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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 4, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Tribune Staff Reporter
OBAMA fever will reach boil-
ing point today as Bahamians
pledge their support for the
Democratic party leader when
Americans go to the polls to elect
a new president.
T-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers
and car flags bearing Barack Oba-
ma's name and the nation's slo-
gan, "Bahama for Obama", are
being snapped up from stalls
and clothing stores across-Nas-
Island Flava in Madeira Street
put on the final print of Obama
T-shirts last night, ready for the
expected rush of buyers, many of
whom have already put in their
orders, to show they are backing
Obama while watching the US
election returns tonight.,
Shop owner Yvette Jordan
said hundreds of T-shirts have
been sold in the last two weeks to
customers of all shapes and sizes,
from all walks of life. She is also
printing mousepads, pins and per-
sonalised mugs, all selling like
She said: "Taxi drivers have
been bringing in groups of tourists
buying things for themselves and
their families, and we had a whole
heap of Bahamians in. I am
amazed at the level of support
this man is getting."
Of course, Ms Jordan is also

hoping Obama will win the elec-
Her reasons: "If Obama gets in
the economy, will get better, and
some of that will trickle down,'
she said. "Their economy is in
such a bad state right now, most
people are not travelling, so we
have got a lot of people working
just a few days; but if they get
rejuvenated, we will get rejuve-
nated, and we will have people
working more days."
A fifty-one-year-old father of
three, Colyn Chase, agreed. As
he was buying an Obama T-shirt
at a street stall in Montrose
Avenue, he said: "My three chil-
dren are US citizens and they will
all be voting for Barack Obama. I
SEE page 10

Tribune Staff Reporter.
THE hotel industry is now
facing a more "widespread" and
"deep-rooted" problem than the
devastating industry fall-off in
1991 when the US economy was
in recession and fighting the
Persian Gilf War, Robert
"Sandy" Sands told The Tribune
Mr Sands, who was head of
the Bahamas Hotel Association
in 1991, said the economic fac-
tors surrounding the country's
declining tourism numbers have
wider reaching consequences
today than they did in 1991, due
to the rapid expansion of the

COLYN CHASE buys an Obama T-shirt at a street stall in Montrose
Avenue yesterday

Outrage at PLP call
for cancellation
of fares increase
THE Public Transportation
Association and the Bahamas
Taxi Cab Union yesterday
expressed outrage that the PLP
iscallirig for government to can-
cel taxi and jitney fare increases.
President of the Public Trans-
portation Association of the
Bahamas (PTAB) Reuben Rah-
ming told The Tribune.yester-
* day that he and dozens of bus
and taxi drivers are deeply upset
and offended that the PLP an
organisation led by the son of a
taxi cab driver- would condone
statements made by one of its
members, urging the cancella-
tion of the proposed bus and taxi
SEE page eight

Govt MPs say law
additions will have
'positive impact' on
criminal justice system
Tribune Staff Reporter
NEW additions to the coun-
try's law books will make crimi-
nals ofpeople who attempt to
help offenders avoid suffering
the lawful penalty for their
actions and will provide for high-
tech surveillance both of those
on bail and those released into
the community after serving
their sentences.
Government MPs said the
changes "will have a real and
positive impact on our criminal
justice system, the issue of bail
and also the prevention and
detection of crime."
SEE page 10

tourism industry over the past
17 years.
"I think based on experience,
I think it is (worse than in 1991).
I think this seems to be a bit
more deep-rooted and the other
element that I think is con.
tributing to the lack of tourist
activity is confidence to travel
and also the economic situation
in the United States. And once I
think these two crucial elements
can be addressed.. .Then we'll
begin to see some light at the
end of the tunnel," Mr Sands,
senior vice-president of exter-
nal affairs at Baha Mar, said.
The start of 1991 wa
described as the worst January
SEE page eight

Promoters 'lost large amount of
money' due to Mavado absence
Tribune Staff Reporter
PROMOTERS who had hoped to draw large
numbers of people to the Millennium Countdown
concert's reggae night last Saturday lost a very
large amount of money when reggae star Mavado
was prohibited from entering the Bahamas by
Immigration officials, it has been learned.
According to spokesman for the concert's local
promotion company Sigma Management and the
foreign based Downsound Records, Steve McK-
inney, all artists are paid before their arrival in
order to secure their appearance.
Because of this, he said, the companies lost a "pretty penny" with
the absence of their highly publicized headliner Mavado.
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter
INCREASED world-wide
regulations in the financial ser-
vices sector, particularly in the
banking and insurance sectors,
are likely to be policies of the
next US president no matter
which candidate wins in
today's presidential election,
former governor of the Cen-
tral Bank James Smith said
These stricter regulations
would create the need for the
urgent implementation of a
new Insurance Act and pos-
sibly make the Bahamas and
others in the region "less
attractive" for new banking
business, he added.
SEE page eight

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Teachers in
Grand Bahama
demand apology
from Carl Bethel
Tribune Staff Reporter
Bahama are demanding an apol-
ogy from Education Minister Carl
Bethel for walking out on them
during a scheduled meeting at
Eight Mile Rock High last week.
Despite holding a meeting with
Mr Bethel on Friday evening fol-
lowing the much publicized
"walk-out", President of the
Bahamas Union of Teachers,
Belinda Wilson, said that the
union has not rescinded its call
for the Minister's resignation.
While Mr Bethel's actions have
been condemned by the union,
the Minister claims that it was in
fact the president of the BUT.
who was not acting in "good
SEE page 10

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Tabloid report

of Byron Lee's

death scotched
Tribune Staff Reporter
MUSIC maestro Byron Lee
is still alive, contrary to a
report in a local tabloid yes-
The leader of Byron Lee
and The Dragonaires, who
entertained the Caribbean for
over 50 years, returned to
Jamaica last.weekend to con-
tinue medical treatment,
where he remains a patient at
the University Hospital's
Tony Thwaites Wing.
Yesterday's report claimed
that the 73-year-old, who has
been suffering from cancer,
had died of his illness.
However, Mr Lee's daugh-
ter Julianne Lee said: "He has
remained brave in his fight
against the illness.
"In fact, he continues to
boss us around and to get his
own way, which, of course,
gives us much pleasure at this
Mr Lee's contribution to
Jamaican music was honoured
last week when he was
bestowed the Order of
Jamaica national award by the
Jamaican government.
Jamaican Governor General
Sir Kenneth Hall visited Mr
Lee in the hospital to make
the presentation in the pres-
ence of Prime Minister Bruce.
Golding, Minister of Culture
Olivia Grange, relatives and
The family of Byron Lee are
grateful for the support they
have received at this difficult
time, and expressed their
appreciation for telephone
calls, e-mails, faxes and text
messages from well wishers in
Jamaica and around the
Julianne added: "We do
understand and respect that
he is not just our father, but
belongs to many friends, sup-
porters and fans world wide.
"We would also ask that
you remember 'The Dragon'
in your prayers that he will be
comfortable in.his battle-e
against this illness;" .; '


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Bishop Hall backs move

to turn away Mavado


FOR many years, it was the
practice of immigration officials
to ask the opinion of the Christian
Council before granting visas for
artists to perform in the Bahamas,
Bishop Simeon Hall revealed.
*They don't do that anymore,"
he lamented, adding that he sup-
ported the council's successful
efforts to have reggae singer
NMavado turned away because of
the violent nature of some of his
1. rics.
He criticised the government
for allowing in other performers
\\ ho are known for glorifying the
Jamaican gun culture and pro-
moting the use of marijuana.
Bishop Hall, who led the
protests against Bob Marley's
1979 performance in Nassau and
later became president of the
Christian Council, added that it is
not the job of the council to reg-
ulate musical performances.
"The Bahamas Christian Coun-
cil is not set up to do this. It does-
n't have that mandate," Bishop
Hall said. "I think the govern-
ment needs to do a better job
with this, because it is their
responsibility, not the Christian
Minister of State for Immigra-
tion Branville McCartney said the
violent and salacious nature of
some of Movado's lyrics was the
reason he was denied entry into
the country to perform at the Mil-
lennium Countdown concern
over the weekend.
iMr McCartney said that after
undertaking his own investigation
into Mavado and his music, he

- 'An Obama presidency would be victory for human race' -

BISHOP Simeon Hall, former president of tlhe
Christian Council, said that if Senator Barack Oba-
ma wins the presidency of the United States it will
not only be a victory for the black race, but for the
human race as a whole.
Bishop Hall, senior pastor at New Covenant'
Baptist Church, said yesterday in a statement that
a win for Senator Obama "will certainly expiate the
tragedy and iniquitous racial problems" that have
plagued the US:
"'So it was that America came to crippled matu-
nty for the past two hundred years of its existence
as a republic wounded by the institution of slav-
ery, retarded by segregation and blood-drenched by
its slaughter of hundreds of Christian martyrs -
as epitomised in the murder of Martin Luther King
Jr "At long last i .this 40th year since Dr King's
blood flowed in Memphis, Tennessee, the United

States is set to elect Barack Hussein Obama, pres-
ident," he said.
Bishop Hall said that he will exult in this
moment, believing, praying and "affirming that
the moving.hand of God is writing; and we who live
,now see the prophecy fulfilled.
"It is today self-evident that the US is embarked
on the road to its continuing perfection. I am today
confident that with the coming of Barack Hussein
Obama, America can never be the same again. A
new day is dawning in that great lan,., ..
"Now all who struggle can know, in the name of
those who perished in the struggle, that their bat-
ties were not in vain. If America is mature enough
to elect a black man, it stands to reason that all peo-
,'pl, red, yep.w,,black, and white, can begin to see
that truly all men are created equal and that they.
must be judged by the content of their character
rather than by the colour of their skin," he said.

* Court brief

19-year-old chaiged-With murder

A 19-YEAR-OLD man was
arraigned in a Magistrate's
Court yesterday, charged with
one count of murder as well as
two counts of attempted mur-
Janaldo Farrington of Bread
Fruit Street and Hatchet Bay,
Eleuthera, was arraigned before
Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez
in Court One, Bank Lane.

It is alleged that on Thursday,
October 23, Farrington caused
the death of Jebbron Percentie.
Percentie, 40, of Coconut
Grove, was reportedly shot in
the abdomen outside the High
Noon Club on Wulff Road.
Farrington is also charged
with the attempted murders of
Michael Taylor and Renald Fer-
According to court dockets,
the accused allegedly attempted

to cause the deaths of the two
men on Thursday, October 23.
Farrington was not required
to plead to the charges.
Some 16 witnesses are listed
on court dockets.
Farrington was remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison. The case
has been transferred to Court
10 on Nassau Street and
adjourned to November 24.

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government has to be a little
more selective."
During the protests against
Movado, the Christian Council
agitated for the right to screen all
artists before they came to the
Bahamas, claiming the founders
of the modem Bahamas intended
the Christian church to be the
moral watchdog of the nation.
Two of the original framers of
the constitution denied this claim,
saying it would have been unwise
for the nation's founders to alien-
ate Bahamians of other faiths.
Bishop Hall empasised that he
has nothing against reggae music
per se only the violent lyrics in
some of its songs.
"Reggae artists are trying to
spread their music, and some of
their music is good and has good
qualities," he said.

Claims immigration officials used to consult

Christian Council over visas for visiting artists

Photo by Tim Aylen

- PAST winner of the John Lennon Songwriting contest
Terneille "TaDa" Burrows (above) is releasing a new album
entitled "I'm That Girl", due out this December.
"I'm That Girl" is TaDa's third solo album. She previously
enjoyed success with her two albums, Sanctigroove and F5.
However, this album undoubtedly represents her best work,
according to a press release. .- ,
It said the album is a sophisticated compilation of songs that *
encompasses many genres and touches on several themes.
"The beats are amazing and as usual, TaDa offers smart,
funky lyrics with a unique voice that at times channels the
incensed tones of the great Ella Fitzgerald," the statement said.
TaDa has opened for a number of well-known artists,
including Bow Wow, Carl Thomas. and BeBe Winans.
She has won'international music awards, including the
Grand Prize in the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting contest
(hip-hop category) and has held the record as the most nom-
inated recording artist at both the 2000 and 2004 Caribbeah.
Music Marlin Awards. -.- .
TaDa has appeared on the 2002 "Honey Drops" compilation
CD released by Universal Music Canada/Phem Phat Produc-
tions-and her music videos air on MTV's TEMPO and Mu.c
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sided with the Christian Council
and Bahamas Against Crime
(BAC), which also opposed his
He said he was not directly
influenced by BAC or the coun-
cil, but approached the matter
"I took into consideration what
those for it and thoeagainst it
had to say, but as a minister I
came to my own conclusion, not
the Christian Council's conclu-
Yesterday it was reported that
while Mavado the only target of
the Christian Council's ire among
the Millennium Countdown line-
up was rejected, other artists
known for their violent lyrics -
such as Bounty Killer were
allowed in. Bishop Hall respond-
ed to this, saying: "I think the



Man in court

on rape charge
AN 18-YEAR-OLD Grand
Bahama man was arraigned on a
rape charge in the Magistrate's
Court yesterday.
Court dockets allege that Ross
Roberts raped a 17 -year-old girl on
Tuesday, October 28.
Roberts, who was represented
by attorney Julicka Thompson, was
arraigned before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez at Court No One
Bank Lane. He was not required to
enter a plea to the charge.
Roberts was granted bail in the
sum of $10,000 with one surety.
A 20-year-old man of East
Street South was arraigned along
with Roberts yesterday, charged
with abetment to commit the
offence of rape. It is alleged that on
Tuesday, October 28, Deanthio
Johnson abetted in the rape of the
young woman.
Johnson, who was represented
by attorney Jennifer Mangra, was
not required to plead to the charge.
He was granted bail in the sum of
$8,000 with one surety. The case
was adjourned to November 24
and transferred to Court No 11
Nassau Street.
N A husband and wife were
arraigned in a Magistrate's Court
yesterday on drug charges.
Bruno Oliver Rolle, 35, and his
wife Latoya Rolle, 32, of South,
Coast of Hanna Road, were
arraigned before Magistrate Car-
olita Bethel at Court No 8 Bank
Lane, charged with possession of
marijuana with the intent to supply.
RoUe was also arraigned on a
separate charge of possession of
marijuana with the intent to supply.
It is alleged that the accused were
found in possession of the drugs
on Thursday, October 30. Accord-
ing to the prosecution, the accused
were found in possession of a total
of five and a half pounds of mari-
The accused pleaded not guilty
to the charges and were granted
bail in the sum of $7,500. The case
has been adjourned to April 27,

Turnquest denies gpvt

encouraged police to

release information

Response after Mitchell hits out over leaks,

Tribune Staff Reporters
THE Minister of National
Security yesterday denied that the
FNM government has played any
part in encouraging police to
release information to the press
about an investigation involving
a PLP member of parliament.
This comes after Fox Hill MP'
Fred Mitchell called for police to
investigate leaks that led to the.
disclosure of the questioning of
the. sitting MP about alleged crim-
inal activity.
The call came in a statement
issued after Mr Mitchell addressed
SCOB students on the subject of
government and politics.'
'When Mr Mitchell addressed
the class, he asked: "Does he (the
police commissioner) now not
have an obligation to go further
and investigate who is responsi-
ble for this leak, or does the attor-
ney general who supervises
inquiries have a responsibility?"
He suggested in the statement
released to the media that there is
"a concerted campaign by our
FNM opponents and the press
and operatives within the police
force to smear the PLP."
The forum which he spoke at
on Sunday, held at the Michael
H Eldon complex, was scheduled
to be on the topic of "Foreign Pol-
icy Matters in a Time of Crisis."
However, Mr Mitchell focused
primarily on the media's role in
the investigation into the MP and
what he called a "smear" cam-
paign that he believes is being led
by the FNM government.

He drew a parallel for the class
between this current investigation
and the Commission of Inquiry
of the 1980s.
"Is this a playback that is being
run again with no names being
called, but it's clearly being direct-
ed at us," he asked.
Minister of National Security,
Tommy Turnquest yesterday said
there was "absolutely no truth"
to Mr Mitchell's claims that the
FNM and elements within the
police were conspiring to bring
the PLP into disrepute.
"There is no collaboration. One
thing.1 can assure you of is that
the police will do their job without
fear or favour. There is absolute-
ly no political interference in their
mandate," said Mr Turnquest."
.Mr Mitchell said newspapers of
record, such as The Tribune, have
sustained this campaign because
they have to compete with the
successful downmarket media,
such as The Punch.
"Because The Punch has been

so extraordinarily successful in
the marketplace, newspapers of
record now have to compete with
that and they now are slipping
down market to keep readers,"
said Mr Mitchell.
He conceded, however, that the
commissioner admitted that there
is an investigation going on.
According to Mr Mitchell the
commissioner had not been
accommodating when asked
about the investigation by mem-
bers of the press.
He cited an article written by
the Bahama Journal -where he
said the commissioner's response
to inquiries seemed "angry and
"Here it is a matter of impor-
tance where an allegation is being
made against a sitting member of
parliament and no information is
forthcoming," said Mr Mitchell.
He has been the only PLP
member to speak to the press
about the MP scandal since its
emergence and said that he
endeavours to always be trans-
He also said that he is sensitive
to the need for a Freedom of
Information Act in the Bahamas.
According to Mr Mitchell, the
commissioner's response to the
press shows the attitude about dis-
closing information in this coun-
try. -
"Government agencies are
insensitive to the public they
serve," said Mr Mitchell.


Opposition questions possible

electronic monitoring system

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE opposition yesterday
questioned the capacity of the
police force to handle the addi-
tional "burden" that would be
placed on its shoulders when
courts begin ordering that
accused persons granted bail and
certain convicts can be released
from prison subject to their move-
ments being monitored electron-
Questioning how the monitor-
ing system which the government
moved to pass into law yesterday
could be made operational, Dr
Bernard Nottage said he does not
"think the system we have right
now could sustain this."
"This is sloppy. I'd have
expected a mover of the bill to
tell us how we could make this
operational," said Dr Nottage.
The introduction of high-tech
surveillance of certain individu-
als was one provision contained in
a Bill for an Act to Amend the
Penal Code, moved by the gov-
ernment yesterday.
The government, described the
Bill as part of its "multi-faceted"
approach designed to suppress
burgeoning crime levels.
Leader of government business
in the House of Assembly, Dr
Nottage, supported the Bill but
criticised the government for not
saying what method of electronic
monitoring would be used, what it
would cost, and when it would
come into effect."
He added: "The question of
police supervision causes some
concern. I want to know if the
Royal Bahamas Police Force is
able to carry out such a function.
Do the stations have the man-
power? Are they equipped to car-
ry out this function?"
Meanwhile, MP for Fox Hill,
Fred Mitchell also envisaged
problems sustaining the electron-
ic system.
"We know well how to buy
such systems, but not how to
maintain them", said Mr Mitchell,
pointing to malfunctioning traf-
fic lights, celf phone services and
at times unreliable power supply.

Dr Nottage pointed out that at
present, some individuals are
already released subject to having
to report to their police station
at specific times, on certain days.
He claimed that if they do not
show up, the procedure is often
that police have to apply to the
court for an arrest warrant to pick
them up a fact which "makes it
almost impossible" for the sys-
tem to work even at this less com-
plex level.
"If this law is passed can you
imagine the burden, the bureau-
cracy?" asked the Bain Town MP.
Dr Nottage suggested a nation-
al probation service would be
required to administrate such a
He also stated that while pur-
porting to be part of a series of
measures to minimise criminal
activity, the Bill "would only
impact the 15 25 per cent of cas-
es where arrests are made not
the others."
The Bill allows for electronic
monitoring to be ordered by the
court as a substitute for part or all
of a custodial sentence handed
down to an offender or to super-
vise both individuals accused of
serious crimes who are being
released on bail or those who
have served their sentences and '
are being released into the com-
The government said evidence
from countries where it has
already been introduced shows it
should reduce re-offending rates,
lessen prison overcrowding and
consequently. save tax payer's
money that would otherwise have
to be spent on housing and feed-
ing inmates, creating opportuni-
ties for it to be better spent on
other improvements.
Dr Nottage questioned the cer-
tainty of the Bill having these pos-
itive effects and pointed out that
while monitoring may be a deter-



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rent to committing crimes, it
"does not restrain offenders and
this is important for the danger-
ous offenders."
Dr Nottage said one British
study showed that 25 per cent of
monitored persons breached their
order once or more, by cutting
off their monitor, for example.
"On the other hand, there are.
concerns regarding human rights
of offenders, and whether there is
any constitutional breach," he

IN A letter to the editor print-
ed in Friday's Tribune, it was
incorrectly stated that The Nassau
Guardian published an article
claiming that the government had
decided to reimburse those BTC
employees fined following an
unauthorised work stoppage in
The article in question was not,
printed in the Guardian. It
appeared in another daily.
The Tribune apologises for any
confusion or inconvenience this
error may have'caused.




