The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: August 8, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Cancer causing
substance is
at least in the
basement area
Tribune Staff Reporter
must order a full assessment of
the .Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal, as it is possible that the facil-
ity might contain some asbestos,
according to a well placed
The Tribune was told by the
source who wishes to remain
anonymous late last evening
that the cancer causing sub-
stance is at least in the base-
ment area at the hospital and
around some of the pipes that
run throughout the hospital.
There are also concerns the
material may be in other parts
of the facility. However, Health
Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said
last night that he is not aware of
asbestos being in the govern-
ment hospital.
"I have not heard anything
about asbestos in PMH," said
Dr Minnis last night.
There was a movement
decades ago to remove asbestos
from government buildings and
other buildings, he said, "but I
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THE BAHAMAS Olympic swimming team of Vereance Burrows, Alana Dillette, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace
and Jeremy Knowles (all above) are all smiles after sampling the facilities in Beijing, China. Alana Dillette will
be the first Bahamian athlete in action competing in the women's 100m backstroke on Sunday.

Man who filed complaint against lawyer
claimed he was seeking return of $810,400

Tribune Staff Reporter
A TAXI driver who filed a
complaint against suspended
lawyer Andrew Thompson,
claimed he has been seeking the
return of $10,400 for the
lawyer's outstanding services
since 2005.

Anthony Culmer, 56, of Lyn-
den Pindling's Estate in south-
ern New Providence, claims he
made 10 payments ranging
between $250 and $5,000 to Mr
Thompson between April 2001
and December 2005 to secure
ownership of 200 acres of land
in Morgan's Bluff, Andros,
which has been in his family
since 1810 and was left to him in
his mother's will.
However, Mr Culmer claims
that these payments to Mr
Thompson secured nothing.
Now Mr Thompson, an
attorney in the chambers of his
father, James Thompson, in
First Terrace, Collins Avenue,
has been ordered to repay
$200,000 to clients. Mr Culmer
hopes he too will be refunded.
He said: "I made a complaint
to the Bar Association in
November 2005, and it was
passed on to the Ethics Com-
mittee, but then I never heard
"I want to know why, and
how I can get my money back."
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Tribune Staff Reporter

INDUSTRIAL action by
the union representing the
workers at Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC)
appears imminent, as govern-
ment has not changed its posi-
tion on allowing the union to
participate in the two commit-
tees supervising the company's
The Bahamas Communica,
tions and Public Officers
Union (BCPOU) and govern-
ment also have not been able
to come to a resolution over a
new contract for workers at
When asked yesterday if
industrial action is about to
occur, Robert Farquharson,
president of the BCPOU
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MINISTER OF Education Carl Bethel looks on as Renwood Wells, assistant
engineer at the Ministry of Works, shows him the plans of the new school.
THE opening of a new multi-million dollar junior high school at
the southern end of Faith Avenue in New Providence was
announced yesterday by Education Minister Carl Bethel.
With construction having lasted for nearly two years, the minis-
ter said yesterday that the doors of the new $8.5 million school will
be opened to students on September 1.
According to the minister, the school, currently known as South
Western Junior High School, will be officially named within the next
two weeks. This new junior high school is unique to any other pub-
lic school by the fact that it will house Grades 7, 8 and 10.
In his address during a press tour of the school yesterday, the min-
ister initially thanked the newly-appointed school administrators.
Ministry of Education officials, and public works representatives,
including the Minister of Works.
Minister Bethel said: "Today we are seeing the final stages of a
dream come true for many residents of the South Western School
SEE page 11

Senior foreign bank official

questioned in connection

with high profile murder case

A SENIOR foreign bank
official working in Nassau
has been questioned by
police in connection with
the murder of handbag
designer Harl Taylor, it
emerged last night.
However. it is under-
stood that police "have no
information that would
make him a suspect in that
case." Nevertheless, police
are treating him as a per-
son of interest for ques-
tioning because of his
involvement in that circle
"and that style of living."
According to reports
reaching The Tribune, the
married man -- whose sin
his early forties is said

to be leading a "double
life" and enjoys the compa-
ny of homosexual men.
Reportedly, this banker's
sexual behavior has been
the subject of complaints at
his place of work.
The banker, and one of
his present lovers, an exec-
utive at a development
company, were said to fre-
quent a number of parties
that Mr Taylor and
deceased College of the
Bahamas Professor Dr
Thaddeus McDonald once
The banker is believed to
have been at Dr MceDon-
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At the new school, students also will have the option of learn-
ing Spanish or French.
Clive Stuart, senior master at the school, told the media yes-
terday that he is convinced that this will be one of the better
schools in the Bahamas.
He said he believes that because the school is located in an
area that is not as densely populated, students will be able to
focus more on learning.
So far, 730 students have registered to attend the Southern
Western Junior High School on Faith Avenue.

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COB Fall semester payments

TWENTY-TWO per cent of
registered students of the Col-
lege of the Bahamas have not
paid for their Fall semester
classes, prompting COB to
extend the payment deadline.
Registration for the Fall
semester at the College began
in March, and as of yesterday
3,421 students were registered
for classes.
Of the 3,421 registered stu-
dents, only 2,674 have paid for
their classes so far.
That leaves 747, or 22 per
cent of the registered students,
who have not paid for their
In an effort to further facil-
itate payment for these stu-

dents, the College is extending
its payment deadline to 4pm
on Wednesday, August 13.
"As per our normal prac-
tice, a late registration fee of
$150 will be applied to these
late accounts. Students will also
be sent an e-mail as a reminder
to have them settle their
"Undoubtedly, students
who fail to take advantage of
the online registration and our
extended payment offer will
be faced with queues at late
registration," COB said yes-
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5pm on Friday, August 27:
"We are requesting our stu-
dents' and the public's coop-
eration and support as we
manage parking and student
queries. This is all in our effort
to make late registration as
painless as possible. As we pre-
pare for the arrival of new stu-
dents we will remove all
unpaid students from the sys-
tem. This action is necessary
to obtain an accurate count of
the number of students
"This also allows us to max-
imise classroom usage and it
ensures that students who may
have opted not to return to the
College are not occupying a
seat that could be used by
another student," COB said.
Registration occurs exclu-
sively for the College's new
students on August 21 and 22.
The registration process for
the new students begins with
orientation, starting at noon

*on August 20, and ,c ': ,tur-.-
with registration o4 .; .. t 2.
and 22, starting at 8am .:'. *otLt
days. : o O: J,..
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registering using our onlin ,s- :.
tem but we will have the i e
the system on campus ,o
that we can provide assisan i-
to them as they learn thel
"This is the first time 1:, at
we are using online regisi ra-
tion as a part of our new sl u-
dent registration process a'd
we expect that the average
time for the registration of a
new student to be three hours.
The College is looking forw'.rd
to welcoming our new students
with an improved register .ion
process," COB said.
This year's registration pe'i-
od represents the second
semester that the College has
offered students the opportu-
nity to register from any inter-
net connection in the world.

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Man admits

stealing after

caught in act

by the police
A GRAND Bahama man
pleaded guilty in the Magis-
trate's Court, Freeport, to steal-
ing after he was tackled in a
parking lot last week by police
and caught in the act.
On Tuesday, Basil Richard
Thompson, 22, of number three
Melbourne Crescent, Hudson
Estates, pleaded guilty to steal-
ing an envelope that contained
$10,000 from Enrico Stan-
Busuiog on August 1. The mon-
ey was the property of the
Grand Bahama Shipyard.
Magistrate Andrew Forbes
sentenced Thompson to serve
200 hours of community service
at the police canteen and to dis-
play good behaviour for one
year. Thompson will have to
serve six months in prison if he
is unable to satisfy these terms.
According to Chief Superin-
tendent Basil Rahming, Thomp-
son was tackled and arrested by
a Drug Enforcement Unit offi-
cer outside of the Bank of the
Bahamas on the Mall after
stealing the money from the
Grand Bahama Shipyard
employee in the parking lot of
Scotia Bank.

Drugs case is
adjourned until
March 12,2009
A 31-year-old Carmichael
Road man pleaded not guilty in
a Freeport Magistrate's Court
to possession of dangerous
drugs with intent to supply.
It is alleged that Kerven Telsy
was in possession of 5.2 pounds
of marijuana on August 1. He
was apprehended after allegedly
jumping into the Lucayan Har-
bour from the mv Fiesta mail
boat. Magistrate Debbye Fergu-
son adjourned the case to
March 12, 2009 and granted the
defendant bail in the amount of
$2,000. Attorney Wallace Allen
appeared on the behalf Telsy.

Trio quizzed about
theft of crawfish
ABACO police have three
men in custody for questioning
after $500 worth of crawfish was
stolen from a Sandy Point resi-
The robbery happened some-
time between 9pm last Monday
and 9am on Tuesday, according
to Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming. Delores McKenzie of
South Street, Sandy Point,
reported to police that the rob-
bers stole 15 bags of crawfish
from her floor freezers. Acting
on information, Sandy Point
police officers proceeded to the
area of Little Harbour where
they located the crawfish in the
pine forest. Three men, aged 34,
30 and 20, were taken into cus-
tody in the area in connection
with the find.

Man arraigned
on fraud charges
A man was arraigned on
fraud charges in the Magis-
trate's Court yesterday.
According to court dockets,
Damarlus Curry of Yellow
Elder Gardens, on or about July
29, forged a Bank of the
Bahamas International Man-
ager's cheque with the number
005726 in the amount of $9,120.
It is further alleged that on
the same day, Curry tried to
pass off a fake cheque with the
number 86424 and attempted to
obtain cash and goods in the
amount of $9,120 from the
Bahamas Wholesale Agency.
Curry, who was arraigned
before Magistrate Susan
Sylvester at Court 11, Nassau
Street, pleaded not guilty to the
charges. Curry was remanded
until today when he will return
to court for a bail hearing.

Ingraham goes on
Caribbean cruise

PRIME Minis-
ter Hubert Ingra- ..
ham (pictured)

and his wife, Mrs .
Dolores Ingra- '
ham, left Nassau
on board the Nor-
wegian Sky on Wednesday for
their annual holiday.
The Caribbean cruise will call
on ports in Haiti, the Cayman
Islands, Jamaica and Mexico.
Prime Minister Ingraham will
return to office on Monday,
August 18.


Dangerously sharp compasses

taken off supermarket shelves

Tribune Staff Reporter
DANGEROUSLY sharp compasses, which were used
violently in schools in the past, were sold in the Bahamas
up until yesterday under the guise of high quality Helix
Oxford mathematical instruments. Oblivious parents and
schoolchildren were sold the fake sets containing old-style
longhand compasses, which were discontinued by Helix 15
years ago in favour of the short-pointed safer compasses.
Genuine Helix distributor Godfrey Thomas, manag-
ing director of Nassau Agencies Ltd, said: "Students were
getting stabbed with them, and with HIV and AIDS, how
smart would it be to have students using sharp-pointed
compasses in schools today? It is a serious thing, these
are extremely dangerous and we do not want them to be
used as threatening instruments."
However, the counterfeit sets with the sharp pointed
compasses appeared in 12 supermarket stores in Nassau,

A WOMAN was sentenced to
18 months in prison yesterday
after admitting that she used the
credit cards of at least five per-
sons to purchase women's appar-
el and accessories online.
Elielear Brown, 28, of
Carmichael Road, was arraigned
before Magistrate Derrence Rolle
in Court 5, Bank Lane yesterday,
charged with eight counts of cred-
it by false pretences. According to
court dockets, Brown on Thurs-
day, February 7 of this year, upon
incurring a debt at Red Met-
rostyle, obtained credit in the
amount of $111.95.
Court dockets further state that
on Friday, February 15, Brown,
upon incurring a debt at the same
web site, obtained credit in the
amount $29.49.
Court dockets also state that
Brown obtained credit in the
amount of $29.49 from the same
web site on March 11 and $132.95
on May 18 from ApparelShow-
room.com. Brown was also
accused of obtaining credit in the
amount of $193.70 from the same
web site on May 19 and $525 in
credit on May 27. Court dockets
further stated that Brown
obtained $190.07 in credit from
FashionBug.com and $195.65 in
credit from BIJOU4EVER.com.
Brown, who reportedly
worked as an employee for Des-
tinations Travel at the time the
offences were committed, plead-
ed guilty to the charges. She was

ordered by the magistrate to
repay the money and was also

SHARP PRACTICE: A dangerous compass is seen on
the left next to the safer short-pointed compasses.
where they were being sold for a similar price as the gen-
uine article until they were discovered by Mr Thomas and
have since been removed from the shelves.
"It is very hard for anyone to know it is not authentic
without being on the look-out or knowing the product
intimately," Mr Thomas said.

sentenced to serve 18 months at
Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill.

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"You wouldn't know until you open it up and then you
are stuck. The quality is absolute junk, it's the worst I've
ever seen. "People are bringing in this garbage from Chi-
na and everyone is being duped, from the Customs officers
to the retailers, the parents and the students."
It is only when the box of the phony set is opened that
the claim that it is made in England is discredited by a tag
showing it was made in China. In addition to the danger-
ous compass, the quality of the ruler, protractor, pencil and
eraser is incomparable with the authentic Helix set, he
said. The Ministry of Health has been alerted about the
dangerous product and Bahamas Customs are investigat-
ing the import of counterfeit products which breaches
international copyright law. Education Minister Carl
Bethel said: "It is important that parents ensure that what-
ever school supplies they purchase for their children are of
the highest quality and the safest available.
"Because of what The Tribune has asserted I will ask the
director and his technical staff to look into this," he said.



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Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Exam results still not up to par

THERE WAS rejoicing at the announce-
ment of the results of the BGCSE and BJC
national exams this week, but too much time
should not be wasted on back-slapping
because educationally our students are still
too far behind to compete in a global envi-
As Education Minister Carl Bethel said in
announcing the results, which have inched
up a half notch in the national average -
from D to D+ in the case of the BGCSE and
from D+ to C- for the BJC: "In expressing
pleasure at the improvement in student
achievement this year over the last year, par-
ticularly in the BJC, but also in the BGCSE,
it must be acknowledged that we are not yet
at the level that we need and earnestly desire
to attain."
While heads are pointed in the right direc-
tion, students and teachers have to pick up
the pace. because world demands have out-
paced them, and too many Bahamians are
being left behind for lack of qualifications.
Said Chamber of Commerce Director,
Philip Simon: "An upward trend is good
news. Education remains one of the top pri-
orities and business issues for the nation. The
better educated the potential work force, the
better we are to compete competitively."
As Bahamian businesses grow, it is expect-
ed that they will be manned by a well edu-
cated, disciplined and competent Bahamian
staff. However, if that work force is not there,
growing businesses cannot stop and wait for
them -to do so would be to hold back the
nation. Despite the rising Immigration fees
for expatriate staff, that is where Bahamian
business persons will be forced to turn for
their expertise.
As Ralph Massey a Bahamas-based
economist who helped research the Coalition
*for Education Reform reports said in The
Tribune on April 15: "A failure to confront
the cognitive skills shortage in the Bahamas
condemns it to an excessive reliance on non-
Bahamian manpower to meet its legitimate
"This is likely to produce both slower
growth and social and political conflict that
can be avoided or minimised with sound poli-
cies and a national will to do so."
And to achieve this government has to
change the atmosphere in both the classroom
and on the campus.
Teachers have not been hired to baby-sit
unruly, disruptive children while their parents


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are at work. Teachers should be skilled in
their subject, not only on how well they know
it, but also on how well they can impart their
knowledge to their students. A school can
have brilliant academics who are poor teach-
ers. A college degree should not be the only
standard by which to measure a classroom
Disruptive students should be removed
from the classroom. They should be assessed
as to whether they need psychological coun-
selling or whether they are just not academ-
ically inclined. Both groups should be direct-
ed along lines that will enable them to realise
their full potential, be it in agricultural, the
trades or some other endeavour. Of course,
there can be bright students, who are also
disruptive. They make nuisances of them-
selves because they are not challenged. In
other words, they are bored with teacher,
subject and classmates. They feel they are
wasting their time. These students should be
rescued and put into a more challenging
group, where they will have to compete.
Of course, we are all for the separation of
the sexes in the classroom. There will be less
distractions, more focus on classwork, and, we
believe, the end results will be worth the
It is not good news that there has been no
improvement in the BGCSE mathematics
exam results. These results are stuck at a fail-
ing E and although the other subjects have
been edged up half a notch, many students
seem almost functionally illiterate in mathe-
Of course, at that age this was not our
favourite subject it still isn't. And although
we were not a star in the mathematics' fir-
mament, our teacher-mother, who was good
in the subject, refused to allow us to slip out
of the firmament. We were constantly
reminded that if we ever wanted to qualify for
university, mathematics was one of the
required subjects to enter. And so we perse-
vered. Over the years, we have often heard
persons say that they didn't go to university
because their parents did not send them.
What they did not realise was that their par-
ents could not send them to university if they
were not qualified to enter. Parents can only
irry young people so far. There then comes
a time when they have to carry themselves.
And if university is their goal, they cannot
afford to waste their time while in high

