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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 5, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Volume: 104 No.289


Bahamians celebrate

first presidential

triumph for an African

American candidate


* By ALISON LOWE
& Tribune Staff Reporters
alowe@tribunemedia.net
BAHAMIANS were cele-
brating an historic win for
American Presidential candi-
date Barack Obamalast night,
which many declared a stunning
and previously unfathomable
step forward.
After earlier taking the key
battleground states of Ohio,
Pennsylvania. and Iowa, pro-
jected victories in California,
Washington, Oregon and Flori-
da shortly after 11pm secured
a landslide victory for the Sen-
ator from Illinois.
Two hundred and seventy
electoral college votes were
needed by either candidate to
win the election. Senator Oba-
ma was projected to have
picked tili 333 to John McCain's
156 and Senator McCain con-
ceded the election within min-
utes.
The overwhelming triumph
of Senator Obama who has
campaigned on a platform of
hope, change and a determina-
tion to "restore America's
standing in the world" was
greeted with great enthusiasm
by Bahamians at election par-
ties across New Providence.
From a downtown election
party, Prince Albert Braynen,
48, who described himself as
"Obama's biggest fan", said:


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LEFT: President-elect Barack Obama waves as he takes the stage at his election night party in Chicago's Grant Park. (AP)


"He's the man who's come from
out of nowhere and here he is
becoming the President of the
United States. That's a great
day for black people in gener-
al...to know that we were so far
back and that we could come
now to this place."
Chanel Minnis; a local banker
who initially supported Hillary
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Man with
cutlass halts
church service
* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A BIMINI church service was
disrupted on Sunday when a
young man entered the build-
ing, pulled a cutlass from his
trousers and started chasing two
teenagers in an apparent
attempt to attack them.
He was soon restrained by
two deacons from the Gateway
Ministry in Bailey Town, Bimi-
ni, but not before leaving some
rc h members badly shaken.:
SPolice did not release the'
identity of the young man, who
has now been arrested, accord-
ing to an officer at the Alice
Town police station, but locals
said he is around 16 or 17 years
old.
One church member said the
congregation, which included
the two intended victims, was
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BISHOP Earl "Randy"
Fraser of Pilgrim Baptist Tem-
ple on St James Road,
appeared in court yesterday,
where for the second time he
was arraigned on charges of
having sex with a 16-year-old
girl.
Magistrate Carolita Bethel
yesterday set the date for the
second trial in this case for
May, 2009. ,
According to court dockets,
between July 2005 and Feb-
ruary 2006, Rev Fraser is
accused of have sexual inter-
course with an underaged girl
who is now 17.
Fraser, who was represent-
ed by lawyer Jairam Mangra,
appeared before Magistrate
Bethel who read his charge
and requested a plea of guilty
or not guilty.
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relaxed and in good spirits,
Fraser pleaded not guilty to
the single count of unlawful
sexual intercourse with the
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Pair in court
as prosecutors
seek to have
bail overturned
STEPHEN "Die" Stubbs and
Dion. "Emperor" Knowles
appeared before President of the
Court of Appeal, Dame Joan
Sawyer, yesterday as prosecutors
for the Crown sought to have
their bail overturned.
The two men appeared beside
murder accused Bradley Fergu-
soni and had their cases heard
after Kermit Evans' case. Evans
was charged with armed robbery.
The court laboured through the
proceedings during the early part
of the morning and into the early
afternoon as Dame Joan Sawyer
took Crown Prosecutor Garvin
Gaskin to task with regard to the;
strength of his case.
Dame Joan assured Mr Gaskin
that granting bail is "not an exer-
cise in futility," after there were
several exchanges as to why he
thought the jjdge who granted
Evans bail erred in his ruling.
When Die Stubbs' case was
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U By ALEX MISSICK

ALREADY feeling the pinch of high Lean economy may
energy and fuel costs, the household bud-
gets of Bahamian families are now being c e t t t et
hit by soaring food costs creating fatty create fatty eating habits
eating habits in a lean economy.
Many might imagine that high food
prices could put the nation on a diet, as in
an effort to save money, people tighten they don't want to take time for family, increase from $2.97 to $3.23
their belts and eat less. and they want to go on the fast food- lines, and bread, specifically white bread
However, nutrition expert Mary purchase the food and leave. Just plain showed a 6 per cent increase from $2.45
McCartney of Nutrition for Life fears laziness, nothing else," Mrs McCartney to $2.68.
that soaring food prices will have the said. Shelly-ann Cargill, Mother of five, dis
opposite effect due to the laziness of agrees with the claim that Bahamians are
most Bahamians. lazy and says she buys fast food due to the
"We have been having an obesity crisis Figu1 eCS, fact that food prices are high.
in the Bahamas for years due to the choic- "I buy food out sometimes because a
es we make. According to recent figures provided by loaf of bread only lasts about three days
"Now that basic bread basket items the Department of Statistics, during at most in my home because of my kids
prices have raised, it has made it worse August and September there have been Most of the time to make that bread lasi
because people are saying that certain significant increases in the cost of many I have to buy fast food for my family. Ii
things are too expensive," Mrs McCart- basic food items. works for us right now until food prices gc
ney said. In the space of one month, Irish pota- down," Mrs Cargill said.
She feels that the nation will get fatter toes saw the largest increase with a 38 Persons like Mrs Cargill will be happy
because of the convenience and cheap- per cent price jump from $3.19 to $4.39. A to know that foods such as grapes, avo
ness of fast food. 51b bag of rice has gone up from $4.21 to cados, grits and tomatoes have all seer
"I'm finding that they are very lazy, $4.54; oatmeal has shown a 12 per cent decreases in the past month.


Drivers seriously injured in



separate traffic accidents


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net'
FREEPORT Grand
Bahama Police are investigat-
ing two separate traffic acci-
dents in which both the drivers
sustained serious injuries on
Queens Highway.



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The first accident occurred
around 12.25pm on Sunday at
Bahama Beach, where 65-year-
old Horace Napier was discov-
ered lying in bushes with
injuries to the face and body.
Chief Supt Basil Ramming
reported that West End Police
received a call from a woman
who reported discovering a man
lying in bushes at the northerfi
side of Queens Highway.
He said the caller also report-
ed that a burgundy Ford Escort
was also in the bushes exten-
sively damaged.
When police arrived at the
scene, Mr Napier told police
that he could not recall what.
--happened :


He was transported to Rand
Memorial Hospital, where he is
listed in stable condition.
The second accident occurred
in the Dead Man's Reef- area
on Sunday evening involving
two vehicles.
According to reports, Eight
Mile Rock and West End Police
received a call at around
10.45pm about a serious traffic
accident near Paradise Cove.
When officers arrived at the
scene, they discovered a blue
2003 Ford Taurus in the bushes
on the southern side of Queens
Highway. A blue Oldsmobile
Aurora was also discovered, in
bushes on the northern-side of
the highway.


Both vehicles were exten-
sively damaged.
According to Chief Supt Basil
Ramming, one of the drivers,
Dwayne McBride, 23, of Hud-
son Estates, was not seriously
injured..
The other driver, Alton Jamal
Nautilus, 21, of Jones Town,
Eight Mile Rock, was found
lying down. in the bushes at the
side of the road with a broken
leg and other injuries.
He was taken by ambulance
to the Rand Memorial Hospi-
tal, where he is listed in stable
condition;
Traffic.police are continuing
* thpir investigation into both-
accidents.


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THE TRIBUNE


0 In brief

Beckford

charged

with murder

of She' Anda


RELATIVES of She'An-
da Lewis attended Court 10
in Nassau Street yesterday as
Michael Beckford was
brought before Magistrate
Guillimina Archer, charged
with She'Anda's murder.
Wearing baggy blue jeans,
a white striped polo shirt and
Nike sneakers, Beckford
stood silently as Ms Archer
read the charge of murder
and informed the suspect he
was not required to enter a
plea.
The 18-year-old victim
allegedly died on October 4.
Beckford has been
remanded into custody until
he appears before the court
on February 16, when a pre-
liminary inquiry will begin to
determine whether the pros-
ecution has sufficient evi-
dence to submit a case to the
Supreme Court for trial.
Alex Morley, representing
Beckford from the firm
Lockhart and Munroe, noti-
fied the court that his firm
will no longer be represent-
ing Beckford aind that he will
now seek government assis-
tance.
Miss Lewis's mother,
grandmother and cousins,
dressed in black and wearing
badges bearing She'Anda's
name and picture, were cry-
ing as they left the court.
Cousin Shukuanya Smith
said: "We are still unable to
sleep since we lost She'An-
da. It's just horrible.
"She was a quiet girl, very
well mannered. It has been
horrible for the family since
she died."
The. body of the 18-year-
old resident of Baillou Hill-
Road, mother of a one-year-
old son., was found in a
bushy area off Charles Saun-
ders Highway wearing only
her underwear on October 4.

Bahamas
National Trust to
celebrate 50th
anniversary


THE Bahamas National
Trust will celebrate its 50th
anniversary in 2009.
A number of events are
planned to commemorate
the occasion, including a
photo exhibition titled: "The
BNT 50 years in Review".
In order to achieve maxi-
mum participation, the
National Trust has invited all
members to submit pho-
tographs, slides and other
material that they might
have in their possession for
exhibition purposes.
Categories for submission
are:
Photographs of the
Bahamas National Trust
Photographs of the
national parks
Flora and fauna of the
Bahamas.
Historic Nassau.
The criteria for submission
are:
All photographs must be
up to 5x7 inches in size only.
A maximum of 10 entries
per individual.
Copyright shall remain
with the owner and all origi-
nals will be returned. How-
ever, all exhibit pieces will
become the property of the
Bahamas National Trust.
The trust asks entrants to
ensure proper identification
on all entries so that submis-
sions can be returned.
The deadline for submis-


sion is January 15, 2009.
Entries can be submitted
to the Bahamas National
Trust office on Village Road
or by calling 393-1317, Mon-
day to Friday from 9am to
5pm.

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PARENTS OF SICK CHILD APPEAL FOR PUBLIC HELP TO RAISE $90,000


* By ALEX MISSICK
THE parents of a sick child are pleading with the pub-
lic to assist them in raising $90,000 to save the life of their
son.
Parents are usually overjoyed with the birth of a child
and have high expectations for the future. Parents Keith
and Darie Ferguson had many such dreams until a month
after their son Omar was born.
Omar became very ill when he was one month old
and had to be rushed to the hospital. He. was suffering
from jaundice, a blood infection and a high fever. He was
later diagnosed with biliary atresia a rare condition.
Omar was born with no bile ducts, a factor which has
over the past three years resulted in the onset of cirrho-
sis of the liver and chronic liver failure.
A liver transplant at Jackson Memorial Hospital where
Omar is a patient will cost the Fergusons a pre-payment
of $479,400. Medication charges can range from $8,000 to
more than $10,000 per month in most cases.
However, before Omar is even placed on the. active
organ recipient waiting list, his parents have to make a
deposit of $90,000.


Biliary atresia is a, rare disease of the liver and bile
ducts that occurs in infants. The causes of biliary atresia
are not completely understood. In some children biliary
atresia may occur because the bile ducts did not form
properly during the pregnancy. About one in 15,000 to
20,000 babies do not have complete bile ducts.
Both parents have made a desperate attempt to seek
further medical assistance as they have not been able to
get any medical insurance for Omar because he was
diagnosed at such a young age.
Mr Ferguson said he has tried to get assistance from
the Department of Social Services, but has yet to receive
an answer.
"I have called them numerous times and when I final-
ly got through, they told me they will get back to me it
has been three weeks and no response," Mr Ferguson
said.
According to a representative at the Department of


Social Services, the Fergusons have filed for assistance.
However, Leonard Cargill, chief welfare officer at the
department, told The Tribune that his department is not
an approval agency.
"As far as approvals go, that is out of our hands. They
can rest assured that anything that comes to us we jump
on it right away and it is urgent that we deal with those
matters in a timely (fashion). The sad part is that once we
make a request, we can't confirm the length of time for
approval because that varies. We can try to follow up on
behalf of the client, but the director or the financial con-
troller of the Public Hospital Authority has to approve
it," Mr Cargill said.
Both parents are asking any organisation or persons
who would like to be willing to help with a financial
.donation to Omar's liver transplant fund to send cheques
or cash donations to the Royal Bank of Canada, account
number 056257370489.


IS110r numbers uncertain


5 Industry ex erts cautious oin into Christmas


I Many hotels predict slow holidays performance

0 By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter


WITH many hotels across
the nation projecting slow
Christmas performances at
best, and with.the US, Con-
sumer Confidence'Index'at an
all time low, industry experts
are expressing uncertainty.
about visitor numbers going
into the Christmas holidays.
Tourism Minister Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace yester-
day said that with the Ameri-
can CCI showing a 38 per cent
drop in October when com-
pared to September figures,
this will certainly be reflected
in one form or another in
overall visitors arrivals.
The minister noted: "The
one thing that is very simple
and significant, is that our
business is more related to the
US CCI than any other fac-
tor."
As the minister explained,
the CCI over the past few
years has proven to be an
accurate indicator of projected
guest arrivals because it takes
into account US consumers'
spending changes that result
from fluctuations in economic
and financial conditions.
On the other hand, execu-
tive vice president of the
Bahamas Hotel Association
Frank Comito told The Tri-
bune, that although the CCI
has been used to indicate
guest arrivals, for most hotels
advanced holiday bookings
remain strong.
Mr Comito said: "For that
two week period in Decem-
ber, bookings have always
been at about 100 per cent or
close to that.
"We're expecting that we
will be 90 plus per cent during
most of that period."
However, he said, although
there have been some cancel-
lations over the past few
weeks, it is hoped that future
bookings will make up the
numbers.
Reporting from the field,
Baha Mar vice president
Robert "Sandy" Sands said
that with the uncertainties that
exist in the industry, the best.
thing to do is wait and see how
the holiday arrivals turn out.


"The one
thing that is
very simple
and
significant, is
that our
business is
more related
to the US CCI
than any
other factor."

Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace

"The booking window for us
under normal circumstances
is very short, so I'm not going
to.put any worry signs on any-


thing at this point in time,
understanding the volatility
and the softness of the mar-
ket.
"However, we are doing
everything within our power
to stimulate business going
forward."


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Clinical cancer trials
Due to the high incidence of breast cancer among Bahamian
women, a series of clinical tests will take place at the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas from November 5 to 7.
Bahamian oncologists Dr Duvaghn Curling, Dr John Lunn,
Dr Theodore Turnquest and Dr Raleigh Butler, along with Dr
Judith Hurling from the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute
at the University of Miami, will be conducting the trials.
Any patient who has had breast or ovarian cainer at any
age, with at least one parent having been born in the Bahamas
is eligible for the testing.


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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Schools need anti-drug programmes


. ON MONDAY House members debated
amendments to the Penal Code, one item of
which allows electronic monitoring of persons
convicted of less serious crimes and for per-
sons out on bail awaiting trial.
All parliamentarians agree that crime is
destroying our society, but they also recognize
that it is difficult to fathom the nature of serious
crime, making it almost impossible to come up
.with a satisfactory cure-all solution.
The multi-faceted face of crime, from what
makes persons commit murders to "tiefing on
the job," is the dilemma, in the words of Edu-
cation Minister Carl Bethel, that.has "faced
successive governments as they have struggled
to reduce the levels of crime, which seem at
times to rise inexorably from year to year."
This Bill is the third of four Bills that gov-
ernment has introduced to try to reduce this
country's ever growing crime.
Mr Bethel recognized that the entire system
of justice had to be "thoroughly modernized
and renewed" the courts and its procedures,
also the police and the apparent lack of quality
court-support services.
"The judiciary," he told parliamentarians,
"also needs to play a role that is more appar-
ently aware of the travail which wanton crimi-
nality imposes on society, particularly having
regard to the number of persons who are
charged with serious offences who are being
released on,bail pending trial."
Mr Bethel said that, recently he was asked to
approve a survey being conducted in all public
schools on drug exposure and drug use by
school aged children.
He asked to see the findings of an earlier
survey conducted in 2003 and sponsored by the
Caribbean Drug Abuse Epidemiology and Sur-
veillance System Project, the US Embassy
(Bahamas) Narcotics Affairs Section and the
Bahamas National Drug Council.
He described the findings as "shocking."
"The survey," he told the House, "revealed
that 84 per cent of Bahamian Grade 8 students
in our public schools had received no exposure
to any form of anti-drug information, no instruc-
tion on the dangers of drug use at all. 73 per cent
of grade 10 students had received no drug pre-
vention instructions; and 61 per cent of grade 12
students had received no instruction. (65.4 per
cent, 59.7 per cent and 55.7 per cent of students
in private schools at the same grade levels had
received no drug prevention instruction). It was
found that the average age of first use of mari-
juana was by male students at 13 years of age.
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years of age." Mr Bethel said he was told there
was no sustained anti-drug programme in the
schools, which he found unacceptable.
Apparently, he said, this state of affairs was
also unacceptable in 2005 to the former minis-
ter of education who, in cooperation with the
Drug Council, introduced a specific anti-drug
pilot programme in fout government schools
- two primary and two junior schools.
After one year, he said, the pilot programme
was dropped, never having been expanded to
other public schools.
Describing the dropping of the programme as
negligence on the part of the former govern-
ment, Mr Bethel has now instructed the Depart-
ment of Education, in cooperation with the
National Drug Council, to implement and sus-
tain an anti-drug programme in every primary
and junior high school or all-age school through-
out the length and breadth of the Bahamas,
starting in this 2008/9 school year.
This is the obvious point at which to start,
because many of the crimes that we are now
reporting especially drive-by shootings, and
the more recent phenomena of one man walk-
ing up to another, and without a word, shooting
him down in cold blood are drug related.
They appear to be crimes of retaliation for one
group of druggies punishing another group for
"tiefing" their marijuana or cocaine or, hav-
ing peddled and sold the ill-gotten goods, not
returning the "correct change" to the "big boss."
Over the years drug education in the schools
has been an on-again, off-again affair.
Retired Asst. Commissioner Paul Thomp-
son, who left the force in January, 1981, recalled
the police offering their services to schools and
service clubs to give talks on drugs and crime
prevention.
However, the police only went to where they
were invited to give talks there was no regu-
lar school programme.
This.was at the height of the Bahamas' drug
problem.
Among the officers active in this programme
were the late Supt. Sheila Armbrister and
retired Supt.
Allardyce Strachan. Mr Thompson remem-
bers giving two talks to St Andrew's students.
According to Mr Thompson, much of the
Bahamas' problems among schoolchildren start-
ed when "they went to school in Jamaica and
came back with their marijuana."
The schools are the obvious starting point.
We hope that the programmes offered will not
only be good, but that they will be given on a
regular basis and will be compulsory.


EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE last few weeks on Aba-
co have been very fast moving,
motivating and varied.
The Abaco Business Outlook
Conference highlighted Aba-
co's growth and direction with
relevant presentations by the
Minister for the Environment,
the Hon Dr Earl Deveaux;
hotelier Frank Comito; and
local publisher Dave Ralph. All
three approached the subject of
sustainable development from
very different and relevant
angles.
Days later the population was
regaled with public discussions,
on the mechanics of physical
planning and development with
special attention to conserving
space and energy through build-
ing design and town planning.
Presentations were made in
Sandy Point and Marsh Har-
bour by a group of architectur-
al students from Andrew's Uni-
versity, Michigan.
This group is working with
the developers of the Schooner
Bay project designed to present
a complete town with business
space through environmentally
conscious living accommoda-
tions, educational, agricultural,
infrastructural and leisure sys-
tems all in one,'place.
The crescendo came with the
collapse of the US banking sys-
tem, closely followed by the rest
of the developed and industri-
alised world, and, of course, the
impact on the Bahamian econ-
omy. It has not stopped yet.
This is serious stuff, and the
implications are huge, especial-
ly for us.
The US economy in its pre-
sent form is finished. No more
an alchemy of wealth and capi-
tal creation through specula-
tion, debt trading, paper trans-
actions and continuous refi-
nancing. Next time round the
US economy will have to restart
with solid investment, genuine
rock solid productivity and
obviously slower growth. This
means more regulation and con--
trols by governments and inde-
pendent watch dogs. It also
means less available high flying
capital for investments in the
mega resort developments that
have been resurgent in The
Bahamas over tlie last few
years. It is interesting to note
that the Bahamian islands are
littered with the failed foreign
investment projects of the last
60 years, including Andros,
Eleuthera, Grand Bahama,
Mayaguana, and, of course,
New Providence. Today's ongo-
ing projects throughout the
islands are threatened by the
recent failures of their financial
backers. The only thing sus-
tainable about this seems to be
their eventual collapse. And I


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thought only us Bahamians
were too "big eye."
Of course, all this means that
we have to change our
approach to economic develop-
ment throughout the islands.
We must also realise that as the
unrecoverable debt eventually
overtakes the financial wizardry
of the last 30 years, the value
of the dollar will sink lower and
lower along with our lifestyles.
We, therefore, have to do some-
thing different and create a
more appealing market.
I The Bahamas has to rethink
and refloat its economy, its job
market and its productivity. We
have to develop alternative sec-
tors of the economy; we have
to rethink the environment; we
have to rethink our use of infra-
structure, services, space and
energy.
We have to rethink educa-
tion, culture and our unique
qualities. In other words, we
have to become more attractive
and hence more marketable.
We as Bahamians understand
our own qualities, so we need to
develop them ourselves. To
date we have allowed and
encouraged foreign investment
to dictate our economic model
along their needs and condi-
tions, not ours. This has to
change if we are tp realise long
term sustainable growth. Every
developed country worldwide
dictated its own growth strategy
without foreign control. The sad
thought is that to date we have
not valued our own resources.
Our history, thrown away. Our
culture, discarded. Our archi-
tecture, allowed to rot and
decompose. Our intellect, on a
flight to Miami. Our resource-
fulness, scheming to get it in
cost free from Miami.
. The hospitality industry will
have to change course and
move away from the cheap day-
tripper product offered to the
cruise ship passenger. The
industry will have to concen-
trate less resources on the huge
million dollar a job resort devel-
opments which do not pump
real long term value into the
local economy. Bahamians will
have to move away from being
employed to being the employ-
er, the entrepreneur, the devel-
oper, the investor.
Golf courses and opulence
and luxuriance do not make
money for The Bahamas, but
they do consume huge amounts
of resources and infrastructural
inputs that could be better used
elsewhere in local sectors. The
creation of lots of low value jobs
does nothing for the growth of
The Bahamas, in fact, it hinders
it. What we need now is good,
well planned local investment
along smaller scale projects that
intimately involve our own
communities with the product
offered to our visitors. It's called
"value for money."
We need better services and
trades development, a higher
quality educational base, a more
valuable productivity mentali-
ty, a more ethical approach to
our product, more involvement


and motivation, more honesty
and dignity within ourselves and
more respect for our surround-
ings and environment. Look at
how we live. We are nasty, dirty
and lazy; just look at our yards,
our forests and wilderness areas,
our sea floor and our beaches.
We have become fat and com-
placent.
Maybe Abaco has already
started this trend with its
approach to growth and sus-
tainability, especially in the cays.
Abaco has very few actual hotel
rooms for visitors and guests,
but it does have volumes and
volumes of accommodations in
cottages, settlements, rental sec-
ond home, boat charters and
the like. Not only that, people
stay a lot longer and they par-
ticipate in and interact with the
community. Want to know
why? They are our guests! We
try to make them feel at home.
And guess what? They want to
come back again, and again, and
again!
When I was a little kid in
Nassau, people were always
talking about Hope Town. It
was only after I moved to Aba-
co that I understood why. We
don't have tourists here; we
have guests and visitors from
away.
Nationwide we need to
encourage internal investment,
change from debt and finance to
production base, develop trades
and services, improve educa-
tional opportunities.
Tourism must move into a
different arena, away from the
impersonal mega resorts and
into the local cottage residen-
tial-style accommodations
which are smaller, operator
managed, culturally integrated
and intimately involve the local
communities. This will lead to
greater visitor and guest satis-
faction and inject real value
back into the settlements
through participation, commu-
nication, interaction and
involvement. We need a small-
er model which takes into
account our own surroundings,
economy, culture, history, per-
sonality and character. The
small ecotourism units exploit-
ing their immediate environ-
ment are a good example.
We also need. to develop the
support industries such as small
scale farms and market gardens,
landscaping ventures and nurs-
eries using local product, local
handicrafts and souvenirs, local
repair and trade shops, cabinet
and furniture manufacturing, all
of which produce a competitive
and high value product. We
must be able to provide sea-
sonal fruit and vegetables for
the visitors' table along with
native meats, fish and desserts.
This way we circulate the mon-
ey in our own economy rather
than exporting the 85 per cent
that we presently do. As a spin
off, we will achieve much
greater satisfaction for our
guests, our operators, our pro-
ducers, our technicians and our
workers.
Only then will we be able to
provide a truly sustainable
product.
J F HEDDEN
Abaco,
October 7, 2008.


