The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: October 31, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
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Justice campaigner
won't be going
behind bars despite
refusing to publish
an apology
DESPITE refusing to publish
an apology to Court of Appeal
president Dame Joan Sawyer,
justice campaigner Tanya Cash
was not jailed for contempt yes-
terday as a differently consti-
tuted court said that the issue
was "done with."
Mrs Cash, 41, and her hus-
band Greg were also given addi-
tional time to comply with the
filing of the record of appeal
despite the fact that it is now
some 14 months out of date.
Mr and Mrs Cash have
waged a six-year court battle
against the Bahamas Baptist
Missionaries since Mr Cash suf-
fered alleged wrongful dismissal
from his job as physical educa-
tion teacher at Jordan Prince
William High School in Octo-
ber, 2002.C
Mrs Cash was before the

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Some Family Island social services
centres 'have exhausted their funds'

Tribune Staff Reporter
SOME Family Island social
services centres have already
exhausted their allotted funds,
according to minister Loretta

Butler-Turn- -r
She said
the depart-
ment has met
some chal-
lenges since
the fall-out
from the
financial cri-
sis impacted the Bahamian
economy, but the government is
taking steps to ensure that the
poor will be taken care of, even
if if means moving money
"The ministry has at its dis-
posal in excess of ten million
dollars for these programmes
and we believe that there are
some islands where the demand
is not as great, so I think we
should do well," said Mrs But-
ler-Turner. "Obviously we will
have to do a bit of juggling with
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter
MURDER accused Ricardo
Miller, alias Tamar Lee, was
granted h$ 11p1l1 bail yesterday
after more than six years
behind bars.
The 32-year-old charged with
the murder of Mario Miller, son
of former Trade Minister Leslie
Miller, has been in custody
since his arrest just days after
Mario Miller was stabbed 18
times and his body abandoned
next to a superniarket car park
on June 22, 2002.
Lee's bail follows that of his
brother Ryan Miller, also
charged with Mario Miller's
murder, who was granted
$30,000 bail on Tuesday.
SEE page eight

Church 'has no


power' to be

moral watchdog

Tribune News Editor
TWO of the original framers of
the Bahamas Constitution have
rejected claims that the Christian
church has a mandate to act as the
country's moral watchdog.
Senior statesmen George Smith
said Sir Arthur Foulkes said no
religious body should consider
itself special, or empowered to
make moral decisions on behalf
of the nation.
"The church itself has no con-
stitutional power. No church has
the right to perform a government

function," Sir Arthur said.
Claims of Christianity's special
mandate used for decades by
Bahamas Christian Council mem-
bers as justification for attempts
to regulate the public conscience -
were reiterated this week by the
council's president Rev Patrick
Paul when calling for two singers
to be banned from performing in
the Bahamas.
Rev Paul said the council
intends to turn the Bahamas into
the Christian nation it was origi-
nally intended to be. He added:
SEE page eight

Turnquest denies allowing Haitians
to return to work in Straw Market
MINISTER of National Security Tommy
Turnquest has refuted claims that he allowed
Haitians to return to work in the Straw Market
following a raid that netted a number of illegals
earlier this month.
On Thursday,The Tribune reported that ven-
dors in the straw market had accused Mr Turn-
quest of allowing "some vendors" to bring back
their Haitian workers contrary to Minister of
State for Immigration Branville McCarntey's.
efforts to get them out.
Calling the claims utterly "baseless", Mr Turn-
quest said he is not involved with the return of
any workers to the straw market.
"Why would I put foreigners in the straw market? There is only one
government of the Bahamas. When the government of the Bahamas
makes a decision, every facet carries it out," he said.
On Tuesday, according to one vendor, a Haitian woman was escort-
SEE page eight
PM: the Caribbean must continue to
co-operate on fighting threats to the region

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Caribbean must contin-
ue in its co-operative efforts to
stamp out the illicit trafficking
of drugs, human smuggling, .and
white-collar financial crimes
which are all principal threats
to the region's security, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said
The region has been a transit
point of illicit drugs between
North and South America for
over 30 years with devastating
repercussions such as the traffic
Sof and use of firearms, kidnap-
pings, gang violence and

increase in homicides.
Such "lawlessness" has co4r-
tributed to the degradation of
the region's social fabric, said
the prime minister, battered tra-
ditional family values and dis-
rupted family life.
"This has translated intb
increased criminality in our
communities, including dra-
matic increases in violent crimes
against the person. In turn,
increased demands are being
placed upon our judicial, penal
and rehabilitation agencies,"
said Mr Ingraham, speaking at
the opening ceremony of the
11th meeting of the Caribbean
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inconvenience caused by the
ongoing work on the Eastern
Residents living in the east-

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the next two weeks. The Cor-
poration explained that in the
summer it embarked on
extensive water mains replace-
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and low pressure problems.
Work on major roadways in
the area is nearing comple-
tion, with only a small section
off the Eastern Road, from
Fox Hill Road to Sans Souci,
still underway, the Corpora-
tion said.
To date, the water main has
been laid, and consumers on
side corners are currently
being transferred from the old
water main to the new one.
The area affected is a high
traffic one, so work is limited
to off-peak hours which has
prolonged the project, the
Corporation said.
"In order to minimise the
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residents alike, the Corpora-
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0 In brief

Police to be out

in 'full force'

on Halloween
POLICE will be out in "full
force" on Halloween to ensure
the safety of locals and to pro-
tect the public from thrill-
seeking pranksters.
Any individuals found caus-
ing damage to property
through typical Halloween
pranks, will be arrested, police
Assistant Superintendent
Walter Evans encouraged par-
ents and guardians to accom-
pany children who may be
trick-or-treating around their
neighborhoods and to ensure
that they do not venture too
far from home.
He also reminded persons
using fireworks not to aim the
explosives at buildings or oth-
er structures and to only oper-
ate them in open areas.
For a "safe" venue for Hal-
loween fun, the Police Train-
ing College is hosting the
'Tricks and Treats' event from
6pm to 11pm tonight. The
event is open to the public and
admission is $1.


found wandering

is now back

with her family
girl who was found wander-
ing alone near the top of
the hill on Mackey Street
on Wednesday is now safe
at home with her family,
police reported.
A concerned citizen spot-
ted the toddler walking
alone on Mackey Street
around 4pm on Wednesday
and took the child to the
Wulff Road police station.
Supt Matthew Davies,
officer in-charge of the
Wulff Road police station,
said the little girl was visibly
upset and crying when she
was brought to the station,
but otherwise appeared to
be in good health.
Police issued radio bul-
letins to alert the public of
the lost child's where-
abouts. Four hours later, at
around 8.30pm on Wednes-
day, the girl's mother came
to the station to claim her,
Supt Davies said.
According to police, the
child was playing in the
front yard of her family's
home with a group of older
children, when she report-
edly wandered out of the
yard and got lost.
Police said the child's
parents were at home at the
time the toddler wandered
on to the street.

Man reportedly

impersonated a

Tribune reporter
A MAN reportedly
attempted to access sensi-
tive information from local
businesses by impersonat-
ing a Tribune reporter.
A local businessman,
who asked to have his
name withheld, said he
recently received a tele-
phone call from someone
claiming to be a reporter
from this newspaper.
The impersonator
reportedly staged a fake
interview in an effort to
gather confidential infor-
mation from the business-
The businessman said he
had suspicions about the
impersonator during the
interview and made
attempts to verify the per-
son's identity.
After several calls to the
Tribune newsroom
revealed that the so-called
reporter was a fraud, the
businessman issued a

Bahamians debate whether reggae

star should perform in the Bahamas

Tribune Staff Reporter
WHILE some Bahamians sup-
port the Bahamas Christian
Council's view that the songs of
Jamaican artist Mavado are
"despicable", others contend that
whether this is the case or not,
adults in a democratic country
should be free to decide what
they do for entertainment.
Bahamas Issues, a popular
Bahamian internet forum, was
yesterday bubbling with talk of
whether popular reggae artist
Mavado should be allowed to
perform at the upcoming Millen-
nium Countdown concert.
One forum-goer said: "Some-
times I wonder if the Bahamas is
a democratic country. Where peo-
ple choose to spend their money
is their business."

Others, however, emphasised
that the singers' songs are "dis-
gusting and misogynist."
"There is nothing positive in
these clowns' message. I hope it
storm that night and rain them
out," said a forum poster.
The Bahamas Against Crime
organisation, headed by Rev C B
Moss, is protesting against artists
Mavado and Bounty Killer being
allowed to perform at the con-
cert. The anti-crime organisation
claims that the singers' lyrics glo-


rify crime and disrespect women
at a time when Bahamas is
attempting to fight against these
two problems.
The debate heated up after the
Bahamas Christian Council said
that it is demanding to screen all
music acts coming into the coun-
The Christian Council said that
artists like Mavado should not be
allowed to "promote" their views
in the Bahamas, which go
"against Christian values."
Due to the lyrical content of
his songs, Mavado has already
been banned from performing in
St Vincent and the Grenadines,
where he was due to appear at a
concert earlier this year.
The Jamaica-Star quoted
Mavado's manager, Julian Jones-

However, internet poster
"D1973" said this is difficult when
children can readily buy tickets
to such concerts.
"Kuegn" said: "If a grown adult
cannot determine right from
wrong, or will allow a song, sung
by an artist, to influence him to so
something he/she shouldn't, then
that person is already a danger
to society with or without this
But, according to "African
Queen", music "can be addictive
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especially for people who have
nothing else to turn to."
Taking another approach,
"Akrizia" said the Council's
stance is hypocritical.
"If they read their Bible cor-
rectly, then they would know that
they must first get their own
house in order, which would be
the church, before they can reach
out to anyone else. And it ain't
looking too good, cause
these churches just down right

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Griffiths, saying that this ban
"does not do anything to cease
Mavado's momentum and popu-
larity, if anything, it just adds to
his legend."
Bahamas Issues forum user
"Blp" said the idea of banning
the artist from performing in Nas-
sau is pointless and worrisome.
"Those who cannot attend, but
like (the artists') music can easily
download the explicit version
from the internet," said Blp,
adding, "I do not condone vio-
lence, but I have a problem with
censorship in a democratic coun-

Meanwhile, other users said it
makes no sense for the Christian
Council to focus so much atten-
tion on concert performances
when similar themes can be read-
ily consumed via television and
Another forum visitor said ban-
ning performances is be a slip-
pery slope.
"Next thing you know they'll
be calling on Cable Bahamas and
Batelnet to block certain websites
from the internet and black-out
certain channels."
Forum user "Kuegn" said the
solution is for parents to take a
more active role in determining
what their children do for fun,
while leaving adults to exercise
their own judgment about what
they consume.

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sioners of Police Caribbean meeting held at Police headquarters-yes-
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THE content of certain movies shown in the
Bahamas and the lyrics of many songs played on
local radio are contributing to the problem of promis-
cuity, child abuse, rape, and other crimes in the
country, the Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) said.
President of the BCC Rev Patrick Paul speaking
at a press conference on Wednesday said he believes
that people are "spiritually fed by words and music."
"Those songs and films that have gone beyond
the conscious go down into the subconscious by
which man is motivated. What is in his conscience
determines his belief system, what's in his belief svs-
tem determines his'character from which we get his
cbhductt," Rev Paursaid.
"Man is fed through his senses- that's the wa..-
man is fed in his soul, in his spirit. Man is physicIlly
fed by food to maintain his physical body, but his
spirit is fed through his senses."
Rev Paul said that starting in November and con-
tinuing through January of next year, the Bahamas
Christian Council will launch a special initiative to
call on Bahamians to return to the Christian values
on which the country was built.
The BCC president said that the country's found-
ing fathers believed that the Christian church would

Tribune Staff Reporter

bility plaguing the world and
consequently affecting the
Bahamas could be seen as a
blessing in disguise, accord-
ing to Minister of Social Ser-
vices Loretta Butler-Turner.
Addressing the Rotary
Club of West Nassau at their
weekly meeting, Mrs Butler-
Turner' said the Bahamian
people now have the oppor-
tunity to get back to the
things that really matter in
"When we had so much
less we were able to survive
and be happy and yet still
help our fellow brothers and
sisters things tough gentle-
men (but) rejoice," she said.


"Its a blessing because it's
going to make us re-examine
our priorities as a people, it is
going to make us re-examine
our priorities in the way that
we live and the things that
we can defer, as opposed
to keeping up with the Jons-
One of the blessings she cit-
ed as stemming from the cri-
sis is the decision by alterna-
tive energy companies to use
crops for food instead of fuel.
"People who are in the
business of bio-fuels are not
making much more bio-fuel
anymore, thus the price of oil
is dropping and there is more
food," said Mrs Butler-Turn-
She told the Rotary club
that had the FNM govern-
ment tried to keep up with
all of the projects the previ-

ensure that those traditional virtues and morals were
passed on from generation to generation.
The founding fathers, he added, envisioned the
Christian church to be the moral watchdog of society.
As it concerns promiscuity, murders, and crime in
general, the Christian Council said that it cannot
dictate to any individual how they should live.
"We have a responsibility nationally when things
on a national level come to our attention to address
them, and we will address many of them as best we
can," Rev Paul said.
Rev Victor Cooper, administrative assistant to
the BCC president, said that the Council is not try-
ing to turn back the hands of time, but seeking to
take a more proactive stance-when it comes to moral
"We have.seen what happened in the 70's. Our
young,peoplei are vulnera,blN,pnd thly are always
influenced by what is foreign let's change that," Mr
Cooper said.
Rev Paul said the Council is hoping to use the
help of the media to reach out to the Bahamian
"We intend to ask the media to give us one day as
a Christian nation to promote instrumental music as
we take (a) step by step (approach) to help people to
return to those virtues," he said.

ous government left behind,
the country might have
been stricken with financial
hardship at the present
She said many Bahamians
have been living on credit too
much and that they must start
to save money and take care
not to become a victim of the
"They say this is the time to
buy, but if you have nothing
to buy with, you would prob-
ably become a statistic for us
to be reviewing later on at
the Department of Social Ser-
vices," she said.

Christian Council claims content of some

movies and songs contributing to crime

Economic instability 'could

be a blessing in disguise'

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warning to the public.
"If someone has done it
to me, it's a possibility that
he can do it to other per-
sons. He was so smooth
with it, he sounded so
rehearsed, and to me that
is almost like forging
someone's signature.
"I just want (to tell peo-
ple) that if you don't know
who is on the other end of
the phone, be careful,
because you can be reveal-
ing things that can be dam-
aging to clients," he said.

