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Almost half of

staff lose jobs

Tribune Staff Reporter
NEARLY half of th1"ftaff at
the Harborside Resort was ter-
minated yesterday from the
resort's sales, marketing and
administrative areas. These lay
offs come five days after the
Atlantis Resort & Casino the
country's largest private employ-
er and joint venture partner with
Harborside's owner, Starwood
Vacation Ownership laid off-
800 employees.
When The Tribune arrived on
site at Paradise Island yesterday,
employees were trickling out of
Atlantis' Beach Towers entrance,
each clutching blue folders con-

training severance packages and
termination letters.
According to some disgruntled
employees, the group was "herd-
- ed like cattle" from room to room
where they were asked to sign
forms indicating they had turned
over all company property and
another form had to be signed
before they could receive sever-
ance packages. Some employees
chose not to accept the packages
because they felt they were short-
, changed and did not agree with
what was outlined in the sever-
ance letters.
Laid off workers said they
received an e-mail on Sunday,
informing them that business at
SEE page eight

Tourism downturn blamed
for Harborside Resort layoffs ..
Tribune Staff Reporter
BOTH the owners and operators of the Harborside Resort at
Atlantis blamed the overall downturn in the tourism market for the
termination of 140 persons from their Paradise Island property
Vice-president of corporate communications at Starwood Vaca-
tion Ownership, David Matheson, said the decision to terminate
these workers came down to both Atlantis and Starwood.
"We are in charge of the sales and marketing. The resort itself is
SEE page eight ,E





Tribune Staff Reporter
exhibited a "wanton disre-
gard" for Bahamians by not
offering large-scale resorts
additional incentives to cir-
cumvent lay offs in that area,
attorney Paul Moss charged
"The government has
been very callous and cer-
tainly showed a wanton dis-
regard for this economy
because it is going to cost
the country more to have
these persons on the dole
(unemployment assistance)
SEE page eight

Immigration Dept
retirement package
offers 'nothing to
do with corruption'
Tribune Staff
MENT'S deci-
sion to offer early
retirement pack- Branville
ages to a large McCartney
part of the senior -
tier of the Immigration Depart-
ment has nothing to do with cor-
ruption, according to the Minister
of State for Immigration.
As of last Friday, seven senior
officials, many of whom have been-
with the department for decades,
are now out.
Confirming that early retirement
offers were made to and accepted
by four assistant directors and one
SEE page eight

Man killed

after alleged

attempt to

rob jitney

A MAN who allegedly tried to
rob a jitney was killed yesterday as
the driver pursued him in his vehi-
cle and crashed through a wall,

trapping him underneath.
The victim, who had fled on
foot, was pronounced dead at the
scene as he lay under the front of
Sthe bus.
The incident happened outside
Seagrape Shopping Centre on
Prince Charles Drive.
Press liaison officer Walter
Evans said the incident happened
around 11am after the bus, with
one male passenger aboard,
parked outside a store.
: "They stopped at the shopping
centre out east at the Wendy's
Restaurant in that area," said the
officer. ,
When the driver returned to the
bus after calling at the store, he
saw the passenger stealing coins
ltefore fleeing on foot.
As the driver pursued the pas-.
senger in his bus, the vehicle struck
a wall, trapping the man under the
bus. He died from his injuries at
the scene, said Mr Evans.
Transport union president
Rueben Rahming said this type
of incident is the reason his organ-
isation is implementing the Mango
card system and CCTV cameras in
"We have had a number of
armed robberies in the industry
this year. This is why our elec-
tronic fare system is very impor-
tant," he added.
Mr Evans said the incident is
being treated as an accidental
death pending further investiga-

Murder of
man linked to
assault of wife
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE murder of a man found
dead in Marshall Road on Sun-
day afternoon is being linked
to the assault of his wife early
Arachio Smith, 23, was shot
in the head and upper back, and
his body found on the ramp
leading into the water at the
end of Marshall Road, a remote
area on the south coast of New
Providence, at around 4pm on
Sunday by a local resident.
Mr Smith's wife said she
expected her husband to return
home soon after he went out
on Friday evening, but he never
At around 3am on Saturday,
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More than 80 reports
of Bahamians accused
of having sex with
animals since 2001
yesterday that since 200 1,
police have received more
than 60 reports of Bahamians
being accused of having sexu-
al intercourse with animals.
This information was
revealed by Minister of
Youth, Sports and Culture
Desmond Bannister during
the debate on a Bill to amend
the Sexual Offences and
Domestic Violence Act,
According to Mr Bannister,
police reports indicate that
seven people have been
reported for such behaviour
this year. In 2007 there were
11 such reports, 2006 included
seven, 2005, 13, while the four
years prior to 2005 recorded
28 such reports.
See page three for the
full report on the debate.

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BNT Christmas Jollification celebrates

'The Golden Days of Christmas'

The Bahamas National Trust's annual holiday
celebration, the Christmas Jollification, will kick
off the holiday season on November 21.
That Friday night, the special members evening
will be held at The Retreat on Village Road.
The BNT said its members will witness the
unveiling of the Godfrey Higgs Pavilion with
"amazing food" designed and created by Cacique
Food Art and special cocktails by Bristol Wines
and Spirits
"We are truly grateful to Cacique Food Art
and Bristol Wines and Spirits for supporting the
BNT and providing this special evening to our
members who support the national park system
and the work of the BNT," said Lynn Gape,
deputy executive director.

"This year's Jollification is special as we will be
remembering the two creators of the event Mrs
Macushla Hazlewood and Mrs Eleanor HIiggs,"
, said retreat committee chairperson John Bethell.
"The first Jollification only had 20 exhibitors -
they would be proud of the event and the support
that it gives to The Retreat Garden."
The general public can enjoy the jollification on
Saturday, November 22 from 11am to 5pm and
on Sunday, November 23 from noon to 5pm.
"This is a wonderful event that supports The
Retreat Garden, one of 25 National Parks.
"We hope that the event will be well support-
ed, many of our exhibitors work through the
year preparing their crafts for the event," said
Lynn Gape.

Harborside staff reaction

This is what former employees of Harborside were saying after nearly half of the resort's staff
was terminated yesterday:

"It was a slap in the face because they offered me
$8,000 and I worked six years," Kevin Pratt, a sales
agent at Harbour Side said, adding he sometimes made
that much in a month. "I have two kids, bills, a mortgage
to pay so I don't know what's going to happen from
here. I'm going to take a week off, and them I'm going
to start searching".
"I think they could have waited until after Christmas
because it's not like we were doing so bad we still had
sales, we still had tours. To me it seems like they were
just basically following fashion, blaming everything on
the economy," Donricka Burrows, who worked in mar-
keting for three years at Harborside, said. The mother-
of-one feels her severance package will last her a "little
while" and has already begun circulating resumes.
"It's really discouraging because they didn't give you,
no warning or nothing. They just tell you come in for a
meeting and that was it. It's not like one or two of us got
terminated, my whole section is fired," Dominic Sweet-
ing, a sales person with Harbourside for two years, said.
He accepted the severance package offered by the
resort even though he felt he deserved more: "I feel that
Harborside was doing well in terms of bookings because
we've been writing sales, we've, been hitting budgets
and people been making bonuses. In my case, I had to
take the package, because if you turn it down how you
ga' pay your bills? But it just was discouraging in terms

of the amount of money I made and how long I worked
Racquel Darville, a hostess at Harbour Side for nine
months, was stunned to be out of a job so close to
Christmas. The married mother said she is done her
Christmas shopping and is thankful she has a husband to
support her.
"It's just that all of a suddenly we were at work yes-
terday and we got this letter that business would be
closed for the entire day today and it's just a blow
because we didn't have much notice. All you heard was
'hey, you no longer have a job' this morning and that was
it. Harborside is always making money and that is why
we were taken by surprise," she said, tears streaming
down her face.
"I worked in the industry for five years so Christmas
is just Christmas to me. I have one son so the reality is
Christmas will be Christmas. I'm not a materialistic
person. I have my family, I have my health but I'm out
of a job," a mother of one who worked with company for
five years said yesterday.
"Sales were down that's a reality but in terms of the
company, Starwood has billions of dollars in assets.
They're the leading hotel company in the entire world,
so there's no reason why the downturn in the economy
should affect them," Shantell Colebrook, a team leader
in Harborside's sales division said.

Attorney of 10 former Atlantis workers claims

contract breached common law protection

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE attorney representing 10
former Atlantis employees who are
suing Kerzner International for
unfair severance pay maintains their
employment contract breached
common law protection.
Of the 800 staff laid off by
Atlantis last week as a result of the
global economic crisis, 10 are suing
Atlantis' parent company Kerzner
International claiming their sever-
ance package was insufficient.
Attorney Obie Ferguson filed
writs.on their behalf in the Supreme
Court yesterday claiming Kerzner
should have known better than to
breach common law protection of
the long-term employees.

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He maintains Kerzner took
account of the years of service hotel
workers had accrued under their
f previous employer when it bought
the hotel more than a decade ago.
His clients ate therefore entitled
to a severance package that reflects
their years of service, Mr Ferguson
He said: "Some of the workers
have been there for up to 38 years
and it is my contention that they
are entitled to more notice than the
$4,000 to $5,000 given to them. ..
"I am not able to speak for the
others, but for the bnes who came
to me, my advice is that they have a
The employees' contract with
Kerzner provides for a maximum of
24 weeks pay based'onstheir'salaryc'

But Mr Ferguson argues employees
who served the company for near-
ly four decades should be entitled to
He claims Kerzner provided
insufficient notice and the contracts
were invalid as they breach
common law protection for employ-
He said: "Certainly if they have
been there for 38 years and .then
fired without cause they would be
entitled to 15 to 18 months pay.
The low side would be 15 and the
high side would be 24 months.
"It is a question of law, and I
would expect the company to know
Atlantis spokesman Ed Fields
declined to comment.
Atlantis is the country's largest
private employer and retains
around 8,000 employees after losing
800 workers last week.
Those enrolled in the company's
health insurance plan will remain to
be covered for six months and
Kerzner has produced letters on
behalf of workers to be presented at
commercial banks and other credi-
Another 150 employees of Har-
bourside, a joint partnership
between Kerzner and Starwood
Vacation Ownership lost their jobs
yesterday as the global economic
Crisis continues to affect business


. In brief

Man accused of
pretending to be
AN Eleuthera man
accused of pretending to be
an Immigration officer and
possessing forged documents
was arraigned in a Magis-
trate's Court yesterday.
Desmond Sands, 55, of
The Bluff, Eleuthera, was
arraigned on the charges
before Magistrate Derrence
Rolle in Court 5, Bank Lane.
Sands was represented by
attorney Roger Minnis.
According to court dock-.
ets, it is alleged that on Fri-
day, November 7, Sands pre-
tended to be a member of
the Bahamas Immigration
Department for the purpose
of obtaining cash from God-
frey Ingraham.
It is also alleged that on
Friday, November 14, while
at Eleuthera, Sands falsely'
pretended to be a member of
the Bahamas Immigration
Department for the purpose
of obtaining cash from
Robert Campbell.
It is also alleged that on
the same day, Sands was
found in possession of four
blank Bahamian passports
bearing the names: Gail
Becker, Wang Yu Xin,
Desmond Kentish and
Rupert G Barrett.
It is further alleged that on
the same day, Sands was
found in possession of a
forged Bahamian permit to
reside in the Bahamas, in the
name of Robert Campbell.
The prosecution is claiming
that on November 14, Sands
produced this fake docu-
ment. The accused elected to
stand trial in Magistrate's
Court on the charges of pos-
session of forged documents.
He pleaded not guilty to
those charges and also plead-
ed not guilty to charges of
falsely pretending to be an
inm9i^rti~gn officerr.,,.,,,,,
The prosecution objected
to Sands befiig granted bail,
claiming that Sands would be
a "flight risk" while noting
that Sands has several out-
standing warrants.
Magistrate Rolle denied
Sands bail pointing out that
he has six outstanding crimi-
nal matters dating back to
2002. The case has been
adjourned to December 8 for
trial. .


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Sex crimes clampdown

Tribune Staff Reporter
Significant changes proposed
for the country's! sex crime laws
will see child pornography and
the act of secretly filming some-
one naked, or during an explicit
sexual act when they would rea-
sonably expect privacy, crimi-
nalised for the first time.
At the same time, maximum
penalties for some already exist-
ing serious sex crimes are set to
be massively increased while the
penalty for certain offences will.
be reduced in the hope that they
will be more effectively enforced.
The amendments are contained
in a Bill foi an Act to Amend the
Sexual Offences and Domestic
Violence Act, debated yesterday
in the House of Assembly.
' Members of parliament said
they allow for greater protection
of children and women.
The changes also modernise
the Sexual Offences Act of 1991,
making it better capable of deal-
ing with the myriad ways mod-
em technology is used in sexually
deviant ways, said MPs.
The bill proposes that produc-
ing, receiving, possessing or dis-
seminating child pornography, or
inciting a person under the age
of 18, to become involved in
pornography be punishable.- -..
A.maximum penalty of life
imprisonment applies for those
making such pornography, while
in the latter case 20 years in
prison could apply. Meanwhile,
the offence of voyeurism taking
photographs or making a video
recording of a person's genitals
or other intimate body parts in
any place "where they would
have had a reasonable expecta-
tion of privacy" will attract a
three year maximum prison stay.
Minister of Youth, Sports and

* Plan to criminalise child pornography

* Proposed changes to sentencing

w Culture Desmond
S' Bannister noted the
growing phenome-
non of "scandalous"
photos of exposed
Desmond Bahamians being
Bannister secretly obtained and
spread via the inter-
net as the type of damaging activ-
ity that the bill seeks to address.
Those who circulate for
example by forwarding an email -
copy, publish, sell or possess such
images knowing that it was ille-
gally obtained also commit an
offence. For seven serious sexu-
al offences, including rape and
unlawful sexual intercourse with a
person under 16 years old, penal-
ties will be increased from seven
years for a first offence to life
imprisonment. The bill also pro-
poses the penalty for drugging a
person to take advantage of them
sexually, or procuring them by
electronic means via the inter-
net, for example r- to engage in
unlawful sexual intercourse, also
be raised from eight years to 15.
While supporting the bill, the
leader of opposition business in
the House, Dr Bernard Nottage,
said that until the government
"deals with the core issue-of crime
..prevention,.-this strateg-y-'.,I
increasing penalties will not bel
as successful as believed."
While emphasising that he
takes no position on this matter,
he raised the question of whether
the severity of the punishments
being proposed is proportionate
to the acts committed.
The bill further calls for the
reduction of sentences in cases
of: indecent assault, sex between
consenting adults in a public place
and sex with an animal.

Bahamas based ship hijacked by Somali pirates

Tribune Staff Reporter
A BAHAMAS-based ship-
ping company has announced
that one of its vessels has been
hijacked in the Gulf of Aden,
and 13 of-its crew members are
now being held hostage by
Somali pirates.
General manager for the Clip-
per Group John Moyell told The
Tribune yesterday that some
time on November 8, the
Bahamian registered vessel
"CEC Future" was transporting
a shipment from the Far East
headed for the Suez Canal when
it was hijacked by a group of
men claiming to be Somali
Mr Moyell said that although
the hijackers have not yet
demanded a ransom, they did
contact the company's office in
Denmark to say the crew is still
alive. According-to a statement
released by the Nassau-based
company, the crew included: 11
Russian citizens, one Georgian
and one Estonian.
The CEC Future, which is
described by company officials
as a general cargo vessel, was
reportedly transporting "project
cargo" a large number of
unique items on one shipment -
at the time of the incident.

Mr Mdyell said: "Our main
concern is obviously the safety
of the crew, that comes first and
is very important."
He added that the company-is
very concerned about such inci-
dents in the future, as they
restrict "the flow of free trade
along this important trade
The International Maritime
Board has indicated that around
74 ships have been attacked in
the Gulf of Aden since January
2008. According to internation-
al reports, 30 of the vessels were
hijacked and 111 are still being
held for ransom. In total, Soma-
li pirates are holding around'200
crew members who are from all
corners of the globe, including
Asia, Africa, America, the
Caribbean and 8Eutope.
It is alleged that many attacks
go unreported along Somalia's
3,700 kilometre coast where
heavily armed pirates operate
high-powered speedboats.
Yesterday, it was announced
that pirates had seized a Saudi

oil supertanker in a broad day-
light attack off the East Coast
of Africa. It was by far the
largest such seizure to date.
The giant ship is the length of
an aircraft carrier and capable of
carrying 2 million barrels of oil.

The penalty they attract will be
reduced to terms of five years or
less so they will be triable by mag-
istrates rather than in the
Supreme Court. The government
hopes that in this way, these
offences will be tried more com-
monly, more quickly and "with-
out the attendant expense and
delay of a Supreme Court trial."
"The innocent should be able
to be vindicated sooner, and the
guilty dealt with by the law in a
more expeditious fashion," said
Mr Bannister.


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HOUSE Financial Services Committee chair-
man Barney Frank describes the economic
recovery plan as a three-legged stool: thaw the
credit markets; stop the haemorrhage of fore-
closures; and stimulate the economy. Without all
three legs standing, the recovery will be shaky,
at best. So it is,worrisome that so far the $700
billion bailout plan for distressed financial insti-
tutions is falling short'of its goal.
Banks that are getting bailout money haven't
been quick enough to lend it out to companies
and consumers. Some of the banks are hoarding
the cash, or are using it to buy up weaker rivals,
or repair their own balance sheets.
Plans to help people threatened with fore-
closure also have foundered. Some troubled
mortgages have been sliced into new products
and traded as securities so many times that they
can't be reassembled to take advantage of new
terms even if mortgage services were willing to
refinance. Meanwhile, a record 1.2 million
homes were in foreclosure during the second
quarter of 2008.
And now we learn that congressional Democ-
rats do not believe they can pass even a modest
$50 billion stimulus package that would imme-
diately create jobs and help states that have
been slashing their own budgets. At best, the
lame-duck session convening this week will
address expiring unemployment benefits, but
an aggressive infusion of cash may be put off
until President-elect Barack Obama and a new
Congress take office in a little oLer t\vo months.
That is'too'long t6 it P6'toning action on
'- th bebidohdi'will diivy'toToD''and'deepen the
recession' andflrt her erode conrumi r confi-
dence, already at historic lows. The situation
is urgent. Last week, three American cities -,
Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Atlanta -- asked
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson for another
$50 billion in emergency funding to avoid bud-
get defaults.
On Friday,-a frustrated Federal Deposit
Insurance Corp. chairwoman Sheila Bair offered
her own plan to encourage mortgage services to
lower interest rates on troubled loans to as low
as 3 percent, which she said could help 1.5 mil-
lion distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure.
Unfortunately, Paulson is resisting using any
of the, bailout money for direct aid to home-
owners. Frank plans to call Paulson, Bair,; and
several others to a hearing Tuesdayto review
the progress of the recovery plan.
When he visited the Globe last month, Frank
was cautiously optimistic that if a stimulus plan
of $150 billion could be passed in mid-Npvem-
ber, and if mortgage services aggressively
reduced foreclosures, the economy could hit
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A new leaf for
Quincy Market
FANEUIL HALL Marketplace needs a mod-
em-day version of its namesake the Colonial
merchant Peter Faneuil to re-establish the
area as a distinctive local shopping and cultur-
al experience.
That could happen if the troubled Chicago-
based General Growth Properties Inc., the cur-
rent landlord, files for bankruptcy protection, as
is possible.
The early-19th-century market built along a
cobblestone promenade had fallen into disuse,
until a bold rehabilitation plan in 1976 and a
99-year commercial lease restored the city-
owned Quincy, North, and South market build-
By the early 1980s, tourists and local resi-
dents flocked to the 170 local shops and restau-
rants in a downtown market area anchored by
historic Faneuil Hall, helping to catalyze a
tourism and development boom in the district.
Efforts to prevent the generic mall concept
from overrunning Faneuil Hall Marketplace,
however, would fail. Chain stores proliferated
under the original lease holder, the Rouse Co.,
despite warnings from the. city to respect -the.;
area's historic character. .* .. :.
* That trend continued under the current, land-
lerd '. . .- "'
Today, only 49 shops and 18 pubs and restau-
rants, not including push carts and food stalls,
operate at the site.
And more than half of the commercial area is
taken up by chain stores, according to the
Faneuil Hall Merchants Association.
The Menino administration claims that it can
only exercise its bully pulpit.
Yet a clause in the original lease states that
the city "has the right to terminate the lease or
re-enter and take possession of the property" in
event of a bankruptcy petition.. .
Though the city's legal efforts would likely get
bogged down in court, Mayor Menino should do-
everything possible to ensure that the next land-
lord appreciates the area's historic significance
and highlights local wares. The city could also
lease the property directly.
Where better than Faneuil Hall to fight
against long odds?,
(These articles were written by. The Boston
Globe staff- c. 2008 The Boston Globe).