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0 In brief


Work begins

on buildings at

Abaco Central

High School

WORK has begun on two
new buildings at Abaco Central
High School in Murphy Town.
Contracts were signed last
week for new administration
and vocational classroom
blocks.

Rehabilitation

department

showcasing

services
The Department of Rehabili-
tative/Welfare Services is cele-
brating Rehabilitation Week
this week, showcasing some of
the services the department
offers.
At a press conference
announcing activities for the
week, under-secretary in the
ministry Carl Brennen said the
week's theme "Rehabilitation:
Opens Doors to a New Begin-
ning" encompasses the mission
and role of the department in
repairing and improving the
lives of offenders and ex-offend-
ers.
"The department's aim is to
provide quality rehabilitative
services to offenders by imple-
menting programmes and spon-
soring activities that would con-
trol the inappropriate and unac-
ceptable behaviour of offend-
ers," he said.
The Department of Rehabili-
tative/Welfare Services compris-
es the probation division, the
Simpson Penn Centre for Boys,
the Willie Mae Pratt Centre for
Girls and the welfare division at
Her Majesty's Prison.
. "These agencies," Mr Bren-
nen said, "seek to protect soci-
ety by helping offenders
become accountable and
responsible for their actions, .
encouraging and preparing
offenders to seek employment,
fostering levels of education and
addressing those persons who
re-offend.
"Through rehabilitation these
individuals' lives can be
restored and new doors opened
for them to become useful citi-
zens. Rehabilitation helps to
develop positive attitudes, cre-
ates learning opportunities in
academics and vocational stud-
ies, enhances family and social
relationships and assists in com-
munity reintegration."
He explained that the
Department of Rehabilita-
tive/Welfare Services operates
as an arm of the criminal justice
system, which includes the
courts, Royal Bahamas Police
Force and Her Majesty's Prison.
"Like these agencies, the
department faces challenges
that negatively impact our soci-
ety, including uncontrollable
behaviour by our youths, drug
use and abuse, lack of proper
parenting, domestic violence
and murder.
"Programmes such as individ-
ual and group counselling are
conducted to help those persons
who offend the law to develop
positive social relationships and
engage in lifestyle enhancing
activities."

BTVI student

wins jingle

competition

DARREN Johnson, a stu-
dent at the Bahamas Techni-
cal and Vocational Institute
(BTVI), is the winner of the
"Search for a Jingle" compe-
tition for the 2008 school
year.
BTVI's student body was
invited to participate by writ-
ing a 60-second jingle for the
spring registration campaign.
Students were asked to
come up with catchy lyrics
that would both promote the
programmes offered at
BTVI and appeal to its tar-
get audience.
Dr Iva Dahl, manager and
consultant at BTVI, said,


"We are excited about the
jingle competition, it intro-
duces a different approach to
marketing to the public."
Mr Johnson, whose entry
just made the deadline, won
by writing and producing a
fun, simple, yet effective
piece that vividly captures
the message and targets the
audience that we aim to
attract, BTVI said.
He is a computer repair
student and member of the
Royal Bahamas Police
Force's Fire Division.


ANATOL RODGERS MEMORIAL LECTURE

Writer, university professor Kwame Dawes to be guest presenter


PROLIFIC writer and university pro-
fessor Kwame' Dawes will be the guest
presenter at .the third annual Anatol
Rodgers Memorial Lecture.
The event, organised by the School of
English Studies at the College of the
Bahamas, is to be held on Thursday,
November 13, at Choices Restaurant in
the Culinary and Hospitality Manage-
ment Institute, Thompson Boulevard.
The topic will be "Reggae and History:
How Reggae Changed, Reads and Teach-
es History."
Professor Dawes was born in Ghana in
1962, but grew up in Jamaica and attend-
ed the University of the West Indies. The
rhythms and lush textures of Jamaica


have influenced him profoundly and, he
said in an interview recently, his "spiri-
tual, intellectual and emotional engage-
ment with reggae music."
This engagement has borne fruit in
two groundbreaking publications a
book, "Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius', and
a collection of essays, "Natural Mysti-
cism: Towards a New Reggae Aesthetic."
He also edited an anthology of reg-
gae poetry.
Professor Dawes has published 20
books in the last twelve years, including
twelve collections of poetry.
He has lived in South Carolina for six-
teen years and the influence of the state is
strong in much of his work.


Nearly a dozen




casino workers to




learn fate on Friday


Sources anticipate work schedule rotation or layoffs


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
THE fate of nearly a dozen
casino workers will be decided on
Friday, when the Bahamas Hotel
and Allied Workers Union
(BHCAWU) meets with man-
agement of the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort for the second time
this week.
Sources close to the matter
anticipate some work schedule
rotation or possibly more lay-offs
coming out of Friday's meeting.
On Monday, union officials,
hotel management and employ-
ees met.to discuss a range of out-
standing issues, including the
employment future of some 10 to
12 cocktail waitresses stationed at
the hotel's casino.
Leo Douglas, secretary-general
of BHCAWU, said the involved
parties hope to resolve outstand-
,..ing issues in Friday's meeting.
"We went into the meeting (on
Monday), but there were certain
points that need to be cleared up.
It seems as if they said they have
some 23 servers in the casino
presently now and what happened
is they've been working them on
shortened work weeks for the last
year. So they're now saying they
cannot carry on with that (any
longer), so they will probably see
if they will lay-off maybe almost
50 per cent of that group of peo-
ple. And then it will give the
(remaining) staff more work
days," he said. Mr Douglas said
some casino employees were sent
letters indicating that their lay-
offs would be "effective until
November 3," but they were, still


"...I think the
reality is that we
are a business
and we have to
operate under
some very strin-
gent financial
constraints."

Robert Sands
on the company work roster until
November 9. According to Mr
Douglas, the union is fighting to
ensure that the positions in ques-
tion are not made redundant, to
ensure that when business at the
hotel picks up, the employees
could be re-instated at their for-
mer levels of employment.. .
"We're going to go back on Fri-
day morning and try to fihalise
the situation. If it comes to any-
thing like that, they must use the
lay-off process, it cannot be ter-
mination or say automatic redun-
dancy," he said..
Yesterday, senior vice-presi-
dent of external affairs at Baha
Mar Robert Sands confirmed that
there will be a meeting on Friday,
but declined to comment on fur-
ther lay-offs until after the meet-
ing. Last week, employees in the
Wyndham Nassau Resort's receiv-
ing department were told they
would be temporarily laid-off for
four weeks. More than 40 employ-
ees from the hotel's line staff were
made redundant and over 40


Summit Centre will

help kids reach the top

* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
THE Butch Kerzner Memorial Fund is planning the development of
a 13,000-square foot after-school centre that will offer local youth an
innovative recreational programme focused on individual sports and
academics.
The Summit Centre will provide children from 10 to 18 years old with
a homework centre complete with age-specific tutors and counsel-
lors, a venue for indoor rock-climbing, a weight and cardiovascular
training room, facilities for martial arts, dance, yoga, and aerobics
classes, topped off with an outdoor multi-purpose court.
Phase one of the proposed facility will sit on three acres of proper-
ty close to the Queen Elizabeth Sports Complex, near the proposed site
of the Chinese National Stadium. Trustee of the Summit Foundation
Vanessa Kerzner said the centre is another step in fulfilling her late hus-
band's desire to create more opportunities for Bahamian youth.
"I felt there was a big need for creating a facility that's open to
everyone. Also in terms of using the funds of the foundation I think it's
better to do a project like this. And it's just more (of an impact) if you
focus all your energy on one project," she said in an interview with The
Tribune yesterday. An unique component of the Summit Centre will be
'Sky Climbers',. an indoor rock-climbing facility comprised of two
state-of-the art free standing climbing walls which were donated to the
foundation by the Michael Jordan Foundation.
After only a month in operation, Sky Climbers has seen the arrival
of about 600 eager participants. Nick Sagar, operations consultant for
Sky Climbers, said individual sports like rock climbing bolster self-
esteem and problem solving in children.
"With climbing, specifically, it reaches a different kind of athlete and
through those experiences they become more self-confident, just as you
would in being the star point guard on a basketball team.
"It's problem solving under duress you have a limited amount of
time to make a decision, you have to be 100 per cent committed that
your decision is the right one. And that skill, it translates really well to
other situations and it translates really well to other choices in life," he
said. Mrs Kerzner said eventually the Summit Centre will branch out
to other neighbourhoods,across the island and also offer adult com-
munity-based education. The organisation, which will soon be known
as the,Butch Kerzner Sudimit Foundation, also plans to work in con-
junction with existing children's programmes and the Ministry of
Youth and Sports to enhance opportunities for children.
"The idea is to make it flexible.. there's progression, there's goals you
can achieve but the basic structure is that kids can come in, they can
work and they can also participate in individual sports," Mrs Kerzner
said.
The foundation is currently finalising the conceptual drawing for the
facility and will soon begin fundraising activities for the centre. Donors
can make cheques payable to the Butch Kerzner Memorial Fund in care
of Gladys Darville at Atlantis Kerzner International, P 0 Box N-
4777.
Sky Climbers is located in the old Club Med facility on Paradise
Island. Classes are free, however students have to cover transportation
costs. Interested student or activity groups should contact Sky Climbers
at 363-0626 or visit www.bksummitfoundation.com.


employees from the Sheraton
Hotel were terminated.
On Monday, Mr Sands said the
lay-offs and terminations are a
stark reality of business in the face
of a soft tourist industry.
"Well I think the reality is that
we are a business and we have to
operate under some very strin-
gent financial constraints and I
can tell you the executives of this
hotel don't wake up in the morn-
ing and the first thing they do is
say, 'let's go and terminate peo-
ple'. 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 *bhat
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, etcetera, so
there's wide. range of issues that..
are. taken into consideration
before some'of these -drastic' i
actions are taken," he said.


Professor Dawes said he feels 'a close
affinity to South Carolina because
"buried in the soil are the bones of so
many Africans people I like to call my
relatives."
Some of his most recent writing has
taken inspiration from the works of
painters and sculptors.
Professor Dawes has received numer-
ous prestigious awards for his poetry, and
his play, "One Love", was produced at
the Lyric Theatre in London in 2001.
He is also the programmer for the Cal-
abash International Literary Festival held
in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica, each year,
and is the director of the Calabash
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THE Bahamas Chris-
tian Council thanked r
and congratulated ,n
Immigration Minister
Branville McCartney
for not allowing reggae o t and
singer Mavado into the
country to perform at
the recent Millennium
Countdown concert. A.
The Council also pub-
licly acknowledged that
the church has made mistakes along the way as some spiritu-
al leaders. have offended congregants, promoted greed and
materialism over godliness, preached doctrines that are
unscriptural and even engaged in immoral behaviour.
President of the Bahamas Christian council, Rev Patrick
Paul, said because of these and other issues the council would
like to officially launch a series of national initiatives under the
theme: Rediscovering the vision of the modern Bahamas.
"We hope to plan a national awareness month using phras-
es from the Bahamian constitution to remind us of who we are
and to foster unity and togetherness.
"In phase one we propose to meet with the Ministry of
Education and Ministry of National Security with a view to
partnering to have these themes crafted on flyers, bulletins and
posters for distribution throughout our main thoroughfares and
public schools," Rev Paul said.
Rev Paul also noted that the wives of Bahamas Christian
Council members, along with other stakeholders, will host a
national tea party during the month of January to recapture
Bahamian cultural interaction and community.
"The Bahamas Christian Council has re-committed our-
selves to work together with all entities, stakeholders, gov-
ernment and other agencies to help our society to regroup and
re-focus on the things which we-as-a nation were once known
for, to make it Better in the Bahas '-"'Rev Paul said.-'i.
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RBC to launch



events to mark



100th birthday


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The Royal Bank of Canada will launch a series of
client, community and media events to mark its 100th
anniversary in the Bahamas, which was celebrated yes-
terday.
"RBC's long history in The Bahamas is inextricably
linked to the people who live and work here," said Mr
Nathaniel Beneby, Jr., RBC vice-president and country
head of The Bahamas. "Whether as employees or cus-
tomers, Bahamians from every walk of life have a deep
connection with the Royal Bank. As we commemorate
this momentous anniversary, we invite everyone in the
community to join with us in the celebration."
Royal Bank of Canada first established operations in
the Bahamas on November 2, 1908. It was a pioneer in
bringing full-service banking to the Bahamas, said an
RBC statement.
The first international bank to arrive, it acquired The
Bank of Nassau in 1917 and for 30 years RBC was the
only non-government provider of banking services to
Bahamians.
Following the Second World War, RBC set out on an
expansion course opening new locations year after year.
"Today we have 24 branches and employ nearly 750
people throughout Nassau, Freeport, Andros, Abaco,
Bimini, Long Island, Exuma and Eleuthera," said RBC.
The Finance Corporation of The Bahamas (RBC


FINCO) was formed in 1953 and acquired by RBC in
1982. For more than 50 years, RBC FINCO has provid-
ed financing to thousands of Bahamians to build and
own their own homes.
Royal Bank House, the bank's regional headquar-
ters on East Hill Street, opened in November, 1990.
The 48,000 sq ft building, an $8 million investment, was
described by then Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling as


"a fitting tribute" to RBC's presence in the Bahamas and
"new evidence that the Royal Bank of Canada is here to
stay into the 21st century."
In 2007, RB.C began construction on a 40,000-square-
foot regional business centre in the southern district of
New Providence.
"This multi-million-dollar flagship branch represents
a major investment in the Carmichael Road area, one of
the country's fastest growing constituencies," said a
release from the bank.
Ross McDonald, head of Caribbean Banking, said
RBC's commitment to the Bahamas is due to the bank's
close ties to the people of the Caribbean region.
"We are part of local history," said Mr McDonald, "As
we celebrate 100 years of service to The Bahamas this
centennial also marks RBC's 100th anniversary of don-
tinuous and unbroken service to the Caribbean region."
"Our commitment is to help Bahamians succeed,"
said Mr Beneby. "Every time we help someone save for
an education, buy a first house, provide a job or make a
charitable donation, we hope to contribute to the pros-
perity and health of the Bahamian community.
"Rooted in history with its eye on the future, RBC
looks forward to serving the next generation of Baham4-
ans with the highest level of service, trust and partner-
ship," said the statement.


Government confirms plans to ban



long-line fishing, harvesting turtles


Prohibitions to take effect on January 1, 2009


THE government's proposal to
ban'long-line fishing and the com-
mercial harvesting of all turtles
has been officially confirmed.
Agriculture and Marine
Resources Minister Larry
Cartwright said the prohibition
of both practices will take effect
on January 1, 2009. A total ban
on harvesting turtles will begin
on April 1, he added.
Addressing a Department of
Marine Resources workshop, he
unveiled "additional realistic and
concrete steps taken to address
issues impacting the supply of,,
fisheries."
Harvesting of Nassau groupers
during their vulnerable spawning
period will continue to be pro-
hibited and, the fisheries regula-
tions are to be amended to better
protectthe bonefish and other
important commercial species, he
said.
Work continues on the estab-
lishment of the first five marine


"There are still
more challenges
which confront
fisheries in the
IjaRhamas but
they are not
insurmountable."

Larry Cartwright
reserve networks, said Mr
Cartwright.
"There are still more chal-
lenges which confront fisheries in
the Bahamas but they are not
insurmountable," he said.
"Through our collaborative
efforts these can be overcome."
He pointed to illegal, unre-
ported and unregulated fishing.
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and recreational poaching; unre-
ported catches by fishermen,
which, if reported, could help in
the development of adequate
management plans; and the use
of gear which can hinder sustain-
able development efforts.
Illicit dumping and the empty-
ing of bilges at sea; damage to
coral reefs by anchors and
grounded vessels; and the use of
chemicals in harvesting continue
to negatively impact the marine
environment, he said.
And, global warming and cli-
mate change and the increasing
frequency of hurricanes, cause
displacements of natural feeding
grounds and habitats, he said.
In response, he said, the gov-
ernment has strengthened the
'Royal Bahamas Defence Force,
adding eight craft to its fleet.
The Department of Marine
Resources has increased its pres-
ence in the islands by hiring extra
fisheries officers in Grand
Bahama, Andros, Acklins and
Mayaguana.
And, the establishment of the
Ministry of the Environment, he
said, can bring a more focused
approach to environmental con-
cerns.


Mr Cartwright and senior offi-
cers of Department of Marine
Resources visited most of the
major fishing communities and
consulted with residents there on
issues and concerns of the indus-
try.
"Encouragement is being pro-
vided" to Bahamians and foreign
investors who are interested in
aquaculture, he said.
"The idea of inexhaustible fish-
eries must be replaced by the
recognition that access to fish-
eries must be restricted if they
are to sustainably generate wealth
and to alleviate poverty," he said
quoting Ichiro Nomura, assistant
.director-general of the Food and
Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
"Whether or not we succeed in
our endeavors will depend in
large measure on the skill, com-
mitment and determination of all
of you who are employed to reg-
ulate, conserve, develop and grow
these most important resources.
"The measures we have taken
to effect sustainable development
in this all-important sector
demonstrate the government's
commitment to self-sufficiency in
the.production of seafood for the
country," he added.


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Linemen return
to Freeport
after helping
with power
restoration
* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Eight lines-
men from the Grand
Bahama Power Company
returned to Freeport after
spending two weeks assisting
with power restoration on
the islands of Inagua and in
the Turks and Caicos.
The company sent off two
teams to help rebuild the
power distribution systems
on those islands which were
destroyed by Hurricane Ike.
The Inagua team, headed
by Patrick Laing, was able to
assist the Bahamas Electrici-
ty Corporation in complete
power restoration to the
island.
Mr Laing's team, affec-
tionately called the 'Fantas-
tic Four', included veteran
Samuel "Scooby" Rolle, and
trainees Arthur Spencer and
Andre Spence.
The team sent to Turks
and Caicos Islands, headed
by Keith Knowles, worked
alongside other countries
affiliated with CARILEC
(the Caribbean Electric Util-
ity Service Corporation), like
Jamaica and Antigua, to
restore power to the hurri-
cane-ravaged island.
Though most of their time
was spent on Salt Cay, they
also worked in Grand Turk
and Provodenciales.
The Turks and Caicos
team included Vincent
Knowles, Walter Smith and
Carol Smith. This four-man
crew contributed to roughly
three miles of power distrib-
ution infrastructure, includ-
ing a new system on Salt'
Cay.
Both teams received
tremendous support and
their assistance was greatly
appreciated by residents on
those islands, the Grand
Bahama Power Company
said in a press statement yes-
terday.
"Safely restoring power to
the island (of Inagua)
required an incredible dis-
play of teamwork and dedi-
cation on the part of the
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany linesmen and BEC,"
said team leader Mr Laing.
"I am extremely proud of
our guys who worked long
hours in the midst of less
than desirable conditions,
and I would like to thank the
Inagua community for their
hospitality and kindness."
Mr Rolle said the trip was
also a good experience for
the two trainees.
"I was very impressed with
our trainees. It was their first
time climbing (utility poles)
and they were very safe and
professional throughout the
trip.
"They were deeply affect-
ed by the level of damage
they saw, but greatly moved
by the patience and kindness
.of the people (in Inagua),"
he said.
The team was very grateful
to Huden Cox, who assisted
them with transportation
throughout their time in
Inagua. Team leader Mr
Knowles thanked the people
of Turks and Caicos for their
tremendous hospitality and
support. "There was a great
deal of structural damage,
but I am proud of my team
and the amount of work we
were able to accomplish dur-
ing our time on the island,"
said Mr Knowles.
"The local community was
very welcoming and I believe
we surpassed performance
expectations immensely
despite the shortage of mate-
rials."
Grand Bahama Power
Company CEO Excell Fer-
rell commended both teams


on their level of profession-
alism and positive work eth-
ic. He said that their dedica-
tion and commitment, and
volunteering their time to
help those in need is "phe-
nomenal."
"They went above and
beyond for not only their
local community, but also
the global village. We are
extremely proud of these
teams," he said.


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The US election: an historical perspective


THIS commentary
was written a day
before the US pres-
idential election, but
wf can confidently predict that
oie of two things will have hap-
pned by the time you read this.
Either Barack Obama will be
tie first presidential candidate to
b elected without a northern
Furopean name, in a landslide
reminiscent of Lyndon B John-
an's in 1964. Or, an underesti-
nated John McCain will have
cored an upset victory on a scale
vith Harry S Truman's in 1948.
In case you are not familiar
vith those two pivotal elections in
.he middle of the American cen-
.ury, a brief historical review
might be useful.

The 1948 Upset

The death of President
Franklyn Delano Roosevelt, at
the end of the. Second World
War, elevated Vice President
Truman to the White House at a
pivotal moment in history. And it
was this unimpressive, small town
shopkeeper who was to shape the
postwar global architecture.
After his haberdashery shop
went bankrupt, Truman had been
a county official, and in 1934 he
was the Missouri Democratic Par-
ty's fourth choice to run for the
Senate. Re-
elected in
1940 he was
unexpectedly
chosen as
Roosevelt's
running mate
in 1944,
against his
own wishes.
Truman
had been
vice presi-
dent for only three months when
Roosevelt died. Suddenly thrust
into the limelight as leader of the
free world, he knew little about
international affairs and even less
about major initiatives relating to
the war-including the top secret
project to build an atomic bomb.
' As he wrote in his diary: "I was
not familiar with any of.these
things and it was really something
to think about, but I decided the
best thing to do was to go home
and get as much rest as possible
and face the music."
Just a few weeks after he
became president, the Allies'
achieved victory in Europe and
issued an ultimatum to the Japan-


TOUGHCALL

F. SMITH


ese. When they didn't surrender,
Truman became the only head of
government ever to have engaged
in atomic warfare. Japan surren-
dered within days of the US
bombing of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki.
At home, Truman faced down
strikers in major industries during
America's transition to a peace-
time economy, and he strongly
supported the creation of the
United Nations to manage world
affairs. But his biggest test was
the Soviet Union's abandonment
of its commitments to a new
world order, which led directly to
the Cold War.
In 1947 the Truman Doctrine
sought to contain the expansion
of communism around the world
while funding the reconstruction
of Europe as a reliable ally. The
president also reorganised the
entire US military establishment
creating the Air Force, the
Department of Defence, the CIA
and the National Security Coun-
cil.
He also went on to recognize
Israel (against the wishes of key
members of his, cabinet),
approved an airlift to break the.
Russian blockade of West Berlin,
banned racial discrimination in
government and integrated the
armed forces.
But voter fatigue with the
Democrats helped the Republi-
cans take control of both houses
of Congress and a majority of
state governorships in 1946, using
i slogans like "It's Time for a
Change" and "To Err is Tru-
man". By the time the 1948 pres-


identical election rolled around,
Truman's opponents were confi-
dent of a major victory.
Against this backdrop, the
Republicans nominated a popular
New York governor named
Thomas Dewey, and every opin-
ion poll throughout 1948 showed
Truman losing big time. The out-
come appeared so certain, in fact,
that Gallup pollsters stopped col-
lecting data 10 days before the
election.
But Truman proved everyone
wrong. A last-minute shift by
undecided voters gave him almost
50 per cent of the popular vote
and 303 electoral college votes.
His victory was even more sur-
prising because the Democratic
Party had splintered, with pro-
gressives and segregationists both
challenging the party mainstream.
Truman supported a firm
stand against Soviet communism,
a moderate extension of New
Deal economic policies, and a
strong civil rights platform. The
Democrats regained control of
the Congress, as well as most state
governorships, and Truman's pol-
icy initiatives dominated the
American and global agenda for
the next half-century.
After the election one com-
mentator wrote: "Let's admit that
against great odds Mr Truman
won an extraordinary victory and
made monkeys of all the colum-
nists, editorial prophets, poll tak-
ers, political logicians and trained
observers in the country."
The McCain. campaign has
been hoping for a similar mon-
key-making upset, perhaps bank-


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ing on those older white Ameri-
cans who still can't see themselves
electing a president of colour.

As an interesting aside,
Thomas Dewey was a major
stockholder in the Mary Carter
Paint Company, which had casino
interests in the Bahamas in the
1960s and 70s (it became Resorts
International in 1968). Mary
Carter was said to have been a
CIA front that laundered pay-
ments to Cuban exiles and Latin
American dictators. It had ties to
crime syndicate boss Meyer Lan-
sky as well as President Richard
Nixon. Dewey died in Florida in
1971, three years after declining
an offer from Nixon to become
chief justice.

