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Publication Date: August 6, 2008
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Suspect drags
victim some
100 feet before
shoot-out with
the police
Tribune Staff Reporter
A WOMAN is in hospital after
being run over and "dragged"
some 100 feet by a man who led
police on a "high-speed" car
chase and shoot-out in the
Englerston area yesterday, police
The victim whose name and
age were not released by police
up to press time yesterday is
believed to be a resident of the
Englerston area. Her medical
condition was not known.
Police said the innocent
bystander was hit and then
dragged underneath the suspect's
car as he drove onto Homestead
Avenue in an attempt to evade
Police said they first noticed
the driver of a grey Mercedes
Benz driving the wrong way down
a one-way street near Pitt Road
yesterday morning.
As they tried to stop the vehi-
cle, the driver sped off leading
police on a car chase through
Bain Town and ending in the
Englerston area.
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THIS BURNED boat was left on Saunders Beach last week. It has now been moved across the road from
the beach, creating an eyesore in the otherwise scenic area.

New trial date for four charged
in connection with daylight
shooting death of businessman

A NEW trial date has been set
for four men charged in the day-
light shooting death of business-
man Keith Carey.

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THE Ministry of Educa-
tion will release the results of
this year's BGCSE exami-
nations today, and educators
are hoping that perfor-
mances will have improved
over last year's national
grade average of 'D'.
Government High School
Principal Geoffrey McPhee
told The Tribune yesterday
that preliminary reviews of
the results show that the
number of students who
were graduated from his
school have increased by 12
per cent.
Of all of the 12th grade
SEE page seven


Mr Carey, 42, was shot and
killed on the steps of the Bank
of the Bahamas on the Tonique
Williams Darling Highway on
February 27,2006, while attempt-
ing to deposit $40,000 that
belonged to the Esso Service Sta-
tion, which he operated on Faith
Avenue and Carmichael Road.
Yesterday, the court set Sep-
tember 29 as the new date for the
start of the trial of Sean Brown,
Jamal Glinton, Dwight Knowles
and Vaughn Carey, who is also
charged with conspiracy to com-
mit armed robbery.
Brown, Glinton and Carey,
who is a cousin of the deceased,
initially stood trial in March.
A surprising turn of events,
however, led to that trial being
stopped and charges also being
brought against Dwight Knowles
who had been a witness for the
The prosecution presented a
nolle prosequi (no further prose-
SEE page seven

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Tribune Staff Reporter
A SENIOR parliamentarian was cautioned by police last week
after he was allegedly seen outside a local brothel with a Jamaican
prostitute, The Tribune was informed.
According to reports, the MP was seated in his vehicle in the
parking lot of the now infamous Mayfair Hotel on West Bay Street
around 1.30am.
The MP, whose identity is being withheld at this time, was said to
be seated with thejfemale prostitute in the passenger seat when offi-
cers approached the car.
The Jamaican, sources indicate, got out of the car as the MP
informed officers that he was there simply to meet his "friend".
When asked if the MP was her friend, the prostitute is said to
have answered "yes".
As there was no proof that the MP was engaged in any affair with
the prostitute, officers did not arrest him and let him go without inci-
However, this latest scene at the former Mayfair Hotel is only one
of many where authorities have carried out operations netting
suspected prostitutes who have since been deported from the
SEE page seven

Ginn Club & Resort's
financial difficulties
'will not affect its
GB development'
Tribune Staff Reporter
told that Ginn Club & Resort's
current financial difficulties will
not affect its Ginn Sur Mer devel-
opment. in Grand Bahama, Minis-
ter of State Zhivargo Laing said
Mr Laing said that Government
SEE page seven

Banking magnate seeking to own Port
Authority lays out vision for Freeport
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE British banking magnate who wants to own the Grand Bahama
Port Authority has released a wide-ranging document purporting to
illustrate how his purchase of the GBPA would totally transform
Freeport and the Bahamas.
The 93-page report, which lays out Roddie Fleming's vision for
Freeport "Grand Bahama 2020 and Beyond" claims that "the
promise of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement will finally be delivered"
after it is put in motion.
The entire document and its self-proclaimed "lofty goals" for the
island is based on the assumption that Fleming secures 100 per cent of
the ownership of the GBPA.
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Morton Salt workers

likely to strike by end

of month unless firing

decision reversed

Tribune Staff Reporter
WORKERS at Morton Salt are likely to strike by the end of
the month if management does not reverse its decision to fire a
local union executive and resolve other outstanding labour
issues, The Tribune has learned.
Jennifer Brown, secretary general of the Bahamas Industrial
Manufacturers and Allied Workers Union (BIMAWU) speak-
ing with The Tribune from Inagua yesterday said that there has
been "no resolution and the company's position remains the
"So we are going to do what we have to do," she said.
Mrs Brown said that "before the month is out," the workers
at Morton Salt will take industrial action.
Morton Salt has not reinstated Ken Rolle, the company's
former master electrician and the union's vice-president, after
he was fired in May for allegedly reconnecting the power supply
to a resident without the per-
mission of management.
"(there has This was after a disconnec-
tion exercise by the company,
been) no according to the union. Mor-
resolution and ton Salt also supplies power to
the company's Morton Salt management,
however, has stated that Mr
position remains Rolle was dismissed for violat-
the same. So we ing policies laid down by the
company and for violating his
are going to do contract of employment.
what we have to The union subsequently held
what we have to0 a strike vote last month which
do." passed 73 to one but pledged
not to take industrial action
until the meeting with the
Jennifer BroWn Labour Department. This
meeting, however, did not
resolve the dispute and Mr Rolle was not reinstated.
According to the BIMAWU, Mr Rolle and another company
employee also had an "exchange of words", which Morton Salt
management allegedly attempted to use against him in this dis-
The Ministry of Labour last week announced that it had
referred the ongoing dispute between union members and the
management at Morton Salt to the Industrial Tribunal.
However, members of the BIMAWU were not happy with
this decision, fearing that this move will just prolong the matter.
The BIMAWU also has other outstanding grievances with
Morton Salt management.
These include outstanding vacation pay for workers; workers
who have not received pay for compassionate leave; workers who
have not received back pay; workers whose wages need to be
adjusted upward, as they aie being improperly paid; and part
time workers who have not been regularised.
A strike in Inagua would virtually shut down the island's
economy as Morton Salt employs more than 120 people 60 per
cent of the island's workforce.

Airport chaos -

a last impression

of the Bahamas

US passengers shout protests


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people behind me had a flight
at 12.45pm.
"When the shorter line had
completely disappeared I
asked again, and she said, 'No,
you will go when I let you'.
"It was a complete power
thing, and there was no one
supervising her."
When the mother and
daughter reached the gate 15
minutes before their flight, the
gate had already closed and
they were told 18 seats had
been assigned to passengers
who had missed previous
A spokeswoman for Amer-
ican Airlines (AA) said the
airport was particularly busy
during the chaos on Monday,
possibly because there were
fewer staff working on the
Emancipation Day holiday.
She added: "There were
more passengers than usual,
but if passengers missed their
flight they were accommodat-
ed on another flight."
However, AA's flexibility
did not satisfy all customers.

Although the Chicago resi-
dent left Nassau on the next
plane, she said other passen-
gers were pushed back by two
or three flights.
"It really does leave a bad
taste in your mouth," she said.
"If the line had not been
so poorly managed, my daugh-

"It is such a
shame, we had
such a great
vacation and:
then we have
this disaster."

ter and I and dozens of other
people, would have made
their flights on time."
US Customs, the Ministry
of Tourism and the Nassau
Airport Development Com-
pany (NAD) were unable to
comment before The Tribune
went to press.

Tribune staff reporter
TOURISTS left the
Bahamas with a bad impres-
sion of the islands when
organised chaos at Lynden
Pindling International Airport
on Monday caused them to
miss their flights:
American passengers shout-
ed in protest as they were told
to wait in line to be cleared
by United States Customs
while passengers on later
flights standing at the back of
the line were ushered through
to a shorter queue.
"This is bull****," an
American man exclaimed as
he escorted his family into a
shorter line.
Another tourist who missed
her flight after she had been
forced to wait in the longer
line as others behind her went
ahead said: "It is such a
shame, we had such a great
vacation and then we have this
An American woman trav-
elling to Chicago with her
daughter arrived at Nassau
airport two hours before her
American Airlines flight, but
missed the plane because of
the chaos in the Customs
She said: "When I asked
the lady managing the line to
move us into the shorter line
because our flight was at 12
noon she said, 'Ma'am, every-
one's flight is at 12 noon',
which is ridiculous because the

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Five convicted
on drug charges
FIVE men were convicted
yesterday on drug charges stem-
ming from a massive cocaine
seizure in 2003.
John Shepherd, John
Cartwright, Wrenville Barr and
brothers David and John Heast-
ie were sentenced by Magistrate
Carolita Bethel yesterday to
serve time at Her Majesty's
Prison, Fox Hill.
They were called "middle
men" by Magistrate Bethel, who
said she still did not know where
the drugs came from or where
they were going prior to ending
up in the hands of the five men.
In February 2003, the five
men were engaged in a high
speed boat chase, which began
in Eleuthera and ended near the
shores of New Providence.
Altogether, the men on the
boat tossed 90 kilos of cocaine
overboard into the water.
Cartwright, who according to
Magistrate Bethel, was respon-
sible for the shipment, will spend
four years behind bars and will
have to pay a $50,000 fine.
Shepherd and the Heastie
brothers were each sentenced to
three years in jail and also each
fined $50,000.
Barr, who the court deter-
mined played a minimal role in
the operation, was sentenced to
one year in jail.

Federal agent dies

after Florida post
office shooting
A FEDERAL agent was
fatally shot outside a busy south
Florida post office after a fight
Tuesday, and dozens of police
officers searched the area for
the gunman, police said, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
The U.S. Customs and Bor-
der Protection agent died at
Memorial Regional Hospital in
suburban Fort Lauderdale less
than three hours after the 9 a.m.
shooting, police spokesman Sgt.
Brian Davis said.
Donald Pettit, 52, was with
his young daughter when he
was shot, said Carlos Baixauli, a
spokesman for the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives.
Pettit was shot once by a man
during a possible fight in the
post office parking lot, officials
No one else was injured, and
it wasn't clear whether the
shooting was related to the
agent's job.
The suspect drove off in a car
and police were combing the
area for him.
"We're just going to saturate
the area," Davis said.
A government helicopter
hovered overhead and police
officers appeared at every
major intersection near the
shooting scene.
Police later issued a sketch
of the suspect based on witness
descriptions: A white man, pos-
sibly Hispanic, between 50 and
60 years old. They said the man
was about 6 feet tall, medium to
heavy build, with gray and
white bushy hair and "distinc-
tive sagging cheeks."
The suspect's car was
described as a metallic green
Chrysler 300, possibly with tint-
ed windows.
Investigators interviewed
postal employees, customers
and other potential witnesses
while looking for any surveil-
lance cameras that might have
recorded the shooting.

Two charged with assisting

landing of Haitian migrants

TWO Haitian men accused of
smuggling more than 300 Haitian
migrants into the country last
month appeared in a Magistrate's
Court yesterday.
Alex Paul, 31, also known as
Abel Paul, and Rochlet
Obanel, 42, also known as
Dieumet, appeared before Magis-
trate Derrence Rolle at Court 5,
Bank Lane yesterday, charged
with knowingly assisting illegal
According to Immigration dock-
ets, the two men on Monday, July
28, being concerned together with
the captain and owner of a 55-foot
wooden, green and white Haitian
sailing vessel, did knowingly assist
303 illegal Haitian nationals to
land on the southern shores of new
Providence, having failed to land
at the authorised port of entry,
Mathew Town, Inagua.
Both Paul and Obanel pleaded
not guilty to the charge yesterday.
The men were remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison. The case has
been adjourned to August 11,
According to reports, the Hait-
ian immigrants were attempting to
land in New Providence when the
wooden sloop on which they had
sailed from Haiti ran aground in
the waters off South Beach.
Immigration and Defence Force
officers were tipped off about the
approaching vessel by residents,
which led to the detention of the

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Police say pair could

have been targeted in

random' act of violence

(of violence). Just a random
"We know that the (gun-
men) approached the car
from the front and were on
foot, (but) we cannot defi-
nitely say that at this time if it
was an attempted armed rob-
"She (the driver) attempted
to drive away and they
opened fire."
Mr Miller said the gunmen
may have had robbery in
mind, but no words were
exchanged between the vic-
tims and attackers to sub-


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stantiate this.
According to earlier
reports, the mother and her
two-year-old son were shot
by gunmen while driving on
Muttonfish Drive around
11pm on Friday.
The gunmen opened fire on
the car and shot the mother
in her left leg while her son
was injured by a fragment of
a bullet, Mr Miller said.
The mother was able to dri-
ver herself to hospital, police
The victims were in stable
condition in hospital yester-
Investigations are continu-

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THE HAITIAN immigrants were reportedly attempting to land in New Providence when the wooden sloop on which they had sailed
(above) from Haiti ran aground in the waters off South Beach.

majority of the migrants.
However, it is still unknown how
many of the boat's occupants pos-

sibly drowned when they leapt into
the water before the authorities
arrived. So far nine bodies, sus-

pected of being the victims of the
,attempted landing from the Hait-
ian sloop, have been discovered.

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE mother and her
young son who were shot by
gunmen in the Golden Gates
area over the weekend may
have been the victims of an
attempted armed robbery,
police said yesterday.
Although police have no
suspects in custody for the
shooting, the nature of the
crime suggests the two were
targeted by gunmen in a "ran-
dom" act of violence and did
not know the attackers, head
of the Central Detective Unit
Chief Superintendent Glenn
Miller said.
"We think it's a random act

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Shot mother and

son may have been

attempted armed

robbery victims



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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
IN response to the recent news
article which appeared in the
June 19, 2008 edition of each of
your respective newspapers, I
respectfully offer the following as
a licensee of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority.
Several comments were attrib-
uted to the Prime Minister Mr
Ingraham during the debate on
the modification of provisions bill
(Ginn, West End GB) which I
find deeply disturbing, if only due
to their audacity. To take them
point by point:
1) "We, the Government of the
Bahamas', will have to take into
consideration as to whether or
not it is prepared to continue to
permit the Grand Bahama Port
Authority to remain in foreign
hands, as opposed to national and
Bahamian hands."
Having read the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement on numerous
occasions, and understanding the
criteria outlined therein and nec-
essary for the Port Authority to
divest itself of its authority for
the governance of Freeport, I can
only conclude that the prime min-
ister is willing to breach the pro-
visions of a statute enactment of
our country.
I recall this same prime minis-
ter attempting to revoke the priv-
ilege of bonded vehicles and fail-
ing as he had not the power to
do so. Will he now seek to revoke
the very document that provides
for same?
Once he "takes" the' Port
Authority from its private owners,
to whom will he give it?
Can the Licensees also expect
to have our concessions can-
celled? If not, under what law will
they remain?
For one who espouses eco-
nomic development, how is abro-
gation of the HCA justified?
Though there is some unseen
hand that has sought to prevent
the Licensees from being heard in
court, and has prevented them
from being given their rightfully
due certificate of incorporation
by either the office of the AG or
the Registrar, any move to nulli-
fy our existence will be fought to
the full extent of the law, includ-
ing constitutional grounds. We
have, I believe the right to asso-
ciate in the Bahamas.
To blame the current owner-
ship battle for the economic
downturn of Grand Bahama
belies a fear that the actual cul-
prits will be identified, namely
successive governments of the
Bahamas and executives of ques-

tionable practices within the Port
Authority itself, and a powerless-
ness of government to respond,
to the peoples' cries for relief, but
possibly due only to their own
complicity in the fiasco.
Freeport has suffered for near
40 years, starting with the "bend
or break" speech of the late
Prime Minister Sir Lynden Oscar
Pindling, who one could say start-
ed the cozy relationship with Port
Authority executives, and started
the road to perdition that we are
The breach has been the work
of central government, and those
who would conspire for their own
profit, at the expense of others.
That we have survived three
-hurricanes, a lack of marketing
vision from our existing large
investor Hutchison Whampoa for
its hotel and a US recession is a
testament to our stamina as
That we have endured 40 years
of Government meddling and
exclusion from our own rights by
Government agencies as licensees
is proof of our determination and
belief in our own individual capa-
If the Government could not
enable the reopening of the Roy-
al Oasis in Freeport in a timely
manner, how is Freeport going to
benefit from overall government
ownership and laggard leader-
It was reported that the Prime
Minister said:
2) "No one is likely to ever
again grant to foreigners the
authority or precedence like that
granted to the GB Port Authori-
ty. No one would be bold enough
to do what was done in Freeport
all those years ago when the gov-
ernment granted approval for for-
eigners to take over Freeport."
On a point of order, Freeport
was not taken over by foreigners,
it was created by foreigners.
If there are none in positions of
authority "bold" enough to
enable visionary development for
the benefit of Bahamians, then
we are truly lost, but at the same
time, how does one describe the
embracing of foreign investors by
recent and current administra-
In the modern equivalent, land
is sold, concessions given, for a
few jobs and profit for the devel-
oper, and housing for more for-
eigners to buy.
The Hawksbill Creek agree-
ment at least had the develop-
ment of a city for the benefit of
the country by way of industry in
When referring to "mad" for-
eigners, would the Prime Minister
like to comment on the "mad"
Bahamians who have followed,
and who have invested millions
of Bahamian money in Freeport?
Is not perhaps half his cabinet
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that many in national leadership
positions have accepted?
It was also reported that the
Prime Minister stated that:
3) "No one will permit, I
believe in the future for an island
to have canals cut all through for
the water resources to be
destroyed; for the island to be vir-
tually cut in two, noting the dam-
age that can be done from this
process to water bearing land."
It is Nassau, sir, that has water
issues, hot Grand Bahama.
I question this stance however
on environmental damage by
developments, given the permis-
sions given by your government
for the destruction of wetlands in
Bimini and Bakers Bay, Abaco,
and even West End, Grand
What about the consideration
for canals being given to Albany?
Grand Bahama produces 8 +mil-
lion gallons of quality water from
its water table, and further, sup-
plies it to the east and west of
Grand Bahama on your behalf,
areas that the government is
responsible for.
Freeport Power, once a Port
Authority asset and now in pri-
vate hands, also supplies power
to east and west Grand Bahama
on your behalf, subsidized by
Freeport Licensees arid residents.
To summate, I urge you, sir, to
restrain yourself to applying your
talents to the problems facing the
rest of our country and limit your
commentary to outlining your
efforts in transparency, perhaps
starting with full disclosure of the
whereabouts of the Governmen-
t's current or one time 7 1/2 per
cent shareholding, and whether
at the time of ownership the Port
Authority owned any of its origi-
nal assets?
If so, does the Government
now own a corresponding value
of Port Group shares, the asset
bearing entity left in this jurisdic-
Why did your prior govern-
inent allow the outright divesti-
ture of Port Authority assets for
the personal profit of a few? Did
the treasury get its 7 1/2 per cent
of the sale price?
Was the Port Authority ever
compensated for its assets?
Above all, do not play to the
court of popular opinion, as the
public is largely ignorant of the
truth of Freeport.
This will be rectified as any
endeavour built on lies and ulte-
rior motives will fail, but the
HCA has too much potential for
the Bahamas to be allowed sum-
mary dismissal.
Nationalism, foreign invest-
ment, has nothing to do with sov-
ereign identity, but has everything
to do with pride and opportuni-
ties for the Bahamian people.
Government meddling has
everything to do with failure, as
the track record shows.
Grand Bahamian by choice
Grand Bahama,
July, 2008.


