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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: September 19, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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THE Department of Customs is
investigating allegations of inter-
nal corruption involving a high-
ranking customs officer who
allegedly "abused" his authority by
attempting to evade paying cus-
toms duties on goods shipped to
Nassau in his name.
A letter sent to The Tribune by
informed sources allege that in ear-
ly September, the customs officer
demanded a shipping agent of a
cargo company to doctor a cargo
manifest by removing his name.to
avoid.paying taxes.
Documents seen by The Tribune
show that the manifest submitted to
customs on the date in question
has 14 bills of lading, instead of 15,,
and the customs officer's name is
conspicuously absent. The original
manifest, which accompanied the
shipments, showed 15 bills of lad-
ing, one belonging to the .official.
in question.
"If the public is to pay duty, then
so should all customs officers. If
(the customs officer) is not made to
pay duty and a (fine) like others
do for breaking the law, I will take
the matter to the prime minister,"
the letter writer said.
Yesterday, Assistant Comptrol-'
ler of Customs Clifford Ferguson
confirmed to The Tribune that the
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PRISON INMATE Chad Goodman speaks to school children yesterday at the 'Jus' Walk Away' anti-
crime rally. Mr Goodman said that for the past 17 years, Her Majesty's Prison has been the place he
has called home. His overall message to students was 'Crime is oit of style.'

Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson

FORENSIC and DNA experts
from the Broward County Sherif-
fs Office in Florida took the stand
in the Mario Miller murder trial
Juley Scheurman, a Forensic
DNAanalyst with the sheriff's
office, explained to jurors during a
line of questioning by Deputy
Director of Public Prosecutions
Cheryl Grant-Bethel, exactly what
DNA is and how the evidence
entered in the case can be used in
identifying a particular person
from a blood swatch.
Mrs Schuerman listed for the
court 10 samples that were sent to
her as evidence in the Miller case
sealed in a large manilla envelope.
Two of the samples she received
were reference samples of Mario
Miller and Ricardo Miller, alias
Tamar Lee's blood.
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Morton Salt

Tribune Staff
still surrounds the
future of Inagua's main
employer post-hurri-
cane Ike after a meet- PRIME MI
ing between Prime Hubert In
Minister Hubert Ingra- met with n
ham and.Morton Salt's Salt's Ghie
Chief Executive Offi- Executive
Scer. yesterday.
Wesley Clark, CEO
of the Morton Salt Company,
said in a statement released
after the meeting that "as of yet
no decisions can be made until a
full' engineering review has been
completed to assess the dam-
age and the cost of rebuilding."
The CEO added that he was
"grateful for having the oppor-
tunity to discuss with (Mr Ingra-
ham) the many issues faced by
Morton Salt in evaluating the
investment that would be
required to rebuild our opera-
tions in Inagua."
As prefaced in his address to
the House of Assembly on
Wednesday, Mr Ingraham met
with Mr Clark yesterday at his
Cable Beach office to discuss
Morton's assessments of the

damage caused by Hur-
S ricane Ike. and their
future plans for the
While the media
were sent a photograph
by Government show%
ing Mr Ingraham meet-
ing with Mr Clark, no
comment on the outr
IT come of the meeting
NISTER came with it.
rahamn In his statement on
orton the meeting, Mr Clark
OffIcer thanked Prime Minis-
ter Ingraham "for his
time and for his ongo-
ing interest in Morton Salt and
in our employees in Inagua."
"Our hearts go out.to all of
the people of Inagua and we
will continue in our work to
help restore the utilities and the
safety of the community," he
His comments .come after
George Bochanski, spokesman
for Morton Salt's parent com-
pany, Rohm Haas, said just over
a week ago that while it is the
company's present intention to
restore its Inagua plant to fully
operational status, it "cannot
say with one hundred per cent
certainty" that it will keep oper-
ating there if in coming weeks,
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denies connection
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Press website
DESCRIBING accusations
that he is behind or a contrib-
utbr to the Bahama Press
website as "wild imaginative,"
former member of the PLP's
PR team Carvel Francis has
asked The Tribune for a
retraction and apology for
mentioning his name in con-
nection with the political blog.
The Tribune reported in a
story last week that Mr Fran-
cis had been accused of being
associated with the website by
Andrew Burrows: webmaster
of the PLP's official website.
"When approached about
Bahamas Press by Andrew
Burrows via e-mail, my com-
ments were clear and to him
and should have given him a
clear reason to drop my name
from his accusations,"'Mr
Francis told The Tribune.
Mr Francis said he had no
idea why persons have singled
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SUITSHIRT Prisoners discourage young people

from deciding on a lifeof crime


CEDRIC Albury, a 12th grade
student at Christian Heritage
School, was one of the more than
3,000 students who attended yes-
terday's anti-crime youth rally.
He said: "Just to learn about
how hard jail life is, I know for
sure that jail is a place I don't want
to end up."

3,000 students

attend youth rally

Minister of National Security
Tommy Turquest, in his opening
address to the students, said: "I

hope that the information and
ideas you will gain today, will be a
source of encouragement, and will
inspire you to do your part to stop
crime and violence in your com-
The 'Jus' Walk Away' anti-
crime rally, which was intended to
discourage young persons from
deciding on a life of crime, was
highlighted by the personal testi-
monies of four inmates and an ex-
Chad Goodman, 35, said that
for the past 17 years, Her Majesty's
Prison has been the place he has
called home. The convict told of a
long history of violent acts includ-
ing multiple armed robberies, kid-
napping and murder which even-
tually lead to his incarceration.
"Every armed robbery that I
participated in was violent. I'd hurt
you whether you had the money or
not, and I was wrong," said Mr
The prisoner said that for the
first 10 years in prison, he lived in
fear everyday.
During that time,,while he was
on death-row, he recalled a chilling
conversation he had with a former
senior police official.
According to Mr Goodman, he
was told by the officer: "Chad
Goodman, your case is not one
where mercy shall be exercised.
Therefore you have to hang from
your neck until you are dead!"
Fortunately he says, he was

issued a resentencing, and was tak-
en off death row. An additional 20
years were added to his sentence.
Mr Goodmans' overall message
to the students was, "Crime is out
of style."
Anestasia Moree, 30, informed
the young crowd: "Trouble is easy
to get in, and hard to get out of."
The young mother said that
after a string of bad choices, she
found herself in prison.
She said that although she only
has four months and three days
left to fhei sen ence,-her biggest
challenge remains dealing with the
loss of her freedom.
"Yob who can go and come as
you wish, do as you may, and eat
and drink as you feel, consider this
a luxury." She said. "For me, my
life behind bars has been
restricted by not only, rules and
regulations, but also with physical

Ms Moree also told the audi-
ence that she is in process of com-
pleting a book about her life titled,
"Second time, last chance."
She says her vision is for her sto-
ry to have a strong enough mes-
sage to prevent someone from
making similar mistakes.
The event, which was organ-
ised by officers from Her Majesty's
Prison and the Ministry of Nation-
al Security, is part of an anti-crime
campaign being lead by the prison.
Also intended for high school
students, is an international pro-
gramme called Students Against
Violence Everywhere (SAVE),
where organizers hope will be able
to set up chapters in as many local
schools as possible.
The SAVE initiative is designed
to help in the reduction of violent
incidents in schools.


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Stuffing the ears of men

with false reports.

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fact from fiction:


US govt 'ot denying assistance to hurricane struck Cuba'
SBy ALISON LOWE itarian assistance, including in the form of cash dona-
.Tribune Staff Reporter tions, to help address the basic needs of the Cuban
alowe@tribunemedia.net people.
"For a period of 90 days, the US will expedite appli-
CONTRARY to complaints made.this week by a cations for immediate humanitarian assistance of up to
citizen of the United States living in Abaco, the US $10 million per NGO, subject to appropriate restric-
government "is not denying humanitarian assistance tions," he said.
and food" to hurricane struck Cuba or stoppingjts cit- Meanwhile, Mr Dubel stated that the US' desire to
izens from donating to the relief effort, the US -"~s-nttinrteam of experts to Cubaas part of its offer of
embassy in Nassau said. assistance is "common best practice" that happens
According to Jeff Dubel, a spokesperson for the anywhere the government is looking to send funds in
embassy, despite the restrictions inherent in the 46 order that needs can be assessed and an s-iiira"ic
year-long embargo that the US government has reathed'thatthe money will be used in the rfght a.
upheld against the Communist island, a lot of food, "It w as done in the Turks and CaicoLs. Haiti.
pharmaceuticals and humanitarian help is still going Dominican Republic and other places.artected b\
from America to Cuba. Hurricanes-Gustav and Ike. We note that even in
Mr Dubel was responding to complaints from Cuba, Venezuelan officials surveyed the damage fol-
SAmerican Bill Herrington who expressed his frustra- lowing Ike.
tion and disappointment with his government after his "Unfortunately, US assistance offered for the
bank in Florida denied him the opportunity to wire Cuban people was again turned dowl by the Cuban
money from his account there to one in Nassau set up government," said Mr Dubel.
to collect funds for Cuban hurricane relief. The ille- Five million dollars in disaster assistance was
gality of the transfer resulted from the US embargo offered, along with an earlier initial offer of $100,000
against Cuba:. in US emergency assistance in the immediate after-
Bill Herrington said: "All we wanted to do was math of the storms.
send some money to help the Cuban people who "This initial and-immediate offer of aid would have
were devastated by the hurricanes," he said. "We are been a precursor to possibly much more assistance had
US citizens and our country would not allow that." we been allowed to send a humanitarian assessment
He criticised the offer of help from the US to Cuba team to Cuba," he added.
in the wake of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which ".--MrDubel said Cuba has been allowed to purchase
caused billions of dollars in damage in Cuba, saying some food and medicine directly from the US for
"the world should know that it is anything but a gen- well over a decade.
uine offer ofhelp to those in need" and he called on In 2007, the American people provided $240.5 mil-
the government to lift the economic embargo which lion in private humanitarian assistance, he said.
inhibits trade with Cuba. Meanwhile, the United States government also
Mr Dubel said that U.S. citizens are allowed to authorized $3.65 billion in sales of: agricultural prod-
donate money to assist with the hurricane relief effort ucts ($3.621 billion) and medical equipment and phar-
in Cuba via various licensed, authorised, US based maceuticals ($20.6 million) to Cuba.
non-governmental organizations that are working in Mr Herrington, however, questioned why "free"
Cuba to provide assistance. He said that a list of these Americans should be restricted in any way from engag-
organisations canbe found online. ing with Cuba.
; He added that in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, the "Let good caring American citizens who want to
US government increased existing authorisations for help a neighbour send money and goods without
US-based NGOs to provide larger amounts of human- restrictions," he said.





0 In brief

Man appears

in court on

fraud charges
STANLEY Nixon, 63, of
Anthurium Street, was charged
yesterday with five counts of
conspiracy to commit fraud by
false pretences and five counts
of fraud by false pretences.
Nixon, between January 18,
2006 and January 25, 2007, is
accused of obtaining more than
$40,000 from the Bahamas
Government by false pretences.
Several of 20 witnesses,
including a handwriting expert,
were called to testify.
Nixon appeared before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel.
THE Tribune would like to
clarify that Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham did not in fact
travel to the United States to
meet with Morton Salt repre-
sentatives, as reported on Tiurs-
day, but met with them here in
Nassau yesterday.
The CEO of the Morton Salt
Group, Wes Clark, met with Mr
Ingraham at the Office of the
Prime Minister, Cable Beach.
During his communication to
the House of Assembly on
Wednesday, the prime minister
advised that he would meet with
Morton representatives from
the company's home office in
the United States to receive a
fuller report on the damage
assessments conducted on their
business during the past week,
and get an idea about their
future plans.
The Tribune apologises for
any offence or inconvenience
the error may have caused.

Floods recede,

but dead still

appearing in Haiti
LONG after the floodwaters
from three punishing hurricanes
and a tropical storm have reced-
ed from Haiti's mud-caked
streets, new bodies are still
showing up every day, officials
said Wednesday, according to
Associated Prest.
Municipal water systems
remain broken, and those ren-
dered homeless by Hurricane
Ike have been wearing the same
clothes in which they escaped
the storm. Thousands are
homeless in some communities
like the brutalized coastal town
of Gonaives,'and tens of thou-
sands are living in cramped
shelters there and across the
poor Caribbean island.
"After this storm, there's
nothing," said Gonaives' assis-
tant mayor Jean Francois
Adolphe, who joined more than
100 Haitian leaders in Miami
to solicit help and learn how the
country could help itself.
"Everything is under dirt. The
person that had stores, the peo-
ple that did commerce, they all
have to start at zero now, and
they're in great despair. They've
almost given up hope."
This year has been tougher
than usual for hard-luck Haiti.
Before the relentless succession
of storms, the poorest country
in the Western Hemisphere had
already been roiled by food
riots over spiking global com-
modity prices.

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE charred remains of a man were found in'
the trunk of a burnt-out car off Bacardi Road on
Wednesday night.
Press liaison officer Assistant Superintendent
Walter Evans said yesterday that until an autop-
sy is performed it cannot be determined if the
man was dead before he was placed in the vehi-
cle's trunk or if he died after the car was set on fire.
Positive identification will also have to wait
until the body is further examined as the victim
was "charred beyond recognition," he said.
Although police have not yet positively identi-
fied the victim, residents of the area claim he may
have gone by the name of "Shabba."
Police officers and fire technicians responded to
reports of a vehicle on fire on a dirt road in the

BAHAMIAN artists are
speaking out against what they
call unfair treatment by major
concert promoters regarding the
upcoming September 26 concert
featuring multi-platinum artist
Lil' Wayne.
Bahamian music recording
artist Terneille Burrows (Tada),
stated in a press release that
Bahamian recording artists are
usually given the "short end of
the stick" when it comes to being
recruited to perform at shows
featuring major international
recording artists.
Ms Burrows said despite the
promoters' best efforts to make
local artists feel important, with
incentives such as backstage pass-
es and pre and post party events,
there may not be payment
offered for the their services --
which can include anything from
meetings, sound-checks and
rehearsals, to allowing, their
names and likenesses to be asso-
ciated with the event itself.
"Bahamian artists have long
fought for the respect of our
craft, as some of us do this for a
living while others aspire to. I
feel as though if an artist or
entertainer has worked to estab-
lish themselves and gained a
decent local following, there
should be a fee attached with
their service," Ms Burrows said.
Ms Burrows said in other parts
of the world, local independent
artists are taken seriously for
their work and that Bahamian

area known as Millar's Creek.
Arriving on the site at around 9.30pm, the offi-
cers and fire suppression. and extrication techni-
cians came upon a four-door Honda Accord,
license plate number 205864, fully ablaze.
The fire was immediately extinguished by the
Searching the vehicle afterwards, officers dis-
the body of an unidentifiable man being lying in
the trunk.
Mr Evans said that police hope to find a lead in
this case by tracing the licence plate number.
"We are running the number right now," he
The victim may officially be classified as the
50th homicide of the year soon.
"An active investigation has been launched into
this matter to determine the motive for this inci-
dent," Mr Evans said.

artists and artist representatives
are also to blame for allowing
themselves to be taken advan-
tage of.
"There is a general feeling
among the mainstream Bahami-
an music community that artist
representatives... while claiming
to help advance the Bahamian
music industry, whether they-
know it or not, are actually hin-
dering it by allowing a certain
caliber of artists to appear on cer-
tain shows without, fair compen-
sation," Ms Burrows said.
However Bodine Johnson,
another young Bahamian record-
ing artist, gave another perspec-
tive: "For me, being able to per-
form on that major ticket is going
to earn me more money. Being
able to post that on YouTube or
using that in my press kit, is going
to show consistency in my per-
formances as well as earn the
respect of promoters," Ms John-
son said.
Ms Burrows said the film
industry in the Bahamas has ben-
efitted vastly from practices
implemented-by the Ministry of
Tourism's Bahamas Film and
Television Commission Division,
which has become an excellent
example of a system that should
be emulated by the wider enter-
tainment and performance indus-
try in the Bahamas.
"It's time to effect dramatic
change and encourage Bahami-
ans and foreigners alike to regard
Bahamian artists and entertainers
as working professionals," Ms
Burrows said.

