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Volume: 104 No.271 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008 PRICE 750





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Man found dead

in bathtub in

suspected suicide

Twenty-one arrested


for allegedly illegally

selling merchandise

raided the downtown Straw
Market yesterday, arresting 21
persons who were allegedly ille-
gally selling merchandise in the
A senior Immigration official
told The Tribune that plans for
the raid had been in place for
quite some time.
The official said that there
were many reports from con-
cerned Bahamians, who pointed
out'persons they suspected of
illegally working in the market,
many of whom where of Hait-
ian descent.
Officers taking part in the
raid yesterday requested legal
documents of all the suspected
Persons who did not have the
necessary documents were tak-
en into custody.
Those who had documents to
work elsewhere were also taken
into custody.

However, Immigration offi-
cials said that there were also
some persons who escaped
through the various exits before
the officers could confront
The official told The Tribune,
that those vendors who were
caught employing migrants
whose permits were not for the
trade they are engaging in, will
also be brought to justice.
Minister of State for Immi-
gration Branville McCartney
said yesterday that "persons
working may have a permit say-
ing 'handyman' and 'house
keeper', yet they are acting as
sales persons, so that may be
the essence of the apprehension
(yesterday). In circumstances
like that, their work permits can
be revoked."
Mr McCartney said his min-
istry is trying to encourage per-
sons to stay within the guide-

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THREE men appeared in
court yesterday accused of mur-
dering Jean Sitney, who was
found beaten and stabbed to
death in Mason Addition last
Shamarco Wallace, 23, Sharado
Wallace, 28, and Clement Dar-
ling, 35, appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez. They
were not required to enter a plea
during the arraignment.
The men are represented joint-
ly by attorneys Mario McCartney
and Roger Minnis, who was
Samuel "Ninety" Knowles'
During the hearing Mr Minnis
appealed to Magistrate Gomez
to have the three men, when
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison, placed somewhere other
than "the West."
He told the magistrate that
some men there had threatened
the three with death because of
the murder they were accused of
Magistrate Gomez told Mr
Minnis to speak with the prison
authorities to have them separat-
Their case was adjourned to
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Tribune Staff Reporters
THE body of a man, who is sus-
pected of committing suicide, was
discovered in a pool of blood in
the bathtub at a residence in Bailey
Town, Bimini, on Monday.
Although the man's death is
being treated as a suicide at this
time, an active investigation is
presently underway by Bimini
Aliex Brown, 25,'of Bimini, was
found by his mother on Monday
lying face up with wounds to the.
wrists and neck.
A knife with a black handle was

found underneath the body, Bimi-
ni police reported.
According to claims by Bimini
residents, the 25-year-old man suf-
fered from a pre-existing condi-
tion of depression, and possibly
committed suicide after discovering
that he may have contracted the
HIV virus.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming said
police received a call at about 2.53
pm on Monday from a distraught
mother who reported finding her A
son 'dead inside the bathroom at
her residence.
When officers arrived at the
scene, the victim's mother, Lisa"
Bethel, directed them to the bath-
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Dame Joan Sawyer: murderers should
not automatically be sentenced to death
Tribune Staff Reporter
MURDERERS should not automatically be sentenced to death but
judged and sentenced according to their crime, president of the
Court of Appeal Dame Joan Sawyer said yesterday.
The appeal judge sitting with Justices Lorris Ganpatsingh and
Emmanuel Osadebay reviewed appeals from nine convicted killers,
re-evaluating their convictions and sentences.
In dismissing the first appeals of the morning, against Max Tito's
murder conviction and death penalty in April 2006, Dame Sawyer out-
lined the different kinds of murder, capital and non-capital, and how
these must be reviewed as such before a sentence is handed down.
She said: "The death sentence in the Bahamas is discretionary
rather than mandatory.
"And it has been ruled that the mandatory sentence of death is
harsh or inhumane."
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter
HAVING pleaded guilty to
conspiracy to import cocaine
and marijuana into the United
States, Dwight Major is
expected to spend less than
10 years behind bars, his
lawyer Troy Ferguson con-
firmed with The Tribune yes-
Ending a long and arduous
legal battle that included the
extradition of Dwight and his
wife Keva from the Bahamas
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Govt announces
agreed to sign EPA
announced yes-
terday that in
keeping with a
decision made
on September 10
at the third spe-
cial meeting of
the heads of Brent
state of CARI- Symonette
FORUM, the European Com-
munity and CARIFORUM
have agreed to sign the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement
today in Bridgetown, Barbados.
The Bahamas will be repre-
sented at the signing by Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs Brent Symon-
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0 In brief.

Murder case
suspect likely
to be arraigned
this morning

A SUSPECT is expected to
be arraigned today in connec-
tion with the murder of 19-
year-old Sheanda Lewis.
Ms Lewis, of Baillou Hill
Road, was found in an bushy
area off the Charles Saunders
Highway, clad only in red
Her throat appeared to
have been slit and police said
her body shi ved signs of a
struggle with r killer.
Yesterday, Chief Superin-
tendent Glei, Miller said a
suspect is e..pected to be
arraigned on murder charges
this morning


* By LLOYD L ALLEN "catch the spirit of the Bahamas."
Tribune Staff Reporter The first Christmas card shows the wild, exotic beau-
ty of a flock of pink flamingoes in flight, designed by
THE Bahamas Red Cross Society is introducing the artist Lynn Parotti,
sale of Christmas cards to assist in the organisation's The second one depicts a view of azure waters from a
fundraising efforts for the Christmas season, tranquil Love Beach as captured by artist John Paul.
Showcasing Bahamian art, the three original Christmas The third Christmas card, which offers a glimpse into
cards feature paintings by local artists. the past, features the white Steeple of St Anne's Church,
The Red Cross said that the cards are intended to one of New Providence's oldest churches, where wor-

shippers still gather on a sunny Sunday morning in the
picturesque old village of Fox Hill.
In all of the images, the artists used an array of colours
and familiar plant life to show the beauty of the
Bahamas. Red Cross officials said that it is their hope
that the cards will bring some level of comfort to the
organisation's supporters and to others. The cards are
available for purchase and early mailing at Red Cross
headquarters on J6hn F Kennedy Drive.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE mortgage relief pro-
gramme proposed by the prime
minister appears to be part of a
"piecemeal" rescue approach for
an economy that braced for a
"sluggish" period over the next
few months, former Minister of
State for Finance James Smith
said yesterday.
While noting that any form of
relief is a good onie, Mr Smith
said government needs a com-
prehensive package with a
detailed, targeted analysis to
ensure that critical relief is
extended to households in need
and to avoid abuse of taxpayer
resources. He cited recent reports
of incidences where individuals
were defrauding the Department
of Social Services by attempting
to collect multiple assistance ben-
efits from the government's
extended social relief programme.
Said Mr Smith: "We're antici-
pating, or in fact we are already
having a slowdown of the econo-
my, so much so that many house-
holds will be left unemployed or
at least getting less income than
they would have had a year or
two ago. And any move to try
and alleviate some of that stress is
certainly a good one. But having
said that, what I'm seeing though

appears to be a very piecemeal
approach to a rescue package.
"And I think to be effective we
can't continue to as soon as we
hear a cry out in the market -
like energy prices are too high so
we tell BEC to not cut off people,
if the price (of a goods) goes up
so we put it under price control -
I think we need a more holistic
and comprehensive approach to
dealing with this crisis, which
would include among any number
of components, some mortgage
relief. But above all a compre-
hensive package also ought to
include some very detailed analy-
sis of targeting to ensure that
relief goes to those households
that really need it."
This week the prime minister
announced that government was
about to present the third tier in
its- social relief programme a
mortgage assistance package -
to be implemented as early as.
next month. Revealed during the
prime minister's speech at the
International Monetary
Fund/World Bank Group annual
meeting, the programme will pro-
vide assistance to people who
may not, due to job loss or eco-
nomic hardship, be able to meet
their monthly mortgage pay-
ments. Details of the scheme have
yet to be released. Mr Smith
explained that the government is
in a tough period because the


economy's softening is mainly due
to external factors that may not
rebound any time soon. Millions
of job losses in the US, a credit
and housing crisis all contribute to
less Americans travelling abroad,'
thus hurting the Bahamas' num-
ber one industry and leaving
more persons in the hospitality
sector in limbo.
"It's a very difficult period for
the government right now,
because most of (the economic
problems) are externally gener-
ated and we have to be very care-
ful about our policy because in
some cases you can make things
worse. What happens in the
Bahamas, I think to a great extent
will depend on how long the. set-
back is in the United States, and I
think they're bracing for some-
thing much longer term because
they've lost three quarters of a
million jobs already. And it may
take a little while for them to
(rebound). All of that feeds into
decisions that (Americans) would
make regarding travel around the
world to the Bahamas.
"And, of course, if the tourism
numbers stay flat or continue to
be negative, then clearly the
income coming into the Bahamas
would be negative and the people
who depend on the income for
jobs would have to wait a longer
time before they're re-employed,"
he said.

Sandals strikes gold at Travel Weekly Magellan Awards
SANDALS Royal Bahamian struck gold once again after the San-
dais group won a series of accolades awarded by the influential indus-
try magazine Travel Weekly.
Sandals and Beaches Resorts led the hotels in the Caribbean region
by winning four golds and a silver at the Travel Weekly Megellan
Awards the publication's premier award scheme.
The Sandals group won gold for being an eco-friendly, "green"
resort; for being having an upscale (four-star) pool design, for its
advertising and marketing campaign, as well as for its "Luxury Includ-
ed" campaign.
1 T i The group also won silver in the upscale (four-star) Standard Room
$ I ME I II Design category. ------
Travel Weekly Magellan Awards was set up to salute outstanding
travel professionals, honouring the best in a wide range of industry seg-
ments including hotels and resorts, travel destinations, cruise lines,
online travel services, airlines and airports, travel agents and agencies.
Gordon "Butch" Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts Interna-
tional said that "it is an honour to be recognized by one of the world's
most influential news resource in the travel industry."
"We work long and hard to improve our standards and to keep on
TO "This is what we do best and I am happy that we have received such
recognition," Mr Stewart said.






0 In brief

Plan to wipe

out teenage


within 5 years

cologist announced she has a
plan which will eliminate
teenage pregnancy in the
Bahamas within the next five
years by providing appropri-
ate contraceptive education
and abstinence benefits to
Dr Madlene Sawyer, head
of the Bahamian chapter of
"I Am SMART (Starting
Mother or Fatherhood At
the Right Time)", has spent
years speaking with teenage
mothers. According to her
findings, many teen mothers
would have avoided early
pregnancies if they had been
exposed to more detailed
sexual education and-contra-
ception methods.
As part of their outreach
programme, SMART
Bahamas will visit schools,
hold town meetings, produce
an aggressive media cam-
paign, create internet blogs,
establish a toll free tele-
phone line and employ coun-
selors who can speak directly
with teenagers male and
female who are being pres-
sured into sexual activity.
The organisation also
wants to influence the coun-
try's politicians to pass legis-
lation to create more aware-
ness on teenage pregnancy.
Dr Sawyer's long-term
goal is to "eliminate teenage
pregnancy in five years" and
reduce "startling" teen preg-
nancy statistics.

Police await

DNA test

results on

mutilated body

POLICE are still awaiting
results of a DNA test to
determine if a mutilated
corpse found in the trunk of
a burnt out car was indeed
Daryl "Shabba" Saunders.
"(DNA testing) is certain-
ly being done but we don't
have results on that yet.
We're waiting on the lab. We
don't have official results on
that yet. We could only spec-
ulate right now based on the
circumstantial evidence we
have, but until we get that
DNA proof then and only
then can we say that's him
"I don't know of any offi-
cial result coming out saying
that the body found in the
car was him," Chief.Superin-
tendent Glenn Miller told
The Tribune yesterday.
Mr Miller also said that
despite earlier reports, police
have no evidence that Saun-
ders may be alive and per-
haps faked his own death.
A high-ranking police offi-
cer told The Tribune in an
earlier interview that police
are investigating claims that
"Shabba" paid off an official
at a local mortuary to gain a
body which was then muti-
lated and dumped in the
back trunk of his brand new
That vehicle was later set
on fire, reportedly in order
to escape retaliation from
drug dealers.
Police have no one in cus-
tody in connection with the
Investigations are ongo-

Social Services fraud bid

cases are

er control'

But reports continue of people continuing to abuse system

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE cases of persons attempting to
defraud the Department of Social Ser-
vices by allegedly attempting to collect
minultiple assistance benefits are now
"under control" and are no longer a
threat to the system, Deputy Director of
Social Services Mavis Darling said yes-
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday,
Ms Darling confirmed that some cases
are still under investigation and said she
had heard reports of persons going from
one relief centre to another, allegedly
trying to abuse the assistance plan.
"We are doing investigations. We have
that under control now," she said, adding
that extensive documentation and iden-
tification measures are in place to miti-
gate against this kind of fraud.
The extended social relief package

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT THE teenager who was fatal-
ly stabbed over the weekend in Freeport has
been identified as 19-year-old Denardo Arthur
of Caravel Beach.
Chief Superintendent of Police Basil Rah-
ming reported that Denardo was involved in a
gambling game with four other men at Red-
wood Lane at around 7pm on Saturday
evening. .
Mr Rahming said that there was a heated
argument between the men.
Denardo and two other men, Charles
Fitzgerald, 23, of No 142 Limewood Lane, and
Kendrick Taylor, 25, of No 6 Watkins Lane,
sustained stab wounds during an altercation,

"We are doing investigations. We have
that under control now."

Mavis Darling

went into effect on October 1 and
includes an increase to uniform and shoe
allowance for children, emergency and
monthly food allowance, funeral assis-
tance and utility payments, among others.
The relief centres have been swamped
with persons seeking government assis-
tance and social workers are working
around the clock to put a dent in the
Ms Darling said one of the main chal-
lenges of the programme occurs when
aid workers find empty homes or wrong
addresses during their home investiga-
tions. She encouraged persons who are

not working to stay home as much as
possible to facilitate home investigations.
Persons seeking aid must show proof of
financial hardship and are subject to a
home inspection before assistance is ren-
"When they come in, they will be inter-
viewed, asked questions as to how they're
managing, asked questions relative to
their income, questions concerning their
finances, to whether they're current or
not. They have to be suffering hardship
as a result of unemployment. We are giv-
ing assistance for example to persons
from the hotels who are working maybe

Mr Rahming said.
The three men were taken to Rand Memor-
ial Hospital, where Denardo later died at
around 8pm on Saturday.
Mr Taylor is detained and in stable condition
at the hospital.
After being treated and discharged from hos-
pital, Fitzgerald was charged with intentional-
ly and unlawfully causing grievous bodily harm
to Kendrick Taylor while at Redwood Lane
on Saturday, October 11.
Attorney K Brian Hanna represented
Fitzgerald, who pleaded not guilty to the
Magistrate Debbye Ferguson adjourned the
matter to June 15, 2009. Fitzgerald was grant-
ed bail in the sum of $4,000 with four sureties
Denardo's death has been classified as Grand
Bahama's 10th homicide of the year.

one, two, three days per week. We're
giving other categories of persons assis-
tance based on their circumstances
because they might be head of house-
hold, and the spouse is unemployed.
They don't have to be unemployed, but
they have to be suffering as a result of
hardship," she said.
The average amount of assistance giv-
en, depends on individual circumstances
and range from temporary or permanent
food assistance, based on the number of
dependents in a household, to utility pay-
ment assistance, senior citizen assistance,
and so on. Hours of operation for the
centres are 9am to 4.30pm. Centre A is
located on Pitt Road in the Vaneria
Munnings Building off Nassau Street;
Centre B is on Robinson Road in the
Alexander House building; Centre C is
located on Wulff Road in the National
Insurance Building; Centre D is in Fox
Hill in the Davis Building in the Park


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Tribune Freeport

Bahamians were rescued yes-
terday morning after they
were spotted clinging to their
capsised vessel off West End.
According to Chief Super-
intendent of Police Basil Rah-
ming, the victims four men
and one woman were res-
cued at around 9am about half
a mile north off the coast of
West End.
Boater Thomas Rolle, of
West End, discovered the five
persons in the water clinging
to the'hull of a capsised 17-
foot white fishing vessel.
Shawn Forbes, 33, of High
Rock; Leanisa Newbold, 21,
of Hudson Estates; Ashton
Donaldson, 26; Marco
Roberts, 21, and Quinton
Joseph, 26, of High Rock,
were rescued from the water.
They were all suffering from
exposure, dehydration, and
hypothermia, and were taken
to the West End Clinic for
medical treatment.
Supt Rahming said the five
persons were reported miss-
ing after their vessel was over-
due in Freeport on Sunday

evening. The group left Grand
Bahama at around 1pm on
Sunday aboard a white fish-
ing vessel piloted by Shawn
Forbes en route to Grand
Cay, and were scheduled to
return to Grand Bahama later
that same evening.
Sometime at around 9pm,
the duty officer at the Police
Dispatch Centre in Freeport
received information that the
vessel was experiencing engine
difficulties in the area of Man-
grove Cay and was drifting in
the darkness.
Mr Rahming said BASRA
was notified and set out at first
light on Monday in search of
the overdue vessel and its
Mr Rolle of West End was
out conducting a search on
Tuesday morning when he
spotted the capsised vessel in
the water.
The individuals were assist-
ed aboard Mr Thomas' boat
and ferried in to the Old
Bahama Bay Marina.
They were then taken to the
West End Clinic.
Mr Forbes, Mr Roberts and
Mr Joseph were treated and
Ms Newbold and Mr Don-
aldson were transported by
ambulance to the Rand

