The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: September 2, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Volume: 104 No.235



double hurricane

threat Io Bahamas

Nation could be

hit by two storms

within days
* By LISA LAWLOR southeas
THE Bahamas could-be hit is expect
with two hurricanes within a mat- Bahama
ter of days as Tropical Storm Ike Acco
is set to follow the trail of Hurri- Meteor
cane Hanna before :the close of Hanna,
the weekend. Tropica
As of press time last night, th6 expected
centre of Hurricane Hanna was by Thur
located at Longitude 22.2 north slamming
and Latitude 72.6 west with sus- the Bah
trained winds of 80 miles per hour. with "nc
The hurricane is travelling at Accor
three miles per hour and is alHurri
expected to pass between San Sal- to prot
vador and Exumaby 8 o'clock should b
tonight. in time
Out in the Atlantic Ocean, already
Tropical Storm Ike has formed, part of t
with sustained winds of 50 miles. Now
per hour, and -travelling west
northwest at 15 miles per hour. SEI
Ike is located some 2,600 miles


t of New Providence and,
ng to current projections,
tedjto reach the southern
s by Saturday night.
wording to the Bahamas
ology Office, Hurricane
along with what is now
1 Storm Ike which is
d to become a hurricane
*sday morning will be
.g into different parts of
amas at the same time,
Time for relaxation."
ding to the US's Nation-
cane Centre preparations
ect life and property
e "rushed to completion"
for Hanna, which is
pounding the southern
he archipelago.
a tropical'storm, Ike will
E page eight

THE EARLY effects of Hanna could be felt yesterday in New
Providence. The hurricane is expected to pass between San Salvador
and Exuma by 8pm tonight.

Crooks target

businesses with
fake cheques
Tribune Staff Reporter
MERCHANTS are being
warned to look out for counterfeit
manager's cheques and govern-
ment company cheques which
police say crooks are passing off
to unsuspecting commercial
banks and foodstores.
Police have already brought a
few suspects to court on the mat-
ters reported to them but believe
there are wider and multiple
counterfeit rings still at large.
A senior investigator in the
Commercial Crimes Unit said
SEE page eight

AN ANDROS parent is
calling for two teachers who
have been transferred out of
their schools by the Ministry
of Education to be ordered to
The teachers, accused of
being disruptive in their
respective primary and high
schools in North Andros, were
both transferred out of their
schools during the last school
year, but have. refused to
leave, the parent maintains.
Both teachers continue to
attend the schools they have
officially been transferred
from, and continue to get
involved in disruptive activi-
SEE page eight

Coral Harbour


Hanna hits



HURRICANE Hanna became
a major concern last night as it
moved slowly over the southeast-
ern Bahamas gathering strength.
Residents of Mayaguana moved
into storm shelters as heavy rains
caused excessive flooding, winds
exceeded 80mph and large ocean.
swells battered the coastline.
Acklins and Crooked Island
residents were also urged to seek
shelter as excessive flooding is
expected to severely impact the
low-lying areas of the islands when
the storm hits.
At 5pm yesterday, Hanna's
centre was located east of
Mayaguana at latitude 22.2

Electricity bills
should decrease
next month
Tribune Staff Reporter
SOME relief may be in sight fo]
cash-strapped Bahamians reeling over
their ever mounting electricity bills as
the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's
fuel surcharges should decrease nex
Phenton Neymour, State Minister
, for Public Utilities, yesterday said tha
with oil prices on the world market
having decreased in recent weeks, the
effect should begin to be felt two
weeks from now.
SEE page eight

degrees north and longitude 72.6
degrees west; that is 100 miles east-
southeast of Acklins, 45 miles
north-northeast of Inagua and
around 360 miles east-southeast
of New Providence. :
Hurricane force winds are
extending up to 70 miles north-
east from the centre of the storm|
and Tropical Storm force winds
extend up to 160 miles outward
from the centre.
At the same time Hanna was
moving west-northwest at just
3mph, and the National Emer-
gency Management Agency
(NEMAI) issued warnings for
southeastern and central Bahama,
islands directly in its path.
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter
of Police Reginald Ferguson told
The Tribune yesterday that if offi-
cers from the Wulff Road Police
Station were found to have stolen
$9,000 from a vehicle they
stopped and searched, the "full
extent" of the law would fall upon
"An investigation has been
launched," said the Commission-
er, "and if there is evidence
derived which indicates that offi-
cers are at fault in any way they
will be dealt with like anybody
It was alleged that officers from
the Wulff Road Police Station -
who were out of their jurisdiction

at the time stopped and
searched a car around. 5am on
John F Kennedy Drive. The offi-
cers, who were said to be driving
a Silver Ford Explorer with
"Northeastern Division" marked
on it, pulled the car over and
made a phone call. Not long after,
an unmarked Nissan Maxima
pulled up at the scene and the
officers informed the driver that
the men in the Maxima were their
"superiors" and that they would
handle the search from there.
After the search, one of the
men was alleged to have asked
the driver for some money to buy
something to drink. The driver
gave the men $200, and after leav-
ing the scene, discovered that
SEE page eight

Investigation launched
into allegations officers
stole $9,000 from vehicle

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Sexual violence in the Bahamas

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE director of the
Bahamas Crisis Cen-
tre claims that the country
continues to have a "very seri-
ous" problem when it comes
to sexual violence.
This is despite the fact that a
World Bank official revealed
to The Tribune this week that
data supporting Amnesty
International's 2008 claim that
the Bahamas has the highest
reported rape rate in the
world is now 11 years old.
Amnesty's "State of the
World's Human Rights"
report for this year said in its
"Violence on Women" sec-
tion that this country has the
"highest rate of reported rapes
in the world."
According to the interna-

al human rights
organisation, this shocking
finding was highlighted in a
Joint Report issued by the UN
Office on Drugs and Crime
and the Latin America and
the Caribbean Region' of the
World Bank, entitled "Crime,
Violence and Development -
Trends, Costs and Policy
,Options" released in 2007.
. However, although the
annual review highlighted the
rate as a cause of concern, it
did not mention any of the

fying comments
included in the joint
.UN/World Bank report from
-which the statistics were
-drawn which may have shown
the dramatic figure in a slight-
ly different light.
These include the fact that:
the World Bank/UN analysis
was based on old data; the
Bahamas' rate was compared
with."all the,countries for
which data was available" and
not all countries in the world,
as claimed; though the rate is
high, it is very likely increased
by the fact that the Bahamas

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has a "very trusted police
force for a developing coun-
try", and it is impacted by the
significant tourist influx.
"The Bahamas has a big
inflow of tourists but the
denominator for the calcula-
tion is native population so
countries which swell because
of tourism, if there are rapes
of tourists, that tends to inflate
rape rates. The second quali-
fication is that the Bahamas
has a very, respected police
force for a developing country
and is highly urbanised,"
Andrew Morrison, a lead
economist in the World
Bank's Gender and Develop-
ment section who co-authored
the report told The Tribune.
Yesterday Dr Sandra Dean
Patterson, director of the
Women's Crisis Centre said
that awareness campaigns dri-
ven'by the centre which she,
heads and by the police that
have focused on the unac-
ceptability of certain acts have
caused more people to report
sexual offences, but stressed
that this does not minimise the
underlying point.
"The bottom line is that the
numbers are unacceptably
high," she said.
She said that reported inci-
dences of rape and other sex-
ual assaults have "continued
to.go up since 1997."

Heer claim is support-
ed by police data
showing that between the
years 2000 and 2004 there
were 546 reported rapes,
which averages out to over
170 reported rapes per 100,000
persons per year more- than
the 1997 data recorded.
The doctor said that in her
experience, looking both at
statistics and the people she
comes into contact with at the
centre, which provides coun-
selling for victims of sexual
crimes, the Bahamas has an
extremely high number of
young persons who are the
victims of sexual assault.
"Our numbers are very
high, and we have, to be con-
cerned about it whether it is
based on 1997 or more recent
As for tourists inflating the
rape rate police data from
the 2000 2004 period shows
that tourists reported 49 rapes,
accounting for nine per cent
of the total not exactly a
massive proportion that would
severely skew the data, but
still significant.
On his part, Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Hulan
Hanna supported the idea that
the high reporting rate indi-

cates public confidence in the
He said that this is "by
design" on the part of the
force, and something which it
hopes will lead to a reduction
in the overall rate of incidents.
It should be considered a
credit to the RBPF that peo-
ple feel confident enough to
come forward with their com-
plaints, he suggested.
Were other jurisdictions
where rape goes under-report-
ed to be analysed for their lev-
el of victimisation "their fig-
ures may rival or even eclipse
the Bahamas' figure," said Mr
Hanna Which the report said
stood at 133 per 100,000 in
1997, and is known to have
increased since then.
One such rival may be
Jamaica, which although a
country known for high rates
of violence against women,
has a reported rape rate of 51
in 100,000, or at a greater
extreme, Saudi Arabia, which
claims to have a reported rape
rate of zero despite its well-
documented disregard for
women's rights.
"Over the last several years,
particularly when Mr (Paul)
Farquharson came in as com-
missioner, we made a con-
certed effort to engage .the
public so that the public would
feel sufficiently confident in
reporting things to the police.
regardless of how egregious,
those offences would've
been," he said. ,
However, the senior officer
did admit that the figure does
appear "horrendous", adding:
"We have the information,
we're trying to work with our
agencies and our partners to
ameliorate this social scourge
where the sexes have been
violated by each other in this,
kind of way."
While there has never been
a comprehensive analysis of
victimisation levels in the
Bahamas which would reveal
how many more rapes occur

vis-a-vis the number that are
reported a practice which
the World Bank/UN report
strongly recommended a
look at other country's expe-
rience with the issue could
shine some light in this area.

A according to the
United States
Bureau of Justice Statistics,
the majority of rapes and sex-
ual assaults perpetrated
against women and girls in the
United States between 1992
and 2000 were not reported
to the police.
One study claimed that only
36 per cent of rapes, 34 per
cent of attempted rapes, and
26 per cent of sexual assaults
came to official's attention.
Among the reasons why vic-
tims did not feel confident in
coming forward, lack of trust
in the criminal justice system is
one of the most commonly
recognized factors.
Also playing a part are feel-
ings of self-blame or guilt, the
desire to keep the assault a
private matter, fear of the per-
petrator or of not being
Mr Hanna said Bahamian
police have a good .track
record when it comes to deal-
ing with rape complaints and
with following through on
investigating them.
"I think the offence, of rape
because, it is so traumatic and'
it has the potential to forever"':
change a person's life, we take,
it even more seriously, to the
point where we have gone out
and sought to have our offi-
cers trained in the investiga-
tive. techniques.
"We have put in a room in
the Central Detective Unit
with certain infrastructure that
would make the interviewing ,
of victims more comfortable.
We have done a whole range
of things," he said.
At the same time, while
"not wishing to take away
from the impact of a report",
the senior officer cautioned
that reported figures
are "raw" data and do not
speak to how many were
determined to be prosecutable
He also added that it must
be taken into account that
among tourist rapes some of
them are reports of assaults
inflicted upon a tourist by
another tourist, and therefore
do not speak to the level of
criminality among Bahamians.
Other commentators are
quick to point, alternatively,
that reported rapes are only
a proportion of all rapes that
actually take place, and there-
fore a high rate signifies an
even bigger problem.

* REPORTED rapes per 100,000 people,
according to 1997 United Nations
Crime Trends Survey data.

* Bahamas 133 (8.86 times the world average).
* Swaziland 121.
* St Vincent and the Grenadines 112.
* Jamaica 51.
* St Kitts and Nevis 45.
* Dominica 34.
* Barbados 25.
* Trinidad and Tobago 18.
* Word Wide Average 15.
* Saudi Arabia 0.

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Man charged

wilh rape,


armed robbery
A 21-YEAR-OLD man
was arraigned in a Magistrate's
Court yesterday, charged with
rape, kidnapping and armed
Kevin Vaughn Hepburn, 21,
of Wulff Road was arraigned
before Magistrate Derrence
Rolle at Court Five in Bank
According to court dockets,
it is alleged that Hepburn
raped a. 19-year-old woman on
Saturday, August 30. Court
dockets also allege that on the
same day Hepburn forcibly
detained the victim.
On the charge of armed
robbery, court dockets allege
that on August 30, Hepburn
robbed a woman of $12 and a
Motorola cellular phone.
It was further alleged that
the accused was found in pos-
session of a handgun with the
intent to endanger the life of a
Hepburn was not required
to plead to the charges and
was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison.
The case has been
adjourned to October 8.

Man charged

with sacrilege

A 25-YEAR-OLD man
charged with sacrilege and
shopbreaking was arraigned in
a Magistrate's Court yester-
According to court dockets,
it is alleged that between Fri-
day, August 29, and Satur-
day, August 30, Melvin Ingra-
ham broke into the Church of
God on East Street.
On the charge of sacrilege,
court dockets allege that the
accused stole $5,000 worth of
audio equipment from the
church. Ingraham was also
charged with receiving the
stolen items.
Ingraham, who was
arraigned before Magistrate
Susan Sylvester at Court 11 in
Nassau Street, pleaded not
guilty to the charges and was
granted bail in the sum of
The case was adjourned to
January 2, 2009.

NEMA goes into

ctivaonm ode tor

Impact of Hanna
INTERIM Director of
the National Emergency
Management Agency
Commander Stephen Rus-
sell partially activated the
National Emergency
Operations Centre as the
country braced for Hurri-
cane Hanna.
On Saturday Comman-
der Russell organised a
"core team" of personnel
at NEMA's headquarters
in the Churchill Building
to monitor what was then
Tropical Storm Hanna.
The storm became a
category one hurricane
yesterday began pounding
the southeast Bahamas
with heavy rain.
Islands affected yester-
day included Acklins,
Cooked Island, Mayagua-
na, Inagua and the Turks
and Caicos Islands, where
residents were advised by
the Bahamas Department
of Meteorology to take
the necessary precautions
in case of massive flood-
The team includes rep-
resentatives from the
Department of Meteorol-
ogy, the Department of
Social Services, Ministry
of Public Works and
Transport, the Ministry of
Health, and the Ministry
of National Security.
Family Island adminis-
trators were also contact-

ed for reports on their
level of preparedness.
"NEMA stands by to
respond to any form of
disaster, natural or man-
made that might impact#
The Bahamas," Comman-
der Russell said.
In the operations cen-
tre, a "checklist of
actions" is observed,
when a weather system
such as a tropical storm or
a hurricane is about to
impact any part of the
country within a 72-hour

Bahamians in a rush

for hurricane supplies

Tribune Staff Reporter
AQUAPURE saw a 30 per
cent increase in bottled water sales
yesterday and Saturday as
Bahamians rushed to stock up on
essentials in preparation for Hur-
ricane Hanna which is expected
to hit New Providence on
KLG Investments managing
director Alex Knowles said
despite the surge in sales, Aqua-
pure has stepped up production
and will be able to meet the
demand for last minute customers.
"It's two things Bahamians buy
when it's a hurricane bread and
water. (The rush) started since
Saturday and today it's the same.
I'm sure the other water compa-
nies are going through what we're
going through but we're handling
the production well and we're
going to be in a position to supply
all the needs'of the Bahamian
The company has 20 trucks on
delivery and three water depots,
with the majority of water sales
made through deliveries, Mr
Knowles said.
Gordon TurRquest, a resident
of western New Providence,
thought he was ahead of his hur-
ricane preparedness schedule
when he went grocery shopping
on Sunday. He told The Tribune
he was caught off guard when he
learned that a food-store in Cable
Beach was completely out of five
gallon water bottles on Sunday.
"There was not a five gallon
bottle in sight when I went to the
food-store on Sunday only the
lil' one gallon bottles. I thought I
was beating the last minute rush
because they say we won't feel
any effects until mid-week, but I
guess other people had the same
idea as me," he said yesterday.
However a manager of the
Cable Beach store said there has

Cruise ship arrive

-because of weati

THERE were no cruise ships
in Nassau yesterday as some
delayed their arrival to other
islands because of weather con-
Weekend cruise arrivals
went according to schedule, but
some cruise berths for the
Bahamas have been resched-
uled through the middle of this
week due to weather conditions.
Just one of eight scheduled
cruise calls was cancelled over
the weekend. Carnival's Glory
cancelled her voyage to Nassau
on Sunday, August 31.
The Glory replaced her port
call with a sea day. However,
Royal Caribbean's Majesty of
the Seas and the Regal Empress
kept their calls on Sunday.
The day before, five ships -
Norwegian Sky, Carnival's Fas-
cination and Triumph and Roy-
al Caribbean's Sovereign and
Enchantment made scheduled
calls at Nassau.
Schedule adjustments over
the next few days are:
Monday, September 1
No ships in harbour in Nas-
The Carnival Sensation is
now in Grand Bahama instead
of Nassau with 2,500 passen-
Disney Wonder is expect-
ed to call on Tuesday instead
of Monday
STuesday, September 2
Carnival's Miracle is
expected in call at Nassau, as
the ship has been diverted from
its normal route.
Carnival's Inspiration has
cancelled, opting instead for a
sea day
Royal Caribbean's Majesty
of the Seas and Carnival's Sen-
sation are expected to maintain
their calls at Nassau
Disney Wonder is still
scheduled to call in Nassau as
previously indicated
Regal Empress has can-
celled its call at Nassau
Wednesday, September 3
Sovereign of Seas and the
Disney Magic are expected to
call at Nassau, as scheduled.
Norwegian Sky and Spirit
have cancelled calls at Nassau.
Carnival's Miracle has
requested a stop at Grand
NCL Sky has cancelled all
voyages to Grand Bahama
(Note: NCL has cancelled its
voyages on Sky for the mid-
week thus far to Freeport, Nas-
sau and Great Stirrup Cay.
Voyages on the Spirit also have
been cancelled).

released by NOAA shows
Tropical Storm Hanna in
the Atlantic Ocean on
Thursday Aug. 28, 2008.
Tropical Storm Hanna
formed Thursday in the
Atlantic, northeast of the
northern Leeward Islands.



been an Increase in water sales
but the store never ran out of sup-
plies. "They buying water like
crazy, since Friday, but we haven't
run ou$ of water at least not five
Mr Knowles said some cus-
tomers may have had difficulty
finding bottles in food-stores over
the weekend because they do not
receive water deliveries on Sun-
days to replenish what is sold on
He feels an emergency plan
should be set up between water
supplier and food-store chains that
would allow for delivery of water
on Sunday in case of emergen-
cies like hurricanes.
"Food-stores don't have a sys-
tem set up where they receive
goods on a Sunday, none of the
food-stores receive goods. (Yes-
terday) a food-store took a whole

Is rescheduled

her conditions

load off one our trucks because
they ran out on Saturday. I'm
thinking of talking with them to
see if we can come up with an
emergency plan to deliver (on
"But as for now, we're getting it
(water) out as fast as we can. I'll
have my 20 trucks on the road
again tomorrow," Mr Knowles
Yesterday, the Central
Bahamas, Southeastern Bahamas
and the Turks and Caicos were
under a hurricane warning. This
means that hurricane conditions
are expected within the warning
area within 24 hours.
Forecasters are also watching
Tropical Storm Ike, which is pro-
jected to follow the same path as
Hurricane Hanna and may hit the
Bahamas by the weekend.