All Bahamian children 'entitled to an education'

ALL Bahamian children are
entitled to an education, two
principal's representatives say.
In a joint statement, presi-
dent of the Primary Principal's
Association Wenly Fowler and
president of the Secondary
Principal's Association Abra-
ham Stubbs said they are com-
mitted to upholding all laws
and regulations governing pub-
lic schools in the Bahamas.
They said: "Recent reports
in the media may have given
the impression that public
schools have become more
concerned with finances rather
than students' education. This
not the case! It never was and
never will be!"
The statement followed an
announcement by Minister of
Education Carl Bethel on Sat-
urday that all children should
be admitted to school, whether
or not they are able to pay reg-
istration fees. Last week, a
number of students were
turned away from school
because they were unable to
According to the principals,
Mr Bethel's comments have
put the matter to rest.
The principals said their
main goal is to equip students
with the requisite values,
knowledge and skills to
become productive citizens

and well-meaning members of
They noted that many
administrators and teachers
make "frequent and personal
sacrifices" to ensure that chil-
dren have the resources to
function in the classroom.
"There are many children
who attend school without
lunch and other basic
needs/materials that will
enable them to function dur-
ing the school day. Adminis-
trators and teachers often (and
without fanfare) put their
hands in their usually 'shallow'
pockets to assist these stu-
dents," they pointed out.
The principals said the issue
of registration fee has become
"a distraction" from the launch
of an otherwise effective
school year.
They said: "We would rather
there be more attention
focused on how we can get
parents to partner with us (the
schools) and establish rela-
tionships that will maximise
the success of our children and
the building of their character.
"The matter of a basic regis-
tration fee must not overshad-
ow all the good that we are
dqing in education, in public
schools throughout our coun-
try. It must not cause a divide
between parents and the

schools, or seek to impugn the
name and of principals and
administrators throughout the
educational system.
"The practice of schools
charging a registration fee for
basic costs of P E kits, school
crests, workbooks, insurance
and lab fees has been a prac-
tice in our schools for many
years. Parents have seen this
practice as reasonable, and
.have been very co-operative
in complying with schools in
this regard. This however,
must not be the basis of deny-
ing our children entry into
"We all live in this society
and feel the pain of the
increasingly high cost of living.
Therefore, we are acutely
aware, and understand when
parents say they cannot afford
at this time to pay a registra-
tion fee particularly when
they have two or more chil-
dren in school, which may be
further compounded by the
fact that some parents may be
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. IH. DUPUCH, Pubisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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Stealing endemic in Bahamas

EARLIER THIS year Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce president Dionisio D'Aguilar
said that internal theft causes Bahamian busi-
nesses mind-boggling losses every year.
He said that shrinkage, which includes many
items, including spoiled goods, could cost this
country's foodstores a combined $25 million a
year. In yesterday's Tribune Abaco Markets'
president Gavin Watchorn was reported as say-
ing that the level of stealing inflicted on his
foodstores both by staff and customers -
-hlad increased by 100 per cent.
"We have seen what I can only describe as an
explosion in theft," he said. "Literally, we are
seeing five to 10 cases a week, both customer
and staff theft.
"Just last week, we had to terminate a total of
seven to nine staff at one of the stores because
they were either involved in running a theft
ring, or they were aware of it and did not bring
it to anyone's attention, which is just as bad," he
told Tribune Business editor Neil Hartnell.
In the end it is the Bahamian consumer who
pays for these losses as theft is factored into
the price of the goods.
Theft in businesses in the Bahamas always
has been a major problem in good times and
in bad. It is only worse now because of 'the
slow economy, the escalating fuel surcharges
and the fact that the "average person is hurting."
Abaco Markets' chief expects theft to
increase as Christmas nears. He observed that
the "meltdown in tourists coming "here, a
decrease in tourist spending ...leads to an
increase in stealing." And he observed: "People
don't want to lower their standard of living."
We recall Sir William Allen when he was
state minister for finance lamenting how
Bahamians even in hard times expected a
certain lifestyle, which was beyond what the
country at that time could afford.
We know a couple, who in dealing with,
BEC's crippling fuel surcharges,'and the rising
cost of living, completely changed their lifestyle.
To save energy they have replaced all their
lightbulbs with energy saving fixtures; they no
longer have lights burning all through their
home at night; they have gone through their
house deciding what they can either cut back on
or cut out. When that didn't sufficiently stream-
line their budget to meet their shrinking wallet,
they went to their two-car garage. It was decid-
ed that one car had to go. As this country has
neither a reliable nor crganised bus service,
one car was kept for the husband to get to work.
The wife's-car was sold. She now gets around on
a small motor scooter.
This is an unusual couple. The average
Bahamian, however, expects to retain the stan-
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most often way beyond his means. Bahamas
Supermarkets chairman told its annual general
meeting this week that about 40 employees had
been dismissed this year. They are now being
He said that the company employs 850 per-
sons, which means that 4.7 per cent of their
staff almost one in 20 persons had been
fired for suspected theft. Thieves are bold, he
said, because they have no fear. And they have
no fear because there is no punishment. This is
the same fault line running through our society.
Standards of service are low, for example,
because although Bahamians grumble, they do
nothing about it. Unions overstep their bounds
and thumb their noses at the law because the
law snoozes. And so employees steal because
they know they can get away with it. The indif-
ference of the courts is another frustration that
discourages retailers prosecuting.
Mr Watchorn told of a case that Abaco Mar-
kets had with an employee dismissed for steal-
He said the employee's lawyer found a clause
in the termination letter that enabled him to
get the charge of stealing thrown out. In the
end Abaco Markets had to pay their thief, his
severance and redundancy pay. Mr Watchorn
then saw him working for another company.
We remember many years ago receiving an
application from a senior Bahamian bank
employee for a job as an accountant: We con-
sulted our friend, the late John Gaffney, who
was considered the Dean of Bankers. He took
one look at the application and told us not to
touch the applicant with a barge pole. He prob-
ably knew something that we didn't, but he
advised us that when a r6sum6 looked like this
man's never even consider it. He was like a
grasshopper, jumping from one bank to anoth-
er until he had covered almost every bank in
town. Stealing in the banks, Mr Gaffney said,
was so bad that if the ciirits were prosecuted
the bank's customers would lose confidence in
their bank.
"So what we do is," he said, "we call the
offender in, lay all the facts on the table for
him to study, and then tell him he has one of two
choices: Walk through those doors and'never
come back, or we'll call the police and you will
be prosecuted."
The person always walked through the door.
The banks retained their reputation, but the
rolling stone kept moving from bank to bank
and when the banks had been exhausted the
offender moved on to unsuspecting employers
like ourselves. Really the whole system is unfair.
But that is why theft and industrial disruption
has reached such epidemic proportions in the

A simple

love letter

of than

EDITOR, The Tribune.
HURRICANE Ike left a
trail of destruction in its wake.
Homes, businesses, fields,
roads, were all destroyed or
Relief work started up
quickly, Bahamasair flew
heads of Government Depart-
ments on a special flight with
NEMA officials aboard.
There was a flurry of activity.
Within days there were col-
lection depots all over the
town of Nassau to collect
clothing, bedding, and food
for those affected by the rav-
ages of the storm. The charter
section of Nassau Interna-
tional Airport was full of activ-
ity. Boxes, and pallets of sup-
plies lined the walkways as
harassed pilots and porters
alike tried to safely load as
much cargo as possible into
one plane. Everything had
been thought of, the plane
doors closed, the planes lift-
ed off, carrying with them
hope and promise of a new
day dawning with food and
dry bedding.....that is, for the
Somewherein this equation-
people forgot the animals,
God's creatures too. The dogs,
cats, donkeys, parrots, and
other birds, the flamingos
appear to be able to cope for
themselves. These are the qui-
et crowd who cannot speak up
for themselves or ask for help.
They will often lie down and
accept their lot quietly, suf-
fering silently as the world
goes by around them. They
are perhaps too weak from
lack of nourishment to react
normally. It is our moral duty
to remember that our Lord
created these creatures just as
painstakingly as he created us,
and it is our duty to be their
custodians in a time of need.
As I watched with interest
the relief work getting under
way, I was saddened when ini-
tially there was very little
interest in the efforts made by
the Bahamas Humane Soci-
ety to get food down to the
animals of Great Inagua. A
truckload of animal food had
to leave Nassau Internation-
al Airport on Saturday
because no plane had space
for it. Our original plan was
thwarted when the plane we
thought we could use became
I decided that I should sit
down and send an e-mail to
my friends asking for help. I

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sent this e-mail out on Sun-
day afternoon. One hour had
not gone by before I started to
receive phone calls and e-
mails of support. People were
offering donations of all kinds.
The original e-mail got sent
from person to person to per-
son, I was hearing from people
I did not even know. It was
totally wonderful.
By Monday, I had been con-
tacted by several of the other
animal groups in the Bahamas
offering help. Advocates for
Animals (Jane Mather) had
taken it upon themselves to
help raise money and contact
their supporters for help. The
Grand Bahama Humane Soci-
ety (Tip Burrows) had post-
ed the letter and forwarded it.
They offered to receive dona-
tions on our behalf and pass
them on to the Humane Soci-
ety. Pet Pals (Joan Carroll) of
Eleuthera e-mailed to say they'
are sending a donation.
ReEarth-(S-am Duncombe)
posted the appeal letter for all
to see. Friends of Abaco Ani-
mals (Jane Thompson & Can-
dace Key) along with other
animal lovers in Abaco raised
a large amount of money
going door-to-door and solic-
iting funds.
Free planes were offered to
carry the food down, 70 bales
of hay were donated, 950
pounds of dog food collected
by one man over the week-
end, was delivered to the
Bahamas Humane Society
headquarters, cases of apples
were purchased and delivered.
The Nassau Guardian and
The Tribune both put in nice
long articles in their papers
echoing my appeal letter,
seemingly everybody read
those articles. How nice of the
papers to be so conscious and
responsible and help us
achieve what we were set out
to do. Thanks to those articles
I have been contacted by sev-
eral youth groups who also
want to help out.
And I thought that people
had forgotten the animals! It
was a humbling experience to
witness the generosity and
kindness of the past 72 hours.
Perfect strangers come up to
me in shops or restaurants and
offer me $20.00 or more to
"help out". The e-mails are
still pouring in. My heart is
quite honestly singing with joy
at the outpouring of love and
compassion shown by so many
since I sat down and wrote
that e-mail on Sunday. It is
Christmas day in the middle
of September. My faith in the
human race has been some-
what restored.
A beautiful off shoot from
this generosity is to see how so
many animal organizations


have reached out their hand
to help out. Advocates for
Animals, Grand Bahama
Humane Society, Pet Pal.:,
ReEarth, Friends of Abaco
Animals, in America Pegasus
and the International Humane
Society of the United States
have also sent in generous
donations: All pulling togeth-
er for a common goal.
There is so much bad and
sad going on in the world. The
papers are full of woe and dis-
aster, murders and pillage,
accidents and disease that I
am overjoyed to be able to
write an article finally about
something so perfectly won-
derful: The kindness of so
many, for a worthy.and silent:
group'of victims on a little dot
of an island far away and often
Those people behind the -
organisations, those people
who brought in food to the
Bahamas Humane Society,
those people who sent in mon-
ey, those people who help get
planes and. boat space, all of
them should go to bed tonight
knowing that they did a really ,
good thing today. They
opened up their, hearts oia
group of animals who will not
say thank you to them, who
do not know who or how their
food got there, nor do they
care, but with a bray, or a
squawk, a purr or woof, they .
will eat and go their way and
that is all the thanks that these
wonderful, kind, giving peo-
ple who answered my plea
wantedjn Ihe .fi4.t.place,,,..
This article is a kne letter t
you all, a thaiiks;from ihy'
heart and the hearts of the
animals, a cheer and a pat on
the back for being such very
special people indeed.
September 16,2008.
(Kim Aranha grew up in the
Berry Islands with her first
dog, a beloved potcakeunamed
"Friendly" (who was anything
but!). First educated at home,
and then in boarding school
in Switzerland, Kim moved to
Rome, Italy in 1974 to pursue
a career in the dramatic arts
and ended up working as an
interpreter. She moved back
to The Bahamas in 1980, and
now lives in Nassau with her
husband Paul, and their two
teenage sons. Kim has four
dogs, fish fish (one Beta, four
Goldfish), 10 turtles (six
babies, four adolescents), one
Asian box turtle and four
Budgerigars. Her idea o(
relaxing is being home to take
care of all her pets. Kim is
President of the board of the
Bahamas Humane Societ).
Kim can to contacted at kimv

September 16, 2008.


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NEMA sets
deadline for
Inagua repairs
Commander Stephen Russell,
director of the National Emer-
gency Management Agency, has
set a Christmas deadline to com-
plete repairs to homes in Inagua
damaged by Hurricane Ike.
According to an assessment
conducted by Social Services,
about 201 homes received major
damage; 42 minor damage; two
homes were extensively damaged;
four destroyed; and only 1"0
homes left unscathed.
"We are now into the repair
and reconstruction phases; even
though restoration is going on
simultaneously. We are trying to
restore electrical power, telecom-
munications and water to the
island. We are aiming for resi-
dents to have some sense of nor-
malcy by Christmas," Comman-
der Russell said.
He said homes would be
repaired in order of priority, start-
ing with senior citizens, the dis-
abled, single mothers and those of
low income. A number of organ-
isations have volunteered their
services, on a rotation basis,
towards the reconstruction effort
being spearheaded by NEMA's
representative John Nixon.
The first priority for the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force sta-
tioned in Inagua is to examine
the Inagua All-Age School and
the Defence Force compound to
ensure the soundness of the struc-
tures. Commander Russell com-
mended the team effort of utility
personnel in getting services
restored on the island.
"We have committed ourselves
to a 10-day challenge for the relief
effort, now we are in the recovery
and reconstruction phases. All
persons who initially came
through with supplies, we were
able to get them into the island as
quickly as we can," he said.

* By CHESTER ROBARDS charged with the attempted mur- the life of Tamara Smith, became tion. "This man came from his urday in front of their home in
Tribune Staff Reporter der of Tamara Smith, the wife of very vocal following the reading home to stab me up," said Bur- the area of Cordeaux Avenue off
the victim. Edney Burrows, 25, of the charges. He appealed to rows to the Chief Magistrate. of East Street, known as the big
THREE men were arraigned of Deveaux Street, Daryl Rolle, the Magistrate to have his hands "This man tried to take my life." "Big Yard."
yesterday in connection with the 33, 6f Palm Avenue and Andre released from the handcuffs, after Rolle also became vocal and Mrs Smith's name appears in
murder of Jason Smith, bringing Dieujuste, 25, of Windsor Lane which he partly removed his told magistrate Gomez that he a list of 15 witnesses set to testify
the number of defendants to four. went before Chief Magistrate white and blue striped shirt to was not there the night in ques- in the case of Burrows, Rolle and
A 24-year-old man was also Roger Gomez, who read the for- show bandages covering wounds tion and that he was being "rail- Dieujuste. The men were
charged earlier this week in con- mal charges against them. on his left shoulder, which he roaded." remanded to Her Majesty's
nection with the death. Burrows, the one who was insisted were inflicted by Mr Mr Smith and-his wife were Prison and are scheduled to
One of the men was also charged with attempting to take Smith on the night of the alterca- involved in an altercation on Sat- return to court on October 6.

Lawyer Andrew Thompson 'fails

to meet deadline to pay clients'

ACCORDING to Bahamas
Bar Association administrator
Thelma Deal, lawyer Andrew
Thompson has failed to meet the
September 17 deadline to pay
more than $230,000 to disgrun-
tled clients.
In August, Mr Thompson was
suspended from practising for six
months, beginning July 17, and
was ordered to pay his clients'
money that he was-accused of
misappropriating. Ordered by a
disciplinary tribunal to repay the
money, Mr Thompson was
warned that his failure to do so by
the September 17 deadline, would
result in him being disbarred.
Up until news deadline on
Thursday, The Tribune was
unsuccessful in getting a response
on the matter from Bahamas Bar
Association President Wayne
It was earlier reported that

should Mr Thompson not make
the required payments, then a
marshall from the tribunal would
inform the registrar, who would
then remove his name from the
register. His name would be
crossed out, indicating that he had
been disbarred.
Mr Munroe has referred to the
ruling of the tribunal on Mr
Thompson's case as, "over
lenient." He believed that in such
a case disbarment should be auto-
matic. "If lawyers who misappro-
priate clients' funds are not dis-
barred, a 'bank' called a client's
account will be established,where
a lawyer can feel free to know
that so long as he has the ability
to pay it back he can dip into
clients' funds," Mr Munroe said.
The sum ordered by the tri-
bunal to be repaid is made up of
three claims.
One was from Kendrick and
Darlesia Ferguson, who retained
Mr Thompson to oversee the pur-

chase of a South Ocean Estates
property. Although a loan of
87,980 was secured from Com-
monwealth Bank, and a subse-
quent cheque was sent to Mr
Thompson's office, the lawyer
failed to pay the closing fees for
the property.
Mr and Mrs Ferguson, in their
testimony before the tribunal,
said that Mr Thompson never
returned any of the funds that
they had sent him.
Another client said that Mr
Thompson refused to issue
$91,090.27 from a Scotia Bank
account to Waheed Sadique, for-
merly known as Wayne Whylly,
who was the legal executor of his
deceased father's estate.
In the third case, an affidavit
from Mrs Linda Bullard-Deveaux
revealed that the lawyer had only
paid her $30,000 of a $65,000 set-
tlement arising from a car acci-
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the car, when shots were suddenly fired from the
vehicle. One of the officers was hit in the left side of
his body. After the reserve officer was shot, one of

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one person in the car when it sped off. The injured
officer, who is attached to the Southern Police Sta-
tion, was taken to hospital where he received med-
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IN CELEBRATION of its 46th anniversary, pastor The regular morning worship service on Sunday,
Rev Wilton G Strachan and the members of Mt Mori- September 21, beginning at 11am, will have Rev Vic- V '* A
ah Baptist Church are holding two nights of renewal tor Cooper, pastor of the New Bethany Union Baptist
services. Church, as the guest speaker. Later that day, at 4pm,
The services began on Wednesday at the church the church will gather for a novel "Hymn Festival".
and other special celebrations will continue until Sep- Led by a choir made up of representatives from a
tember 27. cross section of the Christian community Anglican,
Blasting off the renewal services with a powerful Catholic, Methodist, Adventist, Brethren and Bap-

word from God was Rev Ralston Smith, pastor of the
Angelic Baptist Church. And continuing in his foot-
steps last night was Rev Marina Sands, pastor of Judea
Baptist Church. The pastors and congregations of the
Zion sister churches are leading in these services.
The pace changes tonight night when a panel will
facilitate the discussion, "Focus on the Family".
Rev Dencil Kerr, an associate minister at the Mt
Moriah Baptist Church and a veteran educator; Mrs
Eunice Burrows of the Friendship Baptist Church,
also a veteran educator; and Mrs Josephine Parker,
retired public high school principal and a member of
Zion Baptist Church, East and Shirley Streets, will
make up the panel.

tist, amongst others the congregation will join in the
singing of favourite hymns from'the represented com-
From the Adventist, members will join in to sing
"Jesus is coming again (Lift up the trumpet).
"We are Soldiers of Christ" will be a tribute to the
Anglican community.
"And can it be" and "All Praise to our Redeem-
ing Lord" will be shared by the Methodists.
These and a number of other hymns, favourites of
Bahamians of all denominations, will be sung.
The period of anniversary commemoration con-
cludes with a one day "sail away" to Eleuthera. Mem-
bers of the public are invited on this trip.

