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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: July 29, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Volume: 104 No.206 TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008 _PRICE 750

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'Flames' f oce lane

o re urn 10

US Airways

flight to


DC, turns back

to capital
Tribune Staff Reporter
*TWELVE-foot flames shoot-
ing out of an engine of a US
Airways flight to Washington,
DC, reportedly forced the crew
to return to Lynden Pindling
International Airport yesterday,
according to one eye witness.
Flight 792, an Airbus 319, left
Nassau shortly after noon with
113 passengers and five crew
members on board on its way to
Ronald Reagan National Air-
port in Washington, DC.
The flight was scheduled to
land in Washington around 2.30
pm but the plane's left engine
reportedly caught fire mid-flight
forcing crew to alter their route,
according to a witness.
Ian Goodfellow, owner of
Goodfellow Farms who was
close to the airport at the time
of the incident, said he saw 12-
foot flames shooting out of the
plane's engine as it passed over-
head yesterday afternoon.
SEE page eight


Tribune Staff Reporter

Doctor appealing Coroner's

verdict in the Esfakis case

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE doctor primarily
responsible for the care of
Christopher Esfakis at the time
of his death is appealing the
Coroner's verdict in the matter
- claiming that the Coroner's
final statements to the jury were
"irretrievably tainted with bias."
Dr James Iferenta claims that

Coroner William Campbell
placed an unfair portion of the
blame for Mr Esfakis' death on
his shoulders when other staff
were also responsible and that
he misdirected the jury by mak-
ing "improper" and "subjec-
tive" comments that were not
supported by evidence.
The doctor has attributed Mr
Campbell's alleged prejudice
towards him to the fact that he
has appeared before him on
three other occasions and to
"discussions" he claims Mr
Campbell had with Mr Esfakis'
sister, attorney Leandra Esfakis.
A self-employed doctor who
also worked at Doctor's Hos-
pital at the time of the 42 year-
old's death, Dr Iferenta is alleg-
ing that the Coroner's actions
constitute a miscarriage of jus-
tice and is asking that the ver-
dict be quashed.
His appeal comes after Mr
Campbell left just one verdict
open to jurors in February at
the conclusion of the year-long
inquest into Mr Esfakis' death
that he had died of "natural
causes, with a substantial and
significant contribution made
by neglect."
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE population of the
-Carmichael Road Detention
Centre swelled to 618 yester-
day after almost 300 suspected
illegal Haitian immigrants'
were apprehended off south-
ern New Providence.
SSwift action by police,
Defence Force and immigra-
tion authorities, who were
tipped off at around 6am by a
local resident, led to the
detention of 228 male and 64
female immigrants when their
wooden sloop ran aground off
the coast by Marshall Road.
Dehydration had already
got the better of some of the
boat's occupants and eight of
them had to be admitted to
the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal. Three others are believed
to have escaped into the bush-
es, winning their freedom for
Yesterday Minister of State
for Immigration, Branville
McCartney, praised the offi-
cers involved and thanked the
public for their help in ensur-
ing the vast majority of the
foreigners did not manage to
enter New Providence.
"Certainly if it weren't for
the public we may not have
known about this," he said,
adding that assistance from
the public plays a huge part
SEE page 16

THE House of Assembly
has passed a resolution guar-
anteeing an $11 million loan
for the Airport Authority to
settle a payment dispute
between that body and a com-
pany contracted to perform
runway upgrades at Lynden
Pindling International Air-
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham moved the resolu-
tion yesterday intended to
facilitate the payment of
Lagan Holdings. The Irish
company was contracted in
May 2004 to rebuild runway
14/32. The initial scheduled
date of completion for the
work was June 2004, at the
approximate cost of $35.68

A measured contract was
undertaken between the AA
and Lagan for the work, which
was intended to be flexible in
order to take into considera-
SEE page eight

Work on sea floor damaged
by oil tanker 50% complete
Tribune Staff Reporter
RESTORATION on the sea floor damaged by the grounding of
a Shell oil tanker that ran aground off Goulding Cay, New Providence
is 50 pet cent completed, officials said yesterday.
The restoration work began on June 12 and involves "the removal
of the anti-fouling paint and cementing the viable coral fragments in
clusters, attempts to harmonize the site to the surrounding (unaf-
fected) area," a statement released by the Bahamas Environment,
SEE page eight

Sixth man charged in the

murder of Holland Griffin

A SIXTH man charged in the
murder of Holland Griffin was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
Police have now charged 20-
year-old Chico Young of Miami
Street in the June 26 murder of
Holland Griffin. Griffin was
reportedly attacked and beaten
by a group of persons in the Lin-
coln Boulevard area.
Griffin died at hospital
two weeks after the incident,
having never regained conscious-

Javon Stubbs, 20, of Lincoln
Boulevard, George T Humes, 18,
of Homestead Street, Craig
Davis, 18, of Homestead Street,
Bernes Nelson, 22, and Ocelen
Pierre, 27, both of Palm Beach
Street have also been charged in
Griffin's murder.
Young was arraigned before
Magistrate Derrence Rolle at
Court 5, Bank Lane yesterday.
He was not required to plead to
the murder charge. Young was
remanded to Her Majesty's

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N the week before 23
missionaries from
Grace Community
Church in Palmetto
Village, Nassau, visited Port-
de-Paix to facilitate the build-
ing of classrooms and run a
medical clinic and Vacation
Bible School at the Good
Shepherd Evangelical
Church, a woman was pos-
sessed by a demon during
Pastor Renaud's evening ser-
He maintains that he com-
municated with the evil spirit
and ordered it to leave.
"When a demon takes on
someone and I pray, I tell the
demon to get out in the name
of Jesus, and it goes," Pastor
Renaud said.
"This is my job that God
gave me."
Many people in the parish
will call upon Pastor Renaud
for spiritual protection from
the 'evil' work of the Obeah-
man, a voodoo spirit-com-
municator who people ask to
carry out magic for good or


Pastor Renaud believes the
Obeah communicate with
spirits to carry out the evil
work of the devil, just as
God's divine mission works
through Christians.
He said: "There are two
kingdoms: the kingdom of
God and the kingdom of
"The people of God sing
and pray and say hallelujah,
but the demon has a mission
to kill, and they use the
Pastor Renaud said Obeah
men visit him in reality and in
dreams to dissuade him from
protecting people by claim-
ing the person has commit-
ted evil and is deserving of a
wicked revenge. ''
However, the pastor says
he remains faithful to Jesus'
message of forgiveness and
offers protection to anyone
who needs it.
He claims to have brought
a young girl back from the

SPIRITUAL war is a reality in Haiti for Pastor Francois Renaud, head
of the Good Shepherd Evangelical Church in Port-de-Paix. Although
Catholicism is the country's national religion, and more than 80 per cent of
the population t luun to be Roman Catholic, voodoo rintals and belief in the
native spirit religion remain ingrained in Haitian culture. Evangelical
Christianr Pastor Renaud ,claims to have encountered zombies, brought peo-
ple back from tie dead and driven out demons in his work as an ambas-
sador for their t/thi


dead after she was killed by
means of voodoo magic.
"Her heart had stopped
and she was not breathing,"
Pastor Renaud said. "Her
father came to me in the
night and I went to see her,
she was dead. I prayed in the
name of Jesus and the blood

of Jesus, to bring her back to
The belief in voodoo prac-
tices is one of the elements
holding Haiti back from
development, said Grace
Community Church Pastor
Lyall Bethel.
HJe has been going on

short-term missions to Haiti
and Haitian communities
throughout the Caribbean for
over 20 years and believes
changing the mindset of Hait-
ian people to a more Christ-
ian way of thinking will help
solve problems in the failed

PASTOR LYALL BETHEL with his daughter Lauren and nephew Car-
lyle in Port-de-Paix, North West Haiti.

fights evil in the Good Shepherd
Evangelical Church ...- --
He said: "Voodoo has not
helped their country to
advance, whereas if we study
Western civilisation we see
how Christianity civilises soci-
"It affirms the worth of
women, children, family and
the need to look after the des-
titute, the poor, the orphans
and the widows.
"Voodoo is very.'me'-cen-
tred, but the Christian faith
looks outward to love others,
and I believe by practising
Christian ethics nations
inevitably change." .
Voodoo has been practised
in Haiti for more than 200
years and most voodooists
believe their religion can co-
exist with Catholicism as they
'serve the spirits' of the ances-
tors, while simultaneously

embracing Roman Catholic
beliefs. The belief system of
voodoo revolves around fam-
ily spirits (often called loua
or miste) inherited through
maternal and paternal lines,
which must be fed through
periodic rituals with food and
drink, and appeased with
Haiti's Protestant Chris-
tians strongly oppose voodoo
beliefs and practices, and like
Pastor Renaud, work hard to
convince people to turn away
from their ancient culture and
wholeheartedly embrace the
Christian faith.

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RBC FINCO and Royal
Bank of Canada will hold
the closing of their summer
arts workshop on Friday,
August 1, at 6pm at the Mall
at Marathon.
The workshop, sponsored
by RBC and the Ministry of
Education for public high
school students, will close
with an arts exhibition and
awards presentation.
Minister of Education Carl
Bethel will give the keynote
address to the 100 plus stu-
dents and invited guests. The
closing ceremony will be
hosted by Tanya McCartney,
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Man in court progress' of road repairs

on unlawful p r r

sex charge
A 20-YEAR-OLD Chip-
pingham man was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday on
an unlawful sex charge.
It is alleged that Jonathan
Brown had unlawful sexual
intercourse with a 14-year-old
girl sometime between Febru-
ary and June of this year.
Brown, who appeared before
Magistrate Susan Sylvester at
Court 11, Nassau Street, was
not required to plead to the
unlawful sex charge. He was
granted bail in the sum of
$10,000 and the case has been
adjourned to November 20.

Illegal firearm

is confiscated
POLICE confiscated an
illegal firearm in the Potter's
Cay Dock area early yester-
day morning.
Acting on a tip from the
public, officers of the Drug
Enforcement Unit carried out
a search of Potter's Cay Dock
shortly before lam yesterday.
As a result, officers found a
.22 handgun with seven live
rounds of ammunition hidden
under a piece of plywood,
press liaison officer Assistant
Supt Walter Evans said.
The weapon was retrieved.
However, no arrests have
been made.
Police investigations are

THE public is complain-
ing about the slow progress
of repairs to sections of the
Eastern Road amid rev-
elations that the problem is
due to a shortage of :
asphalt on the island.
Drivers who use the J 'i 4
road on a regular basis : s
point out that the jagged,
broken surface they are :'
forced to drive on damages
vehicles and causes a great
deal of inconvenience. .; "
One said: "If Water and-
Sewerage (which is in
charge of the road works). ..
and the people who do ',
asphalt can't communicate g
with one another, so as not _
to inconvenience people
and damage everyone's
property and cars, one of
two things should happen:
either Water and Sewer- .
age .should be liable for DRIVERS HAVE comply
damage to vehicles and condition of sections o
property, or we should Feli
look to the private sector
for people who can work as a team."
The Tribune sought to confirm the claims
about an asphalt shortage with Minister of
Works Neko Grant yesterday afternoon, how-
ever he'was unavailable for comment.
But, Minister of State for the Environment
Phenton Neymour who was previously sta-
tioned at the Ministry of Works, said that he is
aware that road works are "experiencing some
delays as it concerns asphalt to reinstate the
road pavement."
The principals of several companies that use
asphalt could also not be contacted yesterday,
but a well placed source said he is sure the root
of the problem is that the government cannot
produce enough asphalt locally to cover the

- various road projects -
including repair projects -
which are currently under-


ained about the
f the Eastern Road.
p6 Major/Tribune staff

The section of Eastern
Road that has drawn the
most ire from residents is the
stretch between Fox Hill and
According to Mr Ney-
mour, who up until the
beginning of this month was
the Minister of State for
Works, the repairs in this
area are continuing with
no end in sight.
He confirmed that the
Water and Sewerage Corpo-
ration is responsible for the
road works.
After years of complaints
of rusty water, he explained,
the corporation decided to
replace all water mains on
Eastern Road.
Mr Neymour said that the
original pipe replacement
plan required that workers
repave each excavated sec-

tion of the road after every 300 feet of pipe lay-
This is not happening because not enough
asphalt is being produced at the government
plant, said Mr Neymour.
Critics point out that it makes no sense to
continue to dig up roads if there is no way to fill
them back in.
The pipe laying work was described by Mr
Neymour as "a long and tough" job, that "will
obviously be going on for weeks."
The Tribune attempted to speak to Godfrey
Sherman, general manager of the Water and
Sewerage Corporation, about the complaints,
however he was unavailable for comment up
to press time yesterday.

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Ross University plans to

build campus in Freeport

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Ross University, which is a division of
DeVry Inc, plans to construct a 60,000 to 80,000 square
foot campus in Freeport.
It will serve as a complement to the school's existing
Facilities in Dominica.
In the meantime, the university is expected to com-
mence initial operations at a temporary campus at the Sea..
Horse Shopping Plaza.
Dr Thomas Shepherd, president of Ross University,
said that Ross' medical programme is by far the largest
provider ofiiewTy-faiied physicians to btieUnited States.
"Our vision for our Grand Bahama campus is simple.
We plan for it to be a premiere location for health sci-
ences education equal to the best anywhere in the
world," said Mr Shepherd.
The principals of Ross University made the official
announcement yesterday at Britannia Boulevard and
Sunset Highway, where they unveiled the signage for the
new branch campus.
Port Group Limited chairman Erik Christiansen was
present, as well as Grand Bahama Port Authority prin-
cipal shareholder Sir Jack Hayward, and Port CEO Sir

Albert Miller.
The Freeport branch campus will accommodate
increased enrollment at the medical school, which can no
longer be accommodated at existing facilities.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham explained that for
many years, the Bahamas resisted becoming involved in
the growing American off-shore medical education busi-
"Forty years ago attempts were made to create a uni-
versity here in Freeport and for more than 20 years, off-
shore medical schools have been seeking to enter the
Bahamas. We were very interested to ensure that any
who might be permitted to come would meet interna-
tional standards and be a credit and not a discredit to the
Bahamas," he said.
Mr Ingraham said that the government is
satisfied that Ross University is the right institution for
"I need not tell you the impact which universities
have upon cities, communities or towns situated near
them, but I want to take this opportunity to thank the
Port Authority for its tenacity in bringing this venture to
fruition, and to also say to the university that it was not
easy to get the government bureaucracy to change its
mindset about not having offshore medical centres in the
Bahamas," Mr Ingraham said.

Campus expected to bring hundreds of jobs

THE establishment of a Ross
University medical school cam-
pus in Freeport is expected to
bring a flood'of revenue and
hundreds of jobs to Grand
Prime Minister Ingraham not-
ed that the venture will provide
full-time employment for 250
Bahamians, and create a need
for rental housing for medical
The government also expects
that five American scholarships
will be provided by the school
each year to Bahamian students.
Speaking at the proposed site
of the campus yesterday after-
noon, Mr Ingraham announced
that the Bahamas government
has now agreed terms with Ross
University, which has received
approval to open a branch of its
school of medicine in Freeport.
Mr Ingraham described the
establishment of the campus as
the "first important turn in the
road to economic recovery and
vitality missing from (Grand
Bahama) since the terrible hur-

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and the closure of the Royal
Oasis Hotel."
The financial benefits during
the construction phase alone will
be considerable, he said.
The university, Mr Ingraham
said, anticipates providing $35 to
$60 million in construction
spending during its initial three
to five years of operation, signif-
icantly impacting the construc-
tion sector.
Enrolment is projected to
start at around 250 students, and
is expected to grow to more than
1,000 students within the first
three years.
In the longer term, the cam-
pus could grow to accommodate
as many as 3,000 students, and
possibly also serve as a location
for additional graduate medical
programmes, the prime minister
Ross University, Mr Ingraham
added, is currently in the process
of preparing a formal economic
impact study with respect to its
potential Freeport campus.
"Based on what they have
done in Dominica, I think it is
fair to say that the principal eco-
nomic impact and related bene-
fits will result from the direct
influx of revenue to the local
economy from international stu-
dents who will come to live and

study in Freeport, he said.
"Additional benefit will flow
from the employment of
Bahamians in many capacities.
Ross University anticipates that
a significant percentum, if not
the majority, of its staff will be
Bahamian nationals."


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A good start on new airport

WE CERTAINLY got a shock coming
through Lynden Pindling International Airport
yesterday for the first time in many months. It
was a most pleasant shock.
At last one can see our international airport
being transformed bright, clean, attractive
and with an atmosphere of efficiency. Even the
staff seem to have a new attitude. One can
almost sense their pride in their new environ-
As for the much complained of airport wash-
rooms, these now outshine Miami Internation-.
al. Everything is automatic, even to the hand-
towels. Hands just go under the canister and
out pops a handtowel. It's a tremendous saving
on paper. In the old system reams of unneces-
sary paper to dry the hands was torn off, usual-
ly ending on the floor. Everything is automatic
the travelling public touches nothing. Hands
under the water tap and out comes the water,
turning off when it is judged enoughwater has
been released for clean hands again a saving
on water. Automatic flush toilets and wash-
room attendants who are there at all times to
maintain the standards in the washroom. We
hope that they will take a pride in their work
and keep these rooms looking as new a year
from now as they do today.
The photographs and paintings in the
entrance hall leading to the baggage claim area
are so interesting that one of us, paying more
attention to the photographs, almost walked
through a closed glass door."
Even security has had a facelift, and for the
first time the impression was given that the air-
port indeed has security. Replacing the pleas-
antly plump ladies who used to sprawl, seem-
ingly half asleep on chairs along the walls, was
a proper desk with security writ large on its
front and a pert, wide awake, young lady in
uniform seated behind the desk. She looked
every bit a security officer.
In the large entrance hall to Immigration
was the band reminiscent of the days of Blind
Blake, who would pluck the strings and belt
out a calypso as soon as an aircraft touched
down. Blake's calypsos peeled tensions from
arriving passengers as their spirits relaxed and
settled into the rhythms of the islands. It set
the tone for a carefree vacation. It is now up to
the courtesy of Bahamians who they will meet
during the rest of their stay as to whether on
leaving they will be anxious to return.
Customs was also smartened up with baggage
.handlers politely approaching passengers to
offer their services. And on leaving the Cus-
toms area, for the first time a smart looking
young official stepped up and asked to be shown
the baggage checks to see if the check on the

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ticket matched the bag the passenger'was taking
from the terminal. Already efficiency and secu-
rity is in place.
The only incident that spoiled what could
have been a smooth flow of passengers through
the terminal was the lack of Bahamas Immi-
gration forms not at Lynden Pindling air-
port, but at the Bahamasair counter in Miami
and again on the aircraft coming over. The stew-
ardess apologised for their absence and the fact
that passengers could not fill them out before
arrival. She said she tried to get them, but was
told they were not available. Passengers would
have to get them at the airport on arrival. It
was because of this that the entrance to Immi-
gration remained filled Bahamasair brought
in a.full complement of passengers. Passengers
got their forms and gathered in groups to com-
plete them, while Immigration officers waited
patiently to process them.
Anyway, the airport is starting to show
promise. We congratulae Nassau Airport
Development Company (NAD) and look for-
ward to the finished product.

US Virgins considering natural gas
AP reports from Charlotte Amalie in the US
Virgin Islands that these islands are considering
building a pipeline to replace diesel-generated
power with natural gas brought in from a large
grid in the nearby US territory of Puerto Rico.
Engineers want to recalibrate oil-dependent
generators to burn cheaper natural gas instead,
Hugo Hodge Jr, chief of the US Virgin Islands
Water and Power Authority (WAPA) told an
annual meeting of the utility's board on Fri-
day. It said the shift would save the WAPA and
its customers a significant amount of money.
If plans go through an undersea pipeline will be
built to transfer natural gas to St Thomas from
the Puerto Rican island of Culebra. The two
islands are scheduled to discuss the proposal
next month.
To cut its dependence on oil, the AP report-
ed, Puerto Rico's state-owned power utility is
planning to boost investment in natural gas gen-
erators, wind wave and other kinds of alterna-
tive energy, and has earmarked millions of dol-
lars for wind'power over the next 20 years.
It is known that BEC's aging diesel-burning
turbines at Blue Hills, which are badly in need
of an upgrade, could be converted to natural
gas, which is far cheaper then either diesel fuel
or Bunker C, both used by BEC. Natural gas
would also create a cleaner environment. With
soaring fuel costs, the Bahamas, like other coun-
tries is going to have to find a fuel alternative.