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. 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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A silver lining for Conservatives

These are the times that try conserva-
tives' hearts.
If public polling still has any semblance
of accuracy, Republican candidates are
headed for a rout.
Not just John McCain and Sarah Palin.
Not only in the Senate, where Democrats
stand a chance of gaining 10 seats and
obtaining a filibuster-proof majority.
Not only in the House, where a pick-up
of 30 Democratic seats will make Speaker
Nancy Pelosi even more hostile to the pre-
rogatives of the minority.
Beyond Washington, a Democratic tide
threatens to swamp Republicans in down-
ballot races across the nation, turning large
portions of even reliably red states blue.
After 28 years, doomsayers are writing
obituaries for the Reagan Revolution.
Not so fast.
As Democrats learned to their conster-
nation in 2000 and 2004, voters determine
the results of elections, not polls.
Yet even if the polls are correct, conser-
vatives should take heart.
On the ruins of the late, profligate
Republican Party, a new foundation can
be laid a project that should have begun
two years ago.
No matter the results of the election on
Nov. 4, and despite the tarnishing Repub-
licans have given to conservatism, Ameri-
ca remains a center-right country.
In January 2000, the bipartisan Battle-
ground Poll sponsored by George Wash-
ington University asked participants to
describe their views of politics and gov-
Fifteen percent described themselves as
very conservative, 39 percent as somewhat
conservative, 13 percent as moderate, 24
percent as somewhat liberal and 6 percent
as very liberal.
Here are the results of the same Battle-
ground Poll question in October
2008:,Twenty percent described them-
selves as very conservative, 39 percent as
somewhat conservative, 3 percent as mod-a
rate, 26 percent as somewhat liberal and
10 percent as very liberal.
After eight years of the Bush adminis-
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house of Congress, with a skyrocketing
deficit and ethical scandals, a highly unpop-
ular war in Iraq and a financial crisis, the
number of people who describe themselves
as very or somewhat conservative has actu-
ally grown from 53 percent to 59 percent.
In fact since 2002, the very/mostly conser-
vative segment has held remarkably steady
around 60 percent.
That tells us that an Obama-Biden White
House with a Pelosi-Reid supermajority
in Congress is very much out of step with
the American people.
Democrats cannot possibly maintain that
dominance unless Republicans keep
doing what they've been doing for the last
eight years.
How can there be a Democratic land-
slide when the polls show a solid conserv-
ative majority?
Because the Republican Party aban-
doned its conservative principles and, in
turn, conservative voters have abandoned
the Republican Party.
Rather than tame government spending,
Republicans luxuriated in its power, just as
their Democratic predecessors had.
Rather than eradicate the cancer of abu-
sive earmarks, they allowed it to metasta-
size in their own body politic.
Republicans turned a cadre of K Street
lobbyists into their private mercenary army.
Instead, the goal should have been to
smash the lobbyists' power.
The 2006 election should have been the
wake up call.
The current Democrat-controlled Con-
gress has the worst public approval ratings
on record.
Yet even against this leadership deficit, a
Republican Party plagued with the scandal-
ridden legacy of DeLay, Ted Stevens, Duke
Cunningham and others couldn't offer a
meaningful alternative.
If Nov. 4 goes as predicted, a conserva-
tive reckoning will take place on
Nov. 5. That's at least twvo years too late
- but not a moment too soon.

(This article was written by JONATHAN
GURWITZ c.2008 San Antonio Express-

Sad to see what

has become

of America

EDITOR, The Tribune.
For many who are passion-
ate about democracy, Ameri-
ca's last eight years must always
serve as a reminder of the con-
sequences of democracy being
How did the great USA find
itself in such a state of quandary
in two short terms? When one
retrospects, the election of 2000
comes to mind.
We all know the real winner
was Al Gore, however Kather-
ine Harris played a significant
role in ensuring otherwise. In
one great swipe at democracy,
Mrs Harris assisted President
Bush in changing the world for-
The consequences of her
actions are beyond painful.
Thanks to President Bush, the
twin pillars of peace and pros-
perity inherited were short-
America's respect globally
has diminished and its friends
are scarce.
President Bush led his peo-
ple into fighting his personal
war with Iraq, his obsession
with this war caused him to take
his eye off many of America's
bigger problems.
So while America fights on
in Iraq, The Taliban are now
reportedly established in over
60 countries.
Five years later the Iraq war
has produced invisible weapons
of mass destruction, a ten bil-
lion monthly bill and CNN's
ticker updating you on the inno-
cent loss of lives.

This war has now become
known as the trillion dollar mis-
take. Osama is uncaptured,
Russia is resurgent and North
Korea and Iran play musical
chairs with America's emotions.
Americans are now being
asked to reward the GOP party.
Is this a nominee for joke of the
year I ask? How on earth with
all the despair and destruction
caused are they to think they
can be so rewarded? This elec-
tion isn't just about voting this
time, it's about searching your
soul in finding the right person
for the job. The independent
voters and undecided ones
should ask the Republicans the
following questions:
Was the war in Iraq worth
it? Who is protecting Osama
bin Laden?
Where is the surplus you guys
inherited? Are you happy with
the conditions in America
It is so sad to see what has
become of America, their econ-
omy is now on life support
while CEO's enhance their
wealth. There were too many
warning signs to not see this
coming, again, there was just
too big an obsession with Iraq.
Did America not learn from
Enron and Worldcom? Or was
President Bush relying on
whistleblowers to regulate?

The level of greed, incom-
petence and dishonesty dis-
played by all involved is
astounding for a first world
I think while the bailouts are
proceeding, there must be
simultaneous imprisonment for
the guilty crew (no bail
The entire banking and finan-
cial system of America need not
only regulation, but overhaul-
The next President must now
create an entire new depart-
ment to deal with this.
All other agencies that exist
who missed the boat on this
should be done away with or
somehow incorporated into this
new department. The secretary
of this department must be an
honest, independent, and inno-
vative regulator. The world's
markets and industries demand
a successful America. I know
America will rise again, they
have before.
Truth is, America's captain
has been texting while at the
wheel, consequently an entire
nation was derailed, someone
must pay for this tragedy. I can
think of no one better than the
Republican party.
In a future letter I will out-
line why I think Barack Oba-
ma should be entrusted with
making America beautiful
October 20. 2008.

As a Bahamian, a former ath-
lete, coach and presently a
teacher, I was most disappoint-
ed on Saturday night when
channel hopping, I came across
the reception for our Olympians
that was carried live on ZNS.
First of all was this a celebra-
tion for FNMs only or was this a
country celebration? Secondly,
why was an invitation not
extended to all members of Par-
Would The Ministry of Sports
and Culture please tell the
country was it a celebration
fling together or what? How
could approximately 50 to -70
hand picked people attend a
national celebration? Why-was
an invitation not extended to
all members of Parliament,
Was an invitation extended

Olympians, Sir Durward
Knowles, Sir Tommy Robinson,
Frank Rutherford, Pauline
Davis-Thompson, Eldece
Clarke-Lewis, Savatha Fynes,
Tonique Williams-Darling, just
to name a few. Here again I
believe it was supposed to be a
country celebration.
Was an invitation extended
to all of our sporting commu-
nities, including boxing, cycling,
weightlifting, tennis, swimming,
basketball and softball, just to
name a few. The Minister of
Sports seems to be only a one
sport man track and field.
I believe it was a country cel-
ebration. How could the Master
of Ceremonies honestly speak
about the ministry's "hard-

called celebrations seemed dis-
As Bahamians we need to put
aside the petty politics and
It is time to stop looking for
brownie points and pat on our
backs. If that's the way the for-
mer government did their cele-
brations, then let's not follow
suit, let's show them how it
should be done.
Are we trying to bury the
past and move this country for-
ward upward, onward, togeth-
er, one country one Bahamas?
October 21, 2008.

Pleased that report proved incorrect
EDITOR, The Tribune.
I am pleased that The Nassau Guardian's report of the govern-
ment's decision to reimburse those BTC employees who were
docked for participating in the recent unauthorized work stoppage
has proved incorrect
The entirely wrong message would have been sent to the unions;
and would have raised the question as to who is really running the
country. A decision of this sort would certainly have come back to
bite the government where it hurts, as every other union and mal-
content in the country, encouraged and emboldened by this, would
have used it as a carte blanche or big stick with which to beat them
and by extension, us. This would also have had the effect of further
increasing the populaces' already considerable disregard for the
Perhaps the penny has finally dropped for some of our leaders
and it is high time that arrogant, militant unionists were made aware
that there will be no more free lunch on the public purse
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o In brief

Annual 'Friends and
Neighbors Day
Evangelism Service'
THE Church ..
of God of
Prophecy East ,.. ,
Street Tabernacle
will host its annu-
al Friends and
Neighbours Day
Evangelism Ser-
vice, under the i -
theme "What the
World Needs Now is Jesus", on
Sunday, November 2 at 11.30am.
Bishop Rudolph Arthur of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, will be
the guest speaker.
Bishop Franklin Ferguson,
senior pastor, and the members
of the church extend an invitation
to the public to come out and cel-
ebrate with them. The dress code
is casual.
A special evening service will
also be held on Sunday at 6.45pm
in the church's parking lot.

Extension to agreement for more than

40 Cuban teachers to work in Bahamas

Tribune Staff Reporter
SENIOR officials from the Ministry
of Education and the Cuban Embassy
yesterday signed an extension to the
bilateral agreement which allows more
than 40 Cuban teachers to work in
schools throughout the Bahamas.
Speaking at the signing yesterday,
Cuban Ambassador to the Bahamas
Jos6 Luis Ponce said, "Today we have
agreed to extend for another year an
agreement that has allowed us during
the last five years to humbly contribute
to the efforts carried by the Ministry of
Education in the formation of the next
generation of this sister country."
The Ambassador said he hopes that
this agreement will further strengthen
ties between the Bahamas and Cuba.
He added that he looks forward to
the hundreds of students who will ben-
efit from this endeavor, to eventually
develop into professionals, entrepre-

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CUBAN AMBASSADOR to the Bahamas Jose Luis Ponce and Minister of Educa
Bethel sign a one-year agreement for Cuban teachers to teach in the Bahamas.

neurs, and skilled labourers here in the
Thanking the Cuban government for
its assistance in educating the nation's
youth, Minister of Education Carl
Bethel said although this agreement has

been approved for only one year, it is his
intention to work with Cuban officials to
continue this programme well into the
"The Bahamas as a nation was des-
perately in need of seeking additional

trained teachers in critical areas, most
particularly special education, and we
have been greatly assisted by the gen-
erosity of the Cuban people and their
government," Mr Bethel said.
The minister also said that these types
of agreements will help in developing a
strong social bond between the two
The group of Cuban educators will
teach students from public elementary,
junior, and secondary schools, in sub-
jects including mathematics, biology,
chemistry, Spanish, and science.
Additionally, the Cuban educators will
assist in teaching special needs children.
The bilateral agreement, which was
initially signed in 2006, has to-date
allowed more than 63 Cuban educators
to teach in the Bahamas, and students in
numerous islands including Mayaguana,
Crooked Island, Cat Island, Long Island,
Grand Bahama, Andros, Abaco, Exu-
ma, Eleuthera, and New Providence,
have benefitted from the programme.

TDMA services will stop

nationwide on November 16

ALTHOUGH upgrades to
the GSM cellular network have
not yet been completed in New
Providence and Grand Bahama,
the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC)
announced that it will cease
TDMA services nationwide on
November 16, preceded by a
shut-down in the Family Islands
on November 9.
BTC's vice-president for mar-
keting, sales and business devel-
opment Marlon Johnson said
that it would be impossible to
run the fully upgraded GSM sys-
tem and the TDMA network at
the same time.
"In the immediate aftermath
of the shut-downs in New Prov-
idence.and Grand Bahama, we
still would not have completed
the GSM upgrade in these
"The nature of the technology
and dense traffic patterns mean
that for these two islands, we
could not have run the upgraded
GSM system and TDMA net-
work at the same time. Thus,
there will be a few days lag
between the turn down of the
TDMA and the full launch of
the upgraded GSM system. By
end of the month of November
though, customers should have
notably improved GSM services
in New Providence and Grand
Bahama and indeed all over
the country", Mr Johnson said.

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Originally, TDMA services
should have been turned off on
October 31, however, due to
natural disasters this date had
to be adjusted slightly.
"The TDMA migration pro-
ject was delayed due to the
recent hurricanes. However, we
are still happy to state that in
just a few weeks, we will have
migrated all of our customers to
the new and improved GSM
network," Mr Johnson said.
The island of Inagua suffered
major damage as a result of
Hurricane Ike. BTC also suf-
fered damage to equipment and
its office in Inagua. This led to
the delay in the completion of
the project as company
resources had to be shifted to
critical restoration needs in the
affected islands.

On October 14, BTC turned
off the TDMA network in Exu-
ma and Long Island, marking
the beginning of the shut-down
process in the Family Islands.
With the exception of Grand
Bahama, the TDMA services in
all remaining Family Islands will
be shut down on November 9.
The TDMA networks in New
Providence and Grand Bahama
will be turned off on Sunday,
November 16, meaning that at
that time, the TDMA service
will be fully shut down nation-
In early 2007, BTC embarked
on a strategic plan to improve
the overall quality of GSM ser-
vice. With the addition of new
GSM cellular sites and the intro-
duction of the 850 MHz fre-

quency, BTC has expanded
GSM coverage areas in New
Providence and the Family
Islands to provide a more reli-
able GSM network.
"The company's investment
in the more robust and higher
capacity 850 MHz network and
turn-up of the new cell sites will
provide the islands with contin-
uous and ubiquitous coverage.
"This new network will blan-
ket the islands increasing cell
site density, providing better call
quality, stronger signals and
more coverage, while making
GSM more accessible. (TDMA)
technology is antiquated and
replacement parts have been
manufactured discontinued.
Almost all TDMA systems
around the world have been
turned down already," BTC said
in a statement.
In New Providence, BTC
began switching off TDMA for
pre-paid customers at the end
of September. All of the "Quik
Cell" TDMA pre-paid cus-
tomers in New Providence will
be shut down by the end of the
BTC began the 'Switch it Up'
campaign earlier this year to
encourage customers to make
the switch early to avoid the has-
sle of migrating during the final
days. The company extended its
hours in the BTC Wireless
Department and Cyber World
in the Mall at Marathon until
8pm to allow customers more
flexibility in making the switch.
Also, switching customers can
take advantage of sale prices on
selected GSM phones, includ-
ing a telephone for under $50
for persons making the switch.

Cotrcor accuses thMinstryof
Housing ofgoing backon its wor

Tribune Staff Reporter
A BAHAMIAN contractor is accusing the
Ministry of Housing of going back on its word to
allow him to construct homes using a new system
that would greatly reduce the cost and time of the
Randy Rolle of R and D Developers said there
is something sinister about a ministry that would
develop a contract for a certain type of build and
then make up a completely different contract at the
last minute.
"I made a presentation and a bid in order to do
an estimate for low-cost houses," said Mr Rolle.
"At the time that I presented this estimate, it
was based on a particular type of construction,
ICF (Insulated Concrete Form), which is consid-
ered a system construction or system home.
"At the time I presented it I could do it for
$60,500 and I was requested to come before the
board to go through a number of meetings with the
engineers regarding this house within the depart-
ment of housing."
He said although he stipulated to the ministry
that he was building the luw-cost homes with an
Insulated Concrete Form Superstructure because
it was cheaper and faster and that this was his
only option for the build, the Ministry of Housing
factored his price estimates into a new contract
they drew up for a conventional home, but at the
same low price he had quoted.
According to Mr Rolle, a conventional build at
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Mr Rolle also said he provided the permanent
secretary of the ministry at that time with an esti-
mate showing US prices versus local prices and
supplied whatever other documents they request-
ed from him.
He even brought the letter of commitment from
his suppliers in the US and Canada, where the
ICF is developed.
He said he was also given a letter of commitment
by the ministry until they signed the official con-
tract on July 24. The permanent secretary at the
time signed the document and, according to Mr
Rolle, the minister was in the room at the time of
the signing.
When he went back to the permanent secre-
tary after finding something awry in the contract he
claimed the official said: "No, no we didn't sign for
a system home, we are dealing with a convention-
al home."
However, the price quoted in the contract,
according to Mr Rolle, could only be for a sys-
tem home at that dollar amount.
"I called someone else in the ministry who knew
about the signing of the contract who said that
they were to draft a letter for the materials to
come in," he said.
He had received money to begin construction on
the homes and supplies were waiting in the US to
be shipped over in order for the build to begin.
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struggle with "exorbitant" electricity
bills are calling on government to assist -
them with a payment plan similar to
the one private consumers recently '
In an interview with The Tribune,
president of the Chamber of Com-
merce Dionisio D'Aguilar said that
since government has "seemingly giv-
en residential consumers a break, they
have switched their collection efforts
with a vengeance to businesses."
He said that this approach will make it difficult
for businesses to pay their employees, and this will
eventually affect society in general.
"Everybody is struggling, and you don't want to
throw people out of work. A lot of businesses
are holding on to keep people employed, so give
us payment plans too," he said
To be able to meet his high electricity bills,
one local businessman has turned to harvesting
fruits and vegetables from his private farm, hop-
ing that this will assist in reducing his overall
operating costs.
Peter Mousis, owner of Athena Cafe on Bay
Street, said that in the more than 50 years that he