Something to

think about,


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I READ your Editorial of
August 5, 2008, and could not
help of thinking back to your
headline of July 28-06 "Murdered
tourists were on a dream vaca-
tion", referring to the double
murder of a young Austrian cou-
ple, murdered in Bimini on July
Let us not forget that there
were some other tourist murders,
thank God, far in between. As
you stated most of our murders
are, let's say "internal murders",
meaning drug or other criminal
activity related.
But what comes to mind, most
of these people have a previous
record, and as we now know over
a hundred murders and only God
knows how many robbers and
rapists are on bail. If they fall
back and commit another crime
or even a worse one, who is real-
ly responsible?
I look back through the record
of the Bimini double murder, and
see that the young man, who was
sentenced to imprisonment for
the rest of his natural life, and I
question why and how this man is
out of prison, to commit this dou-

ble murder. His problem started
at a young age, doing inexplicable
things, such as shoplifting, house-
breaking and stealing, getting into
the use of drugs, eventually
upgrading his criminal activities to
indecent assault, rape and
"crowning" It with a rape and
double murder.
How can such an individual
walk our streets, I am not only
pointing at this individual, I am
asking how can a judge, after see-
ing the record, let him go free,
how can a lawyer fight for his
How can the people who were
responsible for letting him and
others like him back in society?
Somehow I think these indi-
viduals are also to blame, as, in
my opinion they must know when
they allow a criminal out he is
just given another opportunity to
repeat and repeat.
I don't want to point fingers,
and I know this is not only in The

Bahamas, it is today a worldwide
evil. But we are a small country
and the outside media is only
waiting for bad news and we are a
tourist country. .
Tourists or the people living in
this country have a right to walk
the streets without fear.
To close, I would like to say
thanks to our former A/G, Sena-
tor Maynard-Gibson, Director of
Prosecutions, Bernard Turner,
with the help of the present Act-
ing Commissioner of Police, Mr.
Reginald Ferguson and his team,
to bring the Bimini case so speed-
ily to an end and closure.
But remember there is a man
in Austria, whose daughter was
killed on a dream vacation in
Bimini, who is devastated for life,
I am told.
Something to think about.
Honorary Consul of the
Republic of Austria
August 5, 2008
(Mr Rumer, these are the same
questions that we have asked
repeatedly in this column. Ed).

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I n response to the front page
article in your Wednesday, July
30, 2008 publication regarding the
proposed "Alternative Lebbying
Association" within the con-
struction industry, I would like to
offer some insight to the situa-
tion that Mr. Coakley refers to:
The Bahamian Contractors'
Association was formed many
years ago to represent the inter-
ests of the construction industry
and through our current mem-
bership (approximately 200), we
feel we represent a reasonable
cross section of small, medium
and large Contractors and Sub
In fact less than 10 per cent
(nationwide) of our members
have large construction compa-
nies (over 100 employees); the
vast majority of our membership
comes from small (1-25 employ-
ees) companies and what I would
consider (as quoted by Mr. Coak-
ley) "Average Black Contrac-
tors". We have all trades in the
BCA; A/C, Landscape, Painting,
Electrical, General Contractor,
etc. (over 20 categories).
We represent the interests ot
all construction firms and the
same principles (and problems)
usually affect all size firms. These
include, but certainly are not lim-

ited to: levelling the playing field
against foreign competition, trans-
parent bid process for (govern-
ment) projects, safety procedures
for workers, legislation to regulate
the construction industry (Con-
tractors' Bill 2007) and Bahamian
participation on foreign develop-
ment project works.
. We are continually (globally)
sourcing material and equipment
opportunities for our member-
ship to help stay competitive in an
ever changing market. In addi-
tion, we are directly involved with
the BTVI Construction Training
Programme, which can teach up
to 1200 students annually in the
six main trades.
One of the problems we have
in such a small market is'that
when the larger projects do not go
ahead (which has been the case of
late) the big firms must drop
down the ladder to smaller work
to keep their office open. This,
of course, has a domino effect
and negatively impacts every con-
This is why it is critical that our
government mandates the partic-
ipation of Bahamian professionals
in any foreign development.
Currently this is not the case
and until such time as 100 per
cent Bahamian participation is
mandated in all Heads of Agree-
ment we will continue to operate

at a disadvantage. Regarding the
"bonding" issue, what the BCA is
advocating is that any foreign
developer (not the Bahamian
Contractor) put up a 10 per cent
performance bond to insure that
Bahamian Contractors and relat-
ed professionals (like architects,
engineers, suppliers, etc.) will be
paid for services rendered. Cur-
rently, as we have no rejlien
"laws; there is no gutarai-te in
place to protect us. The BCA has
aggressively and successfully
(Atlantis Phase III) lobbied
against bonding requirements for
Bahamian Contractors.
Mr. Coakley is correct in that
the industry is currently suffer-
ing due to a shortfall of work.
Global influence, economic
downturn and government fiscal
restraint have had a direct and
compelling impact on our indus-
try. Hopefully things will improve
in the near future. Until then, Mr.
Coakley is welcome to join and
participate in the activities of the
We need support from mem-
bership and would welcome any
positive thinking Bahamian Con-
tractor to join. Alternatively if he
chooses to form a new associa-
tion I wish him the best.

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details of latest LNG offer

Initial terminal proposal 'did not get the job done' in winning over Bahamians

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE offer by AES to sup-
ply liquefied natural gas
(LNG) to the Bahamas came
about because the company
felt that the financial incen-
tives of its initial LNG termi-
nal proposal did not "get the
job done" in terms of per-
suading Bahamians that the
LNG project was one to sup-
port, AES managing director
Aaron Samson said.
"The throughput thing, it
was a big number, it was an
actual cash payment; but it
didn't seem to connect or res-
onate. It could've been $40 or
$50 million (a year for the
government) if we were run-
ning full capacity to Florida.
But it didn't seem to get the
job done. It did not resonate
or connect with people," he
Mr Samson was speaking
about the company's revised
proposal to the government
at a meeting with Bahamian
engineers, contractors and
architects at SuperClubs
Breezes on Wednesday night.
He highlighted the details
of the latest offer, which
involves the construction of a
LNG pipeline from the man-
made Ocean Cay terminal
through the ocean to Clifton,

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where it could then be trans-
ferred to the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation's (BEC)
Blue Hills turbines to be used
as a replacement for the
Diesel currently used to pow-
er the machinery.
AES would then commit to
send a certain amount of their
natural gas product to the
Bahamas each year, as well as
to its primary market, Flori-
Mr Samson said that BEC
could make "big savings" by
switching to the much cleaner
natural gas and ending its
dependency on pricey Diesel,
as well as making money by
charging AES import duty
and stamp tax on the gas it'
sends over.
However, the offer comes
in the form of a trade-off.
According to the terms of
the revised proposal, the
Bahamas loses the "through-

put fee" revenue it would
have made each year.
The fee would have consist-
ed of a certain amount of
money for every hundred
cubic feet of gas AES sends
to Florida.
Mr Samson said that the
new deal is a better one for
the Bahamas because it
involves a definite benefit for
the government, rather than
one which might vary accord-
ing to how much gas is sup-
plied via the terminal to Flori-
da versus how much is bought
up by other markets, like big
natural gas guzzlers Japan and
"This is a much firmer com-
mitment. And it's not just eco-
nomics, it's all the other ben-
efits the technology and the
environmental benefits of get-
ting this clean fuel to the
Bahamas," he said.
"I think that's the big dif-

"This is a much
And it's not just
economics, it's
all the other
benefits the
technology and
benefits of
getting this clean
fuel to Bahamas."

Aaron Samson
ference. The difficulty was, if
Florida was taking all the gas
it would've been $40 or $50
million a year, but if Japan
was taking all the gas it
would've been five million
dollars a year (for the Bahami-
an government). So it's the
unreliable nature of it, and it
wasn't bringing a direct bene-
fit to the Bahamas, so what
we said is 'Okay we'll build

this pipeline, it's a $280-mil-
lion upfront commitment, and
then we'll make this gas avail-
able to you," said Mr Samson.
Mr Samson said that anoth-
er key point to consider is how
natural gas can benefit the
entire Bahamian community.
"There's a lot of different
spin-offs from having natural
gas in a society, from trans-
portation fuels, to building dis-
tribution lines to hotel com-
plexes, there's a lot of differ-
ent things that can happen
going forward," he said.
Mr Samson added that AES
is also willing to pay for the
necessary extension of the
pipeline from Clifton to Blue
Hills, to get the gas there as
required under the proposal,
and for the conversion of the
Blue Hills turbines to run on
gas rather than Diesel.
He estimated that a "ball
park" figure for the cost of the
conversion of the nine tur-
bines to gas would be between
$800,000 and $1 million a
"So it's $10 million, but if
they were burning natural gas
today they'd be saving $20
million a month," said Mr

Samson. "The economics
aren't really what's involved
here, it's whether they want
me in there making modifica-
tions or should they do it.
* We're kind of neutral on it
either way."
The Ocean Cay LNG ter-
minal would convert liquefied
natural gas, shipped from
Trinidad, into natural gas
which would then be trans-
ported along a 96-mile
pipeline to Florida.
The FNM government
approved the terminal in prin-
cipal when they were last in
office, but no forward move-
ment on the project has been
made since.
Asked if there was an expi-
ration date on their latest pro-
posal, Mr Samson said:
"It's hard to talk about
'time's up' after seven years,
but you know there's compet-
ing proposals out there to
Florida and it's a little bit of a
race and when another one
gets built it's not that the oth-
er one won't get built, but it
might not get built for five
years, but the project has actu-
ally gotten better, gas prices
are higher."

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hurricane outlook
FEDERAL forecasters on
Thursday upgraded their out-
look for this Atlantic hurricane
season to include two more
named storms than previously
predicted, according to Associ-
ated Press.
The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
projects an 85 percent probabil-
ity of an above-normal season
- up from 65 percent in May.
In its August update, NOAA
said there was a better than aver-
age chance of 14 to 18 named
storms, seven to 10 hurricanes
and three to six hurricanes of at
least Category 3 strength, which
would be top sustained winds of
at least 111 mph.
So far this year, five named
storms, including two hurricanes,
have formed. The hurricane sea-
son ends Nov. 30.
In May, the federal outlook
called for 12 to 16 named storms,
six to nine hurricanes and two
to five major ones. An average
season has 11 named storms, six
hurricanes and two major hurri-
Atmospheric and ocean con-
ditions are ripe for an above-
normal season, said Gerry Bell,
the lead seasonal hurricane fore-
caster at NOAA's Climate Pre-
diction Center in Camp Springs,
"Some of these conditions
include reduced wind shear,
weaker trade winds, an active
West African monsoon system,
the winds coming off of Africa
and warmer-than-average water
in the Atlantic Ocean," Bell said.
Tropical Storm Arthur
formed near the coast of Belize
the day before the 2008 Atlantic
hurricane season officially began
June 1.
It quickly made landfall at the
Belize-Mexico border, and five
people died in Belize amid the
flooding caused by the storm.
The season's first hurricane,
Bertha, reached Category 3
strength before slowly bluster-
ing past Bermuda last month as
a weaker storm.
Tropical Storm Cristobal
dumped rain along the Caroli-
nas' coastlinelate last month but
did not make landfall.

Summer programme focuses

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WITH Bahamian students
continuing to struggle with
core academic subjects, a new
summer programme which
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nology, is set to boost their
knowledge and help them
develop their ability to think
by exploring two of the fastest
growing and most important
global sectors.
"We need to introduce chil-
dren to modern, cutting edge
information to keep them
interested," physicist Jtirgen
Riedel, a science teacher at
the Lyford Cay School, said.
"The field of robotics will
become essential to the indus-
try in the next 10 to 20 years."
Mr Riedel, whose passion
is astronomy, star gazing and
bringing the wonders of the
universe to children, is run-
ning his Science Institute as a
summer workshop for.chil-
dren ages eight to 17, and he
hopes to develop it into an


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"It is important to introduce
children at an early age so
they can utilise their existing
creativity and combine that
with scientific knowledge,"
Mr Riedel said, explaining
that "science is exciting for
children, and it develops their
brain with spatial and logical
Summer classes at the Sci-
ence Institute follow the US'
current space mission to Mars,
teaching skills the students
would need if they were actu-
ally on the mission they pick
up probes, navigate, and
analyse rocks, among other
"And kids need people to
answer their questions, oth-
erwise they lose interest.
What they need is feedback
for their passions," he said,
adding that the regular scl- ol
system only serves to give
sporadic exposure to the sci-
On his web site, www.the-
scienceinstitute.com, Mr
Riedel notes that his work-
shop explains the principles
of quantum mechanics. The
main focus of the programme
however, is to look at the his-
tory of physics which led to
the development of quantum
Participants in the-summer
programme will encounter the
mysteries which lie in the hid-
den realm of atoms. And
experiments will help students
understand the physical prin-
ciples behind the discoveries
on the way to the develop-
ment of quantum mechanics.

The workshop will also
make extensive use of com-
puters, and will give students
all the mathematical skills
required to understand
physics on different levels.
Already in progress the
workshop began its second
summer session on Monday
and will continue until August
29 the children are extreme-
ly interested and are loving
the feeling of accomplishment
they get from completing a
project. On any given day,
workshop participants are
split up into groups and are
assigned a mission. At the end
of each day they get to show-
case their project. Mr Riedel
emphasised the real life skills
they garner from his classes.
"They need to present,
overcome shyness, experience
team work, time restraints,
problem solving, collabora-
tion, and articulation putting
what they've done scientifi-
cally into words."
The six teams that partici-
pated in the programme's first
session in July were named
after famous robotics pioneers
from the past and present:
Archimedes' strength is
innovation and mathematics
Heron's strength is supe-
rior engineering
DaVinci's strength is
design and creativity

Wiener's strength is
Turning's strength is logic
and reasoning, and
Tesla's strength is telau-
During the July session, the
first week's mission was to
design and programme a
robot which was capable of
detecting characteristics of an
unknown environment. Mr
Riedel, joined by his wife
Kim, introduced the children
to astronomy topics like 'How
was our solar system formed?'
and 'How different is our
solar system compared with
The Riedels both explained
that as the world becomes
more and more. interlinked
through Internet and travel,
children must learn responsi-
bility for what they create and
must understand that their
creation affects others.
"Science is an international
language. Although not nec-
essarily the only truth used to
describe the world, it is a
clear, defined approach," he
The Science and Technol-
ogy Workshop runs until
August 29, from 8.30am to

NEMA officials

meet with Rhode.

Island Emergency

Management Agency

OFFICIALS of the Bahamian National
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
this week met with their counterparts from the
Rhode Island Emergency Management
Agency (RIEMA) to discuss disaster pre-
Rhode Island and the Bahamas are partners
in the state partnership pr, gramme which was
established in 1993.
The Rhode Island organisation this week
ho.;tec' two workshops t the SuperClubs
Breezes, which were arranged by US Embassy
Navy Liaison Officer First Lieutenant Armand
Randolph in collaboration with the police, the
Defence Force and representatives from

Britton Bates of RIEMA said Rhode Island
and the Bahamas are very similar in that they
are both surrounded by water and have a mar-
itime industry.
Both also share hurricanes as their number
one risk, she said.
Ms Bates said RIEMA likes to collaborate
with other countries and states- to determine
how best to deal with disasters before, during
and after a hurricane has hit.
She said that she has observed methods used

in the Bahamas which are not practiced in
Rhode Island.
The first meeting between RIEMA and
NEMA took place in December 2007, and offi-
cials are already planning on coming together
again sometime in 2009.
Hurricanes, oil spills, airplane crashes and
other possible national emergencies were dis-
cussed at five separate tables of the workshop.
The focus was on communication, hazardous
material, relief supply distribution, health ser-
vices and transportation.
The workshop's officials will later combine all
the information into one document for RIEMA
and NEMA to follow.
At the communications table, the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company representative
Tellis Symonette, vice-president of wireless
and internet and the chairman of the BTC dis-
aster committee, said that the workshop was
very helpful.
"It is an opportunity for all agencies to come
together and review the manual, make sure
the plan itself is feasible, and that it's user
friendly. This way we can bounce ideas off
each other," he said.
The disaster committee meets monthly and
encourages individual groups to get together
and discuss communication plans in case of an
At the end of the workshop, standard oper-
ation procedures and the document of guide-
lines was unanimously agreed on.