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WE'RE in the middle of a financial crisis,
but most economists say there is a broader eco-
nomic crisis still to come. The unemployment
rate will shoot upward. Companies will go bank-
rupt. Commercial real estate values will decline.
Credit card defaults will rise. The non-profit
sector will be hammered.
By the time the recession is in full force,
Democrats will probably be running the gov-
ernment. Barack Obama will probably be in
the White House. Democrats will have a com-
fortable majority in the House and will control
between 56 and 60 seats in the Senate.
The party will inherit big deficits. David
Leonhardt, my colleague at The Times, esti-
mates that the deficit will sit at around $750
billion next year, or five per cent of GDP.
Democrats had promised to pay for new spend-
ing with compensatory cuts, but the economic
crisis will dissolve pay-as-you-go vows. New
federal spending will come in four streams.
First, there will be the bailouts. Once upon a
time, there were concerns about moral hazard.
But resistance to corporate bailouts is gone. If
Bear Steams and AIG can get bailouts, then so
can car companies, airlines and other corpora-
tions with direct links to Main Street.
Second, there will be more stimulus pack-
ages. The first stimulus package, passed early
this year, was a failure because people spent
only 10 per cent to 20 per cent of the rebate dol-
lars and saved the rest. Martin Feldstein of Har-
vard calculates the package added $80 billion to
the national debt while producing less than $20
billion in consumer spending.
Nonetheless, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
promises another package, and it will pass.
Third, we're in for a Keynesian renaissance.
The Fed has little room to stimulate the econ-
omy, so Democrats will use government outlays
to boost consumption. Nouriel Roubini of New
York University argues that the economy will
need a $300 billion fiscal stimulus.
Obama has already promised a clean ener-
gy/jobs programme that would cost $150 bil-
lion over 10 years. He's vowed $60 billion in
infrastructure spending over the same period.
He promises a range of tax credits $4,000 a
year for college tuition, up to $3,000 for child
care, $7,000 for a clean car, a mortgage tax cred-
Fourth, there will be tax cuts. On Monday,
Obama promised new tax subsidies to small
business, which could cost tens of billions. That's
on top of his promise to cut taxes for 95 per cent
of American households.
His tax plans aren't as irresponsible as John
McCain's, but the Tax Policy Centre still says
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the next decade. Finally, there will be a health
care plan. In 1960, health care consumed 5 per
cent of GDP. By 2025, it will consume 25 per
In the face of these rising costs, Obama will
spend billions more to widen coverage. Obama's
plan has many virtues, but the cost-saving mea-,
sures are chimerical.
When you add it all up, we're not talking
about a deficit that is 5 per cent of GDP, but
something much, much, much larger.
The new situation will reopen old rifts in the
Democratic Party. One the one side, liberals
will argue (are already arguing). that it was
deregulation and trickle-down economic policies
that led us to this crisis. Fears of fiscal insolvency
are overblown. Democrats should use their con-
trol of government and the economic crisis as a
once-in-a-lifetime chance to make some overdue
changes. Liberals will make a full-bore push
for European-style economic policies.
On the other hand, the remaining moderates
will argue that it was excess and debt that cre-
ated this economic crisis. They will argue (are
arguing) that it is perfectly legitimate to increase
the deficit with stimulus programmes during a
recession, but that these programmes need to be
carefully targeted and should sunset as the cri-
sis passes. The moderates will stress that the
country still faces a ruinous insolvency crisis
caused by entitlement burdens.
Obama will try to straddle the two camps--
he seems to sympathize with both sides- -but.
the liberals will win. Over the past decade,li b-
erals have mounted a campaign against Robert
Rubin-style economic policies, and they con-
trol the congressional power centers. Even if
he's so inclined, it's difficult for a president to
overrule the committee chairmen of his own
It is more difficult to do that when the presi-
dent is a Washington novice and the chairmen
are skilled political hands.
It is most difficult when the president has no
record of confronting his own party elders.
It's completely impossible when the economy
is in a steep recession, and an air of economic
crisis pervades the nation.
What we're going to see, in short, is the Gin-
grich revolution in reverse and on steroids.
There will be a big increase in spending and
In normal times, moderates could have.
restrained the zeal on the left.
In ,-n economic crisis, not a chance. The over-
reach is coming. The backlash is next.
(This article was written by David Brooks -
c.2008 New York Times News Service).

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land," assurance that all is not
as bad as they arc saying.
There is only one way to see
this situation, Zhivargo, and
that is that we have a bad damn
economic crisis on our hands
and there is no real leadership,
emerging from you, Ingraham
or your FNM government.
This "No need to panic" and
"Best days ahead for the coun-
try" nonsense from you, Laing,
gives us little comfort because
as far as I am concerned you
don't know what the hell you
are talking about. Give us one
example, I challenge you, of
anything that you have man-
aged successfully.
The public should know that
Zhivargo Laing, would not be a
credible messenger to bring
words of encouragement to
those of us who find ourselves
financially embarrassed and
cannot pay our light bills; who
are behind on our mortgages;
who cannot pay medical care
for our families; who are being
put out of our homes because
the banks have taken them
from us and who stand in line
every week at the door of social

services, telling them all our
bedroom business in order to
prove to them that we qualify
for the little handouts they give
for groceries. No, dear readers,
Laing should not be the one,
sent from Ingraham, to encour-
age us to "keep hope alive."
The Central Bank's report,
released last week, was saturat-
ed with bad news and there is
no twist that any credible econ-
omist can put on its contents
that would bring comfort to
hurting Bahamians at this time.
Among other things it said in
its conclusion that, "This envi-
ronment of heightened uncer-
tainty requires consumers, who
also have to deal with the con-
tinuing impact of rising oil and
food prices, to exercise pru-
dence and constraint in their
spending. All non-essential out-
lays and the taking on of new
debt should be minimised or
even deferred."
Everybody, except Zhivar-
go Laing, are warning us to be
cautious and my advice is to
heed their warnings and ignore
Laing's, "comfort to a fool" out-
Grand Bahama,
October 6, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Once upon a time, there was a
little man affectionately called
"Uncle Johnny". He was a most
affable chap, but he was sweet on
the gin. In fact he loved liquor
more than he loved the Lord.
Johnny died and was buried.
Some years later Sarah (not
Palin), his wife, also died and was
buried. Unlike Johnny, Sarah was
devoted to her God. She was a
Pray Warrior extraordinaire.
When her prayers went up...the
blessings came down.
When Sarah opened her eyes
on the other side, she was almost
blinded by the glare of the Pearly
There were three admitting
lines. One was captioned, "for
further review". It was the longest
line, stretching all the way back to
the gates of Hell. It wasn't mov-
The other was captioned, "reg-

ular admittance". It was long but
moving steadily. The line on the
Eastern Side was captioned, "VIP
one or two sins only". Sarah was
whisked through that line.
On the inside, Sarah was utter-
ly mesmerised at the unparalleled
magnificence of heaven.
As she was floating about the
City of Gold, she saw someone
in the distance wearing dark
shades she thought she recog-
She looked closer, and
exclaimed with a shout, "John-
ny!!!" Johnny swung around
quickly and put his finger to his
lips and said, "Gal! Don't call my
name so loud. They ain' know I in
You see, Johnny didn't have a
clue as to why he was in heaven,
but it was Sarah's years of faithful
and fervent prayers on his behalf
that redeemed him.
When genuine prayers go
up... the blessings come down!
There are so many of us who
are unworthy but the awesome
prayers of others benefit our exis-
Forty years ago, after a night of
partying at the House of Lords
and The Sandpiper in Freeport, I
didn't know how I got home safe-
ly to West End in my 1965 Dodge
Coronet after 3am in the morn-
I thought that I was lucky. But
it was my Ma on her knees pray-
ing for my safe return.
This country has been saved

from a multitude of calamities
because we have had such faithful
Pray Warriors.
But I gotta caution you
all...things are a changing.
Many of the Pray Warriors
have died and are dying and no
one is replacing them. It has
always been our women who
have been the champions of
prayer in our Bahama Land.
Nowadays, they are not prayin'
they are plainn. They dressing'
slutty and they behaving slutty.
They are sybarites to the core.
Their insincere prayers go out,
but not up.'therefore, no bless-
ings are coming down.
Women need to understand
that they are the reason for man's
A goodwoman can give man a
preview of the exquisite splen-
dours of heaven. Likewise bad
women can be a prelude to the
horrors of Hell. Forget all of this
alternative lifestyle foolishness.
A man can only reach his full
potential with a woman at his side
and vice versa.
Women! Catch yinna sef! Get
back to your sacred
vocation...PRAY. Let the boun-
tiful prayers go up and the munif-
icent blessings come down!
Grand Bahama,
October 2, 2008.



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EDITOR, The Tribune.
"CENTRAL Bank report,
cites deepening global financial
crisis"; "Mortgage Corporation
delays foreclosures"; "Wynd-
ham to close popular restau-
rant"; "Bahamians admit to
feeling economic pinch"; "Cen-
tral Bank figures reveal pres-
sures on local economy"; "Con-
sumer loan arrears increase by
$32,800,000.00"; "Abaco Mar-
kets posts 2nd quarter decline";
"Steady increase in prices of
household goods, foodstuffs and
medical care"; "GB hotel work-
ers reduced to one-day, fourt-
hour weekly shifts;" "Bank's
concern, over non-performing
loans, increase;" "Tourism
industry faces rough future;"
"Buckle up for a bumpy ride,
economist tells Bahamians."
These were all headlines to sto-
ries, appearing in the country's
four dailies on Friday, October
While the various experts,
within the financial sphere in
the country, gave the essence
of a bleak forecast for the next
several months, ahead of us,
Zhivargo Laing, Mr know-it-all,
in stories appearing in three of
those same dailies, sought to
cloud the facts with his parti-
san political, "Alice in wonder

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Private schools begin new payment plan for struggling parents

IN the faice of a downturn in the economy,
private schools in New Providence have begun
adopting new payment plans for parents strug-
gling to pay for their children's school fees.
An administrative assistant at Westminster
College told The Tribune yesterday that West-
minster and many of the other private schools
are now offering payment plans to assist par-
ents who cannot afford to pay the school fees
all at once.
Under the new payment scheme at West-
minster College, parents can negotiate to pay
the fees within a certain time frame so that
their child can still take advantage of a private
school education, the administrative assistant
"Basically, it depends on how much they
can pay, but they can pay not more than three
times throughout the term. It helps many par-
ents because they have to prepare monies for
books, uniforms and other things. Since they
can't pay the full fee at that one time, the

payment plan is easier on the parents," she
said. However, Principal of Galilee Acade-
my, Yvette Johnson, said that this method
has not gotten great results at her institution.
"We are a little more tolerant, but we are a
different type of school, we try to work with
parents. There has been a significant decrease
in revenue here and we are trying to tolerate
it," she said.
Mrs Johnson explained the school is asking
the parents to pay on a weekly basis, as a
large number of them have not been able to
pay for an entire term.
"There has also been a decrease in persons
buying the software we use to teach our stu-
dents since we don't use books. We find that
our students respond better (with) the use of
computers and iPods.
"We have all their homework done via the
internet, so many parents cannot afford to
buy the software the students are using for
that school term or year and pay the entire
school fee (at the same time)," Mrs Johnson

However, despite the many financial hard-
ships experienced by Bahamians at this time,
people are not pulling their children out of pri-
vate schools.
Some private schools in New Providence
are even seeing an increase in the number of
Director and owner of Blairwood Academy,
Kim Kooskalis, said her school is experiencing
a significant increase of students.
Blairwood Academy, she said, now almost
has more students than it has room to accom-
"We went from 75 kids in 2006 to 105 in
2008 as children around the 4th and 7th
graders come to us. We are seeing a little bit of
parents that can't pay on time and persons
dropped out, but they came back because we
cater to learning disabilities," Mrs Kooskalis
said. Schools such as Aquinas College, Jordan
Prince William High, St Anne's, and St
Augustine's College all said they are not see-
ing any changes in the number of enrolled

Tribune Staff Reporter

IN what is being hailed as a
"medical milestone procedure"
for the country, Dr Conville
Brown and the entire spectrum
of cardiovascular specialists suc-
cessfully performed the first triple
vessel angioplasty and stenting
in the Bahamas.
The family of a local man yes-
terday praised the medical staff at
Doctors Hospital for performing
the non-invasive "trailblazing"
operation on their loved one.
Elward Prichard, 81, was first
admitted to Doctors Hospital sev-
eral weeks ago when he com-
plained of chest pain, shortness
of breath and severe fatigue.
Dr Duane Sands, cardiac sur-
geon at the hospital, explained
that after examining Mr Prichard,
it was determined that the patient
was suffering from numerous ail-
ments, including obstructive lung
disease, kidney complications and
the blockage of three major arter-
ies, which drastically reduced
blood flow to his heart.
There where two options avail-
able to the patient that could
attempt to correct his condition,
Dr Sands said.
The first option would have
been a triple bypass surgery an
operation to re-establish blood
flow to the heart.
Although a triple bypass is a
relatively common procedure, Mr
Prichard's specific medical con-
dition would have made this
approach more risky.
Cardiovascular surgeon Dr
Paul Ramphal said yesterday, "So
while we technically required a
triple bypass, we felt that there
were other risk factors that
required us to adopt a different
type of approach to his condition.
Instead of diving into open heart
surgery, we decided that we
should approach this issue in a
more multi-disciplinary fashion."
Members of the cardiology
team, which included surgical,
cardiology, and anesthetic spe-
cialists, all collaborated and decid-
ed upon a non-invasive procedure
called an angioplasty stent.
The procedure, which brought
together more than seven doc-

PICTURED from left to right: Mr. Charles Sealy, CEO Doctors Hospital; Dr.
Paul Shridath Ramphal, Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Dr. Conville Brown,
Cardiologist; Dr. Bimal Francis, Interventional Cardiologist; Mr. Elwood
Pritchard, 81 year old patient; Glenn Pritchard, patient's son.

tors, was performed last Thurs-
day and was successful in clearing
vascular blockages from crucial
blood vessels, and did not involve
open heart surgery.
Senior medical officers told the
media during a press conference
yesterday that planning for the

surgery, which took an hour and a
half, began nearly three weeks
ago and also involved educating
the family on possible outcomes
of the procedure.
Glen Prichard, the youngest
son of Elward Prichard said, "At
one time, one of the doctors did

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suggest going to the States, but
Dad wasn't going to have any
part of that. We made the deci-
sion that he would do the surgery
here, as you've discovered, it was
a success."
The patient's wife, 80-year-old
Ruth Prichard, said that through
prayer she hoped and expected
the best outcome for her husband
of 61 years.
When asked about future plans
for herself and Mr Prichard she
replied, "I haven't gotten that far
yet, because I'm so thankful that
he's alive."
Dr Sands said that the concept
of reduced invasive procedures is
where medical care is heading
throughout the world.
Charles Sealy, Chief Executive
Officer at Doctors Hospital said,
"We are exited about the possi-
bility of healthcare in this country.
We feel without a doubt that we
have state-of-the-art expertise
here in our country as far as
healthcare is concerned."

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Medical milestone procedure

performed on 81-year-old man

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT.- Bahamian women are being advised to start mam-
mogram screening from the age of 35, and even earlier if there is a
family history of breast cancer.
The annual Breast Cancer Initiative spearheaded by Senator
Kay Smith was recently launched in Grand Bahama at Lucaya
Medical Centre. Every year the initiative provides free mammograms
for 50 women.
"The economy is down and a lot of people have lost their jobs and
their (medical) insurance. And so we decided we needed to do
something to help women and we are just happy to be able to offer
this service to women in the community," Senator Smith said.
Dr Pamela Etuk, internal medicine specialist at the Lucayan
Medical Centre, said the initiative is important because doctors are
now seeing an increase in the diagnosis of breast cancer in the
Bahamas, especially among younger women.
"It's no longer a disease for 60 and 70 year-olds, we are seeing
women 19 and 20 years old and it is an aggressive type of breast can-
cer," she said.
Senator Smith said this is the second year for the initiative, which
is supported by a number of corporate sponsors, including Ginn sur
Mer, City Services, VIP Services Ltd, Barefoot Marketing and Keen
I Media.
"We are very happy that these companies have decided to support
the initiative. The first year was very successful and'we very excited
about having the opportunity of providing mammogram testing to
women who cannot afford to have it done," she said.
Mrs Smith explained that since the first initiative, she has received
positive feedback from women in the community.
She said 50 women were screened last year.
"We have not had a chance to put the ads out yet and they haye
been approaching me about it. So it means that people are catching
on and that women understand how important it is to have a mam-
mogram done," Mrs Smith said.
Dr Etuk said although the American Cancer Society advises that
women start mammogram screening at the age of 40, doctors in the
Bahamas are advising the Bahamian population to start at 35.
She said screenings should be done every other year until the age
of 50, after that, women should be screened every year.
"That does not address the persons with a family history, if mem-
bers of family have breast cancer, you need to be evaluated that
much earlier than 35," she said.
Dr Etuk also said that a poor diet, one comprising lots of fatty,
greasy foods, are also causes of all cancer. She said persons should
know their family history, stick to a healthy diet and exercise.
Cancer survivor Kathy Bellot said that early detection is the key.
She has been cancer free for nine years.
"Breast cancer is not in my family and I was 39 when I was diag-
nosed. I happened to feel a lump in my breast and went for a check-
up and was diagnosed fairly early, and so my prognosis was good. I
went through a series of treatments and this is nine years later that
I am cancer free," she said.
Mrs Bellot said she supports the initiative and anything that helps
promote preventative measures for breast cancer.
This year, she plans to travel to Atlanta to participate in the
Susan B Komen Breast Cancer Walk.
"It is an organisation that supports research for breast cancer
and I will be participating in the three-day walk for 20 miles a day,"
she said. Mrs Bellot encourages those diagnosed with breast cancer
to remain positive and seek the company of positive people.
"You need to listen to your doctors, have the support of your fam-
ily, and have faith,"' he said.

