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Publication Date: September 24, 2008
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DR RUDY KING was rushed to
Doctor's Hospital yesterday for what
was originally claimed to be "a mild
heart attack", but is now understood
to have been a mild headache and
slightly elevated blood pressure.
According to Michelle Rassin,
Doctor's Hospital's Vice President of
Operations; King was resting com-
fortably in the Accident and Emer-
gency section. However, she declined
to discuss King's condition.
While King was in the hospital,
The Tribune received a telephone
call from an unknown person who
claimed he was at thehospital. He
told a reporter that King was in hos-
pital and that he might have suffered
a "mild heart attack."
The unknown caller said King was
rushed by ambulance to Doctor's
Hospital from a private medical facil-
ity with his "blood pressure at 180
over 92." The Tribune understands
that his blood pressure was in fact,
171 over 115.
The mysterious caller claimed that
King, "surrounded by doctors,
bankers, and well-wishers," was rest-


ing comfortably after receiving med-
ication.
The caller also claimed that the
Accident and Emergency room was
receiving calls "like crazy" with per-
sons asking for updates on his con-
dition, as others sat outside the A&E
room waiting to catch a glimpse of
the inscrutable Dr King. '
Ms Rassin denied that any calls
were made to the hospital enquir-
ing about King's condition. The only
call received at the hospital about
King was from a Tribune reporter
trying to confirm that he was in fact
a patient there.
He was admitted at 12.30pm and
discharged at 4.15 the same after-
noon.
The hospital's security con-
trary to the claim by the unknown
caller that people were in the waiting
room to catch a glimpse of King -
denied that there was anyone in the
waiting room while King was at the
hospital.
"Under no circumstances," said
SEE page 11


Chop or stab wounds 'were likely
cause of Mario Miller's death'
* By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune News Reporter,
A CHOP to the left side of the neck or stab wounds that punc-
tured Mario Miller's lungs were the likely cause of his death on
June 22, 2002, Forensic Pathologist Dr Giovander Raju testi-
fied yesterday.
The jury was shown graphic images of Mario's injuries as
Dr Raju described the shape, size and depth of 18 stab wounds,
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* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporte
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A CALL has gone out for gov-
ernment to dismiss any thought of
Sallowing a foreign company to
develop the new shipping facility
at Arawak Cay, as doing so would
deny Bahamians a unique oppor-
tunity to engage in and benefit
from the development of their
own country.
PLP deputy leadership cbn-
tender and lawyer Paul Moss
claims that his "information" is
that the Government is "siding"
with European-based Mediter-
ranean Shipping Company over a
Bahamian group's proposal to
develop the new Arawak Cay
shipping port.
"We ask the Government not
to consider MSC or any foreign
developer for this site. It ought
to be 100 per cent Bahamian and
the Prime Minister must pledge to
give his support for those


GRANDMOTHER Denise Rolle takes her disabled granddaughter Rakia
Rolle from Kemp Road to R M Bailey and back every day. She says that
for the past four years, she has taken on the role of both mother and
father to her seven orphaned grandchildren.
*SEEPAGE TWO FOR STORY

Inagua keeps an eye

on weather system


INAGUANS were yesterday
warned to keep a close eye on a
weather system that may develop
into a Tropical Depression.
Just weeks after suffering dev-
astating damage from Hurricane
Ike, Inagua could experience tor-
rential rains and strong winds in
the next few days.
The US National Hurricane
Centre in a-special tropical distur-
bance statement yesterday advised
that a weather system, which is
currently over Hispaniola, could
become a tropical depression with-
in the next 72 hours.
Forecasters reported that a
broad low pressure area located
over the eastern Dominican
Republic is currently moving slow-


ly west-northwestward.
Upper-level winds were said to
be favourable for more develop-
ment of the system.
The southeastern Bahamas is
expected to experience heavy rains
and thunderstorms in the next few
days.
Chief Meteorology Officer Basil
Rahming said last night that he
expects the weather system to
strengthen once it reaches open
water and cautioned the people
of Inagua to carefully monitor the
movements of the system.
The National Emergency Man-
agement Agency is now concerned
that this system will affect the
relief and recovery efforts in
Inagua.


Bahamians that ha'e put in a bid
to build this port." said Mr Moss.
Mr Moss said gi' ing the multi-
million dollar project to a
Bahamian group, rather than
MSC, could "jump start theiri
Bahamian economy) and serve
as a buffer or cushion from the
meltdown that's going on in the'
world today."
His comments, made in a press'
conference yesterday morning,
were dismissed later by Minister
of the Environment Earl'
Deveaux as scaremongeringg.'
Mr Deveaux said that Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said
"long, long ago" that government
would d ensure the project %\ent to
a Bahamian company.
The Bahamian group that has
come to the fore in the process
is the Arawak Cay Port Devel-
opment Company (ACPDC). It is
constituted of a broad cross-sec-
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Ocean Place developer denies
building 'in breach of any laws'
0 By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
THE developer of the luxury Ocean Place development on which work was
ordered to be stopped by a Senior Justice two weeks ago has denied "all alle-
gations that the building was or is constructed in breach of any laws."
On September 10th, defendant Albert Ballard, the Director of Peace
Holdings Limited, filed an application for the September 4th injunction by
Senior Justice Anita Allen against the project to be lifted.
He also asked that an "inquiry be made as to the damages sustained" by
PHL as a result of the stall on the construction, sale or lease of the develop-
ment.
In his affidavit in support of his application, Mr Ballard said he believes that
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THREE men were charged in the Magistrate's Court yesterday
with the attempted murder of police reservist Constable 904 Sweet-
ing.
Arthur Carey, 26, Jeremy Williams, 35, and Edwidge John, 41,
were not required to enter a plea in connection with the charges,
which included attempted murder, possession of a firearm with
intent to endanger life, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and
two counts of possession of ammunition.
As the three accused men were escorted to Magistrate Linda
Virgill's courtroom, one of them flashed a hand sign and smiled at
photographers who waited outside.
The three were remanded to Her Majesty's Prison until Friday,
September 26, when it is expected that a bail hearing will be held.


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* By LLOYD L ALLEN
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A STRUGGLING grand-
mother wants government to
give her any help it can to
take her disabled grand-
daughter to and from school.
Denise Rolle, 54; says that
for the past four years, she
has taken on the role of both
mother and father to her sev-
en orphaned grandchildren.
Rakia Rolle, 17, who is the
oldest of the seven, is a high
school senior who is wheel-
chair bound.
The grandmother, who is
also a single parent,


explained that although she
doesn't have a vehicle, she
has to take on the responsi-
bility of not only getting the
other children to and from
school everyday, but also
pushing Rakia's wheelchair
to and from school.

Walk
"I walk from Kemp Road
to R M Bailey every morn-
ing, and every evening with
my granddaughter," she said.
Mrs Rolle, who is also a
janitress at the school, said:
"It's very hard walking when
you have to clean six class-


rooms in the afternoon, and
two bathrooms, and then
have to walk home, it's
hard.'"
Mrs Rolle says she has
done all that she can to pro-
vide for her grandchildren.
Both of their parents have
been dead for more than
four years.
She said that while there
are other schools that are
nearer her four bedroom
Kemp Road home, none is
as accessible for wheelchairs.
"I am just looking for help
to just bring my grandchild
to school, and to carry her
home," said the grandmoth-
er.
State Minister for Social
Development Loretta But-
ler-Turner said: "We do have
a disability vehicle, and we
do pick-up disabled persons
who need to make hospital
appointments and the like.
We would certainly provide
transport for the child."
Referring to the grand-
mothers' plight, Minister
Butler-Turner said: "It's a
huge challenge, even if it
wasn't a grandmother, this
would be difficult for any-
one, I would think.
"It just speaks to the ills
that we have in our society -
she is just a microcosm of
what's happening else-
where."


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Two charged

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* By DENISE
MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@
tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Two
Freeport men were
charged in the Freeport
Magistrate's Court yes-
terday in connection
with the armed robbery
of the East Mall Service
Station.
Appearing before
Magistrate Debbye Fer-
guson in Court One were
Basil Black, 29, of
Tamarind Street, and
Anibar Ferdinand, 28, of
Oleander Street.
The men were charged
with armed robbery and
possession of a firearm.
It is alleged that on
September 17, the
accused, being con-
cerned together while
armed with a shotgun,
robbed the East Mall
Service Station of
$3,155.68 cash.
Black was separately
charged with dishonestly
receiving $1,500 cash,
the property of East
Mall Service Station,
knowing the money to
have been obtained or
appropriated by an
offence.
The men were not
required to enter pleas
to the charges.
Magistrate Ferguson
adjourned the cases to
May 13, 2009, for a pre-
liminary inquiry.
The defendants were
each granted $10,000
bail with sureties. On
the charge of receiving,
Black was granted an
additional $1,500 cash
bail.

TRIO ON FIREARM/
AMMUNITION
CHARGES
TWO men and one
woman were arraigned
on firearm and ammuni-
tion charges in the Mag-
istrate's Court.
Edward Ferris Miller,
22, Trevonia Farrington,
24, and Andrew Alexan-
der Hepburn, 22, were
charged before Magis-
trate Andrew Forbes
with possession of a
firearm and ammunition.
Miller and Farrington
pleaded not guilty to the
charges, while Hepburn
pleaded guilty.
Brian Hanna repre-
sented the three defen-
dants.


Bahamian in US jailed for running



prostitution and burglary ring


* By ALISON LOWE full sentence in the United States before was convicted of, Justice Elma Bellini
Tribune Staff Reporter this happens. made clear that she did not agree.
alowe@tribunemedia.net "We want him behind a wall rather She said: "I don't believe anything
than a boat ride away from victimising could be further from the truth. Your
A BAHAMIAN man living in New more people," Mr Valdina said after the actions are reprehensible. They're despi-
York state, who tried to portray himself sentencing, the Post Standard, Syracuse cable," Justice Bellini said before pro-
as a good family man, could be deported reported. nouncing the sentence.
back to the Bahamas for running a pros- Justice Bellini questioned the convic-
titution and burglary ring which exploit- COnvicted t's "family man" claim, saying he had
ed migrant farm workers. fathered children with three women
Clarence Brown, 56, of 8668 York Set- Mr Brown was convicted in May of whom he had introduced to crack
tlement Road, Sodus, New York, did two felony burglary charges for running cocaine and other drugs.
not convince his sentencing judge that he a 2005 operation in which he and two He also took advantage of other young
should be treated leniently. women from Auburn, New York, intro- women whom he enticed to be prosti-
On Monday, he was given two con- duced prostitutes to farm workers in tutes and later helped him pillage farm
secutive maximum terms amounting to southern Cayuga County, New York. workers, Justice Bellini said.
30 years in prison. While the workers had sex, Brown The two women, who went along with
Chief District Attorney Chris Vald- and the two women would steal money the Bahamian to the farm and performed
ina said Mr Brown faces deportation to and other items from them. sex acts, were given reduced sentences
his native Bahamas, but added that he While Mr Brown maintained at his for their crimes in exchange for testifying
will recommend the convict serve his sentencing that he did not do what he against Brown, who has a previous



Prime Minister



Ingraham to address



the United Nations



General Assembly


PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham will go to New York
today to deliver the Bahamas'
statement to the United
Nations General Assembly.
This is the prime minister's.
fourth address before the
world body.
While in New York, Mr
Ingraham will also participate
in the United Nations Millen-
nium Development Goals
(MDGs) High Level Event
and the Clinton Global Initia-
tive.
The MDG High Level
Event has been convened by
the Secretary General of the
United Nations to provide an
opportunity for member states
of the United Nations to
review progress made in
achieving MDGs in education
and health, and in forging a
partnership for development
and environmental sustain-
ability as agreed by world
leaders in 2000.
The Clinton Global Initia-
tive meets annually in New


York during the month Sep-
tember.
It brings together Heads of
State and Governments, busi-
ness executives, scholars and
heads of non-profit organisa-
tions and foundations aiming
to bring focused attention and
- relief to health and education
challenges and to foster pover-
ty alleviation and environ-
mental stewardship around
the globe.
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette will also go
to New York.

Meeting
He is scheduled to attend
the 24th Commonwealth For-
eign Ministers Meeting, a spe-
cial Heads of Government
meeting and the 32nd annual
Meeting of Foreign Ministers
of the 77 States and China a
regular meeting held during
the General Assembly.
The deputy prime minister


will also participate in a meet-
ing of CARICOM Heads of
Government with US Secre-
tary of State Dr Condoleezza
Rice.
Mrs Delores Ingraham, cur-
rently in New York as part of
the UN meetings, took part in
an Education Symposium
hosted by the wife of the UN
Secretary General and United
States First Lady Laura Bush
on Monday.
Mrs Ingraham is also sched-
uled to participate in a sym-
posium on autism during the
visit.
Prime Minister Ingraham
and his delegation are sched-
uled to leave today and return
to Nassau on Saturday, Sep-
tember 27.
Minister of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest will act
as prime minister and state
minister for finance, and State
Minister Zhivargo Laing will
act as Minister of Finance dur-
ing the prime minister's
absence.


Economic struggles prompt


meal deal at local restaurant


* By ALEX MISSICK
AFTER taking note of the economic strug-
gles facing many Bahamians, the newly-arrived
Bennigan's Grill and Tavern decided to give
families a break.
Yesterday, the restaurant launched a six-
month promotion, under which children can
eat free at the establishment.
Bennigan's is part of a US chain which has
become best known for serving American dish-
es with an Irish twist.
When Bennigan's opened its doors to the
Bahamian public on February 1 this year, it
was welcomed with open arms and business
was booming.
Now that times are hard, Bennigan's man-


agement has decided to give back to the
Bahamian community.
General manager Ronnie Miller said: "This is
just Bennigan's way of helping folks out by
enticing them to come out and let the kids eat
for free."
Parents can take their children to Bennigan's
between the hours of 4pm and 10pm every
Tuesday. The child must be under 12 years old
and one adult must order from the entree
menu.
Ms Miller said the promotion has nothing to
do with the July 2008 bankruptcy of'the S&A
Restaurant Corporation, which closed all of
its 150 company-owned Bennigan's restaurants.
Bennigan's Bahamas is a franchise and will
remain open, she said.


felony drug conviction in Wayne Coun-
ty.
Before the sentencing, Brown said
the two women who testified against him
at his May trial, had lied because they
were angry with him. ,
"I never robbed anybody. If you will
send me to prison, go ahead and send me
to prison. But God knows I never
touched anybody," he said.

Term
For promoting prostitution, he also
got a year in county jail to be served
concurrently with his state prison term.
Mr Valdina said he could not "find
anything redeeming to say (about
Brown)", adding that he was someone
who exploited "the most vulnerable
members of our community."


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After hearing mitiga-
tion submissions, Magis-
trate Forbes sentenced
Hepburn to 12 months in
prison at Her Majesty's
Prison, Fox Hill.
The prosecution with-
drew the charges against
Miller and Farrington.

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Meltdown 2008: What would JP Morgan do?


THERE WAS more than a little deja
vu in the dead-tired appearances of Trea-
sury Secretary Henry Paulson and Ben
Bernanke of the Federal Reserve, the des-
perate late-night meetings, and the dra-
matic scenes in New York board rooms as
the assets drain began to gurgle on Wall
Street.
It is said to be the worst financial crisis
since 1929, and no one today can say
whether anything will work, or whether
another Great Depression is about to
descend. But I am thinking of a financial
crisis 101 years ago, the "Panic of 1907," as
it was called.
In late October of that year, the greatest
banker of his day, and perhaps any day,
JP Morgan, 70 years old but at the height of
his power, returned early from a meeting of
Episcopalians in Virginia to gather titans of
Wall Street together in the red room of
his famous library. He was suffering from a
bad cold, but got through the following
days and nights on heavy doses of Havana
cigars.
All around him markets were crumbling,
venerable companies were going into
receivership, banks were about to go under
as crowds of people lined up to get their,
money out before the entire edifice col-
lapsed. President Theodore Roosevelt's
secretary of the treasury, George Corte-
lyou, went up to New York by train, but he
was to play a minor role to Morgan's.
Morgan rallied the great money men.
Johtn D. Rockefeller, when asked if he.
would put his securities in the pot, said
yes, "and I have cords of them, gentlemen,
cords of them."
Over the following days, excited and des-
perate men would burst in on Morgan with
reports of leaking assets that needed ever
more money to save them from sinking.
When Morgan rode down to Wall Street in
his Brougham, according to one biograph-
er, people shouted: "There goes the Old
Man. There goes the Big Chief."
There were times when Morgan banged
his fist down on the table and even locked
the door rather than let money men go
home before he got what he wanted. Final-
ly, at quarter of five on a November morn-
ing, Morgan presented the assembled
bankers a document telling them what they


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were going to throw into the kitty to restore
confidence.
According to the artist Edward Steichen,
meeting Morgan's "black eyes was like
confronting the headlights of an express
train bearing down on you."
The bankers meekly signed, and the cri-
sis was over. Of course the amounts then,
even though the money was worth more,
were small compared with the figures being
bandied about today. And the system was
fairly simple compared with the masses of
derivatives and packaged mortgage equi-
ties. Back then, perhaps for the last time,
Wall Street could take care of its own pan-
ics. Today, only governments have the
resources, and it is not even certain that
Bernanke and Paulson can pull it off.
Not everyone thought Morgan a hero.
Populist politicians claimed he had done it
only for his own gain. But even Teddy
Roosevelt, who once viewed Morgan and
his ilk "malefactors of great wealth," was in
awe. The "Panic of 1907" led to important
reforms, such as the formation of the Fed-
eral Reserve. Who knows what new regu-
lations and federal controls the present cri-
sis will produce?
There are ironies heaped on ironies.
The United States has touted free mar-
kets as the holy grail, and even liberal
democracies have been excoriated by
Washington for not wringing out their last
vestiges of socialism. Today, however,
much of the US economy is about to be run
by the central government, which is sup-
posed to be where socialism went wrong.
Today, China is looking to the United
States for inspiration on what to national-
ize rather than privatize.
Neither John McCain nor Barack Oba-
ma seem to have a clue what to do, and
they vie in denouncing Wall Street, just
like old Soviets used to do. President Bush ,
seems little more than a bewildered
bystander.
As for Wall Street, good guys and bad
guys alike must be longing for the days
when all this could have been settled in a
red room with Havana cigars.
H.D.S. Greenway's column appears reg-
ularly in the Globe.
(This article was written by H.D.S. Green-
way c: 2008 The Boston Globe).


PM left the





middle class





to fend for





themselves


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I read with great disgust and
disappointment the PM's
remarks in this morning's Tri-
bune.
I am so sick of the empty
rhetoric and promises made to
the average Bahamian family.
While the PM attempted to
help the poor he has once again
left the middle class to fend for
themselves with the latest pro-
posed subsidy (or lack thereof)
in relation to BEC charges.
What in God's name is relief
on bills under 800 kilowatt
hours going to do? The aver-
age man with the BEC "rigged
meter" is burning a minimum
of 1400-1600 kilowatt hours per
month. These are families in an
average three bed/two bath
home, maybe 1400 +/- square
feet making an annual income
in the area of $35,000-$60,000
.per year between them. How
on earth is an average family
paying $500 to $700 a month to
BEC supposed to live when
some 20 per cent of their entire
income goes to one utility com-
pany?
So if the average Bahamian
family burns 801 KWH's they
are charged the full amount?
Yesterday's announcement goes
further to put another infection
into the average man's wound
as it is only consumers with a
mini-fridge and one florescent
light bulb that burns less than
800 KWH's. Most people burn
that by turning on a light switch
much less a fridge and I'll be
damned if I'm going to live off
Chilly-Willy for the rest of my
life!
If the PM and his cabinet
feels this is just relief, he should
be just as forceful in encourag-
ing BEC to install proper non
adjusted meters into every


Bahamian home. Like the
annual budget promising low-
er taxes, etc, this supposed relief
is in my opinion just as big of a
hoax!
Quite frankly it appears the
current administration is going
down the same path it did in it's
second term by purposely
escorting themselves out of
power. Yesterday's announce-
ment is a slap in the face and. a
far cry from relief to the middle
class, the very same citizens that
put them into power. I'm not
talking about the wealthy
Lyford Cay resident, but the
average Bahamian in Winton,
Johnson Road, Nassau East,
Westward Villas, etc, etc.
Once again the average
Bahamian and small business
person gets screwed being
pushed further and further off
the deepest of cliffs with no life
raft. If you are going to give
relief, at least give it to people
who are attempting to pay their
bills, cutting back everything
they own, including groceries
for their children in the fear of
their power being terminated.
As 5000 families have been giv-
en practically a free pass (and
rightfully so maybe) can I now
do the same, or can you guar-
antee my supply will not be ter-
minated?
As for the response regard-
ing fuel surcharge by BEC's
General Manager, what a joke!
The fuel purchased several
months ago was at the highest
prices ever. In a response to Mr
Gibson's article in The Tribune
several months ago, the Gen-


eral Manager stated, and I'm
paraphrasing, that BEC had to
purchase oil at the current oil
prices as they had limited stor-
age and only enough storage for
a limited amount of time. Now
in today's Tribune we are still
burning that same fuel from
months ago. Which one is it,
Mr General Manager? Accord-
ing to your original remarks we
should certainly be using the
cheaper fuel by now. Or did
BEC miraculously find an addi-
tional six months of storage?
You can't have it both ways! It
has also been brought to my
attention that BEC had to yet
borrow another several million
to buy fuel even at this cheaper
world market rate. Where is the
money going? Why won't the
PM investigate the' BEC and
the millions of $$ we are paying
month in and out?
I would like to leave the good
citizens of the Bahamas with
the following thoughts:
If there are 50,000 residential
consumers in New Providence,
paying an average of $400 per
month (conservative to say the
least), this would equal an
amount of $20,000,000 per
month. Is it possible that the
numerous businesses, giant
hotels, commercial centres
warehouses, malls, etc, are
spending at least thaL collec-
tively? If so that is a monthly
contribution of $40,000,000 to
BEC. If this is the case, can we
please get a detailed explana-
tion of where the money is
going? It certainly can't all be
for fuel and I can assure you it is
not for the service.
CHRISTOPHER
ARMALY
Nassau,
September, 2008.


