The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 14, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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shot dead

by robbers

happier with
severance pay
.than employees
released on
Tribune Staff Reporter

LAYOFFS continued yester-
day at Atlantis Paradise Island
where Wednesday the Bahamas'
giant resort started dismissing 800
Emotions flared Tuesday as
employees, some of .whom had
worked for more than two,
decades at the property, emerged
with severance pay they consid-
ered insufficient.
However, managers who
received their walking papers yes-
terday did not share the same sen-
a "I love it if it was any better
I would think it was a set up," said
George Moss about his severance
pay. .,
Mr Moss, who as a head chef
at Atlantis and had been an
employee for 21 years, not wanti-
ng to reveal the exact figure said
he received between $39,000 and
$50,000 in severance pay.
As a manager he received
almost ten times more than some
SEE page 11

Commonwealth Bank to extend
operating hours after Atlantis firings

Tribune Staff Reporter
IN RESPONSE to the firings
of hundreds of Atlantis employ-
ees over the past two days Com-
monwealth Bank is .extending
operating hours into the weekend

to accommodate unemployed per-
sons who have existing consumer
and mortgage loans.
The bank's Star Plaza, Wulff
Road and Golden Gates branches
will open.from 9am, to 3 pm for
the next two to three Saturdays to
consult customers in financial
straits due to job losses.
"We're trying to do whatever
we can in these very hard times -
as a Bahamian bank we have a
vested interest in seeing Bahami-
ans succeed," Ian Jennings, Com-
monwealth Bank's senior vice-
president and chief financial offi-
cer, said. "We've delivered letters
to Atlantis to pass on to all affect-
ed employees, but we're also invit-
ing them to come into the branch-'
es to speak to us and we've been
proactive in trying'to reach them."
It was too soon to assess how
much the country's unemployment
would raise loan defaults, Mr Jen-
nings said, but he does expected
some increase in delinquent loans.
"If you look at the total. employ-
ment numbers it's pretty much
close to about one per cent of the
total workforce has just been laid
off obviously it's going to
SEE page 11

SEVERAL initiatives
launched by tourism officials
are beginning to restore
demand for a'Bahamas vaca-
tion, it was claimed yester-
The government says
rebates, reduced flight prices
and other initiatives are
being used to combat the
low arrival rates which have
led to mass lay-offs at hotels.
"Although no one antici-
pated the depth of the cur-
rent slowdown, the Ministry
of Tourism and our private
sector partners started some
programmes months ago
that are already beginning
to bear fruit," said the gov-
ernment statement.
The ministry decided to
maximise the benefits from.
the country's "proximity
advantage" to the United
States by offering lower cost
airfares in various markets
as a test.
The test ended yesterday
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter
A SHOPKEEPER %was shot in
the head when two armed rob-
bers broke into his Sunlight Vil-
lage home \Wednesday night. He
later died in hospital.
Fifty-se en-.ear-old Haitian-
Bahamian Bernard Jean. who
li\ ed %with his wvife Judy Jean. and
her two children in a clapboard
house next to the Sunlight Village
park and basketball court off East
Street, was well known in the
neighbourhood and was popular
with young people.
Mrs Jean, 39, said her husband.
of four years was like a father to
her 16 and 17-year-old daughter
and son.
"He was a very kind and lov-
ing person," she said.
. Mr Jean was well known in the
area as he sold sodas, juice and
Vitamalt from their home. She
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Call for

support to

root out

Tribune Staff Reporter
A COMMUNITY rocked by
the murder of Bernard Jean
needs support from government,
churches and the corporate sector
to root out violence, maintains
Bahamas Against Crime.
The independent not-for-prof-
it organisation works with com-
munity groups across New Pr6v-
idence to combat crime at its core.
For several months it has been

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JUDY JEAN, wife of thle victim,
speaks to the media yesterday
planning a Basketball Ja#*oree
andf un day with the local Youth
for God through Cf*is. up
SEE page 11

14 per cent increase

in major crimes
Tribune Staff Reporter
MAJOR crimes committed for the year have shown a 14 per cent-
increase compared to 2007 figures, according to police officials.
Speaking at a Chamber of Commerce anti-crime forum held at
police headquarters yesterday, Director of Research and Planning
for Police Chaswell Hanna highlighted numerous crime trends identi-
fied throughout the year.

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0 In brief

Cable Bahamas
network problems

CABLE Bahamas said yester-
day that it is still experiencing dif-
ficulties stabilizing its network.
"As a result, our internet
clients may experience intermit-
tent problems accessing their e-
mail and surfing the internet.
"Much progress has been made
and (Cable Bahamas) teams are
working diligently to resolve all
issues in the shortest time frame
mid will continue to send updates
as they become available. Cable
Bahamas apologises for any
inconvenience caused," the com-
pany said yesterday in a state-
Thousands of Bahamians have
been experiencing disruptions to
their internet service over the last
few days. Cable Bahamas'
spokesman Keith Wisdom said a
major upgrade of the internet
core IP system was due to be
completed on Tuesday morning,
however, unforeseen technical
difficulties continue to affect the


Mortgage lenders ready to help

clients ride out financial storm

Tribune Staff Reporter
In the wake of lay-offs for hundreds of
Atlantis employees, mortgage lenders yes-
terday said they are as yet uncertain of
how many of their clients have been
impacted, but stand by ready to help them
ride out the financial hardship that lies
Jerome Godfrey, managing director of
the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation
(BMC) said the corporation will assess
client's circumstances on a "case by case"
basis and is "most definitely" prepared to
offer payment moratoriums where clients
do not have to put up any money for
periods of up to three months.
"That's what we can do initially. This is
something we do outside of whatever the
government may decide to do. Then we'll
review that for whatever extensions might

be necessary at that point," said Mr God-
Clients who had kept up to date with
their payments in the past will get the most
preferential treatment from the bank.
"That'll be a significant factor in how
well we can respond. An account in arrears,
its a given that that account has already
exhausted that moratorium. We will not
ignore the request but we will have to treat
(it differently)," he said.
For those clients who are already in
arrears and may now have lost their jobs,
Mr Godfrey said their unemployment may
not automatically spell disaster as govern-
ment unemployment and mortgage pay-
ment assistance initiatives could provide
a buffer.
The government has not yet announced
however when these programmes will'
come into effect, and who will be eligible.
BMC is currently doing an assessment of
what impact the mass lay-offs at Atlantis on

Wednesday and Thursday may have on
their books.
"We would like to encourage those,
effected to contact us immediately so we
can make appropriate arrangements to
assist them," he said.
Mr Godfrey said that there was a "posi-
tive response" to the corporation's efforts
earlier in the year to encourage workers
who might be impacted to come in and -
work out a way of managing their financial
situation. However, the number of loans in
arrears at the corporation still increased
from 22.43 per cent in May of this year to
over 26 per cent. ...
Tanya McCartney, managing director of
mortgage lender RBC FINCO said her
company was expecting people in the hotel
sector to suffer, adding that "until we see a
turnaround we're going to have to work
with these people."
She added: "We'll take same approach
2 that we've taken since earlier this year,

since the slow down in the economy to
help those hotel workers."
She said the strategy outlined on Mon-
day by FINCO vice president Nathaniel
Beneby "was designed to deal with cir-
cumstances such as these."
Even if unemployed people are not able
to pay anything for a significant amount of
time, Ms McCartney said this would "not
be the end of the world."
However, this all depends on them hav-
ing a good debt management history.
"If they have been good faithful consis-
tent customers we value that relationship
.and we understand what they've been
going through and we are going to try and
find a solution for their present circum-
stances," she said.
As to whether the difficulties being suf-
fered by hotel-workers mean FINCO will
now be less inclined to initiate new loans
with them, Ms McCartney said that "goes
without saying."

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Bahamians urged to join

march against violent crime

Families of murder victims announce November 22 event

STANDING at left is Tanya Clarke, fiancee of Levardo Moncur, who was killed in August; Hurranda Newton, motn-
er of Sheanda Newton, 18, who was murdered on Charles Saunders Highway on OcQfber 18; and Lakota Per-
centie, wife of Vincent Percentie, 40, who was killed on Wulff Road on October 24. The third woman from the
right is Prophetess Patricia Coakley Mortimer, mother in law of Vincent Percentie. At far right is Elaine Rolle, moth-
er of Marvin Ferguson, murdered in 2001, and Sedino Smith, killed on September 20this year, the same day as
his cousin,; Levardo Armbrister.

FOUR families of murder vic-
tims among them a woman who
lost two sons and a nephew in'
separate incidents came togeth-
er yesterday to announce a march
against violent crime.
, The meeting was very emo-
tional, with the grieving relatives
speaking about their loss.
Tanya Clarke, fiancee of
Levardo Moncur, who was killed
on August 18 in Coral Heights,
explained how the couple were
set to marry in March of next
year, She said she has been left
devastated by his death.
Lakota Percentie, the widow
of 40-year-old Vincent Percentie
who was shot and killed on Octo-
ber 24 on Wulff Road, has been
crying uncontrollably ever since,
her mother said.
Also present was Elaine Rolle,
the mother of Marvin Ferguson,
who was killed in 2001. Seven
years later, on September 20 of
this year, her other son, Sedino
Smith and her nephew Lavardo
Armbrister were killed.
Michaela Brown, her daugh-
ter, read a 'statement on behalf
of the group.
She said: "No one expects a
crime-free society but at the same
time no one expects to live in a
crime-ridden society, such as the
Bahamas has become over the

"No one expects a crime-free society
but at the same time no one expects to
live in a crime-ridden society such as
the Bahamas has become over the past
few years."

Michaela Brown

past few years." Criticising judges
for giving bail for persons charged
with murder and condemning
parliamentarians for not doing
more about the situation, she said:
"We make no excuse for our posi-
tion because too many of our
beloved sons and daughters, hus-
bands.and wives fathers and
mothers, nephews and iieces now
lie cold and silent forever in their
graves because of the evil mur-
derous spirit that walks boldly
and fearlessly throughout our
"We march in memory of the
hundreds of Bahamians who have
been murdered in recent times'
and we march to make a strong
call to our law-makers to pass
laws immediately that would
remove all the obstacles to the
hanging of convicted murderers.
"We call on all Bahamians,
from every walk of life to join us
as we march on November 22 to

bring back hanging for all mur-
derers. We be marching to bring
back the fear of the law, which
will deter misguided persons from
carrying out senseless acts of
deadly violence."
The march will begin at 9am
at Tom Grant Park on Grahant
Drive in Yellow Elder Subdivi-
sion, just-west of AF Adderley
High School. It will head east to
Baillou Hill Road, on to Robin-
son Road, Marathon Road, then
Wulff Road. It will then head
west to East Street and north to
Ross Corner, then on to Market
Street. From there, it will travel
south to Chapel Street and west
on Chapel and Meadow Streets to
Nassau Street. The march will
then proceed south on Nassau
Street to Poinciana Drive, east to
Rupert Dean Lane, south to
Huyler Street and east to Baillou
Hill Road, then back to Tom
Grant Park.

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KERZNER International
said Thursday it was dismayed
by some media reports that
staff affected by Wednesday's
layoffs at the resort were
riotous and violent. It said that
the reports were completely
The company also denied
the report that a man col-
lapsed and died on learning
that he had been laid off by
the company. The report
claimed that a man fainted on
receiving news of his dis-
missal, then died later that
night in hospital
It was later reported that
the person who started the
rumour of the sudden death
was playing a practical joke.
, Ed Fields, Senior Vice-
President of Public Affairs,
referring to a news report of
riotous and violent behaviour
when dismissals were
announced on Wednesday,
said that "nothing could be
further from the truth."
"Given the circumstances,
our former team members
conducted themselves with
dignity and graciousness.
While quite naturally some
people were emotional, there
were no acts of.violence, no
property damaged and the
whole exercise was quite
peaceful," he said.
"We feel that our former
team members have been
unfairly depicted by these
reports and that we can only
express pride with the charac-
ter displayed by all."
Claims that the company
was for sale to MGM and that
the reductions were related to
that were also denied. "There
is io such deal, period," said
Mr Fields, "any assertions to
the contrary are wrong. "
"Mr Fields re-emphasised- .--
that the cut bapks involved no
more than 800 persons.
"We are saddened that giv-
en the seriousness of times
such as these, that reporting
inaccuracies does not lend to
lessening the pain that many
of our people are experienc-
ing." .-


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THE Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company
announced yesterday that it
has signed a three year
labour agreement with the
company's non-management
union, the BCPOU.
The agreement retroac-
tively spans the period of
October 2007 through to
September 2009.
"We have been involved
since late 2007 in substantive
negotiations with the
BCPOU to work toward
completion of this latest
industrial agreement. We
have been able to do so
largely in a spirit of co-oper-
ation and mutual trust and
we believe that the positive
and constructive relationship
between the BTC and the
BCPOU will remain through
the life of this contract," said
Kirk Griffin, acting'president
and CEO of the company.
The key provisions of the
agreement call for a four per
cent increase in salary within
the first year, the payment of
a one-time lump sum of
$5,000 to each employee in
year two, and a four per cent
increase in the final year of
the contract.


AN Allantis worker lost hK.r
husbaiind, her son jnd icsierd.-.
she lost Iher .ob
No%. +.'.n 'h h'L onl, souIee >'.l
inconit. shi.it u t ind : .m lih.-in $2'i
of sat ing. in ihe bjnk Tie .iands
to lose much more
Th L v. Iidlo. \% ho ianit d to beh
knorin onl\ Js MKLc s;id %\.ere
her h iuhJrd and son till Ji,.,.
the would d li.i'e tikL.ii cJer ol
her during this hird tuime
"Atter my son died I was lett
alone," said Mae.
"He worked in the hotel and
had a jet-ski business I had
income then.
"Now they took away my job,
I just don't have anywhere to
She said her son was 23-years-
old when he died.
SMae said she is now in danger

O0 bKCIMn .\%Icted fronm her apart-
ri-en Sein th ld the Bahamas
Hotel C.-airing nd Allied \\ ork-
r.s Linion assis ed her ,.ith
$ 1.l 1) -1.1.i p.' \ her rent. ho, .eter.
itn L.ldn't a6-'iSi wiih the three
ni'inth, ot iback pja ments. she
, h.. -i I r Iindlad',
Thie v ,ii .in neds her mone\l
- thlti'i; h r place.'" she said
'I'm g,,ing to be a landIld$ soon
JiIJ d -,n i ,nit n done tO mc "
Accordin- ito Mlae ;he is
hulldini! pdrimenit and her loan
thr th, iap. rtinienti ,a s being
deducted trom her pay cheque
every nionth.
Now the cheques have
She said her next move is to
move out of her apartment, put
her stuff in storage and live with
her mother until she can- do bet-
ter. "I have to look for a storage
place now to store my furniture'
and lay low until I can go out on

m\ own againn" said Miac
Mace worked d as .3 bhanCique
er\er ati Ailantis folr 11 Iears
and said she didn't tlink -he
received \that -_he deserxcd % hen
lhe, le hLr go
H:'\ eer. she said lor no," it is
h blessing
I'm hissed \% i|1 close to
S5 11)11 Ihiicth is not an thing
much. but I v is i, working one,
Mt\o sometime' three days." she
"II I hid continued to \'.iork
those a.imolunil J' l d until Ihe
end ol this year I would not have
made $5,000 because right now I
was only carrying home $200 and
something dollars."'
She said she would look for
another job, but she knows there
is nothing out there because of
the state of the economy.
She is still holding onto hope
that Atlantis might still take her
and others back as "on-call"

svers, but she is not certain that
they will. "If managers can go
back and consider certain things
for certain people they need to
reconsider me I need my job,"
said Mae.
She said she would look for

another hotel job if there were
other hotels to turn to.
She is alone and has to assist
with a grandchild.
"This is not what I deserve -
I don't have no plans, mister,"
said Mae.

Hotel layoffs leave insurers feeling nervous

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE potential for a further increase in
non-payment of premiums, and the threat
of a rise in crime and fraudulent claims has
some insurance companies worried about
the burden they will have to bear.
On Wednesday, 800 Atlantis workers
- were made redundant after visitor num-
bers dropped.
Yesterday, insurance company stake-
holders said they will have to wait a while
before they see the full extent of the fall-
out, but there is reason to be nervous.
"Without a doubt we need to be con-
cerned because some way or other you're
going to feel the impact. If it's not from the
standpoint of reduced clients or increased
non-renewals, everybody has been com-'
menting about the increased crime poten-
'fiaf'bedtause HaiFwl''i iripa ct insurer-' a-
well on th'e oihir'enditi'tiaf yoii'hahve
increased car'arid home'break-ins," said'
Robert Bartlett, a senior account executive
at insurance providers JS Johnson.