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TJHE ongoing debate
on whether or not the
Florida Group (AES-Corp)
ought to be allowed to run a
series of connected pipes
under the ocean and across
the age distances, for the pur-
poses of transporting Liqui-
fied Natural Gas (LNG) -
naming Ocean Cay as the
Bahamian Island in question
for the mentioned project-
along pristine tranquil waters
and attractive plants, and coral
environment not excluding the
fisheries products.
I am a descendant of
Andros Island, and during the
latter sixties early seventies,
the then government entered
into a contract with the Owens
Illinois Company, a logging
company whose sole purpose
was cutting down as many
pine trees as possible, from
the forest at Owens Town,
Andros and transporting them
by lorries to Morgan Bluff. On
average daily those trucks
could be seen hauling the logs,
as many as 15 to 20 trips to be
barged docked at Morgan's
Bluff. These were 18 wheel-
ers, specifically designed for
this purpose. Final destination
by sea to Jacksonville, Florida.
As I recall the government
gave them access to virgin
land and water-ways that were
the epitome of The Bahamas.
I cannot say, whether or not
the then government made
any effort to execute spot
checks on the site, designed
to ensure that all was being
done in good faith and accord-
ing to international standards.
The Owens Illinois compa-
ny, subsequently left the coun-
try, rather left Andros during
the mid-seventies and what
were the sets of circumstances

and/or conditions in which
they left the environment?
These people were operating
in Abaco and Grand Bahama
as well. Whether they har-
vested the pine forest on Aba-
co and then moved to Grand
Bahama, is a matter of public
At any rate, and I will tell
you, that those people, Owens
Illinois Company, left a moun-
tain of saw dust, and I mean
an actual mountain high pile
of saw dust accumulated dur-
ing their occupation of Owen's
Town, Andros over the years.

Secondly, the once clear
or crystal waters accus-
tomed to in these islands of
the Bahamas, disappeared.
What they left was an envi-
ronmental mass murder. The
water-way became infected by
and/or replaced with a body
of brown water, and in trying
to get an understanding of
what I was seeing, I sub-
merged my right hand
beneath the water, and believe
it or not I literally could not
see my hand.
I have heard similar stories,
involving the foreign contrac-
tors, who in many instances
after they are finished with
you, they take millions and
leave you with a nightmare.
Other examples, do you
remember the Citrus Farm in
And on New Providence
Island, the Encyclopedia com-
pany, numerous car dealers in
Florida, Bahamians after pur-
chasing vehicles from them,

in apparent good order, when
they arrived in The Bahamas
finds that in most cases,
they're not what was pur-
chased and/or the vehicles
break down within warranty,
yet there is no recourse, which
is why the Bahamian people

"All of the money
in the world is no
substitute for the
health of the
Bahamian people,
and is most
definitely, no trade
off for the safety
of the fisheries
products, found
in our waters."

have a problem with the per-
mission being sought for the
LNG proposal in The
Bahamas. May I remind the
Government that should
Tourism fail, the Fisheries is
the only other source to feed
our people. So if we allow
them to poison the ocean, by
extensions they would be poi-
soning the fisheries products
as well.
What I found interesting is
this, only since the Govern-
ment has announced the many
billion dollar projects in the
Bahamas that the AES Group
has now indicated their desire
to invest one billion dollars
also. Give me a break! Please
don't insult our intelligence.


OVER 200 of the nation's educators will
spend a week in the hotel and tourism
industry this month, learning about the
vast opportunities available in tourism and
better understanding how to prepare
young people to take advantage of those
opportunities as part of the Bahamas Hotel
Association's 5th Annual Summer Educa-
tor Internship Programme..
Beginning August 18 in collaboration
with the Ministry of Education and the
Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, public
and private school teachers, principals,
counselors, and education subject special-
ists from 31 subject areas and all grade
levels, will meet with local business part-
ners to get a hands-on "snap shot" of the
"We are thrilled to be able to once again
create this opportunity to strengthen and
build on the relationship we have with the
Ministry of Education and educators
throughout the Bahamas," said Beverly
Saunders, a member of the Bahamas Hotel
Association executive committee and vice-
president of training for Kerzner Interna-
"While tourism is the lifeblood of our
economy, teachers are its soul which touch-
es and influences our potential employees
in profound ways. We welcome them into
our world to discover our uniqueness and
amazing array of challenges and opportu-
nities to build a world-class destination of
choice for us and our customer," she said.
With more than 1,000 classifications of
jobs within the tourism industry in the
Bahamas, the internship programme pre-
sents a powerful professional development
opportunity for educators to enhance their
understanding of the industry.and the
opportunities it presents to young people.
According to organizers, the programme
stimulates educators to explore new and
innovative teaching strategies to bring
tourism into the classroom.
"We're encouraged by the overwhelming
response from educators this year, from
both the public and private schools, and
from Grand Bahama and the Family
Islands as well," said Ms Saunders.
For the first time this year the intern-
ship programme is being held on Grand
Bahama concurrent with the New Provi-
dence programme.
Over 45 educators have signed up for
the programme in Grand Bahama, and

WITH spectacular locations such as Cabbage
Beach on Paradise Island (above), the Bahamas
is a major tourism destination. Now, over 200
educators will learn about the vast opportunities
available in tourism and gain a better understand-
ing how to prepare young people to take advan-
tage of those opportunities.

over 155 have registered from New Provi-
dence and the Family Islands.
"Teachers lead by example and not by
"The 2008 Teachers Industry Internship
highlights the role educators play in show-
ing their students what to do rather than
telling them," said Oily Knowles, assistant
director of education and programme par-

A FLORIDA Keys commercial
fisherman could lose his boat and
do federal prison time if convict-
ed of charges announced Thursday
that he illegally poached thousands
of spiny lobsters with traps that
damaged coral reefs and sea grass-
es in sensitive marine-waters,
according to Associated Press.
U.S. Attorney R. Alexander
Acosta said the charges against
David W. Dreifort, 41, reflected
one of the largest lobster poaching
operations ever prosecuted in the
southeastern U.S.
More than 6,000 lobster tails
were confiscated after Dreifort was
arrested earlier this week, about
1,000 times the legal bag limit for
Florida's just-completed lobster
sport diving mini-season. And offi-
cials said most of them were taken
from protected seabeds of the

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batch of confiscated lobster tails
could have been sold to local fish
houses for about $30,000. Hun-
dreds of divers take part in the
annual sport mini-season, which
this year claimed the lives of four
people searching for the popular
"Actions like this have long-run
consequences. It means divers have
to dive more often and look longer
to catch their legal limit," Acosta
The operation used traps known
as "casitas" that can range from
large slabs of concrete and metal to
discarded washing machines and
parts of roofs. Lobsters are attract-
ed to the cover they provide. All a
poacher has to do is mark the spot
with a GPS device and return to
scoop up the catch.


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Haven't they heard, that the
wealth of a nation is its peo-
ple's health. All of the money
in the world is no substitute
for the health of the Bahami-
an people, and is most defi-
nitely, no trade off for the
safety of the fisheries prod-
ucts, found in our waters.
Oh, by the way, the answer
is not in billion dollars "for-
eign" investments, (God is our
source) because I believe that
building a country, must start
from within. The Bible refers
to the Heart being clean from
within; firstly whatever comes
out would be a reflection of
The AES-Corporation, con-
trary to what you may have
heard in the United States of
America about The Bahamas,
one thing is certain, we are
God-fearing people, and our
successes over these many
years, have brought the peo-
ple of The Bahamas closer
together. We recognized that
the great God of the Universe
is our source.
God gave the United States
of America to Americans for
Americans, the same time He
gave The Bahamas to
Bahamians for Bahamians.
We in the country will con-
tinue to take our cue from the
great God and Creator of this
world. For we know that, "No
weapon formed against God's
people shall be able to prosper
and every tongue that rises up
against us shall be con-
We are a small country and
the Bahamas is for Bahami-
My question is NOW
directed to the authorities:
"What action if any, would be
taken against the Owen's Illi-
nois Company for damage to
the environment? The evi-
dence is there.

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been announced for October
31 through November 2, 2008.
Producers Downsound
Records and Sigma Manage-

ment released the show dates
yesterday from their concert
headquarters in downtown
The dates were released in
Canada, Europe, the

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According to the conce rt
organizers, the Millenniuml
Countdown Series has grown
into a major international
event and tourist attraction
for the Bahamas and has built
a solid and reliable reputation
among concert goers around
the world "mainly because
of its record of featuring the
very best reggae-recording
artists in the business."
This year's show has been
expanded from a one-night
event to a three-day festival
incorporating R&B, reggae,
dancehall and gospel music.

In announcing this year's
dates for the concert, pro-
mioter and producer of Down-
sound Records Josef Bog-
danovich said the season the
annual event has always been
a success in the Bahamas is
because the promoters ensure
that they place content above
"This has been our basic
rule of choice since our first
concert in the Bahamas in
1999. Conscious reggae has
been our trademark as we
continue to bring major reg-
gae stars to the Bahamas for
the first time," he said.
International artist Jah

Cure headlined the Millenni-
um Countdown Series last
"Millennium Countdown 7
was truly a remarkable event,
well organised, safe, secure
and most valuable to the mar-
keting of the Bahamas, not
only as a great tourist desti-
nation, but also as a cultur-
ally conscious destination that
features world class con-
certs," said Brian Gibson, a
junkanoo icon in the
Mr Gibson is also a princi-
pal in the Bahamian-owned
production and entertain-
ment company Sigma Man-

With the dates released
yesterday, Millennium Count-
down 8 has now been green-
lit for major promotions in
the American, Canadian and
European markets.
The ad campaigns will
involve stakeholders of the
various tourism and promo-
tional boards, as well as
major airlines and top hotels
in Nassau.
Promoters of Downsound
Records and Sigma Manage-
ment are scheduled to release
the star-studded list of per-
formers for this year's con-
cert by mid-August.

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THE Bahamian American
Cultural Society (BACS) will
host the Bahamas Culture Day
2008 in New York City on
August 31.
According to the BACS,
Bahamas Culture Day is
designed to "refresh life and
enliven the spirit."
"For the past 10 years people
in increasing numbers (have
come) from all over the Atlantic
states and the islands to enjoy
both the unique expressions of
Bahamian Culture and its blend
with other African, Caribbean,
and American cultures," the
society said.
BACS said that the Bahamas
Culture Day will offer some-
thing for the whole family.
"Each person will be able to
enjoy, relax, have fun and learn.
There will be traditional and
contemporary Bahamian music
by local Bahamian-American
"Special features will include
the innovative and intensely

soulful Bahamian jazz artist
Desiree Cox. A display of her
paintings will give another taste
of her talent, and the healing
power of the Bahamian cultural
expressions," the society said.
Also expected to perform is
one of the Bahamas' most pro-
lific and colorful musicians, K
"He has international
acclaim," the BACS said.
"From a creative junkanoo
workshop, all will be able to par-
ticipate in a mini 'rush-out'
junkanoo parade. Visitors and
participants will be able to view,
sample, and buy products from
multiple Bahamian and Bahami-
an-American vendors and arti-
sans. There will be lots to eat,
lots to see, lots to do all with a
Bahamian and taste and flare."
The event is scheduled to take
place on Sunday, August 31,
from noon until midnight at Pier
66 Maritime on the Hudson Riv-
er at West 26th Street and 12th
Avenue, New York City.

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Prostitution in the Bahamas


OF LATE, prostitu-
tion and the sexual
rendezvous of ladies and
men of the night has been
a hot dish for salacious gos-
sip, particularly now with
reports of a chubby politi-
cian "john" (patron) pur-
portedly being caught in a
compromising situation
while seemingly patronising
or at least preparing to
patronise a streetwalker.
Although prostitution is
illegal in the Bahamas, the
world's oldest profession is
heavily practised across the
social spectrum.
In early June, The Tribune
broke an exclusive story
outlining the operations of a
downtown brothel, ironical-
ly located directly above a
coffee house known as The
Daily Grind occupying
the second and third floors
of the abandoned Mayfair
On June 16, the brothel,
which specialised in foreign
prostitutes and was practi-
cally next door to Fort Char-
lotte police station, was raid-
ed by police who detained
several Jamaican and Hait-
ian prostitutes.
Shortly afterwards, a sea-
side prostitution ring along
Long Wharf Beach was
reportedly foiled.
Officers from the police
station reportedly shut down
a male prostitution ring that
operated along the northern
According to a senior
policeman, the males were
known to offer their services
primarily to .visitors,
although locals were not
How long have police
known about the high jinks
at this nearby hotel?
Surely, no-one can forget
the enthralling account of
an alleged Bahamian pros-
titute who-appeared in court



wearing a garbage bag and,
upon being sentenced to a
week behind bars, is alleged
to have crudely shouted out
that she would use her
female genitalia (to para-
phrase) for money even if
no-one else does so with
Before this outburst, when
police purportedly found
her loitering on a corner in a
transparent mini-skirt and
knee-high boots, she ren-
dered another unforgettable
quote by supposedly telling
the officers that her "(pri-
vate part) was made to sell."

Even more recently,
acting president of
the Arawak Cay Vendors
Association, Bruno Minnis,
promised to launch an offi-
cial investigation to deter-
mine whether there was any
truth to allegations that the
popular cultural site had
evolved into a local 'red
light district'.
He subsequently decided
to scrap the internal investi-
This week, news of a
senior parliamentarian being
cautioned by police last
week after he was seen sit-
ting in his car outside the
now infamous Mayfair
Hotel is another scandalous,
dishonourable example of
how some of our supposedly
"honourable" parliamentar-
ians lack a moral compass.
break the law and fail to be
exemplary role models.
What is the likelihood
that that parliamentarian
could have been merely
talking to a constituent or
resident of his neighbour-
hood, you know, perform-


ing his civic duties?
Was he counselling the
strumpet and offering her
free advice about the health
and legal (or even religious)
ramifications of her
Or, was he foolishly being
a daredevil, seeking a thrill,
particularly since news of
prostitution rings at this
venue has frequently been
in the headlines of late?
In March, disgraced for-
mer New York Governor
Eliot Spitzer was embroiled
in a prostitution scandal and
forced to resign after being
caught in a $5,500-an-hour
international call-girl ring.
According to the New
York Times, Spitzer iden-
tified as Client 9 had
patronised a Washington-
based prostitution service
and was caught on Federal
wiretaps arranging for sexu-
al trysts with a high-priced
Like many local politi-
cians, the former governor
hypocritically gave lip ser-
vice when he promised, in a
victory speech, to make
"ethics and integrity to be
the hallmarks of (his)
Ironically, the Times
Online describes Mr Spitzer
as a "crusading former pros-
ecutor who was once known
as the Sheriff of Wall
Street," while other media
outlets note that he had
worked closely with wom-
en's rights and anti-human
trafficking groups while
prosecuting numerous pros-
titution rings. What a quirk
of fate!
With Spitzer's notoriety
and subsequent resignation
in mind, I wonder if our

local parliamentarian 'john'
will do the honourable
Without even considering
themselves prostitutes, I've
been told of materialistic
women, even educated
and/or professional women,
who have been taught -
and in turn teach their
daughters to always "tax"
a man who is courting or
seeking to court them,
rather than allow these guys

"Local prostitutes
are said to fit into
three classes.
The posh,
upscale hookers
are said to be
those who sell
their physical
wares to quickly
amass big
bucks, while
recognizing that
they possess a
commodity that
has a shelf life
and declines with
their youth as
they are replaced."

to "beat up on (them) or put
mileage on (their) body at
no cost."
Although it's unlawful in
the Bahamas, several Euro-
pean countries as well as
Nevada State (US) have
legalised this "profession."
In these jurisdictions, pros-
titutes are often seen as a
needed service as some men
require a sexual outlet and,
as has been suggested in the
past, the argument has been
made that without prosti-
tutes a lot of sexual fervour

would be fulfilled illegally
through rapes.
Having travelled to Amer-
sterdam, Holland, I can
attest to having seeh the red
light district where a wide
variety of floozies are fea-
tured behind glass doors
and, I was told, are subject-
ed to routine health checks
and a form of licensing/
In many instances, these
women can cater to up to 20
'johns' in one night.
In the Bahamas, the
exchange of money for a bit
of nookie in an alleyway or
dark spot, back seat of a
vehicle, hotel room or at a
private residence is an
almost unspoken, common
Usually, as with prosti-
tutes elsewhere, the 'johns',
by and large, are men who
aren't sexually contented
with their domestic arrange-
ments and thereby tend to
engage in "business transac-
tions" without emotional
attachments, or start bi-sex-
ual/gay relationships or
invest in a sweetheart.

