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 9, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Police charge attorney

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Lawyer accused

after alleged

incident at

Juvenile Court
POLICE have brought
charges against a Nassau
attorney accused of assaulting
a magistrate.
Attorney Geoffrey Far-
quharson, 54, of Cumberland
Street, is charged with the
aggravated assault of
Magistrate Caroline Vogt-
According to court dockets,
Farquharson on Wednesday,
July 16, 2008, while at Juve-
nile Court No. 2 assaulted
Magistrate Vogt-Evans while
she was acting in her capacity
as.a presiding officer of the
Farquharson had initially
been found in contempt by
the magistrate and taken to
Central Police Station.
After he returned before
her, however, his actions
reportedly made the magis-
trate feel tl*eatened and sub-
sequently a complaint was
Although police have
brought the charge against
Farquharson,he has not yet
been formally charged in a
According to police, Far-
quharson will be summoned
to appear in Court 10, Nassau
He is expected to be for-
mally arraigned on September

PLP Chairman denies rift

with Christie over convention

Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP Chairman Glenys Hanna-
Martin denied claims made by a
local tabloid yesterday that sug-
gested there was a rift between
herself and party leader Perry

Christie over the setting of the
party's national convention.
Calling the claim a baseless
"fabrication", M'rs Hanna-Mar-
tin told The Tribune that there is
no discord over this issue "or any
other issue" between herself and
Mr Christie.
"We are committed to the
same objective which is to rebuild
the PLP coming out of'a defeat.
After having, engaged in intro-
spection, which we believe will
be to our benefit, he and I believe
that this party is one that repre-
sents the hope for the future of
our people.
"The nature of our ideology is
such that it has allowed us to have
a tremendous legacy and prepares
us for a wonderful future for our
country. And that is what our
goal and objective is," she said.
SEE page nine

'Too early to say'
if damage will
affect Morton
Salt employment
Tribune Staff Reporter
gled yesterday without elec-
tricity to start repairing their
homes after the passing of
powerful Hurricane Ike,
Morton Salt Bahamas' man-
aging director said it is "too
early to say" whether dam-
age to the plant will affect
employment levels there.
However, as of yesterday,
operations were shut down
and Glen Bannister said he
"could not put a timeline"
on when things would get
back to normal.
Mr Bannister told The
Tribune that the two inches
of rain left by Tropical
Storm Hanna, in conjunc-
tion with the seven inches
left by Hurricane Ike,
SEE page nine

Tribune Staff Reporter
AS PLP activist Omar Archer
lies in hospital guarded round the
clock by armed officers, police.
say they have a 31-year-old man
in custody in connection with his
Formal charges may be
brought as early as today.
Chief Supt Glen Miller, offi-
cer-in-charge of the Central
Detective Unit (CDU), told The
Tribune yesterday that police are
also looking at other suspects in
this case.
Mr Miller said that informa-
tion gathered so far suggests that
more than one person may have

been involved in the shooting.
Police apprehended the 31-
year-old suspect in Nassau Vil-
lage, the same area in which Mr
Archer was shot on Friday.
Mr Miller said that police were
questioning the suspect yester-
"Once th'e evidence is satisfac-
tory, once our examination is con-
cluded he may be charged
(today)," he said.
Police have not yet established
a motive for the crime.
Mr Archer told The Tribune
that he believes that the man who
shot him is known to him.
The political activist also said
that he believes he is the victim of
SEE page nine

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE appointment of Supreme
Court Justice Rubie Nottage will
have been a huge waste of resources
if her short tenure ends next month,
according to Bar Association Presi-
dent Wayne Munroe.
To even consider not allowing Mrs
Nottage, who was appointed in May,
to continue to practise after her 65th
birthday by not extending her tenure
SEE page nine

Latest murder

victim identified
THE country's latest murder victim has been identified as 32-
year-old Roland Elidor.
Mr Elidor, who was gunned down outside the Pepper Pot Take-
Away restaurant in Grand Bahama on Saturday, was an employee
of Campbell's Trucking Company and a resident of Hanna Hill,
Eight Mile. Rock.
Family members of Mr Elidor formally identified the victim yes-
terday morning at the Rand Memorial Hospital morgue.
The shooting occurred at around 4.05am on Saturday and left
patrons of the popular Pepperpot restaurant stunned and fright-
SEE page nine

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Phone system


hinders bid to

reach Inagua
Tribune Staff Reporter
Attempts to communicate
with hurricane-struck resi-
dents of Inagua yesterday
were hindered as the heavily-
damaged island's landline
phone system malfunctioned
throughout the day.
BTC's vice president Kirk
Griffin said a technical team
from the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company was
heading south yesterday to
attempt to restore the island's
communication with the out-
side world.
He said that until that team
carries out their assessment of
the damage to BTC equip-
ment in the southern island,
he cannot say how long it will
take to restore the phone sys-
tem or how much it will cost.
The VP claimed that calls to
and from cell phones were still
an option, as that system had
not been affected by the hurri-
However, attempts by The
Tribune to contact several
locals via their cell phones
yesterday were unsuccessful.
With power still not
restored on the island resi-
dents, would be without a
means to charge their cell
phones, potentially cutting
them off.
Mr Griffin said that the
phone system in Mayaguana,
which experienced less severe
winds, was spared. However, a
power outage on the island
had cut off communications
temporarily, he said.
Inagua was the Bahamian
island worst hit by category
four Hurricane Ike on Sunday.
The devastating storm
lashed the island with 135 mph
winds and gusts of up to 160

Power back in
raid Bahama

after Tropical

Storm Hanna

Power had been restored
to all those in Grand
Bahama whose service was
affected by Tropical Storm
Hanna, the Grand Bahama
Power Company said yester-
The GBPC said this
includes the residents of
Sweeting's Cay.
"The company would like
to take this opportunity to
thank the public for their
patience during the brief
-outages that took place last
week as a result of the storm,
and would also like to thank
the dedicated employees for
their hard work and commit-
ment," said the GBPC in a
The company commended
residents for implementing
the appropriate safety pre-
cautions and encouraged
them to remain attentive and
to continue to respond to
any safety advisories issued.
Customers were reminded
to call into the 24 hour call
centre at 352-8411 should
they have any questions or
concerns regarding their
power supply or monthly

PM to head delegation to inspect

A government delegation
headed by the Prime Minister will
travel to Matthew Town, Inagua
today to view the damage result-
ing from the Category 4 Hurri-
cane Ike.
Accompanying Mr Ingraham
will be members of the media
who will be able to get a closer
view of the devastation wrought
by the hurricane on the local pop-
ulation and infrastructure.
Attempts to communicate with
the far-flung residents were large-
ly thwarted yesterday as the
island's landline phone system
had not been restored after wind
and rain caused it to malfunction.
Mr Ingraham's trip follows that

of a rapid
(NEMA) which w assess-

to Matthew Town yesterday
struckteam of
t h e
Commander StEmephen Russell,-
gdiretor of NEMA, confirmed y
(NEMA) which was dispatched
to Matthew Town yesterday
morning to evaluate the damage
caused by Hurricane Ike.
The "catastrophic" storm
struck the island on Sunday.
Commander Stephen Russell,
director of NEMA, confirmed

yesterday that the team left in the
morning to carry out initial assess-
ment exercises.
The first stage of the NEMA
operation will see the agency
delivering essential supplies,
namely water and plastic covering
to residents impacted by the
storm. "Water is the priority for
most of the islands. Acklins and
Crooked Island called about a
shortage of water so as soon as
we are able to get flights into
those areas the first set of items
would be taken in," Commander
Russell said.
"We are trying to get as much
of our supplies into the islands
(as possible)" he said. After these

Tribune Staff Reporter
The leader of the Bahamas
Communications and Public
Officers Union, whose mem-
bers took action over an alleged
lack of representation in BTC's
privatization process, claims he
has seen no move by the gov-
ernment to punish his union as
Meanwhile, BTC vice presi-
dent, Kirk Griffin, told The Tri-
bune that punishing the workers
is "not a priority" for him at
Asked yesterday whether he
had heard anything else about
the proposed penalties since
chairman of BTC Julian Francis
alluded to them some weeks
ago, Bahamas Communications
and Public Officers Union Pres-
ident (BCPOU) Robert Far-
quharson said, "No, ma'am."
"I know Mr Francis would've
made some comments at the
Rotary club. That's all I know."
National Congress of Trade
Unions Bahamas president
n'ohn Pinder also said he had
not heard anything.further.
Both men spoke out against
the comments made by BTC's
chairman Mr Francis, who said
workers "would have to be
sanctioned", and by Deputy
Prime Minister Brent Symon-
ette, who said "appropriate
action" would be taken.
Mr Farquharson warned that
the union would respond
"aggressively" to any attempt
to chastise members, perhaps
taking to the streets again, and
Mr Pinder said that the NCTU
would not stand idly by if one of
its affiliated unions was pun-
ished when they had done noth-
ing wrong.
The union bosses deny that
hundreds of BTC workers acted
illegally when they demonstrat-
ed in early August in Nassau
and Freeport.
Yesterday, BTC vice presi-
dent Kirk Griffin was noncom-
mittal on the subject of the
threatened penalties, saying that
it is "not a priority on (his) list"
at present.
"I am dealing with what's
going on in Inagua right now,
and in Acklins. Right now I
have my hand's full," he said,
* referring to damage to BTC's
property and services on those
islands in the wake of Hurri-
cane Ike.
However, asked what the
company's position on the issue
is at this time, Mr Griffin sug-
gested that it has not changed
since Mr Francis made his state-
ments indicating that punish-

"People will
just ignore the
law when they
feel like it and
if there's no
then that
doesn't bode
well for us as
a society."

Brian Nutt.

ments may be in order, in the!
form of pay deductions, or sus-
pensions of workers.
"I think the chairman (MI-
Francis) already made a state- -
ment on that," said the execu- -
tive. Meanwhile, aside from the.
privatization issues, Mr Far-..-
quharson said that the majority i
of trade disputes filed with the.t
Department of Labour over
alleged breaches of the union': s
contract by BTC have now beer i

resolved. President of the
Bahamas Employers Confeder-
ation, Brian Nutt, said yester-
day: "In my opinion there
should be some kind of follow
through. The fact is it was an
illegal work stoppage and there
should be repercussions or else
we're putting ourselves in a
position where anarchy can
"People will just ignore the
law when they feel like it and if
there's no repercussions then
that doesn't bode well for us as
a society."
But the Confederation presi-
dent said he would, "unfortu-
nately", not be surprised if there
was no effort taken to penalise
the workers.
"If we look back in history
with industrial actions that take
place that have been illegal its
typically been something that's
been going on for years with
impunity for the unions and the
workers involved."


Ike damage
most immediate needs have been
met, the restoration and recon-
struction will follow.
According to the commander,
NEMA will look at providing
longer term accommodation in
hurricane shelters for residents
whose homes were severely dam-
The NEMA chief said that he
felt the agency has proven itself
better able to "co-ordinate our
activities to track and monitor the
storm" this year than previously.
"We were able to call the
islands in advance, let them know
exactly when the storm would be
approaching their area or at its
closest point."

in Inagua
He said he was also pleased
with NEMA's communications
network. Via the National Emer-
gency Operations Centre NEMA
was able to stay in constant con-
tact with Family Island adminis-
The rapid assessment team
includes representatives from
Social Services, the Ministry of
Health, the Bahamas Red Cross,
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Company, the Ministry of
Tourism, the Water and Sewer-
age Corporation, the Depart-
ment of Civil Aviation, Bahamas
Electricity Corporation, the Min-
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CAN SARAH PALIN pick up where
Hillary Clinton left off?
Palin wowed delegates with a confident,
cutting speech aimed at hockey moms with
a chip on their shoulder.
She could have been singing along to
Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" -
"Some people look down on me, but I
don't give a rip. I'll stand barefooted in
my own front yard with a baby on my hip."
It was great theatre. But to John McCain,
all that really matters is whether his run-
ning mate can pick up where Clinton left
off and expand the GOP voter base.
The aging Joni Mitchell crowd makes up
Clinton's most faithful following. But dur-
ing the Democratic primary season, Clinton
also wooed Gretchen Wilson territory and
went after Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's
Daughter" along with their men.
Now, the GOP is trying to steal away
those voters by appealing to them on cul-
tural issues.
Democrats expect most Clinton backers
to stick with Barack Obama because of
such issues as the economy and the Iraq
But politics isn't all in the head; a lot is in
the heart. That's where Palin comes in.
Besides igniting the culture wars that
historically help the GOP, Palinalso fanned'
the flames of the gender wars Clinton tried
to smother in Denver.
Questions about Palin's qualifications
and ability to juggle children and career
dominated convention headlines, along
with the soap opera revolving around the
candidate's 17-year-old pregnant, unmar-
ried daughter.
Taking a page from the Clinton cam-
paign handbook, the first-term governor
of Alaska and former mayor of Wasilla
skilfully turned the criticism into a sexist
attack by Washington elites.
It worked in the convention hall. But
once the novelty of Palin's candidacy
begins to rub off, she still must answer for
her weak resume and right-wing ideology.
And how long can she play the attack
dog, before reminding voters of that
famous Barbara Bush assessment of Geral-
dine Ferraro: "Rhymes with rich"?
"Women are scrutinized to a different

degree than men. People are always wor-
ried about whether a woman is up to the
job," said Barbara Lee, who runs a foun-
dation that conducts research on female
candidates, especially for governor.
It isn't fair or right. But so far, there's no
reason to believe the rules of political
engagement are any different for a Repub-
lican than they are for a Democrat.
Obama beat Clinton, a former first lady
and US senator, by raising doubts about
her experience. His running mate, Joe
Biden, has. been a US senator for more
than three decades and is considered an
expert on foreign policy. When Palin goes
head-to-head in a debate, she will have to
show depth and knowledge that match her
opponent's. Biden will help disguise any
of her weaknesses if he is patronizing or
overbearing, both distinct possibilities.
Palin's speech set out the outlines of the
Republican attack against Obama: He will
raise taxes and expand government. A big
part of the GOP strategy is to paint Obama
as an out-of-touch elitist.
Despite the bravado, it's hard to see how
Palin's beliefs attract a critical mass of core
Clinton backers. Palin opposes abortion.
She's a lifetime member of the National
Rifle Association. She was for pork before
she was against it. She describes the war in
Iraq as "a task from God." And those are
just the highlights of a political agenda that
resonates strongly with evangelicals.
A recent CBS poll showed the race tied
between Obama and McCain. In the poll,
McCain has the edge with men. But Oba-
ma continues to have a lead with women.
The poll also shows the majority of Clinton
supporters continue to support Obama -
67 per cent in this poll, up from 58 per
Can Palin's play for Clinton voters work?
It could depend on how many women
- and men agree with this verse from
"Redneck Woman"
"You may think I'm trashy, a little too
hardcore. But in my neck of the woods,
I'm just the girl next door." ,
(This article was written by Joan Ven-
nochi of the Boston Globe staff c. 2008
The Boston Globe).

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

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

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

-Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
Restoring the beauty of Bay
Street and its precincts has
been very much on the lips of
many and successive govern-
ments for over 20 years with
very little response or concrete
impact. However, walk down
Charlotte Street opposite
Brass and Leather and almost
neighbour to Grand Central
and you will see Bahamians
with obvious sincerity and
love are restoring two build-
ings which were once heading
to dilapidated state.
In contrast one drives past
the Kelly Dock on Bay and
see the total denial of ugliness
in a building which I under-
stand is owned by the Kelly
family (the late Trevor Kelly)
and those monied owners
await a demolition order
rather than doing what the
owners on Charlotte Street
have so carefully and beauti-
fully restored. Is the plan of
the Kellys to demolish and lay
a further asphalt garden?
If there is a prize or Nation-
al Award that The Bahamas

National Trust can award to
the owners of the Charlotte
Street property they are and
rightly should be given that
award and an enormous
amount of national recogni-
I am concerned: for my
grandchildren and their grand-
children and somewhere the
essence of what is truly tradi-
tional Bahamian architecture
will be safeguarded.
The Charlotte Street
restoration is an exceptional
example of just how it could
be done.
Drive on Princes Street
heading west and just look at
the national disgrace of those
buildings facing Princes Street
and Government House on
the corner with West Hill
Street. Town Planning how
many more signs are you
going to let be erected on that
tree in the middle of Princes

Street onto Cumberland
before you remove them?
Doesn't anyone at Physical
or Town Planning, especially
the special Bay Street Com-
mittee ever walk through
downtown? They have to be
totally blind to the ever
increasing violations of basic
laws and regulations.
The fast cash money service
has a whopping sign at the
bottom of Cumberland -
been there weeks and no one
does anything.... I am coming
to conclude the obvious It's
who you know seemingly they
give you the right to violate
the laws to the fullest! Jungle
It is clearly evident that we
require urgent changes to how
we manage Town Planning
and Physical Planning Mr
Prime Minister something is
going on we need urgent
transparency and more open-
ness as it is obvious what is
going on.
September 5, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IN a recent 'Insight' column
in The Tribune, Mr John Mar-
quis, one of the best writers
hitherto in this country,
opined that the defunct Pro-
gressive Liberal Party (PLP)
may well need a local 'Oba-
ma' to resuscitate its political
viability. I agree with his con-
tention 100 per cent but go
even further to state, boldly,
that such a person is also bad-
ly needed within the smug
Free National Movement
This time around has got to
be the last parliamentary term
for the dinosaurs from what
is now a relatively old and
visionless generation. The
Bahamas deserves a better
caliber of leadership than it
has experienced over the last
20 odd years. Since the most

untimely and much lamented
demise of the late great Sir
Lynden Oscar Pindling, The
Bahamas has lurched from pil-
lar to post, just like a drunken
Yes, both Mr Christie and
Mr Ingraham mean well, I am
sure, but they have played
their roles on the stage called
The Bahamas, in my humble
view and the current cast of
boorish actors, uncouth prima
donnas, mimics, clowns and
stage hands must be changed.
They must be told, forcibly,
that the curtain must come
down on their segment of the
soap opera.
There is an 'Obama' avail-
able for both the FNM and
the PLP. More importantly,
whomever emerges as the
'Obama' for either of those
parties, he or she will have to
contend with the third force

in the form of The National
Republican Alliance (Arena)
which will usher in, finally, the
real changes and deliver the
real hope that Bahamians
have been long hollering for.
Both of the established par-
ties have played out whatever
roles they were originally
assigned by Yahweh (that
great playwright) and they
must now bow out gracefully,
or, if necessary, dragged from
the national stage. The so-
called Bahamian version of
'Obama' lies within the col-
lective psyche of our people
and he/she only awaits the
clarion call to: 'Come over to
Macedonia.' To God then, in
all things, be the glory.
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Bailey Avenue

man, 30, faces

weapons and

ammo charges

A 30-year-old man of Bal-
ley Avenue was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday
on weapons and ammunitions
According to court dockets
it is alleged that, on Friday,
September 5, Dion Rolle was
found in possession of a Hi
Point Luger pistol with its.ser-
ial number erased.
It is also alleged that Rolle
was found in possession of
four live rounds of ammuni-
t Rolle, who was arraigned
before Magistrate Guillemina
* Archer at Court 10 in Nassau
,Street, pleaded hot guilty to
* the charges.
He was remanded in cus-
tody and will return to court
today for a bail hearing.

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during Ramadan
Local governments in a Mus-
lim desert region in western
I China have imposed strict limits
on religious practices during the
traditional Muslim fasting
Month of Ramadan, which
began last week, according to
the Web sites of four of those
governments, according to New
York Times News. Service.
The rules include prohibiting
women from wearing veils and
men from growing beards, as
well as barring government offi-
cials from observing Ramadan.
One town, Yingmaili, requires
that local officials check up on
mosques at least twice a week
during Ramadan.
The local governments
administer areas 'in the western
part of Xinjiang, a vast
I-autonomous region that is home
(I.touthie Uighux! a Muslim Turkic
eople.iwho'ofteichafe under
uleiby the !ethnic.Han Chinese.
In August, a wave of attacks
swept through Xinjiang, the
largest surge of violence in the
region in years. Some local offi-
cials blamed separatist, groups
for the instabiity,, and the cen-
tral government sent security
forces to the area,
f The limits on religious prac-
I tices put in place by local gov-
ernments appear to be part of
Sthe broader security crackdown.
The areas affected by the new
rules are near Kuqa, a town
struck by multiple bombings on
SAug. 10. It was unclear whether
the rules would be relaxed after
Ramadan, an observance that
some Islamic extremists have
used elsewhere as a symbolic
backdrop for attacks on their'
perceived enemies. It was alsd
unclear how the Chinese
authorities intended to enforce
the rules.

