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 10, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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assaulting a magistrate, local
lawyer Geoffrey Farquharson
filed a writ to sue the same mag-
istrate, the government and the
police for a long list of offences
against his person.
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quharson filed a writ against
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Inagua residents recall

'frightening' hurricane
Tribune Staff Reporter
. SHELTERING inside her home on Sunday, Judith McIntosh likened
Hurricane Ike's passage over Inagua to a "freight train" passing by for
hours on end.
According to residents, many of whom came to the airport to welcome
the delegation of Government, Opposition, Red Cross and media who
descended on their battered island yesterday, the experience was one
unlike any they had ever been through before.
"I never prayed like that in my life!" said Edna-Mae Ingraham. "I was

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10,000 pounds of
hurricane relief
supplies collected
for Inagua
MORE than 10,000 pounds of
hurricane relief supplies have been
collected for Inagua in a one-day
outreach by private citizens.
Spearheaded by Greg Kelly and
Susan Larson, the outpouring of
generosity was moved into action
by their affection for Henry Nixon,
the wider Nixon family, and the
people of Inagua in general.
Said Mrs Larson, "Like so many
people I felt tremendous relief that
Nassau had been spared, but I also
felt awful for the people of Inagua
and I knew I had to do some-
Greg Kelly was sitting in his
house having much the same
thoughts. Mrs Larson appealed
for help to family, friends and col-
leagues by e-mail and by Monday
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Tribune Staff Reporter
INAGUA'S main employer
Morton Salt Bahamas was
"dealt a devastating blow" by
Hurricane Ike and might be
out of operation for "a month
or two", its Managing Director
estimated yesterday.
While "some people will be
working" as part of crews
helping to repair the extensive
damage to the site, a regular
job is not going to be possible
for now, said Mr Glenn Ban-
Yesterday, Mr Bannister
revealed that aside from the
"tens of millions of dollars"
that it will cost to get the plant
back to "where it was before",
the company has already lost
an additional million dollars
or so in anticipated revenue
after being forced to cancel a
ship due to collect 40,000
tonnes of salt from the plant
on September 12. "That's a
huge loss," said Mr Bannister.
Mr Bannister said a team of
executives from Morton Salt
Bahamas' new owner, Dow
SEE page six

ward to a reduction in their elec-
tricity bills as.the skyrocketing
surcharge rate is expected to
decrease by the end of Septem-
ber, Minister of State for the
Environment Phenton Neymour
said yesterday.
As his ministry has responsi-
bility, for government relations
with.the petroleum industry, Mr
Neymour said he fully expects
this month's surcharge rate to be
lower than the current 24 cents
that consumers are paying.
This reduction, he said, is due
in part to the recent tax cuts that
were approved by government.
during the Budget presentation
and a mix, of the lowering of oil
prices on the international mar-

ering in the next month of the
"As to where it goes further
depends also on the market.
"But we are now beginning to
feel the effects of the reduction in
the price of oil on the interna-
tional market, because I had pre-
viously made statements indicat-
ing that we will beginning to feel
lower fuel surcharges in the next
BEC bills and Bahamians will
begin to see lower prices at the
pump in particularly diesel," he
Diesel prices also dropped yes-
terday, falling nearly 6Q0cents
throughout New Providence set-
tling at $5.22 a gallon at Texaco,
$5.12 at Esso, and $5.21 a gallon
at Shell.

Tribune Staff Reporter
"TOO MANY" people have had their
power switched off after being unable to
pay their electricity bills and the govern-
ment intends to help some of them, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said yesterday.
According to Mr Ingraham, there is "too
much hurt" across the country as a result of
people being denied electricity after they
cannot pay their bills.
"The fuel surcharge is very high. We are very concerned about the
impact that has had upon consumers, in Nassau and in Grand Bahama
and elsewhere in the Bahamas. Many consumers are out of electricity
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Weekend murder prompts
release of wanted posters
Grand Bahama
Police have issued
wanted posters for
two men in connec-
tion with a murder
over the weekend.
Theodore Scott, 25, of Hepburn Town, Eight Mile Rock, and Deon
Kevin Rigby of Garden Villas, Freeport, are being sought for ques-
tioning in connection with the shooting death of 32-year-old Roland Eli-
dor, of Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock.
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awarded $22,000

to Obie Ferguson

Tribune Staff Reporter
A SUPREME Court ruling which awarded president of the
Bahamas Trade Union Congress Obie Ferguson more than
$22,000 may be fought by the Bahamas Electrical Workers'
According to a statement released yesterday by BEWU
president Dennis Williams, the union "takes exception" to the
September 4 ruling and is
in talks with lawyers to pos-
sibly contest the action in
the Court of Appeal.
"The Bahamas Electrical
Workers' Union, being a
law abiding trade union,
notes the position of the of
the Supreme Court, but
takes exception to the rul-
ing and is presently taking
an initial consultation from
the union's attorney, as
there is a very strong possi-
bility that the whole ruling
will be appealed to the
Bahamas Court of Appeal
in the very near future.
"Moreover, as a general
principal the B3ahamas Elec-
trical Workers' Union does
not believe that any presi-
dent or officer Qf any trade union has the authority or absolute
power to unilaterally conduct business or enter into contracts of
a non-emergency nature which may be a contravention of the
constitution of that trade union,
"This principle is in line with the spirit and intention of the
Industrial Relations Act, the law which regulates all activities of
trade unions in the Bahamas," Mr Williams said in the state-
The BEWU was an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress until
Their legal wrangling began in 2003 after it was alleged that
BEWU's former president contracted Mr Ferguson as an attor-
ney for the union without the expressed consent of other union
Attempts to reach Mr Ferguson for comments up to press time
last night were unsuccessful.

Gunman terrorists

attendant during Shell,

service station robbery
A Shell service station was robbed on Monday evening by an
unmasked gunman, police report.
The culprit held the store attendant at gunpoint, demanded
cash, then departed with an undetermined d amount of money
according to Police Superintendent Walter Evans.
Police say shortly before 9pm, a black man entered the Prince
Charles Shell station where he "jumped over the counter," and
demanded cash from the attendant.
Police have confirmed that a small hand gun was used in this
robbery, and say after the bandit left the store, he fled the
scene in a red Nissan Altima, license plate number 89365.
They say the car was driven to a nearby junction, where the
man then abandoned it and fled on foot.
Police say the matter is currently under investigation.
This latest robbery is the second at a shell gas station within
a-month, and part of a string of such robberies on the island this
Supt Evans says that although in his opinion, petty theft does
not appear to be on the rise, in many cases criminal acts are
"crimes of convenience".
"For instance you may find an armed robber who would
prey upon a person if they are walking, or a gas station can be
similarly targeted. He would wait for the opportunity that he
deems may be just right."
The police have repeatedly warned members of the public to
take steps that will keep them from becoming such a target.
With the increase in community policing, and more persons
coming forward to assist in crime prevention, Supt Evans
believes there has actually been a decrease in the amount of
crimes this year.







0 In brief

House Select

Committee on

Crime public

THE public hearings of the
House Select Committee on
Crime will continue on
Wednesday, September 10
beginning at 10am.
The schedule for the
.remainder of this week is:
Wednesday, 10am Dr
Elliston Rahming, Superin-
tendent of Her Majesty's
Thursday, 10am Arch-
bishop Drexel Gomez, Arch-
bishop of the Anglican church
Thursday, 3pm Mr Mar-
Ion Johnson, vice president
of BTC
According to the commit-
tee, these initial hearings are
intended to allow members
to hear from persons who had
headed previous commissions
which had examined the lev-
el of criminal behaviour in
the Bahamas and which had
published reports on their
The committee is attempt-
ing to ascertain how many of
the recommendations of
these commissions have been
implemented, and to deter-
mine the impact, if any, that
those recommendations have
had on the Bahamian society.
Last week the committee
heard from Acting Commis-
sioner of Police Reginald Fer-
guson, who brought commit-
tee members up to date on
the implementation of the
CDR Report which was pub-
lished in 1999.
.Members also held a closed
session with Chief Justice Sir
Burton Hall, who had chaired
the National Commission on
Crime in 1998.
Dr Elliston Rahming
chaired the Prison Reform
Commission which reported
in February 2003.
Archbishop Gomez chaired
the Consultative Committee
on National Youth Develop-
ment which reported in July
Mr Marion Johnson pro-
duced a study in May 2004
called Diagnostic of Citizen
Safety in the Bahamas which
had been commissioned by
the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB).
The public is invited to
attend the hearings on
Wednesday and Thursday.

Nassau Institute

sponsored talk

is postponed

DR Robert Murphy's talk
on "Record oil prices: Their
causes and cures", spon-
sored by The Nassau Insti-
tute for Thursday evening,
has been postponed,
Mr Rick Lowe, the Insti-
tute's vice president, said
that because of the early
path projected last week for
Hurricane Ike, Thursday
evening's talk at the British
Colonial Hilton was post-
poned. A new date will be
announced later.

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The Bahamas could face trading

penalties if EPA deadline missed

THE Bahamas could incur sig-
nificant trading penalties if it fails
to sign onto the Economic Part-
nership Agreement by October
European Union (EU) repre-
sentatives announced in Jamaica
that if CARICOM member states
fail to sign onto the EPA by the
October date, then preferential
access for their products to the
European market will be lost.
This was revealed just days
before the CARICOM represen-
tative meeting currently being
held in Trinidad and Tobago.
The meeting, which was
arranged to discuss the position
of member states on the Euro-
pean pact, is also expected to
determine a date for its members
to sign the EPA.

The EPA is intended to take
over from the Cotonou trade
agreement which, until it ended
at the beginning of 2008, granted
African, Caribbean and Pacific
(ACP) countries preferential
treatment when trading with
European countries.
Sources within the European
Commission office in Kingston,
Jamaica say with the EPA hav-
ing been identified by the EU, the
WTO, and CARICOM as the
new agreement after Contonou,
and with the deadline of October
31 being set by the EU for the
signing, non-compliance by any
single state will automatically
result in the reinstatement of the
Generalised System of Preference
(GSP) a far less favourable deal.
A WTO waiver protected ACP
countries under the Contonou
agreement, but this has since

expired leaving ACP members -
including those represented in
CARICOM with limited time
to find an umbrella agreement
allowing beneficial trade condi-
tions with the European market.
This means that countries like
the Bahamas which initialled
onto the EPA last December, but
must await a unanimous decision
by CARICOM could lose pref-
erential access of its products to
the European market.
According to the European
Commission source, countries like
the Bahamas who may wish to
trade within the European mar-
ket, would then have to do so at
much higher cost than they are
used to.
For a country like Jamaica who
is facing a similar predicament,
the additional cost of trading
through the GSP is estimated at

$5 billion a year.
With Guyana, Grenada, and St
Lucia still resisting, a definite date
for the signing of the EPA by
CARICOM states is still a deli-
cate issue.
The agreement was initially due
to be signed in July. It was then
put off several times in August.

The date was then changed to
September 2. It has now been set
at September 11.
However, Bahamian skeptics
such as Paul Moss feel that as
more countries continue to ques-
tion the pact, confirmation by
CARICOM will continually be
"in the air."

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Diesel prices drop

in New Providence

Tribune Staff Reporter
DIESEL prices throughout New
Providence dropped yesterday by
more than 60 cents at some stations, S
settling to $5.22 a gallon at Texaco,
and as low as $5.12 at Esso.
Dropping from a previous high of
$6 a gallon, diesel is now costing $5.21
at Shell stations.
Speaking to The Tribune yester- -
day, Minister of State for the Envi-
ronment Phenton Neymour said that
Bahamians are now going to be feel-
ing the reduction in prices that
were foreshadowed when prices
began to fall on the international market for
"The price of diesel was influenced due to some of
the activities in China during the Olympics. Their
reduction in the exportation in diesel resulted in a
- higher demand for diesel. So we are beginning to see
the effects of those activities," he said.
As to whether or not diesel prices could drop
even lower in the relatively near future, Mr Neymour

.said that it is too soon to say but
"there is a possibility".
"As to where it will level off I can
,not predict, but there is a possibility
for it lowering some more. It depends
on how much lower the price of oil
lowers. Right now it is approximate-
ly $106 a barrel, and if we continue to
see this trend we should experience
some lower lowering of prices at the
"But of course there are some oth-
er factors.that influence the prices at
the pump, which include the avail-
ability of refining, etc.
"One of the things I want to point
out is the fact that when one looks at
the price of oil on the market there is
a lag between the movement of the price of oil and
the time when we feel its effect. That time varies and
it varies sometime from a month to three months
before we feel those effects," he said
As such, Mr Neymour said, Bahamians are now
beginning to feel the effects of the lowering of
oil prices on the international market, which is
expected to continue through for the month of Sep-

Mailboat service suspension may end today

Tribune Staff Reporter
A SUSPENSION of mailboat
service to Mayaguana and Inagua
due to the passage of three major
storms through the southern
Bahamas is expected to end
today, weather permitting.
On Sunday, Hurricane Ike
ripped through Inagua as a cate-
gory four storm with 135 mph
winds tearing down power lines,
ripping off storm shutters and
causing extensive damage to
most of the homes on the island.
Mayaguana was hit with tropi-
cal storm force winds as Ike's eye'
churned over Great Inagua.
A week before, the southern
Bahamas braced for the passing
of tropical storms Gustav and
Hanna which caused heavy rain
and winds but no lasting damage.
"We had three (storms) pass
and that's the reason why the
boat didn't sail. We would have
sailed already but the weather is
still bad. But we should be leav-
ing (Wednesday) hopefully, the
weather is dropping now and we
should be able to go today," said
Eddins Taylor, operator of the
Matilda which services Inagua
and Mayagua.
However, Mr Taylor fears
obstructions at the docks on
Inagua and Mayagua may hinder
offloading of much needed
"Right now the docking facili-

ty down there when you get
there, we might not even get to
the dock to offload. Because it
has big boulders in the channel
the boat have to go in, but we
have to determine that when we
get there".
Mayaguana Administrator
Jackson McIntosh said the island
is "challenged" in terms of drink-
ing water supplies.
Until the stores are restocked
with bottled water, residents are
turning to well-water or dona-
tions from the Mayaguana Com-
pany, said Mr McIntosh.
"It's been a little over two
weeks (that) we haven't had a
boat and for obvious reasons. I
still think we have enough sup-
plies that can take us another
week or so .
"I think-we will be all right
until the.boat comes. But we are
challenged with water, of course
our variety in choice is becom-
ing limited now but people are
surviving," he said.
. Most people on the island buy
bottled water, Mr McIntosh said,
but the supply on the island is
"just about depleted".
The Tribune was unable to
reach Inagua administrator Pre-.
ston Cunningham because land
lines on the island were down.
However during a media tour of
the devastated island yesterday
residents said they were con-
cerned how long emergency sup-
plies donated by NEMA and the
Red Cross would last.

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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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Flamingos have fled Inagua

THE DAY before Hurricane Hanna
threatened the southern Bahamas on Sep-
tember 1, there was not a bird to be seen in
Mathew Town, said Bahamas National Trust
President Glenn Bannister, who is also Man-
aging Director of Morton Salt Company at
According to Mr Bannister Inagua's birds
- Bahama parrots and White Crown pigeons
- were frequent sights in Mathew Town
feeding on fruits and berries from the trees.
They particularly enjoyed the profusion of
guineps. But as soon as they sensed a storm
they took to their wings and flew off no
one knows where. As man battened down,
the birds also sought safe haven.
Yesterday flocks of.Bahama Parrots -
Inagua is home to 8,000 of the endangered
species were back desperately flying in
and out of branches looking for food on the
now barren trees. Ike, the full force of which
hammered Inagua all day Sunday, had felled
most of the trees and stripped every leaf and
berry off those left standing.
"In a few months this place is going to
look like spring when the buds start to come
out on the trees again," said Mr Bannister,
but in the meantime the birds will suffer.
"The birds are in trouble for the time
being, because there is just no food," he said.
So far no White Crown pigeon has been
Yesterday the Sun Herald, which covers
the communities of Biloxi, Gulfport and
South Mississippi, reported that "big, funny-
looking pink birds" were visiting after the
It was Mississippians' first sighting of a
flamingo. The unusual bird was attracting
many curious bird watchers to the seashore.
Biologists believe they had flown from their
normal habitat ahead of the storms. The first
known sighting was in Pacagoula the day
Tropical storm Fay didn't hit, the newspa-
per reported. The second sighting was two
days after Gustav. One spotter said that the
flamingos looked like "pink missiles" in the
air with their legs stretched straight out
behind them.
Mr Bannister did not think these flamingos
were from the Bahamas.
Whenever they seek safe haven, he said,
they fly south to Bonaire, Venezuela or Cuba.
However, Cuba was discounted because it
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So far the only sign of Inagua's flamingos
were 30 dead birds. They did not make it out
with the rest of the flock. "It looked as
though they were trapped in the trees and
bushes and were pinned down by Ike's strong
winds and couldn't get out," said Mr Ban-
He said that the warden went into the
breeding grounds on Monday and again yes-
terday, but the only sign of a flamingo were'
the dead birds.
Mr Bannister was confident that those that
beat the storm would be back at mating time.
They always come back to the place of their
birth to lay their eggs, he said. The mating rit-
uals will start in January and February and
they will be hatching their young by the end
of March. During this time, said Mr Bannis-
ter, there are usually 10,000 to 12,000 birds.
However, the number of flamingos born
next year will depend on the rains during the
breeding season. The birds build their circu-
lar earthen mounds with their beaks. It
depends on the texture of the earth as to
whether they can build their nests next year.
If the earth is too wet, the mounds will crum-
ble, likewise if it is too dry no mound can be
formed. Whether they have nests or not they
will lay their eggs, but the eggs will be infer-
Although the parrots will starve, the
flamingos, with a different diet, can survive.
These birds hold their bills upside down in the
water and minute organisms are filtered out
by fine lamellae. In our area the flamingos
feed mainly on invertebrates in the sea.
Mr Bannister thinks that many of them
have migrated to other islands. About 1977
the counting and tagging of the flamingo had
started. Since then the flock has been esti-
mated at 60,000 birds. "They don't all live
here," said Mr Bannister, "they populate the
other islands, going as far up as Andros."
At the turn of the last century the
Bahamas government sent the late Robbie
Burnside to Jamaica to bring back birds to
repopulate our islands after they were
destroyed by a severe hurricane.
We have much to be thankful for after
Ike. Particular relief is that there was no loss
of h-man life, although there was much mate-
rial damage. This can all be rebuilt. Howev-
er, it would be a terrible tragedy if Inagua
were to lose its most valuable natural asset -
its birds.

The Clinton

factor and

Barack Obama.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I MUCH preferred Senator
Hilary Clinton, substantially
because I am not pleased with
Senator Barack Obama's atti-
tude towards offshore tax
havens. In short, if he is elect-
ed, I believe he could be bad
news for our Bahamas.
Nevertheless, on Thursday,
August 28,2008, Senator Oba-
ma created history when he
accepted the nomination of
the Democratic Party to con-
test the presidency of the
United States.
Bahamians, in common with
millions around the world, wit-
nessed the event on television.
Obama's moment of accep-
tance, on the 45th anniversary
of Martin Luther King Jr's I
Have A Dream Speech, will
forever remain etched in the
memories of those who wit-
nessed it.
Senator Obama's nomina-
tion was secured on a success-
ful motion by his rival Senator
Hilary Clinton that he be so
declared by acclamation. That
gesture, the crowning touch
to her earlier decision to with-
draw from the race, did not at
once assuage the hurt many
of her supporters felt.
Senator Clinton was backed
by 18 million voters in the pri-
mary season, thanks especial-
ly to a surge.in the final stages
when Obama lost in key
And it rankled deeply
among her supporters that she
had been overlooked as Oba-
ma's running mate, in favour
of a Washington insider, a
class of politician Obama him-
self professes not to admire.
It was left to the charismat-
ic President Bill Clinton to
deliver the brilliant and sup-
portive speech which brought
about what Hilary Clinton
herself called "the catharsis."
That speech, more than any
other contribution, moved the
convention closer towards the
unity they all hoped for.
In the coming days we shall
know whether the carefully
choreographed event in Den-

ver improved Obama's
chances of victory in Novem-
ber. In my view, Senator
McCain's choice of 44-year-
old Governor Sarah Palin as a
running mate will make it a
little easier for the Democrats.
Senator Obama's personal
appeal is immense, to the
point of projecting him like a
rock star, perhaps as much as
a serious politician hoping to
govern the world's most pow-
erful nation. Ironically, his
celebrity image has not thus
far translated into over-
whelming voter approval, if
we are to judge by the polls.
It is difficult to determine
to what extent Obama's race
may be contributing to the fact
that he has not achieved a
commanding lead in public
opinion polls.
He has enormous assets, in
particular unprecedented
financial resources through
private fund-raising and there-
fore has the capacity to fight in
every corner of the United
Senator Obama has now
moved the debate to econom-
ic and social issues, conscious
of the fact that the. present
occupant of the White House
has one of the lowest approval
ratings on record.
In his wide-ranging accep-
tance speech, the senator sum-
marised his plans for the
future. He indicated that at
the heart of economic turbu-
lence within the United States,
and worldwide, lie problems
associated with runaway debt,
international terrorism, mili-
tary conflict in the Middle
East and high oil prices.
Ordinarily these features
alone, or in major part, would
determine how Americans will
vote in November.
But the unusual variable,
Mr Obama being Black, has
been added. Never before has
an African American come so

close to winning the White
House. In a society where eth-
nic divisiveness is still much
more than skin deep, the
emergence of Senator Barak
Obama as the Democratic
candidate inevitably arouses
latent prejudices and fears.
He will need more than 90
per cent backing among
African Americans to secure
victory in November. They
are, after all, an ethnic minor-
ity, too small to deliver elec-
toral equilibrium, surely not
superiority, in a country where
he is making only marginal
impression among whites,
.especially females.
In my judgment, the Clin-
ton factor will not'disappear,
but will be somewhat dimin-
There is a view among ana-
lysts that choosing Senator
Clinton as his running mate
would not have helped Oba-
ma. I disagree.
Even so, her supporters may
be consoled by the possibility
that Obama's election
prospects lie to some extent
in her hands. For the party's
sake, she will continue to try
persuading them to follow
If that transformation fails
to occur, it will not be the fault
of the media, which is under
constant criticism for its
apparent bias towards the Illi-
nois senator. In fact, the Clin-
tons and media watchdogs
complained during the pri-
The reality is that Senator
Obama has a certain star qual-
His charisma is compelling
and he has been on the fast
track ever since he entered the
hallowed walls of Harvard.
Such people are all too rare.
And to that extent Senator
Obama might be unstoppable
on the way to Pennsylvania
The fierce urgency of now.
Sounds familiar?
September, 2008.

