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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: August 27, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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for EPA

Claim that
'hell will
break loose'
if staff are
not paid by
end of week
PRISON officers are threaten-
ing government that "hell will
break loose" at Her. Majesty's
Prison if they are not paid by the
end of the week. ,
Stephen Sands, who heads the'
Prison Staff Association, told The.'
Tribune that an emergency meet-
ing was held yesterday when offi-,
cers met with Prison Superinten--
dent Dr Elliston Rahming who
assured them that they would be
compensated for all outstanding
backpay between Thursday and
However, prison staff say that
if they do not have that money-
by payday, "hell will break lose."'
According to a well-placed
source at Her Majesty's Prison,-
"trouble is kicking in the prison."'
The source yesterday said that
tension between workers and
administrators has been brewing'
for' a number of years, initially:
stemming from some officers of
the 2005 and 2006 squads who

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Finance Minister Zhivago Laing,
CARICOM plans to postpone
the September 2 deadline for the
signing of the EPA.
Minister Laing said that this
decision was made to allow non-
complying countries an opportu-
nity to conduct reviews of the
European pact and for CARI-
COM to convene a meeting with
its heads in Barbados on Sep-
tember 8 to discuss their various
"CARICOM is now seeking to
have the date referring to the
signing of the EPA moved
back to September 14," says Min-
ister Laing.
In July, Guyana announced
during the annual CARICOM
summit in Antigua and Barbuda
that it would not sign onto the

Tribune Staff Reporter
A 20-YEAR-OLD man was shot to death on
Monday night as he sat in the back seat of a car in
Pinewood Gardens.
The shooting death of Colton Ferguson, a res-
ident of Kemp Road, brings the number of mur-
ders for the year up to 45.
According to the victim's family, this is the
second time the young man was shot this year.
Family members told the press yesterday that
Colton suffered gunshot injuries in January.

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Press liaison officer Assistant Superintendent
Walter Evans told The, Tribune that the incident
occurred at around 8pm just after three men
pulled up to. a private residence on Rosewood
Street, near Willow Tree Avenue, in a red Hon-
da Accord.
The Honda's driver got out of the vehicle and
entered the home. Just moments later he heard
gunshots fired outside the house. v
Arriving at the scene, police officers found Mr
Ferguson dead in the back seat with multiple
SEE page 11

Morton Salt
action over
Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER more than two weeks of
industrial action at the Morton Salt
Company on Inagua the strike that
disrupted operations at the plant and
spawned violent retaliation has come
to an end with all employees expect-
ed back to work today.
Following conciliation talks at the
Ministry of Labour on Monday
mediated by Labour Minister Dion
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Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT The risk of
asbestos exposure is being
closely monitored at BORCO,
where demolition of the refin-
ery is currently underway at
the plant on West Sunrise
The oil refinery, which has
been out of commission since
SEE page 11

agreement until' it had had an
opportunity to conduct a nation-
al consultation to determine the
SEE page 11

Southern Bahamas braced for heavy
rain as hurricane moves closer

Tribune Staff Reporter
RESIDE NTS of the southern
Bahamas braced for heavy rain-
fall as Hurricane Gustav moved
closer, travelling along the
southern peninsula of Haiti
towards Cuba yesterday with
maximum sustained winds near
75 miles per hour with higher
Local forecasters said the cat-
egory one storm posed no cur-
rent threat to the Bahamas but
Inagua and Ragged Island
should continue to have heavy
rain today. Meteorologists con-
tinue to monitor the storm,
which they say could strengthen

into a major hurricane by the
end of the week if it continues
to move slowly on its projected
"The projected path is going
to take it right along that south-
ern peninsula of Haiti and then
take it on a western track going
between Cuba and Jamaica by
Thursday. The most we are
going to get are some showers
from it on (the *projected path)
mainly over the southern
"The worst we are going to
see right now on this present
course is Inagua and Ragged
Island getting quite a bit of rain
out of it. But we're keeping our
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Lady Pindling visits grave of Sir Lynden on anniversary of his death

New plan for

Family Island


NASSAU health experts are to
take responsibility for the admin- t-
istration of healthcare in the Fam-

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YESTERDAY MARKED the eighth anniversary of the death of former prime minister Sir Lynden Pindling.
As she does every year, his wife Lady Pindling (centre) visited the-graveyard at St Agnes Church on
Nassau Street to contemplate her late husband's memory and lay a wreath. She was accompanied. by
supporters and friends, including opposition MP Obie Wilchcombe (second from right).

ily Islands, the government
announced yesterday.
The Ministry of Health says
that new plan is part of its "region-
alisation approach" to healthcare.
Officials hope this new strategy
will have a positive impact on the
delivery of medical services across
the country, particularly in the
most far-flung islands.
The new plan will allow doc-
tors and other medical personnel
from the primary healthcare cen-
tres in New Providence such as
the Flamingo Gardens, South
Beach and Fleming Street com-
munity health centres, to remain
in constant dialogue and contact
with doctors in the islands for
which they are responsible, the
government says.
Minister of Health Dr Hubert
Minnis noted that while Nassau
doctors will be in charge of the
new plan, it is still part of the min-
istry's plan to decentralise the
healthcare system, as the empha-
sis will be on the leadership of
smaller clinics and community
health centres, rather than the'
main public facility, the Princess
Margaret Hospital.
Dr Minnis said he foresees an
improvement in the "quality and
quantity".of healthcare delivered
to patients across the length and
breadth of the Bahamas.
He said: "What regionalisation
means is that if the doctor respon-
sible for the day-to-day care of
patients on these islands faces any
challenges, he/she will have a
direct link to medical personnel
at the centres in New Providence
responsible for that region for
consultation because they will be
on-call at all times.
"We will also ensure that the

MINISTER OF Health Dr Hubert Minnis (far right) chats with Dr Apparao
Kolli and trained clinical nurse Ethlyn Bain during a visit to the Spring Point
Community Health Clinic in Acklins. The visit was the second leg of the
Minister's planned tour of healthcare facilities throughout the Bahamas

doctors/medical teams responsi-
ble for the, various regions visit
those communities so that they
would be matriculated within the
Dr Minnis said medical teams
will visit their areas of responsi-
bility every quarter to ensure
"that everything is going well."
They will also be responsible
for raising awareness of proper
practices among the residents of
those areas and any training that
may be required.
He said medical personnel in
the Farilly I 1andls--will--also
expand the number of home visits
to patients as part of the plan -to
build "medical communities"
throughout the Bahamas.
"I think this will also greatly
impact the delivery of healthcare
in the Bahamas because studies
have shown convincingly that
, when you build comntunities and

the medical teams become a part
of the community, the results are
by far better as opposed to just a
clinic sitting in isolation and wait-
ing for individuals to show up for
medical care," Dr Minnis said.
,'If we become a part of the
community; if we go out to them;
if wve attend their church services
and other functions they are hav-
ing, we will become a part of the
community and persons will sub-
sequently tend to be more open,
more receptive to and with the
physicians and the medical
teams," Dr Minnis said.
.Dr Minnis said the home visits
haye worked very well at the
Flamingo Gardens Community
Health Centre, which was used as
a model in New Providence. He
said that experience should help
to build the programme in Ack-
lins, Crooked Island and Long

Crowds gather round murder victim

PEOPLE GATHER around the body of 20-year-old Colton Ferguson, who was shot to death in
Pinewood Gardens on Monday night. The victim was attacked while sitting in the back seat of a
red Honda Accord. e SEE FRONT PAGE FOR STORY




co fisherman suffered
serious burns after the
fishing boat he and his
father were on exploded
into flames on Monday,
according to police.
Chief Superintendent
Basil Rahming reported
that the incident occurred
at about 8.25am, when 26-
year-old Kelsey Cornish,
and Joseph Cornish, 56,
of Mount Hope, Abaco,
were out to sea.
Mr Rahming said the
men were in waters off
Mount Hope in a 26-foot
open-hull fishing boat
when at some point, gaso-
line began leaking inside
the vessel.
He said the vessel
exploded into flames,
throwing the younger
Cornish overboard into
the sea. He suffered burns
to his back, arms, and
"The vessel became
engulfed in flames follow-
ing the explosion and was
completely destroyed,"
said Supt Rahming.
According to Mr Rah-
ming, the men swam
ashore and were taken to
the Coopers Town Clinic
for medical treatment.
Mr Rahming said
Kelsey Cornish was flown
out to Freeport, Grand
Bahama for further med-
ical treatment. He said
police did not know his
However, when The
Tribune contacted the
Rand Memorial Hospital
regarding the condition of
the injured Abaco man,
hospital officials reported
that no burn victim was
Supt Rahming could
not be reached up to press
time for clarification as to
the patient's current loca-



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from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an.
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

'Living classroom' opening at Clifton Park

Tribune Staff Reporter A:.

STAIRS CARVED out of the rock to the ocean with a doorway shaped in
the map of Africa is where slaves were led from the ships to land.

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burns after

boat explodes

into flames

Tribune Freeport

NCTU executive

commends union

presidents over

BTC demonstration

Tribune Staff Reporter
UNION presidents Robert
Farquharson and Claude Hanna
were "acting as vanguards of
the very essence of working
class citizens" when they led
their BTC members to demon-
strate two weeks ago, a Nation-
al Congress of Trade Unions
executive claims.
"Farquharson and Hanna are
to be commended for the stance
taken in the protection of their
members and by extension the
preservation of the social bal-
ance of a major cross section of
society," said Dennis Williams.
President of the Bahamas
Electrical Workers Union and
first vice president of the
NCTU, Mr Williams stated that
with politicians "skewed
towards capital" it is necessary
that other unions and the public
support the unions' defensive
stance in the matter.
Mr Williams comments fol-
low some criticism of BTC
employee's two day stoppage
action and comments by
Deputy Prime Minister Brent

Symonette that "appropriate
action" will be taken by the gov-
ernment in the light of this and
any similar future develop-
While the union claimed to
be unhappy that they were niot
represented on the BTC pri-
vatisation committee, Minister
of Labour Dion Foulkes sug-
gested that the action occurred
because of a misunderstanding
by the union of the key role of
the committee on which they
were represented.
Mr Foulkes also told The Tri-
bune that the action had not
been anticipated by the
government as it was awaiting a
response from the union
on a proposal made days

Meanwhile, although many
members of the public did
express support for the unions -
claiming that such action is the
only way to get government to
respond to concerns others
were resentful of the disruption
that resulted from the BTC
action in light of deficiencies in
the service that the corporation
Despite this and the fact that
no strike vote was taken prior to
the disruptive display by BTC
workers, Mr Williams said the
unions' behaviour is reconciled
with the rule of law because it
"provides equity and equilibri-
um to an unbalanced and unjust
working world where ... capi-
talism and the free market sys-
tem without social considera-
tion and regulation creates a
socioeconomic imbalance."
"It was definitely clear that
Farquharson and Hanna, both
of whom I know to be citizens
of good repute and generally
interested in the development
of our great country, had to
place everything on the line
when their serious concerns

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could not be heard in a civilised,
conciliatory and amicable fash-
ion," he said.
Indoing so, Mr Farquharson
and Hanna protected the retiree
"whose pension payment may
have been adversely affected,
the employee who may have
been unnecessarily disengaged,
the employee who may have
received unilateral variation of
the working conditions, the
employee who may be eligible
to receive a pension but would
be given a pittance," claimed
Mr Williams.
The senior union leader sug-
gested that criticism of the
unions may well be "political",
adding that it is "sad when pub-
lic opinion (even who sides or
does not side with unions) is
shaped by the political land-
He said that the wider public
must be made aware "that
before action there is always
months and years of tedious

A LIVING classroom open-
ing at Clifton Park is changing
the face of education in the
Bahamas by inviting teachers
and students to embrace a new
Former teacher, senator and
chairwoman 6f the Clifton Her-
itage Authority, Jacinta Higgs,
devised the living curriculum
to empower Bahamian stu-
dents by linking them to their
African heritage.
Teachers from St Cecilia's
Roman Catholic School were
among the first of Nassau's
Catholic school teachers to vis-
it the 200-acre park at the west-
ern tip of New Providence.
The park surrounded by
the developments of Lyford
Cay, South Ocean and the up
and coming Albany project -
is an effort to preserve wet-
lands, trees, Jaws Beach, and
ruins left by the Lucayans, Loy-
alists and slaves who had
inhabited the area for genera-
Dr Higgs intends the park to
be a deep educational experi-
ence for children, as it goes
beyond the "Euro-centric"
school system currently in
Dr Higgs' curriculum.
embraces "African history
back to the ancient Egyptian
civilisation", and, she says,
explains how "African knowl-
edge was absorbed and plagia-
rised by the Greek and West-
ern civilisation".
Dr Higgs says this "macro-
plagiarism" led to the "social
construction of whites being a
supreme race that was more
literate, intelligent and power-
ful than the black race, and the

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perception of black African
and Indian cultures as inferi-
Dehumanising the African
people justified the slave trade
and caused deep psychological
trauma by separating people
from their homelands, causing
a "cultural genocide," leading
to an unconscious amnesia and
separation from the past, Dr
Higgs said.
Dr Higgs said she aims to
revive this memory and bring
about healing.
"The Africans came from a
civilisation of understanding
that has not been taught," Dr
Higgs said.
"This is a history that is hap-
pening all over the world,
because we have moved away
from African epistemology, to
European epistemology. :
She added: "We have amne-
sia on the surface, but our
memory is there, and we must
pass it on to our children. -
"This 200 acres is sacred
space for our children. It is
going to be the healing ground
where we are going to bring

our children to learn about
themselves and to learn about
This healing will enable
Bahamians to become global
citizens able to embrace other
cultures and meet with powers
from other countries of the
world at an even level," Dr
Higgs said.
"The power strongholds that
are coming to us are from dif-
ferent racial cultures, so how
do we integrate with them in a
harmonious way?" she asked.
"The only way we can do
that is if we know ourselves,
because surely they know who
they are."
Educational programmes at
Clifton Park will extend to
catch and release fishing,
snorkelling, scuba diving, and
Dr Higgs hopes they will raise
enough funds to build a science
lab for students from the Col-
lege of the Bahamas to study
.,.on site.
Although the park was
scheduled to open in July 2008,
a delay to install solar power
delayed the opening.




The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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BEC fuel surcharges killing country

FUEL SURCHARGES are taking such a
large bite out of everyone's purse that citizens
are now crying out for relief.
This week a desperate caller to a morning
talk show complained that he had been so
crippled by his BEC bill that he will never be
able to buy a piece of property on which to
build a home.
He was just a small rhan, he said, who did-
n't make that much money and could no
longer afford to pay BEC's rising surcharges.
His electricity bill was about $270. The sur-
charge added by BEC was over $400, bring-
ing his total bill to more than $700 over
three times the cost of his actual electrical
consumption. He said he had to pay rent
and now that all his money is going to BEC,
he will never be able to buy land on which to
The talk show host had a solution --not
one to be taken seriously.
He told the caller that he needn't worry
about buying land, all he had to do was learn
Creole, take a rock, go to the back of
Carmichael or Joe Farrington Roads, throw
hip rock as far as he could and wherever it
landed, take as much land as he needed and
start to build.
He explained that it was only Creole speak-
ers who could build without buying property
in this country.
Of course, this was not a serious answer to
a very serious problem it only raised
another critical social concern that is agitating
many Bahamians.
Another woman, complaining about her
BEC surcharge, was planning to go to BEC to
find out if they thought her cats were turning
on the lights and using her electrical appli-
ances while she was at work.
Another owner of an average sized three-
bedroom house which has been vacant
for about a year, using only enough aircon-
ditioning to prevent mould said his BEC
bill for this quarter was $1,500 of that $900
was the surcharge. Maybe the rats are giving
dinner parties.
But seriously, residents from the high-
est to the lowest in the income brackets are
The Tribune reported last week that while
government plans to revitalise downtown
Nassau, businesses on its main thoroughfare,
are being crippled by "exorbitant" Utility
bills. One popular 35-year-old restaurant'
has petitioned government to give them a
temporary break from paying the high fuel
surcharges. In the past few years the restau-
rant's electricity bills have increased more

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than 100 per cent. The owner is now faced,
with laying off staff.
Electricity bills for Hoffer & Sons, anoth-
er old Bay Street business, has increased
between May and July this year from $6,000
to $10,000, and by the end of July was
$15,000. This represents a 150 per cent
increase in two months. When Hoffer's two
other Bay Street stores and its Cable Beach
outlet are added to the mix, the company is
paying about $250,000 a year for electricity
alone. The owner is now faced with closing a
couple of stores, making them smaller or
reducing staff. "BEC," said owner Steven
Hoffer, "is a crunch, a real crunch."
The hotels are also in serious trouble.
Already finding it difficult to compete
because of high utility charges, BEC's sur-
charges are going to knock the resorts out of
the contest. In a letter to Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, who had said that AES'
LNG proposal for natural gas was on gov-
ernment's backburner, Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation president Russell Miller, on behalf
of his members, wants AES' proposal to
receive urgent and serious consideration.
"Recently we met with representatives
from AES," he told the Prime Minister, "to
review their proposal for an LNG facility at
Ocean Cay and provide natural gas to the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation at a signif-
icantly reduced cost. Based upon presenta-
tions, we understand that this arrangement
could result in a range of a 15 per cent to 30
per cent reduction in fuel surcharge costs to
BEC customers on New Providence based
upon current market conditions. The savings
could be considerable. In principle, we
endorse this approach."
Mr Miller recommended that the AES
LNG project be reviewed "as part of a broad-
er strategy by the Bahamas aimed at making
us more energy efficient, changing our con-
sumption habits, and aggressively pursuing
alternative renewable energy sources. Only
then will we realise significant savings. In
that regard we pledge our support."
Before there is a complete economic col-*
lapse, serious attention must be given to con-
serving energy, and to finding an alternative
to our "addiction to foreign oil' the words
cf billionaire businessman T. Boone Pick-

Pickens plans to build the world's largest
wind farm in Texas and string miles of grid
that will move electricity from his farm to
key markets in the US.
In the meantime the Bahamas has to find
its own solution.

