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Publication Date: October 22, 2008
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Activist criticised

by the Court of

Appeal president


* By MEGAN'
REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff
Reporter
JUSTICE cam-
paigner Tanya Cash
was ordered to pub- fe
licly apologise for
scandalising the court
or be sent to jail by
Court of Appeal pres-
ident. Dame Joan
Sawyer yesterday.
In the latest stage
of Mrs Cash's six-year
court battle since her husband
Gregory Cash suffered alleged
wrongful dismissal from his posi-
tion as physical education teacher
at Jordan Prince William High
School in October 2002, Mrs Cash
was criticised by the court presi-


dent as a disgrace to
Bahamian woman-
hood.
Representing her-
self and her husband
in ,the case against
Bahamas Baptist Mis-
sionaries and eight
other defendants,
including the Attor-
ney General, Mrs
Cash attempted to
-.,. explain why she had
not complied with an
ordered served by
Appeal Court registrar
Indira Demerrite-Francis on
August 30, 2007, to enter into a
bond or pay $1,500 cash for pros-
ecution of the appeal within 30
days.
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CANDICE WILLIAMS sent in 64 $1,000 Saturday coupons and is
this week's lucky Caught Red Handed winner. She is pictured
receiving her cash prize from Sales Manager Godfrey Arthur.


Grassroot
Bahamians 'have
no answers to
financial woes'
* By LLOYD L ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
A LOCAL taxi driver argues that
as local political officials debate pro-
posals to ease the economic down-
turn, grassroot Bahamians like him-
self are left at the end of their rope
with no answers to their financial
woes, and "no one to turn to but
God."
Nicholas Jacques, a 53-year-old
cab driver, said that in his 28 years of
operating his personal taxi service,
never has he faced the econoniic
challenges he is encountering today.
"September and.October annu-


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*.By ALEX MISSICK
ONE of two teachers
involved in the Andros trans-
fer controversy said if she
does not get "due process" she
will sue the Ministry of Edu-
cation.
Dianne Hanna-Wilson said
there were numerous reasons
why she did not want to be
transferred from the Central
Andros High school. One of
those reasons was her family.
"The main reason I did not
want a transfer are many. I
did not request a transfer, nor
do I need a transfer, any trans-
fer will create undo hardship
SEE page 11


$5bn NIB



shortfall



claims


SLACKNESS and alleged cor-
ruption among some National
Insurance Board staff have helped
cause a $5 billion shortfall in
reserves, it was claimed yesterday.
Failure to enforce mandatory
contributions by employers could
lead the nation's primary pension
supplier to run out of cash in 20
years, leaving thousands of
Bahamians with no money for
their old age, insiders told The Tri-
bune.
The NIB currently has between
$1.5 and $1.6 billion in reserves,
but that figure should be running
at between $7 and $8 billion, a sol-
id foundation for the country's


future, concerned NIB employ ees
revealed.
Alarming examples of default-
ing employers some of whom
allegedly use workers' NIB con-
tributions for their own purposes
-- have come to light, causing
insiders to question management
standards.
, "A combination of slackness,
corruption and incompetence are
causing major problems for the
board," one NIB employee told
The Tribune.
"Some businesses are blatantly
failing to pay what are supposed to
SEE page 11


MasterCard and Ministry of
Tourism launch new initiative
* By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
MASTERCARD is hoping to help visitors find
their way to the Bahamas through'a new initiative
with the Ministry of Tourism, which was unveiled
yesterday.
The initiative, branded "Find your way with
MasterCard," seeks to entice the company's one
billion card holders world-wide with discounts and
offers when they make their purchases with a Mas- t
terCard in Nassau and Paradise Island.
With the economy in mind, MasterCard's Vice
President and General Manager for Latin Amer- MASTERCARD'S Vice
ica and the Caribbean region Mario Perez Jr said President of Strategic
it is important to be innovative in the tourism sec- Partnerships for the
tor during these times and to protect a destination Latin American and
Caribbean region
SEE page 11 Patricio Rubalcaba

Man wanted in connection with 18993
murder in US is captured in Bahamas


A MAN wanted in connection
with the 1993 murder of a teenager
in New York was captured in the
Bahamas, US news reports revealed.
The suspect was reportedly
detained here in April, but local
authorities released no information
about the matter, which came to light
on Monday when he was arraigned
in an Oneida County, New York
court.
Donovan Skelton, 46, a native of
Jamaica, was charged with second-
degree murder on February 29,1996.
The charges arose from a
shootout that took place on Decem-
ber 16, 1993, outside the Studio 54


Lounge on Lafayette Street in Utica,
New York. A stray shot was said to
have killed Harold Surarrow, 16, a
bystander.
The accused faces 25 years to life
in prison.
According to an article published
yesterday by Bryon Ackerman of
the Utica Observer-Dispatch, US
marshals took up the case in 2004
and began to look for Skelton with
the assistance of the Oneida County
Sheriff's Office Warrants Unit.
The report said: "The Oncidj
County District Attorney's Office,
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revert to Eastern Standard Time. This is in keeping with the pol-
icy adopted in October, 2006, to extend Daylight Saving Time.


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THESE TOURISTS try to get out of the way of waves that came crashing over the sea wall at Long Wharf yes-
terday.
PHOTOS: Felip6 Major/Tribune staff


Taxi driver found dead in


vehicle after argument

Police hear the victim had history of hypertension


m By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net .

FREEPORT A taxi driver was found
dead in his vehicle on Monday evening fol-
lowing an argument with another man at
Watkins Lane, police reported on yester-
day..
Chief Superintendent Basil Rahming said
police do not suspect foul play in the man's
death, which is being classified as a sudden
death pending the results of an autopsy.
Police received information at 7.40pm on
Tuesday that a cab driver was sitting in a
taxi van and appeared to be unconscious.
Officers were dispatched to Watkins Lane,
where they discovered a grey 1999 Chevy
Astro van, registration number GB219,
parked on the eastern side of the road facing
south.
Mr Rahming said officers found a man
slumped over in the driver's seat. There


were no visible signs of injury to the body, he
said.
Emergency medical personnel examined
the body and determined that there was no
sign of life.
The body was taken to Rand Memorial
Hospital, where doctors pronounced the
man dead.
Mr Rahming said information received
by persons in the area revealed that the
deceased was arguing with another man in
the road at around 7.30pm.
Witnesses told police that after the two
men finished their argument, the taxi dri-
ver got into his vehicle.
He reportedly appeared to be very agi-
tated, eye witnesses said.
Mr Rahming said police received further
information that the deceased had a history
of hypertension and was on medication for
his illness.
Investigations are continuing into the mat-


Two gunmen hold up



liquor store clerk


Pair grab cash from register and purse


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT TWO gun-
men held up a liquor store
clerk-at Port Lucaya on Mon-
day evening.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said the store clerk at the Port
Lucaya Liquor Store report-
ed that two men entered the
establishment sometime after
7pm pretending to be cus-
tomers.
The clerk told police that
one man went to the cooler
to get a Guinness Stout, while
the other went to a shelf at
the back of the store to look at


a bottle of Hennessy. The man
with the Guinness then came
up to the counter pretending
to purchase the item, at the
same time the other man
walked up behind the clerk
and held an object to her
head.
Mr Rahming said the
woman told police that the
gunman ordered her not to
move or scream or he would
kill her.
He said the two men then
took an undetermined amount
of cash from the register and
her purse.
They also took some cash
from a pouch in the storeroom
at the back of the store,.
Mr Rahming said the two


robbers, one of whom had a-
silver handgun, fled the store
on foot and disappeared.
Both suspects were
described as being about 5'7"
tall and of slim build.
One. was of light complex-
ion and was wearing a white
and green golf shirt.
The other was dark skinned
and was wearing a black or
blue shirt, police said.
Investigations into the inci-
dent continue.

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Man shot

by police

in 'stable'

condition

* By-DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT A man who
was shot twice by police is in
stable condition at the Rand
Memorial Hospital.
Lynden Flowers, 35, of
Melbourne Crescent, Hud-
son Estate, was reportedly
shot in the upper torso and
in the thigh while at Fawcett
Lane around 11.15pm on
Sunday.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
reported that a police officer
fired his service revolver
after a suspect he was pursu-
ing reportedly threatened to
stab him during a violent
struggle.
Mr Rahming said two offi-
cers were on mobile patrol
along Fawcett Lane when
they spotted a man acting
suspiciously in an area
known for illegal activity.
The officers approached
the man and told him of
their suspicions.
However, Mr Rahming
said, as they attempted to
search the man, he resisted
and began to struggle vio-
lently with the officers.
Mr Rahming said the sus-
pect broke free and ran'
away.
He said one officer gave
chase while the'other called
for back-up from a patrol
vehicle.
The officer caught up with
the suspect some distance
away.
There was a struggle and
the officer was thrown to the
ground.
The suspect then repqrteg-
ly p d.d 6u.L hifeA7i reat-.
ening~4e.'S6iPe 6ffier.'Who.
drew his service revolver in
response. I
Shots were fired, and as a
result of the incident, Mr
Flowers was struck in the
upper torso and in the right
thigh.
Mr Rahming said the offi-
cer retrieved a knife from
the scene and immediately
summoned medical person-
nel to attend to the wounded
man.
'Flowers was taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital, where
he underwent surgery.
The officer was also treat-
ed for injuries he sustained
during the incident and was
later discharged.
Mr Rahming said the mat-
ter is still under investiga-
tion.

Police

probe spate

of armed

robberies

POLICE are investigating
a spate of armed robberies
which they believe were all
committed by the same three
men.
The first incident occurred
yesterday at around lam on
Deveaux Street.
A 23-year-old man was
driving his car when three
gunmen, who were standing
in the road, stopped him and
robbed him of cash and his
cellular telephone.
Just half an hour later, at
1.30am on Tuesday, a 51-
year-old man was held up at
his home by three gunmen
and robbed of jewellery and
a cellular telephone.


An hour later, at around
2.30am on Tuesday, a 51-
year-old woman, a resident
of Culmersville, reported
that a neighbour knocked on
her door asking to use the
telephone.
As she opened the door,
three gunmen entered
demanding jewellery and
cellular phones from her and
the other three occupants of
the home.
Police say they have
launched an intensive inves-
tigation into this string of
incidents.


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008, PAGE 3


"SmearIsyig heSe-Hulr icIm ae ngatfu, uttht'%nt hecae.Its usLta


"Some are saying the Sea Hauler victims are ungrateful, but that's not the case. It's just that
the money we received didn't go far when all our bills were met." Sophia Antonio




We need another financial


lifeline

VICTIMS of the Sea Hauler
tragedy are calling on govern-
ment to throw them another
financial lifeline.
They say all those who bene-
fited from the FNM govern-
ment's $1 million ex-gratia pay-
ment earlier this year have now
run out of cash.
And they want government
to consider covering their basic
everyday needs through the
social services system. g-
"All of us are very grateful
to the government for what they
did, but we are still facing hard- expensive
ship pending settlement of the saying t]
case in the courts," said victim are ung:
Sophia Antonio, who suffered a the case,
shoulder injury in the sea colli- "It's ji
sion five years ago. received
She' and fellow victim our bills
Stephen Rose, who has lost full One v
use of his left arm, told The Tri- received
bune yesterday that while the ernmen
payment was a welcome "sym- amputat
pathy gesture" it did not answer the Sea
the victims' long-term needs, mailboal
Children of those killed in the Island.
tragedy were still suffering, they Victin
said, and Sea Hauler passengers received
permanently maimed were still Antonio
unable to work. go far v
They said family man Cedric were pa
Hart, who held down four jobs light anc
before the incident, was still "We v
begging on the streets, while ter Hul
others were still in dire need of down a:


Abaco will be issuing the ePass-
port or Machine Readable Pass-
port, in keeping %%ith interna-
tional regulations to ha~e the
entire country comphliant b
2010, Deputy Prime Nlinister
and Minister of Foreign Aflairs
Brent Symonette announced.
Holders of "old" passports,
would still have to apple for the
new document at their respec-
tive offices; with the intorma-
i U Se. t n n. L- n M i"d, D C'


LIOn ILsent onUU to Ne Uro iuIIence
where the ePassport would d be
produced and returned.
Since the introduction of the
ePassport on December 5. 2007.
the Passport
Office, which
'falls under the
Ministry of For-
eign Affairs, has
processed s m e
around 13,000
passports out of -
about 200,000 i
holders. ,
Mr Symon-
ette said ss
although the
staff at the Passr-
port Office on ans -
Thompson t
Boulevard is
doing an "excel- E
lent job" with
the new high-
tech system, -a ,
there is need for
a more
enhanced
method.
"Now that the summer rush is
over, we want to impress upon
those whose passports expire
between now and the end of the
year, or even Easter, to come
in and get the ePassport.
"We do not want to end up
with a large rush in 2010," Mr
Symonette sawd.


- Sea Hauler victims


ve surgery. "Some are
he Sea Hauler victims
grateful, but that's not
," said Ms Antonio.
ust that the money we
d didn't go far when all
were met."
ictim, Tennyson Leslie,
d $50,000 from the gov-
t because his leg was
ed in the crash between
Hauler and another
t while on its way to Cat
ms with lesser injuries
I up to $20,000, but Ms
said the money didn't
when outstanding bills
id along with ongoing
d food expenses.
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added, "We are grateful for
what his government has done,
but we need him to be aware
of our continuing problems."
The victims also claim they
have yet to receive a sum of
money collected by the More
94 radio station.


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Ton DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign
Affairs Brent Symonette, who announced that as of
January 2009, passport offices in Grand Bahama
- ex S pi and Abacb will be issuing the ePassport or
*l Machine Readable Passport.
SThere are also
plans to relocate
the Bahamas .
ome Consul Gener- .
all's Office to .
another floor in K '
the Ingraham
Building in Mia- 3
mi, which would .
be upgraded to
accommodate
and issue the ePassport.
And since the immigration
border control initiative aspect
has been implemented, the sys-
tem has been "working really
well" in processing immigrants
and returning residents at the
Lynden Pindling International
Airport, he said..


This amount, said to be
between $6,000 and $8,000,
flowed in after an on-air appeal
by talk show host Ortland Bod-
ie Jr.
However, the victims say the
money is with the Attorney
General's Office and has yet to


be passed on. Four died whenla
rusting crane fell on to the deck
of the Sea Hauler after-it was
struck by another vessel.
A case is before the courts in
which the victims are seeking
compensation from the boat
owners.


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If Bin Laden re-emerges, McCain gains


SOMEWHERE, probably in Pakistan's trib-
al province of Waziristan, Osama bin Laden
knows that a US election is going on. The last
time this happened, bin Laden injected him-
self into the campaign at the penultimate
moment, releasing a nearly 15-minute video-
tape just four days before America went to the
polls. This year, both campaigns are wondering
whether he'll try something again, delivering
the "October surprise" that could scramble the
electoral equation.
Bin Laden's awareness of American politics
was evident in his 2004 videotape, a rant that is
far more interesting when decoded as a political
document than as a national-security threat.
In it, bin Laden directly taunted George W.
Bush, telling voters that "despite entering the
fourth year after Sept. 11;-Bush is still deceiving
you and hiding the truth and therefore the rea-
sons are still there to repeat what happened." By
implication, bin Laden seemed to be saying that
he might back off if Americans elected John
F. Kerry that he, the world's terrorist mas-
termind, preferred Kerry to Bush.
He even seemed at one point to be aping the
American left's prime,provocateur, filmmaker
Michael Moore, whose "Fahrenheit 9/11" chid-
ed Bush for continuing to read "The Pet Goat"
to schoolchildren while the World Trade Centre
burned.
"It never occurred to us that the commander
in chief of the country would leave 50,000 citi-
zens in the two towers to face those horrors
alone because he thought listening to a child dis-
cussing her goats was more important;'"bin
Laden sneered, in his best Bond-villain style.
So one immediate interpretation of the video
was that bin Laden wanted Kerry to win, and
was already dancing on the grave of his mortal
enemy, President Bush.
But as. author. Ron Suskind revealed in his
book "The One Percent Doctrine," the CIA
analysts who tracked bin Laden felt that the
Al Qaeda leader wanted the opposite result:
Bush's re-election.
The analysts speculated that bin Laden
believed that Bush's aggressiveness in Iraq, as
well as embarrassments such as the treatment of
prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and
at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, had devastated
America's image on the "Arab Street," sending
many young radicals into Al Qaeda's hands..
Whatever bin Laden intended, American vot-
ers clearly resented his taunting of their com-
mander in chief, and the video helped rally last-
minute support for Bush.
Bin Laden's success in influencing Ameri-
can politics in 2004 makes it quite plausible that-
he would try to do it again through another


video, a direct threat, or, perhaps, some sort of
attack in the United States or abroad.
This possibility was on the mind of John
McCain's senior adviser, Charlie Black, when he
mused to Forttine magazine last June that
another attack on American soil would be "a big
advantage" for McCain.
Black was roundly criticised, but his predic-
tion may not be that far off: McCain could ben-
efit from anything that puts bin Laden back in
the news.
At first glance, this seems illogical. Through-
out the campaign, McCain has been the per-
son insisting that Iraq is the central front in the
war on terrorism, while Barack Obama has put
greater emphasis on catching and/or killing bin
Laden.
It was Obama who made the risky pledge to
go into the Pakistani territory of Waziristan
and hunt down bin Laden, whether or not the
Pakistani government approves. (McCain has-
n't ruled out stich a move but criticised Obama
for telegraphing.his intentions).
So if bin Laden reasserts himself, a logical
assumption might be that Obama, who has tar-
geted the Al Qaeda leader more directly, would
.benefit.
But it's worth noting that in 2004, Kerry -
like Howard Dean before him also stressed
his desire to capture and/or kill bin Laden, and
claimed that the Iraq war was distracting from
that goal.
Bush, in fact, downplayed the threat from
bin Laden, claiming that he had already been
isolated.
But voters in times of fear, turn to the more
hawkish candidate overall.
And in this race, McCain has shown greater
faith in the idea that maintaining a strong mili-
tary force in the Middle East can lead to "vic-
tory" in Iraq.
Voters have tired of the war in Iraq, and are
more willing than ever to see it as a distrac-
tion.
But for McCain, just like Bush before him,
Iraq has been an opportunity to stress his belief
in American power and its ability to impose
America's will on the world.
American voters are deeply sceptical. But
when confronted with a threat, they want to
believe that their military can protect them -
that bin Laden is fearful of unleashing American
rage, and wouldn't want a warrior like McCain
in the White House.
Even if the opposite is true.
(This article was written by Peter S. Canellos
Globe Staff-
c. 2008 The Boston Globe):


