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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: September 12, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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* By ALISON LOWE
. Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
CONFRONTED by a
Supreme Court ruling that holds
that selling lots in unapproved
subdivisions is a criminal offence,
Minister of Labour and Social
Development Dion Foulkes
maintains that his former law firm
did nothing wrong when it helped
clients enter into a contract to
buy such lots from a developer
in 2005.
Last year Mr Foulkes was
accused of failing to properly rep-
resent two clients of his who end-
ed up tens of thousands of dol-
lars out of pocket after getting
mortgages to buy property in a
subdivision that was never given
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ers of PLP leader Perry Christie
are becoming increasingly para-
noid about a powerful alliance
being formed to remove tihe for-
mer prime minister as head of
the PLP.
Charges of "cannibalism"
were also levelled at Mr
Christie's supporters by party
insiders.
Supporters of the current
PLP leader believe that his
adversaries in the party are
preparing to install a slate of
officers committed to removing
him and advancing their agenda
of elevating another popular
PLP as leader.
"The names placed in nomi-
nation at the PLP convention
said it all and with the exception
of one position, the plotters,
achieved their goal, starting
with the plum positions of
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THE Member of Parliament
for Inagua said he is worried that
Morton International will use the
hurricane damage, sustained by
the plant as an "opportunity" to
pull put of the island-without
being accused of doing so because
of dissatisfaction with long term
labour unrest there.
MP V. Alfred Gray revealed
yesterday that the recent strike
by the salt worker's union meant
Morton International was already
considering pulling out of Inagua
even before hurricane Ike caused
millions of dollars of.damage to,
.their plant:'
"They were very upset about
the last labpur unrest. They were
angry because they felt that it was
not warranted. I stayed out of it
because I did not want to be
blamed by the Government or
the union or management for
political interference," explained
MP Gray.
He claimed that management
discussed moving their operation
to Mexico if they could not reach
an agreement with the unionists,
whose decision to strike in sup-
port of a worker who they said
was wrongfully terminated closed
the plant for almost two weeks
in August.
Their action was the latest'of
several that have either taken
place or been threatened.in


recent years.
MriGray warned that if the
company were to quit Inagua
after all these years it would be a
"disaster" that would lead to a
mass exodus of Inaguans from
the far-flung island. He said he is
trying to make contact with its
President to "plead with them"
to stay committed to his con-
stituency..
"Morton is Inagua and when I
Essay that, Morton is so intricately
woven into the life of the Inagua
community that if Morton decides
to move out Inagua will never
again be the same.
"Certainly in the short term
most of the people will leave
Inagua and that's what I fear
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sense" that it owes Darold
Miller any money and that
the company's lawyer will
deal with these claims.
Popular media personality
Mr Miller, 52, was acquitted
of sexual harassment on
Wednesday.
Following the ruling, a tri-
umphant Mr Miller vowed
that he will go after his for-
mer employer, GEMS
Radio, for money still owed
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terday, GEMS Radio
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Police probe into Marvin Wilson murder 'still very much alive'


THE investigation into the mur-
der of 32-year-old Marvin Wilson is
still very much alive and persons are
being questioned "on and off",
police confirmed to The Tribune.
Mr Wilson, a Jamaican national
and former Senor Frogs waiter, was
believed to be one of the victims of a
gay serial killer,
Chief Supt Glen Miller, officer in-
charge of the Central Detective Unit
(CDU), told The Tribune that police


are "constantly" questioning persons
who may have information about the
case.
"We are talking to people all the
time, sometimes we talk to people
as witnesses, and some people think
they are suspects, but they are not,"
Mr Miller said.
Other suspected victims of the sup-
posed serial killer included hand bag
designer Harl Taylor, COB lecturer
Thaddeus McDonald and


HIV/AIDS activist Wellington
Adderley. Troyniko McNeil, 21, was
charged with the murder of Mr Tay-
lor just last month. However, the
murders of the other three men
remain unsolved.
So far five persons have been tak-
en in for questioning in connection
with Mr Wilson's murder.
To date, all those questioned were
released by police.
Chief Supt Miller told The Tribune


in an earlier interview that police are
not discouraged by this fact.
He said that it is all just part of the
process and that the police will per-
severe in their investigations.
Mr Wilson was stabbed to death
with a sword or large dagger at his
apartment on Rusty Bethel Avenue
in June.
He is believed to be the fourth gay
man to be killed within the seven-
month period between November


2007 and June 2008. Doubt has been
expressed by some persons in the
community that these murders will
be solved because the victims were
all gay men.
Due to a culture of extreme homo-
phobia in the Bahamas, it is difficult
for any members of the gay commu,
nity to come forward with any infor-
mation they may have about the
killings, sources say.


Father threatens legal action after



toddler son killed by police car


PUBLIC Works and Transport Min-
ister Neko Grant announced that a
team of officers from the ministry will
travel to Inagua today to undertake
detailed assessments of various gov-
ernment buildings and properties dam-
aged as a result of Hurricane Ike.
Among those travelling to Inagua
are a quantity surveyor, a structural
engineer, an architect, and a mechan-
ical and electrical engineer.
The team will assess the damage
done to the following: the airport, the
base of the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force, the government administration
complex, the government clinic that
is presently under construction, the
existing government clinic, the dock,
the primary and secondary schools, the police station, the resi-
dence of the police, the lighthouse and the residence of the
administrator.
According to Mr Grant, the assessments will include estimated
costs of the repairs.
He said the team will also lend assistance as needed, particularly
to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The details of the assessments are expected to be provided
early next week.


* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
Sdmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT A young
father whose two-year-old son
was killed after being run over
by a police vehicle is consider-
ing filing a lawsuit in the
Supreme Court.
Jerome Hanna, who is still
emotionally distraught over the
tragic incident, says his family
has yet to receive condolences
from the police officer who was
involved in his son's death on
July 25.
"We have buried my son
already and still no one has
even come to extend condo-
lences to my family for our
loss," said the self-employed car
washer.
Lawyer LaQuey Laing of
Bridgewater and Co has been
retained by the family.
Mr Laing told The Tribune
on Thursday that while nothing
yet has been filed legally in the
Courts, the firm is presently cor-
responding with the Royal
Bahamas Police Force in
Freeport.
Little Jerome Hanna Jr, 2,
was struck down in the south
parking lot of the NIB complex
in Freeport. The toddler's head
was crushed.
Mr Hanna explained that the
child's mother had gone to
Social Services that morning
seeking assistance for their son's
medical condition. `
According to'police' Iepoft's,
the officer was driving in the


After stopping and realising
what had happened, the officer
took the injured toddler to the
hospital. ..
However Mr Hanna claims
that the police are attempting


to sweep the full circumstances
of the mcideni under the rug.
"I feel they are trying to cov-
er this situation up." he said.
Mr Hanna said his family is
Ir ing to cope with the tragedy.
"This has been is really rough
on us and I ain't see no one to'
the funeral.
"And no one has come to
apologise or give their condo-
lences for what has happened
to my son." he said.
Mr Hanna feels that officer
should have been suspended
pending an investigation.
"I want to know why the offi-
cer is, still working when my ..
right as a father: has been:taken ;
away from me," he said.


SVISIONAIRE
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founder Anas-
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presents a
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"Visionaries" to
. chairman of the
Grand Bahama
Port Authority..
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on GB Port Authority chairman


VISIONAIRE Marketing's
founder Anastasia Stubbs recent-
ly paid a courtesy call on Felix
Stubbs, chairman of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority (GBPA).
Ms Stubbs, whose marketing
firm Visionaire Marketing pro-
duces the monthly business and
wealth management show called
"Visionaries", presented the
GBPA chairman with a copy of
September's show, which features
Robin Hood's president Sandy
Schaefer.
Also featured in September's
issue of Visionaries-are execu-
tives of the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce. "Visionaries" is
designed to highlight the contri-
butions of leading businessper-
sons and organizations that are
positively impacting the commu-
nity.
"It was indeed a great honour
and privilege to meet with the
chairman of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority and learn about
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his vision for the island, people
and over-all economy for Grand
Bahama, particularly during this
challenging economic period,"
said Ms Stubbs, who serves as
both executive producer and host
of the business show.
Ms Stubbs formed Visionaire
Marketing in 2004, while still
employed full-time with Kerzner
International. She joined Kerzn-
er in 2000 and spent eight years
working in the company's public
relations department where she
assisted in'promoting Kerzner's
resort properties based in the
Bahamas, including its flagship
property Atlantis, Paradise
Island. After enjoying a reward-
ing career with Kerzner, she left
Kerzner earlier this year in order
to pursue her entrepreneurial
dreams.
'Ms Stubbs sighed a contract
with ZNS for the broadcast of the
Visionaries Business Show earli-
er this year. She also entered into
a formal agreement with Jones
Communications Network (JCN)
Channel 14. "Visionaries is some-
thing that God has placed on my
heart. I will not pretend that I am
perfect. Admittedly, I have tried
and failed before in my personal
and professional life, but I am'still
trying," she said.


parking lot and had stopped to
allow some individuals to cross.
As the officer pulled off, the
toddler suddenly ran in the path
of the vehicle, the police report-
ed.


PAGE 2, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008


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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008, PAGE 3


0 In brief

Man convicted of

drug possession
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT A 25-year-
old Freeport man was convict-
ed of drug possession and
fined $20,000 following an
arraignment in Freeport Mag-
istrate's Court.
Unable to pay the fine, he
was sent to Her Majesty's
Prison in Nassau, where he
will have to spend more than
two years.
Evans Richardson, of Gar-
den Villas, was charged with
21-year-old Jackelo Pierre-
Louis and 28-year-old John
Charles, also of Garden Villas.
The men appeared before
Magistrate Debbye Ferguson
on Thursday.
It is alleged that the three
accused men were found in
possession of 140 pounds of
marijuana at Bell Channel Inn
Resort on September 6.
The men were charged with
possession of dangerous drugs
with intent to supply after the
prosecution withdrew the
additional charge of conspira-
cy to possess dangerous drugs
with. intent to supply.
Richardson pleaded guilty
to the charge, while Pierre-
Louis and Charles pleaded not
guilty.
Magistrate Ferguson con-
victed Richardson and fined
him $20,000, or two years and
eight months in prison.
He was unable to pay the
fine and was taken to Her
Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill, to
begin serving his sentence.
Pierre-Louis and Charles
were ordered to return to
court on March 14,2009, for
trial.
They were each granted
$8,000 bail with two sureties
on the condition that they
produce their land papers
(property documents) for the
court.

Arrest after

shotgun found
A TWENTY-THREE-year-
old man is in police custody
after officers found a shotgun
in the trunk of a car.
According to police reports,
officers from the East Street
South Police Station received a
tip that led them to Soursop
Street in Pinewood Gardens at
around 3pm Wednesday.
Once in the area, police offi-
cers saw a man sitting in a
Chevrolet Cavalier fitting the
description given by the tipster.
A subsequent search was
conducted of the car and offi-
cers reportedly found a bag
containing a Pistol Grip Shot-
gun in the trunk.

Woman on drug

possession charges
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
'FREEPORT A woman
was arraigned in the Freeport
Magistrate's Court on drug pos-
session charges for allegedly
attempting to smuggle drugs to
a prisoner in police custody.
Enith Johnson, 47, of Wed-
dell Avenue, appeared before
Magistrate Debbye Ferguson
in Court One on Wednesday.
It is alleged that on Septem-
ber 8, Johnson attempted to
smuggle drugs to a prisoner
who was a: custody at the Gar-
net Levarity Justice Centre.
Johnson pleaded not guilty
to the marijuana possession
charge.
Magistrate Ferguson
adjourned the matter to May
11, 2009 for trial, and granted
the defendant $500 bail with
one surety.


Ban on some music, TV channels,




shows 'would help combat crime'


Archbishop Drexel Gomez speaks

Sat Select Crime Committee hearing


* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
BANNING certain music, television
channels and programmes would help com-
bat crime in the Bahamas, Archbishop
Drexel Gomez said.
When Select Crime Committee mem-
ber FNM MP Kwasi Thompson suggested
the government impose stringent moni-
t: tting of the media and ban channels such
as BET (Black Entertainment Television)
VHI and other music stations through leg-
islation, the Archbishop said he whole-
heartedly agreed.
"I have no problem screening certain
things," Archbishop Gomez said.
"It has been clearly established that
there is a direct connection with certain
types of music and inordinate behaviour,
Sand I certainly would advise that we find
some means of controlling that because if
we don't we are simply assisting the
destruction of our young people."


Call for govt to



lead multi-agency



approach- to crime


RISING crime must be
tackled at the root through a
multi-agency approach led by
the government, Archbishop
Drexel Gomez told the Select
Committee on Crime yester-
day.
Quick-fix solutions such as
bigger prisofis, longer sen-
tences, and the resumption of
hanging merely treat the
symptoms of crime, he said.
But to root out crime and
violence in the Bahamas,
social dysfunctions, psycho-
logical burdens and economic
constraints must be addressed,
the committee heard.
The Anglican Archbishop
for the West Indies was part of
the consultative committee on
National Youth Development
and as he presented the 1994
report to the select committee
at Nassau's British Colonial
Hilton yesterday morning, he
said many of the issues
addressed then are still rele-
vant today.
"We have neighborhoods
that are breeding grounds for
crime simply because of where
they are located and the struc-
ture of the housing conditions,
lack of leadership and lack of
concern, and it is very difficult
'for people in those communi-
ties to live moral upright
lives," he said.
"The Bahamas is a place
where a lot of money passes
through but without impact-
ing, and there are people who
know that this is happening
and who question why they
should be citizens in a country
where so much is around and
they have got nothing."
A more diverse economy is
needed to inspire young peo-


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ple to gain an education and
remain in the Bahamas to use
their skills for the benefit of
the community, proposed the
Archbishop.
He said: "I am not happy
about our extreme depen-
dence on tourism, as it creates
a limited economy with limited
opportunity, and a serious
social problem, and an imbal-
ance between the haves and
the have-nots."

Debate
The committee accepted
that a sustained public discus-
sion held back development
and reform since the National
Youth Development report
was debated in Parliament 14
years ago, and public debate
is needed now.
"We have people who are
afraid to say what they think
because they believe they will
suffer consequences as a


result," he told the commit-
tee.
"If we want things to
change... if we want a better
Bahamas, I think we have to
wake up and realise that all of
us need to become involved in
it.
"It has to be a concerted
effort and politicians cannot
do it by themselves.
"It requires the co-opera-
tion of the private sector,
social groups and the schools.
"We need more psycholo-
gists, and sociologists to help
us come to grips with our real-
ity, more trained teachers; our
needs are great.
"But we have to start some-
where, and I believe although
the government by itself can-
not do it, the government has
to take the lead."
The committee will submit
its first formal report to be
tabled by the House of Assem-
bly next month.


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The government could control what pro-
grammes people watch and the kind of
music they listen to, to ensure moral stan-
dards are upheld, Mr Thompson said.
And the archbishop gave the proposal
his full support. He said: "It will receive
various adverse comment not only from
media, but from the general public because
a lot of the general public who complain
also watch those programmes, but we can-
not have our cake and eat it."
Further control of content in newspa-
pers and radio news programmes was also
suggested by Mr Thompson, who asked
the archbishop if the government could do
something to determine whether positive
or negative stories are highlighted in the
news.
"Certainly you cannot do it by legisla-
tion," the Archbishop said.
"But possibly by moral persuasion. What
we need is a media that is more objective
and really concerned about national devel-
opment."


* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
FINDINGS of the Select Committee on Crime will result in
affirmative action, and not end as an argument in Parliament,
assured committee member Kendall Wright MP.
"It is imperative that members of the committeeiare com-
mitted to making sure that action is taken and it is.not just
another committee that files a report," he said.
"And we intend to do that by some public debate."
The meetings of the Select Committee on Crime, a
cross-party committee focused on tackling the unacceptably
high level of criminal activity in the Bahamas appointed in
February began hearing from various experts in the field this
month.
Police Commissioner Reginald Ferguson, Prison Superin-
tendent Elliston Rahming, and Anglican Archbishop of the
West Indies Drexel Gomez and former prisoners are among
those helping the committee to form a broad perspective on the
country's most pressing issue.
Mr Wright said the committee is clarifying and crystallising
ideas to form.4alan.Qaction ...
"\'e are hmT1inafteaa more diarse%~gmnt of the popu-
lation itin. eAtiT6 flne. Mr WThr ft 4dW'-
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mittee on crime."


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PLP MP Alfred Gray fears that Morton Salt
will use the millions of dollars in hurricane dam-
age to its plant as an "opportunity" to pull out
of Inagua without being accused of being upset
by the years of labour unrest that it has had to
tolerate.
As an Inaguan said recently, Morton's has
been good to its staff. He blames the ingratitude
of "young radicals" being led by union leaders
with no concern for the future of Inagua for
creating the recent industrial unrest in the com-
pany. Morton Salt, said the old timer, who was
of a generation of loyal staff who helped build
the island's salt industry, is more concerned
than the unionists for the welfare of the com-
munity.
According to MP Alfred Gray, Morton Salt
was very upset by the recent union unrest that
closed the plant last month, just a few weeks
before Hurricane Ike blew in and shredded it.
By his own admission, Mr Gray felt that the
company's union members were putting a nail in
their own coffin, But, he said nothing to protect
his constituents from their own folly.
"They were very upset about the last labour
unrest," Mr Gray said referring to Morton Salt.
"They were angry because they felt that it was
not warranted. I stayed out of it because I did
not want to be blamed by the Government or
the union or management for political inter-
ference."
He knew that Morton's management dis-
cussed moving their operation to Nlexico if
they could not reach an agreement with the
unionists. But Mr Gray said and did nothing
to protect his people from their own ignorance.
Now that it is probably too late, he warns his
constituents that if Morton's quits Inagua it
would be a "disaster". In fact it would be the
end of the prosperity of the Bahamas' most
southerly island. He says he is now trying to
contact Morton's president to plead with him to
stay committed to Inaguans.
Why should Morton pay any attention to an
MP who chose to remain silent when his strong
voice could have assisted them?
"Morton is Inagua and when I say that, Mor-
ton is so intricately woven into the life of the
Inagua community that if Morton decides to.
move out, Inagua will nbver again be the same,"
said Mr Gray. Why didn't he have the courage
to face his people and tell them what the future
might hold after all he admits he knew Mor-
ton's was discussing a switch to Mexico where
costs at the salt plant there are lower and pro-
duction higher than that of its contentious work
crew at Inagua.
The truth is that Mr Gray was afraid to be
seen to be bucking the union. Even now he is


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afraid of calling a spade a spade. "I support the
unions," he said, "but I don't support irrespon-
sible unions and I don't say this union is irre-
sponsible, but I do say that every union in the
country in my view must look at all which is at
stake when they decide to act, not just for a
dollar here or a dollar there."
If Mr Gray is too afraid even now to tell his
people and union leaders that their behaviour
was irresponsible, we have no such qualms. If
Morton's pulls out of Inagua a large part of
their decision will be based on the irresponsi-
bility of what transpired in the weeks before
the. hurricane.
In our opinion, irresponsible unions are going
to kill this country.
Union leader Obie Ferguson, now that the
hurricane has destroyed the company, says he is
prepared to "sit down intelligently and listen to
the company's position, the members' posi-
tion."
"You want the company to survive. If the
company doesn't exist you would have a prob-
lem. So while you want to improve your situa-
tion you look at what's best for Inagua," said Mr
Ferguson. Anyone can be wise after the event.
It is tragic that Mr Ferguson was not sensitive
enough to the severity of the situation and the
consequences lurking in the shadows not to
have shown some wisdom before it was too
late,,
\~hat condemned him was his own arro-
gance.
His belief that Morton could not afford to
pull out of Inagua because, well there is no
place in the world so wonderful as Inagua, after
all "Morton Salt (Inagua) is a major investment
for the company."
.Maybe that's Mr Ferguson's view, but it is
not necessarily Morton's.
We suggest that Mr Ferguson should take a
sabbatical and travel the world to discover that
when an investor has money, the world is his
oyster.
As for the Bahamas, he will soon learn that
it is only another little pimple on the world's
backside, blown up with its own importance
and being destroyed by the hubris of some of its
misguided leaders.
Mr Ferguson says he and his union are now
committed to working with management to
"normalise things as best as possible so the
company can really get on and start making
money." What a comedy of colossal errors. This
is what the company was trying to tell him dur-
ing the strike.
Hurricane Ike has probably helped the com-
pany to make its final decision. What a tremen-
dous tragedy. When will Bahamians wake up!


PLP will




destroy itself


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When will the Bahamas wake up!


EDITOR, The Tribune.
DUH, duh, the PLP finally is
prepared to admit what most
Bahamians and honest PLP
knew.
We knew and said for many
years that Perry Gladstone
Christie just does not have what
it takes to lead, and he does not
get it.
In my opinion he was/is too
weak and too accommodating
for too many people to be able
to effectively lead.
A leader must make hard
decisions even if it is unpopular.
But Mr Christie was too busy
trying to please everyone.
Even our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ was unsuccessful
trying to please everyone.
No one could honestly say
that they would be surprised
that the PLP would implode
right before our very eyes.
The PLP propaganda
machine has now been exposed.
The fabrication used to help
prop up Mr Perry Christie is
now being brought to light, but
you could fool some of the peo-
ple all the time, but not all the
people all the time.
Since the much talked about
report, all of the wanna-be are
now hurrying to position them-
selves for the leadership, but
we must ask ourselves what
kind of person the PLP would
be trying to put in charge of a
party that has literally out
grown its usefulness.
Today, what I keep thinking


greed


about is the makeup of the PLP
in the past compared to the pre-
sent.
It is my opinion that the PLP
is a party that is synonymous
with corruption, there are too
many glaring examples to men-
tion, but the Bahamian people
are fully aware of them
all. More of the same.
Now, does the PLP intend to
change course or do they intend
to have "mbre of the same." Do
they intend to keep the "all for
me" mentality players, or is the
party looking outside for a fresh
new face.
Regardless of who applies, I
strongly suggest that young and
independent thinking people.
should be careful because the
PLP "eat their young." Judging
from the past, the hierarchy
would close ranks against any
innovative free thinker. The cul-
ture of the PLP appears simply
not designed for anyone who is
not a part of the corrupt-mind-
ed crowd.
Whatever happens, if seems
that the present leadership will
stop at nothing to prevent any-
one from getting too close to
"their things." They behave like
they have an inalienable right
to the leadership, and anyone
who is psychotic enough to


attempt to become leader,
would feel the brunt of the nar-
cissism. Just ask Dr Bernard J
Nottage what the results could
be like. He and his wife have
suffered tremendous indigna-
tion just because they dare to
be ambitious.
The Barrack Obama phe-
nomenon is proof that a dark
horse could and should emerge
to rid this country of the conta-
mination of members. What
would be interesting is how
some of the newcomers would
appear to be kissing up to Mr
Christie, expecting to get some-
thing for themselves. There are
some who would backstabb"
their own mother just to be on
the inside of the "all for me
baby" group.
Interestingly so, the insiders
would recruit anyone who
would help them carry on their
original game plan and that is to
keep control. So expect a so-
called political "bloodbath"
which would cause so much
damage that it would take
decades to repair.
The senior-members of the
NGC and the many Stalwart
Councillors who put God
before country and party, would
be unwise if they allow the same
old rejects to continue to "high-
jack" their party. They cannot
blame anyone but themselves
for the debacle.
IVOINE W INGRAHAM
Nassati,
September, 2008.