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THE owners of two
adjoining beach front prop-
erties on Great Exuma have
teamed together to create a
small residential community
named Dilly Crab Ranch.
Located one mile from the
Exuma International Airport
at Jimmy Hill, the develop-
ment will consist of 15 prop-
erties and include two beach
front parcels, all with beach
Judy Hurlock, co-owner of
Dilly Crab Ranch said,
"There is a growing trend in
Exuma and the Bahamas for
buyers of beach front prop-
erties to prefer smaller resi-
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are not completely isolated
but at the same time not
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*Finding a strategy to deal

with shifting world economy

A FEW months ago in
SkMay to be exact -
Tough Call asked the question: are
we in for a macroeconomic adjust-
We suggested (along with oth-
ers) that the world economy was
about to shift gears in some fun-
damental ways, and it was fair to
ask just how serious things could
get and how we would be affected.
It seems we will soon have a
definitive answer to our question.
Economists have identified 10
boom-and-bust cycles in the six or.
so decades since the Second World
War. On average, the contractions
lasted less than a year, while the
expansions ran for almost six years.
Those post-war crises included
the oil price shocks of the 1970s,
the Latin American debt crisis of
I the 1980s, the Asian financial crisis
of the 1990s, and the Dot.com
crash of 2000, which was closely
followed by the fallout from the
9/11 terror attacks.
But those recessions pale beside
the Great Depression the
longest and deepest economic cri-
sis of modem times. Beginning in
some countries as early as 1928, it
led to unprecedented political and
I social changes and was brought to.
an end only by the onset of World
War II in 1941-another great cat-
The American economy shrank
by 30 per cent, throwing a quar-
ter of the labour force out of work.
Banks failed, businesses went
under, the stock market lost 90 per
cent of its value, farm and factory
: output plunged, and. world trade
collapsed. It took a full 15 years
for stocks to recover to their pre-
Depression level.
"At its nadir," wrote Berkeley
economist J. Bradford DeLong,
"the Depression was collective
insanity. Workers were idle
because firms would not hire them
to work their machines; firms
would not hire workers to work
machines because they saw no
market for goods; and there was no
market for goods because work-
ers had no incomes to spend."
What caused the Great Depres-
sion? Experts say it was brought on
by the same problem we face today
banks made loans to govem-
ments, businesses and people who
could not repay them. In other
words, they created a mountain of
bad debt, which led to a panic.
As the banks failed, there was a
knock-on effect throughout the
world economy. And that explains
why US and European authorities
have been scrambling to prop up
banks that have lately been losing
billions after investing in risky
mortgage securities.
The current financial crisis was

caused by the bursting of the US
housing bubble in 2006, when ris-
ing numbers of homeowners were
unable to pay their mortgages.
Housing markets in the US and
Europe lost trillions in value as a
result, producing a credit crunch
that is causing a global economic
Only a short time ago the Inter-
national Monetary Fund was
blandly forecasting "a 25 per cent
chance that global growth will drop
to 3 per cent or less in 2008 and
2009 equivalent to a global
recession." But today the IMF says
"the world economy is entering a
major downturn in the face of the
most dangerous financial shock
since the 1930s."
Whether this is the result of
market failure or government
intervention depends on your pol-
itics. Those on the right argue that
our economic problems are the
result of government meddling
with the markets. Those on the left
say that greed and regulatory fail-
ures led to a financial meltdown
that could send the world into an
economic tailspin.
More specifically, conservatives
in the US say that liberal politi-
cians, and particularly the Clinton
administration, caused the credit
crisis by promoting home owner-
ship among those who could not
afford it. This led to unsustainable
borrowing, which fueled the hous-
ing price bubble whose collapse
created the present financial tur-
Liberals, on the other hand,
blame the crisis on massive over-
spending, over-borrowing and tax
cutting by the Bush administra-
tion. They point out that in the last
year of the Clinton administration,
the US had a budget surplus, low.
inflation and a stable, strong econ-
omy. They also claim that a lack of
government oversight during the
Bush years allowed the financial
class to behave irresponsibly, con-
tributing to the market crash.
But regardless of which view
you take, the upshot is that we may
be in the same position that US
president Herbert Hoover was in
at the time of the 1929 stock mar-
ket crash, which led to the 10-year
economic trough known as the
Great Depression. Some go even
further. In fact, there is h whole
cottage industry on the Internet
projecting a global economic col-
lapse and it is not confined to
looney tunes or conspiracy buffs.
One of the most quotable experts
is Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Cap-

at City Mark
POLICE are investigating an attempted
armed robbery that occurred at the City Market
Foodstore at Eight Mile Rock on Saturday
According to reports, police received a call
around 10.15 pm from employees at the food
store who reported that an armed robbery was
in progress.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming said when police
arrived at the scene the gunmen had already
fled through the back door.
According to the store manager, he and three
other employees were completing work inside
the store after properly securing and closing
the premises at 9 pm.
He said shortly after 10 pm they were sud-
denly accosted by two masked men armed with

ital, who says we are in for much
more than a mere liquidity or cred-
it crisis.
"The current financial storm
represents the death throes of the
old global economic order, and
perhaps the birth pains of a new
one. The sun is setting on the bor-
row and spend culture that has all
but defined us for a generation,"
he says. "Our long ride on the
global gravy train is finally com-
ing to an end, and once it does
nothing will be the same."
Schiff is well-known for his
accurate forecasts on the stock
market, the mortgage meltdown,
commodities and the dollar. His
current prediction is for a deep
and long recession culminating in a
substantial decline in overall liv-
ing standards. A complete loss of
confidence in the dollar will pro-
duce dramatic consequences in
terms of food and energy short-
ages, along with civil unrest, he
But even if you don't subscribe
to this level of doom, there is no
doubt that we are all in for a very
rough ride over the medium term.
Sixty per cent of the world's GDP
is already contracting, leading wor-
ried finance ministers to meet in
Washington this past weekend to
craft an unprecedented joint
approach to the crisis.
The question of what to do in
the face of a systemic financial
breakdown is complicated by the
same ideological divide. Conserv-
atives (at least those who are not in
office) argue that the market
should be allowed to take its
course so that society can take its
medicine. Liberals are more likely
to support massive public spending
to cushion the impact of economic
In Washington, world leaders
pledged to take whatever steps are
necessary to restore health tO the
financial system, including a
promise to protect savers' deposits
and to recapitalise struggling banks
through partial nationalisation. In
other words, they will suspend the
market and transfer risk to the tax-
ing authority of the state. This is
radical new territory, and policy-
makers seem to be unsure how it
will all work out.
The weekend meeting was part
of the annual conference of the
International Monetary Fund and
World Bank. Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham (representing
Caricom) and State Finance Min-
ister Zhivago Laing took part in
these meetings, and they have
announced a number of initiatives

et Foodstore
The manager told police that two of the
employees ran into the front office and locked
the door. He said that he and another employ-
ee were ordered by the gunmen to lie on the
The gunmen banged on the office door and
demanded that the workers open the door.
When they refused to open the door, the frus'-
trated robbers grabbed the store keys from the
manager and fled through the warehouse door
at the rear of the store and disappeared.
One of the suspects was described as dark
complexioned, about 5' 9" tall, wearing a blue
mask, white T-shirt, and long brown pants. The
second suspect was described as being about 5'
6" tall.
Both men spoke with a Bahamian accent.
Police are investigating.

to address the economic fallout in
the Bahamas.
They include an as yet un-cost-
ed plan to help homeowners pay
their mortgages, a $4 million pro-
gramme to cap BEC's fuel sur-
charge and reconnect non-paying
consumers, extra mailboat subsi-
dies, accelerated public spending
on infrastructure and housing,
more welfare handouts, and new
promotional strategies to counter
the decline in tourist arrivals. For
obvious political reasons there will
probably be more giveaways as
conditions worsen.
Experts say the Caribbean
banking industry is relatively insu-
lated from the current crisis
because of its size and lack of
sophistication, and local bankers
insist that our (mostly Canadian-
owned) financial system remains
strong. In a recent interview, for
example, Commonwealth Bank
chief T. B. Donaldson used almost
the same reassuring words as Trea-
sury Secretary Hank Paulson did
when talking about the safety of
the 8500 American commercial
Nevertheless, our Central Bank
reports that loan delinquencies are
rising and 28 per cent of govern-
ment mortgages are already in
arrears. And it is a well-known fact
that most Bahamians are over-
leveraged to the hilt (to use a
favourite financial term). Mean-
while, business sources say there
has been a distinct decline in mid-
level real estate sales, which has
implications for the wider econo-
"I don't think a lot of us recog-
nise how significantly what is hap-
pening in the capital markets will
affect our economies affect
them in ways that we are yet to
identify," said Donald Brunton,
vice president of the Caribbean
Development Bank, recently.
But according to Bahamas
Information Services, the prime
minister is trying to paint a rather
more optimistic picture by sug-
gesting that the downturn will be
shortlived and manageable, with
recovery beginning by the middle
of next year. In a recent statement,
he expressed confidence that any
potential.government shortfalls
could be covered by borrowing
from local banks rather than sub-
mitting to more rigorous IMF bal-
ance of payments support.
Others are not so sure. The dry-
ing up of credit is starting to affect
the real global economy and can
be expected to exacerbate the
effects of the energy crisis and high
oil prices. The fall-off in tourism
and investment as Americans and
Europeans cut back on spending
will cause job losses and a general
business downturn in the Bahamas,
as well as put pressure on foreign

Unfortunately, a look back at
the last recession is not very help-
ful. It began in early 2001 following
the Internet stock crash, and was
both short and mild although
made briefly worse by fallout in
the travel industry due to 9/11. The
Bahamian economy shrank by a
percentage point that year.
Stopover visitors fell about 3 per
cent, unemployment went up, and
government revenues dropped due
to a credit freeze that restricted
imports. But by 2002 the econo-
my was growing again.
The recessions caused by the
oil shocks of the 1970s are a more
realistic precedent for what we can
expect to happen in the near
future. Back then, rising fuel costs
led to annual inflation rates of
more than 14 per cent, gasoline
was rationed, airlines stopped fly-
ing, unemployment soared and US
economic output fell about 5 per
cent, producing the worst eco-
nomic crisis since the Great
Depression until now.
Oil is expected to hover around
the $100 a barrel level, more or
less. And the price of oil affects
just about everything, from the
household expenses of Bahamians
to the travel costs of tourists, the
effects of which continue to per-
colate throughout our economy.
What can we do? Well, as the

minister of tourism recently sug-
gested, we should concentrate on
improving our tourist product and
making it as easy and as inexpen-
sive as possible for people to visit.
And priming the economic pump
should be relatively easy since we
have yet to draw down even half of
the $460 million-plus in approved
loans from the Inter-American
Development Bank.
But arguably, the most effec-
tive strategy would be to imple-
ment a national energy policy that
would transform our economy by
cutting our reliance on costly fossil
fuels and stimulating new invesi-
ments in renewable technologies
and businesses something which
Tough Call has been writing about
for three or four years under two
successive governments as oil
prices have steadily risen to unsus-
tainable levels.
To paraphrase former US vice
president Al Gore, it is clear that
the solutions needed to renew our
economy are the same solutions
we need to escape the trap of ever-
rising energy prices. It is urgent
that we deal with this issue now.

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NINE prisoners convicted of murder and manslaughter appeared
before Court of Appeal president Dame Joan Sawyer yesterday for
results of appeals against their convictions and sentences.
Max Tito, convicted of murderingl6-year-old Donnel Conover
in May 2002, lost his appeals against the 2006 murder conviction and
death sentence.
Dame Sawyer and Justices Lorris Ganpatsingh and Emmanuel
Osadebay also dismissed the appeal lodged by Frederick Cardinal
Francis, of Porgy Bay, Bimini, who was found guilty of robbing and
murdering Austrian tourists Bernhard von Bolzano and Barbara
Frelin von Perfall, who he also raped, in the Blue Sea Resort in July
Francis will continue to serve the two life sentences running
concurrently, and subject to review every three years as Dame
Sawyer said this wa an irreparable judgment.
Earnest Lockhart's appeal against his murder conviction and sen-
tence to death wasalso dismissed by the.appealgour.t,.and.Jefdety
Prosper's appeal against his murder conviction also did not hold.
Freeport killer Cordell Farrington, appealing against the murder
conviction relating to his gay lover, had his murder conviction and
death sentence quashed, and reinstated.
Dame Sawyer said: "We have allowed the appeal against con-
viction and submitted a conviction for manslaughter and imposed
a sentence of life-imprisonment."
Kendon Brown, convicted of manslaughter and attempted mur-
der in a shooting at Princess Margaret Hospital in January 2006, also
had his appeals dismissed in light of "overwhelming evidence."
Appeals lodged by Nekita Hamilton, James Dean and Michelle
Woodside all convicted of murder were also dismissed.
The mandatory death penalties were ruled unconstitutional and
quashed by the Privy Council in 2005, and new sentences were
passed. Those sentences remain in place, Dame Sawyer said.



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likely selling for Bahamians, since Bahamians rent those booths
and hire persons to be in,them. I want to encourage them to stop
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FROM page one
Passing judgment on a convicted murderer is an art rather than a
science, added the appeal court president when reviewing the appeal
of Bimini double-murderer Frederick Francis.
The judge must take into account the circumstances and intention
of the murderer, she said.
Referring to Britain's most senior law lord Lord Bingham's inter-
pretation of the death penalty for murder, calling on the judge to
recognize different categories of murders, as those carried out during
a robbery or for material gain are in a different league from the
mercy killing of an ill or elderly person.
Murders must be divided into capital and non-capital, Dame
Sawyer said, and although the maximum penalty is death, life impris-
onment is an alternative sentence, just as sentences of 18-35 years have
been served for manslaughter in the Bahamas.
Treason is the only other crime in the Bahamas where perpetrators
face the death penalty, Dame Sawyer said.
However, the measure of the sentence is of extreme importance for
the administration of justice.
She added: "There is a disturbing trend in the Bahamas, as the lev-
el of homicide has increased substantially, of vigilantism; where per-
sons charged with murder who are not tried within a reasonable
time have been killed by other persons also charged with murder and

also on bail for similar reasons."

FROM page one

December 3.
Mr Sitney, 31, reportedly ran
from his attackers, turning away
help from neighbours, before
dying that night in an unnamed
People who knew Mr Sitney
said he had suffered from mental
health issues and is thought to
have been at Sandilands Reha-
bilitation Centre earlier that day.
"He had a freak-out," one
neighbour told The Tribune.
"I don't know if he might have
said something to someone in the

FROM page one

to the United States, Dwight Major ultimate-
ly pleaded guilty to the count one indictment
on Friday afternoon.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Mr
Ferguson said that his client will not be
"another Ninety Knowles" hinting that Mr
Major will be returning to the Bahamas "soon-
er than everybody thinks."
Mr Ferguson: "Dwight Major pleaded guilty
to count one of the indictment. It was an open
plea hearing meaning that the hearing was
.not sealed. He pleaded straight up to the
indictment and his wife, Keva, was there
throughout the hearing.
"He did not enter into a plea agreement
with the government here and that can be
confirmed by just getting a copy of the tran-
"The charge carries a potential penalty of
imprisonment of up to 10 years to life. Con-
trary to the allegations recently made in the
Punch tabloid magazine, Mr Major has not
testified before any Grand Jury and he has not


Three charged
street, but a fight broke out
between him and some people
when he was beaten and stabbed.
"He ran from the scene, he was
still alive, and people said the
ambulance took forever to get
there, and that he might have
lived if the ambulance came on
"Some of the Haitian people
in the community tried to help
him and hold him still, but he
wouldn't keep still, so he suc-
cumbed of his injuries and died

FROM page one
Mr Brown was lying face up in
the bathtub, dressed in black short
jeans and a white T-shirt. His
throat was slit and both wrists
were slashed.
Mr Rahming said the body was
lying in a pool of blood in the
Mr Brown was pronounced
dead by a local doctor.
Ms Bethel told officers that
before her son's death, they had a
conversation in her bedroom. She
said Aliex left her bedroom
around 2pm and went into the
She told police that when her
son did not come out of the bath-
room after a long time, she and
her boyfriend forced open the
door, which was locked, and
found him lying in the tub. His

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dead in bath
eyes were still open.
Upon the arrival of police, it
was discovered that the deceased
suffered from various slash
wounds and a puncture wound to
the chest.
This latest suspected suicide
comes a week after an attempted
suicide in Grand Bahama.
According to police reports, a
man sitting on the ledge of a 19-
storey complex in Freeport drew
crowds of onlookers and motorists
as he was attempting to jump.
Also in July, it was believed
that Gregory McKinzie had com-
mitted suicide in front of his ex-
girlfriend's house after a reported

Dh M ing Dwight Major's arrest, and his "torturous
Dw ight M aj detention" at Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill,
Mr Ferguison said that he believed that
Major's actual jail time will be "significantly
testified in court against other persons charged reduced."
with state or other federal offences," he said. Beyond this point, however, Mr Ferguson
Having pleaded guilty to the charge, Mr would not give any specifics about his client's
Fetguson said that it was ridiculous to hear the intended prison sentence.
allegations that were surfacing about Major "Mr Major is relieved to put this matter
that he has been set free from Federal prison, behind him, and he is now focused on pro-
"That is not true. Mr Major was transferred viding for his family, and rebuilding his
from the Federal Detention Centre in Miami construction and hotel development busi-
to the Palm Beach County jail for the change nesses. He will not be another 'Ninety'
of plea hearing. He is presently at the Palm Knowles.
Beach County jail awaiting his transfer back to "He will not. 'Ninety' Knowles is probably
the Federal Detention Centre in Miami," Mr going to spend the rest of his life in jail.
Ferguson said. Dwight Major will be back in the Bahamas
"I can also state for the record that the sooner than everybody expects," Mr Ferguson
Majors are in the process of retaining a media said.
law specialist to file a lawsuit in the US Fed- As for the lawsuit against The Punch, Mr
eral Court against the Punch magazine. Ferguson said that the Majors are insistent
Because they believe that the Punch articles on that point, noting how the Major family has
over the last several weeks has put their lives had to seek additional security because of the
and the lives of their family members in jeop- stories labelling Dwight Major as a "snitch"
ardy," he said. who gave evidence against some of his former
Given the unique circumstances surround-., drug-p& rtnens. ,

The College of The Bahamas
extends a sincere

to its


for their generous support from

July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.