Like other insurers, Mr Bartlett
explained that "right now it's just too soon
to say" exactly how much of a blow.the
hotel lay-offs will be.to the insurance
It depends, he said, firstly on how many
of those who were employed at Atlantis
were insured, and secondly how the risk
which they now represent is "spread
among" insurance companies.
- On Wednesday, many suddenly laid-
off Atlantis employees questioned how
they would meet their financial obliga-
tions and some said they believe it will
result in a crime spike.
The insurance industry has already been
experiencing a rise in non-payment of pre-
miums and lapses in policy renewals, said
the account executive, his sentiment
echoed by Jason Pinder, a corporate
administrator at Star General Insurance
brokers, and Patrick Ward, chief executive
office dt Bahftmas First General Insur-
afice. '
Mr Pnder said his company had already
been "affected tremendously" by the slow-
down in the economy, with this hitting

more heavily since July. "This (the
Atlantis lay-offs) will undoubtedly make
the situation for us worse," said Mr Pinder.
Around 30 per cent of Star General
Insurance's business has traditionally come
from hotel employees.
He said he could not say for sure how
many Atlantis employees, now redundant,
are insured with the company but he feels
the industry has "not yet experienced the
brunt" of the downturn in the tourism sec-
tor in particular.'
"It's going to be a rough road ahead. It's
already causing us to look at ways that
we're going to have to streamline things.
It's not been a good year," he said.
Meanwhile, the corporate administrator
suggested Atlantis redundancies are
expected to only worsen a situation which
has already seen a rise in the non-renew-
al of motor insurance over the last two
years, leaving the Road Traffic Depart-
ment "very concerned" about the num-
ber of people driving withl'ut coseragec
As to whether the financial difficulties
hotel industry workers are going through
* may affect their eligibility for insurance

coverage, Mr Pinder said it would not, but
it may mean some clients are required to
pay a greater proportion of their premium
Sounding a positive note, chief execu-
tive officer of Bahamas First General
insurance Patrick Ward said that although
there has been a "general slow-down" for
his company already, he has an "optimistic
outlook" about the impact on the industry
from the economic downturn in general.
"We will expect to see a loss of business,
but I don't think it will be a massive loss in
business," he said.
"But that presupposes that the world-
wide economic situation is going to
improve in the medium to long term."
He noted that one of the'unfortunate
by-products of an economic downturn "is
that there is a higher instance of fraudulent
"We will have to become more vigilant
to keep an eye out for that, but we haven't
seen anything that would indicate there's
been an upward trend in that regard just

Retailer hopes to woo customers through creative measures .*- .. ..

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAJOR retailer is implementing a few cre-
ative measures to attract consumer spending in the
softened economy. Sandy Schaeffer, president and
founder of Robin Hood Enterprises, said he was
concerned about the spending power of Bahamians
following a series of lay-offs in the hospitality sector.
While he said it was too early to speculate how the
lay-offs will affect Robin Hood's revenue, the store
- which recently added groceries to its shelves will
lower prices even more to keep shoppers coming.
Mr Schaeffer is also in negotiations with the
Department of Transport to provide free trans-
portation to and from the store's John F Kennedy
Drive location.
"This is a whole painful exercise for everybody,
what we're trying to do is we're running'sales now to
even lower our prices to make things even more
affordable, we're working with the Department of
Transportation to try to set up some free service
buses (for round-trip transport to the store), I think
everybody needs to do whatever it is that we can to
try and assist people but ultimately nothing can
replace a job but a job," he told The Tribune yes-

terday. "But difficult situations offer different oppor-
tunities so for those of us that will survive, for those
of us that are quick to adapt to a changing environ-
ment, it means recognizing that it's going to force us
to be creative."
For a few weeks in September and October, the
company placed its 140,member staff on reduced
work weeks. Presently, those schedules have
returned to normal and are expected to remain that
way until the new year. '
Mr Schaeffer added that moving forward into
next year will require sacrifices from employers as
they struggle to keep persons working.
He plans to focus on lowering overhead costs to
minimise expenditure and will only turn to lay-offs as
a last resort, he said. "In terms of next year, we look
basically to try to stablise ourselves and to minimize
costs to try to reduce overhead without impacting
employment in terms of energy savings and other
methods and the measure of last resort is to fire
"Certainly before you get to that point you want
to try and put them on minimal work weeks but as
employers, we all have a responsibility to bite the
bullet a bit.
"It's going to require us perhaps to operate at a
loss for a particular time," he said.



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Celebration of Mass

IN observance of Harvest
Thanksgiving, St Anselm's
Church, Bernard Road, Fox
Hill, will celebrate Mass at 9
am on Sunday, November 16.

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Rome had its own financial collapse

IT HAS been said that there is no new thing
under the sun.
If we only knew our history better, we could
learn from the mistakes of the ancients and
possibly avoid many errors in our own times.
* Unfortunately, because each new generation is
ignorant of what has gone before, it starts its
own story with a clean slate, condemning history
to repeating itself-with all its tragedies.
Today our only point of reference to a simi-
lar worldwide economic downturn the Great
Depression started in 1929 and continued
into the thirties.
But there were many depressions before
that, going as far back as the panic of 33 AD in
Rome, which started with a disturbance in
Judaea and was quelled by the governor, Pon-
tius Pilate. It was at the time of Christ, and the
upheaval had its roots in his teachings.
About a year before the Judaean unrest, the
firm of Seuthes & Son of Alexandria lost three
of its richly laden spice ships in a hurricane in
the Red Sea. A little later the well known pur-
ple dye house of Malchus and Company in Tyre
,- with factories at Antioch and Ephesus -
went bankrupt. It was discovered that the great
banking h6use of Rome had loaned heavily to
these two important firms. The scene was now
set for collapse. This tragedy was repeated last
month on Wall Street. For our Roman story
we only have to substitute the names of Leman
Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG and
all the other banks that created our present
financial crisis with their collapse. We can aso0
understand the panic of the then known world
in AD 33 -1,985 years ago. What is interesting
is that today's solution is similar to that of 33
AD. However, instead of arguing with the US
Senate for a Treasury bailout, a fast messenger
was sent post haste to Tiberius Caesar inform-
ing him of the danger of a total collapse, and
begging him to open the Treasury to prevent the
According to historian Will Durant "the
famous 'panic' of AD 33 illustrates the devel-
opment and complex interdependence of banks
and commerce in the Empire. (Caesar) Augus-
tuis had coined and spent money lavishly, on
the theory that its increased circulation, low
interest rates, and rising prices would stimu-
late business." Does that theory sound familiar
to our readers?' .
Durant continued that Augustus's theory .
did stimulate business. However, "as the process
could not go on forever, a reaction set in as
early as 10 BC when this flush minting ceased."
In other words, as our "housing bubble" burst,
so did Rome's minting of money.

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Then came along another Caesar,-
Tiberius- with an opposite theory. He believed
that the most economical economy is the best.
He strictly limited government expenditure,
sharply restricted new issues of currency and
hoarded 2,700,000,000 sesterces in the Trea-
sury. However, businessmen's lavish trading
with the East continued. "Prices fell, interest
rates rose, creditors foreclosed on debtors,
debtors sued usurers, and money lending almost
ceased. The Senate tried to check the export of
capital by requiring a high percentage of every
senator's fortune to be invested in Italian land;
senators thereupon called in loans and fore-
closed mortgages to raise cash, and the crisis
When a senator notified the Balbus bank
that he had to withdraw a large sum of money to
comply with the law, the firm announced bank-
The game of falling ten pins had started.
Seuthes and Son, with the loss of their three
spice ships, collapsed as did the great dyeing
concern of Malchus at Tyre.
Rumour started that the great banking house
of Rome would be broken by their excessive
loans to these two firms. Depositors started a
"run" on the bank, closing its doors. Later on
the same day another large bank in Rome
closed. Almost simultaneously the banks of the
Empire started to collapse -Lyons, Carthage,
Corinth and Byzantium. One after the other
the banks of Rome closed. The world df AD 33
was in panic.
"Tiberius finally met the crisis by suspending
the land-investment act and distributing
100,000,000 sesterces to the banks, to be lent
without interest for three years on the security
of realty. Private lenders were thereby con-
strained to lower their interest rates, money
came out of hiding, and confidence slowly
Today no one has the answer to the present
crisis, other than bailouts to save jobs, homes,
and industry in the hope of getting the economy
Prime Minister Ingraham has been criticised
by former prime minister Christie for.his
response to the resulting downturn in our econ-
omy. Commenting on the Christie statement, a
Jamaican remarked yesterday: "At least Prime
Minister Ingraham recognizes there is a prob-
lem, while here in Jamaica our Prime Minister
is yet to admit there is a problem."
The Jamaican was confident that by Prime
Minister Ingraham accepting that there is a
problem, the Bahamas is nearer to finding a

Why we need a fully

functional public

utilities commission

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I would most appreciate the
opportunity to respond to BEC
transparency and accountabili-
ty concerns, expressed by The
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce president, Mr Dionisio
D'Aguilar, as reported in an
October 22 Tribune Business
article captioned, 'Transparen-
cy' call over BEC fuel sur-
Mr President, the solution to
your concerns and those of oth-
er thinking Bahamians, lies
within a fully functional Public
Utilities Commission (PUC).
Your reported concerns and
many others, were shared by
myself and the other leaders' of
the Bahamas National Con-
sumers Union (BNCU), former
PLP Senator K Neville Adder-
ley, Dr Peter Maynard and
Franklyn G Ferguson, when we
first advocated for the estab-
lishment of a utilities commis-
sion during Prime Minister
Ingraham's first administration.
I am writing all of this from
memory, so-I will stay away
from specific dates.
Unfortunately for The
Bahamas and its citizenry, what
we now have is a Telecommu-
nications. Commission mas-
querading as a Public Utilities
The people advocated for,
and our parliament passed a
PUC Act, however both Prime
Ministers Ingraham and
Christie have not to date
gazetted those provisions of the
PUC Act, that would give the
PUC oversight of BEC and oth-
er public utilities.
As it now stands, only the
telecommunications provisions
of the PUC Act have been
gazetted, and therefore only
those provisions have become
Bahamian law.
And so President D'Agailar,
a fully functional PUC would
go a long way in addressing not
only corporate Bahamas' con-
cerns as they relate to BEC, but

also those of the general public.
Perhaps the BCC can assist the
Bahamian people in this regard,
by advocating for a proper
PUC, as we obviously cannot
depend on our disinterested
Members of Parliament so to
And the PUC is not an iso-
lated incident, which begs the
question: Do our Parliamentar-
ians care whether or not legis-
lation that is duly passed on
behalf of the Bahamian people,
is gazetted and the accompany-
ing regulations, where applica-
ble, brought forth? Are they
keeping track of these things,
or do they just go to the House
or Senate with no agenda what-
Be that as it may, the envi-
ronmental stewardship of BEC
should also be a matter of pub'-
lic concern.
It is interesting to note that
whenever some concerned staff
members of BEC, stationed at
Clifton Pier especially, made
revelations to the press over the
years concerning the unmiti-
Sgated dumping'and leaking of
waste oil into the ground by
BEC, those allegations were
always quickly and strongly
denied by the BEC General
Manager. Now and behold, new
BEC Chairman Mr Fred Got-
tlieb, in his first walkabout and
tour of BECs Clifton Pier facil-
ities, has confirmed observing
first hand, waste oil all over the
place at Clifton.
Is BEC's manager more
inclined to authorise costly
repairs to generators once they
would have stopped working,
than in ensuring regularly
scheduled maintenance?
Why are Harbour Island and
other Out Islands still suffering'
at the hands of BEC? Should

we not have been exploring
alternative sources of energy
decades ago?
On a more general note, the
situation involving the PUC Act
and its ungazetted provisions,
in my opinion speaks to the
inherent conflict of interest
involved in having two best
friends and former law partners,
serving simultaneously as Prime
Minister of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, and Leader
of Her Majesty's Loyal Oppo-
sition respectively. Bahamian
politics being what it is, how can
we ever honestly expect one to
police the other?
And now Philip 'Brave'
Davis, the other law partner,
may want to throw his hat into
the ring-for the leadership of
the PLP.
Should we really be electing
anyone to political leadership
in this country, who sees no
shame and/or disgrace, in using
his time in Parliament, to
espouse the punishment of any
local media house that publish-
es unflattering news articles
about the PLP? Do we really
want to return to the years
when the publication of the gov-
ernment'A Official Gazette was
off limits for The Tribune?
Does.it concern anyone else
that former Prime Minister
Christie, in the midst of yet
' another potential PLP scandal,
is reported to have said that
during his-time as prime minis-
ter, in dealing with the scandals
of his administration, he was
always keen to be seen to be
acting in the best interest of his
Is that not the reason why
he is now Leader of the Oppo-
sition, because he was keen to
always act in the best interest
of his party, and not that of his
October 26,2008

EDITOR, The Tribune.
AFTER seeing on television
what convicts of Her Majesty's
can produce and the level of tal-
ent there, I write with a pro-
posal for Government.
When these convicted per-
sons are let back into society,
they have a real problem with
employers wanting to hire them.
I propose that Government
invest in these individuals, as
no one else will give them a
chance to have a productive life
after prison.
Government can allocate a
building for these individuals to

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work in and provide the initial
materials for these talented per-
sons to produce i their arts and
These Bahamian products
can then be sold at a profit to
the straw market vendors who
are only supposed to be selling
Bahamian arts and craft in the
Straw Market.
The monies obtained from
the sale of these products can go
towards repaying .the Govern-
ment for the materials used in
producing the arts and craft,
and the payment of rent for the
use of the building.
Wages can also be paid to the
ex-prisoners from the sale of
their products.
Government will have to
operate from the perspective
that "nothing is free" and that
as they will be using taxpayer's
money to fund this enterprise,
the money must be paid back

to the Treasury.
After a period of time, should
this venture prove to be prof-
itable, it can then be operated
free of Government's involve-
ment and become an enterprise
standing on its own.
This will help to keep these
ex-convicts from returning to a
life of crime in order to survive.
"They will. then have an outlet
for their talents, regain their
dignity, and be gainfully
Most likely, only Govern-
ment can help these persons, as
.most employers are not willing
to take a chance on them.
This is only a proposal which
I am sure can be improved on
by the intellectuals ,in Govern-
November 5,2008'

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TWO BROTHERS were tak-
en into police custody on Thurs-
day in connection with illegal drug
At around 2am, officers of the
Carmichael Road Police Station
were in the area of Pastel Gar-
dens when they stopped and
searched a beige coloured Chevro-
let Epica with two male occupants.
Police found a small amount of
marijuana, inside the car. The offi-
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Norman Solomon's
widow 'touched'
by Ministry of

Tourism's decision
NORMAN #olomon's wid-
ow said yesterday that she is
touched by the Ministry of
Tourism's decision to.honour
her husband's memory, and
moved by the fact that his peers,
colleagues and friends would
want to commemorate his con-
Mr Solomon is to be hon-
oured throughout Tourism
Week this year, as well as at the
Cacique Awards. A bronze bust
of Mr Solomon also will be
placed downtown.
"When the announcement
was made last spring that this
was going to happen, we both
cried out of pride and humili-
ty. Right to the end Norman
never believed that he did any-
thing extraordinary or that he
could have inspired and influ-
enced the numbers of Bahami-
ans that he did," Katherine
Solomon said.
She explained that in her late
husband's mind, making a con-.
tribution no matter how' I llJ
or in what manner is. hat a
person should do -hen r(be\'
love their country and their fel-
low human beings.
"The idea ttiat people will be
reminded of Norman's charac-
ter each and everyday is truly
awesome, but what would be
more awesome would be for
everyone to buy. into his vision
of a greater Bahamas and to
work together towards that
end," Mrs Solomon said.


Some former Atlantis workers say

redundancy packages 'not enough'

Tribune Staff Reporter
MANY of the 800 Atlantis workers
forced into unemployment on Wednes-
day are saying the amounts issued as
redundancy packages are simply not
Former employee Joseph Martin said
he invested 40 years in the company,
starting as a bus-boy. He was a room
service captain when he lost his job.
Mr Martin said: "Of course I was upset
when I found out that I was one of the

employees to be terminated, but the
amount that they handed over is a slap in
the face."
. Mr Martin said he received $7,658.30
from the company, which he claims does
not match up with the calculations out-
lined in the BHCAWU handbook.
Mr Martin contends that the package
of someone in his position should not
have been two weeks pay for each year
employed, but rather four weeks salary
per year.
He also claimed that in addition to his
weekly salary of $235.75, he earned gra-

tuity, and that this should have been tak-
en into account when calculating his
This would have entitled
him to receive more than $15,000, he
Mr Martin says that with some man-
agers and supervisors involved in the
staff reduction exercise having received
packages worth $20,000 or more, "some-
thing is definitely wrong."
Union Secretary General Leo Dou-
glas said that even though many of the
ex-staffers are upset about the differ-

EXUMA residents turned out
in full force for the premier of
Matrimonio alle Bahamas, the
Italian comedy that was filmed
principally in Exuma and has :
done much to promote the ( ..,*--
island throughout Europe. l
Matrimonio alle Bahamas I
translated in English to .
'Bahamas Wedding' was .
filmed by the Italian entertain-
ment giant, Medusa.
The production company 7
spent four days filming in Flori-
da and 20 days in Exuma in the OiTH E f
summer of 2007. Bahamians
finally got the opportunity to see money for meals, accommoda-
the fruit of their labour as the tons, equipment and other
film was shown for the first time items, the movie also did much
in the Bahamas at the Four Sea- to promote the Bahamas to
sons at Emerald Bay. Europeans, Ms Archer said.
The Bahamas Film Commis- Matrimonio alle Bahamas has
sion and the Exuma Tourist grossed $15.47 million at the box
Office gathered members of the. office in Europe since it was
community together for the spe- released in November, 2007.
cial screening. The event was an Though no specific correlation
opportunity to see the result of' has been suggested, the
the filming, which injected Bahamas also posted an increase
almost $1 million into the in arrivals from Europe since the
Bahamas. movie was released. Between
Angela Archer, manager of January and the end of August
the Bahamas Film Commission, of 2008, arrivals from Europe
introduced the film to the audi- increased by 7.7 per cent.
ence. She said the creation of Exumians attending the pre-
jobs is one of the welcomed out- mier were delighted with the fin-
comes of accepting film projects ished product. Beyerly McPhee
for the Bahamas. said she was proud to see her
"This gave Bahamians, and home island represented so well
particularly some Exumians, the on the big screen. She was sure
opportunity to work in some key that the beauty of the Exuma
positions in making this all hap- water and the look of the Four
pen," Ms Archer said. "They Seasons Resort would entice
were just,shprt-pf, their million- many Europeans to visit the
. ,,~ 1~. p~u~e g mg e a n d as," B atti.,, . .
Besides briing gin jobs d 'Ithihtf. a. I atfilm,"
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of senior employees, there are specific
factors that determine redundancy pay-
ments. (
"Management salary is different from
the average waiter or bus-boy, we pay
you based on the number of years
employed and in accordance with the
law and industrial agreement."
Mr Douglas did admit that some per-
sons received incorrect packages. He
said that those persons will have to con-
sult the union before any adjustments
are made.

