The Tribune
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: September 23, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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West End and Bimini

MP denies allegations

he was seeking to

L overthrow PLP leader

DEPruTY leader
hopeful and PLP MP
for West End and
Bimini Obie Wilch-
combe publicly denied
allegations yesterday
that he was seeking to
overthrow his party
leader, the former
prime minister Perry
Christie. .
As the special guest ,
on Star 106.5's radio
programme "Jeffrey", Mr
Wilchcombe said he believed
that Mr Christie "as he is today"
would still be an ideal leader
for the country.
"I believe that Perry Christie

Sas ne is today wi oe an
ideal leader and also
he's able to help us in
the transition when-
ever that takes place.
So my first step is to get
an opportunity to serve.
And as I am serving,
hopefully I am able to
demonstrate that I do
have the capacity to go
forward," he said.
For months, specula-
tion has been spreading
throughout the country that Mr
Wilchcombe was in cahoots
with the chairman of the party
SEE page 11

Bill to introduce formal
plea bargaining system
Tribune Staff Reporter
IN A move that should reduce both the likelihood of people accused
of serious crimes being granted bail and the swollen remand population
in the prison by speeding up the criminal justice system, Government
introduced a Bill to introduce a formal plea bargaining system.
Government lauded the new tool as a "revolutionary" concept, evi-
SEE page 11

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MURDER accused Ricardo
Miller claimed that although he was
at the scene of Mario Miller's mur-
der he did not kill him, a senior
police officer testified yesterday.
Assistant Superintendent of
Police Ricardo Taylor told the court
yesterday that.he and a team of offi-
cers went to Andros by boat and
arrested brothers Ryan and Ricardo
Miller on the morning of June 27,
ASP Taylor, who was attached
to the Central Detective Unit
(CDU) in 2002, told the court that
on June 26, 2002, after receiving cer-
tain information, he and another
officer travelled to the then Nassau
International Airport's charter sec-
SEE page nine

Govt tight-lipped on
whether it will collect
'millions owed' by BEC
GOVERNMENT has declined to state
whether it intends to collect the tens of
millions of dollars claimed to be owed
by the Bahamas Electricity Corporation
to the Customs Department.
However, The Tribune understands
that the government will not lean on BEC
to pay off its tax bills.
A letter and other documents deliv-
ered to The Tribune last week showed
that as of June 30, 2008 BEC owed gov-
ernment more than $166 million in out-
standing customs duty and stamp tax.
However, a statement from Minister
of the Environment with responsibility
for BEC, Earl Deveaux yesterday indi-
cated that as of a month later July 31,
2008 a lesser sum of $84.664 million
was owed to the Customs Department
for Customs Duty and Stamp Tax by the
He added that last year Government
offset $71.6 million of what BEC owed to
SEE page 11

Man, 36, is

charged over

$10 million

ig seizure

A 36-YEAR-OLD Abaco man was arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court yesterday, charged in last week's
seizure of nearly $10 million worth of cocaine.
According to court dockets, Felix Johnson of Mount
Hope, Fox Town, Abaco, on Friday, September. 19,
while at Spanish Cay, Abaco, conspired to possess a
quantity of cocaine. It is also alleged that he conspired
to import a quantity of cocaine, was in possession of a
quantity pf cocaine with intent to supply and imported
a quantity of cocaine with intent to supply that day.
Johnson, who appeared before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at Court No. 8, Bank Lane, yesterday pleaded
'not guilty to all charges. He is represented by lawyer
Roger Minnis.
According to the prosecutor, Inspector Ercell
Dorsette, Johnson is alleged to have been found in
possession of 1,761 pounds of cocaine with a street val-
ue of $9.6 million.
Johnson was remanded to Her Majesty's Prison.
The case was adjourned to September 26 for ,a bail
hearing and fixture.
According to initial police reports the drugs were
seized last Friday by officers of the Drug Enforcement
Unit who intercepted a go-fast boat .off Spanish Cay, a
small island resort nestled between north Abaco and the
eastern tip of Grand Bahama. The drugs were report-
edly packaged in 22 suitcases, with a combined weight
of 640 kilos. The officers were conducting a routine
operation in the northern Bahamas when they observed
a 27-foot go-fast boat leaving Spanish Cay. Officers
became suspicious and decided to check this vessel,
however as they approached they noticed that the boat
turned around and headed back towards the cay. As
they pursued it, the occupants of the boat beached it,
and got out of the vessel and ran into the bushes.
It was at that time that assistance was called in from
the OPBAT team and a helicopter was sent. With the
assistance of a team of officers, Spanish Cay and neigh-
boring cays were searched. The occupants of the vessel
were taken into police custody.



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Inagua All Age

School to be

reopened today
FOLLOWING an independent inspection of the Inagua
All Age School, the Ministry of Education announced that
school will be reopened today for all students.
Responding to concerns by parents regarding
the presence of mould in the school's buildings, the Min-
istry of Education invited former director of Public Works
Melanie Roach and senior laboratory analyst at the
Department of Environmental Health Anthony Ryan to
conduct an independent inspection assessment of the
Mr Ryan inspected the grade six classroom of the prima-
ry school, the hall of the primary school, and classrooms
one through four of the senior school.
The laboratory analyst also checked the presence of toxic
and combustible gas and found nothing.
Mr Ryan also checked the oxygen levels, as well as the
relative humidity level according to the standards of the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupation-
al Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
He found nothing out of the ordinary.
Structural engineer Lambert Knowles alscinspected the
buildings and considered them safe for occupancy.
"The buildings are safe and have been cleared for use,"
the Ministry said. .
Until all repairs are completed, Mr Lambert recommend-
ed that a tarp be put on the roof.
"Based on these reports, the Ministry wishes to announce
that the school in Inagua will reopen for all students
(today)," the Ministry of Education said.

Cuban government

grants scholarships

to Bahamian students

A GROUP of 19
Bahamian students have
been given a chance to
receive an education in
Cuba thanks to scholar-
ships from the Cuban gov-
Sixteen of the students
received scholarships to
study medicine, while the
others will study law,
sports instruction and edu-
For some time, Cuba has
been a popular choice for
Caribbean students inter-

ested in medicine, and
Cuban ambassador to the
Bahamas Jose Luis Ponce
noted that a CARICOM
programme that has been
going on for five years,
grants scholarships to
about 400 students a year
from around the world.
* "The medicine pro-
gramme in Cuba is popu-
lar because the Cuban doc-
tors and the medicine in
Cuba has a very high stan-
dard. We have managed to
keep very high standards
for our medicine," the
ambassador said.

He explained that
because health care is one
of the most important
issues in many countries,
the Cuban government
launched a programme to
provide medical attention
to people anywhere in the
world there is a need for
qualified doctors.
"One of our main duties
as a country, and as a peo-
ple is to provide health-
care. We are very proud of
the help our doctors can
give to people in need and
in places where no other
doctors, even from the

Bacardi donates water, monetary contributions to Inagua
THE management and staff of Bacardi and Company Limited have expressed "deep concern"
for the damage sustained in Inagua when Hurricane Ike hit earlier this month.
The company said it wishes to send encouragement to the residents of that island.
To assist those persons affected, Bacardi said it is donating drinking water and making mon-
etary contributions to the NEMA and Red Cross relief efforts.

same country, dare to go,"
the ambassador said.
He said the global short-
age of doctors is "a prob-
lem that has been going on
for several years and this
is where the idea came
from. .
"Besides helping people
with our doctors, we want-
ed to help them to make
their own doctors through
The ambassador noted
that there are currently 40
Cuban teachers working on
10 different islands in the
Bahamas, adding that the
government has extended
the teacher programme
agreement, which is now in
its fifth year.
"This helps to ease the
situation of the lack of pro-
fessors that the Bahamas
has in different islands and
in different subjects. The
Cuban teachers are also
being able to share their
knowledge and experience
and exchange with profes-
sors from other countries,"
the ambassador said.
Although he has only
been in the Bahamas for
about a year, Ambassador
Ponce has already managed
to send off two groups of
students to Cuba with
scholarships, including this
latest one.
"I am a strong supporter
of life and I am a strong
supporter of friendship
among the peoples from
different countries. I say
life because life implies
sports, education, health,
and art. All of those are
needed to become a well
rounded person," Ambas-
sador Ponce said.

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THE Golden Gates to hos ital after
Development Association in
partnership with the vendors
of the Farmer's Market on dwt
Baillou Hill Road, will host a W
mini cultural festival on Fri-
day, September 26 at 7pm.
Bahamian artists who will
be performing at the event
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Investigation into

triple murder
still ongoing
POLICE said they still
have no leads or suspects
in connection with Satur-
day's triple murder in Bain
According to Assistant
Superintendent Walter
Evans, investigations are
still ongoing.
"It is a possibility that a
high powered riffle was
involved, but we are not
sure at this time," Mr
Evans said yesterday.
Lavardo Armbrister,
Sedino Smith and Vanessa
Franks-Wiliams were mur-
dered over the weekend as
they were leaving the Pits
Restaurant and Bar, locat-
ed on Augusta Street.
Their deaths brought the
country's murder count to
54 for the year.
According to police
reports, Mr Armbrister and
Mr Smith died at the scene
while Ms Franks-Williams,
who was reported to have
been shot eight times, died
shortly after she arrived at
the Princess Margaret Hos-
-- bital. -
Mr Evans said~the aim of
the police is to get all ille-
gal guns off of the streets -
whether they are high pow-
ered or not.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
ANOTHER firefighter was
taken to'hospital yesterday to
be treated for smoke inhala-
tion and heat exhaustion after
battling a downtown blaze.
He is in stable condition,
according to tge officer at the
scene, Inspector Earnest Han-
Fire engines from several
divisions, including Cable
Beach and Paradise Island,
were called to a fire around
4am in an abandoned store on
Bay Street west of Victoria
According to police press
liaison officer Walter Evans,
fire crews responded within
four minutes.
The fire caused extensive
damage to the rear of the
store that was once Russell's
Dry Goods, and smoke that
entered Arnold's Department
Store next door left a strong
scent throughout, as well as a
film of black soot on the floor.
According to inspector
Hanna, the fire was not very
Owner of Arnold's, Lupita
Ageeb-Rolle, and store assis-
tant, Fedline Baptiste, waited
outside of Arnold's front door
while a large fan extracted
remnants of smoke from the
store; the scent, they said, will
require much more extensive
clean-up efforts.
"We had just spent five
months renovating," said Mrs
Ageeb-Rolle. "This was our
third week open."
According to the police, the
cause 'df t'Mfhfife 'has" not 'yet
been determined.
However, Mrs Ageeb-Rolle
has her own suspicions.
She said vagrants often use
the abandoned store as a

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AFTER GETTING the blaze under control firefighters stayed o
scene to make sure the building was secure.

refuge, gaining entrance
through a hole in a shattered
display window.
According to Mrs Ageeb-
Rolle, the vagrants would
often smoke in the store.
According to Mr Evans,
Mrs Ageeb-Rolle's theory is
a possibility, but the investi-
gation is still continuing.
Fire crews were still on the
scene as noon approached
Inspector Hanna said they
had to be certain that all of
the "hot-spots" had been
He said crews had used
around 10,000 gallons of sea-
water throughout the night to
fight the blaze, never tapping
into the city's water supply.

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week's five murders, the Work-
ers' Party is calling on Bahami-
ans to sign a petition urging
government to pass new laws
that will provide for the imme-
diate carrying out of the death
"The Workers' Party con-
demns the vicious and sense-
less murders that are occurring
almost on a daily basis in our
beloved Bahamaland.
"We call upon Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham and the
FNM government to stop sur-
rendering the rule of law and
the sovereignty of our nation
to criminals and murderers and
to immediately start hanging
all murderers," the party said
yesterday in a press release.
To this end, the Workers'
Party is inviting members of
the public to attend the live
Darold Miller show at Arawak
Cay this Thursday to sign the
petition to the government and
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that prevent the carrying out
of the death penalty."
The petition calls on parlia-
ment to pass appropriate legis-
lation that would "preve-nt
judges from creating laws from
the Bench; reinstate all law-
making as the duty solely of
parliament; affirm the laws of
the Bahamas that provide for
the prompt hanging of all con-
victed murderers; remove the
loopholes, impediments, obsta-
cles and legal manipulations
that stall forever the process
involved in appeals of murder
The petition is further ask-
ing parliament to pass laws that
"wipe away the rulings of all
the courts of the Bahamas,
including the Privy Council,
that have declared hanging to
be illegal, unconstitutional and
cruel and unusual punish-
Those who sign the petition
are further calling on parlia-
ment to pass legislation which
subjects "all judges of all courts
of the Bahamas courts, includ-
ing the Privy Council, to the
scrutiny of the Bahamian peo-
ple before they are appointed
to ensure that they are not car-
riers of latent and virulent
views, contrary to the position

of the Bahamian people that
hanging is the just, proper,
legal and constitutional pun-
ishment for murder."
The petition also calls for the
unequivocal and unambiguous
denial of the privilege of bail
for all those charged with mur-
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PRESIDENT Thabo Mbeki's resignation
Sunday is the culmination of a fierce power
struggle within South Africa's ruling party,
the African National Congress. The party
voted to ask Mbeki to resign after a judge dis-
missed a corruption case against his ANC
rival Jacob Zuma on a technicality. Mbeki
was done in by the judge's voicing his belief
that Mbeki's government exerted improper
political influence on the prosecutors who
brought the charges against Zuma.
It was a sign of South Africa's attachment
to democracy that Mbeki heeded the request
of the party he had belonged to for more
than a half century. But speculation in the
aftermath of his resignation that some of
Mbeki's supporters may bolt the ANC to
form a new party points up an increasingly
troublesome aspect of South African democ-
Unity was a key virtue for the ANC during
the struggle against apartheid. But since the
creation of a one-person, one-vote democra-
cy in 1994, the rationale for unity has become
more and more dubious.
Mbeki said he was leaving office for the
sake of party unity. But his own internecine
feud with Zuma reflects the reality of fac-
tionalism within the ANC. Sadly, South
Africa's drift toward a virtual one-party state
has allowed ANC leaders in power to become
less and less accountable to the populace.

MANY hospitals have stepped up efforts to
encourage regular hand washing by doctors.
But what about their clothes?
Amid growing concerns about hospital
infections and a rise in drug-resistant bacteria,
the attire of doctors, nurses and other health
care workers worn both inside and out-
side the hospital is getting more attention.
While infection control experts have pub-
lished extensive research on the benefits of
hand washing and equipment sterilization in
hospitals, little is known about the role that'
ties, white coats, long sleeves and soiled scrubs
play in the spread of bacteria.
The discussion was reignited this year when
the British National Health Service imposed a
"bare below the elbows" rule barring doctors
from wearing ties and long sleeves, both of
.which are known to accumulate germs as doc-
tors move from patient to patient.

Mbeki himself indirectly alluded to the
effects of this syndrome in his farewell
address Sunday. "Despite the economic
advances we have made, I would be the first
to say that the fruits of the positive results are
still not fully and equitably shared among
our people," he said. "Hence the abject
poverty we still find coexisting side by side
with extraordinary opulence."
This is a fair description of the way South
Africa's post-liberation successes are inter-
twined with its failures. Mbeki's pro-busi-
ness policies have opened the country to for-
eign investment, and in a time of soaring
commodity prices there has been a flood of
foreign investment pouring into South
Africa's mines and banks. Some of the ANC
luminaries and their friends and families have
grown wealthy in this new era, benefitting
from the connections that come with political
influence. But at the same time, more than
half the population suffers from the abject
poverty Mbeki described.
If the ANC divided into competing politi-
cal parties, those in power would be obliged
to become more accountable and more
responsive to South Africa's impoverished
majority. The best thing to come of Mbeki's
fall from power could turn out to be the end
of ANC "unity" and the birth of a genuine
multiparty political system.

In the United States, hospitals generally
require doctors to wear "professional" dress
but have no specific edicts about ties and long
But while some data suggest that doctors'
garments are crawling with germs, there's no
evidence that clothing plays a role in the
spread of hospital infections. And some
researchers report that patients have less con-
fidence in a doctor whose attire is casual.
This month, the medical journal BJU Inter-
national cited the lack of data in questioning
the validity of the new British dress code.
Still, experts say the absence of evidence
doesn't mean there is no risk it just means
there s no gqod research. A handful of reports
do suggest that the clothing of health workers
can be a reservoir for risky germs.
(These articles are provided by New York
Times News Service c.2008).

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After Mbeki end of ANC unity?

EDITOR, The Tribune:
WE WOULD like to ask
the Minister of Education
one question: Sir, what is the
purpose of The Human
Resources Department? Is
it their personal duty to
make sure that Bahamians
are not hired.
We are speaking from
personal experience and
don't wish to call names at
this time. A group of us
were applying from May
2008 and now school is on
the brink of closing for
Christmas and our files have
yet to leave the first stage
being your human resources
department. I have seen for-
eigners process through
immigration and allowed to
move on with necessary per-
mits for various jobs before
our processing here is com-
pleted. We really thought it
would be a smoother
process under this new gov-
ernment, but it seems that
people are intentionally
dragging their feet to sabo-
tage your effort or they just
don't care about our chil-
dren in school.
I personally am following
this and from May 2008 to
date I have seen people's
complete files been mis-
placed by this department
and without an apology or
considerations for monies
spent on transcripts from
various colleges and other
documents. May God be my
witness they are just told
they have to re-apply and
nothing can be done until
they do.
Tell us please, who do
these people answer too,
please tell us that someone
is in charge because it seems
like a bunch of heartless and
ungraceful persons are hav-
ing their way in this depart-
ment at our expense. To add
insult to injury you are given
a list of what you must bring
in, after you comply you get
an extended list and seem-
ingly one item at a time
without consideration for
your time, gas or intelli-
gence. Instead they further
tell you how they call you
and can't ever catch up with
you, when, apart from hav-

ing answering machines at
home, they also have your
cellular contact number.
Please, sir, tell us who are
these people?
After this summer our
view of this department is
like shopping in our local
foodstores where we have
the Bahamian products
stuck in a dusty shelf and
priced high, while the
imported products meet you
at the door and are adver-
tised with the weekly
coupons. We wish the nega-
tive message that Bahami-
ans are not interested in
teaching careers in the
Bahamas would stop,
instead use your efforts to
make educators feel more
welcome when they attempt
to enter. We have seen
teachers prepared to go to
the family islands, males
included, who had spent
their last on preparing by
purchasing new tyres, car
battery and household
items, and a Physical Edu-
cation teacher with his own
sporting equipment, who is
very much needed in our
field. Bahamian teachers are
turned around and away and
all because they don't have
their marriage licence or a
birth certificate, despite
turning in their passports,
national insurance card or
drivers license, please where
is the grace? These people
could use some Bahama
.host courses for inter acting
with both us and the public.
Let me interject here, we
are hoping that the govern-
ment would give support to
Mrs Belinda Wjlson and her
staff in their efforts to
unionise our private schools
because this can only help
with the quality of educa-
tion and fair play for the for-
eigners and Bahamians alike
being hired in this arena as
Minister Bethel, we are
addressing you today
because we are tired and
really need to know what's

going on in this department.
What you do next is
between you and your God.
But we want you to be
mindful that the main peo-
ple suffering are the children
and this place is the future
of 'our country and is in
grave danger.
At a school assembly in
my address to the students, I
told them that they have to
demand that we teach them
and teach them right now.
My reason being that with
time being lost for hurri-
canes, holidays and such like
before they know it, this
year would have ended and
what will be the cry. Our
children are dumb, the
teachers are not serious. No
one will remember the hur-
ricane season, or the fact
that school openings were
delayed for better condi-
tions and the fact that Miss
Thang at your humar
resources had'teachers sign-
ing in until October 2008.
Teachers who were qualified
and willing to work with the
system until finances can be
Mr Minister as Bahami-
ans we have rights, as
Bahamian children they
were promised a good edu-
cation and as educators we
deserve respect, graceful
favour and a listening ear
from time to time.
Is it fair for you as a gov-
ernment to ask us to be
more receptive to foreign-
ers when it appears they are
being chosen in our stead,
really now do you want us
to just stand idly by and
watch this happen?
Today' we ask the ques-
tion, after we allow this to
happen and we are replaced,
where are we as a people to
'run for aide? Please some-
body, anybody be our medi-
ator, step in and take away
the bitter and make it bet-
ter. And for the sake of us
all, get us out of human
resources so we all can have
a blessed week. Always
remember attitude reflects
September, 2008.

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Rebuilding the eaten-away
beaches does not appear to
be an option. Schwartz said
that the Gulf of Mexico does
not deposit sand on Galve-
ston Island and other nearby
beaches, and that trucking in
huge amounts of sand would
not work, because storms
would just wash it away with-
in a year or two.