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Marsh Harbour, Abaco died peaceful-
ly in North Palm Beach, Florida on
September 14 with Cheryl his wife of 27
years at his bedside.
Garth's father was the proprietor of
the well-known business on the corner
of Bay and Charlotte Streets known as
"G. R. Sweeting" retailing dry goods
and accessories. After leaving school
Garth joined his father in the business.
In the early 1970's the business moved
to Palmdale then known as "G.R.
Sweeting & Son". When the business
was sold in 1987 Garth retired to Hope
Town, Abaco. He enjoyed boating and
was an avid tennis player. Garth and Cheryl loved
cruising the "seven seas" where he was able to
indulge in his passion for dancing.
Garth is survived by his wife, Cheryl, his children
Peter and wife, Sally Sweeting, Holly Odell and


Aletta and her husband, Scott Hanson,
his grandchildren, Andrew and Blaine
Sweeting, Suzanne Mazzarella, Ray-
mond Rogers II, Christian and Jeremy
- Stokes, his mother-in-law, Reta Paisley,
B" sisters-in-law, Leilani Reeder, Terry
Peffer and Sandra Tortora, nephews,
Richard and Charlie Farrington, niece,
Wendy Bishop, cousins, Betty Ken-
ning, Godfrey, David and George Kel-
ly and special friends, John Isaac, Mike
Lightbourn and caretaker, Belison "Bil-
ly" Canze and a host of friends in Aba-
cp, Nassau and Palm Beach.
A memorial service will be held at
Howard-Price Funeral Home, 754 U.S.
Highway One, North Palm Beach, Fl on Satur-
day, September 27, at 11 a.m.
Instead of flowers friends who wish may make a
donation to The Cancer Society of The Bahamas
in his memory.

BNT to launch Green Bag Programme

THE Bahamas National Trust
will launch its Green Bag Pro-
gramme at the end of September.
The programme's purpose is to
engage the citizenry of the
Bahamas in sustainable living
"Reusable bags are available
locally from several other compa-
nies and agencies and the Trust
applauds the efforts of these
groups and agencies," the BNT
said in a press statement. -
In order to make bags eco-
nomical and readily available, the
Trust has joined forces with the
Nature Conservancy, the Nation-
al Coastal Awareness Commit-
tee, BREEF and RARE.
The programme includes a
return system for worn-out bags.
New bags are being offered for
$2, but may be obtained for $1
with a return of an old bag. In the
second phase of the project, BNT
will partner with stores and prof-
it agencies to bring even more of
these bags to the Bahamian pub-
The goal of the Green Bag ini-
tiative is to reduce the number of
disposable bags going to landfills.
Many of the plastic disposed
of bags end up in the ocean. Not
only are littered plastic bags an
eyesore for humans, but they are
a deadly killer for wildlife.
"You may think you have
thrown away a plastic bag prop-
erly, but many blow out of trash

cans to inadvertently become lit-
ter. Some are carelessly tossed,
but because they are so light,
many accidentally end up blow-
ing onto our roadsides, and into
wildlife habitats," the BNT said.
"Many of us have become
inured to them, but if you look,
you will see them everywhere.
They are in bushes and trees
beside our roadways, in the air
above our streets, in our oceans
and on our beaches. "
The Trust said that estimates
suggest that these bags will remain
intact for hundreds if not thou-
sands of years.

"They not only mar the beauty
of our surroundings, but pose a
real threat to wild life. One study
estimated that 100,000 marine ani-
mals are killed annually by plastic
bags. In some parts of the ocean,
there are six pounds of plastic for
every pound of plankton. Birds
are also affected by plastic bags
becoming tangled in them or hav-
ing the bags become attached to
their legs," the BNT said.
The Green .Bag Programme
emphasises the reusability of the
Green Bags.
"Reusing one bag several times
as opposed to using new dispos-
able bags each time you visit the
store, will afford less bags to be

thrown away.
"It will also reduce the number
of plastic bags that the stores need
to buy 'and hopefully that
saving can be passed on to the
Reusable bags reduce all these
costs by a factor of hundreds. The
polypropylene bags use the petro-
leum resources of 11 plastic gro-
cery bags, but they are designed to
replace hundreds of bags. Eath
bag can replace four plastic bags
each time it is used. When used
once a week for two years, it will
prevent 416 bags from being sent
to landfills, enough to drive a car
almost 30 miles," the BNT said.
The Trust wants to encourage
all Bahamians to participate in the
Green Bag Programme and to
encourage those who are already
using green bags to continue.
"This one simple action will
reduce the amount of plastic going
into our landfill thus reducing the
amount of greenhouse gases
released into the atmosphere,
assist in reducing the amount of
litter on our streets and keep plas-
tics out of our oceans where sea
turtles often mistake them for jel-
lyfish, eating them and then dying
of starvation because the plastic
makes them feel full."
The Trust will have special
announcements in the newspa-
pers to let the public know when
the bags have arrived and are
available for purchase.


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-- Development Bank; Kressville Gardiner, director with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and repre-
sentative for the Commercial Banks Association; Frank Comito, executive vice-president of the Bahamas
-" Hotel Association; Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing; Dionisio D'Aguilar, president of the
SChamber; Gershan Major, chairman of the Globalisation Conference and second vice-president of the
B Chamber; Oscar Spencer, Inter-American Development Bank representative for the Bahamas and Philip
Simon, executive director of the Chamber.
[.-..^ .',,! .. /Photo: Tim Aylen

Bahamian businesses 'must

understand globalisation'

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIAN businesses must
better understand the "magnifi-
cent force" that globalisation pre-
sents so they can both manage
the risks it poses and take advan-
tage of the opportunities it pre-
sents, said the Minister of State
for Finance.
SState Minister Zhivargo Laing,
with representatives from the
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce,
the Idter-American Development
Bank and the Bahamas Hotel
Association, were speaking yes-
terday at the announcement of a
conference and trade show
designed to further this end.
The event, entitled "Towards
the future: Globalisation, financ-
ing and competitiveness" will take
place on October 2,.3 and 4.
Gershan Major, vice president

of the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, said the free confer-
ence will address "issues crucial to
those in business and those
contemplating going into busi-
ness" in the context of globalisa-
And, he added, it will provide
the kind of information that will
help people "move away from
what has become a clarion call
for foolishness, where people
make statements creating fear
about what it means for the
Bahamas being part of a glob-
alised trading arrangement."
Among the topics to be cov-
ered in a "substantive and
detailed way" are business com-
petitiveness, access to finance and
a discussion of the implications
of membership or non-member-
ship in international trade agree-
SUltimately organizers the BCC,
partnering with the Government,

THE conference, entitled "Towards the future: Globalisa-
tion, financing and competitiveness" will take place on Octo-
ber 2 and 3.
On the 3rd and the 4th of October, a business trade show
will be held when Bahamian businesses can exhibit their prod-
ucts and services to current and potential clients, and engage
in one-on-one consultations with major buyers of goods and
suppliers in the Bahamas, 'such as Kerzner International.
Speaking at the conference will be high level participants
such as H.E. Henry Gill, the Director General of the
Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery, which negoti-
ated the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European
Union on CARICOM's behalf..
Also in attendance, among others, will be Minister of State
for Finance Zhivargo Laing, speaking on the topic "Financing
and Private Sector Development in the Bahamas", Minister of
Tourism Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace who will discuss
"Caribbean economies in an era of free trade" and Phillippe
Schneuwly, a consultant with the IADB who will speak on
improving small and medium sized enterprises' competitive-
Mr Gill will address issues relating to the EPA and give a
briefing on other trade negotiations that the Caribbean is
engaged in, including with the World Trade Organisation.
The relevance of these agreements to the Bahamas and to
the opportunities that they hold both for entrepreneurs and
established businesses will be highlighted.
The first day of the conference will be open to the business
community only. BCC members and those with a business I.D.
card can attend. The second day will also be open to the pub-
lic, and also will be the start of the trade show which will
continue into Saturday.

the IADB and the BHA, hope
both those in businesses and
those who would like to be will
leave with the knowledge neces-
sary to better compete in a fierce-
ly competitive global market.
Mr Laing said once Bahamian
businesses becoine more com-
petitive by having a more global
and less insular outlook, both
they and the Bahamian public will
"One of the things that hap-
pens when businesses take a nar-
rower approach to both their
sourcing (of goods) and to their
supplying of goods and services is
that they run higher costs than
they need to...That hurts the con-
sumer because the consumer then
has to pay for that cost where he
has to buy goods or a service from
that supplier."
The minister said that Bahami-
an businesses often struggle trying
to recover all their costs "selling a
few items to a small market" (in
the Bahamas alone) when they
could potentially be selling to a
larger market (abroad).
"When we protect ourselves
from competition we also protect
ourselves in the mediocrity, the
inefficiencies, and the only people
who pay for that in the end are
the customers," said Mr Laing.
However, Oscar Spencer of the
IADB warned that Bahamian
businesses will need to "reposi-.
tion" themselves "in the face of
new competitive challenges"
before they can fully take advan-
tage of the changing business
While the Bahamas is "mak-
ing bold moves towards opening
up its economy and participating
in these international trade agree-
ments" its businesses are still
"very restricted in terms of (their)
global participation," said Mr
Spencer. In essence, he warned,
they are getting "left behind."
"You have to be competi-
tive...because If you don't other
firms, either locally or interna-
tionally, will overtake you sooner
or later and you will find your-
self at the bottom of the ladder
and you want to be able to pre-
empt that."
All parties involved expressed
a hope that the three-day
event will encourage this adapta-

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him out as a participant of the
site and pointed out that he has
never been a card carrying mem-
ber of the opposition party.
Mr Burrows had accused Mr
Francis of attacking him on the
Bahamas Press site.
"Man up and stand behind
your words and explain yourself
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
different picture is emerging and
.will make for a more interesting
story than anything you've print-
ed on that site so far," Mr Bur-
rows charged in a letter released
by the Bahamas Press website.
Mr Francis sent an e-mail

Former PLP PR member
response to Mr Burrows about
the PLP webmaster's accusations.
He told Mr Burrows: "I never
told you I ran Bahamas Press. I
said I have an idea of the people
who are doing it because they
used my large data of e-mails and
I know only one person I had.
shared that with. And yes you
could not reach me because I
from January have returned to
College. But this kind of language
is never ever entertained by me
and now that I have heard your
mind and heart speak of me in
that way, I find it very difficult
very difficult to place a call par-.
ticularly now I see that same e-
mail is being published by those
people (Bahamas Press)."

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US forensic and DNA experts testify

Uncertainty remains over

the future of Morton Salt

FROM page one

based on its assessments of the damage to the plant, "it finds out
that it's not practical."
MP for the island, V. Alfred Gray expressed concern that
the company will use the multi-million dollar hurricane dam-
age as an "opportunity" to pull out of Inagua without being
accused of doing so because of dissatisfaction with union
unrest there.
He added that doing so would be a "disaster" for the
island, precipitating a mass exodus of islanders from its far-
flung shores in search of employment elsewhere.
Inagua has benefited from a salt industry since the mid-
19th century.
Obie Ferguson, legal adviser to the Morton Salt workers'
union in Inagua, the Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers and
Allied Workers Union, said yesterday that he has advised
union members "to work with the company and do whatev-
er's necessary to make sure the company resumes full nor-
malcy and to make sure that at the end of the day the com-
pany is profitable so they can enjoy a reasonable life in
He said that he feels that the relationship between the
BIMAWU and Morton Salt is at present "very good." He
again expressed optimism that the conditions in the Bahamas
make Morton's investment in Inagua one that they "will be
minded" to keep.

FROM page one

The eight other samples were
tissue, two vehicle swabs, finger-
nail clippings from Mario's left and
right hands, a swab from Tamar
Lee's vehicle, a piece of vinyl and
a swab from a cutlass.
After testing the samples Mrs
Schuerman concluded that six of
the items tested positive for DNA
consistent with that of Mario
Miller, two were found to be incon-
clusive and one sample, a swab
from Mario Miller's vehicle was
found to be a mixture of blood
consistent with DNA from Miller
and Lee.
Mrs. Schuerman said that the
Bahamian population would have
to double to 170 billion in order
to see another DNA sample con-
sistent with Lee's. She said that's
how "very rare" his DNA profile
During cross-examination by
lawyer Romauld Fereira, who rep-
resents Ricardo Miller, Mrs
Schuerman was asked if she could
infer from her findings who killed
Mario Miller. She responded, "No,
I can't."
Evidence technician for the
sheriffs office, Gladys Pena, testi-
fied before Mrs. Schuerman.
She explained to the court dur-

Customs 'internal corruption' probe
FROM page one
department had received documents late Wednesday supporting the alle-
gation and had launched a preliminary investigation into the claims.
"We got a letter informing us, late (Wednesday) afternoon, with the alle-
gations that you just mentioned. And the matter is being investigated by
us. We are in the early stages of our investigation but I can confirm that we
did receive the allegation and it is being investigated by us".
Mr Ferguson said the official in question reported to work today and will
continue in his capacity unless the allegations can be substantiated by fact.
"At this stage it's only an allegation and if at the end of the investigation
it's proven that these allegations are true then the Comptroller I guess will
make the decision to whether he will be suspended or whatever the case
He said normal procedure for allegations of corruption start with an
internal investigation that may lead to a suspension or other punishment.
"I imagine if'the allegations are true and this seems to be a very seri-
ous allegation some action wol4d be taken," said Mr Ferguson.
When asked to respond to the possibility of the investigation being taint-
ed by bias or nepotism, Mr Ferguson said, "We have our investigation
branch who will conduct our investigation. There is always that concern
about investigating our own, but our investigations are always fair as far
as I'm aware.".
The Customs Management Act Section 116, says in part, any person who
makes an entry which is false or incorrect in any material particular;
makes or causes to be made any declaration, certificate, application, or oth-
er document which is false orincorrect in any material particular; or in any
way is knowingly concerned in any fraudulent evasion of the payment of
any duty; brings into the Bahamas or has in his possession without lawful
excuse any blank or incomplete invoice, bill head or other similar document
capable of being filled up and used;as an invoice'for imported'goods
shall on summary conviction be liable to imprisonment for three years'or
to a fine of $5,000 or both.

ing questioning by Mrs Grant-
Bethel that she had been the one
to accept the DNA evidence and
secured it in the vault. She identi-
fied her signature on the "received
by" portion of the evidence enve-
lope for the jury and Justice
Stephen Isaacs.
Following a recess by the court
Anwar Elliot took the stand and
testified that on June 22, 2002 he
and his cousin discovered a body in
the bushes near the western side of
the Super Value Food Store in
He testified that he came within
15 feet of a lifeless body of fair
complexion, then went into the
food store to alert the manager
who then called police.
Mr Elliot was shown a photo
taken by police of the body which
he identified as the body he had
seen that day.
Father of the deceased Leslie
Miller appeared again in court yes-
terday. He sat with his head bowed
low for most 6f Mr Elliot's testi-
Accused brothers, Ryan and
Ricardo Miller, sat in the prisoner's
dock far from each other and did
not communicate throughout the
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11.30 am today before Justice




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Kenneth Russell on the state

of the Ministry of Housing

KENNETH Russell, Minister
of Housing, says a Commission
of Inquiry should be called to
investigate the goings-on at the
ministry under the former
Mr Russell gave former
Housing Minister Shane Gibson
a D-grade, suggesting he was a
hapless minister whose term was
clouded by "allegations, ques-
tionable circumstances and shod-
dy construction work."
Mr'Russell was recently
severely criticized as an unpro-
ductive minister who had
dragged his feet and failed to
construct a single house since his
government came to power.
However, said Mr Russell, when
he became Housing Minister he
found the housing ministry and
the Mortgage Corporation in a
messy state, with speculation rife
about corruption. He says he has
spent the greater part of his term
rectifying conditions there.
According to the minister,
during this budgetary period he
intends to surpass Shane Gib-
son's earliest results (first two
years) by next year. Estimating
that Mr Gibson may have had
approximately 50 houses con-
structed in his first year and
another 150 in his second, he
forecasts he will trump those
numbers on his way to ultimate-
ly providing 3,000 service lots
and homes over the FNM's leg-
islative term.
Recently, the housing min-
istry has set its sights on devel-
oping subdivisions in West End,
Pride Estates. Perpall Tract, 60
acres of newly acquired land
west of Dignity Gardens, as well
as housing projects in Abaco and
Exuma (40 acres), where Mr
Russell claims rough designs and
surveys for a subdivision have
been completed.
"We're,building,60 houses in
Pride Estates-the third-where
construction contracts have
already been signed. We already
have 30 houses at different levels
of construction there, some with
the roof on and painted.
"The PLP left 13 houses
incomplete in Yellow Elder, and
so far we completed six while
also connecting them to water
and installing septic tanks: We
have almost completed the infra-
structural improvements to 25
houses in Dignity Gardens and
over the last year we have been
steadily repairing a couple hun-
dred incomplete and shoddily
built houses constructed on
Shane's watch. Man, in West
Heights (Grand Bahama) I met
10 poorly constructed houses
which all needed foundations,
ventilation systems and windows
in the bathrooms. The people
didn't even own the land and
only in the last year were given
clear conveyances for land," Mr
Russell said.
Mr Russell said his ministry is
working out final purchase
agreements with the Port
Authority for land in Grand
Bahama. On that island, he says
that subdivisions are being con-
structed in Sunset and 65 lots
are being developed in Hawks-
bill. He said he's pressing for the
construction of 12 more houses
by the end of the year in addi-
tion to six others that were
recently constructed in Frobish-
er Subdivision.
In addressing the allegations
of corruption that engulfed the
ministry, Mr Russell said there
are a lot of "unanswered ques-
"In the past, after Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne, repairs
were done through NEMA,
however no one knows what
happened to a lot of supplies
although an (investigative)
request was put in by (former
Housing Minister) Neville (Wis-
dom). Police are linking persons
and a number of them have been
brought in and charged. I under-
stand today that some of those
cases were bumped from the
lower courts to the Supreme
Court," the minister said.
Mr Russell claims that when
the investigation into corruption
in his ministry was initiated.
police reported to him in the
beginning, but have ceased since
"the investigation has taken on a
life of its own."
"In the beginning, the police
claimed that there was no impro-
prieties at all until the commis-
sioner came in and changed the
lead investigator. Two weeks lat-
er there were all kinds of dis-

coveries and outcry. As we go
along, we're discovering all kinds
of new things. The former gov-
ernment was not serious about

getting to the bottom of this-
they didn't even seem to ask
what was going on or for a police
The minister contends that:
"The police investigation is look-
ing at it all, but I believe that at
the end of the day when the
report comes out it will be
enough to call a Commission of
Inquiry. There will be enough
evidence to prove a total review
of the department is warranted.
The investigation will deal with
most of the pairs and show that a
lot of things happened that
should not have."
From all accounts, it appears
that a monetary tornado ripped
through the Mortgage Corpora-
tion during the PLP administra-
tion, leaving Mr Russell with his
"hands tied." According to the
High Rock MP, hundreds of
mortgages are "back on the
Mortgage Corporation's books
and we are now in a clear finan-
cial situation where we can
spend $500,000 per month."
Recently, parliament
approved $75,000,000 for hous-
ing projects: Mr Russell says that
$15,000,000 of that budgetary
allocation was issued as govern-
ment bonds, which was hastily
purchased and oversubscribed
by $30,000,000. He quickly point-
ed out that NIB was not among
the bond purchasers and
expressed his view that the
$75,000,000 could last for the
extent of this government's term
once monies are recouped
through mortgage payments.
During our conversation, the
minister revealed that he found
his ministry indebted by
$25,000,000 and with nearly 200'
unoccupied houses that were


generating no money. He said
that although all those houses
have since been assigned, the
ministry has had to use five mil-
lion to pay the Mortgage Cor-
poration and compensate con-
tractors, some of whom were
owed $300,000 to $500,000.
"It looks like Shane believed
that all the people wanted to see
was him building houses, without
regard for expenses or care
about the types of houses. There
are many, many problems with
the houses on New Providence
and Grand Bahama.
"Shane Gibson built 29 hous-
es in Adelaide, 22 of which have
had major repairs costing as high
as $60,000. The house only cost a
few thousand more to build, but
we must go on the open market
for repairs as the tenant is
already in the house and once
the building phase is over, the
government no longer controls
the price," the High Rock MP
He continued: "I spoke to an
Adelaide resident. She says that
every Christmas she sits in the
middle of her living room floor
and cries all day, because she's
too embarrassed to invite her
family. 1 visited her house and its
falling apart all around her. The
other day, I got a message from
Alfred Sears who claimed that
one of his friend's homes was
falling around him. I told him
that they were the houses they
built, but that I would do my
According to Minister Rus-
sell, his ministry was oversatu-
rated with employees-some, he
claimed, were "cronies and polit-
ical plants." He said it looked as
though the ministry was taking

