The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: October 29, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Volume: 104 No.283 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2008 PRICE 750 ,

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accused Peceives bail

One of two brothers

appears before Acting

Justice Elliot Lockhart

Tribune Staff Reporter
ONE of two brothers accused
of killing Mario ,Miller, son of for-
mer Trade Minister Leslie Miller,
in 2002 received bail yesterday in
the amount of $30,000.
Murder accused Ryan Miller
went before Acting Justice Elliot
Lockhart for his second bail hear-
ing since being arrested. ,
Ryan's brother Ricardo Miller,
alias Tamar Lee, is expected to

appear before the courts tomor-
row for his bail hearing.
Ryan had been on bail
throughout hearings into the case,
only appearing with his brother
during court appearances. Then
he was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison, being led to
court handcuffed to his brother,
as his bail ended with completion
of the trial.
However, Lee has been incar-
SEE page eight

Former Cabinet minister
speaks on state of the PLP
Tribune Staff Reporter

FORMER MP and Pindling-era Cabinet minister George Smith said-
yesterday that the PLP must look "honestly and squarely" at what
needs to be done if it wants to win the 2012 general election.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, the former Exuma MP said he
believes the PLP would be the government today if certain members of
the party had not put the leader, Perry Christie, in such a "difficult
position" leading up to the last election.
SEE page eight

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headache for motorists yesterday, when it created long lines of traffic. No
one seemed sure why the hole was there, but some criticised authorities
for doing nothing to rectify the problem, other than placing a traffic cone
next to the obstruction.
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Tribune Staff Reporter
AS THE economic situation
continues to worsen for those
employed in the tourism and con-
struction industries, Bahamians are
scaling back on leisure getaways
outside of the country, at least one

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local travel agency reports.
Ernestine Sherman, general
manager of the Destinations chain,
said there has been a decline in
bookings for the holiday months.
She noted that traditionally around
this time families took advantage
of school mid-terms to book vaca-
SEE page eight

SJitney, taxi

drivers to be

allowed to

raise fares

Tribune Staff


November 1, Bahamians
can add public transport
to the list of things they
have to pay more for this
year than last.
Several years after jitney and
taxi operators began complain-
ing that it is about time they were
able to increase their fares and
"almost a decade" after jitney dri-
vers were last allowed to do so,
Minister of Works Neko Grant

yesterday announced that
both they and taxi drives
are to be allowed to raise
their fares.
Mr Grant said that jit-
fney fare increases "will
range from 25 to 50 -(
cents" while taxi-drivers,
who were previously
granted the opportunity
to raise prices in 2001,
will now be able to add
an extra "three to five" dollars
on to their tolls.
In a further reform to the pre-
sent system, six new but as yet
unspecified bus routes will also
SEE page eight

Ministry targets improving
quality of visitor experience
Tribune Staff Reporter
IMPROVING the quality of visitor experience in
the Bahamas is the central thrust of the Ministry of
Tourism's plan to revive the weakened industry,
the country's tourism chief said yesterday.
And as arrivals to the country dwindle tourist
arrivals fell by almost 10 per cent during July,
according to statistics the Ministry of Tourism is MINISTER OF
now focused on attracting the viable Asian market Tourism Vincent
to fill the industry's thousands of vacant rooms. Vanderpool-Wallace
Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, who spoke
with The Tribune briefly while attending the Florida-Caribbean Cruise
Association meeting in Trinidad yesterday, said his ministry was work-
SEE page eight

First moves towards stadium

construction set
Tribune Staff Reporter
A YEAR after it was initially
expected to be completed, the
government has advised China
to begin shipping their heavy
construction equipment to, the
Bahamas on Monday, ready to
begin construction of a new
national stadium before the end
of the year.
The announcement was yes-
terday greeted enthusiastically
by president of the Bahamas

to start Monday
Olympic Association, Welling-
ton Miller, who described the
news as "a great thing."
"That's long overdue. Sports
in the Bahamas need it, so the
sooner it happens, the better. I
wish the construction would
start tomorrow."
Former Prime Minister Perry
Christie accepted the offer from
the Chinese government to pro-
vide $30 million to build the
national stadium during a visit
to China in 2004.
SEE page eight

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THERE is a growing consensus that although
government has introduced temporary relief plans,
a comprehensive approach is needed to ease the
average Bahamian's financial woes.
With three relief schemes announced so far, The
Tribune canvassed downtown Nassau yesterday for
some feedback.
Local taxi driver Kenneth Hanna called the gov-
ernment's decision to cap the fuel surcharge at 15
cents per kilowatt hour "a beautiful thing" as
"everybody right now struggling to make it."
"As a taxi driver, we be out here every day 24/7,
and sometimes I don't even get one job. The gov-
ernment is trying to help a lot of people who can't
help themselves, (but) more is still needed."
Store manager Deon Knowles said: "The change
from 22 cents to 15 cents is not that dramatic, and I
think that it's really up to the consumer to be more
conservative with their use of electricity. More
efforts are needed yes, but then again these are only
temporary relief efforts that don't really solve the
problem, it only off-sets the problem for a short
period of time."
Banker Torrien Rutherford added: "We really
can't assume what's going to happen later; as a
nation it's important to help those that need help. I
think there has to be some consideration of the
long-term effects of this, because you know if you
continue to give, it's going to leave a deficit some-
where." *
Bus driver Wendal Davis said: "Right now even
though this plan seems all fine and dandy, later on
down the road when the bills really start to pile up,
then the government is going to say they can't help
us no. more, because they already put in so much in
the beginning, and wouldn't be able to do the same
later on down. Right now people just need to hold
fast, and save."
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president Dion-
isio D'Aguiliar told The Tribune yesterday that

although government initiatives are appreciated,
the 5bittornline is that Bahamians need to change
their spending habits.
He said: "I think at the end of the day even if the
surcharge goes to 15 cents, it's not going, to be much
of a relief. It was a nice thought if oil prices had
remained high, but the market is taking care of this
particular issue."
Concerning the new payment scheme for those
behind on electricity bills, Mr D'Aguiliar said:
"Many consumers don't pay their bill in full, and not
paying in full lead to this present situation."
Mr D'Aguiliar explained that there has to be an
national effort to reduce household consumption
and energy usage. With many looking for a way out
of their economic troubles, Mr D'Aguiliar said,
"there has to be an analytical approach in reducing
the burden of the average Bahamian."
On September 17, Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham instructed BEC to reconnect 5,000 persons
with electricity bill debts. He arranged for BEC to
collect a minimum of 25 per cent of the amounts
owed by October 10, and allow a two-year payment
plan for collection of the balance.
In addition to this and the fuel surcharge cap, a
third relief plan is set to start in November which will
provide, assistance for mortgage holders struggling to
make payments.

Police believe drugs behind murder

Tribune Freeport
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motive behind the murder of 35-


year-old Coral Reef Estate resi-
dent Donald Phillippe was drug
related, a senior police official
Mr Phillippe, a resident of No
77 Coral Reef Square, was shot
to death at his home early Sat-
urday morning by three gun-
men. Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said police have launched an
intense investigation into the
"This matter, which is being
classified as Grand Bahama's
eleventh homicide for this year
and which appears to be drug
related, is presently under inten-

sive investigation," he said.
Mr Rahming said Mr
Philippe was at his home,
where he resided with his wife
and children, when he was
attacked by three men at
around 4am. He said the sus-
pects interrogated Mr Phillippe
for some time. Gunshots were
later heard being fired as the
suspects fled the area on foot.
Supt Rahming said when
police arrived at the scene, they
found Mr Phillippe lying dead
on the front room floor. His
wife and young children were

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Man shot by
police charged
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was shot last week by police
was charged with several
offences in Freeport Magis-
trate's Court yesterday.
Lynden Flowers, of 311
Melbourne Crescent, Hud-
son Estates, appeared before
Magistrate Debbye Fergu-
He was charged with
assaulting a police officer
with a dangerous instrument,
namely a knife, intentionally
and unlawfully causing harm
to a police officer and caus-
ing material damage to a
police depot shirt, the prop-
erty of the Bahamas govern-
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ber 19 the accused attempted
to stab a police officer.
Flowers pleaded not guilty
to the charges.
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report on the mental state of
the defendant.

'I have nothing

to apologise for'

AS the deadline to apologise
to Appeal Court president
Dame Joan Sawyer draws near,
justice campaigner Tanya Cash
repeated yesterday that she has
nothing to apologise for.
Mrs Cash, appearing as guest
on the radio programme 'The
Way Forward' on GEMS
105.9FM with her husband
Greg, has been ordered to pub-
lish an apology in a newspaper
by tomorrow, October 30, or
face imprisonment.
"I know my steps are ordered
by the most high God and I
must go through what 1 have to
go through according to His
will," she told listeners.
Repeating that she has no
idea what she is supposed to be
apologising for, Mrs Cash said:
"I just couldn't believe 1 was
even in a court of law. But God
is in charge, and He is in con-
"And 1 will say today and
publicly that 1 have no reason to
apologise.'They say 1 am in con-
tempt of court because of a
matter that extends back from
2006 when I talked about the
astronomical filing fees which

Justice campaigner Tanya Cash maintains

her stance as court deadline looms

Gre andTaya as

jumped from $10 or $15 to $500
or $600. And that is a contempt
"I am calling now on the
prime minister to speak up. I
am calling now on tle chief jus-
tice to speak up. This is not jus-

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tice in this country!" she
Mrs Cash thanked support-
ers for their good wishes and
even those who petitioned her
to give in and apologise for the
sake of her family.

AUTHOR Kaylene Johnson (left)
chats during a book signing event
for "Sarah: How A Hockey Mom
Turned Alaska's Political Establish-
ment Upside Down" at Title Wave
Books Paturday. Sept. 20, 2008 in
Anrhnrt"n A uraaIl at'ar Pin'c hiin

SARAH PALIN is not to
everybody's taste, 'but she's
certainly in the good books of
former College of the
Bahamas lecturer Stephen
Mr Lay is part-owner of the
Alaskan publishers Epicenter
Press, whose biography of
Palin has now jumped to num-
ber three on the New York
Times bestseller list.
Until Palin's sudden rise to
national prominence, Epicen-
ter saw itself as a regional pub-
lisher of short to mid-run
Five thousand copies sold
was considered a solid return
on their investment.
But 'Sarah' by Kaylene
Johnson, first published five
years ago, has pushed their

distribution resources to the
limit, boosting revenue mas-
sively and making Epicenter
the little publisher everyone
in the business suddenly wants
to know.
Mr Lay, who was journal-
ism lecturer at COB for three
years before joining Dupuch
Publications as a senior edi-
tor, has written a couple of
titles himself for the firm he
joint owns with two others,
including one on Alaskan cui-
But none of them saw Epi-
center as anything more than
a moderately successful pub-
lisher of Alaskan titles usu-
ally works on dog-sledding,
survival techniques and eski-
However, John McCain's

decision to choose Alaska
governor Palin'as his vice-
presidential running mate
changed everything.
Suddenly Epicenter's biog-
raphy the only book on Palin
in print was wanted by every
book chain in the land.
Within days, stocks had run
out and tens of thousands
more copies were on order
from the printer. Since then,
the demand has been non-
Mr Lay, who now teaches
in Thailand, had to watch
from afar as the small pub-
lishing house struggled to cope
with orders from Maine to
New Mexico as Palin made
her initial powerful impres-
sion on the political scene.
The demand is probably

announcement in August, 80,000
new copies of "Sarah" hit stores.
"Sarah" is now No. 3 on The New
York Times paperback nonfiction
best-seller list.
Anchorage Daily News,
Erik Hill, AP Photo

one of the biggest ever for a
publisher outside of the New
York mainstream.
The book has hit the best-
seller lists of not only the New
York .Times, but also USA
Today and Publishers Weekly,
the 'Bible' of the book busi-
ness in America.
It covers Palin's early life as
ambitious student and bas-
ketball star Sarah Heath, then
moves on to her days as May-
or of Wasilla, concluding with
her various struggles as
Alaska's governor.
Mr Lay, who used to teach
at the University of Alaska,
knew Sarah slightly 20 years
ago when she was a junior TV
anchor in her home state.
He described her as
"straightforward and honest"
and predicted when she was
first picked by McCain that
she would make a big impres-
sion on the presidential race.
As it happens, she's also
made a big impression on his
company's bottom line.

Indie star Nyee Moses to

perform at PMH fundraiser

NEW indie artist and vocal
sensation Nyee Moses (pro-
nounced nigh-ee) will be the
feature artist at the Princess
Margaret Hospital Founda-
tion fundraiser concert in aid
of the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital on November 22 along
with a host of other Bahami-
an jazz artists.
The Princess Margaret
HospitalFoundation issa non-
profit organisation, established to strengthen the hospital's abil-
ity to provide quality healthcare.
The concert, entitled the "Miracle Concert" has several objec-
tives, but its primary goal is to generate more than $500,000 for the
purchase of desperately needed hospital equipment, including
beds and medical equipment.
Ms Moses, a young woman from upstate New York by way of
Philadelphia, has captivated audiences with her migration through
a cluster of cultures and sounds that reflect the diverse interests
of this lover of world music.
When first hearing Nyee's smooth sounds and soulful tone,
many will immediately draw comparisons to another soulful
siren, Sade. However don't expect carbon copy; you will not get
it from Nyee.
Ms Moses said: "My inspiration has been artists such as Seal,
Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye, Sade, Damian Marley, Sting, Bob
Marley and Ziggy Marley to name a.few. My music is about my
life growing up and reflecting on the things I experienced."
Ms Moses said she is very excited to perform and participate in
the concert. "When people like your music, that's great, but
where do you go with it? When you use the music you make as a
vehicle to help cure, heal and raise money, you are helping with
your music that's where the reward is," she said.
Multimedia professional, jazz enthusiast and executive director
for Ivory Global Promotions Rosco Dames, said Nyee was first on
his list.
"When the hospital approached me to put together a fund
raising concert, the first person came to my mind was Nyee
because of her music, it's broad appeal and because it's not just
jazz. I thought it would be a broader appeal for that kind of
audience because you can bring your kids to this one to support
the hospital naturally, but at the same time expose them to music
that they can like," Mr Dames said.
Bahamian artist such as Lou Adams Jr, a trumpet player, and
Mario Lord, a percussionist, will be opening the concert for
Nyee. The venue for the concert will be announced at a later date.




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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Difficult times ahead

THE ATLANTIS resort, whose owner
Sol Kerzner took a wager on the
Bahamas about 15 years ago and won,
is now, like resorts around the world,
suffering from the global melt down.
Accustomed to having a full house, the
fall-off in Atlantis' guests has been dra-
It was Sol Kerzner and his late son,
Butch, who came to the Bahamas at a
moment when there seemed little hope
for the future of these islands.
The Kerzners quickly turned despair
into hope.
They decided to build a resort that
would make the world sit up and take
At the time the Bahamas was no longer
a sought-after tourist destination.
It was Kerzner's unique Atlantis that
attracted other resort investors to the
Bahamas, thus starting a building boom
that created a vibrant economy, which
many believed could not fail.
However, last week, in an interview
with The Nassau Guardian, Kerzner's
president and managing director, George
Markantonis admitted that, despite indus-
try analysts assuring him that Atlantis is
faring better than other resorts, the pre-
sent downturn is having "a much more
far reaching impact than 9/11 did in
Up until August, Atlantis was doing
very well.
That steady climb was interrupted by
Hurricane Ike, followed by the collapse
of America's financial markets.
Mr Markantonis denied that Atlantis
- the Bahamas' largest private employ-
er has had significant staff layoffs.
Instead, his company has reduced staff
hours to two to three days a week so that
at the end of the week all staff will take
home a paypacket, albeit reduced.
He pointed out that September and
October have always been slow months,
when staff levels have been reduced
according to occupancy.
However, he was saddened because he
didn't think that this year or next year
were "going to be restricted to the
months of September and October."

Compared to the same periods in pre-
vious years, bookings for Atlantis prop-
erties are down.'
He admitted that although offering
special promotions on Atlantis' web site,
they are saving their marketing efforts
for better times.
There were practical reasons for this.
"We have marketing efforts," Mr
Markantonis told The Guardian, "but
we're not putting them in place right now
for a very strong reason.
"There's no point in wasting marketing
dollars when there are no people out
there looking to travel.
"It would be foolish to throw that out.
We intend to start our marketing cam-
paigns again in full earnest after Novem-
ber 3."
We agree with Mr Markantonis that
the downturn in our tourist industry has
nothing to do with America's November
4 presidential elections.
' However, we do believe that much of
the present negative publicity will be
eliminated from the newspapers and air-
waves as soon as a new president is
installed in the White House.
We also believe that a glimmer of hope
will start to shine again if Americans are
encouraged to pull together without a
negative election campaign playing inter-
ference and rebuild their economy.
Mr Markantonis advised hotel workers,
to brace for difficult times ahead times
that could be of considerable duration.
He advised them to be conservative and
not to spend foolishly during these lean
He also advised Bahamians to help
themselves by helping the nation and the
industry that puts bread on their tables.
He urged them to throw themselves
"with devotion into the few customers
who are coming here to these islands and
completely blow, them away with friend-
liness and service."
"We all have a responsibility now,"
he said, "to set a service standard so high
that those who really are travelling will
want to come here again."

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A student's plea

to Govt to modify

straw market

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please allow me, a concerned
youth some space in your news-
paper in order to express my
views publicly as they relate to
the present conditions of the
straw market.
It is with great regret that I
convey my deepest concerns for
the existing condition of our his-
torical straw market in down-
town, Nassau.
It is quite evident that many
individuals before have
expressed with great disgust the
present conditions of one of the
most popular tourist attractions
here in Nassau; however, today
I am pleading with the govern-
ment for their assistance in pre-
venting the downfall of this
great industry.
It would be truly dishearten-
ing to see that one of our oldest
industries will lose its reputa-
tion and magnetism, because of
a little desertion not only by the
government, but also by ven-
dors who have made the straw
market their means of making a
stable living.
There is no explanation as to
why the government allowed
persons to tarnish the nature of
a place that has become so
applicable with cultural experi-
ences here in the Bahamas.
Traditionally the straw mar-
ket would have specialised in

straw products or all things
native to our country, includ-
ing hand-made bags, hats, slip-
pers, dolls, fabrics, jewellery and
wood carvings.
Things like paintings and
home-made jellies and jam
could also be found at the straw
Today, our straw market can
be compared to the likes of flea
markets you see in places like
Mexico, Europe, Hawaii and
even the United States.
After the fire in 2001, the
straw market was never built
back to its splendour; moreover,
today it is a sight for sore eyes,
and many visitors make blogs
that are viewable over the inter-
net announcing to other
prospective visitors that they
are unimpressed by the straw
market's conditions.
They complain that the tent
that the market currently sits
under is rodent infested, hot
and cramped with narrow aisles.
Intrusive vendors make it dif-
ficult to pass as they sit and
block walkways.
These conditions make it very
uncomfortable to shop. Some

visitors say that the market is
only great for getting good
knock-off bags and watches for
low prices.
The government needs to
revise the problem with the
straw market.
The overall structure is not
the only element that needs
We need to put a stop to sell-
ing imported items in our mar-
The vendors themselves need
to be reviewed, because most
are not eligible to be working
with the public.
Furthermore the majority of
persons working in the market
at these present times are not
even Bahamian nationals; they
are Jamaicans and Haitiais who
tend to be very unfriendly and
unprofessional to visitors.
I am one of few, who strong-
ly believe that if the govern-
ment was to begin to issue
licenses to qualified persons to
be in the straw market area, the
rules and policies that govern
all businesses whether big or
small in our country would be
adhered to, and the straw mar-
ket would be able to maintain
its significance in the Bahamian
September, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
EITHER Verna Grant real-
ly doesn't know any better or
she is totally naive and thinks
we, her constituents, are stu-
I saw a Freeport News front
page story, published Satur-
day, 18th October, where Ms
Grant was complaining about
the high cost of gasoline. She
was, in effect, accusing gas
retailers of price gouging, but
doesn't she know that the
price that gas is being sold for,
locally at the pump, is con-
trolled and approved by her
FNM government? And isn't
she a part of this government?
Pray tell me, to whom was she
Ms Grant, in the newspaper
report, made the point that
anytime the price of crude oil
increases, immediately the
price of gas at the pump
increases but consumers, she
said, don't enjoy reciprocal
price decreases, when the
price of crude oil decreases.

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She inferred price gouging on
the part of gas retailers and
called on them to be mindful
of the bad economic times
people are going through.
When it was explained to her,
that a possible reason for that
situation occurring might be
that retailers are still being
sold supplies from an old
stock, as opposed from the
new stock, she seemed to
ignore the suggestion and
shrugged it off as a likely sto-.
Surely you jest, Ms Grant,
pretending not to know that
if a dealership imports a ship-
ment of fuel at a certain land-
ed cost, he or she must sell off
that entire shipment at that
locked-in price before chang-
ing the price on any subse-
quent new shipments import-
ed. The invoice cost and the
amount of customs duties paid
on the old stock do not change
when a nefw shipment is
imported at a different price,

whether that price is higher
or lower. The government
must allow the importer to sell
off the old inventory, at the
old price before the new con-
trolled price change takes
effect; don't you know that Ms
Grant? This is all so very ele-
mentary. It is no wonder, then,
why we are in this leaderless
I am appalled that the
Freeport News would feature
this nonsense on its front page.
Isn't there someone in that
establishmeAt who knows bet-
Couldn't the reporter
remind Ms Grant that gaso-
line is a "price controlled"
item? That it is her govern-
ment who dictates the mark
up on these fuels?
Grand Bahama,
October 2008.

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Browning and had spoken
earlier with GOP legislators
but not on Tuesday.
"It was the right thing to
do," said Gelber of Miami
Beach. "I believe the gover-
nor properly exercised his
authority to address this sit-
Florida is again key this
presidential election season,
with 27 electoral votes 10
percent of the 270 needed
to clinch the election. The
state's disputed election in
2000 gave the presidency to
George W. Bush, and he
captured the state in 2004.
This year, Republican John
McCain and Democrat
Barack Obama are locked
in a close race.

