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The Tribune
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 Material Information
Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 10, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
normalized irregular
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Volume: 104 No.293






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Leota action is iled

mainst Glo al United

Comptroller of Customs and
Treasury Department seeking
millions of dollars from firm
owned by former PLP candidate

Tribune Staff Reporter
mary judgment has been filed for
Global United to answer four sep-
arate civil suits, filed by the Comp-
troller.of Customs and the Trea-
sury Department, in which they
seek to collect millions of dollars in
outstanding fees and taxes.
A writ of summons was also
filed on November 6 against Glob-
al United, which is owned by for-
mer PLP election candidate Jack-
son Ritchie.
Attorney General Michael Bar-
nett told The Tribune that the
application for summary judgment
would h ve been filed between
Wednesday and Friday last week.
. An application for summary,
judgment asks the court to give
an immediate judgment, based on
the defence having no real
prospect of success and that there
is no other reason why the case
or issue should be dealt with at
In the first writ, filed August 27,
the Treasury said it was seeking
to retrieve funds Global United
collected from Carnival Cruise
Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise
Lines and cargo vessels calling on
ports of Nassau, Arawak Cay and
The writ claims that Global
United was "at all times obligated

to immediately pay" the funds col-
lected from the ships to the Trea-.
sury. The writ also claims that
between October, 2006 and Janu-
ary, 2008 Global United wrote bad
cheqges to the Public Treasury
totalling $2,60Q3,965.30...
"By letter dated January 15,
2008, the defendant through its
president and director admitted
that it tendered the said cheques,
which were dishonoured and
promised to pay the monies that
were due and owing to the plain-
tiff," the writ said.
The letter is part of an affidavit
filed by the plaintiff in support of
its claims.
Despite the defendant's promis-
es to pay the amount of the dis-
honoured cheques, the writ says,
Global United had failed to repay
the funds. In addition to the above
amount, the Treasurer is also suing
Global United for interest on the
money at a "rate the court deems
just" and court costs.
The second writ, filed by the
Treasurer, says Global United is
being sued on behalf of the Port
Controller. The writ claims Glob-
al United collected dues from its
clients for tug services provided
by the Port Controller.
Between September, 2004 arid
January, 2008 the defendant had
received $613,376.61 for these ser-
vices, the court document further
SEE page 12

Bahamas is given all

clear fromTrop ical

depression Paloma

THE "all clear" signal has been
given by the Department of Mete-
orology for the entire Bahamas as
Tropical Depression Paloma is
expected to continue to downgrade
to an area of low pressure today.
Yesterday afternoon, National
Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) deactivated its operation
After pummeling Cuba over the
weekend as a category four hurri-
cane, Paloma weakened rapidly to
a tropical storm with winds of only
60 miles per hour.
Islands which are now projected
to be in the path of the significant-
ly weakened system include
Ragged Island, Exuma, Cat Island,
Long Island, San Salvador, Rum
Cay, Acklins and Crooked bland.
' At 11am yesterday the Meteo-
rology Department issued alert'
number 16 on Tropical storm Palo-
ma which at that time was contin-
uing to drop torrential rains

over Cuba.
At 10am, the centre of tropical
storm Paloma was located near lat-
itude 21.2 degrees north and lon-
gitude 77.9 degrees west, or near
Camaguey, Cuba, some 150 miles
west-southwest of Ragged Island
and 255 miles south of New Prov-
Forecaster Arnold King in his
statement from the Meteorology
Department said that Paloma was
drifting north-northeast near two
miles per hour, and that a slow
north-northeast to northeast
motion was expected. during the
next day or two.
"On the forecast track, the cen-
tre of Paloma should be near the
north coast of Cuba later today
and be approaching the central
Bahamas by (this) morning.
"Maximum sustained winds are
near 60 miles per hour with higher
SEE page 12

'Very successful' council

meeting held by the PLP

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Progressive Liberal Party held a "very suc- j
cessful" council meeting in Grand Bahama over the
weekend where a number of internal party and'
national issues were discussed, said PLP chairman *
Glenys Hanna-Martin.
By bringing together representatives from each
constituency on the island, the party was better able
to share information on what was happening in each
community and to make an assessment of what was
taking place economically in Grand Bahama.
Following the two-day event, which took place
on Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8,
Mrs Hanna-Martin said that the PLP in Grand Bahama are now starting to
prepare to organise itself for the next general election whenever it is
SEE page 12

Brothers stabbed in possible

case of mistaken identity

TEN-YEAR-OLD Boy Scout Christopher McPhee of Charles W Saunders
School and Chief Scout Alexander Gibson look on at the Remembrance
Day Service at the Gardens of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.


A REPORT published in The
Tribune on October 15 of a case
before the Appeal Court gave
the impression that Court of
Appeal President Dame Joan
Sawyer was expressing her own
opinion on the handling of mur-
der convictions when in fact she

was reviewing the opinion of the
Privy Council.
The article in question under
the heading "Dame Joan
Sawyer: Murderers should not
be automatically sentenced to
death" said that instead of the
SEE page 12

M *r4 MAWS M* sOw i4i

A CASE of mistaken identity
may have been the cause .of a
double stabbing that left two
brothers from Eleuthera serious-
ly injured.
The brothers were airlifted to
New Providence over the week-
end after being stabbed in a figlit
in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera.
While one the brothers has
been stabilised, the other is still
fighting for his life in hospital.
Police reported yesterday that
the two brothers were allegedly
stabbed in an altercation with a
41-year-old man in the settlement
of Palmetto Point.
Officers from the Governor's

Harbour police station told The
Tribune that the brothers, Ken-
rick and Alexander McSweeney,
along with a third brother, Ken-
neth McSweeney, got into a phys-
ical fight with the 41-year-old man
at 9.50pm on Friday.
The suspect, who is still in
police custody in Eleuthera, told
the officers that the three broth-
ers mistook him for someone else.
He claimed that that was why the
fight broke out. He told the police
that he does not know the three
brothers. Police said that they are
investigating this claim.
SEE page 12

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PM is set to

address nation

on economic


WITH no end in sight to
the financial hardships
being experienced by .
Bahamians, Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham is
scheduled to deliver an
address to the nation
tonight to discuss the eco-
nomic problems facing the
He is expected to
address the backgrounds
and root causes of the eco-
nomic difficulties that :i
Bahamians are experienc-
ing, ,f
Although some have .
criticised the prime minii-
ter for not addressing the
economic crisis earlier,
government has in the past
weeks unveiled. plans to
assist Bahamians in this
time of financial hardship
including an increase in the
amount of aid that Social
Services distributes to
those in need and assis-
tance to individuals in dan-
ger:of defaulting on their

Ma in hospital

afep shooting

Pinewood Qardens' man
was iaken to hospital in a
private vehicle on Saturday
a*ter being'shot in his left
thigh and left cheek at lam
while attending a party in
his"neighbourhood. His
condition is listed as stable,
W POLICE are investi-
gatingi~'atmed robbery,
which SEcurred on Friday
in the eastern part of New
A 51-year-old man was
in front of his home at
11pm when.he was
approached and robbed by
a masked gunman.
The suspect is described
as being of light complex-
ion and approximately six-
feet tall,
He was wearing dark
trousers and shirt at the
time of the robbery.

Bacteria fatal

to palms found

in SW Florida
STATE horticulturists say
a bacteria is killing sabal palms
in Manatee County and
threatening the plant's low-
maintenance reputation,
according to Associated Press.
The sabal palm also is called
the cabbage palm and palmet-
to and is emblazoned on the
state seal. It's touted as a more
environmentally friendly land-
scaping alternative to other
palms because it rarely needs
fertilizer or water.
Other palms also. have suf-
fered from a fatal disease
called the Texas Phoenix Palm .
Decline. It's spread by an
unknown insect.
The disease is now devas-
tating sabal palms in Manatee
County, and state horticultur-
ists fear it will spread. They're
teaching people in central and
southwest Florida to recognize
the symptoms.
The only way to kill the dis-
ease is to cut down the tree.
An infected tree must be treat-'
ed regularly with an antibiotic.

Family Islands TDMA

network terminated

, THE final termination of the TDMA network in the
'Family Islands Ias now been completed, the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company announced yesterday.
"Our GSM expansion project in the Family Islands
is now completed, and weare:confident that residents.
and visitors alike-will be able to attest to the silperior
quality of service," said Marion Johnsoi,.BTC's vice-
president of marketing, sales and business develop-
Sinment: .. ' ,. 'm h
Just nine months ago, BTC launched the aggiessi e
'"Switch it Up" campaign geared towards migrating its
TDMA customers to the GSM platform.
As of today, TDMA services in all the Famintly
Islands have been .terminated and all cellular cus-
tomers are now using the internationally approved
standard for wireless communications, GSM.,
"This is certainly a red letter day for BTC, as we'
have'successfully managed to migrate all of our Fam-
ily Island customers to the GSM network," Mr John-
son said.
The company has spent more than $40 million in
GSM upgrades this year alone. BTC expanded its cell-
towers to accommodate data services, and it has also_
added numerous sites throughoutthe Family Islands.
It is expected that customers will have the same cov-
erage with their GSM phones throughout the Bahamas
as the. did with TDMA. -
"There will still be some optimisation work that
needs to be done in all the islands to bring the service

into full and complete operation.
S"We are also still constructing additional sites
throughout the country to expand coverage and capac-
ityon the GSM system. This work will take us through,
the end of the year and when we get to that point, we
are confident thqt customers will be duly impressed'
with their quality of service," Mr Johnson said. '
:New Providence will be the last island to be shut-
S.down oNovembdr 16,representing the completion iof
the nationwide TDMA shut-down.
BTC has developed its wireless networks from'
TDMA to GSM oI.the Second GenerationNetwork
(2G) .
The company has now moved to the Next Genera-
tion Network (2.5G) and are actively working on a'3Q
Network. '"
Ie 'GSM platform offers tw ie the amount of
capacity. This .expansion project undertaken by BTC`
allows the. company to provide advanced data ser-,
vices including GPRS, EDGE, Multi-Media Messag-,
ing (MMS), Office Tools, Bluetooth and a myriad of
others.and other value added services to support the
growing customer needs.
GSM also provides customers with more options on
advanced handsets, mobile phones and devices at rea-
sonable prices. ,
This network provides pre-paid and post-paid cus-
. tomers with the ability to roam with voice and data in
more than 145 countries across the globe.

WITH anecdotal informa-
tion and preliminary-
research suggesting that that
there is a high incidence of
breast cancer in young
Bahamian women, efforts to
raise awareness of the dis-
ease have become increas-
ingly important in thesoun-
try. .
This Saturday, hundreds of,
Bahamians, men and Women,
joined the Cancer Society of
the Bahamas and. the Susan
G Komen for the 'Cure
Breast Cancer Foundation,,
for its fourth annual. "Stride
For Life" health walk..
The walk began at 6am.
There were six different
categories, including a spe-
cial category 'for cancer sur-
.The Susan G 'Komen
Foundation is. the world's,
largest grassroots network of
Breast cancer survivors.and.
activists fighting to save'lives,
empower,.people, ensure
quality care fori all and find a
cure for the disease. :

Last week, the (.',ticc
Society of the Bahama, .iind
the LUniversity of Nli.'ini
(ULM) brought a nev. screen-
ing programme 1o the
Bahamas from Florid -
.where it has already I' cIC
used to test B'ih.iminii
women with breast or ovari-
an cancer.
The UM/Bahamas breast
cancer study began in. 2002,
after Dr Judith Hurley, a
breast cancer specialist from
the UM's Sylvester 'Cancer
Centre, and Bahamian. doc-
tors noticed the early diaig-
nosis age among. Bahamian
Dr Hurley and Theodore
Tuinquiest, consultant med-
ical oncologist at the Princess
Margaret Hospital, 6onduct-
ed research on patient is and
confirmed their suspicion -,
48 per cent of women who'
,diagnosed in the Bahamrn
were younger than 50. In t0;
United States less than one.
third of cases are diagnosea-
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AMONG the dauntidig set of tasks ahead for
the U. S. president-elect, perhaps the most basic
is to restore a sense of fairness to and faith in our
economic system much as Franklin D. Roo-
sevelt did in the 1930s.
For too many years, too many Americans
watched helplessly as the economic world passed
them by, the top dogs prospered, and their
national government either sat by passively or
intervened to help the "haves." No wonder trust
in the system plummeted. It was hanging by a
thread when the financial crisis erupted. Now, it
has been destroyed.
An economy isn't supposed to work that way.
Our celebrated capitalist democracy is designed
to be a participation sport not a spectator
sport and one in which the average American
can still win. So the new president's most fun-
damental job is to restore the people's confi-
dence that the economy will perform for
them. While any nev president would prefer a
loftier starting point, Barack Obama will have to
begin with the troubled Troubled Asset Relief
Programme. The way the Bush administration
started it has left the $700 billion bank bailout in
danger of becoming the most unpopular use of
public money in the history of the republic -
unless something is done fast.
If it's not already too late, the new president
must convince Americans that the bailout is
being managed for, their benefit, not for Wall
Street's. Because the first $250 billion or so is
being doled out to banks without asking any-
r thing in return, this will be no easy task. Quick
c in the bailout ptograinmme- and I mean
Sc lngesthordina people Chn understand-
"ahe necessary.' '
I'd start by sending a large dollop of that
bailout money to Main Street literally. That
means devoting substantial sums to refinancing
home mortgages that might otherwise go into
foreclosure, which is what the head of the Fed-
eral Deposit Insurance Corp., Sheila Bair, has
been urging for months. The president-elect can
be a powerful ally for Bair.,
There are a number of ways to mitigate .the
impending wave of foreclosures. To those who
object that refinancing mortgages one at a time
is too slow, Obama should have two replies.
First, let's end the delays and get started. Second,
the Home Owners' Loan' Corp. took on a much
larger task relative to the economy's size in
the New Deal, and succeeded admirably. Can't
we match the speed of the 1930s? Yes, we can.
Next up, after reforming the bailout plan, is
the Economic Recovery Act of 2009. Given the
likely severity of the economic slide, a large dose
of fiscal stimulus amounting to perhaps 2 per-
cent of GDP, or roughly $280 billion is need-
ed either in the lame-duck congressional ses-
sion this month or soon after Inauguration Day.
The new president must guide Congress away
from passing an unprincipled hodgepodge of

members' favourite projects that would just
remind the public of what's wrong with Wash-
. ington. Instead, we need a bill that has clear
objectives, is well designed to achieve them, does
not do long-term harm in the name of short-run
help and can be explained to the body politic.
Regarding objectives, I'd suggest sticking to
two: creating jobs by creating new spending and
alleviating the misery that accompanies deep
recessions. The first criterion points toward
such items as more generous unemployment
insurance and food-sthmp benefits, because that
money will be spent quickly. It also points toward
grants and loans to hard-pressed state and local
governments, so they don't cut their spending or
raise taxes. Because this recession will likely be
lengthy, not fleeting, a large-scale public infra-
structure programme with vigorous anti-pork
provisions also makes sense.
Again, the New Deal offers examples. Tem-
porary institutions like the Civilian Conservation
Corps and the Works Progress Administration
provided much-needed jobs but also left a lega-.
cy of new public infrastructure the.people's
capital, if you will.
The second criterion again points toward
more generous unemployment insurance and
food-stamp benefits, but also toward policies
like these: expanded trade adjustment assistance
for displaced workers, more home heating assis-
tance for low-income households, broader health
insurance coverage a step toward universal
coverage and a plan that gets serious about
job retraining. (Here, tiny Denmark may be a
good model). These and related programmes are
often referred to as the "social safety net," and
America's is in tatters. But we need both repairs
and a new metaphor. Lyndon B. Johnson had it
right when he called upon the government to
provide a "hand up, not a handout." The Obama
administration -should seek to create a new
S"social trampoline" that not only catches people
when they fall, but also propels them back into
productive employment. If properly designed,
such a social trampoline would both ease the
short-run pain of recession and facilitate the
long-run adjustment to glbalization.
And at every step along the way, Obama
should make abundant use of the presidential
bully pulpit to. explain, to cajole and to bring
along not just the Congress, but also the people
just as Roosevelt did. Americans need to
feel, once again, that its their economy, and
that the government is working on their behalf.
Here, a little eloquence can go a long way. For-
Stunately, we just elected a man who has a lot:
(Alan S. Blinder, who has written this article, is
a professor of economics and public affairs at
Princeton and former vice chairman of the Fed-
eral Reserve. He has advised many Democratic
politicians c.2008 New York Times News Ser-

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Citizens must help

Govt on immigration

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Daunting task for new president

Straw Market. Ministry of Works
has always emphasized that the
.market is reserved for Bahami-
ans only and this is the way it
.should be. I applaud Mr Walter
Rolle (one of the managers of the
market plaza) and the team from
The Ministry of Works, the police
officers, and the majority of the
straw vendors for the efforts
made in working with immigra-
tion on this problem.,
With all the efforts being made,
we continue to have a handful of
individuals .'who are intensifying
the problem by continuing to
.employ illegal immigrants while
trying to use whatever means they
can to keep these people. At the
Straw Market, there have been
several individuals trying to create
chaos and discontent in the orga-
nization by encouraging certain
Haitian workers to maintain their
posts even though Immigration
as well as Ministry of Works (the
governing body of the Straw Mar-
ket) asked them to leave. The
laws are the laws and they must
stand for all,
If we as citizens of this country
want a country for our children
and grandchildren, we have to
put forth valiant efforts now to
preserve our country. Don't think'
for a moment that the immigra-
tion problems don't affect bank-
ing, fishing, accounting, nursing,
insurance or other areas of our

country, or that it only affects the
Straw Market; it affects every
facet of our nation and we have to
strategise on how to fight this
problem. Keep in mind, the straw
market is an entry point to out
country so, yes, this is an area of
major concern. Sometimes this.is
the first or the only stop our visi-
tors make, when they leave the
cruise ships and we are allowing
foreigners to represent us to the
rest of the world. We can't allow
this. If we kill the tourism indus-
try every other business in this
country will suffer and what will
be have left. We can't allow this
to happen; we have to take this
country back.
Heaven knows this problem
isn't going away overnight, it took
some time to reach this extreme
and it's going to take time and
lots of effort to be fixed. As citi-
zens of this country, we can't just
rely of the efforts of any one enti-
ty, whether it be government or
the straw vendors, or whatever
area we may feel is most affected
by this problem. We have to work
together with government; we
have to comply with the laws of
the country and assist wherever
needed to fix this problem mov-
ing forward and preserve what
little Bahamian heritage we have
left. I know I am not prepared to
live as a stranger or second class
citizen in my own country and I
am sure my fellow Bahamians.
feel the same way.
November 2008

Immigrants should leave prejudices behind them

EDITOR, The Tribune.
From the horse's mouth it came,
as I sat and listened,. while a white
north American gentleman, who is
married to a black Bahamian lady,
told me a harrowing story of what
he experienced, behind the scenes,
among some of his former peers
here in this city. His opinion is that
nothing has changed and that his
is a story that can, no doubt, be
told again and again all over the
country. To say that I was annoyed
and disappointed, at the same time,
at what he was'telling me, would
be putting it mildly.
Mr. Story teller told me that,"
awhile back, he hung out with a
number of German immigrants to
Freeport, most of whom are still
working and doing business here. It
was their daily routine, he told me,
to come together aftbr work, at one
of the more popular bar/restaurants
in the International Bazaar, for
evening drinks and friendly chat-
ter. All went well until his German
friends decided to adopt a new top-
ic for their evening chatter -
"Bahamian nigger bashing."
The story teller claimed that his
friends would go on and on describ-
ing Bahamians in the worst kind of
way, but mainly as dirty, lazy, good-
for-nothing niggers; he said they
said that for the Bahamian, the
objective is always to get something
for nothing; that we are dishonest
and should never be trusted.
He told me that their venomous
criticisms were directed at all
Bahamians no. particular, eth-
nic, grouping so I am assuming
they included our white Bahamian

brothers and sisters as well. I was
disappointed, to say the least, and a
bit shocked, because I am well
acquainted, personally, with some
of the individuals he was talking
about. I never thought them to be
racists. I never thought them to
have a prejudiced bone in their
. bodies. As a'matter of fact, one of
the guys included, as part of the
group was, indeed, married to a
beautiful brown skinned, Bahamian
girl (he is now deceased). This is,
.not the .way you get invited to a
person's house for dinner, guys.
To the storyteller's credit, he
claimed he finally had enough; told
them about their behinds and left
the group.
I am not one of those narrow-
minded individuals who would
paint all immigrants from Germany
or anywhere else to our shores, for
that matter, with the same paint-
brush. I do, however, feel that bad
apples like these few could con-
ceivably cause liberal-minded peo-
ple like myself to stand back and
take a second look. No one likes
to be abused, especially by people
who pretend to be your friends.
How can they come to our
Bahamas, take up residence in our
country, enjoy all our amenities,
accept permanent residency, marry
our women, accept our citizenship
and not learn to respect us for who
we are?
How can they not prepare them-
selves to coexist with us in harmo-
ny and dignity? We welcome immi-
grants, from all over the world, to
come and live among us and to
work side by side with us, but we
ask only one thing of them, that
they leave their dirty, nasty, racial
and other prejudices behind them,
at the border. Bahamians, both
black and white, have, over the
years, moved past that narrow-
minded way of thinking and we
have learned, for the most part, to

get along together. We have
learned to respect each other and
we have learned to live in harmony
and peace with each other. We
don't need people from foreign
lands coming here and stirring up
these old prejudices again. We
have, long since, shed the mantle of
those terrible, bad practices and
have put them behind us; we don't
need to welcome any other who
would wish to disrupt our tranquil
,way of life.
I am repeating this story for
what it is worth in the hope that
those immigrants, from whatever
country they came to us, who pos-
sess like tendencies would decide,
in and of themselves, to sit down
and do some self examination, with
the view to mending their dastard-
ly ways and their way of thinking
for the good of us all. It is not pos-
sible, in my view, to live harmo-
niously in such close proximity to
each other, as we do in Freeport,
and harbour these kinds of lean-
Yes, I know very well that, as a
people, we have our challenges just
like people all over the World, but
to come here as our guests and
insult us to our faces, is P 'it much
to ignore.
Ignorance we can forgive, but a
superiority complex? Well that is
another matter.
The revealing of this story will
in no way endanger the many.
friendships which I have personal-
ly developed over the years, and
which I hold near and dear to me,
however it might cause me, as it
will others I am sure, to exercise a
bit more caution in developing any
others in the future.
Grand Bahama,
November 6, 2008