Let us look to Botswana for inspiration


EDITOR, The Tribune.
Those people with outlines
of Africa on their cars, round
their necks and on their chests
just may be on to something!
Botswana, for example,
should-be an inspiration to us.
Independent from Britain in
1966, this population of 1.8 mil-
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0 In brief


Local Catholic

Haitian Community

convene to help

Hurricane Victims
THE local Catholic
Haitian community in
New Providence has
embarked on a mission to
help their families and fel-
low citizens in their home-
land.
"With over 500 lives
lost and thousands still
homeless and without
food following onslaughts
by four hurricanes this
year, the citizens of Haiti
are still suffering and in
need of every form of
assistance," the Catholic
Archdiocese of Nassau
said yesterday in a press
statement.
The Archdiocese is
making a strong appeal to
the public to make dona-
tions of non-perishable
food items, clothes, sani-
tising and cleaning sub-
stances and general
household goods.
The donations can be
dropped of at St Bede's
Church on Kemp Road
(Monday through Friday
from 9am to 7pm); at the
Queen of Peace Church
on Faith Avenue (Mon-
day through Friday from
9am to 4pm), and at the
Haitian Community Cen-
tre on the grounds of St
Francis Cathedral, West
Street (Monday through
Friday from 9am to 1pm).
"As the storms have
long passed and no longer
qualify as news items, the
plight of the victims con-
tinues and worsens.
"It will be many months
before the families affect-
ed will be able to return
to normal living condi-
tions and they are in des-
perate need of assistance.
The appeal goes out to all
concerned persons in the
Bahamas, not just the
Haitian community living
here;" the Archdiocese
said.
The Committee assures
donors that Caritas, a
worldwide Catholic
Church Organisation, will
be responsible for receiv-
ing the goods and ensur-
ing their proper distribu-
tion in Haiti.
The plan is spearheaded
by Father Laverne Alain,
pastor of St Bede's
Catholic Parish.
Father Roland Vilford,
pastor of Queen of Peace
Parish, Robert
Dieudonne, and Basil
Christie, chairman of the
Archdiocesan Hurricane
Preparedness and Relief
Committee, are also
members of the relief
group.


Claim that poor leadership has



left BPSU in a weakened state


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Veteran unionist and
public servant Alexander Burrows claims
that the Bahamas Public Services Union
is in a weakened state as a result of poor
leadership and lack of proper represen-
tation by current union executives.
Mr Burrows, leader of Team Restora-
tion, is a candidate vying for the post of
union president in the BPSU elections on
September 26.
He said he pledges to restore the
union's position of dominance and
rebuild its membership by providing
quality leadership and representation
for all civil servants.
"In just two short terms they have
managed to tear down the walls of our


once dynamic organisation. It is time to
restore the dignity, dynamism and pride
of the organisation.
"We were the envy of all the unions.
Today, we cannot get the kind of atten-
tion we need from the government and
we find our members dropping out...
because of lack of representation from
the top," said Mr Burrows.

Team
During a press conference yesterday at
BPSU Hall in.Freeport, Mr Burrows
introduced members of his team and
unveiled their goals and objectives for
the union.
Also in attendance were Sherman
Stevens, candidate for executive vice
president; Larry Bodie, candidate for


vice president of the northern region;
Hilton Solomon, candidate for national
vice president; and union secretary
Jacqueline Culmer-Lewis, candidate for
secretary-general.
Mr Burrows claimed there is lot of
"dissatisfaction" among civil servants.
"There is a lot of grumbling and
members feel they are divorced from
the organisation; there is a thick wall
between union members and leaders
and that is why we have chosen as our
symbol, a hammer to break down that
wall."
Mr Burrows said some of their plans
include:
a day care facility for children of
working parents
the overhaul of the BPSU executive
structure to strengthen efficiency and
improve member/leadership relations


an agency shop
a joint union/government training
initiative for members
a scholarship programme for mem-
bers and their children
improved allowances for uniform,
hazard, risk, et cetera for all uniformed
officers
reviewing the justification for flexi-
time
reviewing over-time/straight salary
alternatives for Customs/Immigration
Officers
a review and relaunch of the
major medical plan and enhancing ben-
efits
engaging government in a review of
pensions, including National Insurance
pensions. to eradicate poverty, misery,
and indignity among public service pen-
sioners


* By LLOYD L ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

A PILOT project intended
to bring the issue of
HIV/AIDS to the forefront
in classrooms throughout the
Bahamas and the Caribbean
began yesterday with a day-
long workshop.
Representatives from the
Ministry of Education, the
UNESCO office in Kingston,
Jamaica, and the Bahamas
National Network for
Positive Living (BNNPL),
along with other community
and regional organis-
ations, arranged the work-
shop.
It is the organizers' hope
that the workshop will assist
in reducing public discrimi-
nation and stigmatisation of
persons living with
HIV/AIDS.
The workshop organizers
said that the Greater Involve-
ment of Persons Living with
AIDS (GIPA) initiative,
which was first launched in
1983, was developed to allow
persons infected with
HIV/AIDS to assist in teach-
ing students and others about
the disease.
Elma Garraway, perma-
nent secretary for the Min-
istry of Education said yes-
terday, "We are always proud
to partner with agencies that
promote the health and well-
being of our nation."
"The education sector is
critical in this regions'
response to HIV and AIDS,
as this sector plays host to


students and employs
teachers and support staff
whose lives are all affected
daily by HIV and AIDS," she
said.
Caribbean programme co-
ordinator for the Education
Development Centre
(CEDC) Arlene Husbands
said, "We have a number of
global programmes around
the world, and HIV and
AIDS is one of the areas that
we are focusing on right.
now."
"We are working closely
with the education sector -
Ministry of Education -
recognising that they need to
have a comprehensive
approach to HIV and AIDS,
and so this opportunity that
we've provided is to bring
together all the partners to
address how best we can
involve persons with HIV and
AIDS at all levels," she said.
BNNPL president Matthew
Brown said, "We feel as
though the school sector is
one of the areas that most
needs a programme such as
this here in the Bahamas, so
it's. a great initiative that will
be started in schools, and we
hope to have it developed
within the wider communi-
ty."


TROICAL


Exposed ca
* By ALEX MISSICK
OFFICIALS from Govern-
ment House yesterday assured
concerned members of the pub-
lic that the problem of the
exposed cannon, which sits at the
bottom of the steps leading to
the Christopher Columbus stat-
ue, will soon be fixed.
Over time, the white wooden
casing around the centuries-old
cannon hAs deteriorated and
cracked open; "'


nnon 'will


The cannon has now become
an eyesore to Bahamians and
tourists alike.
Secretary to the Governor
General Leila Greene told The
Tribune yesterday that officials
are aware of the exposed can-
non and are making every effort
to .fix the problem.
"We are in the process of
major renovations to Govern-
ment House and that is an area
that is being prepared for reno-
vations," she said.


on be fixed'
Mrs Greene said they are now
awaiting permission to move the
cannon in order to restore it and
provide a new white casing
around it.
"We know that it is unsightly
and we are doing everything as
quickly as we can.
"They are doing major work
to the cannon and are building a
new platform. By Sunday it
should be back to normal and
things will be a lot better," she
said.


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COB students at

Summer Institute

for Future

Global Leaders in

the Caribbean

TWO College of the Bahamas students Mitesha
Nottage and Shaveka Cleare spent two weeks at the
University of the US Virgin Islands as part of the
Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders in the
Caribbean.
The two students were both members of the emerg-
ing leaders programme at the College.
They also both maintained a 3.00 GPA, which led to
programme director Lottis Shearer recommending
them to apply for the conference.
The University of the US Virgin Islands Summer
Institute for Future Global Leaders is an intensive
two-week leadership development course that focuses
on the global business environment, leadership for
tomorrow and culture and communication.
This year, an added focus was the problem of climate
change and ways to address the issue in this era of
globalisation.

Foundation
The Institute said it aims "to provide a foundation
for developing and nurturing future leaders in the
region by providing the skills necessary to assume
future leadership roles in environments that are being
shaped by global market forces, revolutionary tech-
nology and communication."
Mitesha and Shaveka both agreed that the confer-
ence'was a life-changing experience for them in many
ways.
"The. conference has changed me," said Shaveka. "I
am not the same person I was before I started the
programme. I now feel confident to assume signifi-
cant leadership responsibilities in my society."
Mitesha added, "It truly changed my perspective
toward leadership, myself and life in general.
"I realized that effective leaders recognize that what
they know is little in comparison to what they still
need to learn. My life was given greater meaning and
purpose and I have definitely experienced personal
growth."
Both are now setting their sights high Mitesha
wants, to become an endocrinologist specialising in
diabetes treatment and start a scholarship fund for
students in the healthcare field.
Shaveka aspires to becoming a heart surgeon, to
open up a heart hospital for the Caribbean and become
Minister of Health.
Mitesha is in her first year at the medical school at
UWI and Shaveka has returned for' her final year of
bio-chemistry at the College of The Bahamas.


Local production could open


floodgate
THE Bahamas may be on the
verge of a bonafide film production
industry with the country's first
international film release, Rain.
Rain, written and directed by
Maria Govan, was screened at the
Toronto International Film Festi-
val (TIFF) this month, garnering
positive reviews. ScreenDaily.com
predicts that Rain will land on the
schedules of many more film festi-
vals.
"The film can expect bountiful
festival play as a Bahamian trail-
blazer and the local music and act-
ing talent on show can only serve
to help its overseas prospects,
although the strong island dialect is
often difficult to decipher and
might need some subtitling," said
Mike Goodridge in his Screen Dai-
ly review. "Fourteen-year-old new-
comer Renel Brown, who has nev-
er acted before, is winning in the
title role of Rain, a 14 year-old liv-
ing with her grandmother Rosalie
on the tiny Ragged Island in the
Bahamas."
Chris Mortimer, one of the exec-
utive producers of Rain, noticed
an "extremely positive" reaction
to the film from TIFF audiences.
He pointed out that Rain received
a lot of "good" press, sparking
great potential for future Bahami-
an films.
"I think we are beginning to see
the creation of a true Bahamian
film industry," Mr Mortimer said.
"I am talking about films that are
written, directed everything, by
Bahamians." PICTURED
Rain is an example of what zler; director
Bahamians can accomplish on the Brown and
international scene, he said. as a feature
There have already been as a feature
inquiries by four filmmakers and Inte ceationa
writers, who are interested in hav- Bahamas Fin Decen
ing projects funded by Bahamas Bahamas Fi
FilmInvest another Rain execu- ing with ank
tive producer, maker, Kai
Owen Bethel of Bahamas recently cox
FilmInvest said Rain is motivating break on loc
Bahamian filmmakers, who are Mr "It wBethel ce
awakening to the possibilities of Mr Bethels
the Bahamas' emerging film indus- tion of a Ba
try. "I would be
"Certainly, there is great pride in ...................
recognizing that the film industry in
the Bahamas has reached a land-
:-nrk in that this is the first
Bahamian produced film being V
recognized by a film festival," Mr
Bethel said. "This is the Toronto
Film Festival, the second largest '
film festival, behind only Cannes."
Rain has already been engaged i


for Bahamas films


AT a Toronto International Film Festival event are (standing from left) producer, Frank Kut-
or, Maria Govan and Bahamas Film Commissioner, Craig Woods. Seated are actresses Renel
Nicki Micheaux.


film of the Bahamas
1l Film Festival (BIFF)
nber. Meanwhile,
lmlnvest is also work-
other Bahamian film-
*eem Mortimer, who
mpleted filming Day-
cation here.
certainly take a while,"
aid about the matura-
hamian film industry.
cautious and say that


we are in the embryonic stage. But
it is critical that we nourish it."
As the film industry grows, the
star of Rain, Renel Brown, is pre-
pared to take on more film chal-
lenges. The eleventh-grade C V
Bethel student along with her
mother travelled to TIFF with
Bahamas Film Commissioner
Craig Woods for the series of
screenings and peripheral events.
The experience whetted her


appetite, she said.
"It was incredible. It was mem-
orable," Renel said. "To see your-
self on the screen for the first time
is kind of strange because you are
not used to seeing it. But as the
movie went on, it got better."
Rain has a cast that is comprised
largely of Bahamians. Veteran
American actresses C C Pounder
and Nicki Micheaux also appear
in the film.


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PICTURED FROM LEFT ARE:
Bishop Solomon Humes, Bish-
op Rahming, Commander Rus-
sell, and Chrystal Glinton, first
assistant secretary, NEMA.

Church of God

of Prophecy

gives $5,000

donation to NEMA
* By THE NATIONAL
EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT
AGENCY
COMMANDER Stephen
Russell, director of the
National Emergency Man-
agement Agency, accepted
a cheque for $5,000 from
the Church of God of
Prophecy towards the Hur-
ricane Ike relief efforts for
Inagua.
Commander Russell said
NEMA is thankful to God
that there were no injuries
or fatalities when the cate-
gory four storm struck
Matthew Town on Septem-
ber 7.
He indicated that the
funds would go a long way
towards the relief efforts.
Bishop Elgarnet Rah-
ming, national overseer of
the Church of God of
Prophecy, said the efforts
would be extended to Haiti
and the Turks and Caicos
Islands, which were also
impacted by Hurricane
Ike.
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0 In brief

Livable
Neighborhoods
Committee
mural contest
pilot project


THE Livable Neighbour-
hoods Mural Competition
Committee is coordinating a
mural competition and
paint-up designed to trans-
form inner-city neighbour-
hoods from graffiti-ridden,
blighted environments to
aesthetically pleasing walls,
parks, and school buildings.
The committee is com-
prised of educators, the cura-
tor of the National Art
Gallery, artists, business per-
sons and civic minded indi-
viduals along with the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and
other government agencies,
as well as graffiti artists and
community residents.
The project combines mur-
al painting and tree planting
at each selected venue based
on need. For example, Clar-
idge Primary School expend-
ed nearly $40,000 in labour
and supplies to repaint the
school walls more than four
times during the last school
year.

Research
"The research both in the
Bahamas and abroad shows
consistently positive results
when graffiti is replaced with
murals, and many mural pro-
jects on New Providence
i remain untouched after thir-
ty years," the Committee
said.
"The Oakes Field Primary
School murals were painted
by art teacher Jackie Elias
who left the Bahamas some
35 years ago and the mural
remains a wonderful
reminder of the fine work
her students completed."
The National Art Gallery
has selected Alan Wallace as
the artistic coordinator of
this effort.
"Alan is a young Bahami-
an artist, who began his
career with graffiti, and is
now the proud designer and
painter of a mural at the
National Gallery. He will
work with other graffiti
artists (identified by the
police) as well as students
from COB, other schools
and community residents on
these mural projects.
"We anticipate that the
project will expand across
the island and later include
sidewalk murals and private
sector mural projects as

OVERSEAS NEWS

Move to protect
those fleeing
Haiti after Ike

By CHRIS MEGERIAN
WASHINGTON
Although the U.S. government
has suspended deportations to
Haiti in the wake of Hurricane
Ike, Rep. Alcee Hastings is seek-
ing more protections for those
fleeing the impoverished
Caribbean country, according to
Cox News Service.
Hastings, D-Fla., told a con-
gressional hearing Tuesday that
Haitians should qualify for tem-
porary protected status, which
Sallows non-citizens to live and
work in the United States for a
limited period of time.
Nine other countries, includ-
ing Honduras, Nicaragua and
Somalia, currently qualify for
.temporary protected status, gen-
erally bestowed upon places expe-
riencing civil unrest or natural
disasters.
Four consecutive hurricanes in
a span of three weeks have rav-
aged Haiti, displacing at least
150,000 people and destroying
10,000 homes. The island coun-


try of 8.5 million people has been
perpetually afflicted by econom-
ic and political upheaval.
"There is absolutely no excuse
for us to not grant temporary pro-
tected status to Haiti," Hastings
said, calling it the "least expen-
sive, most immediate" form of
aid that could be granted.
Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla.,
whose district has one of the
largest Haitian immigrant popu-
lations in the country, said Bush
administration officials have told
him there is "no need" to extend
that status to Haitians.
Federal immigration officials
cancelled deportations to Haiti
on Friday, but it's unclear how
long the embargo will last.


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BRITISH AIRWAYS WELCOME On September 16 British Air-
ways celebrated its first Nassau flight into London Heathrow's
Terminal 5. Passengers were warmly welcomed with refresh-
ments and gifts. Adrian Barton, British Airways district manager
for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (left), presented signature
BA luggage tags to Bahamian law student Erica Duncombe and
her mother Carolyn Duncombe, both passengers on the flight.


BRITISH Airways passengers
travelling from Nassau to Lon-
don on September 16 were
warmly greeted with refresh-
ments and gifts as the airline cel-
ebrated the move of its Nas-
sau/Providenciales/Cayman
flights from Terminal 4 to the
4.3 billion (US $7.9 billion)
state-of-the-art London
Heathrow Terminal 5.
The passengers included a
mixture of Bahamians and
tourists who were returning to
England. "I understand the
building itself is fantastic so if I
get on this flight tonight I look
forward to seeing the new facili-
ties, a state-of-the-art terminal
and something to behold appar-
ently," said John Marquis, Man-
aging Editor of The Tribune.
Carolyn Duncombe, a
Bahamian accompanying her
daughter Erica to study law at
Holbourne College, said this will
be her first time in London.
"I'm looking forward to a
good time and I hope I can find
some good shopping as well,"
she said. Erica Duncombe
added, "This is my first year so
I'm very excited. I felt almost
like the Queen, greeted with
refreshments and all of that. I
really didn't expect that."
Also on the first flight into T5
was Terrance Lightbourne.
The expectant father was trav-
elling to ensure that he would be
in London for the birth of his
child. He experienced a tempo-
rary problem with overweight
luggage that was quickly resolved
with a helping hand from Aretha
Allen, British Airways' duty
manager. "I had to exchange a
few clothes from one bag tp the
next hag but everything's okay
right-now so I'm really happy.
The staff were amazing.
"They really helped me so I
didn't have to end up' sending
some of my stuff back home that
I really need.
"I haven't seen my girl in eight
months so I'm really looking for-
ward to seeing her and her fam-
ily so I hope it all works out well
for me," he said. Mostzpassen-


gers said they had never experi-
enced the ultra-modern Terminal
5 that opened in March 2008,
although some
passengers, like Angela, a
British holiday-maker returning
from a two-week vacation in
Andros, said she had heard of it.
"It had some bad press when it
first opened because a lot of peo-
ple lost their baggage, but pre-
sumably that was just teething
problems so hopefully when we
go through it will be like a
dream," she said.
Adrian Barton, British Air-
ways' District Manager for the
Bahamas and the Turks and
Caicos assured the passengers
that all the initial glitches have
been worked out and Terminal 5
is now functioning smoothly.
"We're going to go from
strength to strength because Ter-
minal 5 is brand new and tech-
nologically advanced.
"It's a different way of offering
passenger service. It's not the
normal sort of check-in counters
like you see at most airports. It's
more geared towards self-service
and it's a wonderful place," he
said.He explained that by Sep-
tember 17 most British Airways
flights will have moved to Ter-
minal 5, making connections eas-
ier as flights will be housed in
one building instead of four.
Covering a space as large as Lon-
don's Hyde Park, British Air-
ways' London Heathrow Termi-
nal 5 was designed to redefine
air travel by replacing queues
crowds and stress with space
light and calm. "They have a lo
of flights through there, a lot of
passengers travelling through
there so I'm looking forward tc
it," said Dr Caryn Albury, a
Bahamian obstetrician and gyne-
cologist currently studying anc
working in southwest England.
"It's very big I think. I hope I
don't get lost," she said.
British Airways operates
flights from Nassau and Granc
Cayman into Heathrow London
four times a week with a Provi-
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PAGE 8. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2008


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E XPERTS say that as
more and more peo-
ple move to cities the
demand for food and water is
rising just as climate change
is beginning to squeeze sup-
ply. And with development
issues currently high on our
own radar, it would be useful
to take a look at the water
situation in the Bahamas.
Our little chain of islands
has long suffered from a
scarcity of fresh water, par-
ticularly in the south that's
why granny admonished us
to always let the yellow mel-
low and only flush the brown
down (since flushing accounts
for 40 per cent of water use
in our homes).
But now we take things for
granted. Bahamians don't
realise that fresh water is so
scarce we spend a fortune to
supply it. At a College of the
Bahamas panel discussion on
this subject recently, General
Manager Godfrey Sherman
said the Water & Sewerage
Corporation must invest $250
million every five years for
the foreseeable future.
That's big bucks for a tiny
country. And as you may
know, the WSC is in the
same position as, most other
government entities dead
broke. Mr Sherman admitted
he was running a deficit of
$10-20 million a year.
We get our fresh water
from rain, which percolates
through the limestone rock
to accumulate on top of salt'
water a few feet under-
ground. But over-pumping to
meet greater demand causes
the two to mix, and rising sea
levels due to climate change
can also be expected to raise
salihiM' levels, according "to


Philip Weech, a hydrologist
who is now chairman of the
BEST Commission.
Meanwhile, Dr Richard
Cant, a consultant who has
worked with the WSC since
1972, outlined a plethora of
threats to our groundwater
reserves, pointing out that
wellfields on both Andros
and Grand Bahama have
been inundated by storm
surges recently. Repairs to
water systems damaged by
Hurricane Floyd in 1999 cost
over $2 million, and Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne
caused similar damage in
2004.
Getting rid of garbage has
always been a big problem
on small islands, and since
we have no drainage to the
sea, everything dumped on
or into the ground finds its
way to the water table,
including carcinogenic sew-
erage from your neighbour's
poorly built septic tank. And
groundwater pollution is very
difficult and costly to clean
up.
New Providence where
most of our homes and hotel
rooms are located is criti-
cally short of groundwater.
We use about 11 million gal-
lons a day, but the island's
wellfields have been unable
to meet the demand since the
mid 1970s, when Nassau
underwent strict rationing
and the WSC began barging
water fvw North-Andros -


Dr Cant says rising- sea
levels over the next several
decades will create more
brackish wetlands on major
islands, with Andros losing
up to half of its fresh water
resources. "We already have
a water deficit and more peo-
ple and development means
more demand. So we must
plan now to survive."
Globally, demand for
water has tripled over the
past half century, according
to Lester Brown of the Earth
Policy Institute, and water
tables are falling in countries
that contain more than half
the world's people, including
the big three grain produc-
ers China, India and the
United States.
"Seventy per cent of all
water use is for irrigation,
compared with 20 per cent
used by industry and 10 per
cent for residential purpos-
es. While most people recog-
nise that the world is facing a
future of water shortages, not
everyone has connected the
dots to see that this also
means a future of food short-
ages," Mr Brown said.
"Lakes are disappearing
on every continent and for
the same reasons: excessive
diversion of water from rivers
and over-pumping of
aquifers. What is needed now
is a new way of thinking
about water use. As water
becomes scarce it needs to
be priced accordingly."'- .