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Children look up to their 1 son interrupted the peace and
teachers. They hang on to every calm at RM Bailey to encour-
word uttered from their lips. age the teachers to help her tc
Children watch every move advance her desire to have
they make and some even emu- There is no question that police back in the schools.
late them. Many students plan some teachers may be working I have reason to believe thai
their future based on what they in hardship conditions, but the Mrs Wilson has political aspi.
see from their teacher. Teach- desire to teach in the past out- rations. It is alleged that she is
ers' behaviour has an everlast- weighed the conditions. Teach- being encouraged by the PLP
ing affect and leaves an indeli- ers like nurses did what they To me what happened at the
ble mark on the subconscious' did because they were called to Eight Mile Rock school seems
of many of us. So all teachers do so. Today some not all I so transparent. This is where
have an awesome responsibility repeat some not all teachers just mart teachers must be careful
to be careful how they behave want the money and could care notto follow their president
and what they say. The BUT less about the students. Some without satisfying themselves
union is no different. teachers, not all, do not put that what is being advocated is
Teachers impress on their stu- their students above their own in fact "working in their be's
dents to follow instructions and ambitions, which in some cases interest."
not to be disobedient. Teach- appears to be selfish. There are many fine and ded
ers-arequick to punish students When the recent BUT elec- icated teachers who are serious
who defy their instructions. Stu- tion was over and the winner about their work and have
dents are also taught to respect concluded it was my opinion shown that they have the besi
authority. But what should hap- 7 hat teachers did not display interest of the students.
pen when teachers are given a th dd not lay But the true test of any comr
directive by their superior and their intelligence in choosing mitted teacher is to not let any.
they defy the instructions. Belinda Wilson. The members one distract them from their
Insubordination is good of the BUT will see sooner than work
Insubordination is good later wh and how I arrived at
grounds for harsh disciplinary water why and how aved at Wise teachers should distance
actions. I dare say that the this conclusion themselves from confrontation
teachers be punished for being a heer should practise They should err on the side (i
defiant and should not be what they preach, they influ- caution.
spared, just because they are ence our impressionable chil- We cannot let emotions drive
related to a BUT chief. Things dren. s to making asinine decisions
that make you go ummm. They impress op our kids to We must show our maturity b3
Teachers are supposed to be show restraint and to be patient. intelligently and attentively lis
intelligent. They teach our kids not to be tening to all sides before we
Teachers are responsible for -confrontational but to discuss arrive at a premature conclu
educating all other professions. and compromise and to use sion, lest we risk making bac
They equip us with the tools rational in determining what is decisions, sometimes ones thai
that help us carve out our the most reasonable route to we may regret. A word to the
future. In times past teachers take. It is my personal opinion wise is sufficient.
were revered and highly' that none of the above men-
respected. Especially in the fam- tioned can be achieved with IVOINE W
ily islands, teachers were given Belinda Wilson at the helm. It INGRAHAM
the same, in some cases more would seem that she is for Nassau,
respect than police or priest, demonstration first, then nego- November, 2008.

Ministers are not supposed to run

away from problems, Mr Bethel

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Anyone who is paid a salary
is an employee and he who pays
the employee is the employer.
Carl Bethel is being paid a
salary by Bahamian taxpayers
for, among other things, to
ensure an efficient, progressive
and safe environment for the
dissemination of knowledge to
our students in the public school
sector. He is being paid to
ensure the safety of both teach-
ers and students, alike, in that
environment so who made him
a god? Who made him a king?
Who made him a king of kings
and/or a lord of lords?
This minister was scheduled
to meet with Eight Mile Rock
high school teachers on Friday,
31st October, concerning a very

serious matter involving the
health of the, thousand or so,
high school students enrolled at
and attending that learning
The minister arrived for the
meeting, but sensing that he,
may not have been prepared for
what might. be thrown at him
- after seeing the large number
of teachers who were in fact in
attendance he very rudely
excused himself, signaling to his
driver, I am told, to get him out
of that place. But isn't it the
role of the minister to mediate
and find solutions to problems
developing from time to time
within his or her ministry?
Ministers are not supposed
to run away from problems; we
expect them to solve problems;
that is why we employ them and
pay them hefty salaries and
perks. All.this goes with the ter-
ritory; it comes with the pack-
age. If you wished and fought
hard to become minister of the
dunghill, you should have pre-
pared yourself to shovel dung
also; it comes with the territory,
it is all a part of the package.
To walk away from that
meeting of teachers, the way
the minister did, cannot be
described in any way other than
how Belinda Wilson and oth-
ers described it: "Rude, disre-
spectful, arrogant and unpro-












fessional." Carl Bethel said he
left without addressing the.
group, because he had original-
ly planned to meet with the
teachers of the Eight Mile Rock
high school only. He gave, as
another excuse that he was
unprepared to meet with all the
teachers, in the system, on the
island at that time. But, these
are not reasons; they are excus-
In my opinion, Mr. Minister,
you. are simply just not up to
the task of leading the ministry
of education anywhere except
over a cliff; you are certainly no
Alfred Sears.
Carl Bethel's frustration is
indicative, in my view, of the
present mindset and condition,
of the entire cabinet. They are
wandering in a minefield of
problems, without a clue as to
how they should navigate out
of them. I would not be, at all,
surprised if, very soon, many of
the, "loyalist" don't begin
deserting the ship black crab
syndrome isn't the only disease
known to plague our race.
Those are my views.
Grand Bahama,
November 3, 2008

Teachers erred

in choosing

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Bahamasair crew praised after emergency

A BAHAMASAIR crew came in for
high praise yesterday after their plane
experienced engine trouble and was
forced to make an emergency landing.
A passenger aboard the Dash-8 air-
craft when it hit trouble on take-off from
Freeport bound for Nassau said their
performance was "exemplary" and high-
ly professional.
Clayton Curtis told The Tribune that
the pilot made a "flawless" landing after
calmly telling passengers that there was
an engine problem.
This comes as the airline is denying
details of the initial report, saying the
plane's engine never "blew", but rather
was shut off by the pilot after a warning
light came on. The drama occurred on
flight UP322 last Friday when passen-
gers noticed that the aircraft was having
trouble gaining height after take-off.
"I wish to publicly commend the crew
for their exemplary performance in the
face of adversity," said Mr Curtis.
"After the scheduled departure and
usual on-board safety briefing, not many
passengers initially noticed that the air-
craft was experiencing difficulty attaining
altitude, but one by one this reality began
to set in. The ground was a hell of a lot
closer than it should have been at this
stage of the take-off.
"In a calm, steady and reassuring tone
the announcement came from the flight

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BAHAMASAIR managing director Henry Woods said he "vehe-
mently refutes" the version of flight UP332's emergency landing that
appeared in The Tribune yesterday.
He said the plane did not "blow an engine" but rather that a
warning signal caused the pilot to cut power to one of the engines
and head back to the airport.
Mr Woods said he is disappointed that the paper did not seek to
get the facts from the executive management of the airline, "all of
whom were in place on Friday". He said this should have been
done "so as not to put the traveling public in a panic".
However, when The Tribune first learned of the incident on Sun-
day. all Bahamasair management representatives were unavailable.
The details in the story were corroborated by both law enforcement
officers in Freeport and several passengers on the flight before
press time on Sunday night.
Mr Woods said the flight was on route from Freeport at 1.30pm,
when an "engine default warning" forced it to return to Freeport.
"However as is standard procedure in the aviation Industry when-

deck that we were experiencing a fail-
ure in one of the engines and had to
return to the airport.
"This was reinforced by the flight
attendant who reminded everyone of the
necessary precautions. It was one of those
rare occasions when I was assigned to
seat 10A the emergency exit and had
already begun to picture what a worst

ever a flight is aborted, irrespective of the cause the Airport Author-
ity must dispatch a rescue tender, which they did," he said.
Mr Woods explained that,upon take off, the pilot, Captain Lee,
noticed an "abnormal indication" and elected to shut down the
engine and return to the airport.
He said Captain Lee exercised proper judgment by returning to
"Bahamasair Pilots are highly trained and skilled to be able to
make such a call In such instances," the managing director said.
He said maintenance technicians were dispatched to Freeport and
the aircraft was back in service later that day, and continued as a part
of the schedule into yesterday
Mr Woods said this would not have been the case if the engine
was "blown". "Bahamasair takes this opportunity to assure the
travelling public that safety is the hallmark of Bahamasai.r; and they
will never compromise safety in order to maintain their flight sched-
ule," Mr Woods said.
*Pictured above is a file photo of a Dash 8 plane.

case scenario would be and how my
actions could possibly affect the out-
However, he added, Captain Andre
Lee skillfully maneuvered the Dash-8,
with its reduced engine capacity, over
Dover Sound, West Grand Bahama and
the Industrial Park, then executed a flaw-
less landing back at Grand Bahama Inter-

national Airport. Forty-four passengers
and three crew were able to walk away
from the aircraft and the "unfortunate
incident", which had lasted about half
an hour, he added.
"The flying public should always have
a greater appreciation for the level of
expertise that exists at the national flag
carrier," said Mr Curtis. "Although the

y landing
on-time record has taken a beating in
the past, this area of their operation has
seen significant improvement, but over
and above this, is the airline's safety
record. This level of consistency is a
direct result of the human element and in
this case, special 'kudos' go out to Capt
Lee, his co-pilot Michael Wilson, and the
flight attendant, Ms Anna Moucur-Lloyd,
all of whom were the epitome of profes-
sionalism in their respective capacities
on this flight."
Mr Curtis also praised support given
by ground personnel, led by Mrs Maria
Greene, in ensuring that continued post-
traumatic comfort and support was pro-
vided to passengers.
"And like a well-choreographed dance
routine the crash unit of the GB Airport
Company, along with the police depart-
ment, moved into position and were in a
state of readiness, which only comes as a
direct result of training and the frequent
drills that are conducted.
"Thankfully, there was no need for
them to demonstrate their professional
ability. As for the passengers, they all
remained calm and orderly throughout
the entire ordeal. However, the bar did
do brisk business for quite a while after
the passengers returned to the terminal,
all grateful that they were vertical,
mobile, and able to talk about the expe-

What a 'shameful'

political display! OR

Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP Chairman Glenys Hanna-
Martin yesterday slammed the
chairman of the Free National
Movement for what she called a
"shameful display" of political
tribalism regarding Sir Burton
Hall's ruling on the appointment
of Senator Anthony Musgrove.
Yesterday, Mr Ferguson refut-
ed the suggestion that the PLP
could claim a victory over Mr
Musgrove's appointment being
ruled invalid.
Sir Burton, in his ruling, said
that the appointment of Mr Mus-
grove would nt reflect the "pbt- '
ical balance" of the House of
Assembly in the Senate as out-
lined in the constitution as Mr
Musgrove was a well-known
FNM supporter.
While the FNM was displeased
with the ruling, Mr Ferguson said
that the party was pleased to
accept three points: namely that
the prime minister has the right to
appoint the final three senators;
that the PM is not obliged to
agree with a list of persons pro-
vided by the leader of the-oppo-
sition, and that the appointments
do not need to be three members
of the PLP.
However, Mrs Hanna-Martin
said that Mr Ferguson's com-

PLP Chairman slams the FNM over

Musgrove appointment controversy

ments are not only misleading,
"he also misses the point".
"The proceedings in question
were brought by the leader of the
opposition for a true interpreta-
tion of the Constitution regarding
the appointment of senators, a
matter of importance to the
democratic process in our country
and to principles of Democracy in
general. It was not intended to
pursue a 'win' or 'lose' position.
"The leader of the opposition
sought to ensure that the princi-
ples of the Constitution were
upheld. When a general election
is held, the result is to be accu-
rately reflected by way of political

. balance in both the House of
Assembly and the Senate in
accordance with constitutional
"After hearing arguments pre-
sented by both sides, the opposi-
tion and the government, the
chief justice determined as a mat-
ter of law that one of the Senate
appointments made by the prime
minister ought not to stand. The
PLP did not comment publicly
on the matter and at no time
.claimed a. 'victory' and so the pre-
text the FNM spokesman uses to
politicise the legal proceedings is
false. In fact the only official pub-
lic comment that has been made
to date is from the FNM when its
chairman expresses his 'disap-
pointment' in the chief justice's
ruling," Mrs Hanna-Martin said.
The PLP chairman called for
the FNM to stop creating a cul-
ture of division in the country.
She said the governing party is
seeking "dumb down our nation-
al progress and weaken the valid-
ity and respect of cherished insti-
tutions and principles.
"We urge them to enlist and
embrace principles of nation-
building to the benefit of our
entire population," she said.

This trailer truck turned over on the portion of
West Bay Street known as "go slow bend" yesterday.
Police officers on the scene refused to identify
the company that owns the truck or the name of the
They said the driver was taken to the hospital.
One witness said: "The astonishing thing was that
we passed the accident not too long after it had
happened and there were at least two policemen
there and what appeared to be the driver of the
trpck ,was sitting on the side of the, road with. crowd
around him ., . ; .' ;.' .
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The trailer contained hundreds of bags of a prod-
uct known as "Red Mulch".
Diesel spilt onto the road as a result of the acci-
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the portion of West,Bay Street from Periwinkle
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Clearing exercise upsets

residents of Montagu

Tribune Staff Reporter
MONTAGU residents say they are
outraged over an unexplained clearing
exercise along the foreshore..
They say it is not only creating an eye-
sore, but causing damage to sensitive and
environmentally important mangroves as
Rosemarie Alexiou, a long time resi-
dent of the area, said that when the initial
clearing began last Monday, she assumed
it was a minor project intended to clear
debris. She now wonders about the true
extent and intent of the exercise.
"It started in the day-time this loud
noise, which turned out to be a back-hoe.
It cleared out what was left of the old
pier, then they put some big boulders up
at the waters edge,.then they went to the
eastern end where they uprooted some

mangroves," she said.
Mrs Alexiou said that when her hus-
band asked the driver of the tractor about
the purpose of the exercise, he said that
he was there to clean up the foreshore.
According to Mrs Alexiou, although

the driver refused to'reveal who he was
working for, it is believed by many resi-
dents that this exercise is the start of a
government project to establish a public
beach in the area.
She said Montagu MP Loretta Butler-
Turner and Minister of the Environment
Earl Deveaux have both been contacted
about the issue, but that residents are no
closer to finding out what is going on.
Meanwhile, others who live in the area
, are describing the exercise as "a night-
They said that if a public beach is cre-
ated on Montagu, it would leave many of
the beach-view homes vulnerable to
storm surges.
They are also concerned that the
"quaint" area, which for years has served
as a quiet retreat for many Bahamians,
will be destroyed without anyone con-
sulting with those who live there first.

One Bahamas celebrations underway

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE 15th annual One
Bahamas celebrations began
yesterday and students at the
Saint Thomas More Primary
School were among the first to
hear about plans to spread
awareness of what it means to
be Bahamian.
Every year, the One
Bahamas Foundation celebrates
November as One Bahamas
Month in an effort to promote
Bahamian pride among young
and old throughout the islands.
Co-chairman of the founda-
tion, Sir Durward Knowles, told
the students of a time when the
Bahamas was ruled by an elite
group of white people.
"I was brought up in a gov-
ernment that was lead by white
Bahamians who did a lot of
good things, but they did some
very bad things and never
recognized the.importance of
the black community. However,
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ward Knowles
look on as
students of St
Thomas More
showcase a
parade of

be better," he said.
Sir Durward said he is grate-
ful that he lived long enough to
see the racial situation he was
born into change dramatically.
He.said it is now possible for
white and black Bahamians to
come together as "one
"I was educated in Queens
College where no black people
were allowed to be educated,
but now Queens College is
dominated by black children,
with a few whites that's how it
should be. I can assure you all
that One Bahamas will continue
to be supportive, of everything
Bahamian," Sir Durward said.
Chairman of the One
Bahamas Foundation, former
governor general Sir Orville
Turnquest, said that every year
during the One Bahamas cele-

brations, the foundation visits
several schools in an effort to
increase awareness about their
"We are due to go to Abaco,
Treasure. Caywlwhere we are
scheduled to meet wiih many-
children that will assemble there
as well as CI Gibson,here in
New Providence. In doing so
we want continue to spread the
word about, being Bahamian
throughout the islands," Sir
Orville said.
He also spoke.about the
wealth of talent in the country
and urged the children to devel-
op their own talents.
"All of the songs sung and
dances performed here today
shows us the immense talent we
have here in the Bahamas'
amongst students, teachers and
the innovative ways in

Ambassador of Russian Federation


AMBASSADOR of the Russian Federation
to the Bahamas Mikhail Kamynin paid a cour-
tesy call on Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at
his office last week, where the deepening of
relations between the two countries and dam-
age in Cuba after the passage of recent hurri-
canes were discussed.
Mr Kamynin said although formal diplo-
matic relations between the two countries is still
young,. both counties could take steps to cre-
ate more concrete partnerships with one anoth-
He indicated that the Russian Federation
wants to explore the possibility of Russian
tourists travelling to more destinations around
the Caribbean region.
Mr Kamynin noted that the Bahamas and
the Russian Federation took the same sides
on certain resolutions that were adopted at
this year's United Nations General Assembly,
and representatives from-both countries got
along cordially.
With regard to Cuba, the ambassador said
the international community beginning with
the Russian Federation sent humanitarian aid
to help with repairs and renovations in a
country where the damage was said to be in


which we can produce so many'
7iWhether its music, arts, writ-
ing, whatever we do it shows,
the talent we have here in our,
own islands,,these :be autiffpl
islands of the, Bahamas," M-r
Turnquest said.
Ellen Daniels, principal of Stl
Thomas More, said- she wants
the event to be the start of an
effort by her students to learn
how to be proud Bahamians.
"I want them to know that
whether they are from Inagua,
Exuma, Long Island or Andros,
we are all one people.
"We always stress to them
that there is nowhere else to go,
only the Bahamas.
"So they have to show that
pride that they are proud to
be a Bahamian," Mrs Daniels

in courtesy call

AMBASSADOR of the Russian Federation to the
Bahamas Mikhail Kamynin paid a courtesy call on
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at his Cable Beach
office on Friday.
Peter Ramsay/BIS
the billions.
A joint communique establishing formal
diplomatic relations between the Russian Fed-
eration and The Bahamas was signed in New
York on Wednesday, January 14, 2004.

