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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 12, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
THE Bahamas Hotel Catering
and Allied Workers Union is
anticipating hundreds of lay-offs
at the Atlantis Resort and Casino
as the hotel grapples with low
occupancy rates due to the ailing
tourism industry.
BHCAWU secretary-general
Leo Douglas told The Tribune
yesterday that, to his knowledge,
no final decision has been made,
but he thinks lay-offs are on the
horizon.,
"Talks have been going now.
for quite a few weeks in regards
to union and management.
They're trying to see what is the
best way to really get through
this. So, therefore, I think'even-
tually it might not be numbers
that one anticipated but it's going
to be some (lay-offs). Reluctant-
ly, even though they don't want
to, I think eventually you're going
to hear something soon I don't
think they are going to escape
that.
"I couldn't say if it's this week
or whatever but I'm sure, accord-
ing to the information and dis-
cussions (from) management, I
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DESPITE THE challenges the Bahamas is facing in the tourism industry some residents remain unconcerned
about keeping the nation clean. This old gas tank was pictured yesterday at the side of a beachfront.


Plans for foreign investment in
alternative energy 'noticeably
absent' from PM's address


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
GOVERNMENT'S plans to
entice foreign direct investment
in alternative energy sources was
noticeably absent from the prime


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economy, w b:
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Commerce
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said yester-
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Exploring
foreign direct
investment (FDI) possibilities in
alternative energy would provide
government other ways to garner
international investment during
turbulent economies, when build-
ing luxury developments is not
financially viable, according to Mr
D'Aguilar, and also provide local
employment opportunities.
"He (the prime minister) didn't
say anything about alternative
energy which I think is a wide
open field here. We rely heavily
on fossil fuels, and BEC is review-
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POLICE say they have
no reason to suspect that
the stabbing of two 9th
grade C C Sweeting Jr
High School students on
Monday afternoon was
anything more than a ran-
dom act of violence.
According to police, the
13 and 14-year-old boys
were walking home shortly
after 3pm when they were
approached by a group of
teenage boys who stabbed
them.
Police have not released
what part of the boys' bod-
ies were injured, nor have
they released their names.
They were taken to hos-
pital where they were
treated.
Their conditions are list-
ed as serious, but not life-
threatening.
Officers are questioning
a 14-year-old boy in con-
nection with the matter.


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT A major drug
seizure of nearly 900 pounds of
suspected cocaine was made at the
Freeport Container Port on Mon-
day.
Although police did not release
the estimated street value of the
drugs, it is believed that the seizure
is estimated to be in the millions.
Chief Supt Emrick Seymour,
acting press liaison officer, report-
ed that some 894 pounds of
cocaine were discovered in a 20ft
container around 10.20am.
Acting on information received,


investigate.
Security personnel at the port,
accompanied by DEU and Cus-
toms officials, searched a contain-
er, which had arrived from South
America destined for the United
States.
Supt Seymour said a large
quantity of illegal drugs were
seized and transported to New
Providence.
Police officials have launched
an extensive investigation into the
matter. This is the fourth major
drug seizure at the container port,
this year.
In September, $3.5 million
worth of cocaine was discovered in
a 40-ft metal container, which


Drug Enforcement Unit officers arrived from Buenaventure,
and Bahamas Customs officials
went to the container port to SEE page eight

Programme designed to assist jobless
and under-employed for up to a year
M By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
GOVERNMENT'S unemployment assistance programme is designed
to assist the unemployed and under-employed for up to a year, and
will come from t National Insurance Board fund valued at more than
$100 million, officials said yesterday.
NIB Director Algernon Cargill told The Tribune yesterday that the
fund, which according to the company's 2006 financial statement totals
more than $100 million, has been accumulating since the NIB's inception
and comprises 1.1 per cent of all contributions ever made.
"It is going to be well within our capacity to honour the unemploy-
ment claims, and we will be able to honour the claims up to a one year
period," he said.
Mr Cargill emphasised that the Medical Benefits Reserve (MBR)
SEE page eight

Christie concerned thousands
of young Bahamians may not
benefit from unemployment plan


* By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporter
pturnquest@
tribunemedia.net
IN CRITICISING
government's response
to the downturn in the
Bahamian economy, for-
mer Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie yesterday
expressed deep concern
that thousands of young
Bahamnians may not be able to
benefit from the unemployment
assistance plan announced by
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.
Speaking to the media yester-
day, Mr Christie also warned that
an additional "hundreds of jobs"
will be lost in the near future as
the ailing economy takes another
turn for the worse.
Noting that Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham's address to the
nation on Monday night left more
"questions than answers," Mr
Christie called upon the prime


minister to provide the
Bahamian people with
the "details" of his eco-
nomic rescue plan.
"While we do not
oppose any benefit to
help the unemployed, no
responsible party can
accept a government
programme for which no
details' have been sup-
plied. We wish, there-
fore, to call for the
details to be supplied in
the quickest possible time
so that we are all certain that the
National Insurance Fund is not
adversely impacted; and that the
programme is done in conformity
with all applicable laws," he said.
Mr Christie also warned that
the PLP is "deeply concerned."
with the fact that the Prime Min-
ister's address seemed not to take
into consideration the thousands
of young Bahamians who have
completed high school and col-
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formerly of Driggs Hills
South Andros will be held
on Thursday November 13,
2008 at 11:00. am at
Epiphany Anglican Church
1. Prince Charles Drive,
& '; Officiating will be Father
Dellano Archer, assisted by
other ministers of the gospel Interment will follow in
Woodlawn Gardens Solider Road.

Her memories will forever live in the hearts of her
daughter: Danielle Tellier, her mother: Mrs. Lillian
Williams, 4 brothers: Rudolph, Edmenston Jr. Maxroy,
and Walter Williams; 5 sisters, Mrs. Everlena Johnson,
Mrs. Jacqueline Pickett, Mrs. Jessica McQuay,
Veronica and Ruth Williams; two uncle, Emperor
Mkenize Garnet Morris; 7 aunts, Mrs. Leta McGregor,
Mrs. Annie Williams, Mrs. Margurite Williams, Mrs.
Rosenell Sealy, Ms. Valderine Williams, Mrs. Ironica
Morris Baker, and Barbara Morris; 1 sisters-in-law,
Mrs. Mary Morris; 1 brother-in-law, Mr. Charlie
Pickett; nephews, Ray, Van, Mark and Dwayne
Johnson, Alcott Adderley, Gentry, Kirk and Raphael
Morris, Cpl. 436 Sherrod Dotsett, Davon Williams,
Darius, Bonaby, Julius Williams, Terron McQuay,
Larenzo Murphy and Johnathan Morris; nieces, Mrs.
Verdell Dean, Mrs. Brendalee Bain, Mrs. Lynette
Neely, Mrs. Vonique and Nicola Pratt, Mrs. Pamela
Sullivan, Ginger and Shawnalee Morris, Randice and
Duval Dean and a host of other relatives and friends
including, the entire Williams family, and the Morris
family, her god parents, Althea Carey and Juanita
Hamilton, St. John's College class of 1983, the Wong
family, Patrick McQuay, the Drigg's Hill, other family
and friends too numerous to mention.

Sleep on Sharlene and take your rest We love you but
Jesus.

Viewing will be held in the Serenity Suite at Restview
Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd. Robinson
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* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A "PRECEDENT" set in the
Love Beach area means that a
multi-million dollar waterfront
development in the early stages
of construction will be built at
what is now considered an
unsustainable distance from the
ocean, the director of physical
planning admitted yesterday.
Despite adjustments to the
demands now being placed on
developers, director Michael
Major said it would now be
"unfair" for the government to
demand more from the devel-
oper when others building in the
area had not been called on to
do the same thing in the past.
Environmental activist Sam
Duncombe condemned the gov-






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ernment's decision to let the
developers build based on the
now outdated beachfront set-
backs as "irresponsible."
"If we follow that line of
thinking then continuing to bull-
doze mangroves, or damaging
water tables, or dredging corals,
is fine as there have been prece-
dents set all over the country
for this to occur."
"We no longer have the luxu-
ry of ignorance as in past years,
we must develop with the future
in mind," said Ms Duncombe.

Project
The luxurious Columbus
Cove project is set to include
eight buildings, each four
storeys high; containing a total
of 56 condominiums, four of
which will be directly on the
waterfront.
"Were there a dune along this
part of Love Beach they would
be building literally on top of
it," said a concerned local who
contacted The Tribune about
the project,.
,;, Mr.Major said the department
it-self previously received a


query about the project's com-
pliance with setbacks and had
performed a site check which
confirmed it was in accordance
with the "40 foot from the high
water mark" construction guide-
line on which its approval was
. conditioned.
He confirmed that based on
the more stringent standards the
government now imposes on
deVelopers, the Columbus Cove
development would not be given
the green light to build so close
to the water.
"Once we understood the
impacts of global warming and
other scientific predictions, our
setbacks have be-n3in-creased
significantly in some areas," said
the director.
But, he said, in the case of a
project which was approved'
before the new regulations, it is
left up to the developer not
the government to decide if
the plans should be adjusted to
comply with what is now con-
sidered best practice.
Ms Duncombe dismissed this
as the government "shirking its
responsibility as the lead agency
that should beprovyidig sound


advice to the public..., the fault
squarely lies at their feet."
She added that the property's
stakeholders "must-have their
heads in the sand if they are not
considering the full impacts of
global warming, increased hur-
ricanes and sea level rise."

Vocal
Scientists have become
increasingly vocal about the
potentially devastating impact
global warming will have on
beaches and property
surrounding them, through sea
level rise and intensified hurri-
canes.
The Bahamas is recognized
globally as one of the countries
considered most vulnerable to
the effects of sea-level rise.
Mr Major said he "couldn't
say" when approval for the
Columbus Cove project was ini-
tially granted, however he said it
was prior to the point when the
demands placed on developers
were re-evaluated. .
Messages left, for Columbus
Cove's developers wereno t
returned up ft" press time.


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Annual awards day ceremony held


at Thelma Gibson Primary School


UNDER the theme "Achieving Our Goals through
Excellence in Education", the staff of the Thelma Gib-
son Primary School recently hosted its annual awards
day ceremony. Students,were recognized and rewarded
for their hard work and achievements for the 2007-
2008 academic school year. They were presented with
certificates, ribbons, trophies, plaques, and DVD movies.
Some 130 students, who all had a grade point average
(GPA) of 3.0 to 3.69, made the honour roll.
Five students, who all achieved a GPA between 3.69
and 4.0, were placed on the principal's list. Those stu-
dents were Shania Kemp, Anneice Browl, Jeremy
Gray, Abigail Baker, and Garvin Butler Jr.
Special awards recipients were Shania Kemp, who
was given the principal's award for having the school's
highest GPA, and Jeremy Gray, who received the vice-
principal's award for the second highest GPA.
Shania and Jeremy also both received the senior
mistress' award Shania for having the highest GPA of
the upper primary school, and Jeremy for having the
highest GPA of lower primary.
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dents of their grade.
In grade four, Shania Kemp, with six awards, and
Rhandon Scott, with nine awards, were named most out-'
standing students.
Chyla Walker, Alonzonique Lowe, Daja Wilson,
Brandon Smart, Lashante Sampson, and Johnathan
Neely were the most outstanding students of grade
three.
At the first grade level, Tamal Cargill was named
most outstanding student with five awards.
In the special education unit, June Coakley and
Simon Rolle were named the most outstanding stu-
dents.
Thelma Gibson Primary School's team is led by prin-
cipal Angela Russell; vice-principal Carol Braynen;
senior mistress Delores Butler, and senior mistress
Miriam Carroll.
The school thanked Charles Bowleg, owner of "The
Movie Zone" in the Prince Charles Shopping Centre, for
donating 25 DVDs for the most outstanding students of
every class.

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Hopes grow of

answer to

Bahamas breast

cancer riddle
* BY ALEX MISSICK
THE question of why so
many Bahamian women are suf-
fering from breast cancer may
soon be answered, as local and
international experts have con-
cluded a special series of tests in
Nassau.
The Cancer Society of the
Bahamas and the University of
Miami (UM) have completed
their tests for a mutated gene
they believe to be prevalent in
Bahamian women. Altered
genes such as BRCA1 and
BRCA2 make women more sus-
ceptible to breast and ovarian
cancer. Dr Theodore Turnquest,
consultant medical oncologist at
the Princess Margaret Hospital,
told The Tribune yesterday that
the results have been sent to the
United States. He is hoping to
have the results shortly.
"We are hoping for the best
to help these women and the
country find an answer," he
said. While researchers were not
able to test the 175 to 200
women with breast or ovarian
cancer they had hoped to, Dr
Turnquest said the exercise was
a great success.
"We were able to test over
110 persons who are all con-
firmed breast cancer patients.
We had a great turn-out for the
three days we tested," he said.
The study began in 2002, after
Dr Judith Hurley of UM and
Bahamian doctors noticed that
women in the Bahamas were
being diagnosed with cancer at
earlier ages than other women.
They did a quick scan of
breast cancer patient charts
from Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal and learned that 48 per cent
of patients that were diagnosed
before age 50. A study of 18
Bahamian breast cancer
patients living in South Florida
was launched because of this
find. In eight of these cases,
researchers found one or more
of three gene mutations that can
predispose women to breast
cancer.

Man injured in
drive-by shooting
A MAN was taken to the hos-
pital Monday evening after he
was hit by bullets during a drive
by shooting in the Pinewood
gardens area.
According to police, around
5pm four men in a Honda
Accord pulled up to a group of
men standing around in the area
of Mahogany Street and opened
fire. One of the men, an 18-
year-old, was struck in the right
shoulder and was transported to
hospital where he was treated
and discharged.
Police are continuing their
investigation into the matter.

Police arrest
man after finding
drugs, firearm

POLICE on Monday appre-
hended a man suspected of ille-
gal firearm and drug possession.
During a search of a
Marathon Estates home at
2.30am on Monday, officers
Police Station, assisted by CDU
officers, found an AK 47 assault
rifle, a .40 handgun with six live
rounds of ammunition, and a
small quantity of marijuana.
A 33-year-old male resident
of that home was taken into
police custody.


Tanya Wright should consider


resigning from Senate


* BY MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP MP Fred Mitchell called
for Tanya Wright to consider
resigning from the Senate despite
Chief Justice Burton Hall find-
ing her to be politically neutral.
Mr Mitchell, a former inde-
pendent senator, said Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham made a
"grave legal error" by appoint-
ing Senator Wright and Antho-
ny Musgrove whose seats were
challenged by opposition leader
Perry Christie.
The seats are two of three set
aside for senators chosen by the
prime minister following consul-
tation with the opposition leader,
to achieve the same political bal-
ance in.the Senate as in the
House of Assembly.
Although Chief Justice Hall
found Mr Musgrove to be an
FNM activist and ordered his res-
ignation, he could find no evi-
dence to show Senator Wright
supported either the PLP or
FNM.
But Mr Mitchell has spoken in
support of former PLP senator
and attorney Damien Gomez,
who worked on behalf of Mr
Christie in the case and said Mrs
Wright should resign if she is an
FNM supporter, as remaining in
the Senate would breach the


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FRED MITCHELL speaks to the media yesterday at a press copfrence
at the House of Assepmbly.


political balance prescribed by
the constitution.
Mr Mitchell said: i"The prime
minister made a grave legal error
in making these appointments.
"We now have some legal guid-
ance on what is supposed to hap-
pen with regard to tfle appoint-
ment of the three senators.
"I agree with Damiien Gomez
that Tanya Wright must consider
her position.
"The judge clearly indicates
that no one who is subject to the
FNM whip can serve iii that seat.
"The prime minister must be


guided by the principles of the
judgment and he cannot act willy
nilly to appoint whom he.wants."
The government is appealing
the chief justice's ruling on Mr
Musgrove, however Prime Min-
ister Ingraham will make a new
appointment following consulta-
tion with the opposition leader.
The Senate could face another
shake-up if Finance Minister
Zhivargo Laing is removed from
his seat when Election Court
judges return with a ruling on the
PLP's Marco City constituency
challenge.


Ingraham's address to nation


offered nothing new, says Moss -
I By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net T ltM S e t


Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham's address to the nation on
his government's plan to minimize
the fall out from'the.globallinan-
cial crisis in the Bahamas was
long overdue and lacking in sub-
stance, businessman and PLP
contender Paul Moss claimed yes-
terday.
Admitting that the speech giv-
en by MrIngraham in a televised
broadcast on ZNS on Monday
night was "laudable in some
instances", Mr Moss said it fell
down in its failure to offer "bold
strategies" to reposition the
Bahamian economy for the
future.
' "I was bewildered to hear of
no new initiatives, the re-hashing
of old ideas and no bold state-
ments," said Mr Moss.
Mr Moss proposed that the
government move swiftly to
"switch BEC over to LNG or to
introduce LNG", set up an alter-
native energy facility and revisit
the PetroCaribe initiative as a
means of reducing energy costs
so the Bahamas can enjoy "more
efficient, more profitable future."
And he suggested the govern-
ment put up millions of dollars
of crown land and "guarantee 25
to 50 per cent of mortgages for
nine months."
Mr Moss claimed Mr Ingra-
ham's statement of the need for
the government to be "practical
and commonsense" in handling
the crisis "was a means of defend-
ing himself and his administra-
tion against shortsightedness" of
its response.
Speaking on Monday, Mr
Ingraham emphasised the global
and unavoidable nature of the sit-
uation afflicting the Bahamian
tourism sector in particular and
noted plans to offer financial
relief, to speed up the pace of
public works plans to provide jobs
and aggressive tourism promo-


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Btion initiatives.
At a press
conference', Mr
Moss also hit
out at the larty
of which he' is a
member -' the
opposition IPLP
saying that it
too has been "lacking in many
ways" in their response to the cri-
sis.
The businessman said iMt
Ingraham offered.a "mish-m;.ash
of policies, as if he is dealing with
an economy so large as not to be
able to determine what resources
are available and what likely
impacts may follow from the cri-
sis."
Accepting that some of t'he
relief proposals that Mr Ingia-
hari put forward are necessary,
he nonetheless stated that thiy
are "unsustainable" and said what
the government should ble
announcing is policies it will
implement to bring more money
into the economy.
He lamented the prime mini s-
ter's emphasis on the pivotal rol e
which American consumer confii-
dence plays in the country's fatoe.
"I recognize the relationship
between consumer confidence it i


the US and tourism growth in the
Bahamas. However, that also
shows that we are too one dimen-
sional in our economic structure
and too passive in terms of diver-
sification, and that is not the fault'
of the US and that was not caused
by the economic decline," said
Mr Moss.
In relation to financial relief
for the jobless, Mr Moss com-
pared it to the government's pro-
posed plan to offer financial assis-
tance to those with mortgage pay-
ments which was announced a
month ago but has not yet come
into effect or been spoken of
since. "That's indicative of this
government and past govern-
ments they announce these
things with no real plan to put
them into place," said Mr Moss.
He said the prime minister
should have said he will immedi-
ately convene a meeting of "all
stakeholders" to come up with
effective policies designed to
respond to the situation.


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PRIME Mimister Huert In mgrabam was criticsed by PLP Mur
Fred Mitchell yesterday for failing to engage with the opposition
about the economic crisis.
Comparing the global; financial downturn to nothing other than
America's great depression n in 1929, Mr Mitchell said the government
must engage with the opposition to find resolution.
He claimed the PLP pressured the government into addressing
economic issues, but criticised Mr Ingraham for not forming a sin-
gle comprehensive programme in consultation with the opposi-
tion. He said: "'There is no support of bipartisanship here. Every-
thing is kept close to the chest like, 'I have all the answers, and I
ignore you'. until you needI support. But you need to build a bi-par-
tisanship to face the crisis that faces the country.
"We hope that there is a genuine effort to reach out across the
aisle."