Don't blame



Obama if he



inherits an




economic mess


EDITOR, The Tribune.
THIS letter is in response to
the letter sent in by an ex-pat
living in Nassau, whose name
was not published.
First, I would like to say that
I agree with most of what you
are saying. Nassau is broken.
However there are two points I
would like to disagree on.
The first one, is the implica-
tion that the financial sector's
future would instantaneously
go down the tubes with the elec-
tion of Obama. It would be
hurt, slightly, but there will
always be loopholes. Addition-
ally, the main pressure on the
offshore financial services began
post 9/11 under the Bush
administration. Then there is
the further implication that
Obama will be responsible for
the economic slump that very
likely will affect the Bahamas.
This is shortsighted, and simply
American politics as usual.
The slump has already start-
ed, and is already affecting the
Bahamas. This is really to do
with a downturn in the world
economy that is happening now;
it is a result of the failed eco-
nomic and foreign policies that
Obama or McCain will simply
inherit and have to deal with.
Neither one of them is a magic
pill that will save us all, and,
likewise, neither one should be
the easy scapegoat because you
voted for the other guy. In my
opinion, both are better quali-
fied for the job than the previ-
ous occupant, and will do as
good a job as can be done with
the mess created by an incom-
petent and corrupt administra-
tion.
The second point I would like
to disagree with is the assertion.
that our swamps and pine
forests should be converted into
farms. This is not only naive,
but downright dangerous, and,
unfortunately, a very common
misconception in our country.
Mangrove wetlands are not sim-
ply swamps that host mosqui-
toes and should not be thought
of that way. They are an impor-
tant ecosystem of which we
Bahamians derive many bene-
fits without knowing or
acknowledging. Let me count
the ways:
1) They are important for
erosion and soil runoff protec-
tion. All that precious imported
soil that you suggest we get
would simply wash away if
installed on a wetland. The
mangrove plants hold sediment
in place and reinforce the land
behind them for us to live on.
2) They provide buffers from


storm surges. For example, it
has been concluded that areas
in Asia affected by the Tsunami
received far less damage where
they had healthy wetlands
between themselves and the
wave. Areas where wetlands
had been removed received
extensive damage and loss of
life due to the waves rolling
right into populated areas unim-
peded. Around Nassau, and
here in Abaco, where wetlands
have been removed there is a
constant struggle to maintain
the land from the erosive forces
of wind and waves.
3) They are extremely impor- 0
tant for our fisheries. No wet-
lands, no fisheries. Period.
Hence the 'controversy over
Bimini Bay. No wetlands, no
diving industry either.
4) They have more economic
potential for kayaking tours and
low-impact bone fishing than as
a farm.
5) Some studies are suggest-
ing that wetlands, and the red
mangrove plant in particular,
store significant deposits of car-
bon dioxide.
The pine forest (or barrenss"
as they are known in Nassau)
are also a poor choice to clear
cut and turn into farms. Pine
forests are always found of top
of the fresh water lenses, which
is very 'close to the limestone
surface. Fertilizer runoff will
seep through and poison what
little fresh water is left-on.New
Providence. Additionally,
instead of farming, well-man-
aged, low-impact logging would
provide a better long term solu-
tion. Not the clear cutting of the
old days, but selective harvest-
ing. It would not be as immedi-
ately lucrative as simply plowing
everything over, but it would
be indefinitely sustainable, and
could positively affect the health
of.the pine forest system, which
could then still be used for bird-
ing and other tourism related
activities. This form of logging is
now being implemented by sev-
eral NGOs in California and
Canada, and that model could
find a home here in the
Bahamas. And just a few notes
on farming: importing soil does
not create a booming agricul-
lural industry. Otherwise, we
would have already.had that
licked. The climate and lime-
stone here simply cannot sup-
port high-intensity farming in


the long term. Also, simply
importing soil and a couple of
grape vines does not make
champagne.. Climate is as
important, if not more so, for
the creation of good wine. We
simply do not have the rightcli-
mate for a vineyard. Our
intense sun would shrivel them
up on the vine. Another prob-
lem with farming here in the
Bahamas is the high water
requirements. Water must be
imported water from a limited
source (Andros may be the
biggest island in the Bahamas,
but it is still a tiny island in the
grand scheme of things), and it
would have to compete with a
large urban population. This is
already a problem in the US
west: agriculture vs domestic
needs. The Bahamas simply
does not have the natural
resources required to support
its pollution via farming.
Unfortunately, the root of the
problem is the large and grow-
ing population living in a small
island nation with limited
resources. There are population
limits that may have already
been reached, if not for imports
and tourism-created wealth.
Short of limiting population
growth, tourism is our best hope
for the future, even in an unsta-
ble world economy.
It is possible to have diversity
within the tourism industry,
something that our govern-
ments have been slow to grasp.
You do not need an Atlantis on
every island (it is probably eco-
nomic stiicitde to do that aqy-
way). Smaller developments,
low-cost travel alternative,
cruising sailors and locally
grown second-home owner
industries have more social and
economic benefits, as well as
being easier to sustain through
rough economic weather.
Which brings me back around
to the rest of your letter: For
any form of tourism to work,
we, as a nation, need a more
hospitable attitude. I absolutely
agree with that.
This can come about through
enforcement of standards, as
you suggested, but also through
better education. We waste mil-
lions of dollars through point-
less Ministry of Tourism mar-
keting campaigns and super
bowl ads, but if we had friend-
lier and better educated citizens
there would be more repeat vis-
itors and less need for advertis-
ing.


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Hope Town,
Abaco,
October, 2008.


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228 Haitian

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are repatrlated
THE Royal Bahamas
Defence Force yesterday
repatriated 228 Haitian
illegal immigrants tlo Port-
au-Prince, Haiti. .
A group of 114 migrants
left New Providence at
8.30am yesterday. A see-
ond group of 114 Haitians
left on a flight at 11.30am.

RM DBaiey cmi

of 1988 melting
THE graduating class of '
1988 of R.M. Bailey will be
holding a very important
meeting tonight at 7.00pmn.at
the school on Robinson
Road.
Plans for the upcoming
banquet, which will be held
this Saturday October 25
beginning at 7.00pm, will be'
discussed. Tickets will also
be available at a reduced
Spice. For donations and
ticket information call 302-
2783. All graduates are invit-
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Suit settled over

early Beaes tapes
N MIAMI..


The PM is accused of making 'unflattering'

comments on public servants' performances


* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnauest@tribunemedia.net


A SETTLEMENT has
been finalized inalawsuifmin. OPPOSITION MP Fred
Miami federal court over the" Mitchell has accused Prime Min-
use of recordings of early ister Hubert Ingraham of mak-
Beatles performances, ing "unflattering" comments
according to Associated Pressi -. regarding the performance of
A federal judge on Moni -' pubc servants.
day sighed an order dismiss : While admitting that the per-
ing the lawsuit filed by Lon formance of some government
gdon-asedA le employees leaves much to be
don-based Apple Corps P.
against Miami Lakes-based desired, Mr Mitchell, the former
'Fuego Entertainment Inc. minister of the public service,
Fuego Entertainment Inc. added that the same can be said
Terms of the settlement are of private sector workers.
confidential, but Fuego He said customer service defi-
agreed not to market or dis- ciencies point to a "much deeper"
tribute eight songs recorded problem, which cannot be solved
in 1962 by the Beatles at the ; by simply denouncing lackluster
Star Club in Hamburg, Ger performance.
many. "The problem in our country
Apple claimed the eight about service is systemic and
*songs are poor-quality- J'.; 'endemic: The situation is just as
'bootlegs that Were taped bad in:the private sector. The
without the band's permis- -problems need to be addressed
sion. Fuego had claimed they from the cradle to the grave, and
were historic first live record- must start in our education sys-
ings with Ringo Star on tern if we are to conquer this sig-
drums but Apple lawyers nificant problem," he said.
raised questions about exact"-,: When Mr Mitchell last held his
ly when the tapes were made,;: monthly press briefing, he cau-
y .tioned the public about what he


described as the "political purg-
ing" of PLPs from the public ser-
vice.
Since then Zhivargo Laing, .the
minister responsible for the pub-
lic service, has described Mr
Mitchell's comments as "delu-
sional".
Mr Mitchell responded to this,
stating that it is Mr Laing who


Royal Caribbean

Cruise;Line to roll

out $20 billion


large vessel fleet


THE Bahamas' proximity to&"
North America gives it an '
advantage in capitalising oi the
$20 billion that the Royal
Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL)
is pumping into building new.
vessels over the next several
years, RCCL executive Michael
Rdnan said.
Speaking at the opening of
National Port Week on Mon-
day, Mr Ronan, RCCL's vice-'
president of government rela-'
tions for the Caribbean, Latin
America and Asia, said his
organisation will be creating
larger vessels than those that
presently serve the Bahamas..
and other countries.
However, he warned that thd
Bahamas must seize opportu-
nities to create a valuable tofirist
experience if the country wants
maintain a healthy market share
of cruisebusiness.
He also said the Bahamas
must face the challenge of
working as a community for one
common goal. .
This means enlisting the assis-
tance of taxi drivers, hair
braiders, policemen, tout oper-
ators and others, to create the
"value experience," he said.
He emphasised that the
Bahamas must compete on a
global level with many destina-.
tions that offer the best experi-
ences imaginable.
Mr Ronan pointed out that
the Bahamian ships registry is
on track for continued grotvth.
He said many believe/the
Bahamas possesses the p ten-'
tial to someday be the I rgest
ship registry in the world.
In addition, shipping r nains
an integral part of the world's
trade and economy, wih cur-
rent statistics showing hat 90.
" per cent of trade worldWide is"
still mo ed by the international


Shipping industry.
The Royal Caribbean Cruise
Line is responsible for bringing
more than 95 per cent of cruise
tourists to the Bahamas. Royal
Caribbean Cruises is a global
cruise vacation company that
operates Royal Caribbean
International, Celebrity Cruises,
Pullmantur Cruises, Azamara
Cruises and CDF Croisieres de
France. The company has a
combined total of 37 ships in
service and seven under con-
struction.


must be delusional if he thinks
that the public, and the public
service, cannot see the "pattern of
conduct" by the FNM to "elimi-
nate and destroy the PLP's influ-
ence in the public service".
He said: "Such a plot will fail.
Within minutes of my interven-
tion on the radio on this matter, I
received a call from a senior pub-
lic servant and from a number of
police officers who confirmed the
comment and said that more must
be done to speak out on the
point.
Mr Mitchell went on to note
that the prime minister has
announced six pilot programmes
to attempt to reform various ser-
vices provided by government.,
"This continues what the PLP
started with regard to public sec-
tor reform. The. six departments
identified are: The Department
of the Public Service, the Regis-
trar General's Department, the
Road Traffic Department, the
Building Control Division, the
Passport Office and the Physical
Planning Department.
"I think that the Consular Sec-
tion of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs ought to have been.added
as indeed the whole ministry
should have been added."
Mr Mitchell, who headed the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs for
five years, until May 2007, said:
"That ministry is a prime example
of a government agency that does
not respond to and is insensitive
to its external environment and to
its need to serve and inform its
clientele.
"Indeed as the opposition
spokesman on foreign affairs, I
have received complaints from
citizens who are unable to access
the services of the ministry on
non-workdays or after hours. In
one case, the telephones in the
embassy in China rang without
answer, and when the highest offi-
cials were contacted here, none
of them had a number by which
to contact the ambassador after
hours."



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to be addressed in a systematic way


concerned about the future, and
Mr Mitchell claimed the govern-
ment only moved to provide some
relief to these persons after hearing
what the PLP had to say.
Mr Mitchell added that steps
were taken in this regard without
government having a clear under-
standing of what the implications
could be, and without knowledge
of how banks felt about the matter.
"That certainly isn't adequate,"
Mr Mitchell said. '
He said that in his opinion, "the
government is trying to give the
impression that this 'downturn in
the economy' is just something that
is going to happen for a couple of
months, and then we're going to


get out of it by coming up with
these piecemeal programmes."
Mr Mi'tchell said the PLP is con-
fident that financial turmoil will
loom for a much longer period, and
believes the question being asked
by the country is: "What is the gov-
ernment going to do?"
Some of the issues identified by
the former minister as requiring
immediate government attention
were:
the creation of a social safety
net
making credit available to small
businesses
revenue security
a proper protection agency for
hotels.


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TOURISM Minis-
ter Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace was
criticised yesterday
for his attacks on for-
mer Prime Minister
Perry Christie.
PLP spokesman
on Foreign Affairs
Fred Mitchell said he
was "shocked" to
hear of comments
attributed to the Vincent
minister. Vanderpo
Noting how Mr
Vanderpool-Wallace had
appealed to the Bahamian
people for their help in ensur-
ing that the Ministry of
Tourism's plans work, Mr
Mitchell said: "Instead of wel-
coming Mr Christie's valuable
input, the minister reportedly
said: 'A vision without execu-
tion is simply an hallucina-
tion'.
"While there is the tempta-
tion not to resist being clever,
it should be resisted, if the net
result is going to be that there
will not be bipartisan support
for the efforts to ensure that
tourism succeeds."
Mr Mitchell said: "Indeed,
our spokesman on tourism
had already welcomed the
new initiatives. It is curious
how the minister expects his
programmeto succeed if there
is going to be a partisan attack
by the minister."
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace's
comments came after Mr


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Christie reportedly
remarked that the
Ministry of Touris-
m's "new plans"
were, in fact, not new
plans, as they had
been on the drawing
board when the PLP
was last in office.
Mr Mitchell said
that Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace should know
that, according to
-Wallace reports coming out of
his ministry, he needs
the support of everyone.
"He will need a sufficient
buy-in from the employees of
the ministry who, though not
civil servants in the strictest
sense, are servant'of the pub-
lic and some of them are quite
skeptical about the plans that
are being advanced. In fact, I
understand that the slogan
'It's Better in the Bahamas' is
to be revived. :"
"That is a slogan from the
1970s. So the old becomes the
new.
"I would urge the minister
to seek to get the buy-in from
his public servants or his pro-
gramme may not be success-
ful.
"In addition, the minister
needs to say what the position
is with regard to visas for Chi-
nese nationals and those Indi-
ans who want to travel here
since there is now to be an
outreach in those areas," he
said.


* By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER minister of foreign
affairs Fred Mitchell yesterday
slammed the government's
attempts to alleviate the economic
struggles facing Bahamians.
"It's a day late, and a dollar
short," said the PLP spokesperson,
yesterday during his monthly press.
briefing.
Mr Mitchell said government
needs to address the economic
issues facing Bahamians in a sys-,
tematic way.
"We in the PLP raised the prob-
lem of hunger, and people having
to choose between food and elec-
tricity. So you, 'the government',
come up with a programme of food
stamps. Then we said there's a
problem of electricity, so you run
and come up with a programme
for electricity," he pointed out.
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PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008 THE TRIBUNE


Invading lionfish


threat to


poses


the Bahamas


T HE,Bahamas is facing
one of the most disas-
(I ous marine invasions in history.
No, we are not talking about
illegal tlaitians, Dominican
poachers, or South American
drug traffickers. But what we are
facing could literally destroy our
reefs and fisheries the species
and ecosystems that define our
culture and quality of life.
"They have just literally
exploded through time," said
University of Oregon marine
biologist Dr Mark Hixon, who
has spent years doing underwater
research in the Bahamas. "It's
like a plague of locusts, and we
are not very optimistic at this
point that eradication is'possi-
ble."
The threat comes from an
exotic foot-long invader known
as the lionfish. And for the first
time, researchers in the Bahamas
have documented just how dra-
matically this exotic species can
impact coral-reef ecosystems
throughout the region by deci-
mating a wide range of native
fish populations through preda-
tion and competition.
The lionfish is a colourful
Indo-Pacific species with a plume
of spines that is favoured by fish
hobbiests around the world. Sci-
entists say it was introduced into
the Atlantic at Biscayne Bay,
Florida. when several individuals
were released from an aquarium
during Hurricane Andrew in
1992. It has proved to be the
most "successful" introduction
of an exotic species in this part of
the world with potentially
devastating consequences.
Over the years lionfish have
spread rapidly northward along
the US eastern seaboard, and
southward into the Caribbean.
They have been sighted as far
east as Bermuda, as far north as
Rhode Island, and as far south
as Jamaica and the Cayman
Islands, with unconfirmed
reports from the Yucatan Penin-
sula, Puerto Rico, and the Less-
er Antilles. And they are now
Common throughout the islands
of the Bahamas.
A voracious predator, the


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lionfish is undergoing a popula-
tion explosion in the Bahamas,
where it has no competition and
few predators to keep it under
control. Researchers say that the
fish species which inhabit
Atlantic coastal reefs have never
seen such an energetic and effec-
tive hunter in their midst.
"The threats to coral reefs all
over the world were already
extreme," Dr Hixon said, "and
they now have to deal with this
alien predator in the Atlantic.
These fish eat many other
species and they seem to eat con-
stantly."
And if the lionfish population
explosion continues, he told
Tough Call, the risks for the
Bahamas are many: "There may
be less food fish for people as
lionfish consume juvenile
grouper and snapper.
There may be fewer grazing
fishes, which help to keep corals
from being overgrown by. sea-
weeds. There may be fewer large
predators as lionfish eat their
young, predators which have
been shown to help stabilize fish
populations. In short, the lion-
fish invasion has the potential to
become the most'disastrous
marine invasion in history."
It has taken a few years of sci-
entific effort to arrive at this
unhappy conclusion. At first, the
zebra-striped lionfish was seen
by many as a good photo oppor-
tunity on the reef. But some of
the very dive operators who
enjoyed snapping their picture
are now the greatest advocates
for their eradication. They realise
that the pretty little fish could
soon destroy the coral reef com-
munities that tourists come to
see.
"I think at the best they will
have a huge impact on reef fish,
and at the worst will result in the


disappearance of most reef fish,"
said Bruce Purdy, who runs a
liveaboard dive fleet in the
Bahamas called Blackbeard's
Cruises. In fact, it was the crew
of one of Purdy's vessels that
made the first documented sight-
ing of a lionfish in Bahamian
waters in November, 2004.
Lionfish can eat other fish up
to two-thirds their own length,
while they are protected from
predators by long, poisonous
spines. In the Picific, other fish
have learned to avoid them and
they also have more natural
predators, particularly large
groupers. But Atlantic fish have
never seen them before, and few
local predators will eat them.
Because of their natural
defense mechanisms, lionfish are
afraid of almost no other marine
life. And'the poison released by
their sharp spines can cause
painful stings to humans even
leading to fatalities for some peo-
ple with heart problems or aller-
gic reactions.
"These are pretty scary fish,
and they aren't timid," Dr Hixon
said. "They will swim right tip to
a diver in their feeding posture,
looking like they're ready to eat.
That can be a little spooky."
And according to Eleanor
Phillips, a former fisheries officer
who now works for the Nassau
office of The Nature Conservan-
cy, Bahamians can expect small-
er fishing catches soon: "Lion-
fish feed on young grunts, snap-
per, grouper and other fish that
are important for food and
pe'nort. If this invasion contin-
ues, our fishing industry could
suffer."
Dr Hixon'is a scientific advi-
sor to the Bahamas National
Trust, and has studied reefs in
the Exuma Sound since the ear-
ly 1990s. He first came across a


CATHERINE ANN

"NANCY"

BRAITHWAITE
1933-2008

Catherine Ann "Nancy" Braithwaite, a long-
time resident of the Bahamas, died after a long
illness on October 2, 2008.