Hotel union employees claim

they are 'struggling to survive'

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Some Ike

victims may

not be allowed

to rebuild
HUNDREDS of people
whose beachfront homes
were wrecked by Hurricane
Ike may be barred from
rebuilding under a little-
noticed Texas law. And even
those whose houses were
spared could end up seeing
them condemned by the state,
according to Associated Press.
Now here's the saltwater in
the wound: It could be a year
before the state tells these
homeowners what they may
or may not do.
Worse, if these homeown-
ers do lose their beachfront
property, they may get noth-
ing in compensation from the
The reason: A 1959 law
known as the Texas Open
Beaches Act. Under the law,
the strip of beach between
the average high-tide line and
the average low-tide line is
considered public property
and it is illegal to build any
thing there.
Over the years, the state
has repeatedly invoked the
law to seize houses in cases
where a storm eroded a beach
so badly that a home was sud-
denly sitting on public prop-
erty. The aftermath of Ike
could see the biggest such use
of the law in Texas history.
"I don't like it one bit," said
Phillip Curtis, 58, a Dallas
contractor who owns two
homes a $350,000 vacation
home and a $200,000 rental
- on Galveston Island's
Jamaica Beach. "I think the
state should allow us to try to
save the houses. I don't
appreciate the state telling
people, 'Now it belongs to us.'
It breaks your heart."
The former state senator
who wrote the law had little
"We're talking about damn
fools that have'bdilt htioies
on the edge of the sea for as,
long as man could rememb'ir
and against every advice any-
one has given," A.R. "Babe"
Schwartz said.
Ike's 110 mph winds, storm
surge of 12 feet and waves
that measured as high as 26
feet obliterated the 4- to 6-
foot dunes and redrew the
tide lines along a broad
stretch of the Texas Gulf
Texas General Land Com-
missioner Jerry Patterson, a
Republican whose office is
responsible for policing the
beaches, said he saw hun-
dreds of houses in jeopardy
of being declared on the
beach unlawfully as he flew
over the coastline this week.
"And those are the ones
still standing," he said. Other
homes, he said, were reduced
to pilings sticking up out of
the sand or water.
Patterson said no decision
on whether homeowners can
continue living there would
be made for at least a year,
while authorities watch the
ever-shifting boundaries of
the beach.
"You want to have at least
a complete all four seasons
and find out what Mother
Nature is actually going to do
until she finishes what she's
going to do," Patterson said.
That could put homeown-
ers in a bind. Many may be
afraid to spend money on
home repairs if there is a
chance the state is just going
to condemn the property.
Those whose homes were
destroyed can collect insur-
ance. But it is unclear
whether those whose undam-
aged homes are condemned
under the Texas law will get
any compensation, from the
state or anyone else.
Land Office spokesman
Jim Suydam said the agency
used to offer people up to
$50,000 to move, but he did-
n't know if that fund still

weekend and tell my daughter that
mommy hasn't been paid? She needs
certain things for herself, food to eat
basically. We need help."
The employee added that most
union workers are under the assump-
tion that the problem of employee
cheques not being signed by union
trustees, is a result of a union exec-
utive's job having been terminated
The employee alleges that at least
one trustee has refused to sign all
cheques until the ousted executive is

According to union Secretary
General Leo Douglas: "Other per-
sons have been terminated from the
.union through legitimate reasons,
and we never had a problem like
"They ... don't have that right to
hold up the union for no one indi-
vidual, not even the president as far
as I am concerned."
Union trustees reportedly have
been unavailable or unwilling to sign

cheques on the union's behalf.
As a result of this situation, the
union has reportedly run up bills
with BEC and BTC, and is short on
food and other supplies for various
union departments. It also owes
salary payments to 114 union
Last Friday, more than 100 union
employees gathered in demonstra-
tion in front of Workers' House,
demanding that union executives pay
outstanding salaries.
In June of this year, a similar inci-
dent occurred, where employees had
not received salaries due to union
trustees refusing to sign cheques.
- The matter was not resolved for a
After receiving a court order from
Justice Neville Adderley, executives
and trustees were forced to prepare
regular payrolls for employees.

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THE HOME of 89-year-old Alfred Bain, which has been repaired'
since Iosingits, roof during Hurricane, Ike. Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham visited Mr.Bain at his newly repaired home during his
tour of the island on Saturday, September 20.

THE HOME of Victoria Hanna, which has been repaired since suf-
fering major roof damage during Hurricane Ike.

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EMPLOYEES of the Bahamas
Hotel Catering and Allied Workers
Union claim that as tensions mount
between union executives and
trustees, they and their families are
struggling to survive.
A 40-year-old single mother
employed at Workers' Academy said
both teachers and administrators
thei'e have not been paid.
She said the fact that she has not
received a pay cheque from the
BHCAWU for more than two
weeks, has led to increased chal-
lenges not only for her, but also for
her teenage daughter.
Asking to remain anonymous, the
mother said: "My child is in high
school, and there are things that she
needs. How could I go home every

Single mother says teachers

and administrators at Workers'

Academy have not been paid


Russian Navy

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off to Venezuela

THE INTERFAX news agency says a Russian Navy
squadron has set off for Venezuela, according to Associated
Interfax is quoting Russian Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo
as saying the nuclear-powered Peter the Great cruiser accom-
panied by several other ships sailed from Severomorsk and
headed to Venezuela Monday.
Dygalo said the squadron will call at Venezuelan ports
and take part in joint maneuvers with the Venezuelan navy.
The deployment follows a weeklong visit to Venezuela
by a pair of Russian strategic bombers. Russia's intensifying
military contact with Venezuela appears to be a response to
the U.S. dispatch to Georgia of warships carrying aid after its
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Airport emergency

exercise to test

agencies' readiness

THE Nassau Airport Development
Company will conduct its biennial full-
scale airport emergency exercise on
As a result, the public is advised to
expect some unusual activity in the
vicinity of the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport (LPIA).
The operation will commence at
9.30am on Wednesday and is antici-
pated to be completed at around noon.
"Please note that normal airport
operations will not be affected by this
exercise and travellers should continue
with their scheduled travel plans,"
NAD said.
This year's exercise, dubbed "Oper-
ation Rescue", will be a simulated air-

craft crash at LPIA involving all local
emergency response agencies.
The "passengers" will consist of vol-
unteers from the Royal Bahamas Police
A police presence will be in place at
several junctions near the airport to
facilitate the movement of emergency
vehicles, NAD said yesterday in a press
Citizens and visitors should expect
to see fire trucks, ambulances, police
cars and other official traffic engaged in
this practice exercise.
The public is advised not to be
alarmed by the number of emergency
vehicles in the vicinity of the airport
and to cooperate with the police on the

roadways around the airport perimej
ter while the exercise is being con-
Vice-president of operations Lori
Chambers said the opportunity for
NAD and other agencies to test their
emergency response procedures is vital
to disaster preparedness.
"This exercise will test our commul
nication procedures and the coordinaz
tion of all agencies' actions," she said'
Ms Chambers further explained that
conducting live simulated exercises is
critical to ensuring that plans- are
"robust and realistic."
However, NAD said it appreciates
that there may be minor inconvenience
to the public during the exercise. )

BEC staff

K in safety


A GROUP of BEC man-
agers and technical staff say
they are equipped
and enthusiastic about
enhancing safety procedures
after undergoing a
training programme in the
handling of hazardous mate-
The seminar, known as the
HAZWOPER programme,
was conducted by experts
from EIC Environmental
Services, based in Alparetta,
BEC became the first elec-
tricity utility in the
Caribbean to secure this
prestigious programme for
its personnel.
This first group is now abli
to train others in the corpo-
ration and BEC said it will
also extend the training to
other organizations in the
spirit of community.

and engineers gather around
Leonardo Moxey to check out th(
"Level A" chemical resistan
suit. When compared to a "Leve
B" suit, the outfit Moxey is wear-
ing provides enhanced protection
against chemical hazardous
During BEC's groundbreaking
HAZWOPER training programme
in the handling of hazardous
materials, expert trainer Dan Buc-
caneer and Leonardo Moxey, BEC
engineer in training, demonstrat-
ed how to dress in a "Level B"
chemical resistant suit, which is
used primarily when responding
to handling chemical hazards.

BELOW: Safety equipment
must be fitted correctly to be
effective when workers are han-
dling hazardous waste. Engineer
Leonardo Moxey is being helped
by Dan Buechner into a self-con-
tained breathing apparatus, which
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FREEPORT- A Freeport
man was yesterday charged
with murder in the Magis-
trate's Court in connection
with the shooting death of
Roland Elidor at the Pepper,
Pot Takeaway Restaurant.
Deon Kevin Rigby, 29, of
No 52, apartment three, Gar-
den Villas Apartments who
is also known as "Bippy" -
appeared before Magistrate
Debbye Ferguson in Court
- It is alleged that on Septem-
ber 6, Rigby, being concerned
with others, intentionally and
unlawfully caused the death of
Roland Elidor, 32, of Hanna
Hill, Eight Mile Rock.
The accused was not
required to enter a plea to the
murder charge. The matter
was adjourned to March 24,
2009, when a preliminary
inquiry will be held to deter-
mine if there is sufficient evi-
dence for Rigby to stand
trial for murder in the

Supreme Court.
In a separate matter, Rigby
pleaded guilty to possession
of a small quantity of marijua-
na on September 6.
The court ordered Rigby to
pay a $600 fine or spend 90
days in prison.
In other court matters,
Kendrick Leanda McQueen,
36, of No 78 Dogfish Street,
Caravel Beach, was charged
with causing grievous harm.
It is alleged that on Septem-
ber 20, McQueen a security
officer at the Bowling Alley -
intentionally and unlawfully
caused grievous harm to Ivan
Thompson Jr at the Bowling
According to reports,
Thompson sustained serious
injuries after he was stabbed in
the upper chest with a knife.
McQueen, who was repre-
sented by attorney Simeon
Brown, elected summary trial
and pleaded not guilty. He
was granted bail in the sum of
$3,000 and the matter was
adjourned to May 25, 2009.

Chanquin Rexford Russell,
23, of No 80 Whymper Lane,
was also charged with causing
grievous harm to Delano
Green on Fawcett Lane on
September 19, 2008.
He pleaded not guilty to the
charge and elected summary
Additionally, Russell, along
with Judy Johnson, 48, and
Kadie McBride, 33, also of No
80 Whymper Lane, were
charged with being found in
possession of seven .357 bul-
lets without proper authorisa-
tion on September 19 at
Whymper Lane.
The. three accused pleaded
not guilty to the charge and
were each granted bail in the
sum of $2,500 with two
McQueen and Judy Johnson
also pleaded not guilty to a
separate charge of possession
of a small quantity of marijua-
na on September 20 at Whym-
per Lane.
The matters were adjourned
to September 25, 2009. Rus-
sell, who was represented by
Mr Brown, was granted bail
in the sum of $2,000.

THE Defence Force yesterday apprehended 84 illegal Haitian immigrants off the coast of Inagua.
Acting on information from the United States Coast Guard, the Defence Force's marine unit stationed
in Inagua intercepted an overloaded Haitian vessel 16 miles off Mathew Town. On board, the officers
found 71 men and 12 women. The migrants were turned over to Immigration officials in Mathew Town.
The vessel was unsanitary and will be destroyed, the Defence Force said. This is the first major
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ABOVE: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham brings remarks during the funeral service for Exuma businessman Samuel Gray Jr, held at St
Andrews Anglican Church in George Town, Exuma, on Saturday, September 20.
BELOW: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham (right) attends the funeral servicqfor Exuma businessman Samuel Gray Jr. Also in attendance
(from left) were Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell and Exuma MP Anthony Moss

PM attends funeral of

Exuma businessman

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham attended the funeral
of Exuma businessman Samuel
Gray Jr on Saturday.
Speaking at the memorial ser-
vice held at the St Andrews
Anglican Church in George
Town, Exuma, Mr Ingraham
remembered Mr Gray as "giant
in Exuma."
"I came out of respect and the
great appreciation I have for
Sam Gray, to acknowledge.his
accomplishments and leadership
in this community and in our
"Sam was a fixture, indeed a

giant in Exuma free spirited,
successful businessman, respect-
ed community leader and cher-
ished family man," he said.
The prime minister described
Mr Gray as a member of a fam-
ily of adventurers.
"All of the Gray brothers, in
one way or another regardless
to where they came to call home,
made a positive impact on the
"Sam took pride in his roots
and notwithstanding his natur-
al inclination for adventure, he
believed that he had a duty and
responsibility to remain at home

in Exuma and to contribute
toward building his community.
And this he did. He stayed at
home and committed to helping
to develop his community," Mr
Ingraham said.
"Sam began employment ear-
ly and rose to become one of
Exuma's most enterprising and
well-known sons. He came to
Georgetown from Williams
Town, the farthest southern
point of Exuma. And, he
became a pre-eminent business-
man here, a credit to Exuma. He
helped to make Exuma to what
it is today."

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nears 30,000

graduates at

30th anniversary
THE Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation will
celebrate the 30th
anniversary of the
Bahamahost training pro-
gramme from October 3
to October 5 by assem-
bling past graduates for a
series of refresher and
recreational events.
"Bahamahost has
played a significant role in
preparing the mindset of
Bahamian professionals
for the awesome responsi-
bilities that came along
with our service-based
economy," said Diana
Brooks, senior manager of
education and training in
the Ministry of Tourism
and Aviation.
"This program began
when our nation was very
young and it has grown
along with our hospitality
industry, which shoul-
dered the country's econo-
my for all these years."
Bahamahost, started in
1978 as the country's fore-
most service training
course, has successfully
instructed close to 30,000
professionals and stu-
The graduates complet-
ed course work through a
total of almost 700 ses-
sions over the past three
Ms Brooks said the
Ministry of Tourism and
Aviation will mark
Bahamahost's 30th
anniversary with a week-
end packed with activities.
During and leading up
to the weekend, the Min-
istry will use media
appearances and
announcements to dissem-
inate Bahamahost infor-
mation and messages to
the public.
"Bahamahost covers so
much information and
gives such a comprehen-
sive understanding of the
Bahamas that we felt it
was only fitting to remind""
everyone of the wealth of
knowledge that the pro-
gram offers," Ms Brooks
said. "There is enough
material to last the entire
year, but we will see how
much of it we can cover in
the media over the four-
week period that we have
The special weekend
will include a 30th
anniversary conference, a
fun run and walk and a'
church service. The con-
ference will be a one-day
event at the Royal
Bahamian Sandals Resort
that will present advanced
lectures from tourism
industry professionals on
October 3.
The fun run/walk will be
held on October 4 and
start from the Eastern
Parade to Goodman's
Bay. The following day's
church service will be held
at New Covenant Baptist
Former Bahamahost
graduates, industry profes-
sionals and the general
public are encouraged to
take part in all events, Ms
Brooks said.

Bahamasair introducing

new deals and strategies

IN THESE times of a economic tur-
moil and a slow tourism industry,
Bahamasair announced that it is
offering new deals and introducing
new strategies to attract
The national flag carrier said it is
now partnering with several hotel
chains and car rentals in South Florida
to offer passengers special package
Bahamasair is also expanding its role
in the tourism business this Fall by
strengthening its partnership with
Kerzner, the Cable Beach properties,
the Out Island Promotion Board, th,,
Grand Bahama Promotion Board and
Paradise Island Vacations.
"Revised attractive air rates will be
packaged with.these properties and the
major online sales channels to fill the
gap of diminishing lift from South

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tion where they saw a vehicle
registered to Brian Beneby.
ASP Taylor told the court that
he ordered the vehicle to be
towed from the charter section
to the police Criminal Record's
According to ASP Taylor,
around 2 am on June 27, he and
a team of officers went by police
boat to South Mastic Point,
Andros. ASP Taylor said that
based on information they had
received they then travelled to
the home of Louise Miller. ASP
Taylor told the court that there
they arrested brothers Ryan
and Ricardo Miller. He told the
.court that upon seizing Ricardo
Miller, the accused said, "You
got me."
ASP Taylor said that he saw
a cut at the base of the left
thumb of Ricardo Miller. He
said when he questioned the
accused about the injury, Ricar-
do replied that he had been bit-
ten by a barracuda. ASP Taylor
said thathb.oh,, brothers Were,-
informed that, they were sus-
pected of the murder of Mario
Miller, advised of their rights,
and brought to New Providence
later that morning.
According to ASP Taylor,
while at the airport in New
Providence, he spoke with
Ricardo Miller who told him,
"I was there but I wasn't the
one who killed him." According
to ASP Taylor, Miller told him
that he would identify who
killed Mario Miller when his
lawyer arrived. ASP Taylor
went on to tell the court that
both men were taken to CDU
where they were handed over
to Sergeant 106 Merinard.
During cross-examination
by Ricardo Miller's lawyer,
Romauld Ferreira, ASP Taylor
acknowledged that Ricardo
Miller never admitted to killing
or causing harm to Mario
Miller. During cross-examina-
tion by Ryan Miller's attorney,

Florida into the Bahamas," the airline
said yesterday in a press release.
The airline is also offering special
deals which include hotel accommo-
dation and car rental packages through-
out the Bahamas and South Florida.
Bahamasair announced that it will
be offering Florida getaway packages.

"Bahamasair has partnered with
hotel and car rental vendors in South
Florida to offer super packages into
Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
"Hotel operators such as Hampton
Inn, Staybridge Suites, Comfort Suites,
Extended Stay and Courtyard Marriott
(have) offered the airline room rates
starting as low as $69 per night and
Bahamasair is offering this rate to the

public without a mark-up," the airline
Furthermore, Bahamasair is target-
ing those customers who are members
of the airline's frequent flyer pro-
"There are 14,000 locals who are
members of this elite club and Bahama-
sair want to say 'thank you' by offering
members a 50 per cent sale on their
accumulated points," Bahamasaii said
in a press release.
The national flag carrier also
announced that it is targeting families
and small business operators who trav-
el with a lot of luggage.
"These passengers are loyal to
Bahamasair and we want to say
'thanks' by offering them our 'Baggage
Bucks' coupons. The Baggage Bucks
have a value of $20 that can be applied
against your second bag charge or your

ment owner and operator,
recalled, that around 10 or 11
am on June 22, 2002 he was on
Yamacraw Beach and had just
finished taking his dog for a
swim when a jeep drove past
him. Mr Finder said he did not
pay much attention to it as he
thought it was young lovers out
for a drive. Mr Pinder said he
then saw a grey or white Nis-
san Sentra drive past. The dri-
ver tooted the car's horn. Again
Mr Pinder said he paid no
attention to the vehicle. Accord-
ing to Mr Pinder both vehicles
went about 300 feet into a side
road and after about half an
hour the Sentra left. He said
that he took a drive up the
beach and discovered the jeep
in the middle of the causeway
which led onto the beach, with
its left door open. Mr Pinder
said he thought it was merely
lovers in the area and turned
away. He told the court that he
was later called in to CID where
he identified the jeep and the
Toni Bamett, the former girl-
friend of the deceased told the
court that she last saw Mario

quharson suggested to Mr
Mackey that he was not telling
the truth when he said that it
was Ryan Miller who had asked
him if he knew anyone who
wanted to buy the drugs. Refer-
ring to his police statement Ms
Farquharson pointed out that
he had told police that it was
the person in the front passen-
ger seat of the jeep who had
asked him if he knew anyone
who would buy the drugs.
Mr Mackey responded, "It
was a long time ago, I thought it
was Manny." She also suggested
that he had told that person that
he would' check around."
Mr Mackey said that he did
not recall saying that, nor did
he recall asking the man for his
telephone number as she had'
Barry Pinder, a self
employed heavy duty equip-


excess baggage charge," the airline
The national airline will also be intro-
ducing its domestic tourism initiative.


"Bahamasair is partnering with at
least two properties within dach Fami-
ly Island serviced by Bahamasair rang-
ing from Abaco to Inagua.
"The property owners in the Family
Islands were overjoyed when
approached on the partnership poten-
tial and were quick to offer deep dis-
counts to Bahamians to visit and expe-
rience their property and their island. It
has become infectious and more and
more Family Island properties are join-
ing the partnership by the day," the
airline said.

alive around 9 o'clock on the
morning of June 22,2002 when
he dropped her home. Barnett
told the court that she and
Miller had planned to go to the
movies at 1 pm that day, how-
ever she never saw him alive
again. ...

Romona Farquharson, ASP
Taylor acknowledged that Ryan.
Miller had denied any lknowl-
edge of the murder.
Ednol Mackey, a prison offi-
cer, recalled yesterday that on
June 21, 2002 a day before
prosecutors say Mario Miller
w.as murdered murder
accused Ryan Miller picked him
up from his house. According
to Mr Mackey, Ryan Miller,
who he referred to as "Manny,"
Ricardo Miller and a man he
identified as Demarco travelled
to a beauty saloon on Shirley
Street. There Mackey told the
court that they met a man he
later identified as Mario Miller.
According to Mr Mackey, he,
Manny and Ricardo Miller got
into Mario's Infinity jeep and
travelled onto Collins Avenue
then circled the area with
Demarco following in Manny's
white Sentra.
Mackey told the court that
while in the jeep Mario gave
Ricardo a taped package and
Manny in turn asked him if he
knew anyone who would buy
it. Mr Mackey told the court
that although Manny never said
what "it" was it was' quite obvi-
ous that it was drugs. Mackey
told the court that he told Man-
ny that that.was not his "thing."
According to Mackey this
sequence of events took place
between 4.30 and 6.30 pm that
day. He said that afterwards
Mario went his way, they went
theirs and that was the last he
saw of Mario Miller.
During cross-examination
L I _r Ferreira, Mr Mackey told
the court that he had informed
a family member who was on
the police force about the inci-
dent. Attorney Romona Far-

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dence of them having thought
"outside the box" to begin
addressing the judicial backlog and
rising crime rates.
The Bill will also bring in an
element of "restorative justice"
into the Bahamian system -
allowing victims of crime or
their relatives some input into
how their assailant is dealt with.
Plea bargaining involves
prosecuting officers, in con-
junction with the defence attor-
ney, offering a "deal" or agree-
ment to an accused individual
as an incentive for the accused
to plead guilty. Once the deal is
accepted, it avoids the need for
a trial but more often ensures a
The bargain often involves
the accused agreeing, in return
for a more lenient charge or
sentence, to cooperate with
police, providing useful infor-
mation that would help them
solve other cases.
If they break the deal, they
will suffer the full penalty they
would have otherwise faced.
According to Youth, Sports
and Ctlture minister Desmond
Bannister, only four to five per
cent of cases actually go to trial
in the United States in other
words, 95 to 96 per cent of
accused people plead guilty
because of the availability of
the plea bargain.
Legal experts in that coun-
try have suggested that their
system would "collapse" with-
out the bargaining option.
Mr Bannister said the avail-
ability of plea bargaining in the
U.S. has been "credited both
with ensuring that some of their
most notorious criminals have
been imprisoned, and speeding
up the system of justice."
However, under British com-
mon law plea bargaining has
traditionally been rejected and
the Bahamas has followed its
former coloniser in this Tegard'
,until now.
MP KWisi Thompson said
that "if used properly" the mea-
sure.shoqld solve some, but not
all of thd country's crime and
justice problems.

