend to
stage at least 70 or more fights
over the month-long show.

Each weekend, Minus Jr
said awards will be present-
ed to the Best Fight of the
night, the Most Improved
Boxer, the MVP of the Night
and the L Garth Wright
Award.

Minus Jr said the Inagua
contingent is very excited
about the show and they have
indicated that they would like
to compete in all of the week-
end shows.

“We already have the infor-
mation on the boxers and we
are looking forward to hosting
them,” Minus Jr said. “The
YMCA will be coming down
on different weekends from
the Arthur Missick Boxing

Club. So they should also
bring a lot of excitement to
the tournament.

“We want to showcase
everybody and really, really
bring boxing together and get
everybody involved in this
tournament. This tournament
is the leading tournament in
the country. It has been going
on for 16 years and the Sonny
Boy Rahming Tournament
has set the pace in keeping
this tournament at a high lev-
el.”

At the end of the four
weekends, Minus Jr said they
will put on a final event to
determine the overall cham-
pions in all of the divisions
contested as they try to show-
case the best that the
Bahamas has to offer at a
national level.

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Man U tops
Liverpool, 3-2

By ROB HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LONDON (AP) — A hat
trick from Dimitar Berbatov
gave Manchester United a 3-
2 victory over Liverpool,
while Premier League leader
Chelsea extended its perfect
start to the season by routing
Blackpool 4-0 on Sunday.

United threw away a two-
goal lead in the second half
when Steven Gerrard scored
two goals in six minutes for
Liverpool, but Berbatov's
third in the 84th minute
sealed the three points.

Chelsea took just two min-
utes to go in front against
Blackpool. After Salomon
Kalou's tap-in, Florent Mal-
ouda scored twice and Didier
Drogba netted with a deflect-
ed strike.

Chelsea has a four-point
lead at the top of the stand-
ings over Arsenal and Man-
chester United, while Man-
chester City is fourth after
beating Wigan 2-0 on Sunday.

The first goal of the day
came after 42 minutes at Old
Trafford, with Berbatov nod-
ding home Ryan Giggs’ cor-
ner at the near post. Berba-
tov, who has faced intense
criticism over his form since
joining United two years ago,
scored a stunning second in
the 59th.

Berbatov's good work was
undone in that six-minute
spell starting in the 64th.

United's Jonny Evans
lunged in on Fernando Torres
as the striker cut into the
penalty area, resulting in a
Liverpool penalty. Gerrard
made good on the shot.

Six minutes later, John
O'Shea was fortunate not to
be sent off when he dragged
Torres to the ground just out-
side the penalty area. Gerrard
found the corner of United's
goal with precision to equalize
from his free kick.

United had thrown away a
two-goal lead for the second
successive weekend, having
drawn 3-3 at Everton in its
previous match. But Berba-
tov rose to meet O'Shea's
cross to secure the three
points and complete his hat
trick.

Chelsea had no such prob-
lems disposing of Blackpool.
After just two minutes at
Stamford Bridge, Drogba's



BALL FIGHT: Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov (right) fights
for the ball against Liverpool's Martin Skrtel during their English
Premier League match at Old Trafford Stadium in England.

(AP Photo)

corner was flicked on by
Branislav Ivanovic and Kalou
supplied the finish at the far
post. Chelsea then doubled
its lead when Kalou put Drog-
ba clear and Malouda fired
home.

The third goal came when
Ashley Cole fed Drogba,
whose shot was deflected in.

Another simple Chelsea
move sliced Blackpool open
in the 41st to make it 4-0.
Drogba’'s ball over the top to
Kalou was perfect and he
crossed for Malouda to fire
into the bottom corner.

Celtic’s perfect start

GLASGOW, Scotland
(AP) — Celtic came from
behind to beat Kilmarnock 2-
1 and maintain its perfect start
to the Scottish Premier
League season on Sunday.

The victory ensured Celtic
matched Glasgow rival
Rangers by winning a fifth
match.

Messi injured in

Barcelona's 2-1 victory

at Atletico Madrid

MADRID (AP) — Lionel
Messi was carried off with a
serious ankle injury after the
Argentina forward and Ger-
ard Pique scored in Barcelon-
a's 2-1 victory at Atletico
Madrid.

Messi celebrated the 10th
anniversary of his arrival to
Barcelona with a 13th-minute
opener, before Raul Garcia
headed home an equalizer for
the hosts in the 25th. Pique
calmly controlled a corner
kick inside the Atletico area
to score the winner.

Messi exited on a stretcher
during stoppage time as the
Spanish champion won at the
Vicente Calderon stadium for
the first time since the 2006-
'07 season.

Valencia leads the league
with nine points after beating
Hercules, which had previ-
ously defeated Barcelona 2-
1.

Eto’o scores two as

Inter Milan rallies to

beat Palermo 2-1

ROME (AP) — Samuel
Eto'o scored twice and five-
time defending champion
Inter Milan rallied to beat
Palermo 2-1 and return to the
top of the Serie A standings.

With seven points, Inter
shares the Italian league lead
with newly promoted Cese-
na, which beat Lecce 1-0
despite having to play with 10
men due to a referee's error.

Juventus beat last-place
Udinese 4-0 with goals from
Leonardo Bonucci, Fabio
Quagliarella, Claudio Marchi-
sio and Vincenzo Iaquinta.
AS Roma remained winless
after allowing two late scores
from Marco Di Vaio in a 2-2
draw with Bologna.

Chievo Verona's perfect
start was snapped with a 1-0
loss to Brescia, with Alessan-
dro Diamanti — who played
for West Ham last season —
scoring from a free kick in the
30th.

Luca Toni converted a
penalty for his first goal since
joining Genoa but Cristian
Zaccardo scored a second-
half equalizer for a 1-1 draw
at Parma. Bari and Cagliari
drew 0-0.

New Breed holds on for 13-12

decision over Freedom Farm



FROM page 12

Buccaneers Friday night.

Although they still have
two more games remaining -
tonight against the Del Sol
Arawaks and Tuesday against
Y-II Shipping - the best the
Hitmen could do is finish in a
two-way tie for first place with
the defending champions
Commando Security Truck-
ers.

If they do, the Truckers
would be awarded the regular
season title by virtue of the
least runs scored on their
head-to-head match-up with
the Hitmen after they split
their double header.

As for the women’s divi-
sion, the defending champi-
ons Pineapple Air Wildcats
also clinched the pennant with
a stunning 14-0 whitewashing
of the Bommer G Operators
on Friday night.

Here’s a summary of the
games played over the week-
end:

New Breed 13,

Horsemen 12

Freedom Farm got the bet-
ter of the fourth inning when
they came up with nine runs
to eventually tie the score at
10-10 in the bottom of the
frame.

But it was Y-II Shipping
that got the final laugh when
they broke a 12-12 tie in the
top of the seventh on Angelo
Butler’s run-producing
ground out that knocked in
Eugene Pratt with the win-
ning run.

Pratt, the winning pitcher
on an eight-hitter with five
strike outs, led off the rally
with a walk and got all the
way to third on a bunt single
from Lavaughn Ferguson

before Butler knocked him
in.

Butler ended up with a 2-
for-4 night, driving in three
runs and scoring twice, while
Garfield Bethel was 2-for-3
with a two-run blast and a
two-run triple and Jordan
Gibson was 2-for-4 with a
RBI and a run scored.

Ryan Major and Avery
Rolle combined for 10 hits,
the first eight credited to
Major in his start. Major and
Rolle had two and one strike
out respectively.

Ivan ‘Showtime’ Francis
was 2-for-5 with two runs
scored, Greg Burrows Jr had
a triple and scored three times
and Devaughn Wong was 1-
for-4 with two RBI and a run
scored.

Lady Sharks 14,

Scorpions 1

Thela Johnson and Keisha
Pratt, both with two hits, had
back-to-back solo in-the-park
home runs in the first of two
five-run innings that enabled
Proper Care to blow the game
open.

They scored four and three
respectively and were joined
by Vonetta Nairn, who had
just one hit, but crossed the
home plate three times as the
Lady Sharks connected on 13
hits off loser Lashanna Git-
tens.

Alex Taylor went the dis-
tance for the win on a two-
hitter and six strike outs. She
gave up the only run on the
fourth when Vashenie Lewis
led off with a walk, stole sec-
ond and came home on a wild
pitch.

Wildcats 14, Operators 0

Marvelle Miller continued
her MVP pitching perfor-
mance with a three-hitter,

walking one and striking out
five as the Pineapple Air
clinched the pennant on Fri-
day.

Miller also helped her own
cause by going 2-for-3 with
three RBI, scoring a run. Can-
dice Smith was 1-for-3 with a
RBI and two runs, Donnette
Edwards was a perfect 3-for-3
with a RBI and three runs
and Mary ‘Cruise’ Edge-
combe-Sweeting was also 3-
for-3 with three RBI and two
runs.

Desiree Coakley suffered
the loss after surrendering a
total of 13 hits and walking
just one.

Buccaneers 14, Hitmen 9

Although they are out of
the playoff picture, John’s
shattered Dorin United’s bid
for the pennant on Friday
night.

Culbert ‘Buster’ Evans led
the seventh-place Buccaneers
(4-11) to the upsetting victory
with 11 hits, two walks and
seven strike outs.

Nicholas Eldon had a per-
fect 4-for-4 night with two
RBI and a run scored, Caud-
ero Pinder was 2-for-4 with a
RBI, Marcellus Hall, who
struck out three times, was 1-
for-4 with a run and Angelo
Dillette was 1-for-2 with a
RBI and three runs scored in
the win.

Alcott Forbes came in relief
of starter Keiron Munroe to
pick up the loss after he fin-
ished the game with four hits,
three walks and five hits.

Munroe was 3-for-5 with
three RBI, scoring a run,
Forbes was 2-for-4 with a RBI
and two runs, Everette Neely
Jr was 2-for-2 with two RBI
and arun and William Delan-
cy was 2-for-5 with a run in
the loss.

France to play Serbia in
all-Euro Davis Cup final

LONDON (AP) — Serbia will host France
in an all-European Davis Cup final in Decem-
ber after the Serbs rallied to beat the Czech
Republic 3-2 on Sunday.

Serbia, which was trailing 2-1 after Satur-
day's doubles, was able to tie the best-of-five
series when Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas
Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday's first
match.

Janko Tipsarevic then secured Serbia's first
appearance in a Davis Cup final by beating
Radek Stepanek 6-0, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the decid-
ing match. France had already qualified for
the Dec. 3-5 final by taking an unassailable 3-
0 lead in Saturday's doubles. It completed a 5-
0 rout on Sunday.

United States 3, Colombia 1

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Mardy Fish
defeated Santiago Giraldo 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 8-
6 to give the United States an insurmountable
3-1 lead over Colombia in the Davis Cup.

Winning the playoff match on outdoor red
clay means the U.S. will remain in the World
Group, the top tier of the Davis Cup. Colom-
bia was trying to qualify for the first time.

Fish also became the first American to win
three times in a single Davis Cup match since
Pete Sampras in the 1995 final in Moscow.
Fish won in Friday's opening singles and
teamed up with John Isner to win the dou-
bles on Saturday.

Ryan Harrison was scheduled to play the
final match for the United States, but it would-
n't have affected the outcome and was can-
celed due to a late rainstorm.

Sweden 3, Italy 2

LIDKOPING, Sweden (AP) — Robin
Soderling and Simone Bolelli won in straight
sets to help Sweden defeat Italy 3-2 and remain
in the World Group

Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti chose
Bolelli over Potito Starace to face Soderling,
who won 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to preserve the victory.
Bolelli had defeated Soderling last spring.

India 3, Brazil 2

CHENNAT, India (AP) — Rohan Bopanna
defeated Ricardo Mello 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3 in the
final singles to complete a remarkable come-
back by India and keep its place in the World
Group. It was the first time that India, which
has been playing in the Davis Cup since 1921,
has come back to win a match after being 0-2
down.

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi started
the comeback by winning the doubles on Sat-
urday. Somdev Devvarman then made it 2-2 in
the first of the reverse singles with a 7-6(3) 4-
0 victory over Thomaz Bellucci, who conced-

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dration.

Kazakhstan 5,

Switzerland 0

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Playing in
its first Davis Cup playoff, Kazakhstan sur-
prised the Swiss to reach the World Group
over a team missing Roger Federer.

Andrey Golubev won all three of his match-
es without dropping a set. He defeated Michael
Lammer 6-3, 6-2, while Mikhail Kukushkin
beat Marco Chiudinelli 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday.

Romania 5, Ecuador 0

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Victor
Crivoi and Adrian Ungur finished off a sweep
for Romania, allowing it to rejoin the World
Group for the 16th time in its 68-year Davis
Cup history. Victor Hanescu and Adrian
Ungur won on Friday to start things off, then
Hanescu teamed with Horia Tecau to lock up
the match in doubles on Saturday.

Germany 5, South Africa 0

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Andreas
Beck and Izak van der Merwe won in straight
sets, and Flroia Mayer defeated Rik de Voest
to complete a Davis Cup rout for Germany.

South Africa was trying to return to the
World Group for the first time since 1998.

Austria 3, Israel 2

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Jurgen Melzer
and Martin Fischer helped Austria rally past
Israel and into the World Group for the Davis
Cup. Melzer defeated Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-0, 6-4,
while Fischer beat Harel Levy 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-
3 in the deciding singles match. The two teams
split their opening singles matches on Friday,
and Andy Ram teamed with Jonathan Erlich
to give Israel the lead after Saturday's doubles.

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Favre has 4 turnovers in
14-10 loss to Dolphins

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI
AP Sports Writer

CB Jenkins
knocked out of
Cowhoys game

With injury

ARLINGTON, Texas
(AP) — Cowboys cornerback
Mike Jenkins will have an
MRI on his right knee Mon-
day, though he believes every-
thing is OK.

Jenkins was hurt with about
5 minutes left in Dallas’ 27-
20 loss to the Chicago Bears
when he got tangled up with
receiver Johnny Knox trying
to block him. Jenkins
remained down on the side-
line after Devin Hester's 38-
yard catch to the Cowboys 3
that led to a touchdown on
the next play.

"He tried to block me and I
tried to throw him off," Jenk-
ins said. "We just collided
knees.”

After being tended to and
helped to his feet by medical
personnel, Jenkins was then
taken to the locker room on a
motorized cart. But he said
afterward he just had a “little
swelling” and was walking
around without any signifi-
cant problem.

"It's probably just a deep
bruise," he said.

Cowboys owner Jerry
Jones said the initial reports
on Jenkins were good.

"Tt examined well," Jones
said. "Now that doesn't mean
anything until we get him in
there (Monday)."

About 4 minutes before
Jenkins got hurt, Cowboys
tight end Jason Witten came
off the field after being
crushed between two defend-
ers and getting his head
slammed into the turf after
making a 23-yard catch.

"(Witten) got banged up to
where we had to hold him
out,” coach Wade Phillips said
after the game.

Jones said he didn't have a
report on Witten, who left the
locker room without speak-
ing to reporters.

Witten's catch got the Cow-
boys to the Chicago 31, but
they missed a field goal.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Brett Favre made the
decision, finally, to return for a 20th NFL season, he made
it clear from the start that duplicating last year's magic
with the Minnesota Vikings wasn't going to be easy.

Then again, he didn't think it was going to be THIS
hard.

Favre was intercepted three times and the Miami Dol-
phins defense stopped Adrian Peterson on fourth-and-
goal from the 1 to preserve a 14-10 victory over the Vikings
on Sunday.

After throwing two interceptions at the Metrodome all
of last season, Favre accounted for four turnovers in the
2010 home opener, with the other a fumble on a sack by
Cameron Wake in the end zone that Dolphins linebacker
Koa Misi recovered to give Miami a 14-0 lead in the third
quarter.

"It's just hard to repeat those type of numbers and sta-
tistics and it's hard to repeat wins,” Favre said of 2009, when
the Vikings went 9-0 at home and he threw 33 touchdowns
and seven interceptions to lead them to the NFC title
game.

The offense had trouble clicking at the start of last sea-
son too, but games against pushovers Cleveland and Detroit
helped the Vikings start 2-0. This year, with openers against
the New Orleans Saints and Dolphins, and with star receiv-
er Sidney Rice out with a hip injury and several other key
players missing big chunks of time in the preseason with ail-
ments, the Vikings have dug themselves quite a hole with
sloppy performances on offense.

"It was more what we didn't do than what they did, but
I give those guys credit," Favre said.

The 40-year-old Favre had his worst day as a Viking
with a 44.3 quarterback rating. Two of his interceptions
came at the Miami goal line. One came on a tipped ball and
another on what appeared to be miscommunication with
Bernard Berrian. But the end result is the same, the Vikings
are 0-2, with a game against the Detroit Lions before a
daunting post-bye schedule awaits.

"T don't think any of these guys are panicked," coach
Brad Childress said. "But I do feel like the urgency will def-
initely pick up."

This game was every bit the hard-nosed, grind-it-out
slugfest it was expected to be. The Vikings offense came
into the week out of sync in the passing game and promised
to feature Peterson more on the ground, which is where the
Dolphins have made their living since Tony Sparano took
over as coach.

Peterson rushed for 145 yards for the Vikings, who
forced two fumbles of their own, one that set up Peterson's
1-yard plunge to cut the deficit to 14-7 late in the third quar-
ter.

But Miami's defense never wavered, holding the Vikings
to a field goal in the fourth quarter and then getting the big
stop with the Vikings threatening to take the lead late in the
game.

On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Vontae Davis, Karlos
Dansby and a host of Dolphins burst through the Vikings
line and stuffed Peterson just short of the goal line. Favre
had one more crack at it when they got the ball back with
1:42 to play, but threw incomplete on fourth down at the
Dolphins 27 to end it.

"As long as we believe in ourselves we feel like we have
a chance to win a game when we go into it," Ronnie Brown
said. "We're coached that way each week. I think if we con-
tinue to go in and do that then the sky's the limit."

The Dolphins (2-0) set a defensive tone by deferring
instead of receiving after winning the coin toss. They
stopped the Vikings on fourth down at the Miami 26 on the
first possession when Randy Starks batted down Favre's
pass at the line.

"It was a great stand on the defensive side of the ball,"
Dansby said. "It was totally disrespect, and we showed
them today that we can play defense."

Chad Henne hit Brandon Marshall for a 46-yard pass on

INTERCEPTION: Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis, (21)
intercepts a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy
Harvin in second quarter of their game in MinneapolisSunday.

(AP Photo)

the next play, and Ricky Williams and Brown bulled their
way into the red zone with four wildcat plays. Henne hit
Brian Hartline for the TD and a 7-0 lead, and Miami's
offense was put on ice for the rest of the game.

The Vikings held the Dolphins to 226 yards of offense
and had the ball for almost 13 minutes longer than Miami.

But just like in the NFC title game loss to New Orleans
last year, turnovers were the difference.

Jason Allen had two interceptions and Davis picked
one off after Percy Harvin tipped the ball up in the air at
the goal line.

"When you play teams of this caliber and you make
those kind of plays in those situations, it validates what
you're trying to do,” said Sparano, whose Dolphins are 2-
0 for the first time since 2002. "I think our football team is
getting better in a lot of areas.”

Henne was 9 for 15 for 114 yards and Marshall had four
catches for 71 yards. Brown and Williams combined for 110
yards on 23 carries.

Visanthe Shiancoe had six catches for 86 yards.

"It's a 14-game season now and we're sitting at the bot-
tom of it,” Favre said. "What we do with it from here
remains to be seen. It won't be any easier.”



By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP)

Chiefs
improve
to 2-0

By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) —
Moments before the game's
climactic play, Kansas City
quarterback Matt Cassel
looked around the huddle and
saw only confidence in the
eyes of his excited teammates.

These Chiefs believe.

Two wins in one week has
changed them.

Brandon Flowers returned
an interception for a touch-
down, Ryan Soccup kicked
three field goals and Kansas
City running back Thomas
Jones vaulted for a late first
down on a fourth-down gam-
ble by coach Todd Haley, giv-
ing the Chiefs a 16-14 win over
the Cleveland Browns on Sun-
day.

A feeble four-win squad last
season, the Chiefs who also
knocked off AFC West cham-
pion San Diego on Monday
night, are 2-0 for the first time
since 2005.

“Two-and-0 in the NFL is
hard to do," said Jones, who
catapulted over the line to pick
up the game-clinching first
down with two minutes left.
"But we can't rest.”

Despite a short work week
to prepare for the Browns (0-
2), the Chiefs were able to
make just enough big plays to
squeak by. Last season,
Kansas City didn't get its sec-
ond win until Nov. 15.

"This win says a lot," Haley
said. "These guys are under-
standing what it is all about,
and that's becoming a team.
I'm not saying we're there yet,
but we stuck together and
won. This was a huge win to
come in to a hostile environ-
ment against a team that was
fighting. We started the
process last year and are con-
tinuing it.”