ous. Although we were not able
to understand everything
because of the language barri-
er, it was a great movie."
Chief counsellor Teddy
Clarke agreed.
"Even though I can't speak
Italian, I understood the lan-
guage of body and the language
of the movements," he said.
"The language of love is a uni-
versal language." -
Mr Clarke was disappointed.
that there were no Exuma signs
prominently displayed in film.
The only sign identifying Exu-
ma specifically was a sticker on a
speed boat that zoomed between
mainland Exuma on the way to
Chat 'N Chill on Stocking Island.
However, the Bahamas Film
Commission staff pointed out
that the word will get out about
Exuma and the Bahamas due to
the film. Exuma is featured in
the movie's credits and director
'Claudio Risi has committed to
recommendingg fihmirig 'i tip
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Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT The Ministry
of Education has moved
towards a more clinical and
therapeutic response to deal-
ing with troubled students in
the public school system, Edu-
cation Minister Carl Bethel
Mr Bethel said that a new
initiative was implemented in
New Providence as alternative
punitive programmes.
"Last year, when we start-
ed the programme we request-
ed the names of the 10 most
disruptive students in every
school in New Providence for
the programme," he said.
Mr Bethel said that the
Transitional Alternative Pro-
gramme (TAPS) is a more
clinical, psychological and
.therapeutic approach as it con-
cerns troubled students.
"The programme is aimed
at finding the mental causes,
and finding solutions to help
troubled students, bearing in
mind that every child is an
individual with an individu-
ali~l-set' oV needs, -requirmng
indifidiialistbd attention', and",
sometimes individualised
help," he said.
Minister Bethel said he is
aware of the incidents of
school violence at.St Georges
High School in Freeport,
where several students had to
be taken to hospital after they
were seriously injured on cam-
The Tribune received
reports that several students
have been expelled and trans-
ferred to Programme*Sure.
Mr Bethel said his ministry
is taking the appropriate inter-
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He said that wherever there
are students who are plainlyy
troubled and disruptive" there
are intervention methods in
place, such as Programme
Sure and YEAST in Andros.
"We felt this was not a suf-
ficient response in the ministry
and last year the department
devised a more therapeutic
and less punitive response, one
that involves having a greater
emphasis on.psychological
counselling and background:
information that may lead to
violent behaviour in children,"
he said.
Mr Bethel said that they are
still awaiting results from the
TAPS programme.
He also stated that his min-
istry is looking at different
methods instead of suspend-
ing and sending students to the
programmes that penalise.
"We are satisfied that we
don't need police officers at
schools and we have taken
that policy decision. It is our
view, supported by evidence,
that that is not appropriate,"
he said.


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When is an island

not an island?

Bahamas is geographically .a
group.pf islands. Economical-
ly it is part of a greater eco-
nomic continent. The often
used phrase "the globaLecon-
omy" is indeed a reality.
We have come to realize
the reality of the old saying
that "no man is an island"
because of the global eco-
nomic tsunami that has
arrived on our shores.
Unemployment rates in the
USA anid the UK have
reached levels not seen in well
over a decade. These rates are
on an upward trend, so we can.
expect them to continue ris-
ing for the present.
The economic miracle of
China is also feeling the effects

of the world economic crisis.
In China newly unemployed
workers from the industrial
areas are returning to the rur-
al areas from which they had
We should therefore not be
surprised that unemployment
will rise in The Bahamas as
the tourism and financial sec-

tors feel the negative effects of
what is happening in the wider
world. What we need to do is
to seek ways to alleviate and
reverse the situation.
The Government has
announced that they are under-
taking capital projects that will
create jobs and economic stim-
ulus and also leave behind
valuable national assets.
These assets will deliver ben-
efits to the people for a very
long time.
The businesses in The
Bahamas with which the writer
is,involved are also continuing
to invest aggressively.
It would therefore be to the
benefit of all,,if those Bahami-
an businesses and individuals
who are able to not hold,
back and aggressively invest
These are many benefits that
an investor can derive from so
Firstly, contractors are. short
of work so will likely price
more aggressively and, sec-
ondly, the actions of the
investors will bring.some opti-.
mism back to the economy.
Then there will be the multi-
plier effect.
The government may be
atul to encourage this addi-
tional investment by allowing
Bahamians to be granted for-
eign investor status for invest-
ments made with foreign.
exchangei th t they repatriate.

Bahamas to take part

in international meeting

I on climate change

Minister of State for

the Environment

will head to Tobago

MINISTER of State for the
Environment PhntPton Ney-
mour will be among Common-
wealth ministers and parlia-
mentarians who will gather in
Tobago on November 15 and
16 to participate in an interna-
tional parliamentary meeting
on climate change and energy
Minister Neymour said that
this meeting will give legisla-
tors an opportunity to speak
with experts from Africa,
Europe and the Caribbean, and,
discuss ways to improve renew-
able energy and alternative
sources throughout the
"We think that it is critical
that the Bahamas plays a role
in this conference and so I will
be. going to meet with fellow
ministers throughout the Com-
monwealth to discuss avenues
arid issues such as 'financing
and policy implementation in
regards to renewable energy.
"We will also address the
various efficiency options avail-
able to us for, instance wind,
solar and solar thermal which
are sources applicable for the
Bahamas. It is critical that the.
Bahamas be a part of this
entire process. We will also
look at geo-thermal," Mr Ney-
mour said.
According to a release issued
by the Ministry of the Envi-
ronment, the meeting is organ-
ised by e-Parliament, a new
global forum which engages
national legislators through
, polls and hearings, and is used
to exchange policy ideas.
Minister Neymour said that
in light of the recent "turmoil"
and price hikes in the oil indus-
try since 2007, the government
of the Bahamas took'steps to
improve its position, regarding
renewable energy and explore
alternative sources of energy.
"We took the position that it
was critical that we begin work
on the National Energy Policy
which is nearing completion,
and we also made the decision
to have the Bahamas Electric-
ity Corporation (BEC) seek
proposals. on renewable energy
throughout the Bahamas for
all islands all 29 locations
where we generate energy," he
'Minister Neymour noted
that the government also took
the initiative to be a part of the
Washington International
Renewable Energy Renewable

Conference (WIREC) with
United States President
George Bush and held in
Washington, DC, in March of
this year.
"We dialogue with fellow
ministers from around the
world and high government
officials of the United States
with a view to improving the
use of renewable energy and
alternative sources throughout
the world and setting objectives
for each country. The
Bahamas, in its National Ener-
gy Policy, will outline some of
those objectives," Mr Neymour
The meeting is a third in a
series of international parlia-
mentary hearings on climate
change and energy access for
the. poor in the African,
Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)
regions. The most recent hear-
ing took place in Ghana in Sep-
tember, 2008.
The Tobago meeting will be

the first held at an inter-region-
al level in which participants
will have an opportunity to
question experts and discuss
how to most effectively meet
the growing demand for energy
in an age of increasing fuel
prices, while simultaneously
addressing the growing dangers
of climate change and ensur-
ing that the poor have ade-
quate access to energy. .

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Nearly 5 percent of Bahamians

suffer from mental illnesses

Tribune Staff Reporter
CLOSE to five per cent of all
Bahamians suffer from mental ill-
nesses, with schizophrenia and
depression being the most wide-
spread disorders, a survey by the
Ministry of Health revealed.
In an effort to destigmatise the
issue of mental illness in the
Bahamas, .officials from the
Sandilands Rehabilitation Cen-
tre and the Pan American Health
Organisation (PAHO) teamed up
to organise a one-day symposium
to educate the medical, commu-
Sriity and other stakeholders on
care, prevention, and on modem
approaches to mental disorders.
Speaking during the opening
of the symposium Wednesday
morning, Dr Yitades Gebre, a
senior advisor for PAHO, said in
many cases physicians who oper-
ate outside of the mental health
field encounter patients affected
by mental disorders, but are
:unable to identify the symptoms
or treat the conditions due to
their inexperience.
"This symposium focuses on
assisting these medical officers to
identify symptoms, making the
diagnosis and providing the care
needed, allowing them to assist
in reducing the burden at the
* highest level," Dr Gebre said.
Dr Nelson Clarke, medical
: chief of staff at Sandilands, point-

DR. TIMOTHY BARRETT, a consultant
of industry specialist, officials and he
ed out that despite many com-
mon misconceptions, anyone can
fall victim to a mental illness.
"Race, class, gender, social sta-
tus, none of these things makes
one immune to becoming some-
one afflicted by a mental health
problem," he said.
Ranging from mild to severe,
Dr. Clarke said mental illnesses
include schizophrenia, depression,
bipolar disorder, anxiety disor-
der, substance abuse disorders,
and the child and adolescent dis-
orders. He explained that stress,
drug use, family history and oth-
er issues related to day-to-day life
are all risk factors which can con-
tribute to mental illnesses.
"Sometimes there's a mixture
of factors that come together at a

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psychiatrist, speaks to a group
alth professionals this week.
specific time, (when) particular
individuals who are vulnerable
are likely to become ill," he said.
Dr Clarke said that the best
treatment for persons suffering
from a mental illness starts with
an early diagnosis.
He said it is also extremely
important for family members
and friends to address the prob-
lem of mental illness in their
"That way, the road toward a
healthy life will be much easier
to attain and maintain," he said.
Speakers for yesterday's event
included psychologists Dr Euge-
nia Combie, Dr Nelson Clarke,
Dr Timothy Barrett, Dr Michael
Neville, and Dr Agretta Enease-
Carey, a gerontology specialist.

Famly slads ar

CaiqeAwards majority

@ THE Family Islands stole the
Cacique Awards spotlight this
year. as the majority of finalists
announced for tourism's highest
-'awards come from islands other
than New Providence and Grand
y Bahama.
DrKeva Bethel, who takes
over from Dr Davidson Hepburn
as chairperson of the judging Blue.
.Ribbon Panel, announced finalists
"'-.in eight public categories. She said
,,that 12 of the finalists come from
Family Islands, while Grand
"Bahama and New Providence
each have five nominees.
"I emphasise that excellence in
: performance 'was evident
throughout the islands,'" Dr-
'Bethel said.
"These awards make it clear
,.:that although the messages of the
Ministry of Tourism and Avia-
'tion constantly remind us of the
deficiencies in service and product
,that should be shored up, the
Ministry does not forget the large
number of people and organisa-
tions that consistently deliver on
the promise that it is better in the
Decisions on finalists were so
'competitive at times that the pan-
el was forced' to seek further
information and make follow-up
calls, Dr Bethel said..

The Finalists in the eight public
categories are:

Reuben Rahming Nassau
Captain Lewis Key Abaco
Glender Archer-Knowles Abaco

Human Resources Development

Emily Rahming South Andros
Donald Glass Grand Bahama
Carolyn Hanna-Major Nassau

Sports, Leisure and Events
Ambrose Gouthro Grand Bahama
Raphael Cartwright Long Island
Tommy Sewell Bimini
Creative Arts
Clayton Curtis Grand Bahama
Steve Dodge Abaco -
Sonovia Pierre Nassau

Elsie Knowles Long Island
Kim Roberts Abaco
Eloise Smith Nassau
Sustainable Tourism
Kingsley Holbert Exuma
Eleanore Munnings Grand
Bimini Sands Bimini

The Minister's Award
Quinth Saunders Harbour Island
Peggy Thompson Abaco
Sam Williams Nassau

Lifetime Achievement Award
John "Billy Joe" Gilbert Grand

Finalists in the Hotel categories
Supervisor of the Year
Da(ren King Westin Our Lucaya
Kevin McKenzie Atlantis
Sophie Saunders Wyndham Nas-

Sales' Executive
Margo Cox Wyndham'
Brent Ingraham Old Bahama Bay

Myron Jones Sheraton Nassau

Raylene Gardiner Old Bahama
Janet Rolle Stubbs Four Seasons
Gina Maria Sweeting-Williams -
Comfort Suites

Gerard Johnson Sandals
Shamika Rahming One and Only
Ocean Club
Stanley Williams Peli-
can Bay

Chef of.the Year
Carolyn Elaine Bowe Wyndham
Nassau Resort
Sonate Brice Sandals Resort
Alvin Humes Atlantis

People's Choice Music Awards

Secular Music
'Phone Card' by KC
'Best of My Love' by the Xtra Band
'Boy You Don't Know Me Eh' by
KB and the Sting
Gospel Music
'My Soul has Found Rest' by Bish-
op J Rodney Roberts
'Old School Medley' by Minister
Charles Drake and CMA Ensemble
'Lord I'm Amazed' by Mount Tabor
Praise Team

Winners will be revealed at the
Cacique Awards ceremony on Janu-
ary 30, 2009 at the Rainforest The-

S. a p n Motors L


Thre Inlrnationa Sd u.1tf fThe Bahamas

0 world school

St Andrew's School, The International School of The Bahamas, an authorized International-
Baccalaureate (IB) World School, invites applications from qualified and experienced Bahamian
candidates for the following teaching vacancies, with effect from August 2009. Full information
regarding the school may be found at its website: www.st-andrews.com.

Candidates should be qualified teachers who possess the necessary academic qualifications for the
positions) for which they apply, including a teaching qualification and a bachelor's degree, and
normally need to have a minimum of two years succesisuf2ehool-based experience. Desirable.
qualifications, in addition to those specified for individual posts, are that teachers have successful
experience in an independent and/or international school and an advanced degree. Applications from
candidates able to coach team sports or advise school clubs and activities are particularly welcomed.
Secondary (i.e. middle and upper) school teachers will be expected to undertake the responsibility
of a homeroom.

Please note that applications received from non-Bahamian candidates will not be considered at this
time, although permanent residents with the right to work are invited to submit their papers for future
consideration. Applications from candidates living outside The Commonwealth of The Bahamas will
not be acknowledged or considered at this stage of the recruiting process. If the school is unable to
recruit any position locally, it will advertise internationally in January.


Physical education: Years pre-school to 13 responsibilities. Candidates must have successful
experience in coaching years 7 to 13 in at least three of the following sports: baseball/softball;
basketball; soccer; track and field; volleyball. Swimming/WSI certification would be welcomed.


The school is authorized to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate
Organization. Candidates for all posts in the primaryschool should be committed to the principles
of, and preferably trained in, the PYP. Applications are warmly welcomed from teachers who are
committed to an inquiry-based pedagogy but who have not yet had the opportunity to teach in a PYP

Homeroom teachers:. Class sizes range between 15 and 20.

Primary school music: Candidates must be fully qualified and have successful teaching experience
at all years from pre-reception to six. They must also have successful experience in organizing
primary school music and drama performances.


The school offers its own middle years programme in years seven through nine and the BGCSE in
years 10 and 11 (grades 9 and 10). The school is authorized to teach the Diploma Programme (DP)
of the International Baccalaureate Organization in years 12 and 13 (grades 11 and 12).

Spanish and French: Candidates should be familiar with the ACTFL standards and able to work as
a contributing member of a school-wide team. They must be qualified to teach to pre-university
level and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme.


Biology: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach biology to pre-university level and be
familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Candidates should
also be able to offer either chemistry or physics at BGCSE/IGCSE level.
Chemistry: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach chemistry to pre-university level and
be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diplomaprogramme. Candidates
should also be able to offer either biology or physics to BGCSE/IGCSE level.:,

Physics: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach.physics to pre-university.,lpyel and be
,familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Candidates should,
also be able to offer either biology or chemistry to BGCSE/IGCSE level.

English: Successful experience in teaching English-totlB level is required for this post. Candidates,
for this post must be qualified to teach to pre-university level and be familiar with the demands of
the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Successful BGCSE/IGCSE and SAT 1/SAT II
experience is also essential.

Mathematics: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach to pre-university level and be
familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Successful experience
in-teaching calculus to AP and/or IB level is preferred for this post. Successful BGCSE/IGCSE and
SAT 1/SAT II experience is also desirable.

Music: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach Music to pre-university level and be
familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate Programme.
Candidates must also have successful experience in organizing secondary school, choirs, band, music
concerts and drama performances.

Drama: Candidates should be able and willing to teach up to IB theatre arts level and possibly
coordinate musical and drama productions throughout' the secondary school.

Information technology: Years pre-school to 13 responsibilities in integrated technology, promoting
the concept of "computer as tool" across all ages and curriculum areas, as well as teaching in years
10 through 13. Must be experienced in teaching computer science at IB diploma level.

Middle school home room and core teachers: Middle level educational qualifications, experience
working with early adolescents and a familiarity with the philosophy of middle schools are required
from applicants for these posts. Applicants may also be required to teach BGCSE courses up to year

At least two of the successful applicants will have documented successful experience in teaching
English in years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer English and one of the following PSE; IT & Social
Studies; art; drama possibly to BGCSE level.

Another successful applicant will have documented successful experience in teaching general science
in years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer any combination of biology, chemistry and physics at BGCSE
level. If he/she could also teach mathematics that would be useful.

Mathematics and special needs (part time post): Candidates must have successful experience in
teaching in both areas.