Born July 16,. 1933 in Paterson, New Jersey,
Mrs. Braithwaite arrived in Nassau on May 26,
1956, four days after marrying her husband
William "Bill" Braithwaite, who had,been hired
to work for Navios Corporation. But the
storyline in the Braithwaite family has always
been: "They came to the Bahamas for their


Knowing that The Bahamas was where they belonged and where they would always
want to be, Bill and Nancy Braithwaite became Bahamian citizens in 1994. Nancy
Braithwaite was pre-deceased by her husband, by 51 days on August 12, 2008.

Mrs. Braithwaite was a graduate of Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY, and
taught for several years at Xavier's Lower School in the late 1950s and again in
late 1960s.

Nancy Braithwaite was an active supporter of Abilities Unlimited since its inception
34 years ago, as both a member of the Board of Directors and volunteer -- organizing
and operating fund raising events from bazaars to craft fairs, selling Christmas
cards, yard sales, publishing the "Abilities Unlimited Cookbook," and successfully
recruiting other volunteers through her inspiring personal commitment to the
organization.

She is survived by one daughter: Mary Braithwaite and her husband Bob Dumouchel
of Nassau; four sons: Tom of Nassau, Billy and his wife Joan of Nassau, Mark and
his wife Dawn of Hohokus, NJ, Andrew and his wife Theresa of Sussex, NJ; two
grandsons: Liam and his mother Anita O'Dwyer of Shannon, Ireland, and Quenton
of Sussex, NJ; brother: Paul Forbes of Morristown, NJ; brother-in-law: Lawrence
"Pat" Kramer of Rumson NJ; sisters-in-law Patsy Forbes of Upper Monclair, NJ,
Joan Forbes of Paterson, NJ, Fonce Forbes of Morristown, NJ; nieces Peggy Lee
Insel of Dewitt, MI, Barbara Lee Smith of Carmel, CA, Lee Anne Forbes Doust
of Bedminister, NJ, Kathleen Swearer of Glen Ridge NJ, Allison Sidow of Oakland
NJ, Kim Kramer Gallagher of Little Falls, NJ, Mary Anne Forbes Harris of Memphis,
TN, Sara Moran of Kindsbach, Germany; nephews Carlton Lee, Jr. of Paterson,
NJ, Kevin Forbes of Montclair, NJ, Billy Forbes of Charleston, SC, Kip Kramer
of Glen Rock, NJ, Kelly Kramer of Bloomfield, NJ; Special friends: Dorothy and
Nancy Booth, Volodis Carey, Claudia Casey, Tom and Barbara Chatterton, Bob
and Ann Childs, Wendy Darling, Mrs. Elma Davis, Bob and Dottie Goldbach,
Ernie and Judy Grindrod, Liz Howard, Joe and Milly Leader, Bill and Lynn
McCargo, Rachael O'Brien, Blossie Meadows, and Gladys Sumner.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 25th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul
the Apostle Church. The fam; suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be
made to Abilities Unlimited.


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lionfish near Lee Stocking Island
in 2005. And since then, the lion-
fish population in the Bahamas
has multiplied. They are seen in
every habitat throughout the
archipelago: in shallow and deep
reefs, off piers and beaches, as
well-as in coastal mangroves that
are important nursery habitats
for juvenile fish.
"During the summer of 2007,
we sighted over 100 lionfish in
the vicinity of Lee Stocking;
three in the Exuma Cays Land
and Sea Park, and two at Cat
Island," Dr Hixon reported in a
recently-published research
paper that he co-authored with
graduate student Mark Albins.
"The clear increase in lion-
fish numbers at these regularly
visited study sites indicated an
extremely rapid expansion with-
in the Bahamas."

S o Hixon and his col-
leagues decided to inter-
rupt their regular research on
the ecology of reef fish and con-
duct a special experiment to
determine whether, and to what
extent, lionfish affect populations
of native fish on Bahamian reefs.
They used an area of experi-
mental patch reefs near Lee
Stocking Island that had been
established back in the 1990s -
at least a kilometre away from
other natural reefs.
An initial survey counted the
number of juvenile native fish
living on the reefs and confirmed
that no lionfish were present at
the outset of the experiment.
With some reefs designated as a
control lionfishh absent) and oth-
ers as a treatment reef lionfishh
present), single individuals were
then introduced to each of the
lionfish-present experimental
reefs. Following these trans-
plants, divers recounted the
.number of juvenile native fish.
The result? Lionfish reduced
the abundance of small fish on
coral reefs by 80 per cent in just
five weeks.
In Ilixon's experiment 38 fish
species were recruited to both
lionfish-present and lionfish-
absent reefs. Of these 38 species,
23 suffered reduced recruitment
in the presence of lionfish. And
stomach content analyses and


observations of feeding behav-
iour showed that reductions in
recruitment were almost cer-
tainly due to predation by lien-
fish.
Recruitment is defined by
researchers as the survival of
individual, fish that settle in a
particular habitat area. It is an
important variable in terms of
the population structure of indi-
vidual marine species.
"The large reduction in
recruitment.suggests the possi-
bility that lionfish may compete
with native (fisheaters) by
monopolizing this important
food resource," the study report
concluded. "Also, by decreasing
recruitment, lionfish have the
potential to decrease the abun-
dance of ecologically important
species, such as parrotfishes and
other herbivorous reef fishes,
which are crucial for-preventing
seaweeds from overgrowing
corals.
"It is also important to note
that lionfish have the potential
to act synergistically with other
existing stressors, such as climate
change, overfishing, and pollu-
tion, making this invasion of par-
ticular concern for the future of
Atlantic coral reefs."
Options to manage the threat
are limited, scientists and fish-
ery managers agree. Dr Hixon
has called for targeted control
efforts to be initiated as soon as
possible, particularly in vulnera-
ble or valuable reef areas. Mea-
sures to help the recoveryiof
effective predators would also
help. For example, groupers eat
lionfish in the Pacific, but have
been heavily over-exploited in
this part of the world.
"Our hope is that the Bahami-
an government will actively pro-
mote local controls, possibly
including a targeted fishery and
perhaps even bounties," Dr
Hixon said. "Lionfish are easy
to capture underwater with dip
nets and they taste like chicken.
Unfortunately, they can live to at
least several hundred feet depth,
which is beyond the range of
most divers."
According to Director
Michael Braynen, interest in the
lionfish invasion at the Depart-
ment of Marine Resources is
high: "We are holding a work-


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shop in Nassau next month for
about 40 people, including min-
istry employees from around the
country, to train people in the
collection and handling of lion-
fish," he told Tough Call.
"The idea is to give them
knowledge they can pass on to
fishermen and others in the
islands to encourage the use of
these fish as a food source, and
even to sell them once the spines
have been removed. We want to
.promote that as one of the few
control measures we have."
Braynen is also recommend-
ing modifications to fishery reg-
ulations that will allow dive and
resort operators to use SCUBA
gear to conduct lionfish cleanup
projects at specific locations. It is
currently illegal to use SCUBA
gear to fish, or to fish within a
certain distance of the shoreline
in some areas.
There is a sense of urgency
involved because scientists are
now convinced that the rapid
reproduction potential of the
lionfish, combined with its abil-
ity to seriously impact the popu-
lations of other fish, could dis-
rupt entire reef ecosystems -
with unpredictable results.
"We have to figure out some-
thing to do about this invasion
before it causes a major crisis,"
Dr Hixon said. We basically had
to abandon some studies we had
underway on the population
dynamics of coral reef fish,
because the lionfish had moved
in and were 'eating everything."
For the past two years divers,
scientists and government offi-
cials have been collaborating on
a survey that reports, counts,
tags, catches and dissects lion-
fish found in Bahamian coastal
areas.
This project has also deter-
mined that lionfish are spread-
ing rapidly and eating juvenile
snappers and groupers, as well
as competing with adult reef fish
for food. In one recent survey
off southwestern New Provi-
dence, for example, 124 lionfish
were caught Within two hours in
a one-mile radius.
The Bahamas National Trust
and other environmental groups
have even been holding cookery
demonstrations on some islands,
to show that lionfish are good to
eat once the spines have been
removed.
As an example of what the
future could hold, experts point
to the Nile Perch, a large fresh-
water fish that caused the extinc-
tion of hundreds of fish species
when it was introduced into Lake
Victoria. The World Conserva-
tion Union calls it one of the 100
worst alien species invasions.
"Those kinds of things hap-
pen repeatedly in fresh water,"
Dr Hixon commented. "But
we've not seen such a large
predatory invasion in the ocean
before."

What do you think?
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WAVES OF JOY FOR CRUISE SHIP VISITORS


CRUISE ship visitors frol-
icked in the sea off the West-
ern Esplanade yesterday as
huge waves crashed ashore,
throwing seaweed and debris
into the road.
A 29-year-old Rumanian
tourist, who gave his name
only as Cristian, is seen here
sitting on the seawall as an
eight-foot swell exploded
around him.
Cristian, who arrived on the
Fascination cruise ship from
Miami, said as he was
drenched by the waves: "This
is fun, very exciting. I'm not
used to seeing this kind of
thing."
The waves were so power-
ful that they damaged the
recently-laid footpath along
the shoreline.
Bahamians joined tourists
by walking into the spray,
caused by a groundswell
which is common in October
as the winter season sets in.


Photo: Rodney Moncur


The Gaming Board and Gaming


Committee
It has been announced that the Commit-
tee for Gaming Reform and the Bahamas
Gaming Board have reached an agreement
to petition the government for changes to the
gaming laws.
The committee said it expects to shortly
have a date for a meeting with senior gov-
ernment officials. 0
Gaming Board chairman Malcolm Adder-
ley has expressed the opinion that the cur-
rent practice prohibiting Bahamians from
gaming is unacceptable.
He has advocated a review of gaming laws
and frank, open discussions with Bahamians
on the future of the gaming industry.
Mr Adderley said the negative effect of
gaming expansion in some outside jurisdic-


to petition
tions on the Bahamas could be mitigated by
allowing Bahamians to wager..
The Gaming Committee said it will ask the
government to formally appoint a select com-
mittee to begin the legislative review process.
The committee said expects to enjoy the
support of the Gaming Board in making this
request. 4
Committee spokesperson Sidney Strachan
said: "Discussions with the Gaming Board
were productive.
"On the matter of legislative reform our
two bodies are on the same page.
"We are convinced that this is a very 'pro-
gressive and forward thinking', board well
equipped to handle the fast changing global
dynamics of the gaming industry. We antici-


Government
pate doors being opened for us with the gov-
ernment and resources deployed in support of
a select committee when appointed.
"We expect to meet with the government
shortly and the committee anticipates a posi-
tive response on the recommendation of a
select.committee."
The Committee for Gaming Reform sees
this first meeting with the Gaming Board as
the impetus for change and said it is prepared
to be the catalyst.
The committee was represented by chair-
man Sidney Strachan, secretary M Bain and
community relations officer Lester Cox.
The Gaming Board was represented by
chairman Malcolm Adderley, secretary
Bernard K Bonamy and Dwight Sawyer.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc


honours service through the years


THE Eta Psi Omega Chapter,
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority_
recently celebrated its 45th
anniversary of giving "sisterhood,
scholarship and service" to the
community of New Providence.
In recognition of the 45th char-
ter anniversary, a gala ball was
held at the Sheraton Cable Beach
ballroom on September 24 and
the members of Alpha Kappa
Alpha used the occasion to hon-
our the service given by members
from other Greek orgaqisations.
Fourteen persons were recog-
fised for .the service they have
given to the community through
their respective organizations.
. One nominee from each organ-
isation represented was selected
by a panel of judges and was
awarded with the chapter's "Ser-
vice Through the Years" award.
The winners were Ricardo P
Deveaux of the Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity; Rhonda Wright of the
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority;
Jonathan C Ford of the Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity; Cyndi


Williams-Rahming of the Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority; Kareem C
Hanna of the Phi Beta Sigma Fra-
ternity, and Christie Cash of the
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Other nominees included Ter-
rance L B Fountain and Ishmael
Smith, Jr, of the Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity; Laura Pratt-Charlton
and Dianne Seymourof the
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority;
Sean Blyden of the Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity; Harrison Lock-
hart of the Phi Beta Sigma Fra-
ternity; Nadia Racquel Braynen
and Taisha Lloyd of the Zeta Phi
Beta Sorority.
Mavis Johnson-Collie, imme-
diate past president of the Eta
Psi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kap-
pa Alpha Sorority, and immediate
past president of the Nassau,
Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council,
was also recognized for her lead-
ership and contribution to the
chapter.
The gala ball was the culmina-
tion of a series of events which
took place throughout "the week


NEMA DIRECTOR ACCEPTS CHEQUE


which began with the chapter
members giving thanks at St
Barnabas Anglican Church.
Other activities included the
launch of the 50-million-pound-
challenge, a global effort of the
sorority to do its part in the effort
to lose weight, and a .welcome
reception on the spectacular Mar-
tini X yacht.
The guest of honour at the wel-
come reception was the Interna-
tional Regional Director Norma
Jean Tucker, who flew in from
California to celebrate the occa-
sion with the local members.
"Eta Psi Omega chapter has
had much to celebrate this year as
this year also marks the centen-
nial anniversary of the sorority.
As the chapter continues to cele-
brate the sorority's centennial
anniversary and its 45th anniver-
sary, the membership, led by
president Cindy Dorsett, contin-
ues to uphold the ideals of the
sorority's founders and the chap-
ter's charter members.
"It is through sheer strength


COMMANDER Stephen Russell, director of
the National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA), accepted a cheque for $5,000 from
Diamonds International, which will go
towards the Hurricane Ike reconstruction
efforts in Mathew Town, Inagua. The pre-
sentation took place on Monday at NEMA's
office in the Churchill Building downtown
Nassau. Pictured from left are Anthony Smith,
marketing manager, Diamonds International;
Tinnyse Johnson, spokes model, Diamonds
International; Chynella Ferguson, human
resources manager, Diamonds International;
Adi Kaniel, general manager, Diamonds Inter-
national; Commander Russell, and Chrystal
Glinton, first assistant secretary, NEMA.


and a commitment to 'Service to
All Mankind' that the extraordi-
nary service programmes of the
sorority will be implemented.
"This contribution and that of
the many other service champions
from each of the Greek fraterni-
ties and sororities here on New
Providence who give of them-
selves, will affect positive change
in the community leaving a per-
manent legacy behind," the Eta
Psi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kap-
pa Alpha Sorority said in a press
release.


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'Wake up and get real', Tourism Ministry and employees told


EMPLOYEES of the hospitality
sector and the Ministry of Tourism
have been urged to "wake up and
get real."
Speaking at the 30th anniversary
celebration of the BahamaHost pro-
gramme, Dr Wayne Thompson said
that Bahamians are living off the
"fumes of yesteryear."
"We could regain what we lost, but


it will not happen over night," he
said.
The Bahamas, Dr Thompson said,
is no longer the destination of choice.
"If we are not careful and take note
of what is directly in front of us we
will in fact miss the mark," he said.
Dr Thompson also emphasised
that service is not servitude, and that
Bahamians need to have morals and


be made responsible for the actions
that they display on a daily basis.
He urged the audience to re-dedi-
cate themselves and become pro-
ductive to reconfirm that it is "Better
in the Bahamas."
The Bahamal-ost programme
recently celebrated 30 years under
, the theme of "Advancing through
Training and Professionalism."


A weekend of activities began with
an all-day conference at Sandals
Royal Bahamian Resort and Spa,
where past BahamaHost participants
were honoured.
Other scheduled activities were a
fun run/walk beginning at Fort Char-
lotte and ending at Goodman's Bay,
and a Church Service at New
Covenant Baptist Church.


The BahamaHost programme was
launched 29 years ago to offer train-
ing to persons working in the hospi-
tality industry.
To date, almost 30,000 industry
professionals have received spe-
cialised instruction in Bahamian his-
tory, geography, culture, economics
and natural resources.


Women urged to



.get tested for the



'scourge' of cancer


Melisa inompson-Hiaii,
Founder of Kingdom Women
in Business, is urging her
members and all other women
to get tested during Cancer
Awareness Month.
"I remember a time when
cancer was a word that was
spoken in quiet circles because
it was so uncommon," said
Mrs Thompson-Hall.
"Now, it is a scourge that
not only afflicts the person
diagnosed, but the families
and friends who try to be a
support system.
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now, people talk about can-
cer as if it's as common as the
flu and that proves that the
disease has simply merged
into a way of life for many
Bahamians.
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have so many occurrences of
the disease.
"We need to educate our-
selves and understand that


KINGDOM WOMEN in Business
founder, Melisa Thompson-Hall
encourages women to test for can-
cer, as the disease continues its
stance as one of the leading caus-
es of death in Bahamian women.
breast cancer is not the only
form of cancer, that the dis-


ease can appear at any cage
and that being diagnosed is
not a death sentence if we are
treated."
Mrs Thompson-Hall noted
that many of the people who
are now found to have cancer
are teenagers or in their early
20s.
"We really have to encour-
age our sisters and daughters
to get tested to prevent the
spread of the disease through
the body," she said.
"Also as Bahamians, we
must support organizations
like the Cancer Society of the
Bahamas because they dedi-
cate themselves wholeheart-
edly night and day to patients,
many of whom will not be
able to afford care on their
own.
"Please, let's not wait until
one of our family members or
friends are affected. If we all
help, the care would be afford-
able."


