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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 24, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
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Shooting

leaves two

in hospital

* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter


Around 100 directly

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R By-MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
A GRUESOME display of
three men in effigy banging
from a mock gallows was.
paraded through the streets
of Nassau as friends and rela-
tives of the murdered called
for killers to be hanged.
Hundreds joined the par-
ents, grandparents, brothers,,
sisters and cousins of men anid
women who were killed in
cold blood as they followed
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-1rightteiung scene--.-......
Organiser Rodney Moncur
said the three "hanged men"
represent the lawmaker, law-
breaker, and the law enforcer.
He said: "They are all being
hanged because they are all
contributing to the murder
rate in the country.
"We are demanding of the
government to remove the
impediments that prevent the
execution of the death penal-
ty.
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Visa waiver programme among tourism
plans put forward by Obie Wilchcombe'
* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
PLANS to reform tourism involving the adoption of a visa waiv-
er programme for visitors have been put forward by former tourism'
minister Obie Wilchc6mbe.
The PLP member for West End Bimini is calling on tourism
officials and businesses to consider his ideas and submit their own
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ager at the Registrar of the
SEE page 12


GUN crimes reported in
Nassau this weekend d include
the shooting of two young
men and the hold up of a gas
station.
The two men were s'ot
while in Hampton Street, f
Mount Royal Avenue, j
after 10pm on Friday.,
The 18-year-old was shot in
the-right side of his chest, and
the 24-year-old was shot in the
left side of his body.
Both are in serious condi-
tion and being treated in
Princess Margaret Hospital.
SEE page 14

US staff sent to

help solve issues

at Morton Salt
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
: MORTON Salt's parentcom-
pany has sent staff from the
United States to Inagua to
begin work towards mending
the relationship between the
salt union and management at
the recovering plant, a union
official said yesterday.
Wilfred Seymour, a heavy
equipment operator of 36 years
standing at theIlnagua plant and
President of the salt union, the
Bahamas Industrial Manufac-
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rmissick@tribunemedia.net


ONLY a handful of Bahamians have experi-
enced the ravages of war or seen poverty, pain
and suffering in its most devastating form. Only
a few have felt the "unnatural and unwanted
euphoria" that follows killing in the line of duty.
Some of those who have had this experience
- Bahamian men and women, who served as
part of foreign armed forces in Iraq at some


point during the past five years, will be fea-
tured in this newspaper.
Today we tell the story of Grand Bahama
native Adam Goldsmith, who was on active
operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq
as a member of the British Army.
He was the only foreigner and person of
African heritage in his squadron. He was, at
that time, the only serving soldier in the British
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mas Ferries request approval
for a state of the art' terminal



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TOP tXECUTIVES of Bahamas Ferries recently paid a courtesy call on
Prime'Minister Hubert Ingaraham at his office on Friday, November 14. Pic-
tured from left to rightare: Stuart Ballantyne, of Sea Transportation Corpo-
ration, the Designer and Builder of Bahamas Ferries' newest vessel, The
Bohengy II; Craig Symonette, Chairman of Bahamas Ferries; Prime Minister
Ingraham; Khaalis Rolle, Chief Marketing Officer; Captain Harvey Sweeting,
Chief Operating Officer and Stephen Thompson, Bahamas Ferries, Chief
Financial Officer.

Bahamas.Ferries request approval

for a 'state of the art' terminal


Bahamas Ferries has requested
approval from the Government to
construct a "state of the art"
downtown departure terminal to
serve passengers of Bahamas Fer-
ries along with all passengers trav-
eling to and from the" Family
Islands via sea.
The request was put forward in
a meeting, led by company chair-
man Craig Symonette at the Prime
Minister's office in the Cecil Wal-
lace-Whitfield Building on Friday,
November 14, 2008.
-It',follows on the heels of the
launch of the company's newest
ferry, the Bohengy III.
Mr Symonette asked for gov-
ernment's approval and guidance
for the construction of "a first class
departure lounge facility" at a cen-
tral location along Bay Street.
The Prime Minister informed
Mr Symonette that the govern-
ment would be happy to accom-
modate the company's demand.
"It would be wonderful to hayp a
first class departure lounge for
domestic travelers," he said. .
The Chairman was accompa-
nied by Stuart Ballantyne, of Sea
Transportation Corporation, the
Designer and Builder of Bahamas
Ferries' newest vessel, The
Bohengy II; Stephen Thompson,
Bahamas Ferries, ChiefFinancial
Officer; Captain Harvey Sweet-
ing, Chief Operating Officer and


Reports of brawl
between police and
lDefence Force officers
The Tribune received reports
of a brawl betweenpolice and
defence force officers taking.place
at Potters Cay dock around 11pm
Friday.
As many as 10 police cars were
seen driving at high speed, down
East Bay Street. It was reported
that they were headed for Pot-
ters Cay. However, a police
spokesman said he had no knowl-
edge of anything having occurred.
in the area.

Man pleads guilty

to possession of 142
pounds of marijuana

with intent to supply
A GARDEN Close man is
expected to be sentenced in Mag-
istrate's Court today after pleading
guilty to possessing 142 pounds of
marijuana with intent to supply.
Twenty-nine-year-old Alvacar-
do Jason Jolly, of Garden Close
off Blue Hill Road, on Friday
pleaded guilty to possession of
marijuana with intent to supply.
Jolly arid Shavunka Marie
McKinney, also accused of pos-
sessing marijuana with intent to
supply, were arraigned before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel in
Court 8, Bank Lane, on Friday.
McKinney, who pleaded not
guilty to the charge, is expected
to appear in court today for a bail
hearing.
According to court dockets, the
two are alleged to have committed
the offence on Thursday, Novem-
ber 20.
Jolly, who was represented by
attorney Dion Smith, pleaded
guilty to the charge while McKin-
ney, who was represented by attor-
ney T'Shura Ambrose, pleaded
not guilty to the charge.
Both accused were remanded
in custody and are expected to
return to court on Monday for a
bail hearing and sentencing.
A 40-year-old man was
arraigned in a Magistrate's Court
last week on a marijuana posses-
sion charge.
It is alleged that Edney Rolle
was found in possession of eight
pounds of marijuana on Novem-
ber 18, while at Mangrove Cay,
Andros.
Rolle, who was arraigned before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel in
Court 8, BankLane, pleaded not
guilty to the charge. He was
remanded in custody and will
return to court on November 27
for a bail hearing.


Khaalis Rolle, Chief Marketing
Officer.
"We can build lots of ships, but
we would like to create a proper
world class departure terminal,"
said Mr Symonette while speaking
with Mr Ingraham.
Mr Symonette informed the
Prime Minister that the present
facilities at Potter's Cay are some-
what restrictive.
He committed to building the
facility, which will not only accom-
modate Bahamas Ferries' passen-
gers but all persons traveling to
and from the Family Islands by
sea.
-The Chairman intends that the
facility will accommodate trav-
ellers checking in and out at the
top level with more cumbersome
operations including the use of
forklifts, heavy equipment, freight
and the movement of vehicles tak-
ing place at the lower level.
The group also discussed a
number of important matters
related to the ferry transportation
service as well as on going
developments in the Family
Islands.
Pleased with the meeting,
Symonette said, "The Prime Min-
ister was very receptive and fully
understands the importance of
marine transport in this country,
and I feel very confident that our
company and others as a group in
the ferry business, we will work
with this administration to
achieve mutually beneficial end
goals."


Bahamians claim their




Cuban medical degrees




'not being recognized'


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net,.
YOUNG Bahamians who
trained for seven years in Cuba to
obtain medical degrees are being
"unfairly frustrated" in their aim
of putting their skills to work in
their own country because of a
restrictive policy, some claim.
They say they are being held
back by the "non-recognition" of
their Cuban qualifications and
told that they have to pay their
way through further training
abroad before they can enter the
Bahamian healthcare profession.
Two medical graduates have
questioned why the policy is
being enforced, asking whether
rather than scientific considera-
tions, it may be "cold war" style
politics or an "old boy" network
of healthcare professionals keep-
ing the policy in place.
Former C.I. Gibson student,
Lashano Gilbert, 25, took up a
scholarship to learn Spanish and
study medicine in Holguin
Province, Cuba, graduating in
mid-2007.

Exam
He was shocked to hear for-
mer health minister Dr Marcus
Bethel tell Bahamian medical stu-
dents in Cuba in 2004 that their
qualifications would not be recog-
nised in their home country
unless they passed medical board
exams in the United States, the
United Kingdom, Canada or
Jamaica at a cost of thousands
of dollars, which the graduates
would have to bear.
As for many of his fellow med-
ical students, after having trav-
elled to Cuba to take up the
scholarship because of financial


Graduates say they have


to pay for further training


constraints, the realisation was a
major blow, said Mr Gilbert.
Some students dropped out, but
he stayed on.
Mr Gilbert noted that for years
Cuban nationals, trained and cer-
tified in Cuba, have been com-
ing over to practise medicine in
the Bahamas.
According to Cuban ambas-
sador, Jose Luis Ponce, around
40 Cuban physicians have done so
in the last five years.
Cuba is often heralded by its
friends and begrudgingly
acknowledged by its foes for its
effective healthcare system.
Common indicators of a popu-
latiop's health life expectan-
cy, infant mortality rate -
regularly show the communist
country producing first world
health care results on a third
world budget.
The World Health Organisa-
tion records thatlife expectancy
for women and men is around
five years longer in Cuba than in
the Bahamas, while the mortality
rate for children under five
is roughly half the Bahamian
rate.
Mr Gilbert claims friends from
his course who have returned to.
work in other countries have
found their health authorities
much more accommodating.
While working as a science
teacher at C.H. Reeves school as
a stop gap money-saving mea-
sure, Mr Gilbert is now consider-
ing applying to work as a doctor


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in Spain.or Colombia, where his
degree is accepted.
"It required hardwork and a
lot of study. Sleepless nights. I
want to come back to my own
country and help my own people
and they tell me I can't. It's very
frustrating," he said.

Requirements
A 30-year-old colleague, who is
now working in the Bahamas'
tourism industry to save enough
money to sit the foreign board
exams, said he can appreciate the
BMC's point, but wishes the gov-
ernment would assist graduates
in meeting the requirements.
"I recognize their point of view,
that they want us to be prepared
to treat the Bahamian people, but
at the same time, why not help
me? Why not come up with a
programme, put me under anoth-
er physician, or let me work for
six months and sit my exam?"
Both graduates have years of


experience treating patients, as
the Cuban system requires stu-
dents to undertake both practi-
cal and theoretical training from
the start.
Tahiru Mahama, 35, a Ghana-
ian and 2001 graduate of the
Cuban system said he had to sit
additional qualifying exams when
he returned to practise in Ghana.
However, this extra course of
study was funded by the State,
he noted.
Mr Gilbert suggests that med-
ical authorities in the Bahamas
should allow the graduates to
practise under the watchful eye of
a certified physician and see what
they are capable of.
Ambassador to Caricom,
Leonard Archer, said if the BMC
is concerned about the doctor's
competency, they should send a
team to Cuba to assess the scope
of the country's medical pro-
gramme.
A message left for the Minister
of Health was not returned up to
press time yesterday.


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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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The right wing arld politics of paranoia


TALK-RADIO hosts play their listeners as
well as Yo Yo Ma plays the cello, stroking a
string and making their audience respond exact-
ly the way they want.
Nowhere is that more evident than in the
fabricated right-wing outrage about reimposition
of the Fairness Doctrine. Under that long-aban-
doned rule, radio and TV stations that use. the
public airways were required to give equal time
to various sides- of an issue. The rule was well-
intended, but in practical terms radio and TV
stations found it safer to avoid political discus-
sion'altogether than risk running afoul of the
law.
For that and other reasons, the Fairness Doc-
trine was abandoned more than 20 years ago, a
change that in turn opened the door to creation
of right-wing talk radio.
However, with Democrats in control of Con-
gress and Barack Obamna about to become pres-
ident, the maestros of talk radio see-an oppor.- ...
tunity. They know that the more threatened
their audience feels, the higher their ratings
get. And what better way to rile up their lis-
teners than to claim that the Democrats are
out to silence talk radio itself, the medium that
brings conservatives the truth as they want to
know it. So for months, Rush Limbaugh, Sean.
Hannity and others have been warning their.
audiences that once in power, the Democrats,
plan to bring back the Fairness Doctrine. P6liti-'
cians such as Newt Gingrich have joined the.
chorus, and right-wing pundits insist the issue .
will be part of Obama's agenda in his first 100
days in,office.
But it's all nonsense. Obama, for example, is'
on the record as very clearly opposing a new
Fairness Doctrine. The most recent bill calling
for reinstatement of the doctrine was intro-
duced back in, 2005 and it went nowhere. 'In
the current Congress, controled by Democrats
in both chambers, no such bills have been intro-
duced and no Democrats have announced or
even suggested an' effort to resurrect the policy.
With no justification tor their paranoia. right-'
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asking individual Democrats whether they think,
that restoring the doctrine might be,'a 'good
idea. When they get a yes, it sets 'off a whole
new round of bemoaning. -You get the sense
that the Democrats are amusing themselves,
much as you'd toss a hunk of meat into a tank of
piranas just to watch them go into a frenzy.
The bottom line is that there is no chance
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he called "the paranoid style in American pol-
itics," and his description remains as fresh and
accurate as the day it was written:
"But the modem right wing ... feels dispos-
sessed," Hofstadter wrote. "America has been
largely taken away from them' and their kind,
though they are determined to try to repossess
it and to prevent the final destructive act, of
subversion. The old American virtues have
already been eaten away by cosmopolitans and
intellectuals; the old competitive capitalism has
been gradually undermined by socialistic and
communistic schemers...."
It all sounds s6 familiar, doesn't it? The pas-
sage of more than 40 years.has confirmed Hof-
stadter's observation that the paanoid style is
enduring. All that has changed is the degree of
influence that:the paranoid style has achieved
through talk radio, and the grip it now holds on
the Republican Party.
In fact, the democrats have every reason to
encourage rather than break that relationship.
As the paranoid right talks amongst itself on
radio, Fox News and conservative web sites, as
they egg each other into ever higher fits of hys-
teria, they construct an alternative America
and alternative reality for themselves that is
increasingly divorced from the reality perceived
by mainstream America.
In his piece, Hofstadter made it clear that he
wasn't using the term "paranoid" in the clinical
sense. Instead, "it is the use of paranoid modes.
of expression by more or less normal people
that makes the phenomenon.significant."
'-"The paranoid spokesman sees the fateof
6n'spiracy in apocalyptic terms he.traffics'ini
the birth and death of whole worlds, whdtl
political orders, whole systems of human val-
ues," Hofstadter wrote. "He is always manning
the barricades of civilization. He constantly
lives at a turning point."
Or, as Home Depot'co-founder Bernie Mar-
cus said in an Oct. 17 conference call in which he
.tried to rally business leaders to beat back the
Democrats; ".This is the demise of a civiliza-
tion. This is how a civilization disappears. I'm
sitting here as.an elder statesman, and I'm
watching this happen, and I don't believe it."
Marcus was not referring specifically to Oba-
ma in those remarks, but there's no question
that the president-elect stokes such emotions by
his mere existence. Everything aboutIObama-
his race, his age, his intelligence, his name, lis
'back story feeds the paranoid's sense that
AAmerica is being stolen from its true owners.
In fact, if you had to design someone to per-
fectly epitomize their deepest fears, Obama
would be it. Over the next four to eight years,
he's destined to make Limbaugh, Harnity and
their ilk even.richer than they are today, and in
the process make their.listeners seem even more
-crazy and alienated.
(This article was written by Jay Bookman of,
Cox News Service c.2008).


Arawak Cay would



be an ideal venue



for Junkanoo


EDITOR, The Tribune.
ALL of the Government and
Opposition Parliamentary
Members must, I would imag-
ine, pass through Bay Street at
least once a week, and clearly
they are not reading the news-
papers on their way.
Bay Street itself shouts from
sidewalk to sidewalk, "Hey
guys, I'm dying and some of my
neighbours are already dead.
Just look, the shops are closed
because there is"no business."
If they were reading the
newspapers they would know
that tourism is in trouble, as
headline after headline shouts
the news of layoffs, redundan-
cies and firings.
Yet I heard last night, from
good goods, that our national
preoccupation will again be
staged on Bay Street this year
and that plans are already in
place to erect the bleachers
once again on December 5th,
just as any hope of even a little


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Christmas business for the mer-
chants might otherwise kick in.
Do any of these people, who
ostensibly "run" this country,'
have even the slightest under-
standing of what is conducive
to retail business and what is
not? Not a chance! Would any
of them, or their wives, do their
Christmas, or any other shop-
ping, in the Orange Bowl or
Giants Stadium? So what makes
them think that a Bay Street
Bowl is any more attractive to
anyone? Ah, maybe it really is
that they just don't think!
Well MP's and Senators,
guess what Bay Street busi-
nesses employ people too, and
many are already on short work
weeks and other rotations Do
you really need to see the head-
line "Bay Street Merchants Lay


off Hundreds". to understand
that junkanoo is not good for
Bay Street?
There could be no better
venue for Junkanoo than what
has evolved to be a thriving cul-
t-filffi'lparaAralwak Cay with
two ideally situated, separate,
roadways that could be
bleachered to the bone.
There is massive space avail-
able in the centre for food and
beverage vendors to make a.
much needed buck and the
existing fixed structure eateries
would benefit enormously too.
For my life I cannot seeFWhy' a
relocation to a venue such as
this has not been considered. It
does not negatively impact any-
one and in fact would benefit
an enormous number of peo-
ple, many of whom are strig-
gling today to put bread in their
families' mouths.
TAMBOURINE
Nassau,
November 19,2008.


We must learn to change our

lifestyles and watch ourt budgets
EDITOR, The Tribune. ing. (Then we will see true The preachers in our
generosity) because it sounds churches were preaching.
This is no time for people to me as if that is what they because of a desire to truly do
vith political ambitions to be want the hotels to do. God's work and not a desire
sing the unfortunate circum,- We as Bahamians are going to become a millionaire.
stances of our poor brothers to have it very rough over the We Bahamians itnfortu-
and sisters to try and get next 18 months, but if we nately over the past 35 years
mileage for themselves. learn to change our lifestyles have made money and mater-
The workers who have and watch our budgets by only ial thiTgs i-Tir-e~-idlan-d
been laid off are in deep peril purchasing what we need and thereby have put God in sec-
and I for one sympathize with not what we want, we will get ond place, and when this hap-
hem very much. through this crisis by the help pens we have to be brought
I wonder if the spokesper- of almighty God. back to the right way.
sons who are making so much We have lost a lot of our The Bible says we ate to
noise would rather for values for the right things and be our brothers keeper and it
Atlantis or any other hotel to sometimes it takes drastic sit- also says by the sweat of our.
:eep everyone on until they uations to bring, us back down / brows we shall eat, so it there-
have to shut down and in the to earth. fore beholds all of us that if
;ase of Atlantis put 9,000 peo- This crisis is not the end of we have a job then we must
)le out of work instead of the world. I grew up before perform to keep that job not
1,500. we had so much prosperity in take it for granted that we are
These spokespersons can the Bahamas, when Bahami- owed anything.


easily prove their true con-
cerns by, hiring a lot of the
workers who have lost their
jobs and pay them to do noth-


ans helped each other to get
by day after day. We had it
rough but we were happy,
God-fearing people back then.


A CONCERNED
BAHAMIAN
November 22,2008


America has a chance to start afresh


EDITOR, The Tribune.
AMERICA is back! People are
rejoicing. Blacks and whites are
hugging each other and crying
from Florida to New York to
Philadelphia. They are celebrat-
ing in the streets.. There is noW
talk of peace. This is what Amer-
ica needed for a long time. Coun-
tries now want to do business with
America. They want to embrace
America. They want to come to
America. There are smiles on the
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THE TIBUNEMONDY, NOEMBER24,C008,NAGES


BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


Bahamian filmmaker hoping .


'Rain' will make a splash ,


* MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIAN filmmaker
Maria Govan is anxiously
awaiting the Bahamian pre-
miere of her first narrative
film 'Rain' on the opening
night of the Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival.
The 34-year-old who wrote,
directed and produced the
film about a 14-year-old girl
named Rain (played by first
time actress Renel Brown)
who moves from the family
islands, where her grand-
mother raised her, to Nassau
where she is confronted with
the mother who abandoned
her as an infant, and inner-
city culture.
Ms Govan poured over the
script for eight months to pro-
duce a universal story in a
unique cultural setting that
will not only appeal to
Bahamians, but be something
to which viewers around the
world can relate.
She said: "It's a really sim-
ple relationship story about a
young girl and her mother and
how their connecting trans-
forms each of them in both
positive and negative ways.
"I feel like it's a very com-
mon story in the Bahamas,
where children are raised by
grandparents or family figures
in their lives, and there is an
absence of men.
"It is looking at young
women and trying to see that
sort of breaking point in our
lives in adolescence as we
come into adulthood, and
what makes young people sur-
vive challenging circum-
stances."
As a filmmaker with no for-
mal training, Ms Govan pro-
duced two documentaries
about Junkanoo and
HIV/AIDS in the Bahamas,
but she forged into new terri-
tory with her first narrative
feature.
"It was a lot harder than I


"I feel like it's a
very common story
in the Bahamas,
where children are
raised by
grandparents or
family figures in
their lives, and
there is an
absence of men."