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IN THE past few weeks labour leaders have
been making statements to justify a strike that
by no stretch of anyone's imagination can be
called either legal or justified.
Despite National Congress of Trade Unions
President John Pinder's desperate attempts to
rewrite the scenario for what took place on Bay
Street on August 11 and in Freeport on August
12, his efforts have been defeated by what
BCIOU and BCPMU union leaders told news-
paper reporters, and what those reporters saw
with their own eyes and photographers record-
ed through their camera lenses.
Mr Pinder claimed that on the day in ques-
tion BTC employees "reported for duty, pro-
duced and performed their duty, went out to
-lunch and returned after lunch."
Anyone who was on Bay Street shortly after
11ani on August 11 and saw the chaos created
by BTC workers and their vehicles would ques- "
tion the truth of Mr Pinder's statement. Even 11
am, or 11.30 am, is rather early to be recog-
nised as lunch time.
The staff might have reported to their offices
that morning, but they certainly didn't report
with work in mind. According to BTC executive
vice president Kirk Griffin staff were called to
a union-meeting at 10am and told they should be
"prepared to take the week off."
Leaving that meeting a fleet of BTC vehicles,
driven by those same workers, converged on
Bay Street and Paradise Island bridge, blocking
traffic and bringing all business to a halt. We still
.do not know how many tourists missed their
flights and onward connections because, accord-
ing to Mr Pinder, a number of BTC staff decid-
ed to head in "the same direction on their enti-
tled lunch hour." Nor do we know the cost to'
taxi drivers, stuck in the traffic jam, who missed
their fares, not to mention the many other
Bahamians who were inconvenienced because
several hundred BTC workers decided to take
their vehicles for a stroll up Bay Street. '
Mr Griffin said that because of-this action,
BTC had to close its New Providence offices, so
we don't quite know where Mr Pinder is coming'
from when he tries to convince the public that
these people "produced and performed their
duty." Unless, of course, their duty that day
was to park. their vehicles in the middle of Bay
Street, pop up the hoods of those vehicles and
take a fiendish delight in thumbing their noses
at the very people who are taxed to pay their
exorbitant salaries.
Even BCPOU president Robert Farquhar-
son put the lie to Mr Pinder's, claim when he
proudly boasted to the 'press that when he
ordered staff to return to their,offices he
instructed them not to work. When you are

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asked to do anything, he told them, say "uh-uh."
And whatever they did, he told them, do it with
less enthusiasm. And, apparently, this is what
they did.
Again giving the lie to Mr Pinder's claim
that work continued after the Bay Street stroll,
BCPMU president Claude Hanna proudly
boasted that their action that day "shut down"
all BTC operations. So where is the evidence of
work before and after that lunch hour, Mr Pin-
der? No matter how much Mr Pinder hopes
the union leaders didn't say it, or having said it,
didn't mean it, the facts of the case 'are that an
unauthorised strike "shut down" BTC on
August 11.
Now to the removal of government-owned
vehicles by the BTC staff. According to union
leader Farquharson, BTC employees who have
vehicles assigned to them are entitled to use
those vehicles on their lunch break.
Now let's pause and think. BTC vehicles are
purchased, and assigned to workers to carry
out duties on behalf of the public. At no time
can these vehicles whether during working
hours, or on lunch breaks be used in an ille-
gal enterprise.
Now let us suppose that a group of citizens
with their private vehicles decided to imitate
what BTC workers did with their public vehi-
. As it is illegal to closd`oi block a pUblid thor&
oughfare, the police would have descended drid
immediately arrested the private citizens for
breaking the law.
If they resisted police when threatened to
have tow trucks remove them as did the
unionists would the police have backed
down? The answer is no. Not only would these
private citizens have been promptly arrested
for blocking a main r6ad, but they would have
been charged with defying an officer's orders to
move or be towed. So, why did the police back
down and not do their duty?
In this case the only difference between pri-
vate citizens blocking a public road and union-
ists was that the unionists liad an industrial
agreement with B'TC, not with the public.
And 'if under the current Industrial Relations
Act, unionists are above the law, then that Act
has to be amended and quickly.
If the board is crippled by an agreement that
gives unionists more rights than ordinary citi-
zens, then it is about time that the police stepped
up to the plate to ensure that all citizens are
treated equally.
We have now come to a crossroads: Either all
sections of the community have to face the con-
sequences of uncivil behaviour, or the country.
will eventually be ruled by anarchy.

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Tribune. __ businesses are closing, workers
are losing their jobs or being
ad with much laid off, just for the sake of the
itorials over the government-owned utility com-
egarding BEC pany.
nsumers for its impressed with his acceptance The current government
inefficient ser-, speech last night at the conven- administration needs to hang
tion. their head in shame and do
you went far This prospective president, something to rectify this situa-
the surcharge though bad for the Bahamas, tion before total economic ruin
a government seems to understand the plight of the country.
of the average American, and I encourage all Bahamian cit-
ed to for years promises to help alleviate the izens to call your MP's and let
rge is based on injustices and pressures inflicted them know how you feel about
but as the price upon them by the Bush admin- this government-legislated and
npf dips down, istration. controlled tax for which you
manages to Our politicians however talk have no representation or
the talk, but have increased the recourse.
wed to continue duty rates on school uniforms Through this country's legis-
9illing already and books claiming to be help- lation, you cannot purchase an
isumers suffer- ing the poor man. alternative source of electricity
increased cost o In my mind, I am still unable in this so-called democratic
-handedly dris, to rationalise why the current country without being prose-
of the Bahamas government would increase tax- cuted.
ting recession, es at the time of an economic Please, for the love of God
ing hadec George slowdown in the Bahamas. and country Mr Ingraham, pro-
Athe American Most learned scholars and econ- vide some relief to the down-
e brink of col- omists have stated that taxes trodden and hurting in this
mas hasBEC. need to be lowered during slow country, before it's too late.
rating and dis- times and increased during Just like the PLP was thrown
fis whole dilem- boom times. out for their pitiful performance
not's inability to I am also astounded why during their administration, so
ght of the corn- BEC, a government corpora- too will the voters fire your par-
g this country. tion, must make a profit ty if they are not represented
ne and excite- Bahamasair has been losing by their MP's.

of the Democ-
on, and many
eniably talking
sorting Barack
had to be

money since its inception, but
the government hasn't
increased the airfares to com-
pensate for the inefficiencies
and losses there! It truly is a sad

August, 20Q8.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
UNFAIR as it is, child molesta-
tion is the first thing that comes to
mind for many when they think of
Catholic priests.
It's unfair, because there's no
reason to believe that Roman
Catholic clergy are more prone
to paedophilia than the clergy of
other churches or secular
authority figures who work with
youth; for that matter. *
But the Catholic church is by
far the largest denomination in
this part of the world, and any
problems among its tens of thou-
sands of priests are magnified
accordingly in the public eye.
Pope Benedict XV1, unlike
some Vatican officials of years
past, seems painfully aware of

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this. Before his plane had touched
down in America some four
months ago for his six day visit, he
told reporters that he was "deeply
ashamed" by predatory priests
and considered paedophilia
"absolutely. incompatible" with
the priesthqod..
"We will absolutely exclude
paedophiles from the sacred min-
istry," he said, "It is more impor-
tant to have good priests than.
many priests."
That's more clarity that the
Catholic church has sometimes
gotten out of the Vatican.
At times, the hierarchy in
Rome has acted as if it weren't
aware of the magnitude of this
scandal, which has damaged the
moral credibility of the church
and leadhed $1 billion out of US
dioceses in settlements and legal
-One authoritative 2004 study
concluded that more than 4,000
priests had preyed on more than
10,000 children between 1950 and
Those statistics are spread out
over half a century, but the expo-
sure of such widespread abuse
still should have set off all kinds
of alarms in the Vatican.
Instead church officials from
Pope John Paul II on down have
gone wobbly in dealing with one
of the roots of the problem: bish-

ops who let known paedophiles
move to new parishes while doing
nothing to alert congregations to
the threat.
One prominent American
church leader, Cardinal Bernard
Law, was forced to resign for tol-
erating paedophiles.
But Law was then appointed
to a prestigious position in the
Vatican a slap in the face to
many Catholics outraged by his
role in the scandals. '
The Pope's comments four
months ago sounded unequivo-
cal. The next question is whether
"absolutely" really means
"absolutely" when it comes to
purging the clergy of molesters.
In church law, certain offences
automatically bar a man from the
These include murder, attempt-
ed suicide and self-mutilation. But
as this scandal has demonstrated
all too abundantly, the proven
molestation of innocent children
doesn't automatically bar the
molesters from-"the sacred min-
, istry."
Better late than never. This will
be a good time for Benedict XVI
to turn the shame he feels into
canon law.
August 31, 2008.

The Tribune Limited
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(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Grand Bahama

power blackout

attributed to

lightning storm
Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bahama Power Company offi-
cials have attributed the week-
end's island-wide blackout to a
lightning storm that past over
the island Friday evening.
According to the Power
Company, the main generation
plant shut down around 6.50pm
because of lighting strikes near
the facility, causing the black-
Residents were without pow-
er for several hours. For some,
the power interruption occurred
in the middle of the preparation
of dinner, and many persons
had to resort to small gas hurri-
cane stoves.
Officials reported that power
restoration began at around
8.15pm. It was fully restored at
"Immediately, the plant's
staff went out to survey the
plant for any damage, while T
and D (transmission and distri-
bution) crews were mobilised
to check the sub-stations for safe
"Once we confirmed there
was no damage and it was safe
to restore power, the restora-
tion began at approximately
8.15pm," said a company rep-
The Power Company said
power was restored to the island
on a priority basis, with the
majority of the island returning
to service by 11pm.
Management, staff and crew
worked through the weekend
on resolving individual prob-
The Grand, Bahama Power
Company apologised for the
inconvenience,caused to the
public, but wanted to assure res-
idents that plant shutdown mea-
sures are in place to prevent
costly damage to the generators
and are in keeping with industry
Following the power outage,
some residents have experi-
enced problems with their elec-
tronic appliances, such as tele-
vision, sets and telephones......
Power officials have .noted
that Friday night's blackout was
unrelated to the Thursday
evening problems, which have
been resolved.
The company is asking any-
one who has additional prob-
lems to contact its 24-hour call
centre at 352-8411.
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany Ltd. is a totally integrated
utility company serving the
island's 50,000 residents and
commercial establishments from
east to west. The company
employs more than 200 Bahami-
ans and has one of the lowest
.electricity rates in the
Caribbean. For more informa-
tion about Grand Bahama Pow-
er Company please visit:

Claims of sexual assault

of young pupil denied

CLAIMS that a young pupil was sex-
ually assaulted by two older boys at Yel-
low Elder Primary School have been
denied by the school principal and the
Ministry of Education.
A caller featured on Ortland Bodie's
radio show Real Talk Live on More 94
yesterday morning claimed the young
girl was molested by two sixth grade
boys at the school in Yellow Elder Gar-
dens. He complained there was no

police investigation of the incident. ,
Rather than involving the police, the
school arranged for parents of the chil-
dren involved to discuss the matter, the
caller said.
However, school principal Catherine
McPhee, who has been Yellow Elder
Primary's principal for six years, said
there is no truth to the allegations.
She said: "I can't imagine that I would
forget having a meeting with parents

over something like that, and I have
checked with the guidance councillor,
but we are at a loss.
"If we had had a case like that we
would have to contact the police
because we have been told that is what
we would be expected to do."
Mrs McPhee said she will investigate
the matter further today, and find out if
there was any incident at the school
which could have caused the allegation.

"I cannot begin to think where this
story could have originated," she said.
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry
of Education Elma Garraway said the
principal has the government's full sup-
She said: "The minister and the direc-
tor of education and I don't know where
the caller got this information from as it
is a matter not known to the school or
the government."

Preventable diseases 'account for half

clinical, home visits in Family Islands

CHRONIC, non-communi-
cable diseases such as dia-
betes, strokes and hyperten-
sion are accounting for almost
50 per cent of the more than
1,500 clinical and home visits
conducted by medical person-
nel in Acklins, Crooked Island
and Long Cay, Minister bf
Health Dr Hubert Minnis
The same can be said of
Eleuthera, where health pro-
fessionals there report that the
two "most common" chronic,
non-communicable diseases
are diabetes and hypertension,
which has resulted in
increased demand for medi-
cines to treat these diseases.
Dr Minnis' disclosure came
during a recent visit to the
Acklins, Crooked Island and
Long Cay area, at which time
the minister, accompanied by
senior health officials from the
Ministry of Health and the
,P'epartmientf6f Pfiblic Health
and on-island healthcare
teams, toured community
healthcare centres/clinics.
The minister's visit is part
of a tour he embarked upon
which is expected to result in
the streamlining of the health-
care infrastructure and sys-
tems in the various Family
Dr Minnis scheduled visits
to additional Family Islands
to gain "first-hand" knowl-
edge of any deficiencies
and/or shortages in the health-
care system in the Family
The campaign to halt the
current increase in CNCDs,

Minister of Health visits Acklins,

Crooked Island, Long Cay

which can be prevented with
the right combination of
healthy living, diet and exer-
cise, has become a focal point
of Dr Minnis, the Ministry of
Health and the Department
of Public Health.

The minister said healthy
.living should be a necessary
component of every family
and individual within the
Bahamas, considering the fact
that life expectancy is now
"Enjoying a good quality of
life is very important when we
begin to talk about living
longer life spans and so per-
sons should stand up and take
notice of what we are saying
to them with regards to
healthy living, proper diets
and exercise," Dr Minnis said.

"For example, if a person,
suffers a stroke at the age of
40, they may live an addition-
al 30 to 40 years and may have
a long life, but their quality of
life will be impacted. The
same goes for a person suffer-
ing from diabetes who may
have to have a leg amputated
as a result of the disease, or
someone suffering from one
of the other illnesses associ-
ated with CNCDs such as
hypertension," Dr Minnis
Dr Minnis said health offi-
cials have developed and
implemented a national edu-
cation and awareness pro-
gramme that has been
designed: to, promote. healthy
living, diet and exercise among
Bahamians. The programme
also includes instruction in
proper food preparation
methods which plays a large
role in healthy eating.

The minister said it is a
proven fact that healthy liv-
ing, proper diet, exercise and
education and awareness can
have a positive impact in
reducing the number of
CNCDs. He said the increase
in CNCDs is not unique to the
Bahamas, but is indeed a
regional and global phenome-

"We have developed a plan
that calls for even more edu-
cational and awareness pro-
grammes; more dietary pro-
grammes and more wellness
programmes than we already
have in place to the, point
where people across the.
Bahamas will be forced to pay,
even greater attention as we
continue to combat the grow-
ing numbers of CNCDs," Dr

Minnis said.
"I think people are begin-
ning to realise how important
1 it is to live healthier lifestyles
because the prevalence of
CNCDs is not just a problem
in the Bahamas, but it is a
challenge that exists world-
wide," Dr Minnis added.

Nigerian man fined and sentenced to

three months after admitting to fraud

A NIGERIAN man was
fined $2,000 and sentenced
to three months in prison
yesterday after admitting to
credit card fraud.
Lwazia Ayanda Madondo
alias lyke Chiazor of Nige-
ria admitted in Magistrate's
Court yesterday that he used
the credit card information
of other persons to pay ,his
Madondo was arraigned
before Magistrate Derrence
Rolle at Court Five in Bank
Lane. He was charged with
two counts of credit by false
According to court dock-
ets, it was alleged that on
Monday, June 2, upon incur-
ring a debt to Cable
Bahamas on Robinson Road,
Madondo obtained credit in
the amount of $400.
A second count of the
same charge alleged that on
Monday, July 21 while at
Marsh Harbor Abaco, upon
incurring a debt at Cable
Bahamas, Madondo
obtained credit in the
amount of $300.
Modondo, who was not
represented by an attorney,
pleaded guilty to both

According to the prosecu-
tion, Madondo, who resided
in Abaco, had admitted to
police that he obtained per-
sons,credit card information
via the Internet and used the
information to help his wife
pay their bills.
The accused, who told the

court that he did not have a
job, asked the magistrate for
leniency saying: "This is the
most foolish thing I have
ever done."
Immigration officials told
the court that Madondo did
not have any status in the
Bahamas. Madondo claimed

the he is married to a
Bahamian, however Magis-
trate Rolle told him that that
did not automatically make
him a Bahamian. ,
Madondo was sentenced to
three months in prison on
the first count of credit by
false pretenses and fined

$2,000 on the second count.
Failure to pay the fine
'would result in an additional
three month term of impris-
Magistrate Rolle also
ordered that Madondo be
deported after he serves his
prison sentence.

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Rotary Club of West

Nassau president

announces new

singing competition

PRESIDENT of the Rotary Club of West Nassau
Michael Hepburn on Thursday announced the
launch of its first ever "BAHAMIAN STARS"
singing competition.
During a recent visit to the Rotary Club of Boca
Raton, Mr Hepburn says members were first
exposed and impressed with a community fundrais-
er there called Future Stars.
Future Stars, which is arranged in a similar for-
*Amat to American Idol, helps in discovering singing
stars, and goes further by promoting and facilitating
Community development.
Rotary directors have since decided that a similar
programme be introduced locally and have titled it,.
"Bahamian Stars."
Offered to young Bahamians between the ages of
'15 and 25, directors promise "the programme will
be one of a kind."