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WHAT'S HAPPENING in America today
has a lot of her friends very concerned as to.
what is going wrong in that great country.
Ever since 9/11 seven years ago, things have
changed in the nation, and most would say not
for the better.
A typical example of America's lack of intent
- or so it appears to many is what has hap-
pened (or rather has not happened) over all
the plans to rebuild a showcase for the world on
the site that was to become known as Ground
Zero where the famous landmark of New
York's World Trade Centre's twin towers once
stood before being brought down by Al Qaeda
terrorists who flew two commercial passenger
planes into the towers. Both planes ploughed
into the buildings within a short time of each
other and both exploded in fireballs that caused
the collapse of both structures. Three thousand
people were killed in the bombings and it took
months to clear the site of all the debris.
In a recent article in Time Magazine it asked
the question why the lack of building at Ground
Zero should worry America. Wrote the maga-
zine: "Rebuilding Ground Zero was going to be
a great show of American defiance, a Knute
Rockne speech to the nation. Seven years on,
though, this grand statement is barely a stam-
mer. In an unsparing new progress report, the
site's landlord admitted that every part of the
project is over budget and behind schedule. It
will take several months just to map outoa new *
And the article continued: "The 16-acre site
is a tangle of more than 100 contracttostand
subcontractors answering to 19 public agencies
- a sorry pageant of feuding bureaucrats, shady
contractors, litigious developers and overzealous
regulators. Even 9/11 advocacy groups share
the blame, halting work over smallish details
about how best to honour the victims." And
Time magazine comments: "Few are honoured
by this impasse of competing agendas."
What outsiders deduce from this is that
Americans today just can't get the job done.
People still can't understand why the great Unit-
ed States, for instance; never got on top of the
job of reconstructing New Orleans after Hurri-
cane Katrina and still today much of the damage
from that natural disaster five years ago is still
there visible for all to see. Many see this as a
lack of leadership from the top and this is
undoubtedly true.
And as Time magazine points out, while
America's largest construction project limps
along, China has built the equivalent of several
World Trade Centre sites in its furious run-up to
the Beijing Olympics. Such a comparison is not
lost on the rest of the world which now sees
America as something of a dwindling world

power with many internal problems that are not
being properly faced while the whole country is
in the thick of a presidential election.
Several setbacks have been faced by Ameri-
cans in the past year, including many devastat-
ing natural disasters such as floods, fires and
tornadoes. The war in Iraq is costing America $2
billion a month and with oil prices at an all-
time high, energy costs are pushing the cost of
living beyond the reach of many American fam-
ilies, who have mortgages, credit card debts
and college tuition fees to meet on a regular
In our position it is all important that Amer-
ica stays strong and powerful. A weak America
weakens us all. Therefore we should ensure
that we all work to see that our neighbour keeps
supplying us with all the necessities we need to
sustain our modern standard of living, which
outside of America and Canada is considered
the highest in the hemisphere.
We all remember the dark days after 9/11
when America closed her airports and no visi-
tors came to the Bahamas. This country became
a ghost town overnight. We don't ever want to
experience that nightmare again.
So let us hope and pray that with a new pres-
ident in the White House, better leadership will
steer American to her rightful place as head of
the free world.
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B.E.C. customers
not informed
One certainly sympathises with the post office
staff and others who have to work at the Post
Office with little or no air conditioning during
these hot summer days. And while one can
appreciate these workers taking leave of the
building earlier in the afternoons to get some
respite from the excessive heat, it seems little or
no attention has been given to the customers of
the Bahamas Electricity Corporation who drove
to the Post Office last week to pay their elec-
tricity bills only to find the whole parcel post
area (which also houses BEC) closed down with
no notice either given or posted on the doors to
give BEC customers some idea of what was
going on.
This again is symptomatic of the indifference
and couldn't-care-less attitude now adopted in
many areas throughout the country towards the
general public, who by paying their bills secure
the jobs of BEC staff. A simple notice of expla-
nation on the door would have been a nice ges-
ture to have kept the public informed.

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next year
THE first ever Playboy Jazz
Cruise is expected to make
port in the Bahamas next year.
The famous Playboy maga-
zine has for many years been
a champion of jazz music -
from the early days of the
Playboy After Dark televi-
sion show to the annual jazz
poll in the magazine to the
now 30-year old Playboy Jazz
Performers on the cruise
will include Herbie Hancock,
Dianne Reeves, Keb' Mo',
Poncho Sanchez, James
Moody, Roy Hargrove,
James Carter, Eldar, Roberta
Gambarini, New Birth Brass
Band and Alonzo Bodden.
Marcus Miller will host the
event. The cruise ship will set
out from Fort Lauderdale on
January 25, 2009 and is
expected to dock at Half
Moon Cay, located on the
Little San Salvador island, on
January 31, 2009.
The Playboy Jazz Cruise,
like all of the cruises pro-
duced and promoted by Jazz
Cruises, is offered by full ship
charter with Holland Ameri-
ca Line.

Youth Council
to hold meeting
on August 19
THE Bahamas National
Youth Council (BNYC) will
hold its general meeting on
August 19 at the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture.
The council is encouraging
all young Bahamians to attend
the event which kicks off at
"Bring ideas and your
insight and ideas to make
those above mentioned events
effective so that we impact
youth in the most effective
way," the BNYC said.


Emancipation Day celebration

crucial to 'nation's self-esteem'

Tribune Staff Reporter
CELEBRATING Emancipation
Day is crucial to our nation's self-
esteem, cultural awareness and the
foundation of our people, Fox Hill MP
Fred Mitchell said.
Delivering his Emancipation Day
address at the Fox Hill Parade, Mr
Mitchell said had it not been for that
poignant day, the Bahamas would not
be able to celebrate other historical
events such as Majority Rule or its
He also challenged young people not
to forget their history and to remember
those who fought for freedom.
"Let us be clear about this. There
could have been no July 10, 1973, if
there weren't August 1, 1834. There
could have been no January 10, 1967 if
there were not a August 1, 1834. "I am
proud of the people of Fox Hill for
keeping up this tradition. Let us not
forget the meaning of the season. Our
ancestors fought to obtain their free-
dom. When we assemble on this park
today, we observe, we celebrate that
freedom. We also remember that in
many corners of the world and even
in our Bahamas there is much more
work to do.
Mr Mitchell said that the message
of today's celebration of Emancipa-
tion is once again directed to the young
people of the country "do not forget
your history."
"It is a rich history of rising up from
oppression to freedom. It is the affir-
mation of your humanity and your
right to all the freedoms that we enjoy
today. Talk to your elders so that they
might tell you the stories.
"We must thank all men and women
of goodwill who fought the cause of
freedom and continue to do so. It is
not confined to one race or creed but
the struggle for freedom belongs to all
people," he said.
Emancipation Day is celebrated on
the first Monday in the month of
August during the two week long Fox
Hill Festival. Monday's celebrations

"It is a rich history of rising up from
oppression to freedom. It is the
affirmation of your humanity and
your right to all the freedoms that we
enjoy today. Talk to your elders so
that they might tell you the stories."

Fred Mitchell, Fox Hill MP

commemorated 174 years since African "in fact the closest thing that this coun- He gave his address during the third
slaves were freed. try has to national observances for. this day of the Fox Hill Festival which ends
Mr Mitchell said the celebrations are event in our history". on August 12.

The RM Bailey Class of 1988 celebrates 20th anniversary

THE RM BAILEY CLASS OF 1988 reunited at Arawak Cay last Friday. The class is this year celebrating it's 20th
anniversary with numerous events and fund-raisers. The next planned event is a boat cruise to be held on Sep-
tember 20, 2008. Meetings are held every Thursday at 7pm at RM Bailey on Robinson Road. Pictured here are
(back row, I-r) Peter Joseph, Gary Swaby, Errol Bdie, Godfrey Arthur; (second row, I-r) Lisa Albury- Adderley,
Ronald Duncombe, Fifika McMinns- Bain, Carlon Bethell; (front I-r) Patranella Evans, Vanessa Curtis-Rolle and
Shanndon McKenzie.


GB liquor store shut down on Sunday
after owner taken into police custody
A POPULAR liquor store in Grand Bahama was shut down over
the holiday weekend after its owner was taken into police cus-
tody for allegedly violating the terms of his business license.
According to Chief Superintendent Basil Rahming, the store in
West End was shut down on Sunday.
The owner was taken into custody after he was found "operating
the establishment contrary to the terms and conditions of his
license," police said.
Police in West End found the store open around 9pm on Sunday
and saw patrons "filing in and out" of the store making purchases.
Subsequently, the owner was taken into custody and is expected
to be arraigned on formal charges today.
Mr Rahming said the owner was warned in the past that accord-
ing to his license conditions, he was only authorised to operate
between 9am and 9pm, Monday to Saturday.
The licence conditions stipulate that the store cannot operate on
Sunday and public holidays, unless the owner receives written
permission to do otherwise.




RBDF Marine completes

overseas medical training

Leading Seaman qualifies to work

in global health care facilities in

US and on US Coast Guard vessels

LEADING Seaman Carlton This phase of Mr Mackey's
Mackey of the Royal Bahamas training afforded. him the
Defence Force recently opportunity to perform clinical
returned homeaftersuccessful- and hospital care, which
ly completing a four-month required him to conduct a phys-
intensive medical training ical assessment and examina-
course at a United States Coast tion of all body systems.
Guard Training facility in Cali- Areas covered included gen-
fornia, itourinary, gastroenteritis lym-
The completion of the course phatic examination, muscu-
qualifies Mr Mackey to work in loskeletal injuries, mental health
international health care facili- issues and endocrine systems,
ties in the US, and onboard US cardiac conditions, venapunc-
Coast Guard vessels. ture and intravenous therapy,



Owner of small
Family Island Hotel & Marina
is seeking services of a manager with
overall operational and marketing

Interested persons should submit their
applications with full resumes by
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 to:

c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas

The course consisted ot two
During the first phase, Lead-
ing Seaman Mackey completed
the three weeks emergency
medical technician course from
March 24 March to April 11 at
the training centre in Tracen,
Participants were required to
administer emergency treat-
ment to the sick and injured,
which included patient assess-
men young and old patients
care, ambulance operations and
ambulatory services in regards
to medical emergencies trauma.
Both written and practical
exercises were conducted dur-
ing the course.
The health service technician
course, which constituted the
second phase of the course, was
conducted over a period of
three and a half months, also at
the USCG facility.

sexually transmitted disease,
respiratory conditions, derma-
tological conditions, differen-
tial culture testing and pharma-
ceutical medication.
After completing the full
requirements of both courses,
Leading Seaman Mackey took
part in on-the-job training at
the Ralph R Nix Jr Medical
Clinic in Tracen, Petaluma.
At the graduation ceremony,
Mr Mackey was presented with
the USCG Health Services
Technician Gold plated coin,
for placing in the top three of
his class.
He was also chosen to pre-
sent the appreciation speech on
behalf of the class.
A 19-years veteran, Leading
Seaman Mackey joined the
Defence Force in 1989 as a
marine recruit.
He is presently assigned to
the sick bay department.

PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Pennie Baldaci, project coordinator; Car-
los Reid, director, Youth Against Violence/The Hope Centre; Leah
Davis, director of community relations at Baha Mar Resorts; Tim
Lee, senior pastor at the New Providence Community Church.

BAHA Mar Resorts made a $2,500-contribution to the
6th Annual Back to School Bags Project, a collaborative
effort of the New Providence Community Centre and
Youth Against Violence/The Hope Centre
Baha Mar's contribution will be used to purchase more
than 100 backpacks for school-bound youngsters.
The backpacks will be filled with a variety of school
supplies, including notebooks, pencils and pens, erasers, and
a geometry set.
The Back to School Bags Project provides children with
school bags and supplies in preparation for the upcoming
school year. The New Providence Community Centre and
Youth Against Violence/The Hope Centre are scheduled
to present the backpacks to children in the Wulff and
Farm Road areas during a park rally on Saturday, August
"The donation represents Baha Mar's continued com-
mitment to the local community.
"We feel privileged to join hands with NPCC and Youth
Against Violence as we endeavor to support the youth
and education, investing in today and the future," said
Leah Davis, director of community relations at Baha Mar

Bahamas Disaster Management Table Top Exercise Workshop

THE National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) and the Rhode Island
Emergency Management Agency
(RIEMA) are facilitating a Disaster Man-
agement Table Top Exercise Workshop at
Super Clubs Breezes Resort on Cable

Representatives from RIEMA, the
Rhode Island National Guard (RING),
NEMA, the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force, the Royal Bahamas Police Force,
'the Ministries of Health, Transportation
and Public Works are participating in the
two-day event, which starts today.

The focus is on continuing improvements
to operational procedures, preparedness,
response and recovery throughout the Fam-
ily Islands.
This is the second phase of the work-
shop. The first phase was completed in Feb-
ruary of this year. .


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Campus Manager
St. Andrew's School is seeking a person with initiative, leadership and organizational skills
to fill the position of Campus Manager. The Campus Manager is directly responsible to
the Principal for the day to day organization and management of the operational areas of
the school. He/she is one of the school's senior administrators and a standing member of
the school's Administrative Council.

The Campus Manager is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of organizational and
operational practice are carried out according to school policy and for providing overall
leadership, direction and support for the staff. The Campus Manager is also responsible
for actively promoting the good image and reputation of the school.

As well as the requirements outlined in his/her individual appointment
terms and conditions of service, the Campus Manager has the following
specific responsibilities:

* Operational Personnel Administration
* Buildings and grounds Supervision
* Overseeing Maintenance Work Schedules
* Liaising with the caterer to assure the quality of the food service
* Liaising with security personnel to ensure the quality of the
security service
* Ensuring that school vehicles are well maintained
* Liaising with the Health & Safety Committee in addressing their


* A minimum of ten years in a managerial / supervisory role or an
undergraduate university degree in management or administration.
* Experience in the educational or hospitality industry would be an
* Excellent proven leadership and conflict resolution skills.
* Ability to learn quickly and adapt to ever changing priorities is
* Proficient in the use of Microsoft office suite.
Interested candidates should submit, by hard copy or email, letter of interest, a
CV including contact details of three referees to:
Robert Wade
St. Andrew's School
Yamacraw Hill Road
PO Box EE 17340
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 364-1654
The application deadline is Friday, August 2008.


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BGCSE results

released today

FROM page one

students at Government
High, 38 per cent were grad-
uated this year, he said.
Mr McPhee added that in
specific subjects such as
physics and chemistry, stu-
dents achieved better grades
compared to last year.
While many see the public
school as a failing and archa-
ic system, Mr McPhee said
in his opinion it is not the
system that is failing, but
rather society.
Mr McPhee said that
many students face chal-
lenges throughout their
home life, which often deter-
mines their ability to gradu-
"Unless we have steady
incremental improvements
in student home life, com-
munal support, and in their
holistic being, their overall
performance will never
change," he said.
Mr McPhee said that
today's students are required
to maintain a 2.0 or above
grade point average (GDP),
to have a good attendance
record, and to fulfil specified
hours of community service
in order to graduate all
while dealing with various
problems at home and in
their communities.
Education Minister Carl
Bethel is expected to present
not only the BGCSE nation-
al results for 2008, but also
the BJC national results and
other related information at
9am today.
Nearly 7,000 students sat
the BGCSE exam this year.

MP cautioned

FROM page one

In June, The Tribune
reported that eight suspected
prostitutes were caught in an
early morning raid at the
hotel. At that time, the five
Jamaican and three Haitian
women were all escorted to
the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre where their
immigration status was veri-
fied, and those who were
found to be illegal were
Before this incident,
another Jamaican woman
was arrested and sent to the
Detention Centre after she
was allegedly flown in to
work at the brothel.
According to law enforce-
ment sources, the 23-year-
old woman was allegedly
picked up at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
by a Jamaican prostitute.
She was then taken to the
Mayfair Hotel where she
was informed that she would
be required to sell her body.
Reportedly the woman
became so enraged that she
demanded the return of her
passport and ticket so that
she could return to Jamaica.
However, when this
demand was met with resis-
tance, the prostitute pro-
duced a knife and threat-
ened the Jamaican woman's
life. This incident was sub-
sequently reported to police
and an investigation was



FROM page one

had received no new information
to indicate that anything had
changed since it was informed of
this by Ginn some time ago -
despite recent comments from
company representatives that
could be taken to suggest its posi-
tion has altered with regard to
Ginn Sur Mer in view of recent
"The Prime Minister indicated
that as far as we are aware the
present issues that Ginn is facing
would not impact on two of its
projects and one of those is the
West End project and if any-
thing came to our attention to
change that then he would say so,"
Mr Laing told The Tribune.
Concern over the huge Ginn
Sur Mer project first arose after
Ginn missed a June 30 payment
on a $675 million loan which backs
four properties it is currently
developing, including that in
Grand Bahama.
And on Thursday, a 30-day for-

FROM page one

However, this is something to
which Prime, Minister Hubert
Ingraham said in July that Gov-
ernment was "definitely"
Commenting on Mr Fleming's
aspirations at that time, Mr
Ingraham said Government
"does not consider him the per-
son who such a jewel should be
handed to exclusively."
Nonetheless, the formation of
the plan was already well under-
way by the time Mr Ingraham
had made his comments, and no
doubt Mr Fleming will be hop-
ing that the contents of the doc-
ument its highly ambitious
vision for a Freeport under his
leadership, combined with night-
marish predictions of one without
- may help change Govern-
ment's mind.
The document contains the
findings of two studies personal-
ly commissioned by Mr Fleming
- one by Bahamas-based
Human Resource Transition, and
the other by NERA an interna-
tional economic consulting firm.
The studies claim to "quantify
the total combined impact that
initiatives currently under con-
sideration on Grand Bahama,
together with those that Mr
Fleming plans to drive," will have
on the island's economy and the
Bahamas as a whole.
The report says that by 2020,
the effect of Mr Fleming's strate-
gic vision being rolled out, will
be that Freeport becomes the
most important offshore com-
mercial/industrial business desti-
nation in the western hemi-
sphere, tourism on the island
takes off to an unprecedented

Ginn Club
bearance agreement that Ginn was
granted by its lenders giving it
some time to find a solution to its
financial difficulties while still
holding on to its property, expired
without a solution being found.
In a statement issued on Friday,
Robert Gidel, President of Ginn
Clubs and Resorts, said that while
Ginn continued to negotiate with
its lenders, the situation meant
that Ginn would have to "make
difficult decisions relating to its
management and oversight of
these four properties" three in
the U.S., and Ginn Sur Mer. .
Yesterday, Mr Laing said: "That
could mean anything. It could
mean something for projects oth-
er than the West End project or it
might mean something else, but
unless we have new information
speculating on it is not going to
be helpful."
He added: "We were advised
that funds related to the infra-
structure development for the

Banking magnate
extent and involuntary unem-
ployment amongst Bahamians
will be "completely eradicated."
An extra $5.5 billion will be
brought into the Bahamas econ-
omy each year as a result of
changes brought about by a
Fleming-owned GBPA and the
Bahamas' overall GDP will dou-
ble by 2020.
- A skills centre will be con-
structed, which will cause a "sig-
nificant improvement" in
Bahamian BGCSE grade aver-
ages and allow more Bahamians
to "take up positions of leader-
ship within the island's econo-
my" and there will be a "flour-
ishing-artistic community."
Meanwhile, increased revenues
from Freeport will be so great as
to fund a multi-billion dollar
redevelopment of the Nassau city
centre, and help "drastically
reduce" crime and the illegal
drug trade through facilitating
greater spending on the Defence
However, if the plan is not
rolled out, the report warns of
disastrous consequences.
Among these, "barricaded and
long-deserted buildings in
Freeport collapsing from decay
and hurricane damage (with) no
funds to clear the ruins", rising
unemployment and a deteriorat-
ing economy increasing crime
levels to the extent that "no law-
abiding citizen walks around safe-
ly at night any longer."
The strategy report points to
a number of major capital invest-
ments that Mr Fleming expects
to be introduced to Freeport if
he secures its ownership.
One of these, the Freeport

FROM page one Woman hit

"Around 8.30 (yesterday)
morning, police officers were on
patrol near Kentucky (restaurant)
near Pitt Road area and they
observed the driver of a grey
Mercedes Benz travelling in the
opposite direction: Police officers
attempted to stop this vehicle.
The driver of that vehicle sped
up at a high rate of speed and
officers gave chase which resulted
in a high-speed chase.
"The chase travelled through
Bain Town, and in the area of
Englerston. As the driver of that
vehicle got into the area of
Homestead Avenue, he hit a lady
who was on the side of the street
and she was dragged a short dis-
tance, probably about 100 feet.
She was dragged from Home-
stead Avenue to Homestead
"The officers had to remove
the vehicle from on top of her

(and) EMS were called. She was
transported to hospital where her
condition is unknown at this
stage," ASP Evans said.
In his attempt to flee the scene
the driver opened fire on police
and damaged a 2008 Crown
Royale, a police vehicle.
"The police in turn returned
fire and the gunman was hit to
the right arm before he fled the
scene. He was found a short time
later in a nearby house and he
was taken to hospital where his
condition was listed as not life-
threatening," ASP Evans said.
From the scene, police
retrieved a handgun and a num-
ber of live rounds of ammunition
along with a small quantity of
marijuana and cash, ASP Evans
The suspect is his late twenties,
ASP Evans said.

deadline set by their lenders.
The two had a conversation
about the project in light of the
recent media reports, after which
Mr Wilchcombe said that he felt
"He is gung-ho and enthusiastic
about this project as he has always
been," said Mr Wilchcombe.
"What he told me was the pro-
ject is moving forward. (Making
the point that) there is cash aside
and already accumulated for this
project. What he said is he just a
week or two ago submitted to the

Ministry of Works plans for their
verticals and they hope to begin
very shortly. He's very confident
that Old Bahama Bay will pro-
ceed and become the project that
they envisioned."
The MP said that the comments
made by Ginn President Mr Gidel
had "almost deflated all the oxy-
gen out of our balloon of hope."
However, in his conversation
with Mr Wilchcombe, Mr Ginn
did not mention the "difficult deci-
sions" referred to by Mr Gidel.

property in West End was in a seg-
regated account and nothing that
was now happening would affect
their ability to move forward with
respect to their infrastructure
development on that property."
With the sale of construction-
ready land intended to fund other
aspects of the project, Mr Laing
noted that the fact Ginn claims to
have previously secured money to
move ahead with infrastructure
development is "important."
"That's basically how these pro-
jects work. You sell the land, that
becomes the support economics
for other things, a resort and oth-
er such amenities. For Ginn that's
the modus operandi."
According to MP for West End
Obie Wilchcombe Ginn Clubs and
Resorts Chairman and CEO Bob-
by Ginn was preparing to travel
to the Bahamas yesterday.
Mr Ginn personally contacted
Mr Wilchcombe after the MP got
in touch with his office in Grand
Bahama on becoming aware of
Ginn's failure to restructure its.
loan in time to meet the July 31

International Financial Centre,
would house four major interna-
tional banks, and employ 8,000
to 12,000 people, says the report.