A party without direction


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I have been a PLP supporter
for the longest time, and for the
most part, the party has served
Bahamians well. But now under
the present leader and this new
regime of party officers, the par-
ty seems to have lost its direc-
tion and purpose.
I have come to this conclu-
sion because of the absence of
any meaningful activity or ongo-
ing programme. I visited the
PLP headquarters recently and
was put off by what seemed to
me to be a lack of professional-
ism and productivity at the par-
ty's centre.
. This dearth of productive
activity on behalf of the officers
of the PLP party is in stark con-
trast to the stellar work of the
parliamentary group. The Mem-
bers of Parliament and Sena-
tors have done their job in scru-
tinising the government's legis-
lation, especially in demon-
strating the duplicity in the gov-
ernment's 2008/2009 budget.


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They have also performed their
function well in this oversight
of the executive branch, in hold-
ing the government accountable
to parliament and in showing
the government's disrespect for
the traditions of parliament and
for our democratic institutions.
But the party officers, headed
by the chairman, and the party's
apparatus seem to me to be sep-
arate and apart from the par-
liamentary group and should
function as such. The persons
who hold office in the party are
required to have the same level
of commitment, dedication and
focus as do the parliamentari-
ans.
They have the obligation and
mandate to put the party in the
position where it is perceived
by Bahamians to be a credible
alternative to the government.
To do so requires a continuous
and sustained number of public
activities. But where are the
efforts to revitalise and activate
the constituency branches?
Where are the programmes to
educate the public on the rich
history and philosophy of the
PLP? Where are critically need-
ed public relations and fund
raising efforts?
It appears as if the chairper-


son's, only focus is to push the
leadership ambitions of one of
her parliamentary colleagues. I
was always concerned and
doubtful that a sitting MP with
all of the attending commit-
ments of that job and one who
also heads a law firm could ade-
quately perform the demand-
ing job of chairman of a major
political party. Why would
someone seek such a demand-
ing job if there was no time to
dedicate to its functions? So
while the chairperson pays lip
service to the functions of head
of the party's machinery, the
party lies comatose.
Of course the ultimate blame
lies with the party leader. He
should confront the chairper-
son and demand thatshe per-
forms the tasl that the party's
constitution places on her.
But confrontation is not in
his DNA. He prefers to operate
.through subterfuge and he
holds out the hope that time
and events will heal all prob-
lems.
With these two at the helm
God help the PLP.
RUBY BROWN
Nassau,
September, 2008.


'World famous straw market' is turning

into the 'world famous flea market'

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please allow me some space in your newspaper to express my
views as they relate to the present conditions of the straw market.
When one hears the name of our wonderful country, many great
thoughts come to mind. A place to relax, unwind, and share in our
magnificent culture.
I remember some years ago, the straw market was a place
where Bahamian women would sit down and plait straw souvenirs
while wide-eye and excited tourists would watch in awe and amaze-
ment. I remember a time when the straw market only sold Bahami-
an craft, which showed off local artisan work, handmade sou-
venirs, all of which told a story in relation to our past. As I now walk
through the straw market, there are now very few things to call
Bahamian.
Now there is the selling of knock off designer handbags, bootleg
DVD's, and other items that have absolutely nothing to do with The
Bahamas.
Imagine, how do you think a foreigner would feel to come to The
Bahamas to "The world famous Straw-Market" and the products
sold don't say "Made in the Bahamas" instead they say "Made
in China"! It is in my opinion that if you wanted to purchase Chi-
nese made items you would visit China, not The Bahamas. In
addition to this, many of the vendors are not even Bahamian!
As I walk thought the aisles of the market, and I hear the con-
versations of different nationalities ranting back and forth I say to
myself, this is terrible, the straw market is supposed to be the
place deeply concentrated with everything and all things Bahami-
an.
The Government needs to step up and do something about this
issue. Our once "World famous Straw Market" is turning into the
"World famous flea market"!
As a final plea to the Government, please do something, do not
let the items that reflect our heritage go unnoticed, let's all be
proud off our country and what it has to offer.
CONCERNED BAHAMIAN LADY
Nassau,
September, 2008.


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Advice

expected on

safeguarding

against pests

THE decision of
Caribbean plant health
directors to adopt a co-ordi-
nated approach for dealing
with plant pests has started
to bear fruit with the forma-
tion and Meeting of Techni-
cal Working Groups on plant
pests that are of particular
concern to the region.
Two such TWGs will have
their inaugural meeting in
Guyana September 16 to 18.
The groups that are sched-
uled to meet are those on
Fruit Fly and the Red Palm
Mite.
Already the group on the
Giant African Snail has had
its first meeting and itsterms
of reference will be used to
guide the meetings of other
working groups.
The meeting of the two
working groups comes at a
time when exporters of trop-
ical fruits are expressing
growing concern over the
Fruit Fly which affects just
about every tropical fruit.
The deliberations of the
Red Palm Mite Working
Group are also of particular
interest, given the continued
destruction of palm, includ-
ing coconuts in 12 Caribbean
countries where the Red
Palm Mite has planted root.
With assistance from the
United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) Animal
and Plant Health Inspection
Services (APHIS), the
CARICOM Secretariat con-
vened the inaugural meeting
of the plant health directors
in Georgetown, Guyana in
April 2008. It was agreed
that there was need to estab-
lish several technical work-
ing groups to address the
issues relating to various
pests of importance to the
region. At the meeting,, .
member states indicated
their specific interest in join-
ing the working groups.
As a result, working
groups on Coconut Palm
Complex, Red Palm Mite,
Giant African Snail, Fruit
Flies, Lethal Yellowing and
the Banana Leaf Curl Virus
were constituted.

Law firm

starts relief

drive for

Inagua


IN the aftermath of Hurri-
cane Ike and its devastating
impact on Inagua, the Higgs
and Johnson law firm did not
hesitate when called upon by
Odyssey Aviation to provide
funding for emergency airlift
to Inagua.
Managing partner in the
law firm John Delaney visit-
ed Odyssey Aviation to get a
first-hand look at the relief
effort.
Higgs a.'d Johnson has ini-
tiated a relit.f drive amongst
its staff for the collection of
food items for the communi-
ty of Inagua.
Mr Delaney said that Hig-
gs and Johnson will continue
to find ways to be of mean-
ingful assistance.


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Work conditions are inhumane, say govt office staf


EMPLOYEES of a government office
claim they are being made to work in
"inhumane" conditions while their building
is being renovated.
SEmployees at the Government Printing
Department contacted The Tribune com-
plaining that their health is suffering due to
the conditions under which they are being
forced to work.
According to one female employee, who
wished to remain anonymous, the renova-
tion work includes repairs to the roof and


the taking up and laying of new tiles,
among other things.
"It's hot in here, damp, there is mould
and so much dust, people are getting sick
all the time. We are in here from 8.30am
until 4.30pm every day," she said.
One male employee said that he suf-
fered from a severe cough due to all the
dust he breathed in during his work day at
the printing department.
However, Chief Supt Adele Gay, head
of the department, said conditions at the


office building are comfortable. Ms Gay
said that the building is nice and cool and
the air condition is working so well that
people need to wear sweaters to work. She
also said that there is no problem with any
dust in the air.
Ms Gay said that the building is 30 to 40
years old and that this is the first time it is
being renovated.
"The workers were begging for these
renovations for years," she said.
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BARBADOS According to
international media reports, after
lengthy dialogue between CARI-
COM representatives attempting
to bridge conflicting viewpoints
on the EPA, it was determined
that all members states except for
Guyana and Haiti, will sign onto
the European agreement.
Though a specific signing date
has not been officially announced,
it has been confirmed that mem-
bers will meet with EU represen-
tatives sometime in October to
conduct an official signing cere-
mony. In attempting to interview
State Finance Minister Zhivago
Laing, The Tribune did learn that
the government will make an offi-
cial statement on this recent
CARICOM decision sometime
today. This latest CARICOM
meeting was arranged after
Guyana, St Lucia, and Antigua
were hesitant to sign the widely
debated European pact.
.Now that St Lucia and Antigua
have both changed their position,
and have decided to support the
agreement, Guyana is the only
outstanding CARICOM member
to openly object to its signing..
During a press conference after
the meeting, Barbados Prime
Minister David Thompson said:
"It was concluded that it was not'
in the interest of the region as a
whole and the other members for
us to decline to sign, because the


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
thompson@tribunemedia.net
ONE of the pitfalls of the orig-
inal Urban Renewal programme
was that it was used as "political
fodder" by political, parties and
not assessed independently for its
merits or lack thereof, BTC vice-
president of marketing Marlon
Johnson said during a House of
Assembly Crime Committee
hearing yesterday.
Mr Johnson said as part of a
holistic crime fighting approach,
the programme needs to be revis-
ited but an independent body
should be set up to oversee spend-
ing of the group's resources and to
avoid political partisanship.
He also said a revisited Urban
Renewal needs the "critical"
police component, but the RBPF
could not be the driving force lest
the programme be too "narrow"
in scope. "I think one of the
unfortunate things about the
Urban Renewaf Programme was
that it became politicised... And
it's an unfortunate circumstance,"
said Mr Johnson, who later clari-
fied he meant "politcised" as
being used for political fodder.
"I think the country lost a lot of
positive discussion. We could
argue about the merits of how to
do it, but I think generally speak-
ing, the discussion got side-
tracked by partisan politics but I
think the right track the police
(held) onto was that.. .You real-
ly need a strong relationship
between the police and commu-
nities in which they are policing".
"From my perspective I think it
is a concept that has to be revisit-
ed and has to be part of a broad-
er plan. Where I think that the
challenge came was that, from my
perspective, it was only police dri-
ven. I think that the concept that
the police took has to be taken
out of the police (hands) as far as
urban engagement. So if you want
to do Urban Renewal the police
has to be a component but not
the driving force of the scheme."
Mr Johnson was responding to
St Thomas More MP Frank
SSmith, who asked how the pro-
gramme could be strengthened.
He later added: "The fact that
the police were there is both its
blessing and its curse because the
police.. .took on the leadership
(of) Urban Renewal and that's
why a lot of things got done. But I
think it also made the focus very,
very narrow because they looked


consequences of so doing, we feel,
would be unjust to the people of
the CARIFORUM states."
With Haiti only having ambas-
sadorial representation at the
meeting, the group was informed
that reservations still existed and
needed to be cleared up by the
president before the country pro-
ceeded to signing.
Mr Thompson explained that
discussions will have to be con-
ducted with EU representatives,
in order to determine whether a
limited agreement could be
offered to Guyana considering
the comprehensive nature of the
EPA. Guyana's president Bhar-
rat Jagdeo has continually
expressed his discomfort with the
agreement.
According to President Jagdeo:
"We have to make sure that we
build a domestic private sector,
a capitalist class in our own coun-
tries, because all the wealth will
be owned by foreigners and we
will be working for them."


at things through policing eyes.
And that's not a bad thing but it
didn't address the whole situa-
tion". Mr Johnson was called
before the committee to give
crime solutions based on an Inter-
American Development Bank
crime report he wrote in 2004.
The report, based on empirical
data, traced crime trends from the
late 1960s to 2004 and proposed
recommendations to the govern-
ment for reducing these trends.


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Predatory banks and loan officers are driving



desperate Bahamians further into bankruptcy


* By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com,
www.weblogbahamas.com


debt-ridden
Bahamians are
being driven fur-
ther into bankruptcy by
unscrupulous, predatory banks
and lending institutions that
encourage cyclical, imprudent
borrowing habits and grant loans
with inflated interest rates and
excessive bank charges to barely
qualifying, credulous consumers.
In the Bahamas, certain banks
are patently unethical and engage
in unprincipled lending practices
that rip-off consumers and
breach all covenants of trust and
fair dealing by giving monies to
high-risk borrowers and locking
them into high-interest, lengthy
repayment terms that force them
to live from pay cheque to pay
cheque.
The fact that most Bahamians
don't have $1,000 or even $500
- in a savings account, but can
have of a debt margin of a few
thousand dollars is reflective of
some local banks preference for
'abusive' lending at exorbitant
rates rather than encouraging
Bahamians to save more.
It is in part due to these rapa-
cious practices that Bahamian
borrowers are constantly "broke"
and fall into a never-ending cycle
of routinely rewriting loans.
These days, Bahamians seek-
ing to acquire consumer loans -
even those having multiple loans
at different banks would
encounter little difficulty and
hardly any questions about their
financial means, which is compa-
rably different to the complica-
tions and strict requirements -
even collateral that is stipu-
lated when they attempt to make
a worthwhile investment by
attaining a business loan or mort-
gage. I'm told that one local bank


is so freehanded with granting
consumer loans complement-
ed by absurd interest rates -
that "a dog could probably walk
in and get a loan, because while
it's easy you'll have to pay back
an arm and two legs."
Locally, unsecured consumer
loan interest rates range from 14
to 21 per cent, which.puts many
Bahamians in 'financial bondage,'
becoming virtual slaves to banks.
Furthermore, these loans like
mortgages and property sales -
are laced with a litany of hidden
fees that frequently pop-up on
the final paperwork on the day
an agreement is to be signed.
Unfortunately, many unques-
tioning Bahamians hastily and
blissfully sign these documents
as they are too ecstatic,about
their loan being approved to
study the fine print. Among the
fees included in consumer loans
are insurance fees and what, I've
been told, is known as a bank fee
that is an overhead cost tha:
banks charge for just lending
money, in' addition to their
"killer" interest rates.
It has been said that on a
$20,000 unsecured loan with a


term matura-
tion of five
years, a payee '
whose salary
is being
deducted will
have to pay
nearly two
years worth of
interest
before making a dent in the prin-
cipal. Scores of gullible Bahami-
ans are swindled by smooth-talk-
ing, bonus-seeking loan officers
with sales pitches that could
deceive the devil and leave them
financially locked down with a
larger loan than they had hoped
for, long after the monies-have
been spent.
Sadly, Bahamians borrow for
idiotic reasons, ranging from
shopping for unnecessary mate-
rials, vacations, parties, cars (nine
to 14 per cent interest), rims
and/or even wedding dresses.
The interest rates on mort-
gages and credit cards are also
skyrocketing as mortgages now
range from eight to 11 per cent
over 20 to 30 years and credit
card interest rates/charges hov-
er around 19 to 25 per cent. For


consumers.seeking to purchase
or build a house/apartment, the
insurance fees, lawyer charges,
property appraisal costs, title and
escrow costs (closing costs).only
add to their already unfairly high
mortgage rates.
S Lately, I've seen advertise-
ments for payday lending organ-
isations that provide money -
ranging from $100 to $5,000 -
on the spot. Payday lending has
evolved into a lucrative industry
with steep interest rates attached
to loans that, like some local
banks, are just criminal.
This budding industry must be
regulated as it is risky for con-
sumers and keeps the undprpriv-
ileged and those that are fiscally-
uneducated poor.
According to the Central
Bank of the Bahamas report on
monthly economic developments
for July, 2008, the majority of
delinquent commercial loans
remained in the non-performing
sector.
The report states: "Consumer
loans, which advanced by $23.7
million to $196 million, account-
ed for the remainder of the
expansion in overall delinquen-


cies, as the credit profile of this
segment continuedto show a
steady progression of arrears
from 31-90 day to non-perform-
ing status.
In contrast, mortgage arrears
declined modestly. over the
review period, by $6.2 million
(2.3 per cent) to $258 million.
However, a percentage of the
outstanding loans continue to
migrate into the non-performing
category."
Undoubtedly, while this is due
to the deteriorating economic cli-
mate, Bahamians are alsq finding
it hard to meet.hefty loan pay-
ments with soaring interest rates.
Another problematic facet of
banking is the proclivity of cer-
tain banks to close customers'
savings and checking accounts
without prior notices. I have
heard reports of persons, whose
accounts were unceremoniously
closed by banks, even resulting in
them writing "bounced" cheques.
Furthermore, I've also been told
of persons who may have briefly
defaulted on a loan due to an
unexpected incident (eg, job loss)
but, upon complete repayment,
could not patronise other credit


facilities because the bank they
borrowed from may have dis-
'seminated information that
ruined their credit rating.
Although Bahamian banks
charge some of the most exorbi-
tant fees in the world, licensing
charges for these institutions are
comparatively low when con-
trasted to other jurisdictions. It
was only in the recent budget
exercise that Prime Hubert
Ingraham announced that
domestic bank licence fees for
commercial banks (Royal Bank
of Canada, Scotia Bank, First-
Caribbean Bank, Common-
wealth Bank, Bank of The
Bahamas, Fidelity Bank and
Citibank) servicing Bahamians
would be raised from between
$250,000 and $750,000 to rang-
ing between $300,000 and $2.5
million annually.
This is significantly low when
taking into consideration the
annual record setting profits
earned by these entities.
It is high-time that all com-
mercial banks operating in the
Bahamas offer Bahamians a
"piece of the pie," through BISX
listings that give natives an
opportunity, to invest and share in
the profits. With banking cur-
rently listed as the Bahamas' sec-
ond largest industry, it is past due
for consumer protection regula-
tions to be constantly enforced.
Frankly, there must be a regu-
latory commission to regulate the
industry and monitor lending
practices with a view to reduc-
ing voracious lending, creating a
credit bureau to track personal
debt and impartially serve both
the consumer and banks and
encourage the drafting, passing
and implementation of stronger
legislation that guarantees con-
sumer protection.
Sadly, consumer debt has
reached unparalleled levels, so
much so that Bahamians are
bankrupt or teetering on the
brink of bankruptcy.


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been rocked by intensifying protests this week,
according to the New York Times News Service.
The expulsion order signals a low point between
Bolivia and the United States.
Their dealings of late have reflected a heightening
tension over U.S. anti-narcotics policies and the
granting of asylum in the United States to Bolivian
officials who fled the country earlier in this decade.
"We do not want people here who conspire
against democracy," Morales said in Bolivia's capi-
tal; La Paz, announcing the decision to expel Gold-
berg.
Morales, a leftist whose top ally is President Hugo
Chavez of Venezuela, repeated contentions that
Goldberg was helping groups seeking greater polit-
ical autonomy in eastern Bolivia.


Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia, which has
repeatedly denied Morales' assertions, did not return
calls seeking comment. But the State Department
said Wednesday evening that it had received no
official notification of Morales' order expelling
Goldberg, who served as chief of mission to Kosovo
before his nomination as ambassador to Bolivia in
2006.
"We are therefore trying to establish the intent of
the president's remarks," said Edgar Vasquez,, a
State Department spokesman. He dismissed
Morales' charges against Goldberg as "baseless."
The ambassador, Vasquez said, was still at his post.
If the expulsion does occur, it could affect a variety
of issues between Bolivia and the United 'States.
Despite a recent deterioration of political relations,
Washington remains one of the largest providers
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SUPERINTINTENDENT OF PRISONS: Dr. Elliston Rahming



'Lifers could benefit from early




release, education programmes'


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Inmates

given life

sentences

should serve

S minimum

15-year term

Rahming

M By LLOYD ALLEN
GIVING prisoners who are
serving life sentences an early
release and providing them,
with long-term educational
programmes could be more
beneficial to the Bahamas
than the correctional practices
currently in place, Superin-
tendent of Prisons Dr Elliston
Rahming said.-
Testifying at Wednesday's
hearing of the House Select
Committee on Crime, Dr
Rahming said that persons
sentenced to life in prison
should serve a minimum term
of 15 years, after which there
should be a mandatory tri-
annual parole hearings.
Dr Rahming said that
prison statistics in the United
States show that "lifers" who
are released early are more
easily reintegrated into soci-
ety because of the long-term
educational programme#
available to them.
He suggested that a similar
programme would be benefi-
cial to the Bahamas.
He told the committee that


the Bahamas is one of coun-
tries with the highest life sen-
tence inmate percentages in
the world.
Dr Rahming noted that out
of the of 1,380 current inmates
at the already over-populated
facility, persons serving life
sentences represent four per
cent, which accounts to 56
inmates of the overall total.
In other countries like the
United Kingdom and Sweden,
less than one per cent of
prison inmates are serving life


sentences, he said. Dr Rah-
ming argued that a clear reso-
lution to the problem is for
government to introduce leg-
islation to allow early release
to select individuals who are
serving life sentences.
Over the past 34 years, he
pointed out, there have been
20 cases of early releases for
persons serving life sentences.
To date, there is a zero per
cent recidivism rate among
these' individuals, he said.


* By LLOYD ALLEN

1VCTIMS of inmates currently serving sentences at Her
Majesty's Prison should receive 20 person per cent of the
prisoner's earnings. Superintendent of Prisons Dr Elliston
Rahming told the House Select Committee on Crime.
Speaking at the hearing on Wednesday at the British
Colonial Hillon, Dr Rahming pointed out that inmates
who participate in work release programmes are paid an
average of $160 per month.
In some cases, he said, prisoners have acquired more
than $30.000 within a four-year period.
"A law breaker is required to pay a debt to the stale. I
believe that in addition to that, he should be required to
pa} a debt to his victim so that he takes personal respon-
sibility for what he has done." said he said.
Making further suggestions to the committee, Dr Rah-
ming said that persons who habitually commit minor
offences, should be made to return to the prison to not only
do "soft labour" such as kitchen work, or car washing, but
should be subject to "hard labour."
"I took the position, that if you are a multiple recidivist,
when you come back to prison, you're going to do hard
time." he said..
Dr Rahming said this would include jobs such as the dis-
posal of slop buckets, construction, and building mainte-
nance.
In an attempt to reduce the overall prison population,
Dr Rahming said that persons who are charged with minor
offences or are first time offenders, should be offered
alternative sentencing.
He suggested electronic monitoring and plea bargaining
as resolutions to the increasing problem of prison over-pop-
ulation.