has operated his Greek restaurant, he
i'4s has never experienced electricity rates
as high as the ones of the past few
Mr Mousis told The Tribune that
because of increased operational costs,
he has been forced to reduce
the shift hours for his 26 staff mem-
In addition to this, he said he now
also provides carrots, tomatoes, onions,
celery, parsley, lime, and other items
from his private farm.
However, Mr Mousis said with the
increased prices on items he still has to
purchase from his suppliers, the "nat-
ural" decision would be to raise his prices.
Mr Mousis said he is now at a crossroads in
deciding the future of his business.
"Electricity prices must go down," he said.
Speaking briefly with The Tribune on Tues-
day, State Minister for Finance Zhivargo said
that at this time there has been no consideration
given to an electricity payment plan for busi-
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including eleven Price Buster stores, Pepsi Cola,
and several service stations have all closed their
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THE discovery of the poor; the setting free of those
who are bound; the welfare of the widows,
orphans, and strangers; the liberation of the economically
oppressed all these, and more, fall under the mandate of
the Christian church. To be sure the "spiritual" precedes
all else, but does not negate every other aspect of the
church's calling.
Can the church fulfill this part of its mandate in a capi-
talist system?
Capitalism has been called the best of all economic sys-
tems, but at its core lies greed, avarice and exploitation.
Raw capitalism is unchristian!
When this was written, I was in Whymss Bight,
Eleuthera Bahamas, an area and island that is depressed
economically. On the local level the Bahamian elected
politicians are debating the economy. As with most talks
by politicians it is at best a masturbatory exercise.
Simultaneously, in the United States, the House of Rep-
resentatives is debating a $700 billion bail out for banks
which have gone "belly up", meanwhile, the poor .remain.
I purchased copies of Newsweek and Time magazine on
my way to Eleuthera; both carried stories of the crises in
the American economy, and the bottom line is corporate
greed and corruption were the end results of predatory
lending by commercial banks.
One thing is for sure, too few men and women "who run
things" are sufficiently influenced by and sympathetic to,
the christian message.
In the main, the worldview of the "rich and the famous"
runs contrary to the ethos of the christian message, espe-
cially that espoused by evangelic christian groups.
It is an established fact that evangelical christian faith
calls for individuals to manifest a personal inner salvation
experience in the every-dayness of life.
We are not doing a good job reaching the people of
influence, money and power, with the evangelical mes-
sage. We vote for them, but in the main they do not repre-
sent us.
Indeed, the greatest stumbling block and hindrance to
the discovery and liberation of the poor is the very system
that is supposed to help and those who come to us on a
five year rotation seeking our support to the citadels of
power (parliament) seem only to elevate themselves to the
rich and famous, and the cycles continues.
There are too many contradictions in our capitalist sys-
Obviously I am not advocating another social economic
system; what I am suggesting is that it is clear that we can-
not reconcile the continued marginalisation of the poor,
the least, the lost and the left out in our corrupt capitalist
system with the mandate of the church to discover "the
least of these in our midst."
While the system might be considered the best of all
economic systems, those who run things are often self-
serving and corrupt and the system perpetuates itself while
grinding the poor to powder..
The 21st century church has failed to influence "caesar
and his courts". In too few place is God's will being done
on earth as it is being done in heaven BY THE STATE.
Our only hope is that His Kingdom is being established
in the hearts of the faithful let us pray that each will seek
to work to establish His Kingdom..
A greater effort must be made to influence the men and
women who sit in our churches, but also sit in seats of
power and influence.

The true investor

D By PIERRE V. L.UH"oehrw
DUPUCH "Together, We

SOME time ago an unfor-
tunate comment was made
that if it were not for foreign-
ers, Bahamians would still be
barking coconuts and crack-
ing conch. It was silly. But it
Luckily, this comment is not
.representative of the many
fine foreigners that grace our
shores. We welcome them.
But it only takes one bad
apple to sour the bunch.
God did not give us oil, or
bauxite, or diamonds. These
are tangible assets. He chose
to give us intangible assets,
namely His beauty and an
environment that is neither
equalled nor surpassed.
He gave His Bahamian peo-
ple the ingenuity to mould
these assets in such a way as to
attract the greats such as Lord
Beaverbrook, E P Taylor,
Wallace Groves, Arthur Vin-
ing Davis, Sir Harry Oakes
and many others to our
shores. They came here not
as missionaries, not dressed in
Santa Clause suits, but as
They came here to enjoy
our sunshine, but more impor-
tantly, to take advantage of
our laws. They came here to
make money. And we wel-
comed them as investors and
friends so that we could build
the Bahamas and also make
money. It is as simple as that.
Bahamian taxpayers built
the roads, the airports, the
hospitals, the schools, the tour
services, the taxis and the
retail shops. The investor built
the hotels and banks.
Yes, it became a joint ven-

ture. And if we would remem-
ber that it is a joint venture,
we all could live in peace and
Together, we with God pro-
vided the environment that
created the tourist industry. It
should stand to reason, there-
fore, that we all should have
an equal opportunity to have
our goods and services put
before the tourist so that a
choice is given to our visitors.
Most people took this for
granted. But the few rotten
apples are showing up in the
basket and changing this
unwritten understanding we
had with investors to our
In the form of the Bahamas
Hotel Association, headed by
Frank Comito and Peter Web-
ster, access that the Bahamian
used to have to the tourist is
being denied.
The most recent casualty
was MajesticTours, owned by
Mr Bill Saunders, a hard-
working, efficient Bahamian.
Mr Saunders is not a close
personal friend of mine. How-
ever, he is a Bahamian, and
an integral part of this joint
venture called tourism. He
presents a good product. He
sells the Bahamas to people
all over the world. His opera-
tion is a well-oiled machine
that has a large Bahamian
He told me that Hilton
manager Peter Webster gave
him 24 hours to have his tour

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Colonial Hilton Hotel. I asked
him if a reason was given and
he said no...no reason, no
explanation. He asked how
the tourists were supposed to
be sold tours of Nassau.
Again, be was given no
The tourist magazines, the
only way Bahamian business-
es can tell the tourists their
shops are here, are being
pushed aside, and in some cas-
es, out.
Hey folks, this was not the
deal. It's supposed to be a
joint venture, an equal part-
nership. We're supposed to
have equal access to the mar-
ket our taxes helped create.
Since the understanding has
not in many cases been a real-
ity, government should have
it written into law and in all
heads of agreements given to
People who don't read his-
tory and learn from it always
do the wrong thing. As some-

with God provided
the environment
that created the
tourist industry. It
should stand to
reason, therefore,
that we all should
have an equal
opportunity to
have our goods
and services put
before the tourist
so that a choice
is given to our

body said to me: "I wonder if
Mr Comito or Peter Webster
read about how the taxis and
ground transportation opera-
tors closed down the airport
for three days in 1957, which
led to a general strike?"
Since Mr Webster is a
recent import to the Bahamas
he would be well-advised to
read history.

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Frank B. Young, 94

Of San Souci, Will
Be Held On Monday
November 3rd, 2008
At 11:00am At
Wesley Methodsit
Church, MCCA,
Malcolm Road East.-
Officiating Will Be
"Rev. Edward Sykes.
: Cremation Will
,e Follow

Left To Cherish His
Memories Are His
Wife Winifred Merle; 4 Daugthers: Cherrie
Bastian Of Grand Bahama, Jennifer Munnings
Of Miami Florida, Margaret Wallace And Frances
Young Of New Providence. 5 Sons: Vincent,
Frederick, Frank Jr., Andrew And Kevin. Son-
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the monies we have, but we are up to this point able to meet the
needs of our people."
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham last month unveiled a plan
that increased sums of money allotted for various welfare pro-
grammes offered by Social Services. Since then the department
has been swamped by individuals seeking assistance.
Mrs Butler-Turner said though it is not known when the
economy will begin to stabilise her ministry is looking ahead and
assessing its fiscal projection during the mid-term period.
"We will ensure that every Bahamian woman, man add child
has'food, shelter and clothes, because those are the hallmarks on
which social'services is based," she said.
"During this last budgetary period we were able in the depart-
ment to realise an increase of seven million dollars just to help
with social welfare initiatives."
She said government will also continue its projects in order to
produce jobs so that families will be able to start making a liv-
ing and have an income.
"The Lynden Pindling Airport project will be moving ahead,
we will be building new government complexes in Grand
Bahama, Nassau and in Abaco, we will continue with the mag-
istrates court on Nassau Street and will continue with other
projects around the Bahamas so that those funds are injected into
the economy," said Mrs Butler-Turner.
"We do not have a Social Security programme like the US and
other countries. Everything we get in terms of Social Services is
at the behest and the goodness of our government and the peo-
ple of the Bahamas."

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"The founding fathers that coined those things
in the Bahamas believed that the Christian
church would be the underpin to see fit that
those virtues continue from generation to gen-
eration and be the moral watchdog of society to'
deal with the many issues now plaguing our
Such arguments often refer to the pream-
ble to the constitution, which states that the
nation's freedom is guaranteed by, among oth-
er things, "an abiding respect for Christian val-
This phrase has also been cited in defence of
controversial but largely successful efforts to
ban films and productions which the Christ-
ian Council deems offensive to public morality.
However yesterday, former MPs and cabinet
ministers George Smith and Sir Arthur Foulkes
- both delegates to the 1972 constitutional
conference in London refuted this interpre-
Mr Smith said that the framers of the con-

FROM page one

Community ,(CARICOM)
Standing Committees of the
Commissioners of Police and
Military at police headquarters
He encouraged the keepers
of regional security to contin-
ue in-depth analysis of the social
and human aspects of crime,
improve awareness of crime
prevention, and ensure that an
adequate legislative framework
is in place.
Mr Ingraham also under-
scored the need for regional co-
operation to combat organised
crime as perpetrators become
more sophisticated.
"Experience will have taught
all of you that answers to
increasingly sophisticated and
violent crime will not be found
if we hang on to traditional def-
initions of sovereignty. Organ-
ised crime has become multi-
lateral and transitional in
nature; the perpetrators do not
recognize national borders.
"I believe that we must con-
tinue to co-operate across sec-
tors so that this experience can
inform our strategies to deal
with other important crime
issues such as illegal migration,
deportation, the illicit firearm
and drug trades, financial crime
and the increasing incidence of
After the opening ceremony,
Acting Police Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson said. the

situation wanted to emphasise that the Bahamas
is a society based on spiritual values, but also to
acknowledge that "other bodies of faith"
besides the Christian church are represented.
He said: "We want to have a moral society
and high spiritual values, so many laws are
influenced by ecclesiastical principles. But we
are still an open society in terms of people's
Mr Smith said that for the country's founders
to have promoted one body of faith, or "sur-
rendered" the making of moral decisions to
one religion, would have been "unwise".
"What about the Bahd'f? What about the
Jewish community?" he asked.
Sir Arthur said the wording of the constitu-
tion was intended to recognize the country's
Christian heritage "which is one of tolerance
and freedom."

region is grappling with the
same crime problems 'and can
benefit from sharing effective
"When you look at the situa-
tion in the region, basically we
are having the same kind of
problem rising crime across
the region and we have similar
(rates) of homicides and rob-
beries. As far as terrorism is
concerned, the vulnerability of
our states all of those have
been looked at and we are
strategising and recommending
to our various governments how
we can implement those to deal
with the situation that confronts
Defence Force Commodore
Clifford Scavella said while the
organisation continues upgrades
in training and officer develop-
ment, the force is "challenged"
in resources.
He said he is satisfied that the
force has sufficient manpower
to patrol borders but the capac-
ity of having sufficient platforms
at sea at any given time is a con-
tinued challenge. However, the
RBDF is utilising aircraft assets
to augment the security situa-
This is the second time the
two-day meeting has been host-
ed in the Bahamas. A key issue
on the agenda is the CARI-
COM Airspace and Maritime
Co-operation Agreement,
which would allow the region
to pool resources to better deal
with translational problems
affecting the region.

He pointed out that the Anglican Church
ceased .to be the established church of the
Bahamas many years ago, and since then no
particular denomination or religion has enjoyed
any special privileges.
Sir Arthur said he is aware that some mod-
*ern music promotes crime and violence, and
that the power to regulate it should exist. "But,"
he added, "I wouldn't give itto to the church."
"We have to be very careful with this. I don't
believe in censorship," Sir Arthur said. "Gov-
ernment and wider society has to be responsi-
ble for protecting public standards."
The Bahamas Christian Council is predom-
inantly composed of followers of the Baptist
faith. While a number of other denominations
are also represented, the Anglican and Catholic
churches respectively the second and third
largest denominations in the country are not.

FROM page one

ed out of the market by eight
policemen. However, she was
back at work on Wednesday.
The woman, Lerizia Bien-
Aime, 48, was one of a few
Haitians who was not escorted
out of the market when it was
raided by immigration officers a
few weeks ago.
She was checked three times
by immigration officers that day,
but was finally left alone after it
was discovered that she held a
work permit to be employed as a
handymaid for vendor Irene
Dawkins, 73, according to Ms
Dawkins' daughter, Addiebell
Mrs Curry said Ms Bien-Aime
was hired because her mother is
unable to perform many tasks
at her Straw Market stall.
Mr McCartney said though

Turnquest denies
allowing Haitians
to return to work
in Straw Market
the word 'handywoman' has a
wide scope of meaning, if the
individual is in possession of the
permit they should be allowed
to work.
"I don't see any difficulty with
that she has a right to be there
by all means," he said.
However, he admitted, the
language in the permit applica-
tion would have to be reviewed
to better understand the work-
er's position.
"We need to see what the file
dictates to see why she was
requested to work as a handy-
woman," Mr McCartney said.

$30,000 bail for Mario Miller murdiler accused

FROM page one

Although Ryan Miller has been on bail throughout the two foiled tri-
als, Lee was charged with escape from his cell on June 30,2002, and has
been denied bail since.
The first trial ended four weeks after it was opened in January,
2006, when the cofirt learned a juror sitting in the case was closely con-
nected to a family member of the accused.
The second trial was dismissed on October 7 when the jury failed to
reach a unanimous decision.
Lee's bail hearing was held in chambers yesterday, excluding the press
and public.
However, following the hearing, The Tribune learned that Lee, rep-
resented by attorney Romauld Ferriera, was granted bail on the same
conditions as his brother.
Crown prosecutor Sean Adderley, of the Attorney General's Office,
objected to .the bail application and notified the court the Crown
intends to appeal the decision.
Throughout the trials there has been controversy over the uncon-
stitutional nature of remanding a prisoner without trial or sentencing for
long periods of time.

Tanya Cash avoids going to prison

FROM page one
Court of Appeal last week when president of the
court Dame Joan Sawyer ordered that Mrs Cash
apologise for scandalising the court or be sent to
jail. Despite being ordered to publish an apology
in the newspapers, Mrs Cash contended that she
had nothing to apologise for. Mrs Cash and her
husband were back in the Court of Appeal yes-
terday before Justices Lorris Ganpatsingh,
Emmanuel Osadebay and Christopher Black-
In a lively exchange with the justices of the
appellate court, Mrs Cash questioned the issue of
non-compliance of the filing of the record.
Mr and Mrs Cash were told that, apart from
failing to lodge the $1,500 for the due prosecution
of the appeal as ordered by the registrar in
August, 2007, copies of the transcripts from their

Supreme Court case and the judge's ruling were
also missing from their required bundle of docu-
The justices also noted that there was no
motion or affidavit filed for an extension of time.
Mr and Mrs Cash were given until December 1
to file the record of appeal and comply with the
registrar's order. If the record is not filed by
December 1 the appeal will be stuck out, they
were informed.
Mrs Cash also asked the Court of Appeal yes-
terday to make an order that no charges be
brought against her in relation to the contempt of
court issue.
Justice Ganpatsingh informed her, however,
that she was before a differently constituted court
and that the matter was done with.
He also advised her not to discuss the court
matter with the press while the appeal is pending.