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Closing arguments end in
Christie vs Ingraham and AG Senate case

IN the Senate case, Opposition Leader
Perry Christie vs Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and Attorney General, closing
arguments on both sides ended Monday
giving Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall an
opportunity to review arguments.,
He is expected to make a decision on
the matter within a few days.
Representing Mr Christie, lawyer Paul
Adderley focused his closing arguments
around Article 39 (4) of the Constitution,
which states: Three senators shall be
appointed by the governor general act-
ing in accordance with advice from the
Prime Minister after consultation with the
leader of the opposition.
In concluding arguments, Mr Adder-
ley noted that the case in his view comes

to a matter of interpretation of the con-
stitution, specifically on the word "advice,"
which is being questioned in this case, and
was used in article 39 (4) of the constitu-
For lawyer Loren Klein, his focus was
grounded in the precept that the bottom
line of the case was in the "political bal-
ance" represented in the Senate.
Mr Klein said if government was to
exactly position representatives in the
Senate as an exact ratio of members in
the House of Assembly, then the three
Senate seats under question would have to
be based on the 56.09 per cent (FNM),
41.46 per cent (PLP), and 2.45 per cent
independent representation in the House
of Assembly.
In his analysis, Mr Klein argued that

senators who were appointed by the Gov-
ernor General on the advice of the Prime
Minister, who would have consulted with
the leader of the opposition, fully repre-
sented political balance.
He alluded to the belief that espe-
cially in the case of Tanya Wright, who
was appointed by the governor general,
and was in fact an independent represen-
tative the two candidates left repre-
sented the leading parties.
The case, which challenges the Gover-
nor General's appointment of Senators
Tanya Wright and Anthony Musgrove on
the advice of Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, is now being fully examined
by Chief Justice Sir Burton.
A decision isAexpected to be announced
within a few days.


Trust cO certned about "The flamingos if they did not leave
before the storm probably moved up
S- into the large mangrove stands in the
i1. 101 .TIT r 1 i fa 1 f s upper region of Lake Rosa."

Hurricane Ike bashing

THE Bahamas National Trust
says it's concerned about the
wildlife of Inagua including the
flamingos and, endangered
Bahama Parrots after Hurri-
cane Ike slammed into the island
on Sunday.
The BNT noted in a statement
yesterday that many species of
bird take shelter in the mangroves
when large storms approach, but
said it will continue to monitor
the wildlife populations on the
island. -
The statement said: "The
Bahamas National Trust shares
the relief of the nation that the
island of Inagua suffered no loss
of human life during the
onslaught of Hurricane Ike. Our
first concern is the people of the
Inagua. The Trust has had a long
relationship with the Matthew
Town Community and we were
very concerned for our staff,
friends and supporters as they
suffered the onslaught of Hurri-
cane Ike.
The Trust said it received many
inquiries about the flamingos on
the island. *
-:; "The flamingos if they did not
,lave before, the storm probably
moved sup into the large man-
grove stands in the upper region
of Lake Rosa. Mangroves are
flexible and move with the winds
and help to disperse storm surge
and would have provided the
birds with shelter from the high
hurricane force winds," it said.
Inagua is also home to 8,000
Bahama Parrots, the largest pop-
ulation in the'Bahamas, and the
Trust said they will be immedi-
ately affected by food and shelter
The Trust said it is also con-
cerned about the white-crowned
pigeons on the island.
These birds spend the summer
in the Bahamas breeding and rais-
ing their young and will be leav-
ing to travel south to Cuba and
the Dominican Republic islands
that have been devastated by
Hurricanes Hanna and Ike.
The Trust said these birds will
experience famine conditions on
arrival to their wintering grounds.

The statement said: "While we
anticipate that this storm will
have impacted Inagua's birdlife, it
is known that birds have the abil-
ity to detect changes in baromet-
ric pressure associated with storm
systems. Birds seek shelter from
high winds and driving rain, often
tucking themselves into deep
habitat or behind natural barri-
ers in the landscape to seek pro-
tection from the wind. The BNT
is also concerned about the sur-
rounding coral reefs and Union
Creek Reserve, an enclosed tidal
crie'k which is'"a part of the
Inagua National Park, and which
has been the site of over thirty
years of sea turtle research."
As an Important Bird Area
and the nation's only.Ramsar
Site, the Inagua National Park is
an extremely important reservoir
for the Bahamas'.biodiversity.
According to the Trust, itis too
early to determine what the last-
ing effects of Hurricane Ike iill
be on the habitat and bird popu-
lations of Inagua.
The BNT said it will be sending
Warden Randolph Burrows to
assist Wardenen Henry Nixon with
the assessment of -the. habitat


damage in the park. "The BNT
has been working with scientists
to establish baseline data for
Bahama Parrots on Inagua and
Abaco. The Trust also conducts
annual nest counts for the flamin-
gos and has a good idea as to the
status of the population on
Inagua. Further, the Sam Nixon
Bird Club has been monitoring
several sites for species affinity
and this. information will be
important in the coming months
as the:Trust assesses'the-damage, !i
of Hurricane Ike'" the statement
said *"


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Road to City Dump after Premix


RBC makes donation





THE Royal Bank of Canada has
made a significant financial donation
to Hands For Hunger, a new charity
that "rescues" food to give to hungry
The donation will also indirectly
support a number of charities in Nas-
sau that provide food to those in need.
Hands For Hunger is a food rescue
and distribution programme that aims
to reach out to hungry Bahamians by
"rescuing" surplus food from hotels,
restaurants, grocery stores and other
food donors that would otherwise be
thrown away.
The rescued food items are then

distributed to programmes already in
place, including those run by the Sal-
vation Army, the All Saints AIDS
Camp and various churches, who
serve it to needy recipients, thereby
helping to reduce hunger and food
"We thought the food rescue pro-
gramme was an excellent idea. For
nearly a century RBC and our
employees have been an integral part
of the Bahamas' helping causes, sup-
porting needs, and giving back to the
communities we serve," said Jan

Knowles, manager of public relations
for RBC.
"It's something that allows RBC to
further assist a number of charities
and community organizations," she
Ms Knowles pointed out that the
development of programmes such as
H4H can play an important role in
supporting vital social service entities
like the All Saints Camp, Salvation
Army and various local soup
Hands For Hunger has a well struc-,
* tured programme in place and is head-
ed by college student Alanna Rodgers.
With an impressive list of food

donors, H4H is poised to have a major
impact on the local community.
Donors range from Villagio, Star-
bucks and Goodfellow Farms, to food
wholesalers and hotels such as The
d'Albeanas Agency, Prime Bahamas,
and the Atlantis Resort and Casino.
Hands For Hunger will begin their
operations when they receive refrig-
erated trucks, expected in October.
The trucks will safely transport the
food to various distribution centres.
Over the last few months the organi-
sation has run a number of very suc-

cessful pilot programmes and is cur-
rently raising much-needed funds
which will go towards the operating
costs of the trucks and the pro-
"We're honored by RBC's confi-
dence in our programme and their
funds will certainly enable us to
enhance our effectiveness in feeding
hungry Bahamians," said Ms Rodgers,
Hands for Hunger programme co-
In addition, RBC has committed to
making another donation in January
of 2009 when it hosts 1,200 RBC
bankers from around the world at
a cruise stopover in Nassau.

Husband and wife appointed to

manage South Andros resort

EMERALD Palms Resort
has announced the appoint-
ment of hospitality industry vet-
erans Een and Sharice Cole-
brooke as the husband-wife
management team of the
recently renovated 40-unit bou-
tiqde hotel in South Andros.
Sharice Colebrooke spent 19
years with the largest resort on
Cable Beach, now the Wynd-
ham, most recently as senior
guest. relations manager for
casino operations.
Her husband, Een Colin
Colebrooke, a financial services
professional, served as insur-
ance risk manager at Kerzner
International for 10 years.
Before joining Kerzner, Mr
Colebrooke was a general
insurance specialist with a
prominent insurance firm in
Nassau. Appointed as a direc-

tor of the Bahamas .Venture
Capital Fund, Mr Colebrooke
holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in economics and
finance from Chicago State
"We are pleased to announce
the appointments of Sharice
and Een Colebrooke as co-
managers of Emerald Palms
resort and are excited about the
experience and energy they
bring as we transform what we
believe is a sleeping beauty into
a leading boutique resort desti-
nation," said Rashna Cussen,
director, South Andros Resort
Company, which purchased
Emerald Palms in April.
"In addition to their individ-
ual expertise, Sharice is a nat-
ural with people, warm and
hospitable, and Een is a pro-
fessional who is detail-driven.

We could not be happier that
we were able to identify
Bahamians so well-suited for
the positions."
The Colebrookes, who over-
see a staff of about 25, replace
non-Bahamians who served as
*managers before the change in
Mrs Colebrooke assumes
responsibility for the day-to-
day running of the resort,
ensuring.that guests are award-
ed VIP treatment.
"It's my job to welcome
guests to this slice of paradise
and make sure they love it so
much they want to come back
again and again," said Mrs
Colebrooke. "How great a job
is that?"
Een Colebrooke said he's
motivated by helping create a
new Emerald Palms: "It's

almost like a blank canvas and
it's up to you to create an
attractive painting."
South Andros Resort Com-
pany, a Bahamian-registered
company, bought 31 adjoining
acres aid plans to build mid-
price to high-end villas in three
Emerald Palms presently has
22 recently renovated garden
and beachfront villas and 18
clubhouse rooms as well as its
own restaurant.
The renovated property also
includes a 1,600 square foot
conference room with seating
for up to 50, a facility designed
for meetings or other group
Emerald Palms is located on
10 acres along a five-mile
stretch of oceanfront near Drig-
g's Hill, South Andros.

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Show to go on with

Truth Hip Hop Fest

FOUNDER OF the Truth Hip Hop Fest, Lavard 'Manifest' Parks (front) is urging concert goers to support
hurricane victims by bringing canned goods for the Bahamas Red Cross to distribute to affected areas.
Artists like Demetrus of Jacksonville (third from left) and Tena and Ahmad Jones of California (insert)
are also set to perform this Friday at the Rainforest Theatre despite rescheduling due to the storms.

DESPITE being postponed
by a week due to the stormy
weather, organizers of the 6th
annual Truth Hip Hop Fest
say the show will go on big-
ger, better and more exciting
than ever before this Friday'
at the Rainforest Theatre on
Cable Beach.
"Due to the hurricanes,
most airlines were grounded
and as a result several of our
performers were unable to fly
in," the organizers said in a
press statement. "Although we
would have been more than
prepared to perform on Fri-
day, we accept the time
change and hope that every-
one uses it to spread amongst
the'Bahamian community to
come and support."
Support will be an underly-
ing theme for the weekend as
Truth Hip Hop Fest will be
used as a vehicle to reach out
to those who have been affect-
ed by Tropical Storm Hanna
and Hurricane Ike.
"Through the news, we've
seen the damage in wake of
hurricanes and we urge every-

one to pray for the families of
those 300 people who died in
Haiti because you never know
if one of them is related to
someone right here in the
Bahamas," they said. "Our
prayers are also with the peo-
ple in Turks and Caicos and,
of course, those in the south-
ern Bahamas. There were no
reports of death but rebuilding
80 per cent of the homes is
going to take some time."
Those coming to the Truth
Hip Hop Fest can help rebuild
by bringing in items to donate
to storm victims.
"We are encouraging par-
ents, teachers, students, youth
groups and everyone who
comes to the fest to bring
canned goods for hurricane
victims in Inagua and any oth-
er islands affected by the
storms," the organizers said.
"We will be donating those to
the Bahamas Red Cross Soci-
ety to distribute them as nec-
essary. Even if you don't plan
to come to the concert, still
send or drop off what you

They added: "Some people
may wonder why we still
choose to have the concert
after such circumstances hap-
pening around us, but through
music, people can find heal-
ing, inspiration, the will to
overcome, forgiveness and
strength to start over."
The Truth Hip Hop Fest
was born from the Dunamus
Soundz Record Label, a local
music company headed by
Lavard 'Manifest' Parks. The
civic-minded company has
made contributions to sever-
al charities, and in particular
to local children's homes, by
providing concert tickets to
residents. Last year, they
raised more than $2,000 to
purchase clothes, food and
other necessities for orphans.
On Saturday, the day after
the concert, the Artist's Music
Workshop will be held, the
organizers said.
They said that anyone wish-
ing to donate canned goods or
other items can call 328-5729
or 364-4916 to find out where
the goods are being collected.


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Russia to send ships,

planes to Venezuela

* CARACAS, Venezuela
RUSSIA'S plan to deploy
ships and warplanes to the
Caribbean for joint military
exercises with Venezuela is
allowing President Hugo
Chavez to capitalize on ten-
sions between Moscow and
the U.S. and showcase a
growing military alliance,
according to Associated
Russia announced on
Monday that it will send a
naval squadron and long-
range patrol planes for the
exercises later this year a
move that appeared retalia-
tory after the U.S. sent war-
ships to deliver aid to Geor-
gia following its conflict with
The deployment is expect-
ed to be the largest Russian
naval maneuvers in the
SCaribbean and perhaps
the Western Hemisphere -
since the Cold War.
Chavez considers the U.S.
a defense threat, and his wel-
coming of the Russian navy
contrasted with his sharp crit-
icism of the recent reactiva-
tion of the U.S. Navy's
Fourth Fleet for the
Caribbean and Latin Amer-
ica. He ridiculed possible
U.S. concerns about the
.Russian deployment on Sun-
day, saying: "Go ahead and
squeal, Yankees."
"This is vintage Chavez.
He rarely misses an oppor-
tunity to needle and provoke
Washington," said Michael
Shifter, an analyst at the
Washington-based think tank
Inter-American Dialogue.
"He is taking advantage of
the growing chill in U.S.-Rus-
sia relations, especially over
the situation in Georgia, to
poke his finger in (President)
Bush's eye. There is nothing
he relishes more."
Chavez says the U.S.
Fourth Fleet which was
dissolved after World War II
- poses a threat to the
legion. U.S. officials say the

fleet will help maintain secu-
rity while performing human-
itarian missions and counter-
drug operations.
Anna Gilmour, an analyst
at Jane's Intelligence,
Review, said she believes the
exercises will be primarily for
the benefit of Venezuela,
which has been drawing clos-
er to Russia and buying
weapons from Kalashnikov
assault rifles to Sukhoi fight-
er jets. She said the maneu-
vers also appear to be a
response to the relatinch of
the U.S. Fourth Fleet.
"By allowing Russian ves-
sels to dock at Venezuelan
ports, Chavez is sending the
message that the U.S. is not
the only major power active
in the Caribbean," Gilmour
The U.S. government,
however, appeared uncon-
U.S.' State Department
spokesman Sean McCorma-
ck poked fun at Russia's
navy, saying if Russia really
intends to send ships to the
Caribbean, "then they found
a few ships that can make it
that far."
Russian Foreign Ministry
spokesman Andrei
Nesterenko insisted that
Russia's decision to send a
naval squadron and planes
to Venezuela was made
before Russia's war with
Georgia and is unrelated to
the conflict.
But last week, Prime Min-
ister Vladimir Putin warned
that Russia would mount an
unspecified response to
recent U.S. aid shipments to
Georgia using Navy vessels
on the Black'Sea.
Shifter said it's clear Russia
in "unhappy about the U.S.'s
increasing presence in the
Black Sea" and "as part of
its resurgent nationalism,
Russia wants to flex its mus-
cles and remind Washington
that it too has important
alliances in the U.S. back-


There also will be a cash bar.

/ People wishing to attend can
reserve their seat online at
or by calling the
Nassau Institute offices
at (242) 328-6529.

Stress free football

This article was delayed
due to circumstances
resulting from the passage
of Hurricane Ike

and Ike rolling out
and in respectively, time is
of the essence, so this week's
column will be quicker than.
a 4.2 second 40-yard dash. ,
I am certain from all the
positive female feedback to
Part One of this piece, the
ladies will no doubt know
that somehow Part Two is
going to involve them,- and
boy does it!
For weeks I have taken
flak from my football bud-
dies, while clinging, to my
"Man Club" membership
card (yes, they tried to
revoke my membership) for
dear life. It seems my foot-
ball buddies couldn't see the
forest for the trees. They
were all bent out of shape
by the Home Improvement
Projects heaped on them by
their wives and girlfriends
miraculously after they read
Stress Free Football Part
I have endured their
drunken insults, "monkey
tambrind" on my recliner,
and the most heinous act
of all hiding the remote
from me but leaving it for
my wife to find!
(If any woman gains con-
trol of the remote all of
'Mandom' is doomed. Hon-
estly, the thought of almost
losing the remote still scares
me, but that's another col-
umn for another Saturday).
Like any determined
pledge I took"their collei e'
"frat boy",',,, zn in trliqe,; .

and assured them they
would be happy with the end
result. Now my boys, the end
is near!
Ladies, as the men had a
pre-football checklist, so
should you. (I am all for
equal opportunity). As we
all know, this hurricane sea-
son has been quite tumul-
tuous so far. We are literally
squeezing this weekend's
games in between two
As a result, all outdoor
Home Improvement Pro-
jects and landscape plans
must be suspended safety
first, girls until at least
All indoor projects are on
hold until all storm systems
pass. (Including the ones
t-hat haven't even formed
That leaves time for just
one thing FOOTBALL!

So with hours to go before
the NFL fully kicks its 2008
season off, ladies, here is
where your checklist comes
in. Consider these a few
hints to help you make it
through the football season
without feeling like a 'Foot-
ball Widow' and maybe even
ensure your Home Improve-
ment Projects will be com-
pleted this calendar year,
despite the hurricanes. (Oh,'
by the way, ladies section
12, article 3, page 69, line 5
of the "Male Handbook"
clearly states: Hurricanes,
tsunamis, tornadoes,
cyclones, earthquakes and
avalanches can delay Home
Improvement Projects for six
months to one year, depend-.
ing on the male).
SBut I digress.
#1. When the game offi-
cially starts, the referee (the
guy in the black and white
striped shirt) will blow, his
whistle. After this point,
please and we say this with
tons of love shut up! Thank
#2. Step your game up, if
you see your man's beer
mug is empty, refill it.
Enough said.
#3. Never ask him to
explain football to you after
kick-off. This is not bond-
ing, this is annoying!
#4. Don't pay him compli-
ments like, 'You look so cute
with Dorito crumbs all over
your face and clothes.' Or,
'Your gut is so perfectly
rotund in that high school




DALLAS COWBOYS receiver Terrell Owens had five catches for 87
yards in Dallas' 28-10 victory over the Browns. 'How 'bout them

football jersey,' in an effort
to get him to work. Instead,
wear a sexy outfit and curl
up with a book next to him
on the sofa, and just smile
from time to time. This is the
best (and most subtle) way
of reminding him of the
unfinished Home Improve-
ment Projects to be com-
pleted.(Remember, there's
no nagging in Football!)
#5. Order him the NFL
Network so he can have
football twenty-four sev-
en.(Yes, it's that important!)
#6. Don't- become an
overnight sports analyst -
and discuss why his team lost

The epbository, Scott Heckel/AP

- immediately following the
game. His team lost! He will
.be depressed for 24 to 48
hours after.
#7. (And this is very
important) Ladies, if you
have any questions or con-
cerns with my list of helpful
football hints, please refer
to #1 on the list.
See fellas, I told you it
would all balance out in the
end. Now if I could only
enforce this list, I would
surely be President of the
Man Club.'
Have a safe blessed week-
end, and how 'bout them

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FROM page one
amounted to a "very, very
serious" situation for Mor-
ton Salt Bahamas and will
have a "very serious impact
on salt production eventual-
The affect on the plant's
salt resources adds to the
"millions of dollars" of dam-
age to the buildings owned
by the company, which
employs more than 60 per
cent of Inagua's population.
Many are now missing
roofs, which will have to be
replaced, or temporary alter-
native accommodation found
for workers before opera-
tions can get underway
The latest stumbling block
for the company comes less
than two weeks after the
ending of a long strike by
workers from the Inagua
plant, which significantly dis-
r.upted operations at the
*r Bannister said he had
not heard anything from rep-
resentatives of Dow Chemi-
cal, Moeton Bahamas Lim-
ited's nqv owner, since the
hurricane struck.
Askecwhether he thought
the impact of the hurricane
on the plant could affect the
takeover of Morton Salt
Bahamas by Dow Chemical,
Mr Barpister had no com-
Mary Morton Salt
employees were yesterday
working hard to try to
restorO power to the island,
which'is produced by a Mor-
ton Shlt-tun power plant.
The Bahamas Electricity
Corporaion has pledged to
help thi workers in -their
efforts t. restore power.
While praising the work
of the police and the
Defenci Force on the island
as magnificentt," Mr Ban-
nister siid: "We need more
Yesterday The Tribune
tried tcreach leaders of the
Bahamas Industrial Manu-
factures and Allied Workers
Unior, which represents
Mortal Salt workers, but
landliies were still down on
the i$and and cellphongs
went unanswered.