College leads the way


in male mentoring


WITH so many young Bahami-
an men the subject of negative
news reports, one school feels the
right way to address the problem
is to increase the number of male
teachers on staff.
Over the past few years, a num-
ber of social commentators have
remarked that a great deal of the
anti-social behaviour exhibited
by young men is due to a lack of
male role models in authority
positions.
At Westminster College, a pri-
mary through secondary institu-
tion on Blake Road, the new
semester has begun witH eight
male teachers.
They are: acting principal Pro-
fessor Wilston Anderson; spiri-
tual life co-ordinator Rev Carl
Campbell; Carlos Williams, Span-
ish and sciences teacher; Ian
Joseph, science teacher; Oswyn
James, music and geography
teacher and George Headley,
business studies, technology and
agricultural science teacher.
Physical education instructors
Geno Bullard, Sr and Stanford
Dames a.lo serve as coach and
assistant coahh for many of the
school's sporting programmes.
In addition, Bullard teaches
family life, a subject almost
always taught by women in the
Bahamas.
At the helm is Dr R E Cooper,
who founded Westminster Col-
lege several years- ago and now
serves as president.
"At Westminster College, we
are obligated to lead by example
especially as it relates to our stu-
dents," said Dr Cooper. "It was
not a part of the original plan to
have such a large male staff but it
happened for a reason. Westmin-
ster College has always had a
stronger male than female stu-
dent population and these males
are academic and now athletic
achievers.
"If young men don't see strong
men who can positively influence
them, provide a healthy dose of
discipline and be willing to listen
to them, they tend to feel lost," he
added. "Right now, this country is
reaping the consequences of a
society that has failed our young
men by allowing fathers to walk
away and not having other men
fill in that gap by accepting the
adage that it takes a village to
raise a child.
"As educators, we tend to be
parents to countless students
when they are placed in our class-
rooms. We also hope that by see-


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leaders."


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Women urged
to find 'relief
and release'
at conference
By JEFFARAH GIBSON
BAHAMIAN women have
been invited to find "relief and
release" during this weekend's
Trinity City of Praise Women's
Conference.
SThe conference begins today
at 7.30pm. On Saturday there
will be a breakfast meeting, and
on Sunday at 11am a church ser-
vice.
Prophet Lee Watson, pastor
at Trinity City of Praise, said
the conference will help women
develop "faith, hope and foster
relationships."
"The major issue that women
in this nation face is that they
are not given the opportunity to
be the people they are destined
to be. They are sometimes
handicapped by the men in
their lives and the conference
will educate these women."
Motivational speaker Dr
Cindy Trimm, of Cindy Trimm
Ministries International, said
that she is looking forward to
impacting the lives of Bahami-
an women, and helping them
achieve empowerment.
"Women face so many prob-
lems," she said. "They face the
problems of parenting, finding
their identity, sexism, racism,
domestic violence, social dis-
eases, alcoholism, and drugs,
and we intend on finding solu-
tions to these problems."
She added: "I hope that the
women walk away with hope,
direction and Biblical.tools that
They can apply.to their.everyday
lives."


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MP for Inagua
worried Morton
Salt will pull out
FROM page one
because there will be unem-
ployment at about 90 per cent
and they will move to other
places to find employment as
they must do.
"The banks will close because
there's no income to keep a
bank without Morton. Most of
those people who have mort-
gages would lose their hous-
es....it would be disaster," said
Mr Gray.
The MP's comments come on
the heels of an admission by a
spokesperson for Morton Salt,
based in the United States, that
while its present intention is to
restore the plant to operational
status it "cannot say with 100
per cent certainty" that it will
remain there in coming weeks if
it "finds out that's not practi-
cal."
The salt plant suffered dev-
astating damage during the cat-
egory four hurricane that ripped
across Inagua on Sunday.
Some commentators have
viewed with suspicion the fact
that Government has made
arrangements for the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation to
assume responsibility for the
island's power from Morton Salt
at the end of this month, say-
ing it may be evidence that they
know or fear the company may
be about to leave the island.
Mr Gray said that what he
finds of particular concern
about the whole scenario is the
fact that Morton International
has a new owner who may not
be as sympathetic to Inagua's
plight as the former owner.
"These new owners, they are
people we don't really know
well. We do not know if they
will be of the same attitude to
Inagua as the former owners
who seem to tie with the island.
The new owners could very well
be people who will not really
feel an obligation to stay and
that is what I fear."
Asked whether he would
advise the unionists to be cau-
tious at this stage, Mr Gray said:
"The union's rights should
always be protected by its lead-
ership. I support the unions but
I don't support irresponsible
unions and I don't say this union
is irresponsible but I do say that
every union in the country in
my view must look at all which
is at stake when they decide to
act, not just for a dollar here or
a dollar there."


Former Nassau-based US agent murdered


THE US Embassy said it was saddened
to learn of the tragic murder of DEA group
supervisor Thomas J Byrne.
"Tom was a valuable member of the US
Embassy Nassau team from early 2002 to
2006 were he served his country with great
honour, passion and courage," said a state-
ment from the embassy.
The embassy staff and others who knew
Mr Byrne expressed their sorrow and
offered condolences to his family.
"While serving his country in Nassau,
Tom fostered co-operation and helped build
strong relationships with the Bahamian law
enforcement and drug agencies," it said.
Officer Byrne was in New Orleans
attending the Organised Crime Drug
Enforcement Task Force (OVDETF) Con-


Father of four found beaten to death


ference.
While in New Orleans, he was attacked,
severely beaten and mugged while walking
to his hotel. He died of his injuries on the
evening of August 30.
Mr Byre was 40 years old. He was born
in the Bronx, New York and was graduated
from James Madison University in Harris-
burg, Virginia in 1991 with a bachelor of
arts degree in finance.
He joined DEA in 1992 as an intelligence
research specialist assigned to headquar-
ters in the Financial and Special Intelligence
Section and also served in the Intelligence


Division's Major Investigations Section.
In 1996, he was hired as a DEA Special
Agent through the Washington Field Divi-
sion and was assigned to the Miami Field
.Division Group 9.
In early 2002, he was reassigned to the
Nassau, Bahamas Country Office where he
served for four years.
In April 2006, Mr Byrne was promoted to
group supervisor in the Houston Field Divi-
sion where he served until his death.
Mr Byme is survived by his wife Maureen
and four young children: Tommy, 8, Joseph,
6, Matthew, 4 and Michael, 2.


He is also survived by his parents, retired
DEA Special Agent Thomas G Bryne and
Joan Byrne of Fairfax, Virginia; his sisters,
Patricia Bryne and Joann Weekly of Vir-
ginia.
Mr Byrne had a large extended family,
several of whom also work in law enforce-
ment.
"Many of us know Tom's brother-in-law,
former DEA Special Agent Thomas
Feeney, Jr, and his wife Jane Feeney, cur-
rently a DEA Intelligence Group supervisor
in Tampa. Further, his sister-in-law,
Anne Mascari is a former Intelligence
Research Specialist from DEA Headquar-
ters, and his father-in-law Thomas Feeney,
Sr, is a retired FBI agent," the statement
said.


Claims Christie supporters fear bid to remove him as party leader


FROM page one

chairman and vice-chairman.
The table was set at conven-
tion for phase three," Mr
Christie's supporters believe.
The opposition, which pos-


sibly has more blogs purport-
ing to support it overtly or
otherwise than any other
political party, has a problem
with putting forward a cohe-
sive message, one PLP told
The Tribune yesterday.
A new political blog,


Radio station hits back at


claims by Darold Miller

FROM page one
utterly false."
"Miller can therefore be assured that any claims brought against
GEMS or its owners will be vigorously defended.
"We shall therefore be instructing GEMS' attorney, Mr Wayne
Munroe, to deal with this nonsense," the radio station said.
Giving a press conference on Arawak Cay after his acquittal
on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Miller said that GEMS owes him a
significant amount of money.
"I have instructed my brilliant team of lawyers to move quickly
and bring civil action against those who have maligned my good
character and who have defamed me," Mr Miller said.
'"GEMS owes me a lot of money and God knows I need it. I ain'
work in 18 months, get my money ready, I coming, Mr Miller
said.
"My lawyers will be filing action quickly, if not this day on the
next," Mr Miller said.
Mr Miller thanked his supporters and said that the experience of
the sexual harassment trial has made him a stronger person.
The veteran talk show host also alleged that the decision to
bring charges against his person was motivated by money.
"This exercise was like a witch hunt and it ain' had nothing to do
with sexual harassment, absolutely nothing. It had to do with mon-
eys that re owed to me that they refused to pay. It happened 40
days before the election, so you.know politics was involved and it
had to ddioith a tfand I took against 'sissyism' in this country," he
claimed. .


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bahamasblackbook, has named
three persons as a part of a
conspiracy to push Mr Christie
out of the way. It allegedly
includes former PLP MP and
senator Philip Galanis.
The blog, according to
sources, is authored by a mem-
ber of the party who is an avid
supporter of Mr Christie.
"These bloggers are getting
out of hand and are causing
our party to look foolish. They
are basically cannibalizing each
other and members of the par-
ty that they support and shows
that we don't have a cohesive
message. It's basically up to
our chairman to reign these
people in if that's possible,"
one party insider said.
The accusation of cannibal-
ism comes from the fact that
the bahamasblackbook site
rose to prominence among
political observers when anoth-
er pro-PLP site, bahamas-
press.com, which does not sup-
port Mr Christie for party
leader, launched what proved
to be an embarrassing attack
against Andrew Burrows, the
webmaster of the opposition's
official site myplp.com.


A series of e-mails were
published on the blackbook
site between Burrows and for-
mer members of the PLP's PR
team, Carvel Francis and Ear-
lin Williams, with Burrows
accusing Francis and Williams
of attacking him on the
Bahamas Press site.
"Man up and stand behind
your words and explain your-
self my friend because you
won't be able to hide behind
Bahamas Press forever. If
we're supposed to be on the
same team, you need to show
it because a completely differ-
ent picture is emerging and will
make for a more interesting
story than anything you've
printed, on that site so far,"
Burrows charged in a letter
released by the Bahamas press
site.
"It was pathetic and petty.
Embarrassing, that's all I'm
saying," another PLP party
member told The Tribune.
According to the bahamas-
blackbook there were "plot-
ters" at the last PLP conven-
tion who began opening up
discussions with a number of
PLP groups, including a large


number of stalwarts in Grand
Bahama.
"On the agenda was leader-
ship.
"They even went to the
extent of scheduling a lun-
cheon for the stalwarts as a
means to gauge their accep-
tance of the plan. That back-
fired when Christie loyalists
derailed that plan. Cleverly,
(the plotters) made sure that
whenever he was in the pres-
ence of the leader, he would
be the first to stand up for
Christie and on a number of
occasions, declared his loyal-
ty," the blogg said.
According to the site it is
alleged that the head of this
"conspiracy" is sitting on
"huge" cash reserves from for-
eign backers.
"It was this source of fund-
ing that the plotters used to
ferry over 300 delegates to the
PLP convention.
"It may have been money
spent in vain as these delegates
were not given the chance to
vote because the position of
leader was off the table. Score
that one for Christie," the blog
said.


FROM page one

the go ahead by the PLP government.
The controversy died down after Mr Foulkes said
he had done nothing wrong and obtained legal rep-
resentation to counter those who were "defaming his
character" a fight that never materialised.
But earlier this week Justice John Lyons con-
demned attorneys who facilitate people selling or
purchasing land in proposed subdivisions that do
not have full approval from government to go ahead.
The judge ruled in a separate case that a group of
people who had been sold lots in a proposed subdi-
vision before it had approval did not have any legal
right to the land they thought they owned because
their contracts were "void for illegality."
And he pointed out that parliament's choosing to
pass a law declaring that Government must give
final approval for a subdivision to go ahead before
lots are sold within it was specifically to avoid the
opportunity for unsuspecting members of the public
to be exploited.
Yesterday, asked to respond to this ruling Mr
Foulkes said he still sticks by his initial position:
That he and his former law firm did everything
according to the book and had no responsibility for
the consequent hardship of his clients.
He said, "I really do not want to get into (that)
because you know I am a Cabinet minister now and
I am not practising law...I want to stand on my orig-
inal statement."
He also added that he "does not represent any
developers (and) never did."
In late 2007 Omar Archer, who ran for the chair-
manship of the PLP, and former PLP cabinet min-
ister Bradley Roberts, called for Mr Foulkes' resig-
nation over the matter.
The client was among a group of 11 who had
obtained loans to purchase lots of land in a pro-
posed subdivision called Stephen's Close on Cowpen
Road a development on which construction began
with only "approval in principle" from the Ministry
of Works.
The fact that it went ahead without full approval
led to a work stoppage eventually being issued by the
same ministry in late 2005 when it was discovered
that construction had continued, leaving the 11 per-
sons paying off loans on partially built homes in a
subdivision with no infrastructure.
One investor, a young father not represented
by Mr Foulkes said at the time: "We are suffering.
My total investment is now well over $100,000. It's
like it disappeared. I don't even talk about it because
it's really sad."
Lynette Burrows, another in the group, said: "AS
far as the Ministry of Works is concerned, this sub-
division doesn't even exist."
On his part, Mr Foulkes was initially accused by
one of his two clients from the group, Shaaron Davis,
of having kept the $50,000, which he said he gave to
him as his lawyer to buy the property from the
developer, Denise Burrows.
In his defenc& Mr Foulkes confirmed that he had
forwarded the funds to Ms Burrows and that a
"conveyance was duly executed" on behalf of his
client on June 7, 2005.
"My former law firm is totally blameless. Mr
Davis has good and legal title to the lots," he said at
the time, adding: "Their case is against the devel-
oper."
Desmond Edwards, a former parliamentary can-
didate for the FNM and attorney, denied he had
been engaged in a conflict of interest in the matter by
acting both for the developer and other buyers.
"Everybody knew that. There is no difficulty in
that as long as everyone is aware of it," he said at the
time.
Yesterday an official at the Ministry of Works
confirmed that years on, the developer still does
not have final approval to complete construction


on the property.
Justice Lyons said in his ruling that as defined
under section five of the Private Roads and Subdi-
visions Act an agreement to sell or demise a
block of land in an unapproved subdivision is an
illegal one.
"In other words, it is a contract for an illegal pur-
pose. It is a contract, the performance of which,
requires the breaking of the law of the land; and
which, by doing so, constitutes a criminal offence."
However, The Tribune has discovered that Mr
Foulkes and Mr Edwards are not the only lawyers
who maintain that allowing lots to be sold in subdi-
visions that have not yet received full approval is an
acceptable and indeed long established practice.
Two law firms in Nassau confirmed to The Tri-
bune that they are deeply disturbed by Justice Lyon's
ruling, claiming it has far reaching implications.
"Although (Lyons) is technically right, it's been
going on for so long now that the implications would
be too huge.
"It has been the established practice since the
'60s," said the lawyer from a leading Nassau firm,
adding: "There will have to be an amendment to the
'Act. If that doesn't happen there'll be tens of thou-
sands of people who have no marketable title (to
their land)."
SMarketable title refers to the ability of the pur-
ported owner of the property to readily transfer or
sell that property because it is free from valid claims
by any other person.
At another law practice, an attorney told The
Tribune that those in his office were "pretty upset.
Though Lyons is right, the attorneys thought he
handled it wrongly. You shouldn't punish the
clients."
That lawyer said that amending the Act would not
be the answer to the situation created by Justice
Lyons, as "that would create other problems."
"You can't go amending an Act every time there
is a judicial review," he said.
However, at two other firms, land law specialists
stood firm on their view that it is in no way normal
for lawyers to sell property in proposed develop-
ments that do not have final approval.
Like Lyons, one pointed out that "parliament put
that law in place to protect buyers."
Lawyers will often draw up "soft contracts" for
their client, which enable them to in essence reserve
that property but not obtain any full legal right to it,
he said.
"A deposit is put in place but it's completely
refundable and it's not enforceable. So there is some
kind of pre-sales agreement but a sales contract is
not entered into at all."
Only after final approval is given would the
sales agreement be signed and the buyer's funds
released from escrow to the developer, said the
lawyer.
Justice Lyons said there is a "long history of var-
ious assortments of land developers from the well
meaning to the dishonest fly by night, dreaming up
subdivisions of large allotments of land (and) there
is a history of persons being attracted by these
impressive plans.
"Many have in the past paid monies to these
developers. History also shows that some unscrupu-
lous developers have simply pocketed this money
and then departed...in some instances the actual
subdivision infrastructure works have been only
part concluded. What is left are disgruntled or out of
pocket 'purchasers' who ended up with nothing near
what they had bargained for."
The judge hit out at the attorneys for the clients
who had bought the land in the case he was presid-
ing over for asking him to "give the court's blessing
to these illegal transactions."
"It is as if by some magical sleight of hand, a puff
of 'magic lawyer dust', that which was known to be
illegal (can be) converted into a legally enforceable
transaction," he said.


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Concern over dumping of bulk waste on Grand Bahama


* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT The indiscriminate
dumping of bulk waste on Grand
Bahama is of particular concern to the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA), which has launched an
aggressive awareness campaign to
"keep Grand Bahama clean."
GBPA officials on Wednesday initi-


ated another component of "The Keep
Grand Bahama Clean Campaign" to
discourage the dumping of bulk waste
materials in remote areas of the island.
Nakira Wilchcombe, GBPA envi-
ronmental manager, said the Port has
planned an aggressive advertisement
campaign to raise awareness about the
protection of the environment.
Ms Wilchcombe stated that an area
of particular focus will be the removal
of bulk waste products.
She noted that bulk waste disposal is


a free service provided by the Sanita-
tion Services Company in Freeport.
Residents are being urged to refrain
from dumping old appliances as well as
furniture and other bulk waste materi-
als in the bushes. "Some residents are
guilty of dumping these items, even
though they can be picked up without
charge," said Ms Wilchcombe.
She is encouraging all residents to
take full advantage of the free bulk
waste service and to do their part in
protecting the environment.


Lou Carroll, general manager of the
Sanitation Services Company, said free
bulk waste collection services are avail-
able to all customers who pay service
charges to the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, and who reside in single and
duplex family dwellings.
He noted that bulk waste includes
household garbage, such as large box-
es, tree cuttings, furniture and appli-
ances. Mr Carroll said residents who
need to dispose of bulk waste should
call Sanitation Services.


PICTURED (left to right) LOU Carroll, general manager
of the Sanitation Services Company and member of
the 'Keep Grand Bahama Clean' committee, and Naki-
ra Wilchcombe, environmental manager of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority and chairperson for the 'Keep
Grand Bahama Clean' committee.


Payment dispute stopping goods



shipment, says business owner


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
THE owner of a liquor store in
Farmer's Cay claims he is unable
to offload much needed goods
from the mailboat because of a
discrepancy over payment with
the local freight office.
Aultomus Percentie, 54, own-
er of a liquor store on the island in
the Exuma chain, claimed he is
up to date on all freight payments,
but got a call from a delivery per-
son in Nassau who reportedly said
his goods were not authorised to
be shipped from the capital.
He said he paid his last freight
bill two weeks ago, and got
receipts for the payment on Sun-
day yet there is a hold-up with
having his items shipped. This
delay is hurting his business which
relies heavily on shipments from
the ship, he said.
"I don't owe these people one
cent... I am burning up about it
(because) they ga' tell the people
in Nassau they are not taking my
freight and I'm on the island. They


"I don't owe these people one
cent ... I am burning up about
it (because) they ga' tell the
people in Nassau they are not
taking my freight and I'm on
the island."

Aultomus Percentie


say I owe them money. . But
when my things hit the dock Ipay
the man (freight agent).
"I'm on the island, nothing here
you could buy, nothing here you
can get unless you get it out of
Nassau. That's the only means of
getting things from the city, that
same mailboat unless you ga' fly it
on the plane and it ga' cost you
three or four times as much. And
that's what the government put
the mailboat in place for. This
hurting' me man".


The Tribune spoke with
Farmer's Cay freight agent
Earnestine Bain, and assistant
freight agent Terry Bain, who said
their office has been "very
Lenient" with delinquent cus-
tomers and has not stopped deliv-
ery of person's goods with any
malicious intent.
They said Mr Percentie is not
behind on his payments, but
admitted that the office is deal-
ing with a number of overdue
accounts of other importers.


"There are several individuals
outstanding on the freight list.
Normally the fright should go in
once a week. The operatorswant
the freight list to be paid once a
week- once you get you're fre eight
landed in Farmer's Cay you
should pay your freight before the
next mailboat (docks). We give
the captain a list of people who
haven't paid the freight... Over
the last six weeks, many individu-
als have not paid their freight, and
their freight had accumulated to
an unreasonable amount and so
the captain decided not to bring
the freight for those individuals
until they brought their freight up
to date," Mr Bain said.
"When your freight is delivered
to the dock, you have seven days
to pay it. Now if those freight is,
been delivered (up) to four weeks
ago and you had not paid any of
those bills, the operator is very
likely to cut off delivering your
freight that's only reasonable".
Attempts to reach the captain
of the captain of the vessel in
question were unsuccessful up to
press time last night.


Acclaimed Bahamian drama 'Rain' to open

2008 Bahamas International Film Festival


THE Bahamas International
Film Festival announced that
Maria Govan's acclaimed indie
drama "Rain" will be the opening
film at this year's festival, which
takes place December 4 to 11 in
Nassau.
Thfe intiiftee'family drama is
slated to screen on Thurs'day,
December 4. The announcement
was made by BIFF founder and
executive director Leslie Van-
derpool.
"Rain" had its world premiere
in the Discovery section of the
Toronto International Film Fes-
tival last week and has since gar-
nered tremendous praise and
attention as a break out hit: The
film is written, directed and pro-
duced by Maria Govan, a
Bahamian filmmaker who partic-
ipated in BIFF's celebrated Film-
maker Residency Programme
back in 2005. Govan developed
"Rain" through the Residency
Programme and Caribbean
Development Lab, where she met
the film's co-producers Nate and
Pamela Kohn. Additional pro-
ducers on the film are Francis
Kuzler and Molly Mayeux.
"Rain," noted as one of the
first indigenously produced films
to come out of the Bahamas, is


set in the rich cultural climate of
Nassau's inner city, a distinctly
Bahamian world that has not yet
been explored cinematically.
In the film, a Bahamian ado-
lescent boards a local mail boat
and sets sail for Nassau, deter-
mined to reconcile with the moth-
er who abandoned her when she
was just a toddler. Rain has lived
a sheltered life on Ragged Island,


but now the death of her grand-
mother has forced her to get out
and explore the world on her
own. Upon arriving in Nassau the
young girl is overwhelmed by the
sights of the big city, and soon
finds her idealistic illusions shat-
tered when she witnesses first-
hand just how deviant and
destructive her mother's lifestyle
has truly become. Stranded in an
unfamiliar environment that fills
her with dread and confronted by
a'mother she has never known,
Rain searches deep within her-
self to summon the strength need-
ed to find her own place in the
world.
. "Rain" stars Renel Brown, Nic-.
ki Micheaux, CCH Pounder, Irma '
P Hall, Calvin Lockhart, Shavante
Nixon and Ron Butler.
Leslie Vanderpool said: "Four
years ago at an art gallery I heard
the reading of "Rain" and urged
Maria to submit the work in
progress to the BIFF residency
programme. The BIFE mandate
is to encourage and assist in the
development of filmmaking,
therefore I am proud to know
that BIFF is there to nurture our
emerging filmmakers."
Maria Govan said: "BIFF
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Left to cherish her memories are her two daughters
Judith Elden of The Current Eleuthera, and Janet
Carey of Nassau, two son-in-laws Derek Elden and
Lloyd Carey, one sister Joan Gates, and one brother
Arthur Fernander, one brother-in-law Darwyn Gates,
one sister-in-law, Norma Knowles, one niece Marsha
Weech, and four nephews, Donald, Nelson, Richard
and Stephen, six grandchildren, Craig, Rochelle,
Brian and his wife, Samantha, Patrice and her husband,
Joseph Whyms, Michael, Sherrell and her husband,
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Mikayla, Darnell, Darielle and Demetrius and
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Water supply restored in Inagua


WSC says 'thanks' to NEMA and US Coast Guard


RESIDENTS of Inagua are seeing some
relief as water supply was restored to the
community for the first time since danger-
ous Hurricane Ike hit the island on Sun-
day, the Water and Sewerage Corporation
announced.
Thanks to the assistance of the National
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA),
the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the
United States Coast Guard, a large 125 KW
industrial generator was flown to Inagua
on Wednesday afternoon on a US Coast
Guard aircraft to power the desalination
plant until electrical supplies are restored.
The corporation has also deployed addi-
tional personnel and equipment to Inagua
to ensure that the distribution system is
thoroughly checked and any damage is
promptly repaired.
Residents of Inagua who observe any


water leaks or other damage to the system
were asked to contact corporation staff on
the ground in Inagua promptly.
It is anticipated that power supplies will
be off for a few weeks; therefore all of the
power needs for the desalination plant will
have to be met by the 125 KW industrial
generator. Due to the need to service the
generator and the desalination plant from
time to time, there may be some periods
during which water supplies may have to be
interrupted, but the corporation said it will
seek to minimise them and to announce
them in advance as much as possible.
The corporation is also asking residents to
conserve water to ensure that there is ade-
quate water to meet the demands of all res-
idents.
This conservation should include limit-
ing the amount of water being taken at any


single time to fill residential holding tanks.
The corporation said some residential
holding tanks can hold thousands of gal-
lons of water but the desalination plant
itself can only produce 60,000 imperial gal-
lons per day, therefore if several holding
tanks are being filled at the same time, it
means that all of the water will be taken by
a few customers.
Also, when several of these holding tanks
are being filled at the same time, it results in
low pressure complaints as all of the water
in the system is,being diverted to these
tanks.
Water and Sewerage said it will work
with the Bahamas Electricity Corporation
and Morton Salt to ensure that.the desali-
nation plant is one of the first facilities to
which electrical power is restored. This will
ensure an even more reliable water supply.