Kansas City also learned its
lessons from a 41-34 loss to
Cleveland last December,
when Browns running back
Jerome Harrison ran wild for
286 yards — third most in
NFL history — and Browns
return specialist Joshua Cribbs
returned two kickoffs for TDs.

Harrison was held to 33
yards on 16 carries, and the
Chiefs angled kicks away from
Cribbs, who did burn them for
a 65-yard TD reception from
Seneca Wallace.

Wallace started in place of
Jake Delhomme, who injured
his right ankle last week in his
debut for the Browns (0-2), a
17-14 loss at Tampa Bay. Wal-
lace finished 16 of 31 for 229
yards, but one of his attempts
in the second quarter was run
back for a TD by Flowers.

"It was a bad, bad decision
by me,” Wallace said. "I'll take
responsibility for that."

Vick shines in Eagles’
35-32 win over Lions

Michael Vick took advantage
of his first start at quarter-
back since 2006, looking like
the Pro Bowler he used to be
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Vick said he reflects "all the
time” on his journey back
onto an NFL field.

"I thought about it this
morning on the bus ride
over,” he said softly. "It's
been a long road for me. It's
been tough. Throughout it all,
Thad to be resilient and over-
come a lot of adversity and
self-inflicted wounds."

The electrifying athlete was
21 of 34 — connecting with
nine teammates — for 284
yards with two TDs, ran for
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dancer and speed of a sprint-
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MUSCLE FLEX: Philadelphia
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick
flexes his muscle while leaving
Ford Field after the game.

(AP Photo)

son, who caught four of Vick-
's passes for 135 yards and a
TD. "He's been able to prove
everybody wrong.”

LeSean McCoy gave the
Eagles (1-1) an 18-point lead
on his third score with 6:17
left, but they gave Detroit
comeback hopes.

The Lions (0-2) rallied to
pull within three points and
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"I'm proud to stand among
the players," coach Jim
Schwartz said. "This is a
tough team, a team that's
resilient, that fights through
a lot of situations."

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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 Major industrial unrest ‘forecast’ C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.250MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 88F LOW 73F I N S I G H T SEE PAGE1C S P O R T S Free helicopter ride sparks public scrutiny SEEPAGE12 Macedonia wins Classic M ASSIVE industrial unrest i s forecast in the country’s public service within the next year if the government does n ’t change its attitude toward t he “nation’s working population,” Bahamas Public Ser vices Union President John Pinder told The Tribune yesterday. M r Pinder, who also serves as president of the largestu mbrella union in the coun try, the National Congress of Trade Unions, said he can no longer ask for calm and p atience from his members b ecause the government is asking Bahamians to sacrifice too much. I think it’s past that stage. I think people have been patient. This government is not labour friendly. It is not sympathetic toward the working population of this coun t ry and it has to show some level of sympathy toward thep ublic service who has to push the government’s agenda,” he Union chief says govt m ust c hang e attitude to wards workers The Tribune THEPEOPLE’SPAPER – BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W ! www.tribune242.com I N S I D E SECTIONINSIDE Real Estate SEE page nine By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net THE condition of the six Americans and one Bahamian aboard an aircraft that crashed in South Bimi ni yesterday could not be confirmed up to press time. Preliminary reports indicate the Piper PA-31 aircraft was totally destroyed, however, civil aviation officials confirmed to The Tribune last night that no fatalities were reported. Shortly before 3 pm, the aircraft – bound for Ft Lauderdale experienced problems after take off. It was explained that when the plane left the runway, its baggage door flew open and at that time the pilot turned the plane around with the intention of landing. However, for reasons unknown at this time, once landed the plane left the runway, crashed into nearby bushes and caught fire. Investigations into the plane crash are continuing. Plane crashes in South Bimini By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net SPECULATION that thou sands of Chinese criminals will be brought in to build Baha Mar have been called baseless allegations by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nassau. Concerns raised in the local press suggested the Chinese gov ernment has chosen convicts from its overcrowded prisons to work on foreign projects and may do the same when they bring in 8,150 workers to construct Baha Mar. Editorial writers called on gov ernment to exercise due diligence in vetting their work permits if the foreign labour is approved as con Speculation that Chinese cr iminals may work on Baha Mar ‘baseless’ By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net THE hanging of murderers on death row has been paralysed by legal appeals spurring activists to call for swift justice and the execution of convicted killers. Minister of National Security Tommy Turn quest said all six condemned inmates at HM Prison in Fox Hill have active court proceedings. Maxo Tido is appealing his conviction and sentencing before the Judicial Council of the Privy Council in the United King Anger as legal appeals put hangings on hold SEE page eight SEE page nine ONTHEMARCH: Hund reds of onlookers took to t he streets on Sunday after noon as the Bahamas Conference of Seventh-DayA dventists marked the 60th anniversary of Pathfinders worldwide with a marcht hrough the capital. STATEMENT: Tommy Turnquest By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham was in Grand Bahama on Friday for the official opening of Canal House, a new $ 7 million convention facility at Pelican Bay Resort. Mr Ingraham was given the task of smashing a conch shell with a mallet to officially open the nearly 40,000 sq ft state-of the-art four-storey building at Port Lucaya. Some of the VIP guests includ ed Frank Watson, former deputy prime minister, Housing and PMOPENS $7 MILLION C ONVENTION FACILITY SEE page 10 P A THFINDERSPARADEMARKS60 YEARS T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f TEN Bahamians, alleged to be straw vendors, were arrested by airport officials in New York, according to unconfirmed reports reaching The Tribune late last night. It was reported that the Bahamians were in possession of illegal counterfeit items and once BAHAMIAN ‘STRAW VENDORS’ ARE ‘ARRESTED IN NEW YORK’ SEE page eight By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net THREE patrol craft and an aircraft from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continue their search today for Drexel Clarke, the third SEE page eight MAN MISSING AT SEA

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By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net POLICE arrested four persons over the weekend following widespread incidents of daytime armed r obbery and stabbing in the c apital. T he majority of the criminal activity occurred on Saturday, with four armed robberies and one stabbing incident. Police reported another stabbing occurred on Sunday. A female Twin Brothers employee was the weekend’s first victim. She was robbed at gun point shortly after midnight on Saturday while at the restaurant’s B oyd Road location. A masked man, wearing dark clothing, robbed the e mployee of her handbag w hich contained the comp any’s deposit and then fled the scene. It was reported that a 28y ear-old Carmichael Road man is assisting police with their investigations. Police are also questioning an 18-year-old and a 21year-old in connection with another armed robbery, w hich took place around 5 .30 am. It was alleged that t wo men – one armed with a handgun – robbed a man a t gunpoint at Baillou Hill R oad and Cockburn Street. The thieves took an undetermined amount of cash. They fled on foot into the Cambridge Lane area. T he weekend’s first stabb ing occurred at 10 am. Police were called to Commonwealth Boulevard, Elizabeth Estates. It was alleged that an argument between two relatives resulted in a man being s tabbed in his back and n eck. The man was taken t o hospital by ambulance for treatment and was later discharged. A 26-year-old woman w as taken in for questioning i n connection with this incid ent. A n hour later, off West B ay Street on Hampshire S treet, it was reported that a woman was held up at g unpoint just outside of her home. The gunman is reported to have a pproached the woman just as she arrived home and d emanded the key to her vehicle, a 2005 Honda with the license plate number9 6331. The man, armed with a handgun and weari ng a striped shirt and short trousers, fled the area, travelling in a westerly direct ion. The second stabbing t ook place at Millie’s Bar on Bay Street, early Sunday morning. An employe e of the bar was reportedly stabbed multiple times f ollowing an altercation with a group of men. The man was taken to hospitalb y emergency medical services. His condition was u nknown up to press time. Police are investigating all incidents and request all informed persons to contactt hem at the Central Detec tive Unit at 502 9991, at the Police Emergency Room at9 19 or on Crime Stoppers, 3 28-TIPS. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SPRAY FORSAVINGS!THAT’S ENERGYSAVINGS!with Reduce Energy Costs by up to 50%Call us to start SAVING today!242-328-5785 Improved Indoor Air Quality 242-367-2501 /$:1$176t 6 +58%6($70(17 THE UNION of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas have made public their discontent with the $500 lump s um offered by arbitrators of their new industrial a greement with the College of the Bahamas. In a press statement yesterday, the union described the sum – which would bet he only increase received by faculty over the course of their four-year agreement as an “egregious wrong” and “an insult to the professional faculty of the College.” The statement read: “After a long, tedious andd istressing process of negot iations and conciliation, UTEB engaged in a goodfaith arbitration process, w ith all reasonable expect ations that the issues of r emuneration would be r esolved through the same honourable and integral process that all other issuesc onsidered during the arbitration process werer esolved.” Agreement Since August, when an e nd to the nearly two year struggle for a new industrial agreement was thought to b e “closer than ever before” b y external arbitrators, the union has expressed their dissatisfaction with thef inancial package – or lack thereof presented by the College of the Bahamas. T he union maintained that without a forensic audit, figures provided to arbitra t ors “did not present a clear a nd honest picture of COB’s financial position” and the statement questioned howa rbitrators calculated the lump sum. It was also argued that d espite the limiting economic conditions, otheru nions currently engaged in n egotiations with the gove rnment have been guaranteed increases more than triple what was offered tot hem. Public support and intere st for both parties has w aned throughout the l engthy dispute, with many arguing the consequences for students. Political figu res, community leaders and the college's own student union urged the parties to" get together" and seek a t imely resolution – even if it meant accepting the pack age and suspending an i ncrease until the next agreement. In response to an editor i al in T he Tribune , which explored this sentiment, the union statement read: Many of us are also poor, struggling Bahamians. Everyd ay, we live in this same B ahamas where the governm ent – without shame or hesitation – continue to increase NIB deductions,g as, BEC, and Road Traffic rates, and school fees andg rocery prices for our child ren and families continue t o increase as well. Faculty “Yet this Editor, in her blind support of this gov e rnment, expects Faculty salaries to remain stagnant while she perpetuates the myth created by the COB a dministration that the Fac ulty were making unrealistic salary demands when in facta ll that was being sought was a modest cost of living i ncrease. Despite UTEB clearing up that misconcep-t ion in a press release many m onths ago, for whatever p ersonal reason, the Editor persists in maintaining these inflated and manipulatedf igures.” The statement continued: After four years of no i ncreases – part of which w ere in ‘good’ times, the Industrial Agreement that holds us to higher standards g oing forward must reflect an increase in the salaries of Faculty members at the Col-l ege of the Bahamas. The arbitrators would acknowledge that this was their agreed responsibility.T hey need to do what they know – in their own personal sense of right and wrong – i s right to correct this egre gious wrong.” Four armed robberies and stabbing over the weekend COBunion unhappy with $500 lump sum COLLEGEOFTHEBAHAMAS: The Union of Tertiary Educators are unhappy with the $500 lump sum offer.

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T he clergyman from S t George’s Anglican Church, who wished to remain anonymous,w as held up in the parking lot of Scotiabank’s Palmdale branch sometime after 7 pm on Saturday. The armed thug was said to have worn a g ray hat and dark c lothing when he a pproached the assist ant priest who had just returned from the A TM and was about t o leave the parking l ot. The clergyman said: was leaving Scotia b ank when a young man came out of nowhere brandishing a very small handgun saying ‘give me everything you have.’ So I turned over my wallet, B lackberry, and my k eys. He said ‘all you h ave?’ and I said ‘yes’ and then he took off.T he whole thing couldn’t have been more than 10 minutes.” T he gunman was reported to have fled the area on foot head ing east on Madeira S treet. After the incident, with the thug now outo f sight, the clergyman w alked back to St George’s, located on Montrose Avenue, where he called thep olice. When they returned to the park ing lot some thirtym inutes later, his car was still there, seemingly untouched. In the past, the a ssistant priest said, h e’d always avoided performing these type of transactions at night and also noted Scotia-b ank’s Palmdale branch was always “poorly lit.” He added: “This is the first time I’ve come to the ATM at night. You know they always tell you be careful of your surroundings, especially in the night time. I don’t know if maybe he was watching at a distance, watching how the traffic was flowing and then decided to make a move.” Police investigations into this robbery, and the other three which occurred in the capital this weekend, are con tinuing. GOLDEN Gates MP Shane Gibson, criticised governm ent for the impending lay off of employees of the Broadc asting Corporation of the Bahamas. Mr Gibson, who was once president of ZNS’s union, the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union, said the decision of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas to lay off 93 people at this time is both heartless and insensitive. “What is this Government thinking of? In the middle of t he worst recession in the history of our country, brought on i n part by the government’s policy of stop, review and can WITH the Bahamas Union Of Teachers Elections set for Tuesday, Presidential candidate, Frances Friend and her team are confident of victory. According to Friend, teachers throughout the country during her campaign want change. "Educators nationwide know that they deserve better service and representation for the $52.50 cents they pay every month as union dues," said Friend.“Despite last minute desperation to confuse teachers about my willingness to live in Nassau,and efforts to suggest that Villadale Bain and Karen Butler, two highly qualified candidates for Secretary General and Treasurer respectively,are not a part of the FRIEND FATHER Team, we will prevail and restore the image, credibility, and integrity of the BUT," she said. Friend said members, educators throughout the country, and by extension, the entire Bahamas should hold her to her maiden release and take note of her winning team members listed. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Quinton Laroda, BUT area vice president, promises to ensure that plans are implemented to improve the quality of life for union members in the Grand Bahama District. Laroda is being contested by shop steward Meoshe Curtis. He feels that he is the best candidate with more experience at a time when the union is preparing to negotiate a new contract with the government. “I am the only candidate who has the requisite training in collective bargaining and contract negotiation to take on the biggest challenge that we are going to soon face,” he said. Mr Laroda said he intends to introduce a pension plan, death benefit, and Christmas voucher for teachers. “When I came in the union two years ago these were some of the plans that were on the drawing board,” he said. Mr Laroda said plans are also underway to construct two new buildings for the union in Grand Bahama. The area vice president stated that the he has been able solve many grievances without industrial action. He also believes that he has been able to foster solidarity among the membership. “I have been very responsive to the needs of membersand under my leadership something unique has happened that has not happened before; every single member feels like we are a family here,” Laroda said. Assistant priest robbed at gunpoint ATTENDINGSERVICE: Presidential candidate for the Bahamas Union of Teachers' Elections set for Tuesday, September 21, Frances Friend, Secretary General hopeful Villadale Bain, Treasurer and Area Vice President for Grand Bahama, candidates Karen Butler and Meoshe Basden-Curtis respectively, attend service at All Saints Anglican Church, Nassau, this past week to pray for a safe, peaceful, and successful campaign. Area vice president seeks re-election in BUT poll MPhits out over impending broadcasting corporation layoffs SEE page eight BUT CANDIDATE CONFIDENT OF VICTORY

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PUBLIC WORKS and T ransport Minister Neko C Grant officially presented t he new Nassau Harbour Port to cruise ship partners, a nd colleague Ministers, M inister of Tourism Senator Vincent VanderpoolW allace and Environment Minister Earl Deveaux duri ng a contract close-out ceremony on September 16 at the British Colonial Hilton. O n April 2, 2009, a $44 million contract was signed w ith Boskalis International BV to dredge the Nassau Harbour. T he general scope of work included dredging 1.9 m illion cubic yards of material from Nassau Harbour and the installation of three m ooring dolphins, cause ways and ladders at Prince George Wharf and extension of the western end ofA rawak Cay by 1,000 ft. T he harbour project was carried out to accommodate the new mega RoyalC aribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas”, which made its maid-en voyage to Nassau on December 11, 2009. T he ceremony also i ncluded a short presenta tion by Frans Thomassen, Project manager for Boskalis International, brief remarks by Senator Vand erpool-Wallace and a question and answer period. F ollowing the presentation, Ministry officials, repr esentatives of the contract ors and media personnel inspected Arawak Cay and t he areas where the bollards were installed. Vessels “The decision to dredge the harbour was based in part on the need to keep abreast of changes in the c ruise industry where new G enesis class vessels have been introduced by the m ajor cruise lines,” said Mr G rant. In response, the Gov ernment proceeded with the enhancement of the Harbour’s capacity by dredgingt o accommodate the new mega cruise ships.” He also noted that the r efurbishment and replacement of bollards at Prince George Dock, although sep arate and apart from the dredging contract, was u ndertaken at the same time. The refurbishment and r eplacement cost $2.3 million. M r Grant said the refurb ishment of bollards and dredging works have been c ompleted along with the installation of new bollards a t pier 3. However, works on piers 1 and 2 are in the final stages o f completion. He thanked Boskalis, C ox and SHAL Consultants Group for their support in the design, tender and con-t ract supervision of the dredging project. H e also acknowledged the staff of his Ministry, including Colin Higgs, perm anent secretary; John Can ton, director of Public Works; former deputy director Gordon Major, RobertG arraway, project officer a nd staff of other Govern ment agencies who contributed to the advancementa nd successful completion of the project. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Nassau Harbour Port improvement project completed HARBOUR PROJECT: P ublic Works a nd Transp ort Minister Neko Grant (centre chats with contractors and sub-cont ractors d uring an i nspection of bollards a part of the Nassau Harbour Port Improvement Project on September 16.

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By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Staff Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net THE Ministry of Education is on the search to find the nation’s top ten teachers for the Sir Gerald Cash National Distinguished Teacher’s Award. To encourage excellence in the teaching industry, the goal of the panelists is to choose candidates to recognize and reward exceptional teachers throughout The Bahamas. Sponsored by Fidelity Bank, The Tribune Media Group, Cable Bahamas and The Ministry of Education, the awards is named in honour of the late Sir Gerald Cash, an advocate of educational excellence and former Governor General. The ten winning teachers will be selected from the following categories: pre-school, primary school, junior high, high school, all-age school, and special needs. Recipients of the 2010 Sir Gerald Cash National Distinguished Teachers’ Awards will each receive $1,000 and be inducted into the Sir Gerald Cash National Distinguished Teachers’ Hall of Fame, said a statement from the organization. All nominees must be fulltime classroom teachers of Ministry of Education sanctioned schools with at least five years of teaching experience as of December 31, 2009. The individuals will be chosen from six categories that include pre-school teachers, primary school teachers, junior and senior high school teach ers, all age school teachers and special needs teachers, the statement read. The Sir Gerald Cash National Distinguished Teachers’ Awards programme was estab lished by Fidelity Bank with the goal of recognizing and reward ing outstanding teaching professionals throughout the Bahamas. Gregory Bethel, Fidelity Bank president, whose institution is making a major contri-b ution to the initiative said at the press conference: “In 2009, we awarded eight deserving educators at Government House with $1,000 each and the prestigious honour of being inducted into the Sir Gerald Cash NDTA Hall of Fame. Our partners for the 2010 Sir Gerald Cash NDTA’s are advocates for education and believe that this platform will allow us to highlight those individuals who go above and b eyond the call of duty in our nation’s classrooms.” Said Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson: “I am pleased that a corporate sponsor has paused to recognize the great work that teacher’s perform daily throughout this country. I have encouraged teachers, parents and members of the community to nominate teachers for this award.” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS P AGE 6, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Downtown Nassau Partnership and t he Bahamas National Geographic Information System Centre is scheduled to begin the D owntown Data Collection Project. This init iative, to begin today, seeks to create a single database of all businesses, services, buildings and stakeholders in the downtown community while providing information on the mix and m ake up of elements in the city. The information we seek to collect is the type of information that every city needs to h ave, in a format that will allow the DNP to communicate effectively with the downtown c ommunity and further drive the revitalizat ion of Bay Street,” said Vaughn Roberts, M anaging Director of the DNP. We encourage all stakeholders to participate in this valuable exercise as the benefits will be long term.” During a three-week period, teams will go door-to-door and visit stakeholders betweenN assau and Mackey Streets to facilitate in the collection process. This effort maintains the DNP’s commitment in fostering partnerships w ith both private company and public depart ment to facilitate its goals. The DNP is co-chaired by Tourism Director G eneral Vernice Walkine and businessman C harles Klonaris. It is made up of an 11-mem ber board representing a cross-section of senior government officials, businesspersons and pro f essionals. Do wntown Nassau Partnership to create database of stakehold ers DATACOLLECTIONPROJECT: V aughn Roberts, Managing Director of the DNP Ministry searches for top 10 teachers Candidates to be chosen for Sir Gerald Cash award PETIONVILLE, Haiti HAITI held its second presidential debate ever Saturday, a sparsely attended event that was short on detailed responses from the candidates and dis rupted by multiple power blackouts, according to Associ ated Press. During the two-hour televised debate held at a restaurant, only four of 19 candidates seeking to become president in the Nov. 28 election faced off in front of about 40 audience members. The four gave few specifics about how they would help the nation recover from the Janu ary earthquake that killed as many as 300,000 people and left more than 1.5 million home less. The Western Hemi sphere's most impoverished and least developed country has received only a trickle of the $5.3 billion pledged in international aid. Candidate Gerard Blot asked for a minute of silence for quake victims before his opening remarks, and he encouraged Haitians overseas to become more involved in helping rebuild. Sen. Jean Hector Anacacis said he would try to revive the National Guard and create a secret service agency that would bolster security and cre ate a safer environment for foreign investors. Pastor Jean Chavannes Jeune said he wanted a government that would create unity and help solve problems. Wilson Jeudy, mayor of the city of Delmas east of Port-auPrince, agreed. "Everyone is tired," he said. Few answers at pr esidential debate in Haiti