Bahamian petty politics must die

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Bahamians have indulged
in petty partisan politics since
time immemorial.
The constant bickering from
one side of the political divide

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tle to build a stronger
The elections have been
decided from May 7 and even
though there were some dis-
crepancies the majority was
Bahamians sometimes brag
about how things are better
than in the other Caribbean
countries, but what cannot be
denied is the fact that we are
too tribal and territorial in our
thinking. We take politics too
serious and we destroy the
possibilities for us to grow,
because we subscribe to one
group or the other.
Fresh from the Democratic
National Convention in Den-
ver, I have concluded on a few
points. I believe that for this
country to mature and to grow
we must stop this spirit of divi-
The subtle suggestions by
the PLP to remain in election
mode so much so that they
should wear their gold PLP
shirts under their clothing, just
in case they have to go back in
campaign mode are ridiculous.
The joke is that the person
who suggested the idea would
not be caught dead in a gold
shirt under his suit.
People like Dr BJ Nottage,
Perry Christie and others are
playing on the ignorance of
the supporters who follow
This kind of tactic is only
designed to brainwash or
should I say "divide and con-
At the DNC convention I
saw people handing out
Republican paraphernalia.
I reminisced that had that
been in the Bahamas the
ambulance would have been
summoned to retrieve the per-
son from the ground, possibly
with head injuries or even

There is no way an FNM
could show up at a PLP con-
vention or rally, this would be
suicidal. This is proof that we
love our parties more than we
love our families.
We love politics more than
we love our country and some
of us are giving people in the
pew adjacent to us some nasty
stares just because we believe
that we know their politics.
We love our politics more
than we love God.
I cannot forget the ridicule
heaped upon Dr Nottage and
his wife by his own PLP col-
leagues. I remember most the
insults and disrespect experi-
enced by Mrs Nottage who
was guilty of nothing other
than standing by her man.
We love politics more than
we love our lifelong friends.
If this culture is allowed to
live, then we as a people could
.look forward to more rotting
in a society that has already
shown signs of decay.
Leaders must lead by exam-
The level of debate must be
spirited, but never forgetting
that they are not grandstand-
ing but providing information
for an informed citizen to be
able to differentiate what is
good and what is bad for the
In fact every Bahamian
needs to know everything that
happens and yes, even the
Baha Mar deal, all of it.
The maturity of the mem-
bers of parliament must match
the maturity of the electorate.
The tolerance of the general
public for the level of insanity
experienced so far is extreme-
ly low.

September, 2008.

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New principals appointed at three law schools

THE Council of Legal Education yes-
terday announced the appointment of
new principals at its three law schools
with effect from August 1.
In the Bahamas, Tonya Bastian-Gala-
nis was appointed principal of the
Eugene Dupuch Law School.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the Council
of Legal Education appointed Miriam
Samura as principal of the Hugh Wood-
ing Law School, and in Jamaica Professor
Stephen Vasciannie was appointed prin-
cipal of the Norman Manley Law School.
Mrs Bastian-Galanis was called to the
Bahamas Bar in 1985 and has been a full-
time tutor with the Eugene Dupuch Law
School since its inception in 1998.

She began her legal career in the
Office of the Attorney General where
she practiced for more than 12 years
before joining the Eugene Dupuch Law
School. Mrs Bastian-Galanis is a gradu-
ate of St John's College and the College
of the Bahamas.
In 1980, she obtained a Bachelor of
Laws degree from the University of the
West Indies.
She attended the Norman Manley Law
School in Jamaica and was awarded the
Certificate in Legal Education from the
Council of Legal Education.
Mrs Bastian-Galanis also earned post-
graduate diplomas in legislative drafting
from the Royal Institute of Public

Administration in London, England, and
the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Cana-
da, in 1993.
More recently, during a year-long sab-
batical, Mrs Bastian-Galanis has under-
gone studies with the University of the
West Indies leading to a Master of Laws
degree in corporate commercial law.
She is married to Philip Galanis and
has one daughter, Zoe.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the Council
of Legal Education appointed Miriam
Samura as principal of the Hugh Wood-
ing Law School. Ms Samaru is a national
of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
She is a graduate of the University of
the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding

Law School. She was called to the Bar in
Trinidad and Tobago in 1982 and in Saint
Lucia in 1996. Ms Samaru has worked as
an advocate in Trinidad and Tobago,
Turks and Caicos and Saint Lucia. She
held the post of Solicitor General of Saint
Lucia until she joined the Council of
Legal Education at the Eugene Dupuch
Law School in Nassau. In 2001, she was
appointed Principal of that Law School.
She holds a Master of Laws in Mar-
itime Law and Law of the Sea.
In Jamaica, Professor Stephen Vas-
ciannie was appointed principal of the
Norman Manley Law School.
Mr Vasciannie holds First Class Hon-
ours degrees from the Universities of the

West Indies, Oxford and Cambridge. He
worked part-time as a Deputy Solicitor-
General in Jamaica for the four years
leading up to 2008.
Mr Vasciannie is a professor of inter-
national law and taught at the Universi-
ty of the West Indies, Mona, since 1994.
He is a member of the United Nations
International Law Commission, the main
advisory body for the United Nations on
legal matters. He has also served on the
Inter-American Juridical Committee -
the main legal advisory body of the
Organisation of American States (OAS)
- and has been the president of the
Caribbean Conference on Maritime
Delimitation since 2005.


Church ready to help

Hanna and Ike victims

A LOCAL church is offering
immediate and long-term assis-
tance to those affected by Tropi-
cal Storm Hanna and Hurricane
Ike, both here in the Bahamas
and in Haiti and the Turks and
The Bahamas Conference of
the Methodist Church (BCMC)
announced yesterday that it is
ready to launch its disaster relief
In a press statement yesterday,
the BCMC said that it has a "very
vibrant church in Matthew Town,
Inagua, as well as close ties to
both Haiti and the Turks and
Caicos through its staff and
church members."
Rev Bill Higgs of the BCMC
said that the Conference has
received several reports of the
"severe devastation experienced
throughout these communities
(and) is moved to respond imme-
diately and significantly with its
disaster relief through Methodist
habitat programmes."


The BCMC, Rev Higgs said,
"can offer some assistance in the
immediate relief efforts, but our
strongest area is our ability to
provide long-term, sustainable aid
in the areas of home repairs and
BCMC general secretary Hen-
ry Knowles said that "although
this will be a first for the BCMC
disaster relief and Methodist habi-
tat programmes, through our
local and international partner-
ships we must now be in a posi-
tion-to, assist not only the resi-
dents of Inagua, but also those of

the Turks and Caicos and Haiti."
"We are now being called upon
to move beyond the borders of
the Bahamas to provide some
relief to our neighboring coun-
tries," he said.
One of the assets in the
Methodist habitat programme is
the partnership with the In Flight
Christian Pilot Association, which
is on-call'to fly relief teams to any
island in the Bahamas.
The association is available for
first response efforts following
any natural disaster.
"These pilots have already paf-;

ticipated in two 'fly-in weekends'
to Eleuthera and Andros, so they
are familiar with the islands and
the set-up of the Methodist habi-
tat," said Dr Reginald Eldon,
coordinator of the BCMC disas-
ter relief programme.
"The fruitful partnerships
which have formed with various
organizations to assist with our
disaster relief efforts have been
tremendous," Dr Eldon said.
"We have had incredible sup-
port from the United Methodist
Church through the United
Methodist Committee on Relief
(UMCOR) and the United
Methodist Volunteers in Mission
"Our partnership with the
Bahamas government, NEMA
and the Department of Social
Services has worked extremely
well. We will continue to work
hard and faithfully to assist all
people of the Bahamas who suf-
fered loss and disaster from the
recent hurricanes," Dr Eldon
In preparation for the possible
devastating impact of the storm
systems, the BCMC met in emer-
gency meetings last week and
activated its partnerships through-
out the Bahamas and North
Aimerica to brii relief to the vic-
tiifs'oifte storms.

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Two men, woman charged over
discovery of pistol, live rounds

TWO men and one woman were charged on Monday in Freeport
Magistrate Court in connection with the discovery by CDU officers of
a 380 Bersa semi-automatic pistol and seven live rounds.
Twenty seven-year-old Jules Galens Memeus and his 22-year-old wife
Janell Memeus, both pleaded "not guilty" to possession of an unlicensed
firearm and possession of the ammunition without being the holder of
a valid firearm certificate.
This case was adjourned to October 30,2008 at 11am and the couple
were each granted bail in the amount of $2,000 cash.
Memeus alone was charged with assaulting John Brian Woodside
with a deadly weapon on Friday of last week at Maliboo Reef.
He was not required to enter a plea to this charge, which was also
adjourned to the October 30. Bail was granted in the amount of $2,000
with three sureties.
Meanwhile, Richard Munnings, 18, was also charged with and plead-
ed guilty to both the firearm and ammunition possession charges.
Munnings was convicted and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment on
the firearm possession charge, and 12 months imprisonment on the
ammunition charge, with the sentences to run consecutively. Attorney
Carlson Shurland appeared on behalf of the defendants.

Pair charged in connection

with 140 pounds of marijuana

Evans Richardson, 25, and Jackelo Pierre-Louis, 21, both of
Garden Villas off Weddell Avenue, were arraigned in the Freeport
Magistrate Court on charges of possessing a quantity of dangerous
drugs with intent to supply and conspiracy to possess dangerous
drugs with intent to supply.
The pair were allegedly arrested by Grand Bahama Drug
Enforcement Unit officers on Saturday in connection with the dis-
covery of 140 pounds of marijuana in several bags in a room at the
Bell Channel Inn on Kings Road in Lucaya.
Richardson pleaded guilty to the first charge of possessing the
drugs with intent to supply, therefore he was not required to enter
a plea to the second count.
Pierre-Louis pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Magistrate Debbye Ferguson adjourned the hearing to Thursday
at 11am, in order to allow the prosecution time to review the case
file, before proceeding further.
Both defendants were remanded in custody until then.

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The shooting occurred at the
Pepperpot Take-Away Restau-
rant around 4.05am on Satur-
Elidor was shot multiple times
in the head and back.
Scott is described as having a
dark complexion and brown
eyes. He is about five feet, 11
inches tall, of average built and
weighs about 140-170 pounds.
His last known addresses are
Hepburn Town, Eight Mile

Rock and 4A Burton Lane,
No description has been given
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Scott and Rigby are consid-
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police, who are seeking the pub-
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Anyone with information con-
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contact police at 350-3106, 352-
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Inagua residents

FROM page one

very afraid. It was devastating. I am still in a little bit of shock from it.
Never has a category four been to Inagua."
Renee Williams said she had to stand in front of her sliding glass
door and use her mattress to protect it from "coming in on her."
"It was so frightening every time I think about it, I can hardly
sleep. I could hear things knocking against the roof, things falling in,"
said Ms Williams.
Locals described how the first half of the storm before the eye
passed as bad, but once the second round came rolling in it felt dou-
bly powerful.
"It was rough," said Brian Adderley. "My sister-in-law lost part of
her roof and some coconut trees fell across my father's house."
Downed trees and bushes, which looked as though they were suc-
tioned of any greenery, have left Mathew Town looking desolated.
Low-swinging power cables are strewn throughout the streets and
pieces of homes and twisted metal were struck in trees and spread
throughout people's yards.
Twenty people, including three families of five, will have to be
found alternative accommodation after their homes were so badly
damaged that they can no longer live in them.
While the majority of homes suffered some form of damage, main-
ly to their roofs, the overall assessment by residents and officials is that
the damage could have been worse considering the seriousness of the
The hurricane brought with it mainly high winds, but not the flood-
ing and surges that had been predicted, leaving residents thankful for
small mercies.
However, in the aftermath of the storm locals are worried about
how they will get by without running water or power.
"Right now I'm barely making it, I don't know how I'm going to
make it without it, but we're surviving for now," said one local.
Leona Seymour said that important supplies of food, which residents
on the isolated island store away, are going bad without electricity to
refrigerate them.
The Inagua Community Clinic, which provides health services to the
island, was open for only part of the day because lack .of running water
was hindering operations.
One resident begged Government to bring generators to the island
to give them some relief while the effort to get the power back on per-
manently gets underway. Officials say it could take up to three weeks
to fully restore it.
"You could get a couple of generators in here and hook them up to
a few houses and we'd be good for now," he said.
, MP for the area, V.Alfred Gray, said that he is seeking the help of
"well-wishers" and other generous individuals who would be willing
to offer to purchase or lend generators to Inagua.
Mr Gray had received assurances that running water may have been
about to be restored on the island late yesterday, using a generator,
however The Tribune was unable to confirm this up to press time.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said yesterday that Government
will be "effective and responsive" to the community's needs.
He said an exigency order will be passed in the House of Assembly
to enable residents to apply to obtain duty free such items as furniture,
appliances and vehicles that they had before the hurricane, which may
have been destroyed.

FROM page one
morning Larson and Kelly real-
ized they were very much on the
same page. The two pledged to
work together to see what could
be done quickly.
"We decided to focus on what
we believed would be immediate
needs: portable generators, chain
saws, tarps and water," they said.
"We were very mindful that
national efforts were getting off
the ground, but we knew we had
the luxury of many generous
friends at our fingertips and the
ability to be nimble."
Mrs Larson said that they also
urged everyone they contacted to
support the national effort and
donate dry goods, clothes and

Morton Salt

FROM page one

Chemical Company, were on their way to the
island to "formulate a plan on the way for-
ward", including what pay packages they
would offer to employees put out of work.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, touring
the island, said Government hopes "Morton
will see its way clear to restart its operation."
"They are critical to the economy of Inagua.
As a result of Morton, Inagua enjoys a higher
standard of living than any of the islands in the
southeast Bahamas," he said.
Asked whether Government intends to help
the hard hit islanders financially in view of
their job woes, the Prime Minister said that
"we will make an assessment and we will be
responsive to the needs of the community."
When The Tribune visited the island yes-
terday some residents admitted being too pre-
occupied with their lack of electricity supply
and running water to worry about their jobs at
the plant..
Meanwhile, others expressed optimism that
operations would be back to normal soon, or
that they would be able to work helping repair
the facility.
"Everything's damaged right now, but
hopefully in short order everything will pick
back up," said one Morton worker.
Maintenance Supervisor at Morton Salt in
Inagua, Samuel Nixon, expressed confidence
that people would be able to find employ-
ment at Morton Salt during the difficult times.
"The dock is down, it probably will take a
while to get started but we will improvise and
get some plant to get to that ship if we have to.
We'll have to do what we can. We still have
Sixty-foot walkways leading to the dock
where ships are loading with salt collapsed
during the category four storm, as did the
pole and transformers which carry electricity
cz to the dock, falling into the ocean.
To add to the problems, this particular
apparatus used to supply electricity to the
dock is "not easily gotten," said Mr Bannister,
Roofs on all of the company's main buildings
are gone and stock and equipment inside was
destroyed, he said.

Hurricane relief
linens to the Red Cross.
A phone. call to the Office of
the Prime Minister confirmed that
the efforts of the private citizens
were on the right track and would
be well received. Kelly's House
and Home set the pace by donat-
ing four portable generators,
chainsaws, and drop cords.
Odyssey Aviation donated three
round trips of their cargo aircraft
to Inagua. In a few hours many
other generous responses started
to flow in.
By day's end on Monday, 10,000
pounds of supplies had been deliv-
ered to Odyssey's hanger. Yester-
day morning planes were being

loaded and taking.off for their
relief flights to Inagua. When they
set out, the duo envisioned two or
three planes would be needed to
deliver what they hoped to round
up. However a total of seven
flights would be needed to deliver
the outpouring of support
Contributions to this whirlwind
effort to get early aid to Inagua
are still coming in and Greg Kelly
and Susan Larson extend warm
thanks to everyone for pitching in
so quickly.
Early contributions include:
Alexiou and Associates, Amoury
Company Ltd, Asa H Pritchard,
Betty "K", Mr and Mrs Hugh
Buckner, Mr and Mrs Colin Cal-
lendar, Caribbean Bottling,

FROM page one

July 16 at Court No. 2, Royal Victoria Gar-
dens, and elsewhere in the city of Nassau.
Mr Farquharson's claim is also against
Attorney General Barnett and Magistrate
Vogt-Evans for damages for "maliciously
and without reasonable and probable cause
or any lawful jurisdiction prosecuting, con-
victing and ordering the unlawful arrest,
battery, false imprisonment, defamation
and breach of (his) constitutional rights."
Mr Farquharson is also asking for a dec-
laration that Magistrate Vogt-Evans acted
maliciously and without jurisdiction.
He is further asking for an injunction
restraining Magistrate Vogt-Evans from
"obstructing, hindering or otherwise inter-
fering with his representation of his
clients" before her court or elsewhere in
the courts of the Bahamas.
Six weeks after Mr Farquharson filed
the writ, police released the information

Chelsea's Choice, Mr and Mrs
Manuel Cutillas, Mr and Mrs
Philip Dunkley, Graham Thomp-
son & Co, Higgs and Johnson, The
Holowesko Foundation, Mr and
Mrs Stephen Holowesko, Mr and
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'Charged' lawyer filed

writ against magistrate
that they had charged the lawyer with
assaulting Magistrate Vogt-Evans while
she was acting in her capacity as a presid-
ing officer at Juvenile Court No. 2 on July
Mr Farquharson had initially been found
in contempt by the magistrate and was
taken to the Central Police Station, police
When he returned from the police sta-
tion, Magistrate Vogt-Evans was report-
edly made to feel threatened by Mr Far-
quharson's actions.
Mr Farquharson has not yet been for-
mally charged.
He is expected to be formally arraigned
on September 24.

PM: Govt intends to help some who have had power cut off

FROM page one
because BEC has shut them off.
"We.are going to be reviewing that situation and making some determination as to how
we might be able to assist in causing electrical supplies to be restored to consumers who can,
over a period of time, pay the back bills which they have with BEC and the extent to which
they can keep current their electrical billings," he said.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was speaking in Inagua as he went on a whirlwind
tour of the community there which was struck by category four hurricane Ike on Sunday.
Also'touring the island was BEC general manager Kevin Basden. BEC is set to take over
the provision of power on Inagua by the end of this month.
Morton Salt Bahamas previously provided power to the island, but at a higher cost than
BEC would be able to as it could not buy fuel in the same large quantities as can BEC.
Managing Director Glenn Bannister said that BEC taking over the power plants would lead
to a reduction in Inaguan's bills.
Meanwhile, Mr Basden said that Bahamians elsewhere should in the next month start to
feel the effect of lowering global oil prices and the tax exemption granted to BEC on its fuel
imports in Government's latest budget.
The difference has not yet been felt by consumers, said Mr Basden, because the corporation
was for a while after the exemption was granted, still using oil bought at a higher cost and on
which it paid duty.
BEC consumers have been complaining of late that they are finding it harder to.pay their
electricity bills, expressing a sense of injustice at the cost of the fuel surcharge they pay as
against the fuel they actually use. In some cases the surcharge is almost three times higher
than the actual cost of fuel used.
Mr Basden said that last month's fuel surcharge of, close to 25 cents per kilowatt hour of
electricity was an historic high.


