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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: October 28, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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But head of
CDU says
probe still
being 'actively
investigated'
Z By NATARIO McKENZIE
THE distraught mother of a
young man who was gunned
down in Pinewood Gardens
four months, ago fears there
may be a police cover-up in the
investigation into her son's
death.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Verline Bannister,
mother of Raymond Finley Jr,
said sh. 's frustrated with the
progress of the investigation as
it is rurn .red that police may
be attempting a cover-up to
protect the assailant, alleged to
be the mn of a senior police
officer.
Finley Jr was killed on Thatch
Palm Avenue, Pinewood Gar-
dens, as he sat in his parked car
waiting for a friend on the
morning of July 18, two days
before his 20th birthday. The
former Atlantis worker was the
country's 40th murder victim
for 2008.
"I feel like doing my own
investigation," Mrs Bannister
said yesterday. "I just don't like
SEE page 15


92-YEAR-OLD Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Brooks was one of the senior citizens that accepted a Nation
Builder award from Governor General Arthur D. Hanna yesterday at the 11th annual Nation Builder
awards ceremony.


PLP struggling to contain

scandal growing around MP


THE PLP is struggling to
contain the growing scandal sur-
rounding one of its sitting MPs
amid fears that police may press
charges against the politician in
the near future.


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Additionally, high-level party
sources have begun to question
comments made by the PLP
regarding the MP and his
alleged involvement in a mul-
ti-million dollar construction
scam.
Recently, the PLP's MP for
Fox Hill Fred Mitchell criticised
The Tribune for carrying a front
page story detailing an unsched-
uled, private meeting between
the MP under investigation and
the party leader, Perry Christie.
In a press statement, Mr
Mitchell said he had "raised the
alarm" a week ago over these
"series of stories based on the
word of anonymous individuals
and unsubstantiated leaks that
appeared to emanate out of the
police force and which were
designed to smear Members of
Parliament of the PLP."
"As a PLP Member of Par-
liament, I am deeply disturbed
SEE page 15


STOP THE
LAY-OFFS,
BUSINESSES
URGED
SEE PAGE THREE

PM AND CHRISTIE TO
SPEAK AT ECONOMY
CONFERENCE
SEE PAGE THREE

JAMAICAN MAN
CAPTURED IN
BAHAMAS DUE IN
US COURT
SEE PAGE FIVE


$6m expected


to be disbursed


among 6,000

hotel workers


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A TOTAL $6 million is
expected to be disbursed
among 6,000 hotel workers as
part of an historic bid to help
those who are struggling after
having their work weeks
slashed.
The decision to make the
offer was taken by trustees of
the Bahamas Hotel and
Allied Workers' Union
Health and Welfare Benefit
Fund, who spoke yesterday
of the "devastation" the


tourism industry has suffered
in recent months as a result
of the nosediving American
economy.
Starting Thursday, $1,000
per person is being offered to
the nearly two out of three
hotel employees who are now
working three days or less,
said Bahamas Hotel and
Allied Workers Union presi-
dent, Roy Colebrooke.
He and others called the
initiative one of the largest
financial relief plans in
Bahamian history and the
SEE page nine


Hotel workers stage a
demonstration in Freeport
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Distressed hotel workers demonstrated at Work-
ers Hoilse yesterday morning after learning that they would not be
receiving cash assistance from the union.
Many workers at Our Lucaya Resort are experiencing finan-
cial hardship as a result of low occupancy levels at the resort prop-
erty. They are working on shorter work weeks and their salaries
have been significantly reduced.
Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Union president Roy Cole-
brook met with workers last Thursday. He told them that the
union would assist workers in paying their bills.
SEE page 15

Fuel prices expected to

make significant drop


* By CHESTER
ROBARDS
Tribune Staff
Reporter :
AFTER weeks of
exorbitant fuel prices,
Bahamians can final-
ly breathe easy when
they pull up to fill up
at gas stations. At
least for now.
Texaco and Esso prices are
scheduled to make a signifi-
cant drop today and drivers
can expect to see a marked
difference in their total fuel
purchase.


Texaco's fuel cost
has plunged 78 cents
to $4.60 since its last
gazetted rise to $5.38
at the end of Septem-
ber and Esso's price
has seen a significant
change of 84 cents
dropping to $4.60
from $5.32.
According to Minis-
ter of State for the Environ-
ment Phenton Neyvmour, the
Bahamas has seen a more sig-
nificant change in gas prices
than even the US, who he says
SEE page 15


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AN Elizabeth Estates man was arraigned in a Magistrate's Court
yesterday on multiple armed robbery charges.
It is alleged that Deon Brice, while armed with a handgun,
robbed Edward Sands of $1,100 cash, the property of Automotive
and Distributors Limited on Friday September 26, 2008.
Court dockets also allege that Brice robbed Franzetta Dawkins
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Union leader advises Atlantis' Bahamian staff to accept jobs in Dubai


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
While many hotel employees
are being hit by severe reductions
in their hours, some of Atlantis'
Bahamian staff have turned down
employment at the hotel's sister
resort in Dubai because they
refuse to be away from home for
as long as the company requires.
Hitting out at this yesterday,
secretary-general of the Bahamas
Hotel and Allied Workers Union
(BHAWU) Leo Douglas, advised
that Bahamians should take the
leap and go to the Middle East
if they are given the chance.
Kerzner International's Ed
Fields acknowledged that the
company has invited a number of
workers from all levels, including
line staff, to go abroad to work at
the luxury property.
Emphasising that the move has
, "has nothing to do" with the low-
er-occupancy levels that the Par-
adise Island property has been
experiencing, he admitted the


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A GENERAL VIEW of the Atlantis hotel which is a part of $1.5 billion
resort is seen, on the Jumeira Palm Island in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates, Wednesday, Sept. .17, 2008.


company has experienced "some
challenges" in filling the posts
available in Dubai.
Mr Douglas made his com-
ments after a press conference
yesterday morning where
BHAWU union leaders and
trustees of the union's Health and
Welfare Benefit described the
dire situation facing hotels in the
Bahamas and their employees as
the global economy is hit by an
"unbelievably bad downturn"
with no clear end in sight.
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eral a total of around "60 or 70"
Bahamian hotel workers have
been terminated as a result'of the.
economic malaise flowing over
from the United States to the
Bahamas, mostly from the Wyn-
dham resort.
Mr Douglas insisted that during
these extraordinary times,
Bahamians need to step up to the
plate and do what they must to
weather the storm as best they
can even if it means leaving
their native country.
"If you work for a company
and they want to put you over-
seas, you should consider it an
exposure. You should consider it
an opportunity. But they said our
Bahamians would only sign for
about three months . that's
bad," said Mr Douglas.
Kerzner's International's new
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A WORKER cleans up a mountainn
statue at the Poseidon hall with a
view of the giant aquarium of the
Atlantis hotel in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates, Wednesday, Sept. 17,
2008. The 113-acre resort is locat-
ed on the artificial island off Dubai's
Gulf coast.
in Dubai. It has been dubbed the
most extravagant hotel ever built
and has received widespread
media coverage worldwide.
Mr Douglas said he will advise
that Atlantis not only offers, but
insists on its workers going
abroad if the company could use
them better there.
Meanwhile, he and president
of the union, Roy Colebrooke,
said that now is the time for hotel
and other tourism industry work-
ers to up the ante in the service
they deliver to visitors.
Mr Douglas said: "We want to
insist now that our people do a
much better job. If they are giving
good service, they must give bet-
ter service. If they are giving bet-
ter service, it must become the
best! We in the Bahamas must
understand that all of us are
responsible."
Mr Colebrooke said: "You can-
not say that this is not God trying
to tell us something as a people.
That we need to get back to
where we once were."
Their message echoed that of J
Barrie Farrington, president of
the Bahamas Hotel Employers
Association.
Mr Farrington said: "We live
in the present but must look to
the future... while we are getting
through and over this tsunami we
should be honing our customer
service skills so that we can regain
our-premier position in the mar-
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0 In brief

Assassination

plot targeting

Barack Obama

is disrupted


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WASHINGTON
Federal agents have bro-
ken up a plot by two neo-
Nazi skinheads to assassinate
Democratic presidential can-
didate Barack Obama and
shoot or decapitate 102 black
people, the Bureau of Alco-
hol, Tobacco Firearms and
Explosives said Monday,
according to the Associated
Press.
In court records unsealed
Monday, federal agents said
they disrupted plans to rob a
gun store and target a pre-
dominantly African-Ameri-
can high-school in a murder
spree that was to begin in
Tennessee. Agents said the
skinheads did not identify
the school by name.
Jim Cavanaugh, special
agent in charge of ATF's
Nashville field office, said
the two men planned to
shoot 88 black people and
decapitate another 14. The
numbers 88 and 14 are sym-
bolic in the white suprema-
cist community.
The men also sought to go
on a national killing spree,
with Obama as its final tar-..
get, Cavanaugh told The
Associated Press.
"They said that would be
their last, final act that
they would attempt to kill
Sen. Obama," Cavanaugh
said. "They didn't believe
they would Le able to do it,
but that they would get
killed trying."
An Obama spokeswoman
traveling with the senator in
Pennsylvania had no imme-
diate comment.
The men, Daniel Cowart,
20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul
Schlesselman 18, of West
Helena, Ark., are being.held .
without bond. Agents seized
a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun
and three pistols from the
men when they were arrest-
ed. Authorities alleged the
two men were preparing to; .,Q
break into a gun shop to'
steal more.
Attorney Joe Byrd, who0
has been hired to represent
Cowart, did not immediately
return a call seeking com-
ment Monday.
Cowart and Schlesselman
are charged with possessing
an unregistered firearm, con-
spiring to steal firearms from
a federally licensed gun deal-
er, and threatening a candi-
date for president.
The investigation is contin-
uing, and more charges are
possible, Cavanaugh said.


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FORMER trade minister
Leslie Miller yesterday called on
businesses to stop laying off work-
ers in the face of tough economic
times "so we can ride out this
storm together." .
He said growing unemploy-
ment would lead to spiralling
crime as ordinary Bahamians
struggled to feed their families
and keep roofs over their heads.
"Every week I am giving out
about $600 to some of my old
constituents who can't afford to
buy groceries," he told The Tri-
bune. "I know a woman with
three children and she is getting
two days work a week. She can't
survive," he added, warning that
the financial situation is likely to
get much worse before it gets bet-
ter.
Mr Miller is one of the driving
forces behind The Bahamas Eco-
nomic Conference being held
between November 5-7 at Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort to discuss
how the country can weather the
crisis. With the theme "The Road
Map to the Future", the forum
will exchange ideas on how busi-
nesses and individuals can make
changes to sustain themselves
during the economic downturn.
But Mr Miller said businesses
could make a start by not laying
off staff because this exacerbated
an already troubling situation.
As boss of Sunburst Paints and
Summer Winds Plaza, Mr Miller
has made a firm decision not to
lay off staff during these hard
times. "We will not lay off staff
because it is not fair," he said, "If
you are a company that is catch-
ing hell, it is grossly unfair to lay
off people who are catching even
more hell.
"There is a dire need in this
country to assist Bahamian moth-
ers. These people are in serious
trouble. I think all this is going
to have a spiralling effect on
crime, poor women will turn to
prostitution and there will be an
upsurge in the drug trade.
"It is imperative that hotels do
not lay people off. Employers
have an obligation to their
employees in difficult times
because they can take a greater
hit than the maids, gardeners and
bellboys who work for them.


"I think there needs to be a
social conscience in many of the
business houses. I don't think the
average Bahamian should be the
one taking these blows. Business
houses should also feel some of
the pain. All of us should try to
retain our employee levels so we
can ride out this economic storm
together. It would certainly show
more loyalty and compassion."
Mr Miller said although the
government was increasing help
from social services, this could
only go so far. "I think the private
sector should do more to alleviate
the hardship," he said.
The financial crisis in the Unit-
ed States, he added, would have a
major adverse impact on the
Bahamas. "When the USA catch-
es a cold, we catch the flu. It is
suggested now that the downturn
will last through 2009 and into
2010. "It is bound to affect us,
but we can ride out the storm if
we put our collective minds
together and come up with ways
to assist the Bahamian people."
The ex-minister said it was now
time for the Bahamas to stop rely-
ing so much on tourism "always
a fickle business" and concen-


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter '
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
THE Department of Immigra-
tion plans to repatriate more than
100 illegal Haitian immigrants
either today or tomorrow, Minis-
ter of State for Immigration
Branville McCartney said yester-
day. According to Mi McCartney,
the department will send 114 Hait-
ian nationals who were housed at
the Carmichael Road Detention
Centre on a Bahamasair flight to
Haiti by Wednesday.
The process will cost the govern-
ment about $25,000, Mr McCart-
ney said. Last week the government
spent $50,000 collectively on two
repatriation missions to Haiti.
Yesterday Mr McCartney said
thert were 316 persons at the
Detention Centre: 274 of them are
Haitian nationals, 18 Jamaicans,
five Cubans and the rest of other
nationalities. In addition to the swift
repatriation of illegal immigrants,
the department is cracking down
on establishments who hire illegal
immigrants without work permits
or allow them to work outside the
scope of their permits.
Fifteen persons apprehended
during recent immigration raids
were brought before the courts last
week on charges of working out-
side the scope of their permits,
overstaying their permit and illegal
landing. Ten of those defendants
were part of a Straw Market raid;
three pled guilty and were sen-
tenced to pay $2,000 or spend 18
months in prison while the other
seven pled not guilty.
Mr McCartney said his ministry
is now going after the employers of
these immigrants, especially in the
cases of persons who pled guilty.
"We're trying to deter people
from coming to the Bahamas by an
aggressive stance that we're taking.
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manufacturing, repackaging and
assembly operations. "When an
economic crisis takes place, the
tourism sector goes down quickly.
People can't take vacations in the
Bahamas because it is too expen-
sive. Why would I travel overseas
when I have trouble trying to see
my aunt in Virginia?".
Mr Miller said things were get-
ting so bad in the Bahamas now
that some people were turning to
the city dump to find scraps of
food.


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PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham and his predecessor, Perry Christie, will
be among speakers at next month's Nassau conference on the worsening eco-
nomic crisis.
They will be among a long line-up of ministers, senior officials and leading
business figures speaking at the three-day event at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort (Nov 5-7).
The conference is being organised by the Bahamas Light Industries Devel-
opment Council in collaboration with Jones Communications, Colina Financial
Advisers and The Tribune. Panel discussions will focus on the Bahamas
economy and the extent to which it will be hit by the global financial crisis.
They will also try to pinpoint ways in which the country can "shore up" its
defences to ride out what has been termed an "economic tsunami".
Among those taking part are Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
Zhivargo Laing, Governor of the Central Bank Wendy Craig, Chamber of Com-
merce president Dionisio D'Aguilar, and chairman of Colina Financial Advisers
James Smith. Attorney Brian Moree and businessman Franklyn Wilson are
among those listed for the second day's programme, with Chief Supt Hulan
Hanna of the Royal Bahamas Police Force discussing the crime implications
of hard economic times. Former trade minister Leslie Miller will make the open-
ing address and sum up before inviting questions from the audience.
On the third day, there will be a review of suggestions and the formulation
of a strategic plan for presentation to the government.


ans who are facilitating this activity S HALLOWEEN '
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a job (without paperwork) but : Disney Costumes
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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Big falloff in tourism


TODAY our tourism industry is dying as
hotels with too many empty rooms are being
forced to lay off staff. Our building.industry
- up to last year still busy- is now so slow
that almost 50 per cent of Bahamian con-
tractors are scrambling to find new work as
their current jobs wind down.
A Bahamian contractor, who, like so many
others purchased expensive equipment so
that he could take advantage of a building
boom that never materialised, reached the
end of a tight rope last week. In desperation
he held the multi-million dollar Albany devel-
opment hostage for four hours while he
blocked all of its major entrances with his
five eight-wheel bulldozers. He was distraught
because his company had failed to get a con-
tract at the building site.
However, as Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes pointed out, government cannot dic-
tate to a private developer with whom he
should do business.
As far as Mr Foulkes knew the developers
had not breached any labour laws, and had
the right to "contract whomever they
wished." It was not as if Albany had not hired
other Bahamian companies, but the position
was they could not hire all.
Here was a Bahamian who wanted to
work. However, the major problem today is
that many Bahamians who do have jobs are
either indifferent to doing them well, or are
not trained to do them to the standard
required.
The average Bahamian reads of the
world's credit crunch, of banks closing, of
mortgages collapsing, of Fannie Maes and
Freddie Macs imploding, of a nervous stock
market, a $700 billion bailout, and Wall
Street's bright boys wringing their hands as
though the world-were coming to a hurried
end, but they don't really understand what it
is all about.
However, all they have to understand is
that in America the main source of our
tourist wealth too many of their citizens
have overspent and are now losing their
homes and their jobs.
Without jobs, a vacation to the Bahamas is
the last thing on their minds. Skyrocketing
fuel prices have crippled and closed many
airlines, and so travel to the Bahamas is no
longer as easy from many parts of the US as
it once was.
Cruise ships still tie up at Prince George
dock, but fewer passengers are getting off.


Taxi drivers, waiting at the docks and at the
airport, are not getting the fares they once
enjoyed.
Without visitors, hotel rooms are closing,
and as they close the maids who once made
the beds have fewer beds to make and rooms
to clean.
Their services are no longer needed daily.
And so they work two or three,days a
week.
And if things don't turn around soon, many
will be unemployed.
The dining rooms in many hotels are
almost empty, and so waiters and waitresses
are no longer needed, and once overworked
chefs will have fewer meals to prepare for
now empty tables. Obviously many of them
also have reason to worry.
Every section of our economy will be
affected and every business and employee
will suffer.
It is a vicious circle and as the metaphysical
poet John Donne once wrote "no man is an
island, entire of itself" let one part of our
community hurt, we all hurt because we are
all, in Donne's words, "involved in Mankind."
Today only the rich can travel. But with
the poor service given by too many Bahami-
ans who don't seem to understand their own
importance in keeping hotel rooms filled, it is
a question as to whether they will choose the
Bahamas, which long ago dropped off touris-
m's gold standard.
As someone said recently, wealthy people
might have money, but they hate the atti-
tude of those who believe that because they
have the money they are ripe for the picking.
No one likes to be over charged, but they
are even angrier if they feel they are being
taken advantage of because of their deep
pockets.
It is often said in jiest that when America
sneezes, the Bahamas catches a cold. Today
that saying is no longer a jest.
America's sneeze has brought that country
to its knees. As for our small island chain, it
has now taken to bed with pneumonia.
Whether we survive depends on the atti-
tude of our people, particularly those in the
service industry.
During this period of uncertainty it is
hoped that when the industry bounces back,
which it undoubtedly will, Bahamians will
be ready to face the challenge with a different
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common sense


EDITOR, The Tribune.
Thank you for allowing me
space in your newspaper to
challenge my fellow Bahami-
ans, particularly church-going
Bahamians, on facing the many
difficult issues impacting our
beloved Bahamaland.
I recently sat in a pew listen-
ing to a Sunday sermon from a
talented and well respected
young minister of religion here
in the capital; and much of his
lesson to the congregation cen-
tred on how we should face the
bleak economic and social times
in which we find ourselves. His
sermon was far from unique in
his exhortation to praise God
and be thankful even when
times are hard (and I believe it
to be not only morally right, but
also mentally and emotionally
healthy to do so), but there
were significant elements of his
message that made me cringe
mainly because like his positive
advice I've heard these ideas
being communicated in many
other places throughout the reli-
gious community in the
Bahamas.
.The idea that our tough eco-
nomic times are demonically or
diabolically inspired to destroy
the believer is an idea that drew
loud agreement from this par-
ticular congregation and it's
an idea that has resonance in
many communities of faith. I
find this notion dangerous
because it encourages believers
to feel like only direct inter-
vention from God can help lift
us out of our personal and
national financial woes. Would-
n't it be more helpful to the


faithful to encourage thpm to
understand the economic reali-
ties outside our boarders and
within our country that are
motivating the high rates of
unemployment?
Wouldn't it be more helpful
to help them understand the
culture of fiscal irresponsibility
that has lead many Bahamians
to shoulder burdens of debt that
have become much too heavy
to carry in these dark economic
times?
Churches form an invaluable
and necessary link in the social
safety net that supports the poor
and elderly in our country.
While we are all painfully aware
of the relative few cases of Min-
isters of Religion who live like
princes in palaces while their
congregations struggle to make
ends meet the more common
picture of churches is of com-
munity institutions that, in tan-
dem with the Ministry of Social
Services and charitable NGOs,
offer food and clothing to the
hungry and poor. Churches vis-
it the sick and the imprisoned.
Churches funnel people in crisis
to the agencies and institutions
(both public and private) that
can offer them the most rele-
vant help. Churches do good
work and vital work all over the
Bahamas to make the lives of
poor, sick and elderly Bahami-
ans bearable.
Now it's time for Churches
to do good work in one more


area. Churches must not just
promote good works, but
Churches must help to promote
good sense. Bahamian church-
goers must begin to hear from
the pulpit that it is wrong -
morally wrong and financially
irresponsible to spend every
penny of your paycheck and
then borrow more money to
spend with no thought given to
saving.for the future. Church-
goers must begin hearing from
the pulpit that education is not
a luxury or a basic right, but
rather that education is a vital
necessity in today's Bahamas.
And in tomorrow's Bahamas
there will be little place for
those who leave high school
instead of graduating from it.
Church-goers need to begin to
hear from their pulpits that
crime isn't just the result of
some invisible demonic influ-
ence but it is serious social con-
dition that is rising out real arnd
visible frustrations like pover-
ty, like poor socialisation, like
lack of faith in the justice sys-
tem, like unemployment and
lack of opportunities for far .too
many of our brothers and sis-
ters.
Blaming the Devil for our
hard times might make people
shout in the pew, but it's just
not very helpful nationally or
socially. The Church should be
doing more than giving people a
good dose of Ole' Time Reli-
gion we should be giving peo-
ple a good dose of reality and
common sense too.
REV DAVID BAIN
Nassau,
October, 2008.


