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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 19, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Union braced

for further job .

losses in Nassau

MORE job losses are expect-
ed at another of Nassau's major
hotels, delivering a third harsh,
blow to the local economy within
a week.
The Bahamas Hotel Catering
and Allied Workers Union
(BHCAWU) is bracing itself for
lay-offs at the British Colonial
Hilton, which could lose 'up to a
tenth of its staff.
Leo Douglas, BHC.-1AV's sec-
retary-general, told The Tiribne
that due to reduced room inven-
tory from extensive renovations,
management may terminate up

Tribune Freeport
Bahama police are investi-
gating an apparent suicide
at Pinedale, Eight Mile
Rock, where a man was
found dead yesterday after-
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey
reported that police received
a report of a suicide around
Plainclothes and uni-
formed officers were dis-
patched to Pinedale, where
the body of a male was dis-
covered and pronounced
dead by doctors at 3pm.
Ms Mackey said the vic-
tim's identity is being with-
held pending notification of
next of kin. She said investi-
gations are continuing.

to 30 employees from its staff of
However, despite continuing
lay-offs at a number of hotels in
New Providence, industry insid-
ers are optimistic that things will
pick up, sooner rather than later.
Over the last few weeks, sev-
eral hotels have laid off workers,
blaming the worsening global
economy for dwindling tourism
Most notably, the Atlantis
Resort and Casino the coun-
try's largest private employer -.
let 800 workers go because of low
occupancy. And on Monday, the
Harborside Resort at Atlantis
fired about 140 employees
because of "global economic chal-
Mr Douglas said the proposed
lay-offs at the Hilton are a "very
small group of people" compared
SEE page eight

Cable Beach
Pizza Hut

closes down Govt optimistic over Marco
MbORE Bahamians ha u City election court case
been left jobless as Pizza Hut

in the Cable Beach shopping
centre closed its doors for good.
The US pizza and Italian food
franchise had to let 32 people go
with severance, packages
promised for the future.
Employees of the restaurant
said they did not know when
they will receive the packages.
The company explained that
it is in the process of selling the

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Tribune Staff Reporter
AS JUDGES in the Marco City
election court case pore over the
evidence presented in relation to
the 95 contested votes, the govern-
ment says it is optimistic and making
"no plans whatsoever" to prepare
*for the possibility that a Cabinet
minister could lose his seat in par-

THE COURT battle between
Zhivargo Laing and P.-P senator
Pleasant Bridaewater is in its

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SupepClubs resort chain founder taking legal
action over alleged 'defamatory statements'

THE founder and chairman
of the popular SuperClubs
resort chain is taking legal
action against persons who
allegedly used the internet to
spread "defamatory state-
ments" about him and his fam-
John Issa, who also heads the
SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas
resort on Cable Beach, is asking
a Florida court to award him

compensatory damages of an
unspecified amount for the
"malicious publication" made
and circulated by Roger
Seivright and Valentin Flores
through e-mails. Mr Seivright's
wife, Stanja Seivright, is also
named as a defendant in the
court documents. All three
defendants reside in Miami,
SEE page eight

words of encouragement to
29-vear-old Jermaine Francis
as hfie was escorted into Court
One, Bank Lane, yesterday to
be formally charged with the
manslaughter of his brother.
The Wilson Tract resident
is accused of causing the
death of 25-year-old Tarmal
Johnson in Wilson Tract on-
Saturday, November 16.
Supporters called out to the
accused: "Be strong buddy,
we with you. Hold your head
up buddy, hold your head up,"
as he was led, handcuffed, into
Dressed in olive-green kha-
ki trousers, a beige plaid shirt
and blue jacket, the accused
looked at the floor as Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez read
the charge. He was barely
audible when responding that
he understood the charge.
Francis was not required to
enter a plea.
The court room was filled
with friends and relations of
the accused and the deceased.
Prosecutor Sergeant Scan
Thurston said: "The charge is
an indictable offence, and tak-
ing account of the severity of
the charge, the defendant is
liable upon conviction of a
sentence of life imprison-
Francis, a taxi driver and
former S C McPherson stu-
dent, was to appear in Court
Five, Bank Lane, on Friday,
November 21. He has been
remanded in custody.

Hundreds of

workers on

rotation at

Our Lucaya

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Lay-offs may
be imminent at the Our Lucaya
Resort, where one of the hotels
is currently closed for renova-
tions And hundreds of workers
are now on work rotation.
Although management did
not want to comment, .union
officials in Freeport report that
the Sheraton Hotel has been
closed for renovations for the
past three .weeks and 400 work-
ers are on a rotation schedule.
Lionel Morley, second vice-
president of the BHCAWU in
Freeport, believes that the steps
taken by management seem to
indicate that it is moving in the
direction of lay-offs.
Mr Morley and union trustee
lan Neely met with manage-
ment at the resort yesterday.
He said workers are very con-
"Workers at Our Lucaya are
working week on and week off,
and the whole idea of that is
SEE page eight

Lawyers and
union members
to probe legality
of Atlantis and
Harborside firings
Tribune Staff Reporter
LAWYERS and union mem-
bers plan to probe the legality of
the Atlantis and Harborside fir-
ings that have now left -almost
1,000 persons jobless.
Speaking at the foot of the bust
of his grandfather, Sir Milo Butler,
in Rawson Square yesterday,
lawyer Craig Butler appealed to
government to help to quell the
hardship caused by the layoffs and
vowed to look into how the fir-
ings were handled from the desks
of Atlantis management and from
the desks of Bahamas Hotel and
Allied Workers Union officials.
"We are not saying certain
measure didn't have to be taken.
We are saying that at this time
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More than 75 artisans to be featured at Christmas Jollification

THE arts and crafts exhibition at this year's
Christmas Jollification will feature more than 75
artisans. Crafts, jewellery and gifts will be on sale on
Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23.
There are several new exhibitors this year, say
organizers at the Bahamas National Trust.
Andy Albury of Hope Town, Abaco, will have his
wooden half model sailboats, Joanne Bradley will
feature handmade wooden boxes and Christmas
ornamens, Victoria Forbes will have sea glass jew-
ellery and Darcia Christie will feature her shell-
craft. Kimberly Roberts of Bahama Dawn Designs
Ire turns with art quilts, hand painted furniture, home
.1,:or items, ceramics and fun and funky signage
ill with a tropical theme.
Linda Sands returns with her cork work as does

Linda Turtle with her stained glass ornaments and
designs. Nicole's butterfly kisses also will be back
with proceeds from this special booth going to sup-
port the Cancer Society of the Bahamas.
Christmas Jollification will be open to the public
on Saturday, November 22, from 11am until 5pm
and on Sunday, November 23, from noon until 5pm.
Admission for adults is $10 and $2 for children
under 12. BNT members pay $5. "This is a won-
derful event that supports'The Retreat Garden, one
of 25 National Parks. We hope that the event will be
well supported, many of our exhibitors work through
the year preparing their crafts for the event," said
BNT executive director Lynn Gape. Those who
want more information about Jollification can call
393-1317 or email bnt@bnt.bs.

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College AIDS testing

drive draws more

than 300 students

COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS student Brittany Moss turns her head while nurse Vianna Williams injects her
with a testing needle.

Tribune Staff Reporter COB hosts second

IN an effort to educate more
young people about the impor-
tance of getting tested for
HIV/AIDS, the College of the
Bahamas yesterday hosted its
second annual free AIDS test-
ing initiative, drawing more
than 300 students.
Minister for Health Dr
Hubert Minnis spoke at the offi-
cial opening of the event yes-
terday morning..
"What this initiative is doing
is sending the message to the
community that the stigma of
AIDS is no longer there, it will
in many ways reduce the barri-
er of fear which has prevented
many from getting tested in the
past," he said.
Dr Minnis said that through
these types of initiatives, which
encourage individuals to learn
their status and minimise mis-
conceptions about the disease,
he feels the fight against the
HIV/AIDS epidemic will be
won much quicker and with far
less casualties.
Youth Ambassador and
event co-ordinator Keith Kemp

annual free initiative

said that many young people
have adopted' promiscuous
lifestyles and are therefore vul-
nerable to contracting the dis-
"Young people need to take
a serious look at their sexual.
behaviour, and a serious look a .
their partners and the persons ..
they sleep with. We want to
encourage them that before
they sleep with that person, find
out their HIV status," he said.

Mr Kemp said that due to an
increase in the use of drugs,
alcohol, and other risky activi-
ties, many persons end up con-
tracting the disease without any
real idea about who infected
Sunday Ferguson, a junior at
COB, said that although she
was anxious about being test-
ed, she felt that it was impor-
tant to show other students that
knowing your status allows you
to feel more confident about
your future.
"Even though you may not
*be sexually active, it is impor-
'tant for your peace of mind to
know your status. However, a
lot of young persons are intim-
idated by the whole process and
what it stands for," she said.
"Knowing your HIV and
AIDS status is not only a choice
a person makes for him or her-
self, but it also helps to protect
the persons that they claim to
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Police quiz jitney driver over alleged robber's death

A JITNEY driver is being
questioned by police in connec-
tion with the death of an alleged
The man whose death police
have classified as accidental,
pending the results of an inves-
tigation was pronounced dead
at the scene after being trapped

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underneath a jitney bus on
Chief Superintendent Glen
Miller, officer in-charge of the
Central Detective Unit (CDU),
said yesterday that it has yet to
be determined if any charges
will be pressed against the dri-
"Yes, we're still talking to him
and we'll be making a decision
soon," Mr Miller said when
asked what, if any, charges may
be brought against the driver.
"We have to review the mat-
ter carefully arid consult with
the director of public prosecu-
tions and that will be done
According to reports, the
deceased allegedly tried to rob
the, bus driver and was killed as
the driver pursuedThii-Tiii the
jitney and crashed through a

wall, trapping him underneath.
The incident happened Mon-
day near the Seagrape Shopping
Centre on Prince Charles Drive.
Press liaison officer Walter
Evans said the incident hap-
pened around 11am after the
bus, with one male passenger
aboard, parked outside a store.
"They stopped at the shop-
ping centre out east at the
Wendy's Restaurant in that
area," Mr Evans said.
When the driver returned to
the bus after calling at the
restaurant, he saw the passen-
ger stealing coins before 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

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86 approved

for citizenship

or permanent


audit reveals

Tribune Staff Reporter
SOME 86 people have so far
been approved for citizenship or
permanent residence out of a
total 1,936 individuals who came
forward during the Immigration
audit conducted last year, offi-
cials have revealed.
Of those approved, 47 are of
Haitian descent, while the
remainder are listed as of "oth-
er" nationalities.
Twenty-five of the persons
approved reside in New Provi-
dence, 38 in Grand Bahama and
23 in Abaco.
Meanwhile, of those refused
citizenship or permanent resi-
dency, none lived in New Provi-
dence, 17 lived in Grand
Bahama and five in Abaco.
The public audit was held in
August 2007 on three different
islands New Providence,
Grand Bahama and Abaco.
Information about the audit's
outcomewas released after
almost a year of deferred
requests from The Tribune.
Former Director of Immigra-
tion Vernon Burrows said in
early January that "the majori-
ty" of persons who came for-
ward during the audit would
receive an answer to their appli-
cation by the end of that month.
Immigration Department sta-
tistics show that there are still
467 applications pending from
those submitted to the depart-
ment during the audit in New
Providence, along with 183 in
Grand Bahama and 109 in Aba-
Additionally, a further 969
applications submitted at the
three locations fall under the
headings "deferred" (13); "sub-
mitted to Immigration Board"
(116); "Cabinet briefs" (169);
"does not qualify" (107);
"requested outstanding docu-
ments, interview, inspection"
(393); "work or residence per-
mit renewals pending" (88) or
"A plied'forh'thr"sta s"' (3).
"The government saidtne'.,'
audit \\as aimed at getting the
Department of Immigration in
touch with individuals who had
applied for status in the
Bahamas prior to April 30,
2007, but for whom they may
not have had updated contacts
and other information required
to finish processing their claims.
The government admitted
that it is "a well-known fact"
that large numbers of applica-
tions by persons with "legiti-
mate claims or entitlements to
immigration status have had
their applications unduly
It does not contribute to good
order and peace if large num-
bers of people who qualify for
status are "forced to live outside
of the law and outside the full
protection the law provides",
the Department of the Immigra-
tion said at the time the audit
was conducted.
Minister of State for Immi-
gration Branville McCartney
has promised to improve the
efficiency of the immigration
status application process.

After Atlantis layoffs, Kerzner

plans $1bn expansion in Dubai

* $30m extravaganza to mark tomorrow's official opening

SOL KERZNER is planning'to pour another bil-
lion dollars into his new Dubai resort, claiming he is
looking to the Middle East and Far East to offset
trading difficulties in the United States, which are
hitting his Bahamas operation.
As business at Atlantis, Paradise Island, continues
to be depressed with only 60 per cent occupancy
expected for Thanksgiving the new Dubai resort
looks buoyant as it prepares for tomorrow's glit-
tering official launch.
Kerzner's ambitious plans for the new Atlantis at
The Palm, Dubai, are revealed by Gulf News, a
major Middle East newspaper.
"We will probably do more things in the Middle
East and are considering the Far East, but at the
same time, with the economic environment you
have to be careful...but we are in discussions,"
Kerzner told local media.
Even before tomorrow's celebrations begin with
a $30 million extravaganza described as "the biggest
party ever seen" Kerzner International is planning a
$1 billion expansion.
The $1.5 billion Atlantis resort occupies only 50
per cent of the land area that Kerzner Internation-
al owns and there are plans to develop a mixed-use
Cove Atlantis on the remaining land.
"We're working on a concept very similar to what
we have in the Cove, Bahamas," Alan Leibman,
managing director of Kerzner International, told
Gulf News. "That's in the design phase right now."
He added: "It will be a Cove with other elements.
It'll be mixed-use with the hotel and condos and
we're right in the middle of design right now," Leib-

A WORKER cleans up a fountain statue at the
Poseidon hall with a view of the giant aquarium of
the Atlantis hotel in Palm Island in Dubai.
man added. The Dubai operation will cater primar-
ily for a European clientele, with more emphasis
on cuisine from a team of top chefs. Ninety-seven
per cent of the Bahamas operation's business is
from the United States.
Singer Janet Jackson, actors Robert de Niro and
Denzil Washington and a host of other stars are
expected to attend tomorrow's opening, with Kylie
Minogue booked to give a 60-minute concert for a $3
million fee. The firework display will be seven times
bigger than those at the Beijing Olympics and will be
. visible from the international space station.
Last week, Atlantis on Paradise Island laid off-
800 workers in response to the business downturn,
and 140 more were let go from the Harborside time-
share development this week. Employees fear more
redundancies could be announced in the New Year
if occupancy figures don't improve.

Special unit established for

work permit processing

A SPECIAL unit has been
established in the Department of
Immigration to accommodate
requests for work permits and
renewal applications, Minister of
State for Immigration Branville
McCartney announced.
The minister made, this
announcement while addressing
the closing luncheon of the recent
Bahamas Financial Services
Board Bahamas (BFSB) Brief-
"The significance of permanent
resident applications is recognized
arid '.cA'hjnred2ed b\ the gov-
ernmei ai a tool ul economic,,
development." Mr MNcCartney.
said. He explained that the gov-
ernment is also aware of the BFS-
B's concern for a more "efficient
policy and process" that can be
communicated to potential clients
about the business and financial
opportunities in the country.
"But while appreciating that
by its nature the international
financial services sector will
always require the presence of a
number of international execu-
tives in its operations in the
Bahamas, the government is com-
mitted to ensuring expanded
opportunities for greater expo-
sure and advancement for suit-
able qualified, trained and com-
petent Bahamians," Mr McCart-
ney said.


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MINISTER of State forlmmigration Branville McCartney addressing
the closing luncheon of tho.Bahamas Financial Services Board ,.
Baiam.as,Briefing,.held at Graycliff Restaurant.

'He: omme'ndeddthe BFSB for'
achieving its mandate of "devel-
oping the financial services indus-
try in the Bahamas by consistent-
ly putting forward constructive
proposals for policies, regulato-
ry framework and administrative
functions relating to the financial
services sector."
"This government recognizes
that the financial services sector
provides the Bahamas with
important exposure, increasing
the profile of the Bahamas inter-
nationally, resulting in future
expansion in the sector, but also
increasing new opportunities for
increased upscale tourism," Mr
McCartney said.
The financial services sector,
the second pillar of the Bahamian

economy, contributes between
to 20 per cent of the Gross
Domestic Product (GDP i.
"Aplart from the revenue flow-
ing from licences and permits
required by the sector, financial
services business ha'e been
important in the expansion of the
construction industry, commer-
cial and residential," Mr McCart-
ney said. Very importantly, the
sector presents highly lucrati e
avenues for high value. quality
jobs for professionally trained
Bahamian nationals."
He said the government is ful-
ly aware that for the sector to
grow, there must be continuous
dialogue between government
and the private sector, which is
"critical" to the success of the
"From the government's per-
spective and in particular from
the immigration standpoint, we
are committed to providing the
necessary service to be as accom-
modating within the pillars of the
law as possible," Mr McCartney
"It is our desire to rid oursel es
of the bureaucracy and be more
effective in our process."

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IN Monday's issue of The Tribune, under the headline "Three
COB language professors honoured" it incorrectly stated that Irene
Moss, a lecturer at the college, was one of those honoured.
The Tribune understands Ms Moss was not honoured, or in
attendance, at the ceremony hosted by the Department of Educa-
tion at the Sheraton holeL The story also incorrectly referred to
Christine Diment as the chair of the School of Communications and
Creative Arts.
In fact, Pam Collins. the actual chair of the School of Commu-
nications and Creative Arts. was honoured for her service and out-
standing commitment to the field of education, along with COB lec-
turers Jacinth Taylor, Ms Diment and others.
The Tribune apologises for any inconvenience these errors may
has e caused.




The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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PLP to discuss economy in House

TODAY is Opposition day in the House
when the Opposition will control the subject
of debate. Opposition members have already
selected the economy as their topic.
'Unless they have some concrete sugges-
tions that will contribute to revitalising the
economy, this promises to be a time-wasting
day, especially if fingerpointing is the object
of the exercise. Already on Monday a PLP
member forecast the direction of the debate
by blaming the 'country's economic down-
turn on the Ingraham administration.
If this is where the blame is to lie, then
everyone's time is being wasted. No one in
the Bahamas has any control over the loss of
investors or tourists. The world's financial
markets have collapsed. It has caught people
off guard, heavily in debt, and with no lifeline
in sight. As a result there is a global belt
tightening as individuals try to salvage what
they can. Many have put vacations and trav-
el on the backburner, resulting in an almost
.overnight collapse of our tourist industry.
Hotels with empty rooms have been forced to
lay off staff. There is no sense blaming the
unions, they cannot save jobs that have dis-
appeared. And it is useless to blame hotels
that no longer need staff to make empty beds,
or serve at empty tables.
. Anyone ,who has sent a ball rolling .do n
the lane of a bowling alley knows what hap-
pens when the ball hits one of the 10 pins. If
the bowler is good and his hit is direct, the.
pins start falling in rapid succession, one after
the other. TOday that is what the world is
witnessing in the financial markets, and no
one knows how to stop the free fall. Each
one of us is being hit in different ways.
Speaking to the media last week, Opposi-
tion leader Perry Christie said that the Oppo-
sition is willing and ready to assist govern-
ment in turning this economic recession
"We in the PLP," he said, "stand ready,
willing and able to assist. We encourage all
those who have ideas to 'come forward to
assist. In th6se times, all of us must con-.
tribute. The PLP stands ready to do its part
and to cooperate fully with the government in
such an endeavour." He pointed out that in
extraordinary times such as these "national
togetherness" is "the only way we can move
forward for the betterment of our country."
Today's debate will determine whether
we are to take him or his party seriously.
The Bahamas' total work force is 100,095.

Before the Atlantis layoffs 16,400 or 8.7 per
cent of that workforce was unemployed. Since
the layoffs the unemployment total is now
nearer 9 per cent.
The Bahamas has no cash cow to cushion
such a blow. However, despite its limitations,
government accepted that something had to
be done.
In trying to give "enhanced financial sup-
port to those families in most need" assis-
tance under the various programmes of the
Department of Social Services were
increased. A number of clearing banks were
discussing with their home-mortgage clients
ways to protect them from losing their homes.
And a temporary unemployment assistance
programme was being worked out using NIB
funds. Government is also reviewing its cap-
ital investment programme to get as many
projects off the drawing board and into con-
struction to help reduce the unemployment.
In the meantime government is aggressively
going after whatever tourist dollars might be
out there by advertising this country's prox-
imity-to the United States.
But let us look at some other periods in
our country when unemployment was even
higher than it is now and the government of
he day never suggested any of the pro-
grammes now.being implemented torelieve
Sthe situation...
In 2003 during Mr Christie's'adminis-
tration unemployment was about 18,300
or, 10.2 per cent, falling in the next year to
18,100, but still higher than it is today.
When the first Ingraham administration
entered government in 1992 it inherited from
Sir Lyndein Pindling's administration the high-
est unemployment figure for an independent
Bahamas 19,100 or 14.8 per cent of the
total work force.
And to make matters even worse, in 1992
the country's foreign reserves had. fallen to
$150 million, dangerously lower than what
is required for a three month reserve.
Today our reserves are $626 million, one
third higher than at the same period last year.
Domestic bank liquidity is about 50 per cent
higher. We are, therefore, in a better position
to meet the challenge, but as Mr Ingraham
pointed out, his government will be following
he advice of the IMF.
"It should be obvious," he said, "that there
can be no broad single-stroke response to
this global crisis but, rather, measured and
incremental response as the crisis develops."