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"Globally, demand for water
has tripled over the past half
century, according to Lester
Brown of the Earth Policy
Institute, and water tables are
falling In countries that con-
tain more than half the world's
people, including the big three
grain producers China,
India and the United States."


This brings us back to Mr
Sherman's remarks at the
panel discussion that water
prices in the Bahamas are
unrealistic meaning too
low. Currently, the WSC
pumps less than half a mil-
lion gallons a day from its
New Providence wellfields
(compared to about 2.2 mil-
lion when they were in regu-
lar use) and still barges about
2.5 million gallons a day from
Andros. The balance of 8
million gallons is purchased
by the WSC from privately
operated reverse osmosis
plants.
One reason for the drop
in wellfield production is the
state of the infrastructure.
The cost to renovate wells,
access roads, pipework, elec-
trical supply and pumping
facilities is significant, and
that does not take account of
the amount of undeveloped
land that must be set aside
to sustain production.
With land at a premium
today, activities such as rock
mining and canal cutting can
have a dramatic impact on
water reserves. The best
example of this is the Grand
Lucayan Waterway, which
developers cut across Grand
Bahama years ago, destroy-
ing a 40-foot fresh water lens
in the process.
A more recent example is
on Rum Cay, where
researchers say that marina
dredging at Cotton Field
Point breached that island's
fresh water lens. And we are
all aware that the Albany
developers plan to cut
through the coast near Ade-


laide for a marina, which will
lead to beach erosion and
could also damage the water
lens.
Added to this is a consen-
sus among water experts that
most of our islands do not
have enough groundwater
reserves to meet anticipated
growth. Even large islands
like Abaco and Grand
Bahama will eventually have
to develop alternate sources
of supply that are more sus-
tainable.
The Andros tankering sys-
tem was meant to be a short-
term fix for Nassau and will
be phased out over the next
two years. In any case, the
quality of the water it sup-
plies is variable, as parts of
the wellfield are still saline
from the surge created by
Hurricane Frances four years
ago. Indeed, there are stories
of grunts being found more
than a mile inland after the
storm.
So the upshot is that we
will have 1o rely mor 'and
more on desalting sea water,;
a process that is set to
become one of the world's
biggest industries. There are
about 7,000 plants operating
now, most in the Middle East
and the Caribbean. Desali-
nation can be achieved in
several ways, but reverse
osmosis (which passes water
at high pressure through spe-
cial filters) is the method
used here.
And luckily we have vast'
volumes of clean seawater
readily available, while waste
brines 'aan safely be disposed
of in the same way that we


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get rid of our sewerage and
storm water by flushing
them down deep injection
wells.
But RO plants do require
large amounts of energy, so
the cost of fuel is a challenge
these days. The WSC cur--
rently spends about $6 mil-
lion a year on energy, Which
only reinforces the urgency
of cutting our reliance on
costly imported oil as soon
as possible.
According to Dr Cant, the
solution to our long-term
water supply needs is to com-
bine desalting technology
with alternate energy sources
like solar, wind and wave
power, ocean thermal energy
conversion, and producing
energy from waste.
A good example of the
possibilities is Current Cut,
where a tidal current of 4 to 6
knots could easily power tur-
bines to run an RO plant for
North Eleuthera. And the
production of fresh water in
addition to energy is one of
the reasons OTEC technol-
ogy holds such promise for
countries like the Bahamas.
OTEC.produces power by
using the temperature differ-
ence between deep and shal-
low ocean waters. In Nassau,
warm surface sea water
Would be pumped into a low
pressure chamber where it
would vapourise. The steam
would drive turbines to gen-
erate electricity, and then be
condensed as fresh water by
exposure to cold sea water
pumped up from the Tongue
of the Ocean.
Unfortunately, the WSC's
growing disinterest in its
wellfields is a big concern for
' envirnm'entalists, who wa.n'
,to reserve -bour a'a tltM
resources. "Our pine forests
in the north and broadleaf
forests in the south are very
important for rainfall,"
Bahamas National Trust
director Eric Carey told the
COB panel discussion. "Even
if we rely on reverse osmosis
we still need to protect our
groundwater reserves and
coastal wetlands."
And Eleanor Phillips of
The Nature Conservancy
revealed that local environ-
mentalists are working on a
master plan that seeks to give
a snapshot of where we stand
now in terms of biodiversity
and natural resource conser-
vation.
"Poor management has
led to. the contamination and
destruction of our fresh water
resources," she told the sem-
inar. "Scientists now recog-
nise that you cannot manage
natural resources in isolation.
We must have integrated
development planning that
takes account of environ-
mental impacts."
The United Nations bio-
diversity treaty requires the
Bahamas to protect a mini-
mum of 10 per cent of its
land and sea ecosystems -
including coral reefs, wet-
lands, beaches, forests and
groundwater reserves. But,
according to Ms Phillips,
most targets do not currently
meet this standard, and many
receive no protection at all
including our fresh water
reserves.
"Our analysis recommends
protection of locally impor-
tant fresh water resources,
and we encourage the WSC
to protect their wellfields
from development so they
can provide a backup strate-
gy for fresh water supply."
The world faces increas-
ing competition for scarce
resources as population
expands from six billion
today to 8.9 billion by 2050,
and the Bahamas is not
immune from development
pressures. Planning ways to
secure a sufficient supply of
clean, fresh water while con-
serving our forests and other
ecosystems is just one more
example of how we have to
adjust to changing conditions.
What do you think?
Send comments to:
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2008, PAGE 9


THE TRIBUNE


SHANTELL SAUN-
DERS, who graduated
with a B A in Business
Administration, pre-
sents Suzanne Black
(right) with a plaque of
appreciation.


I 1 Suzanne Black awarded


FINANCIAL services pioneer and real estate
development consultant Suzanne Black was
recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters degree by the Sojourner-Douglass Col-
lege.
At the commencement ceremony, the Bahami-
an who also served as a speaker for the post grad-
uate class at Oxford, encouraged Nassau graduates


to think of their degree not as a goal they have
reached, but as the start of a journey. Ms Black,
who has also been honoured with a Medal of the
British Empire for her role in financial services,
serves as the founding and current president of the
Bahamas chapter of the International Women's
Forum, an organisation whose members are lead-
ing women from around the world.


Governor-General and PM


among hundreds to attend


major Salvation Army event


MORE than 500 persons
including the Governor Gener-
al and Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham are expected to pack
the Crown Ballroom of the
Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island,'
for the Salvation Army's Bien-
nial Awards Dinner on Octo-
ber 17.
The dinner, accompanied by
a silent auction that will help
raise funds for Salvation Army
services, will culminate a week-
long series of festivities and fel-
lowship, part of the first
Caribbean Advisory Board
Conference.
"Every other year there is a
National Advisory Board con-
ference held in the US,"
Bahamas Salvation Army Advi-
sory Board chairman Judy
Munroe said.
"This year, the Army has
decided to create a Caribbean
Advisory Board Conference
and we were very excited and
privileged to be awarded the
opportunity to host the first
conference in the region, bring-
ing together board members
and supporters from so many
nations."
The week-long series of
events, includes exhibitions,
seminars, a church service and
culminates with the awards din-
ner that starts at 7pm. The
awards dinner will feature the
music by the Nassau Citadel


Corps Band and the Hands of
Praise Choir. Governor Gener-
al Arthur Hanna, the prime
minister and Salvation Army
Caribbean Commander A Ray-
mond Houghton, based in
Jamaica, will offer remarks.
"Each year, Salvation Army
operations throughout the
Caribbean bring spiritual, emo-
tional and physical strength and
practical support to hundreds
of thousands of persons in six-
teen countries throughout the
Caribbean from Antigua to
Barbados, Jamaica to Haiti, the
Bahamas to Trinidad and Toba-
go," the Salvation Army said.
The silent auction that is part
of the gala dinner is an oppor-
tunity to raise funds to support
those efforts and representa-
tives of the local division.
The Salvation Army said that
Bahamian merchants, hotels
and businesses have shown
strong support for the cause.
"We are pleased to report
that businesses and individuals
understand the importance of
the Salvation Army and have
already begun to give gener-
ously in response to our calls
for donations to the silent auc-
tion," said Felix Stubbs, Advi-
sory Board member.
"In some cases they have
offered cash donations and we
are using those to create vaca-
tion packages and other exciting


gifts to auction. The funds
raised go to such worthwhile
efforts like providing shelters
and relief from so many who
were just displaced by Hurri-
cane Hanna just a few hundred
miles south." "Around the
world, the Army provides meals
for the hungry, for some their
only means of sustenance, shel-
ter for battered women and
children and support during nat-
ural disasters. Here in the capi-
tal, the Army provides a well-
rounded education for the blind
at the Erin Gilmour School for
the Blind and Visually Impaired
Children and employment
opportunity at a mop factory
that gives blind adults a chance
to work and live with dignity,"
the Salvation Army said.
There are five church con-
gregations in Nassau, Freeport
and Eleuthera, and every Sun-
day morning church services are
also held at the Army's corps.
"The Salvation Army is an
open door organisation dedi-
cated to assisting all people in
need, especially the desolate
and degraded," said Divisional
Commander Major Lester Fer-
guson. "Our work is never end-
ing but the rewards are great,
and we see it in every smile,
every friend who knows that
what we share is motivated by
love for God and humanity."


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WEDNESDAY EVENING


SEPTEMBER 24, 2008


THE TRIBUNE


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Ocean Place


FROM page one
plaintiff, Ms Castrechini, previ-
ously threatened to "seek injunc-
tive relief" if he did not give her
"a sum in excess of $1 million.".
The thrust of Ms Castrechini's
appeal against the project on Par-
adise Island's southern shore,
which involves over 70 residential
units, valued at around $1.3 mil-
lion each, was that it had gone
ahead without the necessary
approvals and the. developer
showed "blatant disregard" for
certain construction guidelines
and as a result a 13 storey rather
than an eight storey building had
been produced.
She said that because of the
proximity of the building and inci-
dents which she alleged resulted
in debris falling from the con-
struction site onto her property,
she was "petrified" to walk out-
side her home.
Ms Castrechini claimed that
key to the completion of the
agreement of sale to PHL by the
original vendor of the property
was that PHL's plans, including
its desire to build more than sev-
en storeys, be agreed by the Min-
istry of Works in the form of final
approvals and a building permit.
Attached to his affidavit Mr
Ballard included a copy of a
building permit issued by the
Ministry of Works on June 24,
2004 which he says "satisfies the
condition precedent."
He said an assertion in the
plaintiffs affidavit that a former
contractor, Kenny Ross, told her
that "though the defendant began
construction in March 2005, the
defendant did not receive
approval from the Department
of Town Planning until July 2006"
is "inaccurate" and points to the
June 2004 building permit as
proof.
The permit says that it is "for
foundation only". Mr Ballard's
affidavit states that "the plans
approved at the time (the permit
was granted) showed the building
as presently constructed save for
a deviation to cut off more than
fifty-five feet of the garage."
He adds that this reduction in
the proposed height of the park-
ing garage was made at the
request of Mr Peter Kugler with
whom he wished to maintain
neighbourlyy relations."
Ms Castrechini's affidavit said
that around a month after Mr
Kugler died in March 2006, Peace
Holdings Limited drafted "new
plans for a multiple storey garage,
increasing the building from the
agreed 8 floors to 13."
In the process of deitying any
wrongdoing, Mr Ballard noted in
his affidavit that Ms Castrechini
admits she has "never seen the
plans for the building."
Mr Ballard also adds that Ms
Castrechini "failed to disclose to
the court that the aforesaid Ken-
ny Ross is charged before the
criminal courts with assaulting
(him) and is involved in con-
tentious civil litigation over the
performance by him of his con-
tractual obligations related to the.
project."
The PHL director said that
despite Ms Castrechini's claim
that debris fell from the site, dam-
aging her roof, he has never seen
any evidence of that happening.
He also alleges that at no time
was he or Mr Munroe served, a
copy of the application made by
Ms Castrechini seeking an injunc-
tion.
Mr Ballard said that "the fact
(he does) not condescend to tra-
verse every allegation (made by
Ms Castrechini) is not to be taken
as an admission" of anything.



Dr Rudy

King

FROM page one
Ms Rassin, "would a hospital
associate reveal the status of a
patient because of patient confi-
dentiality."
King was recently in the news
when he appeared before a Mag-
istrate's court charged with three
counts of deceit of a public offi-
cer.
According to court dockets, it
is alleged that on March 27 at
the Cable Beach Police Station,
King, 39, of West Bay Street,
tried to deceive police Corporal
803 Braynen with intent to evade
the requirements of the law.
It is also alleged that on
Wednesday, August 6, King
attempted to deceive Detective
Sergeant 464 Greenslade with
intent to evade the requirements
of the law.
Court dockets also allege that
on Monday, August 26, King
tried to deceive Andreae Francis,


a public officer.
King, who appeared before
Magistrate Linda Virgill at Court
number nine on Nassau Street,
pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He was granted bail in the
sum of $10,000 with two sureties.
Lawyer Murrio Ducille rep-
resented King, who is expected
back in court on October 22.
King, an impresario and
events promoter is the former
chairman of the King Humani-
tarian and Global Foundation -
a non-profit organisation.


Govt urged not to consider foreign




developer for Arawak Cay facility


S D U ld s coenrP .k s d.


FROM page one

tion of Nassau-based shipping and ship-
ping-related companies.
Mike Maura of Tropical Shipping and
deputy chairman of the ACPDC told The
Tribune: "This is the first time in our his-
tory that Bahamians will have an opportu-
nity to own the majority share of a very
substantial infrastructure, a project like a
port, and we believe it is not necessary for
the Bahamian people to have to find a for-
eign company to own and manage its port
when there are Bahamians who are quite
capable of providing the funding to devel-
op this port."
ACPDC director Chris Lightboume said
the company is to be organised in such a
way as to complement what he said is the
Prime Minister's own vision that Bahami-
ans would own no less than 60 per cent of
the port with no individual shareholder
owning more than 15 per cent.
MSC, with roots in Switzerland, is the
world's second largest shipping firm and


has been operating in the Bahamas for
around eight years. The details of its pro-'
posal to finance the port development and
harbour dredging have not been publicly
disclosed.
Since it started shipping in the Bahamas
some Bahamian shipping companies have
complained that it is undercutting their
business, while other stakeholders have
said it introduced some healthy competi-
tion into the market.
In May, Tribune Business reported that
Government was attempting to get MSC
and the Nassau-based companies to come
together oi the proposed port develop-
ment.
Yesterday Mr Maura said that MSC
"were invited to participate, but chose not
to."
But Mr Moss maintains the situation
presents a "snapshot of the future, when,
those that are signatories to the EPA will
be able to'come into the country and take
jobs and projects from Bahamians...because,
in many instances, the Bahamian may not
be as well financed as the foreigner."


FROM page one

lacerations and contusions he
discovered on the body dur-
ing his autopsy three days
after the death.
Former Cabinet Minister
Leslie Miller and his daugh-
ter, Mario's sister, Mrs Yas-
min Johnson, were reduced
to tears as Dr Raju started
his testimony. Mario's moth-
er, Helen, left the courtroom
for this part of the trial.
Dr Raju testified'that the
chop wound, which he indi-
cated might have been the
fatal injury, was so deep that
parts of Mario's cheek and
jaw bones were exposed. He
said that this wound was
consistent with a blow from
a heavy, sharp cutting object.
When asked by attorney
for the Crown Cheryl Grant-
Bethel "what degree of force
would cause a wound like
this?" Dr Raju replied, "A
severe degree of force."
Mrs. Grant-Be.thel, con-
tinuing her line of question-
ing, asked Dr Raju to
explain what a defensive
would be.
He described it as an
injury sustained "because of
immediate instinctive reac-
tion to protect" oneself.
Mrs Grant-Bethel then


asked if Mario had any
wounds "indicative" of a
defensive wound.
Dr Raju then referenced
the photo evidence of Mari-
o's injuries and indicated
that injuries'number 11- a
laceration on the right fore-
arm; 12- a wound to the right
palm; 13- a wound to the
inner and outer aspects of
the left palm and 14- injuries
around the wrists, were like-
ly defensive wounds.
During questioning the
doctor testified that a stab
wound to Mario's chest,
which Mrs. Grant-Bethel
indicated to him was the pic-
ture of a wound with a red
substance coming from it,
might have been caused by a
sharpened object with a
"longer blade,"' maybe six to
seven inches, swung with a
'fierce" degree of force.
Both the Prosecution and
Defence wanted to know
how many different weapons
Dr Raju could deduce were
used to inflict Mario's
injuries.
He told prosecutors that
Mario's injuries may have
been caused by more than
one weapon.
Upon cross-examination
lawyer for murder accused
Ryan Miller, Ramona Far-
quaharson, asked Dr Raju if


Mario's injuries could have
been caused by one assailant
with one weapon.
Dr Raju replied, "It's a
possibility."
Attorney for murder
accused Ricardo Miller, alias
Tamar Lee, Romauld Fer-
reira; during cross-examina-
tion asked Dr Raju if there
was any way he could tell
who killed Mario Miller.
"No!" he replied.
Five other witnesses took
the stand on day six of
Mario Miller's murder trial.
Anwar Seymour, who was
previously charged with
Mario's mfirder along with
four others, took the stand
and testified that .he did not
know brothers Ryan or
Ricardo Miller.
Mr Seymour, who worked
at a car wash at FNM head-
quarters on Mackey Street
in 2002, was asked by prose-
cuting lawyer Neil Braith-
.waite if he had ever planned
to steal drugs from anyone.
He said that he had not.
Also called to the witness
stand was Ryan Wells, alias
"Pretty boy."
Mr Wells limped into the
courtroom on crutches and
with a heavily bandaged
right hand, which he used to
hold the Bible during taking
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He testified that in 2002
he was also working at a car
wash at FNM headquarters
and told prosecutors that on
the day before Mario's mur-
der he worked at the car
wash in the morning and
went to the strip club in the
evening until around 2 in the
morning. He said the next
day police arrested him in
connection with the murder.
He also testified that he
knew the defendants only
because they lived "a few"
houses from him and that he
was never with temrr on June
22.
During crossteamination
Mr Ferreira asked Mr Wells
if he had seen Ricardo
Miller kill Mario Miller.
"How could I? I wasn't
there," said Mr Wells.
Evidence was also heard
from Dwight Fernander of
the Bahamas Telecommuni-


cation Corporation's fraud'
department.
He testified that on the
morning of the murder,
Mario Miller's cell phone
and a phone registered
under the name Tamar Lee.
made five exchanges and
that the last call to Mario's;
phone came from Tamar
Lee's number around 10.54
am.
.One witness, Marsha,
Saunders, was called to the
stand, but was dismissed
without being questioned
. The morning session of
the murder trial began
almost two hours late and
the afternoon session started
almost an hour late because
Mrs Farquaharson, as she
told Justice Stephen Isaacs,
was tied up in another trial.
The trial continues in the
court of Justice Isaacs this
morning at 10 am.