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power' to be moral watchdog

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Trbune Freepcrt Reporter
FREEPORT The newly-
restored Garden d the Groves -
Freeport's first historic attrac-
tion was handed over by the
Grand Bahamaort Authority
to the BahamasParks, Gardens
and Recreatioron Thursday.
The officia!handover was
made following an extensive
restoration of tie Garden, which
was devastate(by the three hur-
ricanes in 200.
The Gardtn of the Groves
was first opened in 1973 in hon-
our of the founder of the
Freeport W.11ace Groves, and
his wife, Geirgette.
It was on of the first attrac-
tions for visitors to the island.
Eric Chrstiansen, chairman
of the Port3roup Limited, pre-
sented Erca Gates, and her
partner inthe restoration ven-
ture, Micchle Hanson, with the
keys to th, facility during a cer-
emony hild at the facility on
Minister of National Insur-
ance and.ousing Kenneth Rus-
sell; Gralam Groves,, the son of
WallaceGroves; Senator Kay
Smith, parliamentary secretary
in the rime Minister's Office
in Freeport, and Sir Albert
Miller vere among a number of
invitedguests present.
The3mall chapel, which is sit-
uatedin the eastern section of
the 1.-acre Garden, was also
officially consecrated by Rev
Sobi; Kemp, president of the
Graid Bahama Christian Coun-
N.rs Gates, president of the
Balamas Parks, Gardens and
Recreation, said that restoring
the Garden has been a "chal-
leaging" project. She thanked
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority for its tremendous
financial support.
"The Garden was devastated
and I just could not bear to see it
turning into a jungle and so
Michele and I decided to,
become partners in this chal-

lenging venture. We took it on
approximately a year ago, and
we have worked very hard to
bring it to what you see it
today," she said.
Mrs Gates said that the Gar-
den is a place for both visitors
and residents of Grand Bahama.
"One of our goals is not to
just make it a tourist attraction,
but a community centre," she
"This is a place for the Grand
Bahama community and we
hope people will support it and
come out so we can keep it
"We want to see families com-
ing here with their children, and
individuals getting married here,
which why we had the Chapel
officially consecrated because it
was never done before," said
Mrs Gates.
In addition to daily tours, the
facility will serve as a venue for
children's birthday parties, wed-
dings, and other special events.
Bird enthusiasts can also now
see the over 30 species of migra-
tory birds, which fly to the
Bahamas every winter and
make their temporary home in
the Garden.
Some of the new features at
the Garden include a medita-
tion labyrinth and art gallery,
opened by Bahamian artists
Chantal Bethel, Claudette
Dean, and Antonius Roberts,
who will relocate his 'Sacred
Ladies' artwork from New Prov-
idence to the Garden in
Mr Groves commended Mrs
Gates and Ms Hanson for
restoring the Garden back to
the beautiful state that his father
anc their family once enjoyed.
"About a year ago I toured
the garden and it was very sad
because it was a great tribute to
my parents who were proud to
have their names on the facility.
"My father loved the garden
and this was a tribute he knew
would develop, mature, and
grow, very much like Freeport. I
can't tell you how tremendous it
is to see it rejuvenated and back

to what he would have wanted,"
said Mr Groves.
Senator Smith said that she
believes that the Garden's
reopening is a step to improving
Grand Bahama's tourism prod-
"This 11-acre site has been on
a tour site for many years and so
today, after 35 years from its
original opening, it is great to
stand here and be part of the
reopening and handover.
"This is another step towards
improving our product on
Grand Bahama.
"There is no secret these are
tough times for us. Gas crisis,

food crisis, and the US financial
crisis and the need to provide
more jobs on Grand Bahama
remains a focus for this govern-
ment," she said.
Mrs Gates has made contact
with the cruise lines which will
offer tours to the Garden for
their passengers.
She said several tours are in
place with Norwegian Cruise
Line, and Discovery, which
comes to Freeport daily.
She noted that several tour
operators have also committed
to bring guests and taxi drivers
continue drop off guests for
guided tours.

MINISTER of National Insurance and Housing Kenneth Russell and
Senator Kay Smith, parliamentary secretary in the Prime Minister's
Office in Freeport, were present at the event.

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QC community officially names

'Geoffrey Brown Auditorium'

THE Queen's College
community gathered on
October 23 to celebrate
the dedication of Geoffrey
Brown and to officially
name the auditorium "the
Geoffrey Brown Auditori-
The construction of the
auditorium was first
announced on June 23,
Mr Brown, the longest-
standing member of the
Queen's College Board of
Governors, a school and
foundation trustee, and a
former student of Queen's
College, was in charge at
that time of fundraising
for the new auditorium.
"Former students of
Queen's College will
remember many walk-a-
thons and other fundrais-
ers over the years to com-
plete the construction of
this facility. The school
continues to upgrade the
auditorium as it is one of
the focal gathering points
for the entire school, serv-
ing the student body for
worship, special celebra-
tions and sporting events,"
Queen's College said in a
press statement yesterday.
During the celebration,
students expressed their
gratitude in song to Mr
Brown for his dedication
to the school.
Rev Bill Higgs, presi-
dent of the Bahamas Con-
ference of the Methodist
Church and chairman of
the Queen's College
Board of Governors said,
"From this day forward,
this building will be
known as the Geoffrey
Brown Auditorium as a
lasting commemoration of
his true QC spirit."
Joining Queen's College
for this special occasion
was managing director of
McCartney. On behalf of
she presented a cheque to
the school in Mr Brown's
"This act of corporate
generosity will provide the
school with an interactive
white board for a high
school classroom,"
Queen's College said.
In his remarks to the
school, Mr Brown shared
how he became involved
in the building of the audi-
torium and how, through
the help of other scholars,
this vision has become a
The students cheered as
Mr Brown announced to
the graduating class of
2009 that they will be the
first class to enjoy the
comfort of an air condi-
tioned auditorium for
their graduation ceremo-
"Mr Brown's dedication
to the school goes further
than his generous financial
contributions. He is tire-
less in giving his time to
many committees and
quick to share a smile and
a story with the students.
His QC spirit is now a visi-
ble part of the campus
with the naming of the
Geoffrey Brown Auditori-
um," the school said.

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New date set for

Hall of Fame Game

Basketball fans of yester-
year will have to wait yet
another week before they
can see the country's former
hardwood legends suit up in
a commemorative exhibi-
The Minister of Youth
Sports and Culture,
Desmond Bannister, offi-
cially announced the re-
scheduling of the Inaugural
Hall of Fame Game between
the Kentucky Colonels and
the Beck's Cougars, which
will now take place on
November 15 at the Kendal
G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium.
The event is scheduled to
bring together such iconic
names as recent National
Hall of Fame inductees Ster-

Date conflicts with other

events at the same venue

ling Quant and Fred Smith.
It was originally planned
for October 24 as a part of
the Sports Heritage week
celebrations. However, due
to unfortunate circumstances
it wars pushed back to
November 7.
That date brought about a
scheduling conflict with the
original date of the National
Softball Championships and
a major musical concert at
the fairgrounds all within
proximity of the venue of
the game.

The Ministry concluded on
hosting the initial Legends
Hall of Fame game on the
November 15 date which will
be carried on live television.
Additionally, the New
Providence Softball Associ-
ation will host the second
annual Hall of Fame game
in October of 2009, featur-
ing former stars of the Bud-
weiser Eagles and the T-Bird
Henceforth, all proceeds
from the Hall of Fame
games will benefit charities


selected by the associations
organising the events.

SEE page 13

Primary schools get

ready for soccer

After a spirited week of
competition, the New Provi-
dence Primary School Sport-
ing Association will determine
its 2008 Champions soccer
Just eight teams, four boys
and four girls teams, remain in
the tournament and will decide
the champions today at the
College of the Bahamas field.
Semifinals matchups begin
at approximately 12pm with
the finals taking place imme-
diately after.
Winning teams will be
rewarded during an awards
presentation following the con-
clusion of the finals.
The tournament traditional-
ly prompts the beginning of the
association's sporting calendar
which also features volleyball,
baseball, basketball, track and
field and others.
Frank Johnson, Public Rela-
tions Officer for the NPPSSA,
said his organisation was
pleased with the consistently
growing turnout for the tour-
"It's been great, what is real-
ly interesting is that every year
we have had more girls and
every year of course we have a
great turnout from the boys,"
he said. "Soccer is now very
popular among the schools.
There are so many teams com-
peting and now we our just

down to the final four teams
(in each division) and it could
not be more exciting. The tour-
nament has been great."
Johnson said the sport had
become the most popular on
the association's calendar and
could be used as a building
block which would pay divi-
dends for the country's nation-
al programme.
"Soccer is growing and now
that you have so much inter-
est in the Primary Schools lev-
el, it can carry over to the
Junior and Senior High and
eventually to the adult nation-
al team. In another 7-10 years
we should be able to catch up
with other Caribbean power-
houses like Jamaica, Trinidad
and Haiti."
Johnson said the success of
the tournament would be
impossible without contribu-
tions from the Bahamas Foot-
ball Association.
"The Bahamas Football
Association is co-sposoring it
with the NPPSSA and have
been instrumental in ensuring
that soccer is one of the most
successful'primary school
sports," he said. "The BFA has
been hands on, they provide
the trophies, they provide the
medals. So they have to be
commended for what they
have done in supporting us 100

Kevork Djansezian/AP Photo
LOS ANGELES LAKERS' Kobe Bryant, center, Andrew Bynum,
right, and Pau Gasol, of Spain, pose for a photograph during the
NBA basketball team's media day at the Lakers' training facility in
El Segundo, Calif.

Lakers agree to

with C Bynun

Associated Press
LAKERS signed Andrew
Bynum to a contract extension
Thursday, removing the possi-
bility the 21-year-old center
would become an unrestricted
free agent next summer.
Terms of the deal were not
"We're extremely happy to
have signed Andrew to this
extension, which will secure his
immediate future with the fran-
chise," Lakers general manager
Mitch Kupchak said in a state-
ment. "Andrew has shown a
vast array of skills for a player
his size and if he continues to
stay dedicated and work hard to
improve, he has an excellent
chance to develop into. one of
the top players in the NBA."
Bynum, the 10th overall pick
in the 2005 draft, will make $2.8
million this season. If an agree-
ment hadn't been reached by
Friday, the Lakers wouldn't
have been able to negotiate
with him until after the season
and he would have become an
unrestricted free agent.
"This has been a fantastic
week for me so far: turning 21,
winning our first two games of

the season, and now getting this
new contract signed," Bynum
said. "This gives me and my
family financial security, and
more importantly, cements my
future with the Lakers, which
in my opinion is the best orga-
nization in all of professional
sports. I couldn't be happier."
Bynum's agent, David Lee,
didn't immediately return a call
seeking comment.
Bynum, a 7-foot, 285-
pounder, established himself as
one of the NBA's up-and-com-
ing big men last season before
having season-ending knee
surgery Jan. 13. He averaged
13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and
2.06 blocked shots in 35 games,
25 of them starts, before being
The Lakers reached the
NBA finals without him, losing
to the Boston Celtics in six
Bynum appears healthy now,
making his team a solid favorite
to win its first championship
since 2002. He's averaging 7.2
points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3
blocks in his career.
Bynum became the youngest
player to be drafted in NBA
history when the Lakers select-
ed him following his graduation
from St. Joseph High School in
Metuchen, N.J.




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It's the Ramblings: Election
Edition. (DISCLAIMER: If
you've followed the US Presi-
dential election constantly for
the past 20 months and are
sick and tired of hearing
everything referenced to the
Obama-McCain faceoff...this
is not the column for you)

WEEK 2: 11-4

WEEK 4: 9-4

WEEK 6: 8-6

WEEK 8: 8-6


The undercard of the elec-
tion goes to the undercard of
the NFL. Bill O'Reilly versus
Keith Olberman. They hate
each other and everyone
knows it. They play in the
same division opposing shows
in the same time slot, both live
in New York but act like
they're blue collar and from
the middle of the country,
"real" America. They loathe
each other and everyone
knows it, but they're so
obsessed with each other they
don't see Campbell Brown
coming on the horizon. Much
like the Jets and Bills who act
like their battle for the AFC
East is solely between them
and not noticing the 5-2 .Pats
in the background. They don't
care about the issues or the
rest of the division, just about
old man Farve and Senator
Trent Edwards. One game in
and I've already used up my
Trent Edwards joke. That'll
have to do.

) BILLS 24
) JETS 23

Barack Obama is an avid
Bears fan. I supporthis stance
on this matter. It's the election
edition. 'Nuff said. Now we
play six degrees of separation
to determine John McCain's
connection to Detroit.
Well...I'm sure at least one of
his houses is somewhere near

) BEARS 27

You thought both of
these teams would be pretty
good, turned out they're just
completely irrelevant. Gross
underachievers of the worst
kind. Loads of talent, good
coaching, recent winning sea-
sons. It just seems like they
were both on the fast track to
success before they hit a brick
wall of injuries, tragedies and
just plain bad luck. They're
exactly like the slew of other
candidates running from office
like the nominees from Social-
ist Party, Libertarians, Green
) JAGS 20

2000 John McCain vs.
2008 John McCain. I'm pretty
sure this is the battle of the
two McCains, I'm just having
a hard time figuring out which
is which. We know they're
completely different now, like
walking contradictions of each
other. One hated negative
attack ads, one knows nothing
but negative attack ads. One
loves W, one doesn't have
anything to do with W. One
had enough hair for a com-
bover, one is desperately
clinging to the Homer Simp-
son horseshoe cut. Yet still
they remain connected
because the '08 used to be the
'00 guy.
The Ravens used to be the

Browns. Back when they were
the Browns, the Ravens made
it to several AFC Champi-
onship Games, then when
they changed to the Ravens
they won the Superbowl.
Meanwhile, new Browns con-
tinue to mire in putridity and
the closest they have come to
any semblance of success was
last year's 10-6 season which
barely missed the playoffs. So
in that case, Ravens (Old

NFL midseason

comes as presidential

election draws near

Browns) were better.
Hmmm...let's go with Old
McCain and Old Browns.

) BROWNS- 23

The Packers are Mitt
Romney they should be bet-
ter and honestly should be the
number one team in the
league. If you equate a lead
receiver to Mitts Romney's
personal funds, and the Pack-
ers may have the best wide.
receiver corps in the league
from 1-3 and their defence is
like Mitt Romney's aura, no
homo, but he looks like a
movie president. But the one
thing that helps Romney back
is the one thing that is holding
the Packers back right now,
the massive pompous smug
attitude. Mitt Romney's mas-
sive pompous smug attitude is
the Packers' lack of a running
game. Even with a hurt Ryan
grant and Aaron Rodgers
inexperience they should be
The Titans, I don't believe
in. I don't know why. I think
it's Jeff Fisher's moustache
that bothers me. The Titans
are like Michelle. Obama they
look perfect until they get
their Obama "This is the first
time I'm proud of America
moment." That should be the
Titans first loss and then
everyone will realise that
Justin Gauge is their best wide
receiver. They'll still finish at
least 12-4 though.


Rudy Giuliani vs Ron
Paul. The Rams are Ron
Paul's surprising campaign.
No one is quite sure how
they're winning and compet-
ing but they are and one
moment you look up and the
score is close. By the way, Jim
Haslett is like a slew of Inter-
net donations that injected life
into the campaign.
Ever since that Cowboys
victory, the Cardinals have
been acting a little Romneyish
thanks to Darnell Dockett and
Kurt Warner's religious self
righteousness. This game is
like the time in the Republi-
can primary debate when Giu-
liani tried to dismiss and belit-
tle Ron Paul because he didn't
think he was a serious con-
tender. But Ron Paul rebuffed
the question and gave a really
candid answer which drew a
standing ovation and it
showed Rudy's dismissiveness
which voters eventually
turned away from. Ron Paul
won the moment and the
Rams will win this game.