CARIFORUM have agreed to sign EPA

FROM page one
ette, and Joshua Sears, Director General in the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs.
All CARICOM countries, with the possible exception of
Guyana, are expected to sign the EPA at the official signing in
The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is a trade
agreement that provides for more liberal trade between CAR-
IFORUM countries and the European Community. It will pro-
gressively allow certain exports from the two regions to enter
each other's territories duty-free and quota free. It also defines
how trade in services and investment can take place between the
two regions.
While the Bahamas will sign the agreement today, it will only
enjoy benefits on the export of goods until its services schedule
is added to the agreement, which must be done within six
months of signing.

BNT begins work

at Primeval Forest -

National Park

IN September, the Bahamas
National Trust (BNT) began
work in the Primeval Forest
National Park located in the
southwest of New Providence.
The work day was part of a
national service initiative
adopted by the Governor
General's Youth Award's
(GGYA) Programme to assist
the BNT in National Parks
throughout the Bahamas.
A group of 165 GGYA par-
ticipants from 16 schools and
service organizations partici-
pated in the morning work
Joining the volunteers were
members of the Trust, Deputy
Prime Minister Brent Symon-
ette and Minister of the Envi-
ronment Earl Deveaux.
The work day was coordi-
nated by the Trust's past pres-
ident Pericles Maillis, and the
BNT Parks Department sent
an advance team ahead to
carefully clear the paths in the
The volunteers in a bucket
brigade fashion then collect-
ed the cut debris and passed it
out of the forest to be chipped
as the initial ground cover for
the paths.
"This little forest enclave
with its 50-foot high trees,
sunken grottos and incredible
geology is going to amaze vis-
itors" said Mr Maillis.
"Today we were able to
blaze the main trail and a life-
saving road and firebreak.",
The saga of its discovery,
the BNT campaign to save the
area, is an amazing story.
Private citizens and govern-
ment worked together to
secure a portion of an area
that was slated for develop-
ment as a residential subdivi-
The name Primeval Forest
was given to the area by Mr
Maillis who stumbled upon
the area while hunting for
The land is now safely in
BNT hands, securely fenced,
and has had an in- depth geo-
logical survey, and in-depth
advice from National Park
"Ahead are more work days
and programmes, as the trails,
boardwalks safety railings
and wheelchair friendly loop
are put in place. There will be
opportunities for corporate
stewardship, personal volun-
teer time. Goods and services
will be needed to support vol-
unteer effort and many hands
will be welcome in the coming
months," the Trust said.

DEPUTY Prime Minister Brent Symonette (above) and Minister of the
Environment Earl Deveaux (below) worked alongside volunteers at the
Primeval Forest work day. Both have been involved with the park from
the time it was proposed as a National Park by the BNT.

"This small and unique
National Park has already
received support from hun-
dreds of Bahamians who
helped purchase some of the
land UBS, the Mactaggart

Third Fund, and Mrs John
' ainton.
"The proceeds of the BNT
Pig Roast are also being used
1o support the planning and
infrastructure for the park."

PERICLES Maillis, past president of the BNT, speaks to volunteers about the biodiversity and geological
importance of the Primeval Forest National Park.

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PLACE: Internal Security Division, Oakes Field, Thompson Blvd.
Date: Saturday'October 18, 2008 TIME: 9:00 am to auction time at 11am

1989 Chevy Caprice Hearse
2003 Dodge Caravan
1996 Ford Explorer
1997 Dodge Stratus
2001 Hyundai H-1 Van
2001 Kia 12 Seater Bus
2003 Toyota Coaster Bus
2006 Hyundai H-1 Van (gold)

1978 L800 Ford Boom Truck
1997 Toyota Van (HiAce)
2000 Toyota Coaster Bus
2002 Hyundai H-1 Van
2002 Kitchen Van Trailer
2004 Toyota Coaster Bus
2006 Hyundai H-1 Van (silver)

PLACE: Potters Cay Dock
Date: Saturday October 25, 2008 TIME: 9:00 am to auction time at 11am

34' Offshore Vessel (1990)
53' Defender Vessel (1977)
45' Defender Vessel (1992)
48' North Carolina Hull (1989)
52' Hatteras Fiber Glass Vessel (1979)
47' Garcia Vessel (1980)
51' Defender Vessel (1981)
80' Custom Steel Hull Vessel
94' Steel Hull Gulf Coast Shrimp Trawler
- (1980) with (2) Volvo Diesel Engine
122' Single Screw Steel Hull (1960)

Der Berry's
M.V. Buddy
Miss Quality
Lady Kristy
Sweet Charlotte
M.V. Lisa J III

Potters Cay
Potters Cay
Potters Cay
Coral Harbour
Arawak Cay
Potters Cay
Owner Possession
Owner Possession, Morgan Bluff Andros
Bradford Marine Freeport

Vessels can be viewed prior to auction date at various locations above. For more information contact
Bahamas Development Bank at telephone numbers: 327-5780, 702-5730 or 702-5724. All assets are
sold "as is, where is".

NUTT, 43


of Nassau,

Bahamas and formerly i
of Hope Town, Abaco, _ _
The Bahamas, died at
Doctor's Hospital, Collins Avenue, Nassau,
The Bahamas on 9th October, 2008.

A Funeral Service is planned to be held at
Ebenezer Methodist Church, East Shirley
Street, Nassau on Saturday, 18th October,
2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Mrs. Nutt is survived by her husband, Ted
Nutt; her son, Jesse Nutt and her daughter,
Mya Nutt; her sisters, Betty Roberts and
Victoria Sweeting and her brothers, Jack and
Basil Russell and many other relatives and

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, P.O.Box
S.S. 6539, Nassau, in Memory of Mrs. Pamela
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Team Bahamas' positive message

Senior Sports Reporter

Students of the Simpson
Penn and Williemae Pratt
Centres, for boys and girls
respectively, got a valuable
lesson from members of,
Team Bahamas.
As part of their celebration tour fol-
lowing the XXIX Beijing Olympic
Games in China, which swung into
high gear yesterday, the athletes' mes-
sage was crystal clear.
"Put God first, listen to your par-
ents, follow your dreams and don't let
anybody distract you from your goals,"
were the main sentiments that echoed
throughout the hall at "the Simpson
Penn School.
Headed. by Olympic triple jump
bronze medallist Leevan "Superman"
Sands and the men's 4 x 400m silver
medal relay team, Team Bahamas
members were warmly embraced by

the enthusiastic group of students.
Despite arriving a little late because
of their breakfast treat at the Royal
Bahamas Police Force headquarters,
the athletes sat and listened intently as
they were introduced to the school.
Welcoming the students, principal
Ian Smith put the athletes on the spot
when he asked them how many of
them know that they were "at a school,
where the school was located and if
they are going to return."
After each athlete pledged their sup-
port for the school, they were asked to
introduce themselves and share some
thoughts to the students, some of
whom wore placards congratulating
the athletes for their achievements in
Each athlete, including swimmer
Vareance Burrows, provided some
positive comments as they advised the
students on what is the best solution to
make the best out of their situation.
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, who
,was the first to speak, said that every"

CHRIS.BROWN speaks to the students...

athlete had a story to tell about how
they have all persevered to get to
where they are as world class athletes.
Ferguson-McKenzie, a regular visi-
tor to the school, said that with their
trust in the Lord and their commit-
ment to being the best that they can
be, they have excelled. She singled out
Leevan Sands for the tremendous for-
titude that he overcame to become an
Olympic medallist.
As the programme came to a close,
each athlete was asked to indicate
which school they attended and while
there was a cross section of govern-
ment and private schools, Smith said it
showed that it doesn't matter what
background the athletes come from,
they can be whatever they want to be.
Other athletes in attendance were
relay members Michael Mathieu,
Avard Moncur, Andretti Bain and
Ramon Miller, sprinters Jamial Rolle,
Chandra Sturrup and Timicka Clarke,
110m hurdler Shamar Sands and long
jumper Jackie Edwards.

District Superintendent Barr repre-
sented the Ministry of Education. He
advised the students that the athletes
once attended school and sat and lis-
tened to their teachers before they
went on to excel at the international
Barr, a former teacher at C R Walk-
er Secondary High, said he was par-
ticularly pleased to have been afford-
ed the opportunity to join in the cele-
brations because he worked in the
school that produced four world class
athletes in Miller, Sevatheda Fynes,
Derrick Atkins and Nathaniel McK-
"We can safely say that this country
is in good hands.
"It's in good hands because it is the
youth that are taking us to another
level," he charged.
And he encouraged the students to
forget about saying that "I want to be
like Mike" because they have enough
role models in front of them who they
can emulate.

Athletes honoured

at Government

House luncheon

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Senior Sports Reporter

BAHAMAS Olympic Asso-
ciation president Wellington
Miller said they are hoping that
the Team Bahamas celebrations
will help to cultivate more
Olympic athletes in the future.
Miller was speaking at Gov-
ernment House yesterday dur-
ing a luncheon hosted by Gov-
ernor General Arthtir Hanna,
which was held in-ionour of the
Bahamian athleted'as they con-
tinued their Olympic celebra-
He said the team is prepar-
ing to head off to the Family
Islands where they intend to
meet with other aspiring ath-
letes and offer their words of
The team is scheduled to
begin their island-hopping trip
Also speaking at the lun-
cheon was Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations'
president Desmond Bannister,
who expressed their gratitude
to Governor General Hanna for
taking the time out to honour
the athletes.
"There are many, many
accomplished athletes here as
you can see and they are all
honoured to be here with you
this afternoon to share what you
have to offer," Bannister stated.
In response, Hanna said that
while he was honoured to treat
the athletes, he wanted them to
know that he was an athlete
himself, having competed in just
about every sport, including
track and field, diving, swim-
ming and weightlifting.
"I don't think there's any
sport that was going on at that
. time that I wasn't involved in,"
he pointed out. "I didn't always
win. I can't remember when I
did win. But I was very fast. My
fastest run was the 50 yards,
which is 40 metres or so now."
As an athlete, Hanna said the
greatest reward that an athlete
will get is not a medal.
He said: "You will never get
old, but you will die of old age.
Typically your body will be in
shape to tackle the challenges of
the years that's going to come.
"If you notice that, any true
athlete in his early years is fit at
the time of his death. I intend to

die of old age, but I don't intend
to grow old."
When he was competing in
days gone by, Governor Gen-
eral Hanna said, it was mind
boggling to think about com-
peting at the Olympic Games,
but they were just eager to have
been able to compete at the lev-
el that they competed.
"If you can't win, just com-
pete and try not to come last,"
he insisted. "They don't remem-
ber that. They remember the
fellow who comes first and then
the fellow who comes last."
Although the team won two
medals, the Governor General
said the Bahamas would not
have felt bad if they had
returned without winning any.
But he said the Bahamas is
proud of the achievements of
the athletes.
Quarter-miler Avard Mon-
cur, a member of the men's 4 x
400m relay team, spoke on
behalf of the team. He said they
appreciated being hosted at
Government House.
"We'rg going to invite you to
be a member of our 4 x 400m
relay team in 2012 being the
sportsman that you are," Mon-
cur stated. "I think the best is
yet to come.
"These guys are going to train
and put their best foot forward
and prepare for the Berling
World Championships next
year and the swimmers for the
World Championships in swim-
ming," he said.
Christine Amertil, who only
arrived home in time to catch
the luncheon, said it's always
an honour to attend Govern-
ment House because of its
splendor and beauty.
And she added that while she
missed some of the activities,
she's looking forward to the
island-hopping trip across
Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and
"We get a chance for the kids
to see us who would not nor-
mally get to see us," she noted.
"I'm even more happy that we
are going to Inagua because we
can help to encourage the peo-
ple who have been affected by
the hurricane."
As '-r this year's team,
Amertil said what they did in
Beijing was just spectacular, so
she was proud to have been a
part of it.

Fists set on two-day Golden Gloves boxing tournament

Sports Reporter

ONE of the Bahamas' leading box-
ing clubs will honour another local box-
ing legend and facilitate the further
development of the junior boxing pro-
gramme with its 14th showcase of the
Champion Amateur Boxing Club is
scheduled to host the L Gartwright
Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament
over two consecutive Saturdays Octo-
ber 18 and 25 at the Blue Hills Box-

ing Center.
The 15th edition of the yearly tour-
nament will feature fights in a myriad
of junior weight classes ranging
between the ages of eight and 17.
Ray Minus Jr, president of CABC,
said the tournament will feature many
of the club's award-winning fighters
over the two nights, starting at 5pm
for both sessions.
"We do not have a main event per
say but what we do have is a skillful
roster of boxers participating, including
last year's most improved boxer,

Apprecio Davis, and also the overall
most outstanding boxer of the year,
Rudolph Polo," he said.
"Both these guys are young and
experienced boxers from the club and
will look to highlight the event."
Minus Jr said it has been and excit-
ing, busy and fruitful year for CABC.
"The club has been going very well
so far with a record-breaking year
putting on shows. The improvement
of the young boxers is by far better
than it ever was. These are perhaps
the most talented group of young box-

ers we have ever had," he told Tribune
"The boxers are improving tremen-
dously, a lot of the young boys are join-
ing and everything is going wonder-
"Presently, we are reaching our
strongest point where we are hitting
close to 100 boxers."
Minus Jr said CABC's development
programme should return investments
with larger and more competitive
national teams to represent the
Bahamas on the global stage.

"We are still very much focused on
and excited about the development of
the young boxers and looking forward
to a lot of these fighters in the future
having a chance to represent the
Bahamas on the international stage,"
he said.
"Although we are not very much
involved with the administration of
amateur boxing, but we are excited
about the development of the pro-
gramme but we want to continue
developing more new young boxers to
do us all proud."

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NBA in joint

venture to



in China

Associated Press Writer
SHANGHAI, China (AP) -
The NBA's new joint venture
with Anschutz Entertainment
Group to design and develop
about a dozen arenas in China
is expected to begin in Shang-
The arena plan there still
needs approval from China's
Ministry of Culture and Min-
istry of Commerce, officials
said. But Tuesday's splashy
announcement on the banks of
the Huangpu River had tie feel
of a done deal.
The ambitious plan to build
on the NBA's already huge fan
base in China was announced
earlier this week and could take
decades to complete. But the
Shanghai arena is expected to
be finished for the 2010 Shang-
hai World Expo, which Chinese
officials estimate will attract
more than 700 million visitors.
The 18,000-seat arena also
will be a center of cultural
events and shopping, and the
joint venture between the NBA
and AEG will manage it.
A similar announcement for
an arena in the southern man-
ufacturing hub of Guangzhou
will be made Wednesday, AEG
spokesman Michael Roth said.
,Earlier this year, NBA Chi-
na, a joint venture of the NBA,
broadcaster ESPN and Chinese
companies, joined AEG and
the Beijing Wukesong Culture
and Sports Center to design,
market, program and operate
Beijing's Olympic basketball
Shanghai deserves to have a
center "as iconic as Madison
Square Garden in New York,"
AEG president and CEO Tim
Leiweke said at Tuesday's
announcement. Officials spoke
of Shanghai's potential as one
of the world's signature cities,
along with Paris, London and
New York.
Heidi Ueberroth, president
of NBA global marketing part-
nerships and international busi-
ness operations, said officials
are thrilled about the concept
of bringing .NBA games to
Shanghai, China's largest and
most business-minded city and
the birthplace of NBA star Yao
Other cities for the arenas
project are in negotiation and
have not been announced, but
the list is expected to extend
beyond mainland China and
even into Taiwan.
Ueberroth referred to
"greater China" in describing
the project, and Roth said
Taipei, Hong Kong and Macao
are all possibilities.
"Our largest market outside
the United States is going to be
pere in China," Ueberroth said.
'The NBA and AEG will
nave a $28 million stake in the
Shanghai arena project, said
-Tim Chen, CEO of NBA Chi-
ia. The overall cost of the
Shanghai project is expected to
be $277 million.
Project backers seemed opti-
mistic about the future of the
China arenas plan, despite the
ongoing world financial crisis.
"This will have zero impact
on our vision for China," Lei-
weke said.
The first NBA games were
shown on television in China
21 years ago. Viewers now can
see up to eight games per week
during the season.