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As we all know, we have a seri-
ous immigration problem in our
country and it is destroying us.
This problem is nationwide,
affecting every area of our
Bahamaland and we as citizens
are expecting the government to
fix this problem as we should, but
we can't expect the government
to fight this battle alone, we as
citizens of this country have to
work along with government to
preserve what's left of our her-
itage. If we don't, we will have
nothing for our children and their
children and we will become
strangers in our own country.
Before going any further, I
want to say hats off to Mr
McCartney, The Department of
Immigration, and the Defence
Force for the recent efforts in
eradicating this insurmountable
immigration problem: You are in
our prayers.
In light of last week's article
about the immigration problem
in the Straw Market, I agree that
several weeks ago Immigration
raided the downtown straw mar-
ket taking away twenty-some
Haitian immigrants. This was all
over the news for the next couple
days, but I am here to say that in
a couple of hours the same people
taken away returned to work like
nothing had ever happened. I
don't understand this. Every orga-
nization has its set of policies and
procedures and my understanding
is that there are no permits given
by immigration nor are there pro-
visions under Ministry of Works
for immigrants to work in the


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WITH the number of Chinese courses in the country,"
tourists projected to be more than 56 The scholarship recipi-
million worldwide by 2010, Bahami- ents, Terrance Strachan
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United Haitian Association of the under the instruction of
Bahamas to put on courses in Hait- visiting Mandarin lecturer,
ian Creole and Mandarin Chinese in Professor Xu Xianwen,
addition to its regular offerings in and will now'embark on a
French and'Spanish. four-month intensive Chinese train-
The Mandarin classes have been ing programme in Beijing at the Bei-
very popular and will play an jing Chinese Language and Culture
increasingly important role as Chi- College.
na's global influence grows. College alumna Vernice Walkine,
At a press conference held at the Director General of Tourism,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reminded everyone of the vast num-
announce the awarding of four lan- bers of Chinese people and said, "It
guage scholarships by the govern- is projected that Chinese tourists
ment of the People's Republic of will grow by an annual rate of 10 to
China, Irene Moss, coordinator of 15 per cent, which means there will
ILCI, said, "We at the Internation- be more than 56 million by 2010.
al Languages and Cultures Institute, (China is'making a robust c6ntribu-
or ILCI as it is known, were very tion to world tourism and the
pleased to partner with the Ministry Bahamas wants to be one of their
of Tourism and Majestic Tours in options."
facilitating the Mandarin language Pledging her and the Ministry of
courses and we hope to put on Tourism's support for the Mandarin
more. I am sure that the recent language programmes, she added,
opening of the Bahamas Embassy in "If Chinese visitors aie to enjoy the
Beijing will mean more Chinese vis- Bahamas fully we must be able to
itors to our islands which will communicate with them clearly and
increase the demand for Mandarin without complication. That is why

Sacred Space stage play

deals with slavery issues

IN 2005, Bahamian artist Anto-
nious Roberts created Sacred
Space, an art site near Clifton Pier
that made use of rooted casuarina
trees to create sculptures depicting
slave women looking back
towards Africa.
The site, which bordered a for-
mer sugar plantation, the Whylly
Plantation, was a landing site for
some of the first African slaves
that were brought to the
Sacred Space was well received
by the Bahamian public at that
time and has now given birth to a
play of the same name.
Sacred Space's playwright,
Rupert Missick Jr said that his
creation was inspired by Antonius
Roberts' sculptures and is loosely
based on the lives of five slave
women who lived on the Whylly Plantation.
While delving into their lives, Mr Missick
explores the issues of the desire for mental and
physical freedom and the concept that all life is
"'sacred space."
Sacred Space, therefore, seems to have been
written, in part, to further serious social dialogue
regarding African slavery; something that is very
much lacking in our society.
Mr Missick stated that that we, as Bahamians,
need to remember our history and as time goes on
we need to continuously throw off the emotional
and mental shackles that we still carry.
He added that we can't do this, however, unless
we acknowledge that there is no such thing as slav-
cry without pain.
Hopefully, Sacred Space will allow us to remem-
ber and also allow us to continue to heal as a peo-
When speaking of his views on slavery in the
Bahamas, Mr Missick challenged the notion that
African slaves in The Bahamas were treated better
than other slaves in the Caribbean.
He also challenged claims that Whylly was a

"liberal" slave owner who treated
his slaves better than most. Mr.
Missick asked rhetorically, "What
does that mean? Seriously? Is
there a nice form of slavery?"
Mr Missick's choice, then, to
use the slave master's names for
the characters in his play rather
S than give them West African
names was to merely ensure his-
torical accuracy.
Mr Missick also reasoned that
there was no reason to change
S their names for a second time as.
. ..| he'd be doing the same thing
p A Whylly did changing the names
to please him and to make them
more acceptable to his sensibili-
B With respect to his ability to
tell the story of the slave women,
Mr Missick stated that he knew
many women felt that only
women were capable of really
writing "proper" female characters. He has resigned
himself, therefore, to leave it up for others to decide
whether he did a good job.
When asked whether he had any words of advice
for young playwrights, Mr Missick prefaced his
comments by stating that he was nowhere near
where he would like to be as a writer and then
encouraged young writers to keep writing and read-
ing anything they could get their hands on espe-
cially things they would not ordinarily readc
The play stars six women, Taneka Thompson,.
Terneille "TaDa" Burrows- in her first theatrical.
performance, Juanita Kelly, Norma Ash, Onike
Archer and Christine Wilson.
While the production of Sacred Space has been
funded, primarily, by Mr Missick he also got support
from the Clifton Heritage Authority and Coca Cola. %
The play, which has been in production since this
summer, will open on November 21 at the Holy
Trinity Activities Centre and will run until Novem-
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them in our airports, in
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Chinese Ambassador
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who later presented the
scholarship recipients
with their plane tickets,
spoke of the way lan-
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mutual understanding and encour-
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by saying, "You will find every Chi-
nese hospitable and eager to help,
but your challenge may not be how
to use chopsticks but how to start a
conversation in Chinese, because

while you want to practice your
Chinese, you will find many Chi-
nese who want to practice their Eng-
Deputy Prime Minister and Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette congratulated the four
recipients and expressed his grati-
tude to the College of the Bahamas
for running the classes.
"Since 1997, when diplomatic
relations between the Bahamas and
China began, China has become a

good friend to us. We are now work-
ing to build on the foundations that
have been laid for fruitful Chinese
Bahamian cooperation in the inter-
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that will enhance the mutually ben-
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Symonette said.
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THE billion-dollar Albany
Resort Development is getting
the backing of top executives of
the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce, who recently received an
extensive tour of the upscale
mixed use resort that is anticipat-
ed to further enhance the coun-
try's tourism industry.
Executives of the Chamber's
board of directors were led by
Dionisio D'Aguilar, President
and Philip Simon,Executive
Director, who both expressed
confidence in Albany, particular-
ly its ability to continue its devel-
opment works while employing
significant numbers of Bahami-
ans in the construction field
despite a downturn in the world
S Albany is a joint venture
between the Tavistock Group,
Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
When completed it will include
approximately 350 residences and
a luxury boutique hotel, breath-
taking 18-Hole Championship
Golf Course, mega yacht marina,
beach club, family restaurant,
adult pool and lounge, children's
clubhouse, spa and fitness and
equestrian centres.
The resort development will
be completed in two phases with
the initial phase totalling an esti-
mated $300 million. The first
phase of Albany will include the
golf course, marina, beach front
amenities, hotel, club house, spa
and fitness centre'along with the
first phase lots and infrastructure
and is projected to be completed
by December 2009 and the first
quarter of 2010. The second
phase, which will include the lux-
ury marina apartments, is esti-
mated to cost in excess of $600
Albany's Vice President and
head of Sales and Marketing,
Jason Callender, along with
Patrick Nihon, Albany's Sales
Associate, were delighted to host
members of the Chamber's exec-


PICTURED from left to right in the first row is Odley Aritas, BCOC Direc-
tor; Philip Simon, Executive Director; Jason Callender, Albany's Vice
President and head of Sales and Marketing; I.Chester Cooper, BCOC
Treasurer; Yvette Sands, BCOC Director; and Khaalis Rolle, BCOC First Vice
President. Pictured in the second row are Crestwell Gardiner, BCOC
Director and Patrick Nihon, Albany's Sales Associate.

utive board of directors on a tour
of the resort development.
"Albany will establish The
Bahamas as the premiere desti-
nation for first-class, luxurious
mixed ise residential community
developments, which is a grow-
ing trend in the world of resort
and residential development," Mr
Callender said. "We truly believe
that Albany will be the most lux-
urious mixed use resort and resi-
dential community the world has
ever seen. "
Speaking on the various
employment opportunities, which
Albany continues to create, Mr
Callender said, "We are delighted
to provide job opportunities for
Bahamians in Albany at a time
when there is economic hardship
in the country and certainly
throughout the world. So for us
during these trying times, to be
able to provide opportunities for
employment, and for the
advancement of Bahamians, is
extremely satisfying as we seek

A leading global, research-based
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to deliver on what we are com-
mitted to do."
The Chamber's chief praised
the Albany developers for their
"The Albany Resort and
development is an incredibly
impressive project, which I was
very delighted to see first hand
along with my board of executive
directors," said Mr D'Aguilar. "I
was truly blown away by the
scale, magnitude, and the quality
of the construction. And I must
add that it is really encouraging to
see all of the co instruction activity-
taking place at the site...despite
all this economic doom and
gloom. It is great to see this pro-
ject in motion as well as the num-
ber of Bahamians who are bene-
fiting from the project in terms
of employment opportunities."
Mr D'Aguilar noted that upon
its completion, the resort devel-
opment will be on the level of
Kerzner International's flagship
property Atlantis, Paradise
Island. He noted that Albany will
not pose any competition for
Atlantis, which caters to transient
visitors. But rather it will cater to
affluent persons wishing to pur-
chase second homes and those
planning to relocate to The
Bahamas on a full time basis.
"It is very impressive, and
these are the type of investors
thatDThe Bahamas likes to attract.
.Joe:Lewis lives in The Bahamas.
He has an attachment to The
Bahamas. He has a home here -
and he is well funded and con-
cerned about The Bahamas," Mr
D'Aguilar said.
"It's very impressive. I think it
brings a new dimension to the
economy. It has significant poten-
tial to really grow our economy
even further, and that is always a
good thing," said Mr Simon. "The
Albany Resort Development will
bring not only an in flow of direct
investment, but also new oppor-
tunities, for not just careers, but
the construction industry, and
obviously the resort will have to
be maintained, and it's here to
Gershan Major, Second Vice
President of The Chamber and
Chief Executive Officer of Mail-
boxes Etc stated, "It was an
enlightening opportunity to see
the scope and size of what is tak-
ing place at the Albany project
and the progress that is being
"I think as they continue to
complete each phase of the pro-
ject it is going to certainly serve
The Bahamas well in terms of the
market that they are seeking to
attract and the high quality of
development that is apparent..."
"When Albany comes to
fruition, the Bahamas will boast a
landmark residential community
like no other in the world.
Because of the quality with which
Albany will be developed, it will
provide many tangible and intan-
gible benefits, adding to the pres-
tige of the Western district and
will be regarded as a benchmark
for such a niche community.
According to the plan presented,
the impressive luxury resort pro-
ject will create jobs for Bahami-
ans and is forecast to inject mil-
lions into the Bahamian econo-
my," said Michelle Rassin, Cham-
ber Director, who also serves as
Vice President of Operations at
Doctors Hospital.
Chamber Director, Merrit
Storr described Albany as a high
quality development that is going
to have a significant economic
impact on The Bahamas.
"I think it was appropriate for
The Chamber to be invited to
view the project, particularly in
light of the current economic
environment. Anything that is
ongoing that can stimulate the
economy, I think The Chamber
needs to be aware of and it needs
to be in a position to advise its
members whether there are spin
off benefits that can result from
such projects," said Storr who is
also a Partner with Chancellors
Chambers, a full service com-
mercial law firm.
Other executives of The
Chamber participating in the tour
included Khaalis Rolle, First
Vice President, Directors Yvette
Sands, Crestwell Gardiner, I.
Chester Cooper, Odley Aritas,
and Caroline Moncur.

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Problems with the judicial

system of the Bahamas


SHE Bahamas' judicial
System is an unholy
mess where there seems to be a
lack of transparency and a mas-
sive case. backlog.
In our adversarial judicial
system, the ap.pearance'ofjudi-<
cial activism is leaving many
Bahamians with the impression
that certain, members of the'
legal fraternity may be carried
Saway by power.
It is widely acknowledged
that in a fair judicial system, no
judge should exhibit a predilec-
tion or favouritism towards cer-
tain cases coming before them;
be ill-prepared to hear some
cases; give off the appearance
of impropriety; and/or seem-
ingly adopt an ill-temperament.
The concept of judicial
integrity around the world
refers to a judiciary that is
impartial in the discharge of its
duties. However, as in most
professions, across the world
there are a few errant judges
who engage in judicial malfea-
Ssance, whether they are engag-
ing in fraudulent or conspira-
1 trial activities, discount the
Material facts of a case, appear
to hinder due process of the
law, violate constitutional rights
and/or'make a hash of the law.
Before adopting an epilep-
tic predisposition to robe rage,
,judges around the world are
urged to remember their oath
to adhere to the universal phi-
Slosophy of civility and humane-
Sness. Furthermore, it seems to
me as I follow court cases in
other countries that the
issuance of gag orders that dis-
allow free speech, holding per-
sons in contempt because they
criticise the judiciary/decisions,
Sor the banishment of persons
From court rooms because their
opinion differs from that of a
sitting judge, are all abuses of
the bench and undemocratic
means of prohibiting the public
S'from discovering the details of
a case or a complaint. Aren't
the courts supposed to be a
democratic institution?
Where can someone turn if
they are seeking remedy for
charges against jurists? Is there
an applicable constitutional
i standard whereby judges are
", held accountable to any enti-
S As I understand it the role of
br a judge is to uphold the law and
: ensure the administration of
,, justice while maintaining a neu-
tral stance and not appearing
to be in pursuit of personal or
political ideologies when mak-
S ing a ruling. The perception of
judicial arrogance arises from
Sthe notion that certain courts
overseen by certain judges can
appear to be judicial hellholes.
Quite frankly, the Bahamas
Bar Association, an indepen-
., dent body (eg Ombudsman)
Sand the public should press for
yearly judicial performance
S A judicial survey would be a
starting point for analysing and
Rating the performance of sit-
: ting judges and should be
/: undertaken by bar association
Members in good standing
r. whose grading of judges
Could be the basis for judicial
It is my view that judges
should be rated on categories
such as their temperament,
knowledge of the law, fairness,
timeliness, among other cate-
I also believe that a good
judge is not one who is seen to
i behave officiously, but instead
; behaves as a jurist who is com-
i petent and is seen to be impar-
tial and independent minded.
i, In the United States, safeguards
*. are in place to ensure that
;" judges conduct themselves eth-
The Judicial Conference's
Code oi Conduct committee
offers opinions on judicial
issues and citizens/residents are
,\ allowed to lodge complaints
about judicial misconduct as is
set out by the Judicial Conduct
and Disability Act of 1980.
:. The depressingly long case
backlog is a matter of grave
concern in the Bahamas, par-
i ticularly since citizens/residents

I '

are 'seemingly being denied jus-
tice on several fronts. It is unac-
ceptable when less than 10 mur-
*der cases are disposed of per
The increasing incidents of
violent/commercial crimes are
almost overwhelming and are
almost certainly due to the
snail-paced, molasses-like dis-
posal of cases.
In addition to recruiting
more judges, I have previously
suggested that the government
establish tribunals and utilise
fair-minded Justices of the
Peace to settle minor disputes
and deliver justice in a timely
manner. This recommendation,
along with other legislative
changes, such as amending the
Bail Act, passing a Jurors Act
and implementing a law that
supports plea bargaining, will
no doubt help to alleviate the
60,000-plus case backlog.
The inexcusable shortage of
judges, court and registry staff
also contributes to the frequent
mismanagement of cases and
court records. With one justice
recently retiring, it appears that
the current judge-general pop-
ulation ratio is one of the worst
in the world.
What's more,. technological
upgrades are desperately need-
ed as court staff are still forced
to use antiquated means for
record-keeping, particularly
since numerous court buildings
lack computers, the internet
and the other relevant tech-
nologies of 21st century soci-
The Bahamas has yet to
catch up with the developed
world who now 'e-manage' case
files, documents, warrants,
judgments, notices and other
court-related work.
This can unquestionably be
an improvement over the pre-
sent situation and reduce the
likelihood of files suddenly
being "lost" or "missing."
To ensure the administra-
tion of justice, the government
must invest in the construction
of new court houses. It should

not be seen that the necessary
infrastructural improvements
are being withheld or that the
judiciary is.being held hostage
by the executive and legislative
branches of government. More-
over, those unscrupulous
lawyers who constantly delay
court proceedings or contribute
to the backlog of cases by seek-
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adjournments should be saric-
Frankly, it is my belief that
prospective judges at certain
levels of the judiciary should
be nominated and elected to
serve on the bench for a cer-
tain time, instead of the cur-
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As the eyes of the world
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emerged as the winning pair-
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world,.I would have been heart-
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McCain, instead of seeking a
redirection from worn-out
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THE students of Grade 5
Brown at Mabel Walker Pi-
mary School located on Turk-
er Road (Big Pond Subdvi-
sion) have something to bok
forward to every Wedneiday
afternoon. They eagerly ntic-
ipate the arrival of theirread-
ing partner, Mr. Arthui Skip-
pings, a driver with thePublic
Transportation Assqciation
Bahamas (PTAB). )
Since the beginning of the
Read to Lead Baharias Read-
ing Mentoring Prognmme,'an
initiative launchedoy Educa-
tion Minister Car)W. Bethel
and US Ambassador Ned
Siegel, in late Sepember 2008,
the students hare formed a
bond with Mr. Skipping and
insist that he ie their only
reader for the lok, "Morning
Mr. Skippiigs, has become
a surrogate gpndfather to the
fifth-grader who enjoy his

readings and discussions on
the book.
After each chapter, he ques-
tions the students to ensure
that they understood what was
read, and draws illustrations,
between the main characters
and the children's own lives.
Additionally, Mr. Skippings
also encourages the students
to do their school work, and to
listen to their teachers.
Mrs. Patricia Brown, the
classroom teacher, stated that
the children have insisted that
only Mr. Skippings read to
them and that the school has
accommodated them .since
they have shown an increased
interest in reading ind overall
school work.
The volunteer reader says
he does not have a problem
with leaving his job to spend a
few minutes reading to the
children, if it assists in keeping
them from going astray. A,

resident of Big Pond, Mr.
Skippings is also the Vice
President of the area's Neig-
bourhood Crime Watch Asso-
He indicated that his group
has decided to lend its sup-
port to Mabel Walker Prima-
ry School by ensuring that
they have a constant roster of
readers. He added that his col-
leagues see the reading pro-
gramme as a major anti-crime
initiative since it is focused on
keeping children's minds on
education and away from neg-
ative behaviours.
This soft-spoken gentleman
revealed that when the chil-
dren see him on the streets
they always hail him and tell
whomever they are with, that
he is their volunteer reader -
"That brings me joy to know
that the children respect me
and greet me wherever I am,"
he said.

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Caribbean diplomat)

WE HAVE lived
through a truly
historic moment. The elec-
tion of Barack Obama as
President of the United
States of America defied all
odds and lifted the hopes
and aspirations of people
of all races and nationali-
Byt, his election has cre-
ated unreasonable hopes
amongst many simply
because he is half-black.
Evidence of this has been
the official statements of
several Caribbean govern-
ments that they expect the
US government to pay
more attention now to the
development needs of their
On the morning after the
elections, when asked by
the Caribbean Media Cor-
poration for a comment on
what the Caribbean could
expect from an Obama vic-
tory, I said the following:
"Obama's election will
bring no new and special
attention to the Caribbean.
His priorities will be right-
ing an American economy
gone wrong, fulfilling his
promise to take US troops
out of Iraq, settling
Afghanistan, improving a
cooperative relationship
with a resurgent Russia and
managing a difficult trade
and economic relationship
with China. Given the $900
billion hole in the US Trea-
sury that followed the bail
out of US financial institu-
tions, some of his own
domestic campaign pledges
will have to be delayed. In
this connection, the
Caribbean except for
Haiti and Cuba will not
be a priority. There are
some negatives. Obama has
taken positions against off



shore financial services and
outsourcing services -
both of which will affect
the Caribbean. This will
call for Caribbean govern-
ments to be pro-active now
in putting their case before
the Obama transition team
as soon as it becorhes func-
tional in the next few days.
In the wider context,
Caribbean people, "whose
history is marked by slav-

"For all the
talk of shift
global powe
and the
creation of
new alliance
- all ofhic
s true -an
equal truIsn
that, for the
US remains
the nation t
which the
must pay

ery; indentured labou
racial discrimination
better off because th:
Obama's election, we
woken up today to ai

c6ome c


which acknowledges the
equality of all men."
It is important that
everyone tempers their
expectations. Obama is
quite obviously a unique
man visionary, focused
and hardworking with
the capacity to select high-
ly capable people to help
him achieve his objectives.
But, he did not promise the
myriad things that people
all over the world seem to
expect him to deliver.
Therefore, they must not
be disappointed when their
own hopes rather than his
promises are unfulfilled.