Judge's ruling

upholds the Prime

Minister's position

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I should be grateful if you
would allow me space in your
valuable columns to comment on
some matters arising from the
recent ruling of Chief Justice Sir
Burton Hall in connection with
the appointment of three Sena-
While we are disappointed
with the ruling of the Chief Jus-
tice as it relates to the appoint-
ment to the Senate of Anthony
Musgrove, I should like to refute
suggestions that the ruling
amounted to a victory for the
Opposition party. The Chief Jus-
tice, in fact, rejected the PLP's
In his judgment of November
5, 2008, the Chief Justice con-
firmed Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham's position that it was
his decision as to who should be
appointed the three Senators and
not that of PLP Leader Perry
Christie, as was claimed on Mr
Christie's behalf.
The Chief Justice also con-
firmed Prime Minister Ingraham's
position that he was not required
to appoint the persons recom-
mended by Mr Christie nor was
he required to appoint members
of the PLP as the three Senators
under Article 39(4) of the Con-
The attempt by the PLP to por-
tray the Chief Justice's ruling as a
victory for them is misleading.
The facts of the case are simple
and straightforward.
After the general elections of
May 2, 2008, Mr Ingraham, as
Prime Minister, caused to be
appointed nine senators as
required by Article 39(2) of the
Constitution, and Mr. Christie as
Leader of the Opposition caused
to be appointed four Senators as
required by Article 39(3).
Three additional Senators were
required to be appointed by the
Governor General on the advice
of the Prime Minister after con-
sultation with the Leader of the
Opposition. In a letter dated May
8, 2008, Mr. Christie told Mr.
Ingraham that it was his position
that Mr. Iigrahamm must appoint
"three representatives of my par-
ty nominated by me" as the three
additional Senators.
On May 17, 2008, Mr. Ingra-
ham rejected that claim and
advised Mr. Christie that he was
prepared to appoint one person
nominated by him but that he
proposed to appoint Anthony
, Musgrove, a Trust Relationship
Manager at Cititrust Bahamas,
and Tanya Wright, a former
banker, attorney and outgoing
President of the Chamber of
Commerce, as the other two per-
sons to fill the final three posi-
On May 18th, Mr. Christie
rejected the Prime Minister's
position. He said: "Since neither
Mrs. Wright nor Mr. Musgrove
is a member of the PLP ... I can-
not possibly agree and do not
agree to either of them being
Mr Christie then proposed four
persons to Mr Ingraham, namely,

Michael Halkitis, Raynard Rig-
by, Fayne Thompson and Ricardo
Treco. He said he hoped Mr
Ingraham would agree to the
appointment of three of the four
persons recommended by him.
That same day, Mr Ingraham
replied to Mr Christie advising
him of his intention to appoint
Mr Halkitis and Ms Wright to the
Senate and invited further con-
sultation with respect to the iden-
tity of the third person to be
Mr Christie replied on May
20, 2007, and repeated his posi-
tion that "all three Senate seats
under Article 39(4) must be filled
from among the PLP after con-
sultation between the Prime Min-
ister and the Leader of the Oppo-
He insisted that Ms Wright
should not be appointed and that
in addition to Mr Halkitis the oth-
er two persons must be appointed
by Mr Ingraham from the names
recommended by Mr Christie.
The same day, Mr Ingraham,
responded to Mr Christie and told
him that he was not prepared to
advise the Governor General to
appoint any of the persons rec-
ommended by Mr Christie other
than Mr Halkitis.
Mr Ingraham then proposed to
Mr Christie that he would appoint
Mr Leslie Miller as the third Sen-
ator in addition to Ms Wright and
Mr Halkitis. He gave Mr Christie
until the following day for fur-
ther consultation as parliament
was soon to open.
Mr Christie then brought an
action in the Supreme Court
seeking "a Declaration that the
decision of- the Governor Gener-
al to appoint Mrs Tanya Wright
to the Senate on May 25, 2007,
as he must on the advice of the
Prime Minister was unconstitu-
This action brought by Mr
q Christie lay undetermined4 for
Smonth's'and in January, 2008,
(some nine months after the May
2, 2007, general elections) Mr
Ingraham determined that he
must fill the final Senate seat. ,
On January 30,2008, Mr Ingra-
ham wrote to Mr Christie and
reminded him of their consulta-
tion in the Committee Room of
the House of Assembly a week
earlier and his proposal to Mr
Christie that the final Senate seat
should be filled by either Mr Mus-
grove or Mr John Pinder, the
President of the Bahamas Public
Services Union and President of
the National Congress of Trade
Unions. He advised Mr Christie
that upon further reflection he
proposed the appointment of Mr
Musgrove to the final Senate
position. Thiswas again rejected
by Mr Christie who referred to
his letter of May 18, 2007.
Mr Christie then sought a fur-
ther declaration "that the deci-
sion of the Governor General to
appoint Mr Anthony Musgrove

to the Senate on the 31st Janu-
ary, 2008, as he must on the
advice of the Prime Minister was
A review of the ruling will
show that the Chief Justice reject-
ed the claims by Mr Christie.
The Chief Justice said: "What-
ever political balance means in
Article 40, I am wholly unper-
suaded that it is synonymous with
membership in a political party
as Mr. [Paul] Adderley insists.
That is too narrow a view and, in
any event, following the tortuous
discussions that were pursued by
the political framers of the Con-
stitution in 1973, the final instruc-
tions to the draftsman was 'polit-
ical balance' and not 'member-
ship in a political party' ".
In short, the Chief Justice
rejected Mr Christie's claim that
the three persons had to be mem-
bers of the PLP. The Chief Jus-
tice rejected a further claim made
on behalf of Mr Christie. He con-
firmed the Prime Minister's posi-
tion that he was not required to
appoint persons recommended
by Mr Christie.
The Chief Justice said: "It is
common ground between the par-
ties that the effective power to
appoint the three senators under
article 39(4) lies with the Prime
Minister and that his duty to con-
sult does not require him to'select
from a list conceived by the
Leader of the Opposition, as Mr
Adderley suggests." (My empha-
sis throughout).
The Chief Justice confirmed
Mr Ingraham's position that "in
arriving at his decision, it is
assumed that the Prime Minister,
apart from his constitutional man-
date to 'consult' the Leader of
the Opposition, would have
access to information from a wide
range of sources."
Indeed, the Chief Justice said:
"Accordingly, in my view, in the
c6ntext of matters presumably
within his own knowledge the
Prime Minister was correct when
in his letter of the 18th May, 2007,
to the Leader of the Opposition
he stated: Article 40 does not
require the Prime Minister to put
forward the names of persons
who are members of one particu-
lar political party or another."
Whilst the FNM is disappoint-
ed with the view of the Chief Jus-
tice as to the propriety of the
appointment of Mr Musgrove, it
is pleased with the Chief Justice's
acceptance that:
(a) the decision as to who
should be the three Senators to be
appointed to the Senate is that of
Mr Ingraham and not Mr
(b) that the Prime Minister was
not obliged to appoint the per-
sons on any list prepared by Mr
Christie; and
(c) the Prime Minister is not
required to appoint members of
the PLP as the three Senators.
Free National Movement,
November 2008

In Loving Memory

I,1 ', }A e

Left to cherish fond memories are his:
Wife: Marguerite Jackson;
Daughters: Andrea Jackson-Coaklcy
and Sharon (Sherry) Waterman;
Son: Andrew Jackson;
Daughter-in-law: Carla Jackson;
Grandchildren: Allan Jackson,
Jason Bastian, Keenya and
,. .__ Khindia Farringion;
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became a popular figure in I
while battling for custody of h:
daughter early last year, says he
like a brother or sister for th
gorgeous blond toddler Dannii
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told Life and Style magazine, "It
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connectionI in a couple of years, definitely.
W~ith mu enPin Birkhead, a Hollywood ph(
w th u uI UGI |pher, won custody of baby Dan
* By DENISE MAYCOCK in the Nassau courts after her n
Tribune Freeport cover girl Anna Nicole Smith,
Reporter a Florida hotel in February lasi
dmaycock@ He battled to prove paterni
tribun-rnedia.net protracted face-off with Anna N'
attorney and constant comp
FREEPORT A 25- Howard K Stem, gaining massi'
year-old Freeport man is port from the Bahamian public
being sought by police in "Right now I'm so busy takil
connection with an of Dannielynn, I don't have t
attempted murder last Fri- get out there and date," Birkhe
day. the magazine, "So while I'd l
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dent nf 168R renfell

na Nicole Smith's daughter says he wants another child

Lead would like brother

sister for Dannielynn

who have another baby of my own, I'd be from the Hollywood Gossip website .
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Birkhead's high-profile fight for his
child made him and his attorney,
Debra Opri, star turns on television
night after night during the late sum-
mer of 2006.

Their working relationship eventu-
ally foundered when Opri said Stern's
attorneys were trying to influence her
client. They split up amid rancour over
her $600,000-plus fee, which Birkhead
claimed was excessive.
Birkhead eventually left the
Bahamas for Los Angeles with his
baby daughter after the Nassau courts
ruled that DNA tests proved he was
Dannielynn's father.
Since then he has come under fire

iuo anegeuly posing witLi isl uaugiter
for celebrity magazines.
Early this year, Birkhead brought
Dannielynn back to Nassau to see
her mother's grave at Lakeview Ceme-
Anna Nicole is buried alongside her
20-year-old son Daniel, who died at
Doctors Hospital, Nassau, while visit-
ing his mother and three-day-old
An inquest later found that Daniel
had died from drug use after a "cock-
tail" of substances, including
methadone, had been found in his
Anna Nicole, who lived at a house
on Eastern Road, never recovered
from the tragedy and died six months
later while staying at a hotel in Holly-
wood, Florida.
Her death was found to be due to an
"accidental" overdose.

Salvation Army kicks off Christmas Kettle Season

THE Bahamas Division of the Army is receiving more and more
Salvation Army will kick-off its requests for assistance from all
Christmas Kettle Campaign this of its social service programmes,
weekend at the Mall at of is socal srviceprogrmmes
weekend at the Mall at including local food banks.
Marathon. '. As the Salvation Army helps
The festivities start on Satur- more people in need, it in turn
day at 2pm outside of the eastern needs more help from the com-
entrance of the mall near, unity. Donations are now more
Clarke's. important than ever, especially
The event will begin with wel- with the damage caused by this
coming words from Divisional year's hurricane season, the Sal-
Commander Major Lester Fer- v. nation Army said yesterday in a
guson and include the telling of .- statement.
the Christmas Story, the singing .The red kettles help to raise
of carols, and musical selections "much needed funds that provide
by the Royal Bahamas Police special meals for needy individu-
Force Band.I als and families, toys and clothing
Guest of honour Tim Zuniga- .for disadvantaged children, per-
Brown, Deputy Chief of Mission sonal care products for the elder-
for the United States Embassy, ly and institutionalized, and vital
will be officially launching the funding for year round pro-
kettle drive. grammes, the Salvation Army
The 2008 Christmas Kettle said.
Campaign will run from Novem- Donations are always welcome
ber 22 through December 24. City Market and Super Value the generosity of the community their time and energy. and can be placed in the red ket-
Keftles 'diin'te 'fouid outside locations. Last year, the drive and the many service clubs and With the intreasifgly rough tles, or sent to the Salvation
.ma yiiisses,. including most raised over $100,Q000 thanks to church groups that volunteered economic climate, the 'Salvation Army'sbheadquarters.
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One Bahamas Foundation plans

to visit a number of schools

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE One Bahamas Foun-
dation has officially kicked
off its annual celebrations
for the month of November
in an effort to further edu-
cate young Bahamians
about their heritage.
Since the foundation's
first celebrations in 1992,
the goal has been to instill
in all Bahamian citizens a
sense of pride in and
respect for the Bahamian
culture and national sym-
Pat Francis, executive
director of the One
Bahamas Foundation, said
the foundation is planning
to visit a number of schools
to talk with students.
"We will be'visiting a
number of schools. We are
hoping to have a special
guest for the children and
those travelling with us will
include Algernon Allen, Sir
Orville Turnquest, Sir Dur-
ward Knowles, Freddie
Munnings, Pat Clare and
many others," Mrs Francis
Mrs Francis said that in
addition to visiting the
schools, Sir Orville will be
producing a'n article
addressing the economic
downturn in the country
and how Bahamians can be
their brother's keepers
through these difficult
"He wants to make sure
that people understand that
even though we may not
have everything we want,
we have each other, and if
we can share then we share.
He is very serious about our
future being our young peo-
ple and his article will cover


all those aspects, especially
our Family Islands and our
responsibility to them," she
Mrs Francis explained
that this month's celebra-
tions will seek to find ways
to better assist members of
the country's various com-
"We have decided to
encourage more organisa,
tions to be more intent on

what it is they plan to do.
If it is the Salvation Army,
we will encourage them to
create care packages.
"We want to carry a mes-
sage of hope as people are
feeling a.sense of hopeless-
ness around the world. We
can make a difference in the
life of one person and we
can have one Bahamas that
we can all be proud of,"' Mrs
Francis said.

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Why we must transform our energy

"As for your list of 'unfinished
business', good job. Now let's see
how much (the FNM) accomplish.
Pleaseeee come back in 12 months
with a column grading them on
how much of what you listed is
achieved. Observer

IJUST over a year ago,
i this anonymous com-
mentator responded to
a Tough Call column
headed: "Bahamian Politicos
Should Work on National Agen-
da". Back then-we were in the
midt of an ongoing partisan war,
with both sides lobbing aggres-
sive and irresponsible remarks
about election fraud and ques-
tioning each others' political legit-
These antics flew in the face of
a consensus among thinking
Bahamians that our leaders were
simply avoiding all the hard choic-
es and as a result the chickens
were coming home to roost and
we would soon be reaping what
we had sowed to use a mixed
agricultural metaphor.
That harvest includes thou-
sands of illiterate and unemploy-
4ble high school graduates, vio-
lent crime that is spiraling out of
control, an increasingly chaotic
irban environment, a nationwide
refusal to follow rules or set
examples, an unassimilated immi-
grant underclass, and a massive,
unproductive and expanding pub-
lic sector.
"Rather than wasting our lim-
ited time and energies on these
nasty and unproductive political
exercises," we wrote at the time,
"both parties should get down to
the unfinished business of their
national agendas. Here's a par-
tial refresher list:
"Formulate an energy policy
and ensure that power genera-
tion capacity meets demand, leg-
islate a management authority for
Bay Street and deal with the con-
tainer ports, end water barging
from Andros and replace. 100
miles of old pipelines, eliminate
prison bus transfers, facilitate a
workable public transit system,
enforce traffic and vendor regu-
lations, upgrade the airport,
develop a master plan for New
Providence and the country as a
whole, insulate ZNS from politi-
cal control, privatise BTC and
Bahamasair, implement freedom
of information, increase the num-
ber of courts and judges, reform
the education system, and enact a

"A comprehensive policy is
TOUGH CI needed sooner rather than later
ALL| it could be the most effective w
to create new jobs, build new
A'gm*A I

parliamentary code of conduct.
"After all, as Alistair Camp-
bell (Tony Blair's former press
secretary) said, in a democracy
political power is the means to
produce change and promote
progress. It is not a license to talk
nonsense for five years. And
don't get me wrong we are all
in this together, and we all share
some responsibility. Both political
elites have dropped the ball
because we let them. If we want
to avoid that dreaded tipping
point, we should all get down to
business. Let's dispense with the
political myopia and partisan
Well that was written just over
a year ago. So it's time to respond
to Observer. The airport has
already been upgraded and is on
the way to redevelopment. So we
selected two other key items to
update (the others will have to
wait for another opportunity).
Formulate an
energy policy
For years the International
Energy Agency which moni-
tors energy supplies for 30 rich
nations of the OECD has been
calling for a green revolution to
stave off environmental, disaster
and transition to a new global.
economy based on clean energy'
Power demand in the Bahamas
is growing at 8 per cent a year,
forcing us to spend hundreds of
millions in scarce foreign
exchange on oil that pollutes our
air and contributes to global
warming, which will eventually
inundate our islands. So you
would think that a "clean energy
policy combining public invest-
ment, private sector incentives,
regulatory changes and conser-
vation education would be among
any Bahamian government's top
The Ingraham government
appointed a new energy policy
committee earlier this year to
review drafts of a document that
had been produced by the Inter'-
American Development Bank for
an earlier'66amiftte set up by

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the face of what many believe w
be a long and deep recession."

the Christie administration.
* According to Philip Weech, the
civil servant who is leading this
process, the committee is now on
revision six of its policy proposal
and is still collecting comments
on the latest IDB information on
the energy sector.
In addition to policy proposals
on energy conservation and alter-
native fuels, the committee is also
preparing an implementation
plan, Weech says. ,
But critics say this project -
which has been in the planning
stages for at least four years under
two governments has come
down with a bad case of "civilser-
viceitis". It may go to cabinet
* sometime this month, but it could
have been floated long ago as a
matter of urgency. In the mean-
time, oil prices have skyrocketed
and then crashed. They may well
soar again before this policy sees
the light of day.
One of the key planks of any
energy policy for the Bahamas is
a change in the legal regime. The
law has to be amended just to
allow alternative energy produc-
ers to generate power, as well as
to implement'net metering so that
consumers can earn credits from
BEC for electricity they may pro-
duce via solar panels or wind
Changes to the Electricity Act
must be made before BEC can
consummate a deal with any of
the 30 private firms that are offer-
ing to generate energy on New
Providence and other islands
using renewable technologies -
including wind and solar power,
ocean thermal conversion, and
waste-to-energy processes.
BEC is currently reviewing
these proposals and says it may
have agreements in place by mid-
2009, although actual generation
of power is likely to take much
longer to achieve. And even then,
we are only looking at a share of
S10 per cent of energy needs on
any one island to be generated
from renewable sources, the cor-
poration says.
Meanwhile, Hawaii recently
unveiled a Clean Energy Initia-
tive, which mandates that 70 per
cent of electricity generation and

ever since the 1960s, w
spent millions on study aft
by both local and foreign
advising us to clean up
preserve what's left of c
ture, protect our environs
preserve Nassau as an
and healthy Bahamian c
nity. And every year w
gard this costly advice.
In fact; in the five ye
Tough Call has been pu
the redevelopment of Nas
always seemed imminent-
ing only on this pending
that study, the next cabinet
ing or the forthcoming e
And it was exactly the sa
ing the five years before
The downtown task fo
pursues this dream toda
holdover from the C
administration. And it de
from initiatives taken du
first Ingraham government
grew out of Norman Sol
efforts in the 1980s under
dling regime. This task f
prepared detailed devel
plans which are describe
white paper calling on t
ernment to legislate a n
ment authority for the cii
The actual planning
began prior to the 2002
election, which swept the
power. And it was some]
Christie administration Y
ting close to finalising b
was replaced by a new In
government in the 2007
election. It seems that I
stamps of approval are so
that it is a wonder anyth
done at all in this town.
For example, the bi
under the previous gove
was a redevelopment plan
by the EDAW group, a
national firm hired in 2004
lined seven districts alc
waterfront from Arawak
Montagu, each building u
character of the particul
"The reclamation of this v
waterfront area is essen

ground transport must use renew-
able fuels by the year 2030. And a
few months ago, the state amend-'
ed its building code to require
solar hot water heaters in all new
homes. A plan for utilities to
install photovoltaic systems at
commercial, institutional, and res-
idential sites will be in place by
next March, and no new fossil
fuel power plants will be
Renewable energy projects
already in place or under devel-
opment in Hawaii include waste-
to-energy, wind, biofuel, solar
concentrating, geothermal, wave
and ocean thermal conversion.
As an archipelago that relies on
imported fossil fuels, Hawaii's
energy policy offers a real-life
example for the Bahamas to emu-
late. And the new administration
of President-elect Barrack Oba-
ma plans to invest billions in clean
energy technologies to create mil-
lions of new green jobs and help
boost industrial demand in
response to the global recession.
However, there is no denying
that the investment environment
for renewables has changed as oil
prices have collapsed. This means
it is even more important for the
government.to take the lead to
begin the transformation of our
energy economy. A comprehen-
sive policy is needed sooner
rather than later it could be
the most effective way to create
new jobs, build new businesses
and boost demand in the face of
what many believe will be a long
and deep recession.
Legislate a downtown
Management authority
The National Trust for .His-
toric Preservation in Washington,
DC, says the downtown area of a
city is the most visible indicator of
community pride, as well as of
economic and social health. It is
either an asset or a liability.
Bahamians know this, because

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r tourists," the plan said.
Shipping not only takes up
ay over half of the waterfront area,
but the main eastbound commer-
cial road cuts right through the
historic heart of the city, causing
n congestion as well as commercial
will blight. But the $250 million rec-
ommendation to move the con-
tainer port to Clifton was ignored
by the incoming FNM adminis-
tration, which tipped Arawak Cay
Ye have as a better and less costly loca-
er study tion. A shipping task force, with
experts agreement in principle from the
our act, government, is now developing a
oqr cul- plan for a new corporation to
ient and build and manage the port.
historic As we said earlier, the down-
hommu- town task force's plan for the city
e disre- called for an independent man-
agement authority. At the top of
ars that the list of priorities are parking
blished, and public safety issues as well as
ssau has physical upgrades, anan author-
- wait- ity to generate the revenue need-
Sreport, ed to undertake these improve-
rt meet- ments is seen as vital to the whole
election' project.
me dur- That's partly because security,
that. environmental care, infrastruc-
irce that ture, landscaping, vendor man-
y was a agement, transportation, parking,
'hristie and planning are all divided
veloped among several government agen-
ring the cies many with overlapping
It, which responsibilities but few with any
1omon's enforcement capabilities.
the Pin- Legislation to establish an
force has authority to manage the city was
opment supposed to have been drafted
'ed in a before the 2007 general election
he gov- which means that it probably
went into the political cuisinart
ty. when the government changed.
process But the white paper has now been
general re-tooled for the current politi-
PLP to cal class to ponder a momen-
hing the tous event that is supposed to
was get- happen next week. So we could
before it see some movement on this vital
graham initiative soon. Then again if
general precedent is anything to go by -
political we may not. The national energy
critical policy and the revitalisation of
ing gets Nassau are both top priorities on
the national agenda that demand
g news our full attention. They should
grnment not be allowed to become politi-
1 drafted cal footballs, or to disappear into
n inter- the public sector decision-mak-
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Catholics in I

Nassau send

food, clothing to I

storm-hit Haiti

have sent shipments of
food and clothing to
storm-ravaged Haiti,
which was hit by four hur-
ricanes during the 2008
Serious loss of life and
devastation of homes fol-
lowed strikes by Hurri-
canes Fay, Gustav, Hanna
and Ike. Families are still
struggling to cope with
their loss.
For several weeks the
Catholic Archdiocese of
Nassau has been appealing
to the public for food and
clothing to send to Haiti.
The initiative was spear-
headed by Father Alaine
Laverne, pastor of St
Bede's Catholic parish, off
Kemp Road.
Father Laverne reports
that the appeal was very
successful. Last week two
40-foot containers were
shipped to Port-au-Prince,
Haiti, by Seaboard Marine
with food, clothing, baby
products, water, blankets
and medical supplies.
One container was
shipped from Freeport and
the other from Nassau. On
arrival CARITAS, a
Catholic relief organisa-
tion, will undertake distri-
bution of goods to ensure
that those most in need
The Very Rev Patrick
Pinder, Archbishop of
Nassau, registered his
appreciation to the
Bahamian community for
their generosity, and
reminded parishes of their
Christian duty to assist
those in need.
The archdiocese has also
sent a cash donation to
supplement relief efforts.
A similar donation was
made to communities in
the Turks and Caicos

Pro-hanging marchers set to

take to the streets of Nassau

WITH the murder rate continuing
to soar, pro-hanging marchers will take
to the streets of Nassau again this
weekend in a bid to ensure all killers
face the death penalty.
Organisers hope hundreds will join
the march, which starts at Tom Grant
Park, Graham Drive, Yellow Elder
Gardens, at 9am on Saturday.
A group calling itself Families of
Murder Victims, backed by the Work-
ers Party, is the driving force behind
what it hopes will be a "noisy motor-
cade and march" through Nassau's
The demonstration will take in Blue
Hill Road, Robinson Road, Marathon
Road, Wulff Road, East Street, Ross
Corner, Market Street, Chapel Street,

Nassau Street and Poinciana Drive
before ending up back at the park.
The same group held a pro-hang-
ing march during the summer which
.attracted a big turnout.