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to Abaco's

Bay Street are

'progressing well'
DURING a stopover in
Abaco last week, Works and
Transport Minister Neko
Grant inspected a road works
project underway in Marsh
On September 12 the gov-
ernment signed a contract for
$162,343 with Larry Williams
of Larry's Construction
Company in Dundas Town to
resurface 2,000 feet of Bay
Street from Arawak Agency
to the freight dock.
The contract includes
removing existing pavement
and quarry, levelling and
compacting the base and
installing six-inch concrete
The work, which also
includes installation of light-
ing, is expected to take six
months to complete.
Following a brief inspec-
tion, Mr Grant said: "Just
over five or six weeks ago we
awarded the contract for the
restoration of Bay Street.
"Bay Street was originally
a concrete road with some
work done with asphalt. We
felt it was taking away from
Marsh Harbour and we want
to maintain the old charm of
the island. Hence, we decid-
ed to restore the road with
"Work is progressing well
and we expect on time com-
pletion and quality work,"
the minister added.
Mr Grant was accompa-
nied by Anita Bernard, per-
manent secretary in the Min-
istry of Public Works and
Transport; Gordon Major,
acting director; John Schaef-
fer, area engineer and
Theophilus Cox, administra-
tor for North Abaco.

Florida polls

open later after

Gov Crist

changes mind
SWAYED by record
turnout, Gov. Charlie Crist
changed his mind and signed
an executive order Tuesday
that immediately extended
early voting hours in Florida,
a likely swing state in the
presidential election, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Crist had said earlier in
the day that he didn't think
the law allowed him to add
hours. But he said he recon-
sidered after consulting with
his lawyers and political
leaders of both parties.
"This is not a political
decision," Crist, a Republi-
can, said at a hastily called
news conference. "It's a peo-
ple decision."
Crist said he was justified
in adding hours regardless
of what the law says because
of long lines at polls and new
voting machines in some
counties are causing delays.
His order keeps voting
sites open from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. on weekdays, four
hours longer than state law
specifies. It also requires
that they be open 12 hours
this weekend, also four
hours longer than the law
Local election officials will
decide how to divide the
weekend hours in each
county. Early voting ends at
7 p.m. Sunday.
Before deciding, the gov-
ernor said he had consulted
with Florida House Democ-
ratic Leader Dan Gelber,
Secretary of State Curt




been the premier union in the'
Bahamas, and if I may, it says that
people can do good business with
integrity and stand with their mem-
bers in a time of crisis. I think it shows
a degree of sensitivity and empathy
for workers.
"We must be sure that the workers
who form the backbone of this com-
munity are in fact the recipients of all
that we could do at this time."
Up to 6,000 hotel workers who have
suffered from having their work weeks
reduced to three days or less in Sep-
tember and October are now eligible.
to benefit from $1,000 each.
The money from the fund will be
used to help pay the bills and meet other subsis-
tence needs of union members.
Bishop Hall added, however, that he thinks it is
"unfortunate" that those who have already lost
their jobs in the industry "cannot benefit" from
the payout.
The senior church leader also gave his opinion
on the source of the world's economic woes,
which are now also affecting the Bahamas.
"Someone said this started because
of 'bad loans'," Bishop Hall said referring to
the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the United
But, according to the senior church leader, "the
real cause of this in the US is 'predatory loans'
and greed and corruption."
"Before it's over, I hope somebody is brought
before the world court and tried for crimes against
humanity. I do not say that lightly, because I
think these things go on and we blame everyone
but the right persons," he said.

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LOCAL churches should "go beyond
the usual" to extend a helping hand to
their members who are bearing the 4
brunt of the economic downturn, said
Bishop Simeon Hall.
The senior church leader noted that ..
there are more than 3,000 churches in
the Bahamas and that "99 per cent" of
working Bahamians are church mem-
"It would be interesting, if say, we *
were to get just a hundred of them to mj|"
put up $1,000 each. That could put a
dent in assisting those who've been waylaid by this
economic tsunami."
"Churches are there to help people and the
majority do a fairly good job, (but) as in this case
with the hotel union, you have to go beyond the
He said that his church sees at least eight peo-
ple a day present themselves to plead for financial
help, "and the majority of them are not mem-
bers of our church."
Bishop Hall said he believes churches can
afford to make such payouts at this time.
He was speaking at Worker's House on Mon-
day, where' he commended the Bahamas Hotel
and Allied Workers Union and other board
trustees on the decision to make millions of dol-
lars from the reserves of the Bahamas Hotel and
Allied Industries Health and Welfare Benefit
Fund available to its members.
"I think it underscores the fact that (the
Bahamas Hotel and Allied Workers Union) has

Concerned mother aims to

help Grand Bahama
A CONCERNED mother in by Haley Kennedy and the logo
Grand Bahama is cleaning up her was created by Shannon Millard.
"urban footprint" by helping an The LIS students will now sell
entire island think twice about the the bags to the Grand Bahama
environment, public to cover the cost of the bags
Dalia Feldman, mother to two and shipping to the island.
young boys at the Lucaya Inter- Mrs Feldman's main goal is to
national School (LIS), spear- get people to use these bags, not
headed the concept of designing to make a profit, so she turned to
and selling reusable grocery bags another sponsor to keep the price
in Grand Bahama. low.
"I have always been concerned "I called Jeff Butler, as I knew
about the effects we have on the him personally and knew about
environment as a community. We his keen interest in Grand
don't recycle and it saddens me Bahama. He helped us without
to see trash on our beaches and in hesitation and agreed to pay for
our oceans," said Mrs Feldman. half of the bags, pay the total duty
"On top of that, plastic grocery costs and take care of shipping,"
bags seemed to be taking over my she said.
kitchen. Whenever possible I Mr Butler, who is well known
reuse plastic containers, jars and for his philanthropic work, was
grocery bags, but I still had an pleased to lend a hand to the stu-
overflow of bags." dents.
On recent trips to Abaco and "It was a no brainier, the
Nassau, Mrs Feldman said she reusable bags are all over the
noticed that the reusable bags world, it was time for them to
seemed to be everywhere and come here and I was so pleased
appeared to be a sensible solu- that I could team up with a school
tion. to help Grand Bahama go green.
"So I surfed the net to find "This concept is something we
'Green Bag' manufacturers and must all embrace and I will
then I approached the school encourage my patrons to buy and
about my idea. Last year, Saman- use these bags in my store and
tha Fern and I held a drawing and any store they shop in," he said.
logo contest for students in grades In addition to selling the bags,
one through six." LIS students from grades four,
The winning design was created five and six are also tagging each

go green
bag with environmental facts, so
people know why and how they
are helping the environment.
"We are studying the environ-
ment and we have researched the
effects and dangers of plastic bags.
We found out that it takes 450
years for a plastic bag to break
down, 450 years," said Tara
Doherty, a grade five teacher at
The 'green facts' are being hand
tagged on each reusable bag and
have been donated by another
parent, Paula Farrington of
Freeport Advertising and Print-
The LIS reusable bags will be
sold at the school, at Butler's Spe-
cialty and by LIS students, and
will retail for $2.50 per bag.
Mrs Feldman is hoping that
these efforts will make a real dif-
ference in Grand Bahama, and is
pleased that her children and oth-
ers are now realizing the impact
humans make on the earth each

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THE 1968 class of Govern-
ment High School is complet-
ing the year-long celebrations
of its 40th anniversary with a
The event, a grand banquet,
is set to be held at the British
Colonial Hilton.
It is hoped that 150 persons
will attend. Tickets are $100
and classmates are being asked
to assist in selling the tickets.
Dr Rhonda Chipman-John-
son, chairperson of the GHS
class of 1968, said that she and
her classmates have been the
beneficiaries of "an excellent
"The GHS provided us with
an excellent educational foun-
dation and the social skills
needed to be successful in life
- a high level of literacy,
numeracy, etiquette, healthy
competition, discipline and
"We believe that we should
contribute to the society
because we have benefitted so
much. As a result, over the
years we have made several
donations to the present school
and have conducted a career
seminar for the 12th grade of
the GHS. Monetary donations
have also been made to the
Cancer Society, BASH and the
Red Cross. When necessary,
we have also assisted class
members," she said.

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Dr Chipman-Johnson said
that Government High today
is a very different school than
it was in the 60s.
"Many classmates are very
disappointed in how the school
has changed and some no
longer wish to be associated
with it. However, many of us
believe that we should contir-
ue to work with the school anLd
assist where we can.
"Somehow, we have to bring
batk the high standards, the
spirit of competition and pro-
vide opportunities for students
to stretch their minds. I
"There is far too much
mediocrity in our society
today," she said.
During the year of celebra-
tions, which began in October,
2007, the class of 1968 has held
steak-outs, church services, a
walk-a-thon, and participated
in a Scandinavian cruise.
Saturday's banquet is
expected to be attended by
former GHS students from the
classes 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968,
1969, 1971, and 1979 and a few
others. Sir Arlington Butler,
former mathematics teacher at
the school in the 1960s will be
the speaker.
Other teachers and stalwarts
will also be in attendance,
including Dr Keva Bethel,
Marjorie Davis, Tino
Christofilis'and Hugh Sands.'




Capitalism under attack?

Originally known as
economic individual-
ism, The Routledge Dictionary
of Economics (2000) informs us
that "capitalism" is:
1. A socioeconomic. system of
production using roundabout
methods of production (round-
about method of production is a
method of production which uses
capital goods to increase produc-
tivity of factors of production).
2. An economy based on pri-
vate enterprise. .
3. The use of markets and not
planning to allocate economic
4. Production motivated by the
profit motive.
However, with the mortgage
debacle around the world creating
havoc in financial markets, capi-
talism is under attack.
One side of the debate says
deregulation caused the problem,
while the other side says govern-
ment guarantees for "junk mort-
gages" encouraged risk taking
beyond the imagination.
Another group also suggests
that moving to the use of Fiat

Money as opposed to the Gold
Standard, has helped get the
world in the mess it's in.
Whatever the cause (the histo-
ry of these times will be written in
the months and years ahead) gov-
ernments around the world have
wielded considerable control over
economic affairs.
The Fortune Encyclopedia of
Economics closes out a chapter
on capitalism with some impor-
tant food for thought:
"Today the United States, once
the citadel of capitalism, is a
"mixed economy" in which gov-
ernment bestows favors and
imposes restrictions with no clear
consistent principle in mind.
"As Soviet Russia and Eastern
Europe struggle to embrace free-
market ideas and institutions,
they can learn from American
(and British) experience about
not only the benefits that flowed
from economic individualism, but
also the burden of regulations
that became impossible to repeal
and trade barriers that were hard
to dismantle.
"If the history of capitalism
proves one thing, it is that the
process of competition does not
stop at national borders. As long
as individuals anywhere perceive
potential for profits, they will

"There are similarities in the
current economic crisis to the
Great Depression. Missing so far
are the direct attacks on
businessmen. This may yet come
to pass."

amass the capital, produce the
product, and circumvent the cul-
tural and political barriers that
interfere with their objectives."
This begs the question: Has
capitalism been found wanting or
has the oratory skills of politi-
cians from both sides of the polit-
ical divide in the US so confused
the discussion of how their actions
might have impacted this crisis,
that the free market is the easy

The shift toward

In an attempt to "fix" the mort-
gage crisis, governments around
the world have begun nationalis-
ing banks and insurance compa-
nie's. A move that will advance
socialism around the world. And,
as Pope Leo XIII said in his
Rerum Novarum of May 15, 1891:
"The main tenet of socialism,

namely the community of goods,
must be rejected without qualifi-
cation, for it would injure those it
pretends to benefit, it would be
contrary to the natural rights of
man, and it would introduce con-
fusion and disorder into the com-
monwealth. "
As long as people are generat-
ing gains that are unsustainable,
all is well with the market. When
the market corrects these excess-
es, capitalism is blamed for the
problem. There are similarities in
the current economic crisis to the
Great Depression. Missing so far
are the direct attacks on busi-
nessmen. This may yet come to
Where does The
Bahamas fit in?
So how 'does this all relate to,
The Bahamas?
Regrettably, both major politi-
cal parties (FNM and PLP), and
the fringe group (BDM), seem
convinced that government can
solve personal problems of indi-
vidual Bahamians.
Neither party sees the need to:
Encourage entrepreneurship
through reducing the red tape to
facilitate opening a new business.
Ensure improved public edu-

cation as long as government
chooses to monopolise the edu-
cational system.
Balance the budget.
Privatize the public corpora-
Reduce the size of govern-
ment with the objective of lower
Provide the resources for an
efficient justice system.
Encourage Free Trade, rather
than so called Fair Trade.
e Uphold the rule of law and
foster a culture of accountabili-
Few politicians examine the
effectiveness of their policies or
their rhetoric that is antagonistic
toward business.
Government policy to pay the
utility bills and mortgages
advances the welfare state and
discourages individual responsi-
bility while increasing the nation-
al debt burden of future genera-
tions. The Economist editorial of
October 16, 2008 stated:
"Sadly another lesson in histo-
ry is that in politics economic rea-
son does not always prevail -
especially when the best-case sce-
nario for most countries is a short
term recession..."
On balance, capitalism has
become the scapegoat for poli-
tics run amok.

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Should the elderly be made

to retake their driving test?


M OST people would
agree that trans-
portation regulations should
strike a balance between an
individual's needs and the pub-
lic's right to road safety. But
consider the case of elderly dri-
vers, who some feel pose a risk
which Bahamian law does not
' By monitoring the fitness,
safety records and medical con-
ditions of elderly drivers, roads
in the Bahamas could be safer
for all users, concerned citizens
say. Some are calling for legis-
lation that will make it manda-
tory for everyone to retake
their driving test at a certain
As people get older, they,
experience changes in their
physical, sensory and cognitive
abilities, which can affect dri-
ving ability. Driving is not
something that we can do for-
ever as it demands ones' full
attention, good vision and
hearing, as well as sharp deci-
sion-making abilities.
Dr Elwood Donaldson, a
general practitioner, said many
elderly persons lose basic dri-
ving skills as they age.
"These abilities may be
slowed or impaired with the
development of impaired brain
function whether from the
effects of medication, medical
disorders, drugs/alcohol or
dementia. Reduced vision (par-
ticularly at night), a decrease
in depth perception, parkin-
son's disease and movement
limiting disabilities such as
arthritis and rheumatism
(which slow down response
time in dealing with sudden
traffic changes), can all affect a
persons' ability to drive safe- -
ly," he said.
Dr Donaldson said he can
remember an incident in which
he had to warn an elderly
friend to stop driving.
"I had to tell him from a doc-
tor's perspective that he was
not in physical shape. Since I
did not want him to injure him-
self or anyone else I couldn't
certify him as being able to dri-
ve," Dr Donaldson said.
Age and medical conditions
affect driving ability in many
ways. Persons may recognize
the changes immediately, slow-
ly over a period of time, or
sometimes not at all.
Frankia Russell-Rolle, a 22-
year-old driver, said she feels
older drivers should be taken
off the streets entirely.
"I think it is very dangerous
to have the elderly driving on
our streets. There should be an
age limit to how old a person
should be when their licence
should be revoked," she said.
Mrs Rolle suggested that
there should also be a law put
in place allowing for people
driving over the age of 60 to
be charged with an offence and
fined. She said there should be
no retesting for these persons.
"The elderly should not be
allowed to be retested'because
the funny thing is that health
issues that may be fatal can
strike at any time even when
you are driving on the road. So
retesting does not prove that
they can handle it themselves,
especially the ones that are
almost blind and driving too
slow for the pace of Nassau's
hectic traffic," Mrs Rolle said.
Giving up such a recognized
symbol of independence can be
a heart-wrenching experience

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and cause profound effects
upon self-esteem, social activi-
ties, entertainment and many
other aspects of everyday life.
Jim Lawlor, a 69 year old dri-
ver, said he realises that he
does not have much time to be
on the road.
"The thing is when you're
my age and you have driven
for such a long time, you have a
'lot of experience. It probably
not until something like
alzheimer's, dementia or an
injury to your legs kicks in that
you realise that your time is
up," Mr Lawlor said.

Public relations officer
for the Police Traffic
division, Garlon Rolle, said he
has come face-to-face with a
number of elderly persons who
do not want to give up the right
to drive.
"Just a few weeks ago an
elderly person had an accident
and his relatives wanted his
licence to be revoked because
they felt that he was a problem
on the road. On the other hand
I ran into another gentleman,
who was about 70 years old,
who challenged me to a race
as he was physically fit. So to
me there has to be a balance,"
he said.
. Sergeant Rolle said that
although he supports legisla-
tion mandating retesting for
elderly drivers, the government
has to be careful when draft-
ing the law, as people's rights
are concerned.
"When we do decide to look
at this type of legislation we
have to look at it in a case by
case basis. Some at 75 years old
may be able to drive without
any physical limitations while
others may not. We may
require a physical fitness test
to say they are fit enough to
drive," he explained.
However, Sergeant Rolle
said his awareness to this issue,

(prompting him to realise that
something must be done), was
only raised when an elderly dri-
ver accidentally took a young
child's life.
"There was an elderly gen-
tleman in a community and
members of that community
noted that this man had prob-
lems with his sight, which he
denied. In the end, someone
got killed a small child lost
his life because of him driving
and not being able to see the
small child. Since these persons
are down in age, they cannot
respond as quickly as younger
drivers so many times they can-
not deal with what is going on
around them," Mr Rolle said.
A local business administra-
tor said she has experienced
this issue first hand as one of
her elderly family members suf-
fers from a medical condition
and has already caused an acci-
"I have an uncle who had an
accident recently and he did
not remember anything about
the accident. We found out that
the medication he was on was a
contributing factor to his acci-
dent," the administrator said.

DRIVING IS not something that
we can do forever as it
demands ones' full attention,
good vision and hearing, as well
as sharp decision-making abili-
ties. (AP)

She said she does not feel her
relative should be on the road
because she fears he may hit
someone and does not remem-
ber what happened or where
he is.
Road Traffic Controller,
Jack Thompson, said his
department expects the elderly
to use their best judgment to
decide when they should stop
"I have had a few cases
where I had 'to, at the
assistance of their relatives,
take licenses away from elder-
ly persons," Mr Thompson
Mr Thompson explained that
although he does support and
endorse retesting for the elder-
ly, there is no such policy at
this time.

Due to popular demand The Bahamas School of'
Marine Navigation announces the commencement of"
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November 15h, 1943-October 23rd, 2008
of High Vista Estates will be held at Calvary Bible
Church, Collins Ave. at 4pm on Wednesday, Oct. 29th,

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 Shnpin
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.

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FROM page one Ovprseas travel

tions and also pre-booked Christ-
mas vacations.
"During the past few months,
we haven't seen the increase in
travel that we normally see at this
time of year. You know you have
the mid-term school breaks and'
(American) Thanksgiving coming
up and we don't see the numbers
as in past years.
"This time with the mid-term
breaks you would have had par-
ents taking children off for trips
plus booking a Christmas trip and
we don't see that. (Now) one mem-
ber of the family may be going and
doing the shopping whereas before
it was a shopping trip and a vaca-
tion for the children. So I think
people are still going but not in the
numbers that they have been," she
The inventory of airline seats
this year is also lower than in pre-
vious years, Ms Sherman said,
because a few airlines have cut
"Previously we would have had
American, Continental and
Bahamasair, the three airlines
going into both Miami and Fort
Lauderdale, and at the moment
we have American and Bahama-

sair servicing Miami and Conti-
nental and Bahamasair servicing
Fort Lauderdale. The numbers of
seats have been decreased so,
although prices haven't increased
because the numbers are lower,
you are getting higher fares
because the number of seats have
She noted that last year Bahami-
ans were making "four or five
trips" a year to Miami but are now
shifting towards one "dream" vaca-
tion a year, instead of multiple
To cope with this change, Des-
tinations is focusing on improving
customer service and offering more
exotic packages to entice locals to
offices, Ms Sherman said.
Bahamasair managing director
Henry Woods said the airline has
noticed a slight decrease in book-
ings this year and has adjusted its
fleet operating smaller planes on
international routes accordingly.
"Bookings have decreased
slightly this year, we can see the
trend here is following the industry
and we have approached that from
a point of adjusting ai -aft and
the fleet to maintain the capacity

FROM page one

cerated for six years, being denied bail through
two trials since his arrest, also in 2002.
There has been controversy over the unconsti-
tutional nature of remanding a prisoner without
sentencing for such long periods of time.
The brothers' first trial appearance ended
abruptly, as a juror was found to have a close con-
nection with one of the murder accused. The sec-
ond concluded with a hung jury.
Prosecutors have reapplied to the Attorney

FROM page one
However, with scandals such
as the evolving multi-million dol-.
lar construction scam that has a
sitting MP under police ques-
tioning, Mr Smith said that "indi-
viduals" should think of the larg-
er issue and not allow his or her
situation to jeopardise the par-
ty's chances of becoming the gov-
ernment again.
"In the past, the PLP has had
to deal with people who made
mistakes. In some cases it was
mistakes of judgment, but it
resulted in that individual becom-
ing unpopular or the public may
have regarded it as behaving in a
scandalous way, and the party
has had to make decisions about
not nominating them in the com-
ing election. In the past there are
many examples that I don't nec-
essarily have to go into," he said.
Usually, the politician accepts


but sort of change the size of the
equipment, alternate smaller
equipment on certain routes on
certain days in order to relieve the
poor loads. But we haven't had a
significant cutback in flights, we've
just been adjusting equipment
where necessary to balance the
loads out."
He is expecting a turnaround
from November onwards: "We
anticipate that it's really.going to
pick up again around the Thanks-
giving time we anticipate a rea-
sonable Christmas season. Tradi-
tionally those periods have been
very heavy for us so we feel as
though it will pick up in a couple of
weeks and we'll move back to
almost all jet services on interna-
tional routes."
Last month, Bahamasair
announced a new scheme to attract
more customers. The airline part-
nered with several hotel chains and
car rental agencies in South Flori-
da to offer clients special packages.
Bahamasair also said it was
expanding its role by strengthening
partnerships with local hotels and
promotion boards.
Mr Woods said so far the
scheme had performed reasonably
well and the airline planned to
expand it this winter.

Mario Miller murder

accused receives bail
General's Office for a third trial to begin as early
as January.
Justice Stephen Isaacs yesterday asked Ryan
and Lee if they had retained counsel for the next
Lee said his family was working on the matter
and Ryan replied: 'We ga be all right."

Former minister
blame for their actions, Mr Smith
said, as he recognizes that the
organisation the party is big-
ger than the individual.
"You never let your conduct
so impact the organisation that
by your action you bring the,
organisation down. You live to
fight another day. For instance, in
the United Kingdom there is a
gentleman who is re-entering the
Cabinet for a third time. He was
a valuable member of the Labour
party and he had to leave for one
reason or another, came back,
and had to leave,again. And he
was a very important man to
Tony Blair's government. He is
now re-emerging again in the
Gordon Brown government.
"So, human beings make mis-
takes. Politicians make mistakeses .