/The eminent West
Indian Professor,
Dr Norman Girvan,
g summed up this matter of
'aribbean expectations in
h win eloquent essay written
oi the night of the election.
I Be said: "I .dislike the
k is assumptions that underlie
the question, 'What can the
SCaibbean expect from an
Obma Presidency?' It is
the not ust that the expecta-
tions are unrealistic: they
are msplaced. Barack Oba-
ma mTy have a global fol-
01 lowing but his political
constituency is domestic.
Within he United States,
he mustfind the means to
carry oit his ambitious
agenda i. the midst of an
economic:risis that is tak-
ing the lderal deficit
towards tie one-trillion
dollar marl. Overseas, he
must obey the imperatives
of Americ,'s strategic
ir and interests. Toittempt to do
n, are otherwise world be to court
rough political suicide. The main
have difference frim the past
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means, and in style. Oba.
ma understands or
seems to understand that
diplomacy, negotiation and
winning hearts and minds
are more effective means
of pursuing American
interests than the ready
exercise of brute force.
And such a willingness to
see and understand the
point of view of 'The.Oth-
er' must be welcomed. The
opportunities are to be
grasped. Only the naive
would expect U.S. Presi-
dent Obama to put the
interests of other countries
above those of the United
States; whether in trade,
security, or in the matter.of
offshore tax centres. The
responsibility to.define and
defend our interests
remains with us. The
opportunities lie in the pos-
sibility of more construc-
tive engagement. No, Oba-
ma cannot be our saviour."
For all the talk of shift-
ing global power and the
creation of new alliances -
all of which is true an
equal truism is that, for the
Caribbean, the US remains
the nation to which the
Caribbean must pay closest
attention. It is the country
that houses the majority of
our people (other than our
own countries); it is the sin-
gle' largest source of our
tofirists; apart from our
own universities, it is the
location for the tertiary
education of the majority
of our people, and it is our
biggest single trading part-
Strong Caribbean sup-
porters and advocates in
Washington have despaired
at the lack of strong action
by Caribbean governments
in Washington. One of
them, David Lewis of Man-
chester Trade, now says:
"The Caribbean has moved
from being the only region
in the world with a prefer-
ential economic relation
with the US (CBI 1983) to
being at the 'bottom of the
pile' literally as all other
nations in the Americas
and elsewhere have posi-
tioned themselves strategi-
cally up-front and in-line
with US interests... try to
play 'catch-up' based on
some misunderstood notion
of 'key Caribbean-Ameri-
can players' just will not cut
it in the competitive envi-
ronment of Washington...
it is very sad but we have
only ourselves and our
inactivity and lack of strat-
egy and vision as responsi-
ble for this state of affairs."
We in the Caribbean
must not expect Obama to
do for us what we are not
doing for ourselves. His
has a different task and
it is related to his own peo-
ple in America.
To a certain extent by his
very election he has deliv-
ered to young, black peo-
ple. On the night of
November 3rd I participat-
ed in an election-watch
gathering with a group of
black West Indians in
Canada. They were full of
guarded hope for they
knew only too well the bit-
terness of disappointment.
When the announcement
came, they formed a circle
and joined hands in prayer,
and one young man
thanked the Almighty that'
he was able to witness this
great moment in his life-.
It made true and telling
the observation that: "Rosa
sat so Martin could
walk...Martin walked so
Obama could run...Obama
ran so our children can fly."

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claimed. The Treasurer claims
Global United is liable for the pay-
ment of $613,376.61 along with
interest, costs, and further or "oth-
er relief as may be just."
The Comptroller of Customs
also filed two writs in the Supreme
Court on August 27 against Glob-
al United, which it lists as a ship-

Legal action,

ping agent in the Bahamas for
Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal
Caribbean Cruise Lines, MSC
Cruise Lines and Discovery Cruise
Lines (the principals).
The Comptroller claims, in the
writ, that the defendant acted as a
shipping agent for various tankers

and tugs at Arawak Cay, Nassau
and Freeport. By virtue of this
agency, the defendant received
monies from the clients or "oth-
erwise owed monies to the plaintiff
(the Comptroller) in respect of
pierage charges and tonnage dues
owed by the principals and/or
owners of various tankers and tugs
at Arawak Cay to the plaintiff for
payment to the Treasurer."
Between October, 2006 and
January, 2008 Global received not
less than $156,126.04 from the
principals and/or other tankers
and tugs for landing rates
(wharfage), pierage charges and
tonnage dues owed to the Comp-
The writ also says Global is
indebted to the Comptroller for
$408,197.83 in overtime fees for
"the attendance of customs offi-
cers outside the hours of general
attendance or at any place at
which customs officers do not gen-
erally attend."
The Comptroller is therefore
suing Global for the sum of
$564,323.87, interest on this
amount, and court costs, according
to the first writ.
In its second suit, the Comp-
troller is suing. Global for
$2,218,479.42 it received in depar-
ture taxes between October, 2006
and January, 2008 from clients on
behalf of the Comptroller.
"By letters dated January 15,
2008 and April 16,2008, the defen-
dant (Global) has admitted that
it is indebted to the Plaintiff in the
sum of $2,21-8,479.42 in respect of
departure taxes but notwith-
standing that admission has failed
to pay the sum," the Comptroller
The Comptroller is suing for
these sums in addition to interest,
and court costs;

FROM page one
automatic death sentence in murder cases, accused
should be judged and sentenced according to their
crime. This was the opinion of the Privy Council.
Up until the Privy Council's decision, a death sen-
tence was the automatic penalty of a murder convic-
tion. The Penal Code states: "Whoever commits
murder shall be liable to suffer death."
In view of the Privy Council's decision in the case
of Forrester Bowe Jr and Trono Davis in March
2006, Dame Joan Sawyer, sitting with Justice Lorris
Ganpatsingh and Emmanuel Osadebay on October
14, was reviewing appeals from nine convicted killers
to re-evaluate their convictions and sentences.
In reading the judgment on Max Tido's appeal
against his murder conviction and death penalty,
Dame Joan said: "The effect of the decision in Bowe
and Davis is that the death penalty must now be
regarded as the maximum that can be imposed fol-
lowing conviction for murder and the courts are

A CEMENT BAG, rum bottles, disposable cups and other garbage is seen
littered throughout the Eastern Cemetery. Located in the vicinity of the St
Matthew's cemetery, the garbage is an eyesore to those who visit the
grounds to pay their respects at the graves of loved ones.

FROM page one

"One observation we made is that
Grand Bahama has been called
FNM country, and it is in fact now
populated ly four or five Members
of Parliament, three of them are
SCabinet Ministers, Parliamentary
secretary and a few Senators. They
are noticeably yet.silent about the
circumstances in Grand Bahama
which are circumstances of great
"People are out of work, people
are struggling to meet the basic
necessities of life, and the massive
government representation is not
reflected in terms of what is hap-
pening in Grand Bahama. And that
is only one observation that we
made, but our preoccupation was to
ensure that we make the preparato-
ry steps in paving the way for our
being poised for the next general
election," she said.

PLP meeting
Noting the deteriorating working
conditions in Grand Bahama, where
many are unemployed today, Mrs
Hanna-Martin saidgovernment has
been "behind the ball" on truly
rewarding the island for the massive
representation that it gave the FNM
in the 2007 general election:
"Grand Bahama has been
absolutely abandoned by this gov-
ernment. But we discussed issues
this weekend that affect Grand
Bahama, and the country nationally.
And it was a very fruitful, productive
meeting," she said.
Travelling with Mrs Hanna-Mar-
tin to the coiclave was PLP leader
Perry Christie, MP for South Andros
Picewell Forbes, MP for Fox Hill
Fred Mitchell, Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald, MP for Bains and Grants
Town Dr Bernard Nottage and par-
ty strategist Ron Rolle.

Tropical storm

FROM page one

gusts. Continued weakening is
expected today (Sunday) and Palo-
Sma is forecast to degenerate to a
weak area of low pressure by Mon-
day," the statement read,.
Tropical storm force winds,
however, can still be felt up to 140
miles from the centre of the storm.
Commander Stephen Russell,
NEMA director, said yesterday
that he was pleased with the level
of preparation and response by the
team at NEMA, and the Local
Government representatives on
the Family Islands.
He added that he was also
pleased that the storm turned away
from the Bahamas, but sympa-
thised with the people of Cuba
who suffered the brunt of the cat-
egory four hurricane.
Commander Russell also paid
his condolences to residents in
Haiti, who lost scores of children
when a-school collapsed Friday.

Brothers stabbed
FROM page one

Kenfick, and Alexander
McSweeney were seriously
injured in. the altercation and
were airlifted to New Providence,
where they arrived shortly after
midnight on Saturday and were
taken immediately to hospital
for medicalfreatment.
One of the brothers, a 20-year-
old, was stabbed in his arm. pit.
SHe is in stable condition in the
hospital. The other brother,
whose age is unknown, was
stabbed in his upper chest. He is
in critical condition.
Eleuthera police said yester-
day that, they believe that the
third brother, Kenneth
McSweeney, was also injured in
Friday's fight. However, the
extent of those injuries is
Press liaison officer Assistant
Superintendent Walter Evans
reported yesterday that police
believe that the altercation, in
which the two brothers were
injured, stemmed from an earlier

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therefore able to pass appropriate sentences of impris-
onment ranging in duration from life imprisonment to
a fixed term of years, depending on the circumstances
of the case and those of the convict.
"In this regard," she continued, "it should be
remembered that in recent years, in view of the
prevalence of violent crime in the country, this court
has upheld sentences ranging from 18 years to 35
years imprisonment following convictions for
manslaughter and life imprisonment where there
was evidence that theperson convicted of manslaugh-
ter was suffering from diminished responsibility.
She added: "In light of the Privy Council's decision
in Bowe and Davis, it is for consideration whether or
not the Code should be amended to make similar pro-
visions: However, that is a matter for the Parliament
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THE fire safety system on a
brand-new Russian nuclear sub-
marine accidentally turned on
as the sub was being tested in
the Sea of Japan, spewing a gas
that-suffocated 20 people and
sent 21 others to' the hospital,
officials said Sunday, according
to Associated Press.
The Russian Navy said the
submarine itself was not dam-
aged in Saturday's accident and
returned to its base on Russia's
Pacific coast under its own pow-
er Sunday. The accident also did
not pose any radiation danger,
the navy said.
Yet it was Russia's worst
'naval accident since torpedo
explosions sank another
nuclear-powered submarine, the
Kursk, in the Barents Sea in
2000, killing all 118 seamen
Overcrowding may have
been a significant factor on Sat-
The submarine being tested
had 208 people aboard, includ-
ing 81 seamen, according to
Russian navy spokesman Capt.
Igor Dygalo. Yet Russian news
agencies said a sub of this type,
normally carries only a crew of
"A submarine is the most vul-
nerable during trials. With both
navy and civilian personnel on
board, it's very difficult to keep
such a large number of people
organized," Gennady Illarionov,
a retired submarine officer, told
the RIA Novosti news agency.
The victims suffocated after
the submarine's fire-extinguish-
ing system released Freon gas,
said Vladimir Markin, an offi-
cial with Russia's top investiga-
tive agency. He said forensic
tests found Freon in the victims'
Seventeen civilians and three
seamen died in the accident and
21 others were hospitalized after
being evacuated to shore, Dyga-
lo said, adding that none of the
injuries were life-threatening.
"The submarine's nuclear
reactor was operating normally
and radiation levels were nor-
mal," Dygalo said, explaining
that the accident affected two.
sections of the submarine closest
to the bow.
Markin's agency, the. Inves-'
tigative Committee under the
Prosecutor General's office, has
launched a probe into the acci-

A SOVIET-BUILT-Akula class nuclear submarine is moored at a harbor
on the Pacific peninsula of Kamchatka, in this Saturday, July 29, 2007
file photo. An accident aboard a Russian nuclear-powered submarine
similar to this one during sea trials in the Sea of Japan killed at least 20
people, officials said Sunday Nov. 9, 2008.

dent, which he said will focus
on what activated the firefight-
ing system and possible viola-
tions of submarine operating
Lev Fyodorov, a top Russian
chemical expert, agreed that the
Freon pushed oxygen out, caus-
ing those inside to die of suffo-
cation. But he wondered why
the individual breathing kits that
everyone on board is supposed
to have did not keep people
from dying.
"People on board the sub may
have failed to use their breath-
ing equipment when they found
themselves in an emergency,"
he told the AP.
Igor Kurdin, a retired navy
officer who heads an associa-
tion of former submariners, told
Ekho Moskvy radio that the
high death toll probably result-
ed from shipyard workers who
lacked experience in dealing
with the breathing kits.
A siren warning the crew that
the firefighting system was turn-
ing on also may have failed,
RIA Novosti quoted an uniden-
tified navy official as saying, so
those on board might not have
realized that Freon was being
released until it was too late.
The submarine returned Sun-
day to. Bolshqi Kamen, a mili-
-tary. shipyard and a navy 'base
near Vladivostok. Officials at
the Amur Shipbuilding Factory
said they built the submarine
and it is called the Nerpa. Dyga-
lo said it was to be commis-

sioned by the navy later this
Construction of the Nerpa, an
Akula II class attack submarine,
started in 1991 but was sus-
pended for years because of a
shortage of funding, they said.
Testing on the submarine began
last month and it submerged for'
the first time last week.
The U.S.-based intelligence
risk assessment agency Stratfor
said the Akula is an established
design, with the Nerpa being the
11th ship of the class.
"Such a catastrophic accident
calls into question the way the
Russian navy has sustained its

institutional knowledge in terms
of design expertise, not to men-
tion issues of quality control,
both in fabrication and inspec-
tion," Stratfor said.
Saturday's accident came as
the Kremlin is seeking to restore
Russia's naval reach, part of a
drive to show off the nuclear-
armed country's clout amid
strained ties with the West. A
naval squadron is heading to
Venezuela for joint exercises
this month in a.show of force
near U.S. waters.
Despite a major boost in mil-
itary spending during Vladimir
Putin's eight years as president,
Russia's military is sti:l ham-
pered by decrepit infrastructure,
aging weapons and problems
with corruption and incompe-
Illarionov said the accident
.appeared to reflect the loss of
crucial skills. in conducting sea
"During the Soviet times, we
commissioned three to five sub-
marines a year, and now we get
just one in five years," Illari-
onov was quoted by RIA
Novosti as saying. "People for-
got caution and lost their skills."
The Kremlin said' President
Dmitry Medvedev zwas told
about the accident immediately
and ordered a thorough investi-
gation. Putin, now prime minis-
ter, was criticized for his slow
response to the Kursk disaster.
In 2003, 11 people also died
when a Russian submarine that
was being taken out of service
sank in the Barents Sea.

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

Mrs. Edith Christine Roberts, 87

of Seabreeze
Estates, Nassau, NP,
The Bahamas, went
Home peacefully, to
be with her Lord and. .-...
Saviour at 9:23 p.m.
on Tuesday, 4th
Novenmber, 2008. I

A funeral service
will be held for Mrs.
Roberts at the Bible .
Truth Hall, West -A
Avenue, off Collins
Avenue, Nassau on
Wednesday, 12th November, 2008 at 2:30 p.m.

Brother Aaron Thompson, assisted by Bro. Raymond
Albury and Bro. Charles Kemp will officiate and
internment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens
Cemetery, Soldier'Road, Nassau.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Donald, in
August of this year; her parents, Robert and Lilah
Stratton, one sister, Persis Higgs; two brothers, Lucien
and Stewart Stratton; two brothers-in-law, Hartman
Higgs and Peter Lowe; two sisters-in-law, Phemie
and Lily Stratton and one nephew, Van Stratton.

She is survived by two sons, Michael and Gregory;
one daughter, Gaylene Gahagan; two daughters-in-
law Alice and Sheila Roberts; one son-in-law, Wendell
Gahagan; three grandsons, Brian Gahagan, Donnie
and Joshua Roberts; three granddaughters, Lisa Berg,
Heather Wells and Rachel Roberts; two grandsons-
in-law, Scott Berg and Anthony Wells; one
granddaughter-in-law, Jody Gahagan; four great-
grandsons, Christopher, Connor, and Cullen Gahagan
and Mark Berg; one great-granddaughter, Lauren
Berg; one sister-in-law, Agnes Lowe; nieces, Amarylis
Key, Astrid Stratton, Eldwyth Roberts, Gaye Albury,
June Russell, Janet Albury, Marsha and Cheryl Lowe
and Charlyne Sked; nephews, Rowan and Bobby
Higgs, Andy, Keith and Gill Stratton, and a host of
other family and friends, especially Sheila Kentish
and Jennifer Levene, her faithful care-givers, Dr. Ian
Kelly, Bernell Turner, long-time family friend, Marc
Tertulien, the Sir George Roberts family, Ross Pinder
and the City Lumber Yard family, the Bible Truth
Hall family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bible
Truth Hall, P.O. Box N 551, Nassau, for the
"Moments With The Book" Tract Ministry in memory
of "Mrs. Edith Christine Roberts."

Friends may pay their respects at Kemp's Funeral
Home Ltd., 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, on Tuesday,
11th Novembler, 2008, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

A I ,o l e c I

Sir John Templeton
A Memorial
Service for Sir
John Templeton, a -
long time resident .
of Lyford Cay, ..
Nassau, N.P., The
Bahamas who
died in Nassau on
8th July, 2008, will
be held at Christ
Church Cathedral,/
George Street,
Nassau on
Saturday, 29th
November, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.

Archdeacon Keith Cartwright and Fr Michael
Gittens will officiate.

Sir John is survived by his sons, Dr. John M.
Templeton, Jr., known as Jack and his wife
Josephine (Pina) and Christopher Templeton
and his wife, Marion; his stepdaughter, Wendy
Brooks; three grandchildren and three great-
grandchildren and many cherished relatives,
friends and business associates, including Mena
Griffiths, Mary Walker, Euphemia Poitier, Marie
Souder, Betty Roberts, Ryan Knowles, Bill
Thomson, Daphanie Moss and his loyal personal
staff, Linford (Roy) Williams, Judy Rolle-Brown,
Franklyn Smith, Henri Elson and Rosalie

Sir John was pre-deceased by his wives, Mrs!
Judith Folk Templeton and Lady Irene Templeton;
daughter, Anne Templeton Zimmerman and his
stepson, Malcolm Butler.

In lieu of flowers, persons wishing to remember
Sir John may do so by making a donation to The
Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc., Sir John Templeton
Memorial Scholarships, P.O.BOX N.7776,
Nassau, The Bahamas.



April 8,1969 November 9,2007

She is gone, but not forgotten
Her memory lives on.
Agatha, you were a blessing, who fulfilled our lives
Now our eyes are filled with sorrow
For without you is how we faced tomorrow
I remember you best, full of faith, sunshine and
Your children. family, friends and a good cheer
Were just a few of the things that you held dear

Holidays and Birthdays will never be the same
Without you there to tell us how Family should stay
the same.

.We miss you so much, we will always love you.

Your Loving Brother. Rev. Ellerston Smith. Children -
Larae and Laren Neely, Aunts Janet Bain and Cleora
Pratt, Uncle Mervin Fynes and a host of relatives
and friends.

Continue to rest in peace





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AN UNIDENTIFIED trainer's hand retrieves the tennis
ball during practice by the world's top eight players for
the upcoming Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, Chi-
na Friday Nov.7, 2008.

Knowles, Bhupathi

off to winning start
Senior Sports Reporter
MARK Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi got off to a
great start at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai,
In their first match in the week-long year-ending
men's singles and doubles tournament, the number
three seed Bahamian-Indian combo posted a 6-2, 6-3
win over No.5 Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie in the
Red Group doubles competition.
They converted all three break points to easily take
the first of three round robin matches they have to
play this week in order to advance to the playoffs.
It was the second time this year that Knowles and
Bhupathi prevailed over Coetzee and Moodie. They
also defeated them at the Masters Series in Monte-
Carlo in April.
On Tuesday, Knowles and Bhupathi are scheduled to
play the No.8 team of Pablo Cuevas and Luis Horna.
They lost to the top seeded team of American Bob
and Mike Bryan 6-1, 7-6 (4) in the other Red Group
The Bryans will play Coetzee and Moodie..
Then on Thursday, Knowles and Bhupathi will face
the Bryans, to whom they have lost 2-1 in their head-to-
head confrontation this year.
The top two teams out of the Red Group will
SEE page 16

TM insidetluw

Calzaghe punishes Jones Jr

NEW YORK (AP) Joe Calzaghe toiled
for years in relative obscurity, winning titles
and building a \irtuallh unmatched resume -
but nezer venturing from Europe to challenge
boxing's best.
It turns out he should ha\e done so long ago.
There was nothing at all to fear.
The popular undefeated Welshman overcame
a first-round knockdown to beat Roy Jones Jr in
a bloody one-sided unanimous decision Saturday
night, delighting a raucous crowd at Madison
Square Garden that seemed to be heavily in his
See page 18

NBA: 'Shaq' and Suns beat Bucks

(AP) If Shaquille
O'Neal wants time off, Ia
it's just fine with
Phoenix Suns coach
Terry Porter.
O'Neal had 29 points
and 11 rebounds in his
,return from a one-
game break, leading.
the Phoeni Suns to a
104-96 victory over the
Milwaukee Buicks on
Saturday night...

See page 17

Masters Cup: Djokovic, Davydenko win
(AP) Novak
Djokovic fed off the
crowd's cheers. For
Nikolay Davydenko, a
handful of backers was
enough. Djokovic has
developed quite a following in China even
though he failed to win a set in three matches
during his Shanghai debut last year. Capturing
the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics
likely helped, and he generated a huge roar
Sunday with a simple "Thank you" in Chi-
nese after starting off Masters Cup round-
robin play with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Argenti-
na's Juan Martin del Potro...
See page 17


Bahamian duo closer

to fulfilling NBA dream

Two local players in same team in Developmental League

Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas legacy in the National Basket-
ball Association could continue soon now there
there's two players on the same team in the Devel-
opmental League.
On Friday during the D-League Draft held in
Atlanta, Georgia, Bennet Davis was selected as
the ninth pick in the third of 10 rounds by the
Utah Flash. In the seventh round, Torrington Cox
was also picked up by Utah, making it the first
time that two Bahamians have considered by any
one team at the same time in any team selection.
A total o 16 teams make up the D-League.
The draft picked 10 players each with seven
returning from last year and the others coming
from local tryouts.
The team rosters will be reduced to 12 by
November 20 and then cut. down to the final 10 by
November 26. The D-League will officially get
started on November 28.
Each team will play one pre-season game
between November 19-25. Both Davis and Cox
are hoping that they will be on the final roster as
they get closer to fulfilling their dream of playing
in the NBA. Davis is a 24-year-old 6-foot, 9-inch-
es forward, who was an All-CAA member at
Northeastern University. The Grand Bahama
native played at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg,
Massachusetts before he enrolled Northeastern.
At Northeastern, Davis earned Third Team

All-Colonial honors as a
senior. He finished his colle-
giate career as Northeast-
ern's 14th all-time leading
scorer with 1,185 points for
an average of 9.6 per game.
He also ranks second in
school history in blocked
shots with 170 and ninth in
rebound with 757. He started
in 102 in their 123 games and
dashed out 141 assists,
stripped 94 steals and came
up with.170 blocks.
Davis, who majored in art, is following in the
footsteps of his father, Bennet Sr., who played
basketball at Minnesota State-Mankato. Davis
also attended St. George's School in Grand
Bahama, Northwest Christian Academy and Mil-
ford Academy.
Cox, on the other hand, starred for King's Col-
lege. The 6-7 forward was named Third Team
NA'IA Division II All-American as a senior.
He averaged 17.5 points and 8.6 rebounds as a
senior in his only year at King College after one
season each at Southwest Missouri State-West
Plains and Motlow State Community College in
Tennessee. In his junior year, Cox averaged 17.9
points with 8.3 rebounds.
The Bahamas doesn't have any players in the
NBA, but four have played in the league before.
They were Mychal 'Sweet Bells' Thompson, Ian
'Foots' Lockhart, Dexter Cambridge and Rick

Fox. Thompson was the first, having been drafted
as the first pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in
1978. In addition to Portland, he also played with
the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lak-
ers, having won back-to-back titles in 1987 and
1988 before he retired in 1991.
Lockhart was the second Bahamian to play in
the NBA. He signed with the Phoenix Suns on
September 6, 1990, but he only played one game,
scoring four points in two minutes. On August 6,
1991, he signed to play with Cholet, in France.
Cambridge, a standout at the AF Adderley
High School, followed Lockhart as the third
Bahamian in the NBA when he signed with the
Dallas Mavericks in 1993.
He came out of Lon Morris Junior College
where he was an All-American and the Universi-
ty of Texas. He played with a few different teams
in Europe before he returned to coach the Jordan
Prince William Falcons to the BAISS junior and
senior boys basketball titles.
Then he returned home to Eleuthera to coach
at Governor's Harbour High last year.
Fox, born to a Bahamian father and a Canadi-
an mother, attended Kingsway Academy, but
flourished at high school in Warsaw, Indiana
before he excelled with the North Carolina Tar
Heels and was drafted as the number 24 pick in
the first round by the Boston Celtics in 1991.
Traded to the Lakers in 1997, Fox went on to
win three NBA titles before he retired in 2005 to
launch his acting career, having starred in numer-
ous movies.