FROM page one
on October 7 would mean Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham was
going back on his word, Mr
Munroe claims.
He said: "The only reason the
Judicial and Legal Services Com-
mission considered her appoint-
ment, and the only reason she
considered it, was because it was
directly made known that it would
be extended," Mr Munroe said.
However, former Prime Minis-
ter Perry Christie told The Tri-
bune that the Cabinet Office had
consulted him regarding the
extension of her tenure. He did
not disclose his decision.
Judges must have the Prime
Minister's approval, after consul-
tation with the leader of the oppo-

sition, to continue to practise for
two years after retirement age, a
constitutional practice introduced
to avoid losing valued judges.
But The Tribune understands
Prime Minister Ingraham does not
intend to extend Mrs Nottage's
tenure. He has said he will simply
allow the law to take its course.
He has declined to make any fur-
ther comment.
Mrs Nottage's appointment
sparked controversy as she had
been indicted in the United States
20 years ago on money-laundering
charges, but the indictment was
never acted on by the US. In the
1984 Commission of Inquiry
report into drug trafficking, Mrs
Nottage's name was mentioned

PLP Chairman
FROM page one

Yesterday, the tabloid reported that Mrs Hanna-Martin and the
PLP leader were engaged in a "bust up" over whether or not to post-
pone the PLP's "upcoming convention".
According to the article, Mr Christie was trying to postpone the
convention in the hopes that he could avoid a possible challenge to
his leadership of the party.
Despite failed attempts at reaching Mr Christie for comment
yesterday, Mrs Hanna-Martin insists that in her estimation, the
source of such articles is designed only to "create mischief" and the
perception of a divided PLP.
"I have no clue who would manufacture such a story, but it is utter
manufacture and it can only be done for the purpose of creating mis-
chief. And I don't know who the source is, but whoever the manu-
facturer is it is to make mischief and certainly we will not be 'dis-
tracted. 4
"We are very focused in what we seek to do. We support the
leader.of this party. He continues to be the leader and he continues
to enjoy the support of his party and the leadership, including
myself of this party. My agenda is very simple, and it is to advance
the cause of our people through the aegis of the PLP, and the
leader and I are of one accord in that journey and objective," she
As regards the setting of the party's national convention, Mrs
Hanna-Martin said the PLP is still at a stage where it has to deter-
mine whether or not it will hold a convention this year as one was
already held in February.

FROM page one /l
a murder conspiracy. ML l
Earlier this year, Mr Archer said, he found blood in
his urine and went to a doctor seeking a diagnosis. approached
Mr Archer claimed doctors told him that they ach.
found evidence in his blood to suggest that he was Taking ain
being poisoned. fired his wea]
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday from his hos- was able to c
pital bed at Princess Margaret Hospital, Mr Archer However,
said that he is scared of a second attack on his life. small and lar
According to Mr Archer, six plainclothes police As a resul
officers are currently guarding his hospital room some of Mr.
round the clock. and small int
Mr Archer was reportedly standing on a street in Mr Arche
Nassau Village on Friday when a green Nissan Max- Democratic
ima, licence plate 73451, pulled up and shots were After the2
fired, the PLP and
As Mr Archer recalled, he was hit in the stomach party, even r
by one of the shots, then began a desperate struggle year. He was
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Mr Archer, who lay clutching his stom-
m for Mr Archer's head, the gunman
pon twice more. Fortunately, Mr'Archer
lodge both shots.
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r is a former member of the Bahamas
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cellor and legal adviser to the
Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas
and Turks and Caicos, therefore
Mr Munroe and others felt she
was qualified for the position.
Since Mrs Nottage's appoint-
ment she has attended a training
course on family law in Trinidad
and part-heard several public mat-
ters which would be abandoned
if she were to retire, Mr Munroe
He added: "She has proved her-
self in the time of her tenure thus
far, and if someone can point at

some default I would welcome it.
"It would bother my mind if a
decision has been made to retire
her when all these resources have
been invested in her appointment,
and I trust the Prime Minister
means what he said when she was
Mr Munroe said if Mrs Nottage
is removed from the bench it
would be an example of govern-
ment starving the judiciary of
resources because the judicial sys-
tem protects the public from the
executive government.

in connection with her position
with certain companies in her law
The commission concluded that
taking her "evidence as a whole it
appears probable that Mrs Not-
tage knew or at least ought to
have known who was the principal
beneficial shareholder for whom
she was acting by operating these
companies. If she did not know,
should she not have inquired and
thus have withdrawn from these
companies long ago having regard
to her position as the wife of. a
Cabinet Minister and herself, a
senior partner of a law firm bear-
ing his name."
But the wife of former PLP
cabinet minister Kendal Nottage
has 38 years of legal experience as
general counsel to the Grand
Bahama Port Authority and chan-

Murder victim

FROM page one

Mr Elidor sustained multi-
ple gunshot wounds to his head
. and back.
Preliminary police investiga-
tions indicate that Mr Elidor
was among a number persons
at the Pepperpot early Satur-
day morning waiting for take-
out food when he became
-embroiled in a heated argument
with three young men.
When the argument escalat-
ed, one of the men pulled out a
handgun and fired at Mr Eli-
After being shot, Mr Elidor
reportedly ran towards a car
wash at the north-western end
of the restaurant's parking lot,
Where he collapsed and died.
Investigations into his shoot-
ing death are underway.
Mr Elidor is Grand
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Reverend Eddie Ratcliff, Pastor Chris Berner and
Brother Perry Pinder will officiate and interment
will be in the Spanish Wells Methodist Church

Mr. Pinder is survived by his wife, Peggy; two sons,
Dennis and Derek Pinder; a daughter, Lori Newbold,
two daughters-in-law, Gail and Renee Pinder; one
son-in-law, Vince Newbold, seven grandchildren,
Kristin, Kern, Kimberly, Brittany and Alyssa Pinder,
Travis and Tatum Newbold; two sisters-in-law,
Shirley Higgs and Phyllis Lowe; three brothers-in-
law, Vincent Higgs, Wayne Lowe and David Higgs
and many other relatives and friends.

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Federer wins U.S. Open
No. 2 Roger Federer won his fifth straight U.S.
Open title Monday, defeating No. 6
Arndy Murray,
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Former 'sprinter

Senior Sports Reporter
AT ONE time, Andrew
Tynes was dubbed as the
Bahamian male "sprinter to
watch" with the potential to not
just run the 100 and 200 metres,
but the 400 as well.
He went on to compete at
just about every level of com-
petition on the international
scene when former world
record holder Asafa Powell
from Jamaica was just in his
But after watching the
tremendous success of the
Jamaicans, led by double sprint
record holder Usain Bolt, Tynes
is eager to make his contribu-
tion to resurgence of the nation-
al programme.
Officially retired and back
home since he left to enroll at
the University of Texas at El
Paso in 1992, Tynes has been
placed at CC Sweeting where
they are hoping to turn the
Cobras' programme around in
the Government Secondary
Schools Sports Association.
"I was teaching in Texas for a
while, but I was really upset to
see how the Jamaican pro-
gramme particularly in track
and field and in the school sysL
tern has really out-done us," he
"So in coming back home, I
really want to take the ball and
see what I can do to help the
Tynes, who won a gold in the
200 at the 1993 Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean Games and
the CAC Championships as
well as a silver at the 1995 Pan
American Games, said it's all
about having a structure in
"Jamaica is.going to be very
solidifdr years to come because
of what they are doing at home
with the athletes in their pro-
gramme," he projected.
"I don't see why we can't do
the same thing here. We just
have to re-establish our pro-
gramme and develop that base'
for the athletes t6 work from."
Unlike when he competed
here for the Pacers at RM Bai-
ley Secondary High, having
graduated in 1989 with sprinter
Chandra Sturrup, Tynes said
he's already noticed some
uncharacteristic traits.
"I had to calm some of the
kids down. They are just start-
ing to listen to me," he stated.
"As a matter of fact, thby know
that I'm very strict with them. I
don't play.
"I think once you can get the
respect from them and you give
them the respect, you can start
from there."
It helps to make his transi-
tion back home even smoother
with the team he's working with
at CC Sweeting with Head of
the Physical Education Depart-
ment Julie Wilson, along with
Rhonda Grant and Dwight
"Mrs Wilson has been
around. She knows what she's'
doing, so I'm just happy and
thrill to be here with this
group," he insisted.
After graduating from UTEP
in 1997 with his degree in Kine-
siology/Athletic Training, Tynes
returned for his Teacher's Ed
in 2002.
Since then he was teaching in
the high school system in Texas
up until last year.
At one point last year, he was
contemplating a return to com-
petitive competition with the
view of competing on the men's
4 x 100 metre relay team in Bei-
jing, China last month.
However, he abandoned
those plans when he discovered
that the gap between national
record holder Derrick Atkins
and the rest of the field was too
much to make up.
Tynes, at age 35, has ran a
personal best of 10.18 at his
peak. But he and the other
sprinters were no where near
Atkins' time of 9.91.
Tynes also has a PR of 20.22
in the 200, "I'm finished,"
Tynes stressed. "The other guys
have to make up their minds if
they want to try to qualify for
the World Championships next
year or the Olympics (in 2012)."
He leaves with his name on

the men's national 4 x 1 relay
team that featured Renward
Wells, Dominic Demeritte and
Iram Lewis, which ran 38.98.



Senior Sports Reporter
after a promis-
ing career that
included two
appearances in
the Olympic Games in Atlanta,
Georgia in 1996 and Sydney,
Australia in 2000, sprinter
Andrew Tynes has officially
retired from track and field.
But he's back home giving
back to the sport.
Although he has a desire to
work with a programme that is
geared towards the develop-
ment of a youth programme,
Tynes is currently enrolled on
the coaching staff at CC Sweet-
ing Senior High School.
He has joined the Athletic
Department that is headed by
Julie Wilson and assisted by
Dwight Garvey and Rhonda
Together, Wilson, who heads
the department, said they have
the potential to turn the Cobras
back into the sporting dynasty
that it was before the CR
Walker Knights took over the
Government Secondary
Schools Sports Association's
"It's wonderful. We're very
pleased that he's here," Wil-
son quipped. "We look forward
to having a good year with him.
I was very thrilled when I heard
that he was coming here."
Wilson has had a long histo-
ry with Tynes. She first met
him at the Central American
and Caribbean in Puerto Rico
when he fell and he suffered a
bruise on his leg. As the assis-
tant manager of the team, Wil-
son was the one who took
.Tynes to get medical attention.
As a former athlete who has
competed through the ranks
from high school, Carifta,
CAC, Pan American, World
Championships and the
Olympics, Tynes has already
brought a lot of attention to
CC Sweeting.
"I think he will be a great
addition to our department.
We're back to four people now,
which means that we can
spread the workload better
than we've been able to do,"
Wilson pointed out,
"So I think he will bring a
lot, particularly to the track and
field programme. I know he's
talented in other areas, so we
won't just stop at track and
After seeing some of their
success two years ago took a
slide last year, Wilson is confi-
dent that with Tynes on board,
the Cobras should be able to
return to be one of the power-
houses in the GSSSA again.

FORMER Bahamian sprinter
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CC SWEETING.senior physical education staff Shown (I-r) are Andrew Tynes, Julie Wilson, Rhonda Grant
and Dwight Gravey...

Grant couldn't help but
agree, taking it a bit further.
"He's making us look good
and we haven't gotten started
as yet," she stressed. "He's a
star because of his athleticism
and his career. I. really don't
know him yet, but I'm sure in

time we will gel. He seemed to
be a nice guy."
The former RM Bailey grad-
uate who starts at 6-foot-5 has
also been praised by the stu-
Roy Whyms, a 16-year-old
10th grader, said he's never



heard about Tynes, but noted
that "he's cool."
And Kerron Seymour, a 15-
year-old 10th grader, said he's
just getting to know Tynes, but
he too is delighted to have him
as a teacher because "he's cool
and he's strict."

High profile

body builder

working out



Sports Reporter
ONE international publi-
cation will highlight the
Bahamas' most high profile
bodybuilder as a part of their
new initiative to spotlight.
personality into a sport her-
alded for its focus on
Joel Stubbs graces the
cover of the October 2008
edition Muscleniag Interna-
tional and is scheduled to
become one of the publica-
tion's featured columnists
beginning next month.
The cover portrays the
right side of Stubbs'
physique and the subhead-
ing for Stubb's article reads,
"Meet the World's Largest
Stubbs is one of four
bodybuilders that Muscle-
mag will feature as colum-
nists alongside Mark Dug-
dale, Foiuad Abiad and
Johhnie Jackson.
At 6' 3" 309 pounds,
Stubbs is one of the largest
competitors in the sport of
bodybuilding with a mete-
oric rise in popularity over
the past few seasons.
The first column from the
former CAC Champion will
be published in the Novem-
ber edition.
Stubbs' cover issue of
Musclemag went on sale
August 26 and will continue
until September 30.
In the issue, Stubbs'
addresses the massive
amounts of attention he has
received due to his back and
the issues he faces as a 41-
year-old bodybuilder, still
looking to improve his legs.
Stubbs received critical
acclaim and recognition after
he was featured in Flex Mag-
azine in 2005, heralded as a
member on the short list of
contenders for the title of
"Best Back Ever."
Stubbs, a relative new-
comer to the professional
scene when the article was
published three years ago,
was mentioned. alongside
Ronnie Co'leman, Dorian
Yates and Lee Haney, a trio
which has won 22 collective
Mr Olympia titles between
Often cited for the size
and definition of his back,
Stubbs has arduously
worked towards a complete
physique, overcoming the
hurdle of a pair of leg surg-
eries he undertook in 1997.
Stubbs received his pro
card in 2003 at the CAC
Championships and after sit-
ting out the 2004 season
returned to competition in
Since then he has been a
stalwart on the professional
scene, finishing as high as
sixth in the 2007 Australia
Pro Grand Prix.
This year, Stubbs has com-
peted in two events thus far,
the New York Men's Pro
and th: Europa SuperShow.
He placed 14th in both
With opportunities dwin-
dling to qualify for the 2008
Mr Olympia, scheduled to
be held in Las Vegas, Sep-
tember 29-30, Stubbs' will
seek to intensify his expo-
sure and training regiments.
Stubbs will attempt to join
his Musclemag teammates
Jackson and Fouad when he
competes in Montreal one
week before Olympia. This
will be his final qualifying

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ANDREW TYNES (far right) speaks to a group of tenth grade boys at C C Sweeting yesterday...


Serena Williams wins third

US Open championship

a shot to Jelena Jankovic during the championship match...

JELENA JANKOVIC reacts after losing a point to Serena Williams during the championship match...

(AP Photo: Julie Jacobson)

Grand Slam final anywhere,
and she was having the time
of her life. She smiled even
after losing points, and she
kept a close eye on the over-
head video boards, either to
watch replays or to check out
which celebrities were in the
"They should turn it off,
because I keep looking," the
Serb said. "You see your big
face up there and you can't
help but look up."
Jankovic was ranked No. 1
for one week last month and
would have returned there by
winning a title match that was
postponed from Saturday night
because of Tropical Storm
Hanna. During the postmatch
ceremony, Jankovic charmed
the crowd, asking how much'
her runner-up check was worth
(for the record: $750,000). Lat-
er, she said the drama of her
matches and her fun-loving
style of play meant she
deserved an Oscar instead of a
silver dish.
As good as the second-seed-
ed Jankovic is at retrieving
balls and extending points,
Williams can do that with the
best of them, too. That led to
point after point lasting more
than a dozen shots as both
women scurried around
Arthur Ashe Stadium, their
sneakers squeaking loudly.
But the difference in
strength was clear: Repeatedly
after those lengthy exchanges,
Jankovic was left shaking her
racket hand, trying to lessen
the sting. On the match's first
point, Williams drove a back-
hand winner with such force,
such ferocity, that she sent one

of her earrings flying.
The fourth-seeded Williams
finished. with 44 winners, 29
more than Jankovic, and
smacked serves at up to 120
mph, a 14 mph edge over her
opponent's fastest.
The finish was fantastic.
Williams somehow pro-
longed the second set after
falling behind love-40 while
serving and trailing 5-3.
Those three break points
were set points for Jankovic,
and Williams deleted each one,
with a backhand winner, an
overhead winner and then by
forcing an errant backhand on
a 10-stroke point. A 98 mph
service winner left a frustrated
Jankovic tossing her racket up
in the air like a majorette's
baton. When she sailed the
next return long, Williams was
at 5-4.
The next game was filled
with as much drama as many a
Jankovic earned her fourth
set point with an ace, then blew
it by double-faulting.
Williams earned six break
points and frittered away five.
On No. 6, they produced a
spectacular 22-stroke point
that Williams ended with a
forehand passing shot down
the line.
As quickly as it once
appeared things were getting
away from Williams, she
regained the lead. The next
game featured more brilliant
play by both, including a 24-
stroke exchange Jankovic won
with a forehand, and an 11-
stroke point Williams took
with a perfect stab volley.
Now up 6-5, four points from

the title, Williams flexed her
arm muscles and gritted her
teeth. At the other end, four
points from defeat, Jankovic
went up to the bouncing ball
and kicked it.
Serving to stay in it, Jankovic
wasted a game point with a
double-fault. Then she
dropped a groundstroke into
the net, presenting Williams
with a second match point.
Williams converted, ending a
14-stroke point with a back-
hand winner.
And then came the wild on-
court display.
There were times when it
looked as if Williams would-
n't get to celebrate, even if one
of her volleys left Jankovic
sprawled on the court, doing
the splits, then resting on her
knees and covering her face.
To put it simply: Williams
couldn't put Jankovic away.
The underdog hung tough in
the second set, saving two
break points at 1-0 and two
more at 3-2. She also com-
plained to the chair umpire
that Williams was taking too
long between points.
"I really was a little bit upset
about the umpire," Jankovic
said. "(Williams) took her time
.to recover and get herself back
Suddenly, when Williams
flubbed a drop shot, Jankovic
broke for a 4-3 lead, then held
to 5-3.
But Jankovic wouldn't win
another game.
Williams wouldn't allow it.
"I figured, 'All I have to do
is win one point here and one
point there,'" Williams said. "I
was ready."


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Pistorius runs

11.16 in the

100m, targets three golds

AP Sports Writer
Pistorius of South Africa
began his bid for three gold
medals at the Beijing Para-
lympics on Monday by finish-
ing in 11.16 seconds for the
fastest time in 100-meter
Pistorius, a double amputee,
races with prosthetic legs and
is known as the "Blade Run-
ner." He won a legal battle in
May for the right to run in the
Olympics but failed to meet
the qualifying time standard.
On Monday, he ran a per-
sonal best and was followed'
by three Americans: Jerome
Singleton (11.48), Brian Fra-
sure (11.49) and Marlon
Shirley (11.77).
Pistorius will also run the'
200 and 400, hoping to better
his performance four years
ago in the Athens Para-

lympics, where he won a gold
and bronze.
Forty-one medals were
awarded on the second day of
the Paralympics. China leads
with 28 medals, including eight
gold. The United States also
has eight gold and 17 overall.
South African swimmer
Natalie Du Toit won her sec-
ond gold in two days, winning
the 100 freestyle after taking
the 100 butterfly Sunday. She's
attempting to win five -gold
The U.S. took three of the
18 golds in swimming, the
medals going to Jessica Long,
Erin Popovich and Anna
One of the longest winning
streaks in sports stayed in
place, with the Netherlands'
Esther Vergeer defeating
Daniela Di Toro 6-2, 6-0 in
the first round of wheelchair
tennis to extend her string to
345 consecutive victories.