But if it is not a mistake that is
born out of dishonesty and greed,
or supreme immoral conduct,
they can live to fight another day.
So the past has had some good
examples," he said.
Mr Smith said that if they had
learnt the lessons from'their mis-
takes in the past, figures like
Shane Gibson, Sidney Stubbs,
Keod Smith, Kenyatta Gibson,
Neville Wisdom, and Leslie
Miller could five to serve again in
the party.
"They would have learnt their
lesson. Some of our history is the
history of good governance and
responsible politicians, some-
times laced with some conduct
of men who made mistakes."
He favoured second chances
"as long as (accusations) are not
based on deep-seated dishonesty,
thievery, or a high.degree of
immorality," he said.,.

FROM page one

go into effect and six additional
non-touristic zones have been
approved for taxis.
Presently, adults and children
(not in uniform) pay $1 to ride
the bus, while high school age
children in uniform pay 75 cents
and primary school age children
pay 50 cents.
Asked yesterday exactly how
much each of these categories will
now have to pay to ride the bus in
light of the increases, Mr Grant
said that a forthcoming press
release would explain the fee
structure. However, none was
received up to press time.
Public Transport Association
Bahamas (PTAB) president
Reuben Rahming said it was too
early for him to comment on the
move, as those in the industry
were also "waiting patiently" for
government to provide them with
exact details of price rises that
are to be allowed.
While calls to raise fares, which
are mandated by government,
became louder in recent months
when fuel prices hit record highs,
the last two weeks have seen sig-

Jitney, taxi fares
nificant reductions in the cost of
running vehicles as fuel prices
dipped again in line with falls in
the price of oil in the world mar-
Yesterday Mr Rahming said
that to tic the industry's call for
higher fares to gas prices alone is
to "misunderstand" the matter.
"Even though it may have gone
down a little bit it doesn't change
the fact that inflation has impact-
ed us drastically in the last
decade. What that means is that
the same problem you are hav-
ing with your utility bills, higher
school fees etc, it's the same prob-
lem, the same impact, that per-
sons in the busing industry are
going through."
He said another major reason
why more money needed to come
into operators is so that drivers
can work "humanely".
According to the PTAB presi-
dent, the average public service
driver works about 14 hours a
day. "We need to bring new
blood into the industry," said Mr
In June the Ministry of Works,

in conjunction with the Road
Traffic Department and bus asso-
ciations, announced an initiative
aiming to improve the level of
service provided by jitneys.
Former Minister of Works Earl
Deveaux said the public would
need to "get something in return"
should a fare increase be
He also expressed hope that
through improving the public's
perception of the industry more
people would be willing to leave
their cars at home and take pub-
lic transport, thereby relieving
chronic congestion in New Prov-
Yesterday Mr Rahming admit-
ted that the outcome of the chal-
lenge was a "little disappointing",
both on the part of the industry
and the government, which had
committed to erecting more bus
stops and other amenities to help
drivers behave in a more orderly
fashion, but expressed commit-
ment to continuing efforts to
brush-up the industry's image and,
make it more responsive to con-
sumer demand.
A message left for Taxi Cab
Union president Leon Griffin was
not returned up to press time.

Ministry targets improving

quality of visitor experience

FROM page one

ing along with the ministries of national security
and environment on initiatives to upgrade the
Bahamian experience.
He conceded that simply attracting new cate-
gories of visitors to the Bahamas is not enough if the
Bahamian product remains the same. The lacklustre
appearance of Bay Street Nassau's main thor-
oughfare and the immediate need for its redevel-
opment is simply one component of the Bahamian
package that needs upgrades.
"A lot of what we talked about in terms of what
the visitor will experience is not now in place but we
are working diligently with certainly all the other
government departments and the private sector to
begin to put that in place immediately, and we're in
Trinidad at the moment talking to cruise lines and
the- central piece of that is the whole downtown
redevelopment which we are very excited about
because that makes Nassau much more attractive to
cruise passengers, plus (the opportunity) exists for
them to make more revenue," he said.
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace did not divulge specifics
of the impending changes to downtown Nassau, as
they fell under the charge of the ministers of nation-
al security and the environment.
"You're going to see it by degrees. You're going

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A formal ground-breaking
ceremony was held to announce
what was declared to be the
commencement of the project
in July, 2006, at which a variety
of voices from the Bahamian
sporting community expressed
their excitement about what the
stadium would mean for sport
in the country. However,
progress stalled thereafter.
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture, Desmond Bannister,
yesterday told The Tribune that
it is anticipated that the heavy
equipment needed "will take a
month to get here and that
shortly after that month the
construction is going to start."
As to the size of the multi-
use stadium, the minister said
it would be "adapted for
Bahamians" and therefore
smaller than that initially
planned (30,000 seats), but still
"the most fantastic stadium in
the region."

to see a number of things happening we're working
with the minister of national security and minister of
the environment, without talking about some specific
stuff you're going to see some changes in what
downtown Nassau looks like, what happens in a
number of places already.
' "But we will leave those announcefients to them,
because it's really their initiative in terms of improv-
ing the Bahamian experience, but you will see them
slowly," he said.
He will visit China in mid-November for the first
time in his capacity as tourism minister with the
aim of promoting the Bahamas as a part of a com-
bination destination for Asian travellers.
"The idea of Chinese travelling (as) it's a very
long distance to come exclusively to the Bahamas is
fairly remote. We all do the same thing when we
travel long distances, you tend to visit multiple des-
tinations so you have an increasing number of peo-
ple from China travelling to this part of the world on
business and leisure and to work with those com-
panies that are making arrangements for those peo-
ple to add the Bahamas to the combination.
"And that's what you'll see as one of our main
planks in our new thrust combination vacations,
and that's really the premise on which we are build-
ing and history has shown, with Japanese travellers
in particular, that that's by far the best route to fol-

He said: "It's going to be one
that you will be very proud of
and you will see that in the first
six months of my term in office
(ending December, 2008) I'm
going to make sure that gets
started. Hold me to that,"
The Tribune understands that
some of the delay in moving
ahead with the stadium under
.the FNM government came
about as a result of time needed
by the Ministry of Works to
review the Chinese designs to
make sure they complied with
the Bahamian building code.
The stadium has been a
minor political flashpoint since
the Ingraham administration
came to power in May, 2007,
with FNM ministers blaming
the former Christie government
for its failure to materialise
according to schedule.
In July this year, culture min-
ister Charles Maynard claimed

the delay in moving ahead with
the project was because "it took
(the FNM) this long to clean up
the mess (the PLP) had left in
He said: "This is one of the
most mismanaged programmes
ever in my opinion and it falls in
the lap of the former prime
minister himself."
Mr Miller said completion of
the proposed stadium will mean
that sports like baseball and
softball, once played at the
Andre Rodgers and Churchill
Tener Knowles stadia, will have
a "decent home."
"We can have one big sport-
ing centre that could be the
sporting mecca for The
Bahamas," said Mr Miller.
Both stadia were demolished
in 2006 to make way for the
new project, an act which for-
mer Minister of Youth and
Sports Byran Woodside
denounced as premature in light
of delays in progress in com-
pleting the new venue.


Residents collecting litter to

'Keep Grand Bahama Clean'
* By DENISE MAYCOCK mental manager at the Grand "We know culturally our peo- es a magnitude we cannot handle
Tribune Freeport Reporter Bahama Port Authority, said she ple like music and we wanted first we want to address it," she
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net hopes that the event will influ- of all to encourage residents with said.

Grand Bahama Clean' campaign
is catching on among residents
as they participated in a special
litter collection initiative on Sat-
urday morning in the city of
A large number of residents
took to the streets at 7am on Sat-
urday, collecting roadside litter
in the areas of Pioneer's Way,
Frobisher Drive, Raleigh Drive,
Shackelton Drive and West Mall.
The route ended at the Grand
Bahama Port Authority Build-
ing on the Mall, where partici-
pants were treated to a bag of
treats and refreshments for their
hard work.
Nakira Wilchcombe, environ-

ence others to do the same in
their communities.
"This is the second anniver-
sary of the 'Keep Grand Bahama
Clean' initiative. It is the first
time we are doing this and it is
almost like a pilot to see if we
can do it in other areas as well.
"From this experience, we are
hoping to take. it to other areas
and for other people to see and
mimic. We hope it catches on.
We are hoping we are able to
impact the entire community,"
said Ms Wilchcombe.
A purple trailer also accompa-
nied participants along the route
and broadcast public service
announcements telling residents
in the area of the importance of
keeping the environment clean.

sounds to come out an joint me
initiative," Ms Wilchcombe said.
"The overall initiative is catch-
ing on, but there is still a lot of
work to do and sometimes peo-
ple get complacent because
Grand Bahama is so clean."
Ms Wilchcombe said that indis-
criminate dumping is a problem
in Grand Bahama, more so than
littering, as the Port Authority
has a constant system of picking
up garbage.
She said persons are dumping
old refrigerators and other appli-
ances which can be picked up
free charge for residents who pay
service charges.
"The problem of indiscrimi-
nate dumping is of particular con-
cern to us, and so before it reach-

we want to maKe a special
appeal to contractors and busi-
ness persons because we are find-
ing a lot of shingles and other
materials used in construction
and renovations dumped in areas
they think no one would see.
Ms Wilchcombe is appealing
to everyone to join the 'Keep
Grand Bahama Clean' move-
ment. She said the message has
been taken to the schools and
civic organizations in the com-
"We are spreading the mes-
sage that it is everyone's business
and everyone's responsibility to
keep Grand Bahama clean
because our economy and
lifestyle depends on a healthy
environment," she said.

Andros farmers get support from Lucayan Tropical

LUCAYAN Tropical Produce has agreed to
purchase 400 cases of green peppers from North
Andros farmers each week for the remainder of
the season, sales manager Roger Rolle
"Once we have this worked out, then we will
move on to other produce as well," he said.
Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corpo-
ration (BAIC) executive chairman Edison Key,
said he was "very encouraged" by the move.
"We see Andros not only as a breadbasket of
the Bahamas, but also as providing opportunities
whereby Bahamians can earn a decent living,"
he said.
"If we can get a handle on agriculture feed-
ing ourselves and catering to the millions of
tourists who visit us each year we would wipe
out unemployment."
Lucayan Tropical, operators of an extensive
hydroponics farm in New Providence, is pro-
viding farmers with seedling.
North Andros farmers liaison officer Eric
Lightbourne and Lucayan Tropical are working
together to formulate a plan to ensure stag-
gered harvests, said Mr Rolle.
"We do not want a glut and we do not want a
situation where everyone has it for three months
and then stop. We are working on consistency,"
he said.
"We will move the product to New Provi-
dence where the market can absorb it quite eas-
ily. We will pay for the shipping. We will provide
the packaging, and we will sell it. We just need
farmers to grow it consistently.
"We will use the same grading standards that
the US uses for peppers, so the quality will be
Rather than depending solely on the govern-

BAIC EXECUTIVE chairman Edison Key (right) and his team inspect a field of green peppers in North
Andros. Pictured from left are BAIC general manager Benjamin Rahming; Lucayan Tropical Produce
sales manager Roger Rolle; North Andros Farmers Association president Cecil Gaitor; farmers liaison
officer Eric Lightbourne, and domestic investment officer Alphonso Smith.

ment's packing houses to purchase their prod-
ucts, BAIC has been encouraging farmers to
work directly with New Providence buyers.
"We have visited the farms, we have seen
the product, we see the potential." said Mr
"We realise that they need some assistance
especially in organising.
"This model of the 400 cases of green peppers
we are going to take every week is just a start.
Once we have this worked out, then we will

move on to other produce as well.
"We will give them a fair price because we are
all in the business of making money. We do not
intend to exploit one another. It is a co-operative
and I know that we can make it work."
North Andros Farmers Association presi-
dent Cecil Gaitor said they were grateful to
BAIC and Lucayan Tropical and other buyers
"for their expression of confidence in us."
"We will do the very best we can to produce
the finest product," he said.

Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026

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Lia Nikki

The Venerable Archdeacon Keith
Scott will officiate.


Lashley, 24
of Poinciana Avenue, Skyline
Heights will be held on
Thursday October 30th, 7:00
p.m. at St Christopher's
Anglican Church, Lyford Cay.
Cartwright assisted by Fr. Peter

Funeral Service and Mass of Thanksgiving will be held on Friday
October 31st, 10:00 a.m. at St. Christopher's Anglican Church,
Lyford Cay, The Venerable Archdeacon Keith Cartwright assisted by
Fr. -Peter Scott will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn
Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.

Lia wvas born in Nassau on July 3rd, 1984. She attended Tambearly
School and St. Augustine's College in Nass'au, The Madeira School
in Virginia, Emory University in. Atlanta and was a medical student
at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. During these years
she impacted the lives of her family and her wide circle of friends in
a meaningful and enduring way, She was loved greatly and gave
great love in return. Lia died on October 23, 2008 in Kingston,
Jamaica and will be remembered with love by so many, including her
parents, Charles and Toni; her brothers, Brett and Ryan; her Grand
parents, Sir Orville and Lady Turnquest and Adeline Lashley; her
uncles and aunts, Edward and Michele Fields, Tommy and Shawn
Turnquest, Jimmy and Marise Lashley, Ramon and Debbie Lashley,
Deanna Lashley and Jacqueline Lashley; her cousins, Carey, Robed
and ErinTurnquest, Candace Fields, Andre Lashley, Anthony
Lashley, her housekeeper Iris Gayle, her Godmothers Elma
Campbell and Katina Mezulanik; her special friend, Kenneth
Ingraham; her dog, Kalik; her grandaunts and granduncles Basil and,
Bobbie Sands, Gurth and Beverly Ford, George and Fredericka
McCartney, Carver and Veronica Grant, Jean Turnquest, Archbishop
Patrick Pinder, Sammy and Gayle Pinder, Alfred and Vivian
Braithwaite, Nicholas Braithwaite, Hyacinth Braithwaite; her sisters
of the heart, Muna Issa, Kelley Knowles and Krista Nottage; adopted
parents, John and Aida Issa, and Ronnie and Gvyen Knowles;
adopted brother and sister, Chris and Zein Nakash and their children
Jordan and AJ. Lia was blessed to have a large extended family and
a great number of friends from all of the many paths she travelled,
all of whom will cherish her memory.

Friends may pay-their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians,
Nassau Street on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at the
church from 6:00 p.m. until service time, and on Friday from 9:00 a.
m. until service time.





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Michelle. his daughter;.daughter-in-law

Marlene; granddaughters, brothers, sisters,

step-mother, Margaret Fox of Hope Town

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

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each horizontal block equals the number to its left; and the sum
of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number
Sg may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.

Sudoku Answer


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6 Blow with whip (4)
10 Worth (5)
11 Attempt (9)
12 Annul (8)
13 V-shaped cut (5)
15 To fancy (7)
17 Staying power (7)
19 Crowded closely
together (7)
21 Authentic (7)
22 Protection (5)
24 Take responsibility
for (8)
27 Deviation (9)
28 Elizabethan
buccaneer (5)
29 At the proper time (4)
30 Inveterate (4-6)

1 Actors are prepared to
appear in it (4-2,4)
6 Broken oar left for
examination (4)
10 Cook demands the right
oven (5)
11 Lavish with everything but
mercy? (9)
12 Attempting a composition
in G (8)
13 The short measure not
taken with permission (5)
15 Drug possibly oceanic in
origin (7)
17 Strong blow wrenched a
door half off (7)
19 Drop of French
perfume (7)
21 See sign is incorrect for a
start (7)
22 There's some point in a
story having one (5)
24 Raises to a higher state,
but some given no
blessing (8)
27 Not having had any hot
drinks? (4,5)
28 African port bar that is
smashed up (5)
29 The temptation of
misrule (4)
30 It's said to be praise for
good sportsmen (4,6)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution
Across: 1 Slapped, 5 Baste, 8
Ascertain, 9 Amp, 10 Kids, 12
Chastise, 14 Distil, 15 Remiss, 17
Isotherm, 18 Myth, 21 Ego, 22
Repairman, 24 Straw, 25 Liberty.
Down: 1 Smack, 2 Arc, 3 Port, 4
Deaths, 5 Bandsmen, 6 Stability, 7
Express, 11 Dishonour, 13 Withdraw,
14 Drivers, 16 Propel, 19 Handy, 20
Limb, 23 Mar.

1 Spoils of war? (4)
2 Sounds like sleeping bags
carried on the back (9)
3 It's very much used as a
prefix (5)
4 Asian defeat is far from
unusual (7)
5 A new song hit right
away (2,5)
7 Collect more pay (5)
8 A flashy edifice (10) -
9 The actors have to press
hard (4-4)
14 Bill gets a medical qualifi-
cation of a college (10)
16 A visionary transaction is
included in it (8)
18 I stay true to the principle
of self-denial (9)
20 Three times surrounded a
number show fear, (7)
21 Non-specialist officer (7)
23 Man who may impose a
rigid measure? (5)
25 Scene of a towering
row (5)
26 Pole getting into corrupt
company (4)

Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Chaotic, 5 Grasp, 8 Out
of hand, 9 Tot, 10 Dash, 12
Stubborn, 14 Repeat, 15 Mutiny, 17
Probable, 18 Myth, 21 Opt, 22
Guatemala, 24 Terse, 25 Earthly.
Down: 1 Crowd, 2 Act, 3 Tuft, 4
Crafty, 5 Gadabout, 6 Authority, 7
Potency, 11 Supporter, 13
Harangue, 14 Rapport, 16 Please,
19 Hoary, 20 Tear, 23 Ash.

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1 Identical (4)
2 Agitator (9)
3 A fight (3-2)
4 Daunt (7)
5 Incessant (7)
7 Take up (5)
8 Unsentimental (4-6)
9 Assert (8)
14 Arbitrary (4-6)
16 Deceptive (8)
18 Going from place to
place (9)
20 Notwithstanding (7)
21 Adult (5-2)
23 Auctioneer's
hammer (5)
25 Stay temporarily (5)
26 Take care of (4)




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nine-letter word. No plurals.
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that his best source of tricks lies in
Ordinarily, declarer would handle
this particular diamond combination
by first cashing the ace and then the
king. But observe what happens if
South follows that procedure in the
EAST present case. He can no longer score
2 all his diamonds, and cannot score a
Q J 10 8 fourth diamond trick without surren-
. 9 6 3 during one to East first. East would
6Q 10 4 3 then return the queen of hearts to put
the contract down one.
To prevent this from happening,
declare should cash the king of dia-
monds at trick two and next lead the
ten, planning to finesse if East fol-
lows low! This approach guarantees
North the contract even if West wins the
2 NT trick with the jack. (South would
then score four diamonds, two clubs
spades. and three spades after conceding a
trick to West's king.)
s are often Of course, if East covers the ten
nical con- with the jack, South wins with the
ir example, queen, thus assuring five diamond
be right to tricks whether West follows suit or
st play in a not.
other, it may In adopting this line of play,
to find the declarer reasons that he is virtually
particular certain to make the contract by cash-
ing the diamond king at trick two. It
vhcrc West is a safety play that ensures at least
c. l)clarer oIur diamond tricks and three
c and sees. notrump, come what may.
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Federer to play against

US in '09 Davis Cup

'Associated Press Writer
GENEVA (AP) Roger Federer ended
speculation over his Davis Cup plans Tues-
day and announced he will play for Switzer-
land against the United States next March.
It will be the first time in five years that
the 13-time Grand Slam singles winner has
broken up his early season schedule for the
Davis Cup.
"I am excited to once again join my fel-
low Swiss teammates, who I have a great
friendship with," Federer said on his Web
site. "I look forward to what I am sure will
be a tough weekend."
The World Group first-round series will
be played March 6-8 in the U.S. at a venue
to be chosen by the United States Tennis

Association in the next six weeks.
Federer helped Switzerland rejoin the
elite World Group when it beat Belgium
last month.
He beat Kristof Vliegen in straight sets,
then teamed up with Stanislas Wawrinka,
his Olympic doubles gold medal-winning
partner in Beijing, to win their doubles

Federer last played a Davis Cup first-
round match in 2004, a victory over Roma-
nia in Bucharest.
"We are obviously very pleased that he
decided he will be joining the team," Swiss
Tennis spokeswoman Sandra Perez said.
"That increases our chances."

. Swiss officials were hopeful Federer
would face the U.S. because his tourna-
ment schedule takes him to California
immediately after the Davis Cup for the
March 9-22 Indian Wells tournament.
"Probably if we were playing the tie in
Australia that would have been a little bit
more difficult," Perez said.
Switzerland and the U.S. have a 1-1
record in Davis Cup meetings.
In 2001, Federer won three points -
including singles victories over Todd Mar-
tin and Jan-Michael Gambill when
Switzerland beat the United States in the
first round in his home city, Basel.
The U.S. beat the Swiss in the 1992 final
at Fort Worth, Texas, with Andre Agassi
and Jim Courier playing singles and John
McEnroe and Pete Sampras in doubles.

graced track star Marion Jones
will give her first post-prison
interview to Oprah Winfrey.
Jones' appearance on
Wednesday's episode of "The
Oprah Winfrey Show" is to be
her first interview since she
was released September 5
from a Texas federal prison
after completing most of her
six-month sentence for lying
about steroid use.
Jones tells Winfrey that it
wasn't difficult for her to

return the three gold medals
she won in the 2000 Sydney
She says "it's the memory
that will be tarnished."
Jones also is to read aloud a
letter to her children that she
wrote from prison.
The sprinter admitted last
October that she used a
designer steroid known' as "the
clear" from September 2000
to July 2001.
Her admission came after
years of denials.