"We launch this new and exciting programme -
Bahamian Stars which will seek out
young Bahamians from all walks of life, to come
forward and showcase their talents," says Mr Hep-
Partnering with the Rotary in this recent
venture are: BTC, ZNS, and the Dept of
With the Broadcasting Corporation providing the
.,forum for the new show to be viewed by people
throughout the islands, Bahamian Stars will also
!provide online interactive features.
BTC, in its capacity as a communications
'provider, will assist with the incorporation of view-
er interactive features such as web voting, online
discussions, and promotions for the new all
Bahamian show.
Set to air on October 10, organizers say interested
persons can obtain registration forms from any of
;the 14 Subway locations, any City Market store, or
can send an email request to
Finalists for the competition will win such prizes
as cash, various scholarships to the College of The
'Bahamas and laptop computers.
The overall winner will receive among various
prizes, an opportunity to compete internationally at
the Future Star Finale.

Bahamas looks ahead

to Carifesta in 2010

WHEN the Bahamas opens its arms in
2010 to welcome artists from the
Caribbean, officials there will do so in
the warm and festive style for which the
chain of Caribbean islands is known.
Some of this was on display on Sun-
day. August 31, at the Guyana National
Stadium as the curtain came down on
CARIFESTA X and the Minister of State
in The Bahamas Ministry of Culture, Mr
Charles Maynard, accepted the CAR-
IFESTA scroll from Guyana's Minister of
Culture Youth and Sport, Dr Frank
Ushered in by the sounds of a typical
Bahamas Junkanoo band, Dr Anthony
accepted the CARIFESTA scroll from
the CARIFESTA X Artistic Director,
Dr Paloma Mohammed, and read the
content before handing it over to Mr
Maynard to a huge cheer from the crowd.
In accepting the responsibility of host-
ing CARIFESTA XI, Mr Maynard
stressed that Guyana had done an out-
standing job in hosting the just concluded
CARIFESTA X. On behalf of The
Bahamas, he thanked the Guyana Gov-

ernment for offering to host the festival
when "unforeseen circumstances" pre-
vented The Bahamas from hosting the
He expressed, appreciation for the
insights and guidance offered by officials
in Guyana, in particular the Minister of
Culture, whom Mr Maynard said had
filled large shoes for the past year.
"Guyana has taken CARIFESTA to a
new level and we must now take the
baton and run with it," said Mr Maynard.
He said The Bahamas fully supports
the goal of CARIFESTA which is the
building of cultural industries to be viable
economic entities.
"We pledge our full support for CAR-
IFESTA and we proudly reaffirm our
commitment of hosting the Caribbean in
our beautiful archipelago in 2010," said
Mr Maynard.
The Minister described CARIFESTA
X as a "joyous celebration" and that
Guyana had given the region an example
of a successful CARIFESTA. He added
that the challenge for The Bahamas was
to do likewise.

The second Bahamas

agribusiness expo set

breeders thro
islands are busi
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ughout the event will beheld at New
ly preparing Providence's Gladstone Road
ahamas Agri- Agricultural Centre, beginning
e Resources next February 26.
s Expo. The expo is part of the min-
Ministry of istry and BAIC's mandate to
nd Marine promote food security in the
ahamas Agri- Bahamas.
di6utriIl Cor- 'It will bring together veg-
etables, root crops, fruits, and
ornamental plant producers;
food and drink manufactur-
ers; livestock breeders; and
marine resource harvesters in
friendly competition to height-
en the public's awareness of
the wide variety and high
quality of Bahamian-produced
This event will expose
entrepreneurs,., students and
interested persons to innova-
tive agricultAral strategies,
best practices and agricultural
demonstrations, a release
from the ministry stated.
Greenhouse technique,
hydroponic systems, propaga-
tion and hybridisation meth-
ods will be featured.
"The ministry is committed
mon Rail to strengthening agribusiness
automatic in the Bahamas and to posi-
tion this industry as a funda-
r Interior mental pillar of our econo-
assanger my," stated the release.
"This thrust to promote
agribtisiness initiatives will
0000 attract foreign investors to
00W partner with local entrepre-

"The ministry Is
committed to
agribusiness In
the Bahamas and
to position this
industry as a
fundamental pillar of
our economy. This
thrust to promote
initiatives will attract
foreign investors to
partner with local
entrepreneurs as well
as encourage Import

neurs as well as encourage
import substitutions."
During the expo, there will
be seminars and discussions
to identify and proffer possible
solutions to the challenges
confronting food production
and how the Bahamas can
attain a greater degree of food
"In light of the food securi-
ty issues around the world
where food exporting coun-
tries have significantly reduced
their exports or have exported
at exorbitant prices," stated
the ministry, "it. is imperative
that we begin to introspec-
tively examine the issue of
reasonable food security.
"The expo would prove to

be an excellent orientation for
new and mature farmers and
other agribusiness persons
concerned about product
quality and standards.
"Additionally, as market
access is a major concern of
producers, it is expected that
as a result of the exhibition,
contacts will be made with
buyers from the hospitality
industry, wholesalers and
retailers." '
The Ministry will take this
opportunity to target poten-
tial young farmers, especially
those in junior and senior high
"Our partnership with the
Ministry of Education will
provide students and teachers
involved in agricultural and
home economic studies, prac-
tical experience, cutting edge
techniques, and strategies that
will enhance their knowledge,
and stimulate and solidify
their aspirations within the
agricultural sector.
"The exposure of students
to the various activities should
begin the process of creating a
sustainable and dynamic cadre
of young people who will take
up the mantle of food pro-
duction and processing and
other agribusiness endeavors
for future generations of
"We are looking to attract
hardworking and committed
young persons who can func-
tion competitively in local
industries while adhering to
global health safety and qual-
ity standards."
The ministry said it strongly
encourages everyone to take
full advantage of "this infor-
mative, and life transforming
expo, that is expected to
heighten our awareness, and
force us to rethink, re-tool,
and revisit our vision for our
food security capabilities well
into the future".



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'Dangerous lack' of working


AT least 80 per cent of homes
and businesses in New Provi.-
dence lack proper fire protection
because of a shortage of working
hydrants, it was claimed yester-
And if another major blaze
were to strike Bay Street, fire-
fighters would have the same
water access problems they faced
during the straw market inferho
seven years ago,
This was revealed by airline
captain Anthony Dean, who has
been urging government for years
to take action on what he calls a
dangerous lack of working
hydrants on the island.
Some s2b-divisions, he claimed,
have no hydrants at all. Other
parts of the island including the
downtown .area are virtually
unprotected because nothing has
been done to instal new hydrants
or maintain existing ones.
"The fact is," Mr Deaf told
The Tribune yesterday, "that if
another major fire were to occur
in Bay Street or Mackey Street,
where a shopping centre was hit
in 2006, firefighters would find
themselves with exactly the same
problems as before.
"The Ministry of Works is
responsible for these hydrants,
but no-one is checking. I would

sparks fir
say 80 per cent of the homes and
businesses on this island have no.
proper protection."
Captain Dean's comments
come exactly seven years after
fire devastated the old straw mar-
ket on Bay Street. On Septem-
ber 4, 2001, as flames swept
through the building,.firefighters
had problems getting water, even
though the sea was only yards

During the Mackey Street
plaza blaze on July 29, 2006, a
foam truck was rushed from the
airport, automatically downgrad-
ing the terminal on a day when
two British Airways 747s were
arriving and departing, said Cap-
tain Dean.
"This was in 'breach of inter-
national aviation regulations," he
added, "as adequate fire-fighting
provision has to be in place when
large planes like 747s are using
the airport."
Concern about inadequate
hydrant provision has been
expressed before, but Captain
Dean's 'comments are based on
first-hand knowledge of fire-fight-
ing requirements and a study of

e warning

the hydrant deficiency.
"We are 50 years behind the
times," he said. "The police and
firemen are not to blame. They
are doing,their best in the cir-
cumstances, but we are using
hydrants that were laid during
colonial times.
"Nothilg is being done to
upgrade the system or to maintain
existing hydrants properly."
He said an oil bunker, electrical
or paint store fire on the island
would create major problems
because the only foam-carryiiig
equipment is based at the airport.
"If this equipment had to be
taken from the airport, then tech-
nically it would mean closing
down the airport because it would
have no proper protection from
an aircraft accident."
:He added: "The fellows at the
'airport are on needles and pins
over this situation. The police are.
frustrated. They are being told
there is no money."
He said working hydrants
should be installed to cover all
built-up areas on the island, with
four-times-a-year maintenance
programmes in place to ensure
they are up to scratch at all times.
One non-functioning hydrant
. is near the Free National Move-
ment headquarters in Mackey

Street, he said. "In my profession,
there are rules and regulations,
but I don't understand if these
government agencies believe in
going by the rules. They don't
appear to pay attention."
Captain Dean said if another
major fire broke out on Bay
Street, it would be a calamity, yet
the shallow water table on the
island meant hydrant bore-holes

could be provided at only $15,000
a time. In addition, all public
buildings should have sprinkler
systems and properly located fire-
extinguishers, with staff trained
in how to use them, he said.
The Permanent Secretary for
the Ministry of Public Works and
Transport was unavailable to
comment before The Tribune
went to press last, night: -

A GERMAN, wanted by
Interpol, is being questioned by
Immigration officials after he filed
a complaint with the police,
claiming that someone may have
attempted to rob him over the
According to Chief Superin-
tendent Glen Miller, the German
resident, who is vacationing in
the Bahamas was living on a small
sailboat anchored off Arawak
Cay with his wife and young
Sometime around 8pm on Fri-
day, the German said that he was
onboard his sailboat when he
noticed another man onboard.
Not knowing the individual -'
and claiming that the other man
appeared to be wearing a police
uniform the German hopped
overboard and hid in the water.
After some time had passed, a
dingy approached the sailboat
and the other man got into it and
left in the direction of Arawak
The following morning, the
German resident telephoned a
local friend aud went to the Cen-
tral Police Station where he filed
a complaint.
Investigations into the matter

Thousands of students return to

school campuses in Grand Bahama

Tribune Freeport Reporter .,
FREEPORT Thousands of students returned to
school campuses throughout Grand Bahama yes-
terday for the beginning of the new school year.
The new junior high school in Freeport, which
was vandalised two weeks ago, opened as sched-
uled following costly repairs.
Hezekiah Dean, superintendent of schools in the
Freeport District, could not be reached for com-n
ment on Monday.
Mr Dean, however, initially reported that the
school was expecting ai enrollment of just over 300
seventh graders.
Teachers and administrators reported to school
today, and students are scheduled to return to the
classrooms over the next couple qf days.
Two weeks ago, vandals broke into the new school
next to St Georges' High. The culprits sprayed red
paint on the walls and set fire to various areas in the
administration building, causing other damage.
The school contractors were able to complete
repairs in time for the opening of school. Mr Dean
conducted a final inspection of the school on Sunday.
Sandra Edgecombe, superintendent of schools out-
side of the Freeport District, was reportedly out
making rounds ather schools and was unavailable
for comment up to press time.
Private schools on Grand Bahama reported a
smooth opening-day.
Robert Nabb, principal of Mary Star of the Sea
Primary, said the Catholic institution has an enrol-



ment of 360 students, which included 50 new stu-
dents. "The first day went wonderfully well and stu-
dents were bright and eager to get back to school,"
he said. Mr Nabb said that school ended half-day
yesterday. Paula Bevans-Hanna, vice principal at
Grand Bahama Catholic High, reported that the
high school opened with an enrolment of 300 stu-
dents, which included 100 new students.
"Our students were really excited to be back to
see old friends and all of our teachers were here
and ready for school," she said.
Mrs Hanna said that the first day of school start-
ed with Morning Devotions for students and teach-
ers. She also said that students were assigned to
homerooms, where they received their schedules,
rules, and other information from the school hand-
book to guide them throughout the school year.
Anita Doherty, principal at Bishop Michael Eldon
Anglican High School, reported that the opening of
school went very well.
"Everyone assembled in the auditorium at 9am for
our First Mass and then students went to their home-
rooms where they got their timetables and rules,"
she said. She said that students wasted no time and
started their first classes after lunch.
Although Mrs Doherty said she did know the
total student enrolment at the time, she reported that
the school received some 77 new seventh graders this
year. "We are looking forward to an excellent school
year," she said.
The Tribune contacted the Lewis Yard Primary
and Jack Hayward High, but was unable to speak
with the principals of those schools, who were said to
* be in meetings.

- S.


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Personal Qualities:
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- Highly motivated with a commitment to service excellence
- Must possess excellent management and leadership skills
- Strong communication skills and one of the following languages would be an
advantage: German, Spanish, Italian and French
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
- Analyze and approve international credit applications
- Ensure a high quality of credit portfolio and limit credit risk through diversified
collateral and adequate margin requirements
- Identify potential risks and suggest, improvements regarding controls, systems
in use and business management
- Support relevant Head Office projects as credit expert; SOX, Basel 11, Risk
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FROM page one

In Cat Island, the ExuVas,
Long Island, Rum Cay, San Sal-
vador, Ragged Island, Long Cay,
Mayaguana and Inagua, winds
exceeding 73mph, heavy rain
generating flooding and large
ocean' swells may hit tonight,
and are expected within the next
two days.
Should the storm take a turn
to the west-northwest today as
expected, warnings could be
issued for the northwest
Residents of New Providence,
Grand Bahama, Abaco,
Eleuthera, Andros, Bimini and
the Berry Islands are advised to
carry on as normal while con-
tinuing to monitor the storm and
be prepared to take quick action
should the hurricane change
course and increase.speed.
Harina is the fourth named
storm of the 2008 hurricane sea-
The erratic hurricane was
upgraded from Tropical Storm,
status at 3pm yesterday, despite
Sunday's predictions it would
remain a disorganised storm
until Wednesday or Thursday.
A NEMA spokeswoman said
yesterday: "It is slow moving so
that, is a major. concern as it is
gathering strength. There has
been excessive flooding in
Mayaguana and we have been
trying our best to move people
into shelters."
Small craft operators in the
central and southeast Bahamas
should remain in port and those
at sea are urged to seek safe har-
bour, the NEMA spokeswoman
Defence Force officers will
be pie-deployed to islands in the
hurricane's direct path and
Social Services officers will be
deployed to shelters throughout
the southeastern Bahamas to
ensure food, clothes, and emo-
tional support.is provided to
families in need.
Princess Margaret Hospital
has cancelled all outpatient ser-
vices and elective surgeries until
further notice due to Hurricane
Patients holding appoint-
ments for these services are
asked to contact the relevant
clinics to reschedule their
appointment times.
I L -

FROM page one

police have confiscated counterfeit cheques
masquerading as official Bank of the.
Bahamas and First Caribbean drafts.
The officer said police have confiscated
some $30,000 in fake cheques in the past
few months.
"We've got several complaints concern-
ing those fraudulent manager's cheques.
They're going to these unsuspecting mer-
chants, buying bulk items, presenting fraud-
ulent manager's cheques to purchase the
items with. So we're requesting that these
merchants pay special attention, scrutinise
the document that is being presented to
"If one would pay careful attention to
details on these manager's cheques, the
quality of the paper that is being presented
to them and if they are familiar with deal-
ing with this type of draft, then they should
become suspicious of any deviation from

Crooks target businesses

with fake cheques

the norm. Whether the colour is different,
the typing is different and the quality of the
paper and they will be able to tell right
away that something is different."
The Commercial Crimes Unit is also
investigating the circulation of fake cheques
from a number of government entities
which crooks pass off to foodstores and
small businesses, the officer said.
l "They're now forging company cheques
like (government entities) and they're
going around to the food-stores with them
and they're normally under the $500 mark
so the merchant won't suspect at the time
it is presented to them."
The officer said it is important that front-
line cashiers pay extra attention because in
many instances the fraud is not detected

Double hurricane

threat to Bahamas

FROM page one
be hitting the Bahamas this weekend as Hurricane Ike carrying sus-
, trained winds of at least 80 mph.
By Thursday morning, the same day Hurricane Hanna 'is predict-
ed to be exiting the northern Bahamas through Grand Bahama and
North Abaco, Ike is expected to form into a hurricane, and be only
three days away from making landfall.
As of last night, Tropical Storm Ike was 18 degrees north, 41.6
degrees west in the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Storm Ike is moving
west-northwest at 40mph, but is forecast to be moving at 80mph by
8amr Saturday, when its centre is estimated to be at coordinates 23.5
north, 68.5 west. ..
On Saturday morning Hurricane Ike will be 321 miles from
Mayaguana, 418 miles from San Salvador, 505 miles from Great'
Exuma and 633 miles from New Providence.

FROM page one Call, for transferred
Teachers to be
i dUO hn. ha. lfflUL '.i 'J.

ti es, anU Lt e mot o UL a son
who attends the high school in
North Androsris concerned-their
stubborn presence will impact
her son's education.
She said: "Both teachers have
been a problem since they start-
ed at the schools so the Ministry
of Education transferred them
out, and we want to know why
they can't get them to leave.
"Parents are concerned. We
have our children at tfiese
schools and it is compromising
their education," she claimed.
The mother, who does not
want to be named, said the com-
munity was so concerned about
the stubborn presence of the
teachers, members of the church
walked around school campuses
praying for seven days.
"It's terrible," the mother

ordered to leave
said. "But my thing is why can't
the Ministry of Education
enforce their regulations? Why
do other people have to leave
when they can't leave? Why are
they still here?
"The Ministry's responsibili-
ty to us is to deal with the situa-
tion at hand."
Permanent Secretary for the
Ministry of Education Elma
Garraway assured parents the'
matter would be dealt with.
She said: "We are aware of
this' matter and are dealing with
it according to the rules and reg-
ulations prescribed.
"The teachers are still
employed' and are being
deployed elsewhere."

until the cheques reach a bank for pro-
Bank of the Bahamas President Paul
McWeeney said his institution has not
noticed a "proliferation" of fake bank
cheques, but is aware that some counter-
feits have made it past front-line teller
However he said, Bank of the
Bahamas has not incurred any financial
losses as the fake cheques are normally
deposited and noticed during the clearing
"I'm not aware that it is as significant as
you're talking about. But usually man-
ager's cheques are deposited anyway s6 it
goes through a clearing process so you
have about four days to verify if they're

authentic or not. Usually that period is suf-
ficienttime to determine that."
In an effort to enhance cheque security,
the Clearing Banks Association is launch-
ing the Automated Clearing House by the
end of the year, Mr McWeeney said.
"With the ACH coming on board now as
well, a lot of these cheques will now
become standardised in terms of appear-
ance and also security features to better
determine at the front-line if cheques are
good or not."
In the interim, merchants are being
warned to be vigilant when dealing with
cheques and follow-up on suspicious cus-
tomers with banks.
"The only advice I can tell merchants if
they suspect a (cheque) to be fraudulent
just call the bank before you process that
transaction, to confirm whether they issued
the draft (number) and they will be able to
tell you by a few clicks of the button if that
draft was issued to the name of the payee
on the cheque," said the police officer.