Vernice Walkne Walkneis right- these


days visitors are far more critical


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I felt compelled to send you
an e-mail regarding the com-
ments made by Vernice
Walkine.
How hard this must have
been for this lady in her posi-
tion to come forward on these
hard hitting comments regard-
ing the performance and atti-
tudes of Bahamians in genar-
al.
Unfortunately I would have
to agree with her, she can see
the direction that her beloved
country is heading in.
The simple fact is that these
are completely different times
than twenty years ago, visitors
are far more critical today


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reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
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about the place they visit and
the people they meet than
your forefathers had experi-
enced.
Her comments are not easy
to swallow, but if you do
understand what she is trying
to stipulate and accomplish it
will benefit every Bahamian.
I also hope that you do not
see an elected official publicly
announce that Mrs Walkine
should step down or be
removed from her position
because she has come forward
with facts that no Bahamian
wants to hear.
The other comment I'd like
to make is the letter that was
published by an ex-pat who is
living in Nassau!
This person took the time
to make a few valid points on
how to help the Bahamas in
general, this resulted in a read-
er commenting on the ex-pat's
views regarding farming and
a few other points.
I do agree with this reader
that it would be very hard and
in some cases impossible to
farm some parts of the
Bahamas, but this has been
done in other parts of the
world and can be done here
as well, where there is a will,


there is a way. The one very
important thing that I feel this
reader missed was that this ex-
pat was simple trying to come
up with ideas to help the
Bahamas and the Bahamian
people.
Like this ex-pat. I too am a
visitor to your beloved
Bahamas and I too am only
trying to help.
I would ask this reader to
look at it this way, "Why
would these people who are
not Bahamian take the time
and effort to write these let-
ters?" I can say for at least
myself, it's not to throw mud
or cast a bad scent of the
Bahamas to the rest of the
world, or to the Bahamian
people!
These suggestions and com-
ments will not benefit us in
anyway, they are simply a tool
that can or cannot be used.
perhaps someone looking
from the outside in, is a good
thing.
It's never the problem you
have, it's how you fix it that
really counts!
D BELL
Nassau,
October, 2008


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o In brief Jamaican man captured in Bahamas due in US court
THE Jamaican man wanted in connec- Skelton was reportedly detained by 1993, outside of the Studio 54 Nassau on April 7 and arrested him on a
Man pleads tionwith a 1993 murder, who was captured Bahamian authorities in April, but localI Lounge, when a stray hullet struck and provisional arrest warrant.
in the Bahamas two weeks ago was yester- officials released no information about the killed 16-year-old bystander I larold Surar- Between April and October of this year,
I y 0llt 8P i day due to appear before a United States matter. row. the Oneida County District Attorney's Offi-
Scourt. 'The accused was charged with second The lJtica Observer-Dispatch reported cer and the Department of Justice were
obem gh~ naOUeS i Donovan Skelton, 46, was scheduled to degree murder in the County Court last that US Marshals took up the case in 2004. engaged in an "intense legal strug le" with
Pobb ry char appear in the Oneida County ( Courtr on a tnur- week. Information gathered during the investi- Bahamian authorities to have Skelton trans-
der charge stemming from the shooting death Accordiig to the US Marshal's Office, nation indicated that Skelton was living in ferried to the US.
A MAN pleaded guilty to of a teenager outside of the Studio 54 Lounge Skelton it is alleged that involved in a shoot- the Bahamas. Skelton was finally released to US law
three counts of armed robbery in New York City almost 15 years ago. out with another man on December 16, US authorities located the accused in enforcement two weeks ago.
in the Supreme Court yester-


day.
Henderson Knowles, 36, of
Flemming Street, was expected
to stand trial, however he
pleaded guilty to the charges
before the start of the hear-
ings.
Knowles appeared before
Justice Elliot Lockart and was
not represented by an attor-
ney. Terry Archer and Olivia
Nixon appeared for the prose-
cution.
Knowles' case proceeded to
the Supreme Court by volun-
tary bill of indictment.
It was alleged that on
Wednesday, June 18,2008,
while armed with a firearm,
Knowles robbed Yvonne Far-
rington of cash in the amount
of $40 and a gold chain valued
at $700. Knowles also pleaded
guilty to robbing Alice Rah-
ming of three gold chains, val-
ued at $1,500, on the same day.
The accused remains on
remand at Her Majesty's
Prison and is scheduled to be
sentenced on December 2,
2009.


IC croiya on s' rideforifehalha lkI


* By ALEX MISSICK

THE Cancer Society of the
Bahamas, in conjunction with
the Susan G Komen for the
Cure Breast Cancer Founda-
tion, will host its fourth annu-
al "Stride For Life" health
walk on November 8 starting
at 6am.
It is hoped that the event
will attract up to 1,500 walk-
ers.
With anecdotal information
suggesting that there is a high
incidence of breast cancer in
young Bahamian women, the
disease has become an issue
of critical local importance.
The cost for this year's walk
will be $15 and $10 for those
under the age of 13.
There will be six different
categories, including a special
category for cancer survivors.


There will also be prizes for
participants, whose names will
be entered into a raffle. Prizes
include trips to New York,
Orlando and Walt Disney
World.
President of the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas Terry
Fountain said for years his
organisation has been advo-
cating on behalf of patients,
enhancing awareness and
improving the population's
knowledge of the disease.
"It is our view that equal
attention must be given to the
reduction of risks and, wher-



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ever possible, the avoidance
of morbid conditions through
the adoption of healthy
lifestyle choices," Mr Foun-
tain said.
Sharlyn Smith, chairperson
of the International Trends
and Services Facet of the Nas-
sau Chapter of the Links
Incorporated, said her organi-
sation has partnered with the
Susan G Komen Foundation
to increase awareness.of breast
cancer.
"We want to play our part
to assist in early detection,
prevention and ultimately
finding a cure for breast can-


cer," Mrs Smith said.
The Susan G Komen Foun-
dation was founded by Nancy
Brinker and named in honour
of her sister who died of breast
cancer.
Ms Brinker promised her
dying sister, Susan G Komen,
that she would do everything
in her pow r "to end breast
cancer forever."
It is the world's largest
grassroots network of breast
cancer survivors and activists
fighting to save lives, empow-
er people, ensure quality care
for all and find a cure for the
disease. .


'U


PRESIDENT OF the Cancer
society of the Bahamas Terry
Fountain addresses the media on
the society's upcoming events.


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CULTURE MINISTER SAYS US VISITORS ARE BEING DETERRED AS ISLAND LOSES EXOTIC CARIBBEAN IDENTITY


'Americanising the Bahamas


- our big mistake'


* By ALEX MISSICK
AMERICANISATION of
the Bahamas has been the
country's biggest mistake as it
is repelling American visitors
rather than drawing them in,
according to Minister of Cul-
ture Charles Maynard.
The islands, which became
so strongly identified with the
United States in an effort to
attract visitors, are no longer
perceived as part of an exotic
Caribbean country by tourists
staying in hotels or on cruise
ships, surveys say.
Now the Ministry of Culture
and the Ministry of Tourism
plan to revitalise all things
Bahamian and integrate local
culture in tourists' experience.
Mr Maynard said: "We
Americanised ourselves to
make ourselves more attrac-
tive to our American tourists,
and it was the biggest mistake
we made. It has caused us to
be not exotic enough. We have
things which are unique but
do not promote them."
Mr Maynard's administra-
tion is working to improve his-
torical sites and make them
local attractions, as well as
integrating cultural activities
into a tourism product.
But identity loss is not just
putting off tourists, it is leaving
Bahamians with little under-
standing of what sets them
apart as a nation.
Stephanie Miller, a customer
service representative at a Nas-
sau jewellery store, said during
vacations to the United States,
her family members change
things about themselves from
the way they speak, to the way
they eat.
She said: "We are suffering


from an identity crisis. We are
just like leeches we latch on
to everything that's not ours
and we tend to pick up every-
one's culture cycept our own.
Something must be done."
The Ministry of Culture is
supporting heritage festivals
and other programmes to help
young people connect with
their heritage.
"It is an issue of great con-
cern because in another gen-
eration or so, you won't be
able to tell us apart from the
United States," Mr Maynard
said.
Emphasisi#g the country's
uniqueness is all part of Min-
ister of Tourism Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace's new plan.
"I am not sure we want to be
more of anything other than
Bahamian," he said.
"There is no question we are
influenced by all the people
and cultures around us, but


"We Americanised
ourselves to make
ourselves more
attractive to our
American tourists,
and it was the
biggest mistake we
made. It has caused
us to be not exotic
enough. We have
things which are
unique but do not
promote them."


Charles Maynard

that is and has always been the
nature of cultural develop-
ment.
"We know that we have a
richness of history and tradi-
tions that are uniquely ours.
One needs only to travel
throughout the Family Islands
to appreciate the personalities,
the stories, the foods, the
music, all of which differ by
island and which contribute to
our cultural make-up.
"I have always believed our
culture is for us, and it is as
unrealistic to force all of our
cultural likes and dislikes on
our visitor.
"However, should they
enjoy what we offer culturally,
it would deepen and broaden
their experience."
Mr Maynard praised the
plan, which will enhance
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THIRTEEN proud senior
citizens graduated from a
computer course for beginners
organised by the Ministry of
Labour and Social Develop-
ment in partnership with the
National Council on Older
Persons and The College of
The Bahamas.
Minister of State for Social
Development Loretta Butler-
Turner commended the
seniors for taking the com-
puter classes, which will
broaden their lives and their
world.
"I want to read one of those
line items on how to stay
young, 'Never let the brain get
idle. An idle mind is the dev-
il's workshop and the devil's
name is Alzheimer's.' Every
time you learn something new
the brain cells regenerate
themselves.
"Think about the comput-
er as the new form of reading,
the new form of books," Mrs
Butler-Turner said.
Assistant Professor at The
College of The Bahamas and
instructor of the course Dr
June Wilson explained that
computer classes for senior cit-
izens were launched over
three years ago as a way to
keep them active and permit
themi to continue their valu-
able roles in society.
Many churches in the coun-
try have ministries geared
towards keeping in touch with
students and other members
living abroad, Dr Wilson said.
The training of seniors to e-
mail and search the Internet
allows them to communicate
with members living away
from home, therefore actively
participating within a ministry


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MINISTER of State for Social Development, the Hon. Loretta Butlter-
Turner spoke at Graduation Ceremony for introductory computer
classes part of older Persons Month on Friday, 24, 2008 at East
Gospel Chapel. From left front row are Henrietta Lockhart, Madeline
Gray, Ernestine Bethel, Louise Thompson, Fredrica Butler, Mary Sweet-
nam, Zanovia Mills and Dr. June Butler. From left back row are Cynthia
Mustgrove, Jane Adderley, Leslie Sweeting, Barbra Thurston, Minister
Turner-Butler, and Patrick Gomez.


"Think about
the computer
as the new
form of read-
ing, the new
form of
books."

Butler-Turner
of the church.
Barbara Thurston, a gradu-
ate of the computer course,
said the former students
learned the fundamentals of
the computer.


"We can create our e-mail
address, send e-mails to our
children, grandchildren, fami-
ly and friends. We can also
search the Internet for infor-
mation."
She added: "This is not the
end, but the beginning of
another road to success."
The course began on Sep-
tember 11 and ran for six
weeks. Graduates of the
course are: Beryl Brown,
Madeline Gray. Henrietta
Lockhart, Barbara Thurston.
Louise Thompson, Castella
Bowleg. Jane Adderley,
Ernestine Bethel, Fredricka
Butler, Cvnthia Musgrove,
Leslie Sweeting, Vernencia
Thomhpson and Gwendolyn
Turner.


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$6m expected to be disbursed

among 6,000 hotel workers


FROM page one

urLeatest to have ever been
paid out byv the 25-year-old
fund, which pre viously
stepped up to help hotel
workers during slumps caused
by 9/ll in 2001 and the Gulf
W\ar in the early nineties.
"There were warning signs
on tlhe horizon but nothing
prepared us for this horrific
decline in business," said J.
Barrie Farrington, fund
trustee and president of the
Bahamas Hotel Employers
Association, of today's crisis.
Hugh G. Sands, chairman
of the Bahamas Hotel and
Allied Industries Pension
Fund and the Health and
Welfare Benefit Fund, Mr
Farringvon, Mr Colebrooke,
Robert Sands, vice-ptesident
of external affairs at
Bahanlir. Michael Reckley,
fund trustee, along with other
union representatives
announced the plan at a press
conference at Workers House
yesterday morning.
The money will be avail-
able to all those who meet
several basic requirements
for eligibility (see sidebar),
which Robert Sands said have
been "made as broad as pos-
sible to allow those people to
fall within the relief net."
Outside, Melanie Gibson,
a 38-year-old baker at
Atlantis, said she was
shocked and delighted to
hear of the move.
"I appreciate it because
things are really hard, really
rough right now. I'm finding
it hard to pay my bills, I'm
only working two or three
days."
She was cut from five to
"two or three" work days in


September. Earning $64 a
day, she is making only $128
some weeks.
Highlighting the extraordi-
nary nature of the situation,
Mr Farrington said that only
six months ago such an offer
would have "seemed unreal."
"Our hotels were experi-
encing good occupancy, our
economy was enjoying strong
employment," said Mr Far-
rington.
"A severe downturn in the
global economy is now being
referred to as an economic
tsunami. We are being
severely impacted and there
is no immediate end in sight."
A special team is currently
being assembled to handle
the huge number of applica-
tions that are expected to be
made by hard-pressed work-
ers in the coming weeks.
Payments will then be
made directly to banks, land-
lords and other creditors
(utility companies, mortgage


for the late


Sidney Richard Fox, 64
November 15th, 1943- October 23rd, 2008
of High Vista Estates will be held at Calvary Bible
Church, Collins Ave. at 4pm on Wednesday, Oct. 29th,
2008.

He was predeceased by his parents Donald Roy and
Janette Loretta Fox, sister Ann and brother Albert.He
is survived by his dedicated wife, Donna; son, Ricky;
daughter, Michelle; daughter in-law, Marlene and two
grandchildren, Ashley and Megan; step-mother,
Margaret; mother in-law, Jean Lowe; three brothers;
Roy, Leslie and Doyle. Four sisters Kay Graham;
Bonnie Culmer; Sharon Sweeting and Monica Cook.
Brothers in-law, Dave Lowe; Robert Eldon; Wesley
Treco; Gregory Graham; Robert Culmer; Owen
Sweeting and Richard Cook. Sisters in-law, Sandra
Eldon; Nita Treco; Lera Fox; Peggy Fox, Ruth Fox
and Carol Lowe. Godson, Wes Treco and uncles, Cecil
and Charlie Fox. Special friends Dr. Lynna and Ko
Kishore, Andrew Barr and Cheryl Lowe and family.
Numerous cousins, neices, nephews, and a host of
other relatives and friends including Wayde Sands,
Frankie Pinder,Donald Johnson and the staff of Sanpin
Motors where he' was employed for 28 years.

A very special thank you to the staff of Lyford Cay
Hospital, especially Dr. Dean Tseretopoulos, Dr. Angela
Kunz, Nurses Tadzia, Linda and Shelly who went
above and beyond their duty in caring for Sidney over
the past several years.Sincere gratitude is expressed
to all family members and friends who have helped
comfort the family during their time of grief.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Sassoon
Heart Foundation.Memorial Service arrangements by
Pinders Funeral Home, Palmdale.


payments, school fees, bank
bills, "life or other subsis-
tence needs") rather than in
the form of cash to employ-
ees themselves.
. For those whose bills do
not amount to $1,000, the
remaining money can be
obtained in the form of food
vouchers.
Mr Sands said that the
move is just one of several
being formulated to allievi-
ate some of the pressure on
hotel employees.
Asked where the pay-out
would leave the fund, Mr Far-
rington declined to offer any
figures, but admitted the
offering represents a "signif-
icant drain" on its reserves,
which are formed from con-
tributions by hotels.
He said that there would
be a question of whether or
not the fund has the ability
to make any further offerings
should the demand arise in
coming months.
"You deal with what is
immediate, and you have an
appreciation for what's in the
future and if there are cir-
cumstances and conditions
which prevail the board of
trustees will have to recon-
vene, reconsider whether or
not there is a need to do
something else and whether
or not we have the resources
to do it."


BIKINI BAY
RESORT AND MARINA

Only forty-eight nautical miles east of Miami, Florida, situated on the North end of North Bimini, Bahamas- Bimini Bay Resort & Marina complex
rests on over 740 acres of pristine Bahamian beaches. Long known as a paradise for anglers and divers alike, Bimini Bay Resort offers a
plethora of options for the most discriminating traveler. Bimini Bay Management Ltd. owns and operates Bimini Bay Resort & Marina.


Bimini Bay Resort & Marina seeks to hire professional ind.iiduclu for the following positions:


HEAD CHEF
11 i. ,dI .'dul .iI. be responsible for day-to-day operation, of
the kitchen. i rain, supervise and work with all cooks cn.:l
culinary staff in order to prepare, cook and present food
according h-1 ':,i t ,r..1,r rc-,pies,
Successful candidate must have managed a qul iI, re.on-
hIic Iern ..i.in irii tenr,i,. .,,-l cuisine, in excess of eight hundre.-
1800C1 r.".c.n'r F.:orei.n l:rir.:gi.,gc ;p ai ) f is an tiltribt.te
and must have at least 5 years experience and a culinac,
degree.


DIRECTOROF
ACTIVITIES
Tli.; p.'.ition is responsible for managing the Pool, Beach, K.-J,
A,:cniies Center, Water Sports areas and services provided I:.
guests, including special events for incentive groups making
i fiun rcrwordlin,. in, a safe, efficient and cost effective mann,.r
that will result in a T.>,il.'-, nuest experience. Candidate
must plan, direct and manage all daily events & o.,i.TiI:
for the resort, ensuring that rules and safely policies oae
Implemented and carried out. Ability to train and organ ;e
outside vendors.
Cruise Line or Resort, Fishing Excursions & Kids Summer Car ,p
experience is a must.


SYSTEMS
ADMINISTRATOR
Resr-c:l .,le [,i 1i.? ongoing mainleiance and operation for
-ill of the informorion Technology implemented through-out
ihe rt'oil rThe ,,:i'.,r.rn s ep'onsible for the daily operation.
rsupp.-.l nd r.ccLurit,' of the icchnology and data that.
Sipp.,.ri and -i ant.ie the thbsiness opeidflions. Candidate must
1,o.. 'rper"e:r5 :in the follo~wng systems: Nortel Netwofrk
r-r '.pcr. 1 Fid l 11iC & Alltendance and Micros.

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN
RESOURCES
Cs..',.r. b. for .hort und long lerm planning pnd
io','a[r'ior it' HumanrPesources function Recommend
It-e J ,( ,1r,',,n-, : b.iugel ,jnO noanage expenses within
r.p,:.,cd t,udgel ccrIroints. Major areos cA resporssbtlity/
ira nci ,i:-nr&it include. but are not limited to. employment,
.* oae j -r, Ajn inistraohor benefits. training, employee/
Iolor ieli.,o.:.n -,raanrizoiionol development and payroll.
'cik ,:ri,,, ..irrh Gieneral rAo anoger & Opeialions Director In
inmi.lemeririn,:, ,-. ,:r-'c e.-inq and maintaining the hotel's goals
and o-ibjecti'es Participate in total hotel management'
a: ,a meinbe tof mhe holel Eyecutive Commitlee. Training
experience inclusie of customer service is a must.


We offer an excellent benefits package and competitive compensation. For full consideration,
all interested applicants should forward a copy of their resume to the attention of
MANAGER OF HUMAN RESOURCES
at gbullard@biminibayresort,corn or fax to (242) 347.2312


DO I QUALIFY TO BENEFIT FROM THE MILLIONS
BEING OFFERED?
You qualify if you are employed by a hotel which is a paid member of the
Health and Welfare Benefit Fund (this includes all major Nassau hotels other than
Comfort Suites and Breezes).
You must have been working a reduced work week of an average of three days
or less during the months of September and October (add up all the days in Sep-
tember and October that you worked, divide by the number of weeks eight and
if the number comes to less than three, you qualify).
WHERE DO I COLLECT AND WHAT DO I NEED TO
BRING WITH ME?
Come to Workers' House, Harrold Road, on the day assigned. Those with sur-
names beginning with the letters A to D are invited to make applications this Thurs-
day; E to I on Friday; J to M on Monday, N to R on Tuesday and S to Z on Wednes-
day of next week. All applications made up to December 31 will be honoured.
You must bring with you some form of identification, in addition to prooof four
bills which are owed. Payments will be made directly to those who you owe, rather
than to you personally.