'Dare to be Great' is a TV hit

A NEW motivational tele,
vision show created and hosted
by motivational speaker
Spence Finlayson is making
waves locally.
The show, Dare To Be
Great, made its September 30
debut on ZNS and producers
said it has already attracted a
large following in New Provi-
dence and the Family Islands.
"Everywhere I go, people
are coming up to me congrat-
ulating me on such an inspira-
tional show, especially during
these hard economic times,"
Mr Finlayson said.
Dare To Be Great is a half-
hour motivational, education-

al and inspirational pro-
gramme that focuses on per-
sonal and professional devel-
opment. It highlights achieve-
ment and success with inter-
views of outstanding Bahamian
and Caribbean personalities.
Mr Finlayson, an acclaimed
motivational speaker and
trainer, launched the show
with a dynamic and powerful
presentation on topics like
"Never, Never Give Up",
"Honouring Your Talents",
"Your Past Does Not Equal
Your Future", and "Bouncing
The show also showcases
high-profile figures in the.cor-

porate sector like Antonio
Stubbs, senior vice-president
of BTC; Tanya McCartney,
managing director of RBC
FINCO; Jerome Gomez,
Bahamas Venture Capital
Fund; and Byran Woodside,
minister of state for Lands and
Local Government.
The show's host said he is
encouraged by the way it has
been received and is grateful to
the main sponsors, BTC
and the British Colonial
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Tuesday at 8.30pm with
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THE Bahamas will be given the opportunity to display its
products and services, and showcase its unique culture at the
World Expo in 2010.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Thursday for-
mally confirmed its participation in EXPO 2010, which will be held
in Shanghai, China under the theme "Better City, Better Life."
Edwin Carrington, Secretary-General of CARICOM and Com-
missioner-General of the CARICOM Joint Participation in the
World Exposition, signed the Leading Participation Agreement
on 13 November in Shanghai.
The Secretary-General is currently in China for cooperation
talks between China and CARICOM.
At the signing ceremony on Thursday, Secretary-General Car-
rington said that EXPO 2010 will provide "a marvellous oppor-
tunity" not only for showcasing the Caribbean's diverse culture,
but also its products and services to China and to the millions
expected to visit Shanghai over the six-month duration of the
Exposition. So far, ten CARICOM Member States the Bahamas;
Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana;
Haiti; Jamaica; Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago have con-
firmed their participation in the Exposition which begins on May
1,2010. 1
CARICOM's participation will take the form of a Joint.
Caribbean Community Pavilion with individual country stands
that will reflect the distinct characteristics and identity of each par-
ticipating country. The CARICOM Secretariat will coordinate the
preparations for the joint participation and management of the
Pavilion during the World Exposition.
The Secretary-General noted the relevance of the theme to the
Community, which is seeking to enhance the physical infrastruc-
ture of its cities to ensure a better quality of life for its citizens.
"The drift from our rural to our urban centres by significant
numbers of our population makes it imperative that issues such as
increased green open spaces, improved refuse collection, effi-
cient water management, reliable and affordable electricity, less
congested streets and. highways, reduced noise pollution and
environmental degradation are addressed so as to ensure an
enhanced quality *of life. Our citizens are entitled to nothing
less," Mr Carrington said. "World EXPO 2010 provides an oppor-
tunity for our countries to demonstrate some of the responses
being developed to these various challenges. The CARICOM Sec-
retariat, which will also be participating within the Joint Pavilion,
will focus on the contribution being made to meeting those chal-
lenges through the collective approach of our regional integration
In thanking the government of China and the organizers for
their assistance to the Community, the Secretary-General said it
would enable the countries of CARICOM and the integration
movement to be showcased as never before.

Country takes part in World Religious Travel Expo
TOUR operators, cruise lines, hotel properties, travel suppliers and
a host of other providers and planners from around the world were rep-
resented at World Religious Travel Expo, a bustling marketplace in the
religious travel industry.
Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace
was among a list of speakers that included Akel E Biltaji, Jordan's
Ambassador-at-large for Tourism and Maurice Zarmati, president of
Costa Cruise Lines.
Minister Vanderpool-Wallace reminded participants that the
Bahamas was founded by people seeking religious tolerance and free-
dom, so it is natural that faith-based travellers would be attracted to the
people and culture of the Bahamas.
He added that the Bahamas is a popular destination for faith based
cruises and conferences and has the only tourism ministry in the world
with a'full-time religious travel department, which is headed by Linville
S 8ier 500 participants attended the event recently held at the Gay-
lord Piliil Resort-and Convention Centre in Orlando.

Bahamas International Film Festival

announces 2008 competition jury

Festival attracts high p
The Bahamas International Film Festival
has announced this year's jury.
Yesterday, BIFF founder and executive
director Leslie Vanderpool revealed the pan-
el that will judge competitions taking part
during the fifth annual festival, which takes
place December 4 to 11.
The festival will showcase 80 films from 22
different countries, including 50 features of
which several are world or international pre-
mieres and nearly all Bahamian premieres.
The four competition categories at BIFF
Spirit of Freedom: Narrative
Spirit of Freedom: Documentary
New Vision
Short Film.
The 2008 BIFF jury includes:
New Vision
Lisa Gay Hamilton actress (The Soloist,
One Life to Live)
Norman Golightly producer /actor (Ghost
Rider, World Trade Center) ,
Sylvain Tron producer /sales representa-
Spirit of Freedom: Narrative
Jeffrey Lyons television and film critic.
Reel Talk (nationally syndicated)
Cameron Bailey co-director of the Toron-
to International Film Festival
Anthony Mackie actor (The Hurt Locker,
Million Dollar Baby, Eagle Eye)
Spirit of Freedom: Documentary
Jeremy Kay Screen International chief

profile industry players for jury and panels

US reporter
Debra Zimmerman executive director of
Women Make Movies
Nicolette Bethel Bahamas director of cul-
Short Film
Hoku Uchiyama producer/writer/direc-
tor (The Pledge, Rose)
Andrew Trapani Producer (The Haunting
in Connecticut)
Ivo De Sanctis head of acquisitions from
Village srl

In addition to the high profile collection of
jurors, BIFF said it has attracted an esteemed
group of industry heavyweights to participate
in various panels and seminars taking place
over the course of the festival.
Participants include Variety editor Steve
Gaydos; Sony BMG's Sofia Sodervan; Elliot
Kotek editor in chief of Moving Pictures
Magazine; entertainment lawyer and produc-
er Steven Beer (Skid Row, Love and Suicide);
composers Toby Tyler and James Harrell;
producer Pamela Kohn (Rain, Somebodies);
The Hollywood Reporter editor Matt Beloni;
producer Ivan Clements (Gone Fishing, The
Only Hotel); producer/writer/directors Ryan
Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar) and Anna Boden
(Half Nelson, Sugar); actress and voice-over
actress Ilyanna Kadushin; producer/direc-
tor/actress Karen Arthur (The Jacksons: An
American Dream, True Women); Magali
Dubie shorts programmer of Cannes Marche
du film; director of International Casting and
Creative Production Marketing at Dream-
Works Animation Charley Walters; talent
agent Rachel Sheedy; and talent manager
Jason Spire.
Marquee local names include Bahamian
director of culture Nicolette Bethel; Bahami-
an singer Tenelle Burrows; Kareem Mortimer,
Bahamian director of Float, and Renel Brown,
Bahamian actor in Rain.
Panels at this year's festival will cover a
wide range of topics including film finance
and investing, marketing and distribution,
music and film, representation, and interna-
tional collaboration. ,

Govt remains committed to a conducive business environment

* By Lindsay Thompson
Bahamas Information
DEPUTY Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette assured persons in the
country's second largest industry
that his government is commit-
ted to protecting the Bahamas'
financial services sector under all
Mr Symonette said that in the
midst of lay-offs, particularly in
the hotel sector, one of the things
the government can do is "reas-
sure" that its financial services
sector is protected and will not
go through another blacklisting
like it did in 2000.
He was addressing the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board (BFSB) Bahamas Briefing

dinner at Old Fort Bay on Thursday, November 13, 2008. Pictured from left
are Joshua Sears, director general of Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Wendy
Warren, CEO and executive director of the Bahamas Financial Services
Board; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette, and Basil O'Brien, former Bahamas High Commissioner to Lon-

2008 dinner at Old Fort Bay last
"We were able to produce a
financial services environment in
the Bahamas that probably mas-

ters any in the world. We are
committed that whatever happens
to make sure that we provide in
the Bahamas an environment that
is conducive for each and every.

-one of us to conduct business,"
he said.
There are concerns on the part
of the BFSB regarding a pro-
posed External Insurance Act,
and that the international com-
munity is aware of provisions
under the recently passed Private
Trust Act.
"People need to know that we
have these services in the
Bahamas that will appeal to your
clients wherever they are," Mr
Symonette said. "We are going
through some times that are
uncharted and probably would
have some profound effects on
you and the Bahamas."
"We are committed to (ensur-
ing that) the Bahamas continues
to be the premier financial desti-
nation in the region," Mr Symon-.
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140 laid off from Harborside Resort

FROM page one

the resort would be suspended
for the entire day on Monday.
The affected employees were
also told to expect individual
phone calls informing them when
to attend yesterday's mandatory
meeting in an Atlantis ballroom,
where 140 workers were told due
to economic challenges, their ser-
vices were no longer needed.
Kevin Christie, a former team
leader in Harborside's sales divi-
sion for four years, was one of
the workers who did not accept
the severance pay.
"I didn't take it because I don't
understand how they calculated
it. What they did was, they took
the worst fiscal year and aver-
aged out our money as opposed
to all the years that we've been
there. And all of our commis-
sions weren't properly calculat-
ed," he told The Tribune in the

staff parking lot.
He was also visibly upset over
the way the company handled the
situation: "We get to the ball-
room and we're herded in there
like cattle and a guy comes on
the microphone and says all you
people in this ballroom are no
longer employed with the com-
pany. Then you're herded into
another room and they say sign a
form and turn over all company
property. Then you're herded
into another room and you're
told 'Here's your redundancy
cheque' no explanations or what-
ever. And none of the Harbor-
side people had the guts to come
in front of your face it was all
Atlantis human resources staff
that they used."
Shantell Colebrook, a former
sales person at Harborside, was
still very emotional about the lay
offs when she spoke with The
Tribune. She also did not accept
her severance package yesterday:
"Some of us have just been

upgraded to what they call team
leaders and as a result, they pay
us a small stipend, which is real-
ly not a salary plus we get paid
commission. And they're only
calculating the money based on
the salary which is $345 a week
and not the commission.
"I been working with the com-
pany for five years and number
one, the money just don't add
up. I mean I been here for five
years, and you trying to pay me
for one year's worth of salary -
that don't make sense to me. So
as a result I didn't take any mon-
ey, I didn't sign anything and I
told them I'll revisit them later,"
she said.
According to lawyer Paul
Moss, who was called to the
premises by a laid off worker,
Harborside has no legal right to
withhold severance cheques sim-
ply because employees refused
to sign a release form. ,
"If a company terminates any-
body, those persons have worked

Tourism downturn

blamed for Harborside

Resort layoffs

FROM page one way" affect the operation of the resort.
FROM page one While reports reached The Tribune that some
staff at Harborside were not accepting their sev-
operated by Atlantis. It was a joint decision. It is erance packages, Mr Matheson said that in faqt an
always a very difficult decision that was made "overwhelming majority" had.
with all the consideration in the world, but unfor- The remainder, he said, were "thinking over"
tunately, considering the economic environment, the situation.
it was something we had to do," he said. "Our offer is consistent with Bahamian labour
Most of those fired yesterday are from the sales law, which is a formula that considers both the
and marketing departments, along with some position and time with the company. The offers
administrative professionals. are also consistent with those made by Atlantis
Asked if and when these persons may be Resort to their impacted associates.
rehired by the resort, Mr Matheson said it was "We are also offering additional services,
"difficult to say" as the resort expects the tourism including outplacement service, to help the
market to continue to soften in 2009. impacted associates; a letter of reference and a
"This decision in no way dampens our enthu- leniency letter: In addition we are paying for an
siasm for the Bahamas as a market for luxury additional six months of insurance and we are
vacation ownership resorts," Mr Matheson said. also paying for all vacation, holiday and sick
"Harborside at Atlantis has historically been one time," he said.
of our most popular destinations and is one of the Starwood denied reports that only Bahamians
finest ownership resorts in the Caribbean. We were being terminated from the resort.
fully expect to relaunch all our sales and mar- "We have actually made a number of staffing
keting programmes when the economy changes in recent weeks, including the termina-
improves." tion of the project director who is an American
r Matheson ai4 qt4he tfph ort bfxppidate.ftddy,pvwe iiavE ohly'otte:expatcwork-l:.
w tiltemain open, as yesterday's lay-offs "in no ing at Harborside Resort," he said.

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Deadline for receipt of applications is

November 21, 2008.

and are entitled to what the law
prescribed. There's no need for
anybody to sign anything in order
to get (their) cheque. It is illegal
in this country for them to with-
hold the salaries of those persons
- they don't have to sign any-
"That's their money, they
worked for it, the law prescribes
that they are entitled to it give
it to them," he said yesterday.
According to information
reaching The Tribune some
employees who have issues over
their severance packagesplan to
take their case to the Labour

David Matheson, vice presi-
dent of corporate communica-
tion at Starwood, said the sever-
ance offers were "consistent with
Bahamian labour lawss).
Starwood blamed the "increas-
ingly challenging economic envi-
ronment" for the downsizing of
the 140 employees. Mr Mathe-
son said after the firings
Harborside was left with 150
employees: 80 persons in sales
and marketing and.70 in resort
Harborside consists of 392 lux-
ury timeshare villas just yards
away from Atlantis' Marina Vil-


FROM page one
a man broke into their home in
Seven Hills, off Baillou Hill
Road South, assaulted her
before tying her up and getting
With her hands and arms
bound with duct tape, she strug-
gled to call police for help.
Chief Superintendent in
charge of the Central Detective
Unit Glenn Miller said police
are linking the violent crimes.
Mr Miller said: "She was tied
and bound up, and yet some-
how she was able to call the
police. Police found her with
her arms and legs tied together
with duct tape."
He said she reported the
assault, that her cell phone had
been stolen and said her hus-
band was missing.
Mr Miller added: "She sus-
pected something had hap-
pened to him, and that whoever
had broken into her house had
something to do with that."
He said police are investigat-
ing all angles, but have not nar-
rowed down the murder as drug
or gang-related.
Anyone with any information
which may assist investigations
should call police on 919, or call
Crime Stoppers anonymously
on 328-8477.


FROM page one
deputy director on Friday, Mr
McCartney spoke out against insin-
uations made in an unnamed
media outlet that the decision to
ask the men to leave was in any
way related to illegal activity at the
The men are: Samuel Moss, JT
Rolle, James Pratt, Weston Saun-
ders and Lambert Canipbell.
Admitting that corruption is an
issue at the department, Mr
McCartney said that any connec-
tion drawn between that concern
and the group's retirement is "not
. "I don't want that to be on those
persons who have retired. That's
not the case," said Mr McCartney.
Meanwhile, Mr McCartney also
confirmed speculation that Jack
Thompson, former Director of
Road Traffic Control, will take
over as Director of Immigration
from Veron Burrows effective this
,01 I u1owslrtired separately.,
.. long.with Dputy Directbi
'Wiflidm cDohl~ld, and is now
scheduled to take up a posting ,s
Ambassador to Cuba.
Mr McCartney said the officials
have not yet been replaced but they
will be in due course. He confirmed
the changes are part of an overall
"restructuring" effort at the depart-
John Pinder, President of the
Bahamas Public Service Union,
told a local daily over the week-
end that the move will see "some of
the qualified, experienced younger
officers who were at a lower rank"
in the department given a chance to
try their hand at more senior levels
and modernise the organisation.

Attorney criticises

govt for not offering

resorts incentives to

circumvent layoffs

FROM page one

than for them to give the kind of concessions to allow (the
resorts) to keep them on," Mr Moss told The Tribune just
hours after 140 workers at Harborside Resort were told their ser-
vices were no longer needed.
"Any caring'government would say to management, 'This
is a position that we cannot support and here is how we're
going to assist the process; we know that your electrical
costs are substantial and we are prepared as a government
to take subsidies to allow you to not pay in order to keep
these people on the job'.".
"With a month to go before Christmas, with foreign
nationals still on the job, they're allowing Bahamians to be
displaced in this market. After the government has given
them tens of hundreds of millions of dollars in concessions
to allow this property to be as successful as it is for such a
long time. And now we see, men and women, who have
families that depend on them to be in this predicament with
no hope it is absolutely heartbreaking to me," he said.
The firings come just under a week after Atlantis let 800
workers go due to low occupancy rates and a sluggish
tourism sector. Two days prior, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham gave a sobering address on the state of the econ-
omy and unveiled an unemployment assistance programme
for unemployed and under-employed persons.
The plan is to be funded from the National Insurance
Board's (NIB) Medical Benefits Reserve account, which
holds more than $100 million. But Mr Moss thinks this
won't be enough to sustain thousands of persons currently
; out of workit ,. ;-,,- -. .r '. -..< ) :,f j ;t b-
"Not only is it not enough (the unemployment assistance
plan) but I submit that the' priim'e miniistel ddges 't have ny,
plan for the unemployment assistance, but even if he does,
it is (only) $100 million. I ,
"If Atlantis lets go 800 people last week, Harborside.
(close to) 150 people this week; what is that going to say?
The precedent has already been set for properties around
the country to allow persons to be terminated in the fashion
that these persons are being terminated," he said, sur-
rounded by a cluster of recently laid off Harborside work-
Haborsidce jointly owned by Atlantis and Orlando-
based Starwood Vacation Ownership blamed the termi-
nations on "an increasingly challenging economic environ-
ment. "
Vice-president of corporate communications at Star-
wood, David Matheson, said the decision to terminate these
workers came down to both Atlantis and Starwood.








Section 5(d) of the Roads Act, Chapter 201, (Amended 2001)

Pursuant to section 5(d) of the Roads Act, chapter 201 (Amended 2001) Notice is hereby given that the Minister responsible
for Public Works intends to extinguish (remove) that section of Adelaide Road shown (red on the plan) at Appendix 1 to
this Notice and define the new route of travel in an easterly and westerly direction as that of the newly constructed un-
named roads between South Ocean Boulevard and Adelaide Road as hereunder described.

That section of road (formerly called the Rock Plant Road) intersecting Adelaide Road approximately 0.5 miles east of
the intersection of Adelaide Village/ Adelaide Road intersection and running in a northerly direction for a distance of
approximately 1.0 miles to its intersection with another "Unnamed" Road herein referenced as Road B.

That section of road running from the northern end of Road A in a westerly direction for a distance of approximately 2.8
miles to its intersection with South Ocean Boulevard.

Note that the road closure and the use of the new road corridor simultaneously come into effect as 7:00am, Monday
17th November 2008.

Note also that the posted speed limit for Roads A & B is 45 miles per hour excepting that section of Road B measured
from its intersection with South Ocean Boulevard for a distance of approximately 0.64 miles due east for which it is
posted at 30 miles per hour.

These new road sections (Road A and Road B) will be the new main routes for public travel in the south-western part of
New Providence in an easterly and westerly direction..


Anita Bernard
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Works & Transport
P.O.Box N-8156
Nassau, Bahamas

14th November, 2008

Appendix 1 to Road Closure
New Road Route Notice

Ministry Of Works and Transport

Extinguished Section of
Adelaide Road
New Road Corridor

,-- r NewCorridorRoadA
New Conidor Road B
*emmllilCorridor Road C
Cosed Section of Adelaide Road

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Crushers a vance...