LNG plant

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IF EVER the Bahamas has an
opportunity to secure for its citi-
zens an income stream that will
be the envy of the region for very
little effort this is it.
Did Saudi Arabia refuse to let
their oil be drilled and processed
and sold world wide because it
was too risky to the environment?
Even the Cayman Islands ben-
efited enormously from an oil
transhipment terminal in Little
Cayman for many years.
Why would the Bahamas turn
down such a golden opportunity,
or put off the proposal at a time
like this when the country so bad-
ly needs new industries to feed
its families. If opportunity knocks
why miss the boat? Technology is
changing the world so fast that
this opportunity may not contin-
ue or be available in 10 years
time. Events could overtake it.
So now the decision needs to be
taken. The offer is on the table. If
the offer is withdrawn we may
never see it again.
The facts.. The BEST Commis-
sion has been set up by the Gov-
ernment to consider the environ-
mental risks of building trans-
shipment plants on Ocean Cay
and in Freeport for holding and
transshipping via pipe line LNG
gas to Florida. In the case of
Ocean Cay, the existing island
will be more than doubled in size
by dredging and enlarging the
existing harbour and the entrance
channel to permit tankers with
16 meter draft to unload the LNG
gas. The BEST Commission is
staffed by well qualified Bahami-
ans and experienced industry con-
sultants who have the job of
reviewing the environmental
impact studies performed by
AES, the proposed LNG plant
operating company, one of the
largest such corporations in the
world. The Government has
employed ICF Consulting to act
as Project Manager. ICF has
raised over 200 questions on the
proposal and these have all been
answered. In some cases recom-
mendations have been made to
satisfy certain concerns. These
include setting up appropriate
control mechanisms to ensure the
project is properly monitored at
all times. Training of Bahamians
will be included in any such.plans.
If Bahamians can succeed as
North Sea Divers in the oil indus-
try (Andrew Aitkin's son is one
example), where the dangers are
much more acute, then surely
they can be trained to handle a
plant of this nature. Safety is
Always a big issue, and this has
received specialised attention.
All of these concerns have
been addressed in the eight vol-
ume report submitted by BEST
to the Minister of Trade and
Industry, and made public. If you
have had the opportunity to read
this report, you will be impressed

at the detail and the care taken by
AES and BEST to cover every
conceivable aspect of the pro-
posed dredging operation and the
building of the LNG conversion
plant, the docks, an airstrip, and
other buildings, as well as the
pipeline that will take the gas to
Florida through Bahamian
waters. For example the run off of
the dredged sand material will be
carefully controlled. The noise
,made by the compacting machine
has been measured and its effect
on the nearest inhabitants eight
miles away carefully considered.
The effect on the marine habi-
tats, the breeding grounds for
crawfish, conch and grouper all
carefully reviewed and found to
be minimal.
As to safety, there is a com-
plete misunderstanding by many
of the dangers of such a plant.
Ask any fireman, and he will tell
you that the possibility of fire,
and the seriousness of the fire are
far less for an LNG plant than an
oil or practically any other indus-
trial chemical plant. LNG has a
short fire ball, and a.low fire rat-
ing. It is difficult to ignite unlike
petroleum or diesel products. If
LNG escapes it evaporates in the.
air, being lighter than air.
The recent explosion in Liberia
was at one of the oldest LNG
plants in the world at an industri-
al complex with many different
production units. Lack of ade-
quate maintenance and replace-
ment of old parts which had been
urgently requested for many years
by the engineers was never car-
ried out by the Government who
owned the plant.
SThe transport of LNG gas by
tankers, and the' building of
plants, is progressing in the USA,
England and Europe in order to
meet the demands of the power
supply industry. One such plant is
planned for the Thames estuary
in England. Our good Caribbean
neighbouts Trinidad have profit-
ed immensely from the oil indus-
try. It is gas from their oil and gas
fields that is available to be
shipped to the USA via the
Bahamas. Both Trinidad and our-
selves will profit immensely from
this trade.
Economic Advantages for the
As Consultants to the Govern-
ment, ICF must have been asked
to advise the Government on the
comparative fees or royalties that
would normally apply to such a
plant operating on foreign soil.
Based on the expected through
put figures have been mentioned
in the press of around USD$25
million a year. But nobody has
asked the Minister of Trade and
Industry what this figure is or
might be. Twenty-five million dol-
lars is approximately $84 per head
of population, or say five times
that or $420.00 for each wage
earner. Or if the real contract rev-
enue should be three times that,
$1,260.00 per person per year.
The figure for the through put
charge may be a closely guarded
secret. But cur US friends should
be able to confirm that the fig-
ure five years ago was more real-
istically US$75 million per
annum. It should be a lot more
than that in today's market.
In the event that the Govern-
ment needs to replace certain cus-
toms duties to meet the proposed
FTAA requirements, such addi-
tional income for the country
would go some way to cover say
one fifth of the present customs
In addition there will be addi-
tional income from the jobs cre-
ated by the project. Not only dur-
ing the construction phase, the
operations phase, and the gener-
al.maintenance and supplies busi-
ness. There will be work permit

fees for the foreign staff and con-
sultants. There will be much new
business created for the people
of Bimini and Freeport, as these
workers will spend money on
their days off in recreation and
supplying their daily needs. Boat-
men and light aircraft pilots and
owners will be in constant
demand.So the additional eco-
nomic benefits for one plant will
be considerable, fdr two plants,
significant, and for three such
plants, truly amazing. Any econ-
omist should be able to assess the
advantages to the Bahamas of
such a new industry that has fall-
en into the laps of Bahamians just
because of our geographical situ-
ation, at the edge of deep water.
Both at Ocean Cay and in
Freeport, the same factors are in
our favour.
There are very small risks to
any large populations of danger-
ous effluent and there is ease of
access by large tankers. The num-
ber of boats passing Ocean Cay is
minimal, as it is not on any direct
route south from Bimini. Anoth-
er possible economic benefit
should be considered. That is the
possibility of converting the exist-
ing Electric Power generating
plants in Nassau and Freeport, as
well as in smaller communities
like Bimini, from the bunker C
fuel power plants that exude
black smoke into our atmosphere
into clean gas fueled power
plants, or even natural gas as an
alternative source of fuel The
UK developed Natural Gas from
the North Sea by pipelines all
over England. The present oil
shipments must add to the risk of
pollution, as has been seen at
Clifton Pier recently. As part of
the LNG contract, consideration
must be given to supplying Nas-
sau and elsewhere in the
Bahamas with this alternative fuel
supply, hopefully at much less
cost than the present gasoline
On the 7th July2008, ES pro-
'poses o conile'Ai!a 'pjeline
direct to BEC's plant in Nassau,
saving as much as $210 million a
year in fuel costs. In this adver-
tisement they do not reveal the
other fees and benefits accruing
as stated above.
The residents of the Albany
Project must be aware of the ter-
rible pollution caused at present
by the BEC plants. Golfers play-
ing golf on the Blue Shark golf
course can often see the black
smoke pouring out, and if the
wind is in the wrong direction
some of this obnoxious dust will
alight on their expensive real
estate homes. So tourism and the
real estate market will suffer if
this continues.
Look at the prospects for each
Bahamian from the increase in
the fuel charge on the present
May electricity bills. And this will
increase even more for the June
and July bills.
Here is a comparison:
May 2007 on 1627 units @
0.105701 Fuel Surcharge -
May 2008 on 1627 units @
0.187487 Fuel Surcharge -
Increase for one month -
Increase per cent 75.70 pr
Over one year.that is a sum of
$1,577.16 increase in electricity
costs for a single residence.
Every Financial Officer in Nas-
sau, and in the Government must
be rewriting their budgets for the
year.to cover these increases and
the increases in fuel costs on their
vehicles. Where is the additional
revenue coming from for the
Government? What increases in
prices will we see in the shops,
restaurants, and in services? How
many businesses will close?
Bahamas Resident
and Pensioner
July 16,2008.


must for the



NOTICE is hereby given that ROSE MARIE DAVIS of
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 26th day of
JULY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.





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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008, PAGE 5



o In brief


youth group

launching first

public forum

on Thursday

A NEW, "enthusiastic" and
apolitical youth organisation is
launching its first public forum
at the Wyndham Crystal Palace
Resort Ballroom on Thursday
August 7 at 7.30pm.
Called, "We Are the Future",
the organisation seeks to engage
other young persons in discus-
sions that will ultimately led to
their being involved in securing
the future of the country.
The organisation is comprised
mainly of young Bahamians
between 17 and 23 years old
and reportedly has around 400
members on its social network-
ing page on Facebook.
According to one of We Are
the Future's co-founders, Rhyan
Elliott, the members are inter-
ested in and concerned about
the development of their coun-
try "not only for our genera-
tion but for those that are to
"We are ready to take to task
the leaders of our country, so
as to be meaningfully involved
in the decisions that will dictate
the way of life for us ultimately.
It is a fact that in the next gen-
eral election, nearly all of those
that are presently in high school,
ranging from grades seven to
12, will be eligible to vote.
"This means that we will be
the ones determining the gov-
ernment and it will be us that
ultimately decide the well-being
of our nation.
"Whether or not anyone else
realises this, we do and we are
becoming prepared, hence this
national youth discussion.
"It is time for the youth of
the Bahamas to not only have
our voices heard, but respect-
ed in a meaningful fashion and
we feel that by holding this
national youth discussion, we
can capture the eyes and inter-
est of the Bahamas so that as a
nation we can look forward,
Ui pward, on iard together," he
said, hi
..... "l tt- d his:fe!o' o-
founider Neoiibson mtendto
attract 200 young people to the
event on August 7.
He noted that attendees will
have their concerns heard by
the political leaders, business
leaders and those from the reli-
gious community that will sit as
The forum is opened to the
general public especially the
youth and a meet-and-greet
session will be held with the
panelists immediately after.
The group urged the public
to be on time.



Police awaiting

word on status of

Troyniko McNeil

tribune d Staff Repter Man wanted for questioning
tthompson@tribunemdia.netmain detained in Florida
remains detained in Florida

SPOLICE were expecting to
receive word on the status of
Troyniko McNeil yesterday
after they liaised with US
authorities however no
statement on the matter was
issued up to press time last
McNeil is wanted for ques-
tioning in connection to the
ongoing Harl Taylor murder
case, but has been detained in
Florida by US authorities for
several weeks.
In a brief interview on Sun-
day, head of the CDU Chief
Superintendent Glenn Miller
told The Tribune: "We'll prob-
ably have some word on that
tomorrow, that's when we get
an update on how far US
investigators are. We'll have
some information on his status
over there."
However, The Tribune was
unable to reach Mr Miller yes-
terday for an update and calls
to his office were not returned.
Although Bahamian police
say they are continuing to
make contact with American
authorities, because they have
no jurisdiction in the US, it
still is unclear when Troyniko
will return home.
"At this point we do not
know (when he will return) -
he remains outside the juris-
diction in the custody of
another law enforcement enti-
ty and so at this point we have
absolutely nothing to do with
his incarceration in the US nor
can we say when it is likely
when he will be deported from
that country," Acting Assis-
tant Commissioner Hulan

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Hanna said on Sunday.
He added that until some-
one is arrested and charged
for the murder, the case
remains active.
"We're looking for anyone
who is able to shed any light
on this incident. We are issu-
ing a national appeal, because
until someone is arrested and
charged before the courts, that
investigation is still open".
Troyniko, 21, is being
detained in Florida in connec-
tion with suspected immigra-
tion violations. Sources close
to his family have spoken out
since his arrest, claiming that
his detention in the US makes
it look as if he was on the run.
Sources also alleged that

THE Bahamian Men Alliance (BAHMENA), a
non-profit and non-denominational support organi-
sation for men and boys in the Bahamas, will be hold-
ing its inaugural meeting on Saturday, July 26, 2008,
beginning at 8.30am at Steve's Caf6 on Robinson
Road and East Street.
All interested and serious men and boys over the age
of 16 are invited to attend.
The organisation's interim president Ortland Bodie,
radio talk show host and business consultant, will be in
attendance. Businessman Graham Weatherford will be
the guest speaker.

Troyniko had just picked up a
new passport from the
Bahamian consulate office in
Miami and was preparing to
travel back home. when he
was taken into custody by US

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Airport food supplying

monopoly has been

broken Ingraham

WHILE Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday lament-
ed the fact that leases for enterprises at the Lynden Pindling
International Airport cannot be restricted to one per one
individual, he emphasised that the monopoly for supplying
food at the airport has indeed been broken.
Addressing the House of Assembly yesterday afternoon, the
prime minister said that although some Bahamian busi-
nesspersons will still own one or more franchises at the airport,
the 30-year monopoly once held by the company owned by for-
mer PLP Minister of Works Bradley Roberts and Garet
"Tiger" Finlayson, is "no inore".
"Theoretically it would be wonderful if we said only one per-
son can have one lease of one franchise at the airport. That is
not possible even though it may be desirable," he said.
As the airport is mandated to operate as a "commercially
viable 'entity" and maximise its revenue intake, the prime
minister indicated that several leases will have go to the same
companies or businesspersons.
Mr Ingraham said that a large number of Bahamians who
own establishments at the airport are now paying more mon-
ey for leases than when the government ran the airport, but
who are in turn also making more money.
"For instance lunch vendors about whom the former mem-
ber for Bain and Grants Town Bradley Roberts used to com-
plain, wrote lots of letters about, saying his company had an
exclusive and a monopoly for a supply of food at the airport,
and who said that these other people were allowed to sell
lunches at the airport (and were) eating into his business.
"There are eight of them, they are all now fully licensed and
they operate their businesses. These people make hundreds of
dollars a day, they have their own customers who work at the
airport, at the airlines, et cetera. The monopoly about which
the former member for Bain and Grants Town complained is
no more," he said.
However, Mr Ingraham noted that Mr Roberts' company
still owns more than one enterprise at the airport.
Airport Authority chairman Frank Watson told The Tribune
earlier this year that the exclusivity clause that gave a more
than 30-year food and beverage retail monopoly to one
provider at the airport has been terminated.
The Nassau Development Company is currently still seek-
ing applicants for the operation of two coffee/snack shops.
Prime Minister Ingraham yesterday moved a resolution
guaranteeing an $11 million loan for the Airport Authority
(AA) in order to settle a payment dispute between the body
and a company contracted to perform runway upgrades at the


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A CURIOUS crowd of Harbour Islanders
stood by as a spectacle unfolded on the north
beach of the tiny island earlier this month.
A 48 foot Sea Ray Convertible named "Sea
Treasure", owned by a Miami resident, struck
an offshore reef and sustained serious dam-
To prevent it sinking, the boat had to be run
onto the beach opposite the restaurant Sip Sip.
Julie Lightbourn, owner of Sip Sip, took

these photos as the drama unfolded.
According to one eyewitness: "Harbour
Island's citizens were very respectful of the
boat, and no stripping of it took place until
the insurance company declared the boat a
Finally, on July 9, heavy equipment was
brought in, and the boat demolished and cart-
ed away.
"It was a very sad ending," the witness said.

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New York set to host

Bahamas Culture Day

THE Bahamian American Cultural Soci-
ety Inc has announced that it will hold
Bahamas Culture Day 2008 on August 31 in
New York.
The event will begin at noon and continue
until midnight. It will be held at Pier 66
Maritime on the Hudson River at West 26th
Street and 12th Avenue.
"Bahamas Culture Day is designed to
refresh life and enliven the spirit," said the
society in a statement.
"For the past 10 years people in increasing
numbers came from all over the Atlantic
states and the islands to enjoy both the
unique expressions of Bahamian Culture
and its blend with other African, Caribbean,
and American cultures."
As usual, the society said, Bahamas Cul-
ture Day will have something for the whole
"Each person will be able to enjoy, relax,
have fun and learn.
"There will be traditional and contempo-

rary B a Kli'ii a ni m u'si-Ty o cal
Bahamian-American artists. Special
features will include the innovative and
intensely soulful Bahamian.jazz artist
Desiree Cox.
"The display of this extraordinarily tal-
ented artist's paintings will give as taste of
the healing power of the Bahamian cultural
expressions," the statement said.
Visitors and participants will be able to
view, sample, and buy products from sever-
al Bahamian vendors and artisans.
In addition, all who attend will be able
to participate in a mini junkanoo rush-out
and parade.
"There will be lots to eat, lots to see, lots
to do all with a Bahamian taste and flare.
Come, enjoy and dance the day away into
the next," the society said.
More information on Bahamas Culture
Day can be found at: www.Bahami-
anAmericanCulturalSociety.Org or by call-
ing 212-213-0562.


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Four female bombers

strike in Ira
FOUR suicide bombers believed
to be women struck a Shiite pil-
grimage in Baghdad and a Kurdish
protest rally in northern Iraq on
Monday, killing at least 57 people
and wounding nearly 300 in one of
this year's deadliest attacks, police
said, according to Associated Press.
The U.S. military is recruiting
and training women in Iraq's police
force, and trying to enlist them to
join U.S.-allied Sunni groups fight-
ing against al-Qaida in Iraq. But
such attacks are becoming increas-
ingly common, even as overall vio-
lence is at the lowest level in four
Women are more easily able to
hide explosives under their all-
encompassing black Islamic robes,
or abayas, and often are not
searched at checkpoints because of
On Monday, three bombers
believed to be women blew up their
explosive vests in the middle of pil-
grims in Baghdad moments after a
roadside bomb attack, killing at
least 32 people and wounding 102,
Iraqi officials said.
In the oil-rich northern city of
Kirkuk, 25 people were killed and
185 wounded when a blast tore
through a crowd of Kurds protest-
ing a draft provincial elections law,
officials said.
Police spokesman Brig. Gen.
Burhan Tayeb Taha said the
Kirkuk bomber was also a woman,
and that he had seen her remains at
the site. The U.S. military con-

q, killing 57
firmed a suicide bombing but said it
had no indication the attacker was
a woman.
Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambas-
sador to Iraq, and Gen. David
Petraeus, the top U.S. commander
in Iraq, condemned the attacks.
"The targets of these vicious and
cowardly attacks were innocent
Iraqi men, women, and children
who were freely practicing their
democratic rights and religious
faith," their joint statement said.
"It is crucial that the Iraqi people
remain united and steadfast in the
face of those terrorists who would
use violence to destroy a free Iraq
and set back the progress for which
* so many have so bravely sacrificed."
Authorities clamped a 3 p.m. to 6
a.m. curfew on Kirkuk, which is
home to Kurds, Turkomen, Arabs
and smaller groups. In Baghdad,
the Iraqi military command
imposed a citywide vehicle and
motorcycle ban from 5 a.m. Tues-
day to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Iraqi security forces deployed
about 200 women this week to
search female pilgrims during a pro-
cession toward the northern Bagh-
dad neighborhood of Kazimiyah,
where an 8th century Shiite saint
is buried.
The pilgrims are marking the
death of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim,
a Shiite saint interred under a gold-
en domed shrine. Monday's attacks
took place in the mainly Shiite Kar-
radah district, which is several miles
away from the destination of the
pilgrimage in Kazimiyah. Most of
the dead were women and children,
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University of West Indies

celebrating 60th anniversary

*Series of celebratory events to be held

*Bahamas included in the celebration

THE University of the West Indies is
celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Celebratory events will be held at its
first campus at Mona, Kingston,
Jamaica, and its campuses at Cave Hill
in Barbados and St Augustine in
Trinidad and Tobago, as well as in its
open campus countries including the
Each chapter of the University of the
West Indies Alumni Association
(UWIAA) has been encouraged to host
a signature event in celebration of the
university's 60th anniversary.
The UWIAA, the Bahamas Chapter,
in conjunction with the University of
the West Indies Medical Alumni
(UWIMAJ, will host two performances
by the National Dance Theatre Com-
pany (NDTC) of Jamaica from Septem-
ber 19-20, 2008, as its signature event.
The NDTC is under the direction of
Professor Rex Nettleford, vice-chancel-
lor emeritus of UWI as well,a. a UWI

Over the course of 60 years, UWI had
educated Bahamians from all walks of
life, including members of the govern-
ment and the judiciary, parliamentarians,
senior public officers, permanent secre-
taries and members of the medical, edu-
cational, legal, business and engineer-
ing professions. UWI is an autonomous
regional institution which serves some 16
English-speaking countries throughout
the Caribbean.
The aim of the university is to help
"unlock the potential for economic and
cultural growth" in the West Indies, thus
allowing for improved self-sufficiency.
Corporate Bahamas is encouraged to
partner with the UWI in the showcasing
of the signature event in September.
Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall, Justice
Jon Isaacs, Justice the Cheryl Albury,
Cabinet Ministers Dr Hubert Minnis,
Desmond Bannister, and Larry
Cartwright, as well as numerous parlia-
mentarians and other members of gov-
ernment are expected to attend.