New trial date

FROM page one
cution) from the Attorney
General, dropping the charges
against murder accused Sean
Brown, Jamal Glinton, as well
as Vaughn Carey.
The men were recharged
shortly afterwards.
Charges were also subse-
quently brought against
Knowles. Knowles had been
previously charged with
Carey's murder and armed
robbery, however, the charges
against him were dropped. .
At the trial, Knowles testi-
fied that police had "coached"
him to give his statement and
that his police statement was
false. Knowles said that the
statement he gave to police
after the charges against him
were dropped was "given out
of fear."
Brown, Knowles and Glin-
ton are expected to return
before Justice Jon Isaacs on
Friday for a bail hearing. A
hearing on a constitutional
motion has been set for
August 20. Roger Gomez Jr
who represents Vaughn
Carey, claims that the nQlle
prosequi was an abuse of the
court's process.

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Telephone: 393-2822, York & Ernest Sts.
P.O. Box N-712, Nassau, Bahamas


of Islesway off Soldier Road and formerly of Buckley's,
Long Island will be held on Thursday, August 07th,
2008 at 10:00 a.m. at St. George's Anglican Church,
Montrose Avenue. Officiating will be The Rev'd Fr. G.
Kingsley Knowles Assisted by Fr. Ronald Hamilton.
Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens
and Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone

Left to mourn her passing are her Six (6) Children:
Mavis Major, Maxine Darville, Vernice Turnbull, Janet
Adderley, Francita and Arlene Ritchie; Twenty-eight
(28) Grandchildren: Renee Turnbull, Cheryl Bowleg,
Janis Henfield, Karen Robinson, Laverne Darville,
Charmaine Rollins, Susan Chee-A-Tow, Tanya Ritchie,
Sabrina Thurston, Sharon, Darnell, Michelle, Nicolette
and Carol Ritchie, Racquel Maycock, Karl Turnbull,
Johnann, Juan and Darrin Ritchie, Stephen Adderley,
Lorenzo Darville, Dex, Kendall and Philip Ritchie, Paul,
Andrew, Earl and Craig Major; numerous Great-grand-
children and Great-great-grandchildren; Two (2)
Sons-in-law; Ephraim Darville and Henry Adderley;
Two Brothers-in-law Alden and Ullin Ritchie; Four
(4) Sisters-in-law: Elva, Carmen, Coresse and Elva
Ritchie; Care Giver: Monica Hall and other relatives
and friends including: Fr. Knowles, Rita Miller, Gloria
Ritchie, Merle Wells, Alma Major, Mecklyn and Brenda
Hunt, Christine Outten, Cynthia Dean and Family, Carolyn
Carroll, Una Elliott and Family, Meta Bethel and Family,
Patricia Harding and others too numerous to mention.

Funeral Arrangements are being conducted by
Butlers' Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Ernest
and York Streets.

IOM assessment of Haitian

community in the Bahamas

THE capture of hundreds
of Haitians arriving by
boat on the southern coast of
New Providence recently focused
new attention on our illegal
immigration problem.
According to Minister of State
Branville McCartney, "If. we
don't arrest this problem, we will
face difficulties."
And Police Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson, recently
acknowledged the security risks
involved in the smuggling of ter-
rorists, narcotics and firearms
along with illegal immigrants: "It
has the potential to be very, very,
very serious for us."
There are two key immigra-
tion issues that the government,
and Bahamians in general, must
contend with stabilising the
size of the Haitian community,
and integrating long-term Haitian
residents into the mainstream of
Bahamian society.
But just how serious is the
problem? What are the implica-
tions? How do we develop effec-
tive policies? Well, the answer to
those questions requires good
information something which
is conspicuously lacking. So three
years ago the International Office
of Migration was asked to under-
take an assessment of the Haitian
community in the Bahamas.
The IOM was formed in 1951
to tackle global refugee prob-
lems, and advise governments on
migration law and policy. Its 2005
study was partly funded by a
grant from the United States and
conducted by researchers from
the College of the Bahamas. The
resulting 98-page report collated
all the available data and sur-
veyed the Haitian community,
but it has yet to be officially
released or discussed.
Ironically, the scarcity of infor-
mation on this subject is a major
theme of the IOM report. And
we recently had to put up with
the foolishness of a member of
the former government (under
'whose watch the report was pro-
duced) asking the present gov-

ernment to publish it.
However, Tough Call has
obtained a copy and the basics
are published here for the first
time. This is important informa-
tion that should be in the public
domain to better inform the pol-
icy debate.

What Do We Know About the
Haitian Migration?

T he IOM report begins
by summarising the
scant research that has been con-
ducted over the past 30 years.
Turns out there have only been
two major studies, a couple of
substantial analyses, and a hand-
ful of limited government sur-
Dawn Thompson-Marshall's
research in 1969-1971 was pub-
lished in book form (The Hait-
ian Dilemma) in 1979. She con-
cluded that given their social and
economic marginalization in the
Bahamas, Haitians had no incen-
tive to assimilate and were likely
to remain an isolated and
deprived community which is
exactly the case.
The most recent study
referred to by the IOM was a
1998 graduate thesis by a Haitian-
Bahamian named Ermitte St.
Jacques. She described a pattern
of "stair-step" migration whereby
the poorest nations in the
Caribbean send migrants to the
less poor nations, and those
nations send migrants to rich
countries like the United States.
In fact, there are over 70,000
undocumented Bahamians living
in the US according to the Immi-
gration and Naturalization Ser-
vice. And between 1989 and

2004, another 12,000 Bahamiai
emigrated legally to Americ
with more than 5,000 subse
quently gaining citizenship.
St Jacques dismisses the scar
mongering which says tha
Haitians disproportionately tak
advantage of our social service
and public facilities. She frami
the immigrant problem in tern
of xenophobic nationalism
stoked by Bahamian fears tha
the country is being overrun an
That last term is a catch-a
for a variety of impacts, sonm
real and others imagined. These
impacts range from the spread
of vast unregulated squatter se
elements, to creole education
public schools, rising crime rate
the prospect of epidemics, cu
tural disintegration and the loss o
In addition to these two stud
ies, there are some half-doze
articles and reports that draw o
Marshall's research. Thes
notably include a long section i
Michael Craton's and Gail Saui
ders' 2000 book Islanders in th
Stream, and two articles in th
Journal of The Bahamas Histo
ical Society by former attorney
general Alfred Sears and Sea
Craton and Saunders poil
out, for example, that Haitian
are blamed by Bahamians fo
every social and medical ill coi
ceivable from tuberculosis
cholera, AIDS, and malaria, t
prostitution, drug dealing, theft
violent crime, and gang warfare
According to the IOM, mos
scholars question what the future
holds for Haitian Bahamian
who are likely to become muc
more vocal about their rights a






time goes on.
Studies of the Haitian diaspo-
ra in other Caribbean countries,
as well as in North America,
show that first-generation
migrants tend not to seek assim-
ilation into the host society but
often forge a new identity by join-
ing evangelical and Pentecostal
churches. "How these conclu-
sions apply to the second-gener-
ation Haitians would be lines for
future inquiry in the Bahamian
context," the IOM said.

How Does the Media Cover
Illegal Immigration?

"Studies of the
Haitian diaspora in
other Caribbean
countries, as well as
in North America,
show that
migrants tend not
to seek assimilation
Into the host
society but often
forge a new
identity by joining
evangelical and

ns n its review of local media
or J^coverage of migration
n- issues, the IOM noted that "Most
s, of the opinions reported on were
o negative and focused on prob-
t, lems created by Haitian nationals
e. for the Bahamas. Rare were any
st feature articles exploring the
re issues with any significant degree
s, of depth and reflection. Rare'also
h were any reports on individual
as Haitian nationals' situations such
as might give them a human
As the IOM pointed out, the
argument that Bahamians must
compete for education, health
and social services because of
their overuse by illegal immi-
grants is frequently reported by
the media without substantiation.
For example, in 2004 the
Guardian wrote that a third of
students in public schools and
seven of 10 maternity patients
were of Haitian origin.
In short, the Bahamian media
portrays Haitians in a way that
heightens the threat they pose.
And the government is pictured
as merely reacting to events
beyond its control thereby
increasing the feeling of power-
lessness in the face of a perceived
threat to the nation's sovereignty.
"There is no elaboration on
the migration phenomena or the
meaning of the Haitian diaspora.
These important issues need to
be understood when living in a
global, multicultural, multilingual
world, and the media does not
attempt to help the average
Bahamian to understand the
problem," the IOM rightly con-
The report lists varying esti-
mates of the size of the Haitian
migrant population. These range
from 40,000 cited in the 1970s to
30,000 reported by the govern-
ment in the mid-90s, to "hun-
dreds of thousands" in a 2002
report quoting Carl Bethel, to
80,000 cited by US agencies in
2005, to 400,000 claimed by
Guardian columnist Errington
Watkins in 2005.
Then there are the 25,000 doc-
umented migrants that were
known to the Haitian Embassy
in Nassau in 2005, or the 21,000
Haitian residents reported in the
2000 census about 7 per cent
of the population, concentrated
on New Providence, Grand
Bahama, Abacc and Eleuthera.
To address this rather large
uncertainty, the IOM called for
government agencies to index
data by nationality and report
this information to a special mon-
itoring unit that would prepare
yearly reports. Currently, nation-
ality'is not recorded by many
agencies, including the Road
Traffic Department, the Depart-
ment of Labour, public clinics,
the Ministry of Education exam-
inations board, and the Regis-

What Impact Do Haitians
Have on the Bahamas?

But there are some things
that we can determine
about Haitians living in the

Bahamas. The IOM report pro- construction industry. They are
vided the following snapshot, here because we want them to
based on early- to mid-2000 gov- be here. We are willing to employ
eminent statistics and a 500-inter- them illegally and pay them low
view survey of Haitians on four wages because they are outside
islands conducted in 2005 by the the protection of the law.
COB researchers: "Raids on the Haitian com-
Only 28 Haitians were giv- munity represent only one side
en food stamps by Social Services of the enforcement necessary to
in 2005. stop the migration motor," the
Only 59 Haitians were IOM said. "Both supply and
imprisoned at Fox Hill in 2005. demand must be constrained if
Only 22 Haitians were word is to get back to Haiti that it
charged with drug offences in is no longer possible for illegal
2003. migrants to regularize their stay
Over 23,000 Haitians regis- after they arrive."
tered with the National Insur- The Haitians who are here,
ance Board between 1974 and raising their families, suffer from
2004 exploitation of their labour and a
Over 12,000 Haitians were general lack of acceptance at all
making NIB contributions in levels of Bahamian society.
2004. Assimilation is a difficult process,
Haitians received less than 2 made worse by our general
per cent of benefits paid out by unwillingness to accept natu-
NIB in 2004. ralised citizens as true Bahami-
Haitians received only 1.3 ans.
per cent of maternity benefits Many Haitians do not own
paid out by NIB in 2004. televisions or computers due to
Almost all work permits limited incomes, lack of electric-
issued to Haitians are for manu- ity supply, and language barriers.
al labour. This means they are unable to
Haitians are more likely to be fully participate in the issues of
in the lowest household income the day, and their children are
category. likely to grow up handicapped.
Most Haitians work for pri- But overall, 54.3 per cent of
vate households or in the con- those surveyed in 2005 said they
struction, agricultural and tourism were "happy" or "very happy"
sectors, to be living in The Bahamas:
Only 205 passport applica- "This response may be inter-
tions had been received from preted as indicating that despite
Haitians born in the Bahamas the difficulties which respondents
before Independence. face while living in the Bahamas,
About 1500 certificates of they felt better off compared to
identity were issued to Haitians in their situation in Haiti prior to
2004. migrating," the IOM said.
Haitians constituted less than That's because in Haiti there is
9 per cent of the public school a greater than 34 per cent chance
population in 2005. of dying before the age of 40, and
Haitians constituted almost a you are likely to remain illiter-
third of the public school popu- ate and in deep poverty your
lation in Abaco in 2005 entire life.
Haitians constituted just over
11 per cent of hospital admissions Population Estimates
in 2001.
Less than 12 per cent of live
births were to Haitian nationals rom 1963 to 2000, the
in 2003. 1 "official" size of the resi-
Haitians newly infected with),,,dgnt Haitian community
HIV represented 18 per cent of increased from just over 4,000 to
all new HIV infections in 2003. more than 21,000, a growth of
Over 22,000 illegal Haitians about 39 per cent from one cen-
were deported from 2000 to 2004. sus to the next. And the percent-
Between 2000 and 2004, the age of Haitians relative to the
number of Haitian vessels cleared overall Bahamian population also
at Inagua increased from 55 to rose from just over 3 per cent to
228 (+314 per cent). just over 7 per cent.
Most Haitians come to the But the IOM says that putting
Bahamas to work and not to set- great effort into estimating the
tie. size of the Haitian community
Most arrive illegally and have may not be particularly useful if
their stay regularised by Bahami- the population is dynamic, with
an employers, many short-stay or flow-through
Most are paid less than members: "Clearly, as far as pol-
Bahamians and complain of icy makers are-concerned, it is
abuses by the authorities, the long-stay members of the
Most Haitian migrants have Haitian community who are of
little education, poor English most interest as it is these who
skills and are not integrated into will utilise the services of the
Bahamian society. country. Thus, a distinction
According to the IOM, almost should be made between the total
a third of Haitian migrants arrive size of the Haitian community
by air these days, and Port-au- and the size of the resident Hait-
Prince is an important point of ian community."
embarkation as a result. Those Projecting a 39 per cent
travelling by sea head for New growth from the 2000 census fig-
Providence usually arriving at ure, the size of the resident Hait-
Arawak Cay before going to ian community in 2005 could
their ultimate island of residence. have been about 26,000, growing
The fare for both air and sea to 30,000 by 2010. But counting
transport from Haiti is about illegal immigrants is notoriously
$1,000.1 difficult, so the IOM sought to
The mean length of time since apply corroborating data.
migrants born in Haiti had first For example, about 50,000 stu-
arrived in the Bahamas was nine dents were enrolled in The
years. And most of those sur- Bahamas in 2005, of which 4,304
veyed had only made one were Haitian. If this figure is
attempt to come to the Bahamas, inflated to allow for the fact that
suggesting that many deportees only 75 per cent of the school
do not try to return, or manage to population was included in that
flow through the Bahamas to a data, then as many as 5,740 Hait-
third country. Less than 5 per ian students were at school in
cent of migrants said they left 2005. If we allow for the 8 per
Haiti to escape political persecu- cent of school-age children not
tion. in school, this would suggest that
The fact that less that 10 per there are 6,250 school-age chil-
cent of survey respondents want- dren.
ed to stay in the Bahamas sug- In the IOM survey, students
gests that most may eventually made up 21 per cent of the Hait-
leave the country, the IOM said. ian community. Therefore, if 21
And it was noted that the inten- per cent of the Haitian commu-
tion of respondents not to stay nity corresponds to 6,250 chil-
here permanently was unaffected dren, the size of the resident Hait-
by how long they had been in the ian community would be about
country. 30,000.
From survey responses and However, the survey also
other corroborating data, it is found that at least 60 per cent of
believed that as many as 45 per respondents had a passport
cent of Haitian residents may issued by the Haitian embassy.
have work permits, although they Respondents accounted for about
may be breaking the terms of a third of all Haitian household
those permits, or the documents members. So if those respondents
may be forged. Respondents said correspond to about 11,668 peo-
they often paid more than twice pie (aged 18 and over) issued
the official fee for permits and passports, the size of the Haitian
other official documents, community would be 56,000.
Extrapolating from the above,
What Drives The Migration? the IOM suggested a population
range for the Haitian community
Tin the Bahamas of 30-60,000.

J ut the most important
: question in all of this is
what drives the migration in the
first place. And that is quite sim-
ply the Bahamian demand for
cheap labour, particularly in the

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EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.
(Incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas)

Consolidated Balance Sheet
As of 31 December 2007
(Amounts expressed in thousands of United States dollars)


Cash and money market papers
Due from banks
Loans apd advances to customers
Intangible assets
Other assets



Due to banks
Due to customers
Other liabilities
Total Liabilities





21 _192 3322

2 744

3 574

283,712 183,651

. Share capital
Authorized, issued and fully paid:
20,000 shares (2006: 10,000 shares)
ofUS$1,000 each
Accumulated deficit
Total Equity




229171 1923.2.


Ian Cookson

Steve Mackey


24 July 2008

Notes to Consolidated Balance Sheet
31 December 2007

1. Incorporation and Activities

EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd. (the Bank) was incorporated under the laws of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas on 19 December 2005 and is licensed under the Banks
and Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000. The Bank and its subsidiaries (together, the
Group) provide private banking, trust and company administration services. The Bank is a
wholly owned subsidiary of EFG Bank (Parent or EFG), a publicly listed limited liability
company domiciled in Switzerland and based in Zurich. Pursuant to an agreement
between Banco Atlantico (Bahamas) Bank & Trust Limited (Banco Atlantico) and Banco
de Sabadell, S.A. on the one hand and EFG, acting for and on behalf of the Bank, on the
other hand, the Bank bought the majority of the Private Banking Business (as defined in
the agreement) of Banco Atlantico. The closing date of the agreement was 16 Februarn
2006, the date the Bank commenced operations.

The registered office of the Bank is at its principal place of business, which is located at I
Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.

2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

The principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of this consolidated balance
sheet is set out below. These policies have been consistently applied to all the years
presented, unless otherwise stated.

(a) Basis of presentation

The Group's consolidated balance sheet has been prepared in accordance with
'International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and under the historical cost
C;, -biventiQn.

The preparation of consolidated balance sheet in accordance with IFRS requires
management to exercise judgment in the process of applying the Group's accounting
policies. It also requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect
the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and
liabilities as of the date of the consolidated Balance sheet and the reported amounts
of income and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ
from those estimates.

In the current year, the Group adopted IFRS 7 Fi ancial Instruments: Disclosures
and the amendments to IAS 1 Presentation ofFinoncial Statements, which became
effective for fiscal periods beginning on or after 1 January 2007. The impact of the
adoption of IFRS 7 and the changes to IAS 1 has been to expand the disclosures
provided in fhese consolidated balance sheet regarding the Group's financial
instruments and management of capital.

The remaining standards and amendments and interpretations to published standards
that became effective for fiscal periods beginning on or after 1 January 2007 were
not relevant to the Group's operations and accordingly did not impact the Group's
accounting policies or consolidated balance sheet.