Same-old Pistons insist WDA
So satisfied

AP Sports Writer
(AP) The Detroit Pistons are
getting one more chance to
return to the NBA finals for the
first time since 2005 despite
threats that the familiar cast was
going to get broken up.
Rasheed Wallace insisted he
wasn't worried about the possi-
bility of getting traded, but he's
thankful to have another shot
to make a run with Chauncey
Billups, Richard Hamilton and
Tayshaun Prince.
The quartet helped the Pis-
tons win a championship in 2004
and with Antonio McDyess the
next season, they fell just short
of repeating.
Since then, Detroit has been
eliminated in Game 6 of the
Eastern Conference finals each
"We've been together for so
long," Wallace said. "We've
been to the mountaintop.
Sipped the juice. Fell off the
Wallace and Co. will start
what they hope will be a climb
back to the top Wednesday
night at home against the Indi-
ana Pacers in the opener for
both teams.
When the Pistons fired coach
Flip Saunders in June follow-
ing his third straight exit in the
conference finals, Joe Dumars
publicly put everyone on the
roster other than Rodney
Stuckey on the trading block.
Even though the team presi-
dent of basketball operations
didn't end up finding a deal that
made sense to him, he insists
these won't be the same-old Pis-
"Our core guys are back, but
we'll be different," Dumars said
in an interview with The Asso-
ciated Press. "We're going to
incorporate young talent, and
we've added a new, young
The Pistons promoted one of
Saunders' assistants, 40-year-
old Michael Curry.
Curry played with Dumars a
decade ago, and Billups, Hamil-
ton and Prince were teammates
during the 2002-03 season.
Toward the end of Curry's play-
ing career, he led the NBA
players' association and later
had leadership roles within the
NBA and its developmental
"Patience is always going to
be my toughest thing to do,"
Curry said. "Being able to lead,
communicate and knowing the
game are things I've always
been real comfortable with."
The Pistons are trying to plan
for the future while still trying
to win now by putting 21-year-
old Amir Johnson in the start-

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -
The fight that left San Antonio.
boxer Oscar Diaz in a coma
for two months was conducted
within state laws and rules,
according to a state report
released Tuesday.

ing lineup, taking 34-year-old
Antonio McDyess' spot in the
frontcourt. They're also count-
ing on 25-year-old Jason Max-
iell and second-year pros Stuck-
ey and Arron Afflalo to play
key roles in a nine-man rota-
Kwame Brown, the No. 1
pick in 2001, is getting a chance
to revive his career as an occa-
sionally used reserve instead of
a go-to player.
"He needs to be a player
that's coming more into the mix
as opposed to being the main
cake," Wallace said.
It seems wise for the Pistons
to avoid banking on much from
Brown who will make $4 mil-
lion next season because he
averaged just 4.8 points a game
last season with the Los Ange-
les Lakers and Memphis Griz-
zlies and was lackluster this pre-
"I can't make any excuses,"
Brown said. "I just know what I
can do moving forward."
The Pistons are trying to
avoid a look-back, but they do
regret losing the past three sea-
sons to the eventual champion
Boston Celtics; runner-up
Cleveland Cavaliers and title-
bound Miami Heat in the con-
ference finals.
"We've gotten too loose and
lax over the course of the sea-
son and then when we tried to
tighten things up. Things had
slipped too far because we got
too comfortable," Billups said.
"I hope the difference this year
will be that things won't slip
because we'll hold people
accountable all season." -
Curry insists he simply will
sit players who don't play hard
consistently. He also will try to
keep them in check on and off
the court with a list of rules,
starting with one that doesn't
allow excuses.
"We think Michael will bring
discipline and accountability to
this group of guys," Dumars
said. "That's something we feel
like we needed going forward."
Detroit has,won the Central
Division title the past four years
and in six of the last seven sea-
sons winning at least 50
games since the 2001-02 season
- under Saunders, Larry
Brown and Rick Carlisle.
The Pistons have advanced
to six straight conference finals,
the first franchise to do that
since the Los Angeles Lakers
went to eight in a row in the
But the franchise also is just
the first in more than a half-
century to lose in the round just
before the NBA finals three
years in a row.
"The expectation is to make
it to the NBA finals," McDyess

The Texas Department of
Licensing and Regulation said
the referee, ringside physicians
and emergency technicians
also performed their duties "in
accordance with all laws and
rules pertaining to combative

DETROIT PISTONS' Tayshaun Prince (22) takes a shot against Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith in the first half of a
preseason game in Auburn Hills, Michigan...

04 . . Johnson (25) blocks a shot
0 by Cleveland Cavaliers' J J
Hickson in the first half of a
preseason game...

Diaz couldn't leave his cor-
ner before the 11th round of a
fight against Delvin Rodriguez
in San Antonio in July. Refer-
ee Bobby Gonzalez stopped
the fight and immediately

called for medical help when
Diaz couldn't respond to his
questions, according to the
agency's report.
After being transported to a
hospital, Diaz was sedated and
given a breathing tube, the

report said. He later under-
went emergency surgery to
ease swelling on his brain.
Diaz came out of a coma
last month, and boxing pro-
moter Ron Katz said his
recovery continues.

it has


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AP Sports Writer
World Anti-Doping Agency
said Tuesday' it has now
received the results of the 300
drug tests from the Beijing
Olympics that it had previously
reported as missing.
WADA's team of indepen-
dent observers had noted the
missing results in their final
report on the Beijing drug-test-
ing program earlier this month.
The International Olympic
Committee said the mix-up was
due to a "communication prob-
lem" between the Beijing lab
and the observers, and that all
the results had been traced and
later sent to the WADA team.
All those tests were negative.
"The 10 (independent
observer) team is now satisfied
that it has in its possession,
results for all of the in-compe-
tition tests conducted in Bei-
jing and' that all outstanding
issues have now been clarified,"
WADA said in an addendum
to its report issued Tuesday.
WADA said the biggest
group of missing test results,
about 180, were for EPO con-
trols. It said there had been a
misunderstanding over the Bei-
jing lab's indication that those
results would be included in
separate reports.
An additional 117 test results
not received in Beijing were
provided in lab reports dated
Oct. 15-18, with another 17
results for testosterone report-
ed to WADA on Oct. 15-16.
Also, the observers had mis-
takenly asked for EPO test
results on about 32 samples
which were not analyzed for the
blood-boosting hormone,
WADA said.
"The 10 Team has now con-
cluded the review of all results,
can confirm receipt of every
sample it thought to be out-
standing and that all test results
were negative," WADA said.
To avoid similar confusion in
the future, WADA recom-
mended the use of a secure
computer database system to
handle drug-test management
issues at the Olympics.
The observers monitored all
elements of the doping control
process in Beijing, where the
IOC ran the biggest drug-test-
ing program in Olympic history.
Among their key findings
was that 102 of 205 countries
competing in Beijing failed to
provide organizers information
about their athletes' where-
abouts so they could be tested
out of competition.
Six athletes were disqualified
for doping offenses during the
Olympics, and three other cas-
es are still pending.
The IOC plans to retest Bei-
jing samples for traces of
CERA, the new blood-boost-
ing drug that was recently
detected in the samples of four
cyclists from the Tour de

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Texas says fight that put boxer in a coma was lawful





... GSSSA action

Cobras player in action yesterday'
The Cobras defeated Anatol
Rodgers High in straight sets...

HEADS UP-- An R M Bailey
Pacers player spikes the


GETTING IT OVER A C I Gibson Ratler; player digs Ihe ball




. Same-old
) Pistons insist
they will be
Seepage 12



club shows


in the


Sports Reporter '
ONE of the most well
established shows on its cal-
endar, Champion Amateur
Boxing Club showcased a few
of its."diamond; in the rough"
while honourir g one of box-
ing's local legends.
The 15th Ar nual L Garth
Wright Golden Gloves pro-
duced several t likely upsets
and introduced the boxing
community to several fighters
billed as up and coming
impact fighters
Relative newcomer Maxene
Lexcima was named the Most
Valuable Boxer of the tour-
nament after winning his
headlining Light Heavyweight
bout over Tamiko Stubbs via
a third round knockout.
Ray Minus Jr, tournament
organiser and ABC execu-
tive, said Lexcim na thrilled the
crowd with h s adept skill
despite his ine) perience.
"He really displayed great
boxing skills for any fighter,
especially after only working
out in the sports for six
weeks" he saic. "He was up
against a really" experienced
boxer and ius flat out dis-
mantled him, especially
through the use of his jab."
Minus said Lcxcima's debut
Sight was such a hit thaf'i'e
has already been named to
appear in the main event of
the club's next show and
received an end jrsement from
the country's history-making
Olympian in the ring.
'Everyone was very
impressed with how well he
looked in the ring," he said.
"Taureano Johnson was on
hand in the crowd and he said
he could not believe that Lex-
cima just recently started box-
ing. He said he found it
extremely impressive and it
was the best performance of
the night.".
Richard Shell on, named the
tournament's Most Improved
Boxer, scored a stunning
upset with his three-round
decision over RFudolph Polo.
The Best Fight of the Night
went to the bout between
Rotarvio Adde.ley and Jevon
Cornish. Adderley secured
the three-round decision.
Minus Jr said the fight
added an additional flair to
the card with a high impact
match between even fighters.
"There was excellent talent
in this fight and high aggres-
sion maintained throughout
the fight," he sa d. "There was
a little more in-tensity from
start to finish md Adderley
dug deep to pu:l off the upset
against a more experienced
Other results on the card
included Cleveland McPhee
over Judson Joseph, Don
Rolle over Kevin Sullivan,
Charles Sweeting over
Michael Bethel, Apprecio
Davis over Andino Simms,
Jermaine Bain of Christopher
Major, and Ras iield Williams
over Valentino McPhee.
Minus said the event's his-
tory and p1. IL 'A ,lilliiLk. [o
make it or, ,I iIl ciLi' Iir 'iO
anticipated Iuir inj ni, t.
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C C Sweeting Cobras 'bite

up' GSSSA newcomers

A C C Sweeting Cobras player in
action yesterday. The Cobras
defeated Anatol Rodgers High In
straight sets.

SEE more photos on page 13...

C I Gibson

Rattlers beat

R M Bailey


Sports Reporter

delivered a less than
friendly welcome to Ana-
tol Rodgers High, who
made their GSSSA senior girls vol-
leyball debut yesterday.
The Cobras routed the league's
newcomers in straight sets 17-8, 17-8
at the D W Davis Gymnasium.
Before an eager crowd of sup-
porters awaiting an opening day win,
Anatol Rodgers played inspired,
which led to an early 8-8 tie.
However, the Cobras reasserted
their dominance and ended the set
on a 9-0 run.
In the second set, the Cobras
would not allow Anatol Rodgers to
come within five points at any point
"during the set..
CC CC Sweetng led 10-4 early and.
their-oponents had.iMuch trouble
- returning serves from Cobras' cap-
tain, Keisha Thurston.
Thurston applauded her opponents
initial effort and noted improvements
her team must make to reach their
ultimate goal.
"I thought it was a good game,
especially with them being a new
school and all, they actually did pret-
A.6*1L& ty well," he said. "I think we did well
.as always but there is always room to
do better and to improve. I think we
need to improve on our communi-
cation and our service."
As for the defending champion C
V Bethel Stingrays and other teams
around the league, Thurston issued a
warning for the remainder of the
"Trust me, we're getting our cham-
pionship back," she said.
Also yesterday, the late senior girls
game produced a thrilling three set
match between the C I Gibson Rat-
tlers and R M Bailey Pacers, which
remained in contention until Keisha
Burrows came up to serve in rota-
Burrows served 13 consecutive suc-
cessful points for the Rattlers en
route to a dominating 17-2 third set
clinching win.
The first set produced a contro-
versial finish as the set was mistak-
enly called in favour of the Pacers
as they led 18-17. However, a team
must win by two points or be the first
to reach 19.
The Rattlers used the reprieve to
regain momentum and rallied for a
S19-18 win.
.. *The Pacers rebounded from dis-
.. 'appointment to take a hard fought
second set 18-16 but faltered defen-
sively in the third.
League play continues 4pm today
at the DW Davis Gymnasium.

Dynamos' 1-0 victory

over the Cavaliers

Dynamos football clubs went
head-to-head Saturday in a
pre-season scrimmage match.
Dynamos, with a 1-0 victory
over the Cavaliers, found
redemption after they were
shut out 7-0 last year.
Led by coach Carl Lynch,
the under- 11 Dynamos girls
went to work early in the first
half, scoring their first and only
goal during the game's open-
ing minutes when D'shan
Clarke scored on a strike.
On several occasions, the
Cavaliers tried to answer back
but were unsuccessful due to

the dynamic Dynamos
Although much smaller in
stature, the Dynamos used
their speed and agility on the
pitch to keep a talented Cava-
lier squad scoreless.
Besides the goal scorer, the
Dynamos received excellent
play from their new goalkeep-
er, Dhuranique Ferguson, who
kept out two penalty shots and
turned away a few attempts.
While the game was only a
friendly, it gave the young
players on both sides more
incentive to train harder in
preparation for the season.

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RBPF peer leadership seminar focuses on positive change


MINISTER of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest offi-
cially 'opens the Royal
Bahamas Police Force West-
ern Division's Peer Leader-
ship Programme on Thurs-
day, October 23, 2008, the at
New Providence Community
Centre on Blake Road. Stu-
dents from Westminster Col-
lege and Lyford Cay Interna-
tional School were in atten-



V R N r

NATIONAL Security Minister Tommy
Turnquest is urging Bahamians to take advan-
tage of all of the police force's programmes
which aim to positively influence the lives of
young people in this country.
Addressing the launch of the Western Divi-
sion of the police's Peer Leadership Pro-
gramme, Mr Turnquest said the police force
plays a vital role in youth development with-
in the Bahamas.
The leadership programme is designed to
continue to promote positive change within
the school system and the wider community as
part of the police's larger focus.
Students from the Lyford Cay School and
Westminster College participated in the
launch. The schools were selected to partici-
pate as a result of their "outstanding record."
The Lyford Cay School and Westminster
College are the two schools to which the West-
ern Division police units have never had to
respond to because of "any negative type of
Police officials hope to use that record as a,
catalyst for further change by urging the stu-
dents within the leadership training pro-
gramme to spread that same model behav-
iour into their communities and among their
Mr Turnquest that said Thursday's peer
leadership seminar is only one of the many
mechanisms the police is using, "to build a



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"I am particularly
pleased that the
building blocks the
Royal Bahamas Police
Force is using for its
bridge to the people
and community today
are our young people."

Tommy Turnquest
bridge of service, trust and confidence
between the organisation and our people, our
youth and our communities for the better-
ment of the Bahamas."
"I am particularly pleased that the building
blocks the Royal Bahamas Police Force is
using for its bridge to the people and com-
munity today are our young people," Mr
Turnquest said.
"This is an approach that recognizes how
important youth perspectives are for under-
standing what their role and contribution must
be in the growth and development of our
country," he said.



Minister Turnquest said the seminar fol-
lows up on the mandate of Acting Commis-
sioner of Police Reginald Ferguson for the
force to put initiatives in place that cater to the
youth in the various communities throughout
the Bahamas. That mandate was laid out in
the Commissioner's Policy Statement, 2008.
Mr Turnquest said the seminar was
designed to address a variety of issues impact-
ing young people in the country, while pro-
viding them with the additional tools they will
need to be positive youth leaders within their
schools and communities.
"These days we hear a lot about peer pres-
sure, negatively influencing the behaviour of
young people," Mr Turnquest said. "The
Western Division is putting a positive spin on
peer relationships in this programme. It is to
educate youth so that the information and
knowledge they will have at their disposal,
and which they will share with their peers,
will be designed to teach civic and social
"Much will be expected of you, our young
people as peer leaders," Mr Tumquest told the
students. "You are expected to be courteous
and tqlerant, you are expected to communi-
cate well with your peers and with the police,
you are expected to be young people of hon-
esty and integrity and to be law abiding citi-
zens (and) you are expected to make your
parents, teachers, community and country
proud and to give and get respect from your

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next 12-18


Tribune Business Editor
and high-net
worth indi-
viduals, could
"pick up
some bar-
gains" in
equities over
the next 12-
18 months, a financial expert
told Tribune Business yester-
day, with the selling pressure
coming largely from retail
investors desperate for cash.
Kenwood Kerr, Providence
Advisors chief executive, said
retail investors' need for liquid-
ity which in some cases had
caused a build-up of more than
20 'sell' orders for a particular
stock was likely to depress the
BISX All-Share Index's perfor-
mance, and that of other mar-
ket-linked indices such as the
He pointed out, though, that
the selling pressure was not
being driven by the normal cap-
ital markets fundamentals, such
as company earnings and their
future growth prospects, but the
need "just to get out or cause
- people to come in and buy their
Noting that liquidity was
"always going to be a chal-
lenge" in a Bahamian capital
market thinly populated by
investors, Mr Kerr said that
when it came to a timeline for
market recovery: "I suspect it's
12-18 months from now."
He added: "The reason that I
would attach to the amount of
retail persons trying to sell is
that persons are feeling this
credit crunch. They need cash,
liquidity, and rather than going
to the bank and having difficul-

SEE page 4B

New shipping

agent wins

Carnival deal

Tribune Business Editor
An e w I y I a u n c h c d
Bahamas-based shipping
agency has won the port
agent contract to :l% ice
Carnival Cruise Lines, vesselss that
dock in this nation, Tribune Business
can reveal, a move that has catied
concern among its rit\als due to Ihe
firm's seeming links with a mnitior
international shipping s5crice
Inchcape Shipping Ser iices
(Bahamas) was said h) souiircs to
have been appointed by. Carni al ,' its
Bahamas port agent on Octobcr 23.
2008. with some competitors ques-
tioning whether the world's lIarest

But competitors concerned
about seeming affiliation
with major global shipping
services provider, fearing
its entrance could squeeze
their business

cruise line put the contract out to ten-
der because tlihe were not invited to
When contacted yesterday by Tri-,
bune Business, Inchcape Shipping Ser-
vices (Bahamnis) general manager,
SEE page 4B

New $1o00m waste

energy plan revealed

Tribune Business Editor
A RENEWABLE energy firm head-
ed by a former Canadian government
minister was yesterday said to have
linked with a Bahamian partner to pro-
pose a "$100 million-plus investment" in
a New Providence waste-to-energy plant
that will create more than 50 full-time
In the latest submission revealed to
Tribune Business for the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation's (BEC) JRequest
for Proposal (RFP) on renewable ener-
gy supplies, GPEC Global (Canada),
which is headed by that country's for-
mer minister of labour and housing,
Joseph Fonseca, said it had partnered
with Bahamian company, ENERSOL
(Bahamas), for the proposed project.
The partners told this newspaper they
had proposed constructing a waste-to-
energy conversion plant, again at the
site of the landfill off Tonique Williams-
Darling Highway, to produce some 20
megawatts-plus (MW) of electricity per
day that would be sold to BEC.
The plant would have in-built flexi-

Proposal to BEC aims
to create 50 full-time
jobs and supply
20MW of electricity

ability, possessing the ability to process
300, 500 or 800 tonnes of municipal
waste, per day, and create 50 full-time
and "hundreds of temporary" job
GPEC added that the project, if
selected and approved by BEC and the
Government, would like its competi-
tors create spin-off opportunities in
areas such as research and develop-
ment, health, housing and education.
The Canadian company would build
the plant, which it said would be oper-
ational no later than 15 months after
the construction start, under a
build/own/operate contract.
"We framed the proposal in order to
address the waste disposal problem and

SEE page 4B

'Boring' Freeport a tourist turn-off

Tribune Business Editor
FREEPORT's hotel and
tourism industry woes are
largely, due to it being "an
extremely boring destination"
that has allowed the attractions
that first brought visitors there
to "dissipate" without being
replaced, a Bahamian architect
told Tribune Business.
Patrick Rahming, of Patrick
Rahming & Associates, will this
Saturday aim to address this
weakness directly, hosting a
workshop at the Our Lucaya
resort that aims to educate the
private sector on the Develop-
ment of Attractions.
The workshop will feature
presentations by global enter-
tainment industry specialists,
such as Bill Coen and Eric Gor-
don, chief executive and cre-
ative director respectively of
ITEC Entertainment, and

* Architect aims to fix city's lack of attractions with weekend workshop
* Argues that Freeport allowed qualities that first brought in visitors
to 'dissipate' without any replacements

Nadir Hassan of the New
Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fes-
Mr Rahming said the work-
shop. which is being sponsored
by the Ministry of Tourism and
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA), would also
have a distinctly Bahamian
flavour through an afternoon
session focused on the planning
and development of a Bahami-
an theme park concept.
"We'll take the theme park
idea developed by a Freeport
individual, which at this point is
just an idea, and demonstrate
how to take that idea from the
idea stage to project develop-
ment and the market," Mr Rah-

ming told Tribune Business.
"I have been doing talks in
Freeport based on my con-
tention that I know how to fix
Freeport. In February, and
again last month, I spoke to the
Rotary Club there on develop-
ing the tourism economy in
"The bottom line is that
Freeport is an extremely boring
destination......... The reason the
hotels are in trouble is simply
that Freeport is a terrible des-
tination. There is no reason for
tourists to go to Freeport."
Mr Rahming explained that
originally there were three
compelling reasons for tourists
to visit Freeport golf; themed

shopping in the Bazaar; and a
single North African-themed
However, he said that even-
tually a single casino became
no great attraction in and of
itself, while the themed shop-
ping environment also disap-
peared. While golf was present,
Mr Rahming said it had not
been effectively managed and
developed, nor billed as an
"All the major attractions
have gone through misman-
agement and neglect." he told
Tribune Business. "Over time,
they've allowed the reasons for
people to come to Freeport to
dissipate without doing any-

thing to replace those reasons."
In a recent speech to the
Freeport Rotary Club, Mr Rah-
ming contrasted the success
enjoyed by the Freeport Con-
tainer Port, harbour and ship-
ping industries, aided by a well-
defined, clear strategic plan
from Hutchison Whampoa,
with the apparent lack of focus
on the island's tourism prod-
Too many in Freeport, he
argued, were focused on the
Port Authority's health and its
ongoing ownership dispute,
rather than on tourism, which
was the primary source of
employment and business for

Cable Bahamas in

11.3% profit rise

CABLE Bahamas yesterday
unveiled an 11.3 per cent
increase in 2008 third quarter
net income to $5.872 million,
although the year-on-year
increase was less than the per-
centage achieved for the first
nine months.
While the BISX-listed com-
pany saw revenues increase by 7
per cent to $20.514 million,
compared to $19.161 million,
during the three months to Sep-
tember 30, 2008, this was out-
shone by the 9.3 per cent oper-
ating expenses growth indi-
cating that rising costs are also
impacting Cable Bahamas'
With operating expenses
increasing from $9.7 million to
$10.062 million year-over-year,
gross profits for the 2008 third