The 1964 Landslide
The 1964
,- 'e., < presidential
election is
the first
v% I I that Tough
Call can
actually
remember
if only. in
the form of

e black and
white tele-
vision images. It came less than a
year after the assassination of
President John F Kennedy in
November, 1963 (which we also
recall watching on TV).
Lyndon Johnson was a Texas
senator who became Kennedy's
vice president in 1960. He was
able to leverage the dead presi-
dent's popularity, and among the
achievements of his first months
in office was the passage of a
landmark Civil Rights Act, which
outlawed racial segregation in
schools, public places, and the job
place for the first time.
The legislation fulfilled the
Democratic Party's civil rights
pledges that had been pushed by
President Truman 16 years
before. The party's 1948 platform
had called on the Congress to
guarantee "the right of full and
equal political participation; the
right to equal opportunity of
employment; the right of security
of person; and the right of equal
treatment in the service and
defense of our nation."
But that was no easy task in
the America of the time. Georgia
Senator Richard Russell, for
example, vowed to "resist to the
bitter end any measure or any


movement which would have a
tendency to bring about social
equality and intermingling and
amalgamation of the races in our
states."
In fact, it was the passage of
this bill that led southerners to
switch their support to the
Republicans (who they had pre-
viously reviled as the party of Lin-
coln and emancipation). Con-
versely, African-American sup-
port also shifted in the opposite
direction, resulting in a major
political realignment..
The Republican candidate in
the 1964 election was a conserva-
tive Arizona senator named Bar-
ry Goldwater. He had voted
against the Civil Rights Act and
also suggested the use of nuclear
weapons in Vietnam. So the
Democrats were able to paint him
as a racist warmonger who also
wanted to abolish the welfare
programmes created in the 1930s
by Roosevelt.
In the election, Johnson car-
ried 44 states and won over 61
per cent of the popular vote -
the biggest percentage since 1820,
when President James Munroe
ran unopposed. Goldwater car-
ried only his home state and the
Deep South.
The Johnson landslide pro-
duced a Democratic Congress,
and set the stage for a sweeping
social agenda to eliminate pover-
ty and racial injustice known as
the Great Society. Johnson also
supported legislation to outlaw
voting practices that had effec-
tively disenfranchised black
Americans.
"These are the most hopeful
times since Christ was born in
Bethlehem," Johnson said after
the election. "We have achieved a
unity of interest among our peo-
ple that is unmatched in the his-
tory of freedom." But his escala-
tion of the Vietnam War stoked
massive popular protests and led
to his eventual withdrawal from
politics in 1968.
Goldwater, meanwhile, may
have lost the battle, but over time
he won the war. Hollywood actor
Ronald Reagan was a strong sup-
porter in 1964, and two years lat-
er was elected governor of.Cali-
fornia. The conservative move-
ment that Goldwater had cham-
pioned eventually achieved pow-
er in the 1980s, under Reagan's
leadership.
The Obama campaign had
scented a victory on the scale of'
Johnson's election 44 years .agbo
Such a win may not translate into


a new liberal mandate, but it
should mark a historic turning
point in terms of race relations
and world affairs.

The 2008 outcome

Turning points aside, some
political scientists argue that the
2008 election will have been
decided not by ideology but by
more mundane factors like war
casualties and income growth dur-
ing the governing party's term in
office.
This is known as the bread and
peace voting model, and it has
tested well when applied to the
past 14 general elections. The
determining variables are the
average growth in long-term per-
sonal income, and the number of
US military fatalities during
wartime.
Until the economic meltdown,
this model was projecting anoth-
er Republican win, but more
recently it has predicted a Repub-
lican vote share of about 47 per
cent, and a consequent Obama
victory. Average per capital real
income growth in the US has
slowed to under 1 per cent while
military fatalities in Iraq have
risen to over 4000.
If Obama has won big by the
time you are reading this, there
will no doubt be a tendency to
over-interpret what the election
means. And if McCain has
achieved a surprise upset, that
will require even. more thoughtful
analysis. Whatever the outcome,
we should not lose sight of the
fact that Obama's presidential bid
has forever changed the relation-
ship between blacks and whites
in America,
The first 100 days of the next
administration will 'be more criti-
cal than most because of the
tremendous challenges that must
be addressed.
The new president will have to
work effectively with a new Con-
gress to tackle the economic crisis,
resolve the conflict in Iraq, and
restore America's standing in the
world.
With that in mind, there is a
third possibility for the outcome
of this election that we have not
discussed. The winner could ask
for a recount.

What do you think? Send com-
ments to larry@tribunemedia.net
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Congo refuses

Inebel demand

oir direct talks
1 GO(,MA, Congo
'CONGO() rejected a rebel
,:iiloitd's demand for direct
l.s to solve the conflict that
:i t 'll hundreds of thousands
iir Mid ;d homeless in a main-
il iich eastern province. The
*'rls turnede d that the govern-
inlts refusal on Tuesday
'1ild lead to more fighting,
( don1li' to Associated Press.
Min ior skirmishes broke out
:it\\LCen (ien. Laurent Nkun-
la''s Rwandan-backed Tutsi
'bels and a pro-government
.uililia. And Nkunda's
pokesnian alleged that neigh-
l, ing Angola and Zimbabwe
,rte mobilizing to help Con-
;.o's government, raising fears
.I a broader regional war.
Contgo President Joseph
abila's administration is
open for dialogue" with all
chel and militia groups in the
cgioln but will not meet Nkun-
a 's group alone, government
spokesmanan Lambert Mende
-,:id in Kinshasa, the capital.
"Apart from dialogue, all
ihal tiemains is war," responded
'cbel spokesman Bertrand
isimwa. "If they won't nego-
aite with us, then they leave
os little choice. We will start
ti.hting again and we will con-
itIe until we take Kinshasa."
Neil (Campbell of the Inter-
lational Crisis Group, a Brus-
Alis-based nonprofit NGO, said
NLtunda was getting "fairly agi-
!Ited" sitting outside Goma
since announcing a cease-fire
\V wednesday .
"The longer that he sits here
:nid no one approaches him,
hlie more likely he is to react
'nd start things up again,"
..'nipbell warned.
Prime Minister Adolphe
\luzito flew into Goma late
! ucsday to assess the situation.
afterr a nearly weeklong
*enase-fire, fighting erupted
Fr'usday' at Kiwanja, north of
lie eastern provincial of Goma,
'Ntween rebels and a pro-gov-
,_t nment Mai Mai militia, U.N.
spokeswoman Svlvie van den
:vildenberg said.
I he Mai Mai are one of
dozens of small militia groups
,pel ating in Congo's lawless
*'st. which the government and
.N. peacekeepers have strug-
1I.'d to secure for years,
Meanwhile in the Nether-
itnds, International Criminal
Curt prosecutor Luis'Moreno-
')campo said' he was
monitoringg reports of war
liness in the Congo and the
ierpetrators "will not go
tipul wished."
He said his investigators are
hearing of murders, rapes,
attacks on civilians and looting
it the Congolese province of
"'ith Kivu.


Senator Bridgewater claims Minister



of Education 'disrespected teachers'


PLP Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater expressed the
disappointment of her party's
Grand Bahama council over
the actions of Minister of
Education Carl Bethel, who
walked out of a meeting with
teachers last week.
She said Mr Bethel was
either ill advised or not
advised on the issues at Eight
Mile Rock School, which
were to be the main topic of
the meeting.
Mr Bethel has said he
walked out because he felt the
Bahamas Union of Teachers
did not act in good faith, as
teachers from all over Grand
Bahama not just from the
Eight Mile Rock School had
been invited without his
knowledge.
"The minister disrespected
teachers in walking out of a
meeting with the union and
teachers who are profession-
als; who could best advise him
on their concerns in the
schools on Grand Bahama,"
said Senator Bridgewater dur-
ing a press conference at PLP
Headquarters on Monday.
Miss Bridgewater said the
PLP chose not to get involved
earlier in hopes that
the union, the Ministry of
Education and the teachers
and parents could reach


*tt *:,~


"The minister
disrespected
teachers in
walking out of a
meeting with
the union and
teachers who
are professionals;
who could best
advise him on
their concerns in
the schools on
Grand Bahama."

Pleasant
Bridgewater


a resolution.
"But where there is an envi-
ronmental issue and people
are getting sick because
they're not in a healthy, safe
environment, and the laws
require a safe and health situ-
ation for work for employees,
the government is placing
people at risk," said Sen
Bridgewater, "and we need to
address those concerns".


problem which needs to be
immediately addressed.
"In the bathrooms, fixtures
need replacing as they were
broken, old, difficult to clean,
and reek with germs, and the
working environment was just
overall unhealthy. Yet we
have the future of our nation
trying to study and others
work in those unsafe situa-
tions," said Sen Bridgewater.
She said Mr Bethel's
actions "showed unconcern
for the health and welfare of


Christie to lead PLP delegation to Freeport


WITH the aim of re-energising the
party's supporters in Grand Bahama,
Progressive Liberal Party leader Per-
ry Christie will lead a delegation'to
Freeport for a two-day conclave this
weekend.
The meeting will be held under the
theme "Shaping the PLP's vision for
the future."
It is aimed at "retro-fitting" party
branches on the island for the way
ahead, said the PLP in a statement.
Joining Mr'Ch'ristiewill be party
chairman Glenys Hahnna-Martin and
the MP for West End and Bimini,
Obie Wilchcombe.
The first sessions will be held at the
Father Eric Sam Centre, Church of
the Ascension, on Friday at 7.30pm
and again on Saturday at 7.30 am.
The event will close-out with a town
'meeting on Saturday at 7.30pm at PLP
headquarters on East Sunrise High-
way and Beachway Drive.
PLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater,


chairperson of the Grand Bahama
council of the party, said the event is
expected to "regenerate our branches
and supporters on the islands of
Grand Bahama and Bimini."
The conclave begins on Friday,
November 7, with a closed session for
branch officers, stalwart councillors,
party branches, and other party offi-
cials and officers.
On Saturday, Mr Christie will be
the special guest at a stalwart coun-
cilors prayer breakfast also'at the
Father Eric Sam Centre at 7.30 am.
Special guest speaker for this event
will be the Pastor of the Church of
the Ascension, Canon Cornell J Moss.
Following the prayer breakfast, Mr
Christie will tour select areas of the
island before addressing a town meet-
ing open to the public at PLP Head-
quarters at 7.30pm on Saturday
.evening.
"The Progressive Liberal Party in
the meantime is undeterred in prepar-


ing the way for its re-emergence as
the next government of the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas," the party
said.
.Mrs Hanna-Martin, recently
announcing theepostponement of the
national convention said, "In this
regard we are committed to the prin-
ciples and ideals which fueled this
organisation in 1953 when it was
formed in resistance to oppression and
to procure equity for our people. We
will continue our work in advocating'
for the dignity of our people in the
face of ineffective, visionless, offensive
policies which do no justice to our
proud heritage as a people."
"The visit of our leader and nation-
al chairman on this occasion will
afford our branches and their mem-
bers an opportunity to hear from them
in a closed session on Friday evening,
and the public at the town meeting
the next evening," said Ms Bridgewa-
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CORPORAL CHARLTON FERGUSON of the Inmates Industries Unit is shown with National Security
Minister Tommy Turnquest and Superintendent Dr. Elliston Rahming at Her Majesty's Prison's arts and
craft exhibition at the Mall at, Marathon last Saturday


Arts and craft


event held


as prison's


Recognition


Week opens

HER Majesty's Prison's
Recognition Week opened
last Friday with a two-day arts
and craft exhibition at the
Mall at Marathon.
"Crime Prevention Through
Positive Intervention" is the
theme for this year's week of
activities, and the efforts
.toward positive intervention
could be seen in the various


THE PRISON POP BAND entertains mall patrons with their pulsating
sounds and native flavour at the prison's arts and craft exhibition at
the Mall at Marathon last Saturday.


displays of work done by staff
and inmates at the prison.
Minister of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest toured
the exhibition on Saturday
and commended the Prison
Superintendent Dr Elliston
Rahming and staff for the


detailed craftsmanship seen in
the work done by the Inmates
Enterprise and Inmates Indus-
tries Units.
The Prison Pop Band was
also on hand and conducted
a two-hour concert to the
delight of mall patrons.


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teachers and students".
"The minister is a servant
of the people, first and fore-
most and should not down-
play the importance of any-
one, and if he feels that peo-
ple are beholden to him, there
is a problem.
"Minister Bethel failed to
embrace an environment
where principals, as his direct
advisors in schools, could
have helped him to calm the
situation. He insulted the
teaching profession," said Sen
Bridgewater.
She said that a little more
than two months ago, thd gov-
ernment informed the country
that the schools were all pre-
pared for the opening of
school -' but now, four weeks
after the opening, there are
concerns in Grand Bahama.
"I am also told that the
mildew and other health
issues at the Eight Mile Rock
High School also exist in oth-
er schools. Are these issues
being addressed? What are
we doing to our people?
What are we doing to our
children?" she asked.
Sen Bridgewater called for
a complete environmental
health report on the schools
to be conducted, and said the
report needs to be made pub-
lic.


The senator said that on
Friday, she and others from
the council visited the school
and were appalled by what
they found, charging that
some areas of the school need
to be condemned.
"In trying to access the sit-
uation we spoke with teachers
and the principal and tried to
hear from the persons
involved, not to create a prob-
lem, but to see if we could
assist in a solution. There is
obviously an environmental


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Government

making efforts

to generate

employment in

craft industry

* By GLADSTONE
THURSTON
THE government is
making "all out efforts"
to exploit the economic
potential of the craf:
industry to generate
employment, Agricilture
and Marine Resouices
Minister Larry
Cartwright said.
"It is estimated :hat
with the quantityand cal-
ibre of craft products
being produced low and
with the successaf the
ongoing training pro-
grammes by BAIC,
exports may bepossible -
in the very nea' future,"
he said.
Mr Cartwri ht was
speaking at tie third
annual general meeting
of the Bahanas National
Craft Assocation this
week.
Despiteconstraints,
the handicraft sector "has
shown remarkable
growth," !aid Mr
Cartwriglt. "This is visi-
ble from the various dis-
plays ani expositions."
Craft, that have exhib-
ited "re.narkable
progress" include
embroidered and cro-
cheted goods, wood
crafts, straw works, sea-
shell End coconut crafts.
"The outstanding ciaft
of handmade quilts must
not go unnoticed and'
invite BAIC and otblrs
to make an effort to
include the quilt-mikers
in their plans for tie
future as well," sad Mr
Cartwright. "We aust
noqt,et thiis.speci" skill
die."
He encourage crafts
persons to tap jito the
export market.
"I invite yoi as you sit
in conclave tcbrainstorm
about ways t< commence
and boost th; export of
handicrafts tom this
country," sad Mr
Cartwright
In orderto provide a
permanent marketing
platform o the artisans,
Mr Cartvwight suggested
that a cabndar of craft
bazaars h different parts
of the c(ntry for 2009
and yea's to come be pre-
pared.
"Thise craft bazaars
could le organised
through effective part-
ners aid artisans who
couldbe given stalls in
the b:zaars based on
their requirement and
request," he said.
Continuing education
and skills training, he
added, "must be the hall-
mart" of artisans.
"vlore educated and
better trained crafts per-
sors at all levels of the
handicraft and souvenir
industry," he said,
"means better quality,
greater quantity and
more creativity.
"It is therefore neces-
sary that sufficient inputs
like improved technology
and design, required
infrastructure for produc-
tion, supply of quality
raw material, market
intelligence are made
available to the crafters/'
Concern about meet-
ing working capital needs
should be addressed, said
Mr Cartwright.
"The handicrafts sic-
tor has a tremendous


potential for growthand
building the national
economy. Employ ;ood
judgment, originally,
best practices andcre-
ativity in your deign and
finished product.Je not
afraid to invest, /eek to
use-value-addecitems.
Seek out new rrOirkets
and the reward will be
bountiful. ,
"When you ell an
item, do so wjh the
assurance, confidence
and guaranty that the
quality wentinto it
before the Oame was
attached."


Airport is meeting customer




expectations, surveys show


INDEPENDENT survey
results show that the Nassau
Airport Development Compa-
ny is making significant strides
in meeting customer expecta-
tions at Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport.
To date, three surveys have
been conducted, in January
2007, November 2007 and May
2008.
In all three surveys, services
offered by Bahamas Customs,
Bahamas Immigration, baggage
delivery staff, airline check-in
staff and security have received
consistently high ratings.
In the most recent survey,
NAD achieved an almost
unprecedented climb in satis-


faction ratings in its nine clean-
ing categories.
NAD said it attributes this to
the excellent teamwork demon-
strated by its cleaning company,
Reliable Janitorial Services, and
NAD contract administrator
Vandetta Moorshead, who col-
laboratively set new standards
and worked to achieve their
goals.
In addition to the improved
cleaning regimen, customer sat-
isfaction with washrooms
increased by 22 per cent over
the initial survey results.
NAD said this is most likely a
result of the newly constructed
and refurbished washrooms
throughout the terminals in


eight different locations.
However, the surveys also
reveal areas that could be
improved upon.
As part of the survey, trav-
ellers were asked to indicate
additional shops and products
they would like to see at LPIA.
Among those who participat-.
ed in the survey, additional food
and beverage facilities remain
the most frequently cited
response.
To address the feedback con- -
cerning food/beverage and retail
facilities, NAD has an ongoing
programme which will see excit-
ing enhancements in these areas
in the very near future, the com-
pany said.


Although the customer satis-
faction survey is a major com-
ponent of NAD's customer
feedback programme, it is not
the only one.
NAD has established other
methods of obtaining customer
feedback, including a customer
comment card programme that
is maintained and evaluated in-
house. Comment card boxes
are located throughout the
departure lounges and passen-
gers are invited to rate various
services offered at LPIA.
They can also comment on
any additional concerns they
may have and expect a person-
al response from a representa-
tive of NAD's customer experi-


ence department.
"Customer comments and
suggestions are very valuable
to us as we continually evalu-
ate the information received to
ensure we are focusing our
attention in the right places,"
said NAD's vice-president of
operations Lori Chambers,
In addition to the customer
satisfaction surveys and the
comment card programme,
NAD also utilises its website to
acquire customer feedback.
Online users can simply click
on the "contact us" portion of
the home page, then click on
the feedback link to send an e-
mail to NAD's customer expe-
rience department.


COB invites Friends of the Bahamas



to join university transition process


THE College of the Bahamas is invit-
ing the Friends of the Bahamas in Lon-
don to be a part of the university transi-'
tion process.
. International relations liaison Valdez
K Russell was the invited speaker at a
reception hosted at Bahamas House in
London.
The reception was a Fall gathering for
Friends of the Bahamas residing in Lon-
don to meet High Commissioner Paul
Farquharson, who is a strong advocate
and supporter of the institution's transi-
tion from college of university.
Mr Russell told a group of 60 guests,
"We need friends of the Bahamas from
all around the world to be a part of the
national development of our nation
through educational engagement."
I He highlighted various capital projects
of the institution and also reflected on
the tremendous support of private
donors who seek to enrich the college
community and further develop a great
nation.
Mr Russell encouraged guests to con-
sider educational collaborations that
would provide dynamic experiences for


faculty, staff and students in key strategic
areas.
"Some of the areas of excellence for'
the College include the financial services . .
sector and culinary and hospitality ser-
vices. Another area that we will excel
in internationally will be small island
sustainability, due to the generosity of a .
$10 million-gift from a good friend of .
the College," he said. f
The message of renewing friendship
with the College of the Bahamas was
warmly received and reiterated by Mr
Farquharson.
The High Commissioner praised the
College for its contributions to the nation
and said, "The University of the
Bahamas will be a renowned institution."
Richard Moir serves as chairman of
the Friends of the Bahamas that was
founded by Sir Orville Turnquest and
Sir Arthur A Foulkes a decade ago. The
objective of the organisation is. to pro-
mote Bahamian culture, commercial
engagement and investment between the ,
two countries and to encourage more TFROM LEFT: RICHARD Moir, chairman of the Friends of the Bahamas; Valdez Russell,
Bahamians to pursue further education international relations liaison, and Paul Farquharson, Bahamas High Commissioner to
in the United Kingdom. the United Kingdom.


Commonwealth Secretariat

and Ministry of Education

sponsor a project

management workshop


THE Commonwealth Secre-
tariat, in conjunction with the
Ministry of Education, sponsored
project management workshop
!rom October 22 to October 31.
This project management
workshop was designed to
strengthen management skills,
address issues that impact cur-
rently running grant funded pro-
jects and provide basic hands-on
training in Microsoft Office Pro-
jects 2003 software.
Some projects that are cur-
rently being implemented by the
Ministry are projects funded by
the Inter-Development Bank
(IDB), the United Nattons Edu-
cational, Scientific and Cultural


Organisation (UNESCO) and the
Organisation of American States
(OAS) and the Food and Agri-
culture Organization (FAO).
Facilitating the sessions was
George Michael Annamunthodo,
an expert in project management
from Canada who was contracted
through the Commonwealth Sec-
retariat.
Twenty persons from across
the Ministry of Education and the
Project Management Unit partic-
ipated in the training sessions.
The workshop ended with a
closing ceremony last Friday at
the British Colonial Hilton Hotel.
Participants were awarded with
certificates.


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Responsibilities.include:


* Full menu creation & presentation

* Coordination & supervision of planning, budgeting &

purchasing for all food & beverage operations within

the resort

Supervision of kitchen

Hiring & scheduling of food & beverage staff


Qualifications

* Bachelors or related culinary degree

* Proven culinary ability

* Proven leadership ability with the ability to train &

motivate team members

Previous experience with food costs & development

of menu & culinary team

Excellent written, verbal communication skills


Must be willing to live on a Family Island
Bahamians preferred
For immediate consideration please email resume to:
info@romorabay.com


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FROM page one
girl, who had been left in his charge for coun-
selling. .
With several of the 19 witnesses in the case
having to travel from the US, Magistrate Bethel
made the decision to continue the trial in May of
2009.
Bail was set at $10,000 with two sureties on
condition that the defendant does not contact
any of the 19 witnesses in the case.
Franklyn K.M. Williams, assistant director of
Legal Affairs in the Attorney General's Office,
prosecuted the case.
Fraser, who is now being tried for a second
time on the same charge, was originally tried in
October of last year. However, the case was dis-
missed by Magistrate Marilyn Meers.
According to Magistrate Meers, the prosecu-
tion's DNA evidence did not support the claims
made against Bishop Fraser, and as a result she
stated that he had "no case to answer." Addi-
tionally, the magistrate identified variances
between the plaintiff's testimony and those of
witnesses, and explained that even if the semen
found in Fraser's church office belonged to him,
it was inadmissible as evidence because of the
time differences between the alleged incident
and the discovery of the semen.
The second trial comes after an appeal made
by the Attorney's General's Office to the Court


Bishop Fraser in court again on
charge of sex with 16-year-old
of Appeal, which argued that the magistrate
had applied the wrong legal standard in deter-
mining that Fraser had no case to answer.
In the ruling handed down by Court of Appeal
Justice Lorris Ganpatsingh, it was ordered that
the matter be readmitted to a different consti-
tuted court for hearing.


Pair in court
FROM page one
heard, Mr Gaskin suggested that the judge who
granted him bail might have entered the realm of
the jury when he examined the evidence.
However, throughout all of the cases heard a
continuing theme in the court room was that the
men should be eligible fofr bail because of the
length of their remand pending trial.
Dame Joan said the court is first and foremost
interested in the rights of the person appearing
to have their case heard.
She said no government can "lock somebody up
without trial."
No ruling had been handed down up to press
time yesterday.