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RECENTLY a young black Bahamian
remarked that he didn't know racial dis-
crimination until he went to school in Amer-
ica.
Many young Bahamians had the same cul-
ture shock, some of them returning home
with the bitterness of the south burned into
their psyche. Unfortunately, it changed their
outlook on life.
We were surprised when a person in his
forties railed against a politician for recalling
the days when a dark-skinned person could
not enter the Savoy theatre at one time the
whites-only movie house on Bay Street -
or any hotels in the Bahamas.
"Just, dirty political propaganda!" he
screamed. This person was surprised when we
confirmed that he had in fact been told the
truth. It was as recently as 1956 when the
late Sir Etienne Dupuch, publisher of this
newspaper,,faced arrest in the House'of
Assembly on the night of January 23, 1956,
for daring to present a Resolution demand-
ing that all public places be opened to all
persons regardless of colour. The next day the
hotels took out advertisements in The Tri-
bune announcing that their facilities were
open to all. Racial discrimination in their
establishments had ended. That period of
our history apparently,has.beeri erased from
recent memory.
And today in the United States, 151 years
after the US Supreme Court ruled that no
African or his descendants, whether free or
slave, could ever be a US citizen, an African-
American is about to enter the White House
as President of the United States:The White
House, the most important resideiice in the
United States, was built with slave labour.,
The present and the future have a way of
mocking the past.
In the Dred Scott case, the Supreme Court
ruled that the African slave Scott, who was
suing for his freedom having lived for a time
in states where slavery was illegal, could not
be recognized by the federal court because no
one of African descent, whether born in the
US or not, could be a citizen of the United
States. The court went further stating that
Scott's temporary residence outside of the
slave state of Missouri did not affect his slave
status because to recognize that he was no
longer a slave would deprive his master of his
legal property. Scott, not protected by the
courts of his country, was considered a mere
chattel of his master.


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It is interesting to note that for population
purposes African-American slaves were
regarded as three-fifths of a person. In other
words they were suspended in limbo nei-
ther man, nor beast.
We can imagine Barack Obama, born in
Hawaii, of a white American mother from
Wichita, Kansas, and a Kenyan father, expe-
riencing that same culture shock as our young
Bahamian when after high school he landed
in Los Angeles.
During this long election campaign, Pres-
ident-elect Obama has shown that he is
devoid of bitterness, he relates equally to
both blacks and whites. Born and raised in
Hawaii, the melting pot of all races and cul-
tures producing a non-race conscious soci-
ety, he was spared the bitterness, hatred and
racial segregation experienced by African
Americans born and raised in the United
States. President-elect Obama does not come
from slave stock. However, America forced
him to come face to face with himself and the
conflicts of his race. Obviously, he had
doubts. Obviously, he had to face unaccus-
tomed racial challenges, but being raised in a
non-racial household by a white mother and
white grandparents, who greatly loved him,
he harboured no anti-white grudges.
His Kenyan father left his mother when he
was two years old. He saw his father only
once after that before he was killed in a car
accident. It was often said during the cam-
paign that Senator Obama could be claimed
by both racial groups black and white.
Many were surprised that white Americans
would vote so overwhelmingly for him. It is
now recognized that the majority of Ameri-
cans have overcome the racial hatreds of the
past. They are tired of racists, whether they be
black or white. That is why neither Rev Jesse
Jackson, nor Al-Sharpton could have ever
been sent to the White House. Their.back-
grounds are too deeply rooted in the hatred
and bitterness of America's racial past. Amer-
ica was ready for a change.
In our opinion there are only two African-
Americans who would have met the hopes of
today's multi-cultural America Barack
Obama and Colin Powell. Obama, an Amer-
ican of Hawaiian background, and Powell, a
highly respected American of West Indian
heritage. Americans indeed want change -
they want to forget the divisive hatreds of
the past. They have pinned their hope on
their man from Hawaii.


Civil service reform?



Not with Ingraham


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EDITOR, The Tribune.


No one in his, or her right
mind would believe that
Hubert Ingrahain or Zhivargo
Laing is very serious about
transforming the civil service.
This is especially so in view of
the fact that they both, and
their FNM party, opposed
Fred Mitchell's efforts and
proposals, to do so, when the
public service formed part of
his portfolio, under the
Christie Administration.
Not only did Ingraham and
his FNM patty reject Fred
Mitchell's reform proposals,
but they did so with the full
cooperation of John Pinder's
Public Services Union.
The country is saddled with
a civil service that is bloated,
antiquated, steeped in medi-
ocrity and political cronyism.
If the truth is told, mediocrity
is endemic in the system,
chiefly because of the kind of
political cronyism we practice
in this little. Bahamas.
John Pinder's union, viewed
Mitchell's reform, proposal
efforts, geared at advance-
ment in pay and rank based.
primarily pn merit, probably
as a threat to his.and his union
execs maintaining their "vote
getting" influence over the civ-
il service/ and the FNM saw
same thing, with respect to
their political fortunes.
They a re not serious about
reforms:;' for them reforms,
which would require more dis-:
cipline 'among the rank and
file, wculd not be to their
political advantage.
, Their only consideration is
the next election and besides,
what can Laing or Ingraham
reform" anyway?
They' must first be able to
manage something, success-
fully, in order .to attempt
reforrining a, decades old,
archaic, system.
I have worked for a num-
ber of years in the service and
have ;i good idea of how the
rot in; the system came to be.
Too lirrge a percentage of civ-
il servants are not interested in
perfoiaming; they spend their
days, and in many cases their
entire: careers, plotting how to
get the edge over their col--
leagu es, with the view to mov-
ing ahead of them in prpmo-
tions and salary increases.


This attitude is fuelled by,
political cronyism which, over
the years, has sapped any sem-
blance of order and cohesive-
ness, inherent in the service
during the fifties and sixties.
It has become, quite frankly,
a cesspool of laziness coupled
with bad attitudes, deal inak-
ing and stealing.
Emphasis on, the rendition
of quality service to and
respect for the public, good
deportment and respect for
themselves, is found in few
areas and among the very few.
Sadly these are never the ones
,who are rewarded.
Seminars do nothing, Ingra-
ham, and you ought to know
that. Reforms must be pur-
sued through removal of all
partisan political considera-
tions for employment and
upward mobility; restoring
order and respect for seniors;
the adoption of and very strict
adherence to the methodology
of determining pay increases
and promotions based on mer-
it and merit alone.
When these measures are
taken and implemented with-
out fear or favour, we will
begin to see a reforming civil
service; until then you can for-
get it, Laing and Ingraham.
Sadly it will never happen
because Ingraham needs a
frightened and emasculated
civil service to stroke his dic-
tatorial leanings. Those are
my views.
FORRESTER J
CARROLL, J.P -
Freeport,
Grand Bahama,
*October 30,2008
(While Mr Carroll is so
gung-ho on accusing Prime
Minister Ingraham and Mr
Laing on not being serious
about reforming the civil ser-
vice, maybe he will be good
enough to tell us why the PLP
government under the late Sir
Lynden Pindling did nothing
about it when the problem
was brought to his attention
by his own PLP chairman in
October 1988?


and Laing in


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EDJITOR, The Tribune.
THE last few weeks I hap-
pened to notice on more than
one occasion that very adult


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content programing is being
run on the Cable TV standard
subscription. What the hell?
Fingers being out off at 11.41
am on a Sunday morning
(Sopranos) when the chance
of youthful eyes watching is
so much higher than a week-
day. The compromise is the
swearing being edited but that
does nothing to edit the very
adult scenes and situations.
Animals being clubbed to
death at 8pm (Family Guy)
on any night is not accept-
able...
What's going on, Cable
Bahamas? Is our community's
desensitisation to violence and


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you need to contribute to? I
am a firm believer in not
allowing children to watch TV
unsupervised but also realise
that is perhaps unavoidable.
Until now Cable Bahamas or
the networks did a really good
job at keeping adult content
slightly out of reach.
I think this needs to be
addressed and addressed
immediately.
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& CITIZEN
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charge
(The civil service tree has
too many dead branches,
which should be shaken down,
PLP chairman Senator Sean
McWeeney told the PLP par-
ty's 33rd annual convention
on October 28, 1988.
(In fact Mr McWeeney's
exact words were: "The truth
of the matter, however, is that
the civil service tree has Just
too many dead branches and it
is high time we shook up that
tree good and proper to bring
those dead branches down
where they belong."
(He said he had spoken
often on the matter in the Sen-
ate.
(Obviously his PLP govern-
ment was not listening. "The
unhappy fact of the matter is,"
he said, "that not only are
there too many people in the
civil service, there are too
many people doing nothing in
the civil service." Worse still,
he said, there are too many
people getting in the way of
those who are trying to do
their jobs in the civil service.
("It is time to shake those
spoilers right out of the tree.
Surely, the time has come to
re-examine this whole concept
of security of tenure which has
been so abused by so many.
for so long to the detriment
of the public interest."
("Why should it be that
workers in the private sector.
have to do a good job to keep
their jobs while their counter-
parts in the public service
establishment feel that they
can get away with goofing off
and slacking off and even out-
right sabotage of government.
policy because it just isn't
worth the time and effort to
go through all the red-tape
that has to be unravelled
before anyone can be fired?"
he asked. ,
(The report on what Mr
McWeeney had to say that
night about the civil service is
too long to publish here. But
Mr McWeeney was onto
something.
(If Sir Lynden and his gov-
ernment had done its job at
that time the Bahamas would
have had a disciplined civil
service by now and Mr Car-
roll would not have had to
trouble himself to bring this
matter up with the FNM 20
years later. Ed).


Obama free of racial hangups


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FOUR male suspects, two
of which are minors, were tak-
en into police custody in con-
nection with a series of armed
robberies which occurred in
the areas of Parker and
Augusta Streets over the
weekend.
The suspects, aged 26, 20, 17
and 16, were taken into cus-
tody for questioning after
police responded to calls of
three armed robberies. On
Sunday, police received
reports of three armed rob-
beries between 3.30am and
6am in the Parker Street and
Augusta Street areas.
Officers quickly responded
and were able to apprehend
four suspects in connection
with these incidents, press liai-
son officer Asst Supt Walter
Evans said.
At around 3.30am on Sun-
day, a man reported that he
was awoken by three men who
forced their way into his
Augusta Street home and
robbed him of a small amount
of cash. The robbers then fled.
Approximately an hour lat-
er, a woman residing on Park-
er Street reported that she was
robbed by four men who
entered her home and stole
cash and jewellery.
Around 6am, another
woman living on Parker Street
told police she had just arrived
home when she was
approached by four men who
demanded money. The
woman was robbed of cash
and her cellular telephone.
The men then fled the area.


New call to stub out smoking


Doctor puts fresh pressure on govt
* By TANEKA THOMPSON agreement. "So one has to weigl
Tribune Staff Reporter the pros and the cons it's no
tthompson@tribunemedia.net something that you would ju


A LOCAL doctor has renewed
his 20-year-old call for govern-
ment to move forward with legis-
lation to ban smoking in enclosed
public places.
Dr John Lunn, former medical
director of the Cancer Society of
the Bahamas, first called for the
legislation in the late 1980s. He
wishes for the Bahamas to follow
countries like the United States
and England in implementing the
ban. In the Bahamas, a smoking
ban for enclosed public spaces
would especially impact the coun-
try's numerous hotels, where up
until now, tourists and visiting
Bahamians alike were able to
enjoy a cigarette or cigar.
In July, 2007, England intro-
duced a new law to make almost
all enclosed public places and
workplaces smoke free. A number
of American states have also insti-
tuted similar bans.
"We've been pushing this ever
since I've been in practice. The
casino especially where we have a
lot of workers exposed to smoke -
in Monte Carlo and Las Vegas
they have special rooms for peo-
ple who want to smoke but the
rest of the public and the workers
are not exposed to it.
"If people want to smoke, they
have to find a special hermetical-
ly sealed room and they can go
there. But the rest of the public
shouldn't be exposed to it,'! Dr
Lunn, a practicing oncologist, told
The Tribune yesterday.
Exposure to tobacco smoke,
whether first or second-hand, may
cause severe and debilitating
chronic illnesses like heart disease
and cancers of the ear, nose,
throat and lung.
In June, 2004, the Bahamas
signed onto the World Health
Organisation (WHO) Framework
on Tobacco Control. In addition


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of the treaty include the use of
tax measures to reduce the
demand for tobacco; protection
of individuals from second-hand
smoke; regulation of the contents
of tobacco products and a poten-
tial ban on advertising and spon-
sorship of tobacco products.
According to the WHO's 2008
report on the Global Tobacco
Epidemic, of the 35 countries
studied, just nine banned tobacco
ads on the radio and broadcast
television, and only three (the
Bahamas, Brazil and Chile) pro-
hibited advertising in newspapers
and magazines. Last March, the
Ministry of Health was said to be
in a consultation phase of a
process that could result in the
ban of smoking in enclosed public
spaces. The potential ban was said
to be part of a comprehensive
overhaul of the regulations relat-
ing to the sale, distribution and
use of tobacco products'in the
country, according to published
reports.
Yesterday, Minister of Health
Dr Hubert Minnis said to his
knowledge, the consultation phase
was incomplete. While the gov-
ernment was concerned about
maintaining the nation's health,
a ban on smoking had to be pre-
ceded by intensive discussions
with hoteliers, casino operators,
restaurants, nightclubs and per-
sons employed in these establish-
ment, he added..
Also, the economic pros and
cons of such legislation had to be
considered, he said. "I think that
(a smoking ban) falls within
national health regulations but at
the' same time one has to look at
the environment, it's a big prob-
lem you know especially when
you're talking about hotels and
casinos, that's a big problem the
US has so you'd have to definite-
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African singer and apartheid




opponent dies age 76


MIRIAM MAKEBA, the African
singer who visited the Bahamas soon after
the PLP's election victory in 1967, and
was a high-profile opponent of apartheid,
has died after taking part in a concert in
Italy.
"Retire? I will sing till the day I die,"
declared the singer in her 2004 biography
Makeba. Her prediction was fulfilled as
"Mama Africa" as she was known was
taken ill shortly after a concert in Italy in
support of the writer Roberto Saviano.
Makeba, exiled from South Africa for
31 years, lived a wandering life, earning
accolades and rebukes in fair measure
because of her spirited stance against
apartheid rule.
At times, she was virtually a fugitive


because of her unpopular political posi-
tions, though she always maintained that
her mission was not political merely a
lifelong pursuit of the truth.
In the early 1960s, Makeba was in tune
with the times as the first African singer to
become world famous as a multi-lingual
performer, taking up the cause of libera-
tion and identifying closely with young
nations then shaking off their colonial
shackles.
Her musical roots were in Africa and
she became best known for "Pata Pata"
and "The Click Song", which featured the
clicking sounds of Xhosa, her father's
native tongue.
Makeba, who survived cancer, aircraft
and car crashes, political coups and impris-


onment, came to the Bahamas around the
time of the PLP's victory, seeing the rise of
Lynden Pindling as another significant
step in the creation of a post-colonial
world.,
When apartheid became the state sys-
tem in South Africa in 1948, Makeba used
her music to fight the cause of freedom
and modelled her singing on the jazz leg-
end Ella Fitzgerald.,
Associated with both Harry Belafonte
and Nina Simone, Makeba became
involved in African-American politics and
sang at President John F Kennedy's 45th
birthday celebration.
. In July, 1963, she gave the first of two
addresses that decade to the United
Nations calling for action against


apartheid. Her South African ,
citizenship was revoked
She hit a professional down-
turn when she married Tnnida-
dian civil rights activist and
Black Panther Stokely
Carmichael The couple mo\ed
to Guinea in 1969 and she !
remained there after their sepa-
ration.
After Nelson Mandela's release
from prison in 1990. she returned to
South Africa and was reinstated as a
citizen.
A farewell %\orld tour in 2005 %as
hindered b. continuing
financial and drink
problems


MIRIAM MAKEBA, the South African singer known to fans worldwide as
Mama Africa, sings during her last concert in Castel Volturno, southern Italy,
late Sunday night, Nov. 9, 2008. According to the Pineta Grande clinic in .
Castel Volturno Makeba died of a heart attack, after collapsing during her
concert. She was 76. (AP) AJ


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THURSTON
DEADMAN'S CAY, Long
Island Sgt Joseph Benjamin
Carroll really wants to march with
the British Legion during
Remembrance Day celebrations
each November in Nassau. The
opportunity just hasn't come.
But, last Sunday when Bahami-
ans remembered the sacrifices of
those who fought in the two
World Wars, Sgt Carroll donned
his British army uniform and.his
chest of medals and marched to
Remembrance Day service auy-
way at: Cartwright's Gospel
Chapel.
I "I am surprised and it disturbs
me very much that the contribu-
niuu Bahamians made in the war
is not taught in schools," he said.
"So, today I turned out especial-
ly for the young people because
they know nothing about the war.
"I always wanted to turn out
4'ith the British'Legion in Nas-
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all along was put on my uniform
and go to church here in Long
Island on Remembrance Day.
"This year I decided to turn
out anyway, even if it was me
alone," he said. And for that pur-
pose he had a new uniform made.
In an honour accorded gover-
nors general, the entire front pew
was reserved for him.
Now 90 years old, Mr Carroll is
best known ,for how he virtually
revolutionised the way business
was done in then rural Long
Island.
He established the first food
store; first hardware store, first
furniture store, first gas station,
first car rental, first guest house,
first laundromat. And he operat-
ed with a heart of gold.
"What I am most happy
about," he said, "is the contribu-
tion I made to making life easier
for families.
"I credited from.north to south.
Families didn't have their front
room or their bedroom sets. I just
let them have it and I waited
.,sometimes years to get paid. But
I am happy anyway because it
was something meaningful to
families."
Married to his beloved Virginia
'Virgie' nee Burrows for more
than 69 years, they are the proud
parents of 13 children, 11 still liv-
ing.
It was Mr Carroll's desire to
see the world that inspired. him


to join the army.
"I left school when I was 14. It
was compulsory," he recalled.
"There was nothing to do. Times
were hard. I earned a pound a
week. That's a little more than a
dollar nowadays? So, when the
army was looking for recruits,
that was right up my alley."
His brothers Frank and Charles
were already in the British army
and Addison was in the US Navy.
Along with fellow Long
Islander Raleigh Carroll and oth-
ers, he answered the call to serve.
Because he was married, he
was not a part of the first draft
and was sent instead to command
school. He underwent severe
training using lite ammunition.
Just when the second draft of
which he was a part, was dis-
patched, the war ended. He did
not get to see the world.
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Turning the screws on tax havens


B AHAMIANS tend not
to think about taxes -'
preferring instead to complain
about the high prices of dutiable
impos.
Bit taxation or the lack of it
is it the heart of a multibillion
doll* business that contributes a
big chunk of our GDP. And this
key businesss sector is about to
face another attack on its legiti-
mac by rich nations just as
our economy is tanking.
'the Paris-based Organisation
' for Economic Co-operation and-
Detelopment ik preparing a new
bl aklist of tax havens around the
w Id. Experts say that 400 banks,
tw -thirds of hedge funds and two
mi lion top corporations have
st hed some 10 trillion dollars
in secret offshore accounts away,
fr m the prying eyes of tax
in sectors.
"This issue has become a ques-
tiln of the highest political impor-
t'ice," the OECD said recently
fi allowing a meeting to discuss the
c ackdown on tax havens. "We
onnt resolve the financial crisis
introducing more regulation
id leaving pockets of non-regu-
Stion to prosper."
There are about 40 low-tax
risdictions around the world.
jut only three Andorra,
Liechtenstein and Monaco -are
i currently on an OECD blacklist
for refusing to share financial
information A new blacklist'
b, wouldd contain about a dozen
countries including the
Bahamas according to Euro-
/pean officials.