7 the number of people sen-
tenced to time in jail in the
last four years for commit-
ting murder
185 the number of murders
committed since 2006.
2556 the number of people
admitted to Her Majesty's
Prison in 2007, of which
only 32 per cent were sen-
tenced and 68 per cent were
on remand.
"There will be less matters
going to trial, those matters that
actually go to trial will go to
trial quicker, and if we have the
matters go to trial quicker then
it's less likely that accused per-
sons will be granted bail for
serious offences on the basis
that they didn't think they
could get a trial within a rea-
sonable period of time," Mr
Thompson said.
Meanwhile, persons whose
pleas are accepted by the judge
will be sentenced right away
and therefore the question of
bail will not arise.
Although describing it as a
"fundamental intervention",
Opposition MP and attorney
Philip Brave Davis down
played the proposal, saying
deals have often been struck
between prosecution and
defence attorneys.'
He admitted, however, this
is done on an "ad hoc" basis
and does not by law involve the
judge or the~ ictim.ias the new
bill prescribes.
....., Meanwhile, despite the
Supreme Court ruling in the
United States that plea bar-
gaining is constitutional in that
country, Mr Davis said "the
debate still rages" over whether

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it against monies it owed to the Corporation in
turn for electricity usage by Government.
Asked whether Government intends to collect
the debt, Mr Deveaux said, via email: "The Gov-
ernment has the option of collecting taxes, writing
offpast due bills or converting the same to equi-
ty depending on the circumstances. I
t"BEC's financial condition, administrative effi-
ciency, technical competence and operational
accountability will be constantly reviewed to
enFure that the corporation and its customers
receive the best value for money."
Responding to the criticism that it is "hypo-
critical" of BEC to cut off customers for non-
payment when it fails to meet its own bills, Mr
Deveaux added: "BEC has high account receiv-
ables (amount owed to it by customers) and is
likewise expected to pay for its fuel bills to oil
companies and other service providers.
"BEC sympathises with its customers and ful-
ly appreciates the burdens it places on its con-
sumers due to the high cost of fuel."
As for whether the letter seen by The Tribune
effectively shows that the two year tax holiday
granted BEC by Government in the 2008/2009
merely formalised an arrangement that has exist-'

it should take place and some
states have rejected it.
"Though undoubtedly plea
bargaining alleviates the work-
load of the judge, the defence
lawyers, the prosecution, it also
has the tendency of robbing the
system of its own sense of
responsibility," said Mr Davis.
Mr Sears added that "there
has to be a balance between
expediency, efficiency and the
fundamental rights of the
Both Mr Sears and MP Fred
Mitchell raised the issue of legal
aid during their contributions,
suggesting the bill heightens the
need for legislation to create a
public defenders office which
could provide defence counsel
to all those in cases who cannot
pay for it.
"The act by necessary impli-
cation requires a national sys-
tem of legal aid in order
for it to function," said Mr
Mr Bannister and Mr
Thompson emphasised the
safeguards that are built into
the Bill, modelled largely on
.one passed in Trinidad and
Tobago in 1999, to ensure that
the device is not abused.
These include the fact that it
can only take place after
approval is given by the Attor-
ney General, and there are
penalties for those who wrong-
fully induce an accused person
to accept a plea bargain.
Meanwhile, once before a
judge, the substance of and rea-
sons for the agreement must be
The judge then has the pow-
er to reject the agreement, par-
ticularly if he/she does not see it
serving the public interest.

Govt tight-lipped
ed for many years, the Minister said this is not the
"As indicated, monies owed to Customs were
generally offset against monies owed to BEC.
The two-year holiday addresses the burden placed
directly on the corporation due to a number of
factors inclusive of: The high cost of fuel, which
meant that for -the same volume larger amounts
were due in Custom Duty and Stamp Tax (a
windfall for Customs); the rate reduction in 2003,
which considerably reduced the corporation's
revenue and the ever increasing cost of fuel.
"These factors, along with others, contributed
to the deterioration of the Corporation finances,"
he said, adding: "The two year holiday is intend-
ed to assist BEC in restoring financial viability."
Mr Deveaux had been asked to comment on
whether BEC being forced to pay the tax debt
would cause the surcharge to "go through the
roof" as one source suggested.
To this he said: "Custom Duty is not passed on
to the customer by the corporation through the
fuel surcharge, it is born by BEC. Stamp tax on
the other hand is passed on to customers through
the fuel surcharge."

0 0


Wilchcombe backs

PLP leader Christie

and others "behind the scenes"
to remove Mr Christie and ulti-
mately take over the leadership
of the PLP.
However despite the chair-
man's denial, and that of Mr
Wilchcombe, the MP for West
End and Bimini said he believes
that these allegations are being
pushed by his detractors who
want to create a "negative per-
ception" about him.
"These individuals are seek-'
ing to create a negative percep-
tion of me within the organiza-
tion. That I want to destroy the
organization because of my own
ambition. They put that stuff
out there, and they say that they
are protecting Christie. I don't
think that they pay attention to
the simple fact that by doing
that and by making that claim
you are in fact making Christie
sound like a weak man.
"Christie doesn't need any-
body to defend him in that
regard. Christie and I have
always been very close. We
have our views, different views

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"Everyone benefits. The defendant benefits in getting a
reduced sentence, the prosecution benefits in getting a con-
viction and a reasonable sentence, the system benefits in secur-
ing a guilty plea without the cost of a trial, and witnesses are
spared having to give evidence. But everything depends on the
judge supervising it. Providing the judge is watching out for
inappropriate deals, it serves everyone's interest."
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on matters and we have always
discussed those matters very
openly. Christie will also tell
you and I'm sure he will that in
terms of my loyalty there has
never been a question. In terms
of my support there has never
been a question," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said that at
49-years-old, he has a wealth of
experience in Bahamian politics
having served as party chairman
for seven years, a senator for
two terms, a member of Parlia-
ment for two consecutive terms,
and also serving as a Cabinet
minister in Mr Christie's admin-
istration. With these qualifica-
tions under, Mr Wilchcombe
said that he hopes to one day
serve as Mr Christie's deputy.
"I don't have to do anything
derogatory or anything unto-
ward. I stand up and I say exact-
ly how I feel. I am not one of

these persons who hides behind,
things, I tell you how I feel
about something. That's how I
am and I stand up for what I
believe in," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe also said that
the PLP can win with Perry
Christie as leader, and he as.
"Given the opportunity to sit:
next to Christie as the deputy,
and that's what I'm hoping to
have the opportunity, I believe
that collectively we can be a
strong force.
"I believe that I can give some!
direction to the PLP, I believe I
can do some things, I believe
that I can help to rewrite our
approach to governance; I'
believe we can write some new
ideas and articulate it in such a
way that we can excite the!
Bahamian people and win their':
imagination again," he said.

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CINCINNATI REDS' Jerry Hairston Jr. watches his two-rufi single off Florida Marlins pitcher Logan Kensing in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, in Cincin-
nati. Reds' Corey Patterson, right, scored on the hit. The Reds won 7-5.

Associated Press
JOEY VOTTO pushed the
Florida Marlins right to the
brink of elimination and gave
fans a sweet way to remember
the Reds' final home game.
Votto homered and, doubled
to help Cincinnati rally from a
four-run deficit and beat the
Florida Marlins 7-5 Monday in
a makeup game.
The Marlins took a 4-0 lead
before giving up six runs in the
seventh inning on their way to
a third consecutive loss after a
nine-game winning streak
fanned dreams of a miracle
"It's tough trying to
rebound from those two
games," Florida starter Ricky
Nolasco said. "Just coming in
here for the day and losing
that way definitely hurts."
The loss dropped Florida 5
1/2 games behind New York
in the NL wild-card race with
six games left. The Mets
played Chicago at night.
Votto hit a go-ahead double
during a six-run burst in the
seventh inning. Jerry Hairston
Jr. drove in two runs with a
bases-loaded single to tie it,
and pinch-hitter Andy Phillips
later delivered a two-run sin-
"That usually happens any
time you can't get one or two
outs," Marlins manager Fredi
Gonzalez said. "We didn't get
the outs, and they took advan-
tage of it."
Aaron Harang (6-16), who
pitched a shutout against St.
Louis last Wednesday, gave
up four runs in seven innings.
David Weathers worked the
eighth and Francisco Cordero
closed for his 23rd save in 39
"We stuck with him because
we were trying to get him the
win," Reds manager Dusty
Baker said. "He ended the
season on a positive note -
big time."
Harang began the season 1-
4 despite a 2.98 ERA and did-
n't get much run support this
"I'm glad we were able to
help him out," Votto said.
"We owe him, I think."

"It's nice to end the season
at home like that," Harang
Nolasco allowed leadoff
doubles in each of the first two
innings, but he kept the Reds
scoreless until Votto's solo
homer in the sixth inning.
Nolasco retired 12 straight
batters before Votto's 22nd
home run.
Nolasco gave up two hits to
start the seventh. Andrew
Miller (6-10) relieved and
took the loss.
The game was a makeup
from a rainout May 15.
Left fielder Wilkin Castillo
made a leaping catch at the
wall on a drive by Hanley
Ramirez to lead off the game,
but Jeremy Hermida followed
with his 17th homer into the
right-field seats.
The Marlins took a 3-0 lead
in the second on RBI singles
by Cameron Maybin and Matt
Treanor. Reds third baseman
Edwin Encarnacion saved two
more runs with a lunging
backhanded grab of Ranmirez's
liner, the second time in two
innings the Marlins' leadoff
hitter was robbed of an extra-
base hit.
Josh Willingham hit his 12th
homer for a 4-0 lead in the
third that tied the Marlins'
franchise record of 201 set last


* The earned run given up by
Marlins LHP Arthur Rhodes in the
seventh was his first in 12 2-3
innings over 23 appearances.
* Encarnacion started after miss-
ing the last five games with a
sore left wrist.
* Ramirez had missed the last
four games with a strained left
* Monday's announced atten-
dance of 13,565 boosted the
Reds' final attendance to
2,058,632, an improvement of 39
over last year's total.
* New Orleans will be Florida's
Triple-A team for the next two
seasons. Albuquerque had been
the Marlins' top farm team.

CINCINNATI REDS' Danny Richar dives safely home past Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor on a Ryan Hani-
gan hit in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 7-5.



FLORIDA MARLINS pitcher Ricky Nolasco pitches
against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning of
a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, in

FLORIDA MARLINS' Jeremy Hermida rounds third
base past Cincinnati Reds third baseman Edwin
Encamacion after Hermida hit a solo home run off
Reds pitcher Aaron Harang in the first inning of a
baseball game, Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, in Cincinnati.

Schultz eliminated

from Senior

Women's Amateur
TULSA, Okla.
Associated Press
DEFENDING champion
Anna Schultz was eliminated
from the USGA Senior Wom-
en's Amateur Championship
on Monday, losing her first
match 2 and 1 to Anne Carr of
Seattle at Tulsa Country Club.
Carol Semple Thompson,
the owner of seven USGA
titles, including four senior
crowns, started her 109th
USGA event with a 2 and 1
victory over Karen Ferree of
Hilton Head, S.C.
Schultz, from Rockwall,
Texas, hit just five greens in
regulation on the par-71,
5,760-yard layout, including
only one on the back nine, and
lost a 3-up lead after eight
holes to Carr.
Carr took advantage of
Schultz's iffy play on the back
nine to win holes 9, 13, 14, 15
and 17, the final one as Schultz
conceded after failing to get
on the par-3 green in three
In addition to her win last
year, Schultz was the 2006 run-
ner-up. Carr, who has won
numerous state and regional
tournaments in the Pacific
Northwest, was runner-up to
Thompson in 2001.
She also lost to Thompson
in the semifinals in 2002 and
the third round in 2003. She
dropped the game for several
years after the death of her
mother in 2004 and only
resumed in earnest this year.
Thompson, who last won
this event in 2002, said, she
played most of her match "like
a plumber, not to insult
plumbers," before a stretch of
better golf late in the match
allowed her to prevail.
Carolyn Creekmore of Dal-
las, who was the medalist in
the 36-hole qualifier, advanced
with a 5 and 4 victory over
Mary Flynn of Eden Prairie,
Joan Higgins of Glendora,
Calif., who won the USGA
Mid- Amateur two weeks ago
and is trying for an unprece-
dented sweep, rolled to a 5
and 4 win over Vicky Pertier-
ra of Spain.
Golfers will play two rounds
of match play Tuesday, with
the finals scheduled for Thurs-

Chavez Jr., Vanda

set for boxing

rematch in Vegas

Associated Press
decision win
for Julio
Cesar Chavez
Jr. that led to J
a fans tossing
debris in his 'iK--
native Mexi-
prompted a
rematch with
Matt Vanda
on Nov. 1 in
Las Vegas.
KOs) seeks
to redeem
against Van-
da (38-7, 21
KOs) at
Bay Resort and Casino in a
fight announced Monday.
Also on the pay-per-view
card will be a world title bout
between IBF flyweight king
Nonito Donaire and South

Africa's Moruti Nthalane.
In July, Chavez tired badly
in a 10-round fight with Vanda
in Hermosillo, Mexico. Chavez
was favored by four points on
one judge's card, while anoth-
er favored Vanda by one point
and a third judge gave all 10
rounds to Chavez.
Fans tossed debris at
Chavez, the judges and any-
one nearby. Even Chavez dis-
agreed with the third judge.
"I felt I won the fight, but it
was close," said Chavez, the
son of former world champion
Julio Cesar Chavez.



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Associated Press

LANE KIFFIN went over the injury
report and the aftermath of the Oak-
land Raiders latest loss before the
questions predictably turned to his
shaky job status amid more reports
that his firing as coach would be immi-
"This seems to be a common ques-
tion here everyday," Kiffin said Mon-
day. "I'm going to kind of put it this
way: Until I am told by Al Davis that
I'm not the head coach here anymore,
we're going to keep plugging away the
same way we have been. So I have not
been told by Al Davis that I am not the
head coach. Until he tells me directly,
we'll keep plugging away."
With no word yet from the owner,
Kiffin began preparations for Sunday's
game between the Raiders (1-2) and
San Diego.
Kiffin's weekly Monday news con-
ferences have turned from the mun-
dane to must-see events since reports
about Kiffin's firing first surfaced on
Sept. 13. This week's session included
a Raiders official interrupting a ques-
tion that he said was based on an incor-
rect premise and later calling the
columnist 'a liar and saying he'd like to
punch him.
Team officials have refused to deny
the reports about Kiffin's firing and
the coach has been in a sort of limbo
ever since. But he once again trotted
out for his weekly duties, staying on as
coach for at least a little while longer.
He returned with the Raiders from a
crushing 24-23 loss at Buffalo to
reports that the decision was supposed
to come Monday, but Davis has
refused to act so far. Kiffin refused to
discuss the latest rumors, saying he's
waiting to hear directly from Davis.
The two have not talked since before
the season opener against Denver on
Sept. 8.
"I have not had a conversation with
him about it, nor has he gotten in touch
with me. So I can't worry about what
other people say," Kiffin said. "If we
believed everything people said around
here, we would be in a lot of trouble."
Kiffin said he will not go into Davis'
office to ask for a resolution, saying
it's not his place to tell Davis how to
run his team. He also won't step away
from the job, leading to the ongoing
"There's no way I'm quitting, and
that's got nothing to do with money, at
all," he said. "The last thing I'm ever
going to do is quit, the way that you
guys are talking about quitting or even
quit behind closed doors, as far as my
energy or my passion toward getting
this thing turned around. Because I
believe we can turn this thing around."
Kiffin has stressed to the players to
tune out the distraction of his job secu-
rity and focus solely on their perfor-
mance on the field. He was proud of
how his players performed last week in
winning at Kansas City and for the
first three quarters of their loss at Buf-
falo on Sunday.
But they were unable to hold onto a
nine-point fourth-quarter lead, giving
Kiffin reason for a sleepless night.
Linebacker Thomas Howard said
ignoring the talk can be hard at times
with friends text messaging all the time
about Kiffin's status and reporters ask-
ing about it. But he said the players
are doing the best they can.
"I guess it's great talk. It's drama. It's
TNT? It's drama, you know what I'm
saying?" Howard said. "So it makes
for good TV, I guess.. We can't worry
about it. I know a lot of guys around
here have been through two or three
different head coaches. We've been
through offseason stuff in this organi-
zation, and as a team we just stick

Spain await Argentina

in Davis Cup final

"MADRID, Spain
,, a .ASsociated Press

RAFAEL NADAL isn't too
U -worried about having to play
'. ., the Davis Cup final against
SArgentina on a fast indoor
0 . Nadal swept Andy Roddick
in straight sets on clay Sunday,
S.' sending Spain past the reigning
champion United States 4-1
S and into its sixth final and third
in eight years.
Argentina defeated Russia
3-2 in BuenQs Aires in the oth-
-er semifinal. It will host the
Nov. 21-23 final at Orfeo arena
in Cordoba, looking to offset
the clay-court edge of Nadal
I and his teammates.
"It's not just the surface but
X the team that matters," Nadal
S. said.
Argentina knows a faster
surface may be the only way
to beat Nadal, a four-time
French Open champion who
has lost only twice in his last
.117 clay matches.
"They'll choose whatever
works best for them. If they
.pick an indoor (stadium) we'll
.go looking to be as competi-
tive as possible," Spain captain
.Emilio Sanchez Vicario said.
"If they put us on grass we
have the Wimbledon champi-
Argentina, whose team fea-
". tures David Nalbandian and
Juan Martin del Potro, reached
its third final by eliminating a
Russian team confronted by a
boisterous and intimidating
S" -crowd.
"The Argentine public is a
Pfactor if the games are close,"
Sanchez Vicario said. "'But if
there is any evident superiori-
ty in a match then the public
R will have little influence. It
always depends on what hap-
pens on the court."
And Nadalmay be worn out
., after.the longest season of;his
career. Nadal and most likely
-David Ferrer will have little
Time to recover from jet lag,
having to travel directly to
Argentina from the Masters
THE SPANISH team celebrates after winning.the Davis Cup World Group semifinal against the United States at the Las Ventas bullring in Cup at Shanghai, China, which
Madrid on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. From left: Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, Emilio Sanchez, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal. runs from Nov. 11-16.
Roddick faulted the Davis
Cup organizers.
."They know that we love
... this competition, so they take
t .advantage of it and pretty
.. much put us through the ringer
a-" with the schedule not really
...k caring if we getmuch rest or
-."" ,. not," Roddick said. "But if
.-," anybody can handle it, it's
'- ". probably (Nadal)."
..Roddick knows just how
strong Nadal can be on the
clay after losing 6-4, 6-0, 6-4
on Sunday the first time the
U.S. player has-been blanked
o in a set over 22 Davis Cup
0 series.
a- "With Rafa having the year
.-".he's had you probably have to
like Spain's chances at this
point; but Argentina has been
N" a strong team over the years,"
said Roddick, who helped lead
the U.S. to the title last year.
-"-Sanchez Vicario knows the
.;" -' task will not be easy.

The New York Jets re-signed recently
released punter Ben Graham in time for
him to play in the team's Monday night
game against the San Diego Chargers.
Graham was cut last Tuesday after get-
ting off to a poor start in his fourth season
with. the Jets. New York signed journeyman
Reggie Hodges to replace him, but Hodges
injured his left thigh in practice late last
week and was ruled out for the game at San
The Jets waived wide receiver Marcus
Henry, the team's sixth-round draft pick out
of Kansas, to make room for Graham. Hen-
ry was inactive for New York's first two
Graham, a former Australian Football
League star, averaged just 27.3 net yards in
the Jets' 19-10 loss to New England last
week. The Patriots benefited from excellent
field position throughout the game, starting
five of their nine offensive series in Jets ter-
New York then cut the 34-year-old Gra--
ham and signed the 26-year-old Hodges,
who hasn't punted in an NFL game in nearly
three years.
The Jets also have rookie Waylon Prather
on their practice squad, but the team appar-
ently felt he wasn't ready to punt in an NFL
Graham has appeared in 49 career
games for the Jets, averaging 43.7 yards
with 24 touchbacks and 67 inside the 20-
yard line.