But operating expenses
rise shows cost increases
beginning to bite

quarter rose by only 4.8 per cent
- from $9.461 million to $9.912
With depreciation and amor-
tisation remaining relatively flat,
Cable Bahamas saw third quar-
ter operating income grow by
4.2 per cent to $6.825 million
from $6.548 million.
But, aided by a fall in interest
expense from $709,000 in 2007
to $491,000 this year, and a
$100,000 drop in preference
share dividends, third quarter
net income rose by 11.3 per cent
to $5.872 million, compared to
$5.277 million last year.
Cable Bahamas also spent
$114,000 less on its share repur-
chase programme than it did a
year ago, expending $146,000.
As for the year-to-date, Cable
Bahamas has so far shrugged
off the effects of the declining
Bahamian economy, largely due
to the fact that its products are
an 'essential utility' much like
electricity and water that con-
sumers cannot do without.
Net income for the nine
months to September 30, 2008,
was up 20.4 per cent at $18.777
million, compared to $15.59 mil-
lion in 2007.
Revenues were ahead by 8.3
per cent at $60.903 million, com-
pared to $56.208 million in 2007,
while operating expenses had
increased at a more moderate
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THE Bahamas' economic
growth is likely to be "less" than
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) projections for both 2008
and 2009, a senior insurance
executive has warned, with this
nation having to "travel a rough
road over the next 12-18
Chester Cooper, British
American Financial's president
and chief executive, said that if
the proposed US $700 billion
banking sector bailout, and sim-
ilar measures taken elsewhere,
quickly restored stability in the
global financial system and cap-
ital markets, resulting in a con-
sumer confidence rebound, the
Bahamas "might see some mild

indicators of improvement by
the fourth quarter of 2009".
While the IMF had down-
graded the Bahamas' projected
gross domestic product (GDP)
growth from three per cent to
one per cent for 2008, and to
1.2 per cent for 2009, Mr Coop-
er said: "No disrespect to them
as the respected authority on
these matters, but I think it will
be less.
"I suspect 2008 and 2009 will
be a wash more like 0.2 per
cent at best. This would be
more in line with their very own
projections for the US and
Europe. I therefore do not
expect the Bahamas' economy
to defy gravity and beat the
Addressing the Exuma Busi-
ness Outlook conference, Mr
Cooper said the key economic
indicators for the Bahamas
were not looking good.
On the unemployment front,
the percentage of Bahamians
actively looking for work but
unable to find it had risen to
just under 9 per cent, accord-
ing to the latest Department of

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WHEREAS, Great Commission Ministries International was founded in 1987 to
assist the poor, the needy and the homeless;

AND WHEREAS, Great Commission Ministries International is a non-profit,
global non-governmental organization whose mission is to bring reconciliation,
restoration and hope to persons affected by poverty, crime, drug abuse and broken

AND WHEREAS, the non-profit organization has developed invaluable
programmes to assist these individuals;

AND WHEREAS, thousands 'of persons have been served through the
ministry's emergency shelters, feeding centre, food bank, clothing distribution
centre, after school homework and reading centre, counseling centre, drug
rehabilitation programmes and other ministries:

AND WHEREAS, Great Commission Ministries remains committed to assisting
fire and disaster victims and defending the rights of the poor;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of 'The Bahamas hereby, proclaim Wednesday, 29" October, 2008

hereunto set my Hand and Seal this
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Statistics data.
However, discouraged work-
ers those who had given up
seeking a formal job account-
ed for another 3 per cent of
Bahamians who were at an eco-
nomically active age, meaning
the real unemployment rate in
the Bahamas was at least 12 per
The tourist arrivals data was
also gloomy, Mr Cooper said,
with the Ministry of Tourism

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reporting.total visitor numbers
were down 9 per cent for the
2008 first half, with Exuma off
by 12 per cent.
One consequence stemming
from this was that hotel occu-
pancies were also down, with
many staff working one, two
and three-day work weeks, and
earning reduced incomes. Cap-
ital inflows from foreign direct
investment had slowed to a
trickle, at best, with home fore-
closures steadily rising across
the Bahamas.
Mr Cooper said Bahamians
should use the next 12 months,
which were projected to be lean
economically, to re-position and
adjust. He added: "I was not
satisfied that Exuma was build-
ing a sustainable product/desti-
nation. I was concerned, that
there was little or no entrepre-
neurial growth occurring
around the Four Seasons
"I need not tell you that we're
headed full steam for one of the
most challenging financial times
that we've seen in perhaps most
of our lifetimes," Mr Cooper
"I tell you, however, with
much pain that we're not at the
bottom yet. My outlook is that
the slight increase in tourist
numbers (compared to August
and September) that we will see
for November's Thanksgiving,
and the likely surge in spend-
ing that we will see for Decem-
ber, will mask the true extent
of the situation.
"The lean months just after
Christmas will be the true pic-
ture of our plight. If you think
that these are the 'rainy days'
for which I told you to prepare
for last year, I'm here to tell
you that there are thunder,
lightning, tropical storms and
possibly hurricanes brewing out
there in the Atlantic. Said dif-
ferently, this will get 'far worse'
before it gets better."

Fo t' heF s.-torie
behindl thei::


* By Diane.Phillips
For The Tribune
EXUMA's Grand Isle
Resort & Spa yesterday
reporting its best October
ever, with occupancy up
more than 50 per cent
year-over-year and its full-
service spa in just a few
"The results surprised us
a bit, too, given what we
keep hearing in the mar-
ketplace," said James
Clabaugh, President, of
EGI Ltd, developers of the
condo hotel located steps
from the beach and Greg
Norman Golf Course in
Emerald Bay, Exuma.
"I am not sure what to
attribute it to except word
of mouth and people
appreciating quality. The
tougher the times, the
more discerning those who
can spend become."
Grand Isle's rates are
not for the faint of pocket.
Rack rates start at nearly
$500 a night for a one-bed-
room villa, and climb to
almost $4,800 for a 5,400
square foot, four-bedroom
penthouse. And hotel
executives are most wor-
ried that there will not be
enough seats on planes to
deliver guests who want to
book during the height of
the holiday season through
Spring, when the newly-
expanded wedding pack-
ages are expected to lure
more guests with families
and friends.
"We i also have a new
website. which we have
received a lot of compli-
ments on," said Mr
Clabaugh, "and recently,
we have had several guests
check in saying they chose
Grand Isle after reading
the reviews on tripadvi-
Tripadvisor.com is a
popular website that posts
frank visitor reviews, fre-
quently more negative
than glowing. But postings
on Grand Isle have been
so positive that, for the
past few years, the hilltop,
oceanfront resort has con-
sistentlyv ranked number
one i' Exuma. Recently,
it moved up to number
two overall in the
Bahamas, ranking second
only to Rock House, a
nine-room boutique inn in
Harbour island.
Despite Grand Isle's
success, operating the
resort in a tight leisure
travel market is a constant
balancing act between cost
containment and deliver-
ing quality.
"Operating a condo
hotel, where revenue is
split witt unit owners, and
satisfying the requirements
of a high-end resort means
constant vigilance, partic-
ularly in this market where
fuel costs are unpre-
dictable, and where resorts
are vulnerable to other
forces driving demand,"
said Shervin Penn, Grand
Isle's assistant manager.
"We have done some
restructuring, outsourcing
some areas of operations
to Exuma businesses, and
we continue to look for
ways to control expenses
while maintaining the
highest level of service.
Service is our top priority,
so we constantly engage in
training. That's one area
where you cannot trim
costs. It is ongoing and
essential. Looking ahead,
we would like to think our
biggest problem next year
will be persuading airlines
to increase airlift."


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BAHAMIAN merchants are
still feeling the effects of a
declining economy through
decreased sales, amid fervent
hopes that the upcoming
Christmas season will end a dis-
appointing year on a higher
One marketing executive for
a ladies retail store said yester-
day that it was not surprising
that there had been a signifi-
cant decline in business.
"I think everyone that you

ask will tell you that things are
bad. I can say from our store's
standpoint that we are making
just enough to meet our bills
and pay our staff, so we have
been able to stay open, but that
is about it," she said. "Still, at
least they are on a full week's
work, which we hear is unlike
the hotels, who are on short
work weeks."
The manager preferred to
remain anonymous, saying she
did not want to risk losing any
competitive edge by disclosing
publicly her company's status.
She said it was becoming
obvious that more and more

Bahamians were heeding the
warnings of the Central Bank
to exercise financial prudence
during these difficult times.
"You know, people are still
shopping, but clothing is not a
necessity like food, and even
with food, people are only buy-
ing the necessities when they
go into the food stores," the
manager said.
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they were hopeful for a good
Christmas, they have been prac-
tical in their ordering for the
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Common Law & Equity Division


(In Liquidation)



First Defendant
Second Defendant
Third Defendant
Fourth Defendant
Fifth Defendant

District of the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Dahamas, Attorney-
at-law, make oath and say as follows:-
1. That I am an associate attorney at the firm of
Messrs. McKinney, Turner & Co., Oakbridge House West
Hill Street Nassau, Bahamas Attorneys for the Plaintiff
and I am duly authorized to make this Affidavit on behalf
of Raymond Winder, the Official Liquidator of Suisse
Security Bank & Trust Limited (hereinafter referred to
as "SSBT") (In Liquidation), the Plaintiff and I make
this Affidavit in support of the Plaintiff's prayer that the
injunction granted by this Honourable Court on 13' July,
2007 be continued as against the First Defendant.
3. Notwithstanding many attempts made by XMr.
Claude Toppin, a former Supreme Court Bailiff, to effect
service of the Writ of Summons on the First Defendant,
including several trips to his usual or last known address
on Paradise Island, Mr. Toppin has to date been unable to
effect service of the said Writ on him. The persons at the
First Defendant's residence always advise that the he is off
of the Island,
4. We were forced to obtain an Order for substituted
service on 2'd July, 2008. There is now produced and shown
to be marked "Exhibit KDS-1 and KDS-2" a copy of the
Order and the Affidavit in support of the Order.
5. The Official Liquidator is fearful that the First
Defendant may attempt to liquidate his remaining real
assets in The Bahamas, name the properties listed in the
Order granted on 13'"July, 2007.
6. The Plaintiff therefore requests that the injunction
remain in place until a further Order is sought to prevent
the sale of the referenced properties and freeze the assets
of the First Defendant.
7. That the contents hereof are true and correct to
the best of my information, knowledge and belief.

SWORN TO in the City of Nassau,
New Providence this 22",11 day of
October, 2008
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The deadline for submission of tenders is Friday, November 7, 2008.
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New $100m waste energy plan revealed

ment is fully finance d, and
ready to serve.
"It is no secret th ,' the
Bahamas is proprietor to one
of the wealthiest natural
resource portfolios in the world
on a per capital basis."
Edward Ferguson,
spokesman for ENERSOL

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given -that in accordance with Section 138(4)
of the International business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
CASSEL CORPORATION. is in dissolution. David J. Rounce
is the Liquidator and can be contacted at 132, Yorshire Street,
Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-
named company are required to send their names, addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 10th
November, 2008

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(No.46 of 2000)
IBC N 99,272 B

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(a) of the International Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000,
Blueprint Media Enterprises Limited is in dissolution.

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the Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made such claim is approved.

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the ensuing issues," said Mr
Fontana. "GPEC Bahamas will
be present and very active in
the community for a long time.
Our $100 million-plus invest-

FROM page 1B

Captain David Hall, was reluctant to com-
ment, repeatedly stating that a press release
on the company's creation and aims would
be "out very shortly".
However, he effectively confirmed that
Inchcape Shipping Services (Bahamas) had
secured the Carnival port agency business
when asked by Tribune Business, saying:
"That will be included in the press release."
Inchcape Shipping Services (Bahamas)
appears to be affiliated in some way with
Inchcape Shipping Services, a global marine
services provider that has some 200 world-
wide offices and serves shipping clients in
the oil, cruise ship, navy and defence, con-
tainer and bulk commodity sectors.
The global company supplies port ser-
vices, machinery services, cargo services.
depots and liner services, plus a whole host
of other functions.
A search of the Inchcape Shipping Ser-
vices website provides details on Inchcape
Shipping Services (Bahamas), listing its
offices in Nassau and Freeport and staff
contact numbers.
Apart from Captain Hall, the Freeport
office has seven staff and is based at the
Jasmine Corporate Centre. The Nassau
office, headed by port manager Michael
Hall, a former Global United executive,

(Bahamas), yesterday told Tri-
bune o'-.incss that the owner-
ship split meaning how much
of the plant would be owned by
, itself, and the percentage of the
shares held by GPEC had not
yet been worked out.
"The final split hasn't been
decided yet," he said. "GPEC
will be providing most of the
funding itself, and we will be
providing some from this side
as well. We'll have a significant
stake in the plant. It'll be a very
good opportunity all around the
country for everyone to bene-
Mr Ferguson said he was
unable to disclose who the oth-
er shareholders in ENERSOL
(Bahamas) were, but added that
the company was interested in
developing other forms of sus-
tainable, 'renewai'e energy,
such as wind and solar power.
"The thinking is that hope-
fully we can progress on even
further from garbage to wind,
solar, everything if we're cho-
sen," Mr Ferguson said, as we
have the capability to go into
other areas as well. If we can
get this [the waste-to-energy

plant] established, we will defi-
nitely be able to n.ove into
those areas."
Mr Ferguson said "there's
potential on other islands" such
as Abaco, Eleuthera and Inagua
for solar and wind power,
although no island apart from
New Providence generated
enough municipal waste to fuel
a waste-to-energy plant.
' "For Enersol, partnering
alongside GPEC is a great
opportunity. We intend on
assuming leadership in the area
of renewable energies through-
out the region. We will develop
and enrich existing engineering
know-how and resources, while
supporting scientific, industrial
and social initiatives in the com-
munity," said Mr Ferguson.
"Our system design is eco-
nomically and technically flexi-
ble. Once implemented, it is a
very transparent and riskless
concept, permitting BEC
GPEC, meanwhile, said it
had other proposed projects in
Europe, the Middle East and
Latin America, and was cur-
rently working on a waste-to-

has a two-strong staff and appears to be
operating from a residential address, as its
office is listed as No. 1 Yorkshire Drive,
Chapman Estates, Cable Beach West, Nas-
When contacted yesterday, Michael Hall
referred this newspaper to Captain Hall for
comment. When questioned about the con-
cerns rival shipping companies had about
Inchcape's involvement, and the presence of
a major global player in the Bahamian ship-
ping agency industry, Captain Hall replied:
"I can't see why they would be concerned
about that."
When probed about the nature of the
tie-up between the Bahamian operation
and Inchcape, and whether the latter had
any equity interest in the former, Captain
Hall said: "I have no knowledge of that,
and I'm 100 per cent Bahamian."
When asked whether he meant that he
and other Bahamians owned Inchcape Ship-
ping Services (Bahamas), he replied: "Yes,
Suspicions about foreign ownership in
Inchcape Shipping Services (Bahamas)
appear to have been fuelled by the fact that
the bank to which payment for the compa-
ny's services have to be made is the New
York-based branch of Bank of New York,
according to the head office website, rather
than a Bahamian bank.
One shipping industry source told Tri-
bune Business that rival agencies were like-

energy conversion in Mexico.
(Bahamas) proposal is the
fourth waste-to-energy propos-
al submitted to BEC that has
been revealed by Tribune Busi-
Plasco Energy Group sub-
mitted a $100 million proposal
for a six-acre New Providence
plant that will convert some 400
tonnes of garbage per day into
21 megawatts (MW).of electri-
cal power, an amount equiva-
lent to 5 per cent of BECs cur-
rent electrical needs.
Bahamas Waste is partnering
with Cambridge Project Devel-
opment Inc in the construction
and operation of a proposed
$250 million waste-to-energy
facility for New Providence,
with plans to initially produce
10 per cent cf BEC's nation-
wide electricity demands and
earn this nation "millions of dol-
lars" from carbon credits.
And a Bahamian consortium
has teamed up with a Califor-
nia-based technology supplier
to submit a $100 million waste-
to-energy plant proposal that
could earn this nation "millions

ly to raise concerns with the Government
over the potential tie-up to Inchcape Glob-
al, the fear being that the Bahamian oper-
ation could exploit the latter's worldwide
network and economies of scale to undercut
its Bahamas-based rivals and seize busi-
ness, putting them out of work.
A source, who requested anonymity, said:
"A concern is their ability to undercut
everyone in the Bahamas, as they can sub-
sidise it with the other business they do, or
just wait to put everyone else out of busi-
Given Michael Hall's former post at
Global United, it appears likely that Inch-
cape Shipping Services (Bahamas) has been
formed by former employees of the firm
owned by PLP Clifton general election can-
didate, Jackson Ritchie.
Global United was the previous port
agent for Carnival, so it appears that the
business may have moved with the former
Captain Hall is also understood to have
previously formed a business called North-
star Shipping Agents, which seems to have
been folded into Inchcape Shipping Ser-
vices (Bahamas).
When leaving a message on his cell phone
yesterday, this newspaper was told it was
calling Northstar Shipping Agents. And
when Tribune Business called the Freeport
office, the phone was answered as "ISS
(Bahamas) and NorthStar".

Stock 'bargains' await in next 12-18 months

FROM page 1B
ty in qualifying [for a loan], they
raise it this way.
"Companies' earnings do not
justify exiting the market. The
pressure to sell is coming from
the need for cash. All the peo-
ple with the cash, who can wait,
could be picking up some bar-
gains there."
Mr Kerr said such trends typ-
ically favoured institutional
investors, such as Bahamian
pension funds and insurance
companies, who had "longer-
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to match long-term investment
assets to liabilities.
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wait out these cycles, and when
the selling companies have val-
ne, they pick them up," Mr Kerr
"The market is not structured
to take out the wholesale liqui-
dation of one particular stock -
at least not immediately. It
would have to be done over
Bahamian capital market liq-
uidity, which measures the ease
and willingness of investors to'
transact the purchase and sale
of shares, would be improved
if the main investment banks,
Fidelity and CFAL, "can actu-
ally take positions where they
invest in securities and take the
risk", Mr Kerr said.
He added that this was the
first occasion since the post-Sep-
tember 11, 2001, fallout when

BISX and the Bahamian capital
markets had almost exactly mir-
rored the downward trend of
Wall Street and other global
"Our investment markets
have never been as connected
to the US as other individual
markets," Mr Kerr said. "This
may be the first time in a long
time that our market has gone
in the same direction as the US.
In previous years, our markets
have been in positive territory,
while others have been nega-
Michael Anderson, RoyalFi-
delity Merchant Bank & Trust's
president, told Tribune Busi-
ness that astute investors in the
Bahamian market would take
the opportunity to buy, espe-
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they felt companies with good
growth fundamentals were
"You're going to have to be a
bit more selective in buying
than just following the market,"
Mr Anderson explained. "All
that's happened is that buyers
have stepped back from the
market and are not willing to
step in, so unsupported stocks
are getting sold at a discount.
"In a normal market, there
are sufficient buyers to allow
sellers to exit at a reasonable
price. Share prices tend not to
reflect underlying values. This is
what markets are like when
there are insufficient buyers,
and sellers have to take what
they can. It's almost all driven
by market liquidity."
While the BISX rule pre-
venting stocks trading at more
than 10 per cent above or below
the previous day's close remains
in place, to guard against wild
price fluctuations caused by
retail investors cashing out at
strange prices, selling pressure
in. 2008 has consistently
increased as "more and more
sellers" and fewer and fewer
buyers came to the equities
A survey of open orders
placed for BISX stocks by
investors, which was carried out
by Tribune Business last week,
revealed that there were cur-
rently just six unfulfilled 'Buy'
orders across the entire market.
Of those six, four are for Cable
Bahamas shares, and the com-
pany has been carrying out a
'share buy back' scheme to sup-
port its stock price.
The only other companies
with outstanding 'Buy' orders
are FamGuard Corporation and
Colina Holdings (Bahamas).
The lack of liquidity in the
Bahamian equities market is
graphically illustrated by stocks
such as Bahamas Waste, which
has seen a build-up of 27 unful-
filled 'Sell' orders placed by'
investors, with prices ranging
from $3.80 to $3.23 due to the
seller build-up.

of dollars".
That consortium is led by
Ginny McKinney, president of
Waste Not. Apart from Ms
McKinney and Waste Not, the
group's other shareholders
include other Bahamian waste
industry participants, including
Henry Dean, of United Sanita-
tion, and Wellington Rolle of
Some 90 per cent of Bahamas
Renewable Energy Resources'
equity will be held by Bahamian
investors, with a small share-
holding retained by its technol-
ogy partner, Carbon Sequestra-
tion, a firm with 36 years' expe-
rience in alternative energies.
Bahamas Renewable Energy
Resources' directors include
Bennet Atkinson, an accoun-
tant who also sits on FamGuard
Corporation's Board; well-
known financial adviser Larry
Gibson, vice-president of pen-
sion services for Colonial Pen-
sion Services (Bahamas); con-
tractor Thomas Whitehead;
banker Bruno Roberts, a for-
mer Bahamas Financial Services
Board (BFSB) chairman; and
Larry Smith.


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World stock markets rise modestly

AP Business Writer
stock markets rose modestly
Tuesday ahead of an expected
interest rate cut from the Fed-
eral Reserve, but disappoint-
ing economic news out of the
US capped the gains.
Early stronger gains in the
Dow Jones index and in Asia,
where Japan's Nikkei index
recovered from 26-year lows,
pushed Euiope's indexes even
higher. But then further woeful
US economic data took their
The Dow was up 163.38, or
2.0 per cent, at 8,339.45, while
the FTSE 100 index of leading
British shares closed 73.79
points, or 1.9 per cent, higher at
The CAC-40 index of lead-
ing French shares was up 47.57
points, or 1.6 per cent, at
3,114.92, while Germany's
DAX was 488.81 points, or 11.3
per cent, higher at 4,823.45 as
the share price of Volkswagen
AG more or less doubled
The Dow had opened up
around 300 points but the col-
lapse in the Conference Board-
's monthly consumer confi-
dence index fueled concerns
about the likely depth of the
expected recession in the US
in the wake of the global finan-
cial crisis.
The Conference Board said
its main index fell to 38.0 in
October, its lowest since the
survey started running 40 years
ago and way down on Septem-
ber's 61.4. "That was massively
below expectations and the
Dow dropped back after that,"
said David Jones, chief mar-
kets strategist at IG Index.
The FTSE was helped by a
5.4 per cent rise in BP PLC's
share price after the oil giant
revealed an 83-per cent
increase in net profit in the
three months from July to Sep-
tember to $8.05 billion, while
the DAX was lifted dispropor-
tionately by another 97 per



in 11.3%

profit rise

As a result, gross profits were
up 11.25 per cent at $31.008 mil-
lion, compared to $27.872 mil-
lion, while operating income
was ahead by 12.3 per cent at
$21.767 million.
Cable Bahamas was again
aided by some $795,000 in
reduced expenses on interest
payments and preference share
dividends combined.