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Destructive shackles of foreign oil

JOHN Kenneth Galbraith, described on
his death in 2006 at the age of 97 as .an "icon-
oclastic economist", first met Jawaharlal
Nehru in the 1950s when he was recruited
as an adviser to India's second five year eco-
nomic plan.
The Canadian-born Galbraith became a
close personal friend of Nehru when in the
early 1960s he was appointed US Ambas-
sador to that country. It was an appointment
that lasted two and a half years.
A prolific writer, Galbraith's book, "The
Affluent Society" had just been released.
One day he invited Nehru to give his opinion.
on it. Nehru told Galbraith that in his view, he
had been far too "easy on the society" that he
had described as "affluent."
In a later book- "Name Dropping"
(1999) Galbraith records the discussion
between himself and Nehru on "The Affluent
"Technological innovation was not, as was
accepted in the book (The Affluent Society),
a measure of human advance. Only two mod-
ern inventions he (Nehru) thought clearly
contributed to social well-being; one was the
bicycle, the other, electric light. In modern
Delhi some tons of pollutants are now
dumped into the atmosphere every day, much
of them from motor vehicles. The traffic jams
outdo those of Manhattan. Nehru's foresight
may have been better than I then imagined."
Nehru's foresight in the 1960s was proba-
bly better than we all imagined as we now
watch the polar ice caps collapsing and melt-
ing, the rising tides threatening to submerge
low-lying islands like the Bahamas and the
warming of the climate by industrial pollu-
tants threatening further doom. The bicycle
was probably atmospherically the cleanest
means of transport maybe Nehru did have
something there.
Should Barack Obama be elected US pres-
ident today, the economy and energy inde-
pendence will be one of his top priorities.
He won't be going back to the bicycle, but he
will concentrate on freeing us from depen-
dence on Arab oil and the pollutants that
are choking the universe to a premature end.
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer
last week in Des Moines, Iowa, Obama was
asked to name his top priority from a list of
issues, including taxes, health care, educa-
tion, energy policy and immigration, should
he be elected president.
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not be any of the five issues that Blitzer had
"It may be," he said, "continuing to stab-
lise the financial system... None of this can be
accomplished if we continue to see a potential
meltdown in the banking system and financial
system. So that's priority No. 1: making sure
the plumbing works.
However priority No. 2 is energy inde-
. "We have to seize this moment;" he said,
"because it's not just an energy independence
issue; it's also a national security issue, and it's
a jobs issue. We can create five million new
,green energy jobs."
This was music to the ears of legendary
Texas oil magnate T Boone Pickens, who
although he became one of America's richest
citizens from oil, now wants to replace it by
harnessing wind.
"We're paying $700 billion a year for for-
eign oil," he said earlier this yeat, "it's break-
ing us as a nation, and I want to elevate that
question to the presidential debate, to make
it the No. 1 issue of the campaign this year."
Shortly after Obama's announcement,
Pickens, who is not a Democrat, made a state-
ment. "I'm strongly encouraged by Senator
Obama's speech on America's energy
future," he said' According to Pickens, oil is
putting the American nation "at risk." He
said he would push this as a priority for the
rest of the year.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ingraham is
also exploring ideas to make renewables a
part of the Bahamas' energy mix.
Unlike Pickens, the Ministry of Tourism
doesn't want fields of windmills blighting the
scenic view of New Providence as tourists
are flown ihto the airport. However, the
Ingraham government is exploring new tech-
nology that will take advantage of natural
energy resources wind, solar and tide.
Earlier this year at a seminar organised by
the US Embassy on renewable energy, Envi-
ronment Minister Earl Deveaux reminded
Bahamians that this country's reliance on oil
for 99 per cent of its energy needs, left the
Bahamas in an "extremely vulnerable posi-
tion." '
Obviously, Bahamians don't want to fall
back on Nehru's bicycle, but it should cer-
tainly do everything possible to harness the
sun, wind and tides to produce our energy -
and free the country from the destructive
shackles of oil.


While the country

burns, the FNM

and PLP fiddle

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT IS most unfortunate that in
The Bahamas everything seems
to political or is, in fact, perceived
as political. Despite the fact that
the last general elections have
been over since May 2, 2007. It is
understandable that some die-
hard members and supporters of
the defunct Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP) refused to accept the
same until such time as the Elec-
tion Court would have ruled in
the Pinewood Gardens scenario.
The results of the Marco City
petition will not affect the ability
of the Rt Hon Prime Minister to
hold onto the reins .of govern-
ment. The Hon Leslie Osbourne
Miller long ago abandoned his
petition for a review in Blue Hills.
Kenyetta Gibson, elected in
Kennedy as a PLP, has now, by
the sacred and difficult art of mor-
phology, been reborn as an 'inde-
pendent' after cussing out the Rt
Hon Perry Gladstone Christie,
MP, PC, publicly. In my view,
Gibson should have been kicked
out of the PLP via an official vote
of the National General Council.
Had Gibson tried his stunt
under the leadership of the late
great Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling,
his posterior would have been
grass, literally, by now. Christie's
softness is now legendary here in
this nation and throughout the
wider world.
Clearly the defunct PLP is des-
tined to remain just where it is
until the Hon Obediah Wilch-
combe (PLP-West End and Bimi-
ni) is hoisted into the position of
Deputy Leader. Christie, on his
own, is incapable and seemingly
unwilling to cut it.
The Free National Movement
(FNM) re-entered office by total
surprise and it has yet to come to
the realisation that it is, in fact,
the government for the next few
short years. The party and its
leaders have demonstrated that
they are out of touch and that
they have absolutely no National
Plan for The Bahamas.
All policies, such as they are,

seem to be ad hoc and reactive.
Instead of creating the social and
economic conditions to resurrect
and stimulate the economy, the
FNM and'its stolid leadership
prefer to perpetuate the culture of
dependency on the government
of the day and politicians. We
have become a nation of beggars;
political prostitutes and jungalers.
While The Bahamas is burning
and about to implode, both the
FNM and the PLP are fiddling..
I am more than persuaded that
leadership in our country means
something entirely different from
what it is normally the case in the
rest of the world. Had other lead-
ers performed in a first world
democracy the way Messrs Ingra-
ham and Christie have done over
the past year or so, in my opinion
they would have been long gone
or impeached.
There is simply too much per-
sonal issues involved. Either you
must wear your party label on
your forehead (mark of The
Beast) or ain't nothing happening
for you and your hungry and out
of work family.
Governmental contracts are
awarded based on who you know,
in many cases, as opposed to
whether or not one is actually
qualified to perform the, same.
Civil service jobs are dependent
on whether or not you are a beau-
tiful young woman or a doe-eyed
young man.
Access to government funded
housing is still a cruel and vexing
illusion to many of our people.
Roads and the national infra-
structure, especially here in New
Providence are a clear and pre-
sent danger to all and sundry. The
100 odd million dollars Sir Milo
Butler Highway will never, appar-
ently, be completed until the Rap-
ture of The Master Jesus Christ.
Monopolies'continue to exist,

despite the best intentions of
many in the political arena.
A seemingly insensitive and
"aloft" so-called white Bahami-
an is the Deputy Leader and, by
extension, Deputy Prime Minister
(not a creature of the Constitu-
tion or recognized by common or
statute law) is poised to be fobbed
off upon the good people of The
Bahamas as the real deal. Poor
Minister of National Security, the
Hon Tommy Orville Alton Turn-
quest (FNM-Mt Moriah) is being
set up and marginalised, publicly,
and he fails to see it.
Senator Johnlee Ferguson,
National Chairman of the myopic
FNM, is fast becoming notorious
for speaking to the enigma of
leadership succession in the PLP
but has yet to utter (if he dared) a
lucid opinion on succession with-
in his own caucus.
How come? Is he too scared of
the pit bull or is he in Brent's cor-
ner? Do FNM expect the Rt Hon
Prime Minister to hang around
forever? We used to believe the
exact same thing about Sir Lyn-
den, God bless his soul.
For many years, I shamelessly
prostrated myself before the altar
raised to the Rt Hon Hubert A
Ingraham, MP, PC, hoping
against all hope, that he would
ensure my reinstatement, on the
merits, to the Rolls of the Court.
Not a single courtesy call after
being in office almost 18 months.
As time goes by and the world
turns, I have come to the stark
realisation that (nisi Dominus
frustra) I may have done so in
vain. Perhaps, he is too busy run-
ning The Bahamas (and up and
down in the Earth) to pay any
attention to his most vocal and
dedicated supporter. So be it.
Well was it written: "Different
men sell themselves at different
prices" (Epictetus Discourses).
To God then, in all things, be
the glory.
October, 2008.

We need to handle our young

criminals more humanely

EDITOR, The Tribune.
If we regard ourselves as
human beings, which we do,
endowed with certain inalienable
,constitutional rights, we ought to
make every effort, in as dignified
a manner as possible, to ensure
the protection of those rights at
all times during our sojourn.
On two separate occasions.
within the past two months, I was
obliged to spend some hours
down at the magistrate's court,
in connection with a matter
involving the break-in and ran-
sacking of my house, by two high
school students. To describe the
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other than a pig's pen would be
very generous, to say the least. It
is designed for, and intended to
accommodate, no more than one
third the number of people who
are usually gathered there and
the expectation by the police,
standing guard in the area, is that
there should be absolute quiet,
at all times impossible.
Both times I was there were on
the days, apparently, when mat-
ters involving juveniles are
brought for trial. There were high
school students and primary
school students, along with their.
parents and/or guardians all
standing around like sheep, for
hours, waiting for their names to
be called. Occasionally a police
officer, with an attitude which he
seemed to have adopted from
Uganda's military training book-
let when the former dictator Ida
Amin ruled that country, would
appear from one of the rooms
shouting, "Quiet; Quiet, and if
you can't keep your mouths shut
you would be escorted outside
and suffer the consequences of
not hearing your names called."
How in the hell is a crowd of that
size expected to remain quiet, for

all those hours, in that congested
The most tragic of all, though,
is what the system is doing to
those juveniles when it exposes
them to that volatile environment.
There must be found an alterna-
tive method, of dealing with chil-
dren who commit criminal acts.
The impression left on them, I
am sure, is that committing crime
is no big deal, because they see a
lot of other children and grown
ups, at the courts, who are there
for the same reasons they are. I
call on the juvenile panel to bring
pressureto bear on those in
authority, with the view to putting
an end to this method of handling
these young criminals. If we han-
dle them more humanely we
might be able to save some of
them from becoming hardened
criminals. I am sure that this is
not the first time this matter has
been brought to their attention,
but I hope that this time we will
see some positive changes soon.
Grand Bahama
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Thieves in

Abaco target


gear, boats

THIEVES are on the
rampage in Abaco, with
boats and electronic equip-
ment at the top of their tar-
get list.
Residents are reluctant to
blame the crime spree on a
tightening economy because
Abaco is braving the impact
of the credit crunch better
than most places.
However, an islander told
The Tribune last night:
"There has been a definite
rise in petty theft, with elec-
tronic equipment, cellphones
and boats the main items
being stolen.
"However, although con-.
struction is down, and real
estate is not as good as last
year, our second-home own-
ers protect us from being as
hard-hit as many other
The source said boat-own-
ers are particularly alarmed
at a spate of thefts from
marinas and private moor-
ings, with 20 to 30-foot
powerboats the main targets.


representatives to

visit GB and Abaco

LOCAL government rep-
resentatives from countries
throughout the Common-
wealth will visit Grand
Bahama and Abaco next
About 600 delegates will
take part in a three-day con-
ference in Freeport, then vis-
it Bimini, Sweetings Cay and
Abaco for an insight into
local government projects on
the islands. -, .' ..-" -
The conference is held
every two years. For 2009, it
was decided it should go to
the Americas.
An Abaco source told The
Tribune: "Apparently, Cana-
da wanted it, but the
Bahamas won out.
"It's going to be quite a big
occasion for our island."
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham is expected to host
the conference and at least
three other prime ministers
of Commonwealth countries
are expected to attend,
including Canada's Stephen

Govt guaranteed mortgage corporation

loans to rise to $250,000, says PM

Tribune Staff Reporter
GOVERNMENT guaranteed loans from
the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation will
increase to $250,000 and will also include the
value 'of land, Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said in his address at the 25th anniversary
of the Corporation on Saturday.
"I am pleased to advise that amendments to
government's housing policies and to your
governing legislation in the coming months
will reduce some of the bureaucracy that now
slows your ability to respond speedily to your
clients' needs," Mr Ingraham said.
"As well, we will, through legislation, permit
you to be more responsive to the needs of
good customers by accommodating loans (for
specific purposes) against equity in their mort-

gaged homes." Mr Ingraham said he recent-
ly learned of a woman who lost her home
after 19 years because she had transferred
her mortgage from the Bahamas Mortgage
Corporation to a commercial bank, and as
the economy failed, she was unable to keep up
with the higher monthly payments.
"Therefore, to the extent possible, we want
to assist Bahamas Mortgage Corporation
mortgage holders from finding themselves
compelled to seek new mortgages for their
homes at higher interest rates, should they
'have to refinance their home mortgages," he
Mr Ingraham early last month unveiled a
plan to assist Bahamians who cannot pay their
mortgages, however, the specifics of the plan
have yet to be released.
Speaking at the Mortgage Corporation's

25th anniversary celebrations, the prime min-
ister said that a home is the largest purchase a
person is likely to make in a lifetime and also
their most important investment.
"Home ownership is one of the best sources
of financial security and independence for
most people," said Mr Ingraham. "Buying
land and building a home upon it has been the
goal of virtually every Bahamian from time
He said the Mortgage Corporation was cre-
ated to assist Bahamians in constructing a
new home, purchasing a new or existing single
or multi-family structure, rehabilitating or
enlarging an existing' home or purchasing
vacant land on which to build.
He also said that the creation of the Mort-
gage Corporation was one of the highlights of
his earliest achievements.


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'No indication' US credit crunch will hurt govt energy plans

Tribune Staff Reporter
THERE is "absolutely no indi-
cation" that the credit crunch in
the United States will hurt the
'gverrtifment's' ehances'of moving
' ahead with' its'pl'as 'to make
renewables a part of the Bahami-
an energy mix.
The government and the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
have been meeting with compa-..
nies that are interested in part-
nering with them to enhance The
Bahamas' energy independence
by introducing technology that
will let the country take advan-
tage of natural energy resources -
wind, solar and tidal, among oth-
ers rather than relying solely on
Environment Minister Earl
Deveaux said that "most of the
companies that have submitted
proposals" to the government to
build plants which would provide
such power "are well-financed"

and would not
require "a mas-
sive amount of
.. leveraged debt
to do what they
want to do."
Therefore .
the dryingiup
al of credit in the
United States
as a result of the sub-prime mort-
gage crisis, which has hurt many
businesses and cut back invest-
ment, has not forced these com-
panies to change their plans.
Mr Deveaux also pointed out
that the government is keen to
push ahead with the, project
despite the fact that one of the
main .incentivising factors the
sky-high price of oil is now
At a high-level seminar on
renewable energy organised by
the US embassy earlier this year,
, Mr Deveaux had pointed out that
the Bahamas' reliance on oil for
99 per cent of its energy needs, in
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of its own, left the Bahamas in
an "extremely vulnerable posi-
Huge and increasing amounts
of foreign reserves left the coun-
try on an annual basis to buy oil
toppwer the BEC:plant..
.Commemtators4have noted that i
TIe Bahamass is-j4palyy.uitdto.
benefiting from the renewable
technology on offer, as the coun-
try had sun, sea and waves in
abundance, which could be
exploited to produce power.
Mr Deveaux said government
is weighing up all considerations
before deciding which proposals
to go for. He said it is looking for
"an energy mix that works for.
He added: "We want people
with good money, we want a

sound energy mix, and we want
them to build and operate these
plants so we're not asked to put
up any cash."
He said deciding which pro-
posals are approved will also
depend on how they fit with the
Bahamian' environment. -
According to the minister,.the
.Ministry of Tourism had:
.expressed "serious concerns"
about how certain technologies -
wind farms in particular could
blight the landscape.
"Our beauty is our environ-
ment...that's what brings people
here, what do you do that would
impact and detract from that,
that's a big concern for the Min-
istry of Tourism."
Mr Deveaux indicated that the
ministry was particularly both-
ered by "a thought that had been

advanced" that Lake Killarney
could be a suitable location for a
wind farm.
"You're flying into Nassau
International and, rather than the
beauty of the water, you see these
huge windmill farms, it was just
discordant," he said. i-
" '"We.-want absolutely. gobd
engineeriig,, sound .planning dand
things that would take into full
consideration the issues that we
have to address."


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THE spectacular turnout
to this year's Wine and Arts
Festival led to a number of
records being broken,
organizers say.
Bahamas National Trust
education officer Lynn
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night silent auction was "the
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festival was Moet & Chandon's
White Star champagne. Particu-
larly popular with the ladies, the
champagne drew rave reviews
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Bahamians 'are taking on

secondary jobs' in hard times

Tribune Staff Reporter
THERE is a growing trend
of Bahamians taking on sec-
ondary jobs as harder times
set in, a local employment
professional said.
Operations manager of
Advantage Business Consul-
tants Lisa Bowe added that
many unemployed Bahamians
simply want a job regardless
of its possible lack of prestige.
"It just doesn't matter any-
more, we have people con-
tacting us looking for maid or
janitorial positions, or night
shift positions. Before it was a
consideration where most per-
sons simply didn't want to

"It just doesn't
matter anymore,
we have people
contacting us
looking for maid
or janitorial
positions, or
night shift
work late or do certain jobs,
but right now they are willing
to take anything they can get,"
said Mrs Bowe.
During the month of Sep-

tember, Mrs Bowe said her
company triple the number of
applications compared to the
same period last year.
In addition, Mrs Bowe not-
ed that although most of the
applicants are unemployed,
those who do.have a job are
willing to take on more
employment simply to pay
This is true of 27-year-old
Edward Brown, who says that
after working in the hotel
industry for more than five
years, he never imagined that
he would have to consider fak-
ing on another job.
He said: "Right now I only
working two days, and by the
time the bank take out their

money, I'm left broke, so I just
have to find another source of
income to help me get along."
Mr Brown said he is not
very concerned about the type
of job it may be, and says he
would take any type'of job
which would allow for him to
sustain the lifestyle that he had
become accustomed to.
"Right now I'd take a job
at a gas station as an atten-
dant, Dominos Pizza, any fast
food, or as a security I just
need more income, and I need
it now."
With the thousands of hotel
workers affected by the
decline in room-bookings
across the country, and with
many others experiencing
financial difficulties, the deci-
sion to take on a second or
alternative job may soon
become less of an option, and
more of a necessity for
Bahamians, it is feared.

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Promoters 'lost large amount of

money' due to Mavado absence

FROM page one
Mr Mckinney said although that Saturday's
turnout was not what was anticipated, the crowd
that did turn out for acts such as Bounty Killer
and Jah Cure enjoyed themselves without inci-
Minister of Immigration Branville McCartney
told The Tribune yesterday that his intention is
not to inhibit companies in their endeavours to
put on a show, but to protect the nation.
He said acts like Bounty Killer, who has lyrics
saturated with violence, and Jah Cure, who was
convicted of rape and robbery, were allowed to
perform because their lyrics have evolved and are
now promoting the opposite of what they once
"The difference is the convicted felon firstly
paid his dues to society and secondly his songs
now do not promote violence, they are more
positive than negative," said Mr McCartney.
"We are not trying to stop people from doing
business or from having persons come over to
"You would find now that Bounty Killer, from
my research, promoted things before but now

his type of music talks against what he used to
"Of course, if Mavado goes the same route
then fine, but at the end of the day we made a
decision and I stand by that decision."
Bahamas Against Crime and the Christian
Council that has said that they should be allowed
to screen all acts coming into the Bahamas,
launched a campaign late last month to prevent
Mayado's appearance.
Mr McCartney said although he agrees with the
Christian Council, the entity is not a consultant
for the Ministry of Immigration when decisions
are being made on matters such as Mavado's
status in the Bahamas.
"There is no working relationship between the
Ministry of Immigration and the Christian Coun-
cil," he said. "We .don't consult the Christian
Council in making a determination, but I will
certainly take the Christian Council's views into
Mr McCartney said he thinks there should be
a committee that would screen individuals com-
ing into the Bahamas, but he does not think it
should be solely governed by the Christian Coun-



domiciled of Hamburg, Germany deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days
from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in. the Probate Division by-ANDREW G. S.
O'BRIEN I, of the Western District, New Providence, one of the
andsrof the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,.AttorneyAt-'Law ,
t6-Aft y' fTh BahAlias for obtihilig the Reseaii '
e'Certificate of Appointitient aS Execdtor in the above estate"
granted to DR. GUNTER HESS, the Executor, by the Hamburg
Local Court in St Georg, Hamburg, Probate and Administration on
the 17th day of May, 2005.