Coach Gary Kubiak reiterated his faith in
Matt Schaub, who has thrown five intercep-
tions and one touchdown in Houston's first
two games both losses.
Kubiak said everyone, including Schaub,
needs to improve.
"In this business every person, whether
they're playing or coaching, if they're not
doing their job then there's a chance they
could be replaced," Kubiak said. "But when I
look at the big picture, if I felt like one player
was the reason why we were not succeed-
ing, then that would be easy. But I don't see
it that way. I see a lot of reasons we're not
succeeding and we all need to fix those
Schaub was 17-of-37 for 188 yards and
three interceptions, with Cortland Finnegan
returning the last one 99 yards for a touch-
down in Sunday's 31-12 loss to Tennessee.
He wasn't the only one who struggled
against the Titans, with Andre Johnson hav-
ing an uncharacteristically sloppy game,
dropping passes, including one in the end
"He had his mistakes, but he also did
some good things that would have given us
a chance to be in position to win the football
game," Kubiak said of Schaub.
Schaub called the Texans problems this
season "a couple of bumps in the road," but
is confident he and the team can rebound.
"We've got to just rally around each other
and come back stronger next week," he


After more dominant defense and a
steady performance in the passing game by
new quarterback Gus Frerotte, it was possi-
ble to examine this first win and believe
Minnesota is back on track.
But Frerotte's 15 years in the league have
given him proper perspective.
"It takes the pressure off for one day,
anyway," he said. "Once we come back
Wednesday, we're right back at it."
The Vikings (1-2) might have saved their
season of high hopes with that 20-10 tri-
umph over the Carolina Panthers, but the
NFL's competitive setup creates a strictly
narrow timeline for savoring these season-
saving victories.
"I don't know if 'relaxed' would be the
word," coach Brad Childress said, with typi-
cal understatement. "We're playing a team
that's 3-0 this week. So nothing relaxing
about that."
Minnesota, which began by losing at
Green Bay by five points and to Indianapolis
by three, faces consecutive road games
against undefeated Tennessee and then New
Orleans (1-2) on a Monday night.
So enjoy this, boys, but only for a few
more hours. In fact, it's probably already too
"It's always good to come back to work
on a Monday after a win," cornerback
Antoine Winfield said. "The last two weeks
haven't been that exciting."


Seconds before he was to begin his news
conference, John Fox walked off the podium
to ask a team official a question. Fitting,
really, that 24 hours after the Panthers'
ugly, mistake-filled performance, the coach
would have a false start.
"One of many," Fox acknowledged.
Sunday's 20-10 loss at Minnesota wasn't
what the Panthers (2-1) expected in top
playmaker Steve Smith's return following
his two-game suspension. Instead of giving
the new-look offense a boost, the receiver
was part of a unit that did an impersonation
of the anemic 2007 edition.
Jake Delhomme had little time to find
Smith (four catches, 70 yards) because he
was on his back much of the day. After
engineering comeback wins in the first two
games, Delhomme was sacked five times
and lost two fumbles, one of which was
returned for a touchdown.
Handing it off didn't work either: The Pan-
thers had only 47 yards rushing.
And the Panthers had trouble just getting
plays off. Hampered by the crowd noise and
the Vikings' aggressive blitz package, the
Panthers were called for 12 penalties, six of
them false starts.
In the past two games, Carolina has
jumped the snap 11 times.
"Those are penalties that we have to get
fixed," Fox said. "That has been a problem
the last two games."


The Ravens have a new head coach and
the same old defense, which helps explain
why they're unbeaten and alone atop the
AFC North.
The Ravens have long relied on their
defense to win, and that formula hasn't
changed under first-year coach John Har-
baugh. Baltimore (2-0) has allowed only
two touchdowns, forced five turnovers and
surrendered 161.5 yards per game.
In Sunday's 28-10 win over Cleveland,
the league's top-ranked defense .sacked
Derek Anderson five times, picked off three
passes and kept the Browns scoreless in
the second half.
"Ever since the Ravens started playing
football in the '90s, they've played great
defense," Harbaugh said Monday. "It's a
tradition, and it's a challenge to them to
uphold that tradition,"
One of Harbaugh's best moves in the off-
season was retaining defensive coordinator
Rex Ryan, the lone remaining assistant
from Baltimore's 2000 Super Bowl team.
Since 1999, Baltimore leads the NFL in
fewest yards allowed, most takeaways and
fewest yards rushing per game.
"Why wouldn't you keep a great coach
like Rex Ryan around?" Harbaugh said.





Excitement at Windsor playing field

Top young

sailors to

compete in


FROM page 15

private schools, so the demand
is growing," Lowe said. "We
want to set up more clubs in the
schools which will be like an
after-school programme
because the interest is there, if
we had 200 boats available I am
sure we would have haal 200
people in this regatta."
The 2008 Opti Junior Nation-
als will be sponsored by the
Rotary Club of East Nassau,
KFC, Lyford Cay Foundation,
Royal Bank of Canada, KPMG,
Ministry of Sports, Ministry of
Tourism, Odyssey Aviation.
The Optimist sloops are the
nationwide class for young
sailors and according to the
International Dinghy Associa-
tion's website is largely regard-
ed as the introduction for many
of the world's top sailors into
the sport.
They boast that at the 2008
Olympics over 85 percent of the
medal winning boat skippers
were former Optimist sailors.
More than 100 countries com-
pete in optimist, and it is the
only sailing dinghy approved by
the International Sailing Feder-
ation exclusively for sailors
under 16 years of age.


Baptist Sports

Council meeting
THE Baptist Sports Council
will hold a meeting on Saturday
at 10 a.m. at the Bahamas Bap-
tist College, Jean Street for all
Churches participating in the
Rev. Dr. William Thompson
softballl Classic. The meeting is
to finalise the entry of teams,
collect registration fees and also
issue the schedule for the start
of the Classic. The Classic will
start on Saturday, October 4 at
the Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
plex. All Churches participating
are urged to have two represen-
tatives present.

THE Bahamas Cricket Association
continued its regular season action over
the weekend with two exciting games
played at the Windsor playing field.
* Here's a summary of the games

Scotia Bank Paradise was bowled out
for 166 runs. The top scorers were Gary
Bell and Gary Armstrng with 50 and 47
runs respectively.
The top bowlers for T-Bird were Eric
Greene and Robert Campbell with four

and three wickets apiece. Andrew Nash
had 41 runs and Wayne Patrick 23 for
the top scores for T-Bird.
Scotia Bank top bowlers were Grego-
ry Irving with four wickets and Gary
Armstrong with two.

Dynasty Stars vs St. Agnes

The Stars batted first and scored 270
runs for the loss of eight wickets. Brian
Bascom had 51 runs, Robert Thom 47,
Courtney Waddell 38 and Ryan Tappin
31 for their top scores.

Bowling for St. Agnes, Jerinaine Adder-
ley took three wickets and Chris Johnson
and Oral Wright had two each.
Dynasty's top bowlers were O'Neil Levy
with four wickets and Howard Roye and
Heleandro Hernandez with two each.


THE Bahamas Cricket Association has
released the names of the following play-
ers to begin training for the Stanford

20/20 Tournament in Antigua, March,
Whitcliffe Atkinson, Jonathan Barry,
Gary Bell, Garcha Blair, Robert Camp-
bell, Renford Davson, Narendra
Ekanayake, Gregory Irving, Oneil Levy,
Lee Melville, Roderick Mitchell, Rohan
Parks, Howard Roye, Ryan Tappin,
Kevin Surujlal, Gregory Taylor, Marc
Taylor and Dwight Weakley.
The selected players are to meet with
the BCA Board and Coaches tonight at
7 p.m. at the Cricket Pavilion at Haynes


Thcker to help Bahamas defend bodybuilding title

FROM page 15

as the masters. But after winning four
titles with Della Thomas, Tucker has
gone on to claim three crowns with
Jena Mackey in the mixed pairs divi-
This year, Tucker will team up with
Rolle, a newcomer who has emerged
to the forefront after Mackey earned
his professional card by winning the
overall title last year.
Although Mackey will be missed,
Tucker is confident that he and Rolle
can win another mixed pairs crown for
the Bahamas.
"The combination is looking fine
because we have been practising,"
Tucker pointed out. "She's more excit-
ed because this is the first time she's
done the mixed pairs with me.
"I must say she's shown me the
respect and I appreciate that. So I am
doing likewise. She wants to be like
me, winning gold, so I told her I will
follow her in whatever she wants to
do. I think it will work out very well for
The goal is not just for Tucker to
succeed in his divisional pursuits or
the mixed pairs combo, but he noted
that the entire team is looking forward
to repeating as champions.
"Because of our combination pack-
age that we have, we can bring home
the gold," Tucker said. "Between me
and Faye, we can get close to 50 points
because she's doing the same thing
that I'm doing masters, mixed pairs
and open..:.1
"So even if we place in the top three
in all three of them, we would be able
to get the points. Then we have a num-
ber of competitors who won gold last
year that we are looking forward to
doing the same thing this year."

"I feel as if we can bring the gold
home. The other countries will have to
catch up with us. I think that we have
enough firepower in us to bring
another title home."

Raymond Tucker

Tucker was referring to Ian
Williams, Jay Darling and Aaron
Green, the defending champions in
the lightweight, middleweight and
heavyweight respectively, along Lor-
raine LaFleur, the women's lightweight
The names above all helped the
Bahamas to accumulate a 26-point
margin over second-place Bermuda.
Barbados ended up third..
As the home country, the Bahamas
is afforded the luxury of having two
competitors entered in each division,
which increases the chances of win-
ning the title.
"I feel as if we can bring the gold
home. The other countries will have to
catch up with us," Tucker said. "I think
that we have enough firepower in us to
bring another title home."
Based on past experiences, Tucker
said the Bahamas should have its
hands full with countries such as Bar-
bados, Bermuda, Trinidad & Tobago
and Venezuela, who should be
stronger because of the regional zone
that the country is located in.
"Those are going to be our biggest
rivals. We just have to go out there

and fight," he said. "We can't just sit
down and let them come to our coun-
try and beat us."
. Tucker said the Bahamas would put
the icing on the cake if one of the com-
petitors could go on to win the overall
title to claim their professional card.
When asked if he felt he stood a
chance of accomlishing that feat, Tuck-
er was quick to state "no. I think it
will be a long shot with me. I think
the best shot would come from Jay
Darling or Arron Green.
"People usually go with size, but
those two guys have been in the game
long enough to give us a pro status.
Because of my division, it would be
relatively hard. I've won all those
goals, but that was because of my
height. I'm usually taller than the guys
I compete against."
While he doesn't possess the size
that the judges normally look for to
award the recipient of the pro card,
Tucker said he's thankful to "God"
for whatever position he gets.
"The Bahamas has been good to
me, the people here have really sup-
ported me and that is important," said
Tucker, who noted that he was thrilled

by the support he got when he was
suspended for two years.
Whether he is a contender for the
pro status or not, Tucker said he
always look forward to the CAC
Championships because of the rivalry
going on.
"You come to the championship
and there are guys there who say I've
been looking for you all these years,"
Tucker stressed. "So it makes you feel
good to know that you still have that
fear in people to know that you can
still compete against thd younger
At age 47, Tucker said he doesn't
consider himself to be old, but rather
just a veteran.
Other members of the Bahamian
team are females Dominique Wilkin-
son in the body fitness A, Shekera
Mackey and Charnice Bain in the fit-
ness C, Keisha Miller in fitness D and
Teshell Mackey for the fitness tall;
Lorraine Flowers in lightweight; Bain
and Rolle in the heavyweight.
Males Joey Rolle in the juniors;
Steve Robinson and Lynden Fowler
in the masters 40-49; Sidney 'Butts'
Outten and Horrace Napier in the
masters 60-plus; Fowler and Trevor
Benjamin in the bantamweight; Paul
Wilson and Ian Williams in light-
weight; Tucker and Joey Rolle in wel-
terweight; Chris McQueen and Nar-
do Dean in light middleweight;
Stephen Robinson and Jay Darling in
middleweight; Desmond Bain in light-
heavy; Green in heavy and Shawn
McPhee in super-heavy.
Teams are expected to start arriving
here as early as Wednesday when the
CAC Congress will take place The
weigh-in is on Thursday with the semi-
final on Friday at 3 p.m.
The final is set for Saturday at the
same time.

STEPHEN, left, and Anastasia Sedor, of Sergeantsville, N.J., hold up a sign referring to Babe Ruth after the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 on Sunday, Sept. 21,2008,
in what is likely the final baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York.

kees' Mariano
Rivera collects a
container full of
dirt from the
pitcher's mound
after what is likely
the final baseball
game at Yankee
Stadium, a 7-3
Yankees win over
the Baltimore Ori-
oles in New York.

A YANKEES fan write a note on the POLICE OFFICERS approach a Yankees fan as he writes on the wall of
wall of Yankee Stadium wall following Yankee Stadium following the team's final regular season game at the
the team's final regular season game stadium in New York, Monday Sept. 22, 2008.
in the stadium.


While Sex and

Twins meet up in a

divisional low own
Associated Press
NEITHER the Chicago White
Sox nor the Minnesota Twins
have been playing like contenders
over the past month. They're
determined to change that during
the final week of the regular sea-
The White Sox will bring a 2
1/2-game lead in the AL Central
over the Twins to a packed-and-
loud Metrodome Tuesday for the
start of a three-game series that
should, finally, define this slow-
developing race.
"We're in first place, so we
need to act like a first-place team
and go play like one," said Chica-
go lefty Mark Buehrle, who will
take the mound on Wednesday.
Minnesota is glad to be back,
after playing 24 of the previous
30 games on the road and going 9-
15 in that stretch. The Twins are
49-26 at the Metrodome this year,
with a 3.25 staff ERA under the
bubble compared to 5.14 on the
"We're ready for it. We're
going to go home and play hard,"
said Twins left-hander Francisco
Liriano, who won't pitch in the
series after allowing one run in
seven innings of a victory Sunday.
at Tampa Bay.
These rivals have been no fur-
ther apart in the standings than
the current margin since July 27.
Chicago has been in front for 144
days and all but nine since May
17, but hasn't led by any more
than 3 1/2 games since June 19.
"It's like you're fighting for 12
rounds and you know you're win-
ning, but a lucky punch gets you
last round and you're done and
you lose the title. That's that way
I feel right now," White Sox man-
ager Ozzie Guillen said.
Indeed, though his team can
clinch with a sweep, three wins
the other way would put Min-
nesota in first place.
"That's what we're here for.
We're close, and we have them
at home," first baseman Justin
Morneau said.

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Top young

sailors to

compete in


Sports Reporter
In just under a week, Mon-
tagu Bay will be teeming with
the country's top young sailors
vying for the opportunity to
capture the coveted title of Opti
Junior National Champion.
The two day regatta sets sail
September 27-28, featuring
more than 80 dinghies sailed by
competitors between 7 and 15
years of age.
In just four short years, the
event has grown exponentially
in terms of its exposure and
entry list.
The first Opti Junior National
Championships featured 12
dinghies and has now seen that
number septupled for this year's
Jimmy Lowe, National Sailing
Director, said he expects the
event to be competitive, profes-
sional and one of the most
anticipated events on the Asso-
ciation's character.
"This event started with just
12 boats four years ago, and
now we have more than 80
sailors and about 117 boats in
'the Bahamas," he said.
Lowe said he and Peter-
Bruce Wassitch saw the grave
need for these championships
'-llowing a trip to the Pan Am
Games. .
"Peter and.i wn-t to the Pan
Am Games a few years ago and
we realized we were some of the
oldest competitors in the field,"
he said. "We thought that for
the sport to continue to grow
you have to develop it at every
level so sailors can grow from
the Optimist, to Snipe, Laser,
Sunfish and the other classes."
Lowe said the growth of Opti-
mist sailing has been a steady
gradual increase which helps
with the structure of the pro-
"We havo received tremen-
dous help irom both the Min-
istry and the private sector and
it has helped the sport to gain
more exposure here and in the
family islands," he said. "All of
these island associations that
have started on their own, the
association provides backup
support, instructors and overall
knowledge of boat maintenance
and sailing."
BSA plans to broaden the
base of sailing in the country
and increase the talent pool by
implementing sailing pro-
grammes in schools throughout
the country.
"Right now we have about 14
students from public schools in
the programme and nine from
SEE page 14


Knowles troubled

by knee injury

Senior Sports Reporter
A KNEE injury sustained at
the US Open last month has
hampered the progress of Mark
Knowles and his Indian partner
Mahesh Bhupathi in their bid
to qualify for the year-ending
Tennis Masters Cup.
Knowles, who returned to
Dallas, Texas after spending
about 10 days here at home,
said he was confident that he
would recuperate in time to join
Bhupathi as they head down the
home stretch in two weeks.
"It takes a couple of months
to heal, but I've been told that I
should be able to play in about
2-3 weeks," said Knowles when
contacted by The Tribune yes-
"I just have to watch it
because it's a serious injury. It
should require surgery, but
hopefully I won't have to under-
go any surgery. It's just that the
injury came at the wrong time."
Knowles referred to the
cracked joint injury to his right
knee that he first aggravated in
thbe cond round of the men's
doubles at the US Open in
Flushing Meadows, New York.
. Knowles and Bhupathi even-
tually got eliminated in the third
While they haven't played
since their exit, the team is next
in line to qualify for Tennis
Masters Cup in Shanghai, China
from November 10. They cur-
rently have a total of 502 points.
Knowles and his former part-
ner Daniel Nestor are the
defending champions.
Nestor and his new partner
Nenad Zimonjic have clinched
one of the three spots. They are
in second place with 889 points.
Heading the list is the American
identical twin brothers of Bob
and Mike Bryan with 988.
Jonathan Erlich and Andy

MARK KNOWLES of the Bahamas, left and pictured top right,'and Mahesh Bhupathi of India return the ballto Martin Damm and Pavel Vizner of ,; ,
The Czech -Republic during the men's doubles final of the Emirates Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Saturday, March -

Ram was the third and final
team to qualify with 552. The
top eight teams will advance to
play in the tournament.
Knowles, however, said they
were not overly concerned
because they were relatively
close going into the fall.
"We are hoping that we can
win a couple more tournaments
and get some more points,"
Knowles said. "If we get 50
more points, we will clinch auto-
"But we're not too concerned
about the points because we
know that we will get it. We just
hope that we don't have any
more setbacks."
At the beginning of the sea-
son as they officially got togeth-

er for the first time, Bhupathi
was sidelined with a slight
injury. They started to play
together during the summer
before they took a break for the
Olympic Games in Beijing, Chi-
na in August.
After Beijing, Knowles and
Bhupathi went to Flushing
Meadows where Knowles suf-
fered his injury, slowing down
their progress to qualify for
While they have played well
this year, they have only won
two tournaments and they were
back-to-back in Memphis aihd
Dubai. But they reached the
final and semifinal in quite a
number of tournaments.
Once he gets over his injury,

Knowles said he and Bhupathi
will be back on the court on
October 6 at the BA-CA Tennis
Trophy in Vienna, Austria.
They will continue on to play
at the Mutua Madrilena Mas-
ters Madrid in Madrid, Spain
from October 12, the Davidoff
Swiss Indoors in Basel, Switzer-
land from October 20 and the
BNP Paribas Masters in Paris,
France from October 26.
The European trip hopefully
will end back up in China where
they will attempt to win the
Tennis Masters Cup like he and
Nestor did last year to end their
11-year partnership.
"I'm hoping that I can rehab
the knee and be ready to play in
Vienna," he said.

It takes a couple
of months to heal,
but I've been told
that I should be
able to play in
about 2-3 weeks


Tucker to help Bahamas defend bodybuilding title
* By BRENT STUBBS Tucker, the most decorated me to get my training in," Tucker not- excluding the two years that he was
Senior Sports Reporter Bahamian on the team, will be com- ed. "That's important." suspended in 2000 and 2001, Tucker
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net peting in the welterweight, masters Three pounds heavier than his has accumulated a total of ten gold,
and mixed pairs with Faye Rolle when required weight, Tucker said by Friday six silver and six bronze medals.
THE Bahamas will be out to defend the championships are held at the when the preliminaries take place, he During that time, he's won numer-
its title at the 36th Central American Crystal Palace Rain Forest Theatre. intends to duplicate the three medal ous medals in the middleweight and
and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fit- "My preparations are going fine, feat he achieved when the last cham- now the welterweight divisions as well

ness Championships this weekend and
Raymond Tucker will be playing a sig-
nificant role in the team's success.

but I cannot complain there are some
situations that presented itself, but
God has been good and he allowed

pionship was held here in 2003.
Having represented the Bahamas
at the championships since 1995,

SEE page 14.




THELMA GIBSON PRIMARY SCHOOL teacher Gayle Barrow does
her best to conquer the climbing wall.

CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR Wardell McClam shows a teacher proper

THELMA GIBSON PRIMARY physical education teacher Kiva
Bridgewater masterfully climbs wall.