Senior Sports Reporter
For the second consecutive year, the St
Bede's Crushers advanced to the
Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools'
best-of-three championship series as
the undefeated pennant winners.
Last year's runners-up are hoping that this time
around, they will go all the way and dethrone
the defending champions St Thomas Sparks when
the series gets started on Monday at Loyola Hall.
While the Crushers prevailed in their sudden
death playoff yesterday with a hard fought 31-25
decision over the fourth place St Francis/Joseph
Shockers at St Bede's, the Sparks won 39-27 over
the St Cecilia's Strikers at St Thomas More.
Coach Ricardo Freemantle said the Crushers
are definitely looking to get the monkey off their
back and win the title that eluded them last year
in the decisive three games.
"It's a wonderful feeling to get back to the
championship," said Freemantle, who works
along with Donnie Culmer. "We are undefeated
again getting into the championship.
"But this time, we are going to bring the cham-
pionship back to St Bede's. We've worked very
hard to get to this point and we don't want the
same thing to happen to us."
Kyle 'Flash' Turnquest, the fifth grade scoring
machine for St Bede's, exploded for a game high
19 points to power the Crushers into the final.
Dwight Weatley added five before he fouled out.
Turnquest, who quite remembered the agony of
defeat last year, said he's looking forward to the
thrill of victory when they come through this
"It's a good feeling. I tried my best and I play
my best all the time," he pointed out. "I did what
I had to do to get us the win. I'm just glad that we
The game was a sentimental one as it brought
former Crushers coach Maurice Fawkes back to
St Bede's as the coach of the Strikers.


For Turnquest, there was too much at stake
for him to get caught up in the moment... ..
"I just played as if it was a normal game," he
stressed. "I just went out there to play to win."
Turnquest said his mind is on winning the .
championship and he wasn't prepared to let any- .
thing spoil his bid. I
Fawkes had mixed reactions after suffering the
. loss, despite a well balanced scoring attack with
Ahkeem Neely leading the way with nine, Tristan .
Lightbourne adding five and Brandon Wilson
and Dario Butler both chipping in with four.
"It was a bitter-sweet feeling because this was 4.,
my old stomping ground," said Fawkes, who three
years ago coached at St Bede's. "In the end, they
came out on top, so hats off to them."
At first, it appeared as if St Francis/Joseph ,
came to St Bede's for a major upset." '
They jumped out to a quick 8-4 lead after the
first quarter as Ahkeem Neely canned six points
and Brandon Wilson got a pair of free throws. '
But in the second quarter, St Bede's managed
to shut out St Francis/Joseph as Turnquest went
to work, coming up with five of their seven points
to surge to an 11-8 margin at the half. Adrian .
Mackey added the next two.
In the third, the Strikers struck first to take a 14-
11 lead as Tristan Johnson and Dario Butler hit
back-to-back jumpers. But that was short lived as:
Weatley converted a three-point play and Turn-
quest added a free throw for a 15-14 St Bede's at
the break.
The game actually started to go St Bede's way
with about five minutes left in the fourth when St
Francis/Joseph lost Wilson to five fouls.
After hitting two free throws for a 19-19 tie,
Turnquest canned one of two more charity shots, :
got the offensive rebound and a tip in to push St t .
Bede's up 22-19 and they never trailed.
Tristan Lightbourne's jumper with about two
minutes on the clock drew the Shockers within .
two, 24-22. But in the final two minutes, Turn-
quest fueled a 5-0 run with two big baskets for a

SEE page 13 ... *-.

Sparks knock off Sfikers,

head to championship

NBA penal

Boston Celtics star Kevin Garn
suspended for one game and Ph
Shaquille O'Neal has been fined
separate incidents over the week
Garnett was penalized for hiti
kee's Andrew Bogut in the face ne
Saturday's game. Garnett will sit
night when the Celtics host the
Knicks. O'Neal was fined for verbal
official and failing to leave the c
after being ejected Sunday ni

Mavericks beat Knick

DIRK Nowitz-
ki and the Dallas W
Mavericks dug
out of a big hole
to snap a five-
game losing
streak and F41
leave the New '
York Knicks .*
wondering what "
the heck hap-
dNa aw t z k G
scored seven of
his season-high
39 points in over-
time and grabbed
15 rebounds in
the Mavericks'
improbable 124-
114 victory Sun-
day at Madison Square Garden...

Wade misses pr

Dwyane Wade sat out practice M
treatment on a sprained right ank
Wade, the NBA's second-leadi
27.9 points per game, is listed as
decision in Miami's matchup in W
Tuesday. He has played through
sprains in the past...

Sports Reporter
ANOTHER year, another
championship appearance for the
St Thomas More Sparks in the
Catholic Diocesan Primary bas-
lties ketball tournament.
The. defending champions made
full use of their home court advan-
nett has been tage and eliminated the St Cecilia's
oenix center Strikers, 39-27 in yesterday's semi-
I $25,000 for final.
;nd. A-fter a foul prone and an
ting Milau- uncharacteristically slow start for
ear the end of both teams, the scoring picked up
out Tuesdav considerably in the second half.
e New York The Sparks scored on their first
lly abusing an three possessions of the game and
:ourt quickly failed to score another basket while
eight against the Strikers could only manage a
free throw for a 6-1 score after the
See page 12 first.
Both teams combined for just 16
first half points as the Sparks took
cs in OT an 11-5 lead at half-time.
The Sparks' dynamic duo of Joel
Morris and Deajour Adderley
came out firing in the third quarter,
0- propelling their squad to a 14-point
margin, their largest lead of the
4& Both players entered the third
S with just two points apiece but
scored the bulk of their points in
the second half.
Adderley finished with 13 points
while Morris, who made his pres-
ence felt on both ends of the floor
with his blocked shots and
rebounding, finished with a team
high 15.
Morris opened the third quarter
with 7 consecutive points to give
his team a 18-7 advantage.
Adderley added to the scoring
run with a driving runner and one
of two free throws to cap a 10-2
run, giving his team a 21-7 lead.
The Strikers' George Charite
See page 12 made a pair of long range jumpers
to trim the deficit to 10 entering
the third quarter, 21-11.
,actice In the fourth, the Sparks again
opened the quarter on an 8-0 run
led by Adderley and sixth man
ii Heat guard Sebastian Gray.
onday to get Marcellas Wilkinson ended the
le. Strikers' drought with a three point
ing scorer at play, followed by Ivoine Ingra-
a game-time, ham's jumper which trimmed the
ashington on lead to 10 once again, 29-49.
similar slight Morris and Gray controlled the
paint on the defensive end of the
Seepage 12 floor, forcing bad jumpshots and

snatching boards over the smaller
Strikers defenders.
The Sparks' vaunted halfcourt
trap and transition offense pro-
tected a double digit margin as the
defending champions advanced to
the finals with the 12 point win.
Gray chipped in with four points
while Daniel Hall finished with
Charite led the Strikers with
eight points, while Wilkinson fin-
ished with seven and Ingraham
chipped in with six.
The Sparks will advance to face
the St Bede's Crushers in the finals
after the Crushers eliminated the St
Francis and Joseph's Shockers 31-
25 in the other semifinal yesterday.
Sparks' bead Coach Nkomo Fer-
guson said his team separated
themselves in the second quarter
with a tough defensive effort and
looked ahead to the championship
matchup offering a prediction of

the outcome.
"Early in the game we came out
a bit sluggish but later in the game
we pulled out good defense," he
said. "We just have to come out
firing from the break. Execute and
watch our foul trouble and just
come out firing because St Bede's
is a good team. We plan to beat
them in too but it is going to be a
hot two games."
The Sparks' big three of Morris,
Adderley and Gray savored the
victory briefly, but looked ahead
to the championship series and the
adjustments the team needs to
Morris said he was intent to play
better defense in the second half,
something they need to do to cor-
rect the mistakes they made in their
earlier meeting against the Crush-
ers. "They were shooting a lot of
jump shots so if I couldn't stop
them I had to try and get the.

rebounds. I feel like we have to
play good defense and get better
on offense too."
Gray said his team needs to
make its most drastic changes
"We have to prevent their ball
handlers and control their forwards
and that's it and we can take it
home," he said. "But for right now
it feels great to make the champi-
onship again."
Adderley will be matched up
against the Crushers' dynamic scor-
er Kyle Turnquest and said he and
his team are ready to accept the
challenge of repeating as champi-
"I just think it will be a good
series and we have to come out
ready and to play hard," he said.
"We just need to play more
defense and hustle more."
The championship series begins
next Monday at Loyola Hall.

'; 1



Garnett suspended for one


O'Neal fined $25,000

O'Neal out of the game for a fla-
grant foul in the second quarter of
Sunday's game in Phoenix... Kevin Garnett, left, and Milwaukee Bucks' Andrew Bogut, right, exchange blows in the second half of an 'NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008,
in Milwaukee. Both.Garnett and Bogut were charged with technical fouls after the play.
(AP Photo: Ross D Franklin) (AP Photo: Darren Hauck)

Mavs beat Knicks in OT

Send five-game skid

* By The Associated Press
DIRK Nowitzki and the Dallas Mav-
ericks dug out of a big hole to.snap a
five-game losing streak hnd leave the
New York Knicks wondering what the
heck happened.
Nowitzki scored seven of his season-
high 39 points in overtime and grabbed
15 rebounds in the Mavericks' improba-
ble 124-114 victory Sunday at Madison
Square Garden.
"We just told ourselves; 'Stay with it
and get some big stops and offensively
keep attacking,'" Nowitzki said. "We
had to get off this losing streak, so what-
ever I had to do, the team told me to
keep shooting and play aggressively."
Dallas outscored New York 19-2 over
the final 7:26. The Knicks were 0-for-14
after Quentin Richardson's basket with
2:28 left in regulation that made it 112-
"We could have won the game,"
Knicks forward Zach Randolph said.
"We had a chance to win the game. But
the ball won't fall for us. There's nights
like this. We've just got to keep our head
up and keep going.."
In other NBA games Sunday, it was:
Phoenix 104, Detroit 86; San Antonio
90, Sacramento 88; Denver 90, Min-
nesota 84; Orlando 90, Charlotte 85; and
Toronto 107, Miami 96.
At New York, Josh Howard added
season highs of 31 points and 14
rebounds, and Jason Terry scored 16 of
his 20 points after halftime to help the
Mavericks improve to 3-7. With the vic-
tory, Dallas avoided its first six-game
skid since Feb. 29-March 9, 2000.
"We've been playing some close
games and the fourth quarter has been a
problem for us,". point guard Jason Kidd
said. "This is a veteran group so
nobody's panicked."
Randolph had 27 points and 18
rebounds for New York.
"We played well enough to win. We
should have won in regulation and we
didn't," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni
said. "We gave them a little hope. Now-
itzki and Howard are very good basket-
ball players. You've got to give them
Suns 104, Pistons 86
At Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire had
29 points and 11 rebounds on his 26th
birthday and Phoenix overcame
Shaquille O'Neal's second-quarter ejec-
Steve Nash, back from a one-game
suspension for his part in a skirmish with
several Houston players, added 17 points
and seven assists for the Suns, who
already.were without two players before
O'Neal was tossed for a flagrant foul
with 5:19 left in the first half. Boris Diaw
had 13 points for Phoenix.
Richard Hamilton scored 19 for the

Dallas Mavericks,forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, drives past New York Knicks' forward David Lee during the fourth quarter of an NBA
basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Mavericks beat the Knicks 124-114.

(AP Photo: Mary Altaffer)

Spurs 90, Kings 88
At Sacramento, Calif., Michael Fin-
ley scored 21 points and Tim Duncan
had 20 for San Antonio, including two
key baskets in the final minute.
Duncan's short jumper tied it with 49
seconds left and his bank shot off a drive
put San Antonio ahead for good at 90-88
with 15.5 seconds remaining.
John Salmons had a season-high 31
points for the Kings.
Nuggets 90, Timberwolves 84
At Denver, Chauncey Billups scored
26 points, J.R. Smith had eight of his 14

points in a decisive fourth-quarter stretch
and Denver overcame poor shooting to
hand Minnesota its eighth straight loss.
Carmelo Anthony added 14 points
and 12 rebounds to help Denver improve
to 5-1 since the Nuggets acquired Billups
in the trade that sent Allen Iverson to
Al Jefferson had 20 points and 14
rebounds for Minnesota. The Timber-
wolves haven't won since beating Sacra-
mento in their opener.
Magic 90, Bobcats 85
At Charlotte, N.C., Hedo Turkoglu
scored 20 points to lead Orlando, Mick-

ael Pietrus added 18, Rashard Lewis had
17 and Jameer Nelson 15.
Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard
was shut down by Charlotte's defense,
scoring just four points and fouling out
for the first time this season.
Gerald Wallace had 17 points for the
Raptors 107, Heat 96
At Toronto, Chris Bosh scored 27
points, and Jermaine O'Neal had 11
points and 18 rebounds to help Toronto
snap a two-game losing streak.
Dwyane Wade scored 29 points for

* By The Associated
Tuesday, November 18
Cleveland at New Jersey
(7:30 pm). The Cavaliers
have won seven straight. On
Saturday night, LeBron
James had 38 points in
Cleveland's 105-93 victory
over Utah.
Dirk Nowitzki, Maver-
icks, scored seven of his sea-
son-high 39 points in over-
time and had 15 rebounds in
Dallas' 124-114 victory over
New York.
Amare Stoudemire,
Suns, had 29 points and 11
rebounds on his 26th birth-
day in Phoenix's 1-4-86 vic-
tory over Detroit.
Chauncey Billups,
Nuggets, had 26 points in
Denver's 90-84 victory over
Minnesota. Denver is 5-1
since acquiring Billups in the
trade that sent Allen Iver-
son to Detroit.
Chris Bosh, Raptors,
scored 27 points in Toron-
to's 107-96 victory over Mia-
Dallas closed with a 19-2
run in its 124-114 overtime
victory over New York on
Sunday night. The Knicks
didn't have a field goal after
Quentin Richardson's bas-
ket with 2:28 remaining in
regulation that made it 112-
Denver beat Minnesota
90-84 to hand the Timber-
wolves their eighth straight
loss. Minnesota's lone win
came in its opener. ... Okla-
homa City has lost seven
straight after opening 1-1.
San Antonio signed Blake
Ahearn on Sunday, adding a
new face to the backcourt
with Tony Parker recoverF.
ing from a sprained ankle.
The Spurs signed he 6-foot-
2 Ahearn from Dakota of
the NBA Development
League. He played in 12
games for Miami last season,
averaging 5.8 points and 1.6
assists. The Spurs also
waived guard Desmon
"The laws of physics say
that a body in motion stays
in motion. So if you have
two objects meet in the air,
the smaller object is going
to -fall much harder. I've nev-
er been the type of player to
,take anybody out, so I obvi-
ously went to the ball. The
little guy ran into a brick
Shaquille O'Neal after
he was ejected for a flagrant
foul in Phoenix's victory
over Detroit on Sunday
night. Detroit's Rodney
Stuckey went up for a layup
and O'Neal sent him crash-
ing chest-first to the court.

Wade misses

practice with



Miami Heat guard Dwyane
Wade sat out practice Monday
to get treatment on a sprained
right ankle.
Wade, the NBA's second-
leading scorer at 27.9 points per
game, is listed as a game-time
decision in Miami's matchup in
Washington on Tuesday. He
has played through similar slight
sprains in the past.
Wade got hurt during the
third quarter of Sunday's 107-96
loss to the Toronto Raptors, but
was able to complete the game.
He was clearly limping at times
and finished with 29 points on
13-for-31 shooting from the





shake up

Rattlers to

win title in b-

ball classic

Sports Reporter
IN the first major high
school basketball tournament
in New Providence, the C V
Bethel Stingrays made a pow-
erful statement as a contender
expected to be one of the top
teams in the Bahamas:
The Stingrays outlasted the
C I Gibson Rattlers 59-55 to
take the championship in the
3rd. Doris Johnson Mystic
Marlins Preseason Basketball
In a hard fought game that
featured numerous ties and
lead changes from start to fin-
ish,.the Stingrays used their
size advantage on the interior
to gain an edge on the offen-
sive glass which proved to be
the difference in the game.
The Stingrays began the
game on a 7-0 run and rode
that momentum to a 15-13
lead after the first quarter.
Led by speedy floor gener-
al Junior Denis, the Rattlers
fought their way back into the
game to tie it at 26 at the half.
The Rattlers bench players
kept them in the game in the
third quarter and led. the
charge towards a 42-lead after
three quarters.
Stingrays reserve forward
Rio Johnson scored eight, of
his 10 points in the fourth
quarter on a series of offen-
sive rebounds and put backs.
Johnson's eight point streak
gave the Rays a 50-49 lead
with 4:36 remaining in the
Patico Leadon picked up
the scoring slack for C V
Bethel, scoring the team's
final six points to seal the
championship win.
Leadon, who finished with a
team high 18 points, was
named the game's Most Valu-
able Player.
His tip in gave the Stngrays
a 58-53 lead witth ju's 1:11
remaining and his free throw
with 22.6 seconds remaining
sealed the win.
Leadon said he was pleased
with his team's performance
but they will look to build
upon the early success.
"We played well, we ran the
floor and rebounded okay but
-we still have some things we
can get better at if we want to
keep winning," he said. "We
can get better defensively, tak-
ing better shots and just play-
ing together. We should be
Samuel Johnson and Bran-
don Bromwell controlled the
paint for the Stingrays on both
ends of the floor with offen-
sive rebounding and timely
shot blocking on defense.
They finished with eight
and six points respectively
while Kendal Fowler chipped
in with 10.
Denis led the Rattlers with
a game high 19.
Stingrays head coach Thur-
man Johnson said he kept his
team grounded in the huddle,
preaching late game execu-
"I told them we have got to
dig deep and fight hard to
come out with this win," he
said. "All they had to do was
to execute down the stretch
with the.things we had worked
on in practice to get to this
point and in the end it all
worked out for us."
Johnson said his team
would savor the tournament
win, but recognizes that there
are improvements to be made
to have a successful season.
"We just have to work
harder on a lot of things. I saw
some things in the game we
still have to improve on. Some
of the guys rebounded well
but at other times they didn't
have good court awareness
and they made inadvertent
passes. Therd were some laps-
es in defense as well," he said.

"But they know this is just the
beginning...they continue to
get better."


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Diplomats on rapid rise to top...

WESTMINISTER COLLEGE is hoping to make an impact in the BAISS with four teams entered in basketball. Shown are players from the junior boys and girls and senior boys and
girls teams with coach Geno Bullard and HumbeW College International office manager Amanda Koski...

Westminister junior, senior girls join league

as BAISS basketball season gets underway

Senior Sports Reporter
LAST year, the Westminister Diplo-
mats were the toast of the Bahamas
Association of Independent Secondary
Schools (BAISS), winning their first
senior boys basketball title and finish-
ing as-the junior boys runners-up.
This year, coach Gino Bullard is
adding the junior and senior girls'
teams to the league and he's hoping
to bring some more acclaim to West-
minister as they continue their rapid
rise to the top when the season gets
underway this week.
"Thq girls' programme is very excit-
ing now based on our success with the
boys programme," Bullard said.
"We're optimistic about what they are
going to achieve this year also."
Last year, the Diplomats won the
senior boys' crown over the Jordan
Prince William Falcons, \but. they fell
short in the junior boys division as they
were beaten by the Falcons.
Bullard will be assisted by Carl Hor-
ton, who will have to fill in for him
whenever two of their teams have to
play on the same day as the case when
the seniQr.boys and.junior girls have to
play, while the senior girls and junior
boys play.
In any event, Bullard said the Diplo-
mats are prepared for the challenge
and definitely feel as if they will be
contenders for all four titles.
Ask any of the players and they
would agree with you.

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WESTMINISTER College. coach Geno
Bullard and Amanda Koski...