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ROLLE, 67


a resident of South Beach
Estates, will be held at Zion
SSouth Beach Baptist Church,
S. Full Gospel International,
g* . Zion Blvd., on Thursday at
10:00 a.m. Officiating will
be Bishop B. Wenith Davis,
assisted by Pastor Charles Dorsette and other Ministers.
Interment follows in Southern Cemetery Cowpen Road.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Willamae
Rolle; 1 son, Miahcel Rolle; 2 daughters, Dellareese
Rolle and Joey Knowles; 7 grand children; 1 brother,
Anthony Rolle; mother-in-law, Geneva Dames; 1
sister-in-law, Vanessa Rolle; 3 nieces, Bebra Daxon,
Blanche Miller and Sarah Rolle; 2 nephews, Wilfred
Rolle and Danny Cooper; cousins including, Marina
and Sybil; a host of other relatives and friends
including, Mrs. Stella Major and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Roy Saunders and family, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Miller
and family, especially Merky; Meikeiene Lightbourne,
Ronald, John and Johnisha, Phyllis and Valencha and
family; Hon. Perry G. Christie, Hon. Fred Mitchell,
Hon. Paul Adderley, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Stubbs and
Vicivia, Mr. Craig Flowers, Mr. Percy Smith, Mr. Ian
Cambridge Sr. and T.C., Mr. George Turnquest, Mr.
and Mrs. Kendly Smith, Mr. Mike Stuart, Mr. John
Stuart, Mr. Anthony Munnings, Mrs. Judy Munnings,
Mr. Audley Hanna, Mr. Orvil Hanna, Mr. John Bowe,
Mr. Kendle Funky Demeritte, Mrs. Ruth Knowles, Mr.
Lesly Ryan, Mr. William McDonald, Mr. Edgar Hall,
Mr. Mario Stubbs, Mr. Audley Turnquest, Mr. Rusty
Ambrister, Hon. Mr. Hubert Ingraham, Mr. Gulerey
Chriswell, Mr. Ellis Bannister, Mr. Anjelo Bannister,
Mr. Henry Thurston, ASP Clifford Ferguson, Alyssa
Cambridge, Danilee Cambridge, Mr. Andre Cooper,,
Mr. Shawn McSweeny.

Friends may pay their last respects at Gambier House,
Farrington Road, on Wednesday from 9:30-6:00 p.m.
and on Thursday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until
service time.


Chop or stab wounds 'were likely




cause of Mario Miller's death'


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2008, PAGE 11


THE TRIBUNE






TRIBUNE SPORTS


Vergeer

wins gold

and 349th

straight

match

* PARALYMPICS
BEIJING
Associated Press
ESTHER VERGEER
won her 349th straight
match Sunday, capturing
the Paralympic gold
medal in women's wheel-
chair tennis with a victory
over Dutch teammate
Korie Howman.
She won 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
(5) to extend a streak that
has lasted 5? years.
"I mean, I am going to
lose matches one day,"
she said. "But I was just
really, really hoping it
was not going to be
today. I was just this close
from losing this match,
the most important match
of my whole year."
Vergeer won double
gold medals in Sydney
and Athens. She will go
for that again Monday in
doubles with partner
Jisek Griffioen. They face
Americans Beth Arnoult
and Kaitlyn Verfuerth in
the final.
France's Florence
Gravellier won the sin-
gles bronze, beating Grif-
fioen 6-3, 6-4.
Fifty-six medals were
up for grabs Sunday with
18 in swimming and the
same number in track
and field. Medals also
were awarded in archery,
road cycling, goalball,
powerlifting and sitting
volleyball.
South African swimmer
Natalie Du Toit won her
fifth and final gold, taking
the 50-meter freestyle.
Du Toit also won five
gold medals four years
ago in Athens.
Du Toit is one of two
athletes in the Para-
lympics who also compet-
ed in the Olympics. At
the Beijing Games, she
finished 16th in the 10-
kilometer open water
swim. Her race was
ruined when she lost her
cap early and struggled to
replace it.
"It's a relief from the
disappointment (of the
Olympics)," Du Toit said.
" My goal was to get five
golds, so at least I got one
of the two things right."
Du Toit plans to train
for both the London 2012
Olympics and Para-
lympics. She'll focus on
the Olympic 800 freestyle
and 10-kilometer.
Two American swim-
mers finished with four.
gold medals Erin
Popovich and Jessica
Long. Both, however,
failed to win a fifth gold
Sunday. Popovich was
second to American
teammate Cortney Jor-
dan in the 50 freestyle.
Long finished fifth in
another 50 freestyle for a
separate disability class.
In the women's sitting
volleyball final, China
defeated the United
States 25-14, 25-19, 25-15
to take the gold.
Oscar Pistorius, the
South African runner
known as "The Blade
Runner," goes for his
third gold Tuesday in the
400 meters, having
already won the 100 and
200.


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SPAIN'S TOMMY ROBREDO returns the ball to fellow Spaniard Gullermo Garcia Lopez during a first round match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing Tuesday,
Sept. 23, 2008. Robredo defeated Garcia Lopez 6-4, 6-5.



Spaniards get winning




starts in China Open


* TENNIS
BEIJING
Associated Press
TOMMY ROBREDO and
Juan Carlos Ferrero got off to
winning starts Tuesday in the
China Open, which may look
like the Spanish Open when
it wraps up this weekend.
Robredo defeated Spanish
countryman Guillermo Gar-
cia-Lopez 6-4, 7-5 in the first
round, and the former top-
ranked Ferrero of Spain beat
Alexandre Kudryavtsev of
Russia 6-4, 6-3.
The top-seeded player in
the tournament is from Spain


- David Ferrer. He and No. 2
Andy Roddick play first-
round matches Thursday.
Both were given extra rest fol-
lowing Spain's victory over the
United States in the Davis
Cup semifinals in Madrid last
week.

Level
"When you are young and
you see a lot of people playing
tennis and you can practice
with them, your level goes up
quickly," said Robredo, who
was left off the Davis Cup
team for the semifinal. "This is


helping Spanish tennis."
Added Ferrero: "In the last
few years we have improved
on hard courts, also on grass.
So we can play anywhere now
and that is one of the keys to
having a lot of players in the
top 100."
Robredo wasthe runner-up
in Beijing a year ago, losing
the final to Fernando Gonza-
lez of Chile. Gonzalez is back
this year and seeded No. 3.
Six Spaniards started in the
first round of the 32-player
draw, a strong turnout even
without top-ranked Rafael
Nadal.
The China Open is a men's


and women's event being
played at the Beijing Tennis
Center. It moves next year to
the tennis venue built for the
recent Beijing Olympics.

Schedule
The ATP and ,WTA tour-
naments are being played
together to make up for time
lost from the schedule during
the Beijing Olympics.
In the WTA event, two Ser-
bians are the top seededed play-
ers No. 1 Jelena Jankovic
and No. 2 Ana Ivanovic.
Jankovic plays Wednesday


with Ivanovic set for Thurs-
day. The draw also features
two others in the top 10 -
Russian players Svetlana
Kuznetsova and Vera
Zvonareva.
Tuesday was supposed to be
a showcase for Chinese
women, but it didn't work out
that way.
The five Chinese women in
the tournament all played
first-round matches, and four
lost. The last hope was Wim-
bledon semifinalist Zheng Jie.
However, her late match with
sixth-seeded Agnieszka Rad-
wanska of Poland was rained
out.


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SPAIN'S JUAN CARLOS FERRERO returns the ball to Russia's Alexan-
dre Kudryavtsev during a first round tennis match at the China Open
tennis tournament in Beijing Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008.


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FIFA says


Georgia


safe for


World Cup


qualifiers

* SOCCER
ZURI _H, Switzerland
Associated Press
GEORGIA was cleared to
host World Cup qualifiers
again, with soccer's governing
body saying Tuesday the coun-
try is safe to resume play
Georgia faces Cyprus on Oct.
11 and Bulgaria four days later
in Tbilisi.
FIFA said it will stay in con-
tact with the Georgian Football
Federation and "for the time
being sees no indication sug-
gesting organization and secu-
rity standards will not be main-
tained for these matches."
Georgia was judged too dan-
gerous to hold international
soccer games this month in the
aftermath of five days of fight-
ing with Russia in a territorial
dispute over the breakaway
provinces of South Ossetia and
Abkhazia.
Georgia opened World Cup
qualifying Sept. 6 with a 2-1 loss
to Ireland at the German city of
Mainz after the Irish asked
FIFA to switch the game to a
neutral venue. Georgia captain
Kakha Kaladze criticized the
decision.
"There is no civil war in
Georgia," Kaladze said. "We
are not dangerous. What would
happen if we played in the Tbil-
isi stadium? Nothing. It would
only be a festival for thousands
of people that are suffering."
Georgia is last in Group 8 of
European qualifying for the
2010 World Cup in South
Africa after losing its second
game 2-0 at defending champi-
on Italy.
Domestic soccer in Georgia
also has resumed. The league
began play three weeks late on
Sept. 13 with 11 teams, includ-
ing Spartaki Tskhinvali repre-
senting the South Ossetian cap-
ital.

Rams will start

Green on Sunday

against the Bills
* AMERICAN FOOTBALL
ST. LOUIS
Assor 'ated Press
MARC BULGER is out as
the St. Louis Rams starting quar-
terback after throwing only two
touchdown passes in three games
and will be replaced by 38-year-
old Trent Green for Sunday's
game against Buffalo.
The benching of the Rams'
highest-paid player, announced
by coach Scott Linehan in a terse,
two-paragraph release on Tues-
day, signals just how desperate
times have become for the sag-
ging franchise. Linehan is 11-24
in his third season;including 0-3
this year with none of the games
competitive.
Last \N cek, Linehan was told
by new owner Chip Rosenbloom
that improvements need to be,
made or that changes would be
forthcoming. This is Linehan's
first head coaching job at any lev-
el, earned off success as an offen-
sive coordinator with the Dol-
phins and Vikings. He was a
quarterback in college at Idaho.
The team said in the release
that Linehan would not com-
ment on his decision until after
practice Wednesday. The Rams
were off Tuesday.
"Scott made an announce-
ment. and he'll amplify it tomor-
row." team spokesman Rick
Smith said.
The Rams have lost 16 of their
past 19 games while getting
outscored 116-29. The point total
would not have been enough to
win any C the first three games,
and their mediocre 240-yard total
in Sunday's 37-13 loss at Seattle
was still a season best for the
league's lowest-ranked offense.
Bulger finished 18-for-31 for
184 yards with one touchdown
and an interception on Sunday,
his third consecutive game with
less than 200 passing yards.
Linehan had hinted at possible
changes during a news confer-
ence on Monday.


"I foresee evaluating every-
thing," Linehan said. "What they
are right now does depend on
the health of our team in spots,
but I would think that anything's
po(sibhl 1 l his point as far as our
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MIAMI DOLPHINS running back Ronnie Brown takes a direct snap from center on a play where he threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Anthony Fasano in the third
quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, in Foxborough, Mass. Running back Ricky Williams (34) is in motion on the play.





New formation helped





the Dolphins upset Pats
e 0 ills Up


* AMERICAN FOOTBALL
DAVIE, Fla.
Associated Press

THE MIAMI DOLPHINS
found a solution for their chron-
ic problem at quarterback:
Don't snap him the ball.
That wasn't Miami's real
motive for springing an
unorthodox formation on the
New England Patriots that
turned quarterback Chad Pen-
nington into a wideout, with
running back Ronnie Brown
taking a direct snap.
The goal was to confuse the
Patriots, and it worked. New
England was outfoxed in
Foxborough by a team that had
lost 20 of its previous 21 games,
giving the Dolphins their first
win in the Parcells era.
"We finally had some fun out
there," Miami tight end Antho-
ny Fasano said Monday.
Six times the Dolphins ran
plays from the formation they
call Wildcat, and four times they
scored a touchdown. That pro-
vided the margin in a 38-13 vic-
tory.
Wildcat isn't new; it's similar
to the single wing, which dates
back a century. The Arkansas
Razorbacks used it often the
past two seasons with Darren
McFadden.
And it wasn't new to New
England coach Bill Belichick
said his team practiced against it
just last week. But the forma-
tion left the Patriots clearly con-
fused, and Miami's element of
surprise helps explain the
shocking result.
"It threw them off a little bit,"
said Brown, who set a franchise
record with four touchdowns
rushing and threw for a fifth
score. "It was like playing hide
and go seek, making them
guess, and hopefully they were
guessing wrong."
New England guessed wrong
so often the team that nearly
went undefeated last year lost to
the team that nearly went win-
less last year. The stunner end-
ed the Patriots' NFL record reg-
ular-season winning streak at
21 games, while fortifying the
foundation Bill Parcells is build-
ing in Miami.
Tony Sparano will have extra
time to savor his first victory as
an NFL head coach because
Miami (1-2) is off this week
before facing San Diego. The
celebration began along the
sideline Sunday when the Dol-
phins dumped Gatorade on
Sparano.
"The Gatorade thing was the
players having a good time and
feeling good about themselves,
so I felt good about that,"
Sparano said. "I didn't feel great
when it was rolling down my
back, but I felt pretty good
about it. Seeing their faces and
how happy those guys really
were was nice. It was one game,
but we want to get used to being
there."
While the work Sparano's
staff did with Xs and Os rightly
earned raves, Miami won with


more than mere trickery.. The
defense became dominant once
the Dolphins went ahead 14-3
midway through the second
quarter, throttling a New Eng-
land offense that sorely missed
Tom Brady.
"Playing with a lead, we're a
totally different team," said
Joey Porter, who had three of
Mia ii's four sacks.
The ground game averaged 6
yards per carry, and Penning-
ton looked like more than just
another caretaker quarterback,'
completing 17 of 20 passes while
finding receivers open down-
field for the first time this sea-
son.
This against a team Penning-
ton always struggled with as a
Jet.
Still, Pennington did his best
work as a decoy. When he lined
up wide, left tackle Jake Long
moved to the right side, run-
ning backs Ricky Williams and
Patrick Cobbs became wing-
backs, and a third running back
Brown took the snap from
a shotgun position.
Then came the most surpris-
ing ;ht of all: the Dolphins in
the New England end zone.
Their point total was a five-year
high. They gained 461 yards,
their best effort since 1999, and
earned their most lopsided win
since 2002.
"A team like the Patriots,
they pride themselves on prepa-
ration," Williams said. "When
they're unprepared like that, it's
really hard for them1 to recov-
er."

Training

Miami quarterbacks coach
David Lee brought the Wildcat
from Arkansas, where he was
offensive coordinator last year.
The Dolphins installed the for-
mation during training camp,
then put it in mothballs.
On the flight home from last
week's 31-10 loss at Arizona,
Sparano and Lee decided the
Wildcat might be just the thing
to jump-start a sputtering
offense.
"This is not something that
just came up and we scribbled
on the board a couple of days
ago," Sparano said. "I just felt
on the way back from Arizona
that we needed to create space.
That's where the process began
for me. How do we create
angles? How do we create
space?"
F m the formation, Brown
founu plenty of openings. When
he scored up the middle on runs
of 2, 5 and 62 yards, it looked a
junior-high JV play, only sim-
pler.
Brown also rolled out and
threw a 19-yard touchdown pass
to Fasano, and twice he handed
off to Williams coming in
motion from the wing.
"It's more fun than the same
old running back right, running
back left," Williams said. "That
can get a little old. It's neat to
have Ronnie playing the quar-
terback position. That's basi-


cally what it is."
The possibilities are endless,
and Arkansas used the Wildcat
- calling it the Wild Hog -
about 30 times in a single game
last year.
Those sneaky Dolphins are
coy about the formation's future
in their offense.
"Who knows?" Sparano said
with a slight smile. "Wildcat
might be dead."
Not likely. The Chargers
probably should brace them-
selves for the return of the sin-
gle wing.
"It's a good package,"
Williams said. "If you execute it
well it's hard to stop, even if
you're prepared for it."

MIAMI DOLPHINS' Ronnie
Brown prepares to throw the ball
up after scoring a touchdown in
the second quarter of an NFL
football game against the New
England Patriots, Sunday, Sept.
21, 2008, in Foxborough, Mass.
The Dolphins won 38-13.


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More than

200 athletes

expected at

bodybuilding

and fitness

championships

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
MORE than 200 athletes
representing some 20 coun-
tries are expected to compete
this weekend in the 36th Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
Bodybuilding and Fitness Fed-
eration Championships.
Bahamas Bodybuilding and
Fitness Federation public rela-
tions officer Chevy Roker said
they are expected to be host-
ing the championships for the
first time since 1995.
"All of the delegates and
athletes from the different
countries are coming in," said
Roker, as they gear up for the
Congress that will take place
today at the host site at the
Crystal Palace Hotel.
The International Federa-
tion of Bodybuilders' vice "
president Javier Pollock heads
the list of delegates that are
already in town for the con-
gress, which will look at ways
to continue to improve the
sport.
The championships are held
in conjunction with the Min-
istry of Tourism, who are also
planning some events for the
athletes while they are in
town.
Athletes will be coming in
to represent Antigua, Aruba,
Bermuda, Barbados, El Sal-
vador, Grenada, Jamaica,
Guyana, Guatemala, the
Netherlands Antilles, Puerto
T Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, the
-jtt Turks & Cacaos, Veneuala
I and the Dominican Republic.
Roker said they had also
anticipated representation
from both Cuba and Haiti, but
as a result of Hurricane Ike,
they may decide not to partici-
pate.
"It's going to be pretty
tough because of the teams
coming in," Roker said. "But
last year in Bermuda, we won
the overall title and this year
we will be defending it.
"We will be on home soil, so
I expect the same results from
our team. We expect countries
like Barbados and Venezuela
looking for revenge. But we
have them in order."
As this is another major
championships, Roker said the
federation have been. working
diligently on making sure that
this one is the best ever hosted
here.
And for the first time at any
of the previous CAC Champi-
onships, Roker said they have
set up a press room at the
Crystal Palace Hotel, which
will enable both the local and
international media to inter-
view the athletes of their
choices before and after the
competition.
While the congress is set for
today, the weigh-in will be
done on Thursday. On Friday,
the athletes will compete in
the pre-judging. The final is
set for Saturday, starting at 3
p.m.
Tickets are currently on sale
and are priced at $15.00 for
the pre-judging and $30.00 for
the final. Tickets can be pur-
chased at Better Bodies, Mys-
tical Fitness, Body Onyx and
Bally Total Fitness.


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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
FOR the past four years, St.
Johnsbury Academy has been
enriched by the performances
of the brother/sister combo of
Edgario and Edkiera Curling.
The Bahamian duo have
been performing exceptional-
ly well for the Hilltopper's var-
sity football and field hockey
teams in St. Johnsbury, Ver-
mont.
Edgario, who pulled former
Bahamas Olympic Associa-
tion's president Arlington
Butler out of the water when
his car went overboard on
Potter's Cay Dock, has been
holding his own as a halfback
and linesman for the Hillstop-
pers.
"I'm doing quite well," said
Edgario when contacted dur-
ing a break from a practice
session. "I expected that I
would be where I am right
now.
"I'm the leading rusher on
my team and leading with
touchdowns."
So far, the Hilltoppers have
a 1-3 win-loss record, having
just won their first game on
Saturday in a 13-6 decision
over the highly favo.ured Mid-
dlebury Tigers.
Curling, 17, rushed for 155
yards on 25 carries with a
touchdown.
It was the third straight
game that he crossed the end-
zone for a TD after falling
short in St. Johnsbury's open-
ing 7-6 loss to the Brattleboro
Union High Colonels on
August 29.
On September 6, the Hill-
toppers lost 57-26 to the South


Burlington High Rebels as
Curling came through with
two TDs and on September
13, he got another in their 27-
6 defeat at the hands of the
Essex High.
Head coach Sean Murphy
said he's been quite impressed
with the performance from
Edgario.
"He's gotten better each
year," he pointed out. "When
we were watching him as a
freshman, we knew that he
was going to be a pretty good
back and he's probably
exceeded all of our expecta-
tions. He's probably become
one of the top players in the
state of Vermont: We're just
happy that he's on our team.
As long as he's healthy, he
should be able to finish with at


least 1,200 yards."
Based on those stats, Mur-
phy said Edgario should even-
tually graduate and go on to
play for a major division one
football school because he's
also a gifted student in the
classroom.