Maria Govan

had ever imagined or antici-
pated," she said. "And I
learned some difficult and
important lessons along the
way."
The filmmaker spent eight
months working full time on
the script in 2005, acquired
funding within a year, and
started filming in Nassau,
Eleuthera and Cat Island,
over 21 days in January 2007.
But the shoot was inter-
rupted when the main star,
Renel, fell ill, and the team
was faced with an unpredicted
hold-up.
"It was an expensive issue,
but in retrospect, having had a
chance to look at the shoot
and come back and shoot
again was a gift creatively,"
she reflected.
Although she had the sup-
port of four producers, includ-
ing Nate Kohn she met
through BIFF's residency pro-
gramme, Maria was the main
financial producer for her film,
as well as director of a cast
including several actors with
no experience.
"Around money it has been
hard, running out of money
and having to raise money and
having to do a lot of work in
our pick ups with no money
whatsoever.
"And as a director, there
was a lot of tough dramatic
content and we had to get


Renel to go to really difficult
places.
"But you learn a great deal
through the process and you
see how it takes shape in the
cutting room. That's where I
really learned a lot about
myself as a director."
Following a year of pro-
duction in New York, 'Rain'
was ready to premier.
And it was chosen for noth-
ing less than the world's sec-
ond largest film festival in
Toronto, Canada.
An audience of around 430
viewers in one of the Toronto
Film Festival's largest theatres
praised the first viewing of the
movie with a standing ovation,
and it was shown twice more.
Although Miss Govan was
uplifted by the world premier,
she is more excited about
showing it to a Bahamian
audience for the first time.
"I represented the
Bahamas and Bahamians so I
think it's going to be really
interesting to get their per-
spective," she said.
'Rain' will be shown at the
National Performing Arts
Centre, Shirley Street, at 8pm
on Thursday, December 4.
Tickets are $25 and are avail-
able from www.bintlfilm-
fest.com or by calling BIFF
on 356-5939.
Rain will be shown again
at Galleria JFK Cinema at
5pm on Wednesday, Decem-
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PAGE 6, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008 THE TRIBUNE


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Caricom bureau discusses impact of


global financial crisis on the region


0 By SHARON TURNER
Bahamas information
Services
ST. JOHNS, Antigua The
global financial crisis and its
impact on tourism and foreign
direct investment in the region
were among matters discussed at
the 24th Meeting of the Bureau of
the Conference of Heads of Gov-
ernment of the Caricom Com-
munity in St. John's, Antigua Sat-
urday.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham participated in the meeting,
along with Bureau members
Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minis-
ter of Antigua and Barbuda and
Chairman of Conference, and
Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of
Belize.
During the meeting, the
Bureau received a report from
the Committee of Central Bank
Governors on the implications of
the global financial crisis for the


region. The Committee recom-
mended to Heads that Caricom
Governments continue appropri-
ate prudential measures regarding


foreign exchange reserves,
deposit insurance, capitalization
ratios, local asset ratios, cross
boarder supervision and supervi-
sion of non-banks such as insur-
ance companies and pension
funds.
The committee also urged gov-
ernments, where appropriate, to
encourage a change in the com-
position of bank lending toward
more productive and export-relat-
ed activities, to streamline con-
tingency planning with respect to
financial and non-financial sec-
tors and to 'undertake public
investment programmes that cre-
ate jobs and facilitate production
of tradable/export goods.


PRIME MINISTER Hubert
Ingraham (2nd left) is pictured
at a press conference held fol-
lowing the close of the 24th
Meeting of the Bureau of the Con-
ference of Heads of Government
of the Caricom Community in St.
John's, Antigua Saturday. The
Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda
and Belize currently make up the
three-member Bureau. Pictured
from left are Caricom Secretary
General Dr. Edwin C'arrington,
Prime Minister Ingraham, Prime
Minister of Antigua and Barbuda
and Conference Chairman Bald-
win Spencer and Prime.Minister
of Belize Dean Barrow.
It was noted that the Caricom
banking sector was spared many
problems because it does not hold
toxic mortgage-backed securities


and holds very limited forms of
other types of exposure.
The Bureau urged multilateral
financial institutions (WIFI) to show
greater sensitivity toward small
vulnerable economies in this peri-
od of turmoil. In particular, the
IFIs were urged to reverse the
practice of graduation based sole-
ly on GDP per capital.
Members of the Bureau mean-
time reiterated the call for
increased democratization of the.
international financial architec-
ture and encouraged the Com-
mittee of Central Bank Gover-
nors to continue its work with
respect to contingency planning in
the financial and non-financial
sectors.
Tourism and Foreign
Direct Investment
Regarding the impact of the
financial crisis on tourism and for-
eign direct investment in the
region, members took note of the
World Tourism Organization's
(WTO) report indicating that
tourism worldwide had grown by
7 per cent in 2007 but is expected
to grow by only 2 per cent in
2008.
Tourism from the United
States the region's principal
market.- is expected to be down
by 6 per cent over thanksgiving.
It is projected that Caribbean
tourism will experience negative'
growth next year.
Heads discussed measures
being taken by some resorts in
the region to attract guests,
including price slashing exercis-
es.
The Bureau also took note that
a number of development pro-
jects, particularly tourism and
hotel related projects, have been
deferred or postponed as a result
of the international financial cri-
sis, and expressed support for the
efforts of the Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO) and Carn-
corn Tourism Ministers in mount-
ing an enhanced marketing pro-
gramme for regional tourism.
As for trade, Heads discussed
the implementation of the EU-
Caricom EPA, indicating that
Heads expect to endorse the
negotiating mandate that will
guide Caricom negotiators indis-
cussions leading.toa,Ca.ada-
Caricomrntadeand Devlopmnient
Agreement.


E By SHARON TURNER
Bahamas Information
Services
CARICOM bureau
members, including Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham,
are considering contribut-
ing a further $2 million
more in aid to Haiti to help
it recover from the impact
of four hurricanes and trop-
ical systems this summer.
The bureau met in St
Johns, Antigua on Saturday
to discuss issues affecting
the community, focusing to
a large extent on the global
financial crisis and its impli-
cations for the Caribbean
community.
Members also found time
to discuss the Haitian situa-
tion, and noted that there
remains an urgent need to
assist the Haitian govern-
ment in the delivery of
food, particularly to com-
munities left isolated by
roads and bridges washed
away during this year's
storms.
The recent presidential
election in the United
States was also discussed by
The Bureau, which identi-
fied priority issues for
engagement with thernew.
administration.
Additionally, the Bureau
reviewed preparations for
upcoming scheduled sum-
mits: a Summit between the
Heads of Government of
Caricom and the president
of Cuba on December 8; a
Summit of Latin American
and Caribbean Presidents
and Heads of Government
to take place in Bahia,
Brazil December 16-17 and
the 5th Summit of the
Americas scheduled for
Port of Spain, Trinidad and
Tobago in April, 2009.
Prime Minister Ingraham
completes his Bureau term
Son December 31. President
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The Bahamas' L3


'forgotten' soldier


FROM page one

military who was a Bahamian
national, the first Bahamian to
become a drill and recruit
instructor at one of the British
Army's foremost recruiting bar-
racks, ATR Pirbright.
Not only did he suffer rejec-
tion from his fellow recruits
because of his race and national-
ity, survived combat in what
many have described as one of
the most beautiful and deadly
parts of the globe, but his accom-
plishments were virtually ignored
by his country's government.
For him, the latter would
prove to be the unkindest wound
he would suffer as a soldier.
"Throughout my time in the
military I served Her Majesty
but yet in my heart I always held
the Bahamas. Every operation,,
every country I served in, I took
the Bahamas' flag with me. I nev-
er ever forgot my island roots
and proudly showed it off at
every opportunity and flew it
proudly from wherever I stayed," ,
he told The Tribune.
Perhaps not surprisingly, dur-
ing basic training Adam had to
adjust to a new situation Where
he was no longer considered part
of a majority with regard to his
race and ethnicity.
Adam joined the British army
at 29 in 1999 and was the only
ethnic minority soldier in his
squadron. Both his age as oth-
er recruits were 18 to 25 and
nationality set him apart from
the other men and women serv-
ing with him.
On more than one occasion
he was made painfully aware that
the British Army, until quite
recently, had an "abysmal record
of racial and physical abuse."
At the time that Adam joined
the army there had been in place,
for a few years, a new awareness
of the treatment of ethnic minori-
ties.
"They had a zero tolerance
attitude to any of this behaviour
(racism). But even though it was
enforced, under the surface it
was and still is prevalent. Not all
personnel were racists, but there
were enough to make you feel
uncomfortable in your daily life,"
he said.
One encounter stood out in
Adam's mind, one which he con-
siders a "turning point" in his
basic training. One day he found
a note on his barrack's bed say-
ing: "Don't bother .carrying on
nigger,,your place isn't here,
there is no black in the Union
Jack."
"This made me furious, yet
there was no way I would ever let
them see that, so all I did was
throw it away and made my
mind up to never quit and make
my family and country proud,"
he said.
That is exactly what he did. At
the end of his phase one training,
Adam was awarded for being the
best recruit and best recruit at
drill.
"When it was announced I
knew then who had left the note
as you could see it on his face.
Three years later I met that same
person on an overseas operation
and he was one of my subordi-
nates," he said.
Adam had three major active
operations during his service in
the British Army, but the tour
that impacted the Grand
Bahamian the most was the one
in Iraq.
In Iraq, Adam experienced for
the first time what he described
as "the true dark side of human-
ity."
"Yes, I have killed and expe-
rienced the unnatural and
unwanted euphoria that follows.
It comes from the fact that you
have trained for years for war
and finally you have proven
yourself. Yet there still remains
in my mind as to why. Is there a
just reason for killing, especially
for such an unworthy cause?"
After coming to the end of
his military service last year, ,
Adam asked to present the flag
to the Bahamas High Commis-
sion at the Bahamas' Indepen-
dence Day Celebration in Lon-
don.
"This is the same flag that as a
Bahamian I treasured and kept
safe, and proudly displayed all
over the world. It represented to
me the very ideals of a small
country in the Atlantic that has a
long and rich beautiful history
which is filled with a race of
beautiful strong people who have
endured over hundreds of years,
foreign rule, hurricanes, racism,
recession and yet somehow has


"Yes, I have
killed and
experienced the
unnatural and
unwanted
euphoria that
follows. It comes
from the fact that
you have trained
for years for war
and finally you
have proven
yourself. Yet there
still remains in my
mind as to why."

stayed strong in character. That
flag kept me strong, focused,
it helped me and gave me
strength.
"It is this which made me fly
the Bahamian flag, to let the
world know that one man from a
small country was doing his part
and representing it the best that
he could," Adam said.
Sadly, the request to present it
to the High Commissioner was
denied, as it was deemed "unsuit-
able" on this occasion and was
thought to not "fit into the cele-
brations."
Almost more than anything,
this rejection and insult to every-
thing he felt the Bahamian flag
stood for really shook Adam's
faith in society and in those
placed above him to govern.
"I cannot explain my shock,
my anger, my shame of this rejec-
tion. Being a soldier I should be
accustomed to being shunned by
many, but from my own coun-
try?"
On a visit to the Bahamas lat-
er that year, Adam presented the
flag at the Coral Harbour Base in
a meeting with officers, of the
RBDF, without pomp and cere-
mony. It was well received from
a "fellow soldier", someone who
Adam said "understood the-
meaning of 'pride, ihofiour, and'
self-sacrifice."
"Not once throughout my
career did any government offi-
cial in the Bahamas, acknowledge
the fact that I had served in Iraq
or any other country and never
dishonoured my country, the
Bahamas. I have not always fol-
lowed the right path in my life,
and I have done things of which
I am ashamed, but during my
time of service I never disgraced
my country or what it really
stood for," he said.
It is not hard to find the irony
in Adam's story, that a country
whose successive governments
continuously bemoan the lack of
pride the youth have in nation-
hood, a country which struggles
to find ways in which to instil a
sense of service in the young,
essentially shrugged off the
accomplishments of Adam and
other young men and women
like him who participated in the
hardest fought and most contro-
versial armed conflict of a gen-
eration.
Adam said he fears that ser-
vice and self-sacrifice may
become an alien virtue in
Bahamians, particularly with a
new generation of young persons
mired in a sense of entitlement.
"I have listened to some
preachers talking for many years
of saving the lost and doing the
Lord's work and yet they preach
from their large churches and


drive in their expensive cars.
Who will stand up in my country
and take account for what is hap-
pening?
"Who has the courage to stand
up and say 'I will no longer talk,
but act.' Who has this strength,
who understands self-sacrifice?
Who will stand before the crim-
inals, the corrupt, and the false
prophets?
"This person must have the
same resilience and fortitude that
a solitary man did when he dared
to stand up on that memorable
day in Parliament in 1965 and
throw the mace from the win-
dow and demand independence!
This person is us, you, your
neighbour, everyone. I have seen
poverty, pain and suffering in its
most devastating form. I don't
want to see it in my own coun-.
try," Adam said.
Adam is now overseas work-
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try, training personnel and com-
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Group, a company that provides
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internationally.
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gone are the days of wars fought
for the defence of a nation or for
the protection of the persecut-
ed. However, Adam firmly
believes that it is a soldier's duty
to follow orders and fight for his
country "right or wrong."
"To this day I am proud to
have served and proud of the
men who served alongside me,"
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Storm clouds over Caribbean financial services


* By SIR RONALD SANDERS
(The writer is a business
consultant and former
Caribbean diplomat).
OMINOUS clouds are gather-
ing around financial services in
the Caribbean both offshore and
onshore. The clouds are
approaching from two directions
- the new US government that
will take office in January 2009,
and the European Union (EU)
in the implementation of the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement
(EPA) that Caribbean countries
have signed.
The Caribbean will well recall
the blacklisting of many of their
jurisdictions in 1998 by the
Organisation for Economic Coop-
eration and Development
(OECD) known as the rich
nations' club when it launched
its so-called 'harmful tax compe-
tition initiative' (HTCI). The
OECD claimed that the tax-rev-
enue bases of its member states
were being eroded by competi-
tion from 41 low taxing jurisdic-
tions some of them in the
Caribbean.
Alongside the HTCI, the
OECD's sister-organisation, the
Financial Action Task Force
(FATF), initiated its "Forty rec-
ommendations on money laun-
dering" which it then unilaterally
sought to impose on the world by
naming countries that it said were
"uncooperative" in the effort to
curb money laundering. Of
course, the so-called recommen-
dations were not recommenda-
tions at all; they were rules that
the OECD countries alone cre-
ated. Eventually, the IMF, also
controlled by the OECD coun-
tries, adopted the "recommenda-
tions" and now use them as part
of the financial sector appraisal
programmes of countries.
The OECD's HTCI initiative
was widely seen as an attempt to
kill the offshore financial services
sector of the economies of devel-"
oping states which had turned to
such services as a means of diver-
sifying their economies and easing
their reliance on the exports of
primary products or tourism. The
financial services providers in
some of these countries in the
Caribbean, such as the British
Virgin Islands, the Cayman
Islands, the Bahamas and Bermu-
da, became very good at it and
gave stiff competition to their
rivals in the OECD nations.,
Ina the end, the OECD set


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* SIR Ronald Sanders


aside its HTCI blacklist but the
intent behind it was never fully
abandoned. The tactical with-
drawal of the OECD from the
HTCI owed much to the ability of
the affected countries to argue
their case vigorously in Com-
monwealth councils where
OECD members Australia,
Britain, Canada and New
Zealand were present, even
though the major breakthrough
was the decision of the new US
administration of George W Bush
not to support the OECD initia-
tive which was started with the
full cooperation of Lawrence
Summers, the Treasury Secretary
of the previous Democratic Party
government of President Bill
Clinton.
Summers has been part of the
election campaign team of the
Democratic President-elect of the
United States, Barack Obama
who is on record 'as opposed to
"tax havens".
In February 2008, Obama co-
sponsored a bill in the US Senate
with Carl Levin, the Senator from
Michigan, which names 13
Caribbean jurisdictions among
those that could be listed by the
Treasury Secretary as "un-coop-
erative" and penalised. Among
'these countries are the four men-
tioned earlier and Anguilla,
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados,
Belize, Dominica, Grenada, St


Lucia, St Kitts-Nevis, and St Vin-
cent and the Grenadines.
Levin believes that the total
loss to the US Treasury from off-
shore tax evasion alone approach-
es US$100 billion per year and.
he wants, amongst other things, to
give the Treasury authority to
take special measures against for-
eign jurisdictions and financial
institutions that impede U.S. tax
enforcement. How quite the US
Treasury will establish that US
tax enforcement is being impeded
is unclear, but given the past his-
tory of how these matters have
been handled, the burden of
proof may very well be imposed
on the foreign jurisdictions and
financial institutions not the US
Treasury.
In any event, a robust pan-
Caribbean response is needed to
the "Stop Tax Havens Abuse
Act" as the Levin-Obama bill is
called. Some Caribbean countries
have had the tendency to go it
alone on these issues, in the belief
that they are better able to nego-
tiate themselves out of them.
But, this problem is far too fun-
damental to the new Caribbean
ideology of services as the sav-
iour of their economies not to be
tackled jointly.
The governments of Jamaica
and Guyana have recently indi-
cated that they wish to establish
financial services, and legislation
has been enacted to do so. In this
connection, with almost all of its
member-states and associate
member states being vulnerable
to the US bill, the Secretariat of
the Caribbean. Community and
Common Market (Caricom)
might take the initiative to con-
vene a group to start preparing a
pan-Caribbean response.
The EU member states of the
OECD France, Germany and
Britain in particular were also
hawks on the HTCI. In March
this year, the 27 Finance Ministers
of the EU announced their deter-
mination "to crack down on tax
havens". And it is significant that
the EU has sought to introduce
into the EPAs, which it is negoti-
ating with several developing
countries, standards that have not
been agreed in negotiations at the


World Trade Organisation
(WTO) on the General Agree-
ment on Trade in Services
(GATS). Among these "stan-
dards" are: the OECD's "Agree-
ment on exchange of information
on tax matters" and a require-
ment that note be taken of the.
"Ten key principles for Informa-
tion Exchange" promulgated by
the finance ministers of the G7
nations.
It is telling that no small slate
was invited to the G20 meeting
held in Washington on Novem-
ber 15th to consider the current
global financial crisis, even


though many of these countries
operate financial services and
have borne the brunt of OECD
criticism over financial regulation
and supervision. Without even
acknowledging that the current
crisis resulted from poor over-
sight in the US particularly and
some countries in Europe, the
G20 communique stated: "Tax
authorities, drawing upon the
work of relevant bodies such as
the (OECD), should continue
efforts to promote tax informa-
tion exchange. Lack of trans-
parency and a failure to exchange
tax information should be vigor-


ously addressed".
Tax information exchange had
nothing to do with the current
global crisis, but the crisis is being
used to again target the financial
services of small countries.
Recognising that the storm
clouds are gathering, Caribbean
countries should bolster their reg-
ulatory and supervisory systems
so that they are beyond reproach,
but they should also gear them-
selves for a downpour of new
demands. They would do so bet-
ter if they do it together.
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Setting is ripe for inspiring local