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CHARLIE EDWARDS, running back for The Pros, tries to break the defence of the Stingrays yesterday at
D W Davis field. The Pros came out on top, winning 22-6.

Ihe DestroyerV s Sports Reporter

stifle Warriors

comeback for

first win of

the season

The Defense Force Destroyers with-
stood turnover after turnover, but with
a valiant late game goal line stand, sti-
fled a comeback effort by the King-
dom Warriors for a hard fought first
win of the season.
The Destroyers controlled the line
of scrimmage when it mattered most
and forced a fumble at their goal line
with less than one minute left to play
to hold on for the 34-30 Saturday at the

D.W. Davis Field. The win ir
their record to 1-3.
The game appeared to be
for another lopsided blowout
the Warriors, who have strug
season against some of the
stronger teams, with 90-6 a
defeats at the hands of the I
The Destroyers marched do
with little resistance to score
first three possessions of the
Antonio Bullard hauled
touchdown receptions from


STRINGRAYS running back William Hunt breaks
tackle against the Pros yesterday.
proved back Brian Anderson, while Louis
Hart added the third score on a short
on pace yardage run to give the Defense Force
early for a 20-0 lead.
gled this For much of the first half, the War-
league's riors' offence was relatively futile, as
ind 52-0 they struggled to pick up first downs,
Pros and and gave a one, dimensional look. The
Destroyers consistently stacked eight
:wn field in the box against the Full House for-
on their mation and while stopping the run,
game. seemed poised to register a shutout.
in two SEE page 16

Venus Williams
wins the WTA





Knowles, Bhupathi off to winning start SOFTBALL

FROM page 15
advance to the playoff where they
will face the Iop) two teams in the
Gold (Group.
Leading the group is No.2
seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad
Zimonjic. At No.- are Jodias
Bjorkman and Kevin Ullett, while
the team of Lukas Dloughy and
Leader Paes rrc No.6 and Mar-
iusz Frystenberg and Marcin
Matkowski are No.7.
Knowles and Nestor from
Canada won the title last year as
they bioke up their 11 year part-
Each team playing in the tour-
nament will earn $50,000. Every
round thev win. they will collect
$15,000. If they advancc.to the
semifinal or playoff, another
$25,000 will be added to their
And the win eir of the tourna-
ment will pocl.et $100,000 with
$220,000 awarded to the team
that goes under heated. -

Both Knowles/Bhupathi and
the Bryans are still in the running
for the latter pot. The Gold
Group was to begin play today.
See also Page 17

The Destroyers stifle Warriors

FROM page 15
The comeback effort began with just one second remaining in the
first half, when Warriors' quarterback Jordan Hanna connected with
Jamal Curry deep downfield for their only passing touchdown of the
game. With a successful conversion, they trimmed the deficit 20-8 at
halftime. The Destroyers responded in the third quarter on their open-
ing possession with a successful drive culminating in a short yardage
touchdown run by David Longley.
Shorthanded with just 15 players available on the afternoon playing
on both sides of the ball, the defensive unit began to wear down in the
second half. The stops they registered in the first half turned into
effective gains in the second half due to the bruising running style of the
Warriors three back system. The Warriors pounded the ball downfield
for the second score, on a short yardage run by an obviously limping
Jamal Coleby to make the score, 28-16.
Showing their resilience on the very next play, the Destroyers
regained a three score advantage. when Tamiko Gibson fielded a
kickoff near the left sideline and revered field for a 70 yard touchdown
return. Gibsor's special teams score gave the Destroyers a 34-16
advantage. The Warriors continued an offense predicated dn the
ground game, marching down the field to eventually score on one of
their most frequently called plays, a bootleg quarterback keeper for
Following another successful conversion, the Warriors trailed 34-24.
Their momentum continued to build following a turnover on downs
the Warriors were in a position to come within one score.
After just crossing into Destroyers territory, Hanna, on yet another
bootleg, was injured following a vicious hit and did not return to the
game. The Warriors continued to drive the ball downfield however fum-
bled in the redzone to turn the ball over to the Destroyers.
Backed up against their own end zone, the Destroyers failed on a
questionable fourth and long conversion, giving the Warriors another
scoring opportunity. The Destroyers defence once again forced a
turnover with z fumble recovery at the goaline.
On the very next play, the Destroyers fumbled the ball in their own
endzone, whict was recovered by the Warriors for the score and after
the conversion made it a one possession game, 34-30.
The Warriois defense came up with yet another turnover when
Philip Lockhar. intercepted a pass from Anderson near midfield.
Lockhart. who also filled in at quarterback following the injury to
Hanna, completed a long pass play to Curry, placing the Warriors in
scoring position facing first and goal with 44 seconds left to play.
After two failed attempts to pound it into the endzone, the Warriors
gave up their third fumble in the redzone on third down as the Destroy-
ers recovered the ball to seal the win.
Longley, who doubles as head coach for the Destroyers, said his team
showed resilience in overcoming the issue of being shorthanded with
just 15 players available. "It was a hard fought game, we started out
short because cf the demands of the job, some people had to come in
from sea to ccme straight to the game and we lost a few persons
because some of them had to leave from here to go to work as well,"
he said, "We I ind of took them for granted but our defense came
through with tl at last stand. We have to make sure our defence per-
forms properly n terms of closing up the middle while at the same time
containing outide.".
Longley said the reinainder of the league should expect the Destroy-
ers to continue to press on, irrespective of off the field issues.
"We're marines," he said, "We're going to keep coming, no matter
the circumstances, we are going to keep fighting, once we have 11
suited upwe will go out there aid we will play and we will perform."
The Warriors fell to 0-4.

Macedonia win slugfest

IT took two extra innings for Macedonia Bap-
tist to pull off a 28-20 slugfest on Saturday and
hand Faith United their first loss in the 17-and-
under division of the Baptist Sports Council's
Rev. Dr. William Thompson Softball Classic.
As action resumed at the Baillou Hills Sport-
ing Complex after a week's break for the
Bahamas Softball Federation's National Round
Robin Tournament, Macedonia's victory climbed
to 3-1 to take sole possession of second place
behind idled undefeated Temple Fellowship (2-
0), handing Faith United their first loss in three
games as they hold onto third.
In two key men's games played Shaw AME
Zion and defending champions Transfiguration
both stayed tie for first-place. -
While Shaw AME Zion nipped Temple Fel-
lowship 11-10, Transfiguration posted another
shutout stopping Golden Gates 10-0 in three
innings via the ten-run rule.
Shaw AME Zion and Transfiguration were
scheduled to play a double header, but Trans-
figuration lost the game on a technicility for
their first loss of the season. .
Both Shaw AME Zion.and Transfiguration
now sit on top of the standings at 6-1 with three
games left as they battle it out for the pennant.
In their double header, Temple Fellowship
bounced back to knock off Calvary Bible 12-2'to
lead three teams in fourth place at 4-2 with three
games left.
Calvary Bible closed out their season by los-
ing a heartbreaking 14-11 decision to Faith Unit-
ed, who along with Golden Gates are also 4-2.
Here's a summary of the games played:
Macedonia 28, Faith United 20 (17-and-
under): Lambrent Bullard had a perfect 6-for-6
day, including a two-run home run in a four-

run fourth and a pair of triples (three RBIs and
two RBIs) in the 15-run second extra inning in
the seventh, finishing with seven RBIs and five
runs to lead Macedonia.
Ishan Rolle was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and
four runs scored; Crandon Wallace 4-for-6 with
five runs; Kyle Rolle 2-for-5 with a homer and
four runs and Bernard Ferguson 4-for-6 with
three RBIs and'four runs in the win.
Wallace took over from Bullard on the mound
in the third for the win. D'Angelo Cartwright got
the loss.
Stephen Russell was 3-for-4 with four runs;
Leslie Darville 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three
runs; Cartwright was 3-for-5 with four RBIs and
two runs; Ahmad Burns was 3-for-5 with a two[-
run homer, finishing with four RBIs and a run
and Sanchez Morley had two hits with a RBI and
two runs scored for Faith United.
Faith United 14, Calvary 11 (Men): Gorado
Mackey was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three
runs scored; Stephen Russell and Rev. Harrinson
Thompson both had a hit with a RBI, scoring a
run. and Keavaughn Sands and Darvin Dun-
combe both scored twice for Faith United. Collin
Knowles came in relief of John Woodside for the
win on the mound over Basil Miller.
Terrance Pinder was 4-for-4 with three RBIs
and three runs; Khalid Curry only had.only hit,
but scored three times and Miller helped his
own cause with a 2-for-4 day, scoring twice.
Shaw AME 11, Temple Fellowship 10 (M): After
Valentino Munroe belted a solo home run to
tie the score in the bottom of the fifth, Edwin
Culmer drove in Tory Stevens on his RBI single
for the game winning run.
Munroe had a perfect 3-for-3 day with two
RBIs and three runs scored to help his winning

cause on the mound; Stevens had a solo homer
with three runs scored; Darren Stevens was 4-
for-4 with two RBIs and a run and Lavardo
Gilbert had a two-run homer.
Brian Armbrister was 3-for-3 with a RBI and
run scored; Ricardo Major 2-for-3 with three
runs for Temple Fellowship. Vernon Bowles
was the losing pitcher.
Transfiguration 10, Golden Gates 0 (Men):
Alexander Bain fired a one-hitter with four
strike outs in three innings and he helped his
cause with a 2-for-2 day, including cracking a
three-run homer.
Raynaldo.Russell was 3-for-3 with-a homer
and two runs scored and Stephen Brown had a
single and scored twice in the shutout.
Foster Dorsett suffered the loss.
Temple Fellowship 12, Calvary Bible 2 (Men):
Addie Finley was 2-for-4 with a solo homer;
Brian Armbrister 3-for-4 with a RBI and two
runs and Kurth Stubbs 2-for-2 with three RBIs
and a run scored to lead Calvary Bible. Alfred
Mupnings got the win over Ken Curry on the
Terrance Pinder and Khalid Curry scored
Calvary Bible's only two runs.
With two, more weeks left in the regular
season season, here's how they will play on Sat-
Field one 10 a.m. Calvary Deliverance vs
Temple Fellowship (M); 1 p.m. Shawn AME
Zion vs Calvary Deliverance (M).
Field two 10 a.m. Golden Gates vs Faith
United (M); 11 a.m. Temple Fellowship vs Gold-
en Gates (17); Noon Golden Gates vs Macedo-
nia (Co-ed); 1 p.m. Temple Fellowship vs Gold-
en Gates (M); 2 p.m. Faith United vs Transfig-
uration (M).


Cybots pull off 98-96 double overtime victory

SSenior Sports Reporter

COACH Wayde Watson knew
that with all of the firepower he
had in his arsenal, it would only
be a matter of time before his
Electro Telecom Cybots electriP
fied the New Providence Basket-
ball Association.
Saturday night at the CI Gib-
son Gymnasium, it took the
Cybots double overtime before
they prevailed with a 98-96 victo-
ry over the Sunshine Auto Ruff
Ryders to remain undefeated in
their first two games of the sea-
son. Renaldo Forbes canned a big
three-pointer to start the rally and
after Nelson "Mandella" Joseph
completed a three-point play
before fouling out, Tyrone Sands.
closed out the extra five minutes
with his second jumper to secure
a 10-4 spurt that sealed the deal.
The game was tied at 88-88 at
the end of the first overtime and
79-79 after regulation.
"I didn't expect us to go to
double overtime. I expected to
beat them by at least 10 or more
points," said Watson of his last
year's runners-up in the final. "I
didn't expect them to play this
well because they just started
Watson, however, said the per-
formance of his Cybots just
showed the character they pos-
sess after coming back from as
much as 15 points in the second
half. He credited their condition-

ing during the off season for their
fast start. In the other game
played, the Police Royal.pulled
away in the fourth quarter for a
107-94 decision over the Cable
Bahamas Technicians to bounce
back from their season opening
83-73 loss to the Y-Care Destroy-
ers on Friday night.
Also on Friday night, Sunshine
Auto posted a 95-87 win over the
Coca-Cola Destroyers, but first
year'coach Shawn Lockhart, who
took over from Mario Bowleg,
said he anticipated a good
matchup against Electro Telecom
on Saturday.
"We just have to work on one
or two areas that we fell down on
that caused the Cybots to come
back in the fourth quarter when
we had the lead," Lockhart noted.
"'We will work on that for sure."
Lockhart pinpointed their
defence or lack thereof down the
stretch that made the difference
in the keenly contested ball game.
When they should have tightened.
up on it, they tried to concentrate
a little too much on their offense.
The Cybots, who are prepar-
ing for the big rematch with
defending champions Common-
wealth Bank Giants on Saturday
night at the Kendal Isaacs Gym-
nasium during the festivities for
the Legends Classic, didn't have
to worry as much about either
end of the court. Despite losing a
big part of their interior defence
when Marvin Barr fouled out,
Tyrone Sands stepped in and
helped out, taking a couple of off

Ryders' offensive fouls and he
was a tower of strength on the
boards. And on the offensive end,
while Brian Bain and Nelson
Joseph connected on 25 and 20
points respectively, Sands along
with Delvonne.Duncombe con-
tributed 11. Renaldo Forbes had
nine, Cecil Mackey eight, 'Barr
seven and Billy Sands eight.
For the Ruff Ryders, Mario
Pickstock lit up the nets for seven
three-pointers to finish with a
game high 26. Alfred Delancy
worked in side for 18, Danny
McKenzie had 14, Darren Stuart
14 and Kramer Taylor 11.
The play off the game came
with about three minutes and
three seconds left in the second
overtime when Joseph powered
inside for a one-handed dunk
over Taylor, was fouled on the
play and completed a three-point
play for a Cybots' 96-90 advan-
Sunshine Auto had a chance
to win the game in regulation
when they took a 79-75 margin
as Garvin Stuart completed a
four-point play when he canned a
But they watched as Electro
Telecom rallied to trim the deficit
to 79-78 on Bain's lay-up with
1:19 to play and they tied it on
Sands' one of two free throws at
79-79 to force the first extra five
minutes. In the extra period, the
Cybots built a 88-84 lead on
Forbes' three-poiriter with 1:16
remaining. But Danny McKen-
zie converted a three-point play

for a 88-87 deficit at 57.5 and at
37.9, Taylor hit one of two free
throws for an 88-88 tie to force
the second overtime in which
Electro Telecom prevailed.
Royals 107, Technicians 94:
Valentino Richardson pumped in
a side high 18'points and Freddie
Lightbourne added 12 to lead the
Police as they pulled even at 1-1.
Adrian Scavalla shared. high
honours with 18 and Gary Russell
chipped in with 15 in a losing
effort for hapless Cable Bahamas.
The score was close through-
out the first three quarters,
although the Police struck a cou-
ple of times. It wasn't until the
fourth when the Police took
advantage of the fatigued Cable
Bahamas, who only had six play-
ers in uniform. "It was a good
effort, but I still feel we have a lot
of things to work on," said Roy-
als' coach Anthony 'Cops' Rolle.
"This is the first time that the
Police has fielded a team in a
while that is a full Police team.
"It's a good bunch of young
guys and I believe that the more
we play together, the better we
will get. It's very young be
because guys like Kerry Baker,
Kenny Pirfder and Marino Hinds
have all retired from playing bas-
Rolle said he's giving this
team three years before they
eventually win the NPBA title.
The NPBA will be back in
action tonight at the CI Gibson
Gym with another double header
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Djokovic and

Davydenko win Shaq returns to lead

at Masters Cup -

Suns past BiucKs

Associated Press Writer

SHANGHAI, China (AP) -
Novak Djokovic fed off the
crowd's cheers. For Nikolay
Davydenko, a handful of back-
ers was enough.
Djokovic has developed quite
a following in China even
though he failed to win a set in
three matches during his Shang-
hai debut last year.
Capturig the bronze medal
at the Beijing Olympics likely
helped, and he generated a huge
roar Sunday with a simple
"Thank you" in Chinese after
starting off Masters Cup round-
robin play with a 7-5, 6-3 victory
over Argentina's Juan Martin
del Potro.
"I have the best fans here in
China," Djokovic said. "I get
presents every day I get back to
the hotel."
The stcic Davydenko had to
overcome Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
and the popular Frenchman's
vocal fans for a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6
(0) victory in the other Gold
group match.
"Sometimes I really enjoy
playing not at home," the fifth-
ranked Russian said. "I don't
think about any pressure. A few
guys support me, it's already
While ranked third, Djokovic
was a question mark coming
into the season-ending tourna-
ment for the top eight players.
He was exhausted late last year
from a heavy schedule in his rise
to No. 3, and he lost. in the
round of 16 in his past two tour-
naments this year.
"I was a bit intimidated by the
fact of not winning a single
match last year, that's for sure,"
Djokovic said. "But this year is
different. I feel more confident,
stronger player on the court,
more mature. ... In important
moments, I played my best ten-
Djokovic broke early for a 3-
1 lead. Then his serve and strat-
egy let him down when serving
for the first set at 5-3. He dou-
ble-faulted to give del Potro
break point, then weakly
dumped a backhand drop-shot
attempt into the net to put the
match back on serve.
A tiebreaker loomed. Then
del Potro netted a forehand
while serving at 5-6, 30-30. The
20-year-old Argentine, making
his Masters Cup debut as the
youngest player in the draw, had
Djokovic lunging from side to
side on the next point only to
see the Serb hit a forehand
crosscourt winner to take the
Del Potro, who jumped to
eighth in the rankings from No.
65 on July 7, angrily spiked his
racket but recovered to break
Djokovic or a 2-1 edge in the
second set.
Djokovic broke back in the
next garbe. After del Potro held
to make it 3-3, Djokovic ran off
the last three games.
Del Po* ', nursing a sore toe
since the U.S. Open, was left to
lament what might have been.
"When you play against
(Rafael) Nadal, (Roger) Fec er-
er or Djokovic, you have just
one chance or two. I had a break
point. I didn't get it."
Tsonga, who lost the Aus-
tralian Open final to Djokovic in'
January and later sat out three
months with a knee injury, fell
behind 0-40 in his first service
game before coming back to
The Masters Cup newcomer
quickly won over the fans with
his easy smile and go-for-broke
style, even leaping the net while
unsuccessfully trying to track
down a drop shot in the first-set
Tsonga faltered while serving
at 4-5 in the second set. He just
missed a forehand passing shot
to give Davydenko a set point
that the Russian converted with
a winner that just caught the
Davydenko raced to a 3-0
lead in the deciding set. Serv-
ing at 2-5, Tsonga staved off a
match point with a gutsy drop
shot winner from the baseline,
then broke to get back on serve
with another great drop.
On the edge of their seats, the
crowd chanted Tsonga's name.
But the tiebreaker proved to be
anticlimactic as he suddenly lost
his touch.
h Tsonga gave credit to his
"It was a tough match," he
said. "He was just better than
me at the end."
The Red Group, .which
includes Federer, Andy Murray,

Andy Roddick and Gilles
Simon, gets into action Monday.
Nadal, who already has clinched
the No. 1 ranking for the year,
withdrew with tendinitis in his
right knee, hoping to be ready
for Spain's Davis Cup final
against Argentina on Nov. 21-

MILWAUKEE (AP) If Shaquille
O'Neal wants time off, it's just fine with
Phoenix Suns coach Terry Porter.
O'Neal had 29 points and 11 rebounds in
his return from a one-game break, leading
the Phoenix Suns to a 104-96 victory over
the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
, O'Neal was 12-of-16 from the-field a night
after skipping a game in Chicago as part
of a strategy to occasionally rest him during
the season.
"I am all for that day off now," Porter
said. "We don't have to talk about that
again. At this rate, he's getting a day off
on back-to-backs. He can have as many
days off on back-to-backs as he wants if he
plays like this."
O'Neal appreciated getting the chance
to save his body from the grind of the game.
"When I get two days, I feel kind of
fresh," he said. "Thanks to upper manage-
ment for that decision. It really paid off
well tonight."
O'Neal had three points and six rebounds
against Indiana on Wednesday night, but
then Porter sat O'Neal for Friday night's
game against Chicago.
"Two days off, you can't complain about
that," O'Neal said. "That is plenty of rest.
and I was really ready to go tonight."*'
O'Neal played the final 10 minutes of
the game and was key to stopping the
Bucks' late rally.
The Suns led by nine at the start of the
fourth, but Milwaukee cut it to 81-80 with a
13-5 run that Joe Alexander, the Bucks'
top pick in the June draft, capped with an
18-foot jumper.
O'Neal answered with a baseline hook
and then, he forced Ramon Sessions to miss
a layup on the Bucks' next possession.