A New Offensive
The screws are about to be
turned because high-tax nations
in Europe want to protect their
revenue base, and they see the
current global crisis as a golden
opportunity to fashion a more
closely regulated financial system.
According to Grace Perez-
Navarro of the OECD tax policy
centre (speaking in an online
video), "We've been trying to
tackle the problem of interna-
tional tax evasion through tax
havens. The main focus of our
Work is to establish transparency
and exchange of information
through bilateral agreements."
But others like Cato Insti-
tute tax expert Dr Dan Mitchell
say the OECD is trying to shut
offshore centres down by creating
an international cartel to keep


tax rates high. Mitchell, who
spoke at a Nassau Institute event
here last week, argues that as
labour, capital and profits have
become more mobile in a glob-
alised world, countries are under
pressure to cut their tax rates.
"The bad news," he wrote in a
recently published book called
The Global Tax Revolution, "is
that some governments and inter-
national organisationsare trying
to restrict tax competition...If
(these) plans gain ground, growth
will be undermined, governments
will grow larger, and economic
freedom will be curtailed."
But the OECD says it is not
opposed to tax competition per
se: "Each country can establish
its own tax rates and its own tax
system, but because we are now
living in a borderless world we
need to have greater cooperation
among countries, and that
includes offshore financial cen-
tres," Ms Perez-Navarro said.
In response, Mitchell told
Tough Call that the elimination of
financial privacy is a direct threat
to tax competition, since high-tax
nations would be able to impose
their laws on income and assets in
low-tax jurisdictions, "In other'
words, tax competition is only
effective if taxpayers are able to
benefit from better tax law in oth-
er jurisdictions. That obviously is
not the case if governments have
the ability to track and tax -
flight capital."
The Bahamas came under fire
in this war eight years ago, when
we were blacklisted by the
OECD as one of 35 tax havens
that supposedly engaged in
"hfiarmful tax competition" w-ith
rich nations. After revising our
regulatory system and agreeing
to exchange information with
overseas authorities in tax mat-
ters, we were removed from that
list in early 2002. The intensity of
American interest in these global
regulatory measures fluctuates.
The OECD enjoyed the full sup-
port of thle Clinton administra-
tion, while the Bush administra-
tion sought to soften the assault.
As a senator, Barrack Obama co-


sponsored a bill to clamp down
on tax evasion, so there are fears
that his administration may help
renew the OECD initiative -
even though we already have an
information sharing agreement
with the US.
"Obama used some anti-tax
haven rhetoric during the elec-
tion campaign," Mitchell said.
"But he may not be that deeply
committed...There are lots of
(US) bills out there targeting tax
havens that have now been given
a new lease on life, but the big
question is whether the US will
pressure the Bahamas to sign tax
information exchange agreements
with (the Europeans)."
The OECD is a powerful body
that evolved out of the adminis-
tration of the Marshall Plan for
the reconstruction of Europe
after the Second World War. In
1961 its membership was expand-
ed to include countries from oth-
er regions, and it remade itself as
an intergovernmental policy
bureau with a yearly budget of
over $400 million.
The Cato Institute, which
employs Miichell, is a Washing-
ton-based think tank founded in
1977. It works to increase sup-
port for public policies based on
the libertarian principles of limit-
ed government, free markets, and
individual freedom.

What are Tax
Havens for?
According to Merrill Lynch,
there are an estimated 9.5 mil-
lion high net worth individuals in
the world more than double
the number a decade ago-I and
they are said to hold $37 trillion in
assets. These people are the main
customers of our offshore finance
sector.
"The world's-wealthy hold a
huge pool of mobile investment
capital, they are tax sensitive, and
they are increasingly internation-
al in their outlook," explained
Mitchell in his book (which he
co-authored with Chris Edwards,
another Cato Institute tax
expert).


"The screws are about to be turned
because high-tax nations in Europe
want to protect their revenue base,
and they see the current global crisis
as a golden opportunity to fashion a
more closely regulated financial
system."


Mitchell cites the example of
Peter Nygard, a clothing designer
who was born in Finland, started
his business in Canada, works out
of New York and spends a lot of
time at his Lyford Cay home in
the Bahamas. Joe Lewis, a British
billionaire who is a neighbour, of
Nygard at Lyford'Cay and an
investor in the Albany project,
also spends much of his time in
Florida and Argentina.
Big corporations often seek to .
minimise their taxes through com-
plex legal structures involving for-
eign affiliates. The Congressional
investigation of Enron, for exam-
ple, found that "prudent tax plan-
ning typically requires a US multi-
national enterprise to use a com-
bination of many different entities
in many different jurisdictions",
and acknowledged that this was a
legitimate business activity.
And privacy laws in offshore
finance centres like the Bahamas
also help to shelter the assets of
people who need protection
against government persecution
based on ethnic, religious, politi-
cal and other grounds. In other
words, tax havens can be lifelines
for people who live in unstable
regimes where governments fail
to provide the basic protections of
civilised society.

Tax Competition
Mitchell argues that the tax
competition provided by offshore
finance centres can be a major
tool for reducing 'the size of big-
spending governments, by pro-
moting lower tax rates worldwide.
He says this is strongly opposed
by politicians from high-tax coun-
tries, who are motivated by greed
for more revenue in order to buy
votes.
This can be made clearer by a
quick look backwards. In 1980
the top tax rate in the United
Kingdom was 83 per cent and in
the United States it was 70 per


cent. Reagan and Thatcher were
able to cut those rates to 30 per
cent and 28 per cent respectively,
which triggered a worldwide
reduction in average top tax rates
of about 26 per cent.
The overall tax burden of
OECD countries which had
* been steadily growingin the 1960s
and 70s has been held in check
ever since. But Mitchell says that
high-tax nations are trying to
thwart these developments by
using international bureaucracies
to persecute low-tax jurisdictions.
"The OECD is all about pro-
tecting the interests of high-tax
governments," he told the Nas-
sau Institute meeting last Thurs-
day. "They want to create a tax
cartel like OPEC (the Organisa-
tion of Petroleum Exporting
Countries) and force the entire
world to adopt a unified tax poli-
cy. But there is no question that
tax competition has led to better
policy and better results in terms
of more growth, more jobs and
more prosperity."
.Perhaps the best quotation to
illustrate this point comes from
Nobel Prize-winning economist
Edward Prescott, who (modify-
ing a statement by the 18th cen-
tury philosopher Adam Smith)
said: "Politicians of like mind sel-
dom meet together, even for mer-
riment and diversion, but the con-
versation ends in a conspiracy
against' the public, or in some con-
trivance to raise taxes."

Role of the
Financial Crisis

Meanwhile, all eyes are now
trained on the November 15
meeting in Washington of leaders
of the Group of 20 nations (the
biggest rich economies plus select!
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that has been in place since 1944.
And there have been calls to
transform the IMF into a global
regulator.
In fact, some European gov-
ernments want to outlaw tax
havens altogether as a pre-requi-
site for global financial reform:
According to Mitchell, "French
President Nicolas Sarkozy blames
the financial crisis on tax havens.
He would probably blame cavities
on tax havens."
This is a reference to the view
that offshore centres contributed
to the global financial crisis by
allowing banks such as Britain's
Northern Rock or the US invest-
ment bank Bear Stearns to hide
their losses. After the US and
European government bailouts,
many politicians are asking why
some of those same troubled
banks continue to operate in
countries that encourage tax eva-
sion.. "Is it normal that a bank
that we guarantee loans to, or we
allocate our own funds to...con-
tinues operating in tax havens,"
said President Sarkozy recently.
Meanwhile, this past Sunday
the Observer newspaper in Eng-
land quoted "key aides" of Pres-
ident-elect Obama as saying that
the new administration will intro-
duce a tax haven law within
weeks of taking office as part of a
revenue-raising reform package.
Key measures are likely to'
include: revealing the beneficial
owners'of secretive trusts; pro-
hibiting accountants from charg-
ing fees on specific tax services;
and identifying 'offshore secrecy
jurisdictions' that 'unreasonably
restrict US tax authorities from
obtaining needed information'.
The ultimate OECD threat is
to cut offshore centres like the
Bahamas off from the global
financial system. And Mitchell
argues that appeasement is not
an option because the Europeans
will keep making demands to
achieve their goal of eliminating
tax havens. He told the Nassau
Institute, last week that "all year
long, low-tax people have been
calling me about the US election.
I told them that if the Democrats
are elected there will likely be
more pressure and a second
offensive will be opened against
jurisdictions like the Bahamas. I
hope we can resist it."
What do you think? Send com-
ments to larry@tribunemedia.net
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leges in 2007 and 2008 and those to come in
2009 who will not be able to find jobs.
In addressing the nation on Monday,
the Prime Minister was unable to provide
that sense of hope for the Bahamian peo-
ple. Instead the country listened to him
describe the problem without any clear
sense of direction as to what we should
do.
"What was expected of the Prime Min-
ister last evening; and what the Bahamian
people did not get, was an answer to the
question: Where do we go from here? The
PLP reiterates the call that it made sever-
al weeks ago for the convening by govern-
ment of a special meeting.
"The meeting should comprise partici-
pants from all sectors of the economy with
the aim of developing a comprehensive
plan of action to address the problems
afflicting the Bahamian economy. It is only
by calling on the intellectual capital of a
broad cross-section of our country that we


FROM page one

think they're going to have to really reduce num-
bers to survive," Mr Douglas said.
When contacted yesterday, Atlantis declined
to issue a response.
For weeks there has been mounting specula-
tion that the industry giant would have to cut
staff to cope with dips in occupancy levels fuelled
by the global economic crisis.
Yesterday, Tribune sodtrces claimed the lay-offs
would affect middle managers spread out through
various areas of the hotel. On Monday another
daily reported the hotel niay lay off close to 1,000
employees this. week while ZNS reported the
resort will give some 500 employees notice this
week.
Kerzner International employs nearly 9,000
persons at various properties, including Beach,
Coral and Royal Towers, the Cove and the Reef.
Mr Douglas said "even if a few hundred people are
laid off" it would only represent "a small per-
centage" of Atlantis' total staff.
When asked by The Tribune if he fears a series
of lay offs from Atlantis, Mr Douglas said Kerzn-
er officials have assured the union there won't.
be.
"Unless something drastically changes from
what they see now because they have been
questioned and asked if and when they have to
take a position, if that is the final position for the
time being and the answer is yes," he said.
The large economic impact Atlantis lay offs.
cause led PLP member Paul Moss to. ask for a
detailed statement from hotel executives. He also
called for the government to take steps to alleviate
the resort's overhead costs in an effort to keep
more people employed.
"It is incumbent really for Atlantis to make a
statement, and certainly, it is incumbent for the


Christie concerned about young Bahamians


can develop the consensus and the 'buy-in'
that is required for any plan to be success-
ful.
"The people of the country were expect-
ing specific ideas on how the mortgages
will be settled for those who are unem-
ployed. They expected to hear what the
long term investment prospects are for the
country; what kind of Christmas could they
expect. It was not simply good enough for
the Prime Minister to say that the govern-
ment is going to design a programme for
the unemployed. He ought to have said
what his plan was," Mr Christie said.
The former prime minister also took
exception to the lack of a "bipartisan"
approach by Mr Ingraham citing that the
Opposition is ready and willing to assist
government in turning this economic reces-
sion around. Because as Mr Christie said,
in extraordinary times such as these,
"national togetherness" is "the only way we


can move forward for the betterment of
our country".
"We in the PLP stand ready, willing and
able to assist. We encourage all those who
have ideas to come forward to assist. In
these times, all of us must contribute. The
PLP stands ready to do its part and to co-
operate fully with the government in such
an endeavour.
"It is unfortunate that the address by
the Prime Minister broke no new ground.
Some have-described it as a recitation of
the causes of the problems that we face in
the Bahamas, not a summons to action.
Many of these projects announced last
night were capital development projects
left in place by the PLP. We think that
public works projects would be one way to
help stimulate the economy in this crisis.
"Some of these projects left in place
were subjected to undue delay by the pre-
sent administration. If they had been


government to go to Atlantis and. try to fin
way to keep those people employed no
over react, but to get things done. The govern
ought to be able to say, 'What is it going to
you to keep these people on and let the gov
ment help you" by defraying the cost of elect
ty, garbage removal or collection or whatever
that government can do (for Atlantis) to k
these people on in the short-term until we fir
solution to get a grip on the economy," Mr M
said.
When contacted for a response yesterday, sei
vice president of public relations Ed Fields wo
only reply "no comment." Late last.night, Ke:
er International Bahamas president and manage
director George Markantonis declined to m
any statement on the possibility of lay offs.
"I don't make statements about things u
there are things to make statements about,'
said.
Last month Mr Markantonis told another d
"the rumours of mass layoffs here are notch
rect."
"We have resorted to the practice of reduce
individuals' hours down to two or three days e
while at the same time spreading the work ot
as many people as we can so that everybo
(receiving) some sort of pay cheque or anoth
he said.
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edged the resort was "looking internally" at
best to weather the slowdown.
"Right now we're looking internally ... The
meetings and decisions. But obviously as things
tight you have to discuss what's going on.
nothing has come out of these meetings yet, n
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cost ing (renewable energy plans) so
ern- there's a lot of people clearly who
rici- are interested in providing us
it is with alternative energy, so this is
eep something that they can move
id a forward on to create employment
loss and to reduce our reliance on for-
eign oil.
nior "While oil prices have come
auld down substantially, what is clear-
rzn- ly evident is the volatility of it
going all. We've got to sort of look at
ake ways where we can bring foreign
direct investment into the coun-
intil try that doesn't have to fodus on
he just building hotels," Mr
D'Aguilar said.
laily "Alternative energy I think
cor- would be a good (avenue) to look
into because I don't think that
cing will really cost you anything
ach, because you're going to get these
it to companies to come in and invest.
day's "We've got to look at ways
er," where we can bring FDI into the
country that is not necessarily
owl- building hotels because people'
how aren't interested in dding that
right now. We've got to look at
re'ss what other ways we can attract,
s get FDIs into the country and alter-
And native energy is a huge one.
oth- "What was noticeable was no
mention of the relocation of the
icial port, and what that involves, 'I
we'ree don't know if that's on standby
I the now, but he did make a promise
to the nation that -by the end of
the year the port would be
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reviewing renewable energy pro-
posals from 30 local and interna-
tional groups for renewable ener-
gy programmes in the Bahamas.
BEC said it .was "taking a
proactive approach to ensuring
a sustainable energy supply for
the Bahamas." .
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accelerated is a belated endorse-
the PLP's policy of undertaking
*rks projects to drive the economy Colombia, abroad the MSC
Foreign Direct Investment pro- Peru.
e on stream. Three large black duffle bags,
e Bahamas, we cannot afford to containing 128 kilos of cocaine,
crisis as a gamble. Too much is at were concealed among a ship-
is must be about devising the best ment of sugar that was in transit
to protect the national progress, to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
iy we in the PLP have always seen In March of this year, $4.5 mil-
sis as requiring a bipartisan lionri worth of cocaine was seized.
i, led by the government, no dif- The drugs were discovered in
what we see going on in the US a 20ft metal container, where five
large duffle bags were discov-
ountry needs its best and brightest ered beneath a shipment of palm
whatever political belief, to advise oil.
and long term solutions to the The container had arrived
es we now face. That is why I now from Ecuador abroad the MSC
y call for a national conference Carouge, and was awaiting trans-
onomy to chart the way forward," shipment to Spain.
In February, 216 kilos of
cocaine with an estimated street
value of $6.5 million were ds-
covered in a container among a
1 invest ent in shipment of dried beans.
The shipment arrived from
gy 'noticeably Medellin, Colombia, abroad tie
oticea ly MSC Sukaina, and was in transit
M 's address to Montreal, Canada.

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nies of high standing interna-
tionally are attracted to The FROM page one
Bahamas as a prime destination being used to fund this national
for their involvement," BEC gen- assistance endeavour will in nc
eral manager Kevin Basden said way interfere with the usual pay-
in a press statement last month, ment of NIB benefits.
Mr D'Aguilar also said the When asked to comment
prime minister failed to mention about the number of Bahami-
the status of the planned reloca- ans expected to apply for the
tion of the downtown shipping assistance programme and
port. about the anticipated pay-out
"I don't know if that's on figure per individual, family, or
standby now but he did make a household, Mr Cargill said, "I
promise to the nation during the can't go into too much more
budget (presentation),that by the details, but what I can say is
end of the year the port that the National Insurance
would be moved," Mr D'Aguilar Board will certainly enact the
said. prime minister's request, and
Although disappointed that ensure that we honour the
these certain areas of the econo- unemployment benefits as soon
my were not mentioned in the as it is legal to do so."
prime minister's address, Mr Mr Cargill added that with
D'Aguilar said.the speech was a actual pay-outs not expected to
necessary step in preparing the begin until sometime in Janu-
public for the uncertain period ary 2009, NIB is currently
ahead., working on the details on the
"I think he prepared the' MBR programme which in the
Bahamian people for the diffi- end he says will require legisla-
cult period that's about to come tion to be officially and legally
and he didn't mince -any words available to the hundreds of
in preparing the nation for the unemployed or under-
yet unknown effects of this crisis, employed NIB contributors.
That was a prudent and wise Prime Minister Hubert
approach to prepare the public Ingraham on Monday night,
for that," said Mr D'Aguilar, addressed the nation on the
adding that Prime Minister Ingra- .state of the economy, and iden-
ham's prior experience in dealing tified numerous initiatives
with tough economic times gave intended to encourage growth
the public confidence in his abil- within the local economy dur-
ity to guide the Bahamas through ing the current global crisis.
the-economic storm. -------- ti-dittiof-ttehprop-O-d-
On Monday, Mr Ingraham unemployment assistance pro-
gave a nationally televised gramme, the prime minister
address on the state of the econ- also stated that enhanced
omy. Mr Ingraham said govern- financial support will be made
ment was already implementing available to those families most
_plans to buffer the economy, in need.
including accelerating certain "To that end, we increased
capital projects and providing the level of assistance available
financial relief to the unem- under the various programmes
played. of the Department of Social
Services," Mr Ingraham said.


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> Gives technical advice to subordinate staff as required on mechanical
areas of plant
> Prepares and executes budget reports
> Orders spares, material and supplies etc., through requisitions and local
purchase orders
> Prepares monthly reports
> Conducts regular staff meetings
> Troubleshoots and repairs on various engine and auxiliary systems to
ensure engine reliability
> Carries out engine performance analysis on all engines to increase engine
reliability and availability
> Performs a variety of administrative functions e.g., performance
appraisals, training, vacation, overtime assignments, union matters etc.

Job requirements include:

> Bachelor degree/HND 'in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
qualifications
> Sound knowledge of diesel engine operation and maintenance


procedures
Ability to make reasonable judgments
Ability to make decisions based on information available
Oral and written communication skills
Ability to read schematics and interpret technical reports and drawings
Good time management skills
Knowledge of safety procedures and basic mechanical fundamentals
Sound knowledge of project management


Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application
Form to: The Manager Human Resources & Training Department,
Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Blue Hill & Tucker Road, P. O. Box
N-7509 Nassau Bahamas on or before: Monday, November 24, 2008.