NEMA director delighted by Inagua relief efforts


COMMANDER Stephen
Russell, director of the Nation-
al Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) said he was
pleased with the relief efforts
following the passage of the cat-
egory four Hurricane Ike
through the south-east-
Bahamas.
On Wednesday, a C-130 air-
craft, courtesy of the United
States Coast Guard, transported
six pallets of water, an industri-
al-sized generator for the Water
and Sewerage Corporation's
reverse osmosis plant, and oth-
er essentials to Mathew Town,
Inagua. Commander Russell
said NEMA was "truly delight-
ed and pleased" by the level of
response to the 'residents
impacted by the hurricane.
He made.the statement as he
accepted donations from the
Bahamas Conference of Sev-
enth-Day Adventists on
Wednesday at the church office
on Tonique Williams Darling
Highway. The church donated
620 gallons of water, 10 portable
generators, roofing felt and
blankets.
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Russell said. "Definitely the
water, the generator for pow-
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help us in a tremendous way to
speed up the process in assisting
those living in abnormal condi-
tions at-this time."
Pastor Leonard Johnson,
president of the Seventh-Day


Adventist Church, said he was
delighted to make the donation
because "we consider ourselves
a community organisation and
we should care for the needs
and concerns of our brothers
and sisters."
He also pledged to make oth-
er donations during the relief
and reconstruction efforts.


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intends to keep his target of a
10-day relief phase, which start-
ed Monday, after which the
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Trailblazer basketball

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Golden Gates MP Shane Gibson joined the Golden Gates
Community Development Association to host the annual
Trailblazer Basketball Tournament during the month of
August.
For three weeks, 12 teams from the Golden Gates con-
stituency participated in a schedule of games three evenings
a week. The games were played on the basketball court at the
Farmers Market, Baillou Hill Road.
Mr Gibson said that through the Community Develop-
ment Association, he seeks to:
Foster community spirit
Promote community pride
Promote community bonding
Provide opportunity for empowerment
Provide healthy recreational activities
A total of 22 games were played after which the tournament
culminated with a championship game which was played on
Saturday, August 30.
The two dominant teams were The L A Ballers and the
Southside Stingers. The evening proved to be an exciting
one as the teams were focused and played hard.
Although there were several downpours during the game,
they continued to play with careful defence and discipline.
The Southside Stingers held on to their title from 2007 as
they won over the L A Bailers with a score.of 58 to 22.
The team members and coaches were all awarded trophies
for their participation.
The teams were hosted by the MP to a "grill and chill"
where they enjoyed-jerk chicken and grilled fish along with
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* BASEBALL
SAN DIEGO
Associated Press

PETCO PARK is a big ball
park. Manny Ramirez makes it
look small.
"When he hits the ball in the
air, it doesn't come down," Los
Angeles Dodgers manager Joe
Torre said.
Ramirez hit two prodigious
two-run homers, both to the
deepest part of the park in cen-
ter field and the Dodgers beat
the San Diego Padres 7-2 on
Wednesday night and extend-
ed their lead in the NL West to
a season-high 3 1/2 games over :
Arizona.
The home runs, a 435-foot
blast in the fifth off Shawn Estes
(2-2) and a 404-foot shot off
Dirk Hayhurst in the' ninth,
were his 523rd and 524th of his
career.
It marked ithe 52nd time
Ramirez hit multiple home runs
in a game, the second with Los
Angeles. He has 34 homers this
season, 14 since being acquired
by the Dodgers in a three-way
trade. He has 40 RBIs in 38
games with the Dodgers.
Derek Lowe (13-11), allowed
one run and three hits in 5 1-3
innings before leaving with a
sore knee. It was his third
straight victory as the Dodgers
won for the 10th time in 11
games.
Lowe was hit in the back of
the right knee by a hard one-
hopper by Kevin Kouzmanoff.
"You never want to come out
of the game," Lowe said. "I nor-
mally get hit in the calf, but this
was kind of below the back of
the knee."
Lowe, who was staked to a
5-1 lead, took a few warmup
pitches after Torre came out to
see him.
"He was a little stiff," Torre
said. "His pitch count was get-
ting up there (86). This was
going to be his last inning, but I
still had to wrestle the ball away
from him."
Lowe was impressed by
Ramirez's latest power display.
"What can you say about


BOXSCORE

DODGERS 7,

PADRES 2


Manny?" Lowe said. "He's
been absolutely phenomenal
since we've got him.
"This is .clearly a pitcher's
park, we all know that. You
don't see too many balls at night
to center field and to be able to
do it twice is pretty impressive."
Padres manager Bud Black
and Ramirez played 'tgetlier
with Cleveland in 1995.
"His swing is so pure," Black
said. "He stays on the ball such
a long time. I can only imagine
his vision must be incredible -
just to see the ball so well in
times like these."
While there was no doubt
about Ramirez's first home run,
the fifth-longest at Petco this
season, his second barely
cleared the fence.
"I thought he (Will Venable)
was going to catch it," Ramirez
said. "I was watching him and I
thought he was going to get it."
The home run was the third
in two nights for Ramirez at
Petco.
Mike Ekstrom, making his
major league debut for San
Diego, struck out Ramirez look-
ing in the seventh.
"I probably went about it the
wrong way by walking the two
batters before him," Ekstrom
said. "I was trying not to see
who was up. I was just trying to
keep my head down, but it was
still hard not to notice."
Ekstrom pitched two score-
less innings.
James Loney homered for the
Dodgers, hitting his 12th to
ignite a three-run second
inning.The homer was his first
extra base hit in 13 games.
Blake DeWitt's RBI double and
Russell Martin's RBI single pro-
duced the other runs.
The Padres scored in the first
on a leadoff double by Brian
Giles and two infield grounders,


* BASEBALL
BOSTON
Associated Press

JASON HAMMEL thought
he'd do a little throwing in the
bullpen to stay loose. He
wound up being thrown into
the tightest spot he could imag-
ine.
. Carlos Pena hit a three-run
homer in the 14th inning, then
Hammel escaped a major jam
Wednesday night to give the
AL East-leading Tampa Bay
Rays a 4-2 win over the Boston
Red Sox.
After playing more than five
hours, the Rays increased their
division edge to 2 1/2 games
over the Red Sox. Boston's
wild-card lead was cut to five
games by Minnesota.
"I figured I'd just get some
work in," said Hammel, who
entered when.closer Troy Per-
cival left after his back tight-
ened up. "I hadn't pitched in
five days. I wanted to get up
and keep the arm fresh. I fig-
ured Perc would close it out."
After Pena's homer, Boston
loaded the bases with no outs
in the 14th against Percival.
Hammel took over with a 4-1
lead and retired three straight
batters for his first save since
he pitched at Class A Hudson
Valley in 2002.
"You've got to give Jason
Hammel a lot of credit my
God," Tampa Bay manager
Joe Maddon said. "Coming in
with the bases loaded at that
point of the batting order ...
that was a truly tremendous
performance."
Kevin Youkilis' sacrifice fly
made it 4-2 before Jason Bay
struck out and Alex Cora flied
out.
"The adrenaline was obvi-
ously more than I've ever felt,"
said Hammel, still showing the
effect from a celebratory shav-
ing cream pie to the face.
l .-.B.. .


Percival, who said warming
up a few times likely led to his
back trouble, was excited by
Hammel's performance.
"When I'm the weakest link
in the bullpen, its a pretty good
bullpen," Percival said. "I'll get
some treatment tomorrow and
it'll be OK. It's nothing."
Tampa Bay was only 1-for-
35 with runners in scoring posi-
tion in this series before Pena
homered.
The Rays, who led the divi-
sion by 5 1/2 games last week,
won the final two matchups at
Fenway Park. Tampa Bay had
its lead sliced to one-half game
with its 3-0 loss to Boston on
Monday.
"This team is obviously
energized because of the way
we won it," Pena said. "It's
been exciting both days."
The teams meet again next
week for three games at Trop-
icana Field, where the Rays
are 6-0 against the Red Sox.
Tampa Bay had managed
only one hit with runners in
scoring position during this set
- Dioner Navarro delivered
a go-ahead double against
Jonathan Papelbon in the
ninth inning of Tuesday's 5-4
comeback win before Pena
hit Mike Timlin's pitch into the
Green Monster seats.
"We didn't want Pena to hit
in that inning because of what
he can do," Boston manager
Terry Francona said. "He did-
n't miss with that pitch. That
was off the plate."
Timlin (4-4) tied Kent
Tekulve for the most appear-
ances by a right-handed reliev-
er with 1,050. Akinori Iwamu-
ra and Rocco Baldelli singled
with two outs before Pena hit
his 28th homer.
"I was extremely surprised,"
Timlin said. "It was a good
pitch. We pushed him off the
plate and then went down and
away."


LOS ANGELES DODGERS shortstop Angel Berroa, left, jumps as
Dodgers second baseman Blake DeWitt, right, falls on San Diego
Padres Will Venable, center, after DeWitt tried to turn a double play
hit into by Padres' Josh Bard during-the second inning of a baseball
game, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 in San.Diego. Venable was out
but Bard was safe at first.


the second by Kouzmanoff that
drove in a run.
That run snapped Lowe's 19
consecutive scoreless innings
streak.
Dodgers right-hander Brad
Penny, who was activated off
the 15-day disabled list (right
shoulder inflammation) earlier
Wednesday came on to start the
seventh. He didn't get an out
as he walked the leadoff batter
Venable and gave up singles to
Josh Bard and Matt Antonelli.
Cory Wade came on for the
Dodgers and after giving up a
sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Drew
Macias, who got his first major


league RBI, got Giles to hit into
an inning-ending double play.

NOTES:
* Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal, who
has been on the DL since May 6
before having lower back surgery,
was one of the hitters, to face
Takashi Saito in a simulated game
Wednesday. Torre said he is hope-
ful Furcal could return before the
end of the regular season.

* Joe Beimel extended his Dodgers
record when he pitched in his 96th
consecutive game without allow-
ing a home run.


Delgado, Wright help Mets beat Nationals


* BASEBALL
NEW YORK
Associated Press

DAVID WRIGHT had an assortment of
hits to choose from Wednesday night. There
was the long two-run homer in the eighth
inning. A sharp double down the left-field
line in the first. A leadoff hit in the go-ahead
seventh.
Nope. None of those worked for him as
the hit that might be the elixir for solving his
hitting woes.
Wright preferred the run-scoring blooper,
a jammed shot to center in the third for his
breakthrough at-bat in the New York Mets'
13-10 win over the pesky Washington
Nationals after blowing a six-run lead.
"The at-bat that I drove in the run wasn't
necessarily a great at-bat ... but you get the
results. All of a sudden you get it in your
head that you can relax a little bit," said
Wright, who came in hitting .214'(6-for-28)
for the month. "One of the biggest prob-
lems I've had with runners in scoring position
is that it's been in my head that I'm putting


too much pressure on myself."
Wright, who scored four runs, has worked
hard the past few days in the cage, and on the
field Tuesday, taking extra batting practice to
work out his struggles, which he said was
due to poor timing on his swing.
Well, his timing is back and the Mets
couldn't have benefited more on the second
straight night New York's starting pitcher
- this time, Mike Pelfrey couldn't hold
down the lowly Nationals.
"The way that we continue to fight, con-
tinue to add on I think this is what champi-
onship teams are made out of," Wright said.
The NL East-leading Mets swept the two-
game series against Washington and moved
3 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia.
The Mets rode Carlos Delgado's second
straight multihomer game Tuesday night for
a 10-8 victory after blowing two leads. On
Wednesday, Delgado hit a go-ahead sacrifice
fly in the seventh inning, Carlos Beltran had
three hits and Jose Reyes swiped a bag to
became the Mets career leader for steals.
"I'll tell you what was good about the
game was I felt we were going to continue to
score," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.


"There have been times during the year
where I felt we wouldn't come back."
The Mets began their embarrassing col-
lapse at this point last year, wasting a seven-
game lead in the division with 17 games to
go. They have 17 games left after this victo-
ry over the Nationals, who won five of six
against New York down the stretch last year
to contribute to its fall.
"I don't think anybody in here is thinking
about what happened last year," Wright said.
"I just think we're going out and finding
ways to win. Last year ... It seemed like
everything went wrong. This year when a
part of the game goes awry for a day or two
another part of the 'game steps up and gets
the job done and that's the big difference."
Delgado's sinking liner scored Wright and
gave New York an 8-7 lead. Brian Schneider
added had a two-run single off Saul Rivera
(5-6) in the inning.
"This happens. We got a lot of runs.
(Enough) to win, but they have a lot of good
hitters over there," said Cristian Guzman,
who homered twice and finished with five
RBIs for Washington, which became the
first team in the majors to lose 90 games.


Elise Amendola/AP Photo
TAMPA BAY Rays' Carlos Pena watches his three-run home run
as Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross looks on in the 14th
inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday,
Sept. 10, 2008.



Slowey shines, Twins stay


with Sox with 7-1 win


* BASEBALL
MINNEAPOLIS
Associated Press

THE MINNESOTA
TWINS have stayed in con-
tention all season on the
strength of a young, thriving
rotation and their tutelage
from pitching coach Rick
Anderson.
He's taught them so well, it
seems, they hardly need him
now.
Kevin Slowey allowed four
hits over seven innings and kept
Minnesota in step with the
Chicago White Sox in the AL
Central, pitching the Twins past
the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on
Wednesday night.
The Twins, who are one
game behind Chicago in the
division, notched consecutive
wins for the first time in nearly
three weeks. They had three
hits and two RBIs from Jason
Kubel, three singles by catalyst
Alexi Casilla and another
strong start by Slowey (12-9).
"We're able to just kind of
go out there and pitch, and
enjoy ourselves and enjoy each
other's company," Slowey said.
"Do our best and not look


toward three weeks down the
line ... and whether we're going
to make the playoffs. Us all
being this young is actually
probably helping us out a little
bit."
Anderson has been
impressed by the way Slowey,
Glen Perkins, Nick Blackburn,
Scott Baker and Francisco Liri-
ano have quickly identified and
self-corrected their mistakes.
Slowey was throwing too hard
at first, but he reported his
problem in the dugout before
Anderson could get a word out.
He figured it out and slowed
his fastball back down to
around 88 mph in the subse-
quent innings.
"They all feed off each other
so well. That's the neat thing,"
'Anderson said. "They talk
about what they did right and
what they did wrong, their expe-
rience and their thoughts. That's
a good thing. I just stay out of
the way and let 'em pitch."
Four of Minnesota's five
RBIs came with two outs, and
the Twins (80-65) surpassed last
year's victory total. The Roy-
als fell to 3-11 this season
against Minnesota and have lost
13 of their last 15 road games.


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ZAGREB, Croatia
Associated Press

Starting in place of David
Beckham, Theo Walcott gave
England a much-needed boost.
The 19-year-old scored three
goals and Wayne Rooney end-
ed his international scoring
drought, leading England over
Croatia 4-1 Wednesday night in
a World Cup qualifier.
"Tonight.was a bit of revenge.
It was a great performance and
a great result," Rooney said.
"You always enjoy a 4-1 victory,
especially after what Croatia
did to us in the last qualifying
campaign."
England had lost twice
against Croatia in qualifying for
June's European Champi-
onship, including a 3-2 defeat
at Wembley in November -
when England needed only a
tie to advance.
"We played well, like a team
and without problems," said
England coach Fabio Capello,
who replaced Steve McClaren
after the November loss. "But
this is only one victory, a good
performance and nothing else."
Walcott, who hadn't scored
in his three previous interna-
tional appearances, became the
first player to score three goals
in a game for England since
Peter Crouch in an exhibition
against Jamaica two years ago.
"I'm grateful Capello has giv-
en me the opportunity. I've got
to take that forward now and
keep on improving," said Wal-
cott, who was on England's
2006 World Cup roster but did-
n't play in'the tournament.
Croatia lost at home for the.
first time in a competitive match
since relaunching its national
team in 1990.
"We started well, but after
that red card we looked like a
broken-down army, both. men-
tally and physically," Croatia
coach Slaven Bilic saidc-"IF
always said that England has
phenomenal players who some-
times do not perform."
Beckham replaced Walcott
in the 84th minute. With 105
appearances, the Los Angeles
Galaxy midfielder tied Billy
Wright for fourth on England's
career list, trailing only Peter
Shilton (125), Bobby Moore
(108) and Bobby Charlton
(106).
"I decided to play Walcott
because I saw him perform well
against Andorra and during
training," Capello said. "I saw
that he is fantastic both physi-
cally and mentally."
Walcott got his first goal in
the 26th minute, taking advan-
tage after a botched clearance
from Danijel Pranjic hit his
teammate Josip Simunic. The
ball fell to Walcott, who scored
from a tight angle.
Walcott connected in the 60th
from a similar position after a
-perfect pass by Rooney, who
made it 3-0 in the 63rd after a
cross from Ashley Cole. It was
the 15th goal in 46 appearances
for Rooney, who hadn't scored
since a Euro qualifier at Rus-
sia last October.
Walcott scored the final goal
in the 81st minute.


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England, Italy, France win in World Cup qualifiers


* SOCCER
Associated Press

England, Italy and France
won World Cup qualifiers
Wednesday night, while Ger-
many had to fight for a tie at
Finland and Portugal lost by
allowing three goals in the last
eight minutes to visiting Den-
mark.
On a day when 43 qualifiers
were played around the globe,
North and South Korea tied for
the fourth time this year, play-
ing a 1-1 draw at Shanghai, Chi-
na. FIFA, soccer's governing
body, moved the match after
the North refused to play the
anthem and fly the flag of its
southern neighbor.
In night matches, the United
States beat Trinidad and Toba-
go 3-0, and Brazil played to a 0-
0 draw with Bolivia. Argentina
was at Peru later Wednesday.
At Zagreb, 19-year-old Theo
Walcott scored three goals and
Wayne Rooney ended his inter-
national scoring drought, lead-
ing England to a 4-1 victory
over Croatia.
"Tonight was a bit of revenge.
It was a great performance and
a great result," Rooney said.


"You always enjoy a 4-1 victory,
especially after what Croatia
did to us in the last qualifying
.campaign."
England had- lost twice
against Croatia in qualifying for
June's European Champi-
onship, including a 3-2 defeat
at Wembley in November -
when England needed only a
tie to advance. The English also
struggled to beat Andorra 2-1
last weekend at Barcelona,
Spain.
"We played well, like a team
and without problems," said
England coach Fabio Capello,
who replaced Steve McClaren
after the November loss. "But
this is only one victory, a good
'performance and nothing else."
Walcott, who hadn't scored
in his three previous interna-
tional appearances, got goals in
the 26th, 60th and 81st minutes,
becoming the first player to
score three goals in a game for
England since Peter Crouch in
an exhibition against Jamaica
two years ago.
Beckham replaced Walcott
in the 84th minute. With 105
appearances, the Los Angeles
Galaxy midfielder tied Billy
Wright for fourth on England's


career list, trailing only Peter
Shilton (125), Bobby Moore
(108) and Bobby Charlton
(106).
"I decided to play Walcott
because I saw him perform well
against Andorra and during
training," Capello said. "I saw
that he is fantastic both physi-
cally and mentally."
At Udine, Daniele De Rossi
scored in the 17th and 88th min-
utes, leading defending cham-
pion Italy over Georgia 2-0.'
Italy won its opener 2-1 at
Cyprus last weekend.
"If we consider all the injuries
we've had, to come out with
two positive results is pretty
good," Italy coach Marcello
Lippi said.
At Bridgeview, Ill., Clint
Dempsey scored his fourth goal
in four games, Michael Bradley
and Brian Ching padded the
margin in the Americans' fifth
straight victory that virtually
assures them of making next
year's six-team regional finals.
The United States is atop
Group One in the semifinals of
the North and Central Ameri-
can and the Caribbean with
nine points, five ahead of
Trinidad and Tobago.


Franco Debernardi/AP Photo
ITALY'S Andrea Pirlo, left foreground, is pursued by Georgia's Levan
Khmaladze during their World Cup group 8 qualifying soccer match
at the Friuli Stadium in Udine, Italy, Wednsday Sept. 10, 2008.