MAGISTRATE'S COURT: Jules Navarre Pierre-Louis, Peterson Damus

Two Haitians in court

on armed robbery,

weapons charges

-Pair deny allegations; case adjourned to September 17

TWO Haitian men were
arraigned in Magistrate's
Coiirt yesterday on armed rob-
bery and weapons charges.
Jules Navarre Pierre-Louis
and Peterson Damus, both 19,
were arraigned before Magis-
trate Renee McKay at Court
Six in Parliament Street.
They were charged with
armed robbery, receiving, pos-
session of an unlicensed
firearm, possession of ammu-
nition and assault.
It is alleged that on Friday,
July 25 the two men, being

concerned with others and
armed with a shotgun, robbed
Luther Lubin of $235 cash and
an assortment of Cyber GSM
cellular phone cards.
The two men were not
required to plead to the armed
robbery charge and a prelimi-
nary inquiry into the matter
has been set for September 5.
It is further alleged that the
two received $235, the prop-
erty of Dion Outten.
Court dockets also allege
that on Monday, June 9 the
men were found in possession,
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that the men were also found
in possession of two red shot-
gun cartridges.
It is also alleged that the two
men, being concerned with
others, assaulted Luther Lubin
on July 25.
Both men pleaded not guilty
to the charges and their case
was adjourned to September
17. Louis and Damus were
both denied bail and were
remanded to Her Majesty's

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'Flames' force plane

to return to Nassau
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"First I heard the pops (which sounded like) when the com-
pressors go out it pops really loud and because I've seen it
before, I'm a pilot. The plane was at about 2,800 feet climbing
out to the north-southwest... and we went out and what we saw
was the left engine on fire, streaming flames 12 feet behind
the engine."
Mr Goodfellow, who is also a pilot, said he was not alarmed
when he saw the plane on fire because it was not losing altitude.
"They continued west as they levelled altitude, probably at
about 3,000 feet. I think they went back out to the north."
Yesterday the airline acknowledged the incident but maii-
tained that the flight landed "without incident" and the
unharmed passengers and crew were put onto a later outbound
flight, airline spokesperson Derek Hanna told The Tribune.
SUp to press time yesterday the reported fire was not con-
firmed by US Airways, with the airline only saying the plane
experienced maintenancee issues" prompting the crew to turn
around mid-air and make an unscheduled return to the Lynden
Pindling International Airport.
"The information we received was that there was some main-
tenance issue and crew made the decision to return (to Nassau),"
said Mr Hanna.
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Technology Commission
yesterday .
corking conditions are ham-
ifficulties of working near the
SOcean, officials anticipate a
mpletion date for the restora-
d firm Continental Shelf Asso-
ional, Inc (CSA) was selected
damage assessment, rehabil-
ation and monitoring activi-
ent conducted from May 10th-
and government representa-
Santi-fouling paint from the
imaged and dead corals and
ring that cover two, distinct
totalling approximately one
,r 20,100 square feet).
i, many hard corals had been
i the sea floor but were still
ler wash from the vessel had

up, Mr Campbell
he had done so
of the evidence
le direction over
over some of the
" medical errors
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veral disparaging
)out Dr Iferenta's
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and a lack of
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fidavit filed in
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scathing remarks
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roner's summing
he blatantly and
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ttendances upon
as contrasted to
physicians and
nation the numer-
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i's application for
'iew of the ruling
,ard by Chief Jus-
in Hall this morn-

Work on sea floor
also damaged soft coral in the impact area,"
a statement released by the Bahamas Envi-
ronment, Science and Technology Commis-
sion (BEST) said yesterday.
"Some 500 pounds or (230 kilograms) of
hull paint and attached sediment were
removed and 739 hard and soft corals re-
attached in the impact zone. The corals were
tagged, photographed and mapped for future
monitoring events.
"Almost immediately thereafter, some
fish approached the restored areas. Restora-
tion is approximately 50 per cent completed.
Further mitigation activities are planned and
due for completion by September. Efforts
are hampered by the difficult working con-
ditions in close proximity to the Tongue of
the Ocean."
A preliminary investigation by the Depart-
ment of Marine Resources (DMR), the
Bahamas Environment, Science and Tech-

ing. In addition to the review
and an order quashing the
summing-up and verdict, he is
seeking payment of his legal
costs and "such further or oth-
er relief as the court deems
In his affidavit, Dr Iferenta
has emphasised that while he
was Mr Esfakis' "primary care
physician" he was one of six
doctors who attended to, and
provided medical treatment
to the patient.
.The application states: "The
Coroner erred and misdirect-
ed himself, and by extension
the Jury, by means of...his fail-
ure to specify the failures of
other medical staff and/or
Doctor's Hospital throughout
his summing up."
Dr Iferenta suggests that of
significance is the fact that the
.Coroner "failed or refused to
state" that the burns which Mr
Esfakis' suffered were alleged-
ly "self-inflicted in an appar-
ent suicide attempt."
The "possible and more
likely verdict (of) misadven-
ture/accident" rather than the
one verdict he decided upon
should have'been offered to
jurors, claims the doctor...
Christopher Esfakis died in
Doctor's Hospital three days
after he walked into the pri-
vate facility in April 2002 to
be treated for burns to his
neck, face, chest and palms he
suffered after his shirt caught
fire at a party.
His sister Leandra testified
that he looked "unrecognis-
able" and like a "balloon
about to burst" at the time of
his death weighing around
60 pounds more at than he
had upon admission.

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of Blair Estates and
Formerly of Grays, Long
Island, will be held on
S. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
;. at 4:00 p.m. at Pinder's
Funeral Home, Palmdale
Ave., Palmdale. Officiating
will be Reverend Gary
Curry. Cremation will follow.

rish his memories are his three (3) children,
istine and Steven; one (1) brother, Tony
: (1) sister-in-law, Mary Moree; one (1) aunt,
oree; one (1) uncle, Hayward Wells; fourteen
s and nephews, Barbara, Elaine, Joanne,
Michelle, Bradley, Anthony, Brent, Philip,
chael, Peter, Andrew and Ian. Also a host of
ives and friends including, Shelia Moree,
'ee, Andy Russell, Gary Cartwright, Maureen
e Johnson, Johnny Varga and Mike, David
n Hardie of Scotland.

Special thanks to Mr. Frederick Albury and the staff
of Executive Motors Ltd., and his landlady Mrs.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity
of your choice.

nology Commission (BEST) and Shell Trad-
ing after the MT Ficus was removed from its
grounding site revealed no oil was released
during the incident, but "the marine envi-
ronment sustained damage as a result of the
ship impacting the sea floor and the effects of
prop wash on the hard and soft corals."
The M/T Ficus ran aground off a reef near
the southwest coast of New Providence in
February. The ship was heading to Clifton
Pier and there were 25 crew members
onboard, according to reports.
Subsequent to the removal of the M/T
Ficus from its grounding site, a preliminary
investigation was conducted by representa-
tives from the Department of Marine
Resources (DMR), the Bahamas Environ-
ment, Science and Technology Commission
("BEST") and Shell Trading.
No oil was released, however, "the marine
environment sustained damage as a result of
the ship impacting the sea floor and the
effects of prop wash on the hard and soft
corals," officials said.


passed for

$llm loan

for Airport


FROM page one

tion unforeseen work during the project.
According to Mr Ingraham, a dispute arose between the for-
mer PLP government and Lagan sometime before they left
office, causing work at the airport to come to a standstill. He said
that, at that time, Lagan claimed it was owed $66 million.
After mediation, and independent estimates by Earth Tech
Canada (ET) an environmental consultancy company and
the ministry of works, the AA and Lagan arrived at an agreed
settlement of $49.25 million.
The AA, appointed by the FNM after it came to office in 2007,
ordered a review of the work done at the airport, as "there
was concern about various aspects of the work," said Mr Ingra-
He told the House that the report was concluded in Decem-
ber 2007 and it highlighted several issues. Some of these were:
that the asphalt was less than two inches in some areas, there
were slit clusters in the runway and that a red stone was used
that exhibited undesirable characteristics for asphalt paving. The
stone reportedly was easy to fracture.
The deficiencies in the work on the runway could cause
cracking and other types of failure, preventing it from lasting as
long as it was intended. It was expected that the runway would
have a lifespan until 2016 without any significant work being nec-
Despite these concerns, Mr Ingraham said that the inspection
that was done found the runway in "excellent shape."
Minor defects were evident on inspections, however, includ-
ing depressions and the formation of a crack in one area.
"Concerns related to the future as opposed to the present
day," he said.
The differences in the original claim by Lagan and the even-
tual amount settled for with the AA, according to figures from
ET, result from: differing perceptions of costs of the measured
works performed by Lagan, increased customs duties, the accel-
eration of works due to the arrival of Virgin Atlantic flights and
differing conclusions on costs associated with other miscella-
neous work associated with the contract.
Lagan also sought costs associated with financing charges
and currency fluctuations amounting to approximately $4 mil-
lion. These costs were denied by the AA.
The AA has contracted a company to perform a specialist
pavement condition assessment at the airport and fees owed to
this company are to be deducted to sums owed to Lagan.
The defect notification and remediation periods in the orig-
inal contract have also been extended to December 2010, from
December 2008. During this period the AA is to report defects
to Lagan.
If the estimated work needed is greater than $500,000, noted
the prime minister, Lagan will be required to complete the
work immediately. If it is under $500,000 Lagan may defer
undertaking the work until December 2010.

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Have a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from
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At least a Minimum 5 years experience in a similar or closely
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Must be computer literate
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Be able to lead a team of Engineers and technicians with
varied trades.
Major Responsibilities
The successful applicant will be required to reside on a Private
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Budget preparations and stock controls
HVAC & Refrigeration Systems
Sludge activated waste water treatment plant
Reverse osmosis water plants
Standby generators up to 3.0MVA
Commercial Kitchen equipment
Laundry Machines
Environmental and computerized energy management
systems and preventive Maintenance
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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008, PAGE 9


Bishop Simeon

Hall releases

three new books

WELL-known Bahamian
pastor Bishop Simeon Hall has
compiled three books in his
ongoing effort to spread God's
Bishop Hall was a guest on
the Bahamas@Sunrise show
last week.
He discussed his books
"Sermons from a Bahamian
Pulpit", "How the Kingdom
Will Come: Sermons Advanc-
ing the Kingdom of God", and
"When Eagles Stir Their
In "Sermons from a
Bahamian Pulpit", Bishop
Hall addresses the topic of
"how to dance in a graveyard
When asked to clarify this
unusual assertion, Bishop Hall
said that "in every dark situa-
tion God has a way of shining

In explaining the concept of
the title "When Eagles Stir
Their Nest", Bishop Hall
pointed out that eagles push
their young out of the nest to
teach them how to fly.
He likened this to the
process God puts human
beings through so that they
may become better persons.
"Sometimes God pushes
you out of a comfortable posi-
tion and he is trying to get you
to fly," he said.
Bishop Hall said that the
Bahamian public can definite-
ly expect more books from
him in the future.
"The Lord has a way of
working with us and you feel
an unction to spread the word.
The ikord is not only being
spread through verbal procla-
mation, but certainly books
allow us to do that," he said.
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report Authority loan


for Ail

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE opposition PLP has
supported the resolution guar-
anteeing an $11 million loan
for the Airport Authority with
Englerston MP Glenys Han-
na-Martin noting that the
work was necessary, as the
runway was in terrible condi-
"I have to say that in 2002
when we took office we were
met with a very serious state
of affairs as it related to that
runway," said Mrs Hanna-
Martin, the former Transport
Minister, in the House of
Assembly yesterday.
"In particular, only eight
thousand feet of the runway
was operational three thou-
sand feet had been complete-
ly shut down and the eight
thousand feet that was in fact
open was very questionable
as it related to the state of that
The resolution guarantees
the loan intended to settle the
payment dispute between the
Airport Authority (AA) and
SLagan Holdings, an Irish com-
pany contracted to rebuild
runway 14/32 at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport.
According to Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham, a dis-
pute arose between the for-
mer PLP government and
Lagan sometime before they
left office, causing work at the
airport to come to a standstill.
He said that, at that time,
Lagan claimed it was owed
$66 million.
After mediation and inde-
pendent estimates by Earth
Tech Canada an environ-
mental consultancy company
and the ministry of works,
the AA and Lagan arrived at
an agreed sum of $49.25 mil-
The former government
were concerned for public
Safety as regards the runway,


ing works, that it could be
accommodated within the
contract," she said.
The unexpected cavities
under the surface at a taxiway
near runway 14/32, were
examples of this raised by the
former minister. She also
emphasised that the ministry
of works had oversight of the
project at the airport.
The PLP government had
assumed that the disputed
matters between Lagan and
the AA would go to arbitra-
tion, said Mrs Hanna-Martin,
adding that it was her under-
standing that the costs associ-
ated with Lagan's repairs of
the runway would.have been
"absorbed" as a part of the
overall airport redevelopment




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noted Mrs Hanna-Martin.
And upon coming to office,
the PLP sought to prepare the
groundwork for repairs.
She also explained that the
contract was a measured one -
that is, it was flexible depend-
ing on the scope of work -
because there was uncertainty
about the structure under the
runway despite the geo-tech-
nical surveys undertaken.
Such adverse findings would
expand the work that was nec-
essary to repair the runway.
"And so there (were)
aspects, I'm advised, of that
contract, which left open in a
very scientific way, a mea-
sured way, that if the works
proved tb be more extensive
than had been initially antici-
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expect to attend e.g. College
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Excited about prospects for himself and

Devin Mullings at Beijing Games

Senior Sports Reporter
A although Mark Knowles
and Devin Mullings
won't team up until they
get to Beijing, the vet-
eran Knowles said he's
excited about their prospects at the
Olympics next month.
While Mullings will be making his
debut, this will be Knowles' fifth appear-
ance and he's hoping to add the only
thing that is missing from his r6sum6 an
Olympic medal.
Knowles, who turns 37 on September
4, is currently in Cincinnati, Ohio where
he and Mahesh Bhupathi, the number
four seeds, are playing in the Western &
Southern Financial Group Masters.
Their first round opponents are the
Czech Republic team of Tomas Berdych
and Radek Stepanek today.
Knowles and Bhupathi, who haven't
been successful since their back-to-back
victories in Memphis and Dubai, are
coming off their quarter-final appear-
ance at the Rogers Masters held last
week in Toronto, Canada.
Knowles' former partner Daniel
Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimojic
captured the title with a thrilling three-
set victory over the top ranked American
twin brothers.
"I'm on tour getting a lot of matches,
so I hope to stay fit and be ready for
Beijing," said Knowles, who is hoping
to see Bhupathi at the Olympics when he
plays for India.
Having played in the past four
Olympics in Barcelona, Spain in 1992,
Atlanta, Georgia in 1996, Sydney, Aus-
tralia in 2000 and Athens, Greece in
2004, Knowles said this is shaping up to
be the most keenly contested games with
some of the biggest names in sports com-
peting in doubles.
"You have the Bryan brothers, the
Bhupathi-Paes, the Nestor-Zimonjic and
a lot of other top teams," Knowles said.
"So I expect that we will have a tough
draw and will have to be ready to play
from the first round."
But as he and Mullings get set for the
tournament, Knowles said the expecta-
tions are not as high as some of the top
ranked teams.
"We're going to play and I don't think
that we are going to just walk in the
court if we don't think that we will have
a chance to win," Knowles said.
"Having said that and with my expe-
rience, hopefully I can impart that and
with his skills, we will be able to make up
for coming into the tournament raw
without any experience together."
On the upside, Knowles said that he
and Mullings don't have anything to lose,
so they should not have any pressure
and just go out there and play as "loose
as a goose and enjoy the moment."
While it would have been good for
them to play together before the games
got underway, Knowles said they just
didn't have the time to do it, considering
that Mullings just completed his colle-
giate season at Ohio State.
But after making the quarter-final in
Sydney with Roger Smith in 2000, losing
15-13 as they got eliminated from making
the medal round, Knowles said that as
long as he and Mullings adjust, they
should stand a chance to either equal or
surpass the Bahamas' best appearance.
"I think the biggest thing for Devin is
not to feel intimidated playing on the

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GETTING IN FORM FOR BEIJING Although Mark Knowles (shown) and Devin Mullings (inset) won't team up until they get to Beijing, the
veteran Knowles said he's excited about their prospects at the Olympics in China next month...

biggest stage in the world," Knowles
said. "This is a good chance for him to
play against some of the big guns right
"It's my job to keep him loose and let
him just focus on playing tennis and not
on who we are playing against. It would
be a great learning experience for him. I
am sure he will be fine.",
With a new sports minister and BOA
executive board in place, Knowles said
he would certainly be fine if he can final-
ly get the kind of recognition and acco-
lades that he so rightfully deserves as a
tennis icon in the country.
"I've had my share of frustrations with
the government and the BOA. For as


long as I've been playing, I haven't got-
ten one penny even though I've been
promised by administration to adminis-
tration of getting land and subventions."
Knowles said.
"Somehow, I'm the only elite athlete
that doesn't get the benefits that every-
body else has gotten. It's frustrating for
me because I wonder if the subventions
is not for professional athletes, but the
track and field athletes are professionals
and they are receiving all of the land
and subventions."
Once again, Knowles said he's afford-
ing another Bahamian the opportunity to
play in the Olympics, based on his ATP
rankings in doubles.

"But I'm getting overlooked, so I'm
frustrated by that," he said.
However, Knowles said he's confident
that he and Mullings will perform at their
best and if they can get a couple of vic-
tories and into the medal round, it will be
a major achievementt for the Bahamas.
And with this probably being his last
hurrah, Knowles said he would like noth-
ing better than to go out with a bang at
the Olympics before he switches back
to his pro career with Bhupathi.
"I won't be surprised if there is anoth-
er Olympic in me, but I want to make the
best of this one," he said. "So I am look-
ing forward to a good showing in Bei-



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four body
Sports Reporter
WITH the eagerly antici-
pated Central American and
Caribbean Bodybuilding and
Fitness Championships just a
few months away, the
Bahamas used last week-
end's contest as a prelude to
the region's most prestigious
The Bahamas finished in
first place with a four medal
total at the eighth annual
Antilles Championships in
Providenciales, Turks and
Caicos, last weekend.
The four gold medals -
won by Jan Johnson (fit-
ness), Tameka Stubbs, Lyn-
den Fowler and Sydney Out-
ten placed the Bahamas
ahead of Bermuda, while the
host country finished in
Johnson and Stubbs were
also awarded overall top
honours in fitness and body-
building respectively.
New Providence is set to
host the CAC Champi-
onships September 24-28 -
more than 30 countries and
200 athletes are expected to
Danny Sumner, president
of the Bahamas Bodybuild-
ing and Fitness Federation,
said the team expected to
fare well at the Antilles
"We .did our part, we
knew we were going to get
good results if we decided
to compete in this show and
that is what we went out and
did," he said. "We expected
the team to be the class of
most of the divisions and
that was indicative in the
final results."
Sumner said the federa-
tion and its 20-member team
are set on defending the
CAC title they captured last
year in Hamilton, Bermuda.
"Right now we are focus-
ing all of our collective ener-
gy and effort on the CAC
Championships and every-
one has their minds and bod-
ies geared towards that. So
far the team is looking very
good. We have occasional
time meetings to see how
each of the athletes are com-
Sing along and ensure that
they stay in the confinement
of the weight classes," he
"We have a solid team
and that is because of the
success of this year's nation-
als. .,.c of the biggest we
have ever had in our history.
With the competition we
had, we had a wide selection
of athletes to choose from
and we look forward to
defending our title on home


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Olympic Gymnastics

Hamm won


to Beijing Olympics

PAUL Hamm won't be going
to the Beijing Olympics, after 1 h
all. h e' il
The reigning Olympic gold
medallist announced Monday
that he is withdrawing from the
US team because he is not suf-
ficiently healthy enough to com-
pete. Besides his broken right
hand, he strained his left rotator
cuff in his accelerated recovery
"This has been the hardest
decision I've ever had to make.
But I have too much respect for
the Olympics and my team to
continue on when I know the
best thing for everyone is for ..,
me to step aside," Hamm said.
"I did everything I possibly
could," the 25-year-old added.
"There just wasn't enough time.
I feel like if I had another
month, I would have been able
to get the job done."
The US men are scheduled
to leave Wednesday, and com- 'k U
:petition begins August 9.
One of the alternates -
Sasha Artemev, David Durante
and Raj Bhavsar will take
Hamm's place. Dennis McIn-
tyre, the men's programme OLYMPIC CHAMPION Paul Hamm
director for USA Gymnastics,
said the selection committee conference before the men's first
will meet and make a decision Olympic gymnastics trials on June
as soon as possible.
"We're going to go back of your life," Hamm said. "Not
through with the committee and the worst shape."
review all of the scores, all of He broke his hand May 22 at
the results and make a deter- the national championships, just
mination of which athlete brings 11 weeks before the start of the
the most to the team and the games. He had surgery five days
team's success," Mclntyre said. later, and pushed his recovery
Hamm's injury is a blow to in hopes he'd be healthy enough
the Americans, who were to help the Americans win a
fourth at last year's world cham- medal and defend his all-around
pionships and hoped his return title. *
and that of twin brother Mor- But a hand injury is one of
,n \til~Jetl the. bck qn be toughest for a gynpast to
the podium. It also clears the ,' yvevrcore. Every one of the six
way for China's Yang Wei in events puts a heavy load of
the all-around race. Yang, the ,stress on the hand, and many
two-time defending world movies require'the hand to be
champion, is so technically twisted sharply or to support a
superior that Hamm is believed gymnast's entire body weight.
to be the only one who could Hamm appeared to be on
challenge him. track at a weeklong training
"When you go into the camp two weeks ago, where he
Olympic Games, you're sup- proved he was physically able
posed to be in the best shape to compete at a July 19

thy enough to compete

shows off his hand during a news
day of competition for the US
19 in Philadelphia...

intrasquad meet. Hamm did
portions of all six events that
day, looking particularly good
on floor exercise, and estimated
he was about 90 per cent
healthy. .
But he struggled with some
skills on parallel bars and
acknowledged he still had pain
in the hand. The day after the
intrasquad, he noticed the pain
in his rotator cuff.
:' heVlienlieturned home tb
dolumbusO, Ohio, it was leear
just what a toll the hard training
had taken.
"The week after camp has
been a disaster," Hamm said.
"I.was giving myself a chance
to see how this past week went,
to see if I could turn the corner
at any point. That just never
happened. I feel like I'm actu-
ally worse off than I was in the

previous week.
"If you would have ever seen
me before any competition and
how my preparation is com-
pared to what it is now, it's
almost laughable the differ-
The Americans would haye
needed Hamm to compete on
all six events in team qualify-
ing, and likely would have put
him up on all six in team finals,
too. The scoring format in team
finals is unforgiving, with three
athletes competing on each
event and all three scores count-
ing. Make a mistake or strug-
gle, and it costs the team dearly.
Hamm said he talked with
USA Gymnastics officials about
going to Beijing and only doing
a few events. But that isn't real-
istic or fair, he'said.
"The fact I'm unable to do
rings, which is one of events the
team absolutely needs me to do,
makes it very difficult for me
to think it's advantageous for
the team to have me over there.
There are three alternates that
are tremendous athletes that
are in the best shape of their
lives now.
"They can easily fill the spot
and do a better job that I can
Hamm's. withdrawal likely
ends the career of one of the
best gymnasts the United States
has ever had. He is the only
American man to win the world
(2003) and Olympic (2004)
titles, and he led the United
States to a silver medal in
.Athens, their first at the
Olympics in 20 years.
"We admire Paul for making
this difficult decision," said
Steve Penny, president of USA
Hamm won the Olympic gold
medal in Athens with one of
the most spectacular comebacks
in history. After a fall on vault
dropped him to 12th place with
only two events left, he rallied

with two of the best routines of
his career to win the gold.
Two days later, however, the
International Gymnastics Fed-
eration said that bronze medal-
ist Yang Tae-young of South
Korea had been. wrongly
docked a tenth of a point on his
second-to-last event. Add that
extra tenth, and Yang would
have scored higher than Hamm.
That assumes, though, that
everything in the final rotation
would have played out the
same, something no one can say
for sure.
The Koreans did not protest
in time, and the FIG said it
couldn't change results after the
games. But the Koreans took
the matter all the way to the
Court of Arbitration for Sport,
forcing Hamm to defend his
gold medal. CAS eventually
declared Hamm the rightful
"His inspiring comeback to
win the Olympic gold medal in
2004 was one of the signature
moments of the Athens
Olympic Games," said Jim
Scherr, chief executive officer
of the US Olympic Committee.
"Equally inspiring is the manner
by which Paul worked to try to
regain his full competitive form
for the Beijing 2008 Olympic
Despite taking 2 1/2 years off
after Athens an unprecedent-
ed layoff in the sport Hamm
had firmly established himself
as a contender for another gold,
winning every meet he entered
this year, often by large mar-
gins. At nationals, he was prac-
tically perfect through' his first
five events before breaking the
fourth metacarpal the bone
extending from his right ring
finger to his wrist in the clos-
ing minutes of his parallel bars
Even with the injury, he still
finished the night almost four
points ahead.