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION
VACANCY NOTICE


FAMILY ISLAND MANAGER NORTH/CENTRAL ANDROS
FAMILY ISLANDS DIVISION


A vacancy exists in the Family Islands Division for the post of Family Island Manager-North/
Central Andros.
Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
S Oversees the local operations and takes an active part in dealing with
administrative and technical problems. Reports regularly to the AGM-Northern
Bahamas.
o* Performs administrative duties for the protection of the corporations' assets
such as power stations, lands and buildings etc. also administrates cost control
functions (local contracts), expenditure accounts, collection of accounts and
banking.-
* Installs and maintains an accurate and efficient metering system at the
customers point of service and ensures proper and timely billing of consumers
collections and preparation of bank deposits.
-* Operates and maintains generation and distribution systems in a safe, reliable
and economical manner, while maintaining, accurate and efficient protection
systems for the corporation's generation and distribution systems that fall under
the Operation.
o* Operates the systems in such a manner as to maximize systems availability and
minimize the length of any outage to the customer.
44 Ensures system controls for both generation and distribution system operations
to optimize customer service and satisfaction while minimizing the cost of
operating the systems.
o* Prepares the annual business plan and budgets for the local operations and
assists with the preparation of other long-term plans for the local operation.
o* Provides monthly, quarterly and annual reports on the activities and
performance of the operation so that the degree to which the operation is
achieving its objectives and adhering to corporate policies is known.
*. Maintains adequate area staffing through BI-annual review of the organization
and recommends necessary recruitment. Implements Corporate and FID
performance standards and ensures they are achieved. Recommends specific
training/development needs for staff.
+. Manages subordinate staff, administers discipline, conducts performance
appraisals and recommends increments/performance incentive payments.
o+ Responds to forced outages and corrective maintenance occurrences in such a
manner as to minimize downtime and forced outages.
Job requirements include:
4+ Bazhelor degree/HND in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
qualifications 7 years experience in generation repair and maintenance
operations and/or 7 years in distribution construction, repair and maintenance
operations..
-* Good judgment and sound reasoning ability.
4 4. Good time management skills
0 .o Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
4 Ability to interpret technical reports and drawings
<* :o ound knowledge of distribution and transmission systems and their planning
and operations
-* Sound knowledge of safety procedures

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application Form to: The
Manager Human Resources & Training Department, Bahamas Electricity Corporation,
Blue Igill & Tucker Road, P. 0. Box N-7509 Nassau Bahamas on or before: Monday.
Noveliber 24. 2008.


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION
VACANCY NOTICE


ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN LONG ISLAND
FAMILY ISLANDS DIVISION


A vacancy exists at the Long Island Operations -Family Islands Division for the
post of Electrical Technician.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

4- Assists with preparing cost estimates for persons wishing to connect to the
Corporation's supply and accompanying technical reports
*. Assists with advising local managers on various distribution matters. This
may include visiting various islands to gather information and providing
recommendations to improve operations
+ Assists with conducting research and preparing reports for various
distribution related activities including coordination of shipping and
receiving of goods to local distribution departments
+ Assists with the planning and execution of distribution projects and
ensures that there is uniformity in the interpretation of policies related to
the department for local managers
o*: Assists with investigating and recommending customer claims for
damages

Job requirements include:

*: Successful completion of Ordinary Technical Diploma Program
(Electrical) or an Associate degree in Electrical Engineering
4- A minimum 4-5 years of experience
*4* A good working knowledge of -distribution system construction and
operations maintenance and technical knowledge of electrical schematics,
circuitry, and equipment
4*4 The ability to read schematic diagrams and written and verbal
communication skills
*. Proficiency with specialized tools, such as meggars, digital meters, and
voltage detector meters
4* The ability to operate heavy-duty equipment to assist roving crews during
barging


Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application Form to:
The Manager Human Resources & training Department, Bahamas Electricity
Corporation, Blue Hill & Tucker Road, P. 0. Box N-7509 Nassau Bahamas on or
before: Monday, November 24, 2008.


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

VACANCY NOTICE


CO)


MECHANICAL TECHNICIAN
FAMILY ISLANDS DIVISION


A vacancy exists in the Corporation for the post of Mechanical Technician (Special Projects),
Family Islands Division.
Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
*! Troubleshoots and repairs mechanical defects is on the power plant
equipment. This involves the use of schematic, and the analysis of
operational parameters (i.e., temperatures, pressures, etc.)
+ Performs routine maintenance and major overhauls on generator sets and
auxiliaries. This includes a range of mechanical tasks such as: qualifying
or replacing various, and equipment installation and assembly, which
usually requires precision alignments
o*- Plans mechanical based jobs. This includes the preparation of a proposal
(including budget, funding, materials) liaison with vendors (domestic and
international) about prices, product validity and shipping arrangements,
and the co-ordination of mechanical tasks with peers/ subordinates
4- Leads related staff members and contractors by giving instructions, and
reviewing and inspecting completed work to ensure adherence to
specifications and quality controls
-*e Leads related staff in the maintenance and repair of mechanical/electrical
equipment, auxiliaries and land and buildings. This involves cleaning,
overhauling, calibrating and testing tasks performed on various gas
turbines, motors, generators and other plant equipment, and station
building repairs and fuel systems. It also involves performing technical
and some land and building duties e.g. fuel line work self/contract land
building
**. Coordinates the delivery of fuel to Family Island Stations by maintaining
fuel supply statistics and liaising with vendors to arrange shipments
44- Prepares technical reports with regards to the performance of plant
equipment and assignments. This includes reports such as: defects report,
performance, and assignment progress reports
Job requirements include:
o* Successful completion of Ordinary Technical Diploma Program (Plant
Mechanics Fluids and Hydraulics)
o: A minimum 4-5 years of experience
+ Knowledge of electrical, schematics, circuitry and equipment to maintain
and repair electrical and auxiliary equipment as needed
+* Ability to interpret various plant systems and equipment schematics in
terms of mechanical function
+ Knowledge of Excel and AutoCAD software for statistical reports
components and technical drawings
4. Proficiency with specialized tools, statistics such as: precision line
measuring devices (e.g., micrometers, dial gauge indicators, etc.),
machining tools, and equipment specific tools (e.g., hydraulic bolt
tensioners, etc.)
o* Basic planning management skills

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application Form to: The Manager
- Human Resources & Training Department, Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Blue Hill &
Tucker Road, P. O. Box N-7509 Nassau Bahamas on or before: Monday. November 24. 2008.


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Cobras fly high




over Falcons


* By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter.
.' ACTION from day two of
the Doris Johnson'Mystic Mar-
lins Annual Preseason Basket-
ball Classic:
C.C. Sweeting 24
Prince William 18
Two teams that experienced
complete makeovers since the
2007 season squared off in the
first game of the afternoon.
Both teams return just one
starter from last year's teams,
Nayman Lightbourn for the Fal-
cons andGabbi Laurent for the
Cobras.
The Cobras trailed 17-16 with
1:41 remaining in the fourth
quarter before they ended the
game on a decisive 7-2 run.
Laurent's running hook
regained the lead for the first
time since early in the third
quarter, which they maintained
down the stretch for the win.
The Cobras led 9-6 at half
time but the Falcons rallied in
the third quarter to take a 13-12
lead on an Austin Hanna jump-
shot.
The Cobras output in the
fourth quarter was the highest
scoring period for either team in
.the game.
S.Laurent led the Cobras with
10 points.
For the Falcons, 11anna and
Lightbourne finished with four
each.


Teleos Christian

Cherubims and

GHS Magic win

on day two

----- ------------------------------------ --

Teleos Christian 38
Anatol Rodgers -16
The addition of Chauncey
Cooper gave the Teleos Christ-
ian Cherubims a legitimate low
post threat and powered them
towards a win on day two.
Cooper poured in 18 points
to lead his team to a blowout
win in the second game of the
afternoon.
Anatol Rodgers committed a
plethora of turnovers through-
out the game and struggling
throughout the contest with the
defensive pressure of the
Cherubims.
Teleos led 19-5 at the half.
Ballhandling issues and a
stagnant offense forced Anatol
Rodgers further behind as they
trailed 28-8 heading into the
fourth quarter.
Anatol Rodgers began the
fourth on an 8-2 run before
Teleos reasserted their advan-
tage with a late scoring flurry
to end the game.
Also for Teleos, Henry Rolle

SEE page 12


Sportsbeat


Celtics beat Raptors

No one could stop Paul Pierce in the fourth
quarter.
Pierce was one of three stars with a huge final
period that helped their teams pull out victories
on Monday night. Dwyane Wade rallied Miami
over New Jersey, and Leandro Barbosa helped
Phoenix hold off Memphis.
Pierce had 22 of his 36 points in the fourth to
help the Boston Celtics beat Toronto 94-87.
Not too shabby for the Boston star, who's been
nursing a hand injury....
See page 13

Cardinals' victory over 49ers

GLENDALE, Arizona -
(AP).- The Arizona
Cardinals accomplished
something they hadn't j
done since the team '
moved to the desert 20 -
years ago: They won on
Monday night. So what if
it was a struggle down to .1
the wire? This victory felt
just fine to a franchise t
that has had oh-so-little ._,- ,.-
to cheer about for
decades. Kurt Warner's
ageless arm and an improbable goal-line stand
at the finish saved the Cardinals from an ugly
loss on a national stage....
Seepage 14

Davis Cup: Granollers

to replace Nadal

BARCELONA, "
Spain (AP) Marcel
Granollers will replace -
the injured Rafael
Nadal when Spain plays -
Argentina in the Davis
Cup final.
Spain captain Emilio
Sanchez Vicario called on the 56th-ranked Gra-
nollers on Tuesday to fill in for the top-ranked
Nadal, who is. out of the November 21-23 final
because of a knee injury......
Seepage 14


CC SWEETING COBRAS guard Valentino Williams drives to the basket...


M By JENNIFER HUDSON
The Abaconian

CONGRATULATIONS to 23-
year-old Blake Sands of Guana Cay
who has added yet another honour
to the list of recent achievements
by young people who are making
Abaco proud.
Last weekend Blake competed in
a surfing competition in Coco
Beach, Florida and won the gold
medal in the men's division. There
were about 300 surfers at the com-
petition and Sands competed against
30 surfers in the men's class to win
the gold.
Sands arrived back from compe-
tition in Florida on November 5 and
was met when he arrived on his
Cherokee Air flight at noon by Glen
Laing, councillor for Great Guana
Cay, and a crowd of family and
friends all wanting to be on hand to
congratulate him on his gold medal
win.
Sands has been so successful in
the 11 years since he began com-
peting that he has now decided to
leave the amateur ranks and turn
professional.
Throughout his surfing career
Sands has won many trophies and
cash prizes, but this award was very
special as it was the first time he
had received a gold medal. Blake
got his first taste of surfing at the
age of 12 years in "the back" of
Guana Cay where two American
visitors were surfing.
They let the young lad have a go
on their boards and Sands immedi-
ately became "hooked" and has nev-
er looked back.


A friend of Sands, Mike Morris,
gave him some help to start him off
and then he began going to Hope


Town where, he admits, the waves
are a lot bigger.
He attributes his early success to
his mentor, Timmy Albury of Hope
Town, who greatly, assisted him.
Though Sands still sometimes surfs
in Hope Town, he surfs mainly on
Guana Cay where he lives.
"I did not realise for a long time
that there were big waves on Gua-
na," said Sands. "People do not
realise that the Bahamas is a hid-
den surf jewel and is right up there
with some of the best surfing desti-
nations in the world," he stated.
Every day after school and on
weekends Blake would be at the
beach practicing and even in the
night he would sometimes build a

SEE page 12


Celebrity tennis tourney to start next month


THE Mark Knowles Celebrity
Tennis Invitational is scheduled to
take place December 5-7 at the
Atlantis Tennis Centre on Paradise
Island.
In its 8th year, Knowles has host-
ed many of the top players on the
ATP and WTA tennis circuits and
the Invitational keeps going from
strength to strength.
Amongst the, many attendees
have been Andre Agassi, James
Blake, Bob & Mike Bryan, Jim
Courier, Robbie Ginepri, Tommy
Haas, Fred Stolle, Jennifer Capriati
and Nicole Vaidisova.
The proceeds of the event go to
aid local children's charities such as
The Cancer Society, the Sassoon
(Bahamas) Foundation for Pediatric
Heart Care, The Special Olympics,
The Association for the Physically
Disabled and the Mark Knowles
Tennis Scholarship Fund.


.To date, over $300,000 has been
distributed to various charities.
Some of the major sponsors are
Kerzner International, The Ministry
of Youth & Sports, American Air-
lines, Bristol Cellars, Everkey Glob-
al Fund, H30, Lombard Odier
Darier Hentsch Private Bank &
Trust, Little Switzerland, Temple-
ton Global Advisors.
There are a few sponsorship
opportunities available and inter-
ested parties should contact Vicky
Andrews at:
Hyperlink "mailto:vickyk@batel-
net.bs" vickyk@batelnet.bs or call:
357-9670
This year, one of the standouts in
the celebrity lineup will be Kei
Nishikori, the 18-year-old Japanese
phenomenon, who became the
youngest player in the Top 100 and
is the face of tennis in Japan, a coun-
try of 127 million people.


Nishikori is poised to become one
of the ATP's biggest stars and his
press conferences are standing room
only. His every move during the
recent Japan Open Tennis champi-
onships in September was record-
ed on film by camera crews.
Nishikori rocketed to fame in
February of this year by winning the
Delray Beach Championships,
defeating James Blake in the finals.
He had a great US Open in Sep-
tember, recording wins over Juan
Monaco and David Ferrer.
Nishikori was handpicked from
Japan in 2004 to train at the Bollet-
tieri Academy in Florida as a mem-
ber of the Masaaki Morita Tennis
Fund group, which is sponsored by
Morita, chief executive officer of
Sony. This is the academy where
Mark Knowles also received his ear-
ly training to pursue his career as a
professional tennis champion.


US By BRENT STUBBS,
Senior Sports
Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

MARK Knowles and his
Indian partner Mahesh
Bhupathi suffered their
first defeat yesterday at the
Tennis Masters Cup in
Shanghai, China.
Their defeat came at the
hands of the identical twin
brothers Bob and Mike
Bryan of the US in the sec-
ond round of the men's
doubles round robin com-
petition.
The Bryans won the
match 7-5, 3-6, 10-4 over
the number three seeds to
remain undefeated in the
Gold Group in the week-
long year-ending tourna-
ment.
Knowles and Bhupathi
are coming off 6-2, 6-3 win
over No.5 seeds Jeff Coet-
zee and Wesley Moodiu
from South Africa. Tht
Bryans pulled off a 6-1, 7-(
(4) win over Pablo Cuevva
and Luis Horna.
In their final match in
the round robin Thursdaa
Knowles and Bhupathi will
face Cuevas from Uruguay
and Horna from Peru. The
S.Bryans.wi1l play. Coeticu
i and-gqodie. .
i- -The-.top two teams will!
advance to the semifina!
where they will play
against the top two team
in the Red Group that is
headed by No.2 seed
Daniel Nestor of Canada ;
and Nenad Zimonjic from i
Knowles and Nestor
won the title last ye: r
before they finally broke,
up their 11-year part;;..,
ship.
By virtue of winning ei:..
match against Knov.!.
and Bhupathi, the Bry..
earned a berth into the.
semis. The match lasted
one hour and 33 minutes.
It was the Bryans" third
victory in four head-to-
head meetings with
Knowles and Bhupathi.
While they still have a
chance to get into the
semi's, Knowles and Bhu-
pathi will miss the oppor-
tunity to compete for the
$220,000 that will go to the
team that is undefeated at
the end of the tournament
on Sunday.
Knowles and Bhupathi
are now 37-18 on the sea-
son, having won three titles
in Memphis, Dubai and
Basel. With their victory)
in Basel, Knowles won his
50th career doubles title,
becoming the 21st player
in ATP history to achieve
the feat.
Following Shanghai.
Knowles will be corning
home to prepare for the
hosting of his seventh!
Mark Knowles Celehib il\
Tennis TournamerI
scheduled for December 5
7 at Atlantis on Paradis'.
Island.
Among the list of play-
ers expected in town are
Andy Murray. one of the
eight players participating
in the elite field in the
men's singles in Shanghai.
Murray of Great Britain
is expected to play in a sin-
gles exhibition and will also
team up with Knowles lo
play against.the Bry;;
brothers in doubles.



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over Falcons

FROM page 11

finished with five while
Demetrius Thompson finished
with four.

Government High 29
Temple Christian 17
The GHS Magic were the
doormat of the GSSSA last sea-
son. However, they are begin-
ning to serve notice that they
will be a force to reckon with in
this 2008 season.
Led by versatile swingman
'., iBasil Sands, the Magic domi-
si(nated from wire to wire for the
-w>g 12 point victory.
wim The Magic lead 12-2 after the
.noopening quarter, and the
t, reserves continued the first
banquarter advantage to lead 16-6
,.,. at the half.
The Suns began the third on a
,5-0 run but with the Magic
starterstes returning to the floor,
:b4ithey re-established a 10 point
,.iiadvantage to lead 21-11 at the
i',end of the third quarter.
. Sands finished with eight !
f points, while Mario Stubbs and
jj'Randy Smith led the Suns with
;-,sseven and six points respective-
ly.

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FROM page 11

bonfire on the beach and go
surfing.
"The best time of the year for
surf is hurricane season and all
winter. The regular waves are
big, they are not from a rage or
rip tide, and 12-foot to 15-foot
seas are best," he says.
"The maximum speed I have
reached was 30 mph off Guana
Cay. The waves are always
changing so you never know
how the next one is going to be
but when I am on the top of a
wave I cannot explain the
adrenaline Sands says that he
has worked hard to become a
"pro," and he is now very close
to achieving that goal. He
describes the art of surfing as
being all about balance.
"It requires a lot of
endurance, the ability to hold
one's breath, staying in shape
and general hard work."
He has been told that a surfer
is at his prime at the age of 23
years so he is right on top right
now. He does stretching and
jogging for endurance as this
keeps him in better shape to go
faster and avoid injuries. An ex
"pro" in Central Florida assists
Blake with his training.
In addition to Abaco and the
United States, Blake has surfed
in Puerto Rico and Venezuela
where The Bahamas surfing
team came 6th out of 18 coun-


tries. He has always wanted to
go to Bali. So next year when he
travels to competition in
Indonesia his dream will finally
come true.
November 15-16 Sands will
be competing in the King of the
Peak surfing contest at Sebast-
ian Inlet, Florida.. Then four
days later he will be off to Puer-
to Rico for a video shoot for his
sponsors and then to Indonesia
in March.
At the beginning of next year
Blake will travel as a member of
Team Bahamas to the Olympics
of Surfing at the Pan American
Games which will be held in
either Costa Rica or
Guatemala. This competition
takes place very two years.
Last time in his individual
class Sands had the distinction
of placing 15th out of 120. Sands
wears clothing, sunglasses and
other products for his sponsors
and has their logos on his board;
these companies pay his fares
, and help.out with expenses in
exchange for the advertisement.
He would be very pleased to
have some Abaco businesses
sponsor him and their store
logos would go on his board.
The, products and logos are seen
in magazines and on television
and so receive widespread pro-
motion.
Sands would like to see Aba-
co come out as a surfing desti-
nation and would love to surf


* in the biggest professional
events in the world or do a
world tour with the Ministry of
Tourism as a sponsor.
Mr. Stretch Morley, who is
an advocate for youth sports on
Abaco, having learned of Sands
success has taken an interest in
his career and is trying to assist.
Sands would like to thank
everyone who met him at the
airport and those who threw a
surprise party for him. He
would especially like to thank
his mentor, Timmy Albury, who
always encouraged him and told
him: "Don't stop, you can do
this."
The event for which Sands
won his gold medal was his last
as an amateur. "I will now con-
tinue to compete and as soon
as I make enough money I will
turn pro," says Sands. "I would
love for the government to help
out for my world tour as it is
very hard when I have to do it
all myself and the promotion
The Bahamas would receive
could put it on the map as a
surfing destination."
After his competition in Puer-
to Rico Blake will be, involved
in photo shoots on Guana Cay.
A team of photographers will
be photographing Sands in
action for a surfing magazine.
Sands has a website:
www.blakesands.com. where
one can see many remarkable
photos of him in action.