"We are in crisis," said a spokesman
for the group, "We want people to join
us and make as much noise as they can
to show the government that we expect
the law to be carried out."
He said killers who had exhausted
the appeal process should now have
the death sentence read to them by the
Provost Marshal and be executed in
accordance with the law.

"It is up .to the government to
instruct the Provost Marshal, that is
the Acting Police Commissioner, to
carry out his duties in this regard," he
"We are extending invitations to all
concerned citizens, and families of
murder victims, to join us in this march
and motorcade," he added.
The group says it is time the gov-
ernment "removed all impediments"
to implementation of the death penal-
"We are in crisis and this is the only
way to save the Bahamas from what
is going on at the present time," the
source said.
The marchers will also call for all
murder suspects to be held in custody

instead of being granted bail.
Currently, the death penalty remains
on the Bahamas statute books, but the
last man to hang was Haitian-Bahami-
an David Mitchell, who was executed
in January, 2000, for the murder of an
expatriate couple in their Abaco holi-
day home. Ii
Nassau beautician and hairdresser'
John Higgs was due to hang the samd'
morning for the murder of his wife?
but he was found dead in his cell thd'
night before, having apparently cut his
Over the weekend, a stabbing deatfil
brought the country's murder tally for'
the year to 68. Another killing since
then is-also expected to be listed as ai

Legislative agenda to bolster anti-crime campaign;

THE government of the
Bahamas said it is seeking to
ensure that the country's law
enforcement and criminal jus-
tice systems both have the legal
framework to effectively
counter not only the existing
crime situation, but also new
and emerging forms of crime,
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest said.
Mr Turnquest said a "dynam-
ic legislative agenda" has
brought matters such as elec-
tronic monitoring, plea-bar-
gaining and human trafficking
to the forefront to ensure that
law enforcement entities and
the criminal justice system are
able to "appropriately address
these issues."
He said it is part of a com-
prehensive "anti-crime fighting
strategy" that has been devel-
oped by the Ministry of Nation-
al Security in conjunction with
its law enforcement agencies.
The anti-crime strategy also
includes programmes such as
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force's Peer Leadership Pro-
gramme for youth, in addition
to Her Majesty's Prison's com-
munity-basedinitiatives sich as

Partners Against Crime (PAC)
and Students Against Violence
Everywhere (SAVE).
"This approach is of particu-'
lar interest because crime pre-
vention is also a critical com-
ponent of the government's
crime prevention and criminal
justice strategy," Mr Turnquest
"To prevent crime, we must
counter it on all fronts from law
enforcement to legal, from eco-
nomic and social, to moral and
ethical, from old-fashioned
policing to policing using new
technologies. Preventing crime

is not something we do once
and it is done, it is an ongoing
process that goes hand-in-hand
with criminal justice. It is the
process by which we make it
clear to those who commit
crime that the odds of getting
caught are too great for them
to try."
Addressing the 2008
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's Crime Prevention Sem-
inar, Mr Turnquest said the
issues the Bahamas is facing
With regards to crime, criminal-
ity and violence is not unique
to this country.
He 'said his recent participa-
tion at the Eleventh Meeting of
Ministers of National security
and Law Enforcement (CON-
SLE) of the Caribbean Com-
munity (CARICOM) confirms
"The intelligence brief Min-
isters received in CONSLE
detailed the expansive scope
and enormity of the crime and
criminality challenges facing vir-
tually all CARICOM coun-
tries," Mr Turnquest said.
"The core security threats to
CARICOM countries are basi-
cally the same. Prominent
among these are violent crime,
including murde'r:drugs and'

arms trafficking, migrant smug-
gling, trans-national organised
crime, money-laundering, iden-
tity theft, fraud and cyber,
Mr Turnquest said there is
"good reason" why govern-
ment, law enforcement and
nationalsecurity officials must
focus on halting and reversing
violent crime in the Bahamas, as
criminal activity has "profound,
negative consequences for our
country at multiple levels."
Mr Turnquest said one way
of doing this is through the
development and implementa-
tion of the government's "anti-
crime fighting strategy."
He said one part of that strat-
egy calls for the continued
acquisition of new, strategic
technologies for the country's
security forces.
"State-of-the-art communi-
cations and forensic equipment,
for example, is strengthening
the hand of law enforcement in
protecting our communities,
including our business commu-
nity and visitors to our coun-
try," Mr Turnquest said.
"We have taken a firm posi-
tion on protecting our law
enforcement officers in the con-
duct of their'dulks, (as) all

frontline officers are to be pro-
vided witlh bulletproof vests. Af
Her Majesty's Prison, a neWj
reform agenda is preparing)
inmates for reintegration into
their communities upon release.
Focused on rehabilitation, the'
reform agenda aims' to provide,
inmates with the academic an4
technical skills they need to boi
gainfully employed after serv-
ing their sentences. ii
"The remarkable Royali
Bahamas Police Force Cadets
Corps Programme and the Roy-
al Bahamas Defence Forcd.
Cadet Corps are keeping young
people focused on making their
contribution to nation-building.
These programmes are also pro 1
viding a human resource pool!
from which many of the next'
generation of Police and
Defence Force Officers are,
being drawn," the minister,
Mr Turnquest said other pro-.
grammes such as the Police,
Force's Peer Leadership Pro-i
gramme and Her Majesty's Prisit
on's community-based initia-:
tives "give us hope that rein-"
forcing the moral and ethical'
values of our young people, can;
dissuade them from entering aw
life of crime." *


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FROM page one
to the Atlantis lay-offs.
"This is a very small, small
group of people you're talking
about. It's not like Atlantis, I
think the biggest thing that hit
the country is the Atlantis (lay
offs)," he said.
Recently, employees in the
Wyndham Nassau Resort's
receiving department were told
they would be temporarily laid-
off for four weeks. More than 40
employees from the hotel's line
staff were made redundant and
over 40 employees from the
Sheraton Hotel were terminat-
Despite these bleak numbers,
Mr Douglas remained confident
the industry will soon rebound.
"I think things will come back,
I talked to one of the smaller
hotels, they're saying they have
like 75 per cent (occupancy) on
weekends and maybe 40 to 50
per cent during the week but
those are some hotels that cater
to domestic tourists.
"I saw September 11 there
was not one tourist in this coun-
try and when I looked the (indus-
try) bounced right back. So peo-
ple must stop panicking, I think
we're really making this thing
.worse than it is because at least
the country is still operating, we
still have some tourists in the
country," he said.
Executive vice-president of the
Bahamas Hotel Association
Frank Comito shared the. union
official's optimism: "We are in a
very difficult situation unlike any
that we've ever been in and the
immediate 'outcome is not
known, (but) we have survived
and thrived beyond these types
of situations in the past and with
due diligence on the part of all
stakeholders, we're hopeful that
we can come out of this sooner
rather than later. But the future
is unknown," he told The Tri-

Union braced for further

job losses in Nassau

He said at a time when Amer-
icans are travelling less due to
their recession, the local hotel
industry and Ministry of Tourism
was focused on "aggressively
marketing the destination."
"The most effective thing that
we can do now, and as an indus-
try we're doing it, is to try to get
people to try to maximise the
number of visitors that we can
get to come to the Bahamas and
minimise the impact and dura-
tion of the (economic) situation."
When asked if he felt the hefty
lay-offs from larger properties
like Atlantis would set a danger-
ous precedent for smaller hotels,
Mr Comito said any hotel down-
sizing was only a measure to
keep properties viable in the soft
"Staff reductions are only
occurring to be able to ensure
the future viability of the com-
panies it's unfortunate that
people's lives had to be affected
but what's important is that the
industry is able to survive
through this crisis and come out
of it in a manner where it can be
an even stronger force in the
future. There have been smaller
numbers of lay-offs and staff
reductions that have been occur-
Sring over the six past weeks or so,
* arid again it remains to be seen to
what extent if at all, any lay-offs
will continue. But we're hopeful
that they won't that's a last
resort, companies want to retain
good people because they're crit-
ical to the viability of the opera-
tion," he said.
Yesterday, union officials were
in day one of negotiations with
the Hilton to determine the fate
of the employees in question.
"We're in a meeting now dis-
cussing with management.to see

FROM page one

thaf the industrial agreement talks about the
rotation and what should happen in times of
lays-off and how it should be applied," he said.
"Management has said there would be no
lay-offs, but according to the industrial agree-
ment they are positioning themselves for lay-
Mr Morley said 860 workers are employed
at Our Lucaya. He said workers are struggling to
take care of their families and pay their bills.
"The managing director told us that they
would not close down the Sheraton.. .they said
they are only changing the branding," he said.
Mr Morley said the Sheraton brand is due to
expire, T December 19. 't- er
He said they expect to meet with the workers

which is the best way to go. I
think all the major hotels have
been trying to hold (on to staff)
and we're waiting now to see -
we're in discussions with man-
agement to determine what will
.be the end result," Mr Douglas
said yesterday.
When pressed for the estimat-
ed number of persons who may
be let go, Mr Douglas said it
would only be a small percentage
of the hotel's staff.
M'I it comes to that (lay-offs) it
will be a small amount. The most
it may be it wouldn't be more
than 30 workers if anything from
different categories, if we come
to a conclusion. Under the indus-
trial agreement, if it comes to the
stage management does have the
rights under the agreement for
lay-offs but they have to discuss
that (with the union) after they
try everything else."
Mr Douglas said Hilton offi-
cials had informed them of the
possibility of the lay-offs last
week and had requested a meet-
"They told us beforehand that
renovations were going to take
place and many of their rooms
were going to. be out of opera-
tion. So the question is what do
you do with X amount of
employees? It affects the whole
operation and it's not anything
intentional and it's not political.
If the tourists don't come in this
country, what do you do in the
hotel industry?" he asked.
When contacted yesterday,
Hilton manager Peter Webster
declined to comment.
He acknowledged that the
hotel had 120 rooms out o(
inventory for renovations which
won't be completed until Spring,

Hundreds of workers on
rotation at Our Lucaya Resort

at Workers House tomorrow.
"We have a responsibility to be true to the
membership. I don't want anyone to say that
Lionel Morley and the executives in Freeport
did not warn them and hide the information
from them.
"I do not want to pre-empt -anything, but we
want our people to know what is coming and we
want management to know that we will not be
silent," he said.
Mr Morley claims that he has spoken with
Mr Roy Colebrook regarding the situation in
Freeport, but received rio responsefrnomthe
union president: ; : : "





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Govt optimistic over Marco

City election court case

FROM page one

"You can't preempt the
court. So we're not in a mood to
do that," FNM chairman John-
ley Ferguson told The Tribune
"The FNM doesn't function
like that. Hubert Ingraham, the
prime minister, doesn't function
like that. We have a job to do,
we are doing our job and what-
ever obstacle we meet, we have
to overcome it and continue to
serve the Bahamian people."
Mr Ferguson said the gov-
erning party is "of course" opti-
mistic that the incumbent MP
and Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing will be
the victor in the ongoing elec-
tion court case.
The nine-month long court
battle between current MP for
Marco City Mr Laing, and his
predecessor in that Grand
Bahama. seat, PLP senator
Pleasant Bridgewater, is in its
final stages at present.
Should Mr Laing lose the
case and be ejected from the
House of Assembly, removing
an FNM senator from the Sen-
ate so that Mr Laing could be
appointed to the upper chamber
appears to be the only way for-
ward should the prime minister
be determined to keep Mr
Laing on as his "junior minis-
ter" in the Ministry of Finance
- a role in which Mr Laing has

been very active.
Among the FNM senators in
the upper chamber are: Minister
of Labour and Maritime Affairs
Dion Foulkes, party chairman
Johnley Ferguson, Tourism
Minister Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace, Attorney General
Michael Barnett, Senate presi-
dent Lynn Holowesko, David
Thompson, Kay Forbes-Smith,
Reverend Frederick McAlpine
and Jacinta Higgs.
Two weeks ago, Chief Justice
Sir Burton Hall ruled that
Prime Minister Ingraham's
appointment of Anthony Mus-
grove to the Senate was invalid
as there is evidence of his FNM
affiliation, while Tanya Wright
was allowed to keep her seat as
he determined the evidence was
not clear in her case. The PLP
had claimed that both were
ENM supporters, and said the
two seats should have been give
to PLPs based on the balance of
power in the House of Assem-
The departure of Mr Mus-
grove leaves a seat already open
in the Senate, however, with the
precedent already set that no
FNM affiliate can hold the seat,
Mr Laing could not take up that
Last week, lawyers for both
sides presented their final tally
of contested votes to the judges,
who are now reviewing the evi-
dence with respect to the valid-
ity of each vote ready to make a

determination about which will
be thrown out.
Judges have not yet
announced when the next court
session will be held, but it is
expected that the judgement on
the case will be issued at that
Some 73 votes are being chal-
lenged by Mrs Bridgewater and
22 by Mr Laing. Mrs Bridgewa-
ter lost the seat, which she had
held since 2002, by 47 votes.
Asked yesterday how confi-
dent he is about the likely suc-
cess of his client, attorney for
Mrs Bridgewater and PLP MP
for Cat Island, Rum Cay and
San Salvador, Phillip Davis,
said: "Well, we don't know how
those persons (whose votes they
are challenging the validity of)
voted, even though we chal-
lenged them. We hope, we
think that they may have voted
in the way we think (for Mr
-Laing), but we never know
In the Pinewood election
court case, which was contested
by senator Allyson Maynard-
Gibson, FNM MP Byron
Woodside kept his seat despite
judges throwing out 103 votes
contested by Mrs Gibson and
only seven contested by Mr
"It still turned out that over
half of them (that were thrown
out) voted for us, so it didn't
affect the majority," Mr Davis
said yesterday.

SuperClubs Resort chain founder

FROM page one
Florida, the court documents state.
Both Mr Seivright and Mr Flores are employed
at Unique Vacations, the worldwide representa-
tive of the Sandals Group SuperClubs' long-time
Messrs Seivright and Flores work in Unique
Vacations' information technology department.
According to .documents filed last month in
the Miami-Dade country court, Mr Issa "has
incurred actual damages to his reputation and
standing in the community as a result of the mali-
cious publication of these false and defamatory
statements." :
"On November 1, 2007, defendants Roger,
Seivright and Stanja Seivright wrote andserit a.
defamatory e-mail-from their home computer in
Miami, Florida using an e-mail address they cre-
ated: 'journalistforja@hotmail.com'
"Upon information and belief, the Seivrights
collaborated with the other defendants to send the
defamatory communication to a list of individuals
and entities in the US,, Caribbean and Jamaican
tourism industry, and to other individuals known
to Mr Issa and his family," it is stated in the court
documents filed.
The court documentsstate that Mr Issa deter-
mined the real identities of the defendants from
the internet service provider (ISP) that issued

FROM page one

and in this fashion what Kerzner
International did was not only
unfair, but we are also looking to
see exactly where it was also prob-
ably illegal," said Mr Butler.
He said government and the
union have not done their duty
of speaking out for the many
Bahamians, who were at risk of
losing their jobs.
"We are out here today to talk
on behalf of those who cannot
talk on behalf of-themselves," said
Mr Butler. .
"There has been an abject fail-
ure of those who have the respon-
sibility and the right to talk on
their behalf namely the union,
the government and the opposi-
"What we fear is that these peo-
ple have been taken advantage of
- yes there is a downturn in the
world financial markets, but is

the e-mail addresses to Mr Seivright and Mr Flo-
Once Mr Issa learned the internet provider
(IP) address of the e-mail sender, he was able to
learn which local ISP owned the IP address, the
court documents said.
"An IP address is much like a fingerprint it is
a unique signature assigned ,to a specific com-
puter by a local company that provides the actu-
al internet to a user, such as BellSouth or Comcasr
Cable," the court documents state.
The local ISP then provided Mr Issa with infor-
mation to identify the defendants.
"Upon information and belief, all of the defen-
dant's defamatory communications, originated
.from distinct e-mail addresses that the defen-
dants obtained through free internet-based ,e-
,mailserv;ices p.royided by internet service
providers (ISPs) like, Microsoft, Yahoo and
Google," it is stated in court documents.
In the court documents it is stated that
"between approximately November 1, 2007, and
May 13, 2008, the defendants distributed elec-
tronic mail (e-mail) messages disparaging Mr
Issa, his family and his reputation."
According to the court documents, the e-mail.
that was circulated "makes false factual state-
ments regarding (Mr Issa's) business practices,
criminal activity and social mores, and makes
cruel personal attacks on his family."

Kerzner International using this
as reason to purge their staff?"
Mr Butler bolstered his argu-
ment against Kerzner's need to
layoff hundreds of its employees
because of economic woes, by cit-
ing the company's planned $30
million opening ceremony for its
newest property in Dubai.
He called the resort's layoff
exercise a "preemptive strike."
"Kerzner International, accord-
ing to themselves, has not yet lost
any money," he said. "They
expect lower numbers during Jan-
uary and December and because
of that they are cutting people."
Lawyer and civic activist Paul
Moss, who joined Mr Butler in
Rawson Square, said that Kerzn-
er International displayed "bad,
bad" business practices by laying
off their employees the way they

"You have them using decep-
tive measures to get people to
come into work to terminate
them," he said.
"Persons were terminated after
their shifts and persons who were
in the middle of serving guests
were terminated," he alleged.
He too made a plea to govern-
ment to assist those individuals
who have been decimated by the
mass firing.
"We know this is not going to
be the traditional Christmas that
many of ,them had planned for,"
said Mr Moss.
Kirk Wilson, second vice pres-
ident of the BHCAWU, appealed
for all those Atlantis workers who
were laid off, and those still
presently employed, to come out
to the Western Esplanade on
Thursday, November 20, to rally
against the layoffs.
"We have to let the govern-
ment and the opposition know
that this will be the last of this -
we will not stand for it anymore,"
he said.
"There has to be a clear cut
message to each and every per-
son in authority to understand the
plight of the common man."
Mr Butler noted that they do
not dislike Kerzner Internation-
al, but that they want them to
understand the plight of the
Bahamian people.
"See what it is that you can do
to alleviate the pain and the
stress," he said.
"You know what the stress
must be for a young mother going
into Christmas who. has been let
"She needs to think about
school fees for the next term, she
needs to think about food on the
table and if the downturn in the
world economy is going to con-
tinue, when is she going to get a
job again?"
"We already have a large dis-
enfranchised set of Bahamian
people, we already have a crime
problem and now we have added
on top of that, disgusted and dis-
gruntled people and the way that
they are being handled and the
way thai no one is speaking on
their behalf is not right."