Electricity bills should

decrease. nextmonth

FROM page one

He said that this decrease is like-
ly to be the start of a "down trend",
although it is too early to say what
exactly the surcharge will be.
Mr Neymoiur was responding to
complaints from Bahamians whose
fears are escalating that soon they
might not be able to pay their bills
as their electricity.costs, despite
attempts to cut back, are dramati-
cally increasing.
People have been particularly
outspoken about the price of the
fuel they are using by comparison
'to the surcharge that is added to it
some expressing a sense of
injustice that the surcharge, added
on by the corporation, is now more
than double the cost of the fuel
One Cable Beach resident said
that although she lives alone, her .
..BEC bill is over $800 -with"$320
for the actual fuel, but $487 for the
fuel surcharge."
"How am I supposed to pay
that? I can't pay that," she said.
In August the Corporation's sur-
charge was 24.794 cents per kilo-
watt-hour. This was up from 16.49
cents in March and totally eclipses
the 4.6237 cents per kilowatt-hour
being charged in February 2005.
Yesterday Mr Neymour empha-
sised that the surcharge is out of
the corporation's hands,--- being
based on the fluctuations of the
cost of oil on the world market.
He added-that the reason why
Bahamians have not yet felt the
: benefits of global oil costs, which
recently dipped in the wake of his-
toric peaks, is because the elec-
tricity they are being supplied is
still being produced from reserves
of oil that BEC bought at those
higher prices some time ago.
"There is a lag in the effects of
the cost of fuel increases, for

instance if the cost of fuel interna-
tionally were to increase in the'
month of June the effect of that
increase might not be felt until
August or September, and if it
decreases, vice versa."
Despite these recent fluctua-
tions, Mr Neymour explained,that
the overall upward trend over the
last five years has seen BEC's
annual fuel bill soar from $80 mil-
lion in 2002 to $220 million in
He told The Tribune that BEC
traditionally sees more people fail-
ing to meet their bill payments in
the expensive Summer period
when demand for electricity
increases and parents have to wor-
ry about back-to-school costs.
But although the corporation is
"sensitive to the costs that indi-
viduals incur at this time," never-
theless, the corporation is also in
an "extremely poor financial situ-
ation at present."

The Minister denied, however,
that BEC's financial woes and
Government's intention to priva-
tise the corporation have played
any part in the increase in the fuel
surcharge added to customer's
"That's completely out of the
question," he said, pointing to the
fact that BEC s required to pre-
sent audited financial statements
for public scrutiny as a defence
against such practices.
A $6,000 electricity bill inspired
a spokesperson from Skans Cafe
downtown, to suggest that gov-
ernment consider granting busi-
nesses a temporary break from
the fuel surcharge so that they can
continue to operate with their nor-
mal complement of staff.
In response Mr Neymour point-
ed out that "someone would have
to pick up that aided fuel
cost," and asked: "Win should it

Investigation launched into allegations

Officers stole $9,000 from vehide

FROM page one

$9,000 was missing from his car. The driver managed to catch up with
the Maxima and asked for the return of the money. He was given
$290 and told.to "go.,". .. .. :
Wile these reports are "quite serious," Commissioner Ferguson cau-
tioned that their investigation into the matter could go "either vay".
"The investigation can determine whether these officers are culpa-
ble or if someone is being malicious.. But there is no doubt that with the
absence of credibility in the police, the force will be rendered useless.
"We have a duty to the Bahamian people and we have to keep our
organization as corruption proof as possible. People are coming forward
and letting us know what is happening, and when people come forward
and make these allegations we have a duty to see if there is any cred-
ibility to what is being said.
"And if we find that these things have substance, one way orethe oth-
er, either it will exonerate someone or someone will feel the weight of
the law," he said.

Unconfirmed reports of PMH

interns taking industrial action

REPORTS that interns at the Princess Mar-.
garet Hospital were staging industrial action by
not turning up to work yesterday could not be
confirmed up to press time last night.
Initially hospital sources suggested that these

interns were unhappyrwith their salary levels and
were seeking to disrupt the hospital's services to
draw attention to their situation.
The Tribune will report. more on this matter

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from left; Larry Cartwright, MP for
Long Island and Ragged Island and
Minister of Agriculture and Marine
Resources; Neko Grant, Minister
of Public Works and Transport; and
Junior Bruce, structural engineer
at the Ministry of Public Works and
Transport view damage to the
Simms Dock in Long Island on Fri-
day, August 29. Minister Grant lat-
er signed a contract with G and
L Construction for reconstruction of
the dock.

I. -

DOCK INSPECTION Junior Bruce, structural engineer at the Ministry of
Public Works and Transport (front row) leads an inspection of the Simms
Dock in Long Island. Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport
(first from left) signed a contract with G and L Construction for recon-
struction of the dock on Friday, August 29. Also pictured -are Anita
Bernard, Permanent Secretary; Ministry of Public Works and Transport,
MP for Long Island and Ragged Island and Minister of Agriculture and
Marine Resources, Larry Cartwright; and Gordon Major, Acting Director
Minister of Public Works and Transport.

CONGRATULATIONS Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Trans-
port (front row/centre), congratulates Leo Knowles of G and L Construc-
tion, contractor hired for the reconstruction of Simms Dock in Long
Island as Anita Bernard, Permanent Secretary, Minister of Public Works
and Transport looks on. Also pictured from left are: MP for Long Island and
Ragged Island Larry Cartwright; Roderick Bowe, Administrator for Long
Island; Junior Bruce, Structural Engineer at the Ministry of Public Works
and Transport; and Gordon Major; Acting Director, Ministry of Public
Works and Transport.

Sneak car thief

strikes while

victim buys milk

DAVID Russell Sr says when
he decided to purchase a con-
tainer of milk from a local food-
store a few weeks ago, he never
thought he would return to find
that his car had been stolen.
On Saturday, August 16, Rus-
sell Sr said he pulled into the
parking lot of SuperValue, Mar-
ket Street, to purchase milk and
other items.
However, when he left the
store less than 15 minutes later,
he discovered that his car had
been stolen.
According to Mr Russells'
son, David Jr, his father secured
the Infinity 130 before going in
the store. "The car was secured
and he is still in possession of
the original key, so I don't think
it would have been any care-
lessness on his side," the son
Russell Jr said although the
car has been reported stolen to
his father's insurance company,
the store manager and the
police, he and his father believe
that this recent- incident is one
of many happening in the area.
However, SuperValue Gen-

eral Manager Kendrick Moss
told The Tribune on Friday that
as far as he is aware, there have
been only two incidents of car
theft and another attempted
incident at the Mackey Street
Mr Moss said at all Super-
Value stores, security cameras
are strategically located
throughout the parking areas.
He said that although the com-
pany has always worked closely
with the police, persons should
be more cautious when deciding
where to park, and should
always look around their sur-
According to a police source,
a number of car thefts have
been reported from the Super-
Value parking lot and the sur-
rounding area.
The sources also said that a
trend appears to be on the rise
where cars are being stolen
from the Marathon Mall park-
ing area. While unable to give
an exact figure on the number
of cars stolen, the police source
said that criminals seem to be
targeting specific brands, includ-
ing Hondas, Sentras, and Ford

CONTRACT SIGNING Larry Cartwright, MP for Long Island and Ragged Island and Minister of Agriculture and
Marine Resources (first from left), signs a $251,325.85 contract at Simms Primary School for reconstruction
of the Simms Dock in Long Island as Leo Knowles, contractor, and Minister of Public Works and Transport, Neko
Grant, look on.

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S OPEN: Flushing Meadows

We had our chances,
but we just didn't
take advantage of it.
It was just one of
those matches we
should have won,
but didn't pull
through when we
had too.

Mark Knowles

Knowles, Bhupat hi

ousted in 3rd pound

Senior Sports Reporter
THE bid for their first grand
slam. title .together this year
for Mark Knowles and
Mahesh Bhupathi came to a
crashing end yesterday in
Flushing Meadows, New
The duo playing in the third
round of the men's doubles at
the US Open, suffered a 2-6,
6-4, 6-4 decision to the Argen-
tinian team of Maximo Gon-
zalez and Juan Monaco.
"We started off real well,
but our opponents just played
a little better," said Knowles
when contacted after the
match. In the third set, the lev-
el increased tremendously.
"We had our chances, but
we just didn't take advantage
of it.
"It was just one of those
matches we should have won,
but didn't pull through when
we had too."
Although they were virtu-
ally even in just about every
statistical point, Knowles and
Bhupathi had a 5-2 advantage
in double faults and 5-3 in
unforced errors.
Knowles and Bhupathi, the
number four seeded team, was
42-of-60 for A 70 percent win-
ning percentage on their first
serve, compared to the 37-of-
58 for 64% for the Argentians.
They were tied at 41% (39-
of-95 for Knowles/Bhupathi
and 40-of-97 for
Gonzalez/Monaco) in receiv-
ing points won.
But Gonzalez/Monaco had
a 10-percent advantage-over
Knowles/Bhupathi in both
winning percentage on second
serve and break point conver-
sions respectively.
Both teams finished with 96
total points won apiece.
In the first set that lasted 34
minutes, Knowles/Bhupathi
had a 4-0 and 5-0 advantage in
double faults and unforced
errors respectively and they
had a 33-23 margin in total

Duo suffer 2-6, 6-4,6-4

loss to Argentinian team

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points won.
The second set took 43 min-
utes to be completed with
Gonzalez/monaco picking up
the only double fault and they
finished with a 35-30 differ-
ence in total points won.
And in the third set that
lasted 49 minutes, the two
teams had one double fault
with Gonzalez/Monaco hav-
ing three unforced errors and
they posted a 38-33 score in
total points won.
This was Knowles' 14th
appearance in the US Open
and he was hoping to win
another title like he did in
2004 with his former partner,
Mahesh Bhupathi, who won
the doubles title once in 2002

in the 12 years he has played
the tournament.
So far this year, Knowles
and Bhupathi have won two
tournaments in Memphis and
They have reached the
finals in New Haven and the
ATP Masters Series in Miami
and Monte Carlo as well as
the semifinals in the ATP
Masters Series in Cincinnati,
the Australian Open and Del-
ray Beach.
At the US Open, Knowles
also teamed up with Zi Yan
of China to play in the mixed
doubles, losing in the first
round to Elena Vesnina of
Russia and Mariusz Fyrsten-
berg of Poland after dropping

the first set 7-6 (7) and leading
3-2 in the second. They were
forced to retire at that point.
Bhupathi, on the other
team, played with Samantha
Stosur of Australia. They got
to the second round before
they were ousted 2-6, 6-3, 12-
10 by the team of Rennae
Stubbs of Australia and
Robert Lindstedt of Sweden.
Knowles said he will now
take a couple weeks off to
recuperate from the long sea-
son he'shad so far.
He intends to. come home
next week to spend some time
with his family and friends and
go fishing.
After that, it's back on the
road to complete the year.

L 2008: Lausanne, Switzerland

Bahamians set to compete with Olympic champions

Tribune Sports Reporter
World Athletic Tour meets continue
today with several Bahamians lined up to
compete on a schedule filled with Olympic
champions and medal contenders.
For the first time since his bronze medal
winning performance in Beijing, Leevan
Sands, will take to the field in the triple
jump, competing at the Athletissma 2008
in the Lausanne, Switzerland.
Sands will be tested by a competitive
field headed by Olympic gold medallist
Nelson Evora of Portugal, and leader in
the World Athletic Tour standings, Randy
Lewis of Grenada.
Also competing at the meet, Michael
Mathieu, member of the silver medal win-
ning 1600m relay team, will forego his
usual specialty and contest the 100m.
Mathieu will compete in race two, while
a star studded field in race one will include
seven members of the Olympic final, how-
ever will be without world record holder
Usain Bolt.
Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thomp-
son and Marc Burns, Jamaica's Asafa
Powell, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter,
Americans Walter Dix and Darvis Pat-

ton, along with former World Champion
Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis will all
be in the field.
Donald Thomas will appear at his sec-
ond meet since the Beijing Olympics, as a
part of a 12 man field in the high jump.
Debbie-Ferguson McKenzie shows no
sign of slowing down competing in her
third meet since the Olympics.
Both Ferguson-McKenzie and Chandra
Sturrup will compete in the 100m, also in
a field that is near a mirror image of the
Olympic final.
The Jamaican trio of Shelly Ann-Fraser,
Kerron Stewart, and Sherone Simpson
which swept the medal podium at Beijing
will headline the field alongside Ameri-
cans Lauryn WIlliams, Torri Edwards,
and Marshavet Hooker.
Just days after competing in Gateshead,
England, Christine Amertil will compete
in race two of the 400m.
The Athletissma 2008 is the final Super
Grand Prix meet of the season.
The Memorial Van Damme is a part of
the Golden League series while follow-
ing meets in Rieti and Zagreb are Grad
Prix meets.
The World Athletic Final takes place
is Stuttgart Germany, September 13-14.

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Serving their way into

AP National Writer
..'- NEW YORK (AP) -
S"Venus Williams did her part
to set up yet another Grand
.Slam family reunion, beating
Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-
3 Monday tp reach the quar-
terfinals at the US Open.
After she won, Williams
could only wait to see
whether she'd play her sister
Wednesday in the next
round. Serena Williams was
set to face Severine Bremond
on Monday night. (See story
on page 14)
Both sisters are two-time
.."US Open champions. They
are 8-8 overall against each
other, including 5-5 at majors.
Their matchups, however,
usually come much later than
the quarters.
"I mean, it's tough to play
her because she's so good,"
Venus Williams said. "We're
going stronger than ever, in
my opinion."
T .Seeded seventh, she had it
f...all over her 19-year-old oppo-
nent experience, stature and
height. At 6-foot-1, she gently
leaned across the net to easi-
ly put away a floating return
by the No. 9 Radwanska.
...Top-seeded Rafael Nadal,
A. had a much tougher time. He.
I; withstood his first test at
". Flushing Meadows, shifting
into another gear to beat Sam
Querrey 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-3
and match his best result at
the tournament that's always
bedeviled him.
Playing for the sixth year
at the US Open, Nadal ral-
R lied to reach the quarterfi-
..nals. He got quite a workout
and a scare from his
unseeded, 20-year-old oppo-
.. "Very tough," Nadal said.
"Sam is a big player, a big
server. He has a great future."
Down 6-5 in the third set,
Nadal suddenly flashed the
11 form that won at Wimbledon,
the French Open and the
Olympics. Hitting harder,
.grunting louder and moving

SEE next page
RAFAEL NADAL, of Spain, celebrates a point during his 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-3 win over Sam Querrey, of the
United States, in New York on Monday...

FLAVIA PENNETTA, of Italy, advanced to the quarterfinal after defeating Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-3, 6-0 yesterday...

(AP Photo: Stephen Chernin)



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in closer, he quickly forced a
tiebreaker and jumped to cele-
Nadal won the final four points
to take the tiebreaker and later
served out the match.
Ranked 55th, Querrey gave a
solid show and became the first
player to take a set from Nadal at
this Open.
. Crowds at Arthur Ashe Stadi-
um lo\e to root for underdogs.
especially Americans. The fans
in his private box were vocal, par-
ticularly the three who had their
shirts off and spelled out S-A-M
on their chests.
A bit jittery at the start, the 6-
fool-6 Ouerres boomed 20 aces
and showed no fear. trading big
shots w ith Nadal all match long.
He drew a standing ovation at
the end for his effort, and smiled
"Came up a little short. The
guy's too good." Querrev said.
Nadal next plays unseeded
Nlard\ Fish. who reached the
quarterfinals at the US Open for
the first time with a 7-5, 6-2. 6-2
win oer No. 32 Gael Monfils.
Playing in his ninth US Open
and coming off his upset over
James Blake. Fish kept busy as
his wedding approaches. He will
marry "-Deal or No Deal" model
Stace\ Gardner on September 28
- she watched from his private
box, minus her shiny No. 2 brief-
"I desperately wanted to play
\ell here," he said. "Desperate-
l, "
SiLxth-seeded Dinara Safina also
made it into the quarters, beat-
ing Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-5.
6-11. No. It) Flavia Pennetta won.
defeating No 32 Amelie Mau-
resmo 6-3. 6-0)
Fish matched the best Grand
Slam result of his career, having
reached the quarters at the 2007
Australian Open. Ranked as high
as No. 17 in 2004, the 26-year-old
Fish has worked three \ears to
recover from an injured wrist that
required extensie surgery.
Fish wa'ed to his private box
matter match point. The entourage
included his father, Tom, who cel-
ebrated his birthday. No such fun
for MNonfils. v\ho turned 22 Mon-
Safina coasted home after a
close first set. She equaled her
best result at Flushing Meadows,
and kept up the best season of
her career.
Satina reached the final at the
French Open and later won 15
straight matches before losing to
Elena Dementieva in the gold-
medal match at the Olympics.