School physical education

teachers are moving on up

JUST a few weeks since its
inception, the Sky Climber's
programme is already getting
rave reviews. -
Recently, almost 50 primary
and junior and senior high
school physical education
teachers gave Sky Climbers
and its rock climbing facility a
After just one. session,
they're now welcoming it as a
possible addition to their PE
Sky Climbers is a project of
the Butch Kerzner Summit
Foundation and it aspires to
teach Bahamian students the
art of rock climbing.
However, before they can
get the students involved,
teachers were invited to find
out more about the compli-
mentary programme and to
attempt, to make the brave
ascent to the top of the climb-
ing wall.
Thelma Gibson Primary
School teacher Kiva Bridge-
water was one of the first
teachers to strap on her har-
ness and tackle the giant wall.
"I really enjoyed it. I think
it's something the kids would
like especially as it's something
very different than what we
currently offer them as exer-
cise and sports," she .said.
Claridge Primary physical
education teacher Nikkita Tay-
lor described his climb as exhil-
"I'm ready to sign my kids
up now! Our syllabus definite-
ly doesn't cater to this type of
athletic ability. I think it will
be great for the kids, especial-
ly those who love to climb
already," he said.
And while some teachers are
thinking 'fun activity' there are
others who see it as a possible

start to something even
"It's a good sport to get into.
I'd bring my students here.
There may be one or two out
of the group who may want to
take it on professionally," pre-
dicted Kevin Johnson, who is a
physical education teacher at
C I Gibson High School.
One by one and sometimes
in groups, the teachers each

SCORES of backyard gardeners
were given their kits on Saturday
as Agriculture and Marine
Resources Minister Larry
Cartwright launched what he hopes
is the first step towards greater food
security in the Bahamas.
"This programme is simply the
beginning as it seeks to foster
greater participation by individuals
in the production of food," said Mr
The kits included seeds, planting
material, fertilizer, hoses, literature
on gardening and a lime tree. Par-
ticipants had the further choice of a
mango or avocado tree.
They were given a crash course
in gardening by assistant director
,of Agriculture Stan Smith and cura-
tor Basil Miller.
"In addition to its aim of reducing
our reliance on imported food items
and the food budgets of families,"
said Mr Cartwright, "this backyard
farming programme will also serve
to encourage better stewardship of
the Earth, to create more green
spaces and to introduce a genera-
tion of children and young people to
the soil."
He noted that around the world
the growth of urban farming can be
attributed to the global food crisis.

tried to conquer the wall. Some
were successful in their first
attempt, while others found it
more of a challenge than ini-
tially expected.
"It's definitely a good work
out, I can feel it in my fore-
arms," said Doris Johnson
High School's Kendal Camp-
He wasn't the only one that
the climbing wall hit hard. C

R Walker High School PE
teacher Tia Rolle had to make
multiple attempts, but in the
end she made it.'
She said it's just the
type of challenge her students
"This will be great, especial-
ly for those very active students
and it certainly is a good way to
get students to use their inner
strength," she noted after

STARTER KITS were given out during the launch of the Ministry of Agriculture's
backyard farming programme on Saturday. Minister Larry Cartwright (third from
right) and permanent secretary Cresswell Sturrup (third from left) are pictured with

Jamaica's Ministry of Agriculture,
for example, has fostered backyard
farming as an approach to food
security and as a means of reducing

food budgets of householders in the
face of rising food prices.
Not long ago, New Providence
contained a variety of fruit trees,

descending the wall.
In fact, Vanessa Kerzner,
trustee of the Butch Kerzner
Summit Foundation, says this
is their aim.
"Rock climbing allows you
to set goals for yourself. Not
all kids are good at team
sports, but this gives them an
opportunity to compete, not
against others, but against'
themselves; challenging them

to do better and better," she
It seems her zeal for the Sky
Climber's programme is catch-
ing on, as already several
schools and groups are booked
to benefit from the course.
However, she's hoping for
even more participation. Judg-
ing from the response of these
teachers; it's likely that she'll
get it.

root crop trs ,f eas, and an
assortment of vegetables, the min-
ister said.
"Where pumpkin and melon vines
once ran, crab grass now exists and
where pepper, mint, spinach, and-
sunflower grew, ornamental hedges"'
now grow," Mr Cartwrghrt
However, the response to the
Ministry's backyard gardening pro-
gramme has been overwhelming, he
"I believe that this experience %will
be richly rewarding for you and
your family," he told participants.
"'You are encouraged therefore
to treat your backyard farm as a
family enterprise.
"Simple fruits and vegetables that
we take for granted such as
tamarind, guava, tomatoes, snxeet
peppers and others can pro% ide eco-
nomic benefits for us in many ways.
Moreover, backyard grown fruit,y'
and vegetables are higher and'
richer in nutritional value compared
to chemically ripened fruiis," he
He invited backyard.gardeners to
participate in the agriculture expo
scheduled for February 26-28, 2009,
at the Gladstone Road Agriculture-







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Iuxur goods BEC loses over $20m per

retailers must M * s
ea.t elcrc theft

'justify' claim

for tax relief

Government reluctant for remittances
to become regular 'practice', due to
dangerous precedent being set
Tribune Business Editor
Bay Street luxury goods retail-
ers must "justify" their argu-
ments for customs duty relief
such as remittances, the minis-
ter of state for finance told Tri-
bune Business yesterday, indi-
cating that unless they did the
Government was reluctant to set
what could be a dangerous
Responding to merchant
requests that the 5 per cent duty
increases imposed by the Bud-
get on products such as per-
fumes, cosmetics and leather
SEE page 4B

Govt 'cannot lean' on

DBECfor$166m taxes
Tribune Business Editor
The Government "cannot lean" on the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) for payment of any outstanding taxes, a gov-
ernment minister said yesterday, adding that the administration's
main focus was.on alleviating soaring energy costs.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance, told Tribune Busi-
ness: "At this moment, our focus has to be on bringing relief to cus-
tomers of BEC who have found themselves in difficult situations as
a consequence of the increase in fuel costs.
SEE page 3B

Tribune Business Editor
The Attorney General's
O(flce has advised that issues
such as the minimum qualifica-
tions needed to become a con-
tractor are better dealt with in
the regulations accompanying
the propo-sed Contractors Bill
so that they can be amended as
needed, Tribune Business was
told yesterday.
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Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation
(BEC) loses a sum equal to 8 per cent of its
per annum revenues, some $20 million-
plus, tO stealing of its electricity supply and
other "non-technical" problems, a former
chairman told Tribune Business yesterday.
Al Jarrett, who headed BEC's Board
from the time the Christie administration
took office until January 2005, said that
when the power monopoly introduced auto-
matic meter reading, it found that "people
were getting free electricity from all kinds of
illegal hook-ups".
* He added that, in one instance it was dis-
covered that the perpetrator had enjoyed $3
million worth of free electricity, while two
others had illegally obtained $500,000 and
$250,000 worth of free power.
Mr Jarrett said that during his time as
chairman, "non-technical issues were cost-
ing BEC $20 million per annum". With the
loss equivalent to 8 per cent of the Corpo-
ration's per annum revenues, he estimat-
ed that electricity supply stealing would this
year cost BEC just below $30 million, some
$28 million, based on revenues of around

to have received $3m worth of 'free power

"...the Government
owed BEC a net $17
million as of the
September 30, 2004,
audit when I left

Al Jarrett
$400 million.
With BEC losing a further sum equiva-
lent to 15 per cent of its annual revenues
due to "technical issues", Mr Jarrett out-
lined the numerous financial challenges fac-
ing a Corporation that Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham says is next for privatisa-
tion after the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC).
Commenting on The Tribune's Monday
front page story that BEC owed the Gov-
ernment a total of $166.144 million in.

unpaid customs duties and Stamp Ta\, .
which had been accrued over the period
November 1997-June 2008, Mr Jarrett sjid
he felt it was "misleading".
This was because it did "not take into
account the amount of receivables attached
to that", and the long-standing government
practice of netting off sums owed by public
sector agencies and departments to BEC
against the taxes owed by the Corpordtiion
Mr Jarrett explained that this situati'oc
was reflected in the September 30, 20t-'1.-
audited financial statements of BE (" T he
Government receivables owed to BEC were
$45 million, and the customs duties owed by
BEC were $28.5 million," he said.
"That meant the Government owed BEC
a net $17 million as of the September 31),
2004, audit when I left BEC. It's a netring
effect, and you've got to take that from
year-to-year. You can't treat outstandingg
taxes] as a lump sum." i.
A statement released yesteida% b\ DT
Earl Deveaux, minister of the en\ ironmept,
indicated that the netting practice has con'
SEE page 4B

Ex-City Markets CFO

hits back at Board

* Says directors were warned that
early end to Winn-Dixie support
without alternative systems could be
* Grocery chain goes from five-year
average growth rates of 5% and
14% for sales and profits to likely
$ 10m loss

Tribune Business Editor
City Markets' ex-chief financial officer
yesterday hit back at the company's Board
of Directors, urging them to "take respon-
sibility" for the company's current financial
plight and stop pinning all the blame on
former management, who warned them
that terminating the Winn-Dixie transition
agreement early could have dire conse-
Bryan Knowles, in a statement released
SEE page 5B

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The fallout from

Wall Street's

bank 'meltdown'

Last week's turmoil in
the global capital
markets had many persons
making comparisons to the
economic and social turmoil
resulting from the Great
The Great Depression was a
worldwide economic 'reces-
sion', or downturn, which
started in most countries in
1929 and ended at different
times in the late 1930s. It was
the largest and most impor-
tant economic depression in
modem history, and most his-
torians often use as a starting
date the Black Tuesday stock
market crash on October 29,
The US stock market lost 4
per cent of its value on
Wednesday of last week in a
single day's trading session,
before recovering to end the
week down a mere 33 points
or less than one-third of 1 per
cent. Other world stock mar-
kets followed suit, posting
large declines in the face of a
potential 'financial meltdown'.
The world of Wall Street
saw its biggest shake-up in
decades, as some of the largest
global financial players had
no option but to "face the
piper" when liquidity and sol-
vency problems could no
longer be pushed aside.
Lehman Brothers filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy pro-
tection, later securing a willing
buyer for much of its business
in British bank Barclays.
Giant insurer AIG will sell off

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analysts are

very critical
the US
regime that
allowed the
subprime- -
crisis to
escalate to

operations. to repay a fed
$85 billion loan that is kei
it afloat at the expense o
taxpayers. Merrill Ly
agreed to be acquired by
of America, while Mo
Stanley and Washin
Mutual are said to be sea
ing for merger paiftnters.
These names are amon
most 'venerable name
finance and investment b
ing! How could these f
cial institutions,with their
talions of Ivy League and
fessionally-qualified ex
tives, fall victim to the
prime crisis... a crisis b
out of their own greed?
previous column dealing
the sub-prime mess, I
eluded: "Greed is a se:
thing... and unfettered g
simply obliterates good
ment". Current events su
that these words could n

US Respons(
President George W. I
(pictured above) asked
gress on Saturday for
authority to spend as mu
$700 billion to purchase
bled mortgage assets and
tain the financial cri
According to CNN:com,-
ident Bush, in explaining
need for this rescue pac
said: "It is a big pac
because it's a big prob
The risk of doing nothing
outweighs the risk of the p

Further, Treasury Secre
Henry Paulson said on
day: "We have a global fi
cial system and we are
ing very aggressively with
er countries around the w
and encouraging them t
similar things, and I belie
number of them will."
refused to name the count
that he expected would


These comments nonetheless
speak directly to the global
nature of the problem and the
extent to which global capital
markets are interconnected.

US Action Plan
According to the Treasury
Department statement
describing the proposed
bailout programme: "This pro-
gramme is intended to funda-
mentally and comprehensive-
ly address the root cause of
our financial system's stress-

"As illiquid mortgage assets
block the system, the clogging
of our financial markets has
-- the potential to significantly
damage our financial system
and our economy, undermin-
ing job creation and income
In summary, the plan would
allow a newly-created gov-
ernment entity to buy up
mortgage-related assets at
deep discounts (providing liq-
deral uidity to the troubled selling
eping institutions). This entity would
if US then hold these assets to matu-
ynch rity, recovering their invest-
Bank ment and perhaps even mak-
rgan ing a profit down the road.
gton While the 'fix' seems rela-
arch- tively straightforward, the
question is: "Who pays the
g the $700 billion bill?" It is the tax-
es in payer, of course. Many are
bank- upset that every single Amer-
inan- ican has to step in to pay for
rbat- the mess created by a few
Ipro- financial firms. While'thisis a'
Kecu- bitter pill to swall6W for the"
sub- average American, the alter-
orne native of having major finan-
In a cial firms collapse is far more
with draconian.
con- Many analysts are very crit-
rious ical of the US regulatory
greed regime that allowed the sub-
judg- prime crisis to escalate to such
ggest proportions. While there is no
ot be shortage of US regulatory
agencies, it appears that sev-
eral fell asleep at the wheel
T -all at the same time. There
is no substitute for strong, bal-
anced and fair regulation.

New banks
First thing Monday morn-
ing, both Goldman Sachs and
Morgan Stanley applied to the
Federal Reserve to convert
e their status to holding banks.
This status would allow them
Bush to take deposits and perform
Con- traditional banking services.
the It is hoped that this new
ch as 'deposit- taking 'capability will
trou- .provide additional sources of
con- long-term liquidity. The
crisis. reverse side of this action
-Pres- means that these former
g the investment banks will be more
kage, tightly regulated.
kage Until next week...
g far NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
pack- Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
S Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
etary Security & General Insurance
Sun- Company in the Bahamas.
mLan- The views expressed are
talk- those of the author and do not
oth- necessarily represent those of
Yorld Colonial Group Internation-
o do al or any of its subsidiary
eve a and/or affiliated companies.
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Obstacles to Bahamian

firms going overseas

Tribune Business Reporter
Bahamian companies do not enjoy the
benefits of membership in the Caribbean
Common Market, an advantage that firms
in other Caribbean countries are using to
expand their presence in this nation, busi-
ness leaders told Tribune Business yester-
Brian Nutt, president of the Bahamas
Employers Confederation (BECon), and
Chamber of Commerce president Dionisio
D' Auguilar, were offering their thoughts on
the issue after the Destinations travel
agency became the latest Bahamas-based
business to be acquired by a Caribbean
firm, this time one from Barbados.
Apart from the largest stake in City Mar-
kets' majority shareholder that is held by
Neal & Massy/Barbados Shipping & Trad-
ing, Banks Breweries (Barbados) also holds
a stake in Caribbean Bottling. Sagicor has
20 per cent of FamGuard Corporation, and
there are numerous others.
Mr Nutt said that while there was no
quick answer to the limited Bahamian pres-
ence in international markets, he suspected
that when it came to the Caribbean, one
reason might be that other islands are mem-
bers of the Caribbean Common Market

'U ~t

and, as such, can take advantage of common
external tariffs.
"So that may play a part in it, because it
may be more difficult to become more

regional if you are not a member of the
CSME," he said.
Mr D'Aguilar said it was just a reality
that Bahamians on the whole do not have
ownership stakes in major sectors of the
economy, save for a few industries where
they have been able to make an impact.
He give as an example the insurance indus-
"There have been arguments about
whether we need to invest in foreign com-
panies, but really I feel that we have not ful-
ly taken advantage of the opportunities
here," said Mr D'Aguilar.
Further, he added that there are may be
other reasons, such as the fact that entering
into new markets can be extremely costly
and there are not that many success sto-
ries upon which to draw.
Mr D'Aguilar said it was particularly dif-
ficult to manage companies with many
"moving parts" from another country.
He added that there were so many
aspects that have to be dealt with, such as
the quality of workforce and other busi-
ness challenges such as theft, productivity
and work ethic.
Mr D'Aguilar said that due to exchange
control policies, the Government has not
made it easy for Bahamian companies to
expand or invest overseas.

FROM page 1B
Stephen Wrinkle, the
Bahamian Contractors Associ-
ation's (BCA) president, said
many of the suggestions made
by engineer Hammond Rah-
ming, which were featured in a
Tribune Business article on
Monday, had been incorporated
into the draft Bill.
"We took those comments
and incorporated the sugges-
tions into the Bill," Mr Wrin-
kle said. "His suggestions were
based on the fact there needs
to be different levels of con-
tractors registered in HVAC.
That has been included in the
revised draft Bill."
Mr Rahming said he was
Especially, concerned-that the.
'draft Bill did not "outline the
minimum qualifications to

become registered as a contrac-
tor", or set out how contractors
and professionals could progress
from level one to levels two and
three in their skill categories.
Mr Wrinkle said: "We noted
that consideration, and were
advised by the Attorney Gen-
eral's Office that it was better
not to include that in the Act,
but in the regulations that
accompany the Bill, which will
be formed by the Board."
The BCA president said the
Attorney General's Office had
advised that it was better to
include the bulk of the Con-
tractors Bill in the regulations,
rather, than the Act itself, to
ensure these could be amended
as the industry evolved and
avoid the time-consuming
process involved in going to
Parliament to amend statute

A similar process is being
used for the draft Securities
Industry Act, where the bulk of
regulatory powers are being
included in the regulations,
leaving the Act as the basic
Mr Wrinkle pointed to the
fact that Bahamian engineers
were now having to endure a
long wait for Parliament to
amend their industry's legisla-
tion and give effect to the reg-
istiration, licensing and self-reg-
ulatory system.
"Instead of tying everything
up in the Act, because it
requires an Act of Parliament to
change it, it's better to put the
framework in the Act and the
gut in the regulations, so that
we would not have to come to
Parliament ever time to
chan ...W. .

kle said.
He added that the Contrac-
tors Board would consist of rep-
resentatives from the BCA,
government, Bahamas Techni-
cal and Vocational Institute
(BTVI) and private sector. Ulti-
mately, the Board was likely to
develop sub-committees to deal
with specific issues, such as the
Meanwhile, Mr Wrinkle said
the BCA was still trying to
arrange a meeting with minister
of works, Neko Grant, or his
permanent secretary, Anita
Bernard, to find out "what is
going to happen with the Bill".
"The Attorney General's
Office has confirmed it has been
sent back up to the Minismt- ot
Works. All the changes and
amendments have been includ-
id." Mr 1 Vr kle said.
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Govt 'cannot lean' on

BEC for $166m taxes

FROM page 1B

"BEC's circumstances are such that it cannot now be our aim to
lean on BEC for outstanding customs duties. To lean on BEC
would have implications for consumers and businesses........
"The focus for us is on ensuring BEC's circumstances do not cost.
customers inordinately more than what they have to pay already."
Mr Laing said he was "not necessarily" suggesting that forcing
BEC to pay more than $166 million in outstanding taxes would
force the Corporation to increase its fuel surcharge above the
astronomical $0.25 per kilowatt hour now being paid.
The minister added that the Government had traditionally net-
ted off the outstanding taxes owed by BEC against the sums owed
to the Corporation by other government departments and agencies.
Customs Department documents obtained by The Tribune
showed that BEC had built up more than $166 million in out-
standing customs duties and Stamp Duty over the periods Novem-
ber 1997-December 2002 and January 2003-June 2008.
More than half of this sum was incurred between July 2006-
June 2008, the time when global oil prices hit their peak, with
$86.874 million owed to the Government.
Of this amount, some $53.348 million almost one-third of the
outstanding amount was incurred between July 2007 and June
2008, consisting, of $31.381 million in customs duties and $21.967 mil-
lion in Stamp Tax.



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Luxury goods retailers BJC loses over
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must justifyy' claim

for tax relief

FROM page 1B
goods be reversed, Zhivargo
Laing said: "We're not looking
at any remittances at the
An August 13, 2008, letter
from Ehurd Cunningham, the
Ministry of Finance's secretary
of revenue, to John Bull presi-
dent Fred Hazelwood, acknowl-
edged the concerns expressed
by Bay Street retailers over the
potential impact the duty (tax)
increases in the 2008-2009 Bud-
get were likely to have on their
Referring to a meeting held
with Mr Laing and Ministry of
Finance officials on July 28,
2008, Mr Cunningham wrote:
"Please be advised that the
minister has examined the
position and has taken into
account the points expressed.
The matter will be monitored
and will be reviewed during
the next Budget exercise.
- "I am to advise that should it
be warranted, the Government
could give consideration to
remitting any duties paid in
respect of the items men-
However, Mr Laing told Tri-
bune Business yesterday that
Bahamian luxury goods retail-
ers needed to "make their case"
and justify why the Government
should even consider granting
duty remittances for taxes
levied on their imported pro-
Referring to the August 13
letter, Mr Laing said: "I think
that letter required something
of them [the retailers]. Until we
hear from them, we can't speak
specifically to remittances.
"The letter gave them things
they have to do, too. We don't
give remittances unless they're
warranted, so they have to jus-
tify any remittance."