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Clinton: "This is a moment I didn't think would
happen. This is a moment that I'll be telling my
kids about. And I think he will make an excellent
President because he has a strong woman behind
him. I think the US has come far (with this win)
but they still have more barriers to cross."
Meanwhile, Robert Duncombe described the
victory he saw Mr Obama approaching as repre-
sentative of "the shackles of years of slavery
falling off a race of people."
Mr Obama's meteoric rise to electoral star-
dom has been followed closely in this country,
with a majority coming out in support of the elo-
quent 47-year-old lawyer despite arguable con-
cerns that an Obama presidency in particular
could signify trouble for the country's financial
sector.
Bahamians have been showing their adulation
for the candidate by buying plentiful "Bahama for
Obama" memorabilia from entrepreunerial print-
ers and last night colourful shirts and buttons
bearing Mr Obama's face were on show at elec-
tion parties held island-wide.
The Bahamas is not unusual in its support for
the black Senator: he has attracted overwhelming
popular approval in opinion polls world-wide at a
time when incumbent President George W.
Bush's popularity ratings dipped to a near-historic
Slow both globally and in the U.S.
The son of a black Kenyan father and white
American mother, Mr Obama is a Harvard law
graduate who started his career as a community
organiser in Chicago, working his way up to
become Illinois senator in 1996.
Energising the American electorate and the
youth in particular, he has promised a break from
the political past.
He claims commitment to ending "business as
usual" in Washington, which he said has suffered
from secrecy, wasteful spending and too much


influence peddling by lobbyists for big business.
He intends to boost the beleaguered American
economy in "bottom-up" fashion by offering tax-
relief for 95 percent of Americans while revers-
ing tax-cuts for the wealthy, that were granted
under President George W. Bush.
Vado Gray, 33, of Sunset Park, Nassau, said
earlier in the evening that it would be an injustice
if Obama did not win. As an employee of Shera-
ton Hotel, whose hours have been cut from five
days a week to just two days in the last five
months, he believes Obama will revive the Amer-
ican economy to the benefit of Bahamians,
"We need the US to stop spending that $10
billion a month on the war so that could trickle
down here. We need the troops to come home so
it could get better here," he said.
Mr Obama is perceived to have successfully
weathered threats from Republicans who claimed
he is "too radical and too risky" in light of a long-
term association with a controversial black
preacher; Jeremiah Wright, and more tenuous
affiliation with William Ayers, who once launch
a campaign of bombings in the United States.
He is likely to have benefited in turn from
tying his opponent -72 year-old Arizona Sena-
tor John McCain to unpopular incumbent
George W. Bush, despite Mr McCain's recent
refutation of some of Mr Bush's key policies.
A win for his campaign is also one for his Vice
Presidential pick, Senator Joe Biden. The new
president-elect and vice president-elect's first
working day in office will be early next year, after
they are inaugurated on January 20, 2009.
Meanwhile, in what commentators have noted
is an arguably equally important but overshad-
owed part of yesterday's vote, Democrats were
expected to make huge inroads for the second
time in two years in the House of Representatives
and the Senate, as U.S. voters also cast ballots in
congressional elections.
Congress plays a central role as a law-making
body in the United States.


Man with cutlass




halts church service


FROM page one
"in high praise" at the time
the incident began to unfold
shortly after 11am.
"The fella came in the
church. He didn't have no
weapon when he came in, or
at least no one saw it until he
was inside the church. And
then after he.came in when
he saw the two fellas (he was
looking for), then he yucked
the cutlass out of his pants.
"He went running after
them trying to chop them


with the cutlass, but a couple
fellas from the church
stopped him and pulled him
down and got the cutlass
away from him."
The church member said he
understands that there had
been an ongoing dispute
between the culprit and the
two young men, culminating
in a verbal spat down the
road from the church on the
morning of the service.
But this did not prepare
him for how the teenager was
to react.
"He shocked everybody,


nobody anticipated, that. Peo-
ple thought he was just com-
ing in to join the service,"
said the eye-witness.
The two boys, pursued by
the would-be attacker, ran
when they saw him produce
the weapon.
However, not all of those
in the church at the time were
as fearful.
"Some people didn't even
know what was going on until
they saw them holding him
down," said the eye-witness.
No one was hurt during the
unusual episode, said police.


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Rockets have

pieces in place to

make title run

By CHRIS DUNCAN
AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets
want to be this season's Boston Celtics.
Like Boston last season, the Rockets assem-
bled a "Big Three" of their own by acquiring
Ron Artest to join Tracy McGrady and Yao
Ming.
Artest, who averaged 20.5 points with Sacra -
mento last season, adds toughness, versatility
and a third scoring option the Rockets have
lacked since McGrady arrived in 2004.
McGrady is 0-for-7 in postseason series since
entering the league in 1997, also the last year
Houston won a series. NMcGrady says the addi-
tion of Artest gives him and the Rockets their
best chance yet to end their droughts.
"I've been waiting for this for a while."
McGrad% said. "I know I get criticized for not
leading my team out of the playoffs, but it's
hard when you don't have those pieces to ele-
vate Nou to that next level. Now I have that.
We'll see what happens."
The Rockets hope Artest can do for them
what Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen did for
Boston last season, forming a trio with Paul
Pierce to lead the Celtics to the NBA champi-
onship. Boston was the worst team in the East-
ern Conference in 2006-07, before Garnett and
Allen arrived.
"For that team to go from worst to first,"
McGradv said, "that gives me hope."
Yao dismisses comparisons between the
threesomes by pointing out the glaring differ-
ence.
'Boston already got a championship. They
can say they have the best three guys," Yao
said. "We are looking for that day. I have that
confidence that we can do that."
The Rockets don't have to make as big of a
jump as the Celtics did. Houston went 55-27 in
2007-08, its first season under Rick Adelman,
and lost to Utah in the first round of the play-
offs for the second straight season.
Artest played for Adelman in Sacramento. so
he arrived at training camp as familiar with
the system as any of the Rockets. He's been
one of the hardest workers during the presea-
son, staying a few extra minutes after each
practice to work on jump shots.
It's definitely the most talented team I've
been on." said Artest, starting his 10th season.
"It's extra motivation, extra 'go-get-it.' I kind of
thrive under those situations. I like when I
have something to play for, and this year, I
really do have something to play for."
Houston also added free-agent Brent Barry,
who brings championship experience from San
Antonio, a sharp perimeter shot and crafty
passing.
,,..Rafer Alston returns ps the starting point
,;gu..rc( after'puttig tp some of the best n.um-
,,bers, of his career during Houston's 22-game
winning streak last season. Luis Scola, Hous-
ton's second-leading rebounder, is back after
helping Argentina win the bronze medal in
Beijing.
Shane Battier started 78 games at small for-
ward last season, but Adelman says he can use
Artest and Battier interchangeably to defend
the best opposing players. Adelman said he'd
also use Artest to back up McGrady, or start
both of them if matchups look favorable.
"He gives us a guy, similar to Tracy, in that
he can post up smaller people, he can take
people off the dribble," Adelman said of
Artest. "That's going to be our main challenge,
working those two guys together and see where
they fit with Yao on the floor."
The bench includes scrappy rebounder
Chuck Hayes, shooting guard Luther Head,
blossoming youngsters Carl Landry and Aaron
Brooks and bulky second-round draft pick
Joey Dorsey.
"We hase a lot of valuable and more versa-
tile people on this team than we did last year,"
Adelman said.
Still. Houston's immediate goal is getting
healthy.
NMcGrady revealed at the start of training
camp that his left shoulder was arthritic and will
require surgery after this season. He also said
his left knee was healing slower than expected
from surgery in the spring.
The 29-year-old McGrady played only one
quarter in Houston's first six preseason games
and said he might not be ready for the start of
the regular season. He was noticeably limp-
ing during a fast-break drill at practice this
eek and could hardly jump on perimeter
shots, leaving many short.
McGrady wanted to play in Houston's pre-
season finale to test his readiness.
"I'm gaining confidence," he said Tuesday.
"I've been through three straight practices,
grinding it out. A game is going to be a little bit
different. Hopefully, it's all positive, because I
want to get out there with the guys."
Then there's Yao. who's missed more than
80 games over the last three seasons with four
different injuries. Yao broke his foot last Feb-
ruary, rehabbed in time to play in the
Olympics, and said he was "100 percent"
healthy when training camp began.
The Rockets have reduced Yao's workload
m the preseason, but his injuries haven't had
much to do with his conditioning. In 2005-06.
he contracted an infection in his left big toe that
required surgery and later broke his left foot.
The next season, he broke his right leg and
Last February, he suffered a stress fracture in his
left foot.


"I wish I could play 82 games during the
regular season," he said, "and then talk about
it later."
Alston had surgery to repair ligaments in
his right ankle, and Battier had surgery to
remove bone spurs in his left ankle. Battier
missed the first four weeks of preseason prac-
tices because of inflammation in his left foot.
Houston also is still waiting to see what it can
get out of Steve Francis, a three-time All-Star
who' sat out most of last season with a torn
quadriceps tendon. The 31-year-old Francis
has been practicing, but it's up to Adelman to
see if there's a role for him on this team.
"He struggled last year in camp, in compar-
ison to other guards," Adelman said. "'That's
just something that's going to have to play
itself out."


Hamilton and Pistons agree




to three-year, $34m contract


* By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit
Pistons kept one All-Star guard under
contract for years to come on the
same day they sent one packing.
Richard Hamilton and the Pistons
have agreed to a three-year contract
extension worth about $34 million, a
basketball official told The Associ-
ated Press on Monday night.
The official, who spoke on the con-
dition of anonymity because the deal
had not been announced, said two
years of the contract are guaranteed
and the third is partially guaranteed.
Detroit dealt All-Star Chauncey
Billups, key reserve Antonio
McDyess and project Cheikh Samb to
the Denver Nuggets for 2001 NBA
MVP Allen Iverson earlier in the day.
Hamilton's current $62 million, sev-
en-year contract was signed five years
ago.
Hamilton, who led Detroit with 19
points Monday night in the Pistons'
101-83 victory at Charlotte, declined
to speak to reporters after the game.
"We definitely wanted Rip in the
fold as we continue to make this run,"
coach Michael Curry said. "He's a
valuable piece to this puzzle."
The three-time All-Star helped the


RICHARD HAMILTON rests during the
second half of a game against Charlotte
Bobcats Monday...

Pistons win the 2004 NBA title and
advance to the Eastern Conference
finals last season for the sixth straight
year.


Washington drafted the shooting
guard No. 7 overall in 1999 after the
junior led Connecticut to a national
title, earning Most Outstanding Play-
er of the Final Four honors.
The Wizards traded him to Detroit
three years later for Jerry Stackhouse.
Hamilton has averaged nearly 18
points in the regular season and has
increased his scoring to nearly 21
points per game in the postseason.
Hamilton broke Isiah Thomas'
franchise record for playoff scoring
last season and finished with 2,414
points and played in his 116 postsea-
son game, surpassing Bill Laimbeer's
team mark. He has scored at least 20
points in 58 playoff games since 2003,
giving him a two-game lead over San
Antonio's Tim Duncan in that cate-
gory and a double-digit lead over any
other superstar, according to STATS.
The player known as Rip has an
edge against opponents because he
can run tireless around screens, curl-
ing open for mid-range shots. He has
improved his overall game with the
Pistons, playing stronger defense,
making better passes and connecting
on more 3-point shots.

AP Sports Writer Mike Cranston
in Charlotte, N. C., contributed to this
report.


Pistons acquire Iverson



in blockbuster trade


* By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) The
Detroit Pistons almost
acquired Allen Iverson
from Philadelphia entering
the 2000-01 season.
Then, they watched Iver-
son lead the 76ers to the
NBA finals and be named
league MVP.
Eight years later, Detroit
is hoping The Answer was
worth the wait.
'The 'Pistons acquired
Iverson on Monday in a
blockbuster trade for All-
Star point guard and for-
mer finals MVP Chauncey
Billups, top reserve Anto-
nio McDyess and project
Cheikh Samb.
Detroit is desperate for
another shot at an NBA
title after winning its third
in 2004, falling just short of
repeating and getting elim-
inated in Game 6 of the
Eastern Conference finals
the past three years.
The 33-year-old Iverson
has done it all in the league
other than win a title.
"I like acquiring guys
who come in and it's kind
of on the table that they're
coming in with something
to prove," Pistons presi-
dent of basketball opera-
tions Joe Dumars said.
"You know he wants to
win. This is going to pre-
sent what we feel like is his
best opportunity to do so."
Iverson is expected to
start at point guard, per-
haps Wednesday in Toron-
to, alongside All-Stars
Richard Hamilton and
Rasheed Wallace,
Olympian Tayshaun Prince
and 21-year-old Amir
Johnson.
Barring injury, Iverson
will make his home debut
Sunday night against the
Boston Celtics.
The Pistons have
reached six straight East-
ern Conference finals -
the longest such streak
since the Los Angeles Lak-
ers' dominant run in the
1980s and won the 2004
title without a player
expected to be in the Hall
of Fame.
Their lack of a superstar
seemed to hurt them the
past three seasons, exiting
the playoffs -against
Boston's Kevin Garnett,
Cleveland's LeBron James
and Miami's Dwyane
Wade.
Iverson brings plenty of
star power to Detroit.
\ "It's a different way for
us to try to win games, oth-
er than the same pre-
dictable way we've been
doing it for quite some
time," Dumars said.
The deal clears a lot of
salary-cap space for the Pis-
tons because Iverson is
making $20.8 million in the
final year of his contract
while Billups is in the sec-
ond season of a four-year
contract worth a guaran-


IN THIS file photo, Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson (3) puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lak-
ers guard Kobe Bryant (24) defends during the second half of Game 2 of a first-round playoff game
in Los Angeles... .


teed $46 million with a $14
million team option for a
fifth year.
"When a situation like
this presents itself,"
Dumars said, "where you
can cover yourself on both
sides the immediate
impact player and the long-
term flexibility you have
to push the button."
Iverson said during train-
ing camp he wanted to fin,
ish his career in Denver
and was disappointed he
wasn't offered a contract
extension. But, he
acknowledged being excit-
ed about being a first-time
free agent next summer.
"I think the best part of
this as far as my career
goes is I'll be a free agent
this summer and I'll be
able to do what makes me
happy," Iverson said dur-
ing training camp. "That's
the most important thing
at the end of my career is
to be in a situation where
I'm happy and my family
is situated and they're hap-
py."
Iverson's agent, Leon
Rose, told The Associated
Press he is not negotiating
a contract extension with
the Pistons for his client.


The addition of Billups
might placate Nuggets fans
who have watched the once
free-spending franchise
trade defensive standout
Marcus Camby to the Los
Angeles Clippers in the off-
season and recently decline
to extend Linas Kleiza's
contract.
Billups is a Denver
native, former Colorado
star, former Nugget and
one of the most popular
players among his peers in
the league because of his
likable personality.
"We fortunately fall into
a guy that's an All-Star cal-
iber point guard," Denver
coach George Karl said,
after saying he was sad to
see Iverson go. "The con-
nection with Denver and
Colorado is fun to be a part
of and enthusiastic to our
owners."
McDyess also will be
enjoying a homecoming of
sorts, landing on the
Nuggets' roster for the
third time.
The Pistons kept
McDyess off the free-agent
market last summer by giv-
ing him a $13.5 million,
two-year extension. Detroit
would love to have him


back if the cost-cutting
Nuggets buy out his con-
tract.
"I'll be talking with
Antonio and his represen-
tative directly," Nuggets
executive Mark Warken-
tien said. "But we think
he's a heck of a player and
know he's a quality guy.
One step at a time."
The 34-year-old
McDyess revived his career
with the Pistons, playing
321 games over four sea-
sons after serious knee
operations pushed him
toward possibly retiring.
The former Olympian and
All-Star has averaged 13.4
points and 7.7 rebounds for
his career.
Detroit acquired the 7-
foot-1 Samb for Maurice
Evans from the Lakers
during the 2006 draft. The
24-year-old center played
in just four NBA games
last season, spending much
of his year in the NBADL,
where he led the minor
league with four blocks a
game.
AP Sports Writer Arnie
Stapleton in Denver and
Mike Cranston in Charlotte,
N.C., contributed to this
report.


* By The Associated
Press

SCOREBOARD

Wednesday, November 5
Detroit at Toronto (7 pm
EST). Allen Iverson could
make his Detroit debut
when the Pistons face the
Raptors in Toronto. The
Pistons acquired the former
NBA MVP from Denver for
Chauncey Billups, Antonio
McDyess and Cheikh Samb
on Monday.

STARS

Monday
LeBron James, Cava-
liers, snapped a third-quar-
ter tie with a flying rebound-
layup and scored 29 points
to lead Cleveland to a 100-
81 victory over Dallas.
Dwight Howard, Mag-
ic, had 22 points and 15
rebounds to lift Orlando to a
96-93 win over Chicago.
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies,
finished with 27 points and
16 rebounds in Memphis'
90-79 victory over Golden
State.
Paul Millsap, Jazz,
scored 15 of his 24 points
during a decisive 17-3 run
in the fourth quarter, lead-
ing Utah to an 89-73 victory
over the Los Angeles Clip-
pers.
Richard Hamilton, Pis-
tons, scored 19 points in
Detroit's 101-83 victory over
the Charlotte Bobcats.
Andris Biedrins, War-
riors, had 16 points and 22
rebounds in Golden State's
90-79 loss at Memphis.

BLOCKBUSTER
Detroit acquired former
NBA MVP Allen Iverson
from Denver for All-Star
point guard and former
finals MVP Chauncey
Billups, top reserve Anto-
nio McDyess and project
Cheikh Samb.
The Pistons are hoping
Iverson will play Wednes-
day at Toronto and, barring
injury, his home debut will
be Sunday night against the
Boston Celtics.

WILD DAY
Hours after Chauncey
Billups and Antonio
McDyess were traded to
Denver, the Pistons crushed
their old coach's new team.
Richard Hamilton scored 19
points and Detroit defeated
Larry Brown's Charlotte
Bobcats 101-83 to improve
to 3-0.
The beginning of Brown's
reunion week he visits
New York on Wednesday,
where he spent one ugly 23-
win season in 2005-06 -
was overshadowed -by the
,Pistons' makeover.

PERFECT TIMING
LeBron James stepped up
when the Cleveland Cava-
liers needed him the most
in a 100-81 victory at Dal-
las. James was only 8-of-20
from the field, but scored 29
points and took over during
an impressive stretch at the
end of the third quarter.
Cleveland wasted a 16-
poirit lead, then Daniel Gib-
son missed a jumper from
the corner, only to see
James zoom in, grab the
rebound and bank it in, all
in one motion. He followed
with a three-point play and a
pair of free throws.

WELCOME
Marcus Camby had five
points and nine rebounds in
his debut with the Los
Angeles Clippers, who lost
89-73 to the Utah Jazz.
Camby, acquired from Den-
ver during the offseason, sat
out the preseason and the
first three games of the reg-
ular season with a bruised
right heel.

BALANCED
PERFORMANCE
The Philadelphia 76ers
placed eight players in dou-
ble figures in a 125-91 victo-
ry over the winless Sacra-
mento Kings.
Thaddeus Young scored


18 points, Lou Williams had
17 and Willie Green added
16.
Elton Brand chipped in
with 15 points, and Andre
Miller and Donyell Marshall
had 12 apiece. Andre Iguo-
dala and Kareem Rush each
scored 10.

SPEAKING
"Do we like the trade?
Maybe not. Ain't no
telling."
Detroit forward
Rasheed Wallace after the
Pistons acquired Allen Iver-
son from the Denver
Nuggets.








TRIBUNESPORTSWEDNESAYTNOEMBERONAL08SPAGET1


Chiefs' miserable


season will be one


for the books

By DOUG TUCKER
AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) If it's true that
history is written by the winners, Kansas City's
horrible 2008 season should be well-chronicled.
Most rushing yards given up in a game? Just
check the Tennessee Titans' media guide.
Biggest lead blown? Look it up in the Tampa
Bay record book.
The 332 yards Tennessee gained in a blowout
win over the Chiefs on Oct. 19 was the most the
Titans ever gained against anyone, and the most
the Chiefs ever allowed.
When Tampa Bay came storming back from a
24-3 deficit on Sunday with the help of an array of
physical and mental mistakes by the young Chiefs,
it marked the biggest comeback in Buccaneers
history.
It was also the biggest lead Kansas City ever lost.
Tied 27-all at the end of regulation, Tampa Bay
won the game 30-27 on a field goal in overtime.
Next up for the Chiefs is a trip to the West
Coast, where the San Diego Chargers (3-5) ought
to be well rested following their bye week. Quar-
terback Philip Rivers, leading the NFL with a
passer rating of 107.8, will no doubt be eyeing
Kansas City's injury-weakened secondary.
Halfway through the season, the Chiefs (1-7) are
on pace for their worst year ever. Until now, the
fewest wins the Chiefs had in a 16-game, non-
strike year was four. In 1977's 14-game season,
they were 2-12.
Yet, there still is hope. An entirely unexpected
sense of encouragement seemed to pervade the
locker room on Monday in spite of the spirit-with-
ering defeat to Tampa Bay and the fact running
back Kolby Smith is going on injured reserve with
a knee injury.
The offensive line, with right tackle Damion
McIntosh adjusting to a new position and getting
past nagging injuries, played its best game of the
season against Tampa's tough defense, springing
rookie running back Jamaal Charles for 106 yards.
Plus, quarterback Tyler Thigpen did what most
skeptics said he couldn't. He played a second
straight good game. His only interception was
erased by a penalty, and Thigpen wound up hitting
14 of 25 passes for 164 yards and one touchdown.
His 56-yard gainer to Mark Bradley was a laser
shot, as impressive as any pass a Kansas City quar-
terback has thrown in a couple of years.
"He put it right on the money," said Bradley.
"He's doing a good job of spreading the ball out in
the spread offense that we're running now. It's
working in our favor."
Thigpen's teammates are starting to believe in
the second-year pro from Coastal Carolina.
"He showed it in practice last week and the
week before," said wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
"He said he wanted to be a leader on the offense
and he's doing a-good job at it. In the huddle,
telling guys to, let him know if they see something.
He's just taken over the whole offense now in his
second year, which is a good thing."
Running back Larry Johnson, suspended for
the week by the NFL for violating the player con-
duct policy, will-not be in San Diego, missing his
fourth straight game.
Smith, the second-year pro who had started the
three previous games while Johnson served a team
benching for violating franchise rules, was lost
for the season with a knee injury early in the sec-
ond half on Sunday.
That leaves Charles, a third-round pick out of
Texas, plus Jackie Battle, who's spefit most of the
year on the practice squad, and rookie kick return-
er Dantrell Savage as the only healthy running
backs.
Also questionable is linebacker Derrick John-
son, who came out of the Tampa game with a
sore hamstring. A hamstring problem also brought
starting cornerback Brandon Flowers out in the
second half. His backup, Maurice Leggett, was
beaten by Antonio Bryant on the touchdown pass
That led to the 27-27 tie in the final seconds.
"The trainers felt I'd hurt my team even more if
I tried to play through it and let it get worse and
worse and have it bother me through the.whole
season," said Flowers. "So I had to come out of the
game and other guys had to go in and step up.
"My plan is to go to-San Diego and play the
whole game. That's why I'm here getting treat-
ment. I think I should be fine."


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* By JOSEPH WHITE
AP Sports Writer

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -
Ben Roethlisberger exchanged
high-fives with teammates after
the touchdown that extended the
Pittsburgh Steelers' lead in the
fourth quarter.
With his left hand. While wear-
ing a baseball cap.
With Roethlisberger sidelined
after reinjuring his throwing
shoulder, the local kid who used
to sneak into Washington Red-
skins games made an unexpected
appearance on the field.
D.C. native Byron Leftwich
came on at halftime and led two
touchdown drives in the Steelers'
23-6 victory over the Redskins on
Monday night.
"We all know Ben's the guy,"
Leftwich said. "Ben's the quar-
terback of this football team, and
I know I was going to be there in
case something happened. Some-
thing happened today."
What happened was Roethlis-
berger's 1-yard sneak that gave
the Steelers a 10-6 lead in the
final minute of the first half. On
the play, the quarterback reag-
gravated the slightly separated
right shoulder that has bothered
him since the second week of the
season.
"I have no update on Ben at
this point," coach Mike Tomlin
said. "Potentially, he was capa-
ble of going back in the game,
but we went down the field with
Leftwich in there to start the sec-
ond half. We'll just see how he
is."
Roethlisberger was 5-of-17 for
50 yards and an interception,
while Leftwich went 7-of-10 for
129 yards and a touchdown as
Pittsburgh (6-2) beat an NFC
East team for the first time in
three attempts this season. Left-
wich had 44 friends and relatives
at the game all of them Red-
skins fans growing up but he
said jokingly that "none of them
better be upset" after the Steelers
handed Washington (6-3) its


worst loss of the season.
"I truly don't know the offense
yet," said Leftwich, who signed
with the Steelers in August. "I
just got here late in the preseason,
so that's what makes it tough ....
That's why I came out so early
during halftime. It's like, 'If I'm
going to play, I've got to get
loose.'"
The Steelers' top-rated defense
had seven sacks and became the
first team this season to intercept,
Jason Campbell. It also held Clin-
ton Portis to 51 yards rushing,
ending his streak of five straight
games with at least 120 yards.
"We were hoping to go out and
play our football, play smash-
mouth football," Portis said.
"Instead, we got smashed."
While the Steelers remain atop
the AFC North, the Redskins lost
ground to the New York Giants -
in the NFC East. Washington
enters its bye week needing to
tweak an offense that puts togeth-
er promising drives butnstruggles
to find the end zone.
' The Redskins came close to
scoring a touchdown only once,
- when Campbell threw incom-
plete on fourth-and-goal at the 1
in the fourth quarter. Campbell
went 24-of-43 for 206 yards and
his streak without an interception
reached 271 attempts 249 this
season before cornerback
Deshea Townsend grabbed a pass
tipped by Portis late in the third
quarter. Campbell, on the run for
much of the game, threw another
interception in the fourth quar-
ter.
"When the team that they're
playing has to throw, they just
kind of put the warrior bandanna
on and here they come," Red-
skins coach Jim Zorn said of the
Steelers pass rush.
The game was the first hosted
by Washington on the eve of a
presidential election since 1984,
and there was no mistaking the
combination of football and elec-
tion fever. One fan alternately
waved a white towel with Barack
Obama's image in the left hand


and an all-burgundy Redskins
towel in the right hand. Sports-
themed interviews with Obama
and John McCain were broadcast
by ESPN during halftime.
The Redskins also used the
special occasion to wear burgundy
jerseys and pants together for the
first time in franchise history. A
more noticeable color, however,
was the yellow from the sea of
Terrible Towels waved by Steel-
ers fans who managed to secure
tickets by the boatload for the
lower bowl of the stadium. Visit-
ing Pittsburgh players were wav-
ing to the fans all around to make
noise during defensive stands.
"There was a lot of 'em,"
Campbell said. "I was definitely
surprised to see that many of
them in our home stadium."
The Redskins were on the
board with two field goals in the
first four minutes without the
benefit 'of a first down. They
recovered, the. Steelers surprise.,
onside kicrk4hat opened the"
game, and Cornelius Griffin inter-
cepted a tipped pass. Washing-
ton didn't convert a third down
until late in the third quarter.
The Steelers didn't cross mid-
field until Carlos Rogers grabbed
Hines Ward on. an obvious 43-
yard pass interference penalty in
the second quarter, setting up a
field goal that cut Washington's
lead to 6-3.
The Steelers went ahead after
Andre Frazier blocked Ryan
Plackemeier's punt. William Gay
recovered at the 13, leading to
Roethlisberger's 1-yard score.
Leftwich's big play was a 50-
yard completion to Nate Wash-
ington before a 1-yard TD run by
Willie Parker, who was back from
a four-week layoff with a knee
injury. Leftwich also had a 5-yard
scoring pass to Santonio Holmes,
who returned from a odne-game
benching over a charge for a mar-
ijuana-related offense.
"We didn't think twice about
him coming in and doing the job,"
Washington said of Leftwich.
"We never skipped a beat."