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Why we c;

ITH only a week to go
W before the election,
I Barack Obama has taken a signifi-
cant lead over John McCain among
American voters. But in the rest of
the world he has been a shoo-in for
months.
In Europe, millions of disen-
franchised voters are eagerly await-
ing the end of the reviled Bush
regime, which is likely to go down
in history as America's most unsuc-
cessful presidency.
Last month, the annual transat-
lantic trends survey said 69 per cent
of Europeans favoured Obama
over McCain, and almost half
expected US relations with Europe
to improve if Obama is elected.
And we won't even mention the
fervent support for the Illinois sen-
ator among Bahamians.
According to a poll last summer
by the London Daily Telegraph,
more people in France, Germany
and Britain view the United States
as a "force for evil" than for good
in the world an unfortunate senti-
ment that is the result of eight years
of in-your-face unilateralism under
President George W. Bush.
This year's Pew survey of global
attitudes (which polled more than
24,000 people in 24 countries)
found a widespread belief that US
foreign policy "will change for the
better" after the inauguration of a
new president next year. And peo-
ple are much more confident in
Obama to do the right thing regard-
ing world affairs.
-If
.' Election Odds
I! But until the financial meltdown
,' changed the game, it was not at all
: clear,that Obama would prevail.
An aging military hero paired with
an attractive moose-hunting woman
p seemed to have more appeal to red-
;' blooded Americans than a brown-
, skinned young lawyer with a for-
eign name who could easily be
depicted as un-American in the tra-
ditional sense.
Now, pollsters say the odds of
McCain overtaking Obama in the
final week of the campaign are
incredibly remote. Apparently, no
presidential candidate has ever
been as far behind as McCain at
this stage in an election and won.
In fact, millions of Americans
will have already voted by the time
election day rolls around. Thirty
three states now allow people to
vote by mail or in person ahead of
election day as a matter of conve-
nience, and they may have already
locked in Obama's lead. Yet just a
few months ago, the idea of some-
bone of African ancestry occupying
'the'White House was almost incon-,


an look forward to an Obama p

____ ject the day after the US election at
an event sponsored by the Nassau
Institute. Mitchell opposes any US
attempt to "persecute" low-tax
jurisdictions like the Bahamas.
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ceivable to most folks.
The McCain campaign seems to
agree with the pundits. According
to them, Michelle Obama is already
choosing the drapes for the White
House while her husband is plan-
ning how to tax and spend hard-
working Americans to death.
So what are the major policy dif-
ferences between the two candi-
dates? Which one can be expect-
ed do the right thing in world
affairs? And what impact could the
policies of either have on the
Bahamas?
Tax Policy
Although McCain has tried to
label Obama a tax-and-spend lib-
eral, and his 'proud-to-be-a-red-
neck' running mate insinuates that
he is a crypto-communist, the fact is
that both candidates have proposed
tax plans that would substantially
increase the US national debt over
the next 10 years, according to the
non-partisan Tax Policy Centre.
They are both proposing to cut
taxes for most American families,
but Obama gives the biggest cuts to
those who make the least, while
McCain would give the largest cuts
to the very wealthy. For the 147,000
families that make up the top 0.1
per cent of the income scale,
McCain offers a $270,000 tax cut,
while Obama would raise their tax-
es, on average, by over $700,000.
Both candidates will collect near-
ly $3.6 trillion less than under cur-
rent tax la-w over the coming
decade. Against that baseline, Oba-
ma would raise revenues by about
$600 billion over the next decade
and boost the national debt by $3.5
trillion, while McCain would
lose $600 billion in revenue and
increase the debt by $5 trillion on
top of the $2.3 trillion increase that
the Congressional Budget Office
forecasts through 2018.
The bottom line is that Obama's
plan will reduce tax revenues
to below the levels that prevailed
under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s
(less than 18.2 per cent of GDP),
while McCain would go further and
cut revenues to around 16 per cent
of GDP.
Offshore Finance
Last year, Obama was part of a


bi-partisan effort to pass a bill to
stop Americans from using offshore
financial centres as tax. dodges. If
passed, the law would allow the
government to take special mea-
sures against tax havens and finan-
cial institutions that impede US
enforcement efforts.
Experts say the US Treasury los-
es $100 billion a year because of
offshore tax evasion. Obama cites
this as a basic issue of fairness and
integrity, arguing that those who
work hard and play by the rules
shouldn't be
disadvantaged. McCain has
opposed cracking down on tax
havens, but he has also spoken out
against offshore banking practices.'
He advocates cutting tax rates in
the US to make moving offshore
less attractive.
Eight years ago, the Bahamas.
and 14 other countries were placed
on an international blacklist for
being 'non-co-operative' in pre-
venting money laundering. In mid
2001 after hastily revising our reg-
ulatory laws we were taken off
that list.
But we were also blacklisted by
the Organisation for Economic Co-
operation and Development as one
of 35 tax havens that engaged in
"harmful tax competition" with rich
nations. After agreeing to exchange
information with overseas authori-
ties in criminal and civil tax matters,
the Bahamas was removed from
that list in early 2002.
The intensity of American sup-
port for these global regulatory ini-
tiatives has fluctuated over the
years, but
it is generally agreed that a Rea-
gan Administration Treasury offi-
cial started the ball rolling in 1981.
The OECD attack on tax havens
enjoyed the full support of the Clin-
ton administration, while the Bush
administration sought to soften the
assault.
It is unclear what impact Oba-
ma would have on the Bahamian
financial sector given the fact that
we already have a tax information
exchange treaty with the US, but
some argue that we will face an
"uncomfortable environment." Dr
Dan Mitchell, the conservative
Heritage Foundation's chief tax
expert, will be lecturing on this sub-


Energy Policy
Both candidates have outlined
farsighted energy policies and are
committed to international co-oper-
ation on global warming -. some-
thing the Bush administration
refused to contemplate. McCain
has said he would work to reduce
carbon emissions by 60 per cent
below 1990 levels by 2050. Obama
calls for an 80 per cent reduction
over the same period using a mar-
ket-based cap-and-trade system.
Obama's plan would also invest
$150 billion over the next 10 years
and leverage billions more in pri-
vate capital to build a new energy
economy and reduce demand for
electricity by 15 per cent by the end
of the next decade.
Both Obama and McCain would
give incentives to industry and con-
sumers for new fuel-efficient vehi-
cles and invest in renewable energy
'technologies. Obama says he would
require 10 per cent of US energy
to come from renewable sources
by the end of his first presidential
term, while McCain says he would
change the energy landscape by
building 45 new nuclear power
plants by 2030.
But in contrast to McCain, Oba-
ma's voting record has been solidly
behind the renewable energy indus-
try. A Senate effort last year to
extend an investment tax credit
around solar and wind energy pro-
jects failed to pass by one vote; and
McCain did not vote.
It is clear that either candidate
will represent a seismic shift in
energy and carbon reduction poli-
cies when compared to the Bush
administration. And we can expect
this new emphasis on renewable
energy and climate change (no mat-
ter who is elected) to stimulate our
thinking and behaviour in the
Bahamas.
Foreign Policy
But it is in world affairs that
Obama's role as a "transforma-
tional figure" (to use Colin Pow-
ell's phrase) is likely to have the
greatest impact. As Zbigniew
Brzezinski (Jimmy Carter's nation-
al security advisor) put it: "Obama
is more likely to make the choices
that will contribute to a reduction in
hostility to the United States...He
understands the historical novel-
ties of the moment."
McCain comes from a long mili-
tary tradition and unlike George
W bush, who used his connections


residency

to serve at home in the National
Guard, or Bill Clinton, who
opposed the Vietnam War (but did-
n't inhale) he was a gung ho Navy
pilot and POW. As a strong sup-
porter of the war in Iraq, he is even
more belligerent on some issues
than the current president the
recent Russian invasion of Geor-
gia being one example.
Brzezinski's recent book (Amer-
ica and the World, which he co-
authored with Brent Scowcroft,
who was national security adviser to
the first president Bush) reviews
the challenges confronted by Amer-
ica in a rapidly changing interna-
tional environment, and under-
scores the importance of choosing a
leader who can deal with those
issues at what could well be a hinge
moment in modern history.
The language employed by Pres-
ident Bush' and the unilateralist
behaviour of his administration has
alienated friends and aggravated
resentments in many parts of the
world. And not only is Bush the
most disliked American president
in generations (with hardly a for-
eign policy achievement to his cred-
it), he has made the Republican
Party once thought to be on the
crest of a wave deeply unpopular
also.
In terms of party identification,
the GOP is 15 per cent down com-
paied to the Democrats, and losing
younger voters in droves, according
to New York Times columnist'
David Brooks. Even Scott McClel-
lan Bush's first term White House
spokesman says he will vote for
Obama. And some experts believe
that voter turnout could be higher
than the 64 per cent recorded in
1960, which was the highest in
recent US history, and the result
could be similar to 1964, when Lyn-
don Johnson was elected in a land-
slide.
Partnership for the Americas
As for regional expectations, an
Obama presidency would be "a
breath of fresh air" according to
Trinidad Prime Minister Patrick
Manning, who will host the next
president to a 34-nation Summit of
the Americas in Port of Spain next
April. But his administration would
be unlikely to break much new
ground in concrete terms.
In his Partnership for the Amer-
icas policy statement, Obama con-
cedes that US relations with the
region have "frayed, as the Bush
administration pursued a misguid-
ed foreign policy with a myopic
focus on Iraq". He says America
has been "negligent to our friends,
ineffective with our adversaries and
disinterested in the challenges that


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matter to peoples' lives".
He promises to pay more.atten-
tion to the region by reinstating a
special envoy for the Americas.
And he vows to liberalise relations
with Cuba, engage with Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez, close the
Guantanamo prison, give more aid
to Haiti, help the region invest in
renewable energy, and expand co-
operation on-crime and drug traf-
ficking.
Perhaps more significantly, an
Obama presidency will be in a posi-
tion to reform the world's financial
architecture in the wake of the cur-
rent economic turmoil. This could
even lead to a full-fledged United
Nations conference on global eco-
nomic governance, which the Bush
administration has tried to head off
by agreeing with key European
leaders on a quick conference in
mid-November with limited partic-
ipation.
According to a recent statement
by the Group of Eight rich nations,
the November meeting will discuss
"changes to the regulatory and
institutional regimes for the world's
financial sectors (that) are needed
to remedy deficiencies exposed by
the current crisis."
There have been many calls for a
new conference to rethink the inter-
national monetary and financial
system that was put in place by the
Western Allies at the end of the
Second World War in Bretton
Woods, New Hampshire. And
many argue that the November
meeting in Washington should only
begin this process.
As Zbigniew Brezinsky said in a
recent BBC interview, the future
must be guided by a "more intelli-
gent. more accommodating and
more conciliatory" American lead-
ership.
"Obama understands what is
new about the 21st century.
McCain is rooted almost entirely
in the 20th century. So what does
that mean in terms of being respon-
sive to our time?"
For historical reasons, in terms of
what it will mean for American
society and for the international
community, we look forward to an
Obama presidency.
What do you think? Send com-
ments to larry@tribunemedia.net
Or visit www.bahamapundit.com









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Paris Masters:
Tomas Berdych
advances to the
second round...

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Family

Islands

dominate


Central Eleuthera takes


y RENALDO DORSEhome men's softball title
Sports Reporter


THE Family Island contin-
gent dominated the statistical
hierarchy at the 2008 Austin
Knowles softball tourney and
featured several players on the
men's and women's-All-Tour-
nament team.
NGM Major boasted MVPs
in both divisions as Carlos
Pratt and Brittney Thompson
took home prestigious awards.
Pratt, the power hitting
shortstop, was the tournament
batting champion with a .714
average, and also finished with
the most runs in the tourna-
ment (9).
Thompson also won her
division's batting title with a
.857 average and had the most
hits with six.
Other awards in the men's
division included Kurt Stubbs,
of St Anne's, who won awards
for most hits and most RBIs.
Allen Adderley, of Nassau
Christian Academy, had the
most stolen bases with six.
Pitching leaders included
Kareem Taylor, of North
Long Island, who finished
with a tournament leading 3-0
record. He also had the lowest
ERA of 1.75.
C V Bethel ace Chad Bur-
rows led the tournament in
strikeouts with 17.
The Men's All-Tournament
team included:
Kareem Taylor (North
Long Island) Pitcher
Matthew Miller (North
Long Island) Catcher
Andy Adderley (North
Long Island) First Base
Akeem Newton (North
Andros) Second Base
Justin Pinder (Central
Eleuthera) Third Base
Carlos Pratt (NGM
Major) Shortstop
Jeremy Pratt (North Long
Island) Left Field
Nicholas Okpere
(Kingsway) Center Field
Cameron Mingo
(Kingswvay) Right Field
Rudolph Fox (R M Bai-
ley) Utility

Statistical leaders in the
women's division included
Lanette Kelly, of Spanish
Wells, who finished with the
most runs, Gabrielle McKin-
ney, of NCA, who finished
with the most RBIs, and
Shontal Turnquest, of NGM
Major, who finished with the
most stolen bases.
Amongst pitchers, Alicia
Pinder was named best pitch-
er and finished with the lowest
ERA and Charmika Bullard
recorded the most strikeouts.
The ladies All-Tournament
team included:
Alicia Pinder (Spanish
Wells) Pitcher
D'andra Cartwright
(NGM Major) Catcher
Alise Pinder (Spanish
Wells) -First Base
Jessica Francis (C V
Bethel) Second Base
Shontal Turnquest (NGM
Major) Third Base
Britney Thompson (NGM
Major) Shortstop
Nashan Fernander (C V
Bethel) Left Field
Tamika Bain (C V
Bethel) Center Field
Vashanique Lewis (C V
Bethel) Rightfield
W Nique Wilson (North
Long Island) Utility







INSIGH


* By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter

Long Island and
Eleuthera can once
again boast of its
prowess as two of
the Bahamas' most dominant
powerhouses in high school
softball after a commanding
performance at the nation's
only all- encompassing softball
tournament.
NGM Major high school cap-
tured the women's title, while
Central Eleuthera took home
the men's title in the Bahamas
Softball Federation's 2008
Austin Knowles national tour-
nament.
Following a grueling sched-
ule and a pair of close wins,
NGM Major made it to the
championship game and rout-
ed Spanish Wells, 26-10.
They opened the tournament
with a 24-2 win over North


ODEN VS BYNUM (right) Outside of Dwight Howard, it is widely
expected that these two centers will dominate the NBA for the next 15
rears...


And NGM Major captures women's championship


Long Island, followed by a 10-8
win over Government High
School, an 11-10 win over C V
Bethel and a 7-6 win over even-
tual runners-up Spanish Wells.
In the championship game,
NGM Major raced out to an
early 5-1 lead after the first
inning and never let up en route
to producing the highest runs
total of any team in the tour-
nament.
They maintained a five-run
advantage, concluding the sec-
ond inning 9-5.
The third inning proved to be
the true difference maker as
NGM major managed to plate
its entire lineup with a phe-
nomenal 17 runs in the inning.


Spanish Wells managed an
additional five runs over the
course of the next two innings
to bring about the final margin.
Chardese Turnquest was
named Championship MVP for
a high powered NGM offense.
She finished 2-4 with four
runs and two RBIs, which
included a triple and a solo
home run.
Shontal Turnques't finished
1-4 with four runs and two
RBIs, Carlisa Burrows finished
2-4 with three runs and one RBI
while Amy Cartwright finished
2-2 with one run and two RBIs.
For Spanish Wells, Lanette
Kelly went 1-3 with two runs
and Bethany McGee 2-3 with


two runs and two RBIs.
Nassau Christian Academy
finished third in the women's
division.
In the men's side of the draw,
Central Eleuthera avenged an
early tournament loss to NGM,
defeating them in the champi-
onship game, 21-6.
NGM took a 2-0 lead in the
top half of the first inning. How-
ever, their lead would be short
lived as Central Eleuthera plat-
ed three runs in the bottom half
to take an early lead.
Trailing 6-2 heading into the
fourth inning, the defending
champions scored three runs to
trim the deficit to one run.
As was the case with the


women's game, a runaway
inning sealed the win for Cen-
tral Eleuthera with an astound-
ing four runs in the sixth inning.
With the win, Central
Eleuthera prevented NGM
from winning their third con-
secutive Austin Knowles cham-
pionship.
Justin Pinder was named
Championship MVP as he went
4-4 with four runs and three
RBIs in the deciding game.
Also for Central Eleuthera,
Commando Knowles went 3-4
with two runs and one RBI,
while Drewan Seymour went 1-
4 with three runs and one RBI.
North Long Island finished
third in the division.


* By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter

IT starts tonight.
These are the times when it's
all supposed to show divi-
dends.
Toiling through every Port-
land Trailblazers losing sea-
sons, a permanent residence in
the lottery, questionable draft
picks, big contract free agent
signing that don't pan out,
arrests, a mountain of charac-
ter questions, and miring in
mediocrity and
irrelevance...this is the year the
demons are exorcised and the
Blazers turn the corner, not
only towards respectability, but
contention.
For me, today comes with
the anxiety that preceded any
of my other life altering events
to date thus far.
Game three of the BAISS
softball championship against
Kingsway in the seventh grade,
before my first Hugh Camp-
bell, my first full contact prac-
tice with the football team at
Kentucky, my probate, the first
Obama-McCain presidential
debate and maybe most impor-
tantly of all, waiting to see who
Allie chooses in the Notebook
following the scene when she
left Lon's hotel room after they
had the argument about Duke.
. Game one of the '08-09
Portland Trailblazers season
trumps them all for a myriad of
reasons:
6. The Blazers now have a


deep bench (Sergio Rodriguez,
Travis Outlaw, Fernandez,
Channing Frye, Nicholas
Batum, Joel Pryzbilla)
5. Just 82 games remain until
Raef LaFrentz's cMntract is off
the books and the Blazers will
have enough money to keep
the core group together.
4. The Blazers grasped
Spain's greatest export since
Penelope Cruz when they
signed Rudy Fernandez.
3. Greg Oden will finally
play, and will turn into a
star...eventually.
2. Brandon Roy and LaMar-
cus Aldridge are on the cusp of
making the leap. They're the
reason Oden's progress doesn't
have to be rushed.
1. The season starts against
the personification of all that is
evil and wrong with the world,
the Lakers.
There is no better barometer
to see how the new look Blaz-
ers will fare this season by test-
ing them on primetime against
the bane of my NBA existence
since I was a first grader.
This game will by no means
be an indictment on the entire
season for either team, but the
history between the franchises
and the direction both teams
are headed make the matchup
more than just a regular night-.
cap on opening night double
header.
There's the Oden vs Bynum
matchup by far the biggest
storyline. Outside of Dwight
Howard, it is widely expected


that these two centers will
dominate the league for 'the
next 15 years and both return
tonight after an injury laden
2007 season.
So it'll be interesting to see
who wins the first matchup.
My guess is Oden because he
has two awards to chase after
this season, Rookie of the Year
and Best Beard of the Year.
Portland is by far the
youngest team in the league
and over the first 24 games of
the season have the NBA's
toughest schedules with more
matchups against 2007 playoff
teams than anyone else, so
even my astronomical expec-
tations have to be scaled back
a bit.
What will never be scaled
back is the tremendous upside,
potential of the Blazers and
the EXTREME annoyance,
arrogance, and overbearing
loudmouthed nature of Laker
fans which are only quieted by
losing (sometimes even that
doesn't work).
I live with them, I work with
them, they're my friends, ene-
mies...they're everywhere, like
mosquitoes...constantly
buzzing mosquitoes that will
never ever go away.
Admittedly, the Lakers have
now...but much of the basket-
ball community (and this
biased writer) believes the
Blazers have next.
Next has to begin some-
where, and tonight...next
begins at 10pm on TNT.


Hall of Famers deliver key messages at induction ceremony


* By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter

INDUCTEES delivered several key
messages to the sporting community fol-
lowing their official induction into the
National Hall of Fame.
They spoke briefly on community ser-
vice, the impact their sport has had on
the Bahamas and the importance of per-
sonal influences in shaping their careers.
Dr Bernard Nottage, an inductee for
his contributions in track and field and
sports administration, delivered the offi-
cial response of the '09 class. He stressed
the extensive impact sports has had on
the country.
"Sports is more than just a mere fledg-
ling thing, but its impact is rather pro-
found," he said. "It teaches us discipline,
dedication, and determination and it
affords many young Bahamians an
opportunity for education, exposure and
to meet others from all around the
globe."
Dr Nottage, who took part in the 1960
Olympics long before his political career,
said the international success that the
country has achieved in sports has done


much to bolster its public image.
"The Bahamas has become the best
little sporting country in the world and
sports has done a wonderful job pro-
moting the Bahamas in a positive light
and effecting the way people see us," he
said.
"We are grateful for the support and
appreciation offered by the Bahamian
people and it speaks volumes about the
inductees, that I can say all of these peo-
ple without exception continue to give
back to sport and to the community."
Ed Armbrister, a former member of
the Cincinnati Reds best known to
most Bahamians for his crucial bunt in
the 1975 World Series called for a
moment of silence for two of the most
important figures in shaping his career,
Andre Rodgers and Tony Curry.
"I11 it was not for Andre Rogers, I
would not have done what I could have
in the game of baseball and 1 would not
be here today," he said. "I owe so much
to them but, most importantly, I learned
that if baseball was something I really
wanted I would have to go after it all
out, and I did."
Tom "The Bird" Grant also paid


homage to his most influential figure of
yesteryear.
"First of all, I have to thank Father
Marcian," he said. "He was my coach.
my father, my mentor, my friend and I
am here today because of him."
Others paid homage to the teammates
and opponents they have faced over the
years.
Said Sterling Quant, the first Bahami-
an to be drafted by a professional bas-
ketball franchise when the Dallas Chap-
arrals selected him in the 1971 American
Basketball Association Draft.
"I must thank the Government of the
Bahamas, my family, many people whose
shoulders I have stood on to get here,"
he said. "I played basketball for about 25
years so you can imagine there are a lot
of teammates, and a lot of coaches that
have in some form or another assisted
me along the way."
Fred "Papa" Smith was grateful to his
competitors over the years who forced
him to consistently perform at top levels.
"I have a trophy case at home, and
every time 1 pass by it, 1 remember that
hard work pays off and that 1 did not
do it all on my own," he said. "I accept


this honour on behalf of everyone I
played with or played against, they
brought out the best in me."
Winston "Tappy" Davis called for the
inductees and others to take a more
hands-on approach with the nation's
youth.
"We are all concerned with the crisis
that is going on with our youth and I
think each of us must find a way to get
something going in some organised fash-
ion to give back in the same way people
gave to us," he said.
Softball legend Churchill "Tener"
Knowles reminded the guests of the
country's rich softball heritage which
was one of the elite programmes world-
wide.
"I receive this award for the hundreds
of men and women over the years who
have contributed to the game of softball
over the years," he said.
"Before we had the 'Golden Girls' on
the track, we had the golden ladies and
men in softball. It should be remem-
bered that at one point we were ranked
third in the world, so we have made
tremendous strides in that arena," said
Knowles.