"money from Peter (the Mort-
gage Corporation) to pay Paul
(Housing personnel on con-
tracts)." Many of them, he said,
have since been dismissed.
Twenty of those employees on
contracts were retained and have
"been approved to become per-
manent as members of the cen-
tral government."
"When I arrived at housing, I
heard of all the stories of cor-
ruption and so we changed a few
people around. We brought in
some new blood with new ideas,

not the same group of folks that
was talked about all over the
"Most importantly, we had a
change in the chief housing offi-
cer. This was also to bring order
to the department. We hand
picked folks who would also be
upfront with the government,"
he said.
Mr Russell said he has under-
taken audits since his appoint-
ment. He claims he has discov-
ered that monies were used from
housing accounts to pay "for
salary, vehicles and things they
shouldn't have been used for."
He said it was "so bad," the min-
istry could not contribute any
funds to the annual budget and
that when he took the reigns of
his ministry, the construction of
houses had ceased a year earlier.
"On the PLP's housing
scheme, I grade them as a fail-

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ure. We won't know how bad a
failure it was until a few years
from now, when more people
speak to substandard work.
"Under Shane's administra-
tion, there were allegations of a
lot of funny business, although 1
think Neville was ignorant to
issues regarding the whole hous-
ing scheme. I give Neville a C,
because at least the subdivision
he completed was better than
the rest. Shane gets a D, because
he performed below average and
most of the questions and issues

arose under his administration,"
Mr Russell claimed.
He suggested that some con-
tractors seemed to have person-
al relationships with some min-
isters, which appeared to be the
basis on which some ministers
decided how many houses would
be assigned to certain contrac-
"The subdivisions constructed
under Shane were mostly shod-
dy," Mr Russell claimed. "In
West End, every house had to be
repaired, in Adelaide 22 of 29
houses needed major repairs,
repairs were needed in Heritage
(Grand Bahama) and Sunset
subdivision (Grand Bahama)
needed major repairs, as even
one contractor was found to


have walked away with monies
paid to him only to disappear to
the States."
Thus far, the housing minister
has embarked on a "turn key
operation" in Pride Estates.
where the government found
contractors who could fund and
build houses while his ministry
awaited clearance of the
$75,000,000 budgetary
allowance. Apparently, govern
ment will repay the contractors,
withholding about $2000 as
insurance should there be a
problem with one of their build-
ings. If there is no problem, the
minister said this sum will be
returned to the contractor. Thus
far, he said, he is pleased with
the construction process.
When asked about the need
for a local ombudsman, Ken
Russell suggested that with the
numerous complaints about gov-
ernment service and various
aspects of society, there 'should
be someone to review problems,
seek resolution and present
He also addressed reports of
unscrupulous contractors who
allegedly fleeced unsuspecting
"Some contractors take
advantage of single women and
people who can't physically beat
them. One contractor recently
chased a man who questioned
him about his money with a cut-
lass. With the exception of
Freeport, there is no licence per
se for contractors, who just go
about getting a construction
business licence. I intend to insti-
tute proper licensing procedures
for housing, so that they can take
a test and the test will determine
their qualifications-not the
minister's personal feelings or
likes for someone," Mr Russell
All in all, the minister said a

"On the PLP's housing scheme,
I grade them as a failure.
We won't know how bad a
failure it was until a few years
from now, when more people
speak to substandard work."

Kenneth Russell

Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026



of #649 Elizabeth Estates and formerly of Yellow
Elder Gardens will be held on Saturday, September
20th 11:00 a.m. at New Covenant Baptist Church,
East-West Highway. Bishop Simeon Hall assisted
by Pastor Sheila Tracey will officiate. Interment will
follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road

Precious memories will forever linger in the hearts of her
beloved children, Cyprianna Henfield, Eugene Thurston,
Carol Brown, Eleanor and James Thompson of Freeport,
Grand Bahama, Cleo Clarke of Exuma, Dorothy and
Valdamae Thurston, WPC 2036. Janet McKenzie, Vernice
Martin, Kirkland, Anthony, Everett,.and Andre Thurston; 2
sisters, Drucilla Rhodriquez and Zerlie Gentle of Abaco;
1 aunt, Christina Williams; (3) sons-in-law, Lawrence
Brown, Wellington Henfield and Lorenzo McKenzie; 2
daughters-in-law, Dr. Francina Thurston and Simone
Thurston; 4 sisters-in-law Ruth Marshall and Eureka
Knowles of San Salvador, Margaret Hamilton and Muriel
Smith of Miami; 2 brother-in-law, Charles Hamilton
of Jacksonville, and Frederick Hamilton; (55) grand
children including, Latoya and Karl Turnbull, Lavette
and Deon Whyte, Lataj Henfield, Shanae and Spencer
Brown, Lavar, Turan, Andrew, David and Daniel Thurston,
Veronica Smith of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Stephen
Thompson of Los Angeles California, Pedro Thompson
of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Monique Butler, Renae
Gibson, Dwayne Thompson, Lynn, Michelle and Eugene
Thurston, Jermaine Gardiner and Linda Thompson; 4
nieces, Nachelle Edgecombe, Eloise Dorsette of Exuma,
Enid Deleveaux of Exuma, and Paula Rhodriquez and
Emmarene Rhodriquez; (20) great grand children
including, Justinique Greene, Dania and Danarjae
Whyte, Katya Turnbull, Donte Deveaux and Selena
Lewis; other relatives and friends including, Kathleen,
Wilson, Shelley and Brenton Rolle and family, Willimae
McKenzie and family, Lillian Ambrister and family, Ena
Culmer and family of Eleuthera, Virginia Fox and family,
Dr. Conville Brown and family, Evan Dean and family,
Kevin Brown and family, Loniece and David Knowles and
family, Andre Washington of New York, Sharon of New
York, Sylvia Scrivens, Duke Smith and family, Winifred
Smith, The entire community, of Yellow Elder and Antigua
Street, Bishop Simeon and Linda Hall and Pastor Shelia
Tracey and the entire New Covenant Church family.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel
Brothers Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Friday
from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday
at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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PHILIP Simon, executive director of
the Chamber of Commerce.


clearing house

'to revolutionise

payment system'
THE implementation of an
automatic clearing house in the
Bahamas is set to revolutionise
the country's payment system,
Philip Simon, executive director
of the Chamber of Commerce
Business manager Brian
Smith will inform Chamber
members about the "inner
workings" of the automated
clearing house during the
monthly business meeting on
September 24.
"The implementation of the
clearing house will revamp the
current antiquated payment sys-
tem in the Bahamas and will put
the country on a level playing
field in the financial services
industry," Mr Simon said.
"We are pleased to have Mr
Smith share with our members,
and the public at large, the inner
workings of the clearing house
and the benefits that such a sys-
tem will provide."
Mr Smith, business manager
of the Bahamas Automated
Clearing House (BACH) and a
veteran of the financial services
industry, will address business
.leaders and Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce executives.
All business minded individu-
als and business owners are
encouraged to attend.
The Bahamas Automated
Clearing House is expected to
modernise the financial services
industry by allowing the new
system to clear cheques by the
close of business the following
day, even if drawn on one bank
and deposited at another.
The system also enables
employers to directly deposit
funds into their employees'
accounts, regardless of the
financial institution used.
S'Participating clearing banks
nith'regulator \ oxersight by the
Central Bank include the Bank
ofthe Bahamas; Citibank; Com-
monwealth Bank; Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas); FirstCaribbean
International Bank (Bahamas);
RBC Royal Bank of Canada
and Scotiabank (Bahamas).
The business luncheon will be
held at'the'British Colonial
Hilton from 12.30 to 2pm on
September 24.

'* /a;

BRIAN Smith, business manager
of the Bahamas Automated ,Clear-
ing House (BACH).


CARICOM rallying to

help hurricane victims
^ '

Technical assistance, relief supplies and
financial resources are being provided by
CARICOM to the countries affected during
this year's hurricane season.
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Response Agency (CDERA) has mobilized
its resources and is helping in the assess-
ment of the damage and the provision of
A needs list is also being developed to
determine further needs of the affected
The 2008 hurricane season has been espe-
cially active and destructive. During the
period August 15 to September 8, five
weather' systems were formed in the
Atlantic and posed major threats to the




Co* ge*

THE College of the Bahamas
(COB) welcomed 10 new faculty
members to its ranks at the begin-
ning of the academic year 2008 -
The School of Business has
three new appointees: Dr Jyoti
Choudhury, assistant professor in
accounting; Chaker Eid and Dr
Richard Millham, both assistant
professors in computer informa-
tion systems. The School of Com-
munication and Creative Arts has
two new additions: Dr Christy
Lee, assistant professor of music
arid Dr Keithley Woolward, assis-
tant professor of French. '
Two new assistant professors
have also joined the School of
English Studies, they are Dr
Mayuri Deka and Dr Julian
Dr Marie Carroll joins the
School of Social Sciences as an
assistant professor in psychology,
Dr Craig Bowe joins the School
of Sciences and Technology and
Ms Lisa Benjamin joins the Uni-
versity of the West Indies Law
Programme as an instructor in
The newcomers were all very
upbeat when they congregated
for their walking tour of the cam-
pus during their first few days at
"I was very impressed by the
students in this first week," said
Dr Deka.
"They are not only vocal, but
also able to analyse their sur-
roundings and social structures
very realistically and critically.
While their writing abilities could
do with some work, their critical
thinking was very developed. It
is going to be a pleasure to hear

Caribbean, with one dissipating before land-
fall. Secretary-general of CARICOM
Edwin Carrington said he was heartened
by the response of member countries to
their neighbours in need of aid and relief
following the storms of recent weeks.
Speaking at the end of the 14th Special
Meeting of the Conference of Heads of
Government of CARICOM in Barbados
on 10 September, the secretary-general not-
ed that even countries affected by the
storms had willingly come to the assistance
of others more seriously distressed.
Mr Carrington praised the show of soli-
darity and said it demonstrated once again
the reflexive instinct of oneness, a hallmark
of CARICOM and of the wider region.

PICTURED (left to right) DR Jyoti Choudhury; Dr Julian Whatley; Lisa Ben-
jamin; Dr Craig Bowe; Dr Mayuri Deka; Dr Keithley Woolward; Dr Christy
Lee. (Missing from the photograph are new faculty members Chaker
Eid, Dr Richard Millham and Dr Marie Carroll.)

"The campus is beautiful very
accommodating and it is very excit-
ing to be here in such transition."

Dr Christy Lee

..mystudents' views about socio-;
political issues and structures."
Dr Lee was equally enthusias-
tic. "My transition has been very
smooth," she explained, "and the
music students are very talented.
Human Resources was very help-
ful in getting a lot of the infor-
mation I needed to me.
"The campus is beautiful very
accommodating and it is very
exciting to be here in such a time
of transition. I thoroughly enjoy
my smaller class size and the stu-
dents have been eager and well-
prepared for my classes. I look
forward to the months to come,"
she said.
"My experience has been prob-
ably a bit different and easier than
the other new faculty members,".
said Dr Carroll, "as I have been
teaching here for the past three
years as part-time faculty of psy-
chology in the School of Social
Sciences. So ITkndw what to
expect, how to get around
"This semester seems to be off
to a good Start the students I
have are engaged, participative
and seem interested in the sub-

jects at hand. The 'seasoned' full-
time faculty I have come across,
have all been very helpful in get-
ting me acclimatized to being full-
Dr Whatley said, "At every
college or university I've been to
since I started teaching college
English ten years ago, I've been
warned upon my arrival that the
students may not be as well pre-
pared for college-level writing as
I'm accustomed to and the warn-
ings have always been wrong.
"But here at COB, I find the
freshmen in my composition
classes, on average, better pre-
pared for college -writing than
anywhere I've taught before. So
far, it's been a pleasure to walk
into class every day, and the hours
I've spent with my students in the
last two weeks have been the best
part of my experience at COB."
It's good to hear such encour-
aging comments from seasoned
professional educators and we
look forward to following up with
them all later in the semester
when we trust theirpositive first
impressions will have been rein-

Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the
Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos
Islands have all experienced the ferocity of
the hurricanes.
Lives have been lost, homes, infrastruc-
ture and agricultural producing areas have
been destroyed by wind and floods.
The human and economic cbsts are 'still
being assessed, but will no doubt be tremen-
dous, further burdening the region's efforts
at development.
The human toll has been highest and the
needs greatest in Haiti which has been
affected by all the major storms to date -
Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike. The director
of the CARICOM Representation Office in
Haiti has visited some of the affected areas.

o In brief

Ginn Sur

Mer appoints

new director

of security
Bahama Lester Fernander
has been appointed as the new
director of security at Ginn
sur Mer.
An 11-year police veteran,
Mr Fernander previously
served as director of security
at the Westin and Sheraton at
Our Lucaya Resort and holds
a degree in electrical technolo-
gy from the ITT Technical
As director of security, Mr
Fernander's duty is to safe-
guard the assets of Ginn sur
Mer. He conducts all property
crime investigations, pre-
employment screenings, first
aid and CPR instructions and
security officer supervision.
Mr Fernander also oversees
the hurricane preparedness
and safety committees and
ensures the integrity of all
locks and fire safety equip-
ment on property.
"We are pleased to have
Lester join the Ginn team and
are confident he will guaran-
tee the safety and security of
all. guests, employees and
property at the level of service
required by Ginn sur Mer,"
said Al Jones, senior vice-
president of development for
Ginn sur Mer. Ginn sur Mer is
a 2,000-acre resort community
on Grand Bahama Island's
West End that will contain
more than 4,400 condominium
and hotel units and nearly
2,000 single-family residential
home sites.

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Joe Dumars

takes Pistons'

standouts off

the market

Associated Press
TONS expect to start the
season next month with the
same nucleus they've had in
recent years;
That wasn't Plan A.
Pistons president of bas-
ketball operations Joe
Dumars told The Associated
Press on Thursday he's
keeping the team together
because no one offered him
a good deal after he publicly
put his players on the trading
block in June.
"We talked to teams this
summer, but nothing was
presented to me that would
make us better than we
already are," Dumars said.
"This can be one of the elite
teams in the league that con-
tends for a championship."
When coach Flip Saunders
was fired, Dumars said Rod-
ney Stuckey was the only
player he wouldn't trade in a
win-win deal.-
"Whatever I said at that
press conference wasn't new
to the players," Dumars said.
"They know where I stood
then and where I stand now,
unhappy about how last sea-
son ended."
Detroit was eliminated on
its home court in Game 6 of
the Eastern Conference
finals by the Boston Celtics,
who went on to win the title.
The Pistons lost in the same
round the previous two
years, getting sent home by
the Cleveland Cavaliers and
Miami Heat.
Chauncey Billups, Richard
Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince,
Rasheed Wallace and Anto-
nio McDyess have been Pis-
tons since the 2004-05 sea-
son, the year after the fran-
chise won its third champi-
Billups, Hamilton and
Prince are entering their sev-.
enth season in Detroit, hop-
ing to at least advance to the
conference finals for the sev-
enth year in a row.
But Dumars is confident
new coach Michael Curry
will motivate the old nucleus
to play hard.
"Part of the reason we
hired Michael Curry was
that he can instill a sense of
urgency in how we play and
the discipline that we play
with," Dumars said. "Those
two things were missing last
year, in my estimation."