The 10 gold medals Mon-
day in track and field were
well distributed, with China
taking two and one each for
Cuba, Australia, Saudi Ara-
bia, Latvia, Algeria, Denmark,
Canada and the Netherlands.
Medals awarded in other
events included track cycling
(5), equestrian (2), judo (4)
and shooting (2).
Vergeer has won four gold
medals in the last two Para-
lympics, in singles and dou-
bles, and will look to repeat
again in Beijing. Di Toro is a
former top-ranked player and
the last to defeat Vergeer 5
1/2 years ago.
"I was kind of nervous in
the first couple of games,"
Vergeer said. "A couple of
years ago she was my biggest
rival. The stadium is full and
there are a lot of people
watching, and that is also very
different from what we are
used to."


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SOUTH AFRICAN Oscar Pistorius (right) is followed by Christoph Bausch of Switzerland as they compete in
the 100m T44 at the Beijing Paralympic Games...
(AP Photo: Addy Wong)

OSCAR PISTORIUS (center) races in a heat for the 100m T44 competition in the 2008 Paralympic
' Games in Beijing, China, yesterday. At left is Jerome Singleton, of the US, and at right is Heros
Marai, of Italy...
(AP Photo: Ng Han Guan)

PDeadly crashes

bring FAA focus on

Reno air races

Associated Press Writer
RENO, Nev. (AP) It's billed as "the
world's fastest motor sport."
Critics have another label, calling the
Reno National Championship Air Races
"the world's most dangerous motor sport"
after three pilots were killed during com-
petition last year and another racer was
killed during a practice flight Saturday.
The crashes have-prompted the Federal
Aviation Administration to place greater
scrutiny on the races, and local school offi-
cials for a time reconsidered whether to
continue student field trips to the event.
Mike Houghton, president of the races,
insists that organizers go out of their way to
make the event as safe as possible in an
inherently dangerous sport.
"Safety, safety, safety is the one thing
people get tired of hearing me talk about,"
Houghton said. "But in every competition
there is risk, and ours is the same. If you did
away with the risk, you'd have checkers
and pingpong."
About 150 of the nation's top racing
pilots will compete September 10-14 for $1
million in prize money at Reno-Stead Air-
port just north of Reno.
Mark Daniels, a former Army helicopter
mechanic and air traffic controller from the
central Nevada community of Dyer, con-
tends organizers have made the races more
dangerous than any other motor sport.
"They put on a good show of safety, but
that's all it is," said the 52-year-old avia-
tion buff. "Absolutely, the event's future is
threatened by the safety issue. People don't
want to come out and see other people
The competition is like a car race in the
sky, with planes flying wingtip-to-wingtip as
low as 50 feet off the sagebrush at speeds
sometimes surpassing 500 mph. Pilots follow
an oval path around pylons, with distances
and speeds depending on the class of air-
Reno has the world's only multi-class air
races, with six classes of aircraft competing,
said Don Berliner of Alexandria, Va., pres-
ident of the Society of Air Racing Histori-
ans and author of several books on the
At one time, air races were staged all
over the US, but only the Reno races
remains, Berliner said. He said two air races

are still staged in France, but they feature
only a single class of aircraft, called For-
mula One.
There have been 19 fatalities since the
Reno event began in 1964, including the
three last year in the deadliest single week
On the ground, Daytona International
Speedway has had 27 race-related deaths
since it opened in 1959, and the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway has had 67 deaths, dating
to the pre-500 races of 1909-10. But officials
point out that both speedways hold more
races each year than Reno's single event.
Berliner said he was unaware of any over-
all statistics on air racing fatalities since the
sport began at Reims, France in 1909.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said his
agency is stepping up its presence at Reno
in an effort to promote safety.
He said an FAA inspector provided brief-
ings at organizers' "Rookie School," which
is held each June. Rookies must pass certain
criteria before they are allowed to com-
"The briefings stressed the need to com-
ply with federal regulations and remain
focused and concentrate during the event,"
Gregor wrote by e-mail.
In addition, inspectors will give pilots
safety briefings at the beginning of the
races, pay closer attention to pilots' records
and place more scrutiny on aircraft modifi-
cations, he said.
The FAA thinks organizers are comply-
ing with rules and regulations, and taking
sufficient safety measures, Gregor said.
Ray Sherwood of Placerville, California,
a Formula One racer at Reno from 1986 to
2005, suggests the pilots should be more
closely examined.
"I can tell you, in my opinion, there's a
time when guys get involved in air racing
and they shouldn't get involved in air racing.
It's not for every pilot," Sherwood said.
The recent Reno crashes prompted local
school officials to meet with organizers and
re-examine whether to continue student
field trips to the air races, said Steve Mul-
venon, spokesman for the Washoe County
School District.
"Part of it was the potential psychological
impact a crash would have on students,"
Mulvenon said.
However, school officials eventually
decided to continue the field trips because
they allow students to learn about aviation,
Mulvenon said.

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BRAZIL'S Jo (left) heads the ball over Chile's Carlos Carmona during a World Cup 2010 qualifying soccer match in
Santiago on Sunday. Brazil won 3-0...
(AP Photo/Roberto Candia)

Federer wins fifth consecutive US Open

championship, 13th major title overall

AP Tennis Writer
matter what anyone else said
or thought, Roger Federer
knew he was still capable of
elite tennis.
Knew he was still capable of
winning Grand Slam titles.
Knew he was still Roger Fed-
Back at his best, back at the
top of tennis, Federer easily
beat Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2
Monday to win his fifth con-
secutive U.S. Open champi-
onship and 13th major title
Federer is the first man since
Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win
the tournament that many
times in a row. He also moved
within one major championship
of tying Pete Sampras' career
record of 14.
"One thing's for sure," Fed-
erer said in an on-court inter-
view. "I'm not going to stop at
13. That would be terrible."
The victory clearly came as
something of a relief to Feder-
er, who has struggled during a
lackluster-only-for-him season.
He lost in the semifinals at the
Australian Open, and to neme-
sis Rafael Nadal in the finals of
the French Open and Wimble-
don, meaning Federer was on
the verge of his first year since
2002 without a major title. And
his record streak of 237 con-
secutive weeks at No. 1 ended
last month when Nadal sur-
passed him.
"I' lad ;i l ,le of tor,''
Grand Slams this year ... so to
take this one home is incredi-
ble," Federer said. "It means
the world to me."
But the sixth-seeded Murray
upset Nadal in the semifinals
at Flushing Meadows to reach
his first Grand Slam champi-
onship match, and Federer had
no trouble this time even
though he had lost two of his
previous three matches against
the Scotsman.
"I came up against, in my
opinion, the besktpllay3r'er~ r to
play the game," said Murray,
who tried to give Britain its first
men's major champion in 72
years. "He definitely set the
record straight today."
At 21, here's how young he
is: When Federer was winning
his first U.S. Open title in 2004,
Murray was taking the U.S.
Open junior trophy.
"I'm not as nervous any
more, like in my first final,"
Federer said during a prematch
TV interview.

i L;aps he was trying to
plant doubt in Murray's head.
The youngster was standing
around the corner, waiting to
walk out onto the court, prob-
ably already thinking about
what it would feel like to be on
that stage, with those stakes,
against that opponent.
With his bushy hair peeking
out from under his gray-and-
white baseball cap, unshaven
whiskers on his face, and that
loping gait, Murray looks much
likehe college student he oth-
erwise might be if not so tal-
ented at tennis.
Federer, coincidentally, was
the same age when he played in
his first Grand Slam final, back
in 2003 at Wimbledon. Except
Federer won that, and has kept
winning major championship
matches against everyone
except Nadal.
Indeed, Murray can consider
himself in good company: Fed-
erer's other four finals at Fush-
ing Meadows came against four

men who have won Grand
Slam titles: Lleyton Hewitt,
Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick
and Novak Djokovic.
"I'm sure we're going to see
much more of Andy in the
future," said the second-seeded
Federer, who dominated every
facet of this final.
SHe accumulated a 36-16
advantage in winners, a 7-2
count in breaks of serve, and
won the point on 31 of,44 trips
to the net, compared with a 7-
for-11 showing by Murray.
Murray assured of rising
to a career-best No. 4 in the
rankings stood about 10 feet
behind the baseline to return
serves, exactly the way he did in
upsetting Nadal in their two-
day, rain-interrupted semifinal
over the weekend. And Mur-
ray did display flashes of the
get-to-every-ball defense he
used against Nadal, including
one pretty flick of a lob by Fed-
erer with his back to the net.
But Federer, who might have

ROGER FEDERER, of Switzerland, celebrates after winning the championship over Andy Murray, of Britain, at
the US Open tournament in New York yesterday...
(AP Photo: Kathy Willens)

benefited from an extra day to
rest because his semifinal was-
n't affected by Tropical Storm
Hanna, was simply too much
for Murray.
Too good.
Too smart.
Too experienced.
Too, well, Federeresque.
At only one juncture did
Murray really throw a scare
into his opponent on this day,
taking 11 of 12 points to go
from 2-0 down in the second
set to 2-all and love-40 on Fed-
erer's serve. Federer saved the
first of those break points, and
on the second, they engaged in
a 14-stroke rally that ended
with Murray missing a back-
hand. TV replays, though,
showed one of Federer's shots
during the rally should have
been called out and had it
been, Murray would have had a
break and a 3-2 lead in the set.
But there was no call, and no
reprieve, because Federer
stayed steady enough to save
the third break point there and
go on to hold serve.
"That was key," Federer said.
"After that, I began to play
freely, the way I usually do."
In the next game, Murray

began flexing his right leg,
clutching at that knee and look-
ing up at his substantial sup-
port group in the guest box, a
gathering that included his
mother, his two coaches and his
two fitness trainers.
Federer later broke Murray
at love in the last game of the
second set, closing it on a 10-
stroke point that was a thing of
beauty. First, Federer extended
the point with some superb
court coverage, and then -
shifting from defense to offense
in a blink he ended it with a
forehand passing winner.
Federer turned to his guest
box which included his pal,
Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna
Wintour and bellowed,
punching down with his right
This is how he is supposed to
This is how these Grand
Slam finals are supposed to go.
Not his lopsided loss to Nadal
on clay at Roland Garros. Or
his heartbreakingly narrow loss
- 9-7 in the fifth set as the light
disappeared on grass at the
All England Club. Those were
two of Federer's 12 losses by
August in 2008, more than he

had in any entire season from
2004-07. He also arrived in New
York with only two titles from
minor events, and none on the
type of hard courts used at the
U.S. Open.
Federer's year began slug-
gishly as he dealt with a bout of
mononucleosis, something he
said affected his preparation
later in the season as he played
He was fresh as could be
throughout against Murray, and
won nine of the first 10 points
in the third set en route to a 5-
0 lead.
Only when Federer served
for the match, at 5-1 in the
third, did he show a modicum
of mediocrity, getting broken
when he dumped a backhand
into the net.
It merely delayed the
Federer broke right back in
the next game when Murray
put a forehand into the net.
Federer dropped his racket and
fell to the blue court and rolled
around with glee.
SInstead of heading into the
offseason wondering what went
wrong this year, Federer can
look ahead with optimism.

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T he eighth day of the
youth camp began
slowly but finished with a
bang. In the morning I went to
the centre square of the camp
and painted masks. There, I
met a few persons who unfor-
tunately for me, could not
speak English.
In the afternoon, the
campers went to Happy Val-
ley, where we were greeted by
some of the opera dancers as
well as some of the members
who helped arrange for us to
watch the opera as well as oth-
er performances.
We were presented with a
key chain and a DVD about
Happy Valley before we
entered the theatre.
The theatre was extremely
well built and much better
looking than the previous the-
atre that we had been to.
When the show started we
were amazed at the flexibility
of the dancers and how the
stage transformed and moved.
During the opera (which
was more of a ballet) one of
the dancers literally sat on her
head! She managed this by
resting her chin on the ground
and curving her back until she
was sitting on the back of her
head. When the campers saw
this they were amazed. I, at
first, thought it was two people
because of how contorted her
body was, but once she began
to move I could do nothing
but gape along with everyone
Another thing that had
amazed me in the opera was
the way a flood was staged.
The stage filled with running
water and it actually looked
as though a flood was hap-
pening. When the opera had
finished, we went outside to
watch several other perfor-
mances which included bas-
ketball dunkers, clowns,
skaters and bikers.

Oh day niiie df the carip I
went to the Youth Create
Future forum where speakers
spoke to us on becoming a
volunteer for the Olympics,
Unicef and the environment. I
learned a lot in the forum and
I am now thinking about
becoming a volunteer. We
also went to a botany place
where there were lots of flow-
ers and different types of
The following day we woke
early and excited because we
were going to plant friendship
trees and w'e were going to the
Great Wad of China. The bus
ride was, extremely long and
many of the campers fell
asleep. When we arrived at
the site where we were going
to plant friendship trees, we
Were given some green plastic
"shoes" which we had to put
over our own shoes so that
they would not get dirty.
As we waited for all of the
other buses to arrive, we lined
up_in teams and wrote our
blessings on a heart-shaped
piece of paper that we were
going to tie to the tree that we
planted. When the others
arrived we were officially
greeted and each team was
given an area to plant their
trees. The trees were already
in place and all we really had
to do was put the dirt over the
roots and add water.
My friend from Uganda and
I took turns planting one of
the trees and when we were
finished, we hung our bless-
ings on the tree.-The experi-
ence was really fun and mem-
orable. I also felt closer to
some of my friends that day.
After planting the trees and
hanging our blessings, we all
went to the Great Wall.
As we started to climb the
Great Wall I was fascinated
at the length and how crowd-
ed it was. The wall stretched
out into the horizon on both
sides, winding along the
mountains as it did.
Next to the Great Wall was
an enormous sign that held
the Olympic motto: "One
World, One Dream".
I always wondered what
people, had meant by 'climb-
ing' the Great Wall and as I

began to walk on it I realized
that some of the Great Wall is
so steep that you feel as
though you are climbing the
SEE page 16

My name is Erika Rahming and I am
the Olympic Youth Ambassador for the
Bahamas. The sport I do is judo. As the
Olympic Youth Ambassador, I was sent to
Beijing, China, where the 2008 Olympics
were held I took part in the Beijing 2008
Olympic Youth Camp, which is designed
to give young people the opportunity -to
make friends from other countries or
regions and to learn about each others
culture. There were about 500 people
from over 200 countries that attended
the camp. Some of the campers were dis-
abled and came from the hosting country.
This is the third and final part of my
journal, which has appeared in The Tri-
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side of a mountain. We had to go to five checkpoints. At each
one we were given a ribbon with one of the colours of the
Olympic rings. The walk was long and some of the campers were
too lazy to go all the way to the end.
After climbing the Great Wall we went to a restaurant in
the area for lunch, and on the way there and out we were
harassed by many vendors selling souvenirs.
Straight from the Great Wall we went to the Birds Nest to
watch the men's 100 metre sprint semifinals. As we waited to
watch 100 metre semifinals, we watched men's shot-put final,
women's discus, which was right in front of us, and women's
As we watched the steeplechase I was astonished at how
many laps the women had to complete and how fast they com-
pleted them. The steeplechase was so long that I had gone out
to buy some ice cream and walk around a bit and when I came
back the race was still going on!
When the semifinals for men's 100m finally came up I watched
and cheered as Derrick Atkins, our own Bahamian sprinter,
qualified for the finals. I also watched Usain Bolt and the oth-
er Jamaican sprinters run to qualify for finals. It was very excit-
ing to feel the energy of the crowd as we watched the athletes
run, jump and throw.
On the eleventh day of the camp I woke early to go shopping.
The camp had brought us to an expensive mall that had a small
section on the first floor that sold cheaper souvenirs. Since this
was the last full day at camp, I spent most of my time with my
friends and painted t-shirts, which I had all of my friends sign as
well as some people that I had just met that day.
That night was the good-bye show. There were many campers
as well as other persons who performed and a video of the
campers that was taken throughout the camp was shown. That
night many of my friends left, some of them left in the early
morning and many people cried during the good-byes.
On the final day of camp I spent my morning with some of my
friends who I would probably never see again. I felt very
depressed that that day was the last day of the camp and that the
camp had ended so soon.
I left the camp that afternoon and I was fortunate to have a
few of my friends on the same flight as me all the way to Mia-
mi. The flights home took 18 hours. The odd thing about leav-
ing Beijing for home was that I had left Sunday night and
arrived in Nassau Monday morning.
I would like to thank the Bahamas Judo Federation as well as
the Bahamas Olympic Association for giving me this wonderful
opportunity. I would also like to thank Adidas for outfitting me
for the trip. Many of my friends wanted my shirts and gear. I
would also like to thank The Tribune for allowing me to share
my experience with the Bahamas.

SI always wondered what
people had meant by 'climb-
ing' the Great Wall and as I
began to walk on it I realized
that some of the Great Wall
is so steep that you feel as
though you are climbing the
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to 'plan way real estate,

forward' for

Morton Salt

Company suffers
'tens of millions'
in-damage from
Ike, with choice
over whether to
build new plant

Tribune Business Editor
A TEAM from Morton Salt's
Chicago head office will today
visit the company's hurricane-
shattered Inagua operations to
"sit down with management and
plan a way forward" post-Ike,
with expenditure worth "tens
of millions of dollars'" required
to either rebuild the existing
plant or construct an entirely
new one.
Glenn Bannister, Morton Salt
(Bahamas) managing director,
said he and company employees
"could not believe" that Hurri-
cane Ike would inflict such dam-
age on the company's infra-
structure and operations, and it
was impossible for him to cur-
rently say when it would get
back to full operations.
Explaining that Ike had
inflicted "real, significant dam-
age to the buildings at the salt
plant", Mr Bannister told Tri-
bune Business: "We have a vis-
it from our head office, perhaps
tomorrow [today].
"A team is coming down to
look at the damage, to sit down
with management and plan a
way forward."
On the amount of damage
Morton Salt's Inagua operation
had incurred, Mr Bannister said:
"We know it's going to be in
the millions of dollars, because
you're talking about building a
new facility or rebuilding the
current one. So you're talking
about tens of millions of dollars
to bring it back.
"We were just amazed at the
damage cut there. We could not
believe it would be that bad. It's
really done substantial damage
to our landing facility and our
docking facility at Morton Salt."
Mr Bannister said the plant
buildings needed to be inspect-.
ed to ensure they were safe to
enter, while the company would
be unable to load ships via its
damaged docking facilities -
especially given that as 'of yes-
terday, Inagua was still without
electrical power.
"We have to look at, in the
short-term, perhaps bringing in
pre-fabricated buildings to do
maintenance and other neces-
sary work," Mr Bannister said.
"We're looking at that in the

SEE page 4B

ot hand' by lawyers

* Judge finds sale of lots without full subdivision approval a 'criminal offence'
* Accuses defendants' attorneys of seeking court's 'blessing' to convert
illegal real estate dealings into legitimate transactions
* Lyons highlights plight of Bahamians caught in questionable real estate deals

"As an agreement to sell or
convey or otherwise demise a
block of land in an unapproved
subdivision, it is illegal that is
to say the agreement is an ille-
gal contract," Justice Lyons

"It is, in other words, a con-
tract for an illegal purpose. It
is a contract, the performance of
which requires the breaking of
the law of the land; and which,
by so doing, creates a penal or
criminal offence."
The judgment is likely to
strike a chord with many
Bahamians who have fallen vic-
tim to questionable real estate
deals. Several instances of per-
sons allegedly buying lots in
subdivisions that had not
received full Ministry of Works
approval have been highlight-'
ed in recent years.
This particular case revolved
around the proposed 125-lot
Willard Heights subdivision, sit-
uated half a mile north of Moss
Town in Exuma. Some 11 lots
were sold in the. subdivision pri-
or to full Ministry of Works
approval, and in contravention

of the law, something that
caused problems when the
plaintiff, Oceania Heights Ltd,
attempted to purchase the sub-
division from its original devel-
oper, Willard Clarke Enterpris-
es Ltd.
Justice' Lyons recorded that
Charles Mackay, the attorney
for two defendants, Rev Father
Dwight McArthur Bowe and
Nancy Elva Bowe two of the
lot purchasers argued that
because,the conveyances.for the
11 lot sales had been completed,
they should be allowed to stand.
The judgment said that
Willard Clarke Enterprises, the
first defendant and original
developer, knew it could not
sell lots without full subdivision
approval, and "most, if not all"
the buyers knew their was
something wrong with their
SEE page 3B

Tribune Business Editor

judge has hit
out at attorneys
who were
attempting to
convert illegal real estate trans-
actions into legitimate ones "as
if by some magical sleight of
hand, a puff of 'magic lawyer
dust'", in a ruling that confirms
developers cannot sell lots with-
out their subdivision having
Ministry of Works.
Justice John Lyons, in his
judgment on a contract dispute
involving a 40-acre subdivision
in Exuma, said the Bahamian
courts could not "enforce" con-
tracts for the sale of lots in sub-
divisions that had not been ful-
ly approved because to do so
would breach the Private Roads
and Subdivisions Act.
And, in a warning to all sub-
division and real estate devel-
opers, plus their attorneys, Jus-
tice Lyons said that according to
the Act's wording, selling sub-
division lots without 'full
approval was "a criminal


Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN professionals
will urge the Government to
amend the law to stop foreign
developers selling vacant land
to second home owners and
other buyers, the Bahamian
Contractors Association's
(BCA) president told Tribune
Business yesterday, seeing this
as a way to combat speculators
and preserve land for Bahhmi-
Stephen Wrinkle, the BCA's
president, said: "We want to put
into effect that foreign devel-
opers, under no circumstances,
come into this country and flip
real estate. They should be
made to build out their devel-
opments themselves.
"There's no reason why they
should buy and sell land here.
That should be reserved for
Bahamian developers......"
That latter aspect is likely to
spark charges of 'protection-
ism', something many see as
bad for the economy, but Mr
Wrinkle said the issue was being
pursued by something he called
the Joint Consulting Council a

SEE page 4B

Underinsuring TUC leader wins ruling against union

'gets worse

with each

passing year'

Tribune Business Editor
THE problem of Bahamians
underinsuring their real estate
and other assets against cata-
strophes such as hurricanes
"gets worse with each passing
year", a senior insurance exec-
utive told Tribune Business yes-
terday, although the near-miss
With Hurricane Ike appears to
have prompted some to either
reinstate or increase their cov-
Steve Watson, RoyalStar
Assurance's managing director,
said that while his company had
"not seen too much drop-off"
in clients failing to renew their
premiums, it was likely that
underinsurance was growing in
the Bahamas.
Underinsuring is where
clients take out policies, and pay
premiums, for less than the full
replacement value of the asset
insured be it a residential
house, commercial property or
vehicle. For example, it could
involve taking out a $100,000
catastrophic insurance policy to
cover a house whose replace-
ment value was really $200,000.