Desiree Robinson


domiciled of 315 East Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown,
Guyana deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days
from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by SHANNELLE SMITH,
of the Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the,
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Probate
in the above estate granted to DAMON GRENION, the Executor,
in the High Court of The Court of The Supreme Court of Judicature,
Probate and Administration on the 18th day of February, 2008.

Desiree Robinson


ULRIC, also known as HIDA ULRIC) late and domiciled of the
New York in the state of New York, one of the states of the United
States of America, deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days
from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by WELLINGTON E.
OLANDER, of Dominion House, 60 Montrose Avenue, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for obtaining the Resealing of Letters of Administration in the
above estate granted to JOHN LOUIS RITCHIE, the Administrator
of the Estate, of the County of New York, Surrogate's Court, Probate
Division on the 8th day of September, 2008.

Desiree Robinson

Outrage at PLP call

for cancellation

of fares increase

FROM page one

fare increases.
The Nassau Guardian reported
Monday that the PLP is calling
on government to immediately
cancel the proposed bus and taxi
fare increases.
PLP Senator Michael Halkitis
was quoted as saying that he finds
it shocking that in a time of
recognizedd unprecedented finan-
cial stress experienced by thou-
sands of Bahamians" the FNM
government is choosing to add to
the people's burden by increas-
ing the fares.
"Instead of simply passing
along the increased cost of fuel
to the public by way of increased
bus fares, the government, in this
time of crisis, should in my opin-
ion, examine ways of reducing the
cost of fuel to those in the public
transportation industry," Mr
Halkitis told The Nassau
The senator suggested that gov-
ernment consider providing jit-
ney drivers with a full or partial
rebate on diesel taxes. This would
reduce the cost of fuel for drivers
and eliminate the need for fare
increases, he said.
However, Mr Rahming said
yesterday that he finds it amazing
that the party that is led former
Prime Minister Perry Christie
could make such a statement
about a class of people, with
whom he thought Mr Christie had
a personal relationship.
"Our former prime minister
was almost a sense of pride to the

transportation industry because
he is the son of a taxi driver a
taxi driver who put him through
college and educated him and
now he should not look down on
the same people who brought him
to where he was and during his
tenure bring us some relief," Mr
Rahming said.
Mr Rahming also said he finds
it exceptional that Senator
Michael Halkitis does not-realise
that they are not just jitney dri-
vers, but a conglomerate of more
than 100 small businesses.
"It is small businesses that dri-
ve the economy of the Bahamas,
not those anchor projects being
"Buses represent individual
small businesses that pay heavy
taxes, fines and move the econo-
my. I want him to understand that
even though the economy may
be suffering, if public transporta-
tion is disrupted it will do more
damage to the country," Mr Rah-
ming said.
Mr Rahming recalled that their
fight to get heard went as far as
the former Prime Minister and
nothing happened.
"It seems they are critical of a
government that had to clean up
their delinquency and responded
to us one eighth of the time, lit-
erally in four months," Mr Rah-
ming said.
Mr Rahming said that during
the time the PLP was in power
and his company sent them a fare
increase, the party was bragging
about the immense amount of
growth in the economy.
"I find it hard that when we

were in our so-called 'years of
plenty', and the'bus industry was
suffering they did nothing to help
the industry. Noi' we are being
helped, despite the economic
environment," President Rah-
ming said.
Mr Rahming explained that
public service drivers are workers
as well who are working two to
one days compared to the aver-
age worker.
"These men are on the road in
a very dangerous and risky busi-
ness of transportation 14 hours a
day, six to seven days a week to
make their money and they
deserve better," Mr Rahming
Leon Griffin, President of the
Bahamas Taxi Cab Union, said
he also feels it is a shame and he
is saddened to know that the PLP
would not want to see them have
an increase in their fares.
"We approached them to assist
us in getting the bus fee done.
They took four years procrasti-
nating while the economy was in
perfect condition. They made
promises to us and nothing was
done," Mr Griffin said.
Mr Rahming indicated that by
empowering bus and taxi drivers
in this time of crisis will keep peo-
ple moving.
"We don't realise that those jit-
neys are moving the people
around and keeping the dollars
moved about and because we do
it in an inexpensive way, the peo-
ple have more money to spend
in the shops because they spend
less on transportation," Mr Rah-
ming said.

FROM page one

New Providence hotels had experienced in 20
years, prompting hotel executives to take "dras-
tic measures" to cut spiraling operating costs.
Hoteliers were forced to reduce live entertain-
ment and slash room rates to pre-1984 levels,
according to published reports.
In November, 1991 then Finance Minister Paul
Adderley told Parliament the Bahamian economy
lost nearly $100 million that year due to an inter-
national recession and a decline in stop-over vis-
But the rapid growth in the tourism industry,
evidenced by the increased number of persons
employed in the industry and the resulting effect
of an industry slowdown to the economy is the
main difference between the current state and
the 1991 recession, said Mr Sands.
"The difference between 1991 and today is that
the number of rooms that we have, have
'increased, the number of people that have been
employed (in the industry) have increased dra-
matically, and therefore it's more widespread.,
The growth of larger hotel properties in the fam-
ily islands and the major islands have also
increased and therein lies the economies of scale,
today compared to say 1991 which is some 15, 16
years ago.
"The size of what the industry was like 16 years
ago, compared to what it is today ... The industry
has grown fairly substantially over that period,"
said Mr Sands.
Faced with ever rising operating costs and low-

FROM page one

As frenzied Barack Obama
and John McCain supporters
gather at voting booths across the
US to choose their next leader,
many in the Bahamas wonder
what repercussions a new presi-
dency will have for the Bahamas
and the Caribbean region.
Mr Smith, who is also the for-
mer minister of state for finance,
believes no matter who wins the
historic election today there
will be a push for international
financial reform propellted in part
by the "lack of oversight" that
led to the current global finan-
cial crisis.
"I think whoever assumes the
presidency there's likely to be
banking and insurance reform -
a regulatory reform because
part of the problem stems back to
the lack of oversight and the very
poor regulatory framework with-
in which this (financial) crisis
"So either one would move for-
ward with, I think, a policy of
improving financial services reg-
ulations and not just here, but to
stop it from being systemic and ...
to ensure it is imposed world-
wide. So either (candidate) I
think will be doing something in

er revenue, hotels have cut staff as a coping mech-
anism. Earlier this year, Baha Mar cut 43 jobs and
closed two towers at its Wyndham resort with
union heads said to be anticipating more layoffs.
The Sheraton resort also cut 40 jobs this year.
According to well-placed Atlantis sources, the
resort (which employs some 9,000 persons) is
"looking internally" at how best to weather the
"Right now we're looking internally ... There's
meetings and decisions. But obviously as things
get tight you have to discuss what's going on.
And nothing has come out of these meetings yet,
nothing has been determined. We're just obvi-
ously looking at the financial scenario and we
had a meeting and basically we're just looking at
the state of the situation," said the source.
Mr Sands said the layoffs were a tough reality
in the economic climate: "Well I think the reali-
ty is that we are a business and we have to oper-
ate under some very stringent financial constraints
and I can tell you the executives of this hotel
don't wake up in the morning and the first thing
they do is say, 'Let's go and terminate people'.
That is perhaps one of the most difficult things
certainly responsible managers have to do.
"But certainly, the thing that we look at is that
we have to remain financially viable because it's
not only our employees that are affected by it
- but there are a number of people who service
the hotel, what we mean to the national economy,
what we mean to our shareholders, etc, etc, so
there's a wide range of issues that are taken into
consideration before some of these drastic actions
are taken," he said.

Next US President

that area. They just might change
the manner in which they bring it
in, but not the direction," Mr
Smith told The Tribune yester-
Mr Obama, the Democratic
candidate, has been vocal on his
plans to end US tax haven abuse.
His website says, he will "give the
US Treasury Department the
tools it needs to stop the abuse
of tax shelters and offshore tax
havens and help close the $350
billion tax gap between taxes
owed and taxes paid."
This would mean tightening of
banking regulations, prompting
speculation that Mr Obama's plan
will discourage international cus-
tomers who seek out the coun-
ty's off-shore system because of
its tax haven status.
But Mr Smith said because of
the strict regulations needed to
take the Bahamas' financial ser-
vices sector off the 2001 black-
list, the local banking sector will
not be adversely affected.
"If Obama becomes president
and if the majority of (US) Con-
gress are Democrats, meaning he
will be able to get legislation
through that he couldn't in the

past and we look at that against
the backdrop of the financial cri-
sis in the United States, we can
assume that there will be
increased regulations of the finan-
cial sector.
"Particularly banking and
insurance operations which the
US would impose -and which
would probably become stan-
dards world-wide.
"If those things happen we can
expect to see a tightening of reg-
ulatory controls over our bank-
ing and insurance industries. Here
in the Bahamas I think we would
be able to deal with the banking
regulations because we are
already tightly regulated we can
respond very quickly, I think to
changes in that direction."
However, the insurance sec-
tor will not fare as positively if
more stringent controls are
imposed, as the country would
have to quickly implement a new
Insurance Act, which is presently
in draft form.
The Act, a form of consumer
protection, is necessary if the
Bahamas is to move forward in
the modern world with more,
transparency and deal with
increased regulations in the finan-
cial sector that the US would
impose, said Mr Smith.

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BAIC workshop 'well received'

by North Andros farmers


THE second in a series of
empowerment workshops held
by Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation (BAIC)
was well received by North
Andros farmers. The pro-
gramme was planned and
implemented by deputy general
manager Don Major and the
Business Services Department.
It was designed to fulfill the
vision of BAIC executive chair-
man Edison Key that the
Bahamas attain a comfortable
degree of food security.
"Our goal is to show farmers
and producers how to earn a
decent living by feeding the
nation and the millions of

tourists who visit our shores,"
said Mr Major.
"In order to get their produce
from the farm to the table, pro-
ducers must come to grips with
the concept that farming is a
business and they are responsi-
ble for the technical as well as
the business dimensions."
The workshop held last week-
end covered both aspects.
Under the theme 'Crop
scheduling: The orderly planti-
ng and harvesting of crops', the
workshop sought to eliminate
the cycles of glut and famine
resulting in uneven prices and
profitability. It was conducted
by senior agricultural officer
Stephen Adderley of the Min-
istry of Agriculture and Marine

"It demonstrated the part-
nership between BAIC and the
Ministry as they work towards
achieving a successful farming ,
community, thus leading to a
high level of food security," said
Mr Major.
"What was exciting was the
number of yodng people joining
the field, working with their par-
North Andros Farmers Asso-
ciation president Cecil Gaitor
and his team thanked Mr Key
"for having.already fulfilled
many of the promises he and
BAIC made to North Andros
The empowerment workshop
programme moves next Abaco
and then Eleuthera, Long
Island and Cat Island.

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LaE D reeive CR

Airport's domestic departure

lounge gets new restrooms

THE domestic .departure.
lounge of Lynden Pindlihg
International Airport now
boasts two brand new state-of-
the-art restrooms that are said
fo be the best washrooms in the
entire facility.
The new restrooms are to set
the standard not only for
appearance and functionally,
but also for what travellers will
not see all plumbing is con-
tained in a "chase", or small
room, in between the male and
female washrooms which
makes repairs easier and
reduces downtime for mainte-
, The. recent opening of these
five refurbished washrooms
brings the total number of new
and refurbished washrooms
opened at LPIA this year to 15.
One newly refurbished wash-
room is located in the down-
stairs ticketing area of the US
Terminal, while the others can
be found in the international
departure lounge and in the
charters area of the Domestic
The poor condition of
restrooms at LPIA was some-
thing numerous travellers com-
plained about for many years.
Peter Tynes, maintenance

THE TWO brand new state-of-the-art restrooms in the domestic departure lounge of the Lynden Pindling
International Airport...

project manager for the Nas-
sau Airport Development
Company (NAD), said there
has been "a 180 degree turn-
around" in the restroom areas.

"There's no doubt that the
washroom facilities are much
better than they used to be.
We've been receiving tons of
positive comments from users

and tenants and people have
even been calling in to compli-
ment us on the washrooms,"
Mr Tynes said.
Like the. eight washroom

H G Christie agent Donna
Laing-Jones, of the company's
Grand Bahama office, has
been awarded the prestigious
Certified Residential Special-
ist (CRS) Designation by the
Council of Residential Spe-
cialists the largest not-for-
profit affiliate of the National
Association of Realtors.
Realtors who receive the
CRS designation have com-
pleted advanced courses and
have demonstrated profes-
sional expertise in the field of
residential realestate. Home
buyers and sellers can be
assured that CRS designees
'subscribe to the strict realtor
code of ethics, have access to
the latest technology and are
specialists in helping, clients
maximize profits and minimize _
costs when buying or selling
a home.
Fewer than 30 realtors,'
according to thie CRS website,
have earned the.credential out
of over 600 licensed realtors in
the Bahamas.
"H G Christie Limited is
proud to congratulate Donna
Laing-Jones on this great
accomplishment. As H G
Christie highly values contin-
uing 'education and self-
improvement, providing
encouragement and financial
support for any and all of their
agents in similar endeavours, .

facilities that opened earlier this
year, these new and refurbished
restrooms are designed in neu-
tral shades with colorful
accents and feature the most
modem amenities.
All fixtures are hands-free,
including soap and towel dis-
pensers, hand blowers, taps, toi-
lets and urinals, so there is vir-
tually no need to touch
restroom surfaces.

they are pleased to see the
successful achievement of Mrs
Laing-Jones' CRS creden-
tials," the real estate company
said. ..
H G Christie is a full-sePr:
vice real estate company in
the Bahamas offering sales,
rentals, appraisals, and prop-
erty management.
Founded in 1922 by the leg-
endary Sir Harold George
Christie, the company is the
exclusive Bahamas affiliate of
the prestigious Christie"s
Great Estates Network, and
has an extensive selection of
property listings throughout
the country, including luxury
homes and condos, vacation,
beachfront and development
properties, and private islands.

For parents' convenience
both male and female wash-
rooms feature baby change
tables. In the newly constructed
restrooms, toilets are mounted
on the walls instead of the
floors to make the rooms easier
to clean. In. keeping with
NAD's "barrier free" philoso-
phy, large handicapped stalls
,are. available in all the new

Govt MPs say law additions will have 'positive impact

FROM page one

They are contained in a Bill for an Act to
Amend the Penal Code, the latest in a series of
crime bills the Government has introduced this
year as part of what it says is a "multi-faceted"
and "measured" approach to reducing crime lev-
e Introducing the bill yesterday, Minister of
Education Carl Bethel said the code is in dire
need of modernisation and Government is intent
on pursuing this goal.
"The entire law starts by pre-supposing that
every single criminal act, no matter how minor,
merits and deserves some terni of imprisonment.
This attitude is antiquated. It is a colonial rel-
ic...the 'lock 'em up and throw away the key'
mentality which underpins the Penal Code is
retrograde and must be changed," said Mr
Under the new clauses, electronic monitoring
can be ordered by the court as a substitute for
part or all of a custodial sentence handed down
to an offender or to supervise both individuals
accused of serious crimes who are being released
on bail or those who have served their sentences
and are being released into the community.
Calling it a "revolutionary" step in the fight
against crime, Mr Bethel said the system -
which requires the individual under surveillance
to wear a small device that can be tracked by
authorities will likely deter those awaiting
trial as well as released convicts from committing
further crimes, while reducing the prison popu-
lation and cost to the taxpayer.
Should a person on bail or recently released
from prison be suspected of committing another
crime, precise monitoring of their movements
will help police in their investigations by enabling
authorities to say with precision whether they
were at the scene of the offence, said MPs.
Under section 127 of the Bill a person moni-

tored electronically must report to the police at
least once a month, notify them of any change of
address and, if convicted of a sexual offence,
notify the police of any change in his'workplace
or participation in activities involving the public
at large, for example sports or education.
MP for Pineridge, Kwasi Thompson, said this
kind of supervised release "allows participants to
be controlled while contributing to society, sup-
porting their families, attending rehabilitation
sessions away from the corruptive influences of
other inmates and learning good habits by com-
plying with curfews, daily schedules and rou-
Noting that the 2007 prison report found that
of 683 inmates released that year only 92 had
jobs to go into and only 267 were sure of a place
to live, Mr Thompson said this is evidence of a
need to keep a watchful eye on them.
Mr Bethel explained that since its conception
in the 1960s, advances in technology have made
electronic monitoring systems "less obvious, less
inefficient and more worthy of widespread imple-
"All movements of the person who is moni-
tored .can be tracked, in the same way that the
radio signal of a cell phone can be tracked," he
said, adding however that the system is "not
absolutely foolproof."
)The crime of being an "accessory after the
fact" is defined under section 88A(1) of the Bill.
According to the new section, anyone who,
knowing that a person has committed a crime,
"receives, comforts, or assists that person" for the
purpose of enabling them to "avoid the due
process of the law" will have committed an
offence should the person who they assisted in
this regard be convicted.
Sentences for such people could range from a
maximum of 15 years for assisting a person con-
victed of any felony other than a capital offence,
to life imprisonment in the latter case.