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union movement during International Credit Union Day celebrations, October 16, at the Bahamas Co-opera-
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10,


Ross University
hosts luncheon to

update community

leaders on progress
GRAND Bahama In an
effort to keep community lead-
ers updated on the progress and
future development of the Ross
University Bahamas campus,
the president of Ross Univer-
sity, Dr Thomas C Shepherd,
hosted an informal luncheon at
the Westin Hotel on Wednes-
day, October 1.
Accompanying Dr Shepherd
were senior members of his
management team, including Dr
Nancy Perri, vice-president for
Academic Affairs; Dr Mary
Coleman, Dean of Ross Uni-
versity School of Medicine; San-
di Cutler, vice-president for
Planning and Business Devel-
opment, and Dr John Daley,
campus administrator.
Approximately 40 invited
guests were in attendance to lis-
ten to a brief progress report
by Dr Shepherd, who touched
upon the construction at Sea-
horse Plaza, which is ahead of
schedule; their hiring progress,
which is in full swing with over
4000 applications to Ross job
postings thus far, and the recent
launch of their housing registry
to ensure their students, faculty
and staff are well settled in pri-
or to classes starting in Janu-
ary.
Dr Shepherd said, "We got
here today, through the extra-
ordinary contributions and
efforts of many people, includ-
ing many in the room. I asked
everyone here today to say
thank you, to share the good
news, so that'you can look at
each other, and with us feel
good about what we are creat-
ing together."
"In just two months since our
announcement, we have come
to know this community, its
people, and its resources even.
more deeply. We have just
begun to begin. We need your
help not only to succeed in
our work, but in helping us be
an important part of the com-
munity as a whole."
"In January we will open our
doors, and Ross University will
have completed the first phase
of its history in Grand Bahama.
Over the next year Ross enrol-
ment will grow steadily, a little


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FROM LEFT: SIR Albert Miller; Rick Hayward; Terrance Gape; Dr Thomas Shepherd, president of Ross Uni-
versity; Senator Kay Forbes-Smith; Senator David Thompson, and Gregory Moss, president of the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Commerce.


more each semester. In about
18 months we will begin con-
struction of our new campus,
and over this time we will hire
additional staff, including many
additional local residents."
"In January will be able to


say, this is a modest eNauiplei ol
what we can accomplishh, ol
what Freeport. ( G:nd Balianma
Island, and the nation of the
Bahamas can accomplish when
we work together." D)r Shep-
herd said.


f .


., FROM LEFT: Dr Trionmas Shep-
"' ihe l pre-'Ildf tii ,r Rossc. Univpr-
sity hosted a luncheon on Octo-
ber 1 at the Westin at Our
Lucaya to show appreciation
and advise community leaders
of the progress and develop-
ments of the Ross medical
school in Grand Bahama.


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TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT (Ch. 304)
SECTION 6(5)

NOTICE OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION
DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURES

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 Consultati on DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURES between
14 October and 10 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 comInents and submissions from members ofl 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 Iast,
off Collins Avenue, Centreville, Nassau; or
(2) By downloading it from the PUC Website at www.puclhalimas.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. (l'T ollinis
Avenue, Centreville, Nassau; or
(b) By mail, to the Executive Director, Public Utilities Commission. I'.(). 13ox
N-4860, Nassau, Bahamas; or
(c) By fax, to (242) 323-7288; or
(d) By e-mail, to info@pucbahamas.gov.bs
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2008.
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.
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payable November 11, 2008.












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FROM LEFT: WILLIAM Poiter of the Customs Department; Ms
Beneby of the Customs Department; Dr George Charite of the Med-
ical/Dental Association and the Bahamas Red Cross; Cheryl Bain,
Hospital Authority; Dr Nancy Perri, Ross University; Sharon
Williams, administrator, Hospital Authority; Dr Greg Bartlett, Hospi-
tal Authority; Wellington Moultrie,.junkanoo committee, Terrance
Roberts of the Ministry of Tourism, and Dillon Knowles, Grand
Bahama Devco.
Robbin Whachell



Accounts Clerk






A well established Company seeks an Accounts Clerk
with the ability to, but not limited to the following
duties:f

Maintain Payables System
Maintenance of Inventory Spreadsheets
Prepare for and complete month end inventory
counts
Preparation of bank and other balance sheets
Reconciliations and various general ledger
accounts to sub ledger
Prepare Schedules to assist in External Audits
Assist in other duties falling within the
Accounts department where necessary

Candidates must possess the following skills:

Associates Degree in Accounting
Experience in Reconciliations
Experience in Accounts Payables would be
an asset
Excellent organizational and problem solving
skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office Products
particularly Excel.
Must be a team player and possess people skills

All Applications must be submitted by October 31st
2008.

Apply to:

DA 68551
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, The Bahamas






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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008, PAGE 11


LOCAL NEWS


Teacher threatens to sue Ministry

if she does not get 'due process'

FROM page one

on me and my family. I have a young baby and a toddler. The long
drive to the school where they want to send me will affect my
health due to my back injury and C-section from my recent preg-
nancy," Mrs Hanna-Wilson said.
Mrs Hanna-Wilson's lawyer, Fayne Thompson, said he and his
client considered and pursued legal action some months ago. He
claims it is "obscene" the way his client is being treated.
"My client has always been pursuing her legal rights in this mat-
ter. She has not sat back and allowed this to be dealt with without
actively protecting her legal position. All she is saying give her the
process, give her the hearing to decide what to do in her best inter-
est and the interest of the students where she should be," Mr
Thompson said.
Mr Thompson explained that his client has not been irresponsi-
ble in this regard. It was unfortunate, he said, that Director of
Education Lionel Sands can only answer his client's concerns in The
Tribune.
"There were many attempts made to speak with the director and
our attempts have been met with a wall of silence. He refused to
speak with her and would not even answer her letters for months,"
Mr Thompson said.
Mr Thompson explained that he and his client have to stand their
ground because Mrs Hanna-Wilson is entitled to be heard.
"She will stand on her rights. We will do our best to protect her
right to be heard in this process and if that involves a lawsuit
against the Department of Education, we'will file the action," Mr
Thompson said.
Education Director Lionel Sands said yesterday that the Depart-
ment of Education will stop both teachers' salaries if they fail to
show up at their newly assigned schools on Andros. Mr Sands indi-
cated that once the Department receives a report that they have not
been to their assigned schools, the necessary action will be taken.
The conflict between the school and the two teachers, daughters
of Rev Leroy Hanna of Love Hill, Andros, was made public when
parents announced that they would not send their children to
school unless the two teachers were removed one from Central
Andros High School, where she has taught for six years, the
younger sister from Fresh Creek Primary, where she was a teacher
for four years. The parents threatened that unless Ministry repre-
sentatives were sent to Andros to discuss the problem with them,
they would fly to Nassau and demonstrate in front of the House of
Assembly. In the meantime they would keep their children at
home.
I The parents were assured that the teachers had been trans-
ferred to another Andros school. However, when school reopened
the two returned to their original schools, refusing to go to the
schools to which they were transferred. The principals of the two
schools then walked out.
The Ministry threatened that if the teachers did not repoAt to the
.schools to which they were assigned, their salaries would be stopped.:
Both teachers were born and grew up minLove Hill, a tiny island
settlement, seven miles north of Fresh Creek Primary School and a
few minutes from the Central Andros High School. They attended
both schools.
Rev Hanna, their father, claims that they both ran into difficul-
ties when, unhappy about what had happened to their old schools,'
they started to ask uncomfortable questions.
Rev Hanna said the District Education Officer (DEO) knew the
transfers were resented as did the principals of the two schools. He
claimed that "both principals refused to give the teachers a class or
a teaching timetable." He also alleged that parents were invited to
protest their appearance at the schools.
"The DEO, along with a high ranking police officer came from
North Andros to Fresh Creek. Primary to have: my daughters
removed from the premises on September 2," he said 'in a letter to
The Tribune. "The following day police officers were stationed at
each of the schools and given the orders to arrest both teachers if
they attempted to enter the campus."


FROM page one


Ma


like the Bahamas. Patricio T
"We understand how important pany ho]
it is to safeguard the Bahamas and gramme,
its most important asset, the base here
tourism industry," said Mr Perez. mote sust
"We are trying to enrich the expe- "You a
rience that a tourist has at a desti- of the des
nation." ful leader
MasterCard's Vice President of plus solid
Strategic Partnerships for the Latin tination a
American and Caribbean region ing a diffi

FROM page one

be mandatory contributions, laying the ground-
work for major problems later on."
One high-profile Nassau company allegedly
owes more than $520,000 in NIB contributions,
all of which should have been paid between
September, 2002, and July this year, The Tri-
bune was told.
A Family Island construction firm is alleged-
ly another major defaulter, owing at least six
years' contributions.
An NIB insider said: "Some defaulters have
high-ranking political connections. Some are
simply crooks.
"But from our point of view, if people are
not part of the solution, then they are part of
the problem. We need to get the right people in
place to ensure we get the right administra-

FROM page one 'Giv

Justice Emmanuel Osadebay
advised Mrs Cash to apply for an a
extension to comply with the Ul
order, and file an affidavit
explaining why she had failed to Mrs Cas
comply, for the appeal to be woman, a:
heard. had reach
But Mrs Cash argued there was asked wt
a conflict of interests in the mat- taught an
ter, as she has filed a complaint Mrs Ca
against the Appeal Court presi- by saying
dent and Justice Osadebay in the ruled the
Supreme Court. tutional
Dame Joan said: "There is no Christoph
right to sue a judge when he sits there wou
in his capacity as judge. the matte:
"Judges are a race apart, and The ap
they take a lot of guff from a lot withdrew
of ignorant people, and they don't paying a f
let it destroy their balance." return to
The appeal court president crit- with an a
icised Mrs Cash for lying in the or withdraw
press by accusing the court of dence she
stopping her "from doing wicked- tempt by p
ness" in the court below, and the newsp
claiming to have sent papers nev- When N
er received by the Privy Council.' argue she
Dame Joan threatened to have hearing to
Mrs Cash escorted to Her court, Dai
Majesty's Prison for committing "You h
contempt of court by attacking are not yo
the judicial institution, think you
Mrs Cash, dressed in pale linen And Mr
trousers and a turquoise blouse, hand for
was also criticised for not showing, "Put your
respect in her attitude, dress, Joan said
manner or conduct. You are a
Dame loan also referred to womanho


sterCard
Rubalcaba said the com-
pes, through this pro-
to build a tourist loyalty
in the Bahamas and pro-
ainability.
dd up the natural beauty
stination, plus the power-
ship that is here in place,
tools to promote that des-
nd that's what starts mak-
erence," said Mr Rubal-


caba. "And if you sustain that, then
you make an impact."
Director General of the Ministry
of Tourism Vernice Walkine wel-
comed the MasterCard programme
as "truly innovative."
She said that although economic
times are "tough" she believes the
programme can bring visitors to the
Bahamas.
The initiative should benefit
about 30 merchants- including
ScotiaBank who have come
onboard to bring savings and


NIB shorfall claims
tion.
"At the moment, the system is malfunction-
ing. It needs a major government inquiry
because what we are dealing with here is
entrenched corruption.
"Many honest people within NIB are very
concerned about what is going on. We need
stringent, prudent management in place. If
nothing is done, NIB will be broke by 2029."
The informants said fewer than 40 per cent of
employers and self-employed were paying NIB
contributions, creating a massive shortfall.
If 95 per cent were paying, the reserves could
be running at $5 billion more than they are
now, they added.
The astonishing disclosures came only days
after board chairman Patrick Ward announced


o apology

go to jail'
sh as a contentious
sked about the level she
ed in her education, and
whether she had been
y manners.
ish continued to argue
g Justice John Lyons
courts were unconsti-
in 2007. But Justice
her Blackman explained
ild be no hearing until
r was filed.
appeal court president
Mrs Cash's option of
ine and ordered her to
court next Thursday
application to continue
aw her appeal, and evi-
e has purged her con-
publishing an apology in
aperr, or be jailed.
Mrs Cash attempted to
had not received a fair
find her in contempt of
me Joan said:
ave no witnesses. We
ur equals. Who do you
are?"
rs Cash again raised'her
permission to speak,
r hand down," Dame
. "You are atrocious.
disgrace to Bahamian
od."


unique experiences to the Master-
Card wielding customer.
Those customers, before touch-
ing down in The Bahamas, will be
able to preview those merchant's
savings and offerings through a ded-
icated micro-site on MasterCard's
website.
Frank Comito of the Bahamas
Hotel Association said these kinds
of inducements are necessary to
entice visitors to spend and to
quickly show them the value of our
destination.


that all employers and self-employed people
who are behind with contributions will be
charged interest.
He said the new board of directors, appoint-
ed in July, are determined to improve compli-
ance rates to shore up the fund's shortfall.
Acting director Anthony Curtis said interest
on arrears would be charged at "a prime rate".
He said 18,000 of 24,000 employers and self-
employed who were registered to contribute
were behind on payments as of August this
year.
Currently, said Mr Curtis, NIB is "several
million dollars" behind the target it had hoped
to meet for contributions this year.
Defaulters have been given an interest-free
amnesty until January 1, 2009.
Mr Curtis said: "If they do not take advan-
tage of this window most certainly the board
will be taking action to have them prosecuted."


FROM page one Man captured
the Utica Police Department, state police and the U.S. Department of Jus-
tice all participated in the effort.
"Information developed during the investigation indicated Skelton left
Jamaica and was living in the Bahamas, marshals said.
"On April 4, authorities in the Bahamas located Skelton in Nassau, the cap-
ital, (Deputy US Marshal Jamie) Farrington said. Bahamian authorities
arrested Skelton on April 7 on a provisional arrest warrant, marshals said.
The Observer-Dispatch article quoted Assistant District Attorney Kurt
Hameline, who is prosecuting the case, as saying: "Between April and now,
we've been trying to get him out of the Bahamas."
County District Attorney Scott McNamara was quoted as saying that the
negotiations became an "intense legal struggle."
"Fortunately, we were able to prevail although it was a very challenging i
pursuit," he said. "They don't just hand people over. We basically had to try'
our case in front of them."
The Oneida County District Attorney's Office and the US Department of
Justice had to reproduce the original evidence, McNamara was quoted as say-.
ing.
FROM page one Grassroot
ally are usually the slowest months,
and we expect things to pick up dur- Mr Jacques said that because of
ing Thanksgiving, but this year things difficulties facing many taxi drivers,;
got slow from August." Mr Jacques some have abandoned their taxis in:
said. Just six.months ago he would exchange for more reliable jobs, such
have easily earned up to $700 a as jitney drivers.
week, but because of the decrease in This one time musician said he'
tourist arrivals, he barely makes once worked for a few years at the'
$200. Being a husband, and a father Ministry of Tourism's Welcome
of two dependents, he says most days Centre, but had lost his job for what
he feels like giving up. he calls "political favouritism."
"You come out 6 o'clock in the Mr Jacques said he is tired of the'
morning, you might get your first days when politicians used their posi-
job by 10 or 11 o'clock, and it's just tions to hire and take care of their
not enough." friends, and avoid taking care of the
He adds that with increased fuel real issues. "It's a bit childish, it's
costs and the rising price of groceries, immature, it's something the country,
he is unable to keep up with his bills, doesn't need," he said.
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Roddick advances


at Lyon


LYON, France (AP) -
Andy Roddick had 18 aces and
didn't face a break point in
beating Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (5),
6-4 Tuesday in the first round of
the Lyon Grand Prix.
The top-seeded Roddick,
.who won the Lyon title in 2005,
had the only break of the match
in the second set. Mahut, who
'also had 18 aces, saved three







LINZ, Austria (AP) -
Fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova
*.and sixth-seeded Marion
Bartoli advanced to the sec-
ond round of the Generali
2 Ladies on Tuesday.
Petrova, who won the
tournament in 2005, rallied
to beat Kateryna Bon-
darenko of Ukraine 3-6, 6-3,
6-1. The 13th-ranked Russ-
ian lost just two points on
serve in the final set.
Bartoli improved to 3-5
against Ai Sugiyama by
beating the Japanese player
6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (8). The 17th-
ranked Frenchwoman failed
to convert five break-point
chances in the second set,
and came back from a break
down three times in the third
before she finally converted
her seventh match point.
Also, Maria Kirilenko
beat Olga Savchuk of
Ukraine 6-2, 7-5. The 30th-
ranked Russian, who won
her third WTA Tour title of
the season last month, was
broken in the second set
before winning four straight
games to close out the
match.


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break points in the first set.
Roddick hurt his knee Mon-
day while playing doubles, but
said the injury did not bother
him.
"I did not feel anything this
morning, so now everything is
fine," said Roddick.
Roddick is already looking
forward to next month's Mas-
ters Cup, although he still needs
to qualify for the event in
Shanghai.
"It's maybe a more open
tournament this year," Roddick
said. "There's not only Roger
(Federer), but others like
(Andy) Murray who are playing
very well, or (Juan Martin) del
Potro. It promises to be a great
tournament."
Also, second-seeded Richard
Gasquet of France rallied to
beat Santiago Giraldo 5-7, 6-3,
7-6 .(3).
Gasquet, who has dropped to
15th in the ATP rankings, pres-
sured Giraldo's serve through-
out, but could only take two of
his seven break-point chances.
Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador
also won, beating sixth-seeded
Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (4),
6-3, while Fabrice Santoro
defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy
6-4, 6-1 and Andreas Seppi of
Italy beat David Guez of France
6-2, 7-5.

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PARIS (AP) Manchester
United winger Cristiano Ronal-
do and FC Barcelona forward
Lionel Messi are the favourites
to win this year's Golden Ball,
awarded by France Football
magazine to Europe's top play-
er.
Ronaldo finished second to
AC Milan midfielder Kaka last
year, while Messi was third.
Kaka was again among the
30 nominees released Tuesday,
but does not believe he will win
this time.
"I am realistic. This one won't
be for me. It's a shame, but it's
logical," Kaka said. "AC Milan
did not have a good season."
Kaka is touting United's
winger to take the top prize.
' "My favorite is Cristiano
Ronaldo," Kaka said. "He won
two major titles with Manches-
ter, and he scored a lot of
goals."
The 23-year-old Portugal
winger scored 42 goals in all
competitions to help United win
the Premier League title and
the Champions League.
The 21-year-old Messi was
also in top form for Barca, scor-
ing several breathtaking goals
for the Catalan club, and also
helping Argentina defeat Nige-
ria 1-Q.to win the Olympic gold
medal in Beijing in August.
"He is the kind of player I
really like," Kaka said. "Like
Cristiano Ronaldo, he dribbles,
he scores. Messi often does it
all on his own."
Liverpool striker Fernando
Torres is also among the nomi-
nees after helping Spain win the
Euiropean Championship in
June, scoring the lone goal in
the final against Germany. Tor-
res also scored 24 league goals
in his debut season with the
Reds.
Lyon striker Karim Benze-
ma, one of only two French
nominees along with Bayern'
Munich winger Franck Ribery,
told France Football that Torres
would get his vote.
"He scores goal after goal,"
Benzema said.