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A TRADE union leader and
attorney has won a Supreme
Court judgment that orders the
Bahamas Electrical Workers
Union (BEWU) to pay him
$22,500, plus interest, for work
rendered despite the latter's
president being "unhappy with
the fees paid".
Justice Faizool Mohammed
found that even though Dennis
Williams, the BEWU's presi-
dent, might be dissatisfied with
the sum his predecessor had
agreed to pay Obie Ferguson,
the Trades Union Congress
(TUC) president, there was no
dispute over whether the ser-
vices for which the fees were



claimed had been rendered.
"Although the present presi-
dent of the union, Mr Williams,

is unhappy with the fees paid
to the plaintiff by the past pres-
ident, Mr Rolle, it is not incum-
bent on the plaintiff to go into
the indoor management of the
union to see if its internal pro-
cedures have been followed,"
Justice Mohammed found.
He said Mr Ferguson's posi-
tion as TUC president was irrel-
evant to the.case, and found:
"There is no dispute that the
plaintiff rendered the services
for which the fees are claimed.
As such, he is entitled to be paid
for such services in accordance
with the contracts entered into
between the plaintiff and the
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The true cost of major hurricanes

AS I wrote this article on
Sunday afternoon, I was await-
ing the 6 pm update by the
National Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (NEMA) on Hur-
ricane Ike, with particular inter-
est on how the island of Great
Inagua fared. Our thoughts and

prayers go out to our brothers
and sisters in the southern
Bahamas, and also the Turks
and Caicos Islands, where pre-
liminary reports indicate that
80 per cent of the buildings suf-
fered damage.
This week's article will revis-

it some of the likely implica-
tions of the landfall of a major
hurricane in the Bahamas.
From all accounts, at the time
of writing, Inagua (and possi-
bly several other southern
islands) would have been
pounded by sustained winds of
at least 135 mph (Category 4)
for several hours, and it's fair
to anticipate significant damage
to buildings and basic infra-
structure such as roads, docks
and utility services.
Our most pressing short-term
challenge is to find ways of
delivering critical supplies to
those affected in the southern
islands. As we do not have a
catastrophic disaster fund to call
on, the central government will
have to provide significant
amounts of 'unbudgeted' finan-
cial relief.
"What would happen if the
Bahamas suffers a Category 5
direct hit to several major
islands, including New Provi-
dence, all at once?
There are several factors
which would influence the
degree of damage that we could
potentially suffer.
Angle of Landfall
I contacted my friend Arthur
Rolle, director of the Depart-
ment of Meteorology, to learn
more about how hurricanes
work. Mr Rolle summed it up
succinctly by saying: "Hurri-
canes are geometrical rather
than incremental." While this
may seem incredibly compli-
cated, it is rather easy to under-
stand. The angle at which a hur-
ricane hits land can be more
devastating than its actual
strength (wind speed).
The north-east quadrant of a
hurricane is'the most danger-
ous part, because there is less
shearing of the wind speed. The
rotation of the storm is at its
maximum, and because of this
the strongest winds and heaviest
thunderstorms are located
Therefore, a Category 2 hur-
ricane hitting land from its
northeast quadrant can actually
be more devastating than a Cat-
egory 5 hurricane making land-
fall from its south-western side.
Storm Surge
Generally speaking, our
greatest damage from a;.Cate-


gory 5 hurricane would result
from the storm surge. In the
case of New Orleans, they expe-
rienced surges of up to 30 feet,
which resulted in significant
Studies have indicated that a
25-foot storm surge coming
ashore on the south coast of
New Providence would cause
massive flooding all the way to
the Baillou Hill ridge. Further,
our soil is very porous and the
land is relatively flat which
means the water will settle. Our
problems will be compounded
by the fact that throughout the
island, many Of our subdivisions
are built on low-lying lands and
reclaimed wetlands.
I am told that, historically,
the majority of hurricane-relat-
ed deaths are caused by sea
surge-related conditions, such
as flooding.
In 2004, it was estimated that
the Cayman Islands lost about
40 per cent of its auto fleet due
to flooding in the aftermath of
Hurricane Ivan. Just imagine,
this could equate to close to
'about 75,000 vehicles in New
Providence alone.

Building Code a strength
The Bahamas was the first
Commonwealth Caribbean
country to have a mandatory
building code incorporating
modern standards. The
Bahamas Building Code was
implemented in the early 1970s,
and its use is mandatory for the
design and construction of all
buildings. For many years build-
ings had to be able to withstand
125mph winds, but a few years
back this standard was raised
to 140 mph.
Excluding inner-city areas,
where clapboard housing is
prevalent, it would probably be
fair to say that the quality of
our housing stock should enable
us to better withstand the
degree of wind-related damage
that we are seeing on television
in the aftermath of recent

However, notwithstanding
the above, a strong building
code does not insulate you from
severe flooding.

Recent Hurricanes
The Great Hurricane (a.k.a.
Andros Island Hurricane) of
1929 was a category 5 storm;
Hurricane Betsy (1965) was a
category 4 when it lashed
through the Bahamas; Hurri-
cane Andrew (1992) was a cat-
egory 4 when it passed through
the Bahamas (although it later
grew to category 5); and finally,
Horr anes Frances and Jeanne,
which devastated Grand
Bahama in 2004, were both cat-
egory 3.
We have been fortunate to
the extent that New Providence,
where government and nation-
al resources are centralised, has
been spared major damage in
all of the post-1990 hurricanes,
thus allowing for a centralised
and coordinated national relief

Financial Impact
Now, consider the implica-
tions of major devastation in
New Providence, Grand
Bahama and Abaco arising out
of a single hurricane. These
three islands probably repre-
sent 85 per cent of our popula-
tion, and 98 per cent of our
economy. There would be mas-
sive economic dislocation.
It would be an interesting
exercise to model the level of
total damages that would arise
from a major storm hitting New
Providence. When Hurricane
Ivan hit Grand Cayman in 2004,
there was about $1.3 billion in
total losses.
Given the amount of devel-
opment and infrastructure in
New Providence versus Grand
Cayman, it is probably safe. to
say that total damages for a
storm of similar intensity could
easily be $3-4 billion or higher.
However, industry sources esti-
mate that only about $1.5-$2
billon of those potential losses
are actually insured.
One cannot forecast damages
caused by a storm that has not
happened, but for illustration
purposes let's assume that we
had total insured risks for the
Bahamas of $30 billion. It is
believed that 70 per cent is

located in New Providence.
I'm told that as a rule of
thumb, it is assumed that aver-
age losses would typically be 1
about 10 per cent of the amount
insured, with the maximum loss
rising to 30 per cent to 40 per
cent in an extreme catastrophe.
Therefore, in an absolute worst
case scenario, New Providence
would have losses of $7 billion.
Take away the $2 billion that is
insured, and there is a massive
The question then becomes...
Who then steps up to bridge the
gap? What is the actual per-
centage that will be reimbursed
by insurance? We know that
most government assets are self
insured. To what degree build-
ings are under-insured, and
therefore subject to pro-rata
reimbursement, I do not know. I
Because of these factors, from a
total perspective all losses will
not be reimbursed.
How will this shortfall be cov-
ered and over what period?
What would be the implications
for the national budget going
forward and the country's cred-
it rating? How long will it take
our tourism industry to recover?
The Bahamas has been far
more fortunate than most
would think. However, we must
not stop here...but rather move
decisively to put in place a
National Catastrophic Disaster
Fund. We must start putting
something aside annually to bet-
ter prepare us for when the 'big
one' hits.
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Char-
tered Financial Analyst, is vice-
president pensions, Colonial
Pensions Services (Bahamas),
a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Colonial Group International,
which owns Atlantic Medical
Insurance and is a major share-
holder of Security & General
Insurance Company in the

The views expressed are those
of the author and do not neces-
sarily represent those of Colo-
nial Group International or
any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-

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IT is still too early to place a
dollar value on the damage
Hurricane Ike caused when it
slammed into the Southern
Bahamas at the weekend,
although it will likely be well
into the tens of millions of dol-
lars, a government minister
said yesterday.
The minister of state for
finance, Zhivargo Laing, told
Tribune Business that the
Government was just now able
to begin to assess the level of
damage sustained, particularly
in Inagua, where the island was
almost levelled.
Mr Laing said the Bahamas
may be entitled to emergency
insurance funds from the
Caribbean Catastrophe Risk
Insurance Facility, which was
launched by the World Bank
in February 2007.
However, he pointed out
that while the Government
was likely to make an applica-
tion to that body, before the
application can even be con-
sidered or submitted itwill
have to complete at least an
initial assessment and evalua-
tion of exactlyiwhat level of

damage was sustained.
The insurance facility was
designed to.offer emergency
funds to 18 Caribbean coun-
tries in the immediate after-
math of a natural disaster such
as Hurricane Ike, with the
guarantee of access to enough
money to fund emergency.
The funds were donated by
a number of countries, includ-
ing Canada, Japan, Britain
France and the European
Union, who vowed' to raise
between $30 million and $50
million in reserves for the

Ike costs major

hotels 'several

regional facility.
Initial media reports indi-
cated that while the Bahamas
was fortunate to not have had
any casualties, Great Inagua
was left devastated by Hurri-
cane Ike, which pummelled
that island at category four
The storm ripped shutters
off shelters, severely damaged
a BTC building, and destroyed
"roofs and caused major flood-
Morton Salt, the island's
major employer, reported that
it had sustained "millions and
millions of dollars in damage".
Glen Bannister, the compa-
ny's managing director said
Morton lost the western half
of its roof, two walkways on
the dock, and sustained other
damage to buildings, houses
and the electrical system.
He said that fortunately, the
company only lost about 2 to 3
per cent of its salt pile.
Mr Bannister said that to
repair the roof was likely to
take "well into the hundreds
of thousands of dollars, but to
do the repairs to the dock
would take millions."
Government teams began
their assessment tours yester-

million dollars'

Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation (BHA) has lost "several
million dollars" in cancellations
and early departures due to
Hurricane Ike, and is hopeful
to stem any future loss by
aggressively advertising to mit-
igate any further negative fall-
Frank Comito, the BHA's
executive vice-president, said
the organisation's first and
major concern was ensuring the
safety and welfare of everyone
on the affected islands, and it
will assist wherever they can in
that regard.
He did, however, note that
with the threat of Ike and Trop-
ical Storm Hanna, the industry
had seen a definite increase in
cancellations and early depar-
tures throughout its member

"The good news is that we
have' seen a number of those
persons'reschedule their visits.
We have not been able to fully
measure the loses, ut it is sig-
nificant and will probably be
several million dollars," Mr
Comito said.
He added that the BHA was
working closely' with the Min-
istry of Tourism and its industry
partners to get the word out
that resort .in the central and
northern Bahamas were in good
condition and ready for guests.
Mr Comito said the BHA has
been in close contact for more
than a week with its Internet
partners, travel agents and the
media, giving them updates on
what was g6ing on in the
"So wewill be doing every-
thing we can to get the message
out that' most ofthe Bahamas is
in good shape," lie said.
The loss in revenue is an
especially hard blow, given that

September is the slowest period
for the industry, with many
hotels placing their staffon
shortened work weeks.
Many of the smaller island
resorts use this period to close.
Baha Mar said it would have
likely lost around 600 room
nights, and will hover around
20-30 per cent room occupancy
at its resorts. Atlantis also
reported many cancellations.
.The majority of travellers
"choosing to cancel or postpone
their visits were able to do so
without incurring a penalty due
to the Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion's hurricane cancellation
Threats from Tropical Storm
Hanna and Hurricane Ike have
also caused the Bahamas
around $761,000 of lost busi-
ress from cancelled and re-rout-
ed cruise ships, which included
initial estimates of potential loss
in head taxes and projected

JUDGE, from 1B

land as they would not obtain
full title until the purchase was
In evidence, only two of the
intended purchasers said they
were unaware that Willard
Clarke Enterprises was unable
to conclude the sale without
final subdivision approval. Still,
some have paid the full pur-
chase price, while others had
paid part of the balance in
instalments over the years.
"Notwithstanding that the
attorneys and their clients were
aware of the prohibition (and
assuming the attorneys can read
an Act of Parliament), those
persons and their attorneys
went ahead and continued to
complete the conveyance of the
lots of land well knowing that
final approval had not been
granted," Justice Lyons wrote.
"And, (it must be inferred),
well knowing that it was an
offence under the Act a crim-
inal offence nonetheless. Now,
with notice, and having pro-

ceeded and completed the con-
veyance, the court is now asked
to give its blessing to these ille-
gal transactions.
S"It is as if by some magical
sleight of hand, a puff of 'magic
lawyer dust', that which was
known to be illegal has been
converted into a legally enforce-
able transaction."
And Justice Lyons, as only,
he can, took a shot at the ques-
tionable real estate deals that
have taken place, and the par-
ticipants behind them.
He wrote: "There is an unfor-
tunate history of various assort-
ments of land developers, from
the well-meaning to the dis-
honest 'fly by night', dreaming
up subdivisions of large allot-
ments of land.
"Some have gone as far as
having surveyors prepare
impressive plans of subdivisions,
which include references to
roads within the subdivision, the
provision of public utilities and
other amenities.
"There is a history of persons
being attracted by these impres-
sive plans. Many have in the

past paid monies to these devel-
opers for an allotment pur-
chased, as the term goes, 'off
the plan'. History also shows
that some unscrupulous devel-
opers have simply pocketed this
money and departed, leaving
the 'subdivision' as nothing
more than a piece of paper. In
some instances, the actual sub-
division infrastructure works
have been only part concluded.
"What, then, is left are dis-
gruntled or out of pocket 'pur-
chasers', who ended up with
nothing near what they had bar-
gained for. Often, in these cases,
the public purse is called upon
to bail out the unfortunate 'pur-
chasers', or years of expensive
and time-consuming litigation
follows, often dogging the
courts for years."
In the Willard Heights case,
Oceania Heights and its presi-
dent, Anthony Thompson,
agreed to buy the 40-acre site
from Willard Clarke Enterpris-
es on September 25, 1995.
However, ,Mr Thompson
found that agreement was
"void" due to the illegal lot

sales, and wrote to Willard
Clarke Enterprises in Decem-
ber 1995 to argue that the sales
agreement should not include
the 11 lots already sold.
A new sales agreement was
reached in January 1996, in
which no reference was made
to the 11 lot sales. It was agreed
that Oceania Heights would
indemnify Willard Clarke
Enterprises against any claims
by the purchaser up to $35,000.
Oceania Heights completed
payment for the land, and
obtained full subdivision
approval from the Ministry of
Works on November 1, 2005.
Yet it has not received the con-
veyance for the land purchased.
Willard Clarke Enterprises,
though, had conveyed the 11

lots already sold to the buyers in
February-March 2000, causing
Oceania Heights to go to court
to obtain an order that it com-
plete the conveyance. It also
sought a declaration that the
previous sales were void.
The lot purchasers all pleaded
that the agreements should be
recognized by the court, while
Justice Lyons threw out a
defence submitted by Willard
Clarke Enterprises that its prin-
cipal, Mr Marshall, was placed
under "duress" by Oceania
In finding for Oceania
Heights, Justice Lyons said: "I
am of the strong view that as a
matter of public policy the court
must not encourage any activity
where persons (sadly with the

assistance of attorneys) are per-
mitted to reap the benefit of
illegality," Justice Lyons wrote.
"Unfortunately, while I
unhesitatingly accept that all of
the defendants were well-mean-
ing and straightforward in their
dealings with each other, I do
not see it as possible that the
contracts can be enforced by
the courts."
Oceania Heights was repre-
sented by Michael Scott and
Tracy Ferguson of Callender's
& Co. Apart from Mr Mackey,
the defendants were variously
represented by Wayne Munroe
and Gina Morley.
There is nothing to suggest
that the three attorneys for the
defendants were involved in the *'
original "illegal" transactions.


The UWI Alumni Association Bahamas Chapter

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Friday, September 19th, 2008 8 p.m.

Rainforest Theatre
Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino

General Admission $100.00
VIP $125.00 (Champagne included)


Friday, September 19th, 2008 1 p.m.
$10.00 (with Student I.D.)

Saturday, September 20th, 2008 8 p.m.
General Admission $50.00
V.I.P. $75.00 (Champagne included)

Rainforest Theatre 327-6200
Original Patties (T. Darling-Williams Hwy) 341-1871
Juke Box- Mall At Marathon (393-4891)
Doongalik Studios Marina Village, Atlantis (363-1313)
UWI School of Clinical Medicine & Research (PMH)
Marsha Bain/Pearl Hollingsworth (356-5289 or 325-2320)
Cliffie's Barber Shop (323-6253)
Floral Arts Collins Ave & 5th Terrace (325-3581)
Sponsored by:
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KFC fM L...hOJeS ; | T 1- a^

BIE Bank & Trust Bahamas Ltd.
Is seeking the services of an

Operations Manager

The successful applicant is expected to manage the day-to-day activities of the
Securities/Custody department, the Wire Transfer department, and Documentation

S Provide guidance and direction to the Operations Team
S Implement process effectively to create operational efficiencies and
deliver a high level of service to internal/external clients
S Manage the security trade settlement process and mutual fund trade process
S Manage the wire transfer process
S Overall oversight of account openings, closings, updates and other
Documentation items
* Prepare dailyimonthly statistical an other reports/analysis for senior

* Organizational, Planning & Management skills
* Excellent Interpersonal & Communication skills
* Detail-oriented, problem solving and decisions making skills
* Thorough knowledge of Money Laundering Legislation and regulatory
Working knowledge of Bahamian legislation and regulations and their
relationship to corporate policies and procedures

Education and Experience:
* Relevant professional qualifications-CFA, series 7, or relevant degree in
BusinessiOperations Management
* Computer Literate. Proficient in a variety of word processing software,
graphics, outlook and spreadsheet applications including the Microsoft suite of
software products
* Ability to be trained on industry specific software such as Olympic
Banking System
* Minimum of 3-5 years experience in an offshore banking environment at a
managerial level
* Experience in strategic planning and analysis

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants meeting the above qualifications should submit a recent resume to:

Human Resources Generalist
BIE Bank & Trust Bahamas Ltd.
Charlotte House
P.O.Box N-3930
Nassau, Bahamas
candida.ferguson @ itauinternational.com

The closing date for receipt of all resumes is Thursday, September 11th, 2008




Head office to

'plan way forward'

for Morton Salt

No. 45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act, (No.
45 of 2000), BRIFFAR LIMITED, is in dissolution.
Continental Liquidators Inc. is the Liquidator and can be con-
I tacted at 60 Market Square, P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize.
All persons having claims against the above-named company are
required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their
debts or claims to the Liquidator before 5th day of October, 2008.