Why we must

stop land and

sea dredging

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please publish the following
letter to
Prime Minister and Minister of
the Right Hon. Hubert Ingra-
ham, MP.
This is a letter requesting the
suspension of current and future
dredging activities in addition to
the establishment and implemen-
tation of "BEST Practices" legis-
lation necessary to protect beach-
es, shorelines, coral reefs, native
wetlands, and potable water.
Dear Mr Prime Minister:
We are a group of young
Bahamians who support sustain-
able development projects and
we understand the good that
these projects usher into the
growth and nourishment of our
We have an innate and gen-
uine passion for our environment
and natural resources.
This passion and love for
nature has steered us to a point of
study in the areas of marine sci-
ences, environmental conserva-
tion, and sustainable develop-
In this regard, we are commit-
ted to developing an educational
awareness amongst our peers
about the importance of our envi-
We are also committed to
working along with the govern-
ment of The Bahamas, private
institutions, and the general
Bahamian public to protect the
precious environmental elements
of our nation.
As the future inheritors of this
land, and as Bahamians who have
become educated as to the value
of protecting the natural ecosys-
tem, we aim to find equilibrium
between development and safe
environmental practices, where
all voices and interests are heard
and adhered to.
It is important that there is
accountability and full trans-
parency as it relates to the facili-
tation and approval of economic
development packages, the trans-
fer of land and rights of access,
and the granting of approval for
development'in the case where a
proposed development destroys
our natural environment.
These acts of power and deci-
sion-making are currently void of
input and consultation with the
future custodians of this growing
We now reach to you and your
Government as a way to begin
dialogue with us as young and
concerned individuals.
Your, decision to debate and
meet with us in a way that gener-
ates fruitful collaboration will be
greatly appreciated.
As the custodians of this
Bahamian environment, we are

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concerned about the current envi-
ronmental state of affairs.
We recognize the detrimental
socio-economic and environmen-
tal affects that these continuous
environmental degradation events
of business will have on the
Bahamas. We are cognizant of
the natural benefits that the envi-
ronment plays in our daily lives.
As young future leaders, we
refuse to. sit back and passively
watch the destruction of our
resources, which include but are
not limited to beaches, wetlands,
coastlines, reefs systems and our
fresh water resources.
Over the years, the Bahamian
Government has stated that
coastal ecosystems, including wet-
lands, beaches and coral reefs,
are among the country's most.
The Government demonstrat-
ed its commitment to protecting
these assets by ratifying the Con-
vention on Biological Diversity,
the Ramsar Convention and by
passing the Conservation and
Protection of the Physical Land-
scape Act 1997.
However, in spite of interna-
tional agreements, national leg-
islation and frequently stated
proclamations, there continues to
be development projects that
destroy beaches, coastlines and, in
some cases, even entire islands
and reef systems.
The Bahamas First State of the
Environment Report 2005 (GEO
Bahamas 2005) reconfirms this
position when it states: "Varying
degrees of erosion can be
observed on many of the beaches
in The Bahamas.
The major causes are con-
struction on the sand dunes,
removal of sand dunes for devel-
opment and building in the active
beach zone, inappropriately sit-
ting structures on the coastline in
the active beach zone, and ill-
planned coastal development."
In fact, over the past 20 years,
much of the most permanent

damage to beaches and coastlines
has resulted from development
on or too close to the shoreline.
We recognize that a a tourist
destination development within
The Bahamas provides great ben-
efits to the Bahamian community,
however we consider premedi-
tated environmental degradation
as a result of .unsustainable devel-
opment unacceptable.
We identify with the saying that
older generations borrow the land
from their children.
If unsustainable development
continues at this current rate,
your generation, inclusive Qf the
current and former government,
will be leaving our generation
with nothing.
In light of these situations we
urge you to take immediate steps
to stop destroying the footprint
of our country.
In the best interests of pre-
serving the natural assets of The
Bahamas for our generation and
those after us, we urge the Gov-
ernment of The Bahamas to:
Put a hold on the both land
and sea dredging involved with
the Albany project until there is a
full public review because once
done the damage to the beach
coastline and water table is irre-
Protect all freshwater
resources from contamination
Stop immediately the con-
struction of channels, canals
and/or construction on or through
Enact appropriate legislation
to establish minimum setbacks
for construction near the coasts
and to prevent the construction of
channels and/or structures on or
through Bahamian beaches.
In view of the fact that the
damage to the beaches and coasts
is permanent, we urge you to act
Thank you in advance for your
attention'to this matter.
Young Bahamian Marine Sci-
August 19, 2008.

Time to discover our limits

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Re: Uncertainty over Bahamas territory limits:
IT'S good that we are going to determine where our country
is geographically speaking. Also, perhaps this is an excellent
opportunity to find out if we are in the Caribbean..
August 18, 2008.


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0 In brief

Tea time for
seniors at
Persis Rogers
EVEN in the heat of sum-
mer, nothing beats a cup of
freshly brewed tea and a warm
pastry straight out of the oven.
This was the treat that resi-
dents at the Persis Rogers
Home for the Aged enjoyed
as Sandals Royal Bahamian
Spa Resort and Offshore
Island hosted an afternoon tea
time at the home.
Persis Rogers is home to 26
seniors between the ages of
60 and 80.
Organiser of the tea time,
Sandals environmental man-
ager Melissa Nichols, said dur-
ing the resort's monthly envi-
ronmental, health and safety
committee meeting, a brain-
storming session was held to
come up with a new commu-
nity service event.
"Two days later someone
suggested a tea time at a
senior's home and when we
contacted the Persis Roger's
Home for the Aged they were
The committee decided to
make the visit to the home its
seniors outreach programme.
"Our first visit went very
well and the residents were so
warm and welcoming that we
opted to have the tea time
once a month," Ms Nichols
Public relations manager
Stacy Mackey, who also assist-
ed in serving tea to the resi-
dents, acknowledged that it
was time well spent.
She enjoyed hearing the
stories the seniors had to share
and some of the remarkable
experiences they have lived.
"Their experiences such as
the Burma Road riots and the
first Independence Day cele-
bration on Clifford Park were
some that you only read about
in books. These residents have
so much to share and our
team members are fortunate
to be able to hear what they
have to say," she said.

Minister: Carifesta X
a learning experience
for the Bahamas
Guyana Despite a few
problems and setbacks, the
Bahamas' participation in
the Caribbean Festival of
the Arts (Carifesta) X in
Georgetown, Guyana is a
positive learning experience
for the country, Minister of
State for Culture Charles
Maynard said.
The Bahamas is slated to
host the next festival in
"I feel very optimistic
about how well we are
being received, how well the
mix of cultural expressions
that we have brought into
Guyana is going to make an
impact," Mr Maynard not-
He explained a few of the
challenges on the trip.
"As to be expected, we
had our own problems
internally that would be tied
with moving over 120 peo-
ple from one country to the
next," Mr Maynard said.
"Our container did not
arrive, so had to resort to
delivery by DHL for some
of our items; so some of the
items we had intended to
present in Guyana are not
in Guyana, so we had to
improvise in that respect.
"Then we had issues with
some of the venues in terms
of equipment and so forth;
so there were one or two
performances who had to
be cancelled because the
proper equipment was not
in place."
Mr Maynard said that the
"sneak" performance of
junkanoo at the Grand
Market on August 24 went
over particularly well.
"It really created excite-
ment amongst the rest of
the Caribbean community
in terms of seeing our over-
all presentations as we
move along," he said.

What is most impressive
to the minister about
Guyana's hosting of Car-
ifesta in terms of its organi-
sation of the festival, is the
fact that they choose multi-
ple and widespread venues,
which gives more Guyanese
the chance to experience
Caribbean culture beyond
the large cities.


Bahamas flights 'will not

be affected' by FA

A WIDESPREAD glitch in the
Federal Aviation Administration's
computer system will not affect
flights to or from the Bahamas, the
public was assured yesterday.
While flights all across the United
States experienced significant delays
due to the technical problem, flights
from the Bahamas to the US mirac-
ulously remained unaffected.
The FAA continues to oversee
Bahamian airspace despite a plan
under the former PLP administra-
tion to take over control. Yet when
asked if there were any effects on
Bahamian air travel, chief operating
officer at Civil Aviation Keith Major
answered, "none whatsoever."

Computer problems

cause delays in the I

"We have no reports of delays,"
he said.
The FAA said in a statement that
a communication network failure at
a facility south of Atlanta, Georgia,
caused flight delays around the coun-
The facility processes flight plans
for the eastern half of the US.
The American media reported yes-

terday that air traffic at mo
three dozen major airpol
"The FAA is experiencing
lem with the computer system
we use to process flight plan
Gregor, an FAA spokesman
LA Times yesterday.
"As a result, flight plan pro
is occurring more slowly thai

A glitch

which is leading to delays nation-
S wide because air carriers cannot takp
off without flight plans. |
"The problem is not affecting safd-
ty. However, it is causing slowdowns
throughout the National Airspace
System. Technicians are working t
resolve the problem," Mr Grego
re than said.
rts was The FAA's web site, which tracks
flights across the US and gives out
a prob- information on flight delays, saii
em that that flights were experiencing depai-
is," Ian ture delays of up to 45 minutes.
told the The FAA advised all travellers tO
check with their departure airport
Icessing to see if their flight has been affect-
n usual, ed..

Andros native cooks

up suc

WHEN Francilla Saunders
came to Nassau from Andros 31
years ago she had no idea she
would one day run her own suc-
cessful business at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport.
Francilla came from a big fam-
ily and while growing up in
Andros she discovered a love
and talent for cooking.
"I was taught by my grand-
mother and my mother and we
had a very large family: 18 sisters
and brothers to be exact. So
when the older people went to
the farm you had to learn how to
cook to take care of your sib-
lings so I took it on from then,"
she recalls.

Today, Francilla operates her
own lunch service from 11.30am
to '4pm at the newly created
Junkanoo Terrace outdoor food
court at Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport where she spe-
cialises in seafood dishes.
Her friendly personality and
flair for making tasty native dish-
es has helped her to establish a
loyal clientele.
"I sell seafood because a lot of
people like fish. and conch and
lobster and stuff like that. I have
a lot of tourists. They love the
food. Some come when they just
come in and some come when
they're going back out. I have a
lot of return customers and then
they tell their friends so when
they come they ask for Mrs
Saunders," she said.
The development of her busi-
ness started out in a small way
with advice from a friend in
"I had a friend who used to
work with Avis Car Rentals and
the tourists used to always come

cess at airport

and ask for conch salad and no
one was selling it (at the airport)
then so he said it was a good
idea," Francilla explained.
She acted on the advice and
was soon on her way as the word
spread and demand for her
product grew.
Then, Francilla's kindness to
airport liquor store employee
Samuel Rumer led to her
expanding her business.
"He was a very nice person
who used to try to help everyone
so I used to bring a little lunch
for him. After people saw him
with the food they used- to ask
him where he got it from and he
said he got it from me. So I start-
ed bringing a couple orders of -
cracked conch or fried fish, crab
'n rice and stuff like that and
that's how I got started in 1997."
Earlier this year the Nassau
Airport Development Compa-
ny licensed Francilla and other
lunch vendors at LPIA and relo-
cated them to The Junkanoo
Terrace, next to the domestic
parking lot.
NAD aims to create an out-
door dining experience similar
to Arawak Cay where workers
and visitors can enjoy authentic
Bahamian food in a pleasant
The company is supplying the
vendors with electricity and
water and has also provided
shade and picnic tables.
Francilla is now looking to
take her business to yet another
level. She plans to build her own
permanent food stall at the
Junkanoo Terrace in anticipa-
tion of the 600 construction
workers who will be employed at
the peak of construction of LPI-
A's new US terminal early next
While she acknowledges a dip
in business following the reloca-

tion, she believes it is only tem-
porary as customers adjust.
"After I finish building my lit-
tle stall I plan on promoting my
business by giving out flyers and
printing out some cards and giv-
ing it to my customers so they
could give it to other customers
and then I might have a little
advertisement on ZNS or one
of the other stations," she said.

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RBC employees urged to

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THE BAHAMAS Financial Services Union is calling on
Royal Bank of Canada employees to embrace union support
as the merger with RBTT Financial Holdings Ltd goes ahead.
Given the recent approval of the merger, BFSU leaders
say it is critical for the unions to voice employees concerns and
question how the two banks will look after their workers.
The union maintains they have the proven leadership, expe-
rience and tenacity to create a new and improved partnership
arrangement that mirrors the one set up with First Caribbean
and their Caribbean partners.
BFSU president Theresa Mortimer said: "No matter how
many of you try to take individual stands you will not be as suc-
cessful if all of you were to stand together as employees and let
your voices be heard as one."
When the RBC/RBTT announced the completion of the
acquisition in Trinidad, the banks welcomed the opportunity
for discussion with unions, the BFSU maintains.
And attempts to dismiss the necessity of the union by pres-
ident of the Bahamas Institute for Financial Services (BIFS)
Nathaniel Beneby are not in the interest of employees, the
BFSU maintains.
"Think about this," Mrs Mortimer said. "Think back to
Barclays and CIBC when they said it was no such merger or
acquisition and just some days later retracted that to say there
was a merger.
"Since that time First Caribbean has participated fully with
the Unions across 15 territories and was able to secure bene-
fits that proved useful to all."
When the merger was announced in May, executives of
the two companies said there would be no job losses.
In an article on www.Caribbean360.com, RBC's head of US
and international banking Peter Armenio was quoted as say-
ing: "No one will lose his or her job as a result of this acqui-
sition. Without a doubt this transaction is about expansion and
RBTT group chairman, Peter July, was quoted as saying that
: the merger represents "a complementary and excellent fit, and
will be mutually beneficial to both companies.
"It will create an extensive Caribbean banking network
"with assets of $13.7 billion and a presence in 18 countries, span-
ning the region from the Bahamas in the north to Suriname in
the south," he said.

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Students dive into

the blue with BREEF

Many of us cool off during
the summer by going to the
beach, but how many of us
take time to really explore?
Last week 38 campers includ-
ing four students from the
Ranfurly Home, sponsored by
Mr Niven Nutt, had a fabu-
lous week exploring our
marine environment.
It was the first time that
many were able to observe
marine life in a natural set-
This year's camp was the
second partnership between
the Bahamas Reef Environ-
ment Educational Foundation
(BREEF) and camp host,
Ardastra Gardens.
However, there were firsts
for many campers; snorkeling
in a mangrove creek was a
definitely an eye opener. One
of the campers remarked after
a day spent at the mangroves
at Coral Harbour, "I just love
this place, I am going to bring
my family out here!"
The campers learned how
to identify marine organisms,
and actually saw or swam
amongst most of them. After
learning how to snorkel,
campers clamored about their
experience. "I never knew
that all of this was under the
sea, I don't want to leave!"
exclaimed one enthusiastic
Camp counsellor and vol-
unteer Dion Cunningham, one
of the teachers who partici-
pated in BREEF's summer
teacher conference this July,
said: "It was exhilarating to
see the kids move from a
sense of awe to developing an
appreciation for the ocean
that they had previously taken
tor granted."
Though exhausted by the
end of the week, campers
were asking for more, and
were full of experiences to
share with their families. Par-
ents commented .on the
impact of the camp on their

children. "My son has learned
so much and is excited each
afternoon to share his experi-
ences with us," one said.
BREEF thanked its part-
ners for their support includ-
ing its dedicated volunteers,
its network of teachers,
Atlantis, the Ardastra Gar-
dens, the Bahamas National
Trust, Dolphin Encounters,
Stuart Cove's, and the stu-
dents- of the CV Bethel
Marine Science Magnet Pro-
BREEF is a non-profit
Bahamian foundation; its mis-
sion is to promote a sustain-
able relationship between
Bahamians, visitors and the
marine environment.

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ON Monday evening, the Anglican Church
ordained two women priests at Christ Church
Cathedral, increasing the number of female
priests in the Bahamas from three to five.
The two new female priests- Deacon Marie
Roach and Paulette Cartwright were ordained
in a ceremony presided over by Archbishop of the

West Indies and Bishop of the Bahamas and the
Turks and Caicos Diocese Drexel Gomez. In an
interview two weeks ago. Archbishop Gomez
said that while some provinces within the global
Anglican community may be strongly opposed to
the ordination of female priests, in the Bahamas
this decision has received overwhelming support.

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Bahamians 'escape' from

Alcatraz prison in triathlon

THREE Bahamians
"escaped" from the infamous
Alcatraz prison in San Francis-
co last weekend competing in
a gruelling triathlon that saw
them brave frigid waters, giant
jellyfish and epic hills to reach
the finish line.
Fifty three-year-old
optometrist Greg Lowe of Nas-
sau Sight Centre, his son, 25
year-old lawyer Simon Lowe of
Higgs and Johnson, and 47
year-old dentist Mark Davies
completed the 1.5 mile swim,
13 mile cycle race, and 8.5 mile
run in 3.19, 2.48, and 2.39 hours
The "Escape from the Rock
2008" got started on Sunday at
around 6.45am as two boatloads
of wet-suit clad triathletes were
ferried across San Francisco
Bay to the island which is home
to the former state penitentiary.
Situated high atop the rocky
crag in view of the Golden Gate
Bridge, the maximum security
facility once housed notorious
criminals such as gangster Al
Capone but is now a major
tourist attraction.

The prison was originally con-
sidered secure in part because
any escapees would have to
cross the 1.5 mile distance with
its heavy currents to reach the
city. Authorities claimed some
escapees drowned in the tides in
1937, although a controversial
theory proposed by one Grand
Bahama man.in recent years
suggested they survived reach-
ing his island and settling there.
Now the feat has been incor-
porated into what has become
one of the most renowned


Yelling as they hit the ocean,
the Bahamian'trio joined hun-
dreds of eager competitors, div-
ing into the murky Bay shortly
after the sun rose on the Cali-
fornia coastline.
The choppy Californian
waters are populated by seals
and on occasion, their fearsome
predators the Great White
Shark. But it turned out to be a
unanticipated threat enor-

mous jellyfish that got more
hearts racing on the day.
After swimming the dark
waters, the athletes stumbled
out of the Bay, stripped out of
their wetsuits and jogged 2.5
miles to where they got on their
racing bikes and set off into the
Presidio a park characterized
by its long, steep ascents anol
cliff-edge downhills.
The run which immediately
followed then took them onto
the beach to face a feature
feared even by the Californians
who were more accustomed to
uphill slogs the "sandladder"'
Comprising of 300 gruelling
steps on terrain some competi-
tors described as akin to "quick
sand", the killer climb was a
suitably painful finish to what
event organizers called "The
Ultimate Escape."
Lowe senior, a 30-year vet-
eran of endurance events in the
Bahamas and abroad, said the
competition was the toughest
he had ever taken part in but
that hasn't discouraged thd
three Bahamians-from looking
for their next challenge.