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him to the Ronnie Brown
Offensive/Defensive Fooball
Camp in Florida where he
earned the most valuable play- 7
er award.
"Ronnie Brown said he's
the real deal," the elder Curl-
ing pointed out. 'His shot at
college is good. He have peo-
ple from all over the United
States after him. He's a very
good discipline player."
As for Edkiera, Curling said
"field hockey is a game I don't
know too well, but I watched
them play. I can't tell you too
much about that game, but
she's been playing very well |
S for the team."
Coach Fran Cone, howev-
c, er, said Edkiera has made her
2. presence felt as they try to
Build on their 4-3 record.
.' "She's one of my defenders,
Sbut I can put her anywhere on
the field and she plays hard,"
she reflected. "She is one of
the players that I depend a lot
gario said he's been on. So she's quite a contribu-
essed with the educa- tor. She's a, hard worker in
level he's experienced practice. She's one of those
Johnsbury, but he's try- characters that always have
s best to help the Hill- some activity going on around
rs in their success on the her, but she's doing very well.
all field. She's always been one of my
ust want to play at the fastest runners and she's
level," said Edgario always contributed a lot to our
the possibility of mov- team."
a to college and eventu- Cone has coached players
the professional ranks. from as far as Bermuda, but
)pefully we can finish off Edkiera is the first from the
a much better record Bahamas. And based on what
we have right now. We she's done, Cone said she
about four tough teams would be delighted to have as
of us. So if I can con- many more.
to play the way I've been Like Cone, Murphy feels
,I think we can do it." the same about Edgario. The
ies Curling, the proud two coaches are just as
* who lives in New Prov- delighted to have the Bahami- '
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clearing triple to end the game in favour of the
Big Red Machine.
Gibson finished 3-3 with with two runs scored
and four RBI, power hitting first baseman Sweet-
ing went 3-3 with three runs scored and two RBI,
while Williams went 3-3 with three runs scored.
The Hurricanes defeated the Big Red Machine
where the school dominated the softball dia-
mond, capturing the junior girls, senior girls, and
senior boys championships.
Anastacia Sands-Moultrie, Big Red Machine
manager, said her team geared up for opening day
against what has become an intense rivalry.
"The girls really got up for this game, after


knowing what happened last year we knew we
could not take them lightly and we just hd to,
come out here from game one and set the tone for
the season," she said, "This is basically much of
the same team we had from last year, ve only lost
three players in the regular rotation so we should
be very competitive again this year at the top."
Moultrie said last year's loss helped her team to
build character that should prove vital to the
team's success for the remainder of the season.
"They learned a lot from last year's loss and I
think it gave them a bit of mental toughness,
which is good because the skills were already,"
she said. "We looked good today but moving for-
ward I told my girls we just have to take the sea-
son one game at a time and everything else would
fall into place."


Donald Thomas enjoys his biggest win of the year


FROM page 15

Also in the stands was Olympic mul-
tiple star Usain Bolt, who was a VIP
guest of the organizing committee.
Bolt, the triple gold and world record
holder at the Olympics, didn't compete
in the meet, but was on hand to bid
farewell to Noboharu Asahara of Japan.


Asahara, the 36-year-old perennial
Japanese sprinter, clocked 10.37 for third
place in the 100 metres.
The event was won by Great Britain's
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey in 10.19 with
American Michael Rodgers second in
10.26.
At the Olympics, Asahara anchored
Japan's 4 x 100 relay team to the bronze
behind the world record breaking per-


formance from Jamaica, which includ-
ed Bolt on the third leg.
Bolt, who also turned in record break-
ing performances in the 10-0 and 200 in
Beijing, joined Asahara on the podium
after the race as he said farewell to the
25,000 cheering fans.
The meet was held two days following
the Shanghai Grand Prix on Sunday in
which sprinters Chandra Sturrup and


Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie closed out
their season with a fourth and fifth place
respectively in the 100 behind Jamaican
Olympic 200 champion Veronica Camp-
bell.
Not that many big names participated
in the meet in Kawasaki as the majority
of them had shut down their season after
the World Athletics Final.


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Big Red


machine begin


Thomas
enjoys his
biggest win
of year


season in high gear


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net


HE skipped the lucrative
IAAF/VTB Bank World Ath-
letics Final two weeks ago in
Stuuttgart, Germany, citing a
recurring sore ankle injury.
But world champion Donald
Thomas was back in action yes-
terday as he closed out his lack-
lustre season at the Kawasaki
Super Meet in Kawasaki, Japan.
Competing against a Japan-
ese-ladened field, Thomas
soared (2.24 metres) 7-feet, 4
14-inches to peg his name on
the first place tag on the win-
ning line.
Japanese national record
holder Naoyuki Daigo was sec-
ond with (2.21m) 7-3, while his
countryman Hiromi Takahari
was third with (2.18m)7-1 3.4
It was ,he biggest victory for
Thomas this year as he strug-'
gled from the start of the season
with the ankle injury that ham-
pered his performance, inlcud-
ing the BAAA's ScotiaBank
and XXIX Olympic Games in
Beijing, China in August where
he didn't make the finaLin the
latter.
Thomas, the 24-year-old
Grand Bahamian who soared
to international prominence two
years ago when he switched
from basketball to track on a
'dare' from one of his friends,
was the only Baharnian to com-
pete in the 'Super Meet.'
SEE page 14


St. Andrew's

Hurricanes

blown away

in 12-2 loss
* by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
Vindication for last years'
BAISS senior girls runners-up
came quickly in the 2008 sea-
son in an opening day match-
up against the defending cham-
pions.
The St. Augustine's College
Big Red Machine began the
season on a promising note with
a decisive 12-2 win over the St.
Andrew's Hurricanes yesterday
at the SAC field.
In a game that was stopped
in the third inning via the 10-
run mercy rule, the Big Red
Machine took full advantage of
home field, overcoming an ear-
ly deficit behind a spirited home
crowd.
After the Hurricanes scored
the opening run in the away half
of the first inning, the Big Red
Machine strung together a
series of timely hits to take a 4-
1 lead after the first inning.
Each member of the Big Red
machine lineup registered at
least one at bat in the first
inning, which began and ended
with lead off hitter Vanricka
Rose.
The Hurricanes failed to ral-
ly in the second inning, adding
just one more run to trim the
deficit to two.
For the SAC lineup, the sec-
ond inning nearly mirrored the
first, as each batter made an
.appearance at the plate on their
way to a total of four runs, to
widen the margin, 8-2.
A stifling SAC infield defence
limited the Hurricanes to just
two hits in the third inning, set-
ting the stage for the possible
mercy rule in the bottom half
on the inning.
The Big Red Machine loaded
the bases to open the bottom
half of the third with Annique
Williams, Tarae Sweeting and
Avani Seymour reaching on a
series of base hits.
Third baseman Genyka Gib-
son belted a three-RBI, bases
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Annual Home and


Builders Trade



Show 'goes green'


Event takes place at the

Wyndham Cable Beach

Resort in OctoberA14


MORE and more people are
becoming environmentally
conscious, and the organizers
of the Caribbean's largest
home and builders' trade show
have jumped on the bandwag-
on and decided to "Go
Green."
The show, which is in its 8th
year, will take place at the
Wyndham Cable Beach
Resort, October 24 to 26.
Special Events Bahamas
Ltd, the organizers, say they
have planned an exciting
event.
As this year's show has
adopted a "green theme,"
attendees will be able to get a
glance of the latest environ-
mentally friendly.and cost effi-
cient products.
Patrons will also 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. Addi-
tionally, show workshops and
seminars will focus on "going
green and energy conserva-
tion."
Special Events Bahamas Ltd
president Nikita Curtis said:
"Even if you aren't building
there is important timely infor-
mation that will be dissimulat-
ed at this year's show that any-
one can use. For instance there
will be companies offering
environmentally friendly and
cost conscious 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, eliminat-
ing the need to burn fuel dri-.
ving from place to place.
Instead of going to the ven-
dors, the Annuail Home and


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 OFFICIAL
OPENING
-SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 SHOW
OPENS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
BETWEEN 10AM AND 6PM. VARIOUS
RADIO PERSONALITIES WILL BE ON
SITE TO MEET THE EXHIBITORS AND
PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR
THEM TO MARKET THEIR PRODUCTS
AND SERVICES VIA THE RADIO.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 SHOW
OPEN FROM NOON AND 6PM. RADIO
PERSONALITIES WILL AGAIN BE ON
SITE.

Builders Show will bring the
vendors to you to pick and
choose from."
Not only will patrons be able
to receive valuable informa-
tion but they will also be able
to take advantage of many
prizes and .give-aways.
This year's 6one-of-a-kind
show will also give attendees
the opportunity to sit in on
seminars, get tips on the local
home and- building industry,'
and win more than $50,0,00 in
prizes.
Major sponsors this year
include Arawak Homes and
Colina Imperial Insurance.
Both companies will be repre-
sented at the show.
More than 70 exhibitors
have confirmed their partici-
Fpation this year, and several
leading industry professionals
will dissimulate valuable infor-
mation during the workshop,
sessions.
qtganisers say the
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exhibitors will include a broad'
spectrum of relevant business-
es including banks, insurance
companies, sub-contractors, engi-
neers, building supply companies,
interior decorators, security com-
panies and more, ensuring that
persons can acquire all
the information they need to
complete large and small pro-
jects.
Along with the many Bahami-
an and foreign exhibitors, popu-
lar 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 this year, 15


Canadian companies will make
their debut under a special pavil-
ion at the exhibition.'
"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, potential
home owners, business owners,
contractors, sub-contactors and
persons seeking to spruce up
their home and businesses with
more energy saving devices
should plan to attend this year's
show," the organizers said.


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Bahamas must Shipping firm eyes


escape from


Nassau expansion


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamian private sector must focus oni "building capac-
ity to compete" internationally, a senior Chamber of Com-
merce executive has told Tribune Business, as the lack of eco-
nomic growth and development over the past decade was
"killing us".
Philip Simi_''i tfhe Chamber's executive director, said the
Bahamas needed to move beyond debating whether it should
sign on to global free trade agreements and instead concentrate
on equipping the private sector and civil service with the capa-
bility to compete.
Adding that he was tired of people who opposed the Bahamas
signing on to trade agreements, despite knowing the implications
of not doing so, Mr Simon said the Bahamas "hasn't grown" eco-
nomically for the past 10 years.
He likened this nation to a "frog in the boiling pot for the last
decade, not understanding that the water is getting hotter and
it can't jump out".
Other nations, Mr Simon said, were "liberalising themselves
at much faster rates and reaping the benefits. Multinationals are
not going to look at countries that are not part of the [global
trade] network"..
Explaining that the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce had
SEE page 5B



Firms urged to focus

on 'consumer pull'

business model

Companies must apply 'customer is

king' logic, says accountant, with
Bahamas 'already in recession'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Bahamian businesses have to
shift focus from 'product push'
to recognizingg the customer is
really king", an accountant and
former PLP MP told Tribune
Business yesterday, as there was
"no doubt" this nation's econo-


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A Florida-based shipping
company is looking to possibly
expand its routes to include
Nassau, its president told Tri-
bune Business yesterday, with
one possible base of operations
being the Union Dock in down-
town Bay Street that was vacat-
ed by the now-closed Pioneer
Shipping.
Ken Shields said Atlantic
Caribbean Line, whose three
full-owned and operated ves-
sels already service the Freeport
market four times a week, was
"looking at a few areas of
expansion", including estab-
lishing a Nassau route.


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
The National Insurance
Board (NIB) will soon launch
a campaign to improve on its
contribution collections, which
its acting director yesterday
admitted have fallen below
2008 projections.
Anthony Curtis said the
timely collection of contribu-
tion revenue has always been
a vexing problem even in good
economic times, particularly
as it relates to self-employed
persons.
Noting the challenges that
have plagued the economy
recently, Mr Curtis said he
was sure that some of the cur-
rent late payments could prob-


* Former Pioneer site one possible operations base,
with United Shipping likely agent if move comes to
fruition
* Atlantic Caribbean Line already services Freeport
with $4m worth of goods per month, and 7,000
TEUs per year


He was responding to Tri-
bune Business inquires after this
newspaper obtained a flyer
advertising the new service, with
Atlantic Caribbean Line set to
service Nassau twice a week
from Union Wharf.


The company's vessels,
according to the flyer, were due
to depart Florida on Thursday
and Saturday, arriving in Nas-
sau on Friday and Sunday, with
United Shipping serving as their
New Providence-based shipping


agent. However, Mr Shields
said that no firm decision had
been taken on whether Atlantic
Caribbean Line would defi-
nitely expand to service Nas-
SEE page 4B









* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
City Markets' employee pen-
sion scheme has been running
company sources have told Tri-
defending the $3 million 'sale
and leaseback' scheme between
it and the grocery chain as being
"allowed" under the scheme's
rules.
Anthony King, chief execu-
tive of Barbados Shipping &
Trading (BS&T), the Neal &
Massy subsidiary that is acting
as City Markets' operating/man-
agement partner, said the com-
pany had moved to generate a
better return for the employee
pension scheme by putting
assets that were "sitting idle"
to work.
SEE page 5B


ably be attributed to genuine
cases of companies facing eco-
nomic challenges, which made
it difficult for them to make
payments.
NIB has not compiled any
figures on this trend yet..
"I am sure that there some
valid cases out there, but I do
not know the extent to which
that may be the case," Mr
Curtis said.
He did, however, note that
to date the Board is "behind
where we expected to be" as it
relates to contribution collec-
tions for this year.
"We are not where we want
to be and where we thought
we would be," Mr Curtis said.
"The Board has met and we
have considered some initia-
tives that we want to imple-
ment to improve on our col-


election. We will be making an
announcement regarding what
we intend to do very soon, and
I do not want to preempt what
we will be doing.' ,
Mr Curtis said that while
there is concern over the slow
collections, NIB is not at a
position where it is unable to
pay out its benefits.,
"Actually, persons are pro-
tected by law to ensure that
they get the benefits which are
due them," he said.
"So if, for example-; you are
sick and you claim for sick
leave benefits, but your com-
pany for whatever reasons has
not keep your contributions
up to date, it's not your fault
by law.
"We cannot penalise you
for your employer's neglect."


Take Control
Do you know where


my was already in recession.
Philip Galanis, a partner in
the HLB Galanis Bain account-
ing firm (see column on Page
2B), said that to survive amid
challenging economic cofidi-
tions, Bahamian companies
needed to adapt to customer
needs/wants and service this
demand. In other words, they
needed to move to a 'consumer
pull' model.
"Bahamian businesses have
to recognize the customer is
really king. and that they have
to pay attention to what the
market is saying," Mr Galanis
told Tribune Business.
"What happened in the past
is that employers often used a
'demand push' model, where
businesses pushed product to
create demand. Businesses have
to be more consumer driven,
with consumers pulling services
from the people who provide
those services."
Mr Galanis added that plan-
ning needed to become a more
"fundamental" ingredient in the
strategies of Bahamian compa-
nies on "a regular basis".
"People really run their busi-
nesses by the seat of their pants,
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Businesses must listen


'voice of the people'


I BY PHILIP C. GALANIS


As. we all sit in
front of our tele-
visions, receive
the dramatic bul-
letins via computer or read the
long, convoluted and, ultimately,
sad stories in the newspapers
about the demise of many finan-
cial corporations, it all seems
removed from our lives here in
the Bahamas. Not many people
vou know on an everyday basis
have invested their money with
Lehman Brothers, know that
their insurance coverage is asso-
ciated with American Interna-
tional Group (AIG), or under-
stand how Bear Stems or Merrill
Lynch has anything to do with


their lives. Most Bahamians do
not, thank goodness, have an inti-
mate acquaintance with subprime
mortgages or insolvent banks.
However, the fear and uncer-
tainty that is sweeping the world
as, one after another, the mighty
and venerable financial institu-
tions crumble, is also present in
our Bahamian society. I would
submit that it has come in subtly,
almost unnoticed, until it is in
danger of overwhelming our way
of life and, by so doing, is pro-
foundly changing the way we live.
It is, though, the way we choose
to respond to this global situa-
tion here on the homefront that
will determine our future. The
rules are different now, and I
would challenge Bahamian busi-
nesspeople to see this new world


with new vision, and adopt new
strategies so that we can all
emerge from this global econom-
ic upheaval intact and perhaps
even stronger.
No longer can merchants in this
town do business as they have
before. They must now become
much more intimately aware of
what their customers need as this
crisis evolves. And, if they wish to
survive, they must find a way to
give it to them.
Economics are creating new
necessities. I don't mean the glob-
al macroeconomics that our
media tells us about each day. I
mean the microeconomics, the
needs of the families in Grants
Town and Grand Bahama, the
single moms in Yamacraw and
Eleuthera, and the elderly cou-


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"All businesses here in the
Bahamas now need to follow the
example of the Prime Minister in
what I hope is the beginning of a
policy of listening to the people..."


ples in Exuma and Montell-
Heights. Every business sector in
the Bahamas is going to have to
learn to listen to the people and,
by listening closely, they will
understand what it is our Bahami-
ans need and want as they strug-
gle to adapt to the changing econ-
omy. We can no longer afford.to
make decisions in the Boardroom.
that follow the dictates of global
voices. Whether it is in retail,
wholesale, services or politics,
those who have something to sell
to the people must listen to their
customers as perhaps never
before in our history.
' We have seen a vivid example
of that listening ear just last week
in Parliament, when the Prime
Minister reversed the electricity
disconnections suffered by thou-
sands of Bahamians, revisited and
reestablished new rules for delin-
quent accounts, and froze the sur-
charge for those who use a lower
amount of electricity. It is not my
intention to judge whether these
concessions were enough to meet
the needs that exist; the point is
that sweeping concessions were
made, demonstrating that the
people's voices were heard and
those who could act on their
behalf did so.
There is another institution in
our country that could benefit
from this approach to listening to
the people. I am talking about
the venerable City Markets. For a
very long time, this food store
chain has been feeding Bahami-
ans. It has been employing hun-
dreds of Bahamian men and
women. It has also made an
indelible mark on society by the
many scholarships it has bestowed
upon worthy young Bahamians
over the years, myself included.


And now, after a lengthy
takeover and a restructuring, City
Markets tells us it is in trouble.
But how can this be? One of
the three necessities in life,
besides shelter and clothing, is
food. We are not an agricultural
society, so there really are limited
opportunities for Bahamians to
get food to eat other than at the
food store. Many shoppers will
tell you that, in order to get the
selection and the best price, they
have to shop at both of the two
large chains, some weeks spend-,
ing more at one than. the other.
Some weeks, it is the reverse.
So, how can one of these two
giants say they are losing mon-
ey? Bahamians still eat. No eco-
nomic crunch is going to stop us
from eating, even if the cuts of
meat we choose become less
expensive or the brands more
generic. So what is the problem at
City Markets?
I would suggest that the com-
pany was not listening to its cus-
tomers. I wonder how many of
its Board members are regular
shoppers, struggling each week
to make that pay. cheque cover
your shopping list. How many of
them know what it is to stand in
the aisle of a food store and be
unable to find that one brand of
pickle that is your spouse's
favourite, or the right kind of
tomato paste that will make your
peas n'rice perfect. How many of
them are frustrated on an almost
daily basis when they are forced
to purchase pre-tpackaged veg-
etables or fruit, only to find, when
getting home and unwrapping
them, that the ones on the bottom
are over-ripe and unfit to eat.
I am, as everyone is aware, an
accountant by profession. I am


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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION Oct. 2nd
"Financing and Private Sector Development
in The Bahamas"
Hon. Zhivargo Laing, Minister of State for Finance,
Ministry of Finance
SESSION I
MODERATOR: Oscar Spencer, Representative
Inter-Amencan Development Bank, IADB
Topic: "Report. Roadmap for Improving SME
Competitiveness"
Philippe Schneuwly, Consultant, Inter-American
Development Bank
SESSION II
MODERATOR: I. Chester Cooper, Hon. Treasurer
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
Topic: "SME Challenge: Venture Financing"
Edison Sumner, Bahamas Venture Capital Fund
Darron Cash, Bahamas Development Bank
Michael Anderson, Royal Fidelity
Frank Davis, Bahamas Cooperative Credit League
OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY Oct. 3rd
MODERATOR: Philip Simon
Executive Director, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
WELCOME REMARKS: Gershan Major
Chairperson, Globalization and Foreign Affairs
Committee, BCOC


REMARKS/ INTRODUCTION OF KEYNOTE Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Minister of Tourism
SPEAKER: Dionisio D'Aguilar, President, BCOC


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very aware of the power and
importance of the bottom line. I
would venture to say that what
the Prime Minister did with
regards to BEC will have some
repercussions on that Corpora-
tion's bottom line. However, what
he did, while perhaps not the
most economically prudent move
insofar as the profits of the Cor-
poration are concerned, was
unquestionably a socially sound
move and one that will have far-
reaching effects on people's eco-
nomic stability.
Similarly, City Markets needs
to make the same kinds of adjust-
ments, restoring the products and
service that the Bahamian pub-
lic have been accustomed to find-
ing there over the years, and
accepting the fact that the tastes
of Bahamians when it comes to
their food choices are unique
and perhaps not similar to their
Caribbean neighbours, no mat-
ter how much less expensive the
choices may, be. They need tp
begin thinking like their shop-
pers, not like their accountants.
I believe that we have become
so caught up in this modem world
with its modern technology, and
so totally engaged in our fore-
casting tools that so cleverly read
the trends and analyse the num-
bers, that. we have forgotten the
basics of how to meet the
demands of our customers, how
to hear the people's voices.
All businesses here in the
Bahamas now need to follow the
example of the Prime Minister in
what I hope is the beginning of a
policy of listening to the people,
instead of dictating policies that
were developed by 'experts'
based on studies drawn from aca-
demic thinkers. There is a lot of
wisdom to be found in the 'man
on the street' here in the
Bahamas, a lot of truth and every-
day common sense that, if'we pay
heed to it instead of to those who
seem to live only in ivory towers
and board rooms, City Markets
and all of us will be able to come
through this Category 4 econom-
ic hurricane a little wind blown
but still intact as a nation and a
society.