I. Csilua* Lksatnlas, la.
uqs as

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

as the company directly
employs some 60 per cent of
the island's workforce. The
incomes and spin-off contracts it
provides generate virtually all
other employment and eco-
nomic activity on Inagua, mean-
ing that as Morton goes, so goes
the island's economy.
There have long been calls to
diversify Inagua's economy and
reduce the over-dependence on
Morton Salt, but little progress
appears to have been made.
Hurricane Ike's passage over
Inagua could not have come at
a worse time in many respects,
given that Morton Internation-
al's parent company, Rohm &
Haas, is in the process of being
acquired by Dow Chemical.
Mr Bannister said yesterday
that the transaction still needed
to be consummated and receive
US regulatory approval, so
nothing had been heard from
the new owners Dow regarding
the hurricane-related damage.
Still, it is possible that Ike will
give Dow' Board of Directors a
less than warm feeling regarding
the Bahamian operation they
will inherit, especially given the

FROM page 1B

witn tne marketing team. body representing all profes-
Provide ongoing monitoring of the marketing programme sions affiliated with the real
to anticipate and troubleshoot problems and issues, estate industry, the reactors, the
to anticipate architects, the engineers and the
track milestones and concrete progress on activities and contractors.
recommend appropriate action. Arguing that about 1,000 pro-
fessionals were represented by
Provide quality assurance and review of the programme. that group, Mr Wrinkle said the
Provide feedback and guidance to senior management with issue had formed "the main top-i
S. ic" at the Council's meeting last
respect to the prtgsamme development. Wednesday and they planned
Provide support in' fiarketing development workshops' ahd to submit a letter to Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham on the
events. issue.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Arguing that all many foreign
mixed-use resort and residen-
tial developers were doing was
BA Degree- Marketing acquiring Bahamian land rela-
Minimum 7 years experience tively cheaply, then "flipping
lots" to wealthy overseas buy-
Working knowledge of agricultural products ers, Mr Wrinkle said: "It should
Working knowledge of the procedures for determining local be law that they cannot sell
vacant land.
market conditions "When they project the num-
Strong written and verbal communications skills bers in front of government to
Obtain concessions, that's the
Excellent computer skills numbers they post. They say
that'll be the figure when the
Interested persons should submit a resume, police certificate, place is built, X$, but don't say
how much it will cost to build
testimonials, photograph and covering letter outlining out.
background and achievements to: "We will be submitting a let-
ter to the Prime Minister.
c/o DA 04733 Everyone is concerned about
P Box N 0 the foreign developer, corpora-
P.O. Box N3207 tion coming in, buying the land
Nassau, Bahamas and selling it on at a profit. It's
something that needs to be
The traditional mixed-use
resort development model that
The closing date for applications is September 22, 2008 the Bahamas traditionally relies
on has come in for sustained
criticism in certain quarters,
who feel it provides fertile


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ongoing union and labour issues
surrounding the company.
Mr Bannister acknowledged
that the damage to Morton
Salt's facilities would impact the
island's economy, but added
that while the company may not
be fully operational, it hoped
to engage most of its 130 staff
on repair andclean-up work.
Within the past week, Morton
Salt had received more than
one-quarter of its normal aver-
age annual rainfall, Mr Bannis-
ter told Tribune Business.
Tropical Storm Hania had
dumped two inches of rain into
the company's salt pans, while
Hurricane Ike had added anoth-
er six inches, making for a total
of eight inches compared to the
annual average of 30 inches.
As "a rule of thumb", Mr
Bannister said an inch of rain
melted one-quarter-of-an-inch
of salt, meaning that last week's
events were likely to have elim-
inated two inches of salt.
"We still have salt cake we
can utilise once the plant is up
and running, because we can
take steps to minimise the
effects of the rain," Mr Bannis-

ground for land speculators to
come in and make a fast buck,
while potentially tying up own-
ership of vast areas of Bahami-
an land for decades with little
benefit accruing to the country.
Many mixed-use resort devel-
opers, such as Ginn, relyon pre-
sales of real estate and lots to
third parties generate cash flow
for their project's build-out, and
finance the loans they have tak-

ter explained.
"The salt is going to melt
pretty fast, but looking at the
good side, there's still substan-
tially enough salt cake to har-
vest if the building's in shape."
While waiting for the loss
adjusters to come and assess the
damage and Morton Salt's like-
ly insurance claim, Mr Bannis-
ter said the- company and
island's population were focus-
ing on restoration of electrical
power as their top priority.
Virtually all buildings in
Inagua had suffered roof dam-
age, Mr Bannister estimating
that the island suffered sus-
tained winds as high as 150mph,
and most islanders were grateful
just to be alive.
Mr Bannister said the island
needed the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation's (BEC) assistance,
with manpower and materials;
to get the power back. He
added that Kevin Basden,
BEC's general manager, had
pledged "full assistance" to
achieve this, and aBEC team
was on Inagua yesterday to do
an assessment, with another
expected today.

en out for infrastructure con-
However, adopting Mr Wrin-
kle's suggestion to prevent for-
eign developers from selling lots
and vacant land could irrepara-
bly damage the
investment/development model
this nation relies on, as few
investors have the wherewith-
al to fund infrastructure and full
real estate build-out.
1. : f, ,__ :7 J,".

FROM page 1B

interim, and longer-term we've
got to make a decision on
whether we build a new plant or
rebuild the old one."
Any long-term problems at
Morton Salt could inflict major
damage on Inagua's economy,

Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of
land comprising 33.240 acres more or less originally a
part of the Glintons Estate in the Settlement of Glentons
or Glintons, in the Northern District of the Island of Long
Island, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, and bounded on the WEST by the Sea at High
Water Mark, on the NORTH partly by land now or formerly
the property of Basil Rahming and partly by land the
property of the Anglican Diocese, on the EASTby the Main
Public Road formerly known as the Main King's Highway,
and on the SOUTH partly by Land the Property of the
Treasurer of The Bahamas now Glenton Primary School
and partly by land now or formerly said to be the property
Sigismund (Cigman) Burrows and Alfred Adderley

AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Dr. Calvin Adderley,
Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for Hubert Roy
AND IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959.
The Petition of Dr. Calvin A. Adderley Sr of P O. Box 30009, of Ocean View
Drive, Stella Maris, Bahamas, Clinical Psychologist, as ATTORNEY BY DEED OF
POWER OF ATTORNEY for Hubert Roy Adderiey of 1908 Northwest 186'1 Street,
Carol City in the State of Florida, one of the United States of America, in respect of:-
originally a part of the Glintons Estate in the Settlement of Glentons or Glintons, Long
Island one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, BOUNDED ON THE
NORTH by an ancient stone wall separating said parcel from land said to be land the
property of one BASIL RAHMING and running thereon (N 51 degrees 51'19") 567.86'
feet and partly by the aforesaid ancient stone wall separating said parcel from land the
property of the Anglican Diocese and running thereon (N 51 degrees 25' 59") 729.87
feet ON THE EAST partly by the Main Public Road of Long Island, formerly known
as the Main King's Highway and running thereon N 165 degrees 24' 18" 737.31 feet
thence running (N 169 degrees 46' 25') 253.17 feet thence ON the SOUTH by land the
Property of the Treasurer of The Bahamas now comprising the Glentons Primary School
(Bahamas Government) Compound and running thereon (N 267 degrees 15' 09") 217.25
feet thence ON THE EAST again by land the Property of the Treasurer of The Bahamas
now comprising the aforesaid Glentons Primary School (Bahamas Government)
Compound and running thereon (N 168 degrees 16' 40") 347.84 feet thence
ON THE SOUTH by an ancient stone wallseparating said parcel from land
said to be land now or formerly the property of Sigismund (Cigman) Burrows
and Alfred Adderley and running thereon N 232 degrees 22' 26" 964.44 feet
thence ON THE WEST again by the aforesaid ancient stone wall separating
said parcel from land said to be land the property of Sigismund (Cigman)
Burrows and Alfred Adderley and running thereon N339 degrees 59' 54
thence ON THE SOUTH agam by Sigismund Cigman) Burrows and Alfred
Adderley now or formerly by the property of Sigismund (Cigman) Burrows
and Alfred Adderley and running thereon partly N240 degrees23' 229" 92.46
feet and partly running (N 234 degrees 04' 54") 126.69 tience AND ON THE
WEST by the High Water Mark ofthe Sea and running thereon (N 350 degrees
08' 49") and running thereon 1080.05 feet which said piece parcel or Tract
of land has the position shape boundaries markers and dimensions shown on
Registered Plan 163L I. a copy of which is filed in the above Action in support
hereof and is thereon shown in PINK.
The Petitioner Dr Calvin A. Adderley Sr. as Attorney By Deed of Power
of Attorney for Hubert Roy Adderley claims to be the owner in fee simple in
possession of the said landfree from encumbrances and has made application
to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3
of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of
Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with the said Act.
The Petition inter alia recognizes the entitlement the late Rhoda Smith, late
of the said Settlement of Glintons, Long Island or her personal representatives
and assigns to a 2.233 acres parcel being situate within the above said 33,240
piece parcel or tract of land.
A Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal business hours at the
following places:-
1 The Reistry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building, East Street,
Nassaulhe Bahamas
2 The Office of the Administrator, Clarence Town, Long Island, The
3 The Chambers of the Petitioner's attorneys, Messrs Maillis and Maillis,
Chambers, Fort Nassau House, Marlborough Street, Nassau, The
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower or right
of dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in te Petition shall
on or before the 30'h day of October A D 2008 file in the Supreme Court and
serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his or her claim in
the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit and other prescribed papers to be
filed therewith Failure of any'person to file and serve a Statement ofhis claim
within the prescribed time will operate as a bar to such claim
DATED the 26'" day ofAugust AD 2008
Chambers, Fort Nassau House
Marlborough Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner





Underinsuring 'gets worse with each passing year'

FROM page 1B

Mr Watson said it was impossible to
tell the level of underinsurance in
Bahamian society, as these policies
would only be uncovered once a claim
was submitted.
Yet he felt the problem was likely to
be growing, especially given the tough
economic climate, which features rising
unemployment and reduced work
weeks, coupled with inflation and stag-
nant salaries. As a result, Bahamian
residential and commercial clients will
have less income available for insur-
ance premiums.
"My feeling is that underinsurance is
a problem getting worse with each

passing year," Mr Watson told Tribune
Business. "The cost of building mate-
rials and labour has increased tremen-
dously over the past five years. Under-
insuring is a problem and is not going
to get any better.
"People are just not proactive about
changing or increasing the sums
insured. They might not be able top
afford to do so, but if there's a claim
they might not be able to get it back."
The normal annual appreciation in
real estate values was also contributing
to underinsuring, Mr Watson said,
because although the value of their
property was rising, people might still
be paying the same premium as they
were five years ago for a replacement

value substantially less than today's

"We have a product where we go
and look at someone's house, and
assess the rebuild value," Mr Watson
said. "If that person agrees to that val-
ue, we remove the underinsurance
clause and they only have to pay the
catastrophe deductible when the claim.
We will go back every three years and
assess the rebuild value.
"There's no charge, but that just has-
n't taken off. People's pockets are emp-
ty, and they just don't have the money
to spend. Catastrophe insurance is per-

ceived to be a luxury but it's not; it's an
Mr Watson said persons, in choosing
between a shopping trip to Miami and
fully insuring, should choose the lat-
ter, "especially in these days, because
we're definitely in different times when
it comes to hurricane experience".
Bruce Ferguson, a broker with Pro-
fessional Insurance Consultants, told
Tribune Business that it "is very much
the case" that non-renewals and under-
insuring were on the rise due to the
deteriorating economic climate.
"Almost every insurer and agent I've
spoken to this year is running to stand
still," Mr Ferguson told Tribune Busi-
ness. "People are underinsuring, drop-

ping catastrophic cover and not paying
He added that after the near misses
with Tropical Storm Hanna and Hur-
ricane Ike, it was likely that Bahamians
will realisee this is something they need
and is useful to them",
"It's a sobering thought that the hur-
ricane season is only half-way through,
and already we've had 10 storms," Mi
Ferguson said. "It's shaping up to be
like the 2005 season, when we had 22
storms and they ran out of names, sc
they had to start using Greek ones.
"It seems to have gone on forever
but we still have three months to go, sc
I hope people take out hurricane insur.
ance coverage while they can."

TUC leader wins ruling against union

FROM page 1B

the judgment, had issued a writ
on the matter on July 3, 2003,
demanding payment for work
performed on the'BEWU's
This included representing
the union in two Industrial Tri-
bunal cases in 1998 and 1999,
respectively, and acting as the
BEWU's lead negotiator in
talks for a new industrial agree-
ment in 2000.
In his evidence, Mr Ferguson
alleged that he had written to
William Wallace, of Pannell
Kerr Foster, the union's accoun-
tants, on December 5, 2000,
confirming that he had been
hired by the union and the out-
standing fees.
He also alleged that Charles
Rolle, the union's president at
the time he was hired, had writ-
ten to his successor, Mr

Williams, on June 25, 2002, urg-
ing that the fees owed by paid
to Mr Ferguson. Yet despite a
series of letters sent by Mr Fer-
guson and his attorney to Mr
Williams, the fees- were not
Mr Rolle and Mr Wallace
both testified on Mr Ferguson's
behalf, but Mr Williams coun-
tered that after he became
union president, he was
"unclear as to whether or not
the plaintiff was contractually
engaged by BEWU to work in
his private capacity as an attor-
Mr Ferguson, though, alleged
he had agreed with Mr Rolle
and his officers at the time that
"his professional fees Would be
discounted on the basis that the
defendant was a union".
Mr Ferguson and his attor-
ney, Norwood Rolle, argued
that there was nothing in the
union's constitution or in evi-

NOTICE is hereby given that ANTHONY MEME of
60858, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
-eightdaysJrom..the..9TH day of SEPTEMBER 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that BIANTA JANVIER of
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason wlhy
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 9TH day of SEPTEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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dence before the courts to pre-
vent Mr Charles Rolle, as then-
BEWU president, from hiring
the TUC president. They
argued, successfully, that the
union was bound by the con-
,tract agreed by Charles Rolle.
Mr Rolle argued that Charles
Rolle had the authority to do
whatlhe did, as the BEWU con-
stitution stated that the union's
administration lay in the presi-
dent's hands when the Execu-
tive Board was not meeting.

"The Board is mandated to
meet at least once monthly,
even though Mr Williams erro-
neously states that it is mandat-
ed to 'meet as much times as
needed'," Justice Mohammed
He awarded Mr Ferguson
and his law firm a 5 per cent
interest rate per annum on the
$22,500 owed, from when the
July 3, 2003, writ was filed to
the September 4, 2008, judg-
ment date. That effectively

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means that Mr Ferguson will
receive a 5 per cent annual
interest rate on that sum for five
Mr Ferguson told Tribune
Business: "I acted in my own
capacity as an attorney and it
was a discount price. I couldn't
understand why there was the
confusion. I couldn't understand
why the president of the union
did not settle the fee.
"It was a legitimate debt
incurred as the chief legal nego-


tiator for the union, and all t
officers of the union knew I di
the work. I virtually closed
office at that point to work f
the union.
"It was a legitimate bill, anc
there was no question as tc
whether the work was done."
Justice Mohammed saic
Roger Minnis, the union's attor
ney., made no submission,
before the court despite beinm
encouraged to do so by th(


Common Law & Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF All that piece
parcel or lot of land containing 30,190
square feet situate in the Settlement of
the Ferry in the Island of Exuma, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The

AND IN THE MATTER of The Quieting
Title Act (Chapter 393 of the 2000
Revised Edition of the Statute Laws of
The Bahamas).

..,, ;AND IN.THE'IMATTER ofithe Petition
S .. pfAlve ,R-u l.si ; ; ,


Pursuant to the Order of the Supreme Court filed the 81h day of
August, A.D. 2008.
The Petition of Alvera Russell, of the Southern District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in respect of:-
ALL THAT piece parcel or Lot of land
containing 30,190 square feet situate in the
Settlement of the Ferry in the Island of Exuma
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas bounded on the NORTH by
a Public Road and running thereon One
Hundred and Eighty-five and Fifty-five
hundredths (185.55) feet on the EAST by
land now or formerly the property James
Cooper and running thereon One Hundred and
Ninety-nine and Twenty-seven hundredths
(199.27) feet and on SOUTH by the sea and
running thereon One Hundred and Forty-eight
and ten Hundredths (148.10) feet on and on
the WEST by land now or formerly said to
be the property of H.G. Christie and running
thereon One hundred and Sixty and Three
hundredths (160.03) feet.

Alvera Russell, claims to be the owner of the land the
subject of this Petition hereinbefore described in fee simple free
from encumbrances.
And the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme .
Court of the aforesaid Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of the Quieting Title Act (Chapter 393), to have her -
title to the said tract of land investigated and the nature and
extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to
be granted in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.
Notice is hereby given that all persons having Dower or
a right of Dower or an Adverse Claim or a Claim not recognized
in the Petition shall on or before expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the publication of these presents file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his
claim in the prescribed form verified by an affidavit to be filed
Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement
of his claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after
the publication of these presents shall operate as a bar to such
Copies of the filed plan may be inspected at:-

The Registry of the Supreme Court;

The Administrator's Office in the Settlement of George
Town, Exuma; and

The Chambers of Allen, Allen & Co, the Attorneys
for the Petitioner, whose address for service is Allen
House, Dowdeswell Street, Nassau, New Providence,
The Bahamas.

Dated this 12'h day of August, A.D., 2008.

Allen House,
Dowdeswell Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner

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Sudoku Puzzle
Sudoku is a numberrplacing 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

7 3 4 5 8

1 9

5 347

8 9 3

826 42

2 7

4 76 91
Difficulty Level ** 9/06

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

9 5 1
4 6 8
7 32

89 4
64 7
32 9
1 85


words in
the main
body of

2 7 4
5 31
7 4 9



87 1 9
7 413
6 312

. Yesterday's
Kakuro Answer

67i4 86 9
196 981

29 12

HOW tmany words of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
making a word, each letter may
be used unce unly. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 21; very good 32; excellent
42 !ur more).
S olutioni tomorrow

flaw letawrt tiew flow flower
fowl lower owlet rowel towel
tower trawl trowel wafer waft
wale ware wa:rt water
WATERFOWL weal wear
weAt. w ,lt w;t w,.l{l wore
w:O? ,.r crof.:


1 What I need to live on
once I'm ruined (6)
4 Ordered security in invest-
ment (8)
9 One who cares is easily
hurt (6)
10 Being saucy I am put out-
side the room (8)
12 Fire out of control? (4)
13 Doesn't stay on even
terms (5)
14. Leading performer in vari-
ous arts (4)
17 Precise instructions
for austere communities
20 He joins the family after
the match (7-2-3)
23 One section of
the military (4)
24 Writer never
translated (5)
25 It may spoil the look of a
lid (4)
28 Soldier employed by the
navy (3-2-3)
29 One in the biology
class is very
bright (6)
30 Free from fear (8)
31 Catch a parent out (6)

1 The return from the capital
2 Fir cones come from them
3 Suitable start to a day's
hunting (4)
5 They don't permit you to
live extravagantly (7,5)
6 Set the company up for a
clever stroke of business
7 They represent us -
amen! (6)
8 Threaten to get money (6)
11 Yet brunettes may also
enjoy it (3,2,3,4)
15 Twenty parts for musicians
16 Go round the globe on it
18 He supplies personal
cover (8)
19 Gathers dust? (6,2)
21 Ocean flier may turn out to
be an armful (6)
22 Girl is dressed up in a
shade of brown (6)
26 Amphibians from the left
side of the river bank (4)
27 Cut down when damaged

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

Across: 1 Grief, 4 Brigand, 8 Lit, 9
Cracked up, 10 Alerted, 11 Owlet, 13
Thorax, 15 Season, 18 Radii, 19
Antonym, 21 March hare, 23 Gas, 24
Satisfy, 25 Dates.
Down: 1 Gallant, 2 In the mood, 3
Facet, 4 Brandy, 5 Irksome, 6 And, 7
Depot, 12 Last night, 14 Alights, 16
Nemesis, 17 Malady, 18 Remus, 20
Tread, 22 Rut.