leader


* By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com
BARACK Obama's remarkable
ascendancy to the US presidency
should serve as an example to
Bahamians as we seek to rid the
Bahamas of certain grubby little
crooks in our political system, some
of whom have already graced the
halls of Parliament.
Obama's election appears to
have brought a new political cul-
ture to world politics that the
Bahamian electorate should also
demand, rather than accepting and
re-electing many of the same re-
packaged, old washed-up do-noth-
ing politicians to the House of
Assembly.
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Mr Obama won the world vote
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since the presidential election, has
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to govern and embody the hopes
and dreams of all Americans.
The fact that American voters
rejected worn-out Republican
orthodoxy for a new direction -
while in many instances overlook-
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lution of the American electorate
and leaves a monumental question
about the evolution of the Bahami-
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While I whooped and hollered
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ma would inherit a plethora of chal-
lenges, but also because Dr Martin
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Dr King and millions of slaves must
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their graves on that fateful Novem-
ber night.
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political aura surrounding Obama,
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"From toiling as White House
slaves to President-elect Barack
Obama, we have crossed the ulti-
mate colour line.
"What would Frederick Dou-
glass and W.E.B. Du Bois say if
they could know what our people
had at long last achieved? What
would Sojourner Truth and Harri-
et Tubman say? What would Dr
King himself say? Would they say
that all those lost hours of brutalis-
ing toil and labour leading to spent,
half-fulfilled lives, all those humili-
ations that our ancestors had to suf-
fer through each and every day, all
those slights and rebuffs and recrim-
inations, all those rapes and mur-
ders, lynchings and assassinations,
all those Jim Crow laws and protest
marches, those snarling dogs and.
bone-breaking water hoses, all of
those beatings and all of those
killings, all of those black collec-
tive dreams deferred that the
unbearable pain of all of those
tragedies had, in the end, been
assuaged at least somewhat through
Barack Obama's election?,
"It has been crossed by our very
first post-modem Race Man, a man
who embraces his African cultural
and genetic heritage so securely
that he can transcend it, becoming
the candidate of choice to tens of'
millions of Americans who do not
look like him."
Who can we point to on the cur-
rent political landscape that
embraces a new generation of pol-
itics and that we can genuinely pro-
claim as the candidate of choice for
thousands of Bahamians, as an
"Obama-esque", transcendent
political figure?
It is high time we disregard par-
tisanship to like Obama is con-
tinuing to exemplify incorporate
the brightest talent in any adminis-
tration to work towards develop-
ing, a country and formulating a
progressive national plan that is
free of the divisive politics that con-
tinue to plague this nation.
Just as Obama can potentially be
a great president for America, dur-
ing these turbulent times the set-
ting is ripe for the emergence of an
inspiring, visionary local leader -
after all, great leaders are made
during times of adversity, depriva-
tion and warfare, not in times of
plenty,
Quite frankly, over the last few
decades while there have been a
few bright spots the local politi-
cal scene has been littered with
some absolutely diabolical charac-
ters who have, in some cases, occu-
pied the halls of parliament even
though some of them can only be
likened to tail waggers, nodding
dogs, carpetbaggers and downright
shysters.
In the last few years, the local
political landscape has been far
more preoccupied with myriad
scandals, rather than bona fide
reformist views.
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scandal after another, beginning
with the Korean boat scandal
where PLP cronies allegedly hired
Korean boats to hoover up
Bahamian fish stocks to supply far
eastern markets.
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claims of victimisation at BAIC,
where it is alleged that then Holy
Cross MP Sidney Stubbs was seek-
ing to victimise FNM workers. It
was also under Mr Stubbs steward-
ship that the Korean boat scandal
exploded.
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i embarrassing episodes such as accu-
sations of rape against then Works
Minister Bradley Roberts and the
'Cabinet Room brawl where Keod
Smith is alleged to have given
Kenyatta Gibson a touch of the old
kung fu.
There was also the money in the
closet debacle, where it was claimed
that then Financial Investments
Minister Vincent Peet had a bundle
of crisp banknotes stashed in a cup-
board.
During this distasteful episode,
Mr Peet claimed the money was
for his daughter's college tuition,
which provoked amusement, par-
ticularly the image of the then
financial services minister dragging
a bag of loot across America, as if
he couldn't simply conduct a wiie
transfer.
In yet another repugnant
episode, Shane Gibson's friendship
with the late Anna Nicole Smith, in
light of the speedy granting of her
permanent residency status, gave
off a foul stink among many right-
thinking Bahamians and others
who had applied to the Department
of Immigration, in some instances
for up to five or 10 years.
While there may have been oth-
er scandals, several of the main
players shamelessly offered them-
selves for re-election and in some
instances were elected with the lin-
gering stench of a still unresolved
scandal.
It is past due-that the Bahamian
electorate cease the practice of
electing visionless politicians mere-
ly on the basis of personality and
flair.
Over the last decade, it appears
that we have been repeatedly elect-
ing certain politicians who are out-
right pinheads and tin men, full of
childish bragadoccio but devoid of
a national plan or any.appreciable
outlook for the country.
Recently, Minister of Education
Carl Bethel's intemperate, impetu-
-ous response to a meeting of teach-
ers at the Eight Mile Rock High
School illustrated arrogance and an
unaccountable air that many politi-
cians seem to adopt once they are
elected and elevated to a minister-
ial post.
When the minister ran away
from a group of public school teach-
ers taxpayers that contribute to
his hefty yearly salary and perks -.
only.to subsequently hold an angry
press conference, the public caught
a glimpse of a man, who does not
seem to possess the consensus.
building skills or temperament to8
lead, whether as prime minister
during a serious catastrophe or in
his present role directing a gargan-
tuan ministry and truly transform-
ing our defunct educational system.
While there may have been
some showboating by the Bahamas
Union of Teachers (BUT), how
could the minister someone who
actively campaigned for that port-
folio and sought to be a servant of
the people feel ambushed? If
this had been a' gathering for a polit-
ical rally, would Mr Bethel have
scurried away so quickly? Why
would Mr Bethel prefer to snob-
bishly set preconditions if the teach-
ers all seem to have wanted to
speak to their issues with him?
This no doubt can be interpreted
as behaviour that can sometimes
be equivalent to that of malignant
narcissists.
Frankly, the Bahamas needs
' new age, Obama-like leaders who
exhibit high ideals and are moti-
vated, by something other than
money, particularly since most of
the current local politicians are
seemingly in the business of self-
aggrandisement and filling their
pockets.
For far too long, local politics
has been dominated by parochial
Figures who cannot see beyond their
backyard, which is a stark contrast
to the international, broad-based
perspective of Obama.
Furthermore, it is high time that
more accountable politicians were
elected to office, particularly since
some are unproductive and uncon-
cerned about the needs of their con-
stituents. Isn't it perplexing how
certain constituencies remain unde-
veloped, yet they adopt some form
of political tribalism and consis-
tently vote one way every election
cycle.
Among other electoral democ-
ratic reforms, the Bahamas' consti-
tution should be reframed to limit
politician's parliamentary stay
(elected) to two terms, particularly
since many politicians have stayed
beyond their "best before" expiryy)
date and appear to have abused the
parliamentary process while stifling
the rise of young up-and-comers
who may possess new ideas.
Similar to the US presidential
term limit, a prime minister like
an.MP should be limited to two
five-year terms, and the leader of a
party should emerge from democ-
ratic primaries.
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LOCALN'EWS


FROM page one

Supreme Court's office in the Ansbach-
cr Building. The Registrar has been
a1ppointeCd receiver/manager of Ward's
state pending an appointment of a
iristi cc in bankruptcy.
In .Inly Scotiabank's ex parte petition
o thiii bank listed Ward as "lately resid-
in,- at Lvyford Cay and now of Paradise
slail", and "'lately practising now as a
solc practitioner under the style of Ward


tember last year with damages to be
Bahamianassessed and costs taxd.
The case, which went to court last year,
& Co., out of Chambers situated at 103, stated that Scotiabank had retained Ward
Saffrey Square, Bank Lane." as its lawyer to represent it in the inves-
However, when it filed its debtors tigation and certification of title to certain
summons against Ward earlier this year it lots of land in New Providence, and to
said that he had ceased operating his provide proof of title to the land in fee
business at Saffrey Square and that it did simple and without encumbrances. Once
not know where he now either lived or satisfied of clear title, he was to draw up
practised. conveyances for the bank's five cus-
Ward filed no defence and a final tomers, and prepare and secure execution
judgment was entered against him in Sep- of a First Demand Legal Mortgage over


the lots for the customers in favour of
Scotiabank. These loans were to provide
financing for the customers to purchase
their lots and start building.
Ward, according to the bank's state-
ment of claim, confirmed that he had
completed his instructions and had drawn
up the five conveyances and mortgages.
He requested the bank to forward him '
the purchase price of the lots so that he
could transfer the loans to the customers.
Scotiabank said that it sent Ward five
bank drafts for $52,250; $52,250, $52,250,


$104,500 and $47,500, totalling $308,750.
SThe loans Wvere to go to Valarie Light-
bourne, Lot 15 Victoria Gardens Subdi-
vision; Sammy and Ann Samuel, Lot 27A
off Croton Road; Ray Robinson and Tra-
cia Wilson, Lot 28 Ideal Estates Subdi-
vijion; Lionel Harris, Lot No 18 South
Obean Estates and Rosenell and Letario
Edgecombe, Lot No. 39 Victoria Gar-
dens Subdivision.
Scotiabank said that Ward never paid
the money to its five customers. Neither
did he return the money to the. bank.


NASSAU LISTINGS


& R 3l- I nF N T IAi &: i' M Ml C I kJ Ii A L i r I 1


1. TWYNAM HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION
*LOT NO. 117
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Single
Family Residence, 3 Bed / 21/2 Baths
PROPERTY SIZE: 8,000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Heading west along
Prince Charles Drive from Fox Hill
Road, take the corner east of Super
Value Food Store. Heading south,
take the second corner on the left,
continue around the curve then take
the third corner on the left. Traveling
north, the property is the 10th lot on
the left or first property after passing
Tote Avenue.
APPRAISED VALUE: $302,000


2. SOUTH BEACH ESTATES
SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 1 Block 22
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Split
Level Residential Building with 3
Apts.
PROPERTY SIZE: 6,600 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Travel south of Bamboo
Boulevard off East Street South then
turn through the first corner right
onto Bougainvillea Blvd. Heading
west on Bougainvillea Blvd. take the
second, corner right onto Madeira
Avenue. At the T-junction, turn left
onto Oxford Drive. Property is the
third house right, on the corner of
R iJ Serville Drive and Oxford Avenue.
APPRAISED VALUE: $297,000

3. BEL-AIR ESTATES CARMICHAEL
ROAD
LOPT NO. 259
Q PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Single-
storey Residence, 3 Bed / 21/2 Baths
PROPERTY SIZE: 6,000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Traveling east on
Carmichael Road from Faith Avenue
take the 4th corner on the right'
(Turtle Drive) property is 4th house
on right.
APPRAISED VALUE: $186,000

4. GOLDEN GATES ESTATES II
LOT NO. 1372
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Single-
storey Residence, 4 Bed / 21/2 Baths
PROPERTY SIZE: 6,000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: At junction of
Carmichael Road and Cedar Way
(corner opposite BFM) travel south
to the t-junction, turn right onto
Golden Gates Straight, then take the
first corner right onto Comet Terrace.
The property is the second house on
the right, yellow with white trim.
APPRAISED VALUE: $224,000


5. CHIPPINGHAM SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 17
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Single
Storey Residence, 2 beds / 1 bath
PROPERTY SIZE: 6,375 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Traveling west on
Quarry Mission Road off Nassau
Street, building is approximately
500 ft from Nassau Street on the
northern side of the street.
APPRAISED VALUE: $120,000

6. ROCKY PINE ROAD
LOT NO. "A"
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Multi-
Family Duplex Apartment
PROPERTY SIZE: 7,288 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Travel west on
Carmichael Road from Faith Avenue
and turn through McKinney Drive
(Bamboo Shack is on the corner),
then turn left through Rocky Pine
Road. The property is at the end of
the third corner on the left, painted
light orange.
APPRAISED VALUE: $275,000


7. POLHEMUS GARDENS 15.FOX HILL EASTERN DISTRICT
SUBDIVISION LOT NO. 4 Unit 4
LOT NO. 17 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Four
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Single- Unit Townhouse Complex
storey Residence, 3 beds / 2 baths PROPERTY SIZE: 8,592 sq. ft. (Unit
PROPERTY SIZE: 7,700 sq. ft. 4 1,281 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Traveling east on Boyd LOCATION: Situated on the
Road, from Providence Avenue take eastern side of Plumbago Drive,
the third corner on the left. The approximately 198 feet northeast of
subject property is the third lot on Step Street.
the left. APPRAISED VALUE: $175,000
APPRAISED VALUE: $169,000
16.NASSAU EAST SUBDIVISION
8. CORAL LAKES SUBDIVISION LOT NO. 4 Block 18
LOT NO. 39, Block 6. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Seven
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Two- Unit Complex: Four 1 bedroom &
storey Residence, 1 bed / 1 bath on Three 2 bedroom Units
Ground and Upper floors. PROPERTY SIZE: 17,614 sq. ft.
PROPERTY SIZE: 8,800 sq. ft. LOCATION: Situated on the left side
LOCATION: On corner of Masthead of Yamacraw Road opposite the
Lane and Reef Lane Road in Coral Treasure Cove Gated Community.
Lakes. APPRAISED VALUE: $422,000
APPRAISED VALUE: $227,000
17.CARMICHAEL VILLAGE
9. NASSAU EAST SUBDIVISION SUBDIVISION '
LOT NO. 2 Block 5 LOT NO. Parcel of Land
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Single- PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
storey, Residence, 3 beds / 2 baths Fourplex Apartment: Four 2
PROPERTY SIZE: 8,800 sq. ft. bedroom 1 bath Units
LOCATION: Situated on the PROPERTY SIZE: 10,500 sq. ft.
southern side of Cambridge Road LOCATION: Traveling east along
and east of Nassau East Boulevard Carmichael Road from Golden Isles
APPRAISED VALUE: $214,804 Road take the first corner on the
right. The property is the second lot
10.WEST STREET NASSAU on the left-from the dead end.
LOT NO. Commercial Lot of Land APPRAISED VALUE: $255,000
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Two (2)
Concrete Block Structures, 1 Single- 18.MARSHALL ROAD
storey cottage 1 bed / 1 bath & LOT NO. 17D
1 Two-storey apartment 2 beds PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Triplex
/ 1 bath Apartment: One 2 bedroom/ 2 bath
PRORERTY SIZE: 3,895 sq. ft. & Two 2 bedroom /1 bath
LOCATION: Situated on the western PROPERTY SIZE: 10,000 sq. ft.
side of West Street and South of LOCATION: Traveling west along
Delancey Street. Marshall Road from South Beach
APPRAISED VALUE: $156,104 Road, take the first corner on the
right (Tiao End Road). The subject
11 .WEST STREET NASSAU property is the fourth building on the
LOT NO. Commercial Lot of Land left painted green with white trim.
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Two- APPRAISED VALUE: $288,000
storey Four Unit Apartment Structure
PROPERTY SIZE: 16,767 sq. ft. 19.GAMBLE HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION
LOCATION: Situated on the western LOT NO. Parcel' of Land
side of West Street and South of PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
Delancey Street. Split Level Residence with Two 1
APPRAISED VALUE: $660,000 I k/,+h I ,,i .. ,
bIIJ d/ bJ~ th A II11 t L t O U I it d


12.ELIZABETH ESTATES
SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 36
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Single-
storey Residence, 3 beds / 2 baths
PROPERTY SIZE: 5,000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Situated on the western
side of Tobago Crescent In Elizabeth
Estates.
APPRAISED VALUE: $218,000

13.PINEWOOD GARDENS
SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 13
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Single-
storey Residence, 3 beds / 2 baths
PROPERTY SIZE: 5,000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Situated on Mahogany
Street in Pinewood Gardens.
APPRAISED VALUE: $105,000

14.VICTORIA GARDENS
SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 168
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Single-
storey residence under construction
PROPERTY SIZE: 6,000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Enter Victoria Gardens
from Gladstone Road, proceed to
the T-junction, heading east along
the road reservation, the property is
13th lot on the left.
APPRAISED VALUE: $90,000


construction
PROPERTY SIZE: 7,141'sq. ft.
LOCATION: Traveling south on
Blue Hill Road from Faith United
Way, take the first corner on the left
(Sunrise Road). Heading south on
Sunrise Road, take the fifth corner
on the left and proceed east to
the first corner on the right. The
property is the seventh lot on the
right.
APPRAISED VALUE: $150,000

20.SOUTH BEACH CROWN
ALLOTMENT
LOT NO. 52
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Single-
storey Residence, 3 beds / 2 baths
PROPERTY SIZE: 37,550 sq. ft.
LOCATION: On the northwestern
corner of Marshall Rd.
APPRAISED VALUE; $199,000

21.GOLDEN GATES II
LOT NO. 738
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Single-
storey Residence, 4 beds /3 baths
PROPERTY SIZE: 7,500 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Mermaid Boulevard
Road
APPRAISED VALUE: $203,000


Hundreds march for


killers to be hanged


FROM page one

der, too many witnesses being
killed, and too many murder-
ers out on bail."
With 79 murders in 2007,
and 65 so far in 2008, people
whose lives have been ripped
apart by murder are calling
for capital punishment to
deter ruthless killers..
The mandatory death
penalty for murderers was
made discretionary after a
Privy Council ruling in 2006.
But the current government
maintains it is committed to
enforcing the death penalty,
and voted against a United
Nations draft resolution for a
death penalty moratorium last
week.
However, Mr Moncur said
the government is secretly
opposed to the death penalty
as it is slow to implement the
signing of the death warrant
within five years of sentenc-
ing a convicted murderer, and
*action must be taken.
"The government are aid-
ing and abetting the crime,"
he claimed.
"They are secretly opposed
to the death penalty so by not
carrying out the law they have
subjected thousands of citi-
zens to being murdered.
"Fear of the law, of execu-
tion is a deterrent. But crimi-
nals know the government is
pussyfooting around."
Around 100 people directly
affected by murder started the


procession at Tom Grant Part
in Yellow Elder at around
11am on Saturday, and hun-"
dreds mpore joined the wali
and motorcade as they pro-
ceeded along Blue Hill Road,
to Marathon Road, Wulff
Road, East Street, Market
Street and back to Yellow
Elder at around 3.30pm.
Michaela Brown, 25, ani
her relatives were represen-
ing six family members mur-
dered in Nassau in the last 1
years.
She said no one has yek
been found guilty of the mulr-
ders of brothers Sirdino Smith
and Marvin Ferguson, their
cousins Lavardo Armbrister
and Terell Smith, Ian Arm-
brister and Jamal Greenslade.
Miss Brown said: "You
never get over the death of
someone who has been mur-
dered.
"Coming out here makes
me feel like I'm helping
towards something being done
and giving me some resolu-
tion to the whole situation.
"I feel like now people will
start to listen more."
The protesters signed a
petition calling on the gov-
ernment to remove obstacles
to carrying out the death
penalty, prevent judges from
lawmaking, make judges sub-
ject to public scrutiny, and
remove bail for those charged
with murder and violent
crime. Organisers intend to
hold a protest march every
month.


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Visa waiver programme

among tourism plans put

forward by Obie Wilchcombe

FROM page one

Bahamasair to organise package holidays for visitors to cover their
flights and hotels at once, and expand to new markets with revised
immigration laws for visitors.
Mr Wilchcombe suggested government mimics the United States
government's decision to expand its visa waiver programme,
announced last week, and issue tourist visas for a fee upon arrival
to visitors from'other countries.
Direct flights to Latin American countries should also be organ-
ised, Mr Wilchcombe said, to bring in visitors from emerging eco-
nomic markets, such as Brazil.
Another of Mr Wilchcombe's plans to bring in tourists is to
expand Bahamasair to serve more international destinations, and
allow local airlines to service internal flights.
He said: "Allow Bahamasair to play a different role in national
development. This is opportune time while the sky is not as crowd-
ed for Bahamasair to service the international market beginning
with the expansion of service in the United States."
Religious conferences could be held in the islands if church
leaders were to draw on their contacts and the Ministry of Tourism
worked with the hotel sector and Bahamasair to host at least five
events a year.
The Sports Tourism unit in the Ministry of Tourism should be
reactivated to draw athletes in need of relaxing at the end of the sea-
son.
"Special activity could be created," he said. "What about the 'It's
Better in The Bahamas Professional Athletes Competition'? ESPN,
ABC, Fox and CBS could record and telecast as teams play golf,
beach volleyball, some track, tennis, etc. The families of the play-
ers, fans media will help fill rooins, eat in the restaurants, ride in taxi
or bus and play in the casino."
He also suggested pitching filmmakers to shoot movies in the
Bahamas to bring in revenue.
Mr Wilchcombe said: "This is an ideal time for the Bahamas to
get out of the box and make the needed paradigm shift in the
tourism industry, tap intonew markets by reducing the burdensome
visa application process and employ innovative and creative ideas
to attract niche markets."


1. OPULENT HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 28
PROPERTY SIZE: Multi-Family Lot
7,597 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Traveling on Carmichael
Road, west of Millar Road, take
the first new paved road pass "The
Outdoor Patio" on the left, then take
the second left, then first right; the
property is second to the last on the
right, before the road ends.
APPRAISED VALUE: $80,000


2. BERNARD TERRACE
SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 14
PROPERTY SIZE: Multi-Family Lot
9,700 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Immediately north of
Monastery Park Subdivision and
South of Bernard Road..
APPRAISED VALUE: $89,000


3. CORAL HARBOUR SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 13
PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Lot
12,113 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Hopkins Drive
APPRAISED VALUE: $120,000


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Shooting leaves

two men in hospital


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employees at Texaco gas station on the corner
of Mackey and Madeira Streets at around
5.30pm on Friday.
The armed robber was let in by an employ-


ee when he pressed the buzzer on the locked
door. Once inside, he covered his face with a
scarf and held the cashier at gunpoint,
demanding cash.
Taking the money he got away on a moped
parked at the gas station and fled towards
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turning and Allied Workers
Union, said improvements in
that relationship is a "require-
ment of the parent company,
Rohm Haas."
"Two personnel came down
last week and had a meeting
with the officers. We expect to
move ahead with that. At this
time they were only getting
feedback as to what the issues
are that we really need to deal
with in order to move ahead
with our labour relations.
"They really want that rela-
tionship to improve. I am very
keen on that idea, the whole
bargaining unit is keen on that
idea because that is something
we all needed, we need a good
relationship," said Mr Seymour.
Strain between the unionised
salt workers and management
in recent years has seriously
concerned the salt producing
company, to the point that MP
for the island, .V. Alfred Gray,
claimed the company was con-
sidering pulling out of the island
over the summer and moving
its operation to Mexico if things
did not improve.
Morton Salt is the island's
primary employer .and eco-
nomic engine, providing jobs


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for around 70 per cent of
Inaguans.
Problems for the plant were
exarcebated when Hurricane
Ike tore across the southern
island at category four strength,
causing millions of dollars of
damage to the plant and
prompting Rohm Haas to make
uncertain statements about the
site's future.
Mr Seymour said improve-
ments would in his mind require
management to "accept the
union as the bargaining unit in
the work place. I don't feel even
at this time yet (that manage-
ment) really accepts the union
and respects the officers of the
union. If we have an agreement
and you go and do something
which is outside that agreement
and you fail to call the union
and its officers in to discuss the
matter and act on your own that
is a problem."
In the meantime, despite
grim predictions, the Inagua
plant has bounced back since
Hurricane Ike, and all staff are
back at work.
Salt production targets are
being met, according to the
union president, with around
120,000 tonnes being harvest-
ed every month, much of it
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high demand for de-icing roads
at this time.
Workers are still carrying out
repairs to the main administra-
tive building, which was seri-
ously damaged during the hur-
ricane.
"I fancy we are doing quite
well. Things are looking good,"
said Mr Seymour, adding that
employees are "very, very com-
mitted to getting this plant up
and running."
Mr Seymour noted that the
company is investing in the
plant, having purchased four
new hauling units and a new
generator.
"When you're talking about
that kind of equipment, you are
looking in area of more than
1/2 million dollars (spent) in last
four or five weeks so to me
that's an indication that Mor-
ton Salt is really committed to
getting the Bahamas plant back
to normal," he said.
However, he said, the repair
of the loading dock, which will
cost millions of dollars, has yet
to take place.
"They are really going to
have to make a decision,
whether they are going to spend
$5 or 6 million on this dock or
build a new dock. This one is
30 years old," said Mr Seymour.