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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Rt. Hon. Hubert
Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas
VOTE OF THANKS: Yvette Sands,
Co-Chair Globalization and Foreign Affairs
Committee, BCOC Director, BCOC
"Realities of Economic Globalization and Small
Island Developing States: Trade Negotiation and
the Caribbean Reality'
H.E. Henry Gill, Director-General
Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM)
Small States are by their nature weak and
vulnerable '
MODERATOR: Hank Ferguson, BCOC Consultant.'
Economist
Session A:
"A Panel Discussion On Trade Agreements and
Negotiations
John Delaney, Chairman, Bahamas Trade
Commission
A, Leonard Archer, Former Bahamas Ambassador
to CARICOM
Dave Kowlessar, Trade Consultant, Pykon
Development Group k
Brian Moree, Senior Partner, McKinney Bancroft
& Hughes
"Caribbean Economies in an Era of Free Trade"


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2008, PAGE 3B


BCdenies 120 million per


A-


annum lost to electrical theft


* Government says it recovers $3m in free

electricity received by one customer

* Fuel surcharge down narrowly from 24.7

cents per kilowatt hour to 23.3 cents


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
The Government yesterday denied that the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) annu-
ally loses over $20 million to electricity theft,
although it did admit that "theft occurred from
time to time".
In a response to a Tribune Business article
that featured an interview with former BEC
chairman Al Jarrett, the Ministry of the Envi-
ronment said it was "concerned" about what
was reported.
"While theft occurs from time to time, the
losses are not anywhere close to the millions of
dollars Mr Jarret asserts. BEC does not lose
over $20 million in electricity theft. In fact,
owing to programmes carried out by the Cor-
poration, losses occasioned by theft have been
greatly reduced and efforts to sustain this posi-
tion continue," the Ministry of the Environ-
ment said.
The Ministry also admitted that while there
was an incident involving a customer who
enjoyed $3 million worth of free electricity, it
had nothing to do with BEC's automatic meter-
ing project, but rather emerged from checks of


"While theft
occurs from
time to time, the
losses are not
anywhere close
,to the millions
Sof dollars Mr
Jarret asserts."
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large commer-
cial accounts
which are car-
ried out by
the Corpora-
tion periodi-
cally.
"In that
instance, the
matter was
settled and
BEC was able
to recover the
majority of
the funds,"
the Ministry
of the Envi-
ronment said.
It added
that there
were always
"technical


losses", which are a natural part of the power
system when transformers and cables are ener-
gisied arid power is relayed from power station
to oQnsumer.
The-,Ministry said this is something that
affects all power producers, and BEC's sys-
tem losses were within industry standards and
below those of many other electricity compa-
nies: in the Caribbeanh,
The Government further took exception to


Mr Jarret's statement that "in calculating its
fuel surcharge BEC budgeted forward for the
forthcoming year and assessed what it needed
to break even".
"This gives' the impression that the Corpo-
ration can and does adjust the fuel surcharge
to meet its financial requirements. This is not
correct and Mr Jarrett, as a former chairman, is
well aware of this," the Ministry of the Envi-
ronment said
The Ministry also emphasised that the fuel
surcharge was not calculated to meet Bud-
getary requirements, but was directly related to
the cost of oil and a fixed formula.
It recovers the cost of fuel, with the exception
of customs duty which is absorbed by BEC,
when market prices for Automotive Diesel Oil
exceed $30 a barrel and the cost of heavy fuel
oil (HFO) is above $20 a barrel.
"The Ministry also wishes to advise that some
of the tax relief given the Government was
reflected in September billings. The fuel sur-
charge decreased from 24.7 cents per kilowatt
hour to 23.3 cents per kilowatt hour," the Min-
istry of the Environment said.
It added that there will be further reduc-
tions in October billings, as the previous oil
inventory is depleted. The Ministry explained
that the benefits of the Budget tax reliefs were
not seen immediately because there was oil in
inventory that had been purchased prior to
the tax relief. That shipment therefore had to
be used up first.
Consequently, the cost associated with the
earlier supplies of oil had to be used to calcu-
late the fuel surcharge.


Scotiabank has partnered with staff at Her Majesty's
Prison to host an Anti-Crime Rally for our nation's
youth. This rally consisted of testimonials by Prison
Inmates and speeches from various Government
Ministers encouraging children,to make the right
decisions in life to secure a better tomorrow.
Scotiabank's Senior Manager, Marketing and Public
Relations, Michael A. Munnings, presented
Superintendent of Her Majesty's Prison Dr. Elliston
Rahming and a group of prison officers with school
bags, books, pencils and (ulers to.be used as
giveaways at the rally. "Scotiabank is committed
to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, and we take pleasure in the opportunity
to partner with Her Majesty's Prison to help make
such a worthy and beneficial event possible" said
Mr. Munnings.


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LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)
NEW DIMENSION PROPERTIES LTD.


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the Dissolu-
tion of NEW DIMENSION PROPERTIES LTD. has been com-
pleted, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register. The date of completion of
the dissolution was the 22nd of August, 2008.





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Half Day Forum


IN COLLABORATION WITH THE

CENTRAL BANK OFTHE BAHAMAS
BACO IS PROUD TO HOST ITS

2nd HALF DAY FORUM


ADDRESSING THE FOLLOWING:

Observations on risk management practices in international banks

during the recent market turbulence

Bahamas Automated Clearing House (BACH)
0


Speakers iu-iude:


* Stanislaw J. Bereza
Inspector of Banks and Trust Companies
* Brian Smith
Project Manager of (BACH)


DATE: 25th September 2008
TIME: 8:30am -12:00 noon
VENUE: British Colonial Hilton



Cost: FREE
Seating is limited therefore registration is restricted to 2 persons per
organization


Register with: in Ifal' bacobahamats.c i,
Tel: 242-323-0871 or 323-0872
Fax:242-325-5674

wwv.bacobahaias.com


THE TRIBUNE





Shipping firm eyes



Nassau expansion


FROM page one

sau.
"We've had some discussions
with United Shipping, and if we
have service to Nassau, they
would most likely be our
agents," Mr Shields said. "But
we don't have any official
announcement or any official
start-up date."
Atlantic Caribbean Line
shipped "probably close to $4
million" worth of goods to
Freeport per month, supplying
Grand Bahama with 7,000
twenty-foot equipment units
(TEUs) per year. It shipped a
similar amount to the Turks &
Caicos Islands.
When asked why Atlantic
Caribbean Line was looking to
expand to Nassau, Mr Shields
said: "It's a large market. I think
we have to continue to grow the
company organically, and it's a


natural expansion for us. It's a
natural route for us. Nassau has
a lot going for it.
"It's not the sole, reason, but
we have a lot of customers in
Freeport that have cross-own-
ership or affiliate relationships
with businesses in, Nassau.
They've asked us to take a look
at it."
Mr Shields and other Atlantic
Caribbean Line executives will
be in Nassau for two days, start-
ing today, to further assess the
feasibility of servicing this
nation. A final decision is likely
to come soon after.
Mr Shields described Atlantic
Caribbean Line as a "small,
niche" shipping industry play-
er with about 50 staff. He added
that it was not the same size as a
Tropical Shipping, Seaboard
Marine or Crowley, which
allowed it to concentrate on
serving its client accounts and
establish a point of "differenti-


ation" from the rivals.
When asked whether Atlantic
Caribbean Line was looking at
Pioneer Shipping's former
home at Union Dock, Mr
Shields replied: "We're looking
at a couple of options. It's one
that would be considered."
That could be significant in
other ways, because Pioneer's
owners who had put the four-
plus acre site up for sale, with an
appraisal value of $22 million -
had previously said they could
not pay their former employ-
ees what was due until the land
was sold.
However, Mr Shields said
Atlantic Caribbean Line wanted
to fit in with the proposed move
6f all shipping firms from Bay
Street to Arawak Cay, adding
that "one of the challenges we
face in looking at Nassau as a
route is finding a place to call
home".


BFSB briefs Europe



on Bahamas quality


The Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) ended a
busy 2008 first half marketing,
programme with a European
briefing visit in June, led by
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance.
The seven-day visit to Lon-
don and Switzerland focused
attention on financial institu-
tions, intermediaries and other
advisors. BFSB followed those
presentations the next week
with speaker and exhibitor par-
ticipation at the Transconti-
nental Trusts Conference in
Geneva, the leading conference
of its in kind in Europe.
The European briefing visit
included presentations on poli-
cy and regulatory develop-
ments; the expanding optionss
for private clients, including'


Nassau Airport C
Development Company
BRI Er*





LYNDEN PINDUNG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXPANSION.

The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) is about to embark on a transformation of the
Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, The Bahamas.

The design will evoke the spectacular beauty of The Bahamas and the mission of NAD is to operate
the airport to be safe, friendly, clean, efficient and profitable with a local sense of place.

NAD invites interested Contractors and Suppliers to attend a Contractors Briefing to review
impending expansion plans. The airport will be expanded in 3 stages over the next 5 years and
will generally include:

Stage 1
New US Terminal & Pier 247,000 sq. ft.;
Approximately 1,000,000 sq ft of new Asphalt Apron;
New parking facilities and roadways; *

Stage 2
Selective Demolition &Construction of New International Arrivals Terminal and International
Departures Pier 226,000 sq. ft;
Approximately 200,000 sq. ft of Asphalt Apron Rehabilitation;
Removal and rebuilding of existing parking facilities;

Stage 3
New Domestic / International Departures Terminal and Domestic Arrivals 112,000 sq. ft;
Approximately 30,000 sq. ft of Asphalt Apron Rehabilitation; and
Minor landside improvements

Other components of the project include:
Demolition
Landscaping
Apron Drive Bridgk
Elevators and Escalators
Baggage and Building Systems


A presentation will be held at 1 pm EST, October 21, 2008 in Salons I, II & III of the Wyndham
Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas and will also review.
construction, safety/security and environmental requirements for the Airport Expansion Project.


We look for',ard to seeing you there.


foundations, investment funds
and private trust companies; a
practical perspective on
Bahamian trust law; banking
and asset management services;
and lifestyle options to encour-
age re-location and second
home ownership in' the
Bahamas.
BFSB member firms partici-
pating in the presentations and
meetings were: Bertha Cooper
Rousseau, Rousseau & Cooper;
Miguel Gonzalez, SYZ & CO
Bank & Trust; Ian Fair, chair-
man, Bahamas Maritime
Authority; Andrew Law, IPG
Protector Group; Judith White-
head, Graham, Thompson &
Co.; and John Wilson, McKin-
ney, Bancroft & Hughes.
"CEOs and relationship man-
agers at financial institutions,
asset managers and profession-
al advisors such as attqrneys
continue to be the primary tar-
get of BFSB's marketing and
communications activities," says
Wendy Warren, chief executive
and executive director for
BFSB. "They carry tremendous
influence with high net worth
individuals and families so it is
critical they understand how
their clients can benefit from
what we offer in the Bahamas."
The Transcontinental Trusts
Conference was one of five con-
ferences during the first half of
the year at which BFSB was a


xhibitor or had the opportunity
to make a -presentation on the
financial services industry in the
Bahamas. Investment funds
were the focus of the GAIM
USA 2008 in Florida in Janu-
ary and the Alternative Invest-
ment Summit (AIS) Conference
in Sao Paolo Brazil in April; the
STEP Caribbean Conference in
in Panama in May centered on
private wealth management;
and the CICA Conference in
Arizona in March provided
BFSB with the opportunity to
focus on the re-emerging
Bahamian insurance industry.
The AIS conference also pre-
sented an opportunity for BFSB
to meet individually with a
number of intermediaries from
Latinii Aierica.
"Our underlying. message *
wherever we are and with
whomever we meet is that the
Bahamas is an established, pro-
gressive and welcoming home
for their financial and personal
needs," said Ms Warren"It's a
message that truly captures
what The Bahamas has to offer
and what we believe the mar-
ketplace needs to hear." We
want to inform and remind tar-
geted market participants of
The Bahamas proposition, but
equally important we want to
listen to feedback on the mar-
ketplace and The Bahamas as a
financial centre of choice."


Legal Notice
NOTICE

SHATZI LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) SHATZI LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 17th September, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva

Dated this 22nd day of September, A.D. 2008


Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator





INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT 2000

JAMESVILLE HOLDINGS LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
JAMESVILLE HOLDINGS LTD. is in Dissolution.

THe date of commencement of the dissolution was 22nd
day of September 2008.

Diane E. Fletcher of Buen Retiro, Nassau, Bahamas is the
Liquidatior of JAMESVILLE HOLDINGS LTD.


Diane E. Fletcher
Liquidator







WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2008, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


City Markets staff pension plan suffering $700k deficit


FROM page one

He explained that the plan,
known'as the Bahamas Super-
markets Ltd Profit Sharing
Retirement Plan, had some $5
million on deposit with finan-
cial institutions, earning an
interest rate of around 3.5-4 per
cent.
Under the terms of the July 1,
2008, sale and leaseback agree-
ment, where City Markets
agreed to lease $3 million worth
of leasehold improvements and
equipment in its Cable Beach
store to the pension scheme for
five years, Mr King said the,
plan.would receive a much high-.
er rate of return 9 per cent -
from the $62,275 monthly
repayment.
He added that the sale and
leaseback scheme was "allowed
under the terms and conditions
of the plan set up by Winn-Dix-


ie",
The transaction has come in
for heavy criticism in certain
financial services quarters, crit-
ics believing that it was wrong
to use pension assets being built
up to finance City Markets'
employees in retirement as
working capital in the compa-
ny's day-to-day operations.
Yet transactions between the
Bahamas Supermarkets Ltd
Profit Sharing Retirement Plan
and City Markets are nothing
new, as the pension scheme
already owns the company's
head office.
The pension scheme was set
up by former owner Winn-Dix-
ie, via 1977 trust deed, as a non-
contributory pension plan,
meaning that City Markets staff
did not have to contribute a sin-
gle cent of their salaries to fund
it. Instead, the entire plan fund-
ing comes from City Markets,


which decides how much to
contribute out of its annual
profits.
It is also understood that the
Bahamas Supermarkets Ltd
Profit Sharing Retirement Plan
does not have any independent
trustees.
The $3m million sale and
leaseback deal was raised as an
issue by one retail investor at
last week's annual general
meeting (AGM) of Bahamas
Supermarkets, City Markets'
immediate holding company.
Basil Sands, Bahamas Super-
markets' chairman, said the
transaction was consummated
because City Markets "was in
need of cash". Implying that the
grocery chain had fully used its
overdraft facility with the Roy-
al Bank of Canada, he added:
"We needed cash and this was
the avenue to get some cash........
"This was an opportunity for


Bahamas must





escape from




'boiling pot'


FROM page one

realized for some time that the
Government would be sign-
ing on to the Economic Part-
nership Agreement (EPA),
Mr Simon said the agreement
would secure the existing mar-
ket access and trade prefer-
ences that Bahamian
exporters to the European
Union (EU) currently
enjoyed.
"It's a classic case of the
glass half full or half empty,"
Mr Simon told Tribune Busi-
ness,of the EPA debate,and
the opposing sides' point of
view. j
"The EPA is but one of the
many trade agreements the
Bahamas is going to sign. It is
necessary given the current
international trade environ-
ment and the global dynam-
ics.
"What we now have to do is
better equip ourselves for the
obvious impact of these agree-
ments in the future. In my
opinion, we will stand alone
at our own risk outside the
formalised global trade


regime."
Apart from trade agree-
ments, Mr Simon said tech-
nology was a major driver of
business change and competi-
tiveness, and the Bahamas had
been slow on the uptake in
this area, too.
"This is why the Bahamas
Automated Clearing House
(BACH) has been so impor-
tant for so many years, why a
modern telecommunications
system and interconnections
is so important," he added.
"We lower our competi-
tiveness in the absence of
these two things. Let's talk
about building trade capacity,
competitiveness, new ideas
and entrepreneurship in the
Bahamas. That is the bottom
line."-
Mr Simon was supported by
Khaalis Rolle, the Chamber's
first vice-president, who said
the decision to sign the EPA
simply made good business
sense.
Arguing that signing the
EPA was "in the best inter-
ests of the country", Mr Rolle
explained: "When you look at
the direction all of our neigh-


bours are headed in, they
recognize something.
"I find that all the argu-
ments against trade liberali-
sation are minority voices
who, at the end of the day, no
matter what, they oppose it.
"What we're gaining in the
process against what we're los-
ing, $6 million in revenue giv-
en up versus $96 million in
exports, is a good business
decision."
Praising the Government
for its decision, Mr Rolle said
signing the EPA would assist
the Bahamas in its efforts to
accede to full World Trade
Organisation (WTO) mem-
bership.
"This is the first decisive
step in that direction of [ful-
filling] our desire to join the
WTO," Mr Rolle said. "If we
are going to continue to pur-
sue WTO membership, this is
a sign that we are willing and
ready to do.it.
"We can remain outside the
global trading environment,
but if we continue to partici-
pate informally, we know
what the downside is." .


the plan to benefit from this
investment. Whereas it was get-
ting 4 per cent on $5 million
deposited with one of the banks,
we decided at a company level
to approach the trustees and
benefit the trust plan by selling
some of the leasehold equip-


ment at the Cable Beach store
for $3 million and lease it back
at 9 per cent. Thereby the plan
would benefit by 9 per cent."
Mr King described the "real
bottom line" from the deal as
being "a win-win situation for
everybody", pointing out that


there were no leasing compa-
nies in the Bahamas for City
Markets to obtain its store p
equipment from.
Mr Sands added: "The plan is
better able to meet its benefits
to the employees because it's
getting more income ."


GN 747


OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

NOTICE

THE INDUSTRIES ENCOURAGEMENT ACT
(CHAPTER 326)



It is hereby notified pursuant to Section 7 of the Industries
Encouragement Act that the Minister is about to consider whether the
following products should be declared "APPROVED PRODUCTS" for
the purposes of that Act.

PRODUCTS RAW MATERIALS TO BE USED IN
MANUFACTURE


Hurricane Shutters, Louver Systems, Aluminum and Steel Extrusions, Profiles,
Railings, Gates & Fencing Castings, Aluminum Rolled Coils,
Hardware, Electric Motors and Operator
Components, Nylon Molded Accessories,
Powder Coating and Paint Materials,





Any interested person having any objection to such a declaration should give
notice in writing of his objection and of the grounds thereof to the Office of
the Prime Minister, before the 3d day of October, 2008, by letter addressed
to:-


THE PERMANENT SECRETARY
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
P.O. Box CB-10980
NASSAU, N. P.,
THE BAHAMAS


DAVID R. DAVIS
Permanent Secretary

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factors impacting our client base.
* Superior ability to interpret complex corporate client needs and to assemble
innovative value-adding solution that achieve Client objectives.

General Responsibilities (not all inclusive):

* Deliver planned targets by aggressively growing the book of profitable business
and increase the relative contribution of the Corporate Banking to overall business
profitability.
* Enhance and strengthen the reputation of FirstCaribbean International Bank and the
Corporate Division in markets by developing and maintaining an external network
of key stakeholders, prospects, community involvement, and playing a key role in the
business community at large.
Effectively lead and mentor the team of business development and relationship
managers who originate and provide business solutions to clients in the corporate and
commercial markets in the Bahamas OPCO.

Remuneration:


Salary commensurate with management position at the FC Level 11 (Note: I 11 job
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Benefits- attractive salary, six weeks vacation, preferred loan rates, employee share
purchase plan, variable incentive pay (bonus), medical scheme, pension benefits.

Applicants are requested to submit their resume with a cover letter via email by
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nbank.com" Deangelia.deleveaux(a)firstcaribbeanbank.com

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for
their interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.