Everything you didn't know

about flying the Bahamian flag

New book is

an eye-opener
MANY Bahamians would be
shocked at how much they don't
know about the Bahamian flag.
Sure, most of us know the
colours, or we think we do. We
know what they stand for, or we
think we do. But how many of us
knew that it takes an announce-
ment from Government'House
to proclaim a state of national
mourning, signalling an appro-
priate time to fly the Bahamian
flag at half-mast? Did we realise
that a flag has to be hoisted all
the way up before being lowered
to half-mast on such occasion, or
that in the case of a state funeral,
the flag is flown at half-mast only
until the funeral service is over
and hoisted to the peak again
until evening?
Those facts and dozens more
are crammed into a fascinating
new book by Cheryl C Strachan.
Titled Flying The Pride, A Pro-
tocol for the Proper Display of
the National Flag and Official
Flags of The Bahamas, the 40-
page guide is full of insights for
anyone who owns a business that
flies a flag even on rare occasion,
operates a social or civic club,
maintains school or other public
property or is responsible for flag
etiquette at any time.
A graduate of the College of
the Bahamas, Strachan who also
holds a BA in business and pro-
fessional management from Nova
Southeastern University got the


BAHAMIAN PRIDE Cheryl Strachan, author of Flying The Pride, a
thorough protocol for flying the Bahamian flag, presents a copy of the
book to Governor General Arthur Hanna. Among the lesser known
facts: Only the governor general can announce a state of national
mourning that signals when the national flag should be flown at half-

idea for the book when, as a busi-
nesswoman, she frequently
ordered flags from abroad and
never seemed to get the same
colour twice.
That was more than 10 years
ago and she's spent a decade
researching flag etiquette. What
started out as a desire to set the
record straight became a passion.
The book has a full page of
photos that tell all flags in
prominent places flown incor-
rectly, mostly because of posi-
The glossary explains terms
such as 'fimbriation': a narrow
edging or border, often in white
or gold, on a flag to separate the
two other colours. And the term


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when it comes to -flag talk. It's
the half or edge furthest away
from the flagpole.
Regarding the right position
for flying the Bahamian flag,
readers learn that it should be to
the observer's left and above all
other flags.
It should never be draped
across a vehicle but if stuck by
magnet to the roof a car as often
seen around Independence cele-
brations, it should be displayed
to the driver's right.
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THE administrators of the southeastern dis-
trict of the Ministry of Education were hosted to
a one da. conclave e held under the theme: "Soar-
ing Above the Challenges By Keeping Promis-
es, Meeting Deadlines, and Honouring Com-
.Acting Director of Education Lionel Sands
was in attendance and in his remarks thanked
the administrators for helping to make the 2007-
2008 school )ear a successful one, elen though
it was fraught with challenges.
He told the educators that they must rise
above all challenges, and continue to do positive
things to find success in the upcoming school
"We are here to serve the students" said the'
acting director, as he tried to impress upon the
administrators that without the students, there
would be no need for schools or educators.
He asked that they become more involved
in the lives of their students by getting to know
them better.
Mr Sands admonished the administrators to

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and practice following them;: and to docunmc
everything that the) do.,
Also bringing remarks was Apostle Phalmorn
Ferguson, who said that the country and the
education system are experiencing unusual chal-
He urged the administrators to rely oB
God's guidance the way Daniel of the Bible
Apostle Ferguson also encouraged the edu-
cators to be persons of good character, and td
always keep their promises. He indicated that
positive change for the Bahamas would only'
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Strike of '58 that shut

down New


UNION leader Robert
Farquharson has raised
the spectre of a general strike for
the first time in 50 years, in a bid to
derail privatization plans for the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Workers blocked Bay Street
and engaged in noisy demonstra-
tions to register their concern over
the privatization process. BTC is
the first public corporation to be
put on the chopping block -
although it has taken a decade for
the axe to fall.
The threat of a national walk-
out by some 45,000 union mem-
bers was meant to invoke memo-
ries of the 1958 general strike,
which shut New Providence down
for almost three weeks. So it is
worth taking a look at what hap-
pened then.
Sir Clifford Darling's 2002
book. A Bahamian Life Story, pro-
vides most of the background nec-
essary to form an appreciation. In
addition to his personal perspective
as a strike leader, the book fea-
tures secret reports by the colo-
nial authorities, as well as contem-
porary newspaper accounts.
In 1958 the classic battle lines
were drawn between an unyielding
authoritarian regime propped up
by a monopolistic business elite
(who happened to be white), and a
majority of deprived citizens who
yearned for democracy and social
change (who happened to be
In 2008 the fight was ostensi-
bly aimed at gaining union repre-
sentation on a BTC committee.
But in reality, it probably had more
to do with winning veto power
over the divestment process -
to protect the interests of


union leaders.
Fifty years ago the Bahamas
had just begun its development as
a tourist playground and offshore
financial centre. In fact, only a few
years before, the colony had been
on the verge of bankruptcy with
little prospect of economic
But air travel made a big dif-
ference, and the government began
spending heavily on tourist pro-
motion. In 1957, on the eve of the
general strike, a new international
airport opened at the wartime
Windsor Field air base. About
194,000 tourists arrived that year,
many staying at the dozen or so
hotels that had sprung up in little
ole Nassau.
Airlift was pretty good back
then. BOAC flew in from Jamaica,
Bermuda, New York, Miami and
Havana. Pan Am linked Nassau
with New York and Miami, while
Mackey Airlines serviced other
Florida cities and Air Canada's
predecessor ran flights from Mon-
treal, Toronto, Tampa and
A bevy of tour companies had
set up shop to service the visitors
these airlines brought in. They
included Philip Brown Tours,
Howard Johnson Tours, Playtours,
Nassau Tours, Bahama Holidays
and Dan Knowles Tours.
And the country's proto Min-
istry of Tourism known as the

Development Board realized it
was sitting on a gold mine.
But things were not as calm as
they seemed on the surface. In
1956, a half-dozen members of the
newly formed Progressive Liberal
Party (the country's first political
party) had been elected, and there
were large demonstrations of sup-
port when the House of Assem-
bly opened that July.
According to an article in the
London Daily Mail, "There is no
evidence of rioting or strikes so
far. But the present unrest could
develop into trouble. It is the first
time the coloured people have ever
started putting up a fight for their
The British governor at the time
described the ruling elite (which
later constituted itself as the Unit-
ed Bahamian Party) as "recalci-
trant, stubborn and politically
obtuse...not very numerous, but
extremely powerful in the materi-
al sense and pretty unscrupulous."
This power group, as they were
called in the days before political
parties, maintained their control
over the electorate by bribery,
intimidation and restriction of the
franchise. Women could not vote,
but property owners many of
whom were white certainly
could.. As another London news-
paper account put it:
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the most Gilbertian picture in the
empire...The trouble is the absence
of any genuine democracy...As a
consequence, the majority of mem-
bers are elected by the business
community, which uses its political
power for its own commercial
The PLP often presented the
view that the Development Board
was little more than a slush fund
set up for the personal advantage
of those big businessmen who were
its members under the able
leadership of a white lawyer/politi-
co named Stafford Sands. And it
was this view that coloured the
events which led to the general
Black Bahamians had been
operating taxis since the 1930s,
picking up cruise passengers from
Prince George Wharf and air pas-
sengers from Oakes Field. As
tourism began to grow in the 1950s
and new hotels came on stream, a
number of white-owned tour com-
panies were formed, which led to
conflict over how the visitor busi-
ness was shared out.
The opening of the new inter-
national airport at Windsor Field in
November 1957, was a significant
event but it was accompanied
by an even more significant dis-
play of greed and stupidity. A
group of major hotels proposed to
sign an exclusive agreement with a
taxi company set up by Bobby
Symonette, the son of government
leader Roland Symonette.
"It is a fact," wrote the acting
governor at the time, "that the
Meter Taxi-Cab firm is owned and
directed by a family with consid-
erable Bay Street interests and
prominent in politics...This would
have almost certainly ended in a
monopoly excluding the taxi cab
union entirely."
The 200 taximen were outraged,
so on November 2 and 3, 1957 they
blocked the airport with their cars,
forcing airlines to cancel flights.
According to Sir Clifford, who
directed the action as leader of the
taxi union, "the blockade had
nothing to do with politics or race.
It was a share business deal.." And,
he added, "All of us were ready
to go to jail if that's what it took."
After police failed to break the
blockade, the authorities gave way
and a two-month truce was
declared to hammer out a long-
term settlement. Over 30 drivers
were prosecuted for assault and
obstruction and given minor sen-
tences by Magistrate Edward St
George an expatriate lawyer
who later became the kingpin of
Although agreement was even-
tually reached to share the airport
business, the talks deadlocked over
a single crucial point. The tour
companies rejected a call-up sys-
tem to transport surplus visitors,
preferring to use taxis of their own
choice. This set the stage for anoth-
er confrontation.
And this time the politicians
did get involved. Lynden Pindling
of the PLP and Randol Fawkes of
the Bahamas Federation of Labour
(both members of parliament)
were joint leaders of the general
strike along with Sir Clifford.
It began on Sunday, January
13, when hundreds of hotel and
electricity workers, garbage col-
lectors, construction workers, long-
shoremen, airline and restaurant
staff walked off their jobs. Within
a few days the hotels closed and
the capital came to a virtual stand-
* still. The governor called for a war-
ship and British troops to reinforce
the 300 policemen, whose loyalty
could not be guaranteed.
"The power structure just did
not see that the strike was some-
thing the people were ready for

and did not have to be forced
into," Sir Clifford said. "I believe
that everyone, in every sector, had
finally had enough and wanted
things to change."
And although Tribune publish-
er Sir Etienne Dupuch took a char-
acteristically middle of the road
approach, he was clear about the
real cause: "The tragedy of it is
that all this unnatural hatred has
been produced by the greed and
avarice of a few men in the com-
, After about 10 days the strike
began to peter out, and it was final-
ly called off on January 30, follow-
ing the governor's promise to set
up a transport authority to resolve
the conflict. But despite the lack of
an immediate clear-cut victory, the
strikers had set the stage for a
major shake-up of the colony's
social, economic and political rela-
tions. '
As Sir Clifford put it: "Little
did I know on that Sunday morn-
ing in January 1958 that the stun-
ning and unexpected aftermath of
the general strike would pave the
way for the turbulent decade of
the sixties, ultimately leading to
the freedom of majority rule for
all Bahamians."

T he aftermath he referred
to included international
pressure on the Bay Street regime
to democratise the country. With-
in three months a senior British
cabinet minister was in Nassau
pushing for constitutional reforms,
and that October, legislation was
passed to set up a labour depart-
ment and a process for industrial
conciliation. The following year
saw abolition of the company vote,
extension of the franchise to all
men over 21, and the creation of
four new parliamentary seats (all of
which were won by the PLP).
According to the government's
report for 1958-59: "The transition
from threatened violence and
unrest to tranquility and prosperi-
ty marks a period which must be
regarded as one of the most
momentous in the colony's recent
history. The effects of the general
strike were far-reaching. The
tourist industry received a severe
set-back and financial loss was
"But these two years are out-
standing not so much for the high
level of prosperity as for the far-
reaching constitutional and leg-
islative changes which were
brought about...which the general
strike had shown to be vital to the
progressive development of the
The aftermath also featured a
split in opposition ranks. The more"
radical Randol Fawkes left the
PLP to form the Labour Party,
while PLP-inclined unions broke
away from Fawkes' BFL to form
the Bahamas Trades Union Con-
gress the same group that
Robert Farquharson sought to
involve in a general strike earlier
this month.
So does 1958 have any real par-
allels with what happened earlier
this month? According to one
close observer of events surround-
ing the general strike, "What the
BTC unions did was a blatant and
illegal abuse of power. It was a fla-
grant waste of time, money and
public resources, a disturbance of
the peace, and a disruption of com-
merce all in pursuit of a dubious
"Robert Farquharson's attempt
to liken his misbegotten demon-
stration with the 1958 strike and
presumably his 'leadership' is sim-
ply too ludicrous for words. He is
no Clifford Darling. Mr. Far-
quharson and others like him are

playing with fire and may well lose
public support and leave the union
vulnerable to attack by its ideo-
logical enemies like the British
unions and Margaret Thatcher."
Public support is the key, we
think. It is likely that in 1958 a
great number of Bahamians would
have been prepared to see the
challenge through if tempers had
flared. In fact, there were several
arson attacks and bombings after
the strike ended (including The
Nassau Guardian plant and areas
where British troops were housed).
But it is doubtful whether the
BTC workers, or the community at
large, would be prepared to take
matters "all the way" today. And
that is what a general strike
The larger issue today is the
future of under-performing state
entities like BTC, BEC, Bahama-
sair and ZNS which are cur-
rently little more than cookie jars
for their employees. The money
which the country pours into these
loss-making operations is unsus-
tainable in the long run.
And voters know that deregu-
lation has worked in the past. The
liberalisation of broadcasting in
the early 90s is a clear case in point.
Breaking ZNS' stultifying monop-
oly created a whole new industry
with more jobs and more business
opportunities. And unbundling the
government-owned hotels led to
an influx of new investment in our
tourist industry. It is very likely
that the same thing will happen in
According to one source close
to the situation, "this whole socio-
economic culture of government
monopolies has created a power
structure with union bosses making
incomes of $100,000. If this nexus
of power is taken away it under-
mines their self-interest. The BTC
action was a greedy. attempt to
hold the nation to ransom, using
ordinary workers to achieve their
selfish ends. There is absolutely no
similarity with the issues involved
in the general strike."

B ahamian unions are very
powerful today, and they
do not always act responsibly or
in the nation's best interest. In fact,
our situation can be compared to
Britain in the 1970s, when out-of-
control trade unions destroyed
three governments in succession.
Back then, Margaret Thatcher was
able to turn the nation's anti-union
feeling into a parliamentary major-
ity with a strong mandate to face
them down.
The privatization of British
Telecoms in 1984 was followed by
electricity, gas, oil, coal, steel, autos,
trains and planes even water.
Having exported nationalisation
to the world, Britain now admitted
it didn't work and offered the anti-
dote. The result was a new Britain
- one that accepted free markets
as being in the public interest.
It was a necessary correction.
And the future of the Bahamas
requires that we take the same
We believe there is a disconnect
between the average Bahamian
and the state monopolies that are
holding the country back. And a
lot depends on how we view the
1958 general strike. Was it a blow
for economic and political free-
dom? Or was it an attempt to force
the government to cater to a spe-
cial interest group?

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opportunities in maritime industry

ping companies are intensi-
fying their efforts to attract
more Bahamians to careers
in the maritime industry.
"There are a lot of oppor-
tunities there," said John
Moyell, vice president of
the Clipper Group, as they
prepared for the first
Bahamas International Mar-
itime Conference and Trade
Show slated for Freeport,
Grand Bahama. "Great
careers can be established.
"We work very closely
with the Bahamas Maritime
Cadet Corp to spread the
word around for young
Bahamians to be more
interested in seagoing
"We have young Bahami-
an cadets on some of our
ships, but we sure do not
have enough."
Beginning November 19
at the Westin at Our Lucaya

Resort, the three-day con-
ference and trade show will
showcase the multiple facets
of the Bahamas' maritime
industry, particularly as they
relate to transshipment,
trade, ship ownership, reg-
istry services, ship repair
and other things. The theme
is 'Opportunities in Trade
and Maritime Services'.

,The conference will be
opened by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham and Inter-
national Maritime Organi-
sation secretary general
Efthimios E Mitropoulos
will deliver the keynote
"This will put the
Bahama's on the map as a
leading maritime country,"
isai'd Mr Moyell. "It .is
important that we have

more activities relating to
the maritime world taking
place here."
Kamanna Valluri, manag-
ing director and president
of Dockendale Shipping
said they are "look forward
to playing an even greater
role in promoting Bahamian
maritime cadets and engi-
"There is a demand for
them, and the Bahamas,
having the third largest ship
registry in the world, should
be taking more advantage
of these opportunities."
Minister of the Environ-
ment Earl Deveaux said the
conference and trade show
"is extremely good news for
the Bahamas. It is a time
when stakeholders come
together to discuss issues
facing the industry."
' He met with Nassau-
based shippers on Monday.
"There is great interest in

growing the maritime indus-
try and we have an early
indication that people in the
industry are prepared to
substantially support an ini-
tiative to develop the mar-
itime industry in the
Bahamas," he said.

"Incredible opportuni-
ties" await qualified
Bahamians, and with the
proposed amendment to the
Boat Registration Act "we
can encourage more
Bahamians to get involved
in the maritime industry,"
said Mr Deveaux.
"There is also a huge and
growing market for large
yachts and we want to
expand our registry in that
direction which could open
rmore, opportunities for

MINISTER OF the Environment Earl Deveaux met with Nassau ship-
pers on Monday as they prepared for the first Bahamas maritime
conference and trade show. Pictured from left, (seated), are Kaman-
na Valluri, managing director and president, Dockendale Shipping;
Irma Mackey, deputy director, Bahamas Maritime Authority; Minis-
ter Deveaux; Khaalas Rolle, Bahamas Ferries; John Moyell, vice
president, Clipper Group; (standing), Ellerston Smith, Chevron
Bahamas; Michael Humes, conference committee chairman; Anya
Symonette, Ministry of the Environment committee liaison officer;
Lt Cmdr Herbert Bain, Port Department; and Capt Garnet Rolle,
Senior Pilot, Nassau Harbour.