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Spain upset

Argentina to

win Davis Cup
SPAIN'S Fqliciano Lopez, left,
drinks champagne from the
Davis Cup trophy as he cele-
brates with teammates in Mar
del Plata, Argentina, Sunday,
Nov. 23, 2008. Spain's Fer-
nando Verdasco defeated
Argentina's Jose Acasuso 6-3,
6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the
Davis Cup final's third singles
match, giving Spain its third
Davis Cup title.

See page 18


"But when they read the announce-
ment and they called my name, I just
put my head down and thanked the
Lord for providing with the opportuni-
ty. I'm really thrilled. It was a dream
.come through for me."
Rolle,-a 22-year-old safety, said the
goal is now to try and help the Semi-
noles win the league's Atlantic Divi-
sional title and eventually end up in
,the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida in
January.
"After the season is done, I will sit
down with my family and discuss my
future as far as going to Oxford (for
the Rhodes scholarship) or going (ear-
ly) in the NFL (National Football
League's draft)," Rolle reflected. '
If he settles for the Rhodes scholar-
ship, Rolle will enroll at the University
of Oxford in England in September,
becoming the fourth Florida State stu-
dent to do so to pursue the all expens-
es two or three year study.


He graduated in just two and a half
years with a 3.75 grade point average
with his bachelor's degree in exercise
science from Florida State in August
and is now pursuing his master's degree
in public administration with his ulti-
mate goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.
Rolle, however, is having just as
much success on the football field that
he doesn't want to turn down a shot at
the NFL either.
Making it to Maryland during the
second quarter for the Seminoles'
blowout win has increased his appetite
for the big league.
"The game was fun, but it was cold in
Maryland," said Rolle, who was greet-
ed by his parents Beverly and Whitney
Rolle when he arrived at the Locker
Room, but was dosed with a bucket of
water during the celebrations after the
SEE page 18


Game one of the
Catholic Diocesan
Primary Schools'
best-of-three bas-
ketball championships will
get underway at 3:15 p.m. at
Loyola Hall, Gladstone
Road.
The series is a rematch of
last year's final between the
defending champions St.
Thomas More Sparks and
runners-up St. Bede's Crush-
ers.
The sparks, coached by
Nkomo Ferguson, is led by
guard Deajour Adderley and
center Joel Morris. The
Crushers, coached by Don-
nie Culmer and Ricardo
Freemantle, are led by guard
Kyle 'Flash' Turnquest and
center Dwight Wheatley.
Game two in the series will
be played on Wednesday at
Loyola Hall. Like they did
last year, St. Bede's won the
pennant by going undefeated
during the regular season. St.
Thomas only lost one game
and at came at the hands of
St. Bede's.
* HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
THE HO Nash
Lions, DW Davis
Pitbulls and the CR
Walker Knights
have taken the initial lead
over the CC Sweeting Scor-
pions and Cobras in the
opening games of the Gov-
ernment Secondary Schools
Sports Association's best-of-
three volleyball champi-
onships.
On Friday at the DW
Davis Gymnasium, the Lions
roared past the Scorpions in
game one of the junior girls
series and the Pitbulls did
the same in the junior boys.
The Knights shined against
the Cobras in both the senior
girls and boys series.
Game two in ail four series
will be played today, starting
at 4 p.m. at the DW Davis
Gymnasium.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
After getting its
season started last
week, the Bahamas
Association of
Independent Secondary
Schools will continue with
games on tap today at vari-
ous schools, starting at 4
p.m. The junior girls and
senior boys will play today,
while the junior boys and
senior girls will be in action
on Tuesdily.


ANTONIZE HIGGS performs a sword Carter during martial arts tournament on
JANAA PIEE performs a Black belt Saturday at Kendal Isaac Gym. The event saw a lot of international black belts
JANARA PIERRE performs a Black belt competing. Cuba, Trinidad and USA were among countries represented. The event
Carter attracted a big crowd. SEE PAGE 17 for more pictures.


Porky's



Stingrays


stage late


rally

by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
Trailing for much of the game, Porky's
Stingrays rallied for a fourth quarter come-
back to improve to 4-2.
Nesley Lucien scored on a quarterback draw
to give the Stingrays the go ahead score, 14-12,.
midway through the fourth quarter.
Shorthanded at the game's outset with just
13 players available, the Stingrays trailed 12-0
in the first quarter.
The Destroyers offensive playcalling misdi-
rected the Stingrays defense as they effective-
ly moved the ball on the ball on the ground and
netted their first score with an end around.
The Destroyers made it a two possession
game on their next drive, once again keeping it
on-the ground to score from short yardage.
The Stingrays finally reached the scoreboard
in the second quarter when Lucien connected
with Lawrence Hepburn Jr for a touchdown
reception.
After the failed 'conversion the Stingrays
trailed 12-6.
The Stingrays defensive intensity picked up
Cn considerably in the second quarter and held the
Destroyers without a score in the second half.
On their third possession of the third lquar-
ter, the Destroyers put together their best scoir-
4 ing opportunity of the half but faltered in the
IF' redzone.
E An effective drive on the ground and
. through the air, stalled at the Stingrays 10 vard
' line as the Destroyers turned the ball over on
'U' downs near the goal line.
Backed up against their own endzone. the
SEE page 18


BAHAMAS BASEBALL, FEDERATION


Getting local baseball youngsters to the next level

,". a Baltimore clinic directors help young Bahamians


TEAM One Baseball instructors Jim Gemler and Justin Roswell from
Baltimore, Maryland were in town over t the weekend to conduct a clin-
ic for local baseball players with prospects of playing in high school
and college over the weekend at the St. Andrew's Field of Dreams.


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
WITH so much talent available in the country, the
Bahamas Baseball Federation felt the best way to
harness the future of the local players is to give
them some international exposure.
Over the weekend, the federation along with
Pony Baseball Bahamas, hosted Team One Baseball
from Baltimore, Maryland.
Clinic directors Jim Gemler and Justin Roswell
participated in a series of activities.
They began with a session geared specifically to
the parents on Friday night as they informed them
about the requirements that their children will need
in order to advance to the next level to play in high
school and college in the United States.
Then on Saturday, they conducted an all-day clin-
ic at the Field of Dreams at St. Andrew's High
School. They concluded on Sunday with a game to


view the players in action. "Baseball is growing by
leaps and bounds as it pertains to our youth," said
federation secretary general Theodore 'Teddy'
Sweeting. "So what we wanted to do is bring in
individuals who can help us to get our kids to the
next level."
Sweeting said Gemler and Roswell was able to
evaluate the players in practice and game situations
and when they return to the United States, they
will eventually send back the data on the perfor-
mances of the players, indicating who will have the
potential to play at the next level.
* More than 60 players, including two fiom Grand
Bahama and five from Bimini, participated in the
clinic, which is expected to become an annual one
with sessions scheduled to be conducted in the Fam-
ily Islands starting next year.
Team One Baseball, according to Roswell., said

SEE page 18


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
IT was a dream come true for Myron
Rolle on Saturday.
Rolle, the multi-talented Bahamian
student-athlete, was selected as one of
the 32 recipients of the prestigious
Rhodes Scholarship for 2009.
Immediately after receiving the
scholarship, Rolle boarded a private
jet from Alabama to College Park
where he helped the Florida State Uni-
versity Seminoles celebrate a 37-3 rout
over the Maryland Terrapins to keep
their hopes alive for the Athletic Coast
Conference championship.
"It feels tremendous. I'm very excit-
ed, very elated. I had a long day yes-
terday," said Rolle in an interview with
The Tribune yesterday. "I started about
8:30 a.m. and didn't finish until about 4
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Temple Fellowship, Macedonia win opening games


TEMIVPLE Fellowship and
Macedonia, deadlocked' at the
end of the regular season in a
three-way tie at 3-1 with Faith
United for the 17-and-under pen-
nant, won their opening games in
their respective Baptist Sports
Council's 2008 Rev. Dr. Williams
Thompson's best-of-three soft-
ball playoffs.
Temple Fellovship, who even-
tually was awarded the pennant
by virtue of outscoring their two
counterparts, bl, sted fourth place
Golden Gates 19-6-to snatch the
1 -0 lead in their semifinalss on Sat-


urday at the Baillou Hills Sport-
ing Complex. Macedonia, the sec-
ond place finishers, nipped third
place Faith United 9-8 in the oth-
er half of the semi's.
Game ,two in both series will
be played on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Meanwhile, Shaw AME Zion
clinched the men's pennant as
they held off Faith United 11-10.
Shaw AME and Transfiguration
ended the regular season at 8-1
after Transfiguration knocked off
Temple Fellowship 12-10. But by
virtue of beating Transfiguration
in their head-to-head matchup,


Shaw AME was awarded the
pennant.
On Tuesday night at the
Banker's Field at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex, second place
Transfiguration will play third
place Calvary Deliverance in
game one of their best-of-three
playoffs at 7 p.m., followed by
Shaw AME Zion against fourth
place Temple Fellowship at 8 p.m.
Game two of their series will be
played on Saturday at noon.
On Saturday at 10 a.m., game
one of the co-ed playoff will get
underway with pennant winning


Golden Gates will meet fourth
place Faith United and second
place Macedonia will play third
place Temple Fellowship.
Here's a summary of the
games played on Saturday:
Temple Fellowship 19, Gold-
en Gates 6 (17-under playoffs):
Dominic Collie helped his own
cause with a perfect 3-for-3 day,
including a in-the-park home run
and Rudolf Fox was 2-for-3 with a
two-run in-the-parker to lead the
pennant winners in their playoff
opener.
Addic Finley and Angelo But-


ler were both 2-for-4 with two
runs and Gerard Hepburn was 2-
for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. I
Finley also had two RBIs.
Collie got the win on the
mound over Winston Hanna.
Macedonia 9, Faith United 8
(17-under playoffs): Quinton
Williams had a one-out RBI sac-
rifice fly to drive in Quintin
Williams with the game winning
run in the bottom of the fifth as
second place Macedonia broke
an 8-8- to seal game one of their
playoffs.
Quintin Williams, Bernard Fer-
guson, Kyle Rolle, Winston Sey-
mour and D'Kyle Rolle all had
two hits with Williams, Ferguson
and Seymour scoring twice.
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the win on the mound over
D'Angelo Cartwright.
Kenvaughn Sands had two hits,
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Russell had one hit and scored
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Transfiguration as they produced
four runs in the bottom of the
fourth to seal the win.
Johnson, Stephen Brown and
Nelson Farrington all had two hits
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Brown three times and Farring-
toftwice. Hermas Sands added a
two-run double, scoring a run.
Ricardo Major, Rodney Tay-
lor, Brian Armbrister and Gino
Campbell all had two hits with
Major, Armbrister and Campbell
scoring twice. Angelo Butler had
one hit with a RBI and a run
scored.
Alfred Munnings suffered the
loss.
Calvary Deliverance 16, Gold-
en Gates 7 (Men): Taja Wright
had a perfect 4-for-4 day with
three RBIs and four runs, Jayson
Clarke was 3-for-4 with a tweo-
run homer, scoring four times;
Jeff Beckles was 3-for-3 with two
RBIs and three runs and Brad
Wood 2-for-4 with two RBIs and
two runs.
Danny Stubbs got the win over
Johnnie Burrows.
Burrows and Dino Sweeting
were both 2-for-3 with Burrows
scoring twice and Sweeting dri-
ving in a run. Randy Wallace and
Kayle Carey both had a RBI dou-
ble with Wallace scoring a run.
Temple Fellowship 10, Faith
United 5 (Co-ed): Brian Arm-
brister scored three times and
Mardocie Ston and Kayon Jack-
son twice for Temple Fellowship
as they secured third place for
the playoffs.
Alfred Munnings got the win
over Collin Knowles, who got-on
base three times and scored-oicee
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Six Pack Abs outslug Andeus Insurance


THE Masters Softball League opened
over the weekend and played three exciting
games at the Archdeacon William Thomp-
son Softball Park at the Southern Recre-
ation Grounds.
On Saturday, the Six Pack Abs out-
slugged the Andeus Insurance 25-15 before
the William construction Jets routed the
Bamboo Shack Bulls 16-5. Then on Sun-
day, $he Nicolette's Strokers knocked off
the Miller lite Royals 16-11.
Here's a summniary of the tfliree games:
Strokers 16, Royals 11: Ronald 'Big Boy'
Seymour went 3-for-4 witli a home run, dri- .
ving in four runs and scoring twice; Brian
Cartwright was also 3-for-4 with a homer,

Porky's Stingrays


two RBIs and three runs and Everette
'Abe' Johnson went 3-for-4 with a homer,
three RBIws and two runs for Nicolette's.
Clifton Smith got the win over Harold
'Banker' Fritzgerald.
Cyril Miller had a perfect 4-for-4 day
with three RBIs and two runs scored for
Miller Lite.
Jets 16, Bulls 5: Lee Rahming had a per-
fect 3-for-3 day with a homer and two
triples, six RBIs and two runs and Brad
Smith was 2-for-4 with. a homer, four RBIs
and three runs for William Construction.
. Danny Stubbs was the winning pitcher
and Johnny Armbrister suffered the loss.
Vernon Bowles had a perfect 3-for-3 day


with two runs for Bamboo Shack.
Abs 25, Andeus Insurance 15: Larry
Thompson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and
three runs; Anthony Richardon 2-for-5 with
two doubles, three RBIs and three runs;
Will Basden 3-for-5 with three RBIs and
three runs and Tony Brown 2-for-5 with.
four RBIs and two runs for the Six Pack.
Joe bemeritte got the win on the mound
and Larry Forbes was tagged with the loss.
Edwin Culmer wag 4-for-5 with a dou-
ble, two RBIs and two runs in a losing
effort.
The league will continue this weekend'
with a double header on Saturday and Sun-
day.


stage late rally to improve to 4-2


FROM page 15 The Stingrays pressured the
punt and came to within once
Stingrays mounted a long drive score when they brought down
of there own, as running back .,punter Antonio Bullard in the
Sheldon Lynes gashed through endzone for the safety, making
the Destroyers defense foi a the score 12-8.
series of big gains. On thp ensuing free kick
Porky's began the fourth quar- Wayde Higgs' dynamic return set
ter within scoring range in the up the Stingrays in striking posi-
redzone but failed to convert for tion.
the score as they too turned the After the ball passed through a
ball over o- downsafteTur ---series of-Stingrays players, Higgs
tries. picked up the ball and reversed
A stout defensive effort by the direction up the left sideline with
Stingrays front seven and untime- adept blocking and breaking tack-
ly dropped balls from the les on his way to the Destroyers
Destroyers receivers, forced the seven yard line. .
Defense Force to punt backed up Luclen scored two plays later
against their own endzone. to give the Stingrays their first


lead of the change. he said,' "Our offensive line let
Lucien, the third year quarter- me now they were opening up big
back and former rookie of the holes so rather than dropping
year, said his team refused to give back to pass on that last drive I
up despite falling behind early knew I just had to put my head
and being shorthanded. down and they could open up a'
"We're used to having a-big hole for me to drive it in and
-squad but this is an ironman score. "
team," he said, "When it comes An elated Stingrays Head
down to it no matter how people Coach, Lawrence Hepburn, laud-
we have we.suituuptand we.r.eady---ed-his-team's-resilience: .
to play." "These players really.dug deep
Lucien credited his. entire team today to pull it out for this game,"
for a spirited second half effort, in he said, "When we first got out
particular his offensive lineman here we only had a few guys but
who keyed the scoring drive, they came together today to get
"My team just attacked and this win, hats off to the guys."- -
just attacked and we just came The Destroyers fell to 1-5.
out strong in that second half,"


Nadal-less Spain upset Argentina in Davis Cup Tottenham heat Blackhurn to slimb out of mire I


* MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina
Spain won its third Davis Cup title without the services of top-ranked Rafael
Nadal, upsetting Argentina 3-1 in the final on Sunday.
Fernando Verdasco defeated JoseiAcasuso 6-3,.6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in front -
of a boisterous Argentine crowd at Islas Malvinas Stadium. Argentina lost at
home for the first time in. 10 years in Davis Cup competition.
Verdasco, replacing David Ferrer in the reverse singles, overcame nine dou-
ble-faults to beat a shaky Acasuso in 3 hours, 56 minutes. The 48th-ranked
Acasuso was a late replacement for the injured Juan Martin del Potro, Argenti-
na's top-ranked player at No. 9.
Spain won its first Davis Cup title win on the road, adding to home victo-
ries against Australia in the 2000 final and the United States in 2004. Argenti-
na had reached the final twice, losing to the U.S. in 1981 and Russia in
2006. After winning match point, Verdasco dropped to the ground in celebration
and was embraced by his teammates. Argentina entered the heavy favorite after
Nadal withdrew last week because of a knee injury.
Despite the support of n~arly10,000.fans, AcasuiOwasiot able to!keep up
with Verdasco, who had played well in the doubles' iltory alongside Feliciano
Lopez on Saturday. Acasuso served 14 aces, but h.47 unJgr.c~ ,rrors. .


* LONDON
Roman Pavlyuchenko's goal lifted Tottenham out of the Premier League rel-
egation zone in a 1-0 victory over the also struggling Blackburn on Sunday,
while West Ham moved away from danger-with a 1-0-triumph-atSunderla'nd.-
The Russian striker beat goalkeeper Paul Robinson with a shot from 12
yards. The victory lifted Spurs to 15th from 19th, taking 13 points in the six
games since Harry Redknapk took over.
"We have taken 13 points from (a possible) 18,.but it's lucky we have," Red-
knapp said
After eight games without a win, Blackburn slipped to 19th. West Ham end-
ed a run of seven matches without a victory with a triumph at Sunderland,
which has now lost at home for the fourth time in a row. The Black Cats failed
to clear a corner and Valon Behrami's shot was deflected past goalkeeper Mar-
ton Fulop. The Hammers climbed to-13th while Sunderland slipped to 16th.
Chelsea and Liverpool both squandered chances to move further away in the
title race on Saturday-when none of the traditional contenders managed to
score. Chelsea was held 0-0 at .home to Newcastle. Liy4rpool-,
goal difference, also drew 0-0 with Fulhan.,at nfield-l idin g .g
Manchester United drew 0-0 with Aston Villa anilArsedAtOw3
Manchester City" '... ..


Myron realises a dream
FROM page 15

game.
"I was on such an emotional high that I didn't feel the cold. I was just
glad to be there with my team-mates. We won so that was fun too. It
was just a great day for me as everybody congratulated me."
Rolle, who make it a point to come home just about every summer
to spend time with his family, said he's eagerly looking forward to the
possibility of returning in December, if his schedule doesn't get too hec-
tic.
His father, Whitney, a former player and coach with the Pros in the
Commonwealth American Football League, said the next six months
will definitely be a whirlwind for his son.
"We are very proud of what he achieved. That Rhodes scholarship
is something that will be with him for the rest of his life," he pointed out.
"But I think it's just going to be a stepping stone in terms of the things
that he is doing because Myron has done a lot of stuff, not only in foot-
ball, but on the academic side and in the communityy"
Calling himself a talented, but giving person, the senior Rolle said
"he's very excited about ihe award, his team-mates are excited, the
school is excited,, his family is excited.
"But he's gbing to have to make a decision very soon on.what he's
going to do from a professional career to being a Rhodes scholarship
because he wants to be a doctor and he also wants to play in the
NFL."
Depending on how the Seminoles finish their season, they could play
in a Bowl game and even in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida in Jan-
uary.
On.January 20, Rolle is also expected to travel to Washington D.C.
to be a guest at the inauguration for US President-elect Barack Oba-
ma through his involvement in the National Youth Programme for
Medicine. :
Additionally, Rolle is also expected to begin preparing for the NFL
combine where the draft prospects at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
The senior Rolle said at some point soon they are going to have to
sit dpwn and decide on what is the right course of action his son
should take, whether it's to continue his educational pursuits at Oxford
-orthe-NFL-through the-draft --------.-- .-... . -
But for now, Rolle is looking forward to playing in the Seminoles'
next game at home in Tallahassee on Saturday when they host Flori-
da in a big rivalry.