Obama fever grips Bahamas

FROM page one
like what he is addressing, economically and social-
ly, and I think he will be good for the nation, the
world, and especially for the Bahamas.
"He's looking out for the middle class there, and
I am sure we will get the trickle down effect of
Haitian Bahamian Augustin Earnest, 57, said he
is supporting Obama because: "We need change
Super Value cashier Alexandria McKenzie, 23,
"He could do the right job this time," she said. "I
think he will get things back on track."
. Andrea Sherman, 43, of Ridgeland Park, Nassau,
said: "I like what he says about the economy and I

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faith" by "violating the terms deman
and conditions" of the meeting. e iman
Mr Bethel said that according
to conversations with Mrs Wil-
son prior to his arrival, he son said that sl
expected to meet only with Bethel now kin
teachers and administrators of would not sit i
Eight Mile Rock to address any the Minister to
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notified or prepared to meet district on Fri
with teachers of the district who said that the te
were also present at the meet- for an apology
ing in Eight Mile Rock. Mr their matters c
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the teachers gathered in the focus on the m
school's gymnasium, got into to focus on get
his vehicle and left. in classes and
Since this episode, Mrs Wil- ers in to teach.

think they need to pull the people from Iraq because
they didn't have business being in Iraq in the first
Mr Chase said he wants Barack Obama to be an
ambassador for the Bahamas.
"It's hopeful for us,"' he said. "And not just
because he is the first black president, but because he
is an idealist and that is shown by acceptance of
him all over the world.
"Unfortunately his grandmother passed away
(yesterday) so she will not see him become president,
but hopefully she will be smiling down from heaven.
"And when he wins we will see a big celebration
in Nassau. Bahamian people are getting involved,
and there is going to be a lot of election parties.
Everyone is going to be watching this. It is a big
day for all of us."

hers in Grand Bahama

d apology from Carl Bethel

he hoped that Mr
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disrespect. And
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ck, and the entire
day, Mrs Wilson
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we are doing right now along
with the District Superinten-
dent Mr Hezekiah Dean and
the administrative staff and
some of the members of the
PTA," Mrs Wilson said.
With 68 teachers being
affected by the move from
Eight Mile Rock High, Mrs
Wilson said that the BUT has
"additional" concerns that they
hope to address with the minis-
ter on Thursday and Friday.
"Right now we are looking
at alternate sites so some teach-
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AP Basketball Writer

Skiles demands defense in Mil-
waukee. Mike D'Antoni wants
to open up the offense in New
So far, the advantage goes to
Skiles' style.
S Richard Jefferson and
Ramon Sessions each scored 18
points, and the Bucks used a
strong defensive effort to shake
off Michael Redd's injury and
beat the Knicks 94-86 on Sun-
day night.
IRedd added 16 points, mak-
ing all three 3-point attempts,
before leaving with a sprained
right ankle with Milwaukee
leading by 16 late in the third
quarter. Charlie Villanueva also
scored 16, while Andrew Bogut
had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bucks wasted another
positive defensive effort in a 91-
87 loss to Toronto on Saturday,
but bounced back to improve
to 2-2, with both wins on the
road. They have limited oppo-
nents to just 93 points per game.
"We knew we had to win
-tonight. There's no question
about it," Redd said. "Tonight
was a must-win for us. We won
two out of our last three road
games, which is positive. We've
got to muster some energy and
fight through the storm."
Quentin Richardson had 28
points and nine rebounds for
the Knicks, who have shot
under 38 percent in their past
two games, making D'Antoni's
offensive system look awful.
With Stephon Marbury again
inactive, they went scoreless for
more than 3? minutes to start
the third quarter and never
recovered. They clanged
jumpers, botched layups and
finished at 37 percent for the
"We missed a lot of chippies,
we missed a whole. lot of chip-
pies. Close shots, close to the
basket shots. In this.offense,

that's just the way it works,"
Richardson said. "You get a lot
of open shots. We move the
ball, you get a lot of open jump
shots. We just have to knock
them down. These last couple of
games we haven't, but I think it
would be a complete different
story if we do."
The Bucks have been one of
the NBA's worst defensive
teams recently, yielding 103.9
points per game last season. So
they turned to Skiles, who
always had good defensive clubs
in Chicago, and the Bucks seem
to be catching on quickly.
They allowed few good looks
and only 38 points across the
middle two quarters before the
Knicks used a late flurry to
make the final score close. It
was an impressive turnaround
for the Bucks, who surrendered
29 points in the third quarter
"I guess you call it a low, last
night was the third quarter, so
we tried to make it a point of
emphasis," Skiles said. "I
thought we came out in the
third with a lot of energy and
we were able to get a lead and
then hold them off."
Leading 49-45 at halftime,
Milwaukee scored the first 12
points of the third quarter, tak-
ing a 6145 lead on Redd's 3-
pointer with 8:43 remaining in
the period. The Knicks finally
got on the board on Richard-
son's drive 21 seconds later, but
were only 6-of-19 (32 percent)
in the period. Redd went to the
locker room when he fell awk-
wardly chasing a loose ball late
in the quarter on a play that
ended with Bogut's dunk that
extended Milwaukee's lead to
72-56 with 2:19 left.
The Knicks made 12 of a
franchise record-tying 36 3-
point attempts. D'Antoni was
more concerned with his team's
energy than its 39 percent
shooting this season.
"We never attack almost until
we get in desperate situations,

* By The Associated Press'


Johnson, Atl. 2 25 6 60 30.0
Duncan, S.A. 2 25 9 59 29.5
Nowitzki, Dall. 2 18 18 57 28.5
Parker, S.A. 2 23 10 56 28.0
Granger, Ind. 2 17 16 53 26.5
Bosh, Tor. 3 27 24 78 26.0
Boozer, Utah 2 23 4 50 25.0
Bryant, LAL 3 25 20 72 24.0
Richardson, Char. 2 18 7 47 23.5
Wallace, Char. 2 15 15 47 23.5
Gay, Mem. 3 28 12 69 23.0
Jackson, G.S. 3 23 10 68 22.7
West, N.O. 3 26 15 67 22.3
Yao, Hou. 3 23 21 67 22.3
Stoudemire, Phoe. 3 25 16 66 22.0
Howard, Orl. 3 24 17 65 21.7
Paul, N.O. 3 22 20 65 21.7
Wade, Mia. 3 21 23 65 21.7
Redd, Mil. 4 28 18 85 21.3
Howard, Dall. 2 17 8 42 21.0


Mason, S.A. 10 14 .714
Haslem, Mia. 24 34 .706
Bogut, Mil. 23 33 .697
Carter, Den. 18 26 .692
Powe, Bos. 11 16 .688
Diaw, Phoe. 12 18 .667
Herrmann, Det. 10 15 .667
Biedrins, G.S. 21 32 .656
Kapono, Tor. 11 17 .647
Hayes, N.J. 9 14 '.643


Brand, Phil. 3 13 30 43 14.3
Howard, Orl. 3 14 29 43 14.3
Okafor, Char. 2 10 15 25 12.5
Biedrins, G.S. 3 12 24 36 12.0
Boozer, Utah 2 7 17 24 12.0
Dalembert, Phil. 3 12 24 36 12.0
Jefferson, Minn. 3 7 28 35 11.7
Murphy, Ind. 2 1 22 23 11.5
Yao, Hou. 3 10 24 34 11.3
Stoudemire, Phoe. 3 8 25 33 11.0

Paul, N.O. 3 36 12.0
Calderon, Tor. 3 29 9.7
Nash, Phoe: 3 29 9.7
Kidd, Dall. 2 19 9.5
James, Clev. 3 28 9.3
Parker, S.A. 2 16 8.0
Wade, Mia. 3 23 7.7
Billups, Det. 2 15 7.5
Miller, Phil. 3 21 7.0
Iverson, Den. 3 20 6.7
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NEW YORK Knicks' Zach Randolph (right) goes to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut in
the third quarter of Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden...

and that's offensively and
defensively," D'Antoni said.
"It's like we're on our heels the
whole game and we're kind of
waiting for something bad to
happen to us. And we're going

to have to get over that."
The Bucks got off to a good
start, shooting 52 percent in the
first quarter to build a 27-23
lead. They were still ahead by
four at halftime, surviving an

ugly stretch during a sloppy sec-
ond quarter, when Jefferson
and Villanueva missed open
layups on the same possession,
then Bogut hit the bottom of
the backboard on the. next trip.

Thunder beat Timberwolves

88-85 for their first win

AP Sports Writer

- In front of a welcoming
crowd in their new home-
town, the Oklahoma City
Thunder got a big first win to
please their noisy new fans
and ease their own minds.
Kevin Durant scored 18
points and first-round pick
Russell Westbrook was the
anchor of an improving
defense as the Thunder came
back to beat the Minnesota
Timberwolves 88-85 Sunday
night for their first victory
since relocating from Seattle.
Westbrook, who earlier
sparked a 13-0 run that pulled
the Thunder out of a third-
quarter deficit, hit the deci-
sive basket with a driving
layup that made it 86-85 with
2:19 to play, and Oklahoma
City stopped Minnesota on
its next six possessions to
hang on for an important win.
"Any win feels good, hon-
estly," Oklahoma City coach
P.J. Carlesimo said. "It's very
good to get a win in this build-
ing. It's very good to get a win
the way we got it."
In the only other NBA
game Sunday, Milwaukee
beat New York 94-86.
Even with all the fervor
that led up to the Thunder's
debut, Oklahoma City could-
n't match its opening-night
sellout. The crowd of 18,163
was about 1,000,short of a
sellout, but those that did
show up got to see a happy
ending that was denied four
nights earlier.
In that opening night defeat
against the Milwaukee Bucks,
the Thunder struggled from
the outset and looked a lot
like the same old Sonics that
won only 20 games last year
- and got out to a brutal 0-8
start amid all the rumblings
about relocation.
"It was a tough year last
year. To start out 0-2, we def-
initely wanted to stop the los-
ing," said Nick Collison, who
had 10 points and 10
rebounds to lead an over-
powering performance on the
offensive boards.
The Timberwolves were
outrebounded 50-38 and gave
up 25 second-chance points

MINNESOTA Timberwolves forward Al Jefferson shoots the ball-as
Oklahoma City Thunder center Johan Petro defends during the first
quarter of Sunday's game in Oklahoma City. Thunder forward Nick
Collison (4) and Timberwolves forward Ryan Gomes (8) look on at

off 19 offensive rebounds.
"It's just one win. That's all
it is, but it helps the team a
lot, helps the psyche."
A big part of the new look
is a defense that's kept its first
three opponents all under 100
points after allowing 106.3
points per game last season,
the fourth-most in the NBA.
The catalyst Sunday night
was Westbrook, the No. 4
overall pick in this year's draft
and the first building block in
a defensive overhaul that also
included trading for veterans
Desmond Mason and Joe
Westbrook had back-to-
back steals to ignite a stretch
in which the Thunder allowed
only 12 points over the final
13 minutes, and only two in
the last 5 on Al Jefferson-
's putback of Randy Foye's
missed 3-pointer that gave the
Timberwolves an 85-84 lead
with 2:43 left.
Westbrook answered with a
layup at the other end, and
Ryan Gomes, Jefferson and
Foye all missed chances to

give the Timberwolves the
lead before Collison's left-
handed hook shot with 16.4
seconds left made it a three-
point game.
After a pair of missed free
throws by Jeff Green gave
Minnesota one last chance,
Gomes missed a potential
tying 3-pointer from the left
side. Officials huddled by a
courtside monitor to see if
there was a foul before the
final buzzer and cheer-
leaders ran out to start the
celebration anyway.
It turned out the Thunder's
first win was safe after all.
"It feels good," Westbrook
said. "We came out tonight,
the crowd was into it. It felt
real good."
Jefferson had 24 points and
13 rebounds for his third
straight double-double to start
the season. Reserve Craig
Smith had 13 points, Gomes
scored 12 and Mike Miller
added 10 for Minnesota.
"We have got to make up-
our minds. We have to decide
if we want to go through the

Bucks' strong defensive effort

leads to victory over Knicks

This victory slipped away
after Westbrook sparked a
comeback with steals on
back-to-back possessions late
in the third quarter, turning
the first into a three-point
play that started the 13-0 run.
He also finished off the surge
with a driving finger roll for a
76-73 Oklahoma City lead
early in the fourth quarter,
and the Thunder played
enough strong defense down
the stretch to come out ahead.
"It's something we feel like
we've been better at, and I
think it showed tonight," Col-
lison said. "Until you get a
win, it doesn't mean a whole



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Tuesday, November 4

Boston at Houston
(8:30 pm EST). The
Rockets look to remain
unbeaten when they play
host to the defending
champion Celtics, who
lost their first game of the
season Saturday to Indi-


Richard Jefferson,
Bucks, scored 18 points
to lead Milwaukee to a
94-86 win over the New
York Knicks.
Russell Westbrook,
Thunder, finished with 14
points to spark Oklahoma
City to an 88-85 come-
back win over Minnesota
for the team's first victo-


Stephon Marbury was
inactive again Sunday,
and Knicks- president
Donnie Walsh plans to
speak with coach Mike
D'Antoni and his point
guard this week in hopes
of clearing up an uncom-
fortable situation.
D'Antoni tabbed
Jerome James instead of
Marbury to replace the
injured Eddy Curry on
the active list against Mil-
waukee, even though the
7-foot-i, 285-pound
James played in just two
games last season and
would seem a horrible fit
for an uptempo system.


Milwaukee guard
Michael Redd sprained
his right ankle in the third
quarter of the Bucks' 94-
86 victory over the
Knicks. Redd was hurt
when he landed awk-
wardly chasing a loose
ball late in the period.
"It hurts right now; It
hurts," Redd said after
the game. "Just got to
take it day by day, con-
tinue to get treatment on
it. Little swollen, but I
didn't hear anything
crack or anything. It's a
high ankle sprain right


The Golden State War-
riors signed forward Rob
Kurz, transferring guard
Monta Ellis to the sus-
pended list to make
room. Kurz averaged 4.5
points and 3.8 rebounds
while appearing in four
preseason games with
Golden State. He also hit
the winning 3-pointer at
the buzzer in the War-
riors' 109-108 exhibition
victory over Milwaukee
in Beijing, thrilling a Chi-
nese crowd.


"Any win feels good,
honestly. It's very good
to get a win in this build-
ing. It's very good to get a
win the way we got it."
Oklahoma City
coach PJ. Carlesimo after
the Thunder won their
first game with an 88-85
victory over Minnesota.

perils we went through last
year," said Minnesota coach
Randy Wittman, whose team
also had a grueling start last
season, going 1-10 and not
getting their second win until
after Thanksgiving.



fNBA eaders^K


elain IB YW, el'-

AP Sports Writer

basketball official says the
Denver Nuggets have traded
former MVP Allen Iverson
to the Detroit Pistons for
Chauncey Billups and Anto-
nio McDyess.
The official spoke Mon-
day to The Associated Press
on the condition of anonymi-
ty bec' ise the trade had not
been announced.
Detroit was determined to
shake up its core last sum-
mer following a third straight
exit from the Eastern Con-
ference finals, but never
made a major deal.
Two games into the sea-
son, the Pistons have pulled
off a blockbuster'many
expected months earlier.
Pistons spokesman Kevin
Grigg declined to confirm
the trade, and messages were
left for a Nuggets spokesman
as well as for the agent of
Billups and McDyess.

IBF Flyweight world champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire (left), of the Philippines, stops Moruti Mthalane, of South Africa, in the sixth round due to a cut and retains his title on
Saturday night in Las Vegas...

Vinatieri proves he's clutch in

Colts' 18-15 win over Patriots

AP Sports Writer

Adam Vinatieri still has it.
The 36-year-old kicker
showed his old team Sunday
night that age hasn't sapped his
distance, accuracy or proclivity
for making'.big fieldgpals. jHe
hit a 52-yardef.late in the game
to give Indianapolis a desper-
ately needed 18-15 victory over
New England and Vinatieri a
measure of revenge.
"I've got all the respect and
admiration for that team," said
Vinatieri, who left New Eng-
land as a free agent after the
2005 season. "I've still got a lot
of good friends over there, I
guess that's why it's that much
sweeter when you have an
opportunity to play well and
help your current team beat
your former team. I'm pretty
happy about that."
The kick was Virnatieri's
longest since a 57-yarder at
Chicago a Nov. 10, 2002, and it
should have come as no surprise
to the Patriots, who used
Vinatieri' right foot to win two
Super Bowl titles.
But New England (5-3)
couldn't simply blame Vinatieri
for this loss.
Of their four time-consuming
scoring drives, three resulted in
field goals, and Jabar Gaffney
dropped a sure tofichdown pass
late in the third quarter. Then
there was tight end David
Thomas, who drew a 15-yard
dead ball penalty that pushed
New England out of field-goal
range with 4:45 to go in the
game. It sealed the Patriots fate.
"It was a mistake by me,"

INDIANAPOLIS Colts safety Bob Sanders
(21) is tackled by New England Patriots
tight end Benjamin Watson after inter-
cepting a pass late in the fourth quarter of
Sunday's game in,Indianapolis.

(AP Pfoto: Michael Conroy)
-e 5 . -wa

Thomas said. Obyiously, they
called it, and I'll own up to it. I

felt like that was definitely a
critical mistake for me, and it

ADAM VINATIERI kicks a 52-yard game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against
the New England Patriots in Indianapolis...

really cost the team."
The result allowed Vinatieri,
the Patriots career scoring
leader, to show he's still the
NFL's best clutch kicker.
Not that the Colts ever
doubted him.
"When he kicked in pregame,
he said he thought he'd be good
from 55 and he made it pretty
high in the net," coach Tony
Dungy said.
This year's rivalry game had
none of the trimmings from
recent years. There was no
championship at stake, no hype
about unbeaten teams or
defending Super Bowl titles.
Heck, Tom Brady wasn't even
Yet players and fans respond-
ed as if this was still the league's
best matchup on a day full of
headline attractions.
Indy (4-4) used Marvin Har-
rison as a punt returned. Bob
Sanders played the entire game
after returning from knee and
ankle injuries. Bill Belichick
even had a direct snap to Kevin
But with both teams facing
unusual circumstances New
England is tied with the Jets
and Bills atop the AFC East
and Indy is just trying to stay
in the playoff chase this
game carried big stakes.
"We felt we had to win
because we had lost two games
already, were coming off a dif-
ficult game, a short week and I

thought our guys showed some
resolve," Dungy said. "But we
have to get on some sort of
streak, so I'm not ready to call it
defining just yet."
The new realities forced
Belichick and Dungy into a clas-
sic chess match, with both
reverting to old game plans.
Two-time league MVP Pey-
ton Manning exposed the Patri-
ots' soft middle early, and Indy's
second possession produced the
best drive of the season: a 15-
play, 91-yard, 9-minute, 2-sec-
ond march that ended with
Manning hooking up with a
wide-open Anthony Gonzalez
down the sideline for a 12-yard
TD pass and a 7-0 lead.


Manning was 21-of-29 for 254
yards with two touchdowns and
no interceptions, his best per-
formance of the season.
New England countered with
its old style dink-and-dunk
attack, which never gave Indy a
chance to pull away.
After trailing 7-6 at the half,
BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored
on a 6-yard TD run to open the
third quarter and give New
England a 12-7 lead. Faulk's 2-
point run fell short of the goal
line, although replays showed
he may have made it.
Manning answered with long
passes on a short field, finally
connecting with Gonzalez in the

corner of the end zone for a 9-
yard TD pass and. Reggie
Wayne hung on to the conver-
sion pass in the back of the end
zone after a big hit to make it
New England tied the score
on Gostkowski's 25-yard field
goal with 11:33 left, but Man-
ning drove the Colts 48 yards
to set up Vinatieri for the win-
"Before the half I told (spe-
cial teams coach) Russ (Purnell)
'I feel good today going that
way, if we've got a long one,
maybe 60, let's go for it,"
Vinatieri said. "You've got to
have the right situation and the
right opportunity, and it worked
out all right."
Notes:@ Harrison returned
his first punt in the regular sea-
son since 2005.
Faulk surpassed the 3,000-
yard mark in receiving during
the first half. The pass to Wes
Welker was Faulk's second
career completion. His other
completion went to Tom Brady
in 2001.
Randy Moss didn't have a
pass thrown to him until 1:25
into the second half. He finished
with six catches for 65 yards.
Welker caught seven passes,
giving him at least six recep-
tions in all eight games this sea-
It's the longest streak to open
a season since Jacksonville's
Jimmy Smith in 2001. .



P A G E 1 4, TAVR0

John Bull Jets 'flying



THE Bahamas Lawn
Tennis Association con-
cluded the Gatorade Senior
Nationals on Saturday at
the Gym Tennis Club with
the following results post-
Men's 35s Singles Final
Larry Rolle (2) def. Neil
Mactaggart Jr. (3) 6-4, 6-4.
35's Doubles Final
John Antonas/Neil Mac-
taggart Jr (1) def. Brent
Johnson/Stephen Thomp-
son (2) 6-0, 6-3.
Men's 45s Singles Final
Neil Mactaggart Jr (1)
def. Larry Rolle (3) 7-6, 1-0
45s Doubles Final
John Antonas/Neil Mac-
taggart Jr. (1) def. Vince
Andrews/John Gomez (2)
Men's 55s Singles Final
John Antonas (1) def.
Vince Andrews 6-3, 6-1.
55s Doubles Final
Vince Andrews/Kit
Spencer (2) def. Michael
Isaacs/Mike Lightbourn (1)
6-2, 6-4.
65s Singles Final .
Mike Lightbourn (1) def.
Gabriel Sastre (2) 6-4, 4-6,
Women's 35s Singles
Marion Bain def. Dionne
Butler 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Mixed Doubles Final
Tom Koshelowsky/Julie
Raenden def. Stephen
Thompson/Marion Bain (2)

atop standings

"We really wanted a shot at the Stingrays who were doing a
lot of talking and now we remain the only undefeated team
in the league...We are a versatile team and this was the kind
of game we can deal with, a tough defensive struggle. We jumped
out on them pretty quickly with two touchdowns early in the
first quarter and from there we never looked back."
-Jets head coach Obie Roberts


THE Commonwealth Amer-
ican Football League postsea-
son picture is beginning to take
shape with a new contender
atop the league standings.
John Bull Jets 22
Porky's Stingrays 0
The John Bull Jets reveled in
their status as league leaders to
improve to 4-0 on the young
season and hold lone posses-
sion of first place atop the
In a matchup of previously
unbeaten teams, the Jets
shutout Porky's Stingrays 22-0,
Sunday at the Q E Sports Cen-
The Jets are now the lone
undefeated team in the league.
They scored perhaps the
biggest upset in league history
when they defeated the Orry J
Sands Pros last week, the first
Pros loss in nearly a decade.
The Jets seek to continue the
momentum in an effort to
unseat a Pros dynasty that has
captured 13 league titles in 15
The Stingrays fell to 2-1 on
the year.
Jets head coach Obie Roberts
said his team showed its versa-
tility on both sides of the game
this weekend.
"We really wanted a shot at
the Stingrays who were doing
a lot of talking and now we

The game got ugly when a
Stingrays player stepped on a
Jets running back at the bottom
of the pile following a player.
He was ejected from the
game and pending an official
decision on punishment from
the team and the CAFL.
Orry J Sands Pros 90
Kingdom Warriors 6
The Pros sought retribution
after a stunning week three loss
at the hands of the Jets, and
found it against league bottom
feeders, the Kingdom Tripoint
The Warriors struck first on a
defensive touchdown courtesy
of an interception returned for a
The Pros responded by scor-
ing 90 unanswered points.
The defending champions

went into the half leading 46-6.
Three defensive touchdowns,
three touchdowns on special
teams and the remainder of the
scores coming by way of the
offense led by veteran quarter-
back Mike Foster and last year's
MVP Charles Edwards, brought
about the staggering final mar-
Next week's most compelling
matchup will feature a pair of
teams jostling for second place
in the standings.
Both one-loss teams, the Pros
and the Stingrays will look to
keep pace with the Jets when
they meet each other Sunday
at the D W Davis field.
Saturday's matchup will leave
just win team in the league win-
less when the Defense Force
Destroyers face the Kingdom

St Bede's blow away Xavier's 40-6





(right) in action yesterday.