Lawyers and union members

Royal Bahamian Resort & Offshore Island

Invites application for the position of:


The applicant should have the following minimum

* Five years experience as an Entertainment Director in
a Hotel Environment
* Must Have excellent communication skills and effective
public speaking skills
* Ability to conceptualize and demonstrate a high degree
of original creative thinking
* Ability to work collaboratively with corporate
colleagues and staff to create a result driven, team
oriented environment.
* Proficiency in use of computer software applications
* Ability to develop and implement a cohesive guest
activities and entertainment program.

Applications should be email to:






Persons with disabilities

urged to fill out National

Registry questionnaire

OVER the past two years, National
Registry Questionnaires for Persons
with Disabilities (PWDs) have been
distributed across the country, with
close to 2,000 having been returned to
the Department of Social Services Dis-
ability Affairs Division thus far.
Consultant to the division Iris
Adderley said that Social Services is
urging more people to turn in the ques-
tionnaires so that it can be determined
to what extent disabled persons are
discriminated against in the job market,
and if there are any patterns of dis-
ability in the Bahamas.
She explained that there are good
reasons for the country to have reli-
able disability statistics, such as the
need for these statistics when requests
are made for funding from interna-
tional agencies for programmes to help
disabled persons.
"In order for us to figure out a way
to get these numbers, we at the division
realized we could not wait for the cen-
sus, because the next census is in 2010,"
Ms Adderley said, pointing out that
worldwide, it is known that about 10 to
12 per cent of a country's population

will have a disability.
When the initiative began, the divi-
sion distributed the forms to the
Department of Social Services offices
throughout the islands and to non-gov-
ernment organizations that are dis-
ability related.
To get the forms out to more peo-
ple, the division also plans to distribute
them to healthcare facilities, ministries
and other locations.
Ms Adderley said persons are reluc-
tant to fill out the questionnaire
because they have fears of being
stereotyped or feel they may be sub-
jected to prejudice.
This also means that they might not
want their names on the forms for fear
of persons finding out that they have a
disability, she said.
Ms Adderley emphasised that the
questionnaires are extremely confi-
The names, she noted, are needed to
ensure persons who might have the
same names are not mixed up, or if
the division wants to track down a per-
son for a programme it thinks might fit
his or her needs.
She also explained why other ilfor-
mation is needed when persons fill out

the questionnaire.
Ms Adderley said the division asks
for a person's age so it can see whether
there are trends for certain disabilities
within certain age groups.
The questionnaire asks for gender
because the division wants to know
whether certain disabilities are more
prevalent in men than in women, and
asks for marital status to determine
the percentage of disabled persons who
are single, married or divorced, Ms
Adderley said.
She said that statistics worldwide
show that husbands usually leave their
spouses if they become disabled, while
in most cases women stay with their
husbands if they become disabled.
The division wants to see whether
this trend is the same for the Bahamas,
Ms Adderley said.
The division also wants to be able
to ascertain whether individuals were
allowed to continue with their educa-
tion if they became disabled, or at what
level they were able to continue with
their education if they were born with
a disability, she said.
Ms Adderley said it is important to-
find out whether persons were
employed if they became disabled lat-

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THE MINISTRY of Labour and Social Development Department of Social Services Dis-
ability Affairs Division's consultant Iris Adderley explains why filling out the National
Registry Questionnaires for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) is so important.

er in life, 'or whether being disabled
affected their ability to get a job even if
they had an education, which would
be discrimination'.
"So we want to know then whether
your job is permanent because some-
times what happens is when you
become disabled you are medically
boarded and they send you home to
rot as we call it. They do not under-
stand that your brain still works," she

The division also wants to look at
the occupations of persons with-dis-
abilities, their income levels, whether
they are Being paid the same as some'
one without a disability, and whether
they were on National Insurance. .'
She said the last section of the ques-
tionnaire allows.respondents to state
whether they are receiving the social
services they need. These may include
a need for food, shelter and medical

Royal Bahamas

Defence Force

increases its fleet

Bahamas Information
THE size of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force's fleet
of short, medium and long-
S.ange -sea-g6ing vesseli isignifi-'
c 'tilyff increase folloig'h ff '
receipt of two new 40-foot
coastal patrol boats. The boats
were built at a cost of $1.6mil-
The two new boats boosted
the number of sea-going assets
the Force has received over an
11-month period to ten.
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest said the
boats are part of the govern-
ment' strategy to "systemati-
cally remove constraints" from
the capacity of the Defence
Force to counter trans-national
crime, includIng organised
crime, by providing the Force
with the sea and air assets nec-
essary for it to carry out its man-
He said that the Defence
Force's initiatives are especially
focused on confronting the "sig-
nificant" illegal drugs and gun
trade in addition to human
smuggling and illegal migration,
which he said are having "seri-
ous implications for the unac-
ceptable levels of crime and
criminality in our country."
Mr Turnquest said the
Defence Force is expected to
"soon take delivery" of two air-
craft that have been purchased
to assist it in its mission and
He said the Defence Force
will be provided with addition-
al sea-going assets as part of the
government's "phased acquisi-
tion plan for the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force."
"The government's objective
is clear," Mr Turnquest said. "It
is to equip the Defence Force to
meet threats to the sovereignty
and territorial integrity of the
Bahamas and to guard our her-
Mr Turnquest said that giv-
en the country's geographical
location, many of the "signifi-
cant threats" to the national
security of the Bahamas "will
always come from the sea."
He said it is a fact that the
Bahamas has its unique securi-
ty challenges, many of them
stemming from its proximity to
the United States and the trans-
national criminal activity that
targets that country.
The National Security Min-
ister said while the acquisition
and maintenance of sea and air
assets are both "costly propo-
sitions for small states such as
the Bahamas," the government
is committed to ensuring that
the country's sovereignty and
territorial water is protected.
"In late October of this year,
the Commander of the Defence
Force joined forces with.the
Commissioner of Police (Act-
ing) in hosting the Joint Meet-

ing of the Caribbean Commu-
nity (CARICOM) Staifding
Comfnittees for Commissioners
of Police and Military Chiefs in
New Providence. The meeting
stressed the importance of mar-
itime assets to the protection of
the countries of CARICOM,"'
:Mt Turiiniu st said.---'' '>1-
' "This' is so notwithstanding
that the acquisition and main-
tenance of such assets is a cost-
ly proposition for small states.
The Bahamas knows this only
too well. We also know that
maritime assets, critical though
they are, cannot in and of them-
selves remove danger from our
seas and from our country. The

vessels we have acquired, and
will continue to acqutiire, are but
instruments in the hands of the
officers and marines of the Roy-
al Bahamas Defence Force.
"There are significant respon-
sibilities and serious risks inher-
'ent in'service'it the Royal
Blliaiiita 'Defnri Fodre' ""Mr
Turnquest continued, "let me
express the confidence of the
government of the Bahamas
that the officers and marines to
whom we entrust P-44 and P-
45, will ensure that they and the
vessels they command are
always up to the task of pro-
tecting our borders while guard-
ing our heritage."

TIE;CRE;WS0ofBP-44 and P-45 stand at attention onboard the two 40-foot Dauntless patrol boats during
commissioning ceremonies on Friday; November14, 2008.:

iemeritt' n' n rald I e
MARKET STREET P.O. BOX GT-2097 TEL: 323-5782


a resident of Garden Hills
#3 will be held at St.
Barnabas Anglican Church,
Baillou Hill and Wulff
road, on Thursday at 11:00
a.m. Officiating will be Canon Basil Tynes. Interment
follows in the Western Cemetery, Nassau St.

Left to cherish her memories are, her husband, Dwight
Lyles; children, Ashley, Rayven, Lanae, Shoshanna
and Aaliyah; mother, Brenda Cunningham
(predeceased by her husband Sidney Cunningham;
brothers, Duran and Sean Cunningham; sisters,
Sherese Cunningham and Sherell Cox; aunts, Eleanor
Bain and Theresa Lamm; Uncles, Ronnie and Rusty
Armbrister, Ehurd and Phillip Cunningham; step
grandmother, Viola Cunningham; niece, Xenia Cox;
nephew, Tyrique Cox; cousins, Gina Ferguson, Yvette
Rahming, Kent, Carlos, Chester, Garvin and Demetrius
Bain; Michelle Smith, Sophia, Marco, Edgadro and
Omar Armbrister; Buscheme, Ricardo and Anya
Armbrister, Anastacia, Veronica Armbrister, Michael,
Marcus, Rudy Cunningham, Brittany Lamm; mother-
in-law, Sharon Neilly-Lyles; sister-in-law, Shevette
Lyles-Edwards; brother-in-law, Robert Cox; neice-
in-law, Marqueya Edwards; nephew-in-law, Demjai
Edwards. Cousins-in-law, Kevin Ferguson, Phyillis,
Ingrid, Christine Bain, Christopher Rahming, Rechelle
Smith, Tiska Armbrister; special friends, Heather
Hanlan, Jillian Dorsett, Portia Lightbo.ume and family,
Shirleen Bullard and family, Aunt Lois of Ft.
Lauderdale, The staff of Walgreen's, The family Pet

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's
Funeral Home on today at 1:00 pm-5:00 pm and on
Thursday at the church at 10am until service time.


Tender can be collected from our Administration Building,
John F. Kennedy Drive during the hours of 9:30AM to 5:00PM.

Tender should be addressed as follows:

Mr. Kirk Griffin
Acting President & CEO
Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd..
John F. Kennedy Drive
P.O. Box N-3048
Nassau, Bahamas

Tender should be marked as follows:


Proposals should be received no later than 12: NOON,
DECEMBER 11,2008.





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Senior Sports Reporter

appointing performance at
her fifth Olympic Games in
Beijing, China, Jackie
S, Edwards got a major boost
for her storied long jump career when
she was inducted into Stanford Univer-
sity's Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2008 ceremony took
place on Saturday as Edwards joined six
other alumnus from six different sports
for their collegian'performances for the
Cardinals and in their post-collegiate .
All inductees would have had to be -f
graduated from Stanford University for '
more than 10 years. .-::
i As a 1992 graduate and five-time All-
American, Edwards left an indelible
mark with the Cardinals where she still
holds .the long jump record of 21-feet, only athle
11 3/4-inches and the triple jump of 43-4 field over th
1/2. Ed yards,
The 1987 graduate of Queen's, Col- inite nine p
lege, who also still holds the Carifta with her an
under-17 girls long jump record and is quite please
tied with Shonel Ferguson for the Heading tI
Bahamas national record, said she never NHmphas an
envisioned being inducted into Stan- e Dr John E
ford's Hall of Fame.
"They don't do very many people, so it
was quite an honour," said Edwards, the SEE pag


Jazz end losing streak

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Carlos Boozer
had to take a look at the box score before believ-
ing it. *
It wasn't Boozer's 21 points and 15 rebounds
that surprised him it was Shaquille O'NeaPs
rebound numbers or, rather, his. rebound
Boozer and the Jazz got O'Neal and Steve
Nash into early foul trouble and pulled and pulled a in
the second half of a 109-97 win over Phoenix
109-97 on Monday night, holding O'Neal to a
single rebound while dominating the boards 47-
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Browns' field goal victory,
PARK, N.Y. (AP) -
Phil Dawson wasn't .; -" "
about to quit during / 4
Cleveland's latest .
fourth-quarter melt- '
down. Turned out
neither did the rest of
the Browns. .
With a confident .
nod to coach Romeo
Crennel, Dawson went
out and calmly hit a
career-long 56-yard
' field goal with 1:39 left
that sent Cleveland to a .29-27 win over the
Buffalo Bills on Monday night...
Seepage 12

Confident over De La Hoya

(AP) Trainer
Freddie Roach
believes Manny
Pacquiao will have
one significant edge
when he fights
Oscar De La Hoya:
Roach said the
35-year-old De La
Hoya has changed since his younger days as
one of the most dominant fighters...
See page 13


JACKIE with her long-time coach Brooks Johnson...


JACKIE with her brother Dr John Edwards...

Concern over subvention for

'developmental athletes'

Senior Sports Reporter
AUBURN University assistant
coach Henry Rolle is calling on the
Bahamas Government to revisit the
subvention for the "developmental
athletes" before those in college
lose their eligibility.
Rolle, a Bahamian who has
recruited a few Bahamian athletes
on scholarships at Auburn, said the
report of the status of the subven-
tion in the Bahama Journal has
been published in Track and Field.
As a result of the report, Rolle
said Auburn University has
received a number of calls from oth-
er schools who are concerned about
the Bahamian athletes who have
been listed and are on Auburn's
track and field roster.
"We are in a situation where it
has to be proven that these athletes
didn't receive any monies from the
Bahamian government," Rolle
pointed out.
"Our compliance department saw
the story on the website and they
contacted me and I contacted Mr
(Archie) Nairn, (permanent secre-
tary at the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture) that we will need some
supporting documents."
Rolle said other schools in the
Southeastern Conference, of which
Auburn is a member, have made it
an issue and so Auburn has to clar-
ify the matter or the athletes could

lose their eligibility.
If there is any consolation, Rolle
said the athletes in question (whom
he declined to mention), have been
interviewed by the university ,and
they have indicated that they have
not received any money.
"I have contacted their parents
and they have told me that they
have not received any money," said
Rolle, who noted that the parents
are going to have to be interviewed
by their compliance department as
"In fact, the parents have told me
that they didn't even know that
their children were on the subven-
,tion list because they have not
received anything in writing from
the Ministry of Sports."
Rolle, a former coach at St John's
College, said there's no problem
with the way the ministry has
restructured the subvention pro-
gramme where they have placed
some athletes on probation and
some have been removed from the
list because of their performances.
But he noted that the problem
comes with the "developmental.ath-
letes" who are identified as the ath-
letes who are either still in college
or are eligible for college.
"One of the things with providing
the subvention to the college ath-
letes is that we are making them
feel as if they are accomplished
when they really are not," he said.
"They still have a long way to go
because they first have to complete
college, regardless of whether or

not they win a national or interna-
tional title."
Rolle said their main concern is
that proof is provided that the ath-
letes have not received any fund-
ing from the ministry or they could
end up losing their eligibility.
The ministry's staff could not be
contacted up to press time last
night, but Martin Lundy, the direc-
tor of sports, said the athletes on
the "developmental list" would not
receive any funding directly, but,
instead their funds would be sent
to the local track and field federa-
tion (Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations).
Currently, Auburn University has
two track and field athletes and two
swimmers on scholarships, whose
names appear on the subvention
list as "developmental athletes."
Rather than providing funding #
for the athletes, who are taken care
of by the colleges while on scholar-
ship, Rolle said the ministry could
look at distributing the money
through a m6re sustainable pro-
gramme in the high school system.
"That is what Jamaica is doing
and that is why they are so far
ahead of us," Rolle said. "We are
concentrating more on the club sys-
tem and that is just not working for
"Trinidad & Tobago is doing the
same thing and they are in the same
situation as us. We have to get more
funding for the school system so
that we can produce a lot more ath-




duo on




Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas continues to
stake his claim as an impact
player on the international rug-
by scene as two of the nation's
players were named to the
region's top Sevens sides.
Jeremico Cooper and Devon
Woodside will represent the
Bahamas as members of the
West Indies team selected for
the 20th edition of the Punte
Del Este International Sevens.
Dennis Dwyer, chairman of
the West Indies Management
Committee, officially
announced the team this week,
which was selected from a list of
24 players originally chosen
after the last months NAWIRA
Sevens held here in the
t The tournament takes place
in Punte Del Este, Uraguay,
January 3-4, 2009.
Woodside will play the Prop
position while Cooper will play
Other members of the team
include Albert LaRose,
Claudius .Butts and Kevin
McKenzie of Guyana, Jason
Clarke, Andre Carbera and
Luther Burrell of Trinidad and
Tobago, Hollis Green of St Vin-
cent and the Grenadines and
T.oTom Healy of Bermdda..
Barbadian coach Joe Whip-
pie was named as the team's
head coach.
Whipple, who also serves as
chairman of the selectors com-
mittee, said participation in the
Punte DelEste and the upcom-
ing Trinidad and Tobago
Enthusiasts International Sev-
ens will serve as preparation for
the International Rugby Board-
's Sevens World Series in Hong
The team for the Trinidadian
tournament, which is scheduled
to take place December 6-7, will
be announced shortly.
The team for the iRB Sevens
World Series will largely be
made up of the current field and
will also include approximately
three players playing Premiere
League Rugby in the UK.


THE Bahamas Cricket
Association League playoffs
began on Saturday with the
Dockindale Titans playing
Scotia Bank Paradise.
It was a great match
between the two premier
teams. Dockindale batted
first and amassed a total of
322 runs for the loss of eight
wickets in the allotted 40
overs. Top scorers were
Kevin Surujlal of the
Bahamas n national team with
124 runs and Rohan Parks,
also of the national team,
with 66 runs.
Bowling for the bank's
team, Brent Fullerton took
three wickets and Hamilton
Guilyard took two wickets.
Scotia Bank Paradise, at
bat, scored 267 runs all out
to lose a well played match
by 55 runs. Their top scorers
were national team player
Gregory Irving with 143 runs,
Chris Thomas 33 and nation-
al team player Gary Bell with
32 runs.
Paradise bowling was errat-
ic. They yielded 47 wides and
10 no-balls.
On Sunday, St Agnes did
not show up for their match
with the T-Bird Flyers. The
latter advanced and is sched-
uled to play the Dynasty Stars
on Saturday. The winner is
slated to play the Dockindale
Titans in the final.


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Dawson's 56-yard

field goal lifts the

Browns to victory

E By JOHN WAWROW Give Crennel credit, too.
AP Sports Writer Without hesitation, he made
the decision to send Dawson
ORCHARD PARK. N.Y. out after the Browns' seven-
(AP) Phil Dawson wasn't play. 28-yard drive stalled at
about to quit during Cleve- the Bills 39 after Edwards
land's latest fourth-quarter couldn't hold onto Quinn's pass
meltdown. Turned out, neither at the right sideline on third-
did the rest of the Browns. and-10.
With a confident nod to "On the spur of the moment,
coach Romeo Crennel, Daw- you've got to be confident,"
son went out and calmly hit a Dawson said. "So as soon as
career-long 56-yard field goal we threw the incomplete pass
with 1:39 left that sent Cleve- on third down, I was ready to
land to a 29-27 win over the go. I gave Romeo a nod, and
Buffalo Bills on Monday night. he had the confidence to send
Dawson's fifth field goal of me out there."
the game capped a wild finish. It was a better ending for
The teams traded leads during Dawson, too. He missed a
a 46-second span in the final 2? potential game-tying 54-yard
minutes after the Browns field goal in the final minute of
appeared ready to squander a a 14-11 loss at Washington on
13-point lead for the third Oct. 19.
straight week. And the game It's the Bills (5-5) who no\\
wasn't decided until Buffalo's face questions about unravel,
Rian Lindell missed a 47-yard ing. They've lost four straight
field-goal attempt wide right their longest skid'since 2005
with 38 seconds remaining, and five of six, looking noth-
allowing Cleveland to run out ing like the upstart team that
the clock. opened the season 4-0.
Suddenly, the Browns (4-6) Much of the blame for this
have something to feel good loss falls on the shoulders of
about after they were on the quarterback Trent Edwards,
verge of unraveling. Running who threw three interceptions
back Jamal Lewis even ques- on his first four possessions,
tioned whether his teammates putting the Bills in a deep hole.
had quit during a 34-30 loss to "It's frustrating right now. I
Denver on Nov. 6. don't really have any good
"We got tired of what hap. answers." he said. "I'm frus-
pened the previous two weeks, treated with myself and the way
getting a lead and losing it in I performed."
the fourth quarter," receiver The miscues two poor
Braylon Edwards said. "As a reads and a pass tipped by
team, we rallied. We came defensive tackle Shaun Rogers
together when we were sup- at the line of scrimmage -
posed to and made the plays were an extension of the trou-
necessary to win." bles Trent Edwards had in his
Brady Quinn earned his first previous three games. Over a
win in the second career start 10-quarter span, including the
for the 2007 first-round draft first quarter against Cleveland,
pick. And the Browns' once he threw eight interceptions,
porous defense which lost two fumbles and gave up
allowed 993 yards of offense in a safety.
its previous two games com- Lindell took the loss much
bined held the Bills to 334 harder. He was emotionally
yards while generating four upset and dejected as he spoke
turnovers, with reporters.
"You can't say enough," "Yeah,. you have to make it.
Crennel said. "The guys hung in It's rid culou,"' said Lindell,
.oe ani.. wh oOVE Tf'Y26 and 31
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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) Uruguay suspended soc-
cer in all divisions until further notice Monday, a day after
more than 100 fans fought with sticks and metal on the field.
The violence came after a game between top-division teams
Danubio arid Nacional. The fight at Danubio's stadium lasted
several minutes before riot police intervened.
Interior Minister Daisy Tourne said police responded slowly
because most officers were watching for post-game violence
outside the stadium.
"(Clubs) foment violent behavior," she said. "We have to
cast our gaze at other participants because the attitude of the
clubs leaves much to be desired."
Tourne also criticized Montevideo municipal authorities for
allowing games at Danubio's stadium despite warnings it lacked
adequate security.
Nacional president Ricardo Alarcon told the El Pais news-
paper he felt "distressed" and "pained." over the violence.
The Uruguay Football Association said the soccer ban extend-
ed to youth leagues.