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AP Tennis Writer
comes a challenge for Venus
Williams and Serena Williams
at the US Open: a match against
each other.
Except unlike so many of
their all-in-the-family faceoffs
at Grand Slam tournaments,
including at Wimbledon in July,
this Williams vs. Williams show-
down will not decide the cham-
pionship. Instead, this one will
come in the quarterfinals.
Both advanced through the
fourth round quite easily Mon-
day. The No. 7-seeded Venus
dismissed No. 9 Agnieszka Rad-
wanska of Poland 6-1, 6-3,
before No. 4 Serena dispatched
wild-card entrant Severine Bre-
mond of France 6-2, 6-2 at
"Even the semis would have
been better than the quarterfi-
nals, but at least one of us will
make it to the semis," Serena
told the crowd during an on-
court interview. "I've got prob-
ably the toughest match of the
tournament coming up next, so
I've got to be ready."
The sisters' matchup Wednes-
day will be a tiebreaker of sorts.
They've played 16 times as
professionals, with each win-
ning eight. That includes 10
meetings at major tournaments,
with each winning five. The
most recent was when Venus
beat Serena for the title at the
All England Club, the seventh
all-W'illiwr -rin:md Slam final.
"1 would love to have a win-
ning record," Venus said. "I
have a chance."
But because of the luck of the
pre-tournament draw, they
were placed in the same por-
tion of the bracket much to
the disappointment of them, US
Open organizers and TV types.
"The best part is that-we're
still here," Venus said, "going
stronger than ever, in my opin-

VENUS WILLIAMS (above) and SERENA WILLIAMS (top inset) are expected to face each other in their quarterfinal match on Wednesday...

That is certainly true: Venus
has lost a total of 15 games
through four matches at Flush-

ing Meadows, while Serena has
lost 14.
Of the eight women left in
the tournament, only two have

won a Grand Slam title: Serena
leads all active players with
eight, and Venus is right behind
with seven.

They won every US Open
women's singles championship
from 1999 to 2002, meeting in
the finals the last two years in

that span. Since then, though,
Serena hasn't made it past the
quarterfinals here, and Venus
has only reached one semifinal.

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NOVAK DJOKOVIC serves to Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during their match in New York Sunday night...

wasn't supposed to be this
tough for Serbian Novak
Djokovic in the US Open's
third round.
He is, after all, the reigning
Australian Open champion
and firmly entrenched as the
No. 3 tennis player in the
world. He was, don't forget,
the runner-up to Roger Fed-
erer at Flushing Meadows
last year.
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Sunday night, 30th-seeded

Marin Cilic, was playing in
his first US Open. And yet
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hours to get past Cilic 6-7 (7),
7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (0) Sunday night.
The match ended at
12:48am, and Djokovic said
to the crowd afterward:
"Thanks, everybody, for
staying so late with us."
He could have ended
things earlier, but he wasted
a set point in the opening
tiebreaker, got broken the
first time he tried serving for

the second set, and lost serve
again throwing away two
match points when trying
to close it out at 5-4 in the
fourth set.
Djokovic finally asserted
himself in the ensuing
tiebreaker. He now moves
on to (ace No. 15 Tommy
Robredo with a quarterfinal
berth at stake. "Another
tough opponent, of course,"
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T. B. Donaldson, Chairman: Cindy Curtis,
Assistant Manager, Operations; William B.
Sands, Jr., President; and Marcus Cleare,
Assistant Manager Credit

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Clayton King
Cable Beach Branch
Credit Officer of The Year
Highest Dollar Value of Loans Booked
Highest Nurhber of Loans Booked


Carrington Johnson
Mortgage Centre
Mortgage Award
Highest Dollar Value Of Mortgages Written

Genesta Jackson
Freeport Branch
Highest Number of Loan Referrals

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Farah Russell
The Plaza Branch
Teller of The Year

Alicia Butler
The Plaza Branch
Customer Service Award-Branch


Shonnell Llghtbourne
Recovery Department
Special Credit Officer of The Year

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Town Centre Mail Branch
Accounts Officer of The Year
H ghest Number of Credit Card Sales
Highest Number of CDA Referrals

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Accounts Control Department
Special Credit Officer of The Year

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/ security

Exchange growing 'like
dock work' and becoming
'well rounded' with arrival
of $25m in Fidelity bonds
BISX chief says move
should help spur creation
of Bahamian credit rating
agency and debt market
yield curve
Adds that debt market
growth will encourage
government to list and
trade its own securities
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Internation-
al Securities Exchange (BISX)
will this week list its first debt
security via $25 million worth of
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
bonds, its chief executive telling
Tribune Business yesterday that
the exchange was growing "like
clock work" and becoming
Keith Davies said the listing,
and trading,of the Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) bonds would.
hopefully attract further debt
security listings to BISX,
"speeding the development of a
credit rating agency for the
Bahamas?'" and proving that the
exchange was capable of listing
and trading government debt
"They are the first debt secu-
rities to be listed and traded on
- the exchange," Mr Davies said
of the $25 million Fidelty Bank
(Bahamas) bonds. *"Our system
is already configured to list
these types of securities."
The Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
bonds are of two types fixed-
rate and floating rate. The
fixed-rate portion of the debt
securities will be listed and start
trading, through BISX's bro-
ker/dealer members, with the
floating rate notes listed "begin-
ning early next week".
With the addition of Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) bonds, Mr
Davies said BISX was "running
the full gamut of what we
would consider to be the typical
types of securities you'd find
on an exchange".
Apart from this first debt list-
ing, BISX already has listed
ordinary equities, preference
shares, mutual funds and deriv-
ative in the form of Consoli-
dated Water's Bahamian
Depository Receipts (BDRs).
"We have quite a diverse
group of securities listed on the
exchange, and simply need to
populate these categories with
more types of security to pro-
vide more choice," Mr Davies
told Tribune Business.
"In the future, there should
be more securities of this nature
coming to the fore. Markets are
all about confidence and choice.
We are bringing confidence to

$30,000 during August

Tribune Business Editor
d e
of Comin-
president yesterday
predicted that armed
robbery and employee
theft incidents were
likely to increase
throughout the remain-
der of 2008 due to the
deteriorating economy,
his own business having lost $30,000 to
these crimes in August alone.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, who is Super-
wash's president, described August as
"a horrendous month" for the laundro-
mat chain, with some $20,000 lost in a
series of armed robberies and another
$10,000-$12,000 believed lost to inter-
nal theft.
"It was a particularly bad month," Mr
D'Aguilar told Tribune Business. "I've
not known it as bad for a long time."
He added that Superwash's Montell
Heights laundromat had suffered three
armed robberies within the last four
weeks alone.
"You've got to look at your system

* Chamber chief says 'inevitable' armed robberies,
internal theft going to rise amid depressed economy
* Describes Hurricane Hanna, and possibly Ike, as 'the last
thing country needs', with 2008 turning out to be 'perfect storm'

and tighten up. You've got to be con-
stantly thinking about this, that there
are a lot of rats out there trying to eat
your cheese."
The Chamber president said it was
"inevitable" that armed robberies and
employee theft were likely to increase
giv6n the current depressed economic
environment, with unemployment ris-
ing and even those in work struggling
to make ends meet with the increased
cost of living.
Apart from mortgage and rental pay-
ments, a large portion of people's salaries
was being eaten up by gasoline, food
and electricity costs, forcing ntany
Bahamians "to find money elsewhere" to.
finance their.normal lifestyles.
"Credit growth has slowed, and it's
whether people can control their
lifestyles," Mr D'Aguilar told Tribune
"It's inevitable in this environment for
armed robberies to increase, and for an

increase in internal theft from staff to
make ends meet."
The Chamber president acknowledged
that for the unemployed, or low-salaried
Bahamians, earning around $200-$300
per week, it was "extremely difficult to
survive" in the current economic envi-
ronment that combined inflation with
slowing growth.
"If you make $300 per week you're
going to be struggling, you really are,'
although it depends on how many people
in your -household are making that
amount," Mr D'Aguilar told Tribune
While retail stores such as Kelly's
Home Centre had told him that back-to-
school sales were up against 2007 com-
paratives, the Chamber president said
the key issue was whether their profits
hadrisen against increased energy,
import and duty costs.
Mr D'Aguilar said his impression was
that his own Superwash business was

down against 2007 sales in August, based
purely on perceived activity levels,
although he was still waiting to see actu-
al numbers.
With Hurricane Hanna threatening
. the Bahamas, and the possibility that
Tropical Storm Ike may follow close
behind this weekend, the Chamber pres-
ident described the prospect of having to
cope with storm damage and lost busi-
ness days as "the last thing the country"
and business community needs.
"The damage, the cost, the clean-up,
the water, the roof leaking, it's the last
thing the country needs right now. 2008
is not turning out to be a good year. It's
like the perfect.storm," Mr D'Aguilar
"I'm sure the lumber and construc-
tion companies, and the food stores, are
going to experience a bit of a boom pri-

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Government Wyndham suffers 250 room cancels

energy audit

called for

Tribune Business
THE National Energy Policy
committee has recommended
that an energy audit be con-
ducted on all government,
offices and departments, a min-
ister telling Tribune Business
yesterday that the committee
had been given a deadline' of
90 days ,as of two weeks ago, to
complete their findings.
Minister of State for the
Environment, Phenton Ney-
mour, said he had recently met
with the committee and seen
some of their preliminary rec-
Once their submission was
in, Mr Neymour said the Gov-
ernment can move forward and
enact an execution plan.
While hesitant to disclose
exactly what the committee's
preliminary recommendations
were, he said: "One of the
things that they are recom-
mending is to begin the process
of an energy audit for govern-
ment offices and department."
Mr Neymour said this will

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Tribune Business
Reported ________
BAHA Mar's Wyndham
Nassau resort has already seen
about 250 room night cancella-
tions due to the impending
arrival of Hurricane Hanna lat-
er this week, Tribune Business
was told yesterday.
Robert Sands, Baha Mar's
senior vice-president of gov-
ernment and external affairs,
said the company has been
closely monitoring the forecasts
since last Friday, and went into
an accelerated mode of prepa-
ration yesterday afternoon. ,
"We put in place our plans


to protect our guests, our asso-
ciates and our assets," he
. Mr Sands said that to date,
Baha Mar has had about 250
room night cancellations for the
Wyndham resort. As it relates
to the Sheraton property, Mr
Sands said they had actually
seen the booking patterns show
some growth.
Jermaine Wright, sales man-
ager at the British Colonial
Hilton, said the resort was expe-
riencing a similar situation. He
said that because this was tra,
ditionally the slowest period in
the tourism industry, interna-
tional bookings remained rela-
tively unchanged.
However, Mr Wright said the


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Hilton had seen an increase in
local market bookings. "We
had a lot of interest from per-
sons who are interested in using
the hotel as a shelter," he said.
Mr Wright added that as a
precautionary measure, the
Hilton will be closing the pool
and beach areas in the event of
inclement weather.
Stephen Hector, the regional
international public relations
manager for Sandals and
Beaches Resorts, told Tribune
Business that they have not as.
yet had any cancellations, and
will be adopting their hurricane
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All is far from well with

pension fund regulation

THE most recent study con-
ducted by the Central Bank sug-
gests that private pension funds
in The Bahamas are fast
approaching the $1 billion mark
in terms of assets. Looking at
this another way, the size of
these private pension funds rep-
resent almost 20 per cent of
ross domestic product (GDP).
When you add the value of the
National Insurance Fund, which
is slightly over $1 billion in
assets, these two sources of
long-term pension savings now
soar to close to 40 per cent of
Last week, both major daily
newspapers carried stories
about a public company that
wvas experiencing operating dif-
ficulties, and ultimately entered
into a transaction with its
employee pension fund.
According to The Tribune:
'Apart from zero cash in hand
on the balance sheet as at June
27, 2007, a decline of $9.234 mil-
lion from the previous year-end,
the audited financial statements
from KPMG showed that
Bahamas Supermarkets expe-
rienced continued cash
flow/operating capital issues
right up to the 2008 financial

The story went on to reveal
that "Bahamas Supermarkets
entered into two agreements
with its employees' non-con-
tributory pension plan that saw
the company sell leasehold
improvements and equipment
at one of its stores to the pen-
sion fund for $3 million".
While the cited transaction is
not illegal under existing
Bahamian laws, I am not famil-
iar with any country with pen-
sion legislation where such a
transaction would be permissi-
ble. As a practitioner in the
field, I was most horrified and
livid about the implications of
this transaction.
Potential for concern
To make matters worse, one
subsequent press story suggest-
ed that a senior officer of the
company in question allegedly
justified the activity simply on
the basis that the return on the
funds involved increased from 3
per cent to 9 per cent per
annum. What about the incre-
mental risk involved? What
about the principle of segrega-
tion of assets? What about the

potential perception of self-
dealing? What about the prin-
ciple of diversification? What
about the principle of liquidi-
This episode begs further
questions: Is there a trustee for
the pension fund involved? If
so, who is it, and where were
they when this transaction
occurred? Did the trustee
approve this transaction? If I
were a member of the plan, I
certainly would be writing to
the trustee about this transac-
tion. Who is the administrator?
Call to action
What is most incredible is
that, while industry participants
have called on successive gov-
ernments to implement pension
legislation or, at a minimum,
provide some regulatory over-
sight, nothing seems to have
been done. We have a great

social timebomb in the making,
growing daily while our policy-
makers seem to lack the resolve
to address it. Do we just ignore.
the situation and face the con-
sequences later, on somebody
else's political watch, or do we
plan for the inevitable? This
case alone is'adequate reason
why we must have a regulator
for the pension fund industry
and pension legislation.
The UK passed updated pen-
sion legislation in 2004. The
Pensions Act 2004 gives the
Pensions Regulator a set of spe-
cific objectives:
To protect the benefits of
members of work-based pen-
sion schemes.
To promote good adminis-
tration of work-based pension
To reduce the risk of situa-
tions arising that may lead to
claims for compensation from
the Pension Protection Fund.
Further, according to the
Pensions Regulator's website:
"In order to meet these objec-
tives, we concentrate our
resources on schemes where we
identify the greatest risk to the

security of members' benefits.
"We will also promote high
standards of scheme adminis-
tration, and work to ensure that
those involved in running pen-
sion schemes have the neces-
sary skills and knowledge."
Standards of conduct
The UK Pensions Regulator
issues codes of practice, which
give practical guidelines on how
to comply with the legal
requirements of the Act.
The codes set out the stan-
dards of conduct and practice
expected of those involved in
running and providing pension
schemes. Those standards
reflect how a well-run pension
scheme would choose to meet
the relevant requirements.
The intention of pension leg-
islation is not only to regulate
pension funds but also to
encourage employers/employ-
ees to work together to provide
a social safety net for the long-
term benefit of workers, while
relieving central government of
this sole burden. '" -

However, without the proper
regulatory regime in place, we
risk jeopardising the long-term
savings of many of our hard-
working Bahamians.
Who is the watchman, and
who is watching the watchman?
The interest of the plan mem-
bers and their beneficiaries
should not be subservient to a
company's need for operating
cash flow or the self-interest of
any .other party.
NB: Larry R, Gibson, a Char-
tered Financial Analyst, is vice-
president pensions, Colonial
Pensions Services (Bahamas), a
wholly-owned subsidiary of
Colonial Group International,
which owns Atlantic Medical
Insurance and is a major share-
holder of Security & General
Insurance Company in the
, The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
"necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-






















Does Arawak Cay port 'contain'

right choices?

I WAS putting away some
conch salad at Goldie's next to
Arawak Cay, listening to Zeke
and Amos, a couple of savvy
truck-drivers on a lunch break.
Zeke: Wanna bet when we
see all the containers movin'
here, 'stead of downtown?
Amos: Maybe my lifetime,
maybe not.
Zeke: But didn't Hubert say
right over on Arawak was set
for the new Container Port?
Amos: Sure, he say it! But
ain't no one can tell you exact-
ly what that means. Ain't got
no details at all. Where they
gonna dock the ships, all those
boats Tropical brings in? Along
the north wall? An' where they
gonna stack up the containers?
Plenty from Crowley take .all
the space already. Maybe Gub-
mint soon tear down those
Godforsaken old warehouses
'long the eastern edge. Should
done it long ago, 'stead of leav-
ing them like a garbage dump
for every cruise passenger to
spot when he comes into har-
Zeke: An' when you an' me
pull out with our rigs, hauling
them 40-footers, where do we
go? Back into fighting' every
comer downtown? Straight
south to upset all them good
folks in Chippingham? Out
west past errybody swimming'
on Cable Beach? Man, we'll see
traffic jams leaving' the Cay like
you ain't never seen before!
Amos: Well, I hear they
maybe planning something just
to west take the fill from har-
bour dredging, dump it in shal-
low water in front of Saunders
Beach bingo! New island all
set to take container ships.
'Course, they got to build a
bridge and new roads for that,
brand new routes goin' every
which way.
Zeke: Yeah, an' how long
that take?
Amos: They don't tell me
yet. \
Zeke: An' ain't all them envi-
ronment busy-bodies got some-
thing to say? Hold it up for a
couple of years to worry about
the turtles and land-crabs?
.Amos: "Wurofight,'7k6.
* Zeke: -We- uset -hear-ithe
whole thing was set for out

west, between the brewery and
BEC, with good road coming' in
under the power-line. What
happened with that?
Amos: Got shot down by the
new government. So they dump
the whole thing on that nice fel-
la Earl Deveaux to sort out the
mess. He in charge of Down-
town, too, so he got to promise
errybody all the shipping leave
Bay Street like tomorrow.
Zeke: Say, don't I remember
Brent sayin' he has a quick
solution all the trucks would
be off Bay Street by, when was
it, last December? Or maybe
this June? We'd all be driving' at
night, he said. You been doin'
any of that?
Amos: Man, you kiddin'?
Who's gonoa unload my con-
tainer at midnight?
Another fellow joined Amos
and Zeke; talked and dressed
like an, engineer, hardhat and
all. They greeted him as Harley.
Amos: Now, Harley, you
always get inside scoop. What's
Harley: Here's a little history
to chew on. Just as the FNM
took over in May last year, the
Dutch consulting firm Ecorys
was writing the feasibility study
for a modern container port
located, like you said, right by
the power plant. Ecorys had
been selected by a joint task
force of Government officials
(then PLP appointees, of
course) and the private sector
shipping companies led by
Tropical, and studied every
angle of our economy.
But within weeks of the elec-
tion after maybe a quick look
at Ecorys Brent Was saying,
publicly and privately, "You
can forget about the South-
western Port. It costs too much
and takes too long. We'll do it
Zeke: Yeah, I heard them
official reasons. Of course, the
real reason was, it was born in
the PLP cradle, not the FNM.
Harley: OK, you said it. Lat-
er, at a face-off right here in
Nassau, Brent told the boss of
Ecorys: "You guys are doing a
great job. But, like you were
minstrucutd, you're only stitdy-'
-mig thieouthwe sitte.yGt-s-e
eminent needs to be satisfied