Kristin Stuart, a 12th grader back
for his second year on the senior boys
team, said their aim is to come back
and prove that their victory last year
wasn't a flute.
"We are coming back to defend our
title," he said.
Stuart said the Diplomats have a
number of big men who will make the
difference in the team's bid to duplicate
last year's feat.
Michelle Burrows is, a15-year-.old
10th grader who will play point guard
ohn the junior girls' team.
And she's eager to get started.
"I believe that we have the team that
can win the championship. We have a
very talented team and we all can play

Not to be left out in their debut is the
senior girls. Point guard Kristina Bas-
tian, another 15-year-old 10th grader,
said they are just as excited as the
junior girls to make their impact.
"We have a team that can win it all,"
she said. "I think the success of the
boys last year has really motivated us
and so we know.to do what they did,"
she told Tribune Sports.
Last year, the junior boys had a per-
fect season going until they played the
Falcons in the final where they lost it
Travis Rolle, a 14-year-old 10th
grader who expects to play a vital role
in their success this year, said he does-
n't sed why they can't win it all.
"I believe that we have the best team
in the league," he said.
Derek Adams, a 13-year-old ninth
grader, is looking forward to the oppor-
tunity for the Diplomats to display
their skills and win the title that "got
away last year." Adams agreed that
they have a very talented team this
Said Horris McKenzie, a 14-year-
old 10th grader: "This year we have a
much better team, so we definitely feel
that we can win the championship. This
is our year to really shine." :a
And.Tra-.is..Johnson. a 13-) ear-old
ninth .grader, has just as much hopes
for the Diplomats, not just in the junior
boys, but all four divisions.
"We are just teams, we are like a
family and we have learned to play
together as one," said Johnson.
Yesterday, members of the ,team and

other aspiring college students got a
special visit.
Amanda Koski, the manager of the *
International Recruitment Internia-
tional Office at Humber Institute of
Technology @ Advanced Learning,
stopped in to address them.
Koski, a former basketball player,
is in town on a recruitment visit for
Humber. She shared some valuable
points to the student population on
the requirements of entering Humber.
At present, Humber has four
Bahamian students enrolled in its
Toronto, Canada-. based institution
that has three campuses, but she's hop-
ing that.she can attract some more.
Koski, who spent today in Abaco on
anadditional recruiting session, will
be attending the College Fair sched-
uled to be staged at the Radisson Cable
Beach Hotel on Wednesday and
Koski was a guest of Bullard, who is
the official Bahamian recruiter for
Humber and Seneca College, who will
be attending the fair, as well as Sheri-
dan, who will not be coming down.
"I'm trying to show my students that
not everything is evolved around the
United States," Bullard said. "If they
don't get a good GPA or SAT or.they
doo't paisAbei GCS1 theyca.t go
anywhere especially in these tough eco-
nomic times when college fees are
around $40-50,000."
Bullard said the colleges in Canada
are not just affordable, but also acces-
sible and so he's hoping that they can
get mord Bahamians to venture there.

STUDENTS AND PLAYERS of St Bede's celebrate after their victory over
St Francis/Joseph Strikers...

Crushers advance...

29-22 lead.
"This was probably the best game they played," Fawkes reflect-
ed. "The other teams they played were not that developed, so to see
them step up and play the way they did against a team that was
undefeated and play so well was a great feeling.
"We played well, but our big man got fouled out and I think that
was the turning point for us. For St Bede's, coach Culmer did a good
job, but Flash played very well for them. We tried to put a defense
on him, but in the end he was able to get through."

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KYLE 'FLASH' TURNQUEST in action yesterday...




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Taliban reject Afghan president's offer for talks

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THE WEAPONS seized from the suspected Taliban militants are dis-
played at a police station after an Afghan forces operation in Khogyani
district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday,
Nov. 17, 2008. Afghan troops repelled a Taliban attack in Nangarhar
province Sunday, killing three militants, police said.


Taliban militants rejected
an offer of peace talks with
Afghan President Hamid
Karzai, saying Monday there
would be no negotiations until
foreign troops leave
Afghanistan, according to the
Associated Press.
Karzai offered Sunday to
provide security for reclusive
Taliban leader Mullah Omar
if he enters negotiations and
said the U.S. and other West-
ern nations could leave
Afghanistan or oust .him if
they disagree.
But Zabiullah Mujahid, a
Taliban spokesman, said there
could be no talks while for-
eign troops are in the coun-
"The Taliban's (leadership)
decided they will not take part
in any peace talks with Karzai

or Karzai's administration
until such a day when foreign
forces leave Afghanistan,"
Mujahid told the Associated
"The Taliban will pursue
jihad against foreign forces
and (Karzai's) government."
he said, speaking from an
undisclosed location.
In Washington, State
Department spokesman Sean
McCormack questioned
Karzai's security guarantee.
"One can't imagine the cir-
cumstances where you have
the senior leadership of the
Taliban that there would
be any safe passage with
respect to U.S. forces. Cer-
tainly, it's hard to imagine
those circumstances standing
here right now," McCormack
The White House also
made clear its distaste for the
idea of talking with Taliban
leaders right now, particularly

Omar. "We support Hamid
Karzai. We think that he is a
leader that has only the best
interests of his country in
mind. What we have seen
from the Taliban, however,
and from Mullah Omar -
who we haven't heard from in
some time is an unwilling-
ness to renounce violence,"
White House press secretary
Dana Perino said.
Karzai has dismissed the
Taliban demand for foreign
troops to leave, saying they
are needed to keep
Afghanistan safe.
The Afghan president has
long supported drawing the
Islamist militia into the politi-
cal mainstream if they accept
the country's constitution and
repudiate al-Qaida. But his
repeated offers to talk could
also be aimed at portraying
the insurgents as bent on vio-
lence instead of potentially
legitimate rulers.

U.S. political and military
leaders are also considering
negotiating with some ele-
ments of the Taliban as the
insurgency gains sway in large
areas of Afghanistan, espe-
cially its south and east.
Afghanistan is going through
its worst violence since the
2001 U.S.-led invasion ousted
the Taliban government in
2001. In the past, no senior
Taliban leader has publicly
indicated the hard-line
Islamist movement is willing
to enter serious talks with
what they call Karzai's "pup-
pet government."
Mujahid said the peace
overtures are a political ploy
by Karzai ahead of next years
planned presidential elections.
. "Why did he not ask for
these negotiations seven years
ago?" Mujahid said. "Now it is
useless to ask for peace nego-
tiations. It is just part of his
electiord campaign."

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18, 2008

Shipping agency

battle on 'foreign

owner' claim

Business Editor
A FREEPORT-based cus-
toms broker has urged the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) to investigate whether
two shipping agencies are
Bahamian-owned or 'fronting'
for foreign companies a
charge that was yesterday vehe-
mently denied by the two com-
panies involved.
Forrester Carroll, the well-
known newspaper letter writer,
and Expert Customs Broking's
managing director, in a Novem-
ber 17, 2008, letter to GBPA
chairman Felix Stubbs called on
the Port to "conduct due dili-
gence" on Inchcape Shipping
Services (Bahamas) and Sea-
port Agencies (Bahamas).
Mr Carroll said the two com-
panies were operating in an
industry that "has long been
reserved exclusively for 100 per
cent genuinely-owned Bahami-
an companies" despite anecdo-
tal evidence to suggest they
were foreign-owned.
Seaport Agencies (Bahamas)
is listed on the website of
Venezuelan-based Seaport

Agencies, which was founded
in 1998, as one of its satellite
offices. Its Bahamas' area co-
ordinator was listed as
Roseliano Bascon.
When Tribune Business con-
tacted Mr Bascon on his listed
numberyesterday, he told this
newspaper: "In this case, for
this speak to Captain Jag Bahl,
and he will explain things."
When.contacted at Freeport
Transfer, Captain Bahl denied
Mr Carroll's claims that Sea-
port Agencies (Bahamas) was
owned by the Venezuelan par-
ent, telling Tribune Business:
"It's owned by Darvikson, a 100
per cent Bahamian-owned com-
He described the Bahamian
company as a sub-agent, or
"franchisee" of the Venezuelan
one, using its name and repre-
senting it in the Bahamas. Cap-
tain Bahl acknowledged that if
Seaport Agencies had been
Venezuelan owned, it would
not have been allowed into the
Bahamian shipping agency mar-
Seaport Agencies (Bahamas),
SEE page 6B

Moss: $10m 'distressed

property' fund planned

Business Editor
A Bahamian financial services
k executive is working to put
together a $10 million fund to
buy distressed home proper-
ties in this nation, telling Tri-
bune Business yesterday that it could pre-
serve home ownership dreams for struggling
borrowers and also assist commercial banks.
Paul Moss, an attorney and contender for
the PLP's St Cecilia nomination, who runs his
own financial services business, Dominion
Management Services, said the fund would
both "alleviate the strain" on hard-pressed
families by allowing them to keep their homes'
and relieve commercial banks from the costs
of holding an ever-expanding foreclosed prop-
erty portfolio.
Explaining that the fund would not be seek-
ing instant returns on its investment, as tradi-
tional banks did with their mortgage loans,
Mr Moss said similar real estate investment
trusts were being set up across the world to
target the acquisition of distressed properties.
With Mr Moss due to further participate in
a series of meetings on the $10 million fund's
creation, he told Tribune Business yesterday:
" We're putting together a fund to buy some of
these distressed properties. I think there's a
real possibility we can actually do it. They're
doing it in Europe and the US.
"It's just phenomenal to see that so many

Move would allow troubled
borrowers to stay in homes,
and alleviate banks of
expanding foreclosed
property portfolio

homes are at risk [in the Bahamas]. There's no
question that banks can foreclose on distressed
properties any time they want.
"But they've got to take out insurance on it,
and then keep a check on the property or oth-
erwise a joneser could end up living there,
graffiti could be sprayed all over the property,
and people could break in there to smoke
Mr Moss pointed out that given the overall
economic downturn, complete with rising
unemployment and reduced incomes, banks
were faced, with a dwindling buyer pool for
foreclosed properties they were finding
increasingly difficult to shift from their books.
And, when properties are not occupied,
they deteriorate in condition and value quick-
ly, making it difficult for banks-to cover their
exposure and recover the full loan amount.
With banks not wanting to become real
SEE page 5B


sees 15-20%



Business Editor
Chamber of
has not
escaped the
itself, its
-telling Tri-
bune Busi-
ness yester-. Philip
day that
was down by around 15-20 per
cent as a result of non-renewals
and small business members
going out of business.
While some 50-60 per cent of
Bahamian businesses were now
likely to be operating under
budgetary constraints, Philip
Simon said the economic out-
look was "not dire but serious",
and encouraged businessmen

SEE page 4B

Bahamas firm moves '40-50%' of Harborside

.Business Reporter.
A BAHAMIAN manufac-
turer yesterday launched a new
line of cleaning products that
will not only help diversify the
economy but will also generate
much-needed seed money for
Junkanoo groups.
Bahamas Extruders and
Investments (BEXCO)
launched the Junkanoo' line
of cleaning products and signed
an agreement with the National
Junkanoo Committee to
donate 50 cents from each of
the first 100,000 cases sold and
provide a total donation of
$50,000 over the 2008-2009
Junkanoo season.
The line includes Bahamian-
manufactured bleach, widow.
cleaner and an all-purpose
Glen Rodgers, Bexco's pres-
ident, said that despite the cur-
rent economic climate, the com-
pany saw a void in local com-
petition for imported cleaning
products that needed to be
"Take, for example, our win-
dow cleaner. It is as good or
better than Windex, and it sells
for 30-40 per cent less. A case of
the all-purpose cleaner Will sell
for around $14," Mr Rodgers
"The events of this year
demonstrate that it is very

important for Bahamians to fos-
ter homegrown business and
industries that would leave us
less prone to hardship when the
outside world experiences eco-
nomic decline. Local agricul-
ture and manufacturing are
more important than ever."
Simon Wallace, the senior
accountant for BEXCO, added:
"Locally manufactured prod-
ucts, like Junkanoo, keep more
money in the economy. They
also encourage local employ-
ment, since more people are
needed to make the product, as
the Bahamian demand increas-
Culture minister Charles
Maynard, who attended the
signing, welcomed the donation
and the assistance the funds
would provide groups chal-
lenged by funding. NJC chair-
man Philip Cooper said they
were extremely pleased to sign
the agreement with BEXCO,
and wished the company suc-
BEXCO grew out of the
efforts of Bapak Ltd, which was
created to manufacture plastic
bottles for the local water, juice
and chemical industries. The
company diversified into BEX-
CO and began production of
PVC pipes and filings. Origi-
nally with a staff of seven peo-
ple in a 6,000 square foot pro-
duction facility, it now employs"
75 people in a 60,000 square
foot factory.

employees redundant

Business Editor
A TRADE union leader yes-
terday criticised "the manner"
in which resort industry redun-
dancies were being carried out,
as another 130-140 Paradise
Island tourism sector workers
lost their jobs.
Speaking just after the Har-
borside Resort at'Atlantis time-
share complex made "pretty
close" to 40-50 per cent of its
workforce redundant, mainly in
its sales and marketing and
administration departments,
Obie Ferguson, the Trades

Union leader criticises 'the manner' in which
hotel sector lay-offs are being carried out

Union Congress (TUC) presi-
dent and labour attorney, told
Tribune Business it was unfair
for redundancies to suddenly
be sprung on hotel workers.
He argued that they needed
more advance warning if their
jobs were in jeopardy to pre-
vent them from taking on addi-
tional unnecessary financial
commitments, such as impend-
ing vacations, when they need-
ed to conserve all available cash

Referring to the spate of
resort industry redundancies
now taking place, Mr Ferguson
told Tribune Business: "My crit-
icism is not levelled at what the
hotels are doing. My criticism
is levelled at the manner in
which it's being done.
"It's very difficult [for
employees] when there's no pri-
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Deputy PM reassures on financial services

* By Lindsay Thompson
Bahamas Information Services
DEPUTY Prime Minister
Brent Symonette has pledged
that the Government will
ensure "the Bahamas continues
to be the premier financial des-
tination in the region" by cre-
ating an environment conducive
to doing business.
Addressing the Bahamas
Financial Services Board's
(BFSB) Bahamas Briefing 2008
dinner at Old Fort Bay last
week, Mr Symonette said that
in the midst of layoffs, particu-
larly in the hotel sector, one of
the things the Government can
do is "reassure" that its financial
services sector is protected and
will not go through another
blacklisting like it did in 2000.
"We were able to produce a
financial services environment
in the Bahamas that probably
masters any in the world. We
are committed, whatever hap-
pens, to make sure that we pro-
vide in the Bahamas an envi-
ronment that is conducive for
each and everyone of us to con-
duct business," Mr Symonette
The BFSB itself had concerns
regarding a proposed External
Insurance Act, and that the
international community is
aware of provisions under the

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette speaks during the Bahamas Financial Services Board's
Bahamas Briefing 2008 dinner at Old Fort Bay last Thursday...

recently passed Private Trust
"People need to know that
we have these services in the
Bahamas that will appeal to
your clients wherever they are,"
Mr Symonette said.
"We are going through some

times that are uncharted, and
probably will have some pro-
found effects on you and the
Bahamas. We are committed to
[ensuring that] the Bahamas
continues to be the premier
financial destination in the

Citibank coy on

Bahamas plans



Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
international Business Companies Act 2000 notice
is hereby given that the above-named Company has
been dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant
to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 6th day of November, 2008.

Lynden Maycock




Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice
is hereby given that the above-named Company has
been dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant
to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 5th day of November, 2008.

Amelia Echecopar Florez




Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice
is hereby given that the above-named Company has
been dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant
to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 5th day of November, 2008.

Amelia Echecopar Florez

Company 'carefully managing
headcount levels' and targeting
58% efficiency ratio, but does not
.directly saywhether this involves
Bahamas redundancies or not

Business Reporter
CITIBANK (Bahamas) yes-
terday said it was "carefully
managing headcount levels"
and targeting a 58 per cent effi-
ciency ratio, as its global head
office moves to cut some 50,000
persons or 20 per cent of the
bank's worldwide workforce.
Responding to yesterday's
announcement, Rose Ferguson,
Citibank (Bahamas) public.
affairs officer, would not direct-
ly say whether this meant any
Bahamas-based staff would be
made redunant immediately or
in the near future as a result of
the bank's global restructuring.
"As part of our effort to
reduce expenses to reach our
stated goal of an efficiency ratio
of 58 per cent, we are carefully
managing our headcount levels
as we re-engineer the company
in line with our stated goal and
market realities. This is a glob-
al effort and the local franchise
is committed to ensuring the
success of this strategy," the
Citibank (Bahamas) statement
Reuters reported yesterday
that Citibank was cutting anoth-
er 53,000 persons (14 per cent of
its global workforce) from its
The cuts are expected in the
near-term and are on top of the
roughly 23,000 jobs eliminated
by the second-largest US bank
between January and Septem-
ber 2008. This would leave Cit-
igroup with about 300,000 jobs
worldwide, down 20 per cent
from the end of 2007.
Cuts are expected from lay-
offs, the sale of units and attri-
tion. Citigroup plans to slash
expenses by 20 percent from
peak levels and spend $50 bil-
lion to $52 billion in 2009, com-
pared with $59.8 billion in 2007.
The cuts are chief executive
Vikram Pandit's most dramatic
move yet to restore profitabili-
ty and bolster a sagging share
price. Last week, Citigroup's
stock fell into the single digits
for the first time since Sanford
"Sandy" Weill created the bank
in 1998 from the merger of
Travelers Group Inc and Citi-
Shares of Citigroup fell 18
cents to $9.34 in pre-market
Mr Pandit became chief exec-
utive last December, and has
faced much criticism from
investors and others for failing
to implement a workable turn-
around plan for Citigroup.
The New York-based bank
has lost more than $20 billion in
the last year, hurt by bad bets
on complex and risky debt,
often tied to mortgages. Some
analysts say the bank might not
be profitable before 2010.



SHOWN (1-r) at the dinner are: Joshua Sears, director-general, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Wendy Warren, chief
executive and executive director, BFSB; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brent Symonette;
and Basil O'Brien, former Bahamas High Commissioner to London...

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'40-50%' of Harborside employees redundant

FROM page 1B

or warning."
Adding that the redundancy
process was "devastating" to all
affected, Mr'Ferguson said it
was being made more "dis-
tressing" by the fact that it was
being landed on hotel industry
workers suddenly.
"If they're aware of what is
going to happen, they may want
to conduct themselves differ-
ently" on their financial affairs,
Mr Ferguson told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday.
"You're called away from
your work, and in the space of
20, 30 minutes told that you're
being terminated because of
redundancy. It's a shocker.
That's the concern I have."
Mr Ferguson told. Tribune
Business that relations between
himself and Baha Mar,.the
Cable Beach resorts owner,
were currently cool after he
informed the 13 affected mem-
bers of the Bahamas Hotel

Managerial Association
(BHMA) in advance that their
jobs were to be terminated.
Addressing the "difficulty
we're having" at the Sheraton
Cable Beach Resort, Mr Fer-
guson said Baha Mar had gone
straight to redundancy with
respect to the BHMA members,
who he represents, as opposed
to-going through the different
stages in the union's industrial
That agreement, signed when
the Sheraton was still branded
as a Radisson and owned by the
Government, not Baha Mar,
provided for reduced work
weeks (rotations) and lay-offs,
before going to redundancy, Mr
Ferguson said.
"They decided to go straight
to redundancies," Mr Ferguson
said. "The preceding steps
should have been done rota-
tions, then lay-offs, one week
on, one week off, before going
to redundancies. We are
presently trying to resolve that.