With sore back,

Federer beats Blake

in exhibition match

Associated Press Writer
Malaysia (AP) Roger Fed-
erer overcame an ailing back to
beat James Blake in a one-set
exhibition Tuesday.
Federer rallied from 3-1
down to win 7-6, taking the
tiebreaker 10-7. His victory
came days after a sore back
contributed his struggles at the
Masters Cup, where he failed
to reach the semifinals.
John McEnroe and Bjorn
Borg also played at the "Show-
down of Champions," which
included four one-set matches.
Federer, now ranked No. 2,
lost his No. 1 ranking to Rafael
Nadal before winning his 13th
Grand Slam title at the U.S.
Open. He was forced to with-
draw from the Paris Masters
because of his back and said he
needs a break from tennis.
"It has been a tough season
with lots of traveling and I could
just sleep for a month," he said.
"I felt fine during the game, but
obviously after a hard season I
would need some time off. I'm
glad we are at the end of the
season and I will take it easy

for a few weeks."
The 10th-ranked Blake beat
Federer the last time they
played, at the Beijing Olympics.
After dominating tennis the
last few years, Federer began
the year recovering from
He still managed to reach
three major finals and the semi-
finals at the fourth.
His U.S. Open win pulled
him within one title of Pete
Sampras' Grand Slam record,
but Federer was undecided on
whether he would prefer to win
his first French Open crown in
2009 or his sixth Wimbledon.
"That's a pretty hard ques-
tion to answer," Federer said.
"I'll probably have the answer
in August.'"
In another singles match,
McEnroe beat Borg 7-6 (13-11).
"I'm delighted to have won
this match as it was really
tough," said McEnroe, who is
famous for angrily disputing line
"I hate to say this but the
linesmen did a good job."
Federer and Borg then
teamed to play McEnroe and
Blake in doubles, and the
Americans won 7-5.



after 15

years in

the NFL

AP Sports Writer
TAMPA, Florida (AP) -
No more bone-jarring tackles
for John Lynch.
The hard-hitting, nine-time
Pro Bowl safety retired Mon-
day, saying it was time to
begin a new phase of life after
11 seasons with the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers and four
more with the Denver Bron-
He felt so strongly about
the relationships he b.'3t with
both clubs that he decided
against stepping down in the
colors of either team.
Nevertheless, returning to
Tampa for the announcement
spoke volumes.
"I played 11 years here. We
won a Super Bowl. But much
more important was the jour-
ney and the way we did
things," Lynch said.
'"I'm proud to be a part of
this organization, just like the
Broncos. I'm proud of the way
I played my career. You don't
give yourself a pat on the back
too much. But at the end of
the day, I'm filled with pride
and thankfulness."
A third-round draft pick of
the Bucs in 1993, Lynch was
part of a core of young players
along with Derrick Brooks,
Warren Sapp, Mike Alstott,
Warrick Dunn and Ronde
Barber who helped trans-
form Tampa Bay from a
laughingstock into a champi-
onship team.
The 37-year-old made five
trips to the Pro Bowl as a Buc-
caneer and four as a Bronco
after Tampa Bay released him
following the 2003 season in
what generally was viewed as
a cost-cutting move, even
though Lynch was willing to
take less money to stay.
He left Denver on more
plea-ant terms in July after
being bumped from his start-
ing role and signed with New
England during training camp.
The Patriots cut him two
weeks later, and Lynch had
been pondering retirement
ever since.
"I knew in my heart I was
done when I walked out of
there," he said during a news
conference attended by sev-
eral former teammates,
including Brooks. Dunn, Bar-
ber and Alstott, who
announced his retirement ear-
lier this year.
Lynch finished with 1.277
tackles, 100 pass breakups and
.26 interceptions in 224 regu-
lar-season games.
"I remember a cor,. group
of players, coaches and own-
ers here believing we could
change a culture of losing. We
were the 'Yucks.' We were the
worst franchise in football,"
Lynch said. "But having a
belief and looking each other
in the eye and saying we can
change this thing, and we're
going to change this thing, it
made it so sweet when we
eventually did."
In addition'to thanking the
Bucs and Broncos, who sent a
representative to Tampa for
the occasion, Lynch paid
homage to the four coaches
Sam Wyche, Tony Dungy,
Jon Gruden and Mike Shana-
hart he played for in the
He also mentioned four for-
mer Tampa Bay assistants -
Herman Edwards, Mike Tom-
lin, Rod.Marinelli and Lovie
Smith who are currently
head coaches and talked
about Bill Belichick granting
his wish to play all of New
England's preseason finale.
It wound up being his last
Now, he's preparing for his
broadcasting debut with Fox
Next week in Jacksonville,
where he'll be part of the
Jaguars-Minnesota Vikings

"I'm looking forward to
being a rookie all over again,"
Lynch said.
He said he might b- inter-
ested in coaching at some
point, but was less definitive
about speculation that he
might go into politics.
"There was a report last
week that I was running for
governor of Colorado. I don't
know where that came from,"
Lynch said. "I try not to rule
things out, but I really have a
passion for this game and
want to do something that's
around that. But we'll see.
Like I said, there's a lot of

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ciation hosted the Green Par-
rot Opti Regatta over the week-
end in Montagu Bay.
Theron Maillis emerged as
the overall champion, pulling
off a clean sweep in all three
races to accumulate a total of
three points in a field of 28 com-
Devaughn Williamson, who
got a third, second and eighth,
was second with 13 points.
Coniing in third was Rasheed

THERON MAILLIS (seen with his parents) emerged as the overall cham-
pion of the Green Parrot Opti Regatta...

Edwards inducted

into Stanford's

Hall of Fame

FROM page 11

Brook Johnson and legendary
football player Jerry Rice, one
of her close friends.
During her acceptance
speech, Edwards thanked Stan-
ford for the award and the sup-
port she has gotten over the
years from her family and the
training from Johnson.
As a matter of fact, Johnson
was in Beijing to assist Edwards
with her training at the
Olympics, especially after the
drama that she had to endure
with the Bahamas Olympic
After she failed to post a
mark during the preliminary
rounds, Edwards said Johnson
was there waiting for her on the
warm-up track where he was
able to console her.
"I said who would, have
thought that this same guy, who
was my coach %%a 15acthen,
believed in me even atfatiford
when I had two knee surgeries
and I had put on a bunch of
weight, that I would be the best
collegiate long jumper, was
there for me in Beijing,"
Edwards reflected.
"He was telling me after I
came off the track to look at
the bigger picture because who
I was could not be defined by
one performance and that the
sum of who I am could not be
measured in feet and inches."
By the time Johnson had fin-
ished his speech, Edwards said
she felt as if she had actually
won something because he
encouraged her to "pick my
head up" and "not drag around
the Village."
Coming off that dismal per-
formance, Edwards said she is
encouraged much more because

receiving the award was one of
the most defining moments in
her athletic career.
"It's pretty high up there
because Stanford has been
around for more than, 100
years," Edwards said. "When
you have athletes like Tiger
Woods and John Elway and
John McEnroe, all of those peo-
ple who have been to Stanford,
you don't know if you're going
to be included in their best of
their best athletes.
"It's the highest award that
Stanford gives to their athletes
so it's a pretty big deal. It's one
of those things that you don't
think about because it's collec-
tive of your entire career. It's
.not like when I made the final
in Sydney (at the 2000
Olympics). It's taking every-
thing into consideration."
Listed as one of the top three
moments in, her life, Edwards
s; iid she was just elated to savor
the achievement with her par-
ents at her side.
"Sometimes, athletes, includ-
ing myself, get caught up in just
doing and you don't have time
to stop and think and reflect on
all that you have accom-
plished," she insisted.
"You are just training and
before you know it, your career
is done. So I just took that time
to reflect on my career. I had a
very good career, even though
some people might not think
so, but for me it has been really
good and if I could change some
things I would."
Edwards, an NCAA Division
I indoor and outdoor as well as
PAC 10 champion, who has
made the final at the Pan Amer-
ican Games (winning a silver
and bronze), Commonwealth
Games and World Indoor and

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ished fourth and Donovan Williamson placed fifth...

Nelus with 16 points. He was
eighth, fifth and third respec-
Tervor Goodrum posted a

fourth place finish.with '18
points after he got a tenth, third
and fifth, while Donovan
Williamson rounded out the top

five with 22 points, coming i
sixth, 12th and fourth.

See Scoreboard below...

Here's a complete look at the scoreboard:


Theron Maillis
D Williamson
Rasheed Nelus
T Goodrum
D Williamson
Bruce Hall
Bianca Wagner
Osano Neely
Thomas Treco
T Cartwright
D Williamson
C Cartwright
A Hindley
. James Toogood
Jalen Knowles
Daniel Davis
Jason Ginter
A Malcolm
Serita Evelyn
H Wassitsch
Recarno Nixon
Ansle Rahming
Lili Scanlan
Sam Scanlan
S Cartwright
Tristen Ginter
Dustin Smith
D De Cardenas


29.0 DNC

, 23.0
29.0 DSQ
29.0 DNC

29.0 DNF
29.0 DNS
29.0 DSQ
29.0 DSQ



Outdoor Championships in
addition to the Olympics, said
she's not done yet.
"I'm not going to end my
career on such a horrible note
as I did at the Olympics," she
promised. "I'm trying to be real-
ly positive next \ear. I'm into
my fourth week of training, I'm
healthy and my mind is reawak-
ened to really try and excel."
With the IAAF World Cham-
pionships scheduled for August
in Berlin, Germany. Edwards
said she's focusing on rekindling
her career and she expects to
be in tip top shape under the
training of Dan Pfaff. who
coached her from 1998-2003.

parents, Rev Edwards and
Lois Edwards...

Pacquiao confident as he

prepares for De La Hoya

AP Sports Writer

Trainer Freddie Roach believes
Manny Pacquiao will have one
significant edge when he fights
Oscar De La Hoya: concentra-
Roach said the 35-year-old
De La Hoya has changed since
his younger days as one of the
most dominant fighters.
"He's not quite as active, he's
a little more patient,' and he
tires a little bit quicker," Roach
said Monday at the Hollywood
gym where he trains Pacquiao.
"He has had trouble focusing
on the game plan. His mind
wanders in there.
"He's weak-minded. I'm not
saying nothing bad about him.
But some people are very
strong-minded, like Manny
Pacquiao, and he can hold the
game plan throughout."
Pacquiao, who faces De La
Hoya on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas,
said he doesn't know if his
opponent is weak-minded. The
29-year-old from the Philip-
pines also is concentrating on
his preparation ahead of the
"Spiritual, physical and men-
tal. You have to focus on that,"
he said.
The fight will be literally the
biggest ever for Pacquiao, who
first fought at 106 pounds and


will be
fighting at
the welter-
weight limit
of 147. He
has gained '
weight .h t%
while De
La Hoya
has been
losing. At 5- c
some 4
inches taller than Pacquiao, De
La Hoya has fought at 160
pounds but is down to 145.
De La Hoya has said he con-
siders himself a natural welter-
Pacquiao, who weighs 151,
noted the difference in height,
but did not seem concerned
about any weight issues for the
"I'm very comfortable at this
weight. There are a lot of peo-
ple saying that Manny Pac-
quiao is moving up a weight
division and, 'Is he going to be
fast or is he going to be slow?'"'
Pacquiao said. "In training, we
focus on speed, because the
speed will be the key in this
Roach thinks weight also will
be a factor that will work in
Pacquiao's favor. After the

weigh-in for his 134-pound
bout against David Diaz in
June, Pacquiao was up to 147
when he stepped into the ring.
"I expected him to be slug-
gish, thought he put too much
weight on," Roach said. "You
know what? He didn't. He was
great that night, he was explo-
sive. I think it was the best fight
he's ever fought. He was very
disciplined. There'll be a lot of
similarities in this fight."
Pacquiao stopped Diaz in the
ninth round.
Roach said Pacquiao was
stronger now that he's gotten
heavier, adding De La Hoya
"might be at weight now, but I
know he's killing himself mak-
ing it and I think he's going to
be weak going into the fight."
Pacquiao said he is preparing
for whatever tactics De La
Hoya uses.
"My concern is if he jabs and
is running, running," he said.
"We have been working on
that. And we are prepared if
he's going to come in and fight
toe to toe."
And Pacquiao is fully aware
of the opportunity presented
by going up against one of box-
ing's best-known stars.
"This is the biggest fight in
my boxing career," he said.
"This is my (chance) that the
name Manny Pacquiao will be
known not only in the Philip-
pines, but in all boxing."





Jazz end 3-game losing streak

with 109-97 win over Suns'

AP Sports Writer
Carlos Boozer had to take a
look at the box score before
believing it.
It wasn't Boozer's 21 points
and 15 rebounds that surprised
him it was Shaquille O'Neal's
rebound numbers or, rather,
his rebound number.
Boozer and the Jazz got
O'Neal and Steve Nash into
early foul trouble and pulled-
away in the second half of a
109-97 win over Phoenix 109-
97 on Monday night, holding
O'Neal to a single rebound
while dominating the boards 47-
"That gave us so many more
possessions," Boozer said. "It
was all defense. We got stop
after stop after stop."
The Jazz had 17 offensive
rebounds to Phoenix's five and
outrebounded the Suns 16-6 in
the fourth quarter.
Utah ended a three-game los-
ing streak after going 1-4 on a
road trip last week.
The Jazz again played with-
out point guard Deron Williams
and center Mehmet Okur, but
even the short-handed lineup
was too much for the Suns after
O'Neal and Nash both picked
up their fourth fouls early in the
third quarter.
In the only other NBA games
Monday, Houston beat Okla-
homa City 100-89 and San
Antonio edged the Los Angeles
Clippers 86-83.
Andrei Kirilenko added 19
points and two big blocks on
O'Neal as Utah pulled away in
the fourth quarter and
improved to 5-0 at home. The
Jazz had their highest-scoring
game of the season without
Williams, still recovering from a
sprained ankle that's limited
him to two games.
The Suns were sluggish one
night after beating'Detroit 104-
86 in Phoenix and unraveled as
Nash and O'Neal tried to avoid
fouling out. Utah capitalized
with 13 straight points during a

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17-2 run that sealed it.
"Defensively we just had too
many breakdowns,'" Phoenix
coach Terry Porter said, "One
of their best offenses was just
to shoot it and go get it."
O'Neal finished with one
rebound for just the second
time in his. career.
"I had two quick fouls, so I
had to go to my finesse game,"
O'Neal said.
C.J. Miles scored a season-
high 21 points and Brevin
Knight had six assists and 12
points, going 6-for-7 from the
Coach Jerry Sloan was
pleased with the performance,
but seems perplexed as to why
the Jazz can play so poorly on
the road and so well at home
just a few days later.
"Where's it been? That's the

question I ask," Sloan said.
"They're expected to do that
every night."
Amar.e. Stoudemire led
Phoenix with 30 points and
eight rebounds. Nash had 14
points and, eight assists, but
O'Neal finished with just nine
Rockets 100, Thunder 89
At Oklahoma City, Luis Sco-
la scored 23 points, Yao Ming
added 19 points and. 12
rebounds, and Houston made
a second-half surge without
injured seven-time All-Star Tra-
cy McGrady.
McGrady left the game in the
opening: minute of the second
half after aggravating his surgi-
cally repaired left knee, but the
Rockets were still able to mount
a 14-3 run powered by Scola

and Yao.
Kevin Durant had 29 points
to lead the Thunder, Jeff Green
scored 16 and Russell West-
brook added 14 points.
Spurs 86, Clippers 83
At Los Angeles, Roger
Mason's 3-pointer with 8.4 sec-
onds remaining lifted San Anto-
nio to its third straight victory.
Tim Duncan had 20 points,
15 rebounds and six blocked
shots. Michael Finley added 19
points for the short-handed
Spurs, who have won nine
straight and 17 of 18 over the
,Cuttino Mobley led the Clip-
pers (1-9) with 18 points. Chris
Kaman added 17 points and 13
rebounds, and Baron Davis had
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Luis Scola, Rockets,
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career high, in Houston's 100-89
victory over Oklahoma City.
Carlos Boozer, Jazz, had
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ing streak with a 109-97 victory
over Phoenix.
regulators charged
SW a vericks o\ ner Mark
.9 t1b insider trading for
L eged y using confidential
information on a stock sale to
avoid more than $750,000 in
losses. In a civil lawsuit filed in
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Rockets' 100-89 victory at Okla-
homa City in the,opening
minute of the second half aftel
aggravating his left knee, which
was operated on this offseason
to have loose bodies removed.
He didn't return.
Also, offseason acquisition
Ron Artest was limping heavily
following the game after hurting
his right ankle in a group of
photographers on the baseline
on a drive to the basket in the
final minute.
The NBA suspended Boston
Celtics star Kevin Garnett for
one game and fined Phoenix
center Shaquille O'Neal $25,000
for separate incidents over the
weekend. Garnett was penal-
ized for hitting Milwaukee's
Andrew Bogut in the face near
the end of Saturday's game and
will sit out Tuesday night when
the Celtics host the New York
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nett was upgraded to a flagrant.
foul penalty one. O'Neal was
fined for verbally abusing an
official and failing to leave the
court quickly after being ejected
Sunday night against Detroit.
"I want to play, man. I want
to play. Just to get off to this
start, for me personally this is a
bad start. To have to play your
way through an injury that I've
never had before and a surgery
that was my first surgery is very
frustrating. My game is really
based on athleticism, and that's
something that I don't have
right now."
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over Oklahoma City in the
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crackdown on sex trade

US says its troops fired

at insurgents in Pakistan

SUPPORTERS of a Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami chant
country's tribal areas, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 in Peshawar, Pakistan.


KABUL, Afghanistan
U.S. troops in Afghanistan launched a barrage of artillery at
insurgents attacking their position from inside Pakistan's volatile
tribal region, in a cross-border strike coordinated with Pakistan's
military, U.S. and NATO officials said Tuesday, according to
the Associated Press.
The strike less than a mile inside Pakistan came after the mil-
itants fired rockets at a U.S. position in Afghanistan. Al-Qaida and
Taliban militants have long found refuge in the border region,
where they launch attacks on U.S. and NATO forces in
Afghanistan. Sunday's operation highlights growing cooperation
between Afghan, Pakistani and U.S. officers, military officials said.
Coordination meetings have resumed between Afghan, Pak-
istani and U.S. officers, while the U.S. has deployed extra troops
to help seal the border while Pakistan's military conducts an
offensive against militants in Bajur, an unruly tribal areas along Afgthat istan
rumored hiding place of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
"This recent event is yet another example of our close coop-.
eration with Pakistan's military and our (Afghan National'Secu-
rity Forces) partners in responding o a common-enemy," said Lt.
CoKAB.Rumi Nielson-Green a U.S. military spokesman in
Afghanistan. Sunday's operationchame at arran especially sensitive
time, with a surge in U.S. missile strikes deepeningat already wide-
spread antipathy among Pakistaniscame afttoward the presence of West-
ern forces in the region.
Pakistan, which has publicly protested the missile strikes, would
not confirm any military operation on its side of the frontier an
indication of the delicate balance it has struck in the face of pub-
lic discontent over its role in the U.S.-led war on terror.
Since mid-August, the United States is military conduuspected of launching
19 missiles from unmanned drones based in Afghanistan, killing
scores of suspected extremists and angering the PNakistani gov-
ernment. On Sunday, U.S. troops in the Bermel area in
Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province fired 20 rounds into Pak-
istan after insurgents across the border launched the rockets at
their outpost, officials said. The U.anis troops werethere as part of
a NATO-led force.
The artillery barrage hit nearly 1,200 feet inside Pakistan, said
a NATO spokesman, who requested anonymity in line with
NATO regulations.