A well-placed
source told me
that some Bahamian women
sleep with men for cash,
ranging anywhere from $60
to $5,000, for school tuition
payments, phone cards,
chicken in the bag, utility
and bill payments, and so
Local prostitutes are said
to fit into three classes. The
posh, upscale hookers are
said to be those who sell
their physical wares to
quickly amass big bucks,
while recognizing that they
possess a commodity that
has a shelf life and declines
with their youth as they are
These tramps usually
operate at the major hotels.
Apparently, these high-end
harlots offer a menu of ser-_

vices ranging from oral sex
to a night away to "deluxe
relief packages".
The middle stream pros-
titutes are those who basi-
cally occupy motel rooms or
private residences.
The bottom dwellers are
said to be the Dowdeswell
Street knee trembler mar-
ket, which my source refers
to as women who "stand
against a tree or building for
$5 bucks a throw."

D owdeswell Street,
which appears to
be a central depot for hook-
ers and rundown whore-
houses, is where, my source
claims, "hookers can be got-
ten below market value as
part of a special economy
Here, pimps run a horde
of prostitutes along Nassau's
streets and dark alleys.
I'm also told that the pros-
titutes skulking about
Dowdeswell Street may be
single or married people
who prostitute themselves
out of desperation and
engage in it as a means to
survive, likely reinforcing a
dysfunctional situation at
I'm told that for the right
amount, some prostitutes
would readily have risky,
unprotected sex.
This is particularly dan-
gerous, because unlike the
1960s/1970s when a person
could catch a treatable dose
of the clap (or another
STD), unprotected sex these
days is a life or death situa-
tion (AIDs/HIV).
While prostitution may be
an adventure for those
patrons and scarlet women
partaking in this timeless
trade, the other side of the
coin is that persons are vir-
tually playing with dynamite
in their pursuit of gratifica-
tion, as there are major
implications not only for
one's self but that also affect
their families.

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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The current development of
the mega-yacht harbour at Ginn sur Mer is very
significant for the future of the project in West
End, according to senior vice president of devel-
opment Al Jones.
Mr Jones said Ginn's harbour will serve as a
potential home base for some of the world's
largest mega yachts.- some up to 250 feet
According to the official, the facility would be
almost eight times larger than Atlantis' mega-
yacht facility in New Providence.
"You can only hold 15 boats in Atlantis, but we
can hold 115 yachts at least 100 feet, and of which
18 of those are over 200 feet," he said.
The media was taken on a tour on Wednesday
of the project site at West End, where construc-
tion of the mega-yacht harbour and the inlet cut
to the ocean are underway.
According to Mr Jones, the harbour is two
miles long, with a 15-foot deep draft at low tide,
and a 18-foot draft at high tide.
He also noted that work has started on the Sur
Mer inlet, where jetties will be built some 600
feet into the ocean.
This work should be finished in October, he
Mr Jones said that the airport facility is also a
significant component of the project. He said the
6,900-foot facility is fully operational and can
take 15 jets.
The Ginn official said that development has
already begun on one of two 18-hole champi-
onship golf courses.
"Our Arnold Palmer course is about 65 to 70
per cent complete and we expect to have it open
for business by next summer," he said.
Mr Jones also gave an update on property sales
at Ginn. He reported that 194 canal lots have
been sold, and 24 are in the closing process.

Due to the threat of major hurricanes, Mr Jones
said that they have significantly reduced flooding
on the south shore properties as a result of storm
surges from the north shore.
He also noted that infrastructural development
is being built to withstand wind strengths of
200mph, including power poles and fiber optic
"We can't evacuate all the people that will be
here, and so we have built this project so people
can stay here during a hurricane," he said.
He explained that if communication is lost from
Freeport, their system automatically flips to a
satellite feed to keep communication during the
storm," he said.
Mr Jones said all homes at Ginn sur Mer are
required to have backup propane generators, and
all commercial facilities must have back up diesel
In addition to making the project's infrastruc-
ture sound, developer Bobby Ginn said that they
have embarked on a "going green" programme,
using solar panels for streetlights and construct-
ing concrete roads instead of asphalt.
"We decided that we will build all concrete
roads here to eliminate carbon emissions you get
from asphalt," he said.
He noted that persons coming on vacation to
Gin sur Mer will not use motor vehicles, as the
preferred mode of transportation will be by ferry.,
bicycle, and solar electric vehicles.
"We are using this flagship resort as a test base
for what it really means to go green," he said.
"This whole project has been much of an envi-
ronmental issue to us and the whole site was an
environmental disaster, but we have cleaned it up.
"We have spent a fortune cleaning up the stuff
that was left (by the previous developer). It was
the worst I have ever seen, it was most disre-
spectful thing I have seen done to a piece of
land," he said.
According to Mr Jones, debris from the demol-
ished hotel was buried under 100 acres of land on
the beach.

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FROM page one

Seven years after Mr Cul-
mer retained Mr Thompson,
his case has not been heard.
He said he has not been able
to contact Mr Thompson,
and he has not had his doc-
uments returned.
"All in all it has been
rough and tough, and I
could use my hard earned
money now," Mr Culmer
"I need to know, and the
general public needs to
know, how to get money
back, because I don't know
which way to turn."
Mr Thompson was sus-
pended from the bar for six
months from July 17 by a
disciplinary tribunal. He was
also ordered to repay
$200,000 in debts to clients
by September 18 or be dis-

Bank official

is questioned
FROM page one

ald's 59th birthday party
shortly before both he
and Taylor were brutally
murdered last Novem-
It is also understood
that the banker's name
appeared in Taylor's
"black book" a note-
book containing gay
social contacts. While
this foreign banker was
questioned by the
police and subsequently
released on Wednes-
day, sources say he may
be called in again as
apparently some of his
statements "did not add
The Tribune's sources
said police have pic-
tures othe-banker and
his present lover
together in "compro-
mising" situations.
They are also aware
of them attending gay
parties at a certain Nas-
sau location every Sun-
Taylor, an interna-
tionally-known hand-
bag designer, was
stabbed to death at his
home, Mountbatten
House, West Hill
Street, last November.
His body was found
two days after McDon-
ald a senior academ-
ic at the College of the
Bahamas was found
bludgeoned to death in
his Queen Street guest-

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e are three mainno. health often recycled in air-condition-
e are three main health i a constantly inhaled by
from prolonged expo- ing and constantly inhaled by
asbestos, which is a unsuspecting inhabitants.
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asbestos still exists at other gov-
rding to the US Envi- ernment buildings. A compre-
rdingtal Protetion Agency hensive study is needed to
tal Protection Agency determine which of these struc-
re asbestosis, which is a tures contains the substance so
long term non-cancer that it can be removed, he said.
of the lungs which caus- Efforts have been made to
ing in the organs; lung identify such sites, by govern-
one of the most fatalhe- ment, but a more widespread
rare form of cancer; and mesothate- research is needed, he added.
rare form of cancer that Princess Margaret Hospital
in the thin lining of the (PMH) was built in 1952 dur-
chest, abdomen and ing a time when asbestos use
of these diseases do not was common. It was previously
until years after lo named the Bahamas General
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FROM page one
replied: "I'm not going to com-
ment on any industrial action. I
just want people to know that
industrial action is coming."
A massive strike, or some other
type of industrial action by the
BCPOU, could lead to the virtual
shutdown of the country's com-
munications network, bringing the
economy to a virtual halt.
The FNM government has con-
tinued the privatization talks with
Bluewater Communications Hold-
ings, that began under the Christie
administration, in an effort to pri-
vatize BTC. In doing so, they cre-
ated two privatization committees.
The first, which is chaired by T B
Donaldson, is charged with nego-
tiating with Bluewater regarding
the proposal left in place by the
last administration. No union rep-

resentative is on this committee.
The second committee will be
chaired by State Finance Minister
Zhivargo Laing and will include
union representatives.
"Now that advisory committee
is the one that will ultimately set
whatever mandate for the negoti-
ating committee that has to be set
in respect of privatization if we
cannot get to an agreement with
the present proposal or also, to
review the outcome of the negoti-
ations with Bluewater in respect of
the present proposal before that
goes to the government itself," Mr
Laing told The Tribune in April.
The union, however, has reject-
ed this decision by government
and has been publicly and pri-
vately agitating for months to be

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FROM page one
District." He added: "This will be an institution that will stand
for excellence in our students."
The state-of-the-art school comes equipped with 36 classrooms,
science and vocational labs, a teachers lounge, basketball court and
an auditorium that will cater to 730-plus students.
Principal of the new school Judith Major said: "It's a huge
school, and facilities are state of the art. It's in keeping with the gov-
ernment's progressive thinking."
Major said, with a noticeable eagerness, that along with her
administrative team and teachers, they have worked very hard
throughout the summer preparing lesson plans and other materials
for students.
As school is set to begin September 1, administrators and staff
will arrive one week in advance for final preparations.
Receiving huge support from the minister, director and per-
manent secretary, Major says that she looks forward to continued
support and a most productive school year.
According to Mr Bethel, the due date of completion as it
relates to construction is set for August 29. However, Minister of
Works Neko Grant said discussion between representatives from
the Ministry of Works and the contracted construction company,
Ran-Mar, will continue in an effort to determine a completion
date for construction.
Additionally, Mr Bethel said while the school will open as a
'junior high', it will eventually be converted to a senior high school
as a replacement junior school will be built.

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the Bahamas of Queen Eliza-
beth's sister, the late Princess
Asbestos became widely used
by builders and manufacturers
in the late 19th century as a
result of its resistance to heat,
electricity and chemical dam-
It is mixed with cement or
woven into fabric or mats when
used for resistance to fire or
heat. Asbestos is also used in
buildings for its flame-retardant
and insulating properties.
Since the 1980s, however,
many uses of asbestos have
been banned in countries world-
Government during the bud-
get debate revealed that the
Hansard Building, Rawson
Square, which houses the office
of the Speaker of the House of
Assembly and the Supreme

Court of Senior Justice Anita
Allen, did not have asbestos.
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several months ago said that the
entire floor of the two-storey
building needed to be demol-

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areas and a white substance in
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thought to contain asbestos.
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mains renewal works from the junction of the Eastern
Road and Fox Hill Road travelling south toward Bernard
Road for a period of eight (8) weeks.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area as much as possible.

Fox Hill Road
The Corporation has also commenced mains renewal
works on Fox Hill Road north of Prince Charles Drive to
East Bay Street. These works will continue for
the next six (6) weeks.

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caused in these efforts to improve
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included on both committees,
threatening industrial action if this
does not occur. The government
has not budged from its position,
The BTC workers have been
without a contract since last Sep-
tember. The union has previously
accused the company of deleting
some 23 benefits already enjoyed
by workers, including a merit rat-
ing system, travel allowance, cer-
.tain overtime benefits and profit
No new contract has been
signed thus far.
Mr Laing was quoted in yester-
day's Nassau Guardian that he
does not think that the issues that
-are concerning the union warrant
industrial action.
Government is committed to
privatise BTC by the end of the
year and it is now willing to sell
more than the 49 per cent interest,
which was the amount being
offered under the original flormu-
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Norway scores early to beat US 2-0

Associated Press

NORWAY jumped on the.
United States from the open-
ing whistle, getting two goals
in the first four minutes
Wednesday to beat the U.S.
women's soccer team 2-0 at
the Beijing Olympics.
Norway looked the like the
medal-contenders they're sup-
posed to be, while the Ameri-
cans never looked the part.
Laursen Kaurin outjumped
and outmuscled U.S. defender
Lori Chalupny to head the ball
over charging goalkeeper
Hope Solo and into an open
net in the 2nd minute.
Two minutes later, Wiik
latched onto a deep pass on
the right side after the U.S lost
the ball in midfield. The Nor-
wegian then outraced U.S.
captain Christie Rampone and
curled a right-footed shot past
Solo and just inside the far
"We are satisfied," Norway
coach Bjarne Berntsen said.
"We are very grateful for the
tremendous start we had in
this game."
"After the great start, I
think we played a very, very
good defensive game, and
there were very few big
chances for the United
Norway, which handed the
U.S. its only other Olympic
loss in the 2000 gold-medal
match, dominated the first half
as a sluggish U.S. side seemed
out of sync in the back and
lacking creativity up front.
The loss was the first for
U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, who
took over in November in the
fallout of the team's third-
place finish at the 2007 World
"My glass is always half full,
so for us it's a new experience
to lose a game," Sundhage
said, adding that she took
heart with her team's aggres-
sive play after the break.
"I'm happy that it's the first
game and not the last, so we
still have two more games to
go, and we'll take out this part
the second half for when
we play against Japan and
New Zealand.
Norway's talented forwards
Solveig Gulbrandsen, Wiik
and Larsen Kaurin proved
a handful for the Americans.
The trio looked dangerous as
they sought to capitalize on
the counter as the U.S. pushed
forward in the second half.
But the U.S. also seemed to
.miss leading scorer Abby
Wambach, who broke her left
leg against Brazil in the team's
final warm-up match.

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AMY RODRIGUEZ from USA, left, battles for the ball with Ane Stangeland Horpest
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Hamm out of Olympics

with an ankle injury

Associated Press

were red, his voice shaky.
The bone spurs digging into
his left leg made it impossible
for him to tumble, and giving
up his spot on the U.S. men's
gymnastics team was the right
thing to do the only thing to
do. That didn't make it hurt any
Hamm withdrew Thursday,
two days before competition
begins. He aggravated a chron-
ic injury in his left ankle during
training in Beijing, and it never
responded to treatment. He
clearly struggled on floor exer-
cise during the men's training
session Wednesday, and it was-
n't any better Thursday.
"This has been an extremely
hard decision for me to make.
I've given everything I can to
be ready to compete at this
Olympic Games," Hamm said.
"It's best for me to step down
and have another athlete fill my
position. This is something for
me that's very tough because
it's end of my career, and it's
not the way I had planned it."
Nothing about these
Olympics has gone the way
Hamm and his twin brother,
Paul, planned it. Not for the
Americans, either.
Paul Hamm, the reigning
Olympic champion, had to
withdraw July 28 because he
wasn't going to be healthy
enough to compete in Beijing.