NB: One successful candidate from all the posts offered will be able to offer the teaching of the
Theory of Knowledge course at IB diploma level. Another will be able to offer the teaching of
psychology at IB diploma level

Interested candidates should apply to the school's principal, Mr. Robert Wade, by letter, email or fax
as soon as possible. All applications MUST include the following:

* letter of application
* a personal statement detailing the candidate's educational philosophy
* a full curriculum vitae,
* either the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax and email numbers of three people who may
be approached for confidential professional references or the name and address of the recruiting
agency from which the candidate's confidential dossiers may be obtained.

Information on the teaching posts offered may be obtained from the heads of the schools by email
or fax only.
Frank Coyle, Head of the secondary school:
Email: Frank.Covle@st-andrews.com
Fax (1242)3240816
Allison Collie, Head of the primary school:
Email: Allison.Collie@st-andrews.com
Fax (1242)3240816

Bob Wade
St Andrew's School
PO Box EE 17340

Email: Bob.Wade@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 364 1654

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2008. Applications from unqualified candidates,
applications arriving without the full information requested, applications from outside The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas or applications received after this date will not be considered.

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THE sale and use of hallucino-
genic, illicit drugs on local school
campuses has had a detrimental
effect on the lives of numerous
Bahamian students and has
adversely impacted their scholas-
tic performance.
The drug trade in the Bahamas
has had a costly impact on Society,
ranging from the negligence of
family, pauperism and homeless-
ness, urban/social decay, lack of
investor confidence and a weak-
ened economy, sexually trans-
mitted diseases, an upsurge in
health concerns/costs and a spike
in violent crime.
Tobacco, alcohol and illegal
drug use is becoming more wide-
spread among high school stu-
dents, with the usage of marijua-
na and other inhalants becoming
increasingly popular in grades
nine to 12.
In the Bahamas, the average
age for male and female students
who peddle and smoke
weed/drugs is 13 and 14, respec-
tively. Banned drugs such as
ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, opi-
um and heroin are often used by
adolescents in their quest for oth-
erworldly bliss and some warped
form of self-transcendance, due
to peer pressure and a need to be
well-liked (group cohesion), mim-
icking celebrities and/or older sib-
lings/friends, hoping to escape
and/or solve problems or to seek
parental support and attention.
Over the years, the illicit drug
plague has ripped our social fab-
ric and will unremittingly haunt
the history of our island chain for
many years to come. Since the
boom of the drug trade, the
Bahamas slithered from a quiet
society where people could sleep
with their doors open, to a crime-
riddled, materialistic society
where brotherly love has almost
disappeared to be replaced by
greed and the preoccupation that
"we must outdo the Joneses".
During the drug explosion of
the 1970s/1980s, the Bahamas
became the paramount staging
point for the traffic of narcotic
drugs and psychotropic sub-
stances, due to its situation
between the US (demand) and
South American drug producers.
Islands such as the Exumas, the
Berry Islands, Bimini, Abaco,
Long Island, Grand Bahama,
Inagua, San Salvador' and
Eleuthera soon: lost their exotic


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glaze, becoming shadowy off-
shoots as rapacious natives were
besieged by their zeal for quick
Throughout the years, drugs
coupled with alcohol have led to a
societal meltdown, with crime,
suicides, marital breakdowns,
domestic violence, absenteeism
and unwarranted accidents all the
result of these uses. Here, a for-
merly thriving man became an
utter slob.
These days, press reports indi-
cate that the use of illicit drugs
- particularly marijuana has
risen among schoolchildren.
Frankly, informal surveys show
that young people are heavily
engaged in the abuse and solici-
tation of banned substances.
According to Terrance Foun-
tain, deputy director designate of
the Anti-Drug Secretariat,
although teenagers use other
drugs, marijuana is the drug of
choice among high school stu-
Furthermore, stories of chil-
dren as young as 10 purchasing
and becoming addicted to alco-
hol must not be taken flippantly.
These incidents are patent indi-
cations that a new generation of
substance abusers is on the hori-
zon, who are willingly sacrificing
books and brain cells, and the
future of our country, for a
speedy high.
In a recent news report, I was
dumbfounded when Mr Fountain
claimed that the last drug survey
among high school students was
conducted in 2002. Fountain
asserted that the survey discov-
ered that between 15 to 20 per
cent of Bahamian youngsters had
experimented with marijuana at
least once in their lifetime.
Frankly, those who conducted
that survey appear to have been
grossly deceived as a more realis-
tic impression based on word
of mouth, eye-witness accounts
and informal surveys far
exceed 15 to 20 per cent.
The deputy director suggested
that young males were more sus-
ceptible to prohibited activities
(such as marijuana use), pointing
to the males to females ratio
enrolled at the College of the
Bahamas as being reflective of
this sad reality.
In that July report, Mr Foun-
tain stated that a high school sur-
vey was being organised for this
fall semester to determine how
many students were at risk or
already using drugs, but little has
been heard about the progress of
that proposed survey since that
Indeed, sensation-seeking
teenage drug abusers face far-
reaching social implications that
go beyond high school. A student
drug user's scholastic perfor-
mance is negatively impacted,
which could lead to them skip-
ping classes, falling behind and
failing to complete assignments,
being undisciplined, tardiness and
poor school attendance.
The Bahamas National Drug
Council claims that teenagers
using drugs exhibit symptoms
such as constant arguing; lying
and irresponsibility; isolation,
secrecy and less involvement in
family activities; new interests and
friends; bad grades; hyperactivity,
drowsiness or forgetfulness;

depression or mood swings;
change in speaking patterns;
weight gain or loss and junk food
cravings; bloodshot eyes and the
use of eye drops or incense; run-
ny nose and coughing; odd small
containers in their pockets and
purse; money problems and the
disappearance of alcohol, drugs
and other possessions from their
residences (possibly for sale).
The council also asserts that
the discoveries of drug "para-
phernalia such as pipes, papers
and razor blades, needle marks,
tremors and hallucinations or
delusions" are all indicators that a
teenager is using drugs.
Students who exhibit physical
or emotional signs such as loss of
motor controls, dizziness, unnec-
essary giggling, paranoia and
mood problems such as an
aggressive approach with
peers/teachers in addition to
the aforementioned behaviours
- show a pattern of concern they
are most likely chemically depen-
dent, adolescent drug abusers.
While many teenage drug
users may display a penchant for
smoking "blunts" (marijuana), I
am told that others prefer cold
and cough medicines, nose candy
such as cocaine/crack, speed
uppers (amphetamines) and sniff-
ing or huffing (ie, putting an
inhalant soaked rag in the
mouth), household products such
as paint thinner, glue, spray paint,
hair spray, correction fluid (white-
out), marker fluid and so on.
The popularity of the "chronic"
(marijuana) is undoubtedly due
in part to its glorification in
moviqs/music and its easy acces-
sibility, particularly as it can be
grown and distributed locally.
These days, marijuana is usually
laced with more potent drugs
before being smoked.
Ecstasy, a coloured tablet, has
gained popularity among school
age adolescents, particularly those
that frequent nightspots and
drinking parties..
Just this year, I smelt the mar-
ijuana scent on the clothes of a
ninth-grade student. When asked
if he had been smoking, he vehe-
mently denied it, although his
bloodshot eyes and poor acade-
mic performance seemed to tell
another story.
I've found that students from
broken homes, or who are being
raised in ghetto/urban areas, are
more likely to use drugs although
studies show that children across
all socio-economic and cultural
groupings can be. attracted tq
Due to drug and alcohol
abuse, scores of youngsters -
school age and older are
becoming intoxicated and fatally
struck down by accidental deaths
(ie overdoses, vehicular crashes,
etc). Because drugs and alcohol
adversely affect a person's co-
ordination and judgment, it's
hardly surprising that so many
youngsters are tallied among
yearly traffic fatality counts after
a night of reckless partying.
It is this disorientation and/or
impaired judgment that is the
root cause of traffic mishaps, sui-
cides, unwanted pregnancies, sex-
ual assaults, sexually transmitted
diseases and instances of high-
risk sex, many times without pro-
tection and with multiple part-

Rather than focusing on
restricting and using undemocra-
tic means to censure/restrict what
adults can watch and listen to, the
Bahamas Christian Council
should be fostering community
cohesion, helping the sick and
impoverished, and proposing and
utilising practical ways to combat
crime and the increase in drug
usage, particularly by youngsters.
In a democracy, no entity -
including the council has a
right to impose its views on law-
abiding adults.
I once asked: "Will lawless
youngsters soon begin to stick up
churches?" Last weekend, that
became a reality in Bimini when a
cutlass-wielding young man
allegedly chased two teenagers
through the pews of a Bimini
church while it was in session.
Even more, parents must seri-
ously take into account the mind-
altering effects of drugs and keen-
ly seek to curb adolescent drug
use or experimentation by devel-
oping sound relationships, instill-
ing positive values and high stan-
dards, fostering discipline and
advising youngsters about the
dangers and pitfalls of drug use,
establishing open communication
channels and encouraging their
children to excel and fulfil their
ambitions. Negligent parents are
more likely to produce anti-social,
teenage miscreants.
Youngsters using drugs must
be taught that the possession, sale
and use of drugs such as marijua-
na and ecstasy is forbidden by
Bahamian law and, beyond all the
health and mental concerns, that
being arrested and convicted of
drug possession can lead to a
police record which may hinder
college entrance, cause mistrust,
limit travelling options and make
them unattractive candidates for
jobs, regardless of their qualifi-
Furthermore, the law must be
enforced and it must be estab-
lished that bartenders should
request the IDs of patrons, there-
by refusing to sell alcohol to any-
one younger than 18. The discov-
ery of any alcoholic depot not
complying should face stiff penal-
There is no point in sugar-
coating the issues without con-
fronting the serious faults afflict-
ing the educational system!

With Atlantis laying off 800
workers and an economy that's
on the ropes, good customer ser-
vice in our tourist-driven econo-
my is invaluable. This weekend I
stayed at Breezes on Cable Beach
and saw first-hand the fantastic
customer service rendered at this
hotel, particularly by reserva-
tions/front desk representative -
She deserves much credit and
hopefully a raise. With well-
trained, courteous employees
such as this, Breezes' owner John
Issa should be proud of his invest-
ment. Thanks to Lydia and oth-
ers, I had a great stay!

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"with strong and encouraging results" the ministry
said, announcing that a single airline sold 1,700
round trips at the reduced price.
The offer, which was made available online
only, resulted in the largest number of hits on
the airline's website in history and some of the
demand could reportedly not be accommodat-
"For this to be achieved in a depressed market
only amplifies the strength of insisting that the
proximity of the Bahamas be reflected in the rel-
ative cost of airfare as compared to competing
destinations. We are now preparing to roll that
offer out to all carriers serving the Bahamas,"
the government said.
In addition, hotels are offering a $500 rebate
which is being promoted with Ministry of Tourism'
advertising to travellers staying for seven days
or longer in a participating hotel.
"This, too, has been well received in the mar-
ketplace. So we have two very strong offers that
prospective visitors are telling us are most attrac-
tive under current market conditions," the state-
ment said.
It said a new TV ad campaign revisiting the
successful "it's Better in the Bahamas" slogan
was launched in the US immediately following the
presidential elections, because hotels which began
campaigns earlier found such little interest that
those campaigns were suspended.
"We plan to create two additional commer-
cials with the same theme, but which we believe
will be more relevant to the more difficult con-
ditions that are being experienced today," the
statement said.
Although projected visitor growth out of Cana-
da will have to be revised downwards, the gov-
ernment still expects to see positive growth from
all Canadian gateways, fuelled by a "very strong"
media campaign launched in October.
In Britain, a new campaign featuring Bahami-

an personalities telling their stories, with an exten-
sive online component, launched in late Octo-
ber as well.
In France, new non-stop service is scheduled to
begin on December 18, and the government said
there is a significant online and print effort sup-
porting this new service and early bookings are
very strong. Italy and Germany continue to per-
form at "solid levels", it added.
The Bahamas has also accelerated its campaign
to entice persons travelling to the US, and Flori-
da in particular, to add a trip to the Bahamas.
In terms of cruise visitors, the government said
industry chiefs confirm that the Bahamas is like-
ly to have much stronger demand than other des-
tinations because of current conditions.
"More cruise lines are departing from more
ports along the eastern seaboard of the United
States than ever before as cruise companies move
ships from Europe back to ports in the United
States because of weak demand. Given the recent
volatility of fuel prices, the shorter cruises to the
Bahamas are less costly and less risky for the
cruise companies," the statement said.
The government noted the gravity of the inter-
national situation, pointing out that the global
stock market has lost almost $28 trillion in the last
two months, more than 10,000 factories will have
closed in China by the end of this of the year
and Germany, the world's largest exporter,
announced yesterday that it is officially in a reces-
"The Bahamas is feeling the full weight on
these effects early because we benefited immense-
ly from the quick-decision vacation getaway from
our two primary US markets of New York and
South Florida, where the sub prime mortgage
meltdown has hit hardest. Many of the people still
traveling on vacation today are those who made
decisions and paid for their vacations long before
the full onset of this recession. Now every desti-
nation and every cruise line around the world is
beginning to see the effects of a global slowdown
in travel.






Straw vendors voice

concerns over ministry

Tribune Staff Reporter
MANY straw vendors are
concerned that they will
continue to be ignored by
the Ministry of Works,
which is responsible for
t They say the officials
charged with overseeing the
day-to-day running of the
market are not doing an
effective job and that gov-
ernment ministers just don't
want to deal with them.
A third generation ven-
dor, who was raised in the
market by her mother and
has been very vocal on
issues affecting those who
work there, told The Tri-
bune that there is no organ-
ised effort to deal with the
.many problems vendors
Instead, one man Walter
Rolle is left in charge of
the well-being of almost 500
vendors on any given day
-and often is required to do
the job of the police.
In response, William
Munnings, administrator of
the market, said officials do
not neglect their duties. He
said that he is in 'the mar-
ket Monday through Friday.
4'Mr Rolle one. does not
police the market, he has
assistance from Ms Johnson
and Ms Green and myself
when I go there, but
because of the administra-
tive duties that I have to do
here, that cannot be done
at the market, I have to be
to this side to deal with that
aspect of the job," said Mr
Munnings. "After, I would
go there to help run the
market and to settle cases
and we do have a lot of
According to one of the
vendors, who said she
wished to remain anony-
mous for fear of reprisals,
Mr Rolle has been at the

"Tourists always ask us if
English is our second language
after they hear all the Creole
and Jamaican accents. We
want the market to be strictly
for Bahamans again."

forefront 6f cleaning uip the
problem of illicit drugs
being sold within the mar-,
She said she has even
heard Mr Rolle threatened
with death by those respon-
sible for the drug selling.
And police have not done
much to curb the activity.
"Police presence is not
felt at all," said the vendor.
According to Mr
Munnings, the market is in
the jurisdiction of police
officers assigned through
the Ministry of Tourism.

Straw vendor.
Vendors say'the govern-
ment does not do all it can
to mitigate the shabby con-
ditions in what was sup-'
posed to be a temporary
market now in use the bet-
ter part of a decade.
The vendors concede that
the environment is "differ-
ent" ii the market since the
Ministry of Immigration
conducted a raid that led to
the removal of numerous
suspected'illegal workers.
However, they, fear ille-
gals will trickle back in as
has happened in the past -

when government ifiterest
in the market wanes.
Th-ey say the illegal
Haitians, along with a hand--
ful of Bahamians, have tar-
nished the image of the
"Tourists always ask us if
English is our second lan-
guage after they hear all the
Creole and Jamaican
accents," said one of the
vendors. "We want the mar-
ket to ,,,be, trsiP,tly.,fp.r
Bahamians again.", ....... *":.
New policies are being
drafted to help govern the
market and alleviate recur-
ring problems, according to
Mr Munnings.
He said the new rules will
be implemented as soon as
.they are approved and will
be dispersed to all regis-
tered vendors, so that they
know what they can and
cannot do.
"That's 600 plus people in
the tent," said Mr
Munnings. "So you know
under such conditions there
will be friction."


Mr. David
Wallace, 63

.' ,of Savannah Sound,
:Eleuthera Service will be
held on Saturday 15th
November, 2008 at 11:00 am at Mother Bethel A.M.E
Church. Officiating Rev Randford Patterson, assisted
by Rev. George Clarke. Interment Savannah Sound
Public Cemetery Savannah Sound, Eleuthera.