Cardinals in control of miserable NFC West


* By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Sitting
on a three-game division lead with
eight to play, the Cardinals' magic
number is six.
That'd be no surprise in the NL Cen-
tral, but it's a minor miracle in the NFC
West, where a pro football tradition
stretching beyond the last half-century
is likely to end this winter.
Thanks to the simultaneous awful-
ness of the injury-ravaged Seahawks,
the leaderless 49ers and the squabbling
Rams,'the long-suffering Arizona Car-
dinals appear destined torcharge into
the playoffs with barely a whimper of
competition.
Yes, those Cardinals the eternal
cellar-dwellers with one postseason
appearance in 24 years, one winning
season during two decades in the desert
and one measly playoff victory in the
past 60 years.
Led by Kurt Warner's pack of fleet-
footed receivers and clever coach Ken
Whisenhunt, they're on track to hang a
division title banner on some other-
wise naked rafter in their gorgeous sta-
dium in January before the franchise
hosts a postseason game for the first
time since 1947.
The Cardinals are far from perfect,
yet they've got just one fewer victory
than the other three members of this
miserable division combined. Seattle,
San Francisco and St. Louis are all 2-6,
with all three clubs bumbling through


coaching upheaval and inept efforts by
overpaid players in front of booing
home fans.
With quarterback Matt Hasselbeck-
's injured back progressing more slow-
ly than Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack in
a 40-yard dash, the Seahawks' run of
four straight division titles seems fin-
ished along with coach Mike Holm-
gren's tenure. At least Holmgren will
keep his.job until December, some-
thing Scott Linehan and Mike Nolan
couldn't do.
Seattle's lengthy run as the best in
the West had to end sometime but
who would have thought this season
was in the Cards?

Arizona Cardinals (5-3)
If these Cardinals can just keep look-
ing nothing like the regular Cardinals
for eight more weeks, they'll win their
first division title since 1975.
And they'll deserve it. Despite their
three road losses and an occasionally
overmatched defensive secondary, the
Cardinals have been consistent and
balanced.
Warner is directing the NFL's high-
est-scoring offense (234 points), and
Arizona is 3-0 at home, where the fans
can get awfully loud when their voices
aren't muffled by paper bags on their
heads.
In another boon to the Cardinals'
division title hopes, their remaining
schedule is looking a bit soft: Four of
their final eight games are against divi-
sion foes, starting next Monday night


KURT WARNER looks for a reciever during
the third quarter of a game against the St
Louis Rams Sunday in St. Louis. Warner
had his 45th 300-yard passing game,
throwing for two touchdowns to defeat the
St Louis Rams 34-13.

(AP Photo: Jeff Roberson)


with the woeful 49ers.
No Cardinals fan is remotely com-
fortable yet, but the NFC West's other
three teams haven't given Arizona any
real reason to worry. With the NFL's
second-biggest division lead, the Cards
can only beat themselves at this point.
Of course, that's the only victory this
franchise has always been able to count
on.
Grade: B

Seattle Seahawks (2-6)
Jim Mora's inheritance is getting
smaller by the week.
The Seahawks' all-around under-
achievement in Holmgren's final sea-
son is mitigated only by Hasselbeck's
absence, which magnifies every other
problem the veteran coach must mud-
dle through before his well-deserved
year off from football.
Holmgren built a consistent winner
in the Pacific Northwest, but after five
straight playoff appearances, the Sea-
hawks are off to their worst start in six
years. Qwest Field is filled with boos
for the NFL's 31st-ranked offense and
a defense that played without its top
two injured stars defensive lineman
Patrick Kerney and linebacker Lofa
Tatupu last week during the Sea-
hawks' fourth loss in five games.
Unless Hasselbeck's back miracu-,
lously heals or his teammates improb-
ably get it together, Microsoft's favorite
team might need a total reboot next
year when Mora takes over.
Grade: D


San Francisco 49ers (2-6)
The York family has one major
accomplishment during its near-decade
of owning the 49ers: They're making
the Bidwills look good.
John, Denise and now 27-year-old
Jed York have firmly supplanted the
Cardinals' first family as the laughing-
stock of the West Coast for their lame-
brained personnel decisions, ham-fist-
ed public relations and the inability to
secure a replacement for decrepit Can-
dlestick Park.
After five straight losing seasons,
nobody in the Bay Area believes the
Yorks can build a winner, so why
would San Francisco or Santa Clara
build them a stadium?
And that's to say nothing of this sea-
son's boring, tedious team, which is on
its second coach and second quarter-
back of the season after just one regu-
lation victory over the NFL-worst
Detroit Lions.
Nolan was inelegantly fired one
week before the team's bye, setting up
interim coach Mike Singletary for a
predictably disastrous debut in a 21-
point home loss to lowly Seattle.
The Niners have no proven quarter-
back, an overpaid defense that's giving
up nearly 30 points a game, and a five-
game losing streak. Singletary is getting
attention mostly for embarrassing tight
end Vernon Davis and dropping his
pants to motivate his players, which
probably means the Yorks will be start-
ing over again this winter.
Grade: F


Camarillo

having impact

for surprising

Dolphins

By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

DAVIE, Florida (AP) The
most surprising player for Miami's
surprising Dolphins was a walk-on
receiver in college and an undraft-
ed NFL free agent who began 2008
with eight catches in three years as
a pro.
Greg Camarillo was regarded as
small but slow.
Even now, with Camarillo enjoy-
ing the best season of his life, his
fan club remains on the small side.
He spotted a cluster of spectators in
the far reaches of the stadium Sun-
day wearing his No. 83 jersey -
and even from a distance -
Camarillo could identify them.
"Anytime I see an 83 jersey in
the stands, I know it's a family
member," he said Monday.
His fan club is growing, however.
Miami coach Tony Sparano
became a member, as did quarter-
back Chad Pennington. Pretty
much all the Dolphins rave about
Camarillo, who had 11 catches in
Sunday's win at Denver to increase
his season total to a team-high 43.
"He's a hard guy not to like,"
Sparano said. "He understands his
limitations. When you do that, you
have a great chance to succeed."
Sparano rewarded his players by
giving them Monday off after a 26-
17 win over the Broncos improved
Miami's record to 4-4. But Camar-
illo was invited to the media room
lectern to discuss his latest big
game.
"I don't think I've ever done a
news conference," he said.
Actually, Camarillo made head-
lines last year when he turned a
short completion into a 64-yard
touchdown in overtime against Bal-
timore, giving the Dolphins their
lone win after an 0-13 start. But he
wanted more than 15 minutes of
fame.
With a new regime led by Bill
Parcells in Miami, Camarillo
reported for training camp merely
hoping to make the team. It helped
his chances that the receiving corps
was perhaps the Dolphins' thinnest
area, and Camarillo gradually won
over Sparano.
"Early on in camp I saw him be
consistent," Sparano said. "I
thought, Well, he's consistent, but
maybe he doesn't run fast enough.
Maybe he doesn't do this or do
that.' As you get into the games,
you see him continue to make
plays. That's where it separated
itself."
Camarillo made plenty of plays
against Denver, taking advantage
of the secondary's soft coverage
and focus on speedy receiver Ted
Ginn Jr. Three consecutive Camar-
illo catches started an eight-minute
touchdown drive in the fourth quar-
ter that clinched the victory.
So he's making a name forjhim-
self gradually. A network TV
announcer mispronounced Camar-
illo (it's cam-uh-REE-oh) but came
closer than Broncos receiver Bran-
don Marshall.
"I don't even know that
receiver's name who caught all
those balls," Marshall groused.
Did Camarillo ever catch 11 pass-
es in a game before?
"In high school, maybe once,"
he said. "Never in college."
He had 46 career catches as a
backup at Stanford, a total he'll
likely surpass this year alone, per-
haps as early as Sunday against
Seattle.


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Altiidore faces loan after making Liga history


By PAUL LOGOTHETIS
AP Sports Writer
MADRID, Spain (AP) -
Jozy Altidore is making his
mark at Villarreal, even getting
into the Spanish league history
books. And yet, that might not
be enough to keep the teenage
American striker at the Spanish
league club for the remainder of
the season.
Altidore's 90th minute goal
Saturday in Villarreal's 4-1 vic-
tory at Athletic Bilbao gave the
teenage striker a special place in
Spanish football as he became
the first American to score in
La Liga.
But even that might not be
enough to save the United
States international from being
shipped out on loan come Jan-
uary.
"I don't know, I definitely
think it's a possibility. I think
they're probably considering it,"
Altidore told The Associated
Press in a telephone interview.
If a move comes, Altidore
hopes to play either in Eng-
land's Premier League or a
league that is similar to Spain's.
"But I am also happy to be
here helping out. I know what-
ever they choose it's in the best
interest for me," Altidore said.
Coach Manuel Pellegrini said
a decision still hadn't been
reached on whether to lend the
promising young striker out.
"It all depends on how we're
looking as the new year
approaches, whether we have
more injuries to worry about or
not." Pellegrini said. "But so far
he's fit in nicely."
Altidore's presence on the
"Yellow Submarine's" roster
has as much to dc with a rash of
injuries as the lanky striker's
abilities. Italy striker Giuseppe
Rossi, Turkey striker Nihat
Kahveci and Mexico striker
Guillermo Franco all missed
early parts of the season, which
meant unbeaten Villarreal
couldn't farm out the 18-year-
old Altidore as expected.
Rossi, a New Jersey native
who Altidore counts as one of
his closest friends, and Franco
.have returned b it the contin-
ued absence of Nihat means he
would d be sticking around.
' Either way, Al:idore doesn't


mind with the team challeng-
ing for it's first league trophy.
"This year is definitely a
learning experience, I'm not
expected to step in immediate-
ly and score 20 goals. I'm here
this year to learn how things go
in La Liga and get experience
and train with these guys to
make me a better player," said
Altidore, who joined the Span-
ish league runner-ups in a $10
million offseason move from
the New York Red Bulls a
record price for a Major League
Soccer player. Goalkeeper
Kasey Keller is the only other
American to have played in
Spain.
Altidore timed his run per-
fectly at the San Mames, pick-
ing up a through ball in the area
to coolly slide a right-footed
shot inside the near post past
Athletic goalkeeper Gorka
Iraizoz.
"My technique has gotten
better, I read plays a little, bit
earlier. Technically, I'm a little
bit sharper, especially when I'm
playing here with all of these
guys," said Altidore, who signed
a six-year contract to play at El
Madrigal. "It'll get better from
here even if I still have a lohg
way to go in terms of adapting."
Altidore isn't the only who's
noticed a change.
"He's improving with every
practice. He's adapting well in
practice and when he does get a
chance to play," Pellegrini said.
"He has a natural ability and
we want to harness that, but
with., time. There is no rush. I
just hope he takes advantage of
the opportunities when he gets
them."
Altidore said his move to
Spain has surpassed expecta-
tions and he has easily settled
into Spanish lifestyle, compar-
ing it to time spent in Miami.
The Spanish is coming along
thanks to classes, and so is his
on-field training, which-could
help him cement a starting spot
on the U.S. roster.
"Everyone here is so techni-
cally sound so you're forced to
have that same technique or
touch or you'll easily be
noticed," he said. "Just the little
movement off the ball and find-
ing open spaces, playing here
has benefited me."


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pointed out.
"This new format will ensure that
persons are not idle and they can con-
centrate on things that are of impor-
tance to the federation."
Ralph McKinney, according to
Hollingsworth, will take care of .the
communications with the elite athletes
and the BAAA protocols.
And Rosie Carey, the treasurer, will
head all the financial and fund-raising
matters along with her assistant Debo-
rah Smith, while Kermit Taylor will
take care of all public relations, website
upgrade and monthly newsletter publi-
cation.
And Tyrone Burrows will make sure
that all statistics are current and the


equipment is maintained.
"All of the matters will be subjected
to the approval of the board itself,"
Hollingsworth said.
"That way we will ensure that all of
the officers are fully aware of what is
going on."
The BAAA will now prepare for its
annual general meeting 10am Novem-
ber 15 at the Colony Club.
At 2pm the same day, the
BAAA/Colony Club National High
School Cross Country Championships
will take place at Fort Charlotte.
In addition, on December 27 at the
Sandals Royal Bahamian Hotel, the
BAAA will stage its annual awards
banquet during which the most out-
standing male and female and junior
athletes will be named.


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leader in the development of the game.
"Fred Higgs has not only been an
icon here locally in the Bahamas but
throughout the Caribbean. He was one
of.the persons who was a stalwart and
founding members of the Caribbean
Golf Association which to date has a
total of 10 member countries through-
out the Caribbean," he said.
"He has really made his mark,
through him, the Bahamas has always
been at the forefront with respect to
the development of golf and the expan-
sion of the game to those who might be
less privileged and give them an oppor-
tunity to further their development in
life."
Dion Godet, tournament director,
said the event is also a means of con-
tributing to the game that has been
entrenched in Bahamian sporting soci-
ety for years.
"It's a fun filled corporate event that
really does a whole lot of good for help-
ing our youth programme. The BGF is
about giving back and the Fred Higgs
challenge is a way to give back, making
contributions to prospective college stu-
dents and we look forward to a very
competitive tournament," he said. "Mr
Higgs, in his tenure as president, start-
ed the BGF youth programme as well
so this is something he would have
whole heartedly endorsed."
According to the federation, funds
raised from last year's tournament a
total of $25,000 has been earmarked
for a combination of Junior Golf Train-


ing and Continuing Education through-
out the year 2008.
Godet said the federation continues
to reap the benefits of the tournamen-
t's fundraising efforts, evident in the
plethora of successful junior golfers
that have emerged over the years.
"Many of our current or past nation-
al champions basically came through
the channel that Mr Higgs would have
established through that programme,"
he said. "We have individuals on sev-
eral collegiate teams in the US and we
have persons who have gone on to the
professional ranks to achieve success.
Persons like Jamaica Duncombe, Geor-
gette Rolle, Devon Robinson, Ricar-
do Davis, Danielle Robinson have all
come up through this programme, so
we have seen the fruits of our labour.
The tournament is 12 years old but Mr
Higgs' effect on the game goes back
decades to most of our childhoods."
A myriad of prizes are eligible to the
field, including the floating trophy to
the winning team, dominated by Far-
\rington.
The winning team will also receive
the top prize a trip for two to the
Dominican Republic to attend the
Caribbean Golf Classic in April next
year.
Crystal trophies will be awarded to
top three Net winners and a brand new
2008 C-Class Mercedes Benz will be
offered as the "hole in one" prize.
Other incentives include golf trips to
Plantation, the Ocean Club, Blue Shark
and other individual prizes, including
cellphones, monitors and opportunities
to buy mulligans.


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to honour



golf icon

* By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter_ %
CORPORATE Bahamas
and local golf enthusiasts get
set to take to the green in an
effort to contribute to the
Bahamas Golf Federation's
Junior Golf development fund
and honour an historic icon of
the local game.
The BGF is scheduled to'host
the 12th annual Fred
Higgs/Kerzner International
Corporate Golf Challenge on
November 9 at the Ocean Club
golf course.
Scheduled for a 12:30pm
"Shotgun Start," more than 20
two-person teams will compete
on the course.
The tournament is open to all
interested persons with a maxi-
mum handicap of 24 for men
and 36 for women.
Rory Higgs, tournament co-
ordinator, said the tournament
has continued its primary goal
set forth since its inception.
"This tournament started out
in 1995 as, a memorial to Fred
Higgs who was very instrumen-
tal in the administration of golf
in the Bahamas and primarily
seeks to raise funds to promote
junior golf in the Bahamas," he
said. "We have been fortunate
to have had various sponsors
over the years who have con-
tributed towards the tourna-
ment and made it possible for
us to make substantial dona-
tions to various junior golfers
along the way."
The entrance fee has been
reduced from $1,000 to $500,
due to prevailing economic con-
ditions but iues said he and
the federation expect-itewual1
turnout due to superb hosting
by their major sponsors.
"This year has been some-
what of a challenge with the
economy being the way it is.
Nevertheless, we expect to have
a reasonable field of golfers rep-
resenting businesses through-
Out the Bahamas," he said.
"Fred Higgs had spent most
of his professional golfing career
as an administrator here at Par-
adise Isl?-:d when it was Resorts
International and throughout
its various name changes...and
Kerzner International has done
an excellent job accommodat-
ing us and ensuring this event is
held at this wonderful venue on
a yearly basis."
Higgs, son of the tournamen-
t's namesake, said he witnessed
firsthand how much his father
gave of himself to ensure the
success and development of the
game.
"I know from a personal per-
spective he lived, drank and ate
golf," he said. "He contributed
greatly in making golf available
to the average Bahamian who
would not have been available
to have exposure to the game
and in those days it really
helped the game to expand and
reach a much wider audience."
J Barrie Farrington, hon-
ourary chairman, said the tour-
nament serves as a poignant
reminder of a man that deserves
continues accolades and recog-
nition from the Bahamian com-
munity.
"It is a pleasure, privilege and
honour to be the honourary
chairman of this golf event. I
knew Fred Higgs for many
years and through that rela-
tionship my respect and pres-
tige for him never diminished
but grew because he had such
an enormous passion for the
game not only in the sense of
perfecting what it represents at
a skill level but because it was
an avenue to encourage young
people to engage in a sport that
was challenging and character
building," he said.
"His work was very com-
mendable and is something that
should be recognized by the
community at large."
Glen Archer, president of the
BGF, underscored Higgs'
impact on the Caribbean golfing
community, which placed the
Bahamas at the forefront as a

SEE page 14


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
AFTER an intense two-day
conclave over the weekend at
the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture, the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associ-
ations (BAAA) is all set for the
way forward under its new pres-
ident.
Curt Hollingworth, who
moved up from first vice presi-
dent .to assume the presidency
post after the vote of no confi-
dence in Mike Sands last
month, said they have been able
to give a mandate for all of the
officers and council members
to follow.
"It went very well. As a mat-
ter of fact, it went extremely


well," said Hollingsworth about
the meeting that brought all of
the officers together to clear up
the turbulent period they went
through leading up to the ouster
of Sands.
During the conclave, the
BAAA dealt with a number of
topics, including the 2009 com-
petition calendar, assignments
for board and council members,
establishing the New Provi-
dence and other island Associ-
ations, selection and recom-
mendation for the 2009 team
assignments, cross country and
road racing, public relations,
uniform contracts, proposed
2009 operating budget, annual
banquet, auditors, fund-rais-
ing/sponsorship and doping.
Two major events have been
designated for Grand Bahama,


inclusive of the Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean (CAC) Age
Group Championships and the
BAAA Junior Nationals, both
of which will be held over the
weekend of June 18-20 next
year.
While the CAC Age Group
will be contested during the day,
the Jr Nationals will take place
in the evening.
However, Hollingsworth said
the BAAA National High
School Track and Field Cham-
pionships will take place in 2009
at Thomas A Robinson Track
and Field Stadium March 19-
21, followed by the Carifta trials
March 27-28.
The 2009 Carifta Games will
be held in St Lucia from April
10-13.
Next year, there are also


three other international events,
including the new Caribbean
Games July 13-19, the Jr Pan
American Championships July
31 to August 1 in Italy and the
IAAF World Championships in
Berlin, Germany from August
15-23.
Assigning responsibilities for
the various executives,
Hollingsworth noted that first
vice* president Anita Doherty
will be in charge of the com-
mittee for the CAC Age Group
and Jr Nationals, along with the
four council members there.
Additionally, Doherty and
'her committee have been man-
dated to take care of the north-
ern Bahamas, including Abaco,
ensuring that they have a
vibrant programme on those
*islands.


Frank 'Pancho' Rahming, the
technical director, will be in
charge of the eastern Bahamas
and he will also be responsible
for the training of all coaches
for inclusion on the national
teams.
Hollingsworth and secretary
general Foster Dorsett will be
responsible for the central
Bahamas, which includes
Andros, Eleuthera and Exuma.
"Once we are able to get the
NPAAA up and running, we
can concentrate on the federa-
tion's responsibilities as
opposed to the local associa-
tion's responsibilities that we
have been focusing on for some
time now," Hollingsworth

SEE page 14


Knowles, Bhupathi





heading to China for





World Doubles Cup


M By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
Mark Knowles and
Mahesh Bhupathi
have packed their
bags and are head-
ing for Shanghai,
China, to participate in the year-end-
ing World Doubles Cup next week.
Before they left today, Knowles had
indicated in an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday that they are both con-
fident of their chances against the next
seven best doubles teams in the world
this year.
"We had a great run there in the
fall with a final in a Super 9 Tourna-
ment and then we won Basel, so we
had a great couple of weeks over
there," said Knowles of their recent
trip to Europe.
"We are both feeling very healthy. I
was very happy that my knee was
okay. I got injured at the US Open
and I was a little apprehensive going
into the fall season, not knowing how
healthy I would be."
After falling short in Madrid at the
Mutua Madrilena Masters, Knowles
and Bhupathi came right back to win
the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel,
Switzerland, giving Knowles his 50th
career doubles title.
It was also their third title for the
year following back-to-back triumphs
in Memphis, Tennessee and Dubai
before -they had a 10-match winning
streak halted in the quarterfinals of
the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.
With each passing tournament on
their latest trip to Europe, Knowles
said he started to perform much better.
Unfortunately, they closed out the
spree of tournaments by getting oust-
ed in the first round in Paris, France, at
the BNP Paribas Masters.
"It's a great opportunity for us
now," said Knowles as he looks ahead
to Shanghai where they are the No. 3
seeded team behind the top ranked
American twin brothers Bob and Mike
Bryan and No. 2 Daniel Nestor and


I ~ s I S *766, YS


Nenad Zimonjic.
"It's the top eight teams in the world
this year, so it's no time for you to
make any mistakes. It's an exciting
event, so we are looking forward to
it."
Over the last two years, Knowles
and his former long-time partner
Nestor, of Canada, played in the final


0 ,
of the tournament, but last year they
finally captured the title with a 6-2, 6-
3 win over US Open champions Simon
Aspelin and Julian Knowle.
Each team will play in a round robin
format in their respective pools with
the two teams with the best win-loss
records advancing to the playoffs to
determine the final two in the final.


For participating in the tournament,
each player will get $50,000. For each
round robin win, they will collect
$15,000. The semifinal winners will
receive $25,000 and the eventual win-
ners will pocket $100,000.
A bonus $220,000 will go to the
team that goes through the tourna-
ment undefeated.