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B y SIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and former Ambassador to the WTO). THE World Trade Organization (WTOits fifth public forum in Geneva over three days beginning September 15. It has become a kind of international bazaar in which every conceivable idea on trade and develo pment is discussed form ally and informally by representatives of virtuall y every government in the w orld and more Non-Gov e rnmental Organizations (NGOs counted. A great deal of talk takes place without too much follow-up action. But, maybe that’s the point. People who talk to each other aren’t warring,so long may the talk cont inue. T hat’s not to say that g ood ideas don’t emerge f rom this overcrowded m arket place. They do. B ut many perish shortly after they are unveiled, usually because represen tatives of a powerful government or group of governments regard them asa threat to their interest, a nd quickly kill them off. I was in Geneva for a Writers’ Conference on ab ook on negotiations in t he WTO for which I am contributing a chapter. All the writers are from what used to be called the third world,” a description seldom used these days, not because we havem iraculously graduated into some better world, but because other descrip tions suit the agenda of t hose who dictate the form o f discourse on the global economy. Far better, in their view, to describep oor countries as “emergi ng” or “developing” whether or not they are really emerging or developing. The purpose of the book, which has been commissioned by a pro gressive organization called CUTS International, is to tell the story of the many aspects of WTO negotiations from the point of view of negotia tors from developing countries. When it is published, it should make fascinating reading. It will break new ground in presenting the personal knowledge and experiences of the writers who were either in the trenches of the negotiations or were marginalized from the “inner sanctum” in which only the rich and powerful nations enjoy belonger’s rights, and into which they invite only those they wish to suborn in order to stich-up deals. Of the many features of the WTO which point to the need for reform, this insider trading – in what has come to be called “the green room”– is among the worst. No democratically managed organizat ion should continue a p rocess which so blatantly e xcludes from decisionm aking the weak, poor, s mall, and vulnerable n ations which – as it happens – make up the majority of the world’s countries. That it has continued so long is entirely the fault of the majority of governm ents that allow it to happen without tangible and meaningful protest, such a s packing their bags and going home leaving the green room” insiders to deal only with themselves, and returning only when t here is a table at which representatives of all parties sit as equals. But, that would call for t wo things – courage and s olidarity, two very scarce commodities among “third world” governments thesed ays. National interests have changed, some argue, and in pursuing these interests following a “thirdw orld” strategy is not pro ductive. It is worth, noting, how ever, that a “developed c ountries” strategy has never altered. The world’s industrialized nations con t inue to cling to their councils and to exploit their advantages. For instance, the creation of t he G20 (the industrialized n ations and the larger and wealthier developed countries) has not overshadowed – let alone eliminated – the G7 (the industri alized nations alone) who continue to devise and coordinate their own global positions. Against this background, I was surprised to hear Pascal Lamy, the Director-General of the WTO, say at the opening of this year’s Public Forum, almost boastfully, that while the G20 has signalled the requirement for institutional reform of some international orga nizations, “the WTO was not amongst them.” Lamy went on to say: “That governance battle has already been fought in the trade sphere, and the outcome is a fairly democratic institution where the v oice of the small cannot b e ignored.” I have no doubt that L amy believes what he s ays, but his belief – howe ver sincere and fervent – does not make his statement right. The governance of the WTO is still an open sore. Despite Lamy’s personal efforts, the organisation still r eflects the preponderance of power by the industrialised nations and the m arginalization of poor, small, and vulnerable c ountries. “No board, no quotas. One member, one vote, is t he background rule against which the WTO forges its consensus”, Lamy declared. Oh, weret hat to be entirely true, w hat a far better world would mankind inhabit than the one we enduret oday. Sure, there is technically no board and no quo t as, but every representative of a small or poor nation knows that decisionm aking is still the preserve of a few nations whose economic power allows them to arrogate to themselves the right to dictate agendas and outcomes. The WTO is very far from t he consensus decisionm aking body that it should b e. It is still not yet even the “fairly democratici nstitution” that Lamy b elieves it to be. Those who defend the “green room” process do so on the basis that it is impossible to negotiate agreements with over 150 countries at the samet able. There is truth in that. But it is equally true that representatives ofl ike-minded groups of t hese countries can gather on sectorial issues that are important to them such as agriculture or ser v ices. This way their voic es will be heard during the debate and account taken over their views. A gainst this background, it is good for developing countries – and small and vulnerable countries in particular – that the Bahamas is now negot iating the terms of its a ccession to full membership of the WTO. No c ountry can now afford to s tay out of an organisation w hose rules govern world t rade, and every country s hould want a say in the r ules of the game it has to play. The Bahamas will strengthen the voice of s mall and vulnerable countries, who if they act with courage and in solidarity with themselves and other like-minded developing nations, can negotiate m eaningful recognition a nd fair and flexible treatment for their people – in o ther words, try to make t he WTO truly democrati c. R esponses and previous c ommentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com C M Y K C M Y K T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM :K\HQGWKHOLIHRI\RXU DQGZLWK OLIHRQHFDQGRVRPDQ\ WRKHOSWKH ZRUOGPRYHIRUZDUGLQSHDFHa 4WffkFSk^ad a XRWH RIWKH ZHHN Making the World Trade Organisation democratic WORLDVIEW SIRRONALDSANDERS The WTO is very far from the consensus decision-making body that it should be.” 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 awar d. 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dom. While Godfrey Sawyer, Wilfred McPhee, Edwin Bauld Jr, Frank Pinder and Renaldo Bonaby have all lodged proceedings at theC ourt of Appeal in Nassau. A lthough no executions can commence until legal proceedings are complete, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest released a public statementt o reassure the public the l aw will continue to be upheld. However, the inaction from the Minister has s parked outrage from activists who want Mr Turnq uest to send a serious message to criminals as the crime rate continues to soar. Worker’s Party leader Rodney Moncur said hun-d reds of young Bahamian m en who have killed or who are willing to kill need to be discouraged through enforcement of the death penalty. “The level of violence and c rime taking place almost daily is a result of the failu re of the FNM government to successfully implement the law,” Mr Moncur said. “Mr Turnquest wishes to reassure us that the law isc arried out, but that is not s ufficient for us when you take into consideration the condemned man has been able to outsmart the state.” He called for the death warrant to be read to murderers as soon as they arec onvicted by a court so they may immediately launch their appeal to speed up the appeals process. The political activist then went further by pushing for e xecutions to be televised in an effort to frighten anyo ne who may be tempted to kill. “In this society it is not one, two or three young men who would kill or arew illing to kill, it’s hund reds,” Mr Moncur said. “We need to put that fear in the hearts of every citizen.” Anti-crime campaigner Bishop Simeon Hall has laid blame on the slow judicialp rocess. He said: “If the axion ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ is to be lifted from thin paper to thick action, then those in the administ ration and judiciary, charged with dispensing just ice, must do much more to cause our courts to work more swiftly and efficiently. “It is the slowness of our c ourts that has contributed t o hundreds of Bahamians living on the edge of quiet desperation. “It seems the more lawyers that are called to the Bar the slower the wheels of justice turn.” L awyer and human rights advocate Paul Moss, a supporter of the death penalty, agreed the court system needs to function more effic iently. He also wants the B ahamas to break away from the Privy Council as the highest Court of Appeal as he argues justice can onlyb e granted at home. “Abolitionists of the d eath penalty are always a gainst it because they look a t a third world country like t he Bahamas where nothing seems to be investigated p roperly and believe it would be wrong for condemned killers to be h anged,” he said. “I am sure many of the p eople on death row are not really the actual culprits, many of these people are innocent people, poor people who may be representedb y a court appointed lawyer a nd lack the resources that may be required. “I think they should have their day in court and have their appeals heard. “But we have to speed up the system and part of thati s to make sure the administration of justice is in our jurisdiction. “It cannot be outsourced to the Privy Council and c ertainly not to the Caribbean Court of Justice, t hat makes no sense.” Advocates of the death penalty are invited to join Mr Moncur and families oft he murdered for a prohanging march calling fort he execution of convicted k illers. T he march on Monday, O ctober 11, will start at 9.30am in the City Market p arking lot on the corner of Village and Wulff Roads. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 326,7,21 $9$,/$%/(6HUYLFHWDWLRQLVORRNLQJIRUD3DUWV–HUYLFHDQDJHU )DPLO\,VODQG DUVK+DUERXU$EDFRf([SHULHQFHZLWKSDUWVDQGVHUYLFH &RPSXWHUOLWHUDWH *RRGZULWLQJFDSDELOLWLHV 6DODU\GHSHQGVRQH[SHULHQFH 0DOHRUIHPDOHFDQDSSO\ $JHDQGROGHU (PDLOUHVXPHDQGFRYHUOHWWHUWR TVD#FRUDOZDYHFRP c el and its budget of tax and pain, t he government is now leading the way in laying people off,” he said. The MP said that it is of particul ar concern that the entire Northern Service of the Corporation stands to be closed. “That would be a slap in the face t o the Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini and Berry Islands communities. I cannot see how five FNM M embers of Parliament can sit idly b y and say nothing in the face of t his,” he said. Mr Gibson said that he had a s pecial place in his heart for the w orkers of the Corporation who supported him during his tenure as President of the union. “I would hate to see all that we have built up destroyed by the whims and fancies of a government that clearly does not have a clue what it is doing. They do not care for people. “I implore all fellow workers in this country to stand in support of these persons, as undoubtedly their terminat ions will affect all of those who depend on them both direct a nd indirectly. I ask my constituents and Bahamians of goodwill everywhere to stand with the workers of ZNS,” he said. FROM page three C RITICISMOF GOVT: Shane Gibson MPhits out over impending broadcasting corporation layoffs t hey checked through airport security, agents from customs and immigration met them at the departure gate. Concerns were raised last night that the Bahamas embassy in New York had not been contacted. It was also alleged the group was not allowed any phone calls to family or attorneys. p assenger of a capsized fishing vessel. According to family mem b ers, Mr Clarke and two other men were said to have “run into problems” with the 32foot boat around 2pm south o f New Providence on Saturday. With New Providence in s ight, the three men reportedly started swimming to shore when Mr Clarke, saidt o be a certified diver, turned around for reasons unknown. Before the boat capsized, he was said to be wearing al ife vest and diver’s fins. T he two men were able to swim to shore unharmed, according to reports from the Elizabeth Estates Police Sta-t ion on Saturday night. The first RBDF patrol craft was immediately dispatched to the area, and since t hat time two additional crafts were deployed to assist with the search. T he RBDF aircraft was deployed early yesterday morning which led to the dis-c overy of the capsized boat s even to nine miles south of New Providence. The boat was towed into C oral Harbour, however, up to press time, Mr Clarke had not yet been found. FROM page one Man missing at sea FROM page one Bahamian ‘straw vendors’ are ‘arrested in New York’ FROM page one Anger as legal appeals put hangings on hold

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said. Mr Pinder leaves for Genev a, Switzerland, today to a ttend a meeting of the ILO and to help fashion new regulations for maritime work-e rs and promises that when he returns to the country “it won’t be business as usual.” I foresee a lot of industria l action within the next year, especially if the government plans to sit at the table witht he BPSU and offer nothing. They have stripped public servants of their increments w hile providing them for teachers. They claim that the teachers had the incrementsi n their contract but we have p erformance clauses in ours,” he said. On his return from Geneva, M r Pinder said that he will be taking legal action against the government for breach of c ontract based on the fact that government will not be living up to the obligations implicit within the performance c lause. “They expect us to perform up to their standard with no e xpectation of promotion or increments and then tell us ‘thank God you have a job’,” the union president said. H e expressed a deep disap pointment in Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and saidt hat the prime minister must b e receiving bad advice from somewhere. “During the last election we t hought that (Mr Ingraham would have been the best person to take us out of the econ omic slump we are in, but h e is asking workers to sacrifice too much and he is doing too much at this time. Inflat ion is rising but salaries are not; so all you are doing is pushing people back towardt he poverty line,” Mr Pinder s aid. The BPSU currently has before the prime minister a proposal for a new five year contract, which Mr Pinder said was recently changed to at hree year contract at the request of Mr Ingraham. In addition, there will be a new public service act that w ill be brought to parliament, which Mr Pinder said will be y et another point of cont ention between the adminis tration and the public service. “We met him half way on ( the contract) and we’re still waiting to negotiate that. Then there is the new public services act which I had to beg and plead to see a copy of and if government thinks that the union is going to sit back and w atch that legislation be brought before parliament without sitting at the tablew ith us they have another thing coming,” he said. Mr Pinder said that the union has an annual general m eeting in October. After this meeting the union president said he will sensitize the pub-l ic service as to what actions the union plans to take on their behalf. The government is maki ng a lot of ill-advised decisions. We know that the world is in an economic crisis b ut the prime minister is putting too much of a burden on the Bahamian people ato ne time. We have increases i n taxes, increases in the light bills, the water bills, downsizing at BTC, down-sizing at the BCB, the massive road works which increases peo ple’s frustration, it’s all way t oo much,” Mr Pinder said. cerns stemmed from an article published in a Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail, which reported thatChina “has devised a novel strategy to relieve pressure on its overcrowded prisons: Use convicts as labourers on overseas projects in the developing world.” It gave as example projects in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Africa where Chinese labour was used. But the suggestion that The People’s Republic of Chinam ay use the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project to export criminals to the Bahamas provoked a clear clarification of the facts from the Chinese embassy. Liu Liqun, second secretary and press officer at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, said thatt he allegations are unfounded. “The Chinese Embassy fully respects each and every view expressed surrounding the Baha Mar project,” he stated. “However, such groundless accusations, which insult noto nly China, but also those countries having cooperation with us, go beyond tolerance.” Mr Liqun said that the Chinese contractors who have been working tirelessly on the Bahamas National Stadium project, “are disciplined and diligent, winning full respect and high praises from the Bahamian society.” PLP MP Fred Mitchell suggested the reason for speculation over the integrity of Chinese workers could stem from the FNM government’s failure to be clear with the public on the issue. He said: “The government is not exercising any leadership with this project and I think it’s deliberate because they want to scuttle the project and that lets in speculation about this or that. “I think some of the criticism has been exaggerated, but each view should be seriously considered by the authorities to see whether or not it is possible to deal with the concerns. “However they seem to have the country flailing around wildly without any sense of direction.” A labour resolution tabled by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in the House of Assembly has paved the way for the approval of work permits for the 8,150 Chinese workers and parliamentarians are expected to debate and vote on the resolution this Wednesday or Thursday. The ratio of foreign workers to Bahamian employees at Baha Mar is expected to be 71 per cent foreign to 29 per cent Bahamian during the construction phase as agreed in the partnership deal between Baha Mar, the China Export-Import Bank and China State Construction. Mr Mitchell said the anticipated parliamentary vote is ludicrous as it is the government’s responsibility to decide whether the Chinese employees should be permitted to work at Baha Mar or not. “What business is it of ours to ask Parliament whether or not the government should grant work permits?” he asked. “I think the whole notion is ludicrous. “The Prime Minister is looking for political cover because he’s afraid to make the decision.” B aha Mar estimates it will take around five years to build six hotels with around 3,500 rooms and condominiums, a 100,000 sq ft casino, 200,000 sq ft of convention facilities, a 20-acre beach and pool experience, an 18-hole golf course and a 60,000 sq ft retail village in Cable Beach. The project is expected to i nject an estimated $1 billion into the Bahamas Gross Domestic Product (GDP create almost 11,000 permanent jobs for Bahamians. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Practical or Luxury? C-CLASS ML-CLASS E-CLASS Tyreflex Star MotorsCall us today for your new Mercedes-Benz at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 You may ask the question: Is it practical to own a Mercedes-Benz or is it a luxury? Well, Mercedes-Benz would like to ask you a question. Are excellent gas mileage, top safety standards and superior driving technology considered a luxury? Mercedes-Benz doesnt think so and you shouldnt either. You deserve to get the most out of your gas dollar. You and your family deserve to be safe and comfortable when maneuvering through our nations less-than-perfect roadways. Thats why these features and so much more come standard in every class and model of Mercedes-Benz. So do something practical while still enjoying the best of life become an owner of a beautiful new Mercedes-Benz today. FROM page one Major industrial unrest ‘forecast’ FROM page one Speculation that Chinese criminals may work on Baha Mar ‘baseless’

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National Insurance Minister Kenneth Russell, Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing, and Deputy House Speaker Kwasi Thompson. T he Grand Bahama Y outh Choir, under the direction of Kevin Tomlinson, provided an awesome cultural musical performance for invited guests. One of the meeting r ooms was transformed into a disco, and another into m edia/movie room. A rt work by Bahamian artist Antonius Roberts was prominently featured on the walls of Canal House. Prime Minister Ingraham s aid government was very pleased that the owners oft he Pelican Bay Resort chose to further invest in Freeport, especially during the economic downturn. I want to thank the o wners and operatorsfor your continued investment and interest in our country,” he said. Construction began on t he new facility in 2009. It represents a “serious invest-m ent” for Pelican Bay, which is owned by Sundt AS, a private investment company based in Norway. Under the slogan “Meet H appy,” and a new “Happy Pelican” logo, Canal Housef eatures five meeting rooms, a breakfast restaurant, and office space. The big meeting space on the fourth and fifth lev-e ls have wrap-around balconies that offer views of the ocean. The ground floor consists of administrative offices. Magnus Alnebeck, mana ging director/general manager, said the resort and meeting facility have incor-p orated Danish architecture details, which makes it very appealing. It is some of the best designand people who c ome here will always admire these buildings,” he said. Mr Ingraham described the (Pelican BayF reeport and the company’s other resorts in Denmark and Brussels as “first class” service resort properties. “I was very pleased that y ou have been able to e xplain to the residents of Grand Bahama, and else where in the Bahamas, your c ompany. I had the good fortunate of living in your hotels in Denmark and B russels and someplace e lse, and it is all the same, first class service. We are very pleased in g overnment that your com pany chose to invest here in Freeport, GrandB ahama,” said Mr Ingraham. He noted that Pelican B ay is considered one of the “small treasures of The Bahamas” by the Ministry o f Tourism. It has long been one of my favourite resting points when in Freeport, and I have been pleased to see you continue to succeede ven during this most recent economic downturni nternationally and here in Grand Bahama. “I have no doubt that your reputation as a quiet, courteous and well appoint-e d resort has much to do with the significant repeatb usiness that you enjoy,” Mr Ingraham said. Mr Ingraham said Canal House is an ideal location for small conferences andm eetings. He thanked the staff and management for the excellent service they provide to guests at the resort. The 182-room Pelican B ay resort offers 89 waterside rooms and 93 waterside state rooms. There aret hree swimming pools, Jacuzzi, and Sabor Restaurant and Bar. T he property has received high rating in E xpedia.com’s exclusive Insiders’ Select List as one of the best hotels in the world, receiving the highest ranking in the Bahamas,a nd in the Caribbean. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %4+2674'*17)*6 FROM page one PMopens $7 million convention facility RIGHT: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is pictured breaking the ceremonial conch shell to mark the official opening of the Pelican Bay Hotel's new convention facili ty, Canal House. The ceremony was held Friday, September 17, 2010 at the Freeport, Grand Bahama property. Sharon Turner /BIS ABOVERIGHT: Magnus Alnebeck, General Manager oft he Pelican Bay Hotel, is pictured a t podium (bottom right of the resort's new convention facility Canal House, which was officially opened by the Prime Minister.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS M ONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010, PAGE 15 PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham, accomp anied by Housing Minister K enneth Russell, toured the $18.3 million Governm ent Administrative Comp lex currently under con s truction on the Mall Drive in Freeport, on Saturday. The 6 5,000 sq.ft. complex w ill primarily accommodate The Bahamas Customs Department and the Immi gration Department. The Ministry of Finance, including the Data Pro cessing Unit, the Ministry of Education and the Passp ort Office will also be l ocated in the new complex, slated for completion in 2 011. T he project has created o ver 250 construction jobs on Grand Bahama, and once completed, the addi t ional office space available to Government departments will considerably enhance their ability to deliver efficient, effective service to the public. ATCONSTRUCTIONSITE: Pictured in discussion from left, at the cons truction site of the government’s$18.3 million Administrative Comp lex in Freeport are Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; contractors Fletcher McIntosh and James Edgecombe, FES Construction and project architect Donald Dean. Mr. Ingraham toured construction of the facilityon Saturday PM and Minister tour $18.3m Government Administrative Complex PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham, accompanied by Housing Min i ster Kenneth Russell, views construction of the government's $18.3 m illion Administrative Complex in Freeport.