SHAQUILLE O'Neal (32) slam dunks in front of
Bucks' Andrew Bogut (6) during the first half of
Saturday's game in Milwaukee...

"He had a lot of energy tonight," Porter
said of his big center. "When we needed
him to be a force for us offensively, he real-
ly was."
* Leandro Barbosa hit a a 3-pointer for
the Suns to make it 86-80 with 6:28 to play.
Then O'Neal scored on a jump shot, hit
two free throws and added one more from
the line after Amare Stoudemire made two
free throws. Nash's 3-pointer gave the Suns
a 12-point margin that helped seal the vic-
Scott Skiles said the Bucks had their

opportunities in the fourth, but just could-
n't get over the hump.
"We played in spurts tonight and just
weren't good enough," he said. "Defen-
sively, we weren't very sharp and offen-
sively, we did a lot of one-on-one tonight."
Phoenix lost to the Bulls 100-83 on Friday
"We will just have to figure it out on the
nights he is not going to play," Porter said.
Stoudemire, who had 24 points and seven
rebounds against Chicago on Friday night
and 49 points against Indiana on Wednes-
day night, added 22 points, making 18 of 20
free throws to help the Suns beat the Bucks
for the fifth straight time.
Grant Hill had 13 points and 11 rebounds,
and Steve Nash added 16 points and seven
assists for Phoenix.
Sessions scored 23 points for the Bucks.
Charlie Bell added 16, and Richard Jeffer-
son and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute each
had 14 for Milwaukee, which played with-
out guard Michael Redd (sprained right
knee) for the third straight game.
O'Neal's dunk with 2:46 left in the third
gave the Suns their biggest lead of the game
at 73-60. '
O'Neal set the tone for the game right
The Bucks missed their first seven shots
and O'Neal scored the first two baskets.
He had grabbed four defensive rebounds
before Charlie Bell's 16-foot shot for Mil-
waukee made it 7-2 with 8:39 left in the
O'Neal played 11 minutes, scored eight
points and had seven rebounds in the first.
Porter led the Bucks to the playoffs as a
coach, but was fired after the 2004-05 season
when Milwaukee finished 30-52.

Venus beats Zvonareva to win WTA championship

Associated Press Writer

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -
Venus Williams rallied to win
the WTA's Sony Ericsson
Championships for the first
time, defeating Vera Zvonareva
6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-2 Sunday at the
season-ending event.
The Wimbledon champion
took command in the last two
sets with powerful serving,
smashes and aggressive ground-
strokes against her Russian
"I'm so excited," Williams
said. "That was a hard-fought
match, every point, right down
to the end."
Williams won $1.34 million
at the event, which for the first
time offered the same prize
money as the men at the ATP's
season-ending Masters Cup in
The first lady of Qatar, a cbn-
servative Muslim sheikdom,
presented the trophy to
Williams, shaking h'er hand and
kissing her on both cheeks.
Sheika Mozah bint Nasser al-
Missned wore a traditional
black head scarf and robe.
"Thanks to your Royal High-
ness for coming. Wow!"
Williams said.
Such a public appearance by
a ruler's wife is unusual in the
region. Mozah might be one of
several wives; many emirs and
kings in the Gulf have multiple
wives up to the four permit-
ted by Islam.
Billie Jean King sat with
Mozah and other dignitaries
during the match and joined
Williams on the court for the
awards ceremony. The trophy
is named for King. Williams'
ranking will improve to No. 6
from No. 8, while the ninth-

VENUS WILLIAMS returns the ball to Vera Zvonareva during the final of the Sony Ericsson Tennis Championship
in Doha, Qatar, yesterday...

ranked Zvonareva also will
move up two spots. The two
were the lowest-ranked players'
at the event, which featured the
top eight players in the world.
"I know I can go higher" in
the rankings, said the 28-year-
old Williams, a former No. 1.
who defeated top-ranked Jelena
Jankovic in the semifinals.
Zvonareva became increas-
ingly frustrated and collapsed
to the ground in tears when
Williams broke her in the final
set to go up 3-1. Williams, who
lost in their first meeting at the
2003 French Open, now holds a
6-1 record against Zvonareva.
Zvohareva surged to 5-2 in
the first set, and led 5-3, 40-0.
But she was unable to convert
four set points in that game, and

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Williams won it on her second
break point. ,
In the tiebreaker, Zvonareva
fell behind 1-5, but rallied to
win it on her fifth set point
when her backhand slice
clipped the net cord and

dropped over.
Williams qualified for the
championships for the eighth
time since 1998. She had
reached the semifinals twice and
withdrew five times because of

N By The Associated


Monday, November 10
Portland at Orlando (7 pm
EST). Orlando has won four
straight after opening with
two losses.


LeBron James, Cava-
liers, scored 41 points against
Chicago for the second time
in four days, leading Cleve-
land to a 106-97 victory.
--Dwight Howard, Mag-
ic, had a season-high 31
points and 16 rebounds and
also blocked three shots to
help Orlando beat Washing-
tonf 106-81.
Chris Paul, Hornets,
had 21 points and 13 assists
for his sixth straight double-
double in New Orleans' 100-
89 victory over Miami. Paul
set an NBA record for con-
secutive games at the start
of a season with at least 20
points and 10 assists, break-
ing the mark set by Oscar
Robertson in 1968.
Shaquille O'Neal, Suns,
had 29 points and 11
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AP Sports Writer
Calzaghe toiled for years in rel-
ative obscurity, winning titles
and building a virtually
unmatched r6sum6 but nev-
er venturing from Europe to
challenge boxing's best.
It turns out-he should have
done so long ago. There was
nothing at all to fear.
The popular undefeated
Welshman overcame a first-
round knockdown to beat Roy
Jones Jr in a bloody one-sided
unanimous decision Saturday
night, delighting a raucous
crowd at Madison Square Gar-
den that seemed to be heavily in
his favour.
After whining a close deci-
sion over savvy veteran Bernard
Hopkins in April, Calzaghe has
little left to prove on boxing's
biggest stage, and few can fault
him if he follows fellow British,
star Lennox Lewis into retire-
ment at his peak.
"This year I just beat two leg-
ends, with Hopkins and Jones,
and I came to the United States
to do it," Calzaghe said. "I took_.
the risk. They didn't come to,
me. I took the risk."
With blazing hand speed and
a constant push forward, Calza-
ghe (46-0) opened a deep gash
over Jones' left eye in the sev-
enth round, forcing the ringside
doctor to take a close look at
it. The bout was allowed to con-
tinue, blood flowing down
Jones' face, but it hardly mats
* tered after that. "
"Super" Joe indeed looked
All three judges scored the
light heavyweight fight 118-109
for Calzaghe, as did The Asso-
ciated Press, every round going
to him after the first.
"The pitter-pats-were harder
thani-thought-"said-Jones, who
couldn't see out of his left eye in


JOE CALZAGHE (right) lands a punch on Roy Jones Jr during the 11th
round on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York...'

the later rounds. "I don't know. Chad Dawson, 'who galled
He won the fight. He definitely Calzaghe out almost the
won the fight." moment the fight ended, issuing
The numbers certainly back it a press release in which he
up. offered to fight in Wales.
Calzaghe threw a staggering ""I just stepped out of the ring
985 punches, landing 344 of 15.minutes ago," Calzaghe said,
them, to just 475 for Jones, smiling. "Let me enjoy the fight
according to CompuBox statis- now before I think about anoth;
tics. The number landed by er fight. What do you think I
Calzaghe was the most by a am, man, a sadist?"
Jones opponent in 31 fights The bout figured to hinge on
tracked by CompuBox. Calzaghe's ability to pressure
"I knew I had to make Roy Jones, who works well against
Jones respect my punches," the ropes, without getting
Calzaghe said. "I think I did. I caught by his speedy left hook.
think I stunned him on a few It landed right off the bat,
exchanges." knocking Calzaghe to the floor
* Calzaghe said he doesn't fan- midway through the first round,
cy rematches, but Hopkins was, not unlike the flash knockdown
sitting ringside and would love Hopkins scored against him in
nothing more than to reprise a their April bout.
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that the 39-year-old Jones
showed at least some of the
hand speed that once made him
so dangerous.
But just like the Hopkins
fight, Calzaghe began to out-
work his opponent.
The taller Welshman backed
Jones against the ropes and into:
corners, pounding him with
relentless body shots. When the
36-year-old Calzaghe circled
back to the middle of the ring,
Jones walked directly into
another barrage of hands that
seemed to, come at all angles.'
When Jones put his gloves to
his face in defense, Calzaghe
would drop his own and lean in
'.close, peering in as if looking
'right into Jones' eyes. Then
another flurry of punches would
spring forward, most of them
catching flush.
!'I felt really relaxed tonight
with my hands at my side,"
Calzaghe said. "That's just my
style and I felt in the rhythm.
After the first round I was a lit-
tie weary, but I knew if I just
fought my style I would be
Jones has had trouble with
slick southpaws in the past, lbs-
ing a .stunning second-round
knockout to Antonio Tarver in
May 2004, then losing their
rematch by decision. Along with
a knockout loss to Glen John-
son, many began calling for
Jones to spare his stellar career
any more embarrassment.
Dropping their promoters to
put 'the fight together them-
selves assures Calzaghe and
Jones, taking a 50-50 split, each
a hefty payday.
That along with the severe
.beating he received might be
enough for Jones to finally hang
it up himself, after four losses in
his last seven fights.
"I don't know what's next,"
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phone card


Business Editor
THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC) has
applied for regulatory permis-
sion to reduce the rates for its
GSM cellular post-paid and
long-distance Hello card pack-
ages, as it looks to develop new
product and revenue streams.
Marion Johnson, BTC's vice-
president of marketing, sales
and business development, told
Tribune Business that while the
proposed reduction would
"change the dynamics of our
business", the GSM cellular
conversion would create prod-
uct and service opportunities to
generate new revenue streams.
"We have made an applica-
tion to the Public Utilities Com-
mission (PUC) to revise the
GSM package for post-paid cus-
tomers," Mr Johnson told Tri-
bune Business. "We want to
)- move in the reverse direction.
We want to bring prices down.
We are looking at out long-dis-
tance Hello card rates'and GSM
rates in post-paid packages."
Mr Johnson added that BTC
was also assessing the fees it
charged for services and fea-
tures such as call waiting and
caller ID, but "it's not finalised
BTC's goal was to "find ways
to provide better value pack-
ages for our customers".
"We recognize these things
change the dynamics of our
business, and we believe that
we can find some value propo-
sitions for our customers that
they wi find meaningful," Mr
Johnsor said. "We're not look-
ing to increase prices, but move
in the opposite direction where
it makes sense for us and our
With the phasing-out of the
former TDMA cellular net-
work, and conversion to a 10-0
per cent GSM network, Mr
Johnson indicated that it would
have a platform to launch new
products and services. These, in
turn, would generate new rev-

SEE BTC, page 4B

$80,000 and 10 'major clients'

Business Editor
A Bahamian
tions operator lost
$80,000 in revenue
and 10 major clients, including
some of this nation's top hotels,
as a result of a now-lifted
Supreme Court injunction that
virtually shut down its business
for two months this year.
Justice Neville Adderley
ordered on October 3, 2008,
that the injunction he had
imposed some two months ago
on One World Communications
and its proprietor, Maggie Cole-
brook, be discharged and the
damages caused by its imposi-
tion assessed.
The August 19, 2008, injunc-

* Bahamian operator wins removal of injunction that virtually shut down business
* Damages from international opponent represented by PLP Senator to be calculated
* Call for tougher regulation of operator-assisted phone services in the Bahamas
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tion had been gran ed in favour
of BBG Global and BBG Hold-
ings, which style themselves as
the global "industry leader" for
operator-assisted telephone
calls, following an ex-parte
hearing (meaning only one side
was represented) before Justice
In discharging the injunction,
the judge ordered that "an
inquiry be made as to the dam-
ages" sustained by Ms Cole-
brook and One World, which
BBG's attorney'- Senator
Allyson Maynard-Gibson of

Gibson & Co undertook
would be paid when the August
19 injunction was granted:
Justice Adderley gave as his
reason for lifting the injunction
the fact that Ms Colebrook,
One World and BBG Holdings
had, in their original Novem-
ber 7, 2000, contract and a sub-
sequent March 7, 2001, agree-
ment "agreed to refer to arbi-
tration" the issue brought'
before him.
The dispute essentially
revolved around competing
"breach of contract" claims,

with One World alleging that
BBG was the party at fault. In
turn, BBG claimed that One
World "breached their exclu-
sive representative agreement.
with BBG Global AG".
One World had previously
been employing BBG Global
to provide collection and billing
services for its operator-assisted.
telephone calls business in the
Bahamas, This market segment,
which is mainly focused on
hotels, ports and marinas any

Airport managers in talks on two-year extension

Business Editor .
THE Government is in talks
about extending Vancouver
Airport Services (YVRAS) 10-
year management agreement
for the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport (LPIA) for a
further two years, Tribune Busi-
ness can reveal.
Details on the talks were con-
tained in a financing document
for the Nassau Airport Devel-
opment Company (NAD), the
entity that is managing the air-
port under a 30-year lease from
the. Airport Authority.
YVRAS, in turn. igr providing
management/operating services


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Business Editor
THE Bahamas has continued
its slight slippage in global eco-
nomic freedom rankings,
despite being ranked by a lead-
ing right-wing US economic
think-tank as being the world's
24th freest economy.
The Heritage Foundation, in
its Index of Economic Freedom
2008, ranked the Bahamas fifth
out of the 29 Caribbean nations
it rated, finding that its economy
was 71.1 percent free.
However, the think-tank not-
ed that the Bahamas scored 0.9
percentage points lower than in
2007, "primarily because of
worsening trade freedom".
There will be little surprise
there, with the Bahamas scoring
only 32 per cent and 40 per cent
for trade and investment free-
dom respectively, primarily due
to the tariff-based tax system
and National Investment Policy.
The Heritage Foundation
said: "According to the World
Bank, the Bahamas' weighted
average tariff rate was a high
29 per cent in 2005. The Gov-
ernment imposes occasional
.import bans and implements
import licensing procedures.
"Most imports are subject to
a 7 per cent 'stamp tax','and
higher stamp taxes are charged
on some duty-free goods,
including china, crystal, wrist-
watches, clocks, jewelry, table
linens, leather goods, perfume,

SEE page 4B

for NAD, running the company
through the five-strong execu-
tive team it has brought in to
oversee the airport's transfor-
"NAD is in discussions with
the Government to allow for an
automatic extension of the
Management Agreement for a
two-year term, unless at least
six-months prior to the expira-:
tion date an acceptable replace-
ment operator or other alter-
native arrangements acceptable
to debt lenders have been
agreed upon," the document.
That indicates a key consid-
eration for in estors,.who have
been solicited to finance the

Lynden Pindling International
Airport's (LPIA) $409.5 million
reconstruction, is the continu-
ation of YVRAS's involvement
beyond the expiration of its 10-
year management agreement
that was signed in 2007.
NAD is looking to raise $310
million for the first financing
phase via a private placement
of various bond trenches and,
bank debt. Only institutional
and high net-worth investors
.will be targeted, so members of
the public need not apply as it is
not a public offering.
Meanwhile, the NAD docu-
ment revealed that the Lynden
Pindling International.Airpo-t
(LPIA) is currently served by

30 airlines that. offer 3,700
inbound flights with 188,000
total seats per month from 49
SBahamasair still has the
largest market share, with 23
per cent of flights and 28 per
cent of seats inbound into LPIA
during NAD's last financial
.year, which closed on June 30,
The national flag carrier's
biggest competitor was Ameri-
can Eagle, which had a 12 per
cent.and 14 per cent share.of
total flights and seats respec-
tively. Behind that airline came
Delta Airlines, US Airways and

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* Canadian power giant
eyeing tidal and wind power
as alternative energy sources
for Bahamian firm
* Planning further $250-400m
investment in Caribbean over
next3-5 years
* Interested in BEC

Business Editor
A CANADIAN energy sup-
plier believes its 25 per cent
stake in Grand Bahama Power
Company will generate an extra
$2.5-$5 million in per annum
net income, and told Tribune
Business it is eyeing the explo-
ration of tidal power in the
: Jennifer Nicholson, Emera's
director of investor relations
and strategic development, said
the Canadian power giant was
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development of sustainable,
renewable energy supplies for
its Bahamian investment.
"We're certainly looking at
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TRADING momentum
declined significantly this week
in the Bahamian stock market,
with investors trading in seven
out of the 24 listed securities.
Of those, one saw its stock price
advance, four declined and two

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Spirit in that order.
The NAD document said
that unlike other Caribbean
airports, LPIA was likely to
see increased flight services
via Delta and Jet Blue in
2008-early 2009. "One major
reason for this trend is due to
the higher realizable flight
yield of $0.18 per mile to US
carriers at LPIA, compared
to an average flight yield of
$0.13 per mile for domestic

remained unchanged.

A total of 29,058 shares
changed hands, representing a
decrease of 60,903 shares, or a
67.7 per cent fall versus last
week's trading volume of 89,961
J.S. Johnson & Company

US services in 2006 and $0.12
per mile for international des-
tinations," it added.
International traffic at
LPIA, NAD said, had grown
at a rate of 2 per cent per
annum between 1995 to 2007,
advancing from 2.1 million
passengers to 2.7 million pas-
sengers. For the nine months
to. September 30, 2008, inter-
national and domestic pas-
sengers totalled 2.1 million
and 519,000 passengers

(JSJ) was the only advancer of
the week with 1,000 shares trad-
ing, its price rising by $0.10 or
0.91 per cent to close at $11.10.
Commonwealth Bank (CBL)
was the volume leader, with
13,798 of its shares trading, its
stock ending the week
unchanged at $7.30.
Doctors Hospital Health Sys-
tems (DHL) and Finance Cor-
poration of the Bahamas
(FIN) were the lead declin-
ers of the week, both dropping
in price by $0.11. Some 8,150
shares of FIN traded, the stock
ending at a new 52-week low of
$11.89. DHS traded 3,000 of its
shares, closing at $2.66.

No notes traded in the
Bahamian market this week.


Earnings Releases
Cable Bahamas (CAB)

released unaudited financial
results for the nine months end-
ing September 30, 2008.
For the most recent quarter,
net income stood at $5.9 mil-
lion,/compared to $5.3 million
for the 2007 third quarter, an
increase of $595,000 or 11.3 per
CAB reported operating
income of $6.9 million for the
quarter, an increase of $277,000
or 4.2 per cent quarter-over-
CAB's quarterly revenues of
$20.5 million increased by $1.4
million or seven per cent quar-
ter-over-quarter, while its oper-
ating expenses of $10.6 million
increased by $902,000 or 9 per
Basic and diluted earnings
per share for the quarter
increased from $0.27 in the 2007
third quarter to $0.30, repre-
senting an increase of $0.03 or
11.11 per cent.

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holders of record date October 31, 2008.

FAMGUARD Corporation (FAM) has declared a quarterly
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all shareholders of record date November 7. 2008.

Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) has declared a semi-annual
dividend of $0.16 per share, payable on November 25,2008, to
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MANY Bahamians facing challeng-
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salary advances or pay day loans because
they are already over-extended on cred-
Kurth Wallace, owner of Absolute
Lending Solutions, told Tribune Busi-
ness that although he had seen an
increase in demand from more people
approaching him for pay day and credit
advances, his actual business has declined
because persons simply cannot meet the

* Increase in salary advance applicants, but fewer qualifying because already over-extended on credit
Many Bahamians have 45 per cent debt service level for consumer loans alone

qualifications required. In turn, this is
because they already have so many out-
standing loans.
"This is something that was always a
problem, even before everything that
happened with the economy. People
tend to have a very large percentage of
consumer loans," Mr Wallace said.
He added that in many cases, Bahami-
ans have a debt service ratio that has

approached the maximum 45 per cent
on consumer loans alone, even before
they begin to seek financing for sound
investments such as a home.
"This is a very serious problem, and it
is something that Bahamians need to
really stop and think about, because what

happens is that by the time they do go
out and decide they want a home or have
an emergency and need some help, they
are not in the position to qualify and get
the financing that they need," Mr Wal-
lace said. "So they really need to think
about their future before they go and
commit themselves to so many unneces-
sary loans, which will hinder them when
they need to make major purchase."


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Oiama joy

Business Reporter
THE Bahamas' 'Obama-
nia' during Tuesday's night
US presidential election
translated into a major sales
boost for several restaurants
Sand bars, who used the his-
toric evening to hold view-
ing and celebrauon parties.
Elbin Ferguson III, a man-
ager at the Coconuts
Bahama Grill on West Bay
Street, said the eatery had a
very successful and popular
election night.
"Having an election night
party turned out to be an
excellent idea," he told Tri-
bune Business, saying
Coconuts had a.good cus-
tomer turnout. That included
a nun erofAmencanswho
Sere closely watching the
"You know, I think that
the only reason that we did
not have a bigger turnout is
because of the intimacy of
the event you know, the
fact that people wanted to
be able to hear what.was
going on television." Mr Fer-
guson said.
To cater to the expanded
clientele: Mr Ferguson said
the restaurant changed sev'
eral items on the menu to
reflect the two candidates -
John McCain and Barack
"We had special shots
made up McCai shots and
Obama shots which were
available, and a round of
Obama shots was passed
around when they
announced that Mr Obama
was the president-elect." he
"'We also had two types of
buffalo wings that we sold.
the le^ wings and the right
wings, which were both a
huge hit."
Jeleah Turnquest, who
owns TJ's sports and bar
lounge on Elizabeth Avenue,
agreed that holding a view-
ing paiyt was an excellent
way to drum up additional
business during a time when
the economic downturn is,
placing a strain on business-
"I knew that people \would
be watching the election
returns, and it's more fun to
watch things like this with
other people." she explained.
Ms Turnquest used the
upper level of her restaurant
for the vie ing party and
offered food and drinks and
a flat screen TV anav from
the activity downstairs.
"It went very well. WheiR.
you are in business, you
always have to find creative
ways to drive sales." she
said. ,

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BISX-listed firm

seeking stock buy-

back approval

CONSOLIDATED Water Company, the BISX-listed reverse
osmosis. plant operator, will seek shareholder approval for
amendments that will allow the firm to initiate a share buy-back
The company will hold a shareholders meeting on January 8,
2009, in Grand Cayman to obtain investor approval to amend
its Articles of Association to allow the Board of Directors to
authorise a share buy-back programme at some time in the
As presently constituted, Consolidated Water's Articles pro-
hibit the repurchase of any previously issued shares without
shareholder approval. All Company shareholders of record as
of November 14, 2008, will be eligible to vote at this meeting.
Assuming shareholder approval is obtained, any decision
by the company to subsequently initiate a share buy-back pro-
gram will be based upon a number of future factors.
These include Consolidated Water's financial outlook, busi-
ness conditions (including liquidity and capital requirements),
stock price and alternative investment options.
Any repurchase of shares would be conducted in accordance
with the rules and regulations of the US Securities and
Exchange Commission, and would be funded with available
cash on hand.