>RAMS- 23

Keith Olbermann vs. Bill
O'Reilly but from a different
viewpoint than the Jets and
Bills rivalry. Both teams are
extremely one dimensional.
They know what they are they
don't shy away from it. In fact,
they are so far in that one
dimension you often wonder if
it's even possible for them to
diversify a little and try to con-
sider opposing points of
view...or opposing play calls.
Will the Vikings ever pass the
ball? Will the Texans learn to
run? Will Olbermann ever be
tolerant of the far. right? Will
O'Reilly admit his disdain for
the left and stop calling him-
self independent? Well Olber-
man's been winning the rat-
ings game recently...so we
have to go with the Vikes.

) TEXANS -14

Well you can't expect me
to have good material for

every game.

)BUCS- 20

The Dolphins are in full
Mike Huckabee mode.
They're good enough to be
average...but not great. Off
topic, Wayne Huiezenga
wants to sell the Dolphins if
Obama gets elected. Are you
kidding me? I disagree with
this not only because he could
easily stand in as a McCain
stunt double but I have no
sympathy for multimillionaires
who may lose a few.
The Dolphins should really
be 5-2 right now. There was
no reason to lose to the Jets
and they had the Texans game
well in hand. In retrospect, the
Patriots game did for us what
the Iowa caucuses did for
Obama. Champ Bailey can
only do so much, the Broncos
resemble Kentucky for
Republicans...just too easy to
score on. (This goes complete-
ly against my, "If I want the
Dolphins to win I have to root
against them rule," but I
couldn't resist. I drank the



Both of these teams are
young, upcoming superstars in
their respective divisions...but
it's just not their time yet.
They're both still a few years
away. They're like Harold
Ford for the Democratic party
and Eric Cantor for the
Republicans. In 2012....this
could be the SuperBowl.


Ahhhhh the Cowboys.
The Cowboys, my friends, are
the Sarah Palin of this NFL
season. I would like to take
this moment to Palinize myself
by saying the phrase "also,
too." They should be great
and looked early like they
would be...just like Palin'fol-
lowing her convention speech.
Then all hell broke loose
when they faced Charlie Gib-
son AKA "Arizona Cardi-
nals" but the bottom fell out
when they faced Katie Couric
aka "St. Louis Rams" with
their gotcha running game.
They lost to the Rams, a team
the Giants had to take mercy
on. Then came the $150,000
wardrobe known as the 20
million dollar Roy E Williams
contract. The clothes didn't
help and Williams won't help
Brad Johnson to become a
better quarterback. Like the

Republicans need a new stan-
dard bearer for their message
after this election, the Cow-
boys need Romo back desper-
ately if they at least want to
make the playoffs...You
Betcha!! '

> GIANTS- 34

Sadly, this game is a little
like watching Al Gore debate
John Edwards right now. The
Eagles had their time and were
at the top of the mountain for
a split second, but lost to a
team they should have beaten
when they finally reached the
SuperBowl. They're still on
the scene and are a respectable
powerful force, but like Gore,
in reality they're not reaching
the mountain top again. The
Seahawks were on the fast
track to success. Like
Edwards, they were young, an
easy pick to win and seemed
poised to breakout and domi-
nate for the next decade. One
sex scandal later and Edwards
has become a bottom feeder in
the Democratic party. The
Seahawks gave up on Sean
Alexander, lost a receiving
corps, and apparently their
hearts to become the bottom
feeder of the NFC West.

Hillary Clinton. Stay with
me on this one. The Pats were
the presumptive nominee for
the SuperBowl much like
Clinton was the presumptive
front runner for the Democra-
tic nod. Everyone thought this
would be a coronation for
Clinton and the Pats but no
one thought of Tom Brady
getting injured. This is why
they play the game. One huge
injury later and some black
junior senator with a funny
name is on his way to the
White House. Now Hillary's
left to talk about the cracks in
the glass ceiling and the Pats
fans have to take solace in just
making the playoffs,
The Colts are pretty much
done if they don't win this
game. The team looks out of
rhythm and they keep making
the little mistakes, like Joe
Biden. They're almost good
but they keep making blun-
ders on the road, just like
Biden. Asking guys in wheel-
chairs to stand was a lot like
going for fourth downs and
failing constantly. Manning
admitting he had more than
one knee injury was like
Biden saying other countries
are going to test his running
mate immediately during his
first term in office. Does
Biden stand on his last leg or
do the Pats win this game and
add one more crack to the
glass ceiling?

)PATS- 17

In the previous 15 elec-
tions, if the Washington Red-
skins have lost their last home
game prior to the election, the
incumbent party has lost the
White House. When they have
won, the incumbent party has
stayed in power. I will never
root for a team as hard as I
will root for this Steelers Mon-
day night.


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Judge: Michael

Vick must appear

in person for plea

Associated Press

FORMER NFL quarter-
back Michael Vick won't be
allowed to plead guilty to dog-
fighting charges by videocon-
ference, a judge ruled Tues-
Vick's lawyers had request-
ed that he be allowed to enter
the plea from federal prison in
Leavenworth, Kan., where he
is serving a two-year term since
admitting he bankrolled a dog-
fighting operation and helped
execute dogs.
But citing high public inter-
est in the case, Surry County
Circuit Judge Samuel Camp-
bell said it would be better for
Vick to appear in person.
"I know from my conversa-
tions with Mike and, more
importantly, his family that he's
looking forward to getting this
behind him," said Lawrence
Woodward, an attorney for the
former Virginia Tech and
Atlanta Falcons star.
Prosecutor Gerald Poindex-
ter preferred that Vick's plea
wait until his release from fed-
eral prison. He objected to the
video:eonferencing motion on
grounds that it has never been
want the county to set a prece-
Vick, 28, is set to enter his
plea on Nov. 25. Under the
terms of his plea deal, he
would receive only a suspend-
ed sentence and a year of pro-
bation. If he is able to resolve
the state dogfighting and ani-
mal cruelty charges, he would
be eligible to transfer to a
halfway house for the final six
months of his term, according
to court papers.

Obama, McCain

to be interviewed

for 'MNF'

Associated Press

ARE Barack Obama and
John McCain ready for some
ESPN says the presidential
candidates are planning to par-
ticipate in.,one-on-one inter-
view'viai satellite that would
air atha'lftime of "Monday
NightSFootball," the day before
the election.,
ES N's Chris Berman will
do tlei'segmnents earlier Mon-
day, j the candidates' sched-
ules permit, and they'll air at
abou;'i0;15p.m. EDT.
Theiiterviews will give both
candidates a laqi major chance
to appeal to Americans dur-
ing a coveted spot on prime-
time tile esion. "Monday
Nighi'dFotball" has averaged
12.2 million viewers this sea-
son. ;.. '
Tli game, between the host
Washington IReskins and the
Pittsburgh Steelers, will be the
first NFL game played in the
D.C. area on the Monday night
before presidential election in
24 years.The Redskins defeat-
ed the."tlanta Falcons 27-14
on Nov. 5, 1984; Ronald Rea-
gan was re-elec ted the follow-
ing dqy. *
ObagA previously appeared
on day Night Football"
on ei',l; 2006, when he.

openfctlf ie broadcast of a
game solving his hometown
Chicagi Bears by parodying
his o,w iipcoming official
annoug'ement of his intention
to ruf'f fthe presidency.
"I i ready," he said, before
puttirig'V' ha Bears baseball
cap, 'fo6r ihe Bears to go all
the way, baby!"

Associated Press

Denmark shot a 6-under 65
Thursday for a three-stroke
lead after the first round of
the Volvo Masters, and Lee
Westwood surged ahead in
the chase for the Order of
Merit title.
Sergio Garcia finished with
a 68 to finish second on a
windy day at Valderrama.
Westwood was one of only
six players to finish under par
after a 70 put him three
strokes ahead of Order of
Merit leader Robert Karlsson
and longshot Miguel Angel

Associated Press

EVEN when Chris Paul's game is decid-
edly off, he's still capable of carrying the
New Orleans Hornets.
The Golden State Warriors no longer
have a point guard like that, and the play-
ers Baron Davis left behind couldn't quite
match Paul's messy magic.
Paul drove for the go-ahead layup with
19.4 seconds left and finished with 21
points and 11 assists in the Hornets' per-
ilous 108-103 victory Wednesday night.
After going 7-0 in the.NBA's first
unbeaten preseason in six years, New
Orleans stayed perfect despite falling apart
down the stretch against Golden State.
After Paul's jumper gave the Hornets a
six-point lead with 5:47 left, they went
nearly four minutes without scoring -
including two open jumpers missed by
Paul while the Warriors took a 101-
100 lead on a jumper by Corey Maggette,
who had 27 points in his Golden State
But the Hornets' All-NBA point guard
put them back ahead twice in the final 65
seconds, including his driving layup
through the heart of Golden State's
defense. Paul seemed more frustrated than
encouraged while he slumped at his lock-
er, still in uniform while watching high-
lights of the Phillies' World Series victory.

Karlsson initially struggled
with his putter but rallied for a
"The greens were so quick
that if you just missed a few
then you could also lose your
confidence," Karlsson said.
Three-time major winner
Padraig Harrington,
Karlsson's closest competitor
for the European Tour's mon-
ey title, was three shots behind
Westwood and Harrington
could win the Order of Merit
with a victory coupled with
Karlsson finishing no higher
than fourth. Jimenez also
needs to win and have his
three competitors finish near

the bottom to secure the title.
"I don't think you can feel
comfortable around this golf
course, but I have the patience
to go out there and work for
my shots," Westwood said.
"It's a grind, but I enjoy grind-
ing. I do feel like it suits me
Harrington reached only
two of the first nine greens in
regulations and tough chips at
No. 2, 4 and 5 resulted in
bogeys as he made the turn at
3 over without a birdie.
"It's been proven before
that it's not hard to come back
on this golf course," Harring-
ton said. "We have 54 holes
of golf to play, the tide will
turn at some point."

Warriors coach Don Nelson celebrat-
ed the start of his 30th NBA season by
signing a two-year contract extension
through 2011. Nelson is 52 wins shy of
tying Lenny Wilkens' league record for
career coaching victories.
Jackson started the 450th game of
his NBA career.
Golden Stale s Andris Biedrins fouled
out with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

"I felt like I put us in that situation," said,
Paul, who went 3-for-lO in the second half.
"I had a lot df shots I normally make, and
I missed them. Then I fouled (Golden
State) and let them get ahead. This was an
ugly game, but for an opener, we'll take
David West led New Orleans with 24
points, while Peja Stojakovic added 16.
Stephen Jackson scored 26 points and
Kelenna Azubuike added 17 for the War-
riors, who blew numerous opportunities to
take charge late in their third straight sea-
son-opening loss, but still came out
encouraged simply by hanging with the
"We played at a high level the whole
game," said Jackson, who played all 48

minutes and got ample time at point
guard. "We made a lot of mistakes, but
that's to be expected. I'm happy with my
After Paul's go-ahead layup, Jackson's
simple inbounds pass to Al Harrington
went out of bounds. Stojakovic then hit
two free throws before a missed 3-pointer
by Harrington, who struggled with 5-of-17
shooting one day after publicly requesting
a trade.
Harrington waffled on his trade request
after the game, saying he simply wanted to
play major minutes. He played 42 against
New Orleans.
"For us to win, I need to be more pro-
ductive," Harrington said. "I think every-
body knows that."
Golden State dropped to 2-5 in its last
seven openers, all at home. The Warriors
clearly could have used Davis down the
stretch, but they'll have to get used to life
without him.
"We can't think about that," Jackson
said. "We've got to go with what we've
New Orleans returns much of the same
cast from the most successful team in fran-
chise history, but added two-time NBA
champion James Posey, who had I I
points. The Hornets won 56 games and
the Southwest Division title before reach-
ing the plAyoffs' second round, and most
experts consider them a title contender
- even after a mediocre opening effort.

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to see the posi- t
tion of the flag ;,j
on the 17th ,
hole during the .
first round Vol- ,q
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tournament in ,c)
Spain, Thursday
Oct. 30, 2008.
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NEW ORLEANS Hornets guard Chris Paul
scores against Golden State Warriors guard
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Roddick, Nalbandian in

Paris Masters quarterfinals

Associated Press
Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-5 to seal his
spot in the Masters Cup, and
defending champion David Nal-
bandian defeated Juan Martin
del Potro 6-4, 6-0 Thursday to
reach the quarterfinals of the
Paris Makters.
Roddick needed five match
points to get the better of Simon.

The American will play No. 13
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who beat
No. 3 Novak Djokovic 6-4,1-6,6-
3 in a rematch of the Australian
Open final.
The Masters Cup in Shanghai
features the top eight players in
the ATP race. Eleventh-seeded
James Blake of the United States
remains in contention after edg-
ing Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4,6-
4. Roddick said he had to dictate
the pace against Simon.
"It wasn't going to do me any

good to play patty-cake back and
forth with him today," Roddick
said. "I'm not as quick as he is
and I'm not as consistent as he is.
It actually made for a pretty sim-
ple game plan. "
Simon was powerless to attack
Roddick's first serve, winning
only four points on it. Simon also
missed four chances to break
Roddick in the second set.
Roddick clinched the match
when Simon went for a forehand
winner and the ball clipped the

net and bounced out.
The eighth-seeded Nalbandi-
an broke Del Potro's serve twice
in the first set and three times in
the second to defeat his Argen-
tine compatriot for'the second
time in less than a week after win-
ning in the Swiss Indoors semifi-
nals on Saturday.
"I think he was a little tired,
particularly in the second set,"
Nalbandian'said. "I think I played
well all the match and it was a
very good performance."

Andy Roddick
serves the b1i
to Gilles Simon
of France during
their match at
the Paris Tennis
Masters tourna
ment, Thursday,
Oct. 30, 2008.

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But managing
director says
prudent to adopt
approach, and
provisions could
be 'recouped'

Bank ol th& BahamiiTnterT-
national yesterday unveiled a
more than 40 per cent drop in
net profits to $6.1 million for its
2008 financial year, but said it
would .have beaten prior year
comparatives if it had not fol-
lowed the industry lead and tak-
en more than $5 million in var-
ious provisions.
In common with other
Bahamian commercial banks,
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional adopted a conservative
accounting approach for its
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SEE page 6B

Union recognition

reform called for

N BECon chief calls for right of appeal to minister's

Bahamas must

'hedge' financial

sector's future

decision, and 'more transparency and accountability' Attorney urges nation to look for bilateral double tax

Tribune Business Editor
The trade union recognition process needs to
be reformed to become "more transparent and
accountable", a leading employer representa-
tive told Tribune Business yesterday, with com-
panies having the right to appeal a minister's
decision that a union be recognized as the bar-
gaining agent for their employees.
Brian Nutt, the Bahamas Employer's Con-
federation's (BECon) president, said that the
current process where a minister decides
whether more than 50 per cent of a compa-
ny's workforce are trade union members in
good standing for it to be recognized as the
bargaining agent, "gives too much power to
the minister" with no right of appeal to the

courts. Currently, if an cmphl~ tr refuses to
recognize a trade union as its bargaining agent,
then that union has 14 days within which to
submit the issue to the minister of labour.
The minister then seeks the names of all
employees and union members in good stand-
ing from the employer and trade union, respec-
tively. He/she then determines whether more
than 50 per cent of employees are union mem-
bers in good standing, and if the decision goes
in favour of the union, the employer is required
to recognize it as the bargaining agent.
Under the Industrial Relations Act, "such
determination shall be final and shall not be
enquired into in any court", meaning Bahami-
SEE page 5B

and investment treaties that give 'mutual benefits'

Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas must "hedge"
the future of its financial ser-
vices industry by exploring bilat-
eral investment agreements that
provide "mutual benefits" for
the sector and wider national
economy, a senior attorney said
yesterday, but added that he did
"not subscribe to the doomsday
prophecies" of others.
John Delaney, managing
partner at Higgs & Johnson,
said that while it was "no sur-
prise" that the European Union

Government reviews shelved labour bills

Tribune Business Editor
The Government is reviewing the two
labour-related Bills that were shelved back
in 2001 because many of the recommended
amendments to existing laws it is now
receiving axe "part and parcel" of that leg-
islation, the minister of labour and social
development told Tribune Business yester-
Dion Foulkes explained that the Trade
Union and Labour Relations Bill, and the
Industrial Tribunal Bill, were only being
"reviewed in the context of the recommen-
dations coming from" the Trifor Committee
that includes employer, union and Depart-
ment of Labour representatives.
"A lot of the recommendations that are
coming forward from the Trifor commit-
tee are part and parcel of the original Bills
from 2001. The whole matter is biting
reviewed by my ministry," Mr Foulkes told
Tribune Business.
The Trifor committee has been meeting
every two weeks since the end of last year,
the minister added, following the confer-
ence that took place between employer and
trade union representatives.