Left to cherish his passing is his wife, Mrs Diann
Wallace; six sons, Lawrance, David Jr., Lester, Craig,
Kasim and Wesley Wallace; 13 grand children,
Dyann, David, Alicia, Samantha, Delerice, Lester Jr.,
Laketha, Brnee, Christian, Craig Jr., Adair, Kassidy,
and Chester Wallace; two step son, John Bruno Clarke
and Roland Gustive; twelve neices, Mrs. Bulean
Petty, Mrs. Cathrine Petty, Mrs. Rosetta Carey of
Nassau, Mrs. Patricia Hepburn, Chamette Strachan,
Chanez and Chanee Gibson, Naden'e, Nicole, Pami
and Alexis of Jacksonville Florida, and Taniae Wallace;
eight nephews,'Anthony Wallace Anthown and
Anthonio and Lyrone .Gibson, Lanardo Nottage,
Dereck Ackihis and Leon-(Bert) Nottage of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force; her one brother, Lester
Nevil Wallace of Savannah Sound; two sisters, Mrs.
Gwendolyn (Muggie) Green an Mrs. Louise Johnson
of Nassau; four sister-in-law, Mrs. Paulette Strachan
of Savannah Sound, Mrs. Marsha Nottage of
Governors Harbour, Mrs Alfreda Gibson of Nassau,
Mrs Robin Gibson of Jacksonville Florida; three
brothers-in-law, Tamika Wallace of Caleb Gibson
of Nassau an Charles Strachan of Water Ford;
daughters-in-law, Tamika Wallace of Abaco, Tasha
Wallace of Freeport Grand Bahama, Gloria Humes
of Nassau, Tarrara Wallace of Nassau, Buleah Wallace
Of Savannah Sound, Lakisha Deveaux and Vanteria
Johnson. God Children: Susan Ward, Howard Clarke,
Cleaomie. Barbara, Roscoe Higgs, Ryan Culmer,.
Terall Carey, o4f Jacksonville Fl, Jewel Sherman,,"
Michael Petty, Allissia Hall; god sister, Mrs Annis
Amtrobus, a host of grand and great grand neices
and nephews, Best Friends Garnet (Joe) Culmer,
Abna Pinder of Spanish Wells, Nurse Fiord Mae
Carey of Nas.sau, Nurse Shelia Gibson of the U.S.A,
Charles and Anthony Culmer, Jay and Lional Ferander,
Clifford Sands, Wake field Cooper, Elbridge Rankin,
Theresa an Russell Caroll of Mirror Mar FI, Shantel
an Rose Gustutve, Mary Deleveaux, Natelia Fillis,
Dr. Sidney Smith; other relatives and friends
including, Emily Munnings, Tasha Johnson of
Governors Harbour, Rarma Rolle of Anddros, Andy
Deal and family Rev Enid Cooper and family,-Hon.
Philip M. Bethel and family Hon. James Oswald
Ingraham and family Camille Burnside Rolle, George
Clarke and family,Margaret Gibson and family Frank
Culmer and family, Tyrone Thompson and family,
Mrs Elma Thompson and family Thelma Bullard
Butler of Nassau Kevin Culmer and family, Mrs Olga
Bethel and family, Bridley Cooper and family, Rev.
Bosfield Bethel and family George (King) Bethel
and family, James Brown, The Staff of Windermere
Island and The Community of Savannah family,
Nurses and Doctors of I.C.U Male Surgical Ward
Princess Margaret Hospital.

Viewing will be held at RIVERSIDE FUNERAL
CHAPEL Market Street and Bimini Avenue on
Thursday 2pm 7pm and at Bethel A.M.E Church
on Friday from 7pm'until service time on Saturday.


will be held at Greater Bethel Baptist Church at 11:00
am. Officiating Pastor Preston Knowles Assisted by
Pastor Nixion Simms, Pastor Anthony Williams,
Pastor Geneva Williams. Interment Moores Island
Cemetery, Hard Bargin.

Left to cherish his memories are Annamae Cornish
and family, Austin Swain and family, Steven
Cumbarbatch and family, Icelyn Hanna and family,
Neville Stuart and family, Ivan Stuart and family,
Heaman Davis and family, Etterjana Culmer and
family, Jimmy Davis and family, Emmaline Butler
and family, Isamae Dawkins and family, lima Curry
and family, Leotha McDonald and family, Milton
Swain and family, William Swain and family Eloise
Cornish and family, Salathiel Swain and family,
Leonie Davis and family Edward Stuart and family,
Hensel Davis and family and the whole community
of Moores Island and Murphy Town and family and
a host of other relative and friends.

Viewing will be held at Riverside Funeral Chapel
Market Street Bimini Avenue on Thursday 2pm to 7
pm and at Burial Society Hall.

qverside f3uneraf Chapef
"Where the river lies still.
S erving 'ITe Bahamas With 'Pride"
FRANK M. COOPER Funeral Director
S Professional People Who Care"

Market Street & Bimini Avenue Cockburn Town
RPO. Box GT 2505 San Salvador, Batamas
Nassau, Bahamas Telephone:
Telephone: (242) 356-3721 (242) 331-2642
Cellular: (242) 395--8931


The inentationr/,1SrboaI of'Ihe Bahamas .
1OIUNDElD 1948

orlid school

St Andrew's School, The International School of The Bahamas, an authorized
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, invites applications for the
position of a Secondary teacher of Spanish, with effect from January 2009.
Candidates should possess the necessary academic qualifications, at least a
Bachelor's degree, and experience for the position, including experience in the

Information on the teaching post offered may be obtained from the head of the
secondary school.

Frank Coyle, Head of the secondary school:
Email: Frank.Coyle@st-andrews.com
Fax (1 242) 324 0816

Interested candidates should apply to the school's principal, Mr. Robert Wade,
by following the directions on the school's website at www.st-andrews.com.

Mr Robert Wade
St Andrew's School
P O Box EE 17340
Nassau, Bahamas

Email BWade@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 364 1654

The closing date for applications is 28 November 2006. Applications from
unqualified candidates, applications arriving without the full information
requested or applications received after this date will not be considered.



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Commonwealth Bank to

extend operating hours
FROM page one
impact delinquencies to the
extent that people can find other
work. But with the government's
different relief packages (com-
ing on stream) it's difficult to say
how the (firings) will affect loan
delinquencies," he said.
As financiers continue to
monitor the worsening econo-
my, Commonwealth Bank may
place stricter regulations on
loans for persons employed in
the hotel sector, he said. But
for now the institution was
focused on renegotiating loan
terms to ensure troubled
clients kept their loan securi-
"Obviously in an economic
downturn when credit policies
become more stringent you're
looking at the risks of total
indebtedness, stability of
income, etc. One of the things
that naturally reduces the abili-
ty of hotel workers in particu-
lar to gain credit in the down-
turn is where a portion of their
income is coming from tips -
because without the tourists
then the tips naturally dry up.
"Unfortunately when you
look at the state of all the hotel
properties they're obviously all
going through a very difficult
period; we're reviewing our
credit policies in all aspects and
all sectors and that's why we
ask our customers to come in
and talk to us if they're having
problems," Mr Jennings told
The Tribune.
"All the clearing banks have
agreed that we would ease up
on mortgage arrears where
they're good customers like
these Atlantic workers who've
lost their jobs unfortunately
like all societies we have a
group of people chronically
delinquent in their payments
and there would be various
states of foreclosures on their
properties. But for anyone who
has had a good payment histo-
ry and is now into problems,
we will do whatever we can to
make sure they are in their
homes," he said.

FROM page one

persons who had worked at
Atlantis for the same period of
time, but who were line staff.
He and Diane Culmer, who was
formerly a Banquet Manager,
hugged and slapped hands as they
greeted each .other sharing the joy
'WFreceiving a',grand sum of mon-
ey for their time at Atlantis.
Ms Culmer said she would not
have received such a large sum of
money from Atlantis had she
She also did not want to reveal
the amount Atlantis had given
She said being laid off did not
mean that hard times are ahead
for her, as she had made plans for
such a time.
"I'm taking my vacation in
December and January I'll be on
a job," said Ms Culmer.

FROM page one

Most notably, Mr Hanna con-
firmed that incidents of armed
robbery, car theft, and murder
have all shown significant
He said that police have also
seen an increase in murders
occurring in the areas of
Pinewood Gardens, South
Beach, and Bamboo Town.
.Mr Hanna said out of the 10
homicides that occurred during
the month of September, Sat-
urday appears to be a time
when many murders occur,
which he says could be attrib-
uted to a number of factors.
The officer said that overall,
most murders occur as a result
of persons retaliating because
they want to avenge the loss of
a loved one or friend.
Out of all the murders for the
year, police said 15 have
occurred within business estab-
lishments, 39 per cent occurred
during the midnight to 8am
shifts, 24 per cent on the 8am to

Call for support to root out violence

FROM page one

next to Mr Jean's home in Sunlight Village.
BAC executive director Rev CB Moss held a
press conference at the Sunshine Village basketball
court yesterday afternoon calling for support of
BAC and other community groups working to deter
young people from committing violent crime and
He said: "Bernard Jean was an integral part of this
park, and he was going to be an integral part of this
But Mr Jean fell victim to the crippling circum-
stances of inner-city Nassau unemployment, under-
employment, poor housing, poor socializing, poor
parenting and oppression that affected everyone,
Rev Moss said.
"People feel marginalised and isolated, so they use
their own.ingenuity to survive," he said.
"These communities are not terrible places. For
the most part people are warm, friendly and really
desirous of doing good, but circumstances have left
them almost helpless. And when help is lost, and
hope is lost, problems begin."
By working with existing groups, BAC is infil-
trating communities with a message for a better
way of life and they are calling for back-up.
He said: "Bahamas Against Crime is not .proud to

Atlantis dismissals

"You have to understand, if
you know what's going on and
you know you're'gonna get hit
you just have to make prepara-
tions for the best."
Despite the overwhelming joy
felt by most managers, Ms Cul-
mer said there were still lots of
her colleagues who broke down
yesterday when they heard that
they had been fired.
"A lot of people were crying,"
she said.
"Some people were ready to go
in there and slap up some of the
"One of the guys said 'don't put
me in the room where that person
is, cause ya'll gonna call the police
for me.' So, they had to put him in
a more quiet area to give him his
Ms Culmer said she was still in

say we have received no support from the govern-
ment, minuscule support from the Church, and no
support from the business community.
"They should be ashamed of themselves because,
when things like this happen they all pay lip service,
but you have to understand the emotional trauma
these people are going through, and the govern-
ment has not lifted a finger to help Bahamas Against
Rev Moss said direct involvement in projects is
needed to ensure they are sustained, as well as help
supplying vital information to the island's most vul-
nerable people to update them on issues, and teach
them how to protect themselves and their families
from the risks of illegal drug dealing, gambling and
violent crime.
He said: "Our approach is effective. We want to
reach young people with a message they will under-
stand, and we will do it through p package they
relate to. But we could be more effective with the
support of major sectors of this community."
The "Mother Stubbs" Memorial Classic Basket-
ball Jamboree organized by "Youth for God through
Christ" and Bahamas Against Crime will take place
on Saturday, December 6 at the Sunlight Village
basketball court from 9am. There will be free food
and drinks, music and entertainment from the Urban
Renewal Community Band, DJ Counsellor, Dyna-
mite Daisy and Rico the Clown.

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She said persons she thought
were the best in their departments
and those who at one time had
received commendations, were
being handed their pink slips.
"People who you wouldn't
think would be in there, they were
in there," said Ms Culmer.
- Employees continued to trickle,
into Atlantis throughout the day
and emerge with the manilla
envelopes which held their final
pay cheque, a letter of recom-

mendation, a voucher for turkey
and ham and a pamphlet full of
social services information.
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as a line staff worker at the
Water's Edge restaurant for 23
years and only received around
$2,000 could only say as she
walked back to her car: "This is
bad I have bills to pay this is
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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 7TH day of
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
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who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
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who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
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4pm shift, and 37 per cent on
the 4pm to midnight shift.
Police, found that 48 per cent
of persons committing murders
have a prior criminal record.
There are six cases where the
homicide victims had previous-
ly been charged with murder.
Some 27 per cent of persons
suspected of murder are already
on bail for previous criminal
matters, police said yesterday.
With th e holiday season fast
approaching, Mr Hanna noted
that within the last three weeks,
robberies have increased, which
he said is a usual occurrence
leading up to the Christmas hol-
He said criminals are also tar-
geting individuals who are arriv-
ing home late, or leaving early
in the morning.
Take-aways, small conve-
nience stores, churches, and
also phone card booths have
also been identified as target

locations for criminals.
Burglary incidents are up 32
per cent, stealing from vehicles
has increased 94 per cent, and
car theft is up 28 per cent.
With 2,200 cases of house
break-ins reported for the year,
Mr Hanna said criminals are
identifying residences with lim-
ited security, and easy access.
With numerous incidents of
armed robbery, the officer said
that mostly occurred in the cen-
tral area of New Providence,
including Paradise Island,
Arawak Cay, and Bay Street.
Other at-risk areas for incidents
of armed robbery include
Marathon and Palmdale.
Store break-ins for the year
occurred at 1,326 businesses,
214 of which are located in the
northeastern area of the island.
Police said most criminals
commit break-ins on Wednes-
days, Fridays, and Sundays dur-
ing the midnight to 8am peri-
With crimes against a person
down by six per cent, murder
rates are up by seven per cent.

Shopkeeper shot

dead by robbers

FROM page one
described how on the evening of the shooting he had come
home from Carmichael Road just after 7pm, and she went to
draw water from the communal tap in the street to run a bath.
While changing her clothes in the bedroom, Mr Jean answered
a knock at the door and two masked men burst in.
Mr Jean called for his wife, but the men pushed him into the
kitchen and argued with him before shooting him in the head.
"They think he have money," Mrs Jean said. "He didn't both-
er anybody, he stay by himself, people liked him."
The masked men got away before police arrived to take Mr
Jean to the Princess Margaret Hospital. He died in hospital
later that night.
Renaldo Oscar, 16, who lives in the area, said Mr Jean was a
kind person who helped his mother when he lived in Sunshine
He said: "He didn't bother anyone around here, he was a cool
Mrs Jean plans to hold a service for Mr Jean at the United
Alliance Church in The Grove.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the murder and
are searching for the two suspects.
Anyone with any information should call police at 919, or call
the Central Detective Unit at 322-2561 or call Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 328-TIPS (8477).



JUAN Martin
del Potro of
serves the ball
against Niko-
lay Davydenko
of Russia dur-
ing their semi
final match of 1
the 2008 Ten-
nis Masters.

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO of Russia returns the ball against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, during
their semi final match of the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, China, Thursday Nov. 13, 2008.
Davydenko won 6-3, 6-2.

Davydenko reaches

Masters Cup semifinals

Associated Press

ANDY MURRAY will have
an avid fan when he plays
Roger Federer at the Masters
Cup on Friday.
Nikolay Davydenko faces the
winner in the semifinals, and
he's dreading the prospect that
it could be Federer '- for good
reason. He's 0-12 against the
second-ranked Swiss star, and
3-3 against Murray.
"Against Murray, I have
more chance," Davydenko said
after beating Juan Martin del
Potro 6-3, 6-2-Thursday to reach
the semifinals.
Federer, who lost his open-
ing match to France's Gilles
Simon, has to win to continue
pursuit of his fifth Masters Cup
If Federer loses, Simon
advances even if he loses to
26th-ranked Radek Stepanek,
who replaced Andy Roddick
when the American pulled out
with a sprained ankle. Sifion
only got into the elite field
because top-ranked Rafael
Nadal withdrew before the
tournament began.
Murray is in the semis no
matter what, but vowed he
won't try to take it easy to save

energy. He would prefer to
have Federer out of the com-
petition. After all, the Swiss star
lost his first match last year and
still won the season-ending
tournament, and Murray does-
n't want to lose momentum.
Davydenko's defense and
relentless groundstrokes were
the difference against Del
Potro,-turning an expected, tight
match -- the winner: was guar-:
anteed to go .through ,-into a
rout. He broke Del Potro's
serve four times in eight
"Today, I played so good,"
Davydenko said. "I feel great."
Earlier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
of France beat Novak Djokovic
of Serbia 1-6, 7-5, 6-1. Djokovic
had already been assured of a
spot in the semis. Tsonga had
been eliminated.
Del Potro was unable to put
much pressure on his Russian
opponent in the first set, con-
necting on only 42 percent of
his first serves. '
Serving while trailing 4-3, Del
Potro double-faulted to set up
break point. Davydenko put
away a forehand winner off a
short ball for the game, then
held at love for the set.
After Del Potro held to start
the second set, Davydenko won
five straight games, leaving the
Argentine looking increasingly

frustrated. Del Potro held to get
to 5-2, but Davydenko finished
it off by holding at love.
Del Potro wasn't sure what
happened to him. He said he
didn't see the ball well, was
moving slowly and never found
a rhythm.
He still was happy about his
performance this year rising
rapidly-to' the top 10, putting
together 'a 23-match :winning .
streak,and qualifying here -
and looking forward to next
week's Davis Cup final between
Argentina and Spain.
"I'm living a dream," said Del
Potro, whose early exit here will
give him a couple of extra days
to prepare to face a Spanish
team that will be without Nadal.
Tsonga, who lost to Djokovic
in this year's Australian Open
final, looked listless before com-
ing alive and winning five con-
secutive games from 5-5 in the
second set to take control.
"He was better than me in
the two first sets, but I take the
second one," said Tsonga, who'
has beaten the third-ranked
Serb the last three times they
have played. "It was a holdup."
Tsonga was unusually sub-
dued early in the match, show-
ing only flashes of the form that
carried him to the Paris Masters
title an event he had to win to
qualify for the Masters Cup.

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meet Valuev

for WBA title

Associated Press

is getting another chance at a
heavyweight title.
The 46-year-old former
champion will challenge 7-foot
Russian giant Nikolai Valuev
for the WBA crown on Dec.
20 at Hallenstadion in Zurich,
Switzerland, arena manage-
ment said.
Holyfield (42-9-2, 27 KOs)
hasn't fought since losing a
one-sided decision to then-
WBO champion Sultan Ibrag-
imov more than a year ago.
Holyfield is winless in his last
four title fights since beating
John Ruiz for the vacant
WBA belt in October 2000.
The former Olympic bronze
medalist has insisted that he
wants to keep fighting until he
regains the heavyweight title,
but he's also been having
financial problems.
Holyfield agreed in Octo-
ber to give his 10-year-old son
a $100,000 college fund while
facing the threat of possible
jail time and an auction on his
home. Last summer, he failed
to make three straight $3,000
monthly child-support pay-
The 330-pound Valuev -
once referred to as the "Beast
from the East" but now pre-
ferring "The Russian Giant"
won a unanimous decision
over Ruiz in August to claim
the vacant WBA crown.
Valuev (49-1, 34 KOs) told
the Zurich tabloid Blick on
Thursday that he was excited
to face Holyfield.
"I'm taking this fight very
seriously," Valuev said.
"Holyfield is a strong oppo-
nent. ... Ten years ago I would
not have dreamed of getting
into the ring with this champi-
The fight will be the biggest
in Zurich since 1971, when
Muhammad Ali knocked out
Juergen Blin of Germany in
- the seventh round.