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- A AINENT IONL POTS


AP source:
SsteroidsBerdych advances


cases under

investigation

M By DAVE GOLDBERG
AP Football Writer
NEW YORK (AP) Six to
eight players are under investi-
gation bv the NFL for violating
the league's drug policy by tak-
ing a weight-loss diuretic that
is considered a masking agent
for steroids.
A person familiar with the
case provided the number of
players involved Monday, say-
ing estimates of a higher figure
were untrue. The person spoke
to The Associated Press on con-
dition of anonymity because the
players are appealing the find-
irgs.
The Denver TV station Fox
31 reported last week that six
to 10 players had tested posi-
tive for Bumetanide, a pill that
decreases the amount of water
retained in the body by increas-
ing urination. It causes the kid-
neys to get rid of unneeded
water and salt from the body
into the urine. Other reports
put the number of cases as high
as 18.
New Orleans running back
Deuce McAllister confirmed
Sunday after the Saints 37-32
win over San Diego in London
that he is one of the players
being investigated.
"We've been kind of going
through this process .for a
while," McAllister said. "I guess
you guys just found out about it
at this point. But whatever hap-
pens, that's what's going to hap-
pen. We've hired counsel. He's
going to do his job to kind of
put the case together and how-
ever the NFL rules, that's the
wav it will be."
David Cornwell, a former
lawyer for the league who has
represented players in a number
of these matters, confirmed last
week to the AP that he is rep-
resenting some players,
although he declined to identify
them.
Under the NFL's steroid pol-
icy. a player testing positive for
the first time can be suspended
for four games.


to second round


* JEROME PUGMIRE
AP Sports Writer
PARIS (AP) Former
champion Tomas Berdych of
the Czech Republic, Marin Cil-
ic of Croatia and Nicolas Kiefer
of Germany all advanced to the
second round of the Paris Mas-
ters in straight sets Monday.
Berdych, the 2005 winner,
eased past Robby Ginepri of
the United States 6-4, 7-5, Cilic
downed Andreas Seppi of Italy
7-6 (5), 6-2, and Kiefer beat big-
serving Ivo Karlovic of Croatia
6-4, 7-5.
"He broke me twice, then he
got a bit tired when he was serv-
ing for the set and I took advan-
tage of that," Cilic said.
Seppi was broken twice in
each set, while Cilic tightened
up his game and did not face
another break in the second set.
Kiefer's consistent serving
kept him in charge of the match
at Bercy indoor arena. Kiefer
won 97 percent of first-serve
points despite only four aces
compared to 12 for Karlovic -,
and did not face a break point.
Sam Querrey of the United
States advanced to a second-
round match against fourth-
seeded Andy Murray. The big-
serving Querrey had secured a
break in the third set and was
leading 7-5, 6-7 (5), 3-2 when
Marcos Baghdatis retired.
Baghdatis, a Paris semifinalist
last year, quit after calling a
trainer to massage his lower
back. He had also pulled out


TOMAS BERDYCH. of Czech Republic,
plays a return to Robby Ginepri. of the
US, during their match yesterday at
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during the second set against
Karlovic at Metz on Sept. 30.
"I felt a sharp pain and 1 did-
n't want to take any risks,"
Baghdatis said. "I felt that if I
continued, I would have had
problems afterward. So I pre-
ferred to stop."
The three remaining spots for
the season-ending Masters Cup


will be decided this week, with
Andy Roddick, Juan Martin del
Potro and Gilles Simon each
looking to gain enough points to
hold their ranking in the top
eight and reach Shanghai.
Later Monday, three-time
champion Marat Safin played
Juan Monaco, Mario Ancic
faced Rainer Schuettler, and


Paul-Henri Mathieu played Igor
Andreev.
Roger Federer, who won the
Swiss Indoors at Basel for the
third straight year on Sunday,
confirmed Monday to tourna-
ment organizers that he will
play at Bercy despite feeling
tired after beating David Nal-
bandian for his 57th career title.


* By The Associated
Press
Cleveland at Boston (8
p.m. EDT). The Celtics
open their title defense
against LeBron James and
the Cavaliers.
STARTS
The Los Angeles Lakers
will open at home Tuesday
night against Portland. Kobe
Bryant played nearly 8 min-
utes Friday night in the Lak-
ers' preseason finale against
Oklahoma City after miss-
ing a game because ol a knee
injury.
STATS
New Orleans (7-0) was the
lone undefeated team in
exhibition play. Denver was
second at 6-1, followed by
Boston, Detroit and Min-
nesota at 6-2. Charlotte was
0-8.

STATUS
Golden State coach Don
Nelson said he's on the
verge of agreeing to a+two-
year contract extension
through 2010-11.
The 68-year-old Nelson
told reporters Saturday that
the deal is financially similar
to his current contract, which
ends this season. Such a deal
would be worth about $12
million.Miami waived cen-
ter David Padgett and guard
Jason Richards on Sunday
to get down to the 15-man
roster limit.


Two-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer retires


SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -
Two-time Olympic gold medal
winning swimmer Grant Hack-
ett has retired after almost a
decade of dominance at 1,500
meters..
"I have been doing this for a
long time and just make the
most of every opportunity,"
Hackett said at the Swimming


Australia awards dinner Mon-
day. "Now it is all just a memo-
ry for me."
Hackett, 28, retires with the
1,500-meter record of 14 min-
utes, 34.56 seconds he set at the
2001 world championships in
Japan. He also holds the world
record in the 800 and held the
world mark for the 200 freestyle


in 1999, until it was topped by
fellow Australian Ian Thorpe.
Hackett just missed out on a
third straight Olympic 1,500-
meter freestyle title in Beijing.
He won four world titles from
1998 and two Olympic golds in
the 1,500 before being beaten
by Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia
in August in Beijing.


Hackett won Olympic gold in
the 1,500 at Sydney and Athens
and another in 2000 when he
swam a heat of the Australian
4x200 freestyle relay. He also
won 10 gold medals at the world
championships.
He said competing in the Syd-
ney Games and being part of
the successful Australian team


had been his career highlights.
"Going to the Olympic
Games and having the oppor-
tunities to compete in front of a
home crowd in Sydney and
being part of such a wonderful
team and continuing to be a
part of a wonderful team in Bei-
jing this year have been the
highlights," he said.


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Respected leaders

Bulls spotlight shines-on ai to make Knicks


respectable


* By ANDREW SELIGMAN
AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) They all want
an up-close look, a chance to see one of
their own live his dream, so Derrick
Rose figures the guest list will be long.
About 20 friends and relatives most
nights. "You just have to call me early
to get the tickets," Rose said.
Chicago Bulls fans might have a
tougher time finding tickets, too. Not
only did their team land the No. .1 draft
pick, it went with the point guard from
the Englewood neighbourhood on the
city's South Side.
His,task?
Help re-energize a franchise that
crashed into the lottery last season and
wiped out the good feelings that three
straight playoff appearances created.
Otherwise, not much is expected of
the 20-year-old.
OK, so the expectations are high
enough to block a Michael Jordan
dunk.
A year ago, Rose led Memphis to
the NCAA championship game in his
'one college season. Now, he'll try to
lead the Bulls back into contention in
the Eastern Conference, even though
new coach Vinny Del Negro insisted he
won't be rushed.
"Derrick is unique with his athleti-
cism and things he can do," he said.
"As he becomes more comfortable,
we'll give him more information and
more terminology and more sets. But
sometimes with young kids young
point guards, especially -just get out
of their way."
Last season, the Bulls tripped over
themselves.
They were a mess from the start and
never regrouped, their hopes to con-
tend for a conference championship
bouncing away like a loose ball.
From 49 wins in 2006-07 to 49 losses,
it was a stunning fall for a franchise
that finally seemed to be over the
hangover that followed the
Jordan/Scottie Pippen era. They swept
Miami in the first round of the playoffs
two years ago for their first series win
since the 1998 championship.
And then?
The Kobe Bryant trade rumours and
Luol Deng's and Ben Gordon's deci-
sions to turn down multiyear contract
extensions set the tone, and unlike pre-
vious seasons, Chicago couldn't recov-


hometown guard Rose


er from a bad start.
Players clashed with each other and
the coaches. Scott Skiles got fired on
December 24, a rather cold Christmas
present, but the problems continued.
Interim coach Jim Bovlan fared no
better and there was more drama after
his dismissal.
High-profile courtships with Mike
D'Antoni and former Bulls coach
Doug Collins went nowhere, before
the Bulls lured Del Negro out of
Phoenix's front office even though he
has no coaching experience.
Time will tell if the fit is right. To
many fans, though. the coaching search
turned into a public relations mess.
There was one stroke of good for-
tune, though. The Bulls hit the lottery
jackpot despite 1.7 per cent odds, and
they went with 4he hometown prod-
uct over Kansas State forward Michael
Beasley.
The early indications are good.
Rose averaged 13.9 points and five
assists in the preseason, scoring 301 in a
win over Dallas. He was so good in
that game that Del Negro stopped call-
ing plays and put his point guard in


control.
"He's going to make guys better,"
Deng said.
While they drafted Rose and hired a
new coach, the Bulls really didn't
address their need for inside scoring
or clear out their jammed backcourt.
Unless Joakim Noah or Tyrus
Thomas unveil some new post moves,
the Bulls' lone threat on the blocks is
veteran forward Drew Gooden, who
averaged 12 points last season.
As for the backcourt, it was already
crowded before Rose arrived. Now,
it's bursting, with Kirk Hinrich playing
off the ball more and Gordon back
after accepting the Bulls' one-year ten-
der offer as a restricted free agent.
Thabo Sefolosha is in the mix along
with Larry Hughes, who is expected
to miss the first two to four weeks with
a dislocated right shoulder.
The Bulls did lock in their best play-
er, signing Deng to a six-year contract
over the summer, and drafted the point
guard thev believe has the potential
to be a star.
Rose went against stars such as Chris
Paul and Jason Kidd in Las Vegas over


the summer as a member of the USA
Basketball Select Team, helping the
national team prepare for its gold-
medal run at the Olympics.
"It's given me so much confidence
knowing that I played with them on a
level," Rose said. "I know that I played
against the best."
Now the face of the franchise, the
rookie has to know when to defer and
when to assert himself. No problem,
he said. He's aggressive, yet, "I think
about my vets." They're supportive
and that is helping him adjust.
The stakes are high.
His hometown could become his
town, period, if he succeeds. During
pregame introductions, Rose chose to
have the public address announcer
introduce him as from Chicago not
Memphis, not Simeon Career Acade-
my (his high school).'
Chicago.
He belongs to the city now, but if
he's feeling any added pressure. Rose
won't acknowledge it. "I think I've
been playing here my whole life." he
said.
Only now. he's on a bigger stage.


Jazz looking to




claim best in West


* By DOUG ALDEN
AP Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz
hoped that having nearly every player return
from last season would help take them from the
middle of the playoffs to the end.
The Jazz will still have everybody back, but not
right away.
Utah will open the season, without starting
point guard Deron Williams, who sprained his
ankle in the preseason and is expected to miss at
least the first two games. It may end up being
more because thie Jazz will not rush the return of
Williams, who has made Utah a contender'again
in the Western Conference.
Without Williams, just reaching the playoffs
would be an achievement for the Jazz.
"We can't do anything about it, other than
hope he gets healthy as soon as possible," said
Jerry Sloan, who is in his 21st season coaching the
Jazz. "Our job still remains the same regardless of
who's here."
Sloan probably would say something similar if.
he still had John Stockton and Karl Malone play-
ing for him. But what he doesn't like to say pub-
licly is this may be the deepest team he has had
since the retired superstars were in their prime in
the late 1990s.
.The Jazz won 54 games last season and a sec-
ond straight division title. Making the playoffs
was an accomplishment two years ago, but this
season the Jazz have their sites on the finals -
and not just the conference finals.
"We're going to come out here, try to dominate
and try to get a championship," said forward
Carlos Boozer, who won an Olympic gold medal
with Williams on the U.S. national team in
August. "Whoever we have to go through, we go
through them."
The Jazz couldn't get past the Los Angeles
Lakers in the second round of the playoffs last
spring. Two years ago, it was the San Antonio
Spurs knocking out Utah in the Western Con-
ference Finals. The Jazz have had very little
turnover from the last two seasons and think
they have the experience they need to beat the
rest of the West.
"Our goal is to play in the NBA finals. I think
everybody understands that," forward Andrei
Kirilenko said.
All five starters are back, although Kirilenko
has taken a new role coming off the bench during
the preseason as Matt Harpring recovers from an
infection that put him in the hospital this summer.
Sloan replaced Kirilenko with swingman C.J.
Miles, who has had a limited role since he went
straight from high school to the Jazz three years
ago. The Jazz had to match an offer sheet from
Oklahoma City in order to keep Miles this sum-
mer.
Miles was also part of the preseason point
guard injury rotation, a role that got bigger when


UTAH JAZZ, guard Ronnie Brewer (9) dunks against
Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (88) in the
third quarter of a preseason game in Salt Lake City.

(AP Photo: Douglas C Pizac)

Williams rolled his ankle in an exhibition game
Oct. 18 at Chicago. It was a frightening for the
Jazz to see Williams, who averaged 19 points
and 10.5 assists last season, carried off the court.
"My first thought was I was going to miss the
whole season," Williams said. "I was happy when
the X-rays were negative."
Williams was diagnosed last Monday with a
second-degree sprain that would keep him out "a
*minimum" of two weeks. Until then, one-time
undrafted free agent Ronnie Price and veteran
Brevin Knight, who was traded to Utah over the
summer, will be the point guards.
Harpring has been working to get back in
shape since a strep infection from surgery on his
ankle and once lie's back the Jazz will be well-
stocked at forward, especially if switching Miles
for Kirilenko sticks.
Sloan has liked having the one-time All-Star as
his sixth man. "I hope Ihat works out. Andrei has
played awfully well coming off the bench," Sloan
said. "I think he's made those guys a little more
comfortable playing the game."
The Jazz arc so deep they have little room for
second-year shooting guard Morris Almond, who
averaged 25.6 points for the Utah Flash in (he
Devclopmentl League lisl season. First-round
draft pick Kosta Koulos, a center who played
just one year of college, is likely to spend much of
his rookie season in Ihc l)-Leaguc.
Although the .iJzz are young, Ihis may be the
team's best chance to make a run al a title. Boo,-
er, Okur and fo iwaird Kyle Korver, who helped
turn around Uitah from a .500 team to a division
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* By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) Mike D'An-
toni opened his first training camp in
New York with a video to remind his
players what it means to be a Knick.
Well, what it used to mean, anyway.
The selfless play of Red Holzman's
championship teams or the grittiness of
Patrick Ewing's clubs is long gone,
replaced mostly by bad attitudes, bad
behaviour, and really, really bad play.
Things seem headed for a change.
New York isn't ready to become a
winning team yet. But with D'Antoni
in place as coach and Donnie Walsh as
team president, the Knicks have taken
the first step in becoming respectable
again.
I" think everybody should come to
the Garden,' and it is a journey and
we're not even halfway down the road,
but let's all take the first step together
and let's do it," D'Antoni said. "We're
going to play as hard as we can play
and understand every night we're going
to try to win, and i would love to have
everybody get behind us."
New Yorkers had a hard time doing
that in recent years. The Knicks have
had seven straight losing seasons, a
streak that figures to reach a franchise
record-tying eight in a row since they
return essentially the same team that
went 23-59 in 2007-08, matching the
club record for losses.
Worse, they became an embarrass-
ment off the court and ended up in
it. Last season opened with former
coach and president Isiah Thomas,
along with Madison Square Garden,
being found to have sexually harassed
a former team employee. Players feud-
ed with Thomas, who late in the season
just stopped holding formal practices
- probably so he wouldn't have to
face the media and discuss his job sta-
tus.
"Nothing could have survived that,"
said Boston coach Doc Rivers, a friend
of Thonfias. "That was tough for the
coach, it was tough for the organiza-
tion, it was tough for the players. It
was just so much negativity. Just every-
thing was negative.
"Hell, nobody could perform under
that circumstance and that's been
removed. They're happy, they're play-
ing together and obviously I know they
haven't played a game yet, but you can
just see that. And it'd be good for the
league obviously if that continues."


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I...OCAL NEWS


FROM page one


and offended by this continued biased and
tendentious campaign. My views in oppo-
sition to this campaign were never fully
aired by the perpetrators of the stories
appearing in the press. Someone in offi-
cialdom is seeking to poison the well of
public opinion, preliminary to using the
courts and the police for some malicious,
political objective," he said.
However, another source commented:
"The PLP needs to remember that it was
the PLP who called for this investigation in
the first place. Neville Wisdom called for it
more than two years ago. So how can we
say now that it's an FNM propaganda cam-
paign?"
While former Prime Minister Perry
Christie did speak out on the issue recent-
ly at a stalwart council breakfast, a second
source questioned the force of the PLP
leader's comments.
"Did he go hard enough? Was he too
soft? Maybe. But worst yet, can you even
remember what he said," the source said.
In fact, another source said the MP, who
is expected to be questioned again this
week, has yet to satisfy members of his
own party as to where he obtained such
substantial wealth while in office as a min-
ister of the government.


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Recently the MP updated Mr Christie
on his alleged involvement in the con-
struction scam during a private meeting in
the Opposition committee room at the
House of Assembly.
The private, unscheduled meeting
occurred shortly before noon and lasted
for less than an hour as the MP sought to
assure the party leader that that the grow-
ing scandal will not hurt the party's chances
heading into the 2012 general election.
During the meeting, the MP continued to
assert his innocence, assuring Mr Christie
that officers from the Special Investigat-
ing Branch were conducting their investi-
gation based only on "assumptions".
In fact, according to sources, at one point
the MP told the party leader that the basis
of the police's investigation stems from a
recent housing development that he and a
local developer were involved in.
"They think me and (name omitted) in
cahoots," the'MP said.
When reportedly pressed further to
explain his involvement in the housing
development, the MP said no money had
changed hands.
In fact, he said he had used his father's
collateral, along with the developer's, to
buy the property.


"So we didn't have to come up with a
dollar. Only for legal fees," ,lith MP said.
The MP in question is being quizzed by
police about his alleged involvement in a
construction scam involving some 20 mat-
ters amounting to tens of millions of dol-
lars.
One of the first matters he was asked
about involves the alleged embezzlement of
funds from the National Emergency Man-
agement Agency, where construction mate-
rials were paid for, but never arrived at
their designated islands.
This first matter reportedly involves a
$5 million contract awarded to a well-
known PLP supporter in the construction
field who has also been questioned by
police.
A second matter involves another multi-
million dollar contract awarded to another
well-known PLP heavy equipment opera-
tor. This time, the scam involved a con-
tract awarded to clear two government sub-
divisions valued at over $7 million.
Not only was the contract already inflat-
ed, the developer in question allegedly sold
the fill from the land back to government at
$1 million per sub-division equating to
over $9 million amassed on this single con-
tract.


FROM page one Vicum's mtler


how they are handling the sit-
uation. People are saying that
the police know who shot him
and are covering it up," Mrs
Bannister said.
She said she has been
receiving very little feedback
from police about the status
of the investigation and,
despite her persistent
inquiries, has only been get-
ting the runaround. .
According to Mrs Bannis-
ter, after her son's death she
learned that he had been get-
ting death threats via text mes-
sage.
Mrs Bannister told The Tri-
bune that she believed that
her son was killed because of a
quarrel over a young woman.
"They told me that they
questioned the boy and he
said he was only joking," Mrs
Bannister told The Tribune.
Mrs Bannister said she has
attempted to retrieve her son's
cellular phone from police
with the intention of conduct-
ing her own investigation but
to no avail. Mrs Bannister also
claimed that her son's car was
vandalised on the CDU com-
pound.
"They take out the speak-


ers, amps, CD player and he
wasn't even in the grave yet,"
Mrs Bannister said.
"Someone needs to come
forward apd talk. Too much
young people going down for
nothing. My boy had so much
potential. He was going off to
college in January. He was
into track and football. He
had so much potential and
someone came and took his
life just like that over a
woman," she said.
Head of the Central Detec-
tive Unit Glenn Miller told
The Tribune that the probe
into Finley's murder is not
closed and that the matter is
still being 'actively investigat-
ed.'
Mr Miller said he had had a
briefing with homicide inves-
tigators on the case just yes-
terday.
According to Mr Miller,
investigators had met with the
family and exchanged tele-
phone numbers in order to
keep in contact.
"There is some informa-
tion we can't bring to their
attention at this time," Mr
Miller said.


Fuel prices are


expected to make


significant drop

FROM page one based on their newest deliv-
O pa ery.
has only experienced a 50 cent "The invoiced price of the
decrease over two weeks. newest delivery is then sub-
He said Bahamians should mitted to Consumer Affairs
become more conscious of the who review the application
volatility of the oil market. based on the expected run out
Many Bahamians who date, then the department
watch prices at the pump fall would approve or deny the
in the US look to local sta- price request or make adjust-
tions for an almost immediate ments to the date and then it is
decrease as well. gazetted in the newspapers at
However, prices in the the approved rate."
Bahamas are regulated differ- In order to keep gas stations
ently than places like the US, honest, Mr Neymour said
because of various factors, Consumer Ali..; on the
including shipping and taxes, street to assure that the price
according to Mr Neymour. change has been implement-
"The price is set based upon ed. If the change has not been
the invoice price that the fuel adhered to, the dealers can be
was purchased at," she said. prosecuted.A t N
"When the major oil suppli- He said though the formula
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acquired at a certain price, pany, initial invoice prices can :
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Hotel workers stage a

demonstration in Freeport
FROM page one .
However, workers were upset that they would not be receiv-
ing cash, and that cheques would not be made out to them.
A number of union members assembled at the union's head-
quarters on West Mall Drive arouthd 9am to express disap-
pointment about the situation and disbursement of funds.
Union president Roy Colebrook could not be reached for
comment up to press time.
When The Tribune tried to contact Lionel Morley, second
.vice-president,. for comment he never returned our call.







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THE TRIBUNE


I. __. Customs, Immigration officers receive


SA' Y security training for air and seaports

--_______-.V~t *. M -- I| -- *'I


OFFICERS from the Bahamas Customs and ,i,,,iin iiii. Departments participated in an Inter-American
Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) training course in Customs and Immigration Security from Octo-
ber 19 to October 24 at the Bahamas Customs Department. The participants are pictured in uniforms fol-
lowing closing ceremonies last Friday in front of the headquarters of Bahamas Customs, Thompson
Boulevard. Also pictured seated from left to right in the front row are Earl Seymour, Assistant Comptrol-
ler of Customs; William Nottage, Assistant Director of Immigration; Anthony Adderley, Acting Comptrol-
ler of Customs; C' rinelit Brown, CICTE liaison officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Sheridon Hill,
Caribbean Affairs Programme Manager for CICTE; Cornor Mulvey, facilitator for Cotecna. Standing in the
second row from left are Juliet "\/l.ii-PhFillip, OAS representative, Bahamas Office; Charles Dodge and
William Salter, facilitator (second and lini from the right).