* Assessment taking place in light of
suggested labour law changes
* Ministry will 'move slowly' on ILO
Convention 87, for fear it will 'upset the
balance- between employers and unions
* Unions 'divided' on Convention 87

Represented on the
committee are the two
trade union umbrella
groups, the Trades
Union Congress
(TUC) and National
Congress of Trade
Unions (NCTU), the
Bahamas Employers
Con federation
(BECon) and the
Department of

Labour. "Several requests and suggestions
have come forward from that committee
to me to have amendments to several pieces
of labour legislation," Mr Foulkes said. "We
are reviewing the requests by the Trifor
committee to see to what extent we can
take them forward."
The Trade Union and Labour Relations
Bill and the Industrial Tribunal Bill were
SEE page 6B

(EU) and OECD would substir
tute money laundering for the
current global financial crisis!
in terms of the peg to which
they would attach their tax ini
tiatives, "the Bahamas has to
be concerned" about their latest
Mr Delaney said one particut
larly worrying factor was the
EU and OECD's apparent will
ingness to "push aside" the 'levi
el playing field' criteria over the
latter's 'harmful tax practices|
SEE page 5B

on Vopak
work bids
Tribune Freeport
Bihamian contractors have
raised concerns that they are
unable to compete on a 'lev-
el playing field' for major
contracts in the $250 million
expansion Vopak is under-
taking at the former
Bahamas Oil Refining Inter-
national Company (BOR-
CO) plant.
Freeport contractor Bur-
ton Miller said he had met
with Vopak president T J
SEE page 5B

* Chamber chief
urges, government
to unveil 'a plan, a
vision' for how it
will navigate
Bahamas economy
through challenges

Tribune Business Editor
The Government was yester-
day urged by the Chamber of
Commerce's president "to come
up with a plan and vision to
navigate" the Bahamian econ-
omy through its impending
recession, given that "the worst
is yet to come" with business
closures likely to increase post-
Christmas 2008.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, who is
also Superwash's president, told
Tribune Business: "I'm a little
surprised the Government has
not come up with a plan, a
vision of how we navigate
through this. I'm a little hit sur-
prised the Prime Minister has
not spoken to the nation."
* The Chamber president said
businesses and consumers need-
ed a confidence boost, and to
be reassured that the Govern-
SEE page 6B



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Realty listing service

has 600 properties

The Bahamas Real Estate
Association's (BREA) Multi-
ple Listing Service (MLS) now
has 600 exclusive listings, with
that number "increasing every
William Wong, BREA's
president, said: "We have had
a satisfactory number of real-
tors signing up for the Multi-
ple Listing Service, which has
been offered to licensed
Bahamian realtors since
March this year.
"Heather Joy Albury has
been appointed by BREA to
administer the service, while
BREA vice-president, George
Damianos, is the MLS chair-
The Bahamas MLS is a
database created for licensed
realtors, and is intended to
enable them to more effec-
tively market Bahamian prop-
erties for sale or rent.
These properties will be
legally advertised and exposed
to interested parties world-
Chandra Parker, of Paradise
Sales and Rentals, said: "I was
a licensed realtor in upstate
New York before coming
home to Nassau.
"I became 'a fan' of the ser-


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Listing Service, is pictured with Bahamas Real Estate Association pres-
ident, William Wong, in front of the Association's office on Dowdeswell

vice in New York and was
delighted when BREA was
able to offer a similar service
"In fact, I was the first real-
tor in the Bahamas to list a
property, when the MLS was
launched in March.
"Andrea Brownrigg, head
of our company, Paradise
Sales and Rentals, closed the
.first sale in the Bahamas
through our MLS listing via a

co-broke with Carla Sweeting
of ERA Dupuch Real
Ms Albury, the MLS admin-
istrator, added: "I am quite
pleased with the overall
progress made regarding the
Bahamas MLS, and the con-
tinued participation from our
valued MLS members.
Presently, we have 600 exclu-
sive listings and the& number
increases with each day."


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The Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA) needs to
partner with the Bahamian
Contractors Association to
ensure it develops, products
that will be driven by the local
Bahamian market.
Speaking at a BREA lun-
cheon yesterday, Stephen
Wrinkle, the BCA's president,
told realtors that if the indus-
try was to survive, it must
focus or supplying products
needed by Bahamians.

1 product

"As realtors you can assist so im]
us with that, because you can ucts
tell us what your clients are ensure
looking for and what will sell the US
in terms of price, size and had le
location. Then we can work indust
with the developers to ensure Mr'
that those projects are devel- the cu
oped," he explained, said mE
Mr Wrinkle said the put pl
Bahamas' construction indus- my.
try, was struggling as a result tain th
of an "archaic five-year polit- MrV
ical term of office" system of the Jc
government, with investment mittee
.dependent on politics and not repres
on a National Development try's e
Plan. archite
This is why, he said, it was aggres


portant for local prod-
come to the fore, to
e what was happening in
S economy or politically
;ss of an impact on the
Wrinkle, acknowledging
rrent economic climate,
measures needed to be in
ace to drive the econo-
"Handouts do not sus-
he economy," he said.
Wrinkle further said that
int Consultative Com-
e, which is made up of
entatives from the coun-
ngineers, contractors,
ects and realtors, will be
ssively working to lobby

government on the major
issues that affect their indus-
tries. He explained that for
realtors that would include the
commission structure for for-
eign-based developments, and
for his own industry the Con-
tractors Bill, which will regu-
late the sector.
He remains hopeful the Bill
will pass through Cabinet, Par-
liament and become law with-
in a few months.
Mr Wrinkle said it was
imperative that the JCC part-
ner together so that it can use.
its collective strength by num-
bers to keep government's
feet to the fire.

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Commodities fall on

recession concerns

Investors fled commodities
Thursday after the first read-
ing on third-quarter gross
domestic product provided an
emphatic signal that the econ-
omy is indeed in a downturn.
Gold fell sharply on the
news, as did other precious
metals and energy and agri-
culture futures.
"In general, a weakening
economy should hurt demand
for commodities, especially
gold, which is a luxury type
'item,"i said Tom Pawlicki, an
energy and precious metals
analyst with MF Global
Reseaach-in Chicago., -
X Commrnrce Dep'ff-
ment reported that the GDP,
a broad barometer of the
nation's economic health,
shWank at a 0.3 percent annual
rate in the third quarter. While
the report was better than
analysts expected, it marked
the worst showing since the
economy contracted at a 1.4
percent pace in the third quar-
ter of 2001, when the nation
was suffering through its last
recession. Many economists
define a recession as two con-
secutive quarters of economic
Commodities gave up some
of the big gains logged
Wednesday, when prices
soared after the Federal
Reserve cut its key federal

funds rate to help ease credit
markets and, in turn, boost the
economy. Lower interest rates
tend to. weaken the dollar as
investors go elsewhere for bet-
ter returns. And when the dol-
lar falls, investors often turn to
commodities as a hedge
against inflation.
But some analysts contend
that despite the rate cut, the
dollar will likely continue its
ascent, as investors shift their
concerns to weakening mar-
kets overseas. Expected rate
cuts in Europe will undermine
the euro, and in turn boost the
Jon Nadler, a senior analyst
at Kitco Bullion Dealers Mon-
.treal said Wednesday's surge
in prices was likely short-lived,
as the direction 6ofthe dollar
continues to "call the shots."
"The revival in commodi-
ties is on ice for the time
being, and maybe for the next
two years," he wrote in a
research note Thursday.

Gold for December deliv-
ery fell $15.50 to settle at
$738.50 an ounce on the New
York Mercantile Exchange.
Other precious metals also
fell. December silver slipped 2
cents to $9.785 an ounce on
the Nymex, while copper for
December delivery fell 19.75
cents to settle at $1.8905 a
On Wall Street, the major
indexes finished higher, all ris-
ing more than 2 percent. The
dollar was mixed against oth-
er major currencies and the
yield on the benchmark 10-
year Treasury note rose to
3.92 percent from 3.86 percent
late Wednesday.
Energy prices stumbled on
the Nymex,. as the declining
GDP numb36tstirifd cohcerns
that already weak demand for
gasoline is further crumbling.
Light, sweet crude for
December delivery fell $1.54
to settle at $65.96 a barrel on
the New York Mercantile

Exchange. Oil prices have fall-
en 55 percent since peaking
above $147 a barrel in mid-
Gasoline futures fell 8.6
cents to $1.467 a gallon, while
heating oil fell nearly 2 cents
to fetch $1.9841 a gallon.
Meanwhile, grain prices fell
on the Chicago Board of
December wheat futures fell
23.25 cents to $5.38 a bushel,
while corn for December
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Dated the 21st day of November, 2006.

This action having been tried before the Honourable Mr. Justice Faizool Mohammed
without a jury at the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, Bank Lane and the said
Honourable Mr. Justice Faizool Mohammed having on the 17th day of November,
2006 ordered that the judgement as hereinafter provided be entered for the Plaintiff
as follows:
(i) It is adjudged that the Defendant do pay the Plaintiff $6,819.00 which amount
represents damages and aggravated damages; and
(ii) The costs of action to be taxed if not agreed.

Dated the 21st day of November, A. D., 2006


Kemp Building
#39 East Street North
Nassau, Bahamas

Attorneys for the Plaintiff


AND TAKE NOTICE that unless you the within-named, CARIBBEAN BUILDERS
& CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED, obey the directions contained in this
Order, you will be guilty of contempt of Court and will be liable to be committed to

NOTICE is hereby given that ANGELA JULES of KEMP
ROAD is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 31ST day of
OCTOBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.-





The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yes-
terday announced it will cease TDMA services nationwide on
November 16, 2008, preceded by a shut down in the Family
Islands on November 9.
Originally, TDMA services should have been turned down
on October 31, but this date had to be adjusted slightly due to
the hurricane season.
BTC's vice-president for marketing, sales and business
development, Marlon Johnson, said: "The TDMA Migration
project was delayed due to the recent hurricanes. However, we
are still happy to state that in just a few weeks, we will have
migrated all of our customers to the new and improved GSM
BTC suffered damage to equipment and its office in Inagua
due to Hurricane Ike, and this led to the delay in the com-
pletion of the project as company resources had to be shifted
to restoration needs in the affected islands.
On October 14, BTC turned down TDMA in Exuma and
Long Island, marking the beginning of the turn down process
in the Family Islands. With the exception of Grand Bahama,
the TDMA services in all remaining Family Islands will be shut
down on November 9.
The TDMA networks in New Providence and Grand
Bahama will be turned down on Sunday, November 16, mean-
ing that at that time, the TDMA service will be fully shut'
down nationwide.
"We want our customers to be aware that in the immediate
aftermath of the shutdowns in New Providence and Grand
Bahama, we still would not have completed the GSM upgrade
in these islands. However, the nature of the technology and
dense traffic patterns mean that for these two islands, we
could not have run the upgraded GSM system and TDMA net-
work at the same time. Thus, there will be a few days lag
between the turn down of the TDMA and the full launch of
the upgraded GSM system. By end of the month of November
though, customers should have notably improved GSM ser-
vices in New Providence and Grand Bahama and indeed all
over the country", said Mr Johnson.
Since early 2007, BTC embarked on a strategic and aggres-
sive plan to improve the overall quality of GSM service. With
the addition of new GSM cell sites and the 850 MHz fre-
quency, BTC has expanded GSM coverage areas in New
Providence and the Family Islands to provide a more reliable
GSM network.
The company's investment in the more robust and higher
capacity 850 MHz network, and turn-up of the new cell sites,
will provide the islands with continuous and ubiquitous cov-
erage. This new network will blanket the islands ,increasing cell
site density, providing better call quality, stronger signals and
more coverage, while making GSM more accessible.
In New Providence, BTC began turning down TDMA for
pre-paid customers at the end of September. All of the 'Quik
Cell' TDMA pre-paid customers in New Providence will be
shut down by the end of the week
BTC began the 'Switch it Up' campaign earlier this year to
encourage customers to make the switch early to avoid the has-
sle of migrating during the final days.
The company extended its hours in the BTC Wireless
Department and Cyber World in the Mall at Marathon until
8pm to allow customers more flexibility in making the switch.
Also, switching customers can take advantage of a sale prices
on selected GSM phones, including e-telephone for under
$50 for persons making the switch.



Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice
is hereby given that the above-named Company has
been dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant
to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 21st day of October, 2008.

Lynden Maycock


Three Bahamas-based professionals

obtain their CFA designation

Three Bahamas-based
investment professionals have
earned the Chartered Finan-
cial Analyst (CFA) designa-
tion after studying for three
years, the CFA Society of The
Bahamas (CFASB)
announced yesterday.
The new Charter holders
are Velma Miller, RoyalFi-
delity Merchant Bank &
Trust; Jon Metcalf, Green Cay
Asset Management; and Fran-
cisco Goncalves, Credit Suisse
Administered by the CFA
Institute, the CFA Pro-
gramme isa college graduate-
level, self-study curriculum
and series of examinations
that tests ethical and profes-
sional standards, financial
statement analysis, econom-
ics, portfolio management and
analysis and valuation of debt,
equity and alternative invest-
The CFA charter is the only
globally-recognised credential
for investment analysis and
Currently, more than 81,000
investment professionals in
133 nations and territories
hold the CFA charter.
Candidates for the CFA
designation must pass a series
of three six-hour exams over
at least three years.
Each of the three examina-
tions typically requires candi-
dates to spend 250 to 300
hours in study preparation.
The CFASB is a non-profit
organisation for financial prac-
Asone of the 136 member
societies of CFA Institute, the
CFASOB's mission is to
advance the interests of invest-
ment advisors in the Bahamas
and to maintain the highest
standards of professional
excellence and integrity.
With an overall pass rate of
53 per cent, some 7,700 candi-
dates passed the third and
final exathis year and expect
to receive their charter. That
brings the number of CFA
charter holders worldwide to
more than 89,000.

"The CFA designation is the hallmark of

excellence in the -obal investment community."

President of the cAA Society of The Bahamas, David Ramirez

CHARTER HOLDERS pictured are Velma Miller, RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust; Jon Metcalf, Green
Cay Asset Management; and Francisco Goncalves, Credit Suisse Bahamas.

David Ramirez, president
of the CFA Society of The
Bahamas said: "The CFA des-
ignation is the hallmark of
excellence in the global invest-
ment community.
"It is well recognized that
individuals who have earned
the CFA charter have made
personal commitments to an
intensive study program and
ethical standards of profes-
sional behaviour."
The three new CFA char-
ter holders bring the total
number of CFA charter hold-
ers in the Bahamas society to
51. These individuals are port-
folio managers, investment


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advisers and other investment
Founded in 1989, the CFA

Society of The Bahamas is one
of 136 CFA Institute organi-
sational members worldwide.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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



Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given' that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), WILLOWMERE LIMITED is in Dissolution."