Marlins trade

Kevin Gregg

to Cubs

Associated Press

acquired right-handed reliever
Kevin Gregg from the Flori-
da Marlins on Thursday for
minor league pitcher Jose
Gregg was 7-8 with 29 saves
and a 3.41 ERA in 72 relief
appearances for the Marlins
last season, holding batters to
a .203 average.
What Gregg's role will be
with the Cubs is unclear. Clos-
er Kerry Wood is a free agent,
and Chicago already has a top
setup reliever in Carlos Mar-
Greg joined the Marlins
before the 2007 season in a
trade from the Angels and had
32 saves in 74 relief appear-
ances that year. He has an 18-
21 major league record with
62 saves with a 4.00 ERA in
271 big league games all but
eight relief.
The right-handed Ceda, who
is only 21, was 4-3 with nine
saves and a 3.83 ERA last sea-
son in minor league stints at
Class A Daytona and Double-
A Tennessee.

LOS ANGELES Clippers center Marcus Camby, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller during the second half of their NBA Basketball game in Los
Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. The Kings won 103-98.

Udrih leads Kings past Clippers

Associated Press

WITH Kevin Martin side-
lined, Beno Udrih knew he had
to look to score more than usu-
He wound up scoring more
than ever in an NBA game.
Udrih had a career-high 30
points, five rebounds and'seven
assists, and the short-handed
Sacramento Kings never trailed
in beating the Los Angeles
Clippers 103-98 on Wednesday
night for their first road victory
of the season.
Udrih, a point guard in his
fifth NBA season, shot 13-of-
20 and had only one turnover in
38 minutes.
"Good for him. He deserves
it," Kings coach Reggie Theus
said .regarding Udrih's career-
high point total. "Tonight, he
put it all together."
Udrih missed most of training
camp with a strained left hip
flexor, but it's obvious he's
healthy now, unlike three of his
"He may have played one or
two quarters all through train-
ing camp," Theus said. "He's
played better every game."
Udrih scored 18 points Tues-
day night in a 100-92 loss to the
Detroit Pistons, the Kings' only
setback in their last five games.
Sacramento played its second
game without Martin, who is
out at least a week after sprain-
ing his left ankle in a victory
over Golden State on Sunday.
Martin leads the Kings with 22.4
points per game.
The Kings also played with-
out Quincy Douby (sore right
ankle) and Francisco Garcia
(strained right calf). Garcia,
who averaged 12.3 points in
2007-08, hasn't played this sea-'
"Our first road win, it's really
sweet," Udrih said. "It was a lit-
tle bit scary, but we got this win.
Kevin's out. Francisco's out.
*Somebody has to step up. I
have to be more aggressive.
"We were playing a lot of
pick and roll. I was just trying to
make the right decision."
Udrih certainly made the
right decision with a little over a
minute left, hitting a baseline
jumper as the shot clock was
expiring to give the Kings a 102-
98 lead. Rookie Jason Thomp-
son's free throw with 5.7 sec-
onds to play completed the
"At the end, they were able
to spread the court and Beno
Udrih just hurt us with dribble
penetration and did a good job
of creating shots for them,"
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy
said. "We were trying to keep
him one way, trying to keep him
to his right hand, but we kept on
letting him get back to his left."
Brad Miller added 16 points,
11 rebounds and eight assists,
Thompson had 16 points and
11 rebounds, and John Salmons
scored 13 points for the Kings
(4-5), who.started the season
with four straight road losses
by an average of 20 points. They
followed that with three wins
in four home games before
beating the Clippers.
"It's a win because of forti-
tude," said Theus, pointing to
the fact that the Clippers hadn't
played since Sunday and the
Kings played Tuesday night
before traveling to Los Ange-
les. "I thought this was just
absolutely a team victory in
every way. Twenty-five assists
and holding them to 44 percent

Kings play second

game without Martin

shooting is just tremendous
after what happened last night."
Al Thornton led the Clippers
(1-7) with 20 points. Ricky
Davis scored 12 of his 16 in the
fourth quarter, Marcus Camby
added 13 points and Baron
Davis had 12 points and 11
assists, but shot 4-of-15.
Two 3-pointers by Ricky
Davis and another by rookie
Mike Taylor helped the Clip-
pers outscore Sacramento 11-
4 to start the fourth quarter,
cutting the Kings' lead to 85-
It was 89-84 when a basket
by Udrih and four straight
points .by Mikki Moore gave
Sacramento an 11-point lead
with 4:48 remaining. But the
Clippers battled back again, get-
ting two 3-pointers from Ricky
Davis during a 13-4 run that

* The Kings didn't try a free
throw until Udrih made two with
6:18 left in the second quarter--
their only attempts in the first
half. The Clippers were 11-of-15
from the foul line In-the opening
24 minutes. The Kings wound up
going 14-of-1&and the Clippers

made it, 99-97 with 1:52 remain-
The Kings scored the first six
points of the third quarter for a
56-45 lead, and were on top 81-
69 entering the final period,
matching their largest lead of
the game.
"We had a good game plan
and Coach prepared us," Ricky
Davis said. "We just didn't go
out and do what we were sup-
posed to do. They got every-
thing that they wanted: They
got to the lane, they got open
shots, and we just never were
able to get a series of defensive
stops. That ultimately cost us
the game'."
Before the game, Dunleavy
refuted a report that he has dif-
ferences with Baron Davis, who
signed a 5-year, $65 million con-
tract during the offseason.

* The Kings are the first team the
Clippers have played that didn't
make the playoffs last spring.
* The Kings shot 52.5 percent
and outrebounded the Clippers

SACRAMENTO KINGS guard Bobby Brown, right, drives to the bas-
*ket past Los Angeles Clippers center Paul Davis during the first half
of their NBA Basketball game in Los Angeles.




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A glimmer of hope for the Dolphins

A few random notes before this
week's picks
-The Lakers look seary good. Like
2007 Patriots good.
-Kudos for whoever is responsible
for what's going on with the surface
of the road on East St.' We were all
tired of it being a normal ride and'
thanks to you it's now aft obstacle
course. That must work wonders for
people that don't drive Hummers.
Awesome job.
-If the Titans actually follow through
.and win the Super Bowl, what hap-
pens with Vince Young? Their win-
ning has completely over ridden the
early season drama.

-When does Michael Vick get out of
prison? And who'll give him a shot?

-I'm losing too much in Madden
now. I think I may be past my Madden
prime, and I blame work. I spend too
much time here at the office and not
enough time learning how to defend
crossing routes. I miss Madden 2006
when I qualified for the Madden Chal-
lenge. I still wear my name tag with

Week 1: 8.- 8
Week 2: 11- 4
Week 3:7 9
Week 4: 9 4
Week 5:7 7
Wqek 6:8 6
Week 7:10 4
Week 8:8- 6
Week 9:10-3
Week 10: 10-4
Season: 88-55 .615

Here are the facts: Including the
Raiders game, the Dolphins have three
left against sub .500 teams: Conven-.
tional wisdom would suggest that those
three very winnable games (Raiders,
49ers, Chiefs) would take them to eight
wins. The remaining three games are
against two teams. they've beaten
already (Bills, Pats) and the season
finale against a Jets team which nar-
rowly escaped with a six point win in'
week one. There's a chance that THIS

team...that went 1-15 last season, could
win 10, maybe 11 games. Let that soak
in for a minute. That's even a bigger
turnaround than Robert Downey Jr
becoming a respectable Hollywood
leading man again.

The Packers are on pace for a New
York Mets level of underachieving this
season. The Packers were projected to
' be,'about as good as the Mets were last
season, only without the ridiculous
multi-million dollar payroll. No one
would guess that this team is under
.500 right now and for good reason. It
seems as if they're in every game and
the margins of their losses are so close
I could have sworn they were like 6-3
right now. The Bears may be limiting
their own greatest threat by playing
Devin Hester too much at receiver.
Hester had 11 special teams touch-
downs in his first two seasons but none
Son the season thus far. I never thought
in my career as a writer that I would
have ever had to say these words....but
the Bears need Kyle Orton to contend
for a playoff spot. Wait that didn't
make sense I have to say it one more
time to convince myself...the Bears
need Kyle Orton to contend for a play-
off spot.

Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison,
Reggie Wayne....they look....normal.
I'm not used to seeing this. This is such
an awkward phase to me to go through.
Every few years a changing of the
guard happens but never before has it
been this sudden and this noticeable. If
the Colts don't make the playoffs this
year does that mean the basic premise
of Madden 09 is a lie and they're not
that good? I think I just questioned
Madden...I apologize. That sentence
never happened.
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers
If Mike Singletary pulled down his

pants in the locker room to show his
team what they played like after a
week 9 loss, and in week 10 Frank
Gore couldn't score on the goal line
in the game's waning moments to get
the 49ers a win...what will Mike Sin-
gletary do in the locker room this
week? Shouldn't this team have it's
own reality show? I would watch that.
49ERS 17

Wait..when did this happen? Should-.
n't the Cardinals be the bottom fedders
and the Seahawks be a million games
ahead in the standings halfway into
the season? The 2008-09 season might
give me dementia before its all said
and done.

I'm beginning to thin
impossible to lose. The
everything in their power
the game over to the Be
Bears just wouldn't tak
reached the point in the se
you have to wonder if it's
vention keeping the win
going and its just the Tit
are they just running into
streak of-teams with aver.
backs and no passing gai

ca Simpson is finally back under center
for America's team. Even the biggest
Cowboy-hater (I'm not the biggest but
I've got to at least be in the top 20)
had to cringe a little watching Brad
Johnson lob away the Cowboys hopes
of home field advantage throughout
he playoffs. At one point there was
serious consideration given to the
thought of the Cowboys starting
.Brooks Bollinger at quarterback. I
don't think you realize how serious
that is. If you're so bad that the team is
considering going with Brooks
Bollinger, then the playoffs may be
nothing more than wishful thinking.
As I said before though, Romp is back,
and is surrounded by top 10 talent at
every skill position, this team has no
,choice but to win and to win now.

Add Brady Quinn to the ever
k it may be increasing list of quarterbacks that the
Titans did Dolphins could have and should have
to just hand had. Watching him and Matt Ryan go
ars and the to Pro Bowls, Super Bowls and the
e it. We've Hall of Fame is going to be really
eason where upsetting. Unless of course Ted Ginn
divine intwher becomes Tim Brown and Jake Long
divine inter- is the second coming of Anthony
rans year or Munoz. Is it just me or is Marshawn
the longest Lynch the most under used top flight
age quarter- talent in the world right now? He toqk
age quarter- the title since the Cowboys got rid of
mes in NFL Julius Jones and started Marion Barber
TITANS 20 this season and since Scarlett Johans-
JAGS 13 son got married.

Remember when LaDanian Tom-
linson and Big Ben were really good,
top tier players at their positions? The'
Golden Age of Football, the good old
glory days way back in 2007. We may
never see those days again.

Did you hear it? That was the col-
lective effort of the entire state of
Texas and every Bahamian Cowboys
fan breathing a sigh of relief. Mr Jessi-
E EE:: S. = .......... .. * *


I think by how we all know better
than to go against Matt Ryan at home
and speaking strictly from a fantasy
football perspective, we know Jay Cut-
ler wont give you 30 points in consec-
utive weeks.

Shouldn't the Lions have tried the
Daunte Culpepper experiment

BEFORE they traded away Roy

I refuse to acknowledge Bengals as a
legitimate threat until Carson Palmer
comes back.

I don't like how the Chiefs are slow-
ly trying to become the "trick play"
team of the league, everyone knows
that's the Dolphins' thing. We were
the first team to say in the locker room
"You know what, we're not good, let's
just do a bunch of trick plays and hope
something works." Thus Wildcat fever
was born. It's clearly our thing. The
Dolphins rode that wave until they
actually became good.

I can handle a'world where the Pres-
ident of the United States is black, a
world where Solja Boy can sell more
records than Common, a world where
Kansas is better than Kentucky in both
basketball and football....I just don't
know if I'm ready for a world where
Eli is the better Manning brother.

The good news for the Bucs, Cadillac
Williams comes back this...the bad
news for the Bucs upon hearing this
news the first thing my brother Dakarai
said was "What? Cadillac Williams is
still in the league? I thought he retired
two years ago."


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THE TEAMS of St. Andrew's Hurricanes junior boys (left) and girls (right).

Big day for Hurricanes

FROM page 14

the fifth inning that gave St.
Andrew's senior boys a 7-3
But in the seventh inning, ace
pitcher Jarrad Higgs bowed
down and. managed to work out
of a bases loaded jam on three
walks to seal the deal.
In repeating as champions,
coach Montgomery Nazon said
they really wanted to go
through the season undefeated.
But after losing the first game in
the final, they were committed
to come back and finish off St.
"It showed we're a resilient
group of guys and we know how
to win," Nazon stated. "We
played our game plan, which
was to make them beat us. But
we came out on top."
St. Andrew's went on top in
the second when they put four
runs on the scoreboard as
Stephano Pral came through
with a two-run single.
They didn't score again until
the fifth and then added their
final run in the sixth as David
Sweeting drilled a shot to right
field that was bobbled by St.
Anne's center fielder as he
rounded the bases to score.
The Bluewaves got an RBI
single from Philaman Rolle in
the second; a bases loaded RBI
walk from Dominique collie in
the third and an unearned run
from Philip Clarke and Ashley

ST. ANDREW'S Hurricanes junior boys celebrate their victory.

Hamilton respectively in the
fifth and sixth.
Collie gave up seven hits with
four strike outs for the loss.
"I think we performed good,
but we had some errors that
caused us the game," collie said.
"I'm not disappointed. We had a
good season. We came second."

Coach Rico Seymour said
they believed that they had a
chance to win, but if they had
cut down on their mistakes, they
could have won.
"Hats off to St. Andrew's.
There could only be one win-
ner tonight, but we were all win-
ners," he said.


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St Andrew's win three

more Independent

Schools softball trophies

Senior Sports Reporter
REMINISCENT of last year,
the St. Andrew's Hurricanes
added three of the four
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools'
softball titles to their trophy
As destiny would have it, the
Hurricanes had a'big day of cel-
ebration yesterday as the junior
boys pulled off a 12-2 decision-
over the Kingsway Academy
Saints; the senior girls blasted
the St. Augustine's college big
Red Machines 11-6 and their
senior boys doubled up the St.
Anne's Bluewaves 8-4.
'"We had-all four teams in the
final last year and won three,
so we are the new kingdom of
'the hill in softball," said Peter
Wilson St. Andrew's head of
the physical education depart-
Wilson said their dominant
performance this year was just a
continuation of what they
achieved last year.
"It may not last for a long
time, but right now it's our
day," he insisted, giving credit
to the baseball leagues at Free-
dom Farm and their Field of
Dreams for their success.
Here's a look at how the
Hurricanes' day unfolded:

Ashton Butler was stingy on
the mound, giving up just four
hits, striking out two and giv-
ing up a run in both the sec-
ond and fourth to seal the win
for St. Andrew's junior boys.
Coach Gary Honkofsky said
they knew they had a great 1-2
pitching punch with Butler and
Justin Higgs, so he wasn't con-
cerned at all.
"We knew that we had a very
good team and as long as they
threw the strikes, wie kriew-that
we could win the game," he
On his performance, Butler
said he was quite pleased, but
he credited his defence for help-
ing him to pull through with the

"We really played as a team,"
he stated. "It's good to be the
While he gave up two runs in
two innings, St. Andrew's came
up with five runs in the bottom
of the first and another seven
in the fourth as they easily took
care of Kingsway Academy.
Higgs\highlighted the fourth
with a two-run in-the-park
home run and Morgan Souder
added a grand slam in-the-park-
er. Butler and Leighton Gibson
scored a pair of runs.
Crached Laing only gave up
three hits and struck out four
in the loss.
Saints' coach Rev. Stephen
Duncombe said it was a game
that got away from them.
"We just made too many
errors," he admitted. "But we
have to give St. Andrew's cred-
it. They were the better team

While. Britney Sweeting
. secured the "in on the mound.
St. Andrew's senior girls offen-
sive attack was led by sisters
Rachel and Annisa Albury and
Jade Strachan.
"I think as a team, we did
very, very well. We gelled as a
team after losing that first
night," said Rachel Albury.
"We have about six or seven
girls leaving, but we will still
have a strong left, so we expect
to do very well again next year."
Albury, however, said it was a
very special one for her because
-she will be one of the seniors
graduating on a high note.
SAC used three pitchers,
inclusive of Avoni Seymour,
Tarea Sweeting and Vanria
rose, but too no avail. They
couldn't find the right combi-
nation to defuse St. Andrew's.

Herman Maycock, who went
two-for-4, had a big run-pro-
ducing triple and scored a run
to spark a three-run bottom of

SEE page 13

ST. ANDREW'S hurrcianes senior girls celebrate after winning the
BAISS title over St. Augustine's College big Red Machines.