Besides persistent pain from
the right hand he broke two
months ago, he has a strained
left rotator cuff.
Morgan Hamm tore a muscle
in his chest in early October,
an injury that required a five-
month rehab. He was able to
return, but the injured ankle
continued to give him trouble,
and he aggravated it after he
got to Beijing. Bone spurs from
his ankle dig into his tibia, pro-
ducing "extreme" pain.
When he wasn't able to do
his floor routine during podi-
um training, he met with USA
Gymnastics staff to discuss their
"He expressed some concerns
about his ability to continue. At
that point, we wanted to have
the medical staff take another
look at it and see what we could
do for him. Explore all the
options but at the same time,
we needed to know (Thursday)
whether he was going to be able
to do the events or not," said
Dennis McIntyre, the men's
program director for USA
Hamm had tried taping, ultra-
sound and other therapies to
treat the injury early on. When
those didn't work, his doctor
gave him an injection of a glu-
cocorticosteroid, a cortisone-
like anti-inflammatory, on May
2 in hopes of reducing the
swelling and inflammation. That
resulted in a positive doping test
at nationals; the drug is allowed
if an athlete gets a therapeutic

use exemption, which he failed
to do.
Hamm had to have another
cortisone shot before he left for
Beijing. Even though it usually
takes more than 24 hours for
cortisone to provide relief, .he
had yet another Wednesday.
"The doctors were looking at
anything that could give him
some relief, immediate relief,"
McIntyre said. "But again, the
timing we had to deal with in
terms of whether he was going
to be able to physically partici-
pate and the timing of replacing
him if he wasn't meant that we
really had to make a decision
today. He was aware of that."
The Hamms' withdrawals
mean the Americans, once con-
sidered favorites to return to
the medals podium, now have
no one with Olympic experi-
ence. Sasha Artemev, the 2006
national champion and world
bronze medalist on pommel
horse, will replace Morgan
Hamm. He was chosen Thurs-
day night over David Durante.
Both have been training at the
U.S. Olympic Committelce's
facility at Beijing Normal.
It also leaves the Americans
with a huge hole on pommel
horse, already their weakest
spot. Artemev is the Americans'
best on the event, bhut has prob-
lems with consistency.
"Morgan Hamm is an irre-
placeable athlete, an incredible
gymnast," said Jonathan Hor-
ton, who was fourth at the
world championships last year.

MORGAN HAMM competes orn the horizontal bar during the fina
round of the US Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, May 2
2008 in Houston. Hamm is joining his brothers on the sidelines
the Beijing Olympics. The American gymnast withdrew from the
U.S. men's team Thursday because of an ankle injury.










Bjorkman and Koryttseva
were among the 12 players
granted special places in the
Olympic tournament by the
International Tennis Feder-:

Federer, Nadal

learn matchups

for their

Olympics opener

Associated Press

Federer will play Russia's
Dmitry Tursunov in the first
round of the Beijing
Olympics tennis tourna-
ment, while rival Rafael
Nadal could face a difficult
second-round matchup in
the draw announced Thurs-
Nadal, who will replace
Federer atop the rankings
the week after the Olympic
tournament, drew Italy's
Potito Starace in the first
round. But the Wimbledon
and French Open champi-
on could meet former No.
1-ranked Lleyton Hewitt of.
Australia or veteran Jonas
Bjorkman of Sweden in the
second round.
Federer lost in the second
round of the Athens tour-
nament four years ago, but
the Swiss star won't meet
another seeded player until
a possible meeting with No.
14 Ivo Carlovic of Croatia
in the third round. Tur-
sunov, who won his first
ATP tournament in Sydney
last Janu-.
ary, lives
i n
Calif., a
suburb of
"He's a
said of
the world's
35 thr -
pro.- "He
hits a very
hard ball.
He serves
well. I've r /
k nown n
him since
We go way
back. He's a good player."
No. 3-ranked Novak
Djokovic faces American
Robby Ginepri, and No. 8
James Blake will start
against Chris Guccione of
Australia on the path to a
possible quarterfinal meet-
ing with Federer. Chile's
Nicolas Massu, the gold
medalist in Athens, faces
Belgium's Steve Darcis.
Both of host China's rep-
resentatives drew daunting
first-round matchups. No. 7
David Nalbandian of
Argentina will take on Zeng
Shaoxuan, while Sun Peng
will face 12th-seeded Fer-
nando Gonzalez of Chile, a
bronze medalist in Athens.
On the women's side, top-
seeded Ana Ivanovic of Ser-
bia drew Ukraine's Mariya
Koryttseva, while second-
seeded Jelena Jankovic of
Serbia will face Zimbabwe's
Cara Black, who drew an
Olympic wild card to make
the tournament after anoth-
er competitor withdrew.
Three of China's four
women's representatives also'
drew ranked opponents. Li
Na must face No. 3 Svetlana
Kuznetsova, while Wimble-
don semifinalist Zheng Jie
will meet 11th-seeded Agnes
Szavay of Hungary, and Yan
Zi takes on ninth-seeded
Vera Zvonareva of Russia.
Serena and Venus
Williams are on opposite
sides of the draw, with
fourth-seeded Serena open-
ing against Belarus' Olga
Govortsova and No. 7 Venus

Bacsinszky. Lindsay Daven-
port, the Olympic champion
in Atlanta 12 years ago, drew
Australia's Alicia Molik.
who won a bronze medal in

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Bahamian male relay team

to be awarded the bronze

Sports Reporter

BAHAMIAN athletes will
again reap the delayed benefits
of a doping scandal admission
by an American sprinter.
With quartermiler Antonio
Pettigrew's admission to per-
formance enhancing drug use
from 1997 to 2001, the Ameri-
can's gold medal winning team
in the 1600m relay at the 2000
Sydney Olympics was stripped
of their medals, advancing the
'Bahamas from fourth place to a
bronze medal.
The team of Chris Brown,
Troy McIntosh, Avard Mon-
cur, Tim Munnings and Carl
Oliver's time of 2:59.23s will
now be awarded the bronze
medal with the disqualification.
This brings the Bahamas'
medal total at the Sydney
Games to three along with the
women's 400m relay team's
gold medal performance and
Pauline Davis-Thompson's sil-
ver medal (which is under con-
sideration to be adjusted to a

The Bahamas national
cricket team faces a steep
climb back to contention
after a less than desirable
start in one of the region's
most prestigious tourna-
The Bahamas' Under 15-
cricket team lost each of their
first three games in the Inter-
national Cricket Council's
Americas U-15 Champi-
onship in Bermuda.

gold medal due to Marion
Jones' admitted steroid use) in
the 200m.
Mike Sands. President of the
BAAAs, said the medal win-
ning performance further solid-
ified the Bahamas' status as a
global force in track and field.
"We wanted to ensure that
the Bahamas got its just due,"
he said, "We were very fortu-
nate again to have made our
presence felt on the interna-
tional stage of athletics by
being awarded another
Pettigrew was also a mem-
ber of the United States' gold
medal team at the 2001 IAAF
World Championships in
Edmonton, Canada.
The Bahamas' team of Mon-
cur, Brown, Munnings and
McIntosh originally finished
second in a national record set-
ting time of 2:58.19s.
Sands indicated that the
BAAAs will inquire about the
United States' disqualification
at that event as well, which
would propel the team to a
gold medal finish.

The team suffered losses to
Canada, the USA and host
country Bermuda.
According to local cricket
legend Paul Thompson,
despite the losses, reports out
of Bermuda indicate the
Bahamas is quickly becom-
ing a fan favourite as a clear
underdog with an "attacking
style of play and keen field-
The opening game against


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IN THIS Sept. 30, 2000 file photo, the U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay team celebrates after winning
the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Sydney. From left are, Antonio Pettigrew, Calvin Harri-
son, Michael Johnson and Alvin Harrison. The International Olympic Committee stripped gold
medals Saturday Aug. 2, 2008 from the U.S. men's 1,600-meter relay team that competed at the
2000 Olympics in the aftermath of Antonio Pettigrew's admission that he was doping at the time.

Canada was the team's most scored 37 runs, while captain against Bermuda, the home
lopsided defeat thus far, as Jermaine Adderley scored 40 team scared 298 runs for the
they scored just 29 runs. runs. loss of six wickets.
The Bahamas followed up Bowling for the Bahamas, The Bahamas was eventu-
with, a much better effort Brown took three wickets for ally all out for 104 runs.
against the defending cham- 16 runs, while team leading Bowling for the Bahamas,
pion American team. bowler Matthew Jesubatham, Rudolph Fox took two wick-
Against the U.S., the who has a total of eight wick- cts for 17 runs.
Bahamas lost by 42 runs as ets in the tournament, took The Bahamas will face the
the Americans were bowled three wickets for 29 runs. Cayman Islands and will
out for 171 runs. Robert Smith took Iwo square off against the Bermu-
Batting for the Bahamas wickets for eight runs. dan Development team on
Turan "Geronimo" Brown In the team's third game Saturday.

Kershaw dominates Cards;

Ramirez homers in LA win

Associated Press

went right after St. Louis Cardi-
nals hitters who had put up 15
runs the previous two games. It
turned out to be the perfect game
The 20-year-old rookie
worked seven dominant innings
and Manny Ramirez homered
for the fourth time in six games
with the Los Angeles Dodgers,
who averted a three-game sweep
in a 4-1 victory over the Cardi-
nals and 13-game winner Kyle
Lohse on Thursday.
"It wasn't pretty but it got the
job done," Kershaw said. "I was
kind of effectively wild. They
were chasing my fastball up, so I
kind of used that a lot."
Ramirez, booed throughout
the series before 'each at-bat by
fans who apparently remember

his 2004 World Series MVP turn
in Boston's sweep of the Cardi-
nals, is 13-for-23 with nine RBIs
since joining the Dodgers. His
514th career homer was a two-
run shot in the third off a first-
pitch fastball from Lohse, putting
the Dodgers ahead 3-0.
"I'm just learning the league,"
Ramirez said. "I like it here."
Ryan Ludwick's consecutive
home run streak ended at five
games, which tied a Cardinals
record, after he went 1-for-3 with
a'single, two strikeouts and a
walk. Ludwick has 29 homers on
the season and is batting .475
(19-for-40) during a 10-game hil-
ting streak.
Kershaw, the seventh overall
pick of the 2006 draft, allowed
only three singles while matching
his season best with seven strike-
outs and working around four
walks. The seven-inning stint was
the deepest he's gone by a Tfull
inning in 12 career starts and ithe

walks all came against the heart
of the Cardinals order with
Albert Pujols getting two and
Ludwick and Troy Glaus one
"He's a young guy who's going
to get better and better," Cardi-
nals manager Tony La Russa
said. "We didn't do anything with
their guy."
Kershaw's exuberance got the
best of him only once when he
tried to make a difficult play on
Aaron Miles' infield hit in the
fifth, a slow roller down the third
base line that he gloved while
sliding. But he made no apology
for a play that was going to be a
hil in any case if it stayed fair.
"For me, being most effective
I need to be aggressive," Ker-
shaw said. "I'm never going to
pull back on anything."
In his past three outings Ker-
shaw has been stellar, giving up
one run and 1 1 hits in 19


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dodged questions about
acquiring Chad Pennington
on Thursday, fueling specula-
tion that they would go after
the former New York Jets
Pennington was released by
the Jets to make room for
Brett Favre, who was acquired
by New York in a trade with
the Green Bay Packers a clay
Dolphins Vice President of
Football Operations Bill Par-
cells drafted Pennington with
the 18th overall pick in the
2000 draft when Parcells was
the Jets' general manager.
And the team's struggles at
quarterback in training camp
would seem to make Miami a
candidate to nab Pennington.
Dolphins coach Tony Spara-
no was mum when asked ear-
lier in the day if Miami would
be interested in acquiring Pen-
nington, who ranks first in
NFL history among quarter-
backs with
at least .f,

attempts r
with a 65.6 .
I in
happy with -
the people
we have
here right
said. "We have three quarter-
backs right now on the team.
and we're finding it hard right
now to get all three of those
guys the work they need. But
we're doing that."
The Dolphins open the pre-
season Saturday night at home
against the Tampa Bay Buc-
caneers. Miami has kept its
starting quarterback for the
game between Josh
McCown, second-year man
John Beck and rookie Chad
Henne a secret.
The Dolphins' quarterbacks
were barraged with questions
Thursday regarding the trade
that sent Brett Favre from
Green Bay to the New York
Jets and the subsequent
release of Pennington. All
three gave their impressions
of how accomplished a quar-
terback Favre is, but said they
are not paying attention to
trade rumors.
As for Miami's starter
against Tampa?
McCown is listed first on the
depth chart, but only because
of his age. Still, he is the slight
favorite to earn the nod
because of his experience over
Beck and Henne.
Henne, the rookie from
Michigan, seemed well-
schooled on how to answer
such tough questions. He even
cracked a smile when pressed
on what the rotation at quar-
terback will be against Tampa





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Major tours come

together to push

for Olympic golf
Associated Press
TIGER WOODS, Olympian?
Golf's major governing bodies
stepped up their campaign to get
the sport added to the Olympic
program in 2016, naming former
LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw
to lead the effort.
Votaw, now an executive vice
president of the PGA Tour, will
be loaned out from that post
over the next 15 months to rep-
resent seven of the bigger hit-
ters in the game: both the Amer-
ican and European tours, Royal
& Ancient, LPGA, U.S. Golf
Association, PGA of America
and Augusta National Golf
Club, home of the Masters.
"The time is right for the
world of golf to come together
for the common good of the
sport," Votaw said.
The IOC will decide in Octo-
ber 2009 on possible changes in
the Olympic program at the
same meeting where it picks the
next host city for the Summer
Games. The 2016 finalists are
Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro
and Madrid.
Golf hasn't been an Olympic
sport since 1904, but a news con-
ference that also featured PGA
commissioner Tim Finchem,
European tour executive direc-
tor George O'Grady, and R&A
chief executive Peter Dawson
showed those at the top are firm-
ly committed to getting back in
the Games.
"There's much to be done,
and some stiff competition, but
we do feel we're putting togeth-
er the right organization to get
the job done," Dawson said.
Six other sports are vying to
get on the 2016 program, includ-
ing two baseball and softball
that will be played at the Bei-
jing Games next month.. They
were dropped for the 2012 Lon-
don Games, but have petitioned
to get back in the Olympics four
years later.
The-other candidates are rug-
by, roller sports, squash and
karate. The IOC is only expect-
ed to add a maximum of two
new sports for 2016.
While men's golf already has
four major tournaments a year,
not to mention the Ryder Cup
(U.S. vs. Europe) and Presidents
Cup (U.S. vs. the rest of the
world) in alternate years,
Finchem said getting onto the
Olympic program is vital to
golfs development.
He cited "the incredible
impact it could potentially have
on growing the game around the
world, particularly in areas that
are fledgling in their0'ysent
development of the game."
Finchem acknowledged that
some players have been cool to
the idea of adding another major
event to their already crowded
schedules, floating the idea that
it should be a competition for
amateurs. But there's no way the
IOC will consider golf unless it
offers up the top professionals
for both men and women.
The best of those is Woods,
who would be 40 when the 2016
Games are held. He has
expressed MEixed feelings about
playing in the Olympics, at times
pointing to the potential benefits,
others times looking at the pos-
sible drawbacks.
"There are issues with respect
to the structure of the schedule,"
Finchem said. But he feels those
concerns will be wiped away
once players are educated on the
potential for growth.
"Where the game is 10, 15,20,
25 years from now could be fun-
damentally different because of
the steps we're taking, and the
short-term issues will pale in
comparison," Finchem said.
Drug testing is another poten-
tial snag, but golf has recently
moved in line with the rest of
the sporting world by initiating
anti-doping programs on all its
major tours. While not as strict
and comprehensive as World
Anti-Doping Agency standards,
Finchem believes any significant
differences could be worked out.
Organizers of the 1996
Atlanta Olympics wanted to add
golf to their program and play
it at Augusta National. That pro-
posal failed when some IOC
members and others criticized
the club's all-male membership,
and the fact it had only recently
taken a black member.
In 2005, golf failed to win
inclusion at the London Games.
Under that proposal, officials
suggested 72 holes of stroke play
with 50 men and 50 women. Eli-

gibility would have been deter-
mined by the world ranking,
with no country getting more
than three players.
"I'd love to be a part of it,"
said English golfer Justin Rose,
who will be 36 in 2016.

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will have to wait a little longer
than everybody else as his 50
free won't be contested until
But he said "it's been an awe-
some experience so far. The
pool here is great. It's unbe-
lievable. The facilities here are
nice and we are getting a lot of
sleep and some good food."
As for the "Water Cube,"
Burrows said it's the most
amazing thing he's seen in his
life and although he doesn't
know a lot about it, he's eager
to actually get in it to compete.


And with his race being such
a fast one, Burrows said he def-
initely has to stay "calm and
collected" because there are
times when he find himself
overreacting and he misses out
on turning in the "perfect swim"
that is needed for him to excel.
Just before Burrows gets into
the water, Arianna Vanderpool-
Wallace will swim in the first of
her two events on Wednesday
in the women's 100 free.
She will come back on Fri-
day for the 50 free.
Like everybody else, she's
really excited to be in Beijing.
"It's great to see the pool. It's
huge and intimidating, but I will
get over it," she proclaimed. "I
knew that this pool would be
big, but it just takes your breath
The "Bird's Nest" has also
been a teaser for Vanderpool-
Wallace, who admits that she
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rest of the Bahamian delega-
Vanderpool-Wallace said
she's done all of the physical
preparation, now it's just time
for her to get the mental aspect
together and she will be good to
"I think as a team we will
swim great," she predicted. "1
can't wait to see what we do."
Coach Andy Knowles said
the Bahamas should be proud



of the quartet that will be car-
rying the flag at the "Water
Cube." He said all of them are
the best the country have to
offer in their specialties.