* By Kathryn Campbell
Bahamas Information
Services

A GROUP of 25 officers of the
Bahamas Customs and Immigra-
tion Departments graduated from
an' Inter-American Committee
against Terrorism (CICTE) spon-
sored Customs and Immigration
Security Training Programme last
week.
The five-day training pro-
gramme. designed to enhance
customs and security at air and
seaports, culminated in closing
sessions held at the Bahamas ('us-
toms Department. Thompson
Boulevard. In addition to practi-
cal exercises, the participants cov-
ered topics including interview
and observation techniquesC.
examination of luggage, threat
assessments and insights against
terrorism.
In brief remarks, assistant
director of Immigration William
Nottage admonished the partici-
pants saying, "I hope that my offi-
cers understood the importance
of that vessel search. In this world
today where trafficking in human
cargo happens to be a high crime


item, (you must) understand what
they do and understand what it is
we do and the need to go through
searches like that. .
"We are not only looking for
people, documents are (also) very
important to us. So every nook
and little cranny that they can
find to use to hide. they will be
there. You need to know where
and take it and practice it," he
said.
Chanelle Brown. CICTE liai-
son officer in the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs, thanked the Organ-
isation of the American States
(OAS) and the CICTE for organ-
ising the sessions.
She said through the years the
Bahamas has been a beneficiary
of thlie many opportunities for
training, exchange of ideas and
sharing of best practices that
CICTE has offered throughout
the member states.
Juliet Mallet-Phillip. represen-
tative for the OAS in the
Bahamas, said the relationship
between the Bahamas and the
OAS is now in its 26th year, and
the partnership has been a
"good" one since CICTE's incep-
tion in 1999.


"The archipelagic nature of the
Bahamas, as well a its geograph-
ic location, add to the complexity
of the problem of border security.
Our own Caribbean nature of
warmly embracing visitors to our
shores makes us appear to be
potential soft targets. I commend
you on your efforts to-date and
congratulate you on being the
first line of your country's
defense, the first screening
process," said Ms Mallet-Phillip.
"Participants, the OAS seeks
to provide you with the tools to
hone your skills, but it is you who
have the responsibility for con-
tinuously implementing those
skills with professionalism and
thoroughness," she said.
Anthony Adderley, Acting
Comptroller of Customs, also
gave brief remarks. Other senior
government officials in atten-
dance were Earl Seymour, Assis-
tant Comptroller of Customs and
Ronald Saunders, Superintendent
of Customs.
The participants were present-
ed with certificates by Charles
Dodge, William Salter and Con-
vey Mulvey, facilitators and rep-
resentatives of Cotecna.


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$175m murder plot

target: scam claim

'totally untrue'

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas resident targeted in an alleged kidnap and
murder-for-hire plot yesterday told Tribune Business that he
was "totally mortified" at untrue allegations that he was
involved in an $175 million investment "scam", and was
"amazed" that the purported plotters had targeted him.
Richard Devries, a Canadian attorney and businessman
living in Freeport, said the whole episode "reads like a 'B'
grade movie, and I can't believe they targeted me when I
simply acted as the attorney to William Lenz between 1999-
2001".,
Explaining his perspective on the background to a case
that has seen two Canadians, Nicholas Djokich and Eginardo
Deangelis, charged with allegedly hired someone who turned
out to be an undercover US immigration agent for $40,000
to kidnap and kill him, Mr Devries said he had practiced law
in Calgary since 1978 and moved to the Bahamas in 2002.
He explained that he had acted as an attorney for Mr Lenz
and the latter's Koan Investment Corporation between 199-
2001, and "I was only their lawyer".
Mr Devries said his role, acting in a trust capacity, was to
receive funds on behalf of Mr Lenz and Koan. These were then
distributed from his escrow account to bank accounts owned
by Mr Lenz and Koan as per their instructions.
Maintaining that he was never responsible for.managing or
investing the funds received, Mr Devries said he was con-
tacted by Mr Djokich one of the accused in March 2007,
claiming that he had been defrauded and felt Mr Lenz was
responsible.
As a result, Mr Devries provided copies of all his trust
ledger accounts from the
relevant time to Mr Djo- SEE PLOT, 2B



Court rejects law firm's

appeal over $107k claim


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Court of Appeal has
rejected "an exercise in seman-
tics" employed by a Bahamian
law firm in its unsuccessful
attempt to overturn a ruling that
it pay damages and costs to the
Government over a $107,000
claim resulting from the 2001
arrest and detention of a ship
in Freeport.
Appeal Justice Emanuel
Osadebay, in his September 25,
2008, written ruling rejected the
appeal brought by attorneys
representing Bain, Gomez &
Co against a verdict by Supreme
Court Justice John Lyons, who
found that the undertaking giv-
en by the law firm to the Admi-
ralty Marshall was "binding" on
it.
In his judgment, Justice
Osadebay said the case
stemmed from a May 10, 2001,
Supreme Court action brought
by a Florida-incorporated com-
pany, Maritime Commodities,
which was represented by Bain,
Gomez & Co.
Maritime Commodities had
launched legal proceedings
against an entity called Cam-
bridge Ltd, owner of a boat
called the Reine, in a bid to
recover some $90,000 it had
allegedly loaned to the compa-
ny.
To advance this action, Mar-


time Commodities applied for
an arrest warrant for the Reine,
which was lying in Freeport
Harbour, Grand Bahama. The
Request To Arrest Warrant was
sent to the Admiralty Marshall,
Captain Anthony Allens, the
Port Department head, on May
16, 2001.
The document was cited as
being critical tp the case's out-
come by the Court of Appeal,
as it "contained an undertaking
indemnifying the Admiralty
Marshall in respect of all
charges and expenses that may
be incurred by him in the arrest
of the motor vessel".
That undertaking was signed
by Bain, Gomez & Co in its
capacity as attorney for Mar-
itime Commodities. A May 16,
2001, ruling by Justice Anita
Allen gave leave for the service
of the arrest warrant on the
Reine, which was effected by
the Admiralty Marshall, "rely-
ing on the undertaking given by
the" law firm as its client was
resident outside the Bahamas.
The Admiralty Marshall
appointed United Shipping,
now part of Jackson Ritchie's
Global United business, to act
as his agent in providing goods
and services to the Reine during
its arrest.
It was held under arrest until
September 26, 2001, when it
SEE LAW, page 5B


Shippers see 15-18 Long Island
llP e SO see118resort project
'not in doubt'


pe cent contain Tribune Business Editor
A fully-approved Long Island
resort project is now targeting
l N e mid-2009 as the "best estimate"
vo ue e Ifor when it will break ground,
with the developers yesterday
saying that the global financial
crisis's impact on the develop-
ment was "minimal by compar-
ison with the devastation being
caused to other projects".
N By CARA BRENNEN- months. major increase. an Moorcroft, one of tlhe
BETHEL "Generally, there has begn a "It really will depend on principals behind the Port St
Tribune Business decrease. I have just returned tourism and whether we get the George and Caribbean Heights
Reporter from a shipping conference in numbers in, but the hotels are projects, said in a series of e-
Trinidad and we are seeing that reporting a lot of vacancies, so mailed replied to Tribune Busi-
ahamas-based ship- this down trend is something we can only hope," Mr Vichev ness's questions that because
that is happening all over the said. the development had to date
ping companies yes- that is happening all over the said.been financed from tljeir own
terday reported at Caribbean," he explained. Another shipping official, reenface "wre eo been
least a 15-18 per Mr Vichev said the real lit- who preferred not to be named, resources, we have not been
cent drop in shipping container mus test should come in the agreed that container business affected at all by the situation"
volumes coming into this next few weeks, which is the has seen a dramatic decrease, in the global credit/debt mar-
nation, as business and residen- time when Bahamian merchants although he said he could not kets other than a delay to the
tial customers scale back on will be shipping in their Christ- give a definite percentage. project's actual construction
bulk purchasing in the current mas inventory during a period I think that how our busi- While the finrt.al Master Plan-
economic environment, that typically is very bus for ness does will really depend on Whie he final Master Port St
Victor Vichev, the owner's the shipping industry. what happens in America and ning session for the Port St
representative for Seaboard "I don't know if or by how how long they stay in this reces- put back ommuntil the 2009 first
Marine (Bahamas), said ship- much the Christmas volume will sion, because of how much we put back until the 2009 first
ping companies have also been increase, but we are hopeful," rely on America," he said. quarter, the absence of any debt
affected by the economic down- Mr Vichev said. The shipper said he doubts financingto date meant the
turn, with his company in par- However, he added that that the Christmas season will developers were under no pres-
ticular seeing container based upon the indications they be busy. "I really do not think sure from any financial institu-
throughpout numbers fall con- are receiving from various sec- tion.
sistently over the past six tors, it is unlikely there will be a SEE SHIPPING, 2B SEE RESORT, 2B


Ex-finance minister at odds on EPA 'tax' impact


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
STHE gconomnic
Partnership
(EPA) "excludes"
information shar-
ing arrangements
with the Euro-
pean Union (EU),
a former finance
minister told Tribune Business
yesterday, disagreeing with his
successor over the notion that
the trade treaty could force the
Bahamas into Tax Information
Exchange Agreements (TIEAs)
with EU states.
Sir William Allen, finance
minister under the second
Ingraham administration, said


Sir William says trade deal 'excludes' information
sharing requirements, with Europe looking at
'other avenues' to pressure for TIEA


Article 104 in the EPA agree-
ment provided "the prudent
carve out" that would protect
the Bahamas and other CARl-
FORUM nations from any EU
pressures to force them into
information exchange arrange-
ments.
The Article's wording, he
added, said that "nothing in this
arrangement should be con-
strued as requiring" either EU
or CARIFORUM states "to
disclose the information and
affairs of their customers", or
proprietary information held by


their governments, to other par-
ties.
"This seems to me to exclude
this [tax and other forms of
information exchange] as a con-
dition under the EPA." Sir
William told Tribune Business.
"It's the prudent carve out."
His comments largely dis-
agree with the thoughts of his
effective successor, former min-
ister of state for finance James
Smith, who last week told Tri-
bune Business that the EU


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$175m murder plot target:



scam claim 'totally untrue'


PLOT, from 1B
kich, "to show him I simply
received the money and was just
the lawyer".
"Djokich came to the conclu-
sion that because 1 had moved
to the Bahamas, I had taken the
money. I just acted as the
lawyer," Mr Devries told Tri-
bune Business.
"I only handled, through my
trust account, a couple of mil-
lion dollars. 1 have no idea
where this $175 million is com-
ing from."
Mr Devries said he stopped
working with Mr Lenz after
2001, and speculated that the
Bahamian attorney also alleged-
ly targeted in the plot may have
taken over the role he was pre-


viously performing.
The Freeport resident added
that since the two Canadians
were arrested and the court case
became public news, he had
been told by police to remain
vigilant.
He first became aware of the
matter, Mr Devries said, when
Bahamian police contacted him
in August 2008 and he was
"informed someone was trying
to kill me. 1 said to them that I
have no idea why someone
would want to kill me".
Mr Devries said he suspected
Bahamian police officers acted
afterjbeing contacted by the
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) agents pur-
suing the case. As no details


were provided, he added that
he believed the police authori-
ties wanted to ensure he took
the necessary precautions while
the case was investigated.
Mr Devries added that the
affair had been traumatic and
"extremely disturbing" for his
family, especially when the read
the allegations of impropriety.
"The allegations of swindling
are totally untrue. I was totally
mortified by the allegations.
They're so untrue and hurtful,"
Mr Devries said.
"I love the Bahamas and it's a
wonderful place to live, but I
don't want people to think I'm
swindling when I'm not. I
moved here on a semi-retire-
ment basis, and think I'm a


respected member of the
Freeport community. These
allegations are totally destruc-
tive."
"Totally relieved" that the
alleged plot had been stopped
in its tracks, Mr Devries said
that when he had been contact-
ed by the lead plotter last year,
he had told Mr Djokich he was
happy to co-operate with him
in tracking his investment.
Having obtained authorisa-
tion from Mr Lenz to release
the relevant records, he said he
had urged Mr Djokich to get
the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police (RCMP) involved to
investigate the fraud allegations
and find out where his money
had gone.


The alleged plot to kidnap
and kill Mr Devries started in
Montreal, included multiple
meetings in Boston and an
August 11, 2008, meeting at a
Starbucks in Williston where
the ICE agent was given a
$10,000 cash down payment, it
was alleged.
The last meeting was on
October 15, 2008, at a restau-
rant at Logan Airport in
Boston, where Djokich alleged-
ly met with the undercover
agent to finalise the details of
the killing, which was to take
place in Florida.
The agent allegedly askeu
Djokich, the only suspect pre-
sent, to Jarify that he wanted
the target killed.


Long Island resort project 'not in doubt'


RESORT, from 1B
In addition, they had "cash
resources on deposit sufficient"
to continue developing Port St
George, which is projected to
create more than 300 perma-
nent jobs when fully built and
operational, plus employ 875
workers at the construction
peak.
Meanwhile, Mr Moorcroft
confirmed that talks with the
likely joint venture partner, the
investment arm of the BDO
Stoy Hayward accounting firm,
remained "on course".
He said yesterday: "The pro-
posed partners are BDO Stoy
Hayward Investment Manage-
ment Ltd of London. The pur-
pose of the joint venture is to
allow BDO to bring the
required finance to the project."
An October 22, 2008, letter
from BDO Stoy Hayward
Investment Management to Mr
Moorcroft and his partners said:
"We have been working on this
project with you now for over a


year, and we remain as com-
mitted to its success as we were
at the start.
"Tremendous progress has
been made, which will ulti-
mately make for a more suc-
cessful project to the benefit of
all concerned."
Letter
The letter added that while
the current financial system and
stock market chaos "will
inevitably cause some delay" to
Port St George and Caribbean
Heights' progress, the long-term
future for both was "not in
doubt".
"In fact, there may be a posi-
tive affect because previously
busy designers, architects, con-
sultants etc. are now actively
looking for work," Mr Moor-
croft added yesterday.
The developers are project-
ing that their Founders Pro-
gramme, which will allow
prospective purchasers to buy
real estate at Port St George


during a 60-day window, will
begin in the 2009 third quarter.
"We are projecting 380 or so
sales as a result of the Founders
Programme," Mr Moorcroft
said, although sales would not
begin until full subdivision
approval was received and a
performance bond for the infra-
structure build-out was lodged.
Negotiations are also under-
way with potential brand/man-
agement partners for the 11
hectare, 200-room hotel at Port
St George. The proposed yacht
club iand golf club -and-country
house, according to the latest
Master Plan, will also provide
12 rooms each at the develop-
ment, which will be constructed
on land adjacent to the existing
Stella Maris resort.
Overall, Port St George is
projected to consist of 224 hotel
rooms, 1,217 resort residential
units and 640 marina and boat
slips. Other facilities include a
beach club, tennis centre, nurs-
ery, golf course, marina, lakes,


fuel and ships stores, and a har-
bour master's office, complete
with Customs and Immigration
posts.
Sector
When asked when construc-
tion would begin, Mr Moorcroft
replied: "It depends how long it
takes to get some normality
back to the financial sector, but
mid 2009 is our best estimate.
"The Caribbean Heights pro-
ject has always been dependent
upon the Port St George project
and this was stated in the appli-
cation to Government. Full
approval has also been received
for Caribbean Heights and it is
still intended to proceed with
that project."
Caribbean Heights, which is
separate from Port St George, is
a 188-unit condo hotel and spa
that will be located on an 18.8
acre site in Phase III, section
two of the Stella Maris subdivi-
sion.


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008, PAGE 3B


Businesses Canadian power giant


ipnand gn


'think out


of the box'

By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
THERE ,
are still .
tremendous
opportunities
for Bahamian
entrepreneurs i .i
to benefit !
from the i
tourism indus-
try,aslongas
they are will-
ing to think
creatively and outside the box.
Speaking to the third annual
Exuma Business Outlook con-
ference, Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president Dionisio
D'Aguilar said too many
Bahamians are content to be
wage earners, which has result-
ed in ever-increasing foreign
ownership of the economy and
100 new work permits submit-
ted to the Departments of
Labour and Immigration each
week.
He added that one of the
biggest challenges facing
Bahamian business today was
the lack of good senior and mid-
dle management.
However, Mr D'Aguilar
pointed out that while many
persons may decide to start
their own businesses, often a
weak product, lack of creativity
and sheer slackness makes it
doomed to failure.
Mr D' Aguilar said he used
his experience to provide
encouragement to those per-
sons interested in starting their
own business, telling them it
was extremely important to
focus on the details and to be
patient.
He pointed out that the first
$100,000 made in business was
often the hardest to'earn. The
Chamber president said that
accounting and being able to
understand financial was essen-
tial to being a business owner.
Other advice, Mr D'Aguilar,
said was to repay off debts as
soon as possible, which will
ensure that more credit can be
obtained in the event that you
wish to expand the company.
He added that allowing cus-
tomers to have direct access to
you allows you to learn much
more about your company than
what your employees may tell
you. He also encouraged per-
sons interested in starting, a
business to get someone to
mentor them, be aggressive and
refuse to be deterred.


takes over ICDU Board


THREE senior executives
from Canadian power supplier
Emera have been named to
ICD Utilities Board of Direc-
tors following the company's
acquisition of the 50 per cent
stake held by Lady Henrietta
St George.
Chris Huskilson, Emera's
president and chief executive;
Nancy Tower, its chief finan-
cial officer; and Wayne Craw-
ley, vice-president, corporate
strategy and development, have
been appointed with Mr
Huskilson named as chairman.
Brenford Christie, a partner
with McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, Emera's Bahamas
attorney, has also been appoint-
ed to the ICD Board as its cor-
porate secretary.
Sir Albert Miller has resigned
as ICD Utilities chairman, but


remains a member of the
Board, as does Excell 0. Fer-
rell, III, Grand Bahama Power
Company's chief executive.
Lady Henrietta St. George,
Ian Barry, Dr Pamela Etuk and
Christopher Cafferata have
resigned as members of the
Board of Directors, while Carey
G. Leonard and Charisse A.
Brown have resigned as secre-
tary and assistant secretary
respectively.
"Emera is pleased with this
investment in the Caribbean
market and we look forward to
working with the new Board of
Directors of ICD," said Mr
Huskilson.
Emera acquired, in Septem-
ber 2008, a 25 per cent stake in
Grand Bahama Power Compa-
ny through its acquisition of 50
per cent of ICD Utilities.


Lady Henrietta sold her 50
per cent stake in ICD Utilities,
the BISX-listed holding vehi-
cle for a 50 per cent stake in
Grand Bahama Power Compa-
ny, to the Canadian electricity
supplier for $41 million.
The transaction with Emeira
priced Lady Henrietta's stake
at $8.20 per share, a price that
was a generous 47.2 per cent
premium to the $5.57 closing
price, for ICD Utilities shares
in Monday, September 15,2008.
Through its investment in
ICD Utilities; Emera will elect
three members to the seven-
seat Grand Bahama Power
Company Board of Directors.
Its electricity generation and
supply expertise, coupled with
its capital and deep pockets,
mean that Emera will likely
have much to bring to the table


in enhancing Grand Bahama
Power Company's operations,
service and balance sheet.
Yet its 50 per cent ICD Util-
ities stake will only translate
into a 25 per cent Grand
Bahama Power Company
stake, leaving Emera as a
minority investor. It will be
interesting to see how it works
with majority shareholder
Marubeni Caribbean Power
Holdings, which owns 55.4 per
cent.
Through its two subsidiaries,.
Nova Scotia Power and Ban-
gor Hydro-Electric Power,
Emera supplies power to some
600,000 customers in Canada.
Nova Scotia Power supplies 97
per cent of that region's power,
serving 478,000 customers
through $3 billion in assets and
1,700 employees.


Bangor Hydro-Electric Pow-
er, meanwhile, serves 116,000
customers in Maine. Emera also
has a 19 per cent stake in LUC-
ELEC, the electricity utility that
serves some 50,000 customers
on St Lucia.
The Grand Bahama Power
Company serves 19,000 cus-
tomers, and has one generation
facility with 137 MW of
installed oil-fired capacity. The
Grand Bahama Port Authority
Limited regulates the utility and
has granted GBPC a licensed,
regulated and exclusive fran-
chise to produce, transmit and
distribute electricity on the
Island until 2054. There is a fuel
pass through mechanism and
flexible tariff adjustment poli-
cies to ensure that costs are
recovered and a reasonable
return is earned.


To dept~is inM iiv al5227


BAHAMAS DEVELOPMENT BANK
Cable Beach, West Bay Street,
P.O.Box N-3034
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel:(242) 327-5780/327-5793.6
Fax:(242) 327-5047, 327-1258
www.bahamasdevelopmentbank.com


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHE)-
Tribune Business
Reporter
AS the Bahamas continues
to expand, greater thought
needs to be given to the impact
these changes will mean to the
environment,
Rochelle Newbold, the envi-
ronmental project manager for
Albany House, told persons
attending the third annual Exu-
ma Business Outlook confer-
ence last week that there needs
to be a greater carrying capaci-
ty for resort development in the
future.
Ms Newbold said greater
attention needs to be paid to
details such as water capacity
land energy consumption, as
well as the amount of waste
that these new developments
will generate.
Pointing to the island of Exu-


ma, she noted that the landfill
was almost at capacity and no
proper sewerage system was in
place.
"What does this mean if you
have the sewerage flowing and
contaminating the ground
water tables'?
"While all these things are
an issue, we want to encourage
and promote eco-tourism," Ms
Newbold said.
She added that the Govern-
ment and developers alike
needed to have environmental
protection at the forefront of
their concerns, and listen to
what the environment was
telling them.
Also addressing the confer-
ence was Eric Carey, executive
director of the Bahamas
National Trust, who encour-
aged preservation. He spoke of
the challenges facing the Exu-
ma community and the Black
Point Community over the


national park there.
Mr Carey said that he under-
stands their concerns, because
the park was created around
their homes and livelihoods,
without any provision for an
alternative plan to provide
them with an alternative
income source.