Durant leads Thunder

comeback for first win

AP Sports Writer
TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) -
Kevin Durant wasn't going to
let a bum ankle spoil the Okla-
homa City Thunder's first
game in their new home state.
Durant shrugged off a late
injury and scored 20 of his 26
points in an electrifying final 8
minutes to lead the Oklahoma
City Thunder past the Hous-
ton Rockets 110-104 on Mon-
day night for their first pre-
season win.
Durant put back Russell
Westbrook's fast-break miss
with 1:03 remaining to put the
Thunder up 103-102 with 1:03
remaining and then played
through a twisted ankle to hit
another jumper and stretch the
lead to three.
After D.J. Strawberry hit
two free throws to close the
gap to one, Durant hustled
back after a Westbrook
turnover to block Strawberry's
potential go-ahead basket.
He then hit two free throws
to push it to a 107-104 edge,
followed that by swatting away
another shot by Aaron Brooks
and finally grabbed the
rebound on Brent Barry's
missed jumper to set up two
free throws by Nick Collison
that put the game away.
"It was one of those things
at the end of the game you've
got to fight through," said
Durant, preparing to plunge
his foot into a plastic tub of
ice water. "That's what I tried
to do."
Brooks scored 20 off the
bench to lead the Rockets,
Strawberry added 16 and Yao
Ming had 15 points, 16
rebounds and three blocks in
one half of action playing
the first and third quarters.
Collison had 21 points off
the bench, Desmond Mason

OKLAHOMA City Thunder guard Kevin Durant (right) shoots in front of Roc
guard D J Strawberry (center), in the fourth quarter of Monday's game. Du
City won 110-104.

scored 16 and Chris Wilcox of eight straight points for
added 13 points and 14 Oklahoma City and even the
rebounds for the Thunder. score at 93. And he wasn't
Durant, the reigning rookie done yet.
of the year, had a dunk and a He answered Barry's three-
fast-break layup and then hit point play with one of his own
two free throws to cap a string to. get Oklahoma City within
-. ,,> .

that much in the grand scheme
of things. But for a tired bunch
in the homestretch of a four-
game road trip, it's the kind of
energy boost the banged-up
Thunder need.
Jeff Green (sprained ankle)
was the latest addition to Okla-
homa City's injured list that
already included Robert Swift
(hand), Kyle Weaver (groin),
Mouhamed Sene (knee), Joe
Smith (nose) and D.J. White
(jaw). Damien Wilkins took a
shot to the head in the fourth
quarter against Houston and
didn't return.
The Thunaer play their first
game in Oklahoma City on
Tuesday night against the Los
Angeles Clippers.
"Whether it will translate
(Tuesday) or not, I don't
know," Thunder coach P.J.
Carlesimo said. "I just like how
we competed, how much
enthusiasm and how much
intensity we played with. That,
to me, was far and away the
best thing."
Carlesimo was more thrilled
with Durant's breakout defen-
sively, since his scoring punch
is already well-proven. He's
been harping this preseason
on improving one of the
SNBA's worst defenses.
"We're just trying to get bet-
Ster this preseason, and I think
i that tonight we got a lot better.
SEverybody came to play,"
SDurant said.
"" Tracy McGrady, who played
kets forward Luis Scola (left) and the first quarter for his first
preseason action in the Rock-
urant had 26 points as Oklahoma ets' previous game, sat out for
the third time in four games
after having offseason surgery
102-101, and then his final to remove loose bodies from
push gave the Thunder their his left knee and left shoulder.
first lead of the second half. "I think every game we're
Because it came in a presea- getting better. We've got to
son game, the final flourish keep making improvements,
that started with Oklahoma keep going forward and things
City trailing 93-85 won't p will be ggod," Brooks said.
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Clippers' big gain: Camby's

a. centre, leader and mentor

AP Sports Writer
moved the mountain, and now, one of
Denver's most recognizable peaks tow-
ers above L.A., but he's as bitter as a 14-
year-old jilted at a school dance.
Center Marcus Camby, who had
played for the Denver Nuggets since
Carmelo Anthony's lone season at Syra-
cuse University, was traded to the Clip-
pers this past summer, and while his
relationship with the Nuggets ended in
divorce, he looks at his relationship with
the city of Denver as a separation.
"Just because the Nuggets turned
their back on me," he said, "I'm not
going to turn my back on the commu-
nity. "
A fan favorite since 2002, Camby said
he will remain involved with Denver,
spearheading a tutoring program for
students, as well as his charitable work
around the holidays.
In an interview over the weekend,:
Camby seemed enthusiastic about his
opportunities in Los Angeles, where he
instantly assumed a leadership' role, as
well as a mentoring role for 19-year-
old rookie big man DeAndre Jordan.
But Camby still feels "disrespected,"
similar to how he felt immediately after

the July trade when, in an interview,
he said he was "shocked" and "insult-
ed" at the trade, while wondering if the
Nuggets used him as a "scapegoat" for
its annual playoff failures.
"Everything I did for that city, and
the way it played out, there was a lot of
disappointment," Camby said Satur-
The trade sent the center to Los
Angeles for a future draft pick and a
$10 million trade exception. It could be
a lucrative deal for the Nuggets if
shrewdly utilized by next July.
With the deal, Denver saved $10 mil-
lion from Camby's salary and shaved
another $10 million owed, because the
team dipped under the dollar-for-dollar
salary cap. It was strictly business, and
team officials consistently stress how
much they appreciated Camby's efforts.
Asked whether the trade is the epit-
ome of the "business of basketball" -
losing a player you like because of
financial circumstances Denver
coach George Karl said: "You can put it
in that column. But also, an NBA team
probably shouldn't have three $10 mil-
lion big-men on your roster. To bal-
ance your roster out, there's a need
somewhere along the way to maybe
What's done is done.

This season, eight-figure-salary big
men Kenyon Martin and Nene will man
the paint for Denver. Camby will face
them four times in the regular season, as
well as in a preseason game Oct. 24 at
the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Camby expects his role with the Clip-
pers to be similar to his role with the
Nuggets, where he wasn't a rah-rah
leader, but a stoic, stubborn captain
who hated to lose. "I'm the guy that
has to defuse a lot of stuff that goes
on," he said. "In the NBA, games can
get hostile and very brutal, and guys
come to me for a sense of calmness.
And I think they respected me, me
being a captain for six years. I think I
was well-respected all the way from the
trainers to the ball boys."
Camby talked about the strong per-
sonalities of Anthony and Martin -
friends he still talks to on the phone a
few times a week. Camby said he often
served as a sounding board for them
because they know "I'll always give
them my ear and have their back."
Now with the Clippers, "I've got my
hands full, a lot of guys with strong per-
sonalities," Camby said. "It's just mak-
ing sure everybody's on the same page."

The Clippers are excited about Cam-
by's on-court relationship with center
Chris Kaman and equally excited about
his off-court relationship with Jordan.
Kaman and Camby, said coach Mike
Dunleavy, should mesh well in the low
post, "because they're both ready good
shot-blockers and rebounders and both
pretty mobile. Offensively, they fit well
with each other because Kaman's more
of an inside guy and Marcus is more an
outside guy."
Camby, Denver fans might recall, is a
quintessential roamer, looking for a
possible mid-range jumper on offense
and looking for a possible block on
defense. Last season, he led the league
with 3.6 blocks per game, and was sec-
ond in the NBA averaging 13.1
As for Jordan, Dunleavy thinks he
could be a pro similar taCamby, "as far
as long, major athleticism, shot-block-
Camby often speaks quietly into the
rookie's ear. While in Fresno, Calif.,
for a preseason game, Camby treated
Jordan and some teammates to dinner,
where they bonded over conversation
and wontons.
"Learning from Marcus," Dunleavy
said, "there's not anyone better to learn

Hawks fly high with 88-87

preseason win over Bobcats

Hawks (3-1) with 17 points,
Josh Smith added 16 and Al
Horford grabbed nine
rebounds. Atlanta also got con-
tributions from its two major
offseason acquisitions; Maurice
Evans had 12 points and Flip
Murray 1.1.
Law, the No. 11 overall pick
in 2007, is looking to make
more of a contribution for the
Hawks in his second season. He
played sparingly as a rookie.
"I was an 11th pick for a rea-
son," Law said. "I've got some-
thing to prove."
Jason Richardson, the only
Charlotte player in double fig-
ures until the closing minutes,
scored 19 points to lead the

Bobcats. D.J. Augustin, the
Bobcats' first-round pick at No.
9 overall, had 11 points, six
assists and three rebounds in 25
minutes. Raymond Felton doled
out 11 assists.
"I thought J-Rich did more
things tonight," Charlotte coach
Larry Brown said. "I think he
only lost the ball once on the
dribble penetration, he pulled
up and shot two jumpers, got
to the rim."
The Bobcats have yet to win
in three preseason games.
"It's not always pretty, but
it'll get better," said Brown,
back in the NBA with his ninth
head coaching job after sitting
out the last two seasons.





ej" Bahamian NFL

TAMPA BAY Buccaneers' Alex Smith drops the football in the first quarter after scoring a touchdown against
the Carolina Panthers during Sunday's game in Tampa, Florida...

star shines

Sports Reporter

AS his franchise continues to
progress towards a division lead
and successful defense of a divi-
sion title, one of the country's
most recognized grid iron stars
continues to figure prominently
into his team's offensive game
Alex Smith caught his second
touchdown pass of the season
Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buc-
caneers trounced the division
rival Carolina Panthers 27-3 in
Raymond James Stadium.
The win gave the Buccaneers
sole possession of the lead in
the NFC South division at 4-2.
The Panthers fell to 4-2.
However, the Buccaneers own
the tiebreaker due to this week-
end's win.
Smith totaled three recep-
tions for 43 yards on the day,
including the touchdown.
The Bucs scored their first
touchdown of the game early in
the first quarter off a blocked
punt, returned for a touchdown
by Geno Hayes.

Alex Smith helps Buccaneers

destroy the Panthers 27-3

Smith's touchdown reception
came with 2:48 left in the first
quarter on a third and one play.
Jeff Garcia was flushed from
the pocket and found Smith
near the back of the end zone
wide open for the score and a
14-0 lead.
The vaunted Bucs defense
forced a myriad of turnovers,
including three interceptions
from Panthers quarterback Jake
Delhomme who came into the
game with a career 7-1 record
against Tampa Bay.
The Panthers were favoured
by 2.5 but they appeared stag-
nant on offense and failed to
reach the end zone despite a
myriad of feasible scoring
On the season, Smith has
caught 13 receptions for 152
yards and two touchdowns.

The four-year veteran has
increased productivity over the
past few weeks, catching touch-
downs in two of the last three
contests and reaching his high-
est yardage total of the season
against the Panthers with 43.
Smith is third on the team in
receiving yards behind Antonio
Bryant (291), Ike Hilliard (199),
second in touchdown receptions
behind Hilliard (three), and sec-
ond in average yards per catch
with 11.7 behind John.
Gilmore's 12 yard per catch.
Smith recorded his highest
touchdown totals in the past-
two seasons where he caught"
three each in back to back sea-
With two scores in just six
games, Smith is well ahead of
a career-setting pace this sea-

With the game out of reach in
the fourth quarter, the sellout
crowd didn't chant for backup
quarterback Brady Quinn or
coach Romeo Crennel's head.
Instead, Cleveland fans direct-
ed their taunts at the unbeaten
Super Bowl champions, who
rolled into town touted as the
best team in pro football.
"Overrated," they screamed
at the New York Giants.
Overwhelmed, too.
Playing one of their most-
complete games in the past
decade, the Browns breathed
new life into a season that was
quickly slipping away Monday
night by stunning the previous-
ly unbeaten Giants 35-14 and
ending New York's 11-game
road winning streak.
The Giants, so dominant
through four games, were no
match for the Browns (2,3).
Cleveland rolled up 454 total
yards of offense, intercepted
three Eli Manning passes and
never punted.
"We turned the ball over, we
didn't stop the run and we
weren't very good on third
down," Giants coach Tom
Coughlin said. "Our offense
wasn't very good when we got
down there to put the ball in
the end zone. There were out-
standing plays from Cleveland.
Let's not take anything away
from them."
Through weeks of frustration,

injuries and a near-quarterback
change by Crennel, the Browns
never lost hope in this season.
They may have saved it.
With quarterback Derek
Anderson outplaying Manning,
Braylon Edwards making big
catches and Eric Wright return-
ing an interception 94 yards for
a touchdown in the fourth quar-
ter, the Browns won on Mon-
day night for the first time since
1993 and won some much-
needed credibility.
Anderson, whose job was in
serious jeopardy just a few
weeks ago and may have been
down to one more loss, threw a
22-yard TD to Darnell Dinkins
and an 11-yarder to Edwards,
who announced his team's
return to the NFL's prime-time
weekday slot by performing a
cartwheel into a back flip dur-
ing pregame introductions.
"I did it to give us a little
extra," Edwards said of his tum-
bling run. "I think RAC (Cren-
nel) nearly had a heart attack."
In their first four games, the
Browns had shown no signs of
living up to high expectations
following a,10-6 season. They
had dropped their first two
games at home, lost three in a
row overall and had only a vic-
tory over winless Cincinnati to
show so far in 2008.
Now, they've got something
to brag about.
"This,is us," Anderson said.
"These are the same guys who
made plays all last season. I
never doubted it."
Anderson finished 18-for-29

for 310 yards, Edwards caught
five passes for a career-high 154
yards and Jamal Lewis scored
on a 4-yard run in the first half
for the Browns, who handed
the Giants (4-1) their first loss
and left Tennessee as the NFL's
only unbeaten team.
Aside from 10 penalties, sev-
eral of them for false starts, the
Browns were superior in ever
phase over the Giants, who had
reeled off 11 straight wins -
12 counting the Super Bowl -
outside of New Jersey since
Week 1 last season. But Man-
ning was not himself and New
York, which embarrassed
Cleveland during the exhibition
season, missed an opportunity
to open a two-game lead in the
brutal NFC East.
"I threw three interceptions,"
Manning said. "That's unac-
ceptable. That's not the way we
win games. You're going to lose
a game every once in a while,
but we don't like the way we
played. That's what's disap-
Edwards' 11-yard TD recep-
tion on the first play of the
fourth quarter gave the Browns
a 27-14 lead, and he punctuated
it with a reverse dunk over the
goal post. The score capped a
painstaking 87-yard drive that
was bogged down by five
Cleveland penalties. In all, the
Browns went 117 yards before
"Forward, backward, for-
ward, backward," said tight end
Steve Heiden, who had five
catches while starting for

CLEVELAND BROWNS defensive back Brandon McDonald (22) intercepts a pass intended for New York Giants
wide receiver Plaxico Burress (17) in the third quarter of Monday's game in Cleveland. The Browns intercepted
giants quarterback Eli Manning three times in their 35-14 win...

injured Pro Bowler Kellen
Winslow. "At least we got in
The Giants then drove to the
Cleveland 9, but on second-
and-4, Manning locked onto
wide receiver Amani Toomer,
allowing Wright time to dart in
front, make the interception
and tiptoe down the sideline to
the end zone. It was a satisfying
turn for Wright, who was

burned twice by the Giants dur-
ing the Aug. 18 matchup.
"He held the ball a little
longer and that allowed me to
make a play," Wright said. "I
tried to give myself some room
so I could stay in bounds and I
lucked out."
While Browns fans danced in
the aisles, Anderson hit
Edwards for the 2-point con-
version to put the Browns

ahead by 21.
"This springboards us into
our second season," Edwards
said. "The first three losses are
over. We have 11 games left to
play like we did tonight."
Manning went 18-of-28 for
196 yards and threw a 22-yard
TD pass to Plaxico Burress,
who was back after serving a
one-game suspension for vio-
lating team rules.

First-place Vikings still have fans to win over

AP Sports Writer

The Minnesota Vikings had just won
their second straight game to move
into a tie for first place in the NFC
Defensive end Jared Allen stood in
front of his locker and had one message
for his team's fans.
"Chill out people," Allen said. "We
have a lot of season left. Chill out."
Despite six sacks, a safety, nearly
300 yards passing from Gus Frerotte, a
second 100-yard receiving game in a
row for Bernard Berrian and a 100-
yard rushing day from Adrian Peter-
son, I he Vikings squeaked by the win-

less Detroit Lions for a 12-10 victory
that left the Metrodome fans wanting
so much more. Thousands chanted
"Fire Childress!" throughout the sec-
ond half, convinced that coach Brad
Childress isn't the man for the job just
under 2 1/2 seasons into his tenure.
"I know that goes with my position.
Fans live and die by every play, so
that's part of their prerogative to call
for different plays, call a bonehead
coaching move or guys not catching
the football," Childress said Monday.
"That's been around as long as coach-
es have been coaching. It's always the
body of work. You always get judged at
the end of the year, so I can't afford to
pay a lot of attention to it."
What does make this situation

unique is that the criticism is growing as
the victories keep coming. After a 1-3
start, the Vikings won at New Orleans
last week and against the Lions on Sun-
day. They head into Chicago this week-
end in a three-way tie in the muddled
North with the Bears and the Green
Bay Packers.
But neither win was of the convinc-
ing variety. Peterson rushed for just 32
yards at New Orleans. Then the
Vikings committed three turnovers,
allowed five sacks, went 3-for-15 on
third down, 0-for-3 in the red zone,
committed seven penalties on offense
and benefited from two debatable calls
by the officials to escape against the
The Vikings weren't apologizing for

the win on Monday. "Any win that you
can get, no matter if it's ugly or pretty,
it's a victory," safety Darren Sharper
said. "You're excited to get it. So we're
feeling good and definitely looking for-
ward to this upcoming game."
Childress is 17-21 in his 38 games as
coach since being hired to replace Mike
Tice in 2006. Billed as an offensive guru
when he was hired away from Philadel-
phia, where he was offensive coordi-
nator under Andy Reid, the Vikings
have struggled in that department most
of his tenure.
The coach said the Minnesota fans
'are "becoming more like Philadelphia
fans, I suppose. A little bit more mean
spirited. "But, like I said, I don't ever
hear the boos or the (cheers). I know

when the crowd is loud, obviously,
because it impacts us or it impacts the
other team. But I'm always worried
about the bottom line."
Philly sports fans are notorious for
viciousness and vulgarity that can be
directed at the home teams as much
as the visitors. Childress recounted his
experience there, remembering hearing
all kinds of things that were "not print-
"It's amusing. It's what we do.
though. You can't take it personally,"
he said. "I have problems when they
boo our team, but that's their preroga-
tive. They pay a lot of money to get
into that game and if that's what you're
there for, as opposed to support your
team, that's up to them."