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* By The Associated
Press
SCOREBOARD
Wednesday,
November 12
Atlanta at Boston (7:30
pm EST). Atlanta, coming
off a game in Chicago, vis-
its defending champion
Boston. Paul Pierce scored
22 of his 36 points in the
fourth quarter to lift the
Celtics over Toronto on
Monday night.
STARS
Monday
Paul Pierce, Celtics,
scored 22 of his 36 points
in the fourth quarter to lift
Boston over Toronto 94-
87.
Dwyane Wade, Heat,
had 19 of his 33 points in
the fourth quarter, and
Miami rallied from a 10-
point deficit midway
through the final quarter
to beat New Jersey 99-94.
Brandon Roy, Trail
Blazers, scored 27 points
to lead Portland to their
first road win with a 106-99
victory at Orlando.
STATS
The Heat are 3-0 at
home for the first time
since the 1999-2000 season
.... The Grizzlies are 4-22
all-time in Phoenix and
have not beaten the Suns
in the Valley since Novem-
ber 16, 2005: ... Portland's
bench outscored Orlando's
40-12 in the Trail Blazers'
106-99 victory.
STRONG START
Phoenix Suns coach Ter-
ry Porter is off to the best
start for a coach in fran-
chise history at 6-2.
SEE YA
The Nuggets waived
Antonio McDyess one
week, after obtaining him
from Detroit along with
Chauncey Billups and
Cheikh Samb for Allen
Iverson. The move was
expected as Denver tries
to cut costs. McDyess'
agent, Andy Miller, had
said the chances of him
playing for the Nuggets
were "very low to zero."
The Pistons would wel-
come McDyess back, but
they cannot sign him for
30 days.
HEADING HOME
Utah center Mehmet
Okur is returning to his
native Turkey to deal with
an illness in his family. The
Jazz said Monday they
have excused Okur so he
can be with lhis family. No
other details were
released. Okur is Utah's
second-leading scorer at
15.5 points per game and
has been averaging 6.5
rebounds.
STRONG IN DEFEAT
Kevin Durant led the
Thunder with 37 points
and eight rebounds, but no
other Oklahoma City play-
er scored more than 14,
points in the team's fourth
straight loss, 107-99 to

SIDELINED
Sacramento Kings guard
Kevin Martin will miss at
least a week after spraining
his left ankle in a victory
over Golden State on Sun-
day night. Martin is the
NBA's 11th-leading scorer
at 22.4 points per game.
He had 27 points against
the Warriors when he was
hurt.
SPEAKING
"He's a big part of what
they do and him missing
the free throws took them
out of their rhythm. I think
that was Channing (Frye)
and LaMarcus (Aldridge)
doing a great job of trying
to fight with that monster."
Portland guard Bran-
don Roy on Orlando star


Dwight Howard's struggles
at the foul line. Howard, a
48 percent free throw
shooter on the season, was
2-for-6 from the line in the
fourth quarter of the Mag-
ic's 106-99 loss Monday
night.



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Pierce's huge



fourth rallies



Celtics past



Raptors


* By The Associated Press
NO one could stop Paul
Pierce in the fourth quarter.
Pierce was one of three stars
with a huge final period that
helped their teams pull out vic-
tories on Monday night.
Dwyane Wade rallied Miami
over New Jersey, and Leandro
Barbosa helped Phoenix hold
off Memphis.
Pierce had 22 of his 36 points
in the fourth to help the Boston
Celtics beat Toronto 94-87. Not
too shabby for the Boston star,
who's been nursing a hand
injury.
"I've had a sprained hand for
about a week, so we're just
icing it down," Pierce said. "I
try not to think about it. It's
been bothering me."
It certainly didn't look that'
way.
Pierce made 7-of-9 shots in
the final quarter including a
pair of 3s just 40 seconds apart
midway into the period and
the Celtics overcame an eight-
point deficit to win their fifth
straight.
"I love when Superman goes
in the booth and transforms,"
teammate Kevin Garnett said
of Pierce's performance. "I love
it. I got the best seat in the
house."
Wade scored 19 of his 33
points in the fourth, 14 of those
in the final 4? minutes, to help
the Heat rally from a 10-point
deficit midway through the
fourth quarter to beat the Nets
99-94.
Barbosa and Grizzlies rookie
O.J. Mayo went shot-for-shot
in the final period, with Mayo
scoring 19 points and Barbosa
putting up 16. Mayo did all he
could to try and lead Memphis.
to a remarkable comeback, but
he missed a potential game-
tying 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds
left and the Suns held on for a
107-102 victory.
In the only other games
Monday night it was: Portland
106, Orlando 99; and Indiana
107, Oklahoma City 99.
At Miami, Wade entered the
game 0-for-9 from 3-point
range this season but hit four
3-pointers against the Nets,
including three from beyond
the arc during the frantic come-
back.
"I didn't need to use them
yet," Wade said. "But tonight, I


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a,


DWYANE WADE (3) shoots over New Jersey Nets forward Jarvis Hayes (22) and guard Vince Carter (15)
during the fourth quarter of Monday's game in Miami...


brought them out."
Michael Beasley scored 19
points and Daequan Cook
added 15 for the Heat, who are
3-0 at home for the first time
since the 1999-2000 season.
Miami had to dig deep to get
there after the Nets maintained
control for much of the second
half.
Yi Jianlian made a career-
best five 3-pointers and finished
with 24 points and 10 rebounds
for the Nets, who got 22 points
from Vince Carter. New Jersey
led by 10 after Carter connect-
ed on a 3-pointer one of 13
by the Nets with 5:48 left,
but was outscored 26-11 the rest
of the way.
At Phoenix, the Grizzlies ral-
lied from a 17-point third-quar-
ter deficit and led 102-100 on
Rudy Gay's dunk off an offen-
sive rebound with 1:30 remain-
mg.
Then Barbosa sank his sec-
ond 3-pointer of the game to
give Phoenix a 103-102 lead.
After a pair of Steve Nash free
throws, Mayo missed a straight-
away 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds
to allow Phoenix to escape with
its ninth straight win over Mem-
phis.
Trail Blazers 106, Magic 99
At Orlando, Fla., Brandon
Roy scored 27 points to lead
the Trail Blazers to their first
road victory this season.
Dwight Howard had 29
points and a season-high 19
rebounds, and Hedo Turkoglu
scored 35 points for the Magic,
who finished their homestand
4-1.
Trailing 73-72 entering the
final period, Portland scored
the first 11 points of the fourth
quarter, fueled by two 3-point-
ers by Rudy Fernandez, who
finished with 16 points.
Pacers 107, Thunder 99
At Indianapolis, T.J. Ford
had 24 points and 10 assists to
lift the Pacers.
Ford scored 11 points in the
fourth quarter. Danny Granger
added 20 points and seven
rebounds for the Pacers, who
won their second straight.
Kevin Durant led the Thun-
der with 37 points and eight
rebounds, but no other Okla-
homa City player scored more
than 14 points in the team's
fourth consecutive loss.


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Djokovic defeats Davydenko




to reach Masters Cup semis


* By PAUL ALEXANDER
Associated Press Writer

SHANGHAI, China (AP) -
Novak Djokovic reached the
semifinals of the season-ending
Masters Cup on Tuesday by
beating Nikolay Davydenko of
Russia 7-6 (3), 0-6, 7-5.
The win by Djokovic, now 2-
0 in the Gold Group, eliminated
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France,
who earlier lost to Juan Martin
del Potro of Argentina 7-6 (4),
7-6 (5) in the tournament for
the top eight players in the


NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO reacts after
missing a point against Novak
Djokovic...


world.
Davydenko (1-1) looked
almost untouchable early. He
broke Djokovic in the opening
game and yielded only four
points in his first four service
games, leaving the third-ranked
Serb increasingly frustrated and
looking toward his supporters
for answers.
Then Davydenko self-
destructed. Serving for the first
set at 5-4, the Russian double-
faulted at 30-30 and sent a fore-
hand wide to level the match.
In the tiebreaker, Davydenko
handed the first four points to
Djokovic with three forehand
errors and a double-fault.
Djokovic hit back-to-back aces
to give himself a set point, and
Davydenko double-faulted
again.
Then it was Djokovic's turn
to fall apart, winning only nine
points in the second set. It was
the first time that Djokovic lost
a set 6-0 since the Estoril Open
final in April 2007, when he ral-
lied to beat Richard Gasquet.
"I had a very unexplainable
lapse in the second set,"
Djokovic said. "It was very hard
to come back. I was really ner-
vous."
The third set was on serve
until Davydenko faltered again.
Serving at 5-5, 40-30, he gri-
maced after hitting a sharply
angled .backhand volley wide,
then sent a pair of forehands
long for the break. Djokovic
then held to finish the match.
With the crowd solidly
behind him, Tsonga had 10 aces
in his first four service games.
But inconsistency and solid
play from Del Potro plagued


NOVAK DJOKOVIC returns the ball against Nikolay Davydenko yesterday during the 2008 Masters Cup in
Shanghai, China...


the Frenchman. One early
stretch went: unforced error,
ace, ace, double fault, unforced
error.
"I played very good the
important points in the second
set, and that was the key to beat
him," Del Potro said. "He's not
too consistent. He made more
errors."
The two players, both making
their Masters Cup debuts,
exchanged early service breaks
in both sets and never yielded
more than two points in any
other service game.
Tsonga, who sat out three


months with a knee injury ear-
lier in the year and had to win
the Paris Masters nine days ago
just to qualify, led 3-1 in the first
tiebreaker but Del Potro ran
off six of seven points, including
a pair of service winners to fin-
ish off the set.
Del Potro, ranked 65th on
July 7 before a 23-match win-
ning streak helped carry him to
No. 8, ripped a backhand win-
ner on the run to pull ahead in
the second tiebreaker 4-2.-
An overhead winner set up
triple match point at 6-3.
Tsonga hit an ace and a service


winner before knocking a fore-
hand under pressure into the
net to end it.
"I know he played better than
me in the tiebreak," Tsonga
said. "I miss some easy balls,
and that's it."
The 20-year-old Del Potro,
plagued by a sore toe since the
U.S. Open, is the youngest play-
er in the field. He said he was
trying to win while also trying to
save some energy for Argenti-
na's Davis Cup final against
Spain on Nov. 21-23.
"For all tennis players, it's
like a dream to be here," Del


BARCELONA, Spain
(AP) Marcel Granollers
will replace the injured
Rafael Nadal when Spain
plays Argentina in the
Davis Cup final.
Spain captain Emilio
Sanchez Vicario called on
the 56th-ranked Granollers
on Tuesday to fill in for the
top-ranked Nadal, who is
out of the November 21-
23 final because of a knee
injury.
While the 22-year-old
Granollers will make his
Davis Cup debut, Sanchez
Vicario filled out the rest
of the squad with expected
players.
David Ferrer will lead
Spain in the singles, while
Fernando Verdasco and
Feliciano Lopez are
expected to pair up in dou-
bles.
The final will be played
on an indoor hard court at
Mar del Plata.


Potro said. "But also next week
it will be another dream."
Argentina's chances got a
boost when top-ranked Rafael
Nadal, who sat out the Shanghai
event in hopes that the rest
would allow him to lead Spain's
team, announced late Monday
that he would have to take off
another three to six weeks.
Roger Federer and Andy
Roddick, who lost their first
matches in the Red Group, play
each other Wednesday, while
Andy Murray and Gilles Simon
also play.


RANDY MOSS gestures to the ref as the ball bounces away after St.
Louis Rams cornerback Fakhir Brown (hidden behind) broke up a pass
intended for Moss during the fourth quarter of a game in Foxborough,
Mass., on October 26, 2008. The Patriots won 23-16...

(AP Photo: Elise Amendola)



NFL rescinds



fine against



Randy Moss


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The NFL has rescinded a
$20,000 fine levied against New England Patriots receiver
Randy Moss for his comments about officiating.
The fine was withdrawn by Ray Anderson, the league's vice
president of operations, after a review, league spokesman Greg
Aiello said Tuesday.
Moss' remarks came after the Patriots lost 18-15 at Indi-
anapolis on November 2. The fine was never announced by the
league.
Moss said at the time there were "some real iffy calls out
there." He added that good calls and bad calls are part of the
game, and "you've got to live and die with them."







t3mmCj


Cardinals beat 49ers, 29-24


* By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer ,
,. GLENDALE, Arizona-(AP) -The Ari-
zona Cardinals accomplished something
they hadn't done since the team moved to
the desert 20 years ago.
They won on Monday night.
So what if it was a struggle down to the
wire? This victory felt just fine to a fran-
chise that has had oh-so-little to cheer about
for decades.
Kurt Warner's ageless arm and an
improbable goal-line stand at the finish
saved the Cardinals from an ugly loss on a
national stage.
The Cardinals stopped Michael Robinson
up the middle from the 2-yard line as the
game ended to preserve a 29-24 victory
over San Francisco.
"That was definitely one of the most frus-
trating losses I can remember in my 15 or
16 years playing football," 49ers center Eric
Heitmann said.
The Arizona players were just as stunned
as about every 49ers fan that Frank Gore
didn't get the ball for that last carry.
"I told Frank after the game, he's their
best player," Arizona defensive back Adri-
an Wilson said. "In that situation, you've
got to demand the ball. To have him as a
wideout, to me, that's not their best play."
San Francisco interim coach Mike Sin-
gletary said the play was called by offensive
coordinator Mike Martz.
"I think Coach Martz felt that there
would be a cavity inside, so he made the
call," Singletary said. "So you've got to live
with the result."
Who made the game-saving tackle?
"We all did," defensive tackle Darnell
Dockett said.
Singletary said his team could have "done
a heck of a lot better job" managing the
final seconds.
Warner finished 32-of-42 for 328 yards
and three touchdowns without an inter-
ception in Arizona's sixth consecutive home
victory, fourth this season.
The NFC West-leading Cardinals (6-3)
never led until Karlos Dansby's 34-yard
interception return set up Warner's 5-yard
TD pass to Anquan Boldin with 4:16 to
play.
San Francisco (2-7) had.two chances after
that.
The first ended on Wilson's diving inter-
ception of Shaun Hill's pass. The second
was much more nerve-racking for the home
team and exasperating for the 49ers, who
lost their sixth in a row.
Hill's 14-yard pass to Jason Hill moved it
to the Arizona 1. With the last few sec-
onds ticking off, Gore was pushed by a
defensive player as he ran around left end,
then stumbled to the ground just outside
the 2.
After officials reviewed the play to make
sure Gore was down by contact, the 49ers
handed off to the fullback Robinson, who
was stuffed nowhere near the goal line.
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt stressed
the positives, including the goal-line stand.
"We found a way to win a tough game,
which is something you have to do," he
said.
The Cardinals won on Monday night for
the first time in six tries since they moved to
the desert and opened a four-game lead in
the NFC West. The other three teams in the


SAN FRANCISCO 49ers' Shaun Hill (right) gets his arm hit by Arizona Cardinals'Clark Haggans and
throws an interception in the fourth quarter of Monday's game in Glendale, Arizona...


division San Francisco, Seattle and St.
Louis are all 2-7.
Allen Rossum returned the opening kick-
off 104 yards for a touchdown and the 49ers
never trailed until Arizona's late score.
"It would have been nice to have a
blowout but hey, those games are sweet
when you win," Warner said. "Man, it's
fun. It's fun to pull these out. It would have
been a heartbreaker to have lost it."
Shaun Hill, replacing the benched J.T.
O'Sullivan for his third career start in sev-
en NFL seasons, threw for two touchdowns
in the first half but lost a fumble and threw
two interceptions in the second. He fin-
ished 19-of-40 for 217 yards.
Rossum, who left the Seattle game two
weeks ago with a hamstring injury, showed
no ill effects on the opening kickoff. He
caught the ball four yards deep in the end
zone, then ran upfield and darted to his
left, going untouched yards for a touch-
down.
It was his fifth career kickoff return for a
score and was just one yard short of the


team record.
Tight end Vernon Davis, sent to the lock-
er room by interim coach Mike Singletary's
two weeks ago during a loss to Seattle,
caught an 18-yard pass over the back of
Wilson for a touchdown with 29 seconds
left in the half to give San Francisco a 21-13
lead.
The 49ers had gone ahead 14-3 on Josh
Morgan's juggling catch of Hill's 31-yard
touchdown pass with 14:13 left in the half.
That's when Arizona's vaunted offense
finally got in gear. Warner's 46-yard pass -
at least 50 yards in the air to Steve
Breaston set up a 13-yard TD pass to
Boldin that cut the lead to 14-10. Neil Rack-
ers' second field goal of the half, from 33
yards, made it 14-13.
But the 49ers went 77 yards in 14 plays
for their final first-half touchdown. The
crucial play came on third-and-11 from the
San Francisco 22 when Shaun Hill kept the
ball, had his helmet ripped off but still got
the final two yards of a 12-yard gain for
the first down.


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St Augustine's College


Flag Day


GOVERNOR
General
Arthur D
Hanna rais-
es the flag
at St
Augustine's
College Flag
Day cere-
mony on
Friday
November
7, 2008.


PERMANENT Secretary in the Min-
istry of Education Elma Garraway
speaks at the St Augustine's College
Flag Day ceremony on Friday,
November 7, 2008. Pictured from
left are Myah Moss, vice-president
of Student Council: Damiene Stew-
art, president of the Student Coun-
cil; Mrs Garraway; Governor General
Arthur D. Hanna; Archbishop Patrick
Pinder.Sonja Knowles; principal of
St Augustine College, is in the back
row.


I BIS PHOTOS: Derek Smith


MEMBERS of the Kingdom Pastors and the People International called on Governor General Arthur Hanna
on Thursday, November 6, at Government House.


PASTOR Gloria Ferguson of Kingdom Pastors
makes a gift presentation to Governor General
Arthur D Hanna during a courtesy call on
Thursday, November 6. Pictured from left are
Rev. Frances Cooper, Pastor Victor Cooper,
Governor General Arthur D Hanna, Pastor Glo-
ria Ferguson, Pastor Lawrence Glass and Sister
Natalie Glass.


PASTOR Lawrence Glass and Sister Natalie Glass from
Detroit make a presentation to Governor General Arthur
Hanna during a courtesy call at Government House on
Thursday, November 6.


BIS PHOTO: Letisha Henderson


SENIOR OFFICERS from'
Lombard Odier Darier
Hentsch Private Bank &
Trust Limited called
on Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham at the Office of
the Prime Minister, Cable
Beach on Tuesday,
November 4. Pictured
from left are: Frederic
Binder, Pierre.Darier,
Prime Minister Ingraiam
,aad CJristian Coquo.