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FROM page 1B

only committed one error today
so we feel good about the way
we're playing right now."
SAC banged out 11 hits off
St Anne's losing pitcher
Nicholas Wilson, seven of which
were extra bases, including an
in-the-park home run from
DeShawn Wood, Anfrenee Sey-
mour and DeVaughn Moss.
Wood, who was 2-for-3, had a
one-out solo homer in a five-
run first inning, while Moss had
a one-out solo homer and Sey-
mour came up with a two-run
homer with two out in a nine-
run second.
In both innings, the Big'Red
Machines batted around the
clock.
Like Wood, Seymour finished
with a 2-for-3 day with thread
RBIs and three runs scored and
Arien Seymour helped his own
cause by going 2-f6r-2 with two
RBIs and a run scored.
Arien Seymour gave up just
one hit with four strike outs,
including the three outs in the
third to end the game.
St Anne's scored their only
two runs in the first inning, the
first on Henry Thompson's RBI
ground out that drove home
Adam Deveaux and the other
from Ian Mayers, who walked
and eventually came home on a
wild pitch.
Despite the loss, coach Rico
Seymour said they are hoping to
at least rebound from this loss
and improve their record to 3-6
when they play their last regular
season game against'Jordan
Prince William.
"We had a few shaky games
early in the season, but,we real-
ly didn't have ineffective catch-
er and pitcher like we do now
with (Ian) Mayers catching and
(Nicholas) Wilson pitching," he <









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By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
FOXBOROUGH. ,l.,
(AP) Rodney Harrison. the
hard-hitting but injury-plaLuted
safety of the New England
Patriots, appears to be done for
the season and perhaps his
career after being hurt again
The 15-year veteran was
injured on the last play of the
third quarter of the Patriots 41-
7 win over the Denver Broncos
on Monday night when he
chased scrambling quarterback
Jay Cutler.
Harrison, in the final year of
his contract, pointed to' his
teammates and waved to the
crowd as he was driven off the
field on a cart after apparently
injuring the quadriceps muscle
in his right leg.
Coach Bill Belichick gave no
update on the injury during his
conference call Tuesday but
said after the game that it didn't
look good.
The NFL Network first
reported Tuesday that Harri-
son had a torn quad. The
Boston Globe later reported be
had a torn right quad. During
the game, it was announced he
had a knee injury.
"It was difficult for all of us to
watch Rodney be-carted off like
he did," Belichick said Tues-
day. "We hope that all goes well
for him."
The Patriots (4-2) already are
without quarterback Tom
Brady, who suffered a season-
ending knee injury iii the open-
er, and running back Laurence
Maroney, whose season ended
when he went on the injured
reserve list Monday with a
shoulder injury. Belichick
refused to say if Maroney would
need surgery.
Sammy Morris rushed for 13S
yards in his place but hunt his
knee and didn't play in the sec-
ond half. Belichick said his sta-
tus was day-to-day.
The injury to the 35-Near-old
Harrison is his fourth in four
years.
In 2005. he tore three liga-
ments in his left knee in the
third game and missed the iest
of the season and the plaNolts.
The next season, he sat out six
games with a broken right
shoulder blade and retuned for
two before suffering a strained
right knee in the final regular
season game and missing the
playoffs.
He was healthy last season
but missed the first four games
for violating the league's sub-
stance abuse policy. This sea-
son, he started all six games and
had one interception.
Harrison made five tackles
Monday before the injury.
"Rodney is one of the leaders
on the defense from experience
and from his playing style and
production," Belichick said.
"He's a good player. He's been
a good player (for the Patriots)
just going on six years now. ,
"It was hard to watch him go
through what happened last
night That's tough. I feel badly
for him. You hate to see that
with any player, but that %as
very unfortunate for him and
we all feel badly for him."
Safety Brandon Meriweath-
er, a first-round draft choice last
year. got his third interception
of the season Monday and like-
ly would more into a starting
role.
Harrison made the Pro Bowl
in 1998 and 2001 during his
nine-year stint with San Diego.
The Chargers cut him after the
2002 season when he was
slowed by an ankle injury.
The Patriots signed him as a
free agent in March 2003 and
they won Super Bowls in each
of their first two seasons with
him. In six seasons with New
England, he had nine sacks and
eight interceptions.
The aggressive Harrison, the
target of complaints by some
opponents of dirty hits, has
been fined more than $200,000
by the NFL. He was suspended
for'one game in 2002 for a hel-
met-to-helmet hit on Oakland's
Jerry Rice that cost him a game
check of $111,764.
But Harrison also has been a
mentor to players like 24-year-
old James Sanders, the Patriots
other starting safety.
"He is a future Hall of Famer.
He is one of the best to play
this game. He has taught me a
lot." Sanders said in the locker
room after Monday's victory:.
"I am going to go to the training
room and see how he is doing
and let him know I am here for


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St Francis Xavier walks

away with junior title

THE Fifth
Annual Dea- BASKETBALL -
con "Lou
Adderley
and Vincent up. A
Ferguson All St Francis Xavier won the'-
Catholic junior title and St Joseph's
Basketball was the runners up.
Tournament .
got under- Individual awards were as .
way earlier 'follows:
this month at "=
Loyola Hall, Gladstone Road. Seniors MVP Norman .0:
There was competition in Dean (Holy Family Parish)
two divisions Seniors and Seniors Best Sportsman -.
Juniors Co-ed. (See the Keith Russell (St Cecilia's ..
attached listing for the parish- Parish)
es that competed). Juniors MVP Jabari "
Competition was keen and Wilmott (St Francis Xavier
all went well with the Holy Cathedral)
Family Soldiers winning the Juniors Best Sportsman -
senior title over Aquinas Shonte Cargill (Holy Family
Aces, who were the runners Parish)




MEMBERS of the Holy Family Soldiers (above) won the senior title over the Aquinas Aces, who were the runners up (below)...





CATHOLIC Archbishop Patrick Pinder presents senior Keith Russell, of
St Cecilia's Parish, with his best sportsman trophy... .
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Roadmasters Running Club's




20-mile challenge for chari

ABOUT 'ii people
'ook par- ir. Roadma -
Lers Runn~ng Club s/
charity.20-n-le runi' ilk. .
in aid of the All Saincs
Camp fromn Moinugu J
Beach to (roodmdn s
Bay and back on Sdrur-
day.
The motto: "The \ dlI
to do, the Soul to Da re "

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pants lined up at Mon-~
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provided Gatorad n. .
Aquafresh water andmn
Red Bull and Raptur
energy drinks at fi' e
stops along the route
Others on bicycles nd
in trucks monitored the
runners and walkers
Finishers were greet- dl
and complimenarenc- ..


chicken souse with John -
ny Cake after the trvo-
hour plus workout. .
Major sponsors ol the
event were the Ro\ alIA
Bank of Carida.
Thompson Trading
Bristol Cellkrs and Pep-
si-Cola.
The event is the
longest of its kind in
New Provilence and
served as training for
Bahamians preparing for
half and full marathons ,
in the US this season.
Roadmasters is a run-
ning group dedicated to '' .. -
long distance running.
MEMBERS of the Roadmasters Running Club a group dedicated to long distance running...










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Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
he junior boys
and senior girls
of the St
Augustine's Col-
lege Big Red
Machines put a double wham-
my on the St Anne's Blue-
1 .'1 i 112.. i 1 L, ir itc i-
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Pl.Ninwi siinuilitaneou-sl\ dt
St Augustine's College .es-
itrdavy. the defending
B.ihaimas .. '.ociation of Inde-
pendent Secondarv Schools
SB.AISS) Junior bo\.s champi-
ons stopped the Bluewa\es
1-1-2 on one tield.
On jnothcr field, the Big
Red Machiine, rolled past the


Bluewaves 20-4 as last year's
senior girls' runners-up
wrapped up the pennant with
a 6-1 win-loss record.
The junior boys finished at
6-1, but having lost their sea-
son opener to last year's run-
ners-up St Andrew's Hurri-
canes, SAC will have to wait
on the outcome of their rivals'
final game to dete.rm-ne
'' ,'-r r ro'r th.
\\ whether the\ \in it or not.
SAC's head coach John Todd
said it was a good %%a\ for his
junior boys to finish the sea-
son as the\ prepare for the
pljvoffs next week.
"-we just need to hit the
ball." Todd reflected -*\\e
SEE page 13


First Class promoter



irate with Bahamas



Boxing Commission


M By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
FIRST CLASS promoter
Michelle Minus is irate with the
Bahamas Boxing Commission
for failing to sanction their last
professional boxing show.
Minus produced a letter
addressed to Patrick Strachan,
chairman of the commission,
dated September 17,2008, seek-
ing sanctioning for their final
show for the year on Saturday,
November 15.
It's the second time that
Minus had sought sanction from
the Commission and she is now
forced to either postpone, or
cancel the show because her
request was not granted.
However, in a letter dated
Wednesday, September 11,
2008, the commission wrote to
Minus informing her that her
proposed September 20 boxing
show was not sanctioned.
A letter issued by Strachan
indicated there were several rea-
sons for the non-sanctioning
decision. All of those reasons
were not outlined.
But the letter did reveal that
because of the hard fight that
Jermaine 'Choo Choo' Mackey
encountered on July 24 when
he won .the British Common-
wealth middleweight title over
Michael Gbenga, it was in his
best interest not-to fight within
the next six months.
After they were informed that
the September 20 show was not
going to be sanctioned, Minus
said they applied for sanctioning
for the November show.
Mackey, along with light-
wpight Meacher 'Pain' Major,
were expected to be the two fea-
tured fighters against visiting
opponents on the new card.
"They have him on a six-
month lay-off for winning the
Commonwealth title fight, but
he got a complete physical from
Dr Patrick Roberts, who was
one of the physicians at the


"This is not
about First
Class. It's
about the
boxers who
are being
held back.
Professional
boxing was
doing quite
well in the last
couple of
years. So we
really don't
need this type
of setback."
-Michelle Minus

fight, and he was clearly cleared
medically," Minus stated. "So
why does he have to lay up for
six months?"
Minus also noted that they
are working on getting a Com-
monwealth title fight for Major
early next year and he needed
the tune-up fights before he
competes for the title.
She said the Boxing Comrhis-
sion was making it difficult for
the stable of boxers by not sanc-
tioning the fights and they were
holding back the fighters by not
having their results posted on
international boxing websites.
"This is not about First Class.


It's about the boxers who are
being held back," Minus stated.
"Professional boxing was doing
quite well in the last couple of
years. So we really don't need
this type of setback."
Minus said the commission is
paid to provide the information,
which helps in securing other
fights for the fighters.
While she feels she's not get-
ting any justice from the Box-
ing Commission, Minus said
First Class had written to the
Ministry of Youth, Sports and
'Culture to intervene in the mat-
ter.
Her husband and coach Ray
- Minus Jr said all the fighters are
frustrated and upset over the
fact that they are in the gym
training, but can't get a chance
to fight.
"It's really difficult to keep
them excited and motivated to
train and be ready to fight
because they are not sure when
and if they will get a match," he
said.
"I think it's sad to see that we
are having this setback by the
Boxing Commission. I was
under the impression that the
Commission was there to govern
the sport in a positive way to
encourage and assist these
young men in their careers."
Minus Jr said the fighters are
looking to further their boxii-g
careers, but they are being hin.
dered by the Boxing Commis-
sion, which he said seemed not
to have boxing at heart.
Efforts to contact Pat 'The
Centerville Assassin' Strachan,
chairman of the Boxing Com-
mission, proved fruitless up to
press time last night. But com-
mission secretary Fred Sturrup
said they have been having a
hectic time trying to make things
as easy as possible for First
Class.
He noted that First Class had
not complied with a series of
issues raised by the Commis-
sion. Until they did, they would
not sanction any of their shows.


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Film Adi -p most
F*lm Studios deal blow-up 5%o
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airport

financing

deal

By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL I
Business Reporter
FirstCarribean International
Bank (Bahamas) has been
selected as the institution that
wIill provide placement and
escrow agency services for the
Bahamian-dollar denominated
component of the $450 million
Lynden Pindling International
Airport (LP1A) project financ-
ing, Tribune Business can
reveal.
Frank Watson, the Airport
Authority chairman, confirmed
yesterday that FirstCaribbean
had been 'selected, and that' it
would now be working with
Citibank lo ,l_-o seek the inter-
national financing required for
the :iirporr'. redcclopmnient
Tribune Business under-
stands that among the rival bids
seen offb\ Fiti'tCaribbean were
those sibmhittcd by RovalFi-
dclit, Merchant Bank andiTrust
and Providence Advisors.
Mr Wat,,in acknowledged
that while the quest for financ-'
ing had faced some challenges.
as a result of the global financial
system's liquidity/cr6dit crunch,
he remained optimistic that the
Nassau Anport De\elopment
Conipany (NAD) would be
able to secure the $2t0 million
needed for the air port redevel-
op eni's fil-i ph.i-
Raising the fin an ing 'nill
enable NAD to remain on tar-
e,t pin ticularl\ hil, the award-
in g of tihe construction contract.
for the physical work, within
the first two months of 2009-
All in all, Mr Watson-added
. that he was satisfied with the.
process and timeline for the
project. .
The Request for Proposal
(RPF) that NAD submitted,
and which was won by First-
SCaribbean, requires the bank
to i iise $25 million from insti-
tu it ina, and high net-worth
investors in the Bahamian cap-
SEE page 2B.


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
"T he lead bidder for
the Bahamas Film
Studios has pulled
out of its acquisi-
tion attempt
because the Government's deci-
sion to restrict the facility to 120
acres had made it impossible to
generate a return on their
investment, Tribune Business,
can reveal.
The- Bahamas FilmInvest
International consortium, which
was put together by Bahamian
banker Owen Bethel, president
of the Nassau-based Montaque
Group, was said by sources
close to the process to have
withdrawn its attempted acqui-
sition after the Government
removed from the equation
much of the land earmarked for
real estate development.
"Owen Bethel's group has
decided not to proceed any fur-


Group formed by Bahamian banker withdraws from builders


acquisition because reduction in development's size
eliminates investment return potential


their with acquiring the Film
Studios," a source told Tribune
Business yesterday.
Mr Bethel himself declined
to comment when contacted
yesterday by this newspaper,
although he did not deny what
Tribune Business had been told.
Bahamas FilmInvest Interna-
tional's withdrawal provides a
new twist in the protracted dra-
ma over the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios' fate, although the move
should not come as a surprise
because Tribune Business had
warned pre\ iousl\ that the
Government's plans to reduce
the acreage granted- to the
development were a potential
deal-breaker.
The Government has cut the


project's size from the 3,500
acres of Crown Land previous-
ly allocated to it to just 120
acres, and possibly as little as
80-90 acres.
Such a move had previously
been foreshadowed by Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham in
an interview with Tribune Busi-
ness earlier this year, because
the Bahamas Film Studios, now
owned by its .chairman, Ross
Fuller, had defaulted on the
lease payments and obligations
it had to fulfill in the original
Heads of Agreement signed
with the project's three found-
ing partners all of whom are,
now deceased.
This gave the Government
the chance to re-negotiate the


Heads of Agreement terms, but
Mr Bethel had warned back in
July that the Government's
determination to repossess
much of the 3,500 acres of
Crown Land leased by the for-
mer Christie government back
in 2003 would affect the devel-'
opment's feasibility and sus-
tainability from an economic
and financial standpoint.
* The. previous PLP adminis-
tration had leased almost the
entire former US Air Force
Missile Base to the initialtrio of
developers Hans Schutie, Paul
Quigley and Michael Collyer,
all of whom are now deceased -
and Prime Minister Ingraham
SEE page 4B


Theft to cost firms 2-4% of holiday sales

N By NEIL HARTNELL '
Tribune Business Editor -S
BUSINESSES are
"really afraid" of being corner, so businesses are very fearful there theft. It's such a widespread and systemal-
hit by an upsurge in % ill be a huge 'dash for cash' to fulfill ic problem. especially if you've got a busi-
crime with the big-spend- promises." ness that has many mo\ ing parts."
ing Christmas season fast He added: "There's no doubt there's a Employees who were paid on a commis-
approaching, the correlation between the number of people sion basis, or had a bonus scheme linked to
Bahamas Chamber of unemployed and an increase in crime sales, were especially> prone to bolstering
Commerce's president There's going to be an increase in armed their income b% nefarious means, especial-
telling Tribune Business robberies and crimes committed against ly if business was not good.
yesterday that companies businesses and their properties. When asked how much Bahamian com-
could on average "easi- 1 "People need to be extremely vigilant panies could lose over the Christmas period
Sly" lose between 2-4 per and take %what measures they need to safe- as a result of employee and customer theft
cent of sales revenues to guard cash and their property. There will' Mr D'Aguilar replied: "Anyw\heie from 2-
internal and external theft. definitely be an increase in criminal activi- 4 per cent of sales, easily.
Dionisio D'Aguilar said that with unem- ty." "Clearly, food stores will suffer a larger
ployment and underemployment increas- The Royal Bahamas Police Force percentage, probably closer to 5 per cent,
ing as a result of the economic slowdown, it (RBPF) is always placed on heightened because they've got products that every-
was likely that more Bahamians would turn alert in the run-up to Christmas, given that body needs. People are unemployed, very
to crime and theft to give them the funds crime traditionally increases as persons seek hungry, and need food. I'm sure they're
necessary to "fulfill promises" made for the money necessary to purchase promised going to be hit hardest by the downturn
Christmas to family and sweethearts. -gifts. This leads to the phenomenon of per- from both internal theft and customer steal-
"I think people are really afraid of that sons becoming 'temporary criminals' for ing pf products."
right now," Mr D'Aguilar told Tribune the Christmas season. Mr D'Aguilar said yesterday that
Business. "All you're hearing right now is The Chamber president said, though, that- Bahamian workers needed to realise there
that there are a significant amount of hos- internal theft and employee stealing posed 'were jobs aplenty in existence, and that
pitality industry lay-offs and reduced work a greater.threat financially to Bahamian they should not see manual labour .as
weeks, with other businesses closing ddon. 'businesses than armed robberies ,demeaning.
"You have the softness in the employ- "Businesses are hit much harder by that "Bahamian workers need to be educated
ment market, and-Christmas is around the sort of stuff," Mr D'Aguilar said. "Armed __


robberies are a joke compared to internal


SEE page 2B


struggling

to find

work

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
CLOSE
to 50 per
cent of
Bahamian
contractors
are struggling
to find new
work once
their current
jobs end, the
Bahamian
Contractors
Association's
(BCA' pres-
ident yesterday telling Tribune
Business: "'The ramifications of
a downturn in the construction
industlr wtIll hurt everybody in
this country."
Stephen Wrinkle said the
'trickle down' effect from a con-
struction slowdown was "sig-
nificant", gmen that the industry
absorbed a large number of
semi-skilled and unskilled work-
ers who otherwise might be
.unemployed.
Those workers in turn were
keI customers for other sectors
in the Bahamian economy.
spending their wages in retail
stores, restaurants and bars.
The construction industry is-s
estimated to generate about 11
per cent of the Bahamas' per
annum gross domestic product
(GDP), but Nir \Wrinkle said:
"It appears that it [the sector]is
going from bad to worse very
quickly.
"Every day now Fm having
contractors contact me and say-
ing they've finished stuff and
nothing else is in the works.
There's tough times ahead of
us, and the global economic cli-
mate is not going to change rad-
ically in 90 days." .
, When asked by Tribune Busi-
ness how many Bahamian con-