Webb helps Arizona

narrow gap in NL West

Giants' Pablo.
Sandoval, right,
slides safely into
second base
after hitting a
double as Ari-
zona Diamona-
backs' David
Eckstein applies'
a late tag in the
first inning of a
baseball game,
Sept. 17, 2008,
... ... .. I :.a k .4 .:.. ;.... .. in Phoenix.


beat Giants 7-6

Associated Press
first big hit Wednesday night
and the rest of the Arizona
Diamondbacks followed their
ace right-hander.
Webb pitched seven solid
innings and added a key two-
run double,-helping the Dia-
mondbacks beat the San Fran-
cisco Giants 7-6 and gain
ground in the NL West.
"We should have him up
with runners in scoring posi-
tion and two outs more," Ari-
zona manager Bob Melvin said.
The Diamondbacks have
won three straight for the first
time since August 19-21 against
the Pirates and trimmed the
Dodgers' division lead to 3?
games. Los Angeles lost 15-8
at Pittsburgh.
"This was the first opportu-
nity we've had in a while where
we look up, they lost and we
could capitalize on it," Melvin
said. "It's nice to finally pick
up a game. Three and a half is
better than four and a half.':
Justin Upton and David Eck-
stein went deep for Arizona,
which has 11 games left.
"Our goal is to win our ball-
games and not worry about
what they do,". Upton said.
The Diamondbacks led 7-3
after eight innings but nearly
blew it in the ninth. Doug Slat-
en walked Scott McClain and
Eugenio' Velez to start the
inning and Tony Pena surren-
dered a two-run triple to Omar
Rich Aurilia's run-scoring
groundout cut it to 7-6 but
Pena retired Dave Roberts and
Randy Winn on consecutive
grounders to second for his
third save in seven chances.
"When Vizquel got the big
hit we had good hitters com-
ing up," manager Bruce Bochy
said. "We'd done a good job
of coming back but we came
up a little short."
Webb (21-7) allowed three
runs two earned-- and

eight hits. But his bat was more
effective than his sinker early
Arizona scored five runs in
the second inning to erase a 3-
1 deficit. Chris Snyder started
the rally with a one-out walk
and advanced to second on
Chris Young's single off
Jonathan Sanchez (9-11).
Eckstein flied out but Webb
followed with a tying two-run
double to the center-field wall.
The right-hander's hit snapped
the Diamondbacks' 0-for-25
skid with runners in scoring
"It ended up being a pretty
big hit, looking back on it,"
Webb said. "I just got a pitch I
could hit and squared it up."
Webb scored on Stephen
Drew's single and Upton
added his 14th homer, a tow-
ering shot onto the concourse
above the center-field fence.
"Everyone gets hot," Upton
said. "It's all about us winning
ballgames and trying to do
whatever I can do."
Webb avoided serious trou-
ble from there, allowing only
one more runner to reach sec-
ond and holding San Francisco
scoreless over his final.six
"They're a team that swings
early and likes to be aggressive
which helped me with the pitch
count" said Webb, who threw
57 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
Sanchez allowed six runs and
six hits 'in 3 2-3 innings. He
walked three, struck out four
and was disappointed he could-
n't help teammate Tim Lince-
cum in the race for the NL Cy
Young Award.
"Everyone says Webb will
win it but. Timmy has better
numbers and Timmy's started
to win," Sanchez said. "I want-
ed to beat him. I wanted to
beat Webb to make it easier
for Timmy."
Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4
and drove in a run for San
Francisco. Bengie Molina had
an RBI single in the first.
Drew went 4-for-5 and
scored two runs for Arizona.

Ross D. Franklin/AP Photos

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Francisco Giants'
Bengie Molina, left,
watches Arizona
David Eckstein
score after Eckstein
hit a home run in
the sixth inning.

LEFT San Fran-
cisco Giants' Travis
Ishikawa, right, is
forced out at second
base by Arizona Dia-
Stephen Drew in the
first inning.

Jankovic advances to Pan

Pacific Open quarters


JELENA JANKOVIC of Serbia returns the ball against Flavia Pennetta
of Italy during their second round match of Toray Pan Pacific'Tennis
in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008. Jankovic won 6-2, 6-1.

Associated Press

Jankovic reached the quarter-
finals of the Pan Pacific Open
oh Thursday while fellow Serb
and second-seeded Ana
Ivanovic had an early exit.
Jankovic, playing her first
match of the tournament after
a first-round bye, coasted to a
6-2, 6-1 win over Italy's Flavia
Russia's Nadia Petrova
defeated Ivanovic 6-1, 1-6, 6-2

in the tournament's first major
Jankovic, No. 2 in the world,
played up to her billing. If she
wins this tournament, the Serb
would return to No. 1 in the
WTA rankings, replacing Ser-
ena Williams in the top spot.
"It's a goal of mine to return
to the top spot," Jankovic said.
"You can go back and forth
between the top three spots,
but it's always nice to finish at
No. 1."
Jankovic will face Svetlana
Kuznetsova in Friday's quar-
terfinals. The fifth-seeded

Russian defeated Japan's Ayu-
mi Morita 6-1, 6-1.
Ivanovic, third in the world
rankings, was also playing in
her first match here and
looked sluggish against Petro-
"I tried to dominate but I
was making too many mis-
takes," Ivanovic said. "I played
better in the second set but
she served well in the third
and was able to play at her
Petrova next plays sixth-seed-
ed Agnieszka Radwanksa of
Poland who defeated France's

Marion Bartoli 6-2, 6-3.
Olympic gold niedalist Ele-
na Dementieva of Russia
defeated France's Alize Cor-
net 6-0, 6-3 to reach the quar-
terfinals. Dementieva, who
won this tournament in 2006,
will next face Slovenia's Kata-
rina Srebotnik, who defeated
Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-
4, 6-3.
Kaia Kanepi of Estonia
defeated Virginie Razzano of
France, 6-4, 6-2 to set up a
quarterfinal match with
fourth-seeded Dinara Safina
of Russia.



Villarreal hold Man U,

referee blunder at Celtic


Manning finally

starting to look

like himself

associated Press

makes it look so easy.
The 49 touchdown passes in
2004, the 162 consecutive starts,
five straight AFC South titles,
eight playoff appearances in 10
years, even those endless televi-
sion commercials. Most people
just expect it.
That's why things have
seemed so odd this season.
Manning has been chased,
knocked down, forced to throw
earlier than planned, and Sun-
day, he had to survive Min-
nesota's ferocious pass rush to
produce perhaps one of the
most brilliant comebacks in his
11-year career.
"It was an incredibly coura-
geous performance," team pres-
ident Bill Polian said on his
i weekly radio show. "I can't
,Jremember ofie, inielding San
Diego last year, because this is a
tougher place to play and maybe
a more physical front in terms of
rushing the passer, that was
more courageous."
The truth is, little, has gone
right for Manning in 2008.
He opened training camp on
the physically-unable-to-per-
form list after having an infected
burisa sac removed from his left
knee. He spent the next six
weeks mostly out of sight before
racing a bevy of questions about
a second surgery, his timing and
his ability to take hits.
Now those queries have
turned to the what's wrong with
'h. Coi:s' suddenly stagnant
offense. Indy's running game
ranks last in the league with just
78 total yards in two games, and
Manning's usually precise pass-
es had been replaced by errant
throws, dumpoffs and drops.
Until Sunday.
In the final 19 minutes against
Minnesota, Manning reverted
to his MVP form. He threw a
strike to Reggie Wayne for the
Colts' second touchdown and
again to set up Adam Vinatier-
i's winning field goal. He scram-
bied in the pocket before hit-
ting Anthony Gonzalez in stride
to help produce the Colts' first
score, and he caught Minnesota
off guard on the tying 2-point
conversion by giving the ball to
Dominic Rhodes.
Manning was credited by
some for willing the Colts to vic-
The truth is, it was old-school
Peyton back to being himself.
"You know, it's tough to com-
pare the comebacks," middle
lir.ebacker Gary Brackett said.
"You've got the one against
Tampa Bay a couple of years
ago, and the one against New
England in the playoffs because
of the circumstances. But it's the
freshest thing on your mind."
It's also the most significant
step Indy has taken this season
Manning has been playing
behind a makeshift line that
includes two rookie starters, vet-
ean. i Charlie-Johnson starting at
a new position and guard Dan
Federkeil starting for the first
time in his career. Tight end
Dallas Clark missed Sunday's
game with a knee injury, and
safety Bob Sanders may be out
up to six weeks with knee and
ankle injuries.
But Manning has always been
the constant, and Sunday's vic-
tory did far more than give the
Colts a much-needed respite.
It provided momentum and
gave the youngsters a how-to
guide to surviving in the NFL.
"If our defense hadn't been
holding them, we probably
wouldn't have had a chance to
come back," Manning said. "It
was one game, and we need to
get better from that game
because with a team like Jack-
.* "' sonville coming here. It'd be
tough to win if we don't play a
little better."
For Manning, there is no time
for reflection.
Before the Minnesota win,
Indy was on the precipice of
dropping to 0-2 for the first time
since Manning's rookie season
in 1999.

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VILLARREAL held defend-
ngchampion Manchester Unit-
ed to a 0-0 Champions League
draw and a referee sent off the
wrong player in Aalborg's goal-
ess tie at Celtic.
On another night of surprises
and comebacks, Arsenal
snatched a late equalizer in a 1-
i draw at Dynamo Kiev and
Lyon hit back from two goals
down with 17 minutes to go to
draw 2-2 with Fiorentina.
Daniel van Buyten captured a
1-0 victory for visiting Bayern
Munich at Steaua Bucharest in
a meeting of two former Euro-
pean champions and nine time
winner Real Madrid beat
BATE Borisov 2-0.
Veteran striker Alessandro
Del Piero netted the only goal
is Juventus returned to Euro-
pean football's premier compe-
tition with a 1-0 victory over
UEFA Cup champion Zenit St.
FC P6rto, winner under Jose
Mourinho four years ago, cap-
ured a 3-1 victory over Fener-
bahce, guided. by Luis
Aragones, the man who led
Spain to its Euro 2008 triumph.
After Romanian champion
CFR Cluj upset AS Roma 2-1
on Tuesday, more surprises fol-
owed in Wednesday's match-
Villarreal hit the post at Old
rrafford and followed up its
two draws with Manchester
United from 2006 with another.
In a bad omen for Alex Fergu-
son's team, his side was elimi-
nated in last place in its group
three years ago after tying twice
)-0 with the Spanish club.
Not even the return of Cris-
iano Ronaldo made a differ-
ence. The Portuguese star, who
said he wanted to move to Real
Madrid but decided to stay at .
tie-cTlub7teturrred after being
sidelined with an ankle injury
and went on as a second half
While Ronaldo was given a
warm welcome -iy-the-Red
Devils fans, there were some
embarrassed faces at Celtic
'ark in the other Group E
Barry Robson fired a 30th
minute penalty straight at goal-
keeper Karim Zaza after Aal-
borg defender.Steve Olfers
brought down Shaun Maloney.
Ten minutes from the end,
Aalborg's Michael Jakobsen
hauled down Celtic striker
Giorgios Samaras and was
amazed to see Italian referee
Matted Trefoloni show the red
:ard to teammate Michael
The' results leave all four
eams level on one point with
to goals scored.
Bayern Munich, a four-time
dinner aiming to capture the
title for the first time since 2001,
ops Group F after its triumph
n Bucharest.
Fiorentina will be furious it
wouldn'tt hold on to a two-goal
ead at Lyon after Alberto
jilardino scored first half
trikes in the llth and 42nd


-Q I








Sports Reporter
Before we get to the week three
picks, a fantasy football update on La
i. It took about two days after I
placed Aaron Rodgers on the trading
block before I was able to work a
deal for him, receiving Jerricho
Cotchery and the Bills defence. I'll
Need all the roster tweaks I can this
week going up against my brother
Dakarai, who scored 149 points last
week. Steve Smith is back and maybe
Chad Cinco might remember how to
play football again, so La Resistance
may have a pretty good chance to
move to 3-0.
ii. Yet another reason to love the
Worldwide Leader in Sports. ESPN
adjusted the decision on the Cutler
kneel last week which took him from
300 yards to 299 and almost cost me
week one. I was devastated and I
have the 2245 word column to prove
it. So they gave me my yard back;
Cutler got the 300 yard bonus, I got a
week one win and I'm not asking
-Now on to the real thing...


Week 2: 8

Season: 19

8 .500

12 .613

After a near perfect stunning week
one performance where they shook
up the football world, the Falcons
were brought crashing back down to
earth, hard. The good news for them
this week, the Chiefs are consider-
ably worse. They never had the won-
^ derful luxury of being high enough to
come crashing down to earth, infact
they're sort of buried beneath the
earth. For the rest of this year we'll
call them the Kansas City molemen

To save Lane a finn's job he
Raiders enacted what was perhaps
the most simple yet awesome game-
plan that has been battle-tested as a
surefire way to victory. November
23rd 2007 and McFadden leads
Arkansas to an unlikely 50-48 triple
overtime road victory against a #1
ranked LSU team. The Razorbacks
virtually scrapped.the playbook and
went to the "Give it to D-Mac" strat-
egy. McFadden rushed 32 times for
206 yards and three touchdowns. He
also finished 3-6 passing the ball with
one touchdown. What was key about
this attack was that McFadden lined
up at virtually every skill

position...receiver, running back, and
even quarterback. Would this work
against Buffalo? Smart money says
no, because the Bills are slightly bet-
ter than an SEC team. They may
have the most under rated and
unheralded defenses in the league.
Although that will only last for about
two more weeks. By the time they're
4-0 they'll be the highest rated and
most heralded defense in the league.
Besides the Bills are quarterbacked
by the future 50th President of the
United States, Trent Edwards.

If you told the average Bears fan
that Cowboy Bob Orton would split
the first two games in the season,
they running game would rebound so
quickly from the Cedric Benson
"era" and the defence would look
like the SuperBowl runner up squad
from a few years ago...WITHOUT
the help of the all-holy Mike Ditka,
they would never believe you. But
that's exactly what's happening. The
entire city of Tampa Bay is still look-
ing for Cadillac Williams but no one
can seem to find him he still has to
be out there somewhere. The short
lived John Gruden-Jeff Garcia love
affair is apparently over as Brian
Griese takes over as starting quarter-
back, no word yet on whether that
will make Joey Galloway any

Who would have thought that a
much older quarterback would actu-
ally be better for team chemistry
than a highly touted first rounder
with Cunnigham-like skills? I like
Houston's chances this year. My
guess is that they'll get a hurricane
bump like the post-Katrina Saints did
in 2005. It's kind of like a convention
bump. The Dems had dne in the polls
after the DNC, the Republicans had
one in the polls after they dropped
the Palin bomb and the Texans will
have one post-Hurricane Ike. Look
for a deep playoff run in January.

Steve Smith returns this
week...FINALLY!!(more on this
later) On a brighter side for the
'Panthers, I guarantee Ken Lucas
will never be burned on a deep ball
again, give up a touchdown or sit-
back and wait for a running back to
hit the third level of the defence. In
fact, I predict a Pro Bowl selection
just out of fear for Steve Smith
alone. The Vikings have a legit
opportunity to become a more

diverse offence now with Gus
Frerotte manning the helm. They
just have to hope that over the years
he's worked a little on his celebra-
tion routine and won't bang his
head into a wall again. Until Tavaris
Jackson earns the right to have his
name pronounced properly he will
henceforth be referred to as
Tawares. What's the over under on
how long before Adrian Peterson
explodes at the rest of the offence
after weeks of doing absolutely
everything. Three weeks? Five

I think Wes Welker should sit this
game out due to respect. If not for
the Dolphins giving him an opportu-
nity to play and being so awful that
they allowed him to do everything on
the field, he vould have never had
the exposure to be recognized by the
amusement park ride that is the New
England Patriots. So in one season he
goes from serviceable slot receiver to
a Pro Bowl play maker with over 100
catches. Playing this game would be
like biting the hand that fed you and
allowed you to go to the Super Bowl.
Call it a hunch, but I think this is the
week they let Matt Cassell open up
the playbook a little and stretch the

Remember when Carson Palmer
seemed like the next Peyton Man-
ning? But this year he seems poised.
on becoming the next JaMarcus Rus-
sell. The Bengals had that one flash
in the pan year where they became
respectablelegit contenders and
were a Kimo Von Oelhoffen roll
away from going to a Super Bowl.
Now they've struggled to score one
touchdown in two weeks. You get the
sense that the Giants couldn't care
less about this season. Is the fran-
chise ever going to come down from
the most improbable championship
win in the history of sports? Maybe
one day but its not going to happen
with anyof these players on the cur-
rent roster...who can blame them?

It's going to be A tough week for
the Cardinals. The have to re-adjust
to going up against actual NFL com-
petition this week after last week's
exhibition against the CAFL All-
Stars. Wait...what? What do you
mean they played the Dolphins?
That's not possible, I saw that game
there's no way you're getting me to
believe that was an actual NFL

Jay Cutler is a man. He's running
roughshod through the league look-
ing virtually unstoppable (with a little
help from Ed Hoculi of course)
against any defence. Jay Cutler may
be Captain America, how do we look
into this? The Saints apparently
missed Marques Colston more than
anyone thought they would, but the
most glaring hole on the team is their
defence, they've given up one less
point than the offence has scored.
The only recourse is for Sean Payton
to ask Kim Kardashiau to date the
entire team...or the playoffs may be
in jeopardy.

Hands up if you thought the Eagles
would be highest scoring team in the
league thus far? (and you're not
Donovan McNabb's relative). Yeah,
I didn't either. Other quarterbacks
around the league must be really
peeved at McNabb right now, he's
really debunking the standard quar-
terback "Hey I don't have any good
receivers around me, it's not my fault
we're no good" myth.

The Jags usually give the Colts
their toughest test of the season, and
manage to spilt the season series, but
neither of these teams are playing up
to par right now. The Jags are play-
ing with a makeshift offensive line
which is killing Fred Taylor's produc-
tion. The reason the Jags give the
Colts such trouble? Fred Taylor's
production. It took some of Peyton
Manning's cunning to stir a come-
back victory last week against the
Vikings...as a matter of fact it took all
of his cunning. I'm not sure how this
works in the Ic nb run if Manning has
to move around more than he's ever
had'to coming off an off-season
mired with.injuries.

team? If it was the Dolphins I have
just one question, is it still 2007?

The Lions offence actually starting
to gain some sort of composure last
week..,then they remembered they
were the Lions and returned to form
by giving up 23 unanswered points in
a quarter. Dear readers, the Matt
Millen era in a nutshell. O'Charleys
got his first win for the 49ers in a
thrilling comeback win against the
team that has dominated the division
since its inception. The only question
remains...has anyone introduced him
to Vernon Davis yet?