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M IAMI ON HIS upcoming album "Before the Dawn," Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton crows about standing strong, thoughb attered and bruised, in the f ace of a gathering darkness. The songs sound prophetic the four-time Grammy nominee recorded them before he was arrested on federal cocaine charges last December. The trial is scheduled tos tart Monday in Tampa a week before the album's U.S. release. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted, according to Associated Press. "I've been accused, wrongly convicted. Jah knows I'm innocent," he sings in his gravellyv oice, invoking the Rastafarian God. "I've been badly singled out by beloved friends ... who sold me out." B anton recorded the album's 10 songs last year in Kingston, Jamaica, before his arrest at his Miami-area home on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. A grand jury indict-m ent also charged him with carrying a firearm during the course of a drug trafficking crime. H e worked on the album with producers and engineers over the phone from Tampaarea jails, where the 37-yearold has been held without bail since the beginning of the year. According to the indictment, Banton and an associ-a te negotiated with an informant to buy the cocaine. Along with a third man, they allegedly met with an undercover officer in Sarasota in early December to buy the drugs. The informant toldD rug Enforcement Administration agents that he also saw the singer inspecting the cocaine. Ian Thomas, described by Banton's manager as an old f riend of the singer who resurfaced shortly before the arrest, p leaded guilty Wednesday to c onspiracy to posses with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. He n ow faces up to life in prison. T he third man, James Mack, h as signed an affidavit stating that he never met Banton b efore his arrest, and that the singer did not know about the m oney or a gun that were in M ack's car during the drug d eal. Mack plans to plead g uilty to the drug conspiracy charge and a weapons charge, according to a plea agreement filed Wednesday. He also faces up to life in prison on eachc harge. Both men agreed to testify f or the prosecution as part of their plea agreements. Banton's attorney has requested Mack as a witness as well, according to court documents. B anton's team will try to prove the singer, who rose from the slums of Kingston tom assive success in the 1990s, was a victim of entrapment. Banton's attorney, David M arkus, has said in court that the confidential informant has been paid $3.3 million for working with law enforcement o ver several years, including more than $35,000 in Banton's case. The informant met Bant on, whose real name is Mark Myrie, in first class on a flight from Spain to Miami at thee nd of Banton's European tour last summer. Banton's team contends that it was the informant whor aised the idea of the cocaine deal with Banton. Banton's arrest derailed plans to tour Japan after a tumultuous U.S. tour for his Grammy-nominated 2009 album, "Rasta Got Soul."S hows in several cities were canceled because of protests over violent, homophobicl yrics from early in Banton's career as a brash dancehall singer. His manager, Tracii McGregor, has dismissed the contro versy, saying those lyrics were written in response to a boy's rape in Jamaica, no longer rep resent Banton's subsequently more traditional reggae music and do not reflect his Rastafarian beliefs. In 2003, a marijuana case in Jamaica resulted in a fine for Banton. The following year, he was acquitted on charges in Jamaica that he participated in the beating of six gay men. He alludes to those prob lems and his current case, though he doesn't refer to it specifically in the liner notes to "Before the Dawn." He includes a note written in June from the Pinellas County jail urging fans to "stand firm through our adversities" and to "try life." "Never before could I attest to the trauma experienced by others," Banton wrote, "but my current situation brings the full perspective of what bondage really means." C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Reggae star Buju Banton faces drug trial in Florida FACINGCHARGES: Buju Banton

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C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.38 $4.37 $4.42 B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor C LICO (Bahamas uidator has received a Letter of Intent from a party inter ested in acquiring the multimillion dollar Florida real estate development that accounts for 63 per cent of t he insolvent insurer’s assets, as he urges the US courts not to remove that project’s Chapter 11 bankruptcyp rotection and force it to be sold at a ‘fire sale’ auction. Craig A. ‘Tony’ Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, in a September 11, 2010, filing with the southern Florida district’s bankruptcy court, c alled on it to maintain the 545-acre Wellington Preserve project’s protection f rom its creditors given that n egotiations with interested p urchaser “appear to be moving in the direction of a contract”. M r Gomez and his attorneys have been ordered to appear before the US court Intent letter for key CLICO asset n Insolvent insurer’s liquidator says ‘negotiations proceeding well with financially capable buyer’ over sale of property accounting for 63% of assets, and moving ‘in direction of contract’ n Again urges US courts to give him until November 1 to reorganise major asset, and avoid ‘auction fire sale’ n Real estate valued at $120m three years ago, compared to $55m purchase price, thus making asset worth ‘tens of millions of dollars’ n Still investigating flow of funds from Bahamian insurer CRAIG GOMEZ SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor C able Bahamas has confirmed it has exercised its $ 4.243 million purchase option to acquire 100 per cent of rival telecoms operator Systems Resource Group (SRG parent of IndiGo Networks, thus positioning itself to instantly compete with the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC market when that sector is liberalised in the next few months. A statement from the BISX-listed utility provider, released late on Friday, confirmed that Cable Bahamas had moved to acquire 100 per cent of SRG’s share capit al via the option it first took out six years ago, the deal n ow only awaiting approval from communications sector r egulator, the Utilities Regulatory & Competition Authority (URCA Anthony Butler, Cable Bahamas president and chief e xecutive, declined to give details on both the purchase price paid and the kind of boost SRG would give to the Cable executes on SRG buyout * Moves on $4.244m purchase option investment to a cquire 100% of IndiGo Networks parent, with r egulator approval only potential obstacle * Positions Cable/SRG to offer full package of c onverged communications and ‘Triple Play’, plus g o directly against BTC in fixed-line voice with r eady-made customer base SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas General Insurance Association’s (BGIAT ribune Business it “will probably be weeks” before the sector and Insurance Commission resolve all the c oncerns associated with the new Insurance Act and reg ulations, although both sides want discussions to be completed as rapidly as possible. While the Commission had extended the deadline for Compliance with the Act and regulations for one year, until September 30, 2011, Tim Ingraham told Tribune Business that the industry and regulator did “not wantto take a year to thrash it out”. Confirming that talks between the two sides were ongoing, Mr Ingraham said that among the main issues being discussed were the proposed solvency requirements and associated asset discounting. “We had a meeting with them last week, and are continuing to discuss a number of issues,” the BGIA chair man told Tribune Business. “We’re just hashing them through; there’s no resolu tion to most of them. We ‘Pr obably weeks’ befor e insurance concerns solved SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Doctors Hospital Health Systems (DHHS ing a 40,00-50,000 square foot expansion of its existing Collins Avenue facilities, its chief executive has told Tri bune Business, with the company under ‘no pressure’ to sell its Blake Road-based Western Medical Plaza facility. Charles Sealy said the BISX-listed healthcare provider was still in the “plan ning phase” for the proposed expansion, with the execution depending on both the economy its turnaround and likely growth and cost tag attached to the construction. “We’re looking at probably an additional 40,00-50,000 square feet,” Mr Sealy told Tribune Business. “We con tinue the planning phase. It’s part of the model for when the economy turns around. It is short-term positioning for when the turnaround ensures the economy can sustain such growth.” Telling Tribune Business that the architect’s plans were on his desk as he spoke to this newspaper, Mr Sealy added that Doctors Hospital continued to assess potential sale and lease options for its Western Medical Plaza site on Blake Road, although he hint ed that it might make sense for the company to retain it if the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project took off. Referring to the “night mare” previous Western Medical Plaza suitors had encountered in attempting to win government approvals for their purchase, Mr Sealy said: “Selling is an option. The good thing about it is that Doctors still eyeing 40-50k sq ft growth SEE page 4B EYEING EXPANSION: The Doctors Hospital plans to expand its Collins Avenue facilities. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Doctors Hospital Health Systems’ chief executive toldT ribune Business that he hoped the increasing interest in the Bahamas as a med i cal tourism destination c ould reduce the cost of h ealthcare supplies, describing as “crazy” the amount of Customs duties levied on imported equipment. Charles Sealy said the cost of medical supplies and equipment elevated the cost of installing and setting-up t he hospital’s MRI unit from an initial budget of $1.1 million to $2.7 million when everything was completed. There’s ways to reduce costs, and reduce the cost to ‘Crazy’ Customs duties harming medical costs Doctors Hospital believes it can ‘sustain’ dividend payments, despite sharp drop in profits SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Although Baha Mar officials had “no new update”on the progress of talks w ith Scotiabank to resolve t he impasse over the lat ter’s $200 million syndicat-e d loan, sources familiar w ith the talks said both s ides had last week indicated a willingness to compromise and were attemptingt o finalise an agreement before Wednesday’s Parliamentary date. Contacts close to the parties told Tribune Business that both Baha Mar’s principals, the Lyford Cayb ased Izmirlian family, and t he bank’s Toronto head o ffice had indicated they w ere prepared to ‘meet in t he middle’, the former o ffering more cash up front in a ‘debt for equity’ swap that the latter was reluctantly agreeing to. “The chances of this transaction happening are much better than theyw ere this time last week,” one source told Tribune Business. “My understand ing is that they have m oved, and are now trying t o see if they can finalise ‘Progress’ on Baha Mar’s $200m loan SEE page 5B

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C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ROYALFIDELITY C APITAL MARKETS I t was a slow week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. Investors tradedin four out of the 24 listed securities, with two decliners and the other stocks remaining unchanged. EQUITY MARKET A total of 5,503 shares changed hands, representing a decline of 17,178 shares compared to the previous week's trading volume of 22,681 shares. Commonwealth Bank (CBL ume leader and big decliner last week, trading a volume of 3,703 shares to see its share p rice close down by $0.41 at $6.28. Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FIN s ee its stock close down by $0.30 at $8.50. BOND MARKET N o notes traded in the Bahamian bond m arket last week. COMPANY NEWS E arnings Releases: D octors Hospital Healthcare Systems (DHS results for the quarter ending July 31, 2010. DHS reported a net income of $164,000 for the quarter, a decline of $1.6 million or 91 per cent compared to the $1.7 million reported during the same period in 2009. T otal revenues were down by $1.6 million or 14 per cent due to a reduction in net patient service revenue quarter-over-quarter. Management attributed this decline to the downturn in the economy, and indicated t hey remain vigilant in managing resources. T otal expenses remained flat at $10.1 mill ion in comparison to the reporting period in the prior year. Earnings per share for the quarter stood at $0.02, compared to $0.17 in 2009, a decline of $0.15. Total assets and liabilities stood at $30.6 million and $2.8 million at July 31, 2010,c ompared to $30 million and $3 million respectively at DHHS's year end January31, 2010. Dividends Notes: Commonwealth Bank (CBL a dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on September 30, 2010, to all ordinary shareholders of record date September 15, 2010. C able Bahamas (CAB dividend of $0.08 per share, payable on Sept ember 30, 2010, to all ordinary shareholders of record date September 15, 2010. Doctors Hospital Healthcare Systems ( DHS) has declared a dividend of $0.02 per s hare, payable on September 30, 2010, to a ll ordinary shareholders of record date Sep t ember 23, 2010. RoyalFidelity Market Wrap I NTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOREX Rates Weekly %Change C urrency CAD0.96990.41 G BP 1.5635 1.80 EUR1.30432.60 Commodities Weekly%Change C ommodity Crude Oil74.83-4.30 G old 1,275.002.29 EQUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS Week ending 17.09.10 BISX CLOSING WKLY PRICE VOLUME YTDPRICE S YMBOL PRICE VOLUME CHANGE AML$ 1.01$-0-13.68% BBL$ 0.18$-0-71.43% BOB$ 4.90$-500-16.95% BPF$ 10.63$-0-1.02% B SL$ 5.01$-0-50.20% B WL$ 3.15$-00.00% C AB$ 10.77$-3007.92% CBL$ 6.28-$0.413,703-10.29% CHL$ 2.50$-0-8.09% CIB$ 9.74$-0-2.50% CWCB$ 1.63-$0.150-42.81%D HS$ 1.90$-0-25.49% F AM$ 6.07$-0-6.47% FBB$ 2.17$-0-8.44% FCC$ 0.27$-00.00% FCL$ 5.46$-014.47% FCLB$ 1.00$-00.00% FIN$ 8.50-$0.301,000-8.41%I CD$ 5.59$-00.00% JSJ$ 9.92$-0-0.30% P RE$ 10.00$-00.00% B OND MARKET TRADING STATISTICS BISX DESCRIPTIONVOLUME PARVALUE SYMBOL FBB13FBB Series 0 $1,000 C Notes Due 2013 F BB15FBB Series0 $1,000 D Notes Due 2015 F BB17FBB Series0 $1,000 A Notes Due 2017 F BB22FBB Series0 $1,000 B Notes Due 2022 I NTERNATIONAL STOCK MARKET INDEXES IndexWeekly% Change DJIA 1 0,607.80 1.39 S & P 500 1,125.59 1.45 N ASDAQ 2,315.61 3.26 Nikkei 9,626.09 4.19 have more meetings planned, and will con t inue to talk to them. “Nothing much is really agreed. It’s just discussions on the basic things, concerns we have.I t will probably be weeks before we start get t ing them resolved. The biggest thing was getting the date pushed back, and getting them to look at certain things to do with the regula tions. It’ll take a bit of time.” Asked what the key issues were, Mr Ingraham told this newspaper: “Things like the solvency requirements we’re focusing on. It’s a lot o f practical issues, some to do with agencies and that kind of thing. “One of the main things for us is solvency, a sset discounting. We feel it is critical to get that right, as it could have some unintended consequences if we don’t.” An August 13, 2010, letter sent to Lennox McCartney, the Insurance Superintendent, and Zhivargo Laing, the minister of state for finance, which was sent by the Bahamas Gen eral Insurance Association (BGIA particular concerns over the 'risk-rating' of insurers' balance sheet assets for purposes of capitalisation and solvency margin calculations. When such calculations are made, different classes of assets are 'discounted' according to the perceived risk attached to them (whether the asset holder will recover 100 per cent of their investment/value), and the BGIA letter argued that the discounts assigned in the Insurance Act's regulations were "extreme ly punitive" in comparison to other regulatory regimes and rating agency requirements. "In particular, corporate bonds, mutual fund and preference shares are inappropriately lumped into 'other assets', and receive a 100 per cent discount unless approved for a lower discount by the Commission," the BGIA letter said. "The industry is of the view that a 100 per cent discount is inappropriate for the over whelming majority of such investments....." The BGIA instead proposed discounts more in line with Canadian regulatory requirements, and warned of the Insurance Commission's proposed asset discounts: "The excessive lev el of the existing capital requirements will restrict the ability of local insurers to com pete in the region and will lead to higher con s umer prices. "The requirement to seek approval for the use of a more appropriate discount factor for m any of these 'other assets' will be a huge b usiness interruption for the industry, will con sume significant resources of the Commission, without yielding significant benefits." T he BGIA letter instead proposed that rather than a 100 per cent discount, mutual fund shares receive only a 15 per cent dis c ount if they were in a fund recognised by the Securities Commission. Otherwise, a 25 per cent discount should be applied. Corporate bonds were recommended for a n 8 per cent discount if they were held in a company listed on a recognised exchange, 12 per cent otherwise; with the same requirement for preference shares a 15 per cent discount if held in a listed company on a recognised exchange, 20 per cent if not. The BGIA letter also warned that a 100 per cent discount on investments in ordinary shares of private companies was "excessive in the vast majority of circumstances", and should be reduced to 25 per cent. Meanwhile, Mr Ingraham told Tribune Busi ness that the Insurance Commission was listening to what the BGIA and wider industry had to say, and the sector in turn was “learning some of the rationale behind what was put forward”. The Insurance Commission, too, was “learn ing from us why some of the things have con sequences beyond the immediate conse quences”. “It’s going to take a while,” Mr Ingraham said on resolving the industry’s concerns. “We don’t want to take a year to thrash it out. We want it resolved as quickly as possible, so that we have a clear, definitive set of guidelines that work in the local environment. It is criti cal for the industry’s future.” Acknowledging that it was important to avoid a repeat of the CLICO (Bahamas lapse and have “strong, stable companies”, Mr Ingraham added that it was “equally important to make sure we have the right regulations for the local environment”. ‘Probably weeks’ before insurance concerns solved FROM page 1B

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C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM +LJK(QG&RPPHUFLDOHDO(VWDWH 0XOWL)DPLO\/RWIRUVDOH %HDXWLIXO:HVWULGJH(VWDWHRUWK 3DYHGRDGV %DQN)LQDQFLQJ$YDLODEOHb'RZQ 7 ) 2 5 6$/( THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASV isit our website at www.cob.edu.bsCentr efor Continuing Education &Extension Ser vices Personal Development Course Of fering A dvance Make-up-Application II Wednesday 29th September Wednesday 17th November 6 :00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Cost $250.00 Q uickbooks 2009 Tuesday 28th September Tuesday 2nd November 6 :00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Cost $330.00 Interested persons are invited to apply to: T he College of The Bahamas, Centre for Continuing Education and Extension Services by F riday 24th September. F or further information, contact M s. Antona Curry, Assistant Director, CEES, a t Tel: 326-3316 or 325-5714. F ive (5 announced by the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB 2010 Financial Services Student of the Year. These are: * D’Andra Letitia Greenslade BBA, Accounting * D’Andra Ashley Johnson AA, Law & Criminal Justice * Edmund Terran Bain BBA, Accounting * Kaymore D. Bethel AA, Law & Criminal Justice * Tonia A.A. Turnquest BBA, Accounting C andidates were selected from the 2010 Graduating C lass of the College of the Bahamas (COB The student award, now in its eighth year, is sponsored i n collaboration with COB, t he Professional Industry Association Working Group and the Central Bank of the Bahamas. I ts objective is to recognise an outstanding graduating student from within COB’s School of Business. The criterion for initial selection is a GPA of 3.5 or above, with additional criteria a lso including COB and community involvement, an interview by an industry panel to assess comportment and economic savvy, and a written submission. This year, the students wrote essays on Leadership S kills. The student award programme is a part of BFSB’s ongoing Financial Centre Focus (FCF w hich seeks to integrate the industry with the wider comm unity through a series of initiatives. B FSB’s chief executive and executive director, Wendy Warren, said an essential part of the FCF’s overall objective is to attract and maintainq ualified professionals to the s ector. In this regard”, she says, “particular attention is placed on highlighting the importance of quality human resources to the industry, anda lso profiling outstanding individuals through the awards programmes.” The 2010 FSI Student of the Year will be announced at BFSB’s FSI Excellence Awards Ceremony on Octo-b er 21, when the BFSB also w ill announce the Executive of the Year, Professional of the Year and Achiever of the Year. BFSB unveils its student finalists PM opens resort’s convention centre D’Andra Letitia Greenslade D ’Andra Ashley Johnson Edmund Terran Bain Kaymore D. Bethel Tonia A.A. Turnquest OFFICIAL OPENING: P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham is pictured breaking the ceremoni al conch shell to mark the official opening of the Pelican Bay Hotel's new 40,000 square footc onvention facility, C anal House. The ceremony was held on Friday, September 1 7, 2010 at the Freeport, Grand Bahama property. B IS PHOTOS: Sharon Turner VIEWING: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham views one of the various native artistic displays fea-t ured in the Pelican Bay Hotel's new convention facility, Canal House, as resort general manager Magnus Alnebeck (righto fficially opened the facility at a ceremony held Fri day, September 17, 2010 in Freeport.