SEE page 7B


'Transparency' call over

BEC fuel surcharge


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's president yester-
day called for more "trans-
parency" and independent o\er-.
sight of how the Bahamas Elec-
tricitv Coiporation (BEC) cal-
culated its fuel surcharge. as
mnana in the business commu-
nit% w\re questioning why it
\was not failing in line v. ith glob-
al oil pl ice
Calling for independent audi-
tors to o'. ersee BEC's monthly
fuel surcharge calculations as a
way to. protect Bahamian busi-
nesses and consumers, Dioni-
sioD'Aguilar said: -People are
beginning to question' the
integrity of the fuel surcharge
c.ikLulation. nd BEC needs to
jump on that right away and


make it as transparent as possi-
ble.
"The only reasons this ques-
tion is being asked is because
the global oil price is coming
down in an extremely fast man-
ner, bu .the fuel surcharge is
staying stubbornly high. The
question is: why?
"Show me a grid of the fuel
surcharge, the global spot oil
price, and the price at which
BEC bought the fuel it is cur-
rently using, so that people can
see it and get a comfort level.
Enlighten us. Give us the infor-
mation so we can make
informed decisions. You have
this monopoly with no over-
sight."
BEC's fuel surcharge for
October 2008 is $0.22549 per,
kilowatt hour. That price
applies only to business con-
sumers and residential customer
who use more than 800 KwH
per month, and has come down
from its August 2008 peak of
$0.24794 or just under $0.25.
That represents a 9.1 per cent
decrease over a two-month
period, yet over the same period
global crude oil prices have fall-
en from a peak of around $120
per barrel to current prices of
just over $72 per barrel for
Brent Crude.
That represents a 40 per cent
decrease much higher than for
the BEC fuel surcharge
.decrease rate and global oil
prices have almost halved since
reaching a June-July 2008 peak
of $145 per barrel.
BEC's likely reply will be that
it purchases in advance fuel sup.
-plies for three months, and is
now using up the last invento-
ries that were purchased at the
SEE page 2B


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boost visitor spending


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter
THE Ministry of Tourism
and MasterCard yesterday
unveiled a new promotion
designed to boost visitor spend-
ing in the Bahamas by providing
gifts and incentives to customers
using the credit card.
The 'MasterCard- Find Your
Way Programme' is a year-long
programme that seeks to offer
MasterCard holders unique
experiences and exclusive ben-
efits throughout Nassau and
Paradise Island.
Vernice Walkine, tourism
director-general pit the Ministry
of Tourism, said the ministry
was always seeking ways to
increase visitor spend among
cruise and stopover visitors.
The new programme will, in
particular, target the 400 mil-
lion Americans who have a
MasterCard and may choose a
Bahamian vacation to use their
credit card as the preferred
method of payment. They will
not only be eligible for local
offers but sweepstakes benefits
as well.
According to Mario Perez,
MasterCard's head executive
for the Caribbean and Latin
America, the Bahamas has
always been an important mar--
ket for the company; particu-
larly given the success it has had
in the tourism market.
While he noted that the
majority bf tourism sales are
cash, MasterCard's goal was to
encourage the use of credit as a.
safe and effective method of
payment.


VERNICE WALKINE (second from left), the Ministry of Tourism's director-
general, and Frank Comito, the Bahamas Hotel Association's executive vice-
president, with MasterCard executives...


The details of the programme
were explained by Patricio
Rubalcaba, vice-president of
commerce development travel
and entertainment industries -
for MasterCard Latin America
and the Caribbean.
He explained that Master-
Card had partnered with a vari-
ety of vendors as. a result of
their customers' wishes. So far,
some 30 merchants, represent-
ing dozens of stores and loca-
tions, have signed up.
There is no charge to the
merchants as all the costs are
absorbed by MasterCard, with
the Ministry and merchants
having made soft, non-cash con-
tributions.
The benefit to the visitor is
that it allows them to experi-


ence more in the destination,
particularly, in the area of pre-
booking their trip, another
major tourism goal.
Speaking on behalf of the
Bahamas Hotel Association
(BHA), Frank Comito, its exec-
utive vice-president, said the
programme was a "win-win-
win" situation, benefiting visi-
tors, the Bahamian economy
and MasterCard as a whole. He
said more and more travellers,
expect value and values.
To promote the programme,
MasterCard, will distribute
'Find your way' exclusive offer
guides at .strategic distribution
points (airports, hotels taxis and.
a kiosk located at Festival Place,
Prince George Wharf, Nassau's
main cruise port.)


'Transparency' call over


BEC fuel surcharge


FROM page 1B

market peak.
Yet Mr D'Aguilar yesterday
questioned whether BEC was
buying for three months, as
industry sources had told him
the company did not have that
storage capacity.
With oil prices having peaked
at around $100-$105 per barrel
for the September-October, Mr
D'Aguilar said that if BEC had
bought its fuel for November
in this period, the fuel surcharge
should next month retreat to


where it was for the February-
May 2008 period between
$0.16-$0.17 per kilowatt hour.
"It would be good if they pro-
vided the whole process with
more transparency, and people
could see the direct correlation
between the fuel surcharge and
global oil prices," Mr D'Aguilar
said.
Level
He added that the same level
of transparency should be
applied to BEC's request for
proposal (RFP) tender for


renewable energy suppliers, say-
ing he was "a little amazed" that
the Corporation had published
no information on the more
than 20 proposals it had
received.
"Who are the companies?
What is their technology?" he
asked. "List them so we can see.
Make that process transparent.
This is where they run into trou-
ble, because they keep the
process closed, and when bid-
ders are rejected they don't see
the reasons.
"The people own BEC, so let
them know what's happening."


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Bank wins airport

financing deal


FROM page 1B

ital markets, as part of the over-
all $200 million.
The first phase of the LPIA
redevelopment project will
include improving the physical
and sanitary conditions at the
airport; alleviating parking c6ni:
editions and air side congestion;


managing adequate check in
spaces for additional air traffic
growth; facilitating group travel
and minimising and streamlin-
ing passenger security checks.
Once started, this phase is
expected to be completed with-
in 24 months. The first phase
also includes the realignment
of the sewerage and electrical
systems and clearing ground.


FROM page 1B

about the fact there are jobs out
there," the Chamber president
-said.
"The Immigration Depart-
ment is complaining bitterly
that it receives 100 work per-
mit applications a day. Why is it
receiving this level of work per-
mit applications when there is
unemployment out there."
Hinting that Bahamians shied


away from manual -positions
such as farm labourers because
they viewed it as demeaning,
causing farmers to embark on
the wholesale import of Hait-
ian labour, Mr D'Aguilar said:
"Too manyBahamians feel
those jobs are beneath them,
but $200 is better than no dol-
lars. They have to adjust and
realise that doing something
and earning an income is better
than doing nothing and having
no income."


Theft to cost firms

2-4% of holiday sales


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PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008


THE TRIBUNE














Panel selects the award winners


THE BLUE RIBBON PANEL with responsibility for selecting the 2008
recipients includes (I-r): Hillary Deveaux, executive director of the Secu-
rities Commission of the Bahamas; Emily Demeritte, council member,
Bahamas Institute of Financial Services; Brian Moree, managing partner
at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes (also the 2007 Executive of the Year); and
Lambert Longley, partner, KPMG.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that CARMELA JEAN OF NO. 12
HIBISCUS STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 22ND
day of OCTOBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box GT-2299, Nassau, Bahamas.



PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, CHERYL STUBBS
of RO. Box CR-54853, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to
change my name to SHERRY DIANNA SAUNDERS.
If there are any objections to this change of name by
Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief,
Passport Officer,; RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas;
no later thahihirty (30~)dys after the date of publication
of this notice.


The Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices'Board (BFSB) says its
annual Financial Services
Industry Excellence Awards
are designed to recognize role
models in the industry for their
outstanding performance and
contribution to the sector's
growth and development.
Wendy Warren, BFSB's chief
executive, said: "These awards
continue to recognize the
importance of quality human,
resources for the success of the
industry." ,.
Programme
Since the programme was
introduced some eight years
ago, 'Stars' of the industry are
chosen in four categories: Exec-
utive of the Year chief execu-
tive level; Professional of the
Year any level of management
or supervision; Achiever of the
Year junior and support lev-
els; and a special award for


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ANGELINE DORGEUS OF
WASHINGTON STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 15TH day of OCTOBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

JOB VACANCY AT PRIME BAHAMAS
Mechanic Helper

We are seeking a professional and reliable person to assist in the
Mechanic Shop to work on diesel vehicles. The qualified applicant
must have had 2 years prior experience and be willing to work under
supervision, time requirements. References are required, and helpers
with their own tools is a plus.

Please send your resume and references to the Warehouse Manager,
via fax, email or in person:

Attn:-Craig Rahming
Prime Bahamas
--ahming@primebahamas.com
fax: 394-0282


Development and Promotion
of the financial services indus-
try.
Nominations were open to
the entire financial services
industry, including industry reg-
ulatory and supervisory agen-
cies.
Student
The awards are comple-
mented by BFSB's Financial
Services Student of the Year


outreach, hosted in collabora-
tion with the College of the
Bahamas' School of Business.
Industry
The 2008 Industry Excellence
Awards Banquet will be held
on October 25, at Sandals Roy-
al Bahamian Hotel and Spa.
All finalists will be recog-
nised at that time, and the
recipients in each category will
be announced for the first time.


* NOTICE I
NOTICE is hereby given that ROLECK JEAN. DUME
of. NASSAU STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, GT2291
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 22nd day of
OCTOBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




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By Order of
The Bahamas Development Bank
Cable Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas
Commonwealth of The Bahamas


I. G. STUBBS WILL SELL
Eleven (11) assorted used vssels as set out in the
schedule below:


NAME


Der Berry's
Shabak
Liminos

M.V. Buddy
Miss Quality
Equality
Lady Kristy


LOCATION


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Potters Cay
Potters Cay
Coral Harbour
Arawak Cay
Potters Cay
Owner/Andros
Owner Possession


Sweet Charlotte Owner Possession,
Morgan Bluff
Andros
M.V. Lisa iI Bradford Marine
Freeport


1990 34' Offshore Vessel
197,7 53' Defender
1992 45' Defender Vessel
1989 48' North Carolina
1979 -.52' Hatteras Fibre Glass Vessel
1980- 47' Garcia
1981 51' Defender Vessel
80' Custom Steel Hull Vessel
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LOCATION: Potters Cay Dock Nassau, The Bahamas
TIME: 11:00am Saturday, October 25th, 2008 Preview and Inspection from 9:00am Until Auction time at
the site.
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or
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PAGE 4B. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008


THE TRIBUNE


Film Studios deal blow-up


opers, as the real estate com-
ponent would have generated
the majority of the Bahamas
Film Studios' revenues and
profits.
Apart from the existing water
tank and associated film/TV
production facilities already at


Legal Notice

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GREAT SUCCESS INC.







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(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of GREAT SUCCESS INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.







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OLLIS VALLEY LTD.







Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of OLLIS VALLEY LTD. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Coimpanyhas therefore been struck off the Register..







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CONVEXITY CAPITAL LTD.







Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of CONVEXITY KAPITAL LTD. has been
completed;, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


the Bahamas Film Studios, the
project's economic sustainabil-
ity always depended on the
development of a hotel, movie
theme park and residential real
estate component at least until
a steady flow of business from
incoming movie/TV production


crews was developed.
Mr Bethel's group had pre-
viously pledged to invest.
upwards of $90 million in com-
pleting the original vision for
the Bahamas Film Studios, but
y reducing the land available to
any future developers, the Gov-


Legal Notice

NOTICE



GRAN ASISI SLOPES INC.







Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of GRAN ASISI SLOPES INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and.
the Company has therefore been stuck off the Register.







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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NOTICE



FLYING BALD EAGLE LTD.







Notice is hereby'given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of FLYING BALD EAGLE LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
tne Company has therefore been struck off the Register.







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(Liquidator)



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NOTICE



SAGUARO CACTUS INC.







Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of SAGUARO CACTUS INC. has been com-
pleted; a, Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


FROM page 1B

felt those terms were unduly
generous, with too much land
granted.
Yet that land was critical to
their plans, and those of ,Mr
Bethel's group and other devel-


ernment may have undermined
the Bahamas Film Studios' eco-
nomic viability.
With Bahamas FilmInvest
International now out of the
picture, the search will have to
intensify for a new buyer. One
party likely to be interested is
Los Angeles-based Bahamian
filmmaker Cedric Scott, who
has long harboured ambitions
to create his own movie stu-
.dio/production facility in the
Bahamas.
Yet the global credit/liquidity
crunch, coupled with the Wall
Street and stock market down-
turns, and generally depressed
global economy are likely to,
overshadow any attempted pur-
chase, as all prospective devel-
opers will have difficulty in
accessing debt financing,,
Mr Bethel earlier this month
told Tribune Business that the,
existing sales agreement
between his group and Mr
Fuller had expired on October
5, 2008.
"He is requesting $5 million
to enter into a new agreement
with him, based on the new
terms," Mr Bethel said.
He also warned that time was
running out if the Bahamas was
to attract Disney's Pirates of the
Caribbean IV to film at the
Bahamas Film Studios.


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NOTICE



LAS CANDES NORTE INC.







Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of LAS CANDES NORTE INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE



ALVALOU RIVER INC.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Compa-,
nies Act 2000, the dissolution of ALVALOU
RIVER INC. has been completed; a Certificate -of
Dissolution has been issued and the -Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.







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(Liquidator)


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With the producers targeting
a likely Christmas 2009 release,
filming would start in the 2009
first half and the Bahamas Film
Studios needed several months'
preparation if Disney was even
to consider it as a shooting loca-
tion.
"Disney has given the green
light for Pirates of the
Caribbean IV, and the question
is where it will be shot," Mr
Bethel said.
"They're not stating exactly
when in the New Year they
would like to film, but we antic-
ipate itis in the first half of the
year."
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would take to make Bahamas
Film Studios ready for Disney,
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looking at a task of probably
four to six months."
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Caribbean IV to Grand
Bahama is now looking virtu-
ally impossible with Bahamas
FilmInvest International's with-
drawal. The lost economic ben-
efits could be considerable -
especially in a time of econom-
ic downturn.
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II and III sequels pumped some
$40 million into the Grand
Bahama economy when they
were filmed previously.


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dissolution of MUNROE VALLEY INC. has been com-
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Company has therefore been struck off the Register.




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THE TRIBUNE


Tribune Comics


JUDGE PARKER


APT 3-G


CALVIN & HOBBES
FEELING AMN BETTER TM\5
MORNING, CALWN?


DENNIS THE MENACE


BLONDIE


MARVIN


TIGER


'IF -E WINSTE 'PURSE', 1STEREANs"
MONPy IN ITq"


Sudoku Puzzle


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

4 9 7

3 8

5 1 2

5 4

86 92

2 6

2 5 6

8 6

7 3 2


Difficulty Level * *


10/18


Kakuro Puzzle


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 fromMpnday to Sunday.


Yesterday's
Sudoku Answer


91 4



296

429

1 6$
3 8 17
42-9-6
5 4


8!9 5

726

31 17

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Yesterday's
Kakuro Answer


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[98 1 38 2 1
7913
1 87 9 13 2
3841 57T9 W711
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69 3 1 2 81


HAGAR THE HORRIBLE


Chess


Eva Mosei (Austrial) v Anna
Mu2ychuk (Slovenia), European
women's championship, Plovdiv
2008. At first glance, the game
is in the balance. White is up on
material, ook for bishop and
pawn, while her dS knight attacks
Murychuk's c7 queen and c3
bishop Black can avoid material
loss by I.. Qg7 2 Bh6 Qd4 when
3 Nxc3 Qxc3 4 Rael still looks
unclear. But in the real game Black
(to move) found an immediate
blockbuster, and White had to
resign just two turns on from the


puzzle diagram. Can you spot
Black's winning move?
.1 -. a i I. .. .
Nd42 092 but after Qf7 with a double attack on the
dS flight she had to sign (3 Nf Ws.,hSg!.


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Across
1 Changing planes in Italy
(6)
4 Entitled to directions on
how to turn blonde (8)
9 Bill changes direction to
sail round French port (6)
10 Bills put out it's about
time for party members .(8)
12 Safe place to let out the
clutch? (4)
13 Rejoice in unusual feats
(5)
14 Point the sailor steers by
(4)
17 As found in the doll's hos-
pital? (5,7)
20 An incoming charge (9,3)
23 They look and sound
agreeable (4)
24 A drug may be modified as
a safety precaution (5)
25 Baked beans need this lid
.for protection (4)
28 Put on too much weight (8)
29 There's some point in this
system (6)
30 Not a hard opponent to
beat and knock to the floor
(8)
31 As a decoration it's not so
hot, we hear (6)


Yesterday's Cryptic Solution
Across: 1 Pupil, 4 Content, 8 Coo, 9
Threshold, 10 Foresee, 11 Rates, 13
Comedy, 15 Impugn, 18 Cheap, 19
Earshot, 21 Take stock, 23 Orb, 24
Senator, 25 Dense.
Down: 1 Pacific, 2 Programme, 3
Lotus, 4 Curbed, 5 Nostrum, 6 Ego, 7
Tides, 12 Touch down, 14 Depopit, 16
Notable, 17 Memoir, 18 Cites, 20
Raked, 22 Kin.


Down
1 Common title for Satan?
(8)
2 A friend has new ideas for
making a defence work (8)
3 Prepare to put out with the
rising tide (4)
5 Small cutters one may find
extremely useful (4,8)
6 Nothing we'd failed
.to settle (4)
7 Penthouse let on a new
arrangement (4-2)
8 Leave behind waste (6)
11 Go over to the enemy
once more? (12)
15 Bonnie's companion is a
Scottish runner (5)
16 Enter the lists? (5)
18 It's to do with the pursuit of
game, naturally (2,6)
19 I'd come upset about
something commonplace
(8)
21 About to take
a successful action to
recover (6)
22 They are revolting (6)
26 A voice raised in triumphal
tones (4)
27 When it falls, it has the
cheek to go on (4)


Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Chief, 4 Bristle, 8 Yap, 9
On the move, 10 Trickle, 11 Aloft, 13
Classy, 15 Adroit, 18 Knead, 19
Ancient, 21 At one time, 23 Inn, 24
Amnesty, 25 Midas.
Down: 1 Cryptic, 2 In private, 3
Flock, 4 Bitter, 5 Ireland, 6 Too, 7
Event, 12 Of one mind, 14 Sadness,
16 Tetanus, 17 Cavity, 18 Koala, 20
Cream, 22 Own.