National Football League

Monk heads to Hall of Fame

AP Sports Writer

a sports world where loud is
good, controversy equals popu-
larity and sound bites translate
into Pro Bowl votes, Art Monk
simply went to work quietly.
And he did his job extremely
well, catching more passes than
anyone before him. Those who
knew him well were outraged
when the Washington Redskins
receiver was passed over seven
times in Pro Football Hall of
Fame voting.
Now he's in on try No. 8, with
induction Saturday in Canton,
He's also become the poster
boy for the athlete who maybe
gets the unfair shake because
he isn't flashy and doesn't have
much to say.
"I don't know if it's society
that likes it or the media that
draws attention to those type
of people, people who are self-
promoting and just kind of
always but in front: 'Look at
me,"' Monk said in an inter-
view with The Associated Press.
"They seem to get the atten-
tion. But for guys like myself, I
don't care. That's just not who I
am. That's not what I'm about.
I'm not doing it for recognition.
I'm doing it because I love this
sport, and I want to win and do
the best I can. If you do that,
people will recognize you."
Uncomfortable in a black tie
or behind a microphone, few
players looked more at ease on
the field than Monk. Need to
move the chains on third down?
He'd go over the middle and
get the first down. The 6-foot-3,
210-pound receiver was bigger
and stronger than most of his
speedy, agile contemporaries,
so catching a pass in traffic was
no problem.
He set NFL records for most
catches in a season (106) and

IN THIS February 5, 2008 file photo, former Washington Redskins wide receiver Art Monk looks on during
a news conference at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va...


most consecutive games with a
reception (164). He became the
all-time receptions leader.with
his 820th catch in 1992 and fin-
ished with 940. His records have
since been broken, but mainly
because rules and philosophy
changes have led to a wide-
open era in the passing game.
The 1980 first-round draft
pick made the Pro Bowl three
consecutive years (1984-86),
and the Redskins won the
Super Bowl three times during
his 14 seasons with the team.
He retired in 1995 after anticli-
mactic seasons with the New
York Jets and Philadelphia
So why the lack of apprecia-
Maybe it was because Monk's
best years came when the Red-
skins didn't win the NFL title.
Maybe it was because fellow
"Posse" members Gary Clark
and Ricky Sanders were per-
ceived as doing the heavy lift-
ing, getting the big gainers and
Monk's big game stats have
been criticized, but he had a 40-
yard reception in the 1988
Super Bowl win over Denver,
and caught seven passes for 113
yards in the 1992 title game vic-
tory over Buffalo.
"There's all kind of theories,"
said cornerback Darrell Green,
Monk's longtirie Redskins
teammate and fellow Hall of
Fame inductee this year. "He
didn't talk to the media. He was
quiet. He didn't have the prime-
time play. He was 'First down,
Redskins.' I've heard it all.
"As one who played against
him, he's in the top echelon of
the receivers, that's a given. His
numbers spoke for themselves.
His longevity spoke for itself.
His class spoke for itself."
Monk remained typically qui-
et during his seven-year wait
for the Hall of Fame nod, but
his selection has opened a flood

AP National Writer

launched a joint multicity tour
to raise money for their respec-
tive charitable foundations, a
cause that offered a rare case
of Monk reluctantly playing the
extrovert at public functions.
"I've never been one to draw
attention to myself," Monk said.
"I think it comes from my par-
ents. They're both not neces-
sarily quiet, but they didn't
boast about themselves. They
just worked. They worked hard.
It's all they ever knew, and they
instilled that in me. That's kind
of the approach that I took. I
kept my head down and
worked hard and just did my

Olympic gold medallist says he isn't

Associated Press

Disgraced NBArefereeTim
Donaghy was a compulsive
gambler whose road to pro-
fessional and personal ruin
began on the golf course,
where he bet up to $500 a
hole, according to an evalu-
ation filed on the eve of his
"In short, le could not
stop himself from gambling,"
wrote Stephen Block, a long-
time New York-based gam-
bling treatment counselor.
Donaghy, 41, faces up to
33 months in prison at his
sentencing today in federal
court in Brooklyn after
pleading guilty last year to
-taking thousands of dollars
in payoffs from a profes-
sional gambler for inside
betting tips. The evaluation
was filed by his defense
attorney, John Lauro, in a
bid for leniency.
"In my professional opin-
ion, Mr Donaghy would nev-
er have committed these
offenses if he was not a
pathological' gambler,"
Block concluded.
Block, who interviewed
Donaghy in January, traced
his problem to 1994, when
he started betting up to $500
a hole and playing card
games at various golf clubs
in his home state of Penn-
sylvania. He was introduced
to the world of professional
sports' gambling, where he
bet on football and baseball
before becoming embroiled
in the NBA scheme.
"His gambling history
demonstrates the need to
gamble to fulfill the under-
lying need for 'action,'"
Block said. "He continued
to gamble despite the con-
sequences and the fear of
disclosure of his activities."
Donaghy, like many gam-
bling addicts, successfully
concealed his problem for
years, Block wrote.
"Mr Donaghy's ability to
accurately referee games has
no connection to his com-
pulsive gambling condition,"
he said. "It is very common
for the employers of patho-
logical gamblers to never
notice a decrease in job per-
The criminal case ended
Donaghy's 13-year career
with the NBA. Also, his wife
of 12 years has filed for
"His gambling has caused
devastation in many areas of
his life," said the report,
adding that "continued pro-
fessional treatment would
benefit Mr Donaghy in his
Prosecutors declined com-
ment on Monday.

of emotions. At a Redskins
reception for Monk and Green
shortly following their election,
Monk donned a white shirt and
diagonal-striped tie and went
to the podium before his ex-
"I'm going to go first," Monk
said, "since I'm the one who's
shortest on words."
Everyone laughed, but Monk
then did the astonishing, speak-
ing uninterrupted for 12 min-
utes. He cracked jokes. He was
eloquent and captivating. He
seemed overwhelmed at receiv-
ing an honor he said he wasn't
"I had just written it off,"
Monk said, "as I had done the
last few years.... It's more than
a title. It's humbling. And it's
something hopefully I can live
up to."
Monk and Green then


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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008, PAGE 13


acic signs with Lakers

AP Sports Writer
EL SEGUNDO, California (AP) Had it
been strictly a matter of economics, Sasha
Vujacic would have left the Los Angeles Lak-
ers to play in Europe.
Turns out Vujacic's decision was based on
more than just the money.
"I'm glad it worked out. Tough month,"
Vujacic said Monday at team headquarters
after signing a three-year, $15 million contract
to return to the Lakers. "The only thing I can
say is I'm happy to stay in L.A., I'm happy to
stay with the Lakers. That was my first option.
It would be hard to leave."
The 24-year-old Vujacic, who agreed to con-
tract terms last Friday, averaged a career-high
8.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 72
games this season, and 8.1 points 2.2 rebounds
and 0.8 assists while playing in all 21 playoff
"I thought he had a wonderful year this
year," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak
said. "We're hoping he continues to develop."
The Lakers made Vujacic a $2.6 million qual-
ifying offer earlier this month, but negotiations
weren't progressing very quickly and agent
Rob Pelinka spoke with European teams, as
well. Pelinka said Vujacic could have earned
more by accepting a three-year contract offer to
play abroad.
"He was (offered more), you have to look at
the taxes," Pelinka said. "The opportunity
there was more lucrative. His heart was here.
Throughout all the conversations, he made it

clear if there was
a way to get a fair ,.
deal here, that's
what he wanted."
Vujacic, a
restricted free ..
agent, could have
signed an offer
sheet with anoth-
er NBA team and
the Lakers would
have had the right
to match it. Had
he signed with a
European team, SASHA VUJACIC
the Lakers would
have had no such (AP Photo: ick Ut)
"I'm glad it worked out and I'm looking for-
ward to next season," Vujacic said. "Now, I
can clear my mind a little bit. I know where I'm'
going to be for the next three years. It's great.
"I'm a gym rat. I'm in the gym all the time.
Next year, I want to be better than I was in the
previous season. That's my goal."
Josh Childress announced last week he was
leaving the Atlanta Hawks for Greek club
Olympiakos, reversing the course of the many
international stars who have signed with the
NBA. Agent Jim Tanner said Childress was
guaranteed about $20 million after taxes, and
that Childress could opt out of the contract
after each year.
Other players have left NBA teams to go
abroad, as well.
"Europe has always been a player in bas-

ketball," Kupchak said. "They've never really
measured up financially. In the last two or
three weeks, there have been some significant
signing. I'm sure it was a real option."
Vujacic said he spoke with most of his team-
mates during the past few weeks.
"Kobe (Bryant) called me the first day and
the last day," Vujacic said. "It was pleasant
conversation, it was positive. The last thing we
said was, 'Let's win that championship."'
The Lakers made Vujacic, a 6-foot-7, 205-
pounder from Slovenia, the 27th overall pick in
the 2004 draft. He averaged 2.9 points in 35
games as a rookie, 3.9 points in 82 games in his
second professional season, and 4.3 points in 73
games in 2006-07.
Kupchak said he expects Andrew Bynum to
be 100 percent healthy when training camp
begins in two months. Bynum didn't play after
injuring his left knee on Jan. 13. The 20-year-
old center was in the midst of a breakout sea-
son, averaging 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and
2.1 blocked shots, when he was injured.
"I think if we were to start out the season
with this team, we would be very happy,"
Kupchak said. "We only have 11 players under
contract. If there are many minutes left in the
frontcourt, Chris Mihm would get those min-
utes. With Sasha back, we have four players in
the backcourt we can trust. We look to fill out
the roster."
Under contract for next season are Bryant,
Vujacic, Bynum, Mihm, Pau Gasol, Lamar
Odom, Vladimir Radmanovic, Luke Walton,
Trevor Ariza, Derek Fisher and Jordan Far-

Free agent Davis signs with Clippers

RICKY DAVIS in action...

(AP Photo: Ben Margot)
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AP Sports Writer
Clippers continued their offsea-
son makeover Monday, signing
veteran swingman Ricky Davis to
a multiyear contract.
Terms were not announced.
Davis, an unrestricted free agent
who turns 29 in September, aver-
aged 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and
3.4 assists while playing in all 82
games for the Miami Heat last sea-
son. He shot 43.3 percent from the
floor, 40.5 percent on 3-pointers
and 78.7 percent from the foul
"With his ability to score and
shoot from the outside, it's really
going to open up the floor for us,
particularly our low-p6st players,".
Los Angeles general manager
Elgin Baylor said. "He can score

from outside, he can score from
inside. He's versatile; he can play
(shooting guard), he can play
(small forward).
"He's been terrific coming off
the bench, instant offense. That's
up to the coach (Mike Dunleavy)
to decide, how he's going to use
him. Most likely, he'll come off
the bench. That's been his
The 6-foot-7 Davis has averaged
14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5
assists and 31.1 minutes in his
career. He was chosen with the
21st overall pick of the 1998 draft
by the Charlotte Hornets after one
year at Iowa, where he averaged
15.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4
Davis had his best season with
the Cleveland Cavaliers five years
ago, averaging 20.6 points, 4.9
rebounds and 5.5 assists in 79

Earlier this month, the Clippers
added two starters, signing point
guard Baron Davis to a five-year,
65 million contract and acquir-
ing forward-center Marcus Camby
in a trade from the Denver
Nuggets. Al Thornton, Chris
Kaman and Cuttino Mobley fig-
ure to be the other starters next
season, with Davis playing a key
role off the bench.
Among the projected reserves
besides Davis are Tim Thomas,
Jason Hart and first-round draft
pick Eric Gordon. The Clippers
acquired Hart from Utah last
month for Brevin Knight in a swap
of backup point guards.
Unrestricted free agents Elton
Brand and Corey Maggette left
the Clippers. Brand signed with
Philadelphia, and Maggette went
to Golden State.

Posada to have

shoulder surgery

AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) Jorge Posada will have
season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, ending
his attempt to return to the New York Yankees'
lineup for the team's playoff push.
The five-time All-Star catcher has struggled with
shoulder pain most of the season, weakening his
throws and limiting his playing time behind the
On the disabled list for the second time this year,
Posada was trying to rehabilitate his shoulder enough
to come back as a DH or first baseman this season.
But after the Yankees acquired slugger Xavier Nady
in a trade with Pittsburgh on Saturday, they deter-
mined it was best for Posada to have surgery now,
general manager Brian Cashman said Monday.
"It's just the obvious way to go," Cashman
Posada is expected to be sidelined at least six
months and it's not certain that he'll be ready for the
start of spring training in February, Cashman said.
"As difficult as it is, I can focus on coming back
100 percent for next season instead of coming back
at less than that now," Posada said in a statement.
"Until then, I.still plan on being a teammate and
friend to the guys I share this room with. I may not
be playing, but I want to be a part of this team and
the run that we're on,"
The Yankees won their first eight games after the
All-Star break before losing Sunday night in Boston.
They entered Monday three games behind first-
place Tampa Bay in the AL East and two back of the
Red Sox.
New York announced the decision after Posada
met with Cashman and manager Joe Girardi fol-
lowing batting practice. Cashman also spoke to co-
chairmen Hank and 'al Steinbrenner to "make
sure that they were all on board."
"After speaking with Brian and Joe, we'thought it
was best for me and the team to have the
surgery now," Posada said. "I've always taken pride
in being there for my team and playing every day
with them. With Xavier here now, there isn't as
much pressure on me to return."
Posada took some light swings from the left side
during batting practice Monday before New York
played the Baltimore Orioles. Earlier in the after-
noon, he said he still hoped he was in the team's
plans for this season.
No date has been set for the operation, Cashman
said. It will be performed by New York Mets med-
ical director Dr. David Altchek, a shoulder special-
ist who examined Posada last week.
An MRI showed fraying in the tendons around the
labrum, but not a rotator cuff tear, Posada said then.
"The reason we were going through the process
that we did before was basically we didn't have
someone to slot right in there as a hitter. Now we do
with Xavier Nady. So it gives us the opportunity to
move forward with Jorgie," Cashman said. "He was
willing to do what we wanted when there was a
need, so he was delaying the surgery through that
need. But now that we have a hitter, I think this
was predictable."

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Indian police link US

man's computer to

e-mail taking credit for

bombs that killed 45
POLICE raided the home of
an American citizen in i Mum-
bii. India's financial capital, and
seized a ci-mputer from which
an e-mail claiming responsiibil-
t) for bombings that killed -5
people in esrtern Indij \as
believed to hj~. been l-ent. offi-
ciaIs dLd Nlonda\. at, hlrdling to
As t',IrLiael Presi
The -s-l-ear-old American
ha, not been detained andis
not currently a suspect police
Anti-ti rror police also arrest-
ed an underworld figure in
Ahmadabhd 'Aith apparent ties
to a banned Muslim group and
were determining Ahether he
had an\ connection to the
weekend attack in the cit said
deputy police chiel Ashiih Bha-
At lea t lh bombrhs tore
through Ahmadabad around
dusk Saturday, killing 45 people
and wounding 161 others, said
state Health Minister Jay-
narayan Vyas. It was the sec-
ond series of blasts in India in
two days.
An obscure Islamic militant
Group took credit for the
Ahmadabad attack.
"In the name of Allah the
Indian Mujahideen strike again!
Do whatever you can, within 5
minutes from now, feel the ter-
ror of Death!" said an e-mail
from the group sent to several
Indian television stations min-
utes before the blasts began.
The e-mail's subject line said
"Await 5 minutes for the
revenge of Gujarat," an appar-
ent reference to 2002 riots in
the western state that left 1,000
people, mostly Mislims, dead.
The historic city of Ahmadabad
was the scene of much of the
2002 violence.
Saturday's e-mail, sent from a
Yahoo account and written in
English, was made available to
the AP by CNN-IBN, one of
the TV stations that received
the warning.
Late Sunday, police raided a
home in a Mumbai suburb rent-
ed by the U.S. citizen, believ-
ing the e-mail may have been
sent from a computer there.
Mumbai police Chief Hassan
Gafoor said police confiscated a
computer and were analyzing
the hard drive.
Police said it is likely the e-
mail was forwarded and may
not have originated from the
computer of the U.S. citizen.
Kirit Sonawane, a police offi-
cer involved in the raid, said the
American was a resident of Cal-
ifornia, but gave no other
details. "We have not registered
any offense. The mail may have
been forwarded from his com-
puter," he said.
A.N. Roy, the state police
chief of Maharashtra, of which
Mumbai'is the capital, said no
arrests had been made. "He is
not yet a suspect," Roy said of
the U.S. national, declining to
give any further details about
the e-mail.
"We hi .'e not yet come to
any conclusions about that yet.
Inquiries are on," Roy said.
State Department spokesman
Gonzalo Gallegos said the U.S.
had no information about the
detention. Gallegos offered
condolences and called the
attack a "heinous act."
In Ahmadabad, police arrest-
ed a man identified as Abdul
Haleem who was suspected of
involvement in the plot, Bhatia
said. Haleem had ties to the
banned Students' Islamic Move-
ment of India and groups
involved in the 2002 riots, he
On Monday, an Ahmadabad
court ordered Haleem held for
14 days.
The group that claimed
responsibility fpr the Ahmad-
abad attacks was unknown
before May, when it said it was
behind a series of bombings in
Jaipur, also in western India,.
that killed 61 people.
In the e-mail, the group did
not mention the bombings that
killed two people a day earlier
in Bangalore, and it was not
clear if the attacks were con-
The Saturday bombs went off
in two separate spates. The first,
near a busy market, left some of
the dead sprawled beside stands
piled high with fruit, next to
twisted bicycles.
The second group of blasts

went off near a hospital.
On Monday Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and the
leader of India's governing
Congress party, Sonia Gandhi,
arrived in Ahmadabad and
visited wounded survivors at
the hospital that was also
the site of one of Saturday's
India has been hit repeatedly
by bombings in recent years.
Nearly all have been blamed on
Islamic militants who allegedly
want to provoke violence
between India's Hindu majori-
ty and Muslim minority,
although officials rarely offer
hard evidence implicating a spe-
cific group.

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VIRGIN GALACTIC'S mothership aircraft White Knight Two "Eve", front, is seen at Scaled Composites' hangar after an unveiling ceremony in Mojave, Calif. Monday, July 28,
2008. More than 250 customers have paid $200,000 or put down a deposit for the chance to be one of Virgin Galactic's first space tourists. A date for the first launch has yet
to be announced.

Virgin Galactic shows

off mothership aircraft

* MOJAVE, Calif.

BRITISH billionaire Sir,
Richard Branson showed off
a key piece of his fledgling
commercial space program
Monday, unveiling a carrier
aircraft designed to launch a
passenger-carrying spaceship,
according to Associated Press.
A crowd of engineers, dig-
nitaries and space enthusiasts
gathered inside a Mojave
Desert hangar for the unveil-
ing countdown. As the
hangar door flew open,
White Knight Two appeared
outside under the sunny
desert sky with Branson and
American aerospace pioneer
Burt Rutan waving from the
White Knight Two, billed
as the world's largest all-car-
bon-composite aircraft, is
"one of the most beautiful
and extraordinary aviation
vehicles ever developed,"
Branson said.
The public showing was the
first concrete evidence of
progress since the Rutan-
designed SpaceShipOne
became the first private,
manned rocket to reach
space in 2004. After the
groundbreaking flights,
Rutan and Branson part-
nered to commercialize on
the success. Branson dubbed
the venture Virgin Galactic.
Despite the buzz sur-
rounding White Knight
Two's debut, significant hur-
dles remain before customers
can experience zero gravity
for $200,000 a ticket.
White Knight Two must

Richard Branson waves from the
mothership' aircraft White Knight
Two "Eve" during an unveiling
ceremony at Scaled Composites
hangar in Mojave, Calif., Monday,
July 28,2008. More than 250
customers have paid $200,000 or
put down a deposit for the
chance to be one of Virgin Galac-
tic's first space tourists. A date
for the first launch has yet to be

undergo a rigorous flight test-
ing program, beginning in the
Engineers still need to fin-
ish building SpaceShipOne's
successor, SpaceShipTwo,
which is now about 70 per-
cent complete, according to
Virgin Galactic.
The mothership is a white,
four-engine jet with room
between its twin fuselages
where SpaceShipTwo will be
mounted for the flight to
launch altitude.
Virgin Galactic christened
it Eve after Branson's moth-
er; and the aircraft's side has
a motif of a helmeted blond
woman flying a Virgin flag.
White Knight Two has a
140-foot wingspan, about the
same as a Boeing B-29
Superfortress, the World War
II long-range heavy bomber.
White Knight Two is
designed to cradle Space-
ShipTwo under its wing and
release it at 50,000 feet in the
air. Once separated, Space-
ShipTwo will fire its hybrid
rocket and climb some 62
miles above Earth.