(L-R): Tamecko Gollit
(president of The Key-
west, Office); Peter
McLeod, (partner of DHP
Associates); Julian
Brown (president of
Benchmark. Bahamas);
3 and Cyril Knowles (pres-
ident of Cyril E. Knowles
Construction Company)

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ders to win the contract for
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lion commercial office and retail
project at the Catmichael and
Fire Trail Roads junction. The
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The company was recom-
mended for the construction
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the chartered surveyors and
project managers for the pro-
ject, which broke ground on
October 30, 2008.
Benchmark (Bahamas) said.
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square feet of commercial retail
space and two standalone struc-
tures, was expected to take 12
months to construct.
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ject to the long-term growth of
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execute the long-term strategic
business plan of the company.
"The development of this
commercial project on
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will contribute to the economy
at a time when economic activ-
ity is slowing. We anticipate that
our project will employ on aver-
age about 50 persons through-
out the- life of the develop-
A wholly-owned Benchmark
subsidiary, Benchmark Proper-
ties (Bahamas), will oversee the
project. Jernnifer Saunders
Design Group is the architect.

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BTC, from 1B
enue streams to compensate for
anything lost as a result in the
GSM post-paid and Hello card
rate cuts.
Among these services will be
the ability to have Internet
access from a Bahamian cell
phone, plus the downloading of
music and games. Mr Johnson
said NTC had already conduct-
ed a soft launch of its 'Internet
on the Go' package for cus-

tomers who came in and signed
up for it.
"By making this investment
[in the TDMA conversion], our
chances are that we will gener-.
ate new revenue streams and
increase returns through the
roll-out of new products and
services," Mr Johnson added.
BTC has invested between
$42-$43 million in its GSM con-
version to date, some $22-$23
million spent in the Family
Islands, with the remainder

invested in Grand Bahama,
Abaco and New Providence.
Cellular is the most vital com-
ponent of BTC's business, its
retail, wholesale and intercon-
nection monopoly generating
some 60 per cent of its revenues
In its consultation document
on the proposed BTC rate
reductions, the PUC acknowl-
edged that it had made an
"omission" in failing to include
the state-owned incumbent's

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GSM rates in its interim licence
when services were introduced
in 2004.
As a result, the only cellular
pricing currently included in
BTC's interim licence is the
"markedly different" TDMA
pricing, and that service is now
being phased out.
BTC is proposing six new
GSM monthly post-paid pack-
ages. They are:
A $10 pay as you go option
$19.999 per month for 100
minutes, with caller ID and
$29.99 pei month for 160
minutes, with caller ID and
Those three options will have
out-of-plan rates of $0.20 per
minute for weekdays; $0.10 per
minute for evenings; and $0.10
for weekends.
The final three options are:
$59.99 for 375 minutes, with
caller ID, call waiting and for-
warding, Voicemail, Multi-Par-
ty Calling
$99.99 for 650 minutes, with
caller ID, call waiting and for-
warding, Voicemail, Multi-Par-
ty Calling and 100 text messages
$139.99 for 1,100 minutes,
with caller ID, call waiting and
forwarding, Voicemail, Multi-
Party Calling and 300 text mes-

The rates for the first two of
those options will be $0.15 per
minute on week days, $0.10 per
minute in the evenings, and
$0.10 at weekends. The latter
will be $0.20 per minute for
week days, $0.10 for evenings,
and $0.15 for weekends.
The PUC said post-paid
packages were designed to give
customers "greater choice and
flexibility", adding that BTC's
proposed GSM post-paid and
pre-paid rates, and the out-of-
plan charges, were "broadly
commensurate" with what was
offered in the US, UK< Canada
and other Caribbean jurisdic-
For that reason, the PUC said
it was "minded to approve" the
proposed BTC prices and
licence modification.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson said
some 40,000 former TDMA
customers had kept the same
numbers in their conversion to
the GSM system. He added,
though, that BTC was unable
to determine the number of
TDMA converts who had taken
a new number.
BTC felt "pretty confident"
that the "vast majority" of
TDMA customers had switched
to GSM, with the former's Fam-
.ily Island network already shut
down. The New Providence

FROM page 1B

wine, and liquor.
"The Government also uses import permits to
restrict imports of some agricultural goods. An
additional 10 percentage points is deducted from
the Bahamas' trade freedom score to account for
non-tariff barriers." The tariff system was also
described as a "barrier to greater prosperity and
closer regional integration".
On the investment front, apart from the
restrictions on foreign ownership in certain sec-
tors of the Bahamian economy, exchange con-
trols and the failure to privatise the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company (BTC), the Her-
itage Foundation also cited the need for Invest-
ments Board approval for foreign purchases of
land greater than five acres.
Elsewhere, the Bahamas generally scored well,
.r.': & ... . .. .

TDMA network will be the last
to close on November 16, 2008.
Mr Johnson said BTC was
expanding the existing 1900
MHZ frequency that GSM cur-
rently operated on with an 850
MHZ overlay. The latter had
been employed by the old
TDMA network, and Mr John-
son said the overlay would give
"increased capacity and cover-
age", because both improve as
the frequency goes lower.
"It depends on your location,
but it can as much as double
your coverage area," Mr John-
son added of the overlay. "Cus-
tomers should experience ser-
vice comparable to TDMA and
even better."
However, he warned'that
GSM customers in New Provi-
dence and Grand,Bahama
might only feel "the full effects"
in two weeks' time, as the over-
lay takes longer to do in dense-
ly populated areas.
Taking into account the cur-
rent economic downturn, Mr
Johnson added that BTC had
moved to be flexible on the
TDMA transition. Previously,
it had required all converts to
pay their outstanding TDMA
balances in full, but had modi-
fied this stance to permit the
conversion provided payment
arrangements were worked out

especially on fiscal freedom, its 96.2 per cent
rating being put down to having "one of the
lowest tax burdens in the world".
Government spending and inflation were rel-
atively low, but the Heritage Foundation deduct-
ed 15 points from the Bahamas' 76.5 per cent
monetary freedom rating "to adjust for price-
control measures that distort domestic prices
for such "breadbasket" items as drugs, gasoline,
diesel oil, and petroleum gas"
The business freedom category produced an
80 per cent rating for the Bahamas, even though
regulations "can be subject to official whim"
and the licence issuing process was "burden-
some" due t6 a lack of transparency.
The Heritage Foundation identified software,
music and video piracy as a problem for the
Bahamas, with "existing copyright laws ignored".
The judicial process was also branded "very

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DEPARTMENT: Finance Department

Position Summary:
Overall responsibility for the preparation of timely, accurate, and meaningful
Consolidated Financial Statements and Management Reports, analysis of
various elements of the financial statements, and Statutory Reporting.


The successful candidate will have the following:

* Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
SStrong analytical and problem solving skills, ability to meet deadlines
* Minimum of three (3) years work experience in an accounting or auditing
Insurance industry knowledge a plus
Knowledge of general ledger systems.
Ability to function under pressure and to make decisions within areas
of responsibility and provide recommendations for action to management.
Excellent organizational skills and leadership skills

*Main Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

* Preparation of Consolidated Financial Statements for the Company and
its subsidiaries in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Analytical review of the financial statements and other financial
information to identify & investigate significant variances of actual vs.
budget and/or prior year on a consolidated basis and on a more detailed
level (line of business, cost centre, geographical region) and
recommending, as needed, appropriate corrective action of financial
performance against plan and projected targets to ensure sustained
Supervision of the.investment accounting team
Assisting financial managers with development of long-term financial
plans for the Company
Compiling budgets and preparing forecasts
Responsibility for ensuring filing of Statutory reports in all jurisdictions
where the Company operates.
Coordination of internal and statutory financial audits.

Please apply in writing on or before November 14, 2008 to:

Manager, Human Resources
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P.O. Box N-4728 or



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economic freedom




Freeze cost telecoms operator $80,000 and 10 'major clients'

area with a high tourist traffic
volume allow visitors to make
collect calls, which they do not
pay for at the time unless by
credit card, back home and to
other global locations.
The visitors are then billed
for those calls when they return
home, but One World switched
to another billing and collec-
tions company following the dis-
agreement with BBG.
That prompted BBG and its
attorney, Mrs Maynard-Gibson,
to seek the ex-parte injunction
from the Supreme Court on the
grounds that One World had
breached its exclusivity agree-
ment and was soliciting its
clients to switch to a different
The August 19,2008, injunc-
tion, a copy of which has been
obtained by Tribune Business,
shows that BBG obtained a
wide-ranging Supreme Court
order that prevented Ms Cole-
brook "nd One World from
"entering into contracts with.
any hotel or any other business"
that wa: previously a client of--

their relationship.
That, in effect, froze One
World's business for the seven
weeks the injunction was in
force. The injunction also
required Systems Resource
Group (SRG), the IndiGo Net-
works parent, which provided
services to the One World/BBG
arrangement from diverting
calls away from the call centre
used in their November 2000
SRG was also ordered to
programme its equipment to
ensure all calls coming from
One World numbers be divert-
ed to BBG's cpll centre, and
that telephone numbers previ-
ously assigned to BBG be
returned to it.
Other aspects of the injunc-
tion involved:
Preventing One World from
requiring clients to divert calls
to any call other than BBG's
One World restoring PBX
systems at hotels and other busi-
ness clients to their status pre-
Preventing One World from

"interfering with the business
of the BBG/One World Joint
Ensuring One World and Ms
Colebrook assigned any con-
tracts they had entered into to
the BBG/One World joint ven-
Sources familiar with the sit-
uation told Tribune Business
that as a result of the injunc-
tion, One World had to make
staff part-time as opposed to
full-time. "They lost clients in
Freeport and Nassau," one told
Tribune Business.
"They lost the Our Lucaya
hotel in Freeport, the British
Colonial Hilton in Nassau and
the Wyndham at Cable Beach.
They lost about 10 clients, and
most of them were large
clients." The source alleged
that One World had lost about
$80,000 in revenues as a result.
Ms Colebrook declined to
comment when contacted by
Tribune Business, but docu-
ments obtained by this newspa-
per show BBG did its best to
ensure One World was effec-

tively shut down for the length
of the injunction.
A September 15, 2008, let-
ter from BBG's US attorney,
Jerry Grumpel at Sheppard,
Mullin, Richter & Hampton,
warned Russ Lovell of ILD, a
rival collections and billing ser-
vice, not to do business with
One World.
Referring to One World as
BBG's "exclusive agents" in the
Bahamas, the letter said: "We
understand that you are work-
ing with the agents (and their
company JTel) to divert busi-
ness in the Bahamas from BBG
to ILD or other providers of
operator services.
'!We caution you not to
engage in any activity that inter-
feres with BBG's exclusivity
rights with respect to the agents
and the contract they procured
in the Bahamas...... BBG will
take all appropriate measures
to hold you accountable should
you induce, facilitate or partic-
ipate in any violation of the
Order by the BBG agents or
interfere with BBG's contrac-

tual rights."
The Grumpel letter added,
apparently incorrectly, although
the injunction was then still in
force, that One World's dis-
charge application had been
"denied" by the Supreme Court
and that the Bahamian firm was
prevented from diverting busi-
ness away from BBG.
And an October 15, 2008,
letter from BBG to Bahamas-
based clients did nothing to dis-
pel the impression that the
Supreme Court injunction was
still in full effect. While the let-
ter does not mention anything
about the injunction, it does not
say its has been removed.
The letter, from BBG rep-
resentative Ricardo Singer, con-
firmed the company was work-
ing through Bahamas Commu-
nications Services, a One World
competitor in which PLP MP
Shane Gibson is said by sources
to have an interest, to provide
operator-assisted services in the
The letter denied that BBG
had "breached any of its oblig-

nations" to One World, and
added: "Our guarantee has
always been to pay the highest
commission, while maintaining
commercial call rates and excel-
lent customer service.
"In these times of extremely
low occupancy and economic
uncertainty, we will be
approaching you with creative
proposals that will ensure prof-
itability for your telephone
One source told Tribune
Business that operator-assisted
telephone services was a sector
of the Bahamian telecoms mar-
ket that was relatively unregu-
lated, and needed tougher
supervision from the Public
Utilities Commission (PUC).
"The PUC started doing it
and then stopped," the source
said, saying its regulatory plans
were tied to the proposed
licence for resale of voice ser-
vices that it hoped to issue.
"Right now, the operator-
assisted services industry is run-
ning free and doing what it

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Coege Gcardens Sub
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west of Famity St off
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w/buAlding (1,140tq.
ft.)--Ma hew St,
Nassau Vtllmae
(Aipprwaed Value
10. Lots#5 re#6
(I SO'xt 00') w/hse-
SlIver Palm Ln imperial
Park (Appraied
I Lnt#176 (41'x113*)
w/hse (903 s. ft.)-0d
Cedar St Yellow Elder
(Appraised Value
12. Lots #3 S #4, Ik
#47 (SO'oxI ')
widuplex (1,52sq. .
f.)-Forbes St Nassau
Village (Apporied
13. LoS I#lat#2
(to0,000o ft.) 8k
#34 w/two Iatoey
hutding (5,482.tt t. ft-)-
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Clfton St
14; Lto#2l (SO'xlO')
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15 Lot #338
(60'x97.24') w/-ls
(1,735s1. ft-Arawak
Ave Pyxrom's AAddt-on
(Apw-lald Value
$ 32,000.00
16. Lot #S, llk l#1
(7.l8034. ft.)-
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17, Lot #119 (22, 500sa.
ft) w/conplex
(3,440) it.)-.Str
Henry Morgan Or
Andros Beach Colony
.Sub Ncholtis'T Town
Andros (Appraised
1 8. Btach front lot
(9,O00%. ft.)
w/bultding (2,10041.
ft.) -. Plndcr
Mannwve Cay Andros

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19. Lot (4,344sq..fL) ,
wtduplex building
(1, 74sq. ft;)Fresh.
CraW AWJPnro
(Appr sed Vale
20. Lot #43 (0'x100.')

ow/buny4te. 1Ota St
Mat*tew Town Inpaua

(A priseiMd Viue

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Visage Sub Cnabd

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l $40,000. 000)
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GBeach Grad Bihama
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Unit #3 (,O'xl 2')-.

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Dommoy S e rand
Bahamaw (Appraied
Value $23,000.00)
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ctteaitr Lo Son ato
Grand Bahama
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#31, Section --Royat
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Grad .
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ft.) w/trip tr
foundation (2,78814.
ft-)-Murphy Town
Abaco (Appraised
Valw $24,96.00)
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acres-ox Town
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Value $50,000.00>
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Murphy Town Abaco
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(1 ,00t. ft.)-Front
St Murphy Town
Abaco (AppraMsed
Value $29,250.00)
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4 45' (1992) Defender Vessel (Umnos) (1) 03 Dode Caravan
S 48' (1989) North Carolina Hull (1) 96 Ford Explore
4 52' (1979) Hatters Vessel (MV Buddy) (1) 97 Dodp Sratus
S 51' (1981) Defender Veel (Equilty) (1)01 Hyundal Hl Van
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vessel has a new engine requlring Instllaton. And (1) 01 Itchen Tandem Chtrokee Trailer
can be view at Bradford Marine, Grand Bahama

The publ is Invited to submit fll bids marked '"Twdr" to Bahamas Developmnt Bank, P.O. Box
N-3034, Nassau, Bahamas attuOun FBwndmJ Contrwl, ftad Mid wl at be accepted or
telephone 327-5780 for additional infonnaton. Pease note at ah bids on the aforementioned
properties and aets should be recaved by or on NovemNb 14, 200. The Bahamas Development Bank
reserves the right to reject any or all offense All i mb lar ao aiL,

P Public Utilities Commission



Dahamas Telecommunications Company's Application to

Modify Schedule 1 of its Interim License

The Public Utilities Commission ("PUC" or "the Commission"),
The Bahamas' regulator of the telecommunications sector, is pleased
to invite comments on its consultation document on the captioned
application from the Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC).

The objectives of this public consultation are to:

a) inform the public and interested parties of BTC's application to
modify Schedule 1 of their Interim Licence to include rates for
various GSM Cellular Mobile Services;

b) indicate the Commission's intention for the application received
from BTC; and

c) invite comments from the public and interested parties.

The Commission is required to exercise its powers and functions in a manner
that is timely, transparent, objective, non-discriminatory and consistent with
the objectives of the Telecommunications Act, 1999, and any other relevant

The Public Consultation Document can be obtained from the Commission's
office located at 4h Terrace East, Collins Avenue, Nassau or downloaded
from the Commission's web site at www.pucbahamas.gov.bs. Written
comments should be submitted by November 28, 2008 via post, hand delivery,
facsimile or e-mail to:

Mr. Michael J. Symonette,
Executive Director
Public Utilities Commission
P.O. Box N- 4860
Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue
Nassau, Bahamas

Telephone: 242 322 4437
Fax: 242 323 7288

Email: PUC(@~pucbahamas.gov.bs.




The office of MMG Bahamas

Ltd. has relocated to:

Suite 102, Saffrey Square

Bank Lane & Bay Street

Please note that the telephone and

fax numbers remain the same


Performance Air Limited a
invites successful applicants

leading regional airline
for the position of Line

Successful applicant should possess the following

A minimum of 2,500 flight hours, a Bahamian pilot's
license with minimum rating. of Airplane Single and
Multi-Engine Land, Commercial with instrument

Salary-$31,000.00 per annum

All interested applicants should forward their resume



..... .. _.. .

Which airline offer the lowest round trip fares to San Andros?
Which airline offers the most daily flights to San Andros?
Which airline offers the most daily flights to Fresh Creek Andros?
Which airline offers the lowest round trip fares to Fresh Creek
Which airline has the highest percentage for on time departure
and arrivals?
Which airline operates from a clean, decent air-condition
Which airline terminal has complimentary wireless internet
Which airline offers full concierge service to their passengers?
Which airline offers complimentary bottle water on all of it flights
Which terminal area offers passengers free Water Coffee, Tea
and Popcorn?
Which airline offers its passengers free parking with 24hrs
Which airline rewards you with a free ticket for every ten you
Which airline has the most experience flight crew?

Performance Air Ltd.
The Bahamas Finest Airline
Tel. (242) 362-1608/362-2302

Bahamas leads Caribbean

on top realtor designation

THE Bahamas is the
Caribbean country with the
highest percentage of realtors
who have passed the Council of
Residential Specialists (CRS)
William Wong, the Bahamas,
Real Estate Association's
(BREA) president, said: "Less
than 4 per cent of all US real-
tors hold this designation. We
have a much higher percentage
in the Bahamas, probably
around 7 per cent, and certain-
ly the highest percentage in the
Caribbean region".
BREA recently organised a
members' course conducted by
visiting lecturer, Tina Daniel,
of Searcy, Arkansas. Some 25

Bahamian realtors attended the
course 'CRS 204, Creating
Wealth through Real Estate
Ms. Daniel said: "This course
is very, concentrated. We used
to take three days to cover the
material, but we now complete
the topics in two days. Those
attending really have to
focus, since the final day
examination is most demand-
"Successful realtors will real-
ly have earned their designa-
tion 'Council of Residential
Specialists' (C.R.S.), which is
the highest professional qualifi-
cation awarded to realtors in
the residential sales field".


NOTICE is hereby given that SAINTIRA DUMERCY
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 3RD day of
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship,; P.O.Box:,'N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved and
struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 31st day of October,
A.D., 2008.

Dated the 7th day of November, A.D., 2008.

Dayrrl R. Butler
Liquidator of

Legal Notice


(a) WATERSEDGE.INVESTMENTS LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on November 7, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered, by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Shakira Burrows of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are re-
quired on or before the 22nd day of December, 2008 to send their names
and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of
the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

November 10, 2008





Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 06th day of November,
2008, Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas
Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, PO.Box
N-3023, Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator of the Company.

\ " -"i

Certified ASCP, AMI, NC, CASMET Graduateftom an accredited college
with a BSc in Medical Technology
I 3 years experience preferred
Abiltyto perform in Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology & Microbiology
-Goodcustomer service skills

2- 3 years experience working in a hospital setting
SExcellent customer service skills & computer litrrat*

Registration with ho Nursing Counil of The Bahamas- ACLS/BLS certification
(otfnsivel Cre Nurses should possess ertificateinCritical Care Nursing

*C.titiri OrrinOcCiupationalTherapy
I ears perieitCe asa Occupational 1.-nlg .1i, t p , r,1"d,
*Ability t relhabiitate and restorefunctions for activities Involved
with daily living. Good oral arid written communication skills

SARRT registration or registry eligible training or competency in ultrasound
Minimum of 2 years eiperiience
Ability to perfoin various routine and special x-ray procedure.
'Abilityetocross-trail through various modalities
celleit i Oratand wrilter cowtnuricatlion,
Good customer srtce skills

Salary commensurate with experience | Excellent benefits
Z I ..

,.- .

VISITING real estate lecturer for
the Council of Residential Special-
ists, Tina Daniels, is seen with
William Wong, CRS, president of
the Bahamas Real Estate Associa-
tion (BREA), during a break in the
CRS 204 Course 'Creating Wealth
through Real Estate Investments',
held recently at the Sandals Resort.