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Morton Salt

action over
FROM page one
Foulkes both sides agreed to have
their outstanding trade disputes
ranging from alleged back pay
to the firing of Morton employee
and union official Ken Rolle -
referred to the Industrial Tribunal
for final determination. Both sides
,have also agreed to be bound by
the Tribunal's ruling.
Morton executives and repre-
sentatives from the Bahamas
Industrial Manufacturers and
Allied Workers Union
(BIMAWU) also agreed that a
binding arbitration process be
established to reconcile all further
,disputes between management
and the union, a statement from
i the Ministry of Labour said yes-
BIMAWU spokesman Obie
Ferguson said although most of
the striking employees wanted
their grievances resolved before
!returning to work, Monday's
agreement is in the "best interest"
of the union and the Inagua com-
"Quite a bit (of the union) are
inot happy with it, because they
obviously expected the matter to
be resolved prior to returning to
work. But while that was the posi-
ition, as a leader you have to do
,what is in the best interest of the
'union, their membership and the
wider community. And it was felt
'that because the parties agreed to
'be bound by the ruling and the
Tribunal brings finality to the mat-
ter, that changed the whole
dynamic of the issue."
i On its own the Tribunal cannot
enforce its own ruling, said Mr Fer-
guson. He is hopeful the matters at
'hand can be resolved in a few
Morton Salt Managing Direc-
tor Glenn Bannister said the com-
pany is focused on restoring nor-
malcy to Inagua now that the
strike is over.
"All I can say is that we are
pleased that things are returning
back to normal at Inagua, this is
something that is good for the fam-
ilies, people on Inagua and the
community on the whole. We
would do everything to bring
things back to normalcy as soon
as we can. We're pleased that the
: talks were successful and that peo-
ple are prepared to go back to
The union has 11 main issues
at the heart of the dispute: The
variation of the work week result-
:ing in the reduction of workers'
pay; failure to pay vacation pay by,I
,the company; failure to pay comn-
passionate leave for workers; fail-
ure to pay overtime; failure to
recognize a substantial number of
;employees as permanent after 7
'to 12 years of employment; fail-
,ure to pay sick pay to part-time
workers; failure to pay double time
:pay on the sixth workday; failure
*to pay retroactive pay from 2007;
:wrongful dismissal of former
:employee Ken Rolle whose dis-
missal sparked the strike; failure to
:pay a retired employee $6,000 due
to him; and failure to pay for acting
and responsibility allowances to
"With respect to Ken Rolle, the
parties agreed to be bound by the
ruling of the Tribunal. So whatev-
er fear that we had in the enforce-
ability of the Tribunal ruling has
been cured by the parties agreeing
!to be bound by the ruling," said
:Mr Ferguson.
Tension was high when indus-
trial action forced company exec-
utives to close down the plant on
August 8. That same weekend, the
company's guest house was fire
bombed and pumps, used in the
'salt-making process, were badly
damaged. An Inagua man was lat-
er charged in connection with the
On August 8, union executive
Jennifer Brown was reportedly hit
by a car while picketing outside
the company. She was flown to
dNassau for treatment the same

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1985, is situated near several outlying communities
and concerns have been raised about the possibility
of asbestos exposure in the area.
T J Huizer, managing director of Vopak Terminal
Bahamas, addressed the asbestos issue during a
press conference held at the former Bahamas Oil
Refining Company International Ltd on Monday.
The demolition of the refinery, he said, is a key
milestone and signifies the company moving from an
oil refinery tank terminal to a world-class indepen-
dent third-party terminal.
Mr Huizer said Vopak has implemented an
asbestos abatement programme to reduce any poten-
tial threat during demolition.
"The demolition has been well planned by a US
contractor and it is done to all EPA specifications.
"We are not dumping anything and that should be
very clear. The asbestos is being stored now and
will be taken off the island and disposed of in the
proper manner," he said.
Asbestos, which is commonly used in thermal
insulation, fire proofing and other building materi-
als, is made up of microscopic bundles of fibers that
may become airborne when asbestos-containing
materials are damaged or disturbed.
When these fibers get into the air they may be
inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause signif-
icant health problems.
Because a lot of dust particles are released during
demolition, Mr Huizer said the company also mon-
itors the air quality on a daily basis.
The air samples are sent off to an independent lab
in the US for analysis. So far, officials report that
none of the test results have exceeded EPA or
OSHA standards.
"A few weeks back there was concern by our
employees regarding the dust particles settling on
equipment, and so while we are doing the refinery
demolition we are spraying with sea water to keep
dust level down.

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people's position.
With that process now being
confirmed to take place between
September 5 and 6, Grenada and
St Lucia have decided they would
also withhold signing onto the
EPA pending further reviews.
CARICOM Chairman Bald-
win Spencer on Friday proposed
initially that the signing of the
EPA with the European Union
(EU) be moved to September 8,
but according to Minister Laing,
the date being sought by CARI-
COM is September 14.
Minister Laing argues that the
current government has always
supported the EPA and the deci-
sion to sign on was made initially

CARICOM 'plans to postpone' EPA deadline

by the previous government. Min-
ister Laing said: "We 'the present
government' believe that this is
in the best interest of the
Bahamas, and that's why you do
these things as the government."
Fayne Thompson, attorney and
opponent of the EPA told The
Tribune yesterday, that he feels
the hesitance of Guyana, Grena-
da, and St Lucia on the EPA is
just the start of brewing concerns
throughout CARICOM.
He says credible economist like
University Professor Ha-Joon
Chang, and Havelock Brewster
have all determined that the EPA
is not designed to support the best

Southern Bahamas braced for rain
FROM page one
eyes on it because it has slowed down considerably, usually what
happens with these systems when they slow down they do gain
-strength. Once it gets onto open waters on the coast of Haiti then
there is a possibility that it could increase in intensity, so we will
monitor that (today) and Thursday," Deputy Director and Fore-
caster at the Department of Meteorology Jeffrey Simmons told The
Tribune yesterday.
However the tropical storm alert issued Monday for the south-
ern Bahamas was lifted yesterday. Up to press time, there were no
other storm watches, warnings, or alerts for the Bahomas, Mr Sim-
mons added.
Accuweather forecasters predict Gustav, which is already impact-
ing international oil prices, could become the first major hurricane
in the Gulf of Mexico since Wilma in 2005.
"The longer Gustav stays over the warm water in the Caribbean,
the stronger it gets and the greater the chance that it will become
a Category 3 hurricane by Saturday," Senior Meteorologist John
Kocet at Accuweather said on their website.
"The storm will weaken if it moves close to Cuba, but it will
strengthen if it tracks farther south across the Caribbean."
Gustav was upgraded from a tropical storm into a hurricane
yesterday morning after it made landfall on Haiti. The seventh
named storm for the 2008 hurricane season, Gustav could dump up
to 20 inches of rain over Hispaniola, Eastern-Cuba and Jamaica,
according to the National Hurricane Centre. Hurricane watches and
warnings are in effect for the coast of Haiti, the southwest coast of
the Dominican Republic, all of Jamaica and the eastern third of
Cuba according to Accuweather.
At 5 pm yesterday, Gustav was about 60 miles west-southwest of
Port-au-Prince, Haiti and 180 miles southeast of Guantanamo,
Cuba moving toward the northwest near 10 miles per hour. A
turn toward the west-northwest with a decrease in forward speed
was expected last night with a general west-northwestward motion
expected today.
Following this track, Gustav was expected to move back over
water last night and hover south of eastern Cuba today, according
to the NHC.
A category one hurricane has sustained winds between 74 95
miles per hour and may cause minor damage to shrubbery, trees and
foliage. Some damage to poorly constructed signs and/or storm
surge of four to five feet above normal can occur, according to the
National Emergency Management Agency.

Man is shot dead

FROM page one
gunshots wounds in his body.
The car's rear window was riddled with bullet
holes and one of the front windows had been shat-
Emergency medical personnel pronounced Mr
Ferguson dead at the scene.
The Honda's third passenger, who was sitting in
'the front seat, was nowhere to be found.
Eyewitnesses said they believe the front seat pas-
senger shot the man on the back seat.
However, Mr Evans said yesterday that at this
point in their investigations police are unable to
confirm this sequence of events.
Following the shooting, several residents in the
area reported seeing a man dressed in a "yellow
hood and a black jacket" running from the crime
Mr Evans said that it is not known at this time if
the man fled the area on foot, or if he had a get-
away car or motorcycle waiting for him somewhere.
At press time last night, police had still not posi-
tively identified the murder victim.
Mr Evans said that the motive for the killing is
also yet to be established. The driver of the Honda
Accord is currently assisting the police as a witness
in this case, Mr Evans said.
"We have launched an intensive investigation
into the matter," he said.
Police are asking members of the public who saw
the man fleeing the crime scene or those with any
other information regarding Monday night's murder
to please come forward and assist in the investiga-

Prison officers

FROM page one
claim that they have still not been regularised.
Adding to their frustration, the source said, is
that $166 was deducted from the officers' salaries in
June and to date has not been explained or reim-
With Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU)
members nationwide having received $62.50 backpay
in July, the source told The Tribune yesterday that
officers at the prison were excluded and feel gov-
ernment is at fault.
Though executives from the Prison Staff Associ-
ation met with National Security Minister Tommy
Turnquest and Dr Rahming last week in an effort to
end the dispute, the source said that there is still no
confirmation on when they will be paid.
Missouri Sherman-Peter, permanent secretary at
the Ministry of National Security, said yesterday
that the government is working on the issue and
that there should be some resolution by Thursday.
While unable to comment on the specifics of the
meeting between the minister, prison administra-
tor and staff last week, Mrs Sherman-Peter said that
the intention of government is "to look at the human
resource issue of things."
Dr Rahming said that as far as he is aware, the
ministry is working feverishly on the matter.
"I anticipate in short order those kinds of out-
standing issues, (such as) 'backpay' would be fully
With prison officers set to receive their pay
cheques today, the inside source said, "For the sake
of the government and the public, we better get our

interest of Caribbean communi-
ties, rather it seeks to support the
interests of Europe.
Mr Thompson thinks the
Bahamas should follow these
countries in national discussions
that would allow both supporters
and opponents to address their
views on the EPA. He claimed
government is abusing taxpayer
dollars to advance one view, that
is for the acceptance of the agree-
He claims the general feeling
among Bahamians is that the
Bahamas should not sign onto the
"They 'the government' are
charged with the responsibility of
developing the Bahamas, not
advancing trade for Europe," Mr
Thompson said.
He added that just like "our
three Caribbean neighbours, this
time should be used by the gov-
ernment to open the airwaves and
open up the media," to allow
Bahamians:a chance to-voice their

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Risk of asbestos
"There is no need for any concern whatsoever,"
said Mr Huizer.
As part of the demolition, BIORCO's three large
chimneys also will be demolished, probably by ear-
ly October.
"They have been a significant landmark (here)
over the past 40 years, said Huizer. They have
become shabby and they are going to be taken down
as well as part of the demolition of the refinery.
"It is going to be through controlled explosions
and we are going to make that an event for the
community and invite the schools. It is really a key
milestone in moving from an oil refinery tank ter-
minal," he said.
Vopak Terminal Bahamas aims to become the
largest independent third party terminal for petro-
leum products within the next couple of years.
In addition to the 20 million barrel tank storage
capacity in Freeport, the company plans to increase
its storage capacity during two planned expansion
During the Brownfield Expansion Programme
seven new tanks will be built at a cost of $55 million.
There are plans to construct 24-26 new tanks during
the Greenfield Expansion Programme at an invest-
ment of $250 to $300 million.
Mr Huizer noted that the most of the work will be
contracted out.
Three contractors two US companies and one
local contractor have been contracted for the
Brownfield project, which is expected to create hun-
dreds of jobs on Grand Bahama.
"Obviously, it will bring jobs for the next couple
.of years and we are currently projecting that in the
peak of redevelopment there will be 500 or more
workers," he said.
Huizer predicts that the "sleeping giant" in
Freeport will once again become a dynamic and
successful organisation.

of Joe Farrington Road, Fox Hill will
be held on Wednesday August 27th,
at 7pm at Heritage of Redeeming
Love Methodist Church, #28 Craw-
ford Street. Rev 'd. Eddie Sykes will

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at #28 Crawford Street, Oake's Field,
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qualified companies to apply for Tender for its Cafeteria Services.

Interested companies may collect a tender package from the Security
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ANA IVANOVIC of Serbia serves to Vera Dushevina of Russia during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Tues-
day, Aug. 26, 2008.

Ivanovic rallies, avoids

major upset at US Open

Associated Press

ANA IVANOVIC recovered
in a hurry Tuesday to avoid
becoming the first top-seeded
woman to lose in the first round
at the U.S. Open, rallying past
Vera Dushevina 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
Out of whack lately because
of an injured right thumb, the
world No. 1 was out of sorts for
much of the match against a
Russian ranked No. 57. Down
3-2 in the third set, the French
Open champion suddenly found
her confidence and her win-
ning strokes.
"I could feel some shots, lack
of practice," Ivanovic said.
The 20-year-old Serbian star
had played only two matches
since Wimbledon in mid-July
while her thumb healed. The
injury forced Ivanovic to with-
draw from the Olympics before
they began and kept her from
practicing until last week.
"Happy finally to be without
the pain," she said.
The worst start ever for a No.
1 woman at the U.S. Open
came in 1967 when Maria
Bueno drew a first-round bye
and then lost in the second
round. The last top-seeded man
to lose in the first round at
Flushing Meadows was Stefan
Edberg in 1990.
Serena Williams was sched-
uled to play her first-round
match later in the afternoon.
Roger Federer, aiming for his
fifth straight U.S. Open title,
and Venus Williams highlighted
the night action.
Sixth-seeded Dinara Safina
of Russia, No. 9 Agnieszka
Radwanska of Poland, No. 13
Agnes Szavay of Hungary and
No. 16 Flavia Pennetta of Italy
advanced in morning.matches.

On the men's side, No. 14 Ivo
Karlovic of Croatia won, but
No. 22 Tomas Berdych of the
Czech Republic lost to Sam
Querrey 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.
Rafael Nadal was out early
Tuesday, practicing minus his
shirt. A day after his win, the
top-seeded man worked in soli-
tude he hit before the crowds
were allowed on the grounds.
Once fans started to fill
Arthur Ashe Stadium, they saw
a possible upset take shape.
Ahead 4-2 in the second set,
Ivanqvji,rushed.to, a 40-15 lead
and seemed on her way to a
comfortable win. At deuce, she
charged forward but put an easy
overhand smash into the net -
one of her 40 unforced errors.
After that, her problems real-
ly flared.
"I dropped my concentra-
tion," she said.
Soon, Ivanovic was tentative
on backhands and failed to fin-
ish forehands. Gone was her
signature fist pump after win-
ning key points. Instead, she
spent more and more time look-
ing into her family box during
By the final set, Ivanovic was
moving better, covering the
court and pressuring Dushev-
ina into misses. Even so, she
made it tough on herself, dou-
ble-faulting while trying for a
match point.
Ivanovic certainly wasn't
worn down from her recent
hours on the court. Her travel
time, however, took its toll -
she left Beijing to see her doctor
in Australia and then came to
New York.
Despite winning her.first
Grand Slam championship this
year, Ivanovic sensed her limit-
ed practice session would make
it tough to take this, title.
"I think at the moment it's a
lot to ask for," she said.

DINARA SAFINA of Russia returns a shot to Kristie Haerim Ahn of the
United States during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tourna-
ment in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008.


SAM QUERREY of the United States returns a shot to Tomas
Berdych of the Czech Republic during their match at the U.S. Open
tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008.



ANDREJA KLEPAC of Slovenia serves to Ai Sugiyama of Japan dur-
ing their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York,
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008.


Bills QB Edwards

back from bruised

thigh injury

Associated Press

ing quarterback Trent
Edwards returned to practice
Tuesday after missing a week
with a bruised right thigh.
Edwards worked with the
starting unit, which was with-
out tackle Langston Walker,
who watched from the side-
line after hurting his left arm
in a 20-7 win at Indianapolis
on Sunday. Edwards' return
means he'll likely see some
playing time in the Bills pre-
season finale against Detroit
on Thursday. He sat out the
game against Indianapolis.
The injury was a setback
for Edwards after a solid 9-
for-11 for 104 yards and two
touchdowns during a two-
series appearance in a 24-21
win over Pittsburgh two
weeks ago.
The Bills' 2007 third-round
draft pick, Edwards replaced
J.P. Losman as the starter
midway through last season.
Walker's injury was
described by the team as a
bruise after it appeared he
collided with fullback Dari-
an Barnes while blocking
Colts defensive end Ben
Ishola in the second quarter.
Coach Dick Jauron was
expected to update Walker's
status after practice.
Walker had difficulty mov-
ing his arm after he was hurt
and was spotted wearing a
soft cast immediately after
the game. On Tuesday, Walk-
er.had much greater mobility
in his arm, and even helped

backup Demetrius Bell put
on his shoulder pads.
The Bills are depleted at
tackle as Walker, normally
the starting right tackle, is
starting on the left side in
place of Jason Peters, who
has refused to report to the
team over a contract dispute.
Reserve tackle Matt Murphy
is also out indefinitely with
a partially torn left rotator
That leaves Bell, the rook-
ie seventh-round draft pick,
as the interim starter on the
left side.
The Bills also announced
Tuesday they released four
players, including cornerback
Kennard Cox, the third of
Buffalo's three seventh-
round draft picks this year.
Also cut were defensive end
Shaun Nua, receiver C.J.
Hawthorne and punter D.J.
Fourth-string quarterback
Matt Baker was also released
after being placed on the
waived-injured list.