And what also stands out for
the team is the fact that while
the coach's son, Jeremvy, is the
only one who has any Olympic
experience under his belt, the
other three swimmers have all

competed at the other interna-
tional meets.
"So I'm confident that they
will all perform very well," he
"They have done all of their
preparations, we had a very
good training camp in Singa-
pore and they have been here
adjusting to the weather, the
time difference, which was the
same in Singapore and the facil-
ities at the village and here at
the pool."

If there's anything that he's
concerned about it's how much
faster they will all swim past
their personal best, which will
be an achievement in itself,
even if they don't make the final
or even get a medal.
While they are working out,
manager Kathryn Dillette was
busy trying to get the new
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the swimmers will be presented
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The Bahamas swimming team

thrilled with Beijing facilities

Water Cube 'takes

the breath away'

Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING, China: Fresh from
their 10-day training camp in
Singapore, the Bahamian four-
member swimming team are
quite pleased with their prepa-
rations going into the Olympic
While the focus of attention is
on the opening ceremonies
tonight at the National Stadi-
um, known as the "Bird's Nest",
the Bahamas will begin compe-
tition in the National Aquatic
Center or the big blue "Water
Cube" as it is commonly
referred to.
Yesterday after their second
day of training in the facility,
all four members were quite
thrilled, not just to compete in
the "Water Cube," but also get-
ting a chance to participate in
the opening ceremonies at
"Bird's Nest."
Jeremy Knowles, the leader
of the pack, who will be com-
peting in three events in his
third and final Olympic appear-
ance, said the training camp in
Singapore has certainly set the
tone for Beijing.
"Thanks again to the Ministry
of Sports and the Bahamas
Swimming Federation for sup-
porting us," said Knowles about
ensuring that the camp was a
success financially. "We got
along great and had some good
preparations coming here.
"Now that we're here, it's
game time. Just being able to
see a facility like this the
Water Cube adds to the hype
of the games. But we are gelling
together as a team and we are
feeling great. So it should be a
great games."
Knowles said compared to
the two previous games he's
been to, nothing has topped
what he's seen here in Beijing.
But he said he would like noth-
ing better than to go out with a
bang when he competes in his
As the second Bahamian to
get into action in the "Water
Cube," Knowles will compete
in the preliminaries of the men's
200 butterfly on Tuesday, fol-
lowed by the 200 individual
medley on Wednesday and the
100 fly on Thursday.
The preliminaries will take
place in the evening sessions
here (mornings in the Bahamas)
with the consolation and finals
the next morning (evenings in
the Bahamas).
Knowles has double duties as
the team leader. But he admits
that having been in this type of
environment before, it makes
his job so much easier.
"Some days we have people

who have their tempers really
low and some days they are at a
high, so you just have to go with
the flow," he stressed.
"But the four swimmers here
have been working together, so
it's been a lot easier for us all."
Although everybody's look-
ing forward to the opening cer-
emonies, Knowles said he's not
sure if he will participate in the
march past because of the
length of what is being planned,
so he might just skip the event.
Alanna Dillette, who will
begin competition for the
Bahamas in the 100 back on
Sunday, said coming off Singa-
pore and getting into the atmos-
phere at the huge Games Vil-
lage has really gotten her
pumped up to compete.
."These are definitely the best
facilities that I've ever seen. It
just makes me more exciting to
compete on Sunday," she stat-
ed. "I guess they've done a
great job and.it's paying off."
With this being her first
Olympic experience, Dillette
said she will probably savour
the moment by attending the
opening ceremonies and seeing
what "China has to offer" and
also watching some of her team-
mates compete in track and
field at the "Bird's Nest."
"I'm here to represent my
country, so I just want to do my
best in that," she proclaimed.
"We have three other Bahami-
an swimmers, who also have to
stay motivated, so it's been
rather easy to keep each other
For Vereance Burrows, this
is also his first Olympics, but he
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JEREMY KNOWLES practises in Beijing ahead of the Olympic Games. The swimmers on the Bahamian
team have been impressed with the 'Water Cube' (below AP)






Bush dedicates a new

US embassy in Beijing

PRESIDENT Bush dedicat-
ed the massive new $434 mil-
dTblion U.S. embassy in Beijing on
O.. TFriday, calling it a symbol of
-:-,Wo r ld .-deepening ties between the two
V a trading partners and sometimes
political rivals, according to

X.Bush, in Beijing to attend the

blow ou Olympic Games and cheer on
O U -.opening ceremony of the
U.S. athletes, said the eight-sto-
ry structure represented the
___"solid foundation underpin-
ning" relations between the two
countries and a commitment to
strengthen that foundation for
years to come.
"To me it speaks of the
importance of our relations
With China," Bush said.
Bush's Olympic odyssey,
however, started with a game
of political one-upmanship, as
his blunt critique of the host
country prompted China to
warn the U.S. president to stop
S meddling in its business. The
dustup over human rights
unfolded just as Bush arrived
in Beijingwith hopes that the
summer games would be all he
has ever expected from them: a
spirited sporting event devoid
of politics.
Yet the White House also
knew it would draw China's ire
by challenging its crackdown
on human rights. The rhetorical
barbs were likely to recede
quickly as the games began. He
lauded China at the embassy
dedication ceremony.
"The Olympic torch will light
the home of an ancient civiliza-
tion with a grand history," Bush
said. "Thousands of years ago
the Chinese people developed a
common language and unified a
great nation. China became the
center for art and literature and
commerce and philosophy. Chi-
na advanced the frontiers of
knowledge in medicine, astron-
omy, navigation, engineering
and many other fields."
i The new American embassy
in Beijing is the second largest
AJjt in the world, after the heavily
fortified compound in Bagh-
dad. The 500,000-square-foot
A' structure, situated on 10 acres
o in a new diplomatic zone, is
.wrapped in freestanding trans-
-. parent and opaque glass.
S The dedication follows Chi-
.. 'na's unveiling of its own impos-
.... ....ing new embassy in Washington
: last week. The 250,000-square-
A foot glass and limestone com-
,&M pound is the largest foreign
:..", '", "-"embassy in the U.S. capital.
N.01 ,I UL cI.SThe president attended the
dedication of the embassy with
NIel 4C R-04 R I Ahis father, former President
-"-.George H.W. Bush, who in the
-,. ~ 1970s served as chief of the U.S.
', -. ..- "-- liaison office during a critical
period when the United States
WHI --- was renewing ties with China.
-- Also in attendance was Henry
S Kissinger, who was secretary of
,. ... state during the Nixon presi-
-.-- -- --"-dency when the U.S. began a
relationship with China.
,., The former president remi-
S .\2 "nisced about his days in the
..7 Chinese capital when young
N1 I George W. Bush rode a bicycle
around the city. He said he was
-W.40 J, feeling sentimental that his old
Last ~a '.a. ~On ... s.. ' u'"i4f office would now be occupied
-,-. . "-.. by translators. The elder Bush
... ... said his wife, former first lady
.....Barbara Bush, quipped: "You
mean they got someone in your
www.'chih macAL .B. .. 'oi c ..-. office who can speak the lan-
wm CALL guage?"

Bush, a president who speaks
fluent sports, hopes to go bike
riding again on Beijing's trails;
He joked that he contemplated
entering in Olympic bike
events, but that his wife, first
lady Laura Bush, reminded him
that "they don't give any
medals for last place."
The president has carved out
time to watch Olympic basket-
ball, baseball and more. But his
rebuke of how China stifles free
speech and religion unveiled
by the White House on
Wednesday, then delivered in a
speech Thursday by Bush -
kicked up controversy. It is the
matter that has dogged the Bei-
jing Games: China's treatment
of its own people.
And the president repeated
his message at the embassy,
saying, "We'll continue to be
candid that all people should
be free to say what they think
as worship as they choose." He
said the U.S. will continue to
support China in the path
toward a free economy.
After Bush said the United
States firmly opposed China's
repression, -the Chinese gov-
ernment used virtually the same
language to describe what it
considers Bush's intrusions.
Foreign Ministry spokesman
Qin Gang admonished Bush,
saying "We firmly oppose any
words or acts that interfere in
other countries internal affairs,
using human rights and religion
and other issues." He also said
the Chinese government is ded-
icated to promoting basic rights,
and that "Chinese citizens have
freedom of religion.These are
indisputable facts."
The U.S. trip to China also
got off to a bumpy start when a
charter airplane carrying the
White House press corps was
detained for nearly three hours
Friday at Beijing's internation-
al airport not long after Bush
arrived to attend the Games.
The flight crew was told the
Chinese were insisting that all
luggage be inspected. Typically,
reporters, photographers and
camera crews are able to get
off the White House press char-
ter right after landing, board
buses and head to their'hotels
and work areas while U.S. State
Department officials process
immigration and customs
Politics, at least peripheral-
ly, have always been part of the
Olympics. This time, too.
Bush's presence is a prece-
He will be the first U.S. pres-
ident to ever attend an
Olympics on foreign soil when
he soaks up the splendor of Fri-
day's opening ceremony.
Bush will meet the president
of the International Olympic
Committee later in the day, and
then members of the U.S.
Olympic Team for a presiden-
tial pep talk.
At night comes the elaborate
opening ceremony. Tickets are
hard to come by, unless you're
a president.




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* $1 million paid upon the signing date of the Heads of '
* $4 million paid upon the execution of the Seabed
* $4 million paid 12 months thereafter.
* $150,000 paid to an accredited research institute as
may be selected by the government.
* Seabed Lease revenue ot $6 million annually escalat-
ing at 2.5 per cent annually. "ith such payments com-
mencing when the LNG storage facility and pipeline
commence operations.

* Import Duties (35 per cent)-and Stamp Tax (seven per
cent) or equivalent payments to the government for nat-
ural gas sold to BEC.
* The government grants the LNG Project a 15-year
exclusive for LNG imports to the Bahamas,
BEC Natural Gas Supply

The LNG project will build a 10-inch pipeline to BEC
site at Clifton Point capable of delivering 50 million
cubic feet of natural gas dadly at a delivered pressure of
400 psig (pound-force per square inch gauge).
The LNG project shall procure ahd make available to
BEC eight billion cubic feet of natural gas annually with
no more than 700 million cubic feet being delivered in
any gnen month.
BEC shall not be obhlgated to purchase any minunum
amount of gas.
The price for natural gas delivered to BEC in each
month shall equal the NYMEX Henry Hub futures con-
tract closing price for the delivery month plus any
Import Duties. Stamp Taxes (or any equivalent pay-
ments made to the Government) plus $3.00 per mmblu
(million British thermal units).
The LNG project shall use reasonable efforts to make
additional %olumes of natural gas available to BEC at
the same price.
BEC shall coordinate daily delivery requirements and
prepare monthly forecasts of the natural gas require-
ments for the upcoming three months.

Attorney Paul

Moss brands

EPA a 'bad deal'

show how it intends to pro-
tect the vulnerable areas of
the Bahamian economy,
knowing that the Economic
Partnership Agreement with
the European Union calls for
the economy to be opened,
attorney Paul Moss said yes-
Speaking to Rotarians at
Graycliff, Mr Moss, chairman
of Bahamians Agitating for a

Referendum on the Free
Trade Area of the Americas
(BARF), once again criticised
the agreement, calling it a
"bad deal."
"All over this region and
the world, serious economists
like Nobel laureate Joseph
Stieglitz, Cambridge Univer-
sity professor Ha-Joon Chang,
Professors Norman Girvan,
Clive Thomas and Havelock
Brewster, have condemned
this agreement and have
urged the Caribbean and oth-
er ACP countries to not sign
these EPAs," Mr Moss said.
"We in Bahamians Agitat-
ing for a Referendum on Free
Trade (BARF) agree with
these men and have for a long

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LNG costs

to top $1 1



Escalating steel prices expected to push up project bill

AES affirms commitment to proposed development

Tribune Business Reporter
ESCALATING increases in
steel prices will likely drive the
cost of the proposed AES
Ocean LNG terminal and
pipeline to over a billion dol-
lars as the company continues
to await government approval
for the project.
Speaking to a mix and mingle
session 'with Bahamian engi-
neers, contractors and architects
at Breezes on Wednesday,
Aaron Samson, who heads
AES's LNG projects, said that
the previously forecast esti-
mates for the project were in
the range of $750-$800 million.
However, the company is fac-
ing the effects of global price

increases, particularly in the
price of steel, which he said will

likely take the new. costs up to
$1.2-$1.3 billion.

Despite the increasing cost of
the project and the fact that the
company has been awaiting
approval for the last seven
years, Mr Samson said that
AES remains committed to the
He noted that in his line of
work, approvals almost always
take a few years although he
admitted that several years had
been a long time.
Mr Samson also noted that,
as yet, he has not met with the
newly-formed National Energy
Commission, whose mandate it
will be to devise a national ener-
gy policy for the country.
Mr Samson said he would be
very interested in meeting with
the commission, saying that he
SEE page 2B

'A chance for construction professionals to

become exposed to modern technology'

for a better life

Business Reporter
THE proposed LNG termi-
nal at Ocean Cay is a classic
example of the huge opportu-
nity for construction profes-
sionals to become exposed to
modern technology and all
stages of the development of a
diversified work environment.
Stephen Wrinkle, president
of the Bahamas Contractors
Association, told the head of
the AES LNG projects,
Aaron Samson, that the com-
pany has the support of the


Joint Consultative Committee
which is made up of represen-
tatives from the country's
engineers, contractors, archi-
tects, and realtors to give a
stronger voice to concerns that
affect them all.
He added that, as an engi-
neer, he found the LNG pro-
ject to be very exciting and
Mr Samson gave a presen-
tation outlining the proposal
to persons from those indus-
tries at Breezes on Wednes-
day evening.
Mr Wrinkle told Mr Sam-
son that their big concern is

the extent to which Bahami-
ans will be included in the pro-
"What I would suggest and
put to you is that we seek to
establish a better relationship
with AES and initiate a more
positive dialogue and more
direct communication to try
and ensure that our profes-
sionals are included in a more
positive and personal affilia-
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us, but it will give you a very strong ally in the
approval process that you are seeking here.
You're not just dealing with Joe Public here,
you're dealing with the movers and shakers of
a very large segment of the industry and it is
Noting the long approval process that AES is
still undergoing, Mr Wrinkle said it is the unfor-
tunate nature of doing business in the Bahamas
and said that he hoped that Mr Samson did
not get "overly depressed."
He further said that one of the things the
JCC has done and is continuing to press to
government is to ensure that the language in
the heads of agreements is very clear as it
relates to Bahamians being employed.
"At this time the language is vague and dif-
ferential, it does not insist on it, it says the pro-

ject developers will endeavour to do or that
they will do everything possible and will sup-
port, but it does not mandate that they must use
Bahamians in their projects and the JCC is of
the positions that any development that comes
into this country must be mandated to use
Bahamian professionals in the project."
He also hoped there would also be more
opportunities for joint venturing both in engi-
neering and construction aspects, particularly
with AES as it is crucial if the Bahamas is
going to be able to move forward and be able
to do some of these things for themselves.
In response, Mr Samson said there would
be definite opportunities for Bahamians in some
of the design work for Ocean Cay, but pointed
out that, considering the specialised technolo-
gy nature of LNG tanks and pipelines, spe-
cialists would have to be brought in in a num-
ber of areas.