Photo: Keith Parker,
PS News/Features

Credit Suisse Trust Limited


C F A L .C ) o I. CC> 'T I S L 1
.,- -. ,L ArE IN'IE0X; CLOSE 1,806.23 I CHG 0.48 I %-CHG -0.03 | YTD -260.52 | YTD % -12.61
S. FINDEX; CLOSE 867.54 I YTD -8.87%, I 2007 :?.29g%
S2wk-HI S2wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.95 1.51 Abaco Markets 1.71 1.71 0.00 0.071 0.000 24.1 0.00%
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 0.319 0.160 23.9 .2.09%
0.99 0.81 Benchmark 0.681 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 2.58%
2.70 1.95 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.6 %
14.15 11.18 Cable Bahamas 14.15 14.15 0.00 1.255 0.240 11.3 1.70%
3.15 2.83 Colna -Holdings 2.83 2.83' 0.00 0.118 0.040 24.0 1.41%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (SI) 7.30 7.30 0.00 3.000 0.446 0.300 16.4 4.11%
6.61 1.99 Consolidated Water BDRs 2.63 2.76 0.15 0.122 0.052 22.8 1.87%
3.00 2.25 Doctor's Hospital 2.77 2.66 -0.11 3.000 0.256 0.040 10.4 1.50%.
8.10 6.02 Famouard 7.80 7.80 0.00 0.535 0.280 14.6 B 35= .
13.01' 11.89 FInco 11.89 11.89 0.00 6.250 0.665 0.570 17.9 d 79,'
14.66 11.54 FIrstCarlbbean Bank 11.60 11.60 0.00 1.110 0.682 0.450 17.0 3 8%9;
6.04 5.01 Focol (S) 5.20 5.20 0.00 0.385 0.170 13.5 3 27'4
1.00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0. 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M .-0 ,
1.00 0.33 Freeport Concrete 0.36 0.33 -0.03 1.000 0.035 0.000 9.4 0.00%
8.20 5.60 ICD Utilities 6.81 6.81 0.00 0.407 0.300 16.7 4'.41'1
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 11.10 11.10 0.06 0.952 0.620 11.7 5.59W/
10 00 1000 Prer-.ier Real Eslate 1 C iC Ct ..:. C' '.:. C. 11:. .' ':l:0 "i5 6 0 G00
BI)X LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bands trade on a Percentage Prcing Dasesaj
52wk-H- 52w-. .L.3 Securll, 3S, .-.t.c... L SI 3' ,-'.---_ l ..:- ..-, -rsl I.llurl.
1000 1'G00 00 F.elr Bann. N.to 1 7 Ser Ai FB :E : : : 1 c :.:e 01
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 Fi.elily Bank No.te 15 iSeries DI, FBBI= 1.:i ., 'arir-e I : 23 Ma. 201tC
Fidelity Over-The-Counter SBcuIties
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol B., S A i. I L.aI Price ..' ', ..* E= Di. C PE vie~.-
14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 1, .-3102 1f= o' .. C. .. .. i ,,.. N t.1 2 05-
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 N/M 7.80%
0 54 020 RND Holdigs >:, 15 3 0"-' '.1 J '-" 1 ,0 2056 1 .0 '
S. Colna Over-Tna-C-ounter Sectiritles
4 1 00 29 00 ABDAB 38 f&5 40 b 2; -.i:- .-.':* .. .:. O 0o O0 0C"
14.00 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.80 14.80 14.00 -0.041 0.300 N/M 2.17%/
0 55 0 40 RND H..lddr.gs 0* 45 ,u, 5- : :,:,2 *:: 2. 1 3 0 00-.
BISX Lisled Mutual Fur.ds
52wk- H-I 52Mk-L..A Fund Nr ,rr.e NA Y TDO : ,-_ _a I. r.i -Ir i. .. NA .' Da'e
1 34 1 1 2714 Colir.a Band Funa 1 3-4 1 3 : 1 -C*-l-08
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-OB
3.7969 3.5562 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.6090 -4.95 3.62 30-Sep-O0 .
12.4456 11.8789 Fidelity Prime income Fund 12.4456 4.29 5.78 30-Sep-08 I
100.2421 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.2421 0.24 0.24 30-Sep08
100.9600 96.7492 CFAL Global Equity Fund 96.7492 -3.25 -3.25 30-Sep-08 ..
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.0000 0.00 0.00 31-Dec-07
10.5000 9.1958 Fidelity international Investment Fund 9.1958 -12.42 -12.42 30-Sep-06
1.0216 1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0216 2.16 2.16 30-Sep-08 -
1.0282 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0282 2.82 2.82 30-Sep-08 .
1 24- 1 0000 F. F ina.-.cial Di.ersifred Fu-d 1 *j2-4 J4 . .i.. *3
-. .. .. MARKET TERMS .
52wk-HI Highest closIng price In laat 52 week Bid $ Buying price of Colin aid Fidelitly
52wk-Low Loeest closing price In lat 52 weekly Aik $ Selling price of Colin and fIceliy
Prevlco. CloI Previou day's weighted price for daily volume Let Pric Lost trded over-Io-counlr prc ,
Today's Clse Current day' weighted price for daily volume Weokly Vol. Trading volume of the prior w, ok
Change Change In closing price frm day today EPS $ A company', rportod eorncln, per har, for tho loat 12 mth-
Dailly Vol. Number of total hares traded today NAV Not Asset Voluo
DIV $ DIvldende per ahare paid In the last 12 month N/M Noi Moaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earning, FINDEX The Fidelity BlBhome Stock Index Jonuary 1, 1994 = 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
TO TRADE ALL QOISNA 24-B502-70101 FIDELITY 242-235-7764 I FO CAPITAL NIARKETS 2-42-396-000 I COLONIAL 242-502-7625_


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BFSB training a key 'foundation'


Public Hospitals Authority
S Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Request for Proposals for


Princess Margaret Hospital Replacement Project

The Public Hospitals Authority of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide
consultancy services for completing a comprehensive review of the
Health and Healthcare Sector of The Bahamas. The purpose of this
review is to guide the planning process for the construction of a new
general hospital in New Providence.

The selected firm will be required to design and lead the assessment
exercise anid deliver a full report on findings, detailing and
benchmarking against international standards trends in the areas of
demography, hospitals services operations, financing, construction
and competition from both in-country and out-of-country facilities.
among other areas which should be considered in the planning for the
new hospital. .

The consultantsewill be responsible for analyzing and assimilating the
information; gatl4red so that it is useful to decision, makers both to
understand- the ~fernial environment and the interconnections of its
vari6ou sseptorsi'arl4 o translate this understanding into the planning
and decision rtakihg process for a new hospital..

Inter t-ed firms are invited to register their interests and obtain the
Terms of Reference and Background Information for responding to
this Request tfor.Proposals.i*s can be done by contacting the office of
the Deputy Managing Director (Mrs. Hannah Gray). at email address:
@hgray@phabahalmas.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 5th December, 2008


THE Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) organised
a training session for staff at
the Registrar General's
Department's Companies
Department, in a bid to keep
them abreast of industry prod-
uct development.
The lecturer was Nadia Tay-
lor, a member of BFSB's Reg-
istry Services Working Group
and an associate at law firm
Higgs & Johnson. The session
incorporated an introduction
to Foundations, the registra-
tion process and an overview
of the powers and duties of the
Registrar under Part X of the
Foundations Act.
As a member of the Registry
Services Working Group, Ms
Taylor has also produced a
Guidance Note on the Contin-
uation (Redomiciliation) of a
Foundation for use by the Reg-
istrar General's Department.
Foundations are increasingly
are being recognized as an

POWER, from 1B

Grand Bahama Power Compa-
ny with.
"We've just made the acqui-
sition and have been on the
ground recently, taking some
time to see what the opportuni-
ties are," she added. "But we're
definitely looking at that
[renewable energy].
"Wind is something we are'
pursuing, and also the possibil-
ities for tidal. We believe that
may work off the coast of the
Bahamas. Again, it's very early
stages, but it's something we're
going to invest in and pursue."
Emera holds a 7.4 per cent
stake in OpenHydro, an Irish-
based renewable tidal energy
company, which has been oper-
ating'an electricity-producing
tidal turbine for the past two
years off the Scottish coast.
Ms Nicholson said Emera
eventually hoped to install
between 200-300 tidal turbines,

at an as-yet unspecified loca-
tion, and tie them together to
generate a large amount of elec-
tricity. It had just won a con-
tract with EDF, the French
power supplier, to build tidal
turbines off the French coast.
As for where the Bahamas
fits in on tidal power, Ms
Nicholson added: "It has the
potential, certainly. There has
to be an investigation into what
the seabed ais like there. We
believe it is a possibility, but it's
going to take quite a lot of
Confirming that Emera
would be "interested" in acquir-
ing the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) should the
Government decide to privatise
it, Ms Nicholson said the com-
pany was seeking to invest a.
further $250-$400 million in the
Caribbean region over the next
three to five years.
"We're looking at investing-

important product for wealth


The Foundation is a vehicle
used for holding private assets
for the benefit of a persons or
purposes. These assets are
endowed to the Foundation to
be managed in accordance with
the objects or purposes speci-
fied in the Charter. The Foun-
dations Act 2004 created the
Bahamian Foundation, touted
at that time as a milestone
because the Bahamas
became the first premier com-
mon law jurisdiction with legal
provision for foundations.
Foundations represent an
expansion of this jurisdiction's
capability to service a new
client base. The Foundations
(Amendment) Act 2007 fleshed
out the provisions of the Foun-
dations Act, 2004.
Some of the more important

$250-$400 million more over the
next three to five years in the
region,. and 'are looking at all
opportunities," Ms Nicholson
said, when asked what percent-
age of that investment would
be in the Bahamas.
Emera acquired its 25 per
cent Grand Bahama Power
Company interest via its $42
million purchase of Lady Hen-
rietta St George's 50 per cent
stake in ICD Utilities. That is
the BISX-listed holding com-
pany for a 50 per cent stake in
the Power Company.
Emera executives now domi-
nate the- ICD Utilities Board,
and Ms Nicholson said the com-
pany was attracted to the.
Bahamas and wider Caribbean
by the prospect of relatively
higher investment returns than
it would get elsewhere.
The Canadian power pro-
ducer entered the Cari, bean in
January 2007, when it pur-
chased a 19 per cent stake'in
LUCILEC, the St Lucia-based
electricity supplier. Ms Nichol-
son explained that Emera was
not necessarily interested in a
Controlling interest in its acqui-
sitions, but targeted opportuni-
ties that.presented a good
return, anid where other share- -
holders allowed it to bring its
full range of talents and pxper-
tise to the table.
"That was our first foray into
the Caribbean," she said of the
LUCILEC deal. "From that
point on, we decided to invest
further in the region. We see a
lot of opportunities for us, and
the investment returns are high-
er there. There are higher
growth rates in the region, and.
the Bahamas has one of the
highest growth rates in the.'
"We have a good relationship
with Marubeni [Grand Bahama
Power Company's 55.4 er cent
majority owner] and feel we can'
work with them to imp' ove the..
utility for everyone's benefit. ,n
"Qur goal is to have influence:,
where we are, not necessarily"
control. We want to partner.
with investors who think we'
have something to add, and.
allow us to bring our expertise
to the table."
Grand Bahama Power Com-.
pany has about 19,000 customer
and generation capacity of 137T
megawatts (MW). "We think
we can help the utility with,
potential new generation and
growth," Ms Nicholson said. .
"The generation used now is !
not as efficient and clean as-
we'd like, and the people of'
Grand Bahama would like, so,
we're looking at opportunities.
to improve that.
"But it's really very early to:
say what is going to happen. I
know we have people working
on it as a focus, and I know we:
had some people down in the
Bahamas a couple of weeks ago.
We've not spent much time get-
ting in there to decide what the
priorities are."
Emera financed its purchase
of Lady Henrietta's ICD stake.'
with its existing credit facilities,1
valuing its long-term in\ stmentn
at $85.9 million with a $41 mil4-
lion discount for not having ai
controlling interest.
The transaction with Emera'
priced Lady Henrietta's stake.
at $8.20 per share, a price that.
some might say represents a
generous 47.2 per cent premium
to the $5.57 closing price for,
ICD Utilities shares in Monday;
-September 15, 2008.
Through its two subsidiaries,
Nova Scotia Power and Bangor-
Hydro-Electric Power, Emera'
supplies power to some 600,000
customers in Canada. Nova.
Scotia Power supplies 97 per.
cent of that region's power,
serving 478,000 customers.
through $3 billion in assets and
1,700 employees. Bangor
Hydro-Electric Power, mean-.
while, serves 116,000 customers

amendments related to tkle
appointment of a Foundation
agent, the compulsory nature
of the Foundation Council, and
the rights of a beneficiary.
Members of BFSB's Registry
Services Working Group are
Antoinette Russell/Tanya Pin-
der/Shantelle Ferguson, Credit
Suisse Trust; Bryan Glinton,
Glinton Sweeting & O'Brien;
Bryinda Carroll, Callenders &
Co.; Charmaine Tucker, Lom-
bard Odier Darier Hentsch
Bank & Trust; Cordelia Fer-
nander, UBS Trustees
Bahamas; Crystal
Butler/Rochelle Sealy, Price-
waterhouseCoopers; Hollie
Lunn/Nadia Taylor, Higgs &
Johnson; Lamantha I aycock,
Lennox Paton; Maria McDdn-
ald, MMG Bahamas Ltd.;
Michelle Pindling-Sands, Gra-
ham, Thompson & Co.; Pamela
Klonaris, Klonaris & Co.; and
Yolanda Coakley, Trident Cot-
porate Services.

Common Law and Equity Division

or lot of land situate in the Settlement of Salt Pond
in the Island of Long Island one of the islands of
the said Commonwealth of The Bahamas Which
said lot is bounded Northwardly by land now or
formerly the property claimed 'by John Knowles
.and running together thereon Three hundred
and Sixty Seven and Five hundredths (367.05)
feet Southwardly by land now or formerly the
property of the said George Knowlbs and running
thereon One hundred and Seventy Two and Fifty
Eight hundredths (172.58) feet Westwardly
partially by land now or formerly the property
of John Knowles and partially by land now or
formerly the property of George Knowles and
running thereon Two hundred and Two and
Fifteen hundredths (202.15) feet and Eastwardly
by a thirty (30) feet wide road reservation and
running thereon Two hundred and Sixty Seven
(267) feet which said piece parcel or lot of land
has such position.boundaries shape marks and
dimensions as are on a plan filed herein and
' thereon coloured Pink.

IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act,
AND IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of
Randolph Lawrence Knowles.

The Quieting Titles Act, 1959
Imperial Park subdivision in the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of:
ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate
in the Settlement of Salt Pond in the Island
of Long Island one of the islands of the said
Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said
lot is bounded Northwardly by land now or
formerly the property claimed by John Knowles
and running together thereon Three hundred
and Sixty Seven and Five hundredths (367.05)
feet Southwardly by land now or formerly
the property of the said George Knowles and
running thereon One hundred and' Seventy
Two and Fifty Eight hundredths (172.58) feet
Westwardly partially by land now or formerly
the property of John Knowles and partially by
land now or formerly the property of George
Knowles and running thereon Two hundred
and Two and Fifteen hundredths (202.15) feet
and Eastwardly by a thirty (30) feet wide road
reservation and running thereon Two hundred
and Sixty Seven (267) feet.

Randolph Lawrence Knowles claims to be the owner of the fee
simple estate in possession of the said piece parcel or tract of land
free from encumbrances.
And the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting
Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said piece parcel or tract
of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined
and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in
accordance with the provisions of the said Act
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower or a
right to dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in the
Petition shall by the end of 30 days after the final publication in the
newspapers of this Notice on December 8, 2008 file in the Supreme
Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of
his claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed
therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement
of Claim within the time prescribed will operate as a bar to such
Copies of the filed plan may be inspected at the Registry of the
Supreme Court, and at the chambers of Messrs. Harry B. Sands,
Lobosky & Company situated at Fifty Shirley Street, Nassau,
Bahamas during normal business hours.
DATED the 15"' day of October A. D., 2008

Fifty Shirley Street
Shirley House
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner






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Managing Editor

In his rapid but arduous climb
to the US presidency, Barack
Obama promoted a whole-
some creed based onri family
values, equal opportunities for
all, fair reward for a hard day's work,
and a true belief that anything is pos-
sible in the land of the free if you're
willing to strive for it,
Throughout his almost flawless cam-
paign, Obama transcended age, race,
gender, class and religion to convey a
message of compassion and lend sub-
stance to the American dream.
In the process, he laid a template
for politicians everywhere, including
the Bahamas, where idealism, fairness
and consideration for the less fortu-
nate in society have rarely figured as
priorities among a ruling class fired
primarily by self-interest and greed.
To be fair, the examples set by colo-
nial administrations were hardly exem-
plary, while truly inspirational leader-
ship like that apparently offered by
Obama has been rare to the point of
virtual non-existence in the post-war
era. Gandhi and Kennedy aside, you
have to search hard and long for politi-
cians with the power to make grown
men weep with joy.
In my lifetime, I've seen no-one in
international politics whose offer of

"Throughout his almost flawless campaign,
Obama transcended age, race, gender, class and
religion to convey a message of compassion
and lend substance to the American dream.
In the process, he laid a template for politicians
everywhere, including the Bahamas, where.
idealism, fairness and consideration for the.
less fortunate in society have rarely figured
as priorities among a ruling class fired
primarily by selfinterest and greed..."
-John Marquis

hope has been so widely embraced. To
see the Japanese chanting Obama's
name so ecstatically was uplifting for all
those who yearn for global harmony.
His appeal is virtually limitless.
And his resounding victory tells us
that the United States of America, 232
years after independence, 143 years
after the Civil War, and four decades
after the Civil Rights Bill, has finally
come of age.
Obama's triumph has resonated
throughout the free world, especially
Europe, but its greatest impact will

hopefully be felt in those black soci-
eties where post-colonial governance
has been far from stellar.
Let's hope he shows the same impa-
tience with the likes of Robert Mugabe
as he does with black Americans who
constantly fall back on excuses for their
lack of progress in life.
Let's hope he continues his drive to
promote the family as a vital compo-
nent of a successful society, in the
process berating those black fathers
who are more interested in going walk-
about than facing up to their responsi-

The day after his win, Obama's first
task was to take his daughters to
school, having expressed his bound-
less love for them during, his accep-
tance address. Throughout his cam-
paign, it became evident that Obama's
family background though he effec-
tively lost both parents at an early age
- is the bedrock of his success.
The man has substance born of
adversity. He is a truly international
being, the exact opposite of his
appalling predecessor. And he is the
best orator I can recall since Winston
Churchill and Aneurin Bevan, far bet-"
ter, in fact, than either John F Kennedy
or Martin Luther King..
Let's hope that Bahamian politicians,
in particular, will take note of this
man's vision, his apparent humility, his
undoubted ability, and the inclusive-
ness of his cause.
If he is half what he appears to be,
Obama could literally change the
world, if only in its perception of the
United States, which under George W
Bush became virtually a pariah power
with no moral compass and the kind of.
coarse, brazen hubris others found dis-
Like all political leaders, Obama will
be judged, not simply by his personal
qualities, but by those he chooses to
serve in his inner circle.
If he repeats the policy he adopted

so admirably as editor of the Harvard
Law Review, when he fazed fellow
black liberals by including three right-
wing Republicans on the editorial
board, he will prove beyond doubt that
,his inclusivity is genuinely felt.
He seems to recognize that Ameri-
ca's plight is so deep in so many areas
that a purely partisan approach to tal-
ent selection is neither useful nor
Most impressive of all, though, is
that he saw himself as a man of destiny
almost from the start, with a genuine
mission to help those less gifted and
fortunate,than himself.
Having aced his course at Harvard,
he could have had the pick of the top
banks, law firms and corporations in
pursuing his legal career. Instead he
went off to Chicago as a community
organiser fuelled not by self-aggran-
'disement or personal gain, but by a
real desire to help those who could not
help themselves.
Can anyone tell me, please, where
we can find this brand of self-denying
idealism in the Bahamian political
class, a cadre of people who are for
the most part fired up only by a
desire to get on the government payroll
and ride out five years of self-preening
Can anyone identify a single soul in