Among the situations justify-
ing tax/duty remittances were
cases where businesses or resi-
dents had overpaid, or when an
exigency such as hurricane
relief was in force, the minister
He also acknowledged that
granting any remittance to
Bahamian luxury goods retail-
ers could set a dangerous prece-
dent, as only one sector of the
economy would benefit. It
would likely lead to pressure
from other industries for their
own tax relief.
"Clearly, any effort to [grant
remittances] would have to con-
sider where circumstances war-
ranted it," Mr Laing said. "The
case has to be made.
"It is not a practice the Gov-
ernment wants to be a regular
practice, that is for sure. It has
to be justified and in the full
interests of everybody."
Documents obtained by Tri-
bune Business show many Bay
Street and other luxury good
retailers believe that reversing
the 2008-2009 Budget tax
increases is "vital for the sur-
vival" of many businesses, with
the long-term negative effects
far outweighing the estimated
$120,000-$150,000 short-term
revenue gain for the Govern-
Philip Hillier, a senior
Solomon's Mines executive, said
in an e-mail to fellow Bay Street
merchants that the 5 per cent
duty increase imposed on per-
fume and cosmetic imports into
the Bahamas would leave retail-
ers unable to compete with the
cruise ships and rival Caribbean
destinations, in addition to fur-
ther eroding the price advan-
tage Bahamian operators hekl'-
over their US counterparts.
"The combined CIF [Cost of
Imported Freight] value of




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imports of perfume and cos-
metics into the Bahamas is
approximately $10-$12 million,"
Mr Hillier wrote. "On average,
the import duty is approxi-
mately 25 per cent, which gives
the Government income of
$2.5-$3 million. The increase in
the duty rate of 5 per cent there-
fore only produces a further
$125,000-$150,000 of revenue.
"The effect of the increase,
however, creates many serious
problems, and in" the long-run
will produce less revenue, rather
than more.......
"For us to survive, it is vital
the increase in duty, which went
into effect on July 1, 2008, be
reconsidered. Our recommen-
dation is to simplify the duties
on perfume, cosmetics and
colognes by charging a flat 25
per cent across the board on the
CIF price."
The luxury goods brand part-
ners for Bahamian retailers
have also expressed their con-
cern about the impact the Bud-
get duty increases could have
on the international competi-
tiveness of this country's retail-
,ing sector.
In an August 22, 2008, letter
to Duane Roberts, John Bull's
chief executive, a senior Estee
Lauder executive warned that
the increase in perfume and cos-
metics taxes under the Excise
Tax was likely to have a "nega-
tive effect".
Israel Assa, Estee Lauder's
vice-president/general manag-
er for travel retailing in the
Americas region,.said: "The
duty increase could lead to a'
long-term effect that diminish-
es the ability of John Bull, and
the Bahamas in general, to
remain competitive with retail-
ers on other Caribbean islands.
That would be most unfortu-
nate. ,
"As a major brand supplier
in this category we would, at
a minimum, like to see the
Government reconsider its
decision and go back to previ-
ous duty levels."

$20m per year to

'electricity theft'

FROM page 1B

He said: "As of July 31, 2008,
some $84.664 million was owed
to the Customs Department for
Customs Duty arid Stamp Tax.
"In 2007, $71.6 million was
offset against monies owed to
the Corporation for electricity
usage by the Government. Off-
setting has been and continues
to be a practice for the number
of years."
Meanwhile, Mr Jarrett said
BEC's problenrs in meeting its
tax obligations had stemmed
from a 1994 decision to iinpose
a 10 per cent customs duty
charge on its fuel imports. Prior
to that, BEC had only paid 7
per cent in Stamp Duty upon
its fuel imports.
The former banker said that
besides the tax imposition, BEC
was not allowed to charge back
to the public that 10 per cent
increase in fuel taxes from 7 per
cent to 17 .per cent. It could only
recoup the Stamp Duty through
the fuel surcharge. '
As a result, as long as global
oil prices remained relatively
low BEC was able to absorb the
10 per cent duty increase, but
when they moved above $100
per barrel from 2006 onwards,
the Corporation's cash flow,
profits and working capital were
negatively impacted.
When asked why BEC did
not employ hedging techniques
to reduce its risk exposure to
soaring global oil prices, buy-
ing fuel forward at a pre-
arranged spot price, Mr Jarrett
replied: "I wanted to.
"But when you're paying $10
million a month for fuel, it's dif-
ficult to find $30 million upfront
for hedging. We did not b-ve
the cash flow to do that,
because we could not collect the
money from government and
the public."
Mr Jarrett said that when he

was appointed BEC chairman
in 2002, he was confronted with
a situation where the Corpora-
tion was owed more than $100
million in accounts receivables.
"We brought that down after
the first year and improved the
cash flow by being able to col-
lect receivables and bad debt,"
M? Jarrett said, as accounts
receivables fell to $60 million
at the end of the 2002-2003
financial year.
"Those were the best years
in BEC over the past 10 years."
The former chairman said
that when he took office, BEC's
net income was dropping year-
over-year, and fell to just over
$10 million for September 30,
2002. That rebounded to $12.5
million in 2003, before increas-
ing to $14.1 million in 2004 and
$15.1 million in 2005.
"I believe we had BEC under
control on my watch," Mr Jar-
rett told Tribune Business. "We
did not have the summer out-
ages, had purchased a lot of new
equipment, were managing the
costs and had brought opera-
tional expenses in BEC down
by $8-$10 million in one year.
The year after I left, they went
up by $20 million.

"I believe that BEC ought to
be able to put its house in order
once oil prices stabilise, and
with that two-year tax holiday.
That should generate $50-$75
million per annum in savings
based on the cost of oil, and put
them in a position to pay down
that government money."
BEC's greatest problems, Mr
Jarrett said, were managing its
cash flow and costs. He added
that the 2003 basic tariff rate
reduction, long cited as con-
tributing to BEC's current
financial difficulties, was not the
problem given that the Corpo-
ration made a then-record $14
million profit despite giving up
$17 million in revenue.
That reduction, he added,
had lowered basic rates by 17
per cent for low-end residential
users; by 12 per cent for mid-
residential users, and 10-12 per
cent for commercial users.
Mr Jarrett said that in calcu-
lating its fuel surcharge, BEC
budgeted forward for the forth-
coming financial year and
assessed what it needed to
"break even", using the then-
spot price of oil to calculate the

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Ex-City Markets

executive hits

back at Board

FROM page 1B

to Tribune Business, said the
Board of City Markets' imme-
diate holding company,
Bahamas Supermarkets, had
terminated the Transition Ser-
vices Agreement with former
owner Winn-Dixie too early,
"and against management
advice", without replacing the
back office support systems that
would be lost.
Adding that the City Markets
Board needed to stop making
"parochial excuses" for City
Markets' woes, which could
result in a potential $10 million
loss for fiscal 2008, Mr Knowles
said the company was in sound
financial health when it was
acquired by the BSL Holdings
buyout group for $54 million in
summer 2006.
He said that Bahamas Super-
markets, in which BSL Hold-
ings controls a 78 per cent
majority stake, had "enjoyed a
five-year compounded average
growth rate in sales and earn-
ings in excess of 4 per cent and
15 per cent respectively" prior
to the buyout.
That growth rate has been
interrupted, possibly only tem-
porarily, by the botched transi-
tion from Winn-Dixie to BSL
Holdings' ownership. To facili-
tate this transition, Winn-Dixie
made the buyout group agree
to a one-year Transition Ser-
vices Agreement, in which the
US grocery chain still then in
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protec-
tion would receive a flat $1
million fee (payable in $250,000
quarterly instalments) from City
Markets, plus a 5 per cent mark-
up on the cost of all products it
sourced for the Bahamian gro-
cery chain.
Once that year was up, City
Markets was supposed to have
in place replacement systems,
processes and brands for the
Winn-Dixie services it had pre-
viously used.
"Unfortunately, before key
Winn-Dixie services could be
replaced, and against manage-
ment's advice, the Winn-Dixie
Transition Agreement was ter-
minated in early February 2007.
The negative consequences of
this action permeated the entire
organisation," Mr Knowles said
in his statement.
"The convergence of the
ensuing problems and growing
liquidity pressure (arising pri-
marily from dividends, capital
expenditures and flat cash flow
from operations) formed a 'per-
fect storm' for the company.
"The premature termination
of critical subsidiary account-
ing systems resulted in a cata-
strophic collapse in the compa-
ny's controls and accounting
processes. Consequently, gross
margins declined (due partially
to the discontinuation of the
Winn-Dixie product line), and
the company's ability to main-
tain its financial records and
reporting on a current basis was
substantially impeded."
Mr Knowles told Tribune
Business that he and other man-
agement executives had warned
the City Markets Board, partic-
ularly its IT committee, of the
potential negative consequences
if the Winn-Dixie support sys-
tems were shed too early.
He said: "We disclosed what
core practices would be impact-
ed, and what the effects of the
turn-off would be."
Mr Knowles' version of
events differs from that provid-
ed to Tribune Business last
week by Anthony King, chief
executive of Barbados Shipping
& Trading (BS&T), the Neal &
Massy subsidiary that is acting
as City Markets' operating/man-
agement partner.
Mr King has said the break-
down in back-office systems had
been used as an "excuse" to
explain the difficulties in pro-
viding City Markets' external
auditors, KPMG, with the infor-
mation they were requesting.
He added that City Markets
terminated the Transition Ser-
vices Agreement with Winn-
Dixie early because it feared
the US grocer might cut-off the
computer system the Bahami-
an grocery chain was using.
Therefore, the risk of not ter-
minating the agreement was
higher than persisting with it.
Mr Knowles, though, ques-
tioned this thinking, as switch-

ing off the computer system -
which only the Bahamian chain
used would leave Winn-Dix-
ie in breach of contract when it
came to the Transition Services
He argued that Winn-Dixie
was getting "a very profitable
price" for providing those ser-
vices, effectively earning $1 mil-
lion for $250,000 in expenses.
Tribune Business under-
stands that although the core
accounting systems were in
place before the Winn-Dixie
transition agreement was ter-
minated, the main problem was
that the main support systems
were not. As a result, key finan-
cial data could not be fed into
the accounting system.
Support systems not replaced
at the date of termination were
the warehouse management
system, distribution accounting,
accounts payables for direct
supplier deliveries to stores, and
retail inventory' accounting.
Mr Knowles added in his
statement: "These conditions,
together with a significant
increase in audit work, driven
by concerns relating to the
breakdown of controls and
accounting processes, con-
tributed to the delay in the com-
pletion of the audited 2007
financial statements.
"Conditions also reduced
internal interim financial report-
ing to a 'best information avail-
able' basis, subject to probable
material changes, arising from
subsequent processing and
review of accounting transac-
"Given the foregoing infor-
mation, it is unfortunate that
Basil Sands, Bahamas Super-
markets' chairman, reportedly
blained Bahamas Supermar-
kets' previous management
team, while implying that the
Board was not aware of certain
aspects of the company's con-
During the company's annual
general meeting (AGM) last
week, Mr Sands implied that
the Board had been presented
with inaccurate financial infor-
mation by management as to
City Markets' true financial
He said that as late as Febru-
ary 2008, the Board had been
assured that City Markets was
on track to make a $4.7 million
profit for its 2007 financial year
that ended some eight months

Yet Mr Knowles told Tribune
Business that all financial infor-
mation presented to the Board
had carried "health warnings"
because of the breakdown in
the company's accounting sup-
port systems.
"I did give them $4.7 million
based on the information I had
at the time. It came with its
qualifications and disclaimers,"
Mr Knowles said.
"It was very conservative, as
the actual figure I had then was
higher than that."
He left City Markets in May
2008, some four months before
the 2007 audit was finally com-
pleted. As a result, Mr Knowles
added that the Board needed
to explain what had happened
in that period to change the
financial picture.
The former City Markets
executive, who voted against
the directors' pay proposed at
the AGM, said Mr Sands admit-
ted that the "Board could have
acted more diligently and
pushed for more resources and
involvement by BS&T".
"In light of the financial and
operational information for its
review and decision-making,
there were clearly opportuni-
ties for the Board to move the
company in a different direc-
tion," Mr Knowles said.
"As it has a duty to act in the
best interest of the company.
and its stakeholders, the BSL
board must now take responsi-
bility for the company's condi-
tion, and move from parochial
excuses and assigning blame to
resolving the underlying issues
and working toward a speedy
and sustained turnaround."
Bahamas Supermarkets'
Board is dominated by BSL
Holdings representatives, so
there is little likelihood that
directors will be asked to resign.
The directors include J Barrie
Farrington, representing the
hotel industry pension funds'
investment in BSL Holdings;
Franklyn Butler, another BSL
Holdings investor; and Anwer
Sunderji, head of Fidelity Bank
& Trust International, which
effectively put the buyout group
and bid together.
Also on the Board are two
BS&T executives, Mr King and
Frere Delmas.

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Oil makes biggest single-day price jump ever

AP Business Writer

Oil prices briefly spiked more
than $25 a barrel Monday, shat-
tering the record for the biggest
one-day gain as unease about
the government's $700 billion
bailout plan pummeled the dol-
lar and spurred investors to buy
safe-haven assets. An expiring
crude contract added fuel to the
frenzied rally.
Light, sweet crude for Octo-
ber delivery jumped as much as
$25.45 to $130 a barrel on the
New York Mercantile

Exchange before falling back
to settle at $120.92, up $16.37.
The contract expired at the end
of the day, adding to the volatil-
ity as traders rushed to cover
positions; the October price
began accelerating sharply in
the last hour of regular trading,
a common occurrence when a
contract is about to go off the
Still, the rally, which shat-
tered crude's previous one-day
price jump of $10.75, set June 6,
showed the intensity of emo-
tion in the market. The Nymex
temporarily halted electronic
crude oil trading after prices

breached the $10 daily trading
limit. Trading resumed seconds
later after the daily limit was
The November crude con-
tract, which became the front-
month contract at the end of
Monday's session, settled at
$109.37, up $6.62, still a very
sharp gain.
The severity of the price
move shocked veteran market
participants and prompted the
U.S. Commodity Futures Trad-
ing Commission to launch an
investigation into whether ille-
gal manipulation was to blame.
Acting CFTC Chairman Wal-
ter Lukken said the agency's
surveillance and enforcement
staff was analyzing the price
spike "to ensure that no one is
taking advantage of the current
stresses facing our financial
marketplace for their own
manipulative gain."
Phil Flynn, analyst and oil
trader with Alaron Trading
Corp. in Chicago, said the late-
session surge in oil appeared to
be the result of a large invest-
ment fund scrambling to cover
their short positions, or bets that
prices would fall.
"When people sense that
someone is short, it's like blood
on the streets. It just acceler-
ates the rally," Flynn said.
In other trading, gold prices
shot up more than $44.30 to set-
tle at $909 an ounce, and other
safe-haven commodities also
rallied, underscoring investors'
uncertainly about the direction
of the economy and their fear of
more turmoil ahead.
"We're off to the races
again," said Jim Ritterbusch,
president of energy consultancy
Ritterbusch and Associates in
Galena, Ill. "There's a renewed
scramble for commodities
because of a general weakness
in the dollar."
-Crude has gained about $30
in a dramatic four-day rally that
has at least temporarily halted
oil's .steep two-month slide
below $100. At this rate, crude
is within striking distance of its
all-time record of $147.27,
reached in July.
The rally came as energy
traders grappled with the impli-
cations of the government's pro-
posed initiative to stem the U.S.
financial crisis by absorbing bil-.
lions of dollars of banks' bad
mortgage-related securities.
Anxiety over the plan also sent

stocks sharply lower Monday;
the credit markets were calmer
than they wdre last week, but
still showing the effects of
investors' nervousness.
Investors fear that the gov-
ernment will have to dramati-
cally ramp up borrowing to pay
for the mammoth rescue effort,
an inflationary move that could
further devalue the dollar and
trigger another wave of safe-
haven buying in investments
like commodities.
"They're going to have to
continue auctioning off a whole
lot of Treasurys to finance these
projects, so the dollar is going to
suffer," said Matt Zeman, head
trader at LaSalle Futures in
Chicago. "Right now it's fear
and anxiety driving people who
want tangible assets."
The 15-nation euro rose to
$1.4796 in afternoon trading, up
from the $1.4470 on Friday. A
weak greenback was a catalyst
for the commodities boom of
the past year, and analysts said
large investment funds were
expected to pour money back
into the sector.
"That trade was very suc-
cessful in past so if the dollar
keeps weakening, a lot people
are going to want to own hard
assets like crude," said Andrew
Lebow, senior vice president
and broker at MF Global in
New York.
Crude's resurgence could halt
steadily sliding pump prices. A
gallon a regular shed 1.8 cents
overnight to a new national
average of $3.739, according to
auto club AAA, the Oil Price
Information Service and Wright
Express. But there is still much
uncertainty about what impact
the U.S. rescue plan will have
on energy demand. Oil's run-
up near $150 a barrel in July
and a weak U.S. economy has
forced Americans to cut back
on their driving and led busi-
ness to scale down operations.
Though pump prices have eased
from record levels above $4 a
gallon, they remain expensive,
and more softening in the econ-
omy would likely further cur-
tail energy use in the world's
thirstiest consumer.
. Given the dire economic out-
look, some analysts questioned
whether oil prices would keep
"We've already seen that the
world can't afford oil at these
prices. If it keeps going up,


/ -

GAS PRICE posted at a gas station in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Spet. 22,
2008. Oil prices spiked more than $25 a barrel Monday the biggest one-
day price jump ever as anxiety over the government's $700 billion
bailout plan, a weak dollar and an expiring crude contract ignited a dramatic

demand will drop off again,"
Flynn said.
However, he cautioned that
oil's future direction hinged on.
the outcome of the government
bailout plan and its effect on
the U.S. economy.
"If the dollar keeps getting
whacked and everybody pan-
ics, then we are going up again,"
he said.
U.S. congressional leaders
endorsed the plan's main thrust,
saying passage might occur in
a matter of days. But they also
want independent oversight,
protections for homeowners
and constraints on excessive
executive compensation, House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sun-
Treasury Secretary Henry
Paulson pushed lawmakers,
who received the package on

Saturday, to approve the pro-
posal as soon as possible.
The Federal Reserve also
announced late Sunday it grant-
ed a request by investment
banks Goldman Sachs and Mor-
gan Stanley to change their sta-
tus to bank holding companies,
a move that will allow the two
institutions to open commercial
banking subsidiaries, greatly
bolstering their resources.
In other Nymex trading, heat-
ing oil futures rose 14.52 cents
to settle at $3.043 a gallon, while
gasoline futures rose 10.41 cents
to settle at $2.7038 a gallon.
Natural gas futures rose 9.5
cents to settle at $7.943 petr
1,000 cubic feet.
In London, November Breit
crude rose $6.43 to settle at
$106.04 a barrel on the ICE
Futures exchange.'

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the books of banks and end the
financial crisis.
"Investors had a weekend to
look at the news that was
streaming out, and they are now
finding fault in it," said Joseph
Battipaglia, market strategist in
the private client group at the
investment firm Stifel
Oil prices briefly spiked more
than $25 a barrel before falling-
back to settle at $120.92, up
$16.37; on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange. That shat-
tered the previous record for a
one-day jump in crude oil,
Monday was also the last day
for investors to trade the Octo-
ber oil futures contract, adding
fuel to the rally. But the
November contract also saw a
sharp gain, up $6.62 to $109.37.

The government agency that
regulates commodities markets
said it was working with Nymex
to "ensure that no one is taking
advantage of the current stress-
es facing our financial market-
place for their own manipula-
tive gain."
The Commodity Futures
Trading Commission said in a
statement it was "closely moni-
toring today's large movement
in the price of crude oil."
Analysts said some of the
gain could have come from
large investors trying to cover
short positions, or bets that
prices Would fall.
Four days after word of a
massive government rescue plan
began to hit the market,
investors had little by way of
details. Treasury Secretary Hen-
ry Paulson introduced the plan
Saturday in a document that ran
less than three full pages.
By Monday, investors still
knew little about how the Bush
administration would pay for
mopping up the bad debt, how
the process would work, who
would run it and what the
Democratic-controlled Con-
gress would ask for to approve
the plan.
The Bush administration is
already forecasting that the fed-
eral deficit will hit a record $482
billion next year. Analysts say
the bailout costs mean a $1 tril-
lion annual deficit is not out of
the question.
"When you try to print $1 tril-
lion, that will kill your currency,
lifting oil prices, which then in
turn will not help the stock mar-
ket," said Gary Kaltbaum, who
runs the money management
firm Kaltbaum and Associates
in Orlando, Fla. "It is a vicious
cycle, and we are seeing that
right now."
Lacking specifics, many
investors especially foreign-
ers sold U.S. dollars on wor-
ries that paying for the plan
would increase the federal
deficit and exacerbate inflation.
Over the past year, overall infla-
tion is at 5.4 percent.
The 15-nation euro rocketed
past $1.48 in late afternoon trad-
ing Monday, up more than 3
cents from Friday in its largest
single-day move against the dol-
lar since the European currency
was introduced in 1999. The
British pound leaped to $1.8584

from $1.8365, and the dollar
dropped to 105.40 Japanese yen
from 107.01.
The price of gold, a tradi-
tional safe-haven investment in
times of financial turmoil, rose
$40.30 to settle at $909 an
The Dow finished at
11,015.69, down 372.75 points,
more than 3 percent. The sharp
drop was reminiscent of last
week's wild trading, which
included two days of 400-plus-
point drops for the Dow and
two days of 300-plus-point
Credit markets, the lifeblood
of the economy, loosened a bit.
They had seized up last week
when Lehman Brothers Hold-
ings Inc. filed for bankruptcy
protection and the government
rescued giant insurer American
International Group Inc. with
an $85 billion, two-year loan.
-Late Sunday, Goldman Sachs
and Morgan Stanley, the coun-
try's last two major indepen-
dent investment banks, were
granted government permission
to change their status to bank
holding companies and open
commercial banking sub-
As Wall Street sold off,
Washington was tinkering with
the plan, trying to find a com-
promise that Congress and the
Bush administration could pre-
sent to American taxpayers who
would be footing the bill.
"The whole world is watch-
ing," President Bush said, prod-
ding Congress to quickly pass
the plan.
By the time markets closed
Monday, the Bush administra-
tion and leading lawmakers had
agreed to tack mortgage help
for homeowners and strong
congressional oversight on to
the legislation, said Rep. Bar-
ney Frank, D-Mass., chairman
of the House Financial Services
Even assuming it passes, the
bailout might not be a quick fix
for the economy or financial
markets. According to research
by economists at Merrill Lynch,
after the Resolution Trust Corp.
was established in 1989 to stop
the savings and loan crisis, it
took a year for the stock market
to hit bottom, two years for the
economy and three years for
the housing market.