Across: 1 Swoop, 4 Exposed, 8
But, 9 On the nail, 10 Reflect, 11
Inane, 13 Seaman, 15 Mellow, 18
Judas, 19 Further, 21 Palmed off, 23
Mud, 24 Neglect, 25 Risky.
Down: 1 Suburbs, 2 Out of hand, 3
Prone, 4 Estate, 5 Precise, 6 Spa, 7
Delve, 12 All thumbs, 14 Austere,
16 Worldly, 17 Effort, 18 Japan, 20
Refer, 22 Lag.

1 Brief violent
storm (6)
4 Fundamentally (2,6)
9 Prestige (6)
10 Adherent (8)
12 Brutish man (4)
13 Fine grade of coffee
14 Without
charge (4)
17 Give in (7,5)
20 Gain easy victory
23 Regrettably (4)
24 A succession (5)
25 Network (4)
28 Daunted (8)
29 The wrist (6)
30 Leading (8)
31 Abundance (6)

1 Similar things (8)
2 Flatteringly ingratiat-
ing (8)
3 Onion-like vegetable
5 Vigorously and
fiercely (5,3,4)
6 Capital of Norway (4)
7 Frustrate (6)
8 Wonder (6)
11 Unity (12)
15 Tangle (5)
16 To stop (5)
18 Plain, unsophisticat-
ed (8)
19 Surreptitiously (2,3,3)
21 Distant (3-3)
22 Rush wildly (6)
26 To cripple (4)
27 Greet (4)

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Easl-WesI vulnerable.
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VA 8 4
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Thlie hidding:
West Norlh Vast South1
Pass Pass I + 5 ,
Opening lead nine ol spades.
The many forms a safety play cani
take are too real to enumeClrate. 1 lie
most common ones are w\\ell-kinon
and arc easy enough to learn cither
through experience or in textbooks
dceoted to the pla\ ol'the cards..
The trouble comes \ihen an
unusual situations de elops that really\
belongs in the-salety-plai famnill and
the declarer is unable to relate it to a
previous experience. UnJitaraie thall
safety measures are necessary. lie
plunges ahead without taking pic-
cautions against an oh\ ious danger.

As a ICtsuill. lie imay sometimes go
do- in i l i ioni iict that could have
been in ude.
Fake this case heree South was in
lilx diamond. lie \\on ithe spade
lead \ illi the ace and led a diamond.
I ;st look ihe ace and returned a
,p,de. \\' t iu d, aind South had to
o domxn one tliihugh he could
lim\ made lhe coliact %\ith tile aid
ol an unusual ] ilplai.
\\ lien d(hlirer firsl sees dummy,
lie should icali/c that the primary
licat to lii', conliact is ,a spade ruff.
(ii t en Ili, open ingi spade bid, this
i cee inl a icalistie possibility.
After tIbs danger registers on
olulih. hlie hiild tlart looking for a
imeanl ii ',iidinio a ainsii t the rulf. It
holild al .' occur to himn tIlat ordi-
nat miite r.," \illi not avert defeat if
\\c,,t iia]l, d,' h,) lia c only one

Once dtoIlarer is thinking along
hee li-. it dliould not take him
lont lo l]"id lie solution: Win the
c|i;dle l':d x\ illi Jiummny's khig, cash
l ite Il oall, ,til discard the ace
,I ', uioes!
I mmrn then on, lie ias smooth sail-
inl. DI)iinn lecais a diamond, taken
x I ast \\ili th he :ice. Declarer rulTs
the ,imdIe rCllin,. and West cannot
m',:iiitl]l. Soil lhien idra\\s trumnps
i;idl ct)nedIc the ie oii clubs, and
(lie coni;iel is home saile and sound.




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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

A Shadow on the Horizon

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IN TODAY culture
expectant mothers
have become dissoci-
ated from their sexu-
' ality. But the surpris-
ing reality is that sex
is very healthy during
pregnancy and is
even recommended
by doctors. And
although many preg-.
nant woman may go
through periods
where they have no
desire to have inter-
course, when they do
engage in it, it poses
little, if any risk for
either the mother or
her baby.

*Rachel Dean, an expectant mother, said
that she was advised by her doctor to have
sex regularly. The doctor did not say how
many times she and her husband should
have sexual intercourse, but he said that it
is important for them to "come together"
frequently. Her doctor also said that it is
very healthy since it makes the birthing
process a lot easier.
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complications for the baby, but truth be
told it is not harmful at all.
Doctor Maurice Brooks, at Skoorb Med-
ical Centre, said it is healthy for a woman to
have sex during pregnancy. "Having sex
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During pregnancy a woman's sex drive
may decrease or increase due to the hor-
mones progesterone and estrogen. It is also
normal for a woman to experience an
increase in her sex drive during the first
trimester and decrease as she reaches her
second and third trimesters.
"At the beginning of pregnancy women
may feel the urge to have sex much more
often than ever during her first trimester but
as the belly grows and the baby grows she
begins to feel less interested in having sex,"
Dr Brooks said.
Expectant mothers may fear having sex
because it may induce a miscarriage, but
there is no scientific proof of that. "The
baby cannot be reached through sexual

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intercourse since the baby is fully protected
by the amniotic sac which is a thin, bagged
wall that surrounds the baby," he said.
Hillary Davids, who is expecting her
third child, said during her first trimester
sex was not something that she wanted to
do. "To be honest I lost my sex drive dur-
ing my first trimester. I felt really bad
because that is the first stage of pregnancy
and I had to deal with the nausea, morning
sickness, weakness and fatigue, so I really
was not in the mood."
Motivation to have sex is sometimes lost
since pregnant women usually increase in
size and their thoughts are preoccupied
on delivery. "When it came down to my
last stages of pregnancy I was not inter-
ested in having sex. I thought it would
have been very uncomfortable for me to
have sex since my weight had increased
dramatically and I was to busy hoping and
praying to have a very healthy birth", Mrs
Davids said.
Unlike Mrs Davids however, Mrs Dean
has found pregnancy sex very enjoyable
despite her new size.
While it is not mandatory that all preg-
nant women engage in intercourse, even
though it tan help ease the birthing
process, it's nice to know that if you want
to, you can go ahead and try out new, com-
fortable positions with your partner with-
out fear that you might hurt yourself or
your baby.

* Names have been changed

the time to do it uill magical appear because
it vill become a prorito So start slow and do
three to ti\e minutes ol power squats %here
\ou quickJl bend sour knees, touch the ground
and jump back up. You'll see and feel results
almost immediately. -The time will come if you
make yourself get started.
5. I don't want to! You're busted: If you're
thinking about it and fighting it, you do want
to...you just don't want to. Give yourself a
deadline and a reward. Book the vacation. Plan
the pool party. Buy the shorts. Keep the "dead-
line" where you can see it and be reminded.
6. I don't know what to do! You're busted:
One session with a personal trainer can get you
started in the gym. Ask the person who goes
from machine to machine and knows exactly
how to change the weights or make necessary
adjustments to the equipment what different
machines target. Go for a walk and swing your
arms. Even simple exercise will show results.
7. I'm embarrassed! You're busted. You're
exercising for you. Invest in workout clothes
that make you feel comfortable and confident.
Compliment the areas you're proud of and hide
the ones you're not.

8. I have too much to do! You're busted:
This is different than not having the time. If you
feel that you already have to go to work early
and still bring work home, exercise can only
help. It's a stress reliever which you obvious-
ly need. It's also an energizer you become
more efficient. More work will get done and get
done better if you're feeling rejuvenated.

* www.carefair.com


THE prevalence of perfor-
mance enhancing drugs
(PED) in the Bahamas is an
issue that comes to mind,
especially after watching the
incredible talents displayed
in the Beijing Olympic
Games. One wonders if this
illegal behaviour goes on
Fritz Grant, a track and
field coach with the Bahamas
Association of Athletic
Associations (BAAA), trains
athletes of all levels from
youth and amateur contes-
tants to elite runners such as
Andretti Bain the Beijing
Olympic silver medalist in
the 4x400 meter race, and
past clients such as Avard
In his experience, he has
never had any Bahamian
athletes who took advantage
of "banned substances". This
is thanks to the education of
coaches the people who are
in charge of an athlete's
health and who helps them
maintain their immune sys-
tem during training, he told
Tribune Health.


For his athletes Mr Grant
recommends a simple regi-
men of multi-vitamins, not-
ing that the best nutrition
comes from a natural, well-
rounded diet with a steady
supply of water. Vitamins D,
B6, B12 and B complex
release energy into muscles
and maintain strength. "The
athlete depends heavily on
the people around him the
coaches, dietitians, thera-
pists, etc.
"Unfortunately some ath-
letes, most prominently track
and field as well as weight
trainers, take these banned
substances to gain an advan-
tage over competitors. It's a
huge risk that they take, I
guess hoping that they won't
get caught."
While there are no statisti-
cal studies on the rate of
PED use in the Bahamas,
there have been a number of
Bahamian athletes that have
tested positive for banned
Golden Girl Sevatheda
Fynes tested positive for a
banned substance during her
junior career and received a
three month suspension
Sprinter Rendward Wells
received a two year suspen-
sion in 2002 for a positive
substance test
And triple jumper and
2008 Olympic bronze medal-
ist Leevan Sands received a
six month suspension from
the International Association
of Athletic Federations
(IAAF) in 2006 after testing
positive for a banned sub-
Dr Willard Thompson, a
sport and orthopedics doc-
tor at Doctor's Hospital, told
Tribune Health that some of
the drugs Bahamian athletes
have tested positive for in
the past include,
pseudophedrine present in
some cough and deconges-
tant medication; levometam-
fetamine an active ingredi-
ent in Vicks Vapor Inhaler
(when he was suspended,
Sands was said to have taken
the medicine for a cold);
Strychnine present in a
Scandinavian-produced ton-

ic; ventolin (used for ast
ma); diuretics (used in cas
of hypertension) and testo
terone (an anabolic steroid
According to Mr Gran
asthma sufferers sometime
use Ventolin, a drug th
once set off screening tes
but is now passable for a 1
competitions. Mr Grant
advised that athletes must
alert the foundation they are
competing with of their med-
ical needs, and supply a doc-
tor's note in this case. Vicks
cough medicine can also turn
up a positive test, but ade-
quate notice to the authori-
ties may negate this.
He noted further that PED
.use isn't a one time thing,
athletes take the drugs over a
period of time as if on a
cycle, and they might not
know ahead of time that
they'll later make it to
national competitions, where
they will definitely be
screened. If they are caught,
a first offense brings a two-
year ban, and a second
offense could potentially
bring a permanent ban.
Besides the competitive
negative effects, the athlete
who has taken PEDs "won't
enjoy their golden years,"
said Mr Grant. They can
have all sorts of drastic, life
changing illnesses as a direct
result of PEDs, from liver
disease to kidney failure.
"The BAAA has a very
proactive system that
instructs coaches to gain all
the education they can on
health, training and supple-
ments," he said, "and we
always inform athletes as
best we can."
Using PEDs are not only
detrimental to the long-term
health of the athlete, but
their use alsb negatively
affects the reputation of the
sport, and other competitors
as well.


Dr Thompson cited a Wall
Street Journal article "Dop-
ing Scandals Make Winners
of Olympic Losers" dated
May 21, 2008, in which
author Nicolas Brulliard
points out the tragedy and
difficulty reinstated winners
- triumphant over an athlete
found to have used a PED -
have of claiming the medal,
gaining the celebrity and
financial advantages or pubt-
licly displaying the pride of
being a winner. The newly
accepted medalist may only
find out he or she has actu,
ally moved up a place in the
race a year or more after the
competition. I
In the end, Mr Grant said,
it is best to compete naturalV
ly because "in reality, any-
thing else is cheating".
"Doping is just a quick fix
for success," Mr Grant said,
"it's not taking into account
the athlete's body or life.
"It's a shame that thes6
PEDs are so prevalent the
world over these days
because great phenomena
like Usain Bolt of Jamaica,
who won three gold medals
and broke thNee world
records at the Beijing
Olympics, are instantly under
investigation for something
they may be innocent of."
Fortunately, no Bahamian
athlete has been found posir
tive for PED use this year, 4
fact Mr Grant says is an

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THIS week at Central Ani-
mal Hospital, we diagnosed
approximately 10 cases of
kennel cough in dogs.
Apparently there seems to
be an outbreak on the
island. There is a particular
kennel/boarding facility that
is notorious for infecting
dogs with kennel cough.
However that is another sto-
ry for another day. The usual
complaint to me is, "Dr
Sands, I had my dog
groomed or boarded recent-
ly and my dog came back

Kennel cough or infectious tracheo-
bronchitis is an inflammatory condition of
the trachea and the bronchioles of the lungs
that is characterized by a harsh, hacking
cough which most people describe as
sounding like something stuck in their dog's
throat. It is analogous to a chest cold in
humans. It is a collection of highly conta-
gious infectious diseases of the canine res-
piratory tract that cause tracheobronchi-
tis and that produces a hacking cough that
can last several days to a few weeks.
Kennel cough can be caused by a num-
ber of viruses as well as bacteria. Fre-
quently, the disease is in fact caused by a
combination of these two types of organ-
isms. Primary among the viruses are canine


adenovirus type 1 and 2, as well as canine
Parainfuenza virus. (Both of these viruses
are in most puppy vaccines (DAIPP)).
Probably the single most important organ-
ism in causing kennel cough is a bacteria
called bordetella bronchiseptica.
A dog that has contracted one or more of
these organisms will develop a very signif-
icant infection and inflammation of the
trachea and the bronchia. The onset of
symptoms can surface in as little as four to
five days or as long as two weeks after
exposure, however, the majority of dogs
will become symptomatic in seven to ten
days after exposure.
As I mentioned earlier, the most com-
mon clinical symptom is a deep, hacking
cough that develops abruptly. In most cas-
es the cough is non-productive and it will
appear that the dog is retching. These dogs
will have paroxysmal or sudden bouts of
coughing followed by intervals of minimal
coughing. The coughing can be exacerbat-
ed by drinking water, increases in activity
or when exposed to temperature differen-
tials, eg, going from a warm environment
intd a cooler or cold environment or vice
Most dogs with kennel cough will act
normally (except for the coughing) and
will have a normal appetite. Occasionally a
mild to moderate temperature elevation
will occur and there may be a nasal dis-
charge as well as a decrease in appetite.
Treatment in most dogs is not necessary
as the infection will subside on its own
within seven to ten days. However, some
dogs continue to cough for up to two to
three weeks. If symptoms are severe, it is
appropriate to medicate. If the cough is

productive and not interfering w
dog's ability to rest the cough sho
allowed to continue as it helps rid t
ways of inflammatory and infectious
If the cough is productive but so
tent that the dog cannot get comfort
if it is non productive, the use of
suppressants is indicated.
The use of some honey on a pi
bread or using a human over-the-c
cough suppressant may sometirr
enough to quiet the coughing dc
acceptable levels. If further suppress
required, your vet should be able t
vide you with the right medication.
I like to prescribe antibiotics wh
symptoms are severe and particul
they have a temperature over 102.'
more than two days. One must rem
that the antibiotics will only be ef
against any bacterial causative agen
viruses will have to be taken care of
body's normal defense mechanics
medications do not help within sever
then revaluation of the diagnosis
tainly warranted.
Preventing other dogs from conti
this disease requires isolating the ai
dog. The organisms that are respc
are spread primarily on small
droplets in the air, but direct c(
between dogs and with areas that ai
laminated by sputum can also ser
source of infection.
Vaccines will help prevent kennel
There are currently vaccines ava
Some of these vaccines can be ad
tered by injection and some can be g
the form of nasal drops. While no v
is perfect, these vaccines' do seem
very effective at minimizing kennel

SODr Basil Sands is a veterinarian at thi
tral Animal Hospital. Questions or corn
should be directed to
potcake59@hotmail.com. Dr Sands cai
be contacted at 325-1288

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Your house healthful?


/ A STUDY released by the Fed-
eral Drug Agency (FDA) indicates
.that your environmental headaches
are hitting closer to home than you
might think. In fact, the air inside
the average house or office build-
ing is between 2 and 100 times
Worse than the air outside of it!
Since we spend most of our time
indoors, this "sick building" syn-
4drome is an important health pri-
ority. Symptoms can include skin
disorders and flare-ups like psori-
asis, eczema and hypersensitivity,
plus flu-like symptoms like
headaches, fatigue and confusion.
Just think about what's around
you. Your new carpet is releasing
gas chemicals, your air-condition-
ing system is spreading mold and
fungus, you can't seem to get rid of
pesky dust (most of which is dead
skin cells)...even your dry-cleaned
clothes are a hazard to your health.
Throw in fabric softeners on your
sheets, janitorial cleaning chemi-
cals, synthetic ingredients in your
antiperspirant and cologne, and
pesticide-treated foods and water,
and your seeming innocuous daily
ro-'tine turns into a toxic gauntlet.
What can you do about all of

this? You'll want to gauge your
level of response with relation to
your sensitivity symptoms. Of
course, avoiding toxins altogether
just isn't possible for most of us,
but we can help our bodies deal
with them. Eating organic food and
drinking filtered water, airing out
your house, and selecting products
that are free of artificial fragrances
will all reduce your intake.
You're not alone. Up to 90 per
cent of the population reports envi-
ronmentally related sensitized skin
on occasion.

Cleansing from the inside is an
important component to staying
healthy. Here are some things that
you can do every day to help elim-
inate daily toxin and fluid build-
Drink plenty of filtered o; bottled
water (at least eight glasses a day).
Add a squirt of lemon or lime if you
like both aid in detoxification.
Switch to green tea instead of
coffee. It is packed with antioxidants,
and it is also detoxifying. Green tea
will give you the caffeine boost you
crave, plus some healthy extras.

Eat your fruits and vegetables.
Loaded with fibre and water, fruits and
vegetables keep your bowels healthy.
Besides, they are a much healthier
alternative to laxative pills or powders,
which can be habit-forming.
Eat plenty of papaya and pineap-
ple (or take a supplement with papain
and bromelain).
They are high in anti-inflammato-
ries and enzymes and they are a great

aid to the digestion (a
pregnant, though).

This information vw
Sarah Simpson
Therapist at the Derma
and her team of Skin a
pists at One Sandyport
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call 327.6788

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Foot deformities

you can avoid

LAST week's article
focused on the dangers
of improper footwear
as they relate to the
skin of the foot. This
week I shall examine
deformities relative to
the bone structure of
the foot. Can improp-
er footwear be a con-
tributing factor?
Although many foot
deformities can be c' e
heredity, in -most
instances they are the
result of improper or
poorly fitted footwear.
Footwear can actually
shape the foot to the
extent where bones of
the foot can shift direction to fit the shape of
the shoe. In most cases bone realignment
requires surgery to correct or minimize the
resulting damage. Among those commonly
acquired deformities are: flatfeet, claw feet,
hammer toes and bunions.

FLATFOOT also known as 'pes plans' is a
normal flatfoot seen as 'congenital' and is
believed to be inherited. Normal flatfeet are
functionally healthy and usually cause no dis-
comfort, however they can sometimes cause
shoe fitting problems because as the foot sits in
the shoe it occupies more space in the mid-foot
area of the shoe. This fitting presents more
direct pressure on the shank area.
However, the concern lies with that small
percentage of persons having acquired flat-
foot, also known as 'pes valgus'. An 'acquired
flatfoot' presents as a severe breakdown of
the arch. The foot becomes misshapen, with an
extremely depressed arch, and a rolling in and
down of the inner ankle. The result, severe
pronation (outward rotation) of the heel, and
a pronounced out swing of the forefoot.
While 'acquired flatfeet' can be given relief
by.the use of orthotics, the cause of a break-
down of the arch can be attributed to improp-
er footwear, that is, footwear having inade-
quate support over an extensive period of
years. Acquired flatfeet are among the hardest-
to-fit feet. Ordinary shoes on these feet quick-
ly go out of shape, and hence special orthope-
dic footwear, plus highly skilled and experi-
enced fitting ability is required for such feet.