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Attorney Paul Moss

brands EPA a 'bad deal'

FROM page 1B
time been beating the drum
to warn our people that this
is a bad deal."
Mr Moss said that the free
trade agreements are not free
at all and include much more
than trade.
"In the absence of this
country having a true devel-
opment plan, trade liberalisa-
tion should not be seen as a
substitute for a sound devel-
opment strategy.
"In fact, it has become
increasingly recognized that
when countries apply trade
liberalisation before they have
consolidated strong economies
and institutions, de-industri-
alisation often ensues. So we
say let us develop our people
and economy first before you
begin to open the floodgates,"
Mr Moss said.
"The EPA calls for the
Bahamas to grant to the EU
Most Favoured Nation Status.
This means that we cannot
give another country, for
example the USA, an advan-
tage over and above the EU.
The EU must be treated at
least the same as the USA,"
he said.
According to Mr Moss,
while total trade with the
European Union is around
$50 million, total trade with
the US is in the billions.
"Imagine that we have giv-
en this status not to the USA
but to the EU notwithstanding
our geopolitics and our long-
standing relationship with the
"This puts us in a precari-
ous position as we have with-
out logic shunned our greatest
trading partner. The one
where we get more than 80
per cent of our tourists; the
one who have assisted us in
the interdiction of narcotics
and the list goes on," Mr Moss

"In the absence of this country
having a true development plan,
trade liberalisation should not be
seen as a substitute for a sound
development strategy."

"The granting of this sta-
tus to the EU does not con-
template relationships with
China, Brazil and India. In,
other words, it is not forward-
thinking and would lock us
into a primary relationship
with the EU when logic says it
should be with the US," he
Mr Moss said that the
agreement also requires that
citizens of the EU and Cari-
forum be treated the same
way as Bahamian citizens,
affording them the same
"The EPA expressly for-
bids governments from pro-
viding protection for locals
and whilst the same will exist
in Vthe EU this will limit our
ability to prevent the opening
up of areas of the economy
reserved for Bahamians," he
"When we protested with
the Straw Market Merchants
in June, the government
response was that the vendors
will not be opened to compe-
tition. Well, that is simply not
good enough to say so without
showing us how they intend
to protect the vulnerable in
our economy and knowing
that the agreement calls for
the economy to be opened.
We submit that completion
will beset the straw vendors
not by the Europeans neces-
sarily, but by members of Car-
iforum! This agreement gives
the Bahamas and the other
Cariforum countries the right

to participate in each other's
economies," Mr Moss said.
"We also see that public
transportation will also be
opened to competition as the
government cannot seek to
protect these industries once
the agreement has been
"There is talk about a so-
called services offer, that the
public has not seen and the
government is purporting to
protect certain industries, and
even if this is true, it will not
be indefinite and will be for a
prescribed period.
"We are told that real-
estate sales will be reserved
for 10 years.
National treatment will also
cause problems for Freeport
and the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement which provides
certain advantages to the city
of Freeport over and above
the rest of the Bahamas," Mr
Moss said.
"This is not the way to
develop the Bahamas. We
must protect infant industries
and allow them the same time
to develop as the US and EU
has done. Unfortunately, our
leaders don't see it that way,"
he said.
Mr Moss said that the
EPA requires both the elimi-
nation and reductions of cus-
toms duties.
"Now the government is
intent on signing this agree-
ment without articulating any
tax plan to replace custom
duties. To me this is tanta-
mount to incompetence. I use

such strong language because
no businessman would agree
to get rid of a revenue source
without first knowing how he
will replace the loss," Mr Moss
Mr Moss also pointed out
that the agreement does not
allow signatories to agree to
some parts and ignore others.
"It is a one size fit all
approach. I believe, however,
that the agreement is offen-
sive to our constitution and if
the government signs it, when
they bring enabling legislation
to parliament it will be deter-
mined that unless the consti-
tution is amended, parts of it
will be unconstitutional. This
will be embarrassing for the
government as they have act-
ed immaturely by first signing
this agreement without debat-
ing it in parliament," Mr Moss
According to Mr Moss, the
agreement will be adjudicat-
ed by the Joint Cariforum-EC
Council which comprises of
citizens of the EU and Cari-
forum including the Domini-
can Republic.
"They will have power to
take decisions in respect of all
matters covered by this agree-
ment. Decisions shall be bind-
ing on the parties and the sig-
natory CARIFORUM states,
shall take all the measures
necessary to implement them.
This means that there will be
no appeal from this joint coun-
cil and this goes counter to
our constitution where our
Supreme Court has inherent
jurisdiction to hear any and
all matters that touch and con-
cerns any aspect of the
"For this agreement to be
constitutional, I submit that
the constitution would have
to be amended to say that rul-
ings from this joint council are
final and cannot be appealed,"
Mr Moss said.



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change spurs deals

AP Business Writer

There's been a pickup
in corporate acquisi-
tions lately. While that should
be cause for celebration, it's
,not surefire evidence that
companies are getting back to
business despite the current
financial and economic woes.
Instead, upcoming changes
in accounting rules may be the
catalyst as they make business
combinations more expensive
to the acquirer's earnings.
Some companies may be rush-
ing to get deals done by year
end before the new book-
keeping requirements poten-
tially put a bigger dent in their
bottom line.
In recent months, there has
been a noticeable rise in
announced U.S. deals.
While still not anywhere
near the record-setting pace
seen in the first half of last
year, volume in July jumped
to nearly $187 billion, the fifth
straight month of growth and
the highest total since a year
ago, according to Dealogic.
The reason for that gain can-
be partially attributed to for-
eign companies taking advan-
tage of the weak dollar, which
gives them more purchasing
power when bidding for U.S.
The slump in U.S. stocks


"We will get

to see in all its


what the

banking and

legal fees are."

Robert Willens
over the last year also makes
some companies' valuations
look cheaper than the recent
But that's certainly not all
that's behind the recent rise.
Accounting expert Robert
Willens says that "time is of
the essence" for those com-
panies trying to beat the dead-
line before changes come in
dealmaking accounting.
Under Statement of Financial
Accounting Standards No.
141, which was revised last
year, the less restrictive "pur-
chase method" will be
replaced by the "acquisition
method" for companies with
fiscal years beginning on or
after Dec. 15.
The switch is particularly
troublesome for acquirers
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research and development
components, like those in the
drug and technology sectors.
Willens cites Bristol-Myers
Squibb Co.'s $60-a-share bid
for ImClone Systems Inc. as
a deal that would be better off
happening sooner rather than
later because of the potential
hit to earnings for the acquir-
ing company.
Under the current rules, the
R&D being acquired this
is known as in-process R&D
- is given a value at the time
of purchase, which is then
deducted from the acquirer's
earnings through a one-time
The new rules will require
the in-process R&D to be cap-
italized, which means it is put
on the acquirer's balance
sheet as an asset. At the point
the product is ready for use,
the value will then be amor-
tized over its estimated shelf
life. If it is abandoned, it will
be written off.
For instance, an acquirer
buys a company with $100 mil-
lion of in-process R&D.
Under current accounting
rules, it takes a one-time
charge to earnings. The new
rules require that $100 million
to hit the balance sheet, and
once the product is ready to
use, it would be expensed over
a certain number of years, let's
say $10 million over 10 years.
"The profits will now be
hurt by the constant expense,"
said Zhen Deng, a research
analyst at RiskMetrics Group,
which provides risk manage-
ment and corporate gover-
nance services.
A recent study, out of the
College of Management at the
Atlanta-based Georgia Insti-
tute of Technology looked at
what would have happened to
earnings if the in-process

R&D had to be capitalized
and amortized in previous
In 2006, that would have
knocked down pre-tax earn-
ings at a sample of 50 phar-
maceutical and medical com-
panies by a median 4.18 per-
A sample of 151 computer
and electronics companies in
the study saw a similar median
That's not the only spot
where the rule change could
muck up earnings. Willens,
who runs a consulting firm
bearing his name, also points
to the fuller disclosure of costs
pertaining to an acquisition,
such as the fees going to all
the advisers on a given deal.
Previously, those costs had
been added to the purchase
price and generally became
part of goodwill.
Goodwill is a non-cash item
on the balance sheet that
reflects the amount by which
the purchase price exceeds the
value of the tangible assets.
The new accounting rules will
require those costs to be
expensed from earnings as
they are incurred, which could
reduce earnings even before
the deal closes.
"We will get to see in all of
its splendor what the banking
and legal fees are," Willens
said. Companies also won't be
able to bundle restructuring
costs into goodwill. The new
rules will deduct costs for such
things as exiting businesses or
closing factories out of earn-
ings as post-acquisition oper-
ating expenses.
Given how all this could
damage earnings, there could
be many deals happening in
the coming months. Investors
have to remember why.

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AP Business Writer

Wall Street tumbled
yesterday as worries
about further trouble in the
financial sector, higher unem-
ployment and lackluster sales
at retailers touched off fresh
concerns about the economy.
The Dow Jones industrials skid-
ded nearly 225 points, while
bond prices shot higher as
investors once again sought the
safety of government debt.
The market's pullback erased
most of the 370-point gain the
Dow logged the two prior ses-
sions and perhaps shows the
lack of solid conviction behind
many of the investors' recent
bets. Heading investors' list of
worries, insurer American
International Group Inc. report-
ed a loss of more than $5 bil-
lion for the second quarter and
the Labor Department said the
number of newly laid off people
seeking jobless benefits last
week jumped to its highest lev-
el in more than six years. Weak
sales reports from Wal-Mart
Stores Inc. and other retailers
added to investors' unease.
Meanwhile, an announce-
ment by the credit-ratings
agency Moody's Investors Ser-
vice that it placed the long-term
ratings of credit card lender
American Express Co. on
review for possible downgrade
added to investors' jitters.
Bill Stone, chief investment
strategist for PNC Wealth Man-
agement, said the stream of eco-
nomic news has been somewhat
negative lately, often short-cir-
cuiting the market's attempts
to build on rallies. Thursday's
reports on employment and
financial only added to
investors list of worries, he said.
"The concerns about a weak-
ening economy always run to
worries about the financial and
then you add some negative
news to them on their own and
you've got what we've got
today," he said.
According to preliminary cal-
culations, the Dow fell 224.64,
or 1.93 percent, to 11,431.43.
Broader indicators also slid
Thursday. The Standard &
Poor's 500 index fell t.342, or

"The concerns about a
weakening economy always
run to worries about the
financial and then you add
some negative news to them
on their own and you've got

what we've got


Bill Stone

1.79 percent, to 1.266.07, and
the Nasdaq composite index tell
22.64, or 0.95 percent, to
Oil prices that fell sharply
earlier in the week rebounded
Thursday, likely adding to Wall
Street's downbeat mood. Light,
sweet crude rose $1.44 to settle
at $120.02 on the New York
Mercantile Exchange.
Bonds jumped as investors
sought the protection of gov-
ernment debt. The yield on the
benchmark 10-year Treasury
note, which moves opposite its
prices, fell to 3.93 percent from
4.05 percent late Wednesday.
The dollar mostly rose against
other major currencies, while
gold prices fell.
The Labor Department said
the number of newly laid off
people seeking jobless benefits
increased by a seasonally adjust-
ed 7,000 to 455,000 last week.
the highest level since late
March 2002. Wall Street had
expected new claims to rise to
around 430,000.
The number of people con-
tinuing to collect unemploy
ment benefits rose for the \week
ending July 26 to the highest
level since early December
2003, the Labor Department
said. In recent weeks, General
Motors Corp., Weyerhaeuser
Co. and Starbucks Corp. have
all announced job cuts, sending
more people to the unemploy-
ment lines.
Stocks briefly came off their
lows after the National Associ-
ation of Realtors said its sea-

sonally adjusted index ol pend-
ing sales for existing homes rose
5.3 percent to 89 from a down-
wardlv revised figure of 84.5 for
May. )Despite the June increase,
the index sits 12 percent below
sear-ago levels. Economists sur-
veyed by Thomson/lIFR had
prIedicted the index would fall to
84.3. Jerry Webhnan. chief econ-
omist at Oppenheimer Funds
Inc., said swillt pullback in
stocks after the day's economic
readings illustrates the fragility
of investor sentiment. He said
the market's volatility reflects
an undercurrent ofl uncertainty
and efforts by some traders to
capitalize on shifts in the mood.
"We react verv strongly to
hits of news,." he said. "The
whipsasw danger is pretty high
In corporate news, American
International Group fell $5.25,
or 18 percent, to $23.84 after
the company reported its loss
and said weakness in the credit
markets has erased several bil-
lions o dollars in value from its
credit default swaps portfolio
and other investments. The
stock was by 'ar the steepest
decline among the 30 that
make up the Dow industrials.
Other insurers declined fol-
lowing AlG's report. (ienworth
Financial Inc. fell $1.62, or 9.9
percent, to $14.67.
American Express fell $1.59.
or 4.2 percent, to $36.40 after
the Moodv' s announcement.
Ciligroup Inc. fell $1.23. or
- 2 percuil. to $1'8.47 after fed-
eral and state regulators

announced settlements Thurs-
day in which the company will
repurchase more than $7 billion
in auction-rate securities and
pay $100 million in fines. The
company neither acknowledged
nor denied wrongdoing under
the settlements. New York
Attorney General Andrew
Cuomo had threatened to
charge Citigroup with fraudu-
lent sales of auction-rate secu-
rities and with the destruction of
key documents.
The latest worries about
financial offered an unwelcome
reminder of the trouble com-
panies are having with bad debt
on their balance sheets. Tight-
ness in the credit markets
makes it hard for companies to
unload and even value mort-
gages and other paper. And the
reports of rising unemployment
Thursday only added to fears
that defaults on mortgages and
other borrowings aren't likely
to end soon as consumers con-
tinue to struggle.
The results from Wal-Mart
and other retailers only fanned
concerns about consumer
spending, which accounts for
more than two-thirds of U.S.
economic activity.
Wal-Mart, the world's largest
retailer, said same-store sales,
or stores open at least one year,
rose 3 percent in July as con-
sumers began using up their
government stimulus checks.
Analysts who follow the impor-
tant measure of a retailer's
health had expected a 3.4 per-
cent rise, on average. Wal-Mart,
also a Dow stock, fell $3.80, or
6.3 percent, to $59.96.
Other retailers' reports dis-
appointed Wall Street. Target
Corp. fell $2.25, or 4.7 percent,
to $45.76, while Macy's Inc. fell
76 cents, or 3.9 percent, to
$18.92. Among technology
names that helped the Nasdaq
minimize its losses compared
with the other indexes, Intel
Corp. rose 87 cents, or 3.8 per-
cent, to $23.67, while Microsoft
Corp. advanced 37 cents $27.39.
Declining issues outnum-
bered advancers by about 3 to 1
on the New York Stock
Exchange, where volume
totaled 1.28 billion shares com-
pared with 1.2 billion shares
traded Wednesday. The- Rus-
sell 2000 index of smaller com-

panics fell 12.49, or 1.72 per-
cent, to 713.41.
Overseas, Japan's Nikkei
stock average fell 0.98 percent.
Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.16 per-
cent, Germany's DAX index
fell 0.27 percent, and France's

CAC-40 added 0.20 percent.

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Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b) and (c)
of the International Business Companies Act, 2000, notice is
hereby given that:

(a) WELE LIMITED is in dissolution
(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution was the 1st
day of August 2008.
(c) The liquidators are Mr. Gian Fadri Pin6sch and Mrs. Jane
Major, c/o Banque Priv6e Edmond de Rothschild Ltd, 51
Frederick Street, P. 0. Box N-1136, Nassau, Bahamas.

Mr. Gian Fadri Pin6sch and Mrs. Jane Major

Legal Notice

No. 45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 of The International Business Companies Act No. 45
of 2000, NUOVA MODA INVEST S.A. is in dissolution.
The date of commencement of dissolution was the 30th
day of July 2008. Elizabeth A. Smith of Nassau, Bahamas
is the Liquidator of NUOVA MODA INVEST S.A.

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Security and General (S&G), part of the Colonial Group of Companies with
headquarters in Bermuda, is seeking an Assistant Financial Controller.

CGIL, with offices in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands as
well as The Bahamas, offers a complete range of premier financial and insurance
services and, over the past few years, has undertaken significant growth.This is
an opportunity to be part of a rapidly growing innovative company, focusing on
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The position of Assistant Financial Controller, reports directly to the Financial
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Cash Management
Reconciling balance sheet accounts on a monthly basis
Preparing monthly financial statements
Reconciling Great Plains to FOLIO on a monthly basis
Assisting the motor and property department with any problems
reconciling daily payments with cash sheets
Working with the financial controller and staff in the preparation &
review of procedure manuals
Assisting with annual budget preparation

It is essential that applicants possess the following qualifications,
experience and attributes:
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Proficient in Microsoft Excel & Word
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Compensation for the successful candidate will be attractive and linked to
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Three plead guilty in

online gambling case


Three Florida men associ-
ated with the online gambling
firm BetOnSports face sen-
tencing in October after
pleading guilty to federal
charges, according to the Asso-
ciated Press.
William Hernan Lenis, his
son. Will Lenis, and nephew
Manny Lenis entered the
pleas Wednesday in St. Louis.