Peyton takes knee

out of question

Associated Press

MORE than a month after
having knee surgery and endur-
ing weeks of rampant specula-
tion about whether the injury
was worse than first feared,
two-time league MVP Peyton
Manning finally provided his
doubters with one emphatic
answer Tuesday: He's back,
right on schedule.
"This is a significant step for
me to get back out on the prac-
tice field," Manning said before
throwing and running with
teammates. "If things go well,
as we expect they will, then I
hope to be full go next week
and ready for the season open-
Manning will be limited in
practice initially after being acti-
vated from the physically
unable to perform list.
Coach Tony Dungy said the
Colts will be cautious with the
franchise quarterback during
this short week Indy played
Buffalo on Sunday night and
faces Cincinnati on Thursday
before giving him a full com-
plement of snaps next week.
"We're going to monitor him
and (rookie tight end) Tom
Santi, who will start practicing
today," Dungy said. "So we do
have a pitch count on those
It's been a crazy month for
Manning, the Colts' iron man
who has never missed a start
in his 10-year NFL career.
He was instructed by doctors
not to report to training camp
with his teammates July 24, 10
days after having surgery to
remove an infected bursa sac
from the left knee. Team offi-
cials said it would take Man-
ning four to six weeks to recov-
er, and the six-week anniver-
sary came Monday when the
Colts did not practice.
Still, local radio talk shows,
bloggers and fans continually
questioned Manning's where-
abouts and readiness even after
Dungy said July 29 that Man-
ning had arrived in Terre
Haute, Ind., the Colts' training
camp site.
When Manning didn't
appear at any practices or
games, the doubts increased. A
local television station ran what
appeared to be a cell phone
photo of Manning wearing a
brace on his right knee a
photo Manning later called not
true. Late last week, a national
blogger suggested Manning had
a second surgical procedure on
the right knee, something Man-
ning would not confirm Tues-

"I think it's somewhat irrele-
vant because of where ,ve are
today, and I kind of like to keep
you guys guessing," Manning
said, drawing laughter. "I never
really like talking too much
about an injury because if you
play well, they say 'Man, look
how tough he is.' And if you
don't play well, they say 'That's
the reason.'"
Manning's return has taken
on even greater significance giv-
en the Colts depleted situation
at quarterback.
Longtime backup Jim Sorgi
was expected to play into the
third quarter Sunday night but
never made it out of street
clothes because of what the
team described as a gimpy
knee. Dungy said that although
X-rays and tests were negative,
Sorgi wasn't at practice Tues-
day because doctors were still
trying to control the swelling.
Sorgi's absence means the
Colts have just two quarter-
backs, Jared Lorenzen and
Quinn Gray, who were both
signed July 24, available against
the Bengals. Last weekend,
Lorenzen produced one signif-
icant drive in the first half while
Gray threw four interceptions
and one touchdown in the 20-7
But activating Manning does-
n't necessarily mean he will
start the season opener, Sept. 7
against Chicago.
"I'm not really doing predic-
tions at this point," Manning
said. "I hope to be ready, and I
certainly don't want to create
this dramatic announcement. I
think I will do some parts of
practice today and tomorrow
and I may even dress for
(Thursday's) game though I
won't play. We'll do a short
practice Monday, and then,
hopefully, I'll be full go
If all goes according to plan,
No. 18 will then start against
The question that still lingers
is how long will it take for Man-
ning to round into MVP form?






SOUTH AFRICA'S Andre Nel plays a stroke during their sec-
ond one day international cricket match against England.

ENGLAND'S Steve Harmis'n, center, successfully appeals for
the wicket of South Africa's Albie Morkel during their second
one day international cricket match.

ENGLAND'S Matt Prior plays a stroke during their second one day
international cricket match.

ENGLAND'S Andrew Flintoff, left, plays a stroke during their first
one day international cricket match against South Africa.



SOUTH AFRICA'S Graeme Smith reacts after being bowled
out, during their second one day international cricket match
against England, at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham,
England, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008. England took a 2-0 lead in
the five match international series.

Rangers debut for
American Edu in
Glasgow derby
*GLASGOW, Scotland
Associated Press
Maurir Edu is set to make
his Glasgow Rangers debut
in Sunday's Old Firm derby
against Celtic in the Scot-
tish Premier League.
The 22-year-old Edu
completed his $5 million
transfer from Major
League Soccer's Toronto
FC last week after being
granted a British work per-
mit. Edu is expected to
arrive in Scotland by
Thursday once visa formal-
ities have been completed
at the British Embassy in
Rangers manger Walter
Smith is eager to deploy
him against Celtic. The
Glasgow rivals are tied at
seven points atop the SPL
after three games.
"If we can get him over
in good time then I have no
doubt that he would be
involved on Sunday at
some stage," Smith said.

Man United wins
1-0 at Portsmouth
for first win

POR SOUTH, England
Associated Press
scored for the second straight
game, and Manchester Unit-
ed defeated Portsmouth 1-0
Monday night for its first
English Premier League vic-
tory of the season.
Fletcher scored in the 33rd
minute for the two-time
defending league champions,
who opened 'with a 1-1 tie
against Newcastle.
Chelsea and Liverpool
both are 2-0 with six points,
and United has four,
matched by Blackburn, Hull
and Newcastle. Arsenal,
which lost 1-0 at Fulham on
Saturday, has three.
Portsmouth is 0-2 in the
league this season after win-
ning the FA Cup in May.

Dolphins' Crowder

trying to replace

mentor Thomas

Associated Press
has never been shy in the spot- ..
light. O'i b
Take for instance, Crowder say-
ing his Miami Dolphins "must not
have a lot of talent" if they can't .... "
put a player's picture on their bill-
boards. Or when the linebacker
admitted before a game in Lon-
don that he couldn't find the city
on a map, adding he didn't know '
They spoke English in England.
Then there was the time the for- 6inCrwe
mer Florida Gator said running
back Ronnie Brown couldn't read
because he went to Auburn.
No matter the occasion, the always honest and animated Crowder
has never been short on jokes. But even he can admit there's noth-
ing funny about his latest task: replacing his mentor, Zach Thomas.
"That's something serious," Crowder said. "That's a lot of
responsibility and it's hard to joke about that. Although maybe me
being Zach's replacement is kind of funny, huh?"
With Thomas traded to the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason,
Crowder realizes it's time he plays up to his potential. So he talks
to the only source he could think of to replace the seven-time Pro
Bowler a few times a week Thomas himself.
"He's given me all kinds of tips," Crowder said. "But if he ever
asks me for any help, I ain't telling him (nothing)."
Crowder showed just how good he can be during a 24-0 presea-
son win over Kansas City on Saturday night. He had five first-
half tackles, including a sack and a forced fumble.
Crowder even offered an odd celebration after knocking the
ball loose from Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle. He hopped to his
feet, crouched low and made a digging motion, which he said was
trying to mimic starting an old car. Crowder named the move
"The Flywheel," and hopes to be showing it some more.
"It's like those old cars back in the day that had to be cranked
back up," he said. "We got a new defense, and we're still learning
it. When you first start cranking the wheel, it's hard. But when you
get the momentum going, and you get oil moving, it starts going
much smoother."
Crowder has never been shy in the spotlight.
While at the University of Florida, he wrestled alligators and wild
boars on the outstretches of rural Gainesville "for fun." He wears
his dreadlocks long and his jersey high and tight, showing off mus-
cles some heavyweight fighters couldn't match.
But Crowder is known best for his free-flying rhetoric. He's a rare
piece in Miami with the new, tightlipped Bill Parcells-led regime.
There's rarely a question he won't answer honestly or leave his audi-
ence laughing.
"He loves to talk. He never gets tired of hearing himself talk,"
defensive end Vonnie Holliday said. "Regardless of how much
we get tired of hearing him talk, he never gets tired of talking. He's
pretty much always the same. He is crazy."
Even Crowder realizes he's an odd locker room commodity.
"On my locker, my name is in paper. It's not even a real plaque
so they can get rid of that thing real fast if I talk too much," Crow-
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FROM page 15

phins. Darling has yet to register
a catch in the preseason, while the
Chiefs are led by Maurice Price
(six catches for 94 yards) and Kol-
by Smith (six catches for 48
Darling is listed as the second
starting receiver on the Chiefs'
official depth chart ahead of Jeff
Webb and William Franklin.
Web has recorded five catches
for 66 yards while Franklin has
posted three catches for 37 yards.
Number one starting receiver
Dwayne Bowe has four catches
for 36 yards while perennial pro-
bowler Tony Gonzalez has four
catches for 18 yards.
With Brodie Croyle solidified
as the starting quarterback, Dar-
ling was brought in to boost a
receiver corps with just one play-
er with more than 30 receptions in
2007, the aforementioned Bowe
who posted 70 catches for 995
yards and five touchdowns.
The Chiefs play their final pre-
seaon games Thursday against the
St. Louis Rams at home in
Arrowhead Stadium at 7pm.
They open the season Septem-
ber 1st against the defending
AFC Champion, New England

Baseball to

start using


AP Baseball Writer
Replay ball!'Umpires will be
:;i'llowed t.;ehtck video on home
"hun ca&sta trt4ng, Thursday after
Major League Baseball, guardian
of America's most traditional
sport, reversed its decades-long
opposition to instant replay.
"Like everything else in life,
there are times that you have to
make an adjustment," baseball
commissioner Bud Selig said fol-
lowing Tuesday's announcement.
"My opposition to unlimited
instant replay is still very much
in play. I really think that the
game has prospered for well over
a century now doing things the
way we did it."
The 74-year-old Selig, who
described himself as "old fash-
ioned" and an admirer of base-
ball's "human element," softened
his opposition following a rash of
blown calls this year.
For now, video will be used
only on so-called "boundary
calls," such as determining
whether fly balls went over the
fence, whether potential hoTne
runs were fair or foul and whether
there was fan interference on
potential home runs.
"Any time you try to change
something in baseball, it's both
emotional and difficult," Selig
said. "There's been some concern
that, well, if you start here, look
what it's going to lead to. Not as
long as I'm the commissioner."
Replay will go into use with
three series scheduled to open
Thursday: Philadelphia at the
Chicago Cubs, Minnesota at Oak-
land and Texas at the Los Ange-
les Angels. For other games,
replays will be available to
umpires starting Friday.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella
wondered whether a team could
challenge a call. "I'd love to be
able to throw a red hankie or a
green hankie. Imagine being able
to throw something on the field
and not be ejected," he said. "I
shouldn't say it's not going to
work, but this could turn into a lit-
lile bit of a fiasco initially."
The NFL first used replay to
aid officials in 1986, the NHL in
1991 and the NBA in 2002. Even
at stuffy old Wimbledon, tech-
nology has been used on line calls
since 2006. Replay equipment to
help determine calls was in place

at this year's Little League World
Series. Fan interference has been
a big issue in baseball, with almost
constant debate since Jeffrey
Maicr reached over the wall and
gave Derek Jeter a home run dur-
ing the 1996 AL championship
series. Many blown calls have
occurred at newer ballparks,
where fans are closer to the field
have the ability to reach over
fences. "In this day and age,
where all these ballparks are
being built now where people can
reach out over the outfield fence
and catch balls, fan interference is
becoming more and more of an
issue," Atlanta Braves pitcher
Tom Glavine said.

in 2012,

Sports Reporter
I have to get to London in
With all the buzz surround-
ing the Beijing Games, the myr-
iad of "breath-taking record-
setting you had to be there to,
really appreciate the moment
and if you weren't then you're
just not as popular and as cool
as the rest of us" moments, the
sappy storylines that NBC reels
you in with every single time,
the one conclusion I walked
away from at the end of the
closing ceremony was this...
I have to get to London in
I'm not missing Usain Bolt
lower both sprint records again,
I'm not missing the return of
our own Redeem Team (still
working on nicknames for them
but Q Fergusbn, Nivea Smith
and Cache Armbrister will lead
the resurgence of the women's
400m relay), and I'm not miss-
ing the biggest medal haul in
Bahamian history.
As with any great party,
which the Beijing Olympics
were, you start to plan for the
next great party during the let-
down period and my planning
starts today.
I've figured that there are
about four routes to take to get
to London:
Option one: cover the
Olympics for the Tribune.
Which would be totally feasi-
ble if the entire Olympics were
held here'fii the office. I don't
know if I'd blame them for not
sending me,'there's about a 78
percent chance I become total-
ly assimilated in English culture
and never return. I might learn
to love rugby.
Option two: Travel as a rep-
resentative of the Bahamas
Olympic Association. It would
take an Ocean's Eleven effort
of Danny Ocean like propor-
tions to infiltrate that world. I'm
not going anywhere near it.
Option three: Widen the hori-
zon of Bahamian sport and
qualify in one of those obscure
events that come around every
Olympics and forces you to
think "Wait...is that really an
Olympic sport? Really?" That's
what I want. No local competi-
tion, nothing too taxing on the
body and something a mid 50
year old who let himself go a
little bit could do successfully.
I've narrowed it down to four
4. Equestrian
It's an almost perfect ticket
to London and to any Olympic
Games thereafter. The oldest
competitor at the Beijing
Olympics? You guessed Eques-
trian rider Hiroshi Hoketsu of
Japan at 67-years-old. This sport
would be perfect for me. You
don't have to be in shape at all,
once you develop a rapport with
the horse; in fact all the work is
done by a horse. If it's a sport
where people compete in ties,
morning coats and top hats
can't be that hard. Well first I
need a horse, kind of a necessi-
ty, not going to happen.
3. Shooting
Over a decade of playing
every first person shooter on
every console known to man
has prepared me to be an
Olympian in this event. At this
point I can shoot just about any-
thing. It can't be much harder
than beating the hardest level
in Doom, Quake, Halo, Duke
Nukem, Half Life, The entire
James Bond 007 Series (espe-
cially Goldeneye on N64), Seri-
ous Sam, Call of Duty, Unreal
Tournament, Gears of War...
2. Fencing
I really think I can do this. I
dressed as a pirate for every
Halloween from 1991-1995 in
preparation to become a swash-
buckler and I think this is the
closest I can come the realizing
the pirate dream. The only
downside is that I may have to
get in some sort of shape to
have the reflexes to be able to
jump back and forth continu-
ously. Every red blooded

Usain Bolt!


GOLD WINNER Ukraine's Victor Ruban shoots an arrow at the final of men's individual archery at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug.
15, 2008.



UNITED STATES' Matthew Emmons shoots during the men's 50-meter rifle 3 positions shoot- SWITZERLAND'S Steve Guerdat rides Jalisca Soli-
ing event at the Shooting Range at Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. er during the equestrian individual Show Jumping
Emmons did not medal in the event. Competition during the Beijing 2008 Olympics.



AIDO MONTANO of Italy, left, competes against Nikolav Kovalev, right, in the bronze medal match of the men's team sabre in fencing during the Bei-
jing 2008 Olympics in Beijing Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. Italy won the bronze medal.

Bahamian male has spent his
adolescence picking up sticks
and trying to hit people with it,
I'm confused as to why we're
not excelling at this already.
Remember the scene in Richie
Rich when they were fencing as
their recreation for P.E. class?
That's why. It's too snooty. It
has a snooty rating of about 8.7
out of 10. (Equestrian is 9.3)
Besides, fencing is not nearly
as cool as sword-fighting is in
the movies, Aragorn didn't

prance or thrust.
1. Archery
Perfect. Quick, name the
most famous archer you know.
There are none. Mention a bow
and arrow and who are the only
two notable characters to find
their way into your mind? All I
got was William Tell and Robin
Hood. The two most notewor-
thy people in the sport's history
lived a few centuries ago and
long before the advent of the

modern Olympics. I think I can
make this cool again. I don't I
can be good enough shoot an
apple of a kid's head or have
the marksmanship to steal from
the rich and give to the poor,
but I see great marketing
opportunities stemming from
this. For goodness sakes Geena
Davis almost qualified for the
1996 Olympics. She starred in
"Commander in Chief." Have
you seen that show? It was ter-
rible. There's no way I'm let-

ting the star of "Commander in
Chief" beat me at a sport. I can
become the Tiger Woods of
Archery, there is no competi-
Now all I need to do is actu-
ally learn to do this in about
three years. Geena Davis did it.
There it is, the plan for 2012.
I've only go three years to learn
the lingo and actually learn
archery. See you in London
Usain Bolt...Cheers.


See you in London



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The 2008-09 season was expect-
ed to be a breakout campaign for
Devard Darling with the finan-
cial security of a three year con-
tract and a fresh start with a new
franchise, however the NFL pre-
seaon has been unkind to the
three year veteran.
Devard Darling has yet to
make an impact on the Kansas
City Chiefs offense and has strug-
gled through three games in the
Darling showed flashes of bril-
liance during the 2007 season, his
last with the Ravens, when he
reached career highs in nearly
every statistical category With 18
catches for 326 yards and three
His potential as a deep threat
target, with an 18.1 yards per
catch average, made him a covet-
ed receiver on the free agent mar-
ket, ultimately resulting in his
signing with the Chiefs.
However, the Chiefs have
stumbled out of the gate with a 1-
2 record, including 1 shutout 24-0
loss to last ybar's doormat, the
Miami Dolphins.
The Chiefs opened with a 24-20
win over the Chicago Bears, fol-
lowed by lopsided losses to the
Cardinals (27-17) and the Dol-
SEE page 14

Reports: Williams-Darling

brings career to a close

I'VE DONE T! Tonique Williams-Darlings looks up in shock after
winning the 400 metres final at the World Championships in Finland.