Without

Yorke, T&T

loses World

Cup qualifier

M SOCCER
BRIDGEVIEW, III.
Associated Press

TRINIDAD AND TOBA-
GO didn't have Dwight
Yorke in its World Cup qual-
ifying loss to the United
States on Wednesday night
after the veteran midfielder
was recalled by Sunderland,
his team in the English Pre-
mier League.
Yorke had planned to play,
but he didn't even travel to
the United States with the
team after Sunderland man-
ager Roy Keane apparently
told him to return to England.
Yorke made his first appear-
ance for the Soca Warriors
since the 2006 World Cup on
Saturday, wearing the cap-
tain's armband 'as T&T set-
tled for a 1-1 tie with
Guatemala.
"It was a little distraction
and it set us back a bit," Cor-
nell Glenn admitted after the
Soca Warriors were routed3-
0 by the Americans. "But we
had guys to fill in and step up."
Yorke hasn't played for
Sunderland yet this season
because of injuries. Sunder-
land has a Premier League
match at Wigan on Saturday.
"I am feeling caught
between a rock and a hard
place with my club and my
country," Yorke told the.
Trinidad Express on Satur-
day. "I want to play against
the U.S. but I don't know if I
will be allowed to."
FIFA rules require club
.teams to release players for
World Cup qualifying duty,
and the Express said FIFA
vice president Jack Warner
sent Keane a letter objecting
to Yorke's recall. But Warn-
er, who is from Trinidad and
Tobago, said the country
won't file a complaint. Yorke
has a one-year contract with
Sunderland, which has report-
edly pronrised hir ,r : '
ing job when it expires.
T&T has yet to beat the
United States in World Cup
qualifying, dropping to 0-9-2
record with Wednesday's loss.
The Soca Warriors have four
points in Group One of qual-
ifying from the North and
Central American and
Caribbean region semifinals,
five behind the Americans
and the same as Guatemala.


Two more fail

doping tests;

total now at four

PARALYMPICS
BEIJING
Associated Press

TWO powerlifters have
been banned for two years
each for failing doping tests,
bringing to four the number
of athletes caught using illegal
substances leading up to the
Beijirig Paralympics.
Facourou Sissoko of Mali
and Liudmyla Osmanova of
Ukraine gave positive tests
for steroids in out-of-compe-
tition tests, the International
Paralympic Committee said
Thursday.
Two other athletes had
already been sent home for
failing pre-games doping tests
German wheelchair bas-
ketball player Ahmet Coskun
and Pakistani powerlifter
Naveed Ahmed Butt.
Sissoko tested positive for
the anabolic agent Boldenone
metabolite in a Sept. 6 urine
sample. Osmanova tested
positive for another anabolic
agent, 19-Norandrosterone,
in an Aug. 29 urine sample.
The IPC said Thursday it
had carried out 461 tests for
the Beijing Paralympics. It
will conduct about 1,000 tests


before the games end on
Sept. 17.
Five athletes tested posi-
tive during the recently com-
pleted Beijing Olympics.
However, several dozen ath-
letes were kept out of the
games after failing pre-games
tests.


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RENALDO'S RAMBLINGS





Big teams bounce back lv
WEEK 2 NFL PICKS


* By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
renaldodorsett@gmail.com

I DESERVE a-mulligan after last week. No one gets
their new season legs until week two anyway. On to
week two and the Ramblings promise a drastic improve-
ment because of my new revolutionary means of guess-
ing this week's lines. It's called the "No One's Looking
*Theory of Comfort." This theory states that good teams
(first or second tier teams) will bounce back from tough
week one upsets either because they're playing at home
or because they're too good to avoid the dreaded 0-2
jinx. They'll be much more comfortable at home or
with their backs against the wall. It's like when you're
home alone and looking for something to eat and the
only thing in the fridge is a plate of leftovers that you
know belongs to someone else, but you eat it any-
way...because you're home, too comfortable to care
and because no no one's looking.
Last Week: 8- 8 .500




TENNESSEE TITANS @ CINCINNATI BENGALS
This game is clouded by so many'personal issues
it's hard to remember they still have to play football.
The entire Vince Young fiasco, I hope for his sake, is
a faux "lipstick on a pig" fiasco and there's not some-
thing more deep rooted and serious going on here.
Why is the NFL trying their best from barring
Chad Ocho Cinco from displaying his legal name on
his jersey? He went through the right channels,
changed his name, how are they forcing him to pay
$4 million to Reebok to buy his old "Johnson" jer-
seys before he's allowed to wear.the "Ocho Cinco." I
don't get how this is fair. Wouldn't they have to
make new jersey's anyway if he was traded to anoth-
er team. Free Ocho Cinco!!





Aaron Rodgcrs should now have a place i the
Guinness Book of World records after his week one
performance. Rodgers lifted the world's monkey off
his back with a win in his starting debut for the Pack.
He wasn't spectacular, he wasn't a gun slinger, but he
didn't make any mistakes and he was an effective
decision maker.
Detroit is still Detroit. I don't know why, but for
some reason I thought they would be someone else
and at least force a standard "Wait a minute are they
for real?" conversations before they eventually col-
Slapsed.


* OAKLAND RAIDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
The battle of ineptitude in week two. I'm not quite
sure if we can tag the Chiefs with "they play hard"
label or if they were just really inspired thinking they
had a chance with Tom Brady out of the game.
I'm guessing Jamarcus Russell and the entire Raiders
^ iS~kA' i is now realising how stupid last year's
ridiculously long holdout was, given how feeble the
offence looked in week one. The Raiders looked list-
less on both sides of the ball and for the most part
seemed surprisingly indifferent. The only way this
franchise can possibly change this culture of losing is
if AlDavis relinquishes control. Zero percent chance
of that happening, so look forward to a high draft
pick again in 2009.


* NEW YORK GIANTS @ ST. LOUIS RAMS
The "defending Superbowl champs" (still doesn't
seem right) looked ho-hum in week one against a
deficient redskins defense last week. Good thing for
them the Rams looked even worse than the Red-
skins...much worse.


* INDIANAPOLIS COLTS @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS
I don't want to panic after week one, but with the
Colts you can sense a funny Spurs-like "they have
been good for so long the wheels have to fall off at
some point." They looked hobbled against the Bears
while both teams. had roughly the same casts since
they met in the Superbowl. With three new offensive
lineman in the fold, the Colt's buckled under the
Bear's gameplan.
The Vikings are from the same NFC North mold as
the Bears. Same tough running game, same pass rush
and tough defence, same ineptitude at quarterback
prompting heavy dose of the running game. Regard-
less of the circumstances you have to have enough
faith in Peyton Manning that he won't fall to 0-2.

-;IM


* NEW ORLEANS SAINTS @ WASHINGTON REDSKINS
The league wide major injury epidemic bit the
Saints when they found out late in the week that
Marques Colston would be out for 4-6 weeks. How
do the Saints respond to the loss of their top receiver
for the past two seasons, a heavier dose of Mr Kar-
dashian. I'm willing to chalk up the Redskins lacklus-
tre week one showing to the early start on the season.
They played on Thursday and looked as if they were
still in preseason mode, didn't really count, like real
football on Sunday. Either that or they're really real-
ly bad.



* CHICAGO BEARS @ CAROLINA PANTHERS
I have two theories on Chicago. Number one, they
found a time machine, travelled back to 2005 and res-
urrected the "I tell you what, they may be better than
the 85 Bears" defense. Number two, the Bears are
more relaxed with Cowboy Bob Orton at quarter-
back because going into every week...they're aware
of how much he sucks and they expect nothing. It's
not like having Rex Grossman back there and having
to worry about the whole Good Rex/ Bad Rex situa-
tion. With Cowboy Bob, the defence and special
teams know going into it, that they have to win the
game.


* BUFFALO BILLS @ JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
The Bills were by far the most surprising 30 point
scorer of week one. I know their defense is severely
underrated and by the end of the season may wind up
in the top five by the end of the season, but I thought
they'd be winning in the 17-14 variety. The Mar-
shawn Lynch persona has grabbed the entire team,
they play hard and Trent Edwards seems to have giv-
en up on politics and is going to stick it out with foot-
ball.
The Jaguars suffered a monumental letdown in
j. I ,- -; *.. .. i r ,_ s,.-<1- r Titans. fhe L. .Ji c a smnliil i...i, only with a bet-
ter defense and offensive line, usually I would pick
them but...theme of week two takes prominence.


* SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS @ SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
The Alex Smith era came to the most anticlimactic
I have ever seen of any number one pick in the last.
decade. After losing his starting job to.a list that
includes Trent DilferShaun Hill, and I.T" '0 Sulli-
van, Dilfer has more Tan lilWfy:played his final game
as a 49er after being placed O. the injured reserve list
for the remainder of the season. Sucks for him
though, a year in the Mike Martz offence coupled
with a contract season could have paid major divi-
dends. I'm continuously losing faith in the Seahawks.
They have no receivers, no stable running game...one
thing they do have is the benefit of the week two
motif.



* ATLANTA FALCONS @ TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Michael Turner is like a wild dog let out of a cage.
A cage called the San Diego bench behind LT. Now
he's running wild, and everyone should be afraid.
He's on pace for 3520 yards!! Wait...is it too soon to
make dog jokes when the Falcons are involved?,Is
the Michael Vick thing pretty much done yet?


* BALTIMORE RAVENS @ HOUSTON TEXANS
Joe Flaco got it done. Yea I know, I've been saying
it all week and it's still surprising. With the win he's
already reached the pinnacle of NFL players who
could easily double as 80's teen heartthrobs based on
their names alone. Honorable mention goes to J.T.
O' Sullivan for his awesome 80s name as well.
After a terrible week one showing, The Texans
have much to prove, but they get the nod because
they fit into the motif of week two.



* NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS @ NEW YORK JETS
The Patriots losing Brady could prove to be the
watershed moment of the season, not just for New
England, but for the entire league. This Pats team
wreals of Ewing potential, and I'm willing to bet the
farm (well I don't have a farm)...err, I'm willing to
bet my Dan Marino rookie card, that the Ewing The-
ory'holds true this year.
Here's the Ewing Theory, created by ESPN's Bill
Simmons' Simmons believed Ewing's Knicks seemed
to play better when he was hurt or in foul trouble. In
1998-99, the Knicks still made the NBA Finals even
after Ewing sustained an Achilles' tendon injury. The
Ewing Theory claims that when a longtime superstar


who has never won a championship leaves the team
via injury, trade or free agency, and the media writes
the team off, the team will play better.
We can modify it a little because Brady's not leav-
ing, but you get the idea.
I know detractors are thinking Matt Cassell can't
get the job done, I mean after all, there's no way a-
late round draft pick can just fill in after a Pro-Bowl
quarterback gets injured and still lead his team to a
Superbowl right? Wait, you mean that's exactly what
happened with Brady after Bledsoe got hurt in
20001? Oh, nevermiqd then.



* MIAMI DOLPHINS 0 ARIZONA CARDINALS
They were right there. One play away from an
opening day win following a history making season of
putridity and against their most hated division rivals
nonetheless. Poetic justice owes the Dolphins a win.
Chad Pennigton was supposed to stick it to the Jets
that game and prove to his former team that he still
has it, instead poetic justice stopped the ball short in
the endzone allowing Dairel Revis to pick the ball
off in the endzone.
It would be just awesome if this was one of those
weeks when Kurt Warner suffered a meltdown and
fumbled the ball about 8 times and threw about 11
interceptions, but I don't see that happening. He's
too intent on keeping the job out of the hands of
Matt Leinhart. It would have been so useful to be
playing Matt Leinhart this weekend, there's no way
he would have survived Saturday night on South and
return Sunday to throw for 200 yards and two scores.
Where's Paris Hilton you need her?


* SAN DIEGO CHARGERS @ DENVER BRONCOS
I'm willing to take a seat upfront ontthe Jay Cutler
bandwagon now. The only downside to that is that
the world will have to grovel at the feet of Skip Bay-
less and admit how right he was in predicting tl -'
Cutler would be the best quarterback of that draft
class. I like Cutler and all but I don't know if that's
worth it, I'll have to go back to hoping Vince Young
remembers how to play football again and Matt Lein-
hart realises he's not in college anymore.
Possibly the best game of the weekend because
starting 0-2 will usually mean Superbowl and that's
what the Chargers face. Shawn Merriman pulled a
Liu Xiang and decided to shutdown after early indi-
cations suggested he wouldn't. This will only com-
pound the defensive issues, for a team that gave up
26 points to Steve Smith-less Panthers. Now they facg" ."
Cutler with the return of. Brandon Marshall. :x-5



* PITTSBURG STEELERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS
SNot even the Steel Curtain can deflect the rash of
injuries infecting the league right now. Big Ben is
banged up, but will play. It's an injury we have to
watch because with Brady going down, the Steelers
have become AFC front-runners to a number of pun-
dits dominated performance, have to be considered
AFC front runners at this point. Losing Big Ben to
injury would re-write the landscape of the conference
for a third time.
Cleveland was disappointing in their first outing,
but they're banged up also. Most surprising was the
terrible run defence despite the big name free agent
signing. Willie Parker should gash the Browns
defence much like Marion Barber and Felix Jones
did, making for another long lay in Cleveland. The
Steelers have really bought in to Omar Epps' coach-
ing philosophy and Willie Parker remains the only
NFL player that can still pull off a Negro League era
nickname.



* PHILADELPHIA EAGLES @ DALLAS COWBOYS
I'm afraid. The rest of the league should be too.
The Cowboys look eerily similar to the Patriots last
year. They did absolutely whatever they wanted to
do against the Browns. If Patrick Crayton can devel-
op into legit second receiving threat, this offense
would be nearly flawless. Is there a defense in the
NFL that can find answers for Romo, TO, Witten,
Barber, Jones and Jessica Simpson? I'll give you a
hint, it's not the Eagles.
Donovan McNabb continues to excel with a
revolving cast at wide receiver. With Kevin Garnett
bolting the club for greener pastures, McNabb
remains the sole charter member of the "Hey wait a
minute, I'm really good...I'm an All-Star calibre play-
er...I can easily win a championship if I had some
quality guys around me... Why won't you get me some
help...Remember that one year when you gave me
someone good? Yea I almost won that year...FOR
GOD'S SAKE HELP ME!!" Club. It's a really long
name but they're pretty proud of its principles.


Thomas to skip World Finals


FROM page 15

"It's been on and off. Some
weeks it feels good and some
weeks it's worse," he said. "I just
tried to train through it, but the
ligaments were not as strong as it
should be, so I decided to not to
go to Stuttgart."
Although he's had his season's
best performance of 2.26 metres
for a tied seventh place in Lau-
sanne, the first meet after the
Olympics, Thomas said he just
didn't have the energy to per-
form thi -"nr.


"With this being such an
important year, I'm pretty dis-
appointed, but it's beyond my
control," he pointed out. "I
believe that if I didn't suffer the
injury I would have been in a
better position. But stuff like that
happen."
After dominating the high
jump scene last year, Thomas
said he will be back next year to
defend his title in Berlin, Ger-
many at the World Champi-
onships.
"In China, they told me that I
needed several months off to


let the ligaments heal when I
did the MRI, but I though I
could still try and compete
through the World Final."
His chiropractor Sean Lau-
raitis said he's been working
with Thomas from January. But
it's a nagging injury that won't
go away until the ligaments are
properly lined up.
"It's a pretty good injury, but
it's going to take some time to
get the swelling down and get
some rest of it," Lauraitus
pointed out.
"He will probably have to


come back to see me a couple
more times to make sure that
it is lined up. But the important
thing is to keep the swelling
down. He can only do that with
a lot of rest off his leg."
If he can follow those instruc-
tions, Lauraitus said Thomas will
definitely be in a position to get
back to the level that he was last
year when he won the world title.
While he has shut down the
remainder of his season and is
looking forward to getting the
much needed therapy, Thomas
said he's looking forward to


coming home for the celebra-
tions for the Olympic team next
month.
"The Bahamas won a few
medals and so it wouldn't be nice
if I don't come home and cele-
brate with them," he insisted.
"When I' was up, they cele-
brated with me. So when I'm
down, I will still celebrate with
them. That's how it goes."
Thomas, however, warned the
Bahamian public to not count
him out yet because he has
vowed to be back to defend his
World title next year.


Miami's RB

James could

miss 3 games

M COLLEGE FOOTBALL
CORAL GABLES, Fla.
Associated Press

MIAMI running back
Javarris James is expected to
miss three games because of
a high ankle sprain he
injured early in a 26-3 loss
against Florida.
James, a junior who was
first on Miami's depth chart,
was at practice Wednesday
on crutches with a soft cast
on his left ankle.
James, who was also
injured most of last season,
will sit against Texas A&M.
on September 20 and ACC
opponent North Carolina on
September 27. He should be
sidelined for the Hurricanes
game against Florida State
on October 4 as,well.
Miami coach Randy Shan-
non said James' two to four
week absence wouldn't put
too much stress on other play
makers to perform, but that
the lij ury did hurt the team.
With James out, sopho-
more Graig Cooper will
move up in the depth chart.
Thomas, a senior who
rushed for 22 yards against,
Florida on Saturday, said
he's ready for the workload.
"I want to make the best
of it and make stuff happen
and help this team %win."
a i&.ssid


SGiants' Lewis to

have season-

ending surgery


* FOOTBALL
SAN FRANCISCO
Associated Press

.GIANTS outfielder Fred
Lewis will undergo season-
ending surgery on Friday to
remove a bunion from his
right foot.
Lewis started in left field
and went 2-for-5 in San Fran-
cisco's 4-3 win over the Ari-
zona Diamondbacks on
Wednesday before the team
announced the decision about
the surgery.
"This was a decision that
just had to be made because
eventually one day I was
going to need surgery any-
way," said Lewis, whose right
foot was heavily wrapped fol-
lowing the victory. "It just
kept nagging on me. Right
now is the time."
Lewis was the Giants' lead-
off hitter much of the season
but saw his playing time
decrease in recent weeks as
San Francisco turned to some
of its younger prospects.
The 27-year-old outfielder
batted .282 with nine home
runs and 40 RBIs in 133
games this season. He also
leads the Giants in triples (11)
and runs scored (81).
The surgery, to be per-
formed in San Francisco by
team podiatrist Dr. Larry
Oloff, is expected to sideline
Lewis for three to four
months. The Giants are opti-
mistic he'll be ready for spring
training next year.
"There's pretty extensive
rehab so we want him 100
percent by spring," manager
Bruce Bochy said. "He's had
a good year and we would like
to finish out the year with
,him, but the sooner the better
on getting this done and get-
ting him back and moving."
Lewis has a history of
bunions in his family and said
it had been extremely painful
trying to play with it this year.
"The things that I go
through every day in order
just to get ready and get out
there and play is just ridicu-
lous," Lewis said. "I just don't
want to go through that any-
more."


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tion had anticipated starting its ne, sej ,on n "
Sunday at the D\V Da\is CGvmnasium. n
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they have been forced to dcla\ thic- iNIA t lI "i
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nasium.
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day, September 21 at the Kendal Isaacs .ilth
a rematch of last year' finals following. Ihe l
official opening ceremonies at 3 p.m.
In the ladies' opener it \\ill be e th defend-
ing champions Scottsdale \'i,. n,. l:icine th,. '
Johnson's Lady Truckers.
The men's feature contest %\ill he between !
the defending champions Open S\,iem Polic
Crimestoppers against runiiLrs-up Techni-
cians. ;
"Due to the renovations at the D\\ D,\ is;
Gym and a short request foi the Kendal
Isaacs Gym. "'e had to put ofl the opening li. ,
one week." Smith staled.
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our constitution. \\e should ha\e stated since
Jul\. But because \\e had the Caribbean \'ol- ;:'
leyball Championships. \% e ere un-ble t 1 ,
get the season started then."
Smith said they had then pegged August
for a starting date, but because the renova-
tions at DW Davis were not completed, they *
were faced with another delay. ,
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completion of DW Davis, so that was when i.
we had intended to start," Smith stressed. (
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informed that the renovations were not quite
finished. So we are faced with another late -
start."
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thrilled about the latest news during the ian ai-'tl--
ag,,ent meeting on Tuesday, Smith said it
was a decision.that his executive board was ,
not able to control.
As they prepare to get started, there will be
seven men and six ladies teams participat-l i
ing. However, the league will have a drop off IT
in two mens and one ladies team. i Diamonds International and Pass6 have 'i.
both opted not to return to the men's division, .. t
along with the First Caribbean Bank Dig-'tl
gers. I '
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they expect to see some of their players par- fU
ticipating on the teams registered.this year. '
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key movements anticipated, but the majority ',
of'them will have to wait until the official
rosters have been submitted and the teams !'
actually start playing.
Looking at some of the player movement, ,
the league's top blocker, Lahaundro Thomp- .
son, who played for the College of the
Bahamas Caribs the past two years, has.
returned to Da Basement.
At the same time, Da Basement has report-
edly lost their top offensive player Arison
Wilson to play for the Police Crimestoppers. ,
Muller Petit, one of the top national team 'f
players, has opted not to return with the
Crimestoppers. He has decided to sit out the
season to recuperate from his knee injuries
and to get ready for the Bahamas' participa-
tion in the Caribbean Cup next year.
There hasn't been any major movement on
the ladies' side, btit it's not known if the play-
ers from the Diggers will play on the other .u
teams or they will try to band again and play ,,
under a new sponsorship.
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Stingrays, who were once a championship ill
team in our league, will return this year," '.j
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Verdict serves as
'warning for all
unscrupulous
land developers'

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Edit 'r
A SUPREME Court rul-
ing that confirms developers
cannot sell lots without their
subdivision having full
approval from the Ministry
of Works "should serve as a
warning to unscrupulous
land developers who feel
they can sell land on this
basis", the attorney who won
the case told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday.
Michael Scott, a partner
in Callender's & Co, said
that through the Private
Roads and Subdivisions Act,
Parliament intended to pro-
tect real estate purchasers
from the "predatory prac-
tices" of unscrupulous devel-
opers trying to sell lots in
subdivisions that did not
have full approval.
S"What is the intent of Par-
liament? The intent of Par-
liament, clearly expressed in
the short title to the Act, is
to prevent the sale of land
to purchasers, in some cases
unsuspecting purchasers,
without the benefit of final
approval, which can only
come from the layout of
roads and utilities," Mr Scott
told Tribune Business.
"Otherwise, you have pur-
chaser- left with land on
undeveloped tracts that may
have been purchased off-
plan."
Prior to the Private Roads
and Subdivisions Act com-
ing into force, real estate
buyers stuck in this situation
had no option to either sue
the developer for fraud, or
hope the Government would
step in to complete the infra-
structure works. The latter
situation, of course, would
eat up potentially millions
of tax dollars.
"The will of Parliament
was to avoid this happening,

SEE page 4B


World Bank: Harder to





do business in Bahamas


SBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas has this year slipped four
places in the World Bank's ranking for
how easy it is to do business in this country,
it was revealed yesterday, scoring particu-
larly poorly when it came to property reg-
istration, construction permit processing,
investor protection and enforcing contracts.
The Doing Business 2009 report, pub-
lished by the World Bank and its Interna-
tional Finance Corporation, (IFC) arm,
found that when it came to overcoming the
bureaucracy and red tape that every busi-
ness in this country knows stifles Bahamian
commerce, the Bahamas had slipped from
51st place to 55th out of 181 nations.
Its best ranking, sure to bring a laugh
from some wags, was on CLOSING A
BUSINESS., where it ranked 29th. Indeed,
many are likely to interpret the World Bank
report as further confirmation that the
Bahamas is losing its economic competi-
tiveness, with slippage in all but two cate-
gories, as inefficiency, high operating costs
and low productivity blight the economy.
The Doing Business 2009 report found
that the Bahamas had initiated no major


Study shows Bahamas falling down on
property registration, contract enforcement,
investor rights and construction permits in
fight against bureaucracy and red tape


reforms to combat bureaucracy and red
tape, although the Government is looking at
amending the Business Licence and the
way it is calculated.
It ranked especially low on property reg-
Sistration, at 143rd, which measured how
easy it was for businesses to secure proper-
ty and land title rights. The report found,
that there were seven different procedures
that had to be followed before Bahamian
businesses could secure clear and mar-
ketable title, below both the Caribbean and
OECD averages of 6.8 and 4.7 respectively.
On the time taken for businesses to reg-
ister property ownership in the Bahamas,
the report found placed this nation in the
middle of the Caribbean pack at 48 days,
ahead of both Jamaica and Trinidad, plus
the regional average of 71.4 days.
Where the Bahamas ranked especially


poorly, though, was on the cost involved
in registering a property. This nation was
the fourth most expensive in the Caribbean,
with Bahamian businesses having to pay
an average price of 12.5 per cent of the
property's value just to register it.
Placing this into context, the regional
average cost was just 6 per cent of the prop-
erty's value, and in the OECD it was even
lower at 4.5 per cent.
Another problem area for the Bahamas
was construction permits, where it ranked
92nd. The World Bank report assessed the
procedures, time and costs associated with
building a similar size warehousein all
countries, including obtaining all the nec-
essary licences and permits, completing all
inspections and getting utility connections.