"We thought that in the cir-
cumstances, people need to be
told. But the company took
exception to the fact that we
notified the employees before
they were made redundant. The
requirement is that we must do
that. We must inform them.'?
Meanwhile, the Harborside
Resort at Atlantis timeshare
complex, which is owned by a
50/50 joint venture between
Kerzner International and Star-
wood Vacation Ownership, was
last night left with just 150 staff
after the redundancies were
The 130-140 redundancies
unveiled yesterday, combined
with the 800 announced at
Atlantis last week, take the
number of Paradise Island
tourism redundancies to just
under 1,000.
David Matheson, Starwood
Vacation Ownership's vice-
president of public relations,
told Tribune Business that
"pretty close" to 40-50 per cent

of Harborside's original 290-
strong workforce had been
made redundant. Harborside
has some 392 timeshare units.
With 2009 largely being
viewed as a "write-off" by the
wider Bahamian tourism indus-
try, and a year in which survival
and loss minimisation are the,
key objectives, the timeshare
segment is not immune from
the chill winds of the global eco-
nomic downturn.
Timeshare buyers, who effec-
tively purchase time in which
they can use a property during a
particular year, have been heav-
ily impacted by the US real
estate market collapse, Wall
Street crash and general eco-
nomic downturn, which has left
them with less wealth and liquid
assets. Confidence, too, has
been shattered in many cases.
While forms of vacation own-
ership are being viewed as more
resilient than traditional hotels
in combating current market
conditions, given the ownership

element. That has been true for
Kerzner International, with the
Cove's 600-room condo hotel
and Reef at Atlantis understood
to have been more resilient than
the other Atlantis components
due to the residential owner-
ship element at their core.
In the case of Harborside at
Atlantis there are likely to be
other factors that have played a
A key source of buyers for
Harborside was Atlantis itself,
and specifically its guests. With
occupancies and business at
Atlantis below expectations,
this has translated into fewer
. potential timeshare customers
and hence falling sales.
In addition, Harborside has
not added any new inventory
since the 116 two and three-
.bedroom units installed as part
of the Phase III expansion were
completed, and with no new
inventory the opportunity for
sales has diminished.
Mr Matheson confirmed yes-

terday that "the majority" of
Harborside timeshare units
were "sold out, but there is a
pretty substantial amount of
inventory left".
Adding that he "can't even
guess" when the timeshare mar-
ket would rebound, Mr Math-
eson added: "I think in all that
there are 150 employees left,
including the resort operational
side and who we have left in
terms of sales and marketing."
Starwood ran the sales and
marketing operation, Mr Math-
eson said, while Kerzner han-
dled more the operations side.
He described yesterday's down-
sizing as "a joint decision" tak-
en by the two companies.
"We've had reductions
throughout the company," Mr
Matheson confirmed. "It's not
specific to Harborside at
Atlantis. We've had redundan-
cies from Hawaii to Florida.
There will be more in the com-
pany, but none are planned at

Chamber sees 15-20% membership decline

FROM page 1B

and entrepreneurs to "view the
glass as half full" to avoid talk-

ing the economy further into
recession and depressing confi-
Referring to the Chamber's

own membership situation as a
guide to what was happening in
the Bahamian business com-
munity, Mr Simon told Tribune

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The Human Resources Manager
c/o: The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
DA 68923
Nassau, Bahamas
Deadline: Friday, November 28, 2008.

Business: "The figure we seem
to be floating around is any-
where from a 15-20 per cent
loss, because people are holding
back and not renewing, and
because a lot of small business-
es, individuals and two-to-three
man operations literally don't
exist any more."
He added: "I would say the
majority of businesses are hurt-
ing, because when you look at
the numbers it's a very closely
linked business community.
"The economic model we
built on was tourism and finan-
cial services, and that is linked
very closely to the US econo-
my. It's a direct effect.
"Our membership is telling
us very clearly that their in trou-
ble. There's no doubt about it.
Some businesses will collapse."
- Mr Simon said that given the
Bahamian economy's openness
and exposure to external events,
every business in this nation
Would see some aspect of their
operations impacted by the US
and global economic downturn,
.and their already-devastating

effect on the tourism industry
and national employment lev-
The Chamber executive
added that anywhere from 50-
70 per cent of Bahamian busi-
nesses were likely to be feeling
the pinch. "It's maybe 60-70 per
cent. I'm not sure," Mr Simon

"I don't think we've got to
the bottom of this recession, so
I'd say probably 50-60 per cent
of them are operating under
serious budgetary constraints
depending on where they are
in their business cycle, but I
imagine that number will
increase. Many businesses are
really hurting, others are 'in a
loss position and many will
become non-existent.
I "I would advise businessmen
and entrepreneurs to view the
glass as being half-full. Some
may say it's half-empty or total-
. ly empty."
Mr Simon said the Bahamas

had been fortunate in some
senses, in that its foreign
exchange rate regime and fixed
exchange rate had protected the
banking system from the sub-
prime mortgage crisis and its
subsequent credit squeeze.
In addition, the foreign-
owned commercial banks oper-
ating in the Bahamas were all
Canadian-owned institutions
that had not participated in sub-
prime lending, with that coun-
try's banking sector being more
robust than any in the G-8.
"It's not dire, but it's a very
serious situation. A big part of it
is not to cause distress in the
market because of the uncer-
tainty that exists,". Mr Simon
"Business and investment is
based on confidence. Certain-
ly, we are in a serious situation
today and possibly over the next
year. In this case, the best
offence is the best defence. You
do that by examining cost struc-
tures and making prudent deci-
sions not just in the next year,
but into the future."

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estate owners and property
developers themselves, and dis-
tressed homeowners desperate
to stay in their homes, Mr Moss
said the opportunity for his
planned fund was clear.
"What this fund would do
would be to alleviate the strains

on the families by allowing
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while an economic recovery
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property prices. That, in turn,
would enable Mr Moss's funds
to sell such properties for a
Mr Moss. yesterday said he
wanted to launch the initiative
through Dominion Mortgage
Brokers, his in-house mortgage
brokerage business, and "see

how best we can turn around
what's happening".
He added: "You have to be
creative and that's what's going
to help us in these difficult
times. It's not the traditional
things that will help us.
"The banks are in a serious
predicament as well. They have
a serious decision to make as
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are at the beginning of the
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"In many instances, people
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repaying their mortgages for a
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to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement .of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of NOVEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that YVEROSE JEAN-LOUISE
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship,'for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who.
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 11TH day
of NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

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Nassau, Bahamas


NOTICE is hereby given that MAGDALA MARC of
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Probate Side
Late of 116B Charles Vincent Street, Southern District
New Providence, The Bahamas, Deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim or demand
against the above. Estate are requested to send the same duly certified in
writing to the undersigned on or before the 20th day of November, 2008
after which date the Executors will proceed to distribute the assets
having regard only to the claims of which they shall then had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all persons indebted to the
said Estate are requested to make full Settlement on or before the
date hereinbefore mentioned.

Attorney for the Exectors
No. 10 Deveaux Street
P.O. Box N-4877
Nassau, The Bahamas

Probate Side
Late of Carmichael Road in the Western District of the Island
of New Providence within the Commonwealth Of the
Bahamas, Deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim or demand
against the above. Estate are requested to send the same duly certified
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2.70 1.95 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
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Legal Notice

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Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 14th 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 14th 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 Busines's Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of SEAVIEW GARDENS INC. has been
completed; 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 GUI HE INVESTMENT LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

Citigroup to shed about

53,000 more workers

AP Business Writer
group Inc. is shedding approxi-
mately 53,000 more employees
in the coming quarters as the
banking giant struggles to steady
itself after suffering massive
losses from deteriorating debt.
The New York-based bank,
,which has already reduced its
assets by about 20 per cent since
the first quarter of the year, also
plans to trim expenses by 19 per
cent in 2009 from third-quarter
levels, to $50 billion.
The plans, posted on the com-
pany's Web site, were discussed
by CEO Vikram Pandit at the
company's town hall meeting in
New York Monday with
The company said it is shrink-
ing its work force by 20 per cent
from its 2007 peak of 375,000.
The company had already
announced in October that it
was eliminating about 22,000
jobs from that level.
About half of the expected,
work force reductions will come
from business sales; Citigroup

already announced that it was
selling Citi Global Services and
its German retail banking busi-
ness, accounting for about
18,000 jobs. Citi is planning to
sell other businesses, too, but
has not announced them yet, a
spokesman said.
The other half of the work
force reductions will come from
layoffs and attrition, the
spokesman said.
The New York-based bank
has posted four straight quar-
terly losses, including a loss of
$2.8 billion during the third
In an effort to instill confi-
dence in the company, Citi-
group emphasized in its presen-
tation Monday that its Tier 1
capital ratio, a measure of finan-
cial strength, is 10.4 per cent
after a $25 billion investment
from the government part of
the $700 billion financial rescue
package passed by Congress last
month. That ratio is higher than
peers Bank of America Corp.
and Wells Fargo & Co., after
their purchases of Merrill Lynch
and Wachovia Corp., respec-

Citigroup also stressed that it
has doubled reserves in a year
to $24 billion; that its revenues
are stable; and that Citigroup
has lower exposure to US con-
sumer mortgages than JPMor-
gan Chase & Co., Bank of
America and Wells Fargo.
But the announcements were
not met with enthusiasm from
investors. Citi shares fell 46
cents, or 4.8 per cent, to $9.06 in
morning trading. The compa-
ny's shares have been trading
at 13-year lows.
Shortly before the town hall
meeting in New York, Citigroup
Chairman Win Bischoff said at a
business forum in Dubai, Unit-
ed Arab Emirates, that it would
be irresponsible for Citi and
other companies not to look at
staffing in the event of a pro-
longed economic downturn.
"What all of us have done -
and perhaps injudiciously -
we've added lot of people over
... this very benign period,"
Bischoff said.
"If there is a reversion to the
mean ... those job losses will
obviously fall particularly heav-
ily on the financial sector," he

added. "Certainly they will fall
particularly heavily on London
and New York."
A Citigroup spokesman said
that while certain regions and
businesses might have higher
concentrations of job cuts, they
would generally be across the
entire company and around the
In his comments to The Asso-
ciated Press, Bischoff did not
rule out the likelihood that Citi's
leaders would go without bonus-
es this year a move that
would effectively amount to a
substantial pay cut for the com-
pany's executives.
"Watch this space," he said
when asked about lost bonus-
On Sunday, Goldman Sachs
Group Inc. said seven top exec-
utives, including Chief Execu-
tive Lloyd Blankfein, opted out
of receiving cash or stock bonus-
es for 2008 amid the ongoing
credit crisis.

AP Business Writers Adam
Schreck in Dubai and Stephen
Bernard in New York con-
tributed to this report.

Shipping agency battle on 'foreign owner' claim

FROM page 1B

he added, had been in existence
for three years, and was focused
on leveraging its brand name to
provide in-port services to
tankers and other commercial
Describing business as "tick-
ing up", Captain Bahl said:
"The biggest thing is that the
tanker business is controlled by
global market forces, and we
were not able to break into it
until we got involved as a sub-
agent for Seaport.
"We were able to break in,
and with Global [United's]
problems, we were able to pick
up new agency contracts."
Meanwhile, Captain David
Hall, Inchcape Shipping Ser-
vices (Bahamas) general man-

ager, did not return Tribune
Business's call on his cell or
office number seeking com-
But, in a previous interview,
he denied that Inchcape Ship-
ping Services (Bahamas) was
foreign owned. When ques-
tioned about the concerns rival
shipping companies had about
Inchcape's involvement, and the
presence of a major global play-
er in the Bahamian shipping
agency industry, Captain Hall
replied:."I can't see why they
would be concerned about
When probed about the
nature of the tie-up between the
Bahamian operation and Inch-'
cape, and whether the latter-had
any equity interest in the 'for-
mer, Captain Hall said: "I have
no knowledge of that, and I'm


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Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
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reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
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the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of
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(No.45 of 2000)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the Dissolu-
tion of PASADENA SERVICES LTD. has been completed, a Cer-
tificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore
been struck off the Register. The date of completion of the dissolution
was the 10th day of November, 2008.


100 per cent Bahamian."
When asked whether he
meant that he and other
Bahamians owned Inchcape
Shipping Services (Bahamas),
he replied: "Yes, sir."
In his letter to Mr Stubbs, Mr
Carroll wrote: "We are advised
that, in both their cases, their
modus operandi is to centralise
all their business transactions
with clients through their head
"They simply use their satel-
lite offices in Freeport, with a
skeleton staff of Bahamians, to
actually perform the required
services, on behalf of their
clients whose ships may call at
Freeport orNassau eb Thebhly
money tiat passes tlir6 gh the
offices here in Freeport,. ware
told, is for salaries and other
incidental expenses.
"In the case of Seaport Agen-
cies, we are advised that they
actually have a Venezuelan rep-
resentative attached to the
Freeport office who provides
total oversight to the opera-
This is not the first time such

concerns have been raised, at
least in the case of Inchcape
Shipping Services (Bahamas),
which has picked up the in-port
contract to service Carnival's
cruise liners in the Bahamas.
One shipping industry source
said of Inchcape: A concern is
their ability to undercut every-
one in the Bahamas, as they can
subsidise with other business
they do, or just wait to put
everyone else out of business.
"In fact, Carnival never put
the business out for bid, so it
seems like Carnival used this
US company because of the
leverage they can put on Inch-
cape worldwidee" .
It appears that. 6th icheapp,
whieh-is owned globally.Jy
Istirhmar. the -tubai-goverri-
ment entity thatis also a Kerzn-
er International shareholder,
and Seaport Agencies have
moved to pick up business and
fill the void left by Global Unit-
ed, the firm owned by PLP
Clifton general election candi-
date, Jackson Ritchie.
Inchcape is stocked with for-
mer Global United executives.

Legal Notice



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


To: All Members of The Public Workers'
Co-operative Credit Union Limited

Savings Distributions

Dividend Distribution

Surnames Dates

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G-M November 17 November 21, 2008

A-F November 24 November 28, 2008

Thereafter, dividend cheques will be distributed
until January 30th, 2009

Distribution of Christmas Savings cheques
begins Monday, December 1, 2008

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section' 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
The date of commencement of dissolution is the 8th day of
April, 2008.

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4 Boxed by fashionable
drapers? (7)
8 Is obliged to take part in
the chase (3)
9 Actor involved in the
'drama is aiming to
please (9)
10 They gather in the
countryside (7)

11 Jason's craft heads north
in the atmosphere (5)
13 Commonly do (6)

Music in stock (6)
Barker put in business
rig-out (5)

19 Picture held in fancy (7)
21 Left alone by those who
seek advances? (9)
23 Food that may be
bolted (3)
24 The boss went without
head pupil (7)
25 Try a paper (5)

1 Acted as a director and
employed her inside (7)
2 A witness who takes no
part in the proceedings (9)
3 It's pure nonsense holding
Eastern money (5)
4 A press organisation thinly
scattered (6)
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hard stone (7)
6 Brazilian port or I am
wrong (3)
7 Senior member gives a
party with foreign
money (5)
12 They vary according to
inclination (9)
14 In France the one in
disputable freedom (7)
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welcome (2,5)
17 Up-to-date humorist has a
success (4-2)
18 Associations for
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20 Clergyman in drink is
confused (5)
22 Most authors have written
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Sudoku Puzle
Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid w t
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The dilliculty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku. increases from Monday .

Difficulty Level ****


Kakuro Puzzle


Lubomsir ubojevic v John
Nuon, Sritak 1987. Some chess
openings are specially favourable
for tactics. Strong players vwit
recognize this position as comrgM
from the MarshaVl Attack, where
Black gambits a (entrat pawn
to target the white king Top
F ; ,i .--j..; ... ..i -, , ;.
written a book on the Marshall, s
he was on chosen territory here.
I. II, It. l r qr....-..j ...r* .
and two pawns for Black's extra
queen, and at first glance Nunn
is in trouble as White threatens
both fxn4 and bxai/(t6 creating
a dangerous passed pawn. A

single black move transformed
the situation. Can y spotR Black's
Cess: B725 l.-g3! Z t xg4 BfR2* 3 I Nh3/hl 2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

10 11 12

13 14 15 16

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Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

Across: 1 Detachment, 8 Reeve, 9
Tremolo, 10 Private, 11 Delta, 12
Bugler, 14 Edward, 17 Igloo, 19
Goliath, 21 Ascribe, 22 Siren, 23
Down: 2 Evening, 3 Arena, 4 Hatred,
5 Emended, 6 Troll, 7 Now and then,
8 Republican, 13 Emotion, 15
Anagram, 16 Agrees, 18 Laces, 20

Across: 1 Bad manners, 8 Elder, 9
Caution, 10 Trounce, 11 Bulge, 12
Unsafe, 14 Recoup, 17 Incur, 19
Angular, 21 Spinach, 22 Soggy, 23
Down: 2 Arduous, 3 Moron, 4
Nickel, 5 Equable, 6 Spill, 7 In jeop-
ardy, 8 Enthusiasm, 13 Farrago, 15
Obliged, 16 Rashly, 18 Cling, 20

1 Extreme edge (5)
4 Remove mooring
lines (4,3)
8 Immerse
momentarily (3)
9 In a state of
decline (2,1,3,3)
10 Examine closely (7)
11 Investigation (5)
13 Merrymaking (6)
15 Absolute truth (6)
18 Heathen (5)
19 Freedom (7)
21 Without
reservation (3,2,4)
23 A lubricant (3)
24 In conclusion (7)
25 Adversary (5)

1 Showing promise (7)
2 By the way (2,7)
3 Jack (5)
4 Severely simple in
style (6)
5 8th sign of
zodiac (7)
6 Single (3)
7 Myth (5)
12 Intentionally (2,7)
14 Melodious (7)
16 Fidelity (7)
17 Indistinct (6)
18 Impervious (5)
20 Change position (5)
22 Soft white metal (3)




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

Sudoku Answer

S 124 98
12 312 9867
37, 39 78
37189 794
8 29 789 7i9
16 589 3471

7 16 79 931

HOW many wordsi four
letters or more can you make
fromthe letters shown here?
In making a word, each letter
may be used once only.Eaclv,
must contain the centre letter
and there must be at least one.
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 25; very good 36; .
excellent 47 (or more). Solution: .
city cyder decoy decry deity'
dicey DIRECTORY dirty dory
drey dryer dyer rectory retry
terry tidy toyed toyer trey
troy tyre tyro yeti yore


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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Bidding Quiz

Your right-hand opponent deals
and opens One Heart, neither side
vulnerable. What would you bid with
each of the following five hands?
1. 4 K9 K83 QJ743 4 AK6
2. 4 A7 V J7642 A83 4 KJ5
3. KJ53-V 7 *AKJ842 4+A9
4. 4 KQJ8752 V 4 6 4 AQJ3
5. 4 AKJ96 V 75 AQ4 46 K62
1. One notrump. This is the most
descriptive bid that can be made in
that it shows one or two stoppers in
the opener's suit, balanced distribu-
lion and essentially the same point
.count as an opening notrump bid.
A double would tend to show inter-
est in a suit contract, and would cre-
ate a rebid problem if partner
responded in either spades or clubs.
Two diamonds, the other possibility,
should be avoided with such a weak
2. Pass. Although this hand would
constitute an opening bid as dealer,
you should no longer want to say
anything after East opens one heart,
your best suit. There is no reason to
rescue your opponent, who is, for the
moment, in the frying pan, and place
yourself in the fire by entering the
fray with potentially no safe place to
3. Double. An overcall of two dia-
monds would be inadequate on two

counts. First, while it is true that an
overcall on the two-level is usually
based on a hand of opening strength,
there are limits as to how good an
overcall can be. A 16-point hand with
4-1-6-2 distribution rates well
beyond a minimum opening bid, and
an overcall, even on the two-level,
does not do the hand jiistice.
Secondly, there is the possibility of'
missing a game in spades if partner
happens to have four or more cards
in that suit. The double may uncover
the spade fit, whereas a two-diamond
bid might easily lose the opportunity
to find it.
4. Four spades. The leap to game
has both offensive and defensive
advantages. From the offensive
standpoint, partner does not need
much for 10 tricks to be made with
spades as trump. As a defensive
measure, the four-spade bid makes it
very difficult for the opponents to
exchange information and may pre-
vent them from reaching their best
5. Double. An overcall on the one-
level generally indicates a strong suit
and about nine to 16 points. For this
reason, an overcall of one spade on
this 17-point hand would be mislead-
ing to partner. The best way to show
the extra strength is to double first
and then bid spades at your next turn.