HERE's a look at the final
statistics of the Bahamas
Softball Federation's 37th
National Round Robin
Tournament completed Sun-
day night at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex:
All-Tournament Team
Pitcher Linda Ford (New
Catcher Towana Romer
(Grand Bahama)
First base Latoya Brown
Second base Theota
Williams (NP)
Third base Treka Bow-
leg (Andros)
Shortstop Ann Bullard
Leftfield Gothia Fergu-
son (Exuma)
Centerfield Vanessa
Mayne (Eleuthera)
Right field Susan Clarke
Utility player Renee
Davis (NP)
Batting champion Jean-
nie Minus (NP) 7-for-10 for
.700 average
Most hits Renee Davis
and Jeannie Minus (NP) sev-
en (7) each
Most runs Tasheena Pin-
der and Lakeisha Ferguson
(GB) eight (8) each
Most stolen bases Vashi
Hill (Andros) five (5)
Most runs batted in (RBI)
Antonia Simmons (NP)
Most home runs -
Lakeisha Ferguson (GB)
Most strike outs Latoya
Johnson (Exuma) 18
Most wins Linda Ford
and Ernestine Stubbs (NP)
and Lavern Bain (GB) 2-0
Best earned run average
(ERA) Linda Ford (NP)
Tournament most valu-
able player (MVP) Jean-
nie Minus seven hits, .700
batting average and four (4)
Gold medallists GB
Silver medallists Exuma
Bronze medallists NP
Championship MVP -
Tesheena Pinder (Grand
Bahama) 4-for-5 with one
...RBI, a home run and four
runs scored
All-Tournament Team
Pitcher Leroy Thomp-
son (NP)
Catcher Lynden
Richardson (GB)
First base Larry Russell
Second base Daniel
Scott (Andros)
Third base Andre
Bethel (Eleuthera)
Shortstop Marvin Wood
Left field Van Johnson
Center field Kosar Storr
Right field Stephen
Brown (NP)
Utility player Richard
Bastian (NP)
Batting champion Edney
Bethel (Eleuthera) 4-for-6
for .667 average
Most hits Marvin Wood
(NP) six (6)
Most runs Marvin Wood
(NP) six (6)
Most stolen bases Adri-
an Hutchinson (NP) two
Most RBIs Stephen
Brown (NP) five (5)
Most strike outs Edney
Bethel (Eleuthera) 11
Most wins five (5) play-
ers tied with one each
Best ERA (five (5) or
more innings pitched) -
Leroy Thompson (New
Providence) 0.00
Tournament MVP Mar-
vin Wood (NP) six hits and
six runs
Gold medallists NP
Silver medallists GB
Bronze medallists -
Championship MVP -
None determined

Big brawl puts damper on softball tourney

FROM page 15

got worse than anybody expect-
Seymour said the fans were
hoping for another exciting
game similar to their 5-0 shutout
in their opening game and their
3-1 triumph in the playoffs.
Tournament director Burkett
Dorsett, who also serves as the
first vice president of the BSF,
said they enjoyed perfect weath-
er throughout the four days of
competition, but the brawl put a

damper on the tournament.
"It's unfortunate that it hap-
pened, but the umpire decided
to eject both players and
Eleuthera decided that they
were not going to continue the
game so the umpire forfeited
the victory to D's Truckers."
Despite the brawl, Dorsett
said the tournament was keenly
contested between the four men
and five women teams that par-
"I'm extremely proud of the
Exuma (ladies) team. They

improved tremendously. Last
year they got the bronze and
this year they moved up the
notch for the silver after they
stunned the Sigma Brackettes,"
Dorsett pointed out.
"There are some very bright
prospects on that team. They
had the best left fielder, Ann
Bullard was the best shortstop
and their pitcher performed
exceptionally well. It was a good
showing for the federation."
Federation president Rom-
mel Knowles, who is also the

president of the Bahamas
Olympic Association, said the
brawl was just a "minor set-
back" because he felt there
were a lot of "positives" that
came out of the tournament.
"We have a lot of young tal-
ent and the future of softball
looks good, but, we have some
problems that we need to deal
with in terms of administration
on some of the Family Islands,"

he said. "We'll look at the pos-
itives and move forward."
But before they do, Knowles
said once Dorsett and his com-
mittee have submitted their
report, the federation will make
an announcement on any
actions that will be meted out to
the Destroyers.
While they wait for the BSF
decision, Sands said the
Destroyers will work towards
coming back to defend their
title in the Eleuthera Softball
Association next season.

"We're going to be around.
We're not splitting up and our
spirits are not crushed," Sands
lamented. "We knew what we
did was for the betterment of
ourselves and our health
because we knew it wasn't going
to end there.
"That is why I believed that
the decision that we made was
the best one. Maybe there are
consequences that we have to
face, but we are prepared to live
by it. We are only going to be
stronger as a result of this."

remain the only undefeated
team in the league," he said.
"We are a versatile team and
this was the kind of game we
can deal with, a tough defen-
sive struggle. We jumped out
on them pretty quickly with two
touchdowns early in the first
quarter and from there we nev-
er looked back."
Roberts said the defense reas-
sured the offensive effort estab-
lished early in the game.
"Our offense showed up,
Garvin Newbold had the first
score and Ishmail 'Rocket'
Sutherland had the second one
shortly after that for a 14-0
lead," he said. "There were no
more scores until the fourth
quarter when we put the game
away so it was a defensive strug-
gle for more than three quar-



I., W.,


trade Iverson

to Pistons...
Seepage 13


Big brawl puts damper on softball tourney

Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedianet ..
A big brawl following Sunday night's
game put a damper on the conclusion
of the Bahamas Softball Federation's
37th National Round Robin tourney,
forcing the officials to award the men's
championship crown to the defending
champions D's Truckers.
The CAA Destroyers, of Eleuthera,

packed their bags and left the Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday
--night after two players were ejected
for a bench-clearing brawl.
The incident occurred in the. top of
the first inning as Eleuthera were bat-
ting but Destroyers' manager Clifford
Sands said they didn't think it made
sense playing anymore.
And he was irate that the BSF decid-
* ed to strip them of their silver medals
and award them to the BTC Rockets,

whom they had knocked off 4-0 in the
bronze medal game that secured their
berth against the Truckers.
"How could you give Freeport a sil-
ver medal and they didn't even make it
that far?" said Sands.
"You award the game to the Truck-
ers because we refused to continue to
play. I don't have anything with that.
But then they strip us of the silver and
now they're talking about suspending
us. That's not right."

With the park being jam packed with
fans looking for the much anticipated
showdown between the top two teams
in the men's division, Sands said he
was quite disappointed in the outcome,
particularly because he felt that the
title was heading to Eleuthera.
"We knew this and the way we start-
ed the inning and our bats was going;
they knew it too," Sands proclaimed.
"But I have some young boys and I
didn't want to expose them to any fur'-

their violence."
Truckers' manager Perry Seymour
said it was an altercation that one of
the players initiated when he pushed
the bat up in the face of the other play-
"It was two competitors exchanging
words...He was trying to get into our
heads, but it escalated a little more
than it was supposed to happen and it
SEE page 14

Crushers cut down Giants

KYLE 'FLASH' TURNQUEST (right) in action yesterday... SEE page 14

Senior Sports Reporter
or two quarters, the
Xavier's Giants
didn't have an
answer for the St
Bede's Crushers'
guard Kyle 'Flash' Turnquest.,
In a prelude to the much
anticipated showdown between
last year's finalists of the
Catholic Diocesan Primary
Schools basketball league, the
Crushers cut down the Giants
40-6 at St Bede's School.
Turnquest; who is having a
sensational season, was the
main culprit as he finished with
a game high 19 points and his
running mate Adrian Mackey
contributed 12. Gregory Coop-
er added four.
Coming from. a 2-0 deficit at
the end of a defensive first quar-
ter, Turnquest (who didn't play
in the quarter) scored five in
the second quarter as they went
on to post a 12-2 advantage at
the half.

St Bede's blow away Xavier's 40-6

In the third, Turnquest came
up with another 13 to push their
lead to 33-2.
Coach Donnie Culmer, who
noted that the game was used as
a tune up for the defending
champions St Thomas More
Sparks on Wednesday at St
Thomas More, didn't play
Turnquest in the fourth.
"We started preparing for St
Thomas More from the week-
end, but I think I caused my
boys to play so poorly in the
first quarter because I told them
this was going to be a practice
game for St Thomas More,"
Culmer stated.
"We probably took them too
lightly, but we know that St
Thomas More won't be any
joke. We have to find a way to
control Deajoun Adderley and
big Joel Morris. "Once we reach
the third quarter, we should be
Culmer said while they were'

not able to really execute
against the Giants, they have a
specific game plan that they
intend to run against the Sparks.
"We just need to find the
open man and hit our shots,"
he said.
Against the Giants, they did-
n't have to worry about hitting
their shots once Turnquest
came on the court.
If he wasn't leading the fast
break attack, Turnquest was,
able to dish the ball off tq his
team-mates. Mackey was one
of the main recipients as he ran
the floor and found himself
open on a number of occasions
for the easy basket.
For Xavier's, Cordell Curry,
-Travis Pratt .ad Keegan
Bischof all scored a basket, but
it wasn't,enough..
In fact, after taking a 2-0 lead
on Pratt's offensive rebound for
the put back, the Giants didn't
score again until Curry got a

jumper for a 33-4 deficit in the
Their final score came from
Bischof just before the buzzer
It was the second consecutive
loss for Xavier's, whose coach
Nelson 'Mandella' Joseph noted
that they have a young team
that is going through a learning
"I can only work with them.
That's all I can do," he noted.
As for St Bede's, Joseph said
they definitely have the team
that can challenge St. Thomas
More for the title O -. ear.
"They have a pretty gooa
team," he stressed. "Not count!
ing us out, but they look good."
Although Turnquest and
Mackey led the offensive show
against the Giants, the Crushers
also got some help from Aaron
McPhee, Devon Minnis and
Shakeem Smith, who all scored
in the fourth quarter.





A gentle giant of a man who lent his considerable wisdom,
kind nature and endless patience to help build business
through common sense and uncommon trust and loyalty.

Franklyn A. Butler, O.B.E.

May 2.4, 1938

- October 24, 2008,




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.... 'k 'o l i F 5


likZlv to

Device could eliminate Government

escape six 15-22% of energy costs may need to

per cent tax -ec' sell its assets


Business Editor

Beleaguered Bahamian busi-
nesses will likely receive a small
crumb of good news this week
as Florida voters appear unlike-
ly to today back the proposed
repeal of that state's 6 per cent
export sales tax exemption,, a
move that could have further
fuelled inflation and living cost
increases in this nation by $100
Ryan Pinder, a Bahamian
attorney who is the managing
partner for Florida-based law
firm, Becker & Poliakoff's Nas-
sau office, told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday, that the US
state's constitutional reform bal-
lot being held today was
unlikely to attract the 60 per
cent voter threshold needed to
pass the sales tax exemption.
With 60 per. cent *voter
approval "a rather high hurdle",
Mr Pinder explained that the
pressure to repeal the sales tax
exemption had abated because
the real property taxes levied
"on Florida voters had dropped
with the plunge in the state's
reaFestate market.
Florida's Tax and Budget
Reform Commission had pro-
posed repealing the sales tax
exemption, which included the-
exemption on exports to the
Bahamas, as a way to raise rev-'
enues that would replace funds
lost as a result of reducing real
property taxes.
My persofnatfeeling- is-that
they're not going to get the
votes to pass it, especially with
the downward pressure on real
estate prices in-Florida," Mr
Pinder said of the proposed
sales tax exemption repeal. .
"The immediate concern was
real property tax, and taking

SEE page 5B

Business Reporter

ABahamian compa-
ny has launched a
Power Save device
that, when con-
nected to an electrical breaker.
has the potential to reduce busi-
ness and residential electricity
bills by up to 15-22 per cent. it
said yesterday.
Larry Black, of Power Save
Bahamas, the exclusive factory
representatives for the device
in the Bahamas, explained that


can make

tax pressure

'work to our


; Business Editor

THE Bahamas can make
the external pressures its
financial services industry is
facing "work to our bene-
fit" by developing high-end
tax planning and investment
opportunities that will diver-
sify the economy and help
this nation maximise future.
trade agreements it enters
iritb, an attorney told Tri-
bune Business yesterday.
Ryan Pinder, a Bahami-.
an attorney who is the man-
aging partner for Florida-
based law firm, Becker &
Poliakoff's Nassau office,,
said the Bahamas could turn
the likely pressure it would
face from an Obama admin-
istration and the European
Union (EU) to its advan-
tage and diversify the econ-
He explained that US cit-
izens who invested in an
operating business in the
Bahamas (a company that
did real business) were able
to defer taxes on any
income generated by that,
firm until it was repatriated
to the US.
By attracting such invest-
ment, Mr Pinder said the
Bahamas would aid its own
economic diversification, as
the US citizens could part-
ner and joint venture with
Bahamian investors.
And it would also help
the Bahamas fully exploit
trade agreements .such as
the Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) recently

SEE page 4B

Pqwer Sase works by reducing
the amount of energy used in
appliances with indicative
capacity, or those that operate
with a motor.
These appliances would
include air conditioning units.
refrigerators, freezers, washers,
dryers, dishwashers, pool
pimps, vacuum cleaners and
fans. Power Save then stores
the electricity, which would oth-
erwise be lost, until it can be
regenerated back into the sys-.
tem ... ..
1,'BIack' explained that
because the -unjJit iiLstalled on

the owner's side of the breaker.
it is perfectly legal and does not
affect the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation's (BEC') service.
Power Save works through
power factor utilisation, which
iMr Black explained is the per-
centage of electricity that's
delivered to a home or busi-
ness and used effectively, com-
pared to what is wasted.
In most Bahamian homes or
businesses, the power factor
. hovers around 80-85 per cent,
he said.
Although it was impossible
to have a 100 per cent power

* factor, that.figure can be sub-
stantially increased to at least
97 or" 98 per cent through
installing a Power Save unit, Mr
'Black added.
S"Once you improve the pow-
di factor, you can improve the
efficiency of the motor, which
prolongs' the life of the appli-
*ance,' Mr Black said.
However, he stressed that the
unit will not.address electrical
Appliances or items without a
motor such as lights while
properties already% outfitted with

SEEpage 7B

Chamber chief urges cut in interest rates

Business Editor

THE Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's president yester-
day called for the Central Bank
to cut interest rates to lower the
cost of capital, and stimulate the
sluggish economy, although two
former Bank governors advised
against it because "you'd cripple
the economy at a much faster
rate than a'recession would'.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, who is,
also Superwash's president, said
that gi en there was almost
S$650 million in foreign currency
reserves and over $300 million
in liquidity within the commer-
cial banking sector, it seemed
the system was "flush with
cash" for lending purposes.
"There is sufficient liquidity.
in the system. and it niay'be
good to stimulate the economy,
b\ lowering interest rates and
making loans more affordable,"
Mr D'Aguilar told Tribune
"We.should be able to reduce
repayments and assist people in
remaining current, especially on
the business side."
The Chamber' president
expressed concern that as at
end-July 2008, almost 15 per
cent of all commercial loans -
some $147 million of $1 billion
in outstanding loans were at

least 30 days or more passed
due, meaning one month's
T-epaviment had been missed. "
Of the $147 milbon that was'
overdue, some $75 million were
classified as non-performing.
meaning they were 90 days past
due or at least three payments
had been missed.
Interest rates are effectively
the price of money, or cost of
capital, which are levied on all
borrowers' to enable banks to
make a profit. Monetary poli-
cymakers in the US, UK and
Europe, such as the Federal
Reserve and Bank of England,
have sought to stimulate their

sluggish economies and miti-
gate the worst effects of a likely
recession through co-ordinated
interest rate cuts.,
* In the US, the Federal
Reserve has slashed the Fed-
Funds Rate the overnight
interest rate it charges banks it
lends to to 1 per cent in a
series of outs.
Yet the Central Bank of the
Bahamas' discount rate has
changed just once in the past
decade regardless of how well it
is performing. Today, the dis-
count rate the rate at which
the Central Bank lends to
Bahamian commercial banks -
stands at 5.25 per cent.
The Bahamian Prime rate,
which is the rate *at which the
banks lend to each other and is
used as the benchmark for cal-
culating all commereial,-home
and consumer "loans, stands at
5.5 per cent.
Mr D'Aguilar, though, yes-
terday described it as "crazy"
and "maddening'" that the dis-
count and Prime rates were the
same today as they.were two
years ago, "when the economy
was doing much better".
"This would be an easy way
to send some relief" to Bahami-
an companies, and consumers,
Mr D'Aguilar said, who have

SEE page 6B

Business Editor

THE Gov-
eminent may
have to look at
selling or leas-
ing public
assets other
than privatizing
"tfe Bahamas
cations Compa-
ny (BTC), a
former minister
warned yesterday, as a v.ay Ti
stimulate an economy facing a"
downturn that ''may be worse"
than thie 1930s Great Depres-
SJames Smith, minister of state
for finance under the former
Christie government, told Tri-
bune Business that the Gov-
ernment needed to either ,tim-
ulate job creation via public
works projects or-boost foreign
direct investment to attract for-
eign currency reserves.
"One way to do [the latter]
is to look at all the assets held
by government that might be in
demand by foreign investors,"
Mr Smith said.
While BTC's. privatization
was "the obvious one" in terms
of attracting in foreign investors
and boosting the external
reserves during depressed eco-
nomic times, Mr Smith also
pointed to the 51 per cent gov-
ernment.stake in Bank of the
Bahamas International and the
Paradise Island Bridge Author-
ity as examples of companies
that would be attractive to
Describing the two as i,
solid assets", Mr Smith also
revealed that Vancouver Air-
port Services (YVRAS), the'
Canadian firm acting as the
operating/management partner
for Nassau Airport Develop-
ment Company (NAD) in its
efforts to transform Lyndenr
Pindling International Airport
(LPIA), had wanted to take a
40 per cent equity stake in the

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Will the US electorate make history today?