AP Business Writer

Elation in the financial mar-
kets over the $700 billion bank
bailout plan evaporated Mon-
day and was replaced by all-too-
familiar anxiety, pummeling
stocks and sending oil prices to
their biggest one-day gain.
Worries that the rescue pack-
age would cost too much, drive
up inflation, swell the already-
bloated deficit and hurt the ail-
ing economy also led global
investors to flee the U.S. dol-
The Dow Jones industrials
lost 372 points, wiping out the
gains the index made Friday
after administration officials and
congressional leaders promised
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Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
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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

8 _86

38 91

2 3 7

1 4

93 64

6 2
Difficulty Level ** 92

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each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum
of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number
may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
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Sudoku Answer

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8 91
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7 214

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knocked back a double
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4 Opportunities for introduc-
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9 Monotony I find in strange-
ly muted setting (6)
10 Riled tiger ate bird (8)
12 Stick around a street (4)
13 Turn out a bad scholar?
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17 Get the job and take a
place to work (6,6)
20 Perhaps I still desire stimu-
lating drinks produced by
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23 Get carried away (4)
24 It's light and
portable (5)
25 Still one might doubt its
existence (4)
28 Licensed carrier (5,3)
29 Fellow after a gnu, per-
haps, is armed (6)
30 All the money that may be
made with apples, perhaps
31 Doesn't become the worse
for drink (6)

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Across: 1 Plane, 4 Sampler, 8 Eat,
Breakdown, 10 Screwed, 11 Weeds
13 Dropsy, 15 Bypass, 18 Motel, 19
Put-down, 21 Ferry boat, 23 Amp, 2
Impedes, 25 Erect.
Down: 1 Pressed, 2 Aftermost, 3
Elbow, 4 Steady, 5 Make way, 6 Leo
7 Rents, 12 Elaborate, 14 Splayed,1
Sunspot, 17 Spoors, 18 Mufti, 20Tit
22 Rap.

1 Motherly resolution to alter
man (8)
2 I can read somehow in
bright light (8)
3 Wild ox in favour, usually
5 Priority shown by the vain
resident? (5,2,5)
6 Usual amount and not a
large number (4)
7 Warning the water must
be above freezing point (6)
8 Cattle drives (6)
11 Descriptive of those who
always contrive to tie on
extra (12)
15 Rent a seaside place in
Croatia (5)
16 Suitable group to play an
eightsome reel? (5)
18 Communications worker
who makes a sporting
decision? (8)
19 Allotted as indicated (8)
21 Supply lines (6)
22 Newspaperman to be
found in dire trouble (6)
26 After hesitation leave thus
27 Back one's fancy in a
leisurely craft? (4)



Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Swing, 4 Drastic, 8 Oak,
9 On one's own, 10 Ageless, 11
Agony, 13 Height, 15 Reefer, 18
Sight, 19 Arduous, 21 Out of true,
23 Odd, 24 Penalty, 25 Merge.
Down: 1 Stomach, 2 In keeping, 3
Globe, 4 Drowsy, 5 Average, 6 Too,
7 Canny, 12 Off-colour, 14 Hateful,
16 Residue, 17 Fairly, 18 Snoop, 20
Dream, 22 Tin.

1 To notice (6)
4 Shrink (8)
9 Capricious (6)
10 Plan of campaign (8)
12 Sole (4)
13 18 holes (5)
14 Narrow Scottish
valley (4)
17 Too much to
tolerate (12)
20 Severe reprimand
23 Candid (4)
24 Loud call (5)
25 For fear
that (4)
28 Grotesque
imitation (8)
29 Speak ill of (6)
30 Quick witty
reply (8)
31 To each
one (6)

1 Narcissus (8)
2 Needing delicate
handling (8)
3 Young horse (4)
5 Showy (12)
6 Group working
together (4)
7 Ancient (3-3)
8 Difficult (6)
11 The Establishment
15 Blazing (5)
16 Captain of The
Bounty (5)
18 Headlong
plunge (8)
19 Example (8)
21 Muzzle-loading can-
non (6)
22 Abscond (6)
26 Sustain (4)
27 Twist out
of shape (4)







words in
tie mait
body of

HOW manv words of four letters
or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used
once only. Each must contain
the centre letter and there must
be at least one nine-letter word.
No plurals.
Good 27; very good 41; excellent. 55
(or more). Solution tomorrow.
churn chute count counter court
cruet cure curt cute cuter ecru
euro hour hunt hunter hurt
neutron nucturne noun ouch
ounce outer recount retouch
rout route niche runee runt thou
thru touch tour trounce truce
true I'ituINCtll;ON tune tuner
turn unco unto

Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Harry Grumble

South dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.
V7 2
4 10 8 75 2

Q 10l
VK 10863
* 10953
+K 6

4.1 9 764
*J .
,Q 9 43

VA 94
+ AK Q 8 6 2
+A .1
The bidding:
South West North East
I Pass 1 4 Pass
3 NT
Opening lead six of hearts.
Let's first imagine you're an aver-
age bridge player. Then let's stretch
your imagination further and assume
there's a national championship in
progress al a nearby convention cen-
ter. Since you've never seen the
experts play, you decide to go there
to see for yourself whether these
sharks are as good as they're cracked
up to he.
You get there bright and early
one day and sit down alongside
Harry Grumble (South), an expert

who's said to be almost as good as he
thinks he is.
On the very first hand, he gets to
three notrump as shown. Maybe you
wouldn't have bid his hand the same
way, but, when dummy appears, you
realize that our hero has somehow
stumbled into the best contract.
Grumble ducks two rounds of
hearts and wins the third one with the
ace. Since that's what you'd have
done, you are not particularly
impressed. But when he next leads a
spade to the king, you start to wonder
why in the world he did this rather
than run his diamonds first.
You get no time to consider the
question, because Grumble leads a
diamond from dummy and plays low
after East produces the jack! This
proves to be another lucky shot,
because he winds up making three
notrump, whereas he would have
gone down had he tried to run the
diamonds by leading them from his
hand, or had he not ducked East's
When you go home and study the
hand, you realize it was more than
just blind luck that induced Grumble
to choose this line of play, and that
maybe he knows a thing or two more
about the game than your regular
crowd does. It kind of makes you

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Are older women taking

too much of a risk?


HE anatomy of the female body can sometimes be
unfriendly to middle aged women seeking to start or
expand their families. As women hit their late 30s
and into their early 40s, chemical changes in the female
body can create complications and even pose serious
health concerns for the expectant mother and infant.

Despite these concerns hot\e\er. middle
aged \onien described here as -15 and
over, are stepping out of the traditional
comfort zone of socttic and making radi-
cal decisions about theii repioduciiuet
; rights. Man\ of these "omen ilJ\e made
the choice t, concfie\ e at this trime of their
lives taking a chance. despite the scientific
evidence thai points to a number of ri-ks
According to a report from the Depart-
ment of Statistics, in I.iIo, 141 infants \,eie
bornI to women be ween the jcs -41--1-44
e, ...weire horn tq "omen between' the .JeCs
45-49 and 4.533 "ere born to mother,
between I.-39'
The reason %tomeni mal make this deci-
sion is al:iI\s a deeply personal one. but
Dr Leon Dupuch. a ge nccologists, sug-
gested that the percentage of older 1 omen
becoming pitu:nant in the Bahamnas had
Increased ofcr the \cars. and that ,i lot of
women had opted to dela\ motherhood in
order to focus on their education and
While dcla'ing childbirth .an hate its
advantages there are health concerns for
the mother alid the inlaint. includtling
whether or not she can actually get preg-
'nant. "It's moei dilficuli lor olde-r "%omen
to become pregnant. "\\ith more and more
having to seek fertility treatment.' Dr
Dupuch s,,aid.
According to wmi.bab cenler.com. "It's
harder to get pregnant the longer \ou tal.
The principle reason, as earls a's li eais
before :. "oman goes through menopause
the number of eggs begin to decline and
ca the eggs that are produced ar n more lhkc-
: ly to hate chromosomal problems thdit
. raise the risk for miscarriree aind birth
. The chronimosoial problem' that thli
fetus nia\ ha\e. according to Di Dupuch.
include Do\.n S\ndrome Edward'i and
Pataus S ndromrn
Accoridnei to t%% i dkipc dia l'i' D' n
Syndrome ,'r Ilrison i\ a cfli mnomor-ndal
disorder hatl, is caused b\ the presence ol
all or part of an ctlia 2'ist chiroimoomei
Edward S\ndiromc I sli.:htl\ ditflerent
from Do%% n S\1ndrome in that it is caused
by the presecnce,ol all or p.itI of an cutra
18th chiomoi some. Regardless ho.* both
disease, are formed. the\ are equaill.\
prevalent m children horn t-1 milddlCe aged
Gyn.coflo,'itI Godlre\ MN1or 01 the
Department oi Public Health said that
although children born to older "omien
are at a higher risk of hj\ain, genetic
abnormalities. it Joesn t exclude children
who are boin ti1 young mother,- rom h., -
ing the s,,an dJiscses The onlI ditlltrenc,
is that the chances for a child born to an
older mother is' reaier "It is important to
know that a \,oman o'c r 35 hfaiine a child
with generic ahnormvallics would bh 1 oul
of 150, olr a o'm n -il i \e..irs and 'tcir it
would b 1I out ol 11- Ii Compred to .1
younger molthrr or a teenager han mg a
child with genetic defects it would be 1
out of 10,000."
The health of the mother, Dr Major
said, will impact the health of the baby,
and doctors are not usually worried about
the age of the mother, but the state of her
Along with the conditions the fetus may
face, older mothers can suffer ills as well,
including chronic medical conditions.
"Risks to women becoming pregnant at an
older age include diabetes, hypertension,
and the birth process becomes more diffi-
cult. Many women in this age group have
been found to end up with cesarean deliv-
eries partly due to the development of the
problems identified earlier (eg hyperten-

sion and complications trom diabetes)."
Since the state of the mother is reflect-
ed o:n the inlant, if the mother has hyper-
tension it iestiicts the grow th of the feius.
and if .i mother has diabetes the baby can
detclop a condition called macrosomia.
which cause, new boilns to be o' erweight
and causes mothers to undergo a cesarean
Older mothers usually also hate to take
additional testing compared to a youngg
moithei T"liece ,omen hate to take tests
tor chronic medical diseases and genetic
abnormalities \\ ith the middle aged mom
the testing that is done is more sophisii-
cated qsnce it basically focuses on testing
for genetic defect." Dr Major said.
Sharice Stubbs. 44, mother of three,
had lier last child when she %was 41.
Quite skeptical of being a middle
aged mother. she overcame her
fears and had a successful birth. "I
\was alraid ot ha mng a bab\ because
of mI aCe. At this age there is a
risk 10i women haLing children so I
Vwa.! Lirtne afraid."
She was not the onlh one afraid
-ft hel pregnancy. her partner was
also concerned as well. mindful of
her age and the facts about older
women becoming pregnant.
\\ while Mrs Stubbs' child was not
born a ith any physical defects, she
did experience the health concern
Ihat Dr Dupuch identified com-
mon to man\ middle aged expec-
rant mothers.
"Durinn my pregnancy\ my blood
pie-sure elevated and the hemo-
e'lobin in m\ blood %was low. NI\
Jdcitl placed me on medication to
stabilize m\ blood pressure and I
took iron pills to keep the hemoglo-
bin normal '
Mrs Stubbs with the help of her
doctor. mrnanaged to keep her blood
pressure and hemoglobin levels con-
stant In the l.is trimester of pregnancy
hoetcer she received heart breaking
news from her doctor although the con-
dition w ja unrel.aed to her age
--In m\ last trimester I \ent to my doc-
tors fltice for mn normal check-up. NIM
doctor then realized that the amniotic flu-
id had blgun to shrink. The onl\ possible
thine he said he could have done was
induce my laboul MNI bab\ was not pre-
mature I 'iis nine months %when he decid-
ed to mn.ikce thi decision. The onlx differ-
cnce is thit I :is due the last week in
September and the doctor induced me
September 14 This "aas crucial for me. if
mn doctor did not do this he said m\ baby
ma\ hac suffocated in the womb and
di ed
(rateiful that her pregnancxt went well,
sh.- s:id hei partnc r and daughters also
celchbratd illh lih lr I was so relieved
th:ii n; laboul v.cni pcrlect. I actually
thought ii I '. as going to die, but thank-
fully everything went well."
In the end, there is nothing wrong with
a woman at the age of 45 or even 50 hav-
ing a baby. And Dr Major said that
women can enjoy this time of their lives
and one of the things that they can do is
prepare themselves. "They should make
sure they are caught up with routine check
ups. and check for chronic medical condi-
tions," he said.
While the facts about middle aged preg-
nancies can be discouraging, older women
who hope to become pregnant can pre-
pare themselves and fight to overcome
the risks by being in the best health possi-
ble, and by getting as much information as
possible about their individual situation.

In 2006'

141 infants
were born to women
between the ages 40-44

4,533 infants
were born to women
between the ages 18-39

'. ccorilr, 1.. a reuorn by the
Department o.f.s itrsnr,






S Facts about


LAST week's article must
have woke up a sleep-
ing giant because I
received all kinds of calls
concerning kennel cough
and diseases that are noso-
comial in nature that is, dis-
eases that are contracted
from a hospital, a kennel, a
groomer or a boarding facil-

We are not pointing fingers at anyone; we
are just trying to educate the public that
these infections can and do occur. But in no
way am I going to condone these occur-
rences if they continue to happen unabated.
In fact, I have been accused and still am
being accused by this same particular ken-
nel/ boarding/ grooming facility that is said
to have kennel cough rampant in its walls of
operation, to be infecting dogs with parvo.
How absurd can you get?
I believe because competition hurts, peo-
ple will say anything to belittle their com-
petition. But we at Central Animal have
broad shoulders and will continue to pro-
vide quality veterinary care at economical
prices to the general public. So today we will
talk about this parvo virus disease.
Most deaths from parvo occur within 48-
72 hours. It is the number one killer in the
world of puppies.
As soon as your dog comes into contact
with parvo, the virus begins by attacking
the lining of your dog's GI tract. Then it
goes after the villi, which is the part of

the dogs intestines used to absorb food.
The dog's body is made up of 60 per cent
water. Newborns are 78- 80 per cent water
and without the necessary fluids the dog's
organs quickly begin to shut down, caus-
ing a very quick death. The virus lasts a
maximum of 7-10 days. As long as you can
keep your dog hydrated for 7-10 days they
will survive.

Parvo is spread through contact with feces
containing the virus.
The virus is known to survive on inani-
mate objects for five months. Insects,
rodents and birds may also serve as vec-
tors playing an important role in the trans-
mission of this disease. So it is important to
clean the area well with a disinfectant or
bleach solution.
One cup of household bleach to one gal-
lon of-water can inactivate the parvo virus.

The majority of cases are seen in dogs
less than six months. The symptoms of par-
vo are vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration,
dark or bloody feces, fever and. low white
blood cell counts. The disease will progress
very rapidly and death can occur as early as
two days after the onset of this disease.

Not all cases of bloody diarrhea with or
without vomiting are caused by parvo. The
only way to know if your dog has parvo is
through a positive diagnostic test.


It is fairl. straightforward and is directed
at supportie therapy. Replacing fluids lost
through %onuting and diarrhea is probably
the single most important treatment. Intra-
venous administration of a balanced elec-
trolyte solution is preferred. In severe cas-
es blood transfusion may be necessary.
Antibiotics are usually given to control
secondary bacterial infection. Restricting
the food during periods of vomiting is also
necessary and therefore food must be given
Trying to treat the dog without profes-
sional veterinary care is very difficult. Even
with the best available care, the mortality is
high. Without the correct amount of prop-
erly balanced IV fluids the chance of recov-
ery is small.
If a puppy recovers from parvo, he is
immune to re-infection. There are many
commercially prepared vaccines. These are
attenuated or modified so that they are not
infectious. Although some people have
expressed concern about the possibility of
modified live vaccines reverting to a virulent
strain after being givenpand then causing
disease, studies have shown that thisdoes
not occur. Commercially, prepared vaccines
are safe and do not cause disease,
Parvo is a very common problem that is a
huge killer of puppies. Due to its ability to
be transmitted through hands, clothes,
rodents, insects and birds, it is virtually
impossible to have a kennel that will not
eventually be exposed to this disease.
................ ....................... I..............................................
* Dr Basil Sands is a veterinarian at the Cen-
tral Animal Hospital. Questions or comments
should be directed to
potcake59@hotmail.com. Dr Sands can also
be contacted at 325-1288

What is sensitive skin, and do I have it?

NO other skin condition is more misun-
derstood than sensitive skin. In fact, almost
90 per cent of the population reports hav-
ing sensitive skin at one time or another. To
understand whether you have sensitive
skin, you first have to understand what
causes it.
Sensitive skin is a genetically-inherited
condition that predominantly affects very
fair-skinned individuals, usually of North-
ern European ancestry. Someone with tru-
ly sensitive skin is highly prone to blushing,
has a very fine complexion and may expe-
rience bad hay fever, allergies or asthma.
What most people suffer from is in fact
sensitized skin. Rather than a result of
genetics, sensitized skin is a reflection of
your environment, lifestyle and physiology.
Pollution, stress, hormonal imbalance, cos-
metic allergies, alcohol, a poor diet and
over-exfoliation can all trigger the sensi-
tized skin condition.
The good news is that sensitized skin can
be treated. The bad news is that, left
untreated, the skin's response can actually
result in permanent cellular damage, which
can lead to premature aging.

A few lifestyle modifications can usual-
ly solve most people's skin sensitization.
Maintaining the skin's barrier function is
vital, so remember to always apply your
moisturizer after cleansing, and whenever
your skin feels tight or dry. Also, always
avoid over-exfoliating your skin remem-
ber, more exfoliation is not better. If you
notice redness or tightness that lasts more
than a few hours, you should discontinue.
the use of your exfoliant for a few days.
Sun protection is also critical because
sensitized skin is even more vulnerable to
UV damage. Use a chemical-free sun
shield that was developed specifically for
sensitized skin. Lastly, avoiding trigger
factors such as hot drinks, spicy foods,
MSG, alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes can
help your skin recover and rebuild its nor-
mal resistance.




We all know the discomfort of an attack
of sensitization the skin feels tight, red and
swollen, and it seems like everything you do
just makes it worse. The first step is to
avoid all trigger factors. Then, you need
to follow a special regimen to help your
skin recover.
Cleansing with an extremely gentle
gel/cream and tissue-off formula, will
remove all irritants from the skin's surface.
Follow with an anti-ozonate protection that
will help shield the skin from further
assault. Use a moisturizer that will create
an invisible silicone barrier against the out-
side world.
Your environmental control regimen
doesn't replace your existing skin care rou-
tine think of it as an emergency response.