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ed, encapsulated in a cocoon of
many who are either sycophants
or who are truly awed by those
in power. David Steinberg
It is in the public interest that
everything should come out. -.
Tony Benn
Every bureaucracy seeks to
increase the superiority of the
professionally informed by keep-
ing their knowledge and inten-
tions secret. Max Weber

Frankly, I find it difficult
to write about this sub-
ject it's such a no-brainer,
and so crucial to the good gov-
ernance of the country that it
upsets me.
Here are the bald-faced facts:
Public authorities act in the
public interest. There is no legit-
imate interest in keeping public
information private. And with-
out freedom of information we
cannot hold public authorities
to account.
But although we gained our
"freedom" from British rule
over 30 years ago, we have yet
to persuade our homeboy rulers
to accept freedom of informa-
tion. On the contrary, they
believe that secrecy (of even the
most trivial information) equals
power. And the hell with the
rest of us.
Our 1973 independence con-
stitution guarantees freedom of
conscience, expression, assem-
bly and association. It also says
we are free "to receive and

impart ideas and information
without interference."
Unfortunately, I have never
been able to "receive or impart"
information without some
pompous civil servant or politi-
cian running "interference",
which says to me that the entire
institution of government is
The principle of freedom of
information that citizens have
a right to information held by
public authorities is increas-
ingly accepted in the developed
It was first legislated in Swe-
den, a decade before the United
States gained independence in
1776. A libertarian legislator
named Anders Chydenius is
regarded as the father of free-
dom of information as we
understand it today.
In 1765 he published a pam-
phlet called The National Gain,
calling for the abolition of trade
restrictions, the lifting of cen-
sorship, and freedom of infor-
mation. And the following year
he persuaded the Swedish par-
liament to give the public free
access to all official documents,
as well as parliamentary reports
and records.
This law required that official
documents should "upon
request immediately be made
available to anyone" at no
charge. And at the same time,
the Swedes established the

world's first parliamentary
In 1946, the United States
mandated all federal agencies
"to keep and maintain records
which are to be open to inspec-
tion by the public." Lobbying
by the press led to the first US
freedom of information law in
1958, which barred bureaucrats
from using legal precedents to
keep the public's business
But the first true American
Freedom of Information Act
was passed in 1966. It placed
the burden of compliance on
government, requiring agencies
to justify any denial of access
to records. And that law was
strengthened in 1974 after the
Watergate scandal.
From the 1960s onwards,
pressure grew on governments
around the world to legislate
freedom of information rights.
Au.stralia, Canada and New
Zealand all enacted FOI laws
in 1982. But the United King-
dom delayed until 2000, and
that law did not fully kick in
until 2005.
Common features of all these
laws include a general right of
access to information held by
public authorities, subject to
exemptions protecting specified
public interests. Disclosure can
be refused only where it can be
shown that the information
would cause harm, and there is

a right of appeal to an indepen-
dent body.
Freedom of information laws
have turned up some interesting
facts over the years. For exam-
ple, USA Today discovered that
President Gerald Ford gave
Indonesian strongman Suharto
the green light to invade East
Timor in 1975. That invasion
killed 200,000 people and later
had to be reversed by the Unit-
ed Nations at great cost.
And the Associated Press
was able to substantiate a long-
held African-American allega-
tion that white Americans had
cheated them out of their land.
In many cases, white officials
had simply rubber stamped the
crooked transfer of property
In Britain, FOI requests
found that scores of police offi-
cers had criminal records; that
the prime minister wined and
dined celebrities at taxpayer's
expense; that a secret British

torture programme existed in
post-war Germany; that thou-
sands of women get cosmetic
surgery on the National Health
Service; that the government
planned to search for the Loch
Ness monster using a team of
dolphins; that Britain helped
Israel build its nuclear bomb 40
years ago; and that the BBC
paid millions in staff bonuses
while cutting more than 3,000
Good stuff that we would
never know about otherwise.
God only knows what we could
find out here.
But it's not just about curios-
ity. The aim of a freedom of
information act is to promote
good governance by enabling
people like you and me to par-
ticipate in the making and
administration of national laws
and policies. It also helps to
restrict those in power from
doing as they please, to the dis-
advantage of the rest of us.

The British law covers
100,000 public bodies includ-
ing government departments,
schools and councils, which
have 20 working days to
respond to requests for infor-
mation. Alnd no-one has to give
a reason for their request.- An
independent authority was cre-
ated to enforce the law.
In its 2007 manifesto, the
Free National Movement
promised.to enact such a law
for the Bahamas. But that com-
mitment has appeared in earlier
election platforms too.
One thing is certain. If an
FOI law is introduced here, it
better not rely on the judicial
process. That would only ensure
that the more things change, the
more they stay the same.
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Financial services industry

supports maritime
THE financial services
industry has thrown its sup-
port behind the Bahamas'
first International Maritime
Conference and Trade Show.
The Bahamas Financial
Services Board (BFSB) has
made a $10,000 contribution
to the success of the venture
slated for the Westin at Our
Lucaya Resort, Freeport, o
Grand Bahama beginning
November 19.
"We're very excited about
the conference and very
pleased to be a part of it,"
said BFSB CEO and execu-
tive director Wendy Warren.
"It's a good thing for the
Bahamas generally."
The support of the finan- BAHAMAS International Mar
cial services industry is itime.Conference and Trade
"quite a big deal" to confer- Show committee chairman
ence committee chairman Michael Humes accepts the
Michael Humes, a first assis- support of the financial serve
tant secretary in the Cabinet industry from BFSB CEO and
Office. executive director Wendy W
"They are key players. ren.
Their support is critical," he
The conference and trade "The Bahamas sells it
show aims to promote the and there is no better wa
Bahamas as a hub of inter- doing that than when t
national trade, highlight the come here and they inte:
benefits and advantages of with all levels of our co
the Bahamas International try government, the reg
Ship Registry, and draw tory agencies, and the
attention to the latest devel- vate sector," she said.
opments and opportunities Mrs Warren, a charte
in the maritime industry. accountant, underscored


The event also hopes to
explore issues related to
local and international
investment trends and
The conference will be
opened by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham and Inter-
national Maritime Organisa-
tion (IMO) secretary gener-
al Efthimios E Mitropoulos
will deliver the keynote
Freeport, a free trade zone
and a leader in the maritime
industry, is home to the
Freeport Container Port, the
Grand Bahama Shipyard,
Freeport Harbour, Bahamas
Oil Refining Company, and
South Riding Point Holdings.
"We have always been
convinced," said Mrs War-
ren, "that, wherever possi-
ble, we secure the greatest
benefits when our business
partners come to see us in
our home.




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fundamentals that the
Bahamas has always had as
its assets political and fiscal
stability, a very good invest-
ment grade status, an inde-
pendent judiciary, and a very
attractive tax environment.
"We are very excited to
work with the Bahamas Mar-
itime Authority and the gov-
ernment to see to the devel-
opment of the maritime
"We believe this will inure
to the benefit of financial
services as well.
"We encourage Bahami-
ans to support the confer-
"It is in our backyard and
so we need to demonstrate
to our visitors that we do
have a vibrant business sec-
tor," she said.
Mrs Warren joined the
BFSB on February 1, 2001,
having served as a member
of its board of directors from
1998 to 2000. She holds a
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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
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Kristin, Kerri, 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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C ARICOM Ministers
meeting in Barbados on
September 10 should ask the EU
for a 12 month delay in signing
the EPA. Undue haste could
result in the Caribbean finding
itself linked with its colonial past
and losing opportunities with its
major trading partners the Unit-
ed States, Brazil and the emerging
Asian powerhouses. This memo
discusses in detail this and other
justifications for requesting the

EU maintains this position and
refuses to grant a further delay, it
would be clear that the EU is not
a friend but is simply using its
leverage to extract concessions
from a Weaker trading partner.
There is no reason why the'cur-
rent debate cannot play itself out
before requiring signing. No con-
cessions are required from the
Caribbean for three years. No
WTO proceeding has yet begun
and could probably be forestalled
through appropriate consultation
with potential complainants.
If such a case, the Caribbean
should not act submissively and
simply be led to slaughter. We
have two suggestions how to fight
Convey to the EU that CARI-
COM would be forced to oppose
any effort this fall to try to save.
the Doha Round. The EU and
other major trading countries are
trying to take advantage of
progress in a mini-ministerial held.
this July to work out an accord
on negotiating modalities before
the end of the year. CARICOM
could point out that if the inter-
national trading system cannot
address the issue of bullying
smaller countries, perhaps its
basic rules should be re-examined
before agreeing on modalities for
a future agreement. If nothing
else, this should force the chief
EU negotiator to pay attention
to legitimate CARICOM
requests since achievement of this
outcome is a high priority of the
EU Commission.
If this strategy does not work
and the EU still insists that pref-
erences will be eliminated if the
agreement is not signed by Octo-
ber 31, CARICOM could sign the
EPA under duress. However, the'
agreement would be denounced if
the EU uses the agreement to cir-
cumscribe the ability of CARI-
COM or its member countries to
enter into FTAs with other coun-
tries. Member countries would
agree to consult with the EU but
not to allow it to veto its com-
'mercial policy with other coun-
tries. Other countries with whom
the Caribbean wished to negoti-
ate an FTA would be informed of
this condition s6 they will not feel
circumscribed by EPA provisions.
This path does not require EU
approval since withdrawal is
allowed under the EPA after six
months notice. It is worth noting
that the Jamaican foreign and
trade minister emphasised the
importance of this exit or denun-
ciation clause..
Thus, the basic compromise
would be that while unanimity
would still govern CARICOM
decisions since all countries would
sign the agreement, if the threat
did not work and the EU still
insisted on demanding parity with
other FTrAs (a very unique pro-
vision in FTAs), one would return
to the status quo.
* Although CARICOM would
no longer participate as a group,
individual countries would be free
to adhere individually. CARI-

The Public is hereby advised that I, DAVID ALEXANDER
JOHNSON of No.12 Forbes Street, P.O. Box CB-13196,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to BRADLEY
DAVID JOHNSON. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of the publication of
this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that JIMMY PIERRE of
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 10TH day of SEPTEMBER 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-
7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, DEBRA GIBBS of
MCKINNEY DRIVE, P.O. Box FH-14068, Nassau, Bahamas,
intend to change my name to DEBORAH LAVERNE GIBBS. If
there are any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of the publication of this notice.


COM could sign the EPA.
The major concern with the
agreement is impact of the MFN
provision on future relationships
with the United States. This pro-
vision provides for consultation
with the EU if CARFORUM,
CARICOM or individual signa-
tories enter into an FTA with a
developed country or with a
developing county, accounting for
more than one percent of world
trade; and the agreement accords
any more favourable treatment
than that provided the EU under
the EPA. Caribbean parties to
the agreement, as is the EU, are
obliged to accord each other sim-
ilar treatment in these cases. This
provision would circumscribe
CARICOM's ability to enter into
FTA agreements with other
major trading countries. For
example, the ability bf the EU to
interfere with negotiations with
third countries like the United
States would prevent a CARI-
COM-US FTA since the latter is
usually a more rigorous but pro-
vides greater benefits to the

The MFN clause in the
South African agree-
ment is one of the' major reasons
why the United States was unable
to negotiate an FTA with the
Southern African Customs Union
(SACU), a regional economic
community (REC) with members
including South Africa,
Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and
Swaziland. The problem arose
because a number of sectors were
either eliminated or subject to a
rendezvous commitment in the
EU-South African,FTA. This
rendezvous commitment provid-
ed for a delay before negotiations
were undertaken for specific
products. Evidently, automobiles
were covered in the rendezvous
clause. There was to be a five year
delay in negotiating the specific
terms of this provision. South
Africa could therefore not nego-
tiate with the US on these items.
Since US industry demanded a
concession for motor vehicles and
would not accept a delayed com-
mitment, it wvas not possible to
reach an agreement. This was not
the only reason but a key reason
for the failure of the negotiations.
eliminate 80 per cent of products
and 50 per cent of services from
coverage. In addition, it provides
a slower staging period for
Caribbean implementation of
concessions. Current sUS policy
would not allow so many excep-
tions and such slow staging in
FTA negotiations with CARI-
COM or its member countries.
In addition, even if there is simi-
lar percentage of coverage, there
is little chance that the US would
agree on the same exceptions as
agreed to by the EU. In short,
the US would use the model of
DR-CAFTA. .This type of an
agreement would provide deeper
and more accelerated concessions
b, CARICOM than required
under the EPA and thus would
require additional unilateral con-
cessions to the EU. If the
Dominican Republic had already
signed the EPA, it would not
have been able to adhere to DR-
In addition to the inipact of the

NOTICE is hereby given that SHENOY NAKEISHA
MIAMI, FL. 33161, 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 b.e granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 10TH day of SEPTEMBER 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that DR. GODFREY A.
P.O. BOX N-9716, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 3RD day of SEPTEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that NATASHA FATAL of FOX
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 10TH day
of SEPTEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

MFN clause on future CARI-
COM commercial relations with
other countries, there are addi-
tional arguments for a delay in
The delay would allow time
for consultations with the new US
administration and Congress. The
importance of congressional con-
sultations should not be under-
estimated since it is clear that the
best friend of the region, Charley
Rangel will continue as chairman
of the House Ways and Means
Committee, the most important
trade policy position in Congress.
Barely six months have
elapsed since the EPA text has
been made public. Consultations
during the negotiations were of
little use since many of the key
concessions were made only in
the last few weeks of the negoti-
ations. The expectation was that
the negotiations would not con-
clude on schedule and therefore
stakeholders did not participate
actively preferring to concentrate
on more pressing priorities. Much
more ,than the six months is
required for 16 CARIFORUM
countries to fully analyze and
agree on a common position. This
is particularly true for the EPA
since the document will deter-
mine the direction of its econom-
ic policy for generations.
The delay would allow time
for CARICOM to consider devel-
op a global rather than only an
EU-centric approach. CARI-
COM could then better weigh the
advantages of entering an agree-
ment with the EU which could
circumscribe other global oppor-
tunities. In addition to the United
States, one possible result of this
review could, be a decision to
attempt to enter into FTAs with
emerging powers in Africa, Asia
and Latin America.
In addition to the US, CARI-
COM could decide that a solid
way to jump start its economy
would be to enter an FTA with
Brazil, China, India or South
Africa. An FTA service agree-
ment with Brazil and China
would provide a particularly invit-
ing opportunity to promote
CARICOM's English speaking
services industry. Given its com-
mon heritage, India and South
Africa could make a particularly
good fit for CARICOM.
The future of the Doha
Round remains uncertain with
attempts continuing this fall to
work out a consensus on modali-
Although it is not possible to
conclude the Round by the end of
the year, there are attempts to
arrive at an interim agreement
which would agree on modalities
to be used if and when negotia-
tions are restarted after the
expected hiatus for the US and
Indian elections and the new
commission to be appointed.
If such an attempt appeared to
gain momentum, CARICOM
members could insist that one
provision be added: an'agreement
among the parties that the cur-
rent status quo under which the
region is enjoying preferential
access should continue until there
is a final agreement or a modifi-
cation in current WTO rules gov-

earning FTAs between developed
and developing countries.
Sub Saharan African (SSA)
ACP members are now better
organised under the African
Union (AU) and could provide
a solid ally. There is significant
opposition among,SSA countries
to EU negotiating tactics. By
offering to agree to conclude
interim EPAs with any country
or entity in the SSA region, the
EU and threatens to undermine
African efforts to integrate.
Efforts to maintain existing or to
negotiate future customs unions
in west and east Africa are in seri-
ous doubt. Customs unions can-
not exist among countries, some
of which maintain duties against
EU'imports and others who are
committed to eliminate such
duties. A delay could allow an
agreement to be worked out with
the AU to provide a collaborated.
approach to the EU.
A real consensus could be
developed in the region in favour
of signing. In fact the current
debate is robust and is slowly
developing a consensus on next
During the delay, the EU
could modify its positions since
the architect of EPAs, Trade
Commissioner Peter Mandelson,
may no longer be in his position
in a few months. A number of
member countries have indicat-
ed dissatisfaction with the tactics
used by the EU in these negotia-
tions. NGOs with significant polit-
ical clout in elections remain
opposed to these agreements.
Also, efforts could be made to
marshal the increasing politically
strong Caribbean Diaspora in the
United Kingdom and other coun-
tries. "
A delay could be used to add
special rules for developing coun-
try participation in Article kXIV
free trade agreements. This Arti-
cle is one of the few WTO/GATT
provisions which do not provide
special arid differential treatment
for developing countries. Such
modification would reduce EU
leverage in future negotiations
Anti-development provisions
could be removed or modified
during the delay. For example,
given the small share of the EU in
current ACP imports, it is clear
that there would be a large
amount of trade diversion from
lost cost third equntry producers
to higher priced EU products.
The EU has become a higli priced
supplier given the emergence of
low cost producers such as China
and India and the devaluated US
Preferences would distort price
signals and divert trade from low-
er and more efficient suppliers to
high priced European imports. A
delay -would allow a valid esti-
mate to be developed on both the
costs and benefits of the EPA in
terms of future efficiency and pro-
ductivity in the region.
The study may justify modify-
ing the agreement to allow excep-
tions from the requirement to
provide duty-free treatment when
it threatens a significant amount ,
of diversion.




Hundreds at Blue

Hills computer

laboratory opening

HUNDREDS turned out
for the festivities surrounding
the official opening of the new
Blue Hills computer labora-
When Blue Hills MP Sid-
ney Collie invited the students
of his constituency to the sec-
ond annual back-to-school
jamboree, he not only handed
out free school supplies, but
he also gave them a brand
new, fully furnished and air-
conditioned computer lab with
flat screens.
The lab, which Mr Collie
and the Blue Hills community
established in partnership with
the Christ Community
Church, is located in the
church's community centre
and houses almost 20 internet
ready modern computers.
As he officially opened the
lab, Mr Collie encouraged the
hundreds of parents and stu-
dents to utilise the services of,
the lab while getting help with
homework and other school
Mr Collie said that the lab's
funding came primarily from
money allocated in the nation-
al budget to each Member of

Parliament for projects within
their respective constituencies.
The lab was in part established
as a response to cries from
within the community for a
safe environment in which
youngsters can engage in
after-school activities, partic-
ularly homework.
The Blue Hills MP was also
concerned about the number
of individuals in his con-
stituency lacking fundamen-'
tal job readiness skills.
Therefore, the lab will also
provide all residents of the
community the opportunity to
-develop and enhance com-
puter literacy skills.
Deanza Cunningham, the
pastor of the Christ Commu-
nity Church, said his church
was delighted to be able to
partner with the residents in
such a worthwhile project.
He said the project repre-
sented what "our church is
about" a community church'
with the aim of doing what-
ever it can to assist in the
development of the people.
Congratulating the Blue
Hills team on opening the lab,
Assistant Commissioner of

Police Hulan Hanna advised
parents that while computers
are positive tools and an asset
to their children's develop-
ment, they must remain vigi-
lant and supervise the inter-
net usage.
He told them that they
should be aware that the inter-
net can also be a negative tool
used to promote immorality
and promiscuity
The lab was officially
opened by Mr Collie, followed
by the cutting of the ribbon
by Edris Cunningham and
Mavis Johnson-Collie.
The children rushed to get
online in their new computer
lab after receiving their back-
to school goodies.
The packages included a
sports bag, composition note
books, pencils, pens, mini
geometry sets, rulers, erasers
and .sharpefners.
Like last year, before the
hand-out of school supplies
and food, students and par-
ents received school safety
information from Sergeant
Pratt of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and tips on.basic

Students to explore

CSME opportunities

SIXTY college and university students from
three CARICOM countries have been given
the chance to gain knowledge about the
opportunities available through the CSME
in other countries.
The project is being facilitated by the
CARICOM Secretariat with the assistance
of the 9th European Development Fund
(EDF) and the Caribbean Integration Sup-
port Programme (CSP).


Entitled: 'Students Engaging the CSME
through Field Promotions', the project will see
the students travel to a fellow CARICOM
member state where they will learn rhore
about the country and opportunities within
the CARICOM Single Market and Economy
The Bahamas declined to sign on to the
CSME, despite some in the former PLP gov-
ernment pushing for the deal, as there was

widespread public fear that jobs in the
Bahamas could be lost to foreigners.
The three host countries for this field pro-
motion are Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados
and Jamaica. Twenty students from Belize
will be the first to benefit when they visit
Trinidad and Tobago from September 15 to
They will be followed by twenty students
from Suriname, who will visit Barbados from
September 29 to October 3.
The third and final leg will see the same
number of students from Dominica visit
Jamaica from September 30 to October 4.
During their stay, the students will visit
various government agencies and private
sector companies and have the opportunity
to meet with senior personnel and their
The object of this project is to engage the
next generation in identifying career oppor-
tunities in wage employment, self employ-
ment and starting a business within the

1 1 1

HEADS of government of
10 of the 16 members of the
Caribbean Forum of African
Caribbean and Pacific States
(CARIFORIUM) will attend.
the Third Special Meeting of
Government at the Sher-
bourne Conference Centre
in Bridgetown, Barbados
CARIFORU.M comprises
the 14 independent states of
CARICOM, the Dominican
Republic and Cuba.
Belize, Trinidad and Toba-
go, the Bahamas, Haiti, Cuba
and the Dominican Repub-
lic will not be represented by
their heads of government;
the latter four countries hav-
ing been affected by recent
hurricanes in the region.

ing is one of two heads of
government meetings to be
held on Wednesday where
matters related to the sign-
ing of the CARIFORUM-
EC Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) will be
the focus.
The first of the meetings
will be the Fourteenth Spe-
cial Meeting of the Confer-
ence of Heads of Govern-
ment of the Caribbean Com-
munity (CARICOM) which
will take place in the morning
while the Third Special Meet-
ing of the Heads of Govern-
will take place in the after-
The EPA was initialed last
December by CARIFO-

RUM and the European
Union and provides for a
new trading arrangement
between the two parties to
replace the Cotonou Agree-
ment which governed aid and
trade relations between
Europe and the ACP Group
of countries. The leaders will
discuss some issues of con-
tinued concern in regard to
the EPA as well as proce-
dures for signing the docu-
The recent spate of hurri-
canes which have caused dev-
astation in the southern
Bahamas and loss of life in
Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba will
also have the attention of the
heads of government as they
seek to fashion a regional
relief response.