I USUALLY do not make a
point of commenting on the
socio-political aspect of other
people's elections. However, giv-
en the historical nature of today's
presidential election in the US...
I just cannot help myself:
Cusp of history
Today, the whole world will
be riveted on the US presidential
election. As I write this column,
Senator Obama is cited as having
a 7 per cent lead over Senator
McCain in national polls. Last
week, I;was the guest speaker at
the Rotary Club of Lucaya,
whereJ spoke about the turmoil
in US' and global stock markets

and its implications for the
Bahamian economy. Several
questions arose about the pend-
ing US election, and among my
varied analyses I said that today's
election is the most significant
referendum on the state of race
relations in America that I will
experience in my lifetime.
In a May 2008 column, I
declared: "What is most para-
doxical about this situation (an
Obama candidacy) is that in
order to achieve a first, America
has to come to grips with some
deep-rooted issues that it has
always found more expedient to
defer, Race, gender and age will
be thrust before the American


electorate in its most poignant
manifestation since the found-
ing of the country. How Ameri-
ca responds will be most telling,
and 'will shape the American
consciousness for many years to
Bradley effect
For the better part of the past
year there has been much talk
about .the so-called 'Bradley
Effect'. It was named after Tom
Bradley, an African-American
who became the first black may-
or of a major US city and served
five terms as mayor of Los Ange-
les. Bradley lost the 1982 Cali-
fornia governor's race despite
being ahead in voter polls going
into the elections.
Going into the election for
California governor in 1982, polls
gave Democratic Los Angeles
mayor Bradley a lead of any-
where from 9 to 22 points over
his Republican opponent, state
Attorney General George Deuk-
mejian. After the votes were cast
and counted on November 2, Mr
Bradley had lost by 1.2 percent-
age points.
According to Wikipedia, The
Bradley Effect is a proposed
explanation *for observed dis-
crepancies between voter opin-
ion polls and election outcomes
in some elections where a white
candidate and a non-white can-
didate run against each other.
The effect refers to a supposed
tendency on the part of some

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voters to tell pollsters that they
are undecided or likely to vote
for a black candidate, and yet on
Election Day vote for his white
The Bradley Effect theorises
that the inaccurate polls were
skewed by the phenomenon of
social desirability bias. Specifi-
cally, some white voters give
inaccurate polling responses for
fear that, by stating their true
preference; they will open them-
selves to criticism of racial moti-
vation. The reluctance to give
accurate polling answers has
sometimes extended to post-elec-
tion exit polls as well; The race of
the pollster conducting the inter-
view may factor in to voters'
Is the Bradley Effect still rele-
vant to today's America? How
much has America changed in
the 26 years since Mayor Bradley
was defeated?
The question of who becomes
the next president of the US is
one that the American people
will decide today. Whoever
becomes the next president, my
wish is that he pursues an agenda
that promotes economic stability,
peace and prosperity on a global
basis. The US needs this elec-
tion behind it, and there must be
a singular focus on working to
repair the global financial sys-
Post Script
On Friday of last week, Lia
Lashley, the daughter of person-
al friends Toni and Charles, was
laid to rest. The prayers of my
entire family remain with the
Lashley and Tumrnquest families.
The death of a young person is
always difficult to understand, but
in such difficult times we should
find consolation in the words of
David Searls: "Seeing death as
the end of life is like seeing the
horizon as the end of the ocean."
Similarly, Franklyn Butler,
with whom I had the privilege
to serve on both Boards of
Directors for Commonwealth
Bank and the Anglican Diocese
Finance Committee, was buried
this Sunday past. Frankie made
significant contributions to
national development through
business, politics and the Church.
May their memory live on.
Until next week...
NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Char-
tered Financial Analyst, is vice-
president pensions, Colonial

Pensions Services (Bahamas), a
wholly-owned subsidiary of
Colonial Group International,
which owns Atlantic Medical
Insurance and is a major share-
holder of Security & General
Insurance Company in the

The views expressed are those
of the author and do not neces-
sarily represent those of Colo-
nial Group International or any'
of its subsidiary and/or affiliat-
ed companies. Please direct any
questions or comments to rigib-,



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





(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced oni
the 19th day of September 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau,


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138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the




BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Bahamas, an established international
private bank, with its headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland, is presently accepting
applications for:-

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including Cables & Accessories, Communication Devices, Fiber
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i UbiSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008, PAGE 3B



Bahamas can make tax pressure 'work to our advantage'

FROM page 1B
FROM a Bahamas trade or business, and
that business produced income,
signed with the European that income would not be legal-
Union (EU), as US investors ly taxable until the income was
would be able to use their brought back into the US."
Bahamian companies to export Mr Pinder added that the
products to the EU via the mar- Bahamas needed to shed the
ket access benefits they would misconception held by many G-
not receive if based in the US. 7 and OECD nations that it was
"The Bahamas is in a posi- a 'tax haven' and "source of ill-
tion where it can take advan-. gotten funds", instead position"
tage of certain tax planning ing itself as an offshore juris-
opportunities that are entirely diction with favourable tax rates
legal, and which can help power that could benefit other coun-
the Bahamuian economy through tries and foreign investors. ,
US investors," Mr Pinder told "On a policy basis, if the
Tribune Business. Bahamas can put itself in that
"Invest in an operating bus-'. position, we can diversify the'
ness in anoffshore jurisdiction], economy, which we have been
arid the income generated by struggling to do for a number
that business can be legally of years. We can make it work
deferred with respect to US to our benefit," Mr Pinder said
income taxes. of the likely US, OECD and
"IF US citizens invested in a EU pressure on financial ser-

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(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore, been struck off the

(Liquidator) .

S ., Legal Notice .' .


(itce: b ihd t givjetrthat inacodance with Sectio 138
(8%of the International Basiness ~Cenpanies Act 2000, the-
dissolution of FUJIS.A. has been completed; a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued and the Comwpany as there
fore been struck off the Register. ,. -




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

Legal Notice


(in Voluntary Liquih
.. .- -


Notice is hereby. given that the above named.
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,

"This is an opportunity to
provide .good tax planning to
foreign persons that want to
come here, and will be a posi-
tive for relations with the US
and Europe."
Mr Pinder added that it was
"inevitable" for pressure from
the EU over Tax Information
Exchange Agreements (TIEAs)
between its members and the
Bahamas would only increase.
Yet he added: "I think we are"
in a position to use those nega-
tives. We can use these global
trade initiatives to enhance our
negotiating position with the
EU countries as we enter talks
on these TIEAs."
Mr Pinder explained: "A US
taxpayer, a US citizen, may
want to invest in an operating
business in the Bahamas, and

take advantage of trade rela-
tionships such as the EPA.
"They can partner with a
Bahamian, and that helps the
Bahamas to diversify and
Bahamians to take advantage
of recent trade agreements,
diversifying the economy from
tourism and financial services,
which have been having a hard
time of late.
' "Tied together, we can use
these external pressures we are
going to face to create models
we can use to our advantage to
diversify our economy as we go
into these trade agreements. We
can hold ourselves out in a way
to benefit all parties, benefit all
Bahamians, and the economy
in doing so."
To exploit this opportunity,
Mr Pinder said the Bahamas
needed a "collective vision" and

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Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 30th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


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S, ,* . .

o N.ike Is hereby given that'in accordance with Section-
1381(8) ofthe International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of CALLEREALCO INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice

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


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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of BAN-EI VENTURES LTD. has been com-
pleted; alCertificate of.Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

not a piecemeal approach, as
"we have to look at everything
and integrate it if we are going
to fix things".
To date, the Bahamas had
not fully exploited any of the
one-way trade agreements it
had entered into, although the
opportunity was there for it to
do so, and also act as a centre
that pooled investment capital
before it was directed into the
US and Latin America.

To start with, Mr Pinder sug-
gested: "I think that the
Bahamas should, in a very pub-
lic way, make it clear that we're
not a jurisdiction -that solicits
criminal activities or criminal
funds. *
"Make it clear we are in
favour of proper tax compliance
by customers from the US, and
are not a jurisdiction that
favours or encourages tax eva-
sion or the like."

Government may

need to sell assets

FROM page 1B
That was rejected by the
Christie government, leaving
YVRAS as purely an operat-
ing partner without any equi-
"The company that came in
wanted 40 per cent equity,"
Mr Smith said, adding that
YVRAS may still be interest-
ed in this rather than be just a
management firm.
The former minister said
that selling or leasing major
government infrastructure
assets to the private sector
would allow the Government
to "maintain fiscal discipline,'
increase reserves and
strengthen our currency" as
no stimulus would be needed
from the Budget.
"It would call for an entire
change in direction to how we
do things, but difficult times
. call for difficult decisions," Mr
Smith said. "For us, it will be
something new, but we're fac-

ing something new. I don't
think we've seen a time in our
country's history when we've
seen such a fall-off in tourism,
drying up of foreign direct
investment, stoppage in con-
struction and depressed econ-
omy in the Western Hemi-
He added that the current
downturn "may be worse"
than what the Bahamas faced
in the 1930s Great Depres-
sion, as its economy was now
more interlinked with the rest
of the world.
In the 1930s, much of the
work was seasonal, and some
20-30 per- cent of Bahamians
were unemployed. Then,
many did not know what they
were missing due to the fact
they did not have jobs, but
today if a Bahamian lost his
job and was unable to pay his
rent, the landlord was in turn
unable to meet bank repay-
ments, and the bank unable
to meet payments to its share-

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Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 30th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


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(in Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 8th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

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


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Bahamas likely to escape six per cent tax increase

FROM page 1B

our part of the real property tax
and converting it to a sales tax.
"But I think that with the
lower values in Florida homes,
the tax assessed has gone down,
and right now it's not as press-
ing a concern for Florida vot-
ers as other issues are..... From a
public perception, there is less
of a concern than there might
have been a year ago."
The proposed sales tax
exemption repeal is part of a
slew of proposed Florida con-
stitutional amendments, which
will be voted on tomorrow.
These amendments will be
attached to the US presidential
election ballot, and those bal-
lots concerning Congress and
state legislature elections.
Still, despite the promising
signs, Mr Pinder urged Bahami-

an companies to "keep an eye"
on what happened to the sales
tax exemption. "If for some rea-
son it was passed", this nation's
business community would still
be able to lobby on and appeal
the issue to the Florida legisla-
ture, which has to vote on con-
stitutional amendments before
they become law.
"If it did go through, it would
be a negative impact on
Bahamian companies and con-
sumers as prices will go up on
things imported from Florida,"
Mr Pinder told Tribune Busi-
"With the inflationary aspects
Bahamian companies have
seen, particularly with electric-
ity costs going up so quickly, it
would just add another layer of
costs that will be passed on to
consumers. It would be a spi-
ralling effect no one would like

to see.
"Itwould be a detrimental
impact for sure, although I'm
optimistic we'll be OK in this
If the Bahamas is spared, its
businesses and economy will
avoid yet another inflationary
pressure it could well do with-
out, given that living standards
have been dramatically eroded
this year as a result of salaries
remaining flat amid soaring
energy and food prices.
As Bahamian consumers and
businesses alike prepare for a
likely recession, further price
increases on reduced disposable
income is the last thing they
Dionisio D'Aguilar, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's president, earlier this
year said a major Bahamas-
based food retail chain had told

him its inventory costs would
increase by $3 million per year
if the sales tax exemption was
As a result, the retailer said
he would have to move $25 mil-
lion worth of goods purchased.
through Miami to another des-
According to the Department
of Statistics, in 2005, the last
year for which complete trade
data is' available, the Bahamas
imported some $2.155 billion
Worth of goods from the US,
some 84 per cent of its $2.567
billion import bill.
The total amount of goods
imported directly from Florida.
was not detailed, but even if it
was as low as $1 billion, a 6 per
cent sales tax imposed on that
figure would raise the cost of
goods imported into the
Bahamas by some $60 million

per annum a major increase
that is likely to be a severe
Dividing that figure by
300,000,, theestimated size of
the Bahamian population, and
this nation's import bill will rise
by $200 per person every man,
woman and child if Florida
does away with the sales tax
Currently, some $4 billion
worth of tax exemptions are
accrued on goods exported
from Florida to the Bahamas
and.other Caribbean states.
While the Bahamas might be
able to mitigate the impact of a
6 per cent.tax levied on all prod-
ucts imported from Florida by
sourcing goods from other
states, and exploiting trade
agreements such as the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement
(EPA) to obtain lower-priced

commodities from the Eiro-
pean Union (EU), Mr Pinder
said the episode showed that
Bahamian businesses needed to
be fully aware of global trade'.
and tax agreements.
"I think Bahamian business-,
es, and not just because of this
particular initiative, but differ-
ent global tax and trade
regimes, are going to have to
very cognisant of moving tides
in trade agreements and differ-
ent tax policies in different juris-.
dictions," Mr Pinder told Tri-
bune Business. ,


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


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


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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

(Liquidator) .

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

___ _

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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


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Notice-is hereby given that inaccordauc*withS 8ction438&
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000; the
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


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


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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 8th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice



l t8)9fibeftniterattionsaHBisitesf EidpaniewAet 2000,-th
Dissolution 'of SKB HOLDINGS LTD, has been corn-.
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice. is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 26th day of September 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas. ,,


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Chamber chief urges cut in interest rates

FROM page 1B

"been hit by so many things".
1 Ie added that it would be much
simpler and effective than the
piecemeal approach adopted by
the Government so far to deal
with the economic downturn,
such as assistance with energy

bills and promises of mortgage


However, James Smith, a for-
mer Central Bank governor and
minister of state for finance in
the former Christie government,
said that in the context of the

A Prestigious Private Member Club
is seeking


The successful candidates should have been working
in this position for at least two (2) years.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a complete
resume inclusive of a cover letter to:

The Director, Human Resources
Lyford Cay Club
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 362-6245

M& E Limited

As a privately-owned, mid-sized Bahamian Company
and the authorized Caterpillar dealer in the Bahamas,
we are seeking a candidate to work as a '

The Candidate should have the followigrequirements:

* Have: 10-15 ye Sr 'mffsft'iWitlh 'he Caterpillar
Prodlict Line, have worked in a Caterpillar
dealership or a similar Organization;
Have Caterpillar training in power generation;
The candidate should be a certified ISO 9000
auditor; .
Must have a Degree in Engineering/Marketing
from an accredited university;
Must be able to manager and motivate staff in the
Sales Department;
Must be able to liaison with potential buyers, grow
market share and increase sales;
Know how to execute business, sales and
marketing plans, and close a sales deal;

This candidate is required to be a professional who
thrives on the challenge of developing outstanding
customer relations and service excellence.

Send complete resume with education and
work experience to
M & E Limited,-
P. 0. Box N-3238, Nassau Bahamas,
Attention: Office Administrator, or email

Only persons being interviewed for this
position will be contacted.

Bahamian economy an interest
rate cut could do more harm
than good.
He warned that any cut
would stimulate borrowing by
lowering the cost of money,
something that would immedi-
ately impose severe pressure on
foreign currency reserves and
the one:one peg between the

Bahamian and Us dollars due
to the absence of tourism and
foreign direct investment
inflows to replace it.
"My own view is that in the
context of a fixed exchange rate
and the Bahamian dollar not
being a convertible currency,
the use of interest rates [as a
stimulus] would not have the

(No.46 of 2000)
IBC N 141003 B

The undersigned as Liquidator of the above named Company,
you notice, that under Section 137 (6) of the International Business
Companies Act (N. 46 of 2000) that I have completed the wind-
ing up and dissolution of the Company and I HEREBY REQUEST
that the name of the Company be struck off the Register and that a
Certficate of Dissolution be issued.

Dated this 27th day of October, 2008.

Rosana Hollins of Suite 2B. Mansion House. 143AMain Street. Gibraltar

Medical firm is accepting applications for the post
of Customer Service/Registration Clerk.

Applicants should have:

Computer Operation Skills
Ability to work shifts
Good customer service skills

Previous experience in the customer service and
medical area is a plus.

Interested applicants should send resumes via
email to nassautechjob@yahoo.com

desired effect," Mr Smith told
Tribune Business.


"What then happens, if you
cut interest rates, is that the cost
of credit goes down and you
stimulate borrowing.
"Since we are an open econ-
omy that imports 85 per cent of
everything we consume, that
borrowing would be used to
purchase imports, and we would
be running down the foreign
reserves at a time when they
will not be replaced.
"You'd cripple the economy
at a much faster rate than a
recession would."
However, Mr D'Aguilar said
in response: "It's [interest rate
cuts] a proven way to work the

levers of the economy. Granted,
there's exchange control issues
to worry about, but the market
will work that out."
Yet another former Central
Bank governor, T. B. Donald-
son, agreed with Mr Smith, say-
ing it "doesn't make much sense
to cut interest rates" in a
Bahamian economy where
there was "no interest rate sen-
Mr Donaldson, who is now
Commonwealth Bank's chair-
man, said many large Bahlamian
businesses did not need to bor-
row, apart from Christmas
inventory stocking-up, and such
short-term loans were usually
repaid early in the New Year.
As a result, there was minimal
impact from an interest rate cut
as a tool of monetary policy.



The Registered Office of ICD Utilities Limited

has been transferred and is now situate in the

Chambers of McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, Suite

1, Chancery House, Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Legal Notice

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
LIMITED is in dissolution as of October 27, 2008.

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


Successful candidate must be efficient,
organized, responsible and reliable in

addition to possessing a minimum of five
years experience in the field. Please note:
Confidentiality is of supreme importance.

Interested candidates should send resume
via email to:


The Public is hereby advised that I, SONY SINEVIS
of Nassau Village of the Island of New Providence,
*intend to change my name to SONY NORTH. If there
are any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas,
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication
of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that*I SONY NORTH of NASSAU
VILLAGE, of the Island of New Providence 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 4TH day of NOVEMBER, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


(No 46 of 2000)

IBC N 132,634 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, BLOOMINGDALE ENTER-
PRISES INC. is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the BLOOMINGDALE ENTERPRISES
INC. is required on or before the 29th day of December 2008 to send their
name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the liquidator of the
Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution made before such claim is approved.

We, Redcorn Consultants Limited, of 2nd Floor, Ansbacher House, Shirley
and East Streets North, is the Liquidators of BLOOMINGDALE ENTER-

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BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.808.14 I CHG -0.09 | "GCHG 0 00 I YTD -258.61 I| 'CD "-X -12 51
FINDEX: CLOSE 868.15 I YTD -8.81. I 2007 28.291-.%
I :..Seu, Pe'..us Close ose T.a, sClse C, -.ar .o D-i. .1 E .- .. F e
I I- 1 = .c, i: Mr.ia-'I -s 1 71 1 71 ':' I:'.' '-I I1 1 *~j *:I.:':i 4 1 I:11:11 '-
11.80 11.60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.6'0 0.00 1.061 0.200 11.1 1.69
9.68 7.64 Bank of Bahamas 7.64 7.64 0.00 0.643 0.160 11.9 2.09%
0.99 0.81 Benchmark 0.89 0.81 -0.08 1.000 -0.877 0.020 N/M 2.47%
3.74 3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.152 0.090 23.0 2.58%
2.70 1.95 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.15 11.00 Cable Bahamas 14.15 14.15 0.00 1.255 0.240 11.3 1:70%
3.15 2.83 Colina Holdings 2.83 2.83 0.00 0.118 0.040 24.0 1.41%
8-50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.30 7.30 0.00 4,808 0.446 0.300 16.4 4.11%
6-61 1.99 Consolidated Water BDRs 2.83 2.94 0.11 0.122 0.052 24.1 1.77%
3.00 2.25 Doctor's Hospital 2.77 2.77 0.00 0.256 0.040 10.8 1.44%
8.10 6.02 Famguard 7.80 7.80 0.00 0.535 0.280 14.6 3.59%
13-01 12.00 Finco 12.00 12.00 0.00 0.665 0.570 18.0 4.75%
14.66 11.54 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.60 11.60 0.00 0.682 0.450 17.0 3.88%
6.09 5.01 Focol (S) 5.20 5.20' 0.00 0.385 0.170 13.5 3.279%
1.00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1 .00 0.36 Freeport Concrete 0.36 0.36 000 0.035 0.000 10.3 0.00%
8.20 5.50 ICD Utilities 6.81 6.81 0.00 0.407 0.300 16.7 4.41%
12.50 8.60 J.S. Johnson 11.00 11.00 0.00 0.952 0.620 11.6 5.64%
10.00 1* *: or-.se, Rea. EsIIe 1.0 C: ** ** .*, *. **:: . .
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds Lraos on a Paercensrge PrIding baesB)
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol. Interest Maturity
1000 00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) FBB17 0.00 7% 19 October 2017
1000,00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 0.00 Prim + 1.75% 19 October 2022
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7% 30 May 2013
1 ",',- ,,,' 1 ,: ,_ FoI hr, B3r .. r.: ie 1' iSe-ies D BB1 5 1 ,S,-,, ,,: I --, ._.. r., 1 I
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8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pra0 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 N/M 7,80%
0.54 ,.. RN -l, l31.3 .s4 0 3 '. 4. :1 : ,* i',* _1 *_. :1:1:1 435r? &i 00C .
Collna Over-The-Counter Sec-urilles
41.00 ,.- '.EB a 3F *-. 2 i:, ,-,* ,:*. .- 01 .
14.00 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.80 14.80 14.00 -0.041 0.300 N/M 2.17%/
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BISX Listed MIutual Funds
;.Z-"L *- ur.4a. ar-eN D L r.I .... i.C... : ..1 M .a A3.le
3.0250 2.8869 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 3.0250 0.81 4.78 31-Aug-08
1.4226 1.3599 Colina Money Market Fund 1.4226 3.45 4.61 17-Oct-08
3.7969 3.5562 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.6090 -4.95 3.62 30-Sep-08
12.4456 11.8789 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.4456 4.29 5.78 30-Sep-08
100.2421 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.2421 0.24 0.24 30-Sep-08
100.9600 96.7492 CFAL Global Equity Fund 96.7492 -3.25 -3.25 30-Sep-08
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.0000 0.00 0.00 31-Dec-07
10.5000 9.1958 Fidelity international Investment Fund 9.1958 -12.42 -12.42 30-Sep-08
1 0216 1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0216 2.16 2.16 30-Sep-08.
1 .0282 1 0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0282 2.82 2.82 30-Sep-08
I .0244 1 4 1lnnl cr_ FincrnFcisIl Div.rs1fied F und I 0244 2 A" 2 44 30-Sop-08
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Tr- TRADE C.LL C.OLINA 242-502-7010 I FIDELITY 242.-356-7764 FG CAPITAL R.IKFRETS .42-39 I-4000 I COLONI',L Z42-r502-7525