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FROM page one
in the fight against illegal immi-
He said repatriation flights
on Bahamasair were being *
organised to take the 292 immi-
grants caught yesterday along
with an extra 164 Haitians.
already detained at the
Carmichael Road centre back.,
to their homeland. They are F7
expected to leave this morning .. -""'
and tomorrow. 4 ;
Chief Petty Officer Ralph -- .
McKInney told The Tribune
that around 40 RBDF officers
were present at the scene of the
attempted landing.
When Defence Force officers
made it to the area they found .
that about 10 of the Haitians. .
had managed to "scramble" to -
shore across a shallow sandbarW1
but most were still awaiting
their fate on the sloop.
Mr McKinney denied reports
that a fight broke out between
some of the Haitians and
authorities as they tried to ush-
,er them onto buses for process-
ing, leading to local residents
';assisting officers in getting the
people onto the vehicles.
His statements were backed-
up by a local resident, who saw
the "packed" boat in the waters
not far from his home when he
awoke that morning.
"WhenI saw it there was just
one small police dinghy with
three police officers in it. They
had guns and they were just
next to the boat watching it to
see that none of the people on .
'board would jump off," he said. ,
"It wasn't scary because I'd 0
seen the police boat there
already. If there was no one .
there then I would've been a
bit more scared. Another police -
:'boat came along and they start-
ed taking people off the boat."
The resident said that his
neighbourhood is "spread out", "
along the coast, potentially ,
making it easier for the Haitians Y"
to get onto the land.
Another wooden sloop had .'
landed there only "about five
weeks ago", he added.
"The water's shallow, and:'
there are not that many people. -
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they could jump off and go in
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Cable suffers 2 TWholale
1 Q -2V suffers noap

subscriber decline

Tribune Business Editor
," able Bahamas yesterday
said subscriber numbers
for its core cable television
business decreased in the
2008 second quarter com-
pared to the previous quarter-end, a fur-
ther sign that the economic downturn
and soaring energy/gas prices are increas-
ingly forcing Bahamian consumers to
cut back on life's luxuries.
Barry Williams, the company's vice-
president of finance, said the "general
economic environment is affecting us
because it's affecting our subscribers",
with subscriber chur a measurement of
how many customers leave a supplier

* BISX-listed company sees economic downturn start to bite, as cable revenues' up
only three per cent year-on-year, with basic package growing only one per cent

* Eleven per cent Internet revenue growth, and sixteen per cent
Caribbean Crossing increase, compensates for core business

over a given time period at a level past
data shows is "more than normal".
Mr Williams explained that while
Cable Bahamas traditionally saw a slight
upturn in subscriber churn during the
summer months, as persons went on
vacation and undertook other activities,
current riumbers were "a little bit more
than in the past, and that has to do with

Bond request

shouldn't 'scare

away investors'

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamian Contractors
Association's (BCA) request
for foreign developers to lodge
a performance bond equivalent
*to 10 per cent of their prloeet's
construction value "shouldn't
scare anyone away", its presi-
dent told Tribune Business, as
he questioned why the Govern-
ment seemingly did not want to
"guarantee" that Bahamians

were paid.
Stephen Wrinkle, respond-
ing to Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham's comments last week
that the Government would not
mandate that incoming
investors posted such financial
guarantees, would leave con-
tractors and other Bahamians
services professionals exposed
to the risk that developers might
run out of funds and not prop-
erly compensate them for ser-
vices rendered.
"The Bahamian contractors
who are owed hundreds of
thousands of dollars at Chub
Cay [the $250 million resort
project that was placed on hold]
would have a different view of
that," Mr Wrinkle said in
response to the Prime Minis-
ter's comments.
He added that the BCA was
willing to work with the Prime
Minister in developing a solu-

people cutting back a little more".
"I can tell you that from the end of the
first quarter to the end of the second
quarter, our subscriber numbers have'
dropped," Mr Williams said, explaining
that this applied only to the company's
cable television business.
For the three months to June 30; 2008,
Cable Bahamas had seen cable televi-

sion revenues grow by 3 per cent. with
the core basic package showing "not
much growth at all" at about.1 per cent.
"That's where the subscriber churn is
showing," Mr Williams said, with con-
sumers switching from higher priced dig-

SEE page 6B ':

Diesel costs cause firm's

75% decline in profits

Tribune Business Reporter
ESCALATING diesel costs have caused a 75
per cent profit decline for a Bahamian-owned
heavy equipment company, whose general
manager yesterday told Tribune Business it
was increasingly turning away business because
it was simple% not profitable.
Sean Bowe. general manager at Spurtree
Trucking and Heavy Equipment Rental, said
the ever'increasing-cost of diesel was.having a
tremendously negative impact on his business.
He explained that while the prevailing notion
would be to increase prices to accommodate the
increase, that was not a feasible option because
his customers were themselves struggling and
often cannot afford to pay a huge fee.
"You do not want to price yourself out of the
market, but you just can't take jobs where you
are not going to make a profit, so increasingly
we are turning awaya lot more jobs," Mr Bowe
As an example, her said: "Let's say that you
have a job that costs between $1.000-$1,200.
That job can burn 100 gallons of diesel, so that
is around $650 spent just on fuel costs. By the

time you take that and the other operating fac-
tors, and pay the operator of the truck, at the
end of the day, after all day working, you may
ha\e a profit of $10-. so it really isn't worth it.'
Mr Bo\we added that there was also the
added and increased cost of servicing vehicles,
and the general costs associated with running an
"The cost of everything has gone up," he
said, adding that something had to be done to
alleviate the burden of skyrocketing diesel
prices; now over $6.a-gallon. '.~n.,-
Anthony Williams, operator of the Jet Set
taxi company, told Tribune Business that while
diesel prices were a huge concern, particularly
given that some gas stations were becoming
more reluctant to sell it. he did not think the sit-
uation would escalate to the point where there
was a major shortage.
"Remember that government has to rely on
diesel as well to operate its vehicles, and there
are so many other companies which need it as
Swell," he added.
As far as his business was concerned, Mr
Williams said-that to accommodate his high
gas bill, he has been forced to work extra hours
to make up the difference.

$284k loss

Bahamian insurer
parent looks to expand
sales by reaching other
islands and exploiting
investment potential in

SNassau housing market

bTribune Business Editor

A GRAND Bahama-based
buildirig materials wholesaler
suffered an alinost-$284,000 loss
in 2007, the 100 per cent owner
of its assets telling Tribune Busi-
ness that it planned to remedy
the company's financial perfor-
Smance by diversifying its sales
base beyond that island:
CLICO Enterprises, the enti-
tyN through which CLICO
(Bahamas I and-its Trinidadian
parent channel the bulk of their
investments, described 2007 as
"challenging" for Grand
Bahama Millworks, blaming its
nfet-loss on the state of that
island's economy.
A A Duprey. CLICO Enter-
prises' chairman, told share-
holders: 'Thie year 2007 was
challenging for Grand Bahama
Millworks, as the economy in
Freeport. Grand Bahama, has
not impro% ed.
"Some major proposed devel-
opments in the island failed to
get started, and as a result
opportunities for growth
through bulk sales were limited.
S"We focused oh growing the
'Do it Yourself' home improve-
-ment line of the busine-t hyv tai-
loring the company's nm\ento-
ry and marketing, and increased
processes and efficiency to
reduce cost. Despite this, we
suffered a loss of. $283,536."
According to the CLICO
Enterprises' accounts, Grand
Bahama Millworks saw its 2007
sales decrease by 49.3 per cent
to $2.062 million, cinpared to
S$4.066 million the previous year.
The company, which CLICO

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We're all in for a long, hot summer

LAST weekend, I watched
Henry Paulson, the US treasury
secretary, being interviewed on
one of the Sunday morning talk
shows, where he was questioned
intensely about the.health of
the US economy.
He cited the three most

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important threats to the US
economy as being: the mortgage
meltdown; the high price of oil:
and the resulting turmoil in cap-
ital markets. This led me to
reflect on the Bahamian econo-
my because, as the proverbial
saying goes, "when the US

sneezes, the Bahamas gets a bad
flu". A softening US economy
has ominous consequences for
our little economy.

Mortgage meltdown
The mortgage meltdown cri-
sis in the US stems from a com-

returned in a sealed envelope to Mrs.

later than Friday, August 15, 2008.

bination of greed, risky lending
practices, unscrupulous finan-
cial professionals, regulators
who took their 'eye off the ball'
and borrowers who borrowed
far beyond their capacity to pay.
The phrase 'sub-prime lend-
ing' was coined. It was the prac-
tice of making loans to borrow-
ers who do not qualify for the
best market interest rates
because of their deficient cred-
it history. Sub-prime lending is
risky for both lenders and bor-
rowers, due to the combination
of high interest rates, poor cred-
it history and adverse financial
situations usually associated
with sub-prime applicants. A
recent Wall Street Journal story
suggested that many borrowers
were misled about the sub-
prime loans they took and,
more startlingly, nearly 60 per
cent of the borrowers could
have qualified for conventional
Some market analysts esti-
mate that the total value of sub-
prime loans in the US could be
as high as $3 trillion. This
amount is absolutely staggering
and begs the question: "How
could so many financial institu-
tions, with their battalions of
Ivy League and professionally-
qualified executives, be major
players in such a mess?" Greed
is a serious thing...and unfet-
tered greed simply obliterates
good judgment.
When I wrote on this topic
last November, Citigroup and
Merrill Lynch had already
announced write-offs worth
some $18 billion combined.
Well, through June 30,2008, the
write-offs for just these two
institutions have mushroomed
to a whopping $90 billion -
twice the GDP of Jamaica,
Trinidad, Barbados and the
Bahamas combined.
The link here is that many of
the investment projects pro-
posed for the Bahamas relied
heavily on funding from Wall
Street. Such funding is highly
unlikely in the present eco-
nomic climate.
One news story I saw on tele-
vision estimated that close to 1
per cent of all US homes are
either in, or in some stage, of
foreclosure. If that statistic was
applied to the Bahamas, could
you imagine 1,000 homes

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throughout the Bahamas in
some state of foreclosure?
Because we do a poor job of
compiling and disseminating
credible data in the Bahamas,
we never know our true posi-
tion. However, we are begin-
ning to see an expanding num-
ber of 'bank selling' in the news-

High oil prices
No matter where we turn, we
cannot avoid the impact of high-
er oil prices. We feel it at the
pump whenever we buy gaso-
line, we feel it when we get our
latest electricity bill, we feel it
when we travel by air (fuel and
baggage surcharges), and we
feel it when we go to the food
store. The irony is that higher
fuel prices are a major reason
for rocketing food prices in
part, because corn is being
diverted from the food supply
to make ethanol, and in part
because higher fuel costs are
involved in the production and
transportation of food.'
Rising energy prices are caus-
ing concern about the potential
damage to the economy. Con-
sumers around the. world are
being forced'to spend a larger
share of their income on energy,
at a time when 'real income'
remains largely stagnant. Con-
sumer pocketbooks are being
stretched beyond capacity. An
appropriate analogy is that of
an elastic band...you can stretch
it so far, then it snaps.
Mark Zandi, an economist at
Moody's Economy.com, recent-
ly observed: "We are all worth
less and earning less-than year
ago. That is why consumers are
pulling back, and judging from
the consumer confidence num-
bers they are in a panic mode."
For the past six months, the US
press has been fully engaged in
the economy. Politicians have
taken note and the economy is
the focus of attention, over-
shadowing the upcoming presi-
dential elections at timnIs.
Notwithstanding the above,

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CFA Society of The Bahamas

2008/2009 Officers & Directors
David Ramirez, CFA
Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd.
PO Box N-4837, Nassau Bahamas
Ph: (242)302 2217
Fax: (242) 327 6610
Christopher Dorsett, CFA
Citigroup Corporate & Investment Bank
PO Box N 8158, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242)3028668
Fax: (242) 302 8569

Sonia Beneby, CFA
PO Box N 3016, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242)5025718
Fax:(242)5026944 .
Email: soniacurryvlbloomberg.net
Karen Pinder, CFA
EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.
PO Box SS 6289. Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242)5025400
Fax: (242) 502 5428
Email: karen.pinderliefebank.com
Programs & Public Relations
Jeremy Dyck, CFA
LOM Securities (Bahamas) Ltd.
PO Box CB 12762-525, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242)323 0032
Fax: (242) 323-0084
Email: ieremv.dyckllom.com
Velma Miller
Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank &Trust Limited
PO Box N 4853, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242)3567764
Fax: (242) 326 3000
Email: velma.millerrovallidelity.com
Warren Pustam
EverKey Global Partners
PO Box N 7776-518, Nassau Bahamas
Ph: (242)3623093
Fax: (242) 362 6950
Email: warrenkeeverkevelobal.com
Pamela Musgrove, CFA
Colina Financial Advisors, Ltd.
PO Box CB 12407, Nassau. Bahamas
Ph: 1242)502 7008
Fax: (242) 356 3677
Email: pmuseroveacfal.com
Past President
Kristina M. Fox, CFA
CIT Holdings Limited
PO Box N 1328, Nassau. Bahamas
Ph: (242)363 1501
Fax: (242) 362 1502
Email: kfi(cit.co.uk



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12:00 pm General Meeting
12:30 pm Speaker's Address
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for the most part it still appears
largely business as usual for
most Bahamians. I don't even
see a general sens6 of concern,
never mind any inclination to
make the necessary adjust-
ments. I get concerned when I
see the sheer volume of adver-
tisements on CNN, advertising a
four-day and three-night stay at
Atlantis for $399. You don't
have to be a rocket scientist to
figure out that $399 cannot even
begin to cover 'true' costs.

Turmoil in Capital Markets
Given the above, it is no sur-
prise that stock markets (share
prices) have fallen substantially
so far this year. Through June
30, 2008, US stocks are down
about 15 per cent, and global
markets (expressed in US dol-
lars) are down anywhere from
12 per cent to 30 per cent.
Even here in the Bahamas,
the Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX)
share index is down 11.8 per
cent for the same period.
CNNMoney.com reported on
Friday past: "Consumers may
find it tougher to keep spending
unless oil and gas prices contin-
ue to slide. Fortunately, the
average price of gas inched clos-
er to falling below $4 a gallon.
Oil prices slid on Friday as well.
Oil is likely to be the key to any
sustained economic and market
rebound.-It's clear that high
energy prices are keeping the
economy dragging, along with
the financial crisis and housing.
Until you see stability in one of
those three areas, then we may
have a better chance of a recov-
ery. Oil hopefully will keep
going down and that will help."
The stock market has histor-
ically been a good leading indi-
cator of economic activity. Fur-
ther, there is no doubt that
inflation numbers will be mov-
ing higher over the course of
the year. A slowing economy
and rising costs suggest tough
times ahead. .so brace yourself
for a long, hot summer.

Customer Service
For businesses, in a challeng-
ing environment good customer
service is absolutely essential.

SEE page 6B




Medical school could have $80-90m impact

Tribune Business Editor
SPENDING by Ross University's
Grand Bahama medical school and
students is likely to reach $80-$90 mil-
lion within three years, with the island's
tourism industry receiving a further
boost from the 8,000 on and off-island
trips taken by students and their
friends and families.
Tribune Business understands that
while a formal economic impact assess-
ment on the $75-$100 million project,
which was formally unveiled yester-
day, has yet to be undertaken, Ross
University is estimating that it will
spend between $35-$60 million on con-
struction of the Grand Bahama econ-
omy during the first three to five years
of its investment.
Based on the economic impact its

existing Caribbean campus, with 1,420
students, has made in Dominica, Ross
University believes its Grand Bahama
school scheduled to accommodate
1,400 students within three years will
then inject $30 million per annum into
the Grand Bahama economy through
employment and direct purchases.
In addition, student spending on
housing, food and transport is project-
ed to inject between $50-$60 million in
direct spending into the Grand
Bahama economy.
When it comes to employment, once
the 1,400-student threshold is reached,
about 250 Bahamians including tech-
nical and professional personnel will
have posts on a 400-strong staff.
And as for tourism, Ross University

will generate 8,000 on and off-island
trips per year, with between 2,000-
3,000 visits to Grand Bahama by
potential students, their families and
Apart from giving Freeport and its
construction industries a boost, all the
3,000 students will need to be housed,
aiding the city's property and rental
markets. Many of Ross University's
students are married, meaning they
will be looking for large properties.
The project will also place the
Bahamas on the globe's educational
and higher-learning map, possibly
attracting other tertiary education insti-
tutions, and could lead to the devel-
opment of an offshore medical ser-
vices industry in Freeport, given the
highly-skilled cadre of medical gradu-
ates it would produce;
The Ross University School of Med-

icine in Dominica has graduated more
than 5,700 physicians over its 30-year
At yesterday's opening, Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham explained that
for many years, the Bahamas resisted
becoming involved in the growing
American off-shore medical education
"Forty years ago attempts were
made to create a university here in
Freeport and for more than 20 years,
offshore medical schools have been
seeking to enter the Bahamas. We
were very interested to ensure that any
who might be permitted to come
would meet international standards
and be a credit and not a discredit to
the Bahamas," he said.

"I need not tell you the impact which
universities have upon cities, commu-
nities or towns situated near them, but
I want to take this opportunity to
thank the Port Authority for its tenac-
ity in bringing this venture to fruition,
and to also say to the university that it
was not easy to get the government
bureaucracy to change its mindset
about not having offshore medical cen-
tres in the Bahamas," Mr Ingraham
said. "This is an exciting venture for
Grand Bahama... and so on behalf of
government I extend best wishes to
the principals of Ross University, and
parent corporation, and I congratulate
Port Authority for continued commit-
ment to Freeport. And I say that not
withstanding the continued and hope-
lessly lengthy wrangling which contin-
ues between the owners of the Port

Defaults cause store to

end in-house financing

Tribune Business

AT LEAST one Bahamian
furniture store has stopped pro-

viding in-house financing to
clients because the current eco-
nomic climate has seen many
default on their repayments.
The manager of the store,
who asked not to be named,
told Tribune Business that after

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experiencing trouble with late
payments, they were not pro-
viding credit at all.
"We have stopped our in-
house financing because we
were having trouble with people
paying their accounts, which is
difficult, because that form of
payment used to be a very
steady source of income," he
The manager added that the
store has felt the negative
effects of the current economic
climate, which has caused finan-
cial hardship for Bahamian con-
sumers and business owners.
"People are seeing furniture
as a luxury now, not as a neces-
sity, so we are seeing a lot less
persons coming in looking to
purchase items. Business has
been somewhat unpredictable
and sporadic, in that one
moment, it is stagnant, and then
it will pick up quite a bit," the
manager said.
He pointed out that what his

store was seeing was persons
who may come in for a particu-
lar piece that they want to spe-
cial order.
The manager also believed
that his company was manag-
ing to keep its head above
water, because as a smaller busi-
ness it was better able to control
its inventory and did not have
the high overheads of some of
the larger stores.
Tribune Business also spoke
with the manager of a higher-
end furniture store, who said
their business has as yet, not
been affected by the current
economic climate.
"Our business has really
remained at the same level
where it was without any
decline, but I think that is
because the nature of our store.
We have a lot of expatriate cus-
tomers, whom I guess can still
make purchases, and not a lot of
local Bahamians," the manager

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited


Food & Beverage Manager

Royal Island is an unmatched private island Resort
Development located 6 miles off North Eleuthera. The
432-acre island resort will feature a 90 room boutique
hotel & spa operated by the renowned Montage Hotel
Group and a Jack Nicklaus golf course scheduled to
open late 2010.

We are currently seeking a highly skilled and dedicated
Food & Beverage Manager to assist in managing our
luxury Preview Village located on the island, and to
be involved in the initial set up of the Montage Hotel
food & beverage facilities,

An excellent remuneration package will be offered
together with relocation assistance.

Please direct enquiries or correspondence to:
Rebecca.larkin @ royalislandbahamas.com

Or post to:

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Human Resources Manager
Royal Island
P.O. Box EL27072
Dunmore Town
Harbour Island,

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from 1B

Enterprises described as a hard-
ware, lumber and building
materials supplier, was able to
reduce its cost of sales by 54 per
cent to $1.164 million from
$2.529 million.
Karen Gardier, CLICO
(Bahamas) chief financial offi-
cer, told Tribune Business that
the life and health insurer
planned to expand Grand
Bahama Millworks geographic
sales reach as a way to turn its
financial performance around.
"We're looking at the options
right now to see how we run
that company," Ms Gardier
said. "We actually had some
good movement with that pro-

Summit Insurance Company Limited
(Incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas)

Balance Sheet
As of 31 December 2007
(Amounts expressed in Bahamian dollars)


Cash in hand and at banks
Term deposits
Due from reinsurers
Due from agent
Deferred commission expense
Prepayments and other assets
Investments in securities:
Loans and receivables
Investment property
Property, plant and equipment

General insurance funds:
Unearned premium reserve
Unearned commission income
Outstanding claims reserve

Other liabilities:
Due to reinsurers
Accounts payable and accrued expenses

Total liabilities

Share capital:
Authorized: 10,000,000 shares of $1 each
Issued and fully paid: 5,000,000 shares of $1 each
General reserve
Pair value reserve
Retained earnings

Total equity

Total liabilities and equity


3 1,344,315
3 15,211,795
13 7,363,794
4 127,621


8 6,903,248













14,593,742 12913,708

36,441,130 35,167,653



9 July 2008

Full details available at www.sumnitbahamas.com

ject, because of the spate of
development going on in
Freeport and other islands.
"Unfortunately, that has
slowed down, and we're looking
at what other options there are
for that project.
"We're looking to improve
sales without being restricted
to the Freeport market. It
depends on Freeport and the
Out Islands for sales."
Ms Gardier said one such
opportunity was the synergies
between Grand Bahama Mill-
works, in which CLICO Enter-
prises owns all the assets and
liabilities, and the Bahamian
subsidiary's plans to invest in
the Nassau housing market to
meet increasing demand for
When these came to fruition,
Grand Bahama Millworks' lum-
ber and building material sup-
plies would be used in home
and property construction.
"There are some plans we
have for future development in
Nassau, and we believe that
once we start expanding into
these investment opportunities
in Nassau the housing market
and so on the Grand Bahama
Millworks relationship will real-
ly pay-off," Ms Gardier told Tri-
bune Business.