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UEFA gives

S Atletico two-

game ban

- for racism

NYON, Switzerland (AP)
UEFA ordered Atletico
Madrid on Tuesday to play its
next two home Champions
League games at a neutral
venue because of violent and
racist behaviour by the club's
fans during a recent match
against Marseille.
The Spanish club was also
fined $204,600.
"There were monkey chants
against the nonwhite players
throughout the game and
there was also a problem with
handicapped supporters who
bought tickets and were not
provided with adequate view-
ing," .UEFA spokesman
William Gaillard told Britain's
Sky Sports News.
"There were really a num-
ber of serious problems."
Gaillard added that black
journalists were also insulted
by fans who broke into the
press area.
"All these offenses amount
to a tremendous disregard for
our respect policy," he said,
adding that UEFA enforces
"zero tolerance for violent and
racist behavior."
Atletico will have to play its
matches against Liverpool and
PSV Eindhoven on Oct. 22
and Nov. 26 at a venue at least
186 miles from Madrid,
UEFA said.
European football's gov-
erning body said it will impose
a third home-match ban if
there is a repeat in the next
five years of the crowd trouble
seen at Atletico's 2-1 Cham-
pions League victory over
Marseille earlier this month.
Atletico coach Javier
Aguirre was banned from
joining his team for the home
and away matches against Liv-
erpool because of improper
conduct during the game. He
allegedly insulted Marseille
player Mathieu Valbuena.
Aguirre will be banned
from the sidelines, the tunnel
and the dressing room, and is
forbden frommunie-at-,
ing fthhis- teai iO g taose'
two games.
Atletico said it would
appeal, and has until Friday
to do so.
Liverpool said the timing of
the venue change penalizes its
own fans.
"To say the decision is a bit
late in the day, is to put it
mildly," chief executive Rick
Parry said. "We have 3,000
fans going to the game and we
are extremely concerned for
our supporters, the vast major-
ity of whom have already
made travel arrangements."
UEFA acknowledged Liv-
erpool's concerns but said it
had no choice.
"We know they face hard-
ship and disruption and we
sympathize with that, but we
needed to punish Atletico
Madrid," Gaillard said. "We
have no alternative. What
would people have said if Liv-
erpool went there and the
* players and fans suffered the
same treatment?"
The punishment was wel-
comed by Marseille coach
S Eric Gerets.
S"Racism has no place inside
i a football stadium and I hope
they (UEFA) keep this same
approach in the future," he
said on the club's Web site.
He also urged Spanish
authorities to release a Mar-
seille fan who was arrested
during the incidents.
"I hope they will under-
stand that they quickly have to
release our fan, who is proba-
bly innocent," Gerets said.
"This ruling shows that this
supporter should not be inside
a Spanish jail."



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Ljor maritime conference

set for Grand Bahama


MARITIME CONFERENCE Michael Humes, First Assistant Secretary at the Cabinet Office, is pictured
(centre) accompanied by industry partners and organizers as they announce the Bahamas International
Maritime Conference and Trade Show set for the Our Lucaya Resort, November 19-21. Pictured from left
are: Jeff Hollingsworth, Vopak Terminal Bahamas; Harcourt Brown, Director of Labour; Adeil Gay, Com-
mittee Member; Matthew Missick, Vopak Terminal Bahamas; Sherry Rodgers, Corporate Affairs Manag-
er, Freeport Harbour Company, Freeport Container Port, and G B Airport Company; Mr Humes; Mr Ray-
mond Jones, CEO for Freeport Harbour Company, Freeport Container Port and G B Airport Company;
Ben Ferguson, Sr Deputy Port Director; Captain Makarios Rolle, Berthing Master, South Riding Point
Holdings Limited and Mr Orlando Forbes, Freeport Harbour Company.

Bahamas Information
Bahama A major maritime
conference and trade show is
planned for Grand Bahama.
Announcement of the
Bahamas International Con-
ference and Trade Show
(BIMCATS) was made Fri-
day at a press conference at
the Freeport Office of The
Prime Minister.
Michael Humes, First Assis-
tant Secretary at the Cabinet
Office and also a Coordina-
tor for the event, joined with
industry partners from Grand
Bahama to formally announce
the event.
He pointed out thaL The
Bahamas is highly respected
in the international maritime
community, having attained
and maintained the world's
third largest ship registry.
However, he pointed out
that for The Bahamas to
maintain its prominent posi-
tion in the region and in the
world, policy makers, pro-
gramme planners and stake-
holders must ensure that The
Bahamas stays abreast of the
ever-changing demands and
developments in the Interna-
tional Maritime Industry.
"As part and parcel of its
overall strategy to stimulate
interest in the many world
class maritime services offered
,in The Bahamas, as well as to
encourage leading shipping
companies to consider regis-
tering their vessels on the
Bahamian Ship Registry, the
Government has authorised
the Ministry 6f The Environ-
ment to enter into a public-
private arrangement with
industry stakeholders for the
purpose of hosting this major
international conference and
trade show in The Bahamas,"
he said.
The event is set for Novem-
ber 19 21 at the Our Lucaya
Resort, and will be held under
the theme, "Opportunities in
Trade and Maritime Services."
He said the event is intend-
ed to serve as a platform for
showcasing the multiple facets
of the .country's maritime
industry, particularly as it
relates to trans-shipment,
trade, ship ownership, registry
services, ship repair and other
areas of maritime services.
The conference and trade
show will also seek to promote
The Bahamas as a hub for
international trade; highlight
the benefits and advantages
of The Bahamas International
Ship Registry; draw attention
to. the latest developments and
opportunities in the maritime
industry in The Bahamas and
explore issues related to local
and international investment
trends and opportunities in
the maritime industry.
Mr Humes also said that Mr
Efthimios E Mitropoulos, Sec-
retary General of the Inter-
national Maritime Organisa-
tion, has accepted an invita-
tion to visit The Bahamas dur-
ing the conference and to
deliver the keynote address at
the event. Mr Humes was
accompanied by members of
the New Providence based
Core Organising Committee
to engage in a number of key
strategic meetings with indus-
try partners and resort offi-
cials on Grand Bahama.
Continuing, he said that in a
real way the Conference is
about change and opportunity.
"It is about the passion and
determination of the Govern-
ment to bring about a shift in
the way business is presently
done in the industry and to
assist in charting a more acces-
sible and efficient course going
forward. It is also about a call
by the industry for a more
conducive regulatory envi-
ronment in which to conduct
business. It is about exposing
the international maritime
community to the world class
maritime infrastructure and
support services presently in
place, as well as the improve-
ments that are planned," he

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$40m British Colonial

EPA will


refinancing completed 'albatross
..nu.a ni thi

Tribune Business Editor
The British Colonial
Hilton's immediate hold-
ing company has just com-
pleted a $40 million re-
*Tfinancing with First-
Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas), Tribune Business learnt yes-
terday, and has a "few irons in the fire"
to develop the adjacent land left vacant
after the joint venture marina deal col-
Tribune Business was told that one
of the options under consideration for
the property earmarked as the site of a
marina developed in conjunction with
New York-based Island Global Yacht-
ing (IGY) is an upscale office complex
consisting of two towers.
Although nothing has been decided, a
spokesman for the British Colonial
Development Company yesterday said

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that one of the proposed towers would
feature 100,000 square feet in office
space. The second tower would feature
an upmarket, business-oriented hotel
such as Hilton's luxury Conrad brand.
Any marina development there is
likely to play a secondary.role in the
overall development scheme, the source
said, with the office complex t:n golingi
tenants such as banks, insurance com-
panies and government departments.
"We might build in the hotel, if the
condo market comes back, some dedi-
cated floors for the selling of residential
units," the spokesman said. "We want a
first-class site to complement the exist-
ing hotel. We've totally filled out the

Centre of Commerce. We're just dedi-,
cated to doing the right thing."
With the British Colonial Hilton
attracting more customers and running
an 80 per cent occupancy rate, the
spokesman said the demand was there
to look at expanding the facilities and
amenities offered at the downtown Nas-
sau property.
The British Colonial Development
Company, two affiliated property com-
panies, and its major shareholders, Adu-
rion Capital and PRK Holdings, have'
been named as defendants by IGY,
which has filed a lawsuit alleging that it
was 'double crossed' on reassurances
that Adurion would not attempt to alter

the joint venture's terms when it bought
into the downtown Nassau resort.
However, the British'Colonial Devel-
opment Company and its"affiliates,, in
their June 20, 2008, motion to dismiss
the lawsuit, alleged that the marina joint
venture "vwas terminated because IGY
failed to'meet its obligations and close
the deal by the deadline date.
"The lawsuit is [IGY's] attempt, after
failing to meet its obligations under the
purchase agreement, to revive a trans-
action that was properly terminated,"
the Hilton companies alleged, "after, the
expiration of.the [final] closing date.

SEE page 2B

BTC bidder's 'exclusivity' terminated

TribUne Business Editor
THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company's (BTC)
privatization committee has
sent the leading bidder a letter
terminating its exclusivity peri-
od, Tribune Business learned
The communication, which
this newspaper understands
was sent to Bluewater Com-
munications Holdings repre-
sentatives on Friday, is thought
to have prompted the bidding
group to demand that an arbi-
tration clause in the exclusivity
period agreement be invoked
and the two sides go to media-
Both sides were tight-lipped
on the'situation yesterday,
refusing to comment. Members
of the Government-appointed
privatization committee
declined to speak when con-
tacted by Tribune Business, as
did Blucwater's attorney, Philip

Privatisation could end up in arbitration

Davis of Davis & Co. T. B.
Donaldson, the committee's
chairman, was twice in meet-
ings when Tribune Business
called, and was unable to speak
to this newspaper.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, said: ."I am
unable to comment on that"
when contacted by Tribune
Business. However, none of
those spoken to denied that the
privatization committee had
sought to terminate Bluewa-
ter's exclusivity period.
Chris Matthews, of London-
based PR company. Hogarth,
which has been hired to deal
with media and public relations
activities surrounding the BTC
privatization, said the Govern-
ment-appointed committee was
likely to release an update on
the process later this week.

When asked about the exclu-
sivity period termination, he
replied: "That's not something
I can confirm." However, Mr
Matthews then indicated it was
an issue that the statement was
likely to address.
Tribune Business had been
contacted on Friday and told a
statement from the BTC pri-
vatisation committee was forth-
coming, but nothing materi-
The move to terminate Blue-
water's exclusivity period will
come as no surprise to those
intimately involved with the
BTC privatization process, both
on the Government and Blue-
water side. Nor is it a surprise
for Tribune Business or keen
readers of this newspaper.
However, if the dispute
between Bluewater and the

Government/privatisation com-
mittee does go into arbitration
it runs the risk of further hold-
ing up the privatization process
tJQe longer it goes on.
The Ingraham administration
does not appear to have been
keen on Bluewater and its offer
from the outset, viewing it with
suspicion as a 'PLP deal' put
together with the former
Christie administration.
Bluewater concluded an agree-
ment in principle with the for-
mer Christie government shortly
before it left office that would
have seen it pay $260 million for
a 49 per cent BTC stake over a
six-year period.
Some $225 million was to be
paid up front; a further $30 mil-
lion after the five-year cellular
exclusivity was ended, and $5 mil-
lion after year six.

Yet the current government
has always appeared eager to
open up the bidding process and
conduct a 'beauty contest' auc-
tion process to see whether there
are better offers than Bluewa-
ter's out there, despite the latter
protesting it still had time to run
on an exclusivity period.
Tribune Business previously
-revealed that Bluewater and.the
Government were disputing,
whether the bidding group has
an exclusivity period and sales
agreement in principle in place,
an issue that could if unresolved
- send both parties into arbitra-
tion and further delay a privati-
sation process that has dragged
on for 10 years and cost taxpay-
ers and bidding groups millions
of dollars.
Mr Davis had previously told
Tribune Business that if the Gov-
ernment had stuck to the original
terms and had been prepared to
sell a 75 per cent stake in BTC, as

SEE page 2B

Tribune Bush ss Editor
THE promised
market access to
the European
Union (EU) that b
Bahamian firms
will enjoy is an
"illusory bene-
fit", a leading
attorney said yes-
terday, with the m
Economic Part-
nership Agree-
ment (EPA) likely to become "an
albatross around our necks" if the
Bahamas signs up today.
. Brian Moree, senior partner at
McKinney; Banlroft & Hughes,
said their relatively small size and
scale would prevent Bahamian
companies from increasing their
market share in the EU, despite
the EPA's much-hyped market
access benefits, as they would be
squeezed out by larger EU-based
"I think time will show there
will be very little benefit to
Bahamian businesses going to
Europe and accessing their mar-
kets," Mr Moree told Tribune
S"We all know there are many
factors that mitigate against that
development, because we have
very small businesses here that
cannot compete with the multi-
national businesses in Europe.
We can't compete regionally, let
alone with the Europeans, due to
the cost of labour here, and there
are all sorts of barriers to doing
business with individual countries
in Europe that are not addressed
in the EPA."
Mr Moree pointed to the fact
that the Bahamas had not
increased its European market
share, despite enjoying preferen-

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Company unveils its

solar power golf carts

Business Reporter
nologies Group, a Bahamian
company focused on alternative
energy products, has introduced
its first item a solar-panelled
golf cart designed to be both
environmentally friendly and
cost effective.
In an interview with Tribune
Business, Herbert Scott, the
company's president, explained
that the firm was created out of
a desire to alleviate high fuel
costs and the need to protect
the Bahamas' natural resources.
The company's chief operating
officer is Keith Bethel and there
are several other unnamed

"We chose this time because
the technology is here that will
allow -you to take everyday
items and make them more
environmentally friendly," Mr
Scott said.
"As an island nation, if some-
thing happens we will be the
first to be affected, so we need
to do our part to reduce energy
One of the first items that
Environmental Technologies
Group decided to offer Bahami-
ans was solar-powered golf
"We thought this product
would be very viable in the
Bahamas, given the amount of
golf courses throughout the
country, the number of small
islands and cays which utilise
them [golf carts] as a primary
source of transportation, and
private communities and busi-
nesses that may use them for
transport .and security. We will
be targeting all those places,"
Mr Scott said.
He explained that the golf
carts are powered by a solar
panel on the roof, and come
equipped with a back-up power
supply that kicks in when it is
cloudy or for night time use. In
addition to the fully loaded cart,
Environmental Technologies
Group also provides retro kits,
which can transform' electric
carts into solar powered ones.
"We have actually gotten
, quite a bit of interest in the
retro kits," Mr Scott said.
He added that the solar carts
will cost about $1500 more than
their counterparts, but will pay

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tial market access to the EU,
for the past 25 years as the rea-
son why signing the EPA would
result in "no increase in mar-
ket presence" for Bahamian
goods and services exporters.
On the market access issue,

he added: "The most funda-
mental reason why it is an illu-
sory benefit is the size and scale
of business in the Bahamas
compared to what they would
be competing against in Europe.
"To suggest that we in the
Bahamas, given the scale and
size problems, can realistically
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to benefit the average working
person in this country is illusory.
"Time will show the Bahami-
an people got very little out of
the EPA, and it will be an alba-
tross around our necks when it
comes to negotiating with the
Americans and Canadians."
Within the next five years the
Bahamas and other Caribbean
states will be forced to renego-
tiate the Caribbean Basin Ini-
tiative (CBI) and CARIBCAN
agreements with the US and
Canada respectively, making
them two-way reciprocal trade
deals to comply with World
Trade Organisation (WTO)
With the US likely to insist
on a Most Favoured Nation
(MFN) clause in any CBI agree-
ment, requiring the Bahamas to
be non-discriminatory and give
it 'at least as' favourable terms
as anyone else, Mr Moree said
he agreed with the views
expressed by Professor Stephen
Lande, of the Manchester
Trade consultancy, Professor
Norman Girvan and others.
Their concerns have focused
on the inclusion of an MFN
clause in the EPA agreement

between the Bahamas/CARI-
FORUM and EU, fearing that
this would immediately force
the US to "demand a reciprocal
free trade agreement with
This, in turn, would spark a
chain of events causing an accel-
erated timetable for tariff lib-
eralisation on both US and EU-
originated imports, something
that would have major reper-
cussions for the Bahamian tax
system, which is 60 per cent
reliant on import-related taxes.
With the US likely to rely on
the Central American-Domini-
can Republic (CAFTA-DR)
trade agreement as the template
for any agreement with the
'Caribbean, Mr Lande, Professor
Girvan and others said: "If
CAFTA-DR is used as the tem-
plate for a US-CARICOM free
trade agreement, which is like-
ly, then there is likely to be a 97
*per cent liberalisation of
imports from the US in 10
years, moving to 100 per cent
in 20 years.
"If the EU insists on MFN
treatment from CARICOM
under the EPA's MFN clause,
the result would be to consid-

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erably accelerate the speed and
extent of import liberalisation
from the EU above what is pro-
vided in the EPA schedule.
"The EPA schedule varies by
country. The average for CAR-
IFORUM as a whole is 61 per
cent liberalisation by year 10,
compared to 97 per cent in
CAFTA-DR..... Obviously, to
move to 100 per cent liberali-
sation in 10 years for a large
part of imports implies major
fiscal adjustment for some coun-
tries, and potentially economic
adjustment, too."
The Bahamas will be among
those nations most affected, and
Mr Lande added: "The most
serious implication of this sce-
nario is what it will mean for
tax collections and fiscal bal-
ance in these countries.
"At a time of receding eco-
nomic activities, how can the
Caribbean compensate for this
serious loss of revenues, not
only from the current EU EPAs
but from the expected US
demand for an agreement, with
the resulting increase in rev-
enue losses from the EU-EPA.
One must analyse these impli-

Mr Moree said yesterday that
if the Government had not
made a binding commitment to
submit a services offer, this
nation should use the next six
months before it was sent in to
debate the merits of doing so.
It is understood that the
Bahamas will be represented at
today's signing in Barbados by
deputy prime minister and min-
ister of foreign affairs, Brent
Mr Moree said: "The Gov-
ernment have made their deci-
sion. I respect the right of the
Government of the Bahamas to
make that decision in the
national interest of the Bahami-
an people, but'in this case I
deeply regret the decision they
have made.
"Time will show it was an
unwise decision. Not only is it
going to affect trade negotia-
tions with our major trading
partners, but the benefits for
the Bahamian people are going
to be minimal.
"Time will show there will be
minimal benefits, and no signif-
icant contribution to the well-
being of the average Bahami-
an's earnings."