The Tribune wants to hear

cent rise in Volkswagen shares,
which came on top of Mon-
day's near 150 per cent rise.
VW's gains have come after
Sunday's announcement from
Porsche that it had increased
its stake in the company to 42.6
per cent as part of its goal to
take a majority stake. It also
said it held an additional 31.5
per cent in cash-settled options,
that would give it indirect con-
trol of 74.1 per cent of VW
Analysts speculated that
Porsche's announcement
forced hedge funds to unwind
positions after they had bet on
VW's shares falling, especially
as the state of Lower Saxony
.owns just over 20 percent of
VW stock. That means there's
only around five per cent of
free-floating VW stock avail-
The gains Tuesday come just
as the US Federal Reserve
begins its two-day interest rate
deliberations.'At present, the
markets have priced in a half-
percentage point cut in the
Fed's benchmark rate Wednes-
day to a four-year low of 1.00
per cent,
There's even speculation that
the Fed will cut by three-quar-
ters of a percentage point espe-
cially in the wake of the dire
consumer confidence data.
"We're likely to see choppy
markets ahead of the decision,"
said IG Index's Jones.
Earlier, most Asian stock
markets rebounded after sev-'
eral days of steep declines as
investors snapped up beaten
down shares like Honda, Sam-
sung and HSBC.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei
225 index surged 459.02 points,
or 6.4 per cent, to 7,621.92 after
early falling to fresh 26-year
The Nikkei was helped
somewhat during the session.
by the yen's depreciation
against the US dollar. The dol-
lar, which had fallen to a 13-
year low against the yen on Fri-
day, rose 3.2 per cent to 95.96
yen. Traders remain on guard

The general public is Invited

Electronic Eaulnment
* (1) Compaq PresarioComp
* (I) Canon Canocan N640
* () Whirl Microwave
* Tec Cash Register
* (1) Epson Stylus Pro 9600
* (1) HP Desk~et 656c Printe
* (1) Monitor
* (1) 1520 Epson Stylus Colo
m (1) Keyboard atMouse
* (1) Brothers Printer
* (1) Samsung Digital Camcon
* (1) Dell Scanner & Printer
S {(1) Chrome Juice Filler
* (1) Multi Fruit Juicer
S (1) Chrome Mxer
* (1) Dell Showcase
* (1) Four Burner Stove
* (I) ]anome Monogram/Emb
S (1) Singer Quantum XL 50
* (1) Singer Sewing Machine
* (1) Quilting Sewing Machine

* (13) White Bl-Fold Chairs
* (1) 12 pl Electric Water He
* (2) Breakfast Nooks
* Towel Warmer
* Sterilizer
0 (3) Maroon Banquet Chairs
* (1) Tec Cash Register
* Cooking Utensils Pots, Pans
* Fan Exhaust

Location: Inlan

Directions: Exit
the k

Date & Time: 10:0

over possible moves by Japan-
ese authorities to intervene in
the market to cap the yen's
strength after Sunday's G7
statement warning about excess
yen volatility.
A weaker yen encouraged
traders to buy exporters whose
export potential are limited by
a surging currency. Honda
Motor Co. surged 14 per cent,
Toyota Motor Corp. jumped
7.8 per cent and Sony Corp.
rose 9.6 per cent.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng
index rose a whopping 14.4 per
cent its biggest gain in 11
years to 12,596.29, a day
after plunging more than 12
per cent. South Korea's Kospi
jumped 5.6 per cent to 999.16,
helped along by the South
Korean central bank's interest
rate cut on Monday.
Even Shanghai's main index,
which had fallen six per cent
earlier, turned positive in the
afternoon. Australia's key

stock measure closed down 0.4
per cent, though sharply pared
earlier losses. Singapore's mar-
ket index, also down more than
five per cent in morning trad-
ing, turned green in afternoon
Brazilian stocks were up
after being battered for weeks
on concerns that a global slow-
down would throttle the
region's largest economy.
Brazil's Ibovespa index was up
1.85 per cent at 29,978.
Elsewhere, oil prices were
steady at around $63 a barrel
after recent hefty losses.
On the currency front, the
euro was down 0.2 per cent at
$1.2486, while the pound was
0.1 per cent down at $1.5569.

Associated Press writers
Kelly Olsen in Soeul, Shino
Yuasa in Tokyo and Malcolm
Foster in Bangkok contributed
to this report.

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

to attend Bahamas Development Bank's sale of repossessed


uter Tower (1) Wood Table (Round)
D EX Scanner (5) B1-Fold Tables (Rectangle)
(1) Marble Table (Rectangle)
Print Engine (1) Two Door Chest Freezer
r (Desktop) (I) Single Door Chest Freezer
(1) Double Door Refmigerator
Dr Printer () Single Door Cooler
BeaMty Salon raulamen
(4) Shampoo Bowls
der (1) Nail Table with (2) Cabinets
(3) Nail Tables
(8) Nail Stools
(2) Facial Beds (White)
(7) Facial Machine
(5) Hair Dryers
(1) Pediure Set
(5) Hydraulic Styling Chairs
broldery Sewing Machine (4) Shampoo Chairs
Sewing Machine with Serger Airo Motive Eaoutlo nt
(2) Tech Work Benches
e (1) Alternator Test Bench
(1) Paint Booth
S(1) Rivet Machine
eater (1) 6" Storage Cabinet
(1) 4" Tool Cabinet
Brake Washer
Sand Blaster

M Plates

id Steel, Sumner Street of
au, Bahamas

Abundant Life Road turn
anto Sumner Street tenth

)Oa.m, 4:00p.m. Sat

f Solider Rd.

right onto Solider Road then the first
two storey white a blue building on

urday November 1, 2008


Mechanic Helper

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

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

Attn: Craig Rahming
Prime Bahamas
fax: 394-0282

Common Law & Equity Division

(In Liquidation) Plaintiff


First Defendant
Second Defendant
Third Defendant
Fourth Defendant
Fifth Defendant


a Judge of the Supreme Court in the Supreme Court Building
Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas on
the day of A.D. at
o'clock in the noon on the hearing of an application by the
Plaintiff for an Order that the First Defendant MOHAMED
HARAJCHI be restrained, whether by himself or by his
servants or agents or otherwise by injunction until judgment in
this action or further order from doing the following act that is
to say disposing of, conveying selling transferring mortgaging
encumbering or otherwise dealing with all those real properties
owned by the First Defendant situate on Paradise Island, New
Providence, The Bahamas comprising the following, viz.

(1) ALL THOSE (2)parcels orlots of land situate
on the Southern Coast of Paradise Island one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas being Lot (7) & Lot (8) in the Block
(2) on the Plan of the Subdivision called and
known as "Paradise Island Colony".
(2) ALL THAT condominium Unit (5) "Cloister
Estates" a Condominium according to and as
more particularly described in the Declaration
which condominium is located on the Lot
(2) and (13) aforesaid together with Unit
entitlement of (38/1000) undivided interest
in common property appurtenant to Unit (5)
and together with an assignment or parking
space (5) designate in the Declaration as
Limited common Property.
(3) ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
comprising Lot (4) in Block (2) of the
Subdivision known as "Paradise Island
Colony" situate on Paradise Island in the City
of Nassau in the Island of New Providence.
(4) ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
comprising Lot (4) in Block (2) of the
Subdivision known as "Paradise Island
Colony" situate on Paradise Island in the City
of Nassau in the Island of New Providence.
(5) ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
comprising Lot (13) Block (6) of the
Subdivision known as "Paradise Island
Colony" situate on Paradise Island in the City
of Nassau in the Island of New Providence
AND ALSO ALL THAT piece parcel or loi
of land comprising Lot (2) Block (6) of the
said Subdivision.
AND that provision be made for the costs of this

Dated the 22"' day of October, A.D. 2008



from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

All assets are sold as Is where Is for cash, cashiers 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.

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U i i i


AS OF JUNE 30, 2008
(Expressed in United States dollars)

Cash and cash equivalents (Notes 5, I'/ and 18)
Accounts receivable net (Notes 6, 17 and 18)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (Notes 7, 14, 17 and 18)
Secured loans (Notes 8, 17 and 18)
Investments (Notes 9, 17 and 18)
Total current assets
Security deposits (Notes 17 and 18)
Fixed assets (Note 10)
Deferred tax assets (Notes 15, 17 and 18)
Total non-current assets

Call accounts (Notes I, 17 and 18)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (Notes 12, 14, 17 and 18)
Dividends payable (Notes 17 and 18)
Advances from clients (Notes 13, 17 and 18)
iVees received in advance (Notes 13, 17 and 18)
Total current liabilities
Share capital:
2,500,000 shares of$1 each
Investments revaluation reserve (Note 9)
Retained earnings
Total equity

$ 8,945,507


$ 5,466,574


$16,665,945 $14,126,163

$ 4,130,308


S 4,147,958


$16,665,945 $14,126,163

See notes to consolidated balance sheet.

The consolidated balance sheet was approved by the Board of Directors on September 19, 2008 and
is signed on its behalf by:

Director Director

JUNE 30, 2008
(Expressed in United States dollars)


The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited (the "Company") was incorporated and licensed in
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in 1994 under the Bank & Trust Companies' Regulation
Act of 1965, and is a 75% subsidiary of Winterbotham Holdings Limited. In December 1996
the Company was granted a license to carry on unrestricted banking and trust business,
activities which, today, are subject to the terms and conditions of the Bank & Trust companies
Regulation Act, 2000. The Company is regulated by the Central Bank of The Bahamas. The
Company is also a licensed fund administrator and securities broker/dealer, activities that are
regulated by Securities Commission of The Bahamas.

This consolidated balance sheet includes the accounts of the Company and its subsidiaries,
which are hereinafter collectively referred to as "the Group".

As of June 30, 2008, the Company's holdings in subsidiaries are as follows:

Name of subsidiary

The Winterbotham
Trust Company
(Uruguay) S.A.

Shiffel Corp. S.A

Properties Limited
Haplar Holdings

WNS Limited

WND Limited

Delacroix Limited

Delaroche Limited

Place of Ownership
incororatio interest
and operation

Principal activity

Uruguay 100% Provides administrative services to
parent company on internal matters
(such as certain accounting
functions) and also with respect to
client servicing (with pificuaibu ' *<-" Ot
on clients in Latin America due to
geographical proximity and

Uruguay 100% Provides administrative services to
the parent company on internal
matters (such as certain accounting
functions) and also with respect to
client servicing (with particular focus
on clients in Latin America due to
geographical proximity and
language). This company operates
from a free trade zone which has
certain tax advantages for the
administration of companies
domiciled outside of Uruguay.



100% Holds real-estate in Nassau.

100% Holds real-estate in Uruguay.

Bahamas 100% Acts as nominee Secretary for client
Bahamas 1000% Acts as nominee Director for client
Bahamas 100% Acts as nominee of The
Winterbotham Trust Company
Limited in its capacity as trustee
and/or custodian.
Bahamas 100I%0 Acts as nominee of The
Winterbotham Trust Company
Limited in its capacity as trustee
and/or custodian.

Delaroche Limited and Delacroix Limited are duly licensed and regulated by the Central Bank
of The Bahamas as Nominee Trust Companies. These companies, acting individually or
together, are nominees for The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited in its capacity as trustee
and/or custodian. WND Limited and WNS Limited have been approved by the Central Bank
of The Bahamas as Financial and Corporate Services providers and are regulated by the
Securities Commission of The Bahamas. Winterbotham Fiduciaria S.A. Administradora de
Fondos de Inversi6n is duly licensed by the Central Bank of Uruguay as a professional Trust
Company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Winterbotham Trust Company (Uruguay)

The registered office of the Company is Winterbotham Place, Marlborough and Queen Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas.

The average number of employees for the year is 69 (2007: 64).


In the current year, the Company has adopted IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures which
is effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2007, and the
consequential amendments to IAS I Presentation of Financial Statements. The impact of the
adoption of IFRS 7 and the changes to IAS I has been to expand the disclosures provided in
the consolidated balance sheet regarding the Company's financial instruments and
management of capital.

At the date of authorization of the consolidated balance sheet, the IASB has issued IFRIC 12-
14, IAS I (revised), IAS 23 and 27 and IFRS 2, 3 and 8, which are not yet effective.


a. Basis of preparation The consolidated balance sheet has been prepared in accordance
with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and their interpretations
adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and includes the
Company and its subsidiaries in which it directly or indirectly, has a controlling interest
through ownership interests or agreements. The consolidated balance sheet has been
prepared under the historical cost convention, and modified by any revaluation of asase'
and liabilities at fair value through the statement of changes in equity according to the
policies for the relevant areas.

The preparation of the consolidated balance sheet in conformity with IFRS requires the
use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise its
judgment in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies. The areas
involving a higher degree of judgment or complexity, or areas where assumptions and
estimates are significant to the consolidated balance sheet are disclosed separately.

The accounting policies set out below have been applied consistently by Group entities.


b. Basis of consolidation

i. Subsidiaries subsidiaries are entities controlled by the Company. Control exists
when the Company has the power, directly or indirectly, to govern financial and
operating policies of an entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities. In
assessing control, the potential voting rights that presently are exercisable or
convertible are taken into account. The balance sheets of the subsidiaries are
included in the consolidated balance sheet from the date that control commences
until the date that control ceases.

ii. Transactions eliminated on consolidation intra-group balances are eliminated in
preparing the consolidated balance sheet.

iii. Fiduciary assets assets held in trust and in custody on behalf of customers, and,
assets and liabilities under fiduciary agreements are not included in the
consolidated balance sheet.

c. Cash and cash' equivalents Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash on hand, call
accounts, short term deposits and margin accounts with brokers.

d. Accounts receivable Accounts receivable are stated at cost less impairment losses (see
note 3h).

c. Secured loans Secured loans originated by the Group are recognized when cash is'
advanced to the borrower. They are initially recorded at cost, which is fair value of cash
originated by the Group, including any transaction costs, and are subsequently measured
at amortized cost using the effective interest iate method.

f. Investments Investments are recognized on a trade date basis and are classified as fair
value through profit or loss (FVTPL) and available-for-sale investments. Investments
are initially measured at cost and are subsequently remeasured at fair value based on
quoted prices. Fair values for unlisted securities are estimated using market values of
the underlying securities or appropriate valuation methods. Where fair value of unlisted
investments cannot be estimated, they are carried at cost.

g. Fixed assets Fixed assets are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and
impairment losses. Depreciation is being provided by the straight-line method at the
following rates:

Housing property
Office building improvements
Office equipment
Office furniture and fittings

6.67% to 25%
33% to 50%
20% to 50%

h.. Impairment Fixed assets, accounts receivable, loans and investments are reviewed at
each consolidated balance sheet date to determine whether there is objective evidence of
impairment. If any such indication exists, the asset's recoverable amount is estimated.

Fixed assets

An impairment loss is recognized whenever the carrying amount of the asset or its cash-
generating unit exceeds its recoverable amount.

The recoverable amount of assets is the greater of their net selling price and value in use.
In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows are discounted to their present
value using a discount rate that reflects current market assessment of the time value of
money and the risks specific to the asset. For an asset that does not generate cash flows
largely independent of those from other assets, the recoverable amount is determined for
the cash generating unit to which the asset belongs.

An impairment loss is only reversed to the extent that the asset's carrying amount does
not exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined if no impairment loss
had been recognized.

Accounts receivable

The Group's policy is to fully provide for all balances outstanding for more than 120
days. In addition to the specific provisions for impaired receivables, an additional
general provision is created for potential losses not specifically identified but which
experience indicates may be present in receivables. Therefore, additionally a generic
provision equal to 5% of the remaining receivable balance is created.


Impaired loans refer to loans where there is no longer reasonable assurance of timely
collection of the full amoun' of principal and interest due to deterioration in the credit
quality of the counterpart. Loans are impaired if the estimated recoverable amount of
an asset is less than its carrying amount shown in the books of the Group. Impairment is
measured and a provision for credit losses is established for the difference between the
canying amount and its estimated recoverable value.

i. Foreign currency translation The Group's functional currency is United States
Dollars. In preparing the consolidated balance sheet of the Group, transactions in.- ....
currencies other than United States Dollars are recorded at the rates of "exchange
prevailing on the date of the transaction. At each consolidated balance sheet date,
monetary items denominated in foreign currencies are translated at the rates prevailing
on the balance sheet date. Non-monetary items carried at fair value that are denominated
in foreign currencies are translated at the rates prevailing on the date when the fair value
was determined. Non-monetary items that are measured in terms of historical cost in a
foreign currency are not translated.

j. Provisions Provisions are recognized in the consolidated balance sheet when the Group
has a present and legal obligation as a result of a past event and it is probable that an
outflow of economic benefits will be required to settle the obligation.

k. Classification Assets are classified as current when intended for sale in the normal
operating cycle,'or held primarily for the purpose of being traded, or expected to be
realized within twelve months, or classified as cash or equivalents. All other assets are
classified as non-current. Liabilities are classified as current when expected to be settled
in the normal operating cycle, or held primarily for the purpose of being traded, or due to
be settled within twelve months, or there are no unconditional rights to defer settlement
for at least twelve months. All other liabilities are classified as non-current.

1. Assets under management Assets under management which are held in a fiduciary
capacity for clients are excluded from the balance sheet, other than those assets and
liabilities which'relate to banking services provided by the Company to these clients.

m. Financial instruments On initial recognition a financial asset or liability is measured
at its fair value plus transaction costs directly attributable to the acquisition or issde of
the financial asset or liability. After initial recognition financial assets are classified as
either financial assets at fair value through profit or loss (FVTPL); held-to-maturity
investments; loans and receivables; or available-foi-sale; and are measured at their fair
values without any deduction for transaction costs, except for the following financial

(i) loans and receivables and held-to-maturity financial instruments are measured at
amortized cost using the effective interest rate method;

(ii) Investments in equity instruments that do not have a quoted market price in an
active market and whose fair value cannot be reliably measured are measured at

After initial recognition financial liabilities are measured at amortized cost using the
effective interest method, except for financial liabilities at fair value through profit or
loss. Such liabilities, including derivatives that are liabilities, are measured at fair value.
Term deposits maturing after three months of the consolidated balance sheet date are
classified as held-to-maturity financial instruments. They have fixed or determinable
payments and fixed maturity dates, and the Company has the intent and ability to hold
them to maturity.

Loans and other receivables that have fixed and determinable payments that are not
quoted in an active market are classified as loans and receivables and are carried at cost,
which equates to amortized cost. Collateral deposits, deferred revenue and other
liabilities are financial liabilities, which are carried at cost.

n. Recognition and derecognition The Company recognizes/derecognizes a financial
asset when it becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument. The
Company recognizes/derecognizes financial assets purchased or sold on the trade date.

Financial liabilities are derecognized when they are extinguished.

o. Related parties Related parties include officers and directors who are related through
having authority and responsibility for directing and controlling the activities of the
Company and entities related through common directors and/or shareholders.,


Certain amounts included in or affecting the Group's consolidated balance sheet and related
disclosure must be estimated, requiring the Group to make assumptions with respect to values
or conditions which cannot be known with certainty at the time the consolidated balance sheet
is prepared. A "critical accounting estimate" is one which is both important to the portrayal
of the Group's financial condition and results' and requires management's most difficult,
subjective or complex judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates about the
effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. The Group evaluates such estimates on an
ongoing basis, based upon historical results and experience, consultation with experts, trends
and other methods considered reasonable in the particular circumstances, as well as the
forecasts as to how these might change in the future.

a. Impairment The Group has made significant investments in fixed assets, loans
receivable and investments. These assets and investments are tested for impairment
when circumstances indicate there may be a potential impairment. Factors considered
important which could trigger an impainnent review include the following: significant
fall in market values; significant underperformance relative to historical or projected
future operating results; significant changes in the use of the assets or the strategy for the
overall business, including assets that are decided to be phased out or replaced and assets
that arc damaged or taken out of use, significant negative industry or economic trends;
and significant cost overTuns in the development of assets.


Estimating recoverable amounts of assets must in part be based on management
evaluations, including estimates of future performance, revenue generating capacity of
the assets, assumptions of the future market conditions and the success in marketing of
new products and services. Changes in circumstances and in management's evaluations
and assumptions may give rise to impairment losses in the relevant periods.

b. Depreciation and amortization Depreciation and amortization is based on management
estimates of the future useful life of fixed assets. Estimates may change due to
technological developments, competition, changes in market conditions and other factors
and may result in changes in the estimated useful life and in the amortization or
depreciation charges. The Group reviews the future useful life of fixed assets
periodically taking into consideration the factonrs mentioned above and all other
important factors. Estimated useful life for similar types of assets may vary between
different entities in the Garup due to local factors such as growth rate, maturity of the
market, history and expectations for replacements or transfer of assets, climate etc. In
case of significant changes in the estimated useful lives, depreciation and amortization
changes are adjusted prospectively.

c. Legal proceedings, claims and regulatory discussions The Group is subject to various
legal proceedings, claims and regulatory discussions, the outcomes of which are subject
to significant uncertainty. The Group evaluates, among other factors, the degree of
probability of an unfavorable outcome and the ability to make a reasonable estimate of
the amount of loss. Unanticipated events or changes in these factors may require the
Group to increase or decrease the amount the Group has accrued for any matter or accrue
for a matter that has not been previously accrued because it was not considered probable
or a reasonable estimate could not be made.


Cash and cash equivalents comprise the following:

Average Average
Balance Rate Balance Rate

Cash on hand
Short term deposits
Overnight placements
Call accounts
Shares in investment funds:
AIM s/t Invest. Co. Global US (Inst'l)
Dreyfus Universal Liquidity Fund
HSBC Liquidity Fund '
Citi Institutional Liquid Reserves, Inc.
UBS (LUX) Money Market


Accounts receivable
Allowance for doubtful accounts:
Balance, beginning of period
Provision for the period
Write back of provision
Balance, end of period

Accounts receivable, net

$ 18,527


$ 8,945,507

$ 22,060
3.27% 2,704,023




2008 2007
$ 606,428 $ 673,347

(82,140) (98,434)
(276,436) (215,072)
265,908 231,366
(92,668) (82.140)

S 513,760 591.207


Prepaid expenses and other assets are comprised of the following:

2008 2007

Shelf companies available for sale
Advances to suppliers
Accounts with related entities
Deferred expenses
Loans to staff

$ 16,401


$ 7,828

$ 716,495


These are specific loans fully guaranteed by cash collateral held on account. It is not part of
the Company's regular activity to grant loans, but it may do so on a case by case basis,
requiring full cash collateral in every case. As of June 30, 2008 one loan remained

Loan # I
Loan #2

2008 2007 2008 2007
Principal Rate

S 54u,000 $ 540,000 3.60% 3.60%
694,000 Libor 90d + 3%

$ 540,000 $1,234,000


Investments at fair value are as follows:

Other investments
Securities and shares
The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX)

Available-for-sale ,
lnvestmznts revaluation reserve

2008 2007

$ 737,533

$ 1,104,455

$ 244,538


$ 610,466
5 557

$ 888,039

$ 244,538

S595109 $ 1,168,781

S 1,699,564 $ 2,056,820


Fixed assets consist of the following:

Housing property
Office building improvements
Office equipment
Office furniture and fittings

Housing property s,
Office building improvements
Office equipment
Office furniture and fittings

2008 Net Movement

2007 Net Movement

Beginning Ending
Balance Additions Disposals Balance

$1,032,966 $ $407,029 $ 625,937
1,445,325 12,430 22,725 1,435,030
1,107,928 48,734 29,235 1,127,427
339,283 I 19,752 47,803 411,232
320,669 36,360 357,029
922,168 187,359 9,993 1,099,534
504,807 57,761 5,394 557,174

$5,673,146 S 462,396 $522,179 $5,613,363

Beginning Ending
Balance Depreciation Disposals Balance

$ 99,067


$ 30,269

$ 442,407

$ 3,066


$ 93,376

$ 126,270


$3,808482 $ 19,989 $428,803 $3,399,668

3,689,170 $ 153,829 $ 34,517 $3,808,482


Call accounts repr ...:: 'ie total on-balance sheet amounts held by clients in the Company's
Call Accounts. Funds in excess of $ 10,000 in such accounts are placed out on a fiduciary
basis for the account and risk )f the account holderss. The balance in this consolidated
balance sheet represents the first $ 10,000 held in each account plus the total balance held in
the accounts that secure the loans indicated in Note 8.