CLAW FOOT is described as a foot whose
toes are bent backward in a claw-like shape;
such a foot is very common, with a very high
arched foot also known as 'pes cavus'. These
feet frequently develop thick and sore callus-
es under the balls of the feet due to constant
heavy pressure along with arch strains. How-
ever, because such a foot also carries a high
instep in addition to the high arch, this foot
usually requires short wide shoes with extra
depth in the toe box.
Persons with claw feet will note that a laced
or high-rise slip-on does not give a comfortable
fit. There again, proper footwear and proper fit
is necessary: Footwear with the right arch sup-
port or orthotic to fill-in the space that con-
tributes to the strain in the arch area can pro-
vide relief and put the foot in balance. But
arch strains of any kind should be examined by
a medical practitioner to determine both the
cause and treatment.

HAMMER TOES are claw-like toes looking
very much like the head of a hammer. This
condition usually affects the second toe and
at times the third toe. It is believed that an
acquired hammer toe can be the result of con-
stant wearing of shoes with pointed toes, or
too short or narrow. It is also believed that
causes can be genetic or hereditary. Hammer
toes can be successfully corrected by simple
surgical treatment. However, a foot with ham-
mer toes should be fitted in the right size and
type of shoe, with a deep toe box. Proper fit is
a must to avoid painful conditions associated
with hammer toes.

BUNIONS or 'hallux valgus', suggest that the
big toe or great toe bends in an outward direc-
tion towards the second toe. This deformity
can be accompanied by severe inflammation to
soreness can also be felt in the area. These dis-
tressing symptoms are caused by a constant
abrasion of the shoe against the bursa sac at the
side of the big toe. There again, the correction
of a bunion can be done through the services of
a podiatrist.
These feet are extremely sensitive to shoe
pressure and usually require "- treme care in the
type of shoe worn and the fit. Some stretching
of the shoe in the area may offer some relief but
proper shoes with the right width and fit will
serve well.
Finally, I wish to reiterate that many 'acquired
foot deformities' and discomforts are the result
of poorly fitted footwear. Unless there is a rea-
sonable match between shoe shape and foot
shape, then fit, regardless of proper size, is
largely nullified. In essence, while the last is of

vital importance, fit, shape, design or style,
weight, materials and construction of the shoe
are equally important to properly fitted

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 Sandyport Plaza, Nassau.
The views expressed are those of the author and
does not necessarily represent those of Foot Solu-
tions Incorporated or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please direct any questions
or comments to nassau@footsolutions.com










THE hurricane season officially
opens on June 1 each year, but it is in
late August and September that The
Bahamas can expect the beginning of
storm activity. Early hurricanes tend to
pass south or way north of us and
then as if guided by an invisible
hand the hurricanes begin to hone
in on the islands. Particularly Abaco,
I should say, as that island has had
three direct hits from major hurri-
canes in the past decade.

The 'obvious precautions
should be taken when a storm
is travelling. Trees should be
pruned of vulnerable branch-
es and shrubs should have
their central limbs cut away to
allow air to pass through.
Bananas and papayas are usu-
ally the first victims of high
wind and there is little that
can be done to protect them.
Young plants can be cut short
but those that are bearing are
particularly vulnerable.
The main fruits of the sea-
son now are Keitt mangoes,
sea grapes, hog plums and
carambola. Even a tropical
storm can strip a carambola
tree of all its fruit and prevent
the second crop from forming.
Autumn begins during Sep-
tember and if you like to do
your seasonal feeding early
then ensure the ground is
thoroughly wet before apply-
ing chelated iron, fertilizer and
minor nutrients to your fruit
trees. Flowering shrubs also
benefit from seasonal feeding.
It is a little early to plant
annuals. The sun during Sep-
tember can be as vicious as
July and August. It .is late
October when the heat from
the sun becomes tempered
and that is the best time to
start your cool weather flower
That said, you could plant
bulbs and rhizomes for the
future. Amaryllis, hippeas-
trum, gingers and lilies can all
be set into the ground and will
flower at their natural time of
The growth agents that pro-
duce colourful bracts on poin-
settias are already present in
the branches so it would be
unwise to do any pruning.
Untidy leaves may be clipped
away but the branches should
be left as they are.
Vegetable gardeners in The
Bahamas elect to be in one of
two camps: early sowers or
October sowers. Vegetables
started in late August and
September have to suffer
through intense daytime heat
and the likelihood of gully-
washing rains. Insect preda-
tion and the chance of wilt dis-

ease are high so early vegeta-
bles need intense care. Expe-
rienced gardeners can nurse
their young seedlings and be
able to transplant healthy veg-
etables into the garden by the
middle of October.
Many gardeners prefer to
wait until October and start
their seeds. They maintain
that seeds sown during Octo-
ber quickly catch up with
those sown in September and
bear 'at just about the same
time. Large fruited tomatoes
do not set fruit until nighttime
temperature are 68 degrees
or lower and this usually
occurs in late October.
Whether you begin your
vegetable garden in Septem-
ber or October, you can
expect produce on your table
by Christmas. Cool weather
crops such as garden peas,
spinach and cauliflower
should be sown in late Octo-
I would advise that root
crops be planted in late Sep-
tember. Carrots, turnips,
rutabagas, beets and kohlrabi
can establish a root system
ahead of the ideal growing
time and then make substan-
tial progress.
It is wasteful to grow root
crops in rows. Far better is to
grow them in blocks with each
plant having its necessary few
square inches in which to
develop. A good size is two
feet by three feet that allows
you to harvest easily when the
time comes.
I would recommend using
a liquid fertilizer on your veg-
etable seedlings rather than
ringing with granul'ited fertil-
izer. There is far less likeli-
hood of burning the tender
roots with a liquid fertilizer
and the nutrients are more
easily made available to the
Do not forget to establish
a herb garden along with your
vegetable garden. Most of the
fresh vegetables we grow and
eat are enhanced by the addi-
tion of equally fresh herbs.

* j.hardy@coralwave.com









the Bahamian bling of choice


FROM the beginning of
time women have been
attracted to the sparkling.
radiance of the diamond
- whether rich, poor,
black or white, young or
old these glistening
stones have held an irre-
sistible sway over the
fairer sex, beguiling and
bewitching them, and
creating a desire to pos-
sess these things of'
But what is it about these minia-
ture stars that makes a woman fall
in love at first sight. Is it the way it
shimmers as it complements a beau-
tiful outfit or is it the inherent value
of the diamond that causes it to be
desired? Whatever it may be, women
somehow fall weak to its scintillat-
ing glow.
Evonne Sawyer, owner and manu-
facturer of LS Jewellery, believes that
diamonds are an exquisite treasure,
made all the more useful through
their ability to cement a promising
relationship. "When a man buys a
woman a diamond for an engage-
ment this shows love and prestige.
The bigger the diamond the better it
is for the guy."
Many may wonder how it is that
these tiny gemstones have the power
to divert the eyes of women in their
direction, but the truth about the dia-

mond's power, Ms Sawyer told Tri-
bune Woman, is that they are greatly
admired because of their durability.
This rock" hard substance has the
power to withstand the storms of
"Diamonds are very durable and
strong, the only thing that can possi-
bly cut or scratch a diamond is anoth-
er diamond. It is the hardest sub-
stance on the planet," she said.
Anna Saunders, a diamond lover,
said that diamonds are her favourite
mineral and she cherishes every one
that she has. "I love my diamonds so
much, they are beautiful. If I go int9
a store and see a beautiful diamond I
will buy it. I am truly fascinated with
the way it glimmers around my
Although she admits that they are
quite costly, she believes that spend-
ing' money on something that lasts
forever, since they can't really be
scratched, is worth paying the cost.
"They may cost a lot of money, but I
think there is nothing wrong with
spending money on it since it can last
for a fairly long time."
And for some women it is the actu-
al cost of the stone that fires her crav-
ing to be embraced around the neck
or wrist by this breathtaking stone.
"Oh yes, it is part of the reason why I
love diamonds. The fact that they are
expensive, it' even makes you crave
them more since not many women
may have them since they may cost to
much," Anna said.
Romantically speaking, diamonds
play a role in engagements, since they
are emblems that identify the love
that two people share for one anoth-
"The harder the struggle is to buy
an expensive diamond for a women,
the better it is for him since it dis-
plays his commitment to the woman
that he loves and caresfor," Ms

Sawyer said.

The craft of creating an impeccable
diamond usually characterized by
it's cut, colour, clarity and carat
weight takes a tremendous amount
of time and precision.
Anthony Smith, marketing man-
ager at Diamonds International, said,
"The reason women love diamonds is
because they are the most invaluable
and rarest stones in the world.
Women love things of quality and a
diamond presents that'in four quali-
ties, the cut, colour, clarity and carat
Explaining how diamonds are rat-
ed, Mr Smith said:
Cut, perhaps the most important
of the 4Cs, refers to the shape which
is of personal preference. Regardless
of shape however, a well propor-
tioned diamond sparkles brilliantly
and will give the fire.
Colour, interestingly enough,
refers to the lack of colour. White
diamonds are graded on a scale from
D to Z, with D indicating pure winter
white and Z equaling a light yellow.
Diamonds also come- in pink, canary
yellow, blue and green...which are
highly priced, extremely rare, major
showpieces. Of the white diamonds
D, E and F are considered colour-
less, and are the most rare.
A diamond's clarity ranges-from
flawless to inclusion. According to
www.theleodiamond.com, when a
rough stone is extracted from car-
bon, deep beneath the earth, tiny
traces of natural elements are almost
always trapped inside. These ele-
ments are called inclusions, though
sometimes referred to as birthmarks,
because they are formed naturally
and are unique to each stone. The

position of these inclusions can affect
the value of the diamond.
The term carat is the measure-
ment or weight of the diamond. Also
measured in points, a 50 point dia-
mond is equal to half a carat. But
keep in mind that bigger is not nec-
essarily better a smaller diamond
cut by a skilled artisan, with pristine
colour and clarity, may be worth
more than a poorly cut larger dia-
mond. The point is, to be exception-
ally beautiful, a diamond must be of
high quality in all,4Cs.
According to Mr Smith, Bahamian
women are very keen on the 4Cs of
diamonds and are becoming increas-
ingly sophisticated purchasers of the
gem stones. Not to be fooled simply
by it's dazzling bling, women shop-
ping for diamonds are now demand-
ing the highest quality, closely ques-
tioning sellers about those 4Cs.
Another quality that attracts
women to diamonds is that they can
be upgraded. "If a women is given a
quarter diamond for a gift, perhaps in
the next two to three years she can go
to a diamond dealer and simply get a
whole diamond and pay the differ-
ence. 'If a women is able to find a
reputable dealer she is able to take
advantage of the upgrade policies
that come with the purchase," Mr
Smith said. .
Women are not the only ones that
love diamonds, men also have an
affinity for the brilliant stones since
they look cool and "flashy" wearing
There are many reasons why men
and women love diamonds whether.
it's the cost or delicate cut, the stone's
'brilliance, what diamond represents
or what it says about the wearer -
whatever the reason, diamonds, like
a beautiful magnet, have the power to
attract the eyes of all.

FROM the glittering crown of Miss Bahamas
1996/1997 Michelle Rae Collie, to the dia-
mond encrusted blinged out ring of all rings,
both by LS Jewellery manufactures, dia-
monds say it all.

LS Jewelli

The beauty

of jasmine

FROM page 12
with the opening of her own make-up studio,
serving women in an intimate and friendly
atmosphere, amidst an enchanting atmos-
phere of fragrance and candles. Even with
business going- well, Tracy told Tribune
Woman she expects that things will be taken
up another notch, as she opens a mani/pedi
centre sometime in the next few months.
Pink Jasmine's ambiance is a personal one
that.Tracy strived hard to create in order to
set herself apart from other stores. The
moment you step in her doors, a feminine,
pretty, and uplifting feeling will come over
you rc'ieving all stresses on your mind.
Tracy loves what she does and feels a make-
up consultation is a beneficial, two-way expe-
rience for both her and the client.
For a modest fee customers can make an
appointment for a makeover where they
bring in their make-up bag and are treated to
an honest opinion of what colours are best
for their complexion, what styles are best
for an upcoming occasion or even receive
advice on what the best looks are to suit
their style of dress.
Tracy admitted one of her favourite activ-
ities is to rummage through somebody's
make-up case. If you just want a quick tip
though, she's open to having a free five
minute conference with any customer on a
walk-in basis.
Tracy's business is a much-needed entity in
the Bahamian woman's life, she's even had
customers call her, asking her to select a gift
and wrap it for a friend, and then been com-
pletely satisfied with their purchase.
She further reassured Tribune Woman
that she is not just a "trendy person", and
won't push a product on a person that does-
n't suit them or their comfort level. She does-
n't shop by what's "in style!' but rather 1by
what will make her customer happiest.
Tracy has worked with celebrity make-up
artists such as James Vincent and Sam Fine,
and is always attending make-up workshops
abroad. She intends to continue learning in
order to give the best makeovers possible.
The newest line coming in this October will
be Eve Pearl an especially accommodating
product that serves every skin tone.
By the end of the year, she will be planning
monthly mixers for customers on her email-
ing list. These get-togethers will be an
absolute treat for all women who attend.
During these special sessions there will be
talks on empowering topics such as "Love
and Relationships", "Business in the 21st
century", and other contemporary issues for
women, along with delicious hors d'oeuvres
and drinks. And of course she wants to sell
her products, Tracy said, "but these mixers,
that are free of charge, I want to give back to
all the women who have supported me too".
She wants to provide pampering, not only
physically, but emotionally and spiritually
as well.
This is a great new prospect for those
ladies who want to indulge themselves right
here at home. And for those Bahamian men
who don't mind a little pampering, not to
worry, Pink Jasmine will be getting a men's
line of products in by October.

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OWNER Tracy Coakley is happy to give clients an honest opinion of what colours are
best for their complexion, what styles are best for an upcoming occasion or even
what the best looks are to suit their style of dress.

IN today's society where
human beings are being
bought and sold, the ques-
tion arises, who determines
"a woman's worth." Is her
worth determined by her
pain and struggles? And if
so, is she sold for more? Or
could it be that if she can
produce more offspring or
perhaps cook and clean she is
tagged with a higher price?
Or is her worth considered-
at all.
Ok, let us look back in
time, at some real, yet echo-
ing times; let us look at our
great-grandmothers, grand-
mothers, and mothers. In
those days it was often
assumed that "a woman"
must be able to take care of
her home you know, work
hard, in the kitchen, this
includes scrubbing floors, tak-
ing care of children and not to
mention the biggest attention
seeker of all.. .her husband.
Therefore, most of our
grandmothers and mothers
had to rise early in the morn-
ing, prepare meals (breakfast,
lunch and sometimes dinner
for that evening) and it was
seen as an excepted duty.
They would cook, clean and
wash the dishes, in addition to
any other responsibilities that
were considered nurturing.
At the end of the day, she is
then able to eat supper and
maybe rest before starting
over again in the morning.
Wow! This sounds like a
real bad deal doesn't it ladies?
Get up early, having to clean,
having to cook and not to
mention cleaning dishes too! I
can hear some of you saying,
"Women have been liberat-
ed! And besides, it is 2008,"
Right? Wrong!
I am so privilege to share
with my "mature" women
that the qualities of a virtu-
ous woman tell us about her
worth, and the truth of the
matter is she can not be
Listen women, it is okay to
get up early to cook break-
fast for your husband and
children, it is also okay to
clean your own dwelling place
(home) now there is nothing
wrong if you can afford a

maid to help out, but when it
is not financially possible,
don't be reluctant to get down
and clean your dwelling place
- something tells me many of
my Bahamian sisters just
closed the newspapers, but
don't stop reading now, and if
you must because this doesn't
make sense, take some time
and read Proverbs 31:10-31,
and see how "valuable" we
really ate through our works
as women.
Now, many women maybe
saying at this point, "this does
not apply to all women," and
I would say, you are right, but
it can, as it is a "blue print" of
a woman's worth.
So how much is a woman
worth? I thought you would
never ask! Here is a good
answer; her worth is in her
ability to serve those that God
has entrusted unto her, such
as her children, her husband,,
her church and her callings,
for if she does this with grace
and survives the turmoil of
life, she has exceeded any
price tag that could have been
put on her.
It is imperative that we as
mothers teach our daughters
at a young age the value of
being faithful to the things
that God has entrusted unto
them; and even more so, par-
ents as a whole mothers and
fathers should start to teach
their young ladies the "blue
print" of their worth as spec-
ified in the word. By doing
this, parents, you are helping
your daughters to establish
self-worth, and self-esteem,
which in return will help her
make good decisions and not
be easily persuaded into defi-
ant, improper behaviours.
A special encouragement
to all single mothers, divorced
women, women that have
survived sexual and domes-
tic battery, your worth is
known, and your reward is
near if you are faithful, most
importantly lean on God and
get to know him if you
haven't already.

Racquel Deveaux is a
counsellor at The Crisis Inter-
vention and Prevcntion Centre.
Contact her at e-mail


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The -Baha.iim had I golden oppo'r-
lunlllt\ [o pull ot1 3n unpreccdcntied
third medal. but (-Chris B.,\ Bro, ii
\\ai denied .a pot on the podium
\h"cn Da' id Ne\iile ditcd across' thh-
inis'1 line to complete an American
1-2-3 s'.ACep ot the men -141I mLetre
Brol in. hot- e'er linall i_,ut a
nmcdJil \hecn lie run the anchor on the
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Andretti Bjn (lead tlli. Michael
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O:)lmpic record the Bahanimfl had .
jeaon bc.'t -ind Rus .ia came up
Silli a nailional iecc.ord in a clo-c third
tor ihe bhionzc.
The- Bahaiman lIirs medal at ihe
aL'Cime cajme tioni a reiu -cnacd
Lccj an Supernrman Sands in the
imlnn triple umpn
He lowered hi, national record to
finish behind Portugal ; champi-on
Nelson E\ora and Great Britain s
Phillips EduoU
The onlI other Bahamian athlete to
make it t1 a final from the 24-niemhcr
ic.m \\as sprinter Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie. %ho, came through in
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Belling hang made the higgt..s
breakthrough of all of the dici-
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it to a senuiinal or tinal e ent.
but \etcran Jeremi Kno\,les
and tirst timers Arianna
Vanderpool-\allace and Alana
Dillette all lowered their nation-
al records in their respectu\e
events. Knowles inked his name
in two of the three events he
participated in. \'anderpool-
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events and Dillette twas success-
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MARK Knowles, competing in his
fifth Olympiad, teamed up with rookie
Devin Mullings. They played in the
men's doubles, but drew the top ranked
American identical twin brothers of
Bob and Mike Bryan at the Olympic
Green Tennis Centre. Their trip was a
short one as the Bryans wasted little
time in sweeping Knowles and Mullings
6-2, 6-1.
Mullings, however, got a big break
when he was selected as an alternate to
compete in the men's singles. His oppo-
nent was Agustin Calleri, 31, from
Argertina. The 54th ranked player pre-
vailed 6-1. 6-1.
The 22-year-old Mullings said it was
t,ie experience gained that mattered the
most and he vowed to be
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Nears. Taureano Reno Johnson \as hoping to
go on and become the first medallist in a sport
other than athletics and sailing.
Competing in the ,elter\\ eight di\i-iion, the
24-year-old came so close to achie\ ing that feat
when he got into the quarter-final of the welter-
%%eight division at the Worker's Gymnasium.
But he ran into a fired up Hanati Silamu of
China and lost a 14-4 decision on points.
Johnson won his opener in grand style with an
1s-3 rout o'er Rolande Moses from Grenada. In
his second match. Johnson got a 9-4 %%in oler
Olexandr Streatskv. from the Likri ne.
Despite tallin short of a medal. Johnson left
Belling as the number ti'e ranked boxer in the
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S and all of our
Olympic athletes.
Debbie, we salute
- your Passion,
Drive, Persistence,
Endurance and
to succeed against
the odds.

We are so
proud of you.

From your
,McFa mily