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AP Sports Writer

The home crowd embraced
the young quarterback long
before he completed his first pro
start, repeatedly chanting his
name to acknowledge an incred-
ibly effective performance.
When the rookie was done,
his teammates spoke admiring-
ly about his poise. And Mon-
day, coach John Harbaugh was
so pleased that he rewarded the
kid another start.
At least for now, let there be
no further questions about
whether Joe Flacco can be a
starting quarterback in the NFL.
In his debut Sunday against
the Cincinnati Bengals, Flacco
ran for a 38-yard touchdown
and showed remarkable com-
posure in leading the Baltimore
Ravens to a 17-10 victory. Flac-
co went 15-for-29 for 129 yards
nothing special, really, except
that he didn't commit a turnover
and deftly directed three scoring
"I would say there was a lot of
things he did well, but nothing
that surprised us," Harbaugh
said. "All of us had the ques-
tion mark: Would the game be
'too fast for him? It wasn't. That
was a good thing to see."
Flacco became the starter
after Kyle Boller sustained a
season-ending shoulder injury
and Troy Smith engaged in a
three-week battle with infected
tonsils. The Ravens would have
preferred to let Flacco learn on
the sideline, but ultimately had
no choice but to start the rook-
ie out of Delaware.
Flacco's work in the film
room and on the field won over
his teammates, and his play Sun-
day earned him about 70,000
more fans. In the third quarter,
the crowd chanted in unison,
"Let's Go Flacco!"
"Yeah, I thought I heard it,
but I wasn't sure," Flacco said.
"I tliought, 'Why would they be
doing that?' Hey, if I can keep
them on my side like that, it will
be a good time."
Flacco and Matt Ryan of
Atlanta became the first rookie
quarterbacks to start an NFL
regular season opener since
Boiler made his debut against
Pittsburgh in 2003. Baltimore
lost that game 34-15, launching
Boller on an up-and-down ride
that led the Ravens to believe it
would be best to have Flacco
begin his career watching
instead of playing.
But Flacco displayed a great
deal of confidence during train-
ing camp and played well in the
final two preseason games. Most
importantly, he was the only
quarterback left standing in the
three-day duel that began soon
after he was drafted with the
18th overall pick.
When Flacco stepped into the
huddle Sunday, his voice didn't
crack and his self-assurednless
didn't waver.
"Extremely confident," wide
receiver Mark Clayton said.
"His confidence is from his
preparation. He worked hard,
prepared well and did an excel-
lent job of running the offense."
And an excellent job of run-
ning, too. Flacco was supposed
to hand off the ball on his touch-
down run, but after the Bengals
ran a blitz to bust up the play, he
simply took off down the right
"I was thinking, 'first down,
first down,' and then I got to the
first down point and I thought,
'Oh my gosh, I don't think
there's anybody here,"' Flacco
said. "I just started going up

If he's caught up in his suc-
cess, it wasn't evident Monday.
Flacco let loose a big yawn when
entering the locker room after
practice, then slipped away to a
meeting before the cameramen
could catch him.
Veteran move.
If Flacco keeps improving, he
will retain the starting job. But
even a 12-year pro has no assur-
ances from week to week. Flac-
co will start Sunday against
Houston, and that's as far as
Harbaugh was willing to com-
"None of us," the coach said,
"has a crystal ball."

Royal stars in Broncos'


-14 rout of Raiders

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, California
(AP) Midway through the
first quarter, Raiders fans
were already digging into their
game programmes to learn
more about that rookie Den-
ver receiver out there embar-
rassing their $70 million cor-
He's Eddie Royal, a sec-
ond-round pick from Virginia
Tech. After his superb NFL
debut in Oakland, the Raider
Nation should be worried it'll
become far too familiar with
the Broncos' budding star in
the future.
Royal had nine catches for
146 yards and a touchdown,
and Jay Cutler passed for 299
yards and two scores in Den-
ver's 41-14 season-opening
victory over the Raiders on
Monday night.
"You dream about it, and
you hope you can come out
and play this well, but the
main thing is we won," Royal
said. "It was a great feeling,
especially in the stadium
against our rivals. Our game
plan was to attack. We knew
we had a lot of weapons anid
Coach drew up a great game
plan. We just wanted to keep
the pressure on them."
Royal did most of his dam-
age against DeAngelo Hall,
acquired from Atlanta in the
biggest move of the Raiders'
offseason restocking. The new
look was still unsightly for the
Raiders, who fell behind 27-0
in the third quarter with a
bumbling effort on both sides
of the ball.
Hall committed two 15-yard
personal fouls against Royal
on the same drive in the sec-
ond quarter, losing his disci-
pline while the game slipped
away from Oakland.
"They just outschemed us
and outplayed us. We didn't
show up at all," said Hall, who
claimed both penalties were
bad calls. "They came out and
dominated us from start to
"We played 1-on-1 football
with them. We didn't

outscheme them.," Cutler
replied. "Eddie Royal beat
DeAngelo Hall time after
time after time. That's what
Royal slipped behind the
Oakland secondary for a 26-
yard TD catch to cap Den-
ver's opening 76-yard drive,
and he repeatedly got open
for, big throws from Cutler.
The Broncos finished with 441
total yards, including a 92-
yard scoring march.
Darrell Jackson caught a

OAKLAND RAIDERS running back Justin Fargas (25) jumps over
Denver Broncos defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson (63) and Raider
guard Cooper Carlisle (right) during the fourth quarter of the game...

48-yard TD pass to end that
drive, and Michael Pittman
rushed for two short scores in
both players' Denver debuts.
Cutler went 16-of-24 without
an interception or a sack, even
while playing without 102-
catch wideout Brandon Mar-
shall, who sat out the game
for violating the league's per-
sonal conduct policy.
"Nobody has been giving
us a chance since before the
season started,"-Denver cor-
nerback Dre' Bly said. "They
keep picking the Chargers and
the Colts and the Pats, and
that's what we want. We want
to shock the world."
JaMarcus Russell went 17-
of-26 for 180 yards for the
Raiders, who avoided a
shutout on Ashley Lelie's 8-
yard TD catch early in the
fourth quarter. Ronald Cur-
ry added a TD catch with 1:34
to play, allowing Qakland to
avoid the worst home-open-
ing loss in franchise history.
"It's extremely disappoint-
ing," Oakland coach Lane
Kiffin said.
"Since I've been here,.
we've played well at home.
Even when we lose, we're in
almost every game in the
fourth quarter. I was shocked
with the results today, but you
go back to the first quarter,
some plays we could have
made, some situations that we
didn't do a very good job at.

All of a sudden, the game got
out of hand."
At 19-62, the Raiders have
the NFL's worst record since
2004. Even the first game
together for Russell and new
running back Darren McFad-
den didn't change it.
The Raiders played with-
out longtime Broncos receiv-
er Javon Walker, who-sat out
with an injured hamstring. At
.least McFadden had a mildly.
encouraging debut, rushing
for 8 yards on .his first NFL
carry and finishing with 46
while also lining up at quar-
terback and receiver..
"We don't want' that feel-
ing any more," Russell said.
"We had a chance to make,
some plays, and as you can
see, we didn't connect."
Notes: Lelie and Jackson
both played for the 49ers last
year, and both were disap-
pointments for the club with
the NFL's worst offense in
The 49ers let Jackson leave
as a free agent, while Lelie
was among San Francisco's
final cuts of the preseason
after spending most of train-
ing camp on the sidelines with
a minor injury.
Arizona's Anquan Boldin
caught 10 passes for 217 yards
in his NFL debut in 2003. ...
McFadden didn't finish the
game'after getting a stinger in
his shoulder.


AP Football Writer

IN 1999, Trent Green went down
with a knee injury and an unknown
named Kurt Warner stepped in-and led
St. Louis to a Super Bowl victory. Two
years later, little-known Tom Brady
did the same for New England.
Now Brady is out for the season with
a knee injury, leaving the Patriots to
hope Matt Cassel can be the latest
Supersub to step up.
Force-feeding an unknown at quar-
terback when a starter gets hurt is a
coach's nightmare. But as Warner and
Brady show, history is full of obscure
backups who stepped in and did better
than the guy they replaced.
That's why Bill Belichick's favourite
phrase "it is what it is" is the
standard by which coaches live. All of
them know that stars quarterbacks
and otherwise are one hit away from
being gone for the season. If it hap-
pens, they matter-of-factly throw in an
often untested substitute and hope for
the best, knowing that injuries go with
the territory.
"We all have to do our jobs..That's
what every player has to do," Belichick
said Monday in his stoic fashion. "He
played one position and played it well.
There will be somebody else playing
that position now and I have a lot of
confidence in him. Everybody has to
continue to do his job just as they
always have. Just as they always need
That's what happened for Dick Ver-

meii when Green B -
was knocked out
for the '99 season
in an exhibition
game by San
Diego's Rodney
Harrison, who is ..
on the other side ,..
now as the leader -
of New England's
secondary. In
stepped Warner, a
former Arena .
League and NFL
Europe player who
not only became the league's MVP but
led the Rams to a Super Bowl victory
and won that MVP trophy.
It's what happened to Belichick two
years later, when Drew Bledsoe was
severely injured in the second game of
the season. In came Brady, a second-
year man who had thrown three passes
as a rookie. He led them to the Super
Bowl, where they beat Warner and the
Rams in an upset on the same scale as
the Giants' win over the 18-0 Patriots in
the title game last February.
In fact, the only team to finish a sea-
son unbeaten, the 1972 Dolphins, won
with a substitute quarterback, 38-year-
old Earl Morrall, starting nine games
after Bob Griese broke his leg.
Morrall wasn't exactly unknown or
untested, as Warner and Brady were.
He had played 190 games going into
that year, starting most of them, and
was the NFL's MVP in 1968, when he
filled in for an injured John Unitas with
the Colts and threw 26 touchdown pass-

es in a 14-game season.
That year finished on a down note
when the Colts lost in the biggest Super
Bowl upset ever, the 16-7 win by Joe
Namath and the Jets.
Now it's Cassel's turn to step in. He
played well enough Sunday after Brady
was hurt to lead the Patriots to a 17-10
win over Kansas City, completing 13
of 18 passes for 152 yards and a touch-
down. His biggest play was a 51-yard
completion to Randy Moss on third-
and-11 from his 1-yard-line, the start
of a 98-yard drive that ended with a
10-yard TD pass to Moss.
A seventh-round pick in 2005, Cassel
said Sunday that once he got into the
flow of the game, he was fine. But with
a week to think about his first NFL
start, he's liable to be more nervous.
On Sunday, he just had to put on his
helmet and run on the field with no
notice at all.
"It's one of those things where he's
going to give the impression that he's in
control, that he has all the answers and
there's probably a part of him that's a
little nervous," said Jim Sorgi, in his
fifth season backing up Peyton Man-
ning in Indianapolis and who has never
started a game.
"I've had thoughts about that hap-
pening with No. 18," Sorgi said. "If it
happens, you just hope you do what
he (Cassel) did yesterday."
Some backups do. And some don't.
Last season, for example, Carolina's
Jake Delhomme injured his elbow in
the third game and was lost for the sea-
son, undergoing Tommy John surgery,

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a rare operation for a football player.
The Panthers thought they had insur-
ance in David Carr, a former No. 1
overall draft pick with Houston. But
Carr failed and Carolina ended up with
44-year-old Vinny Testaverde and Matt
Moore, an undrafted rookie.
The result: A team that was one of
the favorites in the NFC South finished
Delhomme came back more quickly
than expected and led the Panthers to a
26-24 upset in San Diego on Sunday,
throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to
win it as time expired.
Delhomme himself is another exam-
ple of a QB from nowhere.
An undrafted free agent., he was a
backup in New Orleans when the Pan-
thers took a chance on him in 2003 in
hopes he would fill a big hole at quar-
terback. He did, leading them to the
Super Bowl and almost to a comeback
win over Brady and the Patriots in the
2004 title game, which New England
won 32-29 on Adam Vinatieri's field
goal in the final minute.
In a lot of ways, it all ties together.
Warner, now 37, eventually lost his
job in St. Louis to Marc Bulger, a little-
known backup. Warner bounced to the
Giants, where he helped break in Eli
Manning, and then signed with Ari-
zona. This season, he beat out Matt
Leinart, a former Heisman Trophy win-
ner and first-round draft choice, as the
starting quarterback.
Matt Leinart's backup at Southern
Matt Cassel.


shift their

focus to.


AP Sports Writer

Donovan McNabb has seen
plenty of the Dallas Cowboys
without viewing any of their
game tapes.
"I've been watching 'Hard
Knocks.' Who hasn't been?"
McNabb said, referring to the
HBO series that profiled
America's Team during train-
ing camp.
McNabb and the rest of the
Philadelphia Eagles won't
allow themselves to savor a
dominating victory over St.
Louis. There's no time to
dwell on old news when it's
Cowboys week.
McNabb couldn't even
make it through his post-game
news conference after Sun-
day's 38-3 win over the woeful
Rams without hearing ques-
tions about Dallas. The rivals
meet next Monday night in
the final home opener at
,Texas Staditim.
"They're a confident bunch.
They're an experienced
bunch," McNabb said.
"There's a reason why they
won 13 games last year. So we
know that it's going to be a
battle. Every time we play it
goes to the Wire somehow, so
we have to prepare ourselves
to go out and give up a good.
The Cowboys dismantled
the Cleveland Browns 28-10
to start a season they expect to
end with their sixth Super
Bowl title. Tony Romo threw
for 320 yards, Terrell Owens
had a touchdown catch and
thd defense overwhelmed a
strong Browns offense.
It'll be a measuring stick for
the Eagles, who benefited
from playing a woeful oppo-
nent in Week 1.
"I don't think the Rams are
near as bad as what that score
'"showed," Eagles coach Andy
, Reid said. "There is a lot of
Sephasis put on the first game
of the season and it's the most
important game for us that
week, but the reality of-it is
that there are 15 more of them
and that's just one of 16
games. Can we assess the tal-
ent? Well, we can for this
week. We did well this week,
but it's time to rip that one up
and get on with the next one."
The Eagles have fared pret-
ty well on the road against
alas the last two years. Jeff
Garcia, subbing for an injured
McNabb, led the underdog
Eagles to a 23-7 win on Christ-
mas Day in 2006 that helped
Philadelphia capture the NFC
East title. A suffocating
defense smothered Romo and
the Cowboys in a 10-6 victory
last December.
Past success won't matter
much when the teams face
each other in the national
"It's a new season," McN-
abb said. "We're looking for-
ward to playing those guys
and we just have to have a
great week of practice. It's
going to be a challenge for




Unmasking the truth

for cyclists in Beijing

AP Sports Columnist
SARAH Hammer tried here
best to ignore it, wanting des-
perately to shut the whole thing
out of her mind. That proved
next to impossible, when just
a trip to the dining hall at the
athlete's village in Beijing drew
stares and comments from oth-
er athletes.
"Hey, where's the mask?"
they would shout out. "Is the
air OK to breathe today?"
There were days it wasn't,
but by then that wasn't Ham-
mer's biggest concern.
She had come to China
thinking she was going to win. a
gold medal for her country.
Now she was,branded as one of
the masked four, not sure what
she should think anymore.
One walk through the air-
port changed everything. There
would be no gold, just the real-
ization that an opportunity that
may never come again was lost
Maybe a touch of bitterness,
too, because Hammer feels the
country she was trying to win a
gold medal for let her down.
All because she wore a
"It really hurt me a lot,"
Hammer said. "It still hurts
Causing a scene was the last
thing Hammer.and three other
cyclists had in mind when they
got off their international flight
at the Beijing airport, eager to
embark on their Olympic jour-
ney. Escaping Beijing's pollut-
ed air was, though, and for that
reason the four walked through
the airport wearing the custom
black face masks that U.S.
Olympic officials not only
handed out to athletes but
encouraged them to use.
For months they had heard
stories about how bad the air
would be. For months they had
listened to warnings that-they
should have their masks ready.
"We figured there would be
hundreds of others there with
masks on, too," Hammer said.
There weren't, and that's
where the trouble began.
Photographers waiting for
more famous athletes to arrive
began taking pictures. Video
crews moved in to show the
Americans picking up luggage
while wearing masks that
wouldn't look out of place in a
terrorist's closet.
By the time they had taken
the bus to the athlete's village,
they had created an interna-
tional incident. The videos
were on CNN International,
while the photos were seem-
ingly everywhere.
They had embarrassed their
hosts. And there would be a

price to pay.
The next morning Hammer
was awakened by a phone call
telling her to be downstairs in
10 minutes along with fellow
cyclists Michael Friedman,
Bobby Lea and Jennie Reed.
She says the four were lectured
by Steve Roush, a top USOC
official, and told they had two
hours to apologize or risk being
kicked out of the games.
A statement was later craft-
ed in their name saying they
"deeply regret the nature of
our choices" and praising Chi-
nese officials for doing every-
thing they could to clean up
the air.
Hammer never saw it, but
she wasn't seeing much. She
stopped looking at e-mail and
didn't watch TV. The only way
she could prepare for her races
was to put herself in a bubble
and try to block everything out.
It didn't work.
Hammer had won two of the
last three world championships
in the individual pursuit, but
could .do no better than fifth
in her specialty race. She got
another chance in the 100-lap
points race, but crashed, break-
ing her collarbone when some-
one fell inches from her front
And now she can only won-
der about what could have
"I don't see how anyone can
say it didn't affect me," Ham-
mer said. "The Olympics are a
very intense experience just by
themselves and then when you
add that stress that happened
to us the worst thing was we
didn't feel any kind of support.
Here we are representing the
United States and I was so
proud to do that. I was so excit-
ed and it just changed every-
thing. I felt like I didn't have
any support."
Hammer's fellow masked
Soyclists.fared just as badly, and
ei alhtust now face the question
of whether they have enough
desire to try again four years
from now in London. For now,
though, they have some unfin-
ished business left.
They've asked the USOC for
an apology', and a statement
exonerating them for doing
anything wrong in Beijing.
They were, after all, wearing
masks issued by the USOC
with the instructions they could
wear them as they saw fit.
Most of all, they want to
make sure no other athletes
have to be put through what
they went through.
USOC chief executive Jim
Scherr denied earlier when the
apology was issued that the
cyclists had been forced into it.
Scherr said that the athletes
did it on their own after realiz-

IN THIS August 18, 2008, file
photo, United States' Sarah
Hammer grimaces in pain after
crashing during the track
cycling points race at the Beijing

(AP Photos: Ricardo

ing how much they offended
the Chinese.
USOC spokesman Darryl
Seibel said Monday the orga-
nization plans to hold a con-
ference call with the cyclists
this week and "listen.to any
concerns they have and answer
any questions they have."
Hammer wishes that would
have happened earlier in Bei-
jing. She still may not have won
gold. but she surely would have
had a better chance at it.
"I just have a lot of sadness
that it had to happen and no"
I'm trying to make sure it won't
happen to another athlete." she
said. "For me it's just so hard to
imagine even now. It's like a
dream sometimes."
Tun Dahlberg is a national
spores coluninst for The Asso-
cared Press.
Write to him at tdahlber-

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istani powerliftter has been
banned for two years after
failing a doping test, the first
athlete to test positive dur-
ing the Beiling Paralympics.
Na'eed Ahmed Butt test-
ed positive for the steroid
methandienone metabolites,
the International Paralympic
Committee said in a state-
ment Tuesda..
The urine sample as tak-
en September -i. two da\s
before the opening ceremo-
"In accordance with the
IPC anti-doping code. and
after a hearing of the IPC
anti-doping committee, the
IPC ratified the decision to
disqualify. Butt from the Bei-
|ing 2.1lS Paralympic
Games," the statement said,
adding that lwo-.ear ban
had been imposed.
Peter \an de V liei. the
IPC's medical and scientific
director, said Butt's accredi-
tation \as also being can-
The IPC has said it plans
about 1,000 in- and out-of-
competition tests on both
blood and urine.

IN THIS August 15 file photo, Sarah Hammer competes during a track cycling individual pursuit qualifying event...