The most heralded quarter-
miler in Bahamian track and
field history has chosen to bring
her career to a close after a two-
year hiatus from the sport.
According to reports,
Tonique Williams-Darling has
opted against a comeback effort
and has brought her storied
career to a close.
Williams-Darling became the
country's first individual
Olympic gold medallist when
she won the 400m at the 2004
Games in Athens.
She became internationally
renowned for her intense head
to head meetings with Mexican
quartermiler Ana Guevara who
had dominated the event prior
to Williams-Darling's breakout
season in 2004.
She missed the entire 2001
and 2002 seasons win her first
international medal at the
World Indoor Championships
in 2004 and defeated Guevara
on the IAAF Golden League
circuit later that year to break
the Mexican's 23 race win
streak. Williams-Darling also
has a World Championship
medal to her credit, 2005 in
Helsinki and split the 2004
Golden League jackpot with
Swedish high jumper Christian
Following her gold medal
performance, she was lauded
by the Bahamian public and
government, most notably with
the Harold Road Highway

waves at the 2004 Olympics.
being renamed in her honour.
The 32-year-old last compet-
ed in 2006 and has since sat out
the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
The 400m national record
holder had recently been the
subject of much public ridicule
due to her auspicious absence
from competiipp,,, , ,,
Williams-Darling ren.amned
quiet on the subject until parli-
er this year -when she
announced she would not be

competing at the Beijing
Olympics. She cited family
issues as the reasons she dis-
tanced herself from competi-
tion, which included a greater
focus on a post competition
career and the desire to begin a
family of her own. Williams-
Darling retires with personal
bests of 22.77s in the 200m and
her national record of 49.07s in
the 400nm, both set during her
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Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) president yesterday sug-
gested that the Ministry of Works and Town Planning Committee
only approve architectural drawings and plans that have been signed-
off by a registered Bahamian engineer, as a way to preserve business
for local professionals.
With the profession still in its infancy and self-regulation yet to be
properly established, Jerome Elliott said the Bahamian engineering pro-
fession still required some protection from international competition,
which he estimated was taking some 70-80 per cent of the business as
measured by.dollar value from major foreign investment projects
based in this nation.
"What, we are seeing is that the engineering profession in the.
SEE page 5B

Company to triple

in size via Builder's

Mall development
Tribune Business Reporter
The owner of the FYP building supply store, Tile King and the
Paint Centre is expanding his Wulff Road property to create a
mega Builder's Mall that will allow Bahamians to design, build
and outfit their homes from one location, with the first building
due for completion in November 2008.
Sean Tully, the Builder's Mall's managing director, yesterday
said owner Mark Roberts' vision was to provide a single location
from where a homeowner can purchase everything he/she needs
SEE page 3B

Potential 'major cost

impact' from health

regulations assessed

Govt discussing, awaiting feedback 'in particular
from manufacturing sector', on proposed
regulations and codes to enforce Safety Act
Tribune Business Editor
The Government is discussing the proposed regulations and Codes
of Practice that will give effect to the Health and Safety at Work Act
with the business community, "in particular the manufacturing sector",
to assess whether implementation could have a "major cost impact" on
the private sector.
A highly-placed government source, speaking on condition of
anonymity, told Tribune Business yesterday that the administration was
now engaged in talks with the business community on the preliminary
report produced by the advisory committee responsible for drafting the
regulations and Codes of Practice.
"The advisory committee has made a preliminary report, which we
are discussing with the business community, in particular with the
manufacturing sector, because it could have a major impact on them,"
the Government source told Tribune Business.
"Before we take it any further, we'd like to get their considered input,
SEE page 5B

City Markets suffers

$8m swing into loss

Tribune Business Editor
Bahamas Supermarkets, the
City Markets operator, suffered
an $8 million-plus swing into
the red and a $189,130 loss for
its 2007 fiscal year, a period the
grocery chain ended with zero
cash on the balance sheet after
experiencing major cash flow
The company's long-awaited
accounts for the 12 months to
June 27, 2007, which were
released earlier this week more
than a year after the period
closed and after the 2008 fiscal
year ended showed that the
transition from Winn-Dixie to
BSL Holdings' ownership had
been far from smooth.
Apart from the zero cash in
hand on the balance sheet as at
June 27, 2007, a decline of
$9.234 million from the previous

* Much-delayed 2007 financial show extent of cash flow
problems, with cash in hand zero at balance sheet date
* Woes continued in 2008, with grocery chain operator requiring
$1.3m cash injection from 'related parties' and breaching
overdraft limits
* $3m sale and leaseback with staff pension fund used to ease
operating capital issues
* Accounts payables more than doubled to over $13m, as
shareholder value eroded by 24.1%

year-end, the audited financial
statements from KPMG
showed that Bahamas Super-
markets continued to experi-
ence cash flow/operating capital
issues right up to the 2008 finan-
cial year-end.

The grocery chain, which
operates 12 stores in New Prov-
idence and Grand Bahama,
required cash injections
totalling $1.3 million during its
2008 financial year, the accounts
showed, and entered into a sale

and leaseback agreement
involving $3 million worth of
store improvements and equip-
ment with its employees' pen-
sion plan.
SEE page 3B

Tribune Business Editor
The chairman of Nassau's first
Business Watch initiative has
urged more businesses to
"become the eyes and ears of the
police" and help stamp out crim-
inal activity, telling Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday that by working
together they could "cut crime
Jeff Albury, an owner of the
Quality Auto and Executive
Motors car dealerships, said that
to date the police and private sec-
tor organizers were "unhappy"
with the level of support received
from the overall business com-
munity in the area where the ini-
tiatlv, is taking place.
He said that only 10 businesses
SEE page 5B

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involved and be 'eyes and ears of the police'


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Many financial and business
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cated (directly and indirectly)
that Bahamians are not entre-
My advice is that all
Bahamians must keep the
'Entrepreneurial Spirit' alive
in the Bahamas, because an
increase in new entrepreneurs
could eventually cause a
decrease in the amount of civ-
il servants.
This will result in cost
reductions and increased rev-
enue streams for the Bahami-
an government.
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rates, lac
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ty, fear of failure and Family Islands such as pets' day care, office chase
constraints impede Subdivide these markets security, sports training. Identify a niche ma
lity to become new into product /service lines: Analyse a current prod- get customers through
teurs. Consumer (shopping, con- uct/service (sports training) to cific product /service
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vantage of new mar- Business (components, for alternative use, modifica- determine if there is
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identify new market retailer, internet) to be entrepreneurial) owners in Andros ai
ities in the Bahamas: Government (electricity, Identify potential niche and able to pay for be
telephone, water, healthcare) markets, such as healthcare leyball training.
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and adhere to prescribed standards; must rely on
experience to plan an accomplish goals.
Must be highly motivated and a high achiever willing
to move up quickly within the organization.


* Degree in Computer Science or equivalent at least
2-3 years related experience.
* Must be proficient in Visual Studio/2005, Java,
PHP, Hash, Ajax, XML/XSL
* Worked on MS SQL Server (2000, 2005) and My
SQL (4.5) on (Windows, Linux)
* Attention to detail is vital, the ability to priorotize
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* Ability to work with minimum supervision and
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* Strong written and verbal communication skills are

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References also required.

Salary is commensurable with experience and
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Submit detail resume to;
Human Resources Manager
P.O.Box CB 13456
Nassau, Bahamas

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(a) FROGGY INC. is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 25th August 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Amelia
Echecopar Florez of Dr. Fleming, 3-28036 Madrid,
Spain as sole Liquidator.
Dated the 26th day of August, 2008.
H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
Registered Agent
for the above-naliied Company

Legal Notice

(a) GATO INC. is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 25th August 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Amelia
Echecopar Florez of Dr. Fleming, 3-28036 Madrid,
Spain as sole Liquidator.
Dated the 26th day of August, 2008.
H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
Registered Agent
for the above-named Company

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(a) GORI INC. is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 25th August 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Amelia
Echecopar Florez of Dr. Fleming, 3-28036 Madrid,
Spain as sole Liquidator.
Dated the 26th day of August, 2008.

H & J'Corporate Services Ltd...: ,
Registered Agent
for the above-named Company

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of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 25th August 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c). The Liquidator of the said Company is Amelia
Echecopar Florez of Dr. Fleming, 3-28036 Madrid,
Spain as sole Liquidator.
Dated the 26th day of August, 2008.

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T R EN Y U 70 A

City Markets suffers $8m swing into loss

FROM page 1B

The financial statements said
Bahamas Supermarkets had
employed several initiatives to
"meet its daily operating
expenses and capital expendi-
ture" post the 2007 year-end,
obtaining cash injections of
$800,000 and $500,000 from
"related parties" on April 29,
2008, and May 5, 2008. *
The former was repaid on
July 2, 2008, while the latter
remains outstanding.
The advances had no inter-
est rates attached.
Then, on July 1, 2008,
Bahamas Supermarkets entered
into two agreements with its
employees' non-contributory
pension plan that saw the com-
pany sell leasehold improve-
ments and equipment at one of
its stores to the pension fund
for $3 million.
This sum was described as
"the net book value" of these
assets, and the second agree-
ment involved Bahamas Super-
markets leasing them back from
the pension plan over a five-
year period for $62,275 per
month. The period began on
July 1, 2008.
All this came after Bahamas
Supermarkets decided not to
contribute to the pension fund
for the 2007 financial year.
In addition, between July
2007 to the present, Bahamas
Supermarkets obtained tempo-

rary increases to its overdraft
facilities ranging from $650,000
to $2 million.
"The overdraft facilities were
fully utilised at certain times
'during the period and exceeded
the maximum amounts for short
periods of time," the audited
financial statements said.
The interest rate on the over-
draft facility was 17.5 per cent.
When it came to the 2007
financial figures, Bahamas
Supermarkets saw only a minor
0.7 per cent dip in its sales,
which fell to $140.218 million
compared to $141.143 million
the year before.
It was the costs side that hurt
.the company, though, as the
cost of sales rose by 2.9 per cent
to $107.344 million, compared
to $103.285 million in fiscal
As a result, gross profit
slumped by 13.2 per cent to
$32.874 million for the 1'2
months to June 27, 2007, com-
pared to $37.858 million the
year before.
A further blow was inflicted
by an 11.2 per cent increase in
operating and administrative
expenses to $33.362 million,
compared to $30 million the
year before.
As a result, Bahamas Super-
markets fell to a $487,315 oper-
ating loss, compared to an
$7.856 million income achieved
in 2006.
The net loss of just under
$200,000 compared to $8.052
million in profits for 2006.

On the balance sheet side,
what was most noticeable was
the more than doubling in
accounts payables to $13.654
million a 133.7 per cent
increase compared to $5.841
million at the previous year end.
This appears to be related to
the meltdown in Bahamas
Supermarkets' back office and
accounting systems that was
previously revealed by Tribune
Business as being the key factor
behind the delayed publication
of the 2007 financial results.
Basil Sands, the company's
chairman, said in a July 7 let-
ter to shareholders which was
ultimately never sent out, but
was obtained by Tribune Busi-
ness that inventories had "bal-
looned" and an "invoice back-
log" had developed. He cer-
tainly wasn't kidding.
It also looks like the grocery
chain operator fell behind on
its payments to suppliers, with
trade accounts payable at the
2007 year-end standing at
$9.171 million compared to
$2.861 million the year before.
With assets declining by 6.6
per cent. to $32.692 million at
2007 year-end, and liabilities
increasing by 28 per cent to
$15.077 million, the end result
was that Bahamas Supermar-
kets' shareholders saw their
equity drop by 24.1 per cent to
$17.615 million.
Retained earnings fell to
$12.874 million compared to
$18.476 million the year before,
as Bahamas Supermarkets was

forced to dip into its reserved
and suspend dividend payments
- something likely to have
added to the displeasure of the
22 per cent minority sharehold-
The one bit of good news for
Bahamas Supermarkets was
that external auditors KPMG
did not qualify their opinion on
the 2007 accounts.
It is likely that the company's
Board, and majority sharehold-
er BSL Holdings, will rush out
the 2008 accounts as quickly as
possible to placate irate minor-
ity shareholders, who will likely
be demanding answers at the
annual general meeting (AGM)
in two weeks' time.
As 'revealed previously by
Tribune Business, the main fac-
tor behind the 2007 audit delay
was that KPMG was forced to
manually verify hundreds of
point-of-sale transactions after
no replacement accounting sys-
tems were installed to replace
those provided by Winn-Dixie,
whose Transition Services
Agreement was ended early.
The problems at Bahamas
Supermarkets led Royal Bank
of Canada, which provided $24
million in debt financing to
finance BSL Holdings' $54 mil-
lion purchase of a majority 78
per cent stake in the company,
to work more closely with the
borrower in sorting out the
company's problems.
The delay in publishing
Bahamas Supermarkets' annu-
al results put BSL Holdings in

Company to triple in size via Builder's Mall development

FROM page 1B

to complete their dream prop-
"What we are doing is
putting all three of the stores
in one location, with the intent
to add more businesses in the
future in what we will call the
Builders Mall. I don't want to
necessarily call it a 'one-stop

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Shares of
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shop', because that expression
is so overused. But really, that
is what it will be," he told Tri-
bune Business.
Mr Tully said'the company
was moving towards an antic-
ipated completion date of
November for the first build-
ing, which will be 85,000
square feet and will house
FYP, Tile King, the compa-
ny's executive offices and a
warehouse. A second adjacent
building will house the Paint
"We're pushing for Novem-
ber, but that may change," Mr
Tully said.
While he acknowledged that
the Bahamas was experienc-
ing an economic slowdown,
the company was "pretty con-
fident that the new venture
will be successful".
"Our business right now is
not great, but it's certainly not

flat and we expect that it will
be successful," Mr Tully said.
What will separate the
Builder's Mall from its com-
petitors, he said, was primari-
ly the convenience for persons
not having to drive around
New Providence to outfit their
"They will be able to come
here after purchasing a piece
of property, sit down with an
architect, design their home,
and then purchase their build-
ing supplies all in one loca-
tion," he explained.
Mr Tully said the Builder's
Mall also hopes to tap into a
growing Do It Yourself mar-
"A lot more persons are
doing their own home
improvement projects, fuelled
by television channels like
HGTV. What we also want to
do, and what will separate us,


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is to provide quality products
on a consistent basis," he
With the company expected
to almost triple in size, Mr
Tully said they will be hiring a
significant number of employ-
ees within the next few
He added that he was also
hopeful that the new facility
will encourage other Wulff
Road businesses to make
improvements and expand
their properties to boost the
area's overall image.

breach of one of its banking
A trouble-shooting team of
accountants has since gone into
Bahamas Supermarkets to work
through the accounts payable
and inventory issues, Mr Sands

having said in his non-published
letter that the company was
"fundamentally sound" and the
problems "temporary", with
financial health likely to be
restored soon.

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Sealed tenders for B$79,100,000.00 of 91-Day Treasury Bills
will be received by the Banking Manager, The Central Bank
of The Bahamas, Frederick Street, Nassau up to 3:00 p.m on
Friday, August 29, 2008. Successful tenderers, who will be
advised should take up their bills against payment on
Tuesday, September 2, 2008. These bills will be in minimum
multiples of B$100.00. Tenders are to be on special forms
obtainable from the Central Bank of the Bahamas or
Commercial Banks.

Tenders must state the net price percent (in multiples of one
cent) and should be marked "Tender". The Central Bank of the
Bahamas reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.




Vacancy exists in the Corporation for an Assistant Internal Auditor in the Internal
Audit Department.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to,
the following:

* Works unsupervised, and attends weekly meeting with the AGM/Chief
* Consults with the Internal Auditor or AGM/Chief Internal Auditor to
resolve queries or obtain guidance on audit assignments
* Develops audit programs for conducting audits, from the planning to
reporting stages for approval by the AGM/Chief Internal Auditor
* Conduct financial, operational and ITS audits at Head Office and the Family
Islands Operations
* Provides feedback on Audit Clerks in the preliminary performance
evaluation for them
* Coaches, supervises, and assists in the training of Audit Clerks
* Collects information and updating continuous audit monitors on plants and
Family Island branches and produce regular reports
* Assists, External Auditors in the preparation of work papers for the annual
audit exercise

Job Requirements include:

* Bachelor degree in Accounting or other closely related discipline
* Completion of a professional certification (ACCA, CA, CPA or the CIA)
* Understand Internal Audit Standards and Procedures, and International
Accounting Standards
* Good investigative, interviewing, problem solving and analytical skills
* Excellent wntten and verbal communication skills
* Knowledge of internal controls, operational audit techniques as well as
the ability to identify and assess risks
* Good knowledge of the Corporation's operating policies, systems and
* The ability to assess and evaluate the Corporation systems of internal
* The ability to conduct some risk analysis for major areas within the
* The ability to conduct financial, operational and ITS audits and
investigations and exercise strict audit code of ethics (e.g. confidentiality)
* Ability to lead, supervise and training audit clerks
* A minimum of 3- years experience

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More than 65 persons attended the entry-letel course
for persons hoping to obtain Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA) licences and become realtors.
Larry Sticca was the lecturer for the week-long
course held at the British Colonial Hotel.
Currently, more than 500 persons hold BREA
licences, as they are the only persons legally entitled to
engage in the real estate business in the Bahamas.

Photo by Kenneth Lightbourne, P.S. News/Features

NOTICE is hereby given that BIANCA SALLY ZAIEM
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
20TH day of AUGUST 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,



Notice is hereby given as follows:

MOSAIC COMPOSITE (U.S.) LIMITED is in dissolution under
the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000.

The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 19th day of
May, 2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

The Joint Official Liquidators of the said Company are George
Clifford Culmer, C/O BDO Mann Judd P. 0. Box N-10144, 31d
Floor, Ansbacher House, East Street, Nassau, Bahamas, and
Raymond Massi c/o RSM Richter, 2, Place Alexis Nihon, Montreal
(Quebec) H3Z 3C2

Dated this 25"h of August 2008

Joint Official Liquidator

Joint Official


(In Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is in
Liquidation, the Joint Official Liquidators were appointed on the
6th day of February 2006 in the names of George Clifford Culmer,
and Raymond Massi.

All persons having claims against the above named Company are
required on or before the 15th day of October 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to
the Joint Official Liquidators, C/O BDO Mann Judd, P. 0. Box N-
10144, 3"d Floor, Ansbacher House, East Street, Nassau, Bahamas,
or via email: info(ilbdomanniudd.com or, in default thereof they
may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before
such debts are proved.

Dated this 25"' day of August 2008.

Joint Liquidator

Joint Liquidator


(In Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given as follows:

OLYMPUS UNIVEST LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions
of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,

The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 19"' day of
May, 2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

The Joint Official Liquidators of the said Company are George
Clifford Culmer, C/O BDO Mann Judd P. 0. Box N-10144, 3rd
Floor, Ansbacher House, East Street, Nassau, Bahamas, and
Raymond Massi c/o RSM Richter, 2, Place Alexis Nihon, Montreal
(Quebec) H3Z 3C2

Dated this 25h of August 2008

Joint Official Liquidator

Joint Official


(In Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is in
Liquidation. The Joint Official Liquidators were appointed on the
23rd day of January 2007 in the names of George Clifford Culmer;
and Raymond Massi.

All persons having claims against the above named Company are
required on or before the 15th day of October 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to
the Joint Official Liquidators, C/O BDO Mann Judd, P. 0. Box
N-10144, 3rd Floor, Ansbacher House, East Street, Nassau,
Bahamas, or. via email: info(lbdomannjundd.com or, in default
thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

Dated this 25th day of August 2008.