Tomorrow: Every card played tells a story.
,2008 King Features Syndicate Inc.

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REJUVENATED, refreshed and thoroughly
cleansed describes the way I felt after getting a
colonic. For those of you who are wondering
what that is, a colonic removes accumulated fecal
matter and toxic waste from the colon, leaving.
you feeling lighter and the body healthier.

People who choose to get a colonic do so
for a vanety of reasons, including as a help
with weight loss, gas release, skin disorders
like acne, cold hands and feet, constipa-
lion, diarrhea, or just to improve their
overall health. Whatever the reason, hav-
ing a colon irrigation will definitely bene-
fit the body in the long run.

The role of the colon

To understand the importance of this
procedure., it's helpful to consider the role
.of the colon. The colon works in conjunc-
tion with the kidneys to cleanse the blood
of toxins and poisons. In particular, the
colon is responsible for storing waste,
reclaiming water and salt from solid waste,
maintaining the body's water balance, and
absorbing some vitamins, such as vitamin
K, before the solid matter is eliminated
from the body.
The colon is an extremely important
part of the human digestive system, but
when it doesn't function properly if fecal
matter accumulates in the body and is not
eliminated properly or often enough.
allowing poisonous substances to build
up in the body it can cause the body to
develop any number of critical illnesses
including breast cancer in men and
women, prostate cancer, colon cancer and
many other diseases.
Kendra Bowe Cooper, a colon thera-
pist at Therapeutic Natural Health Spa
on East Bay Street, told Tribune Health.
"The colon is five feet long and inches
thick and one of (be main functions of
the colon is to absorb nutrients, minerals
and water from the food we eat. Now if we
eat cheese doodle that is what will be dis-
tributed throughout the body so it is
important to eat healthy."

Causes of constipation

Eating foods that are composed pri-
marily of glucose or sugar leaves residue
on the walls of the cdlon and this con-
tributes to constipation. "When we eat
foods like red meat, fried foods, flour
and white rice or foods with plenty sugar,
these kinds of foods act like glue on the
walls of the colon and it leaves a residue.
Toxins build up and we travel with this
residue for the rest of our lives and the
only way we can rid ourselves of this is by
getting a colon irrigation." she said.
To be more precise, when a person is
constipated the walls of the colon have
become encrusted with accumulated fecal
matter, www.tnhspabahamas.com
reports. The inner diameter of the colon
is reduced like a water pipe blocked by
mineral deposits and eventually the open-

ing becomes narrower and narrower
making it more difficult to pass waste
The website went on to explain that
since the colon wall is encrusted with
waste matter, the colon is unable to
absorb nutrients from food during the
last phase of the digestive process. Also,
waste from the blood stream, which
should normally be drawn into the colon
through the colon wall, is re-absorbed
bN the body, along with other toxins
resulting from the fermentation and
putrefaction of undigested food.
Since the walls of the colon become
narrower and narrower, this causes the
defecating process to become painful,
which means that constipation is often
an indication that your colon needs to
be cleansed.

Preparing for colon irrigation

But before you get your colon cleansed,
your colon therapist needs to know certain
things about your medical background.
such as if you suffer from any diseases, if
y.ou have upper or lower back pains. or if
you have any heart problems. Your colon
therapist will then ask you to give them a
few details about your last bowel move-
ment. For example, when was your last
bowel movement, the size, the colour.
how regularly you have a bowel move-
ment and wxhal your diet is like. Your
colon therapist will also tell you the foods
that you should eat to improve your bow-
el movements.
Before a colon irrigation procedure
begins, a cent is required to empty his/her
bladder before being placed on their back
on a comfortable therapy table. The colon
therapist then begins to massage the stom-
ach in the motion in which the colon is lying.
The therapist then places a scope inside
the rectum and a combination of warm
and cool water is gently infused into the
body, and the accumulated fecal matter is
removed from the colon walls. The pro-
cedure lasts for about 30 minutes and is
not painful. There is however, slight dis-
comfort in the abdomen during the pro-
While having a colon irrigation is ben-
eficial to your overall health, getting one
is not enough. One colon irrigation is
equivalent to removing a year's worth of
waste from your body, so whatever age
vou are that's how many procedures it is
recommended that you need.

For more information contact Therapeutic
Natural Health Spa located on East Bay Street.
in the East Bay Shopping Plaza at 393-1126.

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'Maximize Your Health While Building Your Wealth'

Tribune Features Writer

THINK that spending less
hours working means less pro-
ductivity and less money? Well-
Dr Gabi Cora, a medical doc-
tor for the last 20 years and a
corporate.wellness consultant,
has found a way to do it.
After having multiple patients
come in with complaints of
headaches, minor illnesses and
excruciatingly long work days,
she began to see a pattern that
needed solutions. Dr Cora for-
mulated the "Maximize Your
Health While Building Your
Wealth" workshop five years
ago, and has been travelling
throughout the US, Asia and
South America, promoting her
programme ever since.
"The medical paradigm was
not addressing these hard work-
ers' issues, so I decided to inte-
grate health and wealth issues
into one simplified plan," she
told Tribune Health. "And as a
physician I've always loved to

help people- achieve their best
potential, creating lifestyle
strategies, and promoting pre-
ventative medicine."
The health and wealth pro-
gramme looks at the. pressure
executives and workers have in
today's tough economic climate
to meet the challenges of a busi-
ness environment that has
increasing competition and
decreased resources.
Dr Cora works with any type
of business to reduce the work
day by up to 25 per cent. She
has successfully worked with the
soft drink industry, for compa-
nies like the Coca Cola Com-
pany and Pfizer, for organisa-
tions such as the University of
Miami and the World Bank, as
well as government programmes
like Employee Assistance.
At each workshop Dr Cora
takes individual's interests and
commitments into account while
formulating a plan for each per-
son to follow, including the four
pillars she's found to be essential
to human health.

The first pillar, she said, is
repetitive exercise. This sits at
the top of her list because it has
proved to be more relaxing than
sports. Activities like walking
or swimming are best, but it can
be expanded to include rowing
or training on an elliptical
Secondly, nutrition can be a
challenge for people who are so
busy they don't eat or, when
they do eat, they can only find
time for packaged or processed
snacks which are the least nutri-
tious foods. "Food is the fuel of
our brains and our bodies, and
inconsistent feeding makes
inconsistent production for suc-
cess." She compared this with
supplying a car with gas, which
everyone knows would not sim-
ply run on a gas supplement.
"Many people feel they can
replace food with supplements
at every meal and this is a prob-
lem. It turns into an 'over the
counter' problem because you
need an upper like coffee in the
morning, and a downer like

sleeping pills or alcohol to make
your racing mind fall asleep in
the night," she said, adding that
this cycle produces tense energy
instead of productive energy.
The third pillar is sleep.
"Many people minimize the
importance of this pillar because
they don't understand that when
you're younger, your body can
take a lot more abuse than when
you're older." In your twenties
for example, you may have been
able to skip a night or two of
sleep and still function topnotch
the next day, but in your thir-
ties, forties and fifties, bad sleep
cycles cause production to
decrease severely.
And finally, the fourth pillar is
relaxation. This will vary from
person to person, but can consist
of activities from repetitive exer-
cise, guided imagery, listening
to music, meditation, lying down
and closing your eyes, to build-
ing something you're very
focused on such as model cars.
There are those however,
who don't believe that such a

plan is applicable to the
Bahamian environment. Mr
Dionisio D'Aguilar, president
of the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, said that this is not
a subject that many Bahamians
would jump at. "Dr Cora is talk-
ing about a lifestyle change that
requires discipline. We all know
what to do for a healthier
lifestyle, we just need to disci-
pline ourselves to do it," he said.
Dr Cora's response to such
an argument however, is that
when you're in the trenches of a
tough work schedule, you're so
exhausted that you may not be
able to find a way out. "It's hard
to see any way you can step
back from commitments, and
unfortunately many only take
a rest once they get ill," she

Dr Cora is a wellness coach,
working with corporate warriors
and entrepreneurs, and a corpo-
rate wellness consultant assisting
organizations in the full ranae of

wellness to critical situations. A
renaissance woman, she is a
medical doctor with a master's in
business administration, a best-
selling author, keynote speaker,
spouse and mother of two young
adults. For more information, call
(305) 762-7632 or visit



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IF YOUR dog suddenly loses its house training manners a veterinarian should investigate the possibility of an underlying medical disorder.

Elimination probI


TODAY, one of the most common
complaints coming from dog owners
that I see in my practice at Central
Animal Hospital is that of house soil-
ing by adult dogs. Even the most reli-
ably trained dogs can have trouble
controlling bowel or bladder func-
tion, often the result of illness or

If your dog suddenly loses its
house training manners a vet-
erinarian should investigate the
possibility of an underlying
medical disorder. If there is no
evidence of physical illness you
will want to review recent
events that might have made
your pet anxious.
Dogs may lose desirable
habits in response to events that
are not obvious to their own-
ers. A female dog may be in
heat in the neighbourhood that
may arouse tension. A threat
from a new pet in the neigh-
bourhood will interfere with
your dog's territorial security.

There may also be changes in
the dynamics between your dog
and another house pet.
Dogs are sensitive to owner's
moods, so the loss of house
training habits sometimes
reflects an owners stress. Your
dog may react to tension and
withdrawal by reassuring terri-
torial claims with deposits of
urine or stool. This very act is an
immediate emotional relief for a
pet. They may even eliminate
in a place that is strongly asso-
ciated with their owner, for
example your bed or clothing.
During busy times many own-
ers attempt to just let the dogs

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them for a .walk.1 Because dogs
often require continuing
encouragement to eliminate
outdoors it is important to con-
tinue daily leash walks at regu-
lar intervals to maintain house
training. Spending more quality
time with your dog reduces your
own stress level and benefits
everyone's sense of well being.
When a dog eliminates in the
house most owners believe that'
their pet is aware of its misbe-



haviour because it acts.guilty.
Your pet is only responding to
your attitude or body posture
that signals impending punish-
ment. What is being called a
guilty look is really the anxious
facial expression and submis-
sive, cowering stance of a dog
that is attempting to ward off
what .it senses to be an impend-
ing punishment.
Your pet is unlikely to under-
stand why you are upset when
you return home to find an acci-
dent that happened earlier.
Ignore the mess and remember
that if you punish the dog he
won't know why you are pun-
ishing him.

If your dog loses his house
training manners follow these
three steps:
1. Prevent further accidents
by resuming basic house train-
ing. Walk your dog on a leash
within one and half hours after
each meal (or sooner). Reward
your dog's appropriate elimi-
nation immediately with abun-
dant praise, even give a treat as


2. Decrease your pet's desire
to return to soiled areas.
Odours must be removed in the
house because they will attract
the pet, and they may maintain
the objectionable habit long
after the initial cause of the mis-
behaviour is gone.
Thoroughly disinfect and
deodorize the soiled areas.
Many household-cleaning prod-
ucts such as white vinegar and
baking soda can neutralize the
odours that attract your pet to
the location. After cleaning,
block access to the target area
with an obstacle such as a piece
of furniture. Alternatively, feed
your pet near this spot or simply
place a bowl of water there.
3. Implement steps one and
two as soon as possible. The
longer the misbehaviour is
allowed to continue, the less
likely he will respond to cor-
rection if at all.

Dr Basil Sands is a veterinari-
an at the Central Animal Hospital.
Questions or comments should
be directed to potcake59@hot-
mail.com. Dr Sands can also be
contacted at 325-1288

CAMPAIGN 2008 2009
AS of October 2008, the
influenza vaccine will be
offered to the public free
of charge. The campaign
will cover the period Octo-
ber 2008 to March 2009.
The influenza campaign
is geared towards the fol-
lowing target groups:

Port Workers: Immi-
gration and customs offi-
cers, Nassau Flight Ser-
vices & Bahamasair
Health Care Workers
Uniformed Officers at
the prison and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force

Other persons "at risk"
for influenza include:

Persons 65 years and
Persons with chronic
lung and heart diseases
(heart failure, asthma,
People with anaemia
Persons with diabetes
Persons admitted to
hospital within the last
Immune suppressed
conditions: HIV, kidney
disease and cancer

Sites of distribution:
All government clinics
in New Providence, Grand
Bahama and the Family
Work sites
Homes of shut-in clients

Plans for distribution
Persons will be able to
walk into a clinic and get
immunized without hav-
ing to wait to be regis-
tered, which can be time
Outreach activities will
be conducted from the
clinic areas and EPI Unit
Influenza vaccines will
be made available to sites
such as the Royal
., athramas Defence Force
and the Prison'that admin-
ister tie vaccines.

For more information
contact Mrs Sandra Coleby,
acting principal nursing offi-
cer, at the Department of
Public Health @ 502 4700;
Ms Amelia Collie @ 502
4737 or Mrs Kendra Gar-
diner @ 502 4776.

The impact of 'aging' and 'diabetes' on your feet

OCTOBER was recognized as 'Older Person's Month'
and November is 'Diabetes Month'. In recognition of'
these designations, I thought that I would attempt to
address how the foot responds to both aging and dia-
betes in today's column.

Nature's cushion pads
Firstly, it is important to note that plantar (bottom
of foot) fat pads protect the bones, nerves and blood
vessels of the foot by absorbing and dissipating ener-
gy from impact and shearing forces when you walk and
run. I refer to these as 'nature's cushion pads'.
However, the smooth, hard man-made surfaces such
as concrete sidewalks and paved surfaces significant-
ly increase the impact and shearing forces on the fat
pads, causing them to degenerate over time. This
degeneration is referred to as 'the aging feet".
The long term effects of fat pads deterioration leaves
you with the bony prominences crying for cover. These
bony prominences no longer have the protective cov-
ering (fat pads) and so it is your responsibility to seek
the correct cover to protect the bones, nerves and
blood vessels of the foot.
You may ask what happens if I don't have the pro-
tective pads?
Well, you will be vulnerable to foot pain and
injuries, which in turn can eventually lead to immo-
bility. It is suggested that you seek preventative care
and buy proper footwear and orthotics. Your pedorthic
specialist can recommend the appropriate shoe insert
or accessory to prevent damage and/or alleviate foot

Diabetes is a serious disease that can develop from
the lack of insulin production in the body or the inabil-
ity of the body's insulin to perform its normal everyday
functions. .As you know, insulin is a substance pro-
duced from the pancreas gland that helps process the
food we eat and turn it into energy. This deficiency dis-
rupts the vascular system thus affecting not only the
eyes, kidneys, legs but also your feet.
Many diabetic foot problems arise from a combina-
tion of causes, but there are two main factors: Periph-
eral vascular disease which is indicated by poor cir-
culation; and neuropathy, or a lack of feeling. Whether
or not you have been diagnosed with neuropathy or
poor circulation, the truth is your feet are at risk.
Poor circulation or peripheral vascular disease, con-
tributes to diabetic foot problems by reducing the
amount of oxygen and nutrition supplied to the skin
and other tissue and causing injuries to heal poorly.
This is why a lot of diabetics have reduced blood flow

to their feet. This lack
of blood flow to the
feet is the leading
cause of amputations
in diabetics.
Neuropathy or the
lack of sensation/feel-
ing in the foot, is usu-
ally explained to dia-
betics as a loss of the
protective sensation in
their feet; the body no
longer has the ability
to feel pain. Addition- .
ally, nerves regulating
sweat glands that con- ..
trol the temperature .
of our body can be
damaged. Diabetics
suffering from neu-
ropathy can develop
minor cuts, scrapes,
blisters, or pressure
sores that they may not be aware of due to the insensi-

In sum, preventing foot complications is more critical
for the diabetic patient since poor circulation impairs the
healing process, and can lead to ulcers, infections and
other serious foot conditions that can possibly lead to
Ensure that you are wearing properly fitted shoes
appropriate to your foot shape and condition. Ill-fitting
shoes can rub, causing abrasions and ulcerations. Ideal-
ly, diabetics should wear therapeutic shoes with wide,
deep toe boxes. Socks should be seamless, with non-
binding tops that won't restrict circulation.
A footwear specialist or certified pedorthist can assist
in fitting you properly. Remember, if you have diabetes,
whether or not you have been diagnosed with poor cir-
culation or neuropathy, the truth is your feet are at risk.

Sandyport Plaza.
'The views expressed are those of the author and does not
necessarily represent those of Foot Solutions Incorporated or
any of its subsidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct
any questions or comments to nassau@footsolutions.com or
327-FEET (3338).

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A ENGLISH peas straight from the vine are one
of the tastlesi treats a gardener c.an enjoy.

' LOOSE-LEAFED lettuce is far tastier than iceberg
and grows well in Bahamian condilfons.

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WE know the vegetable growing season has started in
earnest when we grow those crops that demand to be
grown in only the coolest of our autumn and winter
months. These include snap beans, garden peas,

spinach and lettuce.

Snap beans can be started in September, but
grow best when planted in late October or early
November. Beans come.in dwarf and pole vari-
eties. Dwarf beans are perfect for the regular
garden as they bear quickly and in abundance
and then die off. Pole beans need a trellis to sup-
port them and take longer to produce beans.
Once they do, however, the crop is far greater
than dwarf beans.
Snap beans should be sown two inches deep
and three to four inches apart in rows. Water
them well while in the juvenile stage. Once flow-
ers have-droppedthebeans only4aldwea few-days
to mature. Snap beans should be picked before
tloe beans within the pods becoAie evident. If
you pick even a day late you may have tough,
stringy pods.

Garden peas

Garden peas are one of the treasures of a home
garden because, no preserved peas frozen or
canned taste like fresh. The exquisite sweet-
ness of fresh peas can only be experienced if you
grow your own.
Peas are one of those crops where one package
of seeds is often not enough. Regular peas need to
be supported and I like to use dead branches
about three-feet tall to stake them. Cultivated as
for snap beans, garden peas need to be picked the
day the pods are full. This will encourage fur-
ther flowering and pod production.
Sugar snap peas are popular because the pods
can be eaten as well as the peas, and this saves the
bother of shucking. Snow peas grow on tall vines
and need a trellis to grow on. I find that edible-
pod snow peas have'a longer growing season than
regular peas, especially when they are picked
regularly at an early, tender stage.

Leaf spinach

Leaf spinach is quite a demanding crop. It grows
best in well-mulched soil and needs daily watering.

Insects love spinach so you may find yourself hav-
ing to share your crop. That said, spinach is.a fast-
growing crop and you should be harvesting within
45 days.
Plant spinach seeds three-quarters of an inch
deep and allow five inches between plants. The
plants can be grown in blocks or in rows. Cut the
plant close to the ground when harvesting and
new leaves will grow back. These leaves will be
smooth or carunculated, according to the variety
you purchased.

.. ,. Ioose-leaf lettuce

Not all lettuce varieties, do well in the- i
Bahamas, even during our cooler seasons. Ice-
berg lettuce is out, though Great Lakes crisp-
head, a smaller and looser-leafed lettuce, grows
well but is sometimes bitter. Romaine lettuce
will grow, but needs to be germinated in soil in
the refrigerator. The quality of Romaine lettuce
is often coarse and close to inedible.
The choice for our climate is loose-leaf lettuce.
It grows quickly and the leaves can be picked
individually when only a few are needed. The
flavour is that of real lettuce, not mere crispy
wateriness. A bonus is the range of colours and the
variety of shapes loose-leaf lettuce comes in.
Choose from Simpson Black-Seeded, Salad Bowl,
Merveille de Quatre Saisons, Ruby Red and many
Each lettuce should be sown with at least a
square foot of soil available. There are hundreds
of seeds in a package so sow two or three seeds
and remove the weakest once the seedlings
Lettuces have relatively small root systems so
should be watered regularly and not allowed to dry
Both spinach and loose-leaf lettuce can be sown.
successively every month until about Easter.