AP Sports Writer
BEIJING (AP) One gold
medal down and two to go for
sprinter Oscar Pistorius at the
Beijing Paralympics.
Despite a slow start on a wet
track, the South African won
the most difficult of his three
races, clocking 11.17 Tuesday
to take gold in the 100 meters.
American Jerome Singleton
trailed in 11.20, and Brian Fra-
sure of the United States earned
bronze in 11.50.
"I had a tough start and a
slow first 30 meters," Pistorius
said. "I really just pulled out all
the stops."
Pistorius is a favorite to win
the 200 and 400.
The double amputee, known
as the "Blade Runner" because
of his prosthetic legs, won a
legal battle in May for the right
to run in the Beijing Olympics
against able-bodied athletes.
However, he failed to meet the
qualifying time in the 400.
Pistorius still has his sights set
on qualifying for the next
"I'm looking forward to Lon-
don 2012," he said.
Pistorius' medal event was

one of 20 on the track Tuesday
during the third day of compe-
American Erin Popovich won
her third gold medal in the pool,
taking the 100 breaststroke for
her disability class. She has also
won gold in the 200 IM and the
100 freestyle.
Popovich won seven gold
medals in Athens. She will go
for only six this time as her oth-
er gold in 2004 came in a relay,
which has been cut from the
Through three days, China
leads with 16 gold and 53 over-
all. Britain was second with 14
gold and 32 overall. The United
States was third with 10 gold
and 26 overall.
Away from the venues, the
Paralympics had its first athlete
banned for failing a doping test.
Pakistani powerlifter Naveed
Ahmed Butt tested positive for
the steroid methandienone
metabolites, the International
Paralympic Committee said in a
statement Tuesday.The urine
sample was taken Sept. 4, two
days before the opening cere-
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Sports Reporter
M ike Shanahan
hates me.
There's no oth-
er way to
explain what happened last
night. In one fell swoop, with
the good fate of La Resistance
in the palm of his hand, Shana-
han was the puppet master of
my emotions during Monday
Night Football, and chose to
bring it all crashing down on a
meaningless final drive.
Because of Shanahan, and
his mrl.on Tony Scheffler, I'm
now 0-1 in fantasy'league play.
Heading into Monday night,
La Resistance (my most
beloved fantasy football team
this year, because its in the
most competitive pay league
EVER) trailed by 20 points.
For fantasy league purposes,
it seemed like a daunting task,
but I felt confident nonethe-
less, with Javon Walker and
Jay Cutler still left to play.
Conventional wisdom would
suggest that two premiere
players can net 20 points pret-
ty easily, in fact as kickoff
rolled around, the Raiders'
injury report stated that Walk-
er would be out with a ham-
string injury so it was up to
Cutler to get my 20 points on
his own, but I remained confi-
In my mind Cutler would
still get 20 points despite not
having his top target from last
season (Brandon Marshall),
and going up against what was
touted to be a much improved
Raiders pass defense with the
additions of D'Angelo Hall
and Gibril Wilson.
Cutler did not disappoint.
On the very first drive, he
led an efficient drive down-
field eiiding in a 26 yard touch-
down pass to Eddie Royal.
Third quarter, Cutler threw
his second touchdown pass of
the game, a 48 yarder to Dar-
rell Jackson to increase the
Broncos lead 24-0.
I was well on the way to my
20 points.

Late the fourth, Cutler had
piled up 297 yards passing and
two touchdowns, good for 19
points, but I was starting to get
The Broncos had left so
many fantasy points hanging
on the board my 20 points
were in doubt.
As I said, Mike Shanahan is
not the only one that hates me,
Tony Scheffler was right
behind him on the anti La
Resistance front.
This total disaster-could
have been averted if Scheffler
hadn't dropped an easy touch-
down pass in the back of the
endzone, which would have
netted me six points.
You just cant leave six
points on the board in fantasy
Scheffler again proved to be
the bane of my fantasy foot-
ball existence late in the third
He caught a Cutler pass and
was well on his way to the end-
zone...all I needed was for him
to win a footrace with no
defenders between him and
the endzone, and I would have
my six points, my week one
Instead a surefire 77 yard
touchdown pass turned into a
72 yard gain as Scheffler was
caught at the five yard line.
So the Broncos were forced
to run the ball in from five
yards out.
Redemption came on a sim-
ple three yard pass to Nate
Jackson, that play brought
Cutler to 300 yards, giving him
the three point bonus I des-
perately needed.
At this point the Broncos
were up 41-7, the ESPN live
tracker projected me as the
winner with Cutler's 28 points
giving me the win 78-74.
It was over...or so I thought.
The Broncos got the ball
again with just over a minute
left on the clock and what does
Mike Shanahan do? He does-
n't hand the ball off, he doesn't
bring in a backup quarterback
to get a few reps...HE SENDS

DENVER BRONCOS head coach Mike Shanahan looks on as his team plays
the Oakland Raiders during the first half of the game on Monday night in

Oakland, California...

KNEE!!! In one of the great-
est fantasy football turnabouts
ever, I lost four points on that
one play. Cutler dropped fromn
300 to 299 yards, losing the
point for reaching another 10
yards and the three point
bonus for a 300 yard game.
I would up losing my head
to head matchup 74-73. I'm
not sure if this was one of
those weeks were I can take
solice in the fadt.that I was
competitive in a week where I
had five players sit out or if I
should be upset because I gave
up a win I should have had
despite a terrible week.
I'll go with the latter.
I learned many. valuable
lessons this week, draft healthy
receivers, play anyone going
up against the Rams

(AP Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez)

defense...and never ever ever
depend on Mike Shanahan.
He hates me.

La Resistance roster
You will know them
Bahamas, you will' love them
Bahamas, they will be your
team as they are mine. Sure I
drafted them, but this is our
I feel as strongly about this
as the guy in the Budweiser
commercial, "This is oooouu-
uurrrr country". The entire vil-
lage will run this child and the
entire country will turn their
focus towards in ensuring that
I receive the two most pre-
cious gifts a man can ask
for...an extremely meager cash
prize and bragging rights over
nine of my friends.

The Quarterbacks
Jay Cutler -The leader of La
Resistance. This is the one
player on the team who I am
sure will make "the leap" this
year. Game one was just the

Aaron Rodgers Cutler's
week one performance pretty
much solidified my hopes for
him and I'm willing to place
one of my quarterbacks on the
trading block. Rodgers is the
odd man out because he has
a higher trade value than a
turnover prone Warner.

Kurt Warner Penciled in to
be an adequate backup and on
the bye week or if Cutler falls
off track, I would have no
problem with Warner stepping
in. The Cards have two Pro-
Bowl receivers and a future
Hall of Fame running back, all
Warner has to do is' make
smart decisions.

The Runningbacks
Frank Gore I had the last
pick in the draft and they lev-
el to which that sucks is unex-
plainable. but when the 10th
pick rolled around, Gore was
my first choice. ,

Marshawn Lynch The
most controversial pick of the
draft. Having the last pick of
the first round means the first
pick of the second round and
Marion Barber was prime for
the taking. However the foot-
ball gods sensed I may have
been too happy, and froze my
PC, preventing me from mak-
ing the Barber selection.

Fred Taylor May have
been a mistake, the Jaguars
have three banged up offen-
sive lineman. (Trading block)

LaMont Jordan Veteran
free agent + signing with the
Pats = big numbers. (Trading

Rudi'Johnson Is it just me
or is the rest of the world
insane for thinking Rudi is,

done? If Kevin Smith doesn't
wow people, Johnson will have
the starting job the minute he
learns the offense. (Trading

The Widereceivers
Disclaimer: I did not draft
one healthy receiver.
. Chad Ocho Cinco Still one
of the premiere receivers in
the league, no matter how
crazy he is.
Steve Smith I looked
beyond the suspension, for this
pick, but I think Smith is going
to have a big year for me, La
Resistance, and a surprising
Panthers team.
Javon Walker On the trad-
ing block, he spurned me emo-
tionally by sitting out week
one and costing me, I could
have used two points. (Trading
Kevin Curtis Are sports
hernia's contagious on this
team? (Trading block)
Chris Henry He's good
once he finds a way to stay on
the field.

The Tight Ends
Vernon Davis My logic
here for making this pick was
simple: Vernon Davis had too
many endorsement deals and
has too great of a story to be
terrible every year. Can you
believe I actually got an A in
logic freshman year.

The Defense
Giants I was still thinking
in 2007 mode when I made this
pick. What I didn't think
about...no Michael Strahan, no
Usi Umenyiora, no Gibril Wil-
son, no hunger of always being
the underdog. We will be
adding another defense in
short order.

The Kicker
Shayne Graham This will
change just about every week,
the key to this is finding the
one kicker on a team that
struggles to get into the end-
zone, a la Neil Rackers two
.years ago.

Olympic champion

welcomed home

OLYMPIC CHAMPION Usain Bolt, of Jamaica, points to the sky in his signature victory pose upon his arrival
as he exits his plane in Kingston, Jamaica, on Monday. Bolt, who won three gold medals and set world records
in the 100 meters, 200. meters and the 4x100 relay at the Beijing Games, was greeted by hundreds of
Jamaicans, including Prime Minister Bruce Golding, in his first visit to the Caribbean island since his starring
role at last month's Olympics. At left is Jamaica's Sports Minister Babsy Grange.
(AP Photos: Collin Reid)

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Senior Sports Reporter
THE introduction of two-
time Olympian Andrew

one of the moves that was
made in the Government
Secondary Schools Sports
Association so far.
According to GSSSA presi-
dent Edna Forbes, there are
some other key moves that
were made at the start of the
2008/9 school year.
"There has been a lot of
movement back and forth,"
said Forbes, who noted that
the changes should be good-
for the association on the
Rupert Gardiner, who
returned to the GSSSA last
year at SC McPherson, has
been transferred to the new
Anatol Rodgers Junior High
He will be joined by
Natasha Huyler and Torshe-
ka Cox, both of whom com-
pleted their first year at CI
Gibson Secondary High last
year, along with David
Williams from CH Reeves
Junior High.
Marilyn Toote, who had a
long history at the DW Davis
Junior High, has been trans-
ferred to CH Reeves where
she will be working with Fritz
Grant and Lenora Cornish.
A male and female coach'
from RM Bailey Secondary
have reportedly been trans-
ferred as well. Forbes was
unable to disclose exactly.
who and where they ended
Forbes said one of the
changes the Ministry of Edu-
cation is expected to imple-
ment by the 2009/10 school
year is to only allow coaches
who are certified to sit on the
benches for all of the sporting
The problem, as Forbes
and her executives see it, is to
ensure that all of the certifi-
cation courses are held so
that the coaches become
properly certified.
But she said the Ministry of
Education has not indicated
what level of certification
they must achieve.
At present, the GSSSA
hosts games in basketball,
softball, volleyball, soccer
and track and field.
Forbes, however, was
unable to say exactly when
the new season will get start-
ed. The GSSSA normally
begins with competition in
volleyball and ends with soft-

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More than $3m in cash

prizes for World Final

Senior Sports Reporter
World Athletics
Final will bring
the curtain
down on a
memorial year of track and
field this weekend with more
than $3 million in cash prizes
on the line.
That's when the top ath-
letes in the world, based on
their points accumulated, will
head to Stuttgart, Germany,
on Saturday and Sunday.
The cash prize will be bro-
ken down as follows:
$30,000 for first place
$20,000 for second
$12,000 for third.
$7,000 for fourth
$5,000 for fifth
$4,000 for sixth
$3,000 for seventh
S$2.000 for eighth
.... 3 surpc miBai a
world record at the meet will
be awarded a bonus of
Athletes accumulated
points from the World Ath-
letics Tour that comprised of
25 Permit Meetings that was
divided into two levels.
The first was the Golden
League and Super Grand
Prix. The second was the
.Grand Prix meetings, With
_- each. IAAF Continental
Association represented by
at least one WAT meeting.
Based on their points, the
top seven athletes will be
selected with the exception
of the distance races that car-'
ry the top 11. Where there is
a tie, the athlete with the best
seasonal performance will be
The eighth or 12th spot is
left to the discretion of the
IAAF. The IAAF will
extend invitations, at its dis-
cretion, upon receipt of
refusals or cancellations.
Athletes also had the
opportunity to score points
at a number of Area Permit
The Bahamas has at least
six athletes who are eligible
to compete in this year's
World Final.
Leading the charge for the
Bahamas is double Olympic
sprint finalist Debbie Fergu-
son-McKenzie. She has a
two-point lead in the 200
metres with 58 ahead of
Frenchwoman Muriel Hur-
tis-houairi with 56.
Ferguson-McKenzie, how-
ever, has dropped to a tie for
10th place with now retired
Belgium national record
holder Kim Gevaert with 47.
Chandra Sturrup, who did-
n't make the final of the 100
at the Olympics, is in seventh
place with 52.
Jamaican Olympic cham-
pion Shelly-Ann Fraser is still
out front with 61. Jamaican

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THE Bahamas' best showing among the men is in triple jump with Olympic bronze medallist Leevan
"Superman" Sands. He is in third place with 58, only two points behind Jadel Gregorio of Brazil, who
is in second with 60...

200 Olympic champion and
American Marshevet Hook-
er are tied for second with
60 each.
No other Bahamian female
is in contention for a spot in
the World Final.
The Bahamas' best show-
ing in the men is in the triple
jump with Olympic bronze
medallist Leevan 'Superman'
Sands. He is in third place
with 58, only two points
behind Jadel Gregorio of
Brazil, who is in second with
Great Britain's Randy
Lewis tops the list with 70.

In the men's 100, World
Championships' silver medal-
list Derrick Atkins is sitting
in fourth place with 68 points
from five meets, but he has
indicated that he has shut-
down his season and won't
be going to Stuttgart.
The list is headed by
Jamaican former world
record holder Asafa Powell
with 96. Triple world record
holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica
is in second with 78, but he
has also decided to skip the
Final, having shut down his
season as well.
In the 400, Chris "Bay"

Brown is hoping to improve
on his fourth place finish at
the Olympics. He is sitting in
dourth place with 74.
American Jeremy
Wariner, the silver medallist
at the Olympics, is out front
with 100, followed by gold
medallist Lashawn Merritt
with 88.
World champion Donald
Thomas is still holding on to
the eighth spot in the high
jump with 24.33, just ahead
of Russia's Yaroslav
Rybakov with 24. Russian
Andrey Silnov has 78 for the

New Breed suffers 11-8

decision to Stingrays

NEW Breed continues to skid in the
standings of the men's division of the
New Providence Softball Association.
On Monday night at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex, New Breed suffered
an 11-8 decision to the Price Water-
house Stingrays.
With the loss, last year's runners-up
New Breed dropped to 12-8 for fourth
place behind the Defense Force Com-
modores, who moved into third at 13-9.
The Stingrays, who have been elim-
inated from the playoff picture,
improved their sixth place record to 7-
Charles "Blake" Carroll picked up

the win on the mound for the Stingrays.
Adrian Pinder was tagged with the loss
for New Breed.
Byron Ferguson enjoyed a perfect
2-for-2 night at the plate with two
RBIs. Jamiko Sands was 2-for-3 with
two RBIs as well.
Also on Monday, the Commodores
knocked off the Mighty Mitts 15-7 as
Terrance Culmer secured the win on
the mound and he helped his own
cause with a 2-for-3 night with three
Alphonso "Chicken" Albury suf-
fered the loss.
With the playoffs looming, the NPSA

has games scheduled for every night
this week at Baillou Hills.
Tonight, two key matchups will be
contested starting with a rematch of
last year's final between runners-up
Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks and the
defending champions, Pineapple Air
And in the feature contest, the
defending champions D's Truckers,
fresh off winning another pennant, will
take on the Outlaws.
On Thursday, Proper Care will play
the Sigma Brackettes in the ladies'
opener and the Pros will meet the
Truckers in the men's feature contest.


'needs to

step up'




Senior Sports Reporter
WITH the 2008/9 school
year open, the Government
Secondary Schools Sports
Association has not yet made
an announcement on the start
of their sporting programme.
League president Edna
Forbes said they are still wait-
ing on some matters to be
resolved with the Ministry of
Education before they can get
their programme off the
"I've been president for the
past five years and if there's
one thing that I learnt, it's not
to plan to fail," Forbes said.
"We're constantly going
through problems after prob-
"But this year, we have
decided to put everything on
the Ministry of Education
because it seemed as if we are
not competent. We're not edu-
cated and we don't have a
mind of our own to initiate or
formulate plans in regards to
the association."
During her tenure in office,
Forbes said that it seems as if
': eerything they ploto do is
sidtrafed. -- "
.,-'SaA year, wqaItie decid-
ed that they need to take up
the mantle and spearhead what
is going on in the association,"
she said.
"The Principals Association
and the Ministry of Education
need to put in writing what
direction they want us to go."
Forbes said there have been
too many times when their
executive board made a deci-
sion and it was over-ruled by
either the Principals Associa-
tion or the Ministry of Educa-
"Enough is enough," she
"How many times do we
have to make decisions only
to have them overturned?
They need to do something.
They need to step up."
The first thing that Forbes
said they would like for the
Ministry of Education to do is
to provide the constitution for
the GSSSA to operate by.
Without the constitution in
place, Forbes said her execu-
tives will not be prepared to
go through another season.
"If nothing is in black and
white, we won't have any
sports," she said of the extra-
curricular activities.
"I'm tired of fighting their
battles. W.e need to know
where it is we are allowed to
take this association."
While she agrees that there
must be an alternate body to
oversee the association, she
said the GSSSA must be
allowed to function in a mao-
ner that is conducive to evdry-
Forbes said that their asso-
ciation tried to implement a
Grade Point Average for, all
But they have encountered
some problems with some of
their coaches, who have tried
to usurp their authority by
bringing in athletes who don't
meet the criteria just so that
they can compete.
"We know everybody is not
going to be academic students,
but all we are asking for is a
progression from them and we
can't even get that," she said.
"Yet we are bombarded with
this GPA issue."
Forbes said the GSSSA will
not begin any sporting activi-
ties until they have their issues
Up to press time last night,
Tribune Sports was unable to
contact the Ministry of Edu-
cation or the Principals Asso-




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THE Bahamas Football Association's Youth League will
host a special football (soccer) fair at the Mall of Marathon
this weekend to encourage both youngsters and adults to
take more interest in the popular sport.
With the upcoming season ready to kick off and the
league planning to expand, the BFA decided to host this
special event from noon until 4pm on Saturday.
All of the clubs and programmes registered in the league
have been invited to set up tables with information about
their respective clubs, coaches and programmes.
Information on where clubs train, days and times of train-
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hand for persons wishing to register their children in a soc-
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Parents who want to register their child in a soccer
programme need only attend the fair at the Mall at
Marathon on Saturday to collect information on the
various clubs and make the necessary arrangements.


have a

MEMBERS of the Cavalier Football Club are all smiles during the September
2007 Bahamas Football Association (BFA) Fair at the Mall at Marathon. The
BFA's Youth Football League will hold a Family Football Fair at the Mall at
Marathon this Saturday, September 13 from to 4pm.
FROM page 15
The league for the coming 2008-2009 season intends to have
the following age divisions: Seven and under (mixed teams
with boys and girls); nine and under (mixed teams with boys and
girls); 11 and under (separate teams for boys and girls); 13 and
under (separate teams for boys and girls); 16 and under (sepa-
rate teams for boys and girls).
Parents who want to register their child in a soccer pro-
gramme need only attend the fair at the Mall at Marathon on
Saturday to collect information on the various clubs and make
the necessary arrangements.
Organisers will be handing out free gifts to the first 100 chil-
dren who visit the fair.
The fair will not only be for the children, but for adults as well.
Adults canr register with one of the clubs or with the league to
assist with coaching, administration or refereeing.
Training courses and programmes will be provided by the
Technical Department of the Bahamas Football Association to
educate any and all persons wishing to assist in any of these
As the sport of soccer is becoming more popular in the
Bahamas, clubs and the BFA are seeking to recruit additional
coaches and referees to handle the growing numbers of players
and teams.
Courses and programmes are put on to ensure that these
persons are adequately prepared to carry out the jobs effectively.
The Family Football Fair at the Mall at Marathon will also
serve an additional purpose, as league organizers are encour-
aging all football players who have old or extra equipment at
home to bring these out and turn them in for the launch of
BFA's "pass back drive."
The equipment, soccer shoes, shin guards, soccer balls, shorts
and shirts will be collected, sorted and distributed to schools and
Family Island programmes that may be in need.