Something's got to give, if you're a
fan of either of these teams there's
really not much to look forward to in
the immediate future. The Seahawks
are a few week away from holding
tryouts of average city folk like the
Eagles did in the 1970s to find Mark
Walberg and the Rams...well...hey
Chris Long got his first sack last

Did I just travel forward in time? Is
it Thanksgiving already? A year ago,
this was the matchup that introduced
to Aaron Rodgers. Although the
Packers lost Rodgers performed well
and was given the "Not that Bad"
tag. Now he has the "He May be
Pretty Good" tag. Dallas seemed
liked the clear front runner for the
NFC and maybe the Super Bowl
until they proved to have as much
stopping power as a New Orleans
levee. Learn from the Patriots and
Giants...you have to be able to stop
someone, because after an entire sea-
son of blowing people out, someone's
going to figure out how to stop you,
even if it lasts for 18 weeks, they'll
stop you at 19.

My NFL dream is to one day
bathe in the tears of Jets fans, bask-
ing in their misery...then and only
then will a smile run across my face
and I can call it a successful season.
The Chargers just have the worst
possible luck. Is Murphy's Law in
their playbook or something? How
else do you explain losing in week
one on the final play of the game,
and in week two with less than a
minute to go and largely in part to an
admitted botched call by the referee?

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BYBA plans to assist collegiate eps toandt reringele
exposed to and receive tutoring
for the SAT and PITMAN

athletes with academic programmean effort tobuilda rela-
tionship with the College of the
FROM page 15 education," he said, "We believe bining basketball with academics Bahamas, the Academy will also
that one of the contributing fac- requires the support of all per- encourage students to sit the
Pickstock said the committee tors is the fall in academics, par- sons involved in the game of bas- COB exam and ultimately hopes
seeks to correct the educational ticularly Math and English." ketball who have a desire to see to offer a scholarship to one stu-
flaws which have hampered Pickstock said with a support better skilled and academically dent to the nation's tertiary insti-
many prospective student ath- group of adept instructors, com- sound basketball players," he tuition.
letes. bining basketball and academics said, "By assembling a very fine There will be a registration dri-
"Over the past few years there will go great lengths in develop- core of teachers and basketball ve for the programme, Septem-
has been a sharp decline in the ing the game locally and creating instructors we are well on our er20th and 27th at the school
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The Old Browns vs. New Browns
routine has been done to death. I got
nothing. There's a good Joe Flaco
joke in here somewhere but my
mind's much to clouded by the Old
Browns-New Browns route.

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"We are of the view that com-

for our student athletes."

attending college to further their

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holds Man U,

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See Page 13

Rookie Challeng

and Relay

Regatta set for

this weekend

Senior Sports Reporter

THIS weekend, the Commo
wealth Sailing Association w
host its third Rookie Challen
and Relay Regatta in Monta
According to race organism
Gerard Moxey, the two-d
event will provide an opportune
ty for a lot of the sailors who n(
mally would not get a chance
shine as a skipper to be in t
"We are the only association
the country that have done t
and we are doing it again," sa
Moxey, who noted that they h
to cancel last year's event due
a death in the sailing commune
at the time.
On Saturday, the Rookie Ch
lenge Cup Regatta will be he
with the sailors with three yes
or less in the sport at the tiller
"We're not using the veter.
sailors for this regatta," Mox
pointed out.
On Sunday, the C Class boa
will complete a triangular court
and pass the flag as two of the
members go on a B Class bo
to complete another lap.
As the C have done, the
Class will pass the flag with two
the members boarding one of t
A Class boats for the final lap
determine the champions.
Each lap according to the cla
will be slightly longer than tl
smaller one as they allow tl
younger.,sailors to get their fe
Moxey said they are expecting
at least 7-8 C Class boats to cqi
pete on Saturday's open eve
while there should be at least 4A
teams entered in the relay (
SThe New Courageous, El
Stripe and the Red Hot Thui
derbird have all confirmed
compete in the A Class segme
of the regatta.
In tle C Class, Thurderbir
Sweet Island Gal, Lady Eunic
H20 and the Chaser are amno
those participating.
"The guy that normally sai
my boat is one of the best in l
country, but I'm giving him t
day off and I will sail my .o
boat," said Moxey of his Cra
Partner that is captainedil
Lundy Rooinson.

BYBA plans to

assist collegiate

athletes with



Sports Reporter

A LOCAL organisation
seeking to cultivate the acaden
ic development to accompar
the athletic skill sets of th
dozens of young Bahamian
dreaming of acquiring athletic
scholarships in basketball.
The Bahamas Youth Baske
ball Academy (BYBA) ha
developed a programme to assi
prospective collegiate athletes
the classroom through a serip
of Math and English pro
The Academy will host a
after school programme at th
R.M. Bailey Senior High Schoc
October 4th-June 2009.
The programme include
mandatory two hour Math an
English session, followed be
guest speaker to address the pa
ticipants, followed by a fiftee
minute question and answer per
Each day will conclude wit
two and a half hours of baske
ball training which Academ
directors state will stress th
importance of "discipline an
character building."
Academy members include
Edgar Pickstock, Gary "Super
Johnson, Larry Wilson an
Julian Anderson.

SEE page 14




Golfer Donald 'Nine' Rolle

passes away aged 76

Senior Sports Reporter
DONALD 'WD Nine' Rolle,
who has spent a considerable
time helping with the develop-
ment of golf and tennis in the
country, died on Wednesday.
He was 76.
Bahamas Golf Federation's
vice president Craig Flowers had
some fond memories of his child-
hood friend, who was just hon-
oured on Sunday with a golf

"In my mind, I was privileged to
be a part of the Nine Rolle legacy
that he created in this country,"
he stated. "I was not just involved
in his childhood upbringing, but
his political life.
Those relationship went back to
the 1950s when their perception of
sports was roller skating, shooting
marbles, flying kites and playing
cricket in the streets.
At the time, there were three
friends that skated together, but
Rolle surprised them all when he
came out of Kemp Road.and
dominated the competition that
was held in Hawkins Hill.
"Ever since, he was the domi-
nant force in all the little things
that we did," said Flowers, refer-
ring to the competitions that they

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"He was always, always the top
in everything that we did, includ-
ing billiards when I returned home
from school with his brother
Junior. I got to beat him and his
brother and he finally admitted
that I was a better pool player."
From there, they went to the
Baillou Hills Golf Club where
Rolle predicted that he was going
to dominate the sport as well;
"Nine not only beat us, but he
went on to play against people
like Roy Bowe, Andre Rodgers,
who played on the big golf course
at the Bahamas Country Club,"
Flowers pointed out.
"Then Nine said he was going to
become a professional golfer and
he left all of us in awe as he '
played against Jimmy Delancy,
George Turnquest, Jim Dun-
combe and Greg Maycock, travel-
ing all over the US playing in
Apart from golf, Rolle was also
an ardent tennis player with Roy
Bowe and he was actively
involved with politics with the
then Prime Minister, the late Sir
Lynden Pindling.

"Persons and people like Nine
Rolle come along once in a while
in our lifetime and so he didn't get
all of the merit that he deserved,"
Flowers said.
On Sunday, Flowers sponsored'
a BGF tournament in honour of
Rolle. Flowers played with former-
BGF president and current
Caribbean Amateur Golf Associa-
tion's president Ambrose Guthro
from Grand Bahama.
At the time, Flowers thanked
Rolle on behalf of players such as
Prince 'Zorro' Stubbs, Peter Hall,
Ivan James, Mike Stubbs, Har-
court 'Coins' Poitier, Jimmy
Delancy, George Turnquest.
"We laughed and joked and I
hugged him and said 'thanks',"
Flowers stated.
"That was the kind of relation- *
ship that we had.
"I lost my brother earlier this
year and that was one of the most
devastating experiences thatI had
to go through. But to arrive here
at Nine Rolle's death is more than
a challenge to me."
But Flowers said the good thing
is that they played the game of life
right to the end as good friends.

Milford 'Shaggy' Lockhart, who
had an opportunity to watch and
learn from Rolle, said he was a
great loss to the golfing commu-
"One of his~greatest attributes
was that Nine was never one that
believed he couldn't make a putt
around the green(" Lockhart ., ..
reflected. "Yo'u.-~ily see that in
Tiger Woods. Hehbad the best
mind in golf.".,
Lockhart said through the
years, Rolle devoted.a lot of his
time, energy and resources to the
development of junior golf and
particularly to players like Ver-
non Lockhart and Greg Maycock,
just to name a few. 1 ...
"He was a credit to the game,", ;,
Lockhart stated. "I was saddened
to hear about his untimely.,
death.",. :
Having developed a relation-
ship since 1973, Lockhart said his
only regret was that he wasn't
able to play in the tournament
held in his honour on Sunday.
Ona Saturday, Lockhart partici-
pated in tle funeral service of his
mother-in-law and was not quite
prepared to play.
"I'm sure he would have under-
stood what was going on when he
didn t see me," Lockhart said.
"Burit would have been a tour-
nament that I really would have
liked to have played in."

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ships, they said.
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Minister says Bahamians should take

responsibility for 'grime' in country


BAHAMIANS have to be forced
to take responsibility for all of the
"grime and filth" in the country,
Minister of the Environment Earl
Deveaux said.
Representatives of all depart-
ments under the umbrella of the
Ministry of the Environment came
together on Monday for a planning
session for the first Environmental
Partnership Forum to be held on
September 29 at the Sheraton Cable
Beach Resort and a "Meet-the-Min-
isters" public forum on October 2.
Addressing the preparatory meet-
ing held at the conference centre of
the Royal Bahamas Police Force,
Minister Deveaux reminded partic-
ipants of the importance of the
Bahamian public's cooperation in
performing their tasks.
"If we do not engage the Bahami-
an public and if we do not relent-
lessly ensure that the Bahamian pub-
lic accepts responsibility for the
grime, filth and waste that populate
our national flora and fauna and our
marine environment, we will fail and
we will fail miserably," he said. -
"People have to take responsi-
bility and be forced to take respon-
sibility for the amount of littering
that takes place. People have to take
responsibility for the amount of cor-
ruption that infuses many of our
approval agencies. You cannot have
a big, nice plan for sub-division
approval if the process is going to
be betrayed by bribery, slip-shod
work and corruption."

Mr Deveaux outlined specific
projects he has in mind for all units
and departments within the Min-
istry, including the implementation
of a national waste disposal and
cleanliness campaign; waste-to-ener-
gy production with recycling and re-
use; a new and updated building
standard which takes into consider-
ation drainage, flood planes, eleva-
tion, and impact on mangroves and
wetlands, and research to evaluate
the impact of climate change on
Bahamian tourism, rising sea levels,
beach erosion, reef systems and oth-
er climate sensitive resources.
Minister Deveaux also foreshad-
owed the establishment of a trans-
parent, efficient and streamlined
impact assessment and management
process; safe navigational channels
throughout the Bahamas; an effi-
cient docks' committee, and clean
A sound energy policy, the provi-
sion of potable water for every com-
munity in the Bahamas, the safe-
guarding of ground water resources,
the enactment of a forestry act and
the establishment of a Bahamas mar-
itime institute were also among ini-
tiatives highlighted by Mr Deveaux.
Of the non-profit organizations,
including Re-earth, BREEF, the
Nature Conservancy and Friends of
the Environment, he said: "They
provide you with a sharp edged focus
to many of your decisions; they are
your eyes and ears to many of the
iniquities that occur in your coun-
try in places where you can't see:
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welcome their advice and input in-
all the decisions that you make."
In his remarks, State Minister for
the Environment Phenton Neymour
said the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration is reviewing proposals for
renewable energy.
Once reviewed, Mr Neymour said
the public will be informed whether
the requests are financially and tech-
nically viable and appropriate for
the various locations they are being
proposed for.
"What is critical to point out is
that when it comes to renewable
energy we must also recognize what
is driving it, the fact is that we must
address climate change. The fact is
that if we continue to consume
petroleum products in the manner
that we have one day the Bahamas
may be under water," said Minister
"We also have to address the fact
that when we talk about renewable
energy we have to address energy
security for our country the ability
for the Bahamas to provide
energy for its people if we arc affect-
,ed by the supply of petroleum prod-
"These are driving the charge for
renewable energy and not necessar-
ily the price of petroleum products.
' "That message has to be con-
veyed. Renewable energy is not
always the cheapest form of energy,
but it is an avenue to secure energy
for our country and at the same time
ensure that we protect our environ-
ment," Mr Neymour said.

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Ike claims likely less than $1m

. Tribune Business Editor
Bahamian general insurance carri-
ers were yesterday said to be breathing
a sigh of relief that Hurricane Ike had
missed the most densely-populated
parts of this nation, with total claims
submitted likely to be less than $1 mil-
lion in value.
Dr Roger Brown, the Bahamas Gen-
eral Insurance Association's (BGIA)
co-ordinator, told Tribune Business
that with only Bahamas First yet to

With one company to report, BGIA says level of insured claims could
be as low as $500,000-$600,000 as sector breathes sigh of relief

report the assessments of its loss
adjusters, it was "almost certain" insur-
ance claims submitted as a result of
Ike would be less than $1 million.
With assessments in from RoyalStar
Assurance, Security & General, Sum-
mit Insurance and Insurance Company
of the Bahamas, Dr Brown said:
"There hasn't been a lot of losses as far

as the insurance companies are con-
cerned. There's nothing much covered
in Inagua, and the losses were very
"At the present time, it looks like
there will be less than $500,000-
$600,000 of insurance claims."
The low level of insurance claims is
likely due to the fact that many Fami-

ly Island residents, not just in Inagua,
do not take out catastrophic/hurricane
insurance coverage on their homes and
Other assets.
In addition, with many properties in
the Family Islands constructed with-
out mortgages, there is no pressure
from a bank to take out catastrophic
insurance and protect its risk expo-

sure. With minimal clients and expo'
sure in the southern Bahamas, the
Bahamian general insurance carriers
are also unlikely to be involved in
insuring Morton Salt for business inter-
ruption and its property, as this is like;
ly to have been placed offshore.
Still, Dr Brown said: "The insurance
company should start a campaign to
get people to insure their properties';
SEE page 3

projects would be placed "in an
0 By NEIL HARTNELL stationary mode". m invested Cotton Bay project to date
Tribune Business Editor Franklyn Wilson, the Arawak
Homes and Sunshine Group Businessman says many Bahamas-based projects to be
A leading Bahamian busi- chairman, said that while he and Buinessman s s m Bahamas-based projects to be
nessman yesterday said the fellow investors in Eleuthera's mode'
resort project he was leading Cotton Bay mixed-use resort place in 'stationay m e
had "totally abandoned any project were not burdened by
attempt to sell real estate" to debt repayments, the current Hits out at 'unwise and senseless' FNM election rhetoric
wealthy overseas buyers due to economic climate simply made
the worsening global credit/liq- it imprudent to solicit real estate 'l e to $1 of OCO $1 issue w placed
uidity crunch, and warned that ClOSe to $14m' o FOCOLs $ 15m i e now plced
many Bahamas-based resort SEE page 3B

Power firm's

fuel bill rises

by over 61%

Grand Bahama Power Company 'very
interested in all the capabilities' new
Canadian investor can bring

Tribune Business Editor
Grand Bahama Power Company's chief executive is "very
interested in all the capabilities" that could be brought to the
table by its new minority shareholder, with fuel prices facing
the power generator having increased by 61.1 per cent since
January 2008.
E. O. Ferrell said Canadian power producer Emera, which
acquired a 25 per cent stake in Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany this week via its purchase of Lady Henrietta St George's
50 per cent ICD Utilities stake, "will be a real asset to us".
"They 'are already familiar with the Caribbean, and are
looking forward to additional investment in the Caribbean,"
Mr Ferrell told Tribune Business.
"They bring a lot of expertise, and I'm looking forward to
meeting them and working with them to improve the opera-
tions down here. They've got things we should be able to
make use of.
"I don't know exactly what they expect and what they will
be offering. We will be asking them for assistance in multiple
areas, if they're in a position to offer that assistance, and
renewable energy will be one of them."
With Emera involved in generation, plus power transmission
and distribution, Mr Ferrell added: "One of the functions
very important for us is generation. We're very interested in
all their capabilities, but it's too early to say where they will be
able to assist us."
SEE page 6B

IT switch-off fears caused

Winn-Dixie termination
Tribune Business Editor
Bahamas Supermarkets terminated its Transition Services
Agreement with former owner.Winn-Dixie early because it
faced a "substantial" risk that the latter's legacy computer sys-
tem could be switched off, leaving the Bahamas-based grocery
chain without an information technology (IT) platform.
Anthony King, chief executive of Barbados Shipping & Trad-
ing, the Neal & Massy subsidiary that is managing/operating
Bahamas Supermarkets, told Tribune Business that there was an
increasing risk that Winn-Dixie, which at the time it sold City
Markets was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, might switch
off the Jacksonville-based IT system the Bahamian company was
then using.
In addition, there was a high turnover of Jacksonville-based
staff that operated the system due to the increasing insecurity
that surrounded future employment at Winn-Dixie. And to
cap it off, Bahamas Supermarkets was the only part of the
Winn-Dixie empire using the system in question.
With "things being switched off" in Jacksonville, Mr King
SEE page 5B

City Markets 'completely broke down

and we have to put it back together'
J By NEIL HARTNELL Grocery chain get '100% support' from
Tribune Business Editor ehain ges l/ in om

The Bahamas' largest whole-
sale suppliers are "100 per cent
committed" to aiding City Mar-
kets' turnaround, the grocery
chain's chief executive telling
Tribune Business: "This com-
pany completely broke down in
every area and we have to put it
back together."
Stephen Boyle, who has took
over as Bahamas Supermarkets'
chief executive in May after the
breakdown in its controls and
systems, said the reaction from
City Markets' major Bahamas-
based suppliers during meetings

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on Wednesday had been over-
whelmingly positive.
"Today [Wednesday], our
executive management team
met with seven or eight of the
largest local suppliers," Mr
Boyle told Tribune Business.
"Every one of them, bar none,
fully supports us, and are 100
per cent committed to assisting
City Markets in its turnaround

"Each one of them was asked
about their account's current
status [with City Markets], and
each one of them confirmed
they were up to date."
Tribune Business had previ-
ously reported that many
Bahainian wholesalers had
become very jittery over their
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3. Line Maintenance Technician

4. Senior Electrician

5. Refrigeration Technician

If you are interested in these-positions and feel you have the necessary experience to perform
these jobs, please submit your resume by applying in writing by hand delivery or mail to:

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P.O.Box N- 1123
Nassau, Bahamas

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Candidates for this vacancy should possess the following qualifications:
* University degree (preferably in Business and/or Economics)
* CFA designation (or candidacy), certifications in the areas of Financial
Planning and/or portfolio management
* Minimum 5 years investmentindustry experience
* Portfolio management experience (5 years +)
* PC Literate and experience using industry standard software
* Specialized knowledge in sales, investment policy statements and general
knowledge in tax legislation, financial planning, estate and trust.
* Fluency in English and French (language skills in spanish would be an asset
but are not required)

Responsibilities Include:
* Retention and growth of the private client discretionary investment
management business
* Assisting high net worth clients in establishing their investment objectives and
tolerance for risk
* Development and implementation of customized portfolio strategies
* Provide counsel to clients on the firm's investment policies and strategies and
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* Oversight of performance investment reviews to ensure a suitable/appropriate
asset allocation is in place and opine on investment performance where
* Overall sales and relationship-management.