Fed's latest

survey finds

tighter loan


AP Economics Writer
Banks tightened up further on
all sorts of lending, from home
mortgages to credit cards and
business loans, as the worst
financial crisis in seven
decades took a bigger toll on
the economy.
The Federal Reserve said
Monday that its latest quar-
terly survey of bank lending
practices found high numbers
of banks reporting tighter
credit standards across a
broad iange of loan products.
The Fed survey, conducted
in the first two weeks of Octo-
ber, found sizable percentages
of banks had "continued to
tighten their lending standards
and terms on all major loan
categories over the previous
three months."
The Fed found 85 per cent
of domestic banks responding
to the survey reported that
they had tightened their lend-
ing standards for a major type
of business loans known as
"commercial and industrial"
loans, up from 60 per cent in
the June survey.
An even bigger proportion
of banks 95 per cent -
reported tighter standards for
the lines of credit they .extend
to large and medium sized
A large number of banks
reported they/were tightening
standards for'both credit cards
and other types of consumer
loans. Nearly 60 per cent of
banks responding to the sur-
vey said they had tightened
standards on credit card debt,
while 65 per cent said they
had tightened lending stan-
dards for other types of con-
sumer.loans, over the past
three nionths. '
Continuing a pattern seen
since the housing bubble
burst, large majorities of
banks reported tighter lend-
ing standards on prime mort-
gage loans, as well as nontra-
ditional mortgage loans and
subprime mortgages, loans
extended to borrowers with
weak credit histories.
The Fed survey found 70
per cent of the banks respond-
ing said they had tightened
lending standards further fok
prime mortgages. That was on
top of 75 per cent who were
tightening such standards in
the previous survey. The latest
survey covered 52 institutions
that account for about 78 per
cent of residential real estate
loans as of June of this year.
Record defaults that began
in the area of subprime mort-
gages have resulted in billions
of dollars in losses for finan-
cial institutions and triggered
the most severe financial crisis
to hit this country since the
The Bush administration is
now implementing a $700 bil-
lion financial rescue pro-
gramme for the financial sys-
tem which seeks to bolster
banks' balance sheets through
direct purchases of bank stock
by the government, or gov-
ernment purchases of some of
the distressed assets banks are
currently holding.
The goal is provide enough
resources to banks to get them
to resume mole normal lerd-
ing, and to keep the country
from being pushed into a deep
and prolonged recession.

THE Nassau Airport Devel-
opment Company (NAD) yes-
terday said customer satisfac-
tion with the airport's wash-
rooms had increased by 22 per
cent over initial survey results,
largely due to the newly con-
structed and refurbished facili-
ties in eight different locations.
However, the surveys also
revealed areas that could be
improved upon.
To date, NAD has conducted
three customer survey 'waves'
in January 2007, November
2007 and May 2008. In all three
surveys, services offered by
Bahamas Customs, Bahamas
Immigration, baggage delivery
staff, airline cheek-in staff and
security have received consis-
tently high ratings.
In the most recent survey,
NAD achieved an almost
unprecedented climb in satis-
faction ratings in its nine clean-
ing categories.
It attributed this to the excel-

lent teamwork demonstrated by
its cleaning company, Reliable
Janitorial Services, and NAD
contract administrator Vandet-
ta Moorshead, who together set
new standards and worked to
achieve their goals.
As part of the survey, pas-
sengers were asked to indicate
additional shops and products
they would like to see at LPIA.
Among those who responded,
additional food/beverage out-
lets remains the most frequent-
ly cited response.
To address the feedback con-
cerning food/beverage and retail
facilities, NAD has an ongoing
programme to enhance these
Although the Customer Sat-
isfaction survey is a major com-
ponent of NAD's customer
feedback programme, it is not
the only one. NAD has estab-
lished other methods of obtain-
ing customer feedback, includ-
ing a Customer Comment Card

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The Public is hereby advised that I, MARK KENNEL
KNOWLES of 4A Cadney Lane, P.O. Box F-60159,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
KIMUEL MARK KNOWLES. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Grand Bahama, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days
after the date of publication of this notice.

DELIVERY, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the factswithin twenty-eight days from the 4TH
day of NOVEMBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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), FARNDALE LIMITED is in Dissolution."

programme that is mainta
and evaluated in-house.
Comment Card boxes
located throughout the d
ture lounges, and passenger:
invited to rate various ser
offered at Lynden Pind
International Airport (LI
They may also comment on
additional concerns they
have, and expect a pers
response from a represent
of NAD's Customer Exper
"Customer comments
suggestions are very valid
to us, "' said vice-preside
operations Lori Chambers
we continually evaluate
information received to ei
we are focusing our atte:
in the right places."

Device could

eliminate 1


of energy costs

Customer sati9sfaction

130/ 0 1
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washroom facihties

there is not a reduction in elec-
tricity use. The product also
comes with a five-year warran-
Mr Black explained that Pow-
er Save comes in two sizes sin-
gle phase for residences, and
three phases, which is suitable
for commercial properties.
The cost of the commercial
units are determined by a num-
ber of factors, while the single
phase unit costs $995. Mr Black
said this was a long-term invest-
ment and should pay for itself
within six to 18 months.
Mr Black added that he was
working with the Government
to allow Power Save to come in
duty free, like other energy sav-
ing products such as solar pan- .
els. It currently comes in at a
25 per cent duty rate.
If the duty was removed, he
said the price could be suffi-
ciently reduced. He is also
awaiting word from BEC on a
possible partnership.

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PRICE: $250.00 per course

LOCATION: Munnings Bldg
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November 6 10:00am- 4:00pm

Independence Park, Oakes Field Campus

25 companies will be on site to talk to students and recent graduates about employment


Bahamas Ferries
Bahamas Agricultural Industries Corp. (BAIC)
Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)
British American Financial
Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas/ZNS
Caribbean Bottling Co
CLICO (Bahamas) Ltd.
Commonwealth Bank
Commonwealth Brewery
Deloitte & Touche
Department of Labour
Doctor's Hospital
Ernst & Young
Family Guardian
First Caribbean Bank Int'l
Lucayan Tropical Produce
PriceWaterHouse Coopers
Royal Bahamas Police Force
Royal Bank of Canada
The National Museum Of The Bahamas
Water & Sewage Corporation
Bank of The Bahamas

Students should bring a current resume and be ready to converse with company

For more information contact: Norma Tumquest at 302-4445 or ntumquest@cob.edu.bs

commencement of dissolution is the 21st day of

The date of
May, 2008.

Mr. Mohammed Jaidah
14 Al-muntazah Street
330 Doha
State of Qatar



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FROM page 1B

high energy efficient ratings in
the upper 90 per cent range will
likely not benefit from Power
Mr Black said that in
Bahamas-based testing at a
number of homes and business-
es, clients saw in some cases up
to a 22 per cent decrease in their
electricity bills.
This savings will vary, he
added, based on the lifestyle of
the consumer and the initial
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more likely to see a greater sav-
ings due to the nature of their
usage and their appliances .
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there's cause for alarm (9)
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them (6)
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port (6)
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vigour (5)
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21 A plain man treated like a
doormat (7,2)
23 Anger I reveal when
there's a shortage of
meat (3)
24 Suffers, so conclude
certain change is
required (7)
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Yesterday's Cryptic Solutio
Across: 1 Accomplice, 8 Panda, 9
Dearest, 10 Trade in, 11 India, 12
Agency, 14 Belief, 17 Reign, 19
Patella,, 21 Setters, 22 Plant, 23 Wid
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5 Imagine, 6 Emend, 7 At half-mast
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cleaned up (7)
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revolution (5,4)
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go off with another (5)
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detail (7)
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unaccountable (5)
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beaten (5)
22 Object when a tip is
offered? (3)

Yesterday's Easy Solution
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On the level.
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5 Lanolin, 6 Wrest, 7 In the dumps,
8 Topsy-turvy, 13 Outpost, 15
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Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to

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

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HOW manywords of four letters
or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used
once only. Each must contain the
centre letter and there must be at
least one nine-letter word. No
Good 11; very good 16; excellent
21 (or more). Solution tomorrow.
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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Test Your Play

1.You are declarer with the West
hand at Three Notrump, and North
leads the king of hearts. How would
you play the hand?
West East
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2.You are declarer with the West
hand at Four Spades. North leads the
ace and another spade, South follow-
ing suit. How would you play the
West East
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1. Win the king of hearts with the
ace, cross to the ace of clubs, lead the
queen of diamonds and finesse. If the
finesse loses to North, you have 10
sure tricks whatever he returns. If the
finesse wins, repeat it by leading a
low diamond to your ten. This
approach is sure to produce at least
nine tricks regardless of which oppo-
nent has the king of diamonds or how
the stit is divided.
If you were to duck the king of

hearts at trick one a play that is
often made in similar circumstances
- you would be courting disaster.
North might shift to a spade, and you
would then almost surely go down if
North had the king of diamonds.
Since you can guarantee the con-
tract by winning the opening heart
lead, there is no reason to risk the
contract by doing anything else.
2. Win the spade in your hand,
cash the K-A of hearts, ruff dummy's
last heart, then play the A-10 of
clubs. This series of plays assures
making at least 10 tricks.
If North wins the club, you are cer-
tain to gain your 10th trick whether
he returns a heart, a diamond or a
club. If South wins the club and
returns a low diamond, you insert the
nine, forcing North to make a return
that is sure to give you the game-
going trick. If South returns the jack
or ten of diamonds instead, you play
the queen to accomplish the same
Finally, if South wins the ten of
clubs with either the queen or king
and returns a low club, you discard a
diamond to get home safely; if he
returns a heart instead, you discard a
diamond as you ruff in dummy. All
roads inevitably lead to Rome.

Tomorrow: Safety first.
C200S King Features Syndicate Inc.



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Alcoholics Anhenymous continues to provide a great source of help for struggling alcoholics

Alcoholics Anonymous continues to provide a great source of help for struggling alcoholics


AS we carry on with our daily lives we may
come across a woman walking aimlessly with no
intended destination or see a man lying down on
the side of the road in hopes of gaining comfort
as his body meets with the cold, hard concrete,
or we may come across a person who is disori-
entated, their balance shaky or their mental fac-

ulties are impaired.
More often than not, this
behaviour is likely the result of
the individual's dependence on
alcohol. Once intoxicated alco-
holics are often unaware of their
own behaviour, or the impact of
it, and are unable to maintain a
stable existence. Thankfully,
there are organizations that offer
a helping hand to those strug-
gling to attain their balance
Liberating alcoholics from a
life of instability and providing a
comfortable environment con-
ducive for recovery has always
been the objective of Alcoholics
Anonymous (AA), an innova-
tive organisation that provides a
12 step programme to help alco-
holics recover from this common
social epidemic.
AA was founded in 1935 by
two alcoholics who yearned to
emancipate themselves from the
harmful substance, New York
stock broker Bill W and New
York surgeon Dr Bob.
In hopes of freeing themselves,
and others, from the disease, the

Understanding that there is a
social stigma connected to being
an alcoholic, the organisation
honours the anonymity of its
members and has made a con-
certed effort to maintain the
identity of individuals who seek
their help.
Realising that alcoholism is a
malady of the mind, emotions
and body, AA has organised
activities that help alcoholics
overcome unresolved issues that
are factors in their excessive&
There are two types of AA
meetings open meetings and
closed meetings. The former
meetings are open to alcoholics,
their families, persons interest-
ed in becoming sober and those
who want to help others solve
their problems. These open
meetings are primarily for the
benefit of newcomers in the audi-
ence, and during them a num-
ber of speakers are introduced
who relate their personal drink-
ing histories and who give their
personal interpretation of AA.

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organisation was started and
quickly saw successful results
within its first three years. Since
then, Alcoholics Anonymous has
brought hope into the lives of
persons all over the world, and
Bill W and Dr Bob have left
footprints that people in every
continent are able to emulate.
In the Bahamas, Alcoholics
Anonymous has been instru-
mental in providing assistance,
and an environment of freedom
to express thoughts and past
struggles. They have provided a
home for recovering alcoholics'
at Rosetta House where alco-
holics have a safe haven and
have support as they recover
from their addiction. ,
Many people have looked
towards AA as a place of refuge,
but for individuals to become
members they must have a burn-
ing desiring to stop drinking.
AA does not, however, dis-
criminate against any individual,
regardless of social status,
employment, sexual orientation,
sex, colour, religion or ethnic
background. Also, there are no
dues or fees for AA member-
ship; they are self supporting
through their own contribution.

Closed meetings are a bit dif-
ferent. These meetings are only
for alcoholics and during this
time members share their prob-
lems and some of the things they
have done to stop drinking.
Overcoming an alcohol addic-
tion does not only come about
through perseverance and deter-
mination, but spiritual help is
needed to be. completely free
from the disease. As part of its
12-step programme, AA mem-
bers learn that only through rely-
ing on a power greater than
themselves can they rid their
bodies of the impurities of the
drug and maintain their sobri-
If you are an alcoholic and you
are willing to make that change
but don't know where to start or
how to go about doing so, you
can begin by stepping into the
doors of Alcoholics Anonymous.
This one step may be the step to
transform your entire life.

Alcoholics Anonymous meet.
ings are held at the Bamboo Town
Constituency office Monday-Thurs-
day from pm to 2pm. For more infor-
mation can contact 322-1685.

REALISING that alcoholism is a malady of the mind, emotions and body, AA has organised activ
that help alcoholics overcome unresolved issues that are factors in their excessive drinking.

Roundtree promotes

breast cancer

awareness for men


A 1970's film
icon and the
epitome of the
brilliantly cool
black brother,
ican actor

Roundtree is
Best known for
his smooth
talking, but
sexy portrayal
of John "shut
your mouth" Shaft. But this weekend
he will be in the Bahamas as part of
"An Evening with Xernona" at the
Atlant is Resort on Thursday, Novem-
ber 6, to promote breast cancer aware-
ness for men.
A breast cancer survivor himself, Mr
Roundtree found a lump while working
in Costa Rica in 1993. Initially, he did-
n't think too much about it but at the
same time, he knew something was not
On return to the US he had a biopsy
and a week later when the doctor called
him in to talk, he said the most devas-
tating part of his diagnosis was that it
was cancer of the breast something he
knew as only a woman's disease.
iale breast cancer has a significant-
ly lower incidence than that of women,
but it does happen. In the US, one per
cent of all breastcancer cases are
among men. In the Bahamas, while
there are no statistics, oncologist Dr
Locksley Munroe said he's seen eight
cases of breast cancer among Bahami-
an males in his 16 years of practice.
It is a shameful disease for men, even
more so than it is for women because,
.Lniakes you question your manhood,"
Mr Roundtree said
"But breast cancers not gender sape-
cific, if you have a body part, cancer
can attack it. It's no different for men
than for women, it's all the same pro-
ce d u re s and treatment."
Declared cancer free some five years
ago, Mr Roundtree subsequently
decided to go public with his story.
Most people were shocked that this
man, whose image was that of the
tough, take-no-prisoners action star,
was also a breast cancer survivor.
This reaction told him that the aware-
ness level for male breast- cancer was
almost non-existent, and his struggle
with breast cancer turned into a back-
handed blessing as he became a
spokesperson for the Komen Centre.
"This is the perfect union, I want to
show people everywhere that early
detection can save you I am a living,
breathing example of that. Mortality
rates are so high and it doesn't need
to be this way," he said.
Staying on top of health issues is real-
ly important to Mr Roundtree, and
being aware of what's going on in your
own body is an issue he speaks about as
often as he can.
r "In the Bahamas, almost 43 per cent
of Bahamian women who succumb to
the disease are under age 50 at time of
death because they're already in stage
three cancer," he said.
Mr Roundtree has been with the
Komen Centre for a few years, becom-
ing an official ambassador earlier this
With a career that has spanned some
80 feature films and television shows,
Mr Roundtree now serves as a breast
ities cancer activist and a role model in the
t community.

'An Evening with Xernona'


BREAST cancer activist Xer-
nona Clayton and actor Richard
Roundtree, both of the US, have
teamed up with the Bahamas
Cancer Society to host "An
Evening with Xernona", on
Thursday, November 6 at
The fundraising initiative,
jointly spearheaded by the US-
based Susan G Komen for the
Cure's Circle of Promise, is just
one of a number of events being
held at the weekend to raise
funds for cancer research.
The one-woman show,
described as entertaining, moti-
vational, inspirational, and edu-
cational, provides a platform for
Ms Clayton to get the message
out that women of all colours
must become more involved in

their health. She told Tribune
Health that women must play an
active role in determining their
health status and understanding
their diagnosis.
"It's part of human nature not
wanting to know bad news," Ms
Clayton said, "but this is very
unfortunate because you need
to know in order to prepare
yourself for the good, the bad
and most importantly, the dev-
This is particularly relevant to
women of colour because many
either have minimal resources
or lack adequate health insur-
ance and are unable, from a
financial standpoint, to take care
of the potential problem.
"If you don't know, you don't
have to face it," she said, "but
statistics show that if you catch it
early, you can solve the prob-

A civil rights activist, Ms Clay-
ton is the founder, president and
CEO of the Trumpet Awards
Foundation, Inc. She is also the
creator and executive producer
of the Foundation's Trumpet
Awards. Initiated in 1993 by
Turner Broadcasting, the Trum-
pet Awards is a prestigious event
highlighting African American
accomplishments and contribu-
Although she is not a breast
cancer survivor herself, Ms Clay-
ton said she can only imagine
the earth shattering weight that a
didignosis puts on an individu- .
al's shoulders.
In the Bahamas, there is a
high incidence of breast cancer
among women. Statistics show
that a quarter of women diag-
nosed have advanced stage three
'breast cancer and a third are
diagnosed with metastatic incur-

able cancer.
Having grown up in the
church, and with a strong admi-
ration and love for people, Ms
Clayton, who worked alongside
Martin Luther King Jr in the
fight for racial equality in the
US, has committed her life to
promoting human relations. She
believes that human beings are
all connected in spirit and that in
the end, neither race, religion
nor nationality matter.
"It's not hard then, for me to
respect and care for people.
Working to make things better
has become my life," she told
Tribune Health. "He [Martin
Luther King Jr] believed that
once we get to know each other,
we could come to love each oth-
er," an idea that she's carried on
for the 40 years since his untime-
ly death.
"The language of love is the

same all over the continent,
wherever people exist and
when you know that, you know
there is no difference between
' people," she said, "The Bible
teaches us that God created us
all the same, underneath the skin
we're all the same and what
affects one will affect the oth-
For Ms Clayton it was easy to
make her life a caring one, and
the first step she said, was to
have the will to do it.
"It's bred into each person to
say 'hello, how are you?' but we
need to care about the answer,"
she explained.
Devoting herself to good caus-
es is the work of Ms Clayton's
life. She has worked with pro-
moting awareness of multiple
sclerosis a disease her sister
suffered from and has spent a
long time working with diabetes,
as well as sickle cell anemia.
Next, she was asked to focus
her energies towards spreading
breast cancer awareness.
"We all just need to put our

er we
can. In
my life
I've lhad

fence Ms Clayton said, "Life is
oppor-ed with stories that every-
one ca n

tell mine to a bigger audience, toen
great place to peoplearn about people
whose lives have made a differ-
ence," Ms Clayton said, "Life is
peppered with stories that every- Bahamas
one can relate to, and I want to
tell mine to a bigger audience, to
reach out to people give them
joy, excitement, but sometimes
sadness and grief."