All three are from Miami.
Cases are still pending
against BetOnSports founder
Stephen Kaplan and former
Chief Executive David Car-
The U.S. Attorney's office
in St. Louis in 2006 accused
BetOnSports, its executives
and others of illegally accept-
ing bets online. Later that
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blers in the U.S. The company
itself pleaded guilty last year.
The case has been watched
closely by the multi-billion-
dollar online gambling indus-
Officials with the U.S.
Attorney's office in St. Louis
declined comment, citing the
pending cases against Kaplan
and Carruthers.
William Lenis. 55, pleaded
guilty to interstate trans-
portation of gambling para-
phernalia. Authorities said his
company, Mobile Promotions,
sent motor homes to sporting
events around the country to
promote BetOnSports. Will
Lenis, 28, and Manny Lenis,
29, worked with him in pro-
moting BetOnSports, the gov-
ernment alleged.
William Lenis also admit-
ted that his company, Direct
Mail Expertise, mailed ads for
BetOnSports from 2000
through 2006.
Will Lenis pleaded guilty to
transmission of wagering
information. Manny Lenis

pleaded guilty to a misde-
meanor of failing to pay a
wagering tax.
In exchange for the pleas,
other charges against the men
were dropped. The govern-
ment also agreed to drop
charges against William Lenis'
daughter, Monica Lenis.
William Lenis' attorney,
Alan Ross, said the plea
agreement avoided a long and
costly trial.
"These are the marketing
people that do direct mail, the
advertising," Ross said. "They
have nothing to do with the
operation of the Web site,
gaming nothing. The gov-
ernment has launched this
campaign against Internet
gambling. Unfortunately, they
sometimes leave in the wake
the people who were not nec-
essarily involved."
Sentencing for all three men
is Oct. 24.
The charges in the BetOn-
Sports case were filed using a
1960s-era law known as the
Wire Act, which prohibits
placing bets on sports events
over the phone.

NOTICE is hereby given that EDOUARD MARCIUS
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 1ST day of
AUGUST 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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(In Voluntary Liquidation)
(Formerly Anglo Offshore Investment Ltd.)


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Liquidator for Caledonia Corporate Management Group Limited (In
Liquidation), will hold a meeting for clients on 18 August 2008, at 10:00
a.m., at the British Colonial Hotel Nassau. All clients wishing to attend are
asked to contact Mr. Kikivarakis or Miss Tiffany C. Russell at telephone
number 242-302-4800.

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Mom: Walkie-talkie picks

up trashy trucker talk

HUNTINGTON, West Virginia
A West Virginia mother is seeking a recall of a popular walkie-
talkie after her 3-year-old's toy apparently intercepted a profanity-
laced conversation between truckers about drugs and strip clubs.
Deborah Pancaro, 34, said she contacted Fisher-Price after she
heard a conversation in which a man said "10-4" and other things
that led her to believe the device was relaying a CB radio conver-
"They said we should go smoke some weed, and were talking
about being in a strip bar, some really explicit things," Pancaro said
The walkie-talkie is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and allows
children to role-play animal rescues like the Diego character does
on the cartoon series "Dora the Explorer" and "Go, Diego, Go!"
The walkie-talkie is supposed to have a range of about 20 feet, but
Pancaro said she heard one of the voices say he was driving on the
Pennsylvania Turnpike, about 275 miles north of Huntington.
Pancaro, who bought the toy on Aug. 2, said she sent a letter to
Fisher-Price, urging it to either fix the toy so it wouldn't pick up CB
chatter or pull the product from the shelves.
Fisher-Price apologized for Pancaro's "disappointing experi-
ence" and has made two unsuccessful attempts to contact her since
Wednesday, spokeswoman Juliette Reashor said in an e-mail to The
Associated Press.
With a limited number of operating frequencies available for
radio-type walkie-talkies, she said they occasionally will pick up
transmissions from other products.
Though the product has not been recalled, Wal-Mart says on its
Web site that it is being discontinued. A spokeswoman for the
company based in Bentonville, Ark., said Thursday she would
look into the matter.
Pancaro said she planned to return Fisher-Price's call later
"It's not about the money. I'd just hate for little kids to be hear-
ing things like that, and I thought maybe they didn't know."

NOTICE is hereby given that CHERYL SWEETING
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 written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of
AUGUST 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), TRENTON INTERNATIONAL LTD. has been dis-
solved and struck off the Register according to the Certificate
of Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 22nd
day of July, 2008.

Eurofuhd Limited
Suite E-2, Union Court Building
Elizabeth Avenue and Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas


(No.45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8)
of the Internationamd Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000,
CENTER LIMITED has been completed, a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore
been struck off the Register. The date of completion of dissolu-
tion was thdie 29th day of July 2008.

Alrena Moxey


(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

NOTICE is hereby given that JEAN BAPTISTE CHRISTO of
is 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 8TH day of AUGUST 2008 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Compainies Act,
(No.45 of 2000), the Dissolution of IPC Latin American
& Carribbena Ltd. has bccn completed, a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has there-
fore been struck off the Register. The date of completion
of the dissolution was the 28th day of July, 2008.

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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

6 5 3 8

9 1

6 9

2 6

6 8 7 5

9 2

4 5 6

7 3 4 1
Difficulty Level * 8/08

Kakuro Puzzle
HIP 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
[ l may be uted in the same block more than once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.

Sudoku Answer

3 652

6 4

9 8
8 3 9
5'2 4
7 1,6

Kakuro Answer


9 9 2

9 8 4
9 9 6




1 19th Century piano
virtuoso (5)
4 Commonly
approved (7)
8 Noise (3)
9 Gradually (9)
10 Unlawful (7)
11 Be relevant (5)
13 Unsteady
on one's
feet (6)
15 Superior writing
paper (6)
18 H20 (5)
19 Incentive (7)
21 Minor (5-4)
23 Prohibit (3)
24 Misleading
statement (7)
25 Song
of mourning (5)

1 Watch through the night
4 Roughly repaired shoes or
roads (7)
8 This man invaded England
9 One needs it for toast (9)
10 The rest of the foot in the
cavalry (7)
11 Short but not sweet (5)
13 A strangely weak point to
open one's eyes (6)
15 Suppose it means adopt
18 It's bound to be a bit of a
shock (5)
19 Route that keeps close to
a stream of traffic (7)
21 In France it is his right to
vote (9)
23 I have a northern name (3)
24 A quick reply by one who
is foiled? (7)
25 It may be perfect (5)

1 Saves an agitated girl (7)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solutic
Across: 1 Roof garden, 8 Metre, 9
Folds up, 10 Rooster, 11 Ibsen, 12
Eleven, 14 Ashore, 17 Tenet, 19
Elector, 21 Memento, 22 Uncut, 23
Star pupils.
Down: 2 Outdone, 3 Fleet, 4 Affirm,
Dallies, 6 Noses, 7 Open secret, 8
Marked time, 13 Estonia, 15 Optical
16 Recoup, 18 Names, 20 Equip.

2 Men involved with a tiger
shoot (9)
3 Not so high clouds may
threaten so (5)
4 Is able to copy something
out of the cookery book (6)
5 They should be allowed to
be themselves, we're told
6 Part of the arable acreage
7 Neglected study may easi-
ly become so (5)
12 Instruction which could
result in getting cautioned
14 Impressions left by the
dead (7)
16 There are two points he
can possibly raise (7)
17 Work hard to refashion riv-
ets (6)
18 Comparatively secure from
strange fears (5)
20 Strain with others after a
point (5)
22 Current term for a politi-
cian (3)

Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Ubiquitous, 8 Delve, 9
Blemish, 10 Unnerve, 11 Dream, 12
Lie low, 14 Versus, 17 Beset, 19
Uncover, 21 Craving, 22 Arrow, 23
Down: 2 Balance, 3 Queer, 4
Inbred, 5 Overdue, 6 Shine, 7
Thumbscrew, 8 Double back, 13
Outsize, 15 Several, 16 Nugget, 18
Staff, 20 Chain.


Alexander Khalifman v Matthias
Wahls, Bandesliga 1992, It's the
age of the Ks. Every keen chess
fan has heard of the former
world champions. Garry
Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov,
while the current title holder is
Vladimir Kramnik. Dominance by
Ks goes much further, though.
International Chess Federation
(Fide) champions in recent years
have included Rustani
Kasindzhanov and the white
grandmaster in today's puzzle,
while the star teenage prospects
in 2007 are led by Ukraine's
Sergey Karjakin and Norway's
Magnus Carisen, whose
surname would start with a K in
many languages. Put that way,
Britain's Michael Adams and
Nigel Short never had a chance
when they reached the final stages
of world competitions. Here White
(to move) is a pawn down, while
Black's cornered king appears safe.
How did Khalifman force victory in
just three turns?

1 Sleeping accommo-
dation (7)
2 Select from a group
3 Subject of talk (5)
4 Moderately large (6)
5 Foreshadow (7)
6 Sheltered side (3)
7 Mass meeting (5)
12 Tasty (9)
14 Largest ape (7)
16 Stonework (7)
17 Conclusion (6)
18 Useless expenditure
20 Annoy (5)
22 The one in cards (3)


Chess solution 8339: lxea! Rxe8 2 Qa? Rqg 3 Qf
and Black rns esned as White's Oxff6 uIreat 'is







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airer amir ariel auric auricle
carium claim claimer crime crier
crime curie curiter eclair em*ir
ezica ileum lacier lair liar lieu
lima lime lira mail malice
NIEMICUIM3L mica mile miler
miracle mire racier rail trailer
ramie reclaim relic ria rice ricer
riel rile rime uracl uremia
uremic uric

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. inkjet in
inkjet printer).
Good 19; very good 28;
excellent 37 (or more).
Solution Monday.

Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Test Your Play

1. You are West, defending against
Four Spades. The bidding has gone:
South West North East
I 4 Pass 24 Pass
3 Pass 4 4
*Q 102
+J 7 6 3
V 10 86
K QJ 6
You lead the king of diamonds.
East takes the kina with the ace,
cashes the ace of clubs and returns
the four of diamonds, South follow-
ing suit to the first diamond with the
deuce and then the nine. You win
Fast's diamond return with the jack.
What would you do noI,'?
2. You are dcclarcr with the West
hand at Si\ Cluhbs. North leads the
five of spades. and you win dummy's
ten with the ace after South follows
1l o10\\\ 0ould you play the hand?
Z\A +*KJ 10
S53 VAQ0742
*Q7 4 *A 10)9 3
+AKQJ 0 106 2 47

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1. Partner's first three plays
would not make sense unless the ace
of clubs is a singleton. You should
therefore lead a club for partner to
ruff at trick four to set the contract.
Partner's hand probably looks some-
thing like:
*J76 VJ9743 *A874 4 A
The only way partner could tell
you he had the singleton ace of clubs
was to play his cards exactly the way
he did. He can't have the A-4 dou-
bleton of diamonds, as in that case he
would have overtaken the king of
diamonds with the ace and returned
the four at trick two to identify a dou-
bleton in that suit.
Partner would not have gone out of
his way to confuse the issue by cash-
ing the ace of clubs at trick two if he
had started with just the A-4 of dia-
2. Draw as many trumps as nec-
essary, discarding low hearts from
dummy each time. Then lead a low
diamond toward dummy, planning to
finesse the nine if North follows low.
Even if South wins the nine with the
jack, which is the worst that can hap-
pen, you are still certain to make the
slam since South must then present
you with your 12th trick regardless
of whether he returns a spade, a heart
or a diamond.

Tomorrow: Assembling all the clues.
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21 22 23

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Iraq is paying for more of its own reconstruction but is still
struggling to spend its multibillion-dollar surplus as it copes
with a flood of oil revenue and a cumbersome approval process
meant to curb corruption, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.
Iraq could finish the year with as much as a $79 billion cumu-
lative budget surplus as oil revenues add to leftover income the
Iraqis still haven't spent on national rebuilding, according to a
report by the Government Accountability Office made public
Many Iraqis who lack adequate electricity, clean water
and jobs find it unfathomable their country is awash in oil dol-
lars. Last year, it spent less than a third of the $12 billion bud-
geted for major projects such as electricity, housing and water.
In Washington, senators renewed calls for Baghdad to pay
more for its own reconstruction, which has been heavily sup-
ported by hard-pressed American taxpayers.
"I think it's absurd that we're paying for the reconstruction in
a country when right at the beginning of the war the Bush
administration assured the American people that Iraq's recon-
struction would be paid for by Iraq and through its oil rev-
enues," Democratic Sen. Carl Levin said Wednesday on
Levin, who requested the GAO report along with Republican
Sen. John Warner, said in a statement Tuesday that it was
."inexcusable for U.S. taxpayers to continue to foot the bill for
projects the Iraqis are fully capable of funding themselves."
But U.S. officials who work with the Iraqis on reconstruction
said the Baghdad government has been increasing its capital
spending by 30 percent to'35 percent each year since 2006 -
although they added that both governments want to see the pace
The Iraqi government is drafting plans for Iraqi-funded pro-
jects to include 1,000 new primary health care centers over the
next 10 years, new airports and a major renovation project for
downtown Baghdad, the American officials said.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not
want to comment on Iraqi government performance.
The officials said the United States has not begun any new
reconstruction projects in Iraq since 2004 and that ongoing
work is funded by money approved by Congress four years
In the report, the GAO said Iraq had an estimated budget sur-
plus of about $29 billion from 2005 to 2007 and could have an
. additional surplus of up to $50 billion this year.
Nearly $10 billion of the estimated surplus is held by the
Development Fund for Iraq at the Federal Reserve Bank of
New York, according to the report. That fund was established
by U.S.-led coalition authorities shortly after the 2003 overthrow
of Saddam Hussein to hold Iraqi oil revenues and other state
Every month, the government-owned State Oil Marketing
Organization offers to sellIraqi oil at an announced price. Oil
companies interested in buying then request shipments. Pref-
erence is given to major international companies and those
that have previously done business with Iraq.
Revenues are then deposited in the Development Fund
account, which the Iraqi government has controlled since 2004.
The Central Bank of Iraq is free to draw from the account,
but the government decides how to spend the money. Other rev-
enues are held by the Central Bank and Iraqi commercial
The expected surplus is likely to be lower than $79 billion
because parliament Wednesday approved legislation for a $21
billion supplemental budget for 2008.
Nevertheless, the GAO report faulted the government for
holding back on spending plans.
"First ... (the) relative shortage of.trained budgetary, pro-
curement and other staff with the necessary technical skills is a
factor limiting the Iraqi government's ability to plan and execute
its capital spending," the GAO said,, adding that a second prob-
lem is the government's weak accounting systems.
"Third ... violence and sectarian strife remain major obstacles
to developing Iraqi government capacity," it said.
The report also estimated that this year Iraq could generate
$67 billion to $79 billion in oil sales Other U.S. officials previ-
ously had said they expected the oil windfall to be about $70 bil-
"This substantial increase in revenues offers the Iraqi gov-
ernment the potential to better finance its own security and eco-
nomic needs," the GAO said.
But the U.S. officials said the influx of oil money had been dif-
ficult to manage, not only for Iraq but for other oil-producing
Other problems cited by the officials included a cumbersome
approval process put in place to curb corruption lack of
expertise in the ministries and a shortage of Iraqi contractors
capable of taking on major development projects.
Since 2005, the United States has funded a number of efforts
to teach civilian and security ministries how to effectively exe-
cute their budgets.
The efforts included programs to advise and help Iraqi gov-
ernment employees develop the skills to plan programs and to
effectively deliver government services such as electricity, water
and security.
Associated Press writer Sinan Salaheddin contributed to this

HAMEED JAAFAR, 22, operates a loom as he and his family try to make
a living by hand-weaving rugs in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq,
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008. A report Tuesday by the U.S. General Account-
ing Office predicted Iraq could finish the year with as much as a US$79 bil-
lion cumulative budget surplus due to the influx of oil revenues, which
raised a firestorm from critics who said American taxpayers were shoul-
dering an unfair share of the reconstruction load.

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