Baltimore clinic directors

help young Bahamians

FROM page 15

they were invited to come to the Bahamas through Patrick Knowles,
whose son, Ali,'has been a part of the programme.
"Patrick has asked us to come down and Work with some of these
kids and those who are younger so that we can get a foundation going
forward," he said.
-- "We're-trying to givethenra foundation-so that they can move on to
play high school and college football."
From whht he's seen,iRoswell said there's definitely a "passion for
the game" and he and Gemler has been pleased with the reception they
have received from the players.
"I think the base needs to be built year in and year out and you will
definitely see more players playing college baseball," he said. "There's
a lot of challenge in front of the Bahamian student athletes.
"But it can be done. The plan just have to be put in place so that"the
players can get the opportunity to do so."
Knowles, who came from Grand Bahama to be a part of the pro--,
gramme, said the Mfain thing is to get more players exposed thrqsghb
Yeam One Baseball as his son was.
"This is the first step inputting these guts in an environment of whati,
'.Jhh players go throughirin the United States," he sadl \\W are very
:-hanktul that Team One came in to do this mp forus." :
-' After he was introduced to Team One Baseball where his son was ":
displayed in the showcase, Knowles said he.decided to extend the
programme to get more Bahamian players involved.
"We're trying to get other guys whom they will recommend to come
to theiL- showcase, rather than us sending everyone," Knowles said. "So
we're happy that the\ are here to take a look at the players."
Knowles said the federation and Pony Baseball Bahamas will build
on what transpired this weekend when they host the second oftthree
phrases over the weekend of December 5-7 when a Showcase Prospect
Camp will takp place.
A number of University Coaches and.Scouts from Major League
Baseball teams will be in town to conduct the session.
Then on Sunday, December 14, the third anti final session will take
place with a Boarding School Fair/Seminar.
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* By RYAN LUCAS
CAMP CROPPER, Iraq
The U.S. military is rushing to build crimi-
nal cases against some 5,000 detainees it
deems dangerous including suspected mem-
bers of al-Qaida in Iraq because the pro-
posed security pact with Iraq would end its
right to hold prisoners without charge, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.
The agreement, which is to be voted on by
Iraqi lawmakers Wednesday, is primarily
intended to set a timetable calling for Amer-
ican troops to leave Iraq by the end of 2011.
But it also calls for control of security matters
to shift to Iraqi authorities.
If passed, the deal would mean U.S. troops
could no longer hold people without charge as
they have since the 2003 invasion that ousted
Saddam Hussein. Beginning Jan. 1, all deten-
tions would have to be based on evidence,
and the U.S. would have to prosecute pris-
oners in Iraqi courts or let them go.
"At the end of the day, if there's not enough
facts to justify a court case, then we'll have to
release," said Brig. Gen. David Quantock,


A CHILD is embraced by her father, who is held
at the U.S. detention facility at Camp Cropper in
Baghdad, Iraq during a visiting day on Monday,
Nov. 10, 2008.
the commander of the U.S. detention system
in Iraq. The Americans have evidence against
only "a few hundred" of the most dangerous
detainees, Quantock said, leaving open the
possibility that thousands could find them-
selves back on Iraq's streets soon.
"We have a lot of work to do," he said.
Part of the challenge stems from differ-
ences between the U.S. and Iraqi legal sys-


teams. In the United States, forensic evidence
is widely used in the courts. Not so in Iraq..
"We've got a number of guys right now
that are covered in TNT (explosive residue).
However, that's not admissible in Iraqi court,"
Quantock said. "What wins the day in Iraqi
courts today is two eyewitness statements or a
confession."
The U.S. is training Iraqi forensic specialists
and pushing to make such evidence more
acceptable in court. Iraqi judges are slowly
bending, but it is expected to take time before
forensic evidence wins wide approval.
The transition comes amid a marked
improvement in security that has boosted the
confidence of Iraq's government and allowed
security-based detention to give way to a civil-
ian justice system. It would also mark a major
step toward shutting down a detention sys-
tem that was tainted by the scandal at Abu
Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, where U.S.
guards abused detainees. U.S. forces are hold-
ing around 16,500 detainees in all. The largest
facility, with some 12,900 prisoners, is at Camp
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for security pact with US


* By HAMZA HENDAWI
Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD (AP) -
Pirates, foreign attacks, a plum-
meting economy. Iraqi govern-
ment ministers are cataloguing
warnings about the future if
lawmakers reject the proposed
security pact with the US.
It's all part of a campaign by
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
to rally support for the agree-
ment going into parliament's
crucial vote Wednesday on the
deal that would keep American
troops in Iraq through 2011.
On Sunday, Finance Minis-
ter Bayan Jabr sought to reas-
sure lawmakers who argued the
pact would remove UN protec-
tion for Iraq's assets, opening
the way for claimants armed
with court rulings to demand
billions of dollars in compensa-
tion for Iraqi actions during
Saddam Hussein's 23-year rule.
He said Iraq would seek
Washington's help to secure a
new, "limited" UN resolution
to protect the $60 billion-plus
that Iraq has in two separate,
US-based funds. The assets are
now shielded by a Security
Council resolution that expires
December 31 and by a Presi-
dent George W Bush executive
order that expires in May.:
Revenues from Iraq's oil and
natural gas exports, which
account for at least 90 per cent
of the country's income, are
held in one of the two accounts,
the Development Fund for Iraq
set up in 2003. It has about $20
billion, from which the Iraqi
government withdraws as
required. The Iraqi central
bank's foreign reserves, more
than $40 billion, are in the oth-
er funid.
Joining in al-Maliki's offen-
sive, Planning Minister Ali
Baban warned Sunday that
security will deteriorate if the
agreement does not pass, keep-
ing investors away and setting
back reconstruction efforts.
"That will have a negative
impact on economic growth
rates," he said.
On Saturday, Defense Min-


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A CHILD holds a poster of Iraqi
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki dur-
ing a demonstration in support of a
US-Iraqi security pact in central
Baghdad, Iraq...
(AP Photo: Khalid Mohammed)
ister Abdul-Qader al-Obeidi
warned that Iraq could risk
internal unrest and foreign
attacks as well as piracy target-
ing its oil exports in the Persian
Gulf if US forces abruptly
pulled out from Iraq.
The prime minister took the
lead last week in marketing the
deal. He went on national tele-
vision and addressed a news
conference to campaign for the
agreement and against the
renewal of the UN mandate
that currently governs the pres-
ence of US forces in Iraq.
The pact was less than ideal,
he said, but it provides a clear
and firm timeline for-the-with-
drawal of US troops from
cities by next June 30 and the
entire country by January 1,
2012 and is a "solid prelude"
to the restoration of Iraq's full
sovereignty.
Al-Maliki had hoped parlia-
ment would pass the agreement
by consensus, but a six-hour
debate in the legislature Satur-
day suggested that goal might
be beyond reach.
Many of the lawmakers who
spoke berated the governmeAnt
for not keeping them informed
during months of negotiations
that produced the pact.
Others said the deal infringes
on Iraq's sovereignty and lacks
a firm US commitment to come


to Iraq's rescue in the case of a
foreign threat. Some said it
made no sense to adopt an
agreement with a US. adminis-
tration with less than two
months left in office.
Many Iraqis see the pact as
prolonging what they consider a
US occupation, even if some
believe that is necessary to help
Iraq's nascent security forces
fight an insurgency that has suf-
fered severe setbacks but still
carries out regular attacks.
Besides a timeline for US
withdrawal, the agreement pro-
vides for Iraqi oversight of the
operations and movements of
American troops and gives
Iraqis limited jurisdiction over
US soldiers and civilian Penta-
gon employees in cases of seri-
ous crimes committed while off-
base and off duty. It also bars
US forces from using Iraqi ter-
ri,tory to attack neighboring
nations.
Al-Maliki could muster just
over 140 votes if the pact gets
the support of lawmakers from
the main Shiite and Kurdish
blocs, his main coalition part-
ners. But for a wide margin of
victory, he needs the votes of
the 44 lawmakers from the
largest Sunni Arab bloc that is
also a coalition partner but
whose support for the deal is
uncertain.
A respectable number of
Sunni votes in favor of the
agreement would satisfy al-
Maliki and, just as important-
ly, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sis-
tani, the country's most influ-
ential Shiite critic who has indi-
cated the pact will be viable
only if it is backed by a large
number of lawmakers.
Al-Sistani enjoys such enor-
mous support among Iraq's.Shi-
ite majority that he could sink
the deal by speaking publicly
against it or stating his dissatis-
faction over the margin of pas-
sage. It's the latter that has al-
Maliki's Cabinet ministers talk-
ing up the agreement.
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TOURISTS sunbathe in the Bahia
Tortuga Resort in Punta Cana,
Dominican Republic. The global
financial crisis has halted work
on this multimillion dollar project
overlooking a turquoise sea,
turning it into a ghost resort. It is
among growing signs that the
Caribbean is headed for tough
times as construction workers
and resort employees are laid
off by the hundreds and antici-
pated peak season bookings are
at a trickle.

(AP Photo: Kena Betancur)


* By DANICA COTO
Associated Press Writer
PUNTA CANA, Dominican
Republic (AP) The ocean
glows a milky turquoise. Tiny
waves lap at the powder-beige
sand, in no rush to reach the
line of postcard-perfect palm
trees.
Hundreds of luxury villas are
positioned to take in the view,
but there are no guests. There
are no roofs either; neatly tied
bundles of red tiles are stacked
outside. The wind slams doors
and rustles the yellowed news-
paper taped to the windows.
The paralyzed work scene at
the Cap Cana resort, a devel-
opment including four luxury
hotels, three golf courses and a
mega-yacht marina, is a victim
of the global financial crisis that
has hit the Caribbean's tourism
industry especially hard.
Cap Cana fired 500 workers
last month after Lehman Broth-
ers declared bankruptcy and a
$250 million loan fell through.
Talks to re-negotiate a $100 mil-
lion short-term loan collapsed
last week, and more layoffs are
expected.
"Our project has been affect-
ed by the economic tsunami
that has paralyzed the global
financial markets," said Cap
Cana President Ricardo
Hazoury.
Construction is also paralyzed
at the Ritz-Carlton Molasses
Reef resort in secluded West
Caicos, where 60, Chinese work-
ers revolted last month to
demand back wages. About 160
workers have been sent home
to China, and it's unclear when
construction will resume at the
hotel, marina and condomini-
um project, which is three-quar-
ters complete.
This month, the sprawling
flantfs resort in the Bahamas
laid off about 800 workers, cit-
ing low occupancy rates. Baha
Mar Resorts Ltd. laid off about
40 employees at its Sheraton
Resort in the Bahamas and 40
more at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort. The Bahamas Hotel
Catering and Allied Workers
Union has called a demonstra-
tion Thursday to demand gov-
ernment aid.
"I've been in the business 38
years. I have seen the impact of
the Gulf War. I have seen the
recession of the '80s. Certainly
September 11," said Robert
Sands, senior-vice president of
external affairs at Baha Mar.
"But nothing has been of a
global nature, which makes the
current financial situation we're
in much more worrisome."
In Puerto Rico, the Caribe
Hilton laid off more than 50
people this month because of
rising costs and sluggish occu-
pancy rates. The last time the
hotel had to lay off workers was
after the September 11 attacks,
General Manager Jose Campo
said.
"What worries me is that this
will last longer," he said. ".We
are mounting an aggressive
campaign, but the situation is
what it is."
Even the normally busy holi-
day season is expected to be rel-
atively quiet.
"There is space available for
the holiday season and
beyond," said Alec Sanguinetti,
CEO of the Caribbean Hotel
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in the Turks and Caicos Islands...

often a time when hotels are
sold out and vacationers are
looking for any place that has.
availability."
Workers are spending their
days off looking for jobs out-
side the tourism industry. Oth-
ers have already been sent
home.
Victor Felipe Feliz, 24, has
been feeding his two children
on store credit since he lost his
construction job at Cap Cana
last month. '
"I need to work so I can buy
Pampers, so I can buy food,"
he said. "It has been a couple of
months since I bought clothes. I
can't afford anything."
Cap Cana plans to fire anoth-
er 1,000 workers in the coming
' months, according to a compa-
ny official who spoke only on
condition of anonymity because
he wasn't authorized to release
the information. But Cap Cana
President Ricardo Hazoury said
he expects the project to go for-
ward as the company out-
sources certain services.
The 50-square-mile (130-
square-kilometer) development
is nestled in the Dominican
Republic's easternmost point
.amid lush jungle. Its develop-
ers include Deutsche Bank, the
Trump Organization and the
Ritz Carlton Hotel Company:
Cap Cana runs-more like a
city than a private development.
It generates its own power and
water and has hundreds of villas
and condominiums even a
school. Some of the villas and
"hotels are inhabited, but most
remain under construction.
"We used to have a lot of
workers brick layers,
plumbers, electricians," said
Wilkin Cuevamato, who was
laid off but later found work at
another Cap Cana property.
"The majority have left and
gone home."
Tourists willing to make last-
minute travel arrangements will
find some real bargains as hotels
react to the soft period, accord-
ing to Scott Berman, a tourism
adviser for Pricewaterhouse
Coopers in Miami.
"If you're flexible and have
time on your hands, you're
going to,find some favorable
deals this winter," he said.
But cheaper rooms are often
offset by expensive airfare,
according to Renaldo Inesta,
division manager for AAA in
Puerto Rico. American Air-
lines, the main carrier to the
island, has cut back flights by
44 per cent, though other air-
lines are stepping in to reduce
the overall drop to 14 per cent.
Beyond the holiday season,
the picture is bleak. Getting


money to finance new projects
will be difficult amid the credit
squeeze. A new UN report pre-
dicts access to external financing
for the region will be limited,
and what is available will come
with high interest rates.
But some remain optimistic.
In September, even as the finan-
cial crisis was gathering steam,
Hilton Hotels Corp. announced
plans to build 17 hotels in the
Caribbean, adding to the 13 it
already has.
".We have analyzed the
region," said Gregory Rockett,
who is overseeing the expan-
sion. "We are very confident
that in the next five years we
can do these numbers."
And Sanguinetti points out
that for North Americans, the
Caribbean remains a quick and
attractive getaway.
"We provide a relaxing
escape from the tensions that
people are facing at work dur-
ing this economic crisis," he
said. "We expect that.pent-up
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* By BETH J HARPAZ
AP Travel Editor

NEW YORK (AP) When
the economy was booming,
many hotel companies began
building new properties. Some
of those are opening now,
resulting in a 2.5 per cent
increase in hotel room supply
this year, just as demand is
dropping by around one per
cent or more, according to Jan
Freitag of Smith Travel
Research.
"We're going to see a sub-
stantial decline in occupancy
this year," agreed Bjorn Han-
son, an associate professor of
hospitality and tourism at New
York University's Tisch Cen-
ter.


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Excess supply means oppor-
tunities for consumers. Here are
some strategies for booking
hotels on a budget.
BASICS: It's generally cheap-
er to stay in major cities on
weekends, when there are few-
er business travelers, and in
resort areas on weekdays and
offseason, when there are fewer
tourists.
Visitors to urban centers may
save by booking outside main
tourist areas. For San Diego,
for example, "you could stay in
Carlsbad or even up as far as
Oceanside," said Joe Mclner-
ney, CEO of the American
Hotel & Lodging Association.
But research the cost and time
of commuting in each day, to
make sure the tradeoff is worth


it. Mclnerney pointed out that
hotels on Long Island or


Westchester might be cheaper
than Manhattan, but your sav-
-ings might be offset by daily
train and cab fare or tolls and
parking.
You'll also pay less outside
of peak holiday time, and some
new hotels charge lower intro-
ductory rates. Canyon Ranch's
new destination spa in Miami
Beach has nightly starting prices
at $200 through December 3.
Rates go up December 4-23,
starting at $650 a night, and
December 24-January 1, to
$1,100 a night.
Places hard-hit by the down-
turn may also offer deals. The
Bahamas' Atlantis mega-resort,
with nearly'3,000 rooms on Par-
adise Island, recently laid off
800 workers. It's now offering a
three-night package starting at
$299 a person, including two
sessions interacting with dol-
phins (normally $110 each), and
$99 airfare each way on JetBlue
from New York, $89 from
Boston (book by December 18,
offer ends December 25,
http://www.atlantis.com, black-
outs apply). In addition, the
Nassau Paradise Island Promo-
tion Board is offering a $250
rebate on air-inclusive packages
(three-to-six night stays, book
through November 30, for trav-
el completed by February 28).
An Atlantis package offered
this time last year started at low-
er rates of $259 a person, but
did not include dolphins, air-
fare discounts or rebates.

REWARDS
PROGRAMMES
Most hotel chains have loy-
alty or frequent guest pro-
grammes that allow you to use
points for free nights. "Every
traveler should be a member of
every frequent guest pro-
gramme," said Hanson. Joining
usually costs nothing; points
accumulate and often don't
expire; and most hotel chains
now have no blackout dates for
using points to book rooms.
Many hotel chains offer
cobranded credit cards with
enough bonus points for a free
night. Sign up for a new Mar-
riott Visa card and get a certifi-
cate for one free night's stay,
plus 25,000 bonus points, which
are enough for another night's
stay at Marriotts in many mar-
kets, including January in Mia-
mi, where you can go to the
beach, or Salt Lake City, where
you can ski. If you travel with a
spouse or friend, that person
can sign up for his or her own
card and get points for free
nights as well.
Research how fast points
accumulate before signing up.
Different chains have different
systems. With Hilton, you get


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the programme has an option
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Family hotels, as long as you
choose hotel-stay points as your
sole reward. Hilton also has an
"earnings mall" where you can
earn extra points for shopping
at various retailers like iTunes.
For overviews of what each
hotel credit card offers and how
many dollars you must spend
to accumulate more points,
check out http://www.credit-
cards.com/travel-rewards.php.
But be aware that when you
apply for new credit cards, "it
impacts your credit card rating,"
said Gail Cunningham, spokel-
woman for the National Foun-
dation for Credit Counseling.
For example, applying for four
or five hotel credit cards to get
several free nights with sign-up
bonus points "can signal to
lenders that you're desperate
for credit, that you're just get-
ting credit everywhere you
can," Cunningham said: That:
can hurt you if you're looking to
get approved for a loan.
Others who should avoid
rewards credit cards, Cunning-
ham says, are those tempted by
new lines of credit to buy things
they can't afford; and those who
carry balances from month to
month. Don't let the value of
your rewards get wiped out by
interest.'Rewards credit cards,
Cunningham added, are only
for those "with the most pris-
tine of credit ratings."

BOOKING
McInerney of AH&LA says
your first stop should be the
hotel's own Web site. "That's
where you're going to get the
best price," he said.
In addition, said Hanson,
"most brands have a guarantee
that if you find a lower rate,
they'll match it or pay the dif-


ference, or you can stay for
free."
Ask for discounts for AAA
membership, military service or
corporate rates.
Alternatively, figure out how
much you want to pay, the type
of hotel you'd like to stay in,
and bid for a room through a
booking site like Priceline.com.
You won't know which hotel
you're staying at until after
you've paid, but you can speci-
fy the category of hotel using
the star-ratings system.
Note that star ratings are
inconsistent. A four-star hotel
on one site might only be a
three-star hotel on another.
Priceline has a "Winning Bids"
advice feature that eliminates
some of the guesswork by pro-
viding examples of brands for
each star rating along with win-
ning bids paid in different mar-
kets. Hotels accept the dis-
counted bids because they'd
rather fill rooms at lower prices
than leave them empty. Price-
line says its customers pay 46-48
per cent less than if they booked
through the hotels directly.
Another strategy: See what
rates are offered at specific
hotels online, "then call the
hotel directly" and ask if there's
a lower rate, Hanson said. "A
third of the time there will be."
"When there's an empty
room, it's just losing money.
Any amount of money you pay
for that room is found money,"
agreed Tim Zagat, who has just
published "Top US Hotels,
Resorts & Spas 2009."
Zagat encourages consumers
to negotiate hard. "Ask for
package rates, ask for the lowest
rate, ask for an upgrade. There
are all kinds of deals out there.
Not to ask is to look stupid,"
he said.
Call the hotel at its local
phone number, not the chain's
800 number. "The branded
hotel company has limits on
what it can do, but the individ-
ual owner can do anything he
feels like," Zagat said.
Once you make a reservation,
check to see if prices drop, then
rebook. "If the booking pace is
slower than forecast, hotels
switch to a lower rate sched-
ule," Hanson said.
-: Look for free Internet service
and'free breakfast; avoid rip-
off goodies in the mini-bar, and
use your cell-so you don't get
charged for the hotel room
phone.
Despite the economy, Freitag
of Smith Travel says he does-
n't think hotel prices will drop
the way they did after Sept.
11th. But he does think con-
sumers can expect better value
for what they pay better
views, free Internet, free access
to the health club, pay for two
nights and get a third free.
"The takeaway for the con-
sumer: Don't be shy about ask-
ing for those things," Freitag
said.
"With occupancies dropping,
the most important person in
the transaction is the man or
woman who checks you in. Be
nice, and ask, 'Do you have a
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Children dying in Haiti,





victims of food crisis


By JONATHAN M KATZ
Associated Press Writer
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
(AP) The five-year-old
teetered on broomstick legs -
he weighed less than 20 pounds,
even after days of drinking
enriched milk. Nearby, a four-
year-old girl hung from a strap
attached to a scale, her wide
eyes lifeless; her emaciated arms
dangling weakly.
In pockets of Haiti accessible
only by donkey or foot, chil-
dren are dying of malnutrition
their already meager food
supply cut by a series of devas-
tating storms that destroyed
crops, wiped out livestock and
sent food prices spiraling.
At least 26 severely malnour-
ished children have died in the
past four weeks in the remote
region of Baie d'Orange in
Haiti's southeast, aid workers
said Thursday, and there are
fears the toll will rise much
.. higher if help does not come
quickly to the impoverished
Caribbean nation.
Another 65 severely mal-
nourished children are being
treated in makeshift tent clin-
ics in the mountainous area, or
at hospitals where they were
evacuated in Port-au-Prince and
elsewhere, said Max Cosci, who
heads the Belgian contingent of
Doctors Without Borders in
Haiti.
One evacuee, a seven-year-
old girl, died while being treat-
ed, Cosci said, adding: "The sit-
uation is extremely, extremely
fragile and dangerous."
At a makeshift malnutrition
ward at a Doctors Without Bor-
ders hospital in the capital, 10
emaciated children were under
emergency care Thursday, their
stomachs swollen and hair fad-
ed by pigmentation loss caused
by malnutrition. Several had the
puffy faces typical of kwash-
iorkor, a protein-deficiency dis-
order.
:Five-year-old Mackenson
Duclair, his ribs protruding and
his legs. little more than skin
stretched over bones, weighed
in at 19.8 pounds, even after
days of drinking milk enriched
with potassium and salt. Doc-
tors said he needed to gain
another five pounds before he
could go home.
Dangling from a scale mount-
ed from the ceiling, four-year-
old Venecia Lonis looked as
limp as a rag doll as doctors
weighed her, her huge brown
eyes expressionless, her hair
tied with bright yellow bows.
Mackenson's grandmother,
who has raised him since his
mother died, said she barely has
a can of corn grits to feed her-
self, the. boy and her eight-year-
old granddaughter each day.
"These things did not happen
when I was growing up," 72-
year-old Ticouloute Fortune
said.-
Rural families already strug-
gling with soaring food prices
in Haiti, the Western Hemi-
sphere's poorest country, lost
their safety nets when fields
were destroyed and livestock.
wiped out by the storms, which
killed nearly 800 people and
caused $1 billion worth of dam-
age in August and September.
UN World Food Programme
country director Myrta Kaulard
said she fears more deaths from
malnutrition in other isolated
parts of Haiti, and search and
medical teams were fanning out
in the northwest and along the
southwestern peninsula to


check
The \\orid Food Program
has sent more than 31.1 ions oi
food aid enough ito ted
5.81 U people for two week. -
into the remote southeastern
region since Septembei. and
other groups funded b\ the LI S
Agency tor International Decl-
opment ha\e sieni tood .-. ell,
she said.
But the- steep. narrow paths
and puoi \isibtlit\ make it dit-
ficult to deliver the loaod to the
mountain communities heie
hungei is oisening. In one
case. a \\FP truck flipped o'er
while struggling up a hill and
slid into a raine., killing an did
\oriker.
"There is alw\,sa bottleneck
The same situation that the peo-
ple aie facing is thte sjme situa-
lion we're also facing.' Kaulaid
told The Associated Press
Thursday.
Haiti in general and the
mountain villages in particular
have long sufteied Irom chion-
ic hunger. Child malnutrition
rates hace been high oi \ears
- the \\FP lepoited in 2Uii07
that nearly\ a quarter of children


were chronically malnourished.
.. Remote.rural areas in partic-
ular grow only enough staples
to feed themselves less than sev-
en months out of the year,
Kaulard said.
But throughout the year, aid
workers and officials have been
seeing hunger get more severe,
and now people who live in the
mountains and aid groups who
are working there say the situa-
tion is worse than it has been
in the past.
This year, for instance, Haiti's
agriculture ministry estimates
60 per cent of the harvest was
lost in the storms nationwide.
Land quality is already poor
and farmers lost seeds for next
year when the storms hit,
Kaulard said.
Effects of the storms vary
widely from village to'village
and even family to family. In
some places, food supplies seem
intact. In others, Doctors With-
out Borders has found rates of
severe malnutrition as high as
five per cent.
Aid shortages may soon com-
pound the problem. Donor
countries have funded only a
third of the UN's $105 million
aid appeal for Haiti following
the storms, and resources could
run out in January, Kaulard
said.
At the hospital Thursday,
Enock Augustin sat beside the
bed where his five-year-old
daughter Bertha was sleeping:
The fragile-looking child was
evacuated by helicopter
November 8 with vomiting and
diarrhea. When she arrived,


FOUR-YEAR-OLD Venecia Lonis, who suffers from malnutrition, is
weighed at the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Port-au-Prince...