Tennis greats get set for celebrity tournament


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
ONCE again, a number of
top players are expected to con-
verge at Atlantis next month
for the eighth annual Mark
Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invi-
tational.
It's scheduled for December
5-7 at the resort on Paradise
Island.
"We probably have one of
the strongest fields assembled,
so it should be exciting," said
Knowles as he revealed some
preliminary details yesterday.
"We have some great play-


ers expected to come down this
year."
Andy Murray, currently
ranked number four in the
world in singles, will headline
the list of players coming in as
he makes his debut here. Amer-
ican identical twin brothers Bob
and Mike Bryan, the top dou-
bles team, will be returning for
their second appearance.
"I think it's going to be one of
our best tournaments yet,"
Knowles projected.
As usual, the first day will
comprise of a singles match fea-
turing Murray and a doubles
match with Knowles teaming
up with Murray to play the


Bryans.
There is also expected to be a
mixed doubles.
Then on Saturday, there will
be a Pro-Am event.
With the tournament contin-
uing each year, Knowles said
he has been quite pleased with
the success as they use it to
make donations to various char-
ities.
"We look at the medical field
with cancer and kids that are
disabled," said Knowles about
the selection of charities. "Each
year it goes to a great course, so
we look forward to putting it'
on."
Among the charities hon-


oured in the past are the Sas-
soon Pediatric Heart Founda-
tion, the Cancer Society, the
Association of the Physically
Disabled, the Children's Emer-
gency Hospital, the Boy Scouts
of Bahamas and the Special
Olympics.
Knowles also offers scholar-
ships for some of the promis-
ing junior tennis players'.
Knowles and his new partner
Mahesh Bhupathi, who will noi
be able to attend the tourna-
ment as he has a previous com-
mitment in India, are heading to
Shanghai to play in the year-
ending Tennis Master Tlr'ubles
Cup that starts on Monday.


Knowles and his former part-
ner Daniel Nestor, of Canada,
won the prestigious title last
year.








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of allowing U.S.-led troops to m
stay under a U.N. mandate ev
resurfaced this week, and Rus- ac
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to the New York Times News tc
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that Russia might veto an exten- A
sion of the Security Council res- Pi
solution authorizing the foreign M
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because of frustration with U.S. le
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traveled to New Delhi from fr
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ment is difficult to determine, it m
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rier to extending the resolution, ar
which expires on Dec. 31. in
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sider such a path is unclear, but tiv
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proposed pact, at least it opens ex
the way for another approach. vi
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the proposed agreement gath- la)
ered strength as an influential Al
Iraqi cleric living in Iran issued lat
a fatwa condemning it. lie
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the semi-official Iranian news fle
agency, reported that Ayatol- es,
lah Kazim al-Hosseini al-Haeri,
a cleric, who is in the Iranian the
holy city of Qom, had called the th
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approving it would be a "sin
rod won't forgive." The aya-
ollah once was a mentor for
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ida al-Sadr, who also opposes
ie pact. Iraqi political leaders
,ade clear on Wednesday that
yen if they were to decide to
:cept the deal, they would be
likely to do so until after the
.S. presidential election on
ov. 4. "There is no possibility
o pass it in the.Parliament
because there are no sessions
n this week or next week,"
bbas al-Bayati, a member, of
rime Minister Nouri Kamal al-
[aliki's Dawa Party, said
before a meeting of the political
aders from different blocs. "So
scussions will continue until
he end of this month."
The Iraqi government for the
second time in a week explicit-
criticized the Americans for
public comments about the
agreement. Ali al-Dabbagh, the
)vernment's spokesman, said
a statement that the govern-
ent was concerned about com-
ents by Adm. Mike Mullen,
airman of the Joint Chiefs of
aff, who warned on Tuesday
at,the Iraqi military was not
prepared to defend the country
om insurgents and foreign
rces on its own.
Al-Dabbagh's reproof came
st days after he chided Gen.
ay Odierno for suggesting that
an had tried to bribe Iraqi offi-
als to vote against the pro-
)sed pact. Odierno, the com-
ander of U.S. and allied forces
Iraq, made the suggestion in
n interview with The Wash-
gton Post. Al-Maliki met
wednesday with representa-
'es of Iraq's Christian sects,
during them that the armed
tremists who had been dri-
ng Christians from their
>mes in Mosul, Iraq's third-
rgest city, would be punished.
bout half the Christian popu-
tion in Mosul 2,270 fami-
es, according to Iraq's Min-
ry of Human Rights has
4d this month in response to
calating threats and killings.
Al-Maliki also promised that
e government would protect
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e in Iraq
tians a larger role in the securi-
ty forces that protect their
neighborhoods. His office had
earlier pledged cash payments
of about $860 to every Christian
family that returned to Mosul.
Few took up the government
on its offer, but an official in
Iraq's Human Rights Ministry
announced Wednesday that the
flight of Christians from Mosul
had ceased. In Mosul on
Wednesday, a car bomb killed
four people and wounded three
others. And near the border
with Syria, Iraqi officials report-
ed having found mass graves
containing the remains of 34
people, according to The Asso-
ciated Press. The bodies were
believed to be those of Iraqi
Army recruits from Karbala
'who were killed by gunmen
from al-Qaida in Iraq.
In Diyala province this week,
Iraqi security forces raided the
homes of Sunni Awakening
movement leaders, and made
several arrests. Sunni leaders in
the area said that the warrants
were based on false charges by
officials in the local govern-
ment, which is mainly Shiite.
A house belonging to Mullah
Shihab al-Safi, an Awakening
leader in Diyala, was raided,
but he was not home at the
time, he later told Reuters.
Al-Safi told Reuters that he
was now changing his location
frequently to avoid capture.
Laith Saleh al-Nadawi, another
prominent Awakening member,
was arrested at his home south'
of Baquba Monday night with
three others, said an Awakening
member, who refused to give
his name because he feared
retaliation from local security
forces. "We are facing two wars
at the same time; one with al-
Qaida and the other with these
vexatious arrests," the man said.
"Removing us from the ground
will mean new security breach-
es in areas that have been
secured for months. This will
give al-Qaida a good opportu-
nity to work more freely again."
Tareq Maher contributed
reporting from Baghdad, and
employees of The New York
Times from Diyala Province
and Mosul.


8












T H E T RI B U N E .*






WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2008


Marinas suffer their .id delopes


.'No impressive

improvement'

on bank loan

defaults

* Minister says initiative
had 'no significant
impact' on $29m
worth of loans in
arrears
* Government analysing
whether to write-off
some of 51% of loans
in default, and
develop more
'cohesive' strategy
for business funding

B-By-NEIk HARTNELL.
Business ,Editor
THE Bahamas Development
Bank (BDB) did not make "any
impressive improvement" in
bringing defaulted loans "into
line" through its April 2008 pay-
ments initiative, Tribune Busi-
ness was told yesterday, with
the Government aiming to tie
all its business financing initia-
tives into a single "cohesive"
strategy.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, who has
responsibility for the BDB, said:
"I don't think there has been
any impressive improvement
made in terms of bringing
defaulted loans into line.
"There was a three-month
moratorium period for that, and
people [borrowers] were
encouraged to come in. People
did come in, for sure, but it did
not make a significant differ-
ence with respect to the overall
percentage of defaulted loans
on a bank's books."
Mr Laing added that the
Srovernment and BDB were
assessing whether some of the
$29 million worth of defaulted
loans, representing 51 per cent
of the bank's total loan portfo-
lio, were recoverable or would
have to be written-off.
"Many of these loans go back
many, many years, some con-
-siderable time," the minister
explained yesterday, saying he
did not have precise figures on
the current level of defaulted
loans or on how much had been
made current by collection
efforts.
"There are some questions
as to the collectability of those

SEE page 3B


'worst nightmare'


! By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter
M any Bahamian
marinas are
experiencing
their "worst
nightmare", they told Tribune
Business yesterday, with some
suffering business declines of
up to 50 per cent as the global
economic downturn and higher
fuel prices keep boaters away
from their properties.
Mario Cartwright, owner of
the Flying Fish Marina on Long
Island, said his company has
been in existence for the past
eight years, with each year of
the previous seven seeing an
increase in boat arrivals and
sales. However this year, he
said he has seen a 50 per cent
decline in his business.
I am sure that it has to do
with the high cost of diesel.
People just can't afford to take


Bahamas-based properties see business fall-off as much

as 50%, due to global downturn and high diesel costs


their boats out," Mr Cartwright
said.
"When we first started, diesel
was around $2.25 and now it is
$6.70 per gallon. That is killing
us."
Mr Cartwright added that his
peak season traditionally runs
from January to August, with
May to July being especially
busy'.
"This year was way down,"
he said. "It's been terrible,
things are slow all around. I
think that this is our worst
nightmare."
Mr Cartwright said Long
Island marinas had been par-
ticularly hard hit because they
are so far away from Flcrida,
and boats require so much
more diesel to reach the island.


He said that other tourism-
related businesses on Long
Island were. also hurting, with
companies facing tough times
all around.
"If you ask any business, I
think that they will tell you how
bad things are in Long Island."
In an effort to scale back, Mr
Cartwright said he has had to
let four employees go, and
place the remainder on reduced
hours.
"We also had to scale back
our hours of operations at our
restaurant, because it does not
make sense to keep the restau-
rant open if there are no boats
in," Mr Cartwright said.
He added that increased fuel
prices have affected boaters in
Florida tremendously, saying


that he had heard from a friend
that one marina which used
to see around 100 boats being
taken out a day now sees less
than a dozen.
"A lot of people just are not
.taking their boats out," Mr
Cartwright said.
An employee at a Nassau-
based marina, who requested
anonymity, said: ."Things are
really slow and there are hard-
ly any boats in the marina. It is
slower than usual and it has
really been slow since April.
"We are hoping that next
.year will be a better year, but it
really will depend on fuel prices
and whether the prices will go
down, because of a lot of peo-
ple are just not coming in
because it is so expensive."


IDB project to boost business competitiveness


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Business Editor
AN Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) arm has
approved a $225,000 project
that aims to maximise trade
agreement benefits and bolster
the 'competitiveness of small
and ipedium-sized Bahamian
businesses, which account for
more than 70 per cent of this
nation's economic activity.
Philip Simon, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce's exec-
.utive director, told Tribune
Business yesterday that the
Multilateral Investment Fund
(MIF)-funded project, which
aimed to support the participa-
tion of small and medium-sized
Bahamian firms in trade nego-
tiations, would lead to the cre-
ation of a specialised unit with-
in the Chamber.
That unit, he explained,
would be "geared towards pro-'
viding greater assistance for


Interest rate

rise mulled

on airport

financing

* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter
THE Nassau Airport Devel-
opment Company (NAD) is
looking at additional incentives
including interest rate rises to
drive international investor
demand for financing the first
phase of the Lynden Pindling
International Airport (LPIA)
redevelopment, Tribune Busi-
ness confirmed yesterday. -
Frank Watson, the Airport
Authority's chairman, acknowl-
edged that they and NAD were
exploring further initiatives, one
being to increase the interest
rate returns for international
investors on the bonds they will
receive, in the hope of making
the project more attractive.
"We're looking at alternatives
and we are still in discussions.
Nothing is yet firm," Mr Wat-
son said.
"The reality is that we may
have to look at increasing inter-
est rates, but we are also look-
ing at other options."
It is understood that NAD
and its financial advisor and
placement agency, Citibank,
have found it harder than
expected to place the interna-
tional component of the first
phase $200 million financing,
largely due to the global cred-
it/liquidity crunch.
It had been suggested by
sources familiar with the situa-


Grant to finance creation of Chamber unit to aid small and medium-
sized businesses on trade preparation and numerous other issues


small and medium-sized enter-
prises", not just in relation to
trade agreements but also on
"capacity-building measures for
business plans, budgeting and
customer service. The list goes
on and on".
Mr Simon said the Chamber
hoped to start the project "at
the beginning of the New
Year".
He added: "We are going
through the final stages of
preparation in terms of receiv-
ing the grant, and hope to
launch full steam ahead in the
first quarter of 2009."
Addressing the breadth of the
programme, Mr Simon said:
"This project is intended to real-
ly assist in building capacity in
the Chamber of Commerce,
related to the 'involvement of
small and medium-sized enter-


prises in external trade negoti-
ations. *
"That would involve assist-
ing them in not only being more
knowledgeable about what is
happening globally in. relation
to trade agreements, but assist-
ing them with the programmes
offered in the project in building
their capacity to compete.
"It's about awareness, build-
ing capacity, competitiveness,"
Mr Simon added: "Greater
focus has to be placed, now and
in the future, on how we pre-
pare for competition.
"It's significant that, within
the Chamber of Commerce, out
of its 500 members, a good 72
per cent of those consist of com-
panies with 50 employees or less
- the traditional definition of a
smallbusiness."
This percentage, Mr Simon


added, reflected the relatively
small size of the Bahamian
economy and the fact that small
and micro-sized businesses were
a key driver of economic activ-
ity, jobs and wealth creation.
Competitiveness, and the
ability of Bahamian companies
to compete not just on a nation-
al level, but also on a regional
and global stage, was going to
be among the most pressing
issues facing the business com-
munity now and in the future,
Mr Simpn said.
While the National Invest-
ment Policy had, to some
extent, shielded and protected
certain Bahamian industries
from foreign competition and.
ownership, the Chamber exec-

SEE page 4B


hotel options

But sources say dispute
with.South Ocean's main
financial backer has led
to New York arbitration.
proceedings

U By NEIL HARTNELL
Business Editor
THE 'stalling' of many
mixed-use resort projects in the
Bahamas and wider Caribbean
has potentially benefited the
$867 million South Ocean pro-
ject's developer, who told Tri-
bune Business yesterday that
the trend had increased his
choice of hotel brands. '
Roger Stein, managing direc-
tor of RHS Ventures, the lead
developer of the south-western
New Providence. project, said:
"With every economic negative,
there's benefits. There are some
hotel brands available that
weren't previously available,
and I'm negotiating with these
hotels."
This is because they would
have been committed to, or at
least signed Letters of Intent,
to act.as the brand/operating
and management partner for
other resort project, which may
have been put on hold due to
their inability to access financ-
ing as a result of the global
financial system's credit/liquid-
ity crunch.
"It's opened up two poten-
tial hotel brands for us that
were not there before. If they're
going to do any project, hope-
fully it will be ours," Mr Stein
said.
"It's on the main island, on
the main thoroughfare, and is
10 minutes from the airport."
Acknowledging that "the
world is a tough place" in which
to obtain debt financing for
major real estate and resort pro-
jects, Mr Stein said that while
South Ocean's construction
might be "phased a little differ-
ently" as a result, his project
was still making progress.
"Financing is available, but
very difficult to secure. More
equity is needed, the terms are

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N By GERALD HILLARD

GLOBALISATION is dri-
ving more and more organisa-
tions into commercial partner-
ships with unfamiliar interna-
lional companies. The reputa-


tional risks are high, making it
important that companies and
government agencies under-
stand who they are forming
alliances with or transacting
with. Bahamian entities can
obtain background information
on foreign individuals and com-


panies through ordinary inves-
tigative due diligence (IDD).
No longer can Bahamian enti-
ties make the excuse that they
did not know who they were
doing business with.
In assisting Bahamian indi-
viduals and companies make


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more informed decisions, IDD
identifies the following infor-
mation on foreign individuals
and companies:
Address history
Asset ownership
Licensing and education
Business affiliations,
including undisclosed related-
party transactions
Bankruptcy records and
unreported financial difficul-
ties
Criminal and civil records,
including illegal and unethical
business practices
Judgments and liens
Undisclosed legal proceed-
ings
Misrepresentations or
omissions
Questionable associations
or relationships
Media records.
Reputational issues
IDD firms have been around
for quite some time. But the
current explosive growth in the
due diligence and risk mitiga-
tion field is unprecedented.
The professionals in. this field
include investigators, forensic
accountants, attorneys,
researchers, former bankers
etc.
. The Internet abounds with
investigative organizations
offering to get supposedly pri-
vate information for a few dol-
lars, and some treat aspects of
investigative due diligence
work as a commodity, compet-
ing on price. -
The result is that companies
and government agencies are
often not as sensitive to the
risks involved, and are some-
times careless in selecting an
Investigative Due Diligence
firm. Under pressure to achieve
results, they may fail to set the
inquiry scope or ask the tough
questions of Investigative Due
Diligence firms. And, in their
eagerness to satisfy their clien-
t's needs, some Investigative
Due Diligence firms may cross
the thin line that exists between
creative due diligence proce-
dures and dangerous activities.
Organizations need to know
the following above investiga-
tive due diligence:
1) When is an IDD exercise


needed?
2) Who is in charge of an
IDD exercise?
3) What does IDD involved?
4) Control of the informa-
tion gathered, the techniques
employed and whether they are
acceptable
5) Selecting an IDD firm
1) When is an IDD exercise
needed?
An IDD firm is often hired
and considered an essential
service for companies con-
cerried with the unknown
dimensions of various transac-
tions. An IDD assists with the
following:
Background investigation
on key employees, prospective
licensees, new investors, acqui-
sition targets, new partners or
other commercial relationships.
Skip tracing/locating
debtors internationally*
Asset location and recov-
ery
Litigation support
Fraud and business inves-
tigations
2) Who is in charge of an
IDD exercise?
With the decision to initiate
IDD, it is important that the
organisation establishes clear
and proper governance.
Who will be responsible for
engaging the firm?
Who will supervise the
IDD exercise?
Who will make key deci-
sions?
Will the general counsel be
involved? The chief executive?
The Board?
The need for early gover-
nance cannot be overstated, so
that a company can protect
itself against potentially embar-
rassing problems 'before the
exercise begins. Companies
should ensure due diligence
firms use methods of research
that comply with local and
international laws, and rules of
professional conduct.
3) What does IDD involve?
IDD involves the use of com-
prehensive proprietary data-
bases to locate and vet individ-
uals and businesses. IDD uses


these specialised databases in,
combination with an interna-
tional network of contacts in
legal, financial, government
and law enforcement commu-
nities to obtain current, com-
prehensive and hard-to-find
information.
4) What are acceptable tac-
tics?
The company and the IDD
firm should agree on accept-
able IDD tactics. Ethical stan-
dards should be clearly estab-
lished. In determining the spe-
cific techniques to be used,
clients must always consider
the reaction to media disclo-
sure of the IDD. Actions must
be defensible, and must comply
with the company's own val-
ues and ethics.
5) Selecting an IDD firm.
The need to select an IDD
firm is almost always generated
by a need tro know more about
the individual or business one is
transacting with. IDD firms
help companies, counsel,
investors, governmental agen-
cies and financial institutions
identify and avoid risks by
exposing the hidden parts of
prospective transactions and
relationships.
In their eagerness to begin
the IDD process, companies
sometimes lose sight of the dis-
tinction between a private
investigator and a specialised
IDD service provider.
A reputable IDD service
provider often works with
multinational companies and
requires a deep understanding
of the risks attached to target
companies or individuals.
Counsel should ensure this lev-
el of experience rests with the
IDD firm, and should establish
mechanisms to find out about
the firm's research activities
and guard against impropriety.
Below are some suggestions for
selecting an IDD firm:
Get recommendations
from people you trust
Ask for references from
recent clients
Determine how the firm
monitors its own activities
Make sure the people you
meet or correspond with will
work on your IDD exfgagement
Ask about their use of out-
side subcontractors
In the final analysis, it makes
sense for companies to look
before they leap into alliances
and transactions that could
damage their reputations if not
carefully vetted. It also makes
sense for companies to ensure
they are working with a rep-
utable IDD firm.
Gerald Hillard, MBA, is a
part-time investigator at
Intelisys, a Bahamas-based
IDD firm.


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THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 3B


Realtors urged to


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Business Editor
THE head of a leading
Bahamian real estate firm yes-
terday told Tribune Business
that the company was "ahead
of last year" on the dollar value
of sales closed to date, saying:
"There's still a lot of business
out there for people willing to
go and hustle for it."
Mike Lightbourn, president
of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn


'hustle' for sales business


Company sees dollar value of sales exceed '07, as strong high-end pockets hold up well


Realty, said the "high-end"
market for Bahamian real
estate valued at between $5-$20
million remained strong
because that segment attracted
wealthy buyers with liquid
assets who had not been
impacted by the stock market
meltdown and credit crunch.
Acknowledging that his firm


had possibly benefited from
2007 "carry over", with sales
agreed last year closing this
year, Mr Lightbourn said the
Bahamian real estate markets
doing especially well were Par-
adise Island, especially Ocean
Club Estates; Abaco; Spanish
Wells; and Harbour Island.
, He pointed to the fact that


'oimpesJIItLII ive OV&~iWIOI impoemn' nbakl [oan def[u ltsI


FROM page 1B
loans, 'and there is a detailed
analysis being done on that."
With 51 per cent, or $29 mil-
lion, of its total loan portfolio
in default as at end-April 2008,
the BDB initiated a one-month
grace period where its delin-
quent clients could visit the
bank and make repayment
arrangements with its loan offi-
cers.
Darron Cash, the BDB's
chairman, admitted then that
the bank's collection record
had been less than stellar,
allowing borrowers to often
escape meeting their, obliga-
tions with little, or no sanction..
Yet to ensure it was able to
keep lending and meet the
demands of Bahamian small
businesses and entrepreneurs
for financing, Mr Cash said the
BDB needed to collect its loan
arrears. Only $27.4 million, or
49 per cent of its $56 million
portfolio, was in good stand-
ing.
Mr Laing, though, said yes-
terday that he was "not sur-
prised" that the BDB did not
enjoy "much success" with its
initiative, "even though the
bank has to make the effort".
This was particularly due to
the increasingly challenged
economic situation facing
Bahamian businesses.
Many delinquent BDB bor-
rowers simply lacked the abili-
ty to repay their loans, even
though the bank had suspend-
ed all legal actions and collec-


tion activities, including the
issuance of demand letters,
during the May 2008 grace
period.
However, Mr Laing said the
issues faced by the BDB were
no different to any other devel-
opment bank. Its risk profile
was different to commercial
banks as it funded start-up and
small business projects that had
much higher risks of default,
and also possessed fewer phys-
ical assets that could be used
for collateral/security.
"The BDB is not unlike a
development bank anywhere
else in the world," Mr Laing
said. "Almost every develop-
ment bank we're aware of has
run into these difficulties; run
into high levels of defaults
because it's funding these riski-
er propositions.
"And it's not best served by
being a government enterprise,
as people feel less compelled
to repay their loans than if they
were dealing with a private
entity. The success rate of
development banks across the
globe is not impressive."
As a result, Mr Laing said
"discussions are being held
along the lines" of how the
BDB could improve what it
does currently. Given that it
had "served well" many entre-
preneurs who had remain cur-
rent with their loan payments,
and helped finance their busi-
ness dreams and job creation,
the Government did not want
to abandon, the, bank.,
Talks had to be held inter-


nally at the BDB and with the
entrepreneurial community,
Mr Laing said, adding: "You
can only buck your toe against
the rock for so long. At some
point you have to stand up and
say: 'We can't keep doing
things like this'."
While the BDB was part of
the Government's strategy for
financing entrepreneurs and
small businesses, as certain sec-
tors and proposals would
receive no financing from oth-
er sources, the minister said the
main question was "how best
to achieve that end".
Given that the Government
is involved in numerous small
business-financing mechanisms
- its guaranteed loan pro-
gramme; the Bahamas Entre-
preneurial Venture Fund; and
Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation (BAIC)
-it is now looking for a more
co-ordinated, efficient delivery
mechanism among these
organizations.
"All the funding arrange-
ments the Government has a
hand in, we are trying to tie
into a cohesive, efficient and
effective financing effort," Mr
Laing told Tribune Business.
"There is no question that
there may be some duplication
of effort. Some of the proposals
lend themselves to certain
kinds of lending, and other sit-
uations, other kinds.
"We're trying to put into a
seamless financial package.
That is the assessment we are
trying to do."


luxury real estate specialist,
Mario Carey, had recently
revealed that he had sold two
lots for $21 million in Ocean
Club Estates.
Still, Mr Lightbourn said: "In
the real estate business, there
are a lot of people who will go
out of business shortly. They
wait for the phone to ring, and
when it doesn't they say things
are bad.
"But there's still a lot of busi-
ness out there for people who
are willing to go and hustle for
it. You have to work, and the
end of the day is not 5pm.
There's still a lot of sales out
there, but you've got to hustle
for it."
Coldwell Banker Lightbourn
Realty has moved to tap into
the strong real estate pocket on
Spanish Wells by establishing
its first office on the island,


staffed by its first permanent
resident agent in the shape of
Lonnie Johnson, a certified div-
er and former commercial fish-
ing boat owner. That takes the
company's Eleuthera agents to
four..
Mr Lightbourn said: "Span-
ish Wells has a wealthy local
population who don't have to
rely on tourism. Everything's
related to the ocean, the money
is recycled, it's a clean commu-
nity, and everyone upgrades
their homes. In many ways, it's
a model community."
He added that many proper-
ties that had been on the mar-
ket for six months or more had
come down in price because
they were "over-priced", and
buyers currently had more
choice because there were more
homes on the market.
Coldwell Banker Lightbourn


Realty has grown from three
agents operating out of rental
premises on Bay Street in 2000
to a team of 22 sales associates
with headquarters on Shirley
Street. It has offices and repre-
sentatives in Abaco, Andros,
Bimini, Berry Islands,
Eleuthera, Exuma and Longe!
Island.