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New 'town' targets 20%

renewable energy goal

Tribune Business Editor
south Abaco
harbour town
is aiming to
"set some stan-
dards" when it comes to sus-
tainable development, aiming
to generate up to 20 per cent of
its electricity needs from
renewable sources and install
the "first membrane waste-
water treatment plant in the
Keith Bishop, Islands by
Design's principal, who is act-
ing as project manager for the
Schooner Bay development,
told Tribune Business yester-
day that the- community was
"going to replicate Harbour

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Island, Hope Town and Green
Turtle Cay's type of planning.
It's the classic old Bahamian
Mr Bishop said Schooner
Bay, which is being developed
by New Providence resident
Orjan Lindroth and his Lin-
droth Development Company,
would be constructed in two
He explained that the first
phase, accounting for 60 per,
cent of the development, would
be built in five years and
involve construction of 320 of

the 570 residential units.
That first phase, Mr Bishop
said, was estimated to employ
100 construction workers and
involve an $89 million invest-
ment excluding the cost of land.
The second phase will
involve completion of the
remaining residential units, in a
220-acre development that will
also include 50 businesses. The
focal point is intended to be a
14-acre harbour, with a mix of
shops, restaurants, offices and
boutique inns.
"It is a residential commu-

nity. It is not a mixed-use
resort," Mr Bishop explained
to Tribune Business.
"We are through the BEST
(Bahamas Environment, Sci-
ence and Technology) Com-
mission process. We have an
Environmental Impact Assess-
ment approved, and an Envi-
ronmental Management Plan
that obviously lives with the
"We have made a submis-
sion and are awaiting subdivi-
sion approval, but that is not
yet in hand, so there are no lot

sales yet. We have marina
approvals, and approvals to
clear the roads. That is ongo-
Mr Bishop said road clear-
ance had already begun at
Schooner Bay, along with some
work on the marina, as these
were the two aspects where all
permits and approvals were
When it came to energy sup-
ply for the development, Mr

SEE page 4B

Wholesale fears on City Markets

Business Reporter
BAHAMIAN wholesalers
are increasingly concerned
about City Markets' ability to
make timely payments in full
to suppliers, industry sources
told Tribune Business yester-
- day, something that will height-
en fears about the impact the
company's cash flow problems
are having.
"They have been battling
with them for the past five to
six months over late pay-
ments," an industry source told
Tribune Business about City
Markets' relationship with one
major Bahamian wholesaler.,
"I understand that the late
payment issue is with both its
local and foreign suppliers.
There is absolutely concern in
the industry."
The source said one whole-
saler was monitoring the situa-
tion on a daily basis, and was
hesitant to exttend further cred-

it to City Markets, the 12-store
grocery chain whose parent is
the publicly-traded Bahamas
"I am not sure if they have
stopped credit, because City
Markets recently gave them a
cheque, but the credit depart-
ment is concerned. It's like they
pay you, but only after you yell
at them," the source .said.
Another wholesale industry
source confirmed to Tribune
Business that the sector was
concerned about City Markets,
saying: "Everybody's a little
worried, a little concerned
about what's going to happen."
The source explained that
for Bahamian wholesalers'
whose supply offering was
largely groceries, City Markets
could account for between 20-
25 per cent of their business
and revenues.
Given that the Bahamian
grocery market is estimated to
be worth an annual $500 mil-
lion in sales, and that City Mar-
kets accounts for $140 million

of this some 28 per cent that
estimate does not appear out-
The source confirmed that
City Markets was not paying
his company in full for prod-
uct supplied, telling Tribune
Business that the supermarket
chain was "always behind" and
leaving a balance on its month-
ly bill.
It is understood that the
wholesale industry became jit-
tery on reading Tribune Busi-
'ness's exclusive report two
weeks ago on Bahamas Super-
markets' financial performance
for the year-ended June 27,
2007, with sector players
analysing the financial details
exposed in this newspaper.
They showed that the com-
pany had zero cash on its bal-
ance sheet and was encounter-
ing cash flow problems that had
continued right up until the end
of its 2008 financial year and
beyond. For 2007, Bahamas
Supermarkets had shifted from
an $8 million profit in fiscal

2006 to a $189,000 loss.
Tribune Business attempted
to reach Stephen Boyle, City
Markets' chief executive, on
the wholesale industry's fears,
and was asked to send him a
fax detailing the issue for a
response. That response was'
not received before press time.
However, in a previous inter-
view he confirmed that City
Markets was still "not out of
the woods" on its cash flow
problems. While the daily oper-
ations were cash flow positive,
much of this was being eaten
up by the need to finance the
installation of new back-office
and accounting systems.
Mr Boyle also confirmed
that a $500,000 cash injection
from a related party on May 5,
2008, was in actual fact a sup-
plier deferring payment of a
bill that City Markets owed.
That supplier is likely to be
Franklyn Butler's Milo Butler
& Sons business.
The 2007 financial state-
ments showed that accounts

payables'had increased by
133.7 per cent to $13.654 mil-
lion, compared to $5.841 mil-
lion at year-end 2006.
Most of this consisted of
payables owed to suppliers,
which at the 2007 year-end had
more than tripled to $9.171 mil-
lion, compared to $2.861 mil-
lion the year before.
Bahamas Supermarkets, the
City Markets operator, in July
confirmed Tribune's Business
exclusive revelation that it had
experienced cash flow prob-
lems, with the company's back
office and accounting systems
meltdown also causing inven-
tories to balloon and a tempo-
rary halt to dividend payments.
This also led to the company
being unable to produce time-
ly financial statements for 2007.
In fact, Basil Sands, Bahamas
Supermarkets' chairman, told
investors by letter that the
because of the problems, the

SEE page 4B

Ike costs resorts

5,000 room nights

Tribune Business
THE Ministry of Tourism
yesterday said it estimated that
Hurricane Ike cost the Bahami-
an hotel industry 5,000 room
nights and $900,000 in associat-
ed revenue. 4
However, the Ministry's
director-general, Vernice
Walkine, pointed out that room
nights only reflected room
"It does not take into account
the amount of money that per-
sons would have spent on
theirvacation, such as in taxi
fare, food shopping and tours
and the like. So that [loss] figure
would be much higher," Ms

But cruise re-routing
enables sector to make-
up loss from Hanna

Walkine explained.
In fact, Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation (BHA) executive vice-
president, Frank Comito, told
Tribune Business on Tuesday
that overall, the losses definite-
ly totalled "millions and mil-
lions" of dollars.
While initial estimates on the
cruise side indicated $761,000
in total passenger spending rev-
enue and departure taxes as a
result of cancelled and re-rout-
ed cruise intineraries, due to
Tropical Storm Hanna and Hur-
ricane Ike, Ms Walkine said the
situation for this tourism sector
was less bleak.
"Actually, when we look at
it, we made up those losses on
cruise calls because we had
additional cruises that were put
on the schedule, due to diver-
sions from other countries.
Their misfortunate was our gain
and made up for the losses we
had," Ms Walkine said.
The director-general said her
ministry did not have any plans
to increase its advertising spend
or do any particular campaigns
in the aftermath of the storms.
"We don't want to be insen-
sitive to some of the other
islands, which have suffered
more damage, but what we
have done is put out a series of
press releases and alerts to our
travel partners to let them know
that the hotels are OK and the
airport has reopened, so that if
persons do have concerns then
they can reassure them," Ms
Walkine said.

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* Company tapped 'a
fraction' of its potential
* Set to increase staff
for Bo Hengy II
* Waiting for 'final go-ahead'
on Harbour Island dock
upgrades, with work
deciding when new
ferry comes into service

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMAS Ferries is set to
take delivery of its $9 million
newly-built vessel, the Bo
Hengy II, "in a week or so",
Tribune Business was told yes-
terday, with its entering into ser-
vice likely to boost staff levels. at
a company that has "tapped a
fraction" of its potential.
Khaalis Rolle, Bahamas Fer-
ries' chief marketing officer,
said the Bo Hengy II, which had
been constructed in Australia
and completed all sea trials,
would arrive in the Bahamas to

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Top academic: What will the Bahamas get from the EPA?

Tribune Business Editor

A distinguished Caribbean
academic has questioned what
the Bahamas "will get out of
the Economic Partnership
Agreement" with the European
Union (EU), with he and others

Chorus of expert opinion fears EU deal's MFN clause could undermine Bahamas-US trade relations

warning that the agreement
could interrupt and undermine
this relationship with its main
trading partner the US.
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Institute of International Rela-
tions, said that with the EPA
set to phase out tariffs imposed
upon 85 per cent of EU exports,
"the question is how long will
the US and Canada accept that
the Europeans can export duty-
free to the Bahamas market and
they can't".
Professor Girvan, who made
his comments as part of a lively
e-mail exchange on the EPA
between academics and profes-
sionals in the Bahamas and
wider Caribbean, found support
elsewhere for his concerns
about the knock-on effect the
agreement with the EU is like-
ly to have on US trade relations.
Stephen Lande, president of
Manchester Trade, and inter-
national business advisory firm,
this week urged the Bahamas
and other CARIFORUM
nations not to "be led to the
slaughter" and hold back from
signing the EPA in the short-
Advocating that CARIFO-
RUM ask the EU for a 12-
month delay in signing the
EPA, Mr Lande said the region
should resist the increasing pres-
sure from Europe to sign.
The pressure was further
ratcheted up this week, with
Carlo Pettinato, first secretary
at the European Commission
office in Jamaica, warning that
unless the EPA was signed by
October 31,2008, all CARIFO-
RUM exports to the EU would
lose their preferential duty-free
market access and instead be
placed under the General Sys-
tem of Preferences (GSP).
The Bahamian industries
most impacted by such a move
would be the fisheries sector
and Polymers International,
although the soon-departing
Bacardi still probably has some
rum stocks to sell. The loss of
preferential market access
would increase the price of their
EU exports, making them
uncompetitive against rivals and
possibly costing them sales and
The former PLP government,
and its FNM successor, took the
* standpoint that preserving duty-
free access to the EU markets

was essential to maintaining the
Bahamas' positive $20 million
trade surplus with the EU as
measured by 2004 data ($66 mil-
lion in exports, $45 million in
imports). .
Yet Rick Lowe, operations
manager at Nassau Motor Com-
pany and a leading Nassau Insti-
tute member, is among those
questioning whether the loss of
preferential EU market access
will have quite the catastrophic
impact that those like the fish-
eries sector claim.
In his contribution to the Gir-
van e-mail debate, Mr Lowe
questioned whether the fisheries
industry and others would strug-
gle to find alternative markets
to the EU, as they had claimed.
According to Mr Lowe, the
minister of state for finance,
Zhivargo Laing, had told a sem-
inar on the EPA that a loss of
duty-free market access to the
EU would impose an 8 per cent
tariff upon the Bahamas' craw-
fish exports a figure he said
paled into comparison with the
surge in operating cost increas-
es recently experienced by all
Bahamian businesses.
"Should Europe choose to
add the 'penalty' of an 8 per
cent tax, won't Bahamian fish-
ermen find other markets for
their product or reduce their
prices to stay in the market?"
Mr Lowe asked.
Professor Girvan backed him
on this, adding that there were
probably "other people" who
would buy Bahamian crawfish if
the EU imposed an 8 per cent
The UWI professor added
that based on 2002 data, some
72 per cent of this nation's for-
eign currency earnings came
from the services industry. In
turn, some 85 per cent of this
figure came from tourism and
financial services, which "do not
need an EPA".
In addition, 83 per cent of
Bahamian goods exports went
to the US and Canada, and only
13 per cent to the EU, which
Professor Girvan said showed
that just 4 per cent of total
export earnings came from
Europe. He described this sar-
castically as a "big deal".

"It's just incredible that we
are walking into this thing with-
out governments carefully
quantifying these costs vis-a-vis
the supposed benefits or, if they
have, explaining them to the
population apart from saying
that we need to avoid_paying
higher tariffs to enter the EU
market," Professor Girvan said.
Meanwhile, Mr Lande yes-
terday described the "major
concern" with the EPA being
how its Most Favoured Nation
(MFN) clause could impact
future trade relations with the
US. He explained that the EPA
required the Bahamas (individ-
ually), and
collectively, to consult with the
EU if any of them entered into
an agreement with another
country that gave the latter
more favourable treatment'than
under the EPA.
MFN clauses require that a
country which is party to a trade
agreement give the other sig-
natories no less favourable
treatment than they have
afforded other nations.
For the Bahamas, Mr Lande
pointed out these consequences
of the MFN clause's inclusion
in the EPA. "This provision
would circumscribe CARI-
COM's ability to enter into free-
trade agreements with other
,major trading countries," he
"For example, the ability of
the EU to interfere with nego-
tiations with third countries like
the United States would pre-
vent a CARICOM-US free
trade agreement, since the latter
is usually more rigorous but
provides greater benefits to the
"The MFN clause in the
South African agreement is one
of the major reasons why the
US was unable to negotiate a
free trade agreement with the
Southern African Customs
Union (SACU), a Regional
Economic Community (REC)
with members including South
Africa., Botswana, Lesotho,
Namibia and Swaziland. The
problem arose because a num-
ber of sectors were either elim-,
inated or subject to a ren-.

dezvous commitment in the
EU-South African free trade
Mr Lande explained: "This
rendezvous commitment pro-
vided for a delay before negoti-
ations were undertaken for spe-
cific products. Evidently, auto-
mobiles were covered in the
rendezvous clause. There was
to be a five-year delay in nego-
tiating the specific terms of this
"South Africa could there-
fore not negotiate with the US
on these items. Since US indus-
try demanded a concession for
motor vehicles and would not
accept a delayed commitment, it
was not possible to reach an
agreement. This was not the
only reason but a key reason
for the failure of the negotia-
Pointing out that the EPA
provided for a slow, phased-in
implementation over a 25-year
period, Mr Lande added: "Cur-
rent US policy would not allow
so many exceptions and such
slow staging in a free trade
agreement negotiations with
CARICOM or its member
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not agree to the same excep-
tions from a free trade agree-
ment as those allowed by the
EU, preferring to use its
Dominican Republic-Central
American free trade agreement
as a model for any Caribbean
Basin Initiative (CBI) replace-
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require additional unilateral
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Dominican Republic had
already signed the EPA, it
would not have been able to
adhere to DR-CAFTA," Mr
Lande said. "Undue haste [in
signing the EPA][ could result
in the Caribbean finding itself
linked with its colonial past and
losing opportunities with its
major trading partners the US,.
Brazil and the emerging Asian

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Bad loans grow $15m during July

Tribune Business Editor
NON-performing loans in the
Bahamian commercial banking
sector increased by $15 million
during July 2008, with non-
accrual loans growing by $70.1
million to hit the $600 million
mark, providing further evi-
dence of an increasing inability
among Bahamian businesses
and consumers to meet debt
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas' report on monthly
economic developments for July
2008 continued to show a dete-
riorating economic climate, with
the brunt chiefly being born by
the business sector.
For the period January-July
2008, non-accrual commercial
loans meaning those loans 31-
90 days past due had almost
tripled against 2007 compara-

Non-accrual commercial loans almost triple to $147m in first seven months of 2008, accounting for 75% of overall rise

tives, growing from $52.6 mil-
lion to $147 million.
The Central Bank said com-
mercial loans accounted for 75
per cent of the rise in non-
accrual loans, as the Bahamian
clearing bank industry's deteri-
oration in credit quality contin-
ued into the third quarter.
Non-accrual loans are not the
most critical factors impacting a
commercial bank's balance
sheet and profitability, although
a key goal is to prevent them
from moving into the past 90-
days due category, when they
become non-performing.
While the majority of delin-
quent commercial loans
remained in the non-perform-
ing sector, the Central Bank
said: "Although the majority of
these types of loans are still con-

centrated in the 31 to 90 day
segment, there was a $15 mil-
lion increase in non-perform-
ing loans-those which are
above 90 days past due-dur-
ing the review month.
"Consumer loans, which
advanced by $23.7 million to
$196 million, accounted for the
remainder of the expansion in
overall delinquencies, as the

credit profile of this segment
continued to show a steady pro-
gression of arrears from the 31-
90 day to non-performing sta-
tus. In contrast, mortgage
arrears declined modestly over
the review period, by $6.2 mil-
lion (2.3 per cent) to $258 mil-
lion. However, a percentage of
the outstanding loans continue
to migrate into the non-per-
forming category."
Meanwhile, "a reduction in
outstanding debts by tourism
related firms resulted in a
decline in private sector credit
by $93.4 million, four times
more than 2007's contraction".
The Central Bank gave con-
trasting views on its outlook for
the Bahamian economy,
acknowledging that "softness"
in consumer spending and con-

Bahamasl fiR Feppis [ etto Pe('i vI ] 89mtbvess e'li

FROM page 1B

take over the Nassau to Spanish
Wells/Harbour Island/Gover-
nor's Harbour route "in mid to
late October".
Yet how quickly the Bo
Hengy II entered service, and
replaces the original Bo Hengy,
is contingent on when the com-
pany gets final approval to
upgrade its Harbour Island
docking facility and do some
dredging to accommodate the
new vessel.
"The boat is already built and
sea trialled, and we're getting
ready for delivery. It's still in
Australia and is scheduled to
depart very soon, in a week or
so," Mr Rolle told Tribune
"We anticipate increasing our
staff complement to accommo-
date the new vessel, but we
haven't put a figure on that
The Bo Hengy II will have
capacity for 300 passengers,
compared to its original name-
sake's 184 seats, and will use
"more efficient engines in terms
of fuel burn per nautical mile"
in an effort to combat the spi-
ralling costs of diesel.
Mr Rolle said fuel costs,
although slightly reduced
recently, were continuing to
have "` tremendous impact" on
Bahamas Ferries' operating
costs. It was its second biggest
expense item, behind staff

"When you look at when we
started in 1999, diesel fuel was
$1 per gallon, and now it's $6
per gallon, which is tremefidous
when you look at the amount
of fuel we bum," Mr Rolle said
of the 500 per cent increase.
"Annually, we burn more
than a million gallons per year,
and that's one of our greatest
expenses." Doing the maths,
this means that over an eight to
nine-year period, Bahamas Fer-
ries has seen its fuel costs
increase from over $1 million
per year to more than $6 mil-
Still, Mr Rolle said Bahamas
Ferries' business had "stabilised
over the past few years", and
the $9 million investment in Bo
Hengy II showed the company
was committed to refreshing its
product through continuous
upgrades that enhanced pas-
senger comfort and shareholder
Given the island geography
of the Bahamas and the rela-
tively short distances between
many islands, this nation
appears ripe for an inter-island
water transportation business
such as Bahamas Ferries, Mr
Rolle yesterday saying that the
company was continuing to
assess expansion opportunities.
"You look at our level of
growth and we'd probably be,
one of the fastest growing com-
panies in the Bahamas," hb told
Tribune Business.
"There's tremendous poten-
tial for expansion. I don't think
we've tapped a fraction of our

capability. We always want to
grow through measured growth
to ensure it's done properly and
in a financially responsible man-
Mr Rolle said that following a
naming competition, Bahamas
Ferries had chosen the name
Bo Hengy II because it did not
want to lose the "brand equi-
ty" that had been built up by
the first vessel.
"We've decided on that
because we've built up so much
brand equity in Bo Hengy that
we've decided to continue with
it," he explained. "Some peo-
ple call our company Bo Hengy,
rather than Bahamas Ferries.
There. is brand equity that we'd
be losing if we call it something
The date when the Bo Hengy
II will enter service "is condi-
tional on when we get the dock-
ing facility sorted in Harbour
Island," Mr Rolle explained.
"We're just waiting to get final
clearance on the dock improve-
ments required to accommo-
date the new boat. We have got
local government approvals and
the Docks Committee
approvals. All of the approvals
are in hand. We are just waiting
for the final go-ahead."
The planned improvements
involve dredging and the con-
struction of a floating dock for
pedestrians, a move designed
to kbep themi separate from
vehicular traffic on the dock,
plus, the mailboats that also call
.Mr Rolle said Bahamas Fer-

ries was assisting the Ministry
of Works' plans to "upgrade all
the docks in that area of Har-
bour Island", and would "defi-
nitely" make a financial contri-
bution to the effort as the com-
pany was "one of the prime
users" of the Government dock.
He added that Neko Grant,
the minister of works, was "very
excited" about moving on with
the project, and both he and the
company were "on the same
page in getting it done".
The docks improvements, Mr
Rolle said, would benefit all
users, including Harbour
Island's water taxis, and
Bahamas Ferries was also fund-
ing upgrades to the toilet facili-
ties on the docks.
As for the original Bo Hengy,
Mr Rolle said Bahamas Ferries
was considering several options,
including selling it or holding it
in reserve for use in peak peri-
ods on other routes.
If it stays, Bahamas Ferries
will have four vessels that, apart
from Eleuthera, also serve
Sandypoint in Abaco, Morgan's
Bluff and Fresh Creek in
Andros, and Georgetown in
Exuma from Nassau.

struction investment had
restrained economic growth at a
time when price pressures con-
tinued to increase, eroding liv-
ing standards.
However, it continued to
insist that the outlook for the
remainder of 2008 remained
"mildly positive", despite the
weakness in tourism and the
need for major foreign and pub-
lic sector investment projects to
stimulate the construction
When it came to tourism, the
Central Bank s'ad tourism
arrivals for the 2008 first half
were down 2.2 per cent at
2,426,138, a 1.1 per cent rise in

air arrivals being offset by a 3.8
per cent reduction in sea
New Providence visitor
arrivals fell by 5.9. per cent, a
4.8 per cent rise in air arrivals
(stopovers) being offset by a
12.5 per cent drop in sea
Grand Bahama also saw a
14.6 per cent contraction in
overall arrivals, with air and sea
visitors down by 10.3 per cent
and 16.8 per cent respectively.
Family Island visitors were up
by 11.8 per cent, boosted by a
16.3 per cent increase in cruise
arrivals, with air passengers
down 4.8 per cent.

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Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial








Industrial Corporation wishes to invite

all persons who submitted Tender Bids

for Security


for the Soldier

Road Industrial Park to attend the

Tender Opening Ceremony on Friday,

September 12, 2008 at the Corporation's

East Bay Street Office. The ceremony

will commence promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Probate Side

late of the Settlement of Black Point, situate
on Great Guana Cay, Exuma, Bahamas,

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or 'demand against the above Estate are required to send
the same duly certified in writing to the undersigned on or
before the 15th October, 2008 afterwhich date the Executors
will proceed to distribute the assets having regard only
to the claims of which they shall then have had. notice.