there's no better place on the
island. Nobody has studied the
Amos: True?
Harley: That was a flat mis-
statement. In 2005, a Florida
.marine consulting firm made a
study of seven different sites -
studied all the factors, environ-
ment, traffic, nearby residents -
and gave the power plant top
points, 41 against 32 for
Arawak Cay. That wasn't good
enough for Brent and the new
gang. Said the study wasn't
done right. I dunno, looked OK
to me, but I'm just an engineer,
not a politician.
Zeke: So where we is now?
Harley: Well, you can't
expect Government to rush
into these things! It took until
about New Year's for Hubert
to nix the Ecorys plan straight
up and start promoting Arawak
Cay for the new port. Then it
took him another six months
to decide who was going to
build it. That big European
shipping company, MSC, tried
to muscle in and said they'd do
the whole thing construct,
manage, pay. They already just
about run the Freeport Con-
tainer Port, so why not Nassau,
too? That didn't look so good
to the guys already doing the
business here Tropical,
Seaboard and the gang so they
raised a big stink about a for-
eign-owned monopoly domi-
nating Nassau shipping. I guess
there was lots of back and forth,
and seems' like Hubert finally
told the local guys to go ahead.
Owners of the port have to
be the present operators and
other Bahamians, and nobody
can hold more than 15 per cent.
Jimmy Mosko was named
chairman of the port company
and told to get going.
Amos: So things are movin'
Harley: Not so fast, my
'friend! Here we are, early Sep-
teihber,hid UJiiimy stiltfl s to'
find a consi'lting company to

do a complete engineering and
financing plan. I hear it's down
to a shortlist of two, but who-
ever is picked will take couple
of months to complete. And the
environment study ain't even
started! The turtles and the
land-crabs still got a while to
Zeke: So they might start
pourin' concrete by end of the
Harley: That's what they say,
hope, hope. And maybe two
years to finish the job, and build
all the new roads to make it
Amos: At least a solution.
Harley: Sure, but you oughta
know everybody I talk to out-
side Government (and even a
few inside) engineers, town
planners, environmentalists,
businessmen, even the shipping
companies think Arawak
could be used for better things,
and making it the main port is a
crazy decision. They grit their
teeth and bear it, because no
use fighting Government, but
they'll tell you that out by the
power plant is still the best
place. And look, if Hubert had
put his OK on the Ecorys plan
when he first took over, the
thing could be about third-and
a-half finished by now.
Zeke: But a lot more bucks.
Harley: Maybe yes, maybe
no. Ecorys put it at about $330
million, and the Arawak budget
could be less, we still don't
know exactly. Either way, it's
all on the private sector, not on
the Treasury. And reckon this:
the Albany Resort has already
built, at its own expense, a slick
new road out west that could
have been part of the straight
power-line highway to the
inland terminal that's part of
every plan. More than that, I
bet both Albany and South
Ocean could have been
squeezed for fat contributions.
Since both developers were
fighting for crucial planning,
dredging and construction per-
mits, Government could have
said: "OK, but you've got to
share the cost of building the
commercial port that's near
you." That's the typical hard
bargaining that happens around
any big development. Joe Lewis
wasn't going to walk away from

Albany over a few million more
bucks. But I guess Hubert did-
n't try to play that card.
Amos: Man, I always figure
the FNM is better than the PLP
at toughin' it out on business

But, eh bulla, sometimes you
gotta wonder.
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AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all
persons indebted to the said Estate are
requested to make full settlement on or
before the 'date hereinbefore mentioned.

Attorneys for the Executor
P. 0. Box N-3247
Ocean Centre
Montagu Foreshore
East Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas.

Theft costs





FROM page 1B
or to the arrival of the storm.
But it's inevitably going to
affect business in the sense that
people are going to hunker
down and batten up. The ques-
tion is whether people are going
to defer their spending to a lat-
er date."
From a tourism perspective,

Mr D'Aguilar said the storms -
and the travel advisory issued
by the US State Department,
warning persons about the risk
involved in travelling to the
Bahamas was likely to impact
the sector in the short-term.
"People are going to defer
from coming here," Mr
D'Aguilar said. "But Septem-
ber is a slow month anyway,



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims againts the above-named Com-
pany are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned at
Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, P.O. Box N-
3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator on or before the 10th
day of September, 2008. In default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 1st day of September 2008


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims againts the above-named Com-
pany are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned at
Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, P.O. Box N-
3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator on or before the 10th
day of September, 2008. In default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 1st day of September 2008


and this will just make it slower.
At least it was not a month ear-
lier, when people were going
on vacation. After Labour Day,
it's very slow, so it's the. best
time for it to come if it's going
to come."
The Chamber president sug-
gested that the Government
needed to implement a "cut-off
point" where, if an approach-
ing storm had sustained winds
of 70 miles per hour or more, its
own offices and those of the pri-
vate sector should all close




called for

FROM page 1B

enable the Government to
see exactly where it spends
its energy dollars, and deter-
mine where consumption
can be reduced to cut costs.
Mr Neymour said this
audit will not be limited to
energy related to electrical
usage, but will also exam-
ine the Government's water
"The vast majority of our
water is processed through
reverse osmosis, and that
requires significant quanti-
ties of energy. That needs to
be reduced as well," said.
The Government wants to
introduce a National Energy
Policy aimed at exploring
and encouraging the use of
alternative sources of energy
for customers of the
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC), the largest
slow speed power generator
in the Caribbean.
It is hoped that this will
have some impact in reduc-
ing the skyrocketing electri-
cal bills plaguing business
and homeowners.

C F A L :: LC_ C) N 1 A. X
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.793.21 I CHG -5.89 I %CHG -0 33 I YTD -273.54 I YTD%, -13.24
FINDEX: -& CLOSE 865.67 I YTD% -10.12% 1 2007 28.29%9
= ...H .. -L Se..ur, Pre.'o.sClose T .ja ,s CIL= .Z ar..3o C,,..I- :. Ei E C ... i E Vieh-
it:, 1 1 i rL _: r lorHflE I 61 1 61 I OI10 1 1' 1 f -1:":":1 l 3. C 'j 0.1
11.80 11 .60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.0 0.00 1.061 0.200 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 1.62 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.11 10.80 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 (SI) 6.77 6.79 0.02 5,000 0.449 0.300 15.1 4.42%
6.88 3.20 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.60 4.60 0.00 0.122 0.052 37.7 1.13%
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 8.06 8.06 0.00 0.535 0.280 15.1 3.47%
13.01 12.00 Finco 12.50 12.00 -0.50 1,600 0.660 0.570 18.5 4.75%
14.75 11.54 FirstCarlbbean Bank 11.55 11.55 0.00 0.550 0.450 21.0 3.90%
6.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.49 5.49 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 6.57 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%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter SocwrlUes
-. *.a 6-I :.1..-._ S rI.c.I BOi 5 6 1K i Las P.riCe .*~ ,c-I :. E' ,5 ':'. -. P._E VieI
t i ':'" 1.1 -: E? r.a.-.a5 3-,e:,r'V.a'.'.el6 la1 6C, 1 60 1 .i.-., I 1':'r ,-'l -ll-.,I 1, 3 -Z C,5:-
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
O. E .*. ,* NE*-Nl ,-id lr..s C 35 0*0 0I 35 -*:* *.'.r .0 0.,O, r. r., J O ".
Co, lns Ovsr-The-Counter Securiltes
41.00 ,--' .'.DC al 00 A3 ,,O .11 ., 4 a ,-. -.-,_ ,:. "u-
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 0.900 13.4 6.16%
0.55 .*i ., i C, --.i.-J..-,... o 0 ,. .,. ,.: ,:, O O:. N r u o 0
I ISX LUtled Mutual Funds
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% L.I. 12. rl:.) u=. ,,,. *.. ,..".,-
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 Coiina Money Market Fund 1.409830**.** 2.53% 4.13%
3.7969 3.3971 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5562......** -6.34% 6.47%
12.3269 11 7116 Fidelity Prime Income Fund .12.3289** ... 3.32% 5.75%
100 (000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00**
100.t0600 99.9566 CFAL Global Equity Fund 100.96*11 1.01% 1.01%
1 .0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00**
10.5000 9.4733 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9.4733**...* -9.78% -9,78%
1.0147 1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0147...... 1.47% 1.47%
1.0119 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0027"**'* 0.27% 0.27%
1.0119 1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1.01198.... 1.19% 1.19%
Market Terms N A ./ Key
H'I X AI SI : ;* =*- i -: I 31 Mnrch 200
'i2wo hi Fil|ghjlt closing prico in hlt 52 weeks Bid S Buying price of Col-na ond Fidolity I 31 Docm- ber 2007
52wk-Low Lown closing price In last 52 week- Ask S Selling price of Colin. and fidelity ** 30 Juno 2008
Previoun CloB Previos dny' wIghted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-th-counior price ." 31 April 2008
1[ odr:n Croo Current dny'a weighted priqe for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week ..... 22 AuAgls 2000
('ir(| Chfl(In In clro nrl prici from day to day EPS $ A company' report earnings por shri for the Innt 12 rthl- f 31 July 2000
Ij.ly Vl N rl.l i.,r <, ,\ ilnl ihnren Irnded Iodny NAV Not Asset Valuo
lIn n.r,,lr.. l.,1 1,hll, inl the iflnl 12 nm0onthf NIM Not Meaningfl
/I l.,,..lf 1-1'. l-lf iltvt.ly..e li lhlr int I 1 ,1 minonlh 1 nrnlnag FINDEX The Fidelity B-ah.n. Sl1o k I -ndex Jn rli. y I, 19 '1 100
TO r'Ti'..LL >.LL C :FAL 2j,.J 6J.rjiO I FIDELITY 242.11Be. rF64 I FO CAPITAL MARKETS 242 j3e..suou I COLONIAL .,4. Ol..;.u FPOR
..I!IIrm DATA a INFCJi[MNI TION CALL BISX 24.2-39-1 'u303


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims againts the above-named Com-
pany are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned at
Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, P.O. Box N-
3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator on or before the 10th
day of September, 2008. In d Yault'tiereof theyiffe e clued
from the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 1st day of September 2008


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims againts the above-named Com-
pany are required to send particulars tlireof to the undersigned at
Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, P.O. Box N-
3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator on or before the 10th
day of September, 2008. In default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 1st day of September 2008



Road, Ridgeland Park in the Southern
District of the Island of New Providence
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any
claim or demand against the above Estate are required
to send the same duly certified in writing to the
Undersigned on or before the 301t day of September,
2008, after which date the Executor will proceed to
distribute the assets having regard only to the claims of
which he shall then have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all persons
indebted to the said Estate are requested to make
full settlement on or before the date hereinbefore

Attorneys for the Executor
P. 0. Box N-3247
Ocean Centre
Montagu Foreshore
East Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas.


BISX lists first debt security

FROM page 1B

the market in terms of
receiving, listing and trading
securities across the board.
As a result of different types
of listings, we are giving peo-
ple choice.
"Our market is becoming
well-rounded. It's continuing
to expand, continuing to
grow in an orderly fashion.
It's like clock work now, and
beginning to move in the
right direction."
Mr Davies said the search
for alternative funding mech-
anisms, outside of initial pub-

lic offerings (IPOs) and equi-
ty issues, was a growth area
for capital markets through-
out the world.
He explained that compa-
nies with strong income
streams and asset bases were
increasingly inviting investors
to purchase debt securities,
as they could provide evi-
dence buyers would receive
all their interest and full prin-
cipal repayment.
"I believe this is an area
of growth in the country for
those companies that. have
the intent and financial
strength to release these
types of security," Mr Davies

said, "so we will see more in
the future. It's [the Fidelity
listing] another positive step
in the right direction for our
"This will, I guess, speed
the development of a credit
rating agency for the
Bahamas. It's important the
investing public can have a
means by which to evaluate
the strength of a company
and the strength of the debt
it issues. Credit rating agen-
cies benchmark the debt
issued against the Govern-
ment's own securities and
other debt issuers in the mar-

Mr Davies said he hoped
the successful listing and
trading of Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) $25 million debt
securities, and notes issued
by other private sector enti-
ties, would encourage the
Government to list its own
registered stock and Trea-
sury Bill issues on the
"This will demonstrate
that BISX is more than capa-
ble of managing and sustain-
ing government debt securi-
ties trading," he added.
"We will demonstrate our
ability to manage this aspect
of the market, and over time
we expect and hope
to be involved in the
trading of govern-
ment as well."
That, Mr Davies
said, would ultimate-
ly lead to the devel-
opment of a debt

market yield curve, where
companies would be able to
"benchmark" their debt
against other issuers.
Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) chief exec-
utive, said the $25 million
notes were part of a wider
$50 million bond issue that
the bank's Board had
approved in 2007.
To date, only half had
been issued as Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) had sought to
raise capital to fund growth
in its mortgage and loan
book. The $25 million worth
of notes issued to date had
been released in two tranch-
es, $15.million and $10 mil-
Mr Sunderji said the list-
ing would increase liquidity
and allow investors holding
the $25 million worth of
notes to sell or buy the secu-
rities via BISX.



250 room


FROM page 1B

guest and employee safety, as \cll i,
ensuring that staff have sufficient tinic i
secure their own families and properties.
They will also be securing the hotel and
issuing frequent newsletters to guCstls
and employees, updating them on weal h-
er conditions.
Ed Fields, the senior vice-president of
public affairs for Kerzner International.
said: "We did not have any tancellat imon
until today. A couple of small groups.'
Tropical Storm Hanna became I lurriii-
cane Hanna yesterday afternoon, and hli
ricane warnings were issued for the centli;i
and southeastern Bahamas on MondaN. ;.
well as the Turks and Cacios.
The Bahamas may face a double blow
as the recently upgraded Tropical SIorm
Ike is also on a direct course to the coun-

A vibrant entity invites application from suitable qualified individuals for the

The successful candidate would be an individual with strong marketing skills
and a good working knowledge of agriculture management techniques and a
strong commitment to promoting the advancement of this sector.


Responsible for the analysis and evaluation of the integrated
agricultural marketing system.
Development of an agricultural information system and
capacity building.
Provision of support of agricultural. marketing projects
and programmes including formulation, start-up,
implementation monitoring and evaluation in collaboration
with the marketing team.
Provide ongoing monitoring of the marketing programme
to anticipate and troubleshoot problems and issues,
track milestones and concrete progress on activities and
recommend appropriate action.
Provide quality assurance and review of the programme.
Provide feedback and guidance to senior management with
respect to the programme development. -
Provide support in marketing development workshops and

BA Degree- Marketing
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Working knowledge of agricultural products
Working knowledge of the procedures for determining local
market conditions
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Excellent computer skills

Interested persons should submit a resume, police certificate,
testimonials, photograph and covering letter outlining
background and achievements to:
c/o DA 04733
P.O. Box N3207
Nassau, Bahamas

The closing date for applications is September 22, 2008

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THE Bahamas Real Estate
,,.,V.SO,'o". Association (BREA) continued
its 2008 programme of educa-
tional courses for members,
when the BRI (Bahamas Real-
tors Institute Designation)
MPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY course was held recently with
TIES COMMISSION OF THE BAHAMAS visiting lecturer Frank Serio.
Commissiod:- f The Bahahmas '(the' Conhaissb6h), :. ;Pictured above aire:m dt-
ncy responsible for the oversight, supervision and bers of the BREA education
investment funds, securities and capital.markets in or committee with instructor
as, as well as the supervision of Financial and Corporate Frank Serio. From L to R are:
s, invites applications from qualified Bahamians for the Theodore Sealy, member of the
)n: education committee and board
director; Lana Munnings-
er Basalyga, chairperson of the
education committee and vice-
-site inspections of entities licensed or registered by president Bahamas Real Estate
on Association; William Wong,
e enforcement process addressing deficiencies president, Bahamas Real Estate
e inspection Association; Frank Serio,
instructor from the Council of
id Experience: Residential Specialists (CRS
agree in Accounting or Finance )USA; Sally Hutchenson, mem-
erience in auditing or public accounting her of the Education Commit-
the securities industry a plus tee.