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malutitonlis n-abe a th -Dctrs itou


nearly a quarter of her body
weight was due to fluid reten-
tion, a sign of severe protein


deficiency.
The swelling gradually reced-
ed as she was fed, nutrient-


enriched mill, and treated '. ith
antibiotics and anti-worm 1ped-
icine: she shrank to just 21
pounds.
She ha.i since gained about
tv.o pound, hiut can't go home
until lhe icache- 2f6 pounds.
doctors said.
For months, the ,\Augustin
l'amiil had gotten hy despite the
soaring pices, of c irn lits and
impolled ricc because the\
grew poitatoes, which the\ cIutldl
eat or baiter for plantains, aIms
and brLadfiLit that did not fluc-
tuate with the world market.
But then, in August, Tropi-
cal Storm Fay hit, followed by
Hurricane Gustav, Tropical


Siiinm Hanna and Hun Il II..
Ike.
"E% ery time a hurricane came
through, it killed our airm..,l:
and plants." said Augu; itin
father of _,ix. The road ;ia.
%washed out, market, hCda ifle
unreachable and theiri pri-.c ol
everN thing "%ent sky high "
The entire family subssied
on t'o cups ot coin glili,, .nld
Beitha began shrinking and
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brought her here," Augustin
said. "Lhope the government
will hear about us and bring
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HAVANA (AP) China's president signed
trade deals with communist ally Cuba and agreed
to help modernize its ports and hospitals, part
of a Latin America trip on which Chinese busi-
nessmen have been snapping up raw materials.
Taking the long view at a time of financial cri-
sis, China is investing heavily in commodity-pro-
ducing countries, and Cuba is no exception. More
than a dozen deals agreed to by President Hu
Jintao included purchases of Cuban nickel and
sugar, along with pledges to send food and build-
ing materials to help the Caribbean nation recov-
er from three major hurricanes.
Hu signed off on a second, $70 million phase of
$350 million in Chinese credit to renovate Cuban
hospitals. China also committed to help reno-
vate Cuba's crucial, but aging, ports.
It was unclear how many of the deals were on
credit. Havana has already borrowed extensively
from Beijing loans it might have trouble repay-
ing as it recovers from Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and
Paloma, all of which hit Cuba this year.
Hu thanked Cuba for sending doctors to China
after last year's devastating earthquake, and for
educational programmes on the island attended
by about 2,000 Chinese, including medical stu-
dents.
China's president also met with ailing former
President Fidel Castro. Cuba released a photo
of the pair shaking hands and chatting. Hu wore
a business suit and the former Cuban president
had on exercise clothing that has become his
standard uniform since undergoing emergency
intestinal surgery and disappearing from public
view in July 2006. "
Cuban authorities provided no further details,
but China's official Xinhua News Agency said
the two held a long discussion.
"I see in person that you have recovered and
have been energetic, so I feel very pleased," Xin-
hua reported Hu told Castro.
Castro replied: "We are old friends. I am hap-
py to see that you are as energetic as when I met
you last time."
Hu met with Castro during his first visit to
Cuba in 2004. The 82-year-old has an undisclosed
illness and brother Raul Castro, five years his
junior, formally succeeded him as president in
February.
Accompanying Hu on a visit to a school for
Chinese students on Tuesday, Raul Castro sang
snippets of a song about China and Mao Zedong
he said he learned while traveling the world in
1953. At first, hundreds of students gathered in an
auditorium seemed confused, but they soon sang
along, clapping in time.
"Even though the physical distance that sepa-
rates China and Cuba is great, friendship between
both people goes back a long way," Hu said.
Cuba depended heavily on Soviet largesse and
turned a cold shoulder to China during the Cold
War's Sino-Soviet split. But ties warmed after
the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, and
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China is Cuba's No. 2 trading partner after
Venezuela, where socialist President Hugo
Chavez provides nearly 100,000 barrels of oil a
day to the island at favourable prices.
The ties have brought a tangible benefit to res-
idents of the' Cuban capital, where more than
3,000 shiny new Yutong buses replaced smoke-
belching, Soviet era buses.
But Hu's visit poses something of an ideologi-
cal challenge, since some Cubans speculated that
Raul Castro might follow a Chinese model of
reform after becoming president in February.
China transformed its economy three decades
ago by embracing market reforms even as its
Communist Party maintained strict political con-
trol.
Cuba's communist government, however, still
controls well over 90 per cent of the economy
and shows no sign of easing its grip on political or
economic matters, even as Raul Castro has
,expanded foreign trade 39 per cent since becom-
ing president and signed a major offshore oil
exploration deal with Brazil.
On the eve of Hu's visit, the Communist Party
newspaper Granma praised China's reforms as
having "sparked a gigantic investment process
that brought quick results." But it also criticized
"the evils of such an accelerated spiral: unequal
distribution of the country's income, a marked dif-
ference between city and country, and the Irosion
of the environment."
Hu brought a large delegation of Chinese busi-
nessmen who have busily pursued deals despite
the global financial crisis, continuing a trend that
has seen China's trade with Latin America jump
from to $103 billion last year from $10 billion in
2000.
Kirby Jones, president of the Washington-based
US-Cuba Trade Association, said Hu's stop in
Cuba is more about business than ideology. Jones,
whose organisation opposes the US trade embar-
go against Cuba, said Cuba is eagerly pursuing
deals with other countries.
Noting that Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev visits next week, he said Russia and
China are "perfect examples of the rest of the
world jumping in to fill the void left by the US."


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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A PROPOSED $12 million
poultry farm project for North
Andros, which could employ
between 30-50 persons, is
emerging as the best short-term
hope for reviving the area's
moribund economy, with a deal
for new equity investment in
the $250 million Chub Cay pro-
ject still not completed.
Vincent Peet, the PLP MP
for North Andros and the Berry
Islands, told Tribune Business
that the virtual standstill at
Chub Cay, where, only a "skele-
ton crew" now remained, had
made a "devastating impact" on
his constituency's economy,
where unemployment was now
"very high in the double digits,
certainly".
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham had earlier this year told
Tribune Business that the three
investors behind the Chub Cay
project had contacted him to
inform him they had found a
new equity partner, who would
inject the capital needed to take.
the development forward.
However, Mr Peet indicated
'there had been little progress
since then, and although the
deal to bring the still-unnamed
equity partner on board
remains on the table, it has not
been sealed given the global
- economic turmoil.
Now, with Chub Cay likely
to remain in 'cold storage' for
-the-shoert-term-at: least, north .
Andros appears to be pinning
its hopes on a venture much
closer to its farming roots.
"We are pretty close, I
believe, to cementing a poultry
operation in north Andros," Mr
Peet told Tribune Business. "It
was approved earlier in the
year, and we're now pretty close
to moving that to the next level,
which will create some eco-
nomic activity in north
Andros."
The former minister of finan-
cial services and investments
said the proposed poultry farm
was owned by a consortium of
Canadian investors, along with
an American "who ha a long,
association with)the Bahamas".
"We're hoping it can be
raised to the point where they
can start to import items, equip-
ment and the rest, if not before
Christmas then early in the New
Year, so that it will create at
least some activity," Mr Peet
told Tribune Business.
"We've been making grad-
ual, incremental moves to bring

SEE page 7B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A proposed mega resort
project for eastern
Grand Bahama,
which would involve a $2.2 bil-
lion investment in its first phase
alone, remains 'on the table',
Tribune Business has been toqd,
with the main resort and casino
partners still willing to be
involved despite the global eco-
nomic turmoil.
The Bahamas Golden Beach
Development Company project,
which is understood to be ear-
marked for a site east of Pelican
Point in eastern Grand


Bahama, and involve a four
hotel/four casino facility, was
said by sources to have over-
come the Government's initial
reluctance to give the go-ahead
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* By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
THE Department of Immigration is-pro
cessing an average of 500 work permit appi
cations per week, Tribune Business ha
been told, with the minister responsible
saying it was "unacceptable" for some appi
cations to take eight to nine months. .
Branville McCartney, minister of stat
for immigration, said: "At the moment, w
are processing an average of 500 w ork pei
mits each week. That figure is.for new appi
cations and for those that need to b
renewed'
"Some of these applications were sub
Omitted eight to nine months ago, and it i
unacceptable to have businesses waitin
for that long."
Still, Mr McCartney expressed pleasure
that the Department of ImnugratioiTi'a
making significant inroads, into process

.Business.

subsidies
'not fiscally

prudent'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE minister' of state for'
finance has slammed his prede-
cessor's suggestion that the
Government should effectively
subsidise major Bahamian busi-
nesses to prevent worker lay-
offs, describing the plan as not
"fiscally prudent" and poten-
tially "an enormous drain on
the Treasury".
Zhivargo Laing, responding
to James Smith's suggestion that
the Government pay subven-
tions to key businesses to ensure
unemployment was minimized,
said implementing such a
scheme was fraught with com-
plications and likely to place an
unsustainable burden on the
Bahamian taxpayer.
- Among the issues that would
have to be resolved, Mr Laing
said, were what kind of subven-
tion or subsidy to use, how long
it would be given for, "how do
you justify it in the circum-
stances for any business", which
businesses should receive a sub-
sidy, and how the whole process
could be monitored.
"When a big business lays-off
500 people, small and medium-
sized businesses are also impact-
ed by that decision," Mr Laing
said. "Say if five small and
medium-sized businesses, were
to each lay-off 100 persons each
as a result, making another 500
persons, yet the subvention was
only given to the bigger busi-
ness. Why do you do it for the

SEE page 3B


was told that Bahamas Golden
Beach Development Company
appeared to have surmounted
that particular obstacle, at least
for the moment, by reducing
the amount of Crown Land


told, and has adjusted its plans
after discovering a fresh water
lense some 50 feet below the
surface. ,
As a result, sources suggested
the developers had decided to


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Tribune Business Editor


required. sought from over 2,000 acres to move the proposed marina and THE Bahamas Electricity
developers had initially slightly more than 1,000 acres. its entrance some 2,000 feet fur- Corporation (BEC) will "no
t a site covering some In addition, it had earlier this their down the beach. In addi- become complacent" in its
acres of Crown Land in year shown the Government tion, the marina's sides will search for renewable energy
i Grand Bahama, a posi- that there was no other suitable lined by specialist materials suppliers, even though the fuel
at contrasted totally with site for its project in eastern designed to prevent the sea's surcharge component on power
e taken up by the gov- Grand Bahama. salt water from contaminating bills is likely to fall to $0.17 per
FNM party prior to its Bahamas Golden Beach thelense. kilowatt hour for December
007 election, which want- Development Company has Furthermore, Tribune Busi- and "lower than $0.15" for Jan-
prevent sizeable Crown since been, conducting environs ness has been told that the uary.
e being taken up by such mental studies and test borings developers' main partners, Fox- Kevin Basdenr, BEC's gener-
ts. on the proposed development al manager, told Tribune Busi-
vever, Tribune Business site, Tribune Business has been SEE page 4B ness that the Corporation had
reduced the number of poten-
tial renewable energy suppliers
from the 30 bids that responded
pe Ito its request for proposal
(RFP) to around 15, a 50 per
cent cut.
S.. With the pre-qpalifying phase
work permits in a Mr McCartney said he remained comn- now over. Mr Basdensaid BEC
timely manner. mitted to ensuring that each work permit- and its renewable energy com-
He said that recent- application was processed in a timely man- mittee were preparing for a
a- ly the Department ner once there were no specific challenges more detailed evaluation of the
i- created a special in individual cases namely three to four remaining bidders' proposals,
is internal division, weeks for first time applications,' and two to once Board and government
.e whose sole purpose three weeks for those that need to be approval was forthcoming.
i- will be to focus onthe renewed. .. But while global oil prices
work permit applica-. He added that the Immigration Depart- ha\e dropped by almost two-
e tions coming out, of i ment was also working to improve the thirds or some 67 per cent in
e the country's two processor spousal permits and permanent the past four montfis, down
r- main 'industries residency approvals as well. from a July high of around $147
i- tourism and financial services. Among other improvements on the agen- per barrel to the current $49.13
e "Since thatstarted,4we have seen a great da for theDepartment,.he said, was a'das- price as measured by Brent
turnaround.in the work permits for those tic improvement in the telephone system. Crude, Mr Basden said BEC
- areas and gotten great feedback," the min- Mr McCartney said that, at the moment, planned to persist in its renew-
is sister said. calling into the IDepartment was a night- ;able energy search.
g Since Mr 'McCartney assumed his post mare that needed to be addressed. "We're not going to hinder -
at the beginning of the summer, he said he He said he would like persons to be able the process or become com-
e has met with the Immigration Board each to call into the Departmet and et an portable becauseof he op n
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Markets
IT was an active week in the
Bahamian market, with
investors trading in five out of
the 24 listed securities. Of these,
two declined and three
remained unchanged.
EQUITY MARKET
A total of 95,934 shares
changed hands, representing a
significant increase of 51,389
shares, versus last week's trad-
ing volume of 44,545 shares.
There were no advancers in
the market this week. Com-
monwealth Bank (CBL) led the
volume with 28,150 of its shares
trading, the stock declining by
$0.08 to end the week
unchanged at $7.20.
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and closed at $1.92. Benchmark
(Bahamas) (BBL) fell by $0.08
to end the week at $0.73. Colina
Holdings (CHL) saw 284 shares
trade, and closed unchanged at
$2.83.
Investors traded in Focol
Class 'B' Perpetual Preference
shares for the first time this
week on the Bahamian
exchange. A total of 60,000
shares changed hands at the par
value price of $1.
BOND MARKET
No notes traded in, the
Bahamian market this week.
COMPANY NEWS
Earnings Releases
There were no financial
results reported by any of the 24
listed co6mpainies during the
week;


The Bahamian Stock Market


FINDEX 863.48


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$- 0 17.43%
$-0.10 28,150 -14.59%
$- 284 -10.16%
$- 0 -21.23%
$-0.17 6,500 -61.90%
$- -0 12.77%
$- 0 8.33%
$- 0 -10.57%
$- 0 '-57.14%
$- 0 0.39%
$- 60,000 0.00%
$- 0 -8.19%
$- 0 -6.07%
$- 0 0.91%
$- 0 0.00%


DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:
Bank of the Bahamas (BOB) has declared a semi-annual div-
idend of $0.16 per share, payable on November 25, 2008, to'all
shareholders of record date November 17, 2008.
Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared an extraordi-
nary dividend of $0.06 per share, payable on November 28,
2008, to all shareholders of record date November 20, 2008.
PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERINGS:
FOCOL Holdings (FCL) announced it will be extending the
deadline of its private placement offering' The preferred shares
will be paying a dividend rate of prime + 1.75 per cent, payable
semi-annually. -


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about its financial health.
The Treasury Department
and the Federal Reserve have
been in discussions over the
weekend to devise a strategy to
stabilize the company, accord-
ing to people familiar with the
talks. They spoke on condition
of anonymity because the dis-
cussions were ongoing.
A spokesman for New York-
based Citigroup declined com-
ment:
The" company has seen its
shares lose 60 per cent of their
value in the past week, reflect-
ing a crisis of confidence among
skittish investors who are wor-
ried all the risky debt on Citi-
group's balance sheet will turn
into losses as the economy
worsens and the markets stay
turbulent losses that could
be nearly impossible to reverse.
Citigroup is such a large,
interconnected player in the
financial system that if it were to
collapse it would wreak havoc
on already fragile financial and
economic conditions.
Analysts consider Citigroup
the most vulnerable among the
major US banks especially
after it failed to nab Wachovia
Corp., which was bought
instead by Wells Fargo & Co.
That was a missed opportunity
for Citi to gets its hands on
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economic summit


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's president has
called on the Prime Minister to
convene an economic summit
of industry leaders to discuss
proactive measures which could
minimise the effects of the glob-
al economic crisis on the
Bahamas.
Saying that government and
the private sector do not indi-
vidually have all the solutions
on the best way forward, Dion-
isio D'Aguilar said such a meet-
ing to exchange ideas could only
be a positive and helpful thing.
Mr D'Aguilar said he and his
board were certainly willing to
accept, any offer from Prime
Minister Ingraham to attend
such a meeting.
The Chamber president said
that rather than provide hand-
outs to persons who have lost
their jobs, the Government
should consider incentive mea-
sures that would encourage
businesses to retain employees.


One way this could be done,
he said, was to allow for a
reduction in certain business
taxes and fees once employee
count remained at certain levels.
Another suggestion, he said,
would be to negotiate with the
Central Bank to reduce the
interest rate on loans to make it
easier for persons to repay their
debts. ,
The Chamber president said
his Board was to meet with
BEC in the near future, and the
Chamber will be asking the


Corporation to publish the
prices it purchases fuel at, so
that the public can directly see
the correlation between the fuel
surcharge and the BEC fuel
purchase price. Huge surcharges
as a result of fluctuating oil
prices have
driven utility bills through the
roof, placing a huge burden on
business owners.
As it relates to BEC, Mr
D'Aguilar said it was past time
that the Government revise the
law to allow persons to generate
their own electricity and sell the
excess back into the grid.
Mr D'Aguilar, who recently
headed a tour to the Island
School on Eleuthera, told West
Nassau Rotarians that the
school reckons that it saves
$60,000 a year on reverse meter-
ing.
The Island School is able to
provide the fuel for all its vehi-
cles through recycling cooking
oil it purchases from the
Princess Cruise lines. The Islan d
School also estimates that it is
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Another problem, Mr Laing said, was that if
companies found it necessary to lay-off hundreds
of workers, given that economic conditions were
predicted to worsen, what would happen if they
laid-off a second set of employees after receiving
a subsidy?
"There is the suggestion that, having subvent-
ed them in the first instance, do you go back and
' subvent them for a second time?" Mr Laing
asked. "How is that a fiscally prudent thin to do.
That is'iricredible to me.
. . . . . . .


it was an incredible suggestion coming from him
[Mr Smith]."
Mr Laing said that rather than subsidise the
private sector, the traditional model used across
the developed world was to provide some form of
financial assistance to the unemployed.
He explained that unemployment benefits had
more predictable costs, and were easier to manage
and budget for than any private sector subsidy
programme.
Mr Laing questioned why, with unemployment
levels higher than current ones during the 2003-
2005 period under the PLP administration', Mr
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. J $2.2bn resort project 'remains on the table'


FROM page 1B

woods Development Company
and Plantt Hollywood, plus
financial backer UBS, are still
willing to be involved despite
the global economic turmoil
that has left the credit and stock
markets in chaos.
"There's a lot of guys that
want to be part of it, but they
want to see government
approvals first," a source famil-
iar with the situation told Tri-
bune Business. "With the eco-
nomic climate the way it is, the
developers have had to make
some adjustments. The markets
are in turmoil, but a lot of peo-
ple still want to come offshore,
and the Bahamas is a favourite
place for tax reasons if they tan
get this going."
David Davis, permanent sec-
retary in the Office of the Prime
Minister, did not return a call
seeking comment on the cur-
rent status of the Bahamas
SGolden Beach Development
Company project before press
time.
-However, Zhivargo Laing,
minister of state for finance,
confirmed that the project was
"still out there", even though
he thought the Crown Land fac-
tor was still the major issue.
"I think the issue with them
was that they were seeking to


do something that required a
large tract of Crown Land," he
added. "The Government was
unwilling to give that much
land, consistent with what we
indicated prior to the election -
that we would not grant Crown
Land for such purposes.
"I think the bottom line was
land. They initially wanted 2,000
acres. The Government was
unwilling to do so. If they found
the land on their own, no prob-
lem."
Tribune Business, though,
understands that Bahamas
Golden Beach Development
Company is still proposing to
construct four hotel/casinos, pri-
vate airport, a major cruise ship
port via an offshore buoy, and
general entertainment district.
"It's a giant project, and
beyond the scope of what
Atlantis is, because it's in a
remote location," the source
said. "If any island can handle
that, Freeport can, and it's in a
great location vis-a-vis the US."
The Government, though is
likely to be skeptical and
understandably so about
Bahamas Golden Beach Devel-
opment Company's ability to
pull such a project off, given the
global economic turbulence that
has impacted existing resorts,
both those under construction
and in existence. Atlantis, once
considered impregnable, has


laid-off 800 staff already.
Still, given the grim predic-
tions for the Bahamian econo-
my for 2009, it is also hard to
argue against developments that
could provide a major employ-
ment and economic activity
boost.
Tribune Business previously
reported that initial projections
for the Bahamas Golden Beach
Development project had
pegged peak construction
employment at about just under
3,000 jobs, with a total annual
wage bill of over $143 million.
When full operations of the
resort complex began, more
than 3,000 permanent jobs were
slated for creation, with the first
phase alone involving the build-
out of 2,400 rooms.
The developers and their
strategic partners are all under-
stood to be willing to invest a
total of $265 million in equity
into Bahamas Golden Beach
Development, with UBS hav-
ing initially offered to provide a
$500 million credit facility.
Apart from Planet Holly-
wood and Foxwoods, the other
strategic partners in the early
going were Omni Hotels; Taub-
man, a $2.5 billion listed US
company specializing in gaming
retail and manager of 30 US
shopping malls; Bagliooni
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ATTENTION ALL BRITISH CITIZENS

The Vice Consul for The Bahamas (based in Kingston, Jamaica)

Will be conducting a Consular Surgery concerning Passport and Nationality
queries from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, 28 November 2008 at the British
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GOVERNMENT NOTICE
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
NOTICE


Procurement of School Computers & Printers


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, Thompson Blvd. from Monday 24 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
Printers").