The application of new standards and amendments and interpretations to existing
standards that have been published but are not yet effective are not expected to have
a material impact on the Group's accounting policies or consolidated balance sheet
in the period of initial application.

(b) Consolidation

Subsidiaries are all entities over which the Bank has the power to govern the
financial and operating policies, generally accompanying a shareholding of more
than one half of the voting rights. Subsidiaries are fully consolidated from the date
on which control is transferred tq the Bank; they are de-consolidated from the date
on Wliich control ceases.

Inter-company transactions, balances and unrealized gains on transactions between
group companies are eliminated. Unrealized losses are also eliminated unless the
transaction provides evidence of impairment of the asset transferred. The
accounting policies of subsidiaries are changed where necessary to ensure
consistency with the policies adopted by the Group.

This consolidated balance sheet includes the accounts of the Bank and its wholly
owned subsidiaries after elimination of all significant intercompany balances,
transactions and gains. Eradani Ltd., Geminorum Ltd. and Fomacis Ltd. are
nominee companies domiciled in The Bahamas. The Bank receives all income and
bears all expenses of these entities. EFG Wealth Management (Cayman) LId.
specializes in asset management and is domiciled in the Cayman Islands.

(c) Foreign currency translation

Items included in the balance sheet of each of the Group's entities are measured
using the currency of the primary economic environment in which the entity
operates (the functional currency). This consolidated balance sheet is presented in
United States dollars, which is the Bank's functional and presentation currency.

Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are translated into
the functional currency using the rate of exchange prevailing at the consolidated
balance sheet date. Income and expense items in foreign currencies are translated
into the functional currency using exchange rates prevailing at the dates of the
transactions. The net difference arising on translation is included in lIhe
consolidated income statement. Foreign exchange gains and losses resulting from
the settlement of such transactions and from the translation at year-end exchange
rates of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign cuTnencies aie
included in the consolidated income statement.

(d) Loans and advances to customers

Loans and advances to customers are classified as loans and receivaIbles, which are
non-derivative financial assets with fixed or determiiiable payments that ae not
quoted in an active market. All outstanding loans and advances to customers were
originated by the Bank and were recognized when cash was advanced to orrnowe s.
Advances to customers are due on demand. These financial assets aie carried at
amortized cost using the effective interest method and are assessed for impairment
at each balance sheet date. Cash, investment securities, or other assets held h\ teli
Bank on behalf of the borrowers adequately collateralise both loans and advances to
customers. Accordingly, the Bank has not established a provision for impairment of
loans and advances to customers.


(e) Intangible a ssts

Inilai]itihlc assets ne stated ;l cost less accumulated amortization and accumulated
inipainoiinl losses. lii;iiible assets with a finite useful life are amortized to the
conisolldteid iuicoine statemeiiint on a strai-'it-line basis over their estimated useful
lihvs v.li ch me irviewed on an ainnal basis. Amortization commences when the
intangible asset is available for use. The residual values of identifiable intangible
asscls witli ignitee useful lives are assumed to be zero. The following are the main
cnltegoi ics of iult;aiiibic assets.

Goodwill iepiesculs the excess of the cost of an acquisition over the fair value of
the groupp sshaie of thlie net identifiable assets of the acquired business entity at the
dale of acquisition. Goodwill is tested annually for impairment and carried at cost
less accumnulatc impaiirment losses. Impairment losses previously recognized are
not le ic ersedl.

Gains and losses on the disposal of an entity include the carrying amount of
gopswill relating to lie entity sold.

( "IIt(onsi iol /l!u( lijip agu 'eiO'ent

This intangible asset represents the purchase price of customer bases acquired
puTsuant to a custoinmei clationship agreement.

Non crmprtition ag? cement

This intaiinible asset represents the estimated cost incurred in respect of a non-
competition ia;igu'eiuent entered into with a former senior banking officer of Banco

CnMplutc' .sorfll'tlf'

T'I inlaniigilc asset represents the purchase price of a Trust software purchased
iind put intit usec during the yeai.

I hese identifiable intangible assets are amortized on a straight-line basis over their
estiii;iimed useful lives, which are as follows:

10 years
15 years
4 years

(f) Interest income and expense recognition

Interest income and expense for all interest-bearing financial instruments are
recignib'ced in the consolidated income statement using the effective interest method.

(g) Commission income

Ihe Gi ioup earns commissions on investment activities undertaken on behalf of its
customcis. The commission rates are charged based on stock exchange transactions,
fiduciary deposit balances placed and coupons received on securities. The Group
also cars administrative .fees including custody and management fees on a quarterly
basis. These fees are calculated based on the average month-end balances of each
customer's portfolio valuation.

(h1) Fiduciary activities

'I lie Group acts as trustee and.in other fiduciary capacities that result in the holding
or placing of assets on behalf of individuals, trusts, companies and other institutions.
F'hlse assets and income arising thereon are excluded from this consolidated balance
shecl, as th'v aie not assets and income of the Group.

(i) Elployee benefits

Group companies operate various defined contribution pension plans for all eligible
employees, which are managed anti administered by third parties incorporated in the
Coummonwvealth of The Bahamas and the Cayman Islands. Participating employees
conithbuct a minimum of 1% of their eligible earnings and the Group contributes an
amount equal to tlle lower of 100% of the participant's contributions; or 7% of the
piritiriiant's elgible earnings or $10.500 p&d annum. The Group's contributions
flills ,est \,ithi a palticipant iter.five years ofservices, and the Group has no further
payeniit olii ; tioon cie Hie contributions hat been made.

Ihlie Gioup's contributions to the plan are recognized in the consolidated income
statcmciint in the pci od to which they relate.'

(j) Popcrty and equipment

Propcity and equipment are carried at historical cost less accumulated depreciation
and ai e behiii depreciated on a straight-line basis over their useful lives as follows:

Leaseliolit impioveinents

Communication equipment
(C'iiiputcr equipment
Furniture and office equipment

Lesser of lease term and
10 years
5 years
5 years
3 years
5 years

These assets are included in other assets in the consolidated balance sheet.

(k) Leases

The lease., entered into bly lthe Gicoup are operating leases. The total payments made
under lthe opeiatiing leases are changed to general and administrative expenses in the
consolidated income statement on a straight-line basis over the period of the lease.

'iVhen a;m cperaiztinig lease is terminated before the lease period has expired, any
payment req~iied to be made to the lessor by way of penalty is recognized as an
expense in li" reriod in which termnnination takes place.

(1) Ta'ation

lhie (Group is uto subject to any income, capital gains or other taxes under the
ceureut law s olle ('Onommonwcalthi of lThe Bahamas and the Caym-nan Islands.

3. Due ti m Banks

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5,211 0.57

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5. Intangible Assets

The carrying values of intangible assets are shown below:
Goodwill Agreement
$000 000S

As of I January 2007

As of 31 December 2007

As of 1 January 2007
Charge for the year

As of 31 December 2007

Net book value:

As of 31 December 2007

As of 31 December 2006

Gonnodwill is reviewed


3,522 1,571 1.600
537 ______,

3,522 2,108 1,600


. S000

153 690

153 7,383

91 140
143 160 17

234 300 17



3,522 1,874 1,300 136 6,83

3,522 1,480 1,460 6,462

annually for impairment, or more frequently when there are

indicators that impairment may have occurred. There was no impairment identified in
2007 (2006: nil).

6. Other Assets

Other assets are comprised of the following:

Property and equipment
Security deposits
Prepaid expenses


7. Contingencies and Commitments

(a) Credit commitments

Credit commitments include credit card guarantees and stand-by letters of credit
issued on behalf of customers. Exposure to loss is represented by the contractual
amount of those instruments; however, the Group uses credit and hypothecation
criteria when entering into these commitments and conditional obligations as it does
for loans.

As of 31 December 2007, credit card guarantees amounted to $1,946,000 (2006:
$1,133,000), stand-by letters of credit entered into on behalf of customers, in respect
of which there are corresponding obligations by customers, amounted to $5,721,000
(2006: $549,000).

(b) Operating lease commitments

.s of 31 December 2007, the Group leases properties under two (2006: three) non-
cancelable operating leases.

Under the terms and conditions of the non-cancelable leases, future minimum rental
payments as of 31 December 2007 are as follows:
nf. aneM

Up to 1 year
1-5 years
Over 5 years



8. Related Party Balances

Related parties include entities and individuals with significant influence over the Group
in making financial or operating decisions and companies related by common ownership.
balances with related parties that are not disclosed elsewhere in this consolidated balance
sheet are as follows: .. ....,

Due from banks Parent
Other assets fellow subsidiaries and Parent
Due to banks Parent
Other liabilities Parent
Due to customers key management personnel





9. Financial Risk Management

The Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks and those activities involve
the analysis, evaluation, acceptance and management of some degree of risk or
combination of risks. Taking risk is core to the financial business, and the operational
risks are an inevitable consequence of being in business. The Group's aim is therefore to
achieve an appropriate balance between risk and return and minimize potential adverse
effects on the Group's financial performance.

(a) Fiduciary risk

The Group provides advisory, trustee and administration services to customers.
These activities give rise to fiduciary risk, which is the risk that the Group may fail
in carrying out certain mandates in accordance with the wishes of its customers. To
manage this exposure, the Group generally takes a conservative approach in its
fiduciary undertakings for customers.

(b) Liquidity risk

Liquidity risk is the risk that the Group will not have the necessary resources to meet
its contractual obligations as they come due. The Group manages its liquidity by
attempting to match liabilities with assets of similar maturity periods. The analysis
of assets and liabilities disclosed under interest rate risk (Note 9(e)) is indicative of
the relevant maturity groupings, based on the remaining period at the consolidated
balance sheet date to the contractual maturity date. With the exception of loans to
customers, intangible assets and property and equipment, all assets and liabilities of
the Group are classified as current i.e. they are expected to be realized within twelve
months of the consolidated balance sheet date.

(c) Currency risk

Currency risk emanates from the possibility that the value of a financial instrument
will fluctuate due to changes in foreign exchange rates. The Group minimi'.es its
risk by monitoring limit levels of foreign currency, particularly those susceptible to
foreign exchange rate volatility. The table below summarizes the Group's exposure
to currency risk:

As of 31 December 2007

(* USD equivalent value)

Cash and money market
Due from banks
Loans and advances to
Intangible assets
Other assets
Total assets

Due to banks
Due to customers
Other liabilities
Total liabilities
Net on balance sheet

Credit commitments/

CAN* GBP* EUR* USD Other* Total
$000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000

5,181 5,552 9,105 188,345

1,004 209.187

7,082 1,087 71,173 79,342
-- 6,832 6.832
246 2.162 2_408
12.509 5,552 10,192 268,514 1,004 297,771

12,471 5,544 10,194 245,991

777 274,977
9 2744

12,471 5,544 10,194 254,717 786 283,712

38 8 _2 13,79 218.. 14. 059

21.38 37 5.592 7,67

, U
6,4 ,8 ,3 7,1 ,4 9,3

L I -I

As of 31 December 2006

Total assets
Total liabilities

Net on balance sheet

Credit commitments/

6,447 1,982 5,539 177,219 1,145 192,332
6.362 1,975 5,455 168,647 1.212 183,651

85 7 84 8.572 (67 8.681

1,682 1.682

(d) Credit risk

Credit risk arises from the failure of a counterpart) to perform according to the
terms of the contract. From this perspective, the Group's exposure to credit risk is
primarily concentrated in money market papers, due from banks, loans and
advances to customers and guarantees and stand-by letters of credit issued on behalf
of customers.
The balances due from banks have been placed with the Parent. Deposits are also
held with other high quality international institutions. The majority of loans and
advances to customers arm short-term and all are collateralized by assets managed by
the Group on behalf of the borrowers. The Group also uses other methods, such as
credit monitoring techniques, including collateral and credit exposure limit policies.
As of 31 December 2007, all credit exposures were current, with no past due
amounts. Accordingly, there are no provisions for doubtful accounts. The element
of credit risk associated with the related party balances is disclosed in Note 8.

The assets of the Group are categorized by geographical region as of 31 December,
based on the domicile of the counterparties as follows:




At 31 December 2007, the largest exposure to a single entity is $7,083,000 (2006:

(e) Interest rate risk

Cash flow interest rate risk is the risk that the future cash flows of a financial
instrument will fluctuate because of changes in market interest rates. The Group
takes on exposure to the effects of fluctuations in the prevailing levels of market
interest rates on both its fair value and cash flow risks. Interest margins may
increase as a result of such changes but may reduce losses in the event that
unexpected movements arise. The Group manages this risk by setting limits on the
level of mismatch of interest repricing that may be undertaken, which is monitored

The table below summarizes the Group's exposure to interest rate risks. It includes

the Group's financial instruments
contractual maturity date.

at -arrying amounts, categorized by the

As of 31 December 2007

Period of

Up to
3 months

Cash and money market papers
Due from banks 207,191
Loans and advances to
customers 9,169
Intangible assets
Other assets
Total assets 216,360

Due to banks 5,991
Due to customers 215,626
Other liabilities
Total liabilities 221,617

Interest rate sensitivity gap (5,257

Period of

Up to
3 months

As of 31 December 2006

Total assets
Total liabilities

Interest rate sensitivity gap


1-5 Non-interest
years bearing
$000 $000


49,322 20,851


2 2
31 209,187

6,832 6,832
408 2 9408

51,287 20,851 9.273 297,771

49,324 10,027 274,977
,,-" _- 2.744 2.744

49,324 10,027 2,744 283.712

S 1.963 10.824 6.529 14.059


i 108,641 65,093 11,090

1-5 Non-interest
years bearing
$000 $000

7,508 192,332

103.051 66,733 10,293 3.574 183.651

5.590 (1.640) 797 3.934 8.681


10. Capital Management

The Bank's objectives when managing capital, which is a broader concept than 'equity' on
the face of the consolidated balance sheet, are:

To comply with the capital requirements set by the Central Bank;
To safeguard the Bank's ability to continue as a going concern so that it can continue
to provide returns for its shareholder and benefits for other stakeholders; and
To maintain a strong capital base to support the development of its business.

Capital adequacy and the use of regulatory capital are monitored by the Bank's
management, employing techniques designed to ensure compliance with guidelines
established by the Central Bank. The required information is filed with the Central Bank
on a quarterly basis. For the Bank, there is no difference between the composition of
regulatory capital and the components of equity as shown in the consolidated balance

The Central Bank requires that the Bank maintains a ratio of total regulatory capital to
nsk-weighted assets (including off-balance-sheet items) at or above a minimum of 12%.

The table below summaries the composition of regulatory capital and shows the capital
adequacy ratio of the Bank, determined in accordance with the Basle Capital Accord, as of
the consolidated balance sheet date.

Tier 1 capital
Share capital
Accumulated deficit














Goodwill and other intangible assets


Risk-weighted assets

Capital adequacy ratio Tier 1

During 2007 and 2006, the Bank failed to comply with the externally imposed capital
requirements to which it is subject. Management has submitted applications to the Central
Bank to become an authorized agent. Said applications arc still under review; however,
Central Bank officials have agreed to not take adverse actions against the Bank for failing
to meet its capital rcouirmncnts until the review process is complete. To date management
has not received information on the estimated completion date of the review.

11. Acquisition

Effective 16 Flebruary 2006, the Bank acquired the Private Banking Business of Banco
Atlantico as defined in the Agreement referred to in Note 1. The acquisition has been
accounted for using the purchase method of accounting. The effective date for the purchase
or the Private Book of Business was 16 February 2006. Part of the purchase consideration
was paid to Banco de Sabadcll, S.A. on signing of the Agreement. Additional amounts \\er
paid during the years ended 31 December 2007 and 2006. Deferred cash consideration is
included in other liabilities on the consolidated balance sheet. The net purchase price is
reflected in the consolidated balance sheet for the year ended 31 December 2006.



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Govt helps Exuma

farmers affected by

Tropical Storm Noel

12. Fair Value of Financial Instruments
Financial instruments utilized by the Group comprise recorded financial assets and
liabilities disclosed in this consolidated balance sheet. The Group's financial instruments
are principally short-term in nature or have interest rates that periodically reset at market
rates. Accordingly, their estimated fair values approximate their carrying values.
13. Subsequent Event
On 3 March 2008 the Bank's Board of Directors resolved to increase the authorized
capital of the Bank up to US$24 million by the creation of up to a further 4,000 Ordinary
Shares of US$1,000 each to rank pari passu with the existing shares in the capital of the
Bank subject to prior approval being received from the Bank's Parent and the Central
Bank of The Bahamas.
14. Corresponding Figures
The 2006 corresponding figures and percentages for the geographic sector concentrations
within loans and advances to customers have been reclassified to conform with the
presentation adopted for the current year.

Pro% idence louse
East Hill Street
P.O Box N-3910
Nassau. Bahamas
E-mail pmcbs bsi pwc comn
Tclcphlne (242) 302-5300
To the Shareholder of EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd. Facsimile (242) 302-5350
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of EFG Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) Ltd. (the Bank) and its subsidiaries (together, the Group), as of 31 December
2007 and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory notes.
Management's Responsibility for the Financial Statements
Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of this consolidated
balance sheet in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards. fhis
responsibility includes: designing, implementing and maintaining internal control relevant
to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material
misstatement, whether due to fraud or error; selecting and applying appropriate
accounting policies; and making accounting estimates that are reasonable in the
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on this consolidated balance sheet based on
our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on
Auditing. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and
perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether the financial statements are free
from material misstatement.
An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and
disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditors.'
judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial
statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditors
consider internal control relevant to the entity's preparation and fair presentation of the
financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the
circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of
the entity's internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of
accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by
management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to
provide a basis for our audit opinion.
In our opinion, the accompanying consolidated balance sheet presents fairly, in all
material respects, the financial position of the Group as of 31 December 2007, in
accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
Emphasis of Matter r"-'
Without qualifying our opinion, we emphasise that the accompanying consolidated
balance sheet does not comprise a complete set of financial statements in accordance with
International Financial Reporting Standards. Information on results of operations, cash
flows and changes in equity is necessary to obtain a complete understanding of the
financial position, performance and changes in financial position of the Group.

Chartered Accountants
Nassau, Bahamas
4 24 July 2008

GEORGE TOWN, EXUMA Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources
Larry Cartwright (left) speaks with Exuma farmers present at the issuance
of 89 cheques to assist certified farmers affected by Tropical Storm Noel
on the island. Also pictured is permanent secretary at the Ministry Cress-
well Sturrup.

Bahamas Information

- Minister of Agriculture and
Marine Resources Larry
Cartwright led a delegation to
Exuma to present 89 cheques
to assist farmers affected by
Tropical Storm Noel in 2007.
"I am so happy, this morn-
ing, to be with you, on behalf
of the government of the
Bahamas, to present to you
these cheques," Mr Cartwright
"As I said before, it would
not be enough money to pay
you for all that you would
have lost, but it would cer-
tainly be a little contribution
towards your ambitious efforts
and hopefully help you to get
on the go again."
The cheques are part of the
'government's continued assis-
tance package for certified
farmers affected throughout
the Bahamas. Also included
in the programme is the dis-
tribution of agricultural sup-
plies, such as seeds and heav-
ily discounted plants.
Ministry representatives
were slated to make more
such presentations in Long
Island on August 2, and in
Eleuthera this weekend.
"The Ministry of Agricul-
ture and Marine Resources,
in its attempt to try and help
farmers to get back on their
feet, has been over the last

six months sending out pack-
ages," Mr Cartwright said.
Some islands were sent
seeds, others fertilisers and
plants, he said.


22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas ,

Mr. Rodman Horsley Darville

of Blair Estates, Nassau,
The Bahamas will be
held at Christ Church
Cathedral, George Street,
Nassau on Thursday, 7th ,,
August, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. 1

The Very Rev. Patrick L.
Adderley, Dean and
Rector of Christ Church
Cathedral, Vicar General
The Diocese of Nassau,
The Bahamas and Father
Michael D. Gittens, Priest Vicar, will officiate assisted
by Rev. Dr. Gary V. Curry.