Couples call on Govepnop Genepal


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ROYAL FIDELITY

S T R Hi N l Money at Work

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2008 (242)351-3010






Government moves on $8.9m




debt's threat to water supply


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ernment
will pay
part of the
Water & Sewerage
Corporation's $19
million subsidy direct
to BISX-listed Con-
solidated Water to
settle an $8.9 million
debt, Tribune Busi-
ness was told yester-
day, with the reverse
osmosis plant opera-
tor claiming the situation was resulting
in liquidity woes that might cause it to
"cease the production of water".
Earl Deveaux, minister for the envi-
ronment, who has ultimate responsi-
bility for the Water & Sewerage Cor-
poration, said the payments schedule'
agreed with Consolidated Water would
see the Treasury directly pay off the
BISX-listed company, using part of the
$19 million subsidy that the 2008-2009
Budget earmarked ,for the Corpora-
tion.
"We agreed that the subvention that
the Government budgeted for the
Water & Sewerage Corporation would


* Administration to pay part of Water & Sewerage's $19m subsidy direct
from Treasury to Consolidated Water to settle outstanding receivables
* BISX-listed entity blames debt for almost-$5m, or 58%, drop in operating
cash flows, liquidity woes, and warns of water production end
* Consolidated Water expects debts to be settled within six months, with $2m already paid
* Company's Bahamas revenues grow by $2.9m during first nine months of 2008,
but unable to pass on $638,000 in extra diesel costs


be used to structure a payment
arrangement with Consolidated," Dr
Deveaux told Tribune Business.
"That should begin this month, and
should go straight from the Treasury to
Consolidated. We're not increasing the
$19 million. Rather than that going to
the Water & Sewerage Corporation,
Consolidated Water will be paid a.
monthly amount straight from the
Treasury as part of this agreement with
the Corporation."
He added: "There's a schedule of
payments to settle the outstanding bills,
and keep current with the existing bills.
The monthly amounts take that into
consideration."
Dr Deveaux said the payments


schedule agreed with Consolidated
Water, which supplies the Water &
Sewerage Corporationi'with some sev-
en million gallons of water per day
'from its Blue Hills reverse osmosis
plant, would ensure the latter's month-
ly payments remained current.
When Tribune Business pointed out
that Consolidated Water was com-
plaining about liquidity issues that
might force it.to cease production at
Blue Hills a move that would poten-
tially throw New Providence's water
supply into chaos, Dr Deveaux replied:
"We have a contract with Consolidat-
ed, and they produce water.
"They're owed money, and this is
the most efficient means of paying.


them to ensure they produce water."
The Blue Hills reverse osmosis plant
accounts for at least 60 per cent of New
Providence's, daily water supply, mean-
ing that its shut down would leave Nas-
sau with a serious water shortage.
There appears, to be little imminent
danger of that happening, though. But
Consolidated Water has been impact-
ed.by the Water & Sewerage Corpo-
ration's failure to meet its payments
in a timely manner, even though it
managed to pay $2 million of the out-
standing $8.9 million sum in October
2008. .
David Sasnett, Consolidated Water's
chief financial officer and executive
vice-president, told yesterday's con-


ference call with Wall Street analysts
that the "might be some concern" over
the firm's cash flow at first glance.
This was because Consolidated
Water's net cash flows from operating
activities for the first nine months to
September 30, 2008, had dropped by
58.7 per cent to $3.424 million, com-
pared to $8.299 million the year before.
"This is largely due to issues we have
had with [accounts] receivables in the
Bahamas from the Water & Sewerage
Corporation," Mr Sasnett said. He
added that the $2 million payment
received in October 2008 was a sign
that the Government intended in
SEE page 4B


'Rip off' concerns


on BEC surcharge


* By NEIL HARTNELL
'Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) was yester-
day again urged to explain why
its fuel surcharge was coming
down at a much slower rate
than global oil prices, with the
Chamber of Commerce's pres-
ident saying that it was "going
to give people the impression
that it's ripping us off".
BEC yesterday released the
fuel surcharge for November
2008, showing a 5.6 per cent
decline to $0.2128 per kilowatt
hour (KwH), compared to
$0.22541 per KwH for October.


Yet Dionisio D'Aguilar, the
Chamber and Superwash pres-
ident, si6ke for iaiiny in the
business community in describ-
ing the miniscule fuel surcharge
reduction as "outrageous", as
it bore no correlation to the 52
per cent drop in global oil prices
since they peaked at $145 per
barrel in July.
Since October 11, 2008, glob-
al oil prices have dropped by
27.7 per cent, closing yesterday
at under $60 per barrel at
$59.30, compared to an $82 per
barrel price a month before.
On a quarterly basis (from
SEE page 5B


Consultant sees


four businesses


close every week


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter
BAHAMIAN small busi-
nesses have been "bombarded
by failure" in recent months,
with a sector consultant yester-
day telling Tribune Business he
has seen at least four clients
close their doors every week.
Mark Turnquest, who heads
the Mark A Turnquest and.
Company. Consultant fim,
which provides technical sup-
port, said small businesses


were facing a" serious collapse,
with a detrimental impact on
the entire Bahamas, if they
were not given major assistance
by government.
"We are in a serious crisis,"
Mr Turnquest said. "This can-
not go on as is, and I think that
* the Government needs to
immediately address this. Small
businesses need a serious relief
. package, whether it be by finan-
cial assistance or non- financial
assistance, or by a forum. Some-
SEE page 5B


|ew car sales down


)3% for year-to-date

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
EW car sales in the Bahamas were down by more than one-
ird or 33.4 per cent for the first nine months of 2008, Tribune Busi-
'ss was told yesterday, %\ith dealerships in this nation monitoring
e US car manufacturing industry's woes with concern but not
due alarm.
Rick Lowe. operations manager for the Nassau Motor Compa-
S(NMC). which is the General Motors (GM) dealer for the
mhamas, said it %as "business as usual" for the firm despite the dire
irnings that GM will plunge into bankruptcy within months if it
ils to receive a US government bail-out.
Mr Lowe said that a "worst-case scenario" for the Bahamian deal-
ship %would be the non-arrival or delays in GM vehicle ship-
ents to the Bahamas, if the giant US car manufacturer was forced
close factories and other production facifties as part of a cost-cut-
eg drive.
Yet with total ne" car sales See SALES, page 2B


BISX Rules changes to be

submitted in New Year


" By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX) is
planning to submit the final
draft of its proposed Rules
amendments to the Securities
Commission of the Bahamas by
either year's end or early in the
New Year, Tribune Business
was told yesterday.
Keith Davies, BISX's chief
executive, said the exchange
had been in constant dialogue
with the Securities Commission
over the proposed -Rules
amendments that were first
unveiled in 2007, and which are
designed to produce "more clar-
ity, more transparency and
streamlined procedures".
"Our timeline was the end of


the year or beginning of the
New Year to make the amend-
ments," Mr Davies said of the
proposed changes to BISX
Rules.
"The goal is to complete
them by the end of the year,
and then to make the submis-
sion to the Commission in the
beginning of the New Year. I've
been dialoguing with the Com-
mission for a while, and they
know what we're planning to
do. The goal will be to submit to
them the final document in the
New Year."
The BISX chief executive
added: "We've taken a very
deliberate approach to them.
We know what we want to do,
and have been talking about
this for some time.
"A lot of the amendments are
going to be phased in in any
event, so the goal is to take our
'time, make the submission to
the Commission, and go
through a phased implementa-
tion."
Mr Davies said a key aim of
the BISX Rules changes is to
enable listed issuers to make
"filings, submissions in a more
timely fashion". He acknowl-
edged that there had been com-
plaints in the past that BISX's
filing procedures and process-
es had caused confusion, some-
tinmes resulting in the wrong
documents being filed.
"We then go back to see
where the lack of clarity exists,
then refine those documents to
make our job and that of the
listed issuers more efficient and
easier," Mr Davies told Tribune
Business.
"The cost of capital should
SEE page 4B


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Park Administrator

Bahamas National Trust


Location: Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park

Primary Responsibilities: Provide day to day and long term
management and administration of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea
Park and enforce the rules and regulations within the parks.

Duties:
1. Serve as the Liaison between the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
and the BNT headquarters in Nassau. Is responsible for overall
supervision and oversight of all activities that occur in the Park.
2. Develop applicable policies, procedures, systems, and proposals
to further the goals of the Exuma Park and the Bahamas National
Trust.
3. Assist with fund raising and public relations activities in the Park
provide liaison between potential donors in the park and the
Executive Director or Development Office.
4. Plan and execute activities in approved General Management
Plans, Strategic Plans, and operating plans to achieve the goals
of the Park and the Bahamas National Trust.
5. Supervise park staff members and volunteers to ensure protection
of natural resources and maintenance of park assets.
6. Enforce the rules and regulations to protect native species and
the public in the Park.
7. Assist other parks and trust staff as requested.
8. Serve as BNT representative at Park committee meetings.
9. In conjunction with the BNT staff, plan, develop and implement
community outreach programmes, education and public relations
initiatives to promote the goals of the BNT.
10. Provide support to the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Force
with enforcement of immigration, illegal drug interdiction and
domestic disturbances in the Park.
11. Other tasks as assigned by the Director of Parks

Required Skills:
* Strong interpersonal and communications skills,.
* Advanced degree in environmental science, administration, or
management required.
* 10 years ofprogressive experience including extensive supervision
and general management experience.
.* Law enforcement experience, an advantage.
* Willingness'to live in a remote location for extended periods of
time.
* Willingness to work in difficult and sometimes dangerous
conditions.
* Advanced computer skills including all MS Office applications.
* Willingness to work in remote location, receiving directives from
Headquarters in Nassau
* Experience handling boats in a variety of sea conditions. Advanced
scuba diving training and experience a plus.
* Dedication to conservation of natural resources within national
parks.
* Experience working with and motivating volunteers, an advantage.

To apply: provide a cover letter explaining why you would like the
position, resume and three references to Bahamas National Trust,
P.O. Box N-4105 Nassau, or bnt@bnt.bs by November 19. 2008


THE BAHAMAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN
COLLABORATION WITH THE ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE
FORCE & CRIME STOPPERS BAHAMAS WILL HOST ITS 4TH
ANNUAL CRIME PREVENTION SEMINAR

Thursday, November 13,2008
8:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
Police Conference Centre, East Street Headquarters

BEST PRACTICES IN PREVENTING CRIME
"A PRACTICAL APPROACH"


S me;-^*^---&


This year's half day seminar will examine and discuss best practices and practical examples in crime
prevention with presentations from local and international experts on victim's rights, robbery
prevention, inventory control measures, information security, and important steps you can take to
protect yourself and your property. REGISTER TODAY AND BE INFORMEDI


8:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony & Welcome Remarks

NATIONAL ANTHEM:
The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band

OPENING PRAYER:
Father Stephen Davies, RBPF Chaplain

REMARKS:
Mr. Dionisio D'Aguilar, President, Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Reginald Ferguson, Acting
Commissioner of Police

The Hon. Orville (Tommy) A. Turnquest,
MP, Minister of National Security

SESSION 1 9:30a.m.
'Surveillance Systems: Electronic Security &
Access Control'


To R.S.V.P. please Contact: The Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce Tel: 322-2145
Email: register@thebahamaschamber.com


10:30 a.m. COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 2-10:45 a.m.
'Workplace Crime Prevention Measures'

SESSION 3 11:45 a.m.
'Crime Trends in The Bahamas'

1.00 p.m. LUNCHEON KEYNOTE
ADDRESS
.'ID Theft, Fraud Detection & Risk
Management'

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON SPEAKER:
Mr. Robert Johnson, Founder &
Executive Director, National Association
for Information Destruction

2:30 p.m CLOSING


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
THE Registrar of Insurance's
Office is hoping to complete its
review of the Domestic Insur-
ance Act's regulations by Fri-
day, with the legislation com-
ing into effect by year's end.
Lennox McCartney, the Reg-
istrar of Insurance, told accoun-
tants attending the Bahamas
Institute of Charted Accoun-
tants (BICA) week that the
Domestic Insurance Act will
ensure there are more proac-
tive measures for regulating the
industry when it comes to pub-
lic disclosures and licensing.

SALES, from 1B

in the Bahamas having fallen
from 928 in the first nine
months of 2007 to 618 during
the 2008 comparative period, a
fall of just over one-third or 33
per cent, Mr Lowe explained
that the low demand meant
NMC would not be' impacted
even if new product was
delayed.
The declining trend in new
car sales continued in Septem-
ber, With a 24.4 per cent drop to
217 sales, compared to 287 dur-


Stanislaw Bereza, the Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas'
inspector of Banks and Trust
Companies, said Bahamian
institutions have some
strengths, especially the fact
that many have a very strong
Canadian parent and conserva-
tive regulations.
Senator Michael Halkitis,
who is also the head financial
consultant at British American
Financial, said the current
global financial crisis had its
roots in measures taken during
the downturn that occurred
after the September 11, 2001,
terror attacks.
This ultimately led to the
sub-prime mortgage meltdown,
and subsequent huge level of


ing the same month in 2007.
Andrew Barr, a sales manager
and director for Friendly Ford,
the Ford dealer, told Tribune
Business that most car dealer-
ships had seen a sales drop in
2008 of "as much as 30-40 per
cent".
In the context of GM's woes,
and its focus on cost contain-
ment, Mr Lowe told. Tribune
Business: "It may slow down
the arrival of product here for a
while [if factories close], but in
the current circumstances that's
no bad thing.


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US home foreclosures.
Mr Halkitis said that while
the mortgage issue was not a
problem for the Bahamas, the
major decline in tourism
arrivals was.
He added that if the current
climate was not addressed, the
Bahamas will feel even bigger
affects.
Mr Halkitis added that dur-
ing times of economic decline,
people were encouraged or
compelled to spend less, but
more spending was needed to
stimulate the economy.
The conference continues
this morning, with a panel dis-
cussion on how associations can
assist their members in a time
of crisis.


"The worst-case scenario at
this stage is that we miss one or
two months of production. At
current inventory and sales lev-
els, it won't affect us."
Mr Lowe said NMC had
received no communication
from GM, apart from an e-mail
detailing what the company's
cash flow needs were for 2009
and the internal cost-cutting
measures it was planning.
"If we weren't concerned,
we'd need our heads exam-
ined," Mr Lowe told Tribune
Business, "because it could be a
long shake-out. But at this point
it's business as usual. I'm sure
it's going to be a difficult period
of adjustment, but at the end
ofthe day, I'd like to think GM
will still be around.
"There's no change in the
day-to-day business, and keep-
ing fingers crossed that the
impact here vill be minimal
compared to the US."
He added that "the only
thing" Nassau Motor Compa-
ny saw as potentially impacting
its business was if GM was
forced to close factories for an
extended period of time, which
could affect access to parts and-
supphes.
Mr Lowe said that a major
factor impacting new car sales
in the Bahamas was the diffi-
culty many potential purchasers
were having in accessing debt
financing.
He told Tribune Business:
"What we've been experienc-
ing the past few weeks, and it
seems to be the case with the
other dealers, is that the banks
are as tight as they can be. The
process is taking so long to get
approvals for anything."
Despite possessing more than
$300 million in surplus liquidity,
Bahamian commercial banks
were being judicious about
whether clients qualified for
loans, given the lay-offs,
reduced work weeks and high
debt levels being carried by
man\ consumers.
Mr Lowe said NMC, Quality
Auto and Executive Motors
had enjoyed "great floor traf-
fic" at their recent Auto Extrav-
aganza, but everything now
hinged on k hetiher the propos-
als purchasers took to the banks
would materialise into actual
loans
With economic recovery like-
ly to be a year or two away, Mr
Lowe added: "People will
always need cars, so sales will
happen. maybe not at the level
they have been. It's a normal
business cycle. You get the ups
and downs, and hopefully ride
the downs until the ups come
again."
Mr Barr at Friendly Ford said
his US manufacturer had stated
that it had sufficient cash
reserves to keep going at "the
present rate" until 2010.
The US car industry's woes,
he added, were unlikely to
impact Bahamian dealers, with
their chief problem being the
state of the local economy.
While Ford may cut back on
the production of certain mod-
els and increase production on
others, Mr Barr said he and oth-
er dealers were adjusting inven-
tory levels to account for the
reduction in sales as a result of
the depressed economy.
"All dealers have seen a
reduction in sales, probably by
as much as 30-40 per cent," Mr
Barr said. "Every business in
the Bahamas right now is on
shaky ground."
Friendly Ford has some 140
vehicles sitting on its lot cur-
rently, which Mr Barr said was
sufficient inventory to provide
six to seven months' worth of
supply.
He added that Friendly Ford
had no intention of\releasing
any of its 35-40 employees.


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Bank planning



'extraordinary'



Christmas gift


CALLING it "a ray of sun-
shine in a climate of economic
gloom,", Commonwealth Bank
yesterday today it'will pay an
extraordinary dividend of $0.05
per share to its 6,500 share-
holders in time for Christmas.
"There has been so much talk
of economic doom and gloom
that we were very pleased to
announce an extraordinary div-
idend payable on November 28
to shareholders of record as of
November 20,2008," said chair-
man TB Donaldson.
"We hope this news, which
follows on the heels of our
report of strong third quarter
earnings, brings a ray of sun-
shine to our loyal sharehdld-
ers."
The extraordinary dividend,
which comes in time to relieve
some of the financial pressure
being experienced this holiday
season, maintains the bank's




IN a story on Page 3B of
Tribune Business on Friday,
November 7, 2008, undei
the headline 'Viewers
impacted by digital TV con-
version less than 2%', it was
reported that: "Less than 2
per cent of Bahamian tele-
vision viewers will need to
get a set-top box for when
ZNS television broadcast
signals go digital next Feb-
ruary."
This was not correct. The
2 per cent of viewers who
will need to get a set-top
box will not have to do so by
next February. The correct
date is some time in 2010.
Tribune Business apolo-
gises for the error.


history of regular quarterly and
twice-annually extraordinary
dividend payments.
The November.28 payment,
the bank's second this year, also
comes after the bank increased
its regular quarterly dividend
from $0.04 per share to $0.05


per share in January. The bank
is in line to pay $0.31 in divi-
dends per share in 2008, up 19
per cent over 2007.
"Against the backdrop of
economic challenges facing all
of us, our performance in 2008
is outstanding," said Mr Don-
aldson.
"The payment of this extra-
ordinary dividend we hope will
help our shareholders through
the undoubted challenging
times that are still ahead of us.
The success of the bank rests
solidly on the support of our
shareholders, the loyalty of our
customers and the dedication
and commitment of our staff."
Commonwealth Bank oper-
ates 10 branches in New Provi-
dence, Grand Bahama and
Abaco, employs more than 500
staff and is currently construct-
ing its 11th full service branch
on Prince Charles Drive.


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Government moves on $8.9m debt's threat to water supply


FROM page 1B

"good faith" to make good the
outstanding accounts receiv-
ables."
"We would expect some time
in the next six months to be cur-
rent with our receivables," Mr
Sasnett said.
Consolidated Water's 10-K
filing with the Securities &
Exchange Commission (SEC)
revealed that the amount owed
to it by the Water & Sewerage
Corporation had increased by
$3.6 million during the first nine
months of 2008, given that the
receivables stood at $5.3 mil-
lion as at December 31, 2007.
The SEC filing said: "As of
December 31, 2007, Consoli-
dated Water-Bahamas was due
approximately $5.3 million from
the Water & Sewerage, Corpo-
ration .
"During the nine-month peri-


od ended September 30, 2008,
amounts invoiced by Consoli-
dated Water-Bahamas to Water
& Sewerage Corporation for
water supplied exceeded Water
& Sewerage Corporation's pay-
ments to Consolidated Water-
Bahamas, and as of September
30, 2008, Consolidated Water-
Bahamas accounts receivable
from Water & Sewerage Cor-
poration totalled approximate-
ly $8.9 million."
And the BISX-listed compa-
ny added: "We have met with
representatives of the Bahamas
government to inquire as to the
reasons for the increase in the
receivables balance since
December 31, 2007.
"We have been informed by
these government representa-
tives that the delay in paying
our accounts receivables is due
to operating issues within the
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion, that the delay does not
reflect any type of dispute with


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us with respect to the amounts
owed, and that the amounts will
ultimately be paid in full.
"Based upon these commu-
nications, we believe that the
accounts receivable from the
Water & Sewerage Corporation
are fully collectible and there-
fore have not provided any
allowance for possible non-pay-
ment of these receivables as of
September 30, 2008. In Octo-
ber 2008, we received a pay-
ment of $2 million on these
accounts receivable."
Yet Consolidated Water
added: "Consolidated Water -
Bahamas derived substantially
all of its revenues from its con-
tract with the Water & Sewer-
age Corporation and is depen-
dent upon timely collection of
its accounts receivable to fund
its operations.
"On July 31, 2008, Consoli-
dated Water-Bahamas issued
WSC a written notice of Water
& Sewerage Corporation's


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default under the payment
terms of its contract with Con-
solidated Water-Bahamas. Dur-
ing the three and nine months
ended September 30, 2008,
Consolidated Water-Bahamas
experienced liquidity issues that
required it to extend the pay-
ment dates of its accounts
payable.
"If the Water & Sewerage
Corporation does not improve
the timeliness and/or increase
the amounts of its payments to
Consolidated Water-Bahamas,
this subsidiary may not have
sufficient liquidity to fund its
operations. If this occurs, Con-
solidated Water-Bahamas may
be required to cease the pro-
duction of water."
Meanwhile, Consolidated
Water said 2008 third quarter
revenues generated by its Blue
Hills and Windsor reverse
osmosis plants on New Provi-
dence had increased by $1.145
million compared to the 2007
comparative period.
The company said this had
come from an increase in elec-
tricity and diesel pass-through
charges, arid a rise in water pro-
duced and invoiced by the Blue
Hills plant.
In the 2007 comparative peri-
od, it had not billed the Water
& Sewerage Corporation for 1.2
million gallons of water sup-
plied per day, due to the ongo-


ing debate over whether it had
met the terms of its non-rev-
enue water (NRW) contract.
This left Consolidated Water
with an extra $223,000 in pro-
duction costs.
The NRW project was com-
pleted as of July 1, 2007, allow-
ing Consolidated Water to bill
for all water produced by Blue
Hills.
However, the BISX-listed
company admitted that its
Bahamian operations continued
to be impacted by diesel fuel
costs at its Windsor plant, which
exceeded the amount it could
pass on to the Water & Sewer-
age Corporation. It can invoice
the Corporation for these diesel
cost increases if Windsor is
operating at or better than the
efficiency specified in the con-
tract.
"In early 2006, we reconfig-
ured the Windsor plant in order
to mitigate membrane fouling,"
Consolidated Water said in its
10-K statement.
"However, this reconfigura-
tion resulted in a decrease in
the fuel efficiency of the Wind-
sor plant to a level below that
required under our contract
with the Water & Sewerage
Corporation, and as a result we
could not charge a portion of
the Windsor plant's diesel costs
to the Water & Sewerage Cor-
poration.