For testoie

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a statutory age:
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from The Baham
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following position
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should submit applications in writing marked
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28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00520

Whereas COTEISHAHANNA, of #58 Trotter
Avenue in the Island of Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of NEUTISHALA FLOWERS, late of #58
Trotter Avenue on the Island of Grand Bahama,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00522

HOLMES, of Minnis Subdivision in the Island
New-Providenee;''one of the Islands of the.
'i:C:rifdrealth 'fThe Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of WILFRED
THOMAS HOLMES, late of Minnis
Subdivision, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00523

Whereas LOUREY C. SMITH, of Mareva
House, 4 George Street, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of
Attorney for Brenda K. Miller, the Executrix
has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas, for letters of administration
with the will annexed of the Real and Personal
Estate of MAXINE A. SIMA Y, late of 6820
Chateau Chase Drive, Columbus in the State
of Ohio, U.S.A., deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

28TH AUGUST, 2008


BOWE a.k.a. GILBERT L. BOWE, late of

Palm Beach County in the State of Florida,
one of the States of the United States of
America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
33 Gleniston Gardens in the Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in
The Bahamas for obtaining the resealed Letters
of Administration (single personal
representative) in the above estate granted to
Representative of the Estate, by the Circuit
Court for Palm Beach County, Florida, Probate
Division, on the 27th day of May, 2008.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

28TH AUGUST, 2008


CORBETT ASHBY, late of Wickens, Birch
Grove, Horsted Keynes, West Sussex, England,
United Kingdom, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
Drive in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Attorney-
At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the resealed Grant of
Probate in the above estate granted to JULIAN
PATRICK HANCOCK the Executors of the
Estate, by the High Court of Justice, the District
Probate Registry at Brighton, on the 19th day
of August, 2008.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

28TH AUGUST, 2008


a.k.a. DONALD P. PASCALE, late of
Tamarac City in Broward County in the State
of Florida, one of the States of the United
States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
of Monastery Park and SIDNEY
Chancery Lane, both of the Eastern District
of the Islahd of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorneys-At-Law, the Authorized Attorneys
in The Bahamas for obtaining the resealed
Letters Of Administration (single personal
representative) in the above estate granted to
Representative of the Estate, by the Circuit
Court for Broward County, Florida, on the 31
st day of July, 2007.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00530

Breeze Estates, Eastern District, New

Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of ENOCH PEDRO
ROBERTS II, late of Sea Breeze Estates,
Eastern District, New
Providence, one the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00531

Whereas STEPHEN ROLLE, of the
Settlement of Old Bight, Cat Island, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of
Attorney for MADLYN SIMMS, the Lawful
Widow has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of GEORGE SIMMS, late of the Settlement
of Old Bight, Cat Island, one the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

28TH AUGUST, 2008. -:

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00532

Whereas LATANIA MACKEY, of North
Andros, The Bahamas, and LATASIA
CROWTHER of Faith Avenue, Freeport,
Grand Bahama, one of the. Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, have made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of IRENE
JOHNSON, late of No. 56 Augusta Street in
the City of Nassau in the Island of New
Providence, one the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00533

Adderley's Addition in the Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate
Soldier Road, Eastern District, New
Providence, one the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar




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Tribune Comics









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

48 9 73

1 6

5 4 1 2

1 9 3 5

6 5 8

51 46

9 2 6 3

4 .5

82 1 96
Difficulty Level 9/o01

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

7892 31!2
23151 8 51617
12 8619 86
941 895
7983 8679
387 179
13 7899 98
27.98 1732
8 L79 4918 7

Across I
1 Unqualified bird sound (5)
8 and 19 Down: They take a
turn for the better (8,6)
9 A lighthouse
casts it across the
vessel (5)
10 Dog Latin as
a composition (8)
11 Cheers up with
fringe benefits (5)
12 Consumed
tea after
stirring (3)
16 Highly decorated lid for a
new dish (6)
17 Found out the new rental
18 Reputedly wise light sleep-
er (3)
23 A game that calls for
silence (5)
24 Mummy would
soon go to pieces
were it not for
him! (8)
25 Tolerate resistance (5)
26 Stumbling upon clue for
'disconnect' (8)
27 It propels a ship's
heading south (5)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solutic
Across: 1 Threadbare, 6 Sash, 10
Paced, 11 Chain mail, 12 Smartish,
Fates, 15 Reeling, 17 Pelican, 19
Artiste, 21 Mission, 22 Dying, 24
Pastoral, 27 Obstinate, 28 Naomi, 2
Sten, 30 Merry dance.
Down: 1 Type, 2 Recumbent, 3
Adder, 4 Backing, 5 Reach up, 7
Apart, 8 Holes in one, 9 Snaffles, 14
Errand boys, 16 Insignia, 18
Chinatown, 20 Expiate, 21 Masseur
23 Issue, 25 Owned, 26 Kite.


It's always used up when

needed (8)
3 Nuts go well with cheese 11
4 Odd assortment of biblical
characters (3,3) 16
5 Empty vault (5)
6 Take off it's also used
for landing (5) 20
7 Look around in the river 24
12 Spot of bother in the head
office (3) 26
13 A well-cut length of cloth?
14 It's pitiful when dad gets
the twitch (8) U
15 Could be nine seas in -
tumult (2,1,5) N
19 See 8 Across
20 Rolled up for the opening *
(5) >"
21 Surprised a defender (5)
22 A fine meal (5) W

>n Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Loss of face, 6 Stab, 10
13 Smart, 11 Rendition, 12 Sabotage,
13 Tiger, 15 Omitted, 17 Smash-up,
19 Bighead, 21 Satanic, 22 Pious,
9 24 Careworn, 27 Infertile, 28 Gaffe,
29 Eire, 30 On the rocks.
Down: 1 List, 2 Seafaring, 3 Outdo,
4 Forward, 5 Confess, 7 Thing, 8
4 Bankruptcy, 9 Distract, 14 Booby
prize, 16 Treasure, 18 Honorific, 20
, Diction, 21 Screech, 23 Offer, 25
Wager, 26 Less.

1 Chief (5)
8 Opponent of
recourse to war (8)
9 Overturn (5)
10 A fruit tree (4,4)
11 Last (5)
12 An opening (3)
16 Tuberous flowering
plant (6)
17 Room to manoeuvre
18 For example (3)
23 Lanky (5)
24 Unlucky (8)
25 Shrivel with heat (5)
26 Using great tact (3-5)
27 Entice to do wrong

2 Act of
retaliation (8)
3 By hand (8)
4 Central American
country (6)

5 Fema
6 Esse
7 Impr
12 Afot
13 Use

ale fox (5)
ential (5)
session (5)
ssil fuel (3)

diligently (3)
14 Turncoat (8)
15 Disadvantage (8)
19 Reach journey's end
20 Fortunate (5)
21 Scrutiny (5)
22 Expand (5)

HOW many words of
four letters or more can
you make from the
letters shown here? In
making a word, each
letter may be used once
only. Each must contain
the centre letter and
there must be at least
one nine-letter word,
No plurals, or verb
forms .ending in "s", no
words with initial
capitals and no words
with a hyphen or
apostrophe permitted.
The first word of a
phrase is permitted
(e.g. inkjet in inkjet
Good 13; very good 20;
excellent 25 (or more).
Solution Monday.

Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Famous Hand

South dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.
VJ 53
4 AK 106
S1076 *AQJ9832
V1097642 7-
+ K106 *954
4J 49 85
The bidding:
South West North East
I Pass 2 NT 3 4
4 4 44 54 Pass
6 4 Pass Pass Dble
Opening lead two of hearts.
The lead-directing double of a
slam, also called a Lightner Double,
does not come up often, but when it
does it can completely alter the out-
come of a deal. Take this case from a
match between the United States and
Belgium at the 1984 World Team
At the first table, with a U.S. pair
North-South, the bidding went as
shown. The Belgian East-West dis-
rupted the bidding somewhat, but the
Americans (Bobby Goldman and

Paul Soloway) reached the excellent
six-club contract anyway.
East (Olivier Neve) made a Light-
ner Double of six clubs, directing his
partner not to lead the suit he had bid,
but to lead another suit instead. Neve
was confident that his partner had
enough heart length to work out the
strong possibility of a heart void in
the East hand.
West (Philippe Coenraets) had no
trouble finding the killing lead. After
ruffing the heart, East returned a low
diamond. Declarer had no choice but
to play low to try to make the slam,
but West won with the king and led a
second heart for East to ruff, giving
the Belgians a 300-point pickup.
At the second table, with a Bel-
gian pair now North-South, the bid-
ding went:
South West North East
1 + Pass 1 34
4 4 Pass 64 All Pass
East (Bobby Wolff, playing with
Bob Ilamman) elected not to double
since he did not know whether his
side could score another trick even if
he got a heart ruff Whether he
should have doubled is left to the ten-
der mercies of the reader.
West naturally led a spade, and
declarer lqst only a diamond to score
920 points. This, plus the 300 gained
at the other table, gave the Belgians a
total of 1.220 points (15 IMPs) on
the deal.

Tomorrow: Enlisting the enemy's aid.
T'2008 King Features Syndicate Inc.






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MEDICAL and health professionals still debate whether or not vaccinations are really necessary for the health of a child or do they do more harm
than good.

Should you get your child



VACCINATIONS are a controversial topic
of interest among parents, educators and
health professionals. While most nurses
and doctors will say that immunization shots are
essential to the health of young children in school
who are constantly in a sea of germs, some par-
ents may feel differently. Some say they cause oth-
er conditions like autism, others see vaccinations
as a money-making sham that does no good for
the patient, and there is also the concern that the
number of shots a child needs to enter schools
each year is only increasing without cause.

Minister of Health Dr Hubert
Minnis said the vaccination pro-
gramme of the Bahamas starts from
infancy, and he believes it is with
good reason. "The public spaces
children are exposed to must be as
disease-free as possible, with mini-
mal risk of spreading any illness," he
told Tribune Health.
Ms Jarissa Backfoid, administra-
tor ,; the Walk-In Clinic at Sandy-

port, also said that immunization is
crucial to the continued health of
children. The clinic is currently run-!
ning a special on immunization
shots, readying children for the new
school year. She believes it is "defi-
nitely right to have shots as a
mandatory requirement to enter a
school because so many students
are exposed to so many viruses".
She also suggested that a hole in the

system may be that after acceptance
to a school, immunization cards
aren't checked and therefore they
are not required by arly institution to
update their vaccinations.
On the other side of the story,
some opponents to child vaccina-
tion argue that there are simply too
many shots required these days, and
believe they shouldn't have to cover
the costs of a policy put in place by
the government. These shots may
number as high as 20 before your
child reaches the age of two years.
Esther Barry, mother of two, said
she will do anything for offspring's
protection. "Thankfully my insur-
ance paid for my children's immu-
nization," she noted. She revealed
however, that if this were not so,
she "would have to make sacrifices".
About children that do not receive
the shots required by Bahamian law,
Ms Barry said they should not be
allowed around those who have
been vaccinated.
Another mother, Taliste Taylor,
said she's heard a lot of stories
about the negative side effects of
vaccinations. Some children com-
pletely change their temperament
she reported, and can become
cranky, irritable or feverish. For-
tunately, her daughter has only

experienced a high fever after one
shot, but none of the more serious'
effects that sometimes plague oth-
ers. Ms Taylor added that she would
still give her daughter the doctor
recommended shots, saying there
are just so many angles you need
to look at now.
Among all of the preparation for
new and returning students this year,
an aspect that is sometimes forgot-
ten is the father's role. In inter-
viewing parents everywhere on the
question, of immunization, one
father Samora St Rose put in his
two cents. "Every child should have
their shots done by now," he said.
The link between immunization
shots and autism which has been
widely debated in the US with
some calling it an urban myth adds
a layer of concern however, and is
something he finds very scary. He
admitted that as a result he like
many other new parents would
need to do more research before
taking his two year old son for his
first round of vaccinations this year.
In the end, the lack of information
coming out of the Bahamian med-
ical community about the issue has
left the public with the chore of
researching a medical procedure tra-
ditionally followed automatically.



The dangers of

improper footwear

SHOES are sometimes a contributing cause
to many foot problems which, in a lot of
instances, relates to poorly fitted footwear. One
of the main dangers of wearing improper
footwear is acquired foot deformities. These are
conditions which can largely be avoided.
Today, I shall fo6us on some of the more
common deformities affecting the skin of the
The skin of the foot is especially vulnera-
ble because it is housed in footwear two-thirds
of the lifetime of the average person. Just
imagine this combined with other conditions
such as hard walking surfaces, foot perspira-
tion, excessive standing or walking, heat, shoe
abrasions etc, and the skin of the foot can
develop a variety of skin ills related to the
shoe or shoe fit.
Listed below are some of the more common
skin-related foot ailments which do not have to
occur if you wear properly-fitted footwear:
Calluses Which are simply a hardening
of the skin, are .sometimes seen as nature's
way of protecting the tissues below from steady
abrasions or pressures from the body. When
calluses develop they are often found on pres-
sure-sensitive parts of the foot, such as under
the ball of the feet or under the big toe joint.
They can be sore and even painful, much like
having a pebble under your foot. Calluses are
sometimes a sign of foot imbalance or of:a
more seriotusproblem concealed.,fise the

Corns there are two main types: hard
and soft. The hard corn usually starts as red
skin, followed by a coating of callus, which
develops into a hard corn. Most hard corns
develop on the side of the little toe, but are
also found in other places where there is steady
pressure and abrasion. Hard corns are almost
always caused by shoes of the wrong size,
shape or fit.
On the other hand, the soft corn is always
found between the web of the toes, usually
between the fourth and fifth toes. A soft corn
is white and damp. It can also be very painful.
It is caused by a constant squeezing together of
the toes as a result of shoes too short or narrow
at the toes. The bones of the toes rub togeth-
er and bring on the soft corn.

Plantar warts are found on the sole or
heel of the foot and can, at first glance, look
like a small callus or corn but on closer exam-
ination reveal tiny black dots. It is believed
that they are caused by a virus and should be
treated by a podiatrist or dermatologist. These
warts can be .quite painful.
Ingrown toe nail which is commonly
found on the inner side of the big toe is anoth-
er common problem caused by improper
footwear. The shoe may have been either too
short, too narrow or too pointed. The area
becomes inflamed, swollen and very painful.
It's caused by a steady squeezing together of
the toes so that the second toe presses against
the nail edge of the big toe, forcing the nail to
grow inward into the flesh and infecting it. It
can also be caused by cutting the corner of
the nail too deeply.

Athlete's foot a bacterial or virus infection
that causes irritating and itchy skin rash, often
with small open blisters. It is in no way restrict-
ed to athletes. Foot perspiration helps to keep
the condition active. Athlete's foot is conta-
gious, and is sometimes picked up in locker
rooms, bathroom floors, carpets etc. Excessive
foot perspiration may be caused or accelerated
by habitual wearing of shoes or boots with non-
breathable upper materials, especially closed-
type footwear or simply by tight-fitting shoes.
Footwear plays a significant role in the pre-
vention and or reduction of many deformities
on the surface of the foot. Again, this is not the
result of the design, construction or fit of the
shoe, but rather the structural and functional
nature of the foot. Nevertheless, it is logical
that if shoes often play a causative role in many
foot deformities, they can also contribute to
the relief or remedy of some foot problems.

Bernadette D Gibson, a trained pedorthist, is the
proprietor of Foot Solutions, a health and wellness
franchise that focuses on foot care and proper shoe fit,
located in the Sandypori Plaza.
The views expressed are those of the author and do
not necessarily represent those of Foot Solutions
Incorporated or any of its subsidiary and/or affiliated
companies. Please direct any questions or comments
to nassau@footsolutions.corn




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TO many owners, pets can symbolize children.
They depend on us or attention, food, shelter and
care when they are injured or ill, and for social
direction. I tell the young couples that frequent my hospi-
tal that pets usually sharpen the maternal instincts of the
woman, and it is advisable to experiment with parenting
a pet, before having children.

Many times, acquiring a cat or dog is
often one of the first joint decisions made
by a newly-married couple and the first
focus of shared responsibility. However,
when the real children arrive, pet owners
may suddenly be reminded that pets are
animals after all.

This must be a gradual process. Pets,
especially dogs, need time to adjust to
a new family member. When you are
approximately three to four months
pregnant, you need to do some obedi-
ence training with your dog. The com-
mands sit, stay, and down are essential
to control your dog.
A curious and affectionate pet can
unintentionally harm a baby. The baby
can be scratched or even dropped when
a friendly dog jumps up on you to
investigate. If you suspect that your pet

will have
any type of behavioral problem
because of your baby, you need to
resolve that problem while you can,
before the baby comes.
Preexisting problems are often mag-
nified with time, especially as seen
through the eyes of a sleep deprived
new parent. Before your baby arrives
home, present a blanket with the baby
scent to your pet. Put this blanket ini
your pets' special place where he sleeps.
It may help to carry a doll around as an
imaginary baby. Allow your dog to
investigate the doll only if the animal
remains calm and controlled.
Make a tape recording of your crying
infant at the hospital and play this at a -
gradually increasing volume while you


practice obedience commands and
praise your pet for desirable behav-
iour. When your dog is undisturbed by
the recording continue training sessions
with the tape recording and the doll.
When the baby comes home from
the hospital it is best to isolate him or
her from your pet for the first few days.
To minimize the excitement greet your
pet calmly without the baby there.
When you are ready to introduce the
dog and baby have an adult hold the
pet on a short leash away from the
baby. Proceed slowly over several days,
bringing the dog closer to the baby.
Keep the dog under control with a reas-
suring and relaxed manner. No matter
how well you trust your pet an infant
should not be left alone with any ani-
, There are warning signs to be aware
of. If your pet has a history of any of
the following you must proceed with
extreme caution.
1) Guarding its food
2) Resisting obedience training
3) Hunting for small prey
4) Undisciplined or wild behaviour
5) Aggressive towards you or anyone
If you have reason to suspect that your

dog may harm the baby a muzzle is a
wise investment. Although some dog
breeds are more aggressive than others
towards children, a dog of pny breed can
injure your child under certain circum-
If you are not certain that your pet is
trustworthy your child's safety must
come first. Hire a babysitter that has
experience with pets, and carefully
instruct them on keeping the child and
dog separated.
During visits with friends who have
pets do not let your guard down. Infants
should be closely supervised at all times,
even with the most trusted pets. No one,
especially children of any age, should be
left unattended with an animal they can-
not control.
Dogs and cats may urinate or defe-
cate on baby blankets or baby clothes
or on your bed. Some tats may urinate
and defecate in a newborn's crib. These
are not acts of malice or jealousy. Terri-
torial marking relieves a pet's anxiety so
they cover the baby's scent (or yours)
with their own. Do not scold your pet for
this behaviour, as this would only
increase its stress during adjustments to
new circumstances.

Dr Basil Sands is a veterinarian at the
Central Animal Hospital. Questions or com-
ments should be directed to potcake59@hot-
mail.com. Dr Sands can also be contacted at


Alpha hydroxy acids an ancient beauty secret!

EVERY woman desires to have
beautiful, healthy skin. In Egypt,
Cleopatra was famous for her milk
baths which were filled with lactic acid,
and during the French Revolution
ladies of the French court used agecd
wine on their faces to keep their skin
looking flawless.
In 1976 Doctors Eugene Van Scott
and Ruey Yu reported on the efficacy
of alpha hydroxy acids on the skin. But
based on all this information, it is clear
that modern day. women are not the
first to have discovered the many ben-
efits of alpha hydroxy acids.
Today, consumer's interest .in the
benefits of alpha hydroxy acids has
been driven by leading beauty maga-
zines and television talk shows. But
what exactly are alpha hydroxy acids
and what are the benefits to you? Let's
find out.