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

Attorney for the Executors
Suite No.6, Grosvenor Close
Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas

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

* Provide guidance and direction to the Operations Team
* Implement process effectively to create operational efficiencies and
deliver a high level of service to internal/external clients
* Manage the security trade settlement process and mutual fund trade process
0 Manage the wire transfer process
* Overall oversight of account openings, closings, updates and other
Documentation items
* Prepare daily/monthly 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
Business/Operations 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

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


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Grocers see popularity of prepared foods

homemade food. But like many
Americans, when she does
choose to eat out, she is head-
ing more often to the grocery
"I want to choose something
healthier," the 21-year old said
at a Fred Meyer store in Port-
Grocery stores say they've

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of HOLBURG VALLEY LTD. has
-been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.


Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of TRUDELLE MANAGEMENT
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore
been struck off the Register.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of GOENCHO'SAIB LTD. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.


seen the popularity of their pre-
pared foods grow as consumers
try to save time, money and
sometimes calories.
And the economic downturn
has helped boost the trend as
folks trade down from restau-
rants to dinner at home. So gro-
cers are boosting the selections
in response to people's grow-
ing appetite for prepared foods.
"When they are trying to
return to more meals at home,
they don't want to start from
scratch like we would a gener-
ation or two ago," said Tim
Hammonds, president and
CEO at the Food Marketing

Institute, an industry trade
"That's why the prepared
foods are so popular."
They come in ready-to-eat
form like rotisserie chicken,
mashed potatoes or sandwiches.
Or there are ready-to-heat
styles like stuffed salmon,
lasagna or meatloaf that just
need to hit the stove.
"I've been doing (this) for
years," said Michael Braun, 54,
buying his dinner from the New
Season's grocery deli counter
in Portland. "It's just easier."
Grocery stores have taken
note of the popularity.

Last month, Stop &. Shop
and Giant-Landover super-
markets added more than 100
fresh prepared foods such as
soups and bourbon chicken.
Last week, Supervalu Inc. intro-
duced a line of more than 150
items that aim to rival restau-
rant-quality food such as pork
carnitas enchilada casserole and
pineapple upside-down cake.
Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.,
which has long offered pre-
pared foods at its stores, recent-
ly expanded its options to
include items such as lobster
bisque, baked ziti and dinner
packages that feed a family of

four for $10.
But many grocers say they
are seeing the biggest growth
in simple comfort foods.
Whole Foods Market Inc.
said its best-sellers include mac-
aroni and cheese and mashed
potatoes in some stores. The
company has recently added a
"family-size savings" pro-
gramme that allows shoppers
to get a discount when they buy
two or more pounds of some
prepared foods.
"They can basically pick up
dinner in one stop," said Whole
Foods spokeswoman Libba

New 'town' targets 20% renewable energy goal

FROM page 1B

Bishop said the developers
hoped to generate "up to 20 per
cent" from renewable sources.
"We are heavily investigat-
ing alternative energy," Mr
Bishop told Tribune Business.
"We are looking into wind and
solar. We've done some feasi-
bility studies.
"Ocean thermal energy con-
version is not possible, but we're
developing reverse geothermal
- using cold water for air condi-
tioning units. We are looking at
the possibility of supplement-
ing BEC with wind power.

Those studies are ongoing. A
cheaper cost of living is the bot-
tom line."
While initial capital invest-
nkent in renewable energy
sources was generally four times
more expensive than that in tra-
ditional energy forms, Mr Bish-
op said the "long-term benefits
are significant" as measured
over five, six, seven years and
further out.
.With energy costs taking
ever-increasing chunks out of
business and consumer pock-
ets, he added that new projects
such as Schooner Bay needed.
to do something to counter this.

Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of TALL TREE VALLEY LTD.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.


Legal Notice




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business 'Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of PIMA VALLEY LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck
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2.70 1.62 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37
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To lighten energy demand,
Mr Bishop said Schooner Bay
was reducing the size of its
building structures. He
explained: "We're generally
going for a smaller than average
: In addition, the development.
is planning to use building mate-
rials that give far better ther-
mal performance, utilising stone
as opposed to the typical block
method 'Af construction now in
"We will collect all the rain as
it comes off the roof, and it will
go into a cistern under each
building," Mr Bishop explained.
"We will also collect all the grey
water and treat it in a mem-
brane system, getting 100 per
cent re-use.
"We're definitely going to be
putting in a membrane waste-
water treatment plant, the first
in the Bahamas. And there's a
very hard ridge on site that we
will try and mine for the aggre-
gate for construction."
Mr Bishop said the Mel-
bourne principles and LEED
principles for sustainable devel-
opment "have been heavily
MARKETS, from 1B
company had taken the deci-
sion to suspend dividend pay-
ments to shareholders.
In the letter, Mr Sands told
shareholders: "As a by product
of.the company's accounting
problems, the company's inven-
tory ballooned, and coupled
with the extensive investment
in infrastructure, the company's
cash flow position decreased
with the result that the Board
deemed it advisable not to

incorporated in the design prin-
ciples for Schooner Bay".
Rather than follow present
Nassau practices, which involve
the collection of 100 per cent
of household waste that is then
taken to the Harrold Road
dump, Mr Bishop said: "We will
attempt to reduce offsite solid
waste down to 5 per cent.
"We will recycle and inciner-
ate on site. It will take the load
off the landfill. If we incinerate,
we get heat recovery, which is
energy. Biomass may come in
Phase two."
Situated. 25 miles south of
Marsh Harbour, Schooner Bay
will have 1.25 miles of ocean-
front and 1.25 miles of harbour
front, and be closed to cars.
The development is targeting
Bahamian families, and will fea-
ture 'primary and middle
schools, with 60 per cent of the
property reserved for green
space. The sports facilities and
community hall will serve as a
hurricane shelter, with a
Farmer's Market also set to be
incorporated into Schooner Bay
to allow farmers and craftsmen
to sell their products.

declare a dividend."
Sources had also previously
told Tribune Business that the
cash flow issues had impacted
Bahamas Supermarkets ability
to buy bulk produce shipments
from its main US-based whole-
sale supplier, Supervalue Inter-
national, which has led to the
company increasingly souring
product through Bahamian-
based wholesalers in small pur-

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance'with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of KOHAUF CORPORATION
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.


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

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Across Dom
1 Housing is renovated 2
inside later (11)
9 Temporarily stopped work- 3
ing (4,3) 4
10 Cosy feature of a mountain
glade (5) 5
11 Open and shut legal action
(4) 6
12 Weight on one's con-
science? (8) 7
14 Means a lot (6)
16 Examine closely for fallen 8
arches (6)
18 He gets fed up 13
with people (8)
19 Imprison the 15
Italian after German
agreement (4) 17
22 Perfume from
far Oman (5)
23 Bill can sing well, it seems 20
24 He gets priceless ideas 21

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution
Across: 1 Income, 4 Blockade, 9
Tender, 10 Impudent, 12 Rife, 13
Quits, 14 Star, 17 Strict orders, 20
Brother-in-law, 23 Unit, 24 Verne, 25
Stye, 28 Man-of-war, 29 Genius, 30
Reassure, 31 Entrap.
Down: 1 Interest, 2 Conifers, 3 Meet,
5 Limited means, 6 Coup, 7 Agents, 8
Extort, 11 Fun of the fair, 15 Score, 16
Orbit, 18 Clothier, 19 Sweeps up, 21
Fulmar, 22 Sienna, 26 Efts, 27 Hewn.

9wn 9
These doors are on the
way out (5)
I study Russian art (4) 11 12
A result of some conse-
quence (6)
Payments subject to 14 15
approval (8) -
'Bony' ran Gaul, perhaps
(7) 18
He's cAlled on tq help with
current problems (11)
His occupation is subject 22
to contract (11)
Pause when the tea is set 24
out (8)
Outline of a number travel-
ling about (7) U.1 Across
Capital of France and capi- .._J 1 Highly delighted
tal of Holland in one dis- N
strict (6) N (4,3,4)
trict (6) 9 Transient (7)
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appear similar (5) 10 Person of great
Quits the day before a new stature (5)
start is to be made (4) 11 To sanction (4)
12 Slow-moving (8)
Yesterday's Easy Solution 14 Warning (6)
16 Flow (6)
Across: 1 Squall, 4 At bottom, 9 16 Flow (6)
Cachet, 10 Follower, 12 Lout, 13 18 Very well (3,5)
Mocha, 14 Free, 17 Knuckle under, 19 Equitable (4)
20 Win hands down, 23 Alas, 24
Train, 25 Mesh, 28 Overawed, 29 22 Linked
Carpus, 30 Foremost, 31 Plenty. series (5)
Down: 1 Suchlike, 2 Unctuous, 3
Leek, 5 Tooth and nail, 6 Oslo, 7 23 Conceive (7)
Thwart, 8 Marvel, 11 Togethemess, 24 On earth (5,3,3)
15 Skein, 16 Cease, 18 Homespun,
19 On the sly, 21 Far-off, 22 Career,
26 Maim, 27 Hail.

Kakuro Puzzle
i 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
,g may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
'- level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.

2 Prospect (5)
3 Destroy (4)
4 Wrangle over price
5 To temper (8)
6 Abnormally large (7)
7 As good as expected
8 Up for sale (2,3,6)
13 Ability to wait calmly
15 Bad guy in play (7)
17 Frugality (6)
20 Farewell (5)
21 Ignoble (4)

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by Steve Becker

Famous Hand

North dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
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The bidding:
North East South West
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Opening lead jack of clubs. .
This hand was played by Roger
Trezel, well-known French star. Hec
got to six hearts and made 12 tricks,
but not many players would have
brought the contract home.
Trezel ruffed the opening club
lead and cashed the queen of hearts,
on which West showed out. Here
Trezel made the first of several good
plays when he had the foresight to
play dummy's ten on the queen. Next
he led a heart to the king and cashed

the king of spades.
After cashing the queen of dia-
monds, Trezel returned a trump and
took the marked finesse of the nine.
He then played the ace of hearts, dis-
carding the king of diamonds from
dummy, followed by the ace of
spades, discarding the ace of dia-
monds from dummy!
Trezel next conceded the ten of
diamonds to West's jack, and that
was the end of the hand. Declarer
won the rest, since he had three dia-
mond tricks and a trump left.
All of these plays turned out to be
necessary for the contract to be
made. If Trczel had neglected to
unblock the ten of hearts at trick two,
he would have been defeated. Simi-
larly, itf he had failed to cash one of
dummy's high diamonds, as he did,
he would also have gone down.
And finally, if he had not dis-
carded the A-K of diamonds when he
did, he would have made only three
diamond tricks instead of the four he
needed, and again would have failed.
The unblocking plays in diamonds
were a safety measure to guard
against a possible 4-1 break in the
Trezel's plays were all logical
enough, but they were of the type
that most players would be more apt
to think of after the play than during

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F OOD is the sustenance of life, and in many soci-
eties shared meals represent the glue which holds
families and communities together. But maybe .
there's more to it than being with good friends, laughing
and sharing, as so called "health fanatics" preach the
healing power of foods.

Idamae Hanna, a nutritionist and dietitian at
the Better Living Health Centre on Balfour
Avenue and Palm Beach Street, runs a vege-
tarian deli as well as a consultation clinic for
persons seeking advice from a food expert.
She shared with Tribune Taste that "we are
what we eat", adding that plants come from
the earth the same place humans come from.
"Plants need the same elements as as sun
and water and they make the nutrition that
we need."
At the health food store Ms Hanna runs,
hot breakfast and hot deli items are available
- ranging from 100 per cent juice, lentil soup,
vegetarian curry, scrambled tofu, Chickett (a
vegetarian option) souse, and Big Frank (a
vegetarian option) stew. Breakfast is open
from 7:30am and diet counseling is open 11am-
Food should be the human medication, and
medication should be food, Ms Hanna said.
Even the Bible says "the leaves of the trees are
for the healing of the nations" (Revelation
Citing a National Geographic article that
researched the longevity of three cultures in
China, Hawaii and the Seventh Day Adven-
tists of California, Ms Hanna said that this'
last category regularly had people living to
over 100 years old, and each community held
three important practices in common.
They followed predominantly plant/earth
based diets
Exercised in everyday activities
And had strong support systems based on
good relationships with family.
This longevity study was conducted over a
30 year period with 20,000 to 30,000 Seventh
Day Adventists in California, explained Ms
Hanna. The reason this group of people was
chosen is because they are known not to
smoke or drink, which would bring variables
into the study. "Their findings can be sum-
marized as saying 'more meat = more cancer'
and the more plant based a diet is, the health-
ier the person will be," she said.
"Food is the most important thing to con-
centrate on for total health, because other
components like environment or genetics are
unchangeable," Ms Hanna noted. Exercise
and relationships are also strong contributors.
Fruits and vegetables, which the US Nutri-
tion Department now recommends you get
nine servings of per day, are high in antioxi-
dants a plant chemical that blocks cancer
causing cell growth carcinogenesiss). Vegeta-
bles like cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts
and carrots are known as "cancer foods" that
can protect the body.

Other foods you should get a lot of include
Garlic the natural antibiotic
Vitamin C found in citrus fruits
Vitamin E in nuts
Vitamin A found in beta-carotene veg-
gies and fruits that are dark yellow such as
carrots, yellow peppers, mango, papaya, and
At Mystical, both a fitness centre and health
, food store in the Madeira Plaza, the founding
owner Ms Bullard said. eating organic foods,
those with no preservatives or additives, versus
eating regularly prepared foods is like the dif-
ference between night and day. "You will no
longer feel bloated and there will be no indi-
gestion (after switching to organic foods). The
heart doesn't have to work as hard, it unblocks
your arteries and completely eliminates ill-
ness in the body," she said.
Ms Bullard further explained that although
the organic foods are expensive, your body
will feel so fantastic when.eating them, that
there will be less money and time spent on
doctor visits. "You don't want to be talking
pennies over your health," she joked.
A regular .client at Mystical, Mr Frank
Denoit, said he just turned 50 and has never
felt better since he switched to cooking with
organic groceries. "This food is actually tasti-
er," he told Tribune Taste, "and it has more vit-
Ms Bullard listed some ingredients vego-
naise (a mayonnaise replacement), grape seed
oil extract, organic crackers, tofu, organic
tomato paste, Ezekiel bread, dried berries,
organic raisins, Ezekiel cereals that are "flax
plus" and many more healthy alternatives that
are stocked on her shelves. She recommended
that organic goat milk is better than some soy
milks that do not actually come from the
organic bean, also advising how.essential it is
to read food labels carefully.
Mr Denoit listed some of his favourite
snacks a protein shake, a handful of nuts or
raisins, or an apple with organic peanut butter.
And while he admitted that this lifestyle
change started with the goal of weight loss,
he said that you must "put the right foods into
your body" and it is more about health than
about weight loss. He estimated in fact that
weight loss is 75 per cent diet and 25 per cent
Mystical health food store also serves lunch,
available to the customer any way they want it
prepared not necessarily organic although
they strongly advocate this diet. They offer a
variety of sandwiches, tuna and chicken salads
as well as green salad. Ms Bullard reportedly
sees 750-800 clientele per month, who are
repeat customers at her organic food store.


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Avenue and Palm Beach Street, food should be the human medication and medication should be food.





Catalyn keeps Bahamian theatre alive


the Bahamas has changed dra-
matically over the years, and
with the use of increasingly tal-
ented actors who have a pas-
sion for theatre and a thirst for
excellence, and the production
of first rate scripts, a wider cross
section of Bahamians are gain-
ing a deeper appreciate for the
art form.
An icon in the annuls of
Bahamian arts, theatre and
entertainment James Catalyn,
accomplished playwright, poet,
satirist, lyricist, actor, and come-
dian, has been keeping theatri-
cal arts alive and well in the
Over the years Mr Catalyn
has written many plays which
glorified Bahamian dialect and
brought Bahamian culture to
the forefront. Along with his
team of talented actors, Mr
Catalyn has represented the
Bahamas in places such as New
Zealand, Canada, Trinidad,
Bermuda, South Korea and at
the United Nations headquar-
ters in New York City.
In the Summer Madness

Revue 2008, currently playing
at the Dundas Centre for Per-
forming Arts, James Catalyn
and Friends have collaborated
to put on a performance which
was crafted carefully to depict
things that are happening in the
nation. Themes such as church,
court procedures, time, the craft
market, and the Haitian pres-
ence in the Bahamas are preva-
lent in the play.
Although the play is dripping
with satire and comedy, the
opening night will also serve as
a benefit performance for the
Aids Foundation.
A staple in the Bahamas The-
atre scene, Mr Catalyn has been
performing for more than 40
years and he has enthusiasm for
the art form and his continued
presence and commitment have
made a big difference in the
appreciation of theater in the
For Mr Catalyn, he has seen
the theater industry change in
the Bahamas. "Theatrical per-
formance has changed greatly
in the Bahamas. Back in the day
there were no performance the-
aters, this (the Dundas Centre)
use to be the Dundas Civic Cen-

Mr Catalyn feels as though
the Bahamas Government has
not been paying an equal
amount of attention to per-
forming arts as it does to
Junkanoo. "I really don't want
to bring the government into
this, but their attention is divert-
ed to Junkanoo and theatrical
performance does not get the
attention it needs."
The performing arts is just as
interesting as Junkanoo, he said,
adding that there are many
interesting activities that are
associated with performing arts
such as musicals, opera, skits
and plays.
To show its commitment to
the art, he suggested that the
Government should build a new
theatre with the latest advances
in technology, in an effort to
support talented Bahamians -
young and old -who share a love
for singing, dancing, acting or
whatever it may be emphasizing.
that the performing arts indus-
try can only be brought to new
heights if enough attention is
-given to it.
Although Mr Catalyn and his
troupe of actors believe that
more can be done to support a
developing arts community,

their passion for theatre has not
been dampened. They are all
energetic and excited to be a
part of the production, and are
committed to working diligent-
ly to learn their lines so that
the characters they play can
unfold as dramatically as possi-
Valentine Maura, director of
the production, describes the
relationship among the cast and
crew as a camaraderie. "They
are all excited about the pro-
duction, they really can't wait
till it starts." He also mentions
that a night or practice or any-
time with the group is never
boring. "There is never a dull
moment with these people, and
as you can see we are always
laughing and having a good
The performance, which
began last night, runs until Sat-
urday, September 13. Proceeds
from the first night of the show
will go to the Aids Foundation.

For tickets to the show and for
more information on the James
Catalyn and Friends Summer Revue
contact the Dundas Centre for Per-
forming Arts at 393.3728


Super Bahamian producer team


THE Bahamian air waves have been
experiencing an increasing amount of alter-
native Bahamian music. And the growth
of the alternative selection has been accom-
panied by the public's mounting interest
and support.
To clarify what we mean by alternative
music it's basically anything that isn't Rake
& Scrape, Junkanoo or Bahamian folk
One of the pioneers and trendsetters of
this emergent musical movement is a group
of talented young Bahamian producers
called S-TYPZ.
S-TYPZ is an experienced production
team based in the Bahamas; members
include Zoltan, DJ Charlie Brown, Sniper,
Showtime Shaddy, PC, and Offshore. At
the core of the group is its founding mem-
bers Zoltan Johnson and DJ Charley
Brown. According to the pair, the group
has been in existence for over ten years
and has worked with many different artist
such as D-BO, Daddi Whites, and So$a
When asked about the group's name,
Zoltan explained that the name of the group
originally was stereotypes, but because of
legal matter the name had to be revamped.
But at the heart of it the name was chosen
because the team didn't' want to be pigeon
holed in any way to just one type or style of

He further explained that to him S-
TYPZ represents self empowerment. DJ
Charley Brown added that the team has
produced a wide range of music like
gospel, rock and dance, and that they
pride themselves on their ability to take
any genre or style of music and still be
able to make a hit.
At present S-TYPZ is now working on
a compilation album which will include
some of the best in Bahamian alternative
music. The first single slated to be
released is a c6ol and breezy hip-hop
track which includes Bahamian rappers

Mdeez, Offshore and So$a Man. The
song's infectious hook Shawty makes it
a surefire hit by any standard.
As the guys at S-TYPZ presently unfold
their plans for radio domination they have
not lost sight of the future. Their future
plan resides with an enchanting young
Bahamian songstress and self trained gui-
tarist who shall remain nameless for now.
Zoltan explains that she is now going
through the S-TYPZ artist development
programme, but in short order she will
be ready to be unveiled to the public.
When asked what inspired them to get
into music, the pair gave similar but con-
trasting answers. For DJ Charley Brown it
was his father, a classically trained pianist
that first got him into looking at music
as an art form rather than a great cacoph-
As for Zoltan, it was just sitting at home
as a youth fascinated by American music
channels like MTV and BET he would
watch on what he termed, "dem big ole
satellites in the front yard." Despite the
different roads both men took to get to
what is obviously their passion they both
arrived at the same destination, at the
head of the pack of an onslaught of new
Bahamian music.