OCTOBER 29, 2008, PAGE 7


2008 2007

Accounts payable
Provision for stallff 'benefits and training expenses
Provisions other
Commissions payable
Taxes payable (advance)
Accounts with related entities
Social security

$ 268,013

$ 234,144

$ 1,551.250 $ 1,137,827


Advances from clients include credit balances corresponding to clients who have made
advance payments on account. Fees received in advance includes the portion of annual client
fees which have been collected in the year ended June 30, 2008, and relate to periods
subsequent to the balance sheet date.


Related parties include officers, directors, shareholders and other companies with common
ownership. Where thesee related parties have the authority and responsibility for directing and
controlling the authorities of other companies (established to participate in the Company's
business activil'..s) these entities arc also regarded as related parties in the consolidated balance
sheet. Entities administered by the Company on behalf of customers where the Company also
provides directors are not considered related parties.

Balances with related parties:

Prepaid expenses and other assets

Loans to key management personnel

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

2008 2007
$ 60K,173 $ 201,525

$ 122,059 $ 143,453

$ 4,466 $ 29,128


Companies subject to Corporate Income Tax are The Winterbotham Trust Company (Uruguay)
S.A and its subsidiary Winterbotham Fiduciaria S.A. Administradora de Fondos de Inversion.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities

The deferred tax stated corresponds to differences between book and tax values of fixed assets
originated mainly by differences of valuation and depreciation criteria.

The deferred tax is the tax expected to be paid or recovered based on the differences existing
between the book value of an asset or liability, and their tax value.

Assets for deferred tax as at June 30, 2008, rise from applying the tax rate in force at that
moment (25%) on the temporary taxable differences of US$ 131,493, which correspond
mainly to the different valuation criteria and fixed assets depreciation criteria.

Assets for deferred tax are recognized as long as the Company has fiscal earnings against
which to use the deductible temporary differences. Liabilities for deferred tax are normally
recognized for all the temporary taxable differences.

Assets and liabilities for deferred tax are offset when related to income taxes levied by the
same tax authority and the Company seeks to liquidate its assets and liabilities current tax on a
net basis.

As of June 30, 2008 deferred tax assets and liabilities are attributable to the following:

Temporary differences arising from differences in
fixed assets valuation and depreciation criteria $ 3,372
Temporary differences associated with
investments in subsidiaries 48,522
Temporary differences for unused tax losses 18,563

S 70,457

sets Liabilities
2007 2008 2007

$ 20,946 $ s

$ 47,095

$ -S -


At June 30, 2008, The Winterbotham Merchant Bank, a division of The Winterbotham Trust
Company Limited had entered into fiduciary agreements for an aggregate amount of
$621,407,042 (2007: $645,625,960). The clients bear all risk and responsibility for activities
carried out by the Company on their behalf under these contracts. The depositors agree to
indenmify and hold harmless The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited, its directors,
employees, agents and representatives against all liability, losses or damages arising out of or
in connection with the fiduciary agreement. 'The major portion of the fiduciary transactions
comprises funds received by The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited from corporate or
individual depositors which are subsequently lent to corporate or individual borrowers or
deposited with banks in money market accounts or similar, or in institutional liquidity funds.


Details of the significant accounting policies and methods adopted, including the criteria for
recognition and the basis of measurement in respect of each class of financial asset, financial
liability and equity instrument are disclosed in Note 3 to the consolidated balance sheet.

The following table analyses the carrying amou s of financial assets and financial liabilities as
defined by IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Rec. ,,ition and Measurement:

Loans and Available Amortized
FVTPL receivables for sale cost Total

Cash and cash equivalents
Secured loans
Accounts receivables
Prepaid expenses and other assets
Security deposits
Deferred tax assets

Call accounts
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
Dividends payable
Advances ftom clients
Fees received in advance

$ -
S 1,104,455


$ .

$ $8945,507 $8,945,507
$ -$ 595,109 $ $1.699,564

S 540,000
S 513,760 -
$ ____ $ _____

$ .5 .5

s -
S ___

S -S
$ -$ -
$ $ -

$ .$ -
$ $ -


S 936,086
$ 285,947
S 70,457

S 299,240
S 479,88

$ 540,000
$ 513,760
$ 285,947
$ 70,457

$ 1,630,000
S 299,240
S 479,888


Loans and Available 'Amortized
FVTPL receivables for sale cost Total

Cash and cash equivalents
Secured loans
Accounts receivables
Prepaid expenses and other assets
Security deposits
Deferred tax assets
Call accounts

$ -
S 610,466
$ -

S ___
$ -
$ -

S 1,234,000
S 591,207
$ 251,985


$ 5,466,574
$ 591,207
$ 716.405
$ 205,400
$ 47,095

$ 850,000
$ 352.114
$ 447,b42

$ $5,466,574
S 1,440,354 S
s s -s
$ $ -
. -S
$ $ 464,610
$ $ 205,490
S -S 47,095

$ 850,000
$ 352,114
$ 447,642

s -$ $ -

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ $ $ "

Dividends payable
Advances from clients
Fees received in advanced

$ $ -

$ $




The Complany engages in transactions that expose it to market risk in the normal course of
business. These market risks include inclest rate risk, credit risk and liquidity risk. The
Company's financial performance is dependent on its ability to understand and effectively
manage these risks.

a. Market risk Market risk is the risk that thlie value will t]fluctuae as result of changes
in market prices.

b. interest rate ris,'; The (Complany is exposed to iiinterist rat I isk on deposits nnd call
accounts. The Company manages this risk by 'elaininig a level of assets itil liabilities
with similar principal values, lAterest rates and inatuIily Idates.



Cash and cash equivalents


Secured loans

Prepaid expenses and other assets

Security deposits

Deferred tax assets


Call accounts

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

Dividends payable

Advances from clients

Fees received in advance

June 30,

4.00% 4.90%

0.00% 0.00%

5.60% 5.90%

5.00% 6.00%

0.00% 0.00%

0.00% 0.00%

0.00% 0.00%

0.00% 0.00%

0.00% 0.00%M

0.00% 0.00%

0.00% 0.00%

c. Credit risk The Company is exposed to credit risk in respect of losses that would ha1'.0
to be recognized if counterparties fail to perlonn as contracted.

The Company's exposure to credit risk is primarily in respect of accounts receivable,
bank balances, deposits, secured loans and prepaid expenses and other assets. As at the
balance sheet date, the Company's maximum exposure to credit risk is equal to the
carrying amount of the above assets disclosed in the consolidated balance sheet. The
loans are adequately secured by pledges of 'sscis managed by the Company on behalf of
the borrowers.

2008 2007


Neither past due or impaired


Neither past due or impaired


Neither past due or impaired


Neither past due or impaired

Past due not impaired

Past due and impaired


Neither past due or impaired


Neither past due or impaired


Neither past due or impaired

$8,945.507 $5,466,574

$ 1,699,564 $2.056,820

$ 540.000 $1.234.000

$ 384,582

$ 129.178

$ 92.668

$ 496,438

$ 94.769

$ 82,140

$1 211.042 $ 716,495

$ 285,947 $ 205,400

$ 70,457 $ 47,095

Liquidity risk Liquidity risk arises when the Company has to tnect its obligations on
borrowed funds and deposits. The Co npany manages its liquidity risk by matching as
fa as possible liabilities ith assets of similar maturity periods.

Assets and liabilities are due to matdre based on the period remaining to maturity lih',o,
the balance sheet date, as follows:

June 30, 2008
Up to 3 3-6 Over 6
months months months Total

Cash and cash equivalents
Secured loans
Accounts receivable
Prepaid expenses and other assets
Security deposits
Deferred tax assets

a 8,945,507 S
962,0) i


540 ,000

9'. "08

$ S 8,945,50'7
737,533 1,699,564
233,712 !,211.042
70.457 70.457

S 10,/27,867 $1.496.708 S 1,.041,702 S13.266.277

Call accounts
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
Dividends payable
Advances from clients
Fees received in advance

Cash and cash equivalents,
Secured loans
Accounts receivable
Prepaid expenses and other assets
Security deposits
Deferred tax assets

Call accounts
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
Dividends payable
Advances from clients
Fees received in advance

S 4,130,308 $

S 7,311,558 $

- $ S 4,130,308
299,240 299,240
- 479,888 479.888

- $ 779,128 $ 8,090,686

'June 30, 2007
Up to 3 3 6 Over 6
months months months Total

S 5,466,574 $
18,899 483,409

S 7,728,524 $1,717,409

$ 4,147,958 S

$ 6,135,785 $

$ $ 5,466,574
610,466 2,056,820
214,187 716,495
47,095 __ 47,095
$ 871,748 $10,317,681

$ $ 4,147,9'58
352,114 352,114
447,642 __447,642
$ 799,756 $ 6,935,541


d, Foreign e'.chnge risk is thlle risk of loss resulting Iroinm foreign currency translation.
Currency risk is maniinged by matching liabilities with assets within the same currency
whenever possible.

Equivalent Equivalent Equivalent Equivalent


$ 608,249 $ 115,450 $ 2,195,886 $ 10,346,693
446,587 15,353 711,570 6,919,221

Coverage (exposure) $ 161,662 $ 100,097 $ 1,484,316 $ 3,427,472

Equivalent Equivalent Equivalent Equivalent


$ 657,864 $ 60,974 $ 1,296,755 $ 8,302,088
365,540 20,393 283,856 6,265,752

Coverage (exposure) $ 292,324 $ 40,581 $ 1,012,899 $ 2,036,336

e. Fair value of financial assets and liabilities The fair value is the amount for which an
asset could be exchanged, or a liability settled, between knowledgeable, willing parties
in an arm's length transaction. Underlying the definition of fair. value is the
presumption that the Company is a going concern without any intention or need to
liquidate, curtail materially the scale of its operations or undertake a transaction on
adverse terms.

In the opinion of management, the estimated fair value of financial assets Pa. financial
liabilities (accounts receivable, investments available for sale, bank balances, secured
loans, prepaid expenses and other assets, accounts payable and accrued liabilities and
call accounts) at the balance sheet date were not materially different from their carrying
value due to their short tenn nature.


Certain prior year figures have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation. In
the prior year, "Wintorbotham Group accounts" and "Third party accounts" (in Note 7) were
separate line items, in the current year they were combined and the name of the account was
changed to "Accounts with related entities". In Note 12 the name of the account
"Winterbotham Group accounts" was changed to "Accounts with related entities".

Deloitte O ou
Chartered Accountants
and Management Consultants
2nd Terrace, Centreville
PO. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas
let: 4 1 (242) 302-4800
Fax: 4 ] (242) 322-3101


To the Shareholders and Directors of
The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited:

We have audited the consolidated balance sheet of The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited (the
"Company") as at June 30, 2008. This consolidated balance sheet is the responsibility of the
Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on this consolidated balance
sheet based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing. Those Standards
require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the
consolidated balance sheet is free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test
basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated balance sheet. An audit
also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by
management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated balance sheet. We
believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial
position of the Company as at June 30, 2008, in. accordance with International Financial Reporting

Without qualifying our opinion, we emphasize that the consolidated balance sheet does not comprise
a complete set of financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Standards. Information on results of operations, cash flows and chAnges in equity is necessary to
obtain a complete understanding of the financial position, performance and changes in financial
position of the Company.

September 19, 2008

A member firm of
Delolttehouche Tbhmatsu

PAGE 8, OCTOBER 29, 2008



White House to banks: Start lending money

) By JENNIFER LOVEN1 Under the authority of the $700 bil- storms.
* AP White House Correspondent : lion financial bailout plan approved by On Friday, PNC Financial Services

*tient White House served notice Tues-
day on banks and other financial com-
panies receiving billions of dollars in
federal help to quit hoarding the mon-
ey and start making more loans.
"We're trying to do is get banks to
,do what they are supposed to do, which
'is support the system that we hav6 in
America. And banks exist to lend mon-
ev," White House press secretary Dana
Perino said.
Though there are limits on how
much Washington can pressure banks,
!she noted that banks are regulated by
the federal government.
"They will be watching very closely,
,and they're working with the banks,"
;she said.
She said that Anthony Ryan, Trea-
'sury's acting undersecretary for domes-
tic finance, delivered a speech in New
York on Tuesday that made this point.

WHITE HOUSE Press Secretary Dana Perino responds to a reporter's question during
her daily briefing yesterday at the White House in Washington...

Ryan spoke to the annual meeting of
the Securities Industry and Financial
Markets Association, a group of Wall
Street executives.
"The way that banks make money is
by lending money. And so, they have,
every incentive .to move forward and
start using this money," Perino said.

There has been some evidence of
loosening lending, Perino said. But it's
not enough to calm stock markets or
help small businesses that depend on a
free flow of credit, not just to expand
but to maintain operations through
making payroll or financing invento-

Congress and signed by President Bush
earlier this month, the Bush adminis-
tration plans to dole out $250 billion to
banks in return for partial ownership.
The Treasury Department, which is
overseeing the massive capital injec-
tion programme along with the rest of
the bailout, will pour $125 billion into
nine of the country's largest banks this
week. Another $125 billion will go to
other banks.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson
has said the money would be used by
banks to rebuild their reserves so that
they would resume more normal lend-
ing practices a crucial ingredient to
breaking through a debilitating credit
clog that is hurting the national econ-
omy and threatens to bring about a
deep recession.
More recently, though, Paulson said
the money could be used by banks to
buy other banks to make them both
stronger to weather the financial

Group Inc. said it had received $7.7
billion in cash through selling stock to
the government under the bailout pro-
gramme. PNC then said it planned to
buy National City Corp. for $5.58 bil-
The rescue programme is just one
of the efforts the government is making
to combat the worst financial crisis to
hit the country since the 1930s.
The Federal Reserve began a pro-
gramme Monday to purchase the
short-term debt of businesses, known
as commercial paper. This market has
been frozen since the collapse of
Lehman Brothers spooked credit mar-
kets last month.
But so far, the efforts to battle the
severe credit squeeze have shown little
in the way of results. Libor, the London
Interbank Offered Rate, a key goal-
post for international lending, edged
down only marginally on Monday and
still remains at elevated levels.

Associated Press Writer
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -
Icelandic Prime Minister Geir
* Haarde said Tuesday his coun-
try needs about $6 billion in
oans to recover from the finan-
cial meltdown, just as the coun-
ftry's central bank separately
hiked its interest rates by a mas-
sive six percentage points.
, Haarde told The Associated
.Press that Iceland whose
banking sector collapsed under
the weight of the credit crunch
in October will need $4 bil-
lion in addition to the $2 bil-
lion loan package announced
by the International Monetary
, Fund.
"It's not a precise number,
at's not a scientific number but
we are looking in that neigh-
bourhood," Haarde said. "We
are talking about six (billion
dollars) altogether."
Haarde would not say how

much of the additional loans he
hoped to receive from the oth-
er Nordic countries Sweden,
Finland, Norway and Denmark.
"I don't want to mention the
figures because I do not want to
put pressure on them," Haarde
said, on the sidelines of a
Nordic Council meeting in Fin-
The comments came just as
Iceland's central bank
announced it hiked its interest
rates*by a stunning six percent-
age points to help the currency.
That is a remarkable policy U-
turn after it slashed its interest
rates by 3.5 percentage points
just two weeks ago.
After the financial sector fell
apart, bringing the currency
down with it, the government
and central bank have been try-
ing to protect the wider econo-
my from the fallout.
Last week, Iceland reached
a tentative agreement with the
IMF for a $2 billion loan over

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138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, CAMELLIA UNITED S.A. is in dissolution
as of October 27, 2008.

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two years. Haarde said he came
to Helsinki to seek more assis-
The prime ministers of the
other Nordic countries pledged
to help the small North Atlantic
islAnd nation, but stopped short
of announcing an aid package.
Instead, they appointed a com-
mittee to study Iceland's woes
before making any decision.
"We will wait to see how the
IMF package is finalized before
making any decisions," Swedish
Prime Minister Fredrik Rein-
feldt said.
Iceland has already called on
a swap facility, drawing $256
million each from the Norwe-
gian and Danish central banks,
but has not used the total of
$636 million from each. A sim-
ilar deal with Sweden's central
bank has also been offered.
The country's central bank is
facing considerable losses after
the bankruptcy of the three
main banks Glitnir, Lands-

banki and Kaupthing.
The banks' foreign debts
amount to over $60 billion,
dwarfing the country's gross
domestic product of $14 billion.
Danish Prime Minister
Anders Fogh Rasmussen said
his government was willing to
help more but that all decisions
would have to be made by Den-
mark's central bank.
"Of course, we want to be of
assistance to our Icelandic
friends, but the central bank is
a free agent and independent
of the government," Fogh Ras-
mussen said. "They will make
the decisions, not the govern-
The prime ministers' com-
ments came during three days
of meetings between Nordic
government ministers and law-
makers in conjunction with the
60th session of the Nordic
Council, which promotes gov-
ernmental and parliamentary
ties between the five countries.


Action #:

Judgment Creditor:
Premier Importers Limited

Judgment Debtor:
Alexander Smith
1999 Ford F150 Lariat

Action #:

Judgment Creditor:
Premier Importers Limited

Judgment Debtor:
Beverley E. Lewis
2001 Ford Explorer Sports Trac

Vehicles can be viewed from 7:30am
to 4:30pm at Premier Importers,
St Albans Drive.

Bids must be in writing on or
before November 16th, 2008.
Contact 322-8396 @ extn. 232
for any additional information.

Common Law & Equity Division


(In Liquidation)


First Defendant
Second Defendant
Third Defendant
Fourth Defendant
Fifth Defendant


UPON EX PARTE SUMMONS dated the 22"d
day of October, A.D. 2008 and filed herein on the 23' day of
October, A.D. 2008 coming on for hearing this diy
UPON HEARING Anthony A. McKinney, Esq, on
behalf of the above-named Plaintiff
AND UPON READING the Affidavit of KERI
DAVIDE SHERMAN sworn to on the 22" day of October,
A.D. 2008 and filed herein on the 23"' day of October, A.D.
2008 and the exhibits thereunto annexed and the draft minute
of the order sought.
AND UPON the Plaintiff by its Counsel
(1) to abide by any Order that this Court may
make as to damages in case the Court shall hereafter be of the
opinion that the First Defendant shall have sustained by reason
of this Order which the Plaintiff ought to pay
(2) to inform the First Defendant forthwith of
the terms of this Order by inserting an advertisement of such
Order, Ex Parte Summons, Affidavit of Keri Davidi Sherman
as sworn and the exhibits thereto annexed in the Tribune
IT IS ORDERED that that the First Defendant
MOHAMED HARAJCHI and be restrained, whether by
himself or by his servants or agents or otherwise by injunction
until judgment in this action or further order from doing the
following act that is to say disposing of; conveying selling
transferring mortgaging encumbering or otherwise dealing
with all those real properties owned by the First Defendant
situate on Paradise Island, New Providence, The Bahamas
comprising the .following, viz.
1) ALL-THOSE (2) parcels or lots of land
situate on the Southern Coast of Paradise
Island one of the Island of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas being Lot (7) & Lot (8) in the
Block (2) on the Plan on the Subdivision called
and known as "Paradise Island Colony".
(2) ALL THAT condominium Unit (5)
"Cloister Estates" a Condominium ,
according to and as more particularly described in
the Declaration which condominium is located
on the Lot (2) and (13) aforesaid together with
Unit entitlement of (38/1000) undivided interest in
common property appurtenant to Unit (5)
and. together with an assignment or parking space
(5) designate in the Declaration as Limited common
(3) ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
comprising Lot (4) in Block (2) of t h e
Subdivision known as "Paradise Island Colony"
situate on Paradise Island in the City of
Nassau in the Island of New Providence
(4) ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
comprising Lot (5) in Block (2) of t h e
Subdivision known as "Paradise Island Colony"
situate on Paradise Island in the City of
Nassau in the Island of New Providence
(5) ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of
land comprising Lot (13) in Block (6)
of the Subdivision known as 'Paradise Island
Colony" situate on Paradise Island in the
City of Nassau in the Island of New Providence
AND ALSO ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of
land comprising Lot (2) in Block (6) of the
said Subdivision


TAKE NOTICE that unless you the said
MOHAMED HARAJCHI obey this Order you will be liable
to process of execution for the purpose of compelling you to
obey the same.

S '/-


'Leaer: celaee!