"The impact of this ineffi-
ciency was exacerbated by a
74.1 per cent rise in diesel fuel
prices for the three months end-
ed September 30, 2008, as com-
pared to the three months end-
ed September 30, 2007.......
Consolidated Water added:
"We have constructed and com-
missioned new feed water wells,
and replaced the reverse osmo-
sis membranes on two of four of
our production trains effective
September 2008. These
improvements have allowed us
to reverse the plant reconfigu-
ration, and preliminary results
indicate that the Windsor plan-
t's fuel efficiency has improved.
"However, our gross profit
for our Bahamas operations
may continue to be adversely
affected by its diesel costs if
these improvements do not
increase the efficiency of the
plant to the minimum required
by contract."
For the nine months to Sep-
tember 30, 2008, Consolidated
Water said revenues generated
by its two Bahamas plants had
increased by $2.866 million
year-ov'er-year.
Over that period, diesel fuel
prices had risen by 70.2 per cent
year-over-year, and the Wind-
sor plant had incurred some
$638,000 in costs that it was
unable to pass on to the Water
& Sewerage Corporation.


BISX Rules changes to be submitted in New Year


FROM page 1B


not be heightened through com-
pliance with BISX Rules.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ELVEUS ESTERLIN of
ROCK SOUND, ELEUTHERA, .BAHAMAS is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 12TH day of NOVEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O'Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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


NOTICE

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


NOTICE



PROPOSALS FOR


Heightening efficiency by
streamlining or reducing costs is
our goal."
The proposed BISX Rules
amendments, unveiled in April
2007, sought to require listed
companies to publish their
quarterly and annual audited
financial statements some 60
and 90 days respectively after
those periods closed.
This compared to the 90 and
120-day periods they are cur-
rently allowed now, meaning
that if this change was
approved, the timeframes
would be brought forward by a
month. This generated concern
among both BISX-listed com-
panies and the accounting pro-
fession that audits them, both
fearing the proposed audit peri-
ods were too short.
Other amendments to BISX
Rules that were proposed ini-
tially included changes to
issuers' continuing obligations
rules that required directors,
chief executives and chief finan-
cial officers, especially with
quarterly financial, to make a
public declaration that those
financial reports were in com-
pliance and had been pub-
lished in compliance with
International Financial Report-
ing Standards (IFRS).
Other plans involved requir-
ing all issuers to file all results
and material disclosures with a
new department called the
BISX Companies Announce-
ments Office in an electronic
format.
The BISX Listings Commit-
tee was also due to get new
sanctions powers, including the
ability to disqualify directors of
entities listed on the exchange.


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GROUP LIFE & MEDICAL INSURANCE


The National Insurance Board invites proposals from eligible insurance
companies and/or brokers for the coverage of its Life and Medical Insurance
Plan for the employees of The National Insurance Board as well as a separate
plan for our retirees.


The new policy will be for a year commencing on January 1, 2009, following
the selection of the successful tender.


Parties interested in submitting a proposal may collect an information package
from the Director's Office of the National Insurance Board [Headquarters,
Clifford Darling Complex, Baillou Hill Road.


All proposals should be scaled, marked "Proposals for Life and Medical
Insurance," and must be delivered not later than 4:30 p.m., on
Wednesday, November 26, 2008, to:

The Director
THE NATIONAL INSURANCE BOARD
Clifford Darling Complex
Baillou Hill Road
P.O. Box N7508
Nassau, Bahamas


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BUSINESS


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Retail gas prices fall below $2 a gallon in US


* By JOHN PORRETTO
AP Energy Writer

HOUSTON (AP) Retail
gasoline prices dipped for a 17th
week since July 4, falling below
$2 a gallon in a number of states
and as low as $1.77 in Des
Moines, Iowa.
While consumers, worried
about a weak job market and
slumping investments, are
grateful for the price relief,
there are indications they are
hanging on to the money that
they are not putting in the gas
tank.
Oil prices hit a 20-month low
Tuesday as Wall Street offered
yet more evidence that con-
sumers have gone into hiding.
Retail gasoline prices fell to a
national average of $2.22 a gal-
lon, dragged down by the falling
price of crude, which now costs
60 per cent less per barrel than
it did in mid-July.
Light, sweet crude for
December delivery fell more
than five per cent, or $3.25, to
$59.16 a barrel on the New
York Mercantile Exchange. In
earlier electronic trading, crude
fell to $58.32, it's lowest point


since March 2007.
Oil prices fell two days ahead
of a report from the Interna-
tional Energy Agency, which
some analysts expect will cut its
2009 oil demand forecast for
the third consecutive month.
Volatile price swings are
occurring almost every day on
the trading floor.
While the Nymex contract is
now trading near first-half 2007
prices, the difference then
between daily highs and lows
was around $1.50 a barrel, while
now the average daily range is
around $5.50 a, barrel with
recent daily peaks at $9.50, said
analyst Olivier Jakob of Petro-
matrix in Switzerland.
Investors have grown increas-
ingly leery about the swooning
U.S. economy, which faces its
worst recession in decades.
Industry analysts had expect-
ed China and India would con-
tinue buying crude if the U.S.
and other western nations went
into recession, but the boom-
ing economies of Asia have
begun to show signs of fatigue.
Some forecasts had called for
China's gross domestic product
to grow 10 per cent next year.


closeevery wee


FROM page 1B

thing needs to be done imme-
diately."
Mr Turnquest pointed.out
that small to medium-sized
businesses are the backbone of
the Bahamian economy, and
warned that the Government
would find the Bahamas in dire
straits if the level of business
closures did not stop.
"Is the Government pre-
pared, and can they afford to
hire all of these unemployed
workers. If the level of unem-
ployment rises, people will
resort to criminal activity,'
because they will need to eat,"
Mr Turnquest said.
He added that he was
extremely disappointed after
hearing Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham address the nation on
the state of the economy on
Monday evening.
"I was extremely disappoint-
ed to hear that the Government.
did not have a strategic plan or
focus for small businesses.
Nothing was said to address
their needs, and the Prime Min-
ister's remarks focused around
individual needs," Mr Turn-
quest said.
He also expressed frustration
at the length of time it is taking
to make good on the promises
the Government made to small
businesses to facilitate their
needs.
In his 2008-2009 Budget com-
munication, Mr Ingraham had


indicated that an omnibus sys-
tem would be created to facili-
tate licensing a business, some-
thing Mr Turnquest said has not
been created.
He added that the Govern-
ment has disbanded the Domes-
tic Investment Board, but has
not put in a place an effective
replacement.
Additionally, Mr Turnquest
said that while the GVovern-
ment did provide financial assis-
tance to a number of young
entrepreneurs, he would liked
to have seen them include some
level of training before .they
were given the money....
He said there was no one sin-
gle available location for small
business development, saying
that organizations such as the
Bahamas Development Bank,
the Bahamas Industrial and
Agricultural Corporation and
the Venture Capital Fund "are
all on their own." The College
of the Bahamas also does not
have an entrepreneurial pro-
gramme, something very much
needed.
Mr Turnquest said the deci-
sion to increase customs duties
has also contributed to the
destruction of Bahamian busi-
ness.
"I am not saying this from
any political perspective, but
from the perspective of a busi-
ness' consutlant who has been
bombarded by reports of fail-
ure from companies which were
truly innovative. It is a serious
crisis," Mr Turnquest said.


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More recent forecasts have it
closer to six per cent, the firm
Cameron Hanover said in a
report Tuesday.
A $586 billion stimul'ous
package in China boosted mar-
kets globally early Monday, but
those gains fizzled quickly and a
sell-off that began by midday
in the U.S. continued in Asia
and Europe Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Dow sank
more than 200 points after
Homebuilder Toll Brothers Inc.
and Starbucks Corp. gave
investors more evidence the
housing market and consumer
spending are getting weaker.
Toll Brothers, said fourth-
quarter revenue fell 41 per cent
from the year-ago period, while
Starbucks reported lower sales
across the coffee chain, leading
to profits that fell below ana-
lysts' expectations.
Gasoline fell again overnight,
dipping two cents to a national
a-'erage of $2.22 for a gallon of
regular unleaded, according to
auto club AAA, the Oil Price
Information Service and Wright
Express. The average price has
fallen nearly 32 per cent in the
past month and, according to
AAA, could be headed to $2 a
gallon nationally by year's end.
Crude demand from the U.S.,
the world's largest consumer of
energy, is a key driver of oil
prices.
"We saw extremely poor car
sales and pretty shocking unem-
ployment numbers from the
U.S. last week," said Toby Has-
sall, an analyst with Commodi-
ty Warrants Australia in Syd-
ney: "It wouldn't surprise me if
oil edged down toward $50."
U.S. car sales fell to a 25-year
low in October while the unem-
ployment rate shot to a 14-year
high of 6.5 per cent last month.
Oil prices fell despite signs
that OPEC members-are going


ahead with production cuts
agreed to at an emergency
meeting in Vienna, Austria, last
month.
Many analysts are expecting
another cut by the Organiza-
tion of Petroleum Exporting
Countries, which will meet on
December 17 in Oran, Algeria.
The prime minister of Qatar
said Tuesday that "fair" oil
prices of between $70 to $90
per barrel would ensure that
expensive oil exploration could
/ continue, avoiding price spikes
in the future.
Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim
Bin Jabr Al-Thani said that
while oil prices below $70 a bar-
rel may seem like a gift to con-
sumers, it could trigger price
spikes in the near future when
demand picks up.-
But for now it is waning ener-
gy demand, not the supply con-
trolled by OPEC, that is domi-
nating crude prices.
Events that earlier this year
threatened to cut off supply in
oil producing nations no longer
appear to have the power to
send prices surging.
Militants in Nigeria on Mon-
day resumed attacks on the
country's oil installations. The
military said it killed eight peo-
ple while guarding a facility in
the oil-rich south of the country.
Militants frequently attack oil
facilities, seeking to hobble
Africa's biggest petroleum
industry and force Nigeria's fed-
eral government to send more
oil funds to the southern states
where the crude is pumped.
."The focus of the market has
really been on the demand
side," Hassall said. "I'd be sur-
prised if supply side issues in
Nigeria could change the mood
of the market."
Associated Press writer Alex
Kennedy in Singapore con-
tributed to this report.


Legal Notice

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138 (8) of The
International Business Companies Act 2000, of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, notice is hereby
given that PUTNAM INVESTMENTS SER-
VICES, LTD. has been dissolved and struck off the
Register as of 3rd November, 2008.



KING & CO.
Attorneys for the above-named Company




Monique Cartwright-Winder




Legal Notice

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138 (8) of The
International Business Companies Act 2000, of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, notice is hereby
given that.PORCHILAN HOLDINGS LIMITED
has been dissolved and struck off the Register as of
? rd November, 2008.



KING & CO.
Attorneys for the above-named Company




Monique Cartwright-Winder


'Rip off' concerns


on BEC surcharge


FROM page 1B
August 11 to Novem- -
ber 11), oil prices have
fallen from a peak of
around $120 per barrel
to yesterday's low.
High energy costs *
have jeopardised the "
Bahamian economy's
long-term sustainabili-
ty and competitiveness.
Absent the govern-
ment relief that only
went to consumers,
many businesses have
argued that the consis-
tently high prices -
which seemingly bear
no relation to the glob-
al spot oil market are placing
their very survival in peril at a
time when they need every little
bit of help on utility costs that
they can get.
For many Bahamian compa-
nies, electricity costs account for
as much as 30-40 per cent of
their annual operating costs,
making it a key determinant of
their survival and profitability.
Kevin Basden, BEC's gener-
al manager, did not return Tri-
bune Business's call for com-
ment despite a detailed phone
message being left. But Mr
D'Aguilar said the fact that the-
fuel surcharge peaked in August
- a month after global oil prices
peaked essentially showed that
BEC was consuming/using
diesel fuel one month after the
consignment was purchased and
landed.
"I'm shocked it's come down
so little in the past months. It
must be a mistake," Mr
D'Aguilar said of the fuel sur-
charge.
"The price of BEC's demand
surcharge is not moving at the
same rate as the market price
of oil. I'm not sure what price
they're buying it at. There needs


to be an explanation of this. It


/. -


doesn't make sense.
"It's going to give peo-
ple the impression
they're ripping us off
and using it to cover
some losses and ineffi-
ciencies. We need trans-
parency. I don't know
what formula they're
using to calculate this."
Mr D'Aguilar said
suggestions that the Pub-
lic Utilities Commission
(PUC) should take over
price regulation of BEC
were not valid, as the
body had been "some-
what ineffective" in its


regulation of the telecommuni-
cations sector, especially the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC).
BEC's chairman previously
said the Corporation had "no
objection" to an independent
body reviewing its fuel sur-
charge calculations and how
they were arrived at.
And Mr Basden had added:
"BEC wishes to confirm that
the cost of the fuel is calculated
on a five-day bill of lading (the
average of two days before, the
day of, and two days after)
based on the international post-
ings at that time.
'"Therefore, the price shown
today will not necessarily be
consistent with the price at the
time of the bill of lading, as
there is a delay between the
time the oil is loaded on a ship
and when it is used by BEC.
Corporation policy is 'first in,
first out', which is standard and
necessary business practice. This
means that existing inventory is
used first and the fuel surcharge
is billed according to what was
paid for the oil that generated
the electricity reflected in a par-
ticular billing."


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Legal Notice
NOTICE

MARBLE DEVELOPMENT LTD.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) MARBLE DEVELOPMENT LTD. is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 10th August, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar
General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Dated this 12th day of November, A.D. 2008


Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator


NOTICE
IS i I[ SO)S


GRAMERCY GLOBAL LTD.


Notice is hereby given that' liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 10th day of November,
2008, GRAMERCY GLOBAL LTD. of Bahamas
Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, P.O.Box
N-3023, Nassau, The Bahamas has 'been appointed
Liquidator of the Company.


Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator


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

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Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to
fill all of the empty squares, using numbers. 1 to 9, so the sum of
each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum
of each vertical block equals 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.


Yesterday's.
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Across
1 Back before the
rain? (4,3,3)
6 Doctor joins leading
company in North Italy (4)
10 It has a small part in a big
picture (5)
11 Frank had a meal, but
hasn't a seat yet (9)
12 Clean fuel that draws
well (8)
13 Ben is turning into a
dramatist (5)
15 Makes a request to have
fruit about one (7)
17 The last form of
secrecy (7)
19 It ends a flight in two
ways (7)
21 Gentleman sent back fish
and meat dish (7)
22 Positional defence (5)
24 Not really interested,
having no leaning to either
side (8)
27 Exuberant farm animal that
is caught in a tangled
net (9),
28 A drop of whisky before a
stage show (5)
29 A row about it is put
back (4)
30 Down-to-earth Roman
tunic, perhaps (10)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solutic
Across: 1 Liberal, 5 Troop, 8
Foretaste, 9 Eye, 10 Ribs, 12
Measures;'14 Caters, 15 Errand, 1-
Exertion, 18 Chub, 21 Tic, 22
Examiners, 24 Hopes, 25 Edition.
Down: 1 Lifer, 2 Bar, 3 Rota, 4
Lasses, 5 Treasure, 6 Overreach, 7
Pressed, 11 Buttercup, 13 Fritters,
Cheetah, 16 Potage, 19 Bison, 20
Mini, 23 Eli.


Down
1 Capital growth (4)
2 Not in good form (9)
3 Make a change in special
terms (5)
4 They thrive on
complaints (7)
5 Row over the French
continues bitterly (7)
7 Not rounds used in erratic
Ssalvo (5)
8 Very steep climb for a
member of a trio (3,2,5)
9 Not always the products of
great minds (3,5)
14 Family man holds up
letters for national
assembly (10)
16 They make up monograms
'for people (8)
18 Be quick to show pride in
appearance (4,5)
20 Bitterness associated with
age-old craft (7)
21 Its root goes into a
stew (7)
23 Accustom oneself to a
shattered Eastern ruin (5)
25 Girl needing daily
refreshment (5)
26 Mineral used in ancient
alchemy (4)


Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 At first, 5 Climb, 8 High-
flier, 9 Cut, 10 Real, 12 Lame duck,
14 Acting, 15 Action, 17 Game bird,
18 Zero, 21 Lot, 22 Eagle-eyed, 24
Curry, 25 Tipster.
Down: 1 Abhor, 2 Fug, 3 Rift, 4
Taiwan, 5 Currency, 6 Inclusive, 7
Betoken, 11 Altimeter, 13 Siobbery,
14 Angelic, 16 Bright, 19 Order, 20
Peep, 23 Yet.


Across
1 To rebuke (4,2,4)
6 Placid (4)
10 Kingdom of
Croesus (5)
11 Requiring exertion (9)
12 Blue gemstone (8)
13 Give reason to
believe (5)
15 Enlarge (7)
17 Gaunt and
hollow-eyed (7)
19 Very young child (7)
21 Betrayal of
country (7)
22 Trembling poplar (5)
24 Soft boggy
ground (8)
27 Of short duration (9)
28 The present times (5)
29 Circus arena (4)
30 Conventional
pattern (10)


Target


Down
1 Discussion (4)
2 R.L. Stevenson
novel (9)
3 Vagrant (5)
4 Bear witness (7)
5 Harsh shrill
noise (7)
7 As a companion (5)
8 Deceptive (10)
9 Involve in
difficulty (8)
14 Great expert (4,6)
16 Indolence (8)
18 Without a doubt (9)
20 Ask for (7)
21 Towing vehicle (7)
23 Outspoken (5)
25 Maxim (5)
26 Promote
extravagantly (4)


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letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used
once only. Each must contain the
centre letter and there must be at
least one nine-letter word. No .
plurals.
TODAY'S TAmIT
Good 12; very good 18; excellent
23 (or more). Solution tomorrow.
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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker


A Question of Probabilities


West dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
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The bidding:
West North East South
1 v Dble Pass 24
Pass 4 4
Opening lead king of hearts.
Most finesses are directed at miss-
ing kings or queens. Finesses against
jacks or tens occasionally occur, and
finesses against nines or eights are
extremely rare.
Today's deal features an unusually
deep finesse. Declarer was in four
spades, and West started with the K-
A and another heart. East had played
high-low in hearts, so South knew
from both the bidding and the play
that East had no more hearts.