Across
1 North French port (6)
4 Feeling of well-being
(8)
9 Merchant (6)
10 One's own volition
(4,4)
12 Declaim bombastical-
ly (4)
13 Grounds for action
(5)
14 A business enterprise
(4)
17 Quarrelsome (12)
20 Off the record (12)
23 Eager (4)
24 Begin again (5)
25 Protest (4)
28 Sycophantic follower
(6-2)
29 Monotonous (6)
30 A lover's song (8)
31 A hard, finely figured
wood (6)


Target


Down
1 Large steep waterfall
(8)
2 Erudition (8)
3 Piece of information
(4)
5 Rampant (12)
6 Pay attention to (4)
7 A dried
grape (6)
8 Self-possession (6)
11 Very remote place
(4,2,6)
15 Pleasure trip (5)
16 Recoil in
terror (5)
18 False appearance (8)
19 Vision (8)
21 Ability to arouse pity
(6)
22 Victor (6)
26 Intend (4)
27 Spanish
painter (4)


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


HOW many words offoar letters or
more can you make from wte
letters shown here? In making a
word:.each letter may be'used once
only. Each must contain the centre
letter and there must be at least
one nine-letter word. No plurals.
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 10; very good 15: excellent 20
(or more). Solution tomorrow,
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION
limno amnio anitt apron
1U'OR'T'AN'T li.apt into intro
iron main smanorl martin matron
minor mint mnoan morn noria
norm orpin pain paint pant
panto patron piano pint pinta.
pinto pion piton point print rain
ramploni ranut tait ration roan
ron al'i taint tampton tarn tarplon
tinpot tint 'titan torn train triton


Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker


The Battle for Trump Control


South dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
NORTH
+964
V7 63
+ 985 4
4972
WEST EAST
.15 3 2 A
V82 YQJ1094
10 72 +63
4Q.I 10(4 +K 8653
SOUTH
4KQ 1087
VAK5
+AKQJ
4A
The bidding:
South West North East
2 4 Pass 2 ** Pass
24 Pass 3 4 *** Pass
3 + Pass 3 4 Pass
44
* strong, artificial ** negative
*** 0-3 points
Opening lead queen of clubs.
Trump control is extremely
important in the play of suit con-
tracts. Many contracts fail when
declare loses control of trumps
bclbre hea can cash all his winners.
Consider this deal where South
failed to make four spades because
lie lost control of the trump suit. lie
\won the club lead with the ace and
played the king of spades. East took
the ace and returned a club, ru'lld by
South.
When declarer next played the
queen of spades, hlie learned that West


had started with four to the jack and
found himself in a hopeless position.
At this point, South had the 10-8 of
trumps, West the J-5, and dummy the
nine.
If South led a trump, West would
take the jack and play a third round
of clubs to force out declarer's last
trump. f11' South discarded his* heart
loser instead of ruling. West would
play still another club to defeat the
contract.
Declarer did as well as he could
when he abandoned further trump
leads and played four rounds of dia-
monds. Westl ruled, and South fin-
ished down one, losing three trump
tricks and a heart.
South would have made four
spades had lie exercised better con-
trol of trumps. His first three plays
were certainly reasonable, but
instead of cashing the queen of
trumps at trick four (wIen he had the
Q0-10-8), he should have led the
eight!
If the trumps were divided 3-2,
he would easily make It) tricks, but,
more importantly, if they were
divided 4-I, he would also make 10
tricks.
Thus, in the actual case.
\\on tle trump eight vwith
trick four and return
declare would sir
heart to assure .act.
D)ummy's nine of .d their
stand guard ier cl)
lead, while airn wo'
also allow S 10 trice


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THE TRIBUNE


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008 PAGE 7B


'Almost 50 per cent' of builders




are struggling to find work


FROM page 1B



tractors were currently not
working, Mr Wrinkle added:
"There's dozens, could be hun-
dreds of them. I would say
we're probably getting close to
50 per cent of them. I've had
calls from them asking what's
going on."
The BCA, he said, would
take a survey and soundings
from attendees at the first of its
upcoming seminar series to
determine the precise impact
the economic downturn was
having on the Bahamian con-
struction industry.
The fallout from the global
credit/liquidity crunch and US
economic downturn has stalled
the build-out of many Bahamas-
based mixed-use resort projects,
as they have been unable to
access debt financing or gener-
ate sufficient cash flow from
pre-sales.
As a result, the Bahamian
construction industry has been
forced to rely on locally-gener-
ated projects for the bulk of its
work. Yet the Government
housing programme, which pre-
viously engaged so many, is only
now creaking towards a restart,
while the economic uncertainty
has also curtailed many devel-
opments.
It would be wrong, though,
to say that no construction work


is taking place in the Bahamas,
as excess liquidity in the bank-
ing sector more than $300 mil-
lion means financing is in plen-
tiful supply for projects that
qualify.
Among construction projects
underway or preparing to start
are the new Commonwealth
Bank branch on Prince Charles
Drive; the Harbour Bay Shop-
ping Centre extension; The Bal-
moral Club on Prospect Ridge;
Caves Heights; and Fortune
Hills real estate developments.
Chill

However, Mr Wrinkle said
, the chill winds currently being
experienced by the construction
industry would have been soft-
ened if both the present and
former governments had acted
more quickly in approving
major foreign direct investment
projects.
"We didn't approve the pro-
jects we had, and 95 per cent of
those have left the playing field
because we didn't act," Mr
Wrinkle told Tribune Business.
"Half those projects should
have been approved under the
Christie administration, and
when it took office the new
administration was extremely
slow to react.
"We missed the bubble. We
missed the boat. The train has
left the station and it ain't com-
ing back. It happened with


Baha Mar, and then with the
other projects that were on the
drawing board. We can't keep
running the country the way we
have and expect to reap the
benefits of globalisation."
The BCA president said that
what was particularly galling
was that the Government had
diverted so much manpower
and resources to dealing with
foreign direct investment pro-
ject approvals, that Bahamian
developments were often
neglected. Then, the major for-
eign projects did not go ahead.
Questioning how much
Bahamian contractors would
benefit from developments such
as the $135 million New Provi-
dence Road Improvement Pro-
ject, which had been awarded
to a South American contrac-
tor, Mr Wrinkle said the con-
struction downturn had reduced
the speed of income circulation
within the Bahamiah economy.
"I was with one of the
mechanical contractors this'
morning at a briefing and all
are having trouble," he added.
"The trickle down from the
construction industry is signifi-
cant, as it filters down into the
retail trade and all over the
economy. We put cash in the
retail trade every week.
"The ramifications of a down-
turn in the construction industry
will hurt everybody in this coun-
try. The reduction in cash on
the street is crippling."


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FRESH from the grand opening of Kafe Kalik in Orlando, Flori-
da, Chef Leo Hall, who heads the culinary team at the now inter-
national/Bahamian restaurant chain, shares with Tribune readers a
few of his favourite dishes.

OUTER ISLAND
(serves four)


INGREDIENTS
1 pound cooked lump crab
meat (island/land crab meat
can be-used as a substitute)
1 tbsp sauteed onions
1/2 cup saut6ed red, yellow
and green bell peppers
1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme


* By JEFFARAH GIBSON

THE Cove's Mosaic
Restaurant offers din-
ers the ultimate experi-
ence, providing an
atmosphere filled with
the gentle splashing of
water falling against
rocks and the warmth
of tropical scenery.
This Mediterranean-influenced buffet
restaurant, with it's contemporary, upscale
style, creates incredible entrees as if they
were art pieces. Prepared and presented by.
imaginative culinary minds, the objective at
Mosaic is to produce a "never tasted'
before" delectable dish.
Offering food for all, from the health-
conscious, non-meat eating, salad loving
individual, to the person who is not afraid
of enjoying a decadent piece of chocolate
cake immediately after sinking their teeth-
into a well done grilled steak, Mosaic's
dining services cater to every diet orien-
tation whether you are a vegetarian, semi
vegetarian or an omnivore:
Known principally for its Mediterranean
influenced dishes, Mosaic also serves a


number of local dishes for breakfast such
as boil fish, chicken souse, steam tuna,
steam sausage, and stew fish, alongside
the familiar international fare of pancakes,
eggs benedict, French toast, and omelets.
And speaking of omelets, at the centre
of the restaurant stands the active cooking
stations that make dishes, like omelets,'on
request. Diners get the chance to see their
eggs and vegetables churning together to
make the mouth watering meal.
.Elson Bowleg, Mosaic's head chef, said
that many of thq dishes made in the restau-
rant are original Mosaic recipes. "We
make everything here and we try to make
things very differently and in our own
form. The dressings for our salad we make
them all here and we add a pinch of our
own ingredients to give a real Caribbean
flavour."
Mosaic also offers a host of truly inter-
national dishes, like sushi, Chinese stir.
fried rice, churrasco grill, .Asian noodle
tofu, lobster stalk, and Asian souse, just to
name a few.
While' reading about these delicious
dishes may have triggered your salivary
glands, just wait until you see the chocolate
shot station which is only present during
dinner.
As for pastries, you name it and Mosaic
has it in mini bite sizes since their aim in
food presentation is not to overcrowd the
dishes. But if you fall in love at the first
,bite you can always get more.
The pastries and desserts range, from
carrot .cake to the classic creme brulde.


Mosaic also offers a number of chocolate
items, a citrus cake, cookies, assorted mini
cheesecakes, crepes which are made on
request, mini pastries on popsicle sticks
and tropical bread pudding.
Pastry Chef Jasmine Young said that
they are always rotating pastries. "We Are
always rotating pastries and when we make
these pastries we allow our diners to see
what they are eating. For instance, if we
make a pastry with apples or guavas we
will cut thin.slices of the guava and the
apple and place them on top of the pastries
so they know what they are eating."
With all this delicious fare and sweet
pastries you are bound to get thirsty
devouring them.. The restaurant serves
freshly made juice of all different flavours
from orange juice, apple juice, cranberry
juice, ice tea, prune juice and even choco-
late cappuccino, among many others.
Mosaic also offers the top names in various
wines.
In the end, dining at Mosaic which
changes its buffet schedule every day will
never be boring. From exceptional service
where your every whim is catered to by a
staff dedicated to ensuring that you get a
* once in a lifetime experience, to an explo-
sion of taste, texture, colour, and aroma in
every dish, diners will have the ultimate
experience at Mosaic.


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1 tsp fresh lime juice
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 cup dried bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD:
Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly
until evenly combined or until mixture is able to form into patties.
Dust patties in bread crumbs and shallow pan fry in a moderate-
ly heated frying pan until golden brown. Serve on a bed of fresh
greens and drizzle with your favourite sauce.


GOODMAN'S BAY BANANA
I 1 !. 1
(serves four)
INGREDIENTS:
32 each 16/20 raw shrimp (peeled and de-veined)
1 tbsp chopped fresh garlic
1/2 cup banana rum
1/4 cup each of 1/4 diced' roasted red;, yellow and green bell
peppers -
1/4 cup of roasted red onions
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp of flour
Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD:
In a hot skillet toss in shrimp and chopped garlic saut6 until light
brown, add flour and stir until wellcombined. Add banana rum and
stir until smooth in texture, then add heavy creme and continue to
stir. Add bell peppers and onions to the mix and bring to a boil.
Season with salt and pepper. Serve on desired pasta.
* Note: This dish can be done last minute.


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THE 18th Annual Bahamas
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Art Festival, set for Saturday,
October 25, from 12pm to 6pm,
offers Bahamians an opportuni-
ty taste some 56 wines from
around the world, while feasting
their eyes on the work of dozens
of artists. "If the weather is good,
we're hoping for over 2000 peo-
ple this year," said Lynn Gape,
BNT's director of Education and
Communications.
Sun-filled tracts that traverse
"The Retreat", the BNT's Vil-
lage Road headquarters, will be
lined with art and winerivaling
the surrounding world famous
collection of palms.
The event will feature the
works of 30 artists, including
Moya Strachan, Jonathan Bethel,
Lemero Wright, Darcy Moss,
Nadia Campbell, Kim Reidel,
Sharon Aitken, Jeep Byers,
Susan Parotti, Marco Mullings,
Hermann Schadt, Dede Brown,
Dylan Rapillard, Scott Stanley
Roberts, Kim Smith, Thierry
Lamare, Roland Rose, Saman-
tha Moree, Clifford Fernander,
Livingston Pratt, Dion Lewis,
Bernadette Chamberlin' Mal-
colm Rae, Trevor Tucker,
Dominic Cant, Toby Lunn, and
Astrid and Neil Cleare.
The Bahamas International
Film Festival will also be on
hand, as well as Anya Metcalf,
Nicole Angelica, Marie Jean
Dupuch, Liduine Bekman,
Anthony Morley, John Cox,
Jonathon Thompson, Richard
Hokemeir, Maria Govan, Chris
D'Albenas, Matthew Wildgoose
and Heino Schmid.
"We have encouraging young
Bahamians to participate again
this year. The result is a great
variety of art using different
styles and mediums. A silent auc-
tion will also be held at the mem-


bers pre-view, Friday, October
24. The artists have each donated
a piece of their work to the auc-.
tion," said Lynn Gape, BNT's
director for Education and Com-
munication.
The sparkling star of the festi-
val is Moet & Chandon's White
Star Champagne. Rusty Scates,
wine director for Bristol Wines
and Spirits, said that the other
55 featured wines will come from
Mondavi, Bonterra, Columbia
Crest, Red Diamond, Trivento,
Concha Y Toro, Moet & Chan-
don, Chateau Ste, Michelle,
Boschendal, Fontana, Candida,
Louis Latour, Georges Duboeuf,
Antinori, Lindeman, Ferrari-
Carano and Sonomcutrer, as well
as many other labels.
Most wines featured will be
on sale from October 27 to
November 5 at selected Bristol
Wines & Spirits stores. Ahd each
year persons who love to host
dinner parties collect the tasting
brochure for it's tips on appro-
priate foods to serve with the
wines.
"All the wines will be poured
by staff members of Bristol
Wines and Spirits," Mr Scates
said. "Our staff looks forward to
this event and quite a few of
them have developed an appre-
ciation for wine and can give
sound advice to their 'customers'.
"Also, for the first time I will
be holding a 'Food and Wine
Pairing' seminar at 1pm, so
patrons are encouraged to come
early," he said.

Admission is $20 for the
public, $15 for BNT members,
with accompanied children
under 12 free. All admission is
in aid of the BNT. Free parking
is available, across the road at
Queen's College.


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* By JEFFARAH GIBSON

LAUNCHING himself into the raging pool that is the
US-based music industry, Bahamian-born Taimark is
already making waves with his crisp lyrical flow and
monstrous swagger.


Dubbed "The king of the Bahamas"
by fans across Florida, Taimark, who
currently calls Miami home, is ready-
ing himself to storm the mountain top
and emerge as a force to be reckoned
with in the world of hip hop and rap.
Already tagged as an artist whose
freshman style is worth listening to,
Taimark said the tide, "king of the
Bahamas" originated when he per-
formed at a concert in Florida. Raising
his game to that of veteran status, fans
were in disbelief that he was a Bahami-
an since he performed like the top rap-
pers in the American music industry.
To his credit. Taimark has opened
for a number of big names in the rap
industry, including Rick Ross, Plies
and Trina. He also performed for G-
unit. who applauded him and acknowl-
edged that he would have success as a
rap artist.
With hopes very high, Taimark is
determined and quite sure that his
music will be a hit and will surpass the
music of some of America's top rap
artists. "In the first two years of my
music career I want to take over the
rap industry and then I want to take
over the monie scene," he confidendy
shared with Tribune Entertainment.
The multifaceted Taimark, who also
has hopes of one day becoming a
screenwriter, is sending out the mes-
sage that Bahamians are more than.
capable. "I want people to know that
Bahamians can make it. We can make
it in music and we can make it in the
movie industry.
"People look at us and see that we.
are from this little island and don't
expect much from our people, but I
assure you, we can do it, BahaMen did
it." ..
With big plans for is music career,
Taimark is currently working on his
first album, "Fly Away With Me".
,With an uptempo, funky vibe, the
music pushes listeners to be open to
.having fun, but also being careful and.
* prudent in their choices.
Taimark describes the album as
enjoyable by anyone, at any age level.
"The album is really a fun album and- :
anyone can appreciate.it," he said.
Some of the songs featured ofi the
CD include the fun and catchy,
"Gimme Some Water", "I'm Sorry",
and "Sexy Body".
Currently working on a video for.


Sexw Body, Tatmark is giving a number
of young women a chance to be the
lead girl in the %ideo. "The concepr'of
the video %will be me just going from
place to place to find the girl who
thinks she has the sexiest bod"' he
said.
The artist expects to host a huge
four-week contest in Mliami with girls
auditioning and showing off their
moves. "We are not doing things the
ordinary wav. like going to modeling
agencies and picking out girls to be in
the video. We want to gie the ordinary
woman a chance to have a moment of
fun and fame".
The contest, which is schedule to
start in January. will also hale gnie-
aways with the winner receiving a
$1000 shopping spree, a celebnty
makeover and two round-trip tickets to
the Bahamas.
The video, which is expected to air
on BET, MTV and VH1 once complet-
ed. will also feature clips from the
Bahamas, since Taimark plans to show
off his beautiful country by shooting
part of the video in Nassau.
Asked whether it was difficult to get
those channels to commit to playing his
video's, Taimark said there was no dif-
. ficulty in getting to showcase his video
on those top entertainment and music
channels since his record is "hot".
For Taimark, multitasking seems to
be second nature. Inspired by his
dreams of becoming the film equiva-
lent of Michael Jackson, who was once
heralded as the "king of pop", the artist
has written four scripts, with one set in
his island home.
His desire is also to bring out his own
clothing line, including a line of neck-
ties with designs inspired by Taimark ,
himself. For now, however, his upcom-
ing plans are focused on completing the
video for his song.
With the drive and the passion to be
the best, Taimark is destined for great-
ness and as Bahamians we should
cheer him on in his 50-yard dash, since
the only thing on his mind is to use his
talent to make the Bahamas proud.

For tour dates, songs, blogs, pic-
tures, videos, downloads, and more
check out Taimark on
www.myspace.com/taimarkmusic or
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By LISA LAWLOR

SEVENTEEN international and local artists
* ',' will focus on "SUGAR", as a multidimensional

theme, in an upcoming exhibition at Popopstu-
dios Centre for the Visual Arts.


HEINO SCHMID'S The Optimist and the
Pessimist Locked in Polite Conversation.


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John Cox, director and curator at
Popop, gave artists the simple idea of
"sugar" and told them to run with it -
exploring representations of sweet girl,
sweet boy, sweetness, the material ele-
ment of sugar, and all that this entails.
The exhibition begins Friday, October 24
until Saturday, November 29.
Mr Cox came up with the theme of
sugar because it leads artists to entirely
different ends but also keeps them under
the same basic umbrella. And as he saw
more elements of the term in the media,
he noted that it was becoming increas-
ingly more relevant to contemporary life
reflected in such topics as sugar cane
creating renewable energy and sugar
overdoses causing many cases of diabetes
and high blood pressure. "It is quite a
central topic to our lives, in any of its
f6rms," Mr Cox said, adding that it "also
relates to how we communicate with each
other we want to be sweet and want
others to be sweet in response."