NOTICE is hereby given that BAHAMAS GENERAL
LIMITED, a company incorporated under The Companies
Act, has been ordered to wind-up by the Supreme Court
upon a Petitioner/Judgment Creditor's Summons filed on
the 15th, day of September 2008 and be advised that L.
Sydney Saunders of L. S. Saunders & Co, P.O. Box CB-
13229, Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator
of the Companies.

is the 4th day of

The date of commencement of dissolution
September 2008.
Mr. James Howe
P.O. Box 393
7-11 Britannia Place
Bath Street, St Helier
Jersey, JE4 8US

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on Vopak

work bids

FROM page 1B

Huizer to discuss concerns as it
related to the participation of
small contractors' at Vopak
Terminal Bahamas.
"We have been hearing cer-
tain things and I met with Mr
Huizer at Vopak about three
weeks ago. We had a long and
extensive conversation as it
relates to small contractors par-
ticipating and not being disen-
franchised as the company
moves forward with develop-
ment plans here in Freeport,"
Mr Miller said.
Vopak and First Reserve
Corporation acquired BORCO
in April 2008, and the plant is
presently undergoing a $250
million expansion project. This
involves the construction of new
oil storage tanks at the plant on
West Sunrise Highway.
Mr Miller said he discussed
with Mr Huizer the importance
of establishing a 'level playing
field' so that small, medium and
large Bahamas-based contrac-
tors can all benefit. He noted
that there were about 10 small
K "mechanically-driven" licensed
contractors in Freeport.
Many of the small contrac-
tors fear they will be left out,
Mr Miller said, with some claim-
ing that it was unfair that a large
contractor, such as Quality Ser-
vices Ltd in Freeport, was being
nl considered for all the major
Matthew Missick, technical
and operations director at
Vopak, said the individual con-
tractors operated small compa-
nies that were unable to han-
dle the major contracts now
Sunderway at BORCO.
"The last thing we want to
see are small contractors being
pushed out because they are not
capable of any of the big jobs,
and that is why we have sug-
gested that they form them-
selves into cooperative or
group," he said.
"Prior to Vopak buying
BORCO there were only small
contracts being done, and what
we are now seeing is major con-
tracts for tank building. None
of the small (individual) con-
tractors can do that. The only
local contractor that can do it is
Quality Services, and they are
doing the work, along with
some of the international con-
Mr Missick said Vopak was
still sending out bid documents
to small contractors. But he
added that the company has no
control over who Quality.Ser-
vices hires.
Mr Miller said that since his
i meeting with Mr Huizer, he has
met three times with all the
small contractors to hear their
specific concerns.
"Mr Huizer has no desire to
disenfranchise the small com-
panies...but he has concerns
about the, quality of work that
was done in the past by some
individual contractors," said Mr
"He was not pleased as it
relates to the quality of work
, or product they are getting from
the contractors, and they would
want to be ensured that the con-
tractors are able to meet their
quality and safety expectations."
tMr Miller said he expected
to meet with Mr Huizer in the
next two weeks to present a
package to Vopak document-
ing their concerns, and outlining
their expectations and what role
they can play going forward.
He said small contractors
were unable to compete with
the big contractors, such as
Quality Services, and US con-
tractors such as Tampa Tanks
or Chicago Bridge.
Mr Miller said one of the con-
cerns was the cost of liability
Insurance required by Vopak
for small contractors to be able
to work at the plant.
Their second concern was
being invited to bid on jobs with
big contractors, where they
know small contractors can-
notbe competitive compete.
"So what we are saying is let

us re-examine the situation so
that contractors are not disen-
franchised and left out after all
these years that BORCO
depended on them during many
of the small projects," Mr Miller


onMond ays

Union recognition reform called for

FROM page 1B

an employers have no legal
right to appeal the minister's
decision to the courts.
Mr Nutt, though, told Tri-
bune Business: "I don't know
how much digging is done to
find out whether employees
are in good standing with the
"And the word of the min-
ister is final. The employer has
no recourse whatever over a
letter from the minister telling
him that he has to recognize
that particular union."
Mr Nutt said he personally
felt the minister's role should
be determining whether work-
ers should be polled to find
out if they wanted that trade
union to represent them.
When asked whether the
Industrial Relations Act
should be reformed to give
employers the right of appeal
to the courts over a trade

"What I think should happen is
that the constitution of a trade
union should be fully available.
I've seen situations where I've
wondered whether a union's
constitution allows it to represent
workers at certain companies
based on their craft."

union's bargaining agent
recognition, Mr Nutt said: "I
think there should be.
"Out statute laws in many
ways give the minister too
much power."
Dion Foulkes, minister of
labour, disagreed yesterday,
saying the existing process was
"fair and democratic" and not
being reviewed by the Gov-
As for the union recogni-

tion process in general, the
BECon president said: "Defi-
nitely what's needed is more
transparency and account-
ability. That was in one of the
pieces that was shelved, the
Trade Union and Labour
Relations Bill, in 2001. It was
going to provide for greater
transparency and account-
Mr Nutt said the issue was
important because recognition

Bahamas must 'hedge' financial sector's future

FROM page 1B

initiative, a condition that had
helped to stymie it for the past
six to seven years.
The Bahamas had given the
OECD a 2002 commitment that
it would comply with its trans-
parency and willingness to enter
into tax information exchange
agreement demands, but only
provided that the forum's own
members adopted the same
standards. This has not been
But now, with the OECD and
EU apparently seeking renewed
momentum, Mr Delaney told
Tribune Business: "Our inter-
national financial centre does
not exist in a vacuum, and only
exists in the sense that our inter-
national banks and products are
able to avail themselves of
access to markets in OECD
"The Bahamas must be con-
cerned because we need that
market access. The Govern-
ment must ensure we are able
to meet that challenge."
Apart from reaffirming its
commitment to greater trans-
parency and a willingness to
enter into tax information
exchange agreements, provid-
ed OECD members and all
rival centres adopted the same
standards and timelines, Mr
Delaney said the Bahamas also
"had to hedge" its financial ser-
vices sector's future.
"We must pursue the possi-
bility of arriving at bilateral
arrangements that will allow for
mutual benefits for the
Bahamas, whether it be through
Tax Information Exchange-plus
arrangements or double taxa-
tion treaties," he explained.
"I see little benefit for the
Bahamas in pursuing a pure
TIEA arrangement."
The Bahamas only has one
such existing TIEA agreement -
with the US and received

something tangible in return,
namely a convention tax break
that allows US nationals attend-
ing conventions and confer-
ences in this nation a deduction
against their income. In this
way, the Bahamian tourism
industry benefited.
However, it is questionable
whether the Bahamas would be
able to derive any benefits in
return from agreeing a TIEA
with countries in, say, Europe,
whose tourists frequent this
nation far less because they
have further to travel.
Acknowledging this, Mr
Delaney told Tribune Business:
"There may be a range of other
benefits we can negotiate, cer-
tainly something that would
give benefits or incentives to
countries from other jurisdic-
tions to set up in the Bahamas
in a way that can create jobs in
the Bahamas, provides markets
for our products, or something
that promotes investment in the
"That's the sort of opportu-
nity we ought to be seeking, a
bilateral arrangement. The
Bahamas needs to be really
aggressive in its analysis on a
country by country basis, so that
we are not left to react in a sit-
uation that does not serve our
best interests. We need to be
However, Mr Delaney dis-
agreed with Paul Moss, head of
Dominion Management Ser-
vices, who told Tribune Busi-
ness on Thursday that the
Bahamian financial services
industry would be "finished
within five years".
"That sort of doomsday
prophesising is not new," Mr
Delaney said. "In 2000, it was to
be finished in five years. We're
now approaching 2009, and the
financial services sector remains
robust. Trust companies are
expanding. I don't subscribe to
He added that the Bahamas

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and other international finan-
cial centres had, since 1996, to
confront a variety of challenges
from the OECD, Financial Sta-
bility Forum, Financial Action
Task Force, US Treasury and
Basel Committee.
With the situation facing the
Bahamian financial services
industry "very fluid and dynam-
ic", Mr Delaney said the
Bahamas had to "adapt to sur-
vive and thrive", tweaking its
business model to meet client
needs and the international reg-
ulatory environment.
"Just because we have to
evolve, adapt, change and
improve doesn't mean it's the
end of international financial
centres," Mr Delaney said. "I
.believe international financial
centres will be a necessity for
the good health of the interna-
tional financial system as long as
there continues to be an inter-
national financial system.
"We just have to continue
revising and improving prod-
ucts, our- people, service
providers and laws."

of a trade union as the bar-
gaining agent for a company's
employees impacted every
worker, regardless of whether
they were a union member of
not, as they were now forced
to accept that union as their
In addition, employers were
no longer able to provide
bonuses and incentives to spe-
cific employees based on their
performance, as they would
have to give the same to every
bargaining unit member. That
undermined the notion of
merit pay.
Trade unions are supposed
to file documents showing that
50 per cent of members are in
good standing with the Regis-
trar of Trade Unions. This
information is only available
to union members and gov-
ernment officials in the course
of performing their duties.
However, Mr Nutt said
employers could not verify

that the union constitution
allows representation of the
employer's category of work-
ers; the names of union mem-
bers; and whether or not the
union members are in good
The BECon president said
that he could understand the
names of union members
being kept secret, to prevent
employers from victimising
them by firing them or forcing
them out of a job.
However, he added: "What
I think should happen is that
the constitution of a trade
union should be fully avail-
able. I've seen situations
where I've wondered whether
a union's constitution allows
it to represent workers at cer-
tain companies based on their
"In my opinion, employers
should be able to access that
information. There should be
more transparency."

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P.O.Box N-3034
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel:(242) 327-5780/327-5793-6
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ment has "the matter in hand
and is on top of things".
Mr D'Aguilar concurred with
critics who had argued that the
Government was adopting a
piecemeal approach to an eco-
nomic downturn that appears
likely to be deeper and more
prolonged than other recessions
in recent memory, especially the
post-September 11,2002, down-
To date, the Government has
announced initiatives to relieve
the impact on Bahamian fami-
lies from high energy prices and
the soaring cost of living, and
indicated it would unveil a pro-
gramme to assist those who had
lost their jobs in meeting mort-
gage payments.
Yet none of these have been
tied into a grand anchor strate-
gy, and Mr D'Aguilar said:
"You don't have any vision as
to how we're going to go
through this problem. You have
to give some confidence. Put it
all together in one big plan.
"I think people are sort of
waiting for that. What's the
vision? What's the plan? What
are we going to be doing for the
next 18 months? Obama has a
plan. Where is ours? Bring it
all together."
The Chamber president sug-
gested that the Government
detail the specifics of what it
intended to do, giving start
dates and details on estimated
jobs created for public works
and infrastructure projects such
as the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport (LPIA); New
Providence Road Improvement
Project; Bay Street redevelop-
ment and shipping facilities re-
location to the new Arawak
Cay port; government housing
programme and office complex

With Bahamian consumer
spending, and investment by
both Bahamian and foreign
businesses, likely to be sharply
reduced over the next 12-18
months, the Government will
have to move swiftly to fill the
breach with more than half-a-
billion dollars in capital works
projects on the drawing board -
if it is to mitigate the worst
effects of the global downturn.
Despite many having strug-
gled to keep their doors open
during 2008, Mr D'Aguilar said
Bahamian companies were
probably "hanging on" in the
hope of benefiting from an
increase in sales over the Christ-
mas season, traditionally the
period that sees most consumer
"Businesses in general are
going to suffer significantly in
this economic downturn," he
added. "I know the commercial
sector is really hurting, and the
real test will come after Christ-
"I think people are holding
on, and keeping stores open and
employees on to make it
through the Christmas season.....
Then, I fear, come January it's
going to get substantially worse.
That's my opinion. It [the glob-
al downturn] hasn't filtered
through in its totality yet. I think
the worst is yet to come, and
the New Year is going to be
very challenging."
With many businessmen and
economists predicting that the
Bahamas may see some initial
signs of recovery in late 2009,
and a proper recovery coming
through in the 2010 first half, it
appears likely that the econo-
my will hit bottom during the
first six months next year. And,
of course, there is usually a six-
mohith tife-lag between any
recovery inthis nation and the
Mr D'Aguilar said it was like-

ly that there "will be an uptick"
in Bahamian business failures
and closures after the Christ-
mas and New Year period,
especially among small busi-
nesses, who did not have the
'deep pockets', capital and
access to credit of their larger
"Small businesses will find it
very hard to manage their way
through," the Chamber presi-
dent added. "They will find it
very hard to reinvest in inven-
tory to sustain their business.
Smaller businesses are being
devastated by so many things
that have happened the
increase in pnces, the increase
in duties."
While the substantial reduc-
tion in global oil prices was like-
ly to filter through in the form
of reduced electricity and vehi-
cle gasoline prices, potentially
providing Bahamians with a dis-
posable income increase, Mr
D'Aguilar said the boost busi-
nesses received was likely to be
This was because workers,
particularly in the tourism and
hotel industries, had either been
laid-off or were working
reduced weeks, meaning their
spending capacity was next to
nothing. Many Bahamian con-
sumers were already too heavi-
ly in debt.
Mr D'Aguilar agreed that the
current economic downturn was
likely to be more protracted and
deeper than any the Bahamian
economy had witnessed previ-
ously, largely due to the fact
that the US was "in for a read-
justment" and consumer confi-
dence there was shot to bits.
Unlike post-September 11,
2001, when Americans contin-
ued spending to show they
"could not be beaten and fight
back, the Chamber president
said the current malaise was "so
systemic and wide".



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drops bank's profits 40%

FROM page 1B

June 30, 2008, increasing its
loan loss provisions by $3 mil-
lion to deal with a heightened
level of defaults by borrowers.
Another $1.5 million provi-
sion was taken for what the
bank described as 'operational
reasons', while a further
$900,000 provision related to its
transition to a new Information
Technology (IT) platform.
Sounding a positive note,
Paul McWeeney, Bank of the
Bahamas International's man-
aging director, said: "If it were

not for these provisions, which
we hope to recoup, net income
would have exceeded the pre-
vious year, which would have
been remarkable given current
economic conditions.
"We know that to exclude a
potential $5 million-plus on net
profit of $6.1 million sounds'
overly cautious, but we would
rather go in on the side of cau-
tion and come out on the side of
success, than to take any
chances in a volatile market."
For the year to June 30, 2008,
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional reported total revenue
growth of almost 15 per cent,

with total assets increasing by
nearly $80 million or almost 12
per cent during those 12 months
to close at $736 million.
Some 5,000 new customer
accounts were opened during
.the 2008 financial year, some-
thing Bank of the Bahamas
International said had driven
total asset growth.
Assets had increased by more
then 35 per cent in two years,
growing from $546 million in
2006 to $658 million in 2007 and
$736.5 million in 2008.
The bank said in a statement
yesterday that it had enjoyed
average growth of 20 per cent
year-over-year for the past six
years, having been launched as
a bank with just $90 million in
assets and $3 million in equity
some 20 years ago.
"While we are extremely
pleased to report that Bank of
the Bahamas has enjoyed
another year of growth, with
solid performance throughout
the institution, what gives us
greater satisfaction is the knowl-
edge that more and more
Bahamians are joining the Bank
of the Bahamas family," said
Mr McWeeney.
"That means we are doing
something right, not just for our
bottom line but in the quality
and innovation of products and
services we deliver."