Joint Liquidator

Joint Liquidator


C F A L-" ". C( L C) N" A L
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: ^ P ,LOSE 1.800.75 I CHG -4.05 I %CHG -0.22 | YTD -266.00 I YTD% -12 87
FINDEX:__ CLOSE 000.00 I YTD% -10.04% I 2007 28.29%o
Se'.Is..y.l y.L Pre-ious Close T aa, s C-2.se C'r.agr fL)Oall. .-, EIS t c .= E :-
1 1r..... P,1 se1 I 1 l 181 U' '' .-, 1. .:,.:h:,,: 1 J ,- .
1.80 11.60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.061 0.209 11.1 1.69%
9.68 8.50 Bank of Bahamas 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.643 0.160 13.2 1.88%
0 99 0.85 Benchmark 0.89 0.89 0.00 -0.823 0.020 N/M 2.25%
3.74 3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.209 0.090 16.7 2.58%
2.70 1.60 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.11 10.75 Cable Bahamas 14.11 14.11 0.00 1.224 0.240 11.5 1.70%
3.15 2.85 Colina Holdings 2.88 2.88 0.00 0.046 0.040 62.6 1 39%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.88 6.80 -0.08 15.000 0.449 0.300 15.1 4.41%
6.88 3.20 Consolidated Water BDRa 4.36 4.36 0.00 0.122 0.052 35.7 1.19%
3.00 2.25 Doctor's Hospital 2.75 2.75 0.00 0.308 0.040 8.9 1.45%
8.10 6.02 Famguard 8.10 8.10 0.00 0.535 0.280 15.1 3.46%
13.01 12.50 Finco 12.50 12.50 0.00 0.650 0.570 19.2 4.56%
14.75 11.54 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.55. 11.55 0.00 0.550 0.450 21.0 3.90%
6 10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.50 5.50 0.00 0.385 0.140 14.3 2.55%
1 .00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1 .00 0.41 Freeport Concrete 0.44 0.44 0.00 0.035 0.000 12.6 0.00%
8 00 5.50 ICD Utilities 5.57 5.57 0.00 0.407 0.300 13.7 5.39%
12.50 8.60 J.S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.023 0.620 11.7 5.17%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 .10.00 0.00 0.180 0.000 55.6 0.00%
Fkkobty Over-The-Counter BeCorIes
52wk-Hi 52wk-Lc.. Sn-b.o.-l BI1 ATse u ,tr SCLae'l -l.Ie .e i _1 lP- I o l 6 E__l
14.60 14.2 B 3 8 a, S4-..e.. r.arKels ,14 60 v Q 1 1 I_.. 1 -1 .. I
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7 80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0 35 0 do0 0 3 -0.023 O_000 N/M 0.00%
Collna Over-The-Counrrter Securities
41.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750 90 6.70%
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 0 900 13.4 6.16%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX Lsted Mutual Funds
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fura Name NA'.' V'T0 : L so 12 Months Div$ Yield%
1 3320 1.2652 Colina Bond Fund 1.331954: *... 3.09% 5.27%
3 0008 2.8869 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 3.015033 -0.48% 8.11%
1 4098 1.3540 Colina Money Market Fund 1.409830"..... 2.53% 4.13%
3.7969 3.3971 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5562"--- -6.34% 6.47%
12.3289 11.7116 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.32899 .."- 3.32% 5.75%
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00**
100 9600 99.9566 CFAL Global Equity Fund 100.96"** 1.01% 1.01%
1.0000 1 0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.001"
10 5000 9.4733 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9.4733 ...... -9.78% -9.78%
1.0110 1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0110"* 1.10% 1.10%
1 0119 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.00862" 0.62% 0.62%
1 0098 1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1 00981' 0.98% 0.98%
Market Terms N.A.V. Key
BISX ALL. SHARE INDEX 19 Dc 02 = 1.000 00 YIELD last 12 rnonth divide -s divided by cl price h 2
520wk-0i. HilghOet CI0Il1 price in as1 52 ek B- $ Buyi- price of Cola ad Fidelity -- 31 D oc_,ror 2007
52wk-Low Lowos1 closing prc 1 in last 52 A $k $ S1lig price of Col ad fidelity "*- 30 Jun 2008
PrIv, ou Close Previous days lighted price for daily volume Last Pric Last Iraded over-tl -counter price ** .31 A ril 2008
ToJ' 0, Coo -Curren""i 1 day', weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol Trad, I volume of h- prior week -... AU, '..t 20o
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TO TRADE CALL CFAL 242-ED2..7010o I FIDELITY 242-238-7754 I FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 I COLONIAL 2.2,502-7525 F .R


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NOTICE is hereby given that JIMMY LEE WILLIAMS'of
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 20TH day of
AUGUST 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


P.O. BOX N-240, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 27TH day of AUGUST 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that SHIRLEY RIVIERE of
WULFF ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 20TH day of AUGUST 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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
20TH day of AUGUST 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,


P.O. BOX N-240, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days .from the 27TH day of AUGUST 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ROSNY CADET of
ELEUTHERA, 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 20TH day of AUGUST 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.OBox N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.





sign-off urged

for all planning

FROM page 1B

Bahamas is still young." Mr
Elliott explained to Tribune Busi-
ness. "It's not yet regulated at the
level of other professions like real
estate, which has been regulated
for years, the accountants and the
medical profession.
"We would like some measure
of protection until we become
established. Look at law, where
only members of the Bahamas
Bar Association can appear
before the courts."
Pointing out that engineering
work on Bahamas-based projects
"can be done anywhere in the
world and brought into the
Bahamas", Mr.Elliott said: "We
would like the Ministry of Works,
the Town Planning Committee to
say that will not consider any
drawings unless they have a reg-
istered engineers stamp to show
they have been reviewed by
someone well-versed in the engi-
neering profession in the
"It's only a simple matter of
protecting the interests of the
people of the Bahamas."
While 70-80 per cent was a
good estimate for the dollar val-
ue percentage of engineering con-
tracts won by foreign consultants
from Bahamas-based projects, Mr
Elliott said he had been informed
it was even more than that.
He added that many Bahamian
engineers had also been disap-
pointed by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham's assertion,
reported exclusively by Tribune
Business, that the Government
would not stipulate that incom-
ing foreign investors to the

Bahamas post a performance
Such a bond, which would be
held in escrow, would safeguard
Bahamian engineers, contractors,
architects, surveyors and other
professionals if such investment
projects collapsed and the devel-
opers withdrew from this nation.
In such cases, the bond would be
used to compensate Bahamian
professionals owed outstanding
sums by the departed developer.
However, the Prime Minister
said such a requirement would
constitute an unreasonable "fet-
tering" of the investment process
and reduce the attractiveness of
the Bahamas to investors by
imposing unreasonable demands
upon them.
As a result, the Bahamas would
become uncompetitive when it
came to attracting foreign invest-
ment, its economic lifeblood
when it came to underpinning job
creation, foreign exchange
reserves and the current eco-
nomic structure.
Mr Elliott, though, told Tri-
bune Business yesterday that
Bahamas Society of Engineers
members were "disappointed"
with the Government's position
on performance bonds.
"The members who have their
own firms, and looking for some
measure of protection, are disap-
pointed by this," he added. "If
possible, they're hoping some
reconsideration might be given."
Mr Elliott said the failure to
appoint the second Engineers'
Board and register Bahamian
engineers, making the profession
self-regulating, also had implica-
tions for the profession when it
came to the Economic Partner-

ship Agreement (EPA) with the
European Union.
Without an established system
to register, licence and vet engi-
neers in the Bahamas, he pointed
out that it would still be impossi-
ble to control who came in to the
country from abroad.
Mr Elliott said the Society paid
a courtesy call on Neko Grant,
the minister or works, and his per-
manent secretary on August 7,
and discussed its concerns over
the failure to appoint a second
Engineers Board.
Both "promised to look into
it", Mr Elliott said, explaining
that he had been briefed that the
hold-up was caused by "the pow-
ers that be" wanting to amend
the Professional Engineers Act
before the second Board was
appointed. The first Board,
although it was properly appoint-
ed and fully functioning, had seen
its tenure expire.
"We need to start the process
of registering engineers, and not
delay it any more, especially in
light of the EPA being signed,"
Mr Elliott said. "In the case of
engineering, where there is no
functioning regulatory body, I
believe it [the EPA] could have a
negative impact in that regard.
"If persons are able to come in
and practice without registration
being in place, and a regulatory
body to go through the approvals
process with, there's no vetting,
no policing of the system..."

Potential 'major cost impact'

from health regulations assessed

SEE page 1B

because it could have cost implications."
Dion Foulkes, minister of labour and social devel-
opment, was said to be on vacation when Tribune
Business attempted to reach him for comment yes-
However, this newspaper understands that among
the main companies being consulted on the pro-
posed regulations are the likes of the Freeport Con-
tainer Port, Grand Bahama Shipyard, Polymers
International, the construction industry and other
manufacturing companies.
Once their feedback is provided, it will go back to
the advisory committee, which consists of employer
and trade union representatives, plus officials from
government agencies such as the Ministry of the
Environment and Ministry of Works.
Increasing costs during an economic downturn,
and at a time when all Bahamian businesses are
being buffeted by soaring electricity costs, is likely to
be frowned on by most'companies.
Yet enforcing proper health and safety practices
in the workplace is critical to the well-being of
employees and customers alike.
The Health and Safety at Work Act was passed by
Parliament and became law in 2001, but it has been
impossible to implement due to the absence of the


regulations and Codes of Practice that would give it
enforcement teeth. The Act is now in its seventh
year without being enforced.
Brian Nutt, the Bahamas Employers Confedera-
tion's (BECon) president, told Tribune Business:
"The Health and Safety at Work Act is a shell piece
of legislation. It needs Codes of Industry Practice
and regulations on it to give meat to the Bill, specif-
ically what type of Health and Safety measures are
to be put in place, and the actual practices of Health
and Safety in the workplace. Currently, there's noth-
ing to enforce."
Still, the Health and Safety at Work Act's passage
had not been in vain, Mr Nutt said, as its very exis-
tence had raised awareness and caused Bahamas-
based companies to focus on their workplace prac-
"I think one of the things we have to realise is that
prior to 2002, we did not have legislation to deal with
it," Mr Nutt explained.
"The fact that we have legislation, even though it's
shell legislation, has caused awareness to be raised
among our companies and businesses. A lot more
attention has been paid to Health and Safety as a
result of the Act being in place.
"Once the Codes of Practice and regulations
become part of that Act, I think it will become a lot
easier for companies to use them in their workplace

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Business Watch initiative

to 'cut crime drastically'

FROM page 1B

were represented at the first meeting, and at the
third meeting held yesterday only 14-15 compa-
nies attended.
The Business Watch initiative is targeting the
"largest business area in Nassau", Mr Albury said,
covering the area bordered by Village Road in the
cast and running along Shirley Street to the Collins
Avenue junction.
From there the boundaries go south as far as
Prince Charles Drive and head eastwards to the
Saint Augustine's College entrance. From there,
the target area goes to Bernard Road and all the way
back to Village Road.
Mr Albury yesterday said Palmdale, in particular,
was an area where businesses were "having problems
with crime, break-ins and those type of things".
He explained: "The police themselves are trying
to organise this with the business houses. We're try-
ing to put the business houses together to become
the eyes and ears of the police.........
"It's very important. From what is being discov-
ered right now, we could virtually cut crime drasti-
cally, including internal blue-collar crime. If-every-
one has got involved, and someone catches a staff
member stealing, if they put out their name who's
going to hire them?"
Mr Albury said he and his colleagues planned to
conduct a walk-through in the Palmdale area "in a
few weeks" to get a feel for what was happening, and
why so few companies had yet t6 join the initiative,
which is being supported by businesses such as Nas-
sau Motor Company.
He himself knew of five companies in the Palm-
dale area that had suffered break-ins, yet not one of
them had turned up to any of the three meetings
held to date.
"We're finding that a lot of business houses are
very reluctant to get involved," Mr Albury said.

"When we first called them, many said: 'We can't get
nothing out of the police. They're the biggest prob-
lem we've got. But people don't realise how much
the police have got on their plate. They are trying
very hard, bur are not getting the recognition from
the business community that they should be get-
Among the initiatives planned by Business Watch
is the provision of direct links between businesses
and the, police, with the former having a specific
number to call to obtain a rapid response from the
Other plans include encouraging companies with
closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance of
their properties to expand the view beyond their
immediate premises to also take in the surrounding
area where they can. I
In so doing, these CCTV systems might catch
what happens in nearby streets, enabling police to
view the tape and see what happened.
As an example of what Business Watch-type ini-
tiatives could achieve, Mr Albury said one attendee
at yesterday's meeting said a neighbourhood watch
scheme started in his home neighbourhood had
helped to foil four break-ins within 60 days of being
set up. The police had also been able to catch the
perpetrators after being alerted by the public.
"That's what we want to do," Mr Albury said.
"As a community, we're trying to tie-in-as many
business houses and minds as possible, as together
we can come up with more ideas.
"With Christmas coming up, that's normally a
big-time for armed robberies, and we're hoping to
get this going between now and then to avid these
The Business Watch initiative was started sever-
al months ago, and Mr Albury said that as it devel-
oped, committee structures and financing plans
would be created.
"It's going to take a while, but it's all going to
come together. I'm positive of that," said Mr Albury.

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

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Difficulty Level * 28

Kakuro Puzzle

Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to
fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of
each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum
of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number
may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.

Sudoku Answer

Kakuro Answer

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1 Riding school discipline is
a habit that comes with
time (8)
5 Encourage a wager (4)
9 Turner writes bi-lingual
articles (5)
10 Odd way to keep moving
11 Medically speaking, not a
place for a second helping
13 Use fan wrongly
and it becomes dangerous
14 He has the skills to make a
suit (6)
17 Gloomy record
playing far into the night
20 I belong to base order (7)
21 For bread as yet to be
mixed (5)
22 Pole gets to feel sick in
voyage (4)
23 Fish in turnr goes bad (8)

1 He could be told, but
probably wouldn't under-
stand (4)
2 Competitors making
records (7)
3 They're not sown in the
minds of certain people
4 Yet his talk is far from
uplifting (6)
6 Mr Crosby wins nothing in
a game of chance (5)
7 It's a tree used in a com-
position (8)
8 He may make several calls
before getting the contract
12 Source of heat dehydrates
various items (8)
15 Go back round the terrace
16 It's way up as money (6)
18 Deserted area is in a bad
way (5)
19 Things cracked up
to stupefy (4)


Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

Across: 1 Hereafter, 8 Ether, 9
Portion, 10 Tin-pot, 11 Perils, 12
Tactless, 15 Terrapin, 18 Varied, 20
Insult, 21 Brooded, 22 Green, 23
Down: 2 Elope, 3 Entail, 4 Footstep, 5
Resist, 6 Chopper, 7 Protested, 11
Partridge, 13 Converse, 14 Crossed,
16 Ailing, 17 Armour, 19 Ewers.

Across: 1 Ham-fisted, 8 Raise, 9
Hearsay, 10 Evolve, 11 Attach, 12
Implicit, 15 Triangle, 18 Phlegm, 20
Resume, 21 Crucial, 22 Awake, 23
Down: 2 Adept, 3 Format, 4
Scathing, 5 Drivel, 6 Dialect, 7
Defeatism, 11 Amsterdam, 13
Prepared, 14 Kinsman, 16 Number,
17 Elicit, 19 Ghana.

1 Sharpness
of speech (8)
5 Stopper (4)
9 Incorrect (5)
10 Emblem
of Scotland (7)
11 Wasted
13 Disinclined (6)
14 Ship (6)
17 Win most
applause (5,3,4)
20 Emit sharp
noises (7)
21 Insert (5)
22 Earthly
paradise (4)
23 Private (8)

1 At a great distance
2 Embodiment (7)
3 Efficient and
methodical (12)
4 Peevishly
sensitive (6)
6 Prefix for
extremely (5)
7 A garden
pest (8)
8 Vacuity (12)
12 Carnage (8)
15 Curtail (7)
16 Steal (6)
18 Obliterate (5)
19 Spoken (4)

words in
body Of


South dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
YK 1083
4QJ 1064

*AJ 53
*Q J92

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
Good 21; very good 31; excellent 41
(or more). Solution tomorrow.

ankh back backer bake baker
bank banker bark beak beck
BENCHMARK berk bracken
brake break cake canker crank
creak embankembark hack
hacker hake hank hanker hark
harken heck kame kerb kern
khan mack make maker mark
nark neck rack rake rank

While it is true that South was
unlucky to find West with both the
king of clubs and ace of spades, the
fact remains that South was responsi-
ble for his own demise. Had he
refused to take West's queen of dia-
monds with the ace at trick one, he
would have overcome the unfriendly
lie of the cards.
The purpose of ducking West's
queen at the outset is to prevent him
from later putting his partner on lead
with a diamond. By severing this line
of communication between the
defenders, declare assures the con-
tract even though the club finesse
loses and the spade ace is offside.
Let's say West continues with a
diamond at trick two. Declarer wins,
draws trumps as before and tries the
club finesse. West takes his king but
is helpless. A diamond return pres-
ents South with a ruff-and-discard;
cashing the spade ace establishes
South's king; and a club return
allows declarer to discard two spades
on dummy's clubs. All roads thus
lead to at least 10 tricks.
Note that if East elects to overtake
West's queen with the king at trick
one, South can counter by taking his
ace at once. The presence of
dummy's ten ensures that East will at
no point gain the lead to threaten
declarer's king of spades.

*K 96.
The bidding:
South West North East
I I Pass 2 V Pass
4 V
Opening lead queen of diamonds.
This deal features a play that's
easy enough to appreciate after the
hand is over, but one that might eas-
ily be overlooked in actual practice.
When the deal occurred, South
oon the opening diamond lead with
the ace and played the ace and
another trump to the king. He then
led dummy's queen of clubs and,
\vhen East followed low, let it ride.
West won with the king and led a
diamond to East's king. East then
shifted to a spade, and the defense
scored two spade tricks for down

Tomorrow: Test your play.
.2008 King Features Syndicate Inc.