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their hearts.
By contrast, Obama rose
from humble beginnings to pro-
mote the cause of ordinary folk,
a mission which brought him
into contact with the Rev Jere-
miah Wright, a ranting racist
preacher who came closest to
de-railing his drive for The
White House.
Obama's success was well
deserved for many reasons, but
his ability to overcome the
handicaps of his own colour, his
own name, the curse of Jeremi-
ah Wright, the formidable chal-
lenge of Hillary Clinton, and
the vicious onslaught of the
Republicans and John McCain
marks him as a man who is not
to be taken lightly.
Behind the affable exterior,
the imperturbable calm, and the
celebrity smile lies a core of
steel, according to his associ-
Though some of his campaign
colleagues showed arrogance
early on, they quickly learned
from their mistakes and carried
out their mission in a way that
impressed veterans of the pres-
idential election circus.
Even a day or so before the
poll, Obama was described by
MSNBC anchor Rachel Mad-
dow as the coolest guy in town,
and it was this coolness, con-
trasted with John McCain's

erratic and sometimes impetu-
ous behaviour, that won many
over to his cause.
Following, as he does, the
thoroughly discredited regime
of George W Bush in a time of
national crisis, Obama has the
opportunity to become the
great president America is seek-
Generally speaking, great
presidents are not produced in
the good times, but in the bad,
as when Abraham Lincoln had
to hold the union together
through a bloody civil war.
Times have scarcely been
worse for America than at the
present time, so Obama will
have to produce solutions to
myriad problems on several
fronts, including two costly wars
and a financial crisis that threat-
ens to undermine America's
power base.
If he fulfils the immense
hopes and expectations of his
supporters, and re-establishes
America's status in world
affairs, Obama will indeed join
the upper ranks of US presi-
dents, setting a new standard
for governance in, the modern
Meanwhile, politicians in the
Bahamas need to pick up a few
tips from the new president-
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politics here who has even a
shred of Obama's idealism and
vision, a genuine desire to uplift
his or her nation and promote
the welfare of its people?
Instead, large swathes of Nas-
sau's political community con-
tinue to laud a man Sir Lyn-
den Pindling who not only
lacked vision, but contributed
enormously to the country's
ignominy in the 1980s, when it
was almost taken over by
Colombian drug lords.
"Pindling never had a nation-
al plan," a political insider told
Insight, "nor was he particular-
ly motivated by the cause of the
people. In fact, though he was
brought up over the hill, he
found it difficult to identify with
other people because he lived
such an enclosed existence."
Far from being a man of the
people, the source said, Pindling
was a cosseted only child whose
parents disliked him mixing
with others of his own age and
class. Hence, by the time he
emerged on the political scene
in the mid-1950s, having attend-
ed law school in London, he
was really quite disconnected
from grassroots Bahamians,
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How 'Calamity Jane'

finished off John McCain

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JUDGED purely on her
looks, Sarah Palin is a cracker.
Hardly a single red-blooded
male in North America has not
had outrageous thoughts about
Mrs Palin over the past nine
She walks well, she talks well,
has a mouth as enticing as a
bowlful of sugared raspberries,
and, doggone it, a wink that
must have made Joe Sixpack,
Joe the Plumber and every Joe
Blow south of Ice Station Zebra
go watery round the knee-caps.
When she began gyrating
seductively to the music on Sat-
urday Night Live 'You
betcha!' there was barely a
male on the planet who didn't
feel the earth move.
There is no doubt that, had
presidential races been won
strictly on an ability to make
otherwise sane and rational
men howl plaintively at the
moon, Sarah Palin together
with her rather, less sexually
engaging sidekick John McCain
- would by now be preparing
themselves for a triumphant dri-
ve down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Unfortunately for McCain,
all but the Republican Party's
intellectually challenged hard-
core base saw through Mrs Pal-
in's superficial appeal and took
fully into account the truly
awful implications of her selec-
McCain's credibility, until
then fairly sound, evaporated
soon after he reached out to
America's North-West Frontier
to enlist the services of Alaska's
physically alluring governor.
For in picking Palin to add
colour and glamour to his fast-
fading campaign, McCain dis-
played such appalling lack of
judgment that he could no
longer be considered a realistic
option for president iniqh.a
dangerous world. F .. -
Had McCain chosen wisely,
there is little doubt the presi-
dential race would have been
much closer. Right up to the
end of the Democratic conven-
tion, I thought the Vietnam vet-
eran had more than a fighting
chance of eclipsing the phe-
nomenon that is Obama.
However, he allowed himself-
to be panicked into a corner by
the sheer magnificence of Oba-
ma's convention speech. Fran-
tically seeking glitz over sub-
stance, he plucked Sarah from
the ice-bound wastes of Alas-
ka in an act of cynical voter
manipulation that backfired
It will go down as one of the
truly classic boo-boos of mod-
em political history.
McCain and his backers knew
what was needed. They sought a
God-fearing, pro-life, gun-lob-
byist frontierswoman to ride
shotgun as he steered his bat-
tered buckboard into the
increasingly hostile territory of
the Wild West battleground,
They needed someone who
could pick off the marauders
with an unerring eye if the
wheels came loose on the plains
and deserts of middle and west-
ern America.
He thought he was getting
Annie Oakley, armed to the
teeth with a Winchester rifle
and a couple of Buntline Spe-
cials. What he got was Calamity
INSIGHT, being essentially
diffident in such matters, rarely
looks back and says: "I told you
so." But here's what we said on
September 15, not long after
Palin was picked:
The question now is whether
Palin will be able to sustain her
appeal once the novelty has
worn off or whether her short-
comings will become grotesque-
ly obvious before polling day on
November 4.
The 'bounce'her appearance
(at the convention) gave McCain
in the opinion polls is meaning-
less in that all bounces go up
before coming down, and my
guess is, based on what I've seen
over the past week, that Palin
could become a weight round
McCain's neck once more is
known about her.
It gives us no pleasure to
record that these misgivings
proved to be resoundingly right
in every sense.
After all, America's president
is our leader, too. We need

knowledge, judgment and grav-
itas in the higher reaches of gov--
ernment, not a woman who had
no passport until a year ago, has
never been to Europe, and

What could and should have been a close race for The White House ended

for John McCain the day he chose Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential

running mate. INSIGHT picks over the remains of a failed campaign...

famously suggested there was
still time for her to pull out and
save McCain's chances and
By then it was too,late. Old
John's buckboard was veering
crazily, wheels buckling on
every bump, with his sidekick
firing wildly over the enemy's
Did she really believe Oba-
ma was a nascent terrorist? Did
she really believe he was a far-
left socialist with Marxist ideals?
-- Did she really think that only
Americans who thought like her
were "real" and patriotic Amer-
icans? Did she really believe
that Obama's graduated tax
,.plan, aimed at spreading wealth
to all Americans, was minted in
the Kremlin?
It was apparently all going
down well with the extreme
Republican right, but Ameri-
cans with IQs over 75 were hav-
ing none of it.
As desperation set ih-. her
insinuations became prgres-
sively unpleasant, wrecking
F. McCain's "good guy" image in
the process and making one
wonder whether he was 'actual-
ly. aware of the often'disturb-
ing things being said in his.
.i name.
.Eventually, intoxicated as
all A-type women are by the
attention she was getting, head-
strong Palin veered off-script
and began belittling the tactics
of the campaign she had been
-called in to salvage.
Even non-Republicans b~gan
feeling sympathy for McCain,
whose willingnessato ow-
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thinks she knows about foreign
policy.because Russia's barren
and extremely remote north-
eastern tip can be seen from her
kitchen window.
Leaving aside Troopergate,
the $150,000 campaign
Wardrobe,, the family jollies at
taxpayers' expense and allega-
tions of high-handed tyranny
from the Alaskan pitbull, Palin's
real problem was that she
seemed to know absolutely noth-
ing worth knowing.
It says little for Idaho State
University that she graduated,
from its journalism programme
while apparently having no
insight at all into the world's
newspapers or magazines.
When asked which publica-
tions she read, Palin couldn't
remember a single title.
J-Schools attract America's
brightest young people, the type
who can think quickly on their
feet, have wide-ranging inter-
ests, and boundless curiosity
about the world around them.
They are destined to be the
best-informed of their genera-
tion, the media movers who will
set the nation's agenda for
decades to come.
Even the bluffers among
them could rattle off The New
York Times, the Boston Globe,
The Baltimore Sun and The
Washington Post without giv-
ing it too much thought.
Smarter ones might even men-
tion Time, Newsweek and The
Economist. But Palin couldn't
even name her local paper, the
Anchorage Daily News, among
her regular reads.
It was among the first of her
crushingly embarrassing con-
frontations with the press. But it
was not the last, .and it so hap-
pened that the appalling lack of
curiosity implied by her limit-
ed reading habits proved to be
an accurate reflection of her
small town mindset.
As Palin galumphed her way
from one campaign podium to
the next, mouthing banal sound-
bite phrases fed to her by
increasingly frenetic Republi-
can speech-writers, the down-
ward trajectory of that initial
"bounce" began to become
painfully pronounced.
The "star" of her party's con-
vention began to wane so
alarmingly that there were fears
she might disappear over the
horizon completely, especially
when it became clear that she
didn't even know what a vice-
president did for a living, some-
how believing that her office
would give her control of the
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beaten into enlisting Palin's ser-
vices was now being punished in
the most brazen and offensive
It was like putting his faith
and trust in a pretty young wife
who repaid his good nature by
running off with the guy next

In the end, it seemed that
McCain's campaign had no
cohesion, no coherence, no
cogent answer to Obama's
serene ascent to the presidency,
no cause worth promulgating,
and no principle worth defend-
So exasperated were people
in the McCain camp that they

began blaming each other for
the party's collapsed ratings in
the polls, some quite blatantly
pointing to Mrs Palin as the
source of their woes.
The buckboard had not only
lost all its wheels, it had broken
both axles and been left in the
dust, with Mrs Palin taking off
with the horses.
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every perceived error by the
Democrats was seized upon for
endless, and often farcical,
extrapolation to the point where
no-one not even the Repub-
licans themselves could
believe what was being said.
Only dopes like Sean Hanni-
ty kept the faith, but this extra-
ordinarily dim-witted former
construction worker's views are
so utterly discredited that he
can safely be discounted along
with the poor old duffer who
told McCain on air that Oba-
ma was an Arab.
Usually so adept in the dark
arts of political spin and char-
acter assassination, the Repub-
licans became reckless in their
final days, wild-eyed at the tow-
ering prospect of humiliating
defeat as some of the big names
of their party began defecting
to the Obama camp.
When fanatically Republican
names like Goldwater began
disappearing over the side, it
was clear that McCain's cause
- was lost.
When Joe the Plumber, a
self-promoting exhibitionist,
became the dominant theme of
the campaign, even though
most people could not quite
grasp the significance of his
position, it was clear that
McCain-Palin was destined to
become the most dysfunctional
duo since Samson and Delilah.
Joe was portrayed as an
enterprising small businessman
who would suffer greatly in the
face of Obama's plan to raise
taxes on those earning more
than $250,000 a year.
Yet it turned out that Joe -
whose real name is Sam is
not a qualified plumber at all,
nor does he own a business, and
nor does he earn $250,000 .a
year. In fact, he took home
$40,000 a year as an employee
of someone else until his swift
elevation to campaign mascot
for McCain, with a lucrative
book deal in the offing and a
career in country music a possi-
ble by-product of his new
celebrity status.
Finally came Mrs Palin's
attempt at rubbishing public
spending on fruit fly research.
As more knowledgeable mem-

IN THIS AP FILE PHOTO, President-elect Obama responds to questions
during a news conference in Chicago as vice president-elect Joe Biden,
right, listens.

bers of her party crawled under
every available table to hide
their embarrassment, she waded
into this admirable scientific
work unaware that such
research lies right at the heart of
the fight to help autistic chil-
As a strident advocate of chil-
dren with special needs, and
mother of a mentally disabled
baby, Mrs Palin ought to have
known how important fruit flies
are in the scientists' battle to
combat autism.
Yet she didn't, once more dis-
playing her appalling ignorance,
even in areas where she ought
to have been well-briefed.
With that single. utterance,
the cause of Sarah Palin, and
by association John McCain,
was lost in the eyes of every-
one in America with a brain
bigger than a blueberry.
Calamity Jane was a disaster
for the Republican ticket, a last-
ing indictment of McCain's
judgment, and in her emer-
gence as a heroine among some
misguided Americans a sym-
bol of that country's often wor-
rying insularity and unworldli-
In fact, disgruntled Republi-
can aides are now revealing that
she did not know Africa was a
continent (she thought it was a

FROM page 2C

elect and look around themselves for a figure in
the Obama mould.
It has been clear for many years that this coun-
try needs a true statesman, a true luminary, to set
a new course for the 21st century.
In just the same way that Obama will have to
break the back of Washington and its entrenched
elite, a Bahamian leader of the future will have to
break the back of the self-styled elite here, plac-
ing the national interest above their own and
being gutsy enough to challenge the status quo.
The fact that Pindling is still cited as a role
model for the Bahamas is bad, bad news. It indi-
cates an unwillingness to break with an unsavoury

country) and that she could not
name the nations which make
up North America.
If, as some people fear, she
re-emerges in 2012 as the
Republicans' presidential nom-
inee, then America's fiercest
critics will be forced to conclude
that a sizeable proportion of the
great republic's population is
seriously bereft of sound judg-
ment and unworthy of the
weighty responsibilities they
Physically attractive as she is,
it would be a sad day indeed if
Mrs Palin came to represent the
western world's obsession with
image over substance, celebrity
over sanity.
If she has-a future, let it be in
the shallow world of television,
where she began her career as a
sports anchor, or as.a high-pro-
file cheerleader for a candidate
with sounder credentials.
Having her at the top of the
ticket would only confirm that
the Republican movement is so
much in retreat, so utterly
devoid, of intellect and sound
judgment, that it may never
again be considered a safe alter-
native in the struggle for power
in America.
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past and an even greater unwillingness to embrace
a better, more wholesome and more uplifting
future. I
If the Bahamas requires a real role model, a
true harbinger of better times ahead, it might do
well to watch Obama, a man who begins his unen-
viable task in mid-January with the aspirations of
the entire world resting on his shoulders.
If he fails; it's hard to imagine where we would
turn next. Obama is burdened not only with the
adoration of millions, but also the risk of immea-
surable disillusionment among those who think
he's the last best hope, not just for America, but
the whole of mankind.

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Re: Movies with a message
YOUR article makes some
good points, and I agree with it
,more than disagree. I also
appreciate you placing such a
thought-provoking article into
our spineless newspapers in the
first place. Thank you.
However, I must take issue
with your words "highly dis-
tasteful" when referring to the
Mel Gibson film. I felt this was
a very accurate portrayal of the
last hours of Jesus' life. Being
crucified is probably not a day
at the park.
Religious people love to talk
about how "Gpd gave his only
son to die on the cross...blah
blah blah" but do they ever
really think about the meaning
of those words? Have they ever
truly considered a lashing with
a whip which tears at the skin,
or how a crown of thorns can
be worn? Do Catholics and
Anglicans think (truly) about
the meaning of their words to
"eat the body of Christ" and
"drink his blood" during Com-
When you say that Bahami-
ans might not have wanted to
see themselves as they really
are in rejecting Brokeback
Mountain maybe this is also
the reason many find the Gib-
son film distasteful? It shows
religious zealots as they really
are. They will kill and destroy
anything and anybody who gets
in their way of controlling
everyone even our Lord
himself whom. the religious
zealots of that day-felt needed
to be destroyed.
If Jesus came to Earth today
he would likely end up in
Guantanamo, real quick. He
might say something that some-
body important found "offen-
sive." Heck, he might even
engage in a little "hate speech."
But guess what? Don't wor-
ry. He's niiot coming back, pven
though that young lady walks
up and down Bay Street all day
with the big sign. He's not stu-
pid like us. His grade average is
much higher than a D+. He
learned His lesson the first
Please keep the sensible
newspaper articles coming -
thank you again,
John Roberts
Again today you have
penned an article that has
prompted me to write a
response to you. I agree in prin-
ciple with what you have to
say. First of all, I don't think
"anyone should assume the
authority to tell any adult what,
they can eat, drink, look at, or
listen to in the proper setting.
I, too, have been absent from
the theatre for years, going only
once or twice in the last ten
years, for the same reasons that
you mentioned. I made a con-
scious decision not to see what
was being offered. And that is
what we really ought to have, a
I am a devoted Christian but
will probably see both of the
banned films. I have had many
discussions with atheists and
find some of them quite inter-
esting and intellectual. I have
no difficulty with having my
views held up to scrutiny and I
certainly don't need any board
to tell me what I am mature
enough to handle. In order for
them to make this decision they
must have seen both films. And
if they did, what harm have
they suffered from having seen
them? People need to demand
that the establishment stop
treating them us idiots who can
make a sensible decision for
I have a different view from
you as to the Mel Gibson's
"Passion" movie. I am a stu-
dent of history and have always
wanted to know the type arind
scope of the punishment dur-
ing the time of Christ. Yes, it
was a very bloody movie but
riveting. I was a bit annoyed at
those who sat there sniffling
and claiming that they had a
life changing experience
because of all of the blood let-.
ting. But for me it was some-
thing I wanted to see for the
reasons stated.
But here is what I have writ-
ten to say, it's a very simple
thing, really. If we truly want a
free society we need to enforce
freedom on all of its citizens,
then hold them account-
able. Who wants to gorge them-
selves with filth will soon see

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Bahamian public to try some-
thing different to the usual
"Hollywood blockbusters".
Yours sincerely,
-Christopher Southgate
The Bahamas International
Film Festival
INSIGHT replies: Point tak-
en. However, the article was
aimed at commercial cinemas
and the 51 weeks of the year
when the festival isn't running.
Hear, hear! I read your arti-
cle yesterday and I was over-
joyed to know that there are
other people here who care
about culture! I am originally
from Boston, but have been liv-
ing here for the past 20 years
and for those past 20 years I
have been astounded at the fact
that the culture here seems to
be narrowing as. we
speak. When "Brokeback
Mountain" came and went, I
was horrified, angry and embar-
rassed about living here. Over
the years, as you said, we have
missed dozens of fantastic
movies and this is a crime.
There are many intellectual
people out there who are starv-
ing for something more and I
couldn't agree with you more
on that point. The thing is, what
do we do, or what can we do
in reality? We live in a place
.where culture, and opening
one's mind, are not of the
utmost importance. Do we have
Anyway, just wanted to
share my thoughts with you and
to let you know that there are
many, many frustrated people
who "feel exactly the same. If
.you can think of any ideas that
might change the course of
things, please let me know.
Thanks for speaking your
Susan Katz Lightbourn
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thing for us to let slip and slide
because a few people think they
know what is best for the rest of
David Forbes
MAY I say that I don't agree
with at least half of what you
.said about religion and."The
Passion", but once again the
argument was flawlessly pre-
sented, and I do agree that we
need more choice in our cine-
mas, which seem only to cater
for the lowest common denom-
G. Ableman
As a director of The
Bahamas International Film
Festival, I was disappointed
that there was no mention at
all of the one-week long inter-
national film festival which is
held each year in early Decem-
ber. We show some 70 to 80
films of all genres during the
festival, which is open to the
Bahamian public. We strive .to
show a broad range of films,
aimed directly at the "intelli-
gent movie-goer." We have
worked tirelessly since 2004 to
help develop a "cine-literate"
movie-going public in this coun-
try, with, I might add, the sup-
port of your newspaper, which
has run numerous articles on
the festival. It is quite sad
that the complaints communi-
cated in your article were not
balanced by at least the partial
solution offered by this world-
class festival.
The festival's mission state-
ment is very clear:
The Bahamas International
Film Festival (BIFF) is a non-
profit organisation committed
to providing the local commu-
nity and International festival
goers with a diverse presenta-
tion of films from The Bahamas
and around the world. In addi-
tion to showcasing films that
might not otherwise be released
theatrically, BIFF provides
unique cultural experiences,
educational programmes, and
forums for exploring the past,
present and future of cinema.
BIFF aims to raise the level of
film-making, participation and
education throughout The
Bahamas and the world.
If you would like more infor-
mation on The Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival, I invite
you and your readers to visit
our website: www.bintlfilm-
fest.com or to contact the
founder and executive director
of the festival, Miss Leslie Van-
derpool. Passes are now on sale
and we welcome you to adver-

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Kakuro Puzzle




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

Sudoku Answer

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- Yesterday's
Kakuro Answer

18 3179

2 3 19

2 4 217

1 Deeply involved with MO
when working (8)
5 Left in charge? (4)
9 Agreed to lose a selfish
characteristic (5)
10 -A number try out the
French shrubs (7)
11 In the main it's
uninhabited (6,6)
13 Making a statue may be
clever (6)
14 Not how Anne Boleyn's
ghost will collide with
you (4-2)
17 Occasion when victory
must be won in a great
hurry (2,4,2,4)
20 It controls the waves,
though the rain is wild (7)
21 Prize-giver, we hear,
seems unable to ring (5)
22 European standard
measure (4)
23 Hurries after a number and
gives punishment (8)

1 Extremely nervous? (4)
2 Make an introduction here
and now (7)
3 The original will become a
source of lessons (3,9)
4 There's hostility when I
cast' my net around (6)
6 House constructed badly
in Virginia (5)
7 As an occupant, I'd resent
being put out (8)
8 Are they why numbers of
people get confused? (7,5)
12 It must honour its
pledges (8)
15 Put out of action as blade
is broken (7)
16 Good man has an urge to
join up (6)
18 Essay on legal
proceedings (5)
19 Woeful cry from a girl
audibly (4)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

Across: 1 Wrongdoer, 8 Obese, 9
Slivers, 10 Ulster, 11 Chalet, 12
Improved, 15 Matronal, 18 You win, 20
Ninety, 21 Cockade, 22 Evens, 23
Down: 2 Ralph, 3 Novels, 4 Duration,
5 Roller, 6 Restive, 7 Bedridden, 11
Commander, 13 Polygons, 14
Stunted, 16 Obtuse, 17 Cuckoo, 19

Across: 1 Small beer, 8 Orion, 9
Mystery, 10 Stroke, 11 Deceit, 12
Overleaf, 15 Impudent, 18 Rouble,
20 Arouse, 21 Animate', 22 Choir, 23
Down: 2 Maybe, 3 Lather, 4
Baritone, 5 Roster, 6 Bigoted, 7
Under fire, 11 Dominance, 13
Entrench, 14 Up to now, 16 Disarm,
17 Gunman, 19 Later.

1 Lacking proper
respect (8)
5 Continuous pain (4)
9 With the
deduction of (5)
10 Trained sports
competitor (7)
11 Remaining
uncertain (2,3,7)
13 Take up (6)
14 Loose from
moorings (6)
17 Task gladly
undertaken (6,2,4)
20 Housebreaker (7)
21 Reduce by 50
percent (5)
22 Quits (4)
23 In moral decline (8)


1 Renown.(4)
2 Opportunity for
action (7)
3 After
death (12)
4 Neighbouring (6)
6 Completely (5)
7 First principles (8)
8 US east
coast port (12)
12 Liable to
error (8)
15 Entail (7)
16 Vulgar (6)
18 Canal boat (5)
19 For fear
that (4)








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body of

HOW many words of tour letters
or more cmn you make from the
letters shown here? In making
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.
Good 17; very good 25; excellent
.33 tor morel. Solution tomorrow.
agony align along angrily angry
argon gaily gain gla girl glory
goal gory grain grainy gran
gravy gray grin groan groin
laying lingo long loving lying
organ orgy ang rangy raving
ring roving VAINGLORY
varying vying yang.yoga yogi

Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

The Cards Speak for Themselves

South dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
4KQ 103
YA9 7
A JE 3

S5 '
*J 1094

VJ 10 8 63 2

4A9 74
*Q 109'
The bidding:
South West North East
-1 NT Pass 6 NT All Pass
Opening lead -jack of diamonds.
One of the indispensable adjuncts
of good dummy play is the ability to
count out a hand. In many deals, as
the play proceeds, a stage is reached
when the distribution of each oppo-
nent's hand can be established with
absolute certainty. This advantage
oftl:n makes the difference between
the success or failure of the contract.
The knack of counting out a hand
is one that can be easily acquired.
The recipe consists ol two simple
.ingredients:.the ability to count to 13,

and the will to do so.
Take this case- where South
became declarer at six notrump as
shown. He won the opening diamond
lead and tried the club finesse, losing
to the king. East returned a diamond,
and declarer then cashed all his
hearts, diamonds and clubs, leaving
him With four spades in each hand.
He had to win them all to make the
When South next led a low spade
to dummy's king, West' played the
eight and East the deuce. Declarer
now proceeded on the basis that the
eight was either a singleton or would
be followed by the jack, but when he
cashed the queen of spades and East
showed out, the slam went down the
West's falsecard was a fine piece
of work, but it should not have suc-
ceeded. If South had kept track of the
play more carefully, he would have
known after the ninth trick that East
started with six hearts (West had
shown out on the second round of
that suit), three diamonds and three
clubs, and therefore at most one
West's clever play of the eight of
spades then could not have deceived
declarer, and the slam would have
come rolling home.

Tomorrow: Bidding quiz.
;2008 King Ieatures Syndicate Inc.


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