SEE page two


* Says advice given
'unconscionable', with
legal sector 'very
unregulated'
* Calls for Ministry
of Works to make
available approved
subdivision lists to
'protect' buying public

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's president has
described as "unconscionable"
the practice of attorneys advis-
ing clients to buy lots in sub-
divisions that are not fully
approved, and urged the Min-
istry of Works to protect the
public by making available
Lists of permitted develop-
ments.
Telling Tribune Business he
was "appalled" that some
attorneys would give clients
the go-ahead to acquire lots
in subdivisions that had not
been fully approved, despite
their purchases contracts
being "nulland void", Dioni-
sio D'Aguilar said the
Bahamian legal profession
appeared to be "very unregu-
lated".
The Chamber president was
responding to this week's Tri-
bune Business exclusive report
on a ruling by Supreme Court


Justice John Lyons, who said
the Bahamian courts could not
"enforce" contracts for the
sale of lots in subdivisions that
SEE page 4B


* Company expects 'no dramatic net
income growth' in 2009 despite
returning to the black
* Ticket Xpress business drops Out
Island Promotions Board, as business
'not economically feasible'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
RND Holdings is "not
expecting any dramatic growth
in net income" during its fiscal
2009 financial year due to the
slowing economy, although it
is aiming to add two more air-
lines as clients of its Ticket


Xpress business within the
next six months.
Ken Donathan, RND's
president and chief executive,
said the company would still
look to "take advantage of any
growth opportunities for Tick-
et Xpress" despite the slug-
SEE page 5B


FAMILY GUA R.RD '-
INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED


Trade Commission
shifts focus over to
Canada trade talks
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor
THE Trade Commission was
this week "pretty much autho-
rised" to shift its focus from the
Economic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA) to trade talks with
Canada and preparing to
replace the existing CARIB-
CAN agreement, which expires
in 2ol2.
John Delaney, the Trade
Commission chairman; told
Tribune Business yesterday:
"The focus of the Trade Com-
mission will be moving towards
w ARIBCAN. The Trade Com-
mission is pretty much autho-
rised to move in that direction
That's the signal we received
as of this week.
"The Canadians have asked
CARICOM to look at it, and to
please get on with the negotia-
tions. The Government has sig-
nalled to the Trade Commis-
sion that we should start look-
ing at that with a view to liais-
ing with the sectors and sub-
sectors of our economy."
Mr Delaney said it appeared
the CARIBCAN trade talks
were set to "move ahead" of
any negotiations with the US,
the Bahamas' major trading
partner and source of 85 per
cent of its tourists and imports,
on a replacement for the
Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI).
The Trade Commission
chairman, though, disagreed
with commentators who sug-
gested that it was a mistake for
SEE page 5B


Chamber chief 'appalled' over

legal advice on subdivision deals


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World Bank: Harder



to do business in



the Bahamas

FROM page one

When it came to the number of procedures dealing
with construction permits, only Trinidad and Puerto Rico
out of the whole Caribbean had more than the
Bahamas' 18 processes.
It took some 197 days to deal with construction permits
in the Bahamas, the report found, placing this nation
near the bottom of the Caribbean pack once again, while
the cost of dealing with the permits, as a percentage of
income per capital, was pegged at 241.6 per cent for the
Bahamas. Only four more Caribbean nations were more
expensive.
The Bahamas also did not fare too well when it came to
investor protection, largely because the World Bank felt
it was not that easy for shareholders to sue officers and
directors for misconduct. This nation was ranked 104th.
Then, there is the Bahamas' 120th ranking when it
comes to enforcing contracts, which measures the time,
cost and procedures involved in settling commercial dis-
putes from the moment a lawsuit is filed to actual pay-
ment.
Only Belize, at 51, has more procedures for resolving a
commercial contract dispute than the Bahamas' 49. The
Caribbean regional and OECD averages are 39.7 and
30.8 respectively.
While the Bahamas fares fairly well on the time taken
to enforce a contract, estimated by the report to be 427
days, the cost of enforcing the contract measured as a
percentage of the claim stands at 28.9 per cent.
When it came to starting a business, the Bahamas fared
relatively well among its regional peers, the seven pro-
cedures that entrepreneurs go through better than the
regional'average. It took an average 31 days to get into
business-in the Bahamas, and the cost, as measured by per
capital income, was 9.8 per cent.


Offshore funds aiding



banks on tax minimisation


* By LYNNLEY
BROWNING
c.2008 New York Times
News Service
WALL Street investment
banks are marketing and selling
complex schemes meant to allow
foreign investors, including off-
shore hedge funds, to illegally
avoid paying billions of dollars in
dividend taxes, according to a
Senate subcommittee report
released on Wednesday.
The 81-page report, by the Sen-
ate Permanent Subcommittee on
Investigations, is based on scores
of internal data and documents
and singles out Morgan Stanley,
Lehman Brothers, Deutsche
Bank, Merrill Lynch, UBS and
Citigroup. The Senate subcom-
mittee that prepared the report,
led by its chairman, Sen. Carl
Levin, D-Mich., has conducted
extensive inquiries into tax and
offshore abuses. It will hold a
hearing on the report's findings
on Thursday.
The report also names several
hedge funds, including Moore
Capital, Highbridge and Maverick
Capital, as using the dividend-
dodging products. Maverick
improperly used the banks'
schemes, mostly ones sold by
UBS, to illegally avoid tapping its
own investors for $95 million in
dividend taxes from 2000 through
2007, the report said.
UBS and Lehman Brothers
declined to comment on the
report. Maverick Capital did not
immediately return calls seeking
comment.


If a foreign investor, including
-an offshore hedge fund, holds
stock in a U.S. company that pays
a dividend, then the investor typ-
ically owes a 30 percent tax on
the dividends.
Offshore hedge funds, many of
them owned by large U.S. and
foreign banks, typically hold large
amounts of dividend-paying stock.
The report found that over the
last 10 years, the banks have mar-
keted, sold and carried out the
transactions underlying complex
financial products that are meant
to disguise dividend payments as
nontaxable ones. The business has
been highly lucrative for the
banks.
Through programs with names
like "dividend enhancement" and
"dividend uplift," the banks are
using complex equity swaps, fake
loans and sham stock sales, some-
times through entities in the Cay-
man Islands, an offshore tax
haven, to disguise dividend pay-


ments to clients, the report said.
Stock-swap agreements have
favorable tax rates for investors
outside the United States, mak-
ing the dividend "equivalents"
they generate tax free.
For example, the report dis-
closes that from 2000 through
2007, Morgan Stanley used sham
stock loans and other schemes,
some involving Microsoft shares,
to disguise dividend payments,
thus helping its clients to dodge
more than $300 million in U.S.
dividend taxes. The report also
says that sham stock loans were
handled through a Morgan Stan-
ley subsidiary, Cayco, in the Cay-
man Islands, which -paid-out to
investors dividends totaling $1.1
billion over 2000 through 2007
that were disguised as nontaxable.
The report cited a 2005 internal
Morgan Stanley presentation
showing that more than one-third
of the revenue from its "U.S. equi-
- ty swaps flow business" came


from so-called dividend enhance-
ment swaps. The enhancement
swaps business brought in $35 mil-
lion to Morgan Stanley in 2004
.and was expected to bring in $40
million in 2005, the report cited
the presentation as saying.
A Morgan Stanley spokes-
woman said that "we believe that
Morgan Stanley's trading at issue
fully complied and continues to
comply with all relevant tax laws
and regulations."
Lehman Brothers, in 2004, used
the dividend transactions to
enable its clients to avoid pay-
ment of dividend taxes of $115
million, the report said. UBS used
sham stock loans to allow clients
to avoid paying dividend taxes of
$62 million from 2004 through
2007.
An unidentified hedge
fund estimated that in those years,
UBS helped it escape payment of
about $70 million in dividend tax-
es.


Developer pleads



guilty over fraud


* By CHRISTINE HA*UGHNEY
c.2008 New York Times
News Service
NEW YORK An Italian
businessman who parlayed claims
of Vatican ties 'into financial back-
ing from the billionaire Ron
Burkle, social links to former Pres-
ident Clinton and a highly publi-
cized romance with the movie
actress Anne Hathaway, watched
his ambitions come to an end on
Wednesday when he pleaded
guilty to fraud. -
Appearing in federal district
court in Manhattan, the business-
man, Raffaello Follieri, 30, plead-
ed guilty to 14 counts of wire fraud,
money laundering and conspira-
cy. He had used his contacts to
attract investors to real estate ven-
tures.
He is scheduled to be sentenced
on Oct. 3. Under the plea bargain,
he has agreed not to appeal any
sentence that is less than five years
and three months.
The plea requires Follieri to give
up $2.4 million, 12 watches and
nine pieces of jewelry. The watch-
es included a Rolex, a Cartier, a
Harrods and a Donald Trump. The
jewelry included a gold-colored
ring with light blue-green stone, a
pair of silver earrings with silver
clasps and blue and clear stones, a
16'inch five-strand necklace with
pearl beads, and a 32-inch gold-
colored chain with a red-brown
stone and gold-colored tassel. The
jewelry is believed to have been
Hathaway's.
Dressed in navy blue corrections
department clothing, Follieri
appeared unshaven and in need of
a haircut. His sentencing was ini-


tially scheduled for Dec. 12, but
his lawyer, Flora Edwards, asked
the judge for an earlier date, saying
that Follieri was having "a very
difficult time" in the Metropolitan
Detention Center.
In the indictment, prosecutors
accused Follieri, the chairman and
chief executive of the Follieri
Group, of getting millions of dol-
lars from investors by claiming that
his connections with the Vatican
allowed him to buy church prop-
erties at below-market prices and
redevelop them for "socially
responsible" purposes. Follieri had
no special rights in terms of buying
properties but was simply compet-
ing against other bidders, the
indictment said.
Instead, the government said,
he used money he received from
investors to finance a lavish
lifestyle including a $37,000-a-
'month apartment, meals, and
clothing. The charges accused him
of misusing more than $2 million.
Follieri's descent from Manhat-
tan's highest social perches began
this summer when he was arrested
at his Trump Tower apartment just
days after Hathaway broke off
their relationship. After failing to
post a $21-million bond for bail,
Follieri, who was a regular at
restaurants like Nobu and Cipri-
ani, found himself in a jail cell.
"He's a con artist," said Paolo
Zampolli, who works in real estate
development and knew Follieri
socially. "He deserves what he
gets." .
In addition to the claims about
his Vatican ties, the key.tQoFollier-
i's scheme was his ability to ingra-
tiate himself in Manhattan social
circles, which led to introductions


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When Follieri arrived in Man-
hattan in 2003, he lived like many
new transplants to Manhattan. He
asked to stay with friends as he
started his venture.
Early on, the calling card he
used to arrange meetings was his
claim that Andrea Sodano, the
nephew of Cardinal Angelo
Sodano, the dean of the College
of Cardinals, was working for his
company. According to court
records and testimony at his plea
hearing, Follieri repeatedly told
people that he was appointed as
chief financial officer to the Vati-
can and that he met with the pope
when he visited Rome. Ina letter
from March 8, 2006, which was
found in Follieri's safe after his
arrest, Sodano asked Follieri to
stop misrepresenting their rela-
tionship.
Still, some well-connected New
Yorkers warmed to him quickly.
"He was absolutely charming,"
said Richprd Ortoli, Follieri's for-
mer lawyer who allowed him to
stay at his home for a couple of
months in 2004. He called Follieri
a "perfectly amicable houseguest,"
who was "very focused on this
church stuff."
Lizzie Grubman, a publicist in
Manhattan who said that she knew'
Follieri by seeing him at social
gatherings, said that people like
Follieri showed up at New York
parties and charity events until
they appeared recognizable. Such
people, she said, charm others with
symbols of wealth: bottle service at
clubs, lavish vacations and private
jets.
"The game he played was not
unique. It's been done before;"
Grubman said. "Planes, trains and
automobiles are very sexy to any-
one who is young."
As he became a regular at par-
ties, Follieri met Hathaway, and
the two started dating in 2004.
But even then, associates were
starting to question Follieri's ven-
ture. Jeff Suchman, a real estate
consultant who worked with Fol-
lieri in 2004, said in an interview
that he had tried to advise him on
the properties that the Brooklyn
archdiocese was selling.
"First, I thought he was fooling
himself, and I had this discussion
with him. I told him that his busi-
ness plan was flawed," he said. It
became apparent, Suchman said,
that Follieri could not carry out
his development plans.
Suchman later sued Follieri for
not paying consulting fees; the pair
eventually settled.
In 2005, however, a former assis-
tant introduced Follieri to Aldo
Civico, director of the Center for
International Conflict Resolution
at Columbia University. Civico, in
turn, put him in touch with an offi-
cial at the Clinton Foundation.
At an April 12, 2005, meeting
at the Palace Hotel, Follieri met
Douglas Band, an adviser to Clin-
ton, and Burkle. Afterward, Fol-
lieri agreed to fly to Los Angeles
for more discussions with Burkle;
through him, he moved into a Park
Avenue office affiliated with
Burkle's Yucaipa Cos. Burkle gave
his'company more than $100 mil-
lion to invest in joint ventures.
In 2007, his business relation-
ship with Burkle had disintegrated
into lawsuits, and Clinton's staff
members distanced themselves
from him.
In April of that year, Burkle
sued Follieri for misappropriating
at least $1.3 million. Without
Burkle's financial support, Fol-
lieri's relationships with other
backers quickly unraveled. He was
eventually arrested on fraud
charges.
At his hearing on Wednesday,
Follieri repeated for an hour the
phrase "yes, your honor" to
charges that he knew what he was
doing was wrong. His voice grew
softer when he uttered the words
"guilty" to the 14 charges.


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'inevitable'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
DOCTORS Hospital's
Board will "reevaluate" pro-
posed price increases during
its fiscal 2009 third quarter, a
senior executive telling Tri-
bune Business yesterday that
"double digit" increases in
expenses such as utilities made
such rises inevitable.
Joanne Lowe, the BISX-list-
ed health care services
provider's chief financial offi-
cer, said in an e-mailed
response to Tribune Business's
questions: "We have been able
to offset cost increases with
increased [patient] volumes
over the last three years, but
when you have double digit
increases in expenses such as
utilities price increases are
inevitable.
"The Board will reevaluate
the prospect of price increases
in the next quarter. Our deci-
sion to date not to raise prices
is twofold: a direct result of our
concern to make healthcare
available to those who need it,
and a direct reflection of our
commitment to our customers.
"Doctors Hospital has made
every effort to contain prices to
reduce the financial burden to
our customers. We have not
increased our prices in over
five years."
For the first half of its 2009
financial year, Doctors Hospi-
tal Health System saw its net
income drop by 34.3 per cent
or $0.9 million to $1.63 million,
compared to $2.478 million the
year before, although share-
holders will still have been
cheered by the decision to pay
a $0.02 per share dividend.
That will be paid to share-
holders of record on' Septem-
ber 17,2008, on September 30,
2008.
In his message to sharehold-
ers, Jo Krukowski, Doctors'
chairman, said patient days for
the six months to July 31, 2008,
fell by 6.4 per cent, something
he largely attributed to the eco-
nomic downturn influencing
persons' healthcare choices.
As a result, net revenues for
the first half fell by 2.3 per cent
or $0.5 million to $20.857 mil-
lion, compared to $21.353 mil-
lion the y ar before. Doctors is
being squeezed on both fronts,
with total expenses rising by
2.3 per cent or $0.4 million.,
Salaries and benefits were up 5
per cent, and utilities costs up
26 per cenit.
Still, there were a number of
bright spots for Doctors Hos-
pital during the first half. A
2.471 million repayment
reduced its long-term debt
from just over $7 million to


"We have been
able to offset
cost increases
with increased
[patient]
volumes over
the last three
years, but when
you have double
digit increases
in expenses
such as utilities -
price increases
are inevitable."

Joanne Lowe, the
BISX-listed health care
services provider's chief
financial office
$4.594 million, and Mrs Lowe
also confirmed that -this
reduced the interest expense
associated with the debt.
Balance sheet cash on hand
fell from $6.63 million as at
January 31, 2008, to $4.617 mil-
lion, a $2 million decrease.
"The $2 million decline in cash
on the balance sheet was used
to repay the long-term debt on
the Western Medical Plaza,"
Mrs Lowe confirmed, with
Doctors Hospital still target-
ing sale and lease options for
that facility.
Meanwhile, Charles Sealy,
Doctors Hospital's chief exec-.
utive, confirmed that during
the 2009 first half, the company
spent $2 million on the new
MRI, and another $200,000 on
each of a breast ultrasound
machine and operating room
equipment. This took capital
spending to $2.4 million.
In addition, accounts receiv-
ables days had fallen from 56 at
year-end to 43, with receivables
falling by 13.2 per cent.
"Up until July, fiscal 2009,
we have not witnessed any sig-
nificant decline in our collec-
tion efforts. The bad debt


expense is actually less than
the same period last year," Mrs
Lowe said.
"When revenues decline,
third party receivables also
decline. In addition, we have
developed relationships with
insurers who are taking advan-
tage of our discounts through
prompt payments."
However, she added: "Doc-
tors Hospital continues to work
proactively with insurers. Bal-
ances from the Bahamas Pub-
lic Service Union and NIB con-
tinue to be a financial burden
to the hospital.
"As such, the hospital no
longer accepts BPSU. We con-
tinue to work actively with
NIB for existing ongoing bal-
ances due with the intent to
improve processes in the
future."
To assist Doctors Hospital's
operations, Mr Sealy told Tri-
bune Business: "We have
engaged the Government for
concessions on work permit
fees for our employees, as they
are essential services to the
Bahamas, similar to teachers.
"There is a shortage of
healthcare workers globally. A
variety of phenomena has con-
tributed to the existing global
shortage of clinicians, including
migration, a growing aging
population and increasingly
high-tech healthcare are exac-
erbating the demand for
healthcare workers.
"The Bahamas is finally
addressing the shortage and
planning for the investment in
health worker education by
establishing the nursing pro-
gram at COB as well as a phar-
macy programme. Unfortu-
nately, most of those nurses
would end up at the public
healthcare facilities.
"At Doctors Hospital, we
hire all qualified Bahamian
applicants. Unfortunately there
are not enough Bahamian
nurses to fill the demand.
"We are proactively
addressing the training of
healthcare workers by provid-
ing Medical Terminology
courses, Emergency Medical
Technician, "Phlebotomy and
Patient Care Technician certi-
fications."


NOTICE


Doctors Hospital Health System

regarding


DIVIDEND DECLARATION



Whereas there are sufficient funds to provide a cash dividend

to the shareholders of Doctors Hospital Health System, and



Whereas the Directors have determined that after the

payment of such dividends the Company will be able to meet

all of its continuing obligations and provide adequate funds

for reinvestment in the business,



Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors has

declared a dividend of $0.02 per share to be paid to

shareholders of record on September 17, 2008. The

payment date shall be September 30, 2008.




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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 5TH day of SEPTEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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Verdict serves as




'warning for all


unscru


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land developers'


FROM page one

avoid purchasers being exposed to predatory
practices, and avoid the Government coming
in to be the infrastructure developer," Mr
Scott told Tribune Business.
He explained that the Private Roads and
Subdivisions Act was passed in the 1960s as a
way to protect real estate buyers, given that
major subdivisions were being drawn up in
the Family Islands without there being the
proper infrastructure roads and utilities in
place.
"Against that backdrop, the intent of Par-
liament is clear to prevent the wholesale dis-.
position/marketing of land where the subdi-
vision has hot been approved," Mr Scott said.
"In some cases, you have had unscrupulous
developers selling land to purchasers where
the land has not been improved, and they then
can't get their money back from the develop-
er, who has disappeared. They end up with
no land and no infrastructure.
"The interest of any individual purchaser
is outweighed by the collective public interest
in ensuring we do not have developers preying
on purchasers in paper subdivisions, who sell
land off-plan and people get swindled."
Justice Lyons ruling had dealt with all these
aspects, and "should serve as a warning to
unscrupulous land developers who feel they
can sell land on this basis". Mr Scott added
that he felt it was unlikely to be appealed.
Justice Lyons, in his judgment, said: "There
is an unfortunate history of various assort-
ments of land developers, from the well-mean-
ing to the dishonest 'fly by night', dreaming up
subdivisions of large allotments of land..
"Some have gone as far as having surveyors
prepare impressive plans of subdivisions,
which include references to roads within the
subdivision, the provision of public utilities
and other amenities.
"There is a history of persons being attract-
ed by these impressive plans. Many have in the
past paid monies to these developers for an
allotment purchased, as the term goes, 'off-'
the pla'ii'.'History also shows that some
unscrupulous developers have simply pock'"-
eted this money and departed, leaving the


'subdivision' as nothing more than a piece of
paper. In some instances, the actual subdivi-
sion infrastructure works have been only part
concluded.
"What, then, is left are disgruntled or out of
pocket 'purchasers', who ended up with noth-
ing near what they had bargained for. Often, in
these cases, the public purse is called upon to
bail out the unfortunate 'purchasers', or years
of expensive and time-consuming litigation
follows, often dogging the courts for years."
The verdict found that the Bahamian courts
could not "enforce" contracts for.the sale of
lots in subdivisions that had not been fully
approved because to do so would breach the
Private Roads and Subdivisions Act.
And, in a warning to all subdivision and
real estate developers, plus their attorneys,
Justice Lyons said that according to the Act's
wording, selling subdivision lots without full
approval was "a criminal offence".
"As an agreement to sell or convey or oth-
erwise demise a- block of land in an unap-
proved subdivision, it is illegal that is to say
the agreement is an illegal contract," Justice
Lyons found.
"It is, in other words, a contract for an ille-
gal purpose. It is a contract, the performance
of which requires the breaking of the law of
the land; and which, by so doing, creates a
penal or criminal offence."
In reference to the case in question, involv-
ing a 125-lot, 40-acre subdivision in Exuma,
Justice Lyons wrote: "Notwithstanding that
the attorneys and their clients were aware of
the prohibition (and assuming the attorneys
can read an Act of Parliament), those per-
sons and their attorneys went ahead and con-
tinued to complete the conveyance of the lots
of land well knowing that final approval had,
not been granted.
"And, (it must be inferred), well knowing
that it was an offence under the Act a crim-
inal offence nonetheless. Now, with notice,
and having proceeded and completed the con-
veyance, the court is now asked to give its
blessing to these illegal transactions.
"It is as if by some magical sleight of hand,.
a puff of 'magic lawyer dust', that which was
known to be illegal has been converted into a
legally enforceable transaction."