The British government wants
to make it illegal to pay for sex
and is considering a plan to
"name and shame" men who vis-
it prostitutes a move critics say
would turn back the clock to Vic-
torian times, according to the
Associated Press.
The sex trade is already heavi-
ly restricted in Britain, unlike in
many of its European neighbors
where prostitution and solicita-
tion are tolerated in some form.
Denmark has even decriminal-
ized the.business..
But Britain wants to go its own
way, marking yet another foray
into human foibles by a govern-
ment many people call overly
Prime Minister Gordon Brown,
the son of a Presbyterian minister,
has already backed a series of sin
taxes on alcohol and cigarettes,
called for tougher drug laws and
scrapped plans for Britain's first
Las Vegas-style casino.
Officials say there is also a need
for a crackdown on prostitution.
"Basically, if it means fewer
people are able to go out and pay
for sex I think that would be a
good thing," Home Secretary
Jacqui Smith told The Guardian
newspaper over the weekend,
ahead of the government's
announcement of the plan's
details Wednesday.
Any changes will have to be
approved by Parliament, where
Brown's Labour Party has a 63-
seat majority. Debate is expected
next month.
The proposal would make pay-
ing for sex illegal and carry addi-
tional penalties for men who have
sex with women forced into pros-
titution, the Home Office said.
But it declined to give details on
fines and other penalties before
the formal announcement.
Men who frequent prostitutes
could also be identified publicly,
as they are in the London. bor-
ough of Lambeth, where police
send warning letters to the homes
of drivers whose license plate
numbers are caught on closed-
. circuit television picking up street
In addition, the plan would
make it a criminal offense to pay

CARDS are seen inside a phone box advertising sex and personal favors,
in London, Tuesday Nov. 18, 2008. Britain plans to make it illegal to pay
for sex and will embark on a "name and shame" campaign for people who
visit prostitutes, changes that some say will only make sex workers more
vulnerable, and put more women at risk. "Basically, if it means fewer peo-
ple are able to go out and pay for sex, I think that would be a good
thing," Britain's Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said ahead of the
announcement expected on Wednesday Nov. 19.

for sex with a prostitute "con-
trolled-for another person's gain"
and could bring rape charges
against men who knowingly paid
for sex with a woman forced to
work as a prostitute.
Under current laws in England
and Wales, it is illegal to loiter
and sell sex on the streets or else-
where in public. Keeping a broth-
el is unlawful, but a lone woman
selling sex inside is not. Similarly,
paying for sex is legal. But solici-
tation in public commonly
known as "curb crawling".- is
Some 80,000 prostitutes are
estimated to be working in
Britain, the same as during the
Victorian Age an era when a
raft of laws were enacted in a vain
effort to curb the flourishing sex
trade. These days, cards adver-
tising purported escort services
and erotic sites on the Web are
plastered inside the country's,
iconic red telephone booths.
Sex workers criticized the gov-
ernment's proposal. They said
they might be put at greater risk if
they had to ply.,their trade int
remote neighborhoods or to work.
"The plan is puritanical," said
Cari Mitchell, spokeswoman for

the English Collective of Prosti-
"If they make solicitation ille-
gal and start outing clients, men
are going to be more nervous and
women will be forced to make
hasty decisions to survive eco-
nomically. As Britain and thz rest
of the world face dire economic
circumstances, the government
should try to help women rather
than make things harder."
Britain made global headlines
in 2006 when a man murdered
five prostitutes in Ipswich, about
70 miles northeast odf London.
Recent headlines, however, have
focused on police raids-on broth-
els where women from eastern
Europe, Asia and Africa have
been forced into the sex trade.
There is growing- debate on
whether a crackdown would
lessen violence or cut down on
human trafficking.
Scottish cities such as Edin-
burgh used to have "tolerance
zones" where prostitutes were
allowed to work freely.
But when the zones were
scrapped in several cities years
ago and curb crawling was made
illegal, reported attacks on sex
workers increased because pros-
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tion Project, which r..prC'.L nit
workers in the se,. ri J dur',
In the Pacific n.iii ...Il N'L
Zealand, where prosmiii..,n .,
decriminalized in 2111, A .\ a risr
ers said the chancii h.j'- 2i,
women greater l.il pr. .ictit-inlj
"I do think it' cu\r.i..:din:,r
that th.e U.K. is considering sucb
a dreadful turn," Catherin.
Healy, national coordintjir ic,
New Zealand's ProstilutL- Co(
elective told The Assoc; J.LLd Pre s
on Tuesday. "We know trom
lot of research ... that sex v. orkern
in this country are feeling mu
safer, better protected.".
The Home Office said "ci- _IJ
ernment's plan was put t,'ciiLhdl
after top officials vis i ed Skwede.
where selling sex is lgj! but pja
ing for it is not. Nor,'.,i\ pl.ns i
introduce similar leg ilaiion
Prostitution also i, illeg.jl 1
Britain's closest neighh',.r. Frj nci
but it is largely toleraticd in Au-
tria, the Netherlands. Spain .aind
The sex trade is kl.il in rn m n
parts of Germany. In C':'ogne'.
the first German city ro itrr>:ducue
a prostitution tax, the go, e rnmniL t
collected more than $li million tL
revenue in 2006.
In London, se\ v. orkcrt
expressed opposition wi the i-:o
ernment plan. -
"We all support nimj.ures 10
protect prostitutes, hut this isn'
the way," said a 36-ye r-old pro_-
titute in London who po,',kL ito
the AP on condition o anon, rnA
ty because of the ri;k ,of proi-ex
In the United States, where
prostitution is illegal except at a
few brothels in Nevada auithori-
ties have recently tjken aim aa
cracking down on protiiuiion
arranged over the Internet.
As'par.t of Craigslist's agree-
ment with attorneys general
around the U.S., anyone %ho
posts an "erotic services" ad will
be required to provide a working
phone number and pay a fee with
a valid credit card, which would
make it easier for authorities to
track-them.down. -
Assdciated Press writer Ray Lil-
ley in Wellington, New Zealand,
contributed to this report.

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Union meeting over '20-30' Hilton lay-offs

Tribune Business Reporter
Hotel union executives
were yesterday meet-
ing met British Colo-
nial Hilton manage-
ment to discuss the
possibility of "20-30" layoffs at that
property, Tribune Business can reveal,
which would amount to around 10 per
cent of the 300-strong workforce.
Leo Douglas, secretary-general of
the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and
Allied Workers Union, said yesterday:
."We are going to meet with Hilton
management today to discuss where
we are. There is a possibility that there
SEE page 4B

d .* Meeting yesterday on downtown Nassau

resort's plans to lay-off up to 10% of staff

Hotel declines comment, but says 42 per

.j ^-' cent of rooms out of inventory due to $15m

I : upgrades to be completed by May 2009

SSj| Union says Atlantis lay-offs appear to have

prompted other properties to follow suit

Nassau Palm a 'bright spot', with 75

per cent occupancy rates

Court upholds Port 50%

share transfer ruling

Tribune Business Editor

Appeal judges refuse stay
on putting ownership in St

THE Court of Appeal yester- George estate's name, but
day refused an application by the G '
Grand Bahama Port Authority's rule any stake sale must
(GBPA) immediate holding comrn- be court-approved
pany to stay an order that itself
and another key company in the
ownership, dispute amend their share register to reflect the late
Edward St George's estate as a 50 per cent beneficial owner.
But while it refused to grant the stay sought by Intercontinental
Diversified Corporation (IDC), and its attorney, Sir Orville Turn-
quest, and approved the share register changes, the Court of
Appeal ruled that the St George estate could not sell its 50 per cent
stake without courtapproval.
IDC had gone before the Court SEE page 4B


union concer

Tribune Business
THE hotel union yesterday
said it was unhappy with with
how Grand Bahama's" Our
Lucaya property had rostered
employees, arguing that the
schedule violates the industrial
agreement between the two
Leo Douglas, secretary-gen-
eral of the Bahamas Hotel,
Catering and Allied Workers
Union, told Tribune Business
that tensions were beginning to
flare between the union and the
Our Lucaya manager, Veronica
Clarke, over the amount of time
employees are to work.
He said the union had found
it difficult to negotiate with Ms
Clarke, who has filled the shoes
of the departed former chief

Like the majority of proper-
ties facing low occupancies,
hotel staff at Our Lucaya were
on limited work weeks some-
thing the hotel union under-
stands was necessary.
However, Mr Douglas said
Our Lucaya had decided to put
staff on a "week on, week off"
"They just decided to do this
with no consultation, despite the
fact that we had an agreement
and the fact that they had. given
their word" he claimed.
Mr Douglas said the hotel
union was hopeful it could
resolve the issue before it
became problematic.
Tribune Business-was told by
Ms Clarke's assistant that she.
would not be issuing any com-
ment on the situation when Tri-
bune Business called the Our
Lucaya resort yesterday.

Property developer

'acted in bad faith'

Business Editor
A GRAND Bahama-based
real estate developer acted in
"bad faith" over a lot sale,
the Court of Appeal has
ruled, by breaching a sales
contract with the intended
purchaser and selling the lot
to someone it had repos-
sessed the same land from'10
,The Appeals Court, in
upholding Acting Justice
Norris Carroll's .verdict that
Bahama Reef Development
Company should pay Elva
Strachan $85,000 in damages
and a further $12,000 in spe-
cial damages, coupled with
interest levied at a 6 per cent
per annum rate, dismissed the
company'sarguriments-that it
failed to re-acquire good title
to the lot when it was repos-
Recalling the background
to the case, the Court of
Appeal judgment said Grand
Bahama Reef Development
Company and Ms Strachan
had entered into a purchase
agreement on July 25, 1994,
for her to by the freehold title
to lot 23, block five of the
Bahama Reef Yacht & Coun-
try Club subdivision in

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The purchase price was
$9,000, and the sales agree-
ment stipulated that Ms Stra-
chan would pay a 20 per cent
deposit. The remaining bal-
ance would be settled by her
making 48 monthly instal-
ments with a 14 per cent
interest rate attached.
In return, Grand Bahama
Reef Developiment Compa-
ny executed.the.conveyance
to Ms Strachan upon the con-
tract's signing, with both par-
ties agreeing it would be held
in escrow by the company's
attorney until she paid the
purchase price in full.
There was noproblem with
the title documents to the lot,
the court said, and Ms Stra-
chan also started paying an
annual service charge from
the date the contract was exe-
cuted. Yet by May 28, 1998,
when she had paid the full
purchase price, the Grand
Bahama Reef Development
Company's attorney did not
release the title deeds to her.
"In the normal course of
events, the appellants [Grand
Bahama Reef Development
Company] would very likely
have been engaged to con-
SEE page 5B

Baker's -Bay still

'aggressive' with

$240m now spent

, Business Editor
WITH $240 million already
invested "in the ground" the
Baker's Bay. Golf & Ocean
Club is "going to continue to
be aggressive" in attracting real
estate buyers, Tribune Business
was told yesterday, althougtlie"
Abaco-based project has adjust-
ed its construction pace to cope
with the economic downturn.
Dr Livingstone Marshall,
Baker's Bay's senior vice-pres-
ident for environmental and
community affairs, said the
Great Guana Cay-based pro-
ject currently employed
between 250-270 staff spread
between the developers, and
their contractors nihi the
marina "no\\ 90-95 per tent
.Dr Marshall explained that
the marina village was "the hub
of our activities" for the Baker's
Bay developer, Arizona-based
Discovery Land Company, with
the project "well on the way in
terms of having Phase Two
infrastructure in place".
The Baker's Bay project,
along with the likes of Albany,
provide something of an anti-

Some 250-270
employed, with
marina '90-95% done'
at Great Guana Cay

.dote' when it comes to the
'doom and gloom', enveloping
the Bahamian economy and its
foreign direct investment
They prove that well-capi-
talised, well-financed projects
that are initiated by proven
developers with a strong,
proven track record can make
progress, even in the toughest of
Although the Marina Village
was "the focus right now", with
Baker's Bay staff and contrac-
tors busy putting in walkways,
paving roads, and completing
utilities and other infrastruc-
ture, Dr Marshall conceded:
"Things are progressing, but at
a slower pace.
"Everyone's been affected by
this [downturn]. A lot of the
construction and development
SEE page 5B

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Citibank declines to

comment on lay-offs

LESS than a day after
Citibank (Bahamas) announced
that it was "carefully managing
headcount levels" and target-
ing a 58 per cent efficiency ratio,
it declined to comment on
reports reaching Tribune Busi-
ness that seven staff were in the
process of being laid-off.

As its global head office
moves to cut some 50,000 per-
sons, or 20 per cent of the
bank's worldwide workforce,
Citibank (Bahamas) spokes-
woman Rose Ferguson said she
had no comment and was
unable to speak on the matter
any further.
This came in response to Tri-
bune Business inquiries, after
this newspaper was told by
financial industry sources that
some seven staff members were
in the process of being laid-off.
Reuters has reported earlier
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
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A survival guide for small business

THE management team of
the Small Business Resource
Centre is distraught because
many small and medium-sized
businesses (SMBs) have dis-
continued operations in 2008.
We recognize that owners-of
these failed businesses had to
make hard decisions, and I hope
they will successfully reopen
their businesses and keep the
'entrepreneurial spirit' alive in
the Bahamas. Entrepreneurs
should realise that failure is only
a "temporary setback and not a
permanent roadblock".

Management teams for small
and medium-sized businesses
which will continue operations
in 2009 should:
Immediately develop a
recession action plan for 2009.
This plan should focus on the
entire business model (general
management, marketing,
human resources, operations,
accounting, finance and infor-
mation technology).
Listed below are the areas of
your existing business model
that need to be addressed when
developing a recession action


Planning: You should con-
duct research to determine what
negative/positive macroeco-
nomic (political, economic,
technological and social-cultur-
al) and microeconomic (cus-
tomers, suppliers, competitors,
labour market and industry
costs) impacts this recession will
have on you company's differ-
ent departments.
Afterwards, set specific mea-
surable, attainable, and time-
oriented goals to solve poten-
tial problems, and take advan-
tage of market opportunities.

Organising: After planning,
make sure you identify, prepare
and allocate resources (employ-
ees, money) that will be needed
to solve problems or take
advantage of market opportu-
SCQmrmunycaling: Carefully
expl ain--tal'employee1 the
strategies you are going to

implement to survive this reces-
sion. Remember, "it is not what
you say -but how you say it"!

Execution and Monitoring:
Design action plans for all
departments. You should align
resources that are required and
effectively deploy them in a
timely manner. Create control
plans (Budgets, schedules) so
that you can determine what
corrective measures must be
taken in the event that activi-
ties do not go as planned.
Remember: "You cannot man-
age what you cannot measure."

Segmenting and Targeting:
Always focus your attention on
satisfying loyal customers.

Positioning: Make sure new
customers clearly understand
the value and benefits of your
products/services, because you
might not get a second chance
to convince them.

Pricing: Give discounts on
old/dead stock. Price your prod-
uct competitively.

Promotions: DO NOT
variety of promotional activi-
ties (newspapers, radio,
brochures, coupons etc) and
determine which ones are the
most effective. Customers
should be surveyed to deter-
mine the impact of each pro-
motional activity, and only con-
tinue the ones that are effec-

Customer Service and Dis-
tribution: Make certain that it is
convenient/easy for your cus-
tomers to buy your
products/services, and do your
best to attract, maintain and
retain loyal customers.

Hiring: If you must hire new
staff, make sure they can per-
form multiple tasks. It will be
great if you can hire two
employees that could perform
the jobs of four. However, you
must be fair when setting their
pay scale and reward them for
excellent performance-....

.*Training: It is a good time
now-to start cross-training

employees, because you might
have to lay-off some staff. At
least you will have some staff
who can perform multiple tasks.

Retaining Staff: Do your
best to keep loyal employees.,
It is highly recommended not
to fire workers, but when hard-
er times occur, try to keep them
on part-time or set up a flexible
time schedule so that they can
get a second job to cover their
living expenses. Communicate
to them that as soon as the
recession is over they will
resume regular working hours.

Inventory: You must dili-
gently manage your inventory.
Only purchase what you need
and try to buy fast-moving stock
in bulk only if you will receive
good discounts. When receiv-
ing stock, triple check for "short
shipped and damaged items".
Inventory should be properly
stored in order to reduce "dam-
age and out-dated products".
Inventory control is very
important. Stock taking should
be conducted regularly in order
to deter employees from mis-
managing your products. Out-
going stock should be carefully
checked against sales invoices.

Utilities: Decrease electric-
ity expenses by installing ener-
gy-saying light bulbs. Also,
clean your air-conditioning fil-
ters regularly. Decrease your
water bill by inspecting your
water system for leaks, and
always properly turn off faucets.

Telephone: Consider pur-
chasing the "VIBE, Vonage or
Magic Jack" if you make a lot of
international and Family Island
telephone calls.

Risk Management: Ensure
you have adequate business and
personal insurances, and that
your business has quality secu-
rity and monitoring systems
such as security guards, Closed-
Circuit Television (CCTV) and
a global positioning system
(GPS) for vehicles.
Ensure that strategic con-
tracts are legally binding in the
event you have to sue a third
These-'are all-important,
because during a recession it

Core responsibilities:

* Develop/promote/support, on an ongoing basis, improvements to credit
processes/procedures which will ensure the delivery of the most cost-effective
and efficient services to customers without compromising effective
management of risk.
* Ensure compliance with the Bank's credit policies and procedures.
* Adjudicate Credit Proposals within delegated authority.
* Adjudicate/recommend and present Credit Proposals in excess of delegated
authority to appropriate Credit Committee.
* Remain current on macroeconomic factors within the local economy and their
potential effects on the Banking Industry in general and any specific Bank
customer business.
* Ensure that the Bank's delinquency and non-performing ratios are maintained
within the established guidelines.
* Monitor quality of Bank's asset portfolio via relevant reports.
* Oversee the conduct of reviews of the Credit Portfolio to ensure that the
integrity is being maintained.
* Assist in the development of training courses for Consumer and Commercial
* Lending Officers.
* Manage the Bank's Loan Loss Provisioning and Write Off process.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Bachelor's Degree and five or more years of credit experience.
Strong accounting and financial analysis skills.-
Strong negotiation skills.
Detailed knowledge of Credit and Collections.
Core knowledge of legal practices and documentation.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and life
insurance; pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than November 28, 2008 to:

DA 68508

c/o The Tribune

P.O. Box N3207

Nassau, Bahamas

would be near impossible to
withstand internal and pre-
ventable losses that you cannot

Accounts Receivable: Sig-
nificantly limit the amount of
new charge customers. Stream-
line existing charge accounts.
Encourage current charge cus-
tomers to pay early by offering
discounts (if possible), and
enforce penalties on customers
who deliberately make late pay-
ments on their account.
Remember, everyone is trying
to save money and reduce
costs/expenses during this peri-

Accounts Payable: If you
do not properly manage your
accounts payables you will get
in trouble with your creditors.
Negotiate to receive extra dis-
counts if you pay your account
in full early. Alternatively,
arrange to extend your payment
on account time period to 30-45
days. You will only be success-
ful with this if you are an excel-
lent or very important cus-

Cash Flow: "CASH IS
receive cash early from charge
customers and pay suppliers lat-
er than usual. This is an excel-

lent strategy only if it is negoti-
ated beforehand, and if you do
not ruin your relationship with
your customers and suppliers.

Asset Management: Try not
to buy fixed assets such as
equipment and vehicles. Evalu-
ate the relative benefits/costs of
leasing new equipment or
repairing old equipment. Prop-
erly maintain your fixed assets
on a regular basis so that they
do not lose value beyond depre-
ciation costs.

Money Management: Do
not keep using your business

SEE page 6B

The payment of Long-Term Benefits and Assistance in New Providence for November
and December 2008 will be made as follows:

i) On Thursday, November 20, 2008, for pensioners whose funds are deposited to
their bank accounts; and

ii) Beginning Thursday, November 20. 2008 at the Board's Fox Hill, Wulff Road and
Jumbey Village Local Offices. Cheques may be collected from these offices between
the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Pensioners and/or their representatives are required to produce proper identification in
order to collect their cheques.

Acceptable forms of identification for Pensioners are the National Insurance Registration
Card, together with any one of the following:
1. A Passport;
2. A Voter's Card; or
3. Any other document which establishes, conclusively, the identity of the claimant.

Where the Pensioner is sending a Representative to collect his/her cheque, the Repre-
sentative should present anAuthpfization Form, completed by:the Pensioner, or a letter
"from the Pensioner authorizing the Board to release his/her cheque. Additionally, -the
Representative should present any one of the above-listed items to identify himself/her-
self. Cheques will not be released to Representatives who fail to provide satisfactory iden-
tifying documents.

Please Note: Pensioners born in November and May are now due for Verification.
Failure to be verified on-time, will result in the suspension of payments.

". f t "'* G Rb P *






Union meeting over '20-30' Hilton lay-offs

FROM page 1B

will be some lay-offs. It will
probably be a small number,
somewhere between 20-30 peo-
ple, so we will see what they
have to say."
Peter Webster, the British
Colonial Hilton's general man-
ager, said the hotel did not have
any comment. He explained,
though, that at the moment, the
resort is undergoing a $15 mil-
lion renovation exercise.
"It involves 120 rooms of our
288 rooms being refurbished, as
well as the lobby, meeting
spaces, and next year we will
begin work on the restaurant.
We expect the renovations to
be completed by the end of May
2009," Mr Webster said.
The British Colonial Hilton
has a relatively unique market
niche in the Bahamian hotel
industry, acting as downtown
Nassau's largest resort and a
key anchor for Bay Street.
Its clientele base is oriented

more towards the business trav-
eller market, meaning it has not
been impacted by the leisure
travel market downturn that has
impacted the likes of Atlantis.
Still, due to the effects of the
credit crunch, global stock mar-
ket downturn and general reces-
sionary trend, the Hilton is like-
ly to have experienced a fall-off
in business travel demand.
And with almost 42 per cent
of its rooms currently out of
inventory for renovation, the
Hilton will not require as large
a staff to operate them.
The British Colonial Hilton's
immediate holding company
has just completed a $40 mil-
lion re-financing with First-
Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas), as revealed previ-
ously by Tribune Business.
A spokesman said at the
time: "We just completed a suc-
cessful re-financing of the-
British Colonial with First-
Caribbean. We replaced Sco-
tiabank and added an addition-
al $15 million to refinance the

British Colonial.
"As we speak right now, the
plans are underway to refurbish
all 300 rooms and add better
restaurants, bars etc, using that
$15 million.
The possibility of British
Colonial Hilton lay-offs comes
on the heels of almost 1000 per-
sons being laid off from the
Atlantis and Harborside resorts
on Paradise Island, develop-
ments that to many stressed
how just dire travel market con-
ditions are, and the bleak situa-
tion facing the hotel and wider
tourism industry.
Mr Douglas said that once
Atlantis started the ball rolling
with lay-offs, other properties
seem to be more inclined to fol-
low suit, and the union has been
in intense negotiations with the
hotels to save as many of its
members' jobs as possible.
Mr Douglas said that while
the union understands the posi-
tion the hotels are in as the eco-
nomic downturn grips the
Bahamas, all they ask is that the

hotels be upfront with the union
and fair in the financial sever-
ance packages they give
As it relates to the Atlantis
redundancies, Mr Douglas stat-
ed emphatically that the union
had no hand in the decisions
that determined which employ-
ees would be terminated.
Rather, he noted that that deci-
sion fell to the managers of
Atlantis' various departments.
"We have union members
coming to us demanding to
know why we were terminated,
and we don't know what to tell
them. But the. managers were
the ones who made the deci-
sion, and there is the feeling
that there may have been some
personal issues in that," he
Mr Douglas said, the union
had some "minor issues" with
the amount of some of the sev-
erance packages namely those
involving persons classed as
captains and hostesses.
"Under the industrial agree-

ment, those persons are classed
as supervisors and are supposed
to be paid a severance package
of four weeks for every year
that they were employed. They
[Atlantis] did not do that they
paid them at two weeks a year -
but they have promised to cor-
rect that and those persons will
get the rest of their money," Mr
Douglas said.
While many dismissed
employees complained about
the amount of the severance
package as compared to the
length of time they were
employed with Atlantis, Mr
Douglas pointed out that much
of those persons' take-home
pay was gratuity-based, which
was not factored in.
"So if they were making a
base salary, that is what was
used to determine the sever-
ance, and that is the amount
Atlantis is required to pay," the
union executive said.
Mr Douglas said Atlantis had
agreed that should it need them,
they will invite some of the for-

mer staff to work select occa-
sions where the hotel may need
additional help.
"For example, there is a big
event this weekend where they
may need persons ,and they
have said that they will call
some of the staff in. A lot of
those positions in food and bev-
erage are based on gratuities,
and the gratuities are sometimes
more than the salary, so that
can be a big help to those per-
sons," he added.
Mr Douglas said the union
continues to provide financial
assistance to its members by
providing them with cheques to
meet their bills, and said that
their "no cash handout" has
proven very effective.
The one bright spot, he
added, was that the Nassau
Palm Resort on West Bay
Street was seeing steady occu-
pancy levels, with some week-
ends projected at 75 per cent,
which was very good news for
the industry. "So we're upbeat
about that," Mr Douglas said.