Declarer's most pressing problem
was to decide which of dummy's
cards to ruff with in order to avoid a
trump loser either immediately or
eventually.
As happens very often when
declarer is trying to locate a missing
queen, South had to weigh the prob-
ability of East holding the greater
spade length (and therefore the
queen) against the probability that
West was more likely to have the
queen because he had opened the
bidding.
After considering all the relevant
factors, South decided that East was
apt to have more spades than West,
so he ruffed with dummy's ace. He
then led the ten of spades, intending
to finesse. But East correctly covered
the ten with the queen.
South won with the king and -
pursuing his premise that East was
more likely to have been dealt three
spades than two entered dummy
with a club and returned the spade
deuce. After East followed with the
five, South finessed the six!
When the finesse succeeded,
South was home free and clear. He
collected East's nine of spades with
the jack, then conceded a diamond to
the ace to bring a satisfying conclu-
sion to a well-played hand.


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In general, beer goes well with white meats such as chicken and
S fish. One flavqur It doesn't go well withPeppetAint. .-
Henekefl Is served in a brown bottle It HoNoanflut Ws'green every-
where else.'
S* Each beer has its own brewing regime and secret recipe
f I %Yeast in beer accounts for 80 to 90 per cent of the taste
STwo"bews are produced perday
0 Store time must be limited because exposure to air makes beer
brewing times vary. For Vita Matt it is a 24 hour.process,
Guirinesstakes 11 days, Kalik 15 days and Heineken takes
28"days
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by tast ers
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* ByLISA LAWLOR
Tribune Features Writer

THE BAHAMAS and beer are three words that
go well together fitting nicely with the image of
island life. Great for parties whether at home or
on the beach,. hitting the clubs on the weekend,
and just chilling after work, beer is the go-to thirst
quencher of choice.


The most popular alcoholic
beverage ever, and the third
most popular beverage world-
wide after water and tea -.
according to wikipedia.org that
is, beer is commonly believed to
have been in existence since,
well...forever it's recorded in
the written history from ancient
Egypt and Mesopotamia. -
In modern'times the beer
industry offers endless options
for consumers, from low calorie
brands like Miller Genuine
Draft's (MGD) Light 64, which
boasts just 64 calories to native:
Bahamian brands like Sahds'
Beer, Kalik, Kalik Gold for
those who don't play and even,
a non-alcoholic version of Kalik
to keep the teetotalers happy. ,
Charmaine Forbes, a store rep -*
for Butler and Sands at the JfK
location, told Tribune Taste that
Kalik and Heineken are the most
popular sellers among their
beers. "People drink a lot of'it,"
she said, "and year round it.is.
the top seller amongalcoholic'
beverages. In the summer there's
nothing people want more than
an icy chilled beer, and then in
the winter everyone can join in
Christmas activities with a
warmer beer that makes you feel
cheerful inside."
Year round, Charmaine told
Tribune Taste, people feel they
just must have that beer with
their chicken in the bag one of
the most popular combinations
for dinner in the Bahamas.
And despite gender stereo-


types that may exist, "plenty
women drink beer!" she said.
Light versions of Kalik, Coors
and Budweiser, which have*
between two to four per cent
alcohol, are popular among the
ever dieting female of the
species. Most regular beers have
about 7.5 per cent alcohol, while
Kalik Gold has an 11 per cent
alcohol content.
Commonwealth Breweries -
the. home of Heineken, Guinness,
Kalik and Vita Malt (from most
to least popular sellers) showed
Tribune Taste the method to
make beer. The factory is 60 per
cent automated with 72 workers
on staff. Jimmy Evelyn, managing
'director, said that opposed to a
lot of American beers, Heineken
takes a more serious look at
drinking habits -"bolstered by
their logo "drink responsibly".
The Heineken policy, 'Mr Eve-
lyn said, is that "we don't associ-
ate drinking with sports. Anoth-
er conscious move for Heineken
is their environmentally friendly
recycling initiative that takes
returned bottles from the stores
they supply, Burns House, and
Butler and Sands. They also give
malted barley to farms as cattle
and goat feed, and are currently
trying to start this kind of initia-
tive in Andros.
Their environmental standards
are set from Heineken's home
base in Amsterdam, where con-
sultants travel from each year to
check on factories worldwide.
The plant in the Bahamas also


sends workers to university in
Amsterdam or Chicago to study
at -a brewing. college. "Each of
our workers from the bottom up
must be trained the Heineken
way," Mr Evelyn said.
Commonwealth Brewery also -
brews the local Bahamian
favourite, Kalik, which just cele-
brated its 20th anniversary. Mr
Evelyn said, "Kalik makes a -.
refreshing drink after any.meal,
and especially with the spicy
Bahamian dish. For the, more,.
adventurous cook, Kalik can be.
used to marinate chicken, msat
or fish before they are put on the
barbecue grill.
"Beer is a very social drink
and is a treat on a hot relaxing
day in the shade or on the beach,
It also adds to an evening out
with the boys or girls." he said.,
adding that the multi-purpose
drink may be presented in dif-
ferent ways to suit the occasionl'-
in a bottle, at a bar or in a glass at
a more formal event .
Commonwealth also brews
Guinness originally an Irish
beer, now owned by Diageo, the
largest liquor company in the
\sorld. Diageo also produces the
Johnny Walker label. Captain
Morgan, Bailers. Amaretto, and
other liqueurs. Then there's Vita
Malt, a non-alcoholic malt be.-
erage from Denmark and anoth-
er Bahamian favourite. Vita Malt
is made from a secret recipe of
vitamins and ginseng supple-
ments.
According to Mr Evelyn,.
every beer.has its own brewing "
regime. Heineken, for example,
uses type A yeast i which is cul-
tured and grown in Holland and
then sent vacuum packed to Nas-
sau.
Brewing Manager Ricardo
Roberts led a tour of the brewery)
and explained each stepof the.
beer making process to Tribune
Taste. It was a much more com-
plicated process than one would
think.


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Tempo set, to celebrate

third anniversary at

Superclubs Breezes


* By JEFFARAH GIBSON

CARIBBEAN media power-
house Tempo is celebrating
it's third anniversary under
the theme, "Party like a star,
Party like te star you are" at
Superclubs Breezes, Decem-
ber 13.
With a theme that highlights the
Caribbean people and their star quali-
ties, the television station's birthday
bash will feature two events, the Tem-
po Turns 3 Concert in December that
will feature performances by a num-
ber of Caribbean artist, and a pre-event,
the Baddness Outta Style (BOS)


School Tour, held later this month.
Through the birthday celebrations,
founder, chairman, and CEO of Tempo
Fredrick A Morton Jr hopes to unite
the peoples of the Caribbean by moving
them forward through shared cultural
experiences, music and food.
"This is an exciting time in the Tem-
po journey. As we celebrate three years
of growth we give thanks for God's
many blessings that have allowed us to
reach the hearts and souls of Caribbean
people. It is time to reflect on our
accomplishments, but also focus on the
journey ahead to move Caribbean
Tempo to even greater heights," Mr
Morton said.
A major part of the Tempo Turns 3
celebration is the Badness Outta Style
School Tour. Tempo will be visiting


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local schools including, CC Sweeting,
CH Reeves, CI Gibson; and DW Davis
on November 19 and November 20.
Baddness Outta Style is one of Tem-
po's anti-violence youth initiatives
designed to encourage youngsters to
turn away from crime and violence and
embrace positive behaviour and a pos-
itive lifestyle.
The Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC), the Ministry of Edu-
cation, the Money Centre, and Super-
clubs Breezes is sponsoring the
Baddness Outta Style School Tour.
"The Baddness Outta Style crew is
excited to visit these schools in the
Bahamas. We have had an over-
whelming response to our message
from young people throughout the
Caribbean and know that the children
.and teachers in the Bahamas school
system have embraced this message
against Baddness as well," Mr Mdrton
said.
The inception of the Baddness Out-
ta Style campaign began in 2006. To
date, the BOS crew has visited several
schools throughout the region. Students
and school staff have responded enthu-
siastically to the tours at each site.


An innovative Caribbean media
powerhouse, Tempo aims to connect
and unite Caribbean people. Tempo
brings to life all the richness and influ-
ences that the Caribbean has to offer by
successfully delivering Caribbean pro-
gramming that highlights the region's
music, food and cultures.
To show love and appreciation to the
Bahamian people, Mr Morton said that
he will air his journey in the Bahamas
on the station and call it unconditional
love.
"I was. only suppose to be in the
Bahamas for two to three days, but
now it is going on three weeks. All I
have experienced in the Bahamas is
much love from the people and that is
the reason why the show will be called
unconditional love." :
Tempo invites everyone to come out
and celebrate their third anniversary
to feel the'vibe and the music. And as
part of the celebrations, Tempo viewers
in the Bahamas can enter to win a
brand new 2009 Escape Jeep which will
be given away on the night of the con-
cert. Tempo viewers will also be treat-
ed to specially discounted packages to
Breezes Resort.


DJ FINES, named the top Caribbean DJ
two years straight in the Heineken Green
Synergy competition, and DJ Counsellor,
one of the country's foremost Gospel
Reggae artists, are just two Bahamian
artists that have been featured on Tempo.


Kemp captures third spot in the 2008


Mr Caribbean International competition


* By USA LAWLOR
BOASTING a physique that resem-
bles a sculpted Greek god cast in
bronze. Bahamian Kendrick Kemp cap-
tured the number Lthreespot in the 2008
Mr Caribbean International competi-
tion, held.at the Hedonism III Resort in
Runaway Bay, Jamaica last month.
Featuring male models from around
the world competing for the title of best
all-around, Kendrick, at 6 foot 2, with a
chiseled, hard body covered in a layer
of rich milk chocolate, was well pre-
pared for the competition's array of
challenges.
Working in the US for the past two
years as a model,.Kendrick is currently
home soaking up a wealth of Bahamian
culture, and while home he participated
in the recent Islands of the World Fash-
ion Week. After Christmas Kendrick
will be heading back to New York to
strut in F- shion Week in February. "I
believe that fashion is a form of art and
it's something that can make you feel
good. When I'm modeling, I shine," he
said.
Nine competitors, from the Bahamas,
St Kitts. Jamaica, Martinique. Guyana,


Cayman, Barbados, Canada, and the
US, took part in the themed contest.
"Pirates of the Caribbean".
During the week, the young-men
competed in a fitness challenge, blind
date reality competition, people's
choice voting poll, talent, swimwear,
formal wear, and an interview with the
judges. Kendrick, who placed second
in the fitness challenge, was narrowly
beaten by Everad Bentham of Barba-
dos.
His favourite portion of the contest
was the talent aspect. While others
showed expected feats such as dancing
or singing, Kendrick brought forward
his creative side with a poem, "G-Spot".
His spoken word performance allowed
him to show a flare for theatrics. At
the end of the day he made such an
impact that he was invited to perform
again at the 2009 competition.
Taking top honours in the competi-
tion was Marion Birbridge of Jamaica,
Everad Bentham (Barbados) was the
first runner-up, Klae Scott (USA) sec-
ond runner-up, Kendrick Kemp
(Bahamas) third runner-up, and Horace
Abel (Guyana) fourth runner-up.
Tyrone Fitzgerald, national director


of the Bahamas' competition, told Tri-
bune Entertainment that since the
Bahamas began competing in the Mr
Caribbean International Competition.
the country has always placed in the
top five finalists. Stephen Robinson was -
second runner up in the 2005 competi-
tion, Metellus Chipman was the first
Bahamian to win the international title
in 2006. Donovan Rolle was first run-
ner-up in the same competition, and
Macambla Smith was fourth runner-up
in the 2007 competition.
The Mr Caribbean International
Organisation, based in Toronto, Cana-
da, seeks to promote positive images
of men of Caribbean descent and
encourage creative opportunities for
personal growth, professional success,
talent development, self-assurance, and
community involvement.
The competition is open to men of
Caribbean descent over the age of 8.
Competitors are judged on intelligence,
physical fitness, and personality.
There will be a local competition in
August 2009 to find the next Mr
Bahamas to qualify for Mr Caribbean
International in October 2009. '


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THE ensemble female cast
of 'Sacred Space' are a group
of amazingly talented and gift-
ed young women who have
transformed Rupert Missick
Jr's script into a spectacle
worth watching.
Slated for a two night per-
formance November 21 and
22 at.the Holy Trinity Activi-
ties Centre the play is already
generating a buzz, as a "uni-
versal" depiction of complex
female relationships.
Playwright and director
Rupert Missick Jr said, "There
are no six other women in the
world who could pull this off
the way Taneka Thompson,
Terneille "TaDa" Burrows,
Juanita Kelly, Norma Ash,
Onike Archer and Christine
Wilson can".
Sacred Space is loosely
based on the lives of five slave
women who lived on the
Whylly Plantation at Clifton
Cay and explores their desire
for mental and physical free-
dom, and the concept that all
life is "sacred space."
The play itself was inspired
by Sacred Space, an art site
near Clifton Pier created by
Bahamian artist Antonius
Roberts. There, the artist used
rooted Casuarina trees to cre-
ate sculptures depicting slave
women looking towards
Africa.
The space, which borders
the former sugar plantation,
was a landing site for some of
the first African slaves that


were brought to the Bahamas.
One of the most impressive
things about this play, pro-
duced by The Imagination
Workshop, the newest theater
company on the scene, is the
casting.
Taneka is heart breaking,
defiant and inspiring as Chloe,
whose arrival changes life for
everyone on the Whylly Plan-
tation.
Terneille is all at once antag-
onistic, deceiving and fragile
as Amelia. Hiding well ,her
struggle to find a place on the
plantation, and another secret
pain.
While Sacred Space is a dra-
ma Juanita and Onike form
the perfect comedic pair and
add laughter to the production.
Juanita could be described as


the Abbot to Onike's Costello,
she brings in her own share of
laughs as Matilda with -her
overly pragmatic view on life.
Onike does a good job por-
traying the hyperactivity of her
character Lucy, a worrisome
woman who is also a devoted
friend and confidante.
Norma Ash plays the mater-
nal Sue Eve and effortlessly
places a,salve on the Whylly
Plantation. Her wisdom guides
young Chloe to make a deci-
sion that will change her life
forever.
The last part in the play to
be cast was that of the Sacred
Space Spirit and when it was
mentioned that the part need-
ed to be filled Christine's name
was offered almost in unison.
Christine brings to life an enti-
ty that is all at once playful,
frightening, ominous and con-
cerned with the well being of
the persons she torments.
There is a purity and beauty
these gifted women bring to.
the stage that will do nothing
short of richly improving the
view of Bahamian talent.

Tickets for Sacred Space
can be purchased from the
Jukebox or 100 per cent Bible
Store in the Mall at Marathon or
at the door. The show starts at
8 pm. For mare information
about the play visit the Imagi-
nation Workshop website
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ARTS


Weech shines at

Islands of the World

Fashion Week
FROM page 12 Bahamas fashion scene, w
able to incorporate ideas
Included in the collection the environment. "1 used ec
were a number of classic friendly fabrics and I tried
designs that underscored Ms capture the aspect of Baharn
Weech's sense of ingenuity an culture into the design
and inventiveness. Her read\- and I thought I did vec
to-wear featured a number of well."
cocktail dresses, from long, \\lth designers from islar
flowing gow\ns to short, flirty nations in the Caribbean ar
dresses. A highlight in this the Pacific Ocean, organise
segment was a gra.,ish-brown of the Islands of the Wor
tube-styled cocktail dress with Fashion Week required pa
brown cigar leaves embedded ticipants to showcase fashion
on the bodice. that incorporated their nati'
Struttine the run\waN dur- culture and that drew atte
ing Ms Weech's tailored gar- tion to global issues which si
ments segment, a model nificantlv affect island stat
emerged wearing a fierce such as the environment at
black jump suit. With a strong climate change, and the ed
facial expression and the out- cation of youth in regard
fit to match she resembled a HI\/AIDS.
fighting diva in a Charlie's The show also provided
Angel film. spotlight for a number of ta
During the designer's cou- ented Bahamian design
ture segment. and perhaps who, some for the first tim
the highlight of her show, was were able to feature the
a striking black Le Sophia work on a grand scale for tl
gown. Presented as a wedding Bahamian public.
dress, the gown featured a While the possibility fi
close fitting bodice and flared greater recognition was exci
bottom. -The Le Sophia dress ing. Ms Weech noted that tl
was my favourite dress out of fashion industry in tt
all simply because it was Bahamas hasn't developed
black and black is my favorite the level where it can accord
colour," she said. modate the work of the.
While the Le Sophia wvas artists. "As far as the fashbi
eye catching and fabulously I industry goes we have n
fashionable. Weech's Calms developed quite. There
Tuxedo held the audience much more that we have
captive. The chocolate do." she said.
coloured metallic suit was the A 15-vear veteran of tl
very essence of this fall's fash- fashion industry, Ms \Veechl
ions, featuring rich, dark designs have gone beyondtl
colours that work for all the Bahamas' shores and can 1
special occasions of the sea- found in the United State
son. "My collections are sold
Throughout her fall line. the US. I must say that this
Ms Weech, who is happy the first time my work h;
about the work that she has been showcased to it
been able to do in the Bahamian people."



















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*THE GRAND BAHAMA
ARTISTS ASSOCIATION invites
all to their first Thanksgiving
Art Exhibition on Thursday,
November 13 at the Freeport
Art Centre on Grand Bahama
Island. The.exhibition.con-
tinues until November 29.
The Centre's hours are Mon-
day to Friday 9am to 5pm
and Saturday 9am to 12pm.
For more information visit
www.delfoxton.com

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*25TH ANNUAL ART COMPE-
TITION AND EXHIBITION: The
Central Bank of the
Bahamas' 25th Annual Art
Exhibition will be on display
at the Bank's Art Gallery,
Frederick Street, until
November 30.

SONIA ISAACS SCHOOL OF
ART: The students of Sonia
Isaacs School of Art will
hold an exhibition at
Anthaya Art Gallery, Cable
Beach, next to City Markets,
* from November 15 to
November 22. The opening
reception will be held on
Saturday, November 15
from 2pm to 7pm. The
gallery's hours are 10am tp
6pm Monday through Satur-
day. For more information
call 327.1045

ART AND WINE EVENING:
The' Princess Street Gallery
in Harbour Island is hosting
an art and wine evening on
Friday, November 28 from.
6pm to 8pm. Artists on dis-
play will be:
Photographer John B
'Gynell
Jewellery designer Kim
Riedel
Sculptor Chris Morejohn
Special guests will be Anne
and Jim Lawlor who will be
signing copies of their new
book, "The Harbour Island
Story".




















RAS AKYEM-I RAMSAY OF
BARBADOS VISIT THE
* BAHAMAS: The National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas
(NAGB) offers the general
public and the art commu-
nity of the Bahamas a rare
opportunity to engage with
two of the art world's
brightest stars: Ras Ishi
Butcher and Ras Akyem-1
Ramsay of Barbados, on
Thursday, November 13 at
6:30pm. The event is free.

* OPEN CRITIQUE: NAGB will
host an open critique on
Tuesday, November 18 at
6:30pm that invites deeper
conversations on the idea


of a national exhibition.
This is the third and final
session that will engage
the work currently on dis-
play at the gallery.

* PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBI-
TION: The public is invited
to take a trip down memory
lane with Ronald Light-
bourn in "Reminiscing: Pho-
tographs of Historic Nas-
sau" on Thursday, Novem-
ber 20 at 6:30pm.


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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2008, PAGE 9B






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WEECH
SHINES

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Week successfully took flight last
'WEECH, a true fashion artists at
design after another onto the glis-










ShowcasinD her 2009 Fall/Winter
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collection that featured resort wear,
tailored garments, ready-to-wear,
and couture designs, Ms Weech
revealed a creative imagination
come to life through the use of nee-
die, thread and fabric. Using eco-
friendly materials, including Italian
and English wool and blended fab-
rics, Ms Weech created eye catch-
ing pieces that combined a fusion of
colour, textures and styles.


SEE page 11


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