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productivity impact,
but BISX-listed firm
promises long-term
'win' from enhanced
capacity and resilience

Tribune Business Editor
Cable Bahamas last night
pledged that its "ongoing"
Internet network upgrades
would be a "real win" for
customers by doubling
capacity and improving
resiliency, after Tribune
Business was yesterday bom-
barded by calls from irate
businesses some who had
been without Internet and e-
mail fro three whdle days.
Keith Wisdom, Cable
Bahamas' spokesman, said
the company "totally"
understood the frustrations
of the business community
over the company's Coral-
wave infrastructure upgrade,
which-was supposed to have
been completed between the
hours of 2am-6am on Tues-
day morning.
The BISX-listed company
was as of 4.30pm yesterday,
just before Tribune Busi-
ness's press deadline closed,
"still working on it", but one
senior financial services
executive described the loss
of online connectivity as
being the equivalent of a
"Category 4.hurricane".
The executive, who
requested anonymity, told
Tribune Business that his
international financial insti-
tution had been without
Internet and e-mail service
for three days, and had only
just comeback on half-an-
hour before he spoke to this
"It's like we've been hit by
a Category 4 hurricane.
We've just been shut down,"
the senior financial executive
told Tribune Business.
"Clients can understand if
we've been hit by a storm,
but how do you explain this
to them.
"The whole country,
because we're a service
economy, is all about the
Internet. I just can't say
enough about how critical it
is for businesses to be
Mr Wisdom last night told
Tribune Business that the,
upgrades to Cable Bahamas'
core IP system were still
ongoing: He added: "We
don't want to rush unneces-
SEE page 2B

Downtown set for

'real action mode'

Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamian private sector
is "anxious" to move downtown
Nassau's multi-million dollar
revitalisation into "real action
mode" once it receives the Gov-
ernment "green light", a key
executive involved with the pro-
ject said yesterday, adding that
it would "stimulate economic
activity for the next genera-
Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association's (BHA)
executive vice-president, said
Earl Deveaux, minister of the
environment, had pledged to
bring the White Paper, setting
out the enabling legislation,
structure and revenue-raising
mechanisms for Bay Street's
revival, to the Prime Minister's
attention for inclusion on the
Cabinet agenda "as soon as pos-
Mr Comito, who is also a
Board member of the Nassau
Tourism and. Development
Board (NTDB), and on the pri-
vate-public sector committee
overseeing the downtown pro-
ject, said all those involved
hoped to "move into a very
active, action mode very quick-

Cabinet approval is now
needed for the structure of the
Business Improvement District
(BID), which will effectively be
the management authority over-
seeing downtown's redevelop-
ment, and how it will raise rev-
It is being proposed that the
BID be given the power to raise
revenues independently from
the Government, and among
the options understood to be
under consideration are park-
ing fees, levying real property
taxes on downtown Nassau

businesses, sharing cruise pas-
senger taxes, garbage collection
and licensing fees.
Mr Comito said the Govern-
ment had already been laying
the initial foundations for the
city's revival through its pas-
sage of the Downtown Nassau
Revitalisation Act and amend-
ments to the Tourism Develop-
ment Act. Both provide for
businesses and entrepreneurs
to import materials for their
properties and companies duty-
Tribune Business under-
stands that the Government and
public-private sector commit-
tee are also contemplating the
creation of an Over-the-Hill
Economic Empowerment
Zone, designed to revitalize
both the economy and commu-
nities in inner-city Nassau in an
area largely bordered by Shirley
Street in the north and Wulff
Road in the south.
"It's very transformational,"
Mr Comito said of the project.
"We're looking at creating a liv-
ing city that brings people back
to live in the city, and not only
transforming the city but the
SEE page 5B

Tribune Business Editor
A well-known Bahamian
accountant, who made a
"stratospheric" and "surreal"
$2.246 billion damages claim
against Royal Bank of Canada,
has seen the Court of Appeal
overturn the eventual $200,000
he was awarded for alleged 'loss
of reputation' in a dispute over
a loan and overdraft facilities.
Milford Lockhart, who isalso
a prominent golfer and author,
saw the Court of Appeal per-
mit the bank's appeal and over-
turn the $100,000 in damages
he was awarded for loss of busi-
ness opportunities, and the
$200,000 reputational loss.
Those amounts had been
awarded to him by the Supreme
Court Deputy Registrar, Ernie
Wallace, on June 13, 2007, but
the Court of Appeal ruled that
Mr L'ockhart should only
receive a paltry $1,000 for
breach of contract. The
$200,000 award was set aside in
its entirety.
The Court of Appeal judg-
ment, delivered by Appeal Jus-
tice Blackman, said the dam-
ages stemmed from a Novemn-
ber 1, 1993, legal action
launched by Royal Bank to
recover funds owed by Mr
Lockhart on a demand loan and
overdraft facility.
The accountant filed a
defence and counterclaim to the
action on January 17, 1994,
alleging that he had been
"guaranteed overdraft facilities
of up to $50,000" by Royal
Bank to help establish his own
accounting business.
Mr Lockhart alleged that as a
result of the bank breaching its
agreement and failing to pro-
vide him with the $50,000 over-
draft facility in January 1991,
"the year he was about to
obtain his licence as a public
accountant and open up his
accounting practice, his new
business suffered".
The Supreme Court ruling on
the matter, delivered more than
five years after the action was
filed, found for both parties.
It ruled that Royal Bank's
claim was valid on the grounds
that Mr Lockhart had drawn on
the overdraft facilities, mean-
ing he now owed the bank mon-
ey. But equally, it found for Mr
Lockhart on his claim for loss of
business opportunities and rep-
utational loss.
Royal Bank appealed the
Deputy Registrar's award,
which was much less than the
$2.246 billion damages claim Mr
Lockhart had submitted.
Vann Gaitor, Royal Bank's

attorney, described Mr Lock-
hart's alleged business oppor-
tunity losses as being "based
entirely on speculation of the
most imaginative kind", and not
supported by evidence or inde-
pendent corroboration
Mr Lockhart had alleged that
he had lost royalty rights and
other income from his 75-page
book, Yes You Can, which was
published in 2000 and dealt with
the economics of small country
economies such as the

SEE page 8B

Abaco Markets:

Employee theft

could cost us


* Projected loss 25% up on 2007, and greater than
total advertising budget for three retail formats
* Hall of Shame, with photos of captured employees
taken away in handcuffs, proving a 'great deterrent'
Tribune Business

Abaco Markets has project-
ed employee theft will cost it
between $250,000-$500,000 in
2008, a figure that is 25 per
cent higher than the level
experienced in 2007, and sig-
nificantly higher than the
BISX-listed company's entire
advertising budget for its three
Gavin Watchorn, Abaco
Markets president, said yes-
terday that given the current
SEE page 2B

Unemployment may hit 12-13%

Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamian economy is
poised for "a severe contrac- t.'.,;
tion" that could possibly
result in negative growth of 3
per cent over the next 10-12 -
months, a former govern-
ment minister said yesterday,
with unemployment "very
possibly" rising to 12-13 per cent of-the existii
James Smith, minister of state for finance
Christie administration, said that as a result
turn in tourism and all other sectors of th
economy, "we're going to see an overall cont
SEE page 4B

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home ownership

Sources: Atlantis looked
initially at cutting 1,500,
but pulled back after
government pressure
Economy facing 'severe
contraction' that could
ng workforce.
in the former result in 3% negative
of the down-
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Abaco Markets: Employee theft could cost us $250-$500,000

FROM page 1B
state of the economy, employee theft
is likely to increase.
He warned employers attending a
crime prevention seminar that they
must increase their vigilance to pre-
vent this from occurring.
"Workplace crime is a major cost
of business, but people think that it is
an acceptable practice because there
is this 'Robin Hood' mentality that
the company is making money, so
it's okay to steal. But that is always a
cost that has to be passed on to the

"Most employers only check police records
during the initial hiring stage ..."

consumer," Mr Watchorn said.
He added that employee theft had
become such an issue for Abaco
Markets that it had created a loss
protection department to monitor
their three divisions: Solomon's
SuperCentre, Cost Rite and Domi-
no's Pizza. Mr Watchorn advised that
the majority of persons whom they
.had caught stealing were younger

employees, aged between 18-30 and
often newly hired.
Mr Watchorn said Abaco Markets
had implemented a number of mea-
sures designed to curb employee
theft the most important, he
stressed, being employee background
"Most employers only check police
records during the initial hiring stage,

but it's a good idea to check the
records every few years," he sug-
Another measure Abaco Markets
had implemented to tremendous suc-
cess was to initiate "a wall of shame",
where the photos of persons caught
stealing were prominently displayed,
with the employee taken away in
He said the fear of shame had
proven to be a very good deterrent.
Mr Watchorn encouraged employ-
ers to take advantage of existing
technology for things such as cash

register scanning and monitoring sys-
tems. He pointed out that the loss
protection department also monitors
closely deliveries and other activi-
"We have a zero tolerance policy
when it comes to employee theft. I
think that is the only way you can
operate, otherwise what will happen
is that persons will think it is okay,"
Mr Watchorn said.
The seminar was co-sponsored by
the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce, Crime Stoppers Bahamas and
the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Cable Internet woes like 'Gat4 hurricane'

FROM page 1B

sarily. We're pushing it, but
not going recklessly. We
have run into some issues,
and are working to take care
of it."
The Cable Bahamas
spokesman said the BISX-
listed company was dealing
with complex technical
issues that were difficult to
explain, "and I'm not just
being cute when I say that".
He added: "We're still
working on it, and som; sub-
scribers are still down.
The upside is that when
this is completed, we will
have a more resilient system
and double our capacity.
"We will be doubling our
"We will be able to deal

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with any of the new services
coming to us from the new
technology that is being
"It really will be win, once
we get it functioning and
customers can tap into it.".
Meanwhile, the financial
executive spoken to by Tri-
bune Business called for
tougher oversight by the
Public Utilities Commission
(PUC) of the service quality
delivered by Internet Service
Providers (ISP), as his insti-
tution had been without
Internet.connectivity since
8am on Tuesday morning.
Adding that he was unable
to quantify what the loss of;
Internet access had cost his :
institution yet, the executive
told Tribune Business:
"We're dealing with clients
in Asia. There's a 12-hour
time difference. To sort
things out by fax and phone,
it's almost impossible.

"It's really, really shock-
ing. The loss of productivity
from this in this country
must be huge. The reputa-
tional damage is larger than
the loss of productivity, and
the loss of business must be'
huge, as we have not
received e-mails from our
clients of head office.
' "It's very dangerous. Our
whole services sector, this is
how we. live [on-the Inter-
"There were island-wide
problems, although different
pockets were hit and differ-
ent pockets weren't hit."
The executive said he and
his institution had been in
contact with satellite compa-
nies and exploring other
Internet connectivity
options, but these were few
and far between and often
SWith "no one" wanting to
switch to Batelnet. Bahami-

an companies had little
choice other than to use
Cable Bahamas, which the
executive said effectively
bestowed monopoly status
on it. .
Another financial industry
executive, who runs a finan-
cial consultancy business,
told Tribune Business yes-
terday: "It's a hell of a mess.
There's terrible service prob-
"Two days ago, I couldn't
get any e-mail at all.
"Yesterday, I could get my
e-mail, but my browser was
not working. Now, the
browser is sporadic. General
communications, I couldn't
get at all.
"The second day, I could-
n't get through to my on-line
"Today, I got through, but
very sporadically.
"It's not happening very

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Rt. Hon. HubertA.Ingr PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the Council of Legal Education was established by Treaty by members of
the Caribbean Community to undertake and discharge general responsibility for the
practical professional training suited to the needs of the Caribbean, of persons
seeking to become members of the legal profession;
AND WHEREAS, the Council of Legal Education is empowered to establish, eqiip
maintain Law Schools in such territories as Council may from time to time determinefor
the purpose of providing post graduate professionaLlegal training suited to heeds of the

AND WHEREAS, in September 1998, the Council of Legal Education established the
Eugene Dupuch Law School in Nassau, Bahamas to join the Council's other Law Schools
in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago;

AND WHEREAS, the training scheme at the Eugene Dupuch Law School is directed
towards the study of legal subjects having a practical content and emphasis and the
acquisition of the skills and techniques required for thr practice of law;

AND WHEREAS, over the past ten years, the Eugene Dupuch Law School has produced
more than two hundred graduates who are nationals of The Bahamas and other Caribbean
countries as well as North America;

AND WHEREAS, the Eugene Dupuch Law Sch6fihas gained a reputation as a centre of
excellence for professional legal education;

AND WHEREAS, the Eugene Dupuch Law School is celebrating its 10th Anniversary
with a series of events in recognition of the sterling contribution that it has made to legal
education in The Bahamas and Caribbean'region;

NOW THEREFORE. I Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim the month of November 2008, as

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Top economic research firm

to produce Bahamas report

Oxford Business Group
(OBG), the global research
and consultancy firm, will in
Spring 2009 publish The
2009, the newest edition to
its influential worldwide
country guides.
Rated as the leading guide
for foreign direct investment
into the country's economy,
The Report will offer a com-
prehensive and detailed
assessment of the Bahamas'
opportunities for growth, the
economic challenges that lie
ahead, and the overall attrac-
tiveness of the country for
Laura Herrero, OBG's
country director, said: "Our
primary objective is to assess
the country's comparative
advantages and consider its
future direction based on its
strong fundamentals and
"Our preliminary research
indicates that the Bahamas

"Our primary objective is to
assess the country's
comparative advantages and
consider its future direction
based on its strong
fundamentals and track

Laura Herrero

remains one of the pivotal
states in the Caribbean, a
region which is an important
investment destination.
"It has traditionally
enjoyed strong foreign
investment thanks to pro-
gressive policies and open-
ness to foreign investment,
which has helped it leverage

on its proximity to the US.
"However, it is also clear
that recent developments,
particularly in the worldwide
financial markets, will be
having an impact on the real
estate and tourism sectors,
and therefore the greater
"As in other countries we
operate in, it is important not
to assess the developments
in a vacuum but rather part.
of the overall global econo-
The Report: The Bahamas
2009 will have an interna-
tional distribution of 41,000
based on OBG's existing
subscriber base, and will be a
complex guide to the many
facets of the Bahamas,
including its macroeconom-
ics, infrastructure, political
landscape, banking and sec-
toral developments.
Also, with a separate focus
on the Grand Bahama econ-
omy, it will be the most com-
prehensive intelligence
review produced on the
The 180-page"publication
will contain the most exten-
sive, independent and accu-
rate intelligence available,
and is produced by a team
of OBG analysts based in

Nassau for six months, who
will conduct some 150 inter-
views with leading political
and economic figures.
With sector overviews and
analyses supported by a
series of exclusive interviews
with important political and
business figures, it will pro-
vide an independent and
authoritative look at the
Bahamas economy.
The interviews will be car-
ried in full in The Report:
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will be available. in print.
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Legal Notice
(a) NAVAJO OVERSEAS MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution under
the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution, of said Company commenced on November 10, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas. .
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 8th day of December, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded
from the benefit.of any distribution made before such debts are proved.
NOVEMBER 11, 2008



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cdo: The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
DA 68923
Nassau, Bahamas
Deadline: Friday, November 28, 2008.

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Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

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

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 14th day of
October, 2008.

Luis Pineyrua Pittaluga
Juncal 1305
Suite 21, Montevideo



Unemployment may hit 12-13%

this year, pegged the unem-
ployment rate at 8.7 per cent,
but Mr Smith yesterday sug-
gested it could easily rise by
between 3.3-4.3 per cent as a
result of the Atlantis lay-offs.
The redundancies continued
yesterday in middle-manage-


Applications for the position of

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excellent customer service and sales skills.

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P.O. Box N-523,
Nassau, Bahamas

S[Ii I I


NISBET late of domiciled
of No.2828 W. Antioch
Lane, Citrus Country,
Florida, U.S.A., deceased

NOTICE is, hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same
duly certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before 19th December, 2008 after which
date the Executrix will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
then shall then have had notice.