*Q 1074
*K8 643












Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Dangerous Waters Ahead






WITH the economy in decline, and jobs harder to get, you
would think service at Nassau restaurants would be on the up
and up, with waitresses desperate to'show off their professional

On the contrary, though, service in Nassau
seems to get worse and worse, much to the
dismay of American tourists who are used to
first-class treatment back home.
What is it about Bahamian waitresses, in
particular, that gives restaurants in the
Bahamas such a bad name? Why are they so
routinely sour-faced? Why do they find it so
hard to raise a smile and make a customer
feel at home?
A senior employee at Atlantis probably
revealed the true answer when he told
TASTE: "The automatic 15 per cent gratuity
is the killer. It's a sad fact that many
Bahamian waitresses can only exude pleas-
antness if they have a financial incentive to
do so.
"If they don't have that incentive, they will
revert to type which, unhappily for all con-
cerned, means being unaccommodating and
sometimes downright hostile."
Atlantis, the source confessed, was having
trouble maintaining four-star service with
staff who, very often, were incapable of
offering more than a two-star performance.
"It's as though these women bring all the
troubles of home to work with them. It's true
some of them have unpleasant domestic cir-
cumstances unfaithful husbands, unruly
children etc but they have to be profession-
al enough to leave their troubles behind
when they come to work."
Poor service in Nassau is not all about bad
attitudes, though. Sometimes, it's just plain
etiquette that falls down.
Have you ever been eating a meal in a
restaurant when the waitress has turned up
to clear the plates away? So while you're still
chomping away happily, chatting to your
friends, everyone's crockery is cleared and
you're left there, exposed and embarrassed.
Surely, one of the first lessons in hotel and
catering school is that you only clear the
table when everyone has finished eating.
And what about the vexed question of
change? If your bill is $60 and you hand over
$70 because you don't have the right notes to
give the right amount, are you really expect-
ed to wait 20 minutes to get your money?
There is no doubt that the delayed deliv-
ery of change, is a tactic used by many wait-
resses waiters, too in the hope you will get
fed up and leave, boosting their compulsory
gratuity to even greater heights.
Change should always be returned to the
customer promptly, whether it is $10 or 50
cents. Money becomes the staff's property
only when the customer says so.
And just how much is a customer expect-
ed to leave as a tip when they've already
been hit by that 15 per cent gratuity?
If the service is exceptional, customers
feeling buoyant might well leave a substan-
tial extra amount.
But in some restaurants this "top-up tip"

is now being seen as another mandatory
Again, waitresses more so than waiters -
get vexed if they don't receive it, creating
yet more room for tension between staff
and customers.
Perhaps the most horrendous example of
bad attitude combined with unrealistic
expectations came a few days ago in a Nas-
sau restaurant.
A regular customer who routinely leaves
an extra dollar to "top up" the 10 per cent
compulsory gratuity on a nine-dollar meal
decided to keep his banknotes and leave
coinage instead.
The waitress was so annoyed when she
approached the table that she called the
customer back as he was about to leave and
plonked the coins in his hand.
To his credit, the customer coolly said
"Thank you" and left, pocketing the tip,
thus saving himself being embarrassed in
front of other customers, which was clearly
the waitress's intention.
This woman was not only getting a 20 per
cent tip, she was receiving it from a cus-
tomer who was one of the few regulars left
in a restaurant whose business has dropped
dramatically in the last two years.
After this potentially embarrassing expe-
rience, the customer said: "I have been
troubled by the staff's bad attitudes for
some time, but still used the restaurant .
because it offered value for money.
"However, having been there for lunch
for nearly ten years, I shall never return. So
the waitress has not only cost her employers
a very good customer, she has also deprived
fellow waitresses of the tips I always left."
What this woman needs, of course, is
instant dismissal and ten years of solid
unemployment. But one wonders if such a
fate would alter her feelings of entitlement.
Hopefully, a comment in The Tribune last
week will focus the minds of Nassau's
It was speculated that Cuba, when
opened up to US tourists, will reduce Nas-
sau's visitors not by 20 per cent, as is gener-
ally thought, but 70 per cent by any stan-
dard a devastating blow to the local econo-
Surly staff like the one cited above will be
among the first to hit the streets. Then the
tip she so ungratefully rejected will seem
more than acceptable in any form, notes or
coins. By then, of course, it will be too late.
But she is the kind of Bahamian who
gives this town its bad name. Others like
her need to shape up or find something
else to do with their time.

Do you have examples of bad service? E-mail us
at tribune@tribunemedia.net


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that he chose this topic because
he has grown up around it all
his life in the Bahamas. In fact,'
he has Haitian-Bahamian
friends who he discovered have
no passport, and as a result, view
themselves as "stateless".
Brian went on a personal mis-.
sion to find out more about the
status of Haitians living in the
Bahamas and ended up realising
that there were many things
about immigration that Bahami-
ans especially Bahamian his
age don't know.
Possibly, there .are many
Bahamians who have formed an
opinion about Haitians in the
Bahamas without having ade-
quate information to draw a
well-informed conclusion. And,
as a result, discrimination and
prejudice towards Haitians, and
Bahamians of Haitian descent,
are rampant.
Brian is looking forward to
having his documentary change
that mindset. He has put spe-

cial' attention into making his tion for citizenship. He will tell
project a well-rounded effort of how he found, a temporary
That is accurate and impartial, solution when he' obtained a
In "Lakav". Brian brings World Citizen passport, and also
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"'B ec M~~ awn animations to illustrate
of State for liimigration, Clint how the Haitians came to,the
Kemp, human right activist, and Bahamas.
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Amnesty International, togeth- local artists born of Haitian par-
er with the footage of impover- ents, Daniel and ,Estela
ished Haitian communities that Schwelssing, missionaries- and
he collected. activists intimately involved in
"A lot of people think that in the Haitian community (Estela
these communities there is vio- is of Haitian descent), Father
lence, guns and ,gangs and so Roland Vilfort of Queen of
they're scared to go into these .Peace Parish on' Faith Avenue,
communities. But that's not the and Pastor Derek Benjamin of
case. There are sotie places that- New Vision Church in Abaco,
smell really bad, and there is a will also join in the discussion.
reason why it is called The Mud... For SCAD, the hours of
There is a lot of mud around footage will be compressed into
and huge pools of water. But a 15-minute high definition doc-
everyone was really nice to us," umentary which will be corn-
Brian recalled. plete early next year. However,
Viewers will also meet Hait- Brian believes that this topic
ian refugees who will recount cannot be discussed thoroughly
first-hand experiences of how in that short time-frame. So he
they live and are treated or plans to use the SCAD assign-
mistreated in the Bahamas. ment as a proposal tool in rais-
For example, Anthony Marc, ing the funds to complete a 30-
a 29-year-old employee at Doc- minute documentary which he
tors Hospital who is still wait- plans to show at the Bahamas
ing on approval of his applica- International Film Festival


LIKE visual arts, rap is also an
expression of the human mind
that has the ability to communi-
cate ideas and attitudes.
It paints a story of a person's most inward feelings
with words and has the power to change lives, force
actions, and influence reactions all at the same time.
Rap has influenced and impacted the life of many
people. It has made statements and set trends that
become amusing to people who listen to it.
Young recording Bahamian artist, Gary "Teko"
Taylor, says that rap music in itself is a craft. "Rap
music is a craft, much thought and expression goes into
it, it's not just spitting lyrics it goes beyond all of that."
Teko says that rap music is quite rewarding if it is
done for the love and not just as a hobby. Teko is a
Bahamian rappper who records in the United States.
He has recorded about 30 rap songs.
The true essence that some rappers try to capture is
the story of their world or the world around them.
Many may get the impression that rap music is bad, or
may impair personal judgement.
While this may be so it is ideal that people disregard
the literal outlook on rap and admire the creativity,
figuration and imagination of the rap artists.
"Say there ain't no hope for the youth but the truth is
ain't no hope for the future" is an excerpt from the
song "Keep Your Head Up" world renowned artist
Tupac Shakur.
In this line he tries to express outlook on the young
people that live in his community. He crafts that line
carefully with his artistic rap style to voice his opinion
on the current situation in a catchy and rhythmic way.
The beat to sound grabs the listener to the words of
the song.
Wynton "Stoolz" Moore is another rap lover who
has been impacted by the artistic style of recording
artist Ludarics. Wynton agrees that rap music comes
from within and, like artists, rappers also transition
from literal ideas, but to ideas that make person stop
and think about what is actually being said.
"Ludacris is my favourite rapper. Before time his
rap music did not have much meaning, now he has
become so deep with what he does. As for me rap has
impacted the way I dress, the way I speak and it has
broaden my horizon. It has made me not only want to
rap but also to apply thought to my lyrics as well."
Wynton believes that only rap music that has indi-
viduality, invention, and passion is art.
Although the positive impact of rap may be underes-
timated it has influenced some people to become
inventive in the way they use words and rhythm to
effectively communicate the message the rap artists
are sending out. It has the power to persuade and like
art it has no uniform meaning.


(BIFF), and to reach a wider
audience as part of the Cable
television programme line-up.
Since Brian first picked up a
camera in 2003, his work has
:always been socially and moral-
lh conscious documentaries. His
first % as "The Genesis Project",
which used scenes from the
Bahamas and images of the cos-
mos to bring a message of one's
responsibility to care for his/her
It was shown at The Bahamas
Film Festival (TBFF). And from
there, Brian began producing
work for his church, (New Prov-
idence Community Church)
which had more to do with
social justice, the arts, and trying
to raise awareness about certain
..However, Brian views
"Lakay" as his most compelling
project to date.
"I don't see any reason why
there should be a whole sect of
people who are separated from
the society that they are growing
up in. So, they are born to Hait-
ian parents in a Bahamian soci-
ety and they go to school, but
once they graduate, they are
basically cut off in terms of it
being difficult for them to get a
tertiary education or find jobs.

All of a sudden they are sepa-
rated," Brian noted.
What's worse, it seems like
there is no movement toward
change, or even an attempt to
have public discussions about
what could be done to help the
plight of Haitians living in the
While Brian believes that the
government may be lackadaisi-
cal on such an issue, he also not-
ed that action is usually taken
when there is a unified public
pressure on the government to
make necessary changes in
national laws.
"And I think that one of the
best ways to get a message
across in this day and age is
through film and images. And
when people really know about
what's going on and the strug-
gles [Haitians] face, they will
begin talking about it and start
asking the right questions of
their leaders and then things
will change. So the whole pur-
pose of this film is to foster a
dialogue," Brian told The Arts.

For more information on this
project and how you may be able to
assist, contact Brian Lee at


A WORKER stands in
front of the 'Upside
Down House' in
Trassenheide on Use-
dom Island, northern
Germany, Tuesday,
Aug. 26,2008.The
house of an entrepre-
neur from Poland is
part of the project
'The World Upside
Down' that should
allow visitors a differ-
ent view of every day
items. The building is
expected to open its
doors for visitors in
the upcoming week.


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impersonators The Edwards
Twins have signed up for
another year at the Rainforest
Theatre at Cable Beach.
Though taking a well-
earned rest in September -
traditionally one of the slow-
est times of the year in Nas-
sau they will be back in
October with more of their
dazzling impressions of the
Eddie and Anthony
Edwards, who are from Las
Vegas, have been gracing
Cable Beach for two years
now, wowing audiences with
their magical vocal impres-
sions of stars as different as
Barbra Streisand and Tom
On their return, they hope
for an even better response
to their nightly shows, which
many describe as the best
two-man stage performance
they have ever seen.

Fellowship of

the ring: Old

time wrestlers


Associated Press
They hardly get second
looks anymore. Few recog-
nize them. When they gath-
er at Jim's or Taco Haven or
any other favorite hangout,
no one but their regular wait-
resses pay them any mind.
Once upon a time, though,
the old men lamenting bad
knees and aching bones had
hundreds of fans cheering
them on or booing them.
They wrestled on regional
circuits long before the busi-
ness became "raw," before it
became "total nonstop
action" and before pay-
per-view made it a humon-
gous, moneymaking industry.
Today these elder San,.
Antonio wrestlers, members
of the Vintage Group, have,
trouble remeffiberinig dafes"
and ages, but they can still
recall the bouts, and the bruis-
es they earned in the ring.
Their membership is dwin-
dling. At the moment, it
includes, among others:
David Cantu, also known
as "Cruz Diablo," once one
of the city's most popular
celebrities and a wrestling star
in Texas and Mexico.
Marcus "Bad Boy" Brown,
83, a ring villain whose own
kids couldn't cheer for him.
And Frank Knapick, 90, a
self-described Polish Mexican
who fought under the name
"The Mad Russian."
They've known each other
since wrestling was seen on
television in grainy, black-.
and-white images.
Twice a month, they catch
up on who's ailing and what's
ailing them.
What they discuss most is
the toughest and meanest
among them. Who that is
depends on who's holding the
"Don't let him kid you,"
Brown says of Cantu. "He
was a mean one."
If they agree on anything,
it's the state of'wrestling
"It's a soap opera now,"
Cantu about the WWE,
World Wrestling Entertain-
ment, whose stars are twice
the size of wrestlers in the
Still, "I would love to be in
it now," he says wistfully.
One gets the feeling that
the others around the table
feel the same way.
Ten years ago, the Vintage
Group organized with 17
members. None was younger
than 60 at the time. Over the
years, funerals have cut into
its numbers.
"This is what's left of the
original Vintage Group,"
Cantu says. "There are about
seven guys left."
The group has no agenda,
just coffee and conversation.
In the '50s and '60s, they
were fixtures at the Municipal
Auditorium downtown here,
when wrestling was ruled by
regional federations and
wrestlers worked within their

Like today's wrestlers,
some of them were good and
some were not.
Brown's wrestling name
tells it all. "Bad Boy," a sur-
vivor of the Battle of Guadal-
canal, doesn't get a chance to
explain it.








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> 1-HE movement is being instrumental
in the development of the music
industry in the Bahamas and Make
Em Listen provides a stage and platform to
showcase young and upcoming Bahamian
artists representing the genres hip hop, R
and B, reggae, dancehall and neo soul,
which are not traditional Bahamian genres. '

Promoting the biggest Make Em Listen show ever.
which %ill take place on August 30. 2008. at the \V\ndham
Resort in Nassau. Bahamas. the main feature artists for the
show hate collaborated on a reggae as %ell as a rap med-
le. The songs %ere produced by Boogie, \ho is an impor-,
tant member of the Make Em Listen team.
The reggae medley, entitled "Express Yourself". fea-
tures artists BoBo Ken. Unique, Queen C. Rebirth. Jalam
and Rappquelle on a one-drop rhythm combining the
artist .aried olices.
The rap medle\ "Show Em Ha It Go" as well is a blend.
different rap st Iles are combined on the song featuring
RappqueUe, Frisco. Slu2gz. Porter Da Poet. BoBo Ken
and Dirt Dawg.
Inspired b\ the experience of trying to make ii as artists
in the Bahamas both songs represent a movement of '
young talent from across the islands. Make Em Listen is
the key. literally as the songs are all about \oices wanting
to be heard in the Bahamas and around the world.



TWO more artists featured in the
Make 'Em Listen movement, Queen
C and Jah Doctrine, will be perform-
ing this Saturday, August 30, at the
summer showcase of Bahamian tal-
Queen C has been writing her own
songs for six years. She thanks God
that He made this way for her, and
gave her the voice to make a change
through music. "Instead of being a
downfall, I would like to be an upris-
ing in my country," she said. Her soft
conscious melodies like "Angels are
always around" talk to her difficult
life experiences that pushed her to
be a leader in this world.
Queen C has been singing all her
life, but in the eleventh grade really
broke into the practised life of a
singer and began to work on her
vocals. "I want to write positive
music," she said, "I want nothing to
do with negativity."
She found her saviour, Patricia
Chattie, through a concert she saw at
Blue Notes two years ago. At that
moment, she envisioned herself up
on the stage .and decided to contact
Make 'Em Listen. And she has never
looked back. "I was never given an
opportunity like with this company, to
show my own sound," she said.
Jah Doctrine has followed a dif-
ferent, inspiring path towards the
same'goal: connecting and commu-
nicating to his audience that we must
get past the hard times and make
something of ourselves.
He has been in music since 1999,
and describes his sound as "multi-
genre but largely dancehall
reggae". He also dabbles in hip hop
and junkanoo on his upcoming album
"Echoes of History", to be released
early next year. Singles like "Hard

Times", "Dead Man Walking" and
"My Story" are currently being
released from this album and played
on the radio. Other singles "Change
the Game" and "Get Free" are forth-
Jah Doctrine has also been per-
forming live and appearing on TV
shows to gain his fan base. He spoke
with Nadine Brown on "Roots and
Culture", he was on "Bahamas at
Sunrise" in February, and on
Bahamas Entertainment TV as well
as other live performances.
His life as a musician started out
writing poetry and his love for lyrics
was evident as his thoughts "spilled
out onto paper". He was in choirs
throughout school and while at Col-
lege of the Bahamas he did
"freestyle" and sang in the open
microphone format while on the bas-
ketball court.
Jah Doctrine's name is self-evident
in his music's cause to tell the word
of God, as well as whatever he deals
with in his own life. He gives his take
on Bahamian life, and sings from his
heart. His style is a form of story-
telling that promotes authenticity: he
talks of young Bahamians' choices in
life. In "Hard Times" he exposes the
apparent lack of choice for the youth,
as they must choose between "rob-
bery, selling drugs or a nine-to-five
job" he sings.
"E"ery coin has a front and back,"
he sings, portraying the reality that
times are hard but at the end of the
day each young person needs to fig-
ure out a positive way of dealing with
the problem. Otherwise, he said, in
the end you'll be hurting yourself as
well as the society you live in.
He heard about Make 'Em Listen
while in the US, so he contacted Patri-
cia Chatti with hopes of getting
involved in the movement as well.

Queen ,

His first performance with the com-
pany was in January, 2008, and he
will continue to work with them as
well as hoping to collaborate with
other artists in the network in the
near future.
"The Bahamian (music) market is
growing and doing well," Jah Doc-
trine said, "but it's hard to get music
out there because of the economic
The writing and making of music is
enjoyable and what he loves, but what
can become a hassle is the market-
ing. "It isn't laid out for you, so you
must create what you can, have fun
with the production, and we should
get together and help each other out,"
he said.


Service with Make Em Listen
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There's no place like

Tribune Feature Writer'






DENVER-BASED artist Malcolm Farley paints a portrait of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama D-lll., Sat-
urday, Aug. 23, 2008, at Elitch Gardens in Denver during a welcome party put on by the Democratic National Convention host
committee. Ted S. Warren/AP Photo

iUsing footage
taken in The Mud and Pigeon
Pea areas, and interviews with
various governmental and
social leaders, Brian hopes
that he can help to present an
intimate, unbiased approach
to the plight of Haitians in the
By extension, Brian hopes to
remove some of the stigma
shrouding illegal immigrants,
and second generation
Haitians who find themselves
"It feels like there is a lot of
misinformation on both sides.
So I'm trying to take a look at
what everyone is feeling from
the Haitian perspective all the
way to the Bahamian and gov-
ernment perspectives. Also, I'm
investigating the relationship
between Haitians and Bahami-
ans and why it seems like
there is so much tension," Bri-
an told Tribune Arts.
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