"We see the opportunity in prises that represented about
Nassau and Freeport where 59 per cent of its total assets,
there's a need for housing, so but decided not to do so after its
that's something we're defi- Trinidadian parent guaranteed
nitely exploring." repayment.
CLICO Enterprises, which The Deloitte & Touche
effectively acts as an investment (Bahamas) audit report found
vehicle for CLICO (Bahamas) that CLICO Enterprises' main
and its parent, C L Financial of investment, a Florida-based real
Trinidad, has already made a estate project called Wellington
number of Bahamas-based Preserve, suffered a more than
property investments. 20 per cent decline in market
Its 2007 year-end accounts value, falling from an appraised
detail that it purchased proper- $104 million at year-end 2006
ty in the Westridge Subdivision to $80.5 million at year-end
in Nassau for "speculative.pur- 2007, due to the collapsing
poses". According to an Florida real estate market.
appraisal by Robin Brownrigg, "This reduction in value has
the property's fair market value resulted in [CLICO Bahamas]
increased by 24 per cent that management considering the
year to $3.1 million, compared possibility of impairment of the
to $2.5 million the year before. loan," Deloitte & Touche
CLICO Enterprises also (Bahamas) wrote in its audit
owns apartments in Freeport's report.
Golf View Town Houses com- "Although the market fore-
plex, which are held for "capital cast for Florida shows recovery
gains and rental income", of the real estate market in
Arthur Jones & Associates 2008, management obtained a
determined that its fair market guarantee from C L Financial
value had again increased in (CLICO Bahamas ultimate par-
2007, this time by 11.7 per cent ent), whereby C L Financial
to $852,705 from $763,343. states that it will honour the.
Tribune Business revealed obligations of CLICO Enter-
yesterday that CLICO prises to the company if the
(Bahamas) management had need arises.. As such..no.pro% i-
considered impairing the $57... ..sionhas beea tmade.fpoimnpair-
million loan to CLICO Enter-. n ment.

(Company number 40,584B)

An International Business Company

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business Companies.
Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the voluntary winding-up and
dissolution of the Company commenced on the 25th day of July, 2008
and that Pine Limited of Devonshire House, Queen Street, PO. Box N-
8176, Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed Liquidatdr.

Dated this 25th day of July, 2008

Pine Limited

Total assets

5 Scotiabank

is seeking the services of


With over 55,000 employees in over 50 countries, Scotiabank places great importance
on recognizing and rewarding strong performance. We offer room for advancement, a
stimulating work environment and the resources to help you make the most of your
career. Together, we continue to make Scotiabank a great place to work.


As the Senior Manager, Human Resources, you are a member of the senior management
team of Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd., with a focus on dealing with the strategic and
tactical Human Resources needs of a growing and profitable organization. This will
include but not be limited to: developing the HR strategy for the organization; working
with the Bank's support groups in the head office on the development of the annual
total rewards program; maintaining and developing a dynamic employee relations
strategy; ensuring the effective recruitment and orientation of new employees; managing
the relationship between the Bank and third-party service suppliers; and the identification
of training needs and the evolution of the training and development curriculum. You
will need to be capable of working in a highly cross-functional environment and be
capable of managing tight time lines and conflicting priorities. You are an exemplar of
communication and relationship-building skills, an excellent coach, and can effectively
establish and maintain an open, co-operative work environment.

Key accountabilities for this role:

Contribute to the achievement of the overall business objectives of Scotiabank
(Bahamas) Ltd.
Ensure the recruitment, development and maintenance of an engaged workforce.
Support people through and act as an agent of change in the environment.
Be prepared to liaise with a wide variety of Departments, balancing the needs of
all against the objectives and strategies of the Optimization program


Ten years of experience as a Human Resources professional.
A minimum of an undergraduate university degree, while a graduate degree or
a major in Human Resources is an asset.
Experience in the financial industry is an asset.
Proven experience managing people.
Excellent and proven negotiation and conflict resolution skills are essential.
Ability to learn quickly, adapt to an ever changing environment and adapt to ever
changing priorities are essential.


Frequent travel to the Family Islands
Occasional travel internationally.
Spanish Language is a bonus in an organization that is expanding rapidly in
Spanish-speaking countries.

The Scotiabank Group is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications
from all interested parties. We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates
selected for an interview will be contacted.

Qualified candidates only should submit applications in writing marked Private and
Confidential by Monday. August 11, 2008 to The Managing Director @ email:

Major firm in the financial and legal services industry
invites applicants for the following position: o


Must have minimum five years legal experience in
Commercial or Litigation areas; ability to draft
legal documents; possess excellent typing, shorthand
and communications skills; ability to multi-task and

Compensation: commensurate with qualifications
and experience. AN HSBC executive has passed the Series 7 exam after training
with the Nassau-based Nastac Group.
Reply in confidence to legalsecret38@ ail.comMeredith Miller, HSBC's treasury/administration manager, can
Reply in confidence to legalsecretar38 @ mail.com now apply to be registered with the Securities Commission of the
Bahamas, after passing the examination that is administered by the
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and National Association of
Securities Dealers (NASD).

I Ms Miller is shown here with Reece Chipman, the Nastac
T VIrTUn, T TU-AT 'rrTrV 1r rT T" Group's managing director.

Mrectar V-V


Bank promotes

executive handling

consumer credit

has promoted Silbert Cooper
to the post of assistant vice-
president, consumer credit, with
new responsibilities for
accounts control and the recov-
ery department.
William Sands, Common-
wealth Bank's president and
chief executive, said in a state-
ment: "' am pleased to say that
the rapid growth of our organ-
isation has afforded us the
opportunity to promote Silbert
Cooper, so that we may further
develop our loan and credit
"Mr Cooper's appointment
to assistant vice-president con-

summer credit further comple-
ments our already exemplary
group of executives.
His vast experience in bank
operations, fraud detection and
prevention, credit worthiness
and risk management will pro-
vide valuable leadership,
knowledge and depth to our
Mr Cooper's career incorpo-
rates more than 30 years of
banking experience, and his
expertise encompasses con-
sumer financing, accounts con-
trol and recovery, credit risk
management, and credit inspec-
In his new post, he will be

involved in credit quality analy-
sis, financial cross-selling, loan
documentation and the recov-
ery and management of delin-
quent accounts.
Mr Cooper,. who most
recently served as Common-
wealth Bank's senior manager
for credit inspections, said: "I
am pleased to have the oppor-
tunity to 'continue to promote
the bank's consumer lending
activities, and look forward to
the opportunity to contribute
to the bank's continuing growth
and build upon its impressive
track record of delivering con-
sistent value to its stakehold-


gets new sales


COLINAImperial Insurance
Company has named Ednol
Farquharson as its vice-presi-
dent of sales with effect from
July 16, 2008, replacing Dash-
well Flowers.
A three-year Board member
at the life and health insurer's
parent, BISX-listed Colina
Holdings (Bahamas), he will
oversee the activities of Coli-
nalmperial's sales force in the
Bahamas, the Cayman Islands,

and the Turks & Caicos
Before being appointed to
his current position, Mr Far-
quharson served as chairman
of the sales and marketing and
business development commit-
tee of ColinaImperial, and pri-
or to this as general manager of
Bahama Life and Property
.Insurance Agency.
He was appointed to Colina
Holdings' Board in 2005.



The Bahamas Telecommunications Company
Limited invites qualified vendors) to provide
direct top-up solutions for wireless prepaid
services. If your company offers top-up solutions
for prepaid and is interested in participating in
this selection process please see the following
guidelines relative to the application process.

Selection Process Schedule:
July 11: NDA document will be available for pick-up
at security desk of BTC's JFK Headquarters.
July 14: RFP available for pick-up at security desk of
BTC's JFK Headquarters. RFPs will not be
issued until a signed NDA has been
completed and returned to BTC.
Aug. 5: RFP responses should be submitted to:
I Kirk Griffin, EVP (BTC Building) 21 JFK Drive,
PO Box N3048,Nassau, NP Bahamas
(Attention: eTop-up)

www.btcbahamas.com I CALL BTC 225-5282
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Request for Proposals
Investment Banking Services

The Committee for the Privatization of The Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Limited (BTC) is seeking proposals from suitably qualified
firms to provide Investment Banking services relating to the privatization
process, which is expected to be concluded by the end of this year. The
Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is planning to sell
a majority interest in BTC to a suitable investor.

The role of the Investment Banking Institution will include: close
collaboration with the Committee's Privatization Advisors, KPMG
Corporate Finance Ltd. in providing advice to the Privatization Committee;
preparation of any necessary sales information; identification of a short
list of potential investors and participation in negotiations with potential

Proposals should contain the following:

S Names and resumes of key team members to work on the project;
Most recent relevant client/transaction lists;
S Relevant experience of firm;
S Relevant experience of team members to work on the project;
S A clear statement of pricing for services;
S Identification of any potential conflict of interest, related to the
project, on the part of the firm or members of the team who will
work on the project

Proposals should be emailed by 5:00 p.m. (Nassau time), on Tuesday,
August 8, 2008 to:

Mr. Craig Tony Gomez
Baker Tilly Gomez
at cgomez@btgomez.com
Telephone: 1(242) 356-4114

A hard copy of the proposal should be delivered to:

Baker Tilly Gomez
The Deanery
No. 28 Cumberland Street
P.O. Box N-1991
Nassau, Bahamas
Attention: Mr. Edward R. Rolle


Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited, the developers
of the Royal Island Resort and residential
developmental project, just off North Eleuthera
wish to fill the following position:


This position will support the Construction
Management team with all administrative needs
of the office. Some of the tasks include but are
not limited to:

* Answering telephones
* Copying and scanning
* Laying out presentations
* Organizing Documents
* Document Imaging
* Taking Meeting Minutes
* Miscellaneous requests as they arise

In addition, he or she will assist in the processing
of accounts payable, arrange travel and the
relocation of employees.

The successful candidate must be a team player
with excellent communication skills and will be
required to live and work at North Eleuthera.

Interested persons should submit their resumes
with cover letter to:

Fax to: (954) 745-4399
Email to:

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all
applicants for their interest, however only those
candidates under consideration will be contacted.

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Cable suffers Q2 TV subscriber decline

FROM page 1B

ital and premium packages to
options such as the lower-cost
basic package in an effort to
save as many dollars as possible.
The Cable Bahamas execu-
tive said the cable television
business was reflecting what was
happening in the overall
Bahamian economy, which had
been impacted by rising unem-
ployment. Elsewhere, some
hotel workers were working
shorter work weeks, and the
soaring gasoline, energy and
food costs were leaving
Bahamians with less disposable
The uncertain, inflationary
environment was thus forcing
them to cut back on luxury
items that were not necessities.
Mr Williams said he and many

BOND, from 1B

tion to the issue, adding: "We're
just looking for payment to be
guaranteed. I don't know why
the Government would not
want to ensure that Bahamian
services industries do not get
Apart from contractors,
Bahamian engineers, architects
and surveyors have all experi-
enced difficulties in obtaining
payment for services from for-

Cable Bahamas staff were no
different, his own car gas and
electricity bills having practi-
cally doubled year-over-year.
From Cable Bahamas' own
perspective as a company, its
BEC bill had also "practically
doubled year-over-year" as a
result of the rising fuel sur-
charge, with its overall finan-
cial performance to date a
reflection of being "very con-
scious on operational expenses
and spending". Electricity costs
had risen 18 per cent year-over-
Mr Williams said Cable
Bahamas had focused on the
costs it'could control, such as
staffing and marketing expens-
es, adding: "Some of the things
we had planned to do we
haven't got to yet, and some are
a bit iffy depending on how
things go.

eign direct investment projects
that, in some cases, virtually
shut down with the developers
leaving the Bahamas.
Tribune Business knows of
one Bahamian engineer who is
owed six-figure sums by two
separate investors, one whose
acquisition of a hotel was never
realized, and another develop-
ment that has struggled finan-
cially since it was constructed.
Mr Wrinkle said Bahamian
contractors and services pro-

"The gas prices are affecting
everybody, the oil prices are
affecting everybody, and we're
seeing some of that come
through," he said. "We did
expect some growth on the Dig-
ital Premium side, but it's being
affected by what's happening in
the economy and what's hap-
pening with our subscribers.
"From what I'm hearing and
experiencing personally, and
what the staff at Cable Bahamas
are experiencing, a lot of people
are having a tough time man-
aging through this."
A brighter spot for Cable
Bahamas has been the growth
in subscribers and revenues
from its Coralwave Internet ser-
vice, the latter increasing by 8
per cent quarter-over-quarter
during the three months to June
Year-over-year, Internet rev-

fessionals often had little legal
"recourse" when it came to
recovering sums owed from
developers who exited the
Bahamas, as it was expensive
and time-consuming to initiate
legal proceedings in their home
In addition, legal judgments
there were highly unlikely to be
recognized by the Bahamian
Mr Wrinkle said performance
bonds vere required from con-
tractors in most private sector
and government jobs, and he
added: "It is the normal course
of events in the
"There is nothing unusual
about requiring or requesting
performance bonds for con-
struction and development pro-
jects. It is done everywhere else
in the world.
"The cost of a performance
bond is usually around 1/2 of 1
per cent of the value of the

enues were ahead by 11 per
cent in the 2008 second quar-
ter, as the investment Cable
Bahamas made in its Internet
infrastructure in 2007 began to
pay dividends.
Elsewhere, Caribbean Cross-
ings the 100 per cent-owned
Cable Bahamas subsidiary that
owns the company's fibre-optic
cable infrastructure saw its
2008 second quarter revenues
increase by 16 per cent year-
Mr Williams said the increase
in Internet subscribers and rev-
enues had helped to compen-
sate for its cable television busi-
ness, and fuelled the company's
improved financial performance
during the 2008 first half.
Ironically, the drop in sub-
scriber numbers on certain
packages has lowered Cable
Bahamas' programming signals

work. The performance bond
that we're seeking from devel-
opers does not have to be on
the gross value of fhe develop-
ment or project.
"We're basically requesting
that the bond be placed on the
value of the physical construc-
tion work, and are requiring
only a 10 per cent bond, not a
100 per cent bond.
"It's no great requirement in
the scope of the multi-million
projects taking place in this
country. It's no giant leap..... I
don't think it will scare anyone
away. If it does,.they shouldn't
be here."
Prime Minister Ingraham had
last week said Mr Wrinkle and
others were "barking up the
wrong tree" with the perfor-
mance bond demand, as it
would impose a requirement
that. could make the Bahamas
uncompetitive and less attrac-
tive when it came to attracting
foreign investment.
Mr Ingraham added that it

costs in some cases. With prices
linked to subscriber numbers,
Mr Williams explained: "If we
don't have as many subscribers
on certain packages, it lowers
the signal costs based on that."
He added: "There's only so
much we can back on in spend-
ing. We're hoping things turn
around by the end of the year or
the first quarter of next year."
For the 2008 second quarter,
Cable Bahamas' revenues
increased by 7.5 per cent to
$20.346 million, compared to
$18.92 million the year before.
Operating expenses were
held relatively flat at $9.534 mil-
lion, compared to $9.515 mil-
lion in the same period during
As a result, operating income
increased by 17.8 per cent to
$7.732 million, compared to
$6.562 million the year before,

could also be discriminatory,
since the same performance
bond requirements were not
being demanded of Bahamian
But Mr Wrinkle added that
the performance bond the BCA
was proposing be lodged by
overseas developers would only
cover the present and immedi-
ate past payment periods.
This was structured to avoid
situations where developers
strung contractors along and
kept them on the job by promis-
ing that outstanding sums would
be paid in the next pay period, a
device that prevented them
from leaving and working else-
"Then you would have a
guarantee that you would get
the money if you leave the job,"
the BCA president said. "You
have some guarantee you'll be

while net income rose by 38.4
per cent to $7.365 million com-
pared to $5.319 million. The lat-
ter was aided by a $196,000
interest gain, a more than
$700,000 reversal on the previ-
ous year's expense.
For the 2008 half year, Cable
Bahamas saw net income
increase by 25 per cent to
$12.904 million, compared to
$10.313 million the year before,
with operating income up 16.5
per cent at $14.941 million.
Revenues were ahead 9 per
cent at $40.388 million, com-
pared to $37.046 million in 2007,
while operating expenses rose
by only 6.9 per cent to $19.293
million as opposed to $18.636
As a result, gross profits
increased by 14.6 per cent to
$21.095 million compared to
$18.41 million the year before.

Using Chub Cay as an exam-
ple, Mr Wrinkle said that if the
developers had-posted a per-
formance bond, an alternative
use for that money would have
been "to complete the con-
struction phase of the project".
"It would also give you a
measure of the financial
strength of the developer. If
anything, this practice would
allow us to do better screening,
if you will, on the type of devel-
oper coming into the Bahamas.
I'm sure the Prime Minister
would agree with me that we
want them to pay their bills,"
Mr Wrinkle said.
"It is incumbent on us to
include the best possible pro-
tections for our business peo-
ple when we negotiate these
developments. There is no guar-
antee that any foreign develop-
ers has to pay his bills. We feel
it's wrong."

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9.68 8.50 Bank of Bahamas 9.30 8.50 -0.80 1,500 0.643 0.160 13.2 1.88%
0.99 0.85 Benchmark 0.89 0.89 0.00 500 -0.823 0.030 N/M 3.37%
3.74 3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.209 0.090 16.7 2.58%
2.70 1.57 Fidelity Bank 2.35 2.35 0.00 0.055 0.040 42.7 1.70%
14.10 10.75 Cable Bahamas 14.05 14.05 0.00 1.224 0.240 11.5 1.71%
3.15 2.41 ColnaHoldings 2.88 2.88 0.00 0.04 0.040 62.6 1.39%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (S) 7.00 7.00 0.00 1,000 0.449 0.300 15.6 4.29%
7.22 3.20 Consolidated Water BDRs 3.89 3.89 000 0.131 0.052 29.7 1.34%
3.00 2.25 Doctor's Hospital 2.85 2.85 0.00 0.308 0.040 9.3 1.40%
8.00 6.02 Famguard 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.728 0.280 11.0 3.50%
13.01 12.50 Finco 12.50 12.50 0.00 0.650 0.570 19.2 4.56%
14.75 11.65 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.65 11.65 0.00 0.550 0.450 21.2 3.86%
6.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.53 5.53 0.00 0.366 0.140 14.3 2.53%
1.00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.00 0.41 Freeport Concrete 0.44 0.44 0.00 0.035 0.000 12.6 0.00%
6.00 5.50 ICD Utilities 5.50 5.50 0.00 0.407 0.300 13.5 5.45%
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FROM page 2B

Competition will remain keen
and anything you can do to dif-
ferentiate your product or ser-
vices could be the difference
,between success and failure.

Case Study
Several weeks' go, as I was
preparing to travel with a junior
baseball team to a tournament,
I had to go to Bahamasair?
ticket office in Palmdale to
make some final ticket changes.
Once completed, I decided to
walk across the parking lot to
the Fidelity Bank branch in the
plaza to change B$800 into US
currency. I had my passport and
ticket in hand.
After waiting in line and
finally getting to the counter, I
was told that it was Fidelity's
policy to only provide services
to account holders. As I'was not
a current account holder, I was
told that I could not be served.
Firstly, I could not believe
Fidelity would have such a
short-sighted policy, and sec-
ondly I questioned (to myself)
whether the terms of their bank
licence contemplated such rank
Within 100 yards of that
Fidelity Bank branch was a
FirstCaribbean Bank branch
and a Scotiabank branch. I
walked into the First Caribbean
branch to conduct the exact

same transaction, and was
served very efficiently. The
question of having an account
with FirstCaribbean never
arose. The contrast was star-
While I did not need an addi-
tional $800 converted, curiosity
got the better of me and I
walked another 20"jard& into
the Scotiabank branch. Again,
my experience4askthe same as
it was in FirstCaribbean. For
the record, I did not know any-
body in any of the three branch-
The question is..."Whom
might one not be inclined to do
business with?"
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Char-
tered Financial Analyst, is vice-
president pensions, Colonial
Pensions Services (Bahamas),
a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Colonial Group International,
which owns Atlantic Medical
Insurance and is a major share-
holder of Security & General
Insurance Company in the
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-

NOTICE is hereby given that CHERYL SWEETING of
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
29TH day of JULY 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,


NOTICE is hereby given that ROSE MARIE DAVIS of
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 26th day of
JULY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


The Public is hereby advised that I, WILNA MEHU of
Carmichael Road, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change
my name to WILNA MEHU JOSEPH. Ifthere are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that FELECIA DATUS OF VESEY
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 22nd day of JULY, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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This strategic plan presents the
programmes and activities of The
Bahamas National Trust for the next
five years. It outlines the justification
and rationale for these programmes and
activities, and indicates the expected
outcomes as well as how they will be
The strategic plan is founded
on the BNT's unique role as a non-
profit, nongovernmental organization
established by an Act of Parliament in
1959. BNT is a unique collaboration of
the private, scientific, and governmental
sectors and is the only Non-
Governciental Organization (NGO) to
manage a country's entire national park
system. lVn 2009, the Trust will celebrate
50 years bf conservation success.
This plan addresses changes that
are occurring within The Bahamas and
will be adapted regularly to respond
to continuing social, economic and
ecological changes.
The ahamas faces numerous
challeng-s to conservation and
sustainalfility. Population levels on
New Pro 'idence continue to grow,
,while to rism and development are the
primary economic drivers. Fisheries
stocks are beginning to decline, and
many be leve current levels of extraction
are not sustainable. Invasive species have
been documented and are increasing
throughout the islands. These challenges

must be addressed urgently, holistically
and strategically.
To address these challenges
effectively, BNT and other local
organizations need to be strengthened.
Cooperation amongst BNT and
other local and civic conservation
organizations needs to be developed to
ensure that they work together to make
informed decisions that will result in
equitable and sustainable development
and conservation. To enable this
collaborative environment to evolve,
conflicts need to be managed effectively
and a clear vision for the future needs to
be crafted and accepted by all.
The future of The Bahamas depends
on the development of a society that
understands limits; conserves energy,
water and other essential resources;
and is a constituency for long term
conservation and sustainability of the
biodiversity of the islands.
BNT activities will be designed to
support long term conservation and
sustainable use of the natural resources
of The Bahamas while recognizing
the economic basis of the nation's
economy. The BNT will be strengthened
as an institution through fundraising
-campaigns, membership recruitment,
educational programmes, and effective
leadership. A culture of customer
service and excellence will be instilled
throughout the organization.