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we’re not in a position to be forced to do anything. We’re following up on a couple ofl ease options and a couple of sale options.” Obtaining the necessary government approvals had “been part of the nightmare for people who had an interest” in acquiring Western Medical Plaza in the past, and t he Doctors Hospital chief executive added that “with Baha Mar on the table, one has to question whether you want to” dispose of such an asset, especially since it no longer acts as a drag on the company’s balance sheet and earnings. Doctors Hospital saw its n et income for the 2011 second quarter, which ended on July 31, 2010, fall by $1.6 million or 91 per cent to $ 164,000, largely due to a 14 per cent or $1.6 million fall in total revenues. That, in turn, was induced by a decline in patient service revenues, which fell from $11.579 million in the 2009 comparative p eriod to $9.92 million this time around. Mr Sealy told Tribune Business that the declines were directly related to the health of the wider Bahamian economy, as increased unemploy ment had resulted in two things a reduction in the number of Bahamians cove red by health insurance, and an increasing tendency on the part of patients to minimise costs by only using the priv ate hospital when essential. “We’re talking about decreased activity on the inpatient side,” Mr Sealy said. “We kind of budgeted for this, given what was happening in the economy, and peop le losing their insurance coverage. Plus there’s the overall decision by patients not to e ngage the hospital unless they really have to.” He indicated that these trends were born out by the fact that Princess Margaret Hospital, the public health services provider, was seeing increased patient activity. Doctors Hospital, antici p ating that this scenario would continue for the fore seeable future, had focused on expense and cost control s trategies, keeping total expenses flat at $10.113 million for the 2011 second quarter, as compared to $10.115 million last year. Still, Mr Sealy said Doctors Hospital felt it was “taking one step forward and then something else jumps out at you”, such as the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC He added that the company was unable, like others, to layoff staff in any significant numbers due to the need to cope with any unanticipated spike in care demand, meaning that salaries needed to be treated as fixed, rather than variable, costs. Standards also needed to be maintained, now that Doctors Hospital had become the first Caribbean hospital to achieve Joint Commission International (JCI tion. “No one in business is able to give you a warm, fuzzy feeling that this [recession] will be over in a year or 18 months,” Mr Sealy told Tribune Business. “It will be more of the same. I can’t see it changing a whole lot. It’s going to be business as usual for six to nine months.” He predicted that when the Bahamian economy turned around, it was likely to follow the US in enjoying a relatively jobless recovery at first. This would not be good news for Doctors Hospital, given that few workers were being added to company health insurance plans, or were able to afford their own. “Unless we increase the base of the insured, we will not see a whole lot of change occur in the market,” Mr Sealy said. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T HE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bsNOTICE Calling all Alumni of The College of The Bahamas to attend the 2010 Alumni Annual General Meeting 6:00p.m. Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 Executive Boardroom Michael H. Eldon Building, Thompson Blvd. (third floor) The meeting has been called to discuss the new Alumni Society and elect board members. To review the new alumni charter, visit http://my .cob.edu.bs . For more information contact the Office of Alumni Relations & Development at 302-4359. -UXTWaUMV\ 7XXWZ\]VQ\a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t his Thursday to show why the Chapter 1 1 protection, which currently protects W ellington Preserve from its creditors attempting to enforce multi-million dollar claims against it, should be maintained until he submits a plan for the property’s restructuring. Extending that protection is vital to the interests of CLICO (Bahamas icyholders and Bahamian creditors, since it will maximise the sums recovered from Wellington Preserve’s sale and accrue to their benefit, settling a significant percentage of their claima gainst the insolvent insurer. Mr Gomez has attempted to extend Wellington Preserve’s bankruptcy protection once before, but the courts d enied this on a technicality, finding t hat not all interested parties had been served in time. N ow, in his latest application, he is a sking the south Florida district bankr uptcy court to give him until November 1, 2010, to submit his plan for reor-g anising Wellington Preserve and its a ffairs. Mr Gomez and his attorneys confirmed that the initial purchaser he and his US real estate broker, Diane Jenkins, had lined up, the Hines Group, had walked away from Wellington Preserve, their filing noting that “an initial c ontract for sale was terminated by the c ontract purchaser at the end of its due d iligence period”. Since then, the property has been a ctively marketed and Gomez, through D iane Jenkins, the designated broker, is in active negotiations for the sale of the property,” they told the US court. “Since this motion was first submitted, Gomez has received a Letter of Intent from one of the groups with whom he and the broker have been n egotiating, and the negotiations appear to be moving in the direction of a contract. “The proposal would require com pletion of the amended plan, which has been in progress; good title; approval of this court and other normal c oncerns as prerequisites for sale. While negotiations are proceeding w ell with the potential purchaser, which represents that it is financially capable, the prospective purchaser still needs its due diligence, and a large,c omplex negotiations takes time.” Mr Gomez added that in the intere sts of CLICO (Bahamas he did not want Wellington Preserve “forced to auction at a relatively ‘fires ale price’”. The interested party was not identified by the court documents, and Mr Gomez is still ‘gagged’ by the Bahamia n Supreme Court from speaking publ icly. While CLICO (Bahamas c yholders and creditors should take some encouragement from the Letter of Intent’s receipt, as it indicates serious buyers are out there, it is by no m eans a ‘done deal’, and Mr Gomez will still want to see them put up ‘hard money’ in the form of a deposit and, eventually, the full price. Again emphasising how critical it w as to a successful CLICO (Bahamas liquidation that Wellington Preserve’ss ales price be maximised, Mr Gomez a nd his attorneys described how $73 m illion was lent by the insolvent insurer through its affiliate, CLICO Enterprises, to Wellington Preserve. Some $10 million worth of capitalisation was a lso thrown into the mix. Describing again how CLICO (Bahamas b y its Trinidadian parent and the latt er’s head, Lawrence Duprey, to finance real estate developments, Mr Gomez said he “continues to pursue his investigation with respect to accurately accounting for the source of, andu ses of the money, which the books i ndicate flowed through [Wellington Preserve]”. And, explaining the rationale for the r eorganisation extension, Mr Gomez s aid: “The property consists of improved lots that is, a subdivision p lan has been approved; roads are in; utilities are in; drainage is in; and a pprovals have been obtained by the necessary governmental agencies, including the South Florida WaterM anagement District with respect to the project/ “Presently under development is an amended plan which would reserve approximately 60 acres more or less in the centre of the parcel for the construction of equestrian amenities, such as a show barn, clubhouse display ringsa nd the like.” B ut he added: “The property is presently encumbered by outstandinga nd unpaid real estate taxes; a judgm ent for about $1.5 million, a certified copy of which was recorded during the p reference period; and minor mechani c’s liens claims totalling less than $ 50,000. “In this very unusual case, there is no mortgage. The entire parcel, befores ome lots were subdivided and sold, w as purchased for $55 million in 2004. The estimated ‘as built’ sellout for the lots was over $120 million three yearsa go. As is, even in the economy of today, the property is worth tens of millions of dollars enormously ine xcess of the encumberances.” Intent letter for key CLICO asset FROM page 1B Doctors still eyeing 40-50k sq ft growth FROM page 1B W hile negotiations are proceeding w ell with the potential purchaser, which repre-s ents that it is financially capable, the prospective purchaser still needs its due diligence, and a large, complex negotiations takes time.”

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Deadline to Enrol: 29th September,2010For more information call (242 visit us on Moss Road in Oakes Field or log on to http://www.cob.edu.bs and click on the “Continuing Education” link. t his thing. I believe that concessions have been made by Izmirlian, in terms of more cash, and Scotiabank has made some c oncessions.” T ribune Business was last w eek told that Scotiabank w as about to appoint r eceivers for Baha Mar’s existing Cable Beach Resorts, due to the default-e d loan, but sources with both the developer and Scotiabank denied that this was about to happen, or even b eing contemplated. Robert Sands, Baha Mar's senior vice-president of e xternal and governmental affairs, told Tribune Busin ess he had nothing to add beyond last week’s comments, when he said: “Meeti ngs have been taking place between the parties, and m eetings are still in progress. It's the utmost priority for all of us." O ne of the pre-conditions for Baha Mar's Chinese f inancing partner, the China Export-Import Bank, to release $2.45 billion in debtf inancing to fund the project is the resolution of the S cotiabank syndicate's loan. The Chinese want this to be r esolved, because unless that loan's security on severalr eal estate parcels at Cable Beach including the existi ng Sheraton and Wyndham r esorts is lifted, they will b e unable to use the same as collateral for their loans. A 'debt-for-equity' swap i s being actively discussed by both parties. Sources familiar with the talks, who requested anonymity, told Tribune Business that Baha Mar/the Izmirlians had initially o ffered to pay $75 million i n cash to Scotiabank as an u pfront, part-payment of the l oan, with the remaining d ebt around $130 million t o be converted into an equity stake that the bank would hold in the Cable Beach redevelopment. However, Scotiabank was said to be seeking a greater upfront cash payment worth $ 110 million, sources told Tribune Business, putting the two sides some $35 mill ion apart. S cotiabank wants a greater portion of the debt, estimated to be around $205 million, paid in cash, due to the fact that as a conservative lender it will have to write down the value of the e quity stake (loan b alance sheet, and is taking a gamble that Baha Mar and its Chinese partners will bea ble to deliver the $2.6 billion project and profitable r eturns on it. T he bank, ultimately, has t o protect its own interests through adhering to pru-d ential banking norms, plus t hose of its depositors and the wider Bahamian banking system, given the sum extended to Baha Mar. China State Construction has obtained a $1.919 billion construction contract to b uild the core of Baha Mar, f eaturing six hotels with 3 ,500 rooms, a 100,000 s quare foot casino, 200,000 s quare feet of convention f acilities, and a 20-acre beach and pool experience. Some 1,200 Bahamians are projected to be engaged in construction at Baha Mar, including the $75 million West Bay Street re-routing; $ 30 million Commercial Village and 'back of house' on Gladstone Road; $10 mill ion of earthwork, irrigation a nd landscaping on the new g olf course; and $20 million of construction on the golf clubhouse, and buildingsa round the beach and pool area, and retail village. ‘Progress’ on Baha Mar’s $200m loan FROM page 1B I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s ROBERT SANDS

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company’s revenues and profits, other than to say: “It w ill be a good investment f or the shareholders of C able Bahamas. The expansion that comes from it will be excellent for Cable Bahamas.” An indication of the transaction’s value comes from Cable Bahamas’ 2009 yeare nd balance sheet, which carries as a $4.424 million investment what is described as a “purchase option which, under certain conditions, allows the company to a cquire a portion or all of the outstanding shares in a licensed telecommunications o perator”. That operator, as p reviously revealed by Trib une Business, is SRG. T he deal, provided it is a pproved by URCA, will merge SRG’s fixed-line licence with Cable Bahamas’ already-strong market position in Internet, cable TV and data, thus giving the combined entity a formidable ‘Triple Play’ proposal backed by Cable’s fibre optic infrastructure that will enable it to go ‘head-tohead’ with a privatised BTC for Bahamian telecoms market dominance. With BTC’s privatisation, and potential sale to Cable& Wireless, possibly immin ent, given that the Government wants to complete any deal by year-end, Cable Bahamas’ move to consum-m ate its SRG alliance comes as no surprise, since it leaves the company perfectly positioned to exploit any oppor-t unities arising from liberali sation. T he timing is also likely t o coincide with Cable Bahamas believing it has satisfied the conditions stip-u lated by URCA before it w ill be permitted to enter other markets, namely achieving accounting separation and the ‘unbundling’ of its Internet and cable TV offerings. “We would anticipate that will be complete i n short order,” the Cable Bahamas president said. M r Butler also told Tribune Business that SRG/IndiGo would continue to operate from its existing Collins Avenue head q uarters as a 100 per cent o wned Cable Bahamas subsidiary, and said the merger w ould benefit both Bahamian business and residential consumers by enhancing ser-v ice, improving products a nd lowering prices. “The operations will remain independent,” he said. “SRG would continue as a subsidiary, but at arm’s length from Cable Bahamas.” A sked whether there would be any impact upon e mployment levels at both companies as a result of the merger, Mr Butler indicated there would be no negative impacts, and that there m ight even be and expans ion in staffing. “We believe this is going to be in growth mode for the immediate future. What we feel is that we’re currently supporting different products, and the merged entity will be in growing mode fort he foreseeable future,” Mr B utler said. “But, hopefully, there will be operational synergies and efficiencies, benefits that will be passed on to the consumer.” T he Cable/SRG combinat ion will now be able to compete directly with BTC on fixed-line residential voice when full liberalisation takes place, and Mr Butler said: “Historically, w henever there is competition between us [BTC and Cable], the consumer bene-f its on service and value. “It’s timely with what’s going on. The Governmenti s bringing in telecoms expertise, looking at mergers, and both ourselves andS RG because of this merger, although not of the size of BTC and its strategic partner, will benefit the Bahamia n consumer. It’s a merged entity, 100 per cent Bahamian owned. The agreement has been there since 2004. URCA hast o approve it, and we hope t hat it will be given a fair and reasonable response.” The only entity not happy with a Cable/SRG merger isl ikely to be BTC. Some may also be concerned that the tie-up could reduce the pur-c hase price Cable & Wireless will be prepared to pay for majority control in BTC, likely to be 51 per cent, given that it will face instant s trong competition upon taking over. Indeed, Cable Bahamas’ purchase option can be traced back to 2003 and 2004, when the former Christie government was a ttempting to privatise BTC. SRG was awarded its l icence to compete with BTC in the fixed-line mar k et at the same time, and attempted to raise $7 mil lion from Bahamian investors in a private place m ent to finance the buildout of its network infrastructure. Yet URCA’s predecessor, t he Public Utilities Commission (PUC what many suspected wasp ressure from the then-PLP g overnment, changed the ‘rules of the game’ in rela tion to leasing interconnection circuits when SRG was in the middle of its capital raising. This forced SRG to return the raised funds to the investors, since its business model and financial projections had been thrown out of whack. To prevent the new operator from becoming ‘stillborn’, it was Cable Bahamas that f inanced the build-out of SRG’s network in return for the purchase option. And Cable Bahamas’ desire to consummate the relationship and make SRG i ts telecoms arm was also b ehind the $85 million buyout of its former controlling shareholder, the Canadian-o wned Columbus Commun ications. As previously revealed by T ribune Business, Cable Bahamas tried to executet he purchase option back in l ate 2007, just after the Ingraham administration r eturned to office. I t was able to block the transaction because of C able’s foreign ownership c omponent in the shape of Columbus, denying the necessary Investments Boarda pprovals and Central Bank exchange control approval. T his was one of the rea s ons that prompted Columbus to exit, and without its presence, the Government i s now no longer able to b lock the transaction. Only URCA approval is required, and this could well be a test case for how truly independent of governmentt he new regulator is. This transaction heralds a new dawn for SRG“, said Paul Hutton-Ashkenny,p resident of SRG, “empow ering the company and its employees to continue our history of innovation for the benefit of the consumer, and ultimately the Bahamian economy”. “This is an historic time for Bahamians and Cable Bahamas”, said Mr Butler, “and this merger is a criti c al step in developing the company into one that can p rovide our customers with t he product and services that they deserve and have been asking for.” SRG’s shareholders at the time of the 2004 private placement included busi n essman Frank Crothers; accountant Gregory Cleare; S cotiabank (Bahamas aging director Barry Malcolm; and Dr David Allen. A Tribune affiliate also holds a small stake in SRG. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.261.00AML Foods Limited1.011.010.000.2500.0404.03.96% 1 0.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.005000.5980.2608.25.31% 0 .580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1680.09018.82.86% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.7710.770.003001.2120.3008.92.79% 2 .842.50Colina Holdings2.502.500.000.7810.0403.21.60% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.696.690.000.4220.23015.93.44% 3 .651.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.761.72-0.040.1110.05215.53.02% 2.551.60Doctor's Hospital1.901.900.000.6270.1103.05.79% 6.995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 10.208.50Finco8.808.800.000.2870.52030.75.91% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.749.740.000.7200.35013.53.59% 5.513.75Focol (S)5.465.460.000.3660.17014.93.11% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.0120.240465.84.29% 10.509.92J. S. Johnson9.929.920.000.8830.64011.26.45% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.3550.80028.28.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029TUESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,525.29 | CHG -0.04 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -40.09 | YTD % -2.56BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol . EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.49041.4005CFAL Bond Fund1.49043.59%6.42%1.475244 2.92652.8266CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.91150.85%0.23%2.926483 1.55021.4920CFAL Money Market Fund1.55022.86%3.91%1.533976 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.8624-8.16%-7.49% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.42860.46%2.40% 109.3929101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund109.39295.20%7.60%107.570620 105.779593.1998CFAL Global Equity Fund100.1833-1.52%3.56%105.779543 1.12231.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.12723.43%5.28% 1.09171.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.09482.51%6.10% 1.11981.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.12753.37%5.64% 9.59559.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.59552.71%5.96% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.3734-3.69%3.38% 10.00009.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.1708-8.29%-8.29% 7.96644.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.5827-1.74%11.58% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Aug-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 31-Jul-10 31-Aug-10 31-Aug-10CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Jul-10 30-Jun-10 31-Aug-10 27-Aug-10 31-Aug-10MARKET TERMS31-Aug-10 NAV 6MTH 1.452500 2.906205 1.518097 103.987340 101.725415 30-Jun-10 31-Aug-10 31-Jul-10 31-Aug-10 Cable executes on SRG buyout FROM page 1B the Bahamian public,” Mr Sealy said, adding that given the ever-intensifying competition from other countries seeking to grab a share of the medical tourism pie could provide extra impetus to “reduce the cost of care” in the Bahamas. While medical tourism was a “supplement, not a niche” for Doctors Hospital, Mr Sealy said the industry’s development would be benefit the Bahamas overall. His company’s international accreditation by the Joint Commission Inter national (JCI such status, would also benefit the wider economy and encourage persons to travel to the Bahamas for care given that they could take comfort from the attainment of global standards. Mr Sealy said it was also incumbent, though, on Doctors Hospital to “make the Bahamian population aware” of the first-class facilities it could make available locally, publish ing data to back its case and educate locals. The Doctors Hospital chief executive added that the BISX-listed healthcare provider also anticipated other “spinoffs and consultancies” from its JCI accreditation. Meanwhile, Mr Sealy said that despite Doctors Hospital’s reduced net income for the 2011 second quarter and halfyear, it believed it could “sustain” dividend payments to shareholders, and was determined to reward investors for their patience and confidence in the company during a long period in the mid-2000s when they saw no return on their capital. He added that the payment of a $0.02 per share divi dend, set for September 23, 2010, was “a good gesture” on the company’s part. ‘Crazy’ Customs duties harming medical costs ‘The Government is bringing in telec oms expertise, looking at mergers, and both ourselves and SRG because of this merger, although not of the size of BTC and its strategic partner, will benefit the Bahamian consumer FROM page 1B Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. 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For more than a decade, industrializing countries like Brazil and China have drawn investors seeking to ride their rapid economic growth. Now, money managers are looking to places that feed these emerging giants like Peru, the world's top source for fishmeal, a key ingredient in animal feeds. Since the financial crisis hit two years ago, cash has flooded into the developing world from those seeking better returns and safety. Unlike the U.S. and other developed countries whose governments borrowed heavily for stimulus spending, countries in South America and Asia have smaller debt burdens along with higher bond yields. So far, investors' bets in developing countries have paid off. The MSCI emerging market stock index posted a 78 per cent gain for 2009 and is up 3.8 percent this year. Funds that invest in emerging-market bonds returned 32 percent last year. This year, JPMorgan's emerging market bond index has gained 7.4 percent on price terms alone. Ask Francisco Alzuru, a money manager at Hansberger Global Associates, to explain the popularity of emerging markets and he'll tell you about fishmeal. It's essentially anchovy powder. Anchovies are hauled from the Pacific and mashed into a flour, which is then turned into feed for hogs and fish in China. To Alzuru and investors like him, fishmeal represents increasing trade within the developing world and economic expansion beyond the socalled BRICs Brazil, Russia, India and China. Those four emerging-market stars still claim the bulk of investors' funds, but Peru, Turkey and others have seen a surge in cash. "You see a growth and con sumption story in these coun tries just like you're seeing in the BRICs," Alzuru said. Peru's economy, for instance, has grown at an annual rate above seven percent, a "Chinatype speed," fueled by exports of copper, textiles and fishmeal to Asia. That economic growth has given individual Peruvians higher incomes and more money to spend. "You see an enormous con sumption boom," Alzuru said. And the rise in spending has helped launch companies catering to Peruvian consumers. In the 1990s, emerging-market investments were a great way to lose money. The Asian financial crisis, Russia's debt default and other events crushed many investors. The stigma from those crises has largely disappeared. Brad Durham, managing director at fund tracker EPFR Global, said it's remarkable how quickly attitudes have changed, a shift he sees reflected in the num bers. Durham said that in a typ ical year over the past decade investors might have dropped $15 billion into emerging-market stocks and $9 billion into emerging-market bonds. Contrast that with the haul for emerging-market funds so far this year: $40 billion into stocks and a record $25.6 billion into bonds. Last year, investors put a record $83.3 bil lion into emerging-market stock funds. "The idea that emerging markets are a risky asset has started to unravel," Durham said. Judging by the flow of cash, investors seem to fear U.S. stocks. EPFR's data shows they've pulled $23.4 billion from U.S. equity funds this year. Financial turmoil in the Unit ed States and Europe has helped make developing countries alluring to investors worried about another Greek debt crisis. Taken together, the world's advanced countries have debt levels above 90 per cent of gross domestic product, according to the International Monetary Fund. The IMF, which counts Treasury bonds held in the Social Security fund, expects the U.S. government to top that mark by the end of this year. The tally for developing countries is 38 percent and shrinking, according to the IMF. Many economists and investors believe higher debt levels will stunt growth. Highprofile fund managers like Bill Gross at the bond giant Pacific Investment Management Company argue that the United States and Europe will be weighed down with sluggish spending and high unemployment for years to come, like Japan has been. That only adds to the appeal of fast-growing countries in Asia and South America. The IMF forecasts that the United States and other advanced economies will collectively expand 2.5 percent this year and the next. Its forecast for developing countries: 6.3 percent and 6.5 percent. "This is part of the global marketplace that is actually growing with real economic activity," said Lupin Rahman, a vice president of portfolio management at Pimco. And it's not all thanks to China. Pimco expects emerging markets excluding China to post 5.5 percent annual growth this year. She points to a rise in growth and consumer demand from Colombia, Panama and Peru. Plenty of risks remain. "Anything that hurts global trade hurts the developing world," Rahman said. One danger, she said, is anger in Congress about the value of China's currency. A tariff on Chinese goods would also pinch Indonesia, for example, because it exports wood and coal to China. But the developing world has started to wean itself off the American consumer, selling its wares to China as well as to its own growing middle class. "This is no longer a story for 20 years from now," Rahman said. "It's a story that's happening right now. STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer HARTFORD, Connecticut The gambling industry is looking to New England as its latest prospect for legalized casinos, pitching for legislation with claims of new jobs and more state revenue that could boost a weak economy. BNP Media, an industry media company, and the research firm Spectrum Gaming Group are sponsoring the first New England Gaming Summit. The conference, being held Monday and Tuesday at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., is intended to bring together state lawmakers, business executives, lawyers, industry analysts and others to network and take a measure of prospects for casinos in the region. "It will be kind of an information dump on gaming," said Charles Anderer, group publisher of BNP Media Gaming Group. "We'd like to put out as much information on the market as possible." Failed The failed effort in Massa chusetts this year to permit casino gambling was one reason organizers turned to New England for the conference, Ander er said. "There's still a lot of legislative uncertainty there, but dealing with gaming regionally makes a lot of sense," he said. The weak economy, however, has depressed consumer spending, adding another problem for the industry as it seeks to expand. "One of my first questions is that this is the new normal for the economy, but what's the new normal for gaming?" Anderer said. "Is it being modified or defined downward?" Two Indian-run casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, operate in Connecticut. In Rhode Island, home to slot parlors Twin River and Newport Grand, the General Assembly this year approved legislationa uthorizing a voter referendum in November on casino gambling, but Gov. Don Carcieri vetoed the bill and lawmakers did not reconvene to try an override. Emerging markets offer growth – and fishmeal Gambling industry pushing ahead in New England INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TENSEMOMENT: A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. R I C H A R D D R E W / A P P h o t o