Chamber chief 'appalled' over


legal advice on subdivision deals


FROM page one

had not been fully approved,
because to do so would breach
the Private Roads and Subdi-
visions Act.
"I think Justice Lyons
brought to light the impor-
tance of getting subdivision
documents from the Ministry
of Works," Mr D'Aguilar.
"The fact you are buying
property in subdivisions that
are not approved makes the
sale null and void."
The case before Justice
Lyons revolved around the
proposed 125-lot Willard
Heights subdivision, situated
half a mile north of Moss
Town in Exuma.
Some 11 lots were sold in
the subdivision prior to full
Ministry of Works approval,
and in contravention of the
law, the judge finding that the
buyers and their attorneys
"went ahead and continued to
complete the conveyance of
the lots of land" despite know-
ing that this was illegal under
the Act.
"I'm appalled that lawyers
would advise their clients to
buy property in a subdivision
not deemed to be a subdivi-
sion. It is unconscionable," Mr
D'Aguilar said. "They should
have advised their clients that
the sale would be null and
void.
"It's a very unregulated pro-
fession, where the quality of
work by a section of lawyers is
substandard."
To combat problems caused
by sales of lots in subdivisions
that are not fully approved,
which could ultimately cost
unsuspecting Bahamian buy-
ers thousands of dollars (their
life savings, in may cases) and
leave them owning worthless
land, Mr D'Aguilar suggest-
ed the Ministry of Works
make easily accessible to the
Bahamian public lists of sub-
division developments that
had been fully approved.
"The vast majority of the
purchasing public, do not
understand the nuances of the
law," Mr D'Aguilar told Tri-


bune Business.
"There should be a list of
approved subdivisions. Clear-
ly, this is a problem. It's rear-
ing its ugly head time and time
again.
"The public need to be pro-
tected and they. are not. They
need to make it available by
putting it on the Internet or
having an approved list of sub-
divisions at the Ministry of
Works."
The Willard Heights subdi-
vision, as with other cases, had
only received an 'approval in
principle' from the Ministry
of Works when the 11 lot sales
took place.
The ruling by Justice Lyons,
though, highlighted that under
the Act there is a world of dif-
ference between that and a
full approval. An 'approval in
principle' is conditional, and
usually means in the case of
subdivisions that final
approval rests on the devel-
oper either posting a perfor-
mance bond with the Govern-
ment to cover the cost of
infrastructure works should it
not complete what it has
promised, or completely
putting in utilities and roads
before it starts lot sales.
"I think it's very important
for people to be aware that
subdivisions can be so precar-
ious," Mr D'Aguilar said.
"They really don't exist unless
fully approved by the Ministry
of Works. I think Justice
Lyons was good, and I liked
the fact he was blunt."
William Wong, the
Bahamas Real Estate Associ-
ation's (BREA) president,
yesterday told Tribune Busi-


ness that he did not think the
selling of land in unapproved
subdivisions happened "too
often".
"It has not been brought to
our attention," he added. Yet
Mr Wong said the overriding
theme was 'Buyer Beware',
saying: "Buyers have to be
very, very careful when buying
in these developments, ensur-
ing that the infrastructure is
in place and that the develop-
ment is approved by the Gov-
ernment authorities. They
have to do their due diligence.
S"It is not a good idea to buy
in subdivisions not approved
by the Government authori-
ties."
If Bahamians wanted to go
ahead and purchase land in
subdivisions awaiting final
approved by the Government,
the BREA president said that
rather than conclude the
transaction and hand over all
money to the developer, the
funds should instead be held
in escrow with the buyer's
attorney until infrastructure
was finished or approval
obtained.
Mr Wong urged buyers to
"use their common sense" and
obtain written verification
from the developer that the
subdivision has been fully
approved.
The best way, he suggested,
was to see the stamped docu-
ments from the Town Plan-
ning Committee indicating full
approval.
BREA members, said Mr
Wong, would not advise their
clients to purchase land in sub-
divisions that did not have full
approval.


Legal Notice
NOTICE


FEEMON INVESTMENTS LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, FEEMON INVESTMENTS LTD. is in
dissolution as of Septmeber 8, 2008.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the
Liquidator.


LIQUIDATOR




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NOTICE


TRANSCONTINENTAL MOBILE
INVESTMENT LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, TRANSCONTINENTAL MOBILE IN-
VESTMENT LTD. is in dissolution as of September
8, 2008.
International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the
Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR




Legal Notice
NOTICE


TRUEFLEX CORP. LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, TRUEFLEX CORP. LTD. is in dissolution
as of September 8, 2008.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the
Liquidator.


LIQUIDATOR


SLegal Notice
NOTICE

ABARA LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) ABARA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions of Section 137(4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the September 2, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar
General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Dated this 5th day of September, A.D. 2008



Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator


Legal Notice
NOTICE

VILLENEUVE LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) VILLENEUVE LIMITED is involuntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the September 3, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar
General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
,Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva

Dated this 5th day of September, A.D. 2008



Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator


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I ROYALaFIDEL1TY B 0 moKRA.E.AVSOWSSRVCES
C F A L'" C C L- N" I A. I-
BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
WEDNESDAY,.10 SEPTEMBER 20t, ;
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: 'rCLOSE 1,798.87 1 CHG -2.33 1 %CHG ,0+. I Y'TP P I YT1 Y -t2-87.
FINDEX: CLOSE 856.37 | VTD% -10.065// 2OWi~-
WWW.Bi X8AHAMAS OoM FOR MORE DA'A A SINF .?.,
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Security Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ DIv S P/E Yield
1.95 1.51 Abaco Markets 1.81 1.81 0.00 0.135 0.000 13.4 0.00%
11.80 11.60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.061 0.200 11.1 1.89%
9.68 8.50 Bank of Bahamas 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.643 0.160 13.2 1.88%
0.99 0.85 Benchmark 0.89 0.89 0.00 -0.823 0.020 N/M 2.25%
3.74 3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.209 0.090 16.7 2.58%
2.70 1.62 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.14 10.80 Cable Bahamas 14.14 14.12 -0.02 2.600 1.224 0.240 11.5 1.70%
3.15 2.85 Colina Holdings 2.85 2.85 0.00 0.046 0.040 62.0 1.40%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.95 6.99 0.04 18,165 0.449 0.300 15.6 4.29%
6.88 3.20 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.38 4.50 0.12 0.122 0.052 36.9 1.16%
3.00 2.25 Doctors Hospital 2.75 2.75 0.00 0.308 0.040 8.9 1.45%
8.10 6.02 Famguard 8.06 8.06 0.00 0.535 0.280 15.1 3.47%
13.01 12.00 Finco 12.00 12.00 0.00 0.665 0.570 18.0 4.75%
14.75 11.54 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.55 11.55 0.00 0.550 0.450 21.0 3.90%
6.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.49 5.25 -0.24 10.000 0.385 0.140 13.6 2.67%
1.00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.00 0.41 Freeport Concrete 0.44 0.44 0.00 0.035 0.000 12.6 0.00%
8.00 5.50 ICD Utilities 5.57 5.57 0.00 0.407 0.300 13.7 5.39%
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.023 0.620 11:7 5.17%
100 0 1o Pre.. le- Real Eslale t1 00 10 00 000 0 180 0000 558 00%
Fideoity Over-Tha-Cou.rnt securmefl . :. ; .
52w.HI _,. .L... Sr.Sol Bid b Ask I Last Price Weekly Vol EPS S Di v s PiE, eld
14.6C. 14.1 Br..--.a SP.erT.arkels 14 O 15 60 14 60 .0 04 0 300 N.M 2 05%
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 N/M 7.80%
C0 _t 26 RNND H-.:il.lts 0 3S 0 -0 0 35 -0 023 0000 NM 0 OO
CollnS Over-The-Counmer SecUrtit "-'. .'," I' '." ~
41.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70%
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.80 14.00" 1.160 0.900 13.4 6.16%
0 C-d R4tn. -i:'dr.d.s 45 0 5 0 45 0 023 O 000 N'M. 000.
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52wn--li 52.s.j...L.. F-r'. Nan-o NA'.' YTD'. Last 12 Monts Divt Yield":
1.3320 1.2652 Colina Bond Fund 1.331954***** 3.09% 5.27%
3.0250 2.8869 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 3.024978""**** 0.81% 4.78%
1.4119 1.3544 Colina Money Market Fund 1.411881"*** 2.68 4.21
3.7969 3.3971 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5807.""". -5.70% 5.40%
12.3870 11.7116 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.3870"".... 3.80% 5.77%
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00"
100.9600 99.9566 CFAL Global Equity Fund 100.96"** 1.01% 1.01%
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00"
10.5000 9.4075 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9.4075"****** -10.40% -10.40%
1.0147 1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0147**** 1.47% 1.47%
1.0119 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0027***** 0.27% 0.27%
1 0119 1 0000 PG F Inar I-il D.ivorsifid Fund 1 0119 ..... 1 19' 19
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5k-Hi Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bd S Buying pHce of Collna and Fidelity 31 Dcember 2007
S2wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weoks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity *" 30 June 2008
Previous Close Previous day's wightod price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 31 Apr 2008
Todays Close Cuont day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of th prior krea" 5 September 2008
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS S A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mthS -.. 31 July 2008
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DIV S Dividerds por share pnad in the last 12 months NM Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1.994 =100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 818/2007
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Family Guardian



trader passes the


Series

Obiageli Turnquest, a securities trader at
FG Capital Markets, has passed the Series 7
Examination in the US'after studying with the
Nassau-based Securities Training Institute
(STI).
Michael Miller, STI's president, said: "Tak-
ing the Series 7 Course at STI allows financial


7 exam

professionals to expand their knowledge of the
securities industry and become more proficient
and effective in their jobs."
Ms Turnquest is pictured with Lyrone
Burrows, vice-president (left) and Wesley
Percentie, manager, (right) at FG Capital Mar-
kets.


RNDset.to





add two more





airline clients


FROM page one
gish economy, having last year
achieved the fifth of six objec-
tives set when he took the
helm at the former cinema
operator by taking it into the
black.
The company, now primar-
ily a real estate investment
trust (REIT) apart from Tick-
et Xpress, produced a
$266,000 swing into prof-
itability, going from $247,884
loss to a small $18,636 profit
during the 12 months to Feb-
ruary. 29, 2008.
RND achieved this despite
top-line revenues remaining
flat at $1.72 million, just over
a $1,000 increase on the pre-
vious year.
Mr Donathan confirmed to
Tribune Business that the
company's Ticket Xpress
business had in the last year
"discontinued" acting as the
front-end reservations/book-
ing unit for the Out Islands
Promotions Board.
He explained: "We've dis-
continued that. That did not
pan out to be economically
feasible for us as we had first
thought.
"We had the opportunity
to be the front-end reserva-
tions agent by being able to
answer the 1-800 toll free
number. The level of book-
ings did not turn out to be a
feasible business to carry on
at this time."
Ticket Xpress, Mr
Donathan explained, was
focused on its Quik Cell
phone card business and act-
ing as a front-end booking
agent for a major airline, who
he declined to name.
"We have two other ones
[airlines] scheduled to come
on in the next six months,"
he added.
As for iit commercial real
estate business Mr Donathan
said RND's plazas in New


Providence and Freeport
remained fully tenanted.
"Our tenants have been
with us for a long period of
time, here in New Providence
and Freeport," Mr Donathan
said. "We have to make sure
we have the right mix in ten-
ants, and remain a premium
provider of commercial real
estate."
At the RND West Plaza,
for example, the anchor ten-
ants are FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank (Bahamas) and
Galleria Cinemas, ably sup-
ported by a food store, doc-
tor's office and pharmacy,
and Lickety Split.
"We're well on the road.
We've shaved our business
down to two core businesses,
and are taking a sober out-
look for the next year. We're
not expecting any dramatic
growth in net income next
year because of the slowing
economy, but are well-posi-
tioned for when the econo-
my returns," Mr Donathan
told Tribune Business.
He acknowledged, though,
that the company, whose
shares are traded on the over-
the-counter market, still "had
our challenges with cash flow,
but are looking to improve
that as we increase our busi-
ness".
RND's cash on hand, as at
the balance sheet date of Feb-
xuary 29, 2008, had dropped
from $6,920 the year before
to just $1,693, indicating that
much of the cash flow gener-
ated by its daily operations is
being eaten up by debt ser-
vicing costs.
The company at year-end
2008 had more than $3 mil-
lion in long-term debt on its
books, thought to be eating
up around $600,000 per year
in interest and principal
repayments.
Mr Donathan would not
confirm the latter figure, but


indicated that with improved
cash flow and a stronger bal-
ance sheet, RND would
"medium and longer term
look to increase our com-
mercial asset base once debt
is paid down".
Adding that the company
was focused on controlled
growth, Mr Donathan
explained: "We do have
plans. We are always moni-
toring the environment to see
if there are real estate oppor-
tunities in areas ideal to put a
.shopping plaza in. We want
controlled growth, but these
are capital.intensive projects." i
Mr Donathan said RND's
head office had moved from
premises in its Nassau plaza
to the Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling Highway, where Let's
Talk Wireless used to be.
Operating with a staff of
five, Mr Donathan explained:
"We had the opportunity to
rent our office to a govern-
ment entity. We are getting
$5 in rent and only paying
$1."
RND's improved fiscal
2008 performance was gener-
ated largely by an almost 7
per cent drop in total oper-
ating expenses, from $1.169
million in 2007 to $1.089 mil-
lion.
This was achieved largely
by an almost $100,000 fall in
other operating expenses to
$119,604, an improvement
driven by business licence
fees falling from $117,858 to
$20,777.
The increase in administra-
tive expenses, from $841,873
to $860,856, was caused by a
one-third increase in proper-
ty insurance of $37,391. Mr
Donathan said administrative
expenses, apart from insur-
ance, included the likes of
legal and accounting fees,
and did not solely include
salaries as some analysts
believed.


FROM page one
the Bahamas not to first negotiate and cement its
trading relationship with its largest.partner, the
US, ahead of the EPA with the European Union
(EU) and CARIBCAN.
Mr Delaney explained that the process of nego-
tiating the EPA, and now CARIBCAN, would
enable the Bahamas its government, Trade Com-
mission, civil society and the private sector the
"opportunity to be better educated and more adept
at dealing with these matters".
In addition, the market access (goods) and ser-
vices Offers submitted over the EPA would provide
a basic framework from which to start talks with
the US.
"The US is by far our largest trading partner,
and there is no other area on the planet more
important to the Bahamas," Mr Delaney said,
explaining that by agreeing with the EU to liber-
alise its tariff schedule over 25 years, the Bahamas
would have an agreement in place to counter US
demands for a much shorter schedule.
"A major trading partner may say that is incred-
ibly long, but we can say we have this with the
EU," Mr Delaney said, "rather than starting with
a baseline which the US has established, which
would be a much shorter liberalisation timeline.
"I think-that-is.an-advantagi e for us from as
'negotiating pdint of 'View, to point out that as a


baseline, it has been accepted by the major
trading community [EU], the largest one on
earth."
As far as CARIBCAN was concerned, Mr
Delaney said the Trade Commission would focus
on starting talks with the various sectors that make-
up the Bahamian economy, although they would
have more time to discuss and prepare than with
the EPA.
"I am made to understand that Canada is a very
significant and important trading jurisdiction with
the Bahamas on many levels, more so on services,"
Mr Delaney said. "It ought to be clear to every
Bahamian that Canadian investment is substantial
in the Bahamas on the services side. We only need
to look at Canadian banks, investment in the
tourism sector like the British Colonial Hilton,
and in many other sectors of our economy, like real
estate."
The Trade Commission, Mr Delaney said, was
also focusing on "how we can improve opportu-
nities for Bahamians" via CARIBCAN's replace-
ment, "both in terms of the Bahamian economy
supplying goods and services and even investment
in Canada across the board".
For example, with numerous Bahamians study-
ing at Canadian universities and colleges, the.trade
in education services was "significant", and Mr
.Delaney said the Trade Commission would look at
ensuring.Bahamians "access that service on the
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CLE/QUII00491


Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND
HENRY ALEXANDER DARVILLE AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE
ESTATE OF HENRY SAMUEL DARVILLE


NOTICE
*


ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land containing 62.30 acres referred to as
Parcel "A" being Portion of Original Crown Grant of Marmaduke Wright (D-76).
and known as 'WoodHill' situate in the Settlement of Mortimers on the Island
of Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the
West bounded by a 15 feet wide road reservation know as Old Crown Road
running thereon Six Hundred Eight-eight and Fifty-five hundredths (688.55)
square feet more or less on the North East bonded by land now or formerly the
property of Errol Mortimer running thereon One Thousand Four Hundred Eight-
nine and Eight square feet hundredths (1,489.08) more or less on the South
East bounded by land now or formerly the property of Donald Burrows running
thereon Four Hundred Forty-six and Sixty-eight hundredths (446.68) square feet
more or less on the North East bounded by land now or formerly the property of
Donald Burrows running thereon One Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety-eight and
Nineteen hundredths (1,998.19) square feet more or less on the North bounded
by land now or formerly the property of Donald Burrows running thereon One
Thousand Two Hundred Ninety-seven and Sixty-five hundredths (1,297.65)
square feet more or less on the North East bounded by land now or formerly the
property of James Major running thereon Two Hundred Thirty-five and Eighty-
nine hundredths (235.89) square feet more or less on the East bounded by a 20
feet wide Crown Road Reservation and by land now or formerly the property of
James Major and Bishop Herman Dean running thereon One Thousand Eight
Hundred Fifty-six and Fifteen hundredths (1,856.15) square feet more or less on
the South bounded by a 20 feet wide road reservation known as Wood Hill Farm
Road running thereon Four Thousand Twenty-four and Sixty-eight hundredths
(4,024.68) square feet more'or less.
AND
ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land containing 57.94 acres referred to as
Parcel "B" being Portion of Original Crown Grant to Lewis Johnson (D-1-24) and
known as 'WoodHill' situate in the Settlement of Mortimers on the Island of Long
Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the East
bounded by a 20 feet wide Crown Road Reservation and by land now or formerly
the property of Macfield Mortimer running thereon Five Hundred Eighty-nine and
Sixteen hundredths (589.16) square feet more or less on the South bounded
by land now or formerly the property of Rufus Mortimer running thereon Two
Thousand Two Hundred Thirty-two and Sixty-three hundredths (2,232.63) square
feet more or less on the South bounded by land now or formerly the property of
Rufus Mortimer running theredn Five Hundred One and Fifty-five hundredths
(501.55) square feet more or less on the South West bounded by land and or
formerly the property of Bishop Herman Dean running thereon Two Hundred Two
and Thirteen hundredths (202.13) square feet more or less on the South bounded
by land now or formerly the property of Bishop Herman Dean' running thereon
One Hundred Ninety-five and Eleven hundredths (195.11) square feet more
or less on the South West bounded by land the property of Macfield Mortimer'
running thereon Four Hundred Fifty-three and Seventy-five hundredths (453.75)
square feet more or less on the North West bounded by land now or formerly
the property of Macfield Mortimer running thereon One Hundred Ninety-five and
Forty hundredths hundredths (195.40) square feet more or less on the South
West bounded by land now or formerly the property of Macfield Mortimer running
thereon Two Hundred Seventy-four and Twenty-nine hundredths (274.29) square
feet more or less on the South East bounded by land now or formerly the property
of Macfield.Mortimer running thereon One Hundred Sixty-seven and Twenty-two
hundredths (167.22) square feet more or less on the South West bounded by
land now or formerly the property of Macfield Mortimer running thereon Two
'Hiudred Sixteen and Sixty-six hjndredths (216.66) square feet more or less on
the North West bounded by Vacant Crown Land running thereon One Thousand
One Hundred Twelve and Sixteen hundredths (1'112.16) square feet more or
less on the North East bounded by a twenty feet wide road reservation known
as Wood Hill Road running thereon One Thousand Eighty-one and Twenty-one
hundredths (1081.29) square feet more or less on the North East bounded by
a.twenty feet wide road reservation partly known as Wood Hill Road and partly
known as Wood Hill Farm Road running thereon Three Thousand Nine Hundred
Forty-eight and Forty-nine hundredths (3,948.49) square feet more or less.
AND
ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land containing 2.09 acres referred to as Parcel
"C" being Portion of Original Crown Grant to Anthony Friar (D-128) and known
as 'WoodHill' situate in the Settlement of Mortimers on the Island of Long Island
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the South East
bounded by land now or formerly the property of Bishop Herman Dean running
thereon Four Hundred Forty and Forty hundredths (440.40) square feet more
or less on the South West bounded by land now or formerly the property of the
Estate of Jeremiah Mortimer running thereon One Hundred. Sixteen and Sixty-
five hundredths (116.65) square feet more or less on the South West bounded
by land now or formerly the property of the Estate of Jeremiah Mortimer running
thereon Sixty-six and. Sixty-nine hundredths (66.69) square feet more or less on
the South West bounded by land now or formerly the property of the Estate of
Jeremiah Mortimer running thereon Sixty-one and Fifty-four hundredths (61.54)
square feet more or less on the North West bounded by land now or formerly
the property of the Estate of Jeremiah Mortimer running thereon Two Hundred
Fifty-one and Thirty-three hundredths (251.33) square feet more or less on the
North East by a road reservation known as Old Crown Road and by land now
or formerly the property of Macfield Mortimer running thereon Three Hundred
Sixty-one and Seventeen hundredths (361.17) square feet more or less.

Henry Alexander Darville as Personal Representative of the Estate of Henry
Samuel Darville claims to be the owner in fee simple of the said land free
from encumbrances and has made application to the Supreme Court in the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas under section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act 1959
to have his title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
.determined and declared in.a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in
accordance with the provisions of the said Act
A plan of the said land may be inspected during normal office hours in the
following places:
The Registry of the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau;
The Office of the Administrator in Long Island
c) The Chambers of Callenders & Co., One Millars Court, Nassau, The
Bahamas, Attorneys for the Petitioner.
NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right of dower
or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before
the 25th day of November A.D. 2008 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the
Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his claim in the prescribed form,
verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file.
and serve a statement of his claim on or before the said 25th day of November
A.D. 2008 will operate as a bar to such claim.