Rosacea is a skin condition as misun-
derstood as sensitive skin, and as fre-
quently misdiagnosed. In its early stages,
rosacea exhibits the same symptoms as
skin sensitization redness, blushing and
tightness as well as the pame trigger fac-
tors. However, the similarity ends there.
A disorder of the facial blood vessels,
rosacea is a progressive inflammatory dis-

order that, when untreated, develops addi-
tional complications that include burst cap-
illaries, facial swelling and spots on the
face that look like acne breakouts, causing
people to confuse rosacea with acne.
One in twenty people mostly women -
are affected by this misunderstood dis-
ease. See your professional skin care ther-
apist, or a dermatologist, to determine if
you are experiencing rosacea or a sensi-
tized skin condition.
Fortunately, rosacea is manageable.
Avoiding trigger factors is critical, as a
rosacea attack begins the same way skin
sensitization does. There are also an
increasing number of prescription med-
ications recommended by your dermatol-
ogist that can halt the progression of this

This information was taken from www.der-
Sarah Simpson is a skin care therapist at
the Dermal Clinic. Visit her and her team of skin
and body therapists at One Sandyport Plaza
(the same building as Ballys Gym). For more
information about their September Face Treat-
ment special for all new clients, visit www.der-
mal-clinic.com or call 327.6788

It all starts

with one step

DID you quit walk or run-
ning as a form of exercise
because of pains in the foot?
Did you ever think that
maybe your footwear could
have contributed to your
pains and discomfort?
Initially, footwear was
made to protect the feet
from burning sands in hot cli-
mates and from ice and snow.
in colder regions. In the last
100 years there have been
considerable changes in the
types of ground on which we
walk or run. However, while
the foot has not changed its
function or structure for over
three million years, the sur-
faces on which we travel
have changed from soft,
undulating natural ground to
synthetic, hard and flat sur-
Let us reflect on the make-
up of the foot, which is a
complex structure composed
of bones, muscles, ligaments,
fascial structures, nerves, and
blood vessels. The foot must
support the entire weight of
the body during walking and
standing. During running and
jumping, the forces on the
foot can be several times
greater than the weight of
the body.
The human foot is truly a
miracle of design, with the
capacity to withstand the
wear and tear of thousands
of steps every day through-
out life. Given the change in
surfaces over the past 100
years, it is essential that we
realize how important it is to
get the appropriate footwear
to support the foot and avoid
the injuries and discomfort
to our feet.
Footwear today is
designed for specific activi-
ties, having the support in
the area where pressure may
be present, given that partic-
ular activity. For example, if
you are walking for fitness,
then you should purchase a
'walker-sneaker' because the
pressures on the foot would
be very different than if you
were running. Similarly,
many, walkers complain of
knee pains, which may be
because they are using
footwear designed for other.
Many sports related
injuries occur as a result of

extrinsic factors such as
footwear and surfaces.
Sprains, heel pain, interdigi-
tal neuroma and stress frac-
tures of the foot are common
results that athletes suffer in
relation to these factors. As a
result, revolutionary
footwear has been intro-
duced to combat many prob-
lems related to the foot.
For example, the 'MBT'
and the 'Chung Shi' line of
footwear have been scientif-
ically designed as dynamic
workout tools. Their unique
'rocker sole' design benefits
the user by:
* Helping to reduce cellulite
* Toning muscles
* Increasing circulation
*.Improving posture
* Reducing lower back pain
* Strengthening joints; and
* Diminishing spider and vari-
cose veins

Take that one step today,
seek professional -help to
assist you with the correct
footwear and support
(orthotic) to not only sup-
port your body and foot type
but to adequately off load
the pressure presented by the
underlying terrain.
Runners, who want to con-
tinue running for many more
years, need to ensure that
there is enough support
between your foot and the
flat and hard surfaces you
run on. Depending on the
activity to which you are
doing, you need to seek the
appropriate footwear and
support for that purpose. A
professional in' the field of
footwear can help you best
with your selection.

Bernadette D Gibson, a
board certified pedorthist, is the
proprietor of Foot Solutions, a
health and wellness franchise
that focuses foot care and prop-
er shoe fit, located in the Sandy-
port Plaza, Nassau.
"The views expressed are
those of the author and does
not necessarily represent those
of Foot Solutions Incorporated
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to nassau@footsolu-
tions.com or 327-FEET (3338).

Sun fitness for kids and teens
One blistering sunburn in childhood
may double your risk of developing
any type of skin cancer, so it is very
important to get your children in the
habit of protecting themselves from the
As a parent you need to find out
what your child's school policy is on
sun safety.
Is there any shade in the play-
Are outdoor activities scheduled
to avoid the sun's peak hours?
What is the policy on wearing sun-
screens and hats during school hours if
your child has to be outdoors?

It is important that children be active
and go outside and play but at the same
time we must ensure their sun safety.

Teens are under enormous pressure to dress, talk and look a
certain way. Sometimes, regardless of how much they know
about sun safety, they still try to tan in order to conform.
In fact some teens are so determined to get a tan that they con-
form to tanning salons where the sun lamps give off harmful UV
If your teen must be tan let them use self tanners. There are
many new self tanning lotions and creams that can give you a nat-
ural glow without exposing you to harmful UV rays. They have
actually improved over the past few years and would not turn you
orange anymore.
A self tanner must always be used with a sunscreen. Your teen
should know that being tan does not mean being healthy.
Sunscreen application must become part of your teen's daily
routine. Keep the sunscreen in the open, eg, in the bathroom next
to the toothpaste as a physical reminder..If your teen is involved
in after school activities keep a bottle of sunscreen in his equip-
ment bag.
If your teen complains that a beach hat makes him look stu-
pid take him shopping to pick out one he likes. If your teen com-
plains that no one else has to wear a dress to the beach, let her
choose fun sarongs/wraps to go with a colourful matching hat.
Most teens, however, do not complain about wearing sunglass-
es. Let them choose a pair they like once they provide UV pro-

* Dr Richelle Knowles can be contacted at:
The Renascence Institute
Olde Town Sandyport
Tel: 327-8718/9
Or e-mail at drknowlesl@hotmail.com

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ H|s~iH** ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^HEALTH^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^





Are you effectively getting things done?

The secret to getting things done is to

STRESS, struggle and much anxi-
ety seem pretty much the norm. Most
people are out of time, out of sync or
out of focus; still they remain exces-
sively busy.
However, despite this busy appear-
ance, most people are silently losing
the battle of pursuit for their goals,
dreams and desires. Indeed, even
with all the activity many are still
relatively unproductive. When the
dust settles; very few are effectively
getting anything done.

Multitasking as a concept has
become trendy, suggesting the abili-
ty to competently handle more than
one task at a time. But in actuality
most people are really 'multi-tax-
ing'; that is, taxing their mental and

emotional capacity in multiple ways
and still achieving very little.
Certainly, in this age of gizmos
and gadgets, many are pressured to
juggle more than one task at a time.
But the goal isn't just to get it done,
but to get it done effectively. This
doesn't mean that you can not 'clap
and sing' at the same time; but sure-
ly it's a stretch to try to sit and stand
at the same time. More importantly,
there is very little evidence to sup-
port the theory that multitasking is
actually more effective at getting

things done.
On the flip side, there is much
research that supports the notion
that the increased level of stress
experienced by the average person is
born out of irritability and anxiety,
which stems from their inability to
get things done.

People are set in their ways and
stubborn to change even when it's a
matter of their own well-being. The
bottom line is, if your shoes are too
old, too tight and unsuited for the
next step; you can choose to continue
to drag those same old shoes or bold-
ly strap your feet into a brand new
pair that helps you to get there.
As simple as this seems, the major-
ity of folks will keep their old shoes.
Habits are truly hard to break, but
until you find the inner power to

hack such habits, you will not effec-
tively get much done. You are liv-
ing in a new paradigm which
demands a new way.

To be effective at anything, you
need a goal, a plan and a means of
measuring whether you are actually
moving or standing still.
Essentially, the purpose of our very
existence is to get things done. Not
only for ourselves but for those who
will occupy this space tomorrow.
Take a look at nature; nothing exists
without purpose.
A seed is planted into the soil for
the purpose of growing into a tree.
The caterpillar desires to become the
butterfly pnd gets it done by going
into the cocoon of change.
You are the painter of your life's
canvas and your ability to get any-
thing done depends on your sense
of awareness, sense of focus, the

quality of your commitment and your
willingness to adapt.
Too many are too quick to give up
on their goals when the sky turns
gray, but any worthwhile goal must
be bigger than temporary gray
Remember the goal is not just to
get things done; but to get them done
with excellence.
Today is a brand new day; make
up your mind to effectively get at
least one thing done.

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1 builders trade show

goes green

AS more and more people are
becoming environmentally con-
scious, organizers of the
Caribbean's largest Home and
Builders Trade Show and Exhi-
bition have jumped on the band-
wagon and taken the event to
another level this year by
"Going Green."
The show, which is in its
eighth year, will take place at
the Wyndham Cable Beach
Resort, October 24 26. Once
again organizers, Special Events
Bahamas Ltd, have planned an
exciting event.
As this year's show has adopt-
ed a "Green Theme," attendees
will also be able to get a first
hand glance as companies launch
their latest environmentally
friendly and cost efficient prod-
ucts. Patrons will algo have the
opportunity to learn about the
most up to date products and
services available in the build-

ing industry from both local and
foreign vendors. Additionally,
show workshops and seminars
will focus on "going green and
energy conservation."
Nikita Curtis, president, Spe-
cial Events Bahamas Ltd, not-
ed, "Even if you aren't building
there is important, timely infor-
mation that will be distributed
at this year's show that anyone
can use. For instance there will
be companies offering environ-
mentally friendly and cost con-
scious products that can help
with your energy costs. People
will be able to access a variety of
suppliers under one roof where
they can meet one-on-one with
vendors at their convenience,
eliminating the need to burnmfuel
driving from place to place.
Instead of going to the vendors,
the Annual Home and Builders
Show will bring the vendors to
you to pick and choose from."

Not only will patrons be able
to receive valuable information
but they will also be able to take
advantage of the many prizes
arid give-aways from the various
exhibitors. This year's one-of-a-
kind show will also give atten-
dees the opportunity to sit in on
interesting seminars, gain invalu-
able tips on the local home and
building industry, and win more
than $50,000 in fabulous prizes.
Major sponsors this year
include Arawak Homes and
Colina Imperial Insurance. Both
companies will be represented
' at the show. More than 70
exhibitors have confirmed their
participation this year and sev-
eral leading industry profession-
als will distribute valuable infor-
mation during the workshop ses-
Exhibitors will include a broad
spectrum of industry relevant
businesses including banks,

insurance companies, sub-con-
tractors, engineers, building sup-
ply companies, interior decora-
tors, security companies and
more, ensuring that persons can
acquire' all the information they
need to complete large and small
Along with the many Bahami-
an and foreign exhibitors, pop-
ular American companies such
as Home Depot and their
upscale designer store Expo
Design; Lowes and Home Ko
will return to this year's show.
Furthermore, 15 Canadian com-
panies will make their debut
under a special pavilion at the
The Annual Home and
Builders Trade Show and Exhi-
bition has evolved into a highly
anticipated event, which is fre-
quented by persons directly and
indirectly involved in the con-
struction building and home

industry. Home owners, poten-
tial home owners, business own-
ers, contractors, sub-contractors
and persons seeking to spruce
up their home and businesses
with more energy saving devices
should plan to attend this year's
The exhibition is truly the
only venue in the Bahamas and
the Caribbean that brings
together all the major players.
in the home and building indus-
try to platform their products
and services to each other and
the Bahamian public all at one
time and under one roof.
Last year and in previous
years, delighted show-goers won
appliances such as refrigerators
and stoves, doors, kitchen cabi-
nets, gas coupons, and even golf
clubs and this year, even more
gifts are up for grabs so be sure
you plan to attend. A schedule
of the show's activities is listed

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Friday, October 24 The -
show will be officially opened, i

Saturday, October 25 The

al public from 10am to 6pm. A 'i"
lively day is planned to attract //'.
large numbers of industry pro-
fessionals and the general pub-
li c to thquire show. Various radio

personalities will be on site to
meet the exhibitors and provide 'J
an opportunity for them to mar- IJi
ket their products and services

via the radio. ,.;s
Sunday, October 26 The
show will open to the general
public from 12pm to 6pm. Once
again radio personalities will be on site to
on site to meet the exhibitors and provide
and to provide an opportunity for them to mar-
for them to market their prod-ucts and services
ucts and services via the radio.
ucts and services via the radio.


FROM page 12B

yet they don't exert enough political pressure."
The ultimate goal for many woman is to please
men in the Bahamas, and as soon as a woman
realizes the men disapprove, she will step away
from the cause, she explained. "Of course there's
nothing wrong with pleasing men, but we need to
please women too," she said, pointing to another
aspect of the equality goal.
It is necessary in this country for the women to
band together and build powerful social net-
works, for more change to be induced, she said.
A psychology professor at the College of the
Bahamas, Ms Frances Farmer told Tribune
Woman that the Bahamas' view on feminism or
gender relations is a complex one, with diver-
gent values. While the female is revered and
greatly respected in the role of mother or grand-

mother, women in the public sphere are also seen
as sex objects and valued for how they look.
Young women buy into this because they are
socialized into the role of women before them.
The dark ages of inequality between sexes con-
tinue with the help of constant demeaning jokes
about women, and a lack of awareness of wom-
en's rights.
Ms Farmer noted that women are often the
ones who end up with the children after a divorce,
and the term "feminization of poverty" becomes
plain. In this state, the standard of living for the
mother and children goes down dramatically
while the father's own standard of living signifi-
cantly rises. In any case, the court process in the
Bahamas is so slow that even after custody pay-
ments are judicially decided, if they are not then
carried out, it will be another long wait to enforce
the father's contribution to his children's lives.

This is a serious problem because the woman is
usually being paid less in the first place, Ms
Farmer said.
Ms Estena Saunders, an associate attorney at
Halsbury Chambers, elaborated on women
divorcees and the fact that it is most commonly
the female who comes seeking a divorce because
of mental or physical abuse. She said that it is
those who are physically abused who take the
longest to seek her help, sometimes waiting for
the third, fourth or fifth time he hits her. "There
is a very definite fear among women to stand up
for their rights," she said.
Ms Farmer said that a negative viewpoint
towards women that is obvious through emo-
tional, verbal and physical abuse is not just an atti-
tude. "It is discrimination based on gender, a
practice that would not be tolerated for a minute
were it discrimination based on race," she said.

Furthermore, Bahamian women have accepted
over the years how things are, without taking
into consideration a different way of life that
would celebrate them as equal beings to men.
The vicious cycle continues to repeat itself as
many women think Bahamian men are irrespon-
sible; they therefore expect nothing more, and
men therefore offer nothing more.
In the psychology classes Ms Farmer teaches,
while she doesn't directly teach about feminism -
she does teach the stereotyping of genders. On the
whole, her students are reported to be unaware of
the roles they've been socialized to follow as
young Bahamians in the case of males to be
macho, and for females to be caring or nurturing.
The roles may not be realized, but as negative
concepts of females and those who strongly sup-
port them (feminists) continue to exist, the fight
for equality will remain a far off reality.









and pep-
pers are closely related there ,:'
are a few important differences.
Peppers are true perennials and
will, with the right care and con-
ditions, produce fruit for sever-
al years. I have not yet planted "
any sweet peppers because last
year's crop is still bearing well."
The most popular peppers
are the bell peppers that tend to
produce heavy, blocky fruits.
Bell peppers come in a vari-
ety of colours including green,
red, yellow, brown, orange and
It costs no more to grow yel-
low or orange peppers but these
cost far more than green pep- '
pers in the food store. CUBANELLE PEPPERS can take
The obvious strategy for the .the summer heat in stride. They
home gardener is to grow the can be eaten at the yellow stage
more unusual colours..-'
more unusual colours. or when they turn deep red.
Tomato seedlings can be
buried deeply because roots
form from the buried stem. You
cannot do this with pepper
They need to be set into the
ground exactly level with the
If you are growing your pep-
pers from seed they should be
planted one-quarter of an inch SUNSCALD is
deep in well-drained soil and a real problem
the soil firmed over them. with bell pep-
Watering is important up to and pers, particu-
after germination. larly in the
Peppers are fairly heavy feed- s u m m e r
ers and should be planted in fer- months.
tile soil and fertilized every
month or so.
One problem with -young
plants is their tendency to
flower before the stem is strong
enough to bear the weight of
the fruit.
Early flowers can be nipped
off to allow the plant to gain
Once the plants are at full
size and are flowering well a
small dressing of superphos-
phate can be applied. PICTURED are a
.This will help increase the basketful of pep-
fruit size and yield a bigger har- pers picked in
vest. August. They are
I have found that bell pepper mostly Cubanelle
plants bear best when they are with a few jalapeno
supported, usually by a single and cayenne pep-
length of cane and a soft tie like pers.
plastic ribbon.
Some experts recommend
planting tvo peppers together. -
The reasoning behind this is .
that the increased foliage will .
better protect the fruits.against
When it comes to harvest '
time it is advisable to cut the 0-
pepper stalks rather than try to
twist the fruits off. b a cl
Sometimes a wholelbranch..
will come away with the fruit.
Banana peppers are very pro-
ductive but tend to have little
taste and thin walls. Cubanelle
sweet peppers look very like
banana peppers.but have thick-
er walls and a distinctly sweet
I like to grow Cubanelle pep- I 1
pers after Easter because they
take the summer heat so well.
True, some fruits will develop ...
sunscald but a large percentage ,
will survive. Cubanelles are pro-
lific producers and bear heavily, "' &
even under adverse conditions. S.ef.al "
They can be eaten when they e^,a' .
are mature but still yellow or -. : H. 4..
allowed to ripen to a deep red 5
when the sugar content is at its nr
highest. succos ov .
I like to cook Cubanelles by
sweating them whole in a skillet
with a dribble of olive oil. The ,
heat should be very low. After a ,
while the peppers collapse and ..,". o.

at tnis point they can be con-
sidered ready to eat. .
I must confess that I care very
little for green bell peppers.
They may be crunchy but-
their taste is too raw for my lik-, ,
ing. .....,..... ...
When they are cooked they
ruin whatever they are cooked
with, in my humble opinion. I
could happily live the rest of
my days without green bell pep-
But red, orange or yellow
peppers are a different matter.
I like my sweet peppers to be
really sweet.






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Dr. Ada Thompson

EMINISM a significant topic to
Bahamian women today from a
variety of viewpoints is at a dis-
appointing standstill, says one
Theresa Moxey-Ingraham, a
cabinet minister in the FNM's first
administration (1992-2002) and
now the manager of Sojourner
Douglass College, said that invari-
ably, the Bahamian woman of
*today istimid and desirous of the
"good girl" label that remaining
on the sidelines will earn her.
As one of eight sis-
ters, and most of
them with daughters,
Mrs Moxey-Ingra-
ham strongly advo-
cates the rights of
women n in the
Bahamas. Her own
daughter and her
nieces are raised as
strong human beings,
she said, "equal to
any other".
Her inspiration
comes from Bahami-
an women in the past
"who would not nec-
essarily call them-
selves feminists," she
said, "but who fought
for what they saw as
right nonetheless".
SBahamian women
who fought for the
right to vote, serve on
a jury, to have leading roles in
political parties and trade unions

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are all motivation to keep the
movement alive.
The biggest issue in her eyes is
the constitutional law that main-
tains that "the permanent secre-
tary will be a man" and it is "his
duty" to serve the Bahamas.
Unless we start with equality in
the very constitution that man-
dates our lives, we can't expect to
move toward equality in real life,
she said.

In law, she explained, "Bahami-
an women are not equal citizens to
Bahamian men". The law autho-
rizes foreign females to gain citi-
zenship almost automatically upon
marrying a Bahamian male, how-
ever the same law does not apply
for the reverse situation. The mar-
riage between a foreign male and
-a Bahamian woman is "very
strained" as a result of this. "The
marriage could endure hardships
emotionally and financially as the
direct consequence of our sexist
laws," she said.
In the FNM referendum of
2003, a movement was made
toward equality by trying to erad-
icate this marriage law. However it
was unanimously decided against,.
and women remain in a secondary
slot to men today. Mrs Moxey-
Ingraham said further that femi-
nism in the Bahamas is a shunned
subject of thought, both among
men and women.
"For Bahamian men the idea of
feminism frightens and annoys

them. The fight for
advancement of
women makes
them cringe and
think 'what more
could these women
want?' For Bahami-
an women, the con-
cept of feminism
embarrasses them.
There are negative
attached and most
will doubtless say 'I
ain no feminist ya
In many countries
ruled by religious
fundamentalism and
where social percep-
tions are of utmost
importance such as
the Bahamas, that the
stereotypical impres-
sion of what a feminist
is and what she repre-
sents is very misun-
derstood, she said.
"Beyond sexual and/or
domestic abuse, we
don't get women rally-
ing. We don't see
women sitting down
and focusing on chang-
ing law in the
Overall, Mrs Moxey-
Ingraham said, "we
choose not to get exposure to fem-
inism in the Bahamas. Women
voters outnumber men voters, and
SEE page 10B


45 60 per cent of reported
homicides in the Bahamas have
been attributed to domestic vio-
A Domestic Violence (Protec-
tion Orders) Bill was passed by the
House of Assembly in 2007.
The Bahamas has the highest
reported incidence of sexual vio-
lence (as reported by The World
In 2000, 189 states of the Unit-
ed Nations (including the Bahamas)
signed onto a list of eight Millenni-
um Development Goals (MDGs) to
hopefully be attained by 2015.
Number three is "Promotion of gen-
der equality and empowerment of
women", which is further noted to
be critical to the attainment of all
other goals the eradication of
extreme poverty and hunger,
achievement of universal primary
education, reduction of child mor-
tality, improvement in maternal
health, combating HIV/AIDS, malar-
ia and other diseases, ensuring
environmental sustainability, and
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First phase feminism: 19th early 20th century in the United States
Issue: Equal political rights, women's suffrage (the civil right to vote)
Outcome: In 1918 American women over 30 years old who owned a house were permitted to vote, and in 1928 the law was amended to include
women over 18.
US leaders: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony.
Second phase feminism: early 1960s late 1980s
Issues: More equality matters, ending discrimination and spreading the slogan "The Personal is Political" encouraging women to see sex-
ist power structures.
Outcome: Prominent US authoresses: Betty Friedan who wrote The Feminist Mystique (1963) which explored the probability that not all women
were fulfilled by housework and child rearing, and African American Gloria Jean Watkins who wrote Ain't I a Woman?: Black Women and Femi-
nism in 1981.
Third phase feminism: 1990s present
Issue: Modern feminism is broken into categories as rt affects all types of women; usually attaching the theory of feminism to another school
of thought ecofeminism, post-structural and post-modern feminism, French feminism, liberal feminism, radical feminism, black feminism, third
world or post-colonial feminism, socialist and Marxist feminism, anarcha feminism. These can also be named "submovements" of feminism.



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