Alpha hydroxy acids are natural
ingredients derived from food, such as
sugar cane (glycolic acid), sour milk
(lactic acid), apples (malic acid), fruits
and aged wine ( tartaric acid), and
leaves of wintergreen and birch bark
(beta hydroxy acid or salicylic acid).
Glycolic acid has the smallest mole-
cule of all the hydroxy acids, then lac-
tic acid, and so forth. The smaller the
molecule the more effective, it is in
penetrating the skin. Glycolic acid
appears to be the most effective for
cosmetic purpose.

The older we get the more we see a
reduction in our skin's ability to exfo-
liate, resulting in an excessive build up
of dead skin cells. The stratum
corneum (the outer top layer of our
skin) becomes thick with dead skin
cells; the skin appears dull, rough and
Using alpha hydroxy acids in lower
concentrations between five and
twelve per cent helps loosen and
reduces excess layers of dead skin cells,
gradually restoring fresher, smoother,
healthier looking skin. Glycolic is great
for the aging process of the skin.

Glycolic acid has been intensively
researched and, known to address the
following major skin concerns:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Oily prone skin
Acne prone skin
Roigh, dry skin

Uneven pigmentation (age spots)
Razor bumps

In high concentrations alpha hydroxy
acids, such as glycolic acids, are used in
chemical peels. The percentage of the
glycolic concentration determines who
can use it.
A concentration of less than 10 per
cent is sold to consumers
Trained skin care specialists can
use a concentration of 20 per cent to 30
per cent. (The percentage used by the
skin care specialist can be referred to as
a light facial peel.)
Doctors can use higher concentra-
tions of alpha hydroxy acids, such as 50
to 70 per cent.

As a consumer, not having the prop-
er training in analyzing and treating
the skin, you can burn yourself when
applying a higher concentration of
alpha hydroxy acids than recommend-
ed. The same applies to an esthetician
or skin care specialist who assumes the
role of a doctor and exceeds the rec-
ommended concentration.
The skin care specialist's main
responsibility is to deal with the top
layer of the skin, the epidermis. The
epidermis is where the hair follicles
are, where dirt and oil are trapped,

and midway of the epidermis is where
the dead skin cells are.
Doctors, such as dermatologists, can
use higher concentrations that allow
them to work in the deeper layers of
the skin, such as the dermal layer. That
is why they are called dermatologists,
they work in the dermal layer of the
skin, where the blood vessels are.
This is important to you as a con-
sumer in shopping around for the best
skin treatments. So often we see. or
hear of stories of someone who had a
bad chemical peel. I had an experience
several years ago when I was shopping
in a convenience store. I couldn't help
but ask the cashier what happen to her
face, she seemed to be badly bruised.
Understanding how painful the expe-
rience and resulting bruising must have
been, I explained to her what I do and
where I work. To my surprise that
young lady came to see me the next
morning lamenting over her skin. This
is one of a number of cases I have
experienced of chemical peels gone
Another important factor when
using alpha hydroxy acids is the pH
level (a measure of acidity).
The pH balance of human skin
varies from 4 to 6; normal pH is 4.2 to
5.6. When products are applied to the
skin, the pH level can change. The clos-
er the pH level of the product is to the
skin's normal pH the better. This is so
important when getting a glycolic peel.
If the pH is around 3.0 that is mild,
but when the pH of the glycolic is
below 1.75, it is considered a chemi-
cal peel which should only be admin-
istered by a doctor. The lower the pH
the stronger and the deeper it goes
into the dermis.

There are a variety of skin care prod-
ucts that contain alpha hydroxy acids,
here are some guidelines when deciding
which alpha hydroxy formulation to use:
Only choose one product that con-
tains the proper formulation of alpha
hydroxy acids to use as an exfoliant
It is best to use alpha hydroxy acids
in a moisturizer.
Cleansers with alpha hydroxy acids
have minimal benefits because they are
washed off, without being absorbed into
the skin
Sunscreen with UVB and UVA pro-
tection must be applied when using
alpha hydroxy acids
Alpha hydroxy acids are more effec-
tive at a concentration of five per cent to
eight per cent and a pH of three to four.
The concentration information is
not usually on the product label, but
alpha hydroxyl acids are more likely to
contain the proper concentration when
listed as the second or third ingredient
on the list.
A pH strip can be used to deter-
mine the pH balance or calling the man-
Discontinue product if you experi-
ence an adverse reaction such as burn-

Kenya Mortimer-McKenzle is an
esthetician/anti-aging skin care specialist,
interested persons can contact her at:
Baha-Retreat Anti-Aging Spa
East Bay Street, East of Lucianos
323-6711 or 323-615
E-mail: kenya@baharetreat.com

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Sun Facts

YOU may think sitting
under an umbrella at the
beach makes up for not
wearing sunscreen. But is
doesn't. Depending on
weather conditions and the
reflectiveness of the sand,
your beach umbrella may
be offering you only SPF2.

If you're turning to a
tanning bed for a healthier,
"indoor tan", think again.
Commercial tanning beds
not only emit as much and
often more damaging
ultraviolet light as the.sun
itself, but improper use can
result in vision-reducing
corneal burns. Instead,
reach for a protective self
tanner product for a nat-
ural-looking, golden glow
without the guilt.

New research indicates
that using a sunscreen with
an SPF higher than 30 can'
hurt more than it helps.
For example, the differ-
ence between SPF30 and
SPF40 is 30 per cent more
sunscreen* chemicals, but a
measly one per cent more
in protection. Sunscreen is
recommended between
SPF15 and SPF30.

People aren't the only
animals to suffer from sun-
related skin cancers. Up to
40 per cent of pet
melanomas are sun-relat-
ed, and they're just as fatal
as the human variety. Be
pet smart and make sure
your pet has lots of shade.

One in five Americans
will develop skin cancer in
their lifetime, and it kills
one American every hour.
Lower your risk by mak-
ing a solar protection
product part of your daily
regimen a few extra
moments every morning
might just save your life.

Centuries ago having
super-pale skin was highly
fashionable, since only the
very wealthy could afford
to avoid working in the
fields. How times have
changed! A golden sum-
mer-time glow is now the
ultimate accessory every-
season. Unfortunately, if
you get that glow by bak-
ing in the sun, you'll have
to pay the hefty price of
premature aging!

This information was taken
frQm www.dermalogica.com
Sarah Simpson is a skin
care therapist at the Dermal
Clinic located at One Sandy-
port Plaza (the same build-
ing as Ballys Gym). For more
information visit her website
at www.dermal-clinic.com or
call her at 327.6788


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e ve eta le rowin

season is comin.

I HAVE the feeling that many
more Bahamians will be grow-
ing their own vegetable pro-
duce this year. he price of fresh veg-

etables is close' to exorbitant and peo-
pie are coming to the realisaition that

they can save many dozens and
maybe hundreds of dollars a year by
growing as much as they are able.
Those of us with established gardens will be looking to
improve the soil before anything else..We lose a little

soil every year, mostly from pulling of weeds and run-off
caused by heavy downpours. I like to dig in some top
soil bought from the nursery, along with commercial cow
manure to help condition the soil. .

Then there is the fertilizer. I favour a time-release fer-
tilizer. It may not seem a bargain when compared with a
50-pound bag of granular fertilizer but there is no waste.
Bags of fertilizer contain residualisalts while time-release
capsules and soluble spray fertilizers contain very lit-
tle salt residue. Over the years, that matters.

Now comes the decision: What to grow? Experienced
gardeners divide vegetables into three categories: 60-
day, 90-day and 120-day crops.
S60-day crops like garden peas, spinach, Swiss chard
and summer squash are usually cool weather plants that
prefer to be sown in late October when the temperature
has lowered significantly.
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aeawsoiogte ifrnoboywlma the m.rsry Irogish potmrcatoes and,
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toes seppersus egpantsal cabboes seammer squansh that

cucumbers, carrots and beets. As I mentioned previous-
ly, garden peas, chard and spinach are best left until
October. Leave room in your garden to start another
sowing of tomatoes once the first set has flowered. You
need to avoid a glut, which is usually followed by a peri-
od with no ripe fruits available.
Certain crops need a special area of their own. A pump-1
kin patch should not be near your vegetable garden or
your lawn. Cucumbers have similar growth habits. Sweet
potatoes should be grown in the poorest, sandiest part of
the yard and fertilized very lightly. .
Watering is usually a daily routine during the
autumn/winter months, sometimes twice a day in dry, -
windy weather. Have a hose available and try to water the j "
ground rather than the plants. If you use soluble or liquid
fertilizer you can water your vegetable leaves because
some of the nutrients are taken in through the leaves, but
that is once a week on average.
I'll discuss planting of seeds next week.

j.hardy@coralwave.com '4,


How to


your Auk'a

S' If you decide you are ready
to make a change in your
career you can decide if
you want to remain on the
same career track or in the
same industry or if you
want to change your career


O you wake Up day
after day and wish
you could call in
sick? Are you
demotivated and unexcited about
your work because you feel there
is absolutely nothing to look for-
ward to except more of the same?
You know it is time to reinvent
your career if you are feeling
unchallenged or if you don't per-
ceive career advancement opportu-
nities within your company or
organisation. You may feel your
career has plateaued or you may
have started out enjoying your
career and then over time lost your
For example, you may be new in
your career and took the first job
you were offered at a company you
felt was established in the commu-
nity because you wanted a stable
job and you needed to pay your col-
lege bills but you are not doing
something that interests you.
Another example is that, you may
have over 30 years of experience in
your career.
You used to love going to work
because you had a plan and 30 years
later you are doing exactly what you
always dreamed of doing, but you
are no longer excited about it.
In fact, you are only waiting
around for retirement so going to
work every day is now a tedious
exercise because you are seeing the
same work and situations over and
over again.
Sometimes career reinvention
may be useful if you are in the right
job but the work environment isn't
a good fit for you.
For example, you are doing the
work you love, but you do not thrive

in a very competitive, "cut-throat"
environment nor do you enjoy man-
aging people, but you are working in
a very competitive environment and
you have a team of employees
reporting to you. Reinvention in
cases like this may mean changing
industries or taking a cut in pay.
If you decide you are ready to
make a change in your career you
can decide if you want to remain on
the same career track or in the same
industry or if you want to change
your career altogether.
Your career usually goes through
four stages in a cycle.
The cycle starts at the exploration
stage an'd moves into the establish-
ment stage where you are working
toward moving up the ranks.
Once you establish yourself in
your career you maintain your per-
formance or continue to grow and
when your career starts to approach
decline, you may disengage.
Here is a list of reasons employ-
ees give me that cause them to resist
making a change that will probably
lead to a much happier, fulfilled
I don't know what I want to do
but I am clear about what I don't
want to do.
I don't have a degree so I can't
compete in the market
I don't have the money to go
back to school
I am making a lot of money and
I don't want a pay cut if I have to
start over
I have to support my family. I
have to keep food on the table and
gas in the car.
I know what I have... (fear of
the unknown)
These are reasons that sound
legitimate but keep us stuck, so here

are the steps you can take to get
"unstuck" and reinvent your career.

Step one is to find your purpose
if you haven't already. If you are
going to reinvent your career why
don't you do something you love to
do? Keep in mind, finding some-
thing to do that will invoke enthusi-
asm sometimes takes time so be
patient with yourself. If you are
unclear and you need help with this
process, a career coach can assist
Step two is to understand your
personal career preferences. What
are your personal values? Are they
aligned with your employer's val-
ues? What kind of work environ-
ment do you work best in? Where
can you find this type of environ-

If you decide to make a change
in your career, research your
options. Conduct your research into
the corporate environment before
you interview with a potential
employer because you can decide
that a work environment is not suit-
able to you no matter how much
money they offer. Decide if you
want to remain in the same compa-
ny or the same industry? Use your
network of friends and acquain-
tances to understand more about
the roles that interest you. Always
aim to have more than one role of
Create a career development
plan that will help you to get from
where you are to where you want to
be. You may decide to take classes
or identify a mentor or career coach.
Your plan should identify compa-
nies of interest to you and it can
identify if you would like to contin-
ue to work for an employer or open
your own business or a combina-

tion of both. If you plan to continue
to work for an employer and open
your own business, keep in mind
some companies have rules that pro-
hibit a conflict of interest that will
impede your ability to perform your
daily duties so investigate the cor-
porate policy before you seek an
alternative income stream.
Your career plan can include
hypothetical career paths you can
take to achieve your goals coupled
with alternative developmental
plans designed to provide you with
the skills you will need for each
path. Remember, if you are looking
to attain a managerial or executive
position, develop the leadership and
technical skills that will help you to
be more competitive.
Some employees wait until their
employers can see how much they
bring to the table and train and pro-
mote them. While some employers
are willing to invest in your devel-
opment, your training is either pri-
marily your responsibility or a joint
responsibility between you and your
employer because if you decide to
resign, you take the benefits of your
training with you to your new
employer. So develop your own per-
sonal training plan by considering
your budget and appropriate semi-
nars, degree programmes, confer-
ences and associations.
There are many people who are
not sure about what they want to
do so if you are one of these people
you can try different jobs over time.
If you decide to try different jobs,
keep in mind that some Bahamian
employers shy away from consider-
ing resumes that list numerous jobs
in a short period of time because
they may perceive this as an indica-
tor of instability and some recruiters
are wary of employee turnover.
However, frequent position changes

while working for a single employer
seems to be a more acceptable pat-
No two career plans are exactly
the same.
Everyone has different interests
and skill sets.
For example, you may be inter-
ested in law, someone else may want
to combine their knowledge of the
law with their knowledge of IT.
Consider the needs of the mar-
ket you are a part of (or one you
wish to be a part of) and think of
skill sets or combinations of skills
that will set you apart from your
When reinventing yourself you
don't have to be focused on a pro-
motion or making more money.
You can focus on improving your
performance or knowledge of your
existing role and this can involve
developing a plan to attain a higher
performance rating or it can mean
taking a lateral role or series of lat-
eral roles with similar pay so you
can attain breadth and depth of
knowledge and experience.
No matter your career plan,
ensure it is flexible and meets your
specific needs and goals.
Most importantly, always be sure
to have your own career plan. Oth-
erwise, your career will be subjected
to the views, timelines and budgets
of the decision makers within your
company or organisation.

Yvette Bethel is the president of
Organizational Soul. She can be
contacted by telephone at
242.424.7166 or fax 242.324.1631
or write to her at PO Box N-511,
Nassau, Bahamas. Interested per-
sons can also check out her web-
site at: www.orgsoul.com.





BTVI instructors complete advanced cosmetology

training at Dudley Cosmetology University

tors at the Bahamas Technical
& Vocational Institute (BTVI),
, have successfully completed
the Instructor Enhancement
Training Programme at Dud-
ley Cosmetology University
DCU was selected because
the most creative, innovative
and successful cosmetologists
attend Dudley Cosmetology
University. Students receive
the advanced training, knowl-
edge and skills they need to
operate a successful school,
and provide clients with the
most up-to-date styling tech-
niques and hairstyle trends.
BTVI instructors, led by

Mrs Andrea Beneby-Taylor,
cosmetology coordinator,
were able to study under the
direction of highly skilled staff
who are World class leaders in
the field of cosmetology. Their
intensive advanced training
consisted of instruction for
certified students and cosme-
tologists that desire to build
and rebuild confidence as well
as enhance and modernize
their existing skills.
"Today, our student hair-
stylists require the latest in
education and industry related
services, as well as being ready
to enter future employment
opportunities. Today's stu-
dents all come from the 'digital

generation' and require updat-
ed information through com-
puters, power point presenta-
tions and computer instruc-
tions and that is why it is
important that our instructors
stay ahead in this field," Mrs
Taylor said.
BTVI has educated hun-
dreds of students in the field
of cosmetology. The institution
continues to inspire students
to achieve their goals and iden-
tify their creative potential.
BTVI realizes the importance
of using the latest state-of-the-
art equipment and well trained
instructors to constantly inspire
and always pass that inspia-
tion on to graduating studio s.

BTVI instructors take a break from the intensive advanced training to capture the special moment. The
training, completed at Dudley's Cosmetology University, was aimed at certified students and cosmetol-
ogists that desire to build and rebuild confidence as well as enhance and modernize their existing skills.
While there, the group studied under the direction of highly skilled staff who are world class leaders in
the filed of cosmetology. Pictured second from left is Mrs Andrea Beneby-Taylor, BTVI's Cosmetology
Coordinator, who led the group.

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well so I really want to presthat :".
As far'as the platform goes, Miss Young -sid
and her team will engage in beach plean-0ups. Miey
attend schools across the country to make student
the fact that the environment of theBabanaSJ dst .,U
since it is important to the well being of very -B ta in
Calling the pageant esnia atteh. de..
Young said that contestapts .t yepagat.
special bond .nd. shpr1a.W1 "i She s..
that she learned iMay. irta n nts tite1 litt ,
with her-during her jouriniey lico lite -I arn ei
things while I was inthe pagetiniluding hoW toM
structive critc to. y adva n -[ i .dth..i ..
of the. girls.they.xiever let the Tlvait t brk i
they used the neg.tityrn sobne Iptk& B .
While -Ms Young boSppt : great .
Used the opportunity to displ a ai yth A
.Miss Young, many young pp lemay have.the
that pageantry is only about being, beautjil alida.
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S.hat this perception is incorrect."[Beauty) p agents
only about beauty of the face beauty is skin deep.a
pageant is not limited to just looking pretty and being
tiful, but it is also about what is inside the mind and wha
young ladies have to offer to make an effective c.opribo ,:.
to the Bahamas," she said. : .*
3 "When you take a look at our platform people mnusi, ..
ognize that much thought goe, isto it. We a dsobad ti.V
ticipate in speech competitions, "ad to be boqest l.fI t ,ri
s: rry for the judgesbecause they had a veyhard de o
make. We were t eallygoo&': .' -
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she was well motivated to do her best to win-tliecro ;',
particularly with the supportdft her mother, who gre'ay -
motivated her.
With her goal for the year set,, Miss Young Said that iw n :
her time is up as the reigning Miss Teen Bahamas 2Ni ..- IO0,.
she will continue to stress her platform to make the Bab ,
clean . ;' .' ... : .' . ,' -
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only remembers the words of Mahatai 'paA t, b :
incorporated them into her life: "Be the orange youWait,
see in the world".




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