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INSIGHT C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune INSIGHT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 The stories behind the news By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net E nvironment Minister Earl Deveaux emerged from the Aga Khan’s helicopter in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, to attend a Friends of the Environment event with the exhilarated grin of an excited schoolboy. Having taken up Karim Aga Khan IV’s offer to travel in the 12seater AB-139 instead of chartering a flight, Dr Deveaux, his wife, and two friends, were able to ride in the lap of luxury at their convenience, and the Minister would not be late for a land assessment of Bell Island in Exuma the next day. But as the Aga Khan is the owner of Bell Island who put the development plans in Dr Deveaux’s lap, the childlike excitement on the Min ister’s face, and the front page of The Tribune last week, masked a darker reality. The extension of such generosity by this enigmatic Persian prince exposed both himself and the Min ister to ridicule and speculation over the process of planning applications and approvals. And when the development is in an area as sensitive area as the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, it is bound to stir the kind of public debate that hit the airwaves last week. T he 176 square mile park is a jewe l of the Bahamas and the world as t he oldest protected area of its kind, e stablished in 1958, and a flourishing no-take marine reserve guarded by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT The Aga Khan bought the island north of Conch Cut and 17 miles north of Black Point last year and has plans to dredge 8.8 acres of sand from the seabed so he can pull into a newly carved marina on his 150ft yacht. He also wants the supply barge to be accommodated at a 100ft dock, and have slips for 20 vessels in a 67acre yacht basin excavated in the existing salt pond, as well as roads across the island. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA was completed by Turrell, Hall and Associates Inc in March, and passed on to the BNT for further input. But until The Tribune published details of the plans last week, not a word had been mentioned in the public domain. The developer had paid for the EIA, the Ministry selected the marine and environmental consul tants to do it, and the Trust to contribute to the discussion. All of the correct protocols were in place and the procedures were duly followed, so processes could tick along smoothly, and the devel opers could quietly move in. The public were not asked for their opinion because frankly what they think is irrelevant when Bell Island belongs to the Aga Khan, and it is his right to “renovate” it, just as other owners of private islands also have the right to enhance their personal pieces of the country including those in the area of the park. Even the BNT has little say in the matter, according to a statement released by the board last week. However, it is precisely this topdown approach that raises questions about the possibility for corruption in our planning and development process. Especially when a billionaire such as the Aga Khan is in a position to woo a Minister in his AB139, and donate $1 million to the BNT. No one is suggesting that this is what happened in this case, but still the perception is there. Dr Deveaux said: “I do not think a helicopter ride could buy me and I don’t think it could alter my opinion.” But his defence asserts one of two things: either it would take more than one helicopter ride to buy him, or he cannot be corrupted. I am inclined to believe the latter, which is why I think he was dignified in tendering his resignation, which the Prime Minister refused. But a less noble man in his position surely would not have done the same. As the Minister himself asserted, he is quite accustomed to travelling in the planes, boats and automobiles of wealthy developers, and being wined and dined at their expense, but he does not let this affect his judgment of planning applications. He asserted he had travelled to Ginn Sur Mer's Old Bahama Bay development on the Ginn’s boat, and saw Baker’s Bay from the developer’s jet, as I noted how all of the developments he listed in his argument have been approved. Whether or not he is corruptible, he is vulnerable to speculation of corruption, and that is reason enough for a major change to be introduced and introduced now. PLP MP Fred Mitchell suggested Cabinet ministers and government departments are provided with their own fleet of air and watercraft to transport them to far-flung sites across the islands on time, avoiding safety issues, or perceived cosiness with developers. However, Freeport attorney Fred Smith, QC, advocates a change of the law. He has been pushing for an Envi ronmental Protection Act, and a Freedom of Information Act, to establish an independent Environmental Protection Agency that would facilitate EIAs, provide access to planning applications, and ensure there is full and proper public consultation over all plans submitted to the Ministry. Such a system would protect everyone’s best interests as residents, businesses, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs interested parties would be involved in the debate long before the dig gers break ground. As the lawyer representing Responsible Development for Aba co (RDA cial Review seeking to stop work at the $105 million Wilson City power plant, Mr Smith showed how BEC had gone ahead with clearing land, paving roads and building the power plant before they even had all the necessary building permits in place. Although Supreme Court Justice Hartman Longley dismissed the Abaconian’s request on Thursday, he at least acknowledged they had genuine reason for complaint. The public was not aware of the power plant plans until work started, and when BEC finally agreed to hold a public meeting on the matter it served little purpose other than a place for hundreds of angry Abaconians to vent their anger over being Free helicopter ride sparks public outcry ENVIRONMENT Minister Earl Deveaux’s ride in developer Karim Aga Khan IV’ s helicopter sparks public scrutiny of the process of planning applications and land approvals, and exposes them to criticism. But sharing the power of choice in a transparent planning process, which welcomes public consultation, would eradicate that speculation in principle and practice. INSIGHT reports... S S E E E E n n e e x x t t p p a a g g e e ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Earl Deveaux with Aga Khan’s helicopter in the background.

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C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 2C, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE so left out of the critical development of their island. In that case, as with almost every other, communities were disregarded in the planning process from the beginning, as plans received or conceived of by government departments are assessed and approved from the top down, leaving the people demoralised and devoid of power. A modified Local Government Act and Environmental Protection Act would allow communities to plan developments five, 10 or 20 years in the future, and create a sustainable model that benefits everyone. Town councils would have more power to draw up byelaws for their unique commu nities, impose local taxes tof und local projects and represent the community in national discussions about the development of their island. “That’s what’s called decentralisation and democracy,” Mr Smith said. “And in our geographical ly fractured nation devolution of power is so necessary. “It will help the Bahamas develop its marine and land resources in a sustainable manner. “Because it may be that the people in Exuma have some idea about whether the Aga Khan should be able to proceed.” But when it comes to development in the Bahamas, “the rule of the people” defined by democracy is far from the process of granting planning approval. We leave such matters in the hands of Ministers and wealthy developers, and when projects are approved, we are only left to speculate over what really happened. “The current construct lends itself to conflicts, not necessarily intentional or intended, but it just does,” said Mr Smith. “And that’s why I have been promoting a more transparent and accountable process, an objective process, which protects the Trust, pro tects the Minister, and pro tects the government agencies from the kind of criticism that can be made against them in this case.” Sharing the power of choice in a transparent planning process, which welcomes public consultation, would e radicate that speculation not o nly in principle, but also in practice. Planning meetings were the bread and butter of the local newspaper I worked at in East London, England, as development plans ricocheted through the communities causing a stir for all who live and work nearby. Residents and business owners were invited to view plans for around six weeks before they came to the local government council planning committee where they were debated in a lively public meeting that often continued until the early hours of the morning as everyone was invited to have their say. Each interested person was invited to speak for three minutes about why a Victorian family home should not be converted into flats, why there should not be another generic block of flats built on what little green land they had left, or why the next door neighbour should not be allowed to extend their home into their own back garden or ontoa third floor. And as the plans were considered from all angles, when they were finally rejected or approved, those in protest at least felt they had been heard. Development affects e verybody, and it is a con tentious issue in any community, but even more so in landstarved areas such as London, or ecologically precious areas in the sought after islands of the Bahamas. S ome areas need to be pres erved for their environmen tal benefits, as in the national parks, and some need to be developed to create jobs and keep the economy afloat. But there is only so much land to share; and in a demo cratic society, the people should really at least appear to have a say in what gets done. “If we had an Environmental Protection Act and a Freedom of Information Act, we would at least have a measure of comfort that people can’t sneak in the back door and start depleting our resources,” Mr Smith said. “I remain sceptical of private developers approaching the government quietly and the government and Cabinet quietly approving in principle or signing Heads of Agree ment or making other nond isclosed arrangements with p rivate developers before the public becomes aware of it. “This is a continued recipe for disaster. “This is what caused all of the controversy in Baker’s Bay, Bimini and all other places in the Bahamas, including the Ginn project in Grand Bahama. “I am also told there are several projects planned for East End that lies deep within the bosoms of the Cabinet and none of the citizens of Grand Bahama have any idea of what is being planned for our island communities “If the Environmental Protection Agency could be isolated from political influence by the Cabinet or ruling party, you would have some kind of check and balance from the kind of incestuous inflection which exists when private developers make their clandestine approaches to government for approval in principle, because once approved in principle, then every government agency simply has to rubber stamp whatever ism ade. “You don’t just do an EIA to rubber stamp a project. “Because the developers, like a cancer, are going to eat up every pleasant and unique environment that we haveu nless we manage it. “And the only way to manage it is for all vested interests to be a part of considering what’s happening.” The change would mean it is not just the Minister andh is staff deciding whether the A ga Khan can put a develop ment in the national park, and the issue of him flying around in his helicopter would not arise, because he would not be in that position. There would instead be independent environmental and planning agencies, not beholden to the executive, making the decisions. And if such agencies are not established in a new leg islative framework soon, the Bahama islands and the resources we all share will gradually disappear in a method that is beyond our control, as those who can afford it break off pieces of our finite islands for themselves and leave the Bahamian people with fractured frag ments of their country and no explanation about what hap pened, and where it all went. Free helicopter ride sparks public outcry F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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By JASON BRONIS Associated Press Writer HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP ed the breakwaters and shores of Bermuda on Sunday, straining yacht moorings and battering oceanfront hotels as Hurricane Igor lashed the wealthy British enclave. Bermudians battened down their homes in pelting rain to wait out Igor, a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). Some storm-seasoned i slanders ventured outside to gawk at the 15-foot (5-meter surf or to triple-tie boat moorings even as officials warned them to stay indoors. "We are urging residents to please go home and stay in until it is all over," said government spokeswoman Beverle Lottimore. Those who did venture outside were met with howling winds, and gusts of hurricane force were reported by mid day. Flooding was reported in low-lying areas and streets in downtown Hamilton, the capital, were covered in several inches of water and littered with tree branches and other debris. Igor's eye was expected to pass over or very close to Bermuda late Sunday, according to the U.S. National Hur ricane Center in Miami. But with hurricane-force winds extending up to 90 miles (150 kilometers) from the storm's eye, even a near-miss could cause substantial damage. The storm was expected to veer northeast away from the United States after passing Bermuda. But fore casters said it would continue causing high surf and strong rip currents along the U.S. eastern seaboard. Most tourists hopped on flights home before the air port closed Saturday afternoon, but Elaine and Brian LaFleur of New Bedford, Massachusetts, said they actually changed the date of their flight so they would make it to Bermuda in advance of Igor. They wanted a new experi ence for their 28th trip to the island. "We've done everything else on this island, but we'ven ever experienced a hurricane," said Elaine LaFleur, 62. The couple's original itinerary had them arriving Sun day but they flew in Friday. Brian LeFleur, 66, said the couple was staying busy indoors playing games on their iPad. He had hoped to watch Sunday football but the cable television at their hoteli n downtown Hamilton lost i ts signal. Bermuda's power utility said at least 6,100 residents were without electricity. Some Bermudians were optimistic that a weakened Igor, which was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane overnight, would spare the Atlantic territory serious damage. "We prayed that the storm would be downgraded, and it looks like our prayers have been answered," said Fred Swan, a 52-year-old teacher. But as the hurricane bore down, most islanders hunkered down in their homes and listened to the howling winds and cracking thunder outside. School principal Marion Dyer, 47, said she holed up with her 8-year-old daughter and two others after losing power around dawn, whenI gor's outer bands began s everely whipping Bermuda. "Now and again we get bursts of wild wind which sends the rain in all directions," Dyer wrote in an email to an AP reporter. "We have heard several rolls of thunder which are becoming more frequent." Premier Ewart Brown said islanders "have been forced to recognize that the ocean is not so vast and Bermuda not so unique as to be separated from the awesome power of nature." Some islanders checked into resorts to ride out the storm. At the Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotel near the capital's downtown, about half of the 410 rooms were occupied, said Jonathan Crellin, the hotel's general manager. "The hotel is locked down tight and ready to take Igorw hen he arrives in full," C rellin said from the hotel, which like most buildings in the territory is built of solid concrete. High surf kicked up by the storm has already swept two people out to sea in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, far to the south. By late afternoon Sunday, Igor was steaming north at 15 mph (24 kph the U.S. hurricane center. Forecasters said the storm could drop 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23 centimeters) of rain over Bermuda and cause significant coastal flooding. Steve Gibbons and five relatives ventured out on foot to Somerset Bridge, where high winds whipped the sea over the bridge and made it difficult to stand up straight. "Later on, we'll be inside hunkered down," Gibbons said while bracing himselfa gainst the gusting wind. H otel cancellations were reported across Bermuda, popular with tourists for its pink sand beaches and with businesspeople as an offshore financial haven. A causeway linking the main island with St. George's parish was closed, along with the L.F. Wade International Airport. Officials said schools would be closed Monday and Tuesday, and a local newspaper canceled its Monday edition. Bermuda's building codes specify that homes must be built with walls at least eight inches thick, and be able to withstand 150 mph (241 kph gusts and sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph power and phone lines are underground. In Mexico on Sunday, officials raised to 12 the death toll from Hurricane Karl,w hich made landfall on Mexi co's Gulf Coast on Friday and soaked Veracruz, Puebla and Tabasco states in the south-central part of the country. At least 30,000 people were displaced by flooding and landslides in Veracruz alone, according to a report from the Civil Protection agency. Gov. Fidel Herrera said 125 municipalities were in a state of emergency. Far out in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Julia was weakening and not expected to threaten land. Associated Press writers Elizabeth Roberts in Hamilton, Bermuda, and Miguel Angel Hernandez in Ver acruz, Mexico, contributed to this report. C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010, PAGE 3C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Igor nears Bermuda as Category 1 hurricane By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press Writer MEXICO CITY (AP In solemn ceremonies and Roman Catholic masses, Mexico City commemorated the 25th anniversary Sunday of an 8.1-magnitude earth quake that killed as many as 10,000 people and sparked an outpouring of civic action that many say helped lead the nation to democracy. At the downtown square where the Hotel Regis top pled in 1985, a line of ambulances and patrol cars marked the moment by turning on their sirens; the hotel was never rebuilt, and the square is now known as Solidarity Park. But it was all silence at the humble monument erected at the site of the collapsed Nuevo Leon apartment building, where hundreds died. An elderly woman lit votive candles for her dead children, and survivors placed colorful floral wreaths at the low benches built in a circle around the site. Cuauhtemoc Abarca, 53, who at the time was a neigh borhood leader for residents of the Tlatelolco housing complex, recalled hearing the sound of shattering glass as the earth shook violently. "I turned toward the Nuevo Leon and I saw that it was collapsing, first like a sandwich, and then twisting and falling," said Abarca. "I saw but couldn't believe it, and then a cloud of dust went up." After the quake, as gov ernment officials, army troops and police dithered seemingly unprepared for the disaster and more interested in cordoning off collapsed build ings than in searching for sur vivors neighbors organized rescue teams to pull victims from the rubble. Abarca, who went on to a career as a community activist and helped in relief efforts for Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake that killed as many as 300,000, said the activism awakened by the Mexico City quake is still alive. "There is more participation in general, in a lot of aspects," he said. "But the government has dedicated itself to dispersing it, creating smoke screens, to act as if it was listening." Mexico's early declarations that it did not need interna tional aid is thought by many to have contributed to the eventual downfall of the longruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, which lost the presidency in 2000 for the first time in seven decades. Mexico marks 25th anniv er sar y of quake SALUTE: Mexico's President Felipe Calderon salutes during a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1985 Mexico's earthquake in Mexico City on Sunday. The 8.1-magnitude earthquake killed as many as 10,000 and left thousands homeless. (AP Photo WAVE ACTION: Waves crash onto the beach at John Smith's Bay in Smith's Parish as Hurricane Igor approaches in Bermuda Saturday. National Hurricane Center in Miami said tropical storm winds will start battering Bermuda Saturday night, with the hurricane expected to pass near Bermuda early Monday. (AP Photo

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B y HARRY R. WEBER, A ssociated Press Writer T HEwell is dead. Finally. A permanent cement plug s ealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five ago-n izing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. R etired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's point man o n the disaster, said Sunday B P's well "is effectively d ead" and posed no further threat to the Gulf. Allen saida pressure test to ensure the c ement plug would hold was completed at 5:54 a.m. CDT. The gusher was contained in mid-July after a temporary cap was successfully fitted atop the well. Mud and cement were later pushed d own through the top of the w ell, allowing the cap to be removed. B ut the well could not be d eclared dead until a relief well was drilled so that the ruptured well could be sealed from the bottom, ensuring itn ever causes a problem a gain. The relief well inter sected the blown-out well T hursday, and crews started p umping in the cement on Friday. The April 20 blast killed 11 workers, and 206 milliong allons of oil spewed. The disaster caused an environmental and economic nightmare for people who live, work and play along hundreds of miles of Gulf shoreline from Florida to Texas. It also spurred civil and criminal investigations, cost gaffe-prone BP chief Tony Hayward his job, and b rought increased governmental scrutiny of the oil and gas industry, including a cost l y moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling that is still in place. Gulf residents will be feeling the pain for years to come. There is still plenty of oil in the water, and some c ontinues to wash up on s hore. Many people are still struggling to make ends meet w ith some waters still closed t o fishing. Shrimpers who are a llowed to fish are finding it difficult to sell their catch because of the perception l argely from people outside the region that the seafood is not safe to eat. Tourism along the Gulf has taken a hit. The disaster also has taken a toll on the once mighty oil g iant BP PLC. The British c ompany's stock price took a n osedive after the explosion, though it has recovereds omewhat. Its image as a s teward of the environment was stained and its stated commitment to safety was challenged. Owners of BP-b randed gas stations in the U.S. were hit with lost sales, as customers protested at thep ump. And on the financial side: BP has already shelled out $9.5 billion in cleanup costs,a nd the company has p romised to set aside anoth er $20 billion for a victims compensation fund. Thec ompany could face tens of billions of dollars more in government fines and legal costs from hundreds of pend-i ng lawsuits. BP took some of the blame for the Gulf oil disas ter in an internal report i ssued earlier this month, a cknowledging among other t hings that its workers misinterpreted a key pressure test of the well. But in a possible preview of its legal strategy, it also pointed the finger at its partners on the doomed rig. BP was a majority owner o f the well that blew out, and it was leasing the rig that exploded from owner T ransocean Ltd. C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 4C, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Blown-out BP well finally killed at the bottom of Gulf THIS APRIL 21, 2010 file photo shows the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burning after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, off the southeast tip of Louisiana. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's point man on the d isaster, said Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, BP's well "is effectively dead." A permanent cement plug s ealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling riga nd led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. (AP IN THIS May 6, 2010 file photo, the containment vessel is lowered into the Gulf of Mex i co at the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig collapse. (AP IN THIS June 9, 2010 file photo, a worker uses a suction hose to remove oil washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Belle Terre, La. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's point man on the disaster, said Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, BP's well "is effectively dead." A permanent cement plug sealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. (AP