Mr. Darville is survived by his wife, Audrey G.
Darville; two daughters, Debra J. Darville and Donna
M. Darville; two sons, Ricardo S. Darville and
Bradford T. Darville; one daughter-in-law, Pamela
Darville; two grandchildren, Jordan and Chandler
Darville; one sister, Miriam Knowles; one brother,
Colin Darville; sister-in-law, Sonia Durant (her
husband, Victor Durant is predeceased) and daughter,
Martina and husband, John McSweeney; brother-in-
law, Dr. Gary Curry and his wife Myrtle and their
children, Patti and Barry Lowe and Sharon and
Damian Eldemire; brother-in-law, Dudley Curry;
sister-in-law, Valeria 'Obregon and her husband,
Miguel and their children, Miguel, Maria, Darren
and Melanie Obregon; brother-in-law, Denny Curry;
sister-in-law, Pauline Curry, their children, Carmen
and David Trani and Christopher and Raquel Curry;
sister-in-law, Nancy Russell and her husband, Larry
Russell and their children Tonya, Trina and Craig
Russell; other relatives and friends including Renata
Curry and many neices and nephews including, Hazel
Johnson, MacDarville, Elaine,Allan, Howard Darville
and Debbie Hall, Durke Darville,Gloria, Collette,
Donna, Dianne, Earl and Erline Darville, Montgomery
Grant, Samuel Adderley, Meta Chea, Estelle
Campbell, Thelma Murry, Stephanie, Shiela and
Lynn Mckinney, Patrick, Theodore, Joe and Shirley
Turnquest, Ardinah Kelly, Arnold (Butch) and
Deborah Tekosky; Don, Jerome, Mark,Paul, Elijah,
Sandra, Paula and Gwendolyn Knowles.

Special thanks to Dr. Winston Campbell, Dr. Christine
Chin, Dr. Williamson Chea, Dr. Harold Munnings,
Dr. Charles Rahming, Dr. Serville and other doctors
and nurses of the Princess Margaret Hospital team
and Nurse Burrows and her associate nurses,
especially Nurse Debbie. Also, thank you to Kemp's
Funeral Home Limited.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the
Cancer Society of The Bahamas, P.O.Box S.S. 6539,
Nassau in memory of Mr. Rodman H. Darville.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited,
22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas.

The minister said that farm-
ers in Exuma today have a
"golden opportunity" to con-
tribute to the island's tourism
product by supplying visitors
with their goods.
"Now is the time for Exuma
to make money from agricul-
ture. You have the people
here now who need the food."
Mr Cartwright added that
Bahamians and tourists alike
need food, which is easily
obtained locally.
"One of the best ways for
us to get the food we need is
to produce it. Exuma, you
have a golden opportunity to
provide food for your people,
as well as to make a lot of
money. Go for it," he said.
Exuma farmer Wesley Fer-
guson of Farmers Hill said
that he "very much" appreci-
ated what the government is
doing for the farmers on the
"It is a great blessing to me
as a farmer. I think it is a great
assistance and will help us
greatly in Exuma because we
have been out of work (on the
farms) for a while. The recent
droughts and whatnot set us
back, but thank God, this now
is a great blessing," he said.
"It is very good because it is
a little help to the people,"
said Alice Munnings of
"Some of the people lost
real badly in their farms. This
is a good thing that they do.
We appreciate it."
"It will encourage them to
go on," added Annie Lloyd of
Barretarre, speaking on behalf
of her mother of the same
Livingston Smith, of Stuart
Manor, said Exuma farmers
should "feel good" about the
"Use it to your benefit and
it comes from the Bahamas
government and we are happy
that we can provide this 'little
pittance' for you to help you
to get started," Mr Cartwright

Rolleville farmer Jonathan McKen-
zie receives a cheque from accoun-
tant Maria Darling of the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine Resources.

"Some of the
people lost
really badly in
their farms."

Alice Munnings

GEORGE TOWN, EXUMA Accounts clerk Elizabeth Coakley (left) and
accountant Maria Darling of the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine
Resources prepare the cheques for the certified farmers affected by
Tropical Storm Noel.


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In their toughest test so far,

Americans beat Australians

US faces host China in its Olympic opener on Sunday

AP Basketball Writer
SHANGHAI, China (AP) -
Undefeated, but no longer
The US Olympic basketball
team wrapped up its exhibition
schedule with its toughest test,
pulling away to beat Australia
87-76 Tuesday night in its final
game before heading to Beijing.
The United States led by only
four points nearly halfway
through the third quarter and
was up by seven midway
through the fourth against an
Australian team that was resting
its best player, Milwaukee
Bucks center Andrew Bogut.
The Americans relied on an
aggressive defensive effort to
overcome a horrendous night
from three-point range and the
free throw line, the same areas
that proved costly in their semi-
final loss to Greece in the world
championships two years ago.
Dwyane Wade scored 22
points and LeBron James had
16 for the Americans, who fin-
ished 3-of-18 from behind the
arc and 20-of-33 (61 per cent) at
the foul line.
Patrick Mills and Chris
Anstey, who had a first-half
altercation with Wade, each
scored 13 points for Australia.
The US team seemed in con-
trol after allowing one basket
in the final five and-a-half min-
utes of the first half to open a
44-29 lead. But the Americans
left that defensive intensity in
the locker room, allowing a
number of open three-pointers
and uncontested drives to the
The Australians outscored
the Americans 13-2 to open the
third quarter, pulling to 46-42
on David Barlow's layup with
6:52 remaining in the period.
The United States regrouped
behind Wade and Carmelo
Anthony, rebuilding the lead to
double digits headed to the
Michael Redd and Wade had
layups to open the scoring in
the fourth, pushing the US lead
to 69-55. Australia scored nine
of the next 11 points to pull
within seven with still half the
period left, making the upset
seem possible. The crowd even
got behind the Australians,
loudly booing a call that over-
ruled what seemed to be a
potential three-point play for
them on an offensive rebound.
The Americans got their run-
ning game going again, and
Wade had some easy baskets as
they pulled away for their clos-
est victory. A 21-point win over
Russia was the previous closest
game for the Americans, who
came in averaging 110.8 points
and shooting 64.2 per cent from
the field.
The United States faces host
China on Sunday in its Olympic

Bogut, the No. 1 pick in the
2005 draft, wanted more time
to rest a sore right arkle ih.ii
has been bothering hin. but
said he expects to be rc.,d\ bh
the opener against Cri.,ita ,on
The Australians there\ k. scire
into defending gold mrd.dll.
Argentina in an earlier iiecndl\.
building a 19-point lead in the
third quarter before losing '5-
They started well in thi:
game, with Mills fearles-.I dri-
ving to the basket and helping
Australia lead by four on ja c .u-
ple of occasions in the fiit qua.i LU
. ter before the Americans r.il-
lied to grab a 22-19 lead
US coach. Mike Krz\zc%\"ki
started the second quarti ir iih
a lineup of James, Kobe Br'nit
Wade, Anthony and Dcr'on
Williams. Australia % wasn't
intimidated by that unit, iinh
Wade and Anstey jawing alter
Anstey fouled Wade a\.lN the
ball and the players got t.mglcd
when the US guard got up
Australia cut it to 2n-25 on
David Andersen's basket \ith
5:36 remaining in the halt. the n
the small unit's pressure defense
set in and made it hard for the
Australians to even take shots.
The Americans forced eight
turnovers in the period led by
James, who was all over the
court coming up with steals and
blocks. He scored eight straight
points to make it 37-25, then
swatted a shot into the seats
about a minute later.
Australia finally ended its
drought when Mills went all the
way for a layup with 1:51 to go,
but the Americans came back
with a steal by James leading
to his own bucket. The US lead
was 44-29 at the break.



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DWIGHT HOWARD & KOBE BRYANT, of the US Olympic basketball team, are seen in action during a match between USA and Australia as a warm-
up for the Olympics at the USA Basketball International Challenge tournament in Shanghai yesterday...

US blows away Russia in warm up for Olympics


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RUSSIA'S guard Marina
Karpunina fights for the ball
with United States guard
Cappie Pondexter during a
a warm up for the Olympics
at the Women Diamond
Ball tourney in Haining,
China, on Monday. The US
beat Russia 93 to 58...



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Associated Press Writer
BEIJING (AP) The beat-
ing of two Japanese journal-
ists by police in western China
drew an official apology Tues-
day, but Beijing also set new
obstacles for news outlets
wanting to report from
Tiananmen Square in the lat-
est sign of trouble for reporters
covering the Olympics.
The International Olympic
Committee, which last week
only partially succeeded in get-
ting China to unblock some
Internet sites after journalists
raised a furor, said it would
look into the new rules that
require reporters to make
appointments to do reports at
The Japanese government
and the Foreign Correspon-
dents Club of China con-
demned the roughing up of the
Japanese newsmen who were
covering an attack by alleged
Muslim separatists on police
in Xinjiang province..
The separate incidents
added to the impression that
China is not living up to
promises that foreign media
would have unrestricted access
during the games and has
reverted to the tight controls
that the communist govern-
ment keeps over the press in
normal times.
In the latest restriction, the
Beijing city government said
on its Web site that Chinese
and foreign journalists who
want to report and film in
Tiananmen "are advised to
make advanced appointments
by phone." It said that will
help ensure orderly newsgath-
ering amid what are expected
to be large crowds in the
square on each day of the
games, which start Friday.
The notice did not specify
when the rule takes effect, nor
did it say what would happen
to news crews if they tried to
report from the square with-

out an appointment. Phone
calls Tuesday night to the Bei-
jing government spokesman's
office seeking clarification rang
IOC spokeswoman Giselle
Davies said the new arrange-
ment did not match the com-
mittee's understanding of
access to Tiananmen and
promised to look into the situ-
"It wouldn't be how we
understand the operation func-
tioning. No doubt we can clear
up the matter quickly," Davies
Surrounded by Beijing's top
landmarks, the square is icon-
ic for its symbolism as the seat
of the communist government.
But the expanse was also the
focus of pro-democracy
demonstrations in 1989 that
were violently crushed by secu-
rity forces, and officials keep a
close watch on it.
A television executive said
access to Tiananmen remains
an issue even for TV compa-
nies that have paid tens of mil-
lions of dollars or more for the
rights to broadcast the games.
Construction was not fin-
ished on a platform for broad-
casters to use at the square
only three days before opening
day and already scheduled live
broadcasts were being can-
celed due to the delay, said the
executive, who agreed to dis-
cuss the situation only if not
quoted by name to avoid
offending officials during nego-
tiations over the snag.
Friction between Chinese
officials and journalists deep-
ened Tuesday after police
detained and roughed up the
two Japanese journalists who
were sent to cover Monday's
suspected terrorist attack on
police in the Xinjiang region
in China's far west.
Foreign affairs officials in
the region said police had apol-
ogised to the pair and would
pay for damage to their equip-
ment and for medical check-

Shinji Katsuta, a reporter for
Japanese broadcaster Nippon
Television Network Corp., said
he and Shinzou Kawakita, a
photographer from the Tokyo
Shimbun newspaper, were
grabbed by police late Mon-
day and held for about two
hours at a security facility.
"My face was pushed into
the ground, my arm was twist-
ed and I was hit two or three
times in the face," Katsuta said
in a telephone interview
broadcast by his station.
The Foreign Correspondents
Club of China said Kawakita
had described being surround-
ed by paramilitary police, lift-
ed off the floor by his arms
and legs, kicked and then
pinned to the floor by an offi-
cer's boot on his face.
"This is utterly unacceptable
any time. It's particularly rep-
rehensible just days before the
Olympics at a time when Chi-
na has promised complete
media freedom," said
Jonathan Watts, the foreign
correspondent club's chairman
and a correspondent for the
Guardian newspaper in
Japan's chief Cabinet secre-
tary, Nobutaka Machimura,
told reporters in Tokyo that
the government planned to
"lodge a strong protest" with
China over the incident.
Liu Yaohua, Xinjiang's top
police official, told reporters
Tuesday that the Japanese
journalists had tried to enter
a restricted, area, China's offi-
cial Xinhua News Agency said.
"The Japanese reporters vio-
, lated the rules of China by
forcing their way into a mili-
tary area. The act was not well-
justified, and they should
accept the consequences," Liu
was quoted as saying. "I, how-
ever, apologise to the
reporters, as the top regional
public security official, for the
clash they had with the border



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Sports Reporter "We had an amazing turnout and the
competition was keen throughout. We had
With no A-Class sloops at a nice set of ships support it and the races
the Acklins regatta, the were intense because many of the boats
B and C class sloops were challenging the big sloops like the
took center stage, pro- Lady Nathalie and Thunderbird. The prob-
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of races for spectators, the biggest problems come along with mon-
The Lady Nathalie took the B-Class,. ,,,ey and sponsorship."
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Sisters placed third, the regatta's success and deficiencies and
In t4he C-.-C 1., the Ba.bhajian .took top will look to make amendments to further its
honours, followed by the Thunderbird with development.
the Hot Flash rounding out the top three. "We have seen some things we need to
Ron Miller, commodore of the 2008 Ack- change to make the regatta an even bigger
lin, regatta, said the event was well-attend- event. Transportation is one of the things

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to," he said. "There are many others that
wanted to come down to the regatta and we
were unable to get them down here and
accommodate them."
At the Cat Island regatta, the Good News
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followed by the Red Stripe and Southern
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In the B-Class, the Frank Hanna Eudeva
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The Lady Ruthnell took the C-Class, with
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NBA's only Jewish player

in Israel for workshop

Associated Press Writer
Angeles Lakers guard Jordan
Farmar. the NBA's only Jew-
ish player, showed his dribbling,
shooting and slam-dunking
skills at a clinic in southern
Israel on Tuesday for Jewish
and Arab kids.
The 21-year-old Farmar is the
guest of the Peres Center for
Peace, founded by Nobel Peace
Prize laureate Shimon Peres,
now Israel's president, to
encourage cooperation between
Israelis and Palestinians. One

of the ways the center tries to
improve relationships is through
children playing sports together.
Farmar is the first Jewish
player in the NBA since Danny
Schayes son of Hall of Famer
Dolph Schayes retired in
"I've gotten a warm welcome
from the whole country," he
fold the Associated Press in a
telephone interview during the
clinic in Kiryat Gat, a desert
town. "People seem to recog-
nize me everywhere, and it's
been great."
Farmar was a key member of
a Lakers team that reached the

NBA Finals in June, losing to
the Boston Celtics. In only his
second pro season, the Los
Angeles native and UCLA
standout backed up veteran
point guard Derek Fisher.
Farmar's parents divorced
when he was a child. His moth-
er is Jewish, and his stepfather is
Israeli. He has visited here twice
before with his family, but said
this time has been different.
He said his heritage helped
him relate to the Jewish and
Arab basketball hopefuls he
met in Israel. His father, for-
mer baseball player Damon
Farmar, is black.

"When I go to the black
neighborhoods, people relate
to me, and when I go the Jewish
neighborhood they relate to me,
too," he said.
Farmar is in Israel for an
eight-day visit accompanied by
his relative former star racldi
women's basketball player
Limor Mizrahi.
The Peres Center has hosted
leading sporting figures in Israel
before, including Brazilian soc-
cer star Ronaldo, Cameroon
national soccer team striker
Samuel Eto'o and former New
York Giants star football run-
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niture store claims his
business is facing poten-
tial financial ruin as a
result of protracted
roadworks which have blocked all
access to its store, the company hav-
ing already had to let go three
According to Jimmy Klonaris,
owner of Traditions Furniture, his
store has made "zero" profits for the
last five to six Saturdays due to road-
works taking place each week on
Hawkins Hill.
"This has been going on since the
first week in June and it has had a
devastating effect on my business.
The workers are not letting people
pass and so no-one can get to my
store on Saturdays.
"This is ruining my business
because Saturday is my biggest day
and I have not had a single sale for
the past few Saturdays. That is the
day that the majority of my cus-
tomers come and shop because they
work through the week and that is a
better time for them."
He added that even though the
roadwork which he was told was-.
to lay cables for the Atlantis resort -
does not take place on weekdays,
the amount of debris left over from
the weekend makes it difficult for :
persons to get to his store during the
week as well.
"I have had persons tell me they
wanted to come in, but they thought
that I was closed because of the state
of the roads."
He added that his is the only major
business on the hill save a few small
restaurants which cater to himself
and nearby government offices.
Mr Klonaris said the impact the
roadworks is having on his business

AN OUTSIDE view of Traditions furniture store. Its owner, Jimmy Klonaris says his store has made "zero" profits for the last five to six Saturdays due to roadworks taking
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given the tremendous challenges that
businesses all over the country are
facing, due to skyrocketing fuel costs
which have driven an increase in the

cost of doing business. "When they
first started working, I was told that
it would be just a few weeks, but now
it has dragged on and on and my
business is in jeopardy."

Mr Klonaris said that while he
appreciates that the roadworks have
to be done, he does not think that it
should be done at the expense of his

"My weekday sales have dropped
between 30-50 per cent, I can't pay
my interest payments, BEC is about
to shut me off and I have had to let
three employees go," he said.

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Business Reporter
(Bahamas) Ltd yesterday post-
ed a second quarter profit of
$0.7 million for 2008, despite
the fact that the company
internationally reported a net
loss of $16.5 million.
According to the latest
financial figures for the com-

pany, Bahamian results were
up from 2007 for the first six
months of the year.
"The Bahamas businesses
achieved a net income of $0.7
million up from $0.5 million a
year ago. Total revenues were
up year on year by 9.9 per cent
to $3.1 million reflecting strong
growth in net interest income
and fees earned from trust and
custody services. At June 30,
total assets were $177 million
compared to the $173 million a
year ago," the company said
in a release to explain the num-
The picture was slightly dif-
ferent for the company overall,
as The Bank of NT Butter-
field and Son Limited reported
a second quarter 2008 net loss
of $16.5 million, compared to a
profit of $35.9 million for the
same period a year ago.
"Net income for the six
months ended June 30, 2008,
was $19.8 million," the bank
Butterfield said the second
quarter loss results from the
impact of unrealised losses on
two credit support agreements
with a related party which
amounted to $27.7 million and
a realized loss of $23 million
on one holding in the group's
held to maturity investment
portfolio, offsetting net income
of $34.3 million from the
bank's operators.
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AP National Writer

Rainsberger isn't rich. She
works in the non-profit world
for a relatively low-profit
salary. Yet, as many Ameri-
cans are scrimping for every
penny, she hardly feels the
She still tithes 10 per cent of
her income to her church, even
as other members have cut
back. She rarely worries about
rising gas and food prices. And
she never bothers to balance
her checkbook, because she
doesn't come close to spending
what she has.
"I live so far below my
means that it doesn't really
register," says Rainsberger, a
31-year-old Chicagoan with a
wiry frame and unusually sun-
ny outlook. "I don't have to
think about money."
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For starters, she has no car
and commutes by bicycle each
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mortgage payment and choos-
es to live in an "intentional
community," a partly shared
space where $775 a month cov-
ers everything from utilities to
"In one fell swoop, I pay for
the roof over my head, the
food in my stomach and the
lights to read by. That's a big
. advantage," says Rainsberger,
whose high-rise living space is
part of the residential pro-"
gramme at the Keystone Eco-
logical Urban Center in
Chicago's Uptown neighbour-
hood. Her private quarters -
larger and a bit more expen-
sive than some are about 400
square feet, divided into a sit-
ting room, a craft room and a
small bedroom. She shares
bathrooms, showers, a kitchen
and a large dining room with
28 other residents whose ranks
include young professionals,
professors and retirees.
"It's like a college dormitory,
but with better conversation,"
she often jokes.
Of course, the concept of
sharing resources has been
around since the beginning of
time and is used today from
Amish farms to the Israeli kib-
butz. For low-income families,
it's often simply a matter of
But those who track con-
sumer habits say a growing
need to cut costs, along with a
wish to be more environmen-
tally and spiritually conscious,
is causing even more people
to pool their resources,
whether defined as an inten-
tional community or not.
"The economy starts to tank.
People get tired of it," says
Daniel Howard, an expert in
consumer research and behav-
iour at the Cox School of Busi-
ness at Southern Methodist
University. "It's people saying,
'Let's get together and help
one another.' And it works."
Few may have the desire or
even the ability to live the
Spartan lifestyle that Rains-
berger learned from her
Depression-era grandmother.
Not everyone is willing to bicy-
cle, for instance, in the stifling
mugginess of a Chicago sum-
mer or the cold, blustery winds
that sweep off Lake Michigan
in winter.
But those who advocate a
simpler, less consumer-driven
life say there are lessons in the
strategies she and other inten-
tional communities use.
By buying their food in bulk,
for instance, Rainsberger and
her neighbours spend $100 to
$150 per person each month
for meals. (Consider that the
US Department of Agriculture
"thrifty plan" for a single per-
son is $200 a month.)
Some residents who own
cars also share them, drastical-
ly cutting overall vehicle
While this particular inten-
tional community has no chil-
dren, similar communities
trade childcare or keep costs