The BNT will build on its reputatidl;'
as an environmental leader by
demonstrating excellence in Nationall
Park and Protected Area management.*
Educational programmes developed
for all ages will be developed and made
available through numerous outlets:
print media, radio, TV, guided and
self-guided tours and the internet.
These programmes will be designed
to increase the level of environmental
stewardship throughout The Bahamas.
Policy advocacy will help forge alliances
with other key non-profit and civic
organizations while increasing our
exposure to current and future members.
The BNT will be managed through six
interrelated programmes:
* The core programme will be
National Park and Protected Area
Management; it will be supported by
education of users and stakeholders
and will benefit from environmental
policy advocacy.
Three support programmes for
Membership, Finance, and
Institutional Management
/ Administration / Human
Resources will ensure effective
implementation of the primary I
programmes. These programmes '.
are derived from an analysis of
the major strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities, and threats identify ed
during the planning process.

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The Bahamas National Trust was
established by an Act of Parliament
in 1959 as a non-governmental body,
mandated with
"promoting the permanent
preservation, for the benefit and
enjoyment of The Bahamas, of
laAds and tenements (including
buildings) and submarine
areas of beauty or natural or
historic interest and as regards
lands and submarine areas
for the preservation iso far as
practicable) of their natural
aspect, features, and animal,
plant and marine life."

The :BNT is a unique collaboration
of the private, scientific, and
government sectors, with a history of
conservation success and innovation
that spans half a century.
The Trust is governed by a
21-member council, which meets
twice a year. The council appoints an
executive committee, which meets

monthly to implement policy and
provide support to the organisation's
professional staff. Volunteers are
involved in the work of the Trust
through advisory bodies, standing
committees and site support groups
The accomplishments of the
BNT are impressive. The West Indian
flamingo and other endangered
species have been rescued from the
brink of extinction. Large areas of
valuable wetlands, forests, marine
environments, and other ecosystems
have been protected. Award-
winning contributions have been
made to environmental education
and curriculum development, with
thousands of schoolchildren taking
part in BNT programmes ever)' year.
The Trust has been a leader in
protecting the environment and
introducing the concept of ecotourism,
as well as making important
contributions to fisheries and wildlife
management, historic preservation,
and sustainableidevelopment,

Our work is financed by income
from an endowment fund, by
membership dues, private donations,
product sales and user fees. Although
we receive some funding from
government, we must raise a significant
portion of the money needed to
support our diverse programmes.
This five-year strategic plan is
a working document that will be
adjusted to meet changing needs and
circumstances. As we build on our
successes, we welcome the opportunity
to work towards the long term-
conservation and sustainable use of our
natural resources.
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Over the past 48 years, the BNT has
evolved from a primarily volunteer-led
organisation to a professionally staffed
body that manages the country's
-' national park system.
During its early years,
the organisation served as the
environmental conscience of the
nation, and was the only significant
environmental non-governmental
From the mid-eighties through
2000, the Trust began to focus on core
strategies centred on public education
and park creation and management,
while new NGOs sprang up to address
other environmental issues.

From 2000 through 2006, the
Trust's financial returns from its
endowment fund declined, leading to
staff reductions and other cutbacks.
Since its inception the main goal
of the BNT has been conservation
through public education and parks
Today and in the future, the BNT
will be guided by the need to effectively
and efficiently manage our national
parks and protected areas, while
pursuing education and advocacy
programmes to develop support from
residents and visitors.
This will require alliances and
partnerships with other NGOs and

educational institutions, as well as
professional staffing, underpinned by
increased funding.
Our strategic plan reflects these
considerations and seeks to build on
our strengths to address the nation's
critical challenges.

Core Work Programmes

1. National Park Management.
2. Public Education.
3. Environmental Advocacy.
4. Membership Promotion.
5. Financial Support.
6. Institutional Development.

National Park Management
Goal 1: To effectively manage the BNT's
system of parks and protected areas.
Objective 1.1: Implement general
management planning for national parks.
Objective 1.2: Expand public access to
national parks.
Objective 1.3: Explore new areas to be
designated fbr protection.
Objective 1.4: Implement programmes to
reduce the impact of invasive species.
Objective 1.5: Formalise effective conservation
partnerships with key agencies.

Public Education
Goal 2: To inspire greater environmental
stewardship through diverse educational
Objective 2.1: Develop and implement
ecosystem manuals and resources in
collaboration with the Ministry of
Education and other agencies.
Objective 2.2: Alanage an accessible
library and reference system focused on
the Bahamian environment.
Objective 2.3: Increase participation in
BNT events and activities by 20%
through an expanded multi-media
communications programme.
Objective 2.4: Produce interpretive materials
for visitor education & public relations.
Objective 2.5: Increase education and
community events at the Rand Nature
Centre in Freeport by 20%.
Objective 2.6: Reintroduce guided tours at the
Retreat Gardens.
Objective 2.7: Implement public awareness
programme for sustainable use of wetlands.
Objective 2.8: Establish new Discovery
Club chapters for schoolchildren on New
Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco,
Andros, San Salvador, Inagua and Exuma.
Objective 2.9: Introduce summer camps on all
islands where there are staffed BNT parks

Environmental Advocacy
Goal 3: To advise decision-makers to
achieve a balance between economic
development and natural resource
Objective 3.1: Strengthen relationship
with government agencies and
cultivate consultation in
environmental decision- making.
Objective 3.2: Collaborate with other
NGOs on critical national
environmental issues.
Objective 3.3: Review current
environmental issues and make
recommendations to appropriate
government agencies.

Membership Promotion
Goal 4: To expand membership and secure
the BNTs financial future.
Objective 4.1: Initiate a campaign to
raise $25 million.
Objective 4.2: Identify additional
fundraising vehicles.
Objective 4.3: Strengthen relations
with major donors.
Objective 4.4: Develop a sustainable
conservationfinance plan.
Objective 4.5: Plan commemorative
activities for the 50th anniversary
of the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park.
Objective 4.6: Plan commemorative
activities for the 50th Anniversary of
the BNT

Goal 5: To recruit new members and
involve more existing members in
conservation activities.
Objective 5.1: Ensure that 80% of members
renew their subscription.
Objective 5.2: Increase membership by 10%
per year.
Objective 5.3: Establish new chapters or
partnerships on major islands.
Objective 5.4: Create new events on at
least three islands to attract new
members and volunteers.
Objective 5.5: Develop a BNT volunteer
programme to ensure sufficient support
for BNT events.

Financial Support
Goal. 6: To provide timely and accurate
financial information to all stakeholders.
Objective 6.1: Develop policies and procedures to
improvefinancial accountability.
Objective 6.2: Implement regular reporting
Objective 6.3: Implement quarterly budgets
and financial reviews.
Objective 6.4: Provide remote access to the
BNT accounting system.

Institutional Development
Goal 7: To ensure cost-effective
administrative, human resource and
management support for the primary
programmes of the BNT.
Objective 71: Establish industry-standard
human resource management policies in
order to attract and retain qualified staff
Objective 72: Develop employee training
Objective 73: Implement effective staff
reporting and time management procedures.
Objective 7.4: Ensure that appropriate
infrastructure exists to accommodate all
Objective 75: Improve overall performance
levels and service to BNT constituents.
Objective 7.6: Implement regular planning,
review and evaluation systems.
Objective 7.7: Develop protocols and
recommendations to ensure good
institutional governance.
Annual business and operational plans will
be prepared to adapt the strategic plan to the
financial and human resource realities of the

These plans will ensure that there is a shared
understanding among council members,
managers, staff and stakeholders of the roles,
functions, and expectations of the Trust.
They will also be used as a marketing and
public relations tool to disseminate key
messages to donors and stakeholders.
At the departmental level, BNT staff will
use the annual business plans to define
their specific tasks and benchmarks, while
also refining budgets and human resource
needs to achieve them. Annual plans will be
evaluated and revised each quarter and will
form the basis for individual work planning
within the BNT.

Financial Outlook

BNT annual expenditures grew from about $750,000 in 2000 to an estimated $2 million in 2007. The 2008
spending estimate is $2.5 million with revenues estimated at $2.6 million. The major income categories are:

Endowment Funds
Park User Fees
Merchandise Sales
Special Events
Government Grants

$ 110,000

Total Anticipated Revenue $ 2,634,000

Funding limitations over the past two years have limited the BNT's
ability to fully execute some planned activities. An increase in long-term
funding is needed to secure the organisation's future, and the Trust will
undertake a major fundraising campaign to achieve this goal.
The Trust will also seek to maximise returns from park visitation and
develop sustainable financing plans for all parks.



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each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum
of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number
may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.

Sudoku Answer

Kakuro Answer

2 Boring aspect of army life
3 Cover or uncover (4)
4 Possibly going north for a
drink (6)
5 Tips which are never mean
6 Diversions of a sort due for
improvement (7)
7 Secret assignment for a
lullaby singer? (4-4,3)
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9 Govern harshly (7)
10 Succulent plants (5)
11 Consider (4)
12 Impasse (8)
14 Ludicrous (6)
16 Besiege (6)
18 Sleep-inducing drug
19 A dreaded
person (4)
22 Elevate (5)
23 Trailblazer (7)
24 Having good
intentions (4-7)

24 He clears the way for us
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Across: 1 Hamlet, 4 Usefully, 9
Nursed, 10 Steamers, 12 lota, 13
Cross, 14 Mete, 17 Game of chance,
20 Music teacher, 23 Apex, 24 Igloo,
25 Dean, 28 All clear, 29 Head-on, 30
Turnover, 31 Stodge.
Down: 1 Hangings, 2 Mark time, 3
Even, 5 Satisfaction, 6 Frau, 7 Lieder,
8 Yes men, 11 Cracking pace, 15
Bogus, 16 Scrap, 18 Threaded, 19
Ordnance, 21 Vacant, 22 Dealer, 26
Alto, 27 Bent.

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of pain (6)
0 She helps to make wire
netting (5)
Low joint where a cap is
worn (4)

Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Sickle, 4 Smuggled, 9
Foment, 10 Stalwart, 12 Room, 13
Waver, 14 Guru, 17 Gainsborough,
20 Part of speech, 23 Ripe, 24
Beech, 25 Liar, 28 Cardigan, 29
Baltic, 30 Swan Lake, 31 Dry rot.
Down: 1 Suffrage, 2 Cambodia, 3
Lynx, 5 Matter-of-fact, 6 Gale, 7
League, 8 Detour, 11 Pat on the
back, 15 Usual, 16 Agape, 18
Register, 19 Short cut, 21 Fracas,
22 Sparta, 26 Fill, 27 Fair.

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finishes miscellaneous arti-
cles (4,3,4)
9 Joining one, perhaps, with
a gin cocktail (7)
10 It comes back to beat a
giant (5)
11 Best sort of capital
investment (4)
12 Sort of job many want,
though possibly insecure
14 Strongly advise one not to
lose heart it's most
important (6)
16 The French observe the
tenant (6)
18 Stop deer straying
with ropes round their
necks (8)
19 Brand new money-making
concern (4)
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Mark Hebden v MichaelAdams,
Kilkenny Open 2006. This spring
England number one Adams
competes in the world title
candidates matches in Elista,
southern Russia. It could be the
last chance for the 35-year-old
Comishman, who has three
times reached the championship
semi-finals or final, to challenge
for top honours. His warm-up
event at Ireland's top weekend
open turned out badly, as the
veteran Leicester grandmaster
Hebden took first prize arid
trounced the favourite in theii
individual game. Here Hebden
(White, to move) is a pawn up
with all his pieces more active
than their black counterparts.
Adams's last hope is that his
opponent will fall for the
trap 1 Bxd7 Rel + 2 Kd4 Rxe7 3
dxe7 Bxd7 and White has lost a
bishop. Can you find White's
quickest win?

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3 No longer new (4)
4 Hanging tuft of
threads (6)
5 Mishap (8)
6 Include
with letter (7)
7 Courtesy (4,7)
8 Deeply depressed
13 Relating to trees (8)
15 Good turn (7)
17 Credulous (6)
20 Inexperience (5)
21 Shortly (4)

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Opening lead two of hearts.
It is easy to become confused
when you play against an artificial
bidding system. Most players don't
encounter this difficulty because, in
the groups in which they play, a
spade bid shows spades, diamonds
means diamonds, and so on.
However, when you play in tour-
naments, where advanced bidding
methods are used by some pairs, arti-
ficial bids are fairly common. Ilow
much they gain in the long run is
questionable. Here is a case where an
artificial bid was successful, but for a
peculiar reason.
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or more can you make from the
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once only. Each must contain
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1954. Nothing much happened at the
first table, where Terence Reese and
Boris Schapiro got to four spades as
shown. Reese made six instead of
five as the result of a defensive error,
but the extra trick he gained was of
minor consequence.
It was at the second table that the
fireworks occurred. There. Michele
Giovine and Mario Franco held the
North-South cards for Italy. They
were playing the highly artificial
Mannic system.
Giovine opened the South hand
with one diamond, a strong bid that
had nothing to do with diamonds.
Franco responded with one spade,
which had nothing to do with spades.
It showed a king and some additional
values. Eventually, Franco and
Giovine arrived at six spades.
Adam Meredith (West) led the
jack of spades and thereby handed
declarer the contract. Declarer won
with the queen, cashed the A-K of
hearts, ruffed a heart and then
crossed to the ten of spades to obtain
two vital discards on the established
hearts to make the slam.
It was an unfortunate lead, all
right, but it was doubly unfortunate
because Meredith had led out of turn!
Due to the artificial one-spade bid,
the actual declarer was North, and
East should have made the opening
As it was, North accepted Mered-
ith's lead out of turn, which was his
privilege, and so made the slam.

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008, PAGE 11

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Uhijah and Ellen

Johnson celebrate

71 years of marriage

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WHILE recent events may
have seemed to give
Bahamian marriages a black
eye, the truth stands that it is
possible to maintain a lasting,
loving, God-centred relationship
with another human being -
through sickness and health, joy
and pain, childbirth and long
distances, where each is commit-
ted to loving and cherishing the
other until death separates them,
and ends their vow.
For 88-year old Ellen Johnson, and her husband, 95-
year old Uhijah, who celebrated an impressive 71 years
of marriage on Sunday, July 27, there is no question as
to whether a marriage can last.
From her perspective, Mrs Johnson told Tribune
Woman, a husband and wife must remain committed to
each other, forgiving of each other, and most impor-
tantly, they must have a relationship with God. Only
God, she said, can give one the ability to be as selfless
as they need to be in order to make a marriage work.
"Marriage is a give and take. Seventy one years? To
live together that length of time you have to ask God to
be in charge of you and your husband and to keep you
together. If God is not in your life you wouldn't make
it," Mrs Johnson said.
People argue that today's marriages can't last as long
as unions made in the 1930s, when the Johnsons were
married, but Mrs Johnson begs to differ. "Times have
changed, but a marriage takes you to make it work...Bad
times, come on and come on, and you may think that
you can't make it and so you just go on with the times,
but you have to try on your own to make it work. And
then you have to ask God to keepboth of you."
And it goes without saying that all marriages, Mrs
Johnson noted, will face a degree of conflict. In her
own marriage, she constantly reminded herself of the
commitment to be together in sickness and in
health...and until death.
"Even if the man is failing, you have to encourage him
*and give him the word of God. But if both of you are on
the same tit for tat with each other, you can't make it.
One of you has to humble yourself. You have to ask
God to help you with that, and you'll make it. It seems
as though you won't, but depend on God. I proved
that it can work," Mrs Johnson told Tribune Woman.
In contrast to the Johnson's marriage, where both par-
ties are committed to staying together, and working
through their issues in a holistic, loving and respectful
way. there are marriages that are being rocked by var-
ious negative behaviours and habits. And then there are
those in the middle, where the initial seeds of disquiet
and trouble have just been planted, but neither partner
knows how to stem the steadily rising tide or slow the
move toward a full blown storm.

The truth is that for appearance sake, many people
stay in miserable marriages without seeking profes-
sional help. From the wedding reception they are told by
well wishers to keep their marital business behind closed

doors, and to maintain a stable front while in public -
despite the fact that their marriage may be crumbling
before their very eyes.
As convenient as this avenue appears, it is not pro-
ductive. The truth is, the marriage, and the individuals in
it suffer greatly when couples suffer in silence and put up
the facade of a healthy marriage.
"We were socialized, especially in the Bahamas, to
keep your business in your house. But I look at it this
way, if you've been going through a struggle of five,
six, seven years and it's not resolved, one of you should
say,'hey, we need some help'," Sandra Sealy of Marriage
Keepers told Tribune Woman.
Mrs Sealy co-founded Marriage Keepers along with
her husband, Ted Sealy, and together they have built a
ministry which provides counselling for couples who
are experiencing difficulties in their marriage, and those
who wish to strengthen their union.
When it comes to relationships, Mrs Sealy said, there
is often a stigma attached to seeking professional help in
times of turmoil.
"We just need to get over that syndrome that seeking
help may mean that I am a weak man or that my mar-
riage is on the rocks. Sometimes when you see even a
speck, it doesn't hurt to go and speak to someone, but
speak to the rightperson, and someone who is going to
give you godly principles to deal with your marriage."
Many unsuspecting individuals however, enter a mar-
riage without realizing that such a union takes effort to
maintain. There will be lots of challenges along the way,
the two noted.
Through their experience, the Sealys have concluded
that isolation is the main culprit in marriages that fall

"By isolation I mean that you have a couple living in
the same home but they're going down different tracks.
They are together but still apart; they are in their own
world. You go to work, come home, ask how you're
doing and that's it. There is no common ground per
se," she said.
When she speaks of isolation, Mrs Sealy doesn't want
to suggest that a couple must be around each other 24/7
(though it works for the Sealys who work from the same
office, drive in the same car, and go home to the same
house). Rather, she refers to the couple taking quality
time to understand each other and be genuinely involved
in each other's lives.
In a recent conversation with a colleague who was just
separated from his wife and is now seeking a divorce, I
learnt that he and his wife simply "grew apart". Though
he could not explain exactly what that meant.
According to Mrs Sealy, this idea of 'growing apart' is

closely linked to isolation. The couple that appears to be
growing apart has not taken the time to bond or they
may be too busy to consider how lonely or isolated
their partner may be.
But this is not only a reality for younger couples like
my colleague.
"You have a lot of couples who may even have chil-
dren, and everything looks good on the outside, but
what-happens when the children leave? There is no
intimacy between them. Some people think of intimacy
as only sex," Mrs Sealy said.
Mr Sealy believes that the extent to which conflicts
lead to estrangement or divorce, depends greatly on
the husband and wife's sensitivity to maintaining peace.
"They have to be intelligent enough to understand that
they are coming up against a challenge that they need to
talk about. They have to understand that talking about
a challenge doesn't mean yelling at each other or you try-
ing to speak over me while we are trying to have a con-
versation regarding an issue that we're having," Mr
Sealy noted.
On the contrary, an intelligent couple will sit and lis-
ten to each other with empathy.
"You can in turn give an empathetic answer putting
yourself in that person's position when they are speak-
ing to you, hearing the person's heart and not just lis-
tening just to say that you are listening. You need to hear
what the person's heart is saying so that you can better
understand the feeling of the person. And once you
understand their feelings, you can give a better objective
as to whether you are to go yay or nay," Mr Sealy said.
But could it be that Bahamian couples are losing their
ability to listen to each other? Is this leading to feelings

of isolation within the relationship, which eventually
leads to separation?
According to Mrs Sealy, signs of isolation include:
A feeling that your spouse is not hearing you and
doesn't want to understand
The belief that he/she has a nonchalant attitude
towards the marriage and any conflict that occurs in it.
Feelings of inadequacy in that you are not able to
meet your spouse's expectations
A sense that he/she is detached from you
Rejection and a refusal to deal with the issues are all
further signs of isolation in a marriage.
"These are all the beginning of isolation because you
continue to push the other person away from you."

FoC more information contact the Sealy's at 356.7712.
For further discussion on this topic, tune in to "Four's Com-
pany Fridays" on Spirit Gospel: Splash 92.5 on Friday from 7am
- 9am.

Well, Ted and Sandra Sealy,
co-founders of Marriage
Keepers, recommend begin-
ning with developing an open
channel of communication
where you and your spouse
are communicating constant-
ly, being concerned about the
other person daily.
"Communication is really
the key here," Mr Sealy said.
Along with communicating
effectively, couples should
also set the following strate-
gies in motion:

Plan to do things as a
couple. For example, go on
vacations together.

Be willing to compromise:
Keeping the "flame" in your
relationship takes work and
sacrifice, Mr Sealy said.

Be genuinely interested in
getting involved with your
spouse's interests. "There
should be some understand-
ing that I need to be a part of
your rest and relaxation time
as well as you need to be a
part of my R&R time because
in that time that is spent
together when we're enjoying
something that either one or
both of us likes, there is a
bonding that takes place." Mr
Sealy said.

Be willing to be selfless:
"Be willing to care about the
other person enough to want
to give of yourself. You need
to be selfless, not selfish."
Create an atmosphere
where your spouse feels that
it is safe to be totally open. If
the atmosphere is hostile, the
spouse will not want to be
open with their true feelings.
Bottling up feelings can lead
to further tension in the mar-

Be transparent in your
relationship: "When you are
transparent, you are open.
You share your feelings, you
hear your deep thoughts; both
the hurt and the joy.
"Often times, we're just on
the surface when we speak to
each other, especially to our
spouses. But you should actu-
ally be transparent," Mrs
Sealy noted.

Make sure your spouse is
your best friend: "You should
not have any deep, dark
secrets or hidden agendas.
You should aim to be totally
open with your spouse and
just free yourself of whatever
is inside of you whether it is
something exciting that you
want to share with your mate
or something that is bothering
you," Mr Sealy said.