Court upholds Port 50% share transfer ruling

FROM page 1B

of Appeal yesterday after
Supreme Court Justice Neville
Adderley had refused to grant
its stay application, which aimed
to prevent the share registers
of IDC and another Cayman-
based company, Fiduciary Man-
agement Services (FMS), from
being changed to transfer a 50
per cent ownership stake in
each to the St George estate's
three executors.

The St George estate has long
sought the share register
changes, which would transfer
the ownership of the 1,735,143
IDC shares registered in FMS's
name to Lady Henrietta St
George, her brother Lord
Euston, and Christopher Caf-
ferata, as a way to prevent Sir
Jack Hayward and the Hayward
family trust from as they :
would see it controlling both
companies and their Boards.
Justice Adderley had last
week ordered that by 4pm
today, IDC replace FMS on its

Legal Notice


-1Notice is hereby given that in accordance-with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of HARI INVESTMENTS LTD. has been
completed;.a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 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 17th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,

share register with the names
of the three executors to show
them as beneficial owners of a
50 per cent IDC stake. That, in
turn, translates into 50 per cent
ownership of the GBPA and its
Port Group Ltd affiliate.
Justice Adderley's order had
clarified an earlier ruling made
by Justice Anita Allen when she
decided that the GBPA and
Port Group Ltd ownership was
split 50/50 between Sir Jack-
Hayward's family's trust.and
the late Mr St George (now the

Some observers believe the
share transfer and registration
of the St George estate as ben-
eficial owners could pave the
way to a settlement of the two-
year legal battle, although it is
understood that Seashells
Investments, the vehicle that
holds the Hayward family
trust's GBPA stake, is also like-
ly to appeal the stay ruling.
In his share register ruling last
week,.Justice Adderley noted
that FMS had approved the
transfer of the 50 per cent IDC
stake it held in trust to the

Legal Notice



(a) JOHANYA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137(4) of the
International Business CQmpanies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 18th November, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 19th day of November, A.D. 2008

Credit Suisse Trust Limited

Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

-Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 17th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


executors at its December 17,
2007, Board meeting. Yet IDC
had refused to amend its share
register during its Board meet-
ing that same day.
Referring to Justice Allen's
previously unperfected Order
on the share transfers, Justice
Adderley said this required that
"FMS must cause the share-
holding in IDC to reflect that
the estate, and not FMS, is the
legal owner of the 1,735,143
shares by having FMS's name
replaced as shareholder on
IDC's Register of Members
with that of the names of the
"I cannot see how Justice
Allen could have had any other
intention because the share
ownership was the subject mat-
ter of the ownership proceed-

ings," Justice Adderley added.
"This necessarily required the
co-operation of IDC, who was
present by counsel when the
ruling was delivered."
As a result, IDC was now
stoppede" from objecting to
the share register change, and
"cannot be said to be acting
bona fide in now raising objec-
tions to such registration".
While IDC had give reasons
for not registering the share
transfer, Justice Adderley said
that under a court order it
would not be exposed to any
"tracing claim" by Caroline St
George "if it still exists" or any
other form of liability.
As a result, Justice Adderley
found that Justice Allen's order
on the share ownership trans-
fer was "a substantive order that
must be obeyed."

Applications for the position of

Must have experience in managing people.
Must have excellent organizational skills,
excellent customer service and sales skills.

Please mail
Resume and photograph to:

Assistant Manager Position
P.O. Box N-523,
Nassau, Bahamas

Legal Notice



(a) AMC MANAGEMENT LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
-the 18th November, 2008 when the Articles of,
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 19th day of November, A.D. 2008.

Verduro Associated Ltd.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 9th day of September 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,




Property developer 'acted in bad faith'

FROM page 1B
struct the duplex the respon-
dent had in mind, next to the
golf course" the Court of
Appeal said.
"But there were other factors
at play, which the evidence sug-
gests stemmed from the appel-
lant's bad faith."
Fred Smith, the Callenders &
Co attorney and partner, rep-
resenting Grand Bahama Reef
Development Company, argued
that a previous purchaser of lot
23, Anthony Rahming, still had
a legal and beneficial interest
in the land.
A "central thrust" of Mr
Smith's argument, the court
said, was that Grand Bahama
Reef Development Company
had failed to acquire a good title
to lot 23 on its re-possession
because it had not affixed a
notice to the property to inform
Mr Rahming had had defaulted
on his service charges.
Mr Rahming had filed a
Supreme Court writ in July
1995, alleging he was still lot
23's owner, and obtained an
injunction on March 2, 1998, to
prevent its sale to Ms Strachan.
As a result, Mr Smith had
argued that Grand Bahama
Reef Development Company's

title had become defective, or as
an alternative, was defective
"because it hold sold the lot to
Mr Rahming in 1999 in order
to settle his claim, and that con-
veyance was carried out in good
Dismissing this argument, the
Court of Appeal said it had
been held by the UK courts that
"an unwillingness on the part
of a vendor to use his best
endeavours to fulfill his con-
tractual obligations is sufficient
to amount to... bad faith".
The court added: "A vendor
cannot escape paying substan-
tial damages for loss of bar-
gain...., where the breach is due
not merely to his defective title
but to his own fault. A vendor
must do everything within his
power to enable completion of
the contract."
The Court of Appeal also
rejected Mr Smith's submission
that by failing to affix a notice to
lot 23 was "fatal" to Grand.
Bahama Reef Development
Company re-acquiring good
title to the land once it re-pos-
sessed it from Mr Rahming.
This, the court said, was no pre-
condition for regaining good
title on re-entry.
In its judgment, the Court of

Appeal said documents filed in
support of the case showed that
lot 23 was originally sold and
conveyed to Development
Engineering Ltd in 1986. That
conveyance stipulated that the
buyer would -pay a service
charge, and Grand Bahama
Reef Development Company
had the power to enter and re-
possess the property if the year-
ly service charge was not paid
for two years after becoming
The service charge covenant
also bound any subsequent pur-
chasers. The upshot was that,
after Development Engineer-
ing conveyed lot 23 to Mr Rah-
ming in 1983, he fell into arrears
on the payment of service
charges for more than five.
years, forcing Grand Bahama
Reef Development Company
to repossess on September 20,
"It is very clear to us that
Rahming could not thereafter
claim to have any legal or ben-
eficial interest in the lot," the
, Court of Appeal found.
"Not only did the appellant
acquire a good title to the lot
on re-entry upon the land pur-
suant to its right and power
under the deed of conveyance

to Rahming, but the latter nev-
er at any time challenged its
Describing Mr Rahming's
writ, and its claim that on Feb-
ruary 14, 1991, that Grand
Bahama Reef Development
Company had agreed to accept
$2,800, a sum ten times the lot
service charges owed, as "dubi-
ous", the Court of Appeal said
that in no way did it affect the
company's title.
The writ had been filed some
seven years after lot 23 was
repossessed, and Mr Rahming's
injunction was obtained on
"very tenuous grounds".
The Court of Appeal noted
that Grand Bahama Reef
Development Company had
written to Ms Strachan on Feb-
ruary 2, 1996, assuring her that
she was the owner of record for
lot 23.
And Dupuch & Turnqudst,
the previous attorneys for
Grand Bahama Reef Develop-
ment Company, had expressed
confidence to her that they
would defend Mr Rahming's
action, "stating confidently and
correctly, in our view, that the
property was in the possession
of their client and its reposses-
sion remained unchallenged".

But on April 26, 1999, Grand
Bahama Reef Development
Company's new attorneys, Cal-
lender's & Co; contacted Ms
Strachan to tell her they would
be unable to convey lot 23 to
her, and instead offered her an
equivalent plot of land.
Yet none matched lot 23,
leading to the filing of the writ.

Eight months later, Grand
Bahama Reef Development
Company conveyed lot 23 to
Mr Rahming for $10, even
though the latter acknowledged
that its 1988 re-possession was
"valid and effective".
Harvey Tynes QC and
Ntshonda Tynes represented
Ms Strachan.

Baker's Bay still 'aggressive' with $240m now spent

FROM page 1B

work planned, it's still ongoing
but we have had to adjust the
pace to reflect the economic cli-
"We're still working on all
fronts, but we have to make
adjustments in development
timelines to reflect the eco-
nomic realities."
Baker's Bay was "continuing
to make our sales pitch" to
prospective real estate buyers,
Dr Marshall said, although it
had needed to "revisit" its
potential client list to take
account of the hit many had
taken from the economic down-
turn, credit crunch and stock
market crash.
Sales, though, were still being
closed, Dr Marshall telling Tri-

bune Business that Baker's Bay
had recently completed the sale
:of a flat in its Marina Village
that was thought to be worth'
around $2 million.
"We're continuing to be
aggressive, because even in
today's climate, there are still a
few buyers out there," he
added. "You've got to work
more aggressively to identify
them and encourage them to
come down here and visit the
Dr Marshall said Baker's Bay
had re-started its sales effort
some two weeks ago, having
eased off for the slow summer
season and hurricane season,
and was gearing up for a strong
push over the next year.
"We started off with-some

very strong foundations and
' fundamentals in terms of client
interest, the product we were
seeking to deliver. Even in chal-
lenging times, we are still get-
ting some decent traction, in
terms of quality buyers and the
interest continues," Dr Marshall
"We still have some identi-
fied prospects. We've already
put $240 million in the ground,
and with that kind of outlay
we're going to continue to be
aggressive and attract buyers.
"For the most part we're debt
free, and we're going to hunker
down and be as successful as
we can in the next few months.
There will be a continued focus
on lot sales and the construc-
tion of custom-built homes."



PricewaterhouseCoopers, has vacancies for qualified accountants whose
qualifications make them eligible for membership in the Bahamas Institute of
Chartered Accountants. Prospective candidates should have at least three (3)
recent years of public accounting and auditing experience and be computer

The positions offer challenging work in the financial services industry and
other areas of industry and commerce. The salary scale, which recognizes
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In addition, the Firm provides excellent medical insurance and provident fund

Please submit an application letter with your Curriculum Vitae to:

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Nassau, The Bahamas


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qualifications in Environmental Sciences or persons with relevant
technical training or experiences in Engineering, Environmental
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Coastal Sciences and or Natural Sciences, Earth Resources to fill
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Dr Marshall said Baker's Bay
was "going to be a bit flexible'"
in terms of project completion
deadlines, although it was seek-
ing to complete all utilities by
Currently, the. wastewater
treatment plant and reverse
osmosis plant are completed,
along with the electricity gen-
eration supply, and testing of
the water and sewerage lines
had commenced. The marina
docks and pilings were already
in place, landscaping work was
being conducted at the Marina
Village, and work on the golf
course was ongoing.
Dr Marshall added that six to
10 real estate buyers wanted to
get started on the construction
of their custom-built homes
very shortly, and some of those
were likely to be seen rising
from the ground within the next

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1.0 The Department of Education, (hereafter called the "Purchaser") now invites sealed bids, from
Suppliers, for the procurement of school computers and printers for Ministry of Education Schools.

2.0 Interested Bidders may collect the bidding documents from the Purchasing/Supplies
Section of the Ministry of Education Headquarters, Tho'mpson Blvd. from Monday 24th November,
2008, and obtain further information, at the second address given below.

.3.0 Bids must be in English and shall be enclosed in duplicates in a sealed envelope bearing no
identity of the bidder and endorsed with the subject bided on (e.g. "School Computers and

4.0 Bids must be deposited in the tender box provided, at the first address, on or before Friday, 12th
December, 2008 by 5:00 p.m. (local time). It will not be necessary to submit bids in person
since they may be sent by mail. Late bids will be rejected and returned unopened.

5.0 Bids will be opened at the public ceremony, in the presence of those Bidders or their
representatives who choose to attend, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 16 th December, 2008 at the first
address below.

(1) The Chairman Tenders Board
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitfield
Cable Beach
P.O. Box N3017
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242)327-1530

(2) Purchasing/Supplies Section
Ministry of Education
P.O. Box N-3913/4
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242) 502-8571

The Department reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders



October wholesale prices plunge record 2.8 per cent

AP Economics Writer

Wholesale prices plunged a
record amount in October as
energy prices fell by the largest
amount in 22 years.
The Labor Department
reported Tuesday that whole-
sale prices dropped by 2.8 per
cent in October, the biggest
one-month decline on records
that go back more than 60
years. The previous record
holder was a 1.6 per cent fall in
October 2001, the month after
the terrorist attacks.
The overall decline in the
department's Producer Price
Index was bigger than the 1.8
per cent drop analysts had
expected. However, core infla-
tion, which excludes energy and

food, was not as well-behaved,
rising by a bigger-than-expected
0.4 per cent.
The 0.4 per cent rise in core
inflation did not alter the view
that plunging energy prices and
a sharply slowing economy were
combining to slash inflation
Analysts said much of the
jump in core prices reflected the
lingering impact of the huge rise
in energy costs earlier in the
year and should retreat in com-
ing months as those costs con-
tinue to fall.
Ian Shepherdson, chief US
economist at High Frequency
Economics, predicted that core
wholesale prices would retreat
significantly in coming months.
The 2;8 per cent overall
decrease marked the third
straight month that wholesale
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Many economists believe the
economy has fallen into a reces-
sion that could be the worst
downturn in more than two
decades. The expectation is
falling inflation pressures will
give the Federal Reserve room
to cut interest rates further to
combat the downturn.
The Fed cut interest rates by
a Half-point in a coordinated
move with other central banks
on October 8 when the turmoil
in financial markets was gain-
ing intensity and followed with
another half-point reduction on
October 29.
That pushed the target rate

for the federal funds rate, the
interest that banks charge each
other, down to one per cent,
matching a low seen only once
before in the past half-century.


Many economists believe the
Fed will cut the funds rate again
when officials hojd 'their last
regular meeting of the year on
December 16.
The PPI report showed that
energy prices dropped by 12.8
per cent in October, the biggest
one-month fall since a 14 per
cent decline in July 1986.

All types of energy showed
big declines with gasoline falling
by a record 24.9 per cent, sur-
passing the old mark of a 22.1
per cent drop in March 1986.
Home heating oil prices were
down 9.6 per cent, natural gas
intended for home uses fell by
5.9 per cent, and liquefied
petroleum gas dropped by 27.6
per cent, the biggest decline in
more than three decades.
Light, sweet crude for'
December delivery rose slightly
Tuesday morning after falling
$2.09 to settle at $54.95 a barrel
Monday, the lowest since Janu-
ary 2007. Prices have fallen

more than 60 per cent since
reaching a record above $147 a
barrel in mid-July.
Food costs edged down 0.2
per cent last month, as declines
in the price of milk and meats
offset a big jump in vegetable
Excluding food and energy,
the 0.4 per cent increase in core
prices reflected higher costs for
light trucks, the category that
includes sport utility vehicles.
The price of tires, civilian air-
craft and malt beverages also
were higher, although the cost
of passenger cars fell by 1.7 per

W ~Isurivalg uII[e for stFu siness I

FROM page 3B
not keep using your business
credit card during this period
on anything (products, supplies)
that have a net value close to
your credit card interest fee (18
per cent and up). Try to obtain
a line of credit now. It might be
useful in the future when you
can buy inventory at a signifi--
cantly reduced dollar value.
Try to refinance your busi-
ness loan now, but only if you
are going to pay the same inter-
est rate or less. It might be too
late or too costly to refinance
your business loan later in the
recession, because banks. will
put a tighter squeeze on lending

Existing Technology: Eval-

uate your recordkeeping system
(accounting, sales, marketing,
human resources, inventory) to
determine if it is causing your
business to operate in an effec-
tive and efficient manner.
If it is not doing so, correct it
because during a recession your
business does not need the bur-
den ofincurring extra costs and

New Technology: Only pur-
chase new computer systems,
application/operating .software
(a point-of-sale system) and
equipment (fax, copy machines
) now if they are going to
increase the productivity and
profit levels of your business.
You need to properly manage
the cash flow of your business
because it will be challenging
during a recession.

The Public is ..hereby advised that I, STEFAN
BROZOZOG of Yellow Elder, Nassau, Bahamas,
intend to change my name to STEPHON MACKEY.
If there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date
of publication of this notice.

The Public Workers' Co-operative

Credit Union Limited

Education Committee

Presents a Free Seminar
On Health Issues
Speakers: Dr. Cyprian A. Strachan on Medical Health
Dr. Wendy Stuart on Oral Health

Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Bahamas Co-operative League Building
(Next to Wendy's Resturant in Oakes, Field)
Tell a friend, and bring a friend. Open to all members, and per-
sons interested in becoming members of the Credit Union.

Special giveaways to first twenty persons.

Refreshments will be served!!!

Remember, the only way to
successfully operate a business
during a recession is to evaluate
' all areas of your present busi-
ness model and refine it by
focusing on reducing operating
costs and expenses; improving
staff morale and productivity
levels; increasing customer ser-
vice activities; and stabilizing
.sales potential and profit mar-
gins. Small and medium-sized

business owners should now
adapt a business survival strat-
egy, and their mission should
be: "Staying Open for Business
during a Recession."

NB: To obtain more infor-
mation about this article, con-'
tact Mark A Turnquest at tel:
(242) 326-6748/ 427-3640 or log
on to web site: markturnquest-

CLE/qui/No. 00578
Common Law and Equity Division

comprising 53.513 acres being a portion of Crown Grant
1-42 to George Farquharson and situate in Braemar Settlement,
Crooked Island, Bahamas, approximately 1.2 miles Southeast
of Major's Cay
-IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act of 1959
IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Japheth Edison


Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court dated the 9th
day of June, A.D. 2008.

The Petition of Japheth Edison Deleveaux of
.nImperai Park.. Sealreeze "stafe in the Eastern
tDistfief of New Providence, orfeof the Islands of The
Commonwealth Of The Bahamas showeth in respect of:

ALL THAT tract of land comprising 53.513 acres being
a portion of Crown Grant 1-42 to George Farquharson
and situate in Braemar Settlement, Crooked Island,
Bahamas, approximately 1.2 miles Southeast of Major's
Cay Landing and bounded Easterly by another portion
of Crown Grant 1-42 and running thereon One Thousand
Nine Hundred and Forty-seven and Thirty-fivehundredths
(1,947.35') feet and on the South by another portion of
Crown Grant 1-42 and running thereon One Thousand
Four Hundred and Eighteen and Thirty-one hundredths
(1,418.31') feet and on the West partly by another portion
of Crown Grant 1-42 and running thereon One Thousand
One Hundred and Nine and Fifty-six hundredths
(1,109.5') feet and partly by land said to be the
property of the Bain family and running thereon Seven
Hundred and Ninety-eight and Forty-fivehundredths
(798.45') feet and on the Northwest by another portion
of Crown Grant 1-42 and running thereon Sixty-three and
Fifty-nine hundredths (63 .59') feet, and Northerly by
another portion of Crown Grant 1-42 and running thereon
Sixty-three and fifty-nine hundredths (63.59') feet.

The Petitioner, Japheth Edison Deleveaux, herein
claims to betheowner in fee simple in possession of
the said tract of land and has made application to
The Supreme Court Of The Commonwealth Of The
Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act
1959 to have his title to the said tract of land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate Of Title to be granted by the
Court in accordance with the provisions of that Act.

Copies of the Plan showing the position boundaries
shape marks and dimensions of the said tract of land may
be inspected during normal office hours at the following

(a) The Registry of The Supreme Court, East Street
North, Nassau, Bahamas.
(b) The Chambers of Joseph C. Ledee, Suite No. 6,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street, Nassau,
(c) The Administrator's office at Major's Cay,
Crooked Island.

Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower
or right to Dower or an Adverse Claim not recognized
in the Petition shall on or before the expiration of
Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these
presents file at the Registry of The Supreme Court
in the City of Nassau, Bahamas, and serve on the
Petitioner or on the undersigned an Adverse Claim
in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be
filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before the expiration of
Thirty (30) days after the final publication of
these presents shall operate as a bar to such claim.


Chamber Suite No. 6, Grosvenor Close
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Petitioner

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

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Pursuant to the provisions of Section 235 B of the Companies Act, 1990, notice
is hereby given that PHB LIMITED is in voluntary liquidation.

The date of Commencement of the Liquidation.is the 14th day of November,

The Liquidaior of the said company is Mrs. Alena Moxey of Winterbotham
Place, Marlborough & Queen Streets,-P.O. Box N-3026, Nassau, The Baha-

All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
to submit their names, addresses and particular of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator on or before the 13th day of December, 2008 or in default thereof,
they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made.

Dated this 17th of November, 2008.



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19 5 1 5 Abaco .ar.ets 1 71 1 7' 000 0071 0001 24 1 000',
1.80 11.60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.061 0.200 11.1 1.69%
9.68 7.64 Bank of Bahamas 7.64 7.64 0.00 0.319 0.160 23.9 2.09%
0.99 0.73 Benchmark 0.81 0.73 -0.08 1.000 -0.877 0.020 N/M 2.74%
3.74 3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.152 0.090 23.0 2.58%
2.70 1.95 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.085 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.15 11.18 Cable Bahamas 14.15 14.15 0.00 1.255 0.240 11.3 1.70%
3.15 2.83 Collna Holdings 2.83 2.83 0.00 0.118 0.040 24.0 1.41%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (Si) 7.30 7.20 -0.10 8.000 0.446 0.300 16.1 4.17%
6.59 1.99 Consolidated Water BDRs 2.15 2.03 -0.12 6.500 0.122 0.052- 16.6 2.56%
3.00 2.26 Doctor's Hospital 2.68 2.65 0.00 0.256 0.040 10.4 1.51%
8.10 6.02 Famguard 7.80 7.80 0.00 0.535 0.280 14.6 3.59%
13.01 11.89 Finco 11.89 11.89 0.00 0.665 0.570 17.9 4.79%
14.66 11.50 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.50 11.50 0.00 0.682 0.450 16.9 3.91%
6.04 5.01 Focol (S) 5.20 6.20 0.00 0.385 0.170 13.5 3.27%
1.00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.00 0.33 Freeport Concrete 0.33 0.33 0.00 0.035 0.000 9.4 0.00%
8.20 5.50 ICD Utilities 6.81 6.81 0.00 0.407 0.300 16.7 4.41%
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 11.10 11.10 0.00 0.952 0.620 11.7 5.59%
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1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 19 October 2022
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7% 30 May 2013
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (So-les D1 + FBB15 100 00 0 00 Prime 1 75< 29 May 2015
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14.00 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.11 14.06 14.00 -0.041 0.300 N/M 2.17%
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1.4258 1.3623 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 1.4258 3.69 4.66 7-Nov-08
1.4268 1.3641 Collna Money Market Fund 1.4268 3.76 4.60 14-Nov-08
3.7969 3.5562 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5399 -6.77 0.03 31-Oct-08
12.4456 11.8789 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.4456 4.29 5.78 30-Sep-08
100.2421, 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.2421 0.24 0.24 30-Sep-08
100.9600 96.7492 CFAL Global Equity Fund 96.7492 -3.25 -3.25 30-Sep-08
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.0000 0.00 0.00 31-Dec-07
10.5000 9.0935 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9.0935 -13.40 -13.40 31-Oct-08
1.0264 1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0264 2.64 2.64 31-Oct-08
1.0289 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0289 2.89 2.89 31-Oct-08
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Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to


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9 6

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Kakuro Puzzle
Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to
fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of
each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum
of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number
I .level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.

Sudoku Answer

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9 7 576'3 4 1 2
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1 Seat is put out for a
snooze' after lunch (6)
4 Strange oriental tale (8)
9 Trick makes cat turn and
twitch (6)
10 Stock market reaction to
panic? (8)
12 Game bird? (4)
13 Feature of barley that may
be used to make bread (5)
14 A centre of revolution (4)
17 In need of a rest-
cure? (4,3,5)'
20 London, perhaps,, profits
from a cause of
taxation (7,5)
23 A test for which there is
something to be said (4)
24 Husbands may hold
different views (5)
25 I stole away to an isolated
spot (4)
28 Justifies battle cries (8)
29 No score in even game (6)
30 Dray behind the house (8)
31 Friend who can't keep.
still? (6)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solutii
Across: 1 Umber, 4 Sparred, 8 Ha
Placatory, 10 Reapers, 11 Argon,.1
Diddle, 15 Strain, 18 Corgi, 19
Imagine, 21 Untouched, 23 Nut, 24
Student, 25 Essay.
Down: 1 Ushered, 2 Bystander, 3
Rupee, 4 Sparse, 5 Adamant, 6 Rit
Doyen, 12 Gradients, 14 Leisure, 1
No entry, 17 With-it, 18 Clubs, 20
Addle, 22 Tau.

1 He scorns to earn a living
as a writer (8)
2 Intrude by chance or
mistake (8)
3 An outing in the fall (4)
5 Once finished,
destroyed (12)
6 They're given to those who
beg for weapons, we
hear (4)
7 It cuts the pack (3,3)
8 Scene I produced forthe
girls (6)
11 Bred in sin, set about
showing one's
pedigree? (4,8)
15 Where to find father in the
beginning of the year (5)
16 Club lodge (5)
18 Oral application for beauty
treatment (8)
19 He values a vessel having
an arrangement of
roses (8)
21 Homespun gin? (6)
22 Building frame (6)
26 One doesn't do much to
earn such a reputation (4)
27 Two similar bits of tulle for
a ballet skirt (4)

Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Brink, 4 Cast off, 8 Dip, 9
At a low ebb, 10 Inspect, 11 Probe,
13 Gaiety, 15 Gospel, 18 Pagan, 19
Liberty, 21 Out of hand, 23 Oil, 24
Finally, 25 Enemy.
Down: 1 Budding, 2 In passing, 3
Knave, 4 Chaste, 5 Scorpio, 6 One,
7 Fable, 12 On purpose, 14 Tuneful,
16 Loyalty, 17 Bleary, 18 Proof, 20
Budge, 22 Tin.

1 Italian island (6)
4 Deliberate (8)
9 Once more (6) -
10 Without penalty (4-4)
12 Gaming counter (4)
13 Keep in view (5)
14 Rouse (4)
17 Highly competent in
a job (12)
20 Up and
running (3,3,6)
23 Absent (4)
24 Run counter to (5)
25 Form of unarmed
combat (4)
28 Rigid (4-4)
29 Opening move (6)
30 Take no
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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Every Card Played Tells a Story

South dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
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The bidding:
South West North East
14 1 14 Pass
1 NT Pass 3 NT
Opening lead five of hearts.
On many deals where there is no
clear-cut line of play, declarer has to
feel his way along until he learns
more about the opposing distribu-
tion. If all goes well, he may eventu-
ally acquire enough knowledge
about the lie of the opposing cards to
bring about a successful resolution.
Consider this deal where South
ended in three notrump after West
had overcalled with one heart.
Declarer allowed East's jack to hold
the first trick, then took the heart

continuation with the ace, learning in
the process that West had started
with no more than five hearts for his
At this stage, Souith could count
eight sure. tricks four spades, a
heart; two diamonds and a club -
but it was not apparent where the
ninth might come from. Putting that
problem on the back burner for the
moment, declarer cashed four
spades, discarding a heart and a club
while West let go of a club.
South now turned his attention
to diamonds, cashing the A-K. Had
West dropped the jack or queen
under one of the top diamonds,
declarer would have led a diamond
toward the ten as the best chance to
set up his ninth trick, hoping East
had started with Q-x-x-x or J-x-x-x.
When West discarded a club on
the second diamond, though, the plan
to set up an extra diamond trick went
up in smoke. But this development
opened up another possibility, and
declarer was quick to exploit it.
At trick nine, he led the heart ten
from dummy, allowing West to col-
lect three heart tricks. This left
declarer with the Q-6 of clubs in
dummy opposite his A-9, and West
on lead with the K-J. When West
exited with the jack and dummy's
queen held, the contract came sailing

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The association of eating a hot-dog while watch-
ing a film has long been a part of the enjoyment of
going to the movies. But while having a great hot
dog to go along with a great flick is a bonus, the
cinema isn't the only place you can get a taste of a
satisfying hot dog.
From your neighbourhood gas station, to the
petty shop around the corner, the lowly hot dog
has risen from its status as a childhood snack and
simple breakfast fare it goes great with grits and
eggs to take on the hunger pangs of working
adults the Bahamas over.
So, when you're craving a delicious, mouth-
watering, juicy dog, visit one of Nassau's best hot
dog eateries, where reasonable prices and over
the top flavors are the order of the day.

Eating a hot dog from Donna's Delectable-
Hot Dog stand is about as good as it gets, the4
taste of the sweet home made bread, the jalepenos
with chili cheese, and onions is a guaranteed
mouth watering experience.
Have you ever tasted all of these flavours in one
bite. Well the hot dog just described is an explo-
sion of cheesy goodness, with strong undertones
of sweet and spicy, all coming together with the
rich beefiness of the hot dog, and it will definitely
have you coming back for more.
Donna Miller, owner of Donna's, says although
the great taste of the hot dog makes the sandwich
very good, it is often how the food is presented and
the way the service is offered that tops it off.
"What makes my. hot dogs great is the homemade
bread and the beef hot dog. People are able to come
to my stand and they have a variety of toppings
they can choose for the hot dogs."
Ms Miller also feels that a person's love and gen-
uine passion for what they do plays a part.."I also
believe that if a person loves what they do then
they would do their best to ensure that what they are
serving people is of good quality and taste."

Donna's delectable hot dogs are available on week-
days from early morning to late afternoon.

Along with serving up great home-style burgers,
Johnny Rockets offers diners creative, mouthwatering
hot dogs and chili dogs (pictured above).
Hot dogs at Johnny Rockets are dangerously good -
the all-beef dogs are bursting with steaming flavour that
offers a palate pleasing blend of salty sweetness that'll'
have you begging for more. As you sink your teeth into
the soft bread and the thick, hot dogs bursting with juici-
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warm and satisfying goodness.
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Garden of Remembrance

FROM page 12,

that Father Thompson's ascend-
ing into heaven and so his shoes
are on the pedestal and he's fly-
ing up into heaven. The paint-
ing is expressive of something
Catholic Archbishop Lawrence
Burke told the artist years ago,
that you should try to see Jesus in
all of the people you meet along
life's journey.
"Since every human being is
made in the image of God, you
should be able to see Him in
every person. All people are
expressive of a supreme being
no matter how high or low a
caste they may come from."
In other pieces Mr Burnside
shows the process of human
aging, suffering, wanting and
praying. In 'Thoughts and
Prayers' he shows the faces of
two women hoping and praying
for a better existence. "It's like a
Madonna and child, but deeper
than that." The two women have
nothing but each other, and so
they relate and hold each other
in an embrace, holding on for
dear life.
"I wanted to give these women
a sense of dignity and show that
they are going to rise above their
circumstances, with a certain
resilience and strength. In this

piece, I show.that even though
they are down, they are definite-
ly not out," the artist explained.
For Burnside, the piece also
reflects many of the images seen
on the news over the past year.
"It's the people of New Orleans
who suffered Hurricane Katri-
na, the people affected by Bosn-
ian wars, it's the Haitian child
vwho has to board a little dinghy
boat to come across the
Caribbean Ocean to the
Bahamas or the US and it's just
showing people who are at the
end of the rope and have no
more possibilities."
In another piece, 'Missing
you', Mr Burnside shows a single
woman looking wistfully to the
outer realms of the painting.
"There's a spirit in females that is
uniquely female, a reverie that
only women can express that is
very beautiful," he said, "I was
trying to record and convey this
look here when a woman is lost
in thought she is the most beau-
tiful being right in front of your
eyes, yet out of youi reach."
In this painting Mr Burnside
leaves a lot of the details to the
viewer. "We all bring our own
baggage to the piece, and missing
someone is an intrinsically
human trait that we all will feel at
some point or another," he said.
In 'You are my sunshine', Mr

Burnside uses a very unique
technique that holds his art piece
in three separate frames. The
triptych serves to break the
image up showing half the sub-
ject's face in the optical real form
that is recognizable, and the oth-
er half is synthetic, fantastical
and unbelievable.
In showing his subject with a
marijuana joint, Mr Burnside is
also engaging in social commen-
tary that confronts and questions
the box most people put Rasta-
farians in. "He is using marijuana
as a sacrament, and this is some-
thing frowned on by most of soci-
ety. Rastas consider this a sacred
herb that is part of their worship
and practice of paying homage to
their deity," he explained.
Although we might not agree
with it or practice it, it's part of
their lifestyle, "and I'm not going
to make a judgment," he said.
"As far as I'm concerned it's left
up to every viewer how they feel
about it. Marijuana is depicted
here as the Rastafarians' sun-
shine and I wanted to create a
sense of natural roots."
Painted on raw linen to get the
quality that lends itself to the
subject matter, Mr Burnside used
transparent applications when
he constructed the piece so that
the .grey linen would show


Talking of the stereotypes so
many people use to judge oth-
ers with, Mr Burnside said he
painted the Rasta wearing a suit
to challenge the one dimension-
al impressions a lot of people
In "Butterfly", Mr Burnside
pays homage to his brother-in-
law Peter who passed away a
few years ago. On the largely
white canvas, the only one in

the room, he makes the viewer
concentrate on Peter's smiling
face and the bright splashes of
colour show happiness and his
unending generosity for other
"He would just buy a brand
new television and then give it
away to almost a complete
stranger, he would sell a brand
new car for just $200, acts like
these made him who he was and

he placed absolutely no value
on material things in this world,"
Mr Burnside said.

Garden of Remembrance is
on display at the Stan Burnside
Gallery, Eastern Road at Tower
Heights. For a private viewing by
appointment email: stanburn-
side@coralwave.com or call
324.7397 or 424.8810



By LISA LAWLOR possession, from drums, cos-
Tribune .Features Writer tumes and money to all personal
RAKE n' scrape folk artist "Luckily, I was booked to go
Peanuts Taylor, a name synony- to Newfoundland to perform at
mous with the best of Bahamian the University there, and the
entertainment, was born in a tickets had already been
time when rake n' scrape music bought," Mr Taylor said. He
had a large following among would perform in minus thirty
Bahamians and tourists alike, degree weather, but he loved the
"We were the Caribbean feeling of performing too much
equivalent to the south of France to give it up, even at the lowest
in entertainment," Mr Taylor point possible in the inter-
told Tribune Entertainment, "we minable cold with nothing to his
were the entertainment capital name.
of the Caribbean from 1956 until Mr Taylor would tour Canada
1975." for a few weeks and returned
Looking at the increasing home to be greeted by the best
numbers of tourists at local hot news of his life. Bill Saunders-of
spots, Mr Taylor pointed out Majestic Tours and Howard
that as tourist business rose, Johnson of Howard Johnson
interest by Bahamians waned, Tours approached him to open
with their numbers reflecting the another club in Oakes Field.
decreasing interest of Bahami- They renamed a club leased from
ans in their own national art. In Freddie Munnings, and The
1964, he said, 25 per. cent of the Goombay Club was born.
business Bahamian clubs were "I was still going on tours with
experiencing came from the the Ministry of Tourism, pro-
tourist market. By 1992 howev- moving travel to the Bahamas
er, he estimates that 85 per cent for which I received a stipend.
of the business was coming from There was a group of us Richie
visitors to Bahamian shores. Delamore, George Symonette,
"I don't believe that we were Blind Blake, Eloise Lewis, Dea-
conscious at all of how valuable con Whilly, Becky Chipman the
our entertainment culture was," fire dancer,, and her husband
he said, explaining that as soon Don "Chippie" Chipman. We
as the hotels opened up, the were the good will ambassadors
night clubs lost a lot of their busi- of the country," Mr Taylor said.
ness. Through this work, he made
"The only notion our young a lot of entertainment connec-
people have of the Bahamian tions, and met a Canadian
culture is the Junkanoo and the named Peter Nesbitt Thompson
little bit of rake n' scrape there who offered to finance the open-
still is. Everything else is gone. ing of another club. From there,
"I believe that as we became Mr Taylor arranged with his
more passionate about politics uncle Charlie Taylor to use the
in the Bahamas and who was property on Flemming and Mar-
going to be elected, we lost our ket Street and in the Easter of
passion for the thing that was so 1964 he opened the Drumbeat
natural-to us," he said. Club.
Mr Taylor continued to pros-
The old days per and have success in his club,
but decided to switch locations in
Remember when he wa 1975 to the heart of the hotel and
., ...embig. we e.w. a tourism centre at the Nassau
,. youngpeanut",Mr.Taylorsaid, Bauhlotel '-
.."we.didn.'t haye all thse.cars .; .",it Oe 1 T970s'O MrTaylorsid,'
Sancibig~facy houses, and we def- "'....e ... ral.i
ty had a amnily structure that a f6i of independent Bahami-
didn't centre around television. an clubs were closing down due
The TV is now a family replace- to thecompetition of foreign
ment, and we borrow the culture Mr Taylor fought to keep the
weseethere Thisis a sadthing." Drumbeat open, relying on
Mr Taylor also noted that this is tm t on recis
thesource of the Americaniza- tourists coming from the cruise
the stionurce of the Bahamianpeopleza ships, but all along he saw his
Mr Taylor reminisced on the dream was dymg.
start of his career in the mid
1930s. Brazenly approaching the The death of a culture
drum beat coming from The Paul
Meeres Club, he saw the icon In 1999, the last semblance of
dancing and went up to him, "I the Bahamian culture died. The
could dance better than you," he Drumbeat, Yellow Bird, Banana
told him: Boat, Cat and Fiddle, Zanzibar,
At that moment his iconic Flowers and The Conch Shell
name-was born, as Mr Meetes had all closed down and "over
replied, "A little peanut like you the hill" music was dead, Mr
think you could dance better Taylor said.
thad me?" Mr Meeres then invit- Today, there is not one sin-
ed him to come back to the club gle Bahamian club or bar a
at night and prove his claim, tourist can visit to experience
Mr Taylor and his partner, the true Bahamian culture,
Renny Vogt, opened their first "because this just doesn't, exist
club, The Tropicana, in 1957. It anymore," he said.
was so popular they did three This fact, especially when
shows per night, but that did not compared to the 1960s when
last for long as it was burnt down there were at least half a dozen
in 1958 the result of arson, Mr clubs boasting Bahamian talent,
Taylor believes. shows the nation's dying culture,
In the fire he lost every single he said.




Explosion of




THE artistry, diversity and
creativity of the Carlos Valenti-
no line featuring a bold
colour palette, strong, yet intri-
cate lines and a range of tex-
tures, fabrics and patterns -
graced the runway at this mon-
th's Islands of the World Fash-
ion Week and left audience
members and aspiring design-
ers with new styles and trends
to emulate.
Created by Bahamian fashion designer Charles
Kemp, the Carlos Valentino line showcased cou-
ture, ready-to-wear and casual wear, along with
various accessories, including hand bags.
Starting off the show and sparking a fashion
explosion, the couture segment unleashed a fab-
ulously fashionable blend of colour for this years
fall season onto the runway.
Among the highlights of Mr Kemp's designs
was an updated pant suit that featured a turquoise
trouser, a ruffled, gold blouse and a tweed cqat. A
second number, a green skirt with a sassy French
cut inspired coat, was a nod to the'European influ-
ences that inspired the designer.
The ready to wear portion of the show not only
highlighted women's wear, but also introduced
Kemp's male designs. The male models strutted
onto the runway in designer business suits which
clearly made a statement that they were men of
today: knowledgeable, confident, self aware and
innovative. Although this segment featured some
of the more classic suits for men, one male mod-

el worked a blue pinstriped suit and office bag,
that articulated an executive statement.
The show reached it's climax when the male
models stepped onto the runway wearing nothing
but blue denim jeans against their oil drenched,
muscle-rippling bodies. The women in the audi-
ence were in awe of the spectacular physiques,
and were totally enchanted as their presence dom-
inated the catwalk.
As the show came to a close designer Charles
Kemp stepped onto the runway and gave a wave
of gratitude and satisfaction to the heady applause
of adoring fans.
Pleased with the way the show turned out, and
quick to point out that the show was well organ-
ised, Mr Kemp told Tribune Arts however, that the
Bahamian designers should have been given more
"The show gave me the opportunity to present
my work to a number of international fashion
/fans, but I do believe that some things could have
been done a little.better. I thought that more
recognition should have been given to the local
designers. But as far as all of that goes I think it
was well organised and put together well," Mr
Kemp said.
He noted also that for the fashion industry in the
Bahamas to reach a level that will accommodate
designers like himself, there must be more opporr
tunities like the Islands of the .World Fashion
Event so that designers can have a chance to pro-
duce for an international audience.
And although he is grateful for the Bahamians
that support and admire his work, Mr Kemp said
that his main goal is to cross international borders
where his creative and artistic ideas can be fully
A veteran of the fashion industry, Mr Kemp
started designing when he was 19 years old. He
attended the Jeffrey Taylor school here in the
Bahamas where learned his fundamentals. The
talented 39 year old has also studied film produc-

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