CALLENDERS & CO.
Chambers
One Millars Court
Nassau, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner


Washington




Mutual stock falls




on investor fears


By ERIC DASH
and GERALDINE
FABRIKANT
c.2008 New York Times
News Service
AS WALL STREET
scoured the financial industry
Wednesday for the next weak-
est link after Lehman Bros.,
it set its sights on a familiar
target: Washington Mutual,
the nation's largest savings
and loan.
Shares in the troubled
lender, one of those hardest
hit by the nation's housing cri-
sis, plunged 30 percent, falling
below $3 for the first time
since 1991. Investors grew
increasingly nervous that, like
Lehman, Washington Mutual
is running out of time and
options o save itself.
As losses from subprime
mortgages and credit cards
mount, investors are increas-
Singly concerned that the trou-
bled bank will be unable to
raise fresh capital or find
another institution to take it
Over. A new accounting rule
That would force potential
. buyers to write down assets of
target companies to current
market value may also dis-
suade a would-be acquirer.

Bailout
And with the Treasury
Department's bailout of Fan-
nie Mae and Freddie Mac
Fresh in mind, even a decision
over the weekend to replace
Sthe lender's chairman of 18
years, Kerry K. Killinger, with
Alan H. Fishman on Monday
Failed to dispel concerns that
the worst is yet to come.
"This can only go on for so
long," said Christopher
Whalen, a managing partner
at Institutional Risk Analyt-
ics. "If this goes on until the
end of the year, the bank is
either going to have to be sold
or recapitalized'by the gov-
ernment. Those are the only
choices."
Inside Washington Mutu-
al, executives were perplexed
by what they saw as paranoia
.driving down the stock,
according to people briefed
on the situation. The decision
to hire Fishman, a.veteran
banker, had been seen as a
way to clean up the mess left
.by Killinger after a series of
deals that built Washington
Mutual into a large but poor-
ly managed lender. The bank
had also reached an agree-
. ment with the government
that effectively put it on pro-


bation. But Washington'
Mutual announced that its
plans would not require it to
raise capital or liquidity.
Even so, investors remain
nervous about its financial
health and believe the job
may be too big for Fishman.
Washington Mutual is in a
precarious position because it
has roughly $180 billion of
mortgage-related loans, which
could result in $9 billion to
$14 billion in losses this year,
said Jaime Peters, a Morn-
ingstar analyst. Losses in its
big subprime credit card port-
folio have ballooned.
"If loss rates continue to
rise, WaMu could see charge-
offs of 4 or 5 percent by the
end of the year," Whalen said.
"Their entire capital could be
wiped out." It has been 15
years since any bank larger
than $10 billion in assets col-
lapsed. The largest bank fail-
ure on record occurred in
1984 when Continental Illinois
National Bank and Trust in
Chicago ran into trouble, pre-
saging the savings and loan
crisis. Should Washington
Mutual, with assets of $310
billion, find itself in a similar
predicament, the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp.
would take a crushing blow to
its insurance fund.
In early March, JPMorgan
Chase sent a letter to Wash-
ington Mutual, urging it to
consider a deal quickly
because the environment was
becoming worse. Washington
Mutual balked, preferring to
remain independent. A month
later, Killinger turned to TPG
and several other private equi-
ty investors after it became
clear that the bank needed
capital. The deal allowed
Killinger to keep his job, but
many analysts said the bank.
would need another infusion.
Since then, the picture has
only become bleaker. In the
second quarter, Washington
Mutual posted its biggest loss
ever, which sent shares plum-.
meting. Its stock price fell to
just over $3 in mid-July.
The company also had its
credit outlook cut by Standard
& Poor's, the ratings agency,
earlier this week because of
its position in the housing
market. The cost to insure the
company's debt rose to a
record high Wednesday,
another sign that investors are
increasingly nervous about the
company's ability to pay back
its loans. Washington Mutual
has. $44 billion of debt that
falls due this year.and $43 bil-
lion due between 2009 and


I


2014, Peters said.If Washing-
ton Mutual needs to raise cap-
ital quickly, it will very likely
find itself between a rock and
a hard place, because credit
markets have all but closed
their doors to troubled banks.
TPG, the big private equity
firm, agreed to pump in $7 bil-
lion in June and might be a
logical choice to invest more.
But with Washington Mutu-
al's stock trading at less than
$3 a share, down from the
$8.75 a share that TPG paid
for it, that investment has not
turned out well so far. TPG
has a track record of being
patient. Still, it is unclear
whether it would choose to
double down on its bet or cut
its losses.
Another possible plan
would be for Washington
Mutual to pursue a suitor. But
there are few banks healthy
enough, or willing, to strike
such a big deal. JPMorgan
Chase has long had its eye on
Washington Mutual for its big
retail branch network, which
would give it a foothold on
the California coast and add
to its heft in the New York
and Chicago markets. A
JPMorgan spokesman
declined to comment.

Difficult
Even so, a change in the
accounting rules, effective in
December, make that
extremely difficult. In the
past, an acquiring bank would
be able to record the value of
the assets of the institution it
bought as a portion of the val-
ue that it paid for them.
SUnder the new rules, abank
must immediately mark them
to where they could be sold,
causing any acquirer to absorb
a big hit to its capital. That
would most likely force the
buyer to raise fresh capital.
"Theo way that you do that
normally is by making it up
through earnings, but here
you don't have that. luxury,"
said Robert Willens, an inde-
pendent accounting consul-
tant.
As a result, some in.the
industry have started to won-
der whether the government
might have to step in. One
option, similar to the
approach taken with Fannie
Mae.and Freddie Mac, might
be for the government to
agree to buy shares issued by
Washington Mutual; Some
analysts said that would pro-
vide the capital to allow the
bank to get through the cur-
rent mess.
Another might be for the
government to provide assis-
tance with a sale, similar to
the Federal Reserve Bank of
New York's approach in the
JPMorgan-Bear Stearns merg-
er. Such a move would help
reduce the blow to the acquir-
ing bank's capital caused by a
sale, and allow it to start ben-
efiting from such a deal.
"If you can get through this
initial capital defect, you are
going to be buying guaranteed
earnings for as long as the eye
can see," Willens said.


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* A proven track record of success in the area of A/C
repairs & maintenance
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Sudoku Puzzle
Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to
Sunday

5 2 8

8 3 2 27

4 1 2

5 1 9 93

8 4_ 1 3

36 51

7 5 1 2 9

1 83

5


Difficulty Level *


9/10


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


Yesterday's
Sudoku Answer


Ye krtalay' :.
Kakuro Answer


=I I INS- 7 4 9 6 812 3 1 5
E 5 2 1 9 3 4-6 8 7 2 1 3 21
8365 172 9 4213 1 327
1 2 13 213 38
81 7 3 8215 9-6T4
2 6 4 31719 1 5,84 7 9
S65 1 7143 79
264379158 2431 9715
9851467323 79198
DLte 3 49186 729 1729 8
T4 9 8 2 6 3 57 1 31 987 31
6 1 2758493 12957 12
Difficulty Level r 9/10o 3 5 7 4 9 1 8 216 72 172


TARGeT


The
Target
uses
words in
the main
body of
Chambers
21st
Century
Dictionary
(1999
edition)


I HOW many words of four
Letters or more can you make
C! rom the letters shown here?
In making a word, each letter
may be used once only. Each
must contain the centre letter
and there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 21; very good 31;
excellent 41 (or more).
Solution tomorrow,

YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION
able ably ache achy alee
alley ally bale ball bally
beach belay BELLYACHE
blah bleach cable call clay
each eyeball hale hall heal
label lace lacy leach yeah


CRYPTIC PUZZLE


Across
1 Cop in male form (9)
8 Soldiers from
Tunis (5)
9 Four-footed cycles (7)
10 They're the least one can
expect (6)
11 They are too
fixed in their views to leave
bits out (6)
12 This year is
affected by emotional
instability (8)
15 Challenged champion's
delay about the final (8)
18 Wild cats in comical
capers (6)
20 For each expert,
a pastry dish is
brought in (6)
21 His mate turns with
disbelief (7)
22 Make Bill work in the
house (5)


Down
2 All right, a mixed type of
creature (5)
3 Such games are not open-
ly played (6)
4 Involved that's the con-
clusion about me and a girl
(8),
5 He doesn't like to assume
anything (6)
6 I arrive out of sorts in the
south of France (7)
7 A watering place raising
sugar as vegetable delica-
cy (9)
11 Singers are barred in them
(4,5)


13

14

16

17


23 A shaver of today or 19
tomorrow? (9)'

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution
Across: 1 Instead, 4 Hoots, 7 Leer, 8
Wet nurse, 10 Reasons out, 12
Chopin, 13 Itches, 15 Esplanades, 18
Dark room, 19 Anti, 20 Dry up, 21
Estates.
Down: 1 Idler, 2 Sheraton, 3 Dressy, 4
Hindustani, 5 Ours, 6 Sheikhs, 9
Comic strip, 11 Whodunit, 12 Clouded,
14 Alcove, 16 Spies, 17 Fray.


Reform a crook, we hear,
and reduce to poverty (8)
Movie queen from the con-
tinent (7)
Fastidiousness for exact-
ness (6)
Put emphasis on nervous
tension (6) .
A social class scattered
over the Orient (5)


Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Mastiff, 4 Joker, 7 Term,
8 Bungalow, 10 High-minded, 12
Fillip, 13 Unwell, 15 Scrupulous, 18
Gingerly, 19 Pall, 20 Tibet, 21
Poverty.
Down: 1 Match, 2.Straggle, 3
Fluent, 4 Juggernaut, 5 Kale, 6 Raw
deal, 9 Omniscient, 11 Debonair, 12
Fraught, 14 Pull up, 16 Sally, 17
Snub.


Across
1 Involve (9)
8 Impudent audacity
(5)
9 German measles (7)
10 Highly seasoned
sausage (6)
11 Roundabout route (6)
12 Australian city (8)
15 Surmount (8)
18 Insignificant person
(6)
20 Enjoy (6)
21 Fugitive (7)
22 Light boat (5)
23 Healthy, happy condi-
tion (4-5)


Down
2 A light
purple (5)
3 Remain
hidden (3,3)
4 Central US state (8)
5 Necessitate (6)
6 Forced entry of
premises (5-2)
7 Unmistakably (9)
11 Popular government
(9)
13 Ultimate (8)
14 Upper limit (7)
16 A nut (6)
17 On fire (6)
19 Attracted (5)


South dealer.
East-West vulnerable.
NORTH
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WEST EAST
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SK72 V63
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4107543 AQ
SOUTH
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The bidding:
South West North East
I V Pass 2 2
34 Pass 3 Pass
4
Opening lead six of spades.
Generally, it is not a good idea for
a defender to falsecard his partner.
The repercussions from such an
action can affect not only the current
deal, but future deals as well.
IIowever, there are times when the
only \\av io get partner to do the
right thing is to tell a little white lie.
This type of falsccard is eminently
forgivable.
Today's deal provides a case in
point. South arrives at four hearts
after East has overcalled in spades,


and West leads the spade six. East
then reviews the prospects of defeat-
ing the contract.
He concludes first that if declarer
has the A-K-Q of trumps, the defense
has no hope. Indeed, if South's
trumps are solid, he will probably
finish with an overtrick with the help
of dummy's diamonds. East there-
fore credits West with a trump trick,
giving the defense four potential
winners: one spade, one heart and
two clubs.
But taking these four tricks is
easier said than done. The trouble is
that when West gains the lead with
his presumed trump trick, he is very
likely to return a spade, since he can-
not know that East has the A-Q of
clubs sitting over dummy's K-J.
Once a spade is returned, East will be
unable to score the setting trick with
the queen of clubs.
So, to steer West in the right direc-
tion, East tells a little fib at trick one.
Instead of making the normal play of
the spade queen, he puts up the king!
South takes the ace, leaving West
with the indelible impression that
declarer holds the A-Q of spades.
When West subsequently wins the
king of hearts, he will therefore look
elsewhere for additional tricks, and
will most probably shift to a club.
East then scores the A-Q, and, much
to West's surprise, the queen of
spades puts the contract down one.


Tomorrow: One play does it all.
02008 King Features Syndicate Inc.


Kakuro Puzzle


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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker


A Little White Lie


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PABE 8B FD S M


Clearing House manager


to give system update


THE business manager for the
Bahamas Automated Clearing House
(BACH), Brian Smith, will today
address the Rotary Club of East Nas-
sau about the benefits it will bring to
the Bahamian payments system and
financial services industry.
"The Rotary organisation contains
some of the top business professionals
in the Bahamas," said Mr Smith. "I am
pleased to be able to discuss with them
what BACH means for banking in The
Bahamas."
The BACH is a collaborative effort
by the seven clearing banks, allowing
same day settlement and clearance of
direct credit, and next business day
clearance of Bahamian dollar cheques
and debits, modernising banking in the
Bahamas.
The Central Bank has regulatory
oversight of the system, which is slated
to go into effect before the end of next
Month.
Mr Smith's presentation will take
place at 12.30pm at the Nassau Yacht
Club.


Mexican billionaire buys a 6.3 per cent stake in limes Co.


* By RICHARD
PEREZ-PENA and
ELIZABETH MALKIN
c.2008 New York Times
News Service
NEW YORK Carlos Slim
Helu, the Mexican telecommu-
nications billionaire, and his fam-
ily have acquired a 6.4 percent
stake in The New York Times
Co., he revealed in a regulatory
filing on Wednesday.
Slim, sometimes called the
wealthiest man in the world, con-
trols cellular and landline phone
companies, and has major invest-
ments in retail, construction,
banking, insurance, railroads and
mining.
In March, Forbes magazine
estimated his fortune at $60 bil-
lion.
His spokesman, Arturo Elias,
was traveling and not available
for comment. His primary com-
pany, Telefonos de Mexico,
declined to comment.
The Times Co. also declined
comment. Its stock closed op


Wednesday at $13.96 a share,
down 4 cents, giving the Slim
family's 9.1 million shares a val-'
ue of $127 million.
Slim has a history of buying
depressed assets he can later sell
at a profit, and several analysts
familiar with his investments say
they see the purchase of the
Times Co. stock in that vein.'
In recent years, he has
i acquired 'stakes in several com-
panies in the United States,
where he has not been known to
take a direct role.
Those companies have includ-
ed Saks, owner of the Saks Fifth
Avenue stores; the tobacco com-
pany Altiia; and the telecommu-
nications company Global Cross-
in g '- -; '
In 2004, he became the largest
shareholder in MCI, the trou-
bled long-distance carrier, and
made a healthy profit the next
year when Verizon took over
MCI.
Lately, he has turned his atten-
tion to media properties. In May,
he bought a 1 percent stake in


the company that owns Britain's
Independent newspaper.
Slim's investment marks the
second time in less than a year
that the Times Co.'s falling stock
price has attracted interest from
deep-pocketed outsiders. A pair
of hedge funds, Harbinger Capi-
tal and Firebrand Partners,
bought just over 20 percent of
the company's Class A stock and
secured two seats on its board
this year, promising to shake up
its business strategy.
The family of Arthur Sulzberg-
er Jr., the chairman of the Times
Co., owns most of the Class B
shares, and elects a majority of
the board, giving the family con-
trol of the company. As recently
as 2005, the company's stock
traded at more than $40 a share.
In 1990, Slim headed the
group of investors that bought
the Mexican government's fixed-
line phone company, Telefonos
de Mexico, which he still con-
trols. He also controls the largest
cellular phone company in Latin
America, America Movil.


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* By DIANA B.
HENRIQUES
c.2008 New York
Times News Service

THREE members of Con-
gress, armed with a new
report that they say proves
that excessive oil specula-
tion is distorting consumer
energy prices, are renewing
their efforts to exclude
many institutional investors
from the nation's comniodi-
ty markets.
The report was released
Wednesday by Sens. Byron
L. Dorgan, D-N.D., and
Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.,
and Rep. Bart Stupak, D-
Mich.
It was written by Michael
W. Masters, a hedge fund
manager who is urging Con-
gress to curb institutional
commodity investments, and
Alan K. White, a financial
analyst who operates an
independent research firm
in Alpharetta, Ga.
Using publicly available
data, the report argues that
institutional commodity
investors, specifically
through index funds, drive
up commodity prices. It says
that financial speculators
create new demand in limit-
ed markets, and it asserts
that a retreat of speculative
money this summer is
responsible for the recent
decline in oil prices.
"Eighty percent of Amer-
icans believe that oil specu-
lators are manipulating the
price of oil, and Mr. Mas-
ters' report proves that they
are right," Cantwell said.


Masters is scheduled to
testify next Tuesday at a
Senate Energy subcommit-
tee hearing on oil specula-
tion one of more than
three dozen congressional
hearings on the topic so far
this year.
His findings have been
disputed by many Wall
Street analysts, regulators
and independent econo-
mists, who say the sharp
run-up and volatility in oil
prices are more a function
of supply and demand.
Even so, Masters' report
will be on the agenda when
the acting chairman of the
Commodity Futures Trad-
ing Commission, Walter
Lukken, appears before the
House Agriculture Commit-
tee on Thursday.

Commission

This year, Congress asked
the commission to examine
institutional commodity
trading. It has gathered an
unprecedented amount of
private data from institu-
tional investors that was not
available to Masters.
The commission's report
is due on Monday and may
be released as soon as Fri-,
day. But both Masters and
Dorgan said they saw no
.compelling reason to wait
for its release.
"This regulator has Fre-
cious little credibility right'
now," the senator said,
referring to the commodity
futures commission.
Masters said he intended
to comment on the commis-


Seeking federal loans, automakers

cite alternative-energy goals

* By BILL VLASIC
c.2008 New York Times News Service

DETROIT A proposed $25 billion federal loan program to
help retool the American auto industry would speed the devel-
opment of electric cars and other alternative-fuel vehicles, a
Chrysler executive said Wednesday.
"It's a way for us to accelerate technology so you can get it in
the hands of people faster and so they can afford it," Chrysler's
vice chairman, James E. Press, said at an industry event.
His comments came as congressional leaders began discussions
on whether to pay for the loan program that was created last
year as part of legislation requiring a 40 percent increase in fuel
economy.
While automakers appear to have backed off the efforts to -
increase the loans to $50 billion, Detroit executives are becom-
ing more specific in their comments regarding how the funds
would be spent.
Press said that Chrysler would probably apply for loans to aug-
ment its existing plans for electric vehicles, cleaner engines
and new manufacturing systems.
"I think it will allow everybody to bring electric cars, plug-in
electric cars, and hybrid cars to market sooner," he said.
A spokesman for General Motors said that the company's
coming Chevrolet Volt electric model would be a prime candi-
date for federal dollars.
"Certainly a program like the Volt would qualify under the
guidelines," said Greg Martin of General Motors.
Detroit automakers have so far been lobbying legislators pri-
vately to build support for the loans.

Financing

But with only a three-week legislative session in which to
assure financing for the loan program, the auto companies are
gearing up for a more public push.
"We need to show that if we have access to this capital, we can
and will improve fuel economy'faster," said Bruce Andrews, vice
president for government affairs at Ford Motor.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Tuesday that the
loan plan was a high priority and could be included in any of sev-
eral bills, like an energy package, an economic stimulus proposal
or an overall appropriations bill.
"We think it has a strong chance of passing," said Nate Bai-
ley, a spokesman for Joe Knollenberg, Republican representa-
tive of Michigan. "We're confident we can get this done before
Congress goes on recess."
Automakers had been advancing the idea of expanding the
package from $25 billion to a multiyear, $50-billion program, but
have pulled back.
"The $50 billion is still in play, but we have to be realistic
about what we can expect to be approved in a condensed,
three-week legislative session," said Martin of GM.
GM's chairman, Rick Wagoner, is expected to include an
appeal for the loan program as part of his remarks Friday to a
Senate panel on energy independence. Besides tying the loans
to specific alternative-fuel projects, automakers are also saying
the loan program could be a critical source of money for car bat-
tery research in the United States.
Press said Wednesday that the concentration of battery
research in Asia could leave American consumers beholden to
others in the same way that they rely on foreign oil.
"Are we going to let other countries develop these batteries,
and then we're going to go buy from them?" Press said.


sion's report when it was
released. "If they have other
data that changes things,
then it changes things," he
shrugged. "But I think that
is highly unlikely."
This renewed debate over
oil speculation occurs in a
sharply different market cli-
mate than the hearings held
last spring. Oil prices,
although still well above lev-
els four years ago, have
dropped sharply from their
peaks this summer.
Most economists attribute
this decline to more pes-
simistic expectations about
the global economy and the
recent steep decline in ener-
gy demand.
Scott DeFife, a spokesman
for a coalition of financial
trade associations, argued
that the most likely cause of
lower oil prices was a
change in driving habits:
Americans drove 53 million
fewer miles this summer
than they did a year ago.
If the nation's oil use con-
tinues to fall at this rate,
"this will be the weakest
annual demand since the
early 1980s," said Kevin
Norrish, director of Barclays
Capital commodity research
in London. "Due to data
lags, that is just now becom-
ing apparent."

Investors

Barclays is a leading
provider of commodity
products for institutional
investors. But independent
researchers also take issue
with Masters' findings.
Dwight R. Sanders, an
agricultural economist at
Southern Illinois Universi-
ty in Carbondale, said Mas-
ters was asserting that a pen-
sion*fund's purchase of oil
futures contracts had the
same impact on the supply-
demand equation as China's
purchase of real-world oil.
"I have a difficult time fol-
lowing this logic," Sanders
said. "Index funds aren't
consuming the physical
product. So their bu, ing has
no impact on physical
stocks."
"But the real flaw in the
logic is on the supply side,"
hetaid. While the supplies
of stocks and commodities
are limited, there is essen-
tially no limit to the num-
ber of futures contracts that
can be created and traded,
he said.

Supplies
The arrival of new buyers
in the commodity markets
does not require new sup-
plies of oil or corn, he
explained. It only requires
new supplies of sellers. Mas-
ters did not dispute that
analysis, but argued that
higher prices had been nec-
essary to attract those new
sellers.
Brad Zigler, the manag-
ing editor of the Hard
Assets Investor newsletter,
said his data showed a brief
correlation between com-
modity index fund invest-
ments and oil prices during
2006. In 2007, he said, that
correlation fell apart.
But members of Congress
are not only confident about
Masters' findings, they are
also almost equally suspi-
cious of the Commodity
Futures Trading 'Commis-
sion, a regulator generally
held in high regard by the
commodity exchanges under
its jurisdiction.
That contempt was evi-
dent in Dorgan's comments
on the Masters report on
Wednesday: "This report is
another example of how oil
speculators can control the
market while the federal
agency, which should be
protecting American con-
sumers, has been dead from
the neck up."


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