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* Refrigerated/Frozen Goods
* Vehicles


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For further information call 461-1037.


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DISTRESSED PROPERTIES


FOR SALE


NEW PROVIDENCE PROPERTIES
Lot #19, Marshall Road Subdivision, $4050 sq ft, appraised value $75,000
Lot #1, Joe Farrington Rd, Sea Breeze. 4 bed, 2 bath house, appraised value
$76,000
Lot # 24, Southern Comfort Subdivision, 3 bed, 2 bath house, appraised
value $301,000
Two Parcels of Land containing 20,160 square feet South of Adelaide Road,
appraised value $185,000


EXUMA PROPERTIES
Lot #'s 10686 & 10687 containing 20,000 sq ft, Bahama Sound, Oceans
Addition East appraised value $44,000
Lot # 11. containing 10,000 sq ft, 3.5 miles SE of Georgetown, appraised
value $55,000
Lot # 14963 containing 10,000 sq ft, Bahama Sound, Ocean Addition West,
appraised value $75,000
Lot #'s 5125 & 5126 containing 20,000 sq ft, Bahama Sound 6, The Forrest
Estate, appraised value $28,000
Lot # 249 Bahama Highlands No 3 containing 10,370 sq ft, 8 miles NE of
GGT, appraised value $155,600
Lot # 7014, Bahama Sound No 10 E, containing 10,000 sq ft, appraised
value $35,000
Lot # 7748B, Bahama Sound 11, containing 10,000 sq ft, 3.5 miles SE of
GGT, appraised value $50,000


LONG ISLAND PROPERTIES
Lot containing 2.00 acres, north of Queen's Highway, Buckley's, appraised
value $220,000
Lot containing 5.068 acres, McKanns, Long Island, appraised value $2:16m
(property contains a small resort
with 32 rooms), Beach & Ocean Views.


CONTACT
Submit bids to the attention of
E. Goodman,
P.O. Box N 4815,
Nassau, Bahamas
or egoodman@babfinancial.com.


BS(


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

HEAD OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
Applicants for the position of Head of Financial Services must have relevant
financial accreditation or professional qualifications, have in-depth knowledge of
financial instruments and international markets to ensure efficient supervision of
the department, its smooth running with approved counterparts & in accordance
with established risk limits, must know applicable local & international regulations
and must maintain rapport with the Private Banking Team. Fluency in Italian and
flexible working hours are required.

Personal qualities:-

Minimum supervision
Extensive knowledge of international markets
Excellent organizational, communication and computer skills
Analytical qualities and research orientated
Goal-oriented, self-motivated, positive attitude and outlook
Commitment to quality, service excellence and customer satisfaction

Responsibilities:-

Control the operational aspect of the unit
Review & manage treasury & brokerage activities
Analyse and control 1st degree level risks
Ensure advanced troubleshooting.
Review alignment & implementation of portfolios under mgmt. mandates
Monitor & coordinate investment advisory services to PB & allocated
clients
Support and train personnel of the unit

Interested individuals with such qualifications should submit their resume/curriculum
vitae to :-

Human Resources Manager
BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited
Goodman's Bay Corporate Centre
West Bay Street
P. 0. Box N 7130
Nassau, Bahamas,

Fax no.: (242) 502 2303 or email: ruby.kerr@bsibank.com

(ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE)
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 3B


THE TRIBUNE


BUSINESS












'lotel sector focus on service training


I'l 11 I ;ihlaiuian hotel industry has
I Iu'Id up with its industry partners to
ci sectoi workers six different train-
pi ioit2ii; a mes, the first of which
St,; next week, in a bid to improve
S. resli skills during the current
\ business period.
i lie lahamas Hotel Association
II ) has linked up with the Col-
'L ge of the Bahapias Culinary and
i zospit ality Management Institute, the
'naistit of Tourism and Aviation, the
. il'bcan Hotel & Tourism Associa-
'ii. American Express, Johnson &
es I n iversity, Turning Point Con-
it l;ants and Food Health & Environ-
anIal Safety Services for the training
tiative.
A BIIA survey last summer identi-
i1 three key areas for training.
1mCed with that information, tourism
lustry partners developed training
Ssions Ithat will focus on improving
., omer satisfaction; building effec-
;, teamwork, supervisory and lead-
Jii skills: and raising food safety
s' v: ;ai rds.


"We are pleased to offer these pro-
grammes with our partners at this par-
ticular time. They will complement
the increased training which is already
underway at a number of our mem-
ber properties during this slow peri-
od," said Russell Miller, the BHA's
president.
"Our people, our natural beauty,
and our close proximity to the US are
often cited as our core strengths. Our
future competitiveness is clearly tied to
our ability to deliver exceptional pro-
fessional experiences to our guests.
We hope that both employees and
employers take advantage of these
training opportunities which are now
available to them. Now, more than
ever, we must be ready, willing and
able to deliver exceptional guest expe-
riences, no matter what our role is in
the industry."
The training sessions begin on
November 10 with eight half-day cus-
tomer service sessions on Nassau/Par-
adise Island, Abaco and Grand
Bahama. Conducted by Johnson &


Wales University, with support from
American Express, the Caribbean
Hotel and Tourism Association and
BHA, the sessions will incorporate the
immensely popular 'The Fish Philoso-
phy' approach to customer service
training. The BHA has arranged for a
'train-the-trainer' plan to deliver these
sessions to other islands over the com-
ing months.
Institute
On November 18-19, the College of
the Bahamas Culinary and Hospitali-
ty Management Institute will hold a
two-day session called Effective Super-
visory Skills: The Basics in New Prov-
idence with a repeat session held in
Grand Bahama on January 20-21. This
workshop is designed for soon-to-be
promoted employees, first time front-
line supervisors or supervisors needing
a refresher course.
The Ministry of Tourism will con
duct the American Hotel and Lodging
Association's internationally-recog-


nised Certified Hospitality Supervisor
Certification Seminar in Grand
Bahama on January 5-10. This week-
long rigorous session is for supervi-
sors and managers.
Recognising the importance of safe
food handling, on November 21 half-
day sessions will be offered on Grand
Bahama titled 'Health Certificate Plus:
Essentials of Food Safety', conducted
by Food Health & Safety Environ-
mental Services. The same sessions
will be offered in Nassau on November
28.
These will focus on six key principals
of food management. Successful par-
ticipants will be awarded the Bahamas
Government Health Certificate, as
well as a food-handling Certification
from the Florida Restaurant Associa-
tion.
Recognising the need for the highest
standards in food safety and food han-
dling, extensive training will be pro-
vided in food safety management by
Food Health & Environmental Ser-
vices. The five-day Serve Safe Sanita-


tion programme is tailored to food
and beverage professionals and man-
agers, chefs and chef managers, and
food service educators.
The week-long programme will be
offered in Nassau on December 1-5,
and Grand Bahama from January 26-
30. The course offerings also include a
half-day session available at the com-
pany's site on Managing Food Safety
from Purchase to Service. Delivered by.
Turning Point Consultants, the ses-
sion focuses on the management of
food safety within the entire food dis-
tribution and delivery chain. It is suit-
ed for line level, purchasing, receiv-
ing food prep and food service per-
sonnel.
All training programmes are open to
BHA members and non-member com-
panies, with emphasis on hotels and
restaurants. Registration, course
details and additional information can
be obtained by contacting the Work-
force Development Division at the
Bahamas Hotel Association, 242-322-
8381.


iDB project to boost business competitiveness


FROM page 1B
.isi e said the long reach of
globalisation was breaching the
policy in numerous ways.


For instance, Bahamian
retailers were not only compet-
,.ing with each other, but with
rivals in Florida, the rest of the
Caribbean and on the cruise


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"I think the competitiveness
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needed to protect iridustries.
The long arm of globalisation
is impacting local jurisdictions,
because what happens in the'
Middle East or India impacts
business in the Bahamas in
some form or fashion.
Buffer
"The best way to buffer our-
selves against external shocks
is internal preparation. Outside
of tourism and financial ser-
vices, we've not really had to
face outside competition direct-


Mr Simon added: "Given the
current global trade environ-
ment, with a lot of diminishing
returns, given the current eco-
nomic environment, where the
availability of capital and'
resources is pretty difficult to
come by, businesses have to be
able to streamline themselves,
differentiate themselves and
have some kind of competitive
advantage that distinguishes
themselves from the competi-
tion not just the local compe-
tition, but the whole world."


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publication of this notice.,


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ROBERT GEORGE PHILIP DE
SWANTON of ENEAS AVENUE, STAPLEDON GARDENS,
P.O. BOX SS-19387, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 5TH day of NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.



NOTICE


OF

PUCKSTAR LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 29th day of October,
2008, Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas
Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, P.O.Box
N-3023, Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator of the Company.


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BEC union agreement




focuses on productivity


THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) and the
trade union that represents its
line workers has signed a five-
year industrial agreement that
focuses on productivity and cus-
tomer service issues.
The agreement, which cov-
ers a five-year period from
2007-2012, includes productivi-
ty reviews for BEC staff and
service delivery to the public.
Phenton Neymour, minister
of state for the environment,
said the customer service focus
showed both BEC and the
Bahamas Electrical Workers
Union (BEWU) had "togeth-
er" recognized the importance
of including certain elements
in the industrial.
He said it was "critical that
we improve service and the lev-
el of responsiveness to the pub-
lic".
Dennis Williams, the
BEWU's president, said -the
agreement "ushers in a period
where it is possible for the
Bahamas Electrical Workers
Union and the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation to work
hand-in-hand to increase effi-
ciency and better deliver the
service which we are entrusted
to do".
The added that the industrial
agreement's main benefits were
"consultation, mutual respect
between the union and man-
agement, and the balance of
management's right to manage
with the right of the union to
negotiate, represent and retain


SHOWN (L-R) are Harcourt
Brown, director of labour, Kevin
Basden, general manager of
BEC'and Frederick Gottlieb,
executive chairman of BEC.


all legal and equitable rights for
workers within the bargaining
unit."
Kevin Basden, BEC's gener-
al manager, said: "All stake-
holders can truly say that it has
been a win-win situation. To
accomplish such an agreement
in this manner without any type
of industrial action even though
there were challenges, which
were properly addressed,
speaks to the maturity and
mutual respect of both sides.
"It's ,a true indication of the
spirit of partnership and it high-
lights the kind of things we
need to do as organizations in
order to move the Corporation
and the country forward. We,


from the management side,
recognize that all stakeholders
must be involved in this ,and
from the BEC perspective it's
not just about building BEC,
but the nation.
"We look forward to contin-
ue this relationship with the
union as we improve our ser-
vice to our customers and to
this country."
Kevin Basden, BEC's gener-
al manager, congratulated all
who worked together to
achieve the industrial agree-
ment, calling it "a win-win for
all concerned".
He added that it was "not
just about building BEC, but
building the nation".


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FROM page 1B
more onerous. But the A-plus
stuff is still able to get things
done," Mr Stein added.
To date, he told Tribune
Business that he and his
investor partners in South'
Ocean had injected some $110
million in cash equity into the-
project, with a further $60-$70
million injected in the form of
debt financing for a grand total
of $170-$180 million.
Sources familiar with the sit--
uation, though, told Tribune
Business yesterday that Mr
Stein and RHS Ventures were
now embroiled in a dispute with
their main financing partner,
Plainfield Asset Management,


which last week saw them file
arbitration proceedings in New
York against the Connecticut-
based hedge fund group,.
It is understood that Mr Stein
is now involved in discussions,
with numerous potential
replacements for Plainfield, and
there has been, no impact on the
South Ocea porojecc's progress,
but he declined to comment
when questioned by Tribune
Business yesterday.
Some 60 Bahamians are
employed full-time by South
Ocean, and Mr Stein said yes-
terday that the project's beach
studies were completed, while
the Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) was "pro-
gressing".


The South Ocean redevelop-
ment was originally scheduled
to include a 140-room five-star
resort; 400-room four-star
resort; a 40,000 square foot casi-
no; fractional villas; 180 time-
share units; second homes; a
convention centre; marina; ten-
nis facilities and spa.
The draft economic impact
study for the South Ocean pro-
ject projected that it would cre-
ate 1,358 full-time jobs when
fully open, plus 1,200 construc-
tion jobs.
Mr Stein had previously said
demolition of the former South
Ocean Golf & Beach Resort
should take place either before
the end. of this year or shortly
after the 2009 New Year.


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Interest


rate rise

FROM page 1B
tion that NAD was considering
raising the interest rate on the
bonds received by international
investors to 9 per cent, in a bid
to stimulate demand.
In normal circumstances the
LPIA financing should be rela-
tively easy to place, given that
the airport has fixed infrastruc-
ture assets to act as collateral
and a fixed income stream, gen-
erated by the passenger user
facility fee, to finance the bonds
and repay investors.
In September, NAD
announced that FirstCaribbean
had won the bid to provide
placement agency and escrow
services for the Bahamian -dol-
lar denomination components
of the LPIA renovation.
That institution was expect-
ed to work along side with
Citibank on finding the iinter-
national investors, something
that has proven somewhat dif-
ficult given the current eco-
nomic climate.


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to invite Tenders for the purchase of miscellaneous obsolete items
including Cables & Accessories, .Communication Devices, Fiber
Accessories, General Hardware, Payphone & Accessories, Phones
& Accessories, Power Equipment, Stationary, System Cards and
Tools.


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from the Security's Desk located in fhe Administrative building on
John F. Kennedy Drive, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00
p.m. Monday through Friday.


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


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Wall Street shrugs off


weak


* By CHRISTOPHER S
RUGABER
AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -
After months rife with uncer-
tainty and unprecedented
events that have roiled and
reshaped Wall Street, at least
one major .unknown should be
cleared up Tuesday who will
be the country's next president.
Investors took a weak eco-
nomic report from the Com-
merce Department in stride as
the prospect of a resolution to
the nearly two-year campaign
for the White House sent the
Dow Jones industrial average
up more than 250 points in ear-
ly afternoon trading. The other
major indexes rose about three
per cent.
Still, September factory
orders fell 2.5 per cent from
August, the department said,
more than three times the drop
analysts expected. Excluding
autos and aircraft, orders fell
3.7 per cent, the steepest drop


since 1992, when the depart-
ment began tracking sector-spe-
cific changes.
The weakness was led by a
heavy drop in nondurable
goods orders, which fell 5.5 per
cent. That includes a 17 per
cent drop in the value of petro-
leum and coal products, reflect-
ing the decline in oil prices in
September. Oil has fallen by
more than half from its record
level of $147 a barrel in July.
David Resler, chief econo-
mist for Nomura Securities, said
the Commerce Department
report "is a bit less alarming"
than the overall number indi-
cates given that much of the
decline is due to the oil price
drop.
But orders for non-defense
capital goods excluding aircraft,
considered a good indication of
business investment plans, fell
by 1.5 per cent. That follows a
2.3 per cent drop in August and
indicates companies are cutting
back on investments, likely due
to the economic downturn and


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difficulty getting credit.
The factory orders report
comes a day after the widely
watched Institute of Supply
Management gauge of manu-
facturing activity plunged in
October to its lowest level since
the country's last deep reces-
sion, the 1981-82 downturn.
And automakers reported
terrible October sales figures
on Monday. Sales sank 45 per
cent at General Motors Corp.,
30 per cent at Ford Motor Co.,
25 per cent at Honda Motor
Co. and 23 per cent at Toyota
Motor Corp.
"We are now deep in the bel-
ly of the recession beast," said
Bernard Baumohl, managing
director of the Economic Out-
look Group.
The government reported
last week that the overall econ-
omy, as measured by the gross
domestic product, shrank at an
annual rate of 0.3 per cent in
the July-September quarter.
Two straight quarters of low-
er GDP-generally mean a reces-
sion, and many economists
expect the fourth quarter to be
worse than the third.
Separately, the government,
raising cash to pay for the array
of financial rescue packages,
said Monday it plans to borrow
$550 billion in the last three


months of this year. Treasury
Department officials also pro-
jected the government would
need to borrow $368 billion
more in the first quarter of
2009, meaning the next presi-
dent will confront an ocean of
red ink.
The nonpartisan Committee
for a Responsible Budget esti-
mates all the government eco-
nomic and rescue initiatives,
starting with the $168 billion in
stimulus checks issued earlier
this year, total even more an
eye-popping $2.6 trillion.
Besides the borrowing num-
bers, Treasury released esti-
mates by major Wall Street
bond firms projecting that total
borrowing for this budget year,
which began October 1, will
total $1.4 trillion, nearly dou-
ble the, previous record.
Major Wall Street firms were
equally pessimistic about the
size of the federal deficit this
year. They projected it will hit
$988 billion for the current bud-
get year, more than twice the
record. In July, the administra-
tion projected a deficit for this
year of $482 billion, but that
was before the financial crisis
erupted in September.
Supporters of the govern-
ment rescue packages argue
that the ultimate cost to tax-


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payers should end up being a
lot smaller, partly because the
Federal Reserve is extending
loans to banks that should be
paid back.
And in the case of the $700
billion rescue package, the gov-
ernment is buying assets -
either bank stock or distressed
mortgage-backed assets that
it hopes will rebound in value
once the crisis has passed.
But the government still
needs to borrow massive
amounts to buy the assets, an
effort that has driven up bor-


rowing costs to levels never
before contemplated.
A separate report Monday
from the Fed showed banks
tightened standards on all sorts
of loans, from home mortgages
to credit cards and business
loans in early October, com-
pared with three months ago,
showing the credit squeeze had
yet to let up.
Associated Press Writers
Martin Crutsinger and Jennifer
Loven in Washington and Ellen
Simon in New York contributed
to this report.


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KELLY DELI of MIAMI
STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within'
twenty-eight days from the 5TH day of NOVEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.










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FG CAPITAL MARKETS


C F A L"C 1: 1 C I.- Cl r-1i A .-
BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF.
TUESDAY, 4 NOVEMBER 2008
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX CLOSE 1.806 69 ] CoC -1 55 ICHG -0 09 I YTD -260.16 1 YTOD -12 69
FINDEX CLOSE 868.14 |I YTD -8 81 /a. I 2007 28 2990,
VAIV.A\ BISXBAHArI1AS COMl or 242-394-2503 FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION
11.80 11-60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 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 0.81 0.81 0.00 -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 2.5B%
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 00 0.118 0.040 24.0 1.41%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.30 7.30 0.00 0.446 0.300 16.4 4.11%
6.61 1.99 Consolidated Water BDRs 2.94 2.91 -0.03 0.122 0.052 23.9 1.79%
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 11.89 Finco 12.00 11.89 -0.11 1,900 0.665 0.570 17.9 4.79%
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 3.27%
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 0.00 0.035 OOOO 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 10 on Pr-mier Rar etoste 10 00 100 n 0 0 O 180 0.000 55.6 0 00%
BISX LIST EC DEBT SECURITIES fBond. trade on a Percenlage Pricing bases
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 19 October 2022
1000.00 1000-00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 .7%/ 30 May 2013
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 29 May 2015
Fidelity Ov.r-Tnfe-Cournler Seic:urltnes
0.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 N/M 7.80%
0-54 0 20 RND Holdinos 0.35 0-40 0-35 0.001 0.000 256.6 0.00%
Collr.-1 O.'er-The-Counter Securllles
S.Ei 1-5. :- -0 ,R, : t --=-. rJ,, :, ,. -
14.00 14.00 Bahanmas Supermarkets 13.80 14.80 14.00 -0041 0.300 N/M 2.17%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.55 0.002 0.000 261.9 0.00%
BISTY Lisled Mlutual Fund%
3.0250 2.8869 Colina 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 Bahamras 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 Fidolily Internationnl nvostmont Fund 9.1958 -12.42 -12.42 30-Sep-08
1.0216 1.0000 FG Financlnl Proforrod Income Fund 10216 2.16 2.16 30-Sep-08
1.0282 1 0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0282 2.82 2.82 30-Sep-08
1.0244 1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1.0244 2.44 2.44 30-Sep-08
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THE TRIUNE WEDESDAYEOVEMBER5,A2008SPAGESS


Oil


prices surge


11O% in


Election Day trading


* By JOHN PORRETTO
AP Energy Writer
HOUSTON (AP) Oil
prices surged 11 per cent in
Election Day trading as the dol-
lar fell against major currencies.
Crude prices moved in tan-
dem with global markets, which
jumped from Asia to Europe.
The Dow Jones industrial aver-
age soared 300 points despite a
new Commerce Department
report that said .factory orders
fell 2.5 per cent in September
from August, much worse than
the 0.7 per cent drop analysts
had predicted.
Still, gasoline prices contin-
ued to tumble, a fact lost on
many Americans headed to the
polls with the US housing mat-
ket in turmoil and thousands of
jobs already lost.
Jim Ritterbusch, president of
energy consultancy Ritterbusch
and Associates, said the weaker
dollar in particular likely attract-
ed some people to oil.
The euro rose more than four
cents Tuesday to $1.30. The dol-


lar lost ground to the yen, the
pound and other currencies as
well.
Investors see commodities
such as oil as a hedge against
inflation and a weak dollar and
pour into the crude futures mar-
ket when the greenback falls.
A weak dollar also makes oil
less expensive to buyers deal-
ing in other currencies.
Light, sweet crude for
December delivery rose $6.82
to $70.73 a barrel on the New
York Mercantile Exchange. Oil
rose as high as $71.77
"Anytime oil rises more than
$4 a barrel, it's usually myriad
items at play," Ritterbusch said.
"When the Dow is up, the
world is good and nobody wants
the dollar as a safe haven."
Ritterbusch and other ana-
lysts said there were reports that
Saudi Arabia had already
informed customers it was slash-
ing production.
Few analysts, however, could
pin down exactly what was hap-
pening in oil markets, which
have been extraordinarily


I


volatile early this week.
"The fact that we're up $6 is
indicative of everything we've
seen recently in the stock mar-
kets," said trader and analyst
Stephen Schork. "People don't
know what to do. We're seeing
record swings in the stock mar-
ket and the dollar is just getting
pummeled."
Crude prices on Monday fell
$4.46, only to erase those losses
Tuesday.
Monday's fall was precipitat-
ed by US manufacturers report-
in lethargic activity numbers
for October and weak US auto
sales.
Adding to the gloomy out-
look, Credit Suisse cut its fore-
cast for growth in China's oil
demand next year to nearly zero
from four per cent on the back
of lower economic growth fore-
casts.
"The latest set of economic
data out of China suggests a
much more severe economic
slowdown is under way there.
Hopes of even a slightly decou-
pled China in 2009 are fading
fast," Credit Suisse said in a
report.
Oil industry analysts had
believed the booming
economies of India and China
would pick up any slackening
of demand if Western nations
went into recession. That view
has weakened in recent months,
as the economic crisis in the
United States spread across the
globe.
Oil prices have fallen roughly
$80 from their July peak around
$147. In October alone, crude
prices tumbled 32 per cent.
Victor Shum, energy analyst
at consultancy Purvin & Gertz
in Singapore, said he expects oil
to continue trading within its
recent $60 to $70 band.
The recent output cut by the
Organization of Petroleum
Exporting Countries is likely to
achieve a "fairly good level" of
compliance from member


nations, creating a floor for the
oil price, he said.
But a second cut at OPEC's
next meeting in December
seems unlikely and would be
difficult to implement, Shum
said.
To keep prices from falling
further, Venezuela's Oil Minis-
ter Rafael Ramirez has said
OPEC, which controls about 40
per cent of world crude oil pro-
duction, will need to cut pro-
duction by at least 1 million bar-
rels daily on top of the already
announced cut of 1.5 million
barrels a day.
One quick benefit of falling


oil prices has been less pricey
gasoline in the US and else-
where.
Gasoline futures rose more
than two pennies to $1.39 a gal-
lon, after a steep fall overnight
on the Nymex.
At a national average of $2.39
a gallon for regular gasoline,
the price is $1.13 a gallon lower
than a year ago, according to
auto club AAA, the Oil Price
Information Service and Wright
Express.
AAA fuel price analyst Geoff
Sundstrom said a weak holiday
travel season could push the
national average to $2 a gallon


by year's end, with a rally
unlikely until spring at the ear-
liest.
In other Nymex trading, heat-
ing oil gained more than 21
cents at $2.20 a gallon while nat-
ural gas for December delivery
rose more than 46 cents to fetch
$7.30 per 1,000 cubic feet.
In London, December Brent
crude rose $6.64 to $67.12 on
the ICE Futures exchange after
plummeting $4.84 overnight.
AP Business Writer,
Stephen Wright contributed to
this report from Bangkok, Thai-
land.


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SUPREME.COUR


PROBATE DIVISION
2008/PRO/NPR/00680


IN THE ESTATE OF ERICH HUBERTUS
domiciled of Hamburg, Germany deceased.