4.0 Bids must be deposited in the tender box provided, at the first address, on or before Friday, 12tti
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 16th 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


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THE TRIBUNE






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Minister: moratorium on permits not necessary


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter
: BRANVILLE McCartney,
minister of state for immigra-
tion, has said trade union calls
for a one-year moratorium on
new work permit applications
are not necessary due to the
Immigration Department's cur-
rent policy.
John Pinder, the National
Congress of Trade Union
(NCTU) president, had last
week suggested that the Gov-
ernment suspend the granting
of new work permits for 12
months, so that qualified, out-
of-work Bahamians, can then
fill the vacant positions left by
foreigners.
Mr McCartney, in respond-
ing to the call, said such a mea-
sure was not necessary because
the Immigration Board already
takes into account whether a
Bahamian is available to fill a
position before a work permit is
granted. He said that if this is
the case, and the position can-
not be filled by a Bahamian, it


could place companies at a
major disadvantage and nega-
tively impact their operations if
they were unable to access the
skilled labour they required
because a work permit morato-
rium was in place.
Mr McCartney said the Imnii-
gration Department was very
vigilant about enforcing the pol-
icy, and ensuring that every
Bahamian who can fill a posi-
tion did so was something that
was standard and always done.
He said the Immigration
Department fully understood
that Bahamians were hurting
and massive amounts of people
were being laid off. "You just
had Atlantis and Harborside lay
off almost 1,000 people, and
now the Hilton has laid off
almost 20 persons, as well as
Pepsi and Pizza Hut, who also
let people go," Mr McCartney
said.
"That is a significant amount
of jobs lost per capital, but what
is concerning is that you are not
hearing about the amount of
small businesses who are letting
small amounts of people go.


The economy is bad and it will
only get worse."
Mr McCartney said that while
things were bad, they were like-
ly to get better, and he told
Bahamians to bear up and work
jobs that they may not wish to.
"I can't tell you the amount of
work permit requests for per-
sons to be handymen and
labourers because Bahamians
do not want to do that, but if
that is the difference. between
being employed and being.
unemployed, than you should
be the best labourer that you
can be," he added.
Mr McCartney said that hav-
ing a job will enable persons to
have greater flexibility in nego-
tiating with their creditors and
landlords. "You can go to your
landlord and say I am making
$200 a week, and this is how
much I can pay each week,
rather than not being employed
and not being able to bring in
any income at all," he explained.
He also called on civic organ-
isations to continue to do their
part to assist Bahamians who
are unemployed and in need.


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GOVERNMENT NOTICE
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
NOTICE


Procurement of Computers & Printers for the Districts Homework Centres/Study Hall programme


1.0 The Department of Education, (hereafter called the "Purchaser") now invites sealed bids, from
Suppliers for the procurement of computers and printers for the Ministry of Education Homework
Centres/Study Hall Programme.

2.0 Interested Bidders may collect the bidding documents from the Purchasing/Supplies
Section of the Ministry of Education Headquarters, Thompson Blvd. from Monday, 24h November,
2008, and obtain further information, at the second address
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. "Homework Centre Computers
and Printers").

4.0 Bids must be deposited in the tender box provided, at the first address, on or before Friday, 12th
November, 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


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PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Bahamas Telecommunications Company's Application to
Modify Schedule 1 of its Interim License

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

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

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

c) invite comments from the public and interested parties.

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

The Public Consultation Document can be obtained from the Commission's
office located at 4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue, Nassau or downloaded
from the Commission's web site at www.pucbahamas.gov.bs. Written
comments 'should be submitted by November 28, 2008 via post, hand delivery,
facsimile or e-mail to:
Mr. Michael J. Symonette,
Executive Director
Public Utilities Commission
P.O. Box N 4860
Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue
Nassau, Bahamas

Telephone: 242 322 4437
Fax: 242 323 7288
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Corporation promises 'no complacency' on oil price drop


FROM page 1B

the price of oil," he told Tri-
bune Business. "We're going to
continue on this path.
"We've already evaluated
and produced a short-list of
companies. We went down from
about 30 to about half that
number. We've approached our
principals about the next step,
so we're waiting for that" deci-
sion to be made.
Mr Basden added: "Now that
we've pre-qualified them, we
will now get into the meat of it
with the remaining qualities to
see whether they can deliver
what BEC is looking for. We've
completed the initial evaluation,
and the meat of the process
itself will involve a more


IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE BAHAMAS
Common Law and Equity Division


detailed review of all their pro-
posals."
The BEC general manager
said that-among the remaining
contenders were a variety of dif-
ferent renewable, sustainable
energy sources, including solar,
wind, hydrokinetic and waste-
to-energy (biomass) proposals.
"The quality of the propos-
als is pretty good. It's what we
were expecting," Mr Basden
told Tribune Business, adding
that BEC was maintaining an
open mind on how many
renewable energy providers it
eventually contracted with.
"We are still open in terms
of that," he explained, "because
of the archipelagic nature of the
Bahamas, which means we do
not just have one island. So we
could possibly end up with one


2008/CLE/qui/916


IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel
or lot of land situate in the Settlement of Salt Pond
in the Island of Long Island one of the islands of
the said Commonwealth of The Bahamas which
,,.,aai lot ,hoiudedorhwkardlyby, land now or
and running together thereon Three hundred ,
and Sixty even and Five hundredths (367.05)
feet Southwardly by land now or formerly the
property of the said George Knowles and running
thereon One hundred and Seventy Two and Fifty
Eight hundredths (172.58) feet Westwardly
partially by land now or formerly theproperty
of John Knowles and partially by land now or
formerly the property of George Knowles and
running thereon Two hundred and Two and
Fifteen hundredths (202.15) feet and Eastwardly
by a thirty (30) feet wide road reservation and
running thereon Two hundred and Sixty Seven
(267) feet which said pieae parcel or lot of land
has such position boundaries shape marks and
dimensions as are on a plan filed herein and
thereon coloured Pink.
IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act,
1959.
AND IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of
Randolph Lawrence Knowles.

NOTICE
The Quieting Titles Act, 1959
The Petition of RANDOLPH LAWRENCE KNOWLES of the
Imperial Park subdivision in the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands in the Corimmonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of:
ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate
in the Settlement of Salt Pond in the Island
of Long Island one of the islands of the said
Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said
lot is bounded Northwardly by land now or
formerly the property claimed by John Knowles
and running together thereon Three hundred
and Sixty Seven and Five hundredths (367,05)
feet Southwardly by land now or formerly
the property of the said George Knowles and
running thereon One hundred and Seventy
Two and- Fifty Eight hundredths (172.58) feet
Westwardly partially by land now or formerly
the property of John Knowles and partially by
land now or formerly the property of George
Knowles and running thereon Two hundred
and Two and Fifteen hundredths (202.15) feet
and Eastwardly by a thirty (30) feet wide road
reservation and running thereon Two hundred
and Sixty Seven (267) feet.

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

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY & COMPANY
Fifty Shirley Street
Shirley House
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner


[renewable energy supplier] in
New Providence and one in the
Family Islands."
Apart from diversifying
BEC's electrical generation
sources and potentially reducing
the cost of energy in this nation,
an issue that has impacted all
businesses and consumers, the
move into sustainable energy
also has energy security and
environmental implications.
Mr Basden said: "At the end
of the day, we are looking at
having renewable energy as a
built-in component of the ener-
gy generation mix, which will
reduce the use of fossil fuels as
well as being environmentally
friendly."
With BEC set to spend more
than $350 million on fuel
imports in 2008, a bill that has
more than quadrupled from the
$80 million spend six years ago,
a base of Bahamas-based
renewable energy suppliers
could also substantially reduce
the annual drain on this nation's
foreign exchange reserves.
Among the bidders to reveal
their hand over BEC's renew-
able energy RFP have been a
host of waste-to-energy (bio-
mass) proposals. Plasco Ener-


gy Group; a rival consortium
featuring Bahamas Waste; the
Bahamas Renewable Energy
Resources Company, a group
headed by Bahamian firm
Waste Not; and a group featur-
ing GPEC Global (Canada) and
ENERSOL (Bahamas) all sub-
mitted proposals for a biomass
. plant worth around $100 mil-
lion.
Meanwhile, Mr Basden
"most emphatically" denied
concerns raised by Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent, Dionisio' D'Aguilar, that
BEC's fuel surcharge was show-
ing no correlation with global
oil market prices, and was drop-
ping at a much slower rate than
it had increased by earlier this
year.
With high energy costs jeop-
ardizing the Bahamian econo-
my's sustainability, Mr
D.'Aguilar had previously told
Tribune Business that while
BEC's surcharge had fallen by
5.6 per cent in November 2008
compared to the previous
month, over the same period
global oil prices had dropped
by 27.7 per cent.
However, Mr Basden said
BEC's fuel surcharge did "fol-


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lag has to do with inventory"
bought at a previous price that
had to be used up.
Describing Mr D'Aguilar's
assertions as "not correct", Mr
Basden said: "It's a direct cor-
relation, and what we have
offered to the Chamber of
Commerce is that they put
together a team together to sit
with us and go through the
process" of calculating the fuel
surcharge.
"We want to be transparent,"
Mr Basden added, explaining
that there were numerous'fac-
tors involved in calculating the
fuel surcharge. The cost of a
particular fuel shipment, he
said, was calculated on a five-
day bill of lading, using the
average of the two days before,
the two days after, and the actu-
al day the fuel was landed. And
BEC received numerous
monthly fuel shipments.
And while the per barrel
price referred to crude oil, Mr
Basden said the price of its
derivatives such as diesel and
gasoline varied according to
the product. "The increase in


the price of diesel was much
more than the price of gaso-
line," he added, BEC using
diesel to run its turbines and
generators.
And, in the short-term, it
appears there will be better
news for BEC customers, espe-
cially businesses, who have been
unable to benefit from the Gov-
ernment's capping of the fuel
surcharge at $0.15 per kilowatt
(KwH) hour for residential con-
sumers who less than 800 KwH
per month.
"Based on the projections, we
anticipate it being in the range
of $0.17, and even lower for
January," Mr Basden said of
the fuel surcharge, the most
volatile bill component and the
one chiefly responsible for the
soaring energy prices experi-
enced in 2008.
While January's figure had
not been confirmed, BEC antic-
ipated it would be "lower than
$0.15". "I'm not comfortable
with that number yet," Mr Bas-
den said. "I'm a bit more com-
fortable for December than
January, but that's what the
projections say."


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008, PAGE 7B


$12m poultry farm project 'best hope' in North Andros


FROM page 1B


it to a point where they can start
bringing in equipment."
Mr Peet added of the $12 mil-
lion project, which will be locat-
ed in the north Andros area
known as the Bare: "We're hop-
ing that if it gets going, it will
employ anywhere between 30-
50 persons, which will be a
major dent" in the unemploy-
ment figures.
While the investors behind
the poultry farm were likely to
eventually look to export their
produce to New Providence and
foreign markets, Mr Peet said:
"We're just hoping it takes
place. We are cautiously opti-
mistic, but in the present cli-
mate, we just have to wait and
see."
As for Chub Cay, he added:
"When I spoke recently with


the investors, they were still
hopeful, but with the world
economy being what it is, they
can't guarantee anything.
"They were hopeful the new
equity partner will continue.
There was still an agreement in
principle in place, and they were
still hopeful........
"Right now, everything is just
touch and go. They are hope-
ful, we are hopeful. We cer-
tainly need something to hap-
pen at Chub. We hope the
transaction is consummated, but
nothing is done yet."
With the investors still "hop-
ing the transaction will go
through", Chub Cay had effec-
tively been place in 'caretaker
mode', with a "skeleton crew"
on the island part of the Berry
Islands chain to maintain the
property.
Apart from several foreign
second home owners complet-
ing construction of their prop-


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000
(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138(4)
of the International Business Companies Act, 2000, (No. 45 of
2000), STAR FLOW INVESTMENT INC., is in dissolution.

JOSE DAVID SKAF NETO is the Liquidator and can be con-
tacted at Sector Setor SHIS QI 07, cj, 12, Casa 11, Brasilia,
Brasil, 71615-320.

All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the 18th day of
December, 2008.


l., y..




LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice ishereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
RIO UNIVERSE LTD. is in dissolution: Ms. Alrena Moxey
is the Liquidator and can be contacted at Winterbotham
Place, Marlborough & Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas.
All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names addresses and particulars of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 5th December,
2008.




ALItNAMOXEY




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Annual .



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MINI FAIR

Saturday 29th November 2008


erties, building work on the
Chub Cay project had effec-
tively ceased for the time being.
The south Florida investor
trio behind the Chub Cay Club
& Associates project includes
Kaye Pearson, head of Interna-
tional Marinas, who used to run
the Fort Lauderdale Interna-
tional Boat Show and manage
the Port Lucaya Marina on
Grand Bahama. His partners
are Walt McCrory and Bob
Moss, who heads his own con-
struction firm.
Prior to the work halt, the
Chub Cay marina had been
completed, some $16 million
worth.of infrastructure installed
on the island, and a number of
private homes constructed with
more planned. However, work
to upgrade the existing club-
house and convert it to a hotel
has not been completed.
it's. one of the finest mari-
nas in this part of the world for


mega yachts and ordinary
yachts," Mr Peet confirmed.
But without the injection of
extra capital funding, Chub Cay
will likely find it extremely dif-
.ficult to attract already scarce
debt financing to move the pro-
ject forward.
The MP confirmed that Chub
Cay's woes had had a "devas-
tating impact" on north Andros
and its economy, as the project,
which was a 10-minute flight
from the island, had provided
most of his constituents'
employment.
"If Nassau is bad, Andros is
worse," Mr Peet added. "The
north Andros economy is very,
very bad. The only glimmer of
hope really is in the agricultur-
al sector. More effort is being
made to get more farmers
involved, so the agricultural sec-
tor is where the Government is
pushing to stimulate the econo-
my."


LEGALNOTICE

NOTICE

TULIP GARDEN LIMITED

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(N6.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of,
the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000), Tulip
Garden Limited is in dissolution. Tulip Garden (PTC) Limited
is the Liquidator and can be contacted at East Asia Corporate Ser-
vices (BVI) Limited, East Asia Chambers, PRO. Box 901, Road Town,
olrtola, British Virgin Isalnds. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their names addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 20th
December, 2008.


__ 2 LIMITED,
as Trustee of the Tulip Garden Unit Trust
Liquidator


Legal Notice



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)


GALLAVAN LTD.
In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of.the
International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), GALLA-
/AN LTD. has been dissolved and struck off the Register according
to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the.Registrar General on
the .14th day of November, 2008.


Luis Pineyrua Pittaluga
Juncal 1305
Suite 21, Montevideo
Uruguay
Liquidator


The Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation
(BAIC) had increased its on-
ground presence and assistance
to north Andros farmers, seek-
ing to get their produce accept-
ed by major New Providence
food,wholesalers and retailers.
Even with the area's limited
employment there had been
"downsizing" in the workforce,
Mr Peet told Tribune Business,


with the Government being the
area's major employer.
He added that two initiatives
to spur economic activity the
construction of an $8 million
sea wall at Lowe Sound, and a
pre-school/primary school com-
plex in the same area which
had been approved prior to the
May 2007 election, had been
cancelled by the incoming FNM
administration.


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
Rosbery International Investments Ltd. is in dissolution.
Alrena H. Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted at The
Winterbotham Trust Company Limited, Marlborough &
Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their
names addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
SLiquidator before 8th December, 2008.





LQVDATOS


Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) PIERS OVERSEAS CORP. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on November 21, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.

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

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 19th day of December, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

NOVEMBER 24, 2008

LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY




Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on November 21, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.

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

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 19th day of December, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

NOVEMBER 24, 2008

LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY


FGCAPITAL MARKETS
UlC U* KERAGE &A3W2aOW SUKVICBe


C F A IL." C-2: ;) 1.. C- IA L _
BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF .
FRIDAY, I1 NOVEMBER 2008
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX(: CLOSE 1.793.82 I CHG 4.241 OCHG O 24 I YTD -272 93 YTD -13.21 ,.
FINDEX: CLOSE 861.6392 I YTD-9 49% | 2007 28.29% *. .. ..
WWW BISXBAHAMAS.COM or 242-394-2503 FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION ', '. :
". -- ~. .. -L...: Secjrl Prea~.,...s -1.:se Tc.a,. s C,.as- Ch...- ge Dail, ..r EPS i Di- S P'E Yield
"1El : uI. :. Marness i 171 *: 0071 0000 2G o1 000
1 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 0.73 0.73 0.00 -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 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.15 11.18 Cable Bahamas 14.15 14.15 0.00 1.255 0.240 11.3 1.70%
3.15 2.83 Colina Holdings 2.83 2.83 0.00 284 0.118 0.040 24.0 1.41%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (SI) 7.12 7.20 0.08 10.000 0.446 0.300 16.1 4.17%
6.59 1.88 Consolidated Water BDRe 1.72 1.91 0.19 ( 0.122 0.052 15.7 2.72%
3.00 2.26 Doctor's Hospital 2.65 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 3.69%
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 111.50 11 50 0.00 0.682 0.450 16.9 3.91%
6.04 5.01 Focol (S) 5.20 5.20 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%
1- 10 ? P. e I-,r Rea.l E.tr't 1,. 00 10 0-- 0 00 0 180 O 000 55 6 001 %
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Eonds trade on a Per-.enlage Pricing bases) -
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol. Interest Maturity
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Eank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 0.00 7% 19 October 2017
1000.00 00.00 Fidelity Sank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 19 October 2022
10 10.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7% 30 May 2013
rin .o nfn n 00 n00 cid li', Banl- iNote 15 (Series D) FBBIs 100 0n0 0 o0 Prime 1 756/, 29 May 2015
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1 ]' '^1.- : ..e, ..s .q- e-.akos t I 1 .1:1 i rlt .O0, 1 0 300 NM 2 05%
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 N/M 1 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RNDO Holdings 0.35 0 40 0.35 0 001 0.000 256.6 0.00%
Coltna Over-The-Counler Securities .. '''
-1 1 C B 3 o _. .-,._. L .. ,.:. a =-1.0 0000 90 000%
14.00 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.11 14.06 14.00 -0.041 0.300 N/M 2.17%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.55 0.002 0.000 261.9 0.00%
BISX Listed MluIJul Funds
S.-L Fu-..a r .jIn r. L.v T .-. Last 12 f.1t:.1rr DI. .YSela NAV Dole
1.4258 1.3623 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 1.4258 3.69 4.66 7-Nov-08
1.4268 -1.3641 Colina 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-OB
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
1 0287 1 0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1.0287 2.87 2 87 31-Oct-08
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5i2wk.ow LoweOct. sing price In 00st 52 weeks Ask S Selling price of Colina and fidelity
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PAGE 8 MONAY, OVEMBR 24,2008THE PAGE ~


Tribune Comics


JUDGE PARKER


CALVIN & HOBBES


DENNIS THE MENACE


"'Tis S16 A RECORP l PIPN'T EVEN NET TO
FINISH NW BREAKFAST!"