The general public is Invited to attend Bahamas Development Bank's sale of repossessed
assets.
ASSETS


Electron EaIument
* (1) Compaq Presario Computer Tower
* (1) Canon Canoscan N640D EX Scanner
* (1) Whirl Microwave
S Tec Cash Register
S (1) Epson Stylus Pro 9600 Print Engine
* (1) HP DeskJet 656c Printer (Desktop)
* (1) Monitor
* (1) 1520 Epson Stylus Color Printer
* (1) Keyboard t Mouse
* (1) Brothers Printer
(1) Samsung Digital Camcorder
* (1) Dell Scanner t Printer
Machinery
(1) Chrome Juice Filler
* (1) Multi Fruit ]Jucer
* (1) Chrome Mixer
(1) Dell Showcase
S (1) Four urner Stove
S (1) )anome Monogram/Embroidery Sewing Machine
(I) Singer Quantum XL 150 Sewing Machine with Srgerg
* (1) Singer Sewing Machine
* (1) Quilting Sewitg Machine

* (13) White B1-Fold Chairs
S (1) 12 gal Electric Water.Heater
* (2) Breakfast Nooks
* Towel Warmer
* Sterilizer
* (3) Maroon Banquet Chairs
S (1) Tec Cash Register
* Cooking Utensils Pots, Pans a Plates
* Fan Exhaust


Location:


Directions:



Date & Time:


(1) Wood Table (Round)
(5) Bi-Fold Tables (Rectangle)
(1) Marble Table (Rectangle)

(1I) Two Door Chest Freezer
(1) Stinge Door Chest Freezer
(1) Double Door Refigerator
(1) Single Door Cooler
$*aty Salon im e"t
(4) Shampoo Bowls
(l) Nall Table with (2) Cabinets
(3) Nail Tables
(8) Nail Stools
(2) Facial Beds (White)
(7) Facial Machine'
(5) Hair Dryers
(1) Pedicure Set
(5) Hydraulic Styilng Chairs
(4) Shampoo Chairs
Aero "gvi Esquwww"
(2) Tech Work Benches
(1) Alternator Test Bench
(1) Pant Booth
(1) RIvet Machine
(1) 6" Storage Cabinet
(1) 4" Tool Cabinet
Brake Washer
Sand Blaster
Vari-Drtve


Inland Steel, Sumner Street off Solider Rd.
Nassau, Bahamas

Exit Abundant Life Road turn right onto Sollder Road then the first
left onto Sumner Street tenth two storey white 8& blue building on
the left

10:00a.m. 4:00p.m. Saturday November 1, 2008


All assets are sold as Is where Is for cash, cashier's cheque. No purchases)
will be released until paid In full.

For additional Information telephone 327-5780, the Bahamas Development Bank reserves the right to
reflect any or all offers.


Environmental




concerns over.




expansion of




the Bahamas


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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) is pleased
to invite Tenders for the purchase of miscellaneous obsolete items
including Cables & Accessories, Communication Devices, Fiber
Accessories, General Hardware, Payphone & Accessories, Phones
& Accessories, Power Equipment, Stationary, System Cards and
Tools.


Interested companies/firms may collect a Tender Specification
from the Security's Desk located in the Administrative building on
John F. Kennedy Drive, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00
p.m. Monday through Friday.


The deadline for submission of tenders is Friday, November 7, 2008.
Tenders should be sealed and marked "TENDER FOR THE PURCHASE
OF MISCELLANEOUS OBSOLETE ITEMS" and should be delivered to
the attention of the "Mr. Kirk Griffin, Acting President & CEO."


BTC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY OR ALL TENDERS.

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PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008


THE TRIBUNE


BFSB honours award winners


TIIE Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB)
unveiled winners in five categories when it held its
eighth annual Industry Excellence Awards Banquet at
the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort over the weekend.
The winners were:
executive of the Year: Sharon Brown, managing
director for the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos
Islands, FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas)

Professional of the Year: Jacqueline N. Hunt, money
laundering reporting officer/head of compliance, Pictet
Bank and Trust

Achiever of the Year Marietta Ametia Russell, com-
puter operator-data centre, Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
nationial

Development & Promotion Award: First Response
- a Bahamas First customer service initiative

FSI Student of the Year: Sanchina Kemp, BBA -
Accounting (Distinction)

The BFSB also presented a Lifetime Achievement
Award to Ruth R. Millar for outstanding, sustained
contribution to the growth and development of the
financial services industry.
'The BFSB's treasurer, Michele Thompson of Ernst &
Young, said: "By giving such recognition to these indi-
viduals and companies this evening, we reaffirm our
identification with the ideals of excellence, achievement
and development."
She added that as globalisation continues to increase
the pressure for uniform legal and regulatory treatment
across national boundaries, it also increases the need for
people power.
Michael Barnett, Attorney General and Minister of
Legal Affairs, also spoke to the importance of quality
service in the financial services sector.


('fl/


K)l~


Michael Barnett (far left), attorney general and minister of
legal affairs, and Wendy Warren, BFSB chief .executive, with
Achiever of the Year Marietta Ametia Russell (centre)
Michael Barnett, attorney
general and minister of legal
'l l affairs, presents First-
2 Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas) managing direc-
tor Sharon Brown (centre),
with her executive of the
iR year award. At right is
Wendy Warren, the BFSB's
1 chief executive and execu-
tive director











Sanchina Kemp (centre right) holds her Student of the Year
award. With her On the right is Central Bank governor Wendy
Craigg


Jacqueline N. Hunt, money laundering reporting officer/head
of compliance, Pictet Bank and Trust, (centre) shows off
her Professional of the Year Award, accompanied by Mr
Barnett and Ms Warren...









Bahamas First executives (centre) are presented with their
Development & Promotion Award for the First Response
initiative. At left is Attorney-General Michael Barnett, and
, on the right is BFSB chief executive Wendy Warren...


Ms Warren, Sir William Allen (centre left) and Mr Barnett pre-
sent a Lifetime Achievement Award to Ruth R. Millar


* By MARTIN
CRUTSINGE
AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP)
- The world's leading
industrial countries are
worried about the recent
sharp rise in the value of
the Japanese currency.
The financial ministers
and central bank presidents
of the Group of Seven
major industrial countries
issued a joint statement late
Sunday in which they
expressed their concern
about the recent excessive
volatility of the yen.
The yen rose to a 13-year
high against the dollar trad-
ing on Friday, raising con-
cerns in Japan that it could
harm its exports of cars and
other products because
they will now cost more in
US markets.


Legal Notice

NOTICE



PIKY HOLDINGS LIMITED
In Voluntary Liquidation



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2(K), PIKY HOLDINGS LIMITED is in dissolu-
tion as of October 24, 2008.


International- Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the
Liquidator.



LIQUIDATOR





Legal Notice

NOTICE



THE DATONG COMPANY LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company.is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 24th day ofOctober 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


EPA, from 1B

could use the EPA obtain tax on the grounds that it had given MFN." frankly. They're looking at oth-
information "through the back- preferential treatment to a third Mr Smith said it was "only a er avenues to do that.
door" via the agreement's Most party, namely the US, while question of time" before the "There is no question that
Favoured Nation (MFN) pro- ignoring its MFN partner. EU came knocking at the there has been on the drawing
vision. "One of my concerns with the Bahamas' door with a TIEA board for some time sufficient
The Bahamas already has a EPA that was recently signed request. This, he added, was impetus to make that inevitable.
TIEA in place with the US, was that it was going to be the likely to come when this nation This agreement [the EPA] is
allowing Washington to request Europeans' way of getting into and CARICOM agreed an not being used for that pur-
information in specific cases tax information exchange agree- inevitable trade deal with the pose."
on US clients of Bahamas-based ments with the Bahamas US, as the EU would exploit its Emphasising that he was not
institutions for civil and criminal through the backdoor," Mr MFN clause to obtain the same speaking for the Government,
tax matters that law enforce- Smith told Tribune Business. "I preferences. Sir William said all internation-
ment authorities are investigat- would like to see what will hap- _-a al financial 6entres would have
ing. To date, the Bahamas has pen when the Europeans look Europeans to work out formalised infor-
resisted signing similar TIEAs at the TIEA between the mation sharing mechanisms for
with European nations. Bahamas and the US, and insist "The Europeans. will say: dealing -with criminal matters
.Act the Bahamas and CARI- on the MFN clause. They will 'Now you have an agreement and requests for assistance.
COM have no formalised bilat- say: 'You ought not to offer with the'US, we want the same And, ultimately, Sir William
eral trade deals in place with them anything you do not offer thing.' We let the cat out of the said the Bahamas was likely to
the US and, as a result, Mr to us'. bag with that one," Mr Smith have to sign more TIEAs, as he
Smith said the EU.cpulq,use its "We have an exchange, agree- said. ,, .-expressed concern that Europe
status as their MEN hraling l. ment with,the US for tax now, : Howbieeibbth SiiF:William',' and Others would exploit the
plirth r tits'iddliii'ige. ........ atiu ft will bb-'dffibtilt t 6idnter+'"'"ad MY'Smitaro'eth,'agreement current globalrfinancial crisis to
The EU could dema'id that the same argument from the on the fact that pressure for the revive initiatives such as the
the Bahamas bow to its tax Europeans. Europe will get Bahamas to sign further TIEAs OECD's'harmfultaxpractices'
information exchange demands what the US gets because of the will not go away, and only effort and EU Savings Tax
intensify, disagreeing only on Directive.
the methods European nations "I think the pressure is
will use to achieve their aims. already out there, and I believe
Legal Notice "Do not look to the EPA for the EU as well as other states
NOTICE the pressure to execute some may use this financial crisis, if
form of information exchange I'm understanding what I'm
arrangement with Europe and hearing coming out of Brussels
elsewhere," Sir William said and other European countries,"
VESTINA CLAUDETTE CORP. yesterday, adding that he was he added.
not referring specifically to "They are already beginning
(In Voluntary Liquidation) TIEAs. to make the case that offshore
"I don't think that is the sole, centres have played some kind
and I don't think they expect of role or in some way exacer-
to use that as the vehicle, quite bated this financial crisis."


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Legal Notice

NOTICE



WAVEBIRD CAVES INC
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 30th day of July 2008. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)




NOTICE

OF

WINDING UP


BAHAMAS GENERAL COMMUNICATION LIMITED
B/D/A


BGC LIMITED


NOTICE is hereby given that BAHAMAS GENERAL
COMMUNICATION LIMITED, doing business as BGC
LIMITED, a company incorporated under The Companies
Act, has been ordered to wind-up by the Supreme Courtut upon a
Petitioner/Judgment Creditor's Summons filed on hdie 15th, day
of September 2008 and be advised that L. Sydney Sauniiders of
L. S. Saunders & Co, P. 0. Box ('-1313229, Nassau, Bahaunas
has been Liquidator of the Companies.


Notice is hereby given' that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 24th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.







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Treasury begins to deploy


financial rescue


* By MARTIN
CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -
The government will begin dol-
ing out $125 billion to nine
major banks this week as part
of its effort to contain a growing
financial crisis, a top Treasury
official said Monday.
Assistant Treasury Secretary
David Nason said the deals with
the nine banks were signed Sun-
day night and the government
will make the stock purchases
this week. The deals are
designed to bolster the banks'
balance sheets so they will begin
more normal lending.
The action will mark the first
deployment of resources from
the government's $700 billion
financial rescue package passed
by Congress on October 3.


The bailout package has
undergone a major change in
emphasis since it was passed by
Congress. Treasury Secretary
Henry Paulson decided to use
$250 billion of the $700 billion to
make direct purchases of bank
stock, partially nationalizing the
country's banking system, as a
way to get money into the finan-
cial system more quickly.
As the rescue programme
wended its way through Con-
gress, the administration empha-
sized that the money would be
used to purchase bad assets of
banks. That effort has yet to get
started although the adminis-
tration expects to use $100 bil-
lion to purchase bad assets in
coming months.
The deployment of the first
$125 billion-to the major banks
had been delayed while the gov-
ernment and the banks worked


out the details for the purchases.
Nason, a key architect of the
rescue plan, said in an interview
Monday on CNBC that those
agreements had been signed late
Sunday night.
Treasury is also starting to
give approval to major regional
banks with the goal of getting
another $125 billion in stock
purchases made by the end of
this year.
One of those banks, Key-
Corp, said Monday it would
issue stock for a $2.5 billion infu-
sion of capital from the govern-
ment.
Another major bank, PNC
Financial Services Group,
announced on Friday it was
acquiring Natidnal City Corp.
It was the first instance of a
bank using resources it has been
told it will receive from the gov-
ernment's stock purchase pro-


gramme to support an acquisi-
tion of another bank. PNC said
it is in line to get $7.7 billion in
cash from the government by
selling stock and warrants to the
government under the rescue
programme.
Treasury has given the go-
ahead for stronger banks to use
the money it receives in the res-
cue programme to acquire
weaker banks, prompting crit-
ics to say the government should
not be financing the consolida-
tion of the banking system -
in effect helping to choose win-
ners and losers.
Nason, asked about this issue
Monday, said the administra-
tion's major aim is to stabilize
the financial system and that
stronger institutions will be in a
better position to make loans
and support the overall econo-
my.


Nason also confirmed the
Treasury Department is review-
ing a number of requests from a
range of US industries for help
from the bailout programme.
Representatives of insurance
companies, auto companies and
foreign-controlled banks have
all petitioned for help from the
$700 billion fund.
Nason did not indicate when
decisions on those requests
might be made. He said one of
the issues that Treasury had to
consider was that in helping
banks, which are federally reg-
ulated, the Treasury could tap
into the knowledge of federal
regulators in making decisions
on how much money to supply
and to which institutions. That
type of information would not
be available for non-federally
regulated institutions, Nason
said.


LAW, from 1B


was released after-Maritime
Commodities failed to comply
with a September 5,2001, order
that it lodge a bond as a securi-
ty to cover costs.
In the meantime, though,
United Shipping had provided
$62,823 in supplies to the Reine
and began legal proceedings of
its own to recover costs from
the Attorney General, Admi-
ralty Marshall and Bain, Gomez
& Co.
And, in turn, the two govern-
ment entities "seeking to be
indemnified by [Bain, Gomez
& Co] against these claims in
accordance with their under-
taking given in the Request to
Execute Warrant", began their
own court action against the law
firm, "claiming an amount in
excess of $106,823 being fees
and cost of services, which the
[Admiralty Marshall] now owes
to various persons and compa-
nies for services and supplies to
the Reine during the period of
its arrest". That sum included
the more than $62,000 claimed
by United Shipping. .
While Bain, Gomez & Co


denied the allegations, the facts
were not disputed at trial. The
actions brought by United Ship-
ping and the Government enti-
ties were condensed into one
by Justice Lyons, who found for
both of them.
Lincoln Bethel, acting for
Bain, Gomez & Co, appealed
Justice Lyons' decision on four
grounds. He alleged that the
judge had been wrong to rule
.that the undertaking in the
arrest request "was the person-
al undertaking of Bain, Gomez
& Co", and argued that the UK
practice where the solicitor or
attorney is "personally liable"
was not the practice in the
Bahamas.
In addition, Mr Bethel
alleged that the finances raised
from the Reine's sale by the
Admiralty Marshall should have
been used to offset some of the
expenses incurred, reducing the
amount demanded from his
clients.
"The appellants contend that
...no undertaking was given by
Them to .be personally responsi-
ble for the charges and expens-
I


es to be incurred by the Admi-
ralty Marshall in the arrest of
the motor vessel Reine," Jus-
tice Osadebay found.
"The appellants submit that
the words expressed in the
Request to Execute Arrest
Warrant do not represent a per-
sonal undertaking given to the
Admiralty Marshall by Bain,
Gomez & Co.
"The appellants contend that
in this jurisdiction, the under-
taking given to the Admiralty
Marshall is not necessarily per-
sonal to the attorney unless the
attorney specifically gives a per-
sonal undertaking.
"They argue that, on the oth-
er hand, if the Request to Exe-
cute Warrant should be con-
strued as containing an under-
taking given by the appellants,
then it was an undertaking giv-
en by the appellants 'for and on
behalf of' their client, Marine
Commodities, who may be held
liable to the Admiralty Mar-
shall."
However, attorneys for the
Government entities said that
given that the Admiralty Mar-


shall relied on the undertaking
given by Bain, Gomez & Co, it
was natural for him to look to
the law firm to cover all fees
and expenses incurred a prac-
tice in accordance with
Supreme Court Rules.
Justice Osadebay said the
Government attorney "submits
that the undertaking given by
the attorney, in this case by
Bain, Gomez & Co to the
Admiralty Marshall is given by
the attorney acting in his pro-
fessional capacity as an officer
of the court, and not as an agent
on behalf of his client.......
"The [Admiralty Marshall]
would not accept an undertak-
ing from Maritime Commodi-
ties, a company not incorporat-
ed in the Bahamas and not
proven to have any business or
assets in the Bahamas with
which to satisfy any liability."
Justice Osadebay said there
was no dispute that British
Admiralty practice has long
been followed in the Bahamas,
adding that Bain, Gomez &
Co's attorney was suggesting
that the undertaking given was


"not necessarily personal" to
the firm, unless it specifically
gave a "personal undertaking".
With the Appeal Court "not
dealing with an exercise in
semantics", Justice Osadebay
said the wording of the under-
taking given was "a clear indi-
cation that the undertaking is
given by the person or persons
who executed or signed it, in
this case the appellants, and is
therefore binding on them even
though at the bottom the words
'attorneys for the plaintiff'
appear".
As a result, the court found it
was a personal undertaking
binding on Bain, Gomez & Co
to pay the fees and expenses
incurred by the Admiralty Mar-
shall.
As for the issue of deducting
the proceeds of the Reine's sale
from the Admiralty Marshall's
total expenses, the judgment
noted that after the boat/was
arrested, the attorney repre-
senting its employees, Peter
Maynard & Co, entered "a
caveat" with respect to their
wages.


Under a court order, the
Reine was sold on May 31,
2002, for $25,000 despite being
appraised at $60,000 and the
proceeds used to cover part of
the Admiralty Marshall's costs.
The case will now go back to
the Supreme Court for a ruling
on the amount of damages and
costs to be paid.









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Survey: Gas

prices fall

nearly 53

cents in

two weeks

CAMARILLO, Califor-
nia (AP) A national sur-
vey shows gas prices dontin-
ue to decline, tumbling
nearly 53 cents a gallon in
the last two weeks.
The average price of a
gallon of regular gasoline at
self-serve stations was $2:78
Friday. Mid-grade was at
$2.93 and premium was at
$3.05.
That's according to the
Lundberg Survey of 5,000
gas stations nationwide,
released Sunday.
Gas was cheapest in
Wichita, Kan., at $2.26 for a
gallon of regular. It was
most expensive in Anchor-
age, Alaska, at $3.50.


Public Utilities Commission




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 OIblic Consultation 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 comments and submissions from members of the
public, licenced service providers and other interested parties on its consultation
document on Dispute Resolution Procedures. After the public consultation closes,
the PUC will issue a Statement of Results on the public consultation.

Persons may obtain copies of the public consultation document either in:

(1) In printed booklet from the PUC Office, Agape House, Fourth Terrace East,
off Collins Avenue, Centreville, Nassau; or

(2) By downloading it from the PUC Website at www.pucbahamas.gov.bs.

Persons may send their written submissions or comments on the public consultation
document to the PUC either:

(a) By hand, to the PUC Office, Agape House, Fourth Terrace Eist, off Collins
Avenue, Centreville, Nassau; or

(b) By mail, to the Executive Director, Public Utilities Commission, P.O. Box;
N-4860, Nassau, Bahamas; or

(c) By fax,.to (242) 323-7288; or

(d) By e-mail, to info@pucbahamas.gov.bs

The deadline for receiving submissions and comments is 5:00 PM on 28th November,
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.
Fax: (242) 323-7288

E-mail: info@pucbahamas.gov.bs


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

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Kakuro Puzzle
S 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
8 may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.


Yesterday's
Sudoku Answer


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Yesterday's
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8 18 92 9 82
93 389 794

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Across
1 Raced round one circuit
and made a hit (7)
5 Cook beats a mixture (5)
8 Confirm when definite (9)
9 A politician concerned in
current affairs (3)
10 Capricious youngsters (4)
12 Whip it's possibly used
in hunting (8)
14 A way to achieve new
spirit (6)
15 Misers may become care
less (6)
17 A hot line for the weather-
man? (8)
1-8 Fabulous relation (4)
21 The Roman I found among
the Goths (3)
22 Salesman, flier and main-
tenance-worker (9)
24 It may be drawn or sucked
up (5)
25 Precious possession one
is not bound to have (7)


Down
1 A taste of punishment (5)
2 Piece of linear
curvature (3).
3 Left harbour (4)
4 Ted has arranged
departures (6)
5 They're instrumental in
achieving group
harmony (8)
6 The property of the firm (9)
7 Not slow to voice an
opinion (7)
11 Nqt to pay a cheque
results in shame (9)
13 Recall having a tie (8)
14 Motoring clubs? (7)
16 Support the Spanish
cast (6)
19 A Haydn composition
made available (5)
20 Member of a body (4)
23 Injure, breaking an arm (3)


Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution


Across: 1 Ornament, 5 Golf, 9 Yarns,
10 Tension, 11 Supernatural, 13
Hyenas, 14 Durban, 17 Installation, 20
Minimum, 21 Ovate, 22 Nice, 23
Mirtsters.
Down: 1 Onyx, 2 Nurture, 3 Master-
at-arms, 4 Noting, 6 Osier, 7 Fondling,
8 Instructions, 12 Chairman, 15
Brocade, 16 Alumni, 18 Sonic, 19 *
Pews.