GN 748
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

NOTICE


THE INDUSTRIES ENCOURAGEMENT ACT
(CHAPTER 326)



It is hereby notified pursuant to Section 5 of the Industries
Encouragement Act, Chapter 326 that the Minister is about to consider
whether the manufacturer specified in the first column of the table below
should be declared an "APPROVED MANUFACTURER" in relation to
the products specified in the third column.


MANUFACTURER LOCATION OF PRODUCTS
FACTORY PREMISES


Oakes Airport Subdivision Hurricane Shutters, Louver
Alumaworx (Bahamas) Thompson Boulevard Systems, Railings, Gates &
Limited New Providence Fencing
The Bahamas


Any interested person having any objection to such a declaration should give
notice in writing of his objection and of the grounds thereof to the (O[ice of
the Prime Minister, before the 3rd day of October, 2008, by letter addressed
to:-
THE PERMANENT SECRETARY
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
P.O. Box CB-10980
NASSAU, N. P.,
TIlE BAHAMAS



DAVID R. DAVIS
Permanent Secretary


I .. .


I


BUSINESS








I PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2008


THE TRIBpNE


for operating their businesses,
as many "don't pay attention to
corporate governance in the
Bahamas".
Addressing these weaknesses
was now imperative, Mr Gala-
nis suggested, because there was
"no question" that the Bahami-
an economy was already in a
recession traditionally defined
as two consecutive quarters of
negative growth. I
The HLB Galanis Bain part-
ner said he felt the economy
had slipped into recession "as


Legal Notice

NOTICE


Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137(4), (a), (b) and
(c) of The International Business Companies Act 2000,
of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, notice is hereby
given that:-


(a) PORCHILAN HOLDINGS LIMITED is in dissolution;


(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution was the
18th day of September 2008; and


(c) The Liquidator is Mr. Claudio Carvalho de Queiroz
Mello of Shirley House, 50 Shirley Street, 2nd Floor,
Nassau,
Bahamas.
King & Co.
Attorneys for the above-named Company








NAD
Nassau Airport
Development Company




TENDER C-114
Security Fencing


Nassau Airport Development Company is pleased to announce the
following tender associated'with the expansioon'0q Lynden FPndhrng
International Airport. The Security Fencing Package for Tender C-114
Supply and Installation of Security Fencing contract to include the
following components:
Survey of security fence line location
Tree and site clearing along fence line; including onsite
stockpiling of cleared materials
Supply and installation of complete security fencing
package including gates and signage as indicated.

Tender Packages can be picked up after 1:00 pm, on Thursday,
September 25th.
Tender.closing is Wednesday, October 8th at 1:00pm.

There will be a Tender Briefing, Wednesday, October 1st. Please
RSVP Traci Brisby by 1pm Tuesday, September 30th, for briefing
location details.

Mobilization: Tuesday, October 14th
Completion: Friday, November 7th


Contact.
Trad Brisby
Contract & Procurement Manager
LPIA Expansion Project
Ph: (2421702-1086- Fax: (242) 377.2117
P.O. Box AP 59229, Nassau, Bahamas
email: tracl.brisby@nas.bs


FROM page one

and do not take into account
the long-term effect of decisions
they take at one point in time."
The former PLP MP added
that Bahamian entrepreneurs
were also going to have to
employ more professionals to
assist them in running their
companies not just accoun-
tants and attorneys but experts
from their own industry as well.
In addition, companies need-
ed to employ "best practices"


far back as July", and added:
"We're already in a recession.
There's no doubt about that.
"The increase in accounts
receivables at a lot of the com-
panies I do work for, the tight
money supply many businesses
are experiencing, and the Cen-
tral Bank indicators and loans
arrears."
Mr Galanis said all this indi-
cated that many businesses and
consumers were having trouble
paying their bills, and were
struggling to make ends meet.
Those in work were having to
prioritise and spend most of
their salaries on meeting elec-
tricity, gas and food bills.
In addition, relatively few
investment projects were pro-
ceeding as planned on New
Providence, apart from Albany
and other smaller residential
developments.
"The Family Islands are vir-
tually dead. In Grand Bahama,
the economy has come to a vir-
tual standstill, and the man in
the street is saying it is becom-
ing increasingly difficult to
make ends meet," Mr Galanis
told Tribune Business.
"There's no question in my
mind that we are in a recession,
and things are going to get
worse before they get better."
The weakness in the key
Bahamian tourism and hotel
industry had been underlined
by the "unprecedented action"
taken by Atlantis in closing the
Beach Towers for two months,
and Mr Galanis said the situa-
tion would be exacerbated by
the further meltdown on Wall
Street. The collapse of Lehman
Brothers, and the survival fights


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that BONHOMME AUGUSTE
of STRACHAN'S ALLEY OFF KEMP RD., NASSAU,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and'signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 17TH day of SEPTEMBER 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-
7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JACOB PIERRE of
MURPHY TOWN, ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 17TH day of SEPTEMBER
2008 to the Minister -responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


J016


Firms urged to concentrate on




'consumer pull' business model


engaged in by other financial
institutions, would directly
impact the north-east US tourist
market that is one of the key
feeders for this nation's tourism
industry.
Bankers who had lost their
jobs were among the core cus-
tomer base for Bahamian
tourism, while the indirect effect
on consumer confidence was
likely to both further reduce
arrivals and the spending of
those who did come.
"You're not going to have the
kind of discretionary spending
and impulse travel people used
to engage in," Mr Galanis said.
And with the US presiden-
tial election also impacting busi-
ness and consumer confi-
dence/spending, he added: "I'm
really looking to see 2009 as a
flat year for the Bahamas at
best, and possibly some further
recessionary economic activity.
"We will possibly not see any
pick up until 2010. I hope and
pray that I'm wrong, but we're
in for a really rough ride that is
exacerbated by global econom-
ic conditions the oil prices and
hurricanes have not helped.
"The other things Bahamian
businesses can do is to improve
productivity. We can be more
productive, and those who have
jobs should realise it's a privi-
lege to be working, delivering
the best service and products
they can. Many believe all they
have to do is just show up from
9am-5pm and collect a pay
cheque at the end of the week.
Owners are going to be look-
ing closely and seeing if they
need everyone on the payroll.,It
can't be business as usual."


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IN TUESDAY. 23 SEPTEMBER 2008
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.68ee 8.50 Bank of Bahamas 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.643 0.160 13.2 1.88%
3.99 0.85 Benchmark 0.89 0.89 0.00 -0.823 0.020 N/M 2.25%
3.74 3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.209 0.090 16.7 2.58%
2.70 1.62 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.15 11.00 Cable Baham1415 1as154.1 0.00 1.224 0.240 11.6 1 70%
3.15 2.85 Collna Holdings 2.85 2.85 0.00 0.046 0.040 62.0 1.40%
B.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (SI) 7.38 7.38 0.00 6,050 0.449 0.300 16.4 4.07%
3.88 3.20 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.17 4.20 0.03 0.122 0.052 34.4 1.24%
3.00 2.25 Doctor's Hospital 2.77 2.77 0.00 0.256 0.040 10.8 1.44%
8.10 6.02 Famguard 8.06 8.06 0.00 0.535 0.280 15.1 3.47%
13.01 12.00 FInco 12.00 12.00 0.00 0.665 0.570 18.0 4.75%
14.75 11.54 FiratCaribbean Bank 11.60 11.60 0.00 200 0.550 0.450 21.1 3. 88%
B.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.25 5.25 0.00 0.385 0.140 13.6 2.67%
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BUSINESS


THE T-MOBILE G1 Android-powered phone, the first cell phone with the
operating system designed by Google Inc., is shown Tuesday, Sept. 23,
2008 in New York. T-Mobile said it will begin selling the G1 for $179 with
a two-year contract. The device hits U.S. stores Oct. 22 and heads to Britain
in November and other European countries early next year.


















NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that GUERLINE PETION of
ROCKE CRUSHER, P.O. BOX N-3333, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days trom
the 17TH day of SEPTEMBER 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-
7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that BENSON ARISTIL of
WASHINGTON STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a. citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 24TH day
of SEPTEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.










TEACHING VACANCIES


The Anglican Central Education Authority
invites applications from qualified Teachers for
positions available in Nassau and Bishop Michael
Eldon School in Freeport.


1 PRIMARY TEACHER
1 SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER
PRIMARY MUSIC TEACHER BISHOP
MICHAEL ELDON SCHOOL


Only qualified Teachers, Bachelor or Master
Degrees from an accredited University or College
and Teaching Certificate need apply.


For further details and application form, please contact
the Anglican Central Education Authority on Sands
Road at telephone (242) 322-3015/6/7


Letters of application and/or completed applications
forms with copies of required documents must be
sent as soon a possible to the Anglican Education
Department addressed to:-



The Director of education
Anglican Central Education Authority
P.O.Box N-656
Nassau, Bahamas







THE TRIBUNE


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2008, PAGE 7B


Bernanke: Approve bailout or risk recession


* By JULIE HIRSCHFELD
DAVIS and
JEANNINE AVERSA
WASHINGTON
Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke bluntly warned
reluctant lawmakers Tuesday
they risk a recession with higher
unemployment and increased
home foreclosures unless they act
on the Bush administration's $700
billion plan to bail out the finan-
cial industry, according to the
Associated Press.
Despite the warning, influen-
tial lawmakers in both parties
demanded changes in the White
House-backed proposal, and con-
servative Republicans recoiled at
the prospect of federal interven-
tion into private capital markets.
Six weeks before the elections,
both major party presidential con-
tenders also insisted on alter-
ations in the administration's pre-
scription for the worst financial
crisis in decades.
Bernanke's remarks about the
risk of recession came in response
to a question from Sen. Chris
Dodd, D-Conn., who seemed
eager to hear a strong rationale
for lawmakers to act swiftly on
the administration's unprece-
dented request.
"The financial markets are in
quite fragile condition and I think
absent a plan they will get worse,"
Bernanke said.
Ominously, he added, "I
believe if the credit markets are
not functioning, that jobs will be
lost, that our credit rate will rise,
more houses will be foreclosed
upon, GDP will contract, that the
economy will just not be able to
recover in a normal, healthy
way.
GDP is a measure of growth,
and a decline correlates with a
recession.
Dodd later spoke disparaging-
ly of the administration's propos-
al. "What they have sent us is.not
acceptable," he told reporters
after presiding over a lengthy
Senate Banking Committee hear-
ing at which Bernanke and Trea-


PICTURED (From left) are Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Secu-
rity and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Christopher Cox, and Federal Housing Finance Agency Direc-
tor James Lockhart testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, before the Senate Bank-


ing Committee.

sury Secretary Henry Paulson
urged swift action by Congress.
Sen. Richard Shelby of Alaba-
ma, the panel's senior Republi-
can, added, "We have got to look
at some alternatives" to the
administration's plan.
The legislation that the admin-
istration is seeking would allow
the government to buy bad mort-
gages and other troubled assets
held by endangered banks and
financial institutions.
Getting those debts off their
books should bolster the institu-
tions' balance sheets, making
them more inclined to lead and
easing one of the biggest choke
points .in the credit crisis. If the
plan works, it could help lift a
major weight off the sputtering
national economy.
The White House and key law-


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(b) The.Dissolution of said Company commenced on September 23, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.
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(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 22nd day of October, 2008 to send their
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Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2008
LAKEISHA COLLIE
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looking for an ambitious Marketing Manager
with a proven track record in consumer
marketing.

Burns House Group of Companies (BHG) is
the leading beverage company in the Bahamas.
With its broad portfolio of consumer brands,
extending from beer to spirits and wines, BHG
is market leader and trend setter in the respective
categories.

Within our marketing department we seek to
fill the position of Marketing Manager. In this
position you will be responsible for a large
portfolio of consumer brands like Budweiser
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makers have been-in negotiations
since the weekend on terms of
the legislation. It was not clear
what impact the new congres-
sional complaints would have on
the discussions.

Legislation
"Nobody is happy" about the
bailout request, said House
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-
Md., although he spoke of possi-
ble passage of legislation by the
weekend.
"Nobody wants to have to do
this," agreed Rep. John Boehner
of Ohio, the Republican leader.
He said he was hopeful of a quick
agreement.
Presidential politics have
become part of the debate.
Sen. Barack Obama, the
Democratic presidential candi-
date, called a news conference to
urge changes in what he called'
the administration's "stubborn
inflexibility."
He said Wall Street executives
must not be allowed to walk away


from the mess with multimillion-
dollar severance packages, tax-
payers who are bearing the risk of
the bailout must benefit if it suc-
ceeds and homeowners should be
able to get relief from unafford-
able mortgages.
Obama's Republican oppo-
nent, Sen. John McCain, has also
said he wants steps to limit the
compensation of CEOs who leave
financially wrecked firms.
The stakes were unmistakable.
"I understand speed is impor-
tant, but I'm far more interested
in whether or not we get this
right," Dodd said at the hearing.
Later, he told reporters he
hopes for legislation soon.
"But it is not going to be a
blank check or a simple signing
on to a bill that sends a blank
check to this secretary or any oth-
er secretary."
He noted that either Obama
or McCain would probably be
appointing a new treasury secre-
tary after he takes over in the
White House.
Across the Capitol complex,
Vice President Dick Cheney and


Jim Nussle, the administration's
budget director, met privately
with restive House Republicans,
some of whom emerged from the
session unpersuaded.
"Just because God created the
world in seven days doesn't mean
we have to pass this bill in seven
days," said Rep. Joe Barton, R-
Texas.
Added Rep. Darrell Issa, R-
Calif., "I am emphatically against
it."
Still, prospects for legislation
seemed strong, with lawmakers
eager to adjourn this week or next
for the elections.
Differences include a demand
from many Democrats and some
Republicans to strip executives
at failing financial firms of lucra-
tive "golden parachutes" on their
way out the door.
' The administration balked at
another key Democratic demand:
allowing judges to rewrite bank-
rupt homeowners' mortgages so
they could avoid foreclosure.
Paulson, seated next to
Bernanike at the committee hear-
ing, objected strongly when Sen.
Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., asked
if $150 billion might be enough
to get the program started, with a
promise of more to come.
Paulson said that would be a
"grave mistake," and would fail to
give the markets the confidence
they need to rebound.
Paulson repeatedly fielded
questions from committee mem-
bers asking why taxpayers should
accept the burdens of a bailout.
"You worry about taxpayers
being on the hook?" he replied at
one point.
"Guess what they're already
on the hook." Paulson suggested
that the fallout from the credit
crisis would hit everyone's pock-


etbook unless forceful action was
taken. Moreover, a flawed and
outdated regulatory system,
which didn't catch abuses, needed
to be overhauled, he said.
Despite the unresolved issues,
President Bush predicted the
Democratic-controlled Congress
would soon pass a "a robust plan
to deal with serious problems."
He spoke before the United
Nations General Assembly.
In his testimony before the
Banking Committee, Paulson told
senators that quick passage of the
administration's plan is "the sin-
gle most effective thing we can
do to help homeowners, the
American people and stimulate
our economy."
But even before Paulson could
speak, lawmakers expressed
unhappiness, criticism of the plan
and in the case of some con-
servative Republicans outright
opposition.
"This massive bailout is not a
solution. It is financial socialism
and it's un-American," said Sen.
Jim Bunning, R-Ky.
So far this year, a dozen feder-
ally insured banks and thrifts have
failed, compared with three last
year. The country's largest thrift,
Washington Mutual Inc., is fal-
tering.
The U.S. has taken extraordi-
nary measures in recent weeks to
prevent a financial calamity,
which would have devastating
implications for the broader econ-
omy. It has, among other things,
taken control of mortgage giants
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,
provided an $85 billion emer-
gency loan to insurance colossus
American International Group
Inc. and temporarily banned short
selling of hundreds of financial
stocks.


NOTICE



LIQUIDATION SALE


BY RECEIVER FOR BEST PRICE
HOME & OFFICE CENTRE



HLB Galanis Bain hereby invites Business
Houses and Individuals to bid on a large
quantity of Home and Office supplies. The
items are brand new and all price quotations
must be firm and will be valid for 30 days.


Interested companies or individuals may
collect a copy of The Inventory List from the
Receptionist's Desk in Shirlaw House on
Shirley Street between 9:00 am and
4:30 pm, Monday through Friday or
alternatively call the office and we will email a
copy of The Inventory List.


The deadline for submission of tenders is
Friday 26th September, 2008.


All offers should be made in writing in a sealed
envelope and delivered to:


Mr. John S. Bain
Receiver & Manager
HLB Galanis Bain
Shirlaw House, Shirley Street
P.O. Box N-3205
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 328-4540



The Receivers reserve the right to reject any
and all offers.


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

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


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Chess
Ruslan Ponomardov vTeimour
Radjabov. Corus Wijk 2003. Black
(to move) is a pawn ahead, but this
position between two East European
elite grandmasters looks tense and
unclear. There is a bizarre stand-off
in the top right-hand corner of the
board where Black's bishop cannot
move because of Qxh6 mate while
White's counterpart is unable to
retreat due to Bb3 Qxf2+ and 0g2
mate. It seems the game can go


536

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either way, but appearances are
deceptive. Radjabov made just one
black move and Ponomariov, after
staring at the position in shock,
conceded defeat when he saw the
implications of Black's crafty winner.
What did Black play?

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sImple plan Is Gr and Q92 mate. If White defends
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Across
1 Looking for a short cut for
riders to use (7,4)
9 Increase Aunt Meg's con-
fusion (7)
10 Father turns the tap with
hesitation (5)
11 Objects when tips are
offered? (4)
12 A cutback difficult for fish
(8)
14 No way out for undercover
activities? (6)
16 Fireman who doesn't put
fires out (6)
18 Standard feature of most
city streets (8)
19 A fur for a foreign lady (4)
22 Children that may be well
read? (5)
23 Possibly end with a true
version, though it's alto-
gether false (7)
24 A record turnover? (7,4)

Yesterday's Cryptic Soluti,
Across: 1 Murmur, 4 Openings, 9
Tedium, 10 Aigrette, 12 Road, 13
Expel, 14 Scar, 17 Accept office, 21
Distilleries, 23 Ride, 24 Torch, 25 't
28 Motor car, 29 Gunman, 30
Turnover, 31 Stoned.
Down: 1 Maternal, 2 Radiance, 3
Urus, 5 Pride of place, 6 Norm, 7
Notice, 8 Steers, 11 Extortionate, 1
Split, 16 Octet, 18 Linesman, 19
Assigned, 21 Prompt, 22 Editor, 26
Ergo, 27 Punt.


Down
2 Did some pressing (5)
3 Address of
the Quakers (4)
4 He's stupid in trying to
open it without a key (6)
5 Surpass a large town in
volume (8)
6 Australian bush (7)
7 Sort of help
that's not
fancied? (8,3)
8 The ways
of business (5,6)
13 Full make up? (8)
15 Possibly send me to
Eastern estate (7)
17 Remarks we're not sup-
posed to hear as the team
comes in (6)
20 Plump for
some drinks (5)
21 Hotels in capitals of
Norway and Sweden (4)


Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Detect, 4 Contract, 9
Fickle, 10 Strategy, 12 Only, 13
Round, 14 Glen, 17 Insufferable, 20
Dressing-down, 23 Open, 24 Shout,
25 Lest, 28 Travesty, 29 Malign, 30
Repartee, 31 Apiece.
Down: 1 Daffodil, 2 Ticklish, 3 Colt,
5 Ostentatious, 6 Team, 7 Age-old,
8 Trying, 11 Powers that be, 15
Afire, 16 Bligh, 18 Nosedive, 19
Instance, 21 Mortar, 22 Decamp, 26
Bear, 27 Warp.


Across
1 Put an early stop to
(3,2,3,3)
9 Viewed as a whole
(7)
10 South Asian republic
(5)
11 Explanatory com-
ment (4)
12 Entire (8)
14 A food shellfish (6)
16 Confidential warning
(3-3)
18 Norwegian explorer
(8)
19 Norwegian capital (4)
22 Schedule (5)
23 Conceive (7)
24 Saltatory insect (11)


Down
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3 Leader of prayer in
mosque (4)
4 Special
aptitude (6)
5 Widespread
outbreak (8)
6 To experience (7)
7 Pragmatic (4-2-8)
8 Variety of
cabbage (11)
13 Taking
no notice (8)
15 Sleep (7)
17 Fixation (6)
20 Excel (5)
21 Stringed instrument
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* By LISA LAWLOR


* By JEFFARAH GIBSON

THROUGHOUT the course of hi
tory, across borders and cultu
differences artists of all kinds -
musicians, singers, writers, painters,


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ral


sculptors have been recognized as
agents of change. Perhaps driven by
their need for creative space, they have
been the sector that has repeatedly giv-
en voice to the voiceless raising the
concerns of the least-connected in soci-
ety and putting them on a national
stage.