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around the world. Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited
plays a central role in the international wealth management network.

This position offers opportunities for career and professional development. We
offer an attractive compensation package, which includes incentive bonuses and
a comprehensive health & benefits plan.

Applicants should apply by
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BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Bahamas, an 'established
international private bank, with its headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland, is
presently accepting applications for

Account Officer External Asset Managers Desk

Applicants for the position of Account Officer for the External Asset Managers
(EAM) Desk must have at least 5 years experience in the offshore banking
sector, good knowledge of international investment instruments, money and
financial markets, ability to partner with team members, must be confident
regarding customer relations, knowledge of local legislation, regulatory &
statutory matters as well as international banking practices. Fluency in Italian is a

Personal qualities:-
Excellent organizational, communication and computer skills
Goal-oriented, self-motivated, positive attitude
Commitment to quality and service excellence
Able to work with minimal supervision
Flexibility in office hours and hands-on approach when necessary

Service & advise allocated EAM and clients
Maintain & follow up allocated relationships
Liaise directly with customers.
Foster and maintain communication with internal/external counterparts
Meet deadlines on timely basis

Interested individuals with such qualifications should
resume/curriculum vitae to:-

submit their

Human Resources Manager
BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited
Goodman's Bay Corporate Centre
West Bay Street
P. O. Box N-7130
Nassau, Bahamas

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Tribune Business
The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce will
partner with the Bahamas Hotel Association,
the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
and the Ministry of Finance for a three-day
seminar on globalisation, financing and com-
The event is being held to address globalisa-
tion, and its impact upon the Bahamas. It is
designed to critically review the country's his-
tory, and examine its current state and the
potential of the next 20 years.
Gershari Major, conference chairman, said:
"This year's conference holds great promise.
We will be addressing, in substantive and
detailed ways, some of the issues related to
the challenges of small and medium enterpris-
es, and the future of doing business in the
He said the conference will also highlight
issues related to competitiveness, access to
finance and the implications .of membership
or non-membership in international trade
Speakers for the event will include Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham, who will deliver
the keynote address, and Tourism Minister
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, who will speak
on Caribbean economies in an era of free
trade. -
The seminar will also feature Henry Gill,
the director-general of the Caribbean Region-
al Negotiating Machinery (CRNM). Mr Gill
was one of the architects of the EPA agree-
ment, and has a long career as a public consul-
tant and international trade policy specialist.
Mr Gill will address the EPA, and will also
provide a briefing on the developments within
the other trade negotiations that the Caribbean
is currently engaged in, including the World
Trade Organisations, (WTO) and Canada
trade negotiations. In particular, he will speak
to the relevance of these agreements to the
Bahamas and opportunities that they may hold
for both entrepreneurs and established busi-
An additional component of the event will be
the two-day Business Trade Show, which BHA
executive director Frank Comitio said is
designed to encourage orgnisations and.com-
-- panies to utilise, as much as possible, Bahami-



an providers.
"This is absolutely critical, particularly as it
relates to the hotel sector, which is a major
purchaser from local suppliers and a user of
local supplies and a user of major services," Mr
Comito said.
"The Trade Show arm of the conference will
bring buyers and sellers together and provide a
unique opportunity for businesses to not only
showcase their existing items but new prod-
ucts or services that they may be offering."
Additionally, buyers and sellers will be able
to meet in one-on-one appointments.
According to IDB representative Oscar
Spencer, it is a critical period for the Bahamas,
where new business models are required,
important changes will have to be made to the
country's regulatory framework, and the pub-
lic service delivery systems will have to be
"We at the IDB see our participation in this
venture as part of our contribution to the
strengthening of this dialogue process," he
The conference will be held October 2
through October 4 at the Sheraton Cable
Beach Resort.


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Farmers survey 50% completed

Tribune Business Reporter
The Bahamas Agricultural Produc-
ers Association (BAPA) and the Inter-
American Development Bank (IDB)
are halfway through a survey designed
to assess the capacity of small farmers
in this nation.
IG Stubbs, the Association's presi-
dent, told Tribune Business yesterday
that the survey was an ongoing collab-

oration between BAPA and the IDB,
who have given them a grant of
"We are looking at farmers in Grand
Bahama, Andros, Eleuthera, Cat
Island and Abaco to assess where they
are and what needs to be done," Mr
Stubbs said.
"The survey is about 50 per cent
done at this stage, and we expect that it
will be completed early next year. Sub-
sequent to that, the survey will also
address how we can better work with

the Bahamas Hotel Association, the
Small Hotels Owners Association and
wholesalers to find better ways of
increasing produce."
Mr Stubbs said the results of the sur-
vey should assist them in increasing
the competitiveness of Bahamian pro-
ducers against their international coun-
"This goes towards our ultimate goal
in having greater food security, and
reducing the amount of food that we
have to import into the country. To do

that, however, we have to be sure that
there is consistent quality and quanti-
ty," Mr Stubbs said.
"The IDB is supporting the
Bahamas Agricultural Producers Asso-
ciation with a programme designed to
help the country's small farmers
improve their capacity to compete with
imported agricultural products on the
basis of quality and price," Oscar
Spencer, the IDB representative, said
at a press conference yesterday.
The survey is being held at a time

when there is tremendous concern over
food security, given the rise in food
costs and environmental impacts.
In July, the Tribune reported that
the Bahamas would be among the
world's hardest hit economies if oil
and food prices increased by 20 per
cent more than earlier predictions.
The article stated that the combined
effect would be to wipe out almost one
month's worth of this nation's import
reserves and widen the current account
deficit by 2.7 per cent.

Resort project 'totally

abandons' real estate sales

FROM page 1B

"The fortunate thing for us is
that we always stayed away
from debt, and do not owe any
bank any money. There is no
debt and interest payments tick-
ing on us,". Mr Wilson told Tri-
bune Business.
"We have totally abandoned
any attempt to sell real estate,
and have not spent any money
on advertising and promotions.
Who's listening?"
Mr Wilson said he and his fel-
low investors had to date invest-
ed "in the vicinity of $40 mil-
lion in cash" into Cotton Bay,
and construction work was
"more than halfway at the hotel
"We are not totally on hold,
because to do so means we
would run the risk of vandal-,.
ism," Mr Wilson explained.
"There is a skeleton crew there
and some security. Some activ-
ity is going on, but at a mini-
mal pace. These circumstances
are very challenging and prob-
lematic for the country."
With former blue-chip Wall
Street investment bank Lehman
Brothers placed into Chapter
11 bankruptcy earlier this week,

top insurer American Interna-
tional Group (AIG) rescued by
an $85 billion US taxpayer
bailout, Morgan Stanley said to
be desperately seeking a merg-
er partner and the credit mar-
kets tighter than they have ever
been, accessing debt financing
at all never mind at an accept-
able rate of interest is as tough
as it has ever been.
Apart from the difficulty sec-
ond home buyers will have in
accessing mortgages to purchase
Bahamian real estate, mixed-
use resort developers who have
targeted this nation.will be
experiencing the same prob-
For instance, the Lehman
Brothers' collapse is almost
bound to have an impact on the
Ritz-Carlton Rose Island pro-
ject, despite assurances from tihe
main developer, the Miami-
based Gencom Group, that the
development will continue to
move forward.
Lehman Brothers' private
equity arm, apart from having a'
25 per cent equity stake in the
project, is also understood to
be the senior secured debt
lender, with a debenture
secured on land on Rose Island.
With all new funding from

Lehman Brothers now dried up,
a key issue going forward will
be the identity of whoever
acquires the bank's equity stake
and debt, and their attitude to
the Rose Island project. Will
they will be willing to finance
it, and on the same terms as
Lehman, or will they look to
sell the equity interest.
Meanwhile, Mr Wilson told
Tribune Business: "Even before
this latest round of turbulence,
it has become very challenging
to get any financial institution to
talk about financing mixed-use
"Yesterday, I spoke with an
investment banker from New
York, and his take on it was :
'The market's dead. Banks
aren't even lending to banks.'
The idea of lending money to a
Caribbean real estate develop-
ment is very difficult."
Mr Wilson said the invest-
ment banker'advised him to
look to Russia as a potential
source of investor financing,
while the likes of Baha Mar
were eyeing China.
"The fact of the matter is that
all these projects in the
Bahamas that we've talked
about, and are at various stages
of completion, there's a high

probability they will go into sta-
tionary mode," Mr Wilson said.
"This is not looking very good."
While he had his own ideas as
to how the economic blow for
the Bahamas could be cush-
ioned, Mr Wilson said he want-
ed to give the Prime Minister a
chance to lay out his and the
Government's plans.
However, he criticised the
FNM's 2007 election campaign
platform and rhetoric about the
former PLP government giving
away too much real estate to
foreign developers and buyers,
given that the market had com-
pletely dried up.
"It shows how unwise and
senseless the rhetoric of the last
general election campaign was,"
Mr Wilson said.
However, there was better
news for him on the Freeport
Holdings (FOCOL) front, of
which Mr Wilson is the largest
He told Tribune Business
that another $1.5 million pref-
erence shares had been placed
with investors, taking the offer-
ing to "close to $14 million out
of $15 million" being placed.

Ike claims likely less than $lm

FROM page 1B

There are properties there that should be insured butare not. In the
Family Islands, some people don't understand the importance of
Timothy Ingraham, the BGIA chairman and Summit Insurance
chairman, told Tribune Business: "All I know is that most compa-
nies are saying they have not incurred heavy damage as far as
insured losses are concerned.
"Those carriers doing business just in the Bahamas, the insurance
penetration in Inagua and the southern islands is very low. From
Summit's perspective, we've had possibly half-a-dozen claims and
most companies have had the same thing.
"Most people on the islands don't tend to insure because they
build their homes out of their own pocket."


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mature, responsible individuals, capable of
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with qualifications and experience. Please
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quantity of Home and Office supplies. The
items are brand new and all price quotations
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Interested companies or individuals may
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Databases, maps, statistics, and indicators in support of a range
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FROM page 1B
and the company's financial
performance, with some con-
cerned about extending further
credit to the 12-store chain due
to expanding payables balances
they were owed.
City Markets purchases some
80 per cent of the '$110 million it
sources annually from
Bahamas-based vendors, Tri-
bune Business understands,
making the chain's relationship
with wholesalers critical to the
smooth working of its supply
However, Anthony King,
chief executive of Barbados
Shipping & Trading, the Neal
.& Massy subsidiary that will
manage/operate Bahamas
Supermarkets, told Tribune
Business in an exclusive inter-
view that he was unaware of the
Bahamian store chain being
placed on pre-payment by any
"I have not heard of a single
situation where suppliers had
asked us for pre-payment," Mr
King told Tribune Business.
While he could understand
that some wholesalers might be
"antsy" over City Markets'
financial performance, and
especially its cash flow situa-
tion, Mr King added: "The sup-
pliers are in better shape than
they were several months ago,
because of the money put into
the company.
"There may be some suppli-
ers owed money for 60 days or
so, but I'm not aware of suppli-
ers putting us on pre-payment."
BSL Holdings, the majority
78 per cent shareholder in
Bahamas Supermarkets, inject-
ed some $2.5 million into the
operating company to boost
cash flow and pay down trade
payables (sums owed to suppli-
ers such as the wholesale indus-
try). The fundswere. injected in:-
two stages, the first being $2

million, and the second $0.5 mil-
Mr King told Tribune Busi-
ness that City Markets was
working "very assiduously" to
contain expenses and outgoings
as a way of preserving cash
"The objective is to make
sure we don't have to keep
putting cash into the business,"
he added.
"The business has'not lost its
"There's no reason why the
business, properly run and
with proper controls stopping
money going out the door -
can't make decent money."
Mr Boyle told'Tribune Basi-
ness that he was currently
putting together a Budget plan
for the remainder of the year,
with "the objective of getting
cash flow positive on a periodic
basis to take care of all our
responsibilities with the inflows
coming in. The company has to
stand on its own feet.
"It's my job, with our execu-
tive team, to make that happen.
We can't keep holding our
hands out."
With increased competition
from the likes of Robin Hood in
Nassau, and Abaco Markets'
store formats in Freeport, cou-
pled with the weakening econ-
omy, City Markets is focusing
on service and delivering "qual-
ity and value" to its consumers.
The chain is currently research-
ing five new brands it believes
delivers that proposition.
Mr Boyle acknowledged that
the company ha*d "heard the
same rumblings", and had
"direct comments", from con-
sumers unhappy with the Inter-
national Grocers Association
(IGA) brands that had replaced
the popular, highly-recognised
brands offered by former own-
er Winn-Dixie.
"We're a service driven busi-
ness, and if we're not listening
to our customers we won't be in

business," Mr Boyle said.
"There are a number of current
fronts that we're working on,
and are doing analysis on a
number of brands that give the
quality and value the Bahamian
consumer is looking for, partic-
ularly in the current economic
climate, and probably going to
get worse for some time to
come. So the quality and value
proposition is something we
need to look at."
The Bahamas Supermarkets
chief executive said the IGA
brands had received a low-key
launch into the Bahamas, hav-
ing told the company's annual
general meeting the previous
night: "I think the brands that
IGA replaced were highly
recognized in the Bahamas.
Thrifty. Maid, for example, was
almost considered a nation
brand. Everyone loved it and it
was always going to be difficult
to replace."
Mr Boyle added that cus-
tomer service was "clearly an
area where we fall down on,
and that has to be addressed".
The company's model in
Grand Bahama was also under
'review, he told shareholders,
given the increased competition
from Solomon's SuperCentre
and Cost-Right.
"In Grand Bahama, we have
community-based supermarkets
that compete with recognized
discount operators," Mr Boyle
"Our model is different from
our competition. Is our model
right?, That needs to be
assessed. Do we need to get
more involved in bulk product
He further told Tribune Busi-
ness: "We reckon it'll be a two-
year turnaround.
"Neal & Massy will bring a
new level of support and sys-
tems at the strategic and opera-
tional level to turn things
around'iWe're highly confident
we will."

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IT switch-off fears caused

Winn-Dixie termination

FROM page 1B

explained that the risk of
maintaining the Winn-Dixie
legacy technology and seeing
the Transition Services Agree-
ment through to its one-year
conclusion was "substantially
higher" than if it was termi-
nated early.
The early termination saved
Bahamas Supermarkets an
estimated $500,000 in fees, giv-
en that the Transition Services
Agreement required the com-
pany to pay Winn-Dixie a flat
$1 million fee in quarterly
instalments of $250,000, plus a
5 per cent mark-up on the
price of each product sourced
through the US grocery chain.
Seyeral sources suggested
to Tribune Business in the
past that Bahamas Supermar-
kets had been 'penny wise and
pound foolish' in ending the
Transition Services Agree-
ment early, especially as the
company incurred an extra
$550,000 (more than the sav-
ings) in audit-and accounting
fees'during fiscal 2007 as a
result of the breakdown in the
company's internal controls
and accounting procedures.
Refuting this, Mr King told
Tribune Business: "We didn't
need to buy goods from Winn-
"We had identified alterna-
tive sources, and the last thing
we wanted to do was keep
using a computer system that
could be switched off."
The replacement IT system
that Bahamas Supermarkets
received was "nothing like
what they had in the past", Mr
King said, as it networked the
12 individual stores with each
other and head office for the
first time.

"In this changeover, we had a
situation where we now know
a lot of controls went by the
wayside. All things seemed to
go by the wayside."

Anthony King

He added that while there
was a provision for BS&T to
receive a fee if the Transition
Services Agreement was end-
ed early, it was never taken
by the Barbados company,
and the extra resources and
personnel it had to use in solv-
ing Bahamas Supermarkets'
problems cost far more than
any fee it could have received.
Bahamas Supermarkets
incurred an additional $7.5
million in costs during its 2007
financial year. Apart from the
audit and accounting fee
increase, the company's insur-
ance and utilities costs rose by
$1.5 million; maintenance
expenses increased by
$500,000; salaries grew by
$800,000; depreciation charges
rose by $300,000 and the cost
of sales grew by $4.1 million
Increasing shrinkage and
higher food prices, which the
company said are now con-
tained, were-responsible for
the increase in the latter figure
during the 12 months to end-
June, 2007.
Meanwhile, Mr King said
Bahamas Supermarkets had
been a company deficient in
IT systems prior to its sum-
mer 2006 purchase by the BSL
Holdings buyout group, which
acquired Winn-Dixie's major-

ity 78 per cent stake for $54
He explained that BS&T
took on the IT conversion
project for Bahamas Super-
markets itself, its group IT
officer travelling to Winn-Dix-
ie's head office in Jacksonville
regularly to liaise on the
switch over.
The "most troubling area"
relating -to IT, Mr King said,
was found to be Bahamas
Supermarkets warehouse and
inventory management sys-
tem, which was an old "batch-
oriented", manual process.
BS&T had wanted to focus
on the IT upgrade, and
enhancing City Markets'
stores and operations, and ini-
tially left the accounting side,
payables and cash flow to
existing management.
A new accounting system
was installed after seven
months, complete with new
software, along with the new
IT system, but Mr King said it
soon became apparent that
the transition had gone far
from smoothly.
"In this changeover, we had
a situation where we now
know a lot of controls went
by the wayside," Mr King told
Tribune Business.
"All things seemed to go by

the wayside." As an example,
he said that all the 12 stores
were supposed to be invoiced
when goods were transferred
from the company's ware-
house to them, but the stores
started not to rely on the
"At the end of the day, it
created an environment that
allowed a lot of things to hap-
pen," Mr King added.
"When we were trying to
get the audit complete for
June 2007, we found the audi-
tors were asking for things
they were saying they couldn't
"The payables were a lot
greater than the cash flow
reports we were getting sug-
BS&T's chief financial offi-
cer was then asked to get
involved, Mr King said, and
at this time BSL Holdings had
"Royal Bank on our backs".
Part of the terms on which
the bank lent BSL Holdings
$24 million to finance its
takeover were that it received
timely financial reports on
Bahamas Supermarkets' con-
dition, and this the company
was unable to give.
As a result, BSL Holdings
was left in non-compliance
with one of its banking
covenants, forcing the hiring
of a Deloitte & Touche team
and others to sort out
Bahamas Supermarkets' back
office position.
"The shareholders of BSL
Holdings are taking every step
to ensure Royal Bank is get-
ting paid," Mr King added.
In his presentation to share-
holders at this week's AGM,
Stephen Boyle, Bahamas
Supermarkets' chief executive,
said the company was contin-
uing to handle 500,000 trans-
actions monthly.
- Scanning rates at its stores
had improved from 70 per
cent to above 90 per cent.