* j.hardy@coralwave.com

GROW lots of spinach as it is good for you when you grow your own.

Fine lines and wrinkles, a visible sign of aging

WE all have a different
genetic code that determines
how we age. It is permanently
imprinted on your DNA
whether you will get crows' feet
or brow furrows, develop acne,
and how quickly you'll tan or
Although genetics plays a
part in how we age, our lifestyle
and diet are major contribut-
ing factors. Aging is
inescapable, however, the way
we age isn't, and you can fight
it. You can have vibrant com-
plexion and enjoy beautiful skin
at any age, provided you start
Does it seem like your age
has crept up on you unexpect-
edly? It is a fact that aging
doesn't occur overnight. It is a
gradual process, occurring at
about age 30. Here are some
of the most common signs of
aging. Examine the ones that
affect you.

Dryness of the skin
Dull complexion
Rough skin
Large pores
Blotches and age spots
Uneven skin tone
Fine lines and wrinkles

There are two types of aging
- extrinsic and intrinsic. Intrinsic
aging is the inevitable part of

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aging, your skin will follow this
process no matter what.

* Dryness of the skin
The sebaceous glands or oil
glands production decreases sig-
nificantly after the age of 30,
and this process continues over
the years.

* Thinning
The dermis and the skin's fat
layer begin to thin at about age
40. This process increases rapid-
ly at age 50, resulting in skin
sagging and softness. The thin-
ning of the fat layer makes the
skin more fragile and sensitive.

* Loss of temperature control
The sweat glands lose their
ability to function properly, not
producing sufficient sweat to
cool the skin.

* Loss of firmness
There is reduction in colla-
gen and elastin, the substance
that helps the skin to bounce
back into place. The skin has

less spring.

* Dull complexion
The skin's ability to shed
dead skin cells slows down,
resulting in a dull complexion.
This process of intrinsic aging
starts in our mid 20's, but takes
decades to become evident.

* Fine lines and wrinkles .
Above all, fine lines and wrin-
kles are the most visible signs of
aging. Fine lines and wrinkles
are signs of intrinsic aging this
form of aging is unavoidable.
The older we get our skin
becomes thinner and drier. The
collagen in our skin decreases;
there is a lack of elasticity and
static wrinkles begin to form.
Of course the rate of intrinsic
aging is not the same for every-
one, but varies from person to
person, genetically determined.
But all is not lost, there is
hope when it comes to extrinsic
aging, which results from expo-
sure to the environment

Extrinsic aging can affect how
well one looks for their biolog-
ical age. One way to appreciate
the difference between intrin-
sic and extrinsic aging is to com-
pare the skin on your face ver-
sus, say, the skin on your hips or
your upper thighs. Sun expo-
sure is the prime cause for
extrinsic aging.
Over-exposure to the sun is
responsible for at least 80 per
cent of the aging of the skin.
Over a period of time, fine lines
and wrinkles appear, progress-
ing into deep furrows.

* Sun protection
Wear sunscreen to protect
you from UV rays, known to
cause premature aging, and
eventually forming wrinkles.

* Healthy eating
Fruits and vegetables are an
important part of an anti-aging
diet; they contain antioxidants
which fight off free radicals that
cause cellular damage.

Here are a list of vitamins and
minerals that can help aging
Beta Carotene: carrots,
apricots and squash
a Vitamin C: oranges, kiwi,
and peppers
Vitamin E: cold pressed
vegetable oils, raw nuts and

Selenium: tuna, onions and
Zinc: whole grains, most
seafood and onions
Essential fatty acids: prim-
rose oil, flaxseed oil and olive

Increase water intake
Water moisturizes the skin
from the inside out, acting as
an internal moisturizer and pre-
venting pre-mature aging.

* Reduce alcohol intake
Alcohol dehydrates the skin,
depriving it of necessary mois-
ture to keep it soft, smooth and

* Quit smoking
Are you aware that cigarettes
contain ingredients such as ace-
tone, ammonia, arsenic,
formaldehyde, and nicotine?
Such chemical compounds are
harmful to the human body, so
just imagine the impact on the
skin. Smoking decreases the
oxygen supply to the skin result-
ing in dehydration and prema-
ture wrinkles.

(anti-aging skin treatments)

Alpha hydroxyl acids and
Retin-A are the two best known
topical substances studied for
their effect on wrinkles.

Vitamin C treatments are
also beneficial in restoring
youthful clarity and reducing
the appearance of fine lines and

Bio-Choice (no needle
alternative to Botox) is a needle
free alternative to the Botox
procedure. It reduces lines and
wrinkles by almost 30 percent
in 30 days when applied in a
series of salon treatments. .
This treatment firms and
tightens the skin providing an
effective, visible cosmetic lift.
Like any treatment, results vary
from person to person, factors
such as skin type, age, and
severity of damage due to
aging, genetics or physical con-
dition. This treatment is exclu-
sively done at Baha-Retreat
Remember, with the proper
care you can have beautiful
skin at any age, provided you
start now. Talk to your skin
care specialist today concern-
ing the most effective anti-aging
facial treatment for you.
Kenya Mortimer-McKenzie
Anti-aging skin care specialist
Baha-Retreat Anti-Aging Spa
East Bay Street, East of Lucianos
323-6711 or 323-615
Email: kenya@baharetreat.com

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Dangers of tanning

What is tanning?
Tanning is the skin's reaction to
ultraviolet radiation. When skin is
exposed to UV rays, cells called
melanocytes produce brown pigment
melanin which darkens the epidermis.
This darkening of skin cells is the skin's
natural defense against further dam-
age from UV radiation.

Is tanning bad for you?
The sun's UV rays damage the DNA
of the skin's epidermal cells, triggering
enzymes that race to repair the dam-
age. These enzymes do not, however,
always repair the DNA correctly and
this can lead to mutations that increase
the risk of skin cancer. Also, repeated,
unprotected sun exposure can cause
photo-aging; wrinkles, sagging and pre-

cancer spots associated with sun dam-
Does all UV radiation harm my
Scientists divide the solar UV spec-
trum into three wavelengths UVA,
UVB and UVC. UVC is still deemed
to be no threat since it is absorbed by

the ozone layer. UVA is present dur-
ing all daylight hours year round,
while the amount of UVB in sunlight
varies by season, location and time of
UVA accounts for 95 per cent of
solar UVR reaching the earth and
exacerbates the cancer causing effects
of UVB and is the main wavelength
behind photo-aging.
UVA penetrates more deeply and
causes more genetic damage in skin
cells where most skin cancer arise.
Does the melanin acquired through
tanning protect my skin?
Darker skin does offer greater pro-
tection than light skin against sunburn
and skin cancer. That applies to people
with naturally darker skin, however.

Tanning, like sunburns, attacks the
skin's DNA, producing genetic defects
that may cause skin cancer.
Which is more dangerous, getting
sunburned or getting tanned?
Both are dangerous because both
result from DNA damage to skin cells.
It is true that sunburn is directly linked
to melanoma one blistering sunburn
in childhood more than doubles a per-
son's chances of developing melanoma
later in life.
Both intense, intermittent sun expo-
sure (traditionally linked to
melanoma) and lifetime exposure are
believed to be involved in the devel-
opment of skin cancer. Studies, how-
ever, have shown a marked increase in
melanoma incidence in people who
have developed either squamous cell
or basal cell cancer.
Scientists are still trying to deter-
mine the exact exposure pattern
behind the development of the differ-
ent types of skin cancer, but it is safe to

It's a man's world -

and she's loving it

FROM page 12
Deal does everything including, tiling, painting, carpentry
work, renovations and building homes as well.
Despite being in one of the most predominately male-cen-
tred industries, Mrs Deal does not find it at all hard doing the
work she does or being surrounding by men. "I don't find the
work that I do hard. I love what I do and I think that once you
are sure about something and are satisfied with it, it becomes
manageable and not tedious.
"As far as being surrounded by men, I see the work that we
do as a team effort and they don't see me as competition for
them, they see me as another colleague who has the exact
same intentions, which is to make our clients as satisfied as
possible with the work that we do," she said.
Mrs Deal thinks tha t is ideal for women to be in areas like
construction since women tend to pay more attention to minor
details that some men would probably overlook or not be con-
cerned about.
She told Tribune Woman that there is a plus side to women
looking at careers that may be non-traditional, and she also
thinks that it doesn't matter whether you are a man or woman.
Once you are determined to get the job done as accurately as
possible, gender should be disregarded, she said.
Mr Brennen said that more women in society need to
believe in themselves, just like Mrs Deal. He also said that
there are numerous things that women can do to stabilize
themselves against the pressure of being in a male dominated
"What a woman needs to do is first of all accept who she is.
She then must come to the realization in her own mind and
not by the way that they treat her, that she is one hundred per
cent equal to every man she is working with. She must also be
a woman and not a man. As women progress on their jobs they
tend to dress like men, but women must avoid doing that" he
Even though it may still be much harder for a woman to
progress into the upper echelons of an industry dominated by
men, younger women who are just considering their career
paths, or those who have only recently started in the work-
force, must continue to keep the determination and pursue
any career they have a love for regardless of whether tradition
approves of their choice or not.

Emerging from the shadows

FROM page 12
said that child abuse is a growing
concern for everybody and that
it is an indicator of the coun-
try's social make up.
She.noted that it is often the
new male figure in a child's life
who may be the abuser or the
one who instigates the mother to
lose control on her child.
"There are a lot of single
mothers in our country and their
boyfriends are the ones being
pointed to by the abused child
most often," she said. "If [single
mothers] no longer feel they
have control of their lives, they
can easily take it out on the
The Government initiated
school protocol calls for report-
ing of physical abuse to the prin-
cipal, but only on the second
instance of abuse is this a
requirement. In the case of sex-
ual abuse, immediate reporting
is mandatory. The principal is
then required to discuss the sit-
uation with parents or police
She said that children are usu-
ally pretty open and straight for-
ward about the fact that they're
being abused in the case of phys-
ical and emotional abuse, how-
ever, sexual abuse is often hid-
den away because it is some-
thing they feel they must be
ashamed of.
Frances Farmer, a child, ado-
lescent and adult clinical psy-
chologist, explained the devas-

tating after effects of abuse, say-
ing that the child who is abused
may become withdrawn,
ashamed and have low self
The child who has been sex-
ually abused may grow up to
have difficulty with intimacy
and any sexual or romantic
relationships, experiencing dif-
ficulty in responding to some-
body who loves them because
they feel they're being used or
attacked while having terrify-
ing flashbacks. On the other
end of the spectrum, abused
children may become promis-

cuous, with no concept of
boundaries or that they have
the right to say 'no' to sexual
Counselor Raquel Deveaux
cited research that indicates
that 70 per cent of abusers are
immediate family members or
someone very close to the fam-
ily. "Any abuse towards anoth-
er human being, particularly
children, is not acceptable. It is
an issue that needs to be con-
stantly addressed and periodi-
cally revised for implementa-
tion of new interventions and
prevention for families and chil-

dren, and yes, laws too have to
be revised to meet the needs of
this growing problem."
Said Mrs Turner-Neilly,
"When we look at what's hap-
pening today I know there is a
rise of abuse in schools. If a
child is not counseled properly
it can have damaging effects in
.adulthood. Besides having rela-
tionship problems abuse may
cause delayed reactions and
post traumatic stress syn-
The side affects can also
manifest themselves in a child's
behaviour, in poor grades,
nightmares, acting out, and
destroying property..."Then it's
not only affecting children, but
the whole family and society as
well," she said.

Always follow your dream

AVREY Wilson, 23-years
old, is having fun while follow-
ing her dream as a professional
diver. She took to the water like
a fish when she was in pre-
school, and the water has been
her home ever since. Today,
Avrey is employed as a dive
medic technician by Epic Divers
& Marine, located in Harvey,
Louisiana, and her first assign-
ment is on one of the company's
vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.

Avrey's dream has always
been to become a professional
diver, and throughout her pri-
mary and high school years the
desire never left her.
Avrey started her first swim-
ming lessons with John Todd,
then later became a member of
the Swift Swim Club she nev-
er lost an opportunity to swim,
dive or work around the water.
During summers and other
spare moments, Avrey volun-
teered at Stuart Cove's Dive
It was at Stuart Cove where
her formal introduction and
instruction in diving really start-
ed. She improved her skills and
advanced from open water scu-
ba diver to dive master during
those summer and Christmas
vacations whenever she was
home from school.
Avrey was educated in the
Bahamas, Scotland and the
United States. She spent some

time at college in Florida, and
then joined the US Coast
Guard where she served a
three-year stint stationed in
Earlier this year, Avrey
enrolled at the Commercial
Diving Academy in Florida to
acquire the skills of a profes-
sional diver. Throughout the
rigorous training regimen she
not only became a professional
diver and NAUI instructor, but
she also acquired additional
professional certifications in:

Air.MVixed Gas.Commercial Diver
,Razrdous Waste Operations
and -Emergency Response'
(HAMOPER) and' Commercial
Diving i, Hazardous/Contami-
_-4t'ed Ei1iropmertts (CDHCE)

A.-iAdYace eDiveriMedic Techn--;-
ciant Undersea -lyper-Baric '..
Medic-ne ; -
National Center for Construction.
Education and Research Rigging
Fundanientals (stage 1; 2 & 3)
-Blacksmith JIarine Corporation
v.jsuaJlevet- 1' Und- 6rater :
;Ultrasonic Thickness Level l &
11; Underwater Magnetic Parti--
oletLevel &11-. -
'Dive fntructor National Asso-
- ciation- Underwater Instructors -

Immediately after graduation
from the Academy, Avrey joined
Epic Divers & Marine and her
first assignment is in the Gulf of
With oil industry giants such as
Chevron/Texaco, Exxon/Mobil
and Shell/BP among its clients,
Epic divers boast of one of the
top safety standards ratings in
the field.
Avrey, who is the daughter of
Mrs Thomasina Wilson, deputy
director of Environmental
Health Services, hopes to one
day become a "saturation div-
Saturation divers live and
work at depths of 500 feet or
more for days or weeks at a time.
This type of diving allows greater
economy of work and enhanced
safety. After working in the
water, divers rest and live in a
dry, pressurized habitat or are
connected to a diving support
vessel, oil platform or other float-
ing work station at the same
pressure as the work depth. They
may be transferred in a diving
bell. Decompression at the end
of the dive may take many days.
Avrey also hopes that her sto-
ry will serve to encourage other
young Bahamian women to
strive to train and compete in
any area they wish to enter,
even if it is typically classified as
a "man's world. She believes
that following your dreams is
the first step towards success.
Congratulations from her
family and friends for her

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say that both burning and tanning play
major roles in skin cancer develop-
Are tanning beds safe?
Tanning salon owners say tanning
machines are safer than outdoor tan-
ning for two reasons:
1. They mainly use UVA rays
2. They offer more "controlled" UV
We know that UVA is a carcinogen
and studies have revealed that tanning
salons frequently exceed safe UV lim-
its. Research has shown that sun bed
tanning increases the risk of both
melanoma and non melanoma skin

If you have any questions please
email Or Richelle Knowles at
drknowlesl@hotmail.com or contact her
at Olde Town Mall Sandyport-327-8667.



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BH^M women in 2008 are stepping out of
their comfort zone of traditional female-oriented
jobs and leaping, skills set and advanced training in
and, into male-dominated careers.

Making huge strides to become equal to
their male counterparts, today's woman is
filled with the belief that she is capable of
performing any task as well as a man can.
Psychologist Barrington Brennen told
Tribune Woman that Bahamian society
defines a man's job as the job that is high-
ly technical, rigorous and the job that'
appears to be more important. In con-
trast, a women's job is defined as the job
that does not require much technicality or
appears to be less important.
Even with this current social definition
of appropriate male and female careers in
place, women have been doing extraordi-
nary things to change the way they are

defined by tradition.
Mr Brennen believes that attitudes con-
cerning a "woman's job" and a "man's
job" come from our very foundation and
the way Bahamians have been raised.
"Women were raised to believe that they
should not be independent and that they
should rely on and be dependent on
men," he said.
Although being a woman employed in a
non-traditional job, such as masonry, car-
pentry, auto mechanics, may seem odd to
some people, there are women who have
acquired a love for these types of jobs.
Debbie Deal, a contractor and owner of
Contemporary Builders, has worked in

the construction industry for 25 years.
The interesting element in Mrs Deal story
is that she went to school to study fashion
design at Sheraton University in
Oakesville, Canada, since she also had a
great love for fashion. She was also a
model for eight years before she realized
that modeling and fashion design weren't
really her passion.
Mrs Deal began learning about con-
struction work growing up around her
father who loved to fix old homes. "When
people ask me how I got into the con-
struction business I usually joke around
and say that I was the only child and my
father wanted a boy. My father would buy
repossessed homes and [renovate] them
and I would always help him with any-
After she moved to the Bahamas from
Canada, she and her husband bought a
repossessed home and began renovating
it, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, at the tender age of 65, Mrs
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Emerging from

the shadows
New Child Protection Act to mandate
greater school-based support
Tribune Features Writer
STRIPPED of their innocence, dignity and
ability to trust, child victims of abuse, whether
physical or sexual, are faced with not only having
to survive the traumatic circumstances of their
daily existence, but they also look forward to an
adulthood filled with deep emotional pain, ugly
scars, and a great deal of anger.
"The most saddening thing is that children are
spontaneous and for some reason that has been
drained after abuse," Althea Turner-Neilly, head
of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Unit
(SCAN), told Tribune Woman. "They lose that
sparkle in their eyes, the light has gone out in
their soul, it is all dark and there is no joy."
Faced with rising numbers of reported child
abuse cases, and the possibility of a generation of
individuals who are emotionally and physically
scarred, the Bahamas Government has passed
an updated version of the Child Protection Act
(CPA), yet to be enacted. It has also introduced
a protocol in conjunction with SCAN, a follow up
clinic established in 1999 that cares for abused
children after they've been' treated in hospital,
that schools will follow when dealing with cases of
abuse. It is hoped that these measures, that look
to create more systems that support prevention,
will lead to greater social awareness.
With a total of 581 cases of child abuse, inclu-
sive of 145 cases of physical abuse, already docu-
mented in the Bahamas for January to Auguit

The most
saddening thing
is that children
are spontaneous
and for some reason
that has been, drained..
after abuse.


2008, it is likely Bahamas will see nearly double
the 545 abuse cases reported in 2007 by year end.
It is hoped that the new Act will work to pre-
vent child abuse, and give children more rights
and privileges. In the old Act, for example, a
child as young as seven could be held criminally
responsible. The age has now been raised to ten.
The SCAN protocol is also expected to add a
layer of protection and support for victims of
Since victims of abuse are rarely in the kind of
homes that can give them the support they need,
Mrs Turner-Neilly said, SCAN will work with
school administrators, teachers and guidance
counsellors to provide counselling, to create an
environment and provide-opportunities where
the victim can open up and feel that they are
being heard. The group will also work to put in
place structures and programmes that help victims
rebuild their self esteem.
The new protocol also requires persons who
report child abuse whether it is a social worker
associated with the school, the school nurse, guid-
ance counsellor or teacher to collaborate with
this team to fix the issue. The police may also be
contacted, and together they will find the best
way to deal with the parents.
"It is mandatory to report child abuse to the
law. Any kind of abuse is a crime that needs to be
followed up," Mrs Turner-Neilly said. "If they
don't come together and take this action on behalf
of the child, the cycle of abuse won't ever be bro-
ken and the child will stay in an abusj e situation."
Mrs Pamela McCartney, a primary school guid-
ance counselor at St Thomas More and St Bede's,
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