Across: 1 Outsmart, 5 Drab, 9 Chill,
10 Feature, 11 Vicissitudes, 13
Cellar, 14 Acumen, 17 Back and
forth, 20 Advance, 21 Piste, 22 Dull,
23 Strident.
Down: 1 Once, 2 Trivial, 3
Mulligatawny, 4 Refuse, 6 Round, 7
Blessing, 8 Fait accompli, 12
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10 Frustrate (4)
12 Pertinacious (8).
14 Say again (6)
15 Military
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17 Likely to happen (8)
18 Widely held but false
idea (4)
21 Choose (3)
22 Central American
country (9)
24 Crisply brief (5)
25 Terrestrial (7)


Down
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2 Behave (3)
3 A bunched cluster (4)
4 Cunning (6)
5 Social butterfly (8)
6 Permission (9)
7 Power (7)
11 Ally (9)
13 Loud, aggressive
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14 Emotional bond (7)
16 Satisfy (6)
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by Steve Becker


Bidding Quiz


You are South, both sides vulner-
able. The bidding has been:
North East South West
I Pass 1 4. Pass
3 NT Pass .?
What would you now bid with
each of the following lour hands?
1. 4 KQ764 V A8 A3 4 9872
2. 4 KQJ94 V J873 AJ4 46 6
3. 4 KJ83 T 9 K62 4 98653
4. 4 KQ962 V AQ 1054 J3 4 9

1. Six notrump. Partner's three-
notnimp bid indicates a balanced
hand of about 20 points since your
one-spade bid did not guarantee
more than six points. Partner is- thus
expressing a willingness to play in
game opposite even that meager
holding.
With 13 points facing 20, a slam
must be undertaken; nothing less is
acceptable. A bid such as lourr spades
or Ibur itotrump rutns the risk of part-
ner's misinterpreting your intentions
and so missing the slam. Never make
a bid that partner may pass when you
already know a slam cain be made
and you are reasonably sure you
know where to play it.
2. Four diamonds. Again you.
must have a slam, biu this time you
can't tell where the best place to play
it is. The proper contract may be inll
spades, diamonds or notruinip. Part-


ner will have to help you in making
this decision. The four-diamond bid
(forcing, since you have not yet
reached game) is designed to do.i just
that. Whichever denomnlination parl-
nor selects should settle the issue,
and you \\ ill then raise to six at your
next lurn.
3. Pass. The three-notrump con-
tract has to be accepted, though some
concern over the singleton heart is
justified. IHowever, any liurther bid
made in an ellort to get out of
notrump may lead to a less satisfact-
tory contract.
The combined hands contain about
27 points, which should bhe sIllientil
to produce nine tricks at notriump one
way or another.
4. Six hearts. Although tie part-
nership high-card holding may bhe a
point short of the desired 33, your
distribution and abundance of first-
and secolnd-roliund controls is su-ll-
cient to merit contracting for slant.
A bid o'f Ibour hearts would' not
relfect the true potential o' the hand.
Four hearts is not forcing and could
easily be based on liur less in high
cards.
Partner can pass six hearts il'hli has
better support Ior that suit, or lie can
retreat to six spades il'he prelers that
spot. In the unlikely\ hent c that he
bids six notrimip, you "lill o1f course
pass.


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INTRNAIOALBSN S


September new home sales rise by '2.7%


* By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) Sales of
new homes recorded an unexpected
increase in September as median home
prices dropped to the lowest level in
four years, the Commerce Department
reported Monday.
Sales of new single-family homes
rose by 2.7 per cent last month to a
seasonally adjusted annual rate of
464,000 homes, Commerce said. Econ-
omists had expected sales would drop
from the August level.
The median price of a new home
sold in September declined by 9.1 per
cent from a year ago to $218,400, th'e
lowest price level since September
2004, a period when home prices were
rising rapidly as the country experi-
enced a f;ve-year housing boom.
The surprising increase in Septem-
ber sales still left them 33.1 percent
below the level of a year ago as the
country is battered by the worst slump
in housing in decades.
The report on a rise in new home
sales followed news last week that
sales of existing homes rose in Sep-
tember by 5.5 per cent, the largest
monthly gain in more than five years.
Analysts are not convinced that the
sales increases are signaling a bottom
for the housing market. They note that


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A SIGN is posted outside an unsold new home in a subdivision northwest of downtown Albuquerque, N.M.


the September gains came before the
latest upheavals in financial markets
which have raised new worries about


the overall state of the economy.
Many analysts believe the country
has already entered a recession. They


are forecasting significant increases in
job losses which will make it even.
harder to mount a sustained rebound


ill hoi isi ii.
Ne inIh(InI ;'!c'; clI by 21.4 per cent
in Ile Norhe'ast and were down 5.8
per cent in llih Midwest. However,
sales rose by a sharp 22.7 per cent in
lhe West, a region of the country
which has seen some of the biggest
declines in prices, a development
which has spurred sales. Sales were
up 0.7 per cent in the South.
The rise it, sales le't a total of
394.000 tinsold new homes on the mar-
ket at the end of September, down a
record 25 '1 pei cent I MIll tlil number
of unsold homes on Ihc market at the
ind ol Sc|) ilmber 20tl 7.
* Builds hlive been sliarply cutting
);back om pi 1mlductimli, ring to get
ilIveniO ie s mole in fil with sales.
Fveii with lie latest dop in lotal
unsold Iei'w Ii iie';, tlhe inventory rep-
Iesciis a 10.l muoniis supply at the
Seplteliel sale'; pace, still a histori-
aIlly lij i IC '',l
S l'he ive ii ioiv fl unsold existing
lioims is also remainiing near historic
highs as Ihat mnrkelt is being increased
by a i iiid wa',: 'f home foreclo-
vili Cs.
l'le .7 p l n ci list in sales for Sep-
tenl new hiomni sales followed a big
12.(6 pci ce'nt dlimo in Angust, which
was icvised sharply lower from the
govi'liir ,ni'' initial eslimate. Sales in
luiv hiul is.n Iby 3.0i |,er c.nt.


l'igjd [markets recover miluch of]te~ irI FaI~ I'D [IsN


* By CARLO PIOVANO
AP Business Writer

LONDON (AP) US and
European stock markets recov-
ered much of their early losses,
helped by investors looking for
bargains after sharp drops in
Asia overnight, although the
mood in financial markets
remains dark on fears of a glob-
al recession.
The Dow Jones industrial
average was down just 7.65
points, or 0.1 per cent lower, at
8371.30 in early New York trad-
ing. They were almost one per
cent -lower on the open.
US stocks were supported by
bargain hunting as well as a rare
piece of good news from eco-
nomic data. The Commerce
Department said sales of new


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single-family homes rose-2.7 per
cent in September, far better
than economists' expectations
for a drop.
"Good news is pretty thin on
the ground these days, so the
latest figures on new home sales
in September should be cher-
ished," said Paul Ashworth at
Capital Economics.
European shares were still in
the red, but retraced the major-
ity of the losses they suffered
on the open, when they fol-
lowed Asian markets lower.
Britain's FTSE 100 index was
0.2 per cent lower at 3875 after
having been down 4.9 per cent
in the morning. Germany's
DAX, which was likewise down
almost five per cent earlier,
recovered to trade only 0.5 per
cent lower at 4276. This was


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helped by an 80 per cent rise in
the share price of Volkswagen
AG following news that
Porsche AG wants to increase
its stake in the car manufactur-
er.
The CAC 40 in France fared
worse, falling 2.1 per cent at
3126 after being almost seven
per cent lower. Renault SA and
Peugeot SA fared worst there
after they said they are expect-
ing to be hit hard by an eco-
nomic downturn.
The early losses were driven
by an overnight slump in Asian
markets. The Nikkei index in
Japan closed down 6.4 per cent
to 7,162.90 the lowest since
October 1982 as the finan-
cial crisis raised recession fears
and drove up the yen, piling the
pressure on the country's


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Despite the recovery in late
European trading, the mood in
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plagued by uncertainty over the
scale, length and impact of a
global economic downturn.
"The duration of the world
recession will be as damaging
to world markets as its depth. In
the industrialized world, it is
likely to diag on well into 2009,"
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This prospect has caused
investors to flee what they con-
sider riskier investments, such
as emerging economies in Latin
America, Asia and eastern
Europe. The International
Monetary Fund said Sunday it
had reached a tentative agree-
ment to provide Ukraine with
$16.5 billion in loans and
announced that emergency


assistance for Hungary had
cleared a key hurdle.
Sharp movements in invest
ment capital has had the efft'ct
of causing enormous swings in
currency markets, mainly boost-
ing safe-haven currencies like
the dollar and the Japanese \en.
This, has prompted the
world's seven leading industrial
nations to issue a statement
Sunday warning about the
"recent excessive volatility' in
the value of the Japanese cur-
rency, which is rising against lhe
US dollar towards, the 00 \,n,
level and near 13-year highs
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markets closely, and'cooptuift'J
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di\ mieeinct iat ends Wednes-
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also indicted a late cut was
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* By LISA LAWLOR

HE Cancer Society of the Bahamas and
the Susan G Komen for the Cure's Cir-
cle of Promise, a US-based initiative that
raises money for breast cancer research, will
be holding a special weekend of activities,
including the "Stride for Life Walk" on Satur-
day, November 8 at 6am, as part of its cele-
bration of survivors, researchers. The week-
end will also honour the lives of those who
were not lucky enough to beat the disease.


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ARTHRITIS, which has
Been clinically described as -
conditions that result in loss or
destruction of the cartilage lining
the ends of the bones that make
up a joint affects an astonish-
ing number of people. In fact,
the assumption is that about 50
per cent of persons aged 65 or
older suffer from it, along with
wa significant portion of younger
*,people.
If you have arthritis, read on
:to find out more about a few
of the common foot pains asso-
ciated with it, and how
footwear can not only help you
feel better but also allow for
better mobility.

In brief, arthritis is divided
into two main categories,


Katrina McGhee, %ice presi-
dent of marketing at Komen tor
the Cure, told Tribune Health
that Komen's collaboration %with
the Cancer Society of the
Bahamas is largely due to the
efforts of Stephanie Siegel. wife
of US Ambassador to the
Bahamas Ned Siegel, %who want-
ed to make sure Bahamian
women benefit from the same
research initiatives as Ameri-
can women do.
"This weekend long event is
about educating women around
the world, and getting a registry
started in the Bahamas to
undoubtedly help all these suf-
fering women," she said.
While in the Bahamas,
Komen for the Cure will be
working towards two goals. Mrs
McGhee explained, early detec-
tion and greater access to med-
ical care. "Early detection can
lead to a greater chance of sur-
vival this number is 98 per cent
if caught in stage one Second.
we'll be publicizing that lack ot
access to medical care is the pri-
mary reason for failure to beat
breast cancer "
Hala Moddelmog, president
and CEO of. Komen for the
Cure, said,that res.earch- has
shown that too many Bahamian
women are dying needlessly
because of lack of education
"By raising awareness and dis-
pelling the stigma associated
with the disease, we hope to
reach women and their families
with messages of early detec-
tion that will sa\e their li es."
It is hoped that the collabo-
ration of these two organisa-
tions the Cancer SocieiN of the
Bahamas and Konten. will lead
to groundbreaking research in
the Bahamas. the construction
of a registry and greater soci-
etal awareness of breast cancer.

Celebrating lives,
raising awareness
Headlining the weekend's
activities is Ms Xernona Clayton
in "An Evening with Xernona"
The one-woman show features
the civil rights icon. television
pioneer and national ambassador
of Circle of Promise at Atlantis
on November 6 at 6pm. Ms Clay -
ton is an award-winning journal-
ist, and she is the founded. presi-
dent and CEO of the Tiumpet
Awards Foundation, and cimeatoi
and executive produce ol the
Trumpet Awards, a pi-estigious,
event highlighting Aflican Amici -
ican accomplishinitnts.
"Ms Clayton as :a great histo-
ry in civil rights deliver ing the
health education message, ind
telling people how to make an
impact in their o wn communi-
tN." Mrs McGhee said.
Perfornung alongside Ms Clay-
ton is Richard Roiindiee. actio,
and bieast cancer suivi\oi. and
Ambassador Siegel and his wilc.
who is a beast cniicei stiii\i\ oi
and actiist. as \w% ll .as oiliLe l'c.'l
and international ce'chiili-'es
Andrea Aidei 1n. di eL ito o '


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integrated marketing of the
American initiative Susan G
Komen for the Cure said, "We
treasure our relationship with
this inspiring icon of dignity.
achievement and senrice. Ms
Cla% ton's one-woman show will
make \ou laugh and cry as she
talks about her work and friend-
ships with famous history-mak-
ers.
Joining these organizations is
the Ford Motor Company. this
year's sponsor of the Komen
Breast Cancer tent at the walk.
Ford. ,which has donated more
than $i0 nilhon in donations and
in-kind gifts to fund breast cancer
research and education, is in its
14th year as a national series
sponsor of the Susan G Komen
Race bor the Cure, and is com-
mitted to raising awareness about
breast cancer

About Komen
Named the top-rated charity,
raising more than $275 million
in the LIS last year, Komen for
the Cure started in the US as
Nancy Brinker's promise to her
d)ing sister that she would
make sure she found the cure.
It is the largest grassroots net-
nork -oF breast cancer survivors
and activists fighting to save
h~es. empower people, ensure
qualt), care for all and energize
science to find the cures. The
cause has invested more than
$1 2 billion to fulfill Nancy's
promise. becoming the largest
source of nonprofit funds dedi-
cated to the fight against breast
cancer in the world.
The organisation's Circle of
Promise initiate is an unprece-
dented campaign to engage
African American women and
women ot African descent to
help end breast cancer forever.
The campaign educates women
on empowering themselves and
other black women to take
actions that will save lives. The
campaign's goal is to recruit
100,000 ambassadors


For more information on
the weekend of activities,
including, An Evening with
Xernona' and to register for the
race. visit wwv.cancersociety-
bahamas.org or go to the
Cancer Society of the
Bahamas to pick up a registra-
tion form. The walk begins at
the Cancer Society of the
Bahamas office on East Ter-
race. Centreville. The donation
is $15 for adults and $10 for
kids under 13 years old to take
this empowering 5.6 mile walk
through Nassau. Proceeds
from the walk will go toward
cancer research in the
Bahamas For more informa-
tion on Susan G Komen for the
Cure. breast health or breast
cancer, visit i ww.komen.org
or call 1 8-'7.GO KOMEN. To
register to become a Circle of
Promise ambassador visit
Iww circleofpromise.org


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Common foot pain: arthritis


mechanical and inflammatory.
In mechanical arthritis, the
main abnormality is disease of
cartilage which is most often
age-related wearing of the car-
tilage osteoarthritis. Inflam-
matory arthritis is inflamma-
tion of the synovial lining of the
joint rheumatoid arthritis.
Among some of the most
common foot pains related to
arthritis are the following:


Big toe joint pain: Appears
as pain and swelling around the
base of the big toe and can
cause pain with every step.
Rheumatoid arthritis:
Inflammation of the joints that
can affect any joints in the foot.
Stiffness may occur depending
on the degree of inflammation
of the joint. This condition
results in slow, steady destruc-


tion of joint cartilage.
Rheumatoid nodules:
These appear as hard, various
sized bumps on toes, heels or
toe joints that cause discomfort
when pressure is put on them.

Solution
Big toe joint pains can be
addressed with a rocker-sole
shoe to take some of the pres-
sure off the big toe. The right
combination of padding, inserts
and arthritic approved shoes
can help take the pressure off
the nodules, making them less
sensitive.
There are specially designed
socks and stockings to address
cardiovascular problems. Ask
your healthcare professional
about footwear specifically


designed for the arthritic feet.

In summary, arthritis of the
feet can limit mobility which is
key to an improved quality of
life, be it physical, cognitive or
social. This is simply to con-
clude that foot function is
absolutely necessary to
improved mobility. The major-
ity of persons having these con-
ditions do experience losses in
flexibility, strength, skeletal
muscle mass, decreased cardio-
vascular delivery and physical
activity.
If you suffer from any of
these conditions as seen in the
arthritic feet and more so in
older persons, referred to as
'the aging feet', seek the help of
a pedorthist or footwear pro-


fessional to provide the correct
shoe and accessories to assist
with the alleviation of such
pains and discomforts.


Bernadette D Gibson, a
board certified pedorthist, is
the proprietor of Foot Solutions,
a health and wellness franchise
that focuses on foot care and
proper shoe fit, located in the
Sandyport Plaza. Please direct
any questions or comments to
nassau@footsolutions.com or
327-FEET (3338).
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Foot Solutions Incorporated or
any of its subsidiary and/or affil-
iated companies.


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Why

INFLUENZA ("flu") is a
contagious disease.
It is caused by.the influenza
virus, which can be spread by
coughing, sneezing, or nasal
secretions. Other illnesses can
have the same symptoms and
are often mistaken for influen-
za. But only an illness caused
by the influenza virus is really
influenza.
Anyone can get influenza, but
rates of infection are highest
amongst children and the elder-
ly. For most people, symptoms
last only a few days.
It can cause:
fever
sore throat
chills
fatigue
cough
headache
muscle aches

Influenza can also lead to
pneumonia and can be danger-
ous for people with heart or
breathing conditions. It can
cause high fever, diarrhea and
seizures in children.

Inctivated influenza vacdn*
Influenza vaccine can prevent
influenza.
There are two types of
influenza vaccine:
1. Inactivated (killed) vaccine,
or the "flu shot" is given by
injection into the muscle. This is
what we use at Doctors Hospi-
tal.
2. Live, attenuated (weak-
ened) influenza vaccine is
sprayed into the nostrils. This
is not used at Doctors Hospi-
tal.

Influenza viruses are always
changing, because of this,
influenza vaccines are updated
every year, and an annual vac-
cination is recommended.
It takes up to two weeks for
protection to develop after the
shot. Protection lasts up to a
year. Some inactivated influen-
za vaccine contains a preserva-
tive called thimerosal. Some
people have suggested that
thimerosal may be related to
developmental problems in chil-
dren.
In 2004, the Institute of Med-
icine reviewed many studies
looking into this theory and
concluded that there is no evi-
dence of such a relationship.
Thimerosal-free influenza vac-
cine is available.

Can I still get the flu
if I got the flu shot?
Each year scientists try to
match the viruses in the vaccine
to those most likely to cause flu
that year. When there is a close
match the vaccine protects most
people from serious influenza
related illness, but even when
the there is not a close match,
the vaccine provides some pro-


get v

tection. In such cases, persons
may get the flu, but they may
get a much less severe form of
the illness and, most important,
they'll have a decreased risk of
flu-related complications espe-
cially pneumonia, heart attack,
stroke and death. Influenza vac-
cine will not prevent "influenza-
like" illnesses caused by other
viruses.

Who should got the
inetivated influenza
vacdne the "fu shot"?

Anyone who lives with or
cares for people at high risk for
influenza-related complications:
Health care providers

Household contacts and care-
givers of children from birth up
to five years of age
All children six months and
older and all older adults
All children from six
months through 18 years of age
* Anyone 50 years of age or
older
Anyone who is at risk of com-
plications from influenza, or
more likely to require medical
care:
Women who will be preg-
nant during influenza season
Anyone with long-term
health problems with heart dis-
ease, kidney disease, liver dis-
ease, lung disease, metabolic
disease, such as diabetes, asth-
ma, anemia, and other blood
disorders

Anyone with a weakened
immune system due to:
HIV/AIDS or other dis-
eases affecting the immune sys-
tem
long- term treatment with
drugs such as steroids
cancer treatment with x-
rays or drugs

Anyone with certain muscle
or nerve disorders (such as
seizure disorders or cerebral
palsy) that can lead to breathing
or swallowing problems.

Anyone six months through
18 years of age on long-term
aspirin treatment (they could
develop Reye Syndrome if they
got influenza)
Residents of nursing homes
and other chronic-care facilities
Household contacts and
caregivers of:
People 50 years and older or
anyone with medical conditions
that put them at higher risk for
severe complications from
influenza

Health care providers may
also recommend a yearly
influenza vaccination for:
People who provide essen-
tial community services


accinated?


People living in dormito-
ries, correctional facilities, or
under other crowded condi-
tions, to prevent outbreaks.
People at high risk of
influenza complications who
travel to the southern hemi-
sphere between.April and Sep-
tember, or to the tropics or in
organised tourist groups at any
time.
Influenza vaccine is also
recommended for anyone who
wants to reduce the likelihood
of becoming ill with influenza
or spreading influenza to oth-
ers.

When should I
get the flu shot?
Plan to get the influenza vac-
cine in October or November
if you can. But getting vacci-
nated in December or even lat-
er, will still be beneficial in most
years.

Who should not
got a flu shot?
Some people should not get
the inactivated influenza vac-
cine or should wait before get-
ting it.
Tell your doctor if you have
any severe (life-threatening)
allergies. Allergic reactions to
influenza vaccine are rare.
Influenza vaccine virus is
grown in eggs. People with a
severe egg allergy should not
get the vaccine.
A severe allergy to any vac-
cine component is also a rea-
son to not get the vaccine.
If you have had a severe


reaction after a previous dose
of influenza vaccine, please indi-
cate.
Indicate if you ever had
Guillain-Barr6 Syndrome a
severe paralytic illness, also
called GBS. You may be able to
get the vaccine, but your doctor
should help you make the deci-
sion.
People who are moderately
or severely ill should usually
wait until they recover before
getting flu vaccine. If you are
ill, talk to your physician about
whether to reschedule the vac-
cination.

What are the risks
from the inactivated
Influenza vacdno?
A vaccine, like any medicine,
could have side effects, such as
severe allergic reactions. The
risk of a vaccine causing seri-
ous harm or death is extremely
small.
' 'Serious problems from
influenza vaccine are very rare.
The viruses in inactivated
influenza vaccine have been
killed, so you cannot get
influenza from the vaccine.

Mild problems:
'* Soreness, redness, or
swelling where the shot was giv-
en
Fever
Aches
If these problems occur, they
usually begin soon after the shot
and last 1-2 days:.