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creating and maintaining a health workforce


Work station


(Editors note: The workplace has
a powerful influence on the health of
workers. When people feel healthy
they are more satisfied with their work
and More productive. Notably, mil-
lions of working days are lost each
ygar'because of ill health. As a result,
'liawsvof,dpllars, are lost to employ-.
ers. It is therefore particularly impor-
tant for employers to acknowledge the
need for, and to ensure that a safe and
healthy environment is provided for
everyone including visitors to their
work site. This article focuses on one
aspect of the workplace that frequent-,
ly contributes to poor health work-
station ergonomics. Several ttps have
been included, to aid.workers in the
prevention and resolution of such fac-

REPETITIVE Strain Injury (RSI)
is becoming increasingly widespread
as persons spend more time using
computers. The condition affects the
hands and arms resulting frf' the
use of the computer keyboard and
Repetitive Strain Injuries occur
from repeated physical movements
doing damage to tendons, nerves,
muscles and other soft body tissues.
This can be a serious and very painful
condition that is far easier to prevent
than to cure once contracted, and can
occur even in young, physically fit
individuals. It is not uncommon for
people to have to leave computer-
dependent careers as a result or even

to be disabled and unable to perform
tasks such as driving or dressing
.The major contributing factor to
this condition is failure to address rel-
evant ergonomics issues related to
health and safety within the work-
The term "ergonomics" is derived
from two Greek words: "ergon",
meaning work and "nomoi", meaning
natural laws. Ergonomists study
human capabilities in relationship to
work demands. In recent years,
ergonomists have attempted to define
postures which minimize unnecessary
static work and reduce the forces act-
ing on the body. All persons could
significantly reduce their risk of injury
if they would adhere to the following
ergonomic principles:

All work activities should permit
the worker to adopt several differ-
ent, but equally healthy and safe pos-
Where muscular force has to be
exerted it should be done by the
largest appropriate muscle groups
:' *Work activities should be per-
formed with the joints at about mid-
point of their range of movement.
This applies particularly to the head,
trunk, and upper limbs.

A challenge to,,conventional
ergonomic thinking is that in order
to put these recommendations into

practice, a person would have to be a
skilled observer of his or her own
joint and muscle functioning and
would have to be able to change his
or her'posture to a healthier one at
will. No one develops this sort of
highly refined sensory awareness
without special training therefore, in
order to derive the benefits of
ergonomic research, we must learn
how to observe our bodies in a new
way. Any attempt to improve work-
place conditions can have only limit-
ed success if this issue is ignored.
Incorrect working posture can
cause musculoskeletal disorders.
affecting the neck, back, shoulders,
arms and fingers. If a worker feels
any discomfort while working they
must ask themselves:

A properly adjusted chair will
reduce the strain that is put on a per-
son's back. One should be able to
alter the height, back position and
tilt of the chair. They must also
ensure that the knees are level with
the hips.
In order to prevent back injury,
one should be sitting up straight
while at their desk. If the chair is not
providing enough back support, try
using a rolled up towel or cushion
until a position that's comfortable is
found then adjust the chair accord-
Once the chair is correctly posi-
tioned, take a look at the feet. Are
they flat on the floor? If not, one
might want to consider getting a
footrest. This will relieve any pres-
sure on the joints and muscles. It's
important that individuals avoid
crossing their legs or sitting with one
(or both) legs twisted beneath them.
Once a comfortable sitting posi-

tion is secured, check the positioning
of the computer. Guidelines suggest
that the monitor should be positioned
approximately 12-30 inches away
from your eyes. A good guide to
positioning is to place the monitor
about an arm's length away. The top
of the screen should be roughly at
eye level. In order to achieve this
position you may need to get a stand
for your monitor. This does not need
to be anything fancy a pile of books
will help to elevate the screen to the
required position.
Ideally, your computer screen
should be as glare-free as possible.
This may mean positioning the mon-
itor so that overhead lighting and sun-
light are not reflecting on your screen.
Experiment with your monitor until
you find the best position. You may
need to move your desk slightly or
close the blinds/curtains. If glare con-
tinues to be a problem, try using an
anti-glare screen. You should also
experiment with the screen settings
on your monitor. Adjusting the
brightness or contrast could make a
big difference.
Position frequently used objects -
such as your telephone or stapler -
within reachable distance from your
body. It's important to avoid repeat-
edly stretching or twisting to reach
things. Positioning items within easy
reach will help to avoid overusing
your arm, shoulder and back mus-
If you spend a lot of time on the
telephone, you may want to consider
exchanging your handset for a head-
set. Repeatedly cradling the phone
between your ear and shoulder can
strain the muscles in your neck.
While sitting at the keyboard, keep
the wrists in a straight position when
using a keyboard they should not

be bent up, down or to either side.
Your elbows should be positioned
vertically under your shoulders. Using
a wrist rest may help you to avoid
awkward bending of the wrists.
Position and use the mouse as close
to the body as possible. Aim to have
the elbow vertically under your shoul-
der and right by your side. A mouse
mat with a wrist pad will help to keep
the wrists straight and avoid awkward
bending. Try learning some keyboard
short cuts to cut down on the amount
Sof time spent using a mouse.

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Try to alter your working day so
that you don't spend all your time at
your computer. If your job is mainly
computer based be sure to take reg-
ular breaks. For every hour at the
keyboard, take at least five to ten
minutes rest.
Rest your eyes look away from
the screen and focus on something
in the distance for a few seconds.
Try doing some gentle exercises
.to help relax the muscles and clear
your mind.
If you experience any pain or dis-
comfort at your desk, stop what you
are doing and take a break. If you
; are regularly experiencing aches and
pains:at work, discuss them with
someone who is in a position to help
you resolve them. If symptoms persist
seek help from a healthcare profes-

For additional information on health
and safety in the workplace call or visit
the Resource Centre at the Health Edu-
cation Division of the Ministry of Health
headquarters Meeting and Delancy
Street or call 502.4763 or e-mail us at

Keep foods safe this summer

Provided by Adelma Penn,
Camelta Barnes, Shandera
Smith and Lathera Lotmore,
nutritionists from the Depart-
ment of Public Health/Ministry
of Health

DURING the summer peo-
ple spend a tremendous amount
of time outdoors enjoying the
sunshine, sand, sea and food.
Cookouts, barbecues, grills and
beach picnics are a major part of
a summer lifestyle, therefore it is
important to keep in mind that
warm temperatures, while ideal
for these activities, also provide
an inviting environment for bac-
teria to grow on food resulting
in food contamination.
When a person eats contami-
nated food, it may lead to food
borAe illnesses or "food poison-
ing". He or she may experience
vomiting, diarrhea, fever,
abdominal cramps and in severe
cases, food poisoning may even
cause death especially in small
children and the elderly. This is
why" it is important, especially
during the summer, to take spe-
cial precautions when prepar-
ing and storing perishable foods

such as meat, poultry, seafood,
foods with mayonnaise (like
potato salad, coleslaw, tuna sal-
ad etc) and egg products.
Here are some tips that can
help you avoid food poisoning
and enjoy a safe and fun filled

Begin with the purchase of
foods that are safe.

Do not purchase spoiled or
outdated food
Examine foods carefully
and pay particular attention to
expiration dates on packaging,
especially for raw meats.
When shopping pick up
cold and frozen foods last to
maintain their temperature as
much as possible and get foods
home quickly.
Beware of cook-out foods.
Choose from a vendor who
keeps hot foods hot and cold
foods cold at the right temper-

Purchasing safe foods is one
of the first and important steps
you can take to minimize your
risk for food poisoning.

Begin with hand washing as
bacteria can easily be transferred
from the body to foods and sur-

Always wash hands thor-
oughly, especially after switch-
ing tasks such as handling raw
food and then handling cooked
food or vegetables
Wash hands before, during
and after food preparation
Wash hands after using the
rest room
Pack moist towelettes or
hand sanitizer when outdoors
and water is not readily avail-

Proper hand washing may
eliminate nearly half of all cases
of food borne illnesses. And
remember, foods are only as
clean as the conditions you pre-
pare them in.

Hands, utensils, surfaces,
cutting boards, food containers
and wherever foods are pre-
pared should be clean
Use clean water, a disinfec-
tant or sanitizer for cleaning
Thaw frozen meats and fish

in the refrigerator or microwave
Keep raw meats and ready-
to-eat foods separate
Do not partially grill meat or
poultry to finish cooking later
Do not place cooked food
items back on the same plate
that previously held raw'food.
Wash plates with soapy
water between uses

Chicken should be cooked
to at least 1700 F
Steak should be cooked to
at least 1450 F
Hamburgers should be
cooked to at least 1600 F

Use separate plates to hold
raw meat, poultry and seafood,
and other plates for cooked

All of these practices can help
to prevent cross contamination
of food, which is a leading cause
of food poisoning.

Prepared foods should not be
left at room temperature ("left
out") for more than two hours.
During the warmer months

reduce this time to one hour or

Keep foods out of the
"Food Danger Zone" (41F -
Keep cold foods cold
(chilled below 400 F)
Replace ice in cooler fre-
Chill items before being
placed in a cooler
Keep foods in shallow,
sealed containers in a cooler
filled with ice when outdoors.
Keep hot foods hot (at or
above 1400 F)
Do not place cooked meats
in a warm cooler for storage.

Food safety is critical when
transporting foods.

Meat, poultry and seafood
may be packed while they are
still frozen so that they remain
cold longer
After washing fruits and
vegetables, dry them with a
clean cloth or paper towel
before packing them
Pack perishable foods

directly from the refrigerator or
freezer into a cooler with ice to
keep them cold
Transport the cooler in the
air-conditioned back seat of a
car instead of a hot trunk
Store the cooler in the
shade and not in the car trunk

Scrub the grill with hot,
soapy water before cooking
Pre-heat grill to kill bacteria
and/or insects
Partially cooked food pre-
pared in the microwave oven
or stove to reduce grilling time
should be placed immediately
on the hot grill
Grilled food can be kept
hot by placing on the side of the
grill rack until serving time
Practice proper food handling
techniques to protect you, your
family and friends from food
contamination and food poi-
soning. If you are uncertain
whether certain foods are safe
to eat, it is best to throw away.
Remember. "When in doubt,
throw it out!" Enjoy the rest of
your summer with safe foods.





TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008, PAGE 15B




EVERY week I often hear this primary com-
plaint by cat lovers, "why does my cat urinate in
every place other than the litter box?".
A cat's failure to urinate in the litter box may
have several causes (by the way it is recom-
mended that you provide a litter box for every cat
in your household).
1. A dirty litter box may cause a cat to avoid
the box. Individual cats have different levels of
tolerance to an unclean litter box. Od cat may
use a litter box that is only cleaned once or twice
a week, when another cat may avoid a box that
has been used just once.
2. A negative experience associated with the lit-
ter box could also deter its use. Do not scold or
startle a cat in the vicinity of the litter box.
3. Inappropriate urination can also be a form of
traumatized memory. Urine marking outside of
the litter box in an erect, crouching or startling
position occurs in a sexually intact or neutered
male or female cat.
Urine marking in the standing position is called
spraying. It is performed by males and females.
Cats that have been neutered at the appropri-
ate age and that have never roamed outdoors or
ever seen another cat may begin to urinate out-
side the litter box.
A sexually intact male or female in heat that
has begun to urinate inappropriately should be
neutered without delay.
The hormone influences related to reproduc-
tion may motivate urine marking. Once these
hormones are no longer in circulation following
neutering, the behaviour is likely to stop. Neu-
tering alone however may not be enough to
return behaviour to normal if marking is long-

term (normally more than several weeks). Also
neutering does not guarantee a cat yvill never
unnate inappropriately.

Urine contains odours that identify the indi-
vidual and mark a cat's territory. The location of
food, water and safe places to rest are linked to a
cat's sense of security. If these are disturbed, it
may reaffirm its territorial claim and it will relieve
anxiety by urine marking.
Litfer training is: further complicated in house-
holds with more than one cat. An easily offend-
ed at may avoid a box that has been used by a
housemate, Territorial conflict between cats in
multi-cat homes may cause problems, including
with the litter box.
As mentioned earlier, provide a litter box for
every cat in your household. Choose a variety
of locations in quiet corners in your home.

A medical problem can be associated with inap-
propriate urination. Common problems are cystitis
(urinary bladder infection), kidney diseases and
diabetes. If you suspect any of these problems
consult your veterinarian. Virtually any illness
can be linked to inappropriate urination.
Inappropriate defecation may stem from a dirty


litter box, medical problems, stress, anxiety and
even fear. Most cats prefer a quiet, out of the
way place.for urination and defecation. Too much
noise or activity nearby can discourage a cat from
using the litter box and drive it to another location
of its own choosing.
Moving the litter bbx to a-new location can
also upset certain cats. If the litter box must be
moved, do it gradually.

Cats have a natural instinct to void and then dig
in soil or sand. The litter box is a human invention
and an artificial substitute. It is surprising that
more cats do not eliminate in potted plants.
To discourage your cat from eliminating in your
household plant, one must devise ways to pre-
vent access to them, eg, cover the soil with wire
mesh or aluminum foil.
There are myriad reasons why a cat will elimi-
nate in places other than in the litter box. It is rec-
ommended that you keep the litter box especial-
ly clean and make sure to provide enough of them
for the number of cats you have in the house.
Dr Basil Sands is a veterinarian at the Central Ani-
mal Hospital. Questions or comments should be direct-
ed to potcake59@hotmail.com. Dr Sands can also be
contacted at 325-1288

NO skin disorder is
as misunderstood as
rosacea, yet this often
misdiagnosed condi-
tion affects millions of
people everywhere in .
the world. Often mis-
construed as a sign of .
alcoholism or even
acne, rosacea is a
unique disorder that
must be carefully treat-
Primarily affecting
the T-zone and cheeks,
rosacea is caused by
the enlargements of
the blood vessels in the
face. Symptoms can,
include redness, break-
outs, highly-visible
capillaries and, in men, enlargements of the
nasal tissue.
People who have skin that is easily sensitized
generally are more rosacea-prone due to the
profusion of blood vessels close to the skin sur-
face. Blushing is also one of the first signs of
The key to controlling advanced rosacea is
avoiding the trigger factors that can bring on an
attack (see below). With every episode of flush-
ing, the blood vessels in the face become more
damaged, making the condition cumulatively
Unfortunately, there is no cure yet for
rosacea. However, in addition to minimizing
your exposure to trigger factors, you can also.
seek professional skin care treatments aimed at
calming the skin. Your board-certified derma-
tologist will also have information on flush-
reducing drugs that can be effective in control_-
ling rosacea.
Since lifestyle significantly affects sensitive'
skin conditions like rosacea, predisposition alone
does not condemn your skin. Avoiding triggers
that can set off a bout with the redness and irri-:
tation of rosacea is as important as leading an
overall healthy, moderate life.

Spicy foods
Hot baths
Extreme temperatures
Physical exertion
Harsh skin care products' or cosmetics
Products containing menthol
Sun exposure
This information was taken from www.dermalogi-
Sarah Simpson is a Skin Care Therapist at the
Dermal Clinic located at One Sandyport Plaza'(the
same building as Ballys Gym). For more information
visit her website at www.dermal-clinic:com or call
her at 327.6788

Atopic dermat itisleczema

ATOPIC dermatitis/eczema
is a chronic, itchy condition of
the skin which is associated
with a personal or family his-
tory of atopic diseases (eg, asth-
ma, allergic rhinitis or atopic
The exact cause of the dis-
ease is unknown, but patients
tend to h. re a genetic predis-
position (inherited). The con-
dition can be exacerbated by
certain food allergies, skin
infections, irritating clothes or
chemicals and changes in cli--

Atopic dermatitis/eczema is a
disease of childhood. It usually
starts after two months of age,
and by age five most children
will have all the signs and
symptoms of the disease. It is
uncommon for adults to devel-
op this condition without hav-
ing a history of eczema in child-

Most children complain of
itching as the main symptom.
They sleep poorly and are
hyperactive. There is also a
family history of eczema, asth-
ma or respiratory allergy.

The condition can present as
acute or chronic. In the acute
phase there will be papules,
vesicles, oozing and crusting.
In the chronic phase there is

l.ichenification (thickening of
the skin) and scaling.
It is associated with different
presentations in each age
Infancy tends io be vesicu-
lar and weeping on.the face
with nonspecific distribution
elsewhere, commonly sparing
the diaper area.
Childhood eczema becomes
leathery, dry and excoriated,
mainly affecting the front of
the elbows and behind the
knees, wrists and ankles.
Adults as in childhood-
except with more lichenifica-

Chronic relapsing course
Personal or family history
of atopic disease

In order to be successful, the
treatment must eliminate the

1. Topical steroids (anti-
inflammatory) and systemic
antihistamines (anti-itch)
should be given in the appro-
priate strength and frequency,
to reduce inflammation and

2. Occasionally, a short
course of systemic steroids (by
mouth) are given to get the dis-
ease under control.

.3. Avoidance of environ-
mental factors that can enhance
itching eg, emotional stress,
wool clothes and uncomfort-
able climatic conditions is

4. Moisturizers and wet wrap
treatments are essential in
reducing dry skin and itching.

5. Avoidance of food aller-
gens in selected patients is also

DIREOT1CCITRIClSNADA -6. Avoiding triggers eg,

7. Treating any secondary
viral and bacterial infections.

8. 'Azathioprine and
-cyclosporin can be used in
severe, unresponsive cases.

Atopic dermatitis/eczema is a
chronic disease associated with
many acute flare-ups followed
by longer periods of recovery.
In most instances the cause of
the flare-up is unknown which
adds to the frustration of the
condition. Most children out-
,grow their condition by ado-
lescence, although as adults
some continue to have localised
forms of atopic eczema.
It can also be complicated by
skin infections eg, viral-mol-
luscum contagiosum, herpes
simplex and bacterial eg, staph
aureus infections.
If you have any of the above
symptoms please see your doc-
tor to have a proper assessment
to determine your diagnosis
and appropriate treatment
plan. The treatment can
become quite complex and is
tailored to each patient based
on the extent and severity of
their symptoms and complica-

%RIchigWM house dust mites, avoidance-
SFlexural lichenication barrier materials on mattresses, If you have any questions,
adults Flexurand older nifichidren regular vacuuming of bed- please contact DrRichelle Knowles
Extensor papulovesicles rooms and avoiding carpets. at 327.8718/9 or e-mail at
if Extensor papuovesicles Consider allergy testing. drknowlesl@hotmail.com

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STHESE Tabasco or finger peppers have the same taste and heat strength as bird peppers.

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cause great
inconveniences, but
sometimes it is a
small matter that ohne
remembers. After
Hurricane Floyd in
1999, I was talking
with Silbert 'Guy'
Fawkes of Sandy
Point and he
bemoaned the fact
that all the bird pep-
pers in Sandy Point
had been destroyed
by salt water inva-
sion. Did I have any
seeds? I did not, but
I promised to look
for them.

S1 went to Barry Albury of Marsh
Harbour, a man With a passion for pep-
pers. When I told him the people of
Sandy Point had to use pepper sauce
and bottled peppers, he was horrified.
He gave me a good supply of pods that
I sent down to Silbert, keeping a few
back for myself. Soon Sandy Point peo-
ple were able to season their fish the
proper way with fresh bird peppers.
Bird peppers are the number one
choice for most Bahamians. They are
small enough half to three-quarters of
an inch long to apportion accurately
and the plant bears for most of the
year. Bird peppers have crisp, clean
burn that does not linger.
The heat in hot peppers (which
should really be call chiles) comes from
an alkaloid called capsaicin. This is pro-
duced in the membranes of the pods,
and, by contact, cause the seeds to be
hot as well.
For years there were attempts to
measure the relative heat of certain
hot peppers, but all of these attempts
were subjective. In 1980 a very accurate
'method of measuring the capsaicin con-
tent in peppers was developed using
high pressure liquid chromatography,
whatever that is. The heat intensity is
measured in Scoville Units, named
after Wilbur Scoville, one of the early
pioneers in calculating capsaicin con-
Pure capsaicin equals 16 million
Scoville Units. Our Bahamian bird pep-
per weighs in at 30,000 to 50,000 SUs.
A much hotter pepper is the Bahami-
an goat pepper, a habanero type that is
a heavyweight in the capsaicin catego-
ry, a massive 100,000 to 300,000 SUs.
Gold in colour and lantern-shaped,
goat peppers are only for those who
like blistering heat in their food. The
goat pepper has a distinctive taste and
a pot seasoned with just a little goat

A THESE HABANERO type chile peppers
pepper has a unique background
Other peppers you will find in use in
Bahamian homes are Serrano,
Jalapeno, Anaheim and Tabasco.
Serrano peppers are shaped like
bullets and turn from a very attractive
dark green to bright red. When ripe
they-measure 5,000 to 15,000 SUs.

are among the hottest of all peppers.

hot. This heat masks the pleasant
flavour that is discernible in mild
Jalapenos, those of 2,500 to 5,000 SUs.
Anaheim peppers are seven inches
long and are for those who like their
heat mild and subdued at 1,000 to 1,500
Tabasco type peppers (finger pep-
pers) are very popular because they

in well-drained soil and watered fre-'
quently. Hot pepper plants last for sev-
eral years and most of them produce
peppers year round, most abundantly
in summer.
Tip: If you accidentally ingest too
much hot pepper and your mouth
begins to burn, do not reach for water.
Much more effective is milk, just a
mouthful that can be sloshed around

Jalapeno peppers also turn from have the same heat and flavour of bird until the pain disappears. A spoonful or
green to red, but are mostly used when peppers, but produce far more abun- mayonnaise also works. If a child is in
they are full but still green. I bemoan dantly. distress, give ice cream. Capsaicin dis-
the fact that the capsaicin content of solves in oil but not in water.
Jalapenos has been increased by selec- All pepper plants need full sun to ...........................................................................
tive breeding until they are intensely be at their best. They should be set out j.hardy@coralwave.com