FROM page 1B

supposed to have been brought to Parliament by
the first Ingraham administration in 2001, as part
of a five-strong package of labour-related legis-
However, only the Employment Act, Mini-
mum Wage Act and Health and Safety at Work
Act were ultimately passed into statute, with the
other two being shelved.
It was speculated by many at the time that the
Government did this so as not to alienate the
trade union member vote with a general elec-
tion looming.
Meanwhile, Senator Foulkes told Tribune Busi-
ness that the Government would "move very
carefully" if it ever attempted to implement the
International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Con-
vention 87 and bring it into law.
This would, in effect, allow workers to join
trade unions of their choice and ones not based on
their craft or profession, effectively paving the
way for the formation of general unions in the
However, Mr Foulkes said: "It would affect
the balance that exists between the various busi-
ness houses and unions. The Ministry of Labour
is trying to maintain a balanced relationship
between unions and the business community.
"It [Convention 87] is something the Govern-
ment will move very carefully on, and consult
extensively on, before moving forward, especial-
ly during these economic times.
"As a government and Department of Labour,
we have to be very careful not to cause any dis-
location in the economy as a result of labour mat-
Mr Foulkes acknowledged that the business
community harboured concerns about ILO Con-
vention 87 which the Bahamas has ratified but
not implemented paving the way for the for-
mation of general unions, because they feared it

could pave the way for the creation of one all-
powerful union representing workers in virtually
all companies.
"One of the problems we have is that we have
conflicting positions from the various unions [on
Convention 87]," Mr Foulkes said.
"The trade union movement is divided along
the lines of the size of union.
"Most of the smaller unions are opposed to it,
and most of the larger ones are for it. The busi-
ness community, to date, has been ambivalent
to it.
"We have not fully consulted with the busi-
ness community on it, and what impact it will
have on the workforce.
"The Bahamas has ratified it, and it is a matter
of passing the enabling legislation. We are still in
the consultative process."
Mr Foulkes added that his ministry and the
Department of Labour had urged both unions
and the private sector not to exacerbate the
already difficulty economic circumstances the
Bahamas was facing.
"We have encouraged trade unions not to put
any burdensome demands on businesses, and
asked the business community not to lay-off or
terminate employees during this time," he said,
explaining that companies had been urged to
place staff on reduce work weeks or days rather
than resort to the ultimate option.
Mr Foulkes said the industrial agreement that
will be signed today between the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC) and Bahamas Elec-
trical Workers Union (BEWU) epitomised the
harmonious workplace environment he was trying
to achieve.
He added that, to his knowledge, this was the
first time this particular industrial agreement had
been reached without any industrial action, and
paid tribute to BEWU president, Dennis
Williams, plus BEC chairman Fred Gottlieb and
minister of state for the environment, Phenton

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Exxon Mobil posts biggest US quarterly profit ever


Exxon Mobil Corp., the
world's largest publicly traded
oil company, reported income
Thursday that shattered its
own record for the biggest
profit from operations by a
U.S. corporation, earning
$14.83 billion in the third
quarter, according to the Asso-
ciated Press.
Yet numbers contained
within the company's most
recent financial report
revealed production numbers
that continue to sag, and
shares slipped 3 percent in
midday trading.
The Irving, Texas-based
company has reported
unprecedented back-to-back
quarters, the end :of the most
recent coinciding with a rapid
plunge in crude prices. Bench-
mark oil prices fell another
$2.91 to $64.59 Thursday on
the New York Mercantile
Exchange, about 56 percent
off record highs in July.
Exxon said net income
jumped nearly 58 percent to
$2.86 a share in the July-Sep-
tember period.
That compares with $9.41
billion, or $1.70 a share, a year
The previous record for
U.S. corporate profit was set
in the last quarter, when
Exxon Mobil earned $11.68
Revenue rose 35 percent to
$137.7 billion.
On average, analysts expect-
ed the company to earn $2.39
per share in the latest quarter
on revenue of $131.4 billion.
Exxon Mobil's results got a
boost of $1.62 billion in the
most-recent quarter from the
sale of a natural gas trans-
portation business in Ger-
It also took a special, after-
tax charge of $170 million for
a punitive damages award
related to the 1989 Exxon
Valdez oil spill.
Excluding those items,
third-.quarter earnings
amounted to $13.38 billion -
nearly 15 percent above its
previous profit record from
the second quarter.
As expected, Exxon Mobil
reaped massive earnings from

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"Despite recent volatility in
the financial, commodity and
credit markets, the
fundamentals of Exxon Mobil's
business remain strong."

David Rosenthal

its exploration and produc-
tion, or upstream, arm, where
net income rose 48 percent to
$9.35 billion.
Higher oil and natural gas
prices propelled results, even
though production was down
from the third quarter a year
Oil producers are coming
off 4 quarter d'during which
crude prices reached an all-
time high of $147.27 and
their profits have reflected it.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC,
Europe's largest oil company,
said Thursday its third-quarter

net profit jumped 22 percent
from a year ago, also despite
falling production.
Crude prices have tumbled
from summer highs, and the
global economic malaise has
raised questions about ener-
gy demand at least into 2009.
Some companies, especially
smaller producers, are scaling
back spending on new explo-..
ration and production projects
because of the -uncertainty,
though analysts say that its less
likely to happen at the well-
heeled giants like Exxon

"Our integrated business
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cipline continued to allow us
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damentals of Exxon Mobil's
business remain strong."
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Exxon's output, which once
again was below year-ago lev-
The company, which pro-
duces 3 percent of the world's
oil, said production on an oil-
equivalent basis was down 8
percent from a year ago a
concern given it generates
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earnings from, oil and gas pro-
Exxon cited disruptions
caused by hurricanes Gustav
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contracts and increased main-
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Street, Newbury, Essex
County, Massachusetts,
U.S.A deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same
duly certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before 5th Debember, 2008 after which
date the Executors will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
they shall then have notice AND all persons
indebted to the above Estate are asked to
settle such debts on or before 5th December,

Attorneys for the Executors
P.O. Box AB-20405
Bay Street, Marsh Harbour
Abaco, The Bahamas






American economy jolts into decline

Retailers brace for grim buying season amid fears of bad recession

Scared and out of money,
Americans stopped buying
everything from cars to corn
flakes in the July-September
quarter, ratcheting back
spending by the largest
amount in 28 years and jolting
the national economy into
what could be the most
painful recession in decades,
according to the Associated
With retailers bracing for a
grinn holiday buying season,
the economy isn't just slow-

ing; it's actually shrinking, the
government confirmed Thurs-
day. It reported that the
nation's gross domestic prod-
uct declined at an annual rate
of 0.3 percent in the year's
third quarter and consumers'
disposable income took its
biggest drop on record.
In simpler words, "The train
went off the tracks," said Bri-
an Bethune, economist at IHS
global Insight.
Wall Street took comfort in
the fact that it wasn't even
worse. The Dow Jones indus-
trials rose 190 points.
But economists say tougher
times are still ahead. Believing

consumers are cutting back
even more right now, they
predict a much larger eco-
nomic decline anywhere
from a 1 to 2 percent rate -
during the current October-
December period. That would
meet a classic definition of a
recession two straight quar-
ters of shrinking GDP.
Not that there's any real
doubt now.
Clobbered by pink slips,
shrinking nest eggs and falling
home values consumers are
holding ever tighter to their
wallets. The new report said
Americans' disposable income
fell at an annual rate of 8.7
percent in the quarter, the
largest in records dating back
to 1947.
The dismal news came just
days before the nation picks
the next president. Whether
Democrat Barack Obama or
Republican John McCain wins
the White House, he will
inherit a deeply troubled
economy and a record-high
budget deficit that could
cramp his spending plans.
Each side said the new fig-
ures supported its political
"The decline in GDP did-
n't happen by accident it is
a direct result of the Bush
administration's trickle down,
Wall Street first, Main Street
last policies that John McCain
has embraced for the last eight
years," Obama said. He
pledged to provide tax relief
to middle class families and
help people facing foreclosure.
Pointing to the economy's
sad state, Doug Holtz-Eakin,
senior policy adviser for the
McCain campaign, shot back
that "Barack Obama would
accelerate this dangerous
course." McCain said his tax
cuts, free-trade policies and
help to struggling .homeown-
ers would help turn things
More than in recent reces-
sions, consumers the
lifeblood of the economy -
are bearing the brunt of the
country's housing, banking

"As of now, most forecasts
indicate that we will experience a
serious recession, perhaps
comparable to the recession of the
early 1980s, but nothing like the
Great Depression."

and other ailments. The third-
quarter decline in their spend-
ing was the first in 17 years,
and the 3.1 percent annual-
ized cutback was staggering
- the most since the spring
of 1980 when the country was
in the grip of what some call
the worst downturn since the
Great Depression.
Walloped by such a huge
pullback, the economy top-
pled into negative territory.
The latest reading on GDP,
which measures the value of

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all goods produced within the
United States, showed a rapid
turn from the 2.8 percent
growth rate logged in the sec-
ond quarter. The new figure
was the worst since the 1.4
percent rate of decline in the
third quarter of 2001, when
the nation was suffering
through its most recent reces-
Democrats on Capitol Hill
are pushing for another eco-
nomic stimulus package and
are weighing whether to hold
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Road 109 Arthur, Ontario,
Canada and of
Marsh Harbour, Abaco,
The Bahamas, deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same
duly certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before 5th December, 2008 after which
date the Executors will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
they shall then have notice AND all persons
indebted to the above Estate are asked to
settle such debts on or before 5th December,

Attorneys for the Executors
P.O. Box AB-20405
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a lame duck session before the
new president takes office.
Under attack from Democ-
rats and Republicans alike, the
White House defended giving
billions of bailout dollars to
banks that now are rewarding
shareholders and executives
or even buying other banks
rather than making loans
to consumers and businesses.
Ed Lazear, chairman. of the
Council of Economic Advis-
ers, said the government is
keeping close tabs on banks'
use of the money, but he also
said normal activities such as
paying performance-related
salaries or distributing divi-
dends are allowed under the
law Congress passed.
White House press secre-
tary Dana Perino said that
"not only rich people get div-
idend payments," which can
form a significant portion of
income for retirees and mutu-
al funds.
A collapse of the housing
market and locked-up lend-
ing have produced the worst
financial crisis to hit the coun-
try in more than 70 years.
To cushion the fallout, the
Fed slashed interest rates on
Wednesday by half a percent-
age point to 1 percent, a level
seen only once before in the
last half century.
Fed Chairman Ben
Bernanke has warned that the
country's economic weakness
could last for some time -
even if the government's
unprecedented $700 billion
financial bailout package and
other steps do succeed in get-
ting financial and credit mar-
kets to operate more normal-
"As of now, most forecasts
indicate that we will experi-
ence a serious recession, per-
haps comparable to the reces-
sion of the early 1980s, but
nothing like the Great
Depression," said Simon
Johnson, former chief econo-
mist to the International Mon-
etary Fund and senior fellow
at the Peterson Institute for
International Economics.
During the 1980-1982 reces-
sion, unemployment topped
10 percent. Other analysts,
including Mark Zandi, chief
economist at Moody's Econo-
my.com, predicts the down-
turn will be much more severe
than the 2001 and 1990-1991
recessions but not as bad -
in terms of unemployment or
lost growth as the 1980s
one. The unemployment rate,
now at 6.1 percent, could hit 8
percent or higher next year.
The Labor Department said
Thursday that new claims for
unemployment benefits last
week held steady at 479,000,
an elevated figure that con-
tinued to point to troubles in
the jobs market.
In the third quarter. con-
sumers cut back on purchases
of cars, furniture, household
appliances, clothes and almost
everything else. Businesses cut
back, too, trimming spending
on equipment and software at
a 5.5 percent pace, the most
since the first quarter of 2002.
And home builders slashed
spending at a 19.1 percent
pace, marking the llth
straight quarterly cutback.
Slower growth for U.S.
exports -- reflecting less
demand from overseas buyers
wvho are coping with their own
economic problems also
factored into the weak GDP
report. Exports grew at a 5.9
percent pace in the third quar-
ter, less than half the second
quarter's 12.3 percent rate.

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several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
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8 One who provides.
heaven-sent protection
9 Descriptive of a great
sea-power (5)
10 Eroding trouble where the
Dordogne and Garonne
rivers meet (7)
11 About 19 trillion miles right
in outer space? (6)
12 A way to gain
admission (6)
15 Makes slow progress on a
street car (7)
17 Spoils what may be of
archaeological interest (5)
19 Describing lack of
obedience in one of lower
rank (13)
20 It lends support to an
artist's views (5)
21 To commit it one rats
perhaps! (7)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solutic
Across: 1 Drood, 8 Manicure, 9 Os
10 Opposing, 11 Trait, 12 Sea, 16
Direct, 17 Starve, 18 Yap, 23 Adorn
24 Proposal, 25 Moves, 26 Eulogies
27 Berry.
Down: 2 Restrain, 3 One-sided, 4
Sample, 5 Pilot, 6 Curio, 7 Hedge, 1
Sty, 13 Asp, 14 Handsome, 15
Overhear, 19 Awaken, 20 Speed, 21
Rolls, 22 Forge.

Down -
1 Synonymous with right? _
Could be (5)
2 They brighten up the
garden with one colour
amid other colours (8,5)
3 Try to please? (7)
4 Such a dog may be
involved in many dubious
accounts (6)
5 Quick way to take the air
between flights (5) 19
6 Manual performances -
which may entail pulling
out all the stops (5,8)
7 Clerks at the information
desk? (7) L
11 Still voice? (7) N-
13 Red vehicle goes to one of N
the pits (7) D
14 Wit of a turbulent
priest (6) (C
16 It goes on record (5)
18 A lengthy yarn (5) LU

>n Yesterday's Easy Solution
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Probe, 10 Bastille, 11 Final, 12
, SOS, 16 Tackle, 17 Partly, 18 Try,
s, 23 Molar, 24 Reverent, 25 Decry, 26
Dartmoor, 27 Blaze.
Down: 2 Partisan, 3 Lubyanka, 4
2 Monaco, 5 Cacti, 6 Jolly, 7 Melee,
12 Set, 13 Spy, 14 Arboreal, 15
1 Alcatraz, 19 Ransom, 20 Pride, 21
Avert, 22 Prime.

1 A Hungarian stew (7)
5 Swift (5)
8 Near relatives (5,3,5)
9 Avoid (5)
10 Approve (7)
11 Look back on (6)
12 Notably superior (6)
15 Gruesome (7)
17 Farewell (5)
19 In angry
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20 Appointment to
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21 Witchcraft (7)

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4 German-born oratorio
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5 Fanatical (5)
6 Defer action (13)
7 Unsteady through
age (7)
11 Growing
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13 Dressed animal
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14 Niche (6)
16 Stubbornly intolerant
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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

The Handwriting on the Wall

North dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
4K J76
4105 44
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The bidding: ,
North East South West
I1 Pass 1 4 Pass
3 4 Pass 4 4
Opening lead king of diamonds.
Declarer should presume that the
defenders are doing everything they
can to defeat him and are not deliber-
ately acting against their own best
interests. It follows, therefore, that
any information he acquires from the
opponents' chosen line of defense
can, be utilized to guide him to the
best method of play.
Take this case where Soulh capi-
talized on the first two plays made by
the defenders. Aller West's king of
diamonds held the lirst trick, West

led a low diamond to East's ace. East
shifted to the jack of hearts, and the
outcome of the deal hinged on
South's play at this point.
Confronted by a potential loser
in hearts and another in clubs, there
was a normal temptation for declare
to play the queen of hearts to try to
win the trick. But. before doing so, he
paused to consider the likelihood that
East had the king of hearts.
lie reasoned that the defenders,
by their diamond plays. had pur-
posely arranged for the heart lead at
trick three to come from Elast, which
in turn meant that West had tne king.
Consequently, playing the queen
could serve no usefiel purpose.
Retaining the queen, however,
could prove enormously beneficial if
West had fewer than three clubs.
Accordingly, South won the heart
jack with dummy's ace, drew
trumps, cashed the A-K of clubs and
then led a heart to the queen.
West won with the king, but since
he had no more clubs, he was forced
to return either a diamond or a heart.
This allowed declarer to trump in
dummy while discarding his club
loser, so the contract came sailing
Had South covered the jack of
hearts with the queen at trick three,
he would inevitably have lost a heart
and a club and gone down one.

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