WALD, late and


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 II, 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 Certificate of Appointment as Executor 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
(for) REGISTRAR



PROBATE DIVISION
2008/PRO/NPR/00681

IN THE ESTATE OF MARIA VERONICA ADAMS, late and
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
(for) REGISTRAR


PROBATE DIVISION
2008/PRO/00679

IN THE ESTATE OF HILDA FROMMHOLZ, (a.k.a. HILDA
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
(for) REGISTRAR


Public Hospitals Authority
Commonwealth of The Bahamas


Request for Proposis for
ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN CONSULTANCY:
Princess Margaret Hospital Replacement Project

The Public Hospitals Authority of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is seeking
proposals from qualified hospital/healthcare facilities planning firms to provide
consultancy services for completing a comprehensive Environmental Scan of
The Bahamas Health Sector. The information gleaned from this exercise is vital
completing the pre-planning phases of .a project leading to the planning and
construction of a new general hospital as a replacement facility for the Princess
Margaret Hospital.

The selected firm will be required to design and lead the assessment exercise and
deliver a full report on findings, including (but not limited to) information on:
1. Existing services and operations of the hospital and those related to the
wider health system of The Bahamas;
2. Future trends, risks and opportunities, including issues related to
management and management support systems;
3. Projected governmental, demographic and social changes that will affect
the new hospital planning;
4. Relationships between the existing hospital environment and patient out
comes;
5. Matters related to patient/staff safety and satisfaction

The consultants will be responsible for analyzing and assimilating the
information gathered so that it is useful to decision makers both to understand
the external environment and the interconnections of its various sectors and to
translate this understanding into the planning and decision making process for
a new hospital.


Interested firms are invited to register their interset and obtain the Terms of
Reference and Background Information for responding to this Request for
Proposals. This can. be done by contacting the office of the Deputy Managing
Director (Mrs. Hannah Gray), at email address: @hgray@phabahamas.org (and
copy to:jcleare@phabahamas.org) It is anticipated that the environmental scan
will take around 3 months to complete. The deadline for submission of proposals
is 30th November, 2008


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9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to
Sunday

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1 Gradually descend to
procrastination? (6)
4. New mattress for those in
fashion (5,3)
9 An encroachment on the
public highway? (6)
10 Representative
institutions (8)
12 Key engineering work in
Holland (4)
13 Frequently expressed as
decimal (5)
14 It tells you what the
fare is (4)
17 Go into battle and win
some ground (4,3,5)
20 Useless demonstration of
hunger-marchers? (5,7)
23 Quits being fair (4)
24 Ivy's associate (5)
25 Trip to an ancient city (4)
28 It means the'arrested man
can go free absolutely
free (2,6)
29 She's fairly feminine (6)
30 It's not for nothing you
pass through it (4,4)
31 Way of procedure followed
by the Royal Navy of today
(6)


Down
1 Lets it break to a point that
could be dangerous (8)
2 Sets aside Tom's battle
scars? (8)
3 Farm product from the
vale (4)
5 Attractive perch on top of
the world (8,4)
6 A step up the ladder (4)
7 Tremble a tiny bit (6)
8 An even chance the
matador will try to
avoid (4-2)
11 It occurs to one later that
this is the time to act (12)
15 Frank impression (5)
16 It may be in banks or in
circulation (5)
18 Publicly expose a
lightweight under study (8)
19 A brief way to encourage a
high-priced swimmer (8)
21 Edible seed for vegetable
and fruit (6)
22 Its lead decreases and it
often draws (6)
26 What a snake may use in
a fit of anger (4)
27 Albert shortly gets to be a
singer (4)


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


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10 Profoundly sorry (8)
12 Trodden track (4)
13 Loud eager cry (5)
14 Urgent entreaty (4)
17 Unconventional
behaviour (12)
20 On only short-term
basis (4,3,2,3)
23 Appear
threateningly (4)
24 To estimate (5)
25 Outlet (4)
28 A precious metal (8)
29 Younger (6)
30 Ancestral line (8)
31 Swiss city (6)


Down
1 Shell fragments (8)
2 Professional
business (8)
3 Space (4)
5 For nothing (4,2,6)
6 Of heroic
proportions (4)
7 Ancient (3-3)
8 Deadly (6)
11 Less than was paid
for (5,7)
15 Cross (5)
16 Condition (5)
18 Glue (8)
19 Uncontrolled
excitement (8)
21 Mistake (4-2)
22 Country of east
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26 Resound (4)
27 Ponder (4)


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Opening lead king of hearts.
Some plays that may appear
strange on the surface can be shown,
upon closer analysis, to be clearly
correct. This deal, where South went
down in four spades, provides a case
in point.
West started with three top hearts,
declarer ruffing the third one. South
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East discarding a diamond on the
third round.
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HOW many words 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
plurals.
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 15; very good 22; excellent
29 (or more). Solution tomorrow.
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION
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get rid of his club loser on dummy's
fourth diamond. But when West
trumped the third diamond and
returned a heart, South had to go
down one, losing a club at the end.
All the plays made by declarer
seem natural enough, and the out-
come appears due to the misfortune
that West was dealt the J-x-x-x of
spades. Nevertheless, the fact
remains that South overlooked a line
of play that would have assured the
contract if either opponent held the J-
x-x-x of trump.
The proper play for South, after
ruffing the third heart, is to lead the
ten of spades! This is virtually cer-
tain to bring about a successful reso-
lution whether the trumps are
divided 3-3 or 4-2.
In the actual case, West can win
the ten with the jack, but is then in a
hopeless position. A heart return can
* be ruffed with dummy's nine, after
which declarer crosses to his hand,
draws trump and claims the remain-
der. Any other return by West pro-
duces the same result.
The lead of the ten of spades by
South at trick four may look peculiar,
but it is nonetheless the right play.
Declarer should reason that if he
cashes the A-K-Q of spades and the
trumps break 3-3 or the jack falls
doubleton, 10 tricks are in the bag.
But this does not make provision for
West's holding the J-x-x-x. The play
of the spade ten covers that contin-
gency neatly while risking only the
loss of a possible overtrick.


Yesterday's
Kakuro Answer


Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker


Safety First


Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution


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IMAGINE devouring a dangerously juicy burger cov-
ered in melted cheese, bacon, onions, tomatoes,
ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, and a famous secret
sauce adding nothing but mouthwatering flavour -
it's more than enough to trigger a sensory explosion
in the salivary glands.
But not to worry, devouring a ferociously flavoured hamburger is
not just something for the imagination, you can actually walk
through the doors of some of Nassau's best burger joints and expe-
rience it up close and deliciously personal.

BENNIGAN'S
(Mall at Marathon)
Hey folks, it's the height of the sports Tea-
son the race for the Superbowl is on and the
knights of the basketball courts have found
their stride so all you sports lovers who want
to enjoy the wonderful taste of one of best
burgers on the island while enjoying a super
chilled Miller's Light, Bennigan's is the place
to be.
According to Patrice Knowles, manager
of Bennigan's, what makes restaurant's burg-
ers so tasty are the sauces. At Bennigan's you can enjoy the mouthwatering taste of the Guin-
ness Glazed Burger. Okay, I know what you are thinking, that the alcoholic beverage is one of
the ingredients in the burger. Well, you're partly right. The Guinness glazed sauce is not made
with.the actual beer, but with the Guinness molasses it's added to the sauce to intensify the
flavour.
Made with Angus beef, the GuinnessGlazed Burger is topped with melted cheese, freshly cut
tomatoes and lettuce. Fried onion rings are placed on the burger to give it an original Bennigan's
flavour. It's the Guinness sauce however, which gives the burger a satisfying tang.
Not just for the adult's however, Bennigan's offers a great kid's menu. If you want to treat your
little ones to a refreshing meal the Bennigan's mini burgers are just.as delightful as the full sized
burgers. The mini delights are the right size for your mini ones to devour or even for you to share





JOHNNY ROCKETS
(Paradise Lland. Marina V'illae )
Under the slogan, "-The Original Burger", Johnny Rockets is determined to keep its diners taste
buds satisfied by bringing onl% originality. creativity and imnentieness to the dinner table.
Guaranteed to melt in your mouth is ths the double bacon cheddar burger hicmh is so truly phe-
nomenon that you will want to have one when you are craving a great burger. Made with grade
'A' Angus beef, thin slices of freshly% cut tomatoes, onions, lettuce and other condiments such
as mayonnaise. mustard, and a secret sauce. the double bacon is not for the feint of heart.
Other top burgers featured at this retro 60s shtled burger joint, are:
The Rocket Burger: 1/3 pound of Angus Beel cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce, tomatoes,
onions, a secret sauce and the choice of mayo, mustard, ketchup or hot sauce.
The #12:1/3 pound of Angus Beef, onions. mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes and a secret sauce.
Root 66: 1/3 pound of Angus Beef either single or double) lettuce, tomatoes, onions, Swiss
cheese.
a The St Louis: 1/3 pound of Angus Beef. Swiss cheese, grilled bacon, onions, lettuce, toma-
toes and pickles.
The Smoke House (single or double): 1/3 pound Angus Beef, on your choice of sour-
dough., rye or honey bread. The burger features lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, onions and pickles.
The burgers at Johnny Rockets don't have a uniformed taste, since each burger is made with
unique ingredients and different sauces, but they are all guaranteed to cause a brilliant explo-
sion of taste in your mouth.
Hamburgers are not the only great menu item at Johnn\ Rockets, howe er, they also offer
thick, frothy milkshakes, and award winning dance performances that help to create a fun. fam-
ily atmosphere for their diners.

NATIVE BREEZE
(East Bay Street opposite Seaboard Marines)
Featuring the best in (taste like) homemade burgers, Native Breeze crafts some of the best
burgers on the island for a great price. Their interesting selection of burgers will have diners in
a temporary state of confusion as their title alone reveals a sneak peek into the taste of the famous
native burgers.
Unleashing a taste of pure satisfaction is the Blue Cheese Burger which features ground beef,
lettuce, tomatoes and a special blue cheese paste that gives it a distinctive taste.
The Native Spicy Burger, made using ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes and a secret native spicy
sauce, and the Conch Burger a must try for every "born dere Bahamian" with its thick slice
of battered conch, hot sauce and ketchup on a bun are two of the restaurant's top sellers.
If you are on your lunch break and want a quick, down home burger, Native Breeze is the place
to go. The Native Breeze burgers give a burst of delicious flavour that your tongue has never
experienced before. Everything at Native Breeze is originally made leaving you with a satisfy-
ing experience.

For more information or to experience any of these top burgers call Bennigan's at 394.4880, John-
ny Rockets at 363.1480 and Native Breeze at 356.7002. More pictures or page 10.


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end there is the delight of
gaining a new, mini-mem-
ber. But for some, there is
the pain of failure at the
loss of dreams for a family
it is the ultimate emo-
tional roller coaster.
Lynn's choice of topic was
an intentional one as she
moved to create conversa-
tion on a procedure that mil-
lions of couples across the
world are seeking. She said
this deep yearning and need
for a baby is a very basic
human desire and some
would argue a right to
procreate. "IVF is a result of
modern science and the
prevalence of infertility is
arguably a result of modem
lifestyles and environment,"
she said.
The artist believes it is her
job as a conveyor of truths -
to generate discourse on cur-
rent issues, the planet, beliefs
and values, while also offer-
ing her own spiritual, political
and social interpretation.
"In the past I have
addressed cycles of life and
mortality in my work due to
the sudden death of a loved
one (in the Regeneration
Series) naturally leading back
to the beginning with
babies," she explained.
Lynn is presently working
towards her next exhibition
which will be in London with
sculptor Paul Vanstone
where she'll show another
series, "Green Fuse",
inspired by the poem "The
Force That Through the
Green Fuse Drives the
Flower" by Dylan Thomas.
This work focuses bn ener-
gy consumption, the current
global oil crisis and in keep-
ing with past themes she
concentrates again on the
cycles of life.
Lynn's work has been
Sex#h' regularly in the US,
It e UK and-Bahamas.
S s trained at Virginia
Commonwealth University,
where she received her MFA
and at SUNY Purchase in
New York, where she
obtained her BFA. She
attended the Skowhegan
School of Painting and Sculp-
ture Summer Residency in
Maine and now lives in Lon-
don.
A complete collection of
Lynn Parotti's works can be
viewed on: www.parotti.com.


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25TH ANNUAL ART COMPE-
TITION AND EXHIBITION: The
Central Bank of the Bahamas
will host the grand opening and
awards presentation for it's
25th Annual Art Competition
and Exhibition on Wednesday,
November 5. at 5:30pm at the
Bank's Art Gallery, Frederick
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SONIA ISAACS SCHOOL OF
ART: The students of Sonia
Isaacs School of Art will hold an
exhibition at Anthaya Art
Gallery, Cable Beach. next to
City Markets, from November
15 to November 22. The open-
ing reception will be held on
Saturday, November 15 from
2pm to 7pm. The gallery s
hours are 10am to 6pm Mon-
day through Saturday. For more
information call 327.1045

NAGB EVENTS

CINEMA SERIES: NAGB
continues its cinema series with
Rashomon (1950) on Thursday,
November 6 @ 7pm at the
NAGB

JUNKANOO MUSIC WORK-
SHOP: NAGB will host a
Junkanoo music workshop orn
Saturday, November 8 at 10am.
The facilitator is Chris Justilien,
leader of Colours Junkanoo
Group. The workshop is open to
teen and adults. There is a
small fee


RAS ISHI BUTCHER AND RAS
AKYEM-I RAMSAY OF
BARBADOS VISIT THE BAHAMAS:
The National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas (NAGB) offers the
general public and the arl com-
munity of the Bahamas rare
opportunity to engage with rwo
of the art world's brightest
stars: Ras Ishi Butcher and Ras
Akyem-l Ramsay of Barbados,
on Thursday. November 13 at
6:30pm. The event is free.

OPEN CRITIQUE:
NAGB will host an open cri-
tique on Tuesday, November 18
at 6:30pm that invites deeper
conversations on the idea of a
national exhibition. This is the
third and final session that will
engage the work currently on
display al the gallery.
PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION:
The public is invited to take a
trip down memory lane with
Ronald Lightbourn in 'Remi-
niscing: Photographs of His-
toric Nassau" on Thursday,
November 20 at 6:30pm.

ART FUNDRAISER FOR
HAITI AND RECEPTION: A Haitian
art exhibition and reception will
be held at The Hub, Thursday,
November 6 at 6.30pm, with
featured performances by vari-
ous artists, photos featuring
Island Expedition's work, and a
film and slide show presenta-
tion about the School at Sea
Island Expedition, a
Bahamas based non-profit
organisation, runs a School at
Sea to train youth in marine
related fields, and also works
with orphanages and schools
in North Haiti.
The works being exhibited
are typical Haitian paintings
and wood sculptures The
funds raised from the sale of
the items will be used for Hait-
ian students to participate in
the School at Sea.
"One of our vessels will go
to Haiti this winter and dona-
tions in the form of clothes and
.. canned goods can be accepted
in lieu of cash," a representa-
A, IA?. ,, tive from Island Expedition
.. said.
The art exhibit will be open
F ^ until November 14; and a closer
S.- ing, happy hour party will be
C held from 5-6pm on that day.


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the exhibition or Island Expedi-
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* By JEFFARAH GIBSON

IN an explosive night of fashion, models for
the 5th Annual Diva's Ink Fashion Show strutted
the runway in trendy fall fashions, featuring
fierce, sexy looks that are soft on the pocket
and graceful on the body.


The launch of the new line by Diva's
Ink Clothing Store, held at the Rain
Forest Theatre on Sunday night, intro-
duced the audience to a new sense of
style, as beautiful separates were art-
fully thrown together to create the per-
fect outfit.
Under the theme "Recession Ista",
the fashion show featured both casual
daywear and high fashion haute cou-
ture, showing Bahamian women how
to look fabulous despite the economic
downturn.
The fashion extravaganza showed
women that they can take existing
pieces and blend them with new items
to achieve the 'divalicious' look during
the recession. Show host Bodine, who
was energetic and vibrant as she
engaged the crowd, explained that you
can mix and match pieces, like buying
a new top and wearing it with an old
pair of sexy jeans.
The fall fashion line at Diva's Ink
featured a splash of exotic colours,
styles, and glamour, with scarves being
one of the hot items this season.
The models rocked scarves, for


when it gets a little chilly, with a sexy
pair of pencil jeans and a complimen-
tary top. Stylish trench coats, short,
fitted and available in denim, were also
a big hit.
For the casual look the models
showed off a variety of mixed matched
styles that were personalised with fab-
ulous accessories and unique colour
combinations.
Rhchetta Falconer modeled an
entire jeans ensemble, greatfor the
ladies with tight abs and a flat tummy.
Her outfit included a stomach baring
top with a long, flared skirt.
For the ladies who would like to
wear this outfit, but don't want their
stomachs exposed, they can individu-
alize the look by wearing a shirt under-
neath the top. A casual dress was giv-
en the "X" factor with the addition of
a pair of sexy stiletto pumps and a
metallic clutch.
The high fashion gowns and cock-
tails dresses also reflected a level of
ingenuity. This part of the fashion show
featured a burst of colour ranging from
the very bright colours to elaborate


fusion.
Apart from the fabulous display of
clothing, the fashion show was a blast.
A number of talented Bahamians
blazed the stage, from the models strut-
ting the runway to make a statement,
to the singing, rapping and dancing
performances.
Triggering thought with his impres-
sive lyrics was the talented Royal
Blood. And bringing a different taste
to the stage were the men of Geek
Squad. With their satire, comedy and
smooth moves, they had the crowd
engaged until the end of their presen-
tation.
Waist twisting and leg shaking were
also entertaining to the crowd as the
models and Mizani dancers moved
their bodies to the rhythm of the pul-
sating music.
At the end of the fashion show,
Monalisa Thompson, owner of Diva's
Ink, breathed a sigh of relief. "I am
very happy that the fashion show
turned out good. It was a bit difficult
getting sponsors, but I am very pleased
at the turnout."
Ms Thompson also used the oppor-
tunity to send out special thanks to
Diamonds International, Bally's Total
Fitness, Dynamite Entertainment,
Mizani, and the Daily Grind.
Located on Elizabeth Avenue,
Diva's Ink Clothing Store caters to
women of all sizes from the slim and
sexy to the plump and beautiful. Diva's
Ink will definitely unleash your sexy
and transform your appearance.


All white Jazz night @ Marley Resort and Spa


THE Marley Resort and Spa
(MRS) opened its doors to Typ-
sy Entertainment recently as
they celebrated the first in a
series of themed parties.
An "All White Jazz Night"
was the dream of Samantha
Lamb and Elmareta Bankasingh,
two young entrepreneurs who
came together to form Typsy
Entertainment.
The smashingly successful par-
ty took lots of planning and had
its share of challenges, especially
- because the partners live in dif-
ferent countries. However, the
two made a dynamic team and
overcame some formidable odds.
"I was very happy with the cal-
iber of persons that came out,"
Samantha said. "It was exactly
the type of mature crowd that
we were hoping to cater to. I
would like to thank the patrons
and the sponsors for their sup-
port, along with staff of MRS.
"One of our aims was to
ensure that everyone thoroughly
enjoyed themselves, and I think
that goal was achieved. I would
also like to thank some persons
who were behind the scenes,
especially our silent sponsor
whose efforts greatly assisted us


in making this event a successful
one."
According to Elmareta, the
Marley Resort was chosen as the
venue because it was "perfect for
our vision and the ambiance for
the entire evening was spectacu-
lar. I took the time to greet each
patron personally to strengthen
our support for the next event".
The food was especially deli-
cious and the patrons were
extremely pleased as many of
them took the time to tour the
facilities.
The much-anticipated event
was well on its way by 7:30pm,
which was an indication that this
would prove to be a night to
remember, as that start time is
not the usual trend for most Nas-
sau partygoers.
Another indication that it was
not your typical, run-of-the-mill
party, was the guest list. It read
like a Hollywood's who's who
list, with many patrons flying in
from the Turks and Caicos
Islands and the United States.
Among the guest were
Olympian Tonique Williams-
Darling, Dr Patrick Cargill, Dr
Owen Bastian, and Attorneys
Romauld Ferreira, Raynard


Henfield and Milton Cox.
Also in attendance were Bue-
na Wright, Brad Hanna and a
small contingent from one of
Nassau's newest and most talked
about radio stations, Star
106.5FM. International model,
Kendrick Kemp, the reigning Mr
Bahamas, and Filmmaker Celi
Moss, whose Bahamas Film Fes-
tival is set for November, were
also spotted at the event.
Rufus Johnson, Bacardi's
regional manager, Arame Stra-
chan; marketing manager Bris-
tol Wines and Spirits; Keisha
Edwards, country manager, Red
Bull; along with the beautiful
Red Bull and Renaissance mod-
els were out in total support.
Banker Paul McWeeney and
his wife, business woman Meka
McWeeney of La Casita, also
supported the event. Mr Al Col-
lie, Craig and Desmond Pyfrom
of Fluid Lounge, and a number
of successful entrepreneurs were
spotted enjoying the evening's
entertainment. Music for the
evening was provided by G
Notes.
Frank Gibson, 'Mr Unique',
worked his magic on the crowd
and proved that the hands are


quicker than the eyes. This tal-
ented magician has performed
in many theatres locally and
worldwide. The limbo king Whit-
field Morley, known to fans
worldwide as 'Action', provided
additional entertainment.
Graycliff cigars were also an
option for guests.
Roscoe "Mr Jazz" Dames,
served as host along with event
organizers, and he introduced
the up and coming singing sen-
sation Nyee Moses, who
breezed into town for a whirl-
wind media blitz to promote the
Princess Margaret Hospital
Foundation Concert.
The concert, dubbed Mira-
cles, is slated for next month
and seeks to raise funds for
equipment for the hospital.
Nyee, whose single from her
recently released album broke
the number 10 on the Ameri-
can billboard charts, is being
compared to legendary singer
Sade.
The sexy, soulful singer is
being heralded as the next big
world pop artist, with jazz,
Latin, neo-soul and reggae influ-
ences. She was pleased to be
invited to the Bahamas and to


the All White Jazz Night, and
is eagerly anticipating the
upcoming Miracles concert
where she is the featured artist.
"I am looking forward to lend-
ing my support through my
work," Nyee said, "and consider
it my honour and absolute priv-
ilege to be able to touch the lives
of so many people. The All
White party was absolutely fan-
tastic, and the response from
Bahamians as a whole is very
good."
Alia Coley, of MRS, also


BANKER Paul
McWeeney
and his wife,
business
woman Meka
McWeeney of
SLa Casita
enjoy them-
selves at the
'All White Jazz
Night" party.






thanked the sponsors for their
support and congratulated the
young women for taking advan-
tage of the entire facilities. The
grounds, the rooms, the kitchen
and staff were all involved in the
spectacular event.
In total support of tw' young
businesswoman, president of
Marley Resort and Spa Rita
Marley, along with the resort's
CEO Stephanie Marley, took
the time to salute the young
women, and wished them well
in their new business venture.


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PURPOSE is found in
artist Lynn Parotti's
works that speak to
the contemporary con-
cerns of conception.
In "The Blastocyst's Ball", a three part
series currently being exhibited as part of
the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas'
Fourth National Exhibition, Lynn explores
the cycle of emotions a couple experiences
during the process of seeking a natural
child birth. She shows the journey through
drug induced stages of IVF in the pieces,
'Ovitrelle's Luteal Lune', 'Crinone's Crave'
and 'Follistimitus Irreconcilibus' each the
name of a drug used in the fertilization
process.
In the series, which shows the womb
around the time of implantation after a
woman has undergone drug therapy, Lynn
employs the medium
of oil on canvas,
using bold strokes
and a thundering of
reds from drops of
bright red to deep,
almost black, red to
infuse a range of
emotions from abra-
sive shock to human
empathy, and bewil-
dered inquisitive-
ness.
For the artist, the
work is an attempt to
understand the in
vitro process and the
emotions felt after
receiving the news of
infertility from a
doctor. And the e
three pieces, which speak to the issues of
t life, demand discourse on the political,
social and even religious fronts as to how
the matter of procreation and science'
involvement in that decision affects couples
across the globe.
Living and working in London, Lynn cit-
ed the fact that 32,000 couples chose in vit-
ro fertilization (IVF) resulting in 11,000
births, according to the Human Fertiliza-
tion and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in
2007.
For many, there is a longing for a child
that is their own,.and an inherent vulnera-
bility caused by the enforced shutdown of
hormones and then rebooting with Ovit-
relle (a conception drug). The investment
for a child brings mood swings ,for up to
three grueling months with injections that
have only a 25 per cent rate of achieving
pregnancy. Then, there is hope for a baby,
but only the richest survive as an IVF cycle
can cost between $4,782 to $11,135. In the


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