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

ment positions, as Kerzner
International shrinks the work-
force at its Paradise Island
resort-by 800 staff, reducing it
from around 9,200 to 7,800.
Tribune Business revealed
yesterday that at one point
Atlantis management had
mulled laying-off 20 per cent or
one in every five workers (some
1,600-1,800), but eventually
pulled back to between 8-10 per
This was further corroborated
yesterday by other business
community sources with con-
tacts in Kerzner management,
who told Tribune Business that
the Atlantis and One & Only
Ocean Club owner had initially
wanted to lay-off 1,500 staff, but
reduced this number under
pressure from Prime Minister

Hubert Ingraham.
Atlantis has been squeezed
on both sides revenues and
occupancies falling at the front
end, with the need to service
the several billion dollars worth
of debt taken on when chair-
man Sol Kerzner led the 2006
buy-back that took it private,
on the other.
Documents seen by Tribune
Business from April 2006, when
Mr Kerzner and his investor
group, comprised of Wall Street
private equity and real estate
companies, put together the
buy-back proposal, show they
took on some $2.775 billion
worth of long-term debt.
The debt financing, provided
by.Deutsche Bank and Gold-
man Sachs, consisted of a $2.075
billion loan and a $700 million

Legal Notice,

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 28th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,



and late of 7963 Wellington
Road 109 Arthur, Ontario,
Canada and of
Marsh Harbour, Abaco,
The Bahamas, deceased

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

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

FROM page 1B

The latest unemployment
rate released by the Depart-
ment of Statistics, taken from
its Labour Force Survey earlier

revolving credit facility, with a
$400 million bridging loan also
Servicing this debt load, plus
that taken on for Phase III and
the Atlantis-The Palm expan-
sion in Dubai, has been a key
consideration for Kerzner Inter-
national,. and it is understood
that at Wednesday's briefing for
media house heads, company
executives said that unless the
downsizing took place the resort
owner could have been placed
in jeopardy of breaching its
banking covenants.
These included maintaining
a certain net debt-to-operating
income ratio, and with Atlantis
and the One & Only Ocean
Club the key income streams
through which Kerzner Inter-
national services the debt not
performing as expected, the lay-
offs in the Bahamas and else-
where were the only way to
maintain the company's status
Ultimately, Kerzner Interna-
tional's management and own-
ers had no option but to do
what they did to effectively pre-
serve the company and ensure
that 9,200 persons were not ulti-
mately laid-off from the Par-
adise Island operations.
While doing its annual bud-
get, Atlantis found that the 74
to 75 per cent annual occupan-
cy target initially projected was
not realistic, so they budgeted
for 72 per cent occupancy.
Last week, that 72% occu-
pancy was also found to be
unrealistic, and was conse-
quently dropped to 64%.
Atlantis is forecasting that it is
50 per cent behind on bookings
for the first three months of
2009, and this November and
December's occupancy rates are
down 30 per cent and 14 per
cent respectively.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's president, was among
those.who yesterday ques-
tioned: "Are the Atlantis cuts
There has been constant
speculation that Disne.y and
MGM Mirage are looking at
acquiring Kerzner Internation-
al, but the current credit crunch
and economic downturn were
likely to put paid to any such'
moves if they were in the offing,

Credit Suisse Trust Limited


and late of 13 Withington
Street, Newbury, Essex
County, Massachusetts,
U.S.A deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against, or
interest in the above Estate should send same
duly certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before 51 December, 2008 after which
date the Executors will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
they shall then have notice AND all persons
indebted to the above Estate are asked to
settle such debts on or before 5thDecember,

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

Mr D'Aguilar added.
It is understood .that Disney
may have been interested in
using 600-room The Cove as the
hotel where its cruise passen-
gers would stay on three-night
stopovers, before continuing
with their voyage.
The Chamber president,
meanwhile, described the
Atlantis redundancies as "a big
loss for this country", and said'it
was "inevitable" that Bahamas-
based companies that supplied
food, drink and other goods and
services to Kerzner Interna-
tional and the resort industry
would see a decline in sales.
"It's inevitable that business
activity will go down," the
Chamber president said.
"There's no doubt the fact that
Atlantis has lower occupancies
is going to create less economic
activity.There's going to be less
local market purchases."
With Kerzner International
having laid-off at least 800 staff,
Baha Mar at least 100, another
70-plus due to go with the Pep-
si-Cola closure, and Bacardi
shutting down with the loss of
114; several thousand jobs are
likely to have been lost in the
Bahamas this year.
Mr Smith told Tribune Busi-
ness that with the Bahamas
being a $7 billion GDP econo-
my, a "5 per cent shrinkage" -
from a projected growth rate of
2 per cent to a 3 per cent con-
traction would take a "size-
able" $150 million "right off the
top" of GDP.
With foreign direct invest-
ment down, Bahamian and
tourist consumer spending sub-
stantially reduced, retailers cut-
ting back on Christmas inven-
tory and the Government
receiving lower import duties
as a result, Mr Smith said: "This
is why we're going to have a
contraction all around. We're
all going to feel it, and the worst
is yet to come."
This was because there were
time-lags in the tourism booking
cycle. Visitors often faced losing
non-refundable deposits if they
pulled out of advance bookings,
and with Americans having
,adjusted to the new economic
realities, it was the peak tourist
season bookings for January to:
March that .were now being




Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the
above company commenced on the 12th day of
November, 2008, Credit Suisse Trust of Bahamas
Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, P.O.Box
'N-3023, Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator of the Company.


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THURSDAY. 13 NOVEMBER 2001 6 ". '
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX CLOSE 1.799 53 | CHG 0.10 I %CHG 0.01 I Y-T -S .2 -, -2' 9
FINDEX CLOSE 864.41 I YTD-9.20% r 2007 28:29a'... *."".. . "
- ., -.. I .. ...-.'.. r_ -,.-..' .:.us C =:.se T.da, s C-.,;se Cr.ange Daily Vol EPS S Div P E YVela
.1 . . 1 L-t--: ,r.i? 1 -1 1 1o 0 0 0071 o 0 24 1 0o4o/1
11.80 11 60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.081 0.200 11.1 1.69%
9.68 7.64 Bank of Bahamas 7.64 7.64 0.00 0.319 0.160 23.9 2.09%
0.99 0.81 Benchmark 0.81 0.81 0.00 -0.877 0.020 N/M 2.47%
3.74 3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.162 0.090 23.p 2.58%
2.70 1.95 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.15 11.18 Cable Bahamas 14.15 14.15 0.00 1.255 0.240 11.3 1.70%
3.15 2.83 Colina Holdings 2.83 2.83 .0.00 0.118 0.040 24.0 1.41%
8 50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 7.30 7.30 0.00 300 0.446 0.300 16.4 4.11%
6.61 1.99 Consolidated Water BDRs 2.24 2.33 0.09 0.122 0.052 19.1 2.23%
3-00 2.26 Doctor's Hospital 2.65 2.65 0.00 0.256 0.040 10.4 1.51%
8 10o 6.02 Famguard 7.80 7.80 0.00 0.536 0.280 14.6' 3.59%
13.01 11.89 Finco 11.89 11.89 0.00 0.615 0.570 17.9 4.79%
14.66 11.50 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.50 11.50 0.00 0.682 0.450 1.9 3.91%
6.04 5.01 Focol (S) 5.20 5.20 0.00 4,207 0.385 0.170 13.5 3.27%
1.00 1.00 Fcol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.00 0.33 Freeport Concrete 0.33 0.33 0.00 0.038 0.000 9.4 0.00%
8.20 5.50 ICD Utilities 6.81 6.81 0.00 0.407 0.300 16.7 4.41%
1250 8.60 J.S. Johnson 11.10 11.10 0.00 0.952 0.620 11.7 5.59%
1t60"6 10'6 0 .; : -o....,e E=,i .i 1'- '.-.... . . . .-' 0 L-, 0 180 0000 555 000%
BISK LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonas trade on a Peroentage Pritingbasels)
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Dally Vol. Interest Maturity
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 0.00 7% 19 October 2017
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 19 October 2022
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7% 30 May 2013
.10.. 0 ...... N.. ....il, a : 5 "- 1FBB 1000, C0 Prime 1 75-, 29 ay 2015
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8.00 6 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 N/M 7.80%
,-J i .. .:, J 35 0001 0000 25o66 000:.
Colin Over-The-Cournter Sec.urni es .
.1 .' '9- -B ,-.,:, -6 6: 00 4 40 0000 90 000%
14.00 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.11 14.06 14.00 -0.041 0.300 N/M 2.17%
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BIEN Listed Mrlual# Funds
S..... 1 -.-,-.. -. r. r r YTC-. : iasi 12 1 .lc.nir.s Dn. % Yield : NAV Dale
S1. 1 ..... 1 :- _3 ,_-E, 5 33 31 -Oct-08
1.4258 1.3623 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 1.4258 3.69 4.66 7-NoV-08
1.4247 1.3623 Colina Money Market Fund 1.4247 3.61 4.58 17-Oct-08
3.7969 3.5562 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5399 -6.77 0.03 31-Oct-08
12.4456 11.8789 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.4456 4.29 / 5.78 30-Sep-08
100.2421 100-0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.2421 0.24 0.24 30-Sep-08
100.9600 96.7492 CFAL Global Equity Fund 96.7492 -3.25 -3.25 30-Sep-08
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.0000 0.00 0.00 31-Dec-07
10.5000 9 0935 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9.0935 -13.40 -13.40 31-Oct-08
1.0216 1 0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0216 2.16 2.16 30-Sep-08
1.0282 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0282 2.82 2.82 30-Sep-08
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Downtown set for 'real action mode'

FROM page 1B

whole harbourfront and going
on, in time, Over-the-HilL
"I think people are anxious
at the bit to move this into real
action mode..... We feel that
once the green light is given in
that direction, we feel we can
mobilise ourselves to formalise
that in a very short period of
Mr Comito said the invest-
ment incentives unveiled by the
Government in the Downtown
Nassau Revitalisation Act and
amendments to the Tourism
Development Act had already
stimulated business and investor
interest in new business pro-
"There's some things on the

table, and things that, at the
same time, are being explored
despite the economy," he
added. "A lot of it was due to
government policy decisions -
the relocation of the commer-
cial shipping facilities and the
creation of investment incen-
tives for downtown.
"Despite the difficult climate,
there are several other investors
beginning to explore options for
investing. It won't happen
overnight, but if we continue
on the track we're on, we're
going to see the fulfillment of
the dreams of the likes of Nor-
man Solomon and George
Among the newly-proposed
private sector projects for
downtown Nassau are the Gray-

cliff Hotel's retail, restaurant
and commercial office complex;
a Wendy's restaurant; a mixed-
use development and marina;
and a variety of multi-storey
parking facilities and office
Mr Comito said the project
would "stimulate economic
activity for the rext genera-.
Since the 1990s there has
been some $130 million worth
of private sector investment
pumped into downtown Nassau
- chiefly into the British Colo-
nial Hilton, but also the Wel-
come Centre at Prince George's
Wharf, street lighting, side-
walks, cleaning and landscap-
Since the same date, some

$40 million in government mon-
ey has been pumped into Bay
Street, with the NTDB raising
$4 million itself for product
improvement and revitalisation.
Earl Deveaux, minister of the
environment, yesterday told
Tribune Business: "The Work-
ing Group has reached a very
.broad consensus on what it
wants to present to the Gov-
ernment to go to the next step."
Describing the importance
the Government attached to
downtown Nassau's redevelop-
ment as "extraordinarily high",
Dr Deveaux said the planned
new Supreme Court building
would cost $6 million. Mean-
while, the dredging of Nassau
Harbour, estimated to involve
the removal of 2.8 million cubic

yards of fill, has been estimated
at between $19 million-$25 mil-
There are more than 40 prop-
erty owners in downtown Nas-
sau, and Dr Deveaux said:
"Conceptually, they're all on
board. Everybody is on board
with revitalising downtown and
the enabling process.
"There's a huge buy-in with
respect to the Government and
the two major owners at the
eastern end. They're ready to
Mr Comito confirmed that all
key stakeholders had been
involved in the discussions, with
many involved on the private-
public steering committee for
the past seven to eight months.

"Despite the
climate, there
are several
beginning to
options for

Frank Comito

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November.2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation).

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator'
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the. 28th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th'day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 11th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice


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





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Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
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3x3 box contains the same number.only once. The difficulty
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8 Act altruistically, but lose
control (6,7)
9 Difficulty in hearing (5)
10 Cast in a devilish
mould (7)
11 In one way he's not
sincere (6)
12 Wanders aimlessly in the
snow? (6)
15 Is stout perhaps, so
doesn't dance (4,3)
17 Surveys opinions (5)
19 Release after a
confession without a
charge (9,4)
20 .Sees a new way and so
relaxes (5)
21. He was invited, we hear,
and gave an estimate (7)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solutic
Across: 1 Tudor, 8 Farewell, 9 Edit
10 Bastille, 11 Prime, 12 Ash, 16
Debris, 17 Errors, 18 Sum, 23 Tiffs,
Thrown in, 25 Spain, 26 Engineer, 2
Down: 2 Undersea, 3 Outsmart, 4
Casals, 5 Debts, 6 Dealt, 7 Blues, 1
Ass, 13 Hem, 14 Fruit pie, 15 Graffi
19 United, 20 Utter, 21 Dregs, 22

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abroad (7,6)
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point (7)
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was taken prisoner (7)
13 Reg gets even somehow
in retaliation (7)
14 ,The way to loop cord (6)
16 Well-equipped place for
caravans en route (5)
18 Lay out and consume (5)

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Across: 1 Satin, 8 Long face, 9
Petty, 10 Open door, 11 Cagey, 12
Let, 16 Advise, 17 United, 18 Ebb,
23 Mercy, 24 On the way, 25 Wield,
26 Turn tail, 27 Verse.
Down: 2 Adelaide, 3 In the air, 4
Toupee, 5 Agony, 6 Major, 7 Weird,
12 Lee, 13 Tub, 14 Sideline, 15
Hercules, 19 Brazil, 20 Booty, 21
Storm, 22 Hefty.

1 Throw away (7)
5 Subject of talk (5)
8 Of a sort (5,1,7)
9 Foreigner (5)
10 Narrow crack (7)
11 With uneven edge (6)
12 Made liquid by
heat (6)
15 Wander here and
there (7)
17 General tendency (5)
19 Trickery (7-6)
20 The whole (5) *
21 A supple leather (7)


1 Series of tense
events (5)
2 Easy victim (7,8)
3 Make preparations
for (7)
4 Flaw (6)
5 Flavour (5)
6 Tiresome person
7 Interest (7)
11 Vertical takeoff
aircraft (4,3)
13 Result (7)
14 Strained (6)
16 Reside (5)
18 Senior member (5)








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Opening lead two of spades.
There are exceptions to almost
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evaluate each new situation as it
arises. It doesn't help to see the win-
ning play once the error has been
Take this case where West leads
the deuce of spades against three
notrump. Declarer plays dummy's
eight, and it is East's turn. If East fol-
lows the customary practice of play-
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queen, South will have no trouble
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the queen, but the seven (encourag-
ing a continuation). This. apparent
violation of the. "third-hand high"
principle leaves declarerr in a hope-
less position. No matter how he con-
tinues, he cannot avoid the loss of a
club, a heart and.ihiee spades.
To find the winning defense, East
should reason that declare's hand
must include either the ace or king'of
spades. This conclusion is reached
by adding dummy's points to his
own, which leaves just 22 points for
his partner and South to hold. Since
South would not .have continued to
three notrump with only 15 points,
West cannot hav e A-K of spades.
Next, since West is marked with
four spades by his opening lead,
declarer has only two spades. If
South has the K-x (or A-K), a trick
can be gained by withholding .the
queen. If declarer happens to have A-
x, East cannot prevent South from
acquiring a second spade stopper
regardless of what he plays at trick

Tomorrow: Beware of overkill.
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Royal Bank wins appeal involving 'surreal' $2.25bn damages claim

FROM page 1B

Yet Mr Gaitor, on Royal
Bank's behalf, said there could
be no connection between the
loan/overdraft dispute, which
began in 1991, and the book,
even though Mr Lockhart and
his attorney, Alpin Russell, had

argued that the reputationall
damage' he had suffered pre-
vented the book from being
used in the Bahamian educa-
tional system.
"Mr Gaitor further submit-
ted that while the respondent
[Mr Lockhart] claimed loss of
sales of 300,000 copies, no evi-

dence was led on the assessment
that he had been successful in
selling even 10 copies of his
book," the Court of Appeal
judgment found.
"He further submitted that
the number of copies anticipat-
ed to be sold was grossly exag-
gerated, and claims for books

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two and three, which are yet
unwritten, in respect of a dis-
pute which occurred in 1991 are
too remote and speculative."
Mr Lockhart had also alleged
that the dispute had cost him
five years' worth of business
opportunities, including the
audit accounts for British Fideli-
ty (now CLICO Bahamas) and
the 30 gas stations that were
members of the Petroelum
Dealers Association.
Those accounts were lost, Mr
Lockhart alleged, because of
the reputational fallout from a
$50 'bounced' cheque that he
drew on the Royal Bank over-
draft facility, which was made
payable to the Bahamas Golf
Royal Bank's attorney argued
that this was mere speculation,
and no witnesses from the
Petroelum Dealers Association
or British Fidelity turned up to
back his assertions.
Yet Mr Lockhart's attorney
drew on the evidence of one of
the accountant's former
employees, Herbert Scott, who
asserted that he would have
earned between $30,000-$50,000
per annum from the British
Fidelity audit, and a further
$4,000-$5,000 from auditing
each of the Association's 30 gas
station members.
The latter would have given
Mr Lockhart $150,000, and his
attorney alleged that if his over-
draft facilities had not been
revoked, the annual income for

"We are of the opinion that the
matters in respect of which the
respondent claimed that he suffered
loss, and the amount of the claims, are
grossly speculative, too remote and not
supported by any evidence at all."

his accounting business would
have been $349,140 (including a
$149,100 net profit). Over five
years, this equated to lost busi-
ness of $1.746 million.
The Court of Appeal ruled
that on a damages claim "there
should be credible and inde-
pendent evidence which sup-
ports proof of loss" on the mat-
ter before the courts.
The Deputy Registrar gave
no reasons as to how he had
come to the $100,000 amount,
and the Court of Appeal agreed
with Royal Bank and its attor-
ney that Mr Lockhart's evi-
dence on this ground was
"insufficient and simply not
credible to merit the award
The court added: "We are of
the opinion that the matters in
respect of which the respondent
claimed that he suffered loss,
and the amount of the claims,
are grossly speculative, too
remote and not supported by
any evidence at all."
On the reputational issue, Mr
Gaitor argued on Royal Bank's

behalf that no evidence was
produced to show Mr Lock-
hart's integrity had been under-
mined, three witnesses telling
the courts he was held in high
regard. Royal Bank's attorney
alleged that the only aspersions
made against Mr Lockhart
related to the $50 bounced
cheque, and that he had admit-
ted that he had made an error in
writing it because the overdraft
facility was not in place.
Mr Lockhart's attorney
argued that whenever a cus-
tomer's cheque was returned,
and sufficient funds were in
place to cover the amount writ-
ten at the time it was presented,
the bank.was liable to compen-
sate the customer.
While Royal Bank's attorney
acknowledged that the innocent
party was entitled to recover
damages when a cheque was
wrongly dishonoured, he argued
that Mr Lockhart should
receive only nominal damages
because no loss had been
proven as a result a position
agreed with by the courts.

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