Butterfield Bank's profit

FROM page 1B field's president and CEO. said
that on the heels of successive
quarters of sustained growth, the results were disappointing.
"While our core fee generating business continued to perform
well, global markets proved challenging."
In particular, Mr Thompson noted that they ceased investing
in the US residential asset-backed mortgage and related markets
over a year ago and did not anticipate it will enter into any fur-
ther credit support agreements with the related party.
"When excluding those losses, group net income for the quar-
ter would have been $34.3 million for a return on equity of 21.2
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low enough so more parents
can stay home or work part-
The Fellowship for Inten-
tional Community, a Missouri-
based non-profit that began a
steadily growing directory of
such communities in 1990, esti-
mates that at least 100,000
Americans now live in one.
They define them as groups of
people living together who
share common values that are
religious, economic, environ-
mental, social or any combina-
tion of those. Sometimes they
own property; others rent.
About a third live in urban
areas, while the remainder are
Laird Schaub, the Fellow-
ship's executive secretary, says
he has no proof that the
growth in numbers they've
seen is tied to the economy.
But he has little doubt that
intentional communities are
better equipped to weather
hard times.
"We're pretty isolated from
the ups and downs of the reg-
ular economy," says Schaub,
who has lived at the Sandhill
Farm intentional community
in Rutledge, Mo., for 34 years.
The farms' 10 residents grow
most of their own food and sell
organic produce to the sur-
rounding community. Some
have other jobs and all share
their income with the group,.
as do about 13 per cent of the
intentional communities in the
Fellowship's directory.
"You don't have to chase as
many dollars to have a quality
of life," Schaub says.
And that is freeing in other
ways, says Duane Elgin, an
environmental activist in Cali-
fornia who focuses on simplic-
"It isn't just cutting back on
things. It's about people not-t
needing so many things and
putting more .attention into
theti pcrson.l intereisttand
their family and friends, being
creative, being of service," says
Elgin, author of the book
"Voluntary Simplicity," a con-
cept he began fostering 30
years ago. "As a result, they
are richer individuals."
Lela Philbrook, a 23-year-
old singer who lives in Rains-
berger's intentional communi-
ty, has found that to be true.
She saves so much money liv-
ing there that she's able to pay
for voice lessons, which cost
more each month than her
room and board.
"That's huge," Philbrook
says. She lives down the hall
from her grandmother, a long-
time member of the commu-
nity whose room is a frequent
gathering place because she
has an air conditioner and
wireless Internet access.
Residents also regularly con-
gregate to play games, do puz-
zles and watch old episodes of
"Alias" or "Veronica Mars."
Rainsberger, whose closest
family is in Ohio, savors the
"For me, to be able to walk
out my door and have every-
body in the hall know me,
that's a really great experi-
ence,' she says. "And if any-
thing happens to me. 1 know
there's somebody next door
who'll take care of me."
Certainly, there are times
she's had her fill of community
and the inevitable difficulties
that arise with any group.
"Then." she says, laughing.
"you go to your room, shut the
door and don't come out."
Martha Irvine is an AP
national writer. She can be
reached at mirvine(at)ap.org or
via http://myspace.com/irvineap

SUN expands its services to Bahamas

SVJN Business, a leading profession-
al services firm specialising in Sage
business software, has expanded its
services to the Bahamas.
The company recently announced
the grand opening of its new Nassau
location and the addition of Rodney
Collie, managing partner for the new
business. The office will be located in
the Cable Beach area.
The Nassau office will bring expand-
ed resources and expertise for the ben-

efit of the combined Sun Business
ci'ient base, said the company.
"Sun Business is excited to have
Rodney as an official member of our
team," said William Dubinsky, presi-
dent of Sun Business, in a press release
posted on Cayman Net News.
Mr Dubinsky noted that the com-
pany had had the pleasure of working

with Rodney on several projects.
"He has very strong knowledge of
business management and IT software.
It's a natural fit and we are very
pleased to have him as the managing
partner in Nassau."
According to the release, Mr Collie
had been working within the IT indus-
try for over 21 years previously, having
worked as an IT manager and vice-
president of business development for
a major shipping company.

He holds a bachelor's degree in
information systems administration
and a masters in business administra-
Speaking about his new position, Mr
Collie said: "I understand business
needs from our clients' perspective.
Coupled with my extensive knowledge
of Sage software, I am able to help our

clients get exactly what they need from
their systems to generate meaningful
information and reports," Mr Collie
said. "By joining forces with Sun Busi-
ness, we can provide our combined
client base with an even broader level
of service," he said.
The company added that, with the
addition of the Bahamas, it is able to
supply an extensive selection of prod-
ucts and resources to its clients, offer-
ing specialised services and products.

Precious metals dive on oil drop

AP Business Writer
closed below $900 for the first
time in five weeks and copper
sank to a six-month low Tues-
day as falling crude prices and a
stronger dollar fed selling of
hard assets.
Other commodities traded
mostly lower, with corn, soy-
beans and other agriculture
futures falling. The declines are
the latest sign that the com-

modities boom of1 the past year
is at least temporarily losing
momentum as a weak US econ-
omy curbs demand for energy
and raw materials.
Gold dropped more than $20
during the day as the dollar
ticked higher versus the 15-
nation euro, diminishing
demand for the metal as a
hedge against inflation.
The dollar held its; ground
Tuesday after the Federal
Reserve, seeking to revive the
economy and stem inflation,

decided to keep its benchmark
interest rate steady at two per
cent as expected.
The Fed said credit tightness,
a weak housing market and
high energy prices would likely
"weigh on economic growth
over the next few quarters."
Gold for December delivery
fell $21.80 to settle at $886.10
an ounce on the New York
Mercantile Exchange, after ear-
lier dropping to $883.70, the
lowest level since July 25.
V'"Gold showed once again
that it is feeling the impact of an
oil price that has shed some $30
from its recent record price and
continues to aim lower," Jon
Nadler, analyst with Kitco Bul-
lion Dealers Montreal, said in a
Other precious metals also
sank. September copper.
dropped 2.3 cents to settle at
$3.417 a pound on the Nymex
after earlier falling to $3.3765,
its lowest level since February
Silver shed 10.568 cents to
settle at $16.572 an ounce on
the Nymex after earlier falling
to a six-week low of $16.475.
Crude tumbled further Tues-
day as concerns mounted that a
US economic slowdown and
high energy prices are eating
into consumer demand for fuel.
Light, sweet crude for Sep-
tember delivery fell $2.24 to set-
tl'e at $119.17 a barrel on the
Nymex, after dipping earlier to
$118 the lowest level since
May 5, and nearly $30 below
the trading high of $147.27
reached July 11.



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Rising prices stifle impact of

Incomes barely budged in
June and consumer spending
retreated after taking into
account the higher prices for
food, energy and other items,
the Commerce Department
data show.
It's forcing Americans like
Kathy Stanley, of rural
Franklin County west of St
Louis, to decide every day
what they can and cannot
afford, even for staples.
Stanley said Monday that ris-
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that she and her husband have




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(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on May 27, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered
by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Shakira Burrows of 2nd
Terrace West. Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company
are required on or before the 16th day of September, 2008 to send
their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
to the Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may
be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
debts are proved.

August 5, 2008



Counsel & Attorneys-At-Law


Lennox Paton is seeking an enthusiastic and
dynamic Administrative Assistant for our
Corporate Litigation Department.

* A minimum of two years experience in a similar
* Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook &
* Good working knowledge of general office
procedures and database management

* Must be conscientious, thorough and organized
* Must meet deadlines
* Must have good client liaison skills
* Require minimum supervision

Interested persons mus? submit a cover letter and
current resume no later than August 15t, 2008 to:



Human Resources Manager
Lennox Paton
P.O. Box N-4875
Nassau, Bahamas

AP Economics Writer

Rising prices, falling home val-
ues. stagnant wages and tight
credit. It's a potent combina-
tion that has struck the Amer-
ican consumer hard.
In June. the second biggest
rise in prices in nearly three
decades muted the impact of
billions of dollars in govern-
ment stimulus payments, gov-
ernment figures showed Mon-

eliminated almost all their dis-
cretionary spending.
She said she spent only
about one-third what she nor-
mally does on her daughter's
back-to-school clothes and has
even cut back on staple items
as food prices have jumped this
"I had to cut back on milk,"
she said. "We just drink more
Consumer spending was up
0.8 per cent in May and 0.6 per
cent in June, the Commerce
Department said. Those
increases were slashed to a
modest 0.3 per cent increase
in May and a drop of 0.2 per
cent in June, however, when
adjusted for rising prices of
gasoline, food and other prod-
ucts. Incomes rose just 0.1 per
An inflation gauge tied to
consumer spending jumped by
0.8 per cent in June. That was
the second biggest monthly
increase since 1981. In Sep-
tember 2005, the gauge rose
by one per cent after Hurri-
cane Katrina shut down Gulf
Coast oil facilities and sent
energy prices soaring.
Economists said the surge in
energy and food prices had
dampened the impact of the
government's economic stim-




dissolution under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on August 5, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered
by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Shakira Burrows of 2nd
Terrace West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company
are required on or before the 17th day of September, 2008 to send
their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims;
to the Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may
be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
debts are proved.

August 6, 2008





Pursuant to the Provision of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice is
hereby given that the above-named Company has been
dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant to a
Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar General
on the 20th day of June, 2008.

Lynden Maycock


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ulus programme which was
pumping out $76 billion in pay-
ments during May and June as
Washington sought to keep the
economy from falling into a
deep recession.
"You've got declining home
prices, very tight credit condi-
tions, a soft jobs market and a
weak stock market. The con-
sumer has got a lot to deal
with," said David Jones, chief
economist at DMJ Advisors, a
Denver-based consulting firm.
Even with the recent
declines, gasoline is selling for
around $3.88 a gallon, up more
than $1 from the price a year
ago. Last month, gas prices hit
an all-time high of $4.11,
according to AAA, the Oil
Price Information service and
Wright Express.
Given that economists esti-
mate that every $1 increase in
gasoline is like a $120 billion
tax, it's understandable that
consumers are feeling
Ken Sheeley, 54, a nurse
anesthetist who lives in Rich-
mond, Va., said his family has
become more cost-conscious,
stocking up on staples such as
spaghetti, flour and sugar at

SEE next page

AT THE PUMP Rising gasoline prices are eating into the budgets of
American's and Bahamians alike...

'will be holding its monthly meeting at the
Police Training College,
Thompson Boulevard
on August 10th, 2008 at 4pm.

Hope to see you all there.

NOTICE is hereby given that SULTANE NALCOURT
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
25TH day of JULY 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and'Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that JAMES CHARLES of
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a cit izen
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 6TH day of
AUGUST 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that LENLINE MITCHELL OF
TREASURE CAY, ABACO, 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 writtenn
and signed statement of 'the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 6TH day of AUGUST, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RP.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.





Please be advised that the Hon. Earl D. Deveaux,
Minister of The Environment will be hosting a
meeting for all persons contracted with The
Department of Environmental Health Services
for the cleaning and maintenance of small parks
and roadside verges.

The meeting will be held at The Departme,'t of
Environmental Health Services, Administration
Complex, Farrington Road at 9:30am on Friday,
8th August. 2008.

All parties concerned are asked to be in attendance.
For further information, please contact The
Director of The Department of Environmental
Health Services at telephone numbers 322-8037
or 322-8048 or 9.

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0.40 RND Holdings
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2.7399 Colina MSI Preferred Fund
1.3467 Colina Money Market Fund
3.3971 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
11 7116 Fidelity Prime Income Fund
100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund
98 2100 CFAL Global Equity Fund
1 0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
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1 0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund
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stimulus navments IHMHI

FROM page 4B

Sam's Club and C('ostco
Wholesale Corporation
instead of buying them at the
grocery store.
The meager 0.1 per cent rise
in incomes in June followed a
sizable 1.8 per cent jump in
May. Those results were
skewed by how the govern-
ment accounted for the bil-
lions of dollars in rebate
checks disbursed during the
two months, inflating the May
figure and making the June
performance look weaker.
The overall economy, as
measured by the gross domes-
tic product, grew at a 1.9 per
cent rate in the April-June
quarter, more than double the
0.9 per cent iricrease in the
January-March quarter. That
improvement reflected in part
the stimulus payments..
although the effect was soft-
ened by a surge in energy
Economists believe the $168
billion stimulus programme
will continue to lift the econo-
my in the current quarter, but
many are worried that the

AP Business Writer
already soaring Wall Street
extended its advance Tuesday
after the Federal Reserve left
interest rates unchanged and
assuaged some of the market's
fears about the economy. The
Dow Jones industrial average
shot up more than 330 points,
and all the major indexes had
gains approaching three per
The market was already
enjoying a big rally before the
Fed meeting, as investors
responded to a report that ser-

economy could slow signifi-
cantlyv in the final three
months of this year and early
next year as the impact from
the one-time checks wears off.
Brian Bethune, senior US
economist at Global Insight,
a private forecasting firm, said
the GDP could post back-to-
back declines in those two
quarters, meeting the tradi-
tional definition of a recession.
"The rebates are not trans-
lating into anywhere near the
spending impulse that Con-
gress and the administration
had hoped for," he said.
"Under these circumstances,
the economy remains in very
fragile condition."
House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi says the House will vote
on a second stimulus package
when it returns in September
from its August recession. The
Bush administration opposes it
in part because it could drive
the budget deficit higher.
The administration last
week announced that the eco-
nomic slowdown, which has
resulted in lower tax revenues
than expected, will help push
the deficit to an all-time record

vices sector activity fell less
than expected last month and
to another drop in oil prices
that took crude as low as $118
a barrel.
But the Fed gave stocks a
huge push higher in the last
hours of trading. In a state-
ment accompanying its widely
expected rate decision, the Fed
reported that "economic activ-
ity expanded in the second
quarter, partly reflecting
growth in consumer spending
and exports." That assessment
was welcome news to a mar-
ket that has feared the econo-
my was falling into recession
because of weak consumer

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in dollar terms of $480 billion
next year, the first year in
office for the next president.
The savings rate, as a per
cent of after-tax incomes,
dropped to 2.5 per cent in
June after having shot up to
4.9 per cent in May. Both
months had a savings rate
above the 0.3 per cent level of
March before the stimulus
payments began.
David Rosenberg, chief
economist at Merrill Lynch,
said the rise in the savings rate
showed that "frugality is now
replacing frivolity" as con-
sumers sock away part of their
stimulus payments.
The most extensive study
done so far of the stimulus
payments showed that the
average family spent about 20
per cent of its rebate in the
first month after receipt.
That's similar to the spending
rate in 2001 when the govern-
ment was also trying to bol-
ster the economy with a stim-
ulus package. Studies have'
shown about two-thirds of the
2001 payments were spent
within the first six months.
Jonathan Parker, an econo-

The Fed did have some
darker news, stating that
"inflation has been high,
spurred by the earlier increas-
es in the prices of energy and
some other commodities." But
it also said it expected infla-
tion to moderate later in the
"The wording is a little
strong over inflation, but
there's really no real change
in policy," said Brian Gen-
dreau, investment strategist for
ING Investment Management.
"I think they are trying to buy
time to allow the economy to
recover, and so that the finan-
cials can slowly repair."
Ryan Larson, senior equity
trader at Voyageur Asset Man-
agement, said he believes the
central bank will keep rates on
hold until the early part of
2009. He said of Fed officials,
"they seem more concerned
about growth for the rest of
this year, and I'd say right now
they appear to be dovish for
the short term."
The oil market also helped
soothe some of Wall Street's
worries crude fell as low as
$118 a barrel before settling at
$119.17, down $2.24 on the
New York Mercantile
Oil has now fallen $28 from
its July 11 high of $147.27 on
widening expectations that the
slumping US economy will
keep curbing consumer
demand for gasoline and other
petroleum products.
Stocks had plunged as oil
reached new heights; the fear
on Wall Street was that higher

mist at Northwestern Univer-
sity's Kellogg School of Man-
agement and on.e of the
authors of the 2008 study, said
in an interview that the typical
family increased its spending
on food, drug products and
other daily merchandise by 3.5
per cent when the rebates
arrived relative to a family in
similar circumstances who had
not yet received its rebate.
The Treasury Department
completed the mass distribu-
tion of payments in the week
ending July 11, sending out
112 million payments totaling
$91.8 billion. Payments will
continue in smaller batches to
households who file returns in
coming months.
In other economic news, the
Commerce Department
reported that orders to US fac-
tories shot up by 1.7 per cent
in June, the fastest pace in six
months, reflecting big increas-
es in petroleum prices and
heavy demand for military
AP Business Writers
Christopher Leonard in St
Louis and Ellen Simon in New
York contributed to this report.

prices for fuel would curtail
consumer spending, which
accounts for more than two-
thirds of the economy.
According to preliminary
calculations, the Dow rose
331.62, or 2.94 per cent, to
11,615.77. It was up about 225
points shortly before the Fed's
2:15 pm announcement.
Broader indexes also rose
sharply. The Standard &
Poor's 500 index added 35.87,
or 2.87 per cent, to 1,284.88,
and the Nasdaq composite
index rose 64.27, or 2.81 per
cent, to 2,349.83.


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of the Settlement of Moss Town in the Island of Exuma, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, intend to change my
there are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-
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publication of this notice.

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and that any person who knows any reason why
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non-discriminatory manner and consistent with the objectives
of the Act.

Additional information can be obtained from the PUC's office located
at 4th Ten-ace East, Collins Avenue or downloaded from the "PUC's
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should be submitted by August 8, 2008 via post, hand delivery.,
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7TH AUGUST, 2008
i, > :'r>8/PRO/npr/00345

,'Vhereas JANE BAIN, of Sandy Point, Abaco,
t)ie of [he Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Hahamas, has made application to the Supreme
( ,mui I of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
of ti e Neal and Personal Estate of TERRY JANE
RAIN, late of Infinity Drive, Eastern District, New
'iovidence, one of the Islands of the
oimm ionwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

choicee is hereby given that such applications will
h) heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
,i.'vs from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008

lNo. ?008/PRO/npr/00420

Whereas HENDERSON BULLEN, of Cable Beach,
Western District, New Providence, and LUCILLE
BUI.IEN, of Garden Hills, Southern District, New
Providence one of the Islands of the
S'omrionwealth of The, Bahamas, Attorneys by
Ut)ed of Power of Attorney for Marcia Priscilla
Bullen, the mother, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
AI, BERT BULLEN, late of #35 Berkley Street,
'.ridgeland Park, New Providence, one of the
Isltinds of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
he heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00434

Whereas JETHRO L. MILLER of the City of
S-ieeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration with the Will annexed
of thie Real and Personal Estate of ROBERT LEVY
LAING (a.k.a ROBERT LEVI LAING) late of the
Settlement of High Rock, Grand Bahama, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
reo" eased.