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Power firm's fuel bill rises by over 61%

Currently, Sanitation Services
burns or flares-off methane gas
at the landfill, but Grand
Bahama Power Company could
put it to better use by employ-
ing the heat generated to gen-.
erate power a form of biomass
energy. While a relatively small
development, it nevertheless



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved and
struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 10th day of September,
A.D., 2008.

Amelia Echecopar Florez



Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), FERN-
DOWN DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED has been dissolved and
struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 11th day of September, 2008.

David Jenner
9 Burrard Street
St. Helier, Jersey

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), SENECA ENTERPRISES INC. is in Dissolution."

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 28th day of
August, 2008.

Robert Philip Surcouf
Harbour Reach
Rue de Carteret
St. Helier, Jersey
Channel Island

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FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
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represents a start in trying to
wean Bahamian electrical gen-
eration away from its reliance
on high-cost fossil fuels.
"The engineering calculations
are that there is sufficient gas
to generate 1 MW (megwatt)
of power," Mr Ferrell said. "To
put that into perspective, peak
electrical demand for the entire

island is 77 MW, so that will be
1.3 per cent of our total
While unable to give a time-
line for when the biomass pro-
ject may come to fruition, Mr
Ferrell said Grand Bahama
Power Company was also
assessing whether there was "a
business case to justify" explo-



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International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved and
struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 10th day of September,
A.D., 2008.

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(No.45 of 200)

In Voluntary liquidation

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International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), SOUTH-
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the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the
Registrar General on the llth day of September, 2008.

David Jenner
9 Burrard Street
St. Helier, Jersey

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(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of thI International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), ZACHARY ENTERPRISES LTD. is in Dissolu-

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 28th day of
August, 2008.

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Harbour Reach
Rue de Carteret
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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%
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FROM page 1B

Mr Ferrell confirmed to Tri-
bune Business that Grand
Bahama Power Company was
in discussions with Sanitation
Services. Freeport's waste dis-
posal and landfill company,
"about the possibility of cap-
ping methane gas as a means of

ration of solar and wind power.
"Anything in the alternative
energy area that allows us to
provide electricity at a price
cheaper than we are able to
provide it at by using petroleum
products is a real benefit for
customers and something we're
interested in," Mr Ferrell said.
He added that Grand
Bahama Power Company had
been asked by two separate
ministers to meet with govern-
ment officials to see how the
cost of electricity on the island
could be reduced, in the wake
of the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration's (BEC) fuel surcharge
being capped at $0.15 per kilo-
watt hour for the remainder of
the year. Mr Ferrell said that
given power generation's
reliance on fossil fuels in the
Caribbean, the current global
oil price was an unfortunate
"cost of doing business" and
Grand Bahama Power Compa-
ny was working to run its oper-
ations with maximum efficiency.
The firm was also working
with its customers, allowing
some to defer payment if they
had a good payment record.
"We understand the price of
electricity has been high," Mr
Ferrell said. "We are working
with our customers, and at the
same time have to be in a posi-

NOTICE is hereby given that IVANA JOACHIN of
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 19TH day
of SEPTEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved and
struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 10th day of September,
A.D., 2008.

Amelia Echecopar Florez





Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved and
struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 10th day of September,
A.D., 2008.

Amelia Echecopar Florez



Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companics Act (No. 45
TIONAL LIMITED is in Dissolution."

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 11th day of
September, 2008.

Mr. Hugh Durell
1st Floor
17 Bond Street, St. Helier, Jersey

tion to pay our fuel bills when
they become due."
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany's July 2008 fuel bill was
$9 million; Mr Ferrell said, and
the company was currently
using fuel that cost it $116 per
barrel. That compared to the
$72 per barrel price it faced in
January 2008, a 61.1 per cent
increase, which was why con-
sumers were now facing an
increased surcharge.
Explaining that Grand
Bahama Power Company's fuel
supplier, Westport, charged it
a price based on the world mar-
ket average for the past 30 days,
Mr Ferrell said: "The fuel we
bought in July, the costs of
which consumers are seeing in
their bills this month, cost $116
per barrel."
He explained that there was a
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Grand Bahama Power Compa-
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watt hours, "have been flat"
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to date.

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


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matched grandmasters battled
fr four hours to rach today's
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balance. Materdalis eve, ngh
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outcome remains uncea. However,
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made just o move and Black

had to concede defeat Can you
spot the knodm rt punch? GoCfde
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1 Piece of music in E sharp,
perhaps (6)
4 Puts pressure on the men
who sail in a ship (6)
9 Conceit revealing vitality in
troubled times (7)
10 Previous head of a reli-
gious body (5)
11 An essential part of
thieves' language (5)
12 Specific cure that takes
some licking (7)
13 It's cold fare for a revolu-
tionary leader (5,6)
18 Foreign lady who dropped
in after marriage (7)
20 Follow directions and
engage in litigation (5)
22 Respond and about turn
23 Girl I sign on as an
astronomer (7)
24 Gives way under pressure
25 Stockings only put out in
the north and south (6)

1 Be agreeable
to a sleep,
perhaps (6)
2 She is strangely hard
about love (5)
3 English style
of roof tile (7)
5 Bird you shouldn't have
indoors? (5)
6 He turns out to be an ori-
ental conqueror (7)
7 Put emphasis on nervous
tension (6)
8 Pocket money makes very
little difference (5,6)
14 He doesn't appreciate
where the coal goes (7)
15 He's about to call up a
poet (7)
16 Bird gets so upset over
victim (6)
17 Fitting ends for pieces of
wood (6)
19 Chosen from
the depot (5)
21 It uses rounds or ovals (5)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

Across: 1 Atheist, 5 Armed, 8 No
great shakes, 9 Smelt, 10 Minutes, 11
Entrap, 12 Denied, 15 Hairnet, 17
Argus, 19 Budding author, 20 Throe,
21 Dreamed.
Down: 1 Agnes, 2 Highest bidder, 3
Inertia, 4 Totems, 5 Ashen, 6 Make
things hum, 7 Disused, 11 Exhibit, 13
Erasure, 14 Staged, 16 Noise, 18

Across: 1 Cypress, 5 Abbot, 8 On a
large scale, 9 Steep, 10 Antenna, 11
Banter, 12 Flatly, 15 Othello, 17
Burns, 19 Insubstantial, 20 Handy,
21 Manager.
Down: 1 Cross, 2 Place in the sun,
3 Example, 4 Signal, 5 Asset, 6
Brainstorming, 7 Therapy, 11
Boorish, 13 Lebanon, 14 Tom-tom,
S16 Lobby, 18 Solar.

1 In preference to (6)
4 An overused.expres-
sion (6)
9 Temporary expedient
10 A culinary herb (5)
11 Coarse cotton cloth
12 Incessant (7)
13 Concisely (2,1,8),
18 Empty
threats (7)
20 A cotton thread (5)
22 Item of
bric-a-brac (5)
23 Crumbly (7)
24 Friendly greeting (6)
25 Genial (6)


1 In comparison with
2 Look of disapproval
3 Set of dietary rules
5 Language of Ancient
Rome (5)
6. Watch-glass (7)
7 No+ liable (6)
8 Prodigal (11)
14 Uncommitted (7)
15 Infernal (7)
16 Counting frame (6)
17 Unorthodox belief (6)
19 Freshwater food fish
21 A dark brown fur (5)










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bo* of

HOW many. words of four letters
or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be teed once
only. Each must contain the centre
letter and there must be at least
one nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 18; very good 27; excellent 35
(or more). Solution tomorrow.
ache ached acne acre
ADHERENCE arced arch arched
cadre cane caned card care
cared careen careened cedar
cede cere char cheer cheered
crane craned cred creed dace
dance dancer decree drench
each hence nacre nare race
raced ranch ranched reach
reached recede

Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Avoiding a Finesse

West dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
*J 1074
+Q1084 493
V852 V7
*AQ83 *965 2
4Q 6 4AKJ1084
VAKQJ 1094
The bidding:
West North East South
Pass Pass 34 4
Opening lead queen of clubs.
The opportunity to finesse is an
irresistible lure to many declarers.
But while the li:issc is undoubtedly
a \aluablc \\capon in many situa-
,n1. ii is also much abused.
'"- t1'ct is that the finesse is a
pl;i\ Li; '. 'ia oer may not succeed,
depend:ig ul,,n ilec location ofa par-
ticulai :.':ld or cards held by the
defense. It should therefore not be
used whenever there is an alternative
line of play that accomplishes the
desired result without risking a
Consider this deal where South is

in four hearts and West leads the
queen' of clubs. East overtakes the
queen with the king, cashes the ace
and continues with the jack, ruffed
by declarer with the nine. South has
already lost two tricks and must lose
a diamond, so the outcome appears
to depend upon the success of a
spade finesse.
Superficially, it might seem that
South, after drawing trumps, should
lead a low spade to the king and
finesse the jack on the return. This
play will succeed if East has the
queen, but fails if West has it.
However, this is not the best line
of play. After ruffing the jack of
clubs, declarer should'draw three
rounds of trump and then play the
* king of diamonds. When West wins
with the ace, which seems very likely
from the bidding, the hand is over. It
does not matter whether West returns
a spade or a diamond, or where the
queens of spades or diamonds are
A spade return automatically
eliminates the spade loser, while a
diamond return whether or not
West has the queen establishes a
diamond trick in dummy.
By leading the king of diamonds
. at trick seven, South obviates the risk
involved in attempting the spade
finesse. In effect, he wins the spade
finesse by avoiding it.

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ness Coordi-
nator or Emergency Manager?
Yes, what advice and recom-
mendations are you developing
on the events of the last few
weeks, and how they will affect
your emergency preparations
in the future?
At this point you should be
reviewing, researching and
rewriting how your company is
going to respond during the
next event. The rules have
changed, and seemingly in
favour of the opponent the
hurricane. How can you com-
pete against such an adversary,
you may ask. You do not have
much of a choice. If your
responsibility is asset protec-
tion, then you are not only in
the game, you are wearing sev-
eral hats, like the coach, the
quarterback and the wide
receiver, (yes it is football sea-
son). So, what now? How do
we move forward?
Just like September 11, 2001,
created a quantum leap forward
for the physical and access con-
trol components of security, so
have recent hurricanes like,Kat-
rina, Rita, and Ike caused a
jump with the regards to emer-
gency, crisis and disaster man-
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vention. Out of this chaos you
must now first and foremost
review your plan. What ele-
ments have now become obso-
lete and irrelevant to prepared-
ness, response, and recovery
Additionally, a critical ele-
ment that is sometimes over-
looked is the awareness/educa-
tion phases of the plan. This is
especially important to profes-
sions such as health care, where
the workplace must be manned
regardless of what happens.
Persons working in similar
industries cannot close up shop
until the storm passes. Educa-
tion and awareness of what, you
may ask. Simple what is expect-
ed of them, and what benefits
the company has in place for
the support during possible life-
threatening circumstances.
Do not make the mistake, as
is sometimes commonly done,

of just educating your staff on
how much damage the various
categories of hurricane can
cause. We can turn to the
weather channel for that. They
must be reminded of the com-
pany's commitment to business
continuity, specifically their
Let's take, for example,
human behaviour, and as our
model, Maslow's Hierarchy of
Needs. A hurricane can be a
traumatic and horrific event.
This is seen by the constant
bombardment of video of the
damage caused, or the reminder
of potential damage it can
cause. Those of us who have
had to withstand storms in the
execution of duty know very
well how much damage can be
done in a few short hours. It
motivates some very powerful
human emotions, and as the
coach/quarterback you must be

able to immediately read what
your other team members are
going through and adjust
accordingly. When we review
Maslow's Theory, we see that
all categories of his pyramid are
experienced during a storm of
great magnitude.
The physiological component
speaks about fulfillments such
as, food, drink, shelter etc. This
is usually the first advisory to
the public, something to the
affect of 'store up on extra
water and food', to the point of
how much you will need to sur-
vive and canned food not fresh.
As simple and well-intentioned
as this may seem, this is an over-
whelming demand to place on
persons, especially those of us
who are struggling to meet
these needs on a regular basis.
Not to mention pack up what
is only necessary and bring it
with you. What a request to ask
of persons, but a critical
demand that must be adhered
Then, if this is not enough, it
is demanded that nurses, doc-
tors, police, marines, correction
officers and the like not only
leave their homes and loved
ones but also place themselves
in harms way. When the body
instinctively says run and hide,
these brave souls are being
asked to stand their ground
against winds in excess of 100
miles per hour. This is a direct
attack on the safety and social

needs as described by Maslow.
Finally, after the storm we
must deal with esteem and self-
actualisation needs. These fac-
tors have been attacked as per-
sons return to what is left with
little, or no help, from anyone,
'because we all suferin', as stat-
ed by a victim of Hurricane
Jeanne a few years ago. Years
of building a dream home with
the little savings one has are
gone in seconds, in a matter
moments totally destroyed.
But haven't you asked, rather
than demanded, that your team
come out and perform regard-
less. This is their patriotic duty
to the country and loyal duty
to the company. As we have
seen not only in New Orleans,
but also during war and other
traumas, some persons cannot
take the pressure, so they as it
is taught in police self-defense
training tactically retreat. Can
we hold this action against these
persons? Unfortunately, we
must or face dysfunction when
another critical event occurs.
As leaders, if our only con-
cern is about the physical and
financial preparedness, thus
neglecting the human element,
we are in for a rude awakening.
Consider what the exposure'by
the media of the poor response
to Katrina will do to persons
expected to respond and ride
out the storm. They have now
been educated, in my opinion,
on some very real characteris-

Cd Ag a n a

passes Seies 7 exa

MARIA RECKLEY, an operations analyst at Credit Suisse's
Nassau branch, has passed the Series 7 exam in the US after
studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute
(STI). The STI offers courses for the Series 7, Series 6, and
the Canadian Securities Course, along with various one-day
workshops catering to financial service professionals.

tics of government and public
policy. Firstly, government. Yes,
the people who are supposed
to lead are people, too, and sub-
ject to serious errors and bad
Finally, public policy, the
rules which we are to abide by.
If not regularly reviewed and
tested, they will be 'thrown out-
with the bath water'.That is to
say, in times of panic and des-
peration, our tolerance will be
lowered in an effort to survive.
This article has focused on
mental health, and how it
relates to the mitigation of
responses to hurricanes and oth-
er similar disasters. It is this
writer's opinion that this is the
underlying failure in training as
it pertains to emergency
response. We, as leaders, for-
get the human beings who have
to carry out the plan.

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a loss prevention and
asset protection training and
consulting company, speciali-
aing in policy-and procedure
development, business security
reviews and audits, and emer-
gency and crisis management.
Comments can be sent to PO
Box N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas
or, email gnewry@gmail.com or
visit us at www.preventative-

Bush says he's

working hard

on economic

Eager to show that he feels peo-
ple's pain, President Bush told
the country Thursday his admin-
istration is working feverishly to
calm turmoil in the financial mar-
kets, according to the Associated
Press. With reports swirling of
possibly imminent new govern-
ment action, the president met
with his treasury secretary and
the head of the Federal Reserve.
Nothing was announced imme-
diately after the 40-minute meet-
ing at the White House, which
included Securities and Exchange,
Commission Chairman Christo-
pher Cox, along with Treasury
Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed
Chairman Ben Bernanke.
White House spokesman Tony
Fratto would not comment on
whether any decisions were made
at the session, or whether any
announcements would be forth-
co"ming later Thursday. News
reports said Paulson was consid-
ering having the government cre-
ate an entity to take over banks'
bad debt.
"The president and his senior
economic advisers had a very
good discussion about the seri-
ous conditions in the financial
markets," Fratto said.
Bush was supposed to spend
the day in Alabama and Florida
raising money for Republicans
and talking energy policy. He can-
celed his trip and sent Vice Pres-
ident Dick Cheney to sub for him
at the fundraisers to focus on the
worst financial meltdown since
the Great Depression.
"The American people are
concerned about the situation in
our financial markets and our
economy," Bush said. "And I
share their concerns."
The tumult in financial mar-
kets and the disappearance of
corporate giants have shaken peo-
ple's faith in the economy. On
Wall Street, the fear is that more
significant financial companies
will fall, causing a spillover effect
within the United States and on
world markets.
In brief formal remarks out-
side the Oval Office, Bush sought
to show that the administration
is moving swiftly and aggressive-
ly by taking "extraordinary mea-
Earlier this month, the admin-
istration took over mortgage
giants Fannie Mae and Freddie
Mac. At the start of this week,
*the Federal Reserve rescued
American International Group
Inc., an insurance giant, from
bankruptcy by granting an emer-
gency $85 billion loan that gives
the government an 80 percent
stake in the company.
On Wednesday, the Securities
and Exchange Commission tight-
ened rules on short selling, the
practice of betting that a stock
will fall. And Thursday, the Fed-
eral Reserve pumped $55 billion
in temporary reserves into the
markets after coordinated action

with the central banks of other

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