And Bahamian artists are no different. especial-
1\h hen it comes to the issue ot censorship and
the possibility of banning certain music, tele vision
channels and programmes such as BET I Black
Entertainment Television). \-l1 and MITV in an
effort to combat crime in the Bahamas.
Responding to comments made by Archbishop
Drexel Gomez and FNM MP K,%asi Thompson
who suggested that certain music played on the
radio should be censored and tele sion shows
such as BET. \V11 and MTV should be banned
since they may be influential in promoting and
encouraging crime related acti it ies, the Bahami-
an artist questioned whether such a mo% e could
actually hate an impact on the le el of crime in
the Bahamas
For most Bahamian artists the answer is a com-
plex one. In the fight against crime discouraging
persons from watching and listening to a select
number of musical genres and television pro-
grammes is but a small part of the solution.
The artist interviewed by Tribune Entertain-
ment said that the reason crime is skyrocketing is
not because of the music the nation's teens and
young adults are listening to or the programmes
they are watching, but because of the lack of love
and logic.
Artist Alia Coley said that she agrees that some
of the music and television shows may be a factor
in the amount of crime in the country. She noted
however, that the blame cannot be entirely placed
on music, and that it has a lot to do with a person-
's family and the ethics they are taught.
"I do agree that certain songs send out the
wrong messages, not to mention the music videos.
They degrade women and when young ladies
watch these videos, with women gyrating and
wearing indecent clothing; they often get the idea
that this is the way a young lady should dress and
carry herself."


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Music is very
influential, but it is all
because of the lack of
education and when
persons are placed in
positions where they
are a faced with the
decision to retaliate or
walk away, they choose
violence and it is all
because of their pride.

D ANGEL. 9


Not only does the music influence the decisions
that some persons may make, it also comes down
to the ethics they are taught in the home, she
added. "Parents need to become more involved in
the lives of their children. They need to monitor
them at all times and try to teach them the right
actions to take," Ms Coley said.
Antu Sa-Ra, writer/artist/musician, agrees that
music can play a part in negatively influencing
people. He also places the blame on the shoulders
of parents and families who fail to provide a loving
environment for their children, and on the lack of
self love.
"I could definitely agree that on some level a lot
of the music is destructive and it influences people
in general," he said.
Anku also believes that banning certain televi-
sion shows could possibly help stop the problem.
Although some music promotes unacceptable
public behaviour, he said, it is heartbreaking to
note that this [music] is where many people turn to
get the truths of life. "Many people see that there
is hypocrisy in some churches and they tend to
search for reality in the music that is out there. But
what the church can do is help these people and
encourage them in ways that they find appealing."
For Anku, he feels that if music is censored then
the
irregularities of religion such as teaching one
thing and living another should be censored as
well since God is not of one religion. However, it
maybe that everyone has to make a contribution
to solve the problem, he said.
Freedom of choice and education is what Artist
D Angel reiterates in order to show that music has
nothing to do with the actions and decisions peo-
ple make. It comes down to self respect, respect
for others and morality.
It is his belief that music does not force persons
to participate in activities that are unacceptable to
the eyes of the public. While he admits that music
is very influential, he believes that the final deci-
sion is made by the individual since they know
the difference between right and wrong regard-
less of the music they listen to.
"Music is very influential, but it is all because of
the lack of education and when persons are placed
in positions where they are a faced with the deci-
sion to retaliate or walk away, they choose vio-
lence and it is all because of their pride. They
refuse to walk away because it might make them
seem small to others so their only resort is vio-
lence," D Angel said.
According to the artist, the only thing that ban-
ning certain music and television shows would do
is make people want to watch it more since they
are often drawn by prohibitions.
In the end, banning music and certain television
shows to combat crime is not the answer, but, like
the artists said, the only way to eliminate this
problem is to instill love, logic, and self respect.


DA Rock show featuring Club Super Death was a major success


* By THE VENDETTA GROUP

THE Vendetta Group, in an initia-
tive to shed light on and expose alter-
native Bahamian sub-cultures, held an
intimate rock show at a private resi-
dence in Mt Vernon earlier this month.
Da Rock Show, as it was labeled, fea-
tured an all Bahamian punk rock band
called Club Super Death.
The three piece band includes gui-
tarist Makel Wells, second guitarist
and singer Liam Farmer and drummer
Patrick Knowles. The band also fea-
tured special guest appearances that
night, including singer and MC Giorgio
Knowles, founder of Conchience
Clothing; and singers Peter Christo-
pher Drudge, Spencer Carey and
Leonard Nutt. With everybody in play
the band and its featured guests all
came together as a single unit and
rocked the party all night.
"The party all started as a crazy idea
in my mind", guitarist Makel Wells
explained. "I wanted to do something
nobody in Nassau was doing and I
wanted the party to be one of a kind."
After thinking up the idea Makel
gathered up his band mates and shared
his vision with them, and with a little
effort persuaded them to help manifest
his ideas into reality. The band later


sought out the Vendetta Group to help
them organise the whole event, and
they quickly jumped on board with the
pioneering idea.
The idea of the All Bahamian Rock
Show seemed like a beautiful one in
theory, but the harsh realities was the
band's singer and second guitarist Liam
was leaving the country for school very
soon. This factor gave the team a little
over a week to put everything togeth-
er.
Adding salt to the wound, fate took

4


a very unlikely turn when Makel feel ill
and had to hospitalized just days before
the event. The young man seemed to
be fueled by one goal and that was to
put on the show however, and mirac-
ulously Makel left the hospital three
days before the show, standing tall and
ready to take on the world.
With his return, the band quickly
shifted to an intense schedule of prac-
ticing. For hours on end the young
men would learn to perfect every riff
and note of the songs they planned to


play. On the day of the event special
invites were sent out to specific persons
for Da Rock Show.
Hours before the show the crowd
trickled in one by one. Soon the yard of
the beautiful suburban dwelling was
all a buzz with the humming of differ-
ent conversations, laughter, and the
sounds of popular heavy metal songs
and punk music. At the strike of mid-
night the band went on and began their
onslaught of heavy metal music.
After a grueling eight song set, the
band topped off their performance and
the night by popping open a few cham-
pagne bottles which they spewed all
over themselves and the crowd in true
rocker fashion.
This was quickly followed by the
whole band stripping down to their
shorts and diving into the pool for a
very early morning dip. The success
of this show is a clear indicator that
the emerging rock sub-culture in the
Bahamas is gearing up to take the fore
front in the entertainment business.

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RIDING the wave of dancehall reg-
gae hits like "Money Talks" and "Hard
Times" songs that speak to th,6
Bahamian roots he cherishes JahDoc-
trine hopes to make it big with the 2009
release of his first CD.
Working on the album, titled "Echoes.
of History", for over four years -
"there's no need to rush the brush,"
Jah Doctrine said this "slow and steady
progress" is similar to his philosophy
that focuses on the improvement of the
Bahamian society, following the will of
God and knowing Bahamian history.
"Of course money is also a goal," he
said, "but money is only supposed to
be a tool, not the ultimate end. It's not
why we live this life".
In, another song, "Dead Man Walk-
ing" it reached number five on 100
Jamz' Bahama Hot Ones Jah Doc-
trine communicates this message exact-
ly that if you are not doing what you
were put here for and what you love,
then you are like a dead man walking.
This can be. anything from a literal death
to living an unfulfilled existence in
which you pass your days "superficially,
where you might as well be dead".
His real purpose, Jah Doctrine said, is
to build an after-school facility to get
Bahamian youth off the streets and to
focus their energies on positive ven-
tures like starting their own businesses
and participating in sports. The facility
will even serve as a place for young-
sters to come and get a hot meal if they
need to.
His dream depends largely on money
however, which in turn depends on his
success as a musician. But his big pur-
pose at the end of the road is to steer
Bahamian youth in the right direction,
he said.
The true purpose in anyone's life is to
work towards the betterment of human-
ity's existence, he said, and "the evil
crimes and violence that go on are tak-
ing away from what we're here for".
Along with the principle that uplifting
the youth of the Bahamas is necessary
for the improvement of our country,
Jah Doctrine believes that the country is
"too down on the youth". They are, he
said, "too demonized" and many would-
n't necessarily have gone the way they
did if those negative stereotypes didn't
exist.
Making music since 1999, Jah Doc-
trine describes his sound as "multi-genre
but largely dancehall reggae". He also
dabbles in hip hop and Junkanoo in
"Echoes of History". His style is a form
of storytelling that promotes authentic-
ity and he sings of the life choices made
by young Bahamians. In "Hard Times"
he exposes the apparent lack of choice
for Bahamian youth, pointing to a soci-
ety that forces them to choose between
"robbery, selling drugs or a nine to five
job".
His first song, "My Story", was
released this year and reached number
three on the Bahama Hot Ones. This
year is the first he has begun to release
his music on Bahamian radios, and this
is just one of four songs he has out.
Launching his career as an artistic
while a college student at St John's Uni-
. versity in Minnesota, Jah Doctrine has
maintained close ties with the area, and
in fact released "Echoes of History"
there earlier this year. The album is rat-
ed number eight on the Star Tribune's
top ten listing, a local music chart in
Minnesota. "I came home to liaison
with different Bahamian artists though,
and find my roots here," he told Tri-
bune Entertainment.
And the result has been outstanding,
as many Bahamians gave him support at
the Make 'Em Listen summer series
showcase held last month.
This year he has appeared on "Roots
and Culture" for Bahamas at Sunrise,
Bahamian Entertainment TV, Contro-
versy TV as well as numerous videos
on You Tube, including "My Story"
featuring Vicky of Freeport, and "Dead
Man Walking" with Massyka was fea-
tured on the Reg-
gae Vibes
magazine
CD Sam-
pler in
France _.


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Traversing imaginary
barriers crossing the
border of Suriname
and Guyana

* By KISHAN MUNROE

SO we rode for about an hour
and forty five minutes from
Georgetown south to catch a
30 minute ferry across the Berbice
River (still in Guyana). Afterwards
we travelled for another hour or so
until we arrived in a small town
located at the border of Guyana and
Suriname, right on the bank of the
Corantijn River. Leaving the car, we
walked across the street: As we
approached the other side, a suspi-
cious looking Indian man emerged
from the shadows of the narrow
alley, now just ahead of us. I was
accompanied by two liaisons: one a
military police who apparently had
some authority and his brother who
had showed me around Guyana just
the day before.


In their Guyanese Creole they yelled something to the
mysterious bearded character who paced anxiously along
the sidewalk. He repeated what they said so as to make
sure that he understood. With a quick wave of his hand he
signaled us to follow him into the alley.
Midway, a scantily clad rough looking man charged
past the three of us. Clearly irate, he shouted to a woman
who remained unseen, her voice was the only evidence of
her general location. "Shut up woman before I put you in
your damn place and come upside your head with two
clubs behind your ears". The woman, who had been per-
sistent in her taunting rebuttals thus far, decided to digress
at the word of this last threat. Like a raging bull the heavy
set man charged off again down the path still clearly
enraged.
Approaching the final building which lined the path, we
climbed a series of concrete steps on a steep incline and
arrived to the sight of the Corantijn River at low tide. It
was a muddy plain with rows of wooden beams jutting out
of the earth forming the piers, which at times meandered
and disappeared into the vantage point of the horizon.
We waited in a nearby wooden shack with a few others.
The construct was draped with fluorescent pads of life
vests. After waiting half-an-hour another shadowy fig-
ure broke the steady plane of light. "Here, put these on"
he uttered, issuing life vests to those waiting. We snapped
them into place and proceeded outside. The fare for pas-
sage was a mere $200 GYD. We paid and continued down
the narrow path of a wooden pier.
Our group arrived at a slender wooden boat that
appeared to barely be afloat. The base of the vessel was a
pool of muddy water. Cautiously we stepped in. "Don't be
afraid it will all go away once we start moving" yelled the
operator, while prepping the boat's engine. Soon'the boat
was loaded with passengers and we were on our way.
The water eventually disappeared, however its subsidence
was now the least of our Worries.
The river was rough and choppy and the bow rose and
repeatedly slapped against the growing waves with great
violence. It felt as if we were pounding against a cement
pavement as the shock of wood meeting water resonated
through the hollowness of the boat transferring shock
waves through our water soaked bodies.
The cacophonous sound at times became muted by
waves of displaced water that doused our bodies. We


remained still and frightfully aware; our hands clenching
the wooden seats beneath us. I don't know what was
more frightful for me; the possibility of an unplanned
post-wave flight or an impromptu plunge into the depths
of the muddy river.
"This is no different...Cubans and Haitians do it all the
time" my liaison said while looking at me through the
foggy lenses of his muddied spectacles. "So this is illegal?"
I asked again confounded. It had seemed so open and free,
there were no police, no sort of authority and everything
seemed to be very systematic. "Well yes and no" he went
on to add. "It's not official but it's legal.. .but sort of ille-
gal".
Naturally my next question was whether he knew how
to swim or not to which he promptly replied that he did-
n't. In that instant I found myself transported; back to the
smell of decaying flesh emanating from the caskets of 13
Haitian victims that had drowned. They were all partici-
pants in an illegal attempt to gain access to the United
States by way of boat. Catastrophe struck leading to the
demise of the majority aboard. (See blog entry Lose Their
Lives in Search of the Promised Land).
Now I was in a position such that I could better relate to
their state of desperation and ignorance. In no way can I
compare the passage from Haiti to the Bahamas or that
from the Bahamas to the US to the short voyage across the
Corantijn River. What I can relate to, to a certain extent,
is a state of mind; of awareness, of spirituality and the real-
ization of mortality that one is forced to embrace. When
you have little or no control over your fate and faith is the
only thing you can cling to and control in order to ease
your paranoia.
Not only are borders of nations crossed and violated but
that of the human soul; the fine line between innocence
and criminality, faithfulness and desperation. It is in this
vast borderless landscape of the human psyche where
religions are created and discarded and the human evolves
to an awareness that maybe some things remain universal,
regardless of the many boundaries and defining catego-
rization separating us all.

For more on Kishan, and his Universal Human Experi-
ence, visit www.kishanmunroe.com for video, audio, photog-
raphy, blogs and web interaction.


EVENT POSTPONED:
The National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas (NAGB)
announces that the event:
"Copyright &
Creative/Intellectual Prop-
erty in the Age of Global-
ism" scheduled for Tues-
day, September 23 at 7pm
at the NAGB, has been
postponed due to a special
event taking place.

PARADISE: Anya
Antonovych Metcalf is
showcasing her latest
work at Popopstudios, 26
Dunmore Avenue, Chip-
pingham, until October 18.
The artist will also host a
special talk on Wednesday,
October 15 at 7pm.






















STHE NATIONAL ART
GALLERY OF THE
BAHAMAS (NAGB) has
invited the general public
to view its Fourth National
Exhibition (The NE'4). The,
,exhibition featuresan
exciting array Of 51 works
produced within the last
two years by 31 artists.
this artwork represents a
rich diversity of art and
ranges from paintings,
sculptures, installations,
prints and mixed media
works to photographs and
alternative media. The
exhibition will be on dis-
play to January 30, 2009
at the NAGB on West, Hill
Street.


Paint a mural, plant a


tree


- NAGB goes green


ARTISTS, environmentalists and
community members are set to trans-
form the city of Nassau one neigh-
bourhood at a time, creating tranquil
green spaces and introducing ele-
ments of art, beauty, as they restore
and revive city parks, schools and
communities.
Working in collaboration, the
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
(NAGB) and the Livable Neigh-
bourhoods Community Project are
spearheading a project to paint posi-
tive murals and plant trees in Nas-
sau's city parks and schools.
The group is starting with the
Marathon community and hopefully
will move into Kemp Road and other
areas where community groups may
want to develop the same project.
The first initiative by the project is
a Fun Day at the Lou Adderley Park,
Claridge Road on Saturday, Septem-
ber 27 at 8am where they will be
painting their first mural, using the
winning theme: "Livable Neighbour-
hoods are Clean, Crime-free, Safe
and Green".
The project is the brainchild of the
Livable Neighbourhoods Mural Com-
petition Committee, which is coordi-
nating a mural competition and paint-
up designed to transform Nassau
neighborhoods from graffiti-ridden,
blighted environments to aesthetical-
ly pleasing walls, parks, and school
buildings.
The committee is comprised of edu-
cators, the curator of the National
Art Gallery, artists, business persons
and civic minded individuals along
with the Royal Bahamas Police Force
and other government agencies as
well as graffiti artists and community
residents.


The project combines mural paint-
ing and tree planting at each venue
selected based on need. For exam-
ple, Claridge Primary School expend-
ed nearly $40,000 in labour and sup-
plies to repaint the school walls more
than four times during the last school
year.
Research, both in the Bahamas and
abroad, shows consistently positive
results when graffiti is replaced with
murals, and many mural projects on
New Providence remain untouched
after 30 years. The Oakes Field Pri-
mary School murals were painted by
art teacher Jackie Elias who left the
Bahamas some 35 years ago and the
mural remains a wonderful reminder
of the fine work her students com-
pleted.
The National Art Gallery has
selected Alan Wallace as the artistic
coordinator of this effort. Alan is
young Bahamian artist who began his
career with graffiti, and is now the
proud designer and painter of a mur-
al at the National Art Gallery. He
will work with other graffiti artists
(identified by the police) as well as
students from COB, other schools
and community residents on these
mural projects.
It is anticipated that the project will
expand across the island and later
include sidewalk murals and private
sector mural projects as well.
Gallery members and supporters,
art students, church groups, neigh-
borhood residents and civic organi-
sations are invited to come out and
make a difference in our country
through the beauty and power of art
as we create a mural at Lou Adderley
Park and plant trees to beautify this
ever more livable neighbourhood


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Bahamas forward, and encouraging more
photographers to explore their own tal-
ents". Something Mr de Barros said he
would like to see more of in art is nature
scenes. "We need to show what the
Bahamas has to offer, we have so many
beautiful beaches."
Crystal Johnson, a volunteer at Kinesis,
said that she was drawn to work with
Scharad because he is such a motivating
person. "He is a young man going some-
where. Part of the proceeds are going to
the Bahamas Autistic Centre because
Scharad wanted to donate to a charity that
cares for the development of Bahamian
senses," she said from behind her mask. All
the volunteers at Kinesis had painted-on
masks that gave the illusion of them being
on display as live art-pieces.
The five senses touch, taste, sight, hear-
ing and smell are ignited, a vision that
Scharad has for all of the Bahamas. Espe-
cially important to his mission are children
with heightened senses, specifically those of
the Bahamas Wisdom Academy that caters
to challenged children who fall in different
streams of the autism spectrum.
Robert and Michelle Wildgoose started
the school in 2006 with just six students and
offer evaluation of children who can't study
"mainstream" education syllabi. Just two
years later, the Wildgooses have 60 stu-
dents who they offer individualised pro-
grammes to, emphasizing the importance of
structure at home.
Using the motto Using Godly wisdom to
develop mankind", the two have worked
hard to create an institution that "explores,
educates, stimulates, and implements infor-
mation to infiltrate the hearts of men". It is
interesting to note that the message is
amazingly akin to Scharad's movement,
that seeks to impress on people the impor-
tance of thinking in different ways.
Said Scharad, a "wise man once said, 'if
you only deal with what is known, you will
have redundancy'"...and so the artist con-
tinues to probe the Bahamian conscious-
ness to explore the unknown and the unfa-
miliar.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER


24, 2008


By LISA LAWLOR
KINESIS is the interaction of elements, a concept integral to
the works of local artist Scharad Lightbourne. His pho-
tographs, displayed at the Wyndham Nassau Resort last
week, showed subjects that force a viewer to think outside the
"Bahamian box".


Lightbourne's 'Ken

to take a different


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of everyday life


His artwork features subjects
that shock, confuse, give connec-
tion, generate anger and create
pleasure. The room full of can-
vases 28 in total had pieces
with names such as "Biker
Bernie" that showed Bernadette
Christie, wife of Perry Christie,
leader of the opposition, with her
hair down to her bottom, tight
denim clinging to her body and a
wistful lopk in her eyes, searching
the earth for an adventure. But
when you think of the former
Prime Minister's wife, this is the
last image you could possibly
envision, which is exactly the goal
of Scharad's art pushing the
boundaries of the imagination.
Other photos exhibited includ-
ed "Sheniqua the Super Junglass
and Baby Powder", featuring
Deidree, Zetti and Tishka, three
Bahamian ladies living in the
Bahamian box, portraying what's
happening in our lives of con-
sumerism. The ladies all had
bright orange and green clothing,
with "bling" donning their bodies
and a bright green sports car
behind them.
"For Fear of Emerging" dis-
plays Kareem Mortimer, a
Bahamian film-maker held back
from telling the truth by the film
wrapped around his body. His
ability to move or think has been
taken away from him, and as a
result, he is denied the freedom
to tell the true Bahamian story in


his film. In contrast, the exhibi-
tion is Scharad's medium to tell
the Bahamian story; that each
individual is complex, and
deserves more than just a first
impression.
Duncan de Barros, president of
Duncan's Imaging, chose to print


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the Bahamas
forward, and
encouraging
more photogra-
phers to explore


their own talents.



DUNCAN DE BARROS

out each of Scharad's photos
because of his faith in the artist's
talented vision. "Scharad has
done such a great job here," Mr
de Barros said, "he is moving the
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Sheniqua the Super Junglass and Baby Powder.


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