Noltice is hereby given that such applications will
he heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21
, iv's from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008

IN. '.008/PRO/NPR/00435

Whereas JETHRO L. MILLER of the City of
I ieerpoit, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of
i e, Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
;)p)liication to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
fi oi.ttiers of administration with the Will annexed
SIli Real and Personal Estate of HENRY A,
Hfi'l1VRN late of 121 Scott Avenue, Freeport,
()'i(md Baharna, one of the Islands of the
n,,inmnnwealth of The Bahamas deceased.

lhtice is heieby given that such applications will
i h,.ard by the said Court at the expiration of 21
i. iom the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

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7TH AUGUST, 2008


late and domiciled of 702 Fairgrounds No. 720, in
the City and County of Sacramento in the State
of California, one of the States of the United States
of America deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas in the Probate Division by HARRY
BRACTON SANDS, of Western District, New

7TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00436

Whereas PAULA CAREY of the City of Nassau
New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration with the Will annexed
of the Real and Personal Estate of TERESA
RAMSEY late of Petticoat Lane in the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas deceased,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008


late and domiciled of Kames, Duns Berwickshire
TD 113 RD, Scotland, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by ANTHONY N.
of Western District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, fhe Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of
Confirmation, in the above estate granted to IAN
the Executors of the Estate, of the Jedburgh Sheriff
Court District, on the 12th day of March, 2008.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008


and domiciled of Davenport in the State of New
York, one of the States of the United States of
America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by KENDOLYN V.
CARTWRIGHT, of Eastern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-
Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for
obtaining the Resealing of Letters Testamentary,
in the above estate granted to MARY BAKER,
the Executor of the Estate, of the Surrogate's Court
of The State of New York Delaware County, on
the 20th day of December, 2004.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008


late and domiciled of R.2, in the City of Spooner,
in the County of Washburn, in the State of
Wisconsin, one of the States of the United States
of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by EARL A. CASH, of
Western District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Letters of
Special Administration, in the above estate granted
to LEIGH F. WAGGONER, the Personal
Representative of the Estate, of the state of
Wisconsin, Circuit Court, Washburn County on
the 8th day of September, 2006.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


7TH AUGUST, 2008


domiciled of 25 Old Salem Road, West Orange,
New Jersey, one of the States of the United States
of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by SHANNELLE SMITH,
of Western District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attomey-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Letters
Testamentary, in the above estate granted to
DAVID C. DAMBRUN, the Personal
Representative of the Estate, of the state of New
Jersey, Essex County Surrogate's Court on the
25th day of June, 2004.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008


HELEN RUTH SEGER), late and domiciled of
2971 N.W. 95th Avenue, Coral Springs, in the
State of Florida, one of the States of the- United
States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by MICHELLE
ANTOINETTE HORTON, of Eastern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-
Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Baham.as for
obtaining the Resealing of Letters Administration,
in the above estate granted to RUTH COTTRELL-
BAIN, the Personal Representative of the Estate.
in the Circuit Court For Broward County, Florida
on the 17th day of August, 2007.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008


late and domiciled of Valletta Rookwood Road,
West Wittering Chichester, West Sussex, P020,
8LT, United Kingdom, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by RAQUEL L. WILSON,
of Southern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Letters
Administration, in the above estate granted to
Trustee of the Estate, in the High Court of Justice,
the District Probate Registry at Leeds on the 22nd
day of December, 2004.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008
2008/PRO/N PR/00444

late and domiciled of Saint Olaves 86 East Street,
Fritwell, Oxfordshire, England and Wales. United
Kingdom, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by PETRA M. HANNA-
WEEKES, of Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Grant of
Probate, in the above estate granted to HAYDON
the Executors and Trustees of the Estate, in the
High Court of Justice, The Probate Registry of
Wales on the 17th day of Juneo. 1992

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney -At-
Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for
obtaining the Resealing of Letters of Authority for
The Personal Representative, in the above estate
granted to DAVID C. DAMBRUN, the Personal
Representative of the Estate, of the state of
Michigan, Probate Court, County of Clinton on the
23rd day of April, 2007.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar







7TH AUGUST, 2008


late and domiciled 379 Falcon Road, Huntsville,
Ontario POA 1KO, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in
the Probate Division by PETRA M. HANNA-
WEEKES, of Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Letters of
Probate, in the above estate granted to BRENDA
BARBARA STENABAUGH, the Executrix and
Trustees of the Estate, in the Superior Court of
Justice, Ontario on the 6th day of October, 1994.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008


late and domiciled of 89 Lower Road Fulwood
Preston Lancashire, England and Wales, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in
the Probate Division by PETRA M.. HANNA-
WEEKES, of Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Letters of
Probate, in the above estate granted to ANDREW
ROY JAMESON, the Executor and Trustee of the
Estate, in the High Court Of Justice, the District
Probate Registry at Newcastle Upon Tyne on the-
12th day of July, 2002.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00448

Whereas CASTINO SANDS of Montrose Avenue
in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration with the Will annexed of the Real and
BOOTH late, of San Jose, Monte de Oca, in the
Republic of Costa Rica, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00449

Whereas SHIRLEY MAE COOPER of Yellow Elder
Gardens in the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of LAWRENCE WHYMS a.k.a.
LAWRENCE WHYMMS late of Mason Addition in
the City of Nassau, in the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00452


Bahama Shores, Coral Ridge No.4 in the Island of
Abaco, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of

The Bahamas has made application to the
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of admire
of the Real and Personal Estate of KENNETI
a.k.a. KENNETH LLOYD OWEN late of
Shores, Coral Ridge No.4 in the Island o
one of the Islands of the Commonwealtl
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such application
heard by the said Court at the expiration of
from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00453

Avenue in the City of Freeport in the Island
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Comrnmc
of The Bahamas has made application
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for IE
administration of the Real and Personal E
Island of New Providence, one of the Islan
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, de(

Notice is hereby given that such application
heard by the said Court at the expiration of
from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00454

Road, Southern District, New Providence
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The B(
has made application to the Supreme Con
Bahamas, for letters of administration of t
and Personal Estate of MILDRED
CAMPBELL, late of Albury Street Chipp
New Providence, one of the Islands
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, dei

Notice is hereby given that such application
heard by the said Court at the expiration of
from the date hereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar



of 1616 Carlton, Parma, Cuyahoga Count
State of Ohio, one of the States of the Unite
of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expi
fourteen days from the date hereof, applice
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bah
the Probate Division by MELISSA L. SEL
the Western District, New Providence, on
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Ba
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant
Appointing Fiduciary, Letters of Authorit
above estate granted to JOSEPH RAM
YANKOVICH, the Administrator, of the E
the Probate Court of Cuyahoga County in tl
of Ohio, one of the States of the United S
America on the 18th day of May,

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00456

Whereas GIFFORD MARTIN, SR., of the
Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Island
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
application to the Supreme Court of The Ba
for letters of administration with the Will anr
the Real and Personal Estate of GIFFORD (
MARTIN, JR., late of the City of Freeport
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commo
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such application
heard by the said Court at the expiration of
from the date hereof.

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late of 47 Cottage Court in the Township of H
in the County of Mercer in the State of New
one of the States of the United States of A

f, 2008


NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in
the Probate Division by JILLIAN T. CHASE-JONES
of Jacaranda, Western District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant
of Letters Testamentary in the above estate granted
Executrixes, of the Estate by the Superior Court,
Chancery Division, Probate Part in Mercer County,
New Jersey one of the States of United States of
America on the 5th day of April, 1999.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00461

Whereas SHIRLEY CLEARE, of Carmichael Road,
Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Executrix
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration with the Will
annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of HENRY
WILLIAM CLEARE, SR., late of Carmichael Road,
Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008


and domiciled of III Woodland Avenue No.202
Lexington Kenturky, one of the States of the United
StaLes of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in
the Probate Division by PETER G. FLETCHER, of
the Western District, New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Grant of
Probate, in the above estate granted to JOHN P.
BARROW JR, the Executor of the Estate, in the
Court of Justice, Court District Probate, Fayette
County in the Commonwealth of Kenturky, on the
61h day of March, 2007.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

7TH AUGUST, 2008

2008/PRO/N PR/00463

late and domiciled of 619 10th Street N. Naples,
Florida, one of the, States of the United States of
America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in
the Probate Division by W. CHRISTOPHER
GOUTHRO, of The Regent Centre, Freeport, Grand
Bahama one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing
of Letters Administration for Personal Representative,
in the above estate granted to LORI BARKER the
nominated Personal Representative of the Estate,
in the Circuit Court for Collier County, Probate
Division, on the 16th day of January,

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


LUCKHURST, late and domiciled of the City of
Nairobi in the Republic of Kenya, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in

the Probate Division by W. CHRISTOPHER
GOUTHRO, of The Regent Centre, Freeport, Grand
Bahama one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing
Letters of Probate for Executor, in the above estate
granted to NIGEL ADRIAN LUCKHURST the sole
Executor of the Estate, in the Royal Court of Jersey,
Probate Division, on the 2nd day of August, 2000.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar





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Sudoku Puzzle

Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with,
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to

Difficulty Level ***i

82 5 9

58 3

2 9

3 1 7

7 8 94

Kakuro Puzzle

Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to
fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of
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

25 9
14 3
6 78
92 4
59 2
816 7
4 3 1

1 718

8i3 7
95 4
4,8 3
483 6

Kakuro Answer

7489 16
1276 5912
13742 31
15 762
3612 3152,
8194 31~
31 71689
9286 1679
98 3968



1 Jean broke a horse in for a
period after Elizabeth (8)
5 Biting a pastry (4)
9 Barker put in business rig-
out (5)
10 It's designed to raise oil
production (7)
11 Lynch your boss? Be
ashamed of yourself[
13 Sound move, plain to a
Russian (6)
14 He upsets the warden (6)
17 He manages to cater for
those with a consuming
interest (12)
. 20 Local supplier? (7)
21 Is involved in one dreadful
row (5)
22 Bribes given as an after-
thought (4)
23 It may be simple to
engage one's
attention (8)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution
Across: 1 Doing well, 8 Erato, 9
Aniseed, 10 Tokens, 11 Credit, 12 Left
bank, 15 Preserve, 18 Edging, 20
Italic, 21 Foliage, 22 Niece, 23 Death
Down: 2 Owner, 3 No side, 4
Wrestler, 5 Let out, 6 Caveman, 7
Forsaking, 11 Compliant, 13 Free port,
14 Menaced, 16 Edited, 17 Uglier, 19

1 One of four to each deck,
used for lifting (4)
2 It will wilt and droop in the
centre (7)
3 He considers the contract
after the deal is made (6,6)
4 Ranted perhaps when
heated (6)
6 Quick to catch five in a
falsehood (5)
7 Record making swallow
8 Now is the time to use this
12 A writer's attributes (8)
15 A way about in
the normal course of
events (7)
16 Don't stop sobbing about a
coloured pencil (6)
18 What Peel's rising dis-
turbed? (5)
19 Superficial
impression (4)

Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Barefaced, 8 Unfit, 9
Discern, 10 Beirut, 11 Census, 12 In
a sense, 15 Eloquent, 18 Opaque,
20 Rebuke, 21 Uncivil, 22 Terse, 23
Down: 2 Arise, 3 Excuse, 4
Abrasive, 5 Duress, 6 Affront, 7
Statuette, 11 Celebrity, 13 Attorney,
14 Homburg, 16 Upkeep. 17 Garish,
19 Union.


Magnus Cartsen v Vasily
Ivandiuk, Amber Monaco 2007.
Norway's Carlsen, 16 years old,
is widely tipped as a future
world champion, and the
assessment will become
stronger after Monaco, a
1 50,000 event financed by the
computer millionaire loop v an
Oosterom who resides there and
has named the event after his
daughter. The tournament has a
rather wacky format, half the
games played blindfold and the
rest rapid chess with half an
hour each for the complete
game. Carlsen's blindfold vision
proved lacking and he finished
near the bottom in this section,
but in the more important rapid
games he really impressed,
sharing second prize with
reigning world champion Vlad
Kramnik. Today's puzzle was the

1 2 3 46 7

13 1 15


20 21

22 23

1 Salad vegetable (8)
5 Fine leather (4)
9 Contagious fear (5)
10 Feel of a
material (7)
11 Live within one's
income (4,4,4)
13 North European
monarchy (6)
14 Favourable (6)
17 Recklessly eager for
a fight (7-5)
20 Arrears
of work (7)
21 Senseless (5)
22 Republic
of Ireland (4)
23 Ruined (8)

1 Manage (4)
2 Mythical half-man,
half-horse (7)
3 Italian
painter and
sculptor (12)
4 Scope (6)
6 Sky
blue (5)
7 Transitory (8)
8 Infuriating (12)
12 Emotionally
erratic (8)
15 Inculcate (7)
16 Thrifty (6)
18 Become
subject to (5)
19 Care for (4)



HOW many words of four letters or more can you
make from the letters shown here? In making a word,
each letter may be used once only. Each must contain
the centre letter and there must be at least one nine-
letter word. No plurals, or verb forms ending in "s", no
words with initial capitals and no words with a
hyphen or apostrophe permitted. The first word of a
phrase is permitted (e.g. inkiet in intjet printer).
Good 15; very good 22; excellent 30 (or more).
Solution Monday.
aglet alder alee alert alerted alter altered dale
deal dealer dealt dele delegate delete delta eagle
eaglet earl elate elated elder gale geld glad glade
glare glared glee lade lager lard large late later
lead leader ledge ledger leer leered legate legatee
leger rale ratel real reel reeled regal regale
regaled relate related relegate RELEGATED tale
teal treadle

Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

A Trap for the Unwary

North dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.
VA 10)72
4AKJ 5
4KI10732 4J96
V6 4 V5
+ KQ9 5 8 762
473 Q 10984
V K Q 1 9 8 3
A 4
The bidding:
North East South West
1 4 Pass 2 V Pass
3 V Pass 4 NT Pass
5 V Pass 5 NT Pass
6 Pass o) V
Opening lead king of diamonds.
Occasionally, a player has a
chance to win by deception what
might be lost by straightforward
play. Today's deal pro\ ides an inter-
esting example, both from the oflen-
si\c and difclensi\ e points of view.'
Sotnlh ,ton West's king of dia-
inonds ilth the ace and saw he could
make his slm il either the spade or
club liInesse succeeded. Since both
linesses had an equal chance ol win-i
nig,. lie decided to forgo the club
finesse because the queen might tall

on the first, second or third round of
the suit.
So, after drawing two rounds of
trump, he cashed the A-K of clubs,
and ruffecd a club. When the queen
did not drop, the slam appeared to
depend on the location of the spade
However, declarer was still not
inclined to pin all his hopes on a suc-;
cessful spade finesse. Instead, he led
a trump to dummy, ruffed the jack of
clubs and then led the jack of dia-
West won with the queen and
found it hard to believe that South
would waste the jack of diamonds if
he had a low diamond left to lead
toward dummy's ten. So, to avoid;
presenting declarer with a ruff-and-
discard, he shifted to a low spade,;
handing South the slam.
While we have nothing but admi-
ration for South's clever ploy, West
should nevertheless have found the
winning counter play. At the point,
where West won the diamond,!
declarer had shown up with precisely,
six hearts, two diamonds and two,
If South actually started with!
only a doubleton diamond, he had to
have three spades. So even if a dia-i
mond return yielded a ruff-and-:
discard, it would still leave declare'
with a spade loser, assuring that the'
slam would go down one.

Tomorrow: B1idding quiz.
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SANS of the one and only
4in a high right about now as

the artist, known simply as

'TaDa', gears up for an upcom-

ing performance during the

National Art Gallery's Summer

Concert Series, Friday, August

8 at 7:30pm.

According to TaDa. fans can expect old ta\ourites such as
'Fooipnnis in the Sands and 'TaDa'. and several ne" iomnts ott
of her t\o \es I said t\'o upcoming albums This is her se'-
ond time performing at. and TaDa told Trihbita EmiI riiinet'lil
thjt one ot the things she likes about the space I the family.
en\ ironment. and that it caters to a cr ,"d rom l ) ie to Ilitl\
Antone can come It s not like a club or s.ime space spc cific
h1to youngg people., 's family\ rinendI\ I am looking torward to
\ibinw %ith the audience this is probabIl going to be the irsi
time in a long time that I %ill be able to pcrlorm to such. a %ide
demographic she said
Also scheduled to pertorm on the evening's ticket is singer
Ithalia Johnson of Harbour Island.
For TaDa. her appearance on the NAGB's Summer Concert
ticket is lust the latest m a s irl ot acti ties that has the artist
riding a ,ta\e of creative energy .
It s been almost a N\car no" since; she launched out as a lull
time artist, and the real\ has meant that the game is no%%

complete\ in her hand -she ha, 1to do the lee \work shc h-i,.s 1
make the conncctions she has to make it happen ai.d she
is. with a sense of urgency\ that reflects her desire to I,'c \oice
to her passion h, Ii.e ltotl crea m c control and t i, I .i.11
true to hc Isi ion ot herself as an artist and a \.omnli1 and it
present Ihail ta.i to the % -Orld
Sinc F liei laist i.,bumrn. I in a little more gie.,i: bu
ncss \' c ,i tid Ill lmn.ill\ king that leap into doing \.h.at I
jn. inti do. and I m hound and determined it hieaik thi0,,i9ih ,I
the % \,- I \.jnl I ',e h e.n full lime in the: music indu'I\ 11ince
Sepitenmbi. liiilh i is riisk\ but it s all I ant to do TjDa .i rd
Ha.iMn: kLli tle steadinessot a lull time lull pain go lob i thr
ticklcness ili he nti tainment indusLtr the question aini,, -
\\hhat about her mnci' me. but the untlappable TaDj rem.In
unllappi le
I tr\ to locus on more long term and far reaching opporturli-
ies as, opposed tIo doing sho1 to make a coupk Ibucks Ri',hi
now I nmi i\inL to licen..e songs \ou can get io\jali:, oil [:o
songs for sears and \c-ars that s the .ort of thinking that ill
help secuic tuture long term income for me. she said
As part of her plan to build her brand. TaDa is also responsi-
ble. ser\ ing either as the artist or the producer, foi man\ of the
lingles cuirentl\ on pl.i\ on the radio. Linder the guise ot eci-
Music Piodu ,nons i _,eMuNlscplo.com i. which. according to
TaDa. i.s [hI, leading producer of commercial iingles in NJa.au.
the artist ha ., o hlie credit the catch\ lunes for Subhri\ Sco. -
bank. FidJ lit,. The Shoe \ illge. H.rboui B. \ Shoppimg CIn-
ire arnd man\. nian\ m11nore
TaD., h.i, .io li anched out into other aleas .i the cniCe-
[laiinlenit uinuiii inclu.lin. film Ini her latest iti.in'loi niatl iln.
TaDa s'rc'ied a music super Isor on Dal break .an n11 Idl pi.ndii nt
feature illm It-\ .-iieciN Morimer Recentl\ iciuning o N.is-
sju tromn Eleutlicira. hc-re, til him 's being shot. TID.. tlld
TribunL Eniiet.iinnmernt that as music super\il~or liei lii_.
otticial Ilin in llhe post t11 as her responsibilii I t, i nd iliusic
to appc.ar on the mo\ i 's soundtrack. She \\s also respoinsihl
for administi .in thil deals %\ ith ajrists
The film curIentl\ in post production. iss a [,-Id ti, lI lc.is.- in
200i .- cc>.iddine t:I TaDa. the production had a 311 peirsin
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a familiar note with

the Bahamian public

Tribune Features Writer

FINALLY, someone understands
my vexation! Those of us with pre-
paid cell phones know the frustra-
tion when we try to send a text but
end up receiving instead an auto-
mated message saying that we have
'insufficient credit' or the dreaded
first of the month when credit is
automatically deducted or when
those roadside phone card booths
seem to never appear when you
need them. I'm getting anxious just
thinking about it.
However, when Kenneth Cecil
Wallace Whitfield aka KC turns our
dilemma into a clever ditty and puts
it on the radio, it becomes one of
the funniest Bahamian rake 'n
scrape songs that I've ever heard.
His song, 'Phone Card' has
enjoyed the number one spot on
100 Jamz "Bahama Hot Ones" for
the past two weeks (maybe three;
we'll know on Friday). The song
also plays on other local radio sta-
"I believe that most Bahamians
can relate because it's an upbeat
song. And it's just something to
make you think, laugh and start
dancing," KC told Tribune enter-
Such a professional effort is KC's
very first song; While he says that
he's always had an affinity for, and
appreciation of music, Kenneth nev-
er thought that he would actually
produce his own song. He began
pursuing the idea in February while
participating in a track meet (he is a
member of the Star Trackers) where
Bahamian artists, Terez Hepburn,
Funky D and Stiletto were also per-
After the meet, he told Terez
about his desire to sing Bahamian
music. She gave KC her contacts
arid numbers for Funky D', in order
to facilitate further communication
about the song he wanted to cre-
"Ms Hepburn guided me in my
path to creating the song. She told
me to write my own material, and I
thought of some titles, but I told
her that I couldn't write a song. But
when I told her about my phone

card theme, she agreed. She told
me to start by writing a chorus, but
I still didn't think I could do it," KC
After further encouragement
from Terez, KC set out to write a*
simple hook which came to him
quickly. But the actual verses took
about two months to come together.
He would write down sentences
here and there whenever he got a
jolt of inspiration. Then, when he
had enough material, he took the
sentences and made three verses
that tell of humourous scenarios
where having a phone card would
.come in handy.
"At first, it was all over the place.
Eventually, I got it done and [Terez]
liked it," KC said, adding that the
song came together like a puzzle.
He credits Terez for encouraging
him to believe in himself.
"I initially said that I couldn't do
it, but she showed me that when
you put your mind to something
you can do it just don't say that
you can't," he noted.
Terez soon aligned KC with Dil-
lon and Kevin McKenzie of Com-
monwealth Studios, the producers
of the song. It actually took five ses-
sions to complete the song. During
the first session, producers wanted
to gauge KC's vocal talent which
he admits left much to be desired.
t'Often times at home, when I
would be singing, my family would
tell me to stick to track," KC said.
But after working on his vocal
talent, KC was back in studio to lay
his vocals down in the company of
experts in the business. "Dillon told
me exactly what I should do in the
song, and where to do it, what tone
and key to sing in and all," KC
Being a young artist, amidst oth-
er young Bahamian artists today
who are producing more reggae,
rap, hip-hop and pop music rather
than the traditional Bahamian rake
'n scrape music that he produces,
does feel "a tad bit odd and kind
of awkward" for KC. But he said
that he listens to all genres of music.
Rake 'n scrape however, is special
to him.
"Rake 'n scrape is down-home
music and it's what I like to do. I
like all the music that young people
now are putting out because it's
showing that the Bahamas has a lot