Severe problems:


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Life-threatening allergic
reactions from vaccines are very
rare. If they do occur, it is usu-
ally within a few minutes to a
few hours after the shot.

Note: If you do have a severe
reaction to the vaccine, please
report it immediately to the
Associate Health Nurse or
Infection Control Coordinator.
Also, ensure that this is docu-
mented via the incident report-
ing system.

Can I dedine the vacdne?
As a health care worker
employed at Doctprs Hospital,
if you choose not to receive the
influenza vaccination, you may
sign a declination which would
be confidential, but will be filed
as part of your health record.

Note: You may be restricted
from work if you do contract
the influenza virus. This can
have the potential for loss of
income, which is dependent
upon the amount of sick days
that are available to you.

How can I learn more?
Visit the CDC's website at
www.cdc.gov/flu

This information was
adapted from the US Depart-
ment of Health and Human
services Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
(http/Avwww.cdc.gov/vac-
cines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-
flu.pdf)


Maternal behaviour of dogs and cats


ALL to often I am asked about the
weird behaviour of pets during and after a
pregnancy. Even though this may sound
sexist, I tell my clients that pregnant cats
and dogs act just like pregnant
women...that is they are erratic, cranky,
indifferent and moody.
The pregnancy in dogs and cats lasts
about 60 to 65 days [approximately nine
weeks]. One should always make a note of
the date when the female was bred.
In most cases, the queen female cat -
prefers to choose her own nesting site and
will ignore one prepared by her owners.
Usually this is a quiet, dark corner of a
closet or under a bed.
During labbur, the queen and bitch is
often restless and may ignore its newborn,
other than licking at the placenta and
breaking the umbilical cord. She may
appear preoccupied as a result of the phys-
ical discomfort of labour. The interval
between birth of each kitten and puppy is
usually about 30 minutes to one hour but
this make take up to two to three hours).

You need to call your
veterinarian if:
the mother cries continually
a pup or kitten seems to be stuck in
the birth canal for longer than 15 to 20
minutes
there is no baby after three hours
the mother's contractions do not pro-
duce a pup or a kitten .

After the litter is delivered,
the mother should be
examined without delay if:
the mother continues to bleed pro-
fusely
seems agitated
pants
vomits
shows muscle tremors
if her offspring cry despite attempts to
nurse or if any of her mammary glands
seem very red and painful to the touch.

Kittens and puppies stimulate milk pro-
duction by pushing their muzzle and feet


into the area surrounding the teat. In fact
this rhythmic kneading of the breast by
the kitten's front paws sometimes contin-
ues in adult cats and is associated with
contentment my cat "Yellow" is very
content because everybody that comes to
my house is greeted with a massage by
her front feet.
Like the queen, the bitch gives little
attention to her litter until the last pup is
born. One must remember that unneces-
sary intrusion by family or friends can
interrupt labour and should be avoided.
For the first several weeks, the bitch
and queen lick the anogenital region of
each pup and kitten to stimulate urina-
tion and defecation. In orphaned pups
and kittens, this must be stimulated by
human caretakers. Ask your veterinarian
about the special needs of orphaned new-
born pets.
The mother normally ingests her new-
born' waste to keep the den clean. Young
pups and juvenile dogs may begin to eat
their feces if fecal matter is not removed
from the area by the owner. This bad habit
is known as copraphagy and can be cor-
rected.

Maternal neglect
Not all females are instinctively good
mothers. You may be required to aid in the
delivery and rearing of the litter.
First time mothers may be overwhelmed
with the experience. A female that seems
indifferent, agitated or confused should be
examined by a veterinarian to eliminate
the possibility of infections or other com-
plications of pregnancy and birth.
Neglectful mothers should be separated
from the litter to prevent malnutrition or


injury of the young. The mother may refuse
food initially, but keep fresh water available
nearby. Do not crowd a pet during labour,
and discourage frequent disturbances by
.visitors. The calm, reassuring presence of a
familiar caretaker may be helpful, but this
is not vital for most pets.
Both the bitch and queen may need more
time to bond to their young if the litter was
done by cesarean section. After this surgery
the mother is separated from her litter until
she has recovered fully from anesthesia.
Occasionally, a mother may purposely
neglect her offspring. Such neglect most
often involves a newborn that is sickly. A
neglected newborn merits veterinary atten-
tion so that it can be treated or humanely
destroyed.

Aggression direded
toward offspring
Aggression toward one litter may be
intentional or unintentional. In the process
of severing the umbilical cord and licking
each newborn dry, some females uninten-
tionally injure the abdominal wall.
Grooming can become so excessive by
an overly anxious mother that the new-
born cannot nurse and may die from lack
of nourishment and loss of body heat.
Some newborns may be accidentally
smothered by their mother.
Cannibalism occurs in both dogs and
cats, but is infrequent. A mother that has
cannibalized her offspring should probably
not be bred again. Male dogs and cats
should be supervised near young offspring.
They do not recognize their own offspring
and do not participate in their care.
Males are threats to the young, and
many females protect their litter against
any perceived threat. Intact male cats, in
particular, may pose real threats. Male
cats commonly kill young kittens.

* DR BASIL SANDS is a veterinarian at
the Central Animal Hospital. Questions
or comments should be directed to pot-
cake59@hotmail.com. Dr Sands can
also be contacted at 325-1288


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v.ant, you will not have any credibility.
THE SPEED OF TRUST
WITH the constant speed of change
and rapidly shifting economic fore-
casts, remaining relevant is essential
to your credibility and viability.
There is no question that the world
is transitioning through a major par-
adigm shift moving from an era
where we wait for change to happen,
towards a new age where we instead
happen to change. The greater power
no doubt lies in finding the willpower
to happen to change and keep your-
self one step ahead of the game.
.' The sad part is that because most
people have out-sourced there per-
'i sonal power,,they are driven towards
{ expecting a 'hand out' rather than
i seeking a 'hand up', essentially keep-
, ing themselves in a state of learned
helplessness. And so any such wave of
change meets them ill-equipped and
unprepared to navigate life's chal-
lefiges. "
Be certain that your ability to
remain relevant in this ever-chang-
ing world is critical. There is a con-
tinuous demand for you to thorough-
ly examine and assess your current
capabilities and overall sense of
preparation.


To survive or thrive?
When it comes to adverse chal-
lenges most people seldom take per-
sonal responsibility, opting instead to
play the blame game. I think the
major hurdle in transitioning through
any adversity is to constantly ques-
tion whether you are trying to just
survive or really thrive.
Mediocrity, left unchallenged,
becomes endemic. We must be dri-
ven to do more become more live
more, seeking to not just increase our
standard of living but to actually
improve our quality of life.
Continuous growth and develop-
ment enables you to adapt and bold-
ly face any kind of downward spiral.
Take a look at businesses while
there are many businesses that con-
tinue to remain creatively competi-
tive, there are many others that fizzle
out, and like dinosaurs, they soon
become extinct.
The bottom line is people want to


do business with individuals, compa-
nies and organizations who can add a
relevant degree of value to their
growth and or profitability. As such,
successful businesses wish to build
and maintain relationships with those,
considered an asset rather than a lia-
bility.
From this angle any major shift,
economically or otherwise, should
challenge us to continue to improve
our ideas and reinvent ourselves. This
means releasing old concepts, doing
away with expired information and
creating new elements of creativity.
This is a tall order that will demand
you become the author of your own
life responsible for your own devel-
opment.
Regardless of what oozes from the
television or radio station this uni-
verse remains flourishing and abun-
dant. In societies near and far there
are thousands of individuals who are
not just surviving, but are consistent-
ly thriving. And there is no reason
why you cannot do the same.

Final thoughts...
Mr David Maister says: Left unat-
tended, knowledge and skills, like
assets, depreciate in value.
The crucial point to note is that
being relevant does not only refer to
changes coming down the media


pipeline, but it also refers to your abil-
ity to recognize those changes that
you may need to make to yourself in
adjusting your habits, behaviour or
attitude.
Here's a thought if you are still
on the same job, in the same position,
making more or less the same salary,
that you made three to five years ago
- you are in the perfect position to
sincerely assess whether or not you
are remaining relevant.
No matter what your job function
may be in this changing environment,
your skills must always be upgraded
and or reinvented in order to be effec-
tive.
Remember unless you remain rel-
evant, you will most assuredly get left
behind. Despite the many challenges
you can always decide to make some-
thing better happen.

For your personal copy of the
booklet: '52 Ways To SkyRocket Your
Success Booklet'- visit www.coach-
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Call: 429-6770
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Youth culture, popular culture



and failing men


* By IAN BETHELL BENNETT

PEOPLE claim that the Bahamas is a
matriarchy and blame women for many
social ills. This is far from the truth.
The Bahamas, like most post-colonial
nation states, is still very much.a patri-
archal society where power rests with
male discourse and male dominance,
even when and where that dominance is
not apparently numerical.
The power, while resting with men,
rests not with all men nor is it distributed
equally. It rests with a particular group of
men and normally excludes the lower-
middle-class and working-class men who
are the more numerate in our society.
The exclusion of the young, lower-class
child from power/success leads to anger
at the system and frustration that
explodes in social chaos,,but it's com-
plicated by images from popular cul-
ture.
Our young men seem to have fallen
into the fragmented identity of the late-
capitalist post-colonial state. What does
this mean vis-a-vis normal social inter-
action? In many ways it means that our
men have become stereotypical charac-
ters from popular culture.
Nowadays we are bombarded by
images beamed at us of hyper-mas-
culinity. Men are gun-toting, gold-wear-
ing, buff-bodied, strong-willed, heavy-
drinking, money-orientated, sharp-dress-
ing, woman-loving, woman-beating
machines that drive around in their
Hummers or Navigators and don't have
to worry about work.,
They are successful at doing nothing
but having millions of dollars to spend
on anything they want. Nowhere is this
more obvious than in the world of enter-
tainment. The message our youngsters
receive is that they don't need to study in
order to be successful. They never see
images of other young men studying.
The other message: it's good to carry
a gun and shoot people, drive fast, bathe
in champagne, have unsafe, indiscrimi-
nate sex, and never once lift a finger to
work. Behaving similarly makes boys
more respected as men; more mascu-
line; more desirable.
The images presented by Usher, Dad-
dy Yankee, Kanye West among others
are never mitigated by their own realities


of having to do life's mundane activi-
ties. The youth are awash in images of
glitz, sex and violence. The result is that
we have fewer boys succeeding in school
than before. They want the good life. 'I
want this life, but don't want to work
like daddy does'.
Parents remain oblivious to popular
culture's impact on their youngsters. To
make matters worse, parents don't have
time to provide children with alterna-
tives or to discuss these images.
Taking five minutes to look at
YouTube reveals
images that rein-
force popular
ideas of living life W ith tt
fast and furiously,
having sex, party- of family
ing like a rock-
star, rapper, R&B increase ir
artist. "Perhaps bein
these:images are i
not riegative: in material
and of themselves,
nor is the behav- Sexual
iour necessarily
always irresponsi- violence(
ble, but when it is
combined with the taking, t
belief that life de
should be easy, WOne
that the world boys do
owes us some-
thing, that educa- to go t(
tion or even read-
ing are unimpor-
tant, and that
YouTube is a part of our youngsters'
daily diet, there begins the slippery slope
into underdevelopment.
The UN Youth Report shows that
such trends are on the rise. There is no
wonder then that young Bahamian men
are failing. The latest report states that
young men find it harder to find jobs
than their female counterparts. Young
men are unemployed, but they are also
unemployable.
With the decay of families and the
increase in masculinity being defined
materially, through sexual prowess, vio-
lence and risk taking, there is no wonder
that our boys do not wint to go to
school. They see no need to read. They
react violently to most situations. While
this may sound like and easily altered


he
es
ni
d
ly,
pf
e


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behavioral problem, it is not.
It will take more than a few words
and cosmetic changes to the social and
educational system to be able to deal
with the huge problems ahead. Prison is
not the answer. They are less governable
upon release than when they were incar-
cerated. We cannot send young men to
prison with hardened criminals and
expect them to emerge as well-adjusted
people.
There are an increasing number of
community-based initiatives to work
with young
men, to pro-
mote social-
decay skills and posi-
tive develop-
s and the ment.Theprob-
lem is, are these
maSCUlinity initiatives
lefined enough?
I e IEducation is
through simply failing
', .o young men.
prowess, Schools become
places of vio-
and risk lence, promo-
tion of the exis-
ere is no tent popular cul-
-tht or ture images and
thatour g a n g -
not want contact/conflict.
The system
SChool. does not work
to identify prob-
lematic patterns
in students


before they explode into full-blown
social dysfunctions. The system reacts
once the problem has exploded. Where
is the positive reinforcement to encour-
age young men? Programmes need to be
developed that will work to change neg-
ative behavioral patterns. Families need
to work together.
We need to reinforce that masculini-
ty is more than the number of children a
teen has produced or how many girls
he has slept with or how many risks he
has taken. It is also more than how
many shootings a boy has to his name.
Sadjy, gang membership is the new way
to define one's belonging to the group,
and so, one's maleness.
Parents, particularly fathers, who are
overwhelmingly absent from their chil-


dren's lives, need to get involved early
and remain actively engaged. As it
stands, the dominant, male figure in
many young boys' lives is the gang
leader. No other male images are pro-
vided beyond the gangster rapper, the
very image that encourages the sex,
drugs and social chaos we now live with.
As long as we continue to celebrate
this type of behaviour, and think that
it's the women's place to raise children
we are going to continue down the road
to social destruction.
As a society we blame the youngsters
for having sex in schools, and for the
incredibly violent crimes we see and
hear about daily. But as they say, you
can lead a horse to water, but you can't
make it drink. We aren't even leading
the horse to water, we're simply letting
the horse find its own water and then,
when the horse kicks us, we get vex and
blame the horse.
Whatever we put into our children is
what we get back. As we continue to
promote illiterate, cocksure, violent men
with no other values, we cannot ask why
our boys failing. Our boys are failing
because they see no other way. To their
mind, they are actually succeeding.
What happens when young men get
angry at society for excluding them?
They may rob, rape, kill. They are then
sent to jail for more negative reinforce-
ment. Alternatively, open conversation,
and active male participation in child
rearing provide excellent ways to defuse
many negative influences.
Men cannot simply opt out of active
.social participation, expect women to
do everything, and then complain about
the country being matriarchal and boys
failing out. But these days, failure is cel-
ebrated more than traditional ideas of
success.

IAN BETHELL BENNETTis an
associate professor at the University
of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. He has
been working on Gender as a part of
his Ph.D. work. He has also complet-
ed a specialisation in International
Trade Policy and International Public
Law. Comments and questions may
be directed to email bethellben-
nett@yahoo.co.uk


- ~4~4ssinWY


Iron Network Gathering and Expo:


"The purpose and power of being woman"


IRON Network, a multifaceted organ-
isation designed to help women discover
their purpose and specific assignment on
the earth, will be hosting its first Gather-
ing and Expo at the British Colonial
Hilton, November 1, from 8:30am to
4:30pm. : ,
'Sherika!Brown, CEO and founder of
the Iron Network, told Tribune Woman
that the event, being held under the
theme, "The Purpose & Power of Being
Woman", is specifically designed for
women, and the men who love them.
"[We want to] celebrate the unique-
ness of women, and to help women to
discover their purpose," she said. "We
also want to assist women in under-
standing the necessity of femininity in
i


their role in leadership and to impart to
women relationship building skills that
will strengthen relationships at all levels,
but more specifically with men."
Acknowledging that women working
together for one common goal makes
better women individually, Ms Brown
said the Gathering comes at a pivotal
time in the history of the Bahamas. The
increase in dysfunctional Bahamian
homes is evidence, she noted, that women
too must find their rightful place.
"Women also must take responsibility;
we can't just blame the men," she said,
adding that, "Iron [will] assist women in
developing healthy relationships to
enable them to ignite, activate and refine
their potential".


Along with the Gathering, Ms Brown is
partnering with local entrepreneurs across
the nation to showcase their products
and services. This initiative will allow
business persons to further establish
strategic partnerships that will enable
them grow their business and increase
their number of clients.
Ms Brown is a certified public accoun-
tant employed with a leading offshore
banking institution in the Bahamas. She
is presently a member of Bahamas Faith
Ministries International, and is in part-
nership with Spirit 92.5 Gospel, a recent-
ly launched gospel radio station. Ms
Brown can be heard every Thursday
morning at 8am.


* S 341SESMSL


with respect, was also listed as an
essential building block for the growing
salon.


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techniques, Ms Baker suggested, not-
ing that hair stylists must be creative in
inventing techniques that can boost
clientele and income as well.
"What works very well are coupons,
they are the most common form of
sales promotions and there are numer-
ous types of coupons, such as price
discount, buy one get one free, buy
'A' get 'B'," she said.
While learning how to market your-
self as a cosmetologist,is of consider-
able importance, it was not the only
focus of the hair show. Ms Baker also
provided hair stylists with product tips.
Listed as one of their top perform-
ers, Motions At Home, a nonprofes-
sional line for at home hair mainte-
nance, was highly recommended by
Ms Baker. She said that the product
will help women maintain a salon
fresh look at home. The Motions Oil
Moisturizing system, a professional
line that increases hair's moisture by
300 per cent, Ms Baker said, was
another product advertised at the hair
show.
Also noted, Motions Salon Herbals
offers women an agent that will help
build strong, health hair. A profes-
sional line, Motions Herbals is infused
with natural ingredients and features
the most advanced relaxer technology.

Building a hair
care business
Many Bahamian stylists were on
hand at the show in hopes of learning
new techniques that can be intertwined
with their own personal style. They
were also looking to learn how they
can build their businesses and grow
their clientele.
Moving away from the tired, old way
of offering lack luster, substandard ser-
vice, salon owners and stylists, who
agreed that some of the local salons
were not operating with their cus-
tomers in mind, were encouraged to
upgrade their level of service.
One woman noted that some of the
"down home", neighbourhood salons
do not enforce, neither emphasize san-
itary policies. "Some of the hair stylist
would reuse disposable gloves, which I
think is not sanitary. If they did a wash
for one client they would let the other
client use the same towel that they
gave the first client," she complained.
Ms Baker noted that using sanitary
practices is extremely important, and
she urged the stylists to never style a
client's hair without washing it first.
"If you have a customer that comes
to you and says that she wants her hair
curled and she hasn't had a wash in
about two to three days let her know
that you will not style her hair unless it
is washed. This can cause health issues
for you. And if she refuses to get a
wash then you refuse to do her hair."
Ms Baker also emphasized that styl-
ists must not lower their standards and
disregard their own policies just to
make money.
Another woman was disappointed
at the turn out. She believed that more
Bahamian stylists should have made
an effort to come out and learn about
the products, since many of them use
the Motions professional line. "I was
surprised at how many woman are
here, I thought there would have been
more ladies here. It is very helpful to
learn about the products that we are
using so that we can educate our clients
on what products would be best for
them to use.
"Many of these hair stylists today
are only interested in the money
instead of benefiting themselves and
having the ability to educate their cus-
tomers on the products that are good
to use," she said.
Salon owners and hair stylists were
commended by Ms Baker for keeping
their standards and offering proper
services to the customers. What struck
the Texan stylist the most about the
Bahamian cosmetology industry were
the many salons that offer both nail
and hair services. She said that where
she is from it is very hard to find one
salon that still does that and she urged
them to continue the format.
For all you hair stylist out there,
learning promotional techniques in
order to build your business is very
important, but even more essential is
being knowledgeable about hair care
and styling trends, the productsyou
are using and lastly, offering your
clients a comfortable, inviting and
relaxing environment within which to
have their services done. Having a
good attitude towards every person
that walks in the door and treating
each customer that sits in your chair





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ROSLYN
BAKER,
owner of
Mahogany
Door Salon in
Texas, was
brougth for
the Motion's
Hair Show to
serve as the
platform
artist. Above
Ms Baker
demonstrates
how to create
the Motion's
Mohawk.


* By JEFFARAH GIBSON
EXPLODING on the runway as a sassy, stylish
fall trend was the Motions' Mohawk. Also ea-
tured as a funky, psychedelic new craze were
curvy finger waves, bangs, and a number of
asymmetrical cuts.


These were just a few of the hot hair-
styles that were showcased at the Motions
Hair Show, held last week at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace
Casino.
RoselIn Baker, a seasoned professional
in the hair care industry and owi nei o(1
Mahogany Door Salon in Richards,.
Texas. demonstrated how these,. r.a fishing
looks can be acltneed using Motion, hl.ir-
care products.
To create the contemporary MNohl.ink.
Rosely n braided the model s hani ititical-


ly and Icll the top with light spiral cu t I
The curls were then combed out and
Motions Oil MoiSturizCe w as applied to
the hair which ga\ e it a relined and classic
fimih.
\VAs most womeicn \would agiee. It' 11ll1
about lle hair, hie:llthl\, hiny, strongg.
beauilltl liiii whiate'ui thle style. wl hat-
e ci thlt colom tlios, elements .ic ke\
r0 gel thin lhni in lip top coindillion how -
e\ei womenI~ w\ tant to be Aible pat1oniL .1
ibeutI s.ion th.1, caitels to then li.hnI
ni-ed, [Lnd sonltmei es to tlc ii n i.i iion.il
needs a.s well] prom idin 111 hek st plOdulct


and experienced stylists. When it comes
to their hair, women are looking for
salons that gi e then a sense of well
being and oltcts exclusive sei vces. espe-
cially it she is a regular patron.
According to lMs, Baker. understanding
.ile,. pionlotional developments. and the
.rt ot lih,, cn1 e in tile cos nltolIog indus-
iny .lie C\tieinely important to salon own-
-, \ With her knowledge of the hair care
indti'ti. ,and the leSel at which the indus-
try Iluctuaies during seasons. Ms Baker
shared w :y Bahamian salon owners and
hair styhists can impioe their clientele
sert ice. and de' elop promotional ideas. in
times when lie, indiusti\ is not flouiisjhing.
"As a h.itn .ilis .t e % all know that there
.ne iin'es \\ I III- thel season will be slow
And Itlihc ;nie Iiines when thie season will
IluctLu lc. hill lwe lia t. to he prepaI ed 1lo
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