Artists

Among the artist's whose work will be
on display, Anya Antonovych Metcalf's
"Brown Sugar" combines the written
word with a cigar bpx theatre. Central to
her piece are mini-characters, including
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Sarah
Palin and John McCain. The art piece
will also be accompanied by an essay writ-
ten by Mrs Antonovych Metcalf exploring
current themes of American politics.
Opening with a fake quote attributed to
the Democratic Presidential nominee
Barack.Obama, "Some of y'all ain't smart
enough and some of y'all ain't sexy
enough to win. Move over, it's time for a
little brown sugar," Antonovych Met-
calf's political commentary speaks to the
cultural phenomenon that requires US
politicians to be sexy.
She also discusses Clinton, who was
smart but not sexy enough to win, had a.
fan base but not a wide enough appeal..
Then there's the dichotomy of Sarah Palin
- a sexy but stupid image, and John
McCain who's seen as smart, but not
sexy. And while John F Kennedy is not
depicted, the artist speculates that he won
the presidency because people were in
love with him and his looks.
Jackson Petit, another artist featured in
the Sugar showcase, plays up the scan-
dalous nature of sugar in "Sweet Sugar".
In the piece, he asks \lieers to. inder-
stand tiat 'tha it takes to-Oi Acale
each individual is ditferent".

Video art

As part of his exhibition, a video uses
images that are "focused on loose associ-


nations with the sweet life" from vio-
lence, drugs, sex and alcohol to coca cola,
beer and eye candy (ie beautiful people).
The video is accompanied by three dif-
ferent soundtracks, to gauge the audi-
ence's visual reaction when it is affected
by sound.
The songs accompanying the video,
compiled of still shots, are The Candyman
by Sammie Davis Jr, Sweet.Escape by
Gwen Stefani and Akon, and Sugar Sug-
ar by The Archives.
His experimental piece tests the affect
that music has on a particular visual, and
also examines the theory that perspec-
tives change drastically depending on sur-
rounding sound.

Photography

Also on display is Heino Schmid's
"The Optimist and the Pessimist Locked
in Polite Conversation". Communicat-
ing his message through photography,
' made with burnt sugar as a photo filter
to create a 'distorted optimism' over the
lens, Mr Schmid gives his images the
essence of sugar coating, and prompts
the viewer to "see things through a rose
coloured lens".
This metaphor, referring to someone
who sees everything in the most opti-
mistic light, allows the viewer to imagine
the best possible portrait of the person
who is unrecognizable because of the
screening. His photograph is very small,
measuring only 5"x7", but the image of a
distorted face surrounded by sweet lace
easily communicates the message
desired. In looking at things with blind
optimism, the portrait loses its identity
metaphorically as well as physically.
Other artists on display in Sugar
include Dylan Rapillard who has a large
painting of women binge eating. The
image is grotesque with feminine
colours of pink and red, and sickly sweet
cakes and cookies, resulting in an orgy
like essence. John Beadle, Jackson Burn-
side, Toby Lunn, Lillian Blades, Holly
Parotti, Obediah Smith, Chantal Bethel,
Marie Dupuch, Claudette Dean, Anto-
nius Roberts, Christian McCabe and
Susan Moir-Mackay.
Their messages range from different
linguistic uses of the word "sugar" to
health issues that-arise because of sugar
intake with artists delving into topics of
diabetes and obesity. The pieces also
take the form of sculpture,' painting,
essay and poetry, besides ranging from
small to extreme sizes. -

To find out more on the Sugar exhi-
bition call Popop Studios at 322-7834
or visit www.popopstudios.com.


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trip to


Trinidad


VISION: Sabrina Light-
bourn presents her new
Vision at the Ladder
Gallery at NPCC.

At the Hub: October

Oct 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 forum


CORRECTION


In the Tribune's Travel
section of Wednesday,
October 15, two pho-
tographs that accompa-
nied the article, Terminal
5, depicted Terminal 5 at
New York City's JFK Air-
port and not the intended
Terminal 5 at Heathrow
Airport. The Tribune apol-
ogises for any inconve-
nience caused.


* By KISHAN MUNROE

Once man is on earth it is
his duty to explore the outer
regions and his outer limits to
expand his horizons in terms
of knowledge. The acquisition
of knowledge is one of the
greatest achievements on the
planet earth. Often times if a
man stays in the country of
his birth he is limited to the-
surroundings in which he
finds himself. It also limits his
growth and his knowledge.
NICHOLAS FLEMING

I MET Nicholas while on the
grounds of the University of the
West Indies gathering informa-
tion from persons about
Trinidadian lifestyle." We
engaged in an interesting dia-
logue tracking the evolution of
Trinidadian history and its gen-
eral effects on the mentality of
the people.
Once I heard these first few
profound words from Nicholas I
couldn't help but think of all of
the other reoccurring state-
ments that I have encountered
as I continue my investigations,
be it through research, casual
conversation or by way of-inter-
views. It specifically reminded
me of a quote by Mark Twain
that I used in my initial propos-
al for the project.

Travel is fatal to prejudice,
bigotry, and'narrow-minded-
ness, and many of our people
need it sorely on these
accounts. Broad, wholesome,
charitable views of men and
things cannot be acquired by
vegetating in one little corner
of the earth all one's lifetime.
MARK TWAIN
This was my second trip to


Trinidad. Earlier this year I had
the opportunity to experience
Carnival and its festivities. The
reason for this was three-fold: to
investigate the difference in atti-
tudes and relations within the
populace during Carnival:
apparently there is a dramatic
decrease in crime and violence
during this celebratory season,
after its conclusion, however,
high levels of criminal activity
and violence return to ever ris-
ing levels; to document and
archive the similarities between
the ,cultural expressions of
Trinidad and other Caribbean
countries (namely Carnival and
Junkanoo); and to examine the
apparent Indo/Afro conflict.

Racism

As I made my way around
the island I spoke to numerous
persons asking them to voice
their opinion on the apparent
Indo/Afro conflict. I was almost
always met with the same
response just moments after the
asking of my question.
The majority claim that there
is no real conflict of sorts
between any races within the
island. "Trinidad is a true plu-
ralistic country" as one man
puts it.
"There is no racial discrimi-
nation in Trinidad whatsoever.
The only people talking about
stuff like that are ignorant peo-
ple!" another exclaims. I heard
this day after day from Indians,
Africans, Nigerians and
Guyanese.
On the other hand many,
while stating that there was no
blatant display of racism or con-
flict between Indo and' Afro
people, in the same breath
spoke of subtle prejudices some
Indians have against the blacks


of the country. "Black people
have always accepted Indian
people but Indians have never
really accepted black people..."
Nicholas said while bringing to
my attention the fact that Indi-
ans frown upon interracial mar-
riages between blacks and Indi-
ans.
"No Indian wants to claim a
'Dougla' or 'Hybrid' child," he
said, adding that he was in a
relationship with an Indian
woman and that her father
expressed that he would rather
say that she was dead than to
admit that she was with a black
man. Many explain this to be
the mindset of older generations
of Indians. Younger generations
tend to be much more open to
interracial relationships.
The great disparity between
the "have" and the "have nots"
seems to be the major conflict in
the country. The attribution oT
this disparity to the increase of
crime plaguing the nation was
unanimous amongst those I
interviewed.
Like other Southern
Caribbean countries such as
Suriname, Trinidad is a melt-
ing pot of diverse cultures and
ethnicities and has had to share
histories, religions, cultures and
physical space for hundreds of
years, fostering a particular har-
mony amongst the people. Evi-
dence of this celebration and
tolerance of difference is the
many holidays on the national
calendar (since my arrival,
Trinidad has celebrated about
one holiday a week).
Presently there is an influx of
people migrating from as far
away as Nigeria, Africa. The
Guyanese are another group
migrating in large numbers to
their neighboring Trinidad in
order to find a better way of


life. It became very interesting
as the links between these peo-
ple became more apparent to
me.
Previously I was in Guyana,
now I was in Trinidad having a
discourse with Guyanese in
Trinidad about Guyana; immi-
gration being a constant theme
within the dialogue in both
places. I could see it for my own
eyes and better understand
what drives persons to move in
exodus from their homeland to
a foreign place. I 'couldn't help
but wonder what lengths these
people went through in order
to enjoy the privileges of
Trinidad. As a result of my pre-
vious experiences I had gained a
new awareness that changed my
initial perspective.

Religion

Coming from a predomi-
nantly Christian country I was
astonished by the fact that there
were persons who devoutly fol-
lowed multiple religions, most-
ly Hindu, Christian and Mus-
lim.
Growing up in the Bahamas
where there exists numerous
denominations of Christianity
and (whether we admit it or
not) religious extremist/ fanat-
ics, I found this hard to com-
prehend probably because of
my lack of understanding of the
cultures and rhetoric of these
belief systems.
"Thou shall have no other
gods before me? How can you
justify serving a culture where
you openly believe and worship
many gods and goddesses and
believe in a third totally differ-
ent religion?" I asked this in an
effort to try to make sense of
the situation, and one believer
tried to explain as he showed


me his many instruments of
worship; his rosary and cruci-
fix, his Islamic medallion, and
his Hindu beads.
Awareness of this religious
amalgamation in Trinidad was
instrumental to understanding
the existing social relations. One
elderly Hindu woman explained.
it best, "When a lump of salt is
dissolved in the ocean it gives
up' the saltiness and becomes
the ocean. When the identifica-
tion of the body is dissolved
man becomes god. Everyone is
together, Muslim, Hindu, Chris-
tian... everybody is one because
we come to the conclusion that
there is only God in this world.
Do not renounce the world,
renounce the illusion of the
world.and then paradise will
come the same time." Despite
our differences everyone holds
fast to their belief in a supreme
being.

My journey

There are many times when I
find myself in less than com-
fortable positions then there
are those times when the expe-
rience is so utterly priceless that
I could not imagine life with-
out it.
I made the bold decision to
travel this journey solo in order
to separate myself from all that
I knew or thought that I knew
in hopes of arriving at a new
awareness. The road is very
lonely at times as what and who
I know changes from place to
place; a constant adaptation. It
is all necessary and a positive
sign of increasing resistance to
ignorance and a signifier of
growth; symptomatic with-
drawal from a place and mind-
set I've come to know as
"home".


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amazing sled team.
"It's far, far away from the
maddening crowd in the bush,"
Beadle said, gleefully admitting
that he likes being away from
the crowd, in a space that only
the brave and the invited dare
to visit.
With tall ceilings and a large
floor space, the size of-the studio
has allowed Beadle to be more
aggressive in his work. He is cur-
rently working on a piece for
Sugar, an upcoming group show
scheduled for October 24 fea-
turing Jackson Burnside, Lillian
Blades, Claudette Dean, Susan.
Moir-Mackay, Marie Dupuch,
Chantal Bethel, Holly Parotti,
Christian McCabe and others at
Popopstudios Centre for the
Visual Arts. r ,i;:
According to Beadle, the show
will reflect the artists' examina-
tion of the word "sugar" from
the Bahamian usage of the word
to refer to diabetes or as a term
of endearment and a reference to
a loved one or a sweetheart, sug-
ar is also used, primarily by the
older generation, to refer to
someone younger when they
don't know or remember their
name. The show will also look
at the actual substance that is.
the byproduct of sugar cane.
While Beadle declined to talk,
about his work for Sugar, he did
discuss a piece featured in the
NAGB's 2007 national exhibi-
tion. A sister or perhaps parent,
piece to tl: later produced I'll
,FlyAway, Beadle's 'A Rusbin'
We Will Go: Same, Same', is the
beginning of the use of disgarded
materials cardboard, poly-
styrene, and a continuation of
the artist's thematic series on
migration.
'Made with cardboard, glass
and wood, we see a cardboard
man standing in a cardboard
boat "sailing" across a sea of
glass blocks. A cardboard mask
sits atop the man's head, as if he
removed it to see clearly the way
ahead. In one hand" he holds a
second mask, also made of card-
board, and in the other hand, a
*.. long, flexible oar.
The two pieces, Beadle said,
take a look at people moving
from one state to another, and
are an effort to explore his roots
his father is originally from
Jamaica and also look at the
plight of Haitians migrating to
the Bahamas. The work also
reflects the artist's exploration
of a new medium, moving from,
painting to installation as art.
My father is Jamaican and I
wanted to talk about that mov-
ing from one space to another,
you know, is the grass greener
on the other side. I wanted to
ask that question in a different
way. And also take a look at the
Haitian experience," Beadle said.
The man, the myth
First aware of his ability as
an artist as a student during the
1980s at A F Adderley (he
would later attend the College
of the Bahamas, Rhode Island
School of Design and Temple
University), Beadle, who is the
first boy and the second of six
children, -said his technique
today is more evolved, more
polished. His ideas to are more
cohesive, allowing him to move
more easily from one body of
work to the next while main-
taining a thread through multi-
ple pieces sometimes through
the ideas at play and other times
through the material being


used.
"To investigate an idea may
mean that you makefive, ten,
fifteen pieces. It's the way you
consider an idea, that's how my
work has changed," Beadle told
Tribune Arts.
For now, Beadle said, he may
continue with the migration
theme perhaps viewers will see
it in the upcoming Sugar exhi-
bition but he can't or won't -
say with any certainty.
The trouble with being great
In trying to understand an
artist, it's interesting to see
whose work other than their
own they enjoy.
Hesitant to identify the
Bahamian artists that he likes,
Beadle said that when he views
another artist's work he's look-
ing for an experience, "I don't
want a cheap Eddie Minnis or a
cheap Pablo Picasso".
He would name however,
Myles Davis, who is a musician,
architect Frank Gehry and final-
ly African American artist Faith
Ringgold as those whose work
he enjoys.
And artists that he's collected
or might collect if in fact he
were a collector, is Max Taylor
- well, almost. According to
Beadle, he is in the process of
negotiating a barter arrange-
ment he proposes that the two
artists will exchange works.
Whether this is a reflection of
his 'entrepreneurial spirit at
work, or an indication of the
wealth that art has brought him,
is not discussed.
In regard to his own work,
Beadle identified his favourite
piece as one called Callaloo,
where he used an old window
frame.
Despite his standing as a
respected artist in the Bahamas
- and in the wider art commu-
nity Beadle admits that he is
afraid of standing still of his
work being stagnant.
"I don't think I'm that timid,
but to some extent I am holding
back...I don't know haven't
figured it out: I call this my job
- I need to make work and it
feeds me with nourishment and
sustenance it feeds me intel-
lectually, but while I have been
blessed with collectors buying
my pieces there is a need to do
some other things, to be more
experimental. I don't know how
experimental will feed my needs
as far as paying the bills.and
even to generate funds to buy
material to do the work though.
"Ideally, I'd get a grant to pay
the bills for six months but
that doesn't happen here," he
said.
But as many creative people
are, Beadle considers his words
and wonders whether he is too
internal, too much in his own
head. "I think I think too much,
I over think things, I labour on
things," he says.
In the end, Beadle sees him-
self as blessed. His talent as an
artist has allowed to explore
many different interests from
carving heads for Junkanoo
groups to illustration work for
book covers and continues to
allow him to live the way that
he wants to living close to the
environment, with a level of self
sufficiency, and in an earth-
friendly, do-no-harm existence.

For more information on
Beadle, upcoming shows or
for a private viewing of his
work, send an email to j1bea-
dle @coralwave.com


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IN a collaboration that brings togeth-
er two similar artistic styles, Marco
Mullings and Trevor Tucker reveal a
level of extraordinary talent in 'MT2:
Dash of Colour', currently on exhibition
at the Central Bank of the Bahamas.
Both artists explode off the canvas
with bright, bold colours, and their
work embodies everything from.under-
water scenes to floral and human life.
Merging forms together that are simi-
lar in concept, colour and design, MT2


of COLOUR


attempts to show the harmony and bal-
ance in life. At first glance viewers will
see the emergence of nature through
the paintings, as both artists express a
love of nature and the beauty.that is
often found right in our own backyards.
Both high school art teachers at St
Augustine's College their alma mater,
this is the duo's second show at the
Central Bank. Their first show togeth-
er, 'Bloom: A Reflection of Nature',
showcased their love of natural beauty.


MT2 continues with that theme and
passion but brings in a lot more creativ-
ity. bold patterns and just a "dash"
more colour.

MT2 runs until the end ot rne
month and can be viewed during
banking hours in the gallery area. To
contact thie artists email marco-
mullings@yahoo.com or trevor.tuck-
er@gmail.com,


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THINGS that are important
to artist John Beadle:
1) Nature
2) Recycling
3) A level of self sufficiency

How do those things translate into his every day
life?
1) He grows things...lots of things banana trees,
guava trees, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, herbs, an
avocado tree.
2) His principle studio a rustic, back-to-nature,
bare bones box hidden away in the back of the
bush is run entirely on solar power.
3) The shutters on his studio windows are made
from recycled 2007 election posters. Whether or not
the fact that they are all FNM posters means any-
thing is something only Beadle knows.
WHILE the location of his studio space physi-
cally just off Eastern Road, but mentally a world
away might make some classify John Beadle as
"eccentric", closer observation reveals a man who is
anything but. A pragmatist really, Beadle, whose
work throughout the l09J sobdilfid him .. oine oiM


the most uLpoitdnt Ig1ut: to cmiciIl' on the
Bahamian art scape, seems to ha i liIlc iim o01
patience for the whimsical or for romantic notions
of fancy.
Beadle's recent work, I'll Fly Away, P,,:wm
Paid, seen in the National Art Gallery of the ;
Bahamas' (NAGB) 4th National Exhibition ( E4),
reflects a level of maturity. Made using iron. pol -
styrene, charcoal, limestone, a paper mach cast
and acrylic paint, the piece features a man \ ,nh
thick lips, a broad, flat nose and unseeing a.lmond-
shaped eyes. Stretched tightly across the Lice.'and
embedded in the paper mach6 cast fiom forehead
*to chin, is some sort of netting it s pattern is
almost like the dolly's Bahamian ginl andi thler
used to both protect and decorate their Ihn ing room
tables.
The effect is a startling one the mask could
almost be part of a primitive celebration o o '(., -
but the empty eyes and the copper leaves .proutmin
from the man's head speak to a state of Jeaih
In this piece we see not only the artist's illing-
ness to tackle difficult subject matter, but lIs ability
to delve beneath the surface in an attempt to prod
us to consider the question why. Using icIcledJ
materials tossed aside, Beadle strips aw. \ ti[ co\ -
ering we use to both protect and remove our.l.. I'
from others and dares us to look at the n.,iA. dJIc '
of the situation.
And as is his work, so is his choice o1 .,.iudio q,.1c1
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