Xemona Clayton's motivation-
al stories will come to the Bahamas
this Thursday at 6pm in Grand Ball-
room D of the Atlantis Hotel. For
tickets call 323-618 or 302-2077,




ovem ber

NOVEMBER is a month of keen anticipation. The hur-
ricane season is just about over and those vegetables
we started in September and October are well on their
way to fruition. Fast producers such as green beans
and spinach may very well appear in your diet during
November, but December is when we normally enjoy
the rewards of our labours.

The turning of the clock allows us
more time in the morning to inspect
our garden before heading off to
work. Look for signs of insect activ-
ity, especially on the underside of
leaves. Especially check tomato
plants for stripping of leaves, caused
by tomato hornworm caterpillars.
These normally predate in the ear-
ly months of the year, but I have
already had an infestation among
my tomatoes this season.
The best general defense against
insects is a soap solution applied
through a hose-end garden sprayer.
Use an unscented liquid soap and
try to get underneath the leaves as
well as spray the top surfaces. Soap
will not kill any insect predatory
or beneficial but it will be a pow-
erful deterrent. You may add hot
pepper sauce and/or garlic to your
spray solution. Reapply soap solu-
tion to your plants after every rain
At 'some time during November
everybody growing vegetables
should think about the next couple
of months. As soon as your toma-
toes set fruit you should sow seeds
for the next crop. The same applies
to many other crops such as beans,
cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, car-
rots, beets and squash. You do not
have to apply successive sowing to
peppers as they will last the whole
year through. Eggplants will prob-
ably last half the year.
We must try to get as much out of
our gardens as possible and that is
done by avoiding having too many
vegetables at one time and not
enough later.
If you have any anonas in your
yard sugar apple,. soursop, etc. -
November is a good pruning
month. Anonas set fruit on new
growth so judicious pruning now
would at least double your harvest
next year.
November is not a particularly
rainy month and that makes it ide-
al for setting out bulbs and rhi-
zomes. Once in the ground and
established, the bulbs will flower in

their appointed season. Ginger lilies
are particularly rewarding but hip-
peastrum and amaryllis, northern
plants, also do well. A mass planti-
ng of gloriosa lilies will become a
joy forever.
Kalanchoe blooms again in
November after taking the sum-
mer months off. These fleshy plants
come in a vast array of colours and
the reds and pinks especially attract
hummingbirds while the mauve
flowers attract bees. Kalanchoe will
bloom for about six months but
while it is not blooming the rather
attractive foliage remains. I like to
plant caladiums near the kalanchoe
to provide summer colour.
The cooler weather allows us to
plant Irish potatoes with some
degree of confidence. Choose
unblemished potatoes from the

food store that have 'eyes' arid cut
them into halves or quarters con-
taining the eyes. Dip these potato
halves or quarters into a week
bleach solution (a teaspoon of
bleach to each quart of water) and
immediately rinse and dry them.
The potato plant produces tubers
above the planting position and
roots below. This means we have to
place our cut potatoes about five or
six inches deep. As the foliage
develops, cover it with soil. Keep
doing this until the plant is well
'above ground level and soil is
mounded around its base.
New potatoes will be ready when
the main plants flower and then
die back. Digging up of potatoes
is one of the great pleasures of gar-
dening for the smaller potatoes are
even more prized than the large
ones. Do not eat any potatoes with
green skin as they will be pdiso
If we do the chores of November
well then we will be setting down a
firm foundation for success the rest.
of the season.

S. hardy@coralwave.comrn


your dog

THIS week, I t
had the esteem
privilege of
meeting with
some veterinari- ...
ans from Alaba-
ma who came to
.the Bahamas promoting their new dog food Bench-
Dog food is a big business and today the market is
flooded with products so that it is hard to know
what to choose. The increased awareness about food.
sensitivities, and allergies only compounds the prob-
lem, and the massive pet food recall in 2007 height-
ened owner's anxiety about what to feed their pets.
As a result of the meeting with these veterinary
nutritionists, there are factors one must be aware of
with regards to dog food. They are:
1) Palatability
2) Price
3) Potential
The dog food should taste good so that the dog
will eat it. It should not be astronomically expen-
sive, especially in these trying times and one should
see results with their food.
Today, Bahamian pet owners are confused by
manufacturers claims, disheartened by health prob-
lems that may arise from some foods and are aware
of the ills of our own foods that we eat and there-
fore they have begun to take a closer look at what
they are feeding their animal companions. After all,
if people are being told to eat fewer processed foods
and more fresh foods then shouldn't it make sense
that our pets should benefit from that advice as welL
Necessary nutrients
You can learn a lot about the quality of the food
by looking carefully at the label on the package. -
One should look for the basic factors for sound
nutrition. They are proteins, carbohydrates. vita-
mins, minerals and fats.
Proteins: these are present in all kinds of meat
and meat by-products. This form of protein is the
bbst source for your dog. A lot of dog foods use veg-
etable proteins such as soy because it is cheap.
These are harder to digest. A dog's need for protein
varies depending on his age, size and activity. Puppy
foods have higher levels ofprotein whereas senior
foods have less.
* Carbohydrates: these are necessary for energy.
There sources are typically rice, corn or some other
grain like wheat. However a lot of grains causes
allergies and therefore most dog foods use rice as
their starch.
.0 Viltmins and minerals: dogs need these to keep
their bodies functioning as we do. A lack of iron can
cause anemia and a lack of vitamin E can cause dry,
brittle skin.
Fats: this is necessary part of the diet. Fat is
what keeps the skin supple and the coat shiny. Too
little fat in the diet and you get a dry, brittle coat
and dry skin. Too much fat and you get an obese
dog. Fat is extremely palatable and that is why a lot
of dog foods have fats for its nutritional and taste
Water: dogs can go longer without food than
they can without water. To stay hydrated and to
cool off, dogs need a constant supply of fresh, clean
water. It is absolutely necessary to leave out a clean
bowl of water at all times for your dog. Dogs can't
tell you when they are thirsty, so it is important that
you leave water at all times.
Feeding a commercial diet: commercially pre-
pared pet foods come in three forms dry food,
canned food and semi moist.
Dry food is the most nutritional and economical
food choice, but it is the least palatable. Canned
foods on the other hand are quite palatable, but are
more expensive and cannot provide the hard munch-
iness that benefits a dog's teeth and gums (and no,
canned foods do not give your dog worms). Semi-
moist is the most comparable to human junk food.
They are loaded with extra sugars and preservatives.
It is important to store dry dog food in an airtight
container as soon as possible to help ensure fresh-
ness. We all know what it is like to eat stale cookies
or potato chips after the bag has been opened. Yes,
dogs do not like sale foods either.
I am constantly telling clients to buy the approxi-
mate size bag of dog food for their dog. I don't think
you will be saving a lot of money if you buy a 50
pound bag for your Shih Tzu or Poodle when you ,
Share feeding him only two cups a day. Freshness is
more important.
If you are confused as to whether you should feed
dry food or canned foods, why not try mixing the
two together. I like mixing the dry food with canned
foods at a ratio of three parts dry to one part wet.
Remember, both of these foods are formulated to
provide your dog with the same types and mixtures
of protein, carbohydrates; fats etc. While dry foods
contains the same things as canned foods, the differ-
ence is that the water and blood has been removed
from the dry food.
Many breeders and dog experts feed their dogs
commercial name brands of dry dog food such as
Pro Plan, Exceed. Pedigree, Purina One, etc and
supplement these foods with the occasional canned
food such as Alpo. I recommend and tell clients to
sometimes mix the dry food with canned cat foods
such as Friskies or tuna, mackerel or sardines to
give the food some added taste.
There is no denying that canned foods provide

good flavour and a little additional meat that dogs
love. The dry food is nutritional, hard and crunchy
as long as it is kept fresh. This causes your dog to
chew more, and eating the dry food helps clean their
teeth by scraping off bits of accumulated plaque and
tartar. Wet foods can accumulate along the gum line
and between the teeth. contributing to poor oral

* Dr Basil Sands is a veterinarian at the Central Animal
Hospital. Questions or comments should be directed to
potcake59@hotmall.com. Dr Sands can also be contacted
at 325-1288





Islands of the World Fashion Week set to hit our shores


THE fashion world is buzzing with
news of the upcoming Islands of the
World Fashion Week, November 5 to
November 8 held at the British Colo-
nial Hilton Hotel and Atlantis Resort,
which is expected to dazzle audiences
with an incredible display of glamour,
glitz, and fashionable style.
Never before has an event of this
magnitude taken place in the Bahamas.
Designers from the Caribbean and the
Pacific Ocean islands will showcase
their clothing lines and accessories.
There will be designers from Cuba,
Barbados, Jamaica, St Vincent, Mada-
gascar, -Trinidad & Tobago, Fiji, St
Vincent & the Grenadines, St Lucia,
Dominican Republic, Indonesia,
British Virgin Islands and Haiti.
Audiences will see swim wear
designs, haute couture, pret a porter,
casual, sports, bridal wear, and acces-
Also on hand will be a number of
international guests, who will be treat-
ed to an up and close display of the
designs that will, incorporate aspects
of their individual cultures.,
The island-based designers will be
joined by international guest designers
who will also showcase their collec-
tions. Appearing as an international
guest designer is Peter Ingwerseh of
NOIR Illunminati II out of Denmark.
Ingwersen is a leader in the world of
echo-fashion and his designs will be
showcased during the opening recep-
Another designer is Nick Verreos
of Nicolaki, a star designer from the
American fashion reality series Pro-
ject Runway. He will have a special
showing of his collection and will lead
a discussion on trends and the fashion
industry for the presenting designers.
Kevan Hall, celebrity designer, will
also be on hand to showcase his col-

Leadership and the

elastic mind

WE all get caught in the trap of per-
ceiving circumstances the same old way.
It is a comfortable, safe and predictable
place that maintains the status quo.
Leaders with inelastic minds aren't
open to creative solutions and often-
times brand employees with descrip-
tors that limit their potential because
they won't or can't perceive their
employees' potential, only the unfor-
tunate mistake they made 10 years ago
or their annoying habits.
There are leaders with inelastic
minds who don't venture past the nine
dots. They stick with the logic that has
always served them because this is what
they have been rewarded for over and
over again. While this works in some
cases, as their external environment
changes, they may want to rethink this,
"if it ain't broke, don't fix it" strategy.
Effective leaders and employees pos-
sess the skill of mental elasticity. Hav-
ing an elastic mind means you are able
to stretch your thinking beyond the
boundaries of tradition and seek new
ways to solve both new and existing

Barry Bergdall, the architecture and
design curator at the Museum of Mod-
em Art wrote, "it is the elastic mind,
with the flexibility and strength to
embrace progress and to harness it,
that is best suited to confront this world
of seemingly limitless challenges and
Here are a few tools you can use to
create elastic thinking:

"Both and"
Many times we are taught that we
have a choice, either choose this or
that. Leaders who possess the skill of
mental elasticity can seek creative ways

to satisfy two or more options simul-

"Ask more questions"
As a leader, you feel you should
always have the answers, but this is
humanly impossible. The most effec-
tive leaders are able to formulate ques-
tions that stretch their own thinking
and consequently, the thinking of their
Always remember that if you ask
your employees the right questions in
the right way, you'll engage them. If
you do it differently, you will put them

Curiosity is a skill that is difficult to
master because, as leaders, we have
an idea of what an employee is about
to say because of what we think we
know about them and their abilities.
This discourages your employees' will-
ingness to open up or.take reasonable
risks that can have lucrative rewards.
Curiosity is simply about remaining

open and interested about what a per-
son has to say without summing them
up. It is about seeing your employees
as a source of creativity and brilliance
and 'eliciting the natural curiosity in

Creativity, innovation and high per-
formance are all bye-products of men-
tal elasticity and coaching is an effec-
tive tool for developing your team and
keeping them abreast of changing pri-

Be optimistic
Optimism is about seeing the possi-
bilities in seemingly negative circum-
stances realistically. Mastering opti-
mism will help employees and leaders
perceive and explore new ways of.
doing business. It will also help you to
inspire your employees to go beyond
perceived limits.

As a leader, you can seek mental
elasticity by pushing the envelope, chal-

lenging your perceptions n, i. ay
You probably have belief systems you
created years ago and you uncon-
sciously bring your systems of thinking
and behaviour to the workplace. While
the cocktail of survival skills you natu-
rally developed may have served you in
other circumstances, these skills may
not serve you as a leader in difficult
Elastic thinking is especially useful
during tough economic times. Instead
of succumbing to the fears caused by
lower customer spending, leaders who
possess the skill of mental elasticity
will seek new ways of doing business
that will meet the changing needs of
both customers and employees.

Yvette Bethel is the president of
Organisational Soul. She can be'contact-
ed by telephone at 242.424.7166 or fax -
242.324.1631 or write to her at PO Box
N-511, Nassau, Bahamas. Interested per-
sons can also check out her website at:
, www.orgsoul.com.

The colour of health

FROM page 12

"It is the one hospital that
accepts everyone."
He told Tribune Health, that
the government is spending mil-
lions of dollars on radiation
oncology. From 1999 to present
the PHA has spent over $14 mil-
lion, with $5,429,779.38 going to
the local radiation centre and
$8,908,831.47 to Mount Sinai in
Miami during that time period.
"I see this as the government
demonstrating it's commitment
to the Bahamian people and I
categorically deny Dr Munroe's
statement, there's no basis for it.
We have a contract with Radia-
tion Therapy Services Bahamas
Ltd (RTSBL) where all Bahami-
ans, no matter the colour of their
skin, can go and have radiation
oncology free of charge," Mr
Brown said.
"I am really proud of the gov-
ernment initiative here," "and
there is absolutely no discrimi-
nation," he said.
According to Dr Munroe
however, PMH isn't welcoming,
or facilitating to black women
diagnosed with the disease..
"When a woman eventually
does come, we need to create
good experiences so that women
will go back to their communities
and say to their friends and fam-
ily, 'You don't need to wait until
your breast is falling off, go to'
PMH, they'll treat you as a
human being'.",
Beyond the harsh treatment
some women experience, Dr
Munroe feels that there are a
number of other obstacles that
prevent women diagnosed with
breast cancer from getting the
best treatment possible.
There is the matter of Bahami-
an society's stigma against
women without breasts, he said.
There may be women who don't

know how to navigate the
process of receiving treatment
while losing a part of their body
that defines them as female. For
them, there's just no easy way
to start this huge, demanding
process on' their mind, body and
Dr Munroe said he sees at
least one case of advanced breast
cancer per week, and 90 per cent
of his cases are presented in the
advanced stages. He blames
Bahamian society and its atti-
tude toward women who may
be faced with living without their
breasts for causing women to
delay seeking timely treatment.
"It's a very complicated
approach that Bahamian women
have to their health primarily
because cancer represents dis-
aster to most. If they have a
lump there are two most com-
mon reactions, 'I'm not going to
tell anyone what's happening to
me until I can no longer hide it'
or they turn to God for healing
with no medical treatment."
The mammogram, mastecto-
my (amputation of breast) and
chemotherapy side effects have
little appeal for the Bahamian
populace, Dr Munroe said, not-
ing that, "it's not appealing to
talk about it in our society." This
fact alone makes successful
treatment difficult.
While advances are being
made in the fight against breast
cancer every day, if women
don't seek treatment, they can't
get help. This makes their prog-
nosis extremely restrictive once
they do see a doctor, and leaves
little chance that they can sur-
vive breast cancer because it is a
disease that spreads quickly.
Dr Munroe's belief is that
Bahamian women lack empow-
erment and that once diagnosed
with breast cancer many feel
worthless. He added that if a

woman feels this way, then going
for testing or signing up for
treatment may feel pointless. "If
you thought you were valuable
you wouldn't let someone tell
you to go away or tell you to

come back in six months you
need to say 'I want this handled
today' and to demand a con-
structive plan to let you know
your condition and outcome,"
he said.

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MODEL Quetalle Fer-
guson poses after a
press conference at
Montague Corporate
Partners on the 4th
floor of Centerville
House on October 29.
She is showing off a
beautiful two-piece
knit couture dress,
designed by Jeff St

election at the closing reception.
According to organizers, the fash-
ion week is sure to be a blast, providing
local designers with the opportunity
to show their creations to an interna-
tional fashion audience.
Owen Bethel, creator of IWFW and
president of the Montaque Group, said
not only will the designers be able to
show off their artistic vision using a
blend of fabrics and natural fibres, they
will be able to show their unique and
individual lifestyles and the culture of
their country through their work.
"While certainly providing a show-
case for eligible designers, originating
from developing islands, that is similar
to the typical fashion week, the mere
fact that this event specifically focuses
on designers from islands in itself
makes it a unique event.
"Islands conjure up images of a
unique lifestyle, both exotic and
colourful. Further, this event is not
simply a commercial venture, as it con-
currently aims to draw attention to
several global issues which also signif-
icantly affects island states the envi-
ronment and climate change, the edu-
cation of youth on HIV/AIDS, and
poverty alleviation.
"Hopefully, the event will serve as a
catalyst for persons to take a serious
look at the creativity of designers from
the islands. Mode lies has created a
charitable arm, the Small Island States
Foundation, to channel proceeds from
the event to executing agencies, such as
YouthAIDS, which actively work in
the areas of the environment and envi-
ronmental change, the education of
youth on HIV/AIDS and poverty alle-
viation in the various island states of
the world," Mr Betlel said.
The Ministry of Tourism, one of the
sponsors, is hosting a cultural reception
for visiting guests, presenting designers,
participating models, the media and
invited guests.

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breast cancer are
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of the matter is that
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,W ITH 16 years of practice as an
oncologist, there's little that
Dr Locksley Munroe hasn't
Treating between 80 and 90 cases of
breast cancer per year, and conducting
on average 50 mastectomies over the
same time period, Dr Munroe blames the
devastating history of breast cancer expe-
rienced by women of African descent in
the Bahamas, in part, on a racist and
uncaring medical community.
The oncologist, who operates out of
Southern Community General Clinic,
and who also works at Princess Margaret
Hospital (PMH), the country's principal
medical facility, charged that medical
services at the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal are racist because those responsible
for advising patients tend to guide Cau-
casian women through the complicated
process of diagnosis and treatment more
quickly and comprehensively than they
would a woman of colour.
He believes also that the lack of easily
accessed, available information, and
harsh and difficult treatment given by
medical personnel are some of the root.
causes why women of colour tend to seek
treatment and follow-up only when the
cancer has developed to an advanced
He pointed to two cases, one involving
a Caucasian woman, the other a woman
of colour who had a similar diagnosis. Dr
Munroe said the white woman was given
a treatment plan and successively went
through a breast mastectomy, medical
oncology, chemotherapy and radiation
treatments. Three years later she has
been medically classified as cancer free.
The black woman's case did not go so
smoothly, although she had the same sur-
gical (breast removal) treatment as the
white woman. She purchased a portacat
for the cost of $470, using up two months
pay from her pension, and had it put in
place ready to receive her treatment.
However, on arriving at the hospital,
administration told her this was unneces-
sary and that she could just take some
After 10 months she has failed on the
tablets, her port is blocked and she's hav-
ing pain under her arm because the

Bahamnian doctor claims
racially motivated
practices results in
lower percentage of
survival for women
of African descent

tumour is binding onto the nerve. Offi-
cials at PMH, told her that there's noth-
ing they can do, and to just keep taking
the tablets.
Dr Vernell Allan, registrar of the Med-
ical Council at the Ministry of Health,
said rather than a system of racial preju-
dice, these situations are more a question
of economics. In the Bahamas "the fii n-
cially privileged have the advantage (to
medical services) as unfortunately occ. rs
in many other health systems throughout
the world," he said.
Dr Dwayne Sands, an oncologist at
PMH, said that it doesn't matter that this
institution is technically a public hospital,
"because the tests for breast cancer are
expensive.'The fact of the matter is that
if you have more money you are more
likely to get the treatment".
For example, the new digital mammog-
raphy only recently became available to
Bahamians at The Breast Centre, located
in the Centreville Medical Pavillion,
while at PMH they have the old, less reli-
able mammography system.
"PET scans are not available here, and
women have to go to Florida where they
cost $6,000. So who are the people likely
to get that kind of testing done?" he said,
adding that it's "not whether you're
black or white but how much green you
Dorothy Hepburn, deputy hospital
administrator at PMH declined to com-
ment on Dr Munroe's claim, saying only
that she did "not deal with clinical mat-
Managing Director of the Public Hospi-
tal Authority (PHA) Mr Herbert Brown
was outraged at Dr Munroe's comments,
stating that the racist claims are absolutely
"PMH is a hospital for poor people and
the majority of people go to PMH," he said.
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