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K ABUL, Afghanistan THEmain Afghan election observer group said Sunday it had serious concerns about the legitimacyo f this weekend's parliam entary vote because of r eported fraud, even as Presi dent Hamid Karzai commended the balloting as a solid success, according to Associated Press. The conflicting statements u nderscored the difficulty of determining the credibility o f the vote also hit by milit ant attacks that hurt the turnout. Afghan officials s tarted gathering and tallying results Sunday in a process that could take weeks if not months to complete. The country's international backers offered praise for those who voted Saturday d espite bomb and rocket a ttacks, and voiced hoped for a democratic result. A r epeat of the pervasive fraud t hat tainted a presidential e lection a year ago would only erode further the standing of Karzai administration both at home and abroad as it struggles against a Taliban insurgency. While the first vote counts are due to be made public in a few days time, full preliminary results are not expected until early Octo b er, and then there will be w eeks of fraud investigations before winners are officiallya nnounced for the 249 parl iamentary seats, which were contested by about 2,500 candidates. The election commission h as said it hopes to release final results by the end of October. But there are like ly to be a host of fraud complaints in each province which could drag the process on even beyond that targetd ate. The resolution of last y ear's vote took months. O n Sunday, the indepen dent Free and Fair Elections Foundation of Afghanistans aid it "has serious concerns about the quality of elections," given the insecurity and numerous complaints of fraud. FEFA deployed about 7,000 people around the country, making it the largest observer of the parliamentary vote. Many international observer groups scaled back their operations from last year because of security concerns. At least 21 civilians and nine police officers were killed during the voting, according to the election commission and the Interi or Ministry, amid dozens of bombings and rocket attacks. In addition, two pollworkers were kidnapped in northern Balkh province and their bodies were discovered Sun day, Afghan election com mission chairman Fazel Ahmad Manawi told reporters. The election commission has yet to provide an overall turnout figure but it appears to have been lower than last year. The commission said Sunday that at least 4 mil lion people voted at least 24 percent of the country's 17 million registered voters though they were still waiting for reports from some voting centers. Nearly 6 million ballots were cast last year, though the widespread ballot-box stuffing means it was difficult to know how many people actually voted. Throughout Saturday's balloting, complaints that anti-fraud measures were being ignored or weren't working poured in from across the country. People said the indelible ink that is supposed to stain voters' fingers for 72 hours could be washed off. In some polling stations, observers said poll workers were letting people vote with o bviously fake voter cards. "Ballot stuffing was seen t o varying extents in most p rovinces, as were proxy voting and underage voting," FEFA said. Yet Karzai issued a statement Sunday calling the vote an all-round success. "President Karzai cong ratulates the nation of A fghanistan on its successf ul parliamentary election," t he statement said. "This has b een another positive step i n strengthening democracy in our country." He went on to call on the country's anti-fraud watchdog to thoroughly investigate all fraud complaints. The head of the U.N. miss ion in Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, stressed how difficult it is to hold an election i n a war zone like A fghanistan and said the A fghan government should be praised for managing to get people out to vote at all. " It's almost a miracle to have an election in these circumstances," de Misturas aid. H owever, he said it was too early to determine whether the vote was a success, and cautioned that thec ombination of a low turnout in some areas and fraud allegations couldt hreaten the results. "That may be a toxic combination," de Mistura said. The head of U.S.-based o bserver group Democracy I nternational said the tally ing and fraud-investigation process will be key to deter-m ining the election's validity. "Right now is a pretty crit ical time," Jed Ober said. " They will be following up o n claims and verifying t hem. So much remains to be seen." Last year's presidential v ote was so tainted by ballotbox stuffing and rejiggered tallies much to Karzai's benefit that nearly a third of his votes were thrown out. If Afghans don't accept the results of the vote, it could have a profound effect both inside the country and with Afghanistan's international backers, who have 140,000 troops in the country and have spent billions try ing to shore up Karzai's administration. Abdullah Abdullah, the runner-up to Karzai in the 2009 poll, has suggested there could be unrest if vot ers feel disenfranchised, and that candidates installed despite accusations of fraud ulent voting could lead to a rubber-stamp parliament in the hands of the government. However, an election per ceived as legitimate could go some way to building public faith in a democratic system which has struggled to take root since the hardline Taliban regime was ousted in a U.S.-led invasion in 2001. The election drew a wide array of candidates, and at least in key urban centers, campaigning was vigorous and citizens on Saturday voiced resolve in voting despite the threat of militant attack. Violence continued on Sunday, with three rockets fired a meeting of senior officials in southern Kandahar province which was intended to rally support against the Taliban. The closest landed about 40 meters (45 yards away from the meeting in Arghandab district, attended by the provincial governor and Karzai's brother Ahmad Wali Karzai, who chairs the provincial council. No one was hurt. In the north, an insurgent rocket attack killed six children in Ali Abad district of Kunduz province, the Interior Ministry said without providing further details. Meanwhile, NATO forces said they killed seven insurgents in an attack Saturday targeting a Taliban com mander at a village compound in volatile Nangarhar province in the east. Ghafor Khan, the district police spokesman, said five people were killed and two wounded in the attack. He said investigators were determining whether the casualties were insurgents or civilians. NATO said its initial reporting was that no civilians were killed or hurt. Afghan officials have repeatedly warned that civilian casualties undermine anti-insurgency efforts. NATO said three of its service members died in attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday. Two died in a bomb attack in the south and another in an insurgent attack in the north. Their nationalities were not disclosed. C M Y K C M Y K I NSIGHT T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010, PAGE 5C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ‘Serious concern’ over ‘fraud’ at the Afghan elections AFGHAN ELECTION workers stack ballot boxes at Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission in Herat on Sunday Sept. 19, 2010. Afghan e lection observers said they had serious concerns about the legitimacy of Saturday's parliamentary balloting as officials began Sunday to tally the results in a process that could take months. (AP A SMALL boy peeks from behind the poster of an election candidate as posters are dismantled a day after parliamentary election in Kabul, A fghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. (AP A SHOPKEEPER bites into tape to fasten posters of the candi date of his choice contesting ahead of the parliamentary election, on the outer wall of his small shop in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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C M Y K C M Y K I NSIGHT T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010, PAGE 7C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEW YORK (AP A merican woman who was held in Iran for more than13 months and accused of espionage said Sunday that s he and two men detained with her never spied or committed any crime, calling their arrest "a huge misund erstanding." Sarah Shourd underscored h er gratitude at being r eleased but said she felt only "one-third free" because her fiance, Shane Bauer, and their friend Josh Fattal r emain in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison. "This is not the time to cele brate," Shourd, 32, said in p repared remarks for a New Y ork news conference. "The only thing that enabled met o cross the gulf from prison t o freedom alone was the knowledge that Shane and Josh wanted with all their hearts for my suffering to end." Shourd traveled to New York after arriving Sunday m orning at Dulles International Airport near Washi ngton on a flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, accompanied by her mother and an uncle. M eanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York Sunday to attend the U.N. G eneral Assembly. He later met with U.N. SecretaryG eneral Ban Ki-moon to disc uss developments in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East as well as efforts to resolve the dispute over I ran's nuclear program, the U.N. spokesperson's office said. A hmadinejad called S hourd's release "a huge h umanitarian gesture" in an interview on ABC televi-s ion's "This Week with C hristiane Amanpour." He called on the U.S. to release eight Iranians being detained after arrests he said were illegal. Shourd thanked Iranians and Ahmadinejad in a caref ully scripted return that spoke to the continuing delic acy of her situation. Iran has issued espionage-related indictments against her, Bauer and Fattal; the indictm ents could bring trials for the two men and proceedings in absentia for Shourd. But she stressed their innoc ence in a case that has added to the roster of tens ions between the U.S. and I ran. The three were detained in July 2009 after Iranian officials said they intentionally c rossed the country's border from Iraq. Echoing accounts their families have given in t heir absence, Shourd said S unday that the three had b een hiking in a popular tourist area near a water-f all in Iraq's Kurdistan region and had no idea the border was nearby. "If we were indeed near the Iraq-Iran border, that border was entirely unmarked and indistinguishable," she said. " Shane and Josh do not deserve to be in prison one day longer than I was," she s aid. "We committed no crime and we are not spies. W e in no way intended any h arm to the Iranian govern ment or its people andb elieve a huge misunders tanding led to our arrest and p rolonged detention." Shourd's mother has said her daughter had healthp roblems including a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells. Shourd said Sunday that doctors in Oman, where she went immediately after her release, had determined she was physically w ell. O fficials in Oman an ally of both Iran and the U nited States mediated a $ 500,000 bail for Shourd that satisfied Iranian authorities and apparently did not viol ate U.S. economic sanctions against Iran. The source of t he bail payment has not b een disclosed. She left Oman Saturday f or Dubai, United Arab Emir ates, and took a commercial f light from there to Dulles because planes to New York were already full of passen g ers flying in for the General Assembly meeting, the families said. Shourd and Bauer had been living together in Damascus, Syria, where Bauer was working as a freelance j ournalist and Shourd as an E nglish teacher. Fattal, an environmental activist and a f ellow graduate of the Univ ersity of California at Berkeley, came to visit them last July, and the three went h iking. "My hope is that by learni ng who we are and how we c ame to be in this diverse and fascinating region of the w orld directly from my lips, it w ill help clear up any doubts a nd end Shane and Josh's detention," Shourd said. She added that she hoped t heir experience would provide "an opportunity for Americans and Iranians to realize that an improved relationship would be in the best interest of all people." Ahmadinejad gave no s pecifics in his interview with A manpour about whether Bauer and Fattal might also b e released, saying "the case s have to be examined." US woman held in Iran for a year arrives in US SARAH SHOURD makes a statement at the VIP Lounge of Muscat airport before she flies out of Muscat, O man, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. The American woman released from Iran after more than 13 months in custody began her journey back to the United States on Saturday after asking her supporters to "extend your prayers" to her fiance and another American man who remain in Tehran accused of spying. The three Americans were detained in July 2009 along the Iraqi border. Iran has issued espionage-related indictments, which could bring trials for the two men and proceedings in absentia for Shourd. (AP

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THE WINNERS: Some members of Macedonia Baptist Church flank BSC’s assistant director Joanne Webb as they are presented with their winning trophy. THE Baptist Sports Council hosted its 2010 Barron Musgrove/Roy Colebrooke Cycling Classic on Saturday at the National Cycling Track, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The classic was won by Macedonia Baptist Church, followed by Golden Gates Native Baptist and TeamW arriors, headed by Barron M usgrove, rounded out the t op three. Individual results in the age group categories are as follows: 1 1 0 0 a a n n d d u u n n d d e e r r b b o o y y s s Russorn Strachan (Mace donia); Felix Neely (Team Warriors); Ashton Webb (Golden Gates 1 1 0 0 a a n n d d u u n n d d e e r r g g i i r r l l s s Remilda Thompson (Mace donia); Tatyana Musgrove (Southside Christian Acade my); Melvinique Strachan (Macedonia 1 1 5 5 a a n n d d u u n n d d e e r r b b o o y y s s Anthony Colebrooke (Team Warriors nis (Team Warriors Lightbourne (Team War riors) 1 1 5 5 a a n n d d u u n n d d e e r r g g i i r r l l s s Anthinence Simmons (Team Warriors Stubbs (Macedonia i sha Thompson (Macedonia 1 1 9 9 a a n n d d u u n n d d e e r r b b o o y y s s Ishan Rolle (Macedonia Lamar Saunders (Macedonia); Craig Mortimer (Macedonia) 1 1 9 9 a a n n d d u u n n d d e e r r g g i i r r l l s s Ariel Webb (Golden Gates Native); Harrinique Smith (Macedonia (Macedonia O O p p e e n n m m e e n n Brent Stubbs (Macedonia Brian Capron (Macedonia Ian Webb (Golden Gates O O p p e e n n w w o o m m e e n n N icola Major (golden Gates); Lauriette Hinsey (Golden Gates Webb (Golden Gates During the awards ceremony, BSC’s assistant director Deaconness Joanne Webb, presented a plaque to Barron Musgrove and another to Roy Colebrooke for t heir patronage of the classic. T he BSC honoured the New Providence Cycling Association president and the Bahamas Cycling Federation president respectively for the tremendous role they have played over the years in the cycling circle. Cycling is just one of the three sporting events left on the BSC calendar. This Saturday, the BSC is scheduled to kick off the Rev Anthony Carroll SoftballC lassic and on Saturday, O ctober 30, the Rev Ellerston Smith Track and Field Classic is all set to take place. The Volleyball Classic is scheduled for December. WHEN Chrisnell Cooper t ook a judo class at the Col lege of the Bahamas in January, 2008, she had no idea that this would lead to world travel as well as a scholar ship to study for four months in Hungary. She has been awarded a scholarship by the Bahamas Olympic Committee to study judo coaching at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. After passing the COB judo class with an A, Chris nell became a junior coach for Federation Affiliate AllS tar Family Center, focusing on preschool and primary school development. She also joined the national team, practicing 20 hours a week while at COB. She represented the Bahamas att he World Cup in Brazil and at the Pan American Championships in Miami. "When I was younger I enjoyed wrestling with my cousins. Judo has afforded me many opportunities that would have been virtually impossible and it has helped me to shape my character, dig deeper and discover new things about myself," said Cooper. "I am from a large family of four sisters and five brothers, so I could not afford to study abroad on my own. I am grateful to the Bahamas Olympic Commit tee and the Bahamas Judo Federation who have had the confidence in me. I look forward to giving back when I return and advancing the sport of judo in the Bahamas." Anyone seeking more information on the Bahamas Judo Federation can contact the Federation at the Head quarters All Star Family Center, Joe Farrington Road, or call 364-6773 or visit the website at www.bahamasjudo.com C M Y K C M Y K MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 T HETRIBUNE PAGE 12 PAGE 13 & 14 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Vick shines in Eagles’ 3 5-32 win over Lions... See page 14 S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L N N P P S S A A F F I I X X T T U U R R E E THE New Providence Softball Association (NPSA complete regular season action this weekend at the Banker’s Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, with the following gameso n tap: T T o o n n i i g g h h t t s s s s c c h h e e d d u u l l e e 7pm – Dorin United H itmen vs Del Sol Arawaks (M 8:30pm – John’s Buccaneers vs Dorsey Park Boyz (M T T u u e e s s d d a a y y s s s s c c h h e e d d u u l l e e 7pm – T&C Express O utlaws vs Freedom Farm Horsemen (M 8:30pm – Dorin United Hitmen vs Y-II Shipping New Breed (M W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y s s s s c c h h e e d d u u l l e e 7pm – Sigma Brackettes v s Bommer G. Operators (L 8:30pm – Mighty Mitts vs Del Sol Arawaks (M S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L K K E E R R Z Z N N E E R R 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 PLAY in the Kerzner International Departmental Softball League is slated to open today at the Banker’s Field with a dou ble header on tap. In the 10am opener, the Casino Big Dogs are set to take on the Messa Grill. The feature game at noon will be between Ocean Club and Banquet. There are a total of 11 teams participating in the league. They will play outo f two pools in a round robin format with games being played on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L B B S S C C R R E E V V C C A A R R R R O O L L L L C C L L A A S S S S I I C C THE Baptist Sports Council is scheduled to kick off the Rev Anthony Carroll Softball Classic Saturday at the Banker’s F ield. Opening day is expected to feature a showdown between the defending champions and the run ners-up in the men, co-ed and 19-and-under divi sions. There will also be a brief opening ceremony. In the opening game at 10 am, defending champi on Macedonia Baptist are to face runners-up Temple Fellowship in the 19and-under division. That will be followed by the opening ceremonies. At 11:30 am, the second game is expected to be played with defending champion Golden Gates taking on runners-up Macedonia in the co-ed division. And in the feature con test at 12:30 pm, defending champions Transfiguration are set to battle runners-up Macedonia Baptist in the men’s division. This year’s classic is being held in honour of the Rev Anthony Carroll, the new president of the Bahamas National Baptist Missionary and Educa tional Convention and the pastor of Antioch Native Baptist Church. So far, there are a total of nine teams entered in the men’s division, eight in the co-ed division and five in the 19-and-under division. SPORTS IN BRIEF By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net THE Y-II Shipping New Breed found out that in order to get to the next level the championship they have to know how to hold onto their lead. Leading 9-1 with a chance to stop the Freedom Farm Horsemen via the seven-run rule, New Breed watched as their lead was diminished and they had to end up playing the full seven innings. In the end, however, Y-II Shipping was able to hold on for a 13-12 decision over Freedom Farm in the men’s feature contest on Saturday night at the Banker’s Field, Baillou HillsS porting Complex. Coach Anthony ‘Hot Dog’ Pierce, who has been around the game long enough as a player to see some of these types of games, said it was a good learning experience for their young team, managed by Martin Pork’ Burrows. “Most of the guys are sort of young and most of the time they sort of lose their composure and they just sit down and relax after scoring so many runs,” said Pierce, who was on the opposite end of the field against his former long-time manager Godfrey ‘Gully’ Burnside. But like I always tell you, ‘you have to play seven innings, not four or three or six, whenever the stoppage comes. The game is for seven innings and you have to expect to play that much every night.” The game was played between the t hird and fourth place teams in the men’s standings as they get set for the playoffs that is scheduled to start on Thursday. Nothing changed in the positions at the end of the game as New Breed stayed in third at 12-3, while the Stingrays continue to hold onto fourth at 9-6. B oth teams are slated to play their final regular season games Tuesday. In the 7pm opener, Freedom Farm is set to face the T&C Express Outlaws and Y-II Shipping the Dorin United Hitmen in the 8:30pm feature contest. Dorin United, managed by Erin A dderley, blew their chance to contend for the pennant after they dropped a 14-9 decision to the John’s New Breed holds on for 13-12 decision over Freedom Farm S S E E E E N N E E X X T T p p a a g g e e By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net AFTER hosting a success ful Wellington ‘Sonny Boy’ Rahming Silver Gloves Box ing Show, Champion Amateur Boxing Club is now gear ing up for the 16th L Garth Wright Golden Gloves Boxing Show. And co-ordinator Ray Minus Jr says the format will be slightly different as they will host a four-weekend showdown between teams from Inagua, the YMCA Freeport Boxing Club, the Arthur Missick Freeport Box ing Club, the Bahamas Youth Sporting Club, the Carmichael Boxing Club and the Lion-Heart Boxing Club. “We had a very, very exciting Sonny Boy Rahming Sil ver Gloves. We did four weeks of that,” Minus Jr pointed out. “That kind of inspired me to organise the L Garth Wright Tournament in that same way. “This time, we are a lot more prepared. We have organised ourselves and have contacted all of the other clubs in the Bahamas to par ticipate.” The L Garth Wright Golden Glove Tournament is scheduled to kick off 6pm Saturday at the First Class Boxing Square on Wulff Road. It will feature a four-member team coming in from Inagua. They will compete against Minus’ Champion Boxing Club and the Bahamas Youth Sporting Club, headed by Leonard ‘Boston Blackie’ Miller. The second week on October 2 will be the battle of the local clubs with Carmichael Boxing Club, the Lion-Heart Boxing Club and the Champion Boxing Club in the spot light. During the third weekend, the Bahamas Youth Sporting Club will be competing again, along with the visiting YMCA Freeport Boxing Club from Grand Bahama. The final weekend will close out on Saturday with the Arthur Missick Boxing Club from Grand Bahama coming in and joining the Carmichael Boxing Club. “This will give the boys a wealth of experience in the country,” said Minus Jr, indicating that they intend to stage at least 70 or more fights over the month-long show. Each weekend, Minus Jr said awards will be present ed to the Best Fight of the night, the Most Improved Boxer, the MVP of the Night and the L Garth Wright Award. Minus Jr said the Inagua contingent is very excited about the show and they have indicated that they would like to compete in all of the week end shows. “We already have the information on the boxers and we are looking forward to hosting them,” Minus Jr said. “The YMCA will be coming down on different weekends from the Arthur Missick Boxing Club. So they should also bring a lot of excitement to the tournament. “We want to showcase everybody and really, really bring boxing together and get everybody involved in this tournament. This tournament is the leading tournament in the country. It has been going on for 16 years and the Sonny Boy Rahming Tournament has set the pace in keeping this tournament at a high lev el.” At the end of the four weekends, Minus Jr said they will put on a final event to determine the overall champions in all of the divisions contested as they try to show case the best that the Bahamas has to offer at a national level. Boxing club gears up for L Garth Wright Golden Gloves For the stories behind the news, r ead Insight on Mondays BOC awards judo coaching scholarship CHRISNELL COOPER Macedonia wins cycling classic P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f CYCLE ACTION: Branisha Thompson and Brittany Stubbs, both from Macedonia Baptist, compete in the under-15 girls division. PLAQUE PRESENTATION: BSC’s assistant director Joanne Webb presents a plaque to Barron Musgrove and one to Roy Colebrook in his absence.