KC song 'Phone Card' has enjoyed.the number one spot on 100 Jamz
"Bahama Hot Ones" for the past two weeks.

of talent. Rap and reggae is what
they decide to produce. And I
decided to do rake 'n scrape. It's
what I feel more comfortable with
at this time," KC told Tribune
And he sees these young artists as
role models for young people who
want to venture into rap.
"And I'd like to think of myself as
a role model for those young peo-
ple who want to do rake 'n scrape
because we need to keep rake 'n
scrape going. It's a Bahamian thing.
It's us."
KC noted that his friends are sur-
prised that he ventured into this
kind of music, since he normally
writes remixes of songs in other gen-
res. But they shouldn't really be all
that surprised that his first attempt
at music would go against the norm
- especially since at parties, when
everyone sits down during the rake
'n scrape songs, KC is usually the
only one of his. friends still on the
dance floor.
KC believes that rake 'n scrape
can appeal to an international audi-
ence. It simply needs to find the
right path to stardom.
"We just need to find out how to
take it there (internationally) and
keep it there. All other genres had
their time to break into the world
scene. Reggae did it and reggaeton
did it. There will come a time when

it will be rake 'n scrape's time.
"And I believe that with younger
people doing rake 'n scrape music,
and with guidance from those like
Ms Hepburn, it can get to the inter-
national scene and stay there," KC
KC, a 2008 graduate of Queen's
College, is the grandson of Sir Cecil
Wallace Whitfield. He is a track star
who is already making a name for
himself regionally. In 2007, he won
gold in the 800 meters and silver in
the 4x4 relay at the CARIFTA
Games in the Turks & Caicos
Islands. And in 2006, he won bronze
in both the 800 meters and 4x4 relav
Junior CAC Games in Trinidad ,
Just as KC's family is supportix
of his interest in track, they're also
supporting him in his music. Thev
love the song, and that means a lot
to KC, who noted that he values his
family's opinion.
When he began this musical jour-
ney, KC intended to only produce
one song. He said that whether or
not he goes on to produce an album
depends on a variety of things.
However, he is still writing music
and plans to release more music...he
just can't say when.
To get in contact with KC, check
out www.myspace.com/kcmusicba-

Cool, calm and collected
FROM page 10

role as music supervisor, TaDa also served as "a
Jane of all trades" on set assisting whenever
and wherever necessary. She also had a small
speaking part as the "secretary".
Asked to critique her work, TaDa said she
would like to think that she took direction well -
as she relinquished her usual spot as top dog, the
one who calls the shots, the one in control.
"It was wild. There's a lot more work put into
[making movies] than anyone might expect an
hour and a half long movie might take a month or
a year to film, depending on the level of produc-
"I had worked on Casino Royale in 2006 as a
production assistant, but working on this new
project was a little different because it was inde-
pendent, had a lower budget and was also [direct-
ed] by a Bahamian, but in terms of the recording
quality, crew, cast, they were all top notch. And
we had a few up and coming Bahamian actors
on set as well, Margaret Laurena Kemp and Van
Brown, who lives in Los Angeles," she said.
TaDa has also been working as the music coor-
dinator on Rain, a feature film by Maria Govan
that is scheduled for release shortly.
"It just happened by chance. Maria told me
she wanted to use my song, so automatically I
pitched in to suggest other artists that I thought
would be a good fit for the film. So I had a level of
input in the process which caused her to want to
make me the music coordinator," TaDa said.
The two songs that will be featured on the
movie's soundtrack are 'Dangerous', and the local
hit 'OK', from her F5 CD.
And what about her own dreams of starring
on the silver screen? It's definitely an avenue
that she is open to pursuing, TaDa said, pointing
out that major record labels in the US now have
divisions whose sole purpose is to explore, create
and find film/acting opportunities for their artist's.
With all of these other events going on howev-
er, TaDa primary focus remains her music career,
and she is currently in the studio working on two
albums. The first album, which is still untitled,
but is scheduled for release later this year, features
a Caribbean/Bahamian feel. "This is where I will
do a lot more culture style reggae, and a couple of
new Bahamian fusion joints."
The second album, titled 'I'm That Girl', which
is also the name of the first single expected to
be released, is scheduled to come out early 2009.
According to TaDa, 'I'm That Girl' will be a
Pop/R&B feel album. The single however, pro-
duced by 02, has the same sensibility as 'Dan-
gerous' which was the first cut from her F5 album,
and as TaDa describes it, both serves as an
anthem for Bahamian woman, and speaks clear-
ly to who the artist is and how she sees herself as
a member of the fairer sex, living in a world,
working in an industry, dominated by men.
While working on two albums at the same time,
according to TaDa both are about 70 per cent
complete, is not something that most artists would
attempt to do, TaDa said that she's doing it
because she can do so many styles that she would
be limiting herself to try and contain them all on
one release.
With a passion for her purpose, and the drive to
work hard and see her efforts bear much fruit, I
have a feeling that the Bahamas has only seen the
tip of the iceberg when TaDa is concerned, and I
for one can't wait to see what she comes tip with

Tickets for the NAGB's Summer Concert this Fri-
day are available at the gallery. To hear more from
TaDa, pick up one of her CDs at The Juke Box, Mall
at Marathon; Logos Bookstore, Harbour Bay; the
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas or online at
iTunes.com. Also, visit TaDa's myspace page at
myspace.com/tadalive. And listen out for her tune
for ShopBVM.com on radio stations near you.



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* NAGB is hosting a
Brazilian Summer Film
Series and will feature 'Abril
Despedacadf' (Behind the
Sun), 2001, on Thursday,
August 7 at 8pm at NAGB.
Film director: Walter Salles /
105 minutes / Engli-i Subti-
tles / Rated C.

On Thur'dJ '. August 14,
at 8pm, the NAGB will fea-
ture 'Bossa Nova'. This 2000
film is directed by Bruno
Barreto, is 95 minutes with
English Subtitles. This film
is rated C.

Brava Gente Brasileira,
2000, will be shown Tues-
day, August 19 at 8pm. The
movie is -Jireted by Lucia
Murat and is 104 minutes. '
This inrrn also has English
subtitles and is rated C.

TIe NAGB will also host
the first in a series of Open
Critiques of its NE4 exhibi-'
tion. The session will be
held on Tuesday, August 12
at 6:30pm at the NAGB.
In order to invite deeper
conversations on the idea of
a national exhibition, this is
the first of three sessions
,that will engage the work
currently on display at the
gallery. During each session,
a select group of artists with
work currently on di'.-play in
1he PIE4 will speak about
their work in the context of
their professional practice'
and artistic philosophies and
answer any questions.

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MANY faces have graced the act-
ing scene in the Bahamas, but every
so often there is that one individual
who seems to stand out amongst
the rest, and Tecca is shaping up to
be that one.
While the young and vivacious
vixen may seem like a complete
new comer to some, she is a sea-
soned actress and over the past few
years she has appeared in a wide
range of theatrical productions.
According to Tecca, her love for
the stage and the craft of acting
started at an early age when she
lived in Anacortes, Washington.
Spending her tentative years in the
US with her grandmother offered
her a flurry of opportunities and
experiences which Nassau could not
offer her so readily.
Her drive to remain busy at all
times kept her in an assortment of
extracurricular activities such as
track & field, choir and her passion,
drama. While in the drama unit, the
very outspoken young woman
snagged many leading roles.
Her return to Nassau as a teen
was a very unpredictable change of
pace for her, Tecca said. Her
accent, for one, immediately made
her the centre of attention, and
caused many an eyebrow to rise
amongst her peers. It was this fact,
coupled with the cultural shock of
living in the Bahamas, that caused
her to withdraw herself.
Over time Tecca grew more com-
fortable with her new surroundings
however, and soon started to seek
out her passion once again. Des-
tiny, it would seem, pointed her to

a hot new playwright named Nicke-
va Eve, whom she auditioned for
and got the co-starring role in the
play, 'Island Sex'.
The production was a big success
and her performance soon lead to
another role in 'The Sweethearts
Club'. Sticking to her credo, "to
always remain busy", Tecca sought
'out another role and found some-
thing a bit different from what she
was used.
Joining 'Da Spot', a troop of
comedic improve actors whom Tecca
instantly clicked with, it would
seem that this young star had final-
ly found a place to fit in, having
spent three stellar seasons perform-
ing with them so far.
And her proverbial plate seems
to be getting even more full these
days, as roles continue to poor in.
Tecca is slated to appear in the
Bahamian feature length film 'Day-
Break', by Kareem Mortimer. She
is also a part of the cast of the new
Bahamian sketch comedy,
'Switcha', and finally, she is the
host of a brand new Bahamian
DVD magazine, the Vendetta
Report, which will be hitting
shelves this fall.
This young Bahamian starlet
seems to have her mind fixed on
one goal, and as she tells us, "To be
the hardest working actress in the
entertainment business." Only time
will tell if Tecca will achieve her
goal, but judging by her success
thus far, it doesn't seem very much
out of her reach.

For more info on The Vendetta
Group e-mail them at vendetta-
group242@gmail.com or checkout
their group on Facebook.

* MAKE-EM Listen is set to
begin its Summer series
Showcase 2008, hosted, by
Natural Empress (100 Jamz)
and Kemis.net, ALgu-:t 30 at
the F. iifuie Te tile Wt i-c
,d halafiteaa.i..Be0 t. at 9nm...
Arnonii ri., -u w ,_i ,.heduled
to perform are Rap Quelle,
Apollo Kre-ed, Sarrmi Starr
Shanoon and Travis.

* SCRIMMAGE 08,: Popop-
Studios/Centre for the Visual
Arts invites one and all to
their onr" ing nummnier exhi-
bitionr Sii.,i.'.'L.irs ]j i rotation
of artists and artworks. The
exhibition is open all sum-
mer long.'Gallery hours are
Tuesday Saturday from
11am to 7pm.

* This July & August, The
National Art Gallery will be
hosting its first Summer
Concert Series! Come and
enjoy great performances by
talented Bahamian musi-

Terneille "Ta Da" Burrows &
Ithalia Johnson
Friday, August 8 at 7:30pm

Kim Welcome & Pam
Friday, August 15 at 7:30pm

Tickets are a..ia ,lI at the
NAGB Store: Contact Noel
Thompson, manager at
328.5800/1 or at nthomp-
S oni7 n r b : rg.bs

* Mur-mi-don: Marie Jeanne
Dupuch will be -".,teu ing
new paintings at The Hub,
No 2 Colebrooke Lane (Bay
Streett. The i 'tiuon runs
until A.j.:i.r. i19. For more
information check out
www.thehubbahamas.org or
call 322.4333.

* The National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas (NAGB) has
invited the general public to
view its Fourth National
E- lit.,,ii (The NE4). The
exhibition features an excit-
ing array of 51 works pro-
duced within the last two
years by 31 artists. This art-
work represents a rich diver-
sity of art and ranges from
paintings, sculptures, instal-
lations, prints and mixed.
media works to photographs
and liirrn ii ', media. The
I .iiiiihhi.' il, be on display
to January 30, 2009 at the
NAGB on West Hill Street.

Crossing the line

FROM page 14
from viewing the play when the
book is on the BGCSE read-
ing list.
Several audience members
believe that other, unseen
issues like furthering political
agendas and promoting various
religious agendas, may be the
'guidelines' that the board is
actually using, rather than the
legislation. One audience mem-
ber questioned how Mel Gib-
son's 'Passion of the Christ' -
which he believes is loaded with
gratuitous violence did not
come under fire in the
But this paradoxical
approach comes as no surprise
to Helen Klonaris, who believes
that in a "post-colonial, patri-
archal, fundamentalist society"
such as the Bahamas, the cre-
ation of new opinions are
viewed as a threat to the status
quo, and organizations like
churches and schools act as a
"censor by default".
People, she added, are so
fearful of what will happen if
they were to disobey the status
quo, that the question of cen-
sorship is rarely even discussed
in public. For example, in the
early 90s, "Women Speak", a
journal of women's creative
writing in the Bahamas, was
banned from a Christian book-
store without so much as a
While society often censors
its artists, Ms Klonaris noted
that artists themselves also buy
into a view that they are a "lux-
ury" and that what they do is
not necessary in a society. This
perception, however, doesn't
lend itself to the creation of
views and opinions, nor does it
promote an environment where
free-thinking artists feel as if
they can present their views -
which often times are contrary
to the images of a tropical par-
adise that society wishes to sell.
"So when I'm asked what I
think of censorship in a gener-
al way, are some poets too
bold? Should there be limits to
what a person can imagine,
speak, perform, dance, paint,
write? I have to say no..."
But what if the poet says
something that hurts somebody
else? What if he/she crosses the'
line between personal expres-
sion and offensiveness?
"i still say that the imagina-
tion is no place for the
police...to censor or police the
imagination is itself a violence
that causes human beings to
suffer and to project their suf-
fering onto others," Ms
Klonaris said, adding that there
is a distinct difference between
the danger involved when a

knife is at ones throat and
words on a page.
"You don't necessarily have
control with what that person
will do with the knife. But with
words on a page, for example,
you have a choice whether to
agree or not." she added.
Ms Klonaris believes that
instead of talking about cen-
sorship, society should be
engaged in a discussion about
cultivating in each individual
the ability to be a critical, inde-
pendent thinker who is able to
formulate his/her own moral
code rather than simply lean-
ing on inherited ideas. Howev-
er, with censorship, the imagi-
nation itself becomes suspect.
"The young artists in partic-
ular are holders of a new
impulse that older generations
have no language for. And they
scare us, and they make us
uncomfortable unless we can
see their gifts for what they are,
and humble ourselves to learn
from them, unless we believe
in their gifts and agree to pass
on the tools of the trade so that
the impulse they hold can be
honoured and transformed into
Xan-Xi Bethel, one such
artist and poet, who views her-
self as an independent thinker,
has encountered criticism (even
by her family) concerning her
personality and work. Ms
Bethel was also closely linked
to the situation earlier this year
where a fellow poet was probed
by police due to the "question-
able" content of her work.
While Ms Bethel noted that
the situation was more an issue
of parental censorship, and was
made out in the public to be
more than it actually was, she
believes that there is an issue of
censorship that needs to be dis-
"In today's society, from
what I've seen, people are sta-
tus quo activist; that's what I
call them. I find that people
work very, very hard to keep
things just the way they are.
Working in this kind of field in
the last couple years, especially
being so into it at such a young
age, I've come across this
extreme wall of oppression and
For Ms Bethel, the bulk of
criticism aimed at her came
from her own family members
who, in their way, were trying
to help, Ms Bethel noted. Since
then, however, she has realized
that there is a lot that can be
learnt from the older genera-
Still, she noted, the arts can-
not afford to tolerate the view
that things must remain the
"Arts and culture is actually

RECOGNISED for his innovative and edgy style, John Beadle has been noted as an artist unafraid to
speak his truth, and willing to take a risk by placing his message in the public sphere.
"I'll Fly Away, Passage Paid" of iron, polystyrene, charcoal, glass, limestone, plaster cast and acrylic
paint is on display at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) as part of its NE4 exhibition.

important to the growth of a
society, because we can't move
forward if we are staying in the
same place that we are. So
while the world is moving into
2008 and 2009, we're still stuck
in 1975?" Ms Bethel said, refer-
ring to the legislation that the
Bahamas Films and Plays Con-

trcl Board uses as a guideline
33 years after it was enacted.
In many ways subscription to
a 33-year old, ambiguous law.
when it comes to censoring
movies, may be a reflection of
the ill-defined standards that
society uses in the censorship
of the arts as a whole.

Ultimately, the NAGB
forum left us with an under-
standing that the Bahamas
should first establish its identi-
ty before further censorship
debates can be conducted.
And that, frankly, is a debate
that again depends on who's
doing the talking.

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Tribune Features Writer

THE argument concerning
censorship in arts, entertain-
ment and literature is liable to
go in any direction depend-
ing on who's doing the talk-
ing and who's doing the lis-
During a recent forum at the
National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas (NAGB) where pan-
elists and those in attendance
opened up an interesting,
and at times, tense dialogue
about where this country
stands on censorship every-
one agreed, in the end, that
there are various shortcom-
ings and superannuated
views that should be revisited
when it comes to censorship.

The discussion, "Walking the Line: Art.
Expressive Forms and the Limits of
Bahamian Law", which took place last
Tuesday, drew a moderate crowd. Guest
panelists, Cheryl Cartwright, attorney and
chair of the Bahamas Films and Plays Con-
trol Board: Helen Klonaris, writer, cultur-
al critic and activist; and Xan-Xi Bethel,
poet and writer, were brought in to help
answer the following questions:
What is the line between morality, artis-
tic expression and the law... and whose
morality are we talking about? Do we have
freedom of speech and freedom of expres-
sion in the Bahamas? \\ I i, laws prevent
artists from doing what they assume they
can do? Though artists feel the need to
express themselves, what if that desire to
express offends another person's sensibil-
ities or rights, and walks the line of the
After two and a half hours of conversa-
tion those in attendance realized that there
were more111 questions thaln answers evi-
dence of the complexity of the subject. It
may be years until the B3ahamian public
determines without compartmentalizinii
the issue where it truly stands on cel
Since assuming the position of chair of
the 3ahaimas FIilms and Hlass C(ontol
Board (the body responsible for screen-
ing and rating mrsies and plays before
thev appear to the Bahamian public).
Chervil C(artrihlit has been tiring to make
Sesense ol thc terms in the liaw as \\ell. The
33-vear old legislation. the '1 lb,.tilres and
Cinemas Act. was enacted in l197., and
the lanCuage is rather aimbeuous. What
does the government meal bv the teirmsl
public o der'. -decentc "undesirable'. in
the public interest' or 'the public good'.
NIs Cartwright questions.

In October the board held a town meet-
ing in order to come assway with clarification
on these issues. And while not much was
clarified. Ms (Carlwrighl did walk away
with an understanding of what the public
truly thinks about censorship.
'What was interesting f1or me is that out
of the 100 plus people wse had there, there
seemed to be a prClltv consistent theme
that r.. l lill- did help me. Many members
of the Bahamian public actually believe
that there is a need lor a public standard.
"But one thing thai was an eye opener
for 11me is that it seems as though there is a
strn theme coIingl flrom llthe general
public tInt Hai hinlllns eeClto ei\pect that
they would i hi c one I id
of conllduct in prillcvate ;nd
that there is anotiihe s"ti -
dard or expecCation o(
th -ir bchi lx iilr in publ
lie." NMs ('iul5ir light said.
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concerned 1ibtoul wihal
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sexual content and adult themes. Other
issues like blasphemy, and homosexuality,
which is not written in the legislation, is still
considered hence the controversy sur-
rounding the banning of 'Brokeback
One criticism of the board is the incon-
sistency in ratings both within the board
and between boards (the board fulfills a
two-year term). For example, 'The Incred-
ible Hulk' was rated 'B', but Batman is
rated 'T'. The play Macbeth was given a
'C' rating by a previous board. However,
that rating restricts high school students
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