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IN THIS file image
originally released by
Warner Bros., Heath
Ledger starring as
The Joker, is shown
in a scene with Chris-
tian Bale, starring as
Batman in "The Dark

Can 'Dark Knight'

compete with Oscar


AssO iatdPWress

THE LAST time a movie topped a half-
billion dollars at the domestic box office, it
sailed away with most of the Oscars.
That was "Titanic" 11 years back. This
time, it's "The Dark Knight," a critically
acclaimed film but a genre picture that will
be a tougher sell to Academy Award voters,
except for the performance delivered by
Heath Ledger.
As Hollywood enters the prestige sea-
son, when studios unveil most of their
awards contenders, Ledger seems a solid
bet for an acting nomination as the mania-
cal bad guy the Joker. The role has been
classified as one of the best villains in Hol-
lywood history, a remarkable turn by the
actor who died in January of an accidental
,prescription drug overdose.
While "The Dark Knight" also should
score well in technical categories, its Oscar,
prospects are slim for other key awards,
among them an acting honor for Christian
Bale, reprising his "Batman Begins" lead
role with an exceptional delivery as the
comic-book superhero.
"There are no prospects for that," Bale
said shortly before "The Dark Knight"
came out in July. "It's the genre thing again,
but hey, look, I'm very happy with what I
did and what I set out to do. But. it's not
award-worthy. It's not the kind of thing
that gets it. Listen, Heath's performance is
extraordinary, and I'm quite happy to say
he steals the show. He does, absolutely.
He's just phenomenal in it."
With "The Dark Knight" finally winding

down at theaters after crossing the $500
million mark, studios are beginning to roll
out their serious awards contenders, though
Oscar night Feb. 22 remains nearly six
months off.
The Toronto International Film Festival,
along with the Venice and Telluride fests,
traditionally launch the marathon of screen-
ings, interviews and celebrity appearances
that lead up the Oscars.
"Toronto has a track record over the
years of breaking films for awards consid-
eration," said Piers Handling, director of
the festival that runs through Saturday.
"We're perfectly positioned in September
to sort of tee it off."
Among films that played Toronto in
advance of their Oscar triumphs were best-
picture champs "American Beauty" and
"Crash." Acting winners Philip Seymour
Hoffman ("Capote"), Reese Witherspoon
("Walk the Line"), Forest Whitaker ("The
Last King of Scotland") and Tilda Swin-
ton ("Michael Clayton") also gained early
exposure in Toronto.
While surprise contenders almost always
materialize near year's end, the lineup so
far looks heavy on familiar Oscar names, a
veteran or two finally getting recognition,
and a handful of fresh faces.
The Toronto lineup includes such poten-
tial contenders as past Oscar nominee Keira
Knightley for her period piece "The
Duchess," Anne Hathaway for her stark
family drama "Rachel Getting Married"
and relative unknown Sally Hawkins for
the comic drama "Happy-Go-Lucky."
Hawkins offers a stellar performance as a
teacher whose eternal optimism is put

through the ringer in the latest from direc-
tor Mike Leigh, who has a history of putting
British actresses on Hollywood's map with
such films as "Secrets & Lies" and "Vera
Another Toronto star in a potential
breakout role is Omar Benson Miller, who
steals the show as a gentle giant among a
foursome of U.S. soldiers in "Miracle at
St. Anna," Spike Lee's tale about mem-
bers of an all-black unit trapped behind
enemy lines in Italy during World War II.
Like most stars and filmmakers entering
awards season, Lee brushed aside the Oscar
prospects for his film.
"Not concerned. It's not why I make
films," Lee said. "If it happens, it happens.
If it doesn't, it doesn't."
Potential nominees usually opt for humil-
ity; no one wants to jinx their chances by
talking too openly about taking home one
of those little gold statues.
"I'd go insane," said Daniel Craig, who
follows his James Bond adventure "Quan-
tum of Solace" in November with the
World War II Jewish resistance drama
"Defiance" a month later. "I'd be lying to
you if I said I never think about it, but I
really do try to think about it as little as
Toronto offers only a sneak peek of
awards season, with end-of-the-year releas-
es such as "Defiance" still under wraps.
Unknown quantities on the Oscar radar
include World War II adventures from
Nicole Kidman ("Australia," which reunites
her with "Moulin Rouge" director Baz
Luhrmann), and her ex, Tom Cruise

Own a zoo? New

memoir proves it

really is possible

Associated Press writer

"We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True
Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down
Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Cliange
Their Lives Forever"
(Weinstein Books, 261 pages, $24.95), by
Benjamin Mee: We may have studied animals,
we may love animals. We may hate zoos, we
may love them. But who can actually claim to
own one?
Benjamin Mee.
Through chance, the steadfast "look-
the-other-way" support of his family and
a long line of credit applications, in Octo-
ber 2006, Mee and his family became the
owners of Dartmoor Wildlife Park, its
200 wild animals and their decrepit
Two years earlier, Mee, a newspaper
columnist, and his wife Katherine had
escaped from London with their two
young children and bought two old stone
barns in the heart of Southern France.
But, when Mee's sister sent him a list-
ing for a zoo in Devon, England, his
gears began to turn.
As a stu-
dent of ani-
mal behav- -n A r, ..
ior, Mee .' /
was only ^. |j
more quali- ( I|'
fied for the '
job of
that the
average per-
son. But as
a conserva- ..
tionist, he and help create a better
saw the animals was something that
potential in
the goalsozoo were clear -
immediate- d original staff
to live the condition, bring it up to
with, edu-open, educate visitors and some-
cate the money to keep the whole
public about, and help create a better
world for the animals was something that
he, and amazingly his 76-year-old moth-
er, couldn't pass up.
The goals of the zoo were clear -
keep the dedicated original staff,
improve the conditions, bring it up to
code, reopen, educate visitors and some-
emplhow find the money to keep the whole
thing going. Whatherine wasn't clear was what
and who would cause the bumps along
the way. It was these impending snags
that were too good for the media to pass
up, so BBC2 sent a camera crew to docu-
ment the turmoil.
And they weren't disappointed.
Sovereign, a cunning jaguar escapes, as
does a wolf on Tigers argue, buildings leak,
a depressed snake is rehabilitated, the
bank accounts hemorrhage money,
employees are hired and fired, and there
is mud, mud and more mud. And, sadly,
Mee's wife Katherine passes away after
an intense battle with brain tumors.
Remarkably, through it, all Mee, his
children,ehis mother, his brother and the
zoo staff persevere and the zoo reopens
in July 2007 as Dartmoor Zoological
How on Earth?
Mee probably asks himself that ques-
tion on a regular basis and it's one the

Mee's family.

'Harry Potter' writer wins copyright claim

Associated Press
A JUDGE ruled Monday in
favor of "Harry Potter" author
J.K. Rowling in her copyright
infringement lawsuit against a
fan and Web site operator who
was set to publish a Potter
U.S. District Judge Robert
P. Patterson said Rowling had
proven that Steven Vander
Ark's "Harry Potter Lexicon"
would cause her irreparable
harm as a writer. He perma-
nently blocked publication of
the reference guide and award-
ed Rowling and Warner Bros.
Entertainment Inc. $6,750 in
statutory damages.
"I took no pleasure at all in
bringing legal action and am
-delighted that this issue has
been resolved favorably,"
Rowling said Monday in a
statement. "I went to court to
uphold the right of authors
everywhere to protect their
own original work. The court

has upheld that right.
"The proposed book took an
enormous amount of my work
and added virtually no original
commentary of its own. ...
Many books have been pub-
lished which offer original
insights into the world of Harry
Potter. The Lexicon just is not
one of them."
Rowling and Warner Bros.,
maker of the Harry Potter films
and owner of intellectual prop-
erty rights to the Potter books
and movies, sued Michigan-
based RDR Books last year to
stop publication of material
from the Harry Potter Lexicon
Web site. Vander Ark, a for-
mer school librarian, runs the
site, which is a guide to the sev-
en Potter books and includes
detailed descriptions of char-
acters, creatures, spells and
The small publisher agreed
that nearly everything in the
lexicon came from Rowling but
argued that it was a fair use
allowable by law for reference

books. In hit ruling, Patterson
noted that reference materials
are generally useful to the pub-
lic but that in this case, Vander
Ark went too far.
"While the lexicon, in its cur-
rent state, is not a fair use of
the Harry Potter works, refer-
ence works that share the lexi-
con's purpose of aiding read-
ers of literature generally
should be encouraged rather
than stifled," he said.
He added that he ruled in
Rowling's favor because the
"Lexicon appropriates too
much of Rowling's creative
work for its purposes as a ref-
erence guide."
Anthony Falzone, who
argued the case for RDR
Books, said he had not yet seen
the ruling and could not imme-
diately comment. RDR pub-
lisher Roger Rapoport did not
immediately return a telephone
message for comment.
Though Rowling had once
praised the Web site, she testi-
fied earlier this year that the

lexicon was nothing more than a
rearrangement of her material.
She said she was so distressed
at the prospect that it would be
published that she had stopped
work on a new novel. "It's real-
ly decimated my creative work
over the last month," she said
during the trial in April.
If the lexicon is published,
she went on, "I firmly believe
that carte blanche will be given
to anyone who wants to make a
quick bit of money, to divert
some Harry Potter profits into
their own pockets."
Vander Ark, a devoted fan
of Rowling, began work on his
Web site in 1999 and launched
it in 2000.
The seven Potter books,
which ended last year with the
final book in the series "Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hal-
lows," have been published in
64 languages, sold more than
400 million copies and pro-
duced a film franchise that has
pulled in $4.5 billion at the
worldwide box office.


IN THIS Aug. 1, 2006 file photo author J.K. Rowling speaks during a
press conference, in New York. A judge ruled Monday Sept. 8, 2008
in favor of the "Harry Potter author in her copyright infringement law-
suit against a fan and Web site operator who was set to publish a Pot-
ter encyclopedia.


VTV 9 W y S'z

* The National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas will host a
Special Talk on historic
places and spaces. Architect
Anthony Jervis will lead dis-
cussions on, "Getting it
Right Again: Bahamian
Architecture and Contempo-
rary Living', on Tuesday,
September 16 at 7pm at
* As part of its Global Cine-
ma Series, NAGB will fea-
ture White, on Tuesday, Sep-
tember 18 at 8pm at the
NAGB. White is an iconic.
comedy brimming over with
the hard laughs of despair,
ecstasy, ambition and long-
ing played in a minor key.
The film is R rated and no
one under the age of 18 is

For nations of the Caribbean,


is the tie that binds


Caribbean coun-
tries of Guyana,
Surinam and Trinidad
as part of his Universal
Human Experience,
artist Kishan Munroe's
latest installments cap-
ture the contemporary
social conflicts from
homelessness and
poverty to violence
and racism that the
peoples of the southern
Caribbean are4aced
with in the year 2008,
juxtaposing them
against the ordinary
and the mundane.

"Guyana is a very poor country and I have
learned to appreciate things much more," Kis-
han told Tribune Arts. "There are so many
homeless people in-Guyana, when you are
driving out of town you see so many homeless
people laying on the side of the road."
The seen is quite striking, Kishan said, and
he believes that Bahamians, and the global
, public needs to see how people from different,
cultural backgrounds live, which is the rea-
son why he documents all of his encounters on
his website.
"Things are real bad in Guyana. One US
dollar is equivalent to 200 Guyanese dollars -
and to simplify it a bit more one bottle of
water is equal to $100 US-." .
One of the smallest countries in South
America, Guyana has been struggling in its
fight against violence for many years. Kishan
told Tribune Arts of a massacre that took
place in the country earlier this year which
caused indescribable grief to many of the
country's citizens. .
"The guy who was involved in the mas-
sacre, which left 11 people dead, was shot.
after Carifestai. It is amazing the things that
happen in this country," he said.
Beyond the turmoil Guyana continues to
struggle with, Kishan was satisfied that he
'was able to document a complete picture of
what the country is going through.
"I also spoke to a five-year old boy who
showed me his bullet wound scars. This young
boy lost his brother, sister and father. The
people that killed his sister, brother and father
tried to kill him as well. These are some of the
things that children living in Guyana have to
deal with, this is why people need to see this."
Of all the similarities between these countries
and others throughout the Caribbean the
most depressing one is the growing concern
over escalating violence. From the Bahamas in
the north to Surinam and Guyana in the sQuth,
increasing acts of terror and violence are being
committed by a devastatingly formidable drug
and gang culture.
Currently in Trinidad, which is known as
much for its thunderous celebration of Car-
nival as it is for a high murder rate, Kishan
said that another-negative emerges when one
takes a closer look at the country's social
structure. With a large Indian population,
there have been cries of racism and prejudice
against those of African descent.
"According to the people living in Trinidad,
the Indians have a superior attitude towards
the Africans. The slave mentality has not dis-
appeared in Trinidad," he said.
While capturing emotionally difficult scenes,
like the five year old with the gun-shot wound,
may eventually take their toll, for now Kishan,
whose next stop will be in Haiti, says that he is
content with his role as cultural documentar-
ian. He has been able to capture the everyday
existence of different peoples through an inte-
gration of video, audio, photography, blogs
and web interaction, with the hope of edu-

Representing the heart of humanity

FROM page 10
In conjunction with the Institute of
Bahamian Architects, Mr Jervis, who
serves as chairman of the Professional
Architecture Board, will be leading a
discussion on the topic, "Getting it
Right Again: Bahamian Architecture
and Contemporary Living" at the
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
(NAGB) on Tuesday, September 16
at 7pm.
Greatly concerned that the Bahami-
an mentality has undergone a signifi-
cantly negative change over time, Mr
Jervis hopes to use the discussion as a
starting point from which the Bahamas
may begin considering the possibility of
returning to past Bahamian architec-
tural standards, and even to the coun-
try's social makeup using them as a
guideline for social evolution.
A major component of his discus-
sion will be the connection architec-
ture has to other aspects of the public

Speaking with Tribune Arts about
the past mentalities of purpose and
practicality, dignity and pride, and her-
itage and legacy, Mr Jervis said that in
the past, his own family home, built by
his grandfather, would have been his
parent's legacy, arid his own line of
heritage for which he was proud. These
days, however, the old buildings are
just being torn down; and con-
sumerism, the idea of cheap, easy
replacement, is prominent, he said.
He said further that this con-
sumerism, though not sustainable over
the long-term, has led to the current
state of our "biggity" mindset that
brags over who has the "bigger", who
has the "better" house, car or clothes.
An example of this consumerism is if
he designs a big house with all the lat-
est amenities for a client, but upon
completion the new home-owners are
unable to afford the electricity bills
incurred by such a large residence.

eating and informing the global public on cur-
rent social disputes and somehow elevating
the appreciation of art both locally and glob-
And for this most recent leg of his journey,
Kishan said that he hopes that his efforts will
, shed new light on the people of the African
Diaspora highlighting the depth of their
community, exposing the social realism, both
the beautiful and the extreme beyond the -
traditional sun, sand and sea and revealing
the slight variances, those shades of gray in
each island's each community's culture that
serves to both separate and bind the peoples
of the Caribbean.

For more on Kishan, and his Universal
Human Experience, visit
www.kishanmunroe.com for video, audio, pho-
tography, blogs and web interaction.

The art of the modern Bahamian
home cuts people off, and as a result,
Mr Jervis said, he is concerned for the
societal values of interconnectedness,
communication and caring. "We escape
crime by creating 'gated communities',
but we then forget about the rest of
the island, and more crime results."
The art of Bahamian houses, he
pointed out; promotes shelter from
weather and crime, which is not neces-
sarily what they should be. According
to Mr Jervis, what they should be are
habitats intended for dwelling a home.
Consumerism is taking over Bahami-
an homes, and in the process, he
explained, kicking architecture out the
door. In a ten-room house, a family
may only use three or four rooms to
sleep, watch television, and go to the
bathroom. The kitchen is being used
less and less as more people choose to
eat out, and there is of course a room
used to hold all the things a family has
Calling for the design of more homes
based on the architectural philosophy
of "form follows function" -meaning
design based on the needs of the client

Antonovych Metcalf will
showcase her latest work at
Popopstudios, 26 Dunmore
Avenue, Chippingham, from
Friday, September 19 to
October 18. The artist will
also host a special talk on
'Wednesday, October 15 at

"SHEDDING new light on
the lives of the peoples
of the Caribbean, Kishan
Munroe captures both
the painful and the mun-
dane in an effort to edu-
cate and inform the
global community on
social disputes and the
lives of the citizens of-
this region. Pictured
above ia five year old
boy from Guayana who
reveals the scars from a

and what the house will actually be
used for Mr Jervis said that in this
way a home office can be built for a
person wishing to work at home in the
most modern design of living above
your place of work.
Another issue Mr Jervis will be dis-
cussing at NAGB is the communal car
idea that has been promoted in other
countries where you have a pass to
use cars at stands strategically placed
throughout the city. These stands
would be within walking distance of
everything, and also would eliminate
the problem with parking. The diffi-
culty here is that cars have become a
badge of honour, and we no longer see
the car as a convenience, but rather a
necessity that we are dignified in own-
For Mr Jervis, who has a bachelor
degree in environmental design, a bach-
elor degree in architecture and an MA
in architecture (MArch), the question
remains can Bahamians get it right
again? He certainly hopes so, and
believes that with the right change in
intentions and with an idea of practi-
cality and sensibility in mind we can.

KINESIS: Artist Scharad
Lightbourne presents Kine-
sis a photography exhibi-
tion that encourages viewers
to look, touch, smell, taste
and hear, September 18-19
at the Wyndham Nassau
SCRIMMAGE 08: Popop-
Studios/Centre for the Visual
Arts invites one and all to
their ongoing summer exhi-
bition showcasing a rotation
of artists and artworks. The
exhibition runs to September
15. Gallery hours are Tues-
day Saturday from 11am to
The National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas (NAGB) has
invited the general public to
view its Fourth National .
Exhibition (The NE4). The
exhibition features an excit-
ing array of 51 works pro-
duced within the last two
years by 31 artists. This art-
work represents a rich diver-
sity of art and ranges from
paintings, sculptures, instal-
lations' prints and mixed
media works to photographs
and alternative media. The
exhibition will be on display
-to January 30, 2009 at the
NAGB on West Hill Street.



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gifts to China
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the Caribbean,

violence is the

tie that binds
See page nine


WITH A charge that Bahamians are losing part of their artistic heritage and legacy by tearing down old
buildings in the name of consumerism, architect Anthony Jervis is working to stem the tide by breathing
new life into old buildings and encouraging the design of people friendly habitats. Pictured is the law office
of Rigby and Co on Dowdeswell Street. Mr Jervis is responsible for the renovation on this and similar
buildings, like the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.

DESCRIBING the artistic nuances within a
society's architecture as being represen-
tative of the heart of humanity, architect
Anthony Jervis said that architecture is not only
the designing of houses, but is a critical feature
in city planning, community development, and
social and artistic progression.
"Architecture, in its truest sense, is not just one
house or one client, but the whole community,"
Mr Jervis told Tribune Arts.
SEE page nine

'Paradiso' showcases at Popopstudio's

Center for the Visual Arts

UKRAINE native Anya
Antonovych Metcalf will display her
latest artistic efforts in "Paradiso", a
collection of works made in the year
since the artist relocated to the
Bahamas from the United States. Fea-
turing mixed media seascapes, black
andwhite abstract collages and pho-
tographs of distressed surfaces in Nas-
sau, Paradiso is on display at Popop-
studios Center for the Visual Arts, an
independent art studio and gallery.
Dedicated to the preservation and
advancement of alternative Bahamian
visual culture, the show at Popopstu-
dios will be held in the main gallery
on Friday, September 19 through Sat-
urday, October 18.
According to Anya, the work in Par-
adiso is a summary of her dialogue
with Nassau, a place geographically
proximate to but in spirit very distant
from her home. Along with brightly
coloured tempera collages of kitsch
and stereotypical Nassau imagery,
viewers of Paradiso will see small cig-
ar box "theatres" portraying typical
Nassau scenes.

As part of her work also, large for-
mat Benetton posters tile the floor,
and are also employed as figures for a
giant Junkanoo mask suspended from
the ceiling.
And tying together these distinct
elements are a creatively composed
recording by the artist that uses the
"characteristic" sounds of the city of
Nassau and the island of New Provi-
dence to define the work.
Described as both "sincere" and
"sarcastic", the exhibit is a review of
Anya's year spent in the Bahamas. In
it, she reflects on the idea of paradise,
and the traditional description of Nas-
sau as such weighing the image of
the island as it is sold to tourists
against the reality of dilapidated colo-
nial buildings in downtown Nassau.
She also reflects on the various types
that people Nassau, and thinks hard
about the commercialization of the
Meditating on the power and the
beauty of the sea as a vehicle for
externalizing emotions, and present-
ing abstract compositions as intuitive,
Anya's work is a visually formal
response to her environment.

With a goal to educate, expose and
defend new and challenging develop-
ments in contemporary art in the
Bahamas, Popopstudios exists to har-
bour both seasoned and developing
artists interested in new media and
mixed media processes, while project-
ing these efforts to a national and inter-
national audience.
Popop has served the Bahamian
community for over ten years, but
exists in its new, expanded incarnation
since.January, 2008.
Rigorous programming, which
includes artist's talks, an international
residency programme, teacher and stu-
dent workshops, art exhibitions and
film screenings, makes Popop a cor-
nerstone of contemporary Bahamian

* Anya Antonovych Metcalf's "Paradiso"
will be on exhibit in the main gallery of
Popopstudios Center for the Visual Arts,
Friday, September 19 through Saturday,
October 18. Antonovych Metcalf will par-
ticipate in an artist talk on Wednesday,
October 15 at 7pm.

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