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By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer L ONDON (AP trick from Dimitar Berbatov gave Manchester United a 32 victory over Liverpool, while Premier League leader Chelsea extended its perfect start to the season by routingB lackpool 4-0 on Sunday. United threw away a twogoal lead in the second half when Steven Gerrard scored two goals in six minutes for Liverpool, but Berbatov's third in the 84th minutes ealed the three points. Chelsea took just two minutes to go in front against Blackpool. After Salomon Kalou's tap-in, Florent Malouda scored twice and Didier Drogba netted with a deflected strike. Chelsea has a four-point lead at the top of the standings over Arsenal and Manchester United, while Manc hester City is fourth after beating Wigan 2-0 on Sunday. The first goal of the day came after 42 minutes at Old Trafford, with Berbatov nodding home Ryan Giggs' cor ner at the near post. Berbat ov, who has faced intense criticism over his form since joining United two years ago, scored a stunning second in the 59th. Berbatov's good work was undone in that six-minute s pell starting in the 64th. United's Jonny Evans lunged in on Fernando Torres as the striker cut into the penalty area, resulting in a Liverpool penalty. Gerrard made good on the shot. S ix minutes later, John O'Shea was fortunate not to be sent off when he dragged Torres to the ground just out-side the penalty area. Gerrard found the corner of United's goal with precision to equalize from his free kick. United had thrown away a two-goal lead for the second successive weekend, having drawn 3-3 at Everton in its previous match. But Berba-tov rose to meet O'Shea's cross to secure the three points and complete his hat trick. C helsea had no such problems disposing of Blackpool. After just two minutes at Stamford Bridge, Drogba's corner was flicked on by Branislav Ivanovic and Kalou supplied the finish at the far post. Chelsea then doubled its lead when Kalou put Drogba clear and Malouda fired home. The third goal came when A shley Cole fed Drogba, whose shot was deflected in. Another simple Chelsea move sliced Blackpool open in the 41st to make it 4-0. Drogba's ball over the top to Kalou was perfect and he c rossed for Malouda to fire into the bottom corner. C C e e l l t t i i c c s s p p e e r r f f e e c c t t s s t t a a r r t t GLASGOW, Scotland (AP behind to beat Kilmarnock 2-1 and maintain its perfect start to the Scottish Premier League season on Sunday. The victory ensured Celtic matched Glasgow rival Rangers by winning a fifth match. M M e e s s s s i i i i n n j j u u r r e e d d i i n n B B a a r r c c e e l l o o n n a a ' ' s s 2 2 1 1 v v i i c c t t o o r r y y a a t t A A t t l l e e t t i i c c o o M M a a d d r r i i d d MADRID (AP Messi was carried off with a serious ankle injury after the Argentina forward and Gerard Pique scored in Barcelon a's 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid. Messi celebrated the 10th anniversary of his arrival to Barcelona with a 13th-minute opener, before Raul Garcia headed home an equalizer for the hosts in the 25th. Pique c almly controlled a corner kick inside the Atletico area to score the winner. Messi exited on a stretcher during stoppage time as the Spanish champion won at the Vicente Calderon stadium for the first time since the 2006'07 season. Valencia leads the league with nine points after beatingH ercules, which had previously defeated Barcelona 21. E E t t o o o o s s c c o o r r e e s s t t w w o o a a s s I I n n t t e e r r M M i i l l a a n n r r a a l l l l i i e e s s t t o o b b e e a a t t P P a a l l e e r r m m o o 2 2 1 1 ROME (AP E to'o scored twice and fivetime defending champion Inter Milan rallied to beat Palermo 2-1 and return to the top of the Serie A standings. With seven points, Inter shares the Italian league leadw ith newly promoted Cese na, which beat Lecce 1-0 despite having to play with 10 men due to a referee's error. Juventus beat last-place Udinese 4-0 with goals from Leonardo Bonucci, FabioQ uagliarella, Claudio Marchi sio and Vincenzo Iaquinta. AS Roma remained winless after allowing two late scores from Marco Di Vaio in a 2-2 draw with Bologna. Chievo Verona's perfect start was snapped with a 1-0 loss to Brescia, with Alessan dro Diamanti who played for West Ham last season scoring from a free kick in the 30th. Luca Toni converted a penalty for his first goal since joining Genoa but Cristian Zaccardo scored a secondh alf equalizer for a 1-1 draw at Parma. Bari and Cagliari drew 0-0. C M Y K C M Y K I NTERNATIONAL SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM LONDON (AP in an all-European Davis Cup final in December after the Serbs rallied to beat the Czech Republic 3-2 on Sunday. Serbia, which was trailing 2-1 after Saturday's doubles, was able to tie the best-of-five series when Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday's first match. Janko Tipsarevic then secured Serbia's first appearance in a Davis Cup final by beating Radek Stepanek 6-0, 7-6 (6 ing match. France had already qualified for the Dec. 3-5 final by taking an unassailable 30 lead in Saturday's doubles. It completed a 50 rout on Sunday. U U n n i i t t e e d d S S t t a a t t e e s s 3 3 , , C C o o l l o o m m b b i i a a 1 1 BOGOTA, Colombia (AP defeated Santiago Giraldo 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 86 to give the United States an insurmountable 3-1 lead over Colombia in the Davis Cup. Winning the playoff match on outdoor red clay means the U.S. will remain in the World Group, the top tier of the Davis Cup. Colombia was trying to qualify for the first time. Fish also became the first American to win three times in a single Davis Cup match since P ete Sampras in the 1995 final in Moscow. Fish won in Friday's opening singles and teamed up with John Isner to win the doubles on Saturday. Ryan Harrison was scheduled to play the final match for the United States, but it wouldn't have affected the outcome and was canceled due to a late rainstorm. S S w w e e d d e e n n 3 3 , , I I t t a a l l y y 2 2 LIDKOPING, Sweden (AP Soderling and Simone Bolelli won in straight sets to help Sweden defeat Italy 3-2 and remain in the World Group Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti chose Bolelli over Potito Starace to face Soderling, who won 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to preserve the victory. Bolelli had defeated Soderling last spring. I I n n d d i i a a 3 3 , , B B r r a a z z i i l l 2 2 CHENNAI, India (AP defeated Ricardo Mello 6-3, 7-6(2 final singles to complete a remarkable come back by India and keep its place in the World G roup. It was the first time that India, which has been playing in the Davis Cup since 1921, has come back to win a match after being 0-2 down. Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi started the comeback by winning the doubles on Saturday. Somdev Devvarman then made it 2-2 in t he first of the reverse singles with a 7-6(3 0 victory over Thomaz Bellucci, who conceded the match after being overcome by dehydration. K K a a z z a a k k h h s s t t a a n n 5 5 , , S S w w i i t t z z e e r r l l a a n n d d 0 0 ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP its first Davis Cup playoff, Kazakhstan surprised the Swiss to reach the World Group over a team missing Roger Federer. Andrey Golubev won all three of his match e s without dropping a set. He defeated Michael Lammer 6-3, 6-2, while Mikhail Kukushkin beat Marco Chiudinelli 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday. R R o o m m a a n n i i a a 5 5 , , E E c c u u a a d d o o r r 0 0 BUCHAREST, Romania (AP Crivoi and Adrian Ungur finished off a sweep f or Romania, allowing it to rejoin the World Group for the 16th time in its 68-year Davis Cup history. Victor Hanescu and Adrian Ungur won on Friday to start things off, then Hanescu teamed with Horia Tecau to lock up the match in doubles on Saturday. G G e e r r m m a a n n y y 5 5 , , S S o o u u t t h h A A f f r r i i c c a a 0 0 STUTTGART, Germany (AP Beck and Izak van der Merwe won in straight sets, and Flroia Mayer defeated Rik de Voest to complete a Davis Cup rout for Germany. South Africa was trying to return to the World Group for the first time since 1998. A A u u s s t t r r i i a a 3 3 , , I I s s r r a a e e l l 2 2 TEL AVIV, Israel (AP a nd Martin Fischer helped Austria rally past Israel and into the World Group for the Davis Cup. Melzer defeated Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-0, 6-4, while Fischer beat Harel Levy 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 63 in the deciding singles match. The two teams split their opening singles matches on Friday, and Andy Ram teamed with Jonathan Erlicht o give Israel the lead after Saturday's doubles. France to play Serbia in all-Euro Davis Cup final Man U tops Liverpool, 3-2 Buccaneers Friday night. Although they still have two more games remaining tonight against the Del Sol Arawaks and Tuesday against Y-II Shipping the best the Hitmen could do is finish in a two-way tie for first place with the defending champions Commando Security Truckers. If they do, the Truckers would be awarded the regular season title by virtue of the least runs scored on their head-to-head match-up with the Hitmen after they split their double header. As for the women’s division, the defending champions Pineapple Air Wildcats also clinched the pennant with a stunning 14-0 whitewashing of the Bommer G Operators on Friday night. Here’s a summary of the games played over the weekend: N N e e w w B B r r e e e e d d 1 1 3 3 , , H H o o r r s s e e m m e e n n 1 1 2 2 Freedom Farm got the better of the fourth inning when they came up with nine runs to eventually tie the score at 10-10 in the bottom of the frame. But it was Y-II Shipping that got the final laugh when they broke a 12-12 tie in the top of the seventh on Angelo Butler’s run-producing ground out that knocked in Eugene Pratt with the win ning run. Pratt, the winning pitcher on an eight-hitter with five strike outs, led off the rally with a walk and got all the way to third on a bunt single from Lavaughn Ferguson before Butler knocked him in. Butler ended up with a 2for-4 night, driving in three runs and scoring twice, while Garfield Bethel was 2-for-3 with a two-run blast and a two-run triple and Jordan Gibson was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Ryan Major and Avery Rolle combined for 10 hits, the first eight credited to Major in his start. Major and Rolle had two and one strike out respectively. Ivan ‘Showtime’ Francis was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Greg Burrows Jr had a triple and scored three times and Devaughn Wong was 1for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. L L a a d d y y S S h h a a r r k k s s 1 1 4 4 , , S S c c o o r r p p i i o o n n s s 1 1 Thela Johnson and Keisha Pratt, both with two hits, had back-to-back solo in-the-park home runs in the first of two five-run innings that enabled Proper Care to blow the game open. They scored four and three respectively and were joined by Vonetta Nairn, who had just one hit, but crossed the home plate three times as the Lady Sharks connected on 13 hits off loser Lashanna Gittens. Alex Taylor went the distance for the win on a twohitter and six strike outs. She gave up the only run on the fourth when Vashenie Lewis led off with a walk, stole second and came home on a wild pitch. W W i i l l d d c c a a t t s s 1 1 4 4 , , O O p p e e r r a a t t o o r r s s 0 0 Marvelle Miller continued her MVP pitching perfor mance with a three-hitter, walking one and striking out five as the Pineapple Air clinched the pennant on Friday. Miller also helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 with three RBI, scoring a run. Candice Smith was 1-for-3 with a RBI and two runs, Donnette Edwards was a perfect 3-for-3 with a RBI and three runs and Mary ‘Cruise’ Edgecombe-Sweeting was also 3for-3 with three RBI and two runs. Desiree Coakley suffered the loss after surrendering a total of 13 hits and walking just one. B B u u c c c c a a n n e e e e r r s s 1 1 4 4 , , H H i i t t m m e e n n 9 9 Although they are out of the playoff picture, John’s shattered Dorin United’s bid for the pennant on Friday night. Culbert ‘Buster’ Evans led the seventh-place Buccaneers (4-11 with 11 hits, two walks and seven strike outs. Nicholas Eldon had a perfect 4-for-4 night with two RBI and a run scored, Caudero Pinder was 2-for-4 with a RBI, Marcellus Hall, who struck out three times, was 1for-4 with a run and Angelo Dillette was 1-for-2 with a RBI and three runs scored in the win. Alcott Forbes came in relief of starter Keiron Munroe to pick up the loss after he fin ished the game with four hits, three walks and five hits. Munroe was 3-for-5 with three RBI, scoring a run, Forbes was 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs, Everette Neely Jr was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run and William Delancy was 2-for-5 with a run in the loss. New Br eed holds on for 13-12 decision over Freedom Farm F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 BALL FIGHT: Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov (right for the ball against Liverpool's Martin Skrtel during their English Premier League match at Old Trafford Stadium in England. (AP Photo ) VICTORIOUS: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory after the match against Tomas Berdych (AP Photo

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By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP Michael Vick took advantage of his first start at quarter back since 2006, looking like the Pro Bowler he used to be by effortlessly flicking the football down the field and avoiding sacks with slick steps. Vick's second touchdown pass put the Philadelphia Eagles ahead just before half time and they had to hold on to beat the Detroit Lions 3532 Sunday. He didn't take the first snap in a game the past three seasons because he served an 18month prison sentence for his role in a dogfighting opera tion and spent last year as a backup. Vick said he reflects "all the time" on his journey back onto an NFL field. "I thought about it this morning on the bus ride over," he said softly. "It's been a long road for me. It's been tough. Throughout it all,I had to be resilient and overcome a lot of adversity and self-inflicted wounds." The electrifying athlete was 21 of 34 connecting with nine teammates for 284 yards with two TDs, ran for 37 yards and escaped losses with the spin moves of a dancer and speed of a sprinter. "A lot of people doubted him and said he wasn't able to do this," said DeSean Jackson, who caught four of Vick's passes for 135 yards and a TD. "He's been able to prove everybody wrong." LeSean McCoy gave the Eagles (1-1 on his third score with 6:17 left, but they gave Detroit comeback hopes. The Lions (0-2 pull within three points and recovered an onside kick with 1:48 left, but turned the ball over on downs without gain ing a yard. "I'm proud to stand among the players," coach Jim Schwartz said. "This is a tough team, a team that's resilient, that fights througha lot of situations." Favre has 4 turnovers in 14-10 loss to Dolphins C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 14, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP decision, finally, to return for a 20th NFL season, he made it clear from the start that duplicating last year's magic with the Minnesota Vikings wasn't going to be easy. Then again, he didn't think it was going to be THIS hard. Favre was intercepted three times and the Miami Dolphins defense stopped Adrian Peterson on fourth-andgoal from the 1 to preserve a 14-10 victory over the Vikings on Sunday. After throwing two interceptions at the Metrodome all of last season, Favre accounted for four turnovers in the 2010 home opener, with the other a fumble on a sack by Cameron Wake in the end zone that Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi recovered to give Miami a 14-0 lead in the third quarter. "It's just hard to repeat those type of numbers and statistics and it's hard to repeat wins," Favre said of 2009, when the Vikings went 9-0 at home and he threw 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions to lead them to the NFC title game. T he offense had trouble clicking at the start of last season too, but games against pushovers Cleveland and Detroit helped the Vikings start 2-0. This year, with openers against the New Orleans Saints and Dolphins, and with star receiv er Sidney Rice out with a hip injury and several other key players missing big chunks of time in the preseason with ailments, the Vikings have dug themselves quite a hole withs loppy performances on offense. "It was more what we didn't do than what they did, but I give those guys credit," Favre said. The 40-year-old Favre had his worst day as a Viking with a 44.3 quarterback rating. Two of his interceptions came at the Miami goal line. One came on a tipped ball and another on what appeared to be miscommunication with Bernard Berrian. But the end result is the same, the Vikings are 0-2, with a game against the Detroit Lions before a daunting post-bye schedule awaits. "I don't think any of these guys are panicked," coach Brad Childress said. "But I do feel like the urgency will definitely pick up." This game was every bit the hard-nosed, grind-it-out slugfest it was expected to be. The Vikings offense came into the week out of sync in the passing game and promised to feature Peterson more on the ground, which is where the D olphins have made their living since Tony Sparano took over as coach. Peterson rushed for 145 yards for the Vikings, who forced two fumbles of their own, one that set up Peterson's 1-yard plunge to cut the deficit to 14-7 late in the third quar ter. But Miami's defense never wavered, holding the Vikings t o a field goal in the fourth quarter and then getting the big stop with the Vikings threatening to take the lead late in the game. On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Vontae Davis, Karlos Dansby and a host of Dolphins burst through the Vikings line and stuffed Peterson just short of the goal line. Favre had one more crack at it when they got the ball back with 1 :42 to play, but threw incomplete on fourth down at the Dolphins 27 to end it. "As long as we believe in ourselves we feel like we have a chance to win a game when we go into it," Ronnie Brown said. "We're coached that way each week. I think if we con tinue to go in and do that then the sky's the limit." The Dolphins (2-0 instead of receiving after winning the coin toss. They stopped the Vikings on fourth down at the Miami 26 on the first possession when Randy Starks batted down Favre's pass at the line. "It was a great stand on the defensive side of the ball," Dansby said. "It was totally disrespect, and we showed them today that we can play defense." Chad Henne hit Brandon Marshall for a 46-yard pass on the next play, and Ricky Williams and Brown bulled their way into the red zone with four wildcat plays. Henne hit Brian Hartline for the TD and a 7-0 lead, and Miami's offense was put on ice for the rest of the game. The Vikings held the Dolphins to 226 yards of offense and had the ball for almost 13 minutes longer than Miami. But just like in the NFC title game loss to New Orleans last year, turnovers were the difference. Jason Allen had two interceptions and Davis picked one off after Percy Harvin tipped the ball up in the air at the goal line. "When you play teams of this caliber and you make t hose kind of plays in those situations, it validates what you're trying to do," said Sparano, whose Dolphins are 20 for the first time since 2002. "I think our football team is getting better in a lot of areas." Henne was 9 for 15 for 114 yards and Marshall had four catches for 71 yards. Brown and Williams combined for 110 yards on 23 carries. V isanthe Shiancoe had six catches for 86 yards. "It's a 14-game season now and we're sitting at the bot tom of it," Favre said. "What we do with it from here remains to be seen. It won't be any easier." By TOM WITHERS A P Sports Writer C LEVELAND (AP Moments before the game's climactic play, Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel looked around the huddle and saw only confidence in the eyes of his excited teammates. These Chiefs believe. Two wins in one week has c hanged them. Brandon Flowers returned an interception for a touchdown, Ryan Soccup kicked three field goals and Kansas City running back Thomas Jones vaulted for a late first down on a fourth-down gamble by coach Todd Haley, giving the Chiefs a 16-14 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. A feeble four-win squad last season, the Chiefs who also knocked off AFC West champ ion San Diego on Monday n ight, are 2-0 for the first time since 2005. "Two-and-0 in the NFL is hard to do," said Jones, who catapulted over the line to pick up the game-clinching first down with two minutes left. "But we can't rest." Despite a short work week to prepare for the Browns (0-2 ), the Chiefs were able to m ake just enough big plays to squeak by. Last season, Kansas City didn't get its second win until Nov. 15. "This win says a lot," Haley said. "These guys are under standing what it is all about, and that's becoming a team. I'm not saying we're there yet, b ut we stuck together and w on. This was a huge win to come in to a hostile environment against a team that was fighting. We started the process last year and are con tinuing it." Kansas City also learned its lessons from a 41-34 loss to Cleveland last December, when Browns running backJ erome Harrison ran wild for 286 yards third most in NFL history and Browns return specialist Joshua Cribbs returned two kickoffs for TDs. Harrison was held to 33 yards on 16 carries, and the Chiefs angled kicks away from Cribbs, who did burn them for a 65-yard TD reception from S eneca Wallace. Wallace started in place of Jake Delhomme, who injured his right ankle last week in his debut for the Browns (0-2 17-14 loss at Tampa Bay. Wallace finished 16 of 31 for 229 yards, but one of his attempts in the second quarter was run back for a TD by Flowers. " It was a bad, bad decision by me," Wallace said. "I'll take responsibility for that." Chiefs improve to 2-0 INTERCEPTION: Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis, (21 intercepts a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin in second quarter of their game in MinneapolisSunday. (AP Photo ARLINGTON, Texas (APM ike Jenkins will have an MRI on his right knee Monday, though he believes everything is OK. Jenkins was hurt with about 5 minutes left in Dallas' 2720 loss to the Chicago Bears w hen he got tangled up with receiver Johnny Knox trying to block him. Jenkins remained down on the sideline after Devin Hester's 38yard catch to the Cowboys 3 that led to a touchdown on the next play. "He tried to block me and I tried to throw him off," Jenkins said. "We just collided knees." A fter being tended to and helped to his feet by medical personnel, Jenkins was then taken to the locker room on a motorized cart. But he said afterward he just had a "little swelling" and was walking around without any significant problem. "It's probably just a deep b ruise," he said. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the initial reports on Jenkins were good. "It examined well," Jones said. "Now that doesn't mean anything until we get him in t here (Monday About 4 minutes before Jenkins got hurt, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten came off the field after being crushed between two defenders and getting his heads lammed into the turf after making a 23-yard catch. "(Witten where we had to hold him out," coach Wade Phillips said after the game. Jones said he didn't have a r eport on Witten, who left the locker room without speak ing to reporters. Witten's catch got the Cowboys to the Chicago 31, butthey missed a field goal. CB Jenkins knocked out of Cowboys game with injury INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays MUSCLE FLEX: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick flexes his muscle while leaving Ford Field after the game. (AP Photo Vick shines in Eagles’ 35-32 win over Lions


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