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'exclusivity' terminated

FROM page 1B minds between my client and the
Government, and the funds were
it had indicated in talks with Blue- properly secured and set aside for
water, the group would have been the acquisition.
prepared "to pay $400 million". "Once the Government indi-
The Government has instead cated its willingness to sell up to
decided to liberalise cellular ser- as high as 75 per cent the Gov-
vices BTC's most valuable arm eminent said that to us provision
within two years of privatization was made to accommodate that
being completed, rather than the as well.
five years envisaged by the "The debt crisis and financial
Christie administration, crunch will not impact their abil-
Bluewater has been locked in ity to consummate this deal. The.
talks with the Government over funds are there and readily avail-
BTC's privatization for three to able to acquire 49 per cent or as
four years,-and-is-understood to high as 75 per cent as the Gov-
have spent $6-$7 million on the ernment had indicated."
process to date. The latest developments, and
Mr Davis also moved to scotch the seeming 'runaround' Blue-
concerns that Bluewater would water has endured under two
have difficulty in raising debt administrations, could further
financing to acquire BTQteing_. hamn-thl Bahamas' reputation in
Tribune Business: "Proyisionid invys nVni, banking and interna-
been made for a meeting of tihe tionalltelec6ms circles.

National Co-operative

Congress Town Meeting

"The Role of Co-operatives in National Development"

October 15, 2008
8:00 P.M. 9:30 P.M.
Hosted by Steve- McKinney


The Department of Co-operative Development in collaboration
with the Bahamas Co-operative League Limited cordially invites
the general public to attend the National Co-operative Congress
Town Meeting and participate in provocative discussions on the
topic "The Role of Co-operatives InNational Development'"
Panelists will address issues facing the sector and discuss how

Bahamians can actively participate in the growth
development of the co-operative sector.


Mr. Ralph Paige

Mr. Serge Gosselin

Mr. Lennie Etienne

Mr. Cordell Knowles

Mr. Walter Evans


Executive Director, Southern Co-op
& Land Assistance Fund, USA

Desjardins Movement, Canada

Chairman, Producers Service Council

Teachers & Salaried Workers
Co-operative-Credit Union Limited

Bahamas Law Enforcement
Co-operative Credit Union Limited

College of the Bahamas
Culinary & Hospitality Training Institute

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The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in exercise of its powers and functions under
Section 6(5) of the Telecommunications Act (Ch. 304) gives notice that it is conducting
a Public Consultation on DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURES between
14"t October and 10t November, 2008. The purpose of the Public Consultation is
for the PUC to set out a framework and the methods by which it proposes to undertake
to resolve telecommunications-related disputes between licenced service providers.
The PUC invites and welcomes comments and submissions from members of the
public, licenced service providers and other interested parties on its consultation
document on Dispute Resolution Procedures. After the public consultation closes,
the PUC will issue a Statement of Results on the public consultation.
Persons may obtain copies of the public consultation document either in:
(1) In printed booklet from the PUC Office, Agape House, Fourth Terrace East,
off Collins Avenue, Centreville, Nassau; or
(2) By downloading it from the PUC Website at www.pucbahamas.gov.bs.
Persons may send their written submissions or comments on the public consultation
document to the PUC either:
(a) By hand, to the PUC Office, Agape House, Fourth Terrace East, off Collins
Avenue, Centreville, Nassau; or -
(b) By mail, to the Executive Director, Public Utilities Commission, P.O. Box
N-4860, Nassau, Bahamas; or
(c) By fax, to (242) 323-7288; or
(d) By e-mail, to info@pucbahamas.gov.bs
The deadline for receiving submissions and comments is 5:00 PM on 10th November,
Dated 6th October, 2008
Michael J. Symonette
Executive Director
Public Utilities Commission
Agape House
Fourth Terrace East, Centreville
P.O. Box N-4860
Nassau, Bahamas.
Fax: (242) 323-7288
E-mail: info@pucbahamas.gov.bs



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Mortgage relief not

creating a

'welfare state'

Tribune Business Editor

THE Government's pro-
posed mortgage relief plan was
yesterday described as a "win-
win" for both hard-pressed con-
sumers and banks by a minis-
ter who denied it risked turn-
ing the Bahamas into a socialist
welfare state.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, said persons
should not speculate about the
initiative intended to assist
homeowners having trouble in
meeting their mortgage pay-
ments until full details were
released by the Government -
something Bahamian commer-
cial banks were yesterday ask-
ing for.
Responding to critics who felt
this programme was going too
far and risked turning the
Bahamas into a 'nanny state'
where citizens became over-
reliant on the Government to
bail them out every time they
hit financial trouble, Mr Laing
said: "I do know this much.
"When citizens of the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas find
themselves losing their most
valuable asset and lifetime's
investment, because of circum-
stances beyond their control,
namely the global economic cri-
sis, what a government should
do ought not be a mystery to
many people."
Mr Laing conceded that a
government providing private
homeowners with financial
assistance to help meet their

mortgage payments during
"normal times, growth times"
could justify the 'welfare state'
.But, pointing to the steps tak-
en by'governments in the US,
UK and Europe, who had in the
past week nationalised much of
their banking systems in an
attempt to bolster confidence
in the financial sector, free-up
the clogged lending system and
alleviate the credit crunch, Mr
Laing said: "You can tell we
live in extraordinary times.
"To bring assistance, to bring
relief, it cannot be a suggestion
that we are becoming a welfare
state. Rather, we are looking at
extraordinary measures in
extraordinary times."
Mr Ingraham's mortgage
assistance plan, announced over
the weekend when he attend-
ed the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) and World Bank
annual meetings, was yesterday
criticized by several persons,
including the Nassau Institute's
Rick Lowe.
He told Tribune Business
that to provide Bahamian
homeowners with mortgage
relief and subsidies was likely
to cost the Government, and by
extension other Bahamian tax-
payers, millions of dollars and
effectively result in a redistrib-
ution of income.
Arguing that the Bahamas
could not afford extra govern-
ment welfare and spending poli-
cies with the national debt now
standing at over $3 billion, Mr
Lowe argued: "I would like to

Company unveils

its solar power

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FROM page 1B

that difference off within a
year in fuel savings. The refit
cost depends upon the type
of cart and its voltage, and
will also repay itself in a few
Environmental Technolo-
gies Group is able to benefit
from the tax concessions out-
lined in the 2008-2009 and
previous Budgets for solar
and alternative items.
"We do have to pay duty
on the golf carts, but not on
the solar panels," Mr Scott
Environmental Technolo-
gies Group intends to bring
in several other products in
the near future, such as solar
refrigerators and freezes, as
well as a solar power back-
Given that the law
requires residential and busi-
Sness customers to use BEC

power in areas where it is
available, Mr Scott said the
solar back-up would work
like a generator, cutting in
when BEC is not available.
Mr Scott said one of the
biggest concerns BEC has
about consumers feeding
excess solar-generated elec-
tricity back into the grid is
that it would occur when
workmen were working on
power lines, potentially
putting their lives in jeop-
However, he said solar
power technology will enable
it to automatically shut off
when BEC is working, ensur-
ing that power is not trans-
mitted until it is safe to do
To date, Environmental
Technologies Group has
invested around $50,000 in
initial start-up costs and the
purchase of sample golf carts
and retro kits. Eventually,
they intend to .build a show-
room with sample products.

think that Mr Ingraham would
have used his bully pulpit to
encourage people and families
to help each other, because the
debt levels are such that we
can't sustain the debt level we
"With the country on the
precipice, with $3 billion in
national debt, the National
Insurance Board (NIB) in dan-
ger of going bust, it seems to
me to be the wrong time to
implement welfare policies.
"I realise people are hurting,
but we all need to look inter-
nally at helping our families
before asking the state to step
in. Government cannot give
anyone anything without tak-
ing it from someone else. That's
going to be inevitable [tax rises],
because the country cannot sus-
tain its debt level."
Mr Lowe added: "We were
across at Atlantis at the week-
end, and it was pretty horrible.
It was pretty empty. Hopefully
we'll learn the lesson that these
tourists are a vital part of our
economy, and will start to
appreciate the Americans."
Other criticisms of the Gov-
ernment's plan were that such a
scheme carried a significant

"moral hazard" risk, as it would
encourage homeowners to
default on their mortgage pay-
ments, or take out' loans well
beyond their means to service,
in the belief that the Govern-
ment would 'bail them out' if
they got into difficulties.
"When the Government
makes such an announcement,
it encourages people to not pay
their bills," one senior banker,
who requested anonymity, told
Tribune Business.
Given the existing problems
in holding persons to account,
apd the relative lack of disci-
pline and personal responsibili-
ty in the Bahamas, initiatives
such as that being proposed by
the Government apart from
negatively impacting the pub-
lic finances and national debt -
run the risk of exacerbating
such traits.
"There are no consequences
any more for people's actions,
and what about our personal
responsibilities?" Mr Lowe said.
"God knows, I'd hate to lose
my house if I was not able to
pay the mortgage, but like the
US financial bailout, it's not the
approach they should be tak-
"It's certainly going to force
the Government's hand to
increase the debt in a world of
limited liquidity. Where is the
money coming from? Our
reserves, at $685 million, are
they enough to keep us going
before drastic action is
He also feared that the Gov-
ernment's mortgage action
would encourage "slack" credit
creation conditions similar to
those that had caused problems
in the US.
Paul McWeeney, Bank of the
Bahamas International's man-
aging director, told Tribune
Business that the bank's cus-
tomers had already been call-
ing in to ask about the Govern-
ment's proposed mortgage
relief plan.
However, he added that while

NOTICE is hereby given that ANGELINE DORGEUS OF
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 15TH day of OCTOBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that GERARDIN FORRESTER
EE-16652, 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 8TH day of OCTOBER 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

the proposal and other govern-
ment assistance initiatives were
"admirable", he could not com-
ment on the mortgage aspect
because the clearing banks
wanted to see details on how
the plan would be structured
and operated, and who would
qualify for the assistance.
Mr McWeeney said there had
been no direct consultation with
the commercial banks on the
proposal, although the sector
had been asked to submit data
to the Central Bank of the
Bahamas recently.
He praised the proposal for
bolstering homeowner comfort
and confidence, but said that
while the number of delinquent
mortgage loans had increased,
the numbers were "not at the
point where they are out of

During the first eight months
of 2008, mortgage loan arrears
increased by $28.9 million or 11
per cent, and Mr McWeeney
added: "I think the system is
being well-managed. The banks
are well-capitalised, and no one
is involved in sub-prime mort-
"What we are seeing here is a
temporary situation, where eco-
nomic circumstances have
caused an upward trend in
delinquencies, but we expect
normalcy to return once we get
through this economic cycle."
Mr Laing said details on the
mortgage programme would
released "later on", and pointed
out that while its main goal was
to assist consumers at risk, the
banks would benefit, too.



N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) HELINARIA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provision of Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
21st November, 2007 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd.,Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI
Dated this 14th day of October, A.D.2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.





NOTICE is hereby.given that NASSAU BUILD-
ING SUPPLIES LIMITED, a company incorporat-
ed under The Companies Act, has on the 7th day
of October, 2008 been placed into receivership by
the Supreme Court upon the Ex-Parte Summons
filed on the 16th September, 2008 and be advised
that JOHN S. BAIN of HLB Galanis Bain has been
appointed the Receiver and Manager of the prop-
erty and assets of the company.



The Ministry of Housing will be holding a meeting at
the Carmichael Bible Church Hall on Tuesday, 14th
October, 2008 from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. for those
residents in the Fire Trail Road area who are living
on property owned by the Ministry.

Following that, the Ministry of Housing will also
host a meeting at the Golden gates Assembly Church
on Thursday, 16th October, 2008 from 6:00p.m.- to
9:00p.m. for those residents in th Fire Trail Road area
who are living on property owned by the Ministry

All such person
to attend their
following items:

in these two areas are therefore urged
respective meeting and bring the

(1) Proof of citizenship; and

(2) Verification of length of time lived on the

During the meetings, officials will carry out a
registration of person living on the land exercise so
that their position can be regularized.

Residents are asked to come on time as the meeting
will begin promptly at 6:00p.m.

Signed Melvin Seymour
Permanent Secretary

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

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2 3 7 4

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1 5 6

8 64

26 94
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Kakuro Puzzle
H Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to
fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of
each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum
of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number
may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.

Sudoku Answer

2i 5

8,7 1


4 8 3

Kakuro Answer

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8392 2931
96873 985
987 23194
71 512 71
8379 143;2
214 4987


Ion Speelmain v Pal Bento,
Rotterdam 1987. Former world
itle candidate Speelman is Ilow
in his fillies but is still on of Ihe
UK's leading grandmasiers. At
his peak at the time of today's
wiame Speien wsal one ol lie
Inl players in Europe. knocking
out the highly ranked Nigel Shor
from wofid comnrpeinors Here
the position seems about level.
a s Blak's double attack on the
d4 pawn offietl Whilte' spate
advantage, After the natural il Nf
the players could soon settle for
a draw, but Speelman had seen
further and demonstrated thal
White has an immediate tactic in
the diagram. Can you spot White's
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same ale.

1 Fairy tales may give a sort
of security for children
6 Slight lump on Sidney's
head (4)
10 Fabric I mend somehow
11 Dominant old lady upsets
Rita in a month (9)
12 Here's hoping I spring a
surprise (8)
13 A number make money
and gain experience (5)
15 Taking the offensive is a
help in the boxing arena
17 Improve, though in a nega-
tive way maybe (7)
19 Metal of quiet origin, per-
haps (3,4)
21 Found on a billiard table, it
may be used for a rest (7)
22 Spin a yarn (5)
24 Enforcing payment may be
hard (8)
27 Held thus, the victim of a
hoax is a mere puppet
28 Detect only a very small
amount (5)
29 Some tissue that is fat (4)
30 Gear manufacturer (10)

Yesterday's Cryptic Soluti
Across: 1 Sparred, 5 Ahead, 8
Passenger, 9 Ida, 10 Alps, 12
Fearsome, 14 Arabia, 15 Office, 17
Monogram, 18 Club, 21 Eli, 22
Leisurely, 24 So far, 25 Manager.
Down: 1 Sepia, 2 Ass, 3 Reef, 4
Dagger, 5 Aircraft, 6 Editorial, 7 De
eye, 11 Plaintiff, 13 Singular, 14
Aimless, 16 Barium, 19 Buyer, 20
Ruin, 23 Egg.

1 Bias shown by the team
2 Polish is taught at this
school (9)
3 Speeds that vary accord-
ing to direction (5)
4 Striking sign on porcelain
5 Being at home possibly
greet a number (7)
7 Girl from the manor (5)
8 Where to yawn when it's
late (10)
9 Set up after an instrument
breaks (8)
14 Support it over debts,
being well disposed (10)
16 Trite air may result in
anger (8)
18 Organised workers have
means of raising car stan-
dard (5,4)
20 To want that is right,
though comparatively
broke? (7) *
21 Bank fees for advances
that are offensive (7)
23 Deserter that is put out
and angry (5)
25 Symbol reverenced in
Shinto temples (5)
26 Shoulder and stomach (4)

Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Notable, 5 Crisp, 8
Beautiful, Pit, 10 Lack, 12
Trombone, 14 Summon, 15 Output,
17 Meantime, 18 Bull, 21 Lad, 22
Apathetic, 24 Risky, 25 Tyranny.
Down: 1 Nobel, 2 Tea, 3 Both, 4
Effort, 5 Columbus, 6 Impromptu, 7
Patient, 11 Commandos, 13
Contrary, 14 Similar, 16 Impact, 19
Lucky, 20 Char, 23 Tin:

1 Revelation (10)
6 Young of cattle (4)
10 Measure of purity of
gold (5)
11 Be more numerous
than (9)
12 Coax (8)
13 Absurd situation (5)
15 Gradual wearing
away (7)
17 Vehicles using a road
19 A poison (7)
21 Quiver (7)
22 Male singing voice
24 Of the home (8)
27 Indispensable (9)
28 Customary procedure
29 Playthings (4)
30 Bitter disappointment


1 Pack of cards (4)
,2 Energetic (9)
3 Wood- or metal-work-'
ing machine (5)
4 Sporting firearm (7)
5 Secluded place (7)
7 Yellowish
brown (5)
8 Unlikely (3-7)
9 Right to vote (8)
14 Field of
activity (10)
16 Lacking knowledge
18 State falsely (9)
20 Pain-relieving drug
21 Drinking glass (7)
23 Unpleasant (5)
25 Small explosive fire-
work (5)
26 A heavy, durable tim-
ber (4)









words in
the main
body of

HOW many words of four letters
or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used
once only. Each must contain
the centre letter and there must
be at least one nine-letter word.
No plurals.
Good 24; very good 36; excellent
48 (or more). Solution tomorrow.
beer beery berm bore bury
buyer byre ember embryo
emery euro herb here hereby
hero HOMEBUYER homer
hour mere more ombre
rheum rheumy rhomb rhumb
rhyme robe rube ruby umber
yore your

Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

A Necessary Risk

South dealer.
Last-West vulnerable.
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v KQ 10 9 8
AQ 108

North Es
3 I Pa
3 T Pa
live of spades.