Kakuro


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


y huciffi) Level W A


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


15 294836
435176 219
92381457
71963548


24637985

69 81 2374


49 79 98
123 48769
7195 58
81 8179
9387 2831
9685 12
85 2135
96783 -143
89 97 21


HAGAR THE HORRIBLE


CRYPTIC PUZZLE


Across : Do
,1 Denied that profits help (8) 1
5 A friend much changed (4)
9 Sor igh pressure in the 2
middle of bridges (5)
10 In tennis people may play 3
them for one point (7)
11 Successful enterprise 4
gives cash to the
cotton-worker (5-7) 6
13 Starfish? (6) 7
14 Man getting cue all wrong
shows sharpness (6) 8
17 Not the death rate,
apparently (4,2,6) 12
20 Passed on a message
concerning new delay (7) 15
21 A fringe gathering of lace-
makers (5) 16
22 It's Ena's turn to be
reasonable (4) 18
23 Deadly feud conducted
with relative bitterness (8) 19


Yesterday's Cryptic Solution
Across: 1 Socialism, 8 Error, 9 Off-
peak, 10 Seat of learning, 11 Dragon,
12 Increase, 15 Pentagon, 18 Fervid,
20 Riders, 21 Strange, 22 Tinge, 23
Delighted.
Down: 2 Offer, 3 Impugn, 5 Meteor, 6
Fretsaw; 7 Proffered, 11 Desperate,
13 Confetti, 14 Anodyne, 16 Agreed,
17 Breach, 19 Ingle.


wn 9
1 She may have'all sorts of
jobs to do this Friday (4)
2 Entrances out of the
weather? (7) 12
3 Agrees with someone as
tall as oneself? (4,3,2,3)
I Organise sit-ins and make
repeated demands (6) 17
6 She cuts the length (5)
7 Choosing the wrong type
will lead to this (8) 20
8 This clue is yet to be
found (12)
22
2 Pure ices for them, of
course (8)
5 Feline requiring a detailed WU
description (4,3) NJ
6 Promise to drink one's N
health (6) D
8 One girl takes on a hair-
dressing business ... (5) ()
9 ... and another gives
some clever answers (4) W

Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Ostracism, 8 Occur, 9
Rampage, 10 Mimosa, 11 Detect,
12 Alienate, 15 Inexpert, 18
Reason, 20 Evenly, 21 Applied, 22
Lying, 23 Mendacity.
Down: 2 Suave, 3 Rapier, 4
Cogitate, 5 Motive, 6 Scholar, 7
Break even, 11 Decidedly, 13
Intrepid, 14 Bedevil, 16 Phlegm, 17
Garlic, 19 Overt.


Across
1 Northern US state (8)
5 Russian emperor (4)
9 Fight (5)
10 In the direction of (7)
11 Grief-stricken (12)
,13 Mischievous child (6)
14 Rigorous (6)
17 Complete
discretion (5,7)
20 Complete col-
lapse (7)
21 Deep ravine (5)
22 Interval of calm (4)
23 Abstaining from
alcohol (8)


The
Target-
uses
words in
the main
body of
Chambers
21st
Century
Dictionary
(1999
edition).


Down
1 To disguise (4)
2 Constantly recur-
ring (7)
3 Prodigality (12)
4 Bear witness (6)
6 Wash with stiff
brush (5)
7 Expression of
esteem (8)
8 Shakespearean
comedy (7,5)
12 Self-destructive (8)
15 Receive by
bequest (7)
16 To strip of
property (6)
18 Rise up.(5)
19 Be aware of (4)


HOW many words of four .
letters or more ca you make
from the letters shown here? In.
making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals,.
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 18; very good 27; excellent
36 (or more).
Solution tomorrow. ..

YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION
down endow ENDOWMENT
meow meowed mewed mowed
mown newt newton nowt
owed owned towed town
townee twee tweed weed
ween wend went wont wonted








by Steve lB F -


Future Shock


South dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
NORTH
4 J98
VQ 104
*7


WEST
45,2
VK97
*Q98
42


*KQJ 1083
F' EAST
*A63
V853
6543 *J102
+A765
SOUTH
*KQ 1074
VAJ62
*AK
+94


The bidding:
South West North East
14 Pass 24 Pass
2 V Pass 24 Pass
44
Opening lead two of clubs.
Today's hand features excellent
play by a defender. It illustrates how
foresight can overcome the uncer-
tainties that often accompany defen-
sive play.
West led the deuce of clubs
against four spades, and East took
the ace as South dropped the nine. It
wasn't difficult for East to deduce
that West's lead was a singleton -
only the four was missing, and West.
would have led that card rather than-


the deuce from the doubleton 4-2.
But instead of impulsively return-
ing a club for West to ruff,. which'
would have handed declare the con-
tract, East paused to corisider where
his side might collect the setting
trick. The ace of clubs, a club ruff
and the trump ace would account for
three tricks, but a fourth trick would
be needed if the contract was to be
defeated.
On the bidding, it was likely, that
South held exactly five spades. West
was therefore a favorite to hold two
spades, so the club ruff could be
postponed until East regained the
lead with the ace of spades.
The setting trick, if there was one,
could either be the ace of hearts, ace
of diamonds or king of hearts. If
West had either red ace, the contract
would be set regardless of what East
returned at trick two. But if West had
the king of hearts, it was essential to
return a heart at this point. Other-
wise, South would eventually get rid
of his hearts on dummy's clubs.
So East shifted to a heart at trick
two. Declarer had no choice but to
finesse, losing to the king, and West
returned a heart to dummy's queen.
When the eight of spades was next
led, East rose with the ace and
returned a club, and West's ruff put
the finishing touch on a well-
defended hand.


Tomorrow: Combinations and percentages.
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Aruba police pursue new



evidence in Holloway case


* By MIKE MELIA
Associated Press Writer
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
(AP) A new witness has
come forward in the 2005 dis-
appearance of American
teenager Natalee Holloway in
Aruba, and prosecutors said
they are seeking more evidence
against the only remaining sus-
pect.
A woman told Dutch police
this month that Joran van der
Sloot confessed to her years ago
that he was involved in Hol-
loway's disappearance, accord-
ing to Ann Angela, a spokes-
woman for the Aruba Prosecu-
tors' Office.


But the Dutch Caribbean
island's chief prosecutor said
authorities still lack proof they
need to convict Van der Sloot,
who has been arrested twice
and released for lack of evi-
dence.
* "After three years of inves-
tigating, it is very, very difficult
to find that evidence," prose-
cutor Hans Mos told The Asso-
ciated Press. "We have to be
realistic."
Holloway, an 18-year-old
from Mountain Brook, Alaba-
ma, was last seen in May 2005
leaving a bar in the Aruban cap-
ital Oranjestad with Van der
Sloot on the final night of a high
school graduation trip .to the


island. Extensive searches have
found no trace of her.
Investigators reopened the
case earlier this year based on
hidden-camera recordings made
by a Dutch TV crime show. On
the video, Van der Sloot says
Holloway collapsed on the
beach after they left the bar and
that he called a friend to dump
her body at sea.
The new witness, once a
friend of Van der Sloot, con-
firmed that he gave her roughly
the same account shortly after
Holloway's disappearance. But
Mos said her statement does
not bring authorities any closer
to resolving the case.
He also said the witness


would lack credibility in court
unless she explains why she
waited so long to come forward.
Attorneys for Van der Sloot
didn't immediately respond to
messages seeking comment and
there was no answer at his par-


ents' home in Aruba.
Van der Sloot was last known
to be living in Thailand but his
current whereabouts are a
"mystery," Angela said.
Angela said Aruban authori-
ties hope to decide by the end


of this year whether to prose-
cute Van der Sloot or close the
case for good.
Natalee Holloway's mother,
Beth Holloway, did not imme-
diately return a telephone call
Tuesday seeking comment.


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Readers respond to 'Hard Times'


Dear Mr Marquis, I
could not agree with
you more in your
article. I have been telling
people for years of their gross
misunderstanding of service
and money attitudes and I
think that people need to not
only hear these words, but
now they will understand what
they mean.'
God's word in Luke 18:14
says: "I tell you, this man went
to his house justified rather
than the other; for everyone.
who exalts himself will be
humbled, but he who humbles
himself will be exalted."
If the service staff and the
majority of persons adhere to
a rule that they declare most
Sunday in church while peo-
ple are watching them, I say to
them: "Live the truth of these
words rather than looking
good in front of other people
because God knows what we
really think and who we really
are!"
Humility has been lost in
this country and if more peo-
ple travelled the world, they
will finally understand the
Haitians and the Cubans and
many other nationalities
across the world. Thank you
for your time.
Ian Moree
YOUR reference to the
bag-packer who thought ten
cents poor reward for packing
three items into a plastic bag
reminded me of something
That happened to me when I
went to the foodstore.
I am elderly and appreciat-
ed the boy taking the basket
to my car, but when I handed
him a handful of change as a
tip, he threw it on the ground
and walked off.
I said "My need is obviously


FEEDBACK


greater than yours" and pro-
ceeded to pick up the money,
which I personally could not
afford to leave lying in the car
park.
It made me wonder what
kind of home such a boy
comes from, where coins are
regarded as too lowly to han-
dle, and where money, which
people have to work so hard
for, is so poorly regarded.
Thanks for another very
informative and enlightening
Insight.
Nassau pensioner
THE ungrateful waitress
you referred to ought to have
been fired on the spot. Her
attitude was disgraceful.
-Lesley Mills
Mr Marquis,
Finally an accurate and
courageous article on the state
of affairs in this country.
We have been in trouble for
years now and are waiting for
the revolution that will be tak-
ing place in this country.
Nobody has been listening and
paying attention to what we
have been experiencing in the
workplace.
We applaud the article and
have made copies for all of
our staff members as
REQUIRED READING!
Warm regards,
Tina Knowles
Chelsea's Choice


FOR a long time now it has
been obvious that many
Bahamians (not all, I'm happy
to say) have failed to make the
connection between their own
working standards and the
success of the company they
work for. In fact, I've found
that many restaurant staff,
instead of making a fuss of
regular customers, adopt a
'familiarity breeds contempt'
attitude, seeming to take their
customer for granted.
Though I dread a full-on
recession in this country, I
reluctantly have to admit that
it might do some good in the
long run, if only to knock
sense into those who really
seem to believe that the world
and its brother owe them a liv-
ing.
The waitress who handed
the change back to the cus-
tomer needs to taste unem-
ployment in.the hope that she
will be a better person at the
end of it.
-Veronica Bastian
I KNOW the restaurant of
which you speak. I had lunch
there one day and a guy was
up at the bar cussing and ,
blinding while the waitresses o
laughed and encouraged him. ;
The 'management' (what a. '
laugh!) sat behind the till see- '*
ing nothing and hearing less,
as though frightened to take
disciplinary action.'
GHB, The Grove


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008




'K


I.


It's going to get

far worse before

it gets better
S'.,JON^ AR" I FORT' }ears ago. ibus before he lel Ne-
Managtng Ecaor
.,Adl. M'.I'otning Providence, the ihen colonial Go0ernor Sir
...... Ralph Grey warned Bahamians not 10o take
| .'':; their prospeni) lor granted. He lelLihere
: as a iendenq for them to believe the)
..-...........: ,-.. had diune proiecuon. As Aldinu Ij,,d ofi
r.,.,..- ", ;P'.. ... 800 worker Ia.ml eek, and the wurld
S.... .. ...'. financial cnsis deepened, the Bahamas
"'....... . found iLsell' contromed %utih the prospect
....o.... .. real hardship lor man) of its people
fo'. r the first ume in hall a century
.. ..............'.. VSIGHF reports.

S...'. r-. 0. r ir.-.-i 1. -
stoer said: "If you don't Atlantis orbecome a drug-deal- the way out came as little sur-
nt it, I'll take it ack" and pri to thse who have been
d precisely that. leaving the The incidents are trivial in following economic develop-
hoolboy gazing into his emp- themselves, but reveal a mind- meats closely. And it wil come
palm. set which has developed dur-' as no surprise, either, if the
At a Nassau secondary ing 40 years of plenty. Many hotel lays off more people in
hool, a teacher was amazed Bahamians possess a sense of the New Year, with the final
' discover thai students entitlement bornof a misguided figure possibly as highs 1,500.
fused to handle coinage at all, belief that the good times were It has been clear for months
guarding it as beneath them. open-ended, and that their that hotel occupancy has been
's banknotes or nothing as nation was blessed like no oth- way down, that restaurants
r as I'm concerned," said one, er. Now it's wake-up time. were being closed for long peri-
elaringat the same time. inci- Last week's devastating ods every month, and that wait-
au


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The stories behind the news


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AN AFLAhlIS WORKER .
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ers and others were having'to ply another nail.in the busi- agement had tocappaycheque
make do with shortened work new's coffin, which is now more repayments o creditors, rea-
weeks, or less ready for formal burial. sonin that they had a social
Nonetheless, Atlantis's dei. Will the staff and espe- responsibility not only to their
sion certainly shocked those cially the waitress with the off- own staff but also their fami-
who fail, for whatever reason, hand manner-ever make the lies.
to make the connection connection between therestau- Now that business is bad,
between the quality of their rat'sdeclie and theirowtndis- workers who not so long ago
work and the stability and sus- graceful behaviour? were on a finmancdal high hanv
tainability of their position. Probably, particularly if they hit the skids, and the fall-out
Not long ago. mass lay-offs find themselves in the predica- will be very unpleasant.
at the Paradise Island resort meant now being suffered by The first publicly expressed
were unthinkable. In the late thousands of Bahamian fami- utterance signalling looming
1990sandearly2000s, Atlanlts lies who face penury after catastropcame when a .enor
was second only to Disney as a decades of relative financial construction worker on PI told
leading resort brand of the security. me weeks ago that Atlantis
Americas.Tourists were falling The fact that it was Atlantis founder Sol Keoaner had lost


More names in the dossier of shame


FROM page 12

action: ,,.
When it became clear that
Thompson was not going to do
anything to earn his fee, Mr
Moree sought solace from
another lawyer, only to find she
wanted a $2,500 retainer, also




bein th nws


doing nothing in return.
,She ripped me-off, too," Mr
Moree told INSIGHT, "I.would
like to know where or to whom
I must go to take this com-
plaint."
It's a good question, and one
INSIGHT is asked at least once
a week. Unfortunately, we don't
know the answer.
Every time The Tribune car-
ries another photograph of
rookie lawyers lining up in wigs
and gowns to be admitted into a
thoroughly disorganised and
increasingly discredited profes-
sion, we wonder whether just
one of them will be strong
enough to cry "Enough is
enough" and try to change its
course.


In fact, one attorney I like venture," the source added,
and respect hasmore-than onc.,. pointing out that the "consci-
exlpressed dismay at the.str4a .entious and diligent" are prob-
of his trade, wondering whether ably in a minority.
it can ever be.pulled from the A foreign barrister told me,
mire in which it now finds itself. that the Bahamas Bar'is held in
He has even considered forming such low esteem that it is
a group of like-minded lawyers regarded as a sick joke a dis-
to bring pressure on the rest. turbirig judgment considering
INSIGHT was told by one that inward foreign investment
legal source that some decent relies heavily on the rule of law
attorneys are constrained by being in place.
commercial and family consid- It's certainly true that if the
rations from speaking out. Bahamas media were to operate
They also had to live with the at the same level of efficiency as
legacy of the Pindling era when much of the legal profession,
"Nobody moves, nobody gets no newspaper would ever
hurt" was the prevailing credo' appear, and no television pro-
"It's time-consuming to take gramme would ever be made.
on legal issues for the sake of It really is as bad as that.
principle and an expensive risk But INSIGHT's concern lies


with the victims: ordinary
Bahamians who feel mounting
'l$dtspoair in their own land at the
apparent hopelessness of.the
situation. .,.
'And it wonders at a profes-
sional climate that leads.a
woman attorney to believe,
without any sense of shame,
that she can misappropriate a
client's funds for her own busi-
ness u.se, with no hint of
accountability.
When she finally handed the
money over, she was right on
the brink of being exposed by
The Tribune. Evidently that,
and the threat of a writ, prompt-,
ed an instant desire to do the
decent thing.
Self-interest and self-preser-


aviation were .f.course, the
primee motivate o-ut at east a
;kind of just b ptvailed&.;'eft
to her own profession's regula-
tory machinery, it's unlikely that
her client-would ever have'got
her money back.- *
As a result, one more ordi-
nary Bahamian would have fall-
en foul of the kind of cynical
exploitation which has now
become commonplace. One
more family would have been
left out of pocket by a lawyer's
greed. How much longer can
this diabolical situation be
allowed to continue right at the
heart of our system of justice?
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ST eMri [lieIa


The stories behind the news


.,' .DI SGRACED attorney


tti6r


Andrew Thompson, who was disbarred after misappropriating


.... more than $200,000 of his clients' money, is only one of many Nassau lawyers whose

behaviour has shocked clients. As Isight's dossier on criminality within the legal

rfiongrows bigger by the weewe cite some of the most outrageous cases,

nd pose the question: Who is going to bring these people into line?


..,. ,' ,. -.' .. .- ., . funds are no longer there to repay the
aggrieved clients."
i- NB Another prominent figure has been
,, named as a rogue lawyer bN a woman
S',claiming that he messed up a divorce
'. action, kept her money and lost her
MON papers.
Repeatedly she has tried to get a
,at. Response from this man, all to no avail.
te qt-. "I could never reach him on the
phone. At one point he told me to call
back on another number, but it was a
," ; wrong number.


,,-'C' ,tB .,., '-- ".



So.W irit bad been served on her.
A,..: U the plaintiff t'astoiled in her
i:. to bring the pttore to book, but
i ,ltid.. a4.the satisfa0tditof collecting
: r,.od e .Ie t'Aiftds, albeit f minus interest and
tj,: ptbhet financial losses,incurred by the
OW 'Og delay. ..
uffer. ""This matter caused me a lot ot
g sa'ti"' heartache," she told INSIGHT, "and
44xteou.".tli.re is no doubt that I am very much
$Tonial ,-, out of pocket, even.though I haye niy
il u1b tpbimoney back. It seems astonishing to
zg":'ld 'ng' me that this.woman felt She could get
i .".',daway with it,"
% V$is njy Britiishstylei libel laws being what
:-r .-.. ':. .they are, we are obliged to keep the
tt through lawyer's identity to ourselves at this
tsuces,, stage,'but her name joins many more
Vteft ithn o in our dossier of shame and could be
y vpejvre :-unearthed whenever her integrity
Aitit-ir- again falls into question,
N.i the' Another case referred to INSIGHT
concerns a probate issue ip which a
Jbee.,the .u' family maintain it has been disinher-
ttiover citedd by an illegal cover-up involving
i a. :two prominent Nassau lawyers.
i"an- The complainant is calling for both
tise. .attorneys to be disbarred for alleged-


ly acting deliberately to exclude an
official executrix from probate pro-
ceedings, leaving the way clear for
another relative to control the estate.
The complainant alleges that the
lawyer she hired was '"in cahoots" with
the attorney representing the other
side and that together they conspired
against her interests. -
She told INSIGHT: "I am so dis-
appointed in the. Bar Association. I
guess they have to protect their own
little lawyers as best they can. But
here we have probably $3.5 million at
stake and people are losing their right-
ful inheritance.
"It is very discouraging and embar-
rassing that this kind of thing can go
on because a lot of people from for-
eign countries come' here and face
problems, too. It is a terrible reflection
'on our country, but the truth is that
our legal profession is out of control.
"'1 think that so many are in a clique
together, and owe each other so many
favours, that clients' interests come
second to professional affiliations.
That is the experience I am getting,


and I know a lot of other people feel
the same way."
She added: "A foreign ombudsman
must be appointed to rule on these
complaints, but in a way that they are
made incorruptible."
"There is no doubt," one respected
attorney told INSIGHT. "that some
lawyers here are in the profession
because it offers opportunities for dis-
honesty. When large sums of money
are passing through their hands during
property and other transactions, it is
easy.for the weak-minded to fall prey
to temptation.
"In the case of Andrew Thompson.
it seems, the misuse of other people's
money got out of hand. Dishonesty
might not have been the original moti-
vator. It might well have been a case
-of robbing Peter to pay Paul, always
expecting that everyone would be paid
in the end..
"But such an attitude inevitably
leads to trouble because people of that
inclination are unable to control their
greed. Their 'borrowing' goes on and
on until they are'in so deep that the


"Once he said my husband had the
papers, but he didn't and asked: What
papers? The lawyer even lied to me,
saying my husband had mo'ed. when
in fact my husband had been living in
the same house for the past ten Nears."
The woman made repeated trips, at
considerable expense, from a Family
Island to see the lawyer, usually% with
no result. Once a secretary said she
felt sorry for the client and asked her
io call back in five minutes. When she
did so, another girl answered and said
the lawyer was not in.
When she was eventually able to
speak to the lawyer, he said: "Call by
my office tomorrow." When she did
so, he had left for the United States.
"What do you do with people like
him?" she asked INSIGHT in despair,
"I wrote hun to give me back my mon-
ey, saying if he didn't let me have it, I
would report him to the Bar Associa-
tion.
"I got nothing from him. In one let-
ter. I asked him to gne the money to a
third party, but he never did. I w rote
him another letter. It came back."
Left in limbo, the client now feels
powerless. The lawyer still has her
money, the divorce matter is still unre-
solved, the papers appear to be lost or
mislaid, and the same old pattern of
dishonesty and incompetence has
emerged to the detriment of an inno-
cent person seeking closure.
In this case, the combination of pro-
fessional neglect. downright tardiness
and inexplicable heartlessness is par-
ticularly poignant because the legally-
qualified villain involved could possi-
bly be seeking your support at the
next general election. His name
reclines in INSIGHT's dossier of
shame, awaiting resurrecuon when the
time is right.
Now let's consider the case of Eric
Moree, one of Andrew Thompson's
victims, who handed over nearly
$11,000 for work on a property trans-

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