T HE RM Bailey High School Class of 1988 cele-
brated its 20th anniversary with a grand ban-
quet, held in the Imperial Room at the Atlantis
Resort on Saturday.
The class was entertained by it's very own Geno D,
who thrilled the crowd with hits songs from his albums,
including 'Drunk Again' and 'Someting' Just Een Right'.
"This was truly a exciting and fun-filled night," said
Andrew Missick, a member of the graduating class.
Currently living in Houston, Texas, Mr Missick said
that he would not have missed the celebratory events for
the world. "It was wonderful too see all the classmates
that showed up. I expected to much, much more, but I
am grateful and proud to be a part of this event. Those
who missed it missed great food, fun and fellowship and
I would have hoped that dur-
ing our 25th anniversary we
would have had more per-
sons attending," he said.
Mr Errol Bodie, co-chair of
the class' planning commit-
tee, said all the planning and
sacrifice had paid off. "This
was a great event and we
look forward to better things
in the future. Like Andrew I
would have loved to see
more persons attend, but the
ones that attended I am sure
this will b,. a long lasting
memory to cherish for years
to come.
"Our thanks goes out to ,mak
Geno D who electrified the
audience and we danced the
night away to his songs. Also,
to the banquet committee who made sure everything
was in order, Fifika Bain who designed the tickets, Eric
Laramore who pushed the banquet ticket sales and all
those persons who assisted, you know who you are a
heartfelt t hank you for your support and I look forward
to bigger .nd better things before we close out this
reunion year, June 20, 2009."
The next event planned for the graduation class is a
Christmas social in December that will close out this
year's activities.

The RM Bailey Class of 1988 will meet today, and
every Wednesday until the end of the year, at the
school on Robinson Road at 7pm to discuss upcoming
fundraisers. A monetary donation to the school is
scheduled in the future. All classmates wishing to make
a contribution should call 302-2783 for more details.







An explosion of form:


REMEMBER the wild sequence in Casino
Royale where James Bond has a fantastic
chase scene with a Ugandan terrorist,
played by French free-running phenom S6bastien
Foucan, that takes place on a busy construction
site and along a harrowing, seemingly mile high

If you look closely enough
during this sequence you'll see a
pair of legs running across the
screen fleeing the mayhem
caused by the chase. Those legs
belong to Bahamian-born Jason
Elwood Hanna, a rising star in
the world of stunt work, a prac-
titioner of freerunning he
recently returned from the
FreeRunning World Champi-
onships held in London where
he reached the semi finals and
a student of the art of Capoeira,
an African/Brazilian martial art
disguised as dance.
Developed some four cen-
turies ago by slaves as they were
being forcibly shipped between
the African continent and
Brazil, Capoeira, some believe,
was originally a way for African
slaves to defend themselves
against the slave traders and
others who would harm them,
but they disguised the practice
as a dance.
It is this art form that Jason,
along with his Mestre that is
teacher Eclilson de Jesus, will
bring to the Bahamas during a
week long seminar beginning
November 15 -19 at the Hub,
Bay Street.
From a symbol of empower-
ment and a form of self defence

which spread across Brazil as
more and more slaves adopted
the art form, capoeira has grown
into a unique cultural movement
that reflects its diverse origins.
Instruments like maracas and
drums, and the African berim-
baus, which is similar to an
archer's bow and uses a steel
string and a gourd for reso-
nance, are played while per-
formers begin their rhythmic
dance, sometimes'with notes
that reflect the Brazilian sam-
Developed over time,
capoeira's modern moves have
turned into a game of sorts a
dance really between parties,
where both sides use kicks,
throws, acrobatic moves and
generally have fun. "You can
use it for protection, but it's real-
ly meant for fun," Jason said.
Hoping to expand the cultural
awareness of Bahamians by pro-
moting this African/Brazilian
practice, Jason will be hosting
his teacher for the week long
seminar, and he invites all inter-
ested Bahamians, particularly
the youth of the nation, to come
out and learn more about this
interesting movement from
Mestre de Jesus.
Jason said he sees the upcom-


HANNA is a rising
star in the world of
stunt work, a prac-
titioner of freerun-
ning and a student
of the art of
Capoeira, an
martial art dis-
guised as dance.

/"' ing seminar as a way to promote
~ education, healthy extracurric-
1 ular activities and to underscore
that it is okay to pursue inter-
ests that are outside of the more
popular sports and activities, like
basketball and ballet.
It was whqle pursuing his own
unique interest in stunt work
that Jason came across the art
form. Travelling to Canada for
work he would make friends
there, and through that associa-
tion he began to learn capoeira
and found that he enjoyed it,
and could use it in his stunt
% work.
f^, After studying with others,
Jason met Mestre de Jesus, a
Brazilian, in Canada in 2006.
After training with him, Jason
decided to bring him to his home
because he wanted to introduce
capoeira -'something many
Bahamians have never heard of
to the Bahamas.
According to Jason, they are
already thinking about opening a
capoeira school here next year to
teach the art form.
Apart from capoeira, Jason is
~a very involved in the world of
' stunt work. Beyond the "small"
I part in Casino Royale, he has
if also worked on 'Luminous' a
'"^ Canadian television show, and
is expected to begin shooting for
'Way of the Warrior', also a
Canadian film, in March.

- 4r .
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The Capoeira classes will
be held November 15 19, at
Hub, which is open Monday
to Friday, from 10am-6pm.
Interested persons should
reserve a spot by November
1 because space is limited.
To learn more about the mar-
tial arts/dance form visit
www.achebrasil.com and
kaizenstunts.com. For more
information contact The Hub
at 322.4333 or 535.7773 or
bahamaspk@gmail.com or
info@thehub bahamas.org,

Dafova takes in the Bahamas

Tribune Staff Reporter

A BAHAMIAN society struggling to extract
itself from a narrow world-view and simultane-
ously recapture a culture on the verge of extinc-
tion may want to look to Europe for the formula.
To be exact, look to Sofia, Bulgaria, home of
international recording artist and special repre-
sentative for the United Nations High Commis-
sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Dyana Dafova.
Ms Dafova recently spent ten days in Nassau
and Paradise Island absorbing the culture of the
islands and the music of Junkanoo in hopes of
melding it into her music and returning to perform
for a Bahamian audience at Atlantis.
"I want to meet the local people and talk to the
local people," Ms Dafova said. "It's not just car-
rying a few CDs and listening to the music, I want
to feel the nature of the local people; the way
they think, the way they talk, their sense of
humor, the way they live. Then I have a better .;
understanding of what I'm doing in the music." ;
Ms Dafova was born in Sofia where she began
her studies in music and dance at the age of five.
As she matured in her career she began to devel-
op her own style of music, fusing sounds from
cultures around the world and blending the
indigenous dance with a European style, to create
a truly cosmopolitan package.
She even performs her music in 14 different
languages, including the ancient language of San-
skrit, and in beautiful Celtic and American Indi-
an tongues.
She has been received by Senator Hillary Clin-
ton who, Ms Dafova said, has her cd as part of a
private collection. She was also given a personal
blessing from Pope John Paul II for her music.
Ms Dafova's husband and manager Mike But-
terfield said she is able to simply listen to sounds
and rhythm theii go to the studio and create a
fusion of music.
"Having listened to some Bahamian music and
island music she would then, when she goes back
to the studio, start composing the song with the
special moments of the music she heard and the
culture she attended," Mr Butterfield said.
"Then that goes into the second phase which is
the concert. She actually does the choreographic
design of the concert and the musical that goes
with the song and then designs the costume to fit
the musical."
Ms Dafova said she would love to return to
perform for the Bahamian people..
"I hope the people here will like my music and
my show, because I notice that it's a very cos-
mopolitan place and the people are very open to
different nations and cultures."
Ms Dafova considers herself an international
ambassador and has been recognized as such by
the United Nations. Her contemporary music is
considered world music and is an audible and
visual passport to places and cultures.
"Culture,". she said, "is the best ambassador,
especially through music."

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IF you want to get into the mind of your child you
can send him or her to a shrink, but a less expensive
and unobtrusive alternative is an art class.

Pupils of Sqnia Isaacs' art studio are preparing to bare their souls
to the public through their first ever group showing at Anthaya Art
Gallery in Cable Beach next month.
The group of ten young artisans have been a part of Ms Isaacs'
weekend art school for about three years and she says they have
come a long way since then.
"All of the children came to me having never painted before, so
it actually took them three years to be able to do the work and pro-
duce nice pieces," she said. "This is their first showing after three
years of art classes."
Only one of the students participating in the upcoming show has
exhibited before. Deshanda Morely showed off her work beside
her seeded teacher Ms Isaacs, in a two woman show. Deshanda
wowed viewers with her unique style and even sold a few of her
Ms Isaacs said she allows her students to choose their subjects
because they need to feel their work.
"You can see the different styles coming out in each child and
styles are popping out on their own. I would show them primitive,
abstract and realism, but each child has a different mechanism and
so the work is different from child to child.
"I keep the classes quite small so that they get individual atten-
tion every single class because they are working on individual pro-
jects, so I need them to find themselves in the work."
One of her exhibitors, Anaard Lunn, was the winner-of the Cen-
tral Bank's art competition last year and his brother Armaand
Lunn received honourable mention for his mosaic pieces.
They, along with Lex Fountain, 10, Dashanda Morely, 17, Dyah
Neilson, 12, Lia Ritchie, 15, Brian Sands, 18, Cydne Coleby, 14.
Kirkwood Deal, 14, and Tamara Cartwvright, 17, will have their
work displayed for a week in Anthaya and are hoping to receive
exposure for their talent and to make a bit of money.
"I have seen an extreme improvement and I would not show
them if I didn't think they were marketable at this point," Ms
Isaacs said.

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The science of restoration
It may seem that restoring art-
work has a lot to do with art, but
the fact is that art is only a small
portion of her work. Interesting-
ly, art conservation is more of a
science and to understand the
process of recovering a piece you
must be. able to identify the
medium used for the painting
and differentiate between the
"Although artistic ability def-
initely comes in handy and is a
plus it is only a small part of
being a restoration specialist. It is
a highly complicated and spe-
cialized field where it's more
often your knowledge of chem-
istry that is your lifeline to not
ruining someone's $500,000 art
"In restoring paper art you not
only have to determine what
kind of paper the art work was
done on, but you also have to
detitmine through various chem-
ical",sts, what kind of damage is.
ap~elring on the art and what
kinof ink or paints were used to
create the image," she said.
A restorer's judgment must be
seitive toward the piece since
th~pain objective is not to alter
it'sppearance but to make it
look liK'e' an exact replica of the
original: The addition and sub-
traction of chemicals to the paint-
ing must be as accurate as possi-

ble. "If you make the wrong,
determination on any of those
facts then whatever treatment
you choose could totally destroy
the art piece irreversibly.
"Here in the Bahamas we
have mostly two kinds of spotting
that occurs on paper media in
our climate. One is called foxingg'
- it's the brown chickenpox type
spots that paper art gets from
being near products full of acid
(mainly cardboard). Then there
are spots that look very similar
but are more grayish in colour,
that is mold and is something
entirely different. Although to
the naked eye both examples just
look like chicken pox to you, the
treatments for me to cure or min-
imize the effects of those two
scenarios are completely differ-
Operating out of a studio
located in Palmdale, Ms Aitken
admits that working on these
valuable art pieces can some-
times get her adrenaline pump-
ing; if she makes a mistake dur-
ing the restoration process it can-
.not be reversed, and her clients
valuable piece will be ruined.
Although her job can become
very uneasy at times, she has had
only success over the course of
her career and she gives all of
the credit to God. "In all honesty
even though I know what 1 am
doing, the sentimental pieces
sometimes make me a little ner-
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is priceless, you can't replace
that. I have a firm belief in God
and in prayer and in return he
has blessed my talents and my
business where so far I have nev-
er had a dissatisfied customer
with my work."
Being an Aitken (Andrew
Aitken is her brother) has often
caused many people to get the
impression that her job entails
restoring photographs only, but
the only thing that she actually
does with photographs is to
restore those that are black and
white and that are printed with

the old silver method or. :-.'avier
card stock paper. Photo rcjlora.
tion is much easier than the
work that she does restoring art
In the global market restor-
ing artwork can be extremely
expensive, but Ms Aitken has
been very sympathetic to
Bahamian art lovers and has
made the price more affordable.
Despite the fact that her prod-
ucts are exclusively from Cali-
fornia, her prices are far below
the American industry. "I charge
by the square irrch of all my

work so no matter who the
clients are the price is always the
Ms Aitken has been restoring
art for over 15 years and she is
also an accomplished custom
fraiic designer, an art consul-
tant, an interior designer and has
been an art restoration specialist
in both the US and Nassau.

For more information con-
tact Sharon Aitken at 424-9901
or 325-1771 ext. 3 or by e-mail:
i. fix. art@gmail.com

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The young woman says that
in her vision "there is more
green than gray".
The Haitian mother says, "All
children have talent. But some
Hlaitian patents don't have mon-
ey so they can't send their chil-
dren to school so you can't see
their talent. In my vision I have
money to build them a house so
they have food and clothes and
they can go to school so you can
see their talent".
The expectant mother hopes
that 'people consider the gen-
erations to conime in all their
Sabrina's eleventh piece is a
collage of individual shots
showing suffering on a back-
grounds of the Pine Barrens.
Shots included here are abused
animals, children and nature
that speak to the heart of each
human being, creating a seed of
hope for the future.

Vision is on exhibit at the
New Providence Community
Centre and will be on display
until the end of October.

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Family fun to be had at Ardastra

* By LISA LAWLOR '.... .

WITH summer ended

and students settled back

into the hectic routine of school and extra curric-
ula activities, parents may be feeling a tad out of
touch with their youngsters. Yes, you may spend
a lot of time together in the car as you chauffeur,
your little ones to and from school and to their
many club meetings and practices, but are you
really spending quality time together, participat-
ing in fun, family-friendly, friendship-building,
communication-enhancing activities?

A trip to Ardastra Gardens,
Zoo and Conservation Centre
may be just the thing to shake
up a monotonous routine and
to bring parents and children
together in an environment of
beauty and natural wonder.
Imagine walking along the
path made for visitors to the
park, and coming across pea-
cocks proudly displaying their
colourful feathers they are
only shown in breeding season
to attract their female mates.
Imagine how wide eyed and
excited your little one will be
at this glorious display of design
and symmetry. And to show
how hip you are to your older
kids, you can confidently point
out that the peahens the
female of the species are
notably less flamboyant,
coloured with only plain brown
feathers, but they are every bit
as lovable as their bodacious
male counterpart.
Or think about how excited
everyone will be when they see
the flash of patterned fur, the
flicker of a tail and glimpse the
razor sharp teeth from Sheba
and Sasha two sister jaguars
who coyly inhabit their spacious
The most notable attraction
at Ardastra however, is the col-
lection of 44 flamingoes that live
on the grounds, representing
the national bird of the
Bahamas. While there are 21
show flamingoes who perform
three times per day in the
famous flamingo extravaganza,
the rest are kept in the pond
for breeding and to raise the
younger birds until they're also
ready to be trained.
Two baby flamingoes were
born in June, looking like little
white chicks, and will gain their
colour at about three years old,
Phillippa Moss, manager, said.
They get colour from their diet
of mollusks and insects,' which
are rich in carotene. In the wild,
flamingoes can live up to 40
years old, and in captivity may
live as long as 50 years.

A man and his dream
While most Bahamians take
the existence of Ardastra Gar-
dens for granted, the reality is
that its place in Bahamian soci-
ety, as a family friendly nature
retreat where children and
adults ali .- could get up close
and personal with wild animals
and unique flora and fauna, was
shaped and constructed by a
man of vision.
The legendary Normon

The Central Bank
of the Bahamas
will host the grand
opening and '
awards presenta-
tion for it's 25th
Annual Art Com-
petition and Exhi-
bition on Wednes-
day, November 5,
at 5:30pm at the
Bank's Art Gallery,
Frederick Street.

Solomon had a dream that
endangered animals would have
a safe haven, and that the
Bahamas' natural flora and fau-
na could be carefully nurtured
for all time. Through Ardastra
Gardens Mr Solomon's goal
was realized, and with the help
of Michael Jimenez, director
and Ms Moss, the tycoon's
dreams will stay alive and well
on his five and a half acre lot.
Mr Solomon wanted to pro-
vide a unique service to
Bahamians, and in Ardastra the
beauty of tropical nature is a
one of a kind experience. At its
purchase in 1982, he took it
from a reserve that concentrat-
ed largely on plants, to a shelter
for en ~ ngered animals the
world over.
Ardastra houses some 200,
mostly Bahamian reptiles,
mammals and bird species living
in the gardens. They include
Bahamian animals that are
reducing in numbers because of
ecological changes or over-hunt-
ing, but there are also animals
received from other zoos, those
who have been rehabilitated
back to health by the zookeep-
ers or saved from illegal trans-
portation practices.
Normon Solomon's dream
catered to the youth who he
believed would benefit expo-
nentially from interaction with
beautiful creatures and nature.
He wanted Ardastra to be
accessible for everyone, keeping
admissions prices at a reason-
able rate, giving specials for
school trips. The zoo receives
over 10,000 children per year.

The wonders of the world
In 2001 Ardastra Gardens
became the first park in the
world to breed flamingoes in
captivity, a difficult feat to over-
come as it is well known that
in general, captive animals do
not have the same breeding
habits as they would if they
were in their natural habitat.
Mr Jimenez attributed this to
the gardens' ability to accom-
modate animals in exhibitions
as close to their natural envi-
ronment as possible, as their
breeding grounds are actually
on a pond, and their diet was
changed too. Ardastra contin-
ues to be one of the few parks
which is able to breed flamin-
goes in captivity.
This is also a commendable
feat due to the recent depletion
of flamingo numbers the world
over. There are now an esti-
mated 880,000 flamingoes in

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The students of Sonia Isaacs
School of Art will hold an exhibi-
tion at Anthaya Art Gallery, Cable
Beach, next to City Markets, from
November 15 to November 22.
The opening reception will be held
on Saturday, November 15 from
2pm to 7pm. The gallery's hours
are 10am to 6pm Monday through
Saturday. For more information
call 327.1045

Sabrina Lightbourn presents her new Vision at the Lad-
der.Gallery at NPCC.

Oct 28 and Nov 4 The third volume of the Green Talk
Oct 23 Bahamas Human Rights Network Public meet-
Oct 30 A writer/artist forum

A TRIP to Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre may be just the thing.to shake up a monotonous routine and to bring
parents and children together in an environment of beauty and natural wonder.

the world. Before Hurricane
Ike, there were about 65,000 of
the species in Inagua, although
that number should not be
largely affected because their
population didn't take a huge
In the 1930s and 1940s the
birds were hunted for meat, but
today they are a protected
species under Bahamian law
and are illegal to hunt.
Another popular attraction
at Ardastra is the petting zoo
which features animals such as
goats and sheep, as well as the ,
option of feeding the red Lory
parrots and feeding the goats.
Ms Moss said this spectrum of
the zoo really fascinates the
children, "inspiring them to stay
for as long as they can, and
sometimes even to become a
sponsor for a specific animal."
This aspect allows the child to
technically own the animal, and
motivates them to visit their
animal very frequently.

Birds that frequent the visi-
tors' shoulders are such friend-
ly characters as Toby, the 35
year old cockatoo, and Sal-
vador, the 17 year old macaw
found next to the gift and snack
shops. -
Other animals found at the
" gardens range from Cuban
Amazon parrots (a bird closely
related to the Bahama parrot
- also found at Ardastra), a
Great Horned Owl, rabbits,
roosters, geese, meerkats, tur-
tles, servats (a wild cat species),
Prevost's squirrels from South
East Asia and the Borneo
Islands, Indian Ring Necked
parakeets, a Trumpeter Horn-
bill from Mozambique, Cara-
cals from Africa, North West
India and the Arabian penin-
sula, plus Bahamian boa con-
strictors who were confiscated
from some reptile enthusiasts
in Andros trying to smuggle
them to the US.
There's also an African

crane, spiny tailed iguanas, ring
tailed limas, curly tailed lizards,
yellow-footed tortoises, white'
crowned pigeons, white fronted
capuchins (an adorable species
of monkey), Schmidt's guenon
(another monkey species with
22 distinct vocalizations) and
the black tailed prairie dog -
interestingly one of the 2,000
species of rodents, not actually
any type of dog.
Another species of rodent is
* the Capybara a semi aquatic
animal weighing up to 154
pounds with six inch incisors.,
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The price to see all of
these exquisite animals
ranges from under $10 for
Bahamians and under $20 for
tourists. All children under
four years old enter for no
,admission. To find out more
about the Ardastra Gardens,
visit.www.ardastra.com or
phone 323-5806.

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'Vision' of a

better future
MOVEMENTS for environmental and social con-
cerns are what take up artist Sabrina Lightbourn's
days. With all the crime and violence, and land and sea
degradation that surrounds each human being, she
wants to know if what you see is what you create, why
does she see "the trees being cut? The coral dying?
Why does my heart cry'when I hear another man shot?
Why can't I just see it.. .perfect?"
In "Vision", Sabrina's only solo show for the year,
currently being held at the New Providence Community
Centre, the artist took ten profile shots and placed them
on plywood an unusual backing for photography that
makes reference to the earth's disappearing raw materi-
als, and the human race's connection to the earth and
pines. "It gives the show a feel of something natural,"
Sabrina said, "there is no gloss and no glass to hide
Her photographs show people across a wide demo-
graphic, including young adults who are off at school, suf-
fering children who live in the ghetto, a Rasta, Haitians,
academics and new mothers.
Sabrina has been practicing art for her whole life, but
really only taking it seriously in the last eight years. She
went to Rockport College in Maine four years ago to
study photography formally and now shoots weddings and
other commercial jobs, as well as having one show per
"With these pieces, I wanted to create time for people
to stop and contemplate the world and their vision for it,"
she said. She wanted to put into motion a movement
towards something better. At the end of it all, she said, we
all want the same things safety and for us all to get
In her portraits, each individual's vision is written
below the piece satisfying Sabrina's vision of bringing
people together and creating a positive ripple that sets
into motion an effort towards a better place.
"Those with a clear vision are often more successful in
reaching their goals," the artist explained.
These visions vary greatly in
themselves, all look-
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The young black
boy says, "I wish that
all the gangs and
crime would stop in
our country and we'll
have a better place to
live and everybody
would be friends".
An old Rasta man
says he hopes for "bet-
ter understanding
between humans. And
it takes a Godly vision
regardless of religion. If
you are a Muslim, Rasta
or Christian we all have
.1 god of love. We need
peace. We sing about it,
we preach about it, so
let's act upon it".
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UNFOLDING the stories
behind worn and tattered
canvases, fading paint, and
damaged paper, is what
Sharon Aitken, owner of
Sharon's Restorations, aims
to do as she combines her
knowledge of chemistry and
artistic ability to restore pre-
cious and valuable art
pieces. Through her efforts,
she brings about an accu-
rate narration of the art
piece just as it was when
the story in the painting was
first created.
In her line of work, having advanced artis-
tic talent. has played to Ms Aitken's credit.
Her natural born, genetically coded art abil-
ities have made restoring paintings second
nature. Along with her intrinsic leanings how-
ever, Ms Aitken has studied at a number of
universities which helped mold and enhance
her talent.

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