The bidding:
South West
I V Pass
3 Pass
4 Pass
Opening lead -

When declarer is faced with a
seemingly hopeless proposition, he
must try to visualize distribution of
the opponents' cards that will allow
him to succeed. Today's deal pro-
vides a case in point.
South found himself in six hearts
aler making a light opening bid.' lad
West nolt led a spade., the slam would
have been a aI\ orite to succeed; ts it
w\is, lthe lonilrate seemed well-nighl
Nevertheless, declarer w\as obli-
gated to try to bring in 12 Iricks, so

he put on his game face and set about
the task. After taking the ace of
spades, he drew just two rounds of
trump with the A-K, leaving one
opposing trump outstanding. He then
cashed the A-K of diamonds and led
a third diamond toward his hand.
It was here that South made a
play that might appear peculiar, but
which was entirely correct under the
circumstances. After East followed
to the third diamond with the nine,
declare finessed the ten! When the
(en held and West couldn't rutf, the
contract was home.
South next cashed the diamond
queen, discarding the jack of spades
from dummy, lie then ruffed his
spade loser with the heart jack and so
made the slam, losing only a club
The apparently risky finesse of
the diamond ten was, in fact,
absolutely necessary. The slam could
not be made if three rounds of trump
were drawn, since declarer would
then be sure to lose a club and a
Nor could the contract succeed if
South played for a 3-3 diamond divi-
sion. In that case, the defender with
thle outstanding trump would ruffthe
diamond ten, preventing declarer
from discarding a spade from
dummy. Only it'f ast held four dia-
mnonds and the missing trump could
the slam he tlade, so finessing the
diamond lten was South's only hope.

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modern terminal in the world.

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tainly had its teething troubles
when it opened earlier this
year, but the benefits of its
state-of-the-art facilities
undoubtedly help sooth away
many of the woes of modem
Regular travellers between
the Bahamas and the UK will
also be pleased to hear that
hotel accommodation at the
airport has just got better -
thanks to a long-awaited reno-
vation project at London
Heathrow Renaissance Hotel,
a favoured stopover for, those
catching the early morning
Nassau flight.
The.Renaissance has recently
completed its extensive 2 mil-
lion-plus renovation, emerging
as a much brighter, more
unashamedly contemporary
version of its former self while
still being true to its era. The
Renaissance London Heathrow
now serves as a gleaming exam-
ple of a Renaissance brand
property within the UK.
. Noel Pierce, founder of
Pierce Design International,
said: "The Renaissance is a fab-
ulous and extremely versatile
property. Airport hotels can be
all things to all men and the
philosophy behind the design
approach held this to the core.
"Firstly, we had to deal with
operational issues, with two of
the largest conference rooms in
the UK, plus the vast lobby,
which has to double up as min-
gling space, breakout space and
waiting lounge it can handle
up to 600 delegates at once, not
to mention the aircrew check-
ing in."
The Heathrow hotel strip
surrounding the Renaissance
boasts many diverse hotels but
with no destination bar and
restaurant. The refurbished

Renaissance has taken the
opportunity to fill this gap. The
hotel has both the space and
the customer base to create a
funky exciting bar concept visi-
ble from the lobby and
Peter Antinoph, general
manager, said: "We were well
aware that the hotel needed
something of a renovation but
what we have now feels almost
like an entirely different prop-
erty. The customer and associ-
ate feedback.has been fantas-
There is also a direct shuttle
link from the hotel to Termi-
nal 5, so you can enjoy a sump-
tuous breakfast before setting
off for an early check-in.
Adrian Barton, BA's district
manager for the Bahamas and
Turks and Caicos, said all the
initial glitches at Terminal 5
have been worked out.
"We're going from strength
to strength because Terminal 5
is brand new and technologi-
cally advanced," he said.
"It's a different way of offer-
ing 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."
For those who are deterred
by self-service ticket
machines, there are BA staff
on hand to see you through
conventional check-in proce-
With most BA flights now
centred on Terminal 5, trav-
ellers from the Bahamas will
also enjoy easier flight connec-
tions than in the past.
BA operates flights from
Nassau and Grand Cayman
into Heathrow four times a
week, with a Providenciales
leg added on Sundays.

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LE beauty a
: largely unex-
ed in the
amian context -
rick Kent, a
amian bred male
el, represents oh
a six foot two inch lanky frame,
vn-skinned hard body has been
as a model in the US. both in
d on the runway, for the past
rt of his strategy to take over
leling world will he be'the.
emove Tyson Beckford as the
odel of the century he is set to
it the Bahamas in the upcom-
Caribbean International corn-
at Hedonism III in Runaway
naica-taking place October 6 to
difig to Kendrick, his journey
mning a male model started in
en he religiously watched the
n show, "8th and Ocean" on
reality show is described on
S a "parade of pretty people
oblems", .and that's something
k knew a lot about. Life in the
s as an aspiring star was always
for the young dreamer, who

had no role models to follow or friends said his favounte look in clothes is from
who shared similar aspirations. United Benetd n clothes with splash-
The TV show quickly inspiredhim to es of colour. He especially loves to -
become a model, and despite any wear the V-neck sweater with a but- ,
doubts he had in himself as a Bahanu- toned shirt underneath, with a tie and a --!
an he soon left his job as a sales repre- jacket, as well as nice leather shoes. AM
sentative and travelled to the US in He cautioned that these do not need to A
search of his dream job working with match but simply be colour coordinat- 1
the Irene Marie modeling agency, as ed. The preppy. fun look is one that is I
shown on the TV hit series. not suitable for Bahamian weather
The model big name signed him on though, so when he is home he usual-
the spot as the first Bahamian in her ly opts for flip flops, shorts, a tank top l
agency, telling him that he was just one and hat.
week late for a.job with Sean John -a He sells his talent for moving grace-
popular clothing label in the US and fully In the clothes, and hopefully book-
here in the Bahamas as well. ing the next.job. but he's also an inspi-
After signing a- two year contract ration, serving as a role model to others
with Irene Marie, Kendrick prepared who aspire to be in his position.
himself, refining his look to that of a One unique characteristic that he I
model. He cut his hair differently and communicates to everyone is his non-
adopted the walk, dress and talk of judgmental, accepting personality. "I
other popular African American romod- speak to everyone regardless of who l'JI
els. you are, what you look like, or where .
The contract with Irene Maie that you're from," he told Tribune EnLer- 5
he had hoped so.much for turned out tainment "The way I dress Irepresent -
to be a restricting one that both he and clothes. That's my moment and I want Li)
the model mogul decided to cut shot everyone to be part pf it Iid
because& of artistic differences. The He communicates, this in everything. I 1
direction he wanted to go in was New '-he does, moving home to gain the sup- .' rn
York runway. port of his fellow country men, showing .
So'far he's spoken with a lot of cast- everyone that the Bahamian look is' ia
ing directors and designers in the big internationally recognized. Knowing .oq
apple that iD want to book him for dif-- his family and friends are behind him .
ferent jobs, and he's found his niche. nr matter what woi4d be the ultimate .u
Runway is his passion.providing l".l-, g.g4to .Kndrick, who feels these rela-,, .,
the audience he wants to perfonm fot. dtinships are essential, to anyone's suc-
"When I walk on the runway I can feel cess.
my grace and my presence communi- After Christmas Kendrick will be ,
eating to everyone through clothes, heading to New York and working
"Personally I believe thai fashion is a fashion week in the beginning of Feb- .
form of art and it's something that can ruary, getting back to the runway, the 90
make you feel good. When I'm model- love of his life. He will also be featured '''
ing, I shine," he said. in an advertisement for BTC which will .
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's Club Liaison

"Down Home end-of-Summer bash"

IT was an, evening of fun and
surprises as the British Colonial
Hilton (BCH) kicked off its
annual summer party for mem-
bers of its Club Liaison. This year
the party was dubbed, "A Down
Home end-of-Summer Bash!"
attracting over 150 of BCH's cor-
porate bookers and clients.
In a Hilton twist on the
Bahamian "down home" party
theme, BCH's corporate book-
ers and clients were feted to an
array of sumptuous Bahamian
culinary treats put on display by
Chef Kabuti and his team, and
of course refreshing local drinks.
Bacardi and Bristol Cellars
also participated in the evening
with their Bacardi Mojitos.
Native bags were on display
by Debbie Strachan of Depre
Collection, along with exquisite
locally handmade jewellery by
Nadia Campbell Designs.
Lively entertainment included
performances by Falcon & Traf-
fic Jam, with lead singer Nehemi-
ah Heild, that got the evening
going with a 'backyard style' per-
The ever popular contests, the
Bahamian "Sing-a-long" and the
Hully Gully, had winners walking
away with wonderful weekend
trips to the Family Islands. Of
course it's not a "down home"
party without the smashing sound
of dominoes. Both the dominoes
and backgammon competitions,
which were heavily contested,
had women beating out the guys
for stays at the Grand Isles Villas
& Spa in Exuma.
A special recognition prize was
awarded to the Odyssey
Bahamas Aviation team, which
included, a round-trip on
Bahamasair for two to the luxury
Old Bahama Bay at Ginn Sur
Mer. The Executive Flight Ser-
vices team was also recognized
with a stay for two at the Pelican
Bay Hotel at Lucaya in Freeport,
Grand Bahama.
The event also highlighted
another Hilton promotion for it's


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corporate bookers who stand a
chance of earning "Gas Free for
a Year'" at any Texaco service
station of their choice.
BCH sends out a special thank
you to all the corporate clients
and guests who attended and
contributed to the night's success.
Club Liaison is a region-wide
recognition programme which
aims to reward a select group of
corporate account representa-
tives for booking guest rooms
and meetings at any Hilton prop-
erty throughout the Caribbean.
In joining Club Liaison at no
cost, members are eligible to
accrue points for bookings and
convert them into attractive

For further information con-
tact Audra Riley, corporate sales
manager at 322.3301.

HOSTING their corporate
clients and bookers to a ,
"down home" fete, the British
Colonial Hotel's Club Liason qlu
closed out the summer with a
bash to end all bashes. With *d
prizes, giveaways, dominoes .IB
and a "hully gully" competi- dw
tion, the evening, which T'
included a huge spread by mC
Chef Kabuti and his team, I
was great success. I


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Clico's First Annual Secondary

Schools Poetry competition

MARKETING MANAGER Rita Ramsay (left) and Sales Director Bradley Fergu-
son (right) presents Ms. Eula Gaitor Ministry of Education Representative with
Poetry Competition Poster.

CLICO Bahamas Limited is set to
host its First Annual Secondary School
Poetry Competition, under the theme
"Put it in Poetry".
Working in conjunction with the Min-
istry of Education, the competition, open
to secondary school students in the
Bahamas between the ages of 13 18,.
has an entry deadline of Friday, October
"One of our many goals is to assist
with the development and provide
opportunities for the survival of literacy.
Clico's 'Put It In Poetry' Competition
is our attempt to encourage students to
use language creatively to revive a slow-
ly fading art form," a company repre-
sentative said.
"In providing this opportunity for the
youth of our nation to express them-
selves through this medium, we expect
an amazing output from our students
and a genuine and concerted effort by
these budding poets to produce a cre-
ative work of art."
Currently, a total of 20 schools have
confirmed their participation including
nine from Grand Bahama, one from
Bimini and the remaining ten from New
Judges for this event are:
Mr Michael Pintard, human
resources development consultant,

speaker and writer who has lectured and
performed both nationally and interna-
Mr Ian Strachan, Bahamian novelist,
playwright, filmmaker and poet.
Mrs Shelley Homer-Toney, principal
representative for Clico
Ms Rochelle Cox-Hill, programme
coordinator in Ministry of Education
Special Services
There is no limit to the number of
entries from each student or school, and
entries must be based on any or all of the
following topics:
Childhood Remembered
The Future
Welcome to the Caribbean'
The overall winners in the junior high
school division (grades 7-9) and the
senior high school division, have a
chance to win great prizes, including lap-
tops, book vouchers and much more.
Several special prizes will also be award-
Entry forms can be collected from the
school's office or from any one of Clico
Bahamas Limited locations in Nassau
or Grand Bahama.
Each entry must bear the student's
name, date of birth, grade and name of

VISION: Sabrina
Lightbourn presents her
new Vision at the Ladder
Gallery at NPCC. The
exhibition opens this
Thursday night, October
16, at 7pm.

Track Road Theatre
presents: "Da Rally",
October 16 18 at the
Dundas beginning at
8pm. Da Rally is a funny
and outrageous look at ,
election-time culture in '
the Bahamas, when
brother is pitted against
sister and the only thing .
more important than win-
ning is being at "da rally".
The opening night perfor-
mance is in benefit of the
victims of hurricane Ike.
For reservations contact:
the Dundas Box Office:
393.3728 or call
225.2062 or visit



FROM page eight"
her model's body to show
her unique style.
In both "My Secret" and
"Repose", currently on dis-
play in the National Art
Gallery's 4th National Exhi- ,
bition, Sue uses a live mod-
el for figure, shadow, place-
ment and gesture. She
worked on the pieces for a
few hours while the model
posed, and then took the
work up to her studio in the
upstairs of her home to com-
plete them. om-
The pieces are open to "
interpretation, but for Sue
the women move from the
traditional Bahamian prac-
tice of keeping secrets, to a
comfortable repose, proudly *
exposing their once forbid- "e,
den naked bodies. ,,
Sue's inspiration for these
pieces comes largely from
her past as a freelance illus-
trqtor who worked in the .J -'
advertising industry.
Themes of many of her
pieces are drawn from her
collection of magazines from
the 1950s and 1960s that
emphasiz- the retro look.
Sue likes to look at how
women were portrayed dur-
ing that period, as good girls,
who stayed at home, curled
their hair and wore perfect-
ly ironed dresses, to give
social commentary through
her art.
She believes strongly in
gaining exposure to the
world as an artist and as a
human being. "You never
know...you have to keep
looking, learning and living
or else you get stale," she .-
said. Sue herself gains expo-
sure through a lot of read-
ing, taking print making,
collage and mono-printing
courses in the US, and she
wants to do a photography J5
course someday. She's also .2r.'
planning to do a lot more
travelling now that her two
sons are both off at ~chool.
As an artist, Sue believes -
that one must always be
open to new or differentC
avenues, and while it is
sometimes a difficult life
because of the solitude she
feels while working at home 4
- Sue finds solace in the fact '
that she has an excellent set
up with her studio.
"The most important '.
thing is to keep creating 4
although it is hard at times ___rJ
when you're not producing
or feel everything you do A
produce is bad."
With little to no gallery
exposure for much of her
work, as well as the limited
number of art buyers in the '
Bahamas, Sue believes that
Bahamian artists must look
beyond our shores for expo-
sure- her art is also shown -' "' .
in a Key West gallery. "The "" )
more people who see your V .-
work, the more people who
can appreciate it. The more
people who appreciate your
work, the better."

Anya Antonovych Met-
calf will hold an artist talk
* about "Paradiso", on
Wednesday, October 15
at 7pm at Popopstudios
Center for the Visual Arts'
26 Dunmore Avenue,
Chippingham, half a mile
past the-Humane Soci-
ety, enter through
Howard Street display at
Popop. The exhibition,
"Paradiso", is on display
until October 18. For
more information call
242.322.7834 or check
Studio hours: Tues -
Sat/11am 7pm.

At the Hub: October
Oct 16 A Carfiesta
meeting held at New
Providence Community
Centre (NPCC)

Oct 21, 28 and Nov 4-
The third volume of the
Green Talk series

Oct 23 Bahamas
Human Rights Network
Public meeting

Oct 30 -A writer/artist
ThoughtKatcher opens
'Da Hilltop': The Nu
Weekend get-a-way spot

Nuttin but culture
7pm until

All you need is dolla
5pm until

For the Kool folks
7pm until

Poetry Night
Drumming circle & open
6pm- 10pm

7pm until

All weekend free admis-.





Bahamian hardbodj

prepared to take

New York by storm
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15, 2008



SUE Katz Light-
bourn, a native
Boston artist
who found her roots
here in the Bahamas
21 years ago, uses
the modern form of
collage in many of
her pieces to create
texture, light and
"Collage is using the canvas in a
different way," Sue said, "it's like
doing a puzzle I never start with
a specific idea but with putting a
few things on paper and letting it
evolve from there."
Seeing it as just as much of an
art form as painting, sculpture or
sketching, Sue, who calls collage a
new medium of art for the
Bahamas, has also been able to
use the art form, which has been
gaining popularity locally, to build
a message and bring awareness to
an issue that is close to her heart.
In 2006 she was commissioned to
create a series of busts that
depicted women's breasts for an
auction to raise funds for breast
cancer awareness.
The piece she's working on now
- it's not ready for viewing is for
an Atlanta art buyer who is also
hosting an auction to raise funds
for breast cancer research.
In this newest piece Sue draws
inspiration from the retro look -
her favourite arts theme. The plas-
tered structure, she said, repre-
sents a collection of the expecta-
tions of women, showing the pres-
sures put on them of how they're
supposed to look, behave and
The human figure is also partic-
ularly fascinating to the artist, who
believes that after mastering it an
artist can create anything. In some
of her paintings she exaggerates
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nya begap to travel (and to paint .... .
15, a she'spant 2 year insouthv
ScbtlUbd, after which she travelled e e
:, 'sively through Western Europe. Vop,
eteefiri at 19 at the seat a lI'Arlce.
imuit tywith severely pol0y-hanadica-
adults in France, Anya would late tre'
ri 7f'dnths to India, BaRoladash, -Thaiq
land, Mfepal and Tibet. She has also vist 4,'
ed Eastern Europe, Central Amerikca'f id .
Africa. .
Since relocating: to the Bahamas with.'
her husband Jon and their son Adam, -
Anya has been an active participating. tL-'
Popopstudios Centre for the Visiual Al4
where she has her studio and holds.th .";
potbtf secretary. '
The public is invited and the ta ,4 ill
followed by a light reception. .,/ Y"
.', l li. .... ......................................... ............ 4
SFor more Information on the show, "'
held tonight, Wednesday, October 15 at
7pm at Popopstudlos, 26 Dunmore m
Avenue, Chlppingham